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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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Photo of notdan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle tonight at Pub Italia in Ottawa.

Poured into a Maredsous glass with a couple inches of light bubbly head, at least part of which stuck around for the whole show. Smell was... interesting. Dark fruity malts, a bit of spice, and some tangy-ness that I wasn't crazy about. Sipping on this confirmed that worry. There were nice fruity malts (plum, raisin), and some interesting spice (anice, clove), but the the tangy, kinda medicinal background kept me from really loving this one. Definitely a complex and interesting beer that I liked trying, but not something I plan on trying to hunt down in the future.

notdan, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium brown with a generous head that was retained throughout the drink. The aroma had a medicinal quality along with alcohol and malty sweet. The taste was somewhat sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Grapes were the only other thing I could pick out. Mouth feel was medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Not a fan.

kegger22, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine beer and I had one with my buddy in the sloany pony the other day.

Smell and taste are of dark fruits and sweet mallts but there is some balancing bitterness to it also. It goes down a treat with medium to thick body but still very refreshing.

This beer went down way too quickly and I must commend it highly!

DerBayer, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap and into a Maredsous glass that was reminiscent of a flute. A deep brown with ruby highlights, frothy head provided ample lacing. Looks very good.

Aroma was of lightly toasted malt.

This beer is robust to say the least. Complex? Oh yeah. Hints of Scottish style malting, a nice chocolate malt character, boozy rum soaked cherries. Roastedness dials in on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied yet deceptively smooth, good amount of carbonation throughout.

Overall this one kick ass beer with almost undescribable flavors. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and am sure I will be having it again sometime.

Stinkypuss, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado:

This is a strange Dubbel compared to what I've had so far. Very malty, with elements of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. A much darker look and flavor than your standard Dubbel. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable. Very slight yeast notes, which I found to be unusual for this style of beer. This brew is good, but not great.

Trappissed, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown, bubbles do stream nicely up the glass of the initial pour, somewhat murky yet not completely black out brown, Very nice thick white head off the pour that very slowly dissipates leaving foam along the glass, perfect look for the style

Smell- Very sweet malt dominate nose, Chocolate, caramel, and just overall sugary goodness,

Taste- Overall the flavor is more then anything else a very lasting caramel and milk chocolate that just really coats your mouth nicely, slightly sweet medicinal yeast characteristic, good though not super long finish, slight coffee even or espresso on finish, nice flavor, the finish is actually a little warm and can notice some alcohol

Mouthfeel- very carbonated more then I would have expected and considering the style actually a little lighter then would have expected,

Drinkabilty- certain a very nice and drinkable dubbel, alcohol is a little hot but not overwhelming, definitely a nice example of the style though there are surely some out there that shine a bit brighter with more complexity and richer finish, worth trying and respectable Belgian Trappist brew

Stunner97, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice dark plum color that reveals more of a clear rust when held to the light, frothy, large bubbled head. Lots of head and fantastic head retention.

The aroma is brown sugar and caramel and heaps of chocolate. Spicy phenols in the distance. Some dried dark fruit. It really draws you in.

The taste follows with a raisiny chocolate cherry sweetness and a bitter, peppery dry finish. The alcohol is warming. Eminently appetizing in its chocolatey fruitiness

It's a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall a tasty and enjoyable sipper.

MeisterBurger, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep dark amber with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head. The retention was very good and nice sticky lacing.

The smell was very malty with a bit of cedar, chocolate, and molasses.

Chocolate is the first thing I notice in the taste, very bold with lightly burnt black malts seeping through with some sourdough and grain notes as well. A mild spicy bitterness in the finish brings it around nicely.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and full with a long and lingering dry finish.

Very drinkable and solid, reminds me of a dubbel with a lot of porter qualities to it.

bashiba, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice corked and caged 750. I paid $9 in Raleigh at Peace St.

Appearance: Pours clear light brown, but held up to the light it is a nice ruby color. The head is huge, fluffy, off white, and lasts forever. The lacing is chunky and sticky. This looks like a perfect dubbel.

Smell: Spicy and a little fruity. The fruitiness smells tart, almost medicinal a little. There's a little yeast/breadiness after you swirl it.

Taste: Lots of different things going on here. It starts with the spiciness up front. Its really tingly. That tart/medicinal fruit flavor is slmost like cherry. There's definitely some roasty malt flavors going on here too. There's some bitterness in the back, and it finishes nice and crisp. Then the aftertaste is long with sweet fruit, roasted malt, and bready flavors.

Mouthfeel: The same vigorous carbonation responsible for the absurdly nice head also makes this beer so incredibly active in my mouth. If you want your Belgian beer well carbonated, here you go. The creamy head and fizzy bubbles makes this feel like a champagne milkshake (feel, not taste).

Drinkability: Oh yeah. Highly drinkable. I'll buy this again.

rapidsequence, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chestnut color, filmy head, looks pretty good. The smell is a nice malty raisin type piece and screams dubbel. Unfortunately the taste is heavily dominated by alcohol and the mouthfeel is astringent making this hard to drink. Actually I am disappointed in this beer, the alcohol was just not well integrated.

ArrogantB, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Hazy tawny amber/brown colour. There was a fine, beige collar and islands of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Sticky, spotty lace. Malty, fruity aroma. Plums and raisins, bready, toffee, slight alcohol, fairly spicy, toasted malt. I like it. On to the flavour... Pretty much the same as the aroma, malts and fruit, but the spice was more pronounced and lingered on the palate along with sour cherry and toffee. The body was oddly thin and the carbonation was a little higher than average, which made for a decent texture. Light alcohol warmth. This beer was a really nice surprise. The spicy character was unexpected, but was quite good.

DrJay, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $3.69 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I pour into a chalice to review.

Light , airy off-white head of about a half inch. Nice lasting lace and retention. Very dark brown with stunning ruby apparent when held to the light.

Sweet, candied fruity aroma with some mild belgian spice and yeast. Fruits seem to be raisin and fig mostly. Aroma leads me to believe this is more of a fine Belgian Dark than a Dubbel. Well, guess they are not that far off.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Seems to be more complex than the nose yet for some reason it is not brought together as well for me. Dark fruits and even some grape soda hints (especially in conjunction with the mouthfeel).

I'm not a fan of the mouth on this one. Seems lighter and fizzier than most darker Belgians I've tried. Dry, abrupt finish. Lacks the silky smoothness I have become fond of Belgians for.

Not a bad offering, but there are many others of this style I'd recommend further in line.

ibbjamin, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of benfons
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has recently been rebranded. The name changed in Maredsous Brune in stead of Dubbel. Apparently this is part of a complete new look for all the Maredsous beers. On their website the brewer says it's still using the same recipe.

A: Nice thick head, beautiful redish brown colour. Head remains till the end.

S: Sour fruits, a hint of almonds, coffee and chocolate

T: Coffee, some fruits but not the sour ones of the smell, (i always have a hard time to point what is exactly). A slightly smokey aftertaste.

M/D Easy drinkable, carbonation a bit thin, alcohol is as should be.

benfons, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Very good-looking: dark reddish-brown, plum-like, with ruby highlights. A thin head yields some solid gauze lacing. Very nice.

Smells of sour cherries, some mild vinegar tartness, & baking bread. Like raw dough before it's put in the oven, that rich grain & yeast smell.

The taste is bready at first (the same kind of dough character I described above), yeasty, with some sharp, dark fruits: cherry, apple, dark grape.

Mouthfeel is full & leaves a sweet & sour aftertaste.

Drinkability is great -- for such a big, complex beer, I'd have another one. It gets some extra points for being both big & drinkable. Very enjoyable, but not overwhelming.

OneDropSoup, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Nut brown with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Rocky nougat colored head has great retention. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace.

S: Dark fruit scents come in first, along with a slight sourdough note. There's a bit of a nutty aroma in the background.

T: Very complex. I started out only sensing dark fruits and a slightly sour bitterness. After awhile, apple, pear and lemon flavors started coming through. Finishes dry and tart, with a mild warmth.

M: Medium body feels just about right in the mouth.

D: A nice beer overall. I'm glad I was able to try it.

Rayek, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geez, the Belgians sure know how to make gorgeous-looking beers. This one's no exception: inch-thick head that looks like soft-serve ice cream atop a milk-chocolate brown liquid with rust/ruby highlights. And plenty of lace stickage to boot.

As with the Maredsous 10, the nose isn't as great as expected. What's here is black pepper, black raisins and alcohol, a bit unsubtle. It's fine, just not a mindblower.

Flavor offers flashes of brown sugar, black currants, baking chocolate, toffee, plums, white pepper and alcohol. Not a ton of personality coming from the yeast. A grassy, astringent element in the finish works against the other flavors, yet they pull through and win out. Dusty cocoa lingers on the palate.

Body is lighter than expected, but buoyant and silky. Acts as a good foundation for the vibrant flavors to leap from, although it's a bit too watery in texture for my liking.

I think the Maredsous 10 (tripel) is incredible; this is merely very good. I have no problem with that and will have no problem savoring the rest of this goblet.

Metalmonk, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard an hour ago. Review from notes. Cost of $5.00 and it was served in an 8 oz (maybe 10?) snifter.

A Translucent dark brown/mahogany body under a brief but creamy head. Head sticks to the side of the glass, creating a great looking curtain of lace as you sip.

S Distant, elusive smell at first but finally medium sweet malt comes through. Later, after warming a bit, I certainly smelled more of the yeasts and grains. This is a classic Belgian Abbey Ale.

T Medium roast sweet malt, kind of an alcoholic maple syrup really (although much thinner in feel to real syrup!) with yeasts and grains (maybe some subdued spices as well).

M Syrupy sweet and it sticks with you for several minutes after a sip.

D One and done but this is on target for the style.

Notes: Interesting to find and enjoy on tap but I believe that prefer the bottle (it is bottle fermented afterall!).

adamette, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body looks to be a dark brown, but it almost glows when held up to light a bit, revealing a light brown that is rather attractive. A dark tan head is two fingers tall, and extremely thick. Rocky, soapy, with fantastic retention. Lacing covers basically my entire glass, making it difficult to see through. Good looking beer.

The aroma is smells pretty distinctly of toasted malts with some dark fruits and a good bit of spice.

Just like the aroma would lead me to believe, toasted malt is the dominant flavor here. Dark fruits also, figs and cherries. A hint of bittersweet chocolate. A spiciness that falls somewhere between nutmeg and cinnamon in flavor; it avoids being peppery and goes with the rest of the brew rather nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, but I feel a little more carbonation might help bring out the flavors here.

Pretty drinkable brew, this is one I might like better in a bottle also.

Hojaminbag, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a fritz frys at the bremerton ferry terminal.

pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell of spice, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is of dark fruits, spice, caramel, and cocoa, ends dry and a little bitter.

overall a good dubbel, lacking in the mouthfeel.

froghop, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of CromDubh
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I may well be biased here as this is my favourite dubbel but will try to be subjective.
Poured into a chalice, deep brown with good head that does not remain too long. Smell is malty with something else that I could not first put a name too - but I cheat and agree with molasses mentioned in an earlier review. The taste is sublime, smooth toffee, stonefruit snd a lot more going on. Mouthfeel is like a beer mousse, if there was such a thing. Love it. Also think the new label is a big improvement, needs downloading...
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CromDubh, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/25/2009. Bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent brown with thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins. Flavor of more of the same booze, raisins, sweet malt. Ick. This was very bland and too sweet. Yep, this was a disappointment.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan colored head. The head is retained nicely and it leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A very nice strong roasted malt, raisin, molasses aroma with some Belgian yeast and spice mixed in. The flavor is very close to the aroma, a nice bready roasted malt, fig, raisin, molasses taste with a touch of clove spice. The warming alcohol feel and flavor is apparent at first and then fades nicely as you drink. There is a bitterness in the finish that leaves the mouth a little dry, other than that, the mouthfeel is generally smooth and creamy with a good level of carbonation and maybe a little bit on the thin side. Drinkability is great. A great aroma and delicious taste make this one of the best beers I've ever had.

Kromes, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown/burgundy with a huge frothy head that lingers forever.

S- A touch of alcohol, a sweet dark, rich caramel maltiness. Notes of spice and plums.

T- Mildly boozy, dark chocolate and toffee maltiness. Mildly spicy with notes of plums. Just a hint of hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich and a bit creamy, medium to full bodied.

D- An excellent example of the style. well worth a try.

JayNH, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of AccidentalKate
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep Mahogany with a nice of-white head that lasts. And when it does dissipate, it leaves quite a nice bit of Belgian lace.

Aroma: Sweetness hits first, but lightly. Deep savory fruits seem to be present, such as figs and raisins. A very interesting aroma.

Taste: Malty, with a hit of acid in the back. The fruity aromas translate very well into the taste, with complex fruit flavors with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Body isn't as deep as a porter, but not as light as a pale ale. Sort of in between. Light carbonation is there to support the flavor of the beer, rather than overwhelm it. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Probably the second most favorite beer I've ever tasted. Complex without being overpowering, and the grain takes precendent with hops almost no where to be found. This? This is the beer I was looking for when I said "There's gotta be something other than lagers."

AccidentalKate, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a deep ruby with minimal foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet and fruit (plum?) up front and a little maltiness and hops beneath. Nice.

Taste - Very much like the smell, sweet and a nice fruitiness with malt and hops on the finish.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied, good carbonation and crisp.

Drinkability - Due to it's sweetness, I could tire of it in a session, but as a single brew or two it's a very tasty double style.

ChopperSmith, Jun 21, 2009
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,188 ratings.