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 psuKinger
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

The cork pops off with a lot of force. Possibly over-carbonated.

A: A very muddy looking light shade of brown, with a huge 3+ fingers worth of fluffy foamy off-white head on top. Lots and lots of head. Looking like my fears with the bottle-pop might be confirmed.

Amazing head-retention, though. Great lacing, too.

S: Raisins. Toffee. Caramel. A touch of dried pitted dates. A very inviting beer, that promises to be semi-sweet goodness.

T: This beer *looked* a little "pale" for a brune, and I think I can taste both a touch of pale malt and a touch of a nice dry-hop of the back end that I would associate more with belgian pale ale than I would a "brune".

I'm impressed with how well that interacts with the toffee/caramel notes. Dark fruits aren't terribly present, but a touch of raisin is undeniable in the finish.

M: Not overly hefty or overly light. Carbonation might be a shade too high. A bit of a creamy frothiness to it on the tongue, but overall fairly pedestrian for the style.

D/O: Good beer. Repeatable. Enjoyable. Started to grow tired of the sweetness as I neared the bottom of the bomber, but that's not that unusual for that quantity of something of this style.

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Photo of Radome
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown color, some orange when held up to light. Hazy. Weak head that quickly dissipated to nothing. Some "legs" on glass, but no lacing.

S - Aroma is bready grain, sweet caramel, plums and some alcohol. It is pleasant but not complex.

T - Sharp hops bitterness surprised me. Not enough malt to balance it, although there is a pilsner-like grain note. Some alcohol flavors. Overall a bit harsh and one-dimensional.

M - Medium body. Some astringency on the tongue, from hops and perhaps from roasted grains. Fizzy carbonation.

O - Overall a disappointing beer because I had heard great things about it. The aroma is the best aspect, but that is not saying much. Lack of head and one-sided bitter taste are let-downs.

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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 Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep medium brown and cloudy. Pours with good head but disappates to mostly around the rim of the glass. The smell is strong Belgian candy with a slight booziness. Taste repeats the Belgian candy but also introduces some citruson the back end - good balance of darker malts and hops. Overall a well done beer with nice depth of flavor and balance.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy solid brown color. It seems that the yeast has not held up to well and quickly is stirred up from the bottom of the bottle making anything poured after the first glass a little chunky.

The aroma is of caramel, malt, and toast.

The beer tastes awesome. A nice malt sweetness starts off that finishes some what earthy.

The beer is full bodied and very smooth, little hint of alcohol for being 8.5%.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. If you like Strong Dark Belgian Ales it certainly gives you a chance to experience some more diversity in the style.

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

Pours a murky dark burnt amber hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is popcorn,chestnuts,xmas pudding and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of caramelized cherries,boozy alcohol,sticky toffee treacle,candied figs,nectarines and finished with a brown sugar bittersweetness and overall its a solid drop thats well worth a taste perfect for a big hearty steak or chocolate based dessert and id definately buy again cheers.

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber color and a medium yellow head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Nose is sweet and fruity. Grapes and caramel. Candy sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront of dark fruits, candy sugar and roasted caramel malts. Bready and a bit metallic. Earthy hops. In overall a bit mild sweet beer with an also moderate bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Balanced sweet-biterness and a it molasses sensation

O: Nice Dubbel. Good drinkability. Dupont quality

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this Brune in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The intense head builds easily to three fingers of off-white sandy color. It is rather puffy and thick and craters as it dies slowly. The retention is impressive and leaves a great deal of thick, spidery lace.

The opaque and dark auburn body glows with more orange highlights.

Smell- The nose is slightly tangy and chalky from the yeast and dark fruit scents. The dark malt is also a little roasty and hints at bittersweet chocolate.

Taste- Slightly tangy dark fruits and roasted malt. As the drink progresses, a slight brandy warmness begins to take over the drink and also brings out the earthy yeast.

A subtle peppery flavor is also present throughout the drink.

Mouth feel- A decent medium body and fairly creamy. Despite the alcohol bite, it is an easy drink.

Overall- This offering is spicy and slightly hot. The darker malts contribute a dark fruit and roasted malt on the front of the drink. It would be nice if that carried throughout the drink and did not devolve into earthy yeast and warmness quite so soon.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber in appearance, nice foam. Smell is malty with a slight citrus aroma. Mouthfeel, Taste is very barly wine in flavor. Has a nice feel, with the right balance of bubbles. Now that is technical. Overall this is a good beer that will go nicely with a steak. Very nice after dinner drink.

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

11.2oz Bottle - thanks to Phyl21ca for this one

Appearance – Murky brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, yeast, roasted nuts, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, raisins, and some yeast. There is also some notes of cloves/coriander and just a hint of banana and chocolate. It ends with a buttery malty aftertaste with a nice spiciness.

Overall – This beer really had a lot going on taste wise. As the temperature of the beer changed I kept discovering new flavours. I really enjoyed it and I'm surprised to see some of the low ratings for it on this site. I'd drink it again anytime.

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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 bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a sample at the Great Lost Bear with my wife. The beer has a huge lace with a nice brown color

The nose is sweet strawberries with a nice malt backing very unique

The taste starts sweet maltyness with a hint of vanilla the taste slowly turns to a slight bitterness as the carbonation dissipates

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from 750ml bottle to oversized wine glass.
A: hazy amber-brown with reddish highlights. Close to the color of madiera that I have had in the past. Copious lacy head, but fades.
S: Fruity, yeasty, with a pleasant vinous character with warm solventy notes.
T: Fruity yet dry with toasty overtones. Again, a vinous character, not lactic, but very reminiscent of a fine champagne, with some roasted character.
M: Effervescent with medium body
O: If you gave me this blind, I would almost mistake it for champagne. Very pleasant drinking experience. I would definitely purchase again. I actually picked this up by mistake, meant to get Moinette blonde, but I am in no way disappointed. This has yet again expanded my horizons and palate.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, label date of 12/2013. Purchased in Belgium.

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a large-bubbled head. Head is large at first, though the retention and lacing are sub-par.

The aroma has a very yeasty-phenolic character to it, and an almost lactic acidity. Notes of toasted malt.

The flavor is bone-dry, with lots of nuts, bread crusts and burnt caramel. Almost no sweetness to be found. Band-aid yeastiness. The finish is dry and yeasty, and the mouthfeel is highly carbonated but creamy.

Isn't this a Dubbel? Well, whatever it is, Moinette Brune is a very good Belgian ale.

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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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, fruity and a hint of tartness. In the taste, fruity white grapes, with a hint of caramel. A smooth and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice hint of sourness, with a small roast and caramel, very nice.

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Photo of lionchow
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours lightly hazy amber brown with a a huge white head that recedes slowly.

Aroma is sweet amber malt and a touch of barnyard funk. A bit of citrus and spice round out the aroma.

Flavor is mellow malt with a lightly bitter background note. Spicy notes are apparent and meld well with the mellow bitterness. There is some papery flavor under the malt. I wish there was just a bit more funkiness too it to give it some more interest.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and enjoyable.

Overall a good beer, but not the best from Dupont.

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

A: Light cola color, sediment falling slowly down center with minor carbonation sliding up the edges, looks syrupy. Short, fairly even head.
S: Complicated, sweet, dark fermenting fruit. I would compare it to black cherry as some sort of analog. Intense. Coffee, caramel.
T: Bitter, woody, slightly sweet, lemon.
M: Decent mild carbonation, medium body.
O: Decent, though not outstanding.

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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 mrkun
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, warm, and cloudy with persistent head.

S: Dank: cannabis notes.

T: Brown sugar, herbs, Belgian yeast, some fruitiness and dry after taste.

M: Medium carbonation grips tongue with creamy finish.

D: Alcohol content well masked. A good beer that would benefit from aging.

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Photo of Cresant
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this 11.2 oz. brown bottle in a New Belgium snifter. No date. The body was a turbid, rich dark amber. A gentle pour made a head of fine white bubbles. the collar soon faded altogether.

The smell was of cherry cough drops and bread crust.

The taste was tart and malty. Light alcohol became more apparent as it warmed. Slightly nutty. Flavorful.

The mouthfeel was right on. Plenty of body and perfect carbonation. Solid but not spectacular.

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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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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.88 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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