Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.22/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
APPEARANCE: This dubbel pours just a shade lighter than a roasted chestnut with a sandstone-colored head. Once the head dissipates, it leaves behind a very delicate lace.
SMELL: The first whiff of this brew is a preview for a very complex beer: roasty malts and a mix of plums, citrus fruits, and anise.
TASTE: Overall, this is a medium-bodied Belgian ale that hits your tongue with a tone of crispness and a lush mouth feel. Once this beer fills the rest of your mouth, you'll get a wonderful mix of peppery spice and sweetness. The dry malts throw in a bready earthiness that's a pleasant surprise from a beer with a more floral and fruity nose. The dominant flavors are a deep fruitiness with the strongest notes being that of slightly over-ripe plums and figs with a hint of anise. The bottle recommends that this beer be poured at 42 to 50F. I would agree. Cool but not cold works best here.
DRINKABILITY: A very good beer, but not a session brew. The sheer complexity lends itself far more to sipping at a slow, leisurely pace. It's on the verge of being too complex, but stops just short. I don't think I'd want more than a 12-ounce snifter at a sitting.
VERDICT: It's a grand beer, but not for the faint of heart. The more sensitive your palate, then the more you'll enjoy this beer. If you have the chance to try this beer, then absolutely do it.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2011 00:41:28 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
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4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 22:47:49 | More by superspak
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.