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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of Hammarby
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of jbsteiny
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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..

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -25.6%
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...

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.