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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,225 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 63
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's Garten...
Appears a dark brown with a light red hue and a beige head that slowly fades out. Light scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, cocoa, figs, raisins, with some doughy bread notes.
Taste is of the same aromas that seem to work well in unison.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, sugary raisin, and yeasty feel that cling to the palate.

weeare138, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian style small (330 ml) bottle, best before dating of "09 2010" on the rear label. pours dark chocolate amber, under a highly retentive, puffy dark tan head, leaving gobs of splattered fingers of lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, bready yeast, and candied fruits. Complex, bold and tasty brew. Plenty of rum, raisins, more chocolate (dark and dry), gooey brownie comes to mind, some alcohol kickin' it in the rear as well as some late hops to dry things out. Nice stuff. I've enjoyed this one for years, just getting around to reviewing it

Billolick, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Acadia Cafe, served in a Dekonick chalice.

Looks like a standard dubbel with a murky brown body and a short head. The aroma is a of creamy, sweet malts and the taste opens up with relatively bold strawberry and blackberry flavors and caramel. I had this while my friend was drinking a a St. Bernardus Abt 12, and while it didn't have quiet the flavor and aftertaste, it still held up to it for the most part.

tempest, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Georgiabeer, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, toast, brown bread, molasses, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

BARFLYB, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

mdaschaf, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Zorro, May 12, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jdhilt, May 05, 2003
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

smakawhat, May 06, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Wasatch, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

biegaman, May 14, 2010
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz distinctive and heavy bottle served in pint glass. Best by date 1 full year in the future (3/2012). Different labeling: now sold as a brune 8 rather than a dubbel 8. Still described on the reverse as a Belgian dubbel.

light pour produced nearly 4 cm of head, causing the need for a 2nd pour. Moderately thick and quite sticky light tan head has excellent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass all the way down. Slightly hazy, dark mahogany color.

The subtle spicy aroma is not the strong point of this beer. The flavor is more bold, rich and complex than what I could pick up from the scent. Aroma does convey higher ABV and ample malt. Back to that complex flavor. There is a lot going on here, with a terrific dynamic interplay of well-balanced flavor components from the sweet spicy start through to the toasted malt, spice, earthiness and mild bitterness of the finish.

M - medium/full body, creamy with a nice dryness in the finish.

An excellent Belgian dubbel; I hope to try it head to head with my old favorite Belgian dubbel, Westmalle, and the very similar (I think) St. Martin.

chinchill, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -0.7%

dmorgan310, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.