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La Moneuse Spéciale Noël - Brasserie de Blaugies

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very good

120 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This is a review of a bottle that has been cellared for over a year.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tight, compact off-white head. Little chunks of yeast quickly gather at the bottom of the glass.

S: Unlike some other reviewers, I'm not picking up much in the way of Christmas spices on the nose. Instead, I detect roasted chestnuts, hazelnuts, leather, cream, toffee, and dried fruit.

T: Definitely on the malty side. Notes of heavy cream, leather, vanilla bean, cocoa powder, toffee, biscuits, almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, dates, and figs are joined by a subtly earthy, peppery hop bitterness. The finish is mellow and complex with nut, biscuit, and cream notes.

M: Medium to full bodied, though it's closer to the former than the latter. Starts off slick, but quickly dries out. Carbonation is very weak, though this is not entirely a bad thing. Very little alcohol burn.

O: This is an excellent holiday offering. I've never had it fresh, but can attest that this is very nice with a little age. I should, however, note that I feel this beer has been misclassified; this is really much more of a strong saison than a Belgian strong pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 14:47:05 | More by mrfrancis
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12-28-2013 21:54:53 | More by smithj4
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish red, very nearly opaque, just revealing shadows against direct light; no head; spotty lacing
S: savory, meaty, fruit and apple-y
T: a bit too meaty/savory, but still a quality apple/fruit flavor
M: medium-bodied, dryish
O: The intangibles come down favorably. The apple outweighs the savory, and it finishes satisfactorily. Decent, but I wouldn't pursue it.

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12-24-2013 01:45:32 | More by RandomExile
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-31-2013 21:10:33 | More by AngusOg
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, on special from Hop City

A: Pours a beautiful, clear amber color with almost four fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: An interesting mixture of Saison and Quad aromas. A fig sweetness is the strongest aroma, though it's quickly followed up by orange bitters, peppercorn, and bit of sour cherry that becomes stronger when the beer sits for a bit.

T: Lots of flavors are all coming together here. Sweetness comes in the form of plum and a bit of chocolate, though the beer stays quite dry. Spice comes in the way of peppercorn. Sour cherry in the background adds some complexity.

M: Medium thickness with very high carbonation.

O: A very interesting Saison. Dark fruit, plum, spices, and a bit of sour cherry, all while staying nice and dry - I've never had a beer quite like it. Certainly enjoyable, certainly odd.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big white head on a deep reddish amber body. Some chunks floating about. Thick collar and a few islands.

Smell - Fruity. Kind of a cherry tartness. A little bit of grain, but mostly esters.

Taste - Fruitiness persists. Sharp acidic flavor. Not tart, but acidic. Spicier here, but not a strong spiciness. Sweet. Grainy.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Sweet. Medium bodied.

Overall - Well made. Nothing exciting. I could drink it all day though.

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3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy dark tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and some oxidized aromas. Taste is much the same with spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but is showing some signs of oxidation.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-28-2012 10:05:45 | More by nwatson
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Thanks once again to DoktorZee for the cool Christmas gift from his recent sojourn to southern California.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-brick amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, pale beige head, which leaves a rather random portrayal of streaky lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of earthy yeast, semi-sweet pale malt, some mild convenience store candy sugar, a bit of white wine vinous character, and some understated leafy, grassy hops. The taste is fruity, predominantly plum-like malt, a bit of acerbic yeastiness, dry white wine notes, some middling yeast, a less than certain muddled sweet spiciness, and a twinge of softly lilting alcohol.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but nothing really overwrought, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth, with only a slightly pithy overtone. It finishes just barely off-dry, the pale malt, lingering astringent fruitiness, rising earthy, leafy hoppiness, and simmering boozy warmth all contributing to a general sense of well being.

A decent enough saison-type offering, sure, but the 'Noel' upgrades are tenuous at best - nothing all that seasonal really presents itself, which isn't quite a bad thing, per se, but given the marketing around this offering, I was expecting a fair bit more in terms of spice, sweetness, and overall, overt Yuletime goodness. So, good enough, to be certain, but not all that presently relevant.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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loud cork pop, poured a deep amber almost brown in color with 2 fingers of very foamy head. smells of belgian yeast, cocoa, raisins, dates, figs. taste of slight sour cherries, caramel, faint cocoa, a bitterness from roasted grains (slight coffee).. a nice complex beer.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the holiday beer scene opens up, the season is awash with darker hues, richer taste, fuller body, and often reckless spice additions. Blaugies kicks things off with La Moneuse Special Noel with a tamer and crisper palate.

The beer opens with a champagne-type pour and tawny orange light. As the tightly knit bubbles congregate to cap the tulip, the spirited beer underneath illuminates with the color of burnt orange and chestnut thought a standard yeasty haze. Firmly headed, the foam demonstrates great staying power and sheds broken lacing patterns as the beer fades.

Winy aromas of grape, plumb, and white raisin quickly leap from the glass and reminds me of the boarder shared between Belgium's beers and France's wine. Nearly mouth watering tartness from under ripened berries and figgy richness occupy the nose until a crisp malt balance shows.

Medium sweet to taste, a candied flavor of powdered sugar strikes against the doughy structure of fruitcake for both a bready-rich taste and succulent candied fruit. Balanced by woodish hops and dry spice, the counterpart to malty sweetness is clove, nutmeg, and peppercorn. The semi-malty upstart trails off and leaves the finish to display sprite fruitiness, peppery alcohols, and mild wine tannin.

Where the richer taste to start makes the mouth want to register richness in texture as well. But the beer is pulled from the tongue effortlessly by the acute carbonation and ushers in a fast fleeting finish that makes the flavors best appreciated in aftertaste.

I'm not sure if I would have instantly recognized the beer as a winter saison, mainly because of the richer fruit and malt impressions. But the crisp substrate, spicy yeast notes, and dry fruit character definitely sells the saison notion in retrospect.

Serving type: on-tap

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La Moneuse Spéciale Noël from Brasserie de Blaugies
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