Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 100 | 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 Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +0.5%
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...

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -0.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
2.9/5  rDev -28%
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
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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%
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 -4.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came after two in a row that I had to pour, so it didn't have much to overcome. Nice surprise. Pours a copper color with moderate head and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly spicy with caramel, banana, and clove. Nice. The flavor was some slight caramel and banana, but very subdued. The flavor didn't have any 'punch' that I expected. Very plain. Not bad, but just kind of there.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head pours 4 fingers over the 2 fingers of beer. The beer smells divine after the last two that I've had. There is a sweet caramel covered banana with nice spicey tones in the background. Amen. Not as bad as the last two. The flavor is actually somewhat plain. I get hints of banana, some burnt caramel and a spicey note from the yeasties. Nice beer. The feel is moderate, with some creamies. I like it. Drinkability is nice on this one as well. I find it smooth and very pleasing. Good beer.

Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick head that sticks to the sides, has a root beer color, and no haze or cloudiness.
Does not have a significant smell with a hint of undetermined spices.
The taste has hints of a caramel malt, spicy hops, and crisp carbonation.
Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy not real flat with a spicy caramel background taste.
Drinkability is smooth with the same slightly spicy caramel after taste that gives this a crisp finish.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Abstract red squares and triangles against a black background. 750 mL 1 Pint 9.40 oz. Matured for 2 months. Of course 8% ABV, and recommended 5-10 Celsius.

Perfect pour into me apropos Duvel glass. A mountain of meringue head cap. Two inches of concrete cap antique white that has a small volcano in the center where the pour fell. A dark reddish and coppery yet somewhat clear (first pour) with a fountain of carbonation running up the middle of the etched D. Head cap sticks like it is glued to the glass. Second pour contained some yeasty haze.

Spiciness jumps out with doughy yeastiness blended in. Fruit scents of dates and dried apricots.

First Swigs: Smooth dark fruit cornucopia of red grapes, figs, and a lingering aftertaste of mixed sugars. Feel is intertwined and ingrained with the flavor. A tight carbonation allows the flavor to be focused. A bit of fresh bread dough and airy woody flavor. Detectable soft root beer notes. Other notes worthy of mentioning are sugar candy and caramel notes. Feel is overall soft like melted ice cream.

Last Swigs: Turbinado brown sugar and tight carbonation. Temperature is everything with this one. A bit of a one trick pony for me. Maybe my expectations were held too high for top-notch Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV. Forked over $6.25 at Circle Liqors in Ewing NJ. Pretty cheap for a 750 mL 8%’er. Worth trying, but if you never get it, life will go on.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was from a 750ml bottle. It poured a deep brown to mahogany color. Very cloudy/hazy with a thick tan head. The drink left a thick sheen of the tan head as a lace. The aroma is malty richness with hints of sweet fruit like cherries, figs and blackberries. The taste has a brief tartness mixed with the malt sweetness. This would have a heavy mouth feel if the alcohol did not cut it. Instead it has a creamy and slick character. Pretty well balanced as the hops do come through towards the end of the drink. Not my favorite dubbel, as I think the alcohol is to forward, but still a fine representation of the style.

Photo of beerceller99
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl. bottle with a 12-2005 drink by date. Pours a cloudy garnet hue with a thin but persistent head. Leaves an incredible lacing on the glass. Smell is a funky orange chocolate. The taste is an acrid, bittersweet caramel, metallic alcohol flavor. Finishes dry with an alcohol kick.
This brew had a taste of the bottle cap which ruined it for me, too bad.

Photo of Paddez
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, brown brew with a medium sized, thick head.
The smell contains some hints of coffee, caramel and dark fruits. Almost stout-like. Taste is very complex, with mostly the same elements of the smell: sweet with dark fruits, chocolate and burned sugar. The carbonation and mouthfeel are good and the 8° Alc. is well hidden indeed. A very tasty beer and one of the best dubbels I've had so far. Highly recommended!

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stright 4's across the board. Had this beer on tap at the Toronado in September, 2004. Poured with a huge haed as the barkeep had to dump the top of the beer several times. Smells of dark fruits. Almost candied fruits. Maybe like grandma's fruitvake. I sensed cherries, plums, maybe even prunes? The lace just stayed forever within the sides of my glass. Finished with a kind of coffee or dark chocolate kind of taste. Hazelnut?? Maybe espresso? Something a bit different. A sweet beer, but easy to drink. A very good beer. 8%??? Didn't have a clue. Felt like about 5% at the time. But, I feel it now after two of them.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very boozy aroma and taste with some dark beer behind it. Like hard liquor. Can I have a vodka instead with some root beer? Some nut and chocolate taste. Some hops. But not some more. Aggressive plum, dark malts there. Its drinkable, but before you call it a night.

Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Dubbel! Pours from a nice looking bottle a murky reddish-brown. Nice foamy head that lasts and lasts, and bands of lace that form with every sip. Smells of dried fruits, cherry especially. Tastes of black cherry, with a rather medicinal quality and an essence of clove. I'm not crazy about the carbonation (seems a bit fizzy to me), although that subsides as the beer warms. I get a nice warming feeling, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

All in all, not a pretty good beer, but I'm not sure it's worth the $2+ I spent for it...

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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