Legal Tender | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by wethorseblanket:
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood LB.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1/2" off-white head which leaves some drippy lace.

N: Prominent olive oil, herbs and spice.

T: Complex with earth spices, nutty, woody and spruce or pine notes.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Earthy dirt feel, kinda like spicy mud.

O: Just kinda unusual. One and done for me. Not a fan.

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Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, into a Moonlight imperial pint glass. A dark gruit brewed with redwood branches and herbs. Dark brown appearance, faintly clear against light, topped by a dense head. Unusual and compelling nose, distinct woody character with herbs underneath. The herbal component reminds me of oregano, though the brewer made it clear that there's no oregano in the beer. The palate is more malt-forward than the nose suggests, providing a lightly sweet and toasty foundation that works nicely with the redwood branch flavor. The finish has a mild bitterness and astringency to it that's very different than what you'd get from hops, though it serves a similar purpose. Overall, this is probably the best non-hopped Moonlight beer yet. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moonlight legal tender

A: The ultimate quandry, you are immediately made aware that no hops went into this abomination but yet you see it's taunting Porter-esque appearance, who is this rogue character? Well the shiny disposition leaves only variables.

S: It feels like a shoryuken of grassy, pine, herbal and medicinal notes. Understand, I do not mean this in the fulfilling Majaraja malty way, I mean it in a "you will shortly be drinking a rhododendron" sort of way.

T: Murder, on every front. It is just a fleeting dryness that transforms into a watered down fernet branca and water, with a crazy character that feels like inhaling campfire smoke and drinking soda water. Not smoky in that ballsy rauschbeer way, just a "mom can I stay home from school" sort of manner.

M: This had a calm, very pleasing disposition. I didn't dislike the mouthfeel and it seemed almost like a watered down jagermeister drink with disgetife particulars. I guess this was its best quality in the way that the engine was the best quality of the Dodge Neon Espresso.

D: I guess this comes down to how off the beaten path you are. Do you go to burning man? Do you love non-corporate media? Well this isnt even for you, this is just bizarre. I have trouble rating it low due to innovation but it is just menacing, it attracted conversation but resoundingly everyone who tried this beer was inexplicably concerned that I enjoyed drinking this.

Narrative: No one ever said that life as a level sixteen vegan paladin would be easy. Sure you are unable to expend excess calories due to co2 expirations, and sure you cant waste any biofuel....ANY BIOFUEL. But one treat is your old redwood ale, chipped consentially with the earth from chips and bark. Delicious. It just feels so good to know that you are violating the earth with your enjoyment with its consent. Sure it seems like a gladiola bed right in your mouth, but the offset is much more intangible. People always look askance at you in the produce aisle when you place your own for sale but...who are they to judge? The grassy nature is what you live for and...once you figure out a way for plants to pay for your Vassar will be all set.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black. A finger of creamy, khaki head sits on top.

S: A very musty, almost dust like aroma. Mild spices, mostly rosemary and oregano. Very woody, though. A bit of roasted and toasted malts are also present.

T: The flavor is sort of bland. Light roast and chocolate with the same woody herbs. A light pepper flavor and a just a hint of acidity.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This was more drinkable than some of the other Moonlight herb beers, but still not one I'd drink much of.

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Photo of avaldivia
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Dark brown with virtually no head and lacing.

S: Wood. That is all I smell. It reminds me of like a freshly opened pack of pencils.

T: Nice spice notes. Woodiness is still present.

M: Light body and very low on carbonation.

O: I love the stuff from Moonlight Brewing normally which is why I ordered this without a taster or any hesitation. I will now be more cautious about the special releases. I just could not get behind this particular one.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Someone heard that my lesser known moniker is GruitHead84 and graced me with a full growler of Gruit. Such a rare occasion is cause for celebration.

A: Looks exactly like cola.

S: Smells like the wood on a #2 pencil, a bit of tree bark and herb. Pencil shavings. Supremely woody with damp earth. The brown ale base comes through a little, imparting biscuit notes. The herb profile reminds me of oregano and basil. Bog myrtle? Certainly!

T: Stronger brown ale in the flavor with less redwood. Lightly spicy and mildly sweet.  The flavor is more enjoyable than the smell, being more like a beer and less like a #2 pencil. I immediately detect bog myrtle. I could pick that out from a mile away. There's no mistaking it. 

M: Lower medium in body with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A good Gruit, or my name isn't GruitHead84. Aid me on my GRUITquest.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmbsteve
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with thin head. Dissipated quickly and left just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells of dark malt and spruce. Reminds me of Christmas.

Taste is malty and herbal. Also a little peppery.

Medium bodied, but very low carbonation.

I asked bartender if this was a gruit but she said no. Could have fooled me because I didn't detect any hops. Whatever it is classified as, I like it and I would definitely drink it again and recommend it to somebody looking for an herbed beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with an impressive white head, leaving good lace.

S: Winter spice, cinnamon, with a hint of oregano and thyme. Quite malty.

T: Dark brown malt, superficially a winter warmer type beer with a lot of cinnamon and allspice type flavours. Exploring more, the savory green spice comes out. Think a 90/10 blend of Old Fezziwig and Moonlight Artemis.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, light carbonation.

O: A real good spiced beer, has a good complexity and a lot to interest the drinker. Well worth a try. Another beer to show why Moonlight is one of the best in CA.

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Photo of AaronOp
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Offa
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I actually had this on 7 June 2012, but I am behind on putting my reviews from my notes on here and just discovered this one in my old note book. It was on tap at Flavor, Santa Rosa, as usual for me and Moonlight beers. It's another very good herbal-charactered Moonlight beer.

Slightly hazy reddish brown, it has a creamy off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is raisins, herb, toasted barley.

Taste is herbs, raisin, hint of coffee with thyme dominating the finish. Light sweetness with light mineral. It's zesty. It's a flavourful, interesting, and somewhat unique beer that is very enjoyable and drinkable with some good body.

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Legal Tender from Moonlight Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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