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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 74
Gots: 115 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich rich dubbel. pours last last possible shade of red before it becomes a velvety chocolate brown color, nice lathery white head. smells like sweet toffee and malts, almost like a heathbar cookie, molasses, and a aromatic belgian yeast. flavor is also very complex and layered, with that same toffee tone and a delicate dried fruit sweetness. the yeast is the shiny penny in this beer though, huge bouquet reminds me of late summer, slightly tart and dry too. feel is lovely, good carbonation, fuller body, and a very well hidden alcoholic element. just picking up a bit of warmth as it goes down and settles. this is a great beer on tap, ive heard mixed reviews about the bottled version, but my specimen was exceptional.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

330 ml short bottle poured into a snifter. A light brown amber hue with a moderate amount of beige honeycomb-like head. Aroma is spicy and sweet, lightly roasted, with root beer or sarsaparilla, gingerbread, light molasses, and candy apple notes discernible. Palate delivers some chocolate and coffee to complement these sweet and spicy elements, a rather bitter yet smooth and rich dubbel, with more body than most Trappist examples (which swing toward the more attenuated) and a pleasant molasses-like or puffed wheat square note in the roasty finish. A sour fruitiness lurks in the background. I appreciate the richer flavors here.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Printed on the label is: "best before: 10/6/06".

Body is a deep brown color with a huge fluffy, burnt toffee head.

Aroma is of tart fruits, figs, alcohol, and some hops.

Flavor includes bitter apples, like fresh unpasteurized apple cider, but much less sweet. Hints of burnt caramel and coffee. A very lovely Earthiness develops as an undertone to the flavor, including a profound smokiness.

I used a bunch of this in cooking my dinner for the evening: a Flemish beef stew, and it was quite a perfect accompaniment as I enjoyed the rest of the bottle with dinner.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a very dark, glowing cherry color with a light, uneven tan head. Smelled of dark raisins and molasses with a strong astringent alcohol. Tasted very sweet at first with red grapes and other heavy dark fruits but quickly transitioned to a stunning dryness consisting of currant, unripe sour fruit, red wine and burnt oak. There was also a lingering alcohol that helped accentuate the dryness. The mouth feel was light and dry with an easy small carbonation. When this was in my mouth, it felt heavy, but the dryness seemed shield me from any stickiness, making it seem much lighter than it actually may be. I‘ve never had anything quite like this. It’s delicious and really pleasant to drink.

Photo of Bobikel
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A huge sticky white head (fueled by a cascade of tiny bubles rising) sits atop this dark amber treat. Excelent retention with the head lasting through to the end. Lacing also is quite exceptional.

Smell - Yeast and caramel dominate the nose, thought I could smell a little chocolate, and clove also.

Taste - Bready sweetness is the first, and main flavor component here. A little tartness creeps in near the middle, but dissipates quickly. A little cloying in the back of the mouth. Alchol, while present down the throat, is subdued and mixes nicely with this ale.

Mouthfeel - A rather heavy carbonation dances around the toungue and down the throat. I'm not to sure if this is stylisticly desired, but I liked it just the same.

Overall Impressions - Delicious, Wonderfull, Etc...
WILL be drinking this one again!

Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TeddyBG
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84 in Warwick, RI whilst waiting for a flight to come into PVD.

Served in a Maredsous chalice. Reddish-brown in color with a good creamy head, that laced all the way down.

Taste and mouthfeel were quite good. Picked up a fruity aspect that I could not peg down (still a newbie to this rating thing) and the carbonation was perfection.

Thoroughly enjoyed this ale but with very little in the stomach prior to this visit...one was certainly enough. If you know what I mean. Will definitely pick up a bottle of this and compare.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a rubbish brew with a huge head with lasting retention. I very much enjoyed the aroma of roastiness and of spice. Body is quite strong with some good carbonation. Taste is very good with an almost perfect match of spice and malts. I am still very impressed by the way those Belgian beer can include such a high level of ABV in such a subtle way. To me, this is as good as Chimay Bleu.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazel brown with a nice spongy head that remains a lace for the remainder of the drink. The aroma is of plum,raisins and burnt sugar with some yeast notes. The alcohol comes up but does not dominate the brew. The taste I must admit is a tough one for me because it is like a symphony by Mozart, complex and deep. I fear I did not have the experience to fully give this review justice; but here I go.
The taste is malty,spicy and mildly alcoholic. I say mildly because I feel it is well masked. There are fruit notes with a sweetness of sugar and some hops. There is a caramel overtone that blends well with the metallic hints(not a bad thing in the way it was brewed). The mouth feel was creamy,medium carbonation with a consistent smooth,crispy finish. I really can not say that this would be something to session on,but one could share a bottle or two with friends for a special occasion.

Notes: Excellent brew and something to look forward to purchasing. A delight to drink and a sadness to see it all gone.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Great looking. An easy 4-5 fingers of brown head almost spill over the edge of my glass and lasts for several minutes. Lacing is abundant as well. Though it seems to be a transparent brown, it's a deep garnet color.

S - Wow! Chocolate and nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts) hit me at first, with a sharp buttery overtone and a solid background of sourish, overripe currents and berries. Fig/raisin/plum; something in that area is noticable as well.

T - It doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it doesn't disappoint. The butter and chocolate mix with a very distinct fruity note, something like apples and pears combined with the currant and berries from the aroma. Though initially sweet, the brew begins to dry out with the emergence of the alcohol alongside a particularly sour note. The finish is full of chocolate, with a slight burnt coffee backing. The roasted bitterness comes in full force in the aftertaste righ there with the warming alcohol.

M - Medium-ish body with ample carbonation. Wouldn't have minded more thickness in this department, but overall nothing that detracts.

D - It's a bit of an asskicker with the abundance of alcohol and huge, strong flavors. Not a bad sipper, but one is enough.

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with hints of ruby red, an off-white firm head that leaves some curtains - but no lacing.

The smell is sweet and spicy, christmassy cloves and brown sugar and dates.

The taste is more spices, sweet brown candy sugar with cloves, ginger bread and bitter orange marmalade.

Medium high carbonation, soft and pleasant to drink.

A really nice after-dinner beer, should work nice with many desserts.

Photo of DrWhoever
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of joeskirkie
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my regular stores has a good handful of these out on the shelf, where I got this one.

750 mL bottle, "Best Before: 03/2007" We'll see about that.

In a goblet it's a very dark brown, you'd think it black if you weren't in a lit room. Nice tightly beaded tan head.

Scents of dark chocolate, toffee, some alcohol, it's very inviting.

Dark fruits reach the pallet first; blackcurrants and liquorice. The chocolate and toffee are less obvious, but still there. There's a spicy bitterness and a warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter than the scent would lead you to believe, which seems to be a trend among the dubbels I've been trying lately.

Another? You bet. I would have to take my time though. I think this one will become a regular in my fridge. I'll also try aging one.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting brew that I can't completely figure out. Make no mistake, it is good though, especially from the tap as I sampled it. It was a deep brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is good, but I thought odd for the style. The nose was quite chocolatey and almost sweet, with some acrid alcohol and earthy aromas as well.

Mouthfeel was thick and full, and somewhat slick...this is a full bodied beer. Flavors of plums, cherries, chocolate, and clove are quite prevalent, and I thought the 8% tag was well hidden in the flavor, but certainly not in actuality.

Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, with a nice tan head.

S- Lots of spicy scents here, pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon.

T- Very malty, but the taste of ripe fruits are prevalent, the spiciness come through in the finish.

M- Fizzy, but not overly carbonated for the style. Medium body.

D- I enjoy dubbels from time to time and this is a good one, enjoy.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Maredsous 8 had a beautiful golden amber color and a small light head. The lacing was very delicate and mild with the faintest hints of sweet fruits and yeast. The taste was outstanding, yeasty but not overpowering in terms of hoppiness or fruits. It finished dry and very tasty. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Photo of usualpulp
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color with a very thick fluffy caramel colored head, which leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Malt and fruit odors are what is most noticable, with a slight hint of hops and grains, almost a grassy smell.

Nice roasted malt flavor to this beer, with a nice crisp aftertaste. This beer had a nice clove taste to it, but it doesnt overwhelm the other flavors. Nice use of fruit without overdoing it . This beer almost tastes like you are eating a nice dessert and drinking coffee. Sweet, and tart at the same time, good balance.

Overall this is a good dubbel, one of the better one's that I have had, and would certainly try it again.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish-brown beer with a half finger of tan head that stays around forever. Leaves a lot of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smelling beer with candied fruits, raisins, and belgian yeast. Some malts add to the depth of the aroma, which radiates from the beer and can be smelled from 2 feet away.

T: There is a lot of flavor in this beer. Nice toasty malt flavor up front, with a lot of alcoholic esters and that same dark fruit flavor that comes through on the nose. It's not as sweet as I feared, largely because of the astringent alcohol favor balances it out.

M: This is one of the few cases where I feel that the mouthfeel actually brings the beer down. The brew is medium bodied, but it is so heavy on the small-bubbled carbonation that it makes the flavors seem a little muted.

O: For me, the carbonation is too much, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a really tasty beer with a big aroma and flavor to match. Worth checking out fr sure.

Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown ruby color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of prunes, cherries, caramel, licorice and Port Wine.
Nice flavor of chocolate, grainy and roasted malts, prunes, mild piney and earthy hops, Belgian yeast, raisins, caramels, salt, ginger and cloves, figs, candied sugar, pepper bell and cherries. Dry aftertaste with a residual fruity, cocoa and roasted taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation and a velvet and slightly acid feeling. Alcohol of 8% abv is completely absent.
Great brew. In my opinion this is a hard to beat Dubbel that is generally overlooked. Very complex with perfect execution and consistently good. World class to be revisited with some frequency.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cork and caged 750ml bottle poured into a beer chalice. The label on the the bottle I have has changed from the bottle that is pictured on this site.

A large fluffy white head on a ruby brown brew. Ample lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell is of bready yeast and sweet malt.

The taste is of fresh baked bread, cola and sweet malt, the Belgian yeast is in there somewhere.

Good carbonation and a nice medium mouthfeel.

This is a great beer, only wish is could get this in the 330ml bottle.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Dark brown with a foamy tan coloured head.

S: Reminiscent of white wine.

T: Malty, wine and a faint hint of cherries. Somewhat sweet with a bit of a boozy finish.

M: Medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Tasty, smooth and a well balanced dubbel.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatty 11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

It looks as though Maredsous has updated their labels. Good for them. Best Before: 06 2011. Close call!

Appearance: Pours a chestnut-hued body with some reddish hints to it and a tall, though short-lived, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Blend of rich, dark malts layered in plenty of fruit notes: green apple, plum, poached figs, black cherry, even a generous splash of Cointreau.

Taste: Flavorful, malty mixture of dark caramel, spiced brown sugar, cocoa, and a drop or two of milk stout. Mild sweetness that's quickly tempered by a dose of dusty, earthy spices, punchy blend of fruit liqueurs, and slight bitterness. Drying, warming, even roasty finish. Oh, and it's pretty crisp, too!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's tasty and enjoyable enough to hold my interest throughout each of the 11.2 ounces. Well, that was a fairly fine dubbel. I ought to be damned ashamed of myself for waiting nearly four years since the last one. Recommended.

Photo of smb
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stocean1
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick off white two finger head into a maredsous goblet, beautiful crystal ruby colour - huge retention with sticky lacing all the way down the glass

Smell is floral hops and sweet malt, dark fruit

Taste follows the nose with plum and grape notes

Mouth is medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation, warming booze and balanced bitterness - very smooth and deceptively drinkable.

Excellent dubbel

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a creamy off white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice layer on the beer. The beer itself is an opaque purple with a little bit of red. The smell has a dark fruit smell balanced with some floral hops. Belgian sugar notes are also present with a bit of a malt sweetness and grain smell as well. The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruit notes dominate the palate. A floral hop taste is also present but get a little lost in the sugar and caramel malt notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. The beer is actually fairly light with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a fairly good beer that I'll probably revisit again in the future.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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