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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 75
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001

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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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with a label different than that shown on the site here- a fairly plain tan label with solid (green glass colored) green trim, with assorted "Moinette Bottle Conditioned Belgian Ale" imported by Vanberg & DeWulf, Cooperstown, NY, etc.

Pours a pretty honey golden with an absolutely gorgeous fluffy white head that sits on top for a good while. I poured it a bit too cold, so it has to sit a few mintues...

Nose is not overly sweet as is common to the style- earthy, spicy, almost funky. Flavor starts with a strong medicinal/herbal flavor, with a big alcohol presence, that ends with a large, and i mean large, lemon-citrus follow-through. Some hop bite, but this seems to have some really interesting and complex herbal-yeast-based flavors happening. Whoa. But it's almost like there's too many things going on, or it's not balanced quite right, or something. As the beer warms, the dominant flavor that comes out (and comes out strongly) is black pepper. Probably would be good with blackened fish or a smoked salmon salad...

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy, but the sharp end in the flavor profile keeps it from being really drinkable.

Photo of NJbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking the 750 ml bottle version - might be the only bottle but I am not sure. I poured it into a generic snifter and the head exploded - very nice but a bit too much. The pop of the cork was extreme so obviously there was a build up of pressure. The head was thick and creamy and held on for quite a while - 1/3 done and it still has a nice head.

The color is a fantastic gold with consistant bubbles. There is even signs of yeast in the glass - this is the first pour from the bottle too.

Flavorwise, I am very happy. You get some lemon/yeasty smell along with slight alcohol aroma. The carbonation proves to be very nice in the mouth although it is a bit too sour for me to give it a great mouthfeel - too sticky. The yeast and alcohol flavors do make me keep coming back though.

I am very happy with this beer and I would recommend it as a slight change to anyone who likes saisons, wheats, and even some stong ales - as a strong ale, it is much lighter then most but very very drinkable.


Photo of NoLiberty
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The little blond nun makes me feel good with this beer. Aroma opens with thoughts of home, a wood stove and baking apples in the oven. Very nice. It pours delicately with a straight up yellow appearance reminiscent of drying straw. It's initial taste is pleasant but with strong alcohol (remember it is 8.5% - yikes) with wheatiness. It's big but still leaves room for food. Finish is hops. I'd like more in the mouth but due to its strength it's quite amazing the beer feels so light. Goes down easy and wakes up groggy.

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

750 ml

Beautiful, hazy golden yellow. Big white mountainous head that would not leave the glass until glass was almost empty.

Aroma was of sweet malts and musty yeast, after reading Farmhouse Ales the aroma made me think of a Belgian farm. Nice hop bouquet and peppery.

Banana and clove yeast flavors, starting sweet and finishing fairly dry and spicey. Nice hoppiness to match the sweet underlying malts, citrusy with coriander and white pepper.

Nice light-medium body that made it quite drinkable even at 8.5% alcohol.

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip glass from an 11.2 oz bottle. Cloudy straw-gold color with a thin white layer of foam. Sweet malt scent, a little buttery. Lot of spicy phenols right up front on first taste, fruity, fairly yeasty. Enough hops to dry things out, but hop flavor isn't much present. Finish lingers around for a while. Lots of carbonation, but somewhat light body for the strength of the beer. Very nice mouthfeel. Very nice!

Photo of WetCoaster
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm... could have sworn this was a saison. Oh well.

Appearance: Wow, Duvel's got some competition. Slightlycloudy gold with a huge, foamy, frothy pure white head. Lasts forever and eventually leaves a big-ass iceberg of foam in the center. Huge sheets of lace on the glass wall.

Smell: Tart fruit and lemon, pale malt, cake and honey, mild bret and some yeast. It's typical, sure, but it's great every time.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Slightly sweeter than I expected (I guess it is a pale) with a nice honeyed maltiness, the typical yeast spiciness, lemony tartness. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, but crisp nonetheless. Finishes with a biting orange rind.

Drinkability: Terrific and a bit offbeat -- impress geeks and newbies alike. Not too expensive, either. Much to like from this saison/pale... whatever. Try it, you'll like it.

Photo of grassrootsVT
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at monks:

This beer was part of the brasserie dupont/vanberg and dewulf beer dinner at monks on may 10th. Moinette literally means "little nun" - a play on not paying service to an abbaye... it's aroma opens with a reminder of baked apple and was poured a pale yellow straw color with very little head retention. However, each refill [from a pitcher] poured more carbonated and with a better layer of disappearing foam. Tasting notes included notions of high alcohol, a light body [wheaty?]...a great and enjoyable beer who's mouthfeel is thin but amply big in flavor. Drinkability? Extremely high...but watch out. At 8.5%, you'd better watch out for the little nun's sneak attack.

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.