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La Moneuse - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 29
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies visit their website

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.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Overflowing as I pour it. Chunky bits spill into the glass and riddle the foam with brown specs. Murky deep amber body. Not a pleasant looking beer.

Smell - Apple fruitiness and some floral notes. Honey and some caramel malt. Hint of spice, like rye.

Taste - Much less fruitiness, more of a variety of sweet malt flavors. Honey, toffee, slight bitterness. Some spiciness in the back, again reminiscent of rye. More of a saison finish with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Looks way overcarbonated, but it's quite creamy. Pleasant and not what I expected.

Overall - Surprising beer. None of the characteristics I expected, but I was never disappointed.

Alieniloquium, Sep 08, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -2%

No date that I can find.

A: Cork pops out with a huge boom, threatening to douse my entire kitchen with foam. Luckily I was prepared and caught it all. Light, clear amber pour with an enormously fluffy and frothy off-white head. Substantial chunks of fluffy lacing everywhere with great retention.

S: Big funky, yeasty, wheaty aroma. Get some grass, some citrus, some cloves and some mild spices. Crisp and refreshing.

T: Grassy and citrusy up front. Bitter and lightly tart citrus, like orange peels. A bit funky in the middle with some light bready malt and some cloves. Some mild black pepper and a little more orange peel in the finish with a bit of....burnt tire? Super drying in the finish and aftertaste, it's literally making me feel parched after every sip.

M: Medium bodied, extremely dry. One of the driest beers I've ever had.

O: Interesting saison. One of the least peppery saisons I've had, can't really comment either way whether that's a good or bad thing - just an observation. A bit tart and funky but nothing huge. Very traditional, though that probably is a subjective term given the variety of saisons coming out of belgian. Extremely dry, I cannot overstate. I feel like I need a sip of water between every sip of this beer. Literally feels like it's sucking the moisture out of your mouth. Overall well balanced, tasty and complex.

Dope, Aug 31, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Blaugies' La Moneuse is a malt-forward, rather heavy/dark saison (relative to lighter/fruitier/funkier saisons) with a stronger emphasis on caramel malt sweetness and characters than saison yeast esters and phenols. If this sounds appealing, it's definitely a saison to check out, if just for a fairly novel take on the style. While it works, I wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be, and would be interested in trying this very fresh, otherwise I'd seek out Blaugies' spelt and fig beers over this one.

Pours a fairly tall (1.5cm) head of fairly clean, white foam, made up primarily of medium and small-sized bubbles. Retention is about average, the foam lasting a bit over a minute before it declines to a thin cap of lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing around the sides of the glass is moderately present, some medium-sized washes and large dots clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a dark copper-brown color, fairly opaque (about 60-70% opacity), with light bringing out brighter orange-caramel tones.

Aroma is of pleasant caramel malt sweetness with a bit of decomposing leaf matter (or mustiness, as the label suggests), woodsy Continental hops, light tartness, saison yeast, and a bit of dried orange peel.

Front of palate discovers caramel malt sweetness with slightly medicinal and spicy Belgian yeast phenols, moderate mustiness / decomposing leaf matter, and apple cider. Mid-palate finds decomposing leaf matter, saison yeast, some spiciness and sharp phenolic notes, and contentinal hop bitterness over an underlying caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate features continued caramel malt sweetness with a moderate continental hop bitterness and woodsiness, white pepper, and typical saison yeast-produced fruity esters and spicy phenols. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter, with residual caramel malt sweetness, slightly heavy Belgian yeast, moderate mustiness and phenolic spiciness, and dried orange peel.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that eventually calms to a foamy, creamy feel. A bit of ethanol heat is detectable as a flash in the nostrils when swallowing, otherwise unpresent. Closes out dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

falloutsnow, Jun 15, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice faint lightly hazy golden hue with a good rocky white head that left solid lacing.

S - Aromas of apple skins, light grass/hay, coriander, light esters. Yeasty though.

T - Taste is solid, similar to the aroma with a touch more spice than on the nose. The esters are more prominent along with some faint booze. Definitely know this is up there for ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest point for me. The carbonation seems abit heavy and that does not help out how boozy this saison is.

O - Overall, not a bad beer, just wish it was not as boozy.

rudzud, Jun 13, 2013
La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
91 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.