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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

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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of seedyone
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

From bottle dated 01 2013 at Rattle n Hum. Definite brune aroma, but not very potent. Poured to a respectable head & left a resonable lacing in the upper reaches of the glass. Texture was a bit thin but the flavor was not.

Although a tad sweet, the first impression is of umami. It has the complex aroma of prunes & (I hate to say it, but...) leather that endS up with a taste much more grounded& earthy. It taste much mor uncuous than it feels. A wonder of aroma, flavor & texture

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much smoother than the Maredsous 10, and overall very excellent in general. Tried this at a restaurant in Changsha, China and absolutely loved it. Beautiful copper color, just the right amount of head and lace and not too bitter as one might expect from 8% alcohol. No burn going down and a perfect compliment to any meal.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

330 ml short bottle poured into a snifter. A light brown amber hue with a moderate amount of beige honeycomb-like head. Aroma is spicy and sweet, lightly roasted, with root beer or sarsaparilla, gingerbread, light molasses, and candy apple notes discernible. Palate delivers some chocolate and coffee to complement these sweet and spicy elements, a rather bitter yet smooth and rich dubbel, with more body than most Trappist examples (which swing toward the more attenuated) and a pleasant molasses-like or puffed wheat square note in the roasty finish. A sour fruitiness lurks in the background. I appreciate the richer flavors here.

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3.4/5  rDev -15%

330ml short Belgian bottle. Chalice glass. Wood & barrel aromas as cap is removed. Brownish dark amber color. Beige foam & close crown showing fairly good retention. Toasted & brown sugar aromas, hints of chocolate, cocoa, herbs & spices to the nose. Malty & crispy upfront rounded by herbal notes. Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Dense texture & kind alcoholic heat. Slight fruity bitterness, woody hues & dried nuts in the middle. Sweet/bitter finish. Dark fruit & subtle notes of raisin on the aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, toast, brown bread, molasses, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of fine visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film, a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and lightly toasted malts with some toffee sweetness and moderate aromas of dark fruits (mostly cherries).

T: Upfront there are moderate to slightly stronger flavors of dark, toasted, and slightly burnt chocolate malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherries stand out) but without much associated sweetness. Finally there are light to moderate amount of spicy yeast in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little easier to drink than some other Dubbels and there is a nice complexity to both the flavor and smell of this beer. Alcohol is well hidden and there is not as much sweetness as some of the other examples of the style.

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

330 ml. bottle. Brown colour with red hints when watching to the light. Huge dense head that lasts forever and marks a good lace on the glass. Smell of chocolate, dark fruits, spices, caramel, some wood character, like a port or sherry wine. Medium body, sticky and creamy palate, good carbonation. Taste of chocolate or cocoa, dark fruits, spices, caramel. A bit of an alcoholic finish.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a creamy off white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice layer on the beer. The beer itself is an opaque purple with a little bit of red. The smell has a dark fruit smell balanced with some floral hops. Belgian sugar notes are also present with a bit of a malt sweetness and grain smell as well. The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruit notes dominate the palate. A floral hop taste is also present but get a little lost in the sugar and caramel malt notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and heavy bodied with some biting carbonation. The beer is actually fairly light with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a fairly good beer that I'll probably revisit again in the future.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My wife bought me a 750 ml bottle of this on recommendation of a beer person at one of the better liquor, beer and wine shops in Minneapolis. She done good.

This pours a thick, light tan head of three fingers height into a tulip. The deep, clear, red-brown color has a bright core when held up to the light. Most impressive. The smell is rich and sweet with toasted, not roasted malts. The taste is a mix of sweet and dry in excellent balance, different from the nose and pleasantly so. Thick and malty with little carbonation and the perfect amount of hops to keep it from being cloying, giving it a dry backbone. The alcohol is buried in the blend of flavors, dark fruits and caramel. The feel is medium to full bodied, heavy on the tongue, but with a short finish.

Overall, I'd get this for myself if even better quads and strong darks weren't also available at the same price. It was an excellent experience, though, and I can't thank my wife enough for buying it for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Taking one hit for the team as I am not always the biggest dubbel fan, but the last St. Bernadus was quite tasty, how is this gonna be? Best before April 2016, alright!

Might be one of the best looking dubbels I've seen, hard to say. A gorgeous deep red and dark ruby brown body, with a roaring column of fire in the middle. You have to hold it up to a bright direct light, but it looks like hell inferno, with it's opaque and solid red glowing appearance. Head is creamy and fluffy makes about two fingers tall, with soapy retention, and good clumping puck. Magnificent looker.

Once again a solid nose. Hints of cream and dark fruit that resonates between fig and dark cherry. A real nice bakery brown bread that lingers with hints of caraway seed and light toasty grains. Boy I am digging this, it really sneaks up on you. Loving where this is going.

Oh my palate really delivers nicely. Subtle cherry warmth, and a very dry crisp finish. The bouquet seems to hint at a big thick powerful body, but it's light, effervescent, crisp, but with a playful aromatic and soft and airy palate feel. Hints of flavorful vanilla cream, soft cherry fruit, mild raisin, and a bit of crackling toasted grain. The sweetness on this beer is just perfect, not heavily sucrosed.

I am usually not a fan of this style and I think this is the best one that I have ever had, and that to me says all I need to know.

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Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown ruby color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of prunes, cherries, caramel, licorice and Port Wine.
Nice flavor of chocolate, grainy and roasted malts, prunes, mild piney and earthy hops, Belgian yeast, raisins, caramels, salt, ginger and cloves, figs, candied sugar, pepper bell and cherries. Dry aftertaste with a residual fruity, cocoa and roasted taste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation and a velvet and slightly acid feeling. Alcohol of 8% abv is completely absent.
Great brew. In my opinion this is a hard to beat Dubbel that is generally overlooked. Very complex with perfect execution and consistently good. World class to be revisited with some frequency.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.80):
Caramel brown to mahogany & a 1cm, foamy white head with great retention & a creamy texture that leaves good lacing too.

Sweet with a lot of sugar & over-ripe fruits, some figs, cherries & plum too. Lots of sweetness & dark fruits to this one along with a boozy, alcohol laced aroma. Some caramel and a great balance on the nose.

Very sweet & sugary with figs, dates & cherries plus lots of sugar coming from all of these. A definite alcohol taste to this one is areas and some caramel too that adds to the sweetness and some malts too.

Smooth & incredibly sweet with a lot of carbonation & some alcohol coming through. Medium bordering on light bodied in places with a slightly dry finish.

Started great with the look & the smell of the beer impressing in particular, sadly the taste couldn't match the start with the sweetness overpowering the taste in places & the beer seeming a little bland occasionally. It is definitely up there with some of the best looking beers I've had but the taste let it down sadly.

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Photo of Jordiehowe
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


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Photo of Act25
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful chestnut body and head, rocky, lasting, lacing. Yes it matters!

S: Liquor like, Cointreau, is the first impression, along with lots of grass, then blend of dark malts with plenty of fruit notes: apple, plum, figs, cherry. Want more of it, still subtle as it warms.

T: Follows the smell, again with the after-dinner drink quality. In this case, savored on the ferry home. Flavorful, malty dark caramel, spice, brown sugar, cocoa, latte, and stout. Sweet, fruit liqueurs, followed by drying, slight bitterness, into a crisp, roasty finish. COMPLEX!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus w moderate carbonation.

O: Must try. Unusual grassy and liqueur like Belgian. Recommended.

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Photo of confer
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Ommegang. Date is 10/4/14 so tasted about 8 month before best by date.
Beautiful pour, Light brown with red. Tan head that is very thick and fluffy fills about 1/4 of the glass.
Sweet smell of cherries.
Big fruity taste and a good warming feeling , you know there is alcohol in there.
A very good dubbel.

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Photo of LVituri
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uma grande dubbel. Ela é da escola mais avermelhada do estilo, e possui uma interessante peculiaridade. Ela me pareceu seca, assim como vinho. Esse foi uma aspecto agradável. É um cerveja equilibrada e bem gostosa. Mais uma ótima cerveja da Maredsous.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: soft brown
S: rich molasses, black liquorice, dark fruitcake
T: surprisingly soft and mellow; bright black liquorice from beginning to end, almost becoming too intense; dark fruitcake, nice broad bitterness
M: medium-full
O: very tasty but not overly complex or memorable.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

color: dark amber with some garnet
head: very firm and foamy

nose: heavy malts with notes of rasberry

taste: rasberry, licorice, gingerbread, lightly bitter aftertaste

a rather light but very elegant ambrée, dangerously pleasant

bottle bought 2011 opened end 2013 (end of consumption indicated was Feb 2013, however the beer was in perfect condition)

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: translucent cherry brown with a one finger head that breaks leaving some decent lacing.

S: caramel, malts, some fruits and definite Belgian yeast.

T: dark fruits, cherries, malts and yeast. A nice sweet finish.

M: highly carbonated, full body.

O: my best friend swears by Maredsous, he says it is o e of his favorites from when he grew up in Belgium. I enjoyed this beer, and it became even more enjoyable as it came up in temperature. As it warmed I found the flavor improved, the spice came out and the sweet finish became more prominent. All in all a very nice beer.

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Photo of alexk307
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent Brown almost a bit red when under light

S: Spot on for an Abbey. Sweet fruits, apples, cherries, malt and yeast.

T: Doesn't taste like it smells at all. Kind of dry for it being so sweet smelling. Somewhat sour and finishes with an unexpected bitter aftertaste.

F: Super carbonated the way a good Belgian should feel.

Overall it's a decent ale, but not as sweet as I was expecting.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

33cl Bottle: BBD Mar 16, poured slowly into a Westmalle chalice on 16th Nov 13.

The full beige head hung around but shrank to a thin covering fairly swiftly: the mahogany red/brown body was clean and clear (I didn't allow any sediment to leave the bottle).

The nose was all malt, semi-sweet molasses with fruity undertones and a yeasty feel.

The taste was dark fruits, yeasty and again fairly sweet, the malts giving very little away to the hop content. I like the sweeter, maltier brews, but this didn't sit right for me (I had a few beers before this actually).

Thin for the alcohol level and slightly lacking in depth of flavour, I think this might help to give me a hang-over in the morning: water next!

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Photo of zlel
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, poured into goblet
A: dark with ruby reflexes. Lacing ok, good carbonation.
S: caramel and malt, somewhat roasty.
T: not as sweet as the smell. Some toffee.
M: caramel back again. Very hoppy.
O: A solid and complex beer but perhaps too sweet.

Very good with strong Belgian dishes, like stoemp

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby hues. Deep color that slightly hazed. Fat tan head of creamy foam that falls to a thick cap and wet lace.

Nose is subtle and gentle. It has dark fruit like plum and a light sweet molasses. The grains are toasted and there is a bit of bread. The lightest scent of cocoa can be found but no alcohol. Yeast is earthy and it has a bit of spice. As it warms the spices come out more and the character lets itself be seen only slowly. Touch of clove and a bit of mineral. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste is smooth and gentle. The dried fruit and the chocolate are inseparable and the chocolate is terribly light. It makes you reach a little to find it and that brings you to a delightful middle. There's some anise but it's not sharp and some drying alcohol as well as a dry malt character that is a touch bitter in itself. The hops give a light gentle bitter for accent and the finish is earthy and lightly sweet.

The body of this beer is soft and yet it's full without heaviness. The alcohol is sturdy so be careful because it drinks so easily. There is the faintest hint of smoke in the finish and you will take three or four more sips before your are sure. The anise on this is spectacular. I was expecting chocolate and when I realized the anise lightly permeating the drink I was delighted. This beer is like a gentle breath. The bready quality of the malt increases as it warms and this is one fabulous dubbel.

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Photo of Judman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark, chestnut color. Thick foamy head that takes time to settle.

I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. I wasn't aware that it was made by Duvel but after learning that, it was no surprise. Top quality Dubbel. Malty, strong and delicious.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Copper-ruby brown with an off white, lacey thin head.

S - Light sweet sugary smell with a touch of buttery yeast.

T - Vague toffee, brown bread with butter, touch of hops in the finish.

M - Thin to medium body with a fine, stinging carbonation.

A comforting Belgian beer. Not overpowering or weak, a good measure of the Belgian styles.

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