La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | 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:
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 kiddynamite920
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  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.

Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushing carbonation eventually leads to an orange/caramel cloudy body with a fluffy white head and patches of lace.

Tart green apple, caramel and vinegar on the nose. The palate starts with sour fruit, then turns sharply funky. Rustic, earthy, musty, horse blankety funk. Crisp, moderately funky, and mildly sour. Dry, vinegary finish.

Some sours are fruity, others are spicy or herbal. Then there are the funky barnyard Saisons. La Moneuse is a funky Saison. As it warms the caramel notes some through more and balance things out a little more. This is actually a quietly complex beer. Once you get past the vinegar and must flavors, there are an abundance of nuanced flavors waiting to be enjoyed.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy cider gold with a frothy head that stuck around awhile and left lace. Great barnyard funk smell with fruit smells like sour apple and apricot and some herbal hops. Extremely smooth and for a light-bodied saison packs quite a punch. Balances light notes of sweet malts like sugar cane(?) and bread/yeast along with fruit notes like orange and apple and there is some spiciness/pepper in there as well to give it a little touch. The high carbonation gives it a fuller body and a crisp finish as well. An amazing saison made to sip on outside on a nice warm day.

Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle sitting on the back of a shelf at my local beer store. Lucky find. The bottle looks like it might have been laying on its side for a while since there is a slick of yeast all the way down the bottle. Cooled down till about 48 degrees and poured into my go to saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a super hazy peach with a massive white, rocky cap that leaves the stickiest lacing I've ever seen come out of a Saison. It looks like clumps of bread dough stuck to the inside of the glass. Once uncorked, farmhouse funkiness started permeating through my kitchen and into my living room. That's some strong aroma. After letting it sit and settle for a bit, I poured it into my glass. Instantly hit with bitter lemon pith, aspirin, a slight (but not that slight because my wife picked it out instantly) ammonia aroma, freshly steeped grains, earthy dampness, and fresh cut grass and hay. The flavor is fairly intense. At first, I found it metallic and almost chemical. As it warmed and saturated my palate, the rough edges melted away and all the nuances of this beer came through. Up front it has big earthy tones. Fresh tilled dirt mixed with just a bit of fertilizer. Sucking on a freshly cut piece of hay with the taste of mowing your lawn. Overly boiled grains, with fresh lemon zest. This beer is complex but unfortunately, there is just a bit too much ammonia. I don't know if this beer has some brett in it, but I bet there is some way or another. Whether it got in got in through aging or its inoculated, I've never had a beer with that much ammonia that wasn't bretted. The mouthfeel is major disappointment to me. It has a harsh graininess to it that's enjoyable, but its full and finishes sweet. I want my Saisons to finish bone dry and its always my biggest turn off in a Saison. I'm glad I gave this beer a second chance. After the first half a glass, I was thinking about drain pouring it. As it warmed closer to room temperature this beer really showed its true colors. Overall not my favorite Saison but much, much better then dumping down the drain.

Photo of atigerlife
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver.

Pours murkey, orange, beautiful white head that is fluffy.

Aroma of sweetness, citrus, grassy. I get hints of marshmallow in there too.

Taste is of hay, peach, strawberry...wonderful stuff!!

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium bodied and quite cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Delicious. Highly recommended. Goes nice with a variety of foods.

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

The beer buyer at a local store practically shoved this bottle into my pants when I told him I was looking for a saison. He said it's one of the best he's ever had, and I might actually agree with that. Lemony-orange in color, rather cloudy, piles of bubbles and a white, lingering head that leaves very little lace but erupts with aromas of yeast and oranges. You can practically hear the carbonation fizzing from across the room. A bit of musty taste hits first but is quickly overcome by the oranges from the hops, then everything is swallowed by the bubbles. Not bitter; there's a shaggy or sharp feel to the body as well. There's a lot of sediment in the bottle, so expect that in your glass as well. Finishes quite dry. With all the bubbles and an 8% rating, expect to feel the ABV after just a few sips. Well worth the money; it was a fine accompaniment to a Japanese noodle dinner and "Three Days of the Condor."

Photo of callmemickey
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange-amber body with tons of floaties and sediment. Large eggshell colored head which stood for quite some time before settling to a skim. Spotty lacing.

S: Pungent farmhouse funk, horse blanket, yeast, raisins, pepper and freshly cut grass. Overall, the nose caries a decidedly earthy feel.

T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of horse blanket-like musty character. Not quite as dynamic in terms of the spice and hops as found in the nose. I'd prefer some more fruitiness here like lemon or green apples.

M: Smooth, with lively carbonation throughout. Could use a little more crispness in the finish, nut otherwise quite nice.

D: A solid saison with lots of nice earthy/musty character, but by the end it kind of slowed down on me... perhaps the crispness which was lacking lead to the beer not being refreshing at the end of the day.

Photo of thepeter
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking dark orange with a creamy head. A good amount of sediment and "floaties". The head lasts quite a while and leaves a nice lacing

S - Beautiful, Lemons, pepper, yeast, very floral with a bit of grass and maybe a little honey.

T - Earthy, lemon, pepper and grass clippings dominate. Spicey with a small amount of funk and a slightly bitter but very clean aftertaste. It starts much nicer than it finishes but is very good all around.

M - very effervescent, but I guess not much more than most saison's. A bit thin and watery, especially on the back end.

D - Even at 8% I could drink this all day. Very light and refreshing.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. Poured a hazy light-copper with a ton of small champagne-esque bubbles and a soapy white head.
The aroma is doughy yeasty, with fresh flowery hoppiness and that typical farmhouse grassy smell. Excellent.
The taste was complex, but included sour cherries and a dry almost tanic tartness of fruit, mild citrus.
These tastes worked their way through the complex mouthfeel, which started dry and fizzy, but mellowed quickly into a smooth and sweet tongue-coating aftertaste.
Overall a very good example of the style, well-balanced and medium-bodied. High-iosh ABV but even that was well-hidden. An excellent beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle with no discernable freshness date. Pours a very cloudy, dark gold color...almost amber. Fluffy, saison-esque white foam that is large and leaves large chunks of lacing behind. A bit darker than most saisons, but a pretty good looking one.

Nose is farmhouse yeast and fleshy fruit with even some notes of raisins. A touch of alcohol adds to the cornucopia of fruitiness. Some saaz hoppiness comes through, grassy and herbaceous.

Dry, champagne-like grape flavors up front, fruity and vinous. Saaz hops come through nicely and there is a bit more body to it than most saisons. The 8% ABV is pretty well hidden while still letting some of the alcohol add to the complexity of the beer. Some citrus peel, orange and lime, make an appearance as well. This is a fine saison, but my bottle does not taste uber-fresh and was pretty expensive at 13 bucks. Still a quality saison that is well worth trying.

Photo of berkey
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense orange body with more sediment than expected. Solid, white, lingering, head formed when poured into a goblet. Carbonation was high (lost a good share on opening) but dies quickly. Very good lacing.

Smell: Some pleasant funkiness, dry yeast, spice, apples.

Taste: A good share of the aroma follows through here but in different measures. The sour apple isn't here as much as I expected, dry yeast and mild spice come through along with some nice alcohol warmth. As it warms it becomes much drier and a little funkier.

Drinkability: The 8% and dry taste keep this from being too drinkable but still pretty high for the style.

Overall very enjoyable and unique. Less dirty apple and more dry brett-like flavors than some other Saison's I've enjoyed. A good value compared to some of my other favorites in this style. I'll be drinking this again soon.

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange beer with a lacy head that settles and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell of cork and musty cellar, spicy like dandelion and green herbs.

Taste is fresh and has the typical Saison characteristics, yet not as outspoken as some of the other examples. This beer has a light cork taste, but this overlaps with the other spicy notes of the yeast so the cork is not in your face. The spices appear to be green, garden herbs like oregano and basil. Mouthfeel is sizzling of the intense carbonation. The beer appears to be quite thin, but still has enough body to compensate for this.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I took this out of the fridge and let it sit for about 10-15 'cause it look like it may gush upon opening and I wanted a touch of warmth. Fortunately, no gusher...just a hearty pop of the cork. No visible dating on this - 1 or 2 others in the store selling for a buck less had 2004 on the cork so I'll take a flyer that this is more recent. Into the Ommegang chalice.

Topped with an eggshell-bluish hued 2-finger meringue peaks and valleys head, this one shows moderate carbonation moving fair to middlin' up through a slightly viscous honey-colored body. The head starts layering down like rocks and glaciers but it has some very good staying power. Nice, chunky seam we have here.

There's a fair amount of spritely citrus sourness meshed with slight pine and a carbonation kicker. Quite a bit of yeast and maybe a touch of wheat electricity. Not a huge grain profile but bright and pleasant.

Surprisingly light on the palate...maybe it needs even more warmth. Yup - about 120 seconds worth. Here it comes...the dryness enhanced by the carbonation...the austere Germano-Belgie hop profile and light stewy but very dry light grains. There is a slight metallic tinge every now and then but it's unobtrusive (sic?). With further warmth a slight blend of residual sweetness and very mild floral soapiness emerge to give an added dimension. This to me is a well-done, straightforward old world Saison.

This has a base defense palate as well. Well-constructed to style without any unpleasant surprises. All the required elements are there and they work in solid synergy. Nice and dry with the yeast strain extending the finish to be a little stewy and citrusy.

Selection #2 from Blaugies...I haven't been disappointed yet. I would be proud to have this in my glass or bring it to a tasting for the style. It drinks easily without a lot of weight or alcohol burn. No-nonsense true-to-form Old World quality at a reasonable price (under $10).

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

It's hard to keep this one in the glass. This beer foams up faster than a glass of soda packed with mentos. A beautiful sight! The liquid itself is a dark hazy golden color. There was plenty of sediment left in the bottom of the glass afterwards. The aroma is green apple, orange zest and spicy hops. A complex bouquet above this one. Light, effervescent, and very carbonated on the palate. The flavor profile is fruity with citrus. Toward the end a green apple sourness dominates the palate through the finish. A nice refreshing brew. A beer for summer, indeed.

Tart compared to other Saisons that I have had, but, if like me, you enjoy sour beer you will love this one.

Photo of drperm
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle, $12.50 at my LBS of choice.
Poured into a Duvel goblet.

First off, VOLCANIC foam once the bottle came open. It blasted over the lip of the bottle and kept on spewing forth for a long time. My guess is that the bottle was slightly too warm (~60 F), and should have been cooled in the fridge for a bit prior to uncorking.

Appearance: Pours a dark pumpkin-tan with a rocky head that fades to vanilla foam. Quite hazy and unfiltered, as a farmhouse should be.

Aroma: Not as strong as I was hoping, especially at room temperature. However, upon breathing for a while, it yielded new surprises. Funky house yeast, hops, mulched soil, cheese rind, potato, cardamom.

Taste: Hay, alcohol (throughout), Saaz (?) hop, coriander, pepper, *sour* apple, pear, toast. Toward the bottom where the yeast is, lots of hominy.

Palate: Nice -- smooth, ever so slightly oily. The sourness makes it thirst-quenching.

Overall: Glad I had this! This isn't my favorite Saison, but I absolutely love the individuality of these farmhouse breweries and am exceedingly glad to be able to get them. This was good -- not great -- with spicy Cajun Shrimp & Grits. It would be excellent with straight-up seafood minimalistically prepared (scallops & prawns pan-seared or grilled with butter, fresh herbs, lemon). Love that sourness.

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours that nice saison of straw with a hue of brownish murk. medium body. very very doughy straw and plisner like hop with light honey malt. palate is grassy hop, lots of dough, licorice, and a not too dry minty pepper finish. as it gets warmer orange fruit hop comes forth and an apple like finish and clove like hop sit on the tongue. this one hits all the bases. the archtype of its style a great example.

Photo of philipquarles
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle re-reviewed 9/09. Gushes out in the typical Blaugies fashion a beautiful gold-amber. Very hazy. Absolutely massive, rocky white head that is incredibly persistent. Right up there with the most perfect looking beers I've seen. Huge yeasty nose with a lot of pear and some bubblegum. Big aromatic hop presence. Very estery taste, with similar bubblegum and fruit. Grainy malt and grassy hops. Full, well-carbonated body. Miraculous beer; drinking it really makes you think to a Wallonian farmhouse. This is what Fantôme should be.

Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusty old champagne bottle, cork stamped 2.005, La Moneuse is a hazy burnt honey with a large off-white head, very fluffy and clingy, leaving foamy chunks that were painfully long lasting. Served at cellar temp, I'm glad I opened it over the sink, as it was a slow overfoamer that filled my large Gulden Draak tulip and continued to seep down the sides of the bottle for another few onces. Big trail of yeast on the side of the bottle indicates this was stored on it's side for some of the years before it found it's way to me.

Smell is very fragrant fruity esters, tropical berries, bananas, with a pleasant sugary caramel, like on ice-cream. Flan like with the fruits, like a desert you would get in Hawaii. This is my house homebrew yeast and I really love the smell it produces, huge ripe fruits.

Taste is great, nice balance between the sweet caramel malt and the fruity esters, spicy as well, hops and alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is drier and almost seltzer like in spite of the fuller body.

Drinkability is great, very flavorful but not to heavy nor overpriced, a classic of the style. A great saison for any season, but the caramel and honey maltiness has me thinking fall, even while I enjoy it on this hot summer evening.

La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.