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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 Gagnonsux
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date says this is good till sometime in 2007. The appearance of the beer is very inviting. Color is maroon with a dark ruby glow. Carbonation is very active. Head is very thick, large, and tan colored. Aroma isn't very strong. An initial dark, fruity wine flavor quickly disapears and is replaced by a bit of Belgian sugar and a hint of spice. Sip starts with a burst of citrissy tartness which turns into s sugary, earthy Belgian malt body. Spices are in the mix, but seem to be content to linger in the background. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. Overall, I'm disapointed and think that maybe I got a bottle that was a little off. The flavor wasn't bad, just unbalanced and somewhat watery. This beer will get another try sometime down the road.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to be able to find this beer on tap at a local cafe. This beer had a great appearance, a nice thick head that was carmel-like in color, that seemed to melt away and get frothy. It looked like something you wold want to top a Belgian waffle. This great head sat on top of a deep in color but not dark, syrupy beer. The beer had good Belgian flavor, slightly roasted but reinforced by the creamy wheat. Great just about anytime, but I would think of it as a desert beer.

dfried, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Printed on the label is: "best before: 10/6/06".

Body is a deep brown color with a huge fluffy, burnt toffee head.

Aroma is of tart fruits, figs, alcohol, and some hops.

Flavor includes bitter apples, like fresh unpasteurized apple cider, but much less sweet. Hints of burnt caramel and coffee. A very lovely Earthiness develops as an undertone to the flavor, including a profound smokiness.

I used a bunch of this in cooking my dinner for the evening: a Flemish beef stew, and it was quite a perfect accompaniment as I enjoyed the rest of the bottle with dinner.

HugoGrim, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The carbonated orange and brown body was juicy-looking, and the off-white head did it justice. The head was modest on a full pour.

Smell – The big, deep, rich malts were a pleasant surprise after drinking this many times from the bottle. They are big and intense even for the style. The spicing also in unmistakably sharp.

Taste – The malt flavors just explode at the taste. The pour was freezing cold though so I had to painfully let it sit before being able to enjoy the flavors. The spices thankfully relaxed a bit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied if not a bit bigger. The terrific fluffy carbonation was spot on for a Dubbel, and the drying spicy finish closed things out just right.

Drinkability – This is a hearty, flavorful Dubbel with lots of big malts that nevertheless prove to be well-balanced. It flows nicely on-tap.

RoyalT, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with large tan head and lots of thick lacing. The smell is dark fruit and alcohol maybe a little bit of plum. The taste is alcohol and roasted grains… surprisingly. Tastes of coffee and none of the fruitiness from the smell. Smooth creamy feel. A bit thin. Good taste. Interesting brew. I'll try this one again the next time I get a chance.

timtheenchanta, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a 750mL corked bottle. Thanks to timtheenchanta for sharing the bottle with me.

This beer pours a drak brown with ample amounts of off white head with fantastic lacing and retention. The smell is a complex mixture of dark berry fruits along with some mild hop aromas. The taste is also dark berry fruits and the beer finishes with some pleasant hop bitterness. The beer is fairly thick and nicely carbonated. This is a highly drinkable beer. Very pleasant to drink and enjoyable. The only criticism I could offer this beer is that it could be a little bit more challenging on the palate.

MSchae1017, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a nice chalice/snifter glass.
Rich, creamy head that did lace.
Dark amber coloring with some 'shimmering' of something. I don't think I was not that drunk to halucinate.
A good rich, smooth and tingley taste. Hints of honeydew, pear, some mild spices, biscuit, caramel, and malt in the body. Finish was crisp yet coated a bit just enough to let the taste linger a bit. Very easy drinking, however I gave it a 4.5 due to its richness. couldn't have too many of these.

Mebuzzard, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a very dark, glowing cherry color with a light, uneven tan head. Smelled of dark raisins and molasses with a strong astringent alcohol. Tasted very sweet at first with red grapes and other heavy dark fruits but quickly transitioned to a stunning dryness consisting of currant, unripe sour fruit, red wine and burnt oak. There was also a lingering alcohol that helped accentuate the dryness. The mouth feel was light and dry with an easy small carbonation. When this was in my mouth, it felt heavy, but the dryness seemed shield me from any stickiness, making it seem much lighter than it actually may be. I‘ve never had anything quite like this. It’s delicious and really pleasant to drink.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of edbeered
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate Maredsous snifter glass, this is a clear reddish brown beer with a small white head and sustained lacing on the glass. The smell is primarily of prune. While prune figures in the taste, thankfully it is not dominant. This has strong brandy flavor, with cherry, plum, and the aforementioned prune flavors mixed in. Additionally, there is a lingering malty aftertaste. These flavors blend beautifully together. This is a strong ale(8%)and tastes like it. While I probably would not have more than one in a sitting, I would thoroughly enjoy that one. This is an excellent Belgian ale. Highly recommended!

edbeered, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- Did a half-way hard pour into my my nameless chalice. Yielded a nice spritzy head with good retention and left a noteworthy film for the entire inbibeing of this beer. Some big bubbles came with this lacing. Had a leathery yet effervescent brown.

Smell- A lovely, envigorating caramel malt aroma with hints of leather, licorice, bubble gum, and green apples.

Taste- Starts with a roasted malt taht slowly carmalizes in the middle leading to a more burnt, hoppy caramel flavor. The middle is also riddled with nuances of bubble gum, leather, pepto bismol, and apples. The finish is a bitter vanilla malt.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sprity compared to other dubbels I've had, but this is not a bad thing. Half-way between light and medium bodied. Pretty refreshing and hides the 8% abv very well. Well, hides probably isn't the right word for it.

This beer went very well with my marinated ahi tuna with a salad in a citric vinegerette.

scruffwhor, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark and thick but not black, rather a deep reddish amber. more foam than expected.

taste - similar to a german dopplebock at first...but slightly more fruity-tasting with a sweet, almost bitter aftertaste...almost wine-like. not sure it was as good as i remembered it, but improved slightly as i went through it. i would compare the taste to Aventinus more than anything.

drinkability - good. it doesnt get old or boring, its complex enough to hold your interest.its probably wouldnt be my first choice, but its better than most beers. i didnt taste or feel the abv too much, so you can safely have a reasonable amount, enjoy it all the way through and not get drunk.

Optimat0r, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first sightings of this beer in the Lexington Ky area. Peaked my curriosities. A good beer, thought quite ordinary against other great belgians. Looks a solid brown with mohogany highlights. A lightly tan head with dense and varying carbonation decorated the pint. Aromas of candied malts, berries, fruits and spices create a tart and sweet aura. Flavors don't disapoint. Fruity, nutty, with a touch of chocolate, spices, and twang. Feels carbonated, lightly alcoholic, drying, and sweet on the toung. Finishes malty sweet without becomming thick. Hides alcohols well. A good choice for a belgian, but if you want something unique or challanging, this beer may not help.

BEERchitect, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the bottled version of this beer in a beer tasting event. It pours a cloudy amber brown with a good head that says around. Noticed yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass, which doesn’t bother me one bit, I like unfiltered beers. Nice bouquet of caramel, fruit, and spices. I can tell that this is a blended beer, it has a complex flavor that give hints of each style interlaced. Sort of strikes me as a blond version of a Flemish Red. I really like this beer it’s tasty and very drinkable.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown with bubbles fedding a light fluffy tan head that falls slowly to a cap that laces well.

Aroma is nice big malty lots of fruit dipped in molasses with some nice spice in the background.

Taste is nice malt lots of fruit mingled thru out with nice sugary sweet mollasses like flavors. Nice spice in the finish lingering pepper and clove mingle with light spicey like hops.

Mouthfeel is big heading toward full a nice amount of carbonation aides the spiciness.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable Dubbel, certainly worth trying if you haven't.

mntlover, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear deep crimson color with an inch of tan foam at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head. The head starts to fall pretty quickly, but still manages to maintain after a couple minutes. There is a good bit of lacing on the glass after consuming.

Aroma: Really spicy aroma. I get pepper, coriander and lavender in particular along with a sweet caramel-like presence. Some rich alcohol and a plum presence are also big players in the aroma profile.

Taste: Rich and bold flavor. There is a whole lot of malt and spiciness in the flavor. There are also some dark fruits to go with the whole experience. Again, I get pepper in the flavor, but the other spices are not as noticeable in the flavor. I don't get any one hop in particular, but there is a presence there. Mostly the sweetness dominates the profile from start to finish. There is a bit of cherry noticeable as it warms up some. The mouthfeel is very dry and well attenuated, with a very light warming in the belly after consuming. As the beer warms a bit, the spiciness is a lot more noticeable

Opinion: This is just a well made beer! The flavor isn't super bready like a lot of Dubbels are, so it leaves the palate able to comprehend something beyond the yeast. There is a definite sweet backbone in this beer that is really pleasant. I get a spiciness in the beer that I think is just yeast derived and not from actual spice additions...however I may be mistaken. Regardless this is a really nice beer, and one that I would definitely recommend.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this eager brew bubbled out of a corked and caged 750 mL bouteille after a resounding pop. it pours the color of pure tawny port, with a slivered almond head that sticks and laces like crazy.

aroma includes dark fruits like fig and currant, backed by a sweet molasses and a slightly off-putting metallic, cough syrupy alcohol.

taste is extremely nuanced. all the things in the aroma are there, plus bitter, sour, and dry malt, finishing kind of dry and nutty.

i'm not altogether sure what to make of it overall. quite a lot more to it as it warms. its an impressive concoction with a lot going on, but almost too much, having rich flavors but not ultimately that filling.

a good brew...comparatively, i think i like belgian darks better. but this is way above average.

BamaScholar, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark amber with a massive foamy tan head that has some real staying power.

Smell: Sweet, nutty and full of dark fruits but not all that potent.

Taste: Big dark dried-fruit flavor with a nice maltiness and a BIG alcohol backbone.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is too aggressive. Otherwise relatively light.

Drinkability: Alcohol presence is a little overpowering and the carbonation is a bit much. Other than that, it's still a sipper.

This brew was a nice find. I had never tried it before and it is relatively inexpensive. Some unique flavors, but the carbonation is a bit too much and really detracts from the flavors.

jamesdergen, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's. Appearence was a nice dark color with some ruby like hue. Medium tannish head. Typical smells for this dubbel, plums, grapes, sweet, and a light alcohol smell. Fruits and sweet mollasses attack your taste buds and leaves a slight warming alchohol character behind. Matches its scent very much. I'm a big belgian beer fan, I liked this, think its a solid, great tasting beer with good drinkability but it didn't suprise me as being anything too spectacular. All and all a good beer though.

Matthew, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Maredsous 8 had a beautiful golden amber color and a small light head. The lacing was very delicate and mild with the faintest hints of sweet fruits and yeast. The taste was outstanding, yeasty but not overpowering in terms of hoppiness or fruits. It finished dry and very tasty. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

sinistrsam, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep garnet in color with a very tall tan head that dissipates in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace behind. Nose is a sweet brown sugar maltiness with some smoky and herbal aromas in the background. Taste begins with some fruity notes of plums and candied sugar followed by some biscuity and yeasty notes. Some estery and spicy alcohol rounds out the tasting. Even though the alcohol is noticeable, this is a fairly smooth beer—I could drink a couple of these.

Morris729, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of stodbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red/brown color. Very clear. Nice off white head that settles to about a 1/4 inch that hangs out the entire glass.

Aroma is spicy, dark fruit, and just a hint of roastiness. Very nice aroma.

Flavor is more dark fruit, spice and roastiness. A fair amount of malt sweetness up front that finished with a hint of roast and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel is full and a nice, prickly carbonation.

Overall, very good. I'm enjoying this.

stodbrew, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown with a creamy tan head. Lacing all over the glass.

Smells great. The smell of the Belgian yeast against a malty backdrop is very inticing. Can smell a hint of fruit and alcohol.

Lots of upfront flavor and finishes very clean. Some caramel highlights and plenty of sweet malt in the favor. A slight fruitiness and some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Body is as expected. Nice and full and satisfying, perfect for the style.

Very nice to drink. Good to sit and mellow out with.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of EMV
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Dubbel from Belgium pours an attractive dark chocolate brown, with ample foamy head that dissipated over several minutes. It's an attractive looking brew, and the aroma smells strongly of yeast, with the high alcohol content also detectable to the nose. There isn't nearly as much of a fruity/citrusy smell as compared to most of the other belgian dark's that I have sampled.

The taste itself strongly reflects the malts, and there's a nice hoppy bitterness to the aftertaste (and I concur with other reviewers that it feels quite cleansing). Like the smell, there isn't nearly the fruity/citrusy/sweet taste that a lot of darks share... which really allows the malts to shine through, and this isn't a bad thing, although it does take away from the complexity of the taste. It's drinkability is great, with high carbonation, and a few of these can really hit the spot. Would definitely drink again.

EMV, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 330ml bottle (fat squat bottle Duvel Moortgat uses) poured into hotel room glass. Glass wasn't appropriate size, so I had to fill it twice.

Appearance: Deep brown, with pillowy tank head. The head was composed of medium-sized cells, and dissipated over a 5 minute period.

Smell: Smells of Belgian yeast. Aroma brought Trois Pistoles to mind.

Taste: Chocolate, raisins, nice sweet tastes with the malty background.

Notes: Nice to have tried it, wouldn't mind it again, but won't search it out.

TurdFurgison, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Nesued
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown appearance, lasting head, nice lacing that remains affixed to the goblet.

Smell: A bit of a citrus smell (if I'm correct in my identification). A bright aroma overall, very refreshing.

Taste: Very mild, smooth flavor with no noticable powerful impact of a particular presence.

Mouthfeel: Overarching "carbonation" feel. A previous review identified a "cleansing" feel, I can concur with that as a good descriptor.

Drinkability: 8% Alc/Vol leaves the potential for "multiple servings per sitting". I was given one as a gift (with a set of three other belgians). If I was given a more, I would have indeed contined drinking these.

Nesued, Sep 04, 2005
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,188 ratings.