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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
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 BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%

Drank at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Cloudy and mean looking, brownish red, or maybe redish brown, couldn't decide.

Sweet caramel aroma combined with hops give the beer an almost sickly smell.

A lot more bitter than the aroma indicates, the taste still has caramel and toffee bullying any other flavours trying to get out.

The bitterness stays in the mouth as the sweeter elements leave.

Just a little to sweet for me, but a fine ber none the less.

Late Dec 2011, had a 0.75 litre bottle that was a year old in the excellent D'elices Et Caprices (Brussels): superb, a whole lot better than the on-tap one i reviewed back in 2007.

03-10-2007 08:50:43 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a frothy head that retains well and leaves shards of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Toffee and wood, with spicy yeast character

Taste: Opens with a toffee character that builds in sweetness, mid-palate; a touch of delicious apple fruitiness appears just before the swallow and that flavor persists to the finish; after the swallow, a herbacious bitterness attacks the sweet flavors and the wood also makes an appearance; lingering herbal bitter flavors last for a long time

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: The oddly hopped character of this beer makes it less enticing to me; if I could only swirl it in my mouth without swallowing it I would really enjoy this beer

02-03-2007 03:52:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of phisig137


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours out of a corked and caged 750mL a slightly hazy bright orange, with a three finger head. Great retention on the head, and leaves behind tremendous lacing. As I look over to the bottle, a small volcano of foam has erupted up and over the neck of the bottle.

Aroma is honey sweet, with some spicy yeast phenols. Pleasant hoppiness as well.

Flavor is enjoyable. Spicy yeast phenols steal the show here, and are backed by a fairly strong hop presence and honey sweetness. Very mild flavor, yet complex and enjoyable. Great food beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good.

Another great beer from DuPont. Think of a cross between a saison and a dubbel. Enjoyable all around, and recommended.

01-18-2007 02:34:26 | More by phisig137
Photo of ojiikun


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a tulip chalice. Initial pour was crystal clear, bright orange. As the bottle finished, it clouded a bit with a bit of suspended yeast. Head was subtle at first, but is very easily coaxed up with a flick of the wrist to swirl. By the time the bottle was nearing room temp, the head was controlled but about 1/2 inch thick on each glass. Little lacing, if any.

Smell is distinctively of sweet caramel, red apple, fresh yeast, sweet grape, and banana. Rich smell before and after sips.

Taste is drier than the smell - much drier. At first: seltzer, melon, fresh wheat, moss, and orange. Near the end: toast and sour grapes. All in all, never really that strong.

Carbonation is just right - smooth at first but feisty if held. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. A tolerance for tartness could bring the drinkability of this brew into the 4.5 range, easily.

All in all, this was an unexpected treat! A very simply-labeled bottle holds one of the best-smelling brown ales I've yet to encounter. The taste very nearly lives up to said smell, though not completely. All in all an easy drinker that's simple but satisfying.

01-11-2007 06:48:48 | More by ojiikun
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

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


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.


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


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

12-17-2005 15:22:11 | More by cubedbee
Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.