I had no idea this 2004 was floating around in the stash. I wonder when I bought it. Moinette is the sibling of the saisons by Dupont and comes in brown and pale versions. The brown pours deep caramel under a rich tan mouse head that resolves to a opulent rim and foam. In the mouth there is brown sugar which opens to russet apple and pear herbed with thyme and mace. Raisin, butter biscuit with a nod to beef broth. Cream yeast with perhaps a slight white pepper note in the finish..
A really fine ale with plenty of jangling flavours popping out throughout the swish though, as this BAer points out, the challenge of too much flavour can be off putting:
Ugh. I have to say this is probably one of the worst Belgians I've had in recent memory. The hop-extract bitterness is horrible, and the lingering aftertaste of shoe-polish makes me want to be sick. Stay away.
Not really justified but to each their own. Others give stronger support. A lush, complex and interesting 8.5% ale.