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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

458 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow-orange. Initial hard pour yields a nice, tall head that falls down and leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is pretty diverse with citrus, lemon, grass, hay, and some earth. The taste really brigs head components to life and integrates it all quite well. A nice bit of grassy earth is carried by ample carbonaion and results in a moderately dry finish. Drinks quite well and makes an excellent choice alone or with a good number of foods.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently remained on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of apple flavors. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness to the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that needs to be sipped due to its dryness and strength, although the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks great, with a hazy honey color and a huge head that leaves clumps of foam all around the chalice

Smell: Not what I was expecting at all, and that is a good thing; perfumed funk, with an underlying biscuity malt; hints of stone fruit, too

Taste: An herbacious, grassy flavor storms to the forefront on top of the sweet biscuity malt backbone, with stone fruit flavors introducing themselves by mid-palate; after the swallow, the perfumed funk and tart flavors dominate, with just enough residual sweetness to add balance; the sweetness does linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation

Drinkability: A BSPA? Not like any I have tasted previously. How about an Imperial Saison?

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

A sweet bit of light fruity esters and mild spice with an tea-like presence ultimatel sculpts this Belgian Pale Ale.

A pour of what seems more of amber than pale gives a rich and lush appearance. Slightly off-white foam starts to billow, but then receeds to a smathering of lace pockets that adorn the top of the beer.

Sweet fruity tones of peach, pear, apple, white plumb, grape, and appricot only start to sculpt the estery start to aromas. Lightly balanced with citrus zest and soft peppery character give a decidedly sweet fruity balance to the nose.

Sweet breads, candied malts, and sweet ripe fruits all have a presence in early taste. Appricots, peaches, pineapple, and mango all make major contributions to the malty/estery matrix. Herbal and tea-like, the hop character decorate the fruity tones with a sense of fresh tobacco and barley that lead to a tepid bitterness late.

Creamy sweetness cling to the mouth first. The fleeting carbonation is surplanted by alcoholic warmth for a less robust and drying finish of semi-dry sweetness and peppery heat.

A classy and characterful Belgian Ale with a fruity overtone with balance of spice and herbs. It's easy to see why this is quentessential of well made Belgian Ales.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (courtesy of Presario): Poured an hazy blonde color ale with a super huge foamy white head with perfect retention. Aroma of funky yeast and coriander with some floral hops. Taste is sweet with some nice farmhouse feel to it, mix of coriander and wheat is well done. Alcohol is extremely well hidden (I thought I was drinking a 6% beer) and body is just above average. Truly a wonderful triple just the way I love them.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, sparkling, 24-karat gold with dozens upon dozens of carbonation streams leaping off the bottom of the glass with such ferocity that they look like intact lines rather than a series of bubbles. The massive, pillowy cap is the color of aged parchment. A second pour clouds things up nicely and improves all aspects of an already wonderful appearance.

The nose is dominated by funky, barnyard-like Belgian yeast. Unsweet orchard fruit with a generous helping of peppery spice rounds things out nicely. There isn't a thing wrong with the nose and there are quite a few things very, very right.

Moinette Blond is an outstanding Belgain pale ale. My palate isn't discerning enough with this style to pick out subtle differences or to remember them from beer to beer, but I do know that I like this one a lot. While none of the flavor contributors overwhelm the others, together they create a huge burst on the palate akin to the crash of a cymbals. What the f***... hey, that was great!

This beer has it all: sweetness, sourness, dryness, funkiness, fruitiness and spiciness. As far as specific fruits, I'd say apples, pears and apricots. Sweet dominates early, bitter and dry dominates late. Alcohol is an integral (and welcome) member of the flavor profile, as it is in most great BSPAs.

I continue to be amazed by the appearance, especially since the beer becomes even more cloudy, murky even, as the goodies at the bottom of the bottle are added. Because I can't imagine a better looking beer of this style, I'm going to nudge the score to a more deserving number. With respect to the mouthfeel, this is the lushest beer that I've had in quite some time.

It should be fairly obvious by now that I think a lot of Moinette Blond. I really have nothing else to add, except to say that I can't wait to see (and to drink) what else Brasserie Dupont has to offer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large white frothy head with decent lacing on a murky golden body.

S: strong aroma of breads, spices, yeast and lemon.

T: both sweet and sour lemon and orange peel with both floral and earthy notes. Very complex for the style.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: highly drinkable with the mouthfeel comfortable and both the flavor and nose full for the style.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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 biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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 emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally used the new Moinette chalice for it's intended purpose...

Pours a hazy golden apricot color, with a level of foam that is audibly fizzy.
A small amount of particles float within. Aroma of basil, earth, and peppery alcohol, with a subdued, sweet fruit note. Smells like some kind of 19th century elixir...

Citrusy grapefruit and pear lead off the flavors, countered by a tangy and herbal finish. Basil and hops are what the herbs seem most akin to. Alcohol makes itself known, but isn't overbearing.

Mellow aftertaste of honey follows the dry herb and chalky yeast finish.
A classic full-bodied Belgian, leaning towards Saison...

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sycamore - Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly green apple. It had a nice yeasty aroma with some grains, too.

T - It tasted very spicy with a touch of pepper - very yeasty! It had great fruity flavors of green apple. Nice caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic brew. Nice to have it on tap at Sycamore.

Photo of Jason
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork comes off with a loud POP! It reads 2007.

Pours a fully clouded orange with a nice off white head. Looks just beautiful. Nose is a consistent yeasty funk. Flavor is very nice. Very nice indeed. Nice full funk with a mild sugar tone that is not very visible. Mostly it is the yeast just dancing in your mouth. Very robust. Very hearty. Feel has a high carbonation that is almost a bit attacking on the tongue. Overall this is a very drinkable BSPA. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.