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Moinette Blond | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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314 Reviews
Moinette BlondMoinette Blond
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
532
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
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Photo of tony223366
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ridiculous amount of white fluffy head (which was expected! Color is a golden straw color. A little darker than that. Probably closer to just golden. It is pretty murky though. But the fabulous fluffy head makes up for it. There's great retention and it's very rocky. Beautiful!

S: There's a great, fruity estery aroma in this beer. Also some grainy malts. Also nice and bready. It's definitely a sweet aroma and is very inviting.

T: Wow. Just wow. This is amazing! It's really complex and has some amazing depth between sweet, fruity, bitter, estery and spicey... yeast. And the alcohol finishes the beer out nicely. The spices really make this an interesting beer. They elevate it to something really unique. Fruit comes off as nicely apple. The finish is bitter and has some bite to it from the alcohol. It accomplishes cleaning the palate really well.

M: Really delicate mouthfeel. Smooth with a medium body. Light to medium carbonation.. Between the taste and mouthfeel this beer is astounding.

O: This beer is about 100 times better than I thought it would be. I mean I knew it would be good but I wasn't sure I would think so highly of it. Bravo Moinette, I'm going to become a regular drinker of this beer.

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Photo of joefuzz
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at double windsor in brooklyn for saison night.

Pours an amazing looking cloudy gold with a good sized white head for the abv

Smells of fruity hops upfront some bananna

Taste is nice and hoppy upfront that smooths out to a brilliant spiced honey

Mouthfeel is light and pretty highly carbonated

Overall amazing strong saison easily the star of the night

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Photo of Tolosa
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, temp. around 8° C, in a 350 ml chalice-type glass

A : Potent big white head of wonderfully regularly formed foam, on a slightly hazy golden, tiny-bubbled, body.

S : Candy sugar, toffee, flowers. Subtle but unique.

T : Heaven in a glass ! Citrus, then sugar, then alcohol, perfectly balanced. Palate is awaiting eagerly the next gulp.

M : Light and warm, with a definite bitter finish.

Awesome beer. It is a great aperitif beer, a wonderful companion with mussels or a welsh rabbit. Excellent nightcap. Can turn into a deadly trap if drink without moderation...

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large white frothy head with decent lacing on a murky golden body.

S: strong aroma of breads, spices, yeast and lemon.

T: both sweet and sour lemon and orange peel with both floral and earthy notes. Very complex for the style.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: highly drinkable with the mouthfeel comfortable and both the flavor and nose full for the style.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a bit cloudy yellow golden color. A mediun white creamy fizzy head is formed. Small retention but never disappears totally, leaving a small layer and very few lacings

S: Sweet and fruity on the nose. Honey, candy sugar, orange, orange zest, caramel malts. Belgian yeasts and flowery hops. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront and a dry and hoppy aftertaste. Honey, candy sugar, orange zest, caramel malts, citrus hops. In overall, a dry, citrus and bitter taste

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront and intense hoppy bitter end. Warm sensation

O: Excellent Triple specimens. Mandatory for Belgian beer lovers

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color, slight haze, rich creamy white head that kept it all the way
S: full nose, deep trippel quality, with yeast and spiciness
T: well-balanced, dry, malty with spicy yeast in finish
M: dry, slight astringency in finish when first poured (CO2), astringency subsided, very balanced and easy drinking for ABV, some EtOH noticeable

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.75cl Cork and caged bottle: New Years Day, in the Copenhagen Tavern on the Grand Place in Mons, Belgium; shared with my wife.

The body had a pale orange hue to its otherwise dull golden looks: hazy more than cloudy, a small head which became a collar and a wisp after a couple of sips sat above a constant stream of carbonisation bubbles rising upwards.

Loads to find in the nose, yeast, citrusy hops, hints of pepper and coriander rolled onto a grass filled bread roll: make your own sandwich with the smells you discover in the beer!

The taste has a sweet front that leads to a hop like lemony bitterness towards the end of each gulp or sip. So sweet yet dry, sour yet spicy, tart yet mellow: all in one mouthful.

Talk about easy to drink: this is just a joy.

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (code L11096A 09:06) into a tulip. Pours a slightly greenish gold w/ a massive sudsy white head and ample carbonation. Rocky chunks of sticky lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma is funky, yeasty, a little musty. Classic Belgian aroma.

Taste is Belgian yeast, pale malt, subtle hops. Some floral, herbal & spicy notes, a hint of citrus. Alcohol completely hidden.

Really smooth mouthfeel, bottle conditioned.

Overall just a solid Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of atlason
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Pale gold, slightly hazy, good head and lace.

S: Belgian yeast very strong. Doughy.

T: Deep strong malts. Fruity citrus notes and spicy strongly aromatic hops.

M: High carbonation, low attenuation. Makes for quite drinkable brew.

Reviews from notes.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bottle is poured into a McChouffe chalice. The beer has a translucent, golden liquid and a pure white foam head. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen rising near the edges of the glass.

The beer has a dry aroma; probably caused by the Belgian yeast. Some light sweetness and grassy hops can also be detected.

Some tasty Belgian candi sugar provides a sweet base to this beer. Some fruity flavors are present, including pear. The hops are mild and mainly provide balance. It's a very good flavor for the style.

This is a fuller bodied beer and carbonation is at a good level. Coating is slight but does have some good flavor. Stickiness is at a minimum.

Overall, this is an impressive beer. I consider it a great example of the style. Luckily, it is easily found here in Maine, so I can get a bottle nearly any time I want. If you haven't tried it before, it is recommended.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish-copper color with about a quarter inch of head. A fair amount of carbonation is visible but nothing extreme. There were a few floaties near the bottom of the bottle.

S: I catch a faint whiff of belgian-style yeast but nothing really leaps out at me.

T: Has kind of a sweet taste to it; some hints of orange in there, with lemon and peppery spiciness. Not bad. Alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Coats the inside of the mouth really well but doesn't linger too long.

O: A very drinkable belgian blonde ale. A little spicy. Good.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sycamore - Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly green apple. It had a nice yeasty aroma with some grains, too.

T - It tasted very spicy with a touch of pepper - very yeasty! It had great fruity flavors of green apple. Nice caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic brew. Nice to have it on tap at Sycamore.

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Photo of J4de
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl poured into a Moinette goblet at a local bar specialising in Belgian beers.

Appearance - Pours a delicate head a finger tall which rapidly resorbs to a neat layer leaving frosty lacing. Flashy bright apricot color and cloudiness which give it a solid aspect.

Smell - Was surprised by a slight sulfury yeasty smell. Almost the nose of a white beer. Hints of walnut.

Taste - Hardly bitter, quite acidic with citrus notes. Still weirdly reminiscent of a white beer. The ABV goes unnoticed at first but increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body which seeps into the palate. Tingly and a boozy finish.

Overall - Surprising but very enjoyable, I'll definitely order this one again and will surely review my tasting with more experience. I would however give preference to a Chouffe over this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone and there are some yeast chunks floating around.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with lemons and a bit of coriander. There is also a touch of a caramel sweetness and a hint of banana. It ends with a lemony tart aftertaste.

Overall – The carbonation level was very very high.. the beer made my mouth tingle. The flavours are not subtle and the alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely an above average beer that warrants trying at least once.

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Photo of Squelch
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy white. Small white head.

Smell: Lemony fruity smells. Wonderful

Taste: What complex and wonderful flavors here. bubble gum, lemon, banana, honey, backed by wonderful malts. excellent job on this one.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the taste. Medium to heavy bodied.

Overall: What a beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Had this twice in Belgium two years ago and remembered liking it so I grabbed a bottle.

A - Pours a hazy light orange colour. Tons of yeast chunks floating around. Good carbonation coming up. Two finger fluffy white head up there fizzin away with a little yeasty brown bit on top making it look like cinnamon. Full finger of retention and a smattering of lace on one side.

S - Lot's of light grassy hop, citrus, orange yeast, crackers.

T - Really yeasty with some grassy and/or noble hops. Orange is there again. After a while the yeast becomes the dominant element in here, it's a really aggressive yeast and spice character that reminds me of unpleasant spirits and foul eggs. The raw yeast/grain/spice character here is not something I would really look for in a beer.

M - Effervescent with a full body and a very yeasty finish.

O/D - Seems like there's too much spice and yeast mixed together for my tastes. Maybe it's just me, but I can't really enjoy this too much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet bit of light fruity esters and mild spice with an tea-like presence ultimatel sculpts this Belgian Pale Ale.

A pour of what seems more of amber than pale gives a rich and lush appearance. Slightly off-white foam starts to billow, but then receeds to a smathering of lace pockets that adorn the top of the beer.

Sweet fruity tones of peach, pear, apple, white plumb, grape, and appricot only start to sculpt the estery start to aromas. Lightly balanced with citrus zest and soft peppery character give a decidedly sweet fruity balance to the nose.

Sweet breads, candied malts, and sweet ripe fruits all have a presence in early taste. Appricots, peaches, pineapple, and mango all make major contributions to the malty/estery matrix. Herbal and tea-like, the hop character decorate the fruity tones with a sense of fresh tobacco and barley that lead to a tepid bitterness late.

Creamy sweetness cling to the mouth first. The fleeting carbonation is surplanted by alcoholic warmth for a less robust and drying finish of semi-dry sweetness and peppery heat.

A classy and characterful Belgian Ale with a fruity overtone with balance of spice and herbs. It's easy to see why this is quentessential of well made Belgian Ales.

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

Served from a Moinette goblet.

A - Hazy orange ale dotted with particles of sediment. A finger of white head gives way to sticky strings of lace.

S - Sweet lemon meringue, a little clove.

T - Wheat, spice, rounded out by citrusy hops. Alcohol almost completely hidden.

M - Chewy, tangy and very refreshing.

O - This stuff is dangerously sessionable for the ABV. Feels quite basic but is just delicious. Gets better as it warms. Top shelf Belgian.

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Photo of impending
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazy caramel gold, towering dense head fades leaving clumpy froth behind. Excellent lacing.

Rich fruity yeast aroma, complex within just the high notes, pleasantly spicy.

While not overdone, surprisingly the flavor is dominated by a chalky dry bitterness, the scent gave no hint of this. Equally surprising is the lack of complexity in the taste. Minor phenols ride the aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Third on the surprise list is Brasserie Dupont saying this is their best selling brew in Belgium.
cheers
jd

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2" white coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, floral hops, and alcohol.

T: Nice balance of citrus and floral hops and sweet malt that gives way to a tart finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A good Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a nice taste profile.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moinette Blonde, of the famous Dupont brewery.

Appearance: 11.2oz bottle into a Leffe glass. A careful decanting leads to a hazy deep gold colored brew with some tiny yeast particles in suspension. Active carbonation bubbles to the top. Fizzy white froth recedes to a fine layer. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Typical of a strong Belgian blonde, aroma is yeasty and sweet, as well as slightly alcoholic. Floral, earthy hop aromas. Bready malts round off a somewhat pleasing nose.

Taste: Pale malt flavor is greeted by an unexpectedly prevalent dose of earthy hop bitterness. Belgian yeast lies in the background providing muted fruit notes. The sting of carbonation, and hop presence gives off a rind like sensation. Alcohol flavor remains very well masked. Small bread notes, mainly hops, very nice.

Mouthfeel: The body to this beer hides behind an aggressive sting of carbonation. Sharp and biting, playing with the bitterness, the feel of this beer is sophisticated. On the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: Moinette Blonde proves to be a very tasty belgian pale ale, with great strength, flavor and body. Was not expecting the hop presence to be so strong. Reccommended.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, date of 02/2014 on the label.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a solid and creamy two-finger head. Lacing is nice.

The aroma is quite yeasty and lightly hoppy, with a sulfuric and barnyard-like character.

The flavor is dry and full of yeasty Beglian phenols. Lots of band-aid and rubber, but also a pleasant herbal quality, earthiness and a strong bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel doesn't wow me, but it's smoothly carbonated.

If you like your Belgian pales and goldens dry, then drink this beer, it's a classic.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light tripel alike blond. If you like hop, but think BIPA's are too hoppy, this is the one for you.

L: big lasting top, sticky to the glass. Golden almost whitebeer looks.
S: wet grass; yeasty and hoppy, light banana and pear tones.
T: difficult to say; nice hop, harmonic, little sweety.
M: feels like a light tripel, nice follow-up of grain, sweety, hop and at last the alcohol.

Classic.

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Photo of eat
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From some old notes. 2008 vintage courtesy of bobsy (consumed summer of 2010). Thanks! A huge, airy white head tops a glowing, hazy blonde body. Great retention and nice sticky lacing. Tons of big sediment chunks are suspended throughout along with some violent visible carbonation; this thing looks like a snowgloble.

Smells like a lemon meringue pie (!) accompanied by white pepper and light floral hops. Really nice.

The flavour is nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness, with candy malt, light background spices (coriander, white pepper and light cinnamon), slight funkiness and citrus rind bitterness. A little alcohol warms on the finish.

The body is a bit on the thin side for my preference. Despite the huge visible carbonation, almost none shows up in the mouth. Strange. I'm wishing the feel was both thicker and livelier.

The only thing holding its drinkability back is the ABV. Totally delicious, awesome stuff. I would definitely pick this up again should I run into it.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow colored with a huge, long lasting, frothy white head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet bready malts, tons of esters and a slight barnyard character. Not wild yeast-like, but a slight musty character going on. Quite enjoyable.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, slightly bready and balanced with a very nice firm, earthy/grassy hop flavor. Moderate bitterness helps the beer to finish dry with a lingering pils malt flavor. Lots of esters; pears and light bananas. Medium mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation.

O - Very nice. I really love Dupont's beers, and this one is also very enjoyable.

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Moinette Blond from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.17 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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