Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 79
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber color that is entirely clear with a finger of mocha colored head that us very fine in character and lingers beautifully, leaves a good amount of lacing
S: licorice, and resinous woody notes lick a fresh cut piece of dark wood like elm, not exactly what i had hoped for for the style
T: smooth and deep in the beginning then moves into a nice period of cherries which lingers on the palate beautifully
M: medium carbonation, thin on the palate then finishes a little bit dry but nice
O: a nice brew, scent wasnt where i was expecting it to be but everything else was pretty much in line

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

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice amber and ruby hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some caramel, light spiciness and some earthy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet dark fruit and raisin flavor to it, nice caramely malts, some spices, nice yeast, light earthy tones in the back and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish-brown beer with a half finger of tan head that stays around forever. Leaves a lot of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smelling beer with candied fruits, raisins, and belgian yeast. Some malts add to the depth of the aroma, which radiates from the beer and can be smelled from 2 feet away.

T: There is a lot of flavor in this beer. Nice toasty malt flavor up front, with a lot of alcoholic esters and that same dark fruit flavor that comes through on the nose. It's not as sweet as I feared, largely because of the astringent alcohol favor balances it out.

M: This is one of the few cases where I feel that the mouthfeel actually brings the beer down. The brew is medium bodied, but it is so heavy on the small-bubbled carbonation that it makes the flavors seem a little muted.

O: For me, the carbonation is too much, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a really tasty beer with a big aroma and flavor to match. Worth checking out fr sure.

Photo of
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - ruby brown with a persistent creamy head.

Smell - Caramelized sugar and ripe plums, yeast, a touch of booze.

Taste - More plum, molasses, and a minerally bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with strong carbonation. Very fine carbonation gives this a creamy/crisp texture that matches perfectly with the flavours.

Photo of jar2574
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this beer, but it's not as complicated and delicious as others in its style.

Appearance was outstanding. A perfect two finger tan head made my table mates want to order one of these. Brown colored beer.

The smell is pretty good. Some Belgian yeasts, some sweet maltiness, some dark fruits. But not as much smell as I'd like.

The taste is more sweet dark fruits, and sugary malt sweetness, with only a touch of hoppiness. Belgian yeasts come through here too. For an 8% ABV, I was surprised it didn't have a thicker mouthfeel. This is deceptively smooth and easy to drink, but it wasn't so awesomely good that I'd want several.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton in a chalice.

A - deep brown in color with a thick, one finger+ tan head that coast the glass in thick sheets of lacing

S - lots of dark fruits and caramel on the nose, some raisin and a hint of grassy/earthiness in the background

T - really complex with some initial hops bitterness that melts into a huge tangy, dark fruit/raisin backbone; some initial sweetness totally overtaken by the dark fruit

M - exceptionally smooth (perhaps a positive side-effect of being on tap). Literally velvety in the mouth with just the slightest hint of carbonation to offset it. Not boozy at all

D - goes down very easily; dangerous

This was a very delicious beer that can serve either as a nice sipper or can be quaffed with a vengeance! An excellent cold weather drink!

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maredsous 750ml poured into ceramic Maredsous goblet and a Chimay chalice as well.

A- Pours out with a dark brown body and a big light tan head. The head never disappears and ends as a nice thick pillow on the beer with a creamy texture. Lace is plentiful down the glass.

S- Mostly comes off as a mixture of Belgian yeast spice, caramelized dark sugars and dark fruit/raisins.

T- Belgian yeast driven ale with notes of spice, dark raisins, dark fruit (cherry, red), apple, clove, bread and banana. Malt is toasty, nutty and carmelized. The raisins and dark fruit (slightly medicinal) strike me as the strongest.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a lower than expected carbonation level. Finishes off a bit bitter with some warmth on the palate.

A good Dubbel but it is a bit strong on the raisin and somewhat medicinal for me, not as carbonated as I would expect either. Just not as smooth as many similar ales.

Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a huge fan of Trappist beers. I get the whole “made by monks” thing, but they all have a similar flavor and never do much to impress me. But this bottle reminds me of something… I don’t know what, but it’s familiar. Regardless, there are three beers in this series, the 6, 8, and 10. Two of them are on our list. Tonight we drink the 8. I have no idea what to expect, but… the same. I hope I’m wrong. Prove me wrong monks!

In the Glass: This beer looks pretty in the glass. It’s got a distance head, and a nice ruby red, amber sort of body. It poured out of the bottle REALLY thick, yet doesn’t appear thick in the glass. The head sticks around for a while too, making me think this beer has a strong nose and some intense flavors. (It’s a trend I see in beers that smell and taste great.)

Nose: The nose is immediately sweet, then quickly turns into a copper overtone. The longer you smell, the more you think about the change in your pocket. After a few deep sniffs, you can almost taste the metal notes in the back of your throat. I sure hope this beer doesn’t taste like that!

Flavor: The beer starts weak, and has very little flavor to start. Then, as the beer circles round your palate, you start picking up the coffee notes… you start picking up the raisins that they talked about above, and then you settle in with a nice dry finish. The dry is something you long for though, even after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: There is a TON of carbonation in this beer. I mean, a ton. At first anyway. When you first take a drink, the front of the tongue is overwhelmed with dancing bubbles and you just want the drink to be gone. But as the drink settles, it stays on the tongue for a while leaving a blanket of flavor for your mouth to enjoy.

Aftertaste: I like the aftertaste, but it doesn’t last long. It is there, somewhat sweet, and then is gone before you know it. What does stick around is the dryness that you get in the nose. The dryness in the nose is that copper note that I was talking about. You never get the copper flavor though, which is nice. Like I said before, not a huge fan of beers made by monks… but I would order this one again. It’s solid.

Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/near brown colour, ring of white head, little lace left. Smell is yeasty and full of dark fruit, dark bread and raisin scents, mild funky scents as well. Taste is quite dry and yeasty initially, dark bready malt, fruity, dark berries and over ripe plum, medium bitterness, earthy with a lightly sweet finish. Med-high carbonation, full body, great weight. Solid stuff here, very drinkable and quite nice, not the most over the top dubbel but quality stuff all the way.

Photo of atlason
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Light brown, which is dark for the style. Generous head and incredible lacing. What a great look.

S: What is this coffee doing in my Dubbel ? Roasted malts, some dough.

T: Dark, dark, dark roasted malts. This tastes almost more like an Irish stout than a proper Dubbel. Nice Belgian yeast character and heavy alcohol saves it from crossing the Channel. There is a hint of candi sugar. Hoppiness is pretty subdued.

M: High attenuation saves this modestly carbonated beer from getting boring. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall this is a funny little beer. I certainly enjoy it, it is very well made. Looks fantastic, easy to drink and plenty interesting. But it is not really a Dubbel with all those roasted malts and I frankly have a problem with that.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany hue with ruby highlights and good clarity. Enormous, rocky, light khaki head with great retention and very nice belgian lacing.

Aroma-Sweet and fruity with caramel and raisins, rum, brown sugar, plums, grapes, and a little bit of solvent/alcohol. Rich aroma with just some toast and burnt sugar.

Flavor-Rich, toast, brown sugar, caramel, rum, and burnt sugar all at once. Black currants and raisins grace the midpalate, before spicy, drying alcohol and dry clove phenolics come through in the finish. Hop bitterness is very low. Aftertaste is a lovely combination of booze, toasty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Soft and smooth on the palate with some nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

Very strong Belgian Dubbel, smells fantastic, tastes delicious, and is boozy enough to provide some nice warming and a drying finish without becoming overpowering. I wouldn't mind a little bit more fruit on the palate, but it's a minor concern.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by March 2013, served in my Koningshoeven chalice.

A mostly clear dark brown with mahogany highlights, this beer is capped with a ridiculously long-lasting beige head with excellent retention. Quite the stunner, this, it's been a while since I've seen a beer with such good head retention. The nose is very, very good. A blend of dark brown sugar, cola, a mild nuttiness and a mild leafy hop character, this has quite a bit going on. I also get some cocoa, a little alcohol and a mildly yeasty, doughy character.There's a moderate spice character as well, and it amplifies to cola-like notes. Rum-like as well. Despite the sweeter aromas, this does smell pretty dry and pleasant.

The palate opens mildly sweet with a blend of dark brown sugar, a little bit of dark honey and some fruit - raisins in particular. The yeast expression is a blend of sweeter cinnamon and some doughy and yeasty phenols.I like the blend of raisins and cinnamon here, it's quite enjoyable, especially with the rum and brown sugar. The initial sips reveal a mild metallic note, but that fades. Dying on the finish with a mild hoppy undernote (an earthy bitterness), this beer has some sweeter flavors while remaining relatively dry. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of fine, creamy carbonation, this beer feels pretty good on the palate. Fruity, mildly spicy and mildly alcoholic on the finish, this is a very nicely done dubbel. Sweeter than some of the best, but very nice flavors here.

Photo of Tschnab
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark ruby red with a beige head that dissipates leaving only a wispy film on top and a good amount of lace on my goblet.

S- tons of rich dark fruits, slight chocolate, belgian yeast, estery alcohol, rum.

T- rum soaked raisins and figs, bitter chocolate with raisin and pear, alcohol burn and sweet belgian candy. Quite sweet but the yeasty and malty background makes it work wonderfully.

O- Great brew that I have walked by many times, glad I finally tried it, it is delicious.

Photo of osusullins
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a maredsous challice.

Appearance is a nice brown with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweet. Caramel with subtle plum. Very nice.

Taste is really well balanced. Sweet malts blend perfectly with the estery fruit. This beer has great character. I can easily drink this, and this is coming from a man that admittedly isn't a fan of most belgian beers.

Medium bodied that goes down easy. Good beer to drink.

Overall a great beer. Highly recommeded.

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, spicy, strong brown ale. Less sweet, more hops than a lot of Dubbels. Woody and medium mouthfeel. Touch of vanilla and fruitcake. Really rich and complex flavors. Caramelized taste with a little dose of sourness. Clear coppery brown in the small snifter. Clean flavors.

Listed as "Maredsous Bruin Belgian amber" at the Blind Lady in San Diego. Glad I was able to taste this on tap. Bottles have not been so impressive.

Photo of swooshjtb
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brownish-Red with thick head that dissipates but laces nicely.

S: Sweet, caramel scents but slightly fruity at the same time.

T: This beer is pretty malty. Gives off tastes of dark fruits with hints of caramel. There is almost no hops flavor, but it is like many other Belgians. There is a slight taste of alcohol at the end, but it is pleasant.

M: Very carbonated. The carbonation almost numbs the tongue while tasting.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. I like other Belgians better, but this is a good fall-back beer that is readily available.

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Best before February, 2013.

Pours dark brown into my oversized wine glass with reddish hues around the edges. 2 finger tan head that settles chunkily, but never disappears. Impressive lacing.

At first smells of lightly musty grapes, then becomes more port-like. Later the aroma seems to be of prunes and chocolate. Mustiness throughout. The second pour seemed more fruity. Dark dried fruits aroma, at times approaching the aroma of bubblegum.

Sweet dried fruits and citrusy tartness eith occasional light cloy. Fruity, chocolatey bitterness in the end.

Medium to medium-full. Peppery carbonation and head retention lend a frothy feel to the brew. Plenty of warming alcohol in the throat and chest. Drying to almost astringent.

A pleasing and well-rounded brew. An excellent choice for the cooling of the season. The 8% ABV certainly doesn't hurt it.

Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- beer is light ruby colored veering off into deep deep caramels and had a nice light head. Relatively few bubbles visible in the brew.

Smell- That easily recognizable farm-yard mustiness of many Belgian abbey beers. Slight coffee/caramel/burnt sugar smell at first that quickly gets overwhelmed by the traditional smell. There might be a little candied fruit aroma in there at the end.

Taste- Clean and sharp but you have to really let it sink into your palate to get the full grasp of all the flavors this thing brings to the table. Clean slightly alcoholic opener that quickly falls into candied raisins, very reminiscent of a dried grape tart to which someone would have added a little bourbon. Mince pie? A little tarter than many Belgian stuff I've tried before but very pleasant. Very defined hoppy characteristics at the end that do not shine out at any point except at the end.

Mouthfeel- Slightly acidic, good bubbles that are consistent and not overwhelming. Great body, slick and unctuous.

Overall- Great, reasonably priced quality belgian abbey brew that can be easier to find than some other offerings. Great introductory brew for new converts.

Photo of JAXSON
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

I assume this is the "dubbel" as it was designated on tap. Thin, sweet aroma. Flavor was overly sweet with an unpleasant bitter hop finish. Grain and sugar throughout. Really stretched myself to drink most of the glass. Never again.

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown, with lots of burgundy thrown in. The head is fluffy and thick, an off-tan color, with good retention. Lacing is nice as the head eventually falls.

Strong smell of chocolate and rich, dark fruits. If you're not careful, you'll burn your nose from the alcohol.

The taste follows the lead of the nose only the fruits take the lead, with the chocolate playing a supporting role. The chocolate is barely noticeable, giving it a bit of a chocolate/cherry flavor. The alcohol isn't as strong on the tongue as on the nose.

Surprisingly smooth given the way it smells. It starts off slightly sweet and the sweetness is present deep into the finish before there's even a hint of bitterness to offset. The alcohol is there, but is on its best behavior, with only slight heat in the swallow.

It's a solid beer all around. It's good no matter how you look at it, just not quite great...and there's nothing wrong with that.

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

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

The menu listed this as "Maredsous Brune", So I thought I had discovered a heretofore unknown Oud Bruin at the time, but some research after the fact has revealed this is just the regular old dubbel.

Anyway, beer is somewhat clear and a deep shade between caramel and red with a very fine and creamy, off-white one-finger head.

Aroma has a slight malt vinegar note as well as a malty, bready character.

Flavor is exceptionally clean! A little red grape/dark cherry/date/raisin fruitiness up front, followed by a wash of dark, bready malt and wrapped up with a refined flourish of bitterness.

Ever-so-slightly astringent. Medium bodied. A little alcohol heat appeared as the beer warmed.

Very nicely done; the subtlety is appreciated.

Photo of smudgewhat
2.25/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Honestly, pretty disappointed. The booze is obvious and up front. Not even close in terms of interesting flavor as a Chimay or Rochefort 6 or 8. There are many better true Belgians to be had also like St. fuellien and Monette. Unibroue's darks and Delirium Nocturnum also much more subtle and flavorful.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown hazy color from a 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label.
Massive two finger head in my DT snifter, which dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of dark fruits (cherry, raisins, dates), fruity esters and hints of alcohol. Pleasant aroma to say the least.
Taste is also very fruity, similar to the aroma with a perfect tart finish.
Leaves a wall of lace all along the insides of the glass.
Surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and even with the warmth the alcohol generates
This is undoubtedly one of the best dubbel's.
An absolute must-try for anyone who enjoys dubbels and ales of this kind. Very highly recommended.

Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark drown into my Chimay chalice. Nice frothy brown head, fades slowly over time. Nice aromas of molasses and fruit, maybe fig and plum. Typical yeast aroma too.

Tastes good. Nice fruity notes up front, cherries and plums, finishing with a little bitterness from the roasted grains. Alcohol is noticeable on the back of the throat.

What a nice treat this one was. I picked a bottle up at my local Giant Eagle.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of caramel and toffee malt with some dark fruit and candy sugar notes. The flavor follows the aroma. I get some nice raisin and prune notes as well as some brown sugar, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable in the flavor but it is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice dubbel.

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