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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle (2006 vintage, most likely) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Hazy light orange body with an inch of creamy tan foam. If that were all, this would be a nice looking saison. Unfortunately, despite a careful pour from the middle of the bottle, there are dark chunks swirling lazily throughout the beer and peppering the head. Yuck.

S: A light whiff of skunk is all the indication left that this was once a fairly hoppy beer, and is joined by some soft malt and fruity yeast. So much for the normal smells: it's also fishy, musty, corky, and generally disappointing.

T: Peppery phenols jump out as a pleasant surprise after the off-putting nose, and are followed by some bready malt and a cleanly bitter finish. It really doesn't taste all that much like a saison, but it's ok.

M: Supple medium body with ample, soft carbonation. One bright spot.

D: Definitely not very drinkable. I won't be going back for seconds.

Notes: I'd love to try a fresher bottle of this one, since age hasn't done it any favors. Some other aged saisons I've had have developed fascinating sourness and complexity, but this one just got weird. Oh, well.


Photo of Ego
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

from oak tree buy rite, edison nj (no freshness date but they just got it in)

damn, I thought this would be an "exploder" as the cork sailed off into orbit immediately... but thankfully it is just high on the carbonation.. not high on crack. into the chimay chalice she goes... 1.5 fingers of dense creamy looking white head, immediately sticky like tar on a day like... well, today! golden hue with orange tones, ample carbonation feeds and retains ver well. pretty clear for a saison, I did not swirl in the yeast as of yet (I will later on down the bottle)

suprisingly mild, definite biscuity/doughy thing happening, mild belgian funk and a hint of lemon tartness.. almost smells like the hefeweizen I was scarfing down today. scent is OK.

taste etc...
holy all taste of carbonation batman! you literally get seconds of just pure gas... man my dog is going to run out of the room later. the carbonation totally intereferes with this one, when the flavor finally is allowed to rest on your tongue it is a subdued saison, a nice tartness afterward but mild in all usual aspects. there is some decent bitterness and funk but it seems a bit out of balance. there is something off the mark here, it isn't bad but this is certainly just average.

with so many far superior saisons around (for reasonable prices) why would I go to this one? answer: I won't.

music : scar symmetry - pitch black progress

Photo of stcules
2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oranged color, a large float of very thin floating corpuscule. Average perlage. The foam is good on the top, quite bubbly on the sides. Average.
In the smell sweet and ripe fruitiness. Melon, apricot. Something tropical, and green notes, lightly tart, like unripe green apple. A bit strange and dissociated.
The taste is less sweet, with tart notes, that makes it more drinkable. Ripe pear in the finish. Tart aftertaste. Some dissociation here, too. Long ripe pear.
After all, not too bad.

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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 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 theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of George2744
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pitasoup
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pours hazy orange with two fingers of dense head that is slow to subside

S: saaz, pils, very lager-y smells. i was expecting funk after having the d'eauptre

T: more like a german lager than a saison. slightly earthy and hop bitterness, then a bit of malt but no saison yeast characteristics at all.

M: light to medium bodied, easy drinking and clean finishing.

O: again, de blaugies makes a saison that doesn't seem like a saison. i love the drinkability of this but was hoping for more interesting flavors.

Photo of GDMFSOB
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two-fingered, whit head that slowly climbs down the side. Appearance reminds me of a light, hazy, mulled cider. The nose is faintly estery and with a bit of alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden though in the mouth, almost too much so if you are, like myself, a fan of a good alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is smooth but nothing special. The aforementioned hidden alcohol makes it awfully drinkable though. Not a bad representation of the style at all, but I have to say it is not quite as complex as most of the saisons I've had.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruddy opaque amber with a soft long lasting poofy white head, good lace.

S: Some musty barnyard, fruity with yeast esters, bit of white pepper.

T: Fermented pears, some apple and peach. Estery, has a bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly thin, very smooth and soft carbonation.

D: A nice enough saison, but nothing really good here, not too complex.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of KMcG
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a nice big white head. Aromas of a small hop presence, hints of fruit and a small mustiness. In the taste, a semi sweet malt, hints of fruit, yeasty and mustiness. A bitter mouthfeeel with a small dryness and small fruitiness as well. A bit more hops than a typical saison, but a nice bitter. The sweet malt and fruit notes stand out nicely.

Photo of garbercury
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously supplied by Reed415...

A--Gusher of great consequence. Lost a ton of beer, not cool. Once it settled and we got half the bottle in glasses, nice retention and orange-red hue...

S--Peppery spice, lemon zest.

T--A little light on the palate, missing flavor for my liking. Light lemony taste...

M--Good, fluffy mouthfeel.

D--Not bad, not my favorite version of the style, would probably not seek this out again...

Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/25/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Both caged an corked. The cork says year 2004. Poured into mu Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-orangish pour. Huge billowing head. Had to wait about 3 minutes to finish the pour between two glasses. Little brown specks of yeast in my frothy head. Streaks and chunks of lace all over.

Smell- Typical saison scent. A bit of funkyness here, some white pepper there and some lemon rind in between. All in all a good thing. Kind of a sniffer though. Doesn't jump right out at you.

Taste- Fairly mellow for a saison. A nice amount of spices. Mostly white pepper. maybe a touch of corriander. Lemon rind is there, but not as pronounced as would like. Flavors meld well together. Tasty, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel- Well, or highly carbonated.

Drinkability- As stated above...not on of the best, but a nice example to style. If such a thing exists for a session saison...this would be it. Drinkable, and then some, but nothing that makes you jump out of your seat.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
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