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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 643
Hads: 1,327
Avg: 4
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 88
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of MrDell
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75


Maredsous 8
Dubbel- 8% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 07.2017

Appearance: A lot of smoke and hissing upon cracking the bottle. Difficult to see beer properly as I served it in the ceramic goblet (usually only available at the abbey giftshop apparently) that came with it. What I can see is that it has a tan head which doesn’t hang around - poor head retention.

Aroma: Strong yeast aroma for a dubbel and alcohol, backed up by subtle dark fruits and banana.

Taste: As aroma, strong yeast (same as in the tripel and one that I’m not particularly keen on), followed by a strong alcohol burn then you get a very slight bit of dark fruit sweetness that is usually prominent (and very enjoyable) in a dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and oily, medium-full body.

Overall: The alcohol is not very well hidden in this one and the yeast flavours are overpowering (much the same with the tripel, if my memory serves me correctly). Probably my least favourite Belgian dubbel to date. 5.5 / 10.

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Photo of Zet
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber colour with a modest but steady head of foam. Underwhelming smell of yeast. Luckily, the taste is much better: a rich combination of chocolate, raisins, rum, caramel and prumes. Alcohol is very present as well, which isn't usually a good thing, but it combines very well with the other flavours and gives a warming aftertaste as well. A good dubbel, though this one makes me wonder where the dubbel stops and the quadruple begins. Recommended.

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Photo of SStein
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice lacing. Smells of banana bread and dark fruit. It tastes of plums, raisins, figs. It seems overly strong on the alcohol beer. The carbonation is smooth. Overall it is a decent brune, but doesn't stand out in a country full of good brunes.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up some more Belgians at Carulla, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a bready almost graham crackers smell of nice fresh malt. Pours to a deep red with big bubble head and a creamy top. On the taste this brew has a zesty up front hopping with a mostly balanced middle. Head stays up throughout the taste which finishes sweet, tart and increasing in sweetness leaving one yearning for another belt. A great Belgian brew tasty and incredibly refreshing

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Dark brown color. Aroma, sweetish malt, caramel and toffee, wine, berry and dried fruit. Taste, warming, sweetness, caramel, dried fruits, toffee and raisins.

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Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a semi-clear reddish brown body with one finger of thick tan head that remained for a while. Overall impression of appearance is of a fantastic Dubbel, very true to style. Scents of rich malt with chocolate, toast and light caramel notes backed by fruity esters lending dried cherry, prune, plum and apple, with light peppery phenols in the background and light alcohol and hard water notes. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice Dubbel, showcasing the mix of complex malts, esters and phenols of the style. Flavor begins malty showcasing flavors of chocolate, toasted malt, light caramel and esters of prune, dried cherry and apple and light phenols of white pepper. Middle gains a bit more dryness, carrying the same flavors and adding a bit more warming alcohol. Finish is dry with notes of white pepper and warming alcohol mingling with esters of dried cherry and prune, toasted malt and slight chocolate. Aftertaste is white pepper, moderate bitterness and toasted malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a dry Dubbel, pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with a drying feel and a chalky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a dry Dubbel. Overall this is a nice Dubbel. It sticks to the drier side of the style, but is still a malty beer overall. Quite pleasing and worth trying.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,dates,spice,banana,some roast
-medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
I missed complexity and Body in this one.Slightly above average

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Photo of stevoj
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfect dubbel. Silky beige head covers murky brown beer. Powerful aroma advertises the higher alcohol content. Taste has elements of molasses, nuts, and roasted grains, but are quickly erased by the burn of the alcohol. Beauty of a beer!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dubbel of brown color and a light beige foam.
Smell isyeasty and of nice sweetness, with notes of milk chocolate, caramel and caramelized rice.
Taste has different moods. Begins sweet and crispy and finishes dry, a bit fruity. Some notes of cola.
This beer has also some roast malt notes that makes it resemble a porter, different for a belgium beer but really nice.
Body and carbonation are well balanced.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor de San Juan (tasting pack) In its chalice, playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Very good beer. Even being black It doesnt have that bitterness I dislike of many black ones

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Photo of delta490
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown with a slightly ruddy tint to it. The head barely hangs on after pouring but still leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is true to form, with nice dark fruit and deep caramel sweetness, a little hint of spices, and a little hint of alcohol. The taste is even bigger than the aroma and full of all the aroma characteristics. The body is a nice weight, maybe not quite as full feeling as others but great all the same with just a little hit of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, leaving a great lace which stayed on the glass throughout the drink..loved the rich and nutty taste as it paired nice with a large slice of Lasagna.. Awesome experience until the check; $10.00 a pint! Can't say it was that good.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Big caramel and grain nose with traces of anise and dark dried fruit. Brilliant brown under a very creamy, persistent light tan cap. The palate is creamy and laced with dark dried fruit with faint hints of cola and fruit cake. Finishes with a light bitter accent. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jettjon
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. Tremendous foamy brown/tan head threatens to overflow. Nice slow fade with huge amounts of clingy lace and clumpy head left behind. Clear chestnut color with few precipitating bubbles. Nose of sugary sweet malt, dark fruits, and a bit of boozy alcohol. Mouth is thin and easy going with little carbonation in evidence. Tastes of bready malt, definite clean alcohol presence on the finish. Hints of bitterness. Overall: Great appearance and nose. Flavor was a bit underwhelming however I have a feeling I had a rather old bottle.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous veiled copper color. Extra foamy head with residues. Good lacing.

Pleasant sweet aromas of fruits and nutty caramel. Perfectly spiced and floral hints.

Sweet flavor of bread and fruits. Caramel like feeling with gentle spices. Very slight alcohol aftertaste.

A warming slick body with ample prickly carbonation. Very delicate and balanced finish for a strong beer.

Very fresh, well crafted, full flavored. Overall a true joy to drink!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apariencia: Cerveza turbia color marrón intenso con una dorada cabeza de espuma de alta densidad y retención.

Aroma: Aroma agradable a caramelo, azúcar quemada, alcohol. El aroma a lúpulo es prácticamente imperceptible.

Sabor: Sabor ligero a malta con notas a caramelo, melasa, frutas y sensación alcohólica. Agradablemente dulce y sutilmente amarga. Algunas notas de hierbas aromáticas.

Sensación: Cuerpo alto con carbonatación media-alta.

General: Una cerveza bastante rica. Balanceada en sus aspectos y con personalidad. Representa de manera muy adecuada el estilo de cervezas de abadía. Muy recomendable para cerveceros con gusto por los sabores complejos.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-brown with thick soapy tan head, settles slowly with big chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: fig, toast, brown sugar, dates, black pepper, lightly earthy with a note of cola. Taste: toasted brown bread, hefty grain twang, fig, caramel, cherry cola, earthy and slightly nutty finish. Very nice.

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Photo of seedyone
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

From bottle dated 01 2013 at Rattle n Hum. Definite brune aroma, but not very potent. Poured to a respectable head & left a resonable lacing in the upper reaches of the glass. Texture was a bit thin but the flavor was not.

Although a tad sweet, the first impression is of umami. It has the complex aroma of prunes & (I hate to say it, but...) leather that endS up with a taste much more grounded& earthy. It taste much mor uncuous than it feels. A wonder of aroma, flavor & texture

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much smoother than the Maredsous 10, and overall very excellent in general. Tried this at a restaurant in Changsha, China and absolutely loved it. Beautiful copper color, just the right amount of head and lace and not too bitter as one might expect from 8% alcohol. No burn going down and a perfect compliment to any meal.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

330 ml short bottle poured into a snifter. A light brown amber hue with a moderate amount of beige honeycomb-like head. Aroma is spicy and sweet, lightly roasted, with root beer or sarsaparilla, gingerbread, light molasses, and candy apple notes discernible. Palate delivers some chocolate and coffee to complement these sweet and spicy elements, a rather bitter yet smooth and rich dubbel, with more body than most Trappist examples (which swing toward the more attenuated) and a pleasant molasses-like or puffed wheat square note in the roasty finish. A sour fruitiness lurks in the background. I appreciate the richer flavors here.

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3.4/5  rDev -15%

330ml short Belgian bottle. Chalice glass. Wood & barrel aromas as cap is removed. Brownish dark amber color. Beige foam & close crown showing fairly good retention. Toasted & brown sugar aromas, hints of chocolate, cocoa, herbs & spices to the nose. Malty & crispy upfront rounded by herbal notes. Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Dense texture & kind alcoholic heat. Slight fruity bitterness, woody hues & dried nuts in the middle. Sweet/bitter finish. Dark fruit & subtle notes of raisin on the aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, toast, brown bread, molasses, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of fine visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film, a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and lightly toasted malts with some toffee sweetness and moderate aromas of dark fruits (mostly cherries).

T: Upfront there are moderate to slightly stronger flavors of dark, toasted, and slightly burnt chocolate malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherries stand out) but without much associated sweetness. Finally there are light to moderate amount of spicy yeast in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little easier to drink than some other Dubbels and there is a nice complexity to both the flavor and smell of this beer. Alcohol is well hidden and there is not as much sweetness as some of the other examples of the style.

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Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Brown colour with red hints when watching to the light. Huge dense head that lasts forever and marks a good lace on the glass. Smell of chocolate, dark fruits, spices, caramel, some wood character, like a port or sherry wine. Medium body, sticky and creamy palate, good carbonation. Taste of chocolate or cocoa, dark fruits, spices, caramel. A bit of an alcoholic finish.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a creamy off white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice layer on the beer. The beer itself is an opaque purple with a little bit of red. The smell has a dark fruit smell balanced with some floral hops. Belgian sugar notes are also present with a bit of a malt sweetness and grain smell as well. The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruit notes dominate the palate. A floral hop taste is also present but get a little lost in the sugar and caramel malt notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. The beer is actually fairly light with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a fairly good beer that I'll probably revisit again in the future.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.