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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 53
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Tan sea-foam head settles to a surprisingly thick film. Lacings completely coat the glass, and absolutely refuse to slide down the glass. Impressive.

Aroma is a bit disappointing for me, I don't get much, maybe it's the glass. Light malt aroma, a bit of brown sugar/maple and a metallic note.

This Dubbel jumps up and whacks you. Bubbly carbonation hits the tongue immediately with more than a little alcohol in the form of Calvados with loads of spice. Once the apple flavours die away, you're left with pleasant espresso flavours. Burnt coffee beans give way to bitter chocolate and finally to a satisfying fruitiness. The finish is a combination of light bitterness and slightly sour fruit, almost kiwi, and is probably my favourite part of the experience.

A hugely complex beer. I echo the other BAs in suggesting you let this warm a bit before giving it a shot, cooling it too much will allow the alcohol to take over completely.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 23:16:52 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatty 11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

It looks as though Maredsous has updated their labels. Good for them. Best Before: 06 2011. Close call!

Appearance: Pours a chestnut-hued body with some reddish hints to it and a tall, though short-lived, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Blend of rich, dark malts layered in plenty of fruit notes: green apple, plum, poached figs, black cherry, even a generous splash of Cointreau.

Taste: Flavorful, malty mixture of dark caramel, spiced brown sugar, cocoa, and a drop or two of milk stout. Mild sweetness that's quickly tempered by a dose of dusty, earthy spices, punchy blend of fruit liqueurs, and slight bitterness. Drying, warming, even roasty finish. Oh, and it's pretty crisp, too!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's tasty and enjoyable enough to hold my interest throughout each of the 11.2 ounces. Well, that was a fairly fine dubbel. I ought to be damned ashamed of myself for waiting nearly four years since the last one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:34:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of sweetbrew82


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ "best before" of 07-2009

P: Golden brown from the bottle, sits a deep brown with red grape/purplish tint to it in the glass. The head on this is amazing! It's huge & healthy, dense, frothy & rocky with unrelenting retention. It finally sinks to leave sticky lace caked all over my snifter.

A: Toasty malt, dark fruits, clove, caramel, and soft alcohol.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Malty sweet from the onset with dark fruits like raisins, plums, and tart cherries with a bitter stab in the middle. Clove and yeast come out on the back-end to provide a bit of spice. It finishes on the sweet side, but is slightly dry as well. Alcohol is undetectable.

M & D: Medium to medium-full, smooth, and aggressively carbonated as the bite just dances on the tongue. Drinkability is good as the flavors just continue to please even more as it warms. Drained the bottle with no problem at all.

Notes: A really solid, pleasantly rich, rather sweet Dubbel that proves to be quite complex. I really enjoyed this one a lot! Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 08:26:24 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of tlinner

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with a ruby veneer. Tan-white head retention is good, with decent lacing.

Smell - Dark fruit, yeast, chocolate. Smells a bit like a burgundy. Very inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Dry, dark fruit (like currants and dark cherry). Bittersweet finish, very balanced. Aftertaste is of chocolate and dried berries.

Drinkability - A first-class brew. Truly one of the classics of the style; you won't want to put this one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:33:24 | More by tlinner
Photo of godscorn


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review.
Maredsous 8 on tap in a tulip glass.
Black cherry color with a nice creamy head. Excellent lacing, thick on the glass. Has a slight alcohol, citric, brandy-like nose.

Hops are subdued, with a cherry/wood taste.
Mouthfeel - A fine, fizzy carbonation, slightly chewy and acidic.
Drinkability - feel I can drink 2-3 of these, before it gets too acidic tasting.

Good, tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 04:21:11 | More by godscorn
Photo of HalfFull


3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby into an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy ruby reddish brown with a full inch of rocky off white head. Retention and lacing are good.

Smell was initially medicinal and reminded me of some sweet fruity cordial. A little air improved things quickly, revealing some nuttiness and dried fruits. Offers a pleasant nose but not a lot of variety as a certain grape juice quality of the malts masks more subtle notes.

Tastes of sweetened dried fruit with a bit of nut/chocolate on the finish. Again a bit one sided. Decent feel and a light champagne like carbonation helps mask any sweetness of the brew. Medium in body, starting off a bit creamy and becoming thinner as the carbonation lessens. Alcohol is well hidden on the tongue but does reveal itself on the nose as the beer continues to warm.

Decent but not very exciting. Best by Sept. 2010 on label.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:37:50 | More by HalfFull
Photo of stageseven


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark brown color, and had a moderately sized off-white head. When held up to the light, I noticed a slight reddish tinge around the edges. Throughout the glass it had good retention and decent lacing as well.

The aroma contained a number of scents, starting with a nice combination of roast malt, coffee, cherries, and chocolate. Underneath there's hints of caramel, alcohol, biscuit, and apple.

At first the beer tasted strongly of coffee and dark chocolate. It had a sweetness to it, as well as a round bitterness at the back of the mouth. However, I also detected a fruity flavor underneath that I thought was cherry. There was a strong hop flavor on the sides of the tongue. I didn't notice much alcohol in it, but it did have a warming quality. The beer developed even more as I continued drinking, yielding flavors of roast, dark breads like pumpernickel, cider, and a wooden/earthy flavor that I quite enjoyed.

I tried this beer in two different glasses, first was my Duvel glass, which I felt would be appropriate. However, after reading an article on glassware, I disagreed with Beer Advocate on the recommendation for drinking it out of a goblet style glass, so I tried it with my Pauwel Kwak stirrup. In the Duvel glass the beer felt very highly carbonated, and was light - almost airy in the mouth. It was thinner in feel than I expected. I also noted that it was a little dry. I had read (can't remember where) that for beers with higher carbonation, a narrower glass is more appropriate. After trying it in the Kwak glass, I have to agree that this beer at least was better with a narrower glass. The main difference I noticed was that the beer didn't feel quite as light in the mouth. It was still light, but it had a more tangible quality to it that helped me appreciate the flavors more. I also noticed that the roast flavor came out more, and the chocolate flavor got stronger towards the end. Visually, it also left incredible lacing on the narrower glass.

All in all, the beer was highly enjoyable. The flavors are so complex and interesting that I felt it was really designed to sit down and enjoy sip by sip. Savor this one, take it slow, and it will be a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:32:36 | More by stageseven
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3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small 1 finger chocolate head that fades somewhat fast.Very dark brown body. Head retention was minimal and lacing was good

Smell is of nutty malts, with a faint smell of alcohol and spray paint. Also some fruit is present , maybe cherry or raisin

First taste is of alcohol , then some burnt malts. Nutty and smoky flavors are mostly what dominates the beer

Beer is on the over carbonated side. Does have a nice silky consistency though.

Over all , beer is good. Alcohol is a bit more apparent than most 8% beers. This is also the case with Duvel imo, so maybe its something to do with the brewery. Still is a decent brew and wouldnt mind having acouple more

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 06:59:30 | More by angelmonster
Photo of pants678


3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking from the bottle tonight, it pours a very deep red with a brown hue. The head is thin and has a tinge of beige. Initial smell of oats and cinnamon, perhaps. There's sweet taste behind a light flavor of smoke. A hint of fruit, cherries I think, but not very define. Definitely a different taste from the tap, not as distinct. Just the right amount of carbonation, as not to distract from the flavor. Not the smoothest beer I've ever had, but there's no problems taking it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 03:43:01 | More by pants678
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at American Flatbread this Belgian offering was a deep chestnut color. The head was a thick cap of tan bubbles that displayed excellent retention and left very good lacing. The aroma was a complex mix of semi-sweet malt, with chocolate, ripened fruit, assorted dry grains and some alcohol. The flavors were equally complex, rich malt, caramel, light chocolate, fruity alcohol esters, Belgian yeast and a slightly grainy note towards the end along with some floral hops that offered balance. As it warmed up the alcohol came forward and began to quash the complexity. The mouthfeel was slightly watery but exceptionally smooth, the body medium and the carbonation delicate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 14:00:49 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of DoctorDog


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. "Best Before: 03 2011" printed on the back of the bottle.

A- Pours a deep slightly reddish-brown. ~1 fingers of creamy tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Nice, heavy, sticky lacing abounds.

S- "Fruity Belgian yeastiness" and a touch of cherries.

T- Dark fruitiness with cherries standing out. Alcohol notes help to mute and balance the sweetness, but without too much of a "boozy" feel.

M- Moderately high, fine bubbled carbonation. Body is slightly thinner than expected, but the head seems to give it a somewhat creamy feel.

D- Pretty decent. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but it sits easy enough that you could if you were so inclined.

Future outlook: Very good drink, but I can't see myself running out to get more anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:43:27 | More by DoctorDog
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a dark cherry color with a small head that reduces to a thin cover rapidly. To me, the smell is the 8's strong suit. There is a complex mixture of sweet malts with dark fruits and a hint of the alcohol that comes through more prominently in the taste. The taste seems to minimize the positives of the nose while amplifying the negatives. The alcohol and upfront bitterness are a little too overwhelming. The mouthfeel notices a high carbonation that lasts throughout a beer I spent an hour drinking. It will be something that I revisit from time to time, but not something that I would drink back-to-back.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:49:24 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Maredsous glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a single-finger off-white head with decent retention and some lacing. Note: I've seen this poured from tap and it look much better.

S: Smells very fruity, berries, cherries, figs, and some Belgian yeast.

T: Very fruity (Figs, cherries, and possibly bananas) Belgian yeast accompanies the strong fruit making a great balance. As the drink warms you pick out a bit of the alcohol but not much.

Overall: Tastes great and highly carbonated throughout makes this very drinkable. This is almost ideal of what I think of when I think Dubble. Only downfall is it's a bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 18:35:32 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of midnite2sixman


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Hop Cat.

Pours dark with a blood red tint when held up to the light. Creamy foam head sticks to the glass to form a large amount of lacing.

Figs and raisins on the nose with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is figs, cherry, and raisins with the typical belgian yeast flavors.

MF: Fruity, not too intense, semi sweet.

Drinkability: Absolutely recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 22:30:19 | More by midnite2sixman
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange, topped with a two finger sudsy off-white head, slowly recedes with great lacing.

Smell is like a church wine, with molasses, other non-descript dark fruit.

Taste is of oxidized red wine, alcohol twinge, malt backbone is weak but there. It sounds like it isn't any good but actually it is not bad at all.

Feel is medium bodied, it has enough to stand up to the carbonation and also enough to coat the tongue, creamy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 07:38:36 | More by currysage1
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks absolutely fantastic. Dark opaque brown, and very ruby-red tinted when held up to the light. One of the darkest Belgian Dubbel's I've seen myself.

S: Smells fruity and inviting. A very strong aroma right when poured in the glass. I feel the taste will be the same.

T: And I was correct, although a bit more toffee & coffee tasting than I had expected. Lingers on the tongue for a little bit, giving a very aromatic feeling to the senses as a whole.

M: A bit lighter than it looks, but still decent.

D: I could drink multiple of these and feel very warm and comfortable. Drinkability is definitely up there.

Overall: Not too much experience with Belgian Dubbel's at this point in my life, but this one of the better ones I've had. I would like to try the Dubbel 6 and the Dubbel 10 next so I can compare them all.


Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 02:51:03 | More by Psilo707
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops softly and pours a deep mahogany brown. Big fluffy head slowly settles leaving lace all over the glass.

Aroma is big and fruit with nice estery complexity. Distinctive Belgian yeast and spice blend nicely in the nose.

Flavor is just how a dubbel should be with lots of dark fruit, carmel, and nuttiness. Chocolate and warm spices in the background bring it all together.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not too heavy with a good level of effervescence. Drinkability is very good for the style.

Very impressive overall and a great example of this classic Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 00:56:28 | More by GilGarp
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DT-Legend for the brew to sample with BCS champ game. The best before 2010 brew pours a hazy cola/mahogany brown, with a darn nice tan head bubbling up thru the 8% alcohol. Sheets of lace ring the ol' Corsendonk tulip.

First aroma smack has a payload of boozy dark fruit - lots of cherry and plum. Boozy quaff has the Belgium yeast mixed with sweet molasses along with a sturdy malt backbone. Initial sweetness, but balances out with a dry finish.

Very tasty Belgium brew, I could go for a 4 pack of these - and do a side to side with NB Abby ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:14:25 | More by Vancer
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet with a 2 finger off white head, slightly hazy beautiful deep amber color, with great lacing

Smell: Fruity scents of plum and berries with a hit of a nutty wood smell

Taste: Initially sweet with the fruity plum and berry flavors, then the nutty flavor makes an appearance, followed by a bitterness. The alcohol is detectible throughout but not overpowering, similar to a wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with small bubbles (not too carbonated though)

Overall: A very good belgian dubbel! Easily paired with food

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 19:26:22 | More by natasharai
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head on pour into goblet. Initial appearance is a darker caramal color. Smells like a combination of prunes, raisins and chocolate. Tastes malty, fruity and a hint of coffee. Dry finish.

Nice beer overall and makes me want to try the siblings (6 & 10).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 18:23:53 | More by kaseydad
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maredsous 8

A- Deep ruby red with a thick tan head. Good mesys lacing down the glass.
S- Fruity. Deep prune, raisin, cherry aroma with rock candy sugar.
T- Thick sweet sugar cane with prunes, figs, cherries, and a slight touch of pineapple. Molasses malt makes up a good chunk of the body.
M- Thick syrupy and sweet. Malty backbone. Finishes off thick and warming.

Overall- Sweet fruity and warming make it a decent Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 20:39:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of dec 2007 with "best by" of 3 yrs. poured into tulip.

dark cola brown is almost opaque, but it is dark ruby red under the light (and gemstone clear). probably the darkest dubbel i've ever had... nice head soon fades, eventually to a wispy thin layer. in the meantime however, the head managed to create three rings of lovely lace before i even took a sip. how does moorgat do this?! duvel does the same! lacing continues to be decent to the end.

smells of moist prunes, figs and dates, with a touch of coffee, esp in the back. hints of brown sugar, then whiff of hay and phenols.

palate has much less fruit, and gets into the realm of molasses and rum. this includes a slight booziness (plus a chocolate hint). from the middle to the end, a grassy hop clashes slightly with medicinal phenols and a touch of otherwise refreshing acidity into a moderately bitter finish that again is a bit marred by excessive phenols.

smooth enough overall, but ever so slightly watery. the problem is a carbonation that seems to be too sharp, esp. at the start. some coffee-like astringency in the finish.

interesting and drinkable, but not something i'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 18:13:59 | More by tai4ji2x
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift pack, this poured a lovely brown, with lots of head that reduced to a nice cloud over the brew. Smell is sweet, malty, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is wonderful, malty, slightly sweet, complex, some berries and prunes make up the flavors I detect here, quite nice. Mouthfeel is nice, just enough carbonation and a slight viscosity. Drinkability is pretty good too, I could definitely see myself keeping a staple of these in my fridge, if only it was available year round here.

If you can get it, try it. It's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:41:10 | More by funkengruven
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with a creamy, off white head that lasts forever. Sheets of lace drape the glass. The aroma is packed with thick, dark malts and a side of raisins and cinnamon. Raisin bread, toffee, cinamon, cloves and bran flavor make up the taste. The rich malt profile is balanced with some earthy herbal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The finish is lightly bitter and quite malty. Alcohol is very well hidden.

This is a great Dubbel. Very complex malt profile with a good balance between sweet and bitter. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:59:20 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (best before 11/09, so probably 1 or 2 years old) that I've cellared for 6-8 months. Poured into my Maredsous chalice, Maredsous 8 is a murky, ruddy brown with a huge, rocky, merangue likme head that takes forever to settle, leaving massive chunks of foamy lace. Oh yeah.

Smell is big, bright, cured fruits, caramelized sugar, a bit of spice. Interestingly enough, it seems to soften as it warms, opposite the taste, which opens up nicely.

Taste is nice, much spicier and not nearly as sweet and fruity as the nose, which is always a bit of a let down to me when I have this. But the fact is, it's still a really tasty dubbel, rum-raisen, super smooth. Served at 55F, it's better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dryer, medium-light bodied, highly digestible.

Drinkability is high, a great beer that goes down really easily and hides the ABV very well. The fact that it's a reasonably priced and widely available for an abby style brew dosen't hurt either.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:01:13 | More by ccrida
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.