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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 54
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maredsous 8

A- Deep ruby red with a thick tan head. Good mesys lacing down the glass.
S- Fruity. Deep prune, raisin, cherry aroma with rock candy sugar.
T- Thick sweet sugar cane with prunes, figs, cherries, and a slight touch of pineapple. Molasses malt makes up a good chunk of the body.
M- Thick syrupy and sweet. Malty backbone. Finishes off thick and warming.

Overall- Sweet fruity and warming make it a decent Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 20:39:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of dec 2007 with "best by" of 3 yrs. poured into tulip.

dark cola brown is almost opaque, but it is dark ruby red under the light (and gemstone clear). probably the darkest dubbel i've ever had... nice head soon fades, eventually to a wispy thin layer. in the meantime however, the head managed to create three rings of lovely lace before i even took a sip. how does moorgat do this?! duvel does the same! lacing continues to be decent to the end.

smells of moist prunes, figs and dates, with a touch of coffee, esp in the back. hints of brown sugar, then whiff of hay and phenols.

palate has much less fruit, and gets into the realm of molasses and rum. this includes a slight booziness (plus a chocolate hint). from the middle to the end, a grassy hop clashes slightly with medicinal phenols and a touch of otherwise refreshing acidity into a moderately bitter finish that again is a bit marred by excessive phenols.

smooth enough overall, but ever so slightly watery. the problem is a carbonation that seems to be too sharp, esp. at the start. some coffee-like astringency in the finish.

interesting and drinkable, but not something i'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 18:13:59 | More by tai4ji2x
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift pack, this poured a lovely brown, with lots of head that reduced to a nice cloud over the brew. Smell is sweet, malty, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is wonderful, malty, slightly sweet, complex, some berries and prunes make up the flavors I detect here, quite nice. Mouthfeel is nice, just enough carbonation and a slight viscosity. Drinkability is pretty good too, I could definitely see myself keeping a staple of these in my fridge, if only it was available year round here.

If you can get it, try it. It's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:41:10 | More by funkengruven
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with a creamy, off white head that lasts forever. Sheets of lace drape the glass. The aroma is packed with thick, dark malts and a side of raisins and cinnamon. Raisin bread, toffee, cinamon, cloves and bran flavor make up the taste. The rich malt profile is balanced with some earthy herbal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The finish is lightly bitter and quite malty. Alcohol is very well hidden.

This is a great Dubbel. Very complex malt profile with a good balance between sweet and bitter. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:59:20 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (best before 11/09, so probably 1 or 2 years old) that I've cellared for 6-8 months. Poured into my Maredsous chalice, Maredsous 8 is a murky, ruddy brown with a huge, rocky, merangue likme head that takes forever to settle, leaving massive chunks of foamy lace. Oh yeah.

Smell is big, bright, cured fruits, caramelized sugar, a bit of spice. Interestingly enough, it seems to soften as it warms, opposite the taste, which opens up nicely.

Taste is nice, much spicier and not nearly as sweet and fruity as the nose, which is always a bit of a let down to me when I have this. But the fact is, it's still a really tasty dubbel, rum-raisen, super smooth. Served at 55F, it's better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dryer, medium-light bodied, highly digestible.

Drinkability is high, a great beer that goes down really easily and hides the ABV very well. The fact that it's a reasonably priced and widely available for an abby style brew dosen't hurt either.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:01:13 | More by ccrida
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown color with nice effervescence and good lacing. The head has the appearance of soft-peak meringues. It stays but thins to little less than 1/4 inch.
The smell is malty with a distant sent of banana peals.
I don't know where to begin with the flavor. It's pleasantly malty, sweet and rich...mild bitterness that dissipate quickly. There seems to be almost a smokiness and tart undertone in the after taste, but I can't quite pin it down. The mouthfeel is viscous, and the tiny bubbles move across the tongue which add a crisp dryness to the ale.
This is good stuff. It's not something you want to set down a kill a six pack of, but take your time and savor maybe with a good smoke and/or an antipasti plate.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 06:30:34 | More by aeminter
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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours solid brown. Small white/brown head.

S - Classic Belgiun smell.. sweet dark fruits.. caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pretty bland and tart. There is a strong bite that seems to be a combination of high carbonation and spice. It's not sweet like a typical Belgiun which I'd rather have. Where is that brown sugar I smelled? Malt dominance with hints of boozy scotch. Not complex.

M - Thick bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Yuck.. I wish I wouldn't have gotten the bomber. To tart and to much of a plastic type taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 22:51:41 | More by Yesac
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maredsous chalice-type-glass.

A-Arrived with a relatively small head, which could likely be somewhat attributable to the server. Despite the lack of head, the glass showed extensive lacing. An attractive copper beer, relatively clear.

S-Mostly spices and clovey phenols. Also hints of pungent (in a good way), ripening fruitiness with hints of something perfumy.

T-Lots of cloves and other phenols, also lots of spiciness. A little bit of a nice twang, perhaps almost a kind of fruitiness. Malts that came through were on the lne of bready and bicuity, along with some malty sweetness. I think I sensed some alcohol in there, and it was very smooth, no harshness at all. Finishes an almost tartness, with semi-sweet maltiness.

M-High, but smooth, carbonation. Bubbles on my tongue made it very evident. Medium body.

D-Great drinkability. I look forward to purchasing a bottle of this and Maredsous's other offerings in the future. Very smooth, extremely complex flavor!

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2008 17:37:24 | More by CHSLBrew
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2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 04:40:32 | More by akcds
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

has a nice orange color to it, this is the 2nd of a sampler i got, and as the first i cant really give it a fair review for its smell (damn smokers) taste is great, a spicy malty brew with a suptle hop taste to it. mouthfeel is good, has a rich full mouthfeel to it, a beer i wish i could get in illinois

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 02:24:29 | More by 1fastz28
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany pour with a thick off-white head. Deep, heavy aroma of malt, peat, smoke, and molasses. Creamy mouthfeel. Heavy malt, caramel, and dark fruits in the taste. Occasional pop-through of the peat, but not consistently. Long aftertaste. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 21:27:45 | More by magictrokini
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a- Looks like tea. Fairly dark, but definitely still translucent.

s- Maredsous 8 smells like cleaning fluid. If smell were all that mattered, it would be one of the worst beers ever.

t- Taste is not bad at all. I quite like the stuff. Very nutty, with a strong alcohol bite. I like it.

m- Mouthfeel is pleasing. It has a juicelike consistency. Not watery at all, but definitely not as heavy as some beers.

d- One is enough in a single sitting. Good stuff, but the alcohol can be a little hard to stomach.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 08:19:19 | More by freeeekyyy
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Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SAQ de Val-d'Or

A - Pours dark ruby-brown with thick tan head

S - Sweet fruitiness, roasted malt sharpness

T - Sweetness, caramel malts, many fruits (plum, cherry with age), hints of alcohol, hop bitterness, little bit earthy

MF - Thick in the mouth, sharp on the tongue

D - A very nice beer, one of my favorite, a classic

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 14:04:37 | More by Clubchat
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Winking Lizard. Pours a lustrous ruby-brown color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. Patches of lacing on the glass. Bouquet of fruits and spices, as well as some yeast and malt. Medium-bodied with roasted malt, yeast and spice flavors. Dark fruit and hops undertones as well. The finish is fruit and oak with a spicy yeast aftertaste. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 18:38:51 | More by Dogbrick
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a goblet on tap at The Old Spot

Appearance: a pretty rich dark brown with some ruby highlights and a one finger white head, with good lacing.

Aroma: dark fruits with some caramel and a bit of alcohol.

Taste and mouth feel: Caramel and vanilla with dark fruits come first, followed by the Belgian yeast and spice in a slightly dry aftertaste that seems a little on the thin side. It is medium bodied, with some carbonation.

Drinkability: This is certainly an enjoyable dubbel that is quite drinkable. However, I really was expecting a bit more, especially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 13:58:18 | More by Bassetdawg
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice dark brown/orange almost black ale. Pours a nice full and strong off white head that has some creamy characteristics.

S: Sweet brown sugar, some vanilla. A little caramel, nuts. Also has a nice dark red fruist/cherry alcool smell. There are spices also present on this beer.

T: Just like the smell, almost word for word. Nice sweet brown sugar and vanilla. A very small hint of caramel. There are also big notes of nuts. The dark fruits flavors are still there (although the alcohol is a bit too strong tasting for such a beer). The alcohol, even if it's a bit strong, has a nice warm. Eventually, there are the habitual spices taste on this dubbel (cloves and pepper).

M: Just a bit over average. It is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Kinda creamy for a dubbel, which is nice. Strangely, it seems to water down when the beer goes over 16-17 degrees Celsius.

D: Good drinkability at first. But after 3, the strong alcohol taste will stop you.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 05:30:07 | More by flipper2gv
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in a goblet.
Best before 12/2010.

Dull molasses with shades of ruby and tea. Creamy white head that immediately clings to the goblet's rim while retaining its form. Walls of condensed and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Creamy, slightly rich aromatics: toffee, caramel, with hints of vanilla. Caramelized brown sugar with a sublte whaft of Belgian yeast. A wonderful creamy sherry alcohol presence that ties in the rich and sweet aromas.

Brown sugar and vanilla with hints of nutmeg. This pleasant, rich malt character is cut by a port/sherry alcohol character. The alcohol flavor is perfectly subdued by a natural vanilla and sugarcane addition. Notes of licorice and saffron that also aids in toning down the initial sweetness. Fig, plum, and raisin esters round out the dynamic flavors. Slightly dry in the finish with notes of oak and must in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; although this Dubbel starts creamy, the carbonation and must makes for a dry mouthfeel. A nice balance in texture given the flavor complexities.

A very complex Dubbel: rich, fruity, and spicy. This is quite a tough balancing act to accomplish, but Duvel pulls it off without many flaws. Take my advice and let this one warm to room temperature before enjoying: the spices and fruity esters really come through.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 02:03:22 | More by NEhophead
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is almost two-fingers of light tan foam that dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky, it's almost leaving a sheet on one side of the glass.

Smells mostly of dark fruits and Belgian sugar with a bit of tartness in there for good measure.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian sugar up front followed shortly by dark fruits that just barely taste sour. The aftertaste is a bit thin, the flavors just kind of disappear.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation that bring out the flavors very well.

Drinkability is good. I wish the flavors were a bit more robust, but I could still have more than one of these.

Overall this is on the lighter side of dubbels in my opinion, and the light tartness is a nice surprise. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 22:59:51 | More by glid02
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights, thick dense head that settles into a puffy cap. Wine like aromas dominate but are not overly strong, a bit of a metallic twang, and a sugary sweetness. The taste starts of with red wine flavors which is cut by slightly roasted malt, a metallic twang follows, finishes with a nice sweetness. The feel is firm with prickly carbonation, sweet throughout though crisp not sticky, rounds out with a light bitterness. A very sturdy dubbel, hits all of the main flavors spot on. Could use a touch more zest.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 02:43:23 | More by Gmann
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle to chalice. warmed slightly to approx. 50 F

Appearance: Crimson red and clear glowing. Velvety whipped head floats above a continuous torrent of bubbles and lingers throughout drinking.

Aroma: Heavenly. Tart fruit wafts up immediately and lingers. Warmth of the alcohol fills the nostrils pleasantly.

Flavor: Peppery carbonation masks the flavors at first. Tart fruit flavors are subdued. Some bready malty caramel. Yeasty bite along with carbonation. Fairly dry overall and definitely finishes thus. Any sweetness is briefly encountered in the middle. Tongue is left tingly with carbonation bubbles bursting after the sip has been swallowed. Sort of a scrubbing cleansing action giving the flavors an evanescent quality.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, prickly effervescence. Some slickness as well. A drying sensation on the tongue. Moderate body.

Overall: An enjoyable beer. The flavor does not quite meet the expectations promised from the wonderful aromas and appearance. Perhaps some age would help with that. I would certainly try this beer again. There are enough complexities to suggest many different experiences to be had from resampling.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:43:34 | More by enso
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful head, clumpy and creamy, with a great layer lasting all the way down. Very dark brown; ruby edges. Aroma was a little sharp and slightly vinegary (weird), but with some nice dark fruits and alcohol.

Excellent taste, multidimensional and intriguing. Just slightly sweet with some dark fruit, subtle raisin, chicory coffee coming through. A solid bitterness is complimented by a great roasted malt aftertaste-- very dark chocolate. Good tartness, with a strange acidic character that reminded me of wine. You can definitely sense the alcohol in this brew as well. Slippery moutfeel with pretty strong carbonation. A delicious brew I would have again, and again....

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 22:13:13 | More by dasenebler
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very deep ruby colour. Clear despite the dark hues. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not persist for a long time but leaves a lot of lacings.
Aroma: a mix of sweet malts, caramel, spices and red port.
Taste: dark sweet malts, molasses, spices, fruits and herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, average to low carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a rich full body.
Finish: goes on forever. It starts very sweet but quickly turns to a more bitter-spiced presence.

Overall: a very complex and wonderful Dubbel. Well disguised strong beer (beware!). Very well balanced with a great body and a strong personality. A must have.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 21:43:06 | More by AlexLMS
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is about as good as it can get. Kodiak beer brown without a hint of red or copper topped by an effervescent beige head. Retention is very strong. Fairly hazy. Only deductions are for the absence of a red hue (if you really think that must be part of the style) and the lack of clarity.

S: The raisin scent of the Special B combines with the sourness of the yeast strain to provide a sour cherry aroma. It is not a pungent aged dark fruit aroma but rather light, crisp and fresh smelling. The hops add an essence of crushed moist soil. No noticeable banana esters or spicy clove like phenols (this is a shame).

T: The taste seems rather bland. Seems as though it is Pilsner malt, belgian candi, a splash of special B and that is it. Not much malt depth and somewhat watered down taste. Hops are noble and earthy. A grape flavor on the tongue is present in the aftertaste. Not as rich and complex as I expect.

M: Medium bodied beer w/ high alcohol content. Superb fine carbonation and head retention. Like a bit more body and not quite as dry.

D: Certainly would take another but this is not as good as Chimay and not close to Westmalle or St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 14:21:38 | More by BWH3
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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian style small (330 ml) bottle, best before dating of "09 2010" on the rear label. pours dark chocolate amber, under a highly retentive, puffy dark tan head, leaving gobs of splattered fingers of lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, bready yeast, and candied fruits. Complex, bold and tasty brew. Plenty of rum, raisins, more chocolate (dark and dry), gooey brownie comes to mind, some alcohol kickin' it in the rear as well as some late hops to dry things out. Nice stuff. I've enjoyed this one for years, just getting around to reviewing it

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 02:45:40 | More by Billolick
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.