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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

09-20-2013 22:22:06 | More by mrshoes
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

01-23-2013 15:52:28 | More by phishbone23
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-10-2014 21:04:45 | More by JakeSmith
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-28-2012 02:04:38 | More by lsoule
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

09-20-2012 01:14:13 | More by Dapperticus
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

06-20-2014 02:34:06 | More by calcutron
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-31-2014 05:28:46 | More by Stephenshannonsmith
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-24-2012 21:07:20 | More by Mosdeb
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4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The crystal mug turned a nice rich mahagony with a little cloudy mistyness in color. The head is off white, beige and lacing is beautiful.
The smell hints many flavors which are hard to pinpoint.
But the taste is phenomenal. Your mouth will be filled with a surprising freshness of banana ,chocolate, coffee, and other fruits. A great balance of bittersweet hops at the end, which invigorates for more. great prickly mouthfeel asks for more beer. Very drinkable.One great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:20:51 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 22:47:02 | More by Jordiehowe
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4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uma grande dubbel. Ela é da escola mais avermelhada do estilo, e possui uma interessante peculiaridade. Ela me pareceu seca, assim como vinho. Esse foi uma aspecto agradável. É um cerveja equilibrada e bem gostosa. Mais uma ótima cerveja da Maredsous.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:03:12 | More by LVituri
Photo of diamondc


4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I foundthis stubby bottle in the back of a shelf in the local liquor I frequent to buy singles. I had tried the Maredsous 10 a few months ago and enjoyed it, but figured there's a lot better tripels out there worth my money. So I took a small chance on this one (fairly cheap too - $2.50). I came back home and saw the best before date was 05 2007 ... doh... and the glass had an 04 etching. Dubbel (sorry..) doh! Will this stand the test of time being exposed to constant light 12 hrs a day in room temperature?

A resounding YES!

The pour was magnificent. Dark brown with a foamy head that stood there for a good five minutes. Just a little Belgian lace appearing while I tilted the glass to my lips. I always get a kick out of seeing the constant streaming of bubbles from the bottom of my glass.

The aroma hit me right away. Raisins and chocolate that's been left in the sun for too long. Raisinettes? Yep ..and just a sniff of old dusty wood too.

First taste was of chocolate mousse, whipped cream, prunes, and figs. The more I think about it... cherries. I couldn't really find much hops. They are there just to barely stop the sweetness. The aftertaste was Brazilian nuts and ripe banana. Towards the end this wandered into stout territory, hints of molasses and licorice. I want more..

If there is a flaw, maybe that it's just a bit too watery. That might be what they were aiming since this is the second Dubbel I've had. Also I didn't get much carbonation after a few swigs. I took all night drinking this one savoring all the different flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 06:39:34 | More by diamondc
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4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown/mahogany hue with some ruby highlights and a cream colored head that sticks around till you reach the bottom of the glass. Earthy smell with clove, banana, caramel, dark dried fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is excellent. Caramel and roasty bitter chocolate up front followed by a slightly spiced combination of cherry, fig, and prune. The banana is very faint but always there. Velvety smooth feel despite a pretty fair amount of carbonation. Seemed less sweet than other dubbels I've had, which was a big plus. Really happy to have come across this one...excellent

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 14:05:01 | More by alkemy
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4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like highly brown color at a glance, but turned to a much lighter shade on the edges. Its thin head sat and never went away no matter how long I left it alone while conversing - this is rare for a dubbel. Also had very good lacing and a bit of staining. Damn good looking.

Smelled of licorice, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts that were more earthy than sweet. Some typical pruny, "dark fruit" scents as well. Taste was first of dark sweet malt, at times seeming prune-ish, but more often a solid, grainy maltiness. Also tasted bitter chocolate and hops with a roasted edge. Refreshing in a dark/roasted way, kinda how a schwarzbier does, this beer had little touches of smoke and sour too. I'd describe it asbelgian sophistication with english stout body and character.

A thicker than normal mouthfeel for a dubbel, too, something I really like. This beer won me over a long time ago in bottle form, great to see that its excellent on tap and available. Have it at cellar temperature. Best dubbel I’ve ever had, pure opinion - many won’t agree. (Opinion may change once my trappists are done cellaring for two years)

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2003 20:06:42 | More by nomad
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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is best when available from the tap but it is still great in the bottle. This is such a great beer and very consistent. It was a staple at my favorite European style bar here in the states. It has fruity notes and no bitterness. It is amber to slightly dark with a little head. Very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 17:49:51 | More by Scotsman
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4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Taking one hit for the team as I am not always the biggest dubbel fan, but the last St. Bernadus was quite tasty, how is this gonna be? Best before April 2016, alright!

Might be one of the best looking dubbels I've seen, hard to say. A gorgeous deep red and dark ruby brown body, with a roaring column of fire in the middle. You have to hold it up to a bright direct light, but it looks like hell inferno, with it's opaque and solid red glowing appearance. Head is creamy and fluffy makes about two fingers tall, with soapy retention, and good clumping puck. Magnificent looker.

Once again a solid nose. Hints of cream and dark fruit that resonates between fig and dark cherry. A real nice bakery brown bread that lingers with hints of caraway seed and light toasty grains. Boy I am digging this, it really sneaks up on you. Loving where this is going.

Oh my palate really delivers nicely. Subtle cherry warmth, and a very dry crisp finish. The bouquet seems to hint at a big thick powerful body, but it's light, effervescent, crisp, but with a playful aromatic and soft and airy palate feel. Hints of flavorful vanilla cream, soft cherry fruit, mild raisin, and a bit of crackling toasted grain. The sweetness on this beer is just perfect, not heavily sucrosed.

I am usually not a fan of this style and I think this is the best one that I have ever had, and that to me says all I need to know.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 00:41:41 | More by smakawhat
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4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chimay chalice.Pours a brownish ruby color with a light brown thick fluffy heading. Leaves some lacing until the last sip.

Smell is heavily toasted with an aroma of raisin. Some other darker fruits come into play and sums thing's up.

Taste is a bit different then anticipated from the aroma. Heavy toasted and caramel malts hit you a mile a minute. A touch chocolate that finishes fruity and dry. Slight pepperiness on the tongue as well.

Mouth is rich and medium to full bodied.Fantastic carbonation that bubbles up immediately in the mouth.

Drink is good. I was blown away by this beverage and I think one of the very best Dubbel's I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:24:51 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark brown color, and had a moderately sized off-white head. When held up to the light, I noticed a slight reddish tinge around the edges. Throughout the glass it had good retention and decent lacing as well.

The aroma contained a number of scents, starting with a nice combination of roast malt, coffee, cherries, and chocolate. Underneath there's hints of caramel, alcohol, biscuit, and apple.

At first the beer tasted strongly of coffee and dark chocolate. It had a sweetness to it, as well as a round bitterness at the back of the mouth. However, I also detected a fruity flavor underneath that I thought was cherry. There was a strong hop flavor on the sides of the tongue. I didn't notice much alcohol in it, but it did have a warming quality. The beer developed even more as I continued drinking, yielding flavors of roast, dark breads like pumpernickel, cider, and a wooden/earthy flavor that I quite enjoyed.

I tried this beer in two different glasses, first was my Duvel glass, which I felt would be appropriate. However, after reading an article on glassware, I disagreed with Beer Advocate on the recommendation for drinking it out of a goblet style glass, so I tried it with my Pauwel Kwak stirrup. In the Duvel glass the beer felt very highly carbonated, and was light - almost airy in the mouth. It was thinner in feel than I expected. I also noted that it was a little dry. I had read (can't remember where) that for beers with higher carbonation, a narrower glass is more appropriate. After trying it in the Kwak glass, I have to agree that this beer at least was better with a narrower glass. The main difference I noticed was that the beer didn't feel quite as light in the mouth. It was still light, but it had a more tangible quality to it that helped me appreciate the flavors more. I also noticed that the roast flavor came out more, and the chocolate flavor got stronger towards the end. Visually, it also left incredible lacing on the narrower glass.

All in all, the beer was highly enjoyable. The flavors are so complex and interesting that I felt it was really designed to sit down and enjoy sip by sip. Savor this one, take it slow, and it will be a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:32:36 | More by stageseven
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4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: our bottle did not look like the photo--we bought it in Belgium, so the label may be different. At the bottom, the label reads, "Brune--8--Bruin"
Appearance: Lovely garnet color against the light, rich cream-colored head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Not very complex. Husband says: it smells exactly like Haribo Cola Gummi candy, and that's all I can think of when I smell it. Wife says: That's true. But I pick up warm malt and toffee notes.
Taste: Lots going on here. Warm toffee, malt and spice, but overall the character here is dark, rich bread--even rye bread. Then the finishing hops kick in, and the finish is astringent without being overpowering. Warmth is the last note, probably from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: chewy, creamy, rich, but not oily.
Overall: Wife says: This is the perfect Christmas beer. Husband says: I agree--or perfect winter beer. A wonderful beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:16:22 | More by beerthirtysa
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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “Best before” date on the back is “09 2012.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color looks black, but I think it is a very deep brown. Three fingers of slightly tinted, thick head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy cap in the middle, a ring of foam around the edge, and trails along the glass; it eventually settled to a thin lacing.

Smell: Scents of yeast, caramel, toffee, fig, plum, apple, red grapes, brown sugar, spice (I am not sure what, though), and maybe a little molasses. There is a hint of booze — the aroma features the alcohol sharpness — but it is not distracting. A number of other reviewers say it smells like wine, and I agree. (It is thankfully not, though.)

Taste: Not as fruity or sweet as the smell; instead, it has a surprising roasted quality. Lots of roasted caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. The yeast is omnipresent and the mouthfeel is bready. An earthy hop bite lingers on the cheeks and tongue after each sip, and pepper spice emerges. The dark fruits, especially a red grape skin flavor, begin to sneak in as the beer continues to warm, but they are not as prominent as they are in the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is a very pleasant surprise. I like this stuff a lot. Complex, well-crafted, and very tasty — I expect nothing else from someone who has made a vow of celibacy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 20:21:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown hazy color from a 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label.
Massive two finger head in my DT snifter, which dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of dark fruits (cherry, raisins, dates), fruity esters and hints of alcohol. Pleasant aroma to say the least.
Taste is also very fruity, similar to the aroma with a perfect tart finish.
Leaves a wall of lace all along the insides of the glass.
Surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and even with the warmth the alcohol generates
This is undoubtedly one of the best dubbel's.
An absolute must-try for anyone who enjoys dubbels and ales of this kind. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:32:04 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into a tulip. best before date clearly stamped on the back.

pours a deep, hazy garnet color with copper highlights. halfway through pouring i already had a three finger head, and had to wait for it to calm down before pouring the rest of the beer! head eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves clouds of sticky lace in the glass.

smell is nutty, spicy and a little musty. getting notes of clove, cinnamon, banana, and maybe some fig. has a bit of an astringency in the nose as well. taste follows with carmel malts, some spice in the middle and a dry, sugary sweet finish. hop character is mild, and alcohol taste is extremely well hidden. this would go great with banana bread after a big holiday dinner.

feel is the fuller side of medium and slightly chewy. has a lot of co2, but less than most of the other belgian beers that i have tried. very slight alcohol warming happening.

this beer quite literally disappeared from my glass. dangerously drinkable considering the 8% abv. i'm definitely going to seek out more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 02:18:57 | More by divineaudio
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4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby/brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head that settles slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

S: The aroma jumps out of the glass. There is earthiness, prune, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some red fruit notes as well.

T: Brown sugar and toffee flavors mingling with tart red fruits up font then some bitter chocolate/coffee and prunes in the finish.

M: Medium to full body, that is almost creamy and has a nice roasty caramel flavor linger on the finish.

D; This is easily becoming a favorite beer of mine. It is a nice nightcap or substitute or go along with for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:25:42 | More by Biscuit033
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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent tried a strong belgian beer this good for a long time....
It pours a dark ambery beer with a long lasting and big brownish head..
I can smell the alcohol and some red fruits i think matching perfectly with a touch of caramel.
I had this brew both.. at cellar temperature and at 6 degrees... cellar temperature lets the aromas and flavours to be more noticable.
I can taste phenols, nutty roasted malts, matching a good amount of alcohol and caramel with a sweet long aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:53:27 | More by yael6666
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New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the caged, corked 650 ml. bottle stamped: MBR00901C1-01/07/13-01352. Sampled on June 9. 2013 so it is a few months old.

It pours a perfect looking ruby red-brown with a soft, delicate beige head that lingers and laces gently along the side of the Abbey goblet.

The aroma is vibrant with Belgian toasted malts, Belgian candied sugar, yeast, dark dried fruit, coriander, and clove. Absolutely luscious to smell.

The body is quite creamy and bold with a slight astringency. The body seems to be the weakest aspect of this fine beer.

The taste roars back and gains back my confidence in this beer with its dark fruit, dark malts, and sweet character. But there is this kind of moderate bitterness that sneaks up on the backside resulting in a fine balance. By far one of the top Dubbels I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 17:29:30 | More by puboflyons
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90 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.