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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

458 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 73
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -6.4%
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
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

Enjoy.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.33/5  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
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -6%
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.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pitted, crinkly head of pure white foam, consisting of perfectly round and uniform spheres, fills half the goblet on the pour. This is just really nice to watch, as it subsides to a quarter-inch collar and clings soapily atop its brilliant, banana-yellow liquid. In the sun, the beer absolutely shimmers with golden highlights, with no sediment to be seen. Floral nosefeel is spot-on for style, if slightly thin overall. Flowery and stemlike smells waft from the goblet, warming to become more rustic and raw, as of straw bales and wet hair. The flavors are anything but delicate, though: the bitterness is almost shocking, even for the style; fierce green peppercorn and thyme drying out over a mineral/limestone base. Still, there is a ricey malt character to be found in here somewhere. Mouthfeel is strangely sudsy considering the lack of visible carbonation. The biting bitterness lasts for ages in the aftertaste and sort of impedes the drinkability. My tastebuds are getting blasted... this is no table beer. Very muscular even for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of HogHill
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single 750 for about $8 bucks from Colonial Spirits. This green bottle was caged and cork with a different label, in fact it didn't denote whether this was the Moinette Blonde or Bruin. Turned out to be the blond.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass, this one had a huge 3 finger head of creamy suds on top of yellow gold. After finishing off the 750 there was a small amount of yeast in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: The smell here is belgian yeast and fresh cut grass, very good..

Taste: sweet and citrusy with a spiciness that comes through in the middle followed by a light bitterness. Surprisingly not much alcohol detected (especially at close to 9%).

Mouthfeel - High carbonation lends to a crisp mouthfeel. Beer feels about medium bodied.

Drinkabiltity: at 8.5% this one is hard to justify as a session beer althought the alchohol is well hidden. I will be drinking this again.

Overall: very enjoyable beer from Dupont. Not as good as Duvel in the strong pale ale category, but very close IMO. My 3rd Dupont brew, they have all been high quality, much props to them.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a lovely light gold with a lucious, creamy white head.

Smell: The smell is wonderfully complex and full of fruit and nut notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a little alcoholic, but mostly a nice spicy fruitiness. The hops are strong and floral and full of complexity, and quite balanced as well. The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: What a nice beer. Truly a treat to enjoy, and I enjoyed it heartily. Quite taste, and quite drinkable. Definitly one to try.

Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle with 8.5% abv listed and a date (2004) on the cork. I have the Green and white label with the farm pictured and bottle conditioned mentioned.
Aroma: Wonderful fresh fruit smells; pear, grape, apple, hint of cherry, coriander and pepper. Belgian yeast is evident with just a hint of barnyard funk.
Appearance: Wonderfully rocky snow cap of a good finger well after settling down from a very bubbly gentle pour. Glass is a rich golden orange with some haze showing a small storm of tiny bubbles. A little less lace than I expected, but very presentable.
Flavor: Main fruit flavor to come through is a creamy orange candy taste, but the funk steps up James Brown style, funky yet smooth enough to be popular. Slightly bitter overall character, but no hop flavors detected. The bitter really lingers in the aftertaste toward the bottom of the first glass, begs for a nice pairing with some food.
Mouthfeel: Odd, but the foam feels creamy on my lips as I take sips. For all the show of carbonation and the very firm ‘pop’ at opening, this is fairly still. It has a bone dry finish, almost astringent and puckering.
Overall Impression: Wow. Impressive Belgian beer. Complex, well crafted, tasty. Can’t seem to make complete sentences. The alcohol stepped right on top of me, I’m a bit numb after a half glass, but I never saw it coming. This has farmhouse characteristics, but uptown refinement. I guess it is the farmhouse qualities that make this a BSPA rather than a Tripel with which I think it shares many qualities. Should be paired with a fine meal or snack rather than on its own. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle my wife and I shared with our Valentine's Day dinner and poured into my St Bernardus chalice.
Moinette had a cloudy golden color topped by a thickly foamy white head that lasted all the way to the end, leaving great sticky chunks and sheets of lace behind. Some small bits of particulate matter settled to the bottom, having managed to escape the bottle despite the gentle pour.
Nice blend of aromas to this brew! Yeasty, bready malts, lemon zest, some hayfield scents, and a lot of pepper notes (less coriander). Very perky, with very little of the sometimes odd funky aroma.
Tasting this beer was simply delightful. That dusty grain field maltiness was there in abundance, along with some light apple juice fruitiness right from the get-go. Zippy pepper and spice flavor really grabs hold mid-palate and dominates the finish. Nice bitterness far back on the palate. Slightly raw alcohol taste in the swallow and faint warmth in the throat and chest. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth. Real pleasant.
This well-hopped, spicy Belgian pale ale was an excellent pairing with a dinner of grilled beef, potatoes and seasoned squashes. Seductively drinkable and able to hold its own when paired with seasoned foods. I've developed a real liking for the creations from Brasserie Dupont and Moinette Blond is no exception. Well worth the money.

Photo of putnam
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tall crispy white merengue forms over honey-colored liquid. The aromas are heady and sweet, steeped in grassy herbs, butter, mashed nuts and ripe pears. I had prepared for something sweeter in taste. While this is not as astringently hopped as this brewery's famous Saison, it is quite dry. Big, broad, aerated chunks of dry biscuit flavors are seasoned with roasted yellow resins and a fleeting, white-fleshed fruitiness. Stony earthiness lingers before succumbing to finishing flavors of bitter, raw nutshells. Nicely framed bitterness. One of the driest 8.5% beers I've ever tasted. I plowed through this 750ml. Time for some scordalia.

Photo of Crotor
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw with floating chunks and a *massive* pillar or dimpled and lacing foam.

The aroma presents dry and tart fruit esters - green apple, lemon. Maybe a touch of pepper?

Tastes big and wicked and funky. As funky a Belgian Strong Pale Ale as I've ever had. Like a sweeter saison, sort of. It still has the larger hop presence and general funkiness that I'm used to from a saison, but with a greater sweetness. I dig it... It's amazing how the aroma hints at lemon and spice and fruit, but the taste is all grassiness and barnyard funk.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden-orange color with a thick, chunky off-white head. The aroma is hebal and floral, spicy, peppery and somewhat honeyish. A very nice aroma. The flavor is yeasty and spicy, with an herbal, phenolic taste. Very drying and somewhat alcoholic. It is medium-full in body. A very good brew.

Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's, this beer is served in a tulip. Its body has a peach-golden color, and a tight head of an inch has average retention. Active carbonation. The initial smells are of spicy phenols; pepper and sharp citrus or corriander. Below these lingers a muted funk smell, somewhat moldy, somewhat lactic. The taste is very clean. It first hits with a dry sweetness and some sharp sour citrus notes of lemon, maybe ginger. These quickly back off as the spiciness shows. Finally, the taste and aroma of hops wrap the ending together and give a long satisfying aftertaste. The sweet/sour/spicy/hoppy combination is wonderfully complex and quite enjoyable. Easy to drink, easy to love. A great beer from DuPont.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle-conditioned. date code on label 04058B/4.

Slightly hazy gold under a huge, densely creamy meringue. While the head remains, it lifts up a sweet fresh-cut hay scent. As it dies down to curds and finally the barest glaze, more of a slightly funky herbal sweetness arises.

A hint of funk seasons the lively tangy fizz. There develops maybe a suggestion of sage or is it pepper, then of bitter seville marmalade, growing more bitter amid a lingering sweet resin and still the finish shifts and lingers as the pepper definitely comes back. Eventually that too fades but surprise! a grapefruit juiciness swells and I definitely taste grapefruit on my lips. Return to Go collect $200.

I could easily drink a lot more of the bottle than I should in one go...

Photo of Rastacouere
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL: Shining golden hue, dense Dupont style white head with gorgeous lacing. Big yeast clouds float around the glass. Delectable pilsner malt nose with honey tones. Crisp cookie reminiscent toasty and floral flavours. Rather complex if not demarcative. Creamy and fluffy mouthfeel, not quite bubbly though. Sweet mouth entrance is accompanied by a white peppery yeast atmosphere. This pilsner malt puts the crisp in crispy, saazy finish provides a good bitterness with a bit more ironoxide than I’d like. Characterful, herbal, Dupont quality mark.

Photo of nogoodreason
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer, I just don't have a lot to say about it. Like all DuPont beers, it's well made, enjoyable and well respected by me. Beyond that, what to say?

Blond, withy a poofy, fizzy white head. Hazy...

Nose is is tart, and spicy, juniper maybe, white pepper, some corriander seed perhaps.

A rich powdery sweetness exists in the body, mixing and contrasting nicely with the lemoney, dirty tartness. Definite junpier spice now. Yeasty pour is better rounded and slightly earthier with the spices tamed slightly. Finish is dry and spicy.

Lovely, I mean it.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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?

Photo of Doppel07
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright lemon-orange body, abundant carbonation, and large frothy white head. Nice, fresh yeasty aroma of bread, esters, and apples. Crisp and tangy with significant bitterness in the finish. Alcohol taste is apparent. A nice, interesting Belgian Strong Pale.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy gold with an enormous creamy ivory head, even from a gentle pour. Head is thick and lacy as hell. Smell is yeasty and very fruity. Muscat grapes and hints of chardonnay. Very winey nose. Light spiciness, cloves and/or cinnamon.

Damn this beer has a bite to it! Dry and bittersweet fruitiness. Alcohol flavors. A strident bitterness but not form hops as far as I can tell. Can't put my finger on that taste but it dominates the palate. Almost like Campari? Juniper berries? Spicy clove in there. taste is nothing like the smell. Amazing complexity. Bitter and smooth. Sweet in the nose and dry on the tongue. really excellent. Could have stood to be aged and I really wasn't expecting that from this brew. Lingering dry btterness stays around forever.Been wanting to try this for awhile and it has definitely peaked my interest to go back for more.

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
94 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.