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 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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Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle. Another one form Shelton Brothers. No dates anywhere.

Pours into my tulip a clear copper/peach/orange with a large soapy white head that doesn't dissipate too quickly leaving very nice lacing.

The aroma is highly fruity. It has almost a tannic smell and some subtle sourness as well. There is a subtle hit of caramel and then a hit of alcohol.

The flavor is intruiguing and nice. It was almost like they took a malty tripel and blended it with a tart, slightly funky siason. It has a deep carmally malt base but with a nice fruity twang. There isn't much sourness here, just a slight little zing. There are also motes of mineral water, a slight alcoholic bite, and a nice yeastiness. There are hints of pear peel and oxidized fruit as well. It is very complex.

The mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated but it doesn't detract too much from the beer. Though the alcohol is apparent, it isn't overbearing.

This is a really good saison that needs to be tried. This is quickly becoming my second favorite style.

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

Gushing carbonation eventually leads to an orange/caramel cloudy body with a fluffy white head and patches of lace.

Tart green apple, caramel and vinegar on the nose. The palate starts with sour fruit, then turns sharply funky. Rustic, earthy, musty, horse blankety funk. Crisp, moderately funky, and mildly sour. Dry, vinegary finish.

Some sours are fruity, others are spicy or herbal. Then there are the funky barnyard Saisons. La Moneuse is a funky Saison. As it warms the caramel notes some through more and balance things out a little more. This is actually a quietly complex beer. Once you get past the vinegar and must flavors, there are an abundance of nuanced flavors waiting to be enjoyed.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy cider gold with a frothy head that stuck around awhile and left lace. Great barnyard funk smell with fruit smells like sour apple and apricot and some herbal hops. Extremely smooth and for a light-bodied saison packs quite a punch. Balances light notes of sweet malts like sugar cane(?) and bread/yeast along with fruit notes like orange and apple and there is some spiciness/pepper in there as well to give it a little touch. The high carbonation gives it a fuller body and a crisp finish as well. An amazing saison made to sip on outside on a nice warm day.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle sitting on the back of a shelf at my local beer store. Lucky find. The bottle looks like it might have been laying on its side for a while since there is a slick of yeast all the way down the bottle. Cooled down till about 48 degrees and poured into my go to saison glass, my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a super hazy peach with a massive white, rocky cap that leaves the stickiest lacing I've ever seen come out of a Saison. It looks like clumps of bread dough stuck to the inside of the glass. Once uncorked, farmhouse funkiness started permeating through my kitchen and into my living room. That's some strong aroma. After letting it sit and settle for a bit, I poured it into my glass. Instantly hit with bitter lemon pith, aspirin, a slight (but not that slight because my wife picked it out instantly) ammonia aroma, freshly steeped grains, earthy dampness, and fresh cut grass and hay. The flavor is fairly intense. At first, I found it metallic and almost chemical. As it warmed and saturated my palate, the rough edges melted away and all the nuances of this beer came through. Up front it has big earthy tones. Fresh tilled dirt mixed with just a bit of fertilizer. Sucking on a freshly cut piece of hay with the taste of mowing your lawn. Overly boiled grains, with fresh lemon zest. This beer is complex but unfortunately, there is just a bit too much ammonia. I don't know if this beer has some brett in it, but I bet there is some way or another. Whether it got in got in through aging or its inoculated, I've never had a beer with that much ammonia that wasn't bretted. The mouthfeel is major disappointment to me. It has a harsh graininess to it that's enjoyable, but its full and finishes sweet. I want my Saisons to finish bone dry and its always my biggest turn off in a Saison. I'm glad I gave this beer a second chance. After the first half a glass, I was thinking about drain pouring it. As it warmed closer to room temperature this beer really showed its true colors. Overall not my favorite Saison but much, much better then dumping down the drain.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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 gfreed
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer buyer at a local store practically shoved this bottle into my pants when I told him I was looking for a saison. He said it's one of the best he's ever had, and I might actually agree with that. Lemony-orange in color, rather cloudy, piles of bubbles and a white, lingering head that leaves very little lace but erupts with aromas of yeast and oranges. You can practically hear the carbonation fizzing from across the room. A bit of musty taste hits first but is quickly overcome by the oranges from the hops, then everything is swallowed by the bubbles. Not bitter; there's a shaggy or sharp feel to the body as well. There's a lot of sediment in the bottle, so expect that in your glass as well. Finishes quite dry. With all the bubbles and an 8% rating, expect to feel the ABV after just a few sips. Well worth the money; it was a fine accompaniment to a Japanese noodle dinner and "Three Days of the Condor."

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Photo of callmemickey
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange-amber body with tons of floaties and sediment. Large eggshell colored head which stood for quite some time before settling to a skim. Spotty lacing.

S: Pungent farmhouse funk, horse blanket, yeast, raisins, pepper and freshly cut grass. Overall, the nose caries a decidedly earthy feel.

T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of horse blanket-like musty character. Not quite as dynamic in terms of the spice and hops as found in the nose. I'd prefer some more fruitiness here like lemon or green apples.

M: Smooth, with lively carbonation throughout. Could use a little more crispness in the finish, nut otherwise quite nice.

D: A solid saison with lots of nice earthy/musty character, but by the end it kind of slowed down on me... perhaps the crispness which was lacking lead to the beer not being refreshing at the end of the day.

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Photo of thepeter
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking dark orange with a creamy head. A good amount of sediment and "floaties". The head lasts quite a while and leaves a nice lacing

S - Beautiful, Lemons, pepper, yeast, very floral with a bit of grass and maybe a little honey.

T - Earthy, lemon, pepper and grass clippings dominate. Spicey with a small amount of funk and a slightly bitter but very clean aftertaste. It starts much nicer than it finishes but is very good all around.

M - very effervescent, but I guess not much more than most saison's. A bit thin and watery, especially on the back end.

D - Even at 8% I could drink this all day. Very light and refreshing.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.59/5  rDev +12%
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 twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle with no discernable freshness date. Pours a very cloudy, dark gold color...almost amber. Fluffy, saison-esque white foam that is large and leaves large chunks of lacing behind. A bit darker than most saisons, but a pretty good looking one.

Nose is farmhouse yeast and fleshy fruit with even some notes of raisins. A touch of alcohol adds to the cornucopia of fruitiness. Some saaz hoppiness comes through, grassy and herbaceous.

Dry, champagne-like grape flavors up front, fruity and vinous. Saaz hops come through nicely and there is a bit more body to it than most saisons. The 8% ABV is pretty well hidden while still letting some of the alcohol add to the complexity of the beer. Some citrus peel, orange and lime, make an appearance as well. This is a fine saison, but my bottle does not taste uber-fresh and was pretty expensive at 13 bucks. Still a quality saison that is well worth trying.

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