Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
89
very good

638 Reviews
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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,301
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 82
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 liamt07
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the SAQ into a chalice.

Pours a deep violet, hints of hazelnut at the edges. Light creamy head, leaves great lace and chunky retention. Ideal. Subtle nose of dark fruits, and slight vinous notes. Fruit esters, dark bread, minor chocolate. Taste is just the same, dark fruits, acidic with some green grapes skins here, and mild chocolate notes. Yeast leaves some lingering dryness, reminiscent of Orval. High carbonation and full mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Yum. (479 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice thick white head leaves tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing and bit of sour. Sweet malt, fruit with a distinct cherry component, Belgian spice. Dry finish. Light to medium bodied. A very pleasant dubbel. (283 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-black, with a slight dark-malt aroma.

Initial taste is sweet, followed by a dark malt bitterness with flavours of chocolate, coffee, dark sugar/caramel, a little prune, with hints of warming alcohol & spice.

Full flavour and moderate mouthfeel agrees with style.

Not a session beer, but quite drinkable. Makes a nice night cap! (341 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Best-by date is Nov. 2012.

Appearance: body is a rich amber-brown with a nice haze going on. Head is at least 3 fingers of light tan pillowy foam. Head has dramatic retention and leaves great clumps of lace sticking to the glass. Good show.

Smell: nice, musty malt aroma has cherry and plum characteristics, as well as some biscuitiness of which I'm not greatly fond. Still, some of the dark fruitiness makes up for this in my book. I like it.

Taste: quite tasty. Lots of dark fruits that get deeper as the flavor settles on the tongue. A slight tartness then appears, then a dank dark malt flavor with maybe a hint of chocolatiness. Malt is sweet and has a hint of caramel throughout the process. I feel like the first instant of sip is a little acidic and off-putting, but then the flavor wells into greatness as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: medium body and big bottle-conditioned carbonation make this one helluva creamy beer. I enjoy the feel quite a lot indeed.

Drinkability: Maredsous 8 is a darn drinkable beer. I'm finding that my appreciation for dubbels grows with each example of the style I have, and this is a good example indeed. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle with cork and steel cage. I can't help myself, but this looks really great.

A: It pours burgundy into the tulip glass (I find the tulip shape to be really great when I'm rating beers of all styles) with a large off-white head with a bit uneven sized bubbles in the foam. When it dissipates after a really long time thera are lot of lace.

S: Sweet light roasted malt - dried dark fruit. A bit alcoholic smell nice balanced with some bitter hops. Chocolate and faint yeast.

T: Sweet, oh so sweet, light roasted malt with a bitter hoppy twist. Dark bitter chocolate together with coffee. Dark dried fruit and faint smoke.

M: Long sweet aftertaste with dry bitterness as well. Lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Dubbel from a great brewery. This is a really nice beer. And if you get your hands on the 75 cl. bottle you'd be a fool if you wont buy it. (925 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the aromas on this brew which consisted of belgian yeast, cloves, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, roastiness, and faint chocolate notes; very complex. Upfront the belgian yeast come thru first on the taste alongside chocolate, plum, caramel, roasted malts, and spice accents. There was also some faint clove and booze notes as well. The beer was medium body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet creamy slight spice but boozy finish. Maredsous 8 drank very good and was complex acroos the board and was a very delicious beer. (645 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -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! (453 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy body, deep amber color with a sturdy cream head.

S - Smells of toffee, malt and fall spices come to mind. The alcohol in the beer is noticed too.

T - A tangy, yeasty taste. Nice tingly spice notes and alcohol on the tongue. This brew has a nutty taste, bringing the idea of tree nuts and tree nut oil into the frame. This beer is slightly sweet and well spiced with the alcohol and spices.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation. Warming throughout but smooth.

O - A nice dubbel, not as rich or sweet as other bruns Ive had. (538 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $3.19 at Total Wine in Orlando. Short and stubby 11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. The appearance is beautiful with a dark reddish brown body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt, smokey charcoal, and a hint of banana and dark fruits. The taste is malty and slightly sweet with some tartness coming up in the middle and a dry spicey finish. Overall, this is an enjoyable dubbel that is recommended. (457 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 16/2/12

A hazy dark amber with a short lived large beige foam that ends up with a thick film that leaves random patches of lace

S raisins, plum and brewers candy with some spice, yeast and booze

T a little toned down from the smell with less spice and candy, some apple I didn't smell, a little faint but decent

M a little thinner then expected, slightly foamy and a little heat from the booze

O not a bad beer but missing something to put it up there with the truly great brews

I didn't mind this brew but I wasn't blown away by any aspects, I think you could buy better beer with less money (650 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the caged, corked 650 ml. bottle stamped: MBR00901C1-01/07/13-01352. Sampled on June 9. 2013 so it is a few months old.

It pours a perfect looking ruby red-brown with a soft, delicate beige head that lingers and laces gently along the side of the Abbey goblet.

The aroma is vibrant with Belgian toasted malts, Belgian candied sugar, yeast, dark dried fruit, coriander, and clove. Absolutely luscious to smell.

The body is quite creamy and bold with a slight astringency. The body seems to be the weakest aspect of this fine beer.

The taste roars back and gains back my confidence in this beer with its dark fruit, dark malts, and sweet character. But there is this kind of moderate bitterness that sneaks up on the backside resulting in a fine balance. By far one of the top Dubbels I have ever had. (810 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- Did a half-way hard pour into my my nameless chalice. Yielded a nice spritzy head with good retention and left a noteworthy film for the entire inbibeing of this beer. Some big bubbles came with this lacing. Had a leathery yet effervescent brown.

Smell- A lovely, envigorating caramel malt aroma with hints of leather, licorice, bubble gum, and green apples.

Taste- Starts with a roasted malt taht slowly carmalizes in the middle leading to a more burnt, hoppy caramel flavor. The middle is also riddled with nuances of bubble gum, leather, pepto bismol, and apples. The finish is a bitter vanilla malt.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sprity compared to other dubbels I've had, but this is not a bad thing. Half-way between light and medium bodied. Pretty refreshing and hides the 8% abv very well. Well, hides probably isn't the right word for it.

This beer went very well with my marinated ahi tuna with a salad in a citric vinegerette. (986 characters)

Photo of bark
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in an impressive 75 cl bottle with cork and wire cage.

The colour is brown with a shade of red; the liquid is cloudy. The gigantic beige foam slowly descends into a small, almost hard ball of foam.

The smell is mild with somewhat acid notes. There are also some sour-sweet flavours of hops. There is a typical air of Belgian ale over the smell, and some alcohol in the background. Complex? Yes.

The carbonation is quite strong, but not excessive. The small bubbles almost resembles of sparkling wine.

The dominant taste is sweet-burned, with a lot of fruity notes. I could find some nuts and almonds, some dough (yeast) and a touch of chemicals and spices (caraway? coriander?) and blue cheese.

The aftertaste is full of bitterness, and a surprisingly dry one too. I could perceive some tomes of fresh cucumber and metal.

The taste is very complex, and there were lots of flavours that tried to draw my attention. They worked fine together, but I found it just too much, it was more like drinking aged red wine than beer. Maredsous 8 is unquestionable a fine craft beer, but it is simply not one for me. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date says this is good till sometime in 2007. The appearance of the beer is very inviting. Color is maroon with a dark ruby glow. Carbonation is very active. Head is very thick, large, and tan colored. Aroma isn't very strong. An initial dark, fruity wine flavor quickly disapears and is replaced by a bit of Belgian sugar and a hint of spice. Sip starts with a burst of citrissy tartness which turns into s sugary, earthy Belgian malt body. Spices are in the mix, but seem to be content to linger in the background. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. Overall, I'm disapointed and think that maybe I got a bottle that was a little off. The flavor wasn't bad, just unbalanced and somewhat watery. This beer will get another try sometime down the road. (767 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 330ml bottle (fat squat bottle Duvel Moortgat uses) poured into hotel room glass. Glass wasn't appropriate size, so I had to fill it twice.

Appearance: Deep brown, with pillowy tank head. The head was composed of medium-sized cells, and dissipated over a 5 minute period.

Smell: Smells of Belgian yeast. Aroma brought Trois Pistoles to mind.

Taste: Chocolate, raisins, nice sweet tastes with the malty background.

Notes: Nice to have tried it, wouldn't mind it again, but won't search it out. (531 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.91/5  rDev -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. (950 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear reddish brown colour with a massive size frothy beige (maybe even light brown) coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head was basically fully lasting.

Smell - malts, molasses, dates, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of dark fruits mixed with malts and a molasses flavour. There is also quite a bit of a woody aspect to it. I could also pick up on chocolate/coffee and a bit of a burnt/roasted flavour. It finishes with a roasted malty aftertaste.

Overall - A very complex beer with a whole lot of different tastes going on. The beers flavours continued to change as it approached room temperature. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it has a truly beautiful appearance once poured in a glass. Worth seeking out. (941 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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... (866 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (322 characters)

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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