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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden-medium amber with a just barely off-white and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely fruity with some dark fruit presence of raisins, prunes and plums. The higher alcohols led to a spicy phenol in conjuction with the Belgian yeast. The aroma was malty with deep caramel coupled with an earthy hop aromatic.

The flavor was dry and earthy. The hop presence was high and the earthy presence was evident in both the bittering and flavoring. The flavor was fruity with less dark fruit character and a slight citrus and slight banana. The flavor also had a slight spice presence. The bittering was more like a Saison than any other beer style.

The finish was dry with lasting slight caramel, spice, fruity, and earthy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. A nice beer, some complexity, but a bit on the dry side. A dark Saison perhaps.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2003 on cork.

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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 bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Lightly hazy, tawny-coppery-reddish brown in hue, the color has lovely depth to it. The head was off-white in color with hints of beige in the foam as well. At its highest point the foam was a massive three fingers in height. Head retention was solid; it slowly faded to a bubbly cap of a half finger in height. This cap did get smaller overtime but it did last the entire consumption. There was no subsequent lacing on either pour into my Duvel glass. Odd. And disappointing. Even with this flaw in the appearance this beer does look very pleasant… if not unremarkable.

The nose is a strong mix of toasty caramel malts that exude wonderful sweetness and this mingled perfectly with an array of fruity qualities like red apples, dates, raisins, plums, figs, and then the nose kicks into a bready, candy sugar, alcohol vibe. I like the dark rum aromas. I can’t forget to mention those lovely peppery, lightly tart and clove smells. I really like everything the nose offers, it is not extremely complex but it is quite lovely. Inviting.

The palate is a bit less complex then the nose indicated. Most of the qualities detected previously are accounted for but there is a bit of hotness from the alcohol that drowns out some of the softer flavors. This beer warms my belly more then it should, even with the 8+% abv. The malt is not as tasty as I had hoped either. There is some yummy caramel but it lacks depth and secondary flavors. I like the sweetness but I want more. The fruitiness doesn’t blend with the malt because of the alcohol. I get apples, plums, figs coated in candy sugar and a kiss of marshmallow infused melon. Peppery, clove underbelly. The finish is weak and the beer falls apart, it is curt on the aftertaste as well. The overall flow of the palate could be much improved. It was a good match with my fruit bowl. Disappointing when it flew solo.

Almost medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low; the mouthfeel is satisfactory. There is nothing noteworthy about it; I guess I would call it utilitarian.

Well… this beer is drinkable, no doubt. But there is nothing special about it. I like it but I’m not in a real hurry to drink it again because it lacks a hook to catch my attention. This bottle was purchased in Minneapolis, MN and it has chilled in my cellar for a few months. I must note, that his beer is available in Omaha now; maybe I will try a fresh bottle… if the price is right. Worth a try if you haven’t.

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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 Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a caged and corked 750ml bottle. I searched the label for a bottled on or best before date and found only some indecipherable, blurred numbers on the lower right portion of the label. I popped the cork and found "2003" stamped on it. I split this bottle with my wife, using a snifter for me and an over-sized wine glass for her.
Snifters make Moinette Brune look better. While my wife's beer had hardly any head to it, I was rewarded with a murky dark brown beer crowned with a dense, creamy light tan head. Lots of fine carbonation drifted up and stoked the head, keeping it alive through to the end.
The smell had a hearty, earthy malt aroma to it. Some lighter fruit notes came out as it warmed and a mild spicy aroma also was picked up as it warmed. Good caramel smell, too.
Moinette Brune definitely perks up as it warms. It goes from the standard toasty malts and caramel with fruity sweetness flavors in the beginning to a more complex melding of earthy malts, slightly tart fruitiness like from apples and/or grapes and a modest spicy hops finish. Every once in a while a brief tart, faintly dank funkiness powers across the palate, but only very briefly and only once it's really warmed. All in all, Moinette Brune leans toward the malty, fruity end of the spectrum for the style vice overtly spicy and hot with alcohol. The feel was medium-bodied, lively, and just a bit velvety.
Moinette Brune is a real tasty beer that does an excellent job of 1) holding it's complexity and not having conflicting tastes; and 2) really hiding the 8.5% ABV. Drinkability was quite good, especially when paired up with grilled stuffed flank steaks. Another solid beer by Dupont.

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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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Belgian is a nice, not-too-dark brown in color wand cloudy with no transparency. The head is off-white, almost a light yellowish-brown kind of white, that was thick and fluffy.

Smell – This big fella has some strong yeasty notes that lead off the bouquet. There are some super-sweet malts that come next. They are mixed with rich toffee and a buttery aroma. I can smell some fruits, green apples and peach for instance, but this BSDA is focused on the rich, luscious malts.

Taste – The butter and toffee come up bigger at the taste. The malts are lightly toasted with strong caramel. The fruits are non-traditional and tart, like the green apple, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel – This one is super-carbonated with some strong, lip-smacking sugars. It’s not full-bodied but a bit bigger than medium. This ale kept my salivary glands working overtime.

Drinkability – I’ve had more complex BSDAs, but this was very satisfying and hid well the 8.5% ABV.

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

best before 5-2007. Poors out easy without to much of a head but the yellowish foam thats there stays quiet long. Beer is foggy and has a brown beercolor with litle red in it. Nose is very caramellic and malty and lots of yeastfruit mostly banana making you think you have a weizen. Litle sournote in the nose also. Taste is caramellic malty also with litle sourness but altogether dry. Only litle bitterness in aftertaste but IMO litle empty. This also in mouthfeel but easy to drink.

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

Presentation: 750ml [1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz.] classic green glass bottle with a dimpled base. The 2.004 dated Corked is restrained with a black wired cage and cap. Has a cream colored label, with a dark brown border. The label is rather plain looking and simply says ‘Moinette Brune’ in dark brown. A smaller reverse label gives some background to both Dupont and the Brune. Listed at 8.5% alc/vol, I also know that is unfiltered and unpasteurised, thought the label omits this information which is rather unfortunate. No freshness date but has the Code ‘L04077A/4’ stamped near the Strength in the bottom left hand corner.

Appearance: A decent sized massive tan colored head quickly rises from the dark brown turbid body, a factor that confirms that this offering is unfiltered. Solid levels of finely dissolved carbonation support the head and give it a good longevity. The thick foam like covering rarely goes below ¼” thick, if it does after a long standing time, a quick swirl soon re-instigates it. In my Duvel glass it looks like the archetypal Belgium Brune. Minimal but nice lacing.

Nose: Took some time to reveal itself, but as it warms the aromas are heavenly. Thick malts, some caramel, spices, ripened dark skin fruits and some tight sweetness. Occasionally reveals some farmyard qualities, but it has a more malty-musty feel rather any funky character.

Taste: Spicy malts with an earthy peat like underbelly. Some hops come through in the middle, a soily bitterness peaks in the back end as the spices fade and the bitter-sweet malts laden with a little alcohol emerge. As it warms this Brune moves from a ‘one-dimensional’ Brown to a much more Artisanale and complex Brune ale – this one needs to warm to room temperature to reveal all of its complex facets, they are there, trust me, just let it warm.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, the smooth carbonation supports the dark fruits and bold but musty malts. Spicy in the middle, dry sweetness in the finish.

Drinkability: This may be 8.5%, but it drinks like a more regular 6% Brune. There is a feint hint of some alcohol in here, but the smooth mouthfeel and tasty dark fruits mixed with spices and the musty malts make this one a decent quaffer.

Overall: A very nice Brune from the Artisanale Dupont but let it warm to get the best from it. Just as good on its own as it is with say a plate of mixed Cheeses, Pickles or Cold Meat, or even a full meal. A solid, highly dependable Belgium Brune.

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Photo of Doppel07
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber body, swirling central jet of carbonation (in my Chimay glass), and a massive Belgian-style cream head. Smells of toasted candy sugar, apples, warm caramel, and yeasty bread. Very malty with tangy fruit qualities. Initially sweetness dominates but then the bitterness comes along slowly. Nice full body. Pleasing.

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Photo of drewbage
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a nice 750ml bottle, courtesy of Lucky Baldwins.

Pale clear roasted pumpkin brown orange with a tall white head.

Clean solid malt with a fruity pumpkin flanked by a soft spiciness and a hint of sweetness despite the dryness of the finish. Long and chewy and wonderful tasting.

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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 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 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 mickeymac
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time at my local shop and it looked too good to pass. Poured from a 750 ml. caged and corked bottle, it's reddish brown with a medium head that leaves just a bit of swirling bubbles on top. The smell is mostly barnyard funk with just a bit of dark fruit sweetness. The sweetness in the taste is balanced by a surprising but not overwhelming hop bitterness. The 8.5% abv is fairly well hidden, contributing to the nice drinkability. It's a nice beer but not in the upper ranks for the style.

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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 Naerhu
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bottle states that this beer is continually fermenting in the bottle. Brownish tan head on ruddy ruby body.
Aroma: Slightly sweet brown sugar aroma. The faintest dried black figs.
Taste: Light brown sugar flavor, and oddly, but pleasantly grapefruit like bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Intense fine carbonation almost running rough shod over the flavor. This I believe the weak point of the beer.
Drinkability: Excellent. This is a great beer to drink when the dinner is over and you want to have something for the hours of conversation to follow. This beer will be interesting yet not distract from the conversation.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt sienna kinda brownish with a tinge of red hue. Big, thick beige to tan colored head. Yeasty, dark fruity and dark malt aromas as well as other earthy, woody smells are right there. Beautiful taste; malty, smooth, dark fruit, saisony, a slight bit of the oak barrel-age showing at the end in regards to it's mustiness and slight sourness in the finish. Right up my alley, though. Wish I could find this beer more often.

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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 pio
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very nice fluffy head that leaves behind a legacy of lace and holds it's huge self up forever, fantastic! the body is cloudy orange with a few bubbles floating up leasurely. scent is complex and inviting, sour apple, lemon, herbs, a hint at figs and a glorious earthy and floral scent of summer and honeysuckle. it's flavors are heavenly and (pardon me) weird in a good way. fruity tart with herbal accent to bitter and dries tartly as well. spicy and full with the herbal hints of clove, basil and oregano, seems to have a sneaky and not very expressed sweetness that dosen't hurt a the dry bitter thing. the sweet seems to be given away in the after palate, it dries bitter and acerbic then the sweet is revealed. not unlike some sort of herbed apple concoction. there is also a light cinnemon. and a not completely un-lambic/wine (french vermouth) warm alcohol feel in the belly. (does that make sense to you?) the mouthfeel is crisp and light which was a suprise for me considering the style. i loved it the few times i've had it now and find it to be a great aperitif. a regular fave in my fridge.

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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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