La Moneuse Spéciale Noël
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Brasserie de Blaugies
Ranked #646
Ranked #18,189
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Saturday at 03:11 AM
Jan 22, 2002
Very Good
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Notes: A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.
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Rated: 3.86 by Budlum from Maryland

Saturday at 03:11 AM
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Cork and Caged 750 bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very cloudy dark amber color with almost 3 inches of light khaki head that had very good retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a strong yeast scent upon the pop of the cork. Closer investigation reveals solid grain, a spiciness that seems Rye-like, and some floral aspects as well.

Very similar on the tongue, the yeast and grains combined in interesting ways, providing different flavors throughout the bottle.

The body was a bit fuller than usual for a Saison, was smooth with very good carb throughout, and had an initially dry finish that dried out even more after a few moments.

Drinkability was good, no problem finishing the bottle.

Overall, a pretty interesting brew. Certainly worth a shot if you see it.
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. A bit of a gusher initially, then pours a hazy, medium reddish orange with a massive off-white head that dissipated quickly at first, then maintained a long lasting one finger layer. Aroma of grainy malt with a touch of caramel, faint citrus, clove and winter spicing. Flavor is grainy, caramel and bready malt, clove, brown bread, apple and faint citrus and hints of other winter spices. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A pleasant holiday saison with some fruit notes leaning to a Belgian strong dark ale, but maintaining the farmhouse yeast edge of funk. Interestingly is on the edge of dry and slightly sweet, with dryness dominating, but with faint wisps of light sweetness through the taste. A bit late to this bottle, but nice seasonal take on a saison from this always solid small brewery.
Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Jo_Renish from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a belgian tulip @ 40º.

Appearance - Pours an autumn amber with approximately one and a half finger of head that retains fairly well. Partially opaque with visible "sediment" present.

Aroma - Flooded with a face full of lemon zest, clove, white grape and sour cherries. No detectable funk as a product of culture.

Taste - Thwacked by granny smith apple, closely followed by lemon peel and white grape. A detectable but subtle caramel profile ties this pour up tightly.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp carbonation with a medium viscosity that moves swiftly over the palette.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer and regret not buying two bottles! Very complex but easily dissected by even the most infantile palette.
Jan 11, 2021
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from an undated 500 ml cage and cork bottle into the test glass.
A - Dark copper color, with no sign of carbonation. Bottle opened with a zephyr of evidence. No cap, no ring.
S - Young cherry, some oak tannin, clove, grape skin, hint of green apple. add some nutmeg to the mix.
T - A bit of fruit cake as the overarching descriptor, in a good way. A very delicate earthy grain mix is the back stop to the cherry, and nutmeg.
M - Medium in body, almost still. Semi sweet start, then a pleasant tartness stops by to say hello. The finish is strong, in a Belgian strong catagory but lighter.
O - I like the offering quite a bit, I will look for another bottle to compare notes, I feel this one is old a bit flabby, but I do trust the brewers, and will try again
Dec 13, 2020
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 26, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by aztraz from Sweden

Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle

Pours hazy amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like rich honey sweetness, cereal grain, musty apples, tart pear, grape skin, banana, clove-like spice, lemony orange citrus, caramelized golden grains, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like rich caramelized bready honey cereal grain, lightly funked apple, tart pear, grape skin, lemony orange citrus, unripe banana, clove-like peppery spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice Belgian winter ale.
Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by WormGod from New York

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by desint from Belgium

Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Dec 21, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
nice to finally catch this one, especially on draft, but i dont think it adds much to the original saison, and tasted a little stale to me, not quite oxidized, but almost unintentionally tart on the yeast. i have a sneaking suspicion that this doesnt travel super well and would be a superior beer closer to its origin. it looks a little flat from the tap, medium orange colored and mostly clear, a short white head is easily roused with a twirl of the globe. aroma here of tartness, older belgian yeast, wheat and pale toasted barley, some odd citric character, and some candy sugar sweetness that reminds me of some old world tripel types. as much as this is yeast driven, at least on intent, i feel it has faded some, it ust have. sweet and malty is better for this one, subtle honey here, grass, golden raisin, a little alcohol kick. if this is saison, its a very different take on it than i am used to. despite the noel tag line, it doesnt strike me as a christmas beer, at least as i usually think about them, no spices to pick up on or anything. i like this very much, super old world and rustic, but oddly past its prime for a draft offering, and not a great extension of the original. hard to critique such unique beer, but thats what i reckon...
Dec 16, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by babaracas from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a murky reddish brown, thin fizzy khaki colored head, cola-like, only a few dots manage to stick to the glass. Smell: dark candi sugar, crusty brown bread, fig, orange, coriander, clove-ish, slightly floral. Taste: red plum, hint of tart green apple, unripe pear, a little brown sugar, notes of: orange peel, pepper, clove; mild spicy. Lighter side of medium bodied, space-filling carbonation, drying finish. This is very nice, a solid Blaugies saison with some dubbel characteristics.
Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by drahodo from Missouri

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by cyrushire from Florida

May 19, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Skellbop from New York

Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by bobv from Vermont

Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Jan 15, 2016
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Rated by josanguapo from Spain

2.13/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Warching Sons of Anarchy 4x05-06. Gushing. Not much here apart from a slight sourness. A bit amateurish
Jan 06, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 2.97 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by WynnO from Florida

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 05, 2015
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Reviewed by deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
No bottle date but the store had them on clearance, my guess this is from last winter.

Pours a light amber color with a thin fizzy head, fades quickly with no lacing on the glass, head is a light tannish color, lots of fine carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell is a bit skunkified and reminds me very much of Heineken, a bland aroma of sweet malt upfront and dominating, not picking up any spice character on the nose or really anything else.

Taste is out of left field crazy and makes me wonder if this flavor was always here under the bland aroma or if the bottle has gone bad, either way it's remarkable more interesting than I was being led to believe, the sweet malt is cut off quick by a weird apple-sour flavor, not overly sour or tart like a lambic but just enough to still hit the sides unexpectedly, bunch of other light fruit flavors bouncing around but I'd say apple is the strongest presence, carbonation is strong and sharp which explodes in the mouth, just enough stickiness along the edges of the mouth.

What started out being very disappointing (as disappointing as a $5 clearance beer) actually turned out fine, can't say if this is the way it's supposed to be but whatever.
Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by unclekeith from Alaska

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by mklisz from New Hampshire

May 20, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Jan 13, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by edhizdeid from Washington

Dec 28, 2014
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Has a slightly beige, stable head, with a murky brown,cherry red color.

Smells of spicy, sweeter malts, with citraic and floral notes to it, along with clove, sharp pepper and nutmeg. On top of that settles a slightly fermented cherry fruitiness, complimenting to the spices.

Begins with a noteable metallic carbonation, toffeeish malts and peppery spices. Tastes actually much dryer than expected, the brew got a decent bitter, semi-dry hoppiness to it, providing a unique approach for this being a christmas beer. Not actually particularly sweet, but well balanced, due to many typical Saison aspects. Dough, slightly funky yeast among a crisp dryness, with hints of fruit to add depth to the taste. Finishes heavy on the spices, peppery, with a lot of cloves visible and bready malts.
Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ronricorossi from California

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

Oct 16, 2014
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