La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies
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Reviews by Rastacouere:
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
~12 celsius, trappist glass : A ridiculously easy gotten 5 as far as appearahce is concerned. Slightly hazy light amber with a never-ending mountainous off-white head as sticky as it gets. Aroma is less expressive than anticipated though it develops into a pleasant complex barnyard meltdown as it reaches room temperature. As Martin's fiancee cleverly puts it: "It smells where it's made". Pungent DUST and very bold hay, typical blazing middle of nowhere unexplainable belgian farmhouse character. Taste of (oddly enough the first flavor to catch my attention) spider webs! together with apple and a earthy reference. Very light for 8%, with a dusty dirty library book shelves aftertaste (which I hoped would last longer). Mouthfeel is also unique like this initially liquid fades into a cream and becomes pure foam.. yeah that's it, foamy mouthfeel. Cheers Martin!
02-01-2004 21:34:52 | More by Rastacouere
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4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
07-21-2006 23:53:05 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
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. Theres 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. Ill finish this one with a nice Middle-Eastern or Indian dish or something else that is similarly flavored.
08-31-2003 04:13:06 | More by RoyalT
4.97/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
03-27-2006 18:33:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
08-25-2007 12:54:35 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
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
03-05-2005 03:17:58 | More by Billolick
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-11-2006 23:50:55 | More by ADR
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-23-2011 03:59:54 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-06-2007 08:45:22 | More by cokes
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-10-2005 04:07:33 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-28-2010 00:57:45 | More by augustgarage
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
10-04-2002 19:21:00 | More by NeroFiddled
La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.