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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 74
Gots: 34 | 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 MSchae1017
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 750mL Bottle.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head that holds and laces well. It smells yeasty with fruity aromas of bananas lined with some smells of spices. The taste again hits you at first with a yeasty flavor. There is also similar spice and frutiness as found in the aroma. The mouthfeel is full bodied with great conditioning. Overall, highly drinkable a good belgian.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I poured it out, the head developed aggressively. Afterwards it collapses very slowly from the sides. Leaving an isle in the middle.
From far the beer releases an odour: It’s quite sweet with malt and alcohol tones. When I come closer that’s exactly what I get, combined with some vanilla and richer hops.
The colour is misty golden with a lot of carbonation running through.
Taste is more than satisfying: Warms up with an IPA like hop rush. Undertones of yeast, chocolate malt, vanilla and banana. Can’t say I notice the alcohol
The hop lingers on and keeps the upper level, but as it evolves the alcohol does kick in.
Aftertaste is dryer, hop bitterness on top and a bread / yeast undertone. At the end slight dates.

Hoppiness throughout!

Photo of akorsak
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of gbontrag
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pop the cork and smell the Dupont. Pretty golden ale with long white meringue that paints impressions on the glass.
Smells of fresh hay in the barn; smells of zesting a lemon in an old windowsill pressing my nose against the window screen smelling must and rust; and erasers from sketching the farm scene outside: Dry fields and wet gravel from the sprinkler watering the lawn.

Carbonation bursts in the mouth with green grapes, cloves, lime skins, starfruit, and new whole wheat sourdough starter that's not yet ripe. This golden ale has a minerally aftertaste like calistoga mineral water, and a little sour twang like fresh whey. There's an oceanic backbone to this as I have images of smelling sea breezes, and the yeast is really strong with a seaweed flavor.

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 Westsidethreat
3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a pale golden orange colour... White head poured big and foamy then settled to a thin layer... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Strong sweet fruits (pineapples, grapefruits, pears), light toffee notes, honey, floral hints, strong spicy / grassy hops...

Taste – Juicy, spicy fruits (definite pineapple, some apple), light honey sweetness, peppery, some alcohol coming through, light biscuity malts, spicy hops...

Feel - Sharp and dry. Light body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch pale ale.... Recommended...

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

Gold w/ hints of copper and orange... it "glows"... quite bright looking. 1/4" thick, white head... awesome.

Aroma is sweet and spicy... some definite "manure"-like qualities at the same time. Lemon, banana, clove... nice.

Very smooth on the drink and a touch creamy. Bubbles tickle a little bit.

Mildly hoppy flavor with hints of orange and clove... bitter on the backend. Very good.

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

Explosive carbonation resembling champagne. Huge white rocky head rests on straw-yellow base. The lacing is beautiful and thick.

The aroma contains similar champagne-esque attributes complemented with grapes, lemons and spices.

Initially light citrus flavors mingle with spices (maybe white pepper) layered over a light base of malt and even some wheat. A crisp, clean, lightly hopped finish sets me up for many more.

Amazingly light mouthfeel without being watery or understated.

Exceptionally drinkable. Non-craft brew drinkers who haven't tried Belgian beer might like this. Well worth a try and certainly worth having several in stock on a continual basis. Reminds me of New Glarus' Spotted Cow except more complex and significantly better.

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

330 ml bottle. Moinette pours out a cloudy yellow color topped with a long lasting, huge, white head. The aroma is honey and herbal hops. There is also some tartness in the aroma. The flavor is malty, more so than I expected from the aroma. Sweet and tart, with farmhouse style funkiness. There is a strong herbal hoppiness. Like Saison Dupont, this is hoppier than most Saisons. A vanilla flavor comes out as the beer warms. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is creamy. No sign of the 8.5 abv. A terrific beer.

Photo of bennetj17
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a bright gold, mildly hazy. Head is white and wispy, a full 3/4 inch high with slow dissipation, clinging to leave a nice lace on the glass. Smell is lemony and spicy, with notes of clove and tangy hops. The nose overall lacks potency though. The flavor is strong on malt, a bit sweeter than the aroma suggests. Notes of citrus at first, with a light bready spice in the finish. A touch of sourness lasts beyond the finish also. Medium body, very creamy mouthfeel with enjoyable bubbly carbonation. Not overly complex, the flavor is nonethelss excellent. I couldn't believe the alcohol was 8.5% as I hardly noticed it. This was highly drinkable and I will have more...

Photo of indiended
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


ITS LITTLE farmhousey

I probably sell 12 to 15 cases of this a year just by my love for this brew. This was my first belgian ale and it made a massive impression on me from the very first sip. I remember about half way through the bottle I commented to my friend that this was the best beer I've ever tasted even though I'd probably only had a dozen beers under my belt. Now that I've sample well over 300 beers this is still the ONE !!!

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 Beersignal
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, another offering from Brasserie Dupont has made its way to our shores. It is finally available at the SAQ in limited quantities but at a reasonable price. Saison Dupont has been one of my all around favourites for many years, so the arrival of Moinette Blonde for me is much anticipated.

It pours a dusty golden straw colour beneath a dome of chalk white foam of heroic proportions, clinging, clumping, lasting ‘til the very last yeast tainted drops of the bomber. The legendary head retention of the Dupont Brewery lives large!

This is a farmhouse ale in the truest sense of the tradition. The aromas are sublime and gently complex, comprised of soft maltiness moving to a dryish but flowery pepperiness that leads seamlessly to firm notes of hops and yeast in the finish. A farmhouse character of wet hay underlays the olfactory profile from beginning to end.

Flavourwise this brew reminds me a great deal of the Vieille Provision with its signature noble hop character dominating the finish majestically. However, the Moinette finds more balance in its 8.5% alcohol and, thus, more body and suppleness. The flavours range greatly from minty pepperiness middle to end preceeded by a hearty malt backbone and hints of vanilla bean. As the brew warms, notes of ripe pears surface in time to be washed away by a bracing but welcome bitterness as the whole fades slowly in a long and soothing aftertaste.

Not an extreme brew by today’s standards but a real pleaser as all elements of a classic brew can be found here. Balance, complex flavours and aromas and a surprisingly drinkable character. Could easily become the beer I go to for special occasions (seeing as we don’t have that much selection here).


Photo of pjwilson
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: amazing fantastic carbination that continues for ever. huge pillowy white head that never gets below a finger thick, absud lacing, classic golden saison color.

smell: crisp pepper and pears, nice character from the yeast, not as intense as some beers, but still fantastic.

taste: classic saison taste, with differences. just seems a little smooth and subduded, compared to some saisons. getting pears, in the taste, but then a crackling bitterness hits you in back of the mouth. the bitterness is very refreshing, promoting one to continue drinking.

mouthfeel: the carbination is the defining feature, prickles the mouth when drank, the beer it's self drinks very light.

drinkability: fantastic, highly drinkable. we have a winner here. begs to be drank with a fine meal, but i'm enjoying it on it's own right now.

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

Gold clarity with an enormous head. Wonderful, distinctly Dupont aroma, full of esters loads of fruit and farmhouse funk. Flavor is amazing, with loads of fruit and farmhouse. It's the house character of Dupont which makes this so special. Dupont is a very special brewery. I love them.

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 VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to style, this beer greets us with a big-time, frothy head, along with a hazy medium gold body. The nose is sweet and tart... in other words, "Saison-y." I find the flavor profile to be a bit surprisingly on the light side. Bitterness arrives mid-palate and jockeys with sweet malt into a pleasantly long finish that is semi-tart and partly astringent. There's some alcohol warmth going on here as well, although that doesn't hamper this beer's easy drinkability.

Photo of ypsifly
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged dark green 750 with 2005 on the cork. Poured into a tulip. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor.

Gold and a bit hazy under a very tall head of white. So tall is the head that it is sticking up above the rim of the glass making a Devil's Tower like formation. Tenacious retention and nice weblike clumps of lace.

Funky and sweet aromas with some fruits and chalk from the yeast. A little bit of pepper makes its way into the mix.

Tastes tart and grassy after a nice foundation is layed by the malt. Has some grain like flavors and some earth from the yeast. Rather leafy hop
finish with a bit of peppery warmth from the alcohol.

Lots of carbonation give it a lively mouthfeel, but there is enough body to keep it from being too scratchy. Very enjoyable and it pairs well with a plate of edam and swiss.

Photo of goochpunch
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out the hazy color of the inside of a tangerine. Huge, white, rocky head that leaves behind spotty lacing. However, as I drink this, the lacing becomes more intricate and sheet-like. In the nose I pick up coriander, fruity malts, yeast, and apricots. There's a slight tinge of alcohol mixed in as well, but you really have to dig for it. The taste that is most prominent in this is the bready malt. The yeast is subdued enough to let the malt shine, but its presence is felt in the spiciness. Adequate bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is brilliant. So full, fluffy, and soft. Like a liquid down comforter. Has the smoothness of a still beer while maintaining proper carbonation.

This saison is not too bold as others I've had in the past. Having said that, it maintains all complexities of those that tend to be more "in your face," but it does so with a delicate touch.

Photo of DogFood11
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge rocky mountainous head, Waves of sheet like carbonation, Chunky lacing, unfiltered haziness, golden to yellow color. Not sure how this beer could be more inviting.

Some sweet cloying effect rolls out of this saison. Farmhouse funkiness is ever present and forms a nice mix. Definately sweeter than the majority of the style. It doesn't get to the point of being too lopsided, infact there is an interesting hop zing and dryness that keeps this pup in check. Long spicey aftertaste is tasty.

Like the label states on the back, its a bit fuller and sweeter than its cousin beer (which I assume means the Dupont). This works well and would be a great beer with some good grub.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly cloudy yellow golden color with a huge fluffy white head. There are a bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it was still at least half its size a couple minutes after the pour. As the head falls, there is some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Very fruity nose with lots of citrus and other light fruit. There is a significant spiciness to this beer that reminds me a bit of a Tripel. As the head falls, you can pick up a whole lot of bready yeast along with some noticeable toasty notes. Really nice!

Taste: It starts of with a bit of sweetness, but this doesn’t last long as the hops and carbonation take over. You get a hint of a floral and citrus thing just before the carbonation grabs the beer like it is on bearings across your palate. The hops are a big player in this beer, and they give the bready yeast flavors a run for their money in the end. The finish actually ends with some sweetness. Somehow the hops let go right at the end and let the beer leave a smooth sweetness to linger for some time on the back of the throat.

Opinion: Wow, now this is a really tasty beer! I am pretty surprised how the brewer got such a contrast in the hops. I was expecting a harsh, astringent and bitter finish by the middle of the profile, but the malt ends up winning in the end. Amazing! This is a great beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking quite a bit in the future.

Photo of orfeu
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber. Active carbonation. Frothy meringue-like white head with sticky lacing. Apples, moistened leather, horsebarn hay, cilantro, and a faintly sweet bready malt aroma. Dry, spicy, grassy. Saaz hops with horsey-funk and apple-fruity sweetness. Tart and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is superb -- sparkling and dry, yet juicy and quenching. Quite nice, quite nice. High marks for drinkability, but there are just so many damn-fine saisons out there, and others rank higher for me. Nonetheless, this is surely a world class representative of the style. Outstanding beer from Dupont.

Photo of Mitchel
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy, golden brown with a rocky head which holds for a long time. It smells spicy and fruity like coriander, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, figs, and a hint of toffee. The lacing is decent.

Very light in texture with lots of phenols and esters; it has a complex spicy malt. This beer is very smooth and the aftertaste is great. Very spicy and malty with the finish being a bit fruity. Nice btitter, hoppy bite with a noticeable yeast taste.

This beer is good. Apparently, it has won several awards, and rightfully so. I don’t know if I would drink this one on a regular basis, but it would be nice to go to every now and then. It comes in 330ml (or 11.2 oz.) as do many belgians. Good bottles for homebrew.

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.