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

I was wondering if I would ever get around to trying dark Moinette after being impressed by its blond sibling. 750 ml corked and caged magnum, on to the beer:

The year "2009" is printed on the cork. This pours dark carmel orange into an oversized wine glass, leaving a thin pearl head on top before dropping to a lace that hugs around the glass. In the glass, the color of the beer itself is darker, light brown colored and cloudy. There are good aromas in this beer, but you need to find them because they are not intense; grape and saison-like spices are there.

Is this really a dark saison? This beer is like a strong dark ale/saison hybrid. I'm getting a light taste of grape, a hint fo raisin and pear, and dominate oddball spices I can't identify but can't help but like. Sour lemon puckers things up and suggestions of black pepper come around. The carbonation at first is strong and peppy, amplifying the intensity of the spices. It mellows out and that helps make the beer become more approachable in the mouth.

A delightful sipper and a fun thing to throw in from the usual saison.

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

A: Dark amber. Fairly cloudy. Frothy head.
S: Malty berry fruitiness. Raisins. Slight funk.
T: Malty roastedness. Peppery sweet finish. Caramel/toffee. Tartness comes in from back. Hop bitterness in aftertaste.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
O: Fairly dry with slight sweetness makes this beer fairly drinkable. I would buy it again.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl. brown bottle (I drank it couple years ago under the Moinette II). This abbey dubbel is orange copper, the head is thin, beige and it has almost all dissapear by the mid of the Westmalle calice. First nose of green apple, surprise ! but this aroma dissapear quickly. For the rest of the glass spices went thru and some caramel. Spritzy in the mouth, alcohol very present, a touch of caramel and lots of spices. Overall a good ale.

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

Interesting beer here, the Moinette Brune. I didn't realize this was from Dupont when I bought it, but as other people have commented, there are hints of Saison in this beer. It's a lively little thing and doesn't really remind me of the other dark beers I've had from Belgium.

The color is more of an amber that's kind of reddish and the smell is rather sweet. The taste is rather for refreshing for this style, which I don't really associate with "refreshing", but perhaps that's the connection with Saisons. This beer also strikes me as being particularly carbonated compared to many of the other beers I drink. When you pour the beer, it pours a rather substantial head that dissipates rather quickly.


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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a ruddy chestnut - when an inch remains it is a gorgeous copper. Classic towering dense head, clumping froth and lengthy retention.

Delicious aroma of rich light and dark fruits tossed with sweet bread of yummy yeasts.

The brewers of Dupont are immediately obvious - this is a strong dark with substantial saison undertones. The yeast is a dominant flavor, has a full grassy hop middle and the finish is saison dry. Delicious mildly spicy dark fruits.

I like Brasserie Dupont :)

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep tawny brown color with pretty significant haze. Head poured at least 3 fingers and is medium tan in hue and quite frothy. I like it.

Smell: rich apple and slight pear aromas; there is also a light raisin aroma present. Behind this is a slight band-aid smell which works here. Not quite as dark and heady as some BSDAs I've had, but overall I like the experience.

Taste: drier and less fruity than the aroma. The malt base is sweet but there's some alcohol heat here -- the 8.5% really shows itself. There's a vegetabley hop flavor and bitterness that's stronger than I would have expected, but it's not bad. I think the flavor is pretty good but the alcohol burn makes this beer seem a bit rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation. It's not sticky enough to have a lot of staying power, but it is nice nonetheless.

Drinkability: I think it's pretty drinkable, but if the alcohol burn were toned down just a bit I think I'd like it a little better.

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

Poured from 750mL green bottle into a Chimay goblet. 2009 printed on cork. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Dark amber with 1/2-1 finger of off-white head with rare spots of lace.

S: Herbal hops edge is strong and mixes well with brown sugar maltiness and phenols. Smells like a lively lightly spiced dubbel with a rustic slant.

T: Candi sugar and earthy, herbal hops dominate this sweet but bitter brew. Unique flavors of raisin, raspberry, brown sugar blend with earthy hoppiness. ONe of a kind flavor that comes off as a little quirky but is enjoyable all the same.

M: Light-medium carbonation makes the feel very creamy and lighter than the medium body.

D: A very good brew that probably would benefit from a year or two of aging to increase the intensity and tone down the sweetness a bit. Despite this, it is a uniquely flavored beer either way.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazed brown in color with an off white head. Cloudy because of the yeast, in this case it does not detract from the beer.

Smell: A strong aroma of European (Tettneng? Saaz?) hops. Alcohol and some fruityness also there.

Taste: Malty and dry with some roasted flavors. Hops leave an herbal, lemony, tea like impression with a fair amount of bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose suggests. Malty and very slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: I like the aggressive carbonation and drying finish on this medium bodied ale.

Drinkability: A solid beer with some unique flavor combinations. No hint of the 8.5 ABV. Worth trying but I may not revisit for a while.

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

Poured into a Chimay 25cl goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a light brown color that is very murky with a nice thin off-white head that is dense but recedes quickly. There are some orange hues in this BSDA.

S - The yeasty and boozy aroma are immediately present even from the pour. Nice smooth sourdough and banana aromas interlaced with a very mild but enticing yeast aroma. Some nice clove spiciness along with mild sweet booze.

T - Starts off with a nice malt sweetness and a nice yeast backbone. There is a surprising roasted and almost burnt bread flavor to this beer. Very spicy as well. With quite a dry finish that is very refreshing. This is a solid BSDA but its kind off a bland example in my opinion.

M & D - Very good CO2 and nice fluffy feel with a medium body. Delicious, refreshing but with a sneaky ABV.

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

a mild sweet brune of a murky mahogany color. a nice dark saison quality. nice slight off white head that faded after a while. nose of belgian yeast and farmhouse funk. and some fruit... citrus... and pear. palate was earthy burn coriander with surprisingly little sweetness. a peppery herb dry quality. and a hop that give is a musky quality. the musk i find in most duponts. a very crisp brew with no evidence of a abv. great with mildly seasoned steak.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice reddish amber colour that is hazed and tight white head.

S - Very musky rubber dark fruit smell.

T - Really nice spicey cherry flavours with yeatsy bread too.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not a bad Bruin but doesn't stack up o something like the Kasteel.

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

pours a dark copper color with a 2 finger head that recedes quickly but leaves a nice cap and beige ring..the smell is spice and peat some earthy smells some clove ,fruit, some tart sour candy..the taste is tart and fruity with spice and clove a tad bit of sourness that i like it complements the earthy fig and plum's good ...the moutfeel is high medium and fills the taste buds with earth funk spices clove and fruit..i like this one its a little spendy but very recommended

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent addition to the Okie beer scene. Review from notes

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with one finger of tan head.

Some head retention & lacing

S: Slight sourness, a touch of brown bread & some orchard fruit as this warms

T: Candi sugar, brown bread, caramel & apple skins & cherry fruittyness up front. Mustyness, woody dryness are here as this warms, along with more apple peels & a booze tinge. Finishes dry, woody & somewhat funky, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Soft & effervescent at the same time, medium bodied

Drinks alright, didn't quite pull together, a decent Brune...

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

Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel, vanilla and yeasty aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Full well balanced sweet fruity flavor with a medium complex finish of long duration. Good brew.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Apex in Portland, OR.

appearance - teddy bear reddish brown with a thick head, excellent retention and lacing

smell - spice, funk, floral aromas, sweet

taste - sweet, caramel, dark fruit, some alcohol notes on the finish

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish

drinkability - very complex, excellent array of flavors

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Photo of bump8628
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green, corked-and-caged bottle. Served in a chalice.

Dark amber to light brown with a tight, creamy light tan head.

Neutral, sweet Pils malt with a hint of caramel and not much else fills out the malt profile. Hops are also shy with only a faint herbal quality. Even the yeast is understated, only lending a bit of peppery spice and faint fruitiness. A dry, mineral, steely finish is the only resemblance that this has to this brewery's flagship beer.

A very understated and mild Strong Belgian Ale. Not at all like the expressive Saison Dupont. Still, its an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very cloudy light brown with a very generous beige head. Great retention. Very persistent bead.

Some toffee/caramel sweetness on the nose. A bit of spiciness in there as well.

The toffee and caramel come out much stronger on the palate. Alcohol is very obvious but not OTT.

The initial sweetness hit that comes with each sip might get a bit much after a while even though it does finish very dry.

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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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Moinette Brune from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.88 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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