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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 52
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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)
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Photo of Zorro


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle. Best before date December 2005. Cork reads 8 2002.

Pours a clear mahogany brown brew.

Smell is sweet and perfumed. Mild spice and a brown sugar scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and strangely smoky in flavor, cork and oak flavors too. Citrus flavors show up on the tongue once the smoke flavor passes, tart lemons.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I had the Maredsous 10, it was OK, but this is far more refined in flavor. PERFECT for any smoked foods or a grilled steak, or Barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 04:16:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-22-2013 16:34:51 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours with a thick off-white head that stays, leaving a ton of lace. Not much carbonation. Brownish ruby color, medium bodied, starts as a sweet mix of malt with a bit of hop, finishes sweet and crisp. Nose is a complex fruit and toffee - nice. Very smooth, but one to mellow - the high ABV is not really noticeable - be careful with this dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 15:58:09 | More by jdhilt
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of fine visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film, a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and lightly toasted malts with some toffee sweetness and moderate aromas of dark fruits (mostly cherries).

T: Upfront there are moderate to slightly stronger flavors of dark, toasted, and slightly burnt chocolate malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherries stand out) but without much associated sweetness. Finally there are light to moderate amount of spicy yeast in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little easier to drink than some other Dubbels and there is a nice complexity to both the flavor and smell of this beer. Alcohol is well hidden and there is not as much sweetness as some of the other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 23:38:28 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DoubleJ


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Valhalla Table and served in a chilled 16 ounce shaker. Something isn't right here. Oh well, on to the beer:

Amber brown in color. The head retention is solid and there's also a solid amount of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma is right on the mark. Dark fruits, prnes, pairs, and even dry chocolate. Fun stuff.

It's all good in the taste. Bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, pears, hints of dark fruit types, Theere's a little bitterness found in this dubbel, not just another really sweet Belgian. the alcohol content is inserted well into this beer, and being not too bubbly in the mouth, creates a beer that is easy to approach. In the finale, bitter cocoa powder sits on the palate in the aftertaste.

It's good in a cold shaker, but imagine it served in it's own, unchilled glassware. This is recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 02:20:03 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, very nice carbonation, real nice head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, grapes, and slight spices.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, with a kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, this is a pretty complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very nice dubbel, would recommed for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 23:23:58 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-25-2012 17:29:56 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Poured on tap and into a Maredsous glass that was reminiscent of a flute. A deep brown with ruby highlights, frothy head provided ample lacing. Looks very good.

Aroma was of lightly toasted malt.

This beer is robust to say the least. Complex? Oh yeah. Hints of Scottish style malting, a nice chocolate malt character, boozy rum soaked cherries. Roastedness dials in on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied yet deceptively smooth, good amount of carbonation throughout.

Overall this one kick ass beer with almost undescribable flavors. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and am sure I will be having it again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 14:47:38 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:12:04 | More by BARFLYB
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2013 18:57:03 | More by BillRoth
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

The Maredsous chalice acts like a prism, breaking up the beer's many tones into their spectral colours and reflecting them along a gradient of about half a dozen different shades that spill over one into one another. The body is dark but transparent. Its head is customarily large for a beer of this elk and has a nice argent tinge to it.

This is the kind of bouquet that could give even a perfumer a jolt of excitement. It smells of the darkest, grainiest of breads that are smeared in some sort of fig, cherry and raisin compote. The scent of sugary, dried fruits is reminiscent of jams and reductions with lesser traces of caramel and dry cocoa helping sustain the beer's rich, lasting aura.

The taste extends more of that dark bread/bruised fruit jam flavour, although it also unbuckles a few new spoils: almonds, dark caramel, chocolate pudding, honeycomb toffee. A well primed yeast elicits all sorts of spicy nuances although it is considerably better integrated and well-adjusted than some other, overly phenolic and inhibited strains.

One of the many things I love about this beer is its ability to age gracefully. This bottle, a few years old, drinks with the most articulate but moderate element of spice. Its carbonation nibbles like a puppy dog, the little bits are felt but not severe enough to pierce the skin. A splash of alcohol reminds us to enjoy it slowly, with dignity.

Others don't have to agree with me, but I consider this one of Belgium's finest Dubbels. This has everything I love in this kind of beer - a painter's tray of colours, a captivating aroma and a rich, succulent disposition that encourages slow, appreciative sips. There isn't anything that Belgium's other abbeys (authentic or otherwise) have over Maredsous.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 23:03:15 | More by biegaman
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-30-2011 18:52:16 | More by brandoman63
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

12-01-2011 05:38:32 | More by rab53
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for providing me with this one. Have had in the past but never reviewed it.

Pours am opaque red/brown, some chunkies, thick tan head forms, some lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, alcohol, fruits, yeast, some bread, caramel, and citrus. Taste is sweet and brown sugary, slightly oxidized, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, yeast finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth, good sipper. Thanks Jan!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 22:37:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-23-2014 05:21:10 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful garnet in color. Clear and carbonated. A healthy beige head sits on top and has some staying power. The beer laces in sheets. Some musty, herbal and smoked jerk tones on the nose. Pretty subdued though. The flavors are subtle as well. Some fruity esters. Some alcohol, but not much. Some biscuit and bread tones. A little yeastiness. It all adds up to a pretty average flavor to me. It's airy in the mouth and about medium in body (at best). One I won't seek out, but wouldn't turn down if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:53:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of smakawhat


4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Taking one hit for the team as I am not always the biggest dubbel fan, but the last St. Bernadus was quite tasty, how is this gonna be? Best before April 2016, alright!

Might be one of the best looking dubbels I've seen, hard to say. A gorgeous deep red and dark ruby brown body, with a roaring column of fire in the middle. You have to hold it up to a bright direct light, but it looks like hell inferno, with it's opaque and solid red glowing appearance. Head is creamy and fluffy makes about two fingers tall, with soapy retention, and good clumping puck. Magnificent looker.

Once again a solid nose. Hints of cream and dark fruit that resonates between fig and dark cherry. A real nice bakery brown bread that lingers with hints of caraway seed and light toasty grains. Boy I am digging this, it really sneaks up on you. Loving where this is going.

Oh my palate really delivers nicely. Subtle cherry warmth, and a very dry crisp finish. The bouquet seems to hint at a big thick powerful body, but it's light, effervescent, crisp, but with a playful aromatic and soft and airy palate feel. Hints of flavorful vanilla cream, soft cherry fruit, mild raisin, and a bit of crackling toasted grain. The sweetness on this beer is just perfect, not heavily sucrosed.

I am usually not a fan of this style and I think this is the best one that I have ever had, and that to me says all I need to know.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 00:41:41 | More by smakawhat
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-27-2014 01:51:38 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Hazy tawny amber/brown colour. There was a fine, beige collar and islands of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Sticky, spotty lace. Malty, fruity aroma. Plums and raisins, bready, toffee, slight alcohol, fairly spicy, toasted malt. I like it. On to the flavour... Pretty much the same as the aroma, malts and fruit, but the spice was more pronounced and lingered on the palate along with sour cherry and toffee. The body was oddly thin and the carbonation was a little higher than average, which made for a decent texture. Light alcohol warmth. This beer was a really nice surprise. The spicy character was unexpected, but was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:23:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

In a nice chalice/snifter glass.
Rich, creamy head that did lace.
Dark amber coloring with some 'shimmering' of something. I don't think I was not that drunk to halucinate.
A good rich, smooth and tingley taste. Hints of honeydew, pear, some mild spices, biscuit, caramel, and malt in the body. Finish was crisp yet coated a bit just enough to let the taste linger a bit. Very easy drinking, however I gave it a 4.5 due to its richness. couldn't have too many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 17:12:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is almost two-fingers of light tan foam that dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky, it's almost leaving a sheet on one side of the glass.

Smells mostly of dark fruits and Belgian sugar with a bit of tartness in there for good measure.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet Belgian sugar up front followed shortly by dark fruits that just barely taste sour. The aftertaste is a bit thin, the flavors just kind of disappear.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation that bring out the flavors very well.

Drinkability is good. I wish the flavors were a bit more robust, but I could still have more than one of these.

Overall this is on the lighter side of dubbels in my opinion, and the light tartness is a nice surprise. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 22:59:51 | More by glid02
Photo of Gusler


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

Pours a deep ruby red, with a pertinent sized beige head, adequate lace, and both degenerate quickly, leaving clumps to coat the glass. Malt nose, somewhat sweet, banana tones also noted, still clean and fresh. Start sweet, middle medium, potently carbonated, pleasant hop spicy bite, and a dry aftertaste, which lingers on. This beer is much more to my liking than the 6 and a tad better in all aspects, good but not great and I still think the whole line is worth a sample, for “The Belgiephiles” in the audience.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 07:00:59 | More by Gusler
Photo of beertunes


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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 01:24:51 | More by beertunes
Photo of Brad007


3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-reddish brown color with ample carbonation and a nice two-finger head.

Aroma is thick and chewy upfront with aromas of raisin, apple and even a bit of grape. I may just be describing the yeast but still, nice aroma!

Taste is strong and alcoholic upfront, followed by muted flavors of raisin and grape. The alcohol seems to dull the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy with apple and grape flavors coming out towards the very back of the throat. Finishes a bit dry.

Smells drinkable but I'm disappointed by the way the alcohol dulls the other flavors upfront. Possibly with some aging, this may improve. However, I'm just not impressed with the overall taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:09:08 | More by Brad007
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes: Thanks for the bottle share goes out to Marc.

appearance: dark murky brown, with 1 finger head

smell: dark fruits, sweet, caramel, malts,

taste: dark fruits, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice dubbel. glad I got to try it. Won't turn it away if somebody offers me another.


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 18:42:43 | More by THECPJ
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