Moinette Blonde (750ml Bottle)
Moinette Blonde is a highly fermented Belgian strong pale ale that continues to ferment in the bottle. With a fine yeast selection, a hoppy aroma, and its golden colour, this is a pleasing beer due to its balance between soft, bitter and fruity.
Yet another beer to add to the "I can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet" file - anyway, as expected, this is the kind of quality product I’ve come to expect from Dupont - sure, it’s got that house flavor of theirs, but that house flavor is so damn good - pours a hazy blond - herbal and floral aroma similar to their saison, but with a lot more honey sweetness behind it, and a kind of orange marmalade character, some notes of vanilla frosting (I know, weird, but good) - full but soft carbonation - the flavor is quite zesty and herbal, and much drier than many people like their tripels (but I love it!) - there is some melon, citrus, and honey sweetness, but it is quite subdued, and takes a back seat to the spicy, floral hops and drier, biscuity malts - some rustic, earthy character - quite a delicious beer.
Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels that in just about any other style.