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Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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4.18/5
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555 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,438
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
555
pDev:
9.09%
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4.7
 
 
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Photo of spoony
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +5.3%
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 Dweedlebug
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LocusSolus
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.39/5  rDev +5%
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 unclekeith
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.64/5  rDev +11%
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 +18.9%
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 Antyk
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -4.3%
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 +3.3%
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 Euroglot
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 Mar02x
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Kenfoley
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Smooth , good head, nice taste of malt

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 555 ratings
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