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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 294
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy solid brown color. It seems that the yeast has not held up to well and quickly is stirred up from the bottom of the bottle making anything poured after the first glass a little chunky.

The aroma is of caramel, malt, and toast.

The beer tastes awesome. A nice malt sweetness starts off that finishes some what earthy.

The beer is full bodied and very smooth, little hint of alcohol for being 8.5%.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. If you like Strong Dark Belgian Ales it certainly gives you a chance to experience some more diversity in the style.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark burnt amber hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is popcorn,chestnuts,xmas pudding and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of caramelized cherries,boozy alcohol,sticky toffee treacle,candied figs,nectarines and finished with a brown sugar bittersweetness and overall its a solid drop thats well worth a taste perfect for a big hearty steak or chocolate based dessert and id definately buy again cheers.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Thin tan head and sheets of lacing. Sour fruit and sweet malt aroma. Light fruit; lemon and grape, sweet malt and Belgian spicing. An interesting sweet / sour flavor. Nice creamy body. Not as complex as other Belgians, but a decent Belgian ale.

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber color and a medium yellow head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Nose is sweet and fruity. Grapes and caramel. Candy sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront of dark fruits, candy sugar and roasted caramel malts. Bready and a bit metallic. Earthy hops. In overall a bit mild sweet beer with an also moderate bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Balanced sweet-biterness and a it molasses sensation

O: Nice Dubbel. Good drinkability. Dupont quality

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this Brune in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The intense head builds easily to three fingers of off-white sandy color. It is rather puffy and thick and craters as it dies slowly. The retention is impressive and leaves a great deal of thick, spidery lace.

The opaque and dark auburn body glows with more orange highlights.

Smell- The nose is slightly tangy and chalky from the yeast and dark fruit scents. The dark malt is also a little roasty and hints at bittersweet chocolate.

Taste- Slightly tangy dark fruits and roasted malt. As the drink progresses, a slight brandy warmness begins to take over the drink and also brings out the earthy yeast.

A subtle peppery flavor is also present throughout the drink.

Mouth feel- A decent medium body and fairly creamy. Despite the alcohol bite, it is an easy drink.

Overall- This offering is spicy and slightly hot. The darker malts contribute a dark fruit and roasted malt on the front of the drink. It would be nice if that carried throughout the drink and did not devolve into earthy yeast and warmness quite so soon.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber in appearance, nice foam. Smell is malty with a slight citrus aroma. Mouthfeel, Taste is very barly wine in flavor. Has a nice feel, with the right balance of bubbles. Now that is technical. Overall this is a good beer that will go nicely with a steak. Very nice after dinner drink.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle - thanks to Phyl21ca for this one

Appearance – Murky brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, yeast, roasted nuts, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, raisins, and some yeast. There is also some notes of cloves/coriander and just a hint of banana and chocolate. It ends with a buttery malty aftertaste with a nice spiciness.

Overall – This beer really had a lot going on taste wise. As the temperature of the beer changed I kept discovering new flavours. I really enjoyed it and I'm surprised to see some of the low ratings for it on this site. I'd drink it again anytime.

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Photo of atlason
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip from 750ml bottle.

A: Light brown opaque color with generous but rapidly dissipating head but little lacing.

S: Pretty faint, acrid with sweet malts, dark raisin

T: Yeast and hop bitterness dominate

M: This is a dry, pretty easy drinking brew were it not for the bitterness.

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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

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from 750ml bottle to oversized wine glass.
A: hazy amber-brown with reddish highlights. Close to the color of madiera that I have had in the past. Copious lacy head, but fades.
S: Fruity, yeasty, with a pleasant vinous character with warm solventy notes.
T: Fruity yet dry with toasty overtones. Again, a vinous character, not lactic, but very reminiscent of a fine champagne, with some roasted character.
M: Effervescent with medium body
O: If you gave me this blind, I would almost mistake it for champagne. Very pleasant drinking experience. I would definitely purchase again. I actually picked this up by mistake, meant to get Moinette blonde, but I am in no way disappointed. This has yet again expanded my horizons and palate.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, label date of 12/2013. Purchased in Belgium.

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a large-bubbled head. Head is large at first, though the retention and lacing are sub-par.

The aroma has a very yeasty-phenolic character to it, and an almost lactic acidity. Notes of toasted malt.

The flavor is bone-dry, with lots of nuts, bread crusts and burnt caramel. Almost no sweetness to be found. Band-aid yeastiness. The finish is dry and yeasty, and the mouthfeel is highly carbonated but creamy.

Isn't this a Dubbel? Well, whatever it is, Moinette Brune is a very good Belgian ale.

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

Tap at great lost bear

Light cream head covering, some lacing, hazy copper maroon rosy color.

Nose is sour vinegar, some light tart funky fruit, Belgian malts and yeast, light musty grapeseed, light candi sugar, toasty and light sweet syrupy

Taste very Belgian with malts and yeast, fruity, fairly sweet and some candi sugar, bit of warming booze, light nutty and crystal malts, light apple and grape seed, light musty and some light fruity and earthy hops, fairly bitter and spicy. Finishes a bit sticky and bitter, lingering Belgian malts and light hops, light fruit.

Mouth is med to slight lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall decent, some interesting flavors, little boozy, nose is interesting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, fruity and a hint of tartness. In the taste, fruity white grapes, with a hint of caramel. A smooth and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice hint of sourness, with a small roast and caramel, very nice.

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Photo of lionchow
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours lightly hazy amber brown with a a huge white head that recedes slowly.

Aroma is sweet amber malt and a touch of barnyard funk. A bit of citrus and spice round out the aroma.

Flavor is mellow malt with a lightly bitter background note. Spicy notes are apparent and meld well with the mellow bitterness. There is some papery flavor under the malt. I wish there was just a bit more funkiness too it to give it some more interest.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and enjoyable.

Overall a good beer, but not the best from Dupont.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with notes of sweetness and hints of spices and yeast.
T: The initial taste has some sweetness and flavors of dark fruits and caramel--this is followed by notes of spices and yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste, although this beer is better sipped.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Shumania
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml served cold into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown color, almost cola-looking, one-finger head.

Smell: Sweet for my taste. Hints of dark fruit (plum or possibly licorice). Light alcohol scent. Overall a fairly mild scent.

Taste: Again, too sweet for everyday consumption. Very drinkable but still not a go-to. Overall, taste is very similar to smell. Taste of dark fruit becomes more intense with warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth -- only wish it was a little creamier. Less of a bite than I was expecting. After taste lingers.

Overall: Very good BSDA but better out there. Good taste and enjoyable but nothing to write home about. Be happy to drink if had the opportunity again.

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Photo of mrkun
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, warm, and cloudy with persistent head.

S: Dank: cannabis notes.

T: Brown sugar, herbs, Belgian yeast, some fruitiness and dry after taste.

M: Medium carbonation grips tongue with creamy finish.

D: Alcohol content well masked. A good beer that would benefit from aging.

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Photo of Cresant
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this 11.2 oz. brown bottle in a New Belgium snifter. No date. The body was a turbid, rich dark amber. A gentle pour made a head of fine white bubbles. the collar soon faded altogether.

The smell was of cherry cough drops and bread crust.

The taste was tart and malty. Light alcohol became more apparent as it warmed. Slightly nutty. Flavorful.

The mouthfeel was right on. Plenty of body and perfect carbonation. Solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark amber color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing that lasts a while. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of spice. It is very weak aroma. The taste has a little more spice, but is still weak for the style. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a huge disappointment. This is hands down the most unsophisticated Belgian strong dark ale I have ever tasted. Most beers within this style have a ocean of depth. This beer struggles to have as much depth as a wading pool. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was wondering if I would ever get around to trying dark Moinette after being impressed by its blond sibling. 750 ml corked and caged magnum, on to the beer:

The year "2009" is printed on the cork. This pours dark carmel orange into an oversized wine glass, leaving a thin pearl head on top before dropping to a lace that hugs around the glass. In the glass, the color of the beer itself is darker, light brown colored and cloudy. There are good aromas in this beer, but you need to find them because they are not intense; grape and saison-like spices are there.

Is this really a dark saison? This beer is like a strong dark ale/saison hybrid. I'm getting a light taste of grape, a hint fo raisin and pear, and dominate oddball spices I can't identify but can't help but like. Sour lemon puckers things up and suggestions of black pepper come around. The carbonation at first is strong and peppy, amplifying the intensity of the spices. It mellows out and that helps make the beer become more approachable in the mouth.

A delightful sipper and a fun thing to throw in from the usual saison.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber. Fairly cloudy. Frothy head.
S: Malty berry fruitiness. Raisins. Slight funk.
T: Malty roastedness. Peppery sweet finish. Caramel/toffee. Tartness comes in from back. Hop bitterness in aftertaste.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
O: Fairly dry with slight sweetness makes this beer fairly drinkable. I would buy it again.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl. brown bottle (I drank it couple years ago under the Moinette II). This abbey dubbel is orange copper, the head is thin, beige and it has almost all dissapear by the mid of the Westmalle calice. First nose of green apple, surprise ! but this aroma dissapear quickly. For the rest of the glass spices went thru and some caramel. Spritzy in the mouth, alcohol very present, a touch of caramel and lots of spices. Overall a good ale.

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Photo of cwc
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer here, the Moinette Brune. I didn't realize this was from Dupont when I bought it, but as other people have commented, there are hints of Saison in this beer. It's a lively little thing and doesn't really remind me of the other dark beers I've had from Belgium.

The color is more of an amber that's kind of reddish and the smell is rather sweet. The taste is rather for refreshing for this style, which I don't really associate with "refreshing", but perhaps that's the connection with Saisons. This beer also strikes me as being particularly carbonated compared to many of the other beers I drink. When you pour the beer, it pours a rather substantial head that dissipates rather quickly.


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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.