Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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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.

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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

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.

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!" 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cork has '03 stamped on it. I guess we're gonna find out how well this beer ages. It pours a hazy dark red-amber color with an inch of off white fluffy foam on top that seems like it is going to be with me for a while. It leaves a whole bunch of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Sweet sugar and plum are the first things I notice. The alcohol and some oxidative aromatics give this beer a bit of a spicy presence. Caramel and dark fruits rule initially. The aroma doesn't really change much as it warms. It may get a bit more spicy, and the alcohol is more noticeable, but for the most part, the volume is just turned up.

Taste: If I could say that a beer is vinous, this is it. There is a really wine-like character to it. There has a fruit juice like flavor. There is a good bit of hops that you notice in the beginning, but this somehow lets the sugary malt start to contribute. The beer finishes slightly chalky and dry with some pretty noticeable warming in the back of the throat.

Opinion: This beer still tastes good, but I would guess that it has seen better days. It tastes like it was more hoppy than it is currently, and that the hops have mellowed. This also contributes to the dry finish. I would really like to try this beer again fresh. I will be paying a lot closer attention to the date stamped on the cork of this one.

Photo of dgallina
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ADR
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 maxpower
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a bright cloudy reddish orange with a decent off white head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, fruity chocolate and spice aromas, fruity pear, apple, caramel. chocolate and spicy flavors. Medium bodied with a mildly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet.

Photo of Paddez
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stuff is orange/amber rather than brown. It's murky and completely turbid. Quite some yeastflakes and sediment floating around.
A thick, more or less tan head tops the brew. Very intresting;

Smell: Earthy, dusty. Some aroma's of dark fruits caramel and yeast. Quite a hefty 'barnyard' aspect as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell and with the same aspects. Short, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel and drinkabillity: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden; too well maybe. No warming effect, not all that heavy. Fairly drinkable.

Cocnlusion: This stuff is spunky, but a bit rough around the edges. Certainly something different and well worth checking out.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden-medium amber with a just barely off-white and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely fruity with some dark fruit presence of raisins, prunes and plums. The higher alcohols led to a spicy phenol in conjuction with the Belgian yeast. The aroma was malty with deep caramel coupled with an earthy hop aromatic.

The flavor was dry and earthy. The hop presence was high and the earthy presence was evident in both the bittering and flavoring. The flavor was fruity with less dark fruit character and a slight citrus and slight banana. The flavor also had a slight spice presence. The bittering was more like a Saison than any other beer style.

The finish was dry with lasting slight caramel, spice, fruity, and earthy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. A nice beer, some complexity, but a bit on the dry side. A dark Saison perhaps.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2003 on cork.

Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.