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Moinette Blond - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 510
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 88
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Dupont sprl
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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 zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sycamore - Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly green apple. It had a nice yeasty aroma with some grains, too.

T - It tasted very spicy with a touch of pepper - very yeasty! It had great fruity flavors of green apple. Nice caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic brew. Nice to have it on tap at Sycamore.

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Photo of J4de
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl poured into a Moinette goblet at a local bar specialising in Belgian beers.

Appearance - Pours a delicate head a finger tall which rapidly resorbs to a neat layer leaving frosty lacing. Flashy bright apricot color and cloudiness which give it a solid aspect.

Smell - Was surprised by a slight sulfury yeasty smell. Almost the nose of a white beer. Hints of walnut.

Taste - Hardly bitter, quite acidic with citrus notes. Still weirdly reminiscent of a white beer. The ABV goes unnoticed at first but increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body which seeps into the palate. Tingly and a boozy finish.

Overall - Surprising but very enjoyable, I'll definitely order this one again and will surely review my tasting with more experience. I would however give preference to a Chouffe over this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone and there are some yeast chunks floating around.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with lemons and a bit of coriander. There is also a touch of a caramel sweetness and a hint of banana. It ends with a lemony tart aftertaste.

Overall – The carbonation level was very very high.. the beer made my mouth tingle. The flavours are not subtle and the alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely an above average beer that warrants trying at least once.

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Photo of Squelch
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy white. Small white head.

Smell: Lemony fruity smells. Wonderful

Taste: What complex and wonderful flavors here. bubble gum, lemon, banana, honey, backed by wonderful malts. excellent job on this one.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the taste. Medium to heavy bodied.

Overall: What a beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Had this twice in Belgium two years ago and remembered liking it so I grabbed a bottle.

A - Pours a hazy light orange colour. Tons of yeast chunks floating around. Good carbonation coming up. Two finger fluffy white head up there fizzin away with a little yeasty brown bit on top making it look like cinnamon. Full finger of retention and a smattering of lace on one side.

S - Lot's of light grassy hop, citrus, orange yeast, crackers.

T - Really yeasty with some grassy and/or noble hops. Orange is there again. After a while the yeast becomes the dominant element in here, it's a really aggressive yeast and spice character that reminds me of unpleasant spirits and foul eggs. The raw yeast/grain/spice character here is not something I would really look for in a beer.

M - Effervescent with a full body and a very yeasty finish.

O/D - Seems like there's too much spice and yeast mixed together for my tastes. Maybe it's just me, but I can't really enjoy this too much.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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 $$$.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
93 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.