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Maredsous 8 - Brune - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

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Ratings: 1065
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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 Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown pour with a smallish tan head. The nose has a nice range of aromas from chocolate to molasses down to earthy & spicey notes. There is also a bready quality in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly lively and full with plenty of bubbliness. The taste starts dull and earthy and then heads towards a sweeter medium body. Highlighted by chocolate and spice the beer bends toward a dry finish with a nice alcohol warmth. A pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 16:33:05 | More by Popsinc
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, ruby-amber pour with a voluminous (and tenacious), light-tan whipped-cream head. Recedes to floating dollops... Lace everywhere!
Smell: Boom: big alcohol bang on the old beak. Sweet malt, pleasant whiff of butter/banana. Spicy, licorace, dark/dried fruits.
Taste: Sweet malt start, tingly alcohol/yeast/carbonation at the top, smokey bitter-dry finish still allows essence of dried fruits and a pleasant mustiness to linger in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a pleasant lightness. Tight, tingly carbonation. Less alcohol warmth than nose implied.
Drinkability: A nice room temp sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 23:15:21 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of dannyvee


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled in a duvel glass. color was deep burgundy/ brown with a creamy tan-white head. aromas of caramel and candy sugar. very complex taste with a nutty, malty sweetness. also hints of plum and a little toastyness. slightly bitter in the finish. the carbonation reminded me of duvel- overall a nice, complex brew a bit too much for a session, but a nice one-off.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 05:49:38 | More by dannyvee
Photo of HardTarget


3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby “Duvel” bottle with best by date (12/2005: sampled 12/2003)
Aroma: Brown sugar with yeasty fruits. Some banana notes and spices round off a stylistic smell.
Appearance: Dark cloudy brown that showed some light at the edges. Whipped frothy brown head of a good finger and a half is starting to dry in the center. Looks like it will outlive me.
Flavor: The smell mirrors the taste, with the addition of even more molasses and long roasted malt. Spices top the taste, mild pepper and clove. A dry bitter aftertaste last longer than it should.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. That dry aftertaste actually feels astringent. Makes my mouth feel like sandpaper after a taste.
Overall Impression: While the dry finish almost DEMANDS another drink to ease my parched tongue, the taste has me thinking water might be needed. This beer seems to be of a high quality, but it is rubbing me the wrong ways. Think I’ll stick to Chimay Red or La Trappe. Worth a try/review, but don’t think I’ll be hording this one.
After reading other reviews, and letting the beer warm a bit, I’m starting to appreciate it more, but I’m thinking I’m robbing the cradle a bit with this sample. Maybe I will buy a couple stubbys and let them take up some cellar space for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 04:21:13 | More by HardTarget
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass bottle, with a similar label as the 12 ounce bottle depicted in the BA Database, only larger of course. Dot Matrix Inked Best Before Date of 12/2005. Listed as 8% ABV. Cork and caged, the knobbled cork was easily extracted by hand and dated 3/02. Recommended to serve at 6-10°C (42.8 - 50°F). Produced by Moortgat under license from the Abbey of Maredsous which is near Dinant.

Appearance: Poured into a Belgium Chalice Glass, the initial pour was slow and did not induce too much of a head. Deep brown woody color, I wiped the condensation from my Chalice but it still exhibited a clean haze, if you know what I mean. Lovely smooth tan head comprised of a gazillion incredibly small bubbles. Nice lacing on the curved glass edges. Excellent levels of conditioning.

Nose: T-R-oasted* Dark Malts (*sort of half-way between toasted and roasted). Some brown sugar and molasses in the back end. Light when cool, stronger as the beer warms to 10°C (50°F) and beyond. Slight hint of alcohol in the nose at times. Has a rather simple odor that can appear reticent at times to leave the Glass.

Taste: Listed as a top fermented Belgian Abbey Ale, which doesn’t really mean anything. It is more of a strong Dubbel if you feel the need to pigeon hole this one. As such it has an ever present sweetness, but it is never a strong sweetness. More like the sweetness you get when you put a small amount of brown sugar into a strong black coffee. Malts are always in the background and part of the Eights backbone. Molasses and a delicate soft Dark Toffee character linger in the middle. The ending is plush in feel and mildy complex. This is a very well made beer and it does get much better with age.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation in the M-8 is above average but incredibly well dispersed and never offensive. Velvety at times, it had the smoothness of Snooker Table Baize on the tongue. Excellent.

Drinkability: It was a 750ml bottle that I opened at 8pm, it was nearly all gone by 8:30pm. Oops, it was intended and supposed to be my only beer tonight and last much longer. My Bad.

Overall: A very nice, solid offering from the makers of Duvel. Oh Yes- they can make good dark beers as well you know!

Recommended, and not bad value at less than $7 for 750ml either!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 05:18:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lovely glass was a deep, luxuriant brown shot through with enough red to bring rubies to my mind. Its largish head slowly became dimpled and lumpy, eventually attaining just a hint of the mottling I so like and then leaving behind pleasant and very persistent spatters of lacing. This cascade of flecks reminded me of a time-lapse photograph of fountain fireworks.

The smell was somewhat sweet and malty but left me wanting more. I got it. The first taste had a slightly syrupy sweetness with a bitter, medicinal tang. Very soon I found myself thinking of the 2003 Three Philosophers I had recently tasted and quickly discerned the reason: the 8 is quite reminiscent of a lambic. It was beautifully reserved and balanced, though, because that lambic bitterness was only slightly cloying and not at all overpowering as I might have expected. It amazed me that a beer which brought the words "medicinal" and "lambic" to mind could be so drinkable.

I liked this beer much better at the end of the glass than I did at the beginning, and that's unusual for me. By the time I took my last swallow I'd grown to admire the way its carbonated caramel sweetness quickly flipped over into a lambic-like cherry finish, and I was looking forward to my next glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 19:12:04 | More by Weissenheimer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgandy in colour and clear. The crown was a short creamy light tan and it clung nicely to the side of the glass.
Carbonation was lively.
Nose was a light caramel plus a mysterious element that I cannot pinpoint.
The taste is actually pretty well balanced starting towards a cascade of lightly prominant spices and ending gently with a slight citrusy bitter. Opposing sides compliment each other very nicely.
I find no evidence of alcohol within this taste. Nicely done but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 02:21:10 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Hex92


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

An excellent Abbey Dubbel.

Light head that disappears quickly, but it did lace the glass. Looks like a hint of red in the dark brown color. Really doesn't smell much like anything, but tastes fantastic. Dubbels are my favorite style of beer and this one doesn't disappoint. All kinds of flavors mingle in your mouth after a sip. Tiny bubbles make it go down smooth. Very nice beer overall. I wish I had another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 00:43:29 | More by Hex92
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this on tap was a treat. The beer arrived in the Maredsous glass, sporting a nice dark brown color with a nice off-white head. The head lasted through the drink, and also formed a nice lacework on the glass. The aroma was sweet. The taste was very sweet roasted malt with barely noticeable bite of bitterness; possibly some caramel tones.Very enjoyable for a slow drink, as a light alcohol level is noticable and for its overall sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 21:36:33 | More by Gavage
Photo of GreenCard


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut brown, a scant layer of tannish head forms on hard pour but disappears quickly, good clarity

Aroma: toasty/caramelly maltiness, a touch of hops, slightly fruity/plummy, clove, ethanol, chocolate

Flavor: malty front with a roast-toasty follow-up, some clove, a bit caramelly, some hop flavor, nicely balanced finish with a pleasant dicotomy of sweet & bitter in the aftertaste, a bit tart

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle warmth, a pert carbonation level

Overall Impression: Another great one from Duvel-Moortgat. Their line of abbey ales is really spot on. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 20:24:13 | More by GreenCard
Photo of pezoids


5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a special beer. Served at the Eulogy bar. This one is just about perfect in every way. I can find no faults and would not change a thing. First of all the beer was served in it’s own special goblet and had a wonderful deep copper brown color. Perfect appearance with a superb clarity and was topped off with a rich creamy head. The aroma was strong in caramel and roasted malts. A very buttery and smooth body with a rich mouthfeel. Slightly sticky and candy sweet. Flavors that come through are complex, but not too intense. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel along with a hidden spiciness. Alcohol is barely noticeable. If I had to choose only one desert island beer, this would be near the top of the list. Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2003 04:57:47 | More by pezoids
Photo of nomad


4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like highly brown color at a glance, but turned to a much lighter shade on the edges. Its thin head sat and never went away no matter how long I left it alone while conversing - this is rare for a dubbel. Also had very good lacing and a bit of staining. Damn good looking.

Smelled of licorice, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts that were more earthy than sweet. Some typical pruny, "dark fruit" scents as well. Taste was first of dark sweet malt, at times seeming prune-ish, but more often a solid, grainy maltiness. Also tasted bitter chocolate and hops with a roasted edge. Refreshing in a dark/roasted way, kinda how a schwarzbier does, this beer had little touches of smoke and sour too. I'd describe it asbelgian sophistication with english stout body and character.

A thicker than normal mouthfeel for a dubbel, too, something I really like. This beer won me over a long time ago in bottle form, great to see that its excellent on tap and available. Have it at cellar temperature. Best dubbel I’ve ever had, pure opinion - many won’t agree. (Opinion may change once my trappists are done cellaring for two years)

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2003 20:06:42 | More by nomad
Photo of TheDM


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of creamy light brown finely sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing with a semi transparent dark ruby red brwon body. Its aroma was very nice and sweet with roasted caramle and malt notes. Initially its flavor come off as alcohol and its mouthfeel is very thick but then it smoothens in its finish with a nicer malty mildy spicey bready flavor that become very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 22:17:14 | More by TheDM
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Heroe's in La Verne. Recommended by barkeep from selection of sixty on tap. Did not disappoint.

Appearance: rich dark amber color with a creamy tan head that never died. Sheets of lace down the sides.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with spicy undertones. Smelled hint of cherries and earthy, almost pipe tobacco aroma.

Taste: sweetness, candy-like, at the forefront. Again, a faint smokiness akin to pipe tobacco and spices edge in on the palate. Mild hops taste and a lingering alcohol bite at the finish.

Feel: smooth, medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: this beer is way too drinkable for the % ABV! Dangerously drinkable. Delicious, complex taste and smoothness make for a wonderful experience and one I'd definitely come back to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2003 15:21:11 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Globetrotter


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out a beautiful reddish brown hue under a firm tan head that stayed with me right to the end, leaving rings (not sheets) of lace all the way to the bottom. The nose was sweet and fruity, with the typical francophone twang but much more pleasant than, for example, Leffe. The mouth was sweet and fruity with only a light carbonation. The taste starts off malty, but quickly moves to cherry sweet, followed by bitter chocolate. Lots of stuff going on here. The aftertaste settles down to cherry and mild flowery hop. This is definitely a beer to be respected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2003 09:36:40 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of woemad


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When my mug arrived there was a small white head. Moderate amount of lacing. Was a dark brown color yet with a reddish tinge when penetrated by light.
Had a sweet, fruity smell. Taste was fruity and sweet I thought there were elements of banana in the flavor. Rather potent at 8% abv, so I declined a second pint, although I did enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2003 16:45:49 | More by woemad
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel has a dark brown, sort of chestnut color to it. It is not too clear, being just slightly murky. Head is quite short....just a thin, fine ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass, with no lacing... Nose is pretty good....a very fruity mix of plums, raisins, a bit of apple.... Body was a tad too much on the thin side, though it was still smooth on the tongue.... Medium to dark fruit flavors are present (again plums, maybe apples, perhaps some grape), with just a hint of malty sweetness. Finish is somewhat dry, and doesn't linger much. Flavor profile, in general, is rather thin. Flavors are not overly pronounced and forthcoming. A rather so-so Dubbel, as far as I'm concerned...

overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 14:35:12 | More by Bierman9
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick off-white head that stays, leaving a ton of lace. Not much carbonation. Brownish ruby color, medium bodied, starts as a sweet mix of malt with a bit of hop, finishes sweet and crisp. Nose is a complex fruit and toffee - nice. Very smooth, but one to mellow - the high ABV is not really noticeable - be careful with this dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 15:58:09 | More by jdhilt
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Thomas Dunns a very nice pub in Quebec City, QC. This beer poured a very nice dark brown colour with a nice brown head. The aromas were complex and very malty, earthy, and spicy. The taste was very earthy, spicy and complex. This beer reminded me of more of a Grand Cru than a dubble. In fact it reminded me of Abbey Des Rocs Grand Cru quite much. The mouthfeel was very thick, chewy and filling and the drinkability was wonderful for this style...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 14:18:54 | More by francisweizen
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this beer flows out of the tap with a deep amber brown tint complemented by a tan white full head sitting in my goblet. Aroma has wine-like qualities, very sweet not picking up any real hop aroma here. The flavor can only be described as Swedish fish, yes the candy, this beer tastes exaclty like those little red buggers infused with a strong alcoholic finish soaked in wine. Full fermented grape aftertaste, has an alright drinkability. This beer goes down way too easy for being 8 percent abv and this beer is medium to light in texture.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 12:18:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap: Thanks to Feloniousmonk! Served in a tall goblet/wine glass. Color was a dark brownish red like mahogeny or dark maple syrup with a small tan head that left some lacing around the edges. Smell is faintly subtle but complex with some toffee candy, fruit, and caramel malt. Taste is complex in levels, starts out with malty sweetness with a little spice, the middle is fruity with a full, rounded body thast very soothing and smooth, the finish is slightly bitter smooth with a little spice and there is a warming dry alcohol that feels like a wetter styled wine. The feel is so smooth and silky with a light syrupy kind of hold thats charmingly subtle and clean with that nice wine-like alcohol finish. This felt and tasted like what I think would be a liquid toffee candy with a bit of sweet spice. This was super drinkable and enjoyable around such good company, ie., the BA boys.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2003 11:28:29 | More by tavernjef
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish brown brew with an off-white to tan head sitting on top. Sweet aromas come out of this one with masses of malts.

Very nice and smooth all the way down. It had a pretty full body to it and the flavor was all there. Lots of fruits thrown in there. I got a lot of cherry and raspberry flavors as well as a big malt presence. It was much different than I had expected. A unique brew that is certainly enjoyable. Carbonation is light, but it is still enough to tingle a bit. It is also a good one to sit and drink. I don't think you'll be taking down 8 of these, but it is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 16:01:50 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Bighuge


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful garnet in color. Clear and carbonated. A healthy beige head sits on top and has some staying power. The beer laces in sheets. Some musty, herbal and smoked jerk tones on the nose. Pretty subdued though. The flavors are subtle as well. Some fruity esters. Some alcohol, but not much. Some biscuit and bread tones. A little yeastiness. It all adds up to a pretty average flavor to me. It's airy in the mouth and about medium in body (at best). One I won't seek out, but wouldn't turn down if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:53:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting brew that I can't completely figure out. Make no mistake, it is good though, especially from the tap as I sampled it. It was a deep brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is good, but I thought odd for the style. The nose was quite chocolatey and almost sweet, with some acrid alcohol and earthy aromas as well.

Mouthfeel was thick and full, and somewhat slick...this is a full bodied beer. Flavors of plums, cherries, chocolate, and clove are quite prevalent, and I thought the 8% tag was well hidden in the flavor, but certainly not in actuality.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2003 18:44:38 | More by IrishRedRock
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What a nice, huge, crusty, grayish-tan head. I had to pry the thick, clumpy lacing off the inside of the glass. The beer is dark mahogany with swirls of sediment. Very nice looking.

The smell is apples, candy, some Belgian spiciness, some grains. Hints of chocolate might be my imagination, but I don't think so. The beer starts butter-caramely, spicy, sweet. Again, hints of chocolate. The middle is sour and fruity with a full body. Some nice butter and burnt caramel. The finish is dry with pepper and bread and there is pronounced alcohol. It's nice. Not my favorite, for sure, but good. The caramel is almost too charred and the alcohol is a little too obvious.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 07:40:22 | More by kbub6f
Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.