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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,309
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 84
Gots: 148 | 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 jar2574
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (810 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -12%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (2,207 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of atlason
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of osusullins
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of swooshjtb
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of smudgewhat
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrives a dark brown color. The head is one inch of white foam that recedes slowly leaving rings of lacing all down the glass. The aroma is of raisins, dates, and bubblegum, but it is quite weak given the strength of this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bubblegum. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time. It is decent, but there are so many great Belgian beers out there that I can't see myself drinking this again when other options are available. (571 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours hazy dark-brown color, with a large light brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, sweet caramel and dark fruits.Light smell in general
Taste: Roasted malts are clearly present, caramel, clove, and dark fruits. Alcohol is quite sharp in this one. I agree with some previous reviewers, that there is some metallic flavor in this one
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, thin body
Overall: Too sharp in the alcohol, not too balanced. This is not the dubbel for me. (470 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 2 finger tan head. Pours almost exactly like Root Beer. Extremely carbonated, deep rich brown color. Looks very refreshing. Lacing is good.

S: Candi sugar, roasted malts and sweet caramel.

T: Toffee like flavors, slight alcohol backbone. rich and deep sweet malt notes.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: It tastes good and sweet. I like it. Hides alcohol well but not entirely which detracts a little of the bitter aftertaste. (426 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, big light tan head, leaves to disk, lots of cling lace.

S - Sweet fruit, but some tinny, metallic notes.

T - Boozy, fruity, pretty good except again, some tinny, metallic notes.

M - Very carbonated, medium body and pretty good balance except for....

D - Good to try. Wonder if I had an off bottle?

6.10.14 Tried it again. Still about the same, but the metallic is more medicinal this go around. A pretty tasty beer and it would have scored higher this time. (478 characters)

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
89 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.