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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 60
Gots: 76 | 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 Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body looks to be a dark brown, but it almost glows when held up to light a bit, revealing a light brown that is rather attractive. A dark tan head is two fingers tall, and extremely thick. Rocky, soapy, with fantastic retention. Lacing covers basically my entire glass, making it difficult to see through. Good looking beer.

The aroma is smells pretty distinctly of toasted malts with some dark fruits and a good bit of spice.

Just like the aroma would lead me to believe, toasted malt is the dominant flavor here. Dark fruits also, figs and cherries. A hint of bittersweet chocolate. A spiciness that falls somewhere between nutmeg and cinnamon in flavor; it avoids being peppery and goes with the rest of the brew rather nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, but I feel a little more carbonation might help bring out the flavors here.

Pretty drinkable brew, this is one I might like better in a bottle also.

Hojaminbag, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a fritz frys at the bremerton ferry terminal.

pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell of spice, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is of dark fruits, spice, caramel, and cocoa, ends dry and a little bitter.

overall a good dubbel, lacking in the mouthfeel.

froghop, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of CromDubh
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I may well be biased here as this is my favourite dubbel but will try to be subjective.
Poured into a chalice, deep brown with good head that does not remain too long. Smell is malty with something else that I could not first put a name too - but I cheat and agree with molasses mentioned in an earlier review. The taste is sublime, smooth toffee, stonefruit snd a lot more going on. Mouthfeel is like a beer mousse, if there was such a thing. Love it. Also think the new label is a big improvement, needs downloading...

CromDubh, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan colored head. The head is retained nicely and it leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A very nice strong roasted malt, raisin, molasses aroma with some Belgian yeast and spice mixed in. The flavor is very close to the aroma, a nice bready roasted malt, fig, raisin, molasses taste with a touch of clove spice. The warming alcohol feel and flavor is apparent at first and then fades nicely as you drink. There is a bitterness in the finish that leaves the mouth a little dry, other than that, the mouthfeel is generally smooth and creamy with a good level of carbonation and maybe a little bit on the thin side. Drinkability is great. A great aroma and delicious taste make this one of the best beers I've ever had.

Kromes, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown/burgundy with a huge frothy head that lingers forever.

S- A touch of alcohol, a sweet dark, rich caramel maltiness. Notes of spice and plums.

T- Mildly boozy, dark chocolate and toffee maltiness. Mildly spicy with notes of plums. Just a hint of hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich and a bit creamy, medium to full bodied.

D- An excellent example of the style. well worth a try.

JayNH, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of AccidentalKate
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep Mahogany with a nice of-white head that lasts. And when it does dissipate, it leaves quite a nice bit of Belgian lace.

Aroma: Sweetness hits first, but lightly. Deep savory fruits seem to be present, such as figs and raisins. A very interesting aroma.

Taste: Malty, with a hit of acid in the back. The fruity aromas translate very well into the taste, with complex fruit flavors with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Body isn't as deep as a porter, but not as light as a pale ale. Sort of in between. Light carbonation is there to support the flavor of the beer, rather than overwhelm it. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Probably the second most favorite beer I've ever tasted. Complex without being overpowering, and the grain takes precendent with hops almost no where to be found. This? This is the beer I was looking for when I said "There's gotta be something other than lagers."

AccidentalKate, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a deep ruby with minimal foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet and fruit (plum?) up front and a little maltiness and hops beneath. Nice.

Taste - Very much like the smell, sweet and a nice fruitiness with malt and hops on the finish.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied, good carbonation and crisp.

Drinkability - Due to it's sweetness, I could tire of it in a session, but as a single brew or two it's a very tasty double style.

ChopperSmith, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of PoisonOakAdam
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(First review, hope it goes well)

A: A mahogany brown not cloudy but also not translucent. Small amounts of carbonation are noticeable. It has a very smooth frothy head that doesn't wind down too quickly. (easily revived with a swirl.)

S: Sweet and caramelly to my nose with a very sharp fruity alcohol smell. Also noticeable are some slight floral and nutty accents to the bouquet.

T: Hits you with a rich acidic fruity but roasted grain goodness. Almost like a caramelized dried fruit with a smooth almost chocolaty molasses like balance to it all. Reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts in a way.

M: Smooth and light but at the same time it is crying out to be chewed and for a thicker presence in the mouth.

D: Totally drinkable. Seems more standalone then to be paired with any sort of meal. I haven't really dived into pairings yet though.

Served from a bottle to a Weizen Glass (only actual beer glass I currently have)

PoisonOakAdam, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI on 6/13/2009. Served in a Chimay goblet.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear reddish mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. The head reduced quickly to a skim, but was easy to renew with a swirl. Minor lacing only.

S= Aromas of sweet heady malt, treacle, molasses, and ripe dark fruit. No hop presence really. The yeast was there but not overpowering.

T= Much like the smell, with a sweet malty base and slightly toasted grain presence, followed closely by flavors of raisins, molasses, candied fruit, and spicy alcohol. Some clove in there too. Very faintly tart in the middle. Finished dry and left a great aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a very crisp and effervescent feel. Tongue coating yet refreshing!

D= This was a great dubbel, almost on par with my favorite example of the style (Westmalle). Very complex and packs a punch yet it is surprisingly drinkable. A dangerous combination for sure!

spointon, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for one-finger soapy tan head that left lace patches all over the glass with a dark brown hue. A wonderful smell of caramel, cocoa malts along w/ yeast and some heavy fruits like grape. Smooth and creamy yet has a shaprness due to good carbonation. Also a little bready and chewey. Has some sweet caramelized malt in the beer that gives off some bitter chocolate taste, and finishes dry and husky thanks to roasted malts combo'ed with hop bitterness and some spices and fruit flavors like orange. A complex beer that is well worth the money and was great to sip on a bomber bottle. Beer smoothes as it warms.

clayrock81, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by my Whole Foods to pick up a 750ml bottle. Corked almost nailed me in the face when I removed the cage. Not cool.

Pour produced a very nice rusty brown body with ruby hues found around the edges, with a nice big ivory head that dwindled down to a nice fizz on top.

Deep aromas of candied sugar, dark fruits,caramel, and intense scents of spices and phenols are also present. It smells a lot more maltier than I thought it would be.

Wow! what a great Dubbel. It really delivered. Begins with a good crisp bite, with phenols and spices making a grand appearance followed by plums, figs, and molasses filling out the body nicely. Other flavors to note are dashes of dark caramel and dark sugar. Loved the finish, really reminded of a mild dark chocolate bitterness. Esters are also abundant throughout.

Mouthfeel was good. After the close encounter with the cork, I thought it would be a carbonated nightmare, but was proven wrong with moderate carbonation and a nice medium body.

Drinkability has a high marks from me. The alcohol was a pleasant welcome along with good carbonation on the tongue makes this a very good beer. Sessionalbe? maybe not, but is still a good beer.

P.S. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CORK AND AWAY FROM IT. Just my personal experience. Cheers!

Foxtrot, May 31, 2009
Photo of seand
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an official Maredsous glass.

A: Pours a dark red amber with 2 fingers of tan head, with excellent retention and lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

S: Malty, a light hint of brown sugar, and a alcoholic note that reminds me of a sweet liquor.

T: Sweet, with some fruit and a little alcohol, quite nice. A very mild hop tone on the finish.

M: Pretty carbonated, but very smooth. A fairly light mouthfeel.

D: I could drink all kinds of these, though I might regret it due to the ABV.

I got this in a gift pack with the glass, and I unfortunately can't buy it separately here. I may go back for another gift pack, just to have another one of these!

seand, May 30, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Wonderful nose of winterspice, malt, brown bread, sherry and toast.

Great solid mouthfeel with flavors that follow the nose - big malt, brown bread and sherry flavors with nice undertones of spice, roasted malt/burnt toast and carmeled espresso, all highlighted with that great Belgian fruit characteristic of a great Belgian Ale. A nice whiskey character/bourbon flavor also in the undertones.

Carbonation is a bit heavy out of the bottle but softens and the entire drink is well integrated and absolutely perfect with food. I have at least one bottle a week with mussles but have also enjoyed it with game, meat and fowl.

Pretty much a perfect drink!

GRG1313, May 18, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good dubbel with srong fruity and spicey character yet very drinkable.

Deep red-brown, it has a big tan head (though not as big as some like Duvel) slowly shrinking to a thin, frothy, rocky top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is dried figs, fermented figs, brown bread, whole wheat, raisins and port. It's very nice and reminds me of some very nice doppelbocks in particular.

The taste is port, sweet-sour plums, fermented fruit, strawberry and cherry jam, hints of licorice and cola, sweet toastiness, but otherwise, it soon falls a bit flat in character and feel after the initial great start.

Offa, May 12, 2009
Photo of Voonder
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bobsy for this bottle!
Pours brown in color, clear with some copper notes. Very big light tan head. Great retention. Smell - nutty, caramely, malty, alcohol slightly showing. Taste - bready, nutty. Some fruitiness is there as well. Alcohol is coming through but in the nice way. Great balance, very smooth brew, very drinkable. Great beer all around.

Voonder, May 11, 2009
Photo of grub
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 02 2011. sampled may 8/09.

pours crystal clear deep red. almost appears brown until held to the light, then the beautiful deep garnet hue comes out. a huge fluffy pale brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a sheet of fine lace behind.

aroma is great. rich dark candi sugar. burnt caramel, dark toffee. loads of dark fruit - date, plum, raisin, fig. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. touch of biscuit and cracker. faint belgian yeast. light alcohol. everything i love in my dark belgians.

taste is good. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of cracker. medium-low bitterness level. nice dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. the caramel and toffee character is lighter here than in the aroma. light yeast, with only the faintest belgian spice. a bit of earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. nice fruity and malty component. i like this one, and can see it getting even better with a little age.

grub, May 09, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured with very little head. Nice lacing. Rich brown color with red hints.

S. Sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, almost a sour note.

T. Sweet, molasses, candy sugar, hints of chocolate.

M. Low-Medium bodied. Crisp with a dry finish.

D. A drikable beer. Not one of my favorite Dubbels, but still a well crafted beer.

siradmiralnelson, May 05, 2009
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darkish copper/amber with a fluffy finger of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of fruit, a touch of bread. Not a lot.

T: The fruit comes out a bit more, as does a hint of bread. Belgian yeast mixes in a variety of flavors throughout.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy almost. Nice carbonation.

D: A solid dubbel, but nothing spectacular. Very drinkable, but won't overwhelm.

YonderWanderer, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a brown clear liquid with one finger of off-white suds that stay with the drink throughout the experience. Lacing all over the place.
Smell is sweet malty sugar cane and cinnamon spices.
Taste is raisin and caramel and a little alcohol.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but leaves a clean alcohol burn afterwards.
Drinkability is pretty good here. This will get you messed up quickly.

peabody, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Arbitrator, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Foam began oozing out the top of the bottle shortly after opening. This one definitely requires a slow, careful pour. (It was actually pretty calm during the pour.) Once in the tulip, body is an earthy clay color and head is beige. Head is foamy, soft, and about a half inch in height. Displays fantastic retention and lacing all the way. When held to light, body turns deep red and a column of carbonation can be seen rising from the center. Very cloudy.

Smell: Plump, juicy raisins, figs, and cinnamon. A good deal of sweetness in this one: Belgian candi sugar and molasses. Solid doughy malt backbone with prickly, spicy hops in the finish. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely. This smells awesome! Very close to a five.

Taste: Doughy malts are quite dominant here. Molasses, figs, and spicy hops are probably the next most predominant flavors. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but is mild and very tolerable. I get some black coffee and chocolate flakes in the aftertaste. Not as good as the smell, but still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very smooth; carbonated perfectly. Good deal of chewiness but still light on the palate. There is some light spiciness and a solid amount of mouth-numbing. Finishes dry, but not as dry as I had anticipated, which is actually a nice surprise. Pretty clean to boot. Fantastic!

Drinkability: Before I realized it, this thing was almost gone. I like dubbels; I love this. Light, flavorful, and very aromatic. Will definitely buy again.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep mahogany with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell of dark, sweet malt, dark fruit and a subtle molasses/dark sugar sweetness. Taste is of dark fruit with subtle candi sugar sweetness and balanced with sweet malt. Carbonation was a bit light so the mouth feel wasn't as good as it has been in the past with this serving; I blame this on the tap. Since I have had it before and never experienced this I cannot dock for a subpar mouth feel.

A good Dubbel to be sure, one of my favorites, especially at $6 for 14oz. A pretty good deal.

rugerj, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served lightly chilled in a Maredsous glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Color is mahogany with a 1/2" off-white head that recedes slowly to a ring of foam and light layer and island over the liquid leaving behind layers of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves behind fine lacing.

Smell: The aroma is light fresh and fruity/floral with nothing dominating.

Taste: The taste is of sweet malt, cherry, other dark fruits, and faint alcohol with a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate character--a very complex dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with light carbonation. The finish is medium length with a mixture of sweetness and bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: This is dangerously drinkable and a dubbel that I'll return to in the future. I could sit and sip my way through several of these in a sitting, but at 8% ABV that is probably not a good idea.

drtth, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Nick3
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer label reads best by date of March 2011. Poured into a Rochefort chalice. Beer forms a tan one finger head with some spotty lacing. Lovely colored beer is dark brown with a ruby tint. Nose is great with notes of chocolate, caramel and coconut. Taste is heavy malt, dark fruit, caramel, with a mild smokey, alcohol burn experienced during the dry finish. Hops are barely present but are there enough to balance the beer well. Medium body, ample carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel lend itself well to the brew. An impressive dubbel that I will buy again.

Nick3, Apr 08, 2009
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.