Moinette Brune | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Moinette BruneMoinette Brune

Brewed by:
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 RenoZymurgist
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful clear red with an off white head and fine carbonation.

Aroma is fruity with plumb notes along with some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor begins with an excellent sweet caramel malt flavor that has a mineral character to it as well. It finishes with more of the mineral character lingering on the tongue and a light sweetness.

The mouthfeel is excellent as it makes an otherwise sweet beer crisp and the lingering carbonic bite lends a lot to the drinkability.

A very refreshing beer it goes down quite well, though it is not a session beer it is a nice occasional sipper.

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Photo of juju7
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great colour! A regal kind of dark red/ amber. Pillowy, fluffy head. A warm toasty, dough-like yeastiness on the nose. A touch too much? Chewy Belgian spice on the palate. Alcohol is in check nicely. A decent beer that just suffers a little from being mostly yeast, a little bit of malt and not much else.

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

Reviewed 6/21/2009 blind. Split a 750 2 ways. Poured into chouffe tulips.

Ar: sweet floral, complex caramel, strong lily floral, fruity, toffee sweet, toasty dry hints, smooth rich nuttyness (After knowledge: spice and funk, floral, makes sense with saison yeast)

Ap: very fine haze, red/brown, very thick tan head, coarse chunky, great retention, absurdly high effervescence, light chunks, chunky lace

F: very light sweetness at first, quickly dries out, caramel, dry, alcohol with metallic, very dry crisp end, rich carmely toffee but dry, more toasty, very dry without typical belgian candy sweetness, toasty, unique, dry malt aftertaste, fruity floral comes out more as warms, way drier than other dubbels/dark strong, much better as it warms, dryness hints towards roast, what caramel and toffee would be if the beer were sweet, *bread crust, (After knowledge: still minimal saison funk, very very slight dupont character)

M: very high very fine carbonation, thin/medium mouthfeel, clean and smooth, clean very light alcohol

O: alcohol seemed rough at first but other flavors became stronger as it warmed and the alcohol did not, drier than others, different maltiness, very unique, I like the westmalle dubbel, rochefort 8 and the st. bernardus 8 more but this is unique and interesting, still very good, i might like more sweetness (after knowledge: explains why this is so dry and different from other dark strongs, dupont fermentation techniques explain alcohol, i liked the moinette blonde a lot more)

* = ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 750 ML green bottle that I purchased at Rozi's Wine House for $9.99 some several months ago. No "best by" date listed on label but the following printed on the label: LU6U34A 11:58 and a rather large "2006" printed on the cork after I took it out. Poured into my Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

A Nice very light brown creamy head over a dark caramel opaque body. 4.0

S Medium roast sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins, dates and minimal to no hops. 4.0

T The nose is an excellent indication of the taste. Sweet malt, dark fruits with a warmth of alcohol to round it out. This strikes me as a solid Brune. 4.0

M Some syrupy stickiness in a big beer with reasonably high ABV, big sweetness and bold dark fruit. 4.0

D Fair to good due to the ABV level and the large feel of the beer. 3.5

Notes: A very solid beer from Brasserie Dupont.

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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 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 ThaCreep
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is more amber than brown, it provides a fragrant nose reminiscent of toasted malt, but also meat. On alcohol insensitive, but it offers a slight tingling in the mouth. Like its big sister, she is very sweet and earthy, tasting of earth and roots. This side also comes in earthy finish the slightly bitter and delicious artisanal, like its big sister, the Moinette Blonde.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold, 750 ML bottle

A) Cloudy, hazy light brown with minimal head. Tan lacy top fades quickly. Glows bright orange when held to the light. A bit light in color for a strong dark ale (Brune).

S) Cinnamon, caramel, apple pie, sour dough, plums

T) Very subtle and smooth. Sweet malt, raisons, ginger bread, root beer. A hint of cherry... Alcohol is apparent - a strong beer - but not over-powering. A lighter version of a strong dark ale.

M) Beautiful specimen of bottle conditioned ale. Fine, abundant carbonation that lasts and lasts

D) Moinette Brune walks a fine line -- not to sweet, not to strong, not to dark.

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Photo of champ103
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber/brown color. At first a large beige head rises to over two fingers. The foam recedes quickly with almost no lace.
S: Very malty with some Belgian funky and yeast. Some dark fruits and alcohol.
T: Sweet malt and yeast. Dark fruity esters. Mostly of raisins and plums. Alcohol.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. A good beer to sip on, but the alcohol shows a little to much for me. One bottle is more than enough.

Not the best Belgian Strong Ale that I have had, but not bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

corked/caged 750ml

Pours an orange brown color with a small head that dissipates quickly, lighter in color than the average brune/abbey dubbel. The nose initially feels restrained, a caramel/chocolate malt aroma is faint but inviting, raison, plum, and crackery yeast esters lay quiet but enjoyable. A more dry example of the style, a hint of bitterness and apricot late on the tongue followed by a long semi-sweet finish with an intriguing fruit note even later. Very carbonated, lively and explosive in the mouth. A beer i would revisit.

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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 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 Cs1987
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Browny-red, 2 fingers of off-white head withe very good retention and lacing, lots of small suspended solids.

Smell - Strong and spicy, with a fair bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste - The character is spicy and biscuity. However it is a little too sharp and dry, and is lacking in fruity characters.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied, a little cloying.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - Not bad, and quite different from Rochefort 8 and many other BSDAs, but too sharp and dry for my taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy mahogany color. The head is a light tan and composed of densely packed bubbles...long-lived and attractive. Nice smell. Richly malty, with moderately roasted notes...nutty, and a little wood characteristics. Yeast is also prominent in the aroma, and lots of fruity esters (pear, apple, and various berries). Some spice. The taste is complex...a little on the sweet side, with a peppery flavor that runs through the beer. Very firm, even forward, bitterness. The finish lingers with hop bitterness and some peppery spice. This is quite good.

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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 sjccmd
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark, murky red/brown with a nice billowy tan head with a few bubbles swimming around

S: pretty nice sweetness, floral and spicy yeastiness, sweet bread

T: the spiciness came out a lot especially as it warmed, coriander, sweet malts

M: not very full mouthfeel but at least not overly carbonated, the finish is pretty dry

D: a tad sweet for drinkability purposes, but still good, nothing too exciting but a solid example of the style, I'm happy Dupont is finally available in my region of Missouri

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

A dark amber/brown color with a nice thick head. A nice fruity, sweet aroma. Some spice, banana and clove. Alive on the palate. A slightly sweet, caramel flavor. Some yeast flavors and it finishes with some spicy hops. A nice all around dark Belgian Strong ale.

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Photo of tubaguy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful! Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Dark rust color with a wonderful tan and creamy head. The head dissipates but you can wake it up with a slight turn of the glass. You only notice the thin beads of carbonation when held up to the light.

S- When chilled I notice a pronounced strawberry/banana aroma but as it warmed I also sensed hints of maple, honey, sugar and caramel. Coffee cake perhaps? Wonderful!

T- Yum! Subtle fruits but not as pronounced as I would think based on the smell. More like plum than strawberry and banana. Subtle malty and sugar undertones as well. Also a hard-to-describe root taste or something earthy. Warming medicinal/alcohol sensation. Phenols are present- in a good way. To me, the phenols provide a nice bite as opposed to an overly-medicinal taste. Not as complex as its counterparts but well-balanced.

D- Light as far as the style goes. In other words it's not a meal in itself. Very nice for a warm, sunny day. If I had another bottle, I would be able to drink two without feeling too full. Perfect level of carbonation.

Notes: I know its a high rating but this is a fantastic beer and worth it. It's now in my top 10!

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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 klewis
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006

A: Pours a murky rust color with a light bubbly head.

S: Sweet smell with caramel, candy sugar, and vanilla.

T: Sweet yet balanced with flavors of burnt caramel and ginger bread.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: The first few sips were a bit unusual, but then this one became quite smooth and easy to drink. Not stellar, but good.

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

Nose is phenolic (a little med, a little plastic) and mildly funky. Soft malt and ripe fruit. Smells good.

Pours dirty brown, definitely unfiltered, moderate head with quick retention. Looks pretty good. The sediment on the side of the bottle suggests it spend some good time laying on its side somewhere. I suppose that's how the brasserie bottle conditioned it.

Flavor starts with an unapproachable swagger. It's plastic and bitter, sweet and fruity, and seems to have no balance or soul... yet it's enticing... and it has raunchy carbonation. The dry powdery medicinal bitter plastic flavors bully the softer malt and fruit (the later of which bruises easily). This is a flavor that most of the world would find offensive and possibly toxic. It's so stiff, so unyielding, but it's not all that strong. Slight floral notes.

It has the bitterness of a good black tea, the phenolic bite of a grape stem, the metallic tinge of old stainless-steelverware, the effervescence of a rather weak acid eating through you tongue, and perhaps the sweetness of fresh, ferrous meat drippin's (think au jus).

Seriously, the aftertaste reminds me of the lip-smacking aftertaste of a good bite of raw-cooked beef from an old, worn fork... or the subtle, savory iron-rich blood taste you get when you barely bite your lip/cheek... it's weird. That doesn't sound appetizing, and really this beer isn't very appetizing... but that doesn't make it uninteresting. It's a riot. Taste fun. Feels good. Drinkability is questionable.

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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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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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