Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews by swid:
Photo of swid
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle; 2.004 imprint on the cork.

Moinette Brune pours a hazy amber-brown color into my chalice. After popping the cork, the bottle foamed over. A monster head initially appears after the pour, but it collapses in on itself within a few minutes and leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is predominantly sweet, with caramel and plum elements. The alcohol content makes an appearance here with an astringent smell.

The taste follows up on the aroma by once again being mostly sweet and with caramel and plum flavors. There's a hint of chocolate and butterscotch here as well. The Belgian funk is present here, but not in a distinct sense beyond an undifferentiated tartness; any bitterness derived from the hops blends in here. The alcohol is much more hidden here than it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, to the point of being a bit thin. Finishes clean, with only a little alcoholic "heating" in the throat; leaves a caramel aftertaste.

Overall, a reasonably drinkable beer, but with nothing noteworthy in its composition to recommend it, except for those who are new to Belgians. Given the time I've been sitting on this beer (≈1 year), I wonder if I waited too long to open it up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a slight foot off the pedal, this strong Belgain dark ale begins to display flavors of well crafted Belgian "Quads", except with the strength that's only a tad stronger than a Dubbel Ale.

A rusty brown pour gives a medium yeasty haze while developing a short yet stubborn head of off-white foam. Very low on lace, the beer doesn't quite appease the eye the same way as does Rochefort 10, but a fine looking and masculine beer nonetheless.

Caramel, pecans, grapes, dates, faint chocolate, yeast and shortbread cookies are all represented in the complex aroma make up. Where malty sweet scents take precedence, the variety of fruity esters, light spice, and rustic earthy notes carry the nose in a delicate and handsome manner.

Malty sweet flavors of yeast, powdered sugar, and cookie dough set the stage for other malt compounds of caramel, light toast, pecans, mild chocolate, and toffee that are all represented but in only medium intensity. Fruity compounds of grape, dates, figs, berries, and slight raison with prune all contribute to the estery complex to accompany the malt sweetness. Earth spice of woods, white pepper, citrus peel, alcohol, and hops aid in the balance to sweetness and fruitiness, but the spicy notes leave the beer decidedly sided with the malt richness. Slightly bitter in finish, the beer carries a wine-sherry character in finish that reinforces elegance and refinement.

Medium to medium-full in mouthfeel, the beer's early creaminess is foregone at mid palate to allow the full brunt of the malty weight to affect the fullness of the beer there on out. Rich and decadent, the mid portion of the body is then ushered into finish by slight alcohol warmth, mild spice, and the bitter bite of hops- all allowing for a supple and succulent fruity and semi-sweet finish with warmth and mild dryness.

Many of the refined complexities that are well celebrated in Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 are present here, just in lower intensity, power, and without the sheer complexity of 10+ percent alcohol.

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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Belgian is a nice, not-too-dark brown in color wand cloudy with no transparency. The head is off-white, almost a light yellowish-brown kind of white, that was thick and fluffy.

Smell – This big fella has some strong yeasty notes that lead off the bouquet. There are some super-sweet malts that come next. They are mixed with rich toffee and a buttery aroma. I can smell some fruits, green apples and peach for instance, but this BSDA is focused on the rich, luscious malts.

Taste – The butter and toffee come up bigger at the taste. The malts are lightly toasted with strong caramel. The fruits are non-traditional and tart, like the green apple, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel – This one is super-carbonated with some strong, lip-smacking sugars. It’s not full-bodied but a bit bigger than medium. This ale kept my salivary glands working overtime.

Drinkability – I’ve had more complex BSDAs, but this was very satisfying and hid well the 8.5% ABV.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a sample at the Great Lost Bear with my wife. The beer has a huge lace with a nice brown color

The nose is sweet strawberries with a nice malt backing very unique

The taste starts sweet maltyness with a hint of vanilla the taste slowly turns to a slight bitterness as the carbonation dissipates

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, with cork and cage. Pours an unusual shade of soft dark brown. Cloudy, some lacing, nose is Yeasy, musty, earthy. Medium to full bodied, lucious mouthfeel, this beer caresses the tongue. Notes of plums, earth,fruit. Sweeter earlier and finishes with a tartness. Sophisticated brew. Interesting, differant and complex. Another tasty creation from Dupont. Worth seeking out.

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 jakester
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a wine glass.

Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is fairly strong fruits like dark cherries , dates, and figs, with some musty barnyard funk and yeast thrown in. Smells inviting.

Flavor is big, dark, sweet malts, fruity as hell, with notes of cherries, dates, and plums. Nice Belgiany barnyard funk and yeast, with alcohol coming through as it warms. Slightly sour, which is a nice touch. Hop character is minimal. Aftertaste is long, caramely, and warm.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fizzy. It's kind of on the sweet side, and sweet and warm in the finish.

This is a delicious Belgian strong dark. Darkly fruity, sweet with a touch of sour, good phenolics, all make this an enjoyable experience. Not as cloying or overbearing as some Brunes. Highly recommended.

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 ADR
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed medium brown with an orangey cast of glowing light, nice semi-rocky head climbs to over an inch in height. Laces in delicate strings to begin with, later in incomplete sheets. Aroma of medium-ripe peach, slightly astringent, some bitter baker's chocolate. Lighter mouthfeel, spritzy and animated carbonation. I like the complexity in this one, some sour cherries, bitter alkaloid senses, and that underlying bitter chocolate that is especially notable close to the finish. Not as sweet or heavy as some of the darker Belgian brews can be, and I usually like the maltier renditions, but this one was a nice change of pace and works well for me as a beer.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet yeasty nose, sweet at the start with an acidic yeasty finish, quite malty, medium body, but not really my style of beer, but not too bad at all, well made.

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

2003.
Scarlet bronze with floating debris and a retaining skim of milky beige.
Fragrant of cork and cedar, and seared bosc pear, brown sugar, and dandelion.
Enters, first, with a fig like maltiness. Traced with burnt sugars, and phantoms of maple. Fruity, with apples skins, and hard pears, ripening sweeter as it rests. Woody midsection full of cedar, sawdust, and dry pine. Ends with a lingering pear notion and pangs of leafy weed bitterness.
Modestly round in body, with a lightening carbonation. This is sating and drinkable in moderate amounts.
A solid version that's about a peg below earthshaking.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetish overall smooth drinking dubbel.Secondary bitterness aids drinkability particualrly with food, as does understated carbonation. Deep brown with some white head. Malty yeasty aroma. Medium, almost creamy mouthfeel. Mild yeasty spiciness. Drying aftertaste.

Photo of sfprint
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light cola color, sediment falling slowly down center with minor carbonation sliding up the edges, looks syrupy. Short, fairly even head.
S: Complicated, sweet, dark fermenting fruit. I would compare it to black cherry as some sort of analog. Intense. Coffee, caramel.
T: Bitter, woody, slightly sweet, lemon.
M: Decent mild carbonation, medium body.
O: Decent, though not outstanding.

Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Pours a brownish with a light tan head. The smell is, of course, belgiany. The tate has that earth, dirt, and grape smell. The taste is earthy, fruity in the grape variety and light overall. Not a thick beer, goes down fairly easily. Interesting and pretty good for a dark belgian ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent addition to the Okie beer scene. Review from notes

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with one finger of tan head.

Some head retention & lacing

S: Slight sourness, a touch of brown bread & some orchard fruit as this warms

T: Candi sugar, brown bread, caramel & apple skins & cherry fruittyness up front. Mustyness, woody dryness are here as this warms, along with more apple peels & a booze tinge. Finishes dry, woody & somewhat funky, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Soft & effervescent at the same time, medium bodied

Drinks alright, didn't quite pull together, a decent Brune...

Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003

Lightly hazy, tawny-coppery-reddish brown in hue, the color has lovely depth to it. The head was off-white in color with hints of beige in the foam as well. At its highest point the foam was a massive three fingers in height. Head retention was solid; it slowly faded to a bubbly cap of a half finger in height. This cap did get smaller overtime but it did last the entire consumption. There was no subsequent lacing on either pour into my Duvel glass. Odd. And disappointing. Even with this flaw in the appearance this beer does look very pleasant… if not unremarkable.

The nose is a strong mix of toasty caramel malts that exude wonderful sweetness and this mingled perfectly with an array of fruity qualities like red apples, dates, raisins, plums, figs, and then the nose kicks into a bready, candy sugar, alcohol vibe. I like the dark rum aromas. I can’t forget to mention those lovely peppery, lightly tart and clove smells. I really like everything the nose offers, it is not extremely complex but it is quite lovely. Inviting.

The palate is a bit less complex then the nose indicated. Most of the qualities detected previously are accounted for but there is a bit of hotness from the alcohol that drowns out some of the softer flavors. This beer warms my belly more then it should, even with the 8+% abv. The malt is not as tasty as I had hoped either. There is some yummy caramel but it lacks depth and secondary flavors. I like the sweetness but I want more. The fruitiness doesn’t blend with the malt because of the alcohol. I get apples, plums, figs coated in candy sugar and a kiss of marshmallow infused melon. Peppery, clove underbelly. The finish is weak and the beer falls apart, it is curt on the aftertaste as well. The overall flow of the palate could be much improved. It was a good match with my fruit bowl. Disappointing when it flew solo.

Almost medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low; the mouthfeel is satisfactory. There is nothing noteworthy about it; I guess I would call it utilitarian.

Well… this beer is drinkable, no doubt. But there is nothing special about it. I like it but I’m not in a real hurry to drink it again because it lacks a hook to catch my attention. This bottle was purchased in Minneapolis, MN and it has chilled in my cellar for a few months. I must note, that his beer is available in Omaha now; maybe I will try a fresh bottle… if the price is right. Worth a try if you haven’t.

Photo of Backer2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the beers at the Charlotte Oktoberfest that I was looking forward to sampling and finally got my hands on it. Lighter than I imagined with a nice frothy white head that did not dissipate in the sampling glass. Great example of the Strong Dark Ale style. Easy to consume and the spicy esters make for a enjoyable experience.

Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Cork dated 2004, with no freshness or best-before date.

Poured a cloudy light brown with chunky tan head and light-to-moderate lacing. Aroma full of caramel malts, dark fruit, and earthy yeast. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malts and finishes nicely tart, dry and spicy. Somewhat creamy, medium-bodied mouth-feel.

Pleasant, though the flavor doesn't quite live up to the appearance or aroma.

Photo of Goldorak
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brownish orange, with not that much head that died off quickly.

Smell: Green apple aromas at first, followed by a freshly written off the blackboard chalky feeling, and then...dizzying and chemical like a felt pen marker.

Taste: Chocolate malty sweet, with some brown sugar, not much else.

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 goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pretty caramel copper with a thick, foamy, sturdy head. Aroma consists of caramel, brown sugar, fruity Belgian esters, spicy yeast, and floral/herbal hop. Flavor seems less complicated that the aroma, but good nonetheless. The malty and caramel flavors stand out more as well as some spicy and herbal hops. The esters and phenols seem a bit more tame, which certainly isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a lively carbonation. Solid drinking, but not what I consider the absoulte best from Dupont.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper with a large head.
Nose shows doughy and spicy Belgian yeast characters, candi sugar, brown sugar, golden syrup. Also soft spicy/grassy hops.
Similarly sweet flavours, lots of candi sugar. A fair whack of alcohol is also evident. Finishes abruptly with a mild, metallic bitterness. Feels a little disjointed.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of cookie dough malt is present though too subtle for my own taste. Cookie dough malt can also be detected during the tasting but again it is a bit too discreet. Sweetness is also noticeable but yeast characteristic are also too subtle. Body is thinner then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while still being a good abbey dubbel I was expecting much more from one of my favourite Belgian brewer.

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