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Reviews: 299
Hads: 498
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 79
Gots: 40 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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? (284 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (613 characters)

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. (179 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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? (730 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -13%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev +6%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,882 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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... (642 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice big fluffy head fades fairly quickly with loads of lacing hazy sediment but light tan yellow color

Nose nice farmhouse funk like, lots herbal herbs and hops, little herbal root like almost sasafrass, some booze and sweet malts, citrus.

Taste candied orange and ginger root like, sasafrass again, citrus, juicy golden malt light Belgian esters, herbal spices and hops, grainy malts, almost bready and chewy. Finish is a bit boozy sweet with candied orange and root flavors, herbal spices.

Mouth is med bodied little syrupy good carb.

Overall pretty good, bit too sweet and candy like, herbal spices and hops are unique. (627 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at my old review of this beer, I can only presume that the on-tap version is fresher and substantially better.

Thick, dense head that leaves great, chunky lace. Cloudy and orange-amber. The aroma is earthy, grainy and dry. The flavor is complex: smooth and light, some sourness but there is a solid hop kick at the swallow although the aftertaste has the sourness show up again. (388 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and completely hazy with a chunks of sediment in the beer, the head is white, small and medium and dusty with yeast, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and bready...smells fine.

Beer is sweet and light in body. Heavily carbonated on the mouth. If this wasn't on the best of Belgium list I wouldn't have bothered, it's nothing special, its a moderately dry, moderately spicy moderately yeasty moderate beer. Who cares? (459 characters)

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

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale malt scent along with a dry, earthy yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter, earthy character that's quite genuine and well integrated with the basic pale malt bill. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some light hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a traditional Belgian pale. It's smooth and easy drinking with lots of excellent yeast character. (564 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (985 characters)

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

Cork date 2003, Sampled July 2004
Pours a very clear gold color. It is well carbonated and the bubbles that dance through my beer support a thick off-white head. The nose is spicy and aromatic with notes of grass, grain, alcohol, lemon, and coriander. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and is followed by a sharp astringency and a bitterness in the finish. This beer is medium-light on the palate. There is some spiciness her, though it is not as complex as the Saison Dupont. My tongue picks up a certain lemony acidity that makes this beer quite refreshing. There is a nice fruity yeast character, and some simple straight-forward malted grain notes. This beer picks up more sweetness in the finish as it warms up and loses its carbonation. Overall this is quite a tasty brew, though I must admit that I prefer the Saison Dupont. (835 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.75cl Cork and caged bottle: New Years Day, in the Copenhagen Tavern on the Grand Place in Mons, Belgium; shared with my wife.

The body had a pale orange hue to its otherwise dull golden looks: hazy more than cloudy, a small head which became a collar and a wisp after a couple of sips sat above a constant stream of carbonisation bubbles rising upwards.

Loads to find in the nose, yeast, citrusy hops, hints of pepper and coriander rolled onto a grass filled bread roll: make your own sandwich with the smells you discover in the beer!

The taste has a sweet front that leads to a hop like lemony bitterness towards the end of each gulp or sip. So sweet yet dry, sour yet spicy, tart yet mellow: all in one mouthful.

Talk about easy to drink: this is just a joy. (767 characters)

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