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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of mizx
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of simoen
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of psinderson
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in classic glassware.

Appearance: Clear deep red color with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Smells alot like red wine. Also raspberry and dark fruits.

Taste: Some dark fruits: dates, raspberries. A mild sourness throughout. Finishes with a mild roastiness that lasts long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, mostly clean feel.

Drinkability: This brew hides the strength well and is easy to drink.

Photo of kvnstfrd
1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that bears its degree of alcohol in the name, served in a Duvel Tulip glass. Look: Very dark purple color, the foamy head is thick, creamy with excellent lacing. Smell: Figs and purple grapes, like red wine and pine hops. Taste: Roasted bready-malts, purple grapes and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Hot, bitter fruit, the finish is bittersweet, show its alcohol strenght passing through the throat, robust body with medium carbonation, very similar to wine. Drinkability: Sometimes i thought i was drinking a glass of wine but was belgian beer.

Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CommonRider
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Etrusco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OldSmaug
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Saind
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive Dubbel which could disguise itself like a toned-down tripel- nice glowing amber pour with a layered lacing like no other. Belgian yeast aromas- spicy fruity. Dry and sweet on the tongue- sweeter than I expected, but it works well with the extreme spice. Big alcohol presence, somewhat too much, but after a few sips, it fades. Recommed to all for a Dubbel with some muscle.

Photo of Campodog
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KingSlayer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Allegue04
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jbsteiny
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel by the makers of Duvel. Seem to remember trying it in my early days of good beer drinking, but wanted to match it up against the other Belgian dubbels I'd had since. Poured into a weisse glass (I didn't want to fight with the bartender), it had a dark amber hue with nicely layered head, if thin. The smell was subtly malty, but it was weak. Tasted fairly good, richly malty with molasses and sweet fruit up front, followed by the slight metallic sting of alcohol, but a nice long balanced finish atones for the boozy middle. The pleasant carbonation keeps the beer from being treacley, and I'd see having a second at a bar that didn't carry Chimay Red.

Photo of AlexLMS
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very deep ruby colour. Clear despite the dark hues. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not persist for a long time but leaves a lot of lacings.
Aroma: a mix of sweet malts, caramel, spices and red port.
Taste: dark sweet malts, molasses, spices, fruits and herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, average to low carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a rich full body.
Finish: goes on forever. It starts very sweet but quickly turns to a more bitter-spiced presence.

Overall: a very complex and wonderful Dubbel. Well disguised strong beer (beware!). Very well balanced with a great body and a strong personality. A must have.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Pours a very dark brown, murky color, with a quickly dissipating, small foam head, and good lacing.

S - Smell is of brown sugar, belgian candi, molasses, a hint of dark fruit

T - Starts off sweet and sugary, and finishes a bit sour and bitter. Interesting. I taste most of what I detect in the smell, but the finish allows for some hop character and alcohol to come through. This beer is all over the place!

M - Medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation.

D - Tasty, but probably something I'd stick to one or two of.

Overall - Pretty good dubbel here. Not my favorite example of this style, but definitely worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Nesued
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown appearance, lasting head, nice lacing that remains affixed to the goblet.

Smell: A bit of a citrus smell (if I'm correct in my identification). A bright aroma overall, very refreshing.

Taste: Very mild, smooth flavor with no noticable powerful impact of a particular presence.

Mouthfeel: Overarching "carbonation" feel. A previous review identified a "cleansing" feel, I can concur with that as a good descriptor.

Drinkability: 8% Alc/Vol leaves the potential for "multiple servings per sitting". I was given one as a gift (with a set of three other belgians). If I was given a more, I would have indeed contined drinking these.

Photo of bird_soul
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of basica
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, my favourite Belgian styles were the Belgian Strong Dark Ale
and the Dubbel. I had also read pretty promising reviews on BeerAdvocate.com and my
expectations were sky high; almost dying to taste the bottle of Maredsous 8 that's sitting
in my fridge. I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed but that's definitely because of
the level of hope I was embracing. The Maredsous 8 pours out with a generous head that
dissipates slowly; I used my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip glass for this tasting and the
full pour had at about half the glass being foam. Appearance wise it was pretty good; smell
was also not too bad; subtle fruit hints with a tinge of alcohol smell. This Dubbel tastes
of dark fruits, perhaps analagous to dark berries or dark grapes a little on the complex
side also with a hint of coffee/caramel but anything positive was sullied by the overly
thin-bodied mouth feel which was the biggest disappointing. It's bitterness may also have
been a little too much; it could have well been fruity sweet instead. Another thing that I
did not really like was the strong alcoholic feel. 8 ABV is fairly strong but instead of
blending in with the beer's taste to become a well-balanced feel like the Chimay Bleue (9
ABV), I felt that the alcholic feel of the Maredsous 8 was a little overwhelming. The after
taste was pleasing, with the complexity within the taste spawning into a not-too-long-lived
aroma which I found pretty pleasant. On the whole, the beer has good, unique complex taste
formed by many different ingredients. But these different tastes were a litte too bland in
itself and the thin bodiness of the beer made matters a little worse. The bitterness and
the a-bit-too-high alcoholic feel may also have to be revealed. Maredsous 8 is a good beer
but definitely could be better.

Photo of BGDrock
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: pours a nice medium brown; slight haze; good head with big suds; hint of red like a plum

Aroma: fruitiness, hint of grapes; some coffee, banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium-heavy carbonation; not as sweet as expected, nice lightly bitter finish; hint of roasted coffee; cherry notes; medium body

Overall: complex flavour and well balanced with good mouthfeel - a great all around beer

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