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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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Photo of benfons
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy blonde colour, little to no head

S: loads of fruit: peach, apricot, hints of grains and even mowed grass

T: less fruits,apple, more grains, slight alcohol

M: a bit thin, rather dry too little carbonation

O: pretty good beer, could use a bit more body and carbonation

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Photo of RandomExile
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Hazy straw-yellow with a small head despite the apparent high carbonation. The head doesn't stick around too long either. Still has a nice look.

SMELL : First nose is cereals and light pale malt with some typical Belgian yeasty elements. Second nose shows some spices and light fruits, herbs and some hay (most likely from the hops). Third nose emphasizes the grain side and the pale malts with some pears.

TASTE : Bit boozy, but nothing off-putting - it actually serves this brew quite well. Very frank malts and spices and this typical Belgian yeasty side that was on the nose really shines in the mouth. Great stuff. Let's taste again to be sure... oh yeah.

TEXTURE : Typical Belgian ale carbonation, nice thickness to it, feels like it still has a pretty high gravity for a beer with 8,5% alcohol content. Nice roundness.

OVERALL : Dupont always manage to come up with amazing stuff, and this is no exception. I've got a whole case of it and it's not going to last me half as long as I'd like it to. The warm boozy side is going to be great, this winter.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - fully cloudy mustard golden, plenty of suspended sediment, big thum bof white head retained very nicely with consistent lacing
S - herbal and sour citrus yeasty esters dominate the nose, some pale grains and light leafy greens
T - tart sour citrus with dry grains, leafy and mild perfume hops, herbs mix with alcohol sweetness
M - light with big belgian carbonation, tart and crisp with a slightly dry finish, not even close to detecting 8.5% ABV
O - a very drinkable and flavourful brew, keeps to the tenets of the style, would love to have a brew like this on tap locally

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. A darker gold, kind of orangy pour. Two fingers of fluffy white that really retained.

Aroma, citrus zest, barnyard hay. Coriander, some light grainy sweet malt.

Taste, Quite malty up front. Caramel. Very nice yeasty spiciness. Corriander again. Some herbal earthy Italian like spice. Just a light clove. Finish fairly dry.

Heavy side of light body. Creamy carb and mouthfeel. This drinks really nicely. Belgian brews are so hit and miss for me, this one was definetely good. Worth trying.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a big white head and good lacing

S-bread dough,orange, lemon, yeast, spices

T-yeasty bread dough, orange, lemon, floral, grassy, slightly peppery, crisp slightly bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy with a crisp finish

O-outstanding ale with great flavors and balance, will definitely seek this out again

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2.012 on cork. Had 5/2013.

This was fantastic. A complete surprise, as it came from a friend (a civilian—aka not a beer geek) who received it in a bet a year ago. Style bias perhaps but this was no where on my radar and now I’m mildly obsessed with getting another bottle of it.

This pours a hazy golden with tight white foaming. It has a surprisingly spicy aroma, peppery and floral. There’s almost a muted hop presence with a herbaceous floral note on it. The flavor has more of the spicy characteristic. Really pleasing and terrifically effervescent. I found it ended with the characteristic Dupont yeasty floral notes & rounded finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Don’t be fooled by the “blonde ale” on the label—this is anything but your run of the mill (bland) blonde ale.

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Photo of Boto
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: Pulled the cork from this and found that it said 2006 on it. It should be interesting to see how it has held up after almost 7 years. It opened with a fairly loud "POP". It pours a fairly clear, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is good, but a bit subdued. Definitely yeasty and bready nose. Lighter aromas of spice, banana and lemon. Maybe a touch of Brett. The taste is very good. It is extremely smooth. Bready, lightly spiced, hint of lemon. A very small hint of sourness. Very nice!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is slightly cloudy golden with a large white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Only a bit of lace.

Smell contains yeast and bread pretty strongly. Some grassy and lemon notes. Quite floral.

Taste is yeast focused, with bready and spicy flavours. Noble hops. A bit of citrusy fruit in there, mainly lemon. Fairly dry, a bit bitter.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. In keeping with the style but too carbonated for my tastes.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon yellow with trailers of bubbles and a big cap of loose but solid lumpy froth that rims immediately.
Wild flowers, yeast, fresh baguette dough and lemon peel on the nose.
Cream crackers, lemon curd and pears with fresh herbal hops.
Tart starfruit finish and numbing nettle linger.
Light to medium, lively but smooth with some chew.

Bright and citrussy, with an astringent finish that makes this very refreshing. A good food beer. Another winner from Dupont.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as JLindros and I try to find a good pairing for our beer dinner.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish straw colored hue with a nice fluffy white head that faded quickly to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is pretty darn solid. Almost like an amped up saison. Nice pepper/corriander like spices along with some light booze. The finish is faint grassy hops and yeast.

T - Taste is good, but not as nice as the nose. Getting some solid grain/light cereal along with I think grassy noble hops. Light citrus and fruit follows with a more grassy finish. Again, its like a crisper/cleaner boozier saison.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, solid carbonation makes this a bit crisper than usual. The alcohol phenols though kind of ruined it for me.

O - Overall this is a solid beer. A bit too boozy for my liking though and not quite good for our needs.

O - I consider this beer a very strong saison, rather than a pale ale. It has moderate hop character and is very dry and sharp. It would be more to my taste if a bit softer

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Straw-colored beer, clear but not crystal clear. Head is white and initially big, but faded fast to a few large bubbles. Some Belgian lace.

S - Aroma is sharp with peppery spice and alcohol. Some faint hops and yeast fruitiness in background.

T - Up front is a mix of strong noble hops flavor and crisp grainy notes. Some fruity notes in middle and then more grassy hops in the end. Tastes are like a very clean and fresh saison, more than like other Belgian pale ales I've had.

M - Thin to medium body. Some alcohol burn and acidic feel from the carbonation. Hops have moderate bitterness. All in all, a dry and tart feeling.

O - I consider this beer a very strong saison, rather than a pale ale. It has moderate hop character and is very dry and sharp. It would be more to my taste if a bit softer.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light and hazy straw color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains relatively well before slumping down to an 1/8 inch head. Frothy lacing.

S- A bit wild smelling with a classic blonde profile. A tad soapy and plenty of citrus notes, particularly fresh lemon.

T- Very bright and vibrant with lots of lemon zest and a good amount of yeast in the follow-through. Alcohol is there but in an unusually tangy way. Faint notes of spice.

M- High carbonation makes for an exciting drink that doesn't let up. Light body and a prickly feel.

O- Probably the best blonde I've ever had...sorry honey.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cork almost hit the ceiling and it's a gusher! Hazy, dirty straw or tarnished bronze, huge bubbly white head, good lacing.

S: Lemon zest, dried hay bails, hints of leather, horse, tropical fruit and phenolic spice.

T: Lemon zest, wheaty biscuit, candied pineapple, dried papaya and mango, pleasantly modest phenolic spice, good bitterness, very crisp with only a hint of tartness.

M: Highly attenuated, moderate body with plenty of carbonation and a slightly drying finish.

D/O: Really an all around great brew. The farmhouse ale is certainly a strong blonde, but it's also boarding on a bier de garde/saison.

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Photo of tony223366
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ridiculous amount of white fluffy head (which was expected! Color is a golden straw color. A little darker than that. Probably closer to just golden. It is pretty murky though. But the fabulous fluffy head makes up for it. There's great retention and it's very rocky. Beautiful!

S: There's a great, fruity estery aroma in this beer. Also some grainy malts. Also nice and bready. It's definitely a sweet aroma and is very inviting.

T: Wow. Just wow. This is amazing! It's really complex and has some amazing depth between sweet, fruity, bitter, estery and spicey... yeast. And the alcohol finishes the beer out nicely. The spices really make this an interesting beer. They elevate it to something really unique. Fruit comes off as nicely apple. The finish is bitter and has some bite to it from the alcohol. It accomplishes cleaning the palate really well.

M: Really delicate mouthfeel. Smooth with a medium body. Light to medium carbonation.. Between the taste and mouthfeel this beer is astounding.

O: This beer is about 100 times better than I thought it would be. I mean I knew it would be good but I wasn't sure I would think so highly of it. Bravo Moinette, I'm going to become a regular drinker of this beer.

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Photo of joefuzz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at double windsor in brooklyn for saison night.

Pours an amazing looking cloudy gold with a good sized white head for the abv

Smells of fruity hops upfront some bananna

Taste is nice and hoppy upfront that smooths out to a brilliant spiced honey

Mouthfeel is light and pretty highly carbonated

Overall amazing strong saison easily the star of the night

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Photo of Tolosa
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, temp. around 8° C, in a 350 ml chalice-type glass

A : Potent big white head of wonderfully regularly formed foam, on a slightly hazy golden, tiny-bubbled, body.

S : Candy sugar, toffee, flowers. Subtle but unique.

T : Heaven in a glass ! Citrus, then sugar, then alcohol, perfectly balanced. Palate is awaiting eagerly the next gulp.

M : Light and warm, with a definite bitter finish.

Awesome beer. It is a great aperitif beer, a wonderful companion with mussels or a welsh rabbit. Excellent nightcap. Can turn into a deadly trap if drink without moderation...

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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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a bit cloudy yellow golden color. A mediun white creamy fizzy head is formed. Small retention but never disappears totally, leaving a small layer and very few lacings

S: Sweet and fruity on the nose. Honey, candy sugar, orange, orange zest, caramel malts. Belgian yeasts and flowery hops. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront and a dry and hoppy aftertaste. Honey, candy sugar, orange zest, caramel malts, citrus hops. In overall, a dry, citrus and bitter taste

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront and intense hoppy bitter end. Warm sensation

O: Excellent Triple specimens. Mandatory for Belgian beer lovers

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color, slight haze, rich creamy white head that kept it all the way
S: full nose, deep trippel quality, with yeast and spiciness
T: well-balanced, dry, malty with spicy yeast in finish
M: dry, slight astringency in finish when first poured (CO2), astringency subsided, very balanced and easy drinking for ABV, some EtOH noticeable

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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.

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (code L11096A 09:06) into a tulip. Pours a slightly greenish gold w/ a massive sudsy white head and ample carbonation. Rocky chunks of sticky lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma is funky, yeasty, a little musty. Classic Belgian aroma.

Taste is Belgian yeast, pale malt, subtle hops. Some floral, herbal & spicy notes, a hint of citrus. Alcohol completely hidden.

Really smooth mouthfeel, bottle conditioned.

Overall just a solid Belgian pale ale.

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