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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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La MoneuseLa Moneuse

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BA SCORE
91
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 26
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-04-2002)
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -34%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:47:07 | More by woosterbill
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Ego

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
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)

eyes...
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)

nose...
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.

verdict?
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:45:16 | More by Ego
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stcules

Italy

2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 12:02:12 | More by stcules
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.7%

06-14-2014 02:49:22 | More by wrightst
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 17:50:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Braz

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:10:50 | More by Braz
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

09-05-2012 19:08:34 | More by theminutemen
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George2744

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

04-13-2013 13:25:37 | More by George2744
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

07-31-2013 18:28:12 | More by xnicknj
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pitasoup

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:06:10 | More by pitasoup
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 01:15:05 | More by Halcyondays
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GDMFSOB

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 04:45:18 | More by GDMFSOB
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-02-2014 22:36:39 | More by acurtis
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KMcG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

09-01-2013 00:55:42 | More by KMcG
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12-28-2011 03:06:01 | More by Blanco
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mattafett

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

08-05-2013 23:16:40 | More by mattafett
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BobbyOlson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-02-2014 00:12:28 | More by BobbyOlson
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-02-2014 22:40:15 | More by djrn2
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 15:25:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:45:40 | More by garbercury
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GClarkage

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 05:43:22 | More by GClarkage
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theopholis

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 06:33:20 | More by theopholis
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mjc410

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse glass (finally!) raises a head over three inches high, which leaves incredible lacing while it falls over the next few minutes. The head is off-white, and the body is an orange-gold. The nose is of sugar, yeast notes, pepper, and cut grass. I wish it had more spicy notes. The taste is sweet but ends dry, with a buttery flavor to it. There are light peppery notes, and some light fruitiness as well. Nothing awe-inspiring, but alright nonetheless. The mouth is standard for a saison, although perhaps a little less carbonated than usual. A good drinking saison, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 22:55:39 | More by mjc410
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ojiikun

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage, but judging by the updated label graphics, a newer one.

Cork'd and cage'd 750 popped wildly as soon as the thought of opening the bottle crossed my mind. The 2 inches of head above the 1 inch of darker orange-amber in my tulip were no surprise.

Smell is lots of ripe fruits - green apples and watermellon. Warm yeast that's not so much funky or musty as musky. Finally, sweet and sugary spices - pepper and basil, but in a candied way. Light malts, I suppose. Interestingly, between the AbV, spices, and phenols, on one or two sips, the aroma is almost eye-watering (but in a good way, trust me).

Taste is very dry but very full - light malts and tons of chai spices. Black pepper softens into cumin and cardamom. Tart hops and wasabi round out the middle while the finish is talc-dry with a little citrus.

Mouthfeel is very clean - almost astringent. A little body would make it less breathtaking on every sip. This and the striking spice and sour actually impact drinkability just a bid. Admittedly, I'm fond of sweeter brews, but this is one of the driest I've had, even among Saisons.

All that said, though, this is really well-balanced. Tastes far older than it is. Saying a saison is dry is like saying champagne is dry . . . of course it is!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 04:31:56 | More by ojiikun
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:32:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.