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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 79
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smooth and powerful blond coloured beer. Mild banana and clove in the taste. Dry and crisp with a steady sweetness and raw peppery hop notes (from dry hopping). Delicious.

Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 bottle with no freshness date, this is not a problem though being that it is a bottle conditioned brew at 8.5% abv.

Appearance: Insane head retention leaves an incredible Brussels lace all the way down the glass, hazy hay yellow hue show this brew is in the raw.

Smell: Spicy, yeasty, fruity, lively and very aromatic at that. Rustic with hints of coriander and black pepper like phenols. What a wild nose!

Taste: Bottle conditioned smoothness is picked up right away, so sublime to the touch. Moderate body with a fluffy crispness which makes it oh so drinkable. Spicy from the hop first then the phenols and finally the spices hold the coriander out in front. Raw flavours of yeast and grain are earthy and grassy, sweetness comes in many layers of maltiness and fruitiness. Hints of apple and pear stem from the complex fruitiness. Finishes with a cloudy mélange of a rustic dryness of flavours in the beginning.

Notes: A killer Saison, the dreamy flavours nearly numbs the senses of the taste buds. A prize brew to be had and one I will make sure to have around.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter golden color with a huge fluffy/sticky head,aroma was spicey and citruisy and lightly grassy.The taste is lemony with some pepper notes some yeastiness in there as well,very refreshing tasting.For the alcohol content this is very easy to drink,I really like this beer I have to say.

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

On tap at Maduro for $3 during happy hour.

Pours into a pilsener tulip a murky golden apricot with a massive white head that slowly rescinds to beautiful lace.

Smells astringently citric. Really above and beyond normal citrus levels for a beer like this. Lemon grass, oranges, limes, and apricots. Some barnyard hay but not nearly as much as in the bottle.

Spicy, biting lemon grass dominates the front of the taste. There is some chalkiness from the yeast. Spice profile contains pepper, ginger, and coriander. It matches the citrus well. Brady middle and coarse finish. Medium body, tiny and attacking carbonation.

Very drinkable.

This is an in your face brew. The citrus and spice are intense to say the least. Although it doesn’t have the Saison elements that I love in Dupont’s beers, it is certainly an interesting and flavorful pale ale.

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

A different beer. Cloudy orange, with a thick white head; very sticky. Grainy aroma, some orange, some herbs. It had a sweet orange taste, herbs again (I swear I tasted some thyme), with hops appearing late. A robust beer, very enjoyable. One that I will want to drink again.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Cork says 2004. Pours with active, but not out of control carbonation, light straw in color, with some floating sediment, a large, white,puffy and long lasting head, leaving lovely sticky and well spread out, thick lacing. Nose is floral and spicy. This is a heady, tasty and satisfying Belgian, notes of pepper, vanilla, spicy hops and honey. Yeasty, cloudy , nutty late pour. Smooth mouthfeel, just a great beer all around, bring on the spicy food, salads, and/or BBQ ! Another great saison from Dupont.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of marquinoftroy
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially tried this beer straight from my frig. Doesn't smell strong, smelled like Belgian sweetness. My first impression of it was fine, but it got way better as it warmed up. I thought it was the best when almost room temp, around the 60 degree ballpark.

Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head and carbonation, a good stiff inch of stiff foam. Paler, hazy gold color. Grapey, winey aroma, acid cut to the nose. A bit of true bitter to the flavor, like a Scots Whisky compared to a Bourbon's sweetness, with a decided hoppy close of citrus. Maybe a little less dry than the Saison, but bolder in flavor. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is very well controlled. A little more sweetness is in order for me, though I'm sure this brew has its fans.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with rust around the crown but when I pop the cap let's out a big gasp of carbonation, so I think it was sealed properly. Either way got the bottle on the discount shelf at D's sixpack for 1.99 not bad, eh? Appearance: Huge four fingers worth of white froth bubbly white head leaves fine evenly patterend Belgian style lace, the body glows a golden amber blonde tone very nice. Aroma: Tart apples grassy semi sweet notes mild alcohol phenols some slight funky musty notes and seems cidery in nature. Taste: This is the questionable aspect big musty horse blanket notes sediment layers lie in the bottom of the glass tart apple notes funky yeast pale sweet malt tone hoppy finish for a Belgian not bad. Mouthfeel: Medium body fine bubbly champagne like carbonation. Drinkability: I could definitely partake in this brew again preferrably a bigger bottle, oh yeah.

Photo of OStrungT
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer porus a cloudy golden yellow color with a very thick fluffy whaite head with a slight orange tint to it. The head fades so slowly, that I almost wonder when I will get to drink this beer. It meaves a massive amount of laces on the glass.

This beer has an earthy yeast aroma. It smells spicy. It has a pleasent citrus aroma also. It has a slight banana aroma also. Cloves are slightly present in the nose as well.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. Up front it is yeasty. A lemony citrus flavor is present along with some spicy flavors. Cloves are present.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy earthy aftertaste. This beer is very crisp and refershing. This beer might be just a touch overcarbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the flavor.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. However, it is slightly high in alcohol, so too many glasses might become a slight problem. This is a very good beer. I will definately have it again.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy straw color.Thick frothy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops, bananas, apples, pineapples, pears, cloves. Minor honey and toffee notes. Lastly some bread and spices.

Taste - Sweet fruits. Nice grassy hops. The pale malts provide a nice sturdy background. The bananas, apples, pineapples, and pears fruits provide excellent structure. Nice spicy aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied wonderful carbonation that's not overpowering.

Drinkability - Wonderful bspa. Incredibly drinkable at 8.5%.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 is stamped on the cork
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden orange body after a soft pop of the cork and a thin big bubbled ring of white is supported by a lazy carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has a soft dry grapefruit Brett not to it but that is about it.

T- The mineral water flavor blends with some dry caramel malt and a soft dry bitterness in the dry finish. There is some Brett grapefruit notes that grow just a bit as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no real carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is nice to drink even though more carbonation would have really helped out. The Brett flavor carries the beer as the rest is pretty light. I was surprised at the taste when I pulled the cork and saw it was a 2009.

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked up this bottle the other day at the Foodery in Philly. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a thick, crispy white head. The aroma is a citrusy and a bit sweet. The taste is a balance of sweet and tart, a bit earthy and a little bit of a spicy/hoppy bite on the backend. Nice representation of the saison style, as all Dupont beers are. Ringing in at 8.5% abv, this is a deceiving beer. I enjoy this beer and find it pretty drinkable despite the high abv.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled medium golden amber colour, with specks of ground pepper sediment strewn throughout, and a teeming tower of rather puffy, and thinly foamy egg-shell white head, which leaves some random broken trellises of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of strong and spicy grainy wheat malt, earthy yeast, aerosol black pepper, flat citrus, stewed apple and pear, subtle coriander, and a faint warming alcohol. The taste is equally complex - semi-sweet wheat and grain malt, pithy citrus, mildly funky yeast, white and black pepper, somewhat astringent alcohol, more apple/pear drupe fruitiness, and earthy, leafy, and kind of perfumed hops.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a soothing frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, well smooth, clean, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes fairly off-dry, the fruity malt carrying on, with some funky, zingy yeast, and latent booze keeping things on the level. Ok, more of a precipice, but still.

An enjoyable enough strong Belgian pale ale, lots of fruit and spice, with the alcohol just percolating under the surface. I would imagine that this would be an agreeable way to see the sights and get high in Hainaut, or blasted in Bruges.

Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After pouring carefully, take a few minutes to bask in the gorgeous golden glow of this glorious beer. The thick head gradually dissipates leaving a permanent film over the hazy beer and lovingly laces the glass. The room fills with a fresh, floral aroma. The first taste is so... complex. Malts, hops, and spices all distinct yet experienced simultaneously. Alcohol is present, but welcome. This beer pairs well with patience. Be sure to drink with enough time to truly appreciate all this wonderful brew has to offer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle, corked and capped.

Served cold, poured into my Watou glass, Moinette Blond has a hazy (expected as it's labeled "unfiltered") golden yellow color with thick, long-lasting white head. Some heavy lacing is left behind as it settles.

The aroma is immediately obvious as soon as the cork leaves the bottle. It's big and bold, slightly funky, but mostly fresh citrus and spice.

Flavor is big and intense as well. I was thinking about it on the way home, that Belgian styles tend to be full of subtle flavors that all meld together effertlessly while American versions of the same style are usually more "in-your-face" strong without the subtleties. Moinette is actually more the latter. It has lemon, grass, pepper, funk, and spice. There is more hoppiness than expected - surprisingly bitter. It may be strong but it's still impressively complex. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation. The bitterness is intense but it isn't unbalanced.

Overall a really nice Belgian strong pale. Very strong, very unique, very glad I gave it a try.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the quintessential Belgian ales. Moinette is something I would recommend to those just starting to discover Belgian beers and wondering where to start.

Poured into a Moinette goblet and the first noticeable aspect is the hazy unfiltered look, with the golden-yellow color carrying an orange tint. Head is bright white and retains well. Excellent lace formation, and even some sediment swirling around in there (made a steady, slow pour...but I'm not one to mind sediment much either).

Aromas are citrusy and floral, with hints of peppery spice.

Flavor is divine: Orange, pear, apple, banana, balanced by a white pepper nip and clove, given further depth with a subtle yeasty layering. Alcohol provides slight heat, balancing the sweeter aspects. Absolutely delicious.

Sharp zip to the carbonation, but not overbearing, actually quite creamy.

Ultra-refreshing, and with only subtle alcohol presence. Moinette has nothing but greatness to offer, and is the perfect example of why Belgian beer is held is such high regard.

Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002. (750ml bottle simply states Moinette)
Murky golden bodied. Head explodes, then slowly recedes to reveal a cloud-draped Andean mountain chain.
Nose is packed full of lemongrass, orange peel, peach and hay. Leans far towards the sweet side. Pleasant, but only hints at the depth.
Taste begins with the lemon notes taking control. This is short-lived as the lovingly hostile grainy notes stage a coup. Spice notes are sympathetic to this cause, as they appear with some pepper, coriander, ginger and clove. Stays fairly grainy as it the yeast materializes. Some farmhouse quality, but very tempered compared to the other Dupont brews. Bread and hay are most noticed via the yeast. Hops and alcohol enter late and add further grain-like sensation. Finishes quite bitter and arid. There is alot going on here, and alot that I like, but it is just a bit too coarse.
More like a pale Belgian Strong with light saison inflections.
Medium bodied with rippling tiny carbonation.
Good stuff, overall.

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

Creamy easy drink. Some barnyard-like yeast there but easier smoother drink than their Saisons. Satisfying. Pure Belgium, with apricot and lemon, medium mouthfeel. Nice blond white and lacing. Peppery, not too sour nor sweet, more malty and vanilla, some nutmeg. perhaps shelved long?

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

2010 vintage - been drinking this for many years (before the label change), time for a review. The name means something like "swamp farm" which is not immediately appetizing. Poured from a green-glass caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Tangerine/dark orange/princeton orange gradient glows like a lantern, with faint amber highlights. Three fingers of snow white merengue fills the top of the glass. Sticky tendrils or fire extinguisher foam sticks heavily to the sides. Superior retention.

Light bready/cracker aromatics, with a subtle farmhouse funk that pervades the nose. Light eters suggest white wine grapes and jackfruit as well. Sourdough starter and an herbaceous noble hop note round things out. Yeast utilized is quite distinctive.

The palate large follows the nose, but amplifies each aspect, the flavors becoming more elastic and drawn out. Noble hops are earthy, peppery, and herbal (tarragon?); blending well with the very delicate lactic tartness and white pepper phenolics of the flavor profile. Lightly bitter, lightly fruity, with just a whisper of white chocolate. Exceptionally balanced.

Medium-bodied, very crisp and refreshing, with a pillowy effervesence.

Highly drinkable, and would pair very well with shellfish or fatty white fish (mackerel, snapper, halibut, etc). Lacks a little complexity compared to my favorite examples of the style (e.g. those by De Dolle)...but still an exceptional ale.

Photo of nbree00
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head that releases a wonderfully earthy saison aroma.For a blond it has some beautiful caramel and amber colors coming through. The taste is simply divine, grassy notes with some farm house flavors and pepper. It has a slight sweetness upfront but finishes with a strong yet smooth dryness with a fair amount of bitter. The mouthfeel was about as smooth as they come and the surprising refreshingness led me to believe I could drink a lot of this in one sitting especially during the hot summer months. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone. I also found that pairing it with a sharper aged cheese like provolone worked fantastic, with the beer serveing as a sort of palate cleanser.

Photo of sfprint
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Perfect amount of carbonation, 1.25 inch head with tiny to small bubbles. Plenty of rising carbonation. Dense yet warm and bright yellow in color.
S: Like a nice witbier, though perhaps heavier. Nice blend between the yeast and malt.
T: Very witbier like, on the same spectrum, just heavier and more alcoholic. Tangy. One of the better Blondes I've had.
M: Slightly mouth puckering, otherwise smooth.
O: Very nice blonde.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Appeared in a red wine glass with a couple finger of head and a hazy yellow body. Man, this was a heck of a beer to start the night with. Not much else I drank could keep up with it. Big spicy vanilla, toasted bread rolls with citrus zest and biting hops - lots going on. And compared to other Beglians, like the Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard (which is also a great beer) I had afterward, the flavors are very rich. The beer doesn't overpower your taste buds like a DIPA, but it's not all mellow, subtle flavor. Clearly an excellent Belgian. One of the best I've tried in the style. No Question.

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