kermis (12212) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared. Very hazy with virtually no head. Aroma of massive herbs, spice, completely overwhelming everything else. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (9823) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUN 21, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle shared with Kermis.
Thin ring off white head. Very herbal. Hazy amber pour. Too herbal.
blackisle (2320) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 33cl. As Saint-Monon Spéciale Fêtes. Murky amber brown, small frothy tan head, mostly diminishing, good lacing; aroma malty, roasted, anise, thyme, licorice; taste heavy sweet and slightly bitter, malty, licorice (also retronasal), sugary, average duration, sweet licorice finish, herbal notes; medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation; strange brew, reminds me of a spiced-up cola, not good.
SaintMatty (7122) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle - Dark brown with red tinges. Blackcurrant, plums, spice and herbs in the aroma. Herbal, spicy and slightly sweet taste with berries, blackcurrant and a hint of basil. Aniseed and liquorice can be detected in the finish. A bit strange but not bad.
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sample at ZBF 2015, thanks everybody for sharing today’s beers!
APPEARANCE: light clouded brown beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: coriander, caramel, sweet.
TASTE: coriander, caramel, sweet, herbs.
tderoeck (8795) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25/IV/15 - 33cl bottle as "St. Monon en Fêtes" @ ZBF 2015 (Leuven) - BB: n/a (2015-497) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing today’s beers!
Clear red brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adheisve. Aroma: bit spicy, herbal, bit sourish, floral, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet, caramel, little roasted, lots of thyme, bit funky, floral touch. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, roasted touch, thyme, spicy.
Bierridder_S (798) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
25/04/2015 @ ZBF shared with tderoeck, 77ships, PriorL and kraddel.
Hazy brown, small head. Nose is overpowered by spices, some alcohol. Taste : some dark malts, sweet caramel but again overpowere by the spices.
kraddel (7066) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
At ZBF 15. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours unclear, dark brown . Smell is a lot like toilet cleaner. Taste is sharp, spices. flowers, potpouri.
Alengrin (4923) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 Presented as Saint-Monon en Fêtes at ZBF last week, but an alias of Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes - in fact, even the brewer admitted it was the same thing (and coming to think of it, I still think this is also the same beer as Saint-Monon Bière de Noël, but I’m not sure if this name is still used nowadays). Murky, if not muddy, dark brown colour, not really appetizing especially since the pale beige, loosely structured head dissolved in instants. Very spicy aroma, overpowering ginger, coriander seed, caramel, cloves, some coffee grounds, thyme, bitter chocolate, and a big dosis of the dreaded DMS (cooked cabbage); in fact, the nose is overpowered by a ridiculous spice dosis combined with an off-flavour - not too inviting. Sweet, resinous, caramelly, some dried fruits in the mouth but again that absolutely exaggerated truckload of spices, cloves, ginger, coriander, drying the mouth and totally wrecking the balance of flavours. To say that this beer is unbalanced would be an understatement - this offering was even worse than the bottle I tasted eight-odd years ago, as far as I remember. This brewery did some good things, I’m a fan of their honey beer for example, but I cannot understand what this beer’s intention was; in terms of style, I’d probably describe it as a Scotch-inspired Belgian Christmas ale dominated by spices. I tasted this as Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes years ago and it was already overly spiced then, so apparently they have persevered...
77ships (8757) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Sampled @ ZBF 2015. Possibly the same beer as “Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes”? The names seem rather similar to me. Murky brown, little mocha head. Nose is sour, sour herbs, rotting, fizzy, totally off. Taste is thin, fizzy, sour, rotting, soap, nasty,… Totally off beer. (Thx! for sharing people!)