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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 62
Gots: 83 | 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 ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into proper Maredsous glassware. Huge fluffy head, dark chocolate brown, darker than I expected. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty. Taste: Upfront it is slightly roasty, some chocolate and ripe fruits are present. Finish is crisp, somehwat effervescent. Mouthfeel is full, rich. A very good, drinkable dubbel, though there are better examples out there. I'd drink it again though if it was what was available.

ChrisBowers, May 08, 2005
Photo of emsroth
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stubby bottle

App: dark medium brown with thick glorious tan head

Smell: a thick mix of chocolate, dark sugar, and a touch of fruit, like fig. Sweet smell of alcohol around The edges

Taste: subdued sweetness throughout. Strong coffee and toasted grain in the middle. ends with a massive dose of herbal hops.

Medium body and tight carbonation that adds dryness.

Am awesome nose, but the taste is too dry and bitter to be a good dubbel.

emsroth, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of deaconoflove
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. beautiful ruby brown with large fine tan head and very good lacing.
Sm. My first thought was a dried fruit aroma...maybe apricot, some malts, and orange zest?
Ta. Chocolate malt first followed by a hidden bitterness or alcohol coming through with raisin note. Lingering mild bitter finish.
Mf. V. good carbonation, body, slightly sweet.
Dr. v.v.good stuff. After dinner sippy beer.

deaconoflove, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Merkur
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a good amount of foamy off white head.

Beer smells very richly of dried fruit and raisons. A bit malty as well.

Taste follows the nose very closely. Slightly sweet and very malty.

Beer is a bit thin on the mouthfeel. It could have been a bit more thick

Merkur, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Jonbw
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jonbw, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of psuKinger
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my St. Bernardus over-sized wine glass.

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top. Lots of visible carbonation clinging to the edges of the rounded glass.

S: Raisins, plums, and sweet semi-roasted malts emminent at a moderate volume from my glass.

T: Taste follows the nose. Raisins prominent, as are figs, dates, and other "dark fruits". A dry sweetness arrives near the end, and it finishes mildly bready/yeasty and dry. A touch of sour lemon on the back end gives it a little character.

M: Light and dry, great carbonation, great creaminess in the mouth. Very well done.

D/O: This beer went through phases for me in the glass. Cold, I liked it. As it began to warm, I thought the raisin-like flavors were overpowering, and although I didn't dislike it, I wasn't loving it. Over time, as it continued to warm, others flavors like that of dates and cinnamon began to catch up, and I really started to enjoy it again.

I would definitely consider buying this by the keg, but only if the price was such that it was less than other Quads (like La Trappe) or Dubbels (like Westmalle) that I prefer more.

psuKinger, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mgironta
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
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 casualfan
5/5  rDev +24.4%

casualfan, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

wollefdoogylloj, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of danedelman
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with a best by date of 12/2010, a year older.... cork was a bit of a challange to remove

A-deep dark mahogany color with a nice head that held on for quite some time.

s-lots of candi sugar, toffee, figs and dates. Very sweet smelling almost like a wine.

T-very mellow smooth belgian candi sugar and dried fruits with a slight boozy finish. Also getting some black strap molasses flavors in the after taste.

M-very clean and crisp with good carbonation.

Overall-I will make sure I keep going back to get the same old bottles.

danedelman, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of noproduction
4.3/5  rDev +7%

noproduction, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of sinistermadman
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz stubby bottle, this is a dark amber colored beer that has a terrific head that sticks around throughout the drink.

Smell: Sweet with subtle fruit aromas, has a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very clean, and highly carbonated. This brew gains complexity as it warms. Fermented fruit morphs into a slightly tart tinge at first. This is coupled with a slight solvent feel from the alcohol which does it's job in aiding the various flavors. The alcohol feel is just enough to make the fruit flavors evident, but non-intrusive. Finishes out with an earthy oaky aftertaste. This is definitely a dubbel that is meant to be enjoyed sip by sip. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's. Appearence was a nice dark color with some ruby like hue. Medium tannish head. Typical smells for this dubbel, plums, grapes, sweet, and a light alcohol smell. Fruits and sweet mollasses attack your taste buds and leaves a slight warming alchohol character behind. Matches its scent very much. I'm a big belgian beer fan, I liked this, think its a solid, great tasting beer with good drinkability but it didn't suprise me as being anything too spectacular. All and all a good beer though.

Matthew, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of jjkatter
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jjkatter, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnSnowNW, May 01, 2014
Photo of BWH3
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is about as good as it can get. Kodiak beer brown without a hint of red or copper topped by an effervescent beige head. Retention is very strong. Fairly hazy. Only deductions are for the absence of a red hue (if you really think that must be part of the style) and the lack of clarity.

S: The raisin scent of the Special B combines with the sourness of the yeast strain to provide a sour cherry aroma. It is not a pungent aged dark fruit aroma but rather light, crisp and fresh smelling. The hops add an essence of crushed moist soil. No noticeable banana esters or spicy clove like phenols (this is a shame).

T: The taste seems rather bland. Seems as though it is Pilsner malt, belgian candi, a splash of special B and that is it. Not much malt depth and somewhat watered down taste. Hops are noble and earthy. A grape flavor on the tongue is present in the aftertaste. Not as rich and complex as I expect.

M: Medium bodied beer w/ high alcohol content. Superb fine carbonation and head retention. Like a bit more body and not quite as dry.

D: Certainly would take another but this is not as good as Chimay and not close to Westmalle or St. Bernardus.

BWH3, Sep 30, 2008
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 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
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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