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Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maredsous 8. Served in its own glassware.

Dark reddish chestnut color with a coat of lace film from a depleted head of light tan. Looks regal.

Mild notes of grape and plum with light phenols pushing fruity medicinals to the nose. Has a near caramel malt backbone with enough Belgian yeast pizzazz to confound you.

Malty raisin, plum, and fresh fig hovers over surfacing alcohol and rosewater. Characteristically earthy with barley grain and steeped nuttiness among other yeasty esters. Has mild sweetness and a slight tobacco note that accents the husky malts. Phenols are bigger now and there is a plastic-y note that I could pass on.

Lighter in body than one would expect, but still retains a velvety smoothness. The light, but perky, carbonation aids this.

A well-to-do dubbel, for style. Well-balanced and supple. Booziness is kept at-bay, for the most part.

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Photo of Tebuken
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown colored beer with some copper flashes.Its foam is not very compact and doesn´t last long.

S- Chocolate and red fruits aroma,some raisings are also present, very complex.

T- Roasted malts ,coffe and vanilla , some yeasty and toffy hints, its alcohol is easily perceived but it is not unpleasant or overpowering the others flavor hues.Bitterness comes along the way fading as the sip ends.It has a dark chocolate finish.

M- Big bodied with a silky mouthfeel.

O- Some kind of licquor beer, very well suited for winter time.

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Photo of JanetCDavis
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into porter glass. Caramel color with 1" head. Nice color for a brown ale. Ok smell, surprisingly lemony at first. Also some notes of cedar. Much better with a sharp cheese than a mild one. Great with a Manchego. Not as creamy as I would expect.

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with a medium head. Nondescript smell. Strong, peat taste. Creamy finish in the mouth, starting out with strong malt flavor but ending up with with a nice bitter edge. Definitely (as you would expect) not a light, refreshing summer beer, but very good on a cold night. Great with Manchego! Not bad.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cola brown with an almost yellow head.

S: Smacks of prunes/dates/dried figs and butter of all things. My friend can smell canola spread.

T: Bitterness and cinnamony Coca Cola are the first discernable flavours. As it warms I get the classic Belgian prunes and dried figs but none of the laquer/nail varnish like in bigger Belgian ales. Almost at room temperature and rhubarb is really punching through. Bread pudding also springs to mind. In fact it's doughy. The fruitiness is very residual, leaving a lovely long aftertaste. Red wine because quite perceptible then.

M: Frothy and light. Lets it down.

O: Initially somewhat unrefined but opened up as it warmed. It was probably best at just below room temperature. Never been bowled over by the dubbel style and this was no exception. Great flavour but too light and frothy for my liking.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque mud brown that looks quite red/amber in the light. Has an excellent two-fingers of creamy beige head that slowly quiets down and leaves a perfect 1/4-inch gloppy, spotty, clingy cap of suds. Decent retention and beautiful lacing.

Fresh and clean. Sweet and warm on the whole. Really pronounced smell of dark fruits and doughy yeast. Tad of spiciness but not too intense.

Light vaguely sweet and refreshing. Under-ripe cherries and wet grass hit you up front before a nutty, creamy yeast taste that finishes it off (with the tiniest bump of hop bitterness).

Crisp and really good pronounced carbonation. Medium body and creamy on the whole. Lots of different blasts of fruit, earth and spices mixed with the slightest detectable warm, sloppy booziness.

Excellent beer. Wow. It has all the things that make a really strong beer good, but is super drinkable and (with an ABV of 8%) is relatively sessionable. Gorgeous. The head is neither too intense nor non-existent. The beer packs a lot of flavor but it is all so well-balanced that you hardly notice how much is going on. Really well-constructed beer. Would definitely drink again.

Also, take into consideration the temperature. I really enjoyed it the more it warmed up. Take it out of the fridge a decent while before drinking!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut, cloudy body; medium head

Aroma: Malty; hints of chocolate

Taste: Malty; coffee-like; sweet to bitter finish; good balance between sweet and bittier; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the caged, corked 650 ml. bottle stamped: MBR00901C1-01/07/13-01352. Sampled on June 9. 2013 so it is a few months old.

It pours a perfect looking ruby red-brown with a soft, delicate beige head that lingers and laces gently along the side of the Abbey goblet.

The aroma is vibrant with Belgian toasted malts, Belgian candied sugar, yeast, dark dried fruit, coriander, and clove. Absolutely luscious to smell.

The body is quite creamy and bold with a slight astringency. The body seems to be the weakest aspect of this fine beer.

The taste roars back and gains back my confidence in this beer with its dark fruit, dark malts, and sweet character. But there is this kind of moderate bitterness that sneaks up on the backside resulting in a fine balance. By far one of the top Dubbels I have ever had.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: snifter

Appearance: Dark red, ruby coloured with a tiny beige head.
Smell: Red fruits mixed with its strong maltiness.
Taste: Strong hops, finished with a caramel flavour, dry. It has a nice solid complexity.
Mouthfeel: Malty feel and highly carbonated.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into tulip.

A Hazy ruby. Thin tan head. Lacing follows down.

S Thick malts, this hits hard. Sugar. Chocolate. Carmel.

T Very malty. Initial sweetness gives way to a spicy flavor. Red pepper. Cloves. Slight boozy aftertaste.

M Thick and chewy.

O Good beer. Defiantly European. By which I mean they are not trying to knock your head off with a bitter kick. That being said, still too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33 mL bottle, bottle conditioned. Freshness date good through 2015. Poured a large crowning 2-3 fingers of creamy off-white head showed really strong retention and lacing. Colour is a dark ruby brown, some light getting through.

S- red fruits, cherry, a whiff of tobacco, sweet caramel, quite a bit of maltiness coming through. Warming with some pepper and hearty yeast coming through. Some tropical fruit thrown in there as well. Nice to see it open up with some lighter fruity spice notes. Could lose yourself in here.

T- spicy-sweet off the start, dry raisin fruitiness, dry rum alc-spice toward end. Woody pepper spice, slight lemon. Some cherry and cranberry fruitiness, dry oakiness. Slight spiciness and tart lemons and cloves, and some shallow roasty notes. Finish is sticky caramel malt, dry. Warms really nicely and shows quite a solid complexity.

M- really fully malty feel, highly carbonated, a bit high imo, and I couldn't shake a feeling of a slightly watery feel on the back, with a roasty malt feel upfront. It gave a bit of a refreshing prickle and then a warming and slightly cloying end.

This beer looks good, smells pretty good, the mouthfeel let me down a bit. To be sure, it is a really good beer, but I maybe expected touch more complexity coming through and a more satisfying mouthfeel. It has a lot of flavour, but I would not characterize it as 'rich' per say. A good double, and refreshing but there are better examples.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red brown in color with a strong off brown and foamy head.

The aroma is mostly of brown malts, some phenols, fairly clean in the aroma, some nice notes of pepper, spice, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Strong biscuit like malt flavors, very malty, toffee, a little bit of ripe fruit, spicy and clove like phenols.

Medium/full body, high in carbonation.

A great example of what brown malts can do in a beer without needing to be roasted or dark. I like the brown malts paired with the phenols.

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Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown color, rubyedges. Light brwon colored foa, quite good and compact.
In the smell candy fruit, cherry in alcohol, candy sugar, but without crossing the border to the exaggerated sweetness.
In the mouth malt, candy sugar, red fruitiness, and a bit of spiciness in the end. Overall, the belgian yeast.
Pleasant beer, very belgian, round and balanced.

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Photo of seydou
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown, less opaque at the bottom of the glass, and an inch of head that quickly dissipates into just a touch on top.

Smells rich, like a medium-bodied Belgian, but not one of overly-alcohol. Maybe just a bit sweet.

Super bright on the first taste.

This is weird to describe, but the taste changes quite a lot from the first taste to the aftertaste, which lingers quite a bit (and maybe just a tiny unpleasant) - very beery, but not the good beery. I like it, but don't love it. Nice and sparkly on the palate though.

Overall, the aftertaste kind of kills this for me. It just doesn't taste that nice and has an overt tone of beer (I realize how ridiculous that sounds) and not of the other flavors that similar darker Belgians have for me.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml stubby bottle with pry-off cap poured in a pilsener glass. This was from a gift pack with ceramic goblet.

Dark brown and hazy. Dark beige head is big and foam, about an inch on the pour. Lots of intricate lacing down the sides.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. Rock candy, raisiins, prunes, malts and light sweet-grass hops.

Malty and sweet with just a touch of yeasty twang.

Medium bodied with tight little pin-prick carbonation.

This is probably my favourite of the three in this gift pack. Give it a try!

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Photo of Arno
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top.
S: caramelised sweet raisin/figs followed by a very wheaty, bit sour, smell.
T: Caramel, ripe dark red fruits like fig. finishes of with a licorice like dry finish. Lingers nicely with a light bitter.
M: Light to Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O: Nice beer. It's like a light porter. Mellow and fresh.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours brown with a large tannish head. Not very cloudy, but a substantial amount of the beer is still in the bottle, so any sediment is still in the bottle, too. Smell is spicy and yeasty.

Taste is fruity but mild, yeasty. Slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, I like this beer.

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Photo of magine
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red edges. Tons of bubbles make up a dense fluffy light tan head. Dense head sits like a pillw the whole session. Great lace - great looks.

Brew smells of all dark fruit; grapes, figs, berries etc. Some barley as well. A sweet and sour mix in the nose. Some boozy flavors as well. Good nose.

Brew tastes creamy and has a nice peppy spice in the middle before rounding down to a smooth malty finish. Good dark fruits; both bitter, sour and semi sweet flavors come out. Brew finishes semi dry. Good balance of flavors, feel and appearance. Very good brew.

Brew tastes good has full body and had the looks you want in this type of brew. This is a very good take on the style.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 01/07/13 - I assume "best by" date.

A: Pours a nice medium rustic brown. Huge foamy light brown head adorns it. Fades slowly, leaving big tufts of airy, fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Strong raisin and fig with a bit of toffee. Caramel and brown sugar. Raisins are a bit tart smelling.

T: Lots of raisin, fig, plum, maybe even grape? Loaded with dark fruits for sure. Turns into a sort of earthy, stale bread in the middle. Finishes with lots of earth and spices and then a hint of brown sugar in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly a little thin for 8% ABV.

O: Strange. Lots of dark fruit and then it just falls flat on it's face. Has a kind of plain-jane blandness to it. It's not bad, not bad at all. Just oddly thin and simple, not what I expect from this brewery.

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

ABV 8%
Bottle of 330 ml at home, poured into a chalice, after letting it warm up a bit. It gave me one and a half fingers of beige head, with average retention and I mean by that that biggest part of the foam went away but a quite thick layer of it stayed on the surface. Heavy lacing around the glass. What I really liked was the colour, very very deep bruin, it looked almost black while sitting on the table and no light was held agianst it.
Aroma: When I opened the bottle I smelled some dark fruits. Now that the beer sits in the glass, I smell caramel and roasted malts mostly and less than before the fruits. An excellent aroma.
The roasted malts are very notable on the taste too, one could say that they overtake any other element of the beer's flavour. Slighty bitter though, leaves behind an iron aftertaste. Reminded me faintly of Guiness and the fact that the alcohol is so finely concealed surely help. It's like you're drinking a beer with at least 3% less alcohol.
A full, thick body, with a light amount of carbonation.
It's been a while since I had the other two of the Maredsous family. but I don't remember them impressing me as much as this one. A really great beer and as it warms up becomes better, has now got rid of the metallic aftertaste and it goes down very smoothly. I will recommend and buy again.

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Photo of klukoff
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle so I cannot much speak to the appearance of this regal animal, beyond a bottle that looks like its seeped in tradition.
S - Like a loaf of German pumpernickel bread that's been in the cabinet a little while, a rich grainy smell. My favorite aspect of this beer.
T - Like it smells, very bready. Bitter, but without the kick of hops in an IPA. Bitters concentrated in the front of my mouth and then lathered across the rest of my tastebuds. Taste lingers for a long time.
M - This is where I had the most trouble with this beer. It's hand-crafted by authentic God-fearing Belgian monks in a stone abbey according to 12th century tradition into a rich liquid. Too rich for my tastes, I took one sip and realized this is going to be a long beer. If, God forbid, they let me run the show, I'd lighten things up. Why so serious, Maredsous?

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Photo of mikeg67
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours amber with a short-lived, white head and much lacing. Aroma is of raisins, plums, caramel malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is dark fruit, spices, toffee and brown sugar. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my St. Bernardus over-sized wine glass.

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top. Lots of visible carbonation clinging to the edges of the rounded glass.

S: Raisins, plums, and sweet semi-roasted malts emminent at a moderate volume from my glass.

T: Taste follows the nose. Raisins prominent, as are figs, dates, and other "dark fruits". A dry sweetness arrives near the end, and it finishes mildly bready/yeasty and dry. A touch of sour lemon on the back end gives it a little character.

M: Light and dry, great carbonation, great creaminess in the mouth. Very well done.

D/O: This beer went through phases for me in the glass. Cold, I liked it. As it began to warm, I thought the raisin-like flavors were overpowering, and although I didn't dislike it, I wasn't loving it. Over time, as it continued to warm, others flavors like that of dates and cinnamon began to catch up, and I really started to enjoy it again.

I would definitely consider buying this by the keg, but only if the price was such that it was less than other Quads (like La Trappe) or Dubbels (like Westmalle) that I prefer more.

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Photo of mariome
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. Its has an intense caramel looks and a long lasting generous head. It smells good but not as powerful as expected in this kind of strong beer.

The taste is really good and lasting. It has tones of spices and hops give it strong but agreable bitternes.

Overall this is a very good duvel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice thick white head leaves tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing and bit of sour. Sweet malt, fruit with a distinct cherry component, Belgian spice. Dry finish. Light to medium bodied. A very pleasant dubbel.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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