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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of eric5bellies
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice reddish amber colour that is hazed and tight white head.

S - Very musky rubber dark fruit smell.

T - Really nice spicey cherry flavours with yeatsy bread too.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not a bad Bruin but doesn't stack up o something like the Kasteel.

eric5bellies, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark copper color with a 2 finger head that recedes quickly but leaves a nice cap and beige ring..the smell is spice and peat some earthy smells some clove ,fruit, some tart sour candy..the taste is tart and fruity with spice and clove a tad bit of sourness that i like it complements the earthy fig and plum tastes..it's good ...the moutfeel is high medium and fills the taste buds with earth funk spices clove and fruit..i like this one its a little spendy but very recommended

gatornation, May 29, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

russpowell, May 15, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel, vanilla and yeasty aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Full well balanced sweet fruity flavor with a medium complex finish of long duration. Good brew.

tmoneyba, May 09, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Apex in Portland, OR.

appearance - teddy bear reddish brown with a thick head, excellent retention and lacing

smell - spice, funk, floral aromas, sweet

taste - sweet, caramel, dark fruit, some alcohol notes on the finish

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish

drinkability - very complex, excellent array of flavors

djbreezy, May 07, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green, corked-and-caged bottle. Served in a chalice.

Dark amber to light brown with a tight, creamy light tan head.

Neutral, sweet Pils malt with a hint of caramel and not much else fills out the malt profile. Hops are also shy with only a faint herbal quality. Even the yeast is understated, only lending a bit of peppery spice and faint fruitiness. A dry, mineral, steely finish is the only resemblance that this has to this brewery's flagship beer.

A very understated and mild Strong Belgian Ale. Not at all like the expressive Saison Dupont. Still, its an enjoyable ale.

bump8628, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very cloudy light brown with a very generous beige head. Great retention. Very persistent bead.

Some toffee/caramel sweetness on the nose. A bit of spiciness in there as well.

The toffee and caramel come out much stronger on the palate. Alcohol is very obvious but not OTT.

The initial sweetness hit that comes with each sip might get a bit much after a while even though it does finish very dry.

Macca, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful clear red with an off white head and fine carbonation.

Aroma is fruity with plumb notes along with some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor begins with an excellent sweet caramel malt flavor that has a mineral character to it as well. It finishes with more of the mineral character lingering on the tongue and a light sweetness.

The mouthfeel is excellent as it makes an otherwise sweet beer crisp and the lingering carbonic bite lends a lot to the drinkability.

A very refreshing beer it goes down quite well, though it is not a session beer it is a nice occasional sipper.

RenoZymurgist, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great colour! A regal kind of dark red/ amber. Pillowy, fluffy head. A warm toasty, dough-like yeastiness on the nose. A touch too much? Chewy Belgian spice on the palate. Alcohol is in check nicely. A decent beer that just suffers a little from being mostly yeast, a little bit of malt and not much else.

juju7, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/21/2009 blind. Split a 750 2 ways. Poured into chouffe tulips.

Ar: sweet floral, complex caramel, strong lily floral, fruity, toffee sweet, toasty dry hints, smooth rich nuttyness (After knowledge: spice and funk, floral, makes sense with saison yeast)

Ap: very fine haze, red/brown, very thick tan head, coarse chunky, great retention, absurdly high effervescence, light chunks, chunky lace

F: very light sweetness at first, quickly dries out, caramel, dry, alcohol with metallic, very dry crisp end, rich carmely toffee but dry, more toasty, very dry without typical belgian candy sweetness, toasty, unique, dry malt aftertaste, fruity floral comes out more as warms, way drier than other dubbels/dark strong, much better as it warms, dryness hints towards roast, what caramel and toffee would be if the beer were sweet, *bread crust, (After knowledge: still minimal saison funk, very very slight dupont character)

M: very high very fine carbonation, thin/medium mouthfeel, clean and smooth, clean very light alcohol

O: alcohol seemed rough at first but other flavors became stronger as it warmed and the alcohol did not, drier than others, different maltiness, very unique, I like the westmalle dubbel, rochefort 8 and the st. bernardus 8 more but this is unique and interesting, still very good, i might like more sweetness (after knowledge: explains why this is so dry and different from other dark strongs, dupont fermentation techniques explain alcohol, i liked the moinette blonde a lot more)

* = ideas from fellow taster

DaveJanssen, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 750 ML green bottle that I purchased at Rozi's Wine House for $9.99 some several months ago. No "best by" date listed on label but the following printed on the label: LU6U34A 11:58 and a rather large "2006" printed on the cork after I took it out. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

A Nice very light brown creamy head over a dark caramel opaque body. 4.0

S Medium roast sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins, dates and minimal to no hops. 4.0

T The nose is an excellent indication of the taste. Sweet malt, dark fruits with a warmth of alcohol to round it out. This strikes me as a solid Brune. 4.0

M Some syrupy stickiness in a big beer with reasonably high ABV, big sweetness and bold dark fruit. 4.0

D Fair to good due to the ABV level and the large feel of the beer. 3.5

Notes: A very solid beer from Brasserie Dupont.

adamette, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor as well as a fruity yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty beer with lots of yeast character. Other than that it's your basic amber ale.

WesWes, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy copper orange color. the head is huge, this was way to carbonated and active. the head does sit there for quite some time and doesn't want to go down. the color is a dirty white that sticks to the glass fairly well.

S-the nose is relatively present and starts with some notes of yeast and some earthy biscuit malt. dark fruits set in next with cherry and ripe plum acompanied by whiffs of the alcohol.

T-the taste is very similar to the nose. the earthy malt and toasted biscuit are first and is taken over by the belgian yeast. dark fruits of cherry and plum set in next with a lingering hop bitterness and noticable taste of alcohol to finish.

M-medium body with huge carbonation. it is slick and wet. slightly astringent at the finish.

D-the alcohol shows itself too much for me and i just thought it had too much carbonation. the combo of some earthy bready malts with the yeast and then sweet dark fruits provided a nice complexity but the alcohol and carbonation overshadowed them.

cpetrone84, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is more amber than brown, it provides a fragrant nose reminiscent of toasted malt, but also meat. On alcohol insensitive, but it offers a slight tingling in the mouth. Like its big sister, she is very sweet and earthy, tasting of earth and roots. This side also comes in earthy finish the slightly bitter and delicious artisanal, like its big sister, the Moinette Blonde.

ThaCreep, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of bskrtz
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold, 750 ML bottle

A) Cloudy, hazy light brown with minimal head. Tan lacy top fades quickly. Glows bright orange when held to the light. A bit light in color for a strong dark ale (Brune).

S) Cinnamon, caramel, apple pie, sour dough, plums

T) Very subtle and smooth. Sweet malt, raisons, ginger bread, root beer. A hint of cherry... Alcohol is apparent - a strong beer - but not over-powering. A lighter version of a strong dark ale.

M) Beautiful specimen of bottle conditioned ale. Fine, abundant carbonation that lasts and lasts

D) Moinette Brune walks a fine line -- not to sweet, not to strong, not to dark.

bskrtz, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber/brown color. At first a large beige head rises to over two fingers. The foam recedes quickly with almost no lace.
S: Very malty with some Belgian funky and yeast. Some dark fruits and alcohol.
T: Sweet malt and yeast. Dark fruity esters. Mostly of raisins and plums. Alcohol.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. A good beer to sip on, but the alcohol shows a little to much for me. One bottle is more than enough.

Not the best Belgian Strong Ale that I have had, but not bad. Worth a try.

champ103, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

corked/caged 750ml

Pours an orange brown color with a small head that dissipates quickly, lighter in color than the average brune/abbey dubbel. The nose initially feels restrained, a caramel/chocolate malt aroma is faint but inviting, raison, plum, and crackery yeast esters lay quiet but enjoyable. A more dry example of the style, a hint of bitterness and apricot late on the tongue followed by a long semi-sweet finish with an intriguing fruit note even later. Very carbonated, lively and explosive in the mouth. A beer i would revisit.

ATPete, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of melagnus
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy Deep Amber (SRM 15) hue with finger-thick off-white head that simmers down to a acidic looking haze. Swirling reinvigorates the beer and leaves some spider webs on the side of the glass. Wow, head retention is amazing!

S - Unreal! This beer fills the nose with such intoxicating aromas that it takes true will power not to immediately start quaffing! Cherries mix with that yeast-acidic smell. It smells sweet, alcoholic and spicy from the hops. A slight tartness comes through, but seems to emphasize fruit. Esters of plums and raisins also seem to come through. No vinegar, which is good! Toffee and possibly something citrusy also comes through.

T/M/D - Slight tartness to this beer, though overall this comes through on the sweeter side; a well-balanced beer indeed. Slight bitterness comes through from the hops, which helps balance the four-malt sweetness coming through in the form of cherry, citrus and toffee. The body is medium with a touch of syrupiness, which probably comes from roasting the malts. One can feel the booze and even taste it, but it is well masked. This is a beer that is to be enjoyed over the course of an evening, but finishing a 750ml bottle of it wouldn't be unreasonable.

Slight level of vinegar from what is probably the Acetobacter.

I prefer the sediment in Belgian beers, as they add to the overall complexity of the beer. Once poured, the sediment add a more barnyard yeasty note to the aroma from what is probably Brettanomyces. Lactobacillus also comes through lightly with a touch of sourness, though this beer is by no means a Kriek.

C - What a lovely beer that keeps giving more interesting flavor profiles as the quaff continues.


melagnus, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this puppy from a 75cl bottle (as pictured).

Pours beautifully into my Duvel glass, for a four finger thick tan head. The body is cloudy with sediment, and is dark copper in color.

The aroma is rich with sweet vanilla and bready malt character. The metallic hops are faint, but detectable.

The taste is off the charts with hints of vanilla and dark fruits. Maple and cherry flavors come to mind too.

Great mouth feel. Chewy from all of the co2 and refreshing, but reminds you who's in boss with a little warm alcohol finish; however, not dominant.

With this brew being 8.5 ABV, it's surprisingly drinkable. It's thin enough to go down easy, and warm enough to let you know not to overindulge.

TheSarge, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Cs1987
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Browny-red, 2 fingers of off-white head withe very good retention and lacing, lots of small suspended solids.

Smell - Strong and spicy, with a fair bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste - The character is spicy and biscuity. However it is a little too sharp and dry, and is lacking in fruity characters.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied, a little cloying.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - Not bad, and quite different from Rochefort 8 and many other BSDAs, but too sharp and dry for my taste.

Cs1987, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy mahogany color. The head is a light tan and composed of densely packed bubbles...long-lived and attractive. Nice smell. Richly malty, with moderately roasted notes...nutty, and a little wood characteristics. Yeast is also prominent in the aroma, and lots of fruity esters (pear, apple, and various berries). Some spice. The taste is complex...a little on the sweet side, with a peppery flavor that runs through the beer. Very firm, even forward, bitterness. The finish lingers with hop bitterness and some peppery spice. This is quite good.

Suds, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, figs/raisins/plums. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice notes of figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it out.

Wasatch, May 14, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark, murky red/brown with a nice billowy tan head with a few bubbles swimming around

S: pretty nice sweetness, floral and spicy yeastiness, sweet bread

T: the spiciness came out a lot especially as it warmed, coriander, sweet malts

M: not very full mouthfeel but at least not overly carbonated, the finish is pretty dry

D: a tad sweet for drinkability purposes, but still good, nothing too exciting but a solid example of the style, I'm happy Dupont is finally available in my region of Missouri

sjccmd, May 11, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber/brown color with a nice thick head. A nice fruity, sweet aroma. Some spice, banana and clove. Alive on the palate. A slightly sweet, caramel flavor. Some yeast flavors and it finishes with some spicy hops. A nice all around dark Belgian Strong ale.

BeardedBoffin, May 11, 2009
Photo of tubaguy
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful! Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Dark rust color with a wonderful tan and creamy head. The head dissipates but you can wake it up with a slight turn of the glass. You only notice the thin beads of carbonation when held up to the light.

S- When chilled I notice a pronounced strawberry/banana aroma but as it warmed I also sensed hints of maple, honey, sugar and caramel. Coffee cake perhaps? Wonderful!

T- Yum! Subtle fruits but not as pronounced as I would think based on the smell. More like plum than strawberry and banana. Subtle malty and sugar undertones as well. Also a hard-to-describe root taste or something earthy. Warming medicinal/alcohol sensation. Phenols are present- in a good way. To me, the phenols provide a nice bite as opposed to an overly-medicinal taste. Not as complex as its counterparts but well-balanced.

D- Light as far as the style goes. In other words it's not a meal in itself. Very nice for a warm, sunny day. If I had another bottle, I would be able to drink two without feeling too full. Perfect level of carbonation.

Notes: I know its a high rating but this is a fantastic beer and worth it. It's now in my top 10!

tubaguy, Apr 26, 2009
Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.