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:
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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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1,431
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667
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Best-by date is Nov. 2012.

Appearance: body is a rich amber-brown with a nice haze going on. Head is at least 3 fingers of light tan pillowy foam. Head has dramatic retention and leaves great clumps of lace sticking to the glass. Good show.

Smell: nice, musty malt aroma has cherry and plum characteristics, as well as some biscuitiness of which I'm not greatly fond. Still, some of the dark fruitiness makes up for this in my book. I like it.

Taste: quite tasty. Lots of dark fruits that get deeper as the flavor settles on the tongue. A slight tartness then appears, then a dank dark malt flavor with maybe a hint of chocolatiness. Malt is sweet and has a hint of caramel throughout the process. I feel like the first instant of sip is a little acidic and off-putting, but then the flavor wells into greatness as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: medium body and big bottle-conditioned carbonation make this one helluva creamy beer. I enjoy the feel quite a lot indeed.

Drinkability: Maredsous 8 is a darn drinkable beer. I'm finding that my appreciation for dubbels grows with each example of the style I have, and this is a good example indeed.

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Photo of godscorn
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review.
Maredsous 8 on tap in a tulip glass.
Black cherry color with a nice creamy head. Excellent lacing, thick on the glass. Has a slight alcohol, citric, brandy-like nose.

Hops are subdued, with a cherry/wood taste.
Mouthfeel - A fine, fizzy carbonation, slightly chewy and acidic.
Drinkability - feel I can drink 2-3 of these, before it gets too acidic tasting.

Good, tasty beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head

smell: sweet, caramel and biscuity

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. an intrresting sublte sour not as well.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: a nice belgian ale. would buy again

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Photo of kamilgracki
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a ruby hue. Thin, off-white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is Belgian yeast, cinnamon, caramel, and spices. Plum, figs, and apple. Slightly buttery, toasted notes accompany the malts.
Taste is Belian yeast and spiced malts. Notes of plum, figs, and raisins. Some banana and clove as well. Nice, malty finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp yet smooth, with a dry finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability it good. Alcohol is well-concealed.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice finger of head and that didn't retain as much as I would have liked but produced quite a bit of lace. The body is a deep plum coloured brown. A thing of beauty.

Smell: Dark toffee, figs and plums with touches of fruity yeast and the smell of brown sugar. It subtle and warming really helps to bring it out.

Taste: Sweet taste starts with a fruity fig, plum and apple taste that turns more into a molasses sweetness and ends with bit a pheonal spiciness with a touch of alcohol kick and slight smokey touch.

Mouthfeel: Excellent transitioning, carbonation helps out the entire beer although sadly didn't get enough head for long enough. Leaves a sweet sugary plum aftertaste that doesn't cling and isn't overpowering.

Drinkability: It's smooth going down but the carbonation is a bit high and comes across as a bit too gassy. The high alcohol is masterfully disguised. Complex, but not to the point of coming across as snooty.

Final Thoughts: While not as good as the Blonde, this is another exceptional brew. I still have the Tripel to drink, and I regrettably get the feeling that it is going to disappoint. In any case, you'll want to give this a shot. I think it would go really well with a Montreal style steak.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

has a nice orange color to it, this is the 2nd of a sampler i got, and as the first i cant really give it a fair review for its smell (damn smokers) taste is great, a spicy malty brew with a suptle hop taste to it. mouthfeel is good, has a rich full mouthfeel to it, a beer i wish i could get in illinois

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Photo of osopinoso
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, leaving a great lace which stayed on the glass throughout the drink..loved the rich and nutty taste as it paired nice with a large slice of Lasagna.. Awesome experience until the check; $10.00 a pint! Can't say it was that good.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, opaque, light chocolaty brown with a fine, fluffy, pale tan head. Appetizing aroma is fruity and slightly smoky with some yeasty hints. Sharp flavor is strongly fruity, and has undertones of malt and yeast; and it goes down with a smooth, lively texture.

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Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Eulogy in philly. Dark chocolate brown with a nice, thick, creamy, khaki head atop. Scents of rootbeer... hard to catch much else- problem with this wonderful tavern is that late on a Saturday afternoon, you get alot of smoke that hinders the senses a bit... Tastes of dark fruits, mainly dark cherries or candied cherries maybe? Slight bit of darkened toast in the background. Bit of chocolate. Can taste the alcohol more as it warms up. Medium carbination, maybe a bit too much? Seems too much for the style for me... probably would have thought more of the mouthfeel if there was a tad less carb here... Served at the perfect temperature and in the perfect glass, just a great, happy experience here! Pretty damn good though.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of windowside
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby hues. Deep color that slightly hazed. Fat tan head of creamy foam that falls to a thick cap and wet lace.

Nose is subtle and gentle. It has dark fruit like plum and a light sweet molasses. The grains are toasted and there is a bit of bread. The lightest scent of cocoa can be found but no alcohol. Yeast is earthy and it has a bit of spice. As it warms the spices come out more and the character lets itself be seen only slowly. Touch of clove and a bit of mineral. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste is smooth and gentle. The dried fruit and the chocolate are inseparable and the chocolate is terribly light. It makes you reach a little to find it and that brings you to a delightful middle. There's some anise but it's not sharp and some drying alcohol as well as a dry malt character that is a touch bitter in itself. The hops give a light gentle bitter for accent and the finish is earthy and lightly sweet.

The body of this beer is soft and yet it's full without heaviness. The alcohol is sturdy so be careful because it drinks so easily. There is the faintest hint of smoke in the finish and you will take three or four more sips before your are sure. The anise on this is spectacular. I was expecting chocolate and when I realized the anise lightly permeating the drink I was delighted. This beer is like a gentle breath. The bready quality of the malt increases as it warms and this is one fabulous dubbel.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jettjon
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. Tremendous foamy brown/tan head threatens to overflow. Nice slow fade with huge amounts of clingy lace and clumpy head left behind. Clear chestnut color with few precipitating bubbles. Nose of sugary sweet malt, dark fruits, and a bit of boozy alcohol. Mouth is thin and easy going with little carbonation in evidence. Tastes of bready malt, definite clean alcohol presence on the finish. Hints of bitterness. Overall: Great appearance and nose. Flavor was a bit underwhelming however I have a feeling I had a rather old bottle.

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Photo of Booza
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich looking dark ruby-brown. Small tan head that leaves decent lace.

S: Hints of sweet raisins, spicy plums, brown sugar, yeast, and Coke.

T: There's a fleeting maltyness to this. At first I taste a smoked malt flavor that's followed closely by mild raisins and plums. As it finishes I tasted brown sugar, molassas, and apricots and then out pops a toasted malt charactoristic. While this is going on all the flavors are tied together by a wonderfully bitter hoppiness.

M: Tingly carbonated mouthfeel that mellows considerably as it warms. As the carbonation dies off, the bitter mouthfeel continues due to the hops.

D: Excellent. This has the makings of a sweet syrupy mess, but the sweetness is very restrained. The malt is roasted and smokey, and the bitter hops are an unexpected treat. Fantastic!

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Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark drown into my Chimay chalice. Nice frothy brown head, fades slowly over time. Nice aromas of molasses and fruit, maybe fig and plum. Typical yeast aroma too.

Tastes good. Nice fruity notes up front, cherries and plums, finishing with a little bitterness from the roasted grains. Alcohol is noticeable on the back of the throat.

What a nice treat this one was. I picked a bottle up at my local Giant Eagle.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, toast, brown bread, molasses, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Nunya
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dull brown that becomes deep amber with red highlights when held to the light. Produces 2 fingers of creamy, tan, moderately lasting head that leaves clumpy rings & strings of lacing. Aroma is sweet, bready dark roast, dark fruits, Belgian yeast & a hint of spice. Taste is sweet brown bread, dark cherries, nuts & a little wet hay hit. Dark fruits & spice pop up in the latter half of the sip which finishes faintly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, creamy & smooth.

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Photo of ddarden
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bottle of 8 into a chalice and it is a beautiful deep mahogany that allows light to pass through. Also has a nice light brown head that stays.

It smells of yeast, candied sugars, roasted dark malts and plums. A very nice smelling beer with complexity. I am hoping the complexity follows in the taste.

The beer follows through on the smell with a wonderfully complex taste. This beer seems to have a lot roasted malt flavor with the candied sugars and dried fruit coming in nicely. This beers seems more like a quad to me. This beer has a good creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

I would rate drinkability very high on the beer because of it clean taste and mouthfeel. This is a beer I will seek out again.

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