Moinette Brune | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweetish overall smooth drinking dubbel.Secondary bitterness aids drinkability particualrly with food, as does understated carbonation. Deep brown with some white head. Malty yeasty aroma. Medium, almost creamy mouthfeel. Mild yeasty spiciness. Drying aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma but the flavors aren't as good in my opinion.

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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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with notes of sweetness and hints of spices and yeast.
T: The initial taste has some sweetness and flavors of dark fruits and caramel--this is followed by notes of spices and yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste, although this beer is better sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a slight foot off the pedal, this strong Belgain dark ale begins to display flavors of well crafted Belgian "Quads", except with the strength that's only a tad stronger than a Dubbel Ale.

A rusty brown pour gives a medium yeasty haze while developing a short yet stubborn head of off-white foam. Very low on lace, the beer doesn't quite appease the eye the same way as does Rochefort 10, but a fine looking and masculine beer nonetheless.

Caramel, pecans, grapes, dates, faint chocolate, yeast and shortbread cookies are all represented in the complex aroma make up. Where malty sweet scents take precedence, the variety of fruity esters, light spice, and rustic earthy notes carry the nose in a delicate and handsome manner.

Malty sweet flavors of yeast, powdered sugar, and cookie dough set the stage for other malt compounds of caramel, light toast, pecans, mild chocolate, and toffee that are all represented but in only medium intensity. Fruity compounds of grape, dates, figs, berries, and slight raison with prune all contribute to the estery complex to accompany the malt sweetness. Earth spice of woods, white pepper, citrus peel, alcohol, and hops aid in the balance to sweetness and fruitiness, but the spicy notes leave the beer decidedly sided with the malt richness. Slightly bitter in finish, the beer carries a wine-sherry character in finish that reinforces elegance and refinement.

Medium to medium-full in mouthfeel, the beer's early creaminess is foregone at mid palate to allow the full brunt of the malty weight to affect the fullness of the beer there on out. Rich and decadent, the mid portion of the body is then ushered into finish by slight alcohol warmth, mild spice, and the bitter bite of hops- all allowing for a supple and succulent fruity and semi-sweet finish with warmth and mild dryness.

Many of the refined complexities that are well celebrated in Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 are present here, just in lower intensity, power, and without the sheer complexity of 10+ percent alcohol.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a frothy head that retains well and leaves shards of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Toffee and wood, with spicy yeast character

Taste: Opens with a toffee character that builds in sweetness, mid-palate; a touch of delicious apple fruitiness appears just before the swallow and that flavor persists to the finish; after the swallow, a herbacious bitterness attacks the sweet flavors and the wood also makes an appearance; lingering herbal bitter flavors last for a long time

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: The oddly hopped character of this beer makes it less enticing to me; if I could only swirl it in my mouth without swallowing it I would really enjoy this beer

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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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 printed on cork. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, pear, toast, caramel, pepper, clove, bread, earth, grass, hay, floral, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, apple, toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, earth, light nuttiness, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, toast, caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, pepper, clove, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with a good amount of complexity; solid malt backbone; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, foamy, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Great amount of complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at great lost bear

Light cream head covering, some lacing, hazy copper maroon rosy color.

Nose is sour vinegar, some light tart funky fruit, Belgian malts and yeast, light musty grapeseed, light candi sugar, toasty and light sweet syrupy

Taste very Belgian with malts and yeast, fruity, fairly sweet and some candi sugar, bit of warming booze, light nutty and crystal malts, light apple and grape seed, light musty and some light fruity and earthy hops, fairly bitter and spicy. Finishes a bit sticky and bitter, lingering Belgian malts and light hops, light fruit.

Mouth is med to slight lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall decent, some interesting flavors, little boozy, nose is interesting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent addition to the Okie beer scene. Review from notes

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with one finger of tan head.

Some head retention & lacing

S: Slight sourness, a touch of brown bread & some orchard fruit as this warms

T: Candi sugar, brown bread, caramel & apple skins & cherry fruittyness up front. Mustyness, woody dryness are here as this warms, along with more apple peels & a booze tinge. Finishes dry, woody & somewhat funky, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Soft & effervescent at the same time, medium bodied

Drinks alright, didn't quite pull together, a decent Brune...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, with cork and cage. Pours an unusual shade of soft dark brown. Cloudy, some lacing, nose is Yeasy, musty, earthy. Medium to full bodied, lucious mouthfeel, this beer caresses the tongue. Notes of plums, earth,fruit. Sweeter earlier and finishes with a tartness. Sophisticated brew. Interesting, differant and complex. Another tasty creation from Dupont. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, pale brown appearance, under an ample helping of creamy tan froth. Just right.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, big spice, hops, pepper, cocoa, dark fruit...a beautiful blend. Light caramel malt, berries and grapes, whisper of chocolate...nice.

Taste: all that and more, again and then some. Smooth on the tongue, easy in the mouth, with a light, chocolatey finish. Mellow, but not without a particularly Belgian spark. The yeast really comes through, and the malt shines in eventually, really providing quite a component to the flavor. Yum. Yum, yummy yum...

Great play on the palate, the texture never quite gives, just keeps going and going...full bodied, but not thick or heavy or cloying...this is special, I like it.

This is a great one to pop out at parties or when your wine-loving friends are over..."ah, ha! Try this!" much flavor, so much complexity, yet not overwhelming, not too massive, and so easy to drink down. A brown ale that's light years away from a Newcastle...this is thing to plunk down to non-believers and say, "here's a great Belgian beer that won't scare you away"...and without the bitter tannins of a red wine, too...ah, I love beer, and when it's as good as this, I love it more!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Thin tan head and sheets of lacing. Sour fruit and sweet malt aroma. Light fruit; lemon and grape, sweet malt and Belgian spicing. An interesting sweet / sour flavor. Nice creamy body. Not as complex as other Belgians, but a decent Belgian ale.

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy light brown in color with a one finger head that lasts.

Smell: mildly earthy with some malt sweetness and and a hint of yeast.

Taste: nice malt profile. Prunes, hints of berries, nice bitterness, and some earthiness. Mild yeast and hints of alcohol round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother towards the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for quite a while.

Drinkability: decent strong ale that is a slow sipper. One bomber bottle is enough but more could be consumed in a single session.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, figs/raisins/plums. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice notes of figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it out.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor as well as a fruity yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tasty beer with lots of yeast character. Other than that it's your basic amber ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was wondering if I would ever get around to trying dark Moinette after being impressed by its blond sibling. 750 ml corked and caged magnum, on to the beer:

The year "2009" is printed on the cork. This pours dark carmel orange into an oversized wine glass, leaving a thin pearl head on top before dropping to a lace that hugs around the glass. In the glass, the color of the beer itself is darker, light brown colored and cloudy. There are good aromas in this beer, but you need to find them because they are not intense; grape and saison-like spices are there.

Is this really a dark saison? This beer is like a strong dark ale/saison hybrid. I'm getting a light taste of grape, a hint fo raisin and pear, and dominate oddball spices I can't identify but can't help but like. Sour lemon puckers things up and suggestions of black pepper come around. The carbonation at first is strong and peppy, amplifying the intensity of the spices. It mellows out and that helps make the beer become more approachable in the mouth.

A delightful sipper and a fun thing to throw in from the usual saison.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazed brown in color with an off white head. Cloudy because of the yeast, in this case it does not detract from the beer.

Smell: A strong aroma of European (Tettneng? Saaz?) hops. Alcohol and some fruityness also there.

Taste: Malty and dry with some roasted flavors. Hops leave an herbal, lemony, tea like impression with a fair amount of bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose suggests. Malty and very slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: I like the aggressive carbonation and drying finish on this medium bodied ale.

Drinkability: A solid beer with some unique flavor combinations. No hint of the 8.5 ABV. Worth trying but I may not revisit for a while.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep tawny brown color with pretty significant haze. Head poured at least 3 fingers and is medium tan in hue and quite frothy. I like it.

Smell: rich apple and slight pear aromas; there is also a light raisin aroma present. Behind this is a slight band-aid smell which works here. Not quite as dark and heady as some BSDAs I've had, but overall I like the experience.

Taste: drier and less fruity than the aroma. The malt base is sweet but there's some alcohol heat here -- the 8.5% really shows itself. There's a vegetabley hop flavor and bitterness that's stronger than I would have expected, but it's not bad. I think the flavor is pretty good but the alcohol burn makes this beer seem a bit rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation. It's not sticky enough to have a lot of staying power, but it is nice nonetheless.

Drinkability: I think it's pretty drinkable, but if the alcohol burn were toned down just a bit I think I'd like it a little better.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork date 2003, Sampled August 2004
Pours a hazy amber to light brown color, and is crowned by a prodigious light brown head. As the beer warms up it becomes brilliantly clear and a rich amber color. Aromas of plums, raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of herbal spiciness are all found in the nose. Lightly sweet taste up front leads to a sharp herbal note in the finish that is characteristic of the Dupont beers. There is a solid malty sweet component here that reminds me of brown sugar. The sharp, spicy yeast notes meld quite well with the rich malty caramel notes. This beer is fairly light on the palate, though not as light as a typical pale Saison. Also because of the malt character this is much more fruity than the pale versions, there are notes of raisin, plum, and a hint of rich fig character. This is quite tasty. It really softens up as it warms, the brown sugar & fruit notes really start to come to the fore.

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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 Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a medium white head, light lacing.

S: Smells of dark brown malt and bread, molasses.

T: Taste is more dark malt, with a slight hint of banyard funk. Dark bread, hop bite is grassy with some hay. Brown saison is how best to describe it.

M: Mouthfeel is kind of light and watery. Medium-bodied, alcohol is well hidden, creamy.

D: Another good saison-esque ale from Dupont, could enjoy a lot of this beer with a meal, though the high alcohol content could creep up on the drinker.

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