Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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89
very good
1,431 Ratings
Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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667
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4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfect appearance with a reddish/burgundy color with yellow edges. Perfect Belgian head forms great shapes and lasts and laces well. Really light aromas with out much to describe. Nice flavor balance, with a touch of cherries, mocha, caramel and dough. Clean but not vibrant. Light mouth feel. Decent beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge. Served on tap in a brewery wine goblet.

Poured a murky brown body and an off white head. Smells very vinous. Tastes wine like as well. Jolly Rancher candy malt flavor. Very light on the palate.

Okay. Not a bad beer by far but I just don't get that much complexity beyond a very wine like flavor.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It was Okay. Not bad.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby into an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy ruby reddish brown with a full inch of rocky off white head. Retention and lacing are good.

Smell was initially medicinal and reminded me of some sweet fruity cordial. A little air improved things quickly, revealing some nuttiness and dried fruits. Offers a pleasant nose but not a lot of variety as a certain grape juice quality of the malts masks more subtle notes.

Tastes of sweetened dried fruit with a bit of nut/chocolate on the finish. Again a bit one sided. Decent feel and a light champagne like carbonation helps mask any sweetness of the brew. Medium in body, starting off a bit creamy and becoming thinner as the carbonation lessens. Alcohol is well hidden on the tongue but does reveal itself on the nose as the beer continues to warm.

Decent but not very exciting. Best by Sept. 2010 on label.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a tan head.

S: The nose is fruity and heavy on the raisins. Some other fruits include figs and plums. There is a slight acidity to it as well, which seems off for a dubbel.

T: The slight sourness is there again, maybe it's all those raisins? Sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, alcohol, and dark stone fruits. A weird combination, indeed.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: I don't know if this was a bad keg or not, but this beer was not all that impressive (which goes against what people usually have to say about this beer). Perhaps I'll need to revisit it later.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date says this is good till sometime in 2007. The appearance of the beer is very inviting. Color is maroon with a dark ruby glow. Carbonation is very active. Head is very thick, large, and tan colored. Aroma isn't very strong. An initial dark, fruity wine flavor quickly disapears and is replaced by a bit of Belgian sugar and a hint of spice. Sip starts with a burst of citrissy tartness which turns into s sugary, earthy Belgian malt body. Spices are in the mix, but seem to be content to linger in the background. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. Overall, I'm disapointed and think that maybe I got a bottle that was a little off. The flavor wasn't bad, just unbalanced and somewhat watery. This beer will get another try sometime down the road.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a dark brown with a nice creamy small light brown head that immediately starts clinging to the sides. Nose is yeasty and malty with a nice sweet maltiness.

Taste is very light, super dry and malty with a bunch of iron on the finish. Carbonation is light and the body is even lighter. Maybe I've been spoiled by westy 8, but this isn't even as good as my friend Nate's homebrew dubbel!

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Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Thullin187
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of freeeekyyy
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a- Looks like tea. Fairly dark, but definitely still translucent.

s- Maredsous 8 smells like cleaning fluid. If smell were all that mattered, it would be one of the worst beers ever.

t- Taste is not bad at all. I quite like the stuff. Very nutty, with a strong alcohol bite. I like it.

m- Mouthfeel is pleasing. It has a juicelike consistency. Not watery at all, but definitely not as heavy as some beers.

d- One is enough in a single sitting. Good stuff, but the alcohol can be a little hard to stomach.

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Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of soxandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Milltown. Not really sure about the vintage. Looks and smells like a good Dubbel. Dark body with a white head. Smell is loaded with more raisins, figs, and plums than cherries but the cherries are there. Less boozy smelling than the others. At first it tastes exactly like Westmalle Dubbel, but the yeast really came out as I drank it, and i didnt like it. I wanted more cherries and fruits, and less like eating a yeast packet.

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Photo of emakings
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of theopholis
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The head is a very nice, fluffy 2 finger, light brown creamy in color. Excellent retention. Decent lacing. Gets extremely creamy in the center as it settles. The body is a rich dark ruby color that is crystal clear. It effervesces for a long time.

Smell- The aroma is subdued, but what there is has a nice blend of dark fruits, a complex malt sweetness, and maybe just the barest hint of toffee.

Taste- The taste is also oddly subdued. I might have poured this to cold. I'm getting a very subtle blend of dark fruits, a somewhat harsh roastiness. And I swear I'm getting a metallic aftertaste. Not horrible, but not awesome either.

Mouthfeel- Average Body. But the excessive carbonation really detracts from the flavor.

Drinkability- It's worth trying. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $3.69 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I pour into a chalice to review.

Light , airy off-white head of about a half inch. Nice lasting lace and retention. Very dark brown with stunning ruby apparent when held to the light.

Sweet, candied fruity aroma with some mild belgian spice and yeast. Fruits seem to be raisin and fig mostly. Aroma leads me to believe this is more of a fine Belgian Dark than a Dubbel. Well, guess they are not that far off.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Seems to be more complex than the nose yet for some reason it is not brought together as well for me. Dark fruits and even some grape soda hints (especially in conjunction with the mouthfeel).

I'm not a fan of the mouth on this one. Seems lighter and fizzier than most darker Belgians I've tried. Dry, abrupt finish. Lacks the silky smoothness I have become fond of Belgians for.

Not a bad offering, but there are many others of this style I'd recommend further in line.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,431 ratings.
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