Moinette Brune
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #117
Ranked #14,126
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany coloration with an amber hue, small, fluffy head and lots of fine sediment suspended in the glass. Smells of sweet, rich caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and strong notes of dark fruit; raisin, fig, date,with just a hint of estery spice: clove. Taste is a great balance of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits: raisin, fig, date and spicey yeast ester of clove, as well as just a hint of herbal hops coming through as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some caramel malt, toffee and dark fruits lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is actually somewhat less sweet than its pale brother Moinette Ambrée, due to some more herbal hops and dark fruits shining through here, lending quite a nice balance to this. Quite a niceexample of the style all in all.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De cervezasespecies. En copa de Grimbergen. Leyendo Intro to Python Ch16. Muy correcta, con agradable sabor acaramelado, con azucaramiento tipicamente belga. Se echa en falta algo mas de cuerpo

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Photo of OlaB
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves in a rapid pace. Aroma is of caramel,tofee,prunes,raisins, dates and brown sugar. The taste is sweet and fruity with strong roasted tones in the back. Good notes of dried fruits and caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness that is balanced very good with the malts in the back, and has a good lenght on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation and medium body. A very good beer, and a great example of it,s style.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged around 6 months : Cloudy and veiled dark brown with a red hue, extremely active. Creamy brown 1-2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with not much legs but good lacing and a decent swirl reaction. Flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, wild berries, cherries, roasted grains, Belgian yeast, coriander, ginger, and herbal hops. Slick and silky medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, malty and bready, thick esters and spices, a bit leafy with sharp yeast, lightly sour from the aging process thats far from excessive. Moderately alcoholic. Pleasantly spiced and yeasty, including a hint of barrel aged feel of cheese. Fits well in winter time celebrations having of festive qualities. Decent freshness and bodied. Highly warming, could easily be used as an appetizer, it's salivating with sugars. Complex and really well made. Aged well in the bottle. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of Dzu
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L: Turbid dark brown with a weak white foam head.
S: Plums, black berries, red wine.
T: Spices, orange, raisin.
F: Tight body and low carbonation.
O: Very good dark ale with unusual taste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has dark malts, brown sugar and molasses. Taste starts yeasty with dark malts, just a hint of sugar sweetness and some dried fruits. Finishes quite bitter and earthy. Medium body and carbonation, well hidden ABV. Overall it's a nice belgian dark ale. Although I am not a fan of this style, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good find.
What makes this different than the competition?
It has the complex flavors of a quad, but not the alcohol.(Which means I'd like two.)
Belgian yeasts working the barley to create fruits is done well... but also beyond my comprehension.
So if you find Moinette Bruin, buy it and figure it out yourself.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" has this to say: "The Brune, sweeter and more perfumy" (than the Blond) with the same alcohol content.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of hman43
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours amber with a full head. It is mostly clear, the head is off white and takes a white to disappear.
Smell: There are aromas of plums, apples, toast, cherries, and a bit of rose.

Taste: It has flavors of toast and caramel with raisins, apple, and plums.

Feel: It has a medium feel and has moderate carbonation. It has a dry finish with a touch of tart.

Overall: It is a strong malty and fruity Belgian ale that feature plums and raisins with a quality malt backbone.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours cola brown and murky and full of little floaty bits. Aroma sweet, caramel, candy, cinnamon, soaked raisins, brown sugar. Tastes pretty much as the aroma. Very nice.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

My local liquor store was clearing out bottles in their fridge, so I got this for $2.50. Only had Dupont's Saison to date, but I loved that, so figured this was worth the price.

A: Pours a reddish brown color that just glows in the glass. An absolute monster of a head that pours foamy and tan and rises up to about 5 fingers in the glass. Takes a long time to settle.

S: I'm really liking the smell here, but it's really, really faint, even after letting it warm a bit. Dusty yeast and chalky malt, baked pear, cinnamon, spearmint and maybe a hint of red apple.

T: Kind of a strange beer. Some good flavors going on here, but they're very disjointed and the mouthfeel is Christian Bale in The Machinist- thin. Sort of a strange, sweet wet malt flavor upfront with some light cocoa powder, mushy apple and maybe some molasses on the finish. Might be a bit of apple pie spice and dry yeast on the finish. Finish is dry and a little chalky. Ok and definitely worth the price I paid but not sure I'd rush back to this one.

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet and slightly smoky. Color is vibrant amber, bordering on dark orange. Silky skin of a head. Taste of dried fruits, citrus and caramel. Smooth for its high ABV. Subtle, yet complex. Nicely done.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent dry finish, a little more carbonated than I was expecting. Big time belgian yeast is the first and most prominent aromatic. Candied sugar on the palate with an ever so slight bitter drying finish. Not astringent but going in that direction. Other flavors are in the dark fruit realm: figs and dates come to mind.

Benefits greatly from being drank in the 40s instead of at fridge temperature. Alcohol notes are minimal, there is some warming after the finish but this is highly drinkable. Dupont strikes again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was just stunning, and my bottle definitely had plenty of age on it, has conditioned extremely well, and stands as one of the best beers i have had this year, easily the best belgian beer i have had yet. such a cool find, its been a long time since this one was around. good old virginia village liquors, who would have thought! such an alive beverage for its age, and a bold fizzy head on it goes wild. it smells ancient, dusty, still sweet, but majorly dried out, and almost a little tangy the way a good yorkshire stingo gets. its exceptional all the way through. the flavor is a lot more caramely than the nose, you get the sugars turning, but they are dried way out from the fresh i am sure. notes of maple syrup, raisin, fig, and molasses all come on, but it comes on late, at first its all yeast. i am amazed how little oxidation has occurred in this green bottle, and how prime it is. effervescent to explosive on carbonation, yeasty, but not fruity like other belgian yeast strains. musty and farmy like their famous saison, but it does so much more with this grain base and with this age. as good as anything i have had from dupont, and maybe anything i have had from belgium, its simply wonderful beer. as good as the style gets for me.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red-brown with dense cream colored head, half inch of which sticks to the end, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: red apple, caramel, buttered brown bread, mild earth and spiciness. Taste: date bread, cherry cola note, dried apricot, toasted grain, peach skin, herbal and earthy. Medium-plus bodied but a bit heavy on the carbonation. Pretty good, though a big step down from the blonde.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moinettte Brune pours ruby slightly hazy tinted amber to red brown with a 3” thick, persistent cream colored tan foam cap that mounds above the rim of the glass looking very much like Ayers rock. It lasts several minutes leaving a small iceberg in the glass upon finishing while etching the glass with a thick coating of gothic window lace. Fruit, light chocolate, spice and herbal aromas gently rise from the glass, while over the tongue plum to fig flavors precede a light chocolate touch, grain and then a moderate hop accent for balance. It starts lightly sweet and then finishes semi-dry with a light trace of tartness. The taste profile is interesting with slightly more hops in the foam than in the body. It finishes with lingering fig and chocolate flavors tempered by just a touch of bitter. The texture is creamy and juicy with medium high carbonation and a much lighter body than you would expect for such a light beer. Very well balanced and composed.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9%

01/24/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Recommended by the barman. Well, well, well. It's been a while. Ever meet someone that twigs on the spot? Well here 'tis but in a glass. Thank you Dave, Thank you RnH & thank you Brasserie DuPont, Who'd a thunk you'd all know I even existed. XXOO

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $3.30 0ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Opens well, pours a nice head that dissipates to a film within a minute Dark amber color

S- Roasted malt and caramel. Super high alcohol scent

T- Hot even though its' only 8.5%. Caramel galore. Sweet. Carbonated well.

M- Very good. Smooth and dry

O- Very good. Would like to see how this one mellows with age.

Food Pairing

This nice brown goes well with... Pizza


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Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle given to me by joefuzz, thanks joe! Enjoyed from a 3 philosophers tulip.

Brew pours a light copper that settles as a deep mahogany in the glass and has a thin bubbly yet creamy head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Nose is rounded sour cherry. Rich and lush and not pungent. Very candy like and inviting.

Belgian dark ale with a cherry twist. Candy fruitiness. Carbonation is fizzy and prickly. I would expect it to be a bit more creamy.

Overall a nice drink nothing mind blowing but nice cherry flavors and held age nicely since i have had this one for a while now,

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before October 2015. This is a style I rarely get around to trying - in fact, I don't think I've ever had any genuine Belgian-made BSDAs, so this one is a bit of a treat for me. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, foggy copper-orange colour, flecked with little specks of yeasty sediment. A modest, off-white head is generated at the surface, which seeps away gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, creamy cap. Not much in the way of lacing, but otherwise it's a fine looking Belgian dark ale. Great aroma, with notes of sultana raisin, dates and apricots; very yeasty, with a pleasant banana & toasted malt backbone tying everything together.

Tasty and balanced, with an enjoyable blend of contrasting flavours that work well together. Toasted, nutty malts and caramel sweetness cooperate nicely with vinous, fruity notes of raisins, plums and dates. A slight bubble gum/banana vibe as well, followed by yeast and clove spice. The finish is a mixture of lightly toasted malts, firm spice and some slight heat from the ethanol; very dry and somewhat lingering. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. A very smooth-drinking dark ale, with just enough fizz to keep the mouthfeel lively, but enough heat to warm your bones a little as the night goes on.

Final Grade: 3.95, on the high end of a B+. Brasserie Dupont's Moinette Brune is a solid Belgian-style dark ale, meeting most of my expectations for the style while remaining quite quaffable. This isn't the most complex Belgian beer I've ever had, but it's still an enjoyable, well-made ale that I could see myself getting again at some point in the future. Not a world-beater, and in a pinch I'd probably stick with one of Unibroue's widely-distributed BSDAs - but this one is a worthy substitute, and any fan of Belgian beers should consider it worth a try.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brune with a fizzy effervescent head. Drops quickly to a thin layer.

S - Big whiff of red wine during the pour. Dark, fruity sugar, earthiness and medicinal notes are strong. Cloves come on strong.

T - Sweet, dark, yeastiness. Not particularly bitter. Impression of soy sauce, apple juice and spices. Lots of alcohol and mustiness.

M - Smooth, fairly light carbonation and medium body.

D - Not too shabby. Lots of complexity packed into this one.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: caramel/copper in colour with a foamy 2 finger head that disappeared quickly.

S: dates, raisins, grapes, spices and yeast.

T: dark fruits, some spices, cloves and the yeast is very present. There is a touch of booze but it is subtle.

M: medium carbonation, medium body.

O: a decent Belgian brown, this is a nice but not outstanding beer. I have been told it is a fairly common or plain beer by a Belgian friend, but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of peensteen
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper brown colour, ring of off white head with a bit of lace. Smell is full of candied dark fruits, some spicy yeast, brown sugar, raisin with touches of cocao present. Taste is spicy with some yeast, dark fruits, lightly bitter throughout as well, earthy, light alcohol, fruity aftertaste. medium prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Not bad, but gets lost among the much better examples of the style, still good and quite drinkable though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moinette Brune would likely have been a gorgeous, glowing amber if it weren't bottle-conditioned. All that sediment at the bottom made this instead a most ugly beer indeed. Is it my fault? Maybe. But I stopped pouring immediately upon seeing the stream turn murky and, frankly, feel a bit cheated leaving behind the last ounce (of an already meager 11 ounce bottle).

All that yeast may have extinguished the beer's complexion, but it set fire to its aroma. A super spicy - we're talking off-the-charts zesty - strain of Belgian yeast induces notes of pink peppercorn and clove that make a potpourri out of the beer's more floral and fruity components.

The yeast, assuming it didn't already, is again sure to stop you dead in your tracks. It heavily douses the palate in clove and pepper, obscuring the flavours of blood orange, stale rye bread, and over-ripe plum. Also on offer is a trace of coffee-ish toasted malt, an even smaller trace of lemon peel, and more significant notes of browned butter and/or hazelnut oil in the finish.

I have had very good experience aging Belgian Dubbels and Dark Strong Ales. That being said, as somewhat underwhelming Moinette Brune is today, I have a hard time believing it will be getting any better in another few months, much less years. I'd ignore the brewery's best before date - two years is way too long of a grace period. It's already thin enough for its strength.

Unlike Dupont's celebrated and emblematic Saison, Moinette Brune is more or less par-for-the-course as far as Belgian brown ales go. It is also a liquid endorsement for Monistat, but, the risk of Candidiasis notwithstanding, is by all accounts an enjoyable, if unremarkable ale.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Apricot orange, hazy, some material in the beer. No head, low apparent carbonation.

S: Green apple, some lemon, dates, grapes. Just a load of fruits.

T: Same as smell but with an added maltyness of flavours. Some brown sugar flavours, roasted nuts.

M: Medium carbonation, med-full body.

O: This is a great beer. Smell and taste are very different but yet balance each other.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle, part of a Dupont release at the LCBO.

Poured into an Affligem goblet. Bright caramel brown in colour, with about a half inch of head that recedes into a thin ring. Nice looking brew.

Nose is very fruity and quite on par for the style - grape, plum, raisin, dates - with spices and a bit of yeast.

The fruit, spices and bready flavors are all there, but there's that strong yeast component that isn't hitting me right, and the brew is quite boozy. Very sweet.

Carbonation is very sharp and it feels a bit off.

Not sure if this is my own personal preferences or just a less than stellar example of the style, but in either case I wasn't too impressed with this.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 325 ratings