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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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Photo of ibbjamin
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $3.69 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I pour into a chalice to review.

Light , airy off-white head of about a half inch. Nice lasting lace and retention. Very dark brown with stunning ruby apparent when held to the light.

Sweet, candied fruity aroma with some mild belgian spice and yeast. Fruits seem to be raisin and fig mostly. Aroma leads me to believe this is more of a fine Belgian Dark than a Dubbel. Well, guess they are not that far off.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Seems to be more complex than the nose yet for some reason it is not brought together as well for me. Dark fruits and even some grape soda hints (especially in conjunction with the mouthfeel).

I'm not a fan of the mouth on this one. Seems lighter and fizzier than most darker Belgians I've tried. Dry, abrupt finish. Lacks the silky smoothness I have become fond of Belgians for.

Not a bad offering, but there are many others of this style I'd recommend further in line.

ibbjamin, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a tan head.

S: The nose is fruity and heavy on the raisins. Some other fruits include figs and plums. There is a slight acidity to it as well, which seems off for a dubbel.

T: The slight sourness is there again, maybe it's all those raisins? Sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, alcohol, and dark stone fruits. A weird combination, indeed.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: I don't know if this was a bad keg or not, but this beer was not all that impressive (which goes against what people usually have to say about this beer). Perhaps I'll need to revisit it later.

womencantsail, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of kbub6f
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What a nice, huge, crusty, grayish-tan head. I had to pry the thick, clumpy lacing off the inside of the glass. The beer is dark mahogany with swirls of sediment. Very nice looking.

The smell is apples, candy, some Belgian spiciness, some grains. Hints of chocolate might be my imagination, but I don't think so. The beer starts butter-caramely, spicy, sweet. Again, hints of chocolate. The middle is sour and fruity with a full body. Some nice butter and burnt caramel. The finish is dry with pepper and bread and there is pronounced alcohol. It's nice. Not my favorite, for sure, but good. The caramel is almost too charred and the alcohol is a little too obvious.

kbub6f, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of ricke
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ricke, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The head is a very nice, fluffy 2 finger, light brown creamy in color. Excellent retention. Decent lacing. Gets extremely creamy in the center as it settles. The body is a rich dark ruby color that is crystal clear. It effervesces for a long time.

Smell- The aroma is subdued, but what there is has a nice blend of dark fruits, a complex malt sweetness, and maybe just the barest hint of toffee.

Taste- The taste is also oddly subdued. I might have poured this to cold. I'm getting a very subtle blend of dark fruits, a somewhat harsh roastiness. And I swear I'm getting a metallic aftertaste. Not horrible, but not awesome either.

Mouthfeel- Average Body. But the excessive carbonation really detracts from the flavor.

Drinkability- It's worth trying. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

theopholis, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful garnet in color. Clear and carbonated. A healthy beige head sits on top and has some staying power. The beer laces in sheets. Some musty, herbal and smoked jerk tones on the nose. Pretty subdued though. The flavors are subtle as well. Some fruity esters. Some alcohol, but not much. Some biscuit and bread tones. A little yeastiness. It all adds up to a pretty average flavor to me. It's airy in the mouth and about medium in body (at best). One I won't seek out, but wouldn't turn down if offered to me.

Bighuge, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date says this is good till sometime in 2007. The appearance of the beer is very inviting. Color is maroon with a dark ruby glow. Carbonation is very active. Head is very thick, large, and tan colored. Aroma isn't very strong. An initial dark, fruity wine flavor quickly disapears and is replaced by a bit of Belgian sugar and a hint of spice. Sip starts with a burst of citrissy tartness which turns into s sugary, earthy Belgian malt body. Spices are in the mix, but seem to be content to linger in the background. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. Overall, I'm disapointed and think that maybe I got a bottle that was a little off. The flavor wasn't bad, just unbalanced and somewhat watery. This beer will get another try sometime down the road.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

TheDrunkGnoll, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

VeganUndead, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of seydou
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown, less opaque at the bottom of the glass, and an inch of head that quickly dissipates into just a touch on top.

Smells rich, like a medium-bodied Belgian, but not one of overly-alcohol. Maybe just a bit sweet.

Super bright on the first taste.

This is weird to describe, but the taste changes quite a lot from the first taste to the aftertaste, which lingers quite a bit (and maybe just a tiny unpleasant) - very beery, but not the good beery. I like it, but don't love it. Nice and sparkly on the palate though.

Overall, the aftertaste kind of kills this for me. It just doesn't taste that nice and has an overt tone of beer (I realize how ridiculous that sounds) and not of the other flavors that similar darker Belgians have for me.

seydou, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of joshuadlight
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a dark cherry color with a small head that reduces to a thin cover rapidly. To me, the smell is the 8's strong suit. There is a complex mixture of sweet malts with dark fruits and a hint of the alcohol that comes through more prominently in the taste. The taste seems to minimize the positives of the nose while amplifying the negatives. The alcohol and upfront bitterness are a little too overwhelming. The mouthfeel notices a high carbonation that lasts throughout a beer I spent an hour drinking. It will be something that I revisit from time to time, but not something that I would drink back-to-back.

joshuadlight, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of boss302
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, nice head. 4 

S yeasty bready eatery, sweet, not a lot of fruit like I would expect, but nice.4

T sweet and bland not very distinctive, not typical of Belgians I have tried. Perhaps a not so good bottle? 3 

M thin, not at all like I expected. 3 

D Probably not one I'd try again if this is the way it is supposed to taste. I may have gotten a bad bottle, but until I try another, this review will stand. If the second bottle is different, I will update this reveiw. 3

boss302, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

IPAchris, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

thebigredone, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep dark ruby red color, mostly transparent with a creamy head that has huge retention

S-hints of molasses and chocolate up front, tons of almost past ripe, slightly sour plums with notes of cherries, the yeast is present and slightly minerally with light notes of alcohol and steel

T-the taste falls a little short and is a slightly watery version of the nose. the molasses and dark chocolate sit up front lightly, the sweet ripe fruits are much more subdued and no appearance of tartness, the yeast is more prevalent, still a little minerally, more chocolate malt comes in to play with a light hint of alcohol.

M-medium body, soft on the palate, very little carbonation, falls off in the back.

D-not a bad beer, seems to have a few issues but does offer a nicely balanced approach with a great malt flavor blending with very ripe fruits.

cpetrone84, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Thullin187
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Thullin187, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

cbnz, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of soxandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

soxandbeer, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of emakings
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of boudreaux
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark brown/coffee color, with an extremely thick, creamy tan head about 2.5 fingers thick

S: malty, with a hint of alcohol similar to bourbon

T: complex and bold maltiness; the bourbon-alcohol flavor from the aroma is also here; a touch of caramel sweetness also here; the warmer the beer gets, the more the presence of dark fruits becomes apparent; still, not my favorite, but good enough to deserve a better than average rating

M: expected a richer, creamier feel; instead, body is full of carbonation and is lighter than I want; does leave a nice sticky feeling in the mouth, as I would expect from a thicker brew

D: not very smooth, due to the carbonation; kind of airy; doesn't go down extremely smooth, but not unpleasant; still, I'd have to say my limit is 2 at most

boudreaux, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of goochpunch
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep ruby hued brown with a thick khaki head that eventually settles out almost completely. Leaves some scant lacing along with a thin foam atop the beer. Some agitation revives the head. I smell some fruity esters as well as caramel and bread tones from the dark malt, but there's a rather harsh alcohol presence in the nose. Plums and other fruit tend to stick out most for me, with the pure maltiness playing second fiddle. Finishes a bit astringent and slightly tart. Weird yeastiness in there too. I've never gotten a yeast character like this from a dubbel. Tastes dirty. Mouthfeel is trying to be moderate in body, but ends up kind of thin. A little bubbly. Yeah, this tastes alright, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again when there are better dubbels available.

goochpunch, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep reddish color with a thick, fluffy light chocolate head. Lots of lacing in the goblet. Nose is of dark stewed fruits, yeast, spice, and wine grapes. Detectable alcohol content in the nose. Palate is port-like in some ways, deep, rich, and sweet. Dark cherries, molasses, and raisins. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium and finishes decently dry. A really good dubbel. Very fruity and complex. This is a good beer for a port wine drinker.

beerphilosopher, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of atlason
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Light brown, which is dark for the style. Generous head and incredible lacing. What a great look.

S: What is this coffee doing in my Dubbel ? Roasted malts, some dough.

T: Dark, dark, dark roasted malts. This tastes almost more like an Irish stout than a proper Dubbel. Nice Belgian yeast character and heavy alcohol saves it from crossing the Channel. There is a hint of candi sugar. Hoppiness is pretty subdued.

M: High attenuation saves this modestly carbonated beer from getting boring. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall this is a funny little beer. I certainly enjoy it, it is very well made. Looks fantastic, easy to drink and plenty interesting. But it is not really a Dubbel with all those roasted malts and I frankly have a problem with that.

atlason, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of biglite351
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - red brown which shows the light through.

S - sweet and almost candy like.

T - sweet, but not as sweet as the smell. A mild bitter shot that vanishes quickly.

M - strong tingle that trails off quickly.

D - I think that it really depends on what you are doing. Too sweet for an all nighter.

biglite351, Mar 20, 2010
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,188 ratings.