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 chaz410
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a dark brown with amber hue and a thick finger length pale kakhi head.
Smells of slight caramel and belgian malts. Sweet smell that isn't descriptive of a specific spice or flavor. Little mild hop nose as well.
Taste is full bodied, malty and full of caramel and belgian toasted bready malts.
Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.
Very easy to drink one after the other for a dubble.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clear reddish brown with off white head, most of which recedes quickly leaving a bit of lace and thin film of head. Smells fruity with a touch of roastiness and noticeable alcohol. Lots of carbonation with a medium body. The flavor is dominated by alcohol, with roasted malt & dark fruits evident. I would have enjoyed this more if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 2 finger tan head. Pours almost exactly like Root Beer. Extremely carbonated, deep rich brown color. Looks very refreshing. Lacing is good.

S: Candi sugar, roasted malts and sweet caramel.

T: Toffee like flavors, slight alcohol backbone. rich and deep sweet malt notes.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: It tastes good and sweet. I like it. Hides alcohol well but not entirely which detracts a little of the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

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 Brad007
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-reddish brown color with ample carbonation and a nice two-finger head.

Aroma is thick and chewy upfront with aromas of raisin, apple and even a bit of grape. I may just be describing the yeast but still, nice aroma!

Taste is strong and alcoholic upfront, followed by muted flavors of raisin and grape. The alcohol seems to dull the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy with apple and grape flavors coming out towards the very back of the throat. Finishes a bit dry.

Smells drinkable but I'm disappointed by the way the alcohol dulls the other flavors upfront. Possibly with some aging, this may improve. However, I'm just not impressed with the overall taste.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap with a nice thick, creamy foam. Had a dark caramel color with little in the way of smell. Packs a good kick with a bit of unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, an OK beer. Too bitter for my taste to really want again but would recommend if you like strong bitter beer.

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Photo of RDeitz
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinkable, but not much above the ordinary, especially for a Belgian. Very nice head, decent flavor, some fruity notes. High alcohol content, somewhat tastable. Expensive for what you get. Good but not great. Other Belgians are worth the price. Decent.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel by the makers of Duvel. Seem to remember trying it in my early days of good beer drinking, but wanted to match it up against the other Belgian dubbels I'd had since. Poured into a weisse glass (I didn't want to fight with the bartender), it had a dark amber hue with nicely layered head, if thin. The smell was subtly malty, but it was weak. Tasted fairly good, richly malty with molasses and sweet fruit up front, followed by the slight metallic sting of alcohol, but a nice long balanced finish atones for the boozy middle. The pleasant carbonation keeps the beer from being treacley, and I'd see having a second at a bar that didn't carry Chimay Red.

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with a medium head. Nondescript smell. Strong, peat taste. Creamy finish in the mouth, starting out with strong malt flavor but ending up with with a nice bitter edge. Definitely (as you would expect) not a light, refreshing summer beer, but very good on a cold night. Great with Manchego! Not bad.

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Photo of pweis909
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coffee coloration shows garnet when held to the light. The 1/4" head faded rapidly, leaving some lacing on the bottle.

Initial aroma was clove and bubblegum, with a hint of metal that detracts from the appeal. Taste is emphatically molasses, sweet and sticky, with ethanol in the finish, providing a bit of alcoholic bitterness. Hopped only to balance, with no flavor or aroma noted.

Initially, seemed thin-textured, but warming seemed to create a slick viscosity in the mouth.

Overall, too sticky sweet and boozy to want to drink two. Also, carbonic bite. Dimished drinkability.

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Photo of kegger22
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium brown with a generous head that was retained throughout the drink. The aroma had a medicinal quality along with alcohol and malty sweet. The taste was somewhat sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Grapes were the only other thing I could pick out. Mouth feel was medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Not a fan.

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Photo of JanetCDavis
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into porter glass. Caramel color with 1" head. Nice color for a brown ale. Ok smell, surprisingly lemony at first. Also some notes of cedar. Much better with a sharp cheese than a mild one. Great with a Manchego. Not as creamy as I would expect.

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Photo of melloashello
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer here in Nashville.
Pours a dark tan, amber color.
Aroma of raisins, toffee, caramel malts, overall a pretty good smell.
Tasted of raisins and toffee and something else that I couldn't put my finger on.
The taste is what left me a bit concerned. It just wasn't what I was expecting really.
I liked it but I had to almost push myself to finish the 10 oz pour.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright with a copper colour and a two finger off white head. Medium carbonation and good lacing.

S - Really malty. Yeasty and and element of brown sugar. Less spice and yeast than expected and sort of similar to a bock or dopplebock. Interesting.

T - Really nice and malty again, but the yeast element isn't there. Not as complex as I would have expected but still good.

M - Lot's of carbonation keeps things moving. Creamy finish.

D - Good drinkability but I would choose a number of other Dubbels over this. That said, I'd have another no problem.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Maredsous goblet.

A: Clear brown body under a finger of fine tan head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Raisin, plum, toffee, marzipan, and alcohol. Very sweet, fruity, and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, but with more emphasis on the malt and less on the fruitiness. Good balance of sweetness and booziness, but a little short of being impressive.

M: Ultra lively, bubbly, frothy, explosive. Overcarbonated, plain and simple.

O: Enjoyable but not memorable.


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Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice beer here. One of the most beautiful pours I think I've ever seen. Very rich brown with a nice fluffy head and some of the best lacing I've ever seen.

I expected the aroma to be a bit stronger and a little richer, but it's still not bad.

A nice, smooth, taste to this one. A little more carbonation than I like, but I do like the flavor. Almost tastes a little like red wine. I do detect the alcohol in this one, but it's not overpowering at all.

This was a nice beer that I will try again sometime.

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Photo of Yesac
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours solid brown. Small white/brown head.

S - Classic Belgiun smell.. sweet dark fruits.. caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pretty bland and tart. There is a strong bite that seems to be a combination of high carbonation and spice. It's not sweet like a typical Belgiun which I'd rather have. Where is that brown sugar I smelled? Malt dominance with hints of boozy scotch. Not complex.

M - Thick bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Yuck.. I wish I wouldn't have gotten the bomber. To tart and to much of a plastic type taste.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 09-2012. *Note with the updated label this is called, "Brune/Bruin"

(A)- Pours a brown colored burgundy. Produced a giant crown of fluffy tan colored head with great retention behind it. Tons of sticky lace left behind.

(S)- A dry clay-driven earth character. Bits of raisin and plum. Very very dry actually.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Extremely dry and a clay earth driven profile. Very subtle bits of dark fruits.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A fair balance as well, though it definitely leans towards the dry earthy side of the style.

(D)- A good dubbel especially for the price point. Nothing extraordinary, but it fits the bill for the style.

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Photo of dstc
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with off white head. Head falls but stays for whole glass, nice lace.

Big sweet malty aroma.

Burnt malt taste. Sweet. Slight alcohol taste. Taste of clove and hints of vanilla.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a nice alcohol bite.

Fairly nice. Most likely will drink again.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork and Caged 750ml bottle. Best before date of 3/2013

Appearance- Light brown almost red. Big fluffy off white head. I kinda expected, or hoped for, something darker. Big chunks of lacing left behind. 3/5

Smell- Belgian yeasty bananas. Caramel. Bits of clove. 3/5

Taste- A little more hoppy than I expected. The Belgian yeast comes out at the end of the swallow. This is also very carbonated. Lots of "scrubbing bubbles" on your tounge. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin. Would like a little more of a mouthfeel. 3/5

Overall- I was kind of hoping for something a little more fuller. In mouthfeel as well as taste. After pouring and smelling I thought the taste would be bland, but it was not. Still a little more dark fruit would make this much better. I also think the hoppyness is one of its saving graces. 3.5/5

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maredsous 750ml poured into ceramic Maredsous goblet and a Chimay chalice as well.

A- Pours out with a dark brown body and a big light tan head. The head never disappears and ends as a nice thick pillow on the beer with a creamy texture. Lace is plentiful down the glass.

S- Mostly comes off as a mixture of Belgian yeast spice, caramelized dark sugars and dark fruit/raisins.

T- Belgian yeast driven ale with notes of spice, dark raisins, dark fruit (cherry, red), apple, clove, bread and banana. Malt is toasty, nutty and carmelized. The raisins and dark fruit (slightly medicinal) strike me as the strongest.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a lower than expected carbonation level. Finishes off a bit bitter with some warmth on the palate.

A good Dubbel but it is a bit strong on the raisin and somewhat medicinal for me, not as carbonated as I would expect either. Just not as smooth as many similar ales.

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Photo of BWH3
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is about as good as it can get. Kodiak beer brown without a hint of red or copper topped by an effervescent beige head. Retention is very strong. Fairly hazy. Only deductions are for the absence of a red hue (if you really think that must be part of the style) and the lack of clarity.

S: The raisin scent of the Special B combines with the sourness of the yeast strain to provide a sour cherry aroma. It is not a pungent aged dark fruit aroma but rather light, crisp and fresh smelling. The hops add an essence of crushed moist soil. No noticeable banana esters or spicy clove like phenols (this is a shame).

T: The taste seems rather bland. Seems as though it is Pilsner malt, belgian candi, a splash of special B and that is it. Not much malt depth and somewhat watered down taste. Hops are noble and earthy. A grape flavor on the tongue is present in the aftertaste. Not as rich and complex as I expect.

M: Medium bodied beer w/ high alcohol content. Superb fine carbonation and head retention. Like a bit more body and not quite as dry.

D: Certainly would take another but this is not as good as Chimay and not close to Westmalle or St. Bernardus.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,409 ratings.
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