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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 BGDrock
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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

BGDrock, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of jlove5
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jlove5, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of bird_soul
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BeccaH
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BeccaH, Thursday at 08:15 PM
Photo of Tolann
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review copied from previous notes.

Again, this is a style I'm still learning.

A - Dark in color and short head. Some ruby color. Leaves a slight lace.

S - Sweet and cherries and apple?

T - Sweet, but boozy. Somewhat dry after taste. Taste is more intense as it gets warmer.

M - Light to medium body. Some carbonation. Goes down easy. Not too filling.

D - Not filling, but not exciting enough to order another. A good beer, but not my usual style.

Tolann, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the bottled version of this beer in a beer tasting event. It pours a cloudy amber brown with a good head that says around. Noticed yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass, which doesn’t bother me one bit, I like unfiltered beers. Nice bouquet of caramel, fruit, and spices. I can tell that this is a blended beer, it has a complex flavor that give hints of each style interlaced. Sort of strikes me as a blond version of a Flemish Red. I really like this beer it’s tasty and very drinkable.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of soxandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

soxandbeer, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Squat brown bottle which feels particularly heavy for its size.

Appearance: Dark brown with no trace of red, unlike most brown ales of the style (which I don't believe to be a true 'dubbel' - it's only so because it's midway between the enkel and the tripel). Moderate to good head retention, lots of papery lacing, creamy head from the constant carbonation rising to the surface.

Smell: Complex and very vinous. Solvent alcohol is striking, but not singular - its is muddied into a warming, sweetish aroma by a mix of smells. Dark malt, stone fruit, toffee.

Taste: Very full-bodied - acidic on the palate, with a very lasting flavour. Traces of date, sweet dark malts and even citrus (orange) zest. Tastes like it would pair ideally with a roast or a stew - I had it with risotto and that was a perfect match too.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and somehow cleansing - strips the mouth of food etc, like a detergent - but a pleasant feeling in the mouth, particularly good as an accompaniment to food.

Drinkability: Very strong and very heavy - slows you down and fills you up, and would thus not be appropriate as a session beer! One or two would be very nice on a cold night lke tonight though.

Weizenmensch, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rocky. Geological, even.

Colour like a thick slice of biotite in thin section. Deep brown with some orange hints around the edges. Beautiful. Head has the complexion of clinopyroxene in cross-polarized light. A yellowish white. It's a good size, and rocky like a hundred million year-old mountain chain, past its prime and rounded. And you can watch it erode as you drink - it falls from the Appalachians and ends up like the Prairies. Then again, maybe it's volcanic rock - basalt, maybe - with a bunch of vesicles clustered just off centre during the prairie phase.

Yep, these are definitely volcanic chains, spewing gases like nobody's business. Except these are no ordinary volcanos - they're throwing up odours of heavy malt, bits of chocolate, lots of old plums (prunes maybe - less fruity than sweet). This can't be a good sign.

Nope, here comes the eruption: huge bombs of sweet milk chocolate - processed chocolate, devoid of the bitter edges of the darker varieties; light ash of dark fruit fills in the gaps. As the column collapses, pyroclastic flows of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves rush and do the major damage. This is what covered and destroyed Pompeii. A haze of alcohol lingers in the atmosphere and dims the sun. A cold summer and even colder winter ensues.

It's a good beer. Less fruity than Chimay (Red or Blue), which suits me just fine as I'm not a huge fan of them. Smooth, tasty, very nice. Easy to drink.

And a note of warning: Vesuvius hasn't gone off since the second world war, and it's usually a very regular mountain. Naples is 3 million people and closer than Pompeii was. If the wind's going the other way there's going to be trouble.

the42ndtourist, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of OldSmaug
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

OldSmaug, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of boss302
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, nice head. 4 

S yeasty bready eatery, sweet, not a lot of fruit like I would expect, but nice.4

T sweet and bland not very distinctive, not typical of Belgians I have tried. Perhaps a not so good bottle? 3 

M thin, not at all like I expected. 3 

D Probably not one I'd try again if this is the way it is supposed to taste. I may have gotten a bad bottle, but until I try another, this review will stand. If the second bottle is different, I will update this reveiw. 3

boss302, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with large tan head and lots of thick lacing. The smell is dark fruit and alcohol maybe a little bit of plum. The taste is alcohol and roasted grains… surprisingly. Tastes of coffee and none of the fruitiness from the smell. Smooth creamy feel. A bit thin. Good taste. Interesting brew. I'll try this one again the next time I get a chance.

timtheenchanta, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JasonMinck
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of WGO
4/5  rDev -0.5%

WGO, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of currysage1
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange, topped with a two finger sudsy off-white head, slowly recedes with great lacing.

Smell is like a church wine, with molasses, other non-descript dark fruit.

Taste is of oxidized red wine, alcohol twinge, malt backbone is weak but there. It sounds like it isn't any good but actually it is not bad at all.

Feel is medium bodied, it has enough to stand up to the carbonation and also enough to coat the tongue, creamy.

currysage1, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet with a 2 finger off white head, slightly hazy beautiful deep amber color, with great lacing

Smell: Fruity scents of plum and berries with a hit of a nutty wood smell

Taste: Initially sweet with the fruity plum and berry flavors, then the nutty flavor makes an appearance, followed by a bitterness. The alcohol is detectible throughout but not overpowering, similar to a wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with small bubbles (not too carbonated though)

Overall: A very good belgian dubbel! Easily paired with food

natasharai, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of edbeered
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate Maredsous snifter glass, this is a clear reddish brown beer with a small white head and sustained lacing on the glass. The smell is primarily of prune. While prune figures in the taste, thankfully it is not dominant. This has strong brandy flavor, with cherry, plum, and the aforementioned prune flavors mixed in. Additionally, there is a lingering malty aftertaste. These flavors blend beautifully together. This is a strong ale(8%)and tastes like it. While I probably would not have more than one in a sitting, I would thoroughly enjoy that one. This is an excellent Belgian ale. Highly recommended!

edbeered, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnSnowNW, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of thegrifter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

thegrifter, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of cisteve
4/5  rDev -0.5%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Hefe
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 4/20/04 from 750ml corked and caged bottle. Best before date, 21-03-05

Appearance: Nutty, cola brown colour with a pillowy tan head that doesn't want to quit, when it does finally dissapate, thick creamy lacing remains.

Smell: Caramel and spice, followed up by some fruity phenols.

Taste: Molasses and dates up front, and a dry roasted/burnt coffee finish. Seemed to me that there was a hole right in the middle of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with delicate carbonation. Though it seems a bit thin.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer for pairing with food, or possibly as an after dinner digestif. Could also pass as an afternoon restorative. Hell, I'd drink it for breakfast.

Hefe, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Dizzy
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clear reddish brown with off white head, most of which recedes quickly leaving a bit of lace and thin film of head. Smells fruity with a touch of roastiness and noticeable alcohol. Lots of carbonation with a medium body. The flavor is dominated by alcohol, with roasted malt & dark fruits evident. I would have enjoyed this more if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

Dizzy, Aug 24, 2006
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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