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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 Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.12/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Paddez
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber-ruby color. It is topped by a mid-sized creamy light brown head. The aroma is redolent of dark fruity notes of raising, fig, and plum. It also has aromatic notes of brown sugar, and rum, it almost smells like a rich fruitcake. It is lightly sweet up front, which turns into a rich fruity maltiness, and finishes with a bit of yeast driven spiciness. As it warms up a bit the fruity notes of plum and raisin are joined by notes evocative of apple cider. Has a certain lightness to it, despite it's rich flavors, and is quite effervescently carbonated as well. This beer is actually fairly dry, despite my first impressions. The nose is a bit richer, and a tad more enjoyable than the taste.

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

On tap from Charlie Hoopers in the Brookside area, served in a chalice. Reviewed from notes.

Seemed to be a deep crimson color, but it was looked out in a dimly lit bar. Very little head retension. Some earthy aromas in there, but the one that I noticed most was a fruity aroma, almost like a cranberry.

Cloves come out in the flavor, along with some darker fruits. A sweetness to it, with a mild spiciness hidden in the back. The malts caught my attention up front, but there did seem to be some hops in there to taste, too. Smooth and crisp feel to it.

I really enjoyed this one. It's unfortunate that I've yet to find it anywhere closer, but it would be worth the occasional trip back. Unfortunately, it was the only beer on-tap that wasn't $2.50 on $2.50 draft night.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color with a very thick fluffy caramel colored head, which leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Malt and fruit odors are what is most noticable, with a slight hint of hops and grains, almost a grassy smell.

Nice roasted malt flavor to this beer, with a nice crisp aftertaste. This beer had a nice clove taste to it, but it doesnt overwhelm the other flavors. Nice use of fruit without overdoing it . This beer almost tastes like you are eating a nice dessert and drinking coffee. Sweet, and tart at the same time, good balance.

Overall this is a good dubbel, one of the better one's that I have had, and would certainly try it again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in my goblet. Huge amounts of head, tan and foamy, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Smell is of alcohol and faint raisins. Taste is not as good as other belgians I've had. Flavor is pretty one note, I expected a little more from the makers of duvel. Oh well, It''s still a good beer, but it leaves much tto be desired.

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

Poured a cloudy amber,nice thick meringue head, good retention, left puffs of foam on the side of glass as I drank it
smell: fruit and malt
taste: quite a bit of chocolate, hint of plum,
mouthfeel:light, bubbly, creamy
drinkability: very high, this was delicious! I'd never heard of this or tried it before, and I was quite impressed, it's like they mixed a great Belgian with a chocolate Stout, I will have this again!

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

Haven't really had a Maredsuous beer that i've disliked. This had a lot going for it. Chocolatey/caramelly, and reallly subtle and soft. Like an English mild, with a Belgian twist and 8%ABV!!! Subtle and delicious. Nothing wrong with this, faultless. I actually could drink a lot of these, everything seemed to be in the right place, strong, yet absolutely subtle, lightly spicy.

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Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep burgundy on the pour with an egg white head that rises and falls quickly. Thick sheet above the liquid, tons of lacing along my glass. Smell is strong and fruity sweet. Taste begins with vinous flavors of red grapes, plums, figs; they are very sweet yet complex in their own right. I detect a caramel sweetness as well. Yeast and alcohol lure in the background initially. Chocolate is down there even deeper. A spicyness comes through along with a slight hop flavor. The finish is where the yeast and alcohol really come through. Very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, this is a really engaging beer. I feel as if I could drink many of these in one sitting if not for the alcoholic strength. I had two, one refrigerated, one at near room temp. I would for sure go with drinking this beer at room temp.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer from this brewery that I have tried. Stubby 330ml bottle with a best before date of 06/2006. I wonder how old this beer is? Pours out a dark brown color with a big off white head that lasts. The smell is malty and spicey with hints of citrus. Smell is very powerful. Taste is crisp and clean. Complex but tastes a bit thin (I am just being picky). Hints of chocolate and malt come through. Nothing overpowering. Very effervesant. Taste stays with you for a long time. Alcohol notes come through in the end and aftertaste.

A great beer that is full of flavor and easy to drink. I love it.

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Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of bark
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of necoadam
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.