1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Not Rated.
Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,168 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 55
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maredsous 8 - Brune Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,168 | Reviews: 623 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rwdkosak
rwdkosak

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Poured into chalice at 50 degrees produced a thin head with small lacing down the edges over a nice dark ruby-brown color.
Smell was pretty much non existent but which was made up for by taste which had a nice, full flavor, not complex but satisfying with heavy malt taste, not too much yeast though a hint and enough to be a good (but not great) example of the style...no Westmalle here but certainly drinkable.

04-06-2009 01:43:27 | More by rwdkosak
Photo of ricke
ricke

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass. Review from notes.

A: Brown color with reddish hues. Small, ivory-colored and thick head. Some lacings.

S: Fruits of the forest. Chocolate covered soft banana-flavored candy. Plenty of yeast. Caramel malts. A rather big, powerful and interesting smell.

T: Not nearly as interesting as the smell, nor is it as powerful and dense. Plenty of bread-like malts. Some caramel and chocolate covered soft banana-flavored candy. Butterscotch. The finish is actually quite dull and short - it's minimally bitter and has some faint candy-like flavors and spicy alcohol.

M: Lighter body and more carbonation than expected. It almost feels somewhat bland.

D: It drinks quite easily, but it wasn't that great. The taste was somewhat of a letdown considering the smell. I've had this one served in bottle as well and the bottled version is far better than this one.

04-05-2009 10:43:25 | More by ricke
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a rich, opaque, light chocolaty brown with a fine, fluffy, pale tan head. Appetizing aroma is fruity and slightly smoky with some yeasty hints. Sharp flavor is strongly fruity, and has undertones of malt and yeast; and it goes down with a smooth, lively texture.

04-05-2009 00:50:14 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of PrinceDarren
PrinceDarren

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%

Maredsous Brune was served on tap - in tulip glass.

Rich mahogany color.

It had a slightly floral aroma with a bit of citrus.

Slightly acidic taste with toffee undertones. Nothing else particularly stood out on the palette.

It is a well balanced dubbel but not terribly exciting.

04-04-2009 15:55:25 | More by PrinceDarren
Photo of Yimosan
Yimosan

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Unbelievebable beer!

Dark brown with a long lasting light creamy beige head.

Smell of sweet malt, molasses, raisins, brown sugar, and prunes.

On the palate, well, pick a pineapple off of an upside down cake, add a bit of sweet dark island rum, sprinkle a little bit of nutmeg and you are there.

Drinkability...Oh Lawd, my tulip glass was happy!!!

Salud!!!

04-04-2009 03:19:07 | More by Yimosan
Photo of stephens101
stephens101

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -6%

An opaque brown pour is topped with a two-finger, somewhat airy, tan head. Retention is excellent, with a slow fade and sheets of lacing left to and fro. Smells of dark fruits (grapes and figs), sweet bread, grain and vinegar. Tastes grainy and malty. Underneath that are some more light fruits and subtle hops. Taste is not as complex as the aroma, but works well. It goes down crisp, with a medium mouth-feel. From my limited knowledge of Belgians, I can say this is a good example of the style. From my personal taste, all thoughts on style etc. aside, I can say this is a damn good brew.

04-01-2009 01:08:01 | More by stephens101
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small thin bubbly looking off white head that quickly fades into a decent cap. Colour is dark brown, like auburn and burnt umber. Minimal carbonation evident. Film stays the whole way and leaves some lacing.

SMELL: Strong scent for sure. Sweet caramel malt, candy like, and some dark fruit as well, such as raisins and grapes. A slight wine touch to it and a bit of yeasty bread in the background as well. Nice.

TASTE: A bit of sweet caramel malt at the beginning, but that soon gives way to some raisins, grapes, and a whack of spiciness from the alcohol. Not overpoweringly spicy but it certainly makes a point. Wine-like to a certain degree. The aftertaste of spicy alcohol and dark fruits is pretty long lasting and finishes with a slight touch of bitter chocolate right at the end. Interesting and pleasant, though I'd like the alcohol to be toned down some.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, a little light and thin for the style, with medium carbonation. Goes down okay with a little bit of a bite at the end, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. I'd like it a little thicker and heavier, as well as the alcohol controlled a bit better.

OVERALL: An interesting and enjoyable brew. The palate was a little weak for me, but the rest of it was simply a tasting enjoyable treat. A drinkable brew I'd definitely get again.

03-31-2009 18:12:55 | More by Jeffo
Photo of duffextracold
duffextracold

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

A- Clear amber/brown. Foamy head sticks to the glass when twirled, as if to hold on.

S- yeasty, burnt sugar, hint of cork, faint alcohol

T- Dried fruit, like strawberries. Malty. has a hint of what i would describe as a moonshine like taste. slight bitterness in the finish. a bit too complex for my description skills.

M- very heavy carbonation, no matter how big a sip i take, it always seems to fill my mouth.

D- Very tasty, well balanced, complex. perhaps a bit too astringent for me, but otherwise very good.

03-27-2009 21:39:32 | More by duffextracold
Photo of donkeyrunner
donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Tawny color with a large off-white head. Super sticky lace and thick retention. Decadent and dessert-like, this is a superior looking dubbel.

Smells of raisins, plum, mild tin, clove, spiced rum, and good whole wheat bread. Not the generic supermarket whole wheat bread, but the $5 a loaf kind.

Taste: Initially crisp up front then a sour yeast wallop before settling in with dry earthy fruityness. Very spicy throughout, though the spice carries hints of antiseptic. Fruit is reminiscent of plum and planter's punch with molasses. The aftertaste is of rubbing alcohol and hangs around forever.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. I couldn't drink more than a glass of this at a time...there's just too much going on. I like it as a special occasion beer.

03-21-2009 11:36:16 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Served in pint glass. Poured a deep chestnut color. Thick tan head that slowly dissipated leaving a lot of lacing. A sweet aroma without a lot malt or spice notes. The malt backbone and spice flavors that were lacking in the aroma were solidly present in the flavor. Also showing up in the flavor were some hard to pin down fruit flavors that were very enjoyable. A full ,smooth body that leaves a tasty coating on the tongue. Easy and smoothly drinkable.

Revisited on 9/18/09. Served in tulip glass this time. I mostly stand by my original review, but have added to the score in taste and drinkability. A very good example of the style.

03-17-2009 01:24:51 | More by beertunes
Photo of krunchie
krunchie

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle served at 16.6°C (~62°F) in a Chimay chalice. A bit too warm you might say - I say it's perfect for this beer (had several before).

A: Pours a black, but clear liquid with a fluffy, tan head. Stays thick and creamy for the entire review and longer.

S: Roasty sweetness. Black malts and chocolate malts. Dark espresso, cherries and raspberries

T: Roasty and fruity. Chocolate malts and estery yeast. Like a nice trappist. Chocolate and raisins. Definitely cherries, loads of cherries. A lot of alcohol in the finish.

M: Thick and full-bodied. Well-balanced and nice CO2, smooth on the palate.

D: Very drinkable considering its style. The thickness makes it take a while, but it's certainly enjoyable. The alcohol is very prominent after half a glass, but isn't bad at all.

03-14-2009 15:37:04 | More by krunchie
Photo of CanuckRover
CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Tan sea-foam head settles to a surprisingly thick film. Lacings completely coat the glass, and absolutely refuse to slide down the glass. Impressive.

Aroma is a bit disappointing for me, I don't get much, maybe it's the glass. Light malt aroma, a bit of brown sugar/maple and a metallic note.

This Dubbel jumps up and whacks you. Bubbly carbonation hits the tongue immediately with more than a little alcohol in the form of Calvados with loads of spice. Once the apple flavours die away, you're left with pleasant espresso flavours. Burnt coffee beans give way to bitter chocolate and finally to a satisfying fruitiness. The finish is a combination of light bitterness and slightly sour fruit, almost kiwi, and is probably my favourite part of the experience.

A hugely complex beer. I echo the other BAs in suggesting you let this warm a bit before giving it a shot, cooling it too much will allow the alcohol to take over completely.

03-12-2009 23:16:52 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

02-23-2009 23:34:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of sweetbrew82
sweetbrew82

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

750 ML into a snifter/ "best before" of 07-2009

P: Golden brown from the bottle, sits a deep brown with red grape/purplish tint to it in the glass. The head on this is amazing! It's huge & healthy, dense, frothy & rocky with unrelenting retention. It finally sinks to leave sticky lace caked all over my snifter.

A: Toasty malt, dark fruits, clove, caramel, and soft alcohol.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Malty sweet from the onset with dark fruits like raisins, plums, and tart cherries with a bitter stab in the middle. Clove and yeast come out on the back-end to provide a bit of spice. It finishes on the sweet side, but is slightly dry as well. Alcohol is undetectable.

M & D: Medium to medium-full, smooth, and aggressively carbonated as the bite just dances on the tongue. Drinkability is good as the flavors just continue to please even more as it warms. Drained the bottle with no problem at all.

Notes: A really solid, pleasantly rich, rather sweet Dubbel that proves to be quite complex. I really enjoyed this one a lot! Highly recommended

02-23-2009 08:26:24 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of tlinner
tlinner

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance - Dark brown with a ruby veneer. Tan-white head retention is good, with decent lacing.

Smell - Dark fruit, yeast, chocolate. Smells a bit like a burgundy. Very inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Dry, dark fruit (like currants and dark cherry). Bittersweet finish, very balanced. Aftertaste is of chocolate and dried berries.

Drinkability - A first-class brew. Truly one of the classics of the style; you won't want to put this one down.

02-17-2009 22:33:24 | More by tlinner
Photo of godscorn
godscorn

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

First review.
Maredsous 8 on tap in a tulip glass.
Black cherry color with a nice creamy head. Excellent lacing, thick on the glass. Has a slight alcohol, citric, brandy-like nose.

Hops are subdued, with a cherry/wood taste.
Mouthfeel - A fine, fizzy carbonation, slightly chewy and acidic.
Drinkability - feel I can drink 2-3 of these, before it gets too acidic tasting.

Good, tasty beer.

02-15-2009 04:21:11 | More by godscorn
Photo of HalfFull
HalfFull

California

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

Poured from a stubby into an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy ruby reddish brown with a full inch of rocky off white head. Retention and lacing are good.

Smell was initially medicinal and reminded me of some sweet fruity cordial. A little air improved things quickly, revealing some nuttiness and dried fruits. Offers a pleasant nose but not a lot of variety as a certain grape juice quality of the malts masks more subtle notes.

Tastes of sweetened dried fruit with a bit of nut/chocolate on the finish. Again a bit one sided. Decent feel and a light champagne like carbonation helps mask any sweetness of the brew. Medium in body, starting off a bit creamy and becoming thinner as the carbonation lessens. Alcohol is well hidden on the tongue but does reveal itself on the nose as the beer continues to warm.

Decent but not very exciting. Best by Sept. 2010 on label.

02-12-2009 01:37:50 | More by HalfFull
Photo of stageseven
stageseven

Delaware

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

The beer poured a dark brown color, and had a moderately sized off-white head. When held up to the light, I noticed a slight reddish tinge around the edges. Throughout the glass it had good retention and decent lacing as well.

The aroma contained a number of scents, starting with a nice combination of roast malt, coffee, cherries, and chocolate. Underneath there's hints of caramel, alcohol, biscuit, and apple.

At first the beer tasted strongly of coffee and dark chocolate. It had a sweetness to it, as well as a round bitterness at the back of the mouth. However, I also detected a fruity flavor underneath that I thought was cherry. There was a strong hop flavor on the sides of the tongue. I didn't notice much alcohol in it, but it did have a warming quality. The beer developed even more as I continued drinking, yielding flavors of roast, dark breads like pumpernickel, cider, and a wooden/earthy flavor that I quite enjoyed.

I tried this beer in two different glasses, first was my Duvel glass, which I felt would be appropriate. However, after reading an article on glassware, I disagreed with Beer Advocate on the recommendation for drinking it out of a goblet style glass, so I tried it with my Pauwel Kwak stirrup. In the Duvel glass the beer felt very highly carbonated, and was light - almost airy in the mouth. It was thinner in feel than I expected. I also noted that it was a little dry. I had read (can't remember where) that for beers with higher carbonation, a narrower glass is more appropriate. After trying it in the Kwak glass, I have to agree that this beer at least was better with a narrower glass. The main difference I noticed was that the beer didn't feel quite as light in the mouth. It was still light, but it had a more tangible quality to it that helped me appreciate the flavors more. I also noticed that the roast flavor came out more, and the chocolate flavor got stronger towards the end. Visually, it also left incredible lacing on the narrower glass.

All in all, the beer was highly enjoyable. The flavors are so complex and interesting that I felt it was really designed to sit down and enjoy sip by sip. Savor this one, take it slow, and it will be a wonderful experience.

02-07-2009 22:32:36 | More by stageseven
Photo of angelmonster
angelmonster

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a small 1 finger chocolate head that fades somewhat fast.Very dark brown body. Head retention was minimal and lacing was good

Smell is of nutty malts, with a faint smell of alcohol and spray paint. Also some fruit is present , maybe cherry or raisin

First taste is of alcohol , then some burnt malts. Nutty and smoky flavors are mostly what dominates the beer

Beer is on the over carbonated side. Does have a nice silky consistency though.

Over all , beer is good. Alcohol is a bit more apparent than most 8% beers. This is also the case with Duvel imo, so maybe its something to do with the brewery. Still is a decent brew and wouldnt mind having acouple more

01-31-2009 06:59:30 | More by angelmonster
Photo of pants678
pants678

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Drinking from the bottle tonight, it pours a very deep red with a brown hue. The head is thin and has a tinge of beige. Initial smell of oats and cinnamon, perhaps. There's sweet taste behind a light flavor of smoke. A hint of fruit, cherries I think, but not very define. Definitely a different taste from the tap, not as distinct. Just the right amount of carbonation, as not to distract from the flavor. Not the smoothest beer I've ever had, but there's no problems taking it down.

01-31-2009 03:43:01 | More by pants678
Photo of thekevlarkid
thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Off the tap at American Flatbread this Belgian offering was a deep chestnut color. The head was a thick cap of tan bubbles that displayed excellent retention and left very good lacing. The aroma was a complex mix of semi-sweet malt, with chocolate, ripened fruit, assorted dry grains and some alcohol. The flavors were equally complex, rich malt, caramel, light chocolate, fruity alcohol esters, Belgian yeast and a slightly grainy note towards the end along with some floral hops that offered balance. As it warmed up the alcohol came forward and began to quash the complexity. The mouthfeel was slightly watery but exceptionally smooth, the body medium and the carbonation delicate.

01-30-2009 14:00:49 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of DoctorDog
DoctorDog

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. "Best Before: 03 2011" printed on the back of the bottle.

A- Pours a deep slightly reddish-brown. ~1 fingers of creamy tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Nice, heavy, sticky lacing abounds.

S- "Fruity Belgian yeastiness" and a touch of cherries.

T- Dark fruitiness with cherries standing out. Alcohol notes help to mute and balance the sweetness, but without too much of a "boozy" feel.

M- Moderately high, fine bubbled carbonation. Body is slightly thinner than expected, but the head seems to give it a somewhat creamy feel.

D- Pretty decent. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but it sits easy enough that you could if you were so inclined.

Future outlook: Very good drink, but I can't see myself running out to get more anytime soon.

01-28-2009 04:43:27 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of joshuadlight
joshuadlight

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a dark cherry color with a small head that reduces to a thin cover rapidly. To me, the smell is the 8's strong suit. There is a complex mixture of sweet malts with dark fruits and a hint of the alcohol that comes through more prominently in the taste. The taste seems to minimize the positives of the nose while amplifying the negatives. The alcohol and upfront bitterness are a little too overwhelming. The mouthfeel notices a high carbonation that lasts throughout a beer I spent an hour drinking. It will be something that I revisit from time to time, but not something that I would drink back-to-back.

01-27-2009 02:49:24 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Maredsous glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a single-finger off-white head with decent retention and some lacing. Note: I've seen this poured from tap and it look much better.

S: Smells very fruity, berries, cherries, figs, and some Belgian yeast.

T: Very fruity (Figs, cherries, and possibly bananas) Belgian yeast accompanies the strong fruit making a great balance. As the drink warms you pick out a bit of the alcohol but not much.

Overall: Tastes great and highly carbonated throughout makes this very drinkable. This is almost ideal of what I think of when I think Dubble. Only downfall is it's a bit pricey.

01-25-2009 18:35:32 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of midnite2sixman
midnite2sixman

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Had this one on draft at Hop Cat.

Pours dark with a blood red tint when held up to the light. Creamy foam head sticks to the glass to form a large amount of lacing.

Figs and raisins on the nose with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is figs, cherry, and raisins with the typical belgian yeast flavors.

MF: Fruity, not too intense, semi sweet.

Drinkability: Absolutely recommend this one.

01-19-2009 22:30:19 | More by midnite2sixman
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.