La Moneuse | Brasserie de Blaugies

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-04-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
291
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
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Reviews by numenor1:
Photo of numenor1
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange with a huge head. Smells very earthy and fruity with noticeable alcohol. The palate is not initially gentle. Upfront is a whack of huge earthy yeastiness and peachy/citrus fruit undercut by substantial hops, but then this smooths out as the beer becomes comforting through the finish, gradually sliding away with orange zest and spiciness through the finish. Not as dry as some saisons, but not at all flabby. Mouthfeel is top notch, very high, yet soft carbonation, so soft in fact, i'd almost prefer it to be a little more abrasive. Drinkability is hurt a bit by the yeast funk, but completely worth it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: One of many 750ml cork and caged bottles that was sampled with friends on the green lawn outside the gorgeous red bricked Farm cottage that houses the Brasserie de Blaugies, during a recent Brewery Trip on Monday 12th April, 2004.

The first offering of the day was the La Moneuse. A red bordered label has a creamy-orange background with a black line drawing of the Blaugies Farm Cottage & a Horse and Cart outside. A sedimented Ale that is not filtered and listed at 8% Alc. Vol. Extremely small font states that this is Best Before end 2007, but we know that this was a fresh sample because we eventually found the 'launched' cork and it was dated 2.004.

Appearance: A tremendous Champagne Pop launched the cork from bottle that was on our Table high-and-sky-wards, yet the beer retained its composure whilst some gray gun smoke wisped from the bottles mouth. Poured into a freshly cleaned and cold-water rinsed Glass Goblet, the head formed enthusiastically but in a controlled manner to just stay in the glass and form a simply superb looking white frothy that crusted as it was exposed to the air. The body of the beer is a barley sugar orange-amber with a light haze, this increased in turbidity as we made our way down the bottle. Immense activity in the body as streamers continue apace, seemingly forever. The superb crusty head returned to a frothy consistency with each drink as it left a mind-boggling creamy lacing that added a whole extra dimension to the awesome appearance of this well-presented true Farmhouse beer. Top Marks!

Nose: A recently borne but controlled Saison farmyard nose with straw, freshly harvested grain, soil, earth, yeast, orchard fruits and just a hint of some funkiness. Mmmm.

Taste: A reasonably simple yet somehow complex mélange of fruity tastes entwined into a Saison base that has lots of spicy yeasty tingles, fresh oven-baked bread and some honey-toasted malts with a certain “je ne ce quois” farmyard character that funks the beer. Strong flavors in perfect balance. Aaah! IS THIS GOOD!!

Mouthfeel: A big beer in strength and poise. The alcohol supports this Saison but is not its dominant feature. It has a lovely funky feel in the mouth with a yeasty texture in the back end.

Drinkability: I managed to grab another bottle of this for our Table, and we fought over it such was its ability to engrain a selfishness during the quest for more of this highly quaffable brew. Very drinkable, I could easily imbibe this one all day, well until a full blown Sumerian Beer Trance ensued anyway.

Overall: An extremely accomplished offering from a little known but exceptional high quality Brewery, which if it moved 500 yards would be French. Truly one of the better Artisan-Ales!

Well worth a purchase if you see this one. Do NOT miss this one!!

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boom!There went the cap as soon as I took the top off the cork it shot across the kitchen and scared the shiznit outta the cat.Poured into a chalice a hazy peach color with a huge blooming white head that left globs of lace behind as it ever so slowly came down.slight barnyard funk in the nose along with lemon rind and wet grain,wit a lingering phenolic cloveiness.Refreshing and somehwat light feeling somewhat spritzy,somewhat dry on the palate a little grainy with somelight phenolic yeasty flavors with a touch of clove,there is a touch of honey-like sweetness but it goes well with a lemony finish that lingers for awhile.A refresher a 2004 bottle it held up well and at *%alc it was a real summertime quaffer in my mind.

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

Appearance – Thick, cloudy orange body with the typical monster Belgian head that went down extremely slow and laced the glass.

Smell – Big fruit and stingy alcohol hits the nose. There’s also a lot of spice in there. Altogether, I can pick up peaches and banana with heavy clove, white pepper, and maybe some coriander.

Taste – This one is big on the spices. The sweet malt works with the spices from the aroma to provide a sharp, mature, somewhat musty flavor. I thought it was a little beyond the moderation that represents the style.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was very deep and fell terrific on the tongue, but the overly-spicy flavors caused a lot of mouth puckering.

Drinkability – 25 ounces of sipping ale will go a long way. I’ll finish this one with a nice Middle-Eastern or Indian dish or something else that is similarly flavored.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see that this is listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I believe that it would be better listed as a Saison. The new label even defines the beer as one. Semantics aside, this is a very good beer. Given time to warm, it becomes immensely fruity and slightly sour while remaining crisp, light, and fresh on the palate. The color is magnificent, golden orange. The head is large and fluffy, though short lived, and the particulate matter is a beautiful deep orange color. Those wonderful Saison aromas of a citrus medley and barnyard are present. The high ABV is completely covered by the fruity taste.

Note: This was a very young bottle, fresh off the boat I believe. In the past I had sampled a much older bottle of this that was considerably more complex and featured an almost guezelike mouthfeel. In other words, if you can find the old label, buy it. It won't let down. (the vintage was 1998)

Update: Since writing this review back on 03-27-2006 I have consumed dozens of bottles and it has grown to become one of my favorite beers. Though no experience has matched that of the 1998 vintage, the last few years have come close. My previous ratings were 4.5, 4, 3.5, 4.5, and 4.5. I am increasing those scores considerably today because I believe this to be one of the best beers available period.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. The cork explodes violently out of the bottle a few seconds after the cage is removed. Hazed golden body is topped by a white meringue that takes a few minutes to settle. Lavish lacing on the goblet.

Aroma is funky and pastoral. Musty sheep, dirty blankets, herbal hops, yeast, and lemony citrus hints.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with satiny carbonation and the trademark Belgian saison funkiness.

Taste is dry and lemony with lots of spicy white pepper and mild coriander. Yeasty and earthy with a nice component of floral and herbal hops. Finishes on a dry citrus peel note.

Very well crafted saison that is an ideal summer quaffer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, Caged and corked, shared at the Blind Tiger in NYC (Ya gotta love a place that has this type of high quality, hard to find brew in bottles!) Pours orangy, cloudy, with a large, puffy, lumpy head. Nose is all over the place, yeast, funk, must, sugar, horse blanket, yeaha this is the good stuff! Another complex, earthy amazing brew from Belgium. Sweet and minty, musty, yeasty and peppery. Love the style, love this beer, seek out and enjoy

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very charged bottle, a full two inches of foam on a careful pour. Sedimented (more and more so as the bottle empties) light orangey brown appearance. Laces in numerous small flecks. Sharp aroma, unripe pineapple and lots of green apple, a mixture of yeastiness and some hop spice. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation high and verging on excessive. Quite bitter and yeasty, verges on astringent with cutting tones of lemon rind and grass. Aftertaste echoes the same flavors, and its emphasized by the aroma as well. Dry and can be refreshing, probably a bit too much for my ordinary tastes, but a nice entry in an artisinal farmhouse type of way.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour was a nice apricot color with a mountainous, overflowing white bubbly head. The cork blasted off like a bottle of champagne. Nice fruity nose, big rustic Belgian yeast notes, some mustiness. Taste is like a classic Belgian Farmhouse ale. Semi -dry maltiness, bready, earthy, must. Light hop characteristic, but it's there. Overall, a great example of the style.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL. Unknown vintage. I picked up this bottle at least 3 years ago, then lost and forgot about it in the cellar. I remember thinking that it looked pretty old and beat up when I got it. And it doesn't look any newer or less battered now. I opened it today generally ready for disaster.

Luckily, it seems to have weathered its storms pretty well.

Pours to a deep orange-glinting brass, only lightly obscured with smog. The head is proud, thick and tall and white and lasting.
Candied pear aroma, usurped by funkiness that tends towards mildewed concrete and particle board. A light mace spicy nuance flickers along with a more robust sense of crystallized ginger.
Into the mouth it comes with a flash of coarse grain, quickly wiped away with the ensuing rock candy sugary sweetness. Sweetness lingers, but the acute sugary tones are replaced by fruity essences via pear, red apple, and green raisins. This lingering sweetness is conjoined by spice flourishes of nutmeg, anise, and cardamom, then sandblasted by peppercorns, sawdust, and gravel. The hops have eroded beyond recognition, but a decayed greenish sense of chlorophyll and algae is present near the close.
Up front, this is manically charged and gaseous. Here, it's frantic and abrasive, as it scours the mouth clean with CO2. After a few minutes it settles down to a thicker and more cohesive cottony feel. At this point it is gulpable, as no trace of the 8% ever shows.

The moral here is that this ages very well. In spite of what I can only presume to be a rough adolescence, this has held itself together wonderfully. It's become a thoroughly graceful and pleasant saison. I'd imagine that fresh (or at least fresher) bottles are real jewels.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
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