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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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

My local liquor store was clearing out bottles in their fridge, so I got this for $2.50. Only had Dupont's Saison to date, but I loved that, so figured this was worth the price.

A: Pours a reddish brown color that just glows in the glass. An absolute monster of a head that pours foamy and tan and rises up to about 5 fingers in the glass. Takes a long time to settle.

S: I'm really liking the smell here, but it's really, really faint, even after letting it warm a bit. Dusty yeast and chalky malt, baked pear, cinnamon, spearmint and maybe a hint of red apple.

T: Kind of a strange beer. Some good flavors going on here, but they're very disjointed and the mouthfeel is Christian Bale in The Machinist- thin. Sort of a strange, sweet wet malt flavor upfront with some light cocoa powder, mushy apple and maybe some molasses on the finish. Might be a bit of apple pie spice and dry yeast on the finish. Finish is dry and a little chalky. Ok and definitely worth the price I paid but not sure I'd rush back to this one.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutBoi
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BenBreeg
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdellafave
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent dry finish, a little more carbonated than I was expecting. Big time belgian yeast is the first and most prominent aromatic. Candied sugar on the palate with an ever so slight bitter drying finish. Not astringent but going in that direction. Other flavors are in the dark fruit realm: figs and dates come to mind.

Benefits greatly from being drank in the 40s instead of at fridge temperature. Alcohol notes are minimal, there is some warming after the finish but this is highly drinkable. Dupont strikes again.

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Photo of desint
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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 CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque red-brown with dense cream colored head, half inch of which sticks to the end, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: red apple, caramel, buttered brown bread, mild earth and spiciness. Taste: date bread, cherry cola note, dried apricot, toasted grain, peach skin, herbal and earthy. Medium-plus bodied but a bit heavy on the carbonation. Pretty good, though a big step down from the blonde.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moinettte Brune pours ruby slightly hazy tinted amber to red brown with a 3” thick, persistent cream colored tan foam cap that mounds above the rim of the glass looking very much like Ayers rock. It lasts several minutes leaving a small iceberg in the glass upon finishing while etching the glass with a thick coating of gothic window lace. Fruit, light chocolate, spice and herbal aromas gently rise from the glass, while over the tongue plum to fig flavors precede a light chocolate touch, grain and then a moderate hop accent for balance. It starts lightly sweet and then finishes semi-dry with a light trace of tartness. The taste profile is interesting with slightly more hops in the foam than in the body. It finishes with lingering fig and chocolate flavors tempered by just a touch of bitter. The texture is creamy and juicy with medium high carbonation and a much lighter body than you would expect for such a light beer. Very well balanced and composed.

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Photo of Llogan383
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TequilaVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JessiB
2.3/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01/24/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Recommended by the barman. Well, well, well. It's been a while. Ever meet someone that twigs on the spot? Well here 'tis but in a glass. Thank you Dave, Thank you RnH & thank you Brasserie DuPont, Who'd a thunk you'd all know I even existed. XXOO

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Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 319 ratings