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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

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Ratings: 1065
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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Photo of Jordiehowe


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 22:47:02 | More by Jordiehowe
Photo of Judman


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark, chestnut color. Thick foamy head that takes time to settle.

I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. I wasn't aware that it was made by Duvel but after learning that, it was no surprise. Top quality Dubbel. Malty, strong and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 19:30:37 | More by Judman
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maredsous 8. Served in its own glassware.

Dark reddish chestnut color with a coat of lace film from a depleted head of light tan. Looks regal.

Mild notes of grape and plum with light phenols pushing fruity medicinals to the nose. Has a near caramel malt backbone with enough Belgian yeast pizzazz to confound you.

Malty raisin, plum, and fresh fig hovers over surfacing alcohol and rosewater. Characteristically earthy with barley grain and steeped nuttiness among other yeasty esters. Has mild sweetness and a slight tobacco note that accents the husky malts. Phenols are bigger now and there is a plastic-y note that I could pass on.

Lighter in body than one would expect, but still retains a velvety smoothness. The light, but perky, carbonation aids this.

A well-to-do dubbel, for style. Well-balanced and supple. Booziness is kept at-bay, for the most part.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 15:06:05 | More by thecheapies
Photo of PieOhMy


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into tulip.

A Hazy ruby. Thin tan head. Lacing follows down.

S Thick malts, this hits hard. Sugar. Chocolate. Carmel.

T Very malty. Initial sweetness gives way to a spicy flavor. Red pepper. Cloves. Slight boozy aftertaste.

M Thick and chewy.

O Good beer. Defiantly European. By which I mean they are not trying to knock your head off with a bitter kick. That being said, still too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 03:08:01 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours amber with a short-lived, white head and much lacing. Aroma is of raisins, plums, caramel malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is dark fruit, spices, toffee and brown sugar. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 14:50:40 | More by mikeg67
Photo of psuKinger


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my St. Bernardus over-sized wine glass.

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top. Lots of visible carbonation clinging to the edges of the rounded glass.

S: Raisins, plums, and sweet semi-roasted malts emminent at a moderate volume from my glass.

T: Taste follows the nose. Raisins prominent, as are figs, dates, and other "dark fruits". A dry sweetness arrives near the end, and it finishes mildly bready/yeasty and dry. A touch of sour lemon on the back end gives it a little character.

M: Light and dry, great carbonation, great creaminess in the mouth. Very well done.

D/O: This beer went through phases for me in the glass. Cold, I liked it. As it began to warm, I thought the raisin-like flavors were overpowering, and although I didn't dislike it, I wasn't loving it. Over time, as it continued to warm, others flavors like that of dates and cinnamon began to catch up, and I really started to enjoy it again.

I would definitely consider buying this by the keg, but only if the price was such that it was less than other Quads (like La Trappe) or Dubbels (like Westmalle) that I prefer more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 20:16:10 | More by psuKinger
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, spices, and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, yeast, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 05:09:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kylehay2004


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head on a clear amber body with scattered but thin lacing.

S: molasses, maple, yeast and dark fruits including fig, strawberry and sour cherry.

T: flavor is a little watered down. Smokey flavors, slightly tart dark fruits, caramel and light syrup.

M: thinner body than I want. Lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel this one was too thin without the yeast character I want. Aroma forebodes more than the taste yielded.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 02:51:39 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a small head of off white foam on a clear, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Smoot, lightly sweet malt with some burnt caramel and toffee notes in the background.

T - Dark brown sugar up front with some malty notes of dark bread. Sweet caramel, and a touch of molasses in the middle and a finish of caramel covered apples.

M - A moderately thick body, avage carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a well made dubbed that reminds me how subtle the yeast character should be in a properly made example of the style. Very drinkable, probably more so than any version brewed in the new world has managed to be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 02:39:23 | More by nickfl
Photo of kemoarps


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany under a pillowy khaki head that lasts and lasts lacing the glass nicely as i drink.

Im not getting much off the nose but a hint of malty raisins with a follow of mild bitterness bordering on sour.

Its not nearly as sweet as i had anticipated. This isnt a bad thing, just different than i had expected. Almost a prune bitterness to it. Belgians are typically driven by either their fruit hints or the herbs/spices present in the finish. In this case its that prune fruit flavour that drives this beer. Theres amalt underneath and a bittering finish that combine to mask the 8%aliens/gods/whatever quite well.

Highly carbonated but deceptively smoothe and clean on the palatte for its size.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 03:29:41 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Scotsman


4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is best when available from the tap but it is still great in the bottle. This is such a great beer and very consistent. It was a staple at my favorite European style bar here in the states. It has fruity notes and no bitterness. It is amber to slightly dark with a little head. Very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 17:49:51 | More by Scotsman
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 05:52:17 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Merkur


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a good amount of foamy off white head.

Beer smells very richly of dried fruit and raisons. A bit malty as well.

Taste follows the nose very closely. Slightly sweet and very malty.

Beer is a bit thin on the mouthfeel. It could have been a bit more thick

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 01:51:40 | More by Merkur
Photo of jneiswender


3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. Served on tap in a brewery wine goblet.

Poured a murky brown body and an off white head. Smells very vinous. Tastes wine like as well. Jolly Rancher candy malt flavor. Very light on the palate.

Okay. Not a bad beer by far but I just don't get that much complexity beyond a very wine like flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 02:01:08 | More by jneiswender
Photo of matjack85


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving served in its own Mardseus glass for $8.

The beer poured a clear crimson red color with a 2½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes and left very good lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Toffee and brown sugar aroma with a mix of figs and plums.

Lots going on in here. At first you get a sweet toffee and brown sugar flavor, but then it turns more bready and fruity with a plum, red grape, and tart cherry taste. I also pick up a little bit of licorice flavor. There's even a bit of earthy hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice sipping beer to be enjoyed and savored.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 18:29:12 | More by matjack85
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Maredsous goblet at Durty Nellie's.

Yeah, paying cover sucks, but the stamp tonight is at least interesting... This stuff pours a clear mahogany topped by a bit less than a finger of cream-khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, brown sugar, light orange zest, toffee, and Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some clove, light cinnamon, honey, and very light cocoa. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery-style smooth feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going dubbel, something I could see throwing back a few times at the bar, but not necessarily something I would consider in the upper echelon of Belgian beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 07:08:05 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a flute.

Appearance: Dark Amber, might look opaque depending on your lighting but it's not...it is definitely somewhat clear. Light tan head 1/8"

Smell: Smells of fine wine, dark fruits slight grapes and quite honestly wreaks of greatness.

Taste: This ale tastes of what you want in beer, alcoholk, bitterness, complimented with a semi-sweet after taste.

Mouth: Light medium carbonation, easy to drink but feels a little flat.

Overall: This was a gem, honestly well crafted and not overly complex and might just need to have another here at the Waterzooi. Hope you enjoy as much as me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 02:02:51 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Merry Monk in Albany, where it's served in a chalice.

A: Body is clear mahogany-brown in color with a solid off-white/light tan head. Leaves behind real good lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is sweet - fruity and malty.

T: Follows the nose, with caramel malt, ripe fruits, some dried fruits (figs, perhaps?) and a bit of spiciness. Finishes with a bit of dryness, and alcohol heat is felt in the belly.

M: Good fizziness; call the weight medium.

O: Solid stuff here. Enjoyable and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 15:47:52 | More by Kendo
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton in a chalice.

A - deep brown in color with a thick, one finger+ tan head that coast the glass in thick sheets of lacing

S - lots of dark fruits and caramel on the nose, some raisin and a hint of grassy/earthiness in the background

T - really complex with some initial hops bitterness that melts into a huge tangy, dark fruit/raisin backbone; some initial sweetness totally overtaken by the dark fruit

M - exceptionally smooth (perhaps a positive side-effect of being on tap). Literally velvety in the mouth with just the slightest hint of carbonation to offset it. Not boozy at all

D - goes down very easily; dangerous

This was a very delicious beer that can serve either as a nice sipper or can be quaffed with a vengeance! An excellent cold weather drink!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 22:07:36 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of mactrail


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, spicy, strong brown ale. Less sweet, more hops than a lot of Dubbels. Woody and medium mouthfeel. Touch of vanilla and fruitcake. Really rich and complex flavors. Caramelized taste with a little dose of sourness. Clear coppery brown in the small snifter. Clean flavors.

Listed as "Maredsous Bruin Belgian amber" at the Blind Lady in San Diego. Glad I was able to taste this on tap. Bottles have not been so impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 05:18:52 | More by mactrail
Photo of JAXSON


2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 02:20:47 | More by JAXSON
Photo of charlzm


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

The menu listed this as "Maredsous Brune", So I thought I had discovered a heretofore unknown Oud Bruin at the time, but some research after the fact has revealed this is just the regular old dubbel.

Anyway, beer is somewhat clear and a deep shade between caramel and red with a very fine and creamy, off-white one-finger head.

Aroma has a slight malt vinegar note as well as a malty, bready character.

Flavor is exceptionally clean! A little red grape/dark cherry/date/raisin fruitiness up front, followed by a wash of dark, bready malt and wrapped up with a refined flourish of bitterness.

Ever-so-slightly astringent. Medium bodied. A little alcohol heat appeared as the beer warmed.

Very nicely done; the subtlety is appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 22:40:41 | More by charlzm
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer arrives a dark brown color. The head is one inch of white foam that recedes slowly leaving rings of lacing all down the glass. The aroma is of raisins, dates, and bubblegum, but it is quite weak given the strength of this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bubblegum. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time. It is decent, but there are so many great Belgian beers out there that I can't see myself drinking this again when other options are available.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 19:28:13 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 17:38:18 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at Ginger Man, NYC, NY

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small tannish head that dissipates to a think film of bubbles. Caramel malts in the nose, with dark fruits and dark sugars. Taste is of caramel and spice, fruitcake, with a bitter alcohol finish for a drying sensation. Complex, and medium to heavy mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 19:09:20 | More by Rifugium
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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.