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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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 callmemickey
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark brown coloring with a crisp tan head
S: A chocolate aroma gives way to spice and sweet malt scents
T: Fruity sweetness balanced by a chocolate thickness gives way to a touch of hops toward the end
M: A slightly thick coating remains after each gulp
O: A pleasant beverage that hides the alcohol well, but the thickness gets old after a few.. suggesting progression to something a tad smoother

callmemickey, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my regular stores has a good handful of these out on the shelf, where I got this one.

750 mL bottle, "Best Before: 03/2007" We'll see about that.

In a goblet it's a very dark brown, you'd think it black if you weren't in a lit room. Nice tightly beaded tan head.

Scents of dark chocolate, toffee, some alcohol, it's very inviting.

Dark fruits reach the pallet first; blackcurrants and liquorice. The chocolate and toffee are less obvious, but still there. There's a spicy bitterness and a warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter than the scent would lead you to believe, which seems to be a trend among the dubbels I've been trying lately.

Another? You bet. I would have to take my time though. I think this one will become a regular in my fridge. I'll also try aging one.

joeskirkie, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Freshie
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for a few months. Freshness date, and serving temp on label.

Deep brown color, and steady tan head.

Aroma of sweet malt, anise, spice.

The taste is sweet upfront. With thick fruit flavor coming after. Spicy hops, combines with the ABV, to warm the palate.

A bit sticky in the throat, from all the sugary ingredients, but not too bad.

Very tasty, with obvious solid construction.

Freshie, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this beer when I picked it up, but I was glad to see the positive reviews. I didn't pick up on it being the same brewer as Duvel.

This belgian dubbel pours from a smart loooking bottle featuring colored geometric shapes that give it a classic appearance. Best used date is 07/2009. The beer is a ruby brown with a large creamy tan head that is slow to disipate.

Smells reminiscent of a stout with subdued hops and more spice. Smells chocolatey and sweet with a hint of roasted malts. This smells unlike any dubbel I've had. The spice background reminds me that this comes from the brewer of Duvel.

Tastes reveal more of a typical dubbel flavor featuring hints of dark fruit, such as figs and dates. There are hints of chocolate and caramel, but are more subtle than in the nose. Small hint of finishing hops, but there is very little flavor provided by the hops. Its mainly spiced sweet fruits with a hidden warming effect from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for a dubbel, but a bit thin. Highly drinkable as the alcohol is well hidden and the falvors are not overpowering, but light, yet complex and enjoyable.

Not a typical dubbel, but if every brewer aimed to create a standard things would get boring fast. A nice treat and worth a go.

Jmamay22, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very rich dark ruby colored clear liquid. Half inch tan colored foamy head lasted a few minutes. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising when held to light. Watery lace sheets.

Rich almost pure melted chocolate aroma. Dates and other dark fruit scents waft in the second nose full. Malty is the only way to describe the overall profile.

Super sweet malt aroma is a blend of chocolate covered dates and a light burnt coffee note. Bittering on the back of the tongue is a hops quality hidden in the nose.

Nice thickness when this first hits the mouth with a large carbonation burst. Runs away leaving only a tingle from carbonation.

Overall a decent brew. Nice sweet choice to compliment smoked brie. Not the most by the book dubbel, but not a bad choice. Give it a try if you see it.

RedChrome, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark garnet with a big fluffy head in my Chimay goblet. Aroma is sugary, caramel, molasses and raisins. Taste is dark and fruity, plums and raisins, but a little thin, though there is some good bitterness at the end. Not as complex as I was hoping for. Not that bad, a solid dubbel, but I've had better ones.

saintwarrick, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went down to Barley's in Greenville tonight, and was suprised to learn they have now started using rotating taps of brews! Awesome news as this will only serve to bring in more and more good beers into a place that is already jam packed with goodies. Sat down to order my pizza and was trying to figure out what to order, and I noticed this on tap. Now I hate to admit it, but I had never heard of it before, and had a bit of an issue pronouncing it correctly. I was promptly corrected and proceeded to order. Now this was poured most excellently into a large tulip which bore its name along with a gold lip. The pour was extemely dark brown, opaque with a huge billowing tan head that literally fell over the sides of the glass. I did not think it would actually ever go down. This really looked like a serious beer. It finally settled down but left a ton of lace down the glass for the rest of the session. First whiff of the aroma was very fruity, albeit dark. Hints of apricots and raisins, along with some plum and a touch of alcohol were all readily present. The distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast was ever so present as well. Very nice, floral aroma. First sip was delicous. Very full flavored and lively. Lots of fruity flavors, again figs, apricots, banana, and a nice mellow spiceness melded well with a touch of alcohol that was ever so gently mixed in. Very nice warming feeling upon putting down a few sips. Mouthfeel was superb. Very rich, creamy and thick, great carbonation. I could have sipped this all night, keyowrd there would be sipped. This is defiantly not a chugger by any means. Overall this beer was awesome and exactly what I needed after dinner. I nursed this for almost an hour before all was said and done. I will definatly look for this again when I go back, hopefully it will still be on top, I would love to have some more, and would really love to the try the 10!

mikesgroove, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
2.42/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- An inch thick bubbley tan head on a pretty clear dark ruby body.
S- Strong esters throughout, cherries, plums, light raisins, hints of spice, chocolate, and tofffe.
T- Taste pretty much follows the aroma. The main flavors in it are the malts. The alcohol really sticks on the tongue along with a light bitterness.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this isn't to good at all. There are a ton of dubbels out there that blow this one out of the water.

BlindPig, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle

A - Pours a very deep mahogany brown, blood red when held to light. White head fades to an eighth of an inch. Lacing is minimal.

S - Raisins, caramel and bready malts. A light and sweet grape-like presence and some brandywine notes as well.

T - Taste starts crisp, light and slightly bitter with a lot of carbonation. Quickly, the taste becomes darker; dark fruits, bready malts and an almost coffee like dark flavor. A juicy grape flavor hits just before the finish; creamy fruity, bready malts.

M - Creamy, medium to thin consistency with elevated carbonation.

D - Overall a smooth drinking beer, but with too much carbonation; it would be much smoother drinking if it were a bit flatter. But the bubblyness adds a crispness to the beer making it more suited for an afternoon drink, rather than a nighttime fireside drink.

I'll try it again but only if its on-tap.

umustdrink, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbey in Seal Beach, CA

A: Dark brown, with a small head, looks good in a Maredsous goblet.

S: Spiciness, dark fruits, and molasses.

T: Big candi-sugar flavor with hints of fig, prune, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

M: Very good, full-bodied, not too thick, but very rich.

D: Very good, at 8%, you'll have to watch yourself, but about as sessionable as a dubbel gets.

Halcyondays, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 2011, 09 11

Pours a with 4+ fingers of creamy sand-colored head. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Bready with chocolate notes

T: Cocoa, dryness, brown sugar & a little booze up front. Herbal & tobaaco hops as this warms along with a slight metallic twang& sourness. Finshes dry with chocolate, caramel & earthy hop notes

MF: Kind of light-bodied & excellent carbonation

Drinks alright, probably needs a few more years

russpowell, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a dark, clear red-brown with a rocky, light head. Smell is roasted malt with fruit notes, with cloves & spice to accent. The taste is, again roasted but not much of the fruit that the smell promised. Some spice in the end. Speaking of the end it is very dry. It balances out the initial malt. The mouthfeel is thin for the style, although nicely carbonated. The drinkability is very good, with no real alcohol burn and a balance between malt & hops that makes it very drinkable. The finish gives a nice kick that gets you set up for the next one. And the next. Not the best dubbel but a decent offering from a great brewery. Let's just say I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers, but I'm not marrying the cow to get the milk either.

roblowther, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of beakerboy
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a new beer to the central Kentucky area so I thought I'd try it out. The beer pours into the goblet dark ruby red with about 2 fingers of quickly disipating head, which leaves behind legs of lace on its fall. The aroma has hints of chocolate, alcohol, caramel, and grape. The flavor is quite good with less roasted malt than I remembered...a good thing in my mind. The prickly carbonation pairs well with the light body. Hopefully the rest of the Maredsous line is as good as this one.

beakerboy, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay Chalice.

A - Color is a deep red brown thats almost opaque but not cloudy with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. A rich smooth even lacing stands around the outside of the glass.

S - Malty smell of dark raisins with a little bit of roasted nuts

T - Malt overwhelms anything else -- a bit unbalanced in it's heavy sweetness but not overly unpleasant. It's a bit fruity tastes of plums.

M - A tingly light carbonation masks the thickness of the beer. Fells a bit heavy.

D - Not too bad but not overly powerful -- the richness of the malt flavors make it a bit difficult to drink more than one in an evening.

AlephNull, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a deep ruby, forming a thin 1/2 inch head that faded quickly, leaving medium spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is dark fruits along with a hint of alcohol. The taste is very malty, but not overpowering. Nice amount of dark fruit flavoring, along with maybe a very slight hint of hops. Complex and delicious. Medium mouthfeel and very smooth finish. For a dubbel, this is very drinkable. Full flavor and smooth mouthfeel make this a great drinker. Overall, I was not dissapointed, except for the fact that I only had one of these on hand. This is the best dubbel that I have experienced on my journey through the various Belgian beers available on the market.

beeragent, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it poured into a Maredsous chalice, a deep amber even brownish color with a tanish head that left very nice lacing on the glass. Taste and smell; dark fruits and spices (nutmeg and/ or corriander). A very smooth and intersesting beer. Definately worth a try.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of basica
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, my favourite Belgian styles were the Belgian Strong Dark Ale
and the Dubbel. I had also read pretty promising reviews on BeerAdvocate.com and my
expectations were sky high; almost dying to taste the bottle of Maredsous 8 that's sitting
in my fridge. I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed but that's definitely because of
the level of hope I was embracing. The Maredsous 8 pours out with a generous head that
dissipates slowly; I used my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip glass for this tasting and the
full pour had at about half the glass being foam. Appearance wise it was pretty good; smell
was also not too bad; subtle fruit hints with a tinge of alcohol smell. This Dubbel tastes
of dark fruits, perhaps analagous to dark berries or dark grapes a little on the complex
side also with a hint of coffee/caramel but anything positive was sullied by the overly
thin-bodied mouth feel which was the biggest disappointing. It's bitterness may also have
been a little too much; it could have well been fruity sweet instead. Another thing that I
did not really like was the strong alcoholic feel. 8 ABV is fairly strong but instead of
blending in with the beer's taste to become a well-balanced feel like the Chimay Bleue (9
ABV), I felt that the alcholic feel of the Maredsous 8 was a little overwhelming. The after
taste was pleasing, with the complexity within the taste spawning into a not-too-long-lived
aroma which I found pretty pleasant. On the whole, the beer has good, unique complex taste
formed by many different ingredients. But these different tastes were a litte too bland in
itself and the thin bodiness of the beer made matters a little worse. The bitterness and
the a-bit-too-high alcoholic feel may also have to be revealed. Maredsous 8 is a good beer
but definitely could be better.

basica, May 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pecan shell brown that is actually a beautiful shade of dark ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. I expected an outstanding head from the creators of Duvel and that is exactly what I got. A frothy, rocky, sandstone colored monster is currently occupying the top two-thirds of my glass and is beginning to lay down some of the most delicate lace imaginable.

The nose is much more spicy and much more phenolic than anticipated. That's a good thing. Who wants a dubbel that smells like an American brown ale? Underneath all that flash and sizzle is a maltiness that is somewhere between heavily toasted and lightly roasted. My crystal ball says... this is gonna be good beer.

This Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat dubbel should be called Maredsous V-8 because it's firing on all eight cylinders. I'm impressed by the fact that the dark maltiness has more of a cocoa or even a bittersweet chocolate vibe than most beer of this style. As the label notes, this is definitely a 'dark brune'.

The brewery must have used a high-quality yeast strain that graduated near the top of its class in terms of clove and cinnamon spiciness. The final pour, especially, adds a spiced woodiness that is some kind of appealing. Dark fruit (figs soaking in chocolate liqueur and light molasses) is present as well.

I'm not as impressed with the mouthfeel due to a relative lack of bubbles. Not compared to most beer, but compared to most good Belgian beer. The mouthfeel levels off and begins to contract at exactly the point when it should continue to expand for a moment longer.

I knew that Maredsous 8 wouldn't be in the same league as Duvel, but then I've always thought that Duvel is in a league of its own. This is still exceptional beer, though, and is a dubbel that deserves a great deal of respect. I must have liked it because the bottle was gone before I knew it.

BuckeyeNation, May 25, 2007
Photo of jwff
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a plum brown but when held up to the light shows an intense ruby color. Good carbonation with an off-white head that laces all the way down. Molasses and brown sugar in the nose with raisin, plum, and fig complimenting the fruit side of things.

Taste is not as hearty as the smell, to say the least. Spicy yeast hangs around throughout. Plum sugar and burnt molasses dance with the yeast and alcohol. Dark fruits + green apples linger on the gums after a whoosh of tasteless carbonation and some sugar. And I think I tasted some cinnamon...

Medium leaning towards thin body on the mouthfeel, which does thicken a bit as it warms. Overall I'd have this one once in a while, but I like it better on tap. Luckily there are a few places around Houston that carry it. The Front Porch had it for 5 bucks a full pint last time I was there, but just be warned it's served ice cold.

jwff, May 11, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty came in a 750ml.brown glass corked bottle with a Best Before: 07 2009. Poured into my large 0.4L rastal goblet a deep, dark mahogany with ruby-red highlights and a lofty beige plume of two-fingers. The head turns rocky and leaves thick, sticky lacing like no other...the carbonation is all but explosive...a beautiful Dubbel.

Sweet, spicy and alcoholic...this is the greeting to the nose. Complex and fruity with a ton of flavor, prune, fig, tart apple, earthy malt and molassas, spice from the yeast and more hop characteristics...all being fueled by the ever present alcohol, keep this brew expanding in the senses. This is definitely one of the best dubbels that I have experienced.

Medium plush body with so much goin-on that make it a 750ml. that I wish would never end...an all-around great beer that's well worth the money

scottoale, May 11, 2007
Photo of dblvsn
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light brown in color. Long lasting frothy, creamy head.

Smell - Very sweet malt, caramel, light toasty aroma, bready, little spiciness

Taste - Nice sweet complex malt, dry finish

Mouthfeel - Little light on the body for this style. Some alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - I found this to be a very drinkable beer. Probably wouldn't put it on my favorites list but would drink another one. Lots of complexity.

dblvsn, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of kpantz
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: Very nice offering. A little thin in the body, but the flavors are quite nice and more than make up for it.

Best before 10/2008 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours into my Maredsous chalice a menacing, hazy brown that looks more like weak coffee than a beer. Tan head is frothy and loathe to give up at more than a finger thick. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness, raisins, some acohol and a definite spiciness, no doubt contributed by the yeast.

Taste: Muted sweetness at the onset with a definite fruity character at mid-sip, followed by some bitterness and some serious spicy bits at the end. This is a great flavor profile for a dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin compared to my expectations, but it has a nice carbonation level. Not too sticky, either.

Drinkability: Given the complexity here, I think this one is best left as a sipper. It's meant to be savored. I wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

kpantz, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -2%
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 +0.5%
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
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.