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Moinette Brune - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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very good

282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before October 2015. This is a style I rarely get around to trying - in fact, I don't think I've ever had any genuine Belgian-made BSDAs, so this one is a bit of a treat for me. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, foggy copper-orange colour, flecked with little specks of yeasty sediment. A modest, off-white head is generated at the surface, which seeps away gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, creamy cap. Not much in the way of lacing, but otherwise it's a fine looking Belgian dark ale. Great aroma, with notes of sultana raisin, dates and apricots; very yeasty, with a pleasant banana & toasted malt backbone tying everything together.

Tasty and balanced, with an enjoyable blend of contrasting flavours that work well together. Toasted, nutty malts and caramel sweetness cooperate nicely with vinous, fruity notes of raisins, plums and dates. A slight bubble gum/banana vibe as well, followed by yeast and clove spice. The finish is a mixture of lightly toasted malts, firm spice and some slight heat from the ethanol; very dry and somewhat lingering. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. A very smooth-drinking dark ale, with just enough fizz to keep the mouthfeel lively, but enough heat to warm your bones a little as the night goes on.

Final Grade: 3.95, on the high end of a B+. Brasserie Dupont's Moinette Brune is a solid Belgian-style dark ale, meeting most of my expectations for the style while remaining quite quaffable. This isn't the most complex Belgian beer I've ever had, but it's still an enjoyable, well-made ale that I could see myself getting again at some point in the future. Not a world-beater, and in a pinch I'd probably stick with one of Unibroue's widely-distributed BSDAs - but this one is a worthy substitute, and any fan of Belgian beers should consider it worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brune with a fizzy effervescent head. Drops quickly to a thin layer.

S - Big whiff of red wine during the pour. Dark, fruity sugar, earthiness and medicinal notes are strong. Cloves come on strong.

T - Sweet, dark, yeastiness. Not particularly bitter. Impression of soy sauce, apple juice and spices. Lots of alcohol and mustiness.

M - Smooth, fairly light carbonation and medium body.

D - Not too shabby. Lots of complexity packed into this one.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: caramel/copper in colour with a foamy 2 finger head that disappeared quickly.

S: dates, raisins, grapes, spices and yeast.

T: dark fruits, some spices, cloves and the yeast is very present. There is a touch of booze but it is subtle.

M: medium carbonation, medium body.

O: a decent Belgian brown, this is a nice but not outstanding beer. I have been told it is a fairly common or plain beer by a Belgian friend, but I still enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of peensteen
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper brown colour, ring of off white head with a bit of lace. Smell is full of candied dark fruits, some spicy yeast, brown sugar, raisin with touches of cocao present. Taste is spicy with some yeast, dark fruits, lightly bitter throughout as well, earthy, light alcohol, fruity aftertaste. medium prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Not bad, but gets lost among the much better examples of the style, still good and quite drinkable though.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moinette Brune would likely have been a gorgeous, glowing amber if it weren't bottle-conditioned. All that sediment at the bottom made this instead a most ugly beer indeed. Is it my fault? Maybe. But I stopped pouring immediately upon seeing the stream turn murky and, frankly, feel a bit cheated leaving behind the last ounce (of an already meager 11 ounce bottle).

All that yeast may have extinguished the beer's complexion, but it set fire to its aroma. A super spicy - we're talking off-the-charts zesty - strain of Belgian yeast induces notes of pink peppercorn and clove that make a potpourri out of the beer's more floral and fruity components.

The yeast, assuming it didn't already, is again sure to stop you dead in your tracks. It heavily douses the palate in clove and pepper, obscuring the flavours of blood orange, stale rye bread, and over-ripe plum. Also on offer is a trace of coffee-ish toasted malt, an even smaller trace of lemon peel, and more significant notes of browned butter and/or hazelnut oil in the finish.

I have had very good experience aging Belgian Dubbels and Dark Strong Ales. That being said, as somewhat underwhelming Moinette Brune is today, I have a hard time believing it will be getting any better in another few months, much less years. I'd ignore the brewery's best before date - two years is way too long of a grace period. It's already thin enough for its strength.

Unlike Dupont's celebrated and emblematic Saison, Moinette Brune is more or less par-for-the-course as far as Belgian brown ales go. It is also a liquid endorsement for Monistat, but, the risk of Candidiasis notwithstanding, is by all accounts an enjoyable, if unremarkable ale.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Apricot orange, hazy, some material in the beer. No head, low apparent carbonation.

S: Green apple, some lemon, dates, grapes. Just a load of fruits.

T: Same as smell but with an added maltyness of flavours. Some brown sugar flavours, roasted nuts.

M: Medium carbonation, med-full body.

O: This is a great beer. Smell and taste are very different but yet balance each other.

Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.