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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 268
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 26 | 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 spoony
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a La Moneuse glass.

A-Poured a golden honey, dark yellow with a creamy (mostly) white, tall head. The head stuck around, too.

S-Orange and candy. Some honey...a little spice. Other citrus flavors were there, also a touch of malt and caramel. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

T-Orange and honey at first, followed by some caramel and darker fruit like fig and raisin. Slight spice...is that pepper on the finish? You pick up a touch of alcohol as the brew warms, but it's never boozy.

M-Medium body with prickly carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and dry.

O-I liked this beer quite a bit. I found the orange taste and smell unique and pleasing. It was well balanced and complex without going overboard on the palate.

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Photo of Agent1
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a vivid yellow/ orange. Excellent head retention. Bright, white, creamy head with small bubbles around the edges of the glass. I cannot stress enough just how amazing the head on this beer really is. Looks wonderful!

Smell - Surprisingly, quite sour. The aroma almost reminds me of a Kriek lambic. Plenty of lemon, yeast, sourdough bread, orange, mango and pine. Very complex and bright. Almost clears the sinuses. Also, floral notes are present as well.

Taste - Lots of bread all throughout, lasting until the final aftertaste. Chewy and full, yet still reasonably light, tangy and acidic. Light caramel notes. Nice and dry. Lemon peel, green grape skin and green apple. A beautiful use of sugars and hops. Quite bitter, but it creates a crisp, edginess that coincides with the carbonation. Nice use of Saaz and possibly East Kent Goldings.

Mouthfeel - Heavily carbonated, but this works very well with this ale. Literally zaps the palate. Smooth, rounded, with plenty of feel all throughout -- tongue and roof of the mouth. Wow.

Overall - One of the best Saisons I have ever had. This may be better than Ommegang's Hennepin. I truly admire the Hennepin, and therefore, this is hard for me to admit: but damn, La Moneuse impresses me even more. I just hope I can one day get my hands on another bottle of this because it was by chance that I somehow obtained this bottle! I haven't seen it anywhere else since.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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%.

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with an apricot hue and a half pinch dense cream head that dissipates moderately, leaving modest sheets of lacing.

Aroma begins grassy and herbal, with notes of peach nectar, green apples, and a bit of horse blanket adding complexity to the underlying confectioner's sugar-laced malt backbone. Wine-like scents surface late.

Flavor is complex, with notes of apples, pears, and banana ushering in a bit of bready malt, finishing slightly peppery and fairly dry and bitter. There's a lot of fruit complexity and estery yeast character. Must becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a decent amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very characterful farmhouse brew. There's enough malt backbone to stand up to the funky fruit flavors, and the dry, peppery finish is mouth watering, but a bit overpowering.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours an orange to amber color forming a huge yellow head. High retention and many lacings left. Very dirty beer. Many chuncks can be seen floating in its bottom

S: Quite "Belgium" on the nose. Mainly because of the very bready Belgian yeasts. Caramel, caramel malts, spicies (notes of coriander), honey, white grapes and earthly hops

T: Follows the nose. Very bready fruity an "winy". Smell reminds a white wine. Spicy too. Upfront is slightly sweet but in overall it's not sweet and the end is mild bitter

M: Medium creamy body. Good carbonation. Bitter sweet Belgian style)

O: Very drinkable but heavy beer. Well done, anyway. A winner

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber beer pours with a light tan head. The cap forms with a fizzy texture and big size but falls to about a finger and retains well. Thick random pillows of lace spiral around the glass.

S- Spice forward Saison yeast with a coriander, raisin and dark fruit fell. Slight nutty and toasty character.

T- Saison yeast forward with a bit of a darker malt feel. Has a toasty nut, brown sugar and caramel malt profile. Saison yeast is the main thing with spice, raisin, pine, coriander, dark fruit and slight esters.

MF- Highly carbonated light bodied Saison with a silky and semi-creamy feel. Fairly bitter finish with spice and hop influence.

Flavorful Saison with a dark feel than many of them. Has a spicy pine raisin feel that goes with the winter season.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL into tulip. you can definitely tell this thing laid on its side. for a while.

A: massive head. bright white. retention is great as is the lacing. a faint hazy orange body. hazy. good looking saison.

S: esters seriously dominate the palate. boatloads of gas to go along with it. pears. a little bit of floral hop. but just a bit. overall, i would say esters dominate a little too much.

T: the tongue starts with a sharp bit of tartness. a bit of spice. black pepper. its actually a little tough to find the malt in there. the palate is starts sharp and then the finish is bone dry.

M: an effervescent bottle carbonation here. medium bodied.

D: good thirst quencher, but wouldnt hate a few more nuances here. overall a good saison, but not great.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of LSUPT
4.18/5  rDev +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.  

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Photo of pinotboy007
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.

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Photo of spicelab
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.

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Photo of pitasoup
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.

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Photo of DIM
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
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.


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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.