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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Moinette BruneMoinette Brune

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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 cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark orangy body, few ruby highlights. Slightly cloudy with a tight off white head with good retention

Smell, thick syrupy alcohol soaked fruit, almonds and marzipan, some floral fragrant esters too. Brown bread, swirlled around in my tulip glass brings out some sticky vanilla dairy ice cream and a light note of star anise

Taste, crisp bready sweet initial flavour, tight syrupy alcoholic mouthfeel. Sweet peaches and watermelon, belgian candied sugar, a few light phenolic notes too. Dry bitterness on the finish, almost like a hint of quinine. I don't know what the hop bill was for this but if the bitterness is hops its not particularly well done, I'm a huge fan of bitter beer with huge hop profiles but this just tastes a litte odd

Quite a light belgian dark ale in flavour and colour but it packs a huge alcoholic punch in the face with a lingering alcoholic note on the finish along with some rather out of character bitterness

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 02:09:24 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Globetrotter


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at In 't Spinnekoppke in Brussels, the beer poured a cloudy dark copper under a one figure beige head that fades fairly quickly but leaves nice lace. A strong caramel and spice nose offers coriander above all else. The mouth is very prickly and light, although it is also rather sticky. Strong spice profile in the taste, with lots of coriander overwhelming the sweet caramel. The hops are subdued, revealing themselves only deep into the aftertaste, combining with the spice to leave a dry and fresh feeling in the mouth. Nice, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 21:29:24 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Pegasus


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden-brown color, with a small white head, and excellent, thick lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is spicy, and earthy, with strong clove notes, and dark fruit.

Taste: Spicy and earthy notes are writ large at the open, with cloves and coriander particularly notable. Throughout the taste there is an undercurrent of sweet malt. There is a moment of intense bitterness at the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing example of the style, well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 04:27:49 | More by Pegasus
Photo of dogfooddog


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours with a 1" light tan head.

very sweet-sour nose, surprising. reminds me of a non-alcoholic drink or food but cannot name it now.

taste is bitterly sweet, malty and somewhat one-dimensional. it does mellow out into the aftertaste, but this beer is sweet and a bit harsh.

like their moinette blond, you can skip this if not in need of completism.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 04:50:14 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-orange color served in a goblet with a good 1/2 inch of head on it. Smell was floral and appealing. Taste was fruity with significant sourness, but still enjoyable. The sourness tasted like a sour ale I once had that was aged in pinot noir barrels. I believe this is the first Belgian brune I've had, although it struck me as similar to a number of dubbels I'd previously tried, and that comparison is pretty favoriable. I would recommend and would try again, but it's not the best Belgian-style beer in my recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 19:12:22 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky light brown with a very loose head of eggshell froth that quickly recedes and leaves gobs of lace. Very light for a BSDA, looks more like a Dubbel.

Aroma is doughy dark bread, biscuit malt, hay, a whisper of dark cherries and apple, and a subtle Saazlike hop character.

Flavor similar, toasty malts upfront with just a touch of sweetness and some damp paper bags notes. The subtle dark, dry cherry note is present with some grassy floral and hay notes. The dry finish has a lingering earthy hop bitterness accompanied by light minerality. Tastey, but not in the same way that my favorite BSDA's are.

Mouthfeel is very actice and bubbly. Once the carbonation settles down is becomes smooth and slick. Decent drinkability and would be better with food IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:02:38 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Winter


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a murky amber brown with a light tan head. Aroma of white grapes, pears, spices and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Malt sweetness upfront. Spicy yeastiness follows and it transitions into an earthy middle. Feint chocolate appears briefly before being consumed by a tart sourness. Finish is very dry. I'm glad I tried this but for a Belgian Strong Dark, there are better tasting examples.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2006 01:35:33 | More by Winter
Photo of jettjon


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decants from the 750ml caged-cork bottle with a distinct “pop.” Pours a handsome chestnut brown with numerous tiny bubbles precipitating up, fueling a solid, off-tan one-and-a-half finger head. Head fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Nose is very complex, with elements of lemony citrus, yeast, mild alcohol, and hints of sweet malt. Taste is fairly moderate in comparison, starting mildly at first with a kind of subdued malty-yeasty flavor, then blossoming with a burst of alcohol and sweeter malt flavor. Finishes up on a moderately bitter, mildly bready yeast tone. Mouth is a bit too watery for my liking, with mild carbonation keeping it somewhat interesting. Drinkability is a bit above average. I wouldn’t want to toss back a lot of this.

Not my favorite, but a decent Belgian dark, a bit more subdued than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:14:28 | More by jettjon
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 13:54:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of stephendr


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High pressured bottled, the cork ejected by its self after the basket was removed - Amber appearance– thick small-bubbled white head – malts ,dried fruit ,sour cherries, yeast, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty , pears , cereal , and some brown sugar - bubbly thicker body – aftertaste frothy, sour and malty

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 02:13:44 | More by stephendr
Photo of Absumaster


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice example what you can do with a good yeast strain. All the flavors are coming from the yeast and make this an extraordinairy beer.

The beer was murky brown, orange with a nice, stable 1/2 inch head.

Smell reminds me of red wine and grapes, with the typical acidity of a red wine. Also some raspberries.

Taste was vinous and slightly acidic (mild), spicy, yeasty and a strange sweetness that compliments the beer and balances the sourness. There is a nice caramel or candy sugar taste and a pleasant bitterness in the background. Alcohol is well hidden. Balance is the keyword with this beer.
Body is pretty full and aftertaste is dry. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 09:50:52 | More by Absumaster
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, pale brown appearance, under an ample helping of creamy tan froth. Just right.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, big spice, hops, pepper, cocoa, dark fruit...a beautiful blend. Light caramel malt, berries and grapes, whisper of chocolate...nice.

Taste: all that and more, again and then some. Smooth on the tongue, easy in the mouth, with a light, chocolatey finish. Mellow, but not without a particularly Belgian spark. The yeast really comes through, and the malt shines in eventually, really providing quite a component to the flavor. Yum. Yum, yummy yum...

Great play on the palate, the texture never quite gives, just keeps going and going...full bodied, but not thick or heavy or cloying...this is special, I like it.

This is a great one to pop out at parties or when your wine-loving friends are over..."ah, ha! Try this!"...so much flavor, so much complexity, yet not overwhelming, not too massive, and so easy to drink down. A brown ale that's light years away from a Newcastle...this is thing to plunk down to non-believers and say, "here's a great Belgian beer that won't scare you away"...and without the bitter tannins of a red wine, too...ah, I love beer, and when it's as good as this, I love it more!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 08:05:14 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of allengarvin


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork date 2005. Somehow I missed this until recently. Pours a turgid brown with a low tan head. Nose made of sweet caramel and ripe, sugary fruit. Toasty, nutty malt start with a dusty, somewhat astringent bitterness. Less fruity in flavor than in aroma, but still present. Fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is slightly tannic, otherwise middling carbonation & body, for the strength.

A fair beer, but it doesn't stand out with the best of the Du Ponts.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 09:31:09 | More by allengarvin
Photo of HardTarget


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Cork lists 2004, label lists 8.5% abv. Personally aged for 2 years

Aroma: Caramel and spicy pepper

Appearance: Hazy brown glass keeps a tan head that laces

Flavor: Light taste, caramel, slight Belgian yeast, brandied alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Enjoyable, but just a bit sweet. Solid beer though, I’d recommend it.

Note: Brevity of review due to tenure celebration party; I was doing good to keep notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 04:18:21 | More by HardTarget
Photo of MSchae1017


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 750mL Bottle.

This beer pours a rusty copper with a frothy head just one shade off white. There is some nice lacing for a while as the head slowly dissipates. Eventually the head leaves a nice ring around the beer the rest of the way down the glass. The smell hits you first with the aroma of the Belgian yeast. There is also the aroma of some sugary sweet dark fruits (most likely raisins). The taste forces its yeasty flavors upon you at first but then gets you with some raisin, plum, and grape flavors. At the finish of the beer you can also percieve some flavors of carmelized sugar. The beer reasonably thick for its style. There is also a nice amount of carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Another aspect of the mouthfeel is that this beer gives you a nice amount of dryness without being overpowering. Overall this is a nice Belgian Dark. I hope I can continue to pick it up even though I know it was here by mistake since this is well above the South Carolina cap of 5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:38:35 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of Crosling


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course this is delicious, being Dupont and all. Red/burgundy color, with a large, beautiful head. Rustic, herbal hop aroma, with hints of cork, farmhouse, banana, milk chocolate and various red fruits. Distinct Dupont character, unbelievably rich, full flavored from the front palate to the finish. Juicy, vinous fruit flavors initially, followed by a mild tartness, which leads into a spicy, peppery herbal hop finish. Dupont is classy, among the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 15:54:25 | More by Crosling
Photo of TheBungyo


4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This one was more amber than brown and was topped by a nice looking inch high head. I smelled orange peel and sweet sugars. The taste was like a caramel apple. Sweet buttery caramel up front followed by tart apple. An absolute perfect balance that I could drink for eternity. Mouthfeel was like smooth cream. So pleasurable to sip on that if it weren't so strong I could see myself sipping on this while munching on slices of sharp cheddar cheeses. A real treat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 06:04:32 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of ypsifly


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750 that is corked and caged. The cork is stamped 2.004 so I'm assuming this was bottled in '04. Poured into a chalice.

Dark reddish brown with a finger of light tan that shows decent retention and webby lace.

Lots of dark fruits, sugars, bread and an almost musty funk. A bit spicy and soewhat vinous. I really like the complex aromas.

Sweet malts with the dark fruits upfront, hops and spiced bread dough in the middle with a hint of peppery warmth from the alcohol. Dry finish but the malts return for a spicy aftertaste. The alcohol barely registers.

Full mouth with a nice balance between flavors and carbonation. I'm pairing this with a mixed cheese plate and gouda seems to pair the best. I will pick this up again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 04:58:58 | More by ypsifly
Photo of cheers2beers


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 750 ml green bottle.

Appearance: A hazy brown to red with a strong carbonation. No large chunks of yeast sedement are detected. A two to three finger head is coaxed out of this one with little effort. Minimal lacing but the head has nice staying power.

Smell: Brown and candy sugar aromas mix with Belgian yeast and a very subtle sour apple aroma.

Taste: A medium sweet grain bill presents its self beside definate yeasty notes and a weird sour and slightly funky taste, its good but different to me. Raisin, ripe red apple, and generic dark friuts are also present as well as very subtle herbal and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice and round. Almost silky yet effervescent. Maybe a little chalky or limey because of the yeast. Not bad and expected for a Belgian.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and easily disguises its abv. This strong dark ale needs more to keep me interested and wanting to drink more. Overall not bad at all and definantly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 22:20:09 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Zorro


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, cork date of 2004.

Cork requires some effort to extract and gave a satisfying pop.

Pours a somewhat hazy red brown ale with no real head. Lack of head formation is probably partially my fault as this was pour very carefully to not get any sediment in the glass. Bottle was rested in the refrigerator for a week to make sure I got a clear bottle, so the haze is all cold related.

Pleasing and strong malt scent the glass is 3 feet away from my face and I can smell candy sugar and vanilla from here. Scent is sweet and very full of fruit aromas the strongest of which is apple. Orange, peach, cherry and apricot aromas mix with scents of brown sugar and candy. Spicy scents of cinnamon, coriander and black pepper complete the aroma profile.

Taste is sweet and intensely spicy in the first sip. Coriander and black pepper are intense here along with a light tartness and orange flavors. Significant alcohol and hops make this ale finish surprisingly dry and remind me of the hop bite of a fairly young Saison, and this isn't a bad thing! Nice flavor of apples rounds out the flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Excellent drinkability here the dry finish makes this very much like a Saison. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 02:40:01 | More by Zorro
Photo of cubedbee


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip, this is a murky copper beer with a finger of beige head, decent retention, a little lacing. Nose is a light bready malt, slightly caramel. Taste is light and yeasty with some interesting fruit notes--apple, mango, banana, lemon, and a slightly bitter finish. Very nice, tastes are smooth and subtle, very well balanced. Medium bodied with a nice fine carbonation. I was shocked to find out the abv on this--I was thinking more like 5 or 6 when I was drinking it--very nice session beer. I will definitely have this again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2005 15:22:11 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Dithyramb


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a Unibroue tulip at rookie of the year Frisco's. Tap handle didn't lead me to believe that I was going to be trying anything from Dupont. Tan head with decent retention and lacing. Brown hazy body. Caraml swet malt and some definite yeasty characters running the show aroma wise.
Spicy, peaty, caramel brew with some yeasty and bitterness on the backend. Nothing complex but also not boring. It was smooth and straight, finishing clean. Light to medium bodied with the 8.5% ninja hidden. Great session brew, one that would cause me issues if I wasn't close to home and/or pounding water

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 23:15:37 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of jakester


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 18:26:07 | More by jakester
Photo of DogFood11


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 version

Served as a nightcapper as I've found strong dark's to be an optimal choice for the beer to end the night. Its rich flavors and smooth drinking serve this placement well.

Moinette brune forms a big chunky meaty tan head that laces throughout and eventually falls to a big island in the middle. Very dark copper coloring like an old penny.

Lighty fruity aroma along with a grape almost wine like presence. Tasted full and rich in flavor, strawberries, bananna, caramel. I encountered a slight bitter/sour middle but it was just for a flash and gone achieving a bit of cleansing. Fairly abrubt carbonation stings in the fruits. Cinnamon and herbs finish out the taste, alcohol warms up at the end.

Mouthfeel was a bit tough for me to enjoy as it came across with some chalky dryness that I didn't think fit such a classy brew. sometimes when a beer is so good I just expect the texture to follow that "level" but this one came up short in this department.

Interesting brew, one of the lighter and more refreshing beers I've had from this genre.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 03:00:24 | More by DogFood11
Photo of sacfly


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle conditioned

Sour cherry/apple smell, slightly musty (in a good way). Large bubbles in a nice tan head. Hazy brownish red color.

First taste is of tart/sour apples. Light to medium body. Acidic. Finish is slightly sour/tart with a hint of bitter chocolate.

Very easy to drink at 8.5% ABV. Not over the top. Wonderful brew. A Brune you can drink everyday and not get sick of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 16:01:27 | More by sacfly
Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.