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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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nd5282

California

2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was relatively flavorless, the color was a golden blonde but lacked any real character. Overall, I did not think this beer was worth the cost and did not meet my expectations from the belgian blonde. The bottle fermented blonde was a severe disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 11:19:10 | More by nd5282
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A huge head sits on top of a golden brew with high carbonation. Copious amounts of fractal webbing down the sides - reminiscent of large scale structure images.

S - Grassy (hay) hops with a touch of honey, cinnamon and apples.

T - A bit of green apples with some wheat bread, a touch of light malt and a musty grassy hop. A bit of spices are apparant, but very mild so hard to pick out from the other flavors. I can place brown cinnamon and coriander though. The aftertaste is a strong grassy bitterness. The flavor is intense and not enitrely pleasant.

M - High carbonation with a rather dry finish. The beer is a tad astringent with a thin to medium body. Not terribly refreshing.

D - Alright. It is very bitter with otherwise a mild flavor. I have no problem finishing it, but it is a bit harsh. Not worth having again. I expected more from Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 06:57:47 | More by mrasskicktastic
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: hazy unfiltered orange; full firm white foamy head, no lacing
S: heady: yeast, coriander, citrus, alcohol
T: alcohol, leaf, slightly off-putting savory, apple-peel finish
M: medium-bodied, dry finish
O: Has some great elements, but the weird savory/metallic flavor is

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 07:14:09 | More by RandomExile
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ccrida

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (dated 2004) into a Fantome tulip, the Moinette Blonde was a orangish burnt gold with a slight haze and huge, 3 finger, white head with tiny bubbles. It was slow to recede, with a slight crown remaining until the end. There was also a lot of effervescence throughout the whole bottle. The aroma was mildly spiced, yeast with some brett. sourness and a strong presence of alcohol. The taste followed suit, initially very strong fusals, which gives way honey, floral sweetness, peppery spice, finishing slightly dry with a metallic harshness, not in the rustic farmhouse way that would be enjoyable. The mouthfeel was very carbonated and yeasty, and the alcohol was too dominant (especially for being aged over 2 years) to be that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 04:28:52 | More by ccrida
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Had this twice in Belgium two years ago and remembered liking it so I grabbed a bottle.

A - Pours a hazy light orange colour. Tons of yeast chunks floating around. Good carbonation coming up. Two finger fluffy white head up there fizzin away with a little yeasty brown bit on top making it look like cinnamon. Full finger of retention and a smattering of lace on one side.

S - Lot's of light grassy hop, citrus, orange yeast, crackers.

T - Really yeasty with some grassy and/or noble hops. Orange is there again. After a while the yeast becomes the dominant element in here, it's a really aggressive yeast and spice character that reminds me of unpleasant spirits and foul eggs. The raw yeast/grain/spice character here is not something I would really look for in a beer.

M - Effervescent with a full body and a very yeasty finish.

O/D - Seems like there's too much spice and yeast mixed together for my tastes. Maybe it's just me, but I can't really enjoy this too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:17:00 | More by tbeckett
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a lively blond with large white head, very active carbonation.

nose is buttery and yeasty, more like bread cooking than anything else. something about it says 'barnyard' but what isn't very distinct here.

taste is more typical, blond bright with a strong bitter note that sits in the back of the mouth and carries well into the aftertaste. the beer seems to become more bitter further into the glass.

I see this beer is well-reviewed, but I personally would skip it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 04:19:15 | More by dogfooddog
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Westsidethreat

California

3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Orangish gold...cloudy and unfiltered. Well done head that stayed as a lily tight lily pad across the top leaving trails of web down the glass.

S: Smells like, well...iced tea. Banana esters and yeasty.

T: Again, tastes like tea. Notes of bread, citrus, raisins...soap. Bitterness towards the end.

M: Good mouthfeel. Solid body with near perfect carbonation.

D: I'm going to need to give this beer another shot. I really wasn't a huge fan at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2006 05:04:40 | More by Westsidethreat
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impending

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazy caramel gold, towering dense head fades leaving clumpy froth behind. Excellent lacing.

Rich fruity yeast aroma, complex within just the high notes, pleasantly spicy.

While not overdone, surprisingly the flavor is dominated by a chalky dry bitterness, the scent gave no hint of this. Equally surprising is the lack of complexity in the taste. Minor phenols ride the aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Third on the surprise list is Brasserie Dupont saying this is their best selling brew in Belgium.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:15:24 | More by impending
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GClarkage

California

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/02/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a code imprinted on the bottom of the label. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Mildly clouded peach juice colored. Super sized billowy pock marked white head with little brown yeast specks here and there. Excellent super glue like sticky lace.

Smell- A bit of lemon rind with some barnyard qualities. Maybe a candy corn sweet kinda scent as well.

Taste- Lots of corriander and pepper coat your tongue at first. A bit of sourness at first which leaves a nice drying sensation. Feels like something is missing though. Almost like I am waiting for a bit of sweetness or something to transform the taste. It kinda leaves you hanging. Really peppery as I drink the rest.

Mouthfeel- Dry tongue coated with white pepper. Stays dry and lingers. Odd....Mid range spritzy carbonation level.

Drinkability- As said before. Something needed to complete this beer. As it is...just blah.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 22:16:22 | More by GClarkage
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with east settlement and a white head.

Smell is floral, sweet, and hints of clove,

Taste is sweet floral and the finish is slightly bitter with heavy notes of clove and yeast.

It's kind of heavy on the stomach.

I liked this beer and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:05:36 | More by weissbierdrinker
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me start off by saying that I thought that this was a Saison. Shows what I know.

Sampled at the Hopleaf in Chicago...in the proper glassware no less.

This comes off-the-tap a dull, hazy gold with just the finest skim of head. Absolutely no lace is observed.

The nose is full of spiciness; cloves, fresh-cut grass, hay, lemon, and the slightest click of floral hoppiness. A touch of Saison-yeast funk.

The taste is somewhat of a letdown: more cloves and spice, but a rather astringent and puckering bitterness that hits after the wave of pepper and dulled lime. Malt flavor is stocky and dry through and through.

Powdery and dry on the mouth, the bitterness and semisweet nature of this beer keep the drinkability much less than this breweries ceaselessly schwillable Saison Dupont.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2006 19:25:53 | More by GreenWBush
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 2008. Silty blond appearance with floaties. Aroma is kind of wild, skunk, citrus, toast. Taste is quite grassy, bitter & dry alcohol showing in the finish. O.K. palate, a little too sparkling but quite full bodied. Had higher expectations but pretty good anyways.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:45:09 | More by Luk13
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srandycarter

California

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a light murky wheat color small head leaves fast

s yeast malt bread slight note sweet

t fine bubbles carb malt with bitter finish fair balance

m medium body good carbornation

d bitter build up in mouth

Bought this one on a tour of France and Spain. Was not as impressive as I had hoped, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 07:28:31 | More by srandycarter
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moinette Blonde pours a golden color with some cloudiness & a thick, white head. There is some lacing. The smell is of strong yeast and floral scents. The taste is complex--bitter, fair amount of hops, pear, a hint of lemon and some spicy flavors. The aftertaste is strongly bitter. Mouthfeel is surprisingly flat at first with an acidic bite later on. Moderately drinkable beer, but I'm a little disappointed in this offering from the much praised Brasserie Dupont.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 03:51:35 | More by theghost3
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden color with light effervescence, some chill haze, and a white head. The head retention is low, but it has a nice fine bubbly lace. Aroma is tart and citrusy with a sweet background. Taste is of herbs, peppery and tart. A sweet start with a sharp bite. Mouthfeel is well rounded -- Smooth and effervescent.
Better balanced than some other Saisons I have tried. Still not my cup of beer. Too much bite and not enough charcter to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 05:33:49 | More by SeanChouffe
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date 03/2009.

Pours out a deep cloudy opaque peach hue, black grainy suspended particles, along with a high well retaining creamy white head.

Alcohol present immediately on the nose, grainy wheat, yeast, and spice. Almost bready in places.

Mellow grainy bite on the flavour, yeast and spice present throughout, a bit dusty on the finish.

The smooth mouthfeel helps counter the alcohol bite of the flavour, has a silky texture to it.

A blonde ale with a bit of kick to it. Seems rough around the edges to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 19:44:22 | More by IronDjinn
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/11/2008 (bottle):

Pours an amber color body, cloudy, sediment in bottom. Big white head, creamy, somewhat lasting. Belgian flowery aroma, some grapes, musky, dusty. Old world smelling. Flowery, sweet taste. Sour aftertaste. Not as belgian ale, but more like a gueze. Interesting taste, some alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 06:03:33 | More by jujubeast6000
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a towering, growing head. Nose shows light fruit, mainly lemon, pears and green apples. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, mixing with spicy phenols. Flavours are not so great... Quite sweet at first with more light fruit and candi sugar along with a doughy yeast character. Then the booze creeps through and mixes with a sharp bitterness to create a slightly off-putting finish. Carbonation is too high.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 12:17:16 | More by CrazyDavros
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An indistinct grapefruit yellow color on the pour, the head modest is size, spumous in texture, the color a bright white, after the erosion has taken place, a thin sheet of lace covers the glass. Malt dominates the nose, somewhat tart, also quite clean and fresh with the start sweet, but the tartness hits you at the skeletal top. Finish is spiteful in its bitterness; astringent, dry aftertaste, drinkable but I’ve had much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 14:47:54 | More by Gusler
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kbub6f

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml "Moinette Belgian Ale" version (with the green and white label, not the "Moinette II" label).

Head is huge and even, but with a very uneven, slow collapse. The beer is almost clear, gold, with an orange tinge and a dark yeast pour. Lacing is sticky, but not copious. Wow... some major schpoonck on the cork pop. Citrus, spice and some sugar. Bananas in the front with alcohol and spice. Foamy, smooth mouth in the sweetish, fruity middle. A little butter. Finishes nice and bitter, dry wine-like, alcohol and tangy fruit. This seems to be apples as I reflect. There's a very bitter/sour aftertaste that's almost overwhelming, and certainly distracting. The alcohol is not all that well hidden, though it tames with temperature.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 20:59:15 | More by kbub6f
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a 750 mL C&C bottle served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is cool (and warming slowly).

Appearance: The ale is a surprisingly pale yellow color, almost on par with BMC. There is no sediment or haziness, as I've seen in some BSPAs. The beer has a nice thick head that leaves a nice patch of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a funky, yeasty aroma that makes me think of a saison.

Taste: The ale has a bit of an alcohol bite when one takes a long sip. As the alcohol warmth fades away, a distinct yeast pungency emerges. That pungency and the aroma keep pushing me back to saison, and I like saisons.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate. The gamey flavors that emerge are very pleasing.

Drinkability: A little heavy at 8.5%, this beer will wear you down.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:24:44 | More by akorsak
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MiScusi

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Moinette chalice. Pours a light clear yellow with a nice big fluffy white head. Smell was typical Belgian yeast earthy. The taste was a bit disappointing to me for a strong pale ale. It was pretty watery thin and really one dimensional in that earthiness, only the slightest amount of fruity esters which I think it needed more of. It was still not a bad beer overall, the mouthfeel was the biggest disappointment with the taste only being a slight disappointment. I had a Saison Dupont afterward that I enjoyed a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 15:16:10 | More by MiScusi
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aracauna

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bold golden body. The good white soupy head is less exuberant than many similar Belgians since it is easily controlled and it fades incompletely, but it has exellent lacing. Good fruitiness, mild spiciness, good crisp maltiness. Slightly bitter finish lingers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 00:16:01 | More by aracauna
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moinette pouts a mostly cloudy off yellow appearance with a pretty big head. The retention remains throughout the tasting but does decrease over time. Decent lacing and a lot of carbonation. I also notice there was sediment at the bottom but did a good job not adding it in.

The smell is quite citrus and a lighter then normal Belgium aroma. Some yeasty notes but light. There is a almost caramel malt smell but still light in overall depth.

The taste is more noticeable Belgium. A sweeter taste from more of a candy flavor then say malty. The malt is noticeable there but gives the beer a heavier feel to it. There is a nice citrus, almost grassy taste at the end which brings out a tangy flavor. This is more apparent in the aftertaste.

One thing that I notice is the beer is hot. A very noticeable phenol taste. More then I expected from a 8.5% beer. Really reminds me of wine and even has a white grape essence to it. The body is in the mid range and the taste is smooth but dry. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 03:32:32 | More by Oxymoron
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy dull orange colour with a foamy off white head. The head actually climbed up and out of the tulip glass, despite having about two inches to spare above the beer itself. Overall it makes a good impression.

Smells are of citrus zest, belgian yeast mustiness and a bit of black pepper. Decent for the style, but nothing outstanding. When this beer gets warm, the aroma starts to take on a varnish type character, costing it half a point from my numbers.

First impression at the tip of the tongue was delicious. I can't pin down the specifics of it, but that first hit of sweetness is fantastic. Unfortunately it is brief, and the middle feels a bit flat. This is followed by a fruit punch flavour and a vinous finish, most reminiscent of white wine. Good overall effect but missing something.

I find the mouthfeel of this one to be uninspired, at halfway through it feels flat, and there isn't enough body to keep it interesting once the carbonation falls off.

A bit of a strange beer for my tastes, there are moments of greatness, but the overall effect doesn't hold up to my favorites of the belgian strong pale persuasion. Certainly worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 03:28:22 | More by elricorico
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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.