La Moneuse | Brasserie de Blaugies

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La MoneuseLa Moneuse

Brewed by:
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 silenius
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 on the cork.

Pours an amber color with a nice white fluffly head. Not much lacing from this one.

Smell is sweet with floral and honey notes along with bittering hops and herbs. Very appealing. I get maple and honey, flowers and brown sugar, along with herbal bittering hops.

Taste is a great balance of sweet and bitter. It hits with an astringent bitterness that segues nicely into the sweet maple/honey sweetness. Great interplay.

Mouthfeel is a nice and lively bubbling that rushes over the palate.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of OldSock
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Sephiroth
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good drink. Orange colour with cloudiness. Orange and citrus taste. Yeast city, with the aroma and the look. Extreme head, and lace. Retaining head. Creaminess. A bit of saison, with honey and corriander and orange peel and bannana (is there wheat?)a good transition beer to the world of Belgian ale.

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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new label, much more attractive than the old one. Depicts the beer's namesake, A.J. Moneuse, bandit and gang leader, as well as ancestor of the Blaugies.
Gorgeous orange color, enormous head, fluffy, leaving lovely lace...a pretty picture, inviting, at the very least.
Aroma is perfection, the very essence of saison, heady, funky...stuffed with citrus, straw, spice, lemony...plenty of wonderful, here.
Huge impact on the palate right from the start, large yeast, abundant citrus, immensely flavorful, big mouthfeel, thinning slightly, sliding easily off of the palate. Very smooth, if top heavy at the start. A bit stronger than a typical saison, and it shows. Yum, yum. One hell of a saison! This is the stuff, guaranteed!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a lightly hazy deep golden with orange highlights. Volcanic, puffy off-white head that becomes rocky as it subsides. Rich notes of chamomille tea, browning apple, and light honey. Taste is moderatelt sweet with a lot of underlying dryness, huskiness, fruitiness and spicing. The spicing seems really wild and tea-like, herbal; yet sweet, like the nectar one puts in hummingbird feeders. The yeastiness is almost nutty. The dryer finish keep this beer a wonderful example of a good, drinkable strong pale ale. Carbonation is spritzy, which hightens the overall experience. Highly recommended for a fruity, dry Belgian pale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy orangish gold color. The beer is incredibly carbonated and starts to foam as soon as I get the cork out. The prodigious carbonation holds up an off white head. As I pour I get a sharp aroma of acidic pear and apple. Deeper ruminations about the nose on this beer leaves me contemplating about musty damp cellars, figs, fresh cut Macintoshes, and damp earth.

The beer explodes on my tongue with my first sip, almost vaporizing because of the volcanic carbonation. I give the beer a swirl to get rid of the excess and go in for another sip. The beer is soft and fruity up front with notes of crisp apple and pear. The finish is a bit sharper with a spicy yeast driven contingent that contains notes of ginger, pepper, and fresh cut grass.

The bloody beer is about to escape from the bottle, even though half of it was already poured into my glass. Luckily this beer is quite tasty, and I find it quite worthy of passing my lips and resting comfortably in my belly. I am really enjoying the visual display of the head as it forms a rocky head as I sample my way through this brew. Also, the head never really disappears, it sticks around throughout the whole experience.

I really like the contrast of fresh fruit notes with the dry sharp spice and carbonation notes that are in the finish. This is quite the enjoyable experience. Quite interactive as well as this is one gassy beast, or is that me?

As this beer loses its carbonation and warms up a bit I get flavor notes that remind me of a field of wildflowers (along with all of the stems) in bloom. There is a light nectar-like sweetness, that is lying on top of an earthy yeastiness. There is a certain similarity to an austere white wine here. The bottom line is that this beer is thoroughly enjoyable.

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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 SeanChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lively and effervescent. Upon opening the bottle, the head poured out profusely. The color is a rose gold, very clear and full of bubbles. Head is off white, rocky and full and the lacing is nice and clingy. Aroma is fresh, grassy and tart with hints of citrus fruits. Light to medium bodied and effervescent with a tart beginning, fruity middle and a dry wine like finish. Flavor sweetens and mouthfeel becomes more creamy as it warms. A good beer and an interesting representation of the style.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~12 celsius, trappist glass : A ridiculously easy gotten 5 as far as appearahce is concerned. Slightly hazy light amber with a never-ending mountainous off-white head as sticky as it gets. Aroma is less expressive than anticipated though it develops into a pleasant complex barnyard meltdown as it reaches room temperature. As Martin's fiancee cleverly puts it: "It smells where it's made". Pungent DUST and very bold hay, typical blazing middle of nowhere unexplainable belgian farmhouse character. Taste of (oddly enough the first flavor to catch my attention) spider webs! together with apple and a earthy reference. Very light for 8%, with a dusty dirty library book shelves aftertaste (which I hoped would last longer). Mouthfeel is also unique like this initially liquid fades into a cream and becomes pure foam.. yeah that's it, foamy mouthfeel. Cheers Martin!

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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 AtLagerHeads
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes looking like an amber/orange shake with big particles of yeast in the mix. The medium off-white head lasts very well and creates great lacing. The nose is of malt, yeast, and fruit, perhaps a bit like banana. The taste is very nice, holding the malt flavor while adding in some nice yeasty notes that create a very tasty drink. There may even be some nice light spicing, but the pungent flavors mask most of this. The feel is quite creamy and very good, and the drinkability is good as the alcohol gets buried in the lovely flavors.

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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 marc77
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The massively thick, rocky, creamy porcelain white head sits atop a hazy dark orange / light bronze hued brew. Fluffy, textured lace is left. The aroma is comprised of ripe citric fruitiness, mildly spicy alcohol, and hints of dry, bready grain as the dominant components. Chalky, mineral notes and clove phenol are secondary. Flavorwise, spicy alcohol and clove are perceived at first, and when coupled with the underlying sweetness from the low hop bitterness, a distinct black licorice note becomes dominant. Notes of citrus rind and honey - like sweetness then provide some contrast, but the overall flavor abounds in spiciness. Although dryish and well attenuated, the mouthfeel retains a smooth, quaffable quality. Finishes w/ a snap of sweetness and must that immediately yields to lingering clove. Mellow alcohol warmth emerges slowly. La Moneuse is a delicious brew... complex yet light on the palate. Superbly drinkable. It's not unlike a Strong Golden / saison hybrid.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The cork releases easily with the "pop" of a champagne bottle. It pours quite hazy and amber-orange in color, topped by an immense, rocky, off-white head that seems to want to climb out of the glass! Vibrant streams of very tiny bubbles race to the surface to buoy the head. After it falls, the head becomes extremely creamy and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Very nice appearance! The aroma offers a light barnyard character with some soft mustiness, gentle dark fruits, and a straw-like note. The body is light, with a very fine but super effervescence that is surprisingly soft in the mouth. Very creamy & smooth! The flavor is sweetish, fruity (grapes, raisins), earthy, and gently spicy. It finishes dryish with a lightly earthy character and a gently lingering honey note. Astounding. One of the first beers to turn my head in quite some time. Quite full of flavor, and yet highly drinkable. Easily recommended and well worth seeking out.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
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