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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,233 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 Durge
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. It shows a deep, nearly opaque black-brown/root beer color with a fair light brown head and great lacing. The aroma is pretty simple light malt, clean and crisp, wheat-like. The first mouthful brings a well carbonated malty molasses with a pleasant herbal hop background. This is a subtle blend with nice complexity, in a medium to light body and lively carbonation. Pretty drinkable and refreshing. I get some Belgium-esque clove-like qualities in the balance. A quality brew very much worth a try.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep burgundy color with one finger of creamy light tan head with good retention.

Scent of sweet, pickled dark fruit, dry sugars, caramel, and a very mild alcohol spice.

Taste of sweet, pickled dark fruit, ash, dry oak, chalky malts, chocolate, and a faint alcohol heat. Good stuff, but I am not sure if I will purchase this again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin with a biting carbonation.

paco1029384756, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Maredsous glass, this is certainly a nice looking beer, presenting a mahogany body with a good finger of off-white head. Excellent retention and nice fingers of lace. Spicy aroma, with raisins, bread, chocolate and assorted dark fruit.

Certainly not as sweet as most dubbels, which deviates from the style, but appeals to my current preference. Lots of raisin upfront quickly gives way to a floral and lightly spicy middle and finish that has faint chocolate and cherry notes throughout. Dry and slightly alcohol heavy finish. Medium-body with a high (yet soft) carbonation.

A different flavour profile to most dubbels I've had, and an interesting deviation from the norm. This could be the dubbel I reach for when I'm after something less sweet.

bobsy, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

maredsous abbaye abdij(maredsous 8)
aroma:There is a a mild brandy smell when you first open the bottle,some faint wheat, grainy smells come through,and some mild sugar as well.

appearance:It ahs a nice dark amber color to it, mild carbonation and a thick frothy and tan head with some pretty good lacing

taste:crisp on the tip of the tongue, theres a really great atsting smoke flavor to this ale,faintly sweet and tart all around.I t has a nice semi dry aftertaste that is very tasty.

feel:light bodied-watery

drinkability: easy to drink an looking forawrd to having another.

vickersspitfire, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of randawakes
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the Chimay styles, this beer pours a much fuller head than the 10. It turns frothy after some time and collects as lace on the sides of the glass. Darker pour with some amber tints. Tastes of some cocoa grains, spice, smoke, sweet transgresses to a sour fruit finish. Sweet spice is heavy on the tip of the tounge

randawakes, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of jmshipe
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer once before in Brussels, but this bottle was a 750ml import. It poured a beautiful brown with a touch of red, with a creamy head that outlasted the beer. It had a wonderful aroma of raisins and roasted nuts. The different tastes in this beer are subtle; dark stone fruits with a touch of sour, like black cherries. There are some floral notes in the middle that appear when the carbonation releases. It feels quite fizzy in your mouth to start, but quickly dissipates.

jmshipe, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/14/2009 (bottle BB 09/2011):

Pours a clearish red colored ale, average whitish colored head, diminishing. Sweet aroma, fruity, floral. Red fruit aroma. Somewhat syrupy. Sweet floral taste, very carbonated. Somewhat alcoholy, but tempered very well. Not my favorite mouthfeel.

jujubeast6000, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Emptied from its beautifully wrapped 750ml bottle into my Tremens snifter. The pour is a beautiful brown color with about a finger and a half of tan head and lacing that lasted longer than the beer did.

Smells of dark fruit (plums maybe?), chocolate, malt, and alcohol.

Taste is quite complex but is dominated by its fruity notes and chocolaty creaminess. This develops into a dry, alcoholic finish which is quite satisfying. Not the most drinkable brew, but a very enjoyable Dubbel nonetheless.

Side note: had it on draft at the Saucer last night (completely by coincidence -- I forgot this was in the back of my fridge) and I can safely say that I prefer it on draft. I remember it being more crisp, less fruity, and tasting less alcoholic at the bar, but I was a few deep at the time so it's hard to say definitively. Hard to go wrong with Maredsous though.

brystmar, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of capra12
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Ali at BXL served out a tall chalice.

Appearance: Mohagundy with 1 finger of fine and sparkley head. Great layered lacing some of the best lacing I have seen.

Smell: belgian yeast and green fruit and slightly metallic.

Taste: opens rather yeasty with a hint of malt in the middle as a tangy and slightly sour profile comes in the finish. There is a green unripened fruit in the background leaving a slightly tangy and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to someone who seeks a yeasty, unripened fruit middle and finish with a dry aftertaste with a hint of malt lurking in the background.

capra12, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In its' own glass, this presents as a deep, dark mahogany dubbel with a one finger tan head. Sticky lace and good retention. the nose is hard candy and caramel.

Taste is rich, dark fruit, bit of sour, figs, dates, bitter finish, a bit of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side for the style, drinkability so-so.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark copper brown with very thick long lasting white foam. Starts 2-3 inches and settles down to 1/2 inch.

Smells like wine and other fruits. Raisins. Very mild.

Rich full flavor with notable alcohol burn at the close. Some cherries. Slight medicinal taste. Frothy in the mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate taste.

A solid drinkable Belgian brew. I found this at the Morton Williams in NYC, have never seen it before. Quite tasty.

KTCamm, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of jbonapar
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just bought the Holiday package with all Three Maredsous Beers along with the Goblet Glass! fun.

Appearance - Beautiful pour of brown deliciousness. A wonderfully dense head that sticks around for the entire glass.

Smell - A nice light odor in my opinion. Chocolaty dates and raisins with a slight linger of alcohols. The interesting thing, as i take more and more sips, the complexity comes out more...CLoves, bitterness seem to be developing in the flavor. A Nice beer for sure.

Taste - Refreshing chocolate undertones with a dried fruit dominance. A bit on the alcohol side for me, i find as the taste develops the alcohol overpowers somewhat. But, a nice double to be sure.

Overall a nice Dubble but certainly not my favorite (personally). I would like to try this on tap in the unfiltered form.

jbonapar, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might not be the most outstanding flavoured abbey ale but it is very well rounded and complex. I hope I can find more of these on their own instead of being forced to buy the gift packs.

8 pours into the chalice dark with a nice dense fluffy head. It recedes to a thin layer with nice uniform lacing down the sides. The copper-brown colour is only seen when held directly in front of a light.

Great complex Belgian aromas with bready yeast, sweet malt with caramel, chocolate and candy sugar. Some herbal spiciness and tobacco in the background too.

Smooooth and creamy right off the top with flavours like the aromas. The malt strikes first with a touch of courseness from the fine carbonation making it crisp with a surprising dry finish. The alcohol is a little boozy (which I don't mind here) and there is a light mineral flavour in the aftertaste which is also lightly hopped.

Great stuff that should be tried by the Belgian lovers.

ecoastman, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper/red with an inch of brown foam - mixed bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel malt, hints of grape and ripe fruit, ever so light toast. Winey-grape flavour up front with a big medicinal kick - too much I think. Lots of bitterness, and sharp carbonation. On the sweet side - which is a welcome balance to the other flavours. Body feels light given the intensity of the flavour profile. I don't love this one.

allergictomacros, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corker at Fox and the Hound. Dark Brown beer with Belgian yeast in the nose and brown malt, dark fruit like figs and dates, (nothing purple) and molasses. In the taste was dark chocolate and coffee (which is new to me in a Belgian beer), molasses and coriander. Thick and a beer to be savored. I liked the lower carbonation, it complemented the big flavor and did not detract from the beers overall character.

natelocc787, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of yael6666
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent tried a strong belgian beer this good for a long time....
It pours a dark ambery beer with a long lasting and big brownish head..
I can smell the alcohol and some red fruits i think matching perfectly with a touch of caramel.
I had this brew both.. at cellar temperature and at 6 degrees... cellar temperature lets the aromas and flavours to be more noticable.
I can taste phenols, nutty roasted malts, matching a good amount of alcohol and caramel with a sweet long aftertaste
Cheers

yael6666, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head, lots of lacing.

Smells an awful lot like chocolate. Some butterscotch, molasses and dark fruits. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

Tastes of some chocolate, coffee, almost stout like, pretty sweet and syrupy with a surprising bitter finish. The alcohol is not very well hidden.

Smooth thick mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable. Overall I'm somewhat disappointed, was expecting more, not as complex as I was hoping.

GodOfBeer, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark caramel brown with a very creamy, filmy head that leaves a great sticky lace.

Smell:
Sweet with only a hint of the traditional belgian (banana / bubble gum) yeast. Toffee and heavy alcohol smell.

Taste:
Sweet but not overly syrupy. Lightly toasted malts and caramel. Pretty heavy alcohol but finishes to a light toast flavor only. Very good.

Mouthfeel:
Very fizzy but settles out to a smooth and full body.

Drinkability:
I could see drinking a lot of these though I haven't traditionally liked any other belgian styled brews. Beware heavy alcohol.

Comment:
Was given this by another non-belgian guy with high recommendations. Very surprised and appreciate it. Diamond in the rough.

CRichardsMN, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Pours a very dark brown, murky color, with a quickly dissipating, small foam head, and good lacing.

S - Smell is of brown sugar, belgian candi, molasses, a hint of dark fruit

T - Starts off sweet and sugary, and finishes a bit sour and bitter. Interesting. I taste most of what I detect in the smell, but the finish allows for some hop character and alcohol to come through. This beer is all over the place!

M - Medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation.

D - Tasty, but probably something I'd stick to one or two of.

Overall - Pretty good dubbel here. Not my favorite example of this style, but definitely worth trying.

Flightoficarus, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle with cork and steel cage. I can't help myself, but this looks really great.

A: It pours burgundy into the tulip glass (I find the tulip shape to be really great when I'm rating beers of all styles) with a large off-white head with a bit uneven sized bubbles in the foam. When it dissipates after a really long time thera are lot of lace.

S: Sweet light roasted malt - dried dark fruit. A bit alcoholic smell nice balanced with some bitter hops. Chocolate and faint yeast.

T: Sweet, oh so sweet, light roasted malt with a bitter hoppy twist. Dark bitter chocolate together with coffee. Dark dried fruit and faint smoke.

M: Long sweet aftertaste with dry bitterness as well. Lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Dubbel from a great brewery. This is a really nice beer. And if you get your hands on the 75 cl. bottle you'd be a fool if you wont buy it.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of notdan
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -14.4%
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 +10.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.7%
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
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.