Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of matjack85
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving served in its own Mardseus glass for $8.

The beer poured a clear crimson red color with a 2½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes and left very good lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Toffee and brown sugar aroma with a mix of figs and plums.

Lots going on in here. At first you get a sweet toffee and brown sugar flavor, but then it turns more bready and fruity with a plum, red grape, and tart cherry taste. I also pick up a little bit of licorice flavor. There's even a bit of earthy hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice sipping beer to be enjoyed and savored.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Maredsous goblet at Durty Nellie's.

Yeah, paying cover sucks, but the stamp tonight is at least interesting... This stuff pours a clear mahogany topped by a bit less than a finger of cream-khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, brown sugar, light orange zest, toffee, and Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some clove, light cinnamon, honey, and very light cocoa. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery-style smooth feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going dubbel, something I could see throwing back a few times at the bar, but not necessarily something I would consider in the upper echelon of Belgian beers.

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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 deaconoflove
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. beautiful ruby brown with large fine tan head and very good lacing.
Sm. My first thought was a dried fruit aroma...maybe apricot, some malts, and orange zest?
Ta. Chocolate malt first followed by a hidden bitterness or alcohol coming through with raisin note. Lingering mild bitter finish.
Mf. V. good carbonation, body, slightly sweet.
Dr. v.v.good stuff. After dinner sippy beer.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: our bottle did not look like the photo--we bought it in Belgium, so the label may be different. At the bottom, the label reads, "Brune--8--Bruin"
Appearance: Lovely garnet color against the light, rich cream-colored head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Not very complex. Husband says: it smells exactly like Haribo Cola Gummi candy, and that's all I can think of when I smell it. Wife says: That's true. But I pick up warm malt and toffee notes.
Taste: Lots going on here. Warm toffee, malt and spice, but overall the character here is dark, rich bread--even rye bread. Then the finishing hops kick in, and the finish is astringent without being overpowering. Warmth is the last note, probably from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: chewy, creamy, rich, but not oily.
Overall: Wife says: This is the perfect Christmas beer. Husband says: I agree--or perfect winter beer. A wonderful beer overall.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “Best before” date on the back is “09 2012.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color looks black, but I think it is a very deep brown. Three fingers of slightly tinted, thick head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy cap in the middle, a ring of foam around the edge, and trails along the glass; it eventually settled to a thin lacing.

Smell: Scents of yeast, caramel, toffee, fig, plum, apple, red grapes, brown sugar, spice (I am not sure what, though), and maybe a little molasses. There is a hint of booze — the aroma features the alcohol sharpness — but it is not distracting. A number of other reviewers say it smells like wine, and I agree. (It is thankfully not, though.)

Taste: Not as fruity or sweet as the smell; instead, it has a surprising roasted quality. Lots of roasted caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. The yeast is omnipresent and the mouthfeel is bready. An earthy hop bite lingers on the cheeks and tongue after each sip, and pepper spice emerges. The dark fruits, especially a red grape skin flavor, begin to sneak in as the beer continues to warm, but they are not as prominent as they are in the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is a very pleasant surprise. I like this stuff a lot. Complex, well-crafted, and very tasty — I expect nothing else from someone who has made a vow of celibacy.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a flute.

Appearance: Dark Amber, might look opaque depending on your lighting but it's not...it is definitely somewhat clear. Light tan head 1/8"

Smell: Smells of fine wine, dark fruits slight grapes and quite honestly wreaks of greatness.

Taste: This ale tastes of what you want in beer, alcoholk, bitterness, complimented with a semi-sweet after taste.

Mouth: Light medium carbonation, easy to drink but feels a little flat.

Overall: This was a gem, honestly well crafted and not overly complex and might just need to have another here at the Waterzooi. Hope you enjoy as much as me.

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

best before 07 2012, so i assume this is a couple years old. pours dark brown with a very tan head that holds and leaves splotches of lace. nose is cola, spice (licorice? anise?), and mildly burnt toffee. taste is cola, spice, toffee, brown sugar, overripe plum, date, wood, and a touch of roast and booze which translates rum and cokeish. a bit big for what i like in my dubbels, but full of flavor and seems like it has come together quite nicely. medium full body with plenty of carbonation, yet it somehow drinks soft and smooth. alcoholic dark fruit aftertaste with a slight chocolate roast kick in the finish. quite good, but a little hot and lacks real personality.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick off white two finger head into a maredsous goblet, beautiful crystal ruby colour - huge retention with sticky lacing all the way down the glass

Smell is floral hops and sweet malt, dark fruit

Taste follows the nose with plum and grape notes

Mouth is medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation, warming booze and balanced bitterness - very smooth and deceptively drinkable.

Excellent dubbel

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Photo of danedelman
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up with a best by date of 12/2010, a year older.... cork was a bit of a challange to remove

A-deep dark mahogany color with a nice head that held on for quite some time.

s-lots of candi sugar, toffee, figs and dates. Very sweet smelling almost like a wine.

T-very mellow smooth belgian candi sugar and dried fruits with a slight boozy finish. Also getting some black strap molasses flavors in the after taste.

M-very clean and crisp with good carbonation.

Overall-I will make sure I keep going back to get the same old bottles.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork and Caged 750ml bottle. Best before date of 3/2013

Appearance- Light brown almost red. Big fluffy off white head. I kinda expected, or hoped for, something darker. Big chunks of lacing left behind. 3/5

Smell- Belgian yeasty bananas. Caramel. Bits of clove. 3/5

Taste- A little more hoppy than I expected. The Belgian yeast comes out at the end of the swallow. This is also very carbonated. Lots of "scrubbing bubbles" on your tounge. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin. Would like a little more of a mouthfeel. 3/5

Overall- I was kind of hoping for something a little more fuller. In mouthfeel as well as taste. After pouring and smelling I thought the taste would be bland, but it was not. Still a little more dark fruit would make this much better. I also think the hoppyness is one of its saving graces. 3.5/5

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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Merry Monk in Albany, where it's served in a chalice.

A: Body is clear mahogany-brown in color with a solid off-white/light tan head. Leaves behind real good lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is sweet - fruity and malty.

T: Follows the nose, with caramel malt, ripe fruits, some dried fruits (figs, perhaps?) and a bit of spiciness. Finishes with a bit of dryness, and alcohol heat is felt in the belly.

M: Good fizziness; call the weight medium.

O: Solid stuff here. Enjoyable and tasty.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy deep brown with a tower of off white head that wasn't going anywhere like most good Belgian Abbey beers
S - strong yeasty aromas of dark fruit, nutty with a big spice note
T - yeasty dark fruit and sweet caramel malt, light nuttiness, subtle hints of spicy and perfumy hops
M - big carbonation kick with a creamy feel that finishes with a light alcohol dryness
O - this is fantastic dubbel that has its own character with the added malty flavours of caramel and nuts, an easy drinker that could quickly sneak up on you and put you on your ass, a great holiday brew

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber color that is entirely clear with a finger of mocha colored head that us very fine in character and lingers beautifully, leaves a good amount of lacing
S: licorice, and resinous woody notes lick a fresh cut piece of dark wood like elm, not exactly what i had hoped for for the style
T: smooth and deep in the beginning then moves into a nice period of cherries which lingers on the palate beautifully
M: medium carbonation, thin on the palate then finishes a little bit dry but nice
O: a nice brew, scent wasnt where i was expecting it to be but everything else was pretty much in line

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

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice amber and ruby hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some caramel, light spiciness and some earthy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet dark fruit and raisin flavor to it, nice caramely malts, some spices, nice yeast, light earthy tones in the back and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish-brown beer with a half finger of tan head that stays around forever. Leaves a lot of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet smelling beer with candied fruits, raisins, and belgian yeast. Some malts add to the depth of the aroma, which radiates from the beer and can be smelled from 2 feet away.

T: There is a lot of flavor in this beer. Nice toasty malt flavor up front, with a lot of alcoholic esters and that same dark fruit flavor that comes through on the nose. It's not as sweet as I feared, largely because of the astringent alcohol favor balances it out.

M: This is one of the few cases where I feel that the mouthfeel actually brings the beer down. The brew is medium bodied, but it is so heavy on the small-bubbled carbonation that it makes the flavors seem a little muted.

O: For me, the carbonation is too much, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a really tasty beer with a big aroma and flavor to match. Worth checking out fr sure.

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Photo of
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - ruby brown with a persistent creamy head.

Smell - Caramelized sugar and ripe plums, yeast, a touch of booze.

Taste - More plum, molasses, and a minerally bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with strong carbonation. Very fine carbonation gives this a creamy/crisp texture that matches perfectly with the flavours.

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Photo of jar2574
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this beer, but it's not as complicated and delicious as others in its style.

Appearance was outstanding. A perfect two finger tan head made my table mates want to order one of these. Brown colored beer.

The smell is pretty good. Some Belgian yeasts, some sweet maltiness, some dark fruits. But not as much smell as I'd like.

The taste is more sweet dark fruits, and sugary malt sweetness, with only a touch of hoppiness. Belgian yeasts come through here too. For an 8% ABV, I was surprised it didn't have a thicker mouthfeel. This is deceptively smooth and easy to drink, but it wasn't so awesomely good that I'd want several.

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

Had this on tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton in a chalice.

A - deep brown in color with a thick, one finger+ tan head that coast the glass in thick sheets of lacing

S - lots of dark fruits and caramel on the nose, some raisin and a hint of grassy/earthiness in the background

T - really complex with some initial hops bitterness that melts into a huge tangy, dark fruit/raisin backbone; some initial sweetness totally overtaken by the dark fruit

M - exceptionally smooth (perhaps a positive side-effect of being on tap). Literally velvety in the mouth with just the slightest hint of carbonation to offset it. Not boozy at all

D - goes down very easily; dangerous

This was a very delicious beer that can serve either as a nice sipper or can be quaffed with a vengeance! An excellent cold weather drink!

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maredsous 750ml poured into ceramic Maredsous goblet and a Chimay chalice as well.

A- Pours out with a dark brown body and a big light tan head. The head never disappears and ends as a nice thick pillow on the beer with a creamy texture. Lace is plentiful down the glass.

S- Mostly comes off as a mixture of Belgian yeast spice, caramelized dark sugars and dark fruit/raisins.

T- Belgian yeast driven ale with notes of spice, dark raisins, dark fruit (cherry, red), apple, clove, bread and banana. Malt is toasty, nutty and carmelized. The raisins and dark fruit (slightly medicinal) strike me as the strongest.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a lower than expected carbonation level. Finishes off a bit bitter with some warmth on the palate.

A good Dubbel but it is a bit strong on the raisin and somewhat medicinal for me, not as carbonated as I would expect either. Just not as smooth as many similar ales.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a huge fan of Trappist beers. I get the whole “made by monks” thing, but they all have a similar flavor and never do much to impress me. But this bottle reminds me of something… I don’t know what, but it’s familiar. Regardless, there are three beers in this series, the 6, 8, and 10. Two of them are on our list. Tonight we drink the 8. I have no idea what to expect, but… the same. I hope I’m wrong. Prove me wrong monks!

In the Glass: This beer looks pretty in the glass. It’s got a distance head, and a nice ruby red, amber sort of body. It poured out of the bottle REALLY thick, yet doesn’t appear thick in the glass. The head sticks around for a while too, making me think this beer has a strong nose and some intense flavors. (It’s a trend I see in beers that smell and taste great.)

Nose: The nose is immediately sweet, then quickly turns into a copper overtone. The longer you smell, the more you think about the change in your pocket. After a few deep sniffs, you can almost taste the metal notes in the back of your throat. I sure hope this beer doesn’t taste like that!

Flavor: The beer starts weak, and has very little flavor to start. Then, as the beer circles round your palate, you start picking up the coffee notes… you start picking up the raisins that they talked about above, and then you settle in with a nice dry finish. The dry is something you long for though, even after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: There is a TON of carbonation in this beer. I mean, a ton. At first anyway. When you first take a drink, the front of the tongue is overwhelmed with dancing bubbles and you just want the drink to be gone. But as the drink settles, it stays on the tongue for a while leaving a blanket of flavor for your mouth to enjoy.

Aftertaste: I like the aftertaste, but it doesn’t last long. It is there, somewhat sweet, and then is gone before you know it. What does stick around is the dryness that you get in the nose. The dryness in the nose is that copper note that I was talking about. You never get the copper flavor though, which is nice. Like I said before, not a huge fan of beers made by monks… but I would order this one again. It’s solid.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/near brown colour, ring of white head, little lace left. Smell is yeasty and full of dark fruit, dark bread and raisin scents, mild funky scents as well. Taste is quite dry and yeasty initially, dark bready malt, fruity, dark berries and over ripe plum, medium bitterness, earthy with a lightly sweet finish. Med-high carbonation, full body, great weight. Solid stuff here, very drinkable and quite nice, not the most over the top dubbel but quality stuff all the way.

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Photo of atlason
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Light brown, which is dark for the style. Generous head and incredible lacing. What a great look.

S: What is this coffee doing in my Dubbel ? Roasted malts, some dough.

T: Dark, dark, dark roasted malts. This tastes almost more like an Irish stout than a proper Dubbel. Nice Belgian yeast character and heavy alcohol saves it from crossing the Channel. There is a hint of candi sugar. Hoppiness is pretty subdued.

M: High attenuation saves this modestly carbonated beer from getting boring. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall this is a funny little beer. I certainly enjoy it, it is very well made. Looks fantastic, easy to drink and plenty interesting. But it is not really a Dubbel with all those roasted malts and I frankly have a problem with that.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany hue with ruby highlights and good clarity. Enormous, rocky, light khaki head with great retention and very nice belgian lacing.

Aroma-Sweet and fruity with caramel and raisins, rum, brown sugar, plums, grapes, and a little bit of solvent/alcohol. Rich aroma with just some toast and burnt sugar.

Flavor-Rich, toast, brown sugar, caramel, rum, and burnt sugar all at once. Black currants and raisins grace the midpalate, before spicy, drying alcohol and dry clove phenolics come through in the finish. Hop bitterness is very low. Aftertaste is a lovely combination of booze, toasty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Soft and smooth on the palate with some nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

Very strong Belgian Dubbel, smells fantastic, tastes delicious, and is boozy enough to provide some nice warming and a drying finish without becoming overpowering. I wouldn't mind a little bit more fruit on the palate, but it's a minor concern.

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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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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
90 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.
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