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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4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,431 |  Reviews: 667
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very boozy aroma and taste with some dark beer behind it. Like hard liquor. Can I have a vodka instead with some root beer? Some nut and chocolate taste. Some hops. But not some more. Aggressive plum, dark malts there. Its drinkable, but before you call it a night.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head on a clear amber body with scattered but thin lacing.

S: molasses, maple, yeast and dark fruits including fig, strawberry and sour cherry.

T: flavor is a little watered down. Smokey flavors, slightly tart dark fruits, caramel and light syrup.

M: thinner body than I want. Lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel this one was too thin without the yeast character I want. Aroma forebodes more than the taste yielded.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, spices, and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, yeast, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Wonderful nose of winterspice, malt, brown bread, sherry and toast.

Great solid mouthfeel with flavors that follow the nose - big malt, brown bread and sherry flavors with nice undertones of spice, roasted malt/burnt toast and carmeled espresso, all highlighted with that great Belgian fruit characteristic of a great Belgian Ale. A nice whiskey character/bourbon flavor also in the undertones.

Carbonation is a bit heavy out of the bottle but softens and the entire drink is well integrated and absolutely perfect with food. I have at least one bottle a week with mussles but have also enjoyed it with game, meat and fowl.

Pretty much a perfect drink!

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich rich dubbel. pours last last possible shade of red before it becomes a velvety chocolate brown color, nice lathery white head. smells like sweet toffee and malts, almost like a heathbar cookie, molasses, and a aromatic belgian yeast. flavor is also very complex and layered, with that same toffee tone and a delicate dried fruit sweetness. the yeast is the shiny penny in this beer though, huge bouquet reminds me of late summer, slightly tart and dry too. feel is lovely, good carbonation, fuller body, and a very well hidden alcoholic element. just picking up a bit of warmth as it goes down and settles. this is a great beer on tap, ive heard mixed reviews about the bottled version, but my specimen was exceptional.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown into a goblet. A thin layer of tan bubbles consistently covered the surface. A a medium level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: It has a gentle aroma of sweet, roasted malts with hints of cherries.
T: The flavor is rather complex; the initial taste is of roasted, burnt chocolate malts, which is followed by dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends some smoothness. It doesn't feel quite as strong compared to other dubbels.
D: It's very easy to drink as there's neither too much sweetness nor too much alcohol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first sightings of this beer in the Lexington Ky area. Peaked my curriosities. A good beer, thought quite ordinary against other great belgians. Looks a solid brown with mohogany highlights. A lightly tan head with dense and varying carbonation decorated the pint. Aromas of candied malts, berries, fruits and spices create a tart and sweet aura. Flavors don't disapoint. Fruity, nutty, with a touch of chocolate, spices, and twang. Feels carbonated, lightly alcoholic, drying, and sweet on the toung. Finishes malty sweet without becomming thick. Hides alcohols well. A good choice for a belgian, but if you want something unique or challanging, this beer may not help.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml squat little bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruddy amber hue, with three fat fingers of foamy, rocky, and creamy ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually leaving some haphazard chunks of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of rising dark bread, maraschino cherry dominated fruitcake, diluted molasses, a touch of Belgian yeast, a mildly sugary caramel malt, and a soft earthy mustiness. The taste is much more sub-saccharine in its bready caramel malt, cut quite thoroughly as it is by astringent, spicy yeast, dry apples, cherries, and raisins, as well as a sidling alcohol edge. An ethereal leafy hop bitterness sort of hitches a ride as it warms.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tight, almost edgy frothiness, the body a somewhat underwhelming medium weight for the style, kind of zippy and chalky, but eventually smooth enough. It finishes with a return to the malty sweetness, and a hefty dose of spicy Belgian yeast lingers in offset, for good measure.

A little too strained and taut for my liking - though the booze is well hidden, it is perhaps another strong indicator that this isn't something I will be revisiting anytime soon. Well-made, but just not for this Belgian brew heretic.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber tinted ice tea color with a beige head that hangs around and leaves waves of lace

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar and nutmeg

Taste: Starts with a dark fruit and caramel spice cake flavor; after the swallow a bitter, dry chocolate aspect emerges to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Flavorful and complex, one of the best of the Belgian dubbels

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a rubbish brew with a huge head with lasting retention. I very much enjoyed the aroma of roastiness and of spice. Body is quite strong with some good carbonation. Taste is very good with an almost perfect match of spice and malts. I am still very impressed by the way those Belgian beer can include such a high level of ABV in such a subtle way. To me, this is as good as Chimay Bleu.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a three-finger, bubbly, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of candy sugar, dried frutis, malt and some toffee.

T - Very complex taste with a blend of malt, chocolate, toffee and spices. It manages to be sweet and spicy at the same time.

M - It was soft and smooth yet somewhat chewy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better dubbels out there. Great complex blending of flavors.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in the dubbel style by the brewers of Duvel, the Maredsous 8 is sure to please. It's clear, dark ruby brown body offsets a full, creamy head of ivory foam that seems intent on holding until the last; and it's lacing is second to none (except of course, it's sisters the Maredsous 10 and Duvel). The aroma is straightforward dubbel with a well-balanced combination of It's delicately crisp across the palate with a very fine effervescence and medium body. The flavor expresses more chocolate and caramel notes hidden behind its candyish sweetness than the nose lets on, backed by a drying spiciness and a touch of fruitiness. It finishes dry with a lingering note of spiciness. Exceptionally well done and quite enjoyable! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz distinctive and heavy bottle served in pint glass. Best by date 1 full year in the future (3/2012). Different labeling: now sold as a brune 8 rather than a dubbel 8. Still described on the reverse as a Belgian dubbel.

light pour produced nearly 4 cm of head, causing the need for a 2nd pour. Moderately thick and quite sticky light tan head has excellent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass all the way down. Slightly hazy, dark mahogany color.

The subtle spicy aroma is not the strong point of this beer. The flavor is more bold, rich and complex than what I could pick up from the scent. Aroma does convey higher ABV and ample malt. Back to that complex flavor. There is a lot going on here, with a terrific dynamic interplay of well-balanced flavor components from the sweet spicy start through to the toasted malt, spice, earthiness and mild bitterness of the finish.

M - medium/full body, creamy with a nice dryness in the finish.

An excellent Belgian dubbel; I hope to try it head to head with my old favorite Belgian dubbel, Westmalle, and the very similar (I think) St. Martin.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time to try this beer and believe it or not I had it on tap here in NC,pours a deep amber with a fluffy off white head leaving a nice amount of lace behind.Aromas of spiced cherry and brown suger with just a little yeasty spiciness going on as well,to me this beer tastes like fruit cake lightly spicy of cinnamon and some clove with a big fruitiness to go along like cherries and maybe some apricots.Well made I liked the 10 a little more but this will definently suffice and great to see in my neck of the woods on tap.

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