Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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2.2/5 rDev -45.3%
Honestly, pretty disappointed. The booze is obvious and up front. Not even close in terms of interesting flavor as a Chimay or Rochefort 6 or 8. There are many better true Belgians to be had also like St. fuellien and Monette. Unibroue's darks and Delirium Nocturnum also much more subtle and flavorful.
08-16-2011 22:24:10 | More by smudgewhat
2.4/5 rDev -40.3%
There was a time around Dallas when Maredsous enjoyed a strange cachet as a quasi-ubiquitous "quality" beer at lots of bars where you wouldnt expect much to be available on draft. The hype has since died down. I suspect that it was so readily available a few years ago due to the fact that the extra-long tap handle had a very scary monk on it, and the bartenders around town were all cautioned that no patron was allowed to have more than 2 Maredsous's in one sitting. Talk about an image!
My little 33 cl bottle poured a very attractive reddish brown color (decanted off the yeast) with a slightly smaller than expected beige head. The standard Belgian-style dubbel aromatics were evident (fermented dark candi sugar, vinous alcohol, dates, raisins, etc...) and the body was a just a bit thinnish, though bolstered by the hefeweizen-like carbonation. The flavor was also exactly as I'd expected (exactly like the nose--dark fruits and alcohol, like every other Dubbel in the world) but with an odd, phenolic smokiness that tasted a bit like burning a plastic tupperware lid in the dishwasher smells--rauchware... Following the initial smokiness, a green apple character emerged, giving the beer a long, sour finish. However, creeping back into the sour tail was the smokiness again.
To give this beer the benefit of the doubt, I'll rate it as a combo of tonight's bottle and my memories of it from years' past. I can't recall the smoked phenols from the past, the green apple flavors and the slightly thin, sour finish brought me back to a time when I remembered that I didn't like Maredsous very much... The epitome of a totally unexciting Belgian Dubbel
02-23-2003 16:39:45 | More by TXHops
2.42/5 rDev -39.8%
A- An inch thick bubbley tan head on a pretty clear dark ruby body.
S- Strong esters throughout, cherries, plums, light raisins, hints of spice, chocolate, and tofffe.
T- Taste pretty much follows the aroma. The main flavors in it are the malts. The alcohol really sticks on the tongue along with a light bitterness.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this isn't to good at all. There are a ton of dubbels out there that blow this one out of the water.
07-15-2007 02:09:22 | More by BlindPig
2.58/5 rDev -35.8%
Poured from a .75 L bottle to a wine glass. "Best before 02/2009" on bottle.
A - cloudy dark brownish. good creamy head with good retention.
S - strong sweet molasses. alot of olive oil smell at first. as it warmed faint anise aroma.
t - medicinal flavor, not what was expected for a dubbel. stronger sense of the alchol.
m - thick feel. coated the palate.
d - ho-hum. went well with garlic bread, not so much with steak.
12-10-2008 04:40:32 | More by akcds
2.6/5 rDev -35.3%
App: dark medium brown with thick glorious tan head
Smell: a thick mix of chocolate, dark sugar, and a touch of fruit, like fig. Sweet smell of alcohol around The edges
Taste: subdued sweetness throughout. Strong coffee and toasted grain in the middle. ends with a massive dose of herbal hops.
Medium body and tight carbonation that adds dryness.
Am awesome nose, but the taste is too dry and bitter to be a good dubbel.
08-11-2010 22:27:37 | More by emsroth
2.6/5 rDev -35.3%
On-tap at BJ's in Cupertino. Served in a snifter.
A: Pours a deep mahogany leaning toward purple, with a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly into a film on the glass and a collar around the brew. Some decent lacing while sipping.
S: Dark fruits, particular raisins, with some milder fig character and possibly plums and cherries. Has a light candy nose to it, with some brown sugar and clove notes. Not very pungent though, and it took a lot of agitation and sniffing to pick it out.
T: Not as complex as the nose led me to believe. Mostly the dark fruits dominate, especially a raisin / grape flavor that makes it taste much like a wine. Belgian candy yeast plays a secondary role, with some brown sugar sweetness and clove spice rounding out the mid-taste. The finish is mostly candy with a slight alcohol astringency.
M: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Doesn't really suit the style well.
D: It was easy to put this down, but I didn't get much out of it. Won't really seek this out in the future, at least on tap. I may consider a bottle, but there's nothing in this experience that makes me feel compelled to do so.
04-22-2009 18:31:05 | More by Arbitrator
2.78/5 rDev -30.8%
I assume this is the "dubbel" as it was designated on tap. Thin, sweet aroma. Flavor was overly sweet with an unpleasant bitter hop finish. Grain and sugar throughout. Really stretched myself to drink most of the glass. Never again.
09-13-2011 02:20:47 | More by JAXSON
2.8/5 rDev -30.3%
Begins with a violent uncorking. POW!! Watch out. The brew is soft bodied and overly carbonated, creating a huge mass of lumpy tan foam that dominates the goblet. Fortunately, the bulk of it recedes without undue delay, leaving a bizarrely shaped head. As you pour more beer upon it, it takes on the most unusual shapes and contours. Somebody call my phrenologist.
The body is fat and heavy, a warm, glowing mahogany, and clear. A faint cherry aroma remains mostly concealed by the head. I cant say as I really cared for this beer, as Im not a big fan of candi sugars. Ill allow that it might age well the label said I had two more years to enjoy it but the taste conveys a harsh peppery bite that just doesnt work for me.
06-12-2005 00:16:14 | More by RedDiamond
2.8/5 rDev -30.3%
Reviewed on 05/25/2009. Bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent brown with thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins. Flavor of more of the same booze, raisins, sweet malt. Ick. This was very bland and too sweet. Yep, this was a disappointment.
07-11-2009 14:40:36 | More by LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5 rDev -29.6%
Dark copper/red with an inch of brown foam - mixed bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel malt, hints of grape and ripe fruit, ever so light toast. Winey-grape flavour up front with a big medicinal kick - too much I think. Lots of bitterness, and sharp carbonation. On the sweet side - which is a welcome balance to the other flavours. Body feels light given the intensity of the flavour profile. I don't love this one.
11-11-2009 00:43:07 | More by allergictomacros
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
2.95/5 rDev -26.6%
Best before 12/2005 but maybe this ripened a bit too early?
From a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice.
Looks kinda boring for a dubbel and doesn't smell much more exciting; ripe to sour alcohol soaked fruit smells.
The taste also has quite a bit of sour going on. It mellows out after a bit, and smooths out after awhile in the mouthfeel, but the start of the sip is like unsweetened cranberry juice. I enjoy sour and tart but this is over doing it.
I'd like to give this another go because it may have been past its prime, and I really enjoyed the Maredsous tripel, but for the moment I'd say there are plenty of other options in dubbels out there.
08-27-2005 03:12:01 | More by ommegangpbr
3/5 rDev -25.4%
Appearance is murky brown with an off-white head that settles into a thin head for the duration. Aroma has moderate esters of black cherry and other dark fruits as well as some malt, a hint of flowery European hops, and that familiar spiciness of Belgian yeast. Taste has some moderate bitterness up-front with loads of dark fruity esters. Can't decide if that bitterness is due to the hops or some weird dark malt or what. Regardless, it's overly bitter and not very smooth for a Dubbel. I'm a bit disappointed but maybe it was the dregs of the keg or something.
07-14-2008 18:07:04 | More by beerkittycat
3/5 rDev -25.4%
Maredsous 8 pours out a fluffy tan head over
a dense, cloudy amber brew. The head collapses
into sticky lace. The nose is of malt and raisin with
sharp hints of scotch. The flavor is basically malt, but
with a scotch booziness in the background. The mouthfeel
is a little thin with a bit of tingle due to the 8% alcohol by
volume. The aftertaste is slightly of malt with a touch of hop.
It's not bad, but I find it a bit thin. There's plenty better Belgians
out there. But by all means get some if it's on sale...
12-30-2006 00:29:00 | More by shadow1961
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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