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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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93
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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 74
Gots: 33 | 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 GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
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 -14.8%
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
4.33/5  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
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -4%
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 +4.8%
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
4.43/5  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.

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.