Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 498
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 79
Gots: 40 | 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 BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet bit of light fruity esters and mild spice with an tea-like presence ultimatel sculpts this Belgian Pale Ale.

A pour of what seems more of amber than pale gives a rich and lush appearance. Slightly off-white foam starts to billow, but then receeds to a smathering of lace pockets that adorn the top of the beer.

Sweet fruity tones of peach, pear, apple, white plumb, grape, and appricot only start to sculpt the estery start to aromas. Lightly balanced with citrus zest and soft peppery character give a decidedly sweet fruity balance to the nose.

Sweet breads, candied malts, and sweet ripe fruits all have a presence in early taste. Appricots, peaches, pineapple, and mango all make major contributions to the malty/estery matrix. Herbal and tea-like, the hop character decorate the fruity tones with a sense of fresh tobacco and barley that lead to a tepid bitterness late.

Creamy sweetness cling to the mouth first. The fleeting carbonation is surplanted by alcoholic warmth for a less robust and drying finish of semi-dry sweetness and peppery heat.

A classy and characterful Belgian Ale with a fruity overtone with balance of spice and herbs. It's easy to see why this is quentessential of well made Belgian Ales. (1,231 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a Moinette goblet.

A - Hazy orange ale dotted with particles of sediment. A finger of white head gives way to sticky strings of lace.

S - Sweet lemon meringue, a little clove.

T - Wheat, spice, rounded out by citrusy hops. Alcohol almost completely hidden.

M - Chewy, tangy and very refreshing.

O - This stuff is dangerously sessionable for the ABV. Feels quite basic but is just delicious. Gets better as it warms. Top shelf Belgian. (451 characters)

Photo of impending
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazy caramel gold, towering dense head fades leaving clumpy froth behind. Excellent lacing.

Rich fruity yeast aroma, complex within just the high notes, pleasantly spicy.

While not overdone, surprisingly the flavor is dominated by a chalky dry bitterness, the scent gave no hint of this. Equally surprising is the lack of complexity in the taste. Minor phenols ride the aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Third on the surprise list is Brasserie Dupont saying this is their best selling brew in Belgium.
jd (551 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2" white coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, floral hops, and alcohol.

T: Nice balance of citrus and floral hops and sweet malt that gives way to a tart finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a nice taste profile. (335 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moinette Blonde, of the famous Dupont brewery.

Appearance: 11.2oz bottle into a Leffe glass. A careful decanting leads to a hazy deep gold colored brew with some tiny yeast particles in suspension. Active carbonation bubbles to the top. Fizzy white froth recedes to a fine layer. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Typical of a strong Belgian blonde, aroma is yeasty and sweet, as well as slightly alcoholic. Floral, earthy hop aromas. Bready malts round off a somewhat pleasing nose.

Taste: Pale malt flavor is greeted by an unexpectedly prevalent dose of earthy hop bitterness. Belgian yeast lies in the background providing muted fruit notes. The sting of carbonation, and hop presence gives off a rind like sensation. Alcohol flavor remains very well masked. Small bread notes, mainly hops, very nice.

Mouthfeel: The body to this beer hides behind an aggressive sting of carbonation. Sharp and biting, playing with the bitterness, the feel of this beer is sophisticated. On the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: Moinette Blonde proves to be a very tasty belgian pale ale, with great strength, flavor and body. Was not expecting the hop presence to be so strong. Reccommended. (1,175 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, date of 02/2014 on the label.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a solid and creamy two-finger head. Lacing is nice.

The aroma is quite yeasty and lightly hoppy, with a sulfuric and barnyard-like character.

The flavor is dry and full of yeasty Beglian phenols. Lots of band-aid and rubber, but also a pleasant herbal quality, earthiness and a strong bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel doesn't wow me, but it's smoothly carbonated.

If you like your Belgian pales and goldens dry, then drink this beer, it's a classic. (541 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light tripel alike blond. If you like hop, but think BIPA's are too hoppy, this is the one for you.

L: big lasting top, sticky to the glass. Golden almost whitebeer looks.
S: wet grass; yeasty and hoppy, light banana and pear tones.
T: difficult to say; nice hop, harmonic, little sweety.
M: feels like a light tripel, nice follow-up of grain, sweety, hop and at last the alcohol.

Classic. (393 characters)

Photo of eat
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From some old notes. 2008 vintage courtesy of bobsy (consumed summer of 2010). Thanks! A huge, airy white head tops a glowing, hazy blonde body. Great retention and nice sticky lacing. Tons of big sediment chunks are suspended throughout along with some violent visible carbonation; this thing looks like a snowgloble.

Smells like a lemon meringue pie (!) accompanied by white pepper and light floral hops. Really nice.

The flavour is nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness, with candy malt, light background spices (coriander, white pepper and light cinnamon), slight funkiness and citrus rind bitterness. A little alcohol warms on the finish.

The body is a bit on the thin side for my preference. Despite the huge visible carbonation, almost none shows up in the mouth. Strange. I'm wishing the feel was both thicker and livelier.

The only thing holding its drinkability back is the ABV. Totally delicious, awesome stuff. I would definitely pick this up again should I run into it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow colored with a huge, long lasting, frothy white head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet bready malts, tons of esters and a slight barnyard character. Not wild yeast-like, but a slight musty character going on. Quite enjoyable.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, slightly bready and balanced with a very nice firm, earthy/grassy hop flavor. Moderate bitterness helps the beer to finish dry with a lingering pils malt flavor. Lots of esters; pears and light bananas. Medium mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation.

O - Very nice. I really love Dupont's beers, and this one is also very enjoyable. (643 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 for a 750ml 2.009 on the cork.

A: Insane head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing here. Hazy, orange, unfiltered yeast in suspension.

S: A whiff of skunk when I popped the cork (damn green bottle...), pepper, musty, hay, earthy. Skunk actually goes away after a few minutes in the glass.

T: Heavy on the fruits mainly red apples, grapes, light banana, pears, and passion fruit. The pepper comes on strong in the middle. Not that hoppy at all, just some dry bitterness at the end.

M: Alcohol is well-hidden here behind the spicing and yeast action.

O: Fairly complex, bordering on saison, but not as bitter. Worth the $$$. (637 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

455th review on BA

App- This was a vibrant golden yellow with a a 1 1/2 in head and lace all around.

Smell- So many things going on even in a draft glass of this. You get a nice wheat base with a matching yeast profile and then some fruits and a little spice as well.

Taste- It wasnt as sweet as I would have thought and a slight acidy citrus flavor is dominant. At the same time a grassy? yeastiness is prevelant with a bit of pepper notes and some spice.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carbonation. A little dance of bubbles across the palate and some wheat flavors with a bit of lemon peel.

Drink- This was a great pale ale with a twist. Big ABV and flavors. I could drink this all night long. I would like to have a bottle or two around the house. (764 characters)

Photo of FatJesus
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into new belgium globe from cork and cage 750 bottle.
Poured golden blonde hue with huge white head. Head sticks around for awhile.

What i'm smelling is apple or pear, pepper and definitely alcohol in the back.

First taste you get a sweet pepperiness then it dries out from the hops and then you get the alcohol. The alcohol just kind of sits in the back making you drink more getting the same results.

Mouth feel is slight carbonation getting thicker and sweeter as it warms and finishes dry.

Over all it is an average strong pale ale. I like duponts saison better than there strong pale ales. You still get the rustic taste in both.

Worth a try. (659 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Less herbal than the classic Saison Dupont, but this is indeed a phenomenal beer. That's probably the best way to describe the beer. Not bitter in the finish like Saison Dupont. Citrus flavors are there. But this beer is incredibly similar.

Great big white head. Nice blond (duh) color. At least this was smooth as silk.

Not many people are buying this at my liquor store so we put it on clearance. A shame. (409 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a towering, growing head. Nose shows light fruit, mainly lemon, pears and green apples. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, mixing with spicy phenols. Flavours are not so great... Quite sweet at first with more light fruit and candi sugar along with a doughy yeast character. Then the booze creeps through and mixes with a sharp bitterness to create a slightly off-putting finish. Carbonation is too high. (420 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently remained on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of apple flavors. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness to the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that needs to be sipped due to its dryness and strength, although the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste. (613 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Cloudy golden. Huge and rich head that shows great retention and a lot of lacing. A lot of sediment on the bottom of the glass

S- A lot of yeast and a fresh herbal aroma, along with some faint floral and fruity (pear?) notes. Pretty much the aroma of a saison

T- The malt sweetness is not dominant and nicely balanced by a grass/rustic feel from the yeast. Pear is there as the smell suggested along with orange and some other fruity notes that i can't define without any doubt (apple? citrus?). Some faint pepper notes can be noticed at times

M- The best part: as smooth as a beer can be, moderate carbonation but still a very lively and earthy mouthfeel. A very nice raw aftertaste

O- Not a perfectly balanced beer to be honest. It's raw and rustic feeling gets a bit overwhelming after a while and tends to hide all flavours except yeast. The finish is really too heavy (pretty much just yeast)

A strong pale ale or a saison? I would say the second. Sure, a very good beer (997 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy bright yellow with a large, rich, "volcanic" head. The first beer I've seen to actually rival Duvel and the lacing is also sticky and extraordinary. This is an incredible looking beer.

Smell: Spicy with some floral hoppiness, again complex for pale ale, almost more like a tripel.

Taste: Wow, this blonde falls between a pale ale and a triple, simply delicious. Spice and sweetness (think light fruit, pear & apple) up front with a gentle well-balanced bitterness on the finish. Frankly this beer is superior to Duvel in taste.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, extremely creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Will become my go-to Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The class of the style sampled so-far. (760 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a deep golden/honey (maybe mustard color too?), with a significant amount of sediment from the bottle-conditioning; thick, frothy white head about 2.5 fingers thick; head reduces to lingering lace/head, still about .5 fingers thick a good 10-15 minutes after the pour; looks great!

S: fairly aromatic and fragrant, with fruity (apple, pear, maybe fig) and floral notes up front; also fairly strong hoppy notes, with a tuch of fresh-cut grass presence (although not as crisp and clean as one may expect)

T: spicy, tart, and alcoholic flavors up front, with a lingering and underlying sweetness that stays on the taste buds long after the tasting; well balanced by the hoppy presence; the fresh-cut grass notes from the aroma are gone; a citrus flavor appears, as well

M: lively and bubbly from carbonation; also thick and medium/full body; the flavors just sit on the tongue long after the taste, which leaves the tongue very happy!

O: Very complex and well done Strong Pale Ale; the smell exceeds expectations, and perhaps causes the taste to be a little disappointing; however, the taste is great, and mouthfeel is beautiful; this is a well-balanced and delicious brew! (1,180 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Perfect amount of carbonation, 1.25 inch head with tiny to small bubbles. Plenty of rising carbonation. Dense yet warm and bright yellow in color.
S: Like a nice witbier, though perhaps heavier. Nice blend between the yeast and malt.
T: Very witbier like, on the same spectrum, just heavier and more alcoholic. Tangy. One of the better Blondes I've had.
M: Slightly mouth puckering, otherwise smooth.
O: Very nice blonde. (425 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy light blond with 2 inches of fluffy white head. that reduces quickly and leaves a cap of foam floating on the top of the glass. Leaves intermittent streaks of soapy lacing.

S-Lovely fruity/funky farmhouse yeast, leather, golden raisins, white pepper and clove.

T/M-The first thing that strikes me about Moinette is the mouthfeel. There's a mouth coating yeastiness, but it's not slick or overbearing. It is nicely balanced against the sweetness of the malt. It's clear from the first sip that this is a DuPont beer. The well balanced earthy sweetness found here has their distinctive mark. Light and vibrant with low to moderate carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D-A definitive example of the style, not to be missed. (739 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with over two fingers of head in a Duvel glass (not unlike Duvel) and has fairly large bubbles. The pancake batter like foam on top is stark white (good retention and lacing). The beer itself is a hazy golden hue. This stuff looks great.

S: Spicy and herbal smelling with flower notes to boot. Not a tone of nose on the rather sizable head.

T: I think this is a very poor showing of this beer (which I usually love)... perhaps light damage or something. Spice up front but unusually this beer is very bitter. I could easily have mistook this for a belgian IPA and it might even be a good one for the style. Its very odd. Its as though the floral notes and citric elements which I usually find in the beer have been burnt off and all that remains are the Hops and spicy yeast (ie belgian ipa). odd. Having just recently had this on draft Im fully aware that this is truly peculiar. I will have to retry.

M: prickly

D: medium (936 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, muddled medium golden amber colour, with specks of ground pepper sediment strewn throughout, and a teeming tower of rather puffy, and thinly foamy egg-shell white head, which leaves some random broken trellises of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of strong and spicy grainy wheat malt, earthy yeast, aerosol black pepper, flat citrus, stewed apple and pear, subtle coriander, and a faint warming alcohol. The taste is equally complex - semi-sweet wheat and grain malt, pithy citrus, mildly funky yeast, white and black pepper, somewhat astringent alcohol, more apple/pear drupe fruitiness, and earthy, leafy, and kind of perfumed hops.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a soothing frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, well smooth, clean, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes fairly off-dry, the fruity malt carrying on, with some funky, zingy yeast, and latent booze keeping things on the level. Ok, more of a precipice, but still.

An enjoyable enough strong Belgian pale ale, lots of fruit and spice, with the alcohol just percolating under the surface. I would imagine that this would be an agreeable way to see the sights and get high in Hainaut, or blasted in Bruges. (1,266 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bull's Head in Lititz.
Served to me with a finger of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Color is a bright gold with a fair amount of cloudiness. Smell is fruity, yeasty and bready. Apple and pear notes mix with a zesty yeast aroma of coriander and pepper. Palate is complex, yet very approachable. Same fruity and spicy flavors from the nose. Alcohol is hidden very well, making this a dangerous brew. Quite a well made brew. (446 characters)

Photo of marquinoftroy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially tried this beer straight from my frig. Doesn't smell strong, smelled like Belgian sweetness. My first impression of it was fine, but it got way better as it warmed up. I thought it was the best when almost room temp, around the 60 degree ballpark. (259 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and completely hazy with a chunks of sediment in the beer, the head is white, small and medium and dusty with yeast, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and bready...smells fine.

Beer is sweet and light in body. Heavily carbonated on the mouth. If this wasn't on the best of Belgium list I wouldn't have bothered, it's nothing special, its a moderately dry, moderately spicy moderately yeasty moderate beer. Who cares? (459 characters)

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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