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Moinette BruneMoinette Brune

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Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheSarge
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this puppy from a 75cl bottle (as pictured).

Pours beautifully into my Duvel glass, for a four finger thick tan head. The body is cloudy with sediment, and is dark copper in color.

The aroma is rich with sweet vanilla and bready malt character. The metallic hops are faint, but detectable.

The taste is off the charts with hints of vanilla and dark fruits. Maple and cherry flavors come to mind too.

Great mouth feel. Chewy from all of the co2 and refreshing, but reminds you who's in boss with a little warm alcohol finish; however, not dominant.

With this brew being 8.5 ABV, it's surprisingly drinkable. It's thin enough to go down easy, and warm enough to let you know not to overindulge.

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Photo of VIPbeer
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cellared this beer for a year. Consumed in Jan 2009. Purchased in '08 and cork says bottled in 2007. I really enjoyed this one. Poured into a Lucifer Snifter. Dark caramel color with a malt colored head. The head was huge on this one and stuck with the beer the entire time. The aroma of tart fruit coming off this glass was intense- it had some qualities of a sour red ale. For 8.5%, I found this easy to drink with the bitterness, sweet malt and lingering fruit bouncing around with each other in harmony. Surprisingly effervescent even with the age.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yup, this beer is that good. It's aroma opens fruity with cherry and apple. The color makes one smile both inside and out but wants to be a darker shade of perfect. Taste is almost perfectly balanced betwen hop malt with a caramel finish that swims clean of itself at complete end. The beer grows in the mouth and enters full and leaves with a cleanliness. Very nice to drink and could be done all night,.

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Photo of xymyl
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(2.003) Beautiful orange-brown beer with a creamy solid head that sticks around quite a while, leaving quite a bit of lace.

The nose reveals layers of herb and spice notes along with big sweet malt sugars, caramel is big, yeast abounds and there is a slight buttery/butterscotch note that unifies everything.

The taste follows the aroma closely, however, the sweetness makes it difficult to notice all the spice/herbal complexity. That's where a complimentary dish comes into play. This beer was simply amazing with a spicy brined lamb shoulder. Each enhanced the other. I may not have noticed the greatness of this beer without the meal. Yeast spices mix perfectly with hop spices.

This is a medium bodied beer and seemed just at its peak for my tastes.

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Photo of hman43
4.54/5  rDev +17%
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 TheBungyo
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This one was more amber than brown and was topped by a nice looking inch high head. I smelled orange peel and sweet sugars. The taste was like a caramel apple. Sweet buttery caramel up front followed by tart apple. An absolute perfect balance that I could drink for eternity. Mouthfeel was like smooth cream. So pleasurable to sip on that if it weren't so strong I could see myself sipping on this while munching on slices of sharp cheddar cheeses. A real treat.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, cork date of 2004.

Cork requires some effort to extract and gave a satisfying pop.

Pours a somewhat hazy red brown ale with no real head. Lack of head formation is probably partially my fault as this was pour very carefully to not get any sediment in the glass. Bottle was rested in the refrigerator for a week to make sure I got a clear bottle, so the haze is all cold related.

Pleasing and strong malt scent the glass is 3 feet away from my face and I can smell candy sugar and vanilla from here. Scent is sweet and very full of fruit aromas the strongest of which is apple. Orange, peach, cherry and apricot aromas mix with scents of brown sugar and candy. Spicy scents of cinnamon, coriander and black pepper complete the aroma profile.

Taste is sweet and intensely spicy in the first sip. Coriander and black pepper are intense here along with a light tartness and orange flavors. Significant alcohol and hops make this ale finish surprisingly dry and remind me of the hop bite of a fairly young Saison, and this isn't a bad thing! Nice flavor of apples rounds out the flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Excellent drinkability here the dry finish makes this very much like a Saison. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from 750ml bottle to oversized wine glass.
A: hazy amber-brown with reddish highlights. Close to the color of madiera that I have had in the past. Copious lacy head, but fades.
S: Fruity, yeasty, with a pleasant vinous character with warm solventy notes.
T: Fruity yet dry with toasty overtones. Again, a vinous character, not lactic, but very reminiscent of a fine champagne, with some roasted character.
M: Effervescent with medium body
O: If you gave me this blind, I would almost mistake it for champagne. Very pleasant drinking experience. I would definitely purchase again. I actually picked this up by mistake, meant to get Moinette blonde, but I am in no way disappointed. This has yet again expanded my horizons and palate.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange-tinted brown with a passive, cream-colored top. The aromas are plump and fresh, with notes of ripe bananas, sticky, brown bread and cocoa. I find no indication of the "herbal bouquet" advertised on the back label. In the mouth it is creamy yet creased with fine bubbles and spicy tannins. A lyrical, flinty lightness characterized by black pepper, apple and stone fruit flavors keeps the finish easy and amusing. Ultimately, bitterness has its way with the fruit, leaving lasting impressions of petrified charcoal, pepper, orange seed and chestnut husks. I don't believe this is 8.5%. It seems more like 6.5 to 7.5. Very airy, juicy and dry.

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Photo of silenius
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible beer! This pours with a large fluffy head that settles to a creaminess only matched by Guinness! The beer itself is a hazy light chestnut (think hazy Samuel Smith Nut Brown). Very attractive.

The smell is quite complex with sweet malts, and spicy phenols with a green peppercorn quality, green banana, and figs. Quite pleasing.

The taste matches the smell with the malty sweetness predominating along with a little pepper and ripe banana and figs. It finishes with only a touch of dryness. I guess this is an Abbey-style Strong Dark Ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy with no bite. Its only drawback is a slight thinness I detect. Otherwise quite enjoyable.

Drinkability is very high. A complex beer I won't tire of any time soon!

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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a ruddy chestnut - when an inch remains it is a gorgeous copper. Classic towering dense head, clumping froth and lengthy retention.

Delicious aroma of rich light and dark fruits tossed with sweet bread of yummy yeasts.

The brewers of Dupont are immediately obvious - this is a strong dark with substantial saison undertones. The yeast is a dominant flavor, has a full grassy hop middle and the finish is saison dry. Delicious mildly spicy dark fruits.

I like Brasserie Dupont :)

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Photo of Crosling
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course this is delicious, being Dupont and all. Red/burgundy color, with a large, beautiful head. Rustic, herbal hop aroma, with hints of cork, farmhouse, banana, milk chocolate and various red fruits. Distinct Dupont character, unbelievably rich, full flavored from the front palate to the finish. Juicy, vinous fruit flavors initially, followed by a mild tartness, which leads into a spicy, peppery herbal hop finish. Dupont is classy, among the best.

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Photo of melagnus
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy Deep Amber (SRM 15) hue with finger-thick off-white head that simmers down to a acidic looking haze. Swirling reinvigorates the beer and leaves some spider webs on the side of the glass. Wow, head retention is amazing!

S - Unreal! This beer fills the nose with such intoxicating aromas that it takes true will power not to immediately start quaffing! Cherries mix with that yeast-acidic smell. It smells sweet, alcoholic and spicy from the hops. A slight tartness comes through, but seems to emphasize fruit. Esters of plums and raisins also seem to come through. No vinegar, which is good! Toffee and possibly something citrusy also comes through.

T/M/D - Slight tartness to this beer, though overall this comes through on the sweeter side; a well-balanced beer indeed. Slight bitterness comes through from the hops, which helps balance the four-malt sweetness coming through in the form of cherry, citrus and toffee. The body is medium with a touch of syrupiness, which probably comes from roasting the malts. One can feel the booze and even taste it, but it is well masked. This is a beer that is to be enjoyed over the course of an evening, but finishing a 750ml bottle of it wouldn't be unreasonable.

Slight level of vinegar from what is probably the Acetobacter.

I prefer the sediment in Belgian beers, as they add to the overall complexity of the beer. Once poured, the sediment add a more barnyard yeasty note to the aroma from what is probably Brettanomyces. Lactobacillus also comes through lightly with a touch of sourness, though this beer is by no means a Kriek.

C - What a lovely beer that keeps giving more interesting flavor profiles as the quaff continues.


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Photo of grassrootsVT
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at monks:

I really liked this beer. It accompanied a veal porterhouse and, i must add, it was the perfect compliment. A shade darker and this beer would have looked perfect for its style - a dark or red amber. The aroma was that of an ever present cherry/apple. The brewers stuck the perfect balance of hop, malt, and - the best part - the finish: a clean caramel. The beer is "a clean builder" - constructing itself as it navigates your palate. A most drinkable beverage, i will certainly look for this one in the bottle.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Bier Circus in Brussels, BE. It was served in its Moinette Bruin glass, and boy was it enticing! This beer had a great brown colouring with a nice white cap of foam. The aromas were heavily malty and spicy, with some belgian candi sugar, and belgian yeast in the mix as well. The taste was malty and spicy with a lot of subtle complexities in the flavor. The mouthfeel was a bit heavy, but not overly cloying and the drinkability was simply top notch.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

The cork pops off with a lot of force. Possibly over-carbonated.

A: A very muddy looking light shade of brown, with a huge 3+ fingers worth of fluffy foamy off-white head on top. Lots and lots of head. Looking like my fears with the bottle-pop might be confirmed.

Amazing head-retention, though. Great lacing, too.

S: Raisins. Toffee. Caramel. A touch of dried pitted dates. A very inviting beer, that promises to be semi-sweet goodness.

T: This beer *looked* a little "pale" for a brune, and I think I can taste both a touch of pale malt and a touch of a nice dry-hop of the back end that I would associate more with belgian pale ale than I would a "brune".

I'm impressed with how well that interacts with the toffee/caramel notes. Dark fruits aren't terribly present, but a touch of raisin is undeniable in the finish.

M: Not overly hefty or overly light. Carbonation might be a shade too high. A bit of a creamy frothiness to it on the tongue, but overall fairly pedestrian for the style.

D/O: Good beer. Repeatable. Enjoyable. Started to grow tired of the sweetness as I neared the bottom of the bomber, but that's not that unusual for that quantity of something of this style.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep medium brown and cloudy. Pours with good head but disappates to mostly around the rim of the glass. The smell is strong Belgian candy with a slight booziness. Taste repeats the Belgian candy but also introduces some citruson the back end - good balance of darker malts and hops. Overall a well done beer with nice depth of flavor and balance.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a tulip chalice. Initial pour was crystal clear, bright orange. As the bottle finished, it clouded a bit with a bit of suspended yeast. Head was subtle at first, but is very easily coaxed up with a flick of the wrist to swirl. By the time the bottle was nearing room temp, the head was controlled but about 1/2 inch thick on each glass. Little lacing, if any.

Smell is distinctively of sweet caramel, red apple, fresh yeast, sweet grape, and banana. Rich smell before and after sips.

Taste is drier than the smell - much drier. At first: seltzer, melon, fresh wheat, moss, and orange. Near the end: toast and sour grapes. All in all, never really that strong.

Carbonation is just right - smooth at first but feisty if held. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. A tolerance for tartness could bring the drinkability of this brew into the 4.5 range, easily.

All in all, this was an unexpected treat! A very simply-labeled bottle holds one of the best-smelling brown ales I've yet to encounter. The taste very nearly lives up to said smell, though not completely. All in all an easy drinker that's simple but satisfying.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 on the cork
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a champagne pop filling the glass with ¾ of light tan foam before eventually settling to a walnut brown hazy body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft malt sweetness has a nutty note to it with a yeasty ester note of dark raisins and some brown candy sugar notes in the finish.

T- The nutty woody character to the dark caramel and pot caramel flavors has a slight sweet malt flavor. There are some dark dried fruit notes that lead to a crisp fizz finish. There is a slight vinous alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a very soft alcohol heat warmth and a tight fizz.

O- This beer has a nice blend of malt and pot caramel with some interesting yeast ester character. The vinous note in the finish blends well with the other flavors. Very tasty twist for a dark Belgian beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scarlet bronze with floating debris and a retaining skim of milky beige.
Fragrant of cork and cedar, and seared bosc pear, brown sugar, and dandelion.
Enters, first, with a fig like maltiness. Traced with burnt sugars, and phantoms of maple. Fruity, with apples skins, and hard pears, ripening sweeter as it rests. Woody midsection full of cedar, sawdust, and dry pine. Ends with a lingering pear notion and pangs of leafy weed bitterness.
Modestly round in body, with a lightening carbonation. This is sating and drinkable in moderate amounts.
A solid version that's about a peg below earthshaking.

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Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. This brewery is simply one of the best out there and their prices are ridiculous in comparison to others.

Pours a slightly murky rusty brown color that turns bronze when held to light. Large foamy head ensues but it stays under control and holds up really well. Good amount of sticky lacing along the glass.

There's a lot of yeast and estery notes in the aroma. Decent amount of fusel alcohol noticed. Quite a pungent herbal quality. Somewhat medicinal. Aroma is there but not a knock you in the face type like others I've experienced.

I'm getting a lot of herbal flavors here. Estery hops come next. Residual sugars are there but seem to be losing the fight with the esters. Yeast is really a strong flavor in this beer. Peppery spices accompany the yeast. Alcohol lets itself known in flavor but I don't feel it burn. Finish is dry and lingering.

The body is medium and holds the flavors well. Good carbonation, maybe more influence from the malts would help here.

I still feel like I could drink this all night, I love the flavors this beer has. Not real complex but really flavorful and intense. Really good.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 version

Served as a nightcapper as I've found strong dark's to be an optimal choice for the beer to end the night. Its rich flavors and smooth drinking serve this placement well.

Moinette brune forms a big chunky meaty tan head that laces throughout and eventually falls to a big island in the middle. Very dark copper coloring like an old penny.

Lighty fruity aroma along with a grape almost wine like presence. Tasted full and rich in flavor, strawberries, bananna, caramel. I encountered a slight bitter/sour middle but it was just for a flash and gone achieving a bit of cleansing. Fairly abrubt carbonation stings in the fruits. Cinnamon and herbs finish out the taste, alcohol warms up at the end.

Mouthfeel was a bit tough for me to enjoy as it came across with some chalky dryness that I didn't think fit such a classy brew. sometimes when a beer is so good I just expect the texture to follow that "level" but this one came up short in this department.

Interesting brew, one of the lighter and more refreshing beers I've had from this genre.

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Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a wine glass.

Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is fairly strong fruits like dark cherries , dates, and figs, with some musty barnyard funk and yeast thrown in. Smells inviting.

Flavor is big, dark, sweet malts, fruity as hell, with notes of cherries, dates, and plums. Nice Belgiany barnyard funk and yeast, with alcohol coming through as it warms. Slightly sour, which is a nice touch. Hop character is minimal. Aftertaste is long, caramely, and warm.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fizzy. It's kind of on the sweet side, and sweet and warm in the finish.

This is a delicious Belgian strong dark. Darkly fruity, sweet with a touch of sour, good phenolics, all make this an enjoyable experience. Not as cloying or overbearing as some Brunes. Highly recommended.

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