La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 32
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-04-2002

La Moneuse is named for A. J. Moneuse (b. 1768), a famous local bandit and gang leader, and ancestor of the brewers’ family. It is a classic "saison" beer by virtue of its strength and its earthy, aged quality. It has a hardy, semi-dry malt character, a fresh but not overpowering hoppiness, abundant yeasty, fruity flavors and a fairly strong, but pleasant and enticing mustiness.
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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 133
Photo of Serum
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid beer but my least favourite from this brewery. It smelled great with bready sweetness and a little cola but the taste was a bit too dry and not that complex. I preferred the lingering aftertaste of saison d'epeautre and darbyste.

The yeast is very easily disturbed so letting it sit for a month or so makes a world of difference to the taste. The more the yeast settles, the drier it seems to taste. Carbonation is very high and quite prickly and for me it just needs a bit more of the malt to come through.

Photo of mtomlins
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this bottle. Massive head that lasts forever and leaves lost of lacing. The nose and taste both offer lots of yeast, bread/biscuit notes and some warm spice. It was very light and refreshing, especially considering the 8% ABV, but I found it to be heavily over-carbonated. Overall, a delicious beer that reminded me of summer despite all the snow outside!

Photo of ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good all around saison, has that nice, musty smell, great color & feel...good overall balance in flavor but no dominant note.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden amber with a slight caramel look with thin white head with very fine bead and stringy lace with light hazed appearance. The smell incorporates a strong yeast odor with light woody and fruity pear type smell with slight green apple and light spice with mild alcohol with some mild herbal/woody scents that continue as it warms. The feel is strong with big woody texture -yeasty spiciness with medium carbonation and slight tangy element with mild sweetness as it finishes.

The taste is tangy and fruity with slight apple skin and spice combination in the taste with some vinous flavors from the yeast and mild malt sweetness with slight alcohol in the taste mid palate with spice and wood type earthiness with slight yeast flavor in the finish with an herbal quality from hops. This is great I really like the complexity of this strong saison, balanced and easy to drink for the strength

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppypocket for another great trade.

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish pumpkin colour with 5 fingers of big billowy head with plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty bread, fresh cut grass, dry crisp pear, light funkiness with some sweet pale malts in the background.

T: Sweet honey malts upfront followed by fresh cut grass, dry pears, lemon zest and light notes of wet hay.

M: Light bodies and high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: A perfect summer patio beer. Crisp and clean with a pleasant drying finish.

Photo of Badger6
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Reddish golden body, with very active carbonation. Off white head, massive! Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bready and sweet. Spicy. Typical Belgian phenols- wet grass and straw,

T: Flavor follows the aroma. Caramel throughout, with a bread character. Comes in spicy, stays sweet to the end, with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Slightly dry, more at the end, but not so much to unbalance the sweet flavors.

O: A well made, balanced saison. It is different than the typical saison, while not as light or dry, is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark reddish copper with a light white head.

The aroma has caramel sweetness, Saison yeast and breadiness. A good amount of phenolic and spice.

The flavor follows as that caramel flavor drives throughout the beer. There's some spiciness along with the breadiness and yeast character. More towards a sweeter saison than a dry one. Reminded me of some Fantomes I've had.

A well made saison for those interested in something different from a light, refreshing dry versions of the beer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Torst. Nice amber copper color with nice frothy head. Classic farmhouse aromas of rye and wheat with big farmhouse aromas...peppery notes like crazy. Taste is again classic farmhouse. ..peppery rye with some slight wild character. Deff some adjunct like corn in here...
so smooth and a pleasure to drink. Awesome brew. A true whore to the style and this does not disappoint. A near perfect Saison.

Photo of mwilbur
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow with high carbonation producing a massive 4-5 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Barnyard funk, citrus, a minerally/musty/earthy note, spicy hops, and smells dry. Quite complex and intriguing.
T: A strong effervescent champagne-like note hits immediately, quickly followed by citrus and clove, then also quickly followed by banana, melon, barnyard funk, hay, spicy hops, soft but sweet caramel malt, and a hint of dry pear. Wow...super complex. Love it.
M: Loads of effervescence from the carbonation. Light-medium body. Smooth, mildly sweet, and with a slightly oily feel up front, turning towards a distinctly and prominently dry finish. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate (more barnyard funk and herbal tea qualities emerge here).
D: Outstanding...what a treat! A superbly complex and interesting brew and yet also highly drinkable. Seek it out!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Overflowing as I pour it. Chunky bits spill into the glass and riddle the foam with brown specs. Murky deep amber body. Not a pleasant looking beer.

Smell - Apple fruitiness and some floral notes. Honey and some caramel malt. Hint of spice, like rye.

Taste - Much less fruitiness, more of a variety of sweet malt flavors. Honey, toffee, slight bitterness. Some spiciness in the back, again reminiscent of rye. More of a saison finish with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Looks way overcarbonated, but it's quite creamy. Pleasant and not what I expected.

Overall - Surprising beer. None of the characteristics I expected, but I was never disappointed.

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can find.

A: Cork pops out with a huge boom, threatening to douse my entire kitchen with foam. Luckily I was prepared and caught it all. Light, clear amber pour with an enormously fluffy and frothy off-white head. Substantial chunks of fluffy lacing everywhere with great retention.

S: Big funky, yeasty, wheaty aroma. Get some grass, some citrus, some cloves and some mild spices. Crisp and refreshing.

T: Grassy and citrusy up front. Bitter and lightly tart citrus, like orange peels. A bit funky in the middle with some light bready malt and some cloves. Some mild black pepper and a little more orange peel in the finish with a bit of....burnt tire? Super drying in the finish and aftertaste, it's literally making me feel parched after every sip.

M: Medium bodied, extremely dry. One of the driest beers I've ever had.

O: Interesting saison. One of the least peppery saisons I've had, can't really comment either way whether that's a good or bad thing - just an observation. A bit tart and funky but nothing huge. Very traditional, though that probably is a subjective term given the variety of saisons coming out of belgian. Extremely dry, I cannot overstate. I feel like I need a sip of water between every sip of this beer. Literally feels like it's sucking the moisture out of your mouth. Overall well balanced, tasty and complex.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Blaugies' La Moneuse is a malt-forward, rather heavy/dark saison (relative to lighter/fruitier/funkier saisons) with a stronger emphasis on caramel malt sweetness and characters than saison yeast esters and phenols. If this sounds appealing, it's definitely a saison to check out, if just for a fairly novel take on the style. While it works, I wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be, and would be interested in trying this very fresh, otherwise I'd seek out Blaugies' spelt and fig beers over this one.

Pours a fairly tall (1.5cm) head of fairly clean, white foam, made up primarily of medium and small-sized bubbles. Retention is about average, the foam lasting a bit over a minute before it declines to a thin cap of lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing around the sides of the glass is moderately present, some medium-sized washes and large dots clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a dark copper-brown color, fairly opaque (about 60-70% opacity), with light bringing out brighter orange-caramel tones.

Aroma is of pleasant caramel malt sweetness with a bit of decomposing leaf matter (or mustiness, as the label suggests), woodsy Continental hops, light tartness, saison yeast, and a bit of dried orange peel.

Front of palate discovers caramel malt sweetness with slightly medicinal and spicy Belgian yeast phenols, moderate mustiness / decomposing leaf matter, and apple cider. Mid-palate finds decomposing leaf matter, saison yeast, some spiciness and sharp phenolic notes, and contentinal hop bitterness over an underlying caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate features continued caramel malt sweetness with a moderate continental hop bitterness and woodsiness, white pepper, and typical saison yeast-produced fruity esters and spicy phenols. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter, with residual caramel malt sweetness, slightly heavy Belgian yeast, moderate mustiness and phenolic spiciness, and dried orange peel.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that eventually calms to a foamy, creamy feel. A bit of ethanol heat is detectable as a flash in the nostrils when swallowing, otherwise unpresent. Closes out dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice faint lightly hazy golden hue with a good rocky white head that left solid lacing.

S - Aromas of apple skins, light grass/hay, coriander, light esters. Yeasty though.

T - Taste is solid, similar to the aroma with a touch more spice than on the nose. The esters are more prominent along with some faint booze. Definitely know this is up there for ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest point for me. The carbonation seems abit heavy and that does not help out how boozy this saison is.

O - Overall, not a bad beer, just wish it was not as boozy.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a very active one finger head. Great lacing.

S: Very phenolic. Dried apricot base with a nice nutty, spicy quality. Lemon zest pairs with peppercorn and cardamom to create a complex, yet well integrated and balanced aroma.

T: Equally as phenolic as the aroma. Dried apricot provides a great base with clove and nutmeg to create a very balanced and complex flavor. A bit sweet for the style, but certainly balanced.

M: A bit on the thick side with strong carbonation, even for the style.

O: A very balanced and complex Saison. It's a bit sweet for the style, but definitely not too sweet, like many American versions of the style. The phenols help balanced the sweetness, creating a delicious beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color with a touch of haziness. Big white head and splotchy lacing. Head settles to a thick collar.

Aroma of grass, earthy spices, apple skin, some coriander and a hint of flowers. Semi-sweet with a touch of cheese

Flavors dance around the underlying biscuit theme. Hops are light and spicy giving a slight lemon taste. Some flowers in the taste, but nothing is really all that dominant. The carbonation cleanses the palate a little too well. The spices on the end are shaken clean. A touch boozy

Photo of DaveBlack
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper colored beer, with a hefty 2 finger foamy white head with a seemingly infinite retention and lots of lacing.

S: Yeast is far and away the strongest aroma in this beer, with tart green apple and some spices. Not too much of an aroma, I think mostly because it has to work its way through the neverending inch of head.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is somewhat reserved. It's bready, grainy and yeasty, with some peppery spiciness. Not at all sweet, and the end is crisp and tart. Some alcoholic phenols and grassiness. Deceptively simple and tame and first, but the more I drink it and the more it warms and opens up the more flavors come through. Never powerful, but keeps me going back for more.

M: Moderate body, but heavy on the carbonation. Light in the mouth, but somewhat sticky on the back of the throat.

O: Really quite a good beer. Doesn't blow me away, but the flavor is deep and complex. The tartness is satisfying, and the flavors interesting. Works for me.

Photo of Braz
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. I had to judge this strictly as a farmhouse ale. May have been off. Pours a clear bronze with a head I don't have the room here to describe. Like champagne on roids. Pure white. Then looking back over to the bottle a few seconds later, it was slowly spewing foam like a volcano. And it did not want to stop no matter what I did. Aromas were dark fruit, very yeasty with a bit of dry apple. Beer itself was quite tasteless. Way too much carbonation. Nothing really stood out from the taste. Like I said this was probably old or discounted for some reason. Not undrinkable, but not a saison anymore either.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit, I got an off bottle of this. so let this review reflect what it comes out like when there is something wrong in the bottling. the beer pours a nice cloudy pale golden color, as a saison should, with whoa whoa whoa wait, a huge huge head, rising snow white and overflowing. an inch of beer on the bottom of an ale glass, 7 inches of head, and rising. tons of hectic fizz spouting off from whatever impurities are on the inside of the glass. odd, new, and curious. the nose is fine, well spiced, yeasty, alcoholic, and thicker for the genre, but this look is throwing me off. not that the foam has relaxed, its insanely flat, like, all that carbonation and activity has faded to nothing. this has the gravity and feel of tap water. so different. I decided that a tiny pour from the bottle and a quick chug was the only way to go. it could achieve a nice feel on the sip before it goes flat, as well as the full aroma as it warmed in the bottle. lots of yeast, maybe too much, something is off here, but I still force it to work out of ambition and desperation. id ask for my money back, but I finished it off, and without a receipt, it ain't going to work. the feel is soda when its live, and water when its dead, such a dichotomy. overall, if this was right in feel it would be profound, but in the bottle I got, it was just above average. a good brew, but I need another bottle to really evaluate this fairly. look out for handling.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange with a huge rocky foam head. Gobs of sticky lace. Bubbles rising at a fast pace. Nice retention as well.

Nose of some yeast and grain and a little white pepper. Not overly complex, and the head really keeps the aroma at bay.

Smooth even beer with nice malt that dries out fast. Sweetness is nondescript and fleeting, replaced by grain and bread and a wood and cracker-like note. No real funk in this one. Moderate bitterness and the malt is prevalent on the palate at the end. Booze is hidden.

Medium body, strong carbonation.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Nice balance and malt forward. A softer, cleaner version of the style.

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, herbal, floral, earth, bread, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, pepper, bread, earth, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison. Great flavor balance and complexity; quite smooth and very crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance and nose were amazing, but I couldn't savor the rest of the experience to the same extent.

Pours a gorgeous honeyed color with haze, and one of the most creamy and meringue-like heads I've seen in awhile. Such sponginess, jiggle-ability, creamy texture. Delight.

Nose was very assertive with an almost intoxicating yeastyness that sweeps you off your feet, or out of your chair perhaps. I also get some grassy aromas, and funky cheeses in the nose.

Palate has some melon rind, fruity malt, light hops, and more of the funky cheese. Carbonation seems a little low. Finish is bland in flavors... I tried, I really did.

Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a La Moneuse glass.

A-Poured a golden honey, dark yellow with a creamy (mostly) white, tall head. The head stuck around, too.

S-Orange and candy. Some honey...a little spice. Other citrus flavors were there, also a touch of malt and caramel. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

T-Orange and honey at first, followed by some caramel and darker fruit like fig and raisin. Slight spice...is that pepper on the finish? You pick up a touch of alcohol as the brew warms, but it's never boozy.

M-Medium body with prickly carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and dry.

O-I liked this beer quite a bit. I found the orange taste and smell unique and pleasing. It was well balanced and complex without going overboard on the palate.

Photo of Agent1
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a vivid yellow/ orange. Excellent head retention. Bright, white, creamy head with small bubbles around the edges of the glass. I cannot stress enough just how amazing the head on this beer really is. Looks wonderful!

Smell - Surprisingly, quite sour. The aroma almost reminds me of a Kriek lambic. Plenty of lemon, yeast, sourdough bread, orange, mango and pine. Very complex and bright. Almost clears the sinuses. Also, floral notes are present as well.

Taste - Lots of bread all throughout, lasting until the final aftertaste. Chewy and full, yet still reasonably light, tangy and acidic. Light caramel notes. Nice and dry. Lemon peel, green grape skin and green apple. A beautiful use of sugars and hops. Quite bitter, but it creates a crisp, edginess that coincides with the carbonation. Nice use of Saaz and possibly East Kent Goldings.

Mouthfeel - Heavily carbonated, but this works very well with this ale. Literally zaps the palate. Smooth, rounded, with plenty of feel all throughout -- tongue and roof of the mouth. Wow.

Overall - One of the best Saisons I have ever had. This may be better than Ommegang's Hennepin. I truly admire the Hennepin, and therefore, this is hard for me to admit: but damn, La Moneuse impresses me even more. I just hope I can one day get my hands on another bottle of this because it was by chance that I somehow obtained this bottle! I haven't seen it anywhere else since.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saisons are so widely varied in taste, strength, and complexity that asking for a new one is like asking for Christmas morning in a glass.

La Moneuse pours into the brandy snifter with the medium amber color of slightly toasted embers. An off white foam builds atop the beer with a creamy texture that quickly regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass. Spotty lace and a medium yeasty haze rounds out the beer's appearance.

With strong floral overtones in tact, the fresh scent of honey, orange blossoms, thin caramel, white pepper, earthy rye breadiness, and an overall sweet and non descript fruit aroma reminds me of pez candies.

Honey flavors rise first with rich sweet impressions of buckwheat honey, cashews, and caramel. However the associated sweetness of malt sugars are only negligible. Instead the earthy, spicy, toasty hop bitterness, and peppery taste does more than balancing malt flavors and sweetness but attributes the bulk of dry taste from mid palate to finish.

Surprisingly light in body, the early sweetness is soon fleeting from the abundant carbonation that lifts the well attenuated sweetness from the tongue and guides the beer toward finish. A mid palate of earthy spice turns warm, lightly prickly, and slightly numbing under the strength of 8%.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.