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 Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of DaveBlack
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Braz
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a La Moneuse glass.

A-Poured a golden honey, dark yellow with a creamy (mostly) white, tall head. The head stuck around, too.

S-Orange and candy. Some honey...a little spice. Other citrus flavors were there, also a touch of malt and caramel. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

T-Orange and honey at first, followed by some caramel and darker fruit like fig and raisin. Slight that pepper on the finish? You pick up a touch of alcohol as the brew warms, but it's never boozy.

M-Medium body with prickly carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and dry.

O-I liked this beer quite a bit. I found the orange taste and smell unique and pleasing. It was well balanced and complex without going overboard on the palate.

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Photo of Agent1
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saisons are so widely varied in taste, strength, and complexity that asking for a new one is like asking for Christmas morning in a glass.

La Moneuse pours into the brandy snifter with the medium amber color of slightly toasted embers. An off white foam builds atop the beer with a creamy texture that quickly regenerates with a gentle swirl of the glass. Spotty lace and a medium yeasty haze rounds out the beer's appearance.

With strong floral overtones in tact, the fresh scent of honey, orange blossoms, thin caramel, white pepper, earthy rye breadiness, and an overall sweet and non descript fruit aroma reminds me of pez candies.

Honey flavors rise first with rich sweet impressions of buckwheat honey, cashews, and caramel. However the associated sweetness of malt sugars are only negligible. Instead the earthy, spicy, toasty hop bitterness, and peppery taste does more than balancing malt flavors and sweetness but attributes the bulk of dry taste from mid palate to finish.

Surprisingly light in body, the early sweetness is soon fleeting from the abundant carbonation that lifts the well attenuated sweetness from the tongue and guides the beer toward finish. A mid palate of earthy spice turns warm, lightly prickly, and slightly numbing under the strength of 8%.

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with an apricot hue and a half pinch dense cream head that dissipates moderately, leaving modest sheets of lacing.

Aroma begins grassy and herbal, with notes of peach nectar, green apples, and a bit of horse blanket adding complexity to the underlying confectioner's sugar-laced malt backbone. Wine-like scents surface late.

Flavor is complex, with notes of apples, pears, and banana ushering in a bit of bready malt, finishing slightly peppery and fairly dry and bitter. There's a lot of fruit complexity and estery yeast character. Must becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a decent amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very characterful farmhouse brew. There's enough malt backbone to stand up to the funky fruit flavors, and the dry, peppery finish is mouth watering, but a bit overpowering.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours an orange to amber color forming a huge yellow head. High retention and many lacings left. Very dirty beer. Many chuncks can be seen floating in its bottom

S: Quite "Belgium" on the nose. Mainly because of the very bready Belgian yeasts. Caramel, caramel malts, spicies (notes of coriander), honey, white grapes and earthly hops

T: Follows the nose. Very bready fruity an "winy". Smell reminds a white wine. Spicy too. Upfront is slightly sweet but in overall it's not sweet and the end is mild bitter

M: Medium creamy body. Good carbonation. Bitter sweet Belgian style)

O: Very drinkable but heavy beer. Well done, anyway. A winner

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber beer pours with a light tan head. The cap forms with a fizzy texture and big size but falls to about a finger and retains well. Thick random pillows of lace spiral around the glass.

S- Spice forward Saison yeast with a coriander, raisin and dark fruit fell. Slight nutty and toasty character.

T- Saison yeast forward with a bit of a darker malt feel. Has a toasty nut, brown sugar and caramel malt profile. Saison yeast is the main thing with spice, raisin, pine, coriander, dark fruit and slight esters.

MF- Highly carbonated light bodied Saison with a silky and semi-creamy feel. Fairly bitter finish with spice and hop influence.

Flavorful Saison with a dark feel than many of them. Has a spicy pine raisin feel that goes with the winter season.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a Blaugies La Moneuse tulip.

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a good white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some nice grassy and floral hops with a bit of spicy yeast and earth in the background. The flavor hits the same notes with a touch of fruit. Nice earth and light pepper. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice bitterness to the finish. Overall, pretty good, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge 4+ finger head. Leaves plenty of chunky ring lace. Dark amber color; light cloudiness.

Mildly earthy. Dry malt smell. Strong alcohol nose.

Relatively dry with some earthiness. Moderate level of hoppy bitterness. Typical body for a Saison. Stronger alcohol presence than a typical Saison. Short aftertaste of some bitterness.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL into tulip. you can definitely tell this thing laid on its side. for a while.

A: massive head. bright white. retention is great as is the lacing. a faint hazy orange body. hazy. good looking saison.

S: esters seriously dominate the palate. boatloads of gas to go along with it. pears. a little bit of floral hop. but just a bit. overall, i would say esters dominate a little too much.

T: the tongue starts with a sharp bit of tartness. a bit of spice. black pepper. its actually a little tough to find the malt in there. the palate is starts sharp and then the finish is bone dry.

M: an effervescent bottle carbonation here. medium bodied.

D: good thirst quencher, but wouldnt hate a few more nuances here. overall a good saison, but not great.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" cream coloured head that dissipated very slowly and left a nice lacing over a cloudy honey amber coloured liquid.

S: Floral hops, yeast and sour funk.

T: Floral, grassy and earthy hops and sour funk give way to a honey and slightly caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. A dry finish reminiscent of a dry white wine.

O: I enjoyed the tartness of this one but the grass and earth flavours are quite strong initially.

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

A-Pours amber/honey in color. Huge head is born. Two fingers plus and retains masterfully. Leaves bunches of lacing. Looks like an excellent Saison. So much yeast shellacked on the side of the bottle.

S-Very musty. Apple cider and other fruits. Yeasty. Very complex. Seems to change after every swirl of my glass. Excited to try this.

T-The mustiness is quite noticeable here too. Excellently dry. Fruitiness is ripe and semi-tart. Grassy hops too. Yeast rounds out the flavor, along with some spiciness. Definitely a unique flavor. Much more raw and earthen than other of the style. Sweetness breaks through also.

M-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Crisp and dry yet it has a smooth feel to it as well.

O/D-This beer is raw and earthy. I love the funky musty notes. My kind of Saison. May be one of my favorites of the style. Great brew, very complex and unique.

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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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La Moneuse from Brasserie de Blaugies
4.1 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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