La Moneuse Special Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 31, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Brasserie de Blaugies
- Origin: Belgium
- Rated On: December 27, 2012
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Saison
- Rating: GOOD !
This 750ml bottle 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 stealthy marketing around this offering, I was expecting a fair bit more in terms of spice, sweetness, and shamelessly overt Yuletime goodness. So, good, to be certain, but more on the subtle, relaxed side.