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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
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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Photo of Onslow
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

originally got a bottle for x mas 2004, but since then have only had it a couple of times..so on with my favourite drug ed rush..."Mien Godt!!! This is one tasty beer!!! A dark color, frothy as heck head, and a flavor that boggles the mind, a very flavorful beer that i recommend highly! had on tap at a pub...not as good, but still very nice, scores changed accordions."

Onslow, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely dark body with impressive lasting head.

S - Where to start? Malty with toffee/caramel and dark fruits with plums to the fore.

T - Very malty and dark fruits dominate. Quite dry. Alcohol in the background.

M - Smooth carbonation. Pleasant.

D - One of those that is really very complex and almost overpowering. So best to enjoy as a one off beer.

Not spectacular but a very good beer.

Stephen63, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $3.19 at Total Wine in Orlando. Short and stubby 11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. The appearance is beautiful with a dark reddish brown body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt, smokey charcoal, and a hint of banana and dark fruits. The taste is malty and slightly sweet with some tartness coming up in the middle and a dry spicey finish. Overall, this is an enjoyable dubbel that is recommended.

cjgator3, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Falling Rock, in Denver.
Dark brew with a reddish hue, and a creamy, foamy, very sticky whitish head.
Interesting nose, mostly malty and sweet, fruity, with some minor hop presence in there.
This is a velvety, smooth, creamy beer with a taste that is dominated by malts, sweetish, phenolic at times, clearly alcoholic and warming, roasted malts, little hops, somewhat dry finish.
A very impressive, deserving dubbel.

brdc, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for providing me with this one. Have had in the past but never reviewed it.

Pours am opaque red/brown, some chunkies, thick tan head forms, some lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, alcohol, fruits, yeast, some bread, caramel, and citrus. Taste is sweet and brown sugary, slightly oxidized, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, yeast finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth, good sipper. Thanks Jan!

Viggo, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: brown 75 cl bottle with champagne cork.
A: Dark amber / brown with orange / reddish tones. Tan head, very tall in the beginning semi creamy with some big bubbles. When the head diminishes lacing appeares (not before). After a while no head but some lacing.
S: First caramel, fruity tones, artificial sweetness (pez). Then caramel, soy, popcorn, hops, spoiled apples, amonium.
T: Bitterness, charcoal, white wine. Aftertaste of bitterness, charcoal and sweet licourice. At hint of dried fruits and spiled apples, as present in a french cider (but not as much).
M: Moderate carboration (tiny bubbles) that goes almost flat after a while. Not as sweet as I expected, not as much depth in taste, smokier and much thinner than expected. Almost like a dark bitter with smokey wine like qualities.

D: Very good. Not at all what I thought it would be, but not bad at all. The licourice becomes more and more evident in the taste. I like it a lot

Hammarby, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel by the makers of Duvel. Seem to remember trying it in my early days of good beer drinking, but wanted to match it up against the other Belgian dubbels I'd had since. Poured into a weisse glass (I didn't want to fight with the bartender), it had a dark amber hue with nicely layered head, if thin. The smell was subtly malty, but it was weak. Tasted fairly good, richly malty with molasses and sweet fruit up front, followed by the slight metallic sting of alcohol, but a nice long balanced finish atones for the boozy middle. The pleasant carbonation keeps the beer from being treacley, and I'd see having a second at a bar that didn't carry Chimay Red.

jbsteiny, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short stubby brown bottle. Best before Jan 2007.

Murky dark chestnut, with a thin tan head.

Aroma is raisin, chocolate and yeast.

Flavor is a little sweet caramel, a little dry yeastiness, and a slight bitter finish.

Average. I’ll give it some leeway because it was past it’s BB date, but I’ve had other Belgian beers past their date that were much better.

Padron4KM, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought as part of a Maredsous gift set...

Poured a deep coppery brown colour with a slight haze. Creamy tan head poured think and meringue like then faded to nice light layer. Decent amount of carbonation... quite a lot of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice toasted bready maltiness, rich dark fruits (figs, raisins, some strawberries), toffee / brown sugar sweetness, some nuttiness, belgian yeast comes through, fruit loaf spiciness, peppery hops, light aniseed, salty hints...

Taste – Tart, spicy alcohol soaked fruits (raisins, currents, prunes), burnt sugar sweetness, strong medicinal / anise notes, fruit cake notes, strong breadiness / belgian yeast, peppery hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable although the quite strong alcohol notes might be too much for some..

Overall - A very good example of a dubbel - exactly how i would expect one to taste... recommended..

mdagnew, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on my birthday a couple days ago. It has an awesome head and a great apple phenol smell. Swee and malty. Not as funky as other beligians. Very nice mouthfeel and very easy to drink. It was a great beer to start the night off with. Cost me 4.75 at the bar, but it was worth it. Give it a try.

jasonjlewis, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive Dubbel which could disguise itself like a toned-down tripel- nice glowing amber pour with a layered lacing like no other. Belgian yeast aromas- spicy fruity. Dry and sweet on the tongue- sweeter than I expected, but it works well with the extreme spice. Big alcohol presence, somewhat too much, but after a few sips, it fades. Recommed to all for a Dubbel with some muscle.

kernalklink, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Dated best by: 2/09. "dark brown" color with two fingers of off-white head. The puffy lingering head remained throughout the drink.

Smell was fruity and slightly yeasty. Rather mild aroma, difficult to discern.

Taste was lively, fruity. Tart and sweet, prune-like. Metallic, iron-like flavor. Salty, full of minerals.

Mouthfeel was quite zesty. Effervescent and moderately rich. Easier to drink than I had anticipated.

Cresant, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A rich brown with a slight burgundy hue. A big three finger head with decent retention. Small specks of lacing everywhere. Nice look for a dubbel.

S - Caramel malt, cherries, candied sugars, prunes, and light malt. A nice Belgian aroma.

T - A lot of malt, blanced between caramel and light flavors, with some additional fruity sweetness, mild cherries, plums and black currants. That aftertaste has a nice malty bitter finish with some lingering cherry. The flavor is great for a dubbel.

M - Smooth, thin, the carbonation is not strong, but subtle, actually making this more quaffable. Extremely refreshing. Pretty much ideal for a dubbel.

D - For years I have dreamed of a better dubbel. I tried many I enjoyed, but they all came up short. Here we have the immaculate exception. All around this beer is just great. My only complaint is that I started drinking it when it was too cold. An amazing dubbel, quite possibly the best (there are still a lot I have to try, but this is far above the rest to date). I will have this again (although having loved the ten and eight, I want to find the six). It is absurdly drinkable. A must try.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big tall bottle (not the stubby) 1 Pint 9.4 fluid ounces (750 ml)

Appearance: deep brown colour, almost murky looking. Very pleasing to the eye. Has reddish tint that gives it a creamy sort of appeal. Lots of bubbles moving about and what a head! Big foamy, fluffy head that lasted all the way down and a thick, chunky lacing to boot. What a great looking beer.

Smell: spiced raisins and plums, maybe a touch of cloves. Malty smell shines through along with caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: big creamy malt flavor paired wonderfully with raisins and spice. Fruit has a dry almost sour texture that is wonderfully placed. I dare to say that it is even tart in taste. Subtle nut flavor along with chocolate and even a bready sort of yeast flavor wanders in my mouth. This is a great crafted beer! I can't seem to describe all the flavors in this intricate beer. What the...I even detect small smokey characteristics. Smooth and creamy texture, almost chewable at times. Great finish and very balanced!

Super solid beer and is great to sip and enjoy its unique and complex flavor. As of late, this is one of the most complex beers that I have had! But give it a try and see for yourself!

Magpie14, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich looking dark ruby-brown. Small tan head that leaves decent lace.

S: Hints of sweet raisins, spicy plums, brown sugar, yeast, and Coke.

T: There's a fleeting maltyness to this. At first I taste a smoked malt flavor that's followed closely by mild raisins and plums. As it finishes I tasted brown sugar, molassas, and apricots and then out pops a toasted malt charactoristic. While this is going on all the flavors are tied together by a wonderfully bitter hoppiness.

M: Tingly carbonated mouthfeel that mellows considerably as it warms. As the carbonation dies off, the bitter mouthfeel continues due to the hops.

D: Excellent. This has the makings of a sweet syrupy mess, but the sweetness is very restrained. The malt is roasted and smokey, and the bitter hops are an unexpected treat. Fantastic!

GbVDave, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into a large Leffe challice

Pours with a rich burgandy body, deep carmelly brown hues, light tan head about an inch thick. Good retention and some slight lacing

Smell, sweet estery caramel, few phenols lingering in the background. Sweet dried spicy fruit, dark toffee malts

Taste, dry alcoholic spicy malt intially, a huge whack of alcoholic spice and some slight raisins and prunes. Not a whole lot of sweetness, a few esters but followed by a lingering dry alcoholic finish

A solid dubbel, very prominent alcohol maybe hinders the drinkability somewhat but its still pretty solid. There are lots of better dubbels and belgian dark ales out there though, wouldn't buy this again

cypressbob, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maredsous 8 pours out a fluffy tan head over
a dense, cloudy amber brew. The head collapses
into sticky lace. The nose is of malt and raisin with
sharp hints of scotch. The flavor is basically malt, but
with a scotch booziness in the background. The mouthfeel
is a little thin with a bit of tingle due to the 8% alcohol by
volume. The aftertaste is slightly of malt with a touch of hop.
It's not bad, but I find it a bit thin. There's plenty better Belgians
out there. But by all means get some if it's on sale...

shadow1961, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathers Office

A: Just a touch lighter than cola but just as clear. Body is extremely calm and serene. Head is light beige cream, leaves splotchy clouds across the top and a solid rim behind.

S: Very light fig, dried cherry, candi sugar and toasted pumpernickel.

T: Begins with a lot of dark fruit, lightly sweet yet dry and murky. Brown sugar sparks but is quickly over run by a dingy earthy bitterness which isn't appealing off the get go. Then the sugar molasses flavor begins to grow...it overtakes the dirtiness and continues to expands with a crescendo of luscious brown sugar syrup. Finishes with apricot,yeast and more brown sugar.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel which just a touch of carbo sting.

D: Starts out boring but finishes quite complex. This beer would age nicely.

Westsidethreat, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam’s on recommendation from another friend of beer. Chilled and poured aggressively into tulip glass. Nice fluffy off white head, which dissipates, lingering in pinky nail thickness around the surface and leaves thick sticky lacing. The color is a dark brown with red highlights. Smell of medium yeasty alcohol esters, sweet dark malts, some raisons, brown sugar, plum, other dark fruits and as it worms up bread. The hops are extremely subdued which is not untypical of the style. The taste is much the same as the smells, except with some apple flavor produced by the yeast and a crisp dry finish with a subtle flourish of bitterness. The hop flavor all though not coming forward balances the malt well and forms an even flavor letting the yeast’s character shine a little. Over all a nice Belgian Dubbel, honestly I have not really given the Dubbel style a fair enough chance, but as it goes I would say this is a nice one, worth comparing to others. All that said its an enjoyable drink well worth a try…

mmcave, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Old Toad.

A- Nice 2 inch head atop a deep golden beer. Not much carbonation.

S- Very sweet, not very yeasty but still smooth and rich. Fruit, bready, and round.

T- Very sweet and sticky. Not a typical dubbel, much more light and fruity. Pears, other fruits, bread, almost like delirium tremens.

M- Very smooth and like velvet. Slippery and full bodied.

D- Very good beer. At $5.75 a glass I felt I was getting a bargain.

Rudgers73, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer last night at a hip little tavern in the city. Didn't realize it was from the same brewer at Duvel, but wasn't surprised.

Poured a dark amber color, with a two-inch head. Not sure if it was served in the proper glass, but that didn't stop me from having two of them! The taste was slightly sweet, with lots of raisin and honey flavor. More flavors came though as it warmed.. grapefruit, clover, and what seemed like nutmeg.

If ordering from this brewer, I'd prefer a Duvel, but I'd have this one again none-the-less.

alysmith4, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of eze153
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recommend this beer awhile back and now I had a chance to try it on tap!

It poured a dark color like a coke with a caramel brown head on top which lasted awhile and the laced the glass. after one wiff of this beer I knew I was in for a treat! It's hard to pinpoint all the smells but there were hints of plums, molasses and some other fruits. the smell is as amazing as the taste! it is an explosion of flavor which is very smooth and drinkable. this might be my favorite Belgian by far.

eze153, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of swiftyschlifty
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a nice goblet with an inch of very sticky head. I could smell chocolate immeadiately, but as I took a deeper smell, a sweet caramel smell seemed to dominate. It was a bit hoppier than I imagined, although they died as i swallowed. I enjoyed the fact that I tasted very little alcohol. Medium body, as the caramel/fruit came through and stayed through the finish. Taste lasted for a good 4-5 seconds before dying away. Very nice beer, wish it had a longer finish.

swiftyschlifty, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of Beeryce
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into Maredsous chalice generating an ample frothy tan head that was rather stable and produced nice lacing. The color of the beer was a clear dark amber-brown with moderate carbonation, as I expected it to be higher from the style description. I am guessing that the “expressive carbonation” is used in relation to Belgians as most other beers are much more carbonated than the Belgian I have been lucky enough to have been drinking recently.

The taste starts out bitter and roasty with no real estery hoppiness detectable, which follows the style. Overall it is well balanced but malty, again in keeping with style guidelines. I am disappointed as it is slightly bland with few distinguishable flavors, not what I was expecting from a Belgian. Also the alcoholic characteristic was a little too well hidden; I would have liked more phenolic notes to be present. The mouthfeel was crisp, light and somewhat dry; which to me did not suit to flavors I got from it.

The drinkability was great, but as I stated the alcohol was hidden which made it easier to drink. If the alcohol was more present I think I would be more of a sipping beer. Definitely worth a try as it is a great “Abby Dubbel”.

Beeryce, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Bobikel
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A huge sticky white head (fueled by a cascade of tiny bubles rising) sits atop this dark amber treat. Excelent retention with the head lasting through to the end. Lacing also is quite exceptional.

Smell - Yeast and caramel dominate the nose, thought I could smell a little chocolate, and clove also.

Taste - Bready sweetness is the first, and main flavor component here. A little tartness creeps in near the middle, but dissipates quickly. A little cloying in the back of the mouth. Alchol, while present down the throat, is subdued and mixes nicely with this ale.

Mouthfeel - A rather heavy carbonation dances around the toungue and down the throat. I'm not to sure if this is stylisticly desired, but I liked it just the same.

Overall Impressions - Delicious, Wonderfull, Etc...
WILL be drinking this one again!

Bobikel, Nov 02, 2006
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.