Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
When it comes to Belgians, I always come back to Maredsous 8; Dubbel is my favorite Belgian style, and Maredsous 8 is my favorite Dubbel.
Appearance: Champagne-style bottle, corked, with a label design that I personally find to be quite cool. Pours a warm brown color with a fluffy cloud of nigh-indestructable light brown foam. The head trails the glass like a milkshake. Bubbles of carbonation are visible, clinging to the side of the glass.
Smell: Rich, fruity and yeasty, hinting at the complexities that are to come.
Taste: Wild stuff. There is a lot going on here. Starts with a powerful, complicated sweetness, with raisins dominant in the taste. A moment later, I note the curious balance between the sugars and the staple, bottle-conditioned yeasty character; there's great balance here. I really don't like phenolic flavors in lighter-bodied beers, but they intertwine very well here; I can appreciate some aspects of it and ignore the phenolic off-flavors that would ruin a wheat beer for me.
Mouthfeel: A big, bubbly beer for which the glorious, natural carbonation works well.
Drinkability: About as drinkable as a richly-flavored Dubbel can get, I suppose. These aren't session beers, after all. Great on a clean palate, but this is the kind of beer to which you don't want to get too accustomed, but rather surprise yourself with every now and then.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2006 16:33:28 | More by krantul
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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.