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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Ratings: 286 | Reviews: 173
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was just stunning, and my bottle definitely had plenty of age on it, has conditioned extremely well, and stands as one of the best beers i have had this year, easily the best belgian beer i have had yet. such a cool find, its been a long time since this one was around. good old virginia village liquors, who would have thought! such an alive beverage for its age, and a bold fizzy head on it goes wild. it smells ancient, dusty, still sweet, but majorly dried out, and almost a little tangy the way a good yorkshire stingo gets. its exceptional all the way through. the flavor is a lot more caramely than the nose, you get the sugars turning, but they are dried way out from the fresh i am sure. notes of maple syrup, raisin, fig, and molasses all come on, but it comes on late, at first its all yeast. i am amazed how little oxidation has occurred in this green bottle, and how prime it is. effervescent to explosive on carbonation, yeasty, but not fruity like other belgian yeast strains. musty and farmy like their famous saison, but it does so much more with this grain base and with this age. as good as anything i have had from dupont, and maybe anything i have had from belgium, its simply wonderful beer. as good as the style gets for me.

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red-brown with dense cream colored head, half inch of which sticks to the end, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: red apple, caramel, buttered brown bread, mild earth and spiciness. Taste: date bread, cherry cola note, dried apricot, toasted grain, peach skin, herbal and earthy. Medium-plus bodied but a bit heavy on the carbonation. Pretty good, though a big step down from the blonde.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moinettte Brune pours ruby slightly hazy tinted amber to red brown with a 3” thick, persistent cream colored tan foam cap that mounds above the rim of the glass looking very much like Ayers rock. It lasts several minutes leaving a small iceberg in the glass upon finishing while etching the glass with a thick coating of gothic window lace. Fruit, light chocolate, spice and herbal aromas gently rise from the glass, while over the tongue plum to fig flavors precede a light chocolate touch, grain and then a moderate hop accent for balance. It starts lightly sweet and then finishes semi-dry with a light trace of tartness. The taste profile is interesting with slightly more hops in the foam than in the body. It finishes with lingering fig and chocolate flavors tempered by just a touch of bitter. The texture is creamy and juicy with medium high carbonation and a much lighter body than you would expect for such a light beer. Very well balanced and composed.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01/24/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Recommended by the barman. Well, well, well. It's been a while. Ever meet someone that twigs on the spot? Well here 'tis but in a glass. Thank you Dave, Thank you RnH & thank you Brasserie DuPont, Who'd a thunk you'd all know I even existed. XXOO

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

Purchased at the LCBO $3.30 0ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Opens well, pours a nice head that dissipates to a film within a minute Dark amber color

S- Roasted malt and caramel. Super high alcohol scent

T- Hot even though its' only 8.5%. Caramel galore. Sweet. Carbonated well.

M- Very good. Smooth and dry

O- Very good. Would like to see how this one mellows with age.

Food Pairing

This nice brown goes well with... Pizza

Enjoy

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle given to me by joefuzz, thanks joe! Enjoyed from a 3 philosophers tulip.

Brew pours a light copper that settles as a deep mahogany in the glass and has a thin bubbly yet creamy head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Nose is rounded sour cherry. Rich and lush and not pungent. Very candy like and inviting.

Belgian dark ale with a cherry twist. Candy fruitiness. Carbonation is fizzy and prickly. I would expect it to be a bit more creamy.

Overall a nice drink nothing mind blowing but nice cherry flavors and held age nicely since i have had this one for a while now,

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before October 2015. This is a style I rarely get around to trying - in fact, I don't think I've ever had any genuine Belgian-made BSDAs, so this one is a bit of a treat for me. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, foggy copper-orange colour, flecked with little specks of yeasty sediment. A modest, off-white head is generated at the surface, which seeps away gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, creamy cap. Not much in the way of lacing, but otherwise it's a fine looking Belgian dark ale. Great aroma, with notes of sultana raisin, dates and apricots; very yeasty, with a pleasant banana & toasted malt backbone tying everything together.

Tasty and balanced, with an enjoyable blend of contrasting flavours that work well together. Toasted, nutty malts and caramel sweetness cooperate nicely with vinous, fruity notes of raisins, plums and dates. A slight bubble gum/banana vibe as well, followed by yeast and clove spice. The finish is a mixture of lightly toasted malts, firm spice and some slight heat from the ethanol; very dry and somewhat lingering. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. A very smooth-drinking dark ale, with just enough fizz to keep the mouthfeel lively, but enough heat to warm your bones a little as the night goes on.

Final Grade: 3.95, on the high end of a B+. Brasserie Dupont's Moinette Brune is a solid Belgian-style dark ale, meeting most of my expectations for the style while remaining quite quaffable. This isn't the most complex Belgian beer I've ever had, but it's still an enjoyable, well-made ale that I could see myself getting again at some point in the future. Not a world-beater, and in a pinch I'd probably stick with one of Unibroue's widely-distributed BSDAs - but this one is a worthy substitute, and any fan of Belgian beers should consider it worth a try.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brune with a fizzy effervescent head. Drops quickly to a thin layer.

S - Big whiff of red wine during the pour. Dark, fruity sugar, earthiness and medicinal notes are strong. Cloves come on strong.

T - Sweet, dark, yeastiness. Not particularly bitter. Impression of soy sauce, apple juice and spices. Lots of alcohol and mustiness.

M - Smooth, fairly light carbonation and medium body.

D - Not too shabby. Lots of complexity packed into this one.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: caramel/copper in colour with a foamy 2 finger head that disappeared quickly.

S: dates, raisins, grapes, spices and yeast.

T: dark fruits, some spices, cloves and the yeast is very present. There is a touch of booze but it is subtle.

M: medium carbonation, medium body.

O: a decent Belgian brown, this is a nice but not outstanding beer. I have been told it is a fairly common or plain beer by a Belgian friend, but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of peensteen
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper brown colour, ring of off white head with a bit of lace. Smell is full of candied dark fruits, some spicy yeast, brown sugar, raisin with touches of cocao present. Taste is spicy with some yeast, dark fruits, lightly bitter throughout as well, earthy, light alcohol, fruity aftertaste. medium prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Not bad, but gets lost among the much better examples of the style, still good and quite drinkable though.

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moinette Brune would likely have been a gorgeous, glowing amber if it weren't bottle-conditioned. All that sediment at the bottom made this instead a most ugly beer indeed. Is it my fault? Maybe. But I stopped pouring immediately upon seeing the stream turn murky and, frankly, feel a bit cheated leaving behind the last ounce (of an already meager 11 ounce bottle).

All that yeast may have extinguished the beer's complexion, but it set fire to its aroma. A super spicy - we're talking off-the-charts zesty - strain of Belgian yeast induces notes of pink peppercorn and clove that make a potpourri out of the beer's more floral and fruity components.

The yeast, assuming it didn't already, is again sure to stop you dead in your tracks. It heavily douses the palate in clove and pepper, obscuring the flavours of blood orange, stale rye bread, and over-ripe plum. Also on offer is a trace of coffee-ish toasted malt, an even smaller trace of lemon peel, and more significant notes of browned butter and/or hazelnut oil in the finish.

I have had very good experience aging Belgian Dubbels and Dark Strong Ales. That being said, as somewhat underwhelming Moinette Brune is today, I have a hard time believing it will be getting any better in another few months, much less years. I'd ignore the brewery's best before date - two years is way too long of a grace period. It's already thin enough for its strength.

Unlike Dupont's celebrated and emblematic Saison, Moinette Brune is more or less par-for-the-course as far as Belgian brown ales go. It is also a liquid endorsement for Monistat, but, the risk of Candidiasis notwithstanding, is by all accounts an enjoyable, if unremarkable ale.

Photo of Kremlock
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Apricot orange, hazy, some material in the beer. No head, low apparent carbonation.

S: Green apple, some lemon, dates, grapes. Just a load of fruits.

T: Same as smell but with an added maltyness of flavours. Some brown sugar flavours, roasted nuts.

M: Medium carbonation, med-full body.

O: This is a great beer. Smell and taste are very different but yet balance each other.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle, part of a Dupont release at the LCBO.

Poured into an Affligem goblet. Bright caramel brown in colour, with about a half inch of head that recedes into a thin ring. Nice looking brew.

Nose is very fruity and quite on par for the style - grape, plum, raisin, dates - with spices and a bit of yeast.

The fruit, spices and bready flavors are all there, but there's that strong yeast component that isn't hitting me right, and the brew is quite boozy. Very sweet.

Carbonation is very sharp and it feels a bit off.

Not sure if this is my own personal preferences or just a less than stellar example of the style, but in either case I wasn't too impressed with this.

Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 10/2015

Beer is a light reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Head fades steadily.

Dark fruit jumps out in the nose; prune, raisin, date. Bread, brown sugar. Belgian yeast.

Flavour is not as nice as the nose. Prune and date are there, with a bready flavour, It all tastes slightly off somehow. Boozier than it should be. Both dry and sweet at the same time somehow.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level.

Overall, not bad, but not a winner for me. Can't quite put my finger on what it is I don't like about the flavour, but it detracts from the rest of what is going on.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before date stamped: 10/2015

(4.0) A: Deep reddish-amber with a relatively thin yet bubbly foam blanket that quickly recedes to a ring.

(4.25) S: Figs, cherries, oak, white grape, nutmeg, and toffee. Underlying leather aroma. Diverse mix of aromas that work well together.

(3.75) T: Dark fruits, cloves, banana, faint oak, and a lighter toffee-like base. Solid mix of tastes but probably not the most diverse. Oak flavour really starts coming through as this warms up – very nice. Dry with a touch of sweetness.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation that comes across a bit flat. A bit sticky.

(4.0) D: A nice belgian strong ale and likely a good introduction to the style. Realizing they are different styles, I must say that if I had a choice I still prefer Moinette blond in general.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma but the flavors aren't as good in my opinion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 on the cork
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a champagne pop filling the glass with ¾ of light tan foam before eventually settling to a walnut brown hazy body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft malt sweetness has a nutty note to it with a yeasty ester note of dark raisins and some brown candy sugar notes in the finish.

T- The nutty woody character to the dark caramel and pot caramel flavors has a slight sweet malt flavor. There are some dark dried fruit notes that lead to a crisp fizz finish. There is a slight vinous alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a very soft alcohol heat warmth and a tight fizz.

O- This beer has a nice blend of malt and pot caramel with some interesting yeast ester character. The vinous note in the finish blends well with the other flavors. Very tasty twist for a dark Belgian beer.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 printed on cork. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, pear, toast, caramel, pepper, clove, bread, earth, grass, hay, floral, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, apple, toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, earth, light nuttiness, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, pepper, clove, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with a good amount of complexity; solid malt backbone; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, foamy, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Great amount of complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of psuKinger
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

The cork pops off with a lot of force. Possibly over-carbonated.

A: A very muddy looking light shade of brown, with a huge 3+ fingers worth of fluffy foamy off-white head on top. Lots and lots of head. Looking like my fears with the bottle-pop might be confirmed.

Amazing head-retention, though. Great lacing, too.

S: Raisins. Toffee. Caramel. A touch of dried pitted dates. A very inviting beer, that promises to be semi-sweet goodness.

T: This beer *looked* a little "pale" for a brune, and I think I can taste both a touch of pale malt and a touch of a nice dry-hop of the back end that I would associate more with belgian pale ale than I would a "brune".

I'm impressed with how well that interacts with the toffee/caramel notes. Dark fruits aren't terribly present, but a touch of raisin is undeniable in the finish.

M: Not overly hefty or overly light. Carbonation might be a shade too high. A bit of a creamy frothiness to it on the tongue, but overall fairly pedestrian for the style.

D/O: Good beer. Repeatable. Enjoyable. Started to grow tired of the sweetness as I neared the bottom of the bomber, but that's not that unusual for that quantity of something of this style.

Photo of Radome
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown color, some orange when held up to light. Hazy. Weak head that quickly dissipated to nothing. Some "legs" on glass, but no lacing.

S - Aroma is bready grain, sweet caramel, plums and some alcohol. It is pleasant but not complex.

T - Sharp hops bitterness surprised me. Not enough malt to balance it, although there is a pilsner-like grain note. Some alcohol flavors. Overall a bit harsh and one-dimensional.

M - Medium body. Some astringency on the tongue, from hops and perhaps from roasted grains. Fizzy carbonation.

O - Overall a disappointing beer because I had heard great things about it. The aroma is the best aspect, but that is not saying much. Lack of head and one-sided bitter taste are let-downs.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. 2.011 on the cork.

3.5 A: Moderate to well hazed medium brown color. Two full fingers fo frothy tan head. Retention is good, but very little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Light roastiness, light toastiness, light floral. Fruitiness mainly in the form of plum and date, but also some raisin and fig. Mild malty sweetness. A little bit of nondescript spice from the yeast. Decent and pleasant, but no better than average.

3.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is mild and lacking potency. Light toastiness, hints of caramel, and a slight biscuity flavor. Fruits mentioned in the nose. Neither sweet, nor dry. Mild peppery spiciness from yeast.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Pleasant, spritzy carbonation with a lot of creaminess. Easily the best aspect of the brew. Super smooth.

2.5 D: It's an easy drinking beer, but this is through and through a beginner's Belgian. Not much else to say. Light in flavor and aroma, without depth or complexity. The 2.5 here is used mainly to bring down the overall, which I think should be close to a 3.0.

Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep medium brown and cloudy. Pours with good head but disappates to mostly around the rim of the glass. The smell is strong Belgian candy with a slight booziness. Taste repeats the Belgian candy but also introduces some citruson the back end - good balance of darker malts and hops. Overall a well done beer with nice depth of flavor and balance.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy solid brown color. It seems that the yeast has not held up to well and quickly is stirred up from the bottom of the bottle making anything poured after the first glass a little chunky.

The aroma is of caramel, malt, and toast.

The beer tastes awesome. A nice malt sweetness starts off that finishes some what earthy.

The beer is full bodied and very smooth, little hint of alcohol for being 8.5%.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. If you like Strong Dark Belgian Ales it certainly gives you a chance to experience some more diversity in the style.

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

Pours a murky dark burnt amber hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is popcorn,chestnuts,xmas pudding and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of caramelized cherries,boozy alcohol,sticky toffee treacle,candied figs,nectarines and finished with a brown sugar bittersweetness and overall its a solid drop thats well worth a taste perfect for a big hearty steak or chocolate based dessert and id definately buy again cheers.

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

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Thin tan head and sheets of lacing. Sour fruit and sweet malt aroma. Light fruit; lemon and grape, sweet malt and Belgian spicing. An interesting sweet / sour flavor. Nice creamy body. Not as complex as other Belgians, but a decent Belgian ale.

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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.