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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 dherling
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a new warm brown color with a big foamy off white head. Nice big lacing. The nose is big malt, withyeast and a fruity roundness. There's a lot going on in the taste: raisin, malt, mollasses, maple syrup, sherry, alcohol, yeast. Has a lot of carbonation, and a big slick oily finish.

dherling, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark brown, almost black, has a cream colored head that doesn't retain as well as other belgians I have had, did lace nicely though

S- malty sweet, some what fruity, a light spicey belgian yeast smell is there too but not very pronounced alchohol smell is not present whatsoever

T- sweet at first, a little fruity, pretty much goes right along with the smell

M- almost a bit too carbonated for my taste at least, medium/ heavy body, mouthfeel is just a little bit sticky

D- a good beer, probly would have more than one in a night, would drink/ buy again, personally I prefer the 10, but still a very nice brew

gonzo138, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep ruby hued brown with a thick khaki head that eventually settles out almost completely. Leaves some scant lacing along with a thin foam atop the beer. Some agitation revives the head. I smell some fruity esters as well as caramel and bread tones from the dark malt, but there's a rather harsh alcohol presence in the nose. Plums and other fruit tend to stick out most for me, with the pure maltiness playing second fiddle. Finishes a bit astringent and slightly tart. Weird yeastiness in there too. I've never gotten a yeast character like this from a dubbel. Tastes dirty. Mouthfeel is trying to be moderate in body, but ends up kind of thin. A little bubbly. Yeah, this tastes alright, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again when there are better dubbels available.

goochpunch, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber tinted ice tea color with a beige head that hangs around and leaves waves of lace

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar and nutmeg

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel spice cake flavor; after the swallow a bitter, dry chocolate aspect emerges to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Flavorful and complex, one of the best of the Belgian dubbels

brentk56, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored head about one finger deep, good retention, and good lacing. Body is dark brown. Looks really good.

Smell - plums, cherries, raisins, apricots. Both dried dark fruits, and ripe ( but undried ) dark fruits. Hint of cloves, and hint of alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. A wash of various dark skinned fruits. Plums, cherries, raisins, apricots. Cherries and phenolic medicine on the finish. High abv is well hidden, blending itself in the medicinal taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel - full to medium bodied, smooth, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is very, very good, and the only thing to limit sessionability is the high abv.

ultralarry2006, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle indicates that it is best before 07 2008. I t also has L2821 1919 on it, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours prume brown, cloudy, with a fizzy tan head that turns to a pillow of foam an stays there for the life of the beer, laces like sea foam

S—spicy and malty, dark fruits and some light perfume fragrance as well

T—malty and mild overripe dark fruits, spicy, finishes on the dry side

M—pretty fizzy with above average carbonation, medium bodied

D—a sipper for me, it’s bubbly and fizzy which I tend to sip. I’d have another, but would probably let it age a bit longer.

hanco005, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive 1-1/2 inch rocky head, light tan colored. The beer itself is a dark amber brown and leaves lots of Belgian lace on the glass.

Alcoholic aroma, not as much malt as I would expect.

Flavor is rich, well-balanced, with some spices. Nice and warm on the palate. Not so strong as say a Chimay Blue, but very well-balanced with lots of alcholic warmth.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, maybe just a tiny bit too much so. I would have liked more of a silky feel.

A great Belgian beer and a great value (only $2.29 at Central Market in Ft. Worth, TX).

jmbranum, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ding for bringing this to me. The Belgian Dubbel is easily one of my favourite styles. This one poured a bit darker than Chimay Première, and had a Duvel - like enormous rocky, pitted head. Big, thick, sticky lacing stuck to the sides of my glass.
The smell on this one is *totally* sweet malts. There is also a mild nutty smell, as well. The taste, too, is full of sweet roasted malt and that same unusuall nutty flavour. Finish is smooth and gentle with a bit of dryness to it. The foamy cap is staying in place as I drink it and write this review. Excellent head retention in this one. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, with only a modest amount of carbonation. This is a smashing Dubbel! It may replace Chimay Première as my personal favourite. Delicious. Thanks again, Ding.

SilentSabre, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2oz) bottle into a mug (don't have a goblet). Best before August 2008.

Pours a beautiful cloudy brown with glowing red edges. Very thick full head with good retention. When fully poured, a slurpee-esque dome of head is created just above the top of the mug. Excellent sticky lacing.

Malty aromas forehand, with light alcohol scents, followed by light fruity aromas.

Dark malts can be tasted from beginning to end, with a little bit of caramel twang. Brief alcohol can be detected toward the end. Very light metallic components can be tasted, which come from the type of malt used.

Fuller bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Very well rounded beer. Everything from the appearance to the taste is well done. Don't pass up on this one.

BeerSox, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a darkish red color with a 2 inch frothy head. Aroma was malty with a little bit of spicy hop smell. Taste was malty and fruity with notes of caramel, ripe fruit(apples maybe?) and some spicy peppery notes in the finish. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth for a medium bodied brew. Drinkabilty was good with no off flavors and alcohol not too noticeable. Not a bad beer for the price.

rodrot, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clear reddish brown with off white head, most of which recedes quickly leaving a bit of lace and thin film of head. Smells fruity with a touch of roastiness and noticeable alcohol. Lots of carbonation with a medium body. The flavor is dominated by alcohol, with roasted malt & dark fruits evident. I would have enjoyed this more if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

Dizzy, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, very nice carbonation, real nice head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, grapes, and slight spices.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, with a kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, this is a pretty complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very nice dubbel, would recommed for sure.

Wasatch, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep red with two inches on creamy tan head, which drops leaving small patches of lace behind. Very low carbonation.

S - Quite faint, which is odd given that it's roughly at cellar temperature. Cherries and some other dark fruit, a little alcohol, dark sugar.

T - Sweet dark fruit initially, before the middle is taken over by a big molasses flavour. Fruity/caramel finish and aftertaste, with a slightly bitter edge and a small trace of alcohol.

M - Medium body and low, but clean, carbonation.

D - A good beer that's only let down by its muted aroma. Definitely worth trying.

haz77, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep reddish color with a thick, fluffy light chocolate head. Lots of lacing in the goblet. Nose is of dark stewed fruits, yeast, spice, and wine grapes. Detectable alcohol content in the nose. Palate is port-like in some ways, deep, rich, and sweet. Dark cherries, molasses, and raisins. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium and finishes decently dry. A really good dubbel. Very fruity and complex. This is a good beer for a port wine drinker.

beerphilosopher, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, with a ruby tint. Poured a nice head with quite impressive lacing all over. Smell is of ripe fruits/malts/and yeast. Taste upfront has fruity tones. Ripe cherries, plums, and green grapes. Infused with deep rich malts. A very complex Dubbel. Finishes crisp and dry, and semi creamy. Alcohol warming is also present. An incredible Dubbel and one that you should definitely try.

HoustonTX, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky deep brown, as a consequence of the lees having been swirled in, otherwise a clear chestnut color, with a large tan white head, and excellent broken lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy, earthy aroma, with notes of cocoa, honey, dark fruit, and banana.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet, earthy note, and a strong yeast presence, followed by roasted malt, cocoa, spicy, warming alcohol notes, finishes with a mild, lingering earthiness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, full.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example, very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce glass bottle similar to Duvel, served in a Maredsous chalice.

Pegasus, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 purchased at Holiday Market in Canton and poured into a Val-Dieu chalice. Label sez best before 4 Sep 2004, but what the hey, let's see what happens.

Deep, dark amber with a head of light tan that bubbles up and falls to a thinly veiled ring. Tiny dots of lace here and there.

The nose is mostly dark fruits such as cherries, plums and dark vinous grapes. Some sugars and toffee hang in the back. Slight whiff of sherry also. Complex and intriguing.

The taste also has a lot of the same dark fruits. The sugars are still there and give balance to the vinous notes. Lots of raisin flavor here and it has a suggestion of port which may be due to age. Whatever the case it all works very well as a whole.

The mouth is full upfront but quickly turns very dry with no residuals. I am enjoying this bottle and will track down some fresher bottles for future comparison.

ypsifly, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of spaceranger
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany reddish brown with a creamy, coffee colored head that would not quit. Lots of lacing and head retention all the way to the bottom. Head is good. Strong flavor of raisins, caramel?, toffee and yeast. Man, oh Man is this some good stuff. Those belgian cats know how to brew some chunky funky. Mouthfeel? After 2 mugs of this - who cares? But it is smooooth. Drinkability - I have the ability to drink it over and over. Buy some - you will NOT be disappointed.... really.

adios amoebas

spaceranger, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 0,33l Duvel bottle. Pored into a Leffe-style glass.

Color is dark, deep brown. Smell is not outstanding, but pleasant and exciting - roasted malts, dry fruit, note of ripe muscat grapes.

Taste is complex with lots of roasted grain, caramelized sugar, some nuts and distant echo of hops. Very solid drink, but not a heavy one. Surprisingly acidic finish and sticky fruity-hoppy aftertaste.

Not destined for drinking in volumes, bottle or two is quite enough.

Nice beer, worth a try.

ernie, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of krantul
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When it comes to Belgians, I always come back to Maredsous 8; Dubbel is my favorite Belgian style, and Maredsous 8 is my favorite Dubbel.

Appearance: Champagne-style bottle, corked, with a label design that I personally find to be quite cool. Pours a warm brown color with a fluffy cloud of nigh-indestructable light brown foam. The head trails the glass like a milkshake. Bubbles of carbonation are visible, clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: Rich, fruity and yeasty, hinting at the complexities that are to come.

Taste: Wild stuff. There is a lot going on here. Starts with a powerful, complicated sweetness, with raisins dominant in the taste. A moment later, I note the curious balance between the sugars and the staple, bottle-conditioned yeasty character; there's great balance here. I really don't like phenolic flavors in lighter-bodied beers, but they intertwine very well here; I can appreciate some aspects of it and ignore the phenolic off-flavors that would ruin a wheat beer for me.

Mouthfeel: A big, bubbly beer for which the glorious, natural carbonation works well.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as a richly-flavored Dubbel can get, I suppose. These aren't session beers, after all. Great on a clean palate, but this is the kind of beer to which you don't want to get too accustomed, but rather surprise yourself with every now and then.

krantul, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's Garten...
Appears a dark brown with a light red hue and a beige head that slowly fades out. Light scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, cocoa, figs, raisins, with some doughy bread notes.
Taste is of the same aromas that seem to work well in unison.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, sugary raisin, and yeasty feel that cling to the palate.

weeare138, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of danielharper
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Frugal MacDougal, Nashville, TN.

(Beer consumed 3/17/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Pours dark brown with very thick tan head. Head leaves serious lacing on glass.

S: Nutty, very sweet aroma. Hints of coffee with cream.

T: Dark, roasty flavor. Slightly sweet, little Belgian funk, fascinating.

M: Thick foamy mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable.

danielharper, Apr 25, 2006
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
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.