Moinette Blonde – Brasserie Dupont (Belgium)

Moinette Blonde – Brasserie Dupont, 8.5% ABV, (Tourpes, Belgium) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

“Moinette Blonde is brewed in an authentic farm-brewery dating back to 1844. Since then the Dupont Brewery has remained and independent concern, still in the hands of the founding family, where beer is produced following traditional and time-tested brewing methods. With a coppery blond colour Moinette Blonde is a real thirst quencher thanks to its finely tuned balance between mellowness, bitterness and fruitiness. The real second fermentation in the bottle means the buyer can store this beer for many years prior to consumption, a time during which the tastes will evolve both in complexity and harmony.”

My notes:
  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: rich flavour and good balance
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: ~$12 , 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours slightly cloudy orangish-yellow with lees, nice thick foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Standard honey/chamomile/floral nose. Drinks with a balanced sweetness (7/10), honey, chamomile, tangerine, brown sugar, and ends with a clean lingering soft bitterness (5/10) and more chamomile. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Solid and balanced. Becomes boozy as it warms up.