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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 643
Hads: 1,329
Avg: 4
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 89
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very boozy aroma and taste with some dark beer behind it. Like hard liquor. Can I have a vodka instead with some root beer? Some nut and chocolate taste. Some hops. But not some more. Aggressive plum, dark malts there. Its drinkable, but before you call it a night.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Wonderful nose of winterspice, malt, brown bread, sherry and toast.

Great solid mouthfeel with flavors that follow the nose - big malt, brown bread and sherry flavors with nice undertones of spice, roasted malt/burnt toast and carmeled espresso, all highlighted with that great Belgian fruit characteristic of a great Belgian Ale. A nice whiskey character/bourbon flavor also in the undertones.

Carbonation is a bit heavy out of the bottle but softens and the entire drink is well integrated and absolutely perfect with food. I have at least one bottle a week with mussles but have also enjoyed it with game, meat and fowl.

Pretty much a perfect drink!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber tinted ice tea color with a beige head that hangs around and leaves waves of lace

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar and nutmeg

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel spice cake flavor; after the swallow a bitter, dry chocolate aspect emerges to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Flavorful and complex, one of the best of the Belgian dubbels

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first sightings of this beer in the Lexington Ky area. Peaked my curriosities. A good beer, thought quite ordinary against other great belgians. Looks a solid brown with mohogany highlights. A lightly tan head with dense and varying carbonation decorated the pint. Aromas of candied malts, berries, fruits and spices create a tart and sweet aura. Flavors don't disapoint. Fruity, nutty, with a touch of chocolate, spices, and twang. Feels carbonated, lightly alcoholic, drying, and sweet on the toung. Finishes malty sweet without becomming thick. Hides alcohols well. A good choice for a belgian, but if you want something unique or challanging, this beer may not help.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a rubbish brew with a huge head with lasting retention. I very much enjoyed the aroma of roastiness and of spice. Body is quite strong with some good carbonation. Taste is very good with an almost perfect match of spice and malts. I am still very impressed by the way those Belgian beer can include such a high level of ABV in such a subtle way. To me, this is as good as Chimay Bleu.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml squat little bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruddy amber hue, with three fat fingers of foamy, rocky, and creamy ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually leaving some haphazard chunks of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of rising dark bread, maraschino cherry dominated fruitcake, diluted molasses, a touch of Belgian yeast, a mildly sugary caramel malt, and a soft earthy mustiness. The taste is much more sub-saccharine in its bready caramel malt, cut quite thoroughly as it is by astringent, spicy yeast, dry apples, cherries, and raisins, as well as a sidling alcohol edge. An ethereal leafy hop bitterness sort of hitches a ride as it warms.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tight, almost edgy frothiness, the body a somewhat underwhelming medium weight for the style, kind of zippy and chalky, but eventually smooth enough. It finishes with a return to the malty sweetness, and a hefty dose of spicy Belgian yeast lingers in offset, for good measure.

A little too strained and taut for my liking - though the booze is well hidden, it is perhaps another strong indicator that this isn't something I will be revisiting anytime soon. Well-made, but just not for this Belgian brew heretic.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a three-finger, bubbly, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of candy sugar, dried frutis, malt and some toffee.

T - Very complex taste with a blend of malt, chocolate, toffee and spices. It manages to be sweet and spicy at the same time.

M - It was soft and smooth yet somewhat chewy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better dubbels out there. Great complex blending of flavors.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time to try this beer and believe it or not I had it on tap here in NC,pours a deep amber with a fluffy off white head leaving a nice amount of lace behind.Aromas of spiced cherry and brown suger with just a little yeasty spiciness going on as well,to me this beer tastes like fruit cake lightly spicy of cinnamon and some clove with a big fruitiness to go along like cherries and maybe some apricots.Well made I liked the 10 a little more but this will definently suffice and great to see in my neck of the woods on tap.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pecan shell brown that is actually a beautiful shade of dark ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. I expected an outstanding head from the creators of Duvel and that is exactly what I got. A frothy, rocky, sandstone colored monster is currently occupying the top two-thirds of my glass and is beginning to lay down some of the most delicate lace imaginable.

The nose is much more spicy and much more phenolic than anticipated. That's a good thing. Who wants a dubbel that smells like an American brown ale? Underneath all that flash and sizzle is a maltiness that is somewhere between heavily toasted and lightly roasted. My crystal ball says... this is gonna be good beer.

This Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat dubbel should be called Maredsous V-8 because it's firing on all eight cylinders. I'm impressed by the fact that the dark maltiness has more of a cocoa or even a bittersweet chocolate vibe than most beer of this style. As the label notes, this is definitely a 'dark brune'.

The brewery must have used a high-quality yeast strain that graduated near the top of its class in terms of clove and cinnamon spiciness. The final pour, especially, adds a spiced woodiness that is some kind of appealing. Dark fruit (figs soaking in chocolate liqueur and light molasses) is present as well.

I'm not as impressed with the mouthfeel due to a relative lack of bubbles. Not compared to most beer, but compared to most good Belgian beer. The mouthfeel levels off and begins to contract at exactly the point when it should continue to expand for a moment longer.

I knew that Maredsous 8 wouldn't be in the same league as Duvel, but then I've always thought that Duvel is in a league of its own. This is still exceptional beer, though, and is a dubbel that deserves a great deal of respect. I must have liked it because the bottle was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went down to Barley's in Greenville tonight, and was suprised to learn they have now started using rotating taps of brews! Awesome news as this will only serve to bring in more and more good beers into a place that is already jam packed with goodies. Sat down to order my pizza and was trying to figure out what to order, and I noticed this on tap. Now I hate to admit it, but I had never heard of it before, and had a bit of an issue pronouncing it correctly. I was promptly corrected and proceeded to order. Now this was poured most excellently into a large tulip which bore its name along with a gold lip. The pour was extemely dark brown, opaque with a huge billowing tan head that literally fell over the sides of the glass. I did not think it would actually ever go down. This really looked like a serious beer. It finally settled down but left a ton of lace down the glass for the rest of the session. First whiff of the aroma was very fruity, albeit dark. Hints of apricots and raisins, along with some plum and a touch of alcohol were all readily present. The distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast was ever so present as well. Very nice, floral aroma. First sip was delicous. Very full flavored and lively. Lots of fruity flavors, again figs, apricots, banana, and a nice mellow spiceness melded well with a touch of alcohol that was ever so gently mixed in. Very nice warming feeling upon putting down a few sips. Mouthfeel was superb. Very rich, creamy and thick, great carbonation. I could have sipped this all night, keyowrd there would be sipped. This is defiantly not a chugger by any means. Overall this beer was awesome and exactly what I needed after dinner. I nursed this for almost an hour before all was said and done. I will definatly look for this again when I go back, hopefully it will still be on top, I would love to have some more, and would really love to the try the 10!

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a tan head.

S: The nose is fruity and heavy on the raisins. Some other fruits include figs and plums. There is a slight acidity to it as well, which seems off for a dubbel.

T: The slight sourness is there again, maybe it's all those raisins? Sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, alcohol, and dark stone fruits. A weird combination, indeed.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: I don't know if this was a bad keg or not, but this beer was not all that impressive (which goes against what people usually have to say about this beer). Perhaps I'll need to revisit it later.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in the dubbel style by the brewers of Duvel, the Maredsous 8 is sure to please. It's clear, dark ruby brown body offsets a full, creamy head of ivory foam that seems intent on holding until the last; and it's lacing is second to none (except of course, it's sisters the Maredsous 10 and Duvel). The aroma is straightforward dubbel with a well-balanced combination of It's delicately crisp across the palate with a very fine effervescence and medium body. The flavor expresses more chocolate and caramel notes hidden behind its candyish sweetness than the nose lets on, backed by a drying spiciness and a touch of fruitiness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of spiciness. Exceptionally well done and quite enjoyable! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a small goblet-style glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with malty flavors of caramel and spice up front and a good Belgian yeast background. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, especially if you want a Belgian with some substance that won't try to hit you too hard.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, “best before end” date on the back label. States that it is top fermented and refermented in the bottle.

Appearance: Tiny bubbled effervescent yet creamy looking light tan lace that stays around until the brew is gone. Shade of haze in the deep brown colour brew, though the light shows a vibrant yet tawny reddish hue.

Smell: Faint molasses and anise, fresh tart plum and black currant aromas are quite fragrant. Connotations of earthy yeast give hints to mineral, malt goes a little steely also.

Taste: Huge crispness with a smooth viscous mouth feel that shows off a sturdy medium body. Phenols lay down a hard spicy clove and medicinal flavour, alcohol plays a part in this also with a big spicy and sweet presence. Sizeable dry malt character throws around toasted husk flavours that are lightly astringent. Estery with dried fruity flavours that are reminiscent of pineapple and plum, alcohol has a touch of solvent flavour also but it is light enough and does not get in the way. Small amount of hops meld with the phenols to give a shaded bitterness. Quick snap of a sour twang in the middle disappears in the end, earthiness and a trace amount of smokiness bring more levels of complexity to further bring the finish in to everlasting.

Notes: Complex is not saying enough, so many levels of flavours that go around it is nearly too much. This brew is to be sipped and savoured and should be consumed at cellar temperature for optimum flavour. This is one Dubbel that does not take any crap.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 2011, 09 11

Pours a with 4+ fingers of creamy sand-colored head. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Bready with chocolate notes

T: Cocoa, dryness, brown sugar & a little booze up front. Herbal & tobaaco hops as this warms along with a slight metallic twang& sourness. Finshes dry with chocolate, caramel & earthy hop notes

MF: Kind of light-bodied & excellent carbonation

Drinks alright, probably needs a few more years

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but very clear. Decent creme head. Spicy flavor a bit. Minor dough. It's mostly spices. But not very overpowering at that. The carbonation bites quite a bit. Liquid feel is decent enough. Nice to drink. Smooth with enough bite to keep it interesting.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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