Blaugies Speciale Noel 25.4 oz

Item #7277
Shipping Wt. 3.00 lbs.
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A richer version of La Moneuse
for the Holidays

Brewed by: Brasserie de Blaugies
Country: Belgium
Style: Saison

ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 8.0%
Ratebeer.com rating: 87
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 87

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La Moneuse Speciale Noël (AKA Special Winter Ale) (ABV 8.0%) from Brasserie de Blaugies is a very festive and hearty holiday saison home-made at Belgium's smallest family brewery.

As the label says, it's really just a richer version of La Moneuse, using a little caramelized malt and perhaps more hops. "Cassonade", or brown sugar, is also listed as an ingredient. The malt flavor of the Speciale is a little darker, roastier, and certainly sweeter, which distracts attention a bit from the earthiness which is so notable in La Moneuse. The beers share a lot of the same characteristics, but in different proportions. Like La Moneuse, Speciale Noël is rather fizzy.

Speciale Noël is also notorious for lots of yeasty sediment clinging to the sides of its bottle in a somewhat un-aesthetically pleasing manner. However, have no fear, this feature of the beer only enhances the flavor. The brewers insist that not only can they not get rid of it, they wouldn't care to, as it's what gives the beer its rustic and unique character. Ratebeer.com rating: 87 (out of 100) 12.7 oz (corked) bottle.



Brasserie de Blaugies was founded in 1987 by married schoolteachers Marie-Noëlle Pourtois and Pierre-Alex Carlier, who are adventurous in recreating traditional farmhouse beer styles. Their tiny brewery is built into the garage of a comfortable farmhouse, and is operated by Pourtois, Carlier, and their two sons. Their output is small, but so well-crafted that it's highly regarded among connoisseurs of fine Belgian Ales.