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 BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Abbaye in Northern Liberties, I've been avoiding this beer forever.

A- Maredsous eight is a dark ass brown ale, mahagony even, dirty tap water, but an elegant look that's calming. A healthy burnt sugar white/slightly tan cap stays on top forever, leaving no lace.

S- For a dubbel, eight comes off like a quad and alot of them. The sugar is just pumped up to the max and there are more candi like scents. Dark fruits with plums and grapes. A nice malt backing and a bit of yeast. Nuts and some roast.

T- The sugars dont come up as much in smell, so 8 does not taste like a quad but there is some sweetness though. The roast and nuts are more up front competing with the dark dried fruit basket. A little bit of raisins and a whole lot of taste. A Belgian dubbel that does not tackle you with bready yeast.

M- Smooth and kinda thick, although this is above medium. Carb is light. The alcohol is not here but there is a warming effect near room temp.

D- I tried it, I enjoyed it and will try the others in the series.

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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 biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Maredsous chalice acts like a prism, breaking up the beer's many tones into their spectral colours and reflecting them along a gradient of about half a dozen different shades that spill over one into one another. The body is dark but transparent. Its head is customarily large for a beer of this ilk and has a nice argent tinge to it.

This is the kind of bouquet that could give even a perfumer a jolt of excitement. It smells of the darkest, grainiest of breads that are smeared in some sort of fig, cherry and raisin compote. The scent of sugary, dried fruits is reminiscent of jams and reductions with lesser traces of caramel and dry cocoa helping sustain the beer's rich, lasting aura.

The taste extends more of that dark bread/bruised fruit jam flavour, although it also unbuckles a few new spoils: almonds, dark caramel, chocolate pudding, honeycomb toffee. A well primed yeast elicits all sorts of spicy nuances although it is considerably better integrated and well-adjusted than some other, overly phenolic and inhibited strains.

One of the many things I love about this beer is its ability to age gracefully. This bottle, a few years old, drinks with the most articulate but moderate element of spice. Its carbonation nibbles like a puppy dog, the little bits are felt but not severe enough to pierce the skin. A splash of alcohol reminds us to enjoy it slowly, with dignity.

Others don't have to agree with me, but I consider this one of Belgium's finest Dubbels. This has everything I love in this kind of beer - a painter's tray of colours, a captivating aroma and a rich, succulent disposition that encourages slow, appreciative sips. There isn't anything that Belgium's other abbeys (authentic or otherwise) have over Maredsous.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber-ruby color. It is topped by a mid-sized creamy light brown head. The aroma is redolent of dark fruity notes of raising, fig, and plum. It also has aromatic notes of brown sugar, and rum, it almost smells like a rich fruitcake. It is lightly sweet up front, which turns into a rich fruity maltiness, and finishes with a bit of yeast driven spiciness. As it warms up a bit the fruity notes of plum and raisin are joined by notes evocative of apple cider. Has a certain lightness to it, despite it's rich flavors, and is quite effervescently carbonated as well. This beer is actually fairly dry, despite my first impressions. The nose is a bit richer, and a tad more enjoyable than the taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the caged, corked 650 ml. bottle stamped: MBR00901C1-01/07/13-01352. Sampled on June 9. 2013 so it is a few months old.

It pours a perfect looking ruby red-brown with a soft, delicate beige head that lingers and laces gently along the side of the Abbey goblet.

The aroma is vibrant with Belgian toasted malts, Belgian candied sugar, yeast, dark dried fruit, coriander, and clove. Absolutely luscious to smell.

The body is quite creamy and bold with a slight astringency. The body seems to be the weakest aspect of this fine beer.

The taste roars back and gains back my confidence in this beer with its dark fruit, dark malts, and sweet character. But there is this kind of moderate bitterness that sneaks up on the backside resulting in a fine balance. By far one of the top Dubbels I have ever had.

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

750 ML Bottle. Best before date December 2005. Cork reads 8 2002.

Pours a clear mahogany brown brew.

Smell is sweet and perfumed. Mild spice and a brown sugar scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and strangely smoky in flavor, cork and oak flavors too. Citrus flavors show up on the tongue once the smoke flavor passes, tart lemons.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I had the Maredsous 10, it was OK, but this is far more refined in flavor. PERFECT for any smoked foods or a grilled steak, or Barbecue.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbey in Seal Beach, CA

A: Dark brown, with a small head, looks good in a Maredsous goblet.

S: Spiciness, dark fruits, and molasses.

T: Big candi-sugar flavor with hints of fig, prune, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

M: Very good, full-bodied, not too thick, but very rich.

D: Very good, at 8%, you'll have to watch yourself, but about as sessionable as a dubbel gets.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

33cl Bottle: BBD Mar 16, poured slowly into a Westmalle chalice on 16th Nov 13.

The full beige head hung around but shrank to a thin covering fairly swiftly: the mahogany red/brown body was clean and clear (I didn't allow any sediment to leave the bottle).

The nose was all malt, semi-sweet molasses with fruity undertones and a yeasty feel.

The taste was dark fruits, yeasty and again fairly sweet, the malts giving very little away to the hop content. I like the sweeter, maltier brews, but this didn't sit right for me (I had a few beers before this actually).

Thin for the alcohol level and slightly lacking in depth of flavour, I think this might help to give me a hang-over in the morning: water next!

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-black, with a slight dark-malt aroma.

Initial taste is sweet, followed by a dark malt bitterness with flavours of chocolate, coffee, dark sugar/caramel, a little prune, with hints of warming alcohol & spice.

Full flavour and moderate mouthfeel agrees with style.

Not a session beer, but quite drinkable. Makes a nice night cap!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for one-finger soapy tan head that left lace patches all over the glass with a dark brown hue. A wonderful smell of caramel, cocoa malts along w/ yeast and some heavy fruits like grape. Smooth and creamy yet has a shaprness due to good carbonation. Also a little bready and chewey. Has some sweet caramelized malt in the beer that gives off some bitter chocolate taste, and finishes dry and husky thanks to roasted malts combo'ed with hop bitterness and some spices and fruit flavors like orange. A complex beer that is well worth the money and was great to sip on a bomber bottle. Beer smoothes as it warms.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle with cork and steel cage. I can't help myself, but this looks really great.

A: It pours burgundy into the tulip glass (I find the tulip shape to be really great when I'm rating beers of all styles) with a large off-white head with a bit uneven sized bubbles in the foam. When it dissipates after a really long time thera are lot of lace.

S: Sweet light roasted malt - dried dark fruit. A bit alcoholic smell nice balanced with some bitter hops. Chocolate and faint yeast.

T: Sweet, oh so sweet, light roasted malt with a bitter hoppy twist. Dark bitter chocolate together with coffee. Dark dried fruit and faint smoke.

M: Long sweet aftertaste with dry bitterness as well. Lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice Dubbel from a great brewery. This is a really nice beer. And if you get your hands on the 75 cl. bottle you'd be a fool if you wont buy it.

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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 spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear reddish brown colour with a massive size frothy beige (maybe even light brown) coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head was basically fully lasting.

Smell - malts, molasses, dates, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of dark fruits mixed with malts and a molasses flavour. There is also quite a bit of a woody aspect to it. I could also pick up on chocolate/coffee and a bit of a burnt/roasted flavour. It finishes with a roasted malty aftertaste.

Overall - A very complex beer with a whole lot of different tastes going on. The beers flavours continued to change as it approached room temperature. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it has a truly beautiful appearance once poured in a glass. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's Garten...
Appears a dark brown with a light red hue and a beige head that slowly fades out. Light scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, cocoa, figs, raisins, with some doughy bread notes.
Taste is of the same aromas that seem to work well in unison.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, sugary raisin, and yeasty feel that cling to the palate.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $3.19 at Total Wine in Orlando. Short and stubby 11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. The appearance is beautiful with a dark reddish brown body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt, smokey charcoal, and a hint of banana and dark fruits. The taste is malty and slightly sweet with some tartness coming up in the middle and a dry spicey finish. Overall, this is an enjoyable dubbel that is recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Big caramel and grain nose with traces of anise and dark dried fruit. Brilliant brown under a very creamy, persistent light tan cap. The palate is creamy and laced with dark dried fruit with faint hints of cola and fruit cake. Finishes with a light bitter accent. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

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

Served in pint glass. Poured a deep chestnut color. Thick tan head that slowly dissipated leaving a lot of lacing. A sweet aroma without a lot malt or spice notes. The malt backbone and spice flavors that were lacking in the aroma were solidly present in the flavor. Also showing up in the flavor were some hard to pin down fruit flavors that were very enjoyable. A full ,smooth body that leaves a tasty coating on the tongue. Easy and smoothly drinkable.

Revisited on 9/18/09. Served in tulip glass this time. I mostly stand by my original review, but have added to the score in taste and drinkability. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 16/2/12

A hazy dark amber with a short lived large beige foam that ends up with a thick film that leaves random patches of lace

S raisins, plum and brewers candy with some spice, yeast and booze

T a little toned down from the smell with less spice and candy, some apple I didn't smell, a little faint but decent

M a little thinner then expected, slightly foamy and a little heat from the booze

O not a bad beer but missing something to put it up there with the truly great brews

I didn't mind this brew but I wasn't blown away by any aspects, I think you could buy better beer with less money

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a chalice. Had a dark brown color and a fairly thick consistency. Not as thick as other dubbels, but pretty thick. A decent, but not huge head and good lacing.

Very nice smell, though not overwhelming. Dark fruits, malt.

A solid taste. The aforementioned dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, malt made for a smooth taste.

A nice amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy finish. Deecent mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer of its style. Well-balanced and easy going down. Not my favorite of the style, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was going to have this on tap but it was late so I picked up a bottle instead

A - Holly gusher! The foam poured from the 12oz bottle and some spilled on the floor! Danger! From first impression the beer is a thick pitch black liquid the appears great in a tulip glass, lacing in all.
S - Dark roasted raisins hit the nose along with some brown sugar or strong toffee.
T - Kind of boozy but mostly toffee malt and slight raisin hit the tongue. More harsh bitterness than expected from the smell so it's not a dessert beer.
M - Actually quite thin but the boozy factor makes it hard to drink
D - Really the first abbey I have tried but the hype made me buy it and it was kind of disappointing. Cover art has also changed from the cool black and red to some plain Jane white and blue which made it hard to find so someone should really update pictures on this site...

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Photo of bylerteck
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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 DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by March 2013, served in my Koningshoeven chalice.

A mostly clear dark brown with mahogany highlights, this beer is capped with a ridiculously long-lasting beige head with excellent retention. Quite the stunner, this, it's been a while since I've seen a beer with such good head retention. The nose is very, very good. A blend of dark brown sugar, cola, a mild nuttiness and a mild leafy hop character, this has quite a bit going on. I also get some cocoa, a little alcohol and a mildly yeasty, doughy character.There's a moderate spice character as well, and it amplifies to cola-like notes. Rum-like as well. Despite the sweeter aromas, this does smell pretty dry and pleasant.

The palate opens mildly sweet with a blend of dark brown sugar, a little bit of dark honey and some fruit - raisins in particular. The yeast expression is a blend of sweeter cinnamon and some doughy and yeasty phenols.I like the blend of raisins and cinnamon here, it's quite enjoyable, especially with the rum and brown sugar. The initial sips reveal a mild metallic note, but that fades. Dying on the finish with a mild hoppy undernote (an earthy bitterness), this beer has some sweeter flavors while remaining relatively dry. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of fine, creamy carbonation, this beer feels pretty good on the palate. Fruity, mildly spicy and mildly alcoholic on the finish, this is a very nicely done dubbel. Sweeter than some of the best, but very nice flavors here.

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Photo of bark
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in an impressive 75 cl bottle with cork and wire cage.

The colour is brown with a shade of red; the liquid is cloudy. The gigantic beige foam slowly descends into a small, almost hard ball of foam.

The smell is mild with somewhat acid notes. There are also some sour-sweet flavours of hops. There is a typical air of Belgian ale over the smell, and some alcohol in the background. Complex? Yes.

The carbonation is quite strong, but not excessive. The small bubbles almost resembles of sparkling wine.

The dominant taste is sweet-burned, with a lot of fruity notes. I could find some nuts and almonds, some dough (yeast) and a touch of chemicals and spices (caraway? coriander?) and blue cheese.

The aftertaste is full of bitterness, and a surprisingly dry one too. I could perceive some tomes of fresh cucumber and metal.

The taste is very complex, and there were lots of flavours that tried to draw my attention. They worked fine together, but I found it just too much, it was more like drinking aged red wine than beer. Maredsous 8 is unquestionable a fine craft beer, but it is simply not one for me.

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

From an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- Did a half-way hard pour into my my nameless chalice. Yielded a nice spritzy head with good retention and left a noteworthy film for the entire inbibeing of this beer. Some big bubbles came with this lacing. Had a leathery yet effervescent brown.

Smell- A lovely, envigorating caramel malt aroma with hints of leather, licorice, bubble gum, and green apples.

Taste- Starts with a roasted malt taht slowly carmalizes in the middle leading to a more burnt, hoppy caramel flavor. The middle is also riddled with nuances of bubble gum, leather, pepto bismol, and apples. The finish is a bitter vanilla malt.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sprity compared to other dubbels I've had, but this is not a bad thing. Half-way between light and medium bodied. Pretty refreshing and hides the 8% abv very well. Well, hides probably isn't the right word for it.

This beer went very well with my marinated ahi tuna with a salad in a citric vinegerette.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,416 ratings.
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