Friday, July 30, 2010

La Moneuse Spéciale Noël

La Moneuse Spéciale Noël

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies

Belgian Strong Pale Ale

8.00% ABV

Commercial Description:A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.
General Pricing:750ml bottle, ~ $12.00 each

Background:I stopped over at State Line Liquors on Friday to pick up a 1/6 Keg of Dales Pale ale for a party and picked up a couple of Christmas leftovers for my Christmas in July reviews.

Review:The bier pours a hazy copper with amber hues and an off white head. This bier obviously is not young but it still erupted as popped the cork. Once in the bottle you can really see how effervescent this bier is with a tremendous amount of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is nice; classic Belgian with rich malt aromas, light hops and a nice yeasty background. It really smells more like a Double or Strong Dark rather than a Strong Pale. This is so inviting, I can’t wait to dive into it. So let’s see what it’s like.

Nice, not exceptional but still pretty good. The taste starts out with sweet malts up front on the tip of the tongue then a nice effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. There is another explosion of combination during the swallow that masks most of the flavors on the back end. The finish is sweet with dark malts and yeasty notes.

This bier is so carbonated I’m getting a bloated/full feeling and I have only had a few sips. Also at this point I’m not sure if the carbonation is masking the flavors or if there really isn’t a lot of flavors here to begin with. Another thought is that with all of this carbonation this may be a young ale and it may be better to age a year before consuming it. Sorry for the random thoughts lets get back to what is actually here in the glass.

Well, I’m not really sure about this. I’m not picking up the flavors that I think I should be here. Maybe to will open up a little as it warms.

There is also a good amount of sediment floating in the glass. I wonder if the initial eruption carried too much of the lees up into the bier. I’m going to let it set a little and see if it gets better.

It is interesting that only after the first glass I am feeling the warmth of this bier.

I’m going to rinse out the glass and see what the second ones like.

Ok this bottle sat for about a half hour or more. The second glass pours with no floaters. It is at 65 degrees now, so let’s see if this improved any.

Well, not really. Ok, this is not a bad bier, I’ve just been expecting more than what is here.

So it has not picked up any unpleasantness at these warmer temperatures. This bier is also a little smother now.

All and all this is not a bad bier. It’s OK, but it just seems to be lacking something. Especially since this is a Special Christmas Ale. Really I have had more flavorful Belgian blond/pale ales. I’m going to give this a C. It’s a nice drinkable bier but I would not buy it again, and I’m not feeling Christmas.

I really can’t recommend this bier to anyone. There are a lot better Belgian Pales out there and this may be the worst Belgian Christmas bier that I have had.

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