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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 69
Gots: 109 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best before 12/2005 but maybe this ripened a bit too early?
From a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice.
Looks kinda boring for a dubbel and doesn't smell much more exciting; ripe to sour alcohol soaked fruit smells.
The taste also has quite a bit of sour going on. It mellows out after a bit, and smooths out after awhile in the mouthfeel, but the start of the sip is like unsweetened cranberry juice. I enjoy sour and tart but this is over doing it.
I'd like to give this another go because it may have been past its prime, and I really enjoyed the Maredsous tripel, but for the moment I'd say there are plenty of other options in dubbels out there.

Photo of numenor1
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a very rocky, long lasting head. The lacing is incredible.

Smell: Faint molasses, raisins, caramel.

Taste: Very malty, sweet yet rather dry at the same time. Lots of dark fruit flavors, a bit like currants. It's a tad medicinal and the alcohol is evident, though very well integrated. Hops are clearly present, but disappear before the malty finish that lingers for some time. Altogether malty, and well integrated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly viscous. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable for 8. The first is great, second too, but I doubt I'd want a third.

Very nice brew, fairly complex, but not mind shattering. The right food would do wonders.

Photo of Xadoor
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was Maredsous glass night at the Gingerman, so we got a really nice, tall Maredsous glass with each pint.

Poured a dark brown colour with a slight head that disappeared relatively quickly. Mild sweet and fruity aroma. Rich full flavours with a rather sweet roasted finish. A relatively full bodied beer with good carbonation. I'd probably order it again, but I'll wait for cooler weather.

Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a dark chestnut brown / garnet highlights with a generous frothy off-white head. No carbonation apparent.

The smell carries a strong whiff of caramelized malts along with a bit of candi sugar and fruity yeast notes. A bit of a spicy leafy, hop evident in the background, along with bits of damp earth - musty scent.

The taste is interesting. It reminds me of a mix between very sweet english brown ale and a spicy acidic belgian dubbel. It tastes of coffee, chicory and roasty malts on top of the sweet caramel maltiness. The hops are mild, but evident in the finish. It is a bit dry and tannic, but not particularly off-putting like the Sterkens.

Moutheel is medium with a rich lingering aftertaste.

Very drinkable - an excellent Dubbel.

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-black, with a slight dark-malt aroma.

Initial taste is sweet, followed by a dark malt bitterness with flavours of chocolate, coffee, dark sugar/caramel, a little prune, with hints of warming alcohol & spice.

Full flavour and moderate mouthfeel agrees with style.

Not a session beer, but quite drinkable. Makes a nice night cap!

Photo of Higravity
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rather large yawn for this one. At $10 a pop it is not worth the time it takes to open the bottle.

A good looking beer with a large cascading head and a bruised red color. The smells are mingeled full of malt and sweet plum notes. The first thing I noticed is the water like consistancy in my mouth. It has a decent taste of some malt complexities that don't hold my attetion. For the most part the beer for it mild complex flavor of dark dried fruit and malt is very thin and dry with a pleasent residual sweetness. Drinkable but too pricey.

Photo of paterlodie
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forever lasting yellow head and a darkbrown beer with bordeauxred shine. Nose is very malty( roast/chocolate, caramellic) and phenolic with green touch of hops. Yeast brings as an extra quiet some bananafruit so altogether a complex nose.
Taste is very dry for a Dubbel, sour note there also, quiet burnt and ending bitterburnt. Good beer but misses litle body in mouthfeel. Good carbonisation and taste make it up though and good drinkable.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the new selections that arrived new with the Duvel at Dirty John's. Not quite as impressive as the Duvel, but it's good.

The appearance is a dark nutty brown / ruby red color with a generous frothy off-white head. No active carbonation apparent.

The smell carries a strong whiff of caramelized malts along with a bit of candi sugar and yeasty phenolic notes. A bit of a piney, spicy hop resides in the background, along with a bit of a woody character.

The taste is quite interesting. It reminds me of a mix between an english brown ale and a belgian dubbel. It tastes a bit coffee-ish and roasty on top of the sweet caramel maltiness. The hops are mild, but appreciated in the finish. It is a bit dry and tannic, but not particularly off-putting.

I may use this for cooking in the future, but it is not one of my favorite drinkers. Not to say it wasn't a great brew.

Photo of ddarden
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle of 8 into a chalice and it is a beautiful deep mahogany that allows light to pass through. Also has a nice light brown head that stays.

It smells of yeast, candied sugars, roasted dark malts and plums. A very nice smelling beer with complexity. I am hoping the complexity follows in the taste.

The beer follows through on the smell with a wonderfully complex taste. This beer seems to have a lot roasted malt flavor with the candied sugars and dried fruit coming in nicely. This beers seems more like a quad to me. This beer has a good creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

I would rate drinkability very high on the beer because of it clean taste and mouthfeel. This is a beer I will seek out again.

Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep purplish dark brown with a thin, but dense beige head that leaves a few splashes of lace.

Aromas are sweet and malty, accented by notes of plum, raisin, port, molasses, fig, and spice.

Initially sweet but reveals more when warmed up to room temp. There's lots of dark jammy fruit, port, dusty cocoa, semi tart red grapes, molasses, a touch of acidity, cellar must, and yeast.

The body is big with a thick creamy mouthfeel and large bubbles of soft carbonation. A real treat to find an 8 % beer on tap in NC, Go!

Photo of TPSReports
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark into my tulip glass -- with a thick light brown head.

The smells are of carmel, slight cloves, and coffee.

The tastes match the wonderful smells -- with a slight alcohol warming.

mouthfeel is creamy with a hint of carbonation.

i could polish off several of these.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at hte Tour of La Gileppe cafe in Belgium. I was about 75 meters above the lake drinking this wonderful beer and enjoying the amazing view.

Appearance: Reddish brown fluid with a big, fluffy, tan head. Perfect lacing on the glass and the head lasts the entire glass. Excellent.

Smell: Bright roasty sweet nose with caramel and a light scent of fruit.

Taste: Watery opening but with a nice caramel flavor. There's some sharp alcohol flavor with a dry, grassy, malty sweet flavor. It's bread but floral too along with a sandy and woody oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a light creaminess. Slightly sticky. Well carbonated and feels lighter bodied because of this.

Drinkability: Excellent drink to finish a hike near the lake. Smooth, sweet, and refreshing.

Photo of Barraclou
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: I was at a Quebec SAQ (Gov't operated liquor stores) branch. Most of the inventory (not just beers) was very disappointing, but I found this new guy. At the first look, it seems to be a Duvel product by its bottle style (That's good since they always produce quality beers.). Great, it got something new around here. So, here's the review.

Appearance: It poured a reddish brown rust colour with lots of (carbonation) bubbles on the head.

Smell: It got this malty caramel or molasses smell. Not bad.

Taste: Alcohol, Alcohol and alcohol! So much alcohol, it burned my palate! After that, its dubbel personnality gives its complex flavours, such like a port or fortified wine.

Mouthfeel: If you exclude the alcohol burn, it got a extra creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is a good beer, but the one to have only once in a time. It is not the "table" beer, but a good entertainement beer.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time to try this beer and believe it or not I had it on tap here in NC,pours a deep amber with a fluffy off white head leaving a nice amount of lace behind.Aromas of spiced cherry and brown suger with just a little yeasty spiciness going on as well,to me this beer tastes like fruit cake lightly spicy of cinnamon and some clove with a big fruitiness to go along like cherries and maybe some apricots.Well made I liked the 10 a little more but this will definently suffice and great to see in my neck of the woods on tap.

Photo of sinistermadman
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz stubby bottle, this is a dark amber colored beer that has a terrific head that sticks around throughout the drink.

Smell: Sweet with subtle fruit aromas, has a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very clean, and highly carbonated. This brew gains complexity as it warms. Fermented fruit morphs into a slightly tart tinge at first. This is coupled with a slight solvent feel from the alcohol which does it's job in aiding the various flavors. The alcohol feel is just enough to make the fruit flavors evident, but non-intrusive. Finishes out with an earthy oaky aftertaste. This is definitely a dubbel that is meant to be enjoyed sip by sip. Cheers.

Photo of RedDiamond
2.84/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Begins with a violent uncorking. POW!! Watch out. The brew is soft bodied and overly carbonated, creating a huge mass of lumpy tan foam that dominates the goblet. Fortunately, the bulk of it recedes without undue delay, leaving a bizarrely shaped head. As you pour more beer upon it, it takes on the most unusual shapes and contours. Somebody call my phrenologist.

The body is fat and heavy, a warm, glowing mahogany, and clear. A faint cherry aroma remains mostly concealed by the head. I can’t say as I really cared for this beer, as I’m not a big fan of candi sugars. I’ll allow that it might age well – the label said I had two more years to enjoy it – but the taste conveys a harsh peppery bite that just doesn’t work for me.

Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with an old fruit smell on the nose. The beer tastes old and in the way with lots of character in the midbody. The finish is semi- sweet with a fair amount of smoothness. This is a refined Dubbel that shows some interesting character,

Photo of beertaster13
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maredsous pours a thick hazelnut brown with a decent tan head. The smell is of caramel toffee with hints of grape and berry. The taste is of rich malts and sweet fruits, a bit of pepper and coreandor linger. Very nice. A medium bodied beer and great in any season, I found it went great with a nice prime rib.

Photo of nfo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a big foamy head that fell away quickly. Served a little too cold (my fault), so the aroma is weak, but the flavor is there. It's earthy, with caramel and spice, and I can really taste that alcohol too. Starts crisp with a lot of carbonation, and then the finish is sweet, with a slightly syrupy texture as it slips away. Not sure I want the whole 750 on my own, but it's open and maybe I'll be able to taste it better in 1/2 hour or so. Cheers.

Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I order a Maredsous 6 as part of a create your own flight at the flying Saucer and they tell me they accidentally sent the 8% version instead. Being in a state where you can't purchase over 6%, I was curious and asked the bartender. He said it was a happy accident.

Personally, the alcohol got in the way of the other qualities. Nice copper color, average head and carbonation. Is not a session beer. Compared to the others choice in my flight, this was not one of my favorite, especailly for the style.

Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahagony pour with a full finger of dense, rocky tan foam.

Entry iss uneventful...a situation which changes quickly. Midtaste is complex with fruity pleasures of plum and apricot well supported by more than ample carbonation. Finish is funky with a sharp hop bite followed by a Belgian yeast fade.

Simply marvelous...

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an 11.2 oz bottle of Maredsous 8. I picked up a 4 pack last week and decided it was time.
The beer poured out dark with a billowy creamy head that lasted throughout the whole beer. Nice sticky, foamy lacing around the entire goblet. The color of the beer away from the light is mahogany, up against the light it is a nice deep amber color.
The nose is a little yeast and spice(maybe brown sugar). Nice little bit of alcohol and rich beer smell.
The first couple of sips had a slight metallic tinge, this went away quickly. The flavor is rich and earthy. There is a slight sweetness in the aftertaste. There is a bitter roasted finish that lingers around. As it warms up some floral notes appear. When I poured the yeast from the second bottle in to my glass the complexity of the flavors was elevated. The bitterness was complemented by a nice fruity touch.
The mouthfeel is very creamy due to the rich head that lingers during the entire drink.
I like this beer it is entirely drinkable. It is relaxing and enjoyable. The 8% is evident after 2 bottles, my ears are red!!!

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into proper Maredsous glassware. Huge fluffy head, dark chocolate brown, darker than I expected. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty. Taste: Upfront it is slightly roasty, some chocolate and ripe fruits are present. Finish is crisp, somehwat effervescent. Mouthfeel is full, rich. A very good, drinkable dubbel, though there are better examples out there. I'd drink it again though if it was what was available.

Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Cork is dated 10/01, best before Sep.4, 2004. $7.99. 8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful deep dark ruby, forming a modest airy khaki head with good retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. The aroma is mouthwatering and unique...wet horse and barnyard, dusty basement, dirty sneakers, apples, rotting cherries, cloves, anise, figs and dates, distant vinegar, and tobacco. Very nice. The mouthfeel is airy and semi-dry with a vinous quality and a powdery, medium body. The mouthfeel leaves a "coffee-slick" sensation long after the swallow. The spicy taste is nearly an exact recapitulation of the aroma. Pineapple and plum notes with a light acidity in the middle. There is more roasted husk notes in the flavor, giving this brew a very strong tobacco and earthy leather finish, compounded by the vinous notes of rotting cherries. Significant alcohol adds a peppery bite. Bitterness is floral and light, giving a lightly sweet overall impression.

An interesting take on a Dubbel. This is more characteristic of a farmhouse ale than a Dubbel, but whatever it is, it's pretty good. It doesn't amaze me (it's a little too dry and earthy), and for the price, I'd pick other Dubbles over this (Allagash, New Belgium, St.Bernardus, Chimay). Still, it's an experience worth having.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of caramel and toasted malts along with a refreshing Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a light, yet malty flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an excellent dubbel. It has good malt character and a smooth finish; a good drinker.

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.