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 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 Tomesco
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A dark mahogany red.

Smell - Dark malts and raisin.

Taste - A breadyness with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel - Thick and coats the mouth with a medium body.

Overall - A decent dubbel. Some interesting flavours but nothing memorable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells kinda weak, but what's there is nice, caramel, raisin, and breadiness.

This is definitely a tiny bit watery, which is unfortunate. There's no booziness, which is nice, but I'd wish for a bit more rich maltiness here. There's light caramel, a definite fruitiness, and a good breadiness, but it all seems a little reticent to me.

This is medium bodied, with a watery finish and a decent level of carbonation for the style.

This certainly isn't bad, but it doesn't do a whole lot to actually stand out.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Reddish brown and hazy. Nice off-white, frothy head. Lasting with excellent lacing. Malty notes upfront and plenty of berries. Some chocolate notes. Medium sweet malty notes and bit of sugar sweetness. Light bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy. Soft carbonation. Spicy phenols. Long lasting, medium dry finish.

Too much of berries for a dubbel...

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Photo of pattysykes
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle. Darkish brown with a fluffy beige head that settles down to a thick lacing. Aroma is of burnt sugar, cherries and plums and fresh-baked bread. Quite sweet and malty, Warm aftertaste, but surprisingly low alcohol taste for the ABV. Medium-full body. Nice beer.

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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 Zalmo
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the tall boy bottle and really enjoyed this one. My favorite dubbel so far, small sampling, but I'd buy this one again. I was looking for a sweet finish and this did not disappoint. A dried plum or raisin flavor, a good amount of caramel, and a warm boozy finish, and who doesn't like a warm boozy finish? On to 4 more dubbels, not sure which ones yet.

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Photo of TH28
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a murky, muddy brown with minimal off white foam cap. Aroma is raisin, clove, wood, whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is cherry, caramel, raisin, with woody notes on the backside. Bitterness is just enough to balance the rich malt. Mouthfeel is medium with slight creaminess and a high carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. Finishes with some lingering dark fruit and caramel maltiness.

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Photo of Ferb
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I like Belgian dark and strong dark ales very much. This beer is near the top of the category for me. Maredsous Brune pours a lovey rich brown/red, mysteriously murky and inviting with a thick chunky off white head and aromas of fig and artisan bread. The taste echos the aroma with crusty bread and dark fruits with some yeast driven esters that mimic gentle citrus fruits with little to none of the clove flavors that are in some Belgian abbey ales. The taste evolves in your mouth and improves as it slowly warms. This is one of my favorites along with Rochefort 6 and 8 and Chimay Red.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that recede to remain just covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing remains.
The smell is of dark cereal malts; the taste is of dark plum, raisin and malt, with a peppery yeast finish.
The beer is medium to full bodied thanks in part to the high carbonation that releases with each sip.
Overall, an very enjoyable Belgian ale.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- huge head on this, dark amber colour on the beer.head sticks around too.

S- dark fruits and booze but pretty subdued nose overall.

T- as it smells but much bolder on the taste. This is a borderline quad on the taste, the usual suspects for a fine belgian, dark fruits, booze and caramel .superb

F- rich, thick and coats the mouth

O- the best dubbel ive tried to date.absolutely superb.

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Photo of davidperez
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 2/ 2016

The official Maredsous chalice is made of porcelain, a big chalice of a pale bone color with the Maredsous name on it.
I'll give up the look of this beer in exchange for orthodoxy within this brewery mindset.
It developed a very big, ultra foamy head, creamy, with decent retention.
Seen from above after the head has gone, it is a dark brown beer with patches of brown yeast on top of the remnant light brown foam.

Not much on the nose. Caramel, slight spiciness, malty sweetness, lots of cherry, slight butterscotch, and the very distinctive hoppy spiciness after swirling energetically.

What an assertive flavor, slightly unbalanced, tilting towards sweetness. Caramel, steely malts, strong phenolic medicine-like flavor, yeast spiciness. Just a hint of dark fruits as in raisins, dates, figs and prunes, but, most predominantly, cherry.
This is an oxidized beer, although not to the point of loosing every other original trait of the style, as some other oxidized beers I have encountered. Still, the oxidized flavors are the strongest ones. Lots of nut as in hazelnut or almond, vinous, wine-like booze, wood, wet paper, and again lots of cherry.
The aftertaste is the same flavor, but waning, and it is predominantly sweet although the sensation in your mouth at the end is that of dryness.
Medium to full body, very smooth, nice carbonation .

Interesting beer, the oxidation was in tune with it, although I would love to have one fresher.

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Photo of jimmyeng
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a .75L bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with hints of red. Thick, fluffy foam with incredible retention and strong lacing. A really good looking beer.

S: Not too strong. Very subtle hints of fruit and yeast.

T: Much stronger than the smell. Dark fruit flavors up front but not overpowering at all. Balanced with caramel and malt flavors at the end. Somewhat sweet. Alcohol is dangerously masked.

M: A bit thinner than I expected given the thick foam that stuck around pretty much the entire time. Refreshing.

O: A really enjoyable, drinkable dubbel. Beautiful appearance and taste. Definitely worth picking up if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown that is a beautiful ruby colour when held up to a light source. Topped with a fluffy cream 2 finger head. Incredible retention. Thick rings of lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts and dark fruit (prune, raisin mainly)

T- Definitive flavour of dark fruits, caramel malt, and a slight spice (I'm thinking coriander). Little bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M- Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Maredsous Brune is a beautiful beer: gorgeous appearance, great aroma, good flavour and a creamy yet refreshing body.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown amber in color. Thick light brown head, very foamy. Lots of lacing. Smell is caramel and rich malt, with yeasty finish. Taste is sweet, with notes of fruit, spice, and caramel malt. Refreshing mouthfeel that leaves slight warmth.

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Photo of stanzy1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is like iced tea. Taste is like a subtle dark ale. Very well balanced. Not too sweet which I like. No heavy taste of alcohol. Tamarind flavor. Not trying too hard. Enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a very dark brown body with a thick light brown foamy head. Moderate retention with good lacing.
Smell: A very nice smell of roasted malts.
Taste: A bit spicy with a toasted taste which matches the smell perfectly.
Mouthfeel: Quite high carbonation. Has a refreshing mouth feel.
Overall: A nice brune, with more toasted smell and taste compared to most brunes.

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Photo of OlaB
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gives of a a dark brown color, gives of a small top of head that frankly disolves to quickly , decent lacing on the glas

S: the yeast is very dominant , i also can sense dark fruits like plum,raisin,dates , i also hint banana,caramel malts and burned sugar, a very sweet note on the aroma

T&F : Much as the smell , very first taste, the dark fruits is the first i notice,very sweet notes in the taste , aftertaste is slightly bitter aand i also think the malts make this one exiting .Gives of a immediatelly warnin feeling in the first sip.A very good balanced taste

O: A good dubbel but far from extrordinary, an enjoyable beer and easy drinking. It sure is better belgian beers out there but this sure did the job. I would sure try it again if i get the chance
But i could sure drink this again if i got the chance

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into a snifter. A dark clear brown with a thin head and beautiful lacing. A rich malty smell with a smooth, full feel. It's taste has a strong toasted malt flavor, with caramel. Tastes like an "imperial" brown ale. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Libertyspike
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Dark brown amber. 1.5 finger tan foam
S- Prune, brown sugar, caramel, banana and a slight hint of yeast
T- Delicious. Same as scent but not overly sweet.
M- smooth and not overly heavy
O- Excellent! One of my top 3 Dubbels. Not overly complex but a nice even flavor from start to finish. I can not taste alcohol whatsoever despite the 8.0% ABV

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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 Zet
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber colour with a modest but steady head of foam. Underwhelming smell of yeast. Luckily, the taste is much better: a rich combination of chocolate, raisins, rum, caramel and prumes. Alcohol is very present as well, which isn't usually a good thing, but it combines very well with the other flavours and gives a warming aftertaste as well. A good dubbel, though this one makes me wonder where the dubbel stops and the quadruple begins. Recommended.

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Photo of SStein
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice lacing. Smells of banana bread and dark fruit. It tastes of plums, raisins, figs. It seems overly strong on the alcohol beer. The carbonation is smooth. Overall it is a decent brune, but doesn't stand out in a country full of good brunes.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up some more Belgians at Carulla, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a bready almost graham crackers smell of nice fresh malt. Pours to a deep red with big bubble head and a creamy top. On the taste this brew has a zesty up front hopping with a mostly balanced middle. Head stays up throughout the taste which finishes sweet, tart and increasing in sweetness leaving one yearning for another belt. A great Belgian brew tasty and incredibly refreshing

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Dark brown color. Aroma, sweetish malt, caramel and toffee, wine, berry and dried fruit. Taste, warming, sweetness, caramel, dried fruits, toffee and raisins.

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