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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 76
Gots: 36 | 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 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.

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

750 mL with imprint L03054a/4

Pours a golden clear pour loaded with an army of bubles released to meet a huge sticky slowly settled ivory head cap topping the glass while leaving a painted lace behind. Second pour was a hazy peach with plenty a scrod chunkerz and yeasty particles inside.

Aromas of honey and leafy grain. Bright scents that remind me of an Earthy mineral.

First swigs: Soft vanilla and easy smooth caramel. A slick feel comingles with an buttery body. Lacks the bold barnyard, but there is a light hat straw and horse blanket note. Some Maple Syrup middle.

Feel is butery smooth with a slickness of half 'n half.

Last swigs: Wow! 8.5 % ABV? Ya gotta be jokin'. $7.20 from circle liquors. It's a 2003 cork in 2006. sweet!

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

BB 09-2007. Good nice snowwhite thick head and a golden beer with white clouwd. Taste is very strong and shows lots of alcohol. Dry, grassy, wheaty and very spiced are the main impressions but this one shows further lots of spice with sweet gale, hops and probaly many others. Yes this is a great beer though maybe litle bombastic and highly fuelled for the beertype as I see it more of a saison then a Blonde beer as it off course also is. Highly enjoyable brew that I certainly see again soon, great to just sit sip and enjoy.

Photo of GClarkage
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. cap popped off with a loud pfff, and foam started cascading over the lip of the bottle and all over the counter.
Poured into a NB glass.
Hazy orangy yellow. Lots of yeast in suspension.

Aroma is fruity with banana, apple, pear some citrus and some funky cheese. a little spicyness in there too.

Flavor is banana bread, lemon, corriander.

Finish is lightly sweet lightly dry. Awesome beer.
Alcohol is hidden nicely. Be careful

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. I truely love this beer and I can't believe that I haven't reviewed it before. Pours out a light yellow with a hint of orange. The head is off white, big and fluffy. It just keeps growing and growing as the beer sits. Very effervesant.

One of my favorite things about this beer is the smell. It really doesn't get any better than this. Hoppy and grassy with a touch of malt in the background. A bit flowery as well. You notice the smell with this beer as soon as the top is popped.

The taste is similar but more intense. Light and delicate in the beginning, giving way to a wonderful bitter punch at the end. This is a fresh one so the alcohol is slightly present, but really not that much.

A wonderful beer. This is one of those beers that keeps me going back to Belgain Pale Ales.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 kmcnair
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick yellowed peach hue and makes a dense white head with lots of lacing. Aroma is a musty banana with a subtle hint of cloves. Flavor opens with some bittering and a peppery spice, yeasty banana character dominates the middle and there is a bit of buttery toffee, finishes with a strong peppery bite. Lots of carbonation on the palate with a medium to fully body and a slightly sticky finish. This is a nice offering, it seems to deviate a bit from what I am used to in a Belgian strong pale with the extreme peppery spice, but I like it. I would try again, but sadly I have but this 1 bottle.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single 330ml bottle at central market. Pours a deep, cloudy golden color with an off-white head that is indefatigable. Very sweet/spicy nose, with hints of apple cider and coriander, and light toffee undertone. Taste is saisonish with spices and a cashew-yeast flavor supporting the fermented-apple hoppyness and the spicy-sweet crispness of this ale. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and smooth but well-carbonated. This ale coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. An excellent summer ale, but I wouldn't recommend more than one or two of these babies in the Texas sun. Overall, a good belgian strong pale.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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 benmiliron
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my wife for my birthday! Here goes... nice milky-yellow haze in the glass, though not as disgusting as that sounds. Smells strong of a wild yeast brew, kind of tangy and sour. Taste is good strong Belgian ale - heavy malt and high gravity. There is a sourness to this beer though that I don't care for too much. Kind of like Cantillon only not as pronounced. Mouthfeel is nice, lots of bubble but not overly tingly/sharp. This is a good brew, but the sourness will keep me away.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy and chunky pale golden with a white frothy head which lasted a very long time to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and slightly citrusy. It could be detected from across the table. The aroma contained a slight grape fruit aroma coupled with pineapple. Intermingled into the aroma was earthy hop presence and a very slight spice nature from yeast and alcohol.

The flavor was immediately dry on the palate with citrusy and earthy flavors most prevalent. The earthy flavors overtake all else and dominate. There was also present a slight spice and some low fruitiness. The hop level was high and caused the drying, but it was not overbittered.

The finish was dry with lasting citrysy and earthy flavors with slight spice long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but the carbonation made it seem a bit less, the mouthfeel was creamy. The alcohol really only was exhibited in the aroma and then in the warming after consumption. A dry brew, but the aroma far outshines the flavor.

330 ml bottle.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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