Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Moinette BlondMoinette Blond

Brewed by:
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 babaracas
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -10.6%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy, almost think golden
All about the yeast. Smells like yeast, friuty.
Taste like yeast that gives a lot of fruity ester.

Like the sourness, but it should not be in a blond.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with a thick one finger head with medium retention and tiny floating particles.
Aroma with notes of oranges, slight sour, herbal hops, candied sugar and mild booze.
Flavor with a nice herbal hop bitterness, a good deal of spices, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, lemongrass, green apples and Cointreau liquor. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation (this is not the corked version). Alcohol of 8.5% abv feels milder.
Outstanding beer. In my opinion one of the best references for a Belgium Blond Ale, as other Dupont, it is intense in spices, complex and with a relatively good amount of herbal hops.

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Photo of chogm54
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. BB date of 11/2015.

L - Golden, much semi suspended sediment (yeast). There a thick, foamy white head that shrinks to a respectable 8mm thick lacing that is happy to hang around - overall great head retention.

S - Orange, yeast esters and cloves as expected. The cloves is more potent, and there is a pepper smell in there too. Very spicy

T - Fruity (banana, mandarin, orange) with a potent spiciness (pepper, paprika) and bready malts. Grainy, spicy aftertaste. Overall it is quite sour, with much less sweetness than a typical blonde.

F - medium bodied, slick texture, alcohol is noticable, crisp, dry finish.

O - I liked the sourness - I find the sweetness of some Belgian blondes and strong ales a bit off putting. This beer is more tarty than others with a similar ABV, but the crisp finish is all I remember. The spiciness is potent, which I'm not fully sold on.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle sealed with black dupont pressure cap.

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: opaque and glowing medium straw yellow bodied beer. Large fluffy bone white head that goes 3 fingers tall from a moderate pour. Head composed of many tiny compact bubbles. Leaving better than spotty lacing. Eventually drops down to thin cap with a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Bread and hay malts, well water, fruity esters, bananas, white pepper, floral, slightly grassy, earthy and bubblegum. Smells like a textbook Belgian style brew.

Taste: Light floral / grassy / earthy bitterness starts this off. Bready / hay malt profile. Fruit / bubblegum / peppery yeast. Light barnyard stank on the back-end of the finish and light floral bitterness lingers for awhile.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and slight booziness, but still smooth. Complex and luscious.

Overall: Dupont brewery always delivers. This beer is no exception. All the important elements of a proper Belgian brew are there. This one is reminiscent of a saison, but that is okay to me; you could probably expect this because Dupont brews so many different saisons.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe - £2.59:
Very enjoyable Belgian beer, this one was reminiscent of a saison early on and not being the biggest fan of the style I was initially worried but the funk, tart and Belgian yeast died down some and the fruit flavours and spice slowly took over. The beer was a well balanced some and despite the alcohol content it still managed to go down easily, While it's not a beer that I'd go back to time and again, I would definitely consider trying again at some point in the future.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Great retention and lacing too.

(S)- Just so bone dry with lemongrass and a hint of a grassy funk. Lemon rind in there with a light biscuit yeast. Wonderful.

(T)- Again, it is just so bone dry, but with a slightly more "juicy" middle with some great lmeon lime citrus. Still has the slightly earthy/funky lemongrass kick.

(M)- A lively spritzy carbonation level really adds to this beers crispness and thrist quenching level. Wonderfully dry and minimally earthy with just a tiny bit of sweetness to make this balance beautifully.

(O)- Granted, this is not technically in the same style, but I might prefer this to their classic Saison Dupont. This is just so wonderfully dry, balanced, and layered flavors that would make this ideal to have bottles around when grilling in the backyard in summer time.

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Photo of Act25
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall - One of my new favorite belgians. Core addition to your tasting experience.

A: One must observe the many lines of fine champagne bubbles rising in this golden beer to appreciate how well crated and attractive it is. Continuous necklaces of pin point bubbles, finer than any champagne, build a billowing parchment colored head that lasts and laces.

A: The nose is dominated by barnyard Belgian yeast, hay, grass, wet spring, and then early orchard fruit with peppery spice. As expected, and then more. (Orchard, wet grass, you dont quite know what...)

T: follows the smell, but bigger, brighter, and lots of apple orchard fruit. Like you remember it the first time as a kid apple picking in October. Some wood, some spice cabinet, and a long, apple, pear finish with unusual spice cabinet and cedar.

MF: Great finish.

O: As a reviewer wrote the beer offers it all: "sweetness, sourness, dryness, funkiness, fruitiness and spiciness". Fruit: apples, pears and apricots. Sweet dominates early, bitter and dry dominates late.

Must try along with all great Belgians.

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Photo of dyfrgi
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served at 9C, in a small glass. Half a bottle - split with a friend.

Beautifully red-gold, when backlit. Floating particles of yeast.

Characteristic ale smell - acid and dust.

Initially sour and fruity, with a strong yeast flavor following. A touch of sweetness. Some roasted nut flavors in the aftertaste, centered towards the top of the mouth, along with a slight bitterness.

Absolutely lovely mouthfeel - smooth, with a good light carbonation on it.

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Photo of benfons
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy blonde colour, little to no head

S: loads of fruit: peach, apricot, hints of grains and even mowed grass

T: less fruits,apple, more grains, slight alcohol

M: a bit thin, rather dry too little carbonation

O: pretty good beer, could use a bit more body and carbonation

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Photo of RandomExile
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: hazy unfiltered orange; full firm white foamy head, no lacing
S: heady: yeast, coriander, citrus, alcohol
T: alcohol, leaf, slightly off-putting savory, apple-peel finish
M: medium-bodied, dry finish
O: Has some great elements, but the weird savory/metallic flavor is

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Hazy straw-yellow with a small head despite the apparent high carbonation. The head doesn't stick around too long either. Still has a nice look.

SMELL : First nose is cereals and light pale malt with some typical Belgian yeasty elements. Second nose shows some spices and light fruits, herbs and some hay (most likely from the hops). Third nose emphasizes the grain side and the pale malts with some pears.

TASTE : Bit boozy, but nothing off-putting - it actually serves this brew quite well. Very frank malts and spices and this typical Belgian yeasty side that was on the nose really shines in the mouth. Great stuff. Let's taste again to be sure... oh yeah.

TEXTURE : Typical Belgian ale carbonation, nice thickness to it, feels like it still has a pretty high gravity for a beer with 8,5% alcohol content. Nice roundness.

OVERALL : Dupont always manage to come up with amazing stuff, and this is no exception. I've got a whole case of it and it's not going to last me half as long as I'd like it to. The warm boozy side is going to be great, this winter.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - fully cloudy mustard golden, plenty of suspended sediment, big thum bof white head retained very nicely with consistent lacing
S - herbal and sour citrus yeasty esters dominate the nose, some pale grains and light leafy greens
T - tart sour citrus with dry grains, leafy and mild perfume hops, herbs mix with alcohol sweetness
M - light with big belgian carbonation, tart and crisp with a slightly dry finish, not even close to detecting 8.5% ABV
O - a very drinkable and flavourful brew, keeps to the tenets of the style, would love to have a brew like this on tap locally

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. A darker gold, kind of orangy pour. Two fingers of fluffy white that really retained.

Aroma, citrus zest, barnyard hay. Coriander, some light grainy sweet malt.

Taste, Quite malty up front. Caramel. Very nice yeasty spiciness. Corriander again. Some herbal earthy Italian like spice. Just a light clove. Finish fairly dry.

Heavy side of light body. Creamy carb and mouthfeel. This drinks really nicely. Belgian brews are so hit and miss for me, this one was definetely good. Worth trying.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a big white head and good lacing

S-bread dough,orange, lemon, yeast, spices

T-yeasty bread dough, orange, lemon, floral, grassy, slightly peppery, crisp slightly bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy with a crisp finish

O-outstanding ale with great flavors and balance, will definitely seek this out again

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2.012 on cork. Had 5/2013.

This was fantastic. A complete surprise, as it came from a friend (a civilian—aka not a beer geek) who received it in a bet a year ago. Style bias perhaps but this was no where on my radar and now I’m mildly obsessed with getting another bottle of it.

This pours a hazy golden with tight white foaming. It has a surprisingly spicy aroma, peppery and floral. There’s almost a muted hop presence with a herbaceous floral note on it. The flavor has more of the spicy characteristic. Really pleasing and terrifically effervescent. I found it ended with the characteristic Dupont yeasty floral notes & rounded finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Don’t be fooled by the “blonde ale” on the label—this is anything but your run of the mill (bland) blonde ale.

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Photo of Boto
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: Pulled the cork from this and found that it said 2006 on it. It should be interesting to see how it has held up after almost 7 years. It opened with a fairly loud "POP". It pours a fairly clear, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is good, but a bit subdued. Definitely yeasty and bready nose. Lighter aromas of spice, banana and lemon. Maybe a touch of Brett. The taste is very good. It is extremely smooth. Bready, lightly spiced, hint of lemon. A very small hint of sourness. Very nice!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 is stamped on the cork
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden orange body after a soft pop of the cork and a thin big bubbled ring of white is supported by a lazy carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has a soft dry grapefruit Brett not to it but that is about it.

T- The mineral water flavor blends with some dry caramel malt and a soft dry bitterness in the dry finish. There is some Brett grapefruit notes that grow just a bit as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no real carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is nice to drink even though more carbonation would have really helped out. The Brett flavor carries the beer as the rest is pretty light. I was surprised at the taste when I pulled the cork and saw it was a 2009.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is slightly cloudy golden with a large white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Only a bit of lace.

Smell contains yeast and bread pretty strongly. Some grassy and lemon notes. Quite floral.

Taste is yeast focused, with bready and spicy flavours. Noble hops. A bit of citrusy fruit in there, mainly lemon. Fairly dry, a bit bitter.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. In keeping with the style but too carbonated for my tastes.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon yellow with trailers of bubbles and a big cap of loose but solid lumpy froth that rims immediately.
Wild flowers, yeast, fresh baguette dough and lemon peel on the nose.
Cream crackers, lemon curd and pears with fresh herbal hops.
Tart starfruit finish and numbing nettle linger.
Light to medium, lively but smooth with some chew.

Bright and citrussy, with an astringent finish that makes this very refreshing. A good food beer. Another winner from Dupont.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as JLindros and I try to find a good pairing for our beer dinner.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish straw colored hue with a nice fluffy white head that faded quickly to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is pretty darn solid. Almost like an amped up saison. Nice pepper/corriander like spices along with some light booze. The finish is faint grassy hops and yeast.

T - Taste is good, but not as nice as the nose. Getting some solid grain/light cereal along with I think grassy noble hops. Light citrus and fruit follows with a more grassy finish. Again, its like a crisper/cleaner boozier saison.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, solid carbonation makes this a bit crisper than usual. The alcohol phenols though kind of ruined it for me.

O - Overall this is a solid beer. A bit too boozy for my liking though and not quite good for our needs.

O - I consider this beer a very strong saison, rather than a pale ale. It has moderate hop character and is very dry and sharp. It would be more to my taste if a bit softer

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Straw-colored beer, clear but not crystal clear. Head is white and initially big, but faded fast to a few large bubbles. Some Belgian lace.

S - Aroma is sharp with peppery spice and alcohol. Some faint hops and yeast fruitiness in background.

T - Up front is a mix of strong noble hops flavor and crisp grainy notes. Some fruity notes in middle and then more grassy hops in the end. Tastes are like a very clean and fresh saison, more than like other Belgian pale ales I've had.

M - Thin to medium body. Some alcohol burn and acidic feel from the carbonation. Hops have moderate bitterness. All in all, a dry and tart feeling.

O - I consider this beer a very strong saison, rather than a pale ale. It has moderate hop character and is very dry and sharp. It would be more to my taste if a bit softer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice big fluffy head fades fairly quickly with loads of lacing hazy sediment but light tan yellow color

Nose nice farmhouse funk like, lots herbal herbs and hops, little herbal root like almost sasafrass, some booze and sweet malts, citrus.

Taste candied orange and ginger root like, sasafrass again, citrus, juicy golden malt light Belgian esters, herbal spices and hops, grainy malts, almost bready and chewy. Finish is a bit boozy sweet with candied orange and root flavors, herbal spices.

Mouth is med bodied little syrupy good carb.

Overall pretty good, bit too sweet and candy like, herbal spices and hops are unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.16 out of 5 based on 540 ratings.
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