Brasserie Dupont, located in the rural town of Tourpes, Belgium, has been brewing under the name Dupont since 1920 but their site has house breweries as far bas as 1844. These days Brasserie Dupont is more well known for their quintessential saison, Dupont Saison, but their entire line up of beer is off the same caliber as Saison, including this wonderful Belgian strong blond ale, Moinette.
Moinette is one of the oldest beers made by the brewery dating back to 1955, right around when this style became popular. The name comes from the historically swampy area where the brewery is located, the “moëne region.” Like all of their traditional beer, Dupont bottle conditions, or “re-ferements” Moinette for at least two months at a controlled temperature of 73º F, which results in a very well carbonated beer.
Date Reviewed. June 10, 2011
Where I Found It. Costco, San Francisco, CA for only $7.99! I’ve never seen it there since.
Serving Type. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance. This beer has a hazy golden straw color with a white head. When I first poured it from the bottle the head was an enormous mound of frothy white foam. It took a while for it to dissipate. After that however, subsequent pours had average to below average head retention. There is a thin layer of foam throughout drinking this beer.
Aroma. Moinette has a strong hop bouquet with floral, earthy, and straw notes. I’m guessing styrian goldings hops in this one. The aroma also includes a good dose of cloves and spice, like un-cracked black peppercorns. There is a hint of banana. It smells inviting
Taste. This beer has a good balance of bitter and sweet. It highlights malty flavors while not being overly sweet. The sweetness that is present is like a just ripened banana. The bitterness is present and complements the aroma by revealing itself as spice, like the sensation of a crushed peppercorn but not as intense as a szechuan peppercorn.
Mouthfeel. This is a full to medium bodied beer with quite a bit of carbonation that makes the mouthfeel not quite as fizzy as a soda. This is due to the bottle conditioning or “re-fermentation.”
Overall. Moinette is an excellent example of a Belgian strong pale ale. It has all of the best qualities of a Belgian ale with no apparent flaws. The banana and clove aromas, from the yeast, meld perfectly with the spicy, earthy, floral hops and the sweet grainy malts. Truly a wonderful beer.
The bottle I had was relatively fresh but the “refermentation” still produced a quite a bit of extra carbonation.
Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.
- Appearance (6%): 4.5
- Smell (24%): 4.0
- Taste (40%): 4.5
- Mouthfeel (10%): 4.0
- Overall (20%): 5.0
- Total: 4.43
- Style: Belgian strong blond ale
- Brewery: Brasserie Dupont [more info]
- Alcohol by volume: 8.5%
- RateBeer scores: 98 overall, 99 style (as of Dec. 8, 2011)
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