Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano.
It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end.
For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely.
I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending.
You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.
migwell (99) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Been drinking a lot of tripels and ’Belgian Strong Ales’ lately and I’d have to sit down over several evenings with a lot of bottles to really have a chance to differentiate between a lot of them. Moinette has the usual yeasty aroma, a good body, some sweetness and spiciness, decent complexity and smoothness and hides its ABV well. Additionally, it finishes well, dry and with little aftertaste. Quite a lot of sediment as I poured glass #2 into a standard Belgian ale glass... not a problem for me. This is certainly a fine entry into this category, and perhaps in the end my determining factor will simply come down to price and availability locally. Love these ales!
visionthing (3520) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from some shop in either Estonia or Belgium. Pours clear golden with some small, floating particles and a white head. Fruity aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, spices and mild malty and hoppy. Medium to moderate sweet with nice fruity and floral flavours and a fairly dry and somewhat bitter finish. Quite delicious!
andrepintado (1904) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle thanks to lisbeer. Hazy appearance. Gold color. Thin white head. Medium sweetness, low sourness. Medium body. Aroma is malty, hoppy, fruity, light brett.
Rubin77 (91) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
F: huge white foam.
C: opaque hazy yellow golden.
A: very nice fruity aroma, citrusy, orange peels, coriander, some flowers, bread, honey
T: interesting like very strong saison beer, but here as Belgian strong ale, great beer with fruity luscious yeast and spicy, rich citron and orange taste, with nice palate hops bitterness, medium to full body with lively carbonation, anyway very refreshing, worth to try!
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice billowy white fizzy foam head. The head fades moderately quickly over time leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a cracker aroma mixed with a lot of yeast and a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of clove and coriander as well as a good showing of a grainy and fruity smell. All in all it gives a rather nice and clean Belgium smell overall.
Taste – Upfront the taste has a decent showing of a fruity nature of peach and pear mixed with a whole lot of a bready taste. A decent showing a clean grainy flavor and a lot of yeast are present upfront as well, which make for a rather flavorful taste. While lighter upfront, the spice flavors of coriander and clove get rather potent toward the end and are joined by lots of grass and a herbal hop. With a light decrease in the sweet, and a little more grainy and some hay coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice flavorful and crisp Belgium strong flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the somewhat fruity and sweet, yet crisp and bready tastes, the feel is quite nice and when considering the style, this one makes for a rather nice drinker overall.
Overall – This was rather enjoyable Belgium triple style ale. Lots of nice flavor all while maintaining a rather crisp and refreshing character at 8.5 % abv.
jamaty (1144) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonito color miel, turbia. Dos dedos de espuma muy efervescente. Aroma a yogurt y galleta. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación muy notable. Sabor complejo: floral y miel, frutal y pera, dulce galleta... Final seco, amargo y alcohol bien disimulado salvo por el regusto caliente final. Notable.
nickel (610) - - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing aroma of spices and flowers.
Taste is spicy, malty with nice bitter aftertaste. Dry finish
willisread (709) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a modest off-white soapy head. Aromas of orange, lemon, yeast, grain, bread and honey are present. Medium body with active carbonation. A strong saison in my book. The yeast and spices really stand out as it warms up. Nicely bitter but not overly so with a nice touch of nutmeg and cinnamon along with a peppery finish. A very complex strong ale, that is a must drink for saison fans. World class beer for sure.
daje (2647) - NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PoechenelleKelder, Brussels, march 14th 2015. Hazy dark yellow body with a thick white head. Tart and fruity aroma, tea leaves, citrus. Mild banana in taste, with strong fruitiness, zesty, with a light spicy yeast presence. Medium sweet finish, a good hoppy complex belgian
aleigator (433) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, sun-yellow color, with a huge, stable head.
Drinks very smooth, due to a well pronounced yeast foundation, with a perfect fitting carbonation, revealing a medium body.
The nose exhibits qualities of an european lager, with sweeter, biscuity malts and slightly herbal hops, but amped up with a spicy yeast foundation. Grass provides a lot of character, giving the aromas an interesting turn.
Tastes of dough, soft and spiced yeast, among biscuity malts. Has a lemon peel crispness giving the beer a pleasant freshness. Finishes with a decent dryness, wrapped up by clove, pepper, flowery hops and a luscious yeast foundation.
A classic example of a refreshing, complex traditional Belgian beer. The yeast spiciness is well integrated, without becoming the dominant ingedient of the beer. Grass, lemon peel and biscuity malts among a slightly metallic carbonation adds an enjoyable depth.