Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ecoastman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of GeoffW
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I had when I turned 21, many thanks to Nic Zeisig who dragged me to the pub insisting on buying me a pint of it. Seriously dude, thanks. I opened up a bottle of it today to help me study for my metaphysics exam, hope it works.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. The color is great, just what you'd espect from a dubbel. A nice big head with lots of lacing.

THe aroma is very sweet yet complex. All kinds of stuff coming through here.

Taste was awesome. Very sweet compared to other dubbels but no less amazing. Also somewhat spicy with a bit of hop coming through to try and balance things out but this beer had too much sweet going on in it for the hops to play a significant part.

Mouthfeel was excellent, wonderfully sweet with just enough bitter to make you swallow.

I could drink this stuff all day.

This was the beer that opened my eyes to the world of Belgian ales and will always hold a special place in my heart. A Maredsous hangover for me is not something to be ashamed of. Kudos to the drunken monks at Maredsous abbey, this one is a winner.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored head about one finger deep, good retention, and good lacing. Body is dark brown. Looks really good.

Smell - plums, cherries, raisins, apricots. Both dried dark fruits, and ripe ( but undried ) dark fruits. Hint of cloves, and hint of alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. A wash of various dark skinned fruits. Plums, cherries, raisins, apricots. Cherries and phenolic medicine on the finish. High abv is well hidden, blending itself in the medicinal taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel - full to medium bodied, smooth, some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is very, very good, and the only thing to limit sessionability is the high abv.

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Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Maredsous 8 pours into a chalice the color of tea, with a lively one-inch, tan head.

S - Pears, bananas and sweet malts.

T - Sweet roasted malts, some coffee on the back-end. Also, on subsequent sips, a nice hop-tang presence.

M - Playful effervescence, medium body.

D - Obviously an expertly crafted brew. The combination of the hops and the effervescence in this one make it a very refreshing beer-drinking experience; and add a dryness to the taste. Very drinkable, very delicious.

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Photo of tlinner
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with a ruby veneer. Tan-white head retention is good, with decent lacing.

Smell - Dark fruit, yeast, chocolate. Smells a bit like a burgundy. Very inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Dry, dark fruit (like currants and dark cherry). Bittersweet finish, very balanced. Aftertaste is of chocolate and dried berries.

Drinkability - A first-class brew. Truly one of the classics of the style; you won't want to put this one down.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A rich brown with a slight burgundy hue. A big three finger head with decent retention. Small specks of lacing everywhere. Nice look for a dubbel.

S - Caramel malt, cherries, candied sugars, prunes, and light malt. A nice Belgian aroma.

T - A lot of malt, blanced between caramel and light flavors, with some additional fruity sweetness, mild cherries, plums and black currants. That aftertaste has a nice malty bitter finish with some lingering cherry. The flavor is great for a dubbel.

M - Smooth, thin, the carbonation is not strong, but subtle, actually making this more quaffable. Extremely refreshing. Pretty much ideal for a dubbel.

D - For years I have dreamed of a better dubbel. I tried many I enjoyed, but they all came up short. Here we have the immaculate exception. All around this beer is just great. My only complaint is that I started drinking it when it was too cold. An amazing dubbel, quite possibly the best (there are still a lot I have to try, but this is far above the rest to date). I will have this again (although having loved the ten and eight, I want to find the six). It is absurdly drinkable. A must try.

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Photo of danedelman
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with a best by date of 12/2010, a year older.... cork was a bit of a challange to remove

A-deep dark mahogany color with a nice head that held on for quite some time.

s-lots of candi sugar, toffee, figs and dates. Very sweet smelling almost like a wine.

T-very mellow smooth belgian candi sugar and dried fruits with a slight boozy finish. Also getting some black strap molasses flavors in the after taste.

M-very clean and crisp with good carbonation.

Overall-I will make sure I keep going back to get the same old bottles.

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Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark russet brown with cherry highlights. The head is stacked well and tan, then erodes and endures the duration as a thick skimming across the surface.
A molasses-rich nose, once warmed up reveals chocolate covered nut and fruit cake, heavy on dates, prunes, and figs, with a liberal sprinkling of cloves. There is also a fairly evident Brandy alcohol component.
Enters with a brief honey glazed nuttiness, the onward towards a central fruitness consisting of oranges, blueberries, dates, and especially plums. The semi-typical plum profile is brightened by the preceding, unusual, and tangier fruit impressions. It turns towards chocolate later, still towing some plum, and even ventures towards roastedness, but is stopped short by a tickle of grassy hops, and a red vinic alcohol statement...but much less here than in the nose.
A fairy thick body is given levity by a steady, but not buzzing, carbonation, impressing a sense of lightness that is more a ruse on one's sobriety. It's meaty, and it's sweet, and it's somewhat boozy, but it's consumed hastily, and thirstily.
To be very honest, I've not run in to very many Dubbels that thoroughly impress and capture me. I've seen a lot that are decent and enjoyable, but also either forgettable or unmeshed.
This is absolutely in the rarer, former camp. Very well done.

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Photo of krantul
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When it comes to Belgians, I always come back to Maredsous 8; Dubbel is my favorite Belgian style, and Maredsous 8 is my favorite Dubbel.

Appearance: Champagne-style bottle, corked, with a label design that I personally find to be quite cool. Pours a warm brown color with a fluffy cloud of nigh-indestructable light brown foam. The head trails the glass like a milkshake. Bubbles of carbonation are visible, clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: Rich, fruity and yeasty, hinting at the complexities that are to come.

Taste: Wild stuff. There is a lot going on here. Starts with a powerful, complicated sweetness, with raisins dominant in the taste. A moment later, I note the curious balance between the sugars and the staple, bottle-conditioned yeasty character; there's great balance here. I really don't like phenolic flavors in lighter-bodied beers, but they intertwine very well here; I can appreciate some aspects of it and ignore the phenolic off-flavors that would ruin a wheat beer for me.

Mouthfeel: A big, bubbly beer for which the glorious, natural carbonation works well.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as a richly-flavored Dubbel can get, I suppose. These aren't session beers, after all. Great on a clean palate, but this is the kind of beer to which you don't want to get too accustomed, but rather surprise yourself with every now and then.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The carbonated orange and brown body was juicy-looking, and the off-white head did it justice. The head was modest on a full pour.

Smell – The big, deep, rich malts were a pleasant surprise after drinking this many times from the bottle. They are big and intense even for the style. The spicing also in unmistakably sharp.

Taste – The malt flavors just explode at the taste. The pour was freezing cold though so I had to painfully let it sit before being able to enjoy the flavors. The spices thankfully relaxed a bit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied if not a bit bigger. The terrific fluffy carbonation was spot on for a Dubbel, and the drying spicy finish closed things out just right.

Drinkability – This is a hearty, flavorful Dubbel with lots of big malts that nevertheless prove to be well-balanced. It flows nicely on-tap.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown with a foamy tan head, poured from a stubby bottle (with a best by 11/09) into a chimay goblet. I really like it when imports have dates (expiriation or born), i wish it became mandatory.

A slight swirl at the end of the pour made dark dribbles into the foam. Yum, I love yeast.

Aroma of spicy, slightly medicinal alcohol, dried overripe dark fruits, and a big roasty malt bill.

Great crisp sweetness that is helped by a taste-bud opening carbonation. Nice sweetness and a dry smokey malt take over. Finish is dry and really nice. Alcohol warming and a slight astringent presense as I exhale after a sip.

A bitterness is in this one, I'm assuming from hops, but it could also just be the dry roastiness of the malt used. OVerall a great balance.

One of my favorite dubbels! Really nice and complex with smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. Quite a nice sipper, I don't want it to be over.

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Photo of MirImage
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Brandy Snifter.

Appearance: A dark mahogany with a thin off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark caramel. Nice malty smell that reminds me a walking though a brewery or homebrew store. As I go in for a drink it feels likes im putting candy in my mouth.

Taste: Somewhat dry for how sweet it smells. Slight alcohol burn. Tastes of dark caramels.

Mouthfeel: Very nice medium body. A little surpising it doesn't feel fuller, it works.

Drinkability: I think the 8% is hidden quite well and doesn't fill you up too much.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by my Whole Foods to pick up a 750ml bottle. Corked almost nailed me in the face when I removed the cage. Not cool.

Pour produced a very nice rusty brown body with ruby hues found around the edges, with a nice big ivory head that dwindled down to a nice fizz on top.

Deep aromas of candied sugar, dark fruits,caramel, and intense scents of spices and phenols are also present. It smells a lot more maltier than I thought it would be.

Wow! what a great Dubbel. It really delivered. Begins with a good crisp bite, with phenols and spices making a grand appearance followed by plums, figs, and molasses filling out the body nicely. Other flavors to note are dashes of dark caramel and dark sugar. Loved the finish, really reminded of a mild dark chocolate bitterness. Esters are also abundant throughout.

Mouthfeel was good. After the close encounter with the cork, I thought it would be a carbonated nightmare, but was proven wrong with moderate carbonation and a nice medium body.

Drinkability has a high marks from me. The alcohol was a pleasant welcome along with good carbonation on the tongue makes this a very good beer. Sessionalbe? maybe not, but is still a good beer.

P.S. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CORK AND AWAY FROM IT. Just my personal experience. Cheers!

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Photo of Jsteez
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice tan cream head that dissipated to a thin creamy surface. Mostly a darker brown with perhaps some copper highlights when held to light; carbonation present. Good head retention when shaken back and forth. Smelled of burnt brown sugar, nuts, some brown bread, figs, and cherries. The taste is somewhat similar to the nose, with some variations: burnt brown sugar, spiced bread, slight sweetness going in and a dry slight alcohol taste in the backend; the most dominant flavor throughout was cordial cherries; a medium bodied brew that was easy to drink; smooth. A nice holiday sipper! Cheers

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice corked and caged 750. I paid $9 in Raleigh at Peace St.

Appearance: Pours clear light brown, but held up to the light it is a nice ruby color. The head is huge, fluffy, off white, and lasts forever. The lacing is chunky and sticky. This looks like a perfect dubbel.

Smell: Spicy and a little fruity. The fruitiness smells tart, almost medicinal a little. There's a little yeast/breadiness after you swirl it.

Taste: Lots of different things going on here. It starts with the spiciness up front. Its really tingly. That tart/medicinal fruit flavor is slmost like cherry. There's definitely some roasty malt flavors going on here too. There's some bitterness in the back, and it finishes nice and crisp. Then the aftertaste is long with sweet fruit, roasted malt, and bready flavors.

Mouthfeel: The same vigorous carbonation responsible for the absurdly nice head also makes this beer so incredibly active in my mouth. If you want your Belgian beer well carbonated, here you go. The creamy head and fizzy bubbles makes this feel like a champagne milkshake (feel, not taste).

Drinkability: Oh yeah. Highly drinkable. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan colored head. The head is retained nicely and it leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A very nice strong roasted malt, raisin, molasses aroma with some Belgian yeast and spice mixed in. The flavor is very close to the aroma, a nice bready roasted malt, fig, raisin, molasses taste with a touch of clove spice. The warming alcohol feel and flavor is apparent at first and then fades nicely as you drink. There is a bitterness in the finish that leaves the mouth a little dry, other than that, the mouthfeel is generally smooth and creamy with a good level of carbonation and maybe a little bit on the thin side. Drinkability is great. A great aroma and delicious taste make this one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Very good-looking: dark reddish-brown, plum-like, with ruby highlights. A thin head yields some solid gauze lacing. Very nice.

Smells of sour cherries, some mild vinegar tartness, & baking bread. Like raw dough before it's put in the oven, that rich grain & yeast smell.

The taste is bready at first (the same kind of dough character I described above), yeasty, with some sharp, dark fruits: cherry, apple, dark grape.

Mouthfeel is full & leaves a sweet & sour aftertaste.

Drinkability is great -- for such a big, complex beer, I'd have another one. It gets some extra points for being both big & drinkable. Very enjoyable, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber tinted ice tea color with a beige head that hangs around and leaves waves of lace

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar and nutmeg

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel spice cake flavor; after the swallow a bitter, dry chocolate aspect emerges to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Flavorful and complex, one of the best of the Belgian dubbels

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the aromas on this brew which consisted of belgian yeast, cloves, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, roastiness, and faint chocolate notes; very complex. Upfront the belgian yeast come thru first on the taste alongside chocolate, plum, caramel, roasted malts, and spice accents. There was also some faint clove and booze notes as well. The beer was medium body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet creamy slight spice but boozy finish. Maredsous 8 drank very good and was complex acroos the board and was a very delicious beer.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pecan shell brown that is actually a beautiful shade of dark ochre when backlit with morning sunshine. I expected an outstanding head from the creators of Duvel and that is exactly what I got. A frothy, rocky, sandstone colored monster is currently occupying the top two-thirds of my glass and is beginning to lay down some of the most delicate lace imaginable.

The nose is much more spicy and much more phenolic than anticipated. That's a good thing. Who wants a dubbel that smells like an American brown ale? Underneath all that flash and sizzle is a maltiness that is somewhere between heavily toasted and lightly roasted. My crystal ball says... this is gonna be good beer.

This Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat dubbel should be called Maredsous V-8 because it's firing on all eight cylinders. I'm impressed by the fact that the dark maltiness has more of a cocoa or even a bittersweet chocolate vibe than most beer of this style. As the label notes, this is definitely a 'dark brune'.

The brewery must have used a high-quality yeast strain that graduated near the top of its class in terms of clove and cinnamon spiciness. The final pour, especially, adds a spiced woodiness that is some kind of appealing. Dark fruit (figs soaking in chocolate liqueur and light molasses) is present as well.

I'm not as impressed with the mouthfeel due to a relative lack of bubbles. Not compared to most beer, but compared to most good Belgian beer. The mouthfeel levels off and begins to contract at exactly the point when it should continue to expand for a moment longer.

I knew that Maredsous 8 wouldn't be in the same league as Duvel, but then I've always thought that Duvel is in a league of its own. This is still exceptional beer, though, and is a dubbel that deserves a great deal of respect. I must have liked it because the bottle was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of stevoj
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfect dubbel. Silky beige head covers murky brown beer. Powerful aroma advertises the higher alcohol content. Taste has elements of molasses, nuts, and roasted grains, but are quickly erased by the burn of the alcohol. Beauty of a beer!

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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