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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 68
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
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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 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...

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL stubby, bottle conditioned, best before 12/2007 - served in a Chimay chalice. The body is a hazy dark brown with red shining through when held to the light. The 2 finger, tan head is creamy, huge, and rocky. All the bubbles are tiny and the head leaves clumps of foam on the glass. The aroma is weak - some malts, cloves, and yeast. Lots of sweet malts on the palate with cloves, alcohol, yeast, some spiciness, and hints of wine. Mouthfeel is smooth and it is very warming. Good, but the smell could be more pronounced.

Photo of dgallina
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great-looking cloudy dark-ruby with enormous creamy tan head and endless lace. Smells of sweet candi sugars and bananas riding on a vinous alcohol base. Excellent and complex flavors. A burst of of tart and woody notes up front develop into spicy alcohol intermingled with ripe dark fruits in caramel and a touch of chocolate in the finish. Effervescent yet creamy smooth and very dry in the mouth. Quite yummy and drinkable, though relatively heady.

Photo of beertastegood
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color, with a magnificent tan head that lingers. Smell is of dark fruit and malt, maybe a bit of bananas. Taste is of dark chocolate and brown sugar, very little hop flavor. The 8% alcohol makes its presence known towards the end of the taste, but quickly moves into a crisp, smooth finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. Mouthfeel is effervescent, with medium body. Drinkability is high, if you are into malt. This is a well-done belgian, I will have to try the 10.

Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours into a goblet a dark chestnut body that is ruby hued when held to light. Creamy tan head rises to two centimeters and retains very well. Elegant sheet lacing all over the goblet completes the beautiful appearance.
Aroma is malty milk chocolate and toffee, plum wine, a hint of pineapple, and some musty and dank yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with restrained carbonation and some alcohol burn.
Taste is a quick downhill plummet. Fusel alcohol is heavyhanded all the way through. Prune juice and plum wine notes are the good news. Twangy yeast presents some chicken coop character that becomes dank and acrid. By the middle, phenolic notes take over, and metallic and plastic airplane glue notes take over. Not very pleasant. I could not finish this one. Acrid yeastiness, and fusel and phenolic to the extreme. Don't know what went wrong with this one, which began with such high promise.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to copper in color, with an attractive reddish depth of color. Very clear woth a constant flow of bubbles rising to the top. Large, dense, and long-lasting creamy off-white head.

The aroma was muted. I could detect some maltiness, but could not go so far as call it complex. Maybe a very light hint of hops. No off aromas.

Again I would not call the taste complex, but it is full malty sweetness. There is a hint of bitterness on the tip of the tongue mid sip, but goes away and the finish is quite sweet. A bit of alcohol in the finish as well as a slight, slight sourness,

The mouthfeel was medium full and I got a nice warming from the alcohol. For all the carbonation in the beer, I felt it only slightly on my tongue. It is a smooth beer.

This is a nice example of a Dubel. It makes a nice beverage to warm you on a cloudy winter day.

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

Pours a dark clear red, with a wonderful rippley tan head, one can tell this is the brewery that makes Duvel. Smell was spicy, with a touch of horse blanket and sourness. Taste was dark and smokey, with a spicy malt and some sourness and cherry notes creeping in as it warmed. This reminds me a lot of a Dubbel version of Duvel, I didn't like it at first, but it really grew on me. I am looking forward to trying to rest from this brewery.

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

Got this one during Belgian Week at the Moan and Dove. Pours a very dark yet somehow clear looking brownish red. More brown than red I guess. Smells Fruity and a bit grapey almost. Juicy and somewhat buttery and dusty. Taste is definately complex. Fruits and wine hints with a decent amount of sweet malts backing it up. Hops are pretty hidden in this beer but there is a nice bitterness to it. Alcohol is a little too present. Kind of thin in the mouthfeel but overall a really interesting beer.

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear, amber red beer with quite some carbonation and a might head arises. Strongly reminds me of that old pal Duvel ;)

Smell is fruits, malt and some yeast. Your traditional abbey-style with alcohol and some fruits. Maybe black-currant and oranges.

Taste is first thick and fruity. Then comes a slight reminder of the 8% alcohol together with yeast and malt. Runs across the tongue to give more of a honey sweet taste together with light carbonation and a flowery bitterness in the finish.

Really great mouthfeel, great drinkability, just a little weak in the taste though. To bad :)

Photo of freed
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to GreenCard for bringing this from its land of origin. I've saved it for our late christmas dinner. Still, its difficult to find takers in this bunch.

The bottle is a lovely 750ml with a classy somewhat geometric label. The cork is decorated with hop vines which at least gains the approval of the group. It pours a nearly flat brown with a slight ruby hue. Its got surprisingly good clarity and a rather dismissible foam ring on top. Small islands of bubbles, but nothing you could really settle on.

The aroma just gets better all night. It started out well enough, but its just maturing as it goes - starts with sweet farmy malts and grows into a tart porty raisin and malt. Wonderful and colorful.

The taste is quite smooth and alluring and some of the IPA drinkers can get behind it. not fully of course, but they can at least understand why I'm so pleased. Its got a surprising effervescence while sipping, but after the initial rush of carbonation, it smoothes out well and has both a candy sweetness and a slight grape to raisin concentration. The malt still gives is blanket of flavor though its not as strong as you might expect from a dubbel. Still - its subtle and flavorful enough to be drinkable over a longer period and still be very satisfying.

The mouth-feel is almost teasing. Its thin as it goes down but once the mouth dries, there's a slight tartness and dryness you'd almost get from a champagne, but good. The mild spice and this tart really make me crave more. So despite offering everyone their share, I end up drinking 90% of this. Its excellent with dinner, but I think they know how much I'm enjoying it and leave me to it.

Once again, thanks Rich. Its marvelous. Supposedly it is best before September (or april - you never know with these date things), but its terrific now.

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.