Moinette Blond
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #7
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,134
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
586
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Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  99
Gots
  67
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- Dark golden with a hint of amber. Pours with moderate haze; some encrusted sediment left in the bottle. 2Cm pillowy off-white head.
S- Aromatic leathery timber. Ie. Belgian estery yeast notes.
T- The smell follows through directly into the taste. The estery notes are now clear - they often remind me of the smell of sweets called Pear Drops we enjoyed as children. Plenty of bright hops into the finish to balance thing out too.
F- It's a good solid beer. The estery notes are really prominent; it would be a great case study if you wanted to demo such to someone unfamiliar with them.
O- I like it. Mega-esters popping right on your palate. Bright, interesting and balanced flavour. Solid and meaty and yet not even a hint my palate is going to get jaded by this. 60% gone now and the head is still right there holding up at 1Cm+. I reckon this is versatile too. Works great in winter (it's snowing out in London/UK today!), bright enough for a summer's eve. Robust enough to pair with solidly flavoured food incl spicy food.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Bottle-conditioned, 8.5%ABV, it was politely discreet about the latter.
330ml bottle £4.15 BB: 10/23 Bought from BelgianBeerCompany, Stoke/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 06, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Strong fruity and spicy aroma of Belgian ale yeast. Spicy and yeasty flavour, medium sweet, with notes of white kandij sugar and stewed fruits. Moderate hops.

Mar 20, 2021
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Guaro from Italy

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold-colored, veiled and with orange reflections. White foam with medium texture, compact and excellent grip. Perfume, bread, pear, citrus, candied sugar, ginger, spices and herbaceous. On the palate a light sweet entry, biscuit and yellow-fleshed fruit, the finish is dry with a bitter aftertaste with spicy and herbaceous notes. Hidden abv. Medium body and high carbonation.

Nov 05, 2020
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GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightful. My first strong Belgian pale I think. I usually go for Strong Dark, Dubbels, and Quads. This tastes similar, but a tad lighter with a touch more bitterness. Nicely sweet, and paired well with a roast duck dinner. It was better as it warmed up, I think I had it too cold initially. No hint of the 8.5%.

Sep 27, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2022 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow hue, producing just over a finger of foamy, sparkling white head. It withers away over the next several minutes, leaving behind a thin cap and wide, frothy collar, with a narrow band of lace also having been deposited. I'm getting orchard fruits and yeastiness on the nose - appleskin, clove and white pepper, with hints of banana, pear and candi sugar sweetness, all layered atop of a bready pale malt backdrop. Not bad at all.

A quality Belgian strong ale; the flavours follow the nose, with grainy, bready pale malts providing support for notes of apple, white grape, apricot and pear. Hints of lemony citrus and bubblegum crop up as well, with yeasty, spicy aspects of clove towards the finish, and just a tad of floral hops & earthiness into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that froth up in the mouth a little, gently tickling the tongue; feels smooth and velvety soft in the mouth. The 8.5% is a tad noticeable, but not in an intrusive way, as it blends into the profile quite effectively. If it weren't for the small serving size, this might be a much more dangerous beer, particularly given the ease with which I tossed it back.

Final Grade: 4.23, an excellent A-. Moinette Blonde is a very solid BSPA that I enjoyed the hell out of. Now, I don't know if I'd put it on the same pedestal as Duvel, but in terms of quality it's at least in the vicinity of that ballpark. The stock around here is beginning to dwindle, but hopefully I'll manage to pick up another bottle or two for short term (less than 2 y) storage in the cellar. Highly recommended to any BA with an appreciation for Belgian pale ales.

Sep 07, 2020
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andaub

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing beer, you taste the belgium style, slight hops, light citrus malt aroma, smooth to the pallet, and a nice aftertaste. This is a great Belgium pale ale and probably one of the better ones I've had. Definitely a summer drink and dangerous for 8.5 ABV.

Mar 21, 2020
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look is lovely Belgian and the nose is equally good funky saison. But the taste is somewhat disappointing. It's a bit fizzy, haltingly dry and just an overall weaker sister of St. Feuillien Grand Cru, to which this seems to inspire but cannot reach. Really, you could do worse if nothing is available in its class. Otherwise....meh.

Feb 01, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color of light shimmering gold with white cap and lacing.

A clean aroma of ripe fruits such as apricot, pear and peach.

Taste is a combination of the scent fruits along with touches of yeast rolls and a bit of spice. Can't quite nail down the spice as it's very light but cinnamon and clove come to mind. Complex, sophisticated and quite refreshing.

Light to medium texture with balancing carbonation.

In scent, texture and taste this is a good deal milder than I usually get from a Belgian Blond. Not de minimis but certainly no block buster.

Jan 05, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served very cool into a chalice. LCBO purchase for about $3.35CDN. Best before August 2022.

Appearance - Hazy rich dark golden color, capped with a finger of white head that actually fizzles out much quicker than I thought it would. Sparse lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

Smell - Powdery yeast, bready donuts, some fruit, namely apple, pear and peach. Inviting and warm. A touch perfumey as well.

Taste - Light and bready, some funky yeast, slight bits of candi sugar and more sweet fruits, apple and pears most with a peachy sensation. So good and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, booze is so well hidden and well carbonation, fizzy and expressive without being gassy, 8.5% ABV is wonderfully hidden.

Overall - Yeah, a strong Belgian Pale Ale brewed by Dupont, what where you expecting. Delicious and inviting, it's not quite Duvel, but pretty much the next best thing in the style, really should try to do a comparison between this, La Chouffe, Duvel and Delirium seems like a fairly even 4 way fight for supremacy and what could wrong in that situation?

Dec 20, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, unfiltered, gold body, capped by a thick and dense, cream-white head. Rock solid retention is as good as it gets.
Floral yeast spice on the nose, mostly of coriander, along with mild sweet fruit - ripe, cooked apple, banana.
At first sip, thought it was too candy-sweet, but there's a bite to it, a sharpness, of alcohol heat. That heat is paired with deft touch of bitter hops that lends some balance to the finish, which is off-dry. This feel is most distinct, but the flavour is interesting as well, the sugars finding balance on the palate over time to let the complex umami yeast notes shine - indiscernible spice, fattiness, sourdough, stewed apples. Even a sense of cocoa and cinnamon in the finish. That's my attempt to describe it, but I've always found these to be indescribable. There's a light note of clean minerality in the finish - like purest water. Medium body and medium carbonation, very fine.

Belgian beers are my favourite, so call me biased, but this is a delight to drink. An outstanding example of the style.

Dec 12, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De cervezasespeciales. En copa Grimbergen. Viendo Mr. Robot 2z02-03. 9 meses pasada de fecha. No esta mala pero la encuentro mas apagada, aburrida, plana y seca de lo deseable.

Oct 03, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/2/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, floral, grassy bitterness; and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, light banana/clove, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, hay, straw, herbal, wood, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop flavors; with an fantastic malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong pale ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, moderate pale/wheat malts, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the ABV; with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Amazingly well rounded and vibrant Belgian yeast complexity; with balancing pale/wheat malts, sugars, and earthy hops. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp dryness. Very well attenuated for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example as expected of the brewery.

Feb 08, 2019
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Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duval glass with a nice thick head of foam. The look, smell, and taste is outstanding. This is a very well made, complex brew that is top notch.
Well done!

Sep 29, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous straw colored beer with think, creamy head. Aroma of honey, hay, grass, citrus, caramel. Taste is sharp and tangy, butterscotch, bread, honey. Mouthfeel is light with tingly carbonation and dry finish. Worthy of its reputation.

Mar 02, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top of white creamy head and a lot of yeast sediments swimming around.
The aroma is of spicy yeast,sweet malts,citrus and overripe fruitsand some bready notes. The flavour is fruity sweetness with spicy yeast and some light malt notes in the back. The finish is slightly bitter and dry with nice spicy and herbal notes, and it has a long and comfortable aftertaste. The flavours are amazingly good balanced, and the alcohol content are very well masked. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and it has a mediium body with a moderate carbonation.
A great and delicious example of it,s style. A top belgian beer that i would love have again.

Feb 04, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An enormously thick head covers a slighly hazy & lovely golden body. Lots of bubble action from never ending mini gysers. It’s aroma is one of the prettiest I’ve ever experienced, like a caramel flower. Not as sweet as it smells, bananas & caramel apple. Yummy! No alcohol detected. And all those bubbles massage the tongue on the way down. More please.

Oct 09, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy golden color with a lusty, thick head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Pleasant scent with a bit of bread and slightly sweetish. Taste is similar and it flows over the tongue, lovingly enveloping it. Yum!

Aug 11, 2017
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear and slightly hazy gold color with storming activity. Thick foamy and slightly frothy white 1-2 finger head in the goblet, lasting around 10 minutes, with moderate legs, strong lacing, and a thick swirl effect. Flavors of caramel, honey, apples, spices, coriander, clove, ginger, sweet grains, wild yeast, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly vinous and dry, bold spices but proper for the style, soft hay and wild yeast but not like a Saison. Ends slightly leafy and thickly grainy, more sugary and bready. Quite warming and uplifting. Light barrel effect of cheese. Good complexity yet feels a little too boozy; lots of similar brew have this well hidden. Decent freshness but lacks a bit, a sharper body would've been nice, like a Chouffe. You can see this is going for a Saison/Tripel kinda way, while still remaining true to the style. Not as accessible as other good examples. Overall excellent quality craft.

Jul 02, 2017
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Yoann from France

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Hazy golden with little foam but some life at the bottom
S - Some biscuit from the malt and pine from the hops
T - Fits the smell and the style
M - The carbonating is just right
O - A good Belgian ale, classic but not too raw.

Mar 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is seriously so good, a belgian string blonde, but it also seems to have elements of a saison and even a tripel in here, a complex and strong and perfectly made brew, memorable. a lightly cloudy straw yellow color from the bottle, rapidly rising white head common in belgian beers, airy and tall in the glass, no visible sediment coagulated or anything. smells rustic ad old world, you know, beers of the olden days, this has that sort of ancient charm about it right away, like the monastic beers, really traditional, but i have not had one like this before. floral hops, sweet wheaty malt, golden raisin, honey, mild spice from the yeast, white pepper, coriander, dried citrus, even lemongrass. its awesome in taste too, a great grain profile that tastes fresh, drier than it smells, maybe oats or something else in here too, this has a starchy almost creamy texture to it. a fine yeast strain here, not too warm or crazy fruity, but distinct, patient, and much cleaner and seemingly more refined the way it presents itself, light fruit, white wine, botanicals, soft spice, awesome with the grain. a little residual sweetness here is kind of cool, a hint of sweet lemon with it, a ton of carbonation, and an almost fresh baked out of the oven sort of comforting finish. this is wonderful beer, all too uncommon here in the states. i think i terms of style its not really a neat fit anywhere, but it is one of my favorite belgian beers i have had so far this year. enormously high quality brew!

Mar 16, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle brought to and enjoyed at Chef Fredy's Table in Morristown, NJ.

Hazy, light amber with a creamy white head. Initial whiff gives off that lovely yeasty Saison funk, but the fruit and spice is very mild. Soft lemon and pepper notes mesh well with the sweet grains. Bone dry finish, aided by the strong carbonation, and super easy to drink. 8.5% ABV? You've got to be kidding me! There is no sign of alcohol at all. A nice Belgian ale, but more mild than I was expecting. A great beer to enjoy with food, but a little too strong to be an everyday table beer.

Dec 09, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Oct 23, 2016
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +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.

Oct 19, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Aug 25, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Jul 19, 2016
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