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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 68
Gots: 109 | 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 mmahut
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the owners of Duvel this beer is actually quite nice with some strong fruity tastes I would more associate to wines. You can definitely tell its high fermentation from its consistency. One of the Belgium's trappist beers I recommend to try, but personally I don't like it so much.

Appearance (3): Dark brown with some light head.

Smell (3.5): Caramel with specific malt sweetness.

Taste (3.5): Strong malt followed by rich fruits.

Mouthfeel (3): Velvet carbonation, the alcohol taste is lost.

Drinkability (4): Very solid dubbel, as it should be.

Photo of berley31
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white sticky head that had fairly good lasting power, before finally settling at 1/2-finger. Nice Belgian lace on the glass. Body is dark brown and virtually opaque.

S: Excellent aroma... lots of dark chocolate, dark fruit, which just a tinge of alcohol that isn't solventy at all.

T: Very smooth-tasting beer... the chocolate is apparent again, with just a touch of roastiness to the beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Dark fruit (raisins, plums?) quite apparent. Sweet, but not overpowering at all.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I've had a couple of these now, and I've enjoyed them very much each time. A very nice Dubbel that provides a great range of flavors and aromas.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was going to have this on tap but it was late so I picked up a bottle instead

A - Holly gusher! The foam poured from the 12oz bottle and some spilled on the floor! Danger! From first impression the beer is a thick pitch black liquid the appears great in a tulip glass, lacing in all.
S - Dark roasted raisins hit the nose along with some brown sugar or strong toffee.
T - Kind of boozy but mostly toffee malt and slight raisin hit the tongue. More harsh bitterness than expected from the smell so it's not a dessert beer.
M - Actually quite thin but the boozy factor makes it hard to drink
D - Really the first abbey I have tried but the hype made me buy it and it was kind of disappointing. Cover art has also changed from the cool black and red to some plain Jane white and blue which made it hard to find so someone should really update pictures on this site...

Photo of roddwolff
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that bears its degree of alcohol in the name, served in a Duvel Tulip glass. Look: Very dark purple color, the foamy head is thick, creamy with excellent lacing. Smell: Figs and purple grapes, like red wine and pine hops. Taste: Roasted bready-malts, purple grapes and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Hot, bitter fruit, the finish is bittersweet, show its alcohol strenght passing through the throat, robust body with medium carbonation, very similar to wine. Drinkability: Sometimes i thought i was drinking a glass of wine but was belgian beer.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown into a goblet. A thin layer of tan bubbles consistently covered the surface. A a medium level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: It has a gentle aroma of sweet, roasted malts with hints of cherries.
T: The flavor is rather complex; the initial taste is of roasted, burnt chocolate malts, which is followed by dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends some smoothness. It doesn't feel quite as strong compared to other dubbels.
D: It's very easy to drink as there's neither too much sweetness nor too much alcohol.

Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room, into a tulip.

The beer pours a medium cloudy brown with a nice full finger of tan head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is malty, and has unique vanilla to it.

The taste is also malt and vanilla, a little dark fruits but not super interesting.

Overall, decent, nothing special.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a translucent brown with some visible carbonation. Very little white head settled on the top.

S - Sweet malts - caramel and toffee. A nice nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts with some spices. A very sweet finish with some frutiness.

M - Light body with average carbonation.

D - A delicious brown ale. Would definitely buy this one again.

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

Review from notes on 10/11/09. Thanks to my lovely girlfriend for buying a 4 pack of this and some cheese to help my bad mood lol.

A - Clear mahogany with garnet hues. Off white 2" head. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5

S - Malty caramel, figs, and raisins. More pronounced on the caramel end though. Light hint of alcohol. 4.0

T - Heavy caramel malts followed by notes of fruits (raisins). Mild spices and an earthy tone leads the finish with a pleasant warmth. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied. Well carbonated as it should be. Velvety smooth. 4.5

D - A most delightful nightcap. Such a pleasure to drink. 4.5

Notes - Pairs excellently with sharp cheddar cheese.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a rich, dark brown with just a few hints of amber into my trusty Duvel tulip. There was a nice, fluffy, tan head that persisted for quite a while and left excellent lacing.

The nose was very rich -- lots of toasted malts up front with a good hint of raisins, as well as some more subtle butterscotch and toffee on the back end. The flavor profile matched -- heavy on the toasted malts, with a nice fuity and spicy flavor. It was almost like cinnamon raising toast, but right before the bitter back end of the flavor profile kept it from being over-sweet. A very complex, delicious beer.

The mouthfeel was excellent: good body without being too thick; just enough carbonation. Maredsous 8 is one of my favorit brews; quite drinkable and always delicious.

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

A - Pours mahogany with ruby tints. Nice sized tan head that has lasting power helped by the abundant carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, dark fruit, black licorice, and dark chocolate.

T - Much like the armoa, lots of malt with dark fruit and bit of burnt caramel and tart dark chocolate coming through. A little alcohol and spiciness in the finish.

M - A little heavy in the middle but finishes pretty clean with the higher alcohol and carbonation.

D - Balanced and finishes clean without any one flavor over dominating. This makes for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of theopholis
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft and served appropriately in a Maredsous goblet.

A: One and a half finger light brown creamy/frothy head comprised of both big and small bubbles. Excellent retention. The bubbles cling all over the glass including well beneath the head. Lacing seems promising but ends up being rather average. The body is a rich dark brown/plum color with 60% opacity. Surprisingly, where you can see through the body, it is remarkably clear and ruby edges line the glass.

S: The aroma is on the weaker side but is pleasantly filled with dark fruits and caramelly candied sugar.

T: The taste follows the nose but provides the added intensity I was hoping for. Figs, prunes and plums, all ripe. There is however, an off metallic flavor, but that doesn't get in the way too much.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin but also velvety smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: Despite a few criticisms and an 8% ABV, this beer is highly quaffable. I'm looking forward to trying the 6 and 10.

Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic dubbel pour. Dark brown, rusty at the bottom and chocolately on top, with a nice, retentive rocky head.

Smells like dark fruit--raisins, especially--backed up by alcohol zing and yeast burn. There's also some light, ashen nodes in there. Nice.

Tastes all fab and whatnot. Damn near a 5, but not quite. Starts with burny fruit: raisins, prunes, and seared bananas. Moves into a middle of aggressive effervescence. The fizziness leads to a Sprite-ish kind of bland sweetnes, though thankfully soon afterwards there's a backend blend of schwarzbier ash, dubble fruit, and pleasantly alcoholic Belgian yeast

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

Look: 9.5
Mahogany color, fluffy tan head with excellent retention & lacing

Smell: Cherry, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, sweet malt

Taste: Up front: Dark fruit, sweet malt. Finish: Candi sugar, clove, spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy

Overall Impression: Another authentic Dubbel brewed in Belgium. Very nice! MUCH better than their Tripel.

Photo of biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 33 cL bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.

A: Mahogany with pink-red hues. Poured with a dense light tan head that slowly died to a medium film and lace. The lace REALLY clings to the glass; when I tip my glass to drink, it coats it like a shell of where the beer was touching the glass.
S: Cherry, dark berries, plum-raisin, all in front of an earthy sweet bread, with the alcohol coming off as a dry red wine. This is an amazingly complex bouquet.
T: Light, sweet bready malts serve as the backbone, but in the back of the mouth there is a musty, earthy, dry, bitter/tartness of dried fruit, again coming off as a dry red wine. The overall experience reminds me of Rochefort 10.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a crisp, sharp frothy carbonation that dies rapidly and an overall drying effect.
D: About average for the style.

Post-reviewing Note: After reviewing this beer, I read through some other reviews, and I have to thank DaveJanssen for using the term "metallic" in describing the flavor. This is right on with the "Rochefort 10" experience I described above.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Abbaye in Northern Liberties, I've been avoiding this beer forever.

A- Maredsous eight is a dark ass brown ale, mahagony even, dirty tap water, but an elegant look that's calming. A healthy burnt sugar white/slightly tan cap stays on top forever, leaving no lace.

S- For a dubbel, eight comes off like a quad and alot of them. The sugar is just pumped up to the max and there are more candi like scents. Dark fruits with plums and grapes. A nice malt backing and a bit of yeast. Nuts and some roast.

T- The sugars dont come up as much in smell, so 8 does not taste like a quad but there is some sweetness though. The roast and nuts are more up front competing with the dark dried fruit basket. A little bit of raisins and a whole lot of taste. A Belgian dubbel that does not tackle you with bready yeast.

M- Smooth and kinda thick, although this is above medium. Carb is light. The alcohol is not here but there is a warming effect near room temp.

D- I tried it, I enjoyed it and will try the others in the series.

Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Maredsous 8 pours into a chalice the color of tea, with a lively one-inch, tan head.

S - Pears, bananas and sweet malts.

T - Sweet roasted malts, some coffee on the back-end. Also, on subsequent sips, a nice hop-tang presence.

M - Playful effervescence, medium body.

D - Obviously an expertly crafted brew. The combination of the hops and the effervescence in this one make it a very refreshing beer-drinking experience; and add a dryness to the taste. Very drinkable, very delicious.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy deep brown tawny color. A large creamy and frothy head with a ivory color. Good amount of lacing remains.

S - Dark fruit (plum, raisin, date, fig, cherry, amongst others) along with some molasses and dark sugar. Also fair amount of spice, predominantly clove.

T - Good amount of malt along with the dark fruit and sugar. Also some spice (mostly clove) along with some medicinal. Also a hint of alcohol taste. All these mix really well and create a complex tasting beer.

M - Medium to full body with a good amount of carbonation. Really smooth as well.

D - Good flavors that mix well, each time I take a sip, I get a new mix of flavors. Goes down smooth and easy to drink. May be a little much on the palate to drink a few though.

Notes: The flavors mix really well and although is is more sweet than anything else, no specific flavor really outweighs another. Really good tasting beer.

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

Reviewed 8/27/2009. Split a 330 mL 2 ways, poured into chouffe tulips.

Ar: Rich dark fruit, grape (intense), plum, prune, chocolate, brown toasty malt, strong caramel/toffee, roast hints, dry and powdery, strong and complex, *earthy

Ap: clear brown/mahogany with pink/purple hints, thick tan head, creamy and dense, lumpy good retention, chunky lace

F: plum/prune, metallic hints (alc related?), very dry with thin end, toasty malt, roast hints ends dry with noble hop character and bread crust, artificial grape, fruity, starts sweet with artificial fruit, very fruity with good fruit and artificial fruit, tat end, good complexity, dry toast crust end with chocolate hints, good long finish, nutty and earthy, strange tartness, very dry, dark malt complexity, *bittersweet

m: Very thin mouthfeel, med/high carbonation, hot alcohol in top of throat

O: Again aroma better than taste, taste is still good, leaves me wanting more but not in a good way, better as it warms, strange

* = ideas from fellow taster

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've often seen this bottle of this in many SAQ's but never really felt like trying it. Having tried most of the beer's in my local SAQ's I decided to finally give it a try.

A- Thick but aerated light-beige head. Tremendous lacing which is thick and looks like meringue. Dark amber liqiud.

S- Mocha. A little bit of sour pear in the background. Strong alcohol. Black licorice. Dried prunes. Banana. Molasses once at room temperature.

T- Black licorice. Alcohol. Very similar to the smell.

M- Very frothy, blows right up in the mouth.

D- So-so. I did like drinking this and would like to drink it again.

Happy I tried it. It does pack a punch.

Photo of melloashello
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer here in Nashville.
Pours a dark tan, amber color.
Aroma of raisins, toffee, caramel malts, overall a pretty good smell.
Tasted of raisins and toffee and something else that I couldn't put my finger on.
The taste is what left me a bit concerned. It just wasn't what I was expecting really.
I liked it but I had to almost push myself to finish the 10 oz pour.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chimay chalice.Pours a brownish ruby color with a light brown thick fluffy heading. Leaves some lacing until the last sip.

Smell is heavily toasted with an aroma of raisin. Some other darker fruits come into play and sums thing's up.

Taste is a bit different then anticipated from the aroma. Heavy toasted and caramel malts hit you a mile a minute. A touch chocolate that finishes fruity and dry. Slight pepperiness on the tongue as well.

Mouth is rich and medium to full bodied.Fantastic carbonation that bubbles up immediately in the mouth.

Drink is good. I was blown away by this beverage and I think one of the very best Dubbel's I've had yet.

Photo of cdizinno
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a light tan head and heavy lacing.

S: Faint molasses, raisin or prunes. Malty dried fruit cake.

T&M: Crisp with a medium body. Raisins, prunes and dried fruit flavors. Complex flavor that is good.

Not my favorite, but a quality brew.

Photo of bschymik
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8 is a regular on tap at the Filmore - 10 in bottles. What a treat to all senses. Very complex from start to end. Maredsous glasses are designed to get the most out of the beer - and they do. all 5's !! I'm headed back again tonight to confirm my findings.

Filmore Pub, Plano, TX

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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