1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Not Rated.
Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,210 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 62
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maredsous 8 - Brune Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,210 | Reviews: 628 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of shapudding
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Eulogy in philly. Dark chocolate brown with a nice, thick, creamy, khaki head atop. Scents of rootbeer... hard to catch much else- problem with this wonderful tavern is that late on a Saturday afternoon, you get alot of smoke that hinders the senses a bit... Tastes of dark fruits, mainly dark cherries or candied cherries maybe? Slight bit of darkened toast in the background. Bit of chocolate. Can taste the alcohol more as it warms up. Medium carbination, maybe a bit too much? Seems too much for the style for me... probably would have thought more of the mouthfeel if there was a tad less carb here... Served at the perfect temperature and in the perfect glass, just a great, happy experience here! Pretty damn good though.

shapudding, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby, copper color with a pillowy beige head that lasts. Pour with patience. Malty, candi sugary, almost perfumy aroma; indeed a noble dubbel. There's some hops in there, too, kind of subdued under all the malt and yeast profile. Nutty malt taste and cereal, with complex malt derivatives flowing into a fruitrd finish. Yeastiness and complete fermentation suggest further perfuminess amongst the malt. A rather unique dubbel, and worth a try. I like it best out of the 75 cL, but not bad on-tap, too.

crookedhalo, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for this sample.
Dated expiration date of 10-06.
Aroma brings on a promise of great possibilities. Initially a shot of rather sweet malt, followed by notes of alcohol, sourness and phenol. Good complexity.
Pours with a big and full head that has great stamina. Dark brown with reddish hues.
Flavor isn't as vibrant as I'd hoped. Starts with pretty straight dark malt flavors that holds some intensity and alcohol notes. Very subtle flavor shifts as warms including a slight fruitiness.
Quite a lot of intensity from the carbonation, that's distracting. Medium body.
The great promise of the appearance and aroma didn't hold in the flavor and feel. To me there was a significant lack of complexity. Certainly entertaining enough to try, sample and have again. Just not great like its sibling, Duvel.

garymuchow, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara.

This dubbel poured a clear, dark garnet color with tan foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was a nice malty and dried fruit aroma. The taste was malty and fruity (dried fruit: raisins, prunes, etc.) with notes of caramel and cocoa. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with a light, airy feeling. There was a lightly lingering malty taste. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. This was a very pleasant dubbel.

UncleJimbo, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Slightly opaque reddish brown (striking color!!!) with quarter inch white head.


Malts are abundantly present, with aromas that resemble stewed beets (sweet).


Flavor is devine! A burst of sweetness to begin that grows in fruit character culminating in a tangy finish that leaves you wanting more. Excellent.

cbl2, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of bark
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in an impressive 75 cl bottle with cork and wire cage.

The colour is brown with a shade of red; the liquid is cloudy. The gigantic beige foam slowly descends into a small, almost hard ball of foam.

The smell is mild with somewhat acid notes. There are also some sour-sweet flavours of hops. There is a typical air of Belgian ale over the smell, and some alcohol in the background. Complex? Yes.

The carbonation is quite strong, but not excessive. The small bubbles almost resembles of sparkling wine.

The dominant taste is sweet-burned, with a lot of fruity notes. I could find some nuts and almonds, some dough (yeast) and a touch of chemicals and spices (caraway? coriander?) and blue cheese.

The aftertaste is full of bitterness, and a surprisingly dry one too. I could perceive some tomes of fresh cucumber and metal.

The taste is very complex, and there were lots of flavours that tried to draw my attention. They worked fine together, but I found it just too much, it was more like drinking aged red wine than beer. Maredsous 8 is unquestionable a fine craft beer, but it is simply not one for me.

bark, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in the dubbel style by the brewers of Duvel, the Maredsous 8 is sure to please. It's clear, dark ruby brown body offsets a full, creamy head of ivory foam that seems intent on holding until the last; and it's lacing is second to none (except of course, it's sisters the Maredsous 10 and Duvel). The aroma is straightforward dubbel with a well-balanced combination of It's delicately crisp across the palate with a very fine effervescence and medium body. The flavor expresses more chocolate and caramel notes hidden behind its candyish sweetness than the nose lets on, backed by a drying spiciness and a touch of fruitiness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of spiciness. Exceptionally well done and quite enjoyable! Certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle. Best before date December 2005. Cork reads 8 2002.

Pours a clear mahogany brown brew.

Smell is sweet and perfumed. Mild spice and a brown sugar scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and strangely smoky in flavor, cork and oak flavors too. Citrus flavors show up on the tongue once the smoke flavor passes, tart lemons.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I had the Maredsous 10, it was OK, but this is far more refined in flavor. PERFECT for any smoked foods or a grilled steak, or Barbecue.

Zorro, May 12, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown/garnet color with a big head that took forever to settle down. But when it did a nice dubbel sat before me. Smell consisted of lots of fruits and earthy tones that blended well together actually. Taste was very good. Lots going on in the taste department. Dark fruit, some cloves and spiciness mixed in. Some hops show their muscles as well in the middle but die down quickly. Finished very dry which made you want more and more of this brew. Quite a dubbel, seek it out.

necoadam, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Hefe
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 4/20/04 from 750ml corked and caged bottle. Best before date, 21-03-05

Appearance: Nutty, cola brown colour with a pillowy tan head that doesn't want to quit, when it does finally dissapate, thick creamy lacing remains.

Smell: Caramel and spice, followed up by some fruity phenols.

Taste: Molasses and dates up front, and a dry roasted/burnt coffee finish. Seemed to me that there was a hole right in the middle of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with delicate carbonation. Though it seems a bit thin.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer for pairing with food, or possibly as an after dinner digestif. Could also pass as an afternoon restorative. Hell, I'd drink it for breakfast.

Hefe, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Coca-Cola brown, with ruby highlights at the edge of the glass when held against the light. A dense, two-finger head stayed with the beer all the way down. Aroma was fairly neutral, but there was a hint of chocolate malt, which for some reason struck me as a bit odd for the style. On the first sip, I was almost shocked by an initial perception of a mineral flavor that bordered on salty. This quickly diminished and was not evident through the rest of the beer, although it did remain rather dry. The fruit flavors common for the style did not really emerge, and I think I may have been drinking this beer a bit young.

Brent, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a huge 2 finger tan head that has excellent retention and leaves patches of lace. Aroma is a mix of malt, chocolate, dark fruits and a touch of orange. Flavor began with chocolate and orange peel notes... not overly sweet, with some light fig presence and a slightly sour finish. Could have maybe used a touch more complexity, but it's light body and smooth mouthfeel make this a very drinkbale beer. The high ABV is very well hidden.

zerk, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent tan meringue-like head that looked so appetizing, I had to take a bite. It was bitter-tasting, and I liked it. The pad of meringue is everlasting and rested upon a bed of small to medium size bubbles. Dirty, chaotic lacing. Good-looking "brune" color.

The nose was disappointing--very wet with notes of cranberry and the occasional accent of caramel.

Light cough syrup taste that stops in its tracks, leaving a burnt coffee aftertaste. Gente, not to say weak, mouthfeel, creamy at the conclusion.

An excellent fruity taste also appears when burping, which I appreciated.

I wanted a whole lot more "umph" from this beer, but got a thin, simple brune instead. Lacks character.

donnebaby, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I started this beer with the best intentions of hating it...I really did. And in fact, I think I started drinking a bit too soon after removing it from the fridge, which tended to reinforce my bias. But in the end...

Reddish brown and hazy in appearance. Head is spotty and thin, and leaves a bit of lace down the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with hints of vanilla and caramel.

The flavor's not bad, though at first it reminded me more of a Scottish Ale than a dubbel. Sweet up front, with a caramel/molasses malt profile. This develops a biscuity character mid-palate, and finishes a little thin in the hop department, only to develop a lightly roasty character in the aftertaste. A bit of spiciness in the finish is the most you'll see of the alcohol.

Medium bodied and well carbonated for the impression of a crisp mouthfeel. There doesn't seem to be much *there* to the flavor profile at first, but it gets significantly better as the beer warms. In the end, I'm actually rather fond of it -- not the best dark Belgian ale I've had (and I'd actually classify this as a *strong* dark Belgian ale, given its 8% ABV). But not at all bad, either. Yum.

mzwolinski, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick, a deep maroon with no head to speak of but left a tiny ring of red lace around the top.

Heavy smell of dates, molasses and some chocolate. If served at room temperature I'm sure this would've been better.

After the first swallow I immediately tasted the sweet malt and dark fruit followed by cloves and hints of maybe pepper.

Heavy feeling on the tongue especially with the latent alcohol burn. Not a "chewy" beer but very nice flavors and I liked the afterburn, nice warming feeling. I'll have this again.

Ahhdball, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a rubbish brew with a huge head with lasting retention. I very much enjoyed the aroma of roastiness and of spice. Body is quite strong with some good carbonation. Taste is very good with an almost perfect match of spice and malts. I am still very impressed by the way those Belgian beer can include such a high level of ABV in such a subtle way. To me, this is as good as Chimay Bleu.

Phyl21ca, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strong brown ale (dubbel) pours with a fluffy head that falls fairly quickly leaving little "clouds" of foam and nice lace along the sides of my LaTrappe glass. It has a very intriguing lighlty musty aroma laced with dark fruits such as plums. This beer has a very soft mouthfeel and a fairly light body with a hint of dark rum-like flavors accented with sugary caramel bits. There's a dash of bitterness in the finish, which is dry, but over fairly quickly. Could be a little more complex. A rather quaffable Belgian beer until its strength catches up with you.

marcobrau, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome hazy deep brown beer with hints of red. Large, tight tan coloured head. A good looking beer.

Dark sugar, fruits and yeast in the nose. Hint of alcohol. Lots of different things happening in the aroma of this beer, so it's to be inhaled again and again.

Lively and spritely on the tongue from carbonation and some spiciness. Lots of fruit (raisin/plum) and malt. Cloves and pepper. Just like the nose, lots of things happening in the flavour of this beer.

Worth savouring, nicely done.

TerryW, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of Andreji
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice belgian brew I had in my 'dégustation' session at the manneken pis.

Pour is dark and completely opaque, in a very dark caramel fashion. The smell, very perceivable hints its style with a complex fruityness and wheatyness, aged and blended in a proper manner.

So's the taste. Rich body, fruit notes all over yith a slight carbonation sneaking in between to compliment it in a very pleasant way. The rich body doesnt impede having quite a few though. Very nice brew.

Andreji, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red maroon color with an enormous light tan head that leaves abosulte carnage for lace on the glass. Most lace I've seen in a long time. Aromas of plums, figs, anise, chocolate, molasses and a slight yeast hint hit me. Very complex and gets more so as the beer warms and opens up.

Taste is is somewhat aggressive and spicy with so some clove hins to go with the alcohol and malt flavor. Don't get any hop bitterness except very faint lingering bitterness on the finish.
Only issue that I have with the beer is somewhat grating or minerally-like gritty taste, almost as unfiltered mineral water was used. Have to drink another bottle or two to ensure its not just a bad bottle (timeout) Nope still found that mineral-like taste.
Only distraction from what I view as a pretty tasty beer and treu to Dubbel style

CRJMellor, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange hued brown with a thick tan head. Outstanding lace drapes the glass as I drink.

Hints of chocolate, malt, and spice greet the nose with a soft how do you do? I really like the aroma of this beer.

There is a slight roasted malt character with a light spice chaser. There is no hop flavor in this brew which is okay. I think hop flavor would work but it is not necessary.

This beer is silky smooth in the mouth with not a hint of the 8% alcohol it contains. There is a subtle dry finish that leaves you wanting more of this delicious beverage.

This is an absolutely drinkable beer that seems very versatile. I could drink this beer anytime of the year--as a winter warmer, a greeter of spring, a nice summer patio beer, or an autumnal reveler.

filabrazilia, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown pour with a smallish tan head. The nose has a nice range of aromas from chocolate to molasses down to earthy & spicey notes. There is also a bready quality in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly lively and full with plenty of bubbliness. The taste starts dull and earthy and then heads towards a sweeter medium body. Highlighted by chocolate and spice the beer bends toward a dry finish with a nice alcohol warmth. A pleasant drinking experience.

Popsinc, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, ruby-amber pour with a voluminous (and tenacious), light-tan whipped-cream head. Recedes to floating dollops... Lace everywhere!
Smell: Boom: big alcohol bang on the old beak. Sweet malt, pleasant whiff of butter/banana. Spicy, licorace, dark/dried fruits.
Taste: Sweet malt start, tingly alcohol/yeast/carbonation at the top, smokey bitter-dry finish still allows essence of dried fruits and a pleasant mustiness to linger in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a pleasant lightness. Tight, tingly carbonation. Less alcohol warmth than nose implied.
Drinkability: A nice room temp sipper.

DagFishHead, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of dannyvee
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled in a duvel glass. color was deep burgundy/ brown with a creamy tan-white head. aromas of caramel and candy sugar. very complex taste with a nutty, malty sweetness. also hints of plum and a little toastyness. slightly bitter in the finish. the carbonation reminded me of duvel- overall a nice, complex brew a bit too much for a session, but a nice one-off.

dannyvee, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby “Duvel” bottle with best by date (12/2005: sampled 12/2003)
Aroma: Brown sugar with yeasty fruits. Some banana notes and spices round off a stylistic smell.
Appearance: Dark cloudy brown that showed some light at the edges. Whipped frothy brown head of a good finger and a half is starting to dry in the center. Looks like it will outlive me.
Flavor: The smell mirrors the taste, with the addition of even more molasses and long roasted malt. Spices top the taste, mild pepper and clove. A dry bitter aftertaste last longer than it should.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. That dry aftertaste actually feels astringent. Makes my mouth feel like sandpaper after a taste.
Overall Impression: While the dry finish almost DEMANDS another drink to ease my parched tongue, the taste has me thinking water might be needed. This beer seems to be of a high quality, but it is rubbing me the wrong ways. Think I’ll stick to Chimay Red or La Trappe. Worth a try/review, but don’t think I’ll be hording this one.
After reading other reviews, and letting the beer warm a bit, I’m starting to appreciate it more, but I’m thinking I’m robbing the cradle a bit with this sample. Maybe I will buy a couple stubbys and let them take up some cellar space for a year or two.

HardTarget, Dec 03, 2003
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.