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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 32
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 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 bennetj17
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage. Deep glowing orange colour. Hazy, with a massive head of white foam kept alive by abundant streams of carbonation erupting like strings of xmas lights. A very beautiful appearance. The aroma is very yeasty, with sweet yet musty lemon and melon frutiness. The aroma of malt has a bready and graham cracker like character.

The flavor is mostly a tangy sweet maltiness with candy and fruit. Lightly dry. The finish has a bit of an off putting sour touch that doesn't belong. Light body, lightly creamy, nice mouthfeel overall.

The drinkablility was decent and perhaps hindered by the age. I would like to try a more recent release of this to compare...

Photo of ojiikun
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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!

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbeerface for sharing this treat with me.
When Bob opened the bottle the cork hit the ceiling after a resounding report. Boom. That was thrilling. =)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy murky lemon orange color with a frothy white head.

Smell: Green apples, pineapple caramel thick musty malt make a muddled aroma with a splash of funk.

Taste: The flavors are pleasant but difficult to distinguish. The flavors are integrated and old, though to my knowledge this is not an aged bottle. There is a musty funk with thick sweet malt flavors and lots of yeast contributions, but then the flavor seems dominated by spices. Cinnamon and caramel with a dose of banana honey and coriander to finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and gritty on the tongue. This one is a meal.

Drinkability: Nice Saison with good flavors; it is not my favorite and would probably be fully satisfied with just one bottle.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of rodrot
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber color with a huge head that left plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. The appearance was darker than I expected for the style. Aroma was very spicy, peppery and yeasty, with some malty sweet notes mixed in. Taste was quite fruity and spicy. A nice hoppy bitterness became evident as the beer warmed closer to room temp. That funky farmhouse yeast character also came out more. I did not notice the alcohol until I'd gotten about halfway through the bottle, then I felt the warming in my cheeks. Drinkability was very good. For a medium bodied beer this was very thirstquenching and refreshing. An excellent beer to have on a warm spring evening and quite a bargain at 5.99 for a corked 750 ml bottle.

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 meadhead
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tart wild Fruit
country "Belgian" yeast
bitter grass hop.
A solid and great example
of a good Saison

Pours a hazy tan-orange
with a great erupting foam head
and a nice lace

Taste is just solid farmhouse:
country tart funk yeast
slight hint of
{orange apple lemon pear}
grass field hop bitter

Mouthfeel is good
subdued bubbly refreshment
with constant complex taste

Drinkability is great for a saison
as you become accustomed to
the flavors
easily becomes a session ale
of fine quality.

Photo of petemoss14
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy (I've left most of the sediment in the bottle) orange-honey color, with a big sticky, fluffy white head. I like the color -- kind of a compromise between warm straw and amber.

Nice grassy, estery thing going on in the aroma. Damp hay funk. Citrusy -- orange peel and spritzy lemon. A bit of phenolic spice tickles the nostrils. Moderate hop grassiness.

Mediumish body with nice carbonation. Lots of citrus, lemon. Some damp-earth mossiness perhaps. A bit of pepperiness on the tongue. Nice dry, hoppy-snap finish.

Very fine Saison. With Dupont, I prefer the yeast to be in suspension. Midway through this one, I added the yeast, and definitely prefer it without. Excellent brew though. One of my very favorite saisons.

Photo of CU570M
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foggy yellow orange beer which pours with a huge head and has great lacing. When poured from the bottle i could see the sediments from the bottle fall forward. Smell was awesome came off sharp, but sweet. I really really liked this one. This beer had a nice spiciness and sharp like gingerbread or eggnog spices. A great brew for the holidays or winter. Cotton like and dry mouthfeel, but still seem to come off smooth. Great drinkability, would DEFINATELY drink again!!!

Photo of Terp96
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a note, the version of this I picked up at Wine World has a different label that the one pictured on this site and is set out with the holiday beers.

This beer pours a deep golden orange color with a nice one-two finger thick head. Very nice lacing throughout the glass.

This beer smells great. Light and hoppy. Nice citrusy, yeasty aromas are very inviting.

Taste is exceptional. Nice maltly sweetness with a pronouced dry finish. The hops are very apparent on the back end making this beer very refreshing. The best attribute of a saison IMO.

Mouthfeel is also exceptional. Very balanced, light and refreshing. Sweet a dry like a fine champagne. A very drinkable beer, especially for the high alcohol content. I will grab as much of this as I can before it's gone.

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

750ml bottle from BelgianShop.com...

Poured quite a dark golden orange colour... slightly off white head pours big, billowy and meringue like then faded to light layer... very light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

This beer really needs to warm up before drinking as everything becomes much more balanced... i started off with it quite cold and had the smell and taste scores both at 4... but once it warmed up both went up easily to 4.5 bordering on 5...

Aroma - Lots of juicy spicy fruits (apples, pineapples, grapefruits, oranges), strong belgian yeastiness, candy sugar sweetness, light biscuity malts, peppery hops, grassy, some hay notes, floral honey...

Taste – Tart fruits (grapefruits, apples, pears, some lemons, oranges become much more pronounced once the beer warms up), light biscuit malts, light honey sweetness, quite strong vanilla notes, very Belgian bready / yeasty notes, strong peppery hops, grassy, faint toffee notes...

Feel - Very sharp and dry when cool but becomes much more mellow when warmed up... very drinkable - the 8% isn't noticable at all...

Overall - An excellent saison - one of the best i've had... just make sure you don't drink it too cold...

Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy golden beer with a three-finger, creamy, white head, fluffy lacing. Smell is spicy, yeast and just a little alcohol perfectly balanced. the taste echoes the nose, spicy, yeast, hops and actual spices, it finishes dry refreshing and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated at first, then dissipates quickly to a clean finish.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of numenor1
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange with a huge head. Smells very earthy and fruity with noticeable alcohol. The palate is not initially gentle. Upfront is a whack of huge earthy yeastiness and peachy/citrus fruit undercut by substantial hops, but then this smooths out as the beer becomes comforting through the finish, gradually sliding away with orange zest and spiciness through the finish. Not as dry as some saisons, but not at all flabby. Mouthfeel is top notch, very high, yet soft carbonation, so soft in fact, i'd almost prefer it to be a little more abrasive. Drinkability is hurt a bit by the yeast funk, but completely worth it.

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 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 mjc410
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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 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 maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy bright orange-amber color with a huge wispy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Spicy citrus aromas, tart apple, pear, lemon and spicy flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, lingering sour finish. This is an amazing saison, I will be buying more of this one.

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

A lovely cloudy amber with a white foamy head. It smells of fruits and spices and a bit of must.

The flavor is very nice. It's lightly peppery, less so than other saisons. The musty aromas are carried over to the taste, but only lightly. It also has a nice dry quality to it. The alcohol flavors are apparent in the aftertaste.

The tight carbonation nicely compliments the peppery flavors. The body is light and slick

This is quite the drinkable saison and one of the best of its type I've had.

Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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~~

Photo of AlexJ
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull glowing amber pour with a monumental head of densely whipped merangue froth that lasts for the duration of the beer. Simply beautiful to behold.

Aroma is of crisp grain offset by soft notions of tropical fruit, green apple, lemon zest, green grass, and trademark saison white pepper and coriander. There are soft undertones of minerality.

Flavor echos the nose closely. It barely touches upon soft tropical fruit sweetness, namely pinapple. It's actually semi-dry, with plenty of freshly cut wild grass, crisp/tart apple, dried lemon peel, earthy yeast with nuances of rustic farmhouse and crushed rock minerality. Flavorful and refreshing with a nice, earthy hop finish.

Body is medium, light and airey. With a crisp, lively mouthfeel and great drinkability. Would make a fine food pairing beer.

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.

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.

La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.