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Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown that is a beautiful ruby colour when held up to a light source. Topped with a fluffy cream 2 finger head. Incredible retention. Thick rings of lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts and dark fruit (prune, raisin mainly)

T- Definitive flavour of dark fruits, caramel malt, and a slight spice (I'm thinking coriander). Little bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M- Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Maredsous Brune is a beautiful beer: gorgeous appearance, great aroma, good flavour and a creamy yet refreshing body.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown amber in color. Thick light brown head, very foamy. Lots of lacing. Smell is caramel and rich malt, with yeasty finish. Taste is sweet, with notes of fruit, spice, and caramel malt. Refreshing mouthfeel that leaves slight warmth.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)
Also reviewed in the "1001."

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Photo of stanzy1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is like iced tea. Taste is like a subtle dark ale. Very well balanced. Not too sweet which I like. No heavy taste of alcohol. Tamarind flavor. Not trying too hard. Enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a very dark brown body with a thick light brown foamy head. Moderate retention with good lacing.
Smell: A very nice smell of roasted malts.
Taste: A bit spicy with a toasted taste which matches the smell perfectly.
Mouthfeel: Quite high carbonation. Has a refreshing mouth feel.
Overall: A nice brune, with more toasted smell and taste compared to most brunes.

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Photo of OlaB
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gives of a a dark brown color, gives of a small top of head that frankly disolves to quickly , decent lacing on the glas

S: the yeast is very dominant , i also can sense dark fruits like plum,raisin,dates , i also hint banana,caramel malts and burned sugar, a very sweet note on the aroma

T&F : Much as the smell , very first taste, the dark fruits is the first i notice,very sweet notes in the taste , aftertaste is slightly bitter aand i also think the malts make this one exiting .Gives of a immediatelly warnin feeling in the first sip.A very good balanced taste

O: A good dubbel but far from extrordinary, an enjoyable beer and easy drinking. It sure is better belgian beers out there but this sure did the job. I would sure try it again if i get the chance
But i could sure drink this again if i got the chance

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into a snifter. A dark clear brown with a thin head and beautiful lacing. A rich malty smell with a smooth, full feel. It's taste has a strong toasted malt flavor, with caramel. Tastes like an "imperial" brown ale. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Libertyspike
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark brown amber. 1.5 finger tan foam
S- Prune, brown sugar, caramel, banana and a slight hint of yeast
T- Delicious. Same as scent but not overly sweet.
M- smooth and not overly heavy
O- Excellent! One of my top 3 Dubbels. Not overly complex but a nice even flavor from start to finish. I can not taste alcohol whatsoever despite the 8.0% ABV

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Photo of MrDell
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75


Maredsous 8
Dubbel- 8% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 07.2017

Appearance: A lot of smoke and hissing upon cracking the bottle. Difficult to see beer properly as I served it in the ceramic goblet (usually only available at the abbey giftshop apparently) that came with it. What I can see is that it has a tan head which doesn’t hang around - poor head retention.

Aroma: Strong yeast aroma for a dubbel and alcohol, backed up by subtle dark fruits and banana.

Taste: As aroma, strong yeast (same as in the tripel and one that I’m not particularly keen on), followed by a strong alcohol burn then you get a very slight bit of dark fruit sweetness that is usually prominent (and very enjoyable) in a dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and oily, medium-full body.

Overall: The alcohol is not very well hidden in this one and the yeast flavours are overpowering (much the same with the tripel, if my memory serves me correctly). Probably my least favourite Belgian dubbel to date. 5.5 / 10.

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Photo of Zet
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber colour with a modest but steady head of foam. Underwhelming smell of yeast. Luckily, the taste is much better: a rich combination of chocolate, raisins, rum, caramel and prumes. Alcohol is very present as well, which isn't usually a good thing, but it combines very well with the other flavours and gives a warming aftertaste as well. A good dubbel, though this one makes me wonder where the dubbel stops and the quadruple begins. Recommended.

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Photo of SStein
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice lacing. Smells of banana bread and dark fruit. It tastes of plums, raisins, figs. It seems overly strong on the alcohol beer. The carbonation is smooth. Overall it is a decent brune, but doesn't stand out in a country full of good brunes.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up some more Belgians at Carulla, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a bready almost graham crackers smell of nice fresh malt. Pours to a deep red with big bubble head and a creamy top. On the taste this brew has a zesty up front hopping with a mostly balanced middle. Head stays up throughout the taste which finishes sweet, tart and increasing in sweetness leaving one yearning for another belt. A great Belgian brew tasty and incredibly refreshing

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Dark brown color. Aroma, sweetish malt, caramel and toffee, wine, berry and dried fruit. Taste, warming, sweetness, caramel, dried fruits, toffee and raisins.

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Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a semi-clear reddish brown body with one finger of thick tan head that remained for a while. Overall impression of appearance is of a fantastic Dubbel, very true to style. Scents of rich malt with chocolate, toast and light caramel notes backed by fruity esters lending dried cherry, prune, plum and apple, with light peppery phenols in the background and light alcohol and hard water notes. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice Dubbel, showcasing the mix of complex malts, esters and phenols of the style. Flavor begins malty showcasing flavors of chocolate, toasted malt, light caramel and esters of prune, dried cherry and apple and light phenols of white pepper. Middle gains a bit more dryness, carrying the same flavors and adding a bit more warming alcohol. Finish is dry with notes of white pepper and warming alcohol mingling with esters of dried cherry and prune, toasted malt and slight chocolate. Aftertaste is white pepper, moderate bitterness and toasted malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a dry Dubbel, pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with a drying feel and a chalky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a dry Dubbel. Overall this is a nice Dubbel. It sticks to the drier side of the style, but is still a malty beer overall. Quite pleasing and worth trying.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,dates,spice,banana,some roast
-medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
I missed complexity and Body in this one.Slightly above average

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Photo of stevoj
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfect dubbel. Silky beige head covers murky brown beer. Powerful aroma advertises the higher alcohol content. Taste has elements of molasses, nuts, and roasted grains, but are quickly erased by the burn of the alcohol. Beauty of a beer!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dubbel of brown color and a light beige foam.
Smell isyeasty and of nice sweetness, with notes of milk chocolate, caramel and caramelized rice.
Taste has different moods. Begins sweet and crispy and finishes dry, a bit fruity. Some notes of cola.
This beer has also some roast malt notes that makes it resemble a porter, different for a belgium beer but really nice.
Body and carbonation are well balanced.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor de San Juan (tasting pack) In its chalice, playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Very good beer. Even being black It doesnt have that bitterness I dislike of many black ones

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Photo of delta490
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown with a slightly ruddy tint to it. The head barely hangs on after pouring but still leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is true to form, with nice dark fruit and deep caramel sweetness, a little hint of spices, and a little hint of alcohol. The taste is even bigger than the aroma and full of all the aroma characteristics. The body is a nice weight, maybe not quite as full feeling as others but great all the same with just a little hit of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, leaving a great lace which stayed on the glass throughout the drink..loved the rich and nutty taste as it paired nice with a large slice of Lasagna.. Awesome experience until the check; $10.00 a pint! Can't say it was that good.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Big caramel and grain nose with traces of anise and dark dried fruit. Brilliant brown under a very creamy, persistent light tan cap. The palate is creamy and laced with dark dried fruit with faint hints of cola and fruit cake. Finishes with a light bitter accent. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jettjon
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. Tremendous foamy brown/tan head threatens to overflow. Nice slow fade with huge amounts of clingy lace and clumpy head left behind. Clear chestnut color with few precipitating bubbles. Nose of sugary sweet malt, dark fruits, and a bit of boozy alcohol. Mouth is thin and easy going with little carbonation in evidence. Tastes of bready malt, definite clean alcohol presence on the finish. Hints of bitterness. Overall: Great appearance and nose. Flavor was a bit underwhelming however I have a feeling I had a rather old bottle.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous veiled copper color. Extra foamy head with residues. Good lacing.

Pleasant sweet aromas of fruits and nutty caramel. Perfectly spiced and floral hints.

Sweet flavor of bread and fruits. Caramel like feeling with gentle spices. Very slight alcohol aftertaste.

A warming slick body with ample prickly carbonation. Very delicate and balanced finish for a strong beer.

Very fresh, well crafted, full flavored. Overall a true joy to drink!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apariencia: Cerveza turbia color marrón intenso con una dorada cabeza de espuma de alta densidad y retención.

Aroma: Aroma agradable a caramelo, azúcar quemada, alcohol. El aroma a lúpulo es prácticamente imperceptible.

Sabor: Sabor ligero a malta con notas a caramelo, melasa, frutas y sensación alcohólica. Agradablemente dulce y sutilmente amarga. Algunas notas de hierbas aromáticas.

Sensación: Cuerpo alto con carbonatación media-alta.

General: Una cerveza bastante rica. Balanceada en sus aspectos y con personalidad. Representa de manera muy adecuada el estilo de cervezas de abadía. Muy recomendable para cerveceros con gusto por los sabores complejos.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-brown with thick soapy tan head, settles slowly with big chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: fig, toast, brown sugar, dates, black pepper, lightly earthy with a note of cola. Taste: toasted brown bread, hefty grain twang, fig, caramel, cherry cola, earthy and slightly nutty finish. Very nice.

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