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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 10-04-2002

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a serious gusher, overcarbonated, all over the kitchen tiles. Bummer

Beer is yellow to amber, mild haze, huge white head, medium and large bubbles, lots of carbonation, did I mention the carbonation yet? Decent retention, which is exactly what you want an overcarbonated beer to be like, huge head that never goes away.

Aroma is sweet, flowery, yeasty, bready, sweet. Smells fine.

Beer is effervescent on the palate and sweet up front with a mildly bitter finish. I enjoyed it, despite how aggressively it was carbonated. I would have it again, but I would be more cautious opening it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

Gusher! The beer is a very hazy yellow, nearly filling the glass with fluffy white head. The aroma is fruity, with some yeast, malt, and spice notes. No funk presence. Lacks the complexity of a Fantôme beer, but still enjoyable. Medium bodied, pretty light on the palate. Overall, pretty good. Easy to drink. I would have this again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, orange-tinted amber with an enormous, frothy off-white head that takes forever to settle. When the head finally recedes a bit, an unbelievable amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Lactic, oaky aromas are immediately noticeable, but are soon joined by spice, toffee, and citrus scents. Very intense.

T: Opens smooth and sweet with notes of toffee, cream, blood orange, oak, vanilla bean, and spices. Earthy, herbal hop notes somewhat reminiscent of an English bitter develop around mid-palate. The finish is long and rich with toffee, citrus, spice, and earthy hop notes.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, firm, and thick. This is not the most drinkable ale in the world.

O: This is easily one of the most unique saisons I've run across. La Brasserie de Blaugies continues to impress.

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

had this from bottle and poured into a bordeaux stem. Nice and frothy head with a more dark orange color to it. looked a bit like an aged sauternes

very funky base along with complex aromas of blood oranges, asian spices, citrus tones and a bit of mushrooms

medium bodied with a lot of polish. Good feel with a good dose of funk and blood oranges

This was a real interesting beer. I bought it mostly because of the crust on the bottle. I didn't get the age on it, but it was real good and had some age to it

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Photo of LSUPT
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Avenue Pub served in a cervoise.

Takes forever to pour. Huge 5 inch head at first with excellent retention. About 10 minutes later I am served a gorgeous, glowing medium yellow/orange beer with a 2" frothy, layered head. I'd post a picture if I could because the head is incredible. After several minutes it settles with a pile of froth in the middle like cartoon dog poop, seriously, and tons of lacing with actual gobs. Very cloudy which was expected with the style. 

Lemon, orange juice, yeast and a slight oaky scent and a bit of funk. Very bitter for the style but in a good way, slight oak, big orange flavor and lemon. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a good bitterness.Very drinkable.

The possibilities seem endless with this style and this is yet another unique example albeit a very good one.  

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Fantabulous, off white, styrofoam-like head that leaves gobs of sticky lace. (Pour this one carefully.) The ale itself is deep gold with an orange hue.

S-Mellow barn yard funk with some Band Aid aroma.

T-Some citrus, white pepper, and nicely hopped in a way that is supportive, but not leading the taste parade. Delicious and complex - increasingly so as it warms.

M-Slightly creamy but manages to finish clean, and refreshing. Wow.

Overall, this is fantastic stuff and worthy of your money. This is probably food friendly with fish, clams, or on its own. Yum.

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Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL caged bottle into a Tripel Karmelit glass.

Golden honey, slightly hazed, with a towering rocky white head. Decent spotty lace pattern.

Nose shows an abundance of sweet and floral esters. Granny smith apples, pears, peaches, tangerines and a touch of bitter citrus rind. Occasional high notes of candy floss and bubble-gum. Funk is mild. Very approachable.

A touch more tartness, led by grapefruit, lemon pith and marmalade. Green apple and pear come through, but the sweeter fruits and candied aromas don't - which is a good thing. Just a smattering of white pepper spice.

Feels closer to 5% than 8% in the mouth. Dusting of carbonation fizz and moderate dryness on the mid-palate, but quite shy.

Just yum. On the sweet side for a Saison, and lacking in the funk department, but great drinkability and a moreish flavour profile.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pours hazy orange with two fingers of dense head that is slow to subside

S: saaz, pils, very lager-y smells. i was expecting funk after having the d'eauptre

T: more like a german lager than a saison. slightly earthy and hop bitterness, then a bit of malt but no saison yeast characteristics at all.

M: light to medium bodied, easy drinking and clean finishing.

O: again, de blaugies makes a saison that doesn't seem like a saison. i love the drinkability of this but was hoping for more interesting flavors.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color tinted with orange. It was served to me with a small, firm white cap.

s: Peppery yeast notes dominate this one. I also found some lemony, grassy hops and hints of clove and apricot.

t: Very dry and yeasty overall, just the way I like a saison. Up front I tasted very peppery and a little apricot. The finish brought a surprisingly strong grassy hop bite and lingering, mild clove flavor.

m: Big bodied and creamy overall.

o: This was as good as it should have been at $7 for a 10 ounce pour. I love it when a new to me saison is pretty much exactly what I hope it will be.

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

A nice Father's Day present to myself. I drank the whole thing with my dinner....a rich seafood lasagna. This beer went down very easy.

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass from a corked and caged 750 ml green bottle. BIG frothy head with excellent retention and decent lacing. A hazy orange color. Last pour contained some sediment.

Nice aroma of spices, lemon zest and musty funk. Taste has all the right Saison elements very subtly balanced. The flavor is really outstanding without any element, especially the lemon, being too dominating.

Mouthfeel is rich. Absolutely no harshness or taste of alcohol. For an 8% beer, this is very drinkable. Smooth, a little on the dry side as the head winds down, and very inviting.

All in all a very good Saison experience

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton. How do they get such unique kegs up here?

The beer is dark copper color and brilliantly clear, with a thin tight cap of foam leaving a wall of lace. It smells pretty solid, muted spice and yeast, any less and it would seem too neutral. Definitely has that "saison" feel to it.

It tastes more flavorful than it smells, a slightly sweet intro that quickly gives way to a more pronounced bitterness. More spice and less bubblegum than Saison Dupont, otherwise a very similar backbone. Yeasty esters dominate the aftertaste.

A very flavor and authentic tasting saison, very happy with this selection.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearing the bottom of a 75cl bottle, so figured it was a good time to write down my thoughts.

Pours an opaque, cloudy copper with a thick white head and heavy initial carbonation. After the final pour from the bottle, a puddle of yeast settles at the bottom.

Smell is strong but not overbearing. Obviously the yeast is strong, but I get a bit of citrus as well.

Taste is sweeter than expected. Once again, the yeast hasn't gone anywhere; it makes its presence known. The citrus smell isn't as evident on the tongue.

Love the mouthfeel — crisp and full of bubbly carbonation. It really bounces around.

If the sweetneess were muted just a little, I'd have given this a 4.5 overall. But I do prefer more tart for a saison. Nevertheless, this is a finely-crafted saison, and a 75cl bottle (at 8% ABV) is the perfect amount to wind down on a weeknight.

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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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Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle (2006 vintage, most likely) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Hazy light orange body with an inch of creamy tan foam. If that were all, this would be a nice looking saison. Unfortunately, despite a careful pour from the middle of the bottle, there are dark chunks swirling lazily throughout the beer and peppering the head. Yuck.

S: A light whiff of skunk is all the indication left that this was once a fairly hoppy beer, and is joined by some soft malt and fruity yeast. So much for the normal smells: it's also fishy, musty, corky, and generally disappointing.

T: Peppery phenols jump out as a pleasant surprise after the off-putting nose, and are followed by some bready malt and a cleanly bitter finish. It really doesn't taste all that much like a saison, but it's ok.

M: Supple medium body with ample, soft carbonation. One bright spot.

D: Definitely not very drinkable. I won't be going back for seconds.

Notes: I'd love to try a fresher bottle of this one, since age hasn't done it any favors. Some other aged saisons I've had have developed fascinating sourness and complexity, but this one just got weird. Oh, well.


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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and has some yeast sediments settled near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a two finger high head that has very good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of yeast and hints of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is earthy and has flavors of grapes and yeast along with notes of apples and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength; the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of garbercury
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously supplied by Reed415...

A--Gusher of great consequence. Lost a ton of beer, not cool. Once it settled and we got half the bottle in glasses, nice retention and orange-red hue...

S--Peppery spice, lemon zest.

T--A little light on the palate, missing flavor for my liking. Light lemony taste...

M--Good, fluffy mouthfeel.

D--Not bad, not my favorite version of the style, would probably not seek this out again...

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Dark orange and copper, maybe a bit a relatively dark environment. Head is on the thin side with a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells incredible with some banana and some tartness. A bit of funk with some grassy and citrusy hops.

T: Huge with Belgian tripel characteristics cut by a very nice, citric tartness. Good spice and some clove. Not a sour, but the tartness is up there to be noticed in a very pleasing juxtaposition with the sweeter side of the beer.

M: Pretty perfect here, great crispness and the carbonation is right on point.

D: A very, very enjoyable saison. Balance of flavors is achieved very well here and the lemon character really sets this one off. Fantastic saison.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking to try this one for a while, so here goes. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. A tremendously large yeast cake was formed on one side of the bottle. 2008 indicated on the cork. Pours a semi-hazy orange-amber with a rocky, three inch bright white cap. Head exhibits excellent retention, only loosing about half its volume during the tasting. Only a few delicate wisps of lacing were revealed. Nose is earthy and citrusy with a hint of spice (maybe cloves and coriander). I wouldn't call the nose funky, but there's a definite mustiness present. Taste follows nose. Everything seems to coalesce nicely; nothing is overly sharp. I also get a slightly sweet quality towards the back before yielding to light bittering at the finish. As the beer warms, light, fruity esters are also revealed - pear and green apple. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to the lighter side of the spectrum. Carbonation is a little too aggressive and is a bit gassy - this is by far the least appealing feature of this beer in my opinion. All and all, a very solid example of the style. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but it was pleasant and fairly refreshing and would make a nice complement to some spicy fare. Letting the bottle breathe and swirling the glass helps to dissipate the carbonation a bit and assists with the drinkability.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green glass caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

ECE/SAE amber with brighter highlights. A gargantuan rocky head collapses into a valley of dense stiff peaks. Merengue-like sticky lacing is among the thickest I've seen. Heavy carbonation creates an upthrust through the liquid, stirring the yeast up in a manner resembling an exploding building...a slow motion gusher climbs out of the bottle over several minutes if you leave it unattended.

Fruity spicy faintly musty aromas converge in the nose. Banana, nutmeg, coriander, grains of paradise, and a tart berry note intermingle.

Sweet and soft palate entry, again suggestive of fruit; this gives way rapidly to a light earthy spice and mild bitterness from hops; mud and hay notes synergize with the delicately tart musty yeast elements suggesting goat milk and proseco. Incomparably smooth yet pure and well balanced. Finish is just barely dry.

Hugely effervescent without being overcarbonated; lush, pillowy, and almost airy body. Slightly warming.

Estery, spicy, and lightly funky saison with a touch of sweetness. Suggestive of terroir as only the best examples are, this is a wonderful Belgian saison.

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Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750ml green bottle. 2.010 on the cork. The cork opened with a resounding pop. I needed three glasses to hold it all. First poured into a Duvel tulip. A three finger rocky head on a hazy orange gold. The head sticks around to the end. Lots of rocky lacing.

Yeasty spicy smells. Coriander and orange pith. Cinnamon. Peppery citrus. Tastes of pepper and spice up front. Citrusy straw with lemon. Mildly sour yeasty finish. Mild hop at the end.

Medium body. Smooth and creamy as it warms. Dry. Very slightly bitter but extremely well balanced. Lots of flavour that lingers on. A pretty good saison. Eminently drinkable. Sweetness and alcohol become more apparent as it warms.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a tulip. Kept in my cellar at controlled temperature for over one year.

Dark golden, slightly hazy, with a voluminous, long lasting head, and the foam keeps coming out of the bottle after half of it was poured into two glasses.
Aroma is mostly earthy, with some notes of fruit, must, faint hoppiness.
Medium bodied, easy to drink, it is not particularly complex for the style, but show pleasant earthy notes, pepper, bread, grassy hops, lots of fruits.
Good, but not just at the top of the style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruddy opaque amber with a soft long lasting poofy white head, good lace.

S: Some musty barnyard, fruity with yeast esters, bit of white pepper.

T: Fermented pears, some apple and peach. Estery, has a bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly thin, very smooth and soft carbonation.

D: A nice enough saison, but nothing really good here, not too complex.

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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
4.1 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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