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

On tap at the Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Pours a brownish with a light tan head. The smell is, of course, belgiany. The tate has that earth, dirt, and grape smell. The taste is earthy, fruity in the grape variety and light overall. Not a thick beer, goes down fairly easily. Interesting and pretty good for a dark belgian ale.

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

Picked up a 750ml of this, it was on sale and I figured it'd be worth a shot.

A: Red brown with a tan head about half an inch thick, great retention, unfiltered and cloudy, fair amount of sediment.

S: Yeasty, apples, grapes, alcohol as it warms.

T: Very dry, white wine tastes, interesting yeast flavors, alcohol really begins to pop as it warms.

M: Pretty thin and dry, not bad though.

D: This was a fairly drinkable beer, not one of my favorites though. One 750 was plenty.

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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 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 dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML green Belgian bottle copped from Gary's in Madison... From a brewery that is usually renowned for their great Saison style beers, I thought this would be interesting to sample a Strong Dark Ale from a company like this to see what kind of rendition they would put out... Pours a hazy, murky, dirty-brown appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing...
Smell wasn't too over-powering to say the least, and what aroma was present was dominated by phenols, alcohol, slight caramel, and malts... taste strongly complemented the flavor, with heavy malts, sugars, caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch along with slight dates, figs, and prunes...
Overall, this was certainly not the best representation of the style that I've encountered, but it wasn't horrible either...
However, when it comes to beer samples, I believe Dupont should stick to their Saisons before stepping into a field like this...

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Photo of baggio
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red/brown with a almost non-existing head.

S: Ripe fruit, plums, marzipan, grapefruit.

T: Chocolate, banana, caramel, pear/apple, spices.

M: Medium body with a dryish aftertaste. Low carbonation.

A nice belgian-style ale with some surprises regarding the taste. Not exceptional in anyway but still a fine ale. This one needs to
be served close to roomtemperature or it'll taste very plain.

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

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle; 2.004 imprint on the cork.

Moinette Brune pours a hazy amber-brown color into my chalice. After popping the cork, the bottle foamed over. A monster head initially appears after the pour, but it collapses in on itself within a few minutes and leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is predominantly sweet, with caramel and plum elements. The alcohol content makes an appearance here with an astringent smell.

The taste follows up on the aroma by once again being mostly sweet and with caramel and plum flavors. There's a hint of chocolate and butterscotch here as well. The Belgian funk is present here, but not in a distinct sense beyond an undifferentiated tartness; any bitterness derived from the hops blends in here. The alcohol is much more hidden here than it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, to the point of being a bit thin. Finishes clean, with only a little alcoholic "heating" in the throat; leaves a caramel aftertaste.

Overall, a reasonably drinkable beer, but with nothing noteworthy in its composition to recommend it, except for those who are new to Belgians. Given the time I've been sitting on this beer (≈1 year), I wonder if I waited too long to open it up.

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance: apricot color (troubled by its yeast), somewhat saturated, tan foam and abundant head (but not persistent).
Smell : spicy aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : round in the mouth, spicy, dry and aromatic.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Review translated from french 11-07-2008.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pretty caramel copper with a thick, foamy, sturdy head. Aroma consists of caramel, brown sugar, fruity Belgian esters, spicy yeast, and floral/herbal hop. Flavor seems less complicated that the aroma, but good nonetheless. The malty and caramel flavors stand out more as well as some spicy and herbal hops. The esters and phenols seem a bit more tame, which certainly isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a lively carbonation. Solid drinking, but not what I consider the absoulte best from Dupont.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the beers at the Charlotte Oktoberfest that I was looking forward to sampling and finally got my hands on it. Lighter than I imagined with a nice frothy white head that did not dissipate in the sampling glass. Great example of the Strong Dark Ale style. Easy to consume and the spicy esters make for a enjoyable experience.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle purchased from a department store in Ikebukuro (Tokyo).

Overall this beer is great. The appearance is inviting, large frothy whitish foam sitting on dark copper hazy beer. The smell is strongly estery from the yeast, and maybe a little caramel malt aroma too. The taste is slightly bitter caramel and dark fruits, really nice.

I never tried this before, as it only comes in larger bottles around my parts. But I'll get it again in small bottles if I see it.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: good amber color with a fair amount of foam

Smell: no strong aroma. slight hints of spice but not a strong feature of the beer

Taste: wonderful taste, complimented by the cheese we were eating. Flavors of cherry and a strong tinge of malt, but very good

Mouthfeel: Carbonation tingles, but overall good

Drinkability: I could definitely drink this again

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Photo of cabsandking
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown with a rust color glow for highlights and a beige one finger head showing good retention. Slightly sour dark fruit, fig, caramel, and burnt sugars in the nose. Mouthfeel is thin, maybe a tad watery, and nice crisp carbonation. The fruit show range of flavor with sour apple, lemon, raison, and dates. More notes of nutty bread, yeasty pucker, and some alcohol that hot a the end. Much of the flavor is echoed in the finish. Delicious!

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

according to the pricetag i bought this at acme $8

it's a sunburst orange. or amber with sunshine highlights. the head is glorious and doesn't seem to be in any hurry

it's a nice smelling brew. hops, malt and spice keep each other balanced, though spice appears on the top layer. it's thus most recent

it's a hoppy beer, bitter and with plenty of spicy noble character. the smooth, nutty malt below shines through. a real hop bomb, though. as it warms, spices shine through and lemon shows up in the hop profile. there's a faint wheatiness in there, too

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

Glad no one was standing in the way when I opened this - the cork would have taken an eye out...pours a cloudy brown with a massive head that recedes to a nice white cap that lingers for the entire bottle.

Dark fruits, plum and raisins, overlaid with a slight tanginess, a cherry-like woody smell and a pleasant earthiness comes in, a bit of peppery, spicy phenols show up along with a slight ethanol aroma.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the smell, candied fruit shows up first, followed by clove/pepper, a floral hop note with a nice moderate bitterness that really helps balance this beer out, a saison-like earthiness and then a very distinct caramel flavor at the end. Finishes dry with a hint of yeast-derived phenols and a lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: low-medium body, tons of carbonation that really helps puff up the mouthfeel and deliver those yeast notes.

Drinkability: Good - this is not too overwhelming or alcoholic

An outstanding Belgian ale - very saison-like, but with hints of a dubbel or strong dark in there as well. Very well balanced.

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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 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 phisig137
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of a corked and caged 750mL a slightly hazy bright orange, with a three finger head. Great retention on the head, and leaves behind tremendous lacing. As I look over to the bottle, a small volcano of foam has erupted up and over the neck of the bottle.

Aroma is honey sweet, with some spicy yeast phenols. Pleasant hoppiness as well.

Flavor is enjoyable. Spicy yeast phenols steal the show here, and are backed by a fairly strong hop presence and honey sweetness. Very mild flavor, yet complex and enjoyable. Great food beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is good.

Another great beer from DuPont. Think of a cross between a saison and a dubbel. Enjoyable all around, and recommended.

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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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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.88 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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