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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

La MoneuseLa Moneuse

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%


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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" cream coloured head that dissipated very slowly and left a nice lacing over a cloudy honey amber coloured liquid.

S: Floral hops, yeast and sour funk.

T: Floral, grassy and earthy hops and sour funk give way to a honey and slightly caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. A dry finish reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O: I enjoyed the tartness of this one but the grass and earth flavours are quite strong initially.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:45:44 | More by DaftCaskBC
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours amber/honey in color. Huge head is born. Two fingers plus and retains masterfully. Leaves bunches of lacing. Looks like an excellent Saison. So much yeast shellacked on the side of the bottle.

S-Very musty. Apple cider and other fruits. Yeasty. Very complex. Seems to change after every swirl of my glass. Excited to try this.

T-The mustiness is quite noticeable here too. Excellently dry. Fruitiness is ripe and semi-tart. Grassy hops too. Yeast rounds out the flavor, along with some spiciness. Definitely a unique flavor. Much more raw and earthen than other of the style. Sweetness breaks through also.

M-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Crisp and dry yet it has a smooth feel to it as well.

O/D-This beer is raw and earthy. I love the funky musty notes. My kind of Saison. May be one of my favorites of the style. Great brew, very complex and unique.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:15:36 | More by VelvetExtract
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:30:22 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

Gusher! The beer is a very hazy yellow, nearly filling the glass with fluffy white head. The aroma is fruity, with some yeast, malt, and spice notes. No funk presence. Lacks the complexity of a Fantôme beer, but still enjoyable. Medium bodied, pretty light on the palate. Overall, pretty good. Easy to drink. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:46:54 | More by Huhzubendah
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, orange-tinted amber with an enormous, frothy off-white head that takes forever to settle. When the head finally recedes a bit, an unbelievable amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Lactic, oaky aromas are immediately noticeable, but are soon joined by spice, toffee, and citrus scents. Very intense.

T: Opens smooth and sweet with notes of toffee, cream, blood orange, oak, vanilla bean, and spices. Earthy, herbal hop notes somewhat reminiscent of an English bitter develop around mid-palate. The finish is long and rich with toffee, citrus, spice, and earthy hop notes.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, firm, and thick. This is not the most drinkable ale in the world.

O: This is easily one of the most unique saisons I've run across. La Brasserie de Blaugies continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 13:07:13 | More by mrfrancis
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KDawg

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this from bottle and poured into a bordeaux stem. Nice and frothy head with a more dark orange color to it. looked a bit like an aged sauternes

very funky base along with complex aromas of blood oranges, asian spices, citrus tones and a bit of mushrooms

medium bodied with a lot of polish. Good feel with a good dose of funk and blood oranges

This was a real interesting beer. I bought it mostly because of the crust on the bottle. I didn't get the age on it, but it was real good and had some age to it

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:51:02 | More by KDawg
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LSUPT

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Avenue Pub served in a cervoise.

Takes forever to pour. Huge 5 inch head at first with excellent retention. About 10 minutes later I am served a gorgeous, glowing medium yellow/orange beer with a 2" frothy, layered head. I'd post a picture if I could because the head is incredible. After several minutes it settles with a pile of froth in the middle like cartoon dog poop, seriously, and tons of lacing with actual gobs. Very cloudy which was expected with the style. 

Lemon, orange juice, yeast and a slight oaky scent and a bit of funk. Very bitter for the style but in a good way, slight oak, big orange flavor and lemon. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a good bitterness.Very drinkable.

The possibilities seem endless with this style and this is yet another unique example albeit a very good one.  
    

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 23:15:28 | More by LSUPT
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Fantabulous, off white, styrofoam-like head that leaves gobs of sticky lace. (Pour this one carefully.) The ale itself is deep gold with an orange hue.

S-Mellow barn yard funk with some Band Aid aroma.

T-Some citrus, white pepper, and nicely hopped in a way that is supportive, but not leading the taste parade. Delicious and complex - increasingly so as it warms.

M-Slightly creamy but manages to finish clean, and refreshing. Wow.

Overall, this is fantastic stuff and worthy of your money. This is probably food friendly with fish, clams, or on its own. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:35:21 | More by pinotboy007
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spicelab

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL caged bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden honey, slightly hazed, with a towering rocky white head. Decent spotty lace pattern.

Nose shows an abundance of sweet and floral esters. Granny smith apples, pears, peaches, tangerines and a touch of bitter citrus rind. Occasional high notes of candy floss and bubble-gum. Funk is mild. Very approachable.

A touch more tartness, led by grapefruit, lemon pith and marmalade. Green apple and pear come through, but the sweeter fruits and candied aromas don't - which is a good thing. Just a smattering of white pepper spice.

Feels closer to 5% than 8% in the mouth. Dusting of carbonation fizz and moderate dryness on the mid-palate, but quite shy.

Just yum. On the sweet side for a Saison, and lacking in the funk department, but great drinkability and a moreish flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 08:33:10 | More by spicelab
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pitasoup

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
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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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color tinted with orange. It was served to me with a small, firm white cap.

s: Peppery yeast notes dominate this one. I also found some lemony, grassy hops and hints of clove and apricot.

t: Very dry and yeasty overall, just the way I like a saison. Up front I tasted very peppery and a little apricot. The finish brought a surprisingly strong grassy hop bite and lingering, mild clove flavor.

m: Big bodied and creamy overall.

o: This was as good as it should have been at $7 for a 10 ounce pour. I love it when a new to me saison is pretty much exactly what I hope it will be.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 09:41:16 | More by DIM
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JayQue

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Father's Day present to myself. I drank the whole thing with my dinner....a rich seafood lasagna. This beer went down very easy.

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass from a corked and caged 750 ml green bottle. BIG frothy head with excellent retention and decent lacing. A hazy orange color. Last pour contained some sediment.

Nice aroma of spices, lemon zest and musty funk. Taste has all the right Saison elements very subtly balanced. The flavor is really outstanding without any element, especially the lemon, being too dominating.

Mouthfeel is rich. Absolutely no harshness or taste of alcohol. For an 8% beer, this is very drinkable. Smooth, a little on the dry side as the head winds down, and very inviting.

All in all a very good Saison experience

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:42:34 | More by JayQue
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton. How do they get such unique kegs up here?

The beer is dark copper color and brilliantly clear, with a thin tight cap of foam leaving a wall of lace. It smells pretty solid, muted spice and yeast, any less and it would seem too neutral. Definitely has that "saison" feel to it.

It tastes more flavorful than it smells, a slightly sweet intro that quickly gives way to a more pronounced bitterness. More spice and less bubblegum than Saison Dupont, otherwise a very similar backbone. Yeasty esters dominate the aftertaste.

A very flavor and authentic tasting saison, very happy with this selection.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 23:27:54 | More by TurdFurgison
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearing the bottom of a 75cl bottle, so figured it was a good time to write down my thoughts.

Pours an opaque, cloudy copper with a thick white head and heavy initial carbonation. After the final pour from the bottle, a puddle of yeast settles at the bottom.

Smell is strong but not overbearing. Obviously the yeast is strong, but I get a bit of citrus as well.

Taste is sweeter than expected. Once again, the yeast hasn't gone anywhere; it makes its presence known. The citrus smell isn't as evident on the tongue.

Love the mouthfeel — crisp and full of bubbly carbonation. It really bounces around.

If the sweetneess were muted just a little, I'd have given this a 4.5 overall. But I do prefer more tart for a saison. Nevertheless, this is a finely-crafted saison, and a 75cl bottle (at 8% ABV) is the perfect amount to wind down on a weeknight.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:43:50 | More by CaptainPiret
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:59:54 | More by biboergosum
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
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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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:22:15 | More by metter98
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Dark orange and copper, maybe a bit lighter...in a relatively dark environment. Head is on the thin side with a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells incredible with some banana and some tartness. A bit of funk with some grassy and citrusy hops.

T: Huge with Belgian tripel characteristics cut by a very nice, citric tartness. Good spice and some clove. Not a sour, but the tartness is up there to be noticed in a very pleasing juxtaposition with the sweeter side of the beer.

M: Pretty perfect here, great crispness and the carbonation is right on point.

D: A very, very enjoyable saison. Balance of flavors is achieved very well here and the lemon character really sets this one off. Fantastic saison.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 01:16:17 | More by kiddynamite920
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking to try this one for a while, so here goes. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. A tremendously large yeast cake was formed on one side of the bottle. 2008 indicated on the cork. Pours a semi-hazy orange-amber with a rocky, three inch bright white cap. Head exhibits excellent retention, only loosing about half its volume during the tasting. Only a few delicate wisps of lacing were revealed. Nose is earthy and citrusy with a hint of spice (maybe cloves and coriander). I wouldn't call the nose funky, but there's a definite mustiness present. Taste follows nose. Everything seems to coalesce nicely; nothing is overly sharp. I also get a slightly sweet quality towards the back before yielding to light bittering at the finish. As the beer warms, light, fruity esters are also revealed - pear and green apple. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to the lighter side of the spectrum. Carbonation is a little too aggressive and is a bit gassy - this is by far the least appealing feature of this beer in my opinion. All and all, a very solid example of the style. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but it was pleasant and fairly refreshing and would make a nice complement to some spicy fare. Letting the bottle breathe and swirling the glass helps to dissipate the carbonation a bit and assists with the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:04:50 | More by Jwale73
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augustgarage

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:57:45 | More by augustgarage
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750ml green bottle. 2.010 on the cork. The cork opened with a resounding pop. I needed three glasses to hold it all. First poured into a Duvel tulip. A three finger rocky head on a hazy orange gold. The head sticks around to the end. Lots of rocky lacing.

Yeasty spicy smells. Coriander and orange pith. Cinnamon. Peppery citrus. Tastes of pepper and spice up front. Citrusy straw with lemon. Mildly sour yeasty finish. Mild hop at the end.

Medium body. Smooth and creamy as it warms. Dry. Very slightly bitter but extremely well balanced. Lots of flavour that lingers on. A pretty good saison. Eminently drinkable. Sweetness and alcohol become more apparent as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:07:28 | More by scott451
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brdc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a tulip. Kept in my cellar at controlled temperature for over one year.

Dark golden, slightly hazy, with a voluminous, long lasting head, and the foam keeps coming out of the bottle after half of it was poured into two glasses.
Aroma is mostly earthy, with some notes of fruit, must, faint hoppiness.
Medium bodied, easy to drink, it is not particularly complex for the style, but show pleasant earthy notes, pepper, bread, grassy hops, lots of fruits.
Good, but not just at the top of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:19:57 | More by brdc
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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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crossovert

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle. Another one form Shelton Brothers. No dates anywhere.

Pours into my tulip a clear copper/peach/orange with a large soapy white head that doesn't dissipate too quickly leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is highly fruity. It has almost a tannic smell and some subtle sourness as well. There is a subtle hit of caramel and then a hit of alcohol.

The flavor is intruiguing and nice. It was almost like they took a malty tripel and blended it with a tart, slightly funky siason. It has a deep carmally malt base but with a nice fruity twang. There isn't much sourness here, just a slight little zing. There are also motes of mineral water, a slight alcoholic bite, and a nice yeastiness. There are hints of pear peel and oxidized fruit as well. It is very complex.

The mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated but it doesn't detract too much from the beer. Though the alcohol is apparent, it isn't overbearing.

This is a really good saison that needs to be tried. This is quickly becoming my second favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:09:50 | More by crossovert
La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.