Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

very good
1,432 Ratings
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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1/5  rDev -75%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of smudgewhat
2.25/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Honestly, pretty disappointed. The booze is obvious and up front. Not even close in terms of interesting flavor as a Chimay or Rochefort 6 or 8. There are many better true Belgians to be had also like St. fuellien and Monette. Unibroue's darks and Delirium Nocturnum also much more subtle and flavorful.

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2.46/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There was a time around Dallas when Maredsous enjoyed a strange cachet as a quasi-ubiquitous "quality" beer at lots of bars where you wouldn’t expect much to be available on draft. The hype has since died down. I suspect that it was so readily available a few years ago due to the fact that the extra-long tap handle had a very scary monk on it, and the bartenders around town were all cautioned that no patron was allowed to have more than 2 Maredsous's in one sitting. Talk about an image!

My little 33 cl bottle poured a very attractive reddish brown color (decanted off the yeast) with a slightly smaller than expected beige head. The standard Belgian-style dubbel aromatics were evident (fermented dark candi sugar, vinous alcohol, dates, raisins, etc...) and the body was a just a bit thinnish, though bolstered by the hefeweizen-like carbonation. The flavor was also exactly as I'd expected (exactly like the nose--dark fruits and alcohol, like every other Dubbel in the world) but with an odd, phenolic smokiness that tasted a bit like burning a plastic tupperware lid in the dishwasher smells--rauchware... Following the initial smokiness, a green apple character emerged, giving the beer a long, sour finish. However, creeping back into the sour tail was the smokiness again.

To give this beer the benefit of the doubt, I'll rate it as a combo of tonight's bottle and my memories of it from years' past. I can't recall the smoked phenols from the past, the green apple flavors and the slightly thin, sour finish brought me back to a time when I remembered that I didn't like Maredsous very much... The epitome of a totally unexciting Belgian Dubbel…

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2.49/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- An inch thick bubbley tan head on a pretty clear dark ruby body.
S- Strong esters throughout, cherries, plums, light raisins, hints of spice, chocolate, and tofffe.
T- Taste pretty much follows the aroma. The main flavors in it are the malts. The alcohol really sticks on the tongue along with a light bitterness.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this isn't to good at all. There are a ton of dubbels out there that blow this one out of the water.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.67/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a .75 L bottle to a wine glass. "Best before 02/2009" on bottle.

A - cloudy dark brownish. good creamy head with good retention.

S - strong sweet molasses. alot of olive oil smell at first. as it warmed faint anise aroma.

t - medicinal flavor, not what was expected for a dubbel. stronger sense of the alchol.

m - thick feel. coated the palate.

d - ho-hum. went well with garlic bread, not so much with steak.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.67/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at BJ's in Cupertino. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany leaning toward purple, with a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly into a film on the glass and a collar around the brew. Some decent lacing while sipping.

S: Dark fruits, particular raisins, with some milder fig character and possibly plums and cherries. Has a light candy nose to it, with some brown sugar and clove notes. Not very pungent though, and it took a lot of agitation and sniffing to pick it out.

T: Not as complex as the nose led me to believe. Mostly the dark fruits dominate, especially a raisin / grape flavor that makes it taste much like a wine. Belgian candy yeast plays a secondary role, with some brown sugar sweetness and clove spice rounding out the mid-taste. The finish is mostly candy with a slight alcohol astringency.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Doesn't really suit the style well.

D: It was easy to put this down, but I didn't get much out of it. Won't really seek this out in the future, at least on tap. I may consider a bottle, but there's nothing in this experience that makes me feel compelled to do so.

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2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stubby bottle

App: dark medium brown with thick glorious tan head

Smell: a thick mix of chocolate, dark sugar, and a touch of fruit, like fig. Sweet smell of alcohol around The edges

Taste: subdued sweetness throughout. Strong coffee and toasted grain in the middle. ends with a massive dose of herbal hops.

Medium body and tight carbonation that adds dryness.

Am awesome nose, but the taste is too dry and bitter to be a good dubbel.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

I assume this is the "dubbel" as it was designated on tap. Thin, sweet aroma. Flavor was overly sweet with an unpleasant bitter hop finish. Grain and sugar throughout. Really stretched myself to drink most of the glass. Never again.

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2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/25/2009. Bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent brown with thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins. Flavor of more of the same booze, raisins, sweet malt. Ick. This was very bland and too sweet. Yep, this was a disappointment.

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2.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Begins with a violent uncorking. POW!! Watch out. The brew is soft bodied and overly carbonated, creating a huge mass of lumpy tan foam that dominates the goblet. Fortunately, the bulk of it recedes without undue delay, leaving a bizarrely shaped head. As you pour more beer upon it, it takes on the most unusual shapes and contours. Somebody call my phrenologist.

The body is fat and heavy, a warm, glowing mahogany, and clear. A faint cherry aroma remains mostly concealed by the head. I can’t say as I really cared for this beer, as I’m not a big fan of candi sugars. I’ll allow that it might age well – the label said I had two more years to enjoy it – but the taste conveys a harsh peppery bite that just doesn’t work for me.

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2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper/red with an inch of brown foam - mixed bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel malt, hints of grape and ripe fruit, ever so light toast. Winey-grape flavour up front with a big medicinal kick - too much I think. Lots of bitterness, and sharp carbonation. On the sweet side - which is a welcome balance to the other flavours. Body feels light given the intensity of the flavour profile. I don't love this one.

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Photo of MrDell
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75


Maredsous 8
Dubbel- 8% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 07.2017

Appearance: A lot of smoke and hissing upon cracking the bottle. Difficult to see beer properly as I served it in the ceramic goblet (usually only available at the abbey giftshop apparently) that came with it. What I can see is that it has a tan head which doesn’t hang around - poor head retention.

Aroma: Strong yeast aroma for a dubbel and alcohol, backed up by subtle dark fruits and banana.

Taste: As aroma, strong yeast (same as in the tripel and one that I’m not particularly keen on), followed by a strong alcohol burn then you get a very slight bit of dark fruit sweetness that is usually prominent (and very enjoyable) in a dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and oily, medium-full body.

Overall: The alcohol is not very well hidden in this one and the yeast flavours are overpowering (much the same with the tripel, if my memory serves me correctly). Probably my least favourite Belgian dubbel to date. 5.5 / 10.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Best before 12/2005 but maybe this ripened a bit too early?
From a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice.
Looks kinda boring for a dubbel and doesn't smell much more exciting; ripe to sour alcohol soaked fruit smells.
The taste also has quite a bit of sour going on. It mellows out after a bit, and smooths out after awhile in the mouthfeel, but the start of the sip is like unsweetened cranberry juice. I enjoy sour and tart but this is over doing it.
I'd like to give this another go because it may have been past its prime, and I really enjoyed the Maredsous tripel, but for the moment I'd say there are plenty of other options in dubbels out there.

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Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours into a goblet a dark chestnut body that is ruby hued when held to light. Creamy tan head rises to two centimeters and retains very well. Elegant sheet lacing all over the goblet completes the beautiful appearance.
Aroma is malty milk chocolate and toffee, plum wine, a hint of pineapple, and some musty and dank yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with restrained carbonation and some alcohol burn.
Taste is a quick downhill plummet. Fusel alcohol is heavyhanded all the way through. Prune juice and plum wine notes are the good news. Twangy yeast presents some chicken coop character that becomes dank and acrid. By the middle, phenolic notes take over, and metallic and plastic airplane glue notes take over. Not very pleasant. I could not finish this one. Acrid yeastiness, and fusel and phenolic to the extreme. Don't know what went wrong with this one, which began with such high promise.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,dates,spice,banana,some roast
-medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
I missed complexity and Body in this one.Slightly above average

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3/5  rDev -25%

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