Moinette Brune | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Photo of Mitchster
2.1/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

$8.99 for a corked and caged 750ml green bottle @Jack's. Lot # and time stamped on the label. 8.5% ABV.

Pours out to a cloudy medium brown, forming a large soapy light yellow head with average retention and not absent lacing. Carbonation is spritzy and releases a nice smoke-cloud when uncorked. The aroma is mostly of yeasty phenols, spice, and suggestions of dark fruit and candi sugar. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a ruddy afterfeel in the mouth. Medium-light body. The taste begins with fruity acidity and a touch of sourness, then quickly is replaced by very dull and ruddy woody bitterness, copper and metals, some soapy aldehydes and oxidized fats. The fnish is fruity and short-lived. The aftertaste is chemically bitter and distinctly reminds me of the smell of the cleaner they use on sweaty basketball courts. Shoe polish galore in there as well. Plenty of fusels and moldy cardboard/wet newspaper to go around.

Ugh. I have to say this is probably one of the worst Belgians I've had in recent memory. The hop-extract bitterness is horrible, and the lingering aftertaste of shoe-polish makes me want to be sick. Stay away. I can't recommend this to anyone. It's horrible.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark amber color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing that lasts a while. The aroma is of caramel, with a hint of spice. It is very weak aroma. The taste has a little more spice, but is still weak for the style. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a huge disappointment. This is hands down the most unsophisticated Belgian strong dark ale I have ever tasted. Most beers within this style have a ocean of depth. This beer struggles to have as much depth as a wading pool. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of atlason
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip from 750ml bottle.

A: Light brown opaque color with generous but rapidly dissipating head but little lacing.

S: Pretty faint, acrid with sweet malts, dark raisin

T: Yeast and hop bitterness dominate

M: This is a dry, pretty easy drinking brew were it not for the bitterness.

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Photo of marc77
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2002. Deep bronze hue w/ a light haze. Thick, bulbous light tan head settles painfully slowly. Yeast must, tart green apple acetaldehyde, and sherryish notes of oxidation upfront in aroma. Mild notes of biscuit and bubblegum esters are secondary. Mild, clove laced hop bitterness initially in flavor is ceded by dark caramel and biscuit malt sweetness. Mellow ripe date fruitiness. Phenols reemerge mid palate assertively, and are somewhat medicinal in character. Smooth, initialy velvety mouthfeel oddly becomes watery towards the finish. Finishes dry, with a herbal note of oregano and lingering rubbery phenol. Unfortunately, like other Dupont beers, the pronounced phenol detracts from what would be a tasty brew. A bit one dimensional in flavor profile, and not at all like an Old Bruin. Uninspired, but certainly palatable. Perhaps cellaring will tame the phenols.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very nice deep wooden color wiht a decent, rocky head the recedes and no lacing.

S - Traces of raisin, caramel, and malt.

T/M - Raisin, dates, caramel, some malt in support w/carbonation. Lighter than I would have thought with a less than stellar creaminess that one would expect given its appearance. To be blunt, I've had much better - and my wife concurs.

D - Drinkable for warm weather.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. 2.011 on the cork.

3.5 A: Moderate to well hazed medium brown color. Two full fingers fo frothy tan head. Retention is good, but very little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Light roastiness, light toastiness, light floral. Fruitiness mainly in the form of plum and date, but also some raisin and fig. Mild malty sweetness. A little bit of nondescript spice from the yeast. Decent and pleasant, but no better than average.

3.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is mild and lacking potency. Light toastiness, hints of caramel, and a slight biscuity flavor. Fruits mentioned in the nose. Neither sweet, nor dry. Mild peppery spiciness from yeast.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Pleasant, spritzy carbonation with a lot of creaminess. Easily the best aspect of the brew. Super smooth.

2.5 D: It's an easy drinking beer, but this is through and through a beginner's Belgian. Not much else to say. Light in flavor and aroma, without depth or complexity. The 2.5 here is used mainly to bring down the overall, which I think should be close to a 3.0.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brownish orange, with not that much head that died off quickly.

Smell: Green apple aromas at first, followed by a freshly written off the blackboard chalky feeling, and then...dizzying and chemical like a felt pen marker.

Taste: Chocolate malty sweet, with some brown sugar, not much else.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours with a 1" light tan head.

very sweet-sour nose, surprising. reminds me of a non-alcoholic drink or food but cannot name it now.

taste is bitterly sweet, malty and somewhat one-dimensional. it does mellow out into the aftertaste, but this beer is sweet and a bit harsh.

like their moinette blond, you can skip this if not in need of completism.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This hazy, deep red-amber, mahogany beer sports a 1cm cream-tan-colored head. Spicy, fruity orange fills most of the nose, with some soap and bubblegum accompaniments. The front is spicy-bitter; ample alcohol and a little bubblegum. Unsweetened fruit dominates the full middle. Finish is very bitter with lots of alcohol. This is a very dry, deep Belgian. A touch of sweet chocolate and grain starts to poke through, but only when the beer is quite warm. Not a favorite.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Cloudy and mean looking, brownish red, or maybe redish brown, couldn't decide.

Sweet caramel aroma combined with hops give the beer an almost sickly smell.

A lot more bitter than the aroma indicates, the taste still has caramel and toffee bullying any other flavours trying to get out.

The bitterness stays in the mouth as the sweeter elements leave.

Just a little to sweet for me, but a fine ber none the less.

Late Dec 2011, had a 0.75 litre bottle that was a year old in the excellent D'elices Et Caprices (Brussels): superb, a whole lot better than the on-tap one i reviewed back in 2007.

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Photo of spithrash
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish brown into my rochefort glass with a decent head that dissipates to nearly nothing as I drink it down. A little residual head and lacing occur.

Smell of sour notes is the first thing I notice, perhaps ripe plum or cherries as well.

Taste is sour up front, just as the smell indicates. It's not over the top, but there isn't anything balancing it out. Again, taste of ripe fruit, iron as well (as in I bit my tongue and can taste blood)

Medium bodied, and somewhat dry in the finish. I'm not too sure about this one. Interesting yes, but it's not my cup of tea. No more than one for me, thanks.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/24/2007 (bottle):

Pours a reddish brown, lighter brown edges. Tan head, good sized and lasting. Good lacing. Flowery sweet aroma. Fruity, dark like raisin, and light like pineapple. Flowery taste, some malts. Dark fruit. Soft mouthfeel. Some alcohol. Just okay.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orangish brown, coppery, with a slight haze though the brew remains translucent. About a figner of off white head rises with short retention. Some lacing.

S - Some bready sweetness with toffee notes heads things up with a sizable background of phenolic notes. Solvent-like and iodine aromas abound.

T - Moderate sweetness early palate with a roasted nut flavor. A hint of breadiness shows itself before a barrage of solvent flavors. Very chemical-like, reminding me of paint, bandaids, and a touch of salt water, similar to the strange character of tap water near the beach. Finish is dry with an earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation seems like an obstacle to some of the malt/yeast driven flavors and an assistant to the phenolic character.

D - After a few glasses of this I'm not a big fan. It's not undrinkable, but it's laden with phenols that I don't personally care for without a robust and complex malt/yeast profile to balance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of cookie dough malt is present though too subtle for my own taste. Cookie dough malt can also be detected during the tasting but again it is a bit too discreet. Sweetness is also noticeable but yeast characteristic are also too subtle. Body is thinner then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Overall, while still being a good abbey dubbel I was expecting much more from one of my favourite Belgian brewer.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the caged cork bottle and poured into a pint glass. Appearance was very similar to Corsendonk which was consume dbefore this one. Had a nice, rich brown color with a light tan head, although carbonation was somewhat less than Corsendonk. Noticed a roasted maltiness in the aroma, but not much else. Relaly enjoyed the taste and roasted maltiness in the mouth; lingered throughout the beer. Would purchase this one again and recommend as a good version of a Belgian brown.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with a slight haze and plentiful co2. Tawny head, rocky, with good retention and clingy lace. Smells of malt, fruity esters, caramel, bubblegum and some tartness. Flavor has a sweet start, peppery, with a yeasty dry/tart finish. Mouthfeel is watery, medium bodied, and lightly effervescent with a lingering biting finish. I tried to warm up o this beer, but the balance of tart/bitter to sweetness doesn’t work for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy copper orange color. the head is huge, this was way to carbonated and active. the head does sit there for quite some time and doesn't want to go down. the color is a dirty white that sticks to the glass fairly well.

S-the nose is relatively present and starts with some notes of yeast and some earthy biscuit malt. dark fruits set in next with cherry and ripe plum acompanied by whiffs of the alcohol.

T-the taste is very similar to the nose. the earthy malt and toasted biscuit are first and is taken over by the belgian yeast. dark fruits of cherry and plum set in next with a lingering hop bitterness and noticable taste of alcohol to finish.

M-medium body with huge carbonation. it is slick and wet. slightly astringent at the finish.

D-the alcohol shows itself too much for me and i just thought it had too much carbonation. the combo of some earthy bready malts with the yeast and then sweet dark fruits provided a nice complexity but the alcohol and carbonation overshadowed them.

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Photo of stephens101
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A large, quickly growing tan head fills up the glass and almost overflows, but fades away just as quickly. Virtually no lacing is left behind. Color is ruby red, and it smells of toasty malts, spice, subtle dark fruits and a note of sourness way in the back. Tastes of big sweet malts and alcohol with a vinegary essence mixed in. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied, almost fluffy, and leaning toward thin. Carbonation is huge, as evinced by the head. I always like to taste the alcohol in the bigger beers, but not sure if this one couldn't have hidden it a bit more and worked a little more on complexity in the taste department.

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Photo of Shumania
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml served cold into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown color, almost cola-looking, one-finger head.

Smell: Sweet for my taste. Hints of dark fruit (plum or possibly licorice). Light alcohol scent. Overall a fairly mild scent.

Taste: Again, too sweet for everyday consumption. Very drinkable but still not a go-to. Overall, taste is very similar to smell. Taste of dark fruit becomes more intense with warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth -- only wish it was a little creamier. Less of a bite than I was expecting. After taste lingers.

Overall: Very good BSDA but better out there. Good taste and enjoyable but nothing to write home about. Be happy to drink if had the opportunity again.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet yeasty nose, sweet at the start with an acidic yeasty finish, quite malty, medium body, but not really my style of beer, but not too bad at all, well made.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-orange color served in a goblet with a good 1/2 inch of head on it. Smell was floral and appealing. Taste was fruity with significant sourness, but still enjoyable. The sourness tasted like a sour ale I once had that was aged in pinot noir barrels. I believe this is the first Belgian brune I've had, although it struck me as similar to a number of dubbels I'd previously tried, and that comparison is pretty favoriable. I would recommend and would try again, but it's not the best Belgian-style beer in my recent memory.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split a cellar temp 750 of this brew with Stopper.
Pouring into a snifter the beer is a clear chestnut hue with creamy beige head of 1 cm that fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is toffee, cloves and berries, generally sweet overall, but not over the top.
First sip reveals an average body and fine fizzy carbonation. Flavor is similar to the nose generally sweet and not very bold. Sweet toffee and fruit with subtle spices from the yeast. No hop or abv noticeable. Generally an easy drink but not overly interesting. Good but not great.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl. brown bottle (I drank it couple years ago under the Moinette II). This abbey dubbel is orange copper, the head is thin, beige and it has almost all dissapear by the mid of the Westmalle calice. First nose of green apple, surprise ! but this aroma dissapear quickly. For the rest of the glass spices went thru and some caramel. Spritzy in the mouth, alcohol very present, a touch of caramel and lots of spices. Overall a good ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper with a large head.
Nose shows doughy and spicy Belgian yeast characters, candi sugar, brown sugar, golden syrup. Also soft spicy/grassy hops.
Similarly sweet flavours, lots of candi sugar. A fair whack of alcohol is also evident. Finishes abruptly with a mild, metallic bitterness. Feels a little disjointed.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a Unibroue tulip at rookie of the year Frisco's. Tap handle didn't lead me to believe that I was going to be trying anything from Dupont. Tan head with decent retention and lacing. Brown hazy body. Caraml swet malt and some definite yeasty characters running the show aroma wise.
Spicy, peaty, caramel brew with some yeasty and bitterness on the backend. Nothing complex but also not boring. It was smooth and straight, finishing clean. Light to medium bodied with the 8.5% ninja hidden. Great session brew, one that would cause me issues if I wasn't close to home and/or pounding water

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