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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 115 | 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 sinistrsam
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Maredsous 8 had a beautiful golden amber color and a small light head. The lacing was very delicate and mild with the faintest hints of sweet fruits and yeast. The taste was outstanding, yeasty but not overpowering in terms of hoppiness or fruits. It finished dry and very tasty. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep garnet in color with a very tall tan head that dissipates in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace behind. Nose is a sweet brown sugar maltiness with some smoky and herbal aromas in the background. Taste begins with some fruity notes of plums and candied sugar followed by some biscuity and yeasty notes. Some estery and spicy alcohol rounds out the tasting. Even though the alcohol is noticeable, this is a fairly smooth beer—I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of stodbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep red/brown color. Very clear. Nice off white head that settles to about a 1/4 inch that hangs out the entire glass.

Aroma is spicy, dark fruit, and just a hint of roastiness. Very nice aroma.

Flavor is more dark fruit, spice and roastiness. A fair amount of malt sweetness up front that finished with a hint of roast and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel is full and a nice, prickly carbonation.

Overall, very good. I'm enjoying this.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown with a creamy tan head. Lacing all over the glass.

Smells great. The smell of the Belgian yeast against a malty backdrop is very inticing. Can smell a hint of fruit and alcohol.

Lots of upfront flavor and finishes very clean. Some caramel highlights and plenty of sweet malt in the favor. A slight fruitiness and some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Body is as expected. Nice and full and satisfying, perfect for the style.

Very nice to drink. Good to sit and mellow out with.

Photo of EMV
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Dubbel from Belgium pours an attractive dark chocolate brown, with ample foamy head that dissipated over several minutes. It's an attractive looking brew, and the aroma smells strongly of yeast, with the high alcohol content also detectable to the nose. There isn't nearly as much of a fruity/citrusy smell as compared to most of the other belgian dark's that I have sampled.

The taste itself strongly reflects the malts, and there's a nice hoppy bitterness to the aftertaste (and I concur with other reviewers that it feels quite cleansing). Like the smell, there isn't nearly the fruity/citrusy/sweet taste that a lot of darks share... which really allows the malts to shine through, and this isn't a bad thing, although it does take away from the complexity of the taste. It's drinkability is great, with high carbonation, and a few of these can really hit the spot. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 330ml bottle (fat squat bottle Duvel Moortgat uses) poured into hotel room glass. Glass wasn't appropriate size, so I had to fill it twice.

Appearance: Deep brown, with pillowy tank head. The head was composed of medium-sized cells, and dissipated over a 5 minute period.

Smell: Smells of Belgian yeast. Aroma brought Trois Pistoles to mind.

Taste: Chocolate, raisins, nice sweet tastes with the malty background.

Notes: Nice to have tried it, wouldn't mind it again, but won't search it out.

Photo of Nesued
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown appearance, lasting head, nice lacing that remains affixed to the goblet.

Smell: A bit of a citrus smell (if I'm correct in my identification). A bright aroma overall, very refreshing.

Taste: Very mild, smooth flavor with no noticable powerful impact of a particular presence.

Mouthfeel: Overarching "carbonation" feel. A previous review identified a "cleansing" feel, I can concur with that as a good descriptor.

Drinkability: 8% Alc/Vol leaves the potential for "multiple servings per sitting". I was given one as a gift (with a set of three other belgians). If I was given a more, I would have indeed contined drinking these.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Squat brown bottle which feels particularly heavy for its size.

Appearance: Dark brown with no trace of red, unlike most brown ales of the style (which I don't believe to be a true 'dubbel' - it's only so because it's midway between the enkel and the tripel). Moderate to good head retention, lots of papery lacing, creamy head from the constant carbonation rising to the surface.

Smell: Complex and very vinous. Solvent alcohol is striking, but not singular - its is muddied into a warming, sweetish aroma by a mix of smells. Dark malt, stone fruit, toffee.

Taste: Very full-bodied - acidic on the palate, with a very lasting flavour. Traces of date, sweet dark malts and even citrus (orange) zest. Tastes like it would pair ideally with a roast or a stew - I had it with risotto and that was a perfect match too.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and somehow cleansing - strips the mouth of food etc, like a detergent - but a pleasant feeling in the mouth, particularly good as an accompaniment to food.

Drinkability: Very strong and very heavy - slows you down and fills you up, and would thus not be appropriate as a session beer! One or two would be very nice on a cold night lke tonight though.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
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 +0.7%
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 -3.2%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 -12.9%
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 -7.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +1.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.5%
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 -29.5%
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 -6.5%
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,

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