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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a very active one finger head. Great lacing.

S: Very phenolic. Dried apricot base with a nice nutty, spicy quality. Lemon zest pairs with peppercorn and cardamom to create a complex, yet well integrated and balanced aroma.

T: Equally as phenolic as the aroma. Dried apricot provides a great base with clove and nutmeg to create a very balanced and complex flavor. A bit sweet for the style, but certainly balanced.

M: A bit on the thick side with strong carbonation, even for the style.

O: A very balanced and complex Saison. It's a bit sweet for the style, but definitely not too sweet, like many American versions of the style. The phenols help balanced the sweetness, creating a delicious beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark golden color with a touch of haziness. Big white head and splotchy lacing. Head settles to a thick collar.

Aroma of grass, earthy spices, apple skin, some coriander and a hint of flowers. Semi-sweet with a touch of cheese

Flavors dance around the underlying biscuit theme. Hops are light and spicy giving a slight lemon taste. Some flowers in the taste, but nothing is really all that dominant. The carbonation cleanses the palate a little too well. The spices on the end are shaken clean. A touch boozy

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper colored beer, with a hefty 2 finger foamy white head with a seemingly infinite retention and lots of lacing.

S: Yeast is far and away the strongest aroma in this beer, with tart green apple and some spices. Not too much of an aroma, I think mostly because it has to work its way through the neverending inch of head.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is somewhat reserved. It's bready, grainy and yeasty, with some peppery spiciness. Not at all sweet, and the end is crisp and tart. Some alcoholic phenols and grassiness. Deceptively simple and tame and first, but the more I drink it and the more it warms and opens up the more flavors come through. Never powerful, but keeps me going back for more.

M: Moderate body, but heavy on the carbonation. Light in the mouth, but somewhat sticky on the back of the throat.

O: Really quite a good beer. Doesn't blow me away, but the flavor is deep and complex. The tartness is satisfying, and the flavors interesting. Works for me.

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3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. I had to judge this strictly as a farmhouse ale. May have been off. Pours a clear bronze with a head I don't have the room here to describe. Like champagne on roids. Pure white. Then looking back over to the bottle a few seconds later, it was slowly spewing foam like a volcano. And it did not want to stop no matter what I did. Aromas were dark fruit, very yeasty with a bit of dry apple. Beer itself was quite tasteless. Way too much carbonation. Nothing really stood out from the taste. Like I said this was probably old or discounted for some reason. Not undrinkable, but not a saison anymore either.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit, I got an off bottle of this. so let this review reflect what it comes out like when there is something wrong in the bottling. the beer pours a nice cloudy pale golden color, as a saison should, with whoa whoa whoa wait, a huge huge head, rising snow white and overflowing. an inch of beer on the bottom of an ale glass, 7 inches of head, and rising. tons of hectic fizz spouting off from whatever impurities are on the inside of the glass. odd, new, and curious. the nose is fine, well spiced, yeasty, alcoholic, and thicker for the genre, but this look is throwing me off. not that the foam has relaxed, its insanely flat, like, all that carbonation and activity has faded to nothing. this has the gravity and feel of tap water. so different. I decided that a tiny pour from the bottle and a quick chug was the only way to go. it could achieve a nice feel on the sip before it goes flat, as well as the full aroma as it warmed in the bottle. lots of yeast, maybe too much, something is off here, but I still force it to work out of ambition and desperation. id ask for my money back, but I finished it off, and without a receipt, it ain't going to work. the feel is soda when its live, and water when its dead, such a dichotomy. overall, if this was right in feel it would be profound, but in the bottle I got, it was just above average. a good brew, but I need another bottle to really evaluate this fairly. look out for handling.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange with a huge rocky foam head. Gobs of sticky lace. Bubbles rising at a fast pace. Nice retention as well.

Nose of some yeast and grain and a little white pepper. Not overly complex, and the head really keeps the aroma at bay.

Smooth even beer with nice malt that dries out fast. Sweetness is nondescript and fleeting, replaced by grain and bread and a wood and cracker-like note. No real funk in this one. Moderate bitterness and the malt is prevalent on the palate at the end. Booze is hidden.

Medium body, strong carbonation.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Nice balance and malt forward. A softer, cleaner version of the style.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, herbal, floral, earth, bread, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, pepper, bread, earth, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison. Great flavor balance and complexity; quite smooth and very crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance and nose were amazing, but I couldn't savor the rest of the experience to the same extent.

Pours a gorgeous honeyed color with haze, and one of the most creamy and meringue-like heads I've seen in awhile. Such sponginess, jiggle-ability, creamy texture. Delight.

Nose was very assertive with an almost intoxicating yeastyness that sweeps you off your feet, or out of your chair perhaps. I also get some grassy aromas, and funky cheeses in the nose.

Palate has some melon rind, fruity malt, light hops, and more of the funky cheese. Carbonation seems a little low. Finish is bland in flavors... I tried, I really did.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 307 ratings
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