La Moneuse | Brasserie de Blaugies

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Brasserie de Blaugies

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.

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Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer Would buy again

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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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Photo of Sephiroth
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2004: I barely touched the cork before it flew out of the bottle. I always pop corked bottles near the sink. Good thing, as this one gushed for thirty minutes. Pours a beautiful light golden orange, with plenty of head for everyone. The nose is of spices, slight yeast fruitiness, and sweet, Belgian malt.

The taste is outstanding! Honey and candied sugary pale malt upfront. The slight yeasty character follows, and then the perfect amount of hops clean your palate at the end. This beer is balanced like a teeter-totter with two kids going up and down with no end in sight.

After that thunderous opening, the carbonation is much lighter than expected. The mouthfeel is light and silky. The drinkability is limited only by the fact that I drank the whole 750ml bottle in less than an hour, so I don't have anymore.

The second, and yeastier pour is better all around.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of OldSock
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – A 750 ml bottle, caged and corked from Luke’s. The cork indicates that this was bottled in 2004. It pours into my snifter with a three-finger, creamy, white head that sits on top of the cloudy golden beer. Rapid streams of carbonation keep the head inflated for the duration of my drink. Lacing is fluffy.

Smell – Spiciness, yeast and just a little alcohol. It has all the standard components of a pale Belgian beer, but those parts are combined flawlessly.

Taste – The taste is much the same as the smell, perfectly balanced and just complex enough that I cannot unravel the flavors. The most prominent flavor is a spiciness that I cannot identify specifically, but I imagine that the yeast, hops and actual spices all contribute to it. While the front is malty sweet, it finishes dry refreshing and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel – Harsh carbonation at first, but it quickly fizzes itself out. The mouthfeel is on the thin side.

Drinkability & Notes – One of the most drinkable Belgians I have had, and that is saying something. The flavor, is great on the first sip and never gets old. One of the best beers I have had in a long time, it’s hard to find anything negative to say about this. I didn’t get the foam over that it sounds like many other reviewers experienced.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

HUUge froth grabs the lip of the glass like a teenager wanting to french kiss the world. Massive bubbled froth is so irregular the lace looks like marbled paper. Overwhipped meringue on top of a clear beautifully colored ale; looks like sweet curry.
Smells like lemon soap, dried ginger... sweet. I'm bitch slapped by another Belgian that cries, "oh, to drink me fresh."
It's a little buttery, but a great green grain chew. It's like chewing on a green sapling. There's notable astringency, but it's honey sweetened - umm, strong green tea with honey.
The thing I love about a Belgian like this is that the aroma is so hard to separate from the taste. It's like a really good perfume that achieves a plane that bridges the senses. It touches my memories. My face tingles pleasantly, I feel good, there's a beautiful aroma of sandalwood, myrrh, jasmine, coriander. Aah beer insense that tastes great too.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the bottle, 2 teachers, ( husband + wife) brew these special beers in thier farm house Brewery. Marie-Noelle does the brewing. Mr. Pourtois must do the grain shoveling and bottling.
The cork popped like a Moet bottle. I let it sit for a few min. and a thick foam began to creep out of the bottle. The first pour was very carbonated and left my tulip 3/4 full of foam. Pale peach colored head above bright amber / orange beer with vigorous carbonation; clean, floral aroma with hints of unknown spice and wood. Head receads to clinging clumps of lace in the glass and a creamy, rocky hump floating on top. The flavor is intense with notes of grapefruit and dates and a completely unique nutty sweetness combined with a spicy wheat charactor; finish is just as intense with solid hop bite from tip of tongue to the back and down the throat leaving a clean, tart dryness that lingers. Remarkable beer. Hides the 8% deliciously well. Yeast kicked up and beer was cloudy after 1st glass / pour. One of the most drinkable Belgian Ales Ive tasted. Complex flavors and great hoppy finish.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 DaggerEyes
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

corked and caged bottle
my cork shot out of the bottle the minute I was done unscrewing the cage. I was afraid my kitchen was going to look like a championship game celebration but not one drop fizzed over the top of the bottle

poured into my tulip glass a hazy apricot color with a froathy head one finger thick with excellent retention. when held up to the light crazy amounts of wild carbonation can be seen rushing toward the surface. Lots of lacing

Nose features scents of damp dirt/bark smells, tropical fruits, sweet canned pears. Very complex and pleasing nose.

Barnyard mustiness mixed with spice, grapes, the sweetness balances the mustiness very well.

Medium carbonation with a fairly thin body that feigns being a lot fuller than it is. A crisp and dry finish.

The alchohol is masked incredibly well, though it is clear by the ABV that this is not a session beer, and despite it's incredibly full flavor it would be easy to just keep drinking this beer

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Photo of Agent1
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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 unclekeith
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BlackElixir
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you see this beer, buy it. Then read that back lable as it explains who makes it. It is a husband and wife (both school teachers) who brew this beer in their garage.

Pours a golden orange color with an off white head that will not go away. The smell reminds my of so many Belgian beers that I have had. The tase and mouthfeel are what stick out for me. Yeasty, citrus and corriander notes. Something a bit nutty comes through as well. Extremely effervesent and almost explosive my mouth. Aftertaste is a bit grassy I am assuming from the hops? This is a flavor that I seem to get a lot in Belgian beers.

A very complex Belgian beer that I really love. The alcohol is completely masked. Amazingly smooth.

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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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow with high carbonation producing a massive 4-5 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Barnyard funk, citrus, a minerally/musty/earthy note, spicy hops, and smells dry. Quite complex and intriguing.
T: A strong effervescent champagne-like note hits immediately, quickly followed by citrus and clove, then also quickly followed by banana, melon, barnyard funk, hay, spicy hops, soft but sweet caramel malt, and a hint of dry pear. Wow...super complex. Love it.
M: Loads of effervescence from the carbonation. Light-medium body. Smooth, mildly sweet, and with a slightly oily feel up front, turning towards a distinctly and prominently dry finish. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate (more barnyard funk and herbal tea qualities emerge here).
D: Outstanding...what a treat! A superbly complex and interesting brew and yet also highly drinkable. Seek it out!

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy and chunky golden amber with a frothy and tall, just barely off-white, well lasting head which lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity, almost intense fruitiness with a farmhouse ale character of slight yeast and cork. Coupled with that was a fruity and slightly sweet caramel aspect and sweet green apples.

The flavor was crisp with a strong malty personality of a Biere de Garde. The flavor contained a fruity green apple aspect, but not like acetyaldehyde, more like fruits. The flavor was crisp and well rounded with maltiness in balance with hop bittering which kept the whole flavor in check.

The finish was dry with lasting fruitiness and malt complexity, though fleeting, into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and highly carbonated and well done. A very well done beer with crisp and malty flavors coupled with well achieved hop bittering. Seek it out, but keep a roll of paper towels at the ready...

The carbonation was so high that when the cork finally emerged from the bottle the bottle erupted with the contents. The beer then continued to erupt after pouring a 12 ounce sample, for many minutes to come flooding the desk. After the first two eruptions the volcano was restrained by Brawny...take that!

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 311 ratings