Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Moinette BlondMoinette Blond
555 Ratings
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 tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Appeared in a red wine glass with a couple finger of head and a hazy yellow body. Man, this was a heck of a beer to start the night with. Not much else I drank could keep up with it. Big spicy vanilla, toasted bread rolls with citrus zest and biting hops - lots going on. And compared to other Beglians, like the Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard (which is also a great beer) I had afterward, the flavors are very rich. The beer doesn't overpower your taste buds like a DIPA, but it's not all mellow, subtle flavor. Clearly an excellent Belgian. One of the best I've tried in the style. No Question.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy/fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, with some corinader, bananna notes. The taste is malty/yeasty, bitter, with some corinader/bananna notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy gold, small head with good retention.

Smell - Very strong, sweet and spicy.

Taste - Excellent complex spicy flavour, but the alcohol stands out a little too much.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - A bit challenging, mostly due to high ABV.

Overall - An excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Certainly not as good as Duvel, but still very good.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, this experience was great from the moment the top came off. Immediately I noticed big floaters and a lot of sediment that poured from the bottle -- there's no mistaking that this is bottle conditioned. It is a beautiful tangerine color that lets plenty of light through, with a head that poured large but receded quickly. Lots of really pretty lacing. Nose was grass, phenols, pears. The taste was wonderfully complex, having a great smooth, long lasting finish. I've only seen this beer a few times but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of roblowther
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml. A 2005 vintage. Looks just drop dead gorgeous. Very effervescent, clear almost backlit gold with a dense creamy pure white head. Great citrus smell, with oranges, apricots, and a woody background. Wonderfully smooth, malty flavor. The fruit puts in just enough appearance to sex the place up. It has a peppery spice that balances it all out and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is perfect carbonation and then a silky, buttery texture underneath. Drinkability is wonderful. It is light, balanced, mellow, and delicious. I don't know if this is a strong pale ale or a saison but I know I'm getting more. I love these guys.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/11/2008 (bottle):

Pours an amber color body, cloudy, sediment in bottom. Big white head, creamy, somewhat lasting. Belgian flowery aroma, some grapes, musky, dusty. Old world smelling. Flowery, sweet taste. Sour aftertaste. Not as belgian ale, but more like a gueze. Interesting taste, some alcohol.

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Photo of n0315
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice yellowish color into a tulip glass. The head is a nice fluffy white and stays there for quite some time. As it simmers, there is lace all around the glass that stays there until you drink all of the brew. Smell is crisp and a slight banana smell along with malt. Fist taste was breath taking. bananas, malt, very complex but yet incredibility smooth and crisp. very little aftertaste. light feeling in the mouth, one cannot help but continually drinking this and wanting more. This beer has made me want more Belgian's, but I don't see how this could be improved on. A must have, in my opinion.

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Photo of haz77
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - First pour is clear gold with a tight, billowing white head. This sits atop the liquid indefinitely, is easily refreshed, and leaves some attractive lacing.

S - Green apple, grass, honeysuckle, light plasticky phenols. Generally sharp and restrained.

T - Flavour of honey comes through first, before tart green apple and gooseberry push forward. Finish is sharp and focused with a grassy tartness remaining. Very refreshing and no real hint of the 8.5% ABV.

M - Light body with subtle cleansing carbonation.

D - Eminently quaffable - dangerously so, given the beer's strength. Not very complex but otherwise outstanding.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle. Pours an opaque apple juice color with a thick, frothy white head. The cap resides after a minute or so to leave behind some decent lacing. Lots of sediment. Smells of farmhouse yeast, coriander, and some sweet fruit esters. The spiciness is the first thing noticeable upon tasting with black pepper jumping out this time. Later, the slightly sweet, maltier side shows itself, with a dry, lightly hopped finish. Quite refreshing, and it certainly doesn't taste like an 8.5% brew. Hard to go wrong with Dupont.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a wine shop in Davis, the name of which i can never remember. I bought this because it looked old (mold on the top of the cork, dust on the bottle) but also like it had been stored in the cooler under low light. Pulled out the cork and sure enough it said "2005", so that's pretty good. Pours a nice bright yellow orange with a massive, almost overflowing white head. Head sticks around indefinitely as bubbles continually rise in an energetic fashion. Aroma is tough to pin down. Definitely Belgian, with obvious fruity ethanol on a nice clean malt base. Hint of an earthy yeast and some kind of fruit, like peaches or nectarines. Flavor is fairly strong, with up front ethanol and other alcohol notes. Spicy light malt with what tastes like a bit of wheat malt int here too, though i could be mistaken about that. Nice spicy to grassy hop notes too, somehow having survived the time in the bottle. Mouthfeel is, id say, medium bodied, with a bit of a syrupy quality, though this isn't detrimental to the beer. Overall, a very tasty beer and a good find.

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Photo of nd5282
2.86/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was relatively flavorless, the color was a golden blonde but lacked any real character. Overall, I did not think this beer was worth the cost and did not meet my expectations from the belgian blonde. The bottle fermented blonde was a severe disappointment.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this one out of my true love of Saison Dupont, a little 11.2oz bottle for 3.99, why pass it up?
Pours out a brillantly light gold color, active carbonation that supports a beautiful head, leaves lots of delicate lacing. The appearance alone is enough to put this one with the best BSPA's.
I can pick up aromas of this beauty sitting at my desk, floral aromas fill the space! Smells of orange, coriander, peaches, wild yeast, musty "earthy" smells, meyer lemons, orange. Absolutely a remarkably floral nose on this one.
Taste is better than hoped for. Tart acidic up front, followed by an array of musty "funk" sweet orange,granny smith apples, that "horse" funkiness-that-we-all-love passionfruit, peach, spicy coriander,touch of black pepper. Not really a touch of hops to be found, and that is beautiful as I have been drinking lots of Barleywines lately. Ends long,spicy, sweet and floral. Amazingly complex yet again.Mouthfeel is creamy, yet biting and warm on the finish. This is great,fantastic, I don't know how to sip on it!

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Photo of blakesell
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the caged and corked 750ml bottle into a pilsner style glass. this bottle of Moinette Blond has been aged for two years or more.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and golden with a half finger of creamy white head with ample lacing on the sides of the glass. Carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass as if this were a pilsner. Very nice on looks at least.

Smell- Rich banana, lemon, solid wheat content, light malts, very yeasty. This smells very nice with light fruits, blood oranges, light alcoholic phenolics. Somewhat medicinal, very nice upfront.

Taste- Light malts and a creamy softness not really expected on a high gravity beer. Hops are there but very balanced for a Belgian style. Yeasty phenolics are there and welcome considering that Dupont has a large yeast profile. There are no signs of age at two years old.

Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied, lighly carbonated, creamy, somewhat warming, smooth.

Drinkability- Very drinkable.. I could give it a try in a four pack as well. Very nice considering it's age.

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Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking light golden color with a large white head and a fantastic amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing left behind. Note to non-Belgian brewers trying to make a beer like this: This is what it should look like. It's perfect.

The cork pops off the bottle with a nice sound and immediately the tell tale smell of Belgian yeast hits your nose. Floral notes also play a part in this aromatic symphony.

Now for a taste: Nice malt notes along with that yeast. The floral and citric elements come into play too. Everything balances out nicely. Very tasty.

A smooth yet effervescent body greets the mouth. Very nice and about as good as it gets for this style beer.

I really enjoyed this blonde from Dupont. No disrespect intended to other brewers but I've had a number of beers from other countries attempt to make a beer like this, and they just don't measure up. The Belgians just have it down.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours very cloudy with a very cloudy body. Lots of sediment in this bottle. Looks delicious.

Smell: I have to say this smell like a typical Belgian brew....But it has a bit more german wheat aromas. This smells delicious.

Taste: Tangy, wheaty, bitter. The beer is pretty high alcohol and has a malty/alcohol sweetness, but the beer finishes quite bitter overall.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like overall. The tangyness really shows itself on the sides of the tongue. I am really digging this.

Drinkability: I polished off this 750mL bottle with no problems. I feel quite tipsy. 8.5% alc/vol is significant by anyone's scale. But it drank like any nice mild Belgian Ale.

Overall: I will buy this again. It's only $5.00 for a 750mL bottle. Great value and great flavour for the price. Amazing beer. I need to try Dupont's Saison very soon, but Merry Christmas everyone! :) Peace.

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Photo of Clubchat
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and clear in color, nice foamy head

S - Aroma of yeast, sweet malts, fruit ester, good spices (coriander, clove), alcohol is trult apparent here

T - Bit like the smell, great combination of yeasty breadiness and sweet malts, little bit hoppy in final

MF - Smooth body, with slightly a good dry finish and sharpness, over carbonnated (good for this style)

D - One of my good sippers, worth a try if you get one, well-balanced

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Photo of Macca
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There was not a lot of head and it did not last very long. Very little retention. It was very hazy and lots of obvious sediment. Lots of phenolic characteristics. So much happening in that aroma! Spiciness in the taste - pepper. A bit of apple. Moderate body. One very interesting beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours slightly darker than a saison. orange in color. medium head nice lace. smell is cane, fruit malt, banana, and floral qualities. some yeastiness. taste is pine hop, a light pilsner saison follow through and the cane sugar. not too sweet. cane and yeast have a chalky potassium quality. hence the banana. no trace of alcohol. light apple finish. not as crisp astringent as hoped though. would like to see the carbonation of a dupont in this.

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Photo of billypat
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly sublime Belgian golden ale. Sweet, spicy nose, with a nice balance of hoppy tang. Velvety mouthfeel. Notes of honey, butterscotch, coriander, clove. No session beer, this, its high alcohol content makes this one to savor. Warming...delicious.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why I never tried this before, given my admiration for the other Brasserie Dupont offerings.

The cork gave way easily under great pressure, and revealed that this 750ml bottle was of vintage 2006. A careful pour into my Duvel tulip yielded that lumpy bone-white head of ice cream consistency that I love. Strong lacing noted, as well as the cloudy gold body of this unfiltered beer.

Aroma is your typical Dupont muscular bready aroma; strongly redolent of fresh-baked bread. Peppery as usual for this brewery, along with some jammy fruit as it warms further.

Bracing, peppery, and drying, this cuts a wide swath on the palate, similar to the other Dupont beers. Quite peppery. An apparent light citrusy hop has held up reasonably well for a 2006 beer; it also has that indescribable "field of weeds" character I've come to expect from this brewery. The 8.5% ethanol is not afraid to pop up every now and again, but never becomes "too much" to me. Bready malt bill ties the spicy and citrus elements together.

This doesn't seem as brutally carbonated as Saison Dupont, but it is a decent bit stronger, so this isn't surprising. The feel is softer, but by no means limp. The peppery elements are still going to smack your palate around, just with a velvet glove.

As you can see from my reviews, I'm a big fan of the Brasserie Dupont, and this did not disappoint. An elegant, stately beer, yet the high alcohol volume and dry complexity does not necessarily make for speedy drinking. This is great by itself, but would truly shine with food; just about any dish or starter you can think of.

In short, yes. More please.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Beautiful golden honey color with amber overtones. Nice white foamy head with excellent retention and some very good lacing.

Honey butter on yeasty rolls. Clove and other spices. Almost smells like a cinnamon roll. Hints of banana. Sweet malt notes. Citrus smells.

Light sweet citrusy flavor mixed with honey. Light malt notes. Little pepperey spice. An unexpected hop kick. Minimal detection of alcohol.

Very nice and creamy smooth. Like it should be.

The spiciness drops the drinkability a point. I can just feel that this one would be a heartburn monster, when consuming multiple bottles. (No, I don't get heartburn easily, or frequently, for that matter.)

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this excellent beer at Max's the other night. Not exactly sure why I haven't reviewed ths beer before now.

The beer pours an attractive gold color with decent head retention and lacing. This beer is very attractive on the nose, with lots of honey, light butter, citrus and Belgian spice. The flavors on the palate entirely replicate the nose, except the beer is considerably more hoppy then I had expected. While moderately sweet, the hoppy citrus really keeps the sweetness in check, making for a very delicious and drinkable beer. One would never guess the 8.5% abv., which is well disguised.

An altogether excellent beer. Perhaps my favorite of the Dupont line.

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Photo of WHROO
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine belgian Strong Pale Ale. Great carbonation for such heavy beer, golden apricot colour, creamy head leaving a foamy ring & spotted lacing recorded every swallow. The head held all the way down. It did have a suspension of sediments.
Don't know if you remember the old Juicy Fruits Chewing Gum, but this smell was all over the aroma. Once again lollyish, perfumes, but a little buscuity as well.
Typical of what I have found with the heavy Belguim trappist ales this is full of cloves & spices, a little peppery...& the alcohol is very evident & warming on its way to a dry finish.
This would be a great beer to sip on cold winter nights...warming, soft...& very smooth.
As expected for this style & ABV it does feel a little heavy, so I wouldn't do a session on it, but ohhh, how enjoyable for 3 or 4 glasses.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky troubled orangish yellow, nice head that dissipates down to a film after a long while, effervescent ale. NIce looking, but more Hefe or saison in apperance.

Aroma of spice, brewing raw sugar and continental hops and malt. Light banana and some pepper, a little more balanced than Saison Dupont, but very similar.

Flavor of raw hops, citrus and yeast. Awesome. Exeptionaly dry and drinkable. At 8.5 avb, its a knock your socks off beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It was either this or the Brune when I was picking, but I chose the Blond. Bought at the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

"2007" is engraved in the cork. The liquid soaked on the cork smells really good, and I'm ready to pour this beer into my chalice. It pours a cloudy sunshine blond, leaving on top a thick and impressive fluffy head. A piece of art to look at. The aroma is very complex. Grassy at first sniff, then mint and sweet and tart barnyard aromas come out to play. I'm excited to move on and taste it.

Mmm, mm, mmm, I am liking this. The carbonation level is low, but its perfect for a beer with this body. Grassy and minty at first, there's a little bit of candi sugar floating behind it. Out comes a trickle of barnyard and leather. Gets sweeter as warms, and with it unlocks orchard fruits. A kick of alcohol warms the throat. Velvet-like mouthfeel with a very dry finish, you almost forget the beer was in your mouth.

This isn't sweet like your usual Belgian Golden Ale. Moinette Blond shares a number of characterists with its cousin Saison Dupont. High praise for this gem.

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