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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 29
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Sammy, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

djrn2, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a Blaugies La Moneuse tulip.

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a good white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some nice grassy and floral hops with a bit of spicy yeast and earth in the background. The flavor hits the same notes with a touch of fruit. Nice earth and light pepper. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice bitterness to the finish. Overall, pretty good, but nothing exceptional.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

acurtis, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

metter98, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a highfalutin' head that lingers forever and absolutely sheets the chalice with lace

Smell: Nice blend of malt (toffee), hops (earthy, with quite a bit of hay) and yeast (the predominate aroma - apples/apricots, nuts and white pepper)

Taste: Opens with an interesting blend of apple/apricot, toffee (very subtle) and lemony, spicy flavors that, by mid-palate, become rather piquant; after the swallow, the flavors descend rather than build (as I would have expected) leaving the finish a bit underwhelming only when compared to the start; lemony aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, almost creamy, with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very worthy saison; not in the top echelon, but very close

brentk56, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe peachy amber with an extremely active interior. Scads of fine yeast are swirling this way and that thanks to multiple streams of crazed bubbles leaping off the bottom of the glass and crashing into them as they zip upwards. The lemon chiffon head is huge and is on the soft and frothy side. It isn't unsticky though since chunks of lace are already beginning to grace the glass. A classic farmhouse ale look and a very good one.

The same can be said for the nose. It's incredibly aromatic and is chock full of lemon peppery yeastiness. There's a fair amount of clove in there as well and no shortage of grassy hops. The amazing thing is how fragrant the beer is through several inches of foam. It's fairly low on the funk meter, but I don't mind a bit.

Three for three. I've never heard of Brasserie de Blaugies, but from what I've experienced in the first half dozen mouthfuls, their farmhouse ale bona fides are intact. La Moneuse is truly a top-notch version. It's lightly pale malty sweet with help from a few handfuls of candi sugar. They haven't used much sugar though because it's primarily a snappily dry, bitter ale.

Noble hops are still providing an impressive amount of bitterness for a beer that's been two years in the bottle. The star of the show, however, is the same spicy yeastiness that was featured in the nose. Each mouthful is deliciously complex and is becoming even more so over time. I'm sure there are more yeast in the more dependant portions of the bottle.

Saisons are either the style in which alcohol is masked the easiest or I've been drinking a lot of well-crafted saisons lately. I've never tasted so many 8% ales with no hint of alcohol on the palate. I like the mouthfeel, but I don't love it. It's appropriately well-bubbled without having as much soft, silky elegance as the very best versions.

La Moneuse was named for Joseph Moneuse, a highwayman who used to strip his victims after burning their feet to learn where they had hidden their money. Nice guy. At least the beer named in his 'honor' is angelic. This is a damn fine farmhouse ale that was a more than pleasant surprise today. If you have a 2004, it's drinking beautifully right now.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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%.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  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.

biboergosum, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new label, much more attractive than the old one. Depicts the beer's namesake, A.J. Moneuse, bandit and gang leader, as well as ancestor of the Blaugies.
Gorgeous orange color, enormous head, fluffy, leaving lovely lace...a pretty picture, inviting, at the very least.
Aroma is perfection, the very essence of saison, heady, funky...stuffed with citrus, straw, spice, lemony...plenty of wonderful, here.
Huge impact on the palate right from the start, large yeast, abundant citrus, immensely flavorful, big mouthfeel, thinning slightly, sliding easily off of the palate. Very smooth, if top heavy at the start. A bit stronger than a typical saison, and it shows. Yum, yum. One hell of a saison! This is the stuff, guaranteed!

feloniousmonk, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a serious gusher, overcarbonated, all over the kitchen tiles. Bummer

Beer is yellow to amber, mild haze, huge white head, medium and large bubbles, lots of carbonation, did I mention the carbonation yet? Decent retention, which is exactly what you want an overcarbonated beer to be like, huge head that never goes away.

Aroma is sweet, flowery, yeasty, bready, sweet. Smells fine.

Beer is effervescent on the palate and sweet up front with a mildly bitter finish. I enjoyed it, despite how aggressively it was carbonated. I would have it again, but I would be more cautious opening it.

drabmuh, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge 4+ finger head. Leaves plenty of chunky ring lace. Dark amber color; light cloudiness.

Mildly earthy. Dry malt smell. Strong alcohol nose.

Relatively dry with some earthiness. Moderate level of hoppy bitterness. Typical body for a Saison. Stronger alcohol presence than a typical Saison. Short aftertaste of some bitterness.

smcolw, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orangish gold color. The beer is incredibly carbonated and starts to foam as soon as I get the cork out. The prodigious carbonation holds up an off white head. As I pour I get a sharp aroma of acidic pear and apple. Deeper ruminations about the nose on this beer leaves me contemplating about musty damp cellars, figs, fresh cut Macintoshes, and damp earth.

The beer explodes on my tongue with my first sip, almost vaporizing because of the volcanic carbonation. I give the beer a swirl to get rid of the excess and go in for another sip. The beer is soft and fruity up front with notes of crisp apple and pear. The finish is a bit sharper with a spicy yeast driven contingent that contains notes of ginger, pepper, and fresh cut grass.

The bloody beer is about to escape from the bottle, even though half of it was already poured into my glass. Luckily this beer is quite tasty, and I find it quite worthy of passing my lips and resting comfortably in my belly. I am really enjoying the visual display of the head as it forms a rocky head as I sample my way through this brew. Also, the head never really disappears, it sticks around throughout the whole experience.

I really like the contrast of fresh fruit notes with the dry sharp spice and carbonation notes that are in the finish. This is quite the enjoyable experience. Quite interactive as well as this is one gassy beast, or is that me?

As this beer loses its carbonation and warms up a bit I get flavor notes that remind me of a field of wildflowers (along with all of the stems) in bloom. There is a light nectar-like sweetness, that is lying on top of an earthy yeastiness. There is a certain similarity to an austere white wine here. The bottom line is that this beer is thoroughly enjoyable.

Gueuzedude, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

MarkyMOD, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  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.

tempest, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Ealing Beerfest., early May 2006. 375ml green bottle, corked and caged. No freshness info. is given on the bottle or beer label, but the cork marks "2.005"--supposedly bottled in 2005? Served light-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: bright, dark orangey amber hue, slightly hazy due to yeast-sediments; a fast-effervescent off-white beer head grows incredibly frothy, which sustains throughout the drink and leaves tight sheets of lacing behind; very lively carbonation. Looking just great!
S: an assertive tartly sweet fruitiness (composed of apple, pineapple, and slightly tangy lemon-peel) comes alongside a dryish-sour woody edge (like some milder geuze) and sour-sweet funky yeastiness as in saison, while mildly candyish, grainy maltiness stays firmly underneath as bedrock. Well executed aroma, complex but approachable, like a cross b/w saison and pale ale.
T&M: incredibly creamy-smooth on the mouthfeel, the palate is full of sour-sweet fruitiness (as in the aroma) and subdued grainy pale malts, quickly ensued by increasingly dryish yeastiness, intense spicy and woody impacts (but not the flavour)... the mouthfeel gets drier and drier, until it reaches an almost "clashing" and ultra-tangy finish all over the mouth and b/w the teeth, where a restrained bitterness contributes a little to the overall 3D structure, making my tongue craving for another sip right away~~ What an impressive Saison it is--more for its texture than the overall flavour. BTW, where is the alc.??
D: due to its mild carbonation (despite the fizzy appearance) and its tangy+dryish mouthfeel, this saison is more than drinkable, almost quaffable like an English bitter (?!). The flavour overall is slightly on the simplistic side, as compared with two Fantome beers I've had recently, but still is compensated for by its impressive texture through the drink. A "session Saison" for me~~

wl0307, Jun 06, 2006
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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.