Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4/5 rDev -0.5%
My first time to try this beer and believe it or not I had it on tap here in NC,pours a deep amber with a fluffy off white head leaving a nice amount of lace behind.Aromas of spiced cherry and brown suger with just a little yeasty spiciness going on as well,to me this beer tastes like fruit cake lightly spicy of cinnamon and some clove with a big fruitiness to go along like cherries and maybe some apricots.Well made I liked the 10 a little more but this will definently suffice and great to see in my neck of the woods on tap.
06-14-2005 13:06:12 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -0.5%
A brown pour with a smallish tan head. The nose has a nice range of aromas from chocolate to molasses down to earthy & spicey notes. There is also a bready quality in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly lively and full with plenty of bubbliness. The taste starts dull and earthy and then heads towards a sweeter medium body. Highlighted by chocolate and spice the beer bends toward a dry finish with a nice alcohol warmth. A pleasant drinking experience.
12-31-2003 16:33:05 | More by Popsinc
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Appearance The carbonated orange and brown body was juicy-looking, and the off-white head did it justice. The head was modest on a full pour.
Smell The big, deep, rich malts were a pleasant surprise after drinking this many times from the bottle. They are big and intense even for the style. The spicing also in unmistakably sharp.
Taste The malt flavors just explode at the taste. The pour was freezing cold though so I had to painfully let it sit before being able to enjoy the flavors. The spices thankfully relaxed a bit on the tongue.
Mouthfeel This is a solid medium-bodied if not a bit bigger. The terrific fluffy carbonation was spot on for a Dubbel, and the drying spicy finish closed things out just right.
Drinkability This is a hearty, flavorful Dubbel with lots of big malts that nevertheless prove to be well-balanced. It flows nicely on-tap.
03-08-2006 02:15:30 | More by RoyalT
3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass. Review from notes.
A: Brown color with reddish hues. Small, ivory-colored and thick head. Some lacings.
S: Fruits of the forest. Chocolate covered soft banana-flavored candy. Plenty of yeast. Caramel malts. A rather big, powerful and interesting smell.
T: Not nearly as interesting as the smell, nor is it as powerful and dense. Plenty of bread-like malts. Some caramel and chocolate covered soft banana-flavored candy. Butterscotch. The finish is actually quite dull and short - it's minimally bitter and has some faint candy-like flavors and spicy alcohol.
M: Lighter body and more carbonation than expected. It almost feels somewhat bland.
D: It drinks quite easily, but it wasn't that great. The taste was somewhat of a letdown considering the smell. I've had this one served in bottle as well and the bottled version is far better than this one.
04-05-2009 10:43:25 | More by ricke
4/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Pours mahogany with ruby tints. Nice sized tan head that has lasting power helped by the abundant carbonation.
S - Sweet malt, dark fruit, black licorice, and dark chocolate.
T - Much like the armoa, lots of malt with dark fruit and bit of burnt caramel and tart dark chocolate coming through. A little alcohol and spiciness in the finish.
M - A little heavy in the middle but finishes pretty clean with the higher alcohol and carbonation.
D - Balanced and finishes clean without any one flavor over dominating. This makes for a very drinkable beer.
04-04-2010 22:22:05 | More by steelerguy
3.7/5 rDev -8%
My first Dubbel! Pours from a nice looking bottle a murky reddish-brown. Nice foamy head that lasts and lasts, and bands of lace that form with every sip. Smells of dried fruits, cherry especially. Tastes of black cherry, with a rather medicinal quality and an essence of clove. I'm not crazy about the carbonation (seems a bit fizzy to me), although that subsides as the beer warms. I get a nice warming feeling, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden.
All in all, not a pretty good beer, but I'm not sure it's worth the $2+ I spent for it...
09-12-2004 13:08:13 | More by skybluewater
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
served on draft into a snifter.
A - deep amber with a tan head.
S - lots of spices and fruits with alcohol and ... heck it's really complex.
T - this beer has a great balanced flavor with a lot going on. i notice the spices with a bit of fruit and the maltiness shows before giving way to a bit of the alcohol flavor at the end.
M - creamy and smooth with medium carbonation.
D - a very good beer that is a joy to drink. just not necessarily in large amounts.
04-26-2008 19:34:04 | More by dill
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Had this on tap at Eulogy in philly. Dark chocolate brown with a nice, thick, creamy, khaki head atop. Scents of rootbeer... hard to catch much else- problem with this wonderful tavern is that late on a Saturday afternoon, you get alot of smoke that hinders the senses a bit... Tastes of dark fruits, mainly dark cherries or candied cherries maybe? Slight bit of darkened toast in the background. Bit of chocolate. Can taste the alcohol more as it warms up. Medium carbination, maybe a bit too much? Seems too much for the style for me... probably would have thought more of the mouthfeel if there was a tad less carb here... Served at the perfect temperature and in the perfect glass, just a great, happy experience here! Pretty damn good though.
08-08-2004 16:27:28 | More by shapudding
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, “best before end” date on the back label. States that it is top fermented and refermented in the bottle.
Appearance: Tiny bubbled effervescent yet creamy looking light tan lace that stays around until the brew is gone. Shade of haze in the deep brown colour brew, though the light shows a vibrant yet tawny reddish hue.
Smell: Faint molasses and anise, fresh tart plum and black currant aromas are quite fragrant. Connotations of earthy yeast give hints to mineral, malt goes a little steely also.
Taste: Huge crispness with a smooth viscous mouth feel that shows off a sturdy medium body. Phenols lay down a hard spicy clove and medicinal flavour, alcohol plays a part in this also with a big spicy and sweet presence. Sizeable dry malt character throws around toasted husk flavours that are lightly astringent. Estery with dried fruity flavours that are reminiscent of pineapple and plum, alcohol has a touch of solvent flavour also but it is light enough and does not get in the way. Small amount of hops meld with the phenols to give a shaded bitterness. Quick snap of a sour twang in the middle disappears in the end, earthiness and a trace amount of smokiness bring more levels of complexity to further bring the finish in to everlasting.
Notes: Complex is not saying enough, so many levels of flavours that go around it is nearly too much. This brew is to be sipped and savoured and should be consumed at cellar temperature for optimum flavour. This is one Dubbel that does not take any crap.
04-07-2002 19:40:51 | More by Jason
2.9/5 rDev -27.9%
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours into a goblet a dark chestnut body that is ruby hued when held to light. Creamy tan head rises to two centimeters and retains very well. Elegant sheet lacing all over the goblet completes the beautiful appearance.
Aroma is malty milk chocolate and toffee, plum wine, a hint of pineapple, and some musty and dank yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with restrained carbonation and some alcohol burn.
Taste is a quick downhill plummet. Fusel alcohol is heavyhanded all the way through. Prune juice and plum wine notes are the good news. Twangy yeast presents some chicken coop character that becomes dank and acrid. By the middle, phenolic notes take over, and metallic and plastic airplane glue notes take over. Not very pleasant. I could not finish this one. Acrid yeastiness, and fusel and phenolic to the extreme. Don't know what went wrong with this one, which began with such high promise.
02-13-2005 20:14:45 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Stubby Belgian style small (330 ml) bottle, best before dating of "09 2010" on the rear label. pours dark chocolate amber, under a highly retentive, puffy dark tan head, leaving gobs of splattered fingers of lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, bready yeast, and candied fruits. Complex, bold and tasty brew. Plenty of rum, raisins, more chocolate (dark and dry), gooey brownie comes to mind, some alcohol kickin' it in the rear as well as some late hops to dry things out. Nice stuff. I've enjoyed this one for years, just getting around to reviewing it
09-20-2008 02:45:40 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Purchased at Ayotte's Smokin Joe's in Hudson, NH on 7/25/08. 750 ml caged and corked bottle with a best before date of 11/09. Bottle boasts an 8% ABV.
Cork was extremely difficult to remove, had to resort to using a wine key. Cork broke in the process and the neck of the bottle chipped as well. Hoping we don't find the broken piece of glass the hard way.
Dark amber with caramel hues. Three finger bubbly/creamy head dissipates quickly, leaving a web of lace around the glass.
Smells of fig with undertones of coffee and chocolate.
Meaty fruit flavor; figs and dates with chocolate, coffee and alcohol underneath.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with the slightest hint of alcohol bite at the end.
Considering it's 10:00 am I probably shouldn't be drinking this at all, but even with it's heavy Dubbel Belgian body it goes down surprisingly well.
07-26-2008 14:39:15 | More by fdrich29
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
Squat brown bottle which feels particularly heavy for its size.
Appearance: Dark brown with no trace of red, unlike most brown ales of the style (which I don't believe to be a true 'dubbel' - it's only so because it's midway between the enkel and the tripel). Moderate to good head retention, lots of papery lacing, creamy head from the constant carbonation rising to the surface.
Smell: Complex and very vinous. Solvent alcohol is striking, but not singular - its is muddied into a warming, sweetish aroma by a mix of smells. Dark malt, stone fruit, toffee.
Taste: Very full-bodied - acidic on the palate, with a very lasting flavour. Traces of date, sweet dark malts and even citrus (orange) zest. Tastes like it would pair ideally with a roast or a stew - I had it with risotto and that was a perfect match too.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy and somehow cleansing - strips the mouth of food etc, like a detergent - but a pleasant feeling in the mouth, particularly good as an accompaniment to food.
Drinkability: Very strong and very heavy - slows you down and fills you up, and would thus not be appropriate as a session beer! One or two would be very nice on a cold night lke tonight though.
09-02-2005 15:04:05 | More by Weizenmensch
4/5 rDev -0.5%
The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of caramel and toffee malt with some dark fruit and candy sugar notes. The flavor follows the aroma. I get some nice raisin and prune notes as well as some brown sugar, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable in the flavor but it is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice dubbel.
07-21-2011 01:59:40 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Dark mahogany pour with a thick off-white head. Deep, heavy aroma of malt, peat, smoke, and molasses. Creamy mouthfeel. Heavy malt, caramel, and dark fruits in the taste. Occasional pop-through of the peat, but not consistently. Long aftertaste. Very nice.
12-05-2008 21:27:45 | More by magictrokini
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
330 ml served in a chilled glass..
Appearance - The beer pours with a good 4 finger head and slowly drops and remains at about 2 fingers. The beer is a gorgeous clear dark auburn colour, looks delicious. There is a tremendous amount of lacing occurring. Carbonation levels appear almost non existent.
Smell - Caramel with hints of malts are present in the smell. Not a dominant or over powering smell to this beer. There is a touch of raisin and little spice.
Taste - very good tasting beer! There is a subtle hint of bitterness at the end. You can taste the malts and raisins with a little hint of sweetness.
Mouthfeel - I am going to have to say i am quite shocked with the carbonation, compared to the appearance the mouthfeel generates a lot more. The beer fills the pallet and provides a great taste. You can really taste the raisins come forward on the mouthfeel with an increased bitterness near the end.
Drinkability - I was quite surprised with this beer and its appeal to the drinker. I think the beer is a great session beer and i would look to drink it again. I was very impressed.
11-06-2010 00:34:52 | More by Swedes21
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.