Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

very good
1,435 Ratings
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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this beer flows out of the tap with a deep amber brown tint complemented by a tan white full head sitting in my goblet. Aroma has wine-like qualities, very sweet not picking up any real hop aroma here. The flavor can only be described as Swedish fish, yes the candy, this beer tastes exaclty like those little red buggers infused with a strong alcoholic finish soaked in wine. Full fermented grape aftertaste, has an alright drinkability. This beer goes down way too easy for being 8 percent abv and this beer is medium to light in texture.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Taking one hit for the team as I am not always the biggest dubbel fan, but the last St. Bernadus was quite tasty, how is this gonna be? Best before April 2016, alright!

Might be one of the best looking dubbels I've seen, hard to say. A gorgeous deep red and dark ruby brown body, with a roaring column of fire in the middle. You have to hold it up to a bright direct light, but it looks like hell inferno, with it's opaque and solid red glowing appearance. Head is creamy and fluffy makes about two fingers tall, with soapy retention, and good clumping puck. Magnificent looker.

Once again a solid nose. Hints of cream and dark fruit that resonates between fig and dark cherry. A real nice bakery brown bread that lingers with hints of caraway seed and light toasty grains. Boy I am digging this, it really sneaks up on you. Loving where this is going.

Oh my palate really delivers nicely. Subtle cherry warmth, and a very dry crisp finish. The bouquet seems to hint at a big thick powerful body, but it's light, effervescent, crisp, but with a playful aromatic and soft and airy palate feel. Hints of flavorful vanilla cream, soft cherry fruit, mild raisin, and a bit of crackling toasted grain. The sweetness on this beer is just perfect, not heavily sucrosed.

I am usually not a fan of this style and I think this is the best one that I have ever had, and that to me says all I need to know.

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Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Stubby Belgian style small (330 ml) bottle, best before dating of "09 2010" on the rear label. pours dark chocolate amber, under a highly retentive, puffy dark tan head, leaving gobs of splattered fingers of lace. Nose is of dark chocolate, bready yeast, and candied fruits. Complex, bold and tasty brew. Plenty of rum, raisins, more chocolate (dark and dry), gooey brownie comes to mind, some alcohol kickin' it in the rear as well as some late hops to dry things out. Nice stuff. I've enjoyed this one for years, just getting around to reviewing it

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

Pours dark brown but very clear. Decent creme head. Spicy flavor a bit. Minor dough. It's mostly spices. But not very overpowering at that. The carbonation bites quite a bit. Liquid feel is decent enough. Nice to drink. Smooth with enough bite to keep it interesting.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours dark brown - almost black - with a thick, creamy, lasting light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with spicy fruitiness and some dark fruitiness - a hint of chocolate and anise come through.

The taste is very complex. Herbal spices mix with caramel/toffee and chocolate notes. Anise pulls through as it progresses. Malt-accented with herbal and fruity background. Some orange liqueur, candy sweetness and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Almost complexity overload. But, all blends well.

Creamy, medium-bodied with a slightly understated carbonation. Somewhat medicinal aftertaste lingers.

A wonderfully complex and rich dubbel. A nice example of the style, and a pleasure to sip on.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 feloniousmonk
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color :a beautiful, burnished red. Head: frothy, bubbly, tan.
Aroma:spices and dark fruits: cherries, grapes (M. Jackson would employ the adjective "vinous")
What else?Alcohol. A "mere" 8%, but not hiding any bit of it! Reminiscent of a lighter bodied barleywine, or port wine. Soft and sensual mouthfeel, medium body, a very happy finish. Perfect balance: if anything stands out, it's the strength and the sweet, plummy flavor.

I'd only heard of this a month ago, and just today put it on tap in my bar, replacing Budweiser! It's my first taste, and it's up at the top of my list already!

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

Stright 4's across the board. Had this beer on tap at the Toronado in September, 2004. Poured with a huge haed as the barkeep had to dump the top of the beer several times. Smells of dark fruits. Almost candied fruits. Maybe like grandma's fruitvake. I sensed cherries, plums, maybe even prunes? The lace just stayed forever within the sides of my glass. Finished with a kind of coffee or dark chocolate kind of taste. Hazelnut?? Maybe espresso? Something a bit different. A sweet beer, but easy to drink. A very good beer. 8%??? Didn't have a clue. Felt like about 5% at the time. But, I feel it now after two of them.

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Photo of liamt07
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the SAQ into a chalice.

Pours a deep violet, hints of hazelnut at the edges. Light creamy head, leaves great lace and chunky retention. Ideal. Subtle nose of dark fruits, and slight vinous notes. Fruit esters, dark bread, minor chocolate. Taste is just the same, dark fruits, acidic with some green grapes skins here, and mild chocolate notes. Yeast leaves some lingering dryness, reminiscent of Orval. High carbonation and full mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Yum.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice thick white head leaves tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing and bit of sour. Sweet malt, fruit with a distinct cherry component, Belgian spice. Dry finish. Light to medium bodied. A very pleasant dubbel.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, very nice carbonation, real nice head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, grapes, and slight spices.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy, malty, with a kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, this is a pretty complex brew.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very nice dubbel, would recommed for sure.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Having this on tap was a treat. The beer arrived in the Maredsous glass, sporting a nice dark brown color with a nice off-white head. The head lasted through the drink, and also formed a nice lacework on the glass. The aroma was sweet. The taste was very sweet roasted malt with barely noticeable bite of bitterness; possibly some caramel tones.Very enjoyable for a slow drink, as a light alcohol level is noticable and for its overall sweetness.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the aromas on this brew which consisted of belgian yeast, cloves, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, roastiness, and faint chocolate notes; very complex. Upfront the belgian yeast come thru first on the taste alongside chocolate, plum, caramel, roasted malts, and spice accents. There was also some faint clove and booze notes as well. The beer was medium body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet creamy slight spice but boozy finish. Maredsous 8 drank very good and was complex acroos the board and was a very delicious beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev 0%

Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,435 ratings.
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