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Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 515
Photo of cmurkar
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a two inch foamy white head. Smell is musk and yeast. Taste is unique, first impression is grape of all flavors. Very yeasty with malt finish. Crisp mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle with a simple Dupont label. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip. Straw yellow golden with some haze and funk. Big white head subsiding to a nice ring of lace. Aroma is quite nice with hints of mild banana and clove, Belgian spice, black pepper, lemon grass and fresh hay. Flavor profile is what I'd expect from a Dupont farmhouse ale with a unique funk to the yeast providing a complex experience. Sweet banana, lemon grass with bolts of black pepper and clove spice before finishing with a funk of straw. Feel is exceptional and the texture carries a nice body with a dry finish.

Moinette blond doesn't disappoint much like all the other Dupont brews I've had. It's complex and delicious. Gives you a legit example of what Belgian farmhouse ales are supposed to be. World class offering

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance slight hazy gold with a white head rising about half a finger's length.

Smell: Cloves and yeast with bits of honey. Very light scent though and honestly one sniff

Taste: Good flavor with a bit sweetness to r reminds me of light sugar and cloves.

Mouth: Medoum bodied with well above average stickiness.

Overall: Nice little gem I had in a tasting recently. If you prefer blondes might be your cup of tea personally for me I rather sacrifice the smoothness for a more potent flavor. Salud!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Both from Dupont, the Blond is a famous cousin of the benchmark for saisons.
With ratings in the top handful, enough think Moinette Blond to be the benchmark for the strong pales.
If so, not so fast in associating both as their respective benchmarks.
First, the positive. These two ales are very close in what makes them distinct: dry, but not overly hoppy.
But, biere de garde are intended to complement the popular foods of northern France.
And Moinette Blond has 2% more alcohol... which can overpower most dishes.
Facing dilemma, I consulted the expert "Brewmaster's Table" who agreed with me about the hops, but then left a long list of meat and fish dishes to try with the Blond.
Being a vegetarian, I drank it alone... and was more than satisfied.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours with a really nice thick head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Smell – A beautiful smell of yeast, and a light pepper spice.

Taste – Tastes of yeast, hay, and a little malt.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and very smooth. Medium body, perfect carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very easy for 8.5% abv. I prefer this to the Duvel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy bright golden with a moderate white head. The aroma has a candy character, cinnamon, sweet, grape, yeasty, bready. Taste very fruity, peach, citrusy very enjoyable and worth a try.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A slightly hazy dark straw yellow with a nice head - a thin layer stayed to the very last sip
S: A slight sweet/sour musky grape like at a winery
T: Pretty intense white wine grape flavor with a bready finish
F: A sort of unusual combination - feels kind of thick yet still has a good amount of carbonation. Also has some alcohol heat.
O: More wine-like than I was expecting, which is not my favorite, but not at all bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a burgundy stem. Pours a lovely sunny gold with a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Clarity is slightly hazy. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses citrus zest and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a light spicy/peppery quality to the flavor profile, as well as a trace of honey. Flavors are subtle without being cloying. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even, carbonation. Overall, very drinkable with a well-hidden abv. An exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice billowy white fizzy foam head. The head fades moderately quickly over time leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a cracker aroma mixed with a lot of yeast and a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of clove and coriander as well as a good showing of a grainy and fruity smell. All in all it gives a rather nice and clean Belgium smell overall.

Taste – Upfront the taste has a decent showing of a fruity nature of peach and pear mixed with a whole lot of a bready taste. A decent showing a clean grainy flavor and a lot of yeast are present upfront as well, which make for a rather flavorful taste. While lighter upfront, the spice flavors of coriander and clove get rather potent toward the end and are joined by lots of grass and a herbal hop. With a light decrease in the sweet, and a little more grainy and some hay coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice flavorful and crisp Belgium strong flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the somewhat fruity and sweet, yet crisp and bready tastes, the feel is quite nice and when considering the style, this one makes for a rather nice drinker overall.

Overall – This was rather enjoyable Belgium triple style ale. Lots of nice flavor all while maintaining a rather crisp and refreshing character at 8.5 % abv.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice belgian beer of a orange/ocher color and a big whitey foam.
Smell and taste are basically malty and yeasty (not too much considering the style), with some notes of grains, spices and an alcoholic feel.
Fruitiness becomes higher as the beer becomes less cold. Difficult to distinguish details in this one...
Body and carbonation are at high level, bitterness is at average.

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Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, sun-yellow color, with a huge, stable head.

Drinks very smooth, due to a well pronounced yeast foundation, with a perfect fitting carbonation, revealing a medium body.

The nose exhibits qualities of an european lager, with sweeter, biscuity malts and slightly herbal hops, but amped up with a spicy yeast foundation. Grass provides a lot of character, giving the aromas an interesting turn.

Tastes of dough, soft and spiced yeast, among biscuity malts. Has a lemon peel crispness giving the beer a pleasant freshness. Finishes with a decent dryness, wrapped up by clove, pepper, flowery hops and a luscious yeast foundation.

A classic example of a refreshing, complex traditional Belgian beer. The yeast spiciness is well integrated, without becoming the dominant ingedient of the beer. Grass, lemon peel and biscuity malts among a slightly metallic carbonation adds an enjoyable depth.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Cafe Rose Red, Bruges.
Chalky, earthy, stale, and overall unpleasant. Unbalanced spices and lots of off flavors. Looked nice, but that's about it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2013 on the cork with a good solid pop. Green bottle.

Deep lemon yellow body, solid and opaque with good amounts of pinhead carbonation that is really scattered all over the place. Head is creamy but a bit small, only two fingers, but settles to creamy lacing and a simple half finger puck.

Very nice aroma. Mild floral notes and soft hay with a touch of green grass. It might be slightly skunky though, but if so isn't horribly compromised. Darn those green bottles and taking chances though. Slight soft biscuit chewy almost wheat like and touches of sweet honey as well. Pretty solid all things considering.

Palate is quite large and unexpected. Saison like pepper blast in the mid palate that really goes all over. Strong bitter finish, but controllable if a little going wild. Bit of a metallic twinge on the finish with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Nice dry carbonation, with that classic champagne feel but also a little distracting. Minimal but noticeable sucrose like sweetness that adds classic strong character.

It's not bad but just doesn't come and grab me like the rest of the Dupont family. It's also a little bit hot in feel and flavor strangely, and seems to hint more towards saison character, so I'd prefer the others if that's the direction for me.

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Photo of Jerebeer
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a chalice, it had about an inch of head with a cloudy honey color. There was significant lace upon agitation. It was sweet, with some spicy and mild bitter notes. There is also a yeasty flavor, similar to what you may taste in a hefeweizen. There is a mild alcohol taste near then end. Overall it is refreshing beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Moinette Blond pours hazy gold with a fluffy 2” mountainous, persistent white foam cap that rises up above the rim of the glass, leaving thick lace, with a small mound of foam remaining in the glass when you finish. It evokes the kind of foam one sees on the seashore. The nose is honey infused herbs with some light fruit and traces of bread. Light honey, peach, citrus, light grain and biscuit flavors roll over the tongue with a trace of funk, culminating in a slightly sweet finish moderated by a moderately bitter accent. It has very fine soft carbonation that produces a delightfully airy texture. It has a medium body and it very refreshing. Dupont uses those damn green bottles for this - I would give it 100 but every fourth or fifth bottle is skunky.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer but I was slightly dissapointed. It is a nice beer but not much more than a regular Belgian strong ale. Okay but not as wonderfull as expected.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden body with a creamy white head.
S: Bret notes and phenols. A touch cakey.
T: Has a warming cakey Belgian backbone. Fairly bitter - almost salty - and whle it starts out dry it finishes almost sweet. There's a touch of something herbal/marijuana-like. Saaz hops perhaps?
O: Yeah, pretty good.

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Photo of babaracas
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml, bottling date has this about 100 days old. Pours a clear gold with plenty of fine sediment in suspension, thick fluffy white head settles slowly to a thin cap, web of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: very floral, light biscuit, orange marmalade, sugary, sweet clove note, coriander, pepper. Taste: pear and mandarin orange in syrup, note of toasted coconut, apricot jam, coriander, mildly grassy and peppery, light biscuit in the back, lemon candy in the finish. Just an onslaught of delicious. Body like whipped cream but fantastically easy drinking, even with a little warming alcohol. This 'fresh' or with a year or more of age, this is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/20...pours hazy dark gold, 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Funky yeast nose, but light. Lighter blonde taste, some belgian yeast rises with a spicy hop. Light bodied, some complexity of taste. Creative.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy, almost think golden
All about the yeast. Smells like yeast, friuty.
Taste like yeast that gives a lot of fruity ester.

Like the sourness, but it should not be in a blond.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with a thick one finger head with medium retention and tiny floating particles.
Aroma with notes of oranges, slight sour, herbal hops, candied sugar and mild booze.
Flavor with a nice herbal hop bitterness, a good deal of spices, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, lemongrass, green apples and Cointreau liquor. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation (this is not the corked version). Alcohol of 8.5% abv feels milder.
Outstanding beer. In my opinion one of the best references for a Belgium Blond Ale, as other Dupont, it is intense in spices, complex and with a relatively good amount of herbal hops.

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Photo of chogm54
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. BB date of 11/2015.

L - Golden, much semi suspended sediment (yeast). There a thick, foamy white head that shrinks to a respectable 8mm thick lacing that is happy to hang around - overall great head retention.

S - Orange, yeast esters and cloves as expected. The cloves is more potent, and there is a pepper smell in there too. Very spicy

T - Fruity (banana, mandarin, orange) with a potent spiciness (pepper, paprika) and bready malts. Grainy, spicy aftertaste. Overall it is quite sour, with much less sweetness than a typical blonde.

F - medium bodied, slick texture, alcohol is noticable, crisp, dry finish.

O - I liked the sourness - I find the sweetness of some Belgian blondes and strong ales a bit off putting. This beer is more tarty than others with a similar ABV, but the crisp finish is all I remember. The spiciness is potent, which I'm not fully sold on.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle sealed with black dupont pressure cap.

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: opaque and glowing medium straw yellow bodied beer. Large fluffy bone white head that goes 3 fingers tall from a moderate pour. Head composed of many tiny compact bubbles. Leaving better than spotty lacing. Eventually drops down to thin cap with a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Bread and hay malts, well water, fruity esters, bananas, white pepper, floral, slightly grassy, earthy and bubblegum. Smells like a textbook Belgian style brew.

Taste: Light floral / grassy / earthy bitterness starts this off. Bready / hay malt profile. Fruit / bubblegum / peppery yeast. Light barnyard stank on the back-end of the finish and light floral bitterness lingers for awhile.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and slight booziness, but still smooth. Complex and luscious.

Overall: Dupont brewery always delivers. This beer is no exception. All the important elements of a proper Belgian brew are there. This one is reminiscent of a saison, but that is okay to me; you could probably expect this because Dupont brews so many different saisons.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe - £2.59:
Very enjoyable Belgian beer, this one was reminiscent of a saison early on and not being the biggest fan of the style I was initially worried but the funk, tart and Belgian yeast died down some and the fruit flavours and spice slowly took over. The beer was a well balanced some and despite the alcohol content it still managed to go down easily, While it's not a beer that I'd go back to time and again, I would definitely consider trying again at some point in the future.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Great retention and lacing too.

(S)- Just so bone dry with lemongrass and a hint of a grassy funk. Lemon rind in there with a light biscuit yeast. Wonderful.

(T)- Again, it is just so bone dry, but with a slightly more "juicy" middle with some great lmeon lime citrus. Still has the slightly earthy/funky lemongrass kick.

(M)- A lively spritzy carbonation level really adds to this beers crispness and thrist quenching level. Wonderfully dry and minimally earthy with just a tiny bit of sweetness to make this balance beautifully.

(O)- Granted, this is not technically in the same style, but I might prefer this to their classic Saison Dupont. This is just so wonderfully dry, balanced, and layered flavors that would make this ideal to have bottles around when grilling in the backyard in summer time.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.