La Moneuse
Brasserie de Blaugies

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From:
Brasserie de Blaugies
 
Belgium
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #300
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,679
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
Ratings:
330
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 13, 2022
Added:
Oct 04, 2002
Wants:
  38
Gots:
  36
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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4.21 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 13, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by aleigator from Germany

Pours an unfiltered amber color with a medium sized, fine pored stable head.

Offers aromas of a herbal bunch of flowers, soft, peppery yeast, a note of glazed caramel and a touch of wood.

Got a fuller, medium mouthfeel with a well fitting, effervescent carbonation, leading to a nice refreshment.

Tastes of toffee accompanied wheat, dried lime zest, bread dough and a soft, lingering yeast spiciness. Develops a bakers chocolate covered rusticness, softened by its creamy mouthfeel. Finishes spicy and honey driven with a lingering, herbal dryness.

Rich and soft, well focused and easy drinking, this is a rich and warming Saison.

Jan 06, 2022
 
4.15 by robotic_being from Florida on Mar 08, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

375 ml cork and cage bottle. Served cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for $6.95 CDN. Best before end of 2024.

Appearance - hazy honey brown color with a half finger of white head that rests on top and declines into a small coalescent cap.

Smell - Earthy and funky with barnyard funk, some grape must and some other low lying berries like elderberry. A hint of honey and some other spices (maybe coriander).

Taste - Initially, mineral water with some barnyard funk, some small berry sweetness, hints of grapes. The aftertaste is very pleasant, mid-sip is less remarkable. As it warms there's a juicy quality to it, almost with hints of watermelon. Unusual, but tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, dry finish but less so than similar beers in the style (think Brasserie Dupont). Booze is incredibly hidden.

Overall - Excellent saison that is well crafted, flavorful and quite drinkable that nicely balances the funkiness of some yeast strains with traditional saison flavors. Well worth a try (although it ain't cheap). Gets better and better as it warms. Also definitely the type of beer, you could enjoy multiples of at some cafe or bar in Belgium, stand up and make a complete fool of yourself, because it's that good and the alcohol quotient is hidden so well.

Feb 14, 2021
 
4.06 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Feb 04, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the large bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a hazy dark amber with a modest head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is pleasant, with yeast, spices and a bit of alcohol coming through. In the mouth, it is pleasant with pepper, malt and spices coming through. Enjoyable!

Aug 01, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Believe it’s a 2017 bottle, had 5/12/20.

Pours a brownish gold, hazy, with a huge spongy foam head on an average pour that has great retention, and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, black pepper, bread, spices, dough, apples, malt, some hay, some caramel. Somewhat similar flavors- Belgian yeast, malt, bread, spices- coriander and cloves for sure, fruity- maybe apples, light earthy/herbal hops, a little black pepper on the finish. A little bit of a sweet note and a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a little dry, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated on the high side.

An excellent classic saison. Fruity, well balanced, solid from top to bottom. I would have this often, if it was more available.

May 20, 2020
 
4.04 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2020
 
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

Medium: Cork + long tulip glass.
Opacity: Slightly hazy and veiled to hazy with yeast.
Color: Dark gold with good activity.
Head: Foamy and fluffy 4 finger.
Legs: Moderate but strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Caramel/Banana/Straw.
Taste: Pears/Apricot/Wild yeast/Coriander/Honey.
Feel: Bready/Barnyard/Spicy/Floral.
Body: Medium slick and oily, a bit smooth and fluffy.
Carbonation: Good crisp.
Overall: High quality rich saison with a deeper maillard profile (a bit too much), less "barn" and more spices. Alcohol is well hidden too.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 7.5/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

Dec 28, 2019
 
4.31 by CAcker from California on Dec 24, 2019
 
4.06 by Maxpower086 from Canada (QC) on Dec 10, 2019
 
4.38 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Sep 22, 2019
 
4.17 by edthehead from New York on Aug 07, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear, deep, dark golden amber coloration with a large, foamy headand visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, grainy malt and fruity, slightly peppery yeast esters of wild apple, as well as a hint of honey and wet hay. Taste is a great balance of light doughy, grainy malt, pronounced fruity/spicy yeast esters and just a hint of musty funk and earthy hops, with notes of honey, wild apple, peach, clove, black pepper, sweat and wet hay. Finishes semi-dry, with a light sweetness and bitterness and some fruity yeast esters lingering in the aftertaste. Quite effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and very strong carbonation.

A great Saison with a pronounced estery fruit character dominated by wild apple and clove, balanced very nicely by some sweet'ish, grainy malt, light musty funk and just a hint of earthy hops, giving this a certain earthy/musty presence as well. The relatively high ABV is somewhat noticeable, but not intrusive. This also really has quite a bubbly, effervescent mouthfeel that is somewhat reminiscent of Champagne.

May 19, 2019
 
4.5 by steverx8 from England on May 11, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LukeGude from Iowa

On tap at Ebenezer's (!), bartender Liz's favorite. I concur. Great Belgian saison. Somewhat overshadowed by free Jefferson Presidential 16 shots.

May 06, 2019
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4.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Everything I want out of a Saison. Cloudy, straw yellow color with a moderate white head. Grassy and yeast aromas and notes. Dry and slightly tart.

Oct 28, 2018
 
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 28, 2018
 
4.42 by stephenlee from England on Jul 20, 2018
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Mar 30, 2018
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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

A: Pours a hazy amber with a frothy three finger head. Looks lovely.
S: Toasty, peppery, even a tad smokey.
T: very toasty and warm, with some berry notes, spice and pepper, and yeast.
M: dry, perfect
O: Just phenomenal, Autumnal, berry notes, just great, I'll expound later, but I loved it.

Mar 25, 2018
 
4.07 by shelby415 from Oregon on Mar 17, 2018
 
4.24 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 16, 2018
 
3.29 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Dec 11, 2017
 
4.02 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a moderately hazy medium orange amber with a big three finger white head that dissipates slowly to a thick cap; slight foamin on pulling the cork. Classic saison aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast with a little funk, apple and pear juice; earthy. Flavor is grainy malt, saison yeast with a little brett character, apple and pear, dry grass; earthy and peppery. A mild tartness to the finish that the rustic flavors support well. Medium bodied with peppery, sharp carbonation. This is a fine, very traditional tasting farmhouse ale, covering all the apple family fruit, malt and yeast flavors and with a brett style sharpness that fits with the other farmhouse flavors. The active carbonation melds well with the spicy peppery notes. This is a fine saison.

Oct 18, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by unclekeith from Alaska

750 into a tulip

Big billowing head, leaves beautiful lacing, hazy straw hue, earthy and musty on the nose, bread

Taste follows the nose, nice long lasting bitterness, refreshing even at 8%, full body, lively carb, no trace of heat - just wonderful peppery saison - worth seeking out!

Sep 27, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

Dusty bottle, last one on the shelf.
Well carbonated, the bottle opens with a bang and gunsmoke in the air. Explosive foam in the glass, it settles with a loose meringue texture, with trails of large bubbles rising from the beer. Darker amber color, slightly hazy.

Aroma is lightly funky, wet hay, cidery yeast, bready malts. Not quite lambic territory, but nicely rustic.

Taste has a tart crabapple note, funky cider, malty in the middle. Carbonation is a little coarse and peters out quickly.

Medium bodied and tart with a vinous feel and a semi dry finish. Overall it's pretty interesting, I tried Blaugies years ago and i'm happy to revisit.

May 29, 2017
 
4.29 by micropale from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2017
 
3.99 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Feb 16, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bruno74200 from France

Very balanced brew, doesn't seem like a 8% ABV drink. This is brewed with figs but it's only lightly present in the smell. Apart from that, it's a good mix oh herbal and earthy hops, bready malts, light peppery yeast and some honey. Really good stuff

Jan 31, 2017
 
3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Jan 28, 2017
 
4.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 29, 2016
 
3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Dec 21, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

It has a kind of rustic depth, full of yeasty spice, golden fruits, touches of honey, and well baked bread.

The mouthfeel is smooth yet prickly from the carbonation, that can - if allowed to - create an impressive amount of foam.

The alcohol is never particulary prounced taste wise, and instead supports the feel of carbonated creaminess.

This is lovely stuff. And goes great with just about anything.

Dec 17, 2016
 
3.96 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2016
 
4.25 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Sep 30, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

750 ml caged and corked bottle, the cap on the caging is smudged but it looks like the printing on it says BL10115. I guess it's a 2015 bottle? Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a couple inch off-white head. Head retention is really good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like clove, apple, earthiness, wheat/grainy malt and peppery spice. It tastes like yeasty earthiness, wheat/grainy malt, hay, peppery spice, apple, clove, and a bit of apricot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat dry with a lot of carbonation. But the carbonation is soft, and I thought it was easy enough to drink. I liked this brew a lot, it's a very enjoyable saison. Definitely recommend this to anyone who likes saisons.

Sep 04, 2016
 
3.93 by jaydoc from Kansas on Aug 03, 2016
La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
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