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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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89
very good

640 Reviews
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Reviews: 640
Hads: 1,310
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 84
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in my goblet. Huge amounts of head, tan and foamy, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Smell is of alcohol and faint raisins. Taste is not as good as other belgians I've had. Flavor is pretty one note, I expected a little more from the makers of duvel. Oh well, It''s still a good beer, but it leaves much tto be desired. (331 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber,nice thick meringue head, good retention, left puffs of foam on the side of glass as I drank it
smell: fruit and malt
taste: quite a bit of chocolate, hint of plum,
mouthfeel:light, bubbly, creamy
drinkability: very high, this was delicious! I'd never heard of this or tried it before, and I was quite impressed, it's like they mixed a great Belgian with a chocolate Stout, I will have this again! (424 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't really had a Maredsuous beer that i've disliked. This had a lot going for it. Chocolatey/caramelly, and reallly subtle and soft. Like an English mild, with a Belgian twist and 8%ABV!!! Subtle and delicious. Nothing wrong with this, faultless. I actually could drink a lot of these, everything seemed to be in the right place, strong, yet absolutely subtle, lightly spicy. (379 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep burgundy on the pour with an egg white head that rises and falls quickly. Thick sheet above the liquid, tons of lacing along my glass. Smell is strong and fruity sweet. Taste begins with vinous flavors of red grapes, plums, figs; they are very sweet yet complex in their own right. I detect a caramel sweetness as well. Yeast and alcohol lure in the background initially. Chocolate is down there even deeper. A spicyness comes through along with a slight hop flavor. The finish is where the yeast and alcohol really come through. Very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, this is a really engaging beer. I feel as if I could drink many of these in one sitting if not for the alcoholic strength. I had two, one refrigerated, one at near room temp. I would for sure go with drinking this beer at room temp. (809 characters)

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

This is the second beer from this brewery that I have tried. Stubby 330ml bottle with a best before date of 06/2006. I wonder how old this beer is? Pours out a dark brown color with a big off white head that lasts. The smell is malty and spicey with hints of citrus. Smell is very powerful. Taste is crisp and clean. Complex but tastes a bit thin (I am just being picky). Hints of chocolate and malt come through. Nothing overpowering. Very effervesant. Taste stays with you for a long time. Alcohol notes come through in the end and aftertaste.

A great beer that is full of flavor and easy to drink. I love it. (614 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Eulogy in philly. Dark chocolate brown with a nice, thick, creamy, khaki head atop. Scents of rootbeer... hard to catch much else- problem with this wonderful tavern is that late on a Saturday afternoon, you get alot of smoke that hinders the senses a bit... Tastes of dark fruits, mainly dark cherries or candied cherries maybe? Slight bit of darkened toast in the background. Bit of chocolate. Can taste the alcohol more as it warms up. Medium carbination, maybe a bit too much? Seems too much for the style for me... probably would have thought more of the mouthfeel if there was a tad less carb here... Served at the perfect temperature and in the perfect glass, just a great, happy experience here! Pretty damn good though. (747 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby, copper color with a pillowy beige head that lasts. Pour with patience. Malty, candi sugary, almost perfumy aroma; indeed a noble dubbel. There's some hops in there, too, kind of subdued under all the malt and yeast profile. Nutty malt taste and cereal, with complex malt derivatives flowing into a fruitrd finish. Yeastiness and complete fermentation suggest further perfuminess amongst the malt. A rather unique dubbel, and worth a try. I like it best out of the 75 cL, but not bad on-tap, too. (515 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for this sample.
Dated expiration date of 10-06.
Aroma brings on a promise of great possibilities. Initially a shot of rather sweet malt, followed by notes of alcohol, sourness and phenol. Good complexity.
Pours with a big and full head that has great stamina. Dark brown with reddish hues.
Flavor isn't as vibrant as I'd hoped. Starts with pretty straight dark malt flavors that holds some intensity and alcohol notes. Very subtle flavor shifts as warms including a slight fruitiness.
Quite a lot of intensity from the carbonation, that's distracting. Medium body.
The great promise of the appearance and aroma didn't hold in the flavor and feel. To me there was a significant lack of complexity. Certainly entertaining enough to try, sample and have again. Just not great like its sibling, Duvel. (819 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara.

This dubbel poured a clear, dark garnet color with tan foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was a nice malty and dried fruit aroma. The taste was malty and fruity (dried fruit: raisins, prunes, etc.) with notes of caramel and cocoa. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with a light, airy feeling. There was a lightly lingering malty taste. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. This was a very pleasant dubbel. (471 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Slightly opaque reddish brown (striking color!!!) with quarter inch white head.

Smell:

Malts are abundantly present, with aromas that resemble stewed beets (sweet).

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Flavor is devine! A burst of sweetness to begin that grows in fruit character culminating in a tangy finish that leaves you wanting more. Excellent. (361 characters)

Photo of bark
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in an impressive 75 cl bottle with cork and wire cage.

The colour is brown with a shade of red; the liquid is cloudy. The gigantic beige foam slowly descends into a small, almost hard ball of foam.

The smell is mild with somewhat acid notes. There are also some sour-sweet flavours of hops. There is a typical air of Belgian ale over the smell, and some alcohol in the background. Complex? Yes.

The carbonation is quite strong, but not excessive. The small bubbles almost resembles of sparkling wine.

The dominant taste is sweet-burned, with a lot of fruity notes. I could find some nuts and almonds, some dough (yeast) and a touch of chemicals and spices (caraway? coriander?) and blue cheese.

The aftertaste is full of bitterness, and a surprisingly dry one too. I could perceive some tomes of fresh cucumber and metal.

The taste is very complex, and there were lots of flavours that tried to draw my attention. They worked fine together, but I found it just too much, it was more like drinking aged red wine than beer. Maredsous 8 is unquestionable a fine craft beer, but it is simply not one for me. (1,140 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in the dubbel style by the brewers of Duvel, the Maredsous 8 is sure to please. It's clear, dark ruby brown body offsets a full, creamy head of ivory foam that seems intent on holding until the last; and it's lacing is second to none (except of course, it's sisters the Maredsous 10 and Duvel). The aroma is straightforward dubbel with a well-balanced combination of It's delicately crisp across the palate with a very fine effervescence and medium body. The flavor expresses more chocolate and caramel notes hidden behind its candyish sweetness than the nose lets on, backed by a drying spiciness and a touch of fruitiness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of spiciness. Exceptionally well done and quite enjoyable! Certainly worth trying. (752 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle. Best before date December 2005. Cork reads 8 2002.

Pours a clear mahogany brown brew.

Smell is sweet and perfumed. Mild spice and a brown sugar scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and strangely smoky in flavor, cork and oak flavors too. Citrus flavors show up on the tongue once the smoke flavor passes, tart lemons.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I had the Maredsous 10, it was OK, but this is far more refined in flavor. PERFECT for any smoked foods or a grilled steak, or Barbecue. (511 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown/garnet color with a big head that took forever to settle down. But when it did a nice dubbel sat before me. Smell consisted of lots of fruits and earthy tones that blended well together actually. Taste was very good. Lots going on in the taste department. Dark fruit, some cloves and spiciness mixed in. Some hops show their muscles as well in the middle but die down quickly. Finished very dry which made you want more and more of this brew. Quite a dubbel, seek it out. (495 characters)

Photo of Hefe
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 4/20/04 from 750ml corked and caged bottle. Best before date, 21-03-05

Appearance: Nutty, cola brown colour with a pillowy tan head that doesn't want to quit, when it does finally dissapate, thick creamy lacing remains.

Smell: Caramel and spice, followed up by some fruity phenols.

Taste: Molasses and dates up front, and a dry roasted/burnt coffee finish. Seemed to me that there was a hole right in the middle of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with delicate carbonation. Though it seems a bit thin.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer for pairing with food, or possibly as an after dinner digestif. Could also pass as an afternoon restorative. Hell, I'd drink it for breakfast. (700 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Coca-Cola brown, with ruby highlights at the edge of the glass when held against the light. A dense, two-finger head stayed with the beer all the way down. Aroma was fairly neutral, but there was a hint of chocolate malt, which for some reason struck me as a bit odd for the style. On the first sip, I was almost shocked by an initial perception of a mineral flavor that bordered on salty. This quickly diminished and was not evident through the rest of the beer, although it did remain rather dry. The fruit flavors common for the style did not really emerge, and I think I may have been drinking this beer a bit young. (629 characters)

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

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a huge 2 finger tan head that has excellent retention and leaves patches of lace. Aroma is a mix of malt, chocolate, dark fruits and a touch of orange. Flavor began with chocolate and orange peel notes... not overly sweet, with some light fig presence and a slightly sour finish. Could have maybe used a touch more complexity, but it's light body and smooth mouthfeel make this a very drinkbale beer. The high ABV is very well hidden. (465 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent tan meringue-like head that looked so appetizing, I had to take a bite. It was bitter-tasting, and I liked it. The pad of meringue is everlasting and rested upon a bed of small to medium size bubbles. Dirty, chaotic lacing. Good-looking "brune" color.

The nose was disappointing--very wet with notes of cranberry and the occasional accent of caramel.

Light cough syrup taste that stops in its tracks, leaving a burnt coffee aftertaste. Gente, not to say weak, mouthfeel, creamy at the conclusion.

An excellent fruity taste also appears when burping, which I appreciated.

I wanted a whole lot more "umph" from this beer, but got a thin, simple brune instead. Lacks character. (697 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I started this beer with the best intentions of hating it...I really did. And in fact, I think I started drinking a bit too soon after removing it from the fridge, which tended to reinforce my bias. But in the end...

Reddish brown and hazy in appearance. Head is spotty and thin, and leaves a bit of lace down the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with hints of vanilla and caramel.

The flavor's not bad, though at first it reminded me more of a Scottish Ale than a dubbel. Sweet up front, with a caramel/molasses malt profile. This develops a biscuity character mid-palate, and finishes a little thin in the hop department, only to develop a lightly roasty character in the aftertaste. A bit of spiciness in the finish is the most you'll see of the alcohol.

Medium bodied and well carbonated for the impression of a crisp mouthfeel. There doesn't seem to be much *there* to the flavor profile at first, but it gets significantly better as the beer warms. In the end, I'm actually rather fond of it -- not the best dark Belgian ale I've had (and I'd actually classify this as a *strong* dark Belgian ale, given its 8% ABV). But not at all bad, either. Yum. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick, a deep maroon with no head to speak of but left a tiny ring of red lace around the top.

Heavy smell of dates, molasses and some chocolate. If served at room temperature I'm sure this would've been better.

After the first swallow I immediately tasted the sweet malt and dark fruit followed by cloves and hints of maybe pepper.

Heavy feeling on the tongue especially with the latent alcohol burn. Not a "chewy" beer but very nice flavors and I liked the afterburn, nice warming feeling. I'll have this again. (532 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a rubbish brew with a huge head with lasting retention. I very much enjoyed the aroma of roastiness and of spice. Body is quite strong with some good carbonation. Taste is very good with an almost perfect match of spice and malts. I am still very impressed by the way those Belgian beer can include such a high level of ABV in such a subtle way. To me, this is as good as Chimay Bleu. (401 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strong brown ale (dubbel) pours with a fluffy head that falls fairly quickly leaving little "clouds" of foam and nice lace along the sides of my LaTrappe glass. It has a very intriguing lighlty musty aroma laced with dark fruits such as plums. This beer has a very soft mouthfeel and a fairly light body with a hint of dark rum-like flavors accented with sugary caramel bits. There's a dash of bitterness in the finish, which is dry, but over fairly quickly. Could be a little more complex. A rather quaffable Belgian beer until its strength catches up with you. (567 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome hazy deep brown beer with hints of red. Large, tight tan coloured head. A good looking beer.

Dark sugar, fruits and yeast in the nose. Hint of alcohol. Lots of different things happening in the aroma of this beer, so it's to be inhaled again and again.

Lively and spritely on the tongue from carbonation and some spiciness. Lots of fruit (raisin/plum) and malt. Cloves and pepper. Just like the nose, lots of things happening in the flavour of this beer.

Worth savouring, nicely done. (502 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice belgian brew I had in my 'dégustation' session at the manneken pis.

Pour is dark and completely opaque, in a very dark caramel fashion. The smell, very perceivable hints its style with a complex fruityness and wheatyness, aged and blended in a proper manner.

So's the taste. Rich body, fruit notes all over yith a slight carbonation sneaking in between to compliment it in a very pleasant way. The rich body doesnt impede having quite a few though. Very nice brew. (483 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red maroon color with an enormous light tan head that leaves abosulte carnage for lace on the glass. Most lace I've seen in a long time. Aromas of plums, figs, anise, chocolate, molasses and a slight yeast hint hit me. Very complex and gets more so as the beer warms and opens up.

Taste is is somewhat aggressive and spicy with so some clove hins to go with the alcohol and malt flavor. Don't get any hop bitterness except very faint lingering bitterness on the finish.
Only issue that I have with the beer is somewhat grating or minerally-like gritty taste, almost as unfiltered mineral water was used. Have to drink another bottle or two to ensure its not just a bad bottle (timeout) Nope still found that mineral-like taste.
Only distraction from what I view as a pretty tasty beer and treu to Dubbel style (827 characters)

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
89 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.