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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 31
Gots: 22 | 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: 253 | Reviews: 132
Reviews by Agent1:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boom!There went the cap as soon as I took the top off the cork it shot across the kitchen and scared the shiznit outta the cat.Poured into a chalice a hazy peach color with a huge blooming white head that left globs of lace behind as it ever so slowly came down.slight barnyard funk in the nose along with lemon rind and wet grain,wit a lingering phenolic cloveiness.Refreshing and somehwat light feeling somewhat spritzy,somewhat dry on the palate a little grainy with somelight phenolic yeasty flavors with a touch of clove,there is a touch of honey-like sweetness but it goes well with a lemony finish that lingers for awhile.A refresher a 2004 bottle it held up well and at *%alc it was a real summertime quaffer in my mind.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Thick, cloudy orange body with the typical monster Belgian head that went down extremely slow and laced the glass.

Smell – Big fruit and stingy alcohol hits the nose. There’s also a lot of spice in there. Altogether, I can pick up peaches and banana with heavy clove, white pepper, and maybe some coriander.

Taste – This one is big on the spices. The sweet malt works with the spices from the aroma to provide a sharp, mature, somewhat musty flavor. I thought it was a little beyond the moderation that represents the style.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was very deep and fell terrific on the tongue, but the overly-spicy flavors caused a lot of mouth puckering.

Drinkability – 25 ounces of sipping ale will go a long way. I’ll finish this one with a nice Middle-Eastern or Indian dish or something else that is similarly flavored.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see that this is listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I believe that it would be better listed as a Saison. The new label even defines the beer as one. Semantics aside, this is a very good beer. Given time to warm, it becomes immensely fruity and slightly sour while remaining crisp, light, and fresh on the palate. The color is magnificent, golden orange. The head is large and fluffy, though short lived, and the particulate matter is a beautiful deep orange color. Those wonderful Saison aromas of a citrus medley and barnyard are present. The high ABV is completely covered by the fruity taste.

Note: This was a very young bottle, fresh off the boat I believe. In the past I had sampled a much older bottle of this that was considerably more complex and featured an almost guezelike mouthfeel. In other words, if you can find the old label, buy it. It won't let down. (the vintage was 1998)

Update: Since writing this review back on 03-27-2006 I have consumed dozens of bottles and it has grown to become one of my favorite beers. Though no experience has matched that of the 1998 vintage, the last few years have come close. My previous ratings were 4.5, 4, 3.5, 4.5, and 4.5. I am increasing those scores considerably today because I believe this to be one of the best beers available period.

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. The cork explodes violently out of the bottle a few seconds after the cage is removed. Hazed golden body is topped by a white meringue that takes a few minutes to settle. Lavish lacing on the goblet.

Aroma is funky and pastoral. Musty sheep, dirty blankets, herbal hops, yeast, and lemony citrus hints.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with satiny carbonation and the trademark Belgian saison funkiness.

Taste is dry and lemony with lots of spicy white pepper and mild coriander. Yeasty and earthy with a nice component of floral and herbal hops. Finishes on a dry citrus peel note.

Very well crafted saison that is an ideal summer quaffer.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, Caged and corked, shared at the Blind Tiger in NYC (Ya gotta love a place that has this type of high quality, hard to find brew in bottles!) Pours orangy, cloudy, with a large, puffy, lumpy head. Nose is all over the place, yeast, funk, must, sugar, horse blanket, yeaha this is the good stuff! Another complex, earthy amazing brew from Belgium. Sweet and minty, musty, yeasty and peppery. Love the style, love this beer, seek out and enjoy

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very charged bottle, a full two inches of foam on a careful pour. Sedimented (more and more so as the bottle empties) light orangey brown appearance. Laces in numerous small flecks. Sharp aroma, unripe pineapple and lots of green apple, a mixture of yeastiness and some hop spice. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation high and verging on excessive. Quite bitter and yeasty, verges on astringent with cutting tones of lemon rind and grass. Aftertaste echoes the same flavors, and its emphasized by the aroma as well. Dry and can be refreshing, probably a bit too much for my ordinary tastes, but a nice entry in an artisinal farmhouse type of way.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml sturdy Burgandy bottle, '2010' imprinted on the relatively easy to remove cork.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden orange hue, with a ton of towering thinly foamy white head, which leaves a random spattering of chunky lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of floral citrus hops, barnyard yeast, and soft wheat grain. The taste is funky yeast, sweet wheat grain, and citrusy, earthy hops. No readily apparent booze. The carbonation is quiet enough, having blown its wad earlier, the body medium weight, airy, and commensurately smooth. It finishes off-dry, a refreshing creamy citrus character predominating.

After the increasingly standard foamy pour experience, all things fall in line. A little sweeter than expected, but still well balanced, and nice and tangy.

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL. Unknown vintage. I picked up this bottle at least 3 years ago, then lost and forgot about it in the cellar. I remember thinking that it looked pretty old and beat up when I got it. And it doesn't look any newer or less battered now. I opened it today generally ready for disaster.

Luckily, it seems to have weathered its storms pretty well.

Pours to a deep orange-glinting brass, only lightly obscured with smog. The head is proud, thick and tall and white and lasting.
Candied pear aroma, usurped by funkiness that tends towards mildewed concrete and particle board. A light mace spicy nuance flickers along with a more robust sense of crystallized ginger.
Into the mouth it comes with a flash of coarse grain, quickly wiped away with the ensuing rock candy sugary sweetness. Sweetness lingers, but the acute sugary tones are replaced by fruity essences via pear, red apple, and green raisins. This lingering sweetness is conjoined by spice flourishes of nutmeg, anise, and cardamom, then sandblasted by peppercorns, sawdust, and gravel. The hops have eroded beyond recognition, but a decayed greenish sense of chlorophyll and algae is present near the close.
Up front, this is manically charged and gaseous. Here, it's frantic and abrasive, as it scours the mouth clean with CO2. After a few minutes it settles down to a thicker and more cohesive cottony feel. At this point it is gulpable, as no trace of the 8% ever shows.

The moral here is that this ages very well. In spite of what I can only presume to be a rough adolescence, this has held itself together wonderfully. It's become a thoroughly graceful and pleasant saison. I'd imagine that fresh (or at least fresher) bottles are real jewels.

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good drink. Orange colour with cloudiness. Orange and citrus taste. Yeast city, with the aroma and the look. Extreme head, and lace. Retaining head. Creaminess. A bit of saison, with honey and corriander and orange peel and bannana (is there wheat?)a good transition beer to the world of Belgian ale.

Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green glass caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

ECE/SAE amber with brighter highlights. A gargantuan rocky head collapses into a valley of dense stiff peaks. Merengue-like sticky lacing is among the thickest I've seen. Heavy carbonation creates an upthrust through the liquid, stirring the yeast up in a manner resembling an exploding building...a slow motion gusher climbs out of the bottle over several minutes if you leave it unattended.

Fruity spicy faintly musty aromas converge in the nose. Banana, nutmeg, coriander, grains of paradise, and a tart berry note intermingle.

Sweet and soft palate entry, again suggestive of fruit; this gives way rapidly to a light earthy spice and mild bitterness from hops; mud and hay notes synergize with the delicately tart musty yeast elements suggesting goat milk and proseco. Incomparably smooth yet pure and well balanced. Finish is just barely dry.

Hugely effervescent without being overcarbonated; lush, pillowy, and almost airy body. Slightly warming.

Estery, spicy, and lightly funky saison with a touch of sweetness. Suggestive of terroir as only the best examples are, this is a wonderful Belgian saison.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The cork releases easily with the "pop" of a champagne bottle. It pours quite hazy and amber-orange in color, topped by an immense, rocky, off-white head that seems to want to climb out of the glass! Vibrant streams of very tiny bubbles race to the surface to buoy the head. After it falls, the head becomes extremely creamy and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Very nice appearance! The aroma offers a light barnyard character with some soft mustiness, gentle dark fruits, and a straw-like note. The body is light, with a very fine but super effervescence that is surprisingly soft in the mouth. Very creamy & smooth! The flavor is sweetish, fruity (grapes, raisins), earthy, and gently spicy. It finishes dryish with a lightly earthy character and a gently lingering honey note. Astounding. One of the first beers to turn my head in quite some time. Quite full of flavor, and yet highly drinkable. Easily recommended and well worth seeking out.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with a massive white head from the high carbonation. The aroma features some spices, lemon, yeast and some spicy hops. The taste is spicy with some citrus, yeast a nice hoppy (but not too hoppy) finish. Overall, this is a really good saison that is highly recommended if you can get it.

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2010, I think, it's not in English. Hazy amber with a white head. Bit of a foamer. A slightly sour/farmhouse aroma and flavor. Tastes like a mild lambic with lemony malts and smooth pale malts and sugar candy in the background. Not as complex as their saison, but very drinkable and quite tasty.

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 dgallina
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml magnum with cork dated 2005.

Poured cloudy dark peach with big foamy white head and thin filmy lace. Smells like lemon & lime rinds, yeast, a bit of horse blanket funk, touches of hop. Taste generally follows aroma, with the focus a bit more on graininess and yeast than fruit. Malt and spicy yeasts up front, some sour lime and lemon fruits on the back of the tongue. Finish fades rather quickly. Body is a bit over gassy with carbonation, but generally follows the expected style. A pretty nice saison in the somewhat stronger and darker manner.

Photo of philipquarles
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle re-reviewed 9/09. Gushes out in the typical Blaugies fashion a beautiful gold-amber. Very hazy. Absolutely massive, rocky white head that is incredibly persistent. Right up there with the most perfect looking beers I've seen. Huge yeasty nose with a lot of pear and some bubblegum. Big aromatic hop presence. Very estery taste, with similar bubblegum and fruit. Grainy malt and grassy hops. Full, well-carbonated body. Miraculous beer; drinking it really makes you think to a Wallonian farmhouse. This is what Fantôme should be.

Photo of KDawg
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this from bottle and poured into a bordeaux stem. Nice and frothy head with a more dark orange color to it. looked a bit like an aged sauternes

very funky base along with complex aromas of blood oranges, asian spices, citrus tones and a bit of mushrooms

medium bodied with a lot of polish. Good feel with a good dose of funk and blood oranges

This was a real interesting beer. I bought it mostly because of the crust on the bottle. I didn't get the age on it, but it was real good and had some age to it

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a dirty cloudy dark beige color ale with huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funkyness with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some light funkyness with some notes of dry Belgian Malt. Body is thinner then I would have expected even thought there is quite a lot of sediment in the beer; carbonation is top-notch thought. I have to admit that I was expecting a lot more from this based on previous rating which makes me doubt if I had a bad bottle.

Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A slightly cloudy honey color with an off-white foamy head. The head has good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma- Quite sour. Not much else.

Aroma- The flavor is very nice. Starts out as a mild barnyard taste, earthy, yeasty. It then picks up a nice malty flavor with a nutty quality. Hint of pepper in there to.

Mouthfeel- A nice, tight tight CO2 level nicely compliments the peppery flavors. The body is fairly light, which works well.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

Photo of berkey
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense orange body with more sediment than expected. Solid, white, lingering, head formed when poured into a goblet. Carbonation was high (lost a good share on opening) but dies quickly. Very good lacing.

Smell: Some pleasant funkiness, dry yeast, spice, apples.

Taste: A good share of the aroma follows through here but in different measures. The sour apple isn't here as much as I expected, dry yeast and mild spice come through along with some nice alcohol warmth. As it warms it becomes much drier and a little funkier.

Drinkability: The 8% and dry taste keep this from being too drinkable but still pretty high for the style.

Overall very enjoyable and unique. Less dirty apple and more dry brett-like flavors than some other Saison's I've enjoyed. A good value compared to some of my other favorites in this style. I'll be drinking this again soon.

Photo of rallison
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, assuming the cork tells the truth.

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a tremendous head. Smells very yeasty with lots of banana and spice. Funky too - some slight notes of funky cheese - only slightly on the cheese though.

My first taste of this I do not enjoy that much. A few sips in though and I am more into it. Lots of spiciness in this one with a flavor profile that is very much of an aged, earthy, funky saison. Slight sweetness is back there, but very much second string to all the yeasty, spicy, funky and slightly sour flavors. Initially, the sour did not integrate well for me, but it grew on me a bit. They didn't completely pull this one off, but it is good and interesting.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and accentuates the peppery notes. Pour this a bit more vigorously if you don't want all this sharpness. Drinkability, all things considered, is pretty good.

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 metter98
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and has some yeast sediments settled near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high head that has very good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of yeast and hints of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is earthy and has flavors of grapes and yeast along with notes of apples and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength; the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL caged bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden honey, slightly hazed, with a towering rocky white head. Decent spotty lace pattern.

Nose shows an abundance of sweet and floral esters. Granny smith apples, pears, peaches, tangerines and a touch of bitter citrus rind. Occasional high notes of candy floss and bubble-gum. Funk is mild. Very approachable.

A touch more tartness, led by grapefruit, lemon pith and marmalade. Green apple and pear come through, but the sweeter fruits and candied aromas don't - which is a good thing. Just a smattering of white pepper spice.

Feels closer to 5% than 8% in the mouth. Dusting of carbonation fizz and moderate dryness on the mid-palate, but quite shy.

Just yum. On the sweet side for a Saison, and lacking in the funk department, but great drinkability and a moreish flavour profile.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.