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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 68
Gots: 107 | 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 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

Photo of dqrull
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a small light head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smells lightly of dark fruits and dark sugar, not vry much else to notice it seems to me, a very faint nose.

Tastes of some (flowery?) fruits, plums, figs, raisins, some sweet dark malts and al throughout an unfitting sour, lightly astringent bitterness that doesn't fit in at all according to my palate. Un-balanced overall, but not undrinkable in any way.

Carbonation is stingy at a little hard, low-to mid bodied.

Photo of chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a dark brown with amber hue and a thick finger length pale kakhi head.
Smells of slight caramel and belgian malts. Sweet smell that isn't descriptive of a specific spice or flavor. Little mild hop nose as well.
Taste is full bodied, malty and full of caramel and belgian toasted bready malts.
Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.
Very easy to drink one after the other for a dubble.

Photo of pweis909
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coffee coloration shows garnet when held to the light. The 1/4" head faded rapidly, leaving some lacing on the bottle.

Initial aroma was clove and bubblegum, with a hint of metal that detracts from the appeal. Taste is emphatically molasses, sweet and sticky, with ethanol in the finish, providing a bit of alcoholic bitterness. Hopped only to balance, with no flavor or aroma noted.

Initially, seemed thin-textured, but warming seemed to create a slick viscosity in the mouth.

Overall, too sticky sweet and boozy to want to drink two. Also, carbonic bite. Dimished drinkability.

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

The mouth, which inevitably recalls the roasted malt, however, is very strange. It collects suspicion of alcohol, especially whiskey. Some even see the cola in the same suspicions and more whiskey. The nose evokes the same strange combination of flavors, similarly to the finish in warm alcohol. However, this unusual mouth that resembles a mix between beer "style dubble" and "style quadrupel" is full of generosity and pleasure.

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

Found this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. It shows a deep, nearly opaque black-brown/root beer color with a fair light brown head and great lacing. The aroma is pretty simple light malt, clean and crisp, wheat-like. The first mouthful brings a well carbonated malty molasses with a pleasant herbal hop background. This is a subtle blend with nice complexity, in a medium to light body and lively carbonation. Pretty drinkable and refreshing. I get some Belgium-esque clove-like qualities in the balance. A quality brew very much worth a try.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep burgundy color with one finger of creamy light tan head with good retention.

Scent of sweet, pickled dark fruit, dry sugars, caramel, and a very mild alcohol spice.

Taste of sweet, pickled dark fruit, ash, dry oak, chalky malts, chocolate, and a faint alcohol heat. Good stuff, but I am not sure if I will purchase this again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin with a biting carbonation.

Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Maredsous glass, this is certainly a nice looking beer, presenting a mahogany body with a good finger of off-white head. Excellent retention and nice fingers of lace. Spicy aroma, with raisins, bread, chocolate and assorted dark fruit.

Certainly not as sweet as most dubbels, which deviates from the style, but appeals to my current preference. Lots of raisin upfront quickly gives way to a floral and lightly spicy middle and finish that has faint chocolate and cherry notes throughout. Dry and slightly alcohol heavy finish. Medium-body with a high (yet soft) carbonation.

A different flavour profile to most dubbels I've had, and an interesting deviation from the norm. This could be the dubbel I reach for when I'm after something less sweet.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

maredsous abbaye abdij(maredsous 8)
aroma:There is a a mild brandy smell when you first open the bottle,some faint wheat, grainy smells come through,and some mild sugar as well.

appearance:It ahs a nice dark amber color to it, mild carbonation and a thick frothy and tan head with some pretty good lacing

taste:crisp on the tip of the tongue, theres a really great atsting smoke flavor to this ale,faintly sweet and tart all around.I t has a nice semi dry aftertaste that is very tasty.

feel:light bodied-watery

drinkability: easy to drink an looking forawrd to having another.

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

Reminds me of the Chimay styles, this beer pours a much fuller head than the 10. It turns frothy after some time and collects as lace on the sides of the glass. Darker pour with some amber tints. Tastes of some cocoa grains, spice, smoke, sweet transgresses to a sour fruit finish. Sweet spice is heavy on the tip of the tounge

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.