Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

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

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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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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with east settlement and a white head.

Smell is floral, sweet, and hints of clove,

Taste is sweet floral and the finish is slightly bitter with heavy notes of clove and yeast.

It's kind of heavy on the stomach.

I liked this beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy dark yellow with a diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet malt, spice, hops, and yeast. The taste is a nice comlex plend of sweet malts and lingering Earthy hops. The beer is somewhat heavy but not over the top, there is also a nice dryness. This is a truly special beer to say the least.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems to me this is a fuller bodied Saison /dupont with more spice and less fruit. The thing I love about this beer is the smoothness even at a fairly high ABV. The beer is very balanced with a slightly dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

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

a: murky gold with light columns of white bubbles and nice fluffy white head with great lace

s: candy and banana; spiciness and some strong citrus; just what you would expect

t: raw grain; bitter yeast; citrus hops; light alcohol; sweet light fruits; a real bitter hop spicy hop kick

m: smooth and creamy

d: a good belgian pale

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Photo of MiScusi
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Moinette chalice. Pours a light clear yellow with a nice big fluffy white head. Smell was typical Belgian yeast earthy. The taste was a bit disappointing to me for a strong pale ale. It was pretty watery thin and really one dimensional in that earthiness, only the slightest amount of fruity esters which I think it needed more of. It was still not a bad beer overall, the mouthfeel was the biggest disappointment with the taste only being a slight disappointment. I had a Saison Dupont afterward that I enjoyed a lot more.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange with a big rocky white head that left a stick lacing behind. There were some yeasty floaties dancing about in the moderate carbonation.

S: a nice yeasty aroma scent with some spiciness and fruitiness (apples).

T: For flavor there were fruity notes (apples), lemongrass, and some peppery (coriander) hints as well a soothing sourness from the yeast.

M: lively from the carbonation, very spritzy and spicy (citrus).

D: The beer had a nice drinkability with a nice smooth sourness of oranges, lemons and very enjoyable.

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Photo of theghost3
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moinette Blonde pours a golden color with some cloudiness & a thick, white head. There is some lacing. The smell is of strong yeast and floral scents. The taste is complex--bitter, fair amount of hops, pear, a hint of lemon and some spicy flavors. The aftertaste is strongly bitter. Mouthfeel is surprisingly flat at first with an acidic bite later on. Moderately drinkable beer, but I'm a little disappointed in this offering from the much praised Brasserie Dupont.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a medium gold color with lively carbonation bubbles and a massive, frothy white head that won't subside. A slight haze appears in the beer, especially as the bottle is carefully emptied, as a result of the bottle conditioning. Belgian lacing lines the glassware in thick sheets. The nose is a wonderful combination of raw, funky and spicy notes you'd expect from a world class saison combined with the sweet and fruity notes of a Belgian pale ale. Enchanting peppery notes play off of the tell-tale Belgian yeast in a masterful way. The palate is terrifically spicy and packs a terrific hop smack right up front so you don't confuse this beer with a typical Belgian Pale or Golden ale. Behind the spice, a bouquet of fruity flavors fill the mouth - citrus (lemon) and some papaya are predominant. There is just enough yeasty funkiness here to remind one of Dupont's famous saison. A terrific "hybrid" of two of my favorite styles - I'm really enjoying this one. Incredibly balanced, the aggressive hops and active carbonation assure that this beer is not too heavy on the palate and surprisingly effervescent for the 8.5% ABV. The alcohol strength is very well hidden making this one dangerously drinkable. Smooth finish and incredibly complex, this is a "bigger" version of Dupont's excellent saison in many ways - the spicy, funky character is there but so is the rick, sweet maltiness of a fine Belgian strong pale ... I love it.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rich golden tone, with plenty of haze. These was moderate carbonation with a fine, cream colored head the held somewhat firm.

The bouquet is full of bready yeasts and malt. Had a hint of banana, pear and extremely fain apricots. This translated well to the taste as the bready tastes come upfront and then the finish has the fruit and a touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel is good as the body is not so big that it overtakes the nice tastes. The body does allow for cloying, which toward the end of the drink, could be a distraction. Nice for a day like today.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a light murky wheat color small head leaves fast

s yeast malt bread slight note sweet

t fine bubbles carb malt with bitter finish fair balance

m medium body good carbornation

d bitter build up in mouth

Bought this one on a tour of France and Spain. Was not as impressive as I had hoped, but still pretty good.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked brown bottle

bought at the SAQ

A: nice golden wheat colour almost no head, some carbonation
S: complex nose, spices, some yeast,
T: intense flavour, some tartness, coriander, spices, complex,
M: good boby, round, long
D: this is a nice complex ale.

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Photo of AlexF
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review in french. Thanks.

La Moinette blonde est une excellente belgian pale ale. Ce n'est toutefois pas mon style préférée. Ses qualités demeurent indéniables.

Sa robe opaque orangée et sa mousse abondante sont agréable. Son nez est un peu amer, avec des odeurs de houblon et d'herbe. En bouche, elle est beaucoup plus douce que prévue. Légèrement sucrée, avec une touche d'agrumes, son goût est évolutif avec sa température. Agréable, surtout en mangeant (mon opinion concernant la plupart des pales ales!).

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Photo of jackorain
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from the taps at Rittenhouse square location of Tria in Philly.

A-Hazy yellow-gold color topped with a stark white hed with very good retention but it did not leave a ton of lace.

S-Bananas, yeasty, bread dough, fruity, peppery nose

T-Spicy hops hit 1st with a medium but firm bitterness, this is followed by the banana and more pepper. Fruits like apple and pear come in in the middle. There is various light sweet type tastes as well like simple syrup, rock candy, and caramel.

M-Creamy, medium body. Perfcet carbonation.

D-Pretty good. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML green Belgian bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for about $8.00...
Appearance is a hazy and cloudy orange hue with an enormous frothy and foamy head that revealed tremendous staying power along with slight carbonation rising...
Powerful, rich aroma bursting with citrus, florals, and slight hops...
Excellent taste, bursting with lemons, citrus, tangerines, grapefruit and balanced by a nice spritzy and pepperish finish with a pure honey flavor...
Nice well-balanced, quality taste, true-to-the-style, and easily drinkable without the slightest hint of any alcohol...
Nice spritzy mouthfeel as well...
Very drinkable stuff...

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

Appearance: An upward shower of fine, rainy bubbles punctuate an ever so slightly hazy beer, golden sunflower-orange amber in color with a pillowy, meringuey white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Gently boozy and strongly vinous, loads of white wine, pineapple, apricots, limoncello, honey, spicy-floral hops reminiscent of dandelions and peppery vines and tulips and mint and members of the Brassica family. Yeast adds a faint bready funk. Not the most complex Belgian aroma out there, but very, very inviting and well put together.

Taste: Mmm... biscuity and vinous, tannic and fruity, slightly toasty and slightly bitter. Round, full, robust, alcoholic but not too much so; flavors range from lemon rind to rose water to flatbread to pie crust to pine nuts to tequila sunrise to pineapple juice to lime juice and back again. Strong, complex, clean, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Massively, consummately smooth and soft. Are there oats in this or what? Exceptionally dry and clean in spite of its malty, bottle-conditioned fullness.

Drinkability: Wow, this is the best Belgian ale I've had in a while. I will certainly be picking up more. I want to make it last because it's my only bottle, but I just can't stop quaffing! Very yummy with apricot Stilton, and interesting but not great with Parmesan. A poor fit for Cheddar.

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Photo of nbree00
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head that releases a wonderfully earthy saison aroma.For a blond it has some beautiful caramel and amber colors coming through. The taste is simply divine, grassy notes with some farm house flavors and pepper. It has a slight sweetness upfront but finishes with a strong yet smooth dryness with a fair amount of bitter. The mouthfeel was about as smooth as they come and the surprising refreshingness led me to believe I could drink a lot of this in one sitting especially during the hot summer months. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone. I also found that pairing it with a sharper aged cheese like provolone worked fantastic, with the beer serveing as a sort of palate cleanser.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork comes off with a loud POP! It reads 2007.

Pours a fully clouded orange with a nice off white head. Looks just beautiful. Nose is a consistent yeasty funk. Flavor is very nice. Very nice indeed. Nice full funk with a mild sugar tone that is not very visible. Mostly it is the yeast just dancing in your mouth. Very robust. Very hearty. Feel has a high carbonation that is almost a bit attacking on the tongue. Overall this is a very drinkable BSPA. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of melitameister
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imported by Vanburg & deWulf, Cooperstown
Purchased at the Lighthouse, Topsail Island, NC
Consumed in Albany, NY

Appearance - Creamy dense froth head that hangs and clings. Yellowish light gold with superfine bubbles and fine yeast specks hanging throughout the crystal liquid. And don’t tell me it’s improperly poured, cause it was perfectly poured. Yeast is good.

Smell - First hit of tart lemon and pie spice. Then fills in with gentle malt and nice alcohol balance. Coming from behind is soft yeasty banana and peach. Delightful.

Taste - So much going on. Rich and delicious. Starts flowery and slightly tart. Next, citrusy lemon, Eastern spicyness (star anise?), oats, pepper, nice fruity and honey sweetness against plenty of clean bitter and warming alcohol. Ends with lemon, sugar and hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with nice silky creamyness.

Drinkability - At five bucks for 11.2 ounces. Gotta get to Tourpes, Belgium so I can drink this nectar all night long.

For me, this beer is missing nothing.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 562 ratings