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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 99 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002)
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Photo of enso
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle to chalice. warmed slightly to approx. 50 F

Appearance: Crimson red and clear glowing. Velvety whipped head floats above a continuous torrent of bubbles and lingers throughout drinking.

Aroma: Heavenly. Tart fruit wafts up immediately and lingers. Warmth of the alcohol fills the nostrils pleasantly.

Flavor: Peppery carbonation masks the flavors at first. Tart fruit flavors are subdued. Some bready malty caramel. Yeasty bite along with carbonation. Fairly dry overall and definitely finishes thus. Any sweetness is briefly encountered in the middle. Tongue is left tingly with carbonation bubbles bursting after the sip has been swallowed. Sort of a scrubbing cleansing action giving the flavors an evanescent quality.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, prickly effervescence. Some slickness as well. A drying sensation on the tongue. Moderate body.

Overall: An enjoyable beer. The flavor does not quite meet the expectations promised from the wonderful aromas and appearance. Perhaps some age would help with that. I would certainly try this beer again. There are enough complexities to suggest many different experiences to be had from resampling.

Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful head, clumpy and creamy, with a great layer lasting all the way down. Very dark brown; ruby edges. Aroma was a little sharp and slightly vinegary (weird), but with some nice dark fruits and alcohol.

Excellent taste, multidimensional and intriguing. Just slightly sweet with some dark fruit, subtle raisin, chicory coffee coming through. A solid bitterness is complimented by a great roasted malt aftertaste-- very dark chocolate. Good tartness, with a strange acidic character that reminded me of wine. You can definitely sense the alcohol in this brew as well. Slippery moutfeel with pretty strong carbonation. A delicious brew I would have again, and again....

Photo of AlexLMS
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very deep ruby colour. Clear despite the dark hues. The head is deep tan, moderate in size and kind of foamy. It may not persist for a long time but leaves a lot of lacings.
Aroma: a mix of sweet malts, caramel, spices and red port.
Taste: dark sweet malts, molasses, spices, fruits and herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, average to low carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a rich full body.
Finish: goes on forever. It starts very sweet but quickly turns to a more bitter-spiced presence.

Overall: a very complex and wonderful Dubbel. Well disguised strong beer (beware!). Very well balanced with a great body and a strong personality. A must have.

Photo of BWH3
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is about as good as it can get. Kodiak beer brown without a hint of red or copper topped by an effervescent beige head. Retention is very strong. Fairly hazy. Only deductions are for the absence of a red hue (if you really think that must be part of the style) and the lack of clarity.

S: The raisin scent of the Special B combines with the sourness of the yeast strain to provide a sour cherry aroma. It is not a pungent aged dark fruit aroma but rather light, crisp and fresh smelling. The hops add an essence of crushed moist soil. No noticeable banana esters or spicy clove like phenols (this is a shame).

T: The taste seems rather bland. Seems as though it is Pilsner malt, belgian candi, a splash of special B and that is it. Not much malt depth and somewhat watered down taste. Hops are noble and earthy. A grape flavor on the tongue is present in the aftertaste. Not as rich and complex as I expect.

M: Medium bodied beer w/ high alcohol content. Superb fine carbonation and head retention. Like a bit more body and not quite as dry.

D: Certainly would take another but this is not as good as Chimay and not close to Westmalle or St. Bernardus.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby/brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head that settles slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

S: The aroma jumps out of the glass. There is earthiness, prune, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some red fruit notes as well.

T: Brown sugar and toffee flavors mingling with tart red fruits up font then some bitter chocolate/coffee and prunes in the finish.

M: Medium to full body, that is almost creamy and has a nice roasty caramel flavor linger on the finish.

D; This is easily becoming a favorite beer of mine. It is a nice nightcap or substitute or go along with for dessert.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian style small (330 ml) bottle, best before dating of "09 2010" on the rear label. pours dark chocolate amber, under a highly retentive, puffy dark tan head, leaving gobs of splattered fingers of lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, bready yeast, and candied fruits. Complex, bold and tasty brew. Plenty of rum, raisins, more chocolate (dark and dry), gooey brownie comes to mind, some alcohol kickin' it in the rear as well as some late hops to dry things out. Nice stuff. I've enjoyed this one for years, just getting around to reviewing it

Photo of IgotsHops
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at QFC after a long day. This poured deep mahogany with great lacing and light tan head. Smelled of red and dark fruit right off the bat. Some yeast and phenols just like a double should have.
Tasted like dark fruit, brown sugar, some nice phenols, with a yeasty backbone and plenty of esters. A touch of roast/toast in the back and fig that added substance. Mouthfeel was smooth, refreshing but warming. Nice amount of carbonation and warmth, overall a great dubbel. Not the best I've had and not terribly unique, but very well done.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby poured into the requisite gold-rimmed Maredsous goblet and held to the evening September sunshine yields a brilliantly-clear cherry red body with flaming amber trim and a succulent pile of soft tan foam atop. The cap retains at a thick creamy sheet that coats the glass in a persistent shellac of superfine lacing. Because it fits my eye just so, I give this elixir a "5" for appearance, but only because there's nothing higher to score it with.

The smell is fruity and sweetly toasty, with a plummy note of spiced pineapple and a touch of brown sugar. Dark caramel emerges as the drink warms.

Sweet flavors of caramel-drizzled plums rule the roost, but are kept in check by dry red-winey tannin dryness and a fine, dry malty backbone. A bit of grassy bitterness dries the finish...

But wait! It's nowhere near so simple as that! The flavor profile is much more complex than I can even articulate here without lapsing into useless comparisons like, "...it tastes like a really good Dubbel...", etc. But it does taste like a really good Dubbel. It does!

Delicious and succulent, Maredsous' dubbel is fullish in body with a fine sizzle of carbonation, great feel and excellent drinkability.

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-reddish brown color with ample carbonation and a nice two-finger head.

Aroma is thick and chewy upfront with aromas of raisin, apple and even a bit of grape. I may just be describing the yeast but still, nice aroma!

Taste is strong and alcoholic upfront, followed by muted flavors of raisin and grape. The alcohol seems to dull the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy with apple and grape flavors coming out towards the very back of the throat. Finishes a bit dry.

Smells drinkable but I'm disappointed by the way the alcohol dulls the other flavors upfront. Possibly with some aging, this may improve. However, I'm just not impressed with the overall taste.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Great looking. An easy 4-5 fingers of brown head almost spill over the edge of my glass and lasts for several minutes. Lacing is abundant as well. Though it seems to be a transparent brown, it's a deep garnet color.

S - Wow! Chocolate and nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts) hit me at first, with a sharp buttery overtone and a solid background of sourish, overripe currents and berries. Fig/raisin/plum; something in that area is noticable as well.

T - It doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it doesn't disappoint. The butter and chocolate mix with a very distinct fruity note, something like apples and pears combined with the currant and berries from the aroma. Though initially sweet, the brew begins to dry out with the emergence of the alcohol alongside a particularly sour note. The finish is full of chocolate, with a slight burnt coffee backing. The roasted bitterness comes in full force in the aftertaste righ there with the warming alcohol.

M - Medium-ish body with ample carbonation. Wouldn't have minded more thickness in this department, but overall nothing that detracts.

D - It's a bit of an asskicker with the abundance of alcohol and huge, strong flavors. Not a bad sipper, but one is enough.

Photo of bort11
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Light and fluffy tan head that is quick to foam up. Leaves large chunks of lacing on the glass. A solid cap of foam stays on the surface. Color is a dark reddish brown. Highlights only show up when held to the light.

Smell has a sweet toasty malt character with medicinal herbal notes. Slight hint of alcohol. Dark plums, maybe a little brown sugar or molasses. Taste has a little more herbal quality. There is a hint of anise bitterness. Still very malty.

Mouthfeel has a very creamy quality from the carbonation. There is an alcohol warmth. Very good example of the style. I will be getting more.

Photo of atigerlife
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml best buy dated 11/2008. Poured into chimay goblet.

Pours medium brown with reddish highlights. 2 finger creamy light brown head that lasts. Good lacing. Really just a beautiful beer to look at.

Aroma of alcohol, dark malts, dark fruits [figs, raisins], molasses and somewhat earthy.

Taste of dark fruits, malty. Some light hops. Lots of things going on here that I can't quite place.

Medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Delicious brew. Very complex. Wish I had more!

Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfect appearance with a reddish/burgundy color with yellow edges. Perfect Belgian head forms great shapes and lasts and laces well. Really light aromas with out much to describe. Nice flavor balance, with a touch of cherries, mocha, caramel and dough. Clean but not vibrant. Light mouth feel. Decent beer.

Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a Saucer Flight at the Flying Saucer in Columbia S.C.

Appearance: Beautiful red brown/color with a great off white head and tight lace.

Smell: Avery sweet malty and earthy aroma.

Taste: A great sweet malt flavor with dry fruit tones.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and creamy for the most part very smooth.

Drinkability: This is a great sipper or diner beer.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a touch of red. Littel head, some light lacing.
Smell is malt, cherry, oak,alcohol, peat, raisins, apple. A nice sweetness & complexity.
Taste is malt, oak, alcohol, cherry, a bit sour.
Crisp effervescence, almost tangy bite. Not expected. A cola kind of bite to it. Light bodied. Good but kind of odd for a Belgian Brune.

Photo of dorsey
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this dark gem on tap at the always ineffable Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Surprised to be served this hearty dubbel in a tulip glass rather than a chalice or wine glass. From the deep reddish brown color, I almost thought I had been served a Sour Flemish Ale by mistake. The way it was poured, the head was less than half an inch, but it was tight and creamy, and laced the glass to the end. The color was warm and dark. Smell was... well, a waiter walked by with a bucket of very garlicky Provence Mussels, so I got a little distracted. Sorry.

Front of the tongue was quite crisp, slightly fruity (plum, maybe) caramel malt. Middle of the tongue instantly warmed by alcohol and spice (cloves?). By the time it rolled to the back of my throat, a nice full caramel malt had developed with hints of fig, slightly sweet, a little smokey, but without the molasses-y bite that I almost expected.

My brother tasted it and said, "Dude, this is a hold-your-smoke kind of beer."

This was, indeed, an exceptional beer, and a benchmark for other dubbels. I'm eager to find out how much difference there is between the tap and bottle versions.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in a wine glass.

Appearance: deep red with brown tints

Smell: yeast and raisins

Taste/Mouthfeel: ripe fruit, molasses, yeasty finish

There is something about this style that hits me. These are more like fine wine. I'm by no means complaining by the high marks you can see.

Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: poured into a snifter with a nice 1 finger off white head that laces really nicely.

S: The smell is complex, but not overly so. Definitely some candi sugar smell and some Belgian yeast as well.

T: The taste is actually very, very good. It is a bit light but there is very nice cani sugar taste in there. The Belgian yeast is definitely present with some brown sugar taste in there as well.

M,D: The mouthfeel is exceptional, a little light, hence the drinkability is high and the ABV is hidden very well.

Photo of atis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with light brown head which stays in one finger thickness for the whole glass. Strong, but think lacing.

Aroma is malty with faint dried fruit - pleasant, but weak. Taste is very spicy (seemed like cloves) in the beginning, later it is substituted by strong and sweet roasted coffee with nuts and dates in the background. Some alcohol can also be felt. Amazingly complex taste.

Excellent beer, but can be savoured only in small quantities.

Photo of Flyer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would call this more of a dubbel than a Belgian strong ale, but in any case it was very good. The head is very good and so clingy that it's almost concave in the glass. Hearty flavors of fruit and spice, with a sharp, satisfying finish. A good dessert beer, though I'd have it any time.

Photo of dstc
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with off white head. Head falls but stays for whole glass, nice lace.

Big sweet malty aroma.

Burnt malt taste. Sweet. Slight alcohol taste. Taste of clove and hints of vanilla.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a nice alcohol bite.

Fairly nice. Most likely will drink again.

Photo of fdrich29
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ayotte's Smokin Joe's in Hudson, NH on 7/25/08. 750 ml caged and corked bottle with a best before date of 11/09. Bottle boasts an 8% ABV.

Cork was extremely difficult to remove, had to resort to using a wine key. Cork broke in the process and the neck of the bottle chipped as well. Hoping we don't find the broken piece of glass the hard way.

Dark amber with caramel hues. Three finger bubbly/creamy head dissipates quickly, leaving a web of lace around the glass.

Smells of fig with undertones of coffee and chocolate.

Meaty fruit flavor; figs and dates with chocolate, coffee and alcohol underneath.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with the slightest hint of alcohol bite at the end.

Considering it's 10:00 am I probably shouldn't be drinking this at all, but even with it's heavy Dubbel Belgian body it goes down surprisingly well.

Photo of JOaikido
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 04-2010.

A- Dark reddish mahogany. Light beige head.

S-Caramel malt and a touch of alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel. Touch of dried plum. Fairly mild and smooth. Very little bitterness. Nice but a little on the simple side.

MF- A little light. Smooth and soft.

D- Easy to drink. Alcohol a bit too prominent though.

Photo of philipquarles
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the proper Maredsous glass, the 8 is a very nice dark brown with a huge cream colored head that is very resilient. Very good lacing as well.

Smells of caramelized sugar and plums dominate, with a slight roasted malt aroma coming through later. This roasty, coffee-like character comes through much more upon tasting, when sugars take a back seat. The sugars are actually surprisingly minimal in tasting. A slight hoppy bitterness is also there. Alcohol is barely detectable. Very well balanced; not at all what one expects after taking a whiff. Feel is good, though not really as thick as I would have imagined it.

Overall a good dark beer to sip on; probably the best offering from Maredsous.

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a three-finger, bubbly, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of candy sugar, dried frutis, malt and some toffee.

T - Very complex taste with a blend of malt, chocolate, toffee and spices. It manages to be sweet and spicy at the same time.

M - It was soft and smooth yet somewhat chewy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better dubbels out there. Great complex blending of flavors.

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.