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Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Moinette BlondMoinette Blond

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 26, 2016.

A-The beer is murky in the glass with a few yeast particles floating around like a snow globe. A tall white head fades too quickly to a thin cap. Color is yellow-orange.

S-The smell is slightly funky on this older bottle with a leafy, peppery, lemony hop bitterness and obvious whiffs of alcohol. The yeast is subtle, but I smell some bubblegum and tree fruit. Pretty dry for the style.

T-The taste is more bready than the smell. There is still a lemony, grassy flavor, but the beer does not taste as bitter as the smell would lead to believe. It is more perfumed and floral, with less bubblegum and banana notes than a typical Belgian pale. It is dry for a strong pale ale, especially on the finish.

M-The beer is well carbonated with chunky bubbles attacking my palate. Heft is medium and there is a bit of slickness on the finish.

O-This is a tasty, drinkable beer with a slightly unusual flavor profile for the style. It is definitely a Belgian, but if you want lots of estery bubblegum and banana and whatnot, you should look elsewhere. Very saison-like.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight foward and easy drinking beer, but still manages a bit of complexity. Less estery than some other Belgian pales, but still present. Finishes with a really nice citrusy, lemony flavor along with biscuity, grainy malt backbone. Really nice beer that I think gets overlooked a bit.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good tea bitterness, herbal, peppery, good malt balance but it's a lot about the hops and that Dupont characteristic yeast. Spicy alcohol but smooth and not boozy. The mouthfeel compliments well the taste

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thought for a while about adding a new entry for the biologique version of this classic beer, but decided against putting yet another beer in here with one review. 750ml bottle. Pours gold with a massive head that leaves tons of lacing everywhere. Smell is, frankly, awesome. Some of that classic DuPont esters, but also Mom's lemon squares, noble hops, and a bit of hay. Really nice. Flavor is quite a bit like the saison...crisp, dry, earthy, pepper, biscuit. Honestly, I don't know what you can ask for that this beer doesn't have. Certainly more of a strong saison to me than a BSPA. I could drink this all summer and be very happy. Cracking my top 10 list.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the bottle list at Monk's Pub Chicago. Have been wanting to try this one for awhile and I was not disappointed in the least. Drinks so easily for 8.5%, clean crisp and refreshing as hell on a hot day outside. They served it to me in a pilsner style glass, though. One of the best BSPAs I've had yet.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled L14108A (April 28, 2014 if my counting skills are correct). Consumed June 6, 2016.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large head that slowly fades down to a thick cap that leaves some pillowy lacing

S: Lots of fruitiness and light spice from the yeast, in particular banana and clove as well as some peppery notes. Quite complex without being in your face

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast, again mostly touching on the banana and clove notes as well as the peppery spiciness. A variety of other light fruits pop in and out as well, including apple and grape. Some hay/wheat notes are present throughout as well, and provide a light sweetness. Finishes with lingering fruity yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: An incredibly well put together strong blonde ale with a good deal of complexity without being in your face. Far too easy to drink. The 2+ years on this bottle has really pulled a lot of the nuances of the yeast out and made this even more of a special brew

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Photo of cmurkar
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a two inch foamy white head. Smell is musk and yeast. Taste is unique, first impression is grape of all flavors. Very yeasty with malt finish. Crisp mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle with a simple Dupont label. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip. Straw yellow golden with some haze and funk. Big white head subsiding to a nice ring of lace. Aroma is quite nice with hints of mild banana and clove, Belgian spice, black pepper, lemon grass and fresh hay. Flavor profile is what I'd expect from a Dupont farmhouse ale with a unique funk to the yeast providing a complex experience. Sweet banana, lemon grass with bolts of black pepper and clove spice before finishing with a funk of straw. Feel is exceptional and the texture carries a nice body with a dry finish.

Moinette blond doesn't disappoint much like all the other Dupont brews I've had. It's complex and delicious. Gives you a legit example of what Belgian farmhouse ales are supposed to be. World class offering

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance slight hazy gold with a white head rising about half a finger's length.

Smell: Cloves and yeast with bits of honey. Very light scent though and honestly one sniff

Taste: Good flavor with a bit sweetness to r reminds me of light sugar and cloves.

Mouth: Medoum bodied with well above average stickiness.

Overall: Nice little gem I had in a tasting recently. If you prefer blondes might be your cup of tea personally for me I rather sacrifice the smoothness for a more potent flavor. Salud!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Both from Dupont, the Blond is a famous cousin of the benchmark for saisons.
With ratings in the top handful, enough think Moinette Blond to be the benchmark for the strong pales.
If so, not so fast in associating both as their respective benchmarks.
First, the positive. These two ales are very close in what makes them distinct: dry, but not overly hoppy.
But, biere de garde are intended to complement the popular foods of northern France.
And Moinette Blond has 2% more alcohol... which can overpower most dishes.
Facing dilemma, I consulted the expert "Brewmaster's Table" who agreed with me about the hops, but then left a long list of meat and fish dishes to try with the Blond.
Being a vegetarian, I drank it alone... and was more than satisfied.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours with a really nice thick head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Smell – A beautiful smell of yeast, and a light pepper spice.

Taste – Tastes of yeast, hay, and a little malt.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and very smooth. Medium body, perfect carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very easy for 8.5% abv. I prefer this to the Duvel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy bright golden with a moderate white head. The aroma has a candy character, cinnamon, sweet, grape, yeasty, bready. Taste very fruity, peach, citrusy very enjoyable and worth a try.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A slightly hazy dark straw yellow with a nice head - a thin layer stayed to the very last sip
S: A slight sweet/sour musky grape like at a winery
T: Pretty intense white wine grape flavor with a bready finish
F: A sort of unusual combination - feels kind of thick yet still has a good amount of carbonation. Also has some alcohol heat.
O: More wine-like than I was expecting, which is not my favorite, but not at all bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a burgundy stem. Pours a lovely sunny gold with a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Clarity is slightly hazy. Head eventually settles into a solid, 1/8th inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses citrus zest and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a light spicy/peppery quality to the flavor profile, as well as a trace of honey. Flavors are subtle without being cloying. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even, carbonation. Overall, very drinkable with a well-hidden abv. An exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice billowy white fizzy foam head. The head fades moderately quickly over time leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a cracker aroma mixed with a lot of yeast and a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of clove and coriander as well as a good showing of a grainy and fruity smell. All in all it gives a rather nice and clean Belgium smell overall.

Taste – Upfront the taste has a decent showing of a fruity nature of peach and pear mixed with a whole lot of a bready taste. A decent showing a clean grainy flavor and a lot of yeast are present upfront as well, which make for a rather flavorful taste. While lighter upfront, the spice flavors of coriander and clove get rather potent toward the end and are joined by lots of grass and a herbal hop. With a light decrease in the sweet, and a little more grainy and some hay coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice flavorful and crisp Belgium strong flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the somewhat fruity and sweet, yet crisp and bready tastes, the feel is quite nice and when considering the style, this one makes for a rather nice drinker overall.

Overall – This was rather enjoyable Belgium triple style ale. Lots of nice flavor all while maintaining a rather crisp and refreshing character at 8.5 % abv.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice belgian beer of a orange/ocher color and a big whitey foam.
Smell and taste are basically malty and yeasty (not too much considering the style), with some notes of grains, spices and an alcoholic feel.
Fruitiness becomes higher as the beer becomes less cold. Difficult to distinguish details in this one...
Body and carbonation are at high level, bitterness is at average.

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Photo of aleigator
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, sun-yellow color, with a huge, stable head.

Drinks very smooth, due to a well pronounced yeast foundation, with a perfect fitting carbonation, revealing a medium body.

The nose exhibits qualities of an european lager, with sweeter, biscuity malts and slightly herbal hops, but amped up with a spicy yeast foundation. Grass provides a lot of character, giving the aromas an interesting turn.

Tastes of dough, soft and spiced yeast, among biscuity malts. Has a lemon peel crispness giving the beer a pleasant freshness. Finishes with a decent dryness, wrapped up by clove, pepper, flowery hops and a luscious yeast foundation.

A classic example of a refreshing, complex traditional Belgian beer. The yeast spiciness is well integrated, without becoming the dominant ingedient of the beer. Grass, lemon peel and biscuity malts among a slightly metallic carbonation adds an enjoyable depth.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.76/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Cafe Rose Red, Bruges.
Chalky, earthy, stale, and overall unpleasant. Unbalanced spices and lots of off flavors. Looked nice, but that's about it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2013 on the cork with a good solid pop. Green bottle.

Deep lemon yellow body, solid and opaque with good amounts of pinhead carbonation that is really scattered all over the place. Head is creamy but a bit small, only two fingers, but settles to creamy lacing and a simple half finger puck.

Very nice aroma. Mild floral notes and soft hay with a touch of green grass. It might be slightly skunky though, but if so isn't horribly compromised. Darn those green bottles and taking chances though. Slight soft biscuit chewy almost wheat like and touches of sweet honey as well. Pretty solid all things considering.

Palate is quite large and unexpected. Saison like pepper blast in the mid palate that really goes all over. Strong bitter finish, but controllable if a little going wild. Bit of a metallic twinge on the finish with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Nice dry carbonation, with that classic champagne feel but also a little distracting. Minimal but noticeable sucrose like sweetness that adds classic strong character.

It's not bad but just doesn't come and grab me like the rest of the Dupont family. It's also a little bit hot in feel and flavor strangely, and seems to hint more towards saison character, so I'd prefer the others if that's the direction for me.

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Photo of Jerebeer
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a chalice, it had about an inch of head with a cloudy honey color. There was significant lace upon agitation. It was sweet, with some spicy and mild bitter notes. There is also a yeasty flavor, similar to what you may taste in a hefeweizen. There is a mild alcohol taste near then end. Overall it is refreshing beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Moinette Blond pours hazy gold with a fluffy 2” mountainous, persistent white foam cap that rises up above the rim of the glass, leaving thick lace, with a small mound of foam remaining in the glass when you finish. It evokes the kind of foam one sees on the seashore. The nose is honey infused herbs with some light fruit and traces of bread. Light honey, peach, citrus, light grain and biscuit flavors roll over the tongue with a trace of funk, culminating in a slightly sweet finish moderated by a moderately bitter accent. It has very fine soft carbonation that produces a delightfully airy texture. It has a medium body and it very refreshing. Dupont uses those damn green bottles for this - I would give it 100 but every fourth or fifth bottle is skunky.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer but I was slightly dissapointed. It is a nice beer but not much more than a regular Belgian strong ale. Okay but not as wonderfull as expected.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden body with a creamy white head.
S: Bret notes and phenols. A touch cakey.
T: Has a warming cakey Belgian backbone. Fairly bitter - almost salty - and whle it starts out dry it finishes almost sweet. There's a touch of something herbal/marijuana-like. Saaz hops perhaps?
O: Yeah, pretty good.

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Photo of babaracas
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml, bottling date has this about 100 days old. Pours a clear gold with plenty of fine sediment in suspension, thick fluffy white head settles slowly to a thin cap, web of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: very floral, light biscuit, orange marmalade, sugary, sweet clove note, coriander, pepper. Taste: pear and mandarin orange in syrup, note of toasted coconut, apricot jam, coriander, mildly grassy and peppery, light biscuit in the back, lemon candy in the finish. Just an onslaught of delicious. Body like whipped cream but fantastically easy drinking, even with a little warming alcohol. This 'fresh' or with a year or more of age, this is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/20...pours hazy dark gold, 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Funky yeast nose, but light. Lighter blonde taste, some belgian yeast rises with a spicy hop. Light bodied, some complexity of taste. Creative.

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