Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.55/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Foam began oozing out the top of the bottle shortly after opening. This one definitely requires a slow, careful pour. (It was actually pretty calm during the pour.) Once in the tulip, body is an earthy clay color and head is beige. Head is foamy, soft, and about a half inch in height. Displays fantastic retention and lacing all the way. When held to light, body turns deep red and a column of carbonation can be seen rising from the center. Very cloudy.
Smell: Plump, juicy raisins, figs, and cinnamon. A good deal of sweetness in this one: Belgian candi sugar and molasses. Solid doughy malt backbone with prickly, spicy hops in the finish. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely. This smells awesome! Very close to a five.
Taste: Doughy malts are quite dominant here. Molasses, figs, and spicy hops are probably the next most predominant flavors. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but is mild and very tolerable. I get some black coffee and chocolate flakes in the aftertaste. Not as good as the smell, but still very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and very smooth; carbonated perfectly. Good deal of chewiness but still light on the palate. There is some light spiciness and a solid amount of mouth-numbing. Finishes dry, but not as dry as I had anticipated, which is actually a nice surprise. Pretty clean to boot. Fantastic!
Drinkability: Before I realized it, this thing was almost gone. I like dubbels; I love this. Light, flavorful, and very aromatic. Will definitely buy again.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2009 02:17:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
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.