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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, spices, and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, yeast, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head on a clear amber body with scattered but thin lacing.

S: molasses, maple, yeast and dark fruits including fig, strawberry and sour cherry.

T: flavor is a little watered down. Smokey flavors, slightly tart dark fruits, caramel and light syrup.

M: thinner body than I want. Lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel this one was too thin without the yeast character I want. Aroma forebodes more than the taste yielded.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a small head of off white foam on a clear, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Smoot, lightly sweet malt with some burnt caramel and toffee notes in the background.

T - Dark brown sugar up front with some malty notes of dark bread. Sweet caramel, and a touch of molasses in the middle and a finish of caramel covered apples.

M - A moderately thick body, avage carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a well made dubbed that reminds me how subtle the yeast character should be in a properly made example of the style. Very drinkable, probably more so than any version brewed in the new world has managed to be.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Milltown. Not really sure about the vintage. Looks and smells like a good Dubbel. Dark body with a white head. Smell is loaded with more raisins, figs, and plums than cherries but the cherries are there. Less boozy smelling than the others. At first it tastes exactly like Westmalle Dubbel, but the yeast really came out as I drank it, and i didnt like it. I wanted more cherries and fruits, and less like eating a yeast packet.

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

750 best before 15/02/14.
Pours fairly dark but still slightly transparent ruby red. A big fluffy off white head sits atop this brew. Amazing head retention.
Lots of bread and brown sugar sweetness and of course some dark fruits round out the nose.
More breadiness and plenty of dark fruits here in the taste. There is a slight medicinal and sour tang going on.
Medium bodied and as smooth as possible for such a carbonated beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with hints of amber and ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger light tan head which slowly recedes into a patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Huge aroma of dark fruits leaps out from the glass. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper spices. Big hints of dark grapes, raisins, prunes, fig, and dark cherry. Some hints of roasted malts and wheat grains. A little bit of candied sugar. Some rum like alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: An interesting contrast to the aroma. The malt elements are a lot stronger here. Starts out with some Belgian yeast and the clove and pepper spices. Solid taste of dark fruits with notes of rum soaked raisins, grapes, prunes, cherry, and fig. Along with that is a fairly big taste of roasted malts. Has some noticeable notes of chocolate and coffee. This kind of tastes like a combination of a bock and Dubbel. Light earthy hop taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly juicy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty version of a Dubbel. The dark fruits and dark malts play off each other well.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date, but best before 2009. I am prepared for anything.

Hazy red brown body with bits of sediment. Offwhite head that receded pretty quickly.

Leathery plum nose, with traces of soy sauce.

Buckets of fruit, sweet at first, but ends up pretty dry. Kinda warming finish, but nothing that old has any business being boozy, so it's not hot. Plum, prune-- but the taste kinda thins out on the finish. Pretty neat.

Feel is sub-par. Still has fizz for being old, but thin otherwise.

Nice dubbel, and weathered the years decently.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany under a pillowy khaki head that lasts and lasts lacing the glass nicely as i drink.

Im not getting much off the nose but a hint of malty raisins with a follow of mild bitterness bordering on sour.

Its not nearly as sweet as i had anticipated. This isnt a bad thing, just different than i had expected. Almost a prune bitterness to it. Belgians are typically driven by either their fruit hints or the herbs/spices present in the finish. In this case its that prune fruit flavour that drives this beer. Theres amalt underneath and a bittering finish that combine to mask the 8%aliens/gods/whatever quite well.

Highly carbonated but deceptively smoothe and clean on the palatte for its size.

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Photo of Scotsman
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is best when available from the tap but it is still great in the bottle. This is such a great beer and very consistent. It was a staple at my favorite European style bar here in the states. It has fruity notes and no bitterness. It is amber to slightly dark with a little head. Very refreshing.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Maredsous goblet.

A: Clear brown body under a finger of fine tan head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Raisin, plum, toffee, marzipan, and alcohol. Very sweet, fruity, and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, but with more emphasis on the malt and less on the fruitiness. Good balance of sweetness and booziness, but a little short of being impressive.

M: Ultra lively, bubbly, frothy, explosive. Overcarbonated, plain and simple.

O: Enjoyable but not memorable.


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Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: pours a nice medium brown; slight haze; good head with big suds; hint of red like a plum

Aroma: fruitiness, hint of grapes; some coffee, banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium-heavy carbonation; not as sweet as expected, nice lightly bitter finish; hint of roasted coffee; cherry notes; medium body

Overall: complex flavour and well balanced with good mouthfeel - a great all around beer

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz draft, served in a chalice @ O’Bannon’s Taphouse, College Station, TX

A: The pour produces a hazy reddish-brown body with lighter ruby highlights; the body is topped off with an off-white, slightly rocky head about a good finger and a half deep; head retention is solid, and nice patterns of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

S: Pleasing malty aromas dominate the nose at the start – dark malts, dark fruits (raisin, plum, cherry); some sugary sweetness, like a caramel note; bready and yeasty with a bit of peppery spice on the tail end of the nose.

T: A wealth of dark, bready maltiness – brown bread, slightly burnt breakfast toast and toasted nuts, interspersed with flashes of dark fruits ranging from prunes to raisins to cherries; a second push of sweetness comes as the dark fruits transition through a wave of caramel and molasses before giving away to a buttery, nutty flavor; the spicy notes from the nose kick through to the finish, partly from the Belgian yeast and partly from the alcohol that begins to perk up with a bit of a peppery blast. Nice complexity.

M: A nice slickness across the tongue; medium-bodied, with enough carbonation to keep the body from feeling too heavy, but moderate enough to compliment some of the heavier, complex dark fruit and malt characteristics.

O: A pleasant Belgian dubbel and one that packs a hidden punch as the alcohol is not prominent on the palate, but it makes its presence known through a gradually rising warming sensation deep within. Definitely a beer to savor, as more than a glass or two will have you firmly in the alcohol’s grip. What we have is a quality Belgian dubbel, on par with the likes of those offered by St. Bernardus. This is made even better by the fact that it is Wednesday night at O’Bannon’s, and that means half-price Pint Night, so this $8 beer is now only $4 – and you cannot beat that!

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

rich rich dubbel. pours last last possible shade of red before it becomes a velvety chocolate brown color, nice lathery white head. smells like sweet toffee and malts, almost like a heathbar cookie, molasses, and a aromatic belgian yeast. flavor is also very complex and layered, with that same toffee tone and a delicate dried fruit sweetness. the yeast is the shiny penny in this beer though, huge bouquet reminds me of late summer, slightly tart and dry too. feel is lovely, good carbonation, fuller body, and a very well hidden alcoholic element. just picking up a bit of warmth as it goes down and settles. this is a great beer on tap, ive heard mixed reviews about the bottled version, but my specimen was exceptional.

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Photo of jonb5
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into Leffe chalice. Dark mahogany colour, medium tanned head, hazy clung to the side of the glass. Smelled rasins and grape. Tasted notes of red wine, had strong hints of dark chocolate, long slightly bitter finish the 8%abv was well hidden. Smooth texture. Good beer but needs ageing to reach it's full potential.

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Photo of Merkur
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a good amount of foamy off white head.

Beer smells very richly of dried fruit and raisons. A bit malty as well.

Taste follows the nose very closely. Slightly sweet and very malty.

Beer is a bit thin on the mouthfeel. It could have been a bit more thick

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Photo of jneiswender
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. Served on tap in a brewery wine goblet.

Poured a murky brown body and an off white head. Smells very vinous. Tastes wine like as well. Jolly Rancher candy malt flavor. Very light on the palate.

Okay. Not a bad beer by far but I just don't get that much complexity beyond a very wine like flavor.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourse a clar dark brown with reddish/purple highlights. A tan head large tan head forms and leaves plenty of lacing. The head recedes rather quickly to a thin head that never leaves.

Smell is of dark fruit and rum. Yeast and booze are present as well. A malty molasses and some spice round out the aroma. Wow, I am in for a treat.

Tasty is malty, fruity, with some more nutty malt in the middle. A slight earthy bitter aftertaste finishes the flavor.

Texture has some bite from the alcohol, but not too much. Plenty of carbonation for the medium bodied beer makes this pretty drinkable.

A very complex smell that isn't followed up in the flavor. Still a very excellent beer, one I would gladly drink and recommend.


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Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 16/2/12

A hazy dark amber with a short lived large beige foam that ends up with a thick film that leaves random patches of lace

S raisins, plum and brewers candy with some spice, yeast and booze

T a little toned down from the smell with less spice and candy, some apple I didn't smell, a little faint but decent

M a little thinner then expected, slightly foamy and a little heat from the booze

O not a bad beer but missing something to put it up there with the truly great brews

I didn't mind this brew but I wasn't blown away by any aspects, I think you could buy better beer with less money

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

BB 03 2014

Beer is dark amber, fairly red in colour. Decent-sized beige head, thick and solid looking. Head dissipates at a moderate pace, but leaves behind a pretty substantial film. A bit of lacing.

A very fruit-filled smell. Lots of raisin, grape, plum. Some cherry. Brown sugar is strong as well, accompanied by Belgian yeast. Quite pungent. Nice smell, fairly typical for a dubbel but good.

Taste is not quite as strong as the smell, but is very similar and still good. The dark fruit is still the strongest element. Quite sweet, with brown sugar flavours. Like the nose, I would say a good example of a standard dubbel. No tricks, but none needed.

Pretty high carbonation level, but it works for the beer. Medium bodied.

Overall, a tasty beer and a very faithful example of the style: almost the archetype of a dubbel. There are better dubbels out there for sure, but there is really nothing wrong about this one. Good in every respect.

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Photo of matjack85
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving served in its own Mardseus glass for $8.

The beer poured a clear crimson red color with a 2½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes and left very good lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Toffee and brown sugar aroma with a mix of figs and plums.

Lots going on in here. At first you get a sweet toffee and brown sugar flavor, but then it turns more bready and fruity with a plum, red grape, and tart cherry taste. I also pick up a little bit of licorice flavor. There's even a bit of earthy hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice sipping beer to be enjoyed and savored.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Maredsous goblet at Durty Nellie's.

Yeah, paying cover sucks, but the stamp tonight is at least interesting... This stuff pours a clear mahogany topped by a bit less than a finger of cream-khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, brown sugar, light orange zest, toffee, and Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some clove, light cinnamon, honey, and very light cocoa. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery-style smooth feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going dubbel, something I could see throwing back a few times at the bar, but not necessarily something I would consider in the upper echelon of Belgian beers.

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

Appearance: Nice finger of head and that didn't retain as much as I would have liked but produced quite a bit of lace. The body is a deep plum coloured brown. A thing of beauty.

Smell: Dark toffee, figs and plums with touches of fruity yeast and the smell of brown sugar. It subtle and warming really helps to bring it out.

Taste: Sweet taste starts with a fruity fig, plum and apple taste that turns more into a molasses sweetness and ends with bit a pheonal spiciness with a touch of alcohol kick and slight smokey touch.

Mouthfeel: Excellent transitioning, carbonation helps out the entire beer although sadly didn't get enough head for long enough. Leaves a sweet sugary plum aftertaste that doesn't cling and isn't overpowering.

Drinkability: It's smooth going down but the carbonation is a bit high and comes across as a bit too gassy. The high alcohol is masterfully disguised. Complex, but not to the point of coming across as snooty.

Final Thoughts: While not as good as the Blonde, this is another exceptional brew. I still have the Tripel to drink, and I regrettably get the feeling that it is going to disappoint. In any case, you'll want to give this a shot. I think it would go really well with a Montreal style steak.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. beautiful ruby brown with large fine tan head and very good lacing.
Sm. My first thought was a dried fruit aroma...maybe apricot, some malts, and orange zest?
Ta. Chocolate malt first followed by a hidden bitterness or alcohol coming through with raisin note. Lingering mild bitter finish.
Mf. V. good carbonation, body, slightly sweet.
Dr. v.v.good stuff. After dinner sippy beer.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: our bottle did not look like the photo--we bought it in Belgium, so the label may be different. At the bottom, the label reads, "Brune--8--Bruin"
Appearance: Lovely garnet color against the light, rich cream-colored head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Not very complex. Husband says: it smells exactly like Haribo Cola Gummi candy, and that's all I can think of when I smell it. Wife says: That's true. But I pick up warm malt and toffee notes.
Taste: Lots going on here. Warm toffee, malt and spice, but overall the character here is dark, rich bread--even rye bread. Then the finishing hops kick in, and the finish is astringent without being overpowering. Warmth is the last note, probably from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: chewy, creamy, rich, but not oily.
Overall: Wife says: This is the perfect Christmas beer. Husband says: I agree--or perfect winter beer. A wonderful beer overall.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “Best before” date on the back is “09 2012.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color looks black, but I think it is a very deep brown. Three fingers of slightly tinted, thick head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy cap in the middle, a ring of foam around the edge, and trails along the glass; it eventually settled to a thin lacing.

Smell: Scents of yeast, caramel, toffee, fig, plum, apple, red grapes, brown sugar, spice (I am not sure what, though), and maybe a little molasses. There is a hint of booze — the aroma features the alcohol sharpness — but it is not distracting. A number of other reviewers say it smells like wine, and I agree. (It is thankfully not, though.)

Taste: Not as fruity or sweet as the smell; instead, it has a surprising roasted quality. Lots of roasted caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. The yeast is omnipresent and the mouthfeel is bready. An earthy hop bite lingers on the cheeks and tongue after each sip, and pepper spice emerges. The dark fruits, especially a red grape skin flavor, begin to sneak in as the beer continues to warm, but they are not as prominent as they are in the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is a very pleasant surprise. I like this stuff a lot. Complex, well-crafted, and very tasty — I expect nothing else from someone who has made a vow of celibacy.

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