Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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 ThatWineGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In its' own glass, this presents as a deep, dark mahogany dubbel with a one finger tan head. Sticky lace and good retention. the nose is hard candy and caramel.

Taste is rich, dark fruit, bit of sour, figs, dates, bitter finish, a bit of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side for the style, drinkability so-so.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark copper brown with very thick long lasting white foam. Starts 2-3 inches and settles down to 1/2 inch.

Smells like wine and other fruits. Raisins. Very mild.

Rich full flavor with notable alcohol burn at the close. Some cherries. Slight medicinal taste. Frothy in the mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate taste.

A solid drinkable Belgian brew. I found this at the Morton Williams in NYC, have never seen it before. Quite tasty.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just bought the Holiday package with all Three Maredsous Beers along with the Goblet Glass! fun.

Appearance - Beautiful pour of brown deliciousness. A wonderfully dense head that sticks around for the entire glass.

Smell - A nice light odor in my opinion. Chocolaty dates and raisins with a slight linger of alcohols. The interesting thing, as i take more and more sips, the complexity comes out more...CLoves, bitterness seem to be developing in the flavor. A Nice beer for sure.

Taste - Refreshing chocolate undertones with a dried fruit dominance. A bit on the alcohol side for me, i find as the taste develops the alcohol overpowers somewhat. But, a nice double to be sure.

Overall a nice Dubble but certainly not my favorite (personally). I would like to try this on tap in the unfiltered form.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might not be the most outstanding flavoured abbey ale but it is very well rounded and complex. I hope I can find more of these on their own instead of being forced to buy the gift packs.

8 pours into the chalice dark with a nice dense fluffy head. It recedes to a thin layer with nice uniform lacing down the sides. The copper-brown colour is only seen when held directly in front of a light.

Great complex Belgian aromas with bready yeast, sweet malt with caramel, chocolate and candy sugar. Some herbal spiciness and tobacco in the background too.

Smooooth and creamy right off the top with flavours like the aromas. The malt strikes first with a touch of courseness from the fine carbonation making it crisp with a surprising dry finish. The alcohol is a little boozy (which I don't mind here) and there is a light mineral flavour in the aftertaste which is also lightly hopped.

Great stuff that should be tried by the Belgian lovers.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper/red with an inch of brown foam - mixed bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel malt, hints of grape and ripe fruit, ever so light toast. Winey-grape flavour up front with a big medicinal kick - too much I think. Lots of bitterness, and sharp carbonation. On the sweet side - which is a welcome balance to the other flavours. Body feels light given the intensity of the flavour profile. I don't love this one.

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corker at Fox and the Hound. Dark Brown beer with Belgian yeast in the nose and brown malt, dark fruit like figs and dates, (nothing purple) and molasses. In the taste was dark chocolate and coffee (which is new to me in a Belgian beer), molasses and coriander. Thick and a beer to be savored. I liked the lower carbonation, it complemented the big flavor and did not detract from the beers overall character.

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Photo of yael6666
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent tried a strong belgian beer this good for a long time....
It pours a dark ambery beer with a long lasting and big brownish head..
I can smell the alcohol and some red fruits i think matching perfectly with a touch of caramel.
I had this brew both.. at cellar temperature and at 6 degrees... cellar temperature lets the aromas and flavours to be more noticable.
I can taste phenols, nutty roasted malts, matching a good amount of alcohol and caramel with a sweet long aftertaste

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head, lots of lacing.

Smells an awful lot like chocolate. Some butterscotch, molasses and dark fruits. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

Tastes of some chocolate, coffee, almost stout like, pretty sweet and syrupy with a surprising bitter finish. The alcohol is not very well hidden.

Smooth thick mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable. Overall I'm somewhat disappointed, was expecting more, not as complex as I was hoping.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown with a very creamy, filmy head that leaves a great sticky lace.

Sweet with only a hint of the traditional belgian (banana / bubble gum) yeast. Toffee and heavy alcohol smell.

Sweet but not overly syrupy. Lightly toasted malts and caramel. Pretty heavy alcohol but finishes to a light toast flavor only. Very good.

Very fizzy but settles out to a smooth and full body.

I could see drinking a lot of these though I haven't traditionally liked any other belgian styled brews. Beware heavy alcohol.

Was given this by another non-belgian guy with high recommendations. Very surprised and appreciate it. Diamond in the rough.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Pours a very dark brown, murky color, with a quickly dissipating, small foam head, and good lacing.

S - Smell is of brown sugar, belgian candi, molasses, a hint of dark fruit

T - Starts off sweet and sugary, and finishes a bit sour and bitter. Interesting. I taste most of what I detect in the smell, but the finish allows for some hop character and alcohol to come through. This beer is all over the place!

M - Medium bodied, with moderately high carbonation.

D - Tasty, but probably something I'd stick to one or two of.

Overall - Pretty good dubbel here. Not my favorite example of this style, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 notdan
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle tonight at Pub Italia in Ottawa.

Poured into a Maredsous glass with a couple inches of light bubbly head, at least part of which stuck around for the whole show. Smell was... interesting. Dark fruity malts, a bit of spice, and some tangy-ness that I wasn't crazy about. Sipping on this confirmed that worry. There were nice fruity malts (plum, raisin), and some interesting spice (anice, clove), but the the tangy, kinda medicinal background kept me from really loving this one. Definitely a complex and interesting beer that I liked trying, but not something I plan on trying to hunt down in the future.

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Photo of kegger22
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium brown with a generous head that was retained throughout the drink. The aroma had a medicinal quality along with alcohol and malty sweet. The taste was somewhat sweet, with a bitter aftertaste. Grapes were the only other thing I could pick out. Mouth feel was medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Not a fan.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine beer and I had one with my buddy in the sloany pony the other day.

Smell and taste are of dark fruits and sweet mallts but there is some balancing bitterness to it also. It goes down a treat with medium to thick body but still very refreshing.

This beer went down way too quickly and I must commend it highly!

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

Poured on tap and into a Maredsous glass that was reminiscent of a flute. A deep brown with ruby highlights, frothy head provided ample lacing. Looks very good.

Aroma was of lightly toasted malt.

This beer is robust to say the least. Complex? Oh yeah. Hints of Scottish style malting, a nice chocolate malt character, boozy rum soaked cherries. Roastedness dials in on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied yet deceptively smooth, good amount of carbonation throughout.

Overall this one kick ass beer with almost undescribable flavors. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and am sure I will be having it again sometime.

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

On-tap at Toronado:

This is a strange Dubbel compared to what I've had so far. Very malty, with elements of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. A much darker look and flavor than your standard Dubbel. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable. Very slight yeast notes, which I found to be unusual for this style of beer. This brew is good, but not great.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown, bubbles do stream nicely up the glass of the initial pour, somewhat murky yet not completely black out brown, Very nice thick white head off the pour that very slowly dissipates leaving foam along the glass, perfect look for the style

Smell- Very sweet malt dominate nose, Chocolate, caramel, and just overall sugary goodness,

Taste- Overall the flavor is more then anything else a very lasting caramel and milk chocolate that just really coats your mouth nicely, slightly sweet medicinal yeast characteristic, good though not super long finish, slight coffee even or espresso on finish, nice flavor, the finish is actually a little warm and can notice some alcohol

Mouthfeel- very carbonated more then I would have expected and considering the style actually a little lighter then would have expected,

Drinkabilty- certain a very nice and drinkable dubbel, alcohol is a little hot but not overwhelming, definitely a nice example of the style though there are surely some out there that shine a bit brighter with more complexity and richer finish, worth trying and respectable Belgian Trappist brew

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice dark plum color that reveals more of a clear rust when held to the light, frothy, large bubbled head. Lots of head and fantastic head retention.

The aroma is brown sugar and caramel and heaps of chocolate. Spicy phenols in the distance. Some dried dark fruit. It really draws you in.

The taste follows with a raisiny chocolate cherry sweetness and a bitter, peppery dry finish. The alcohol is warming. Eminently appetizing in its chocolatey fruitiness

It's a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall a tasty and enjoyable sipper.

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

Poured a nice deep dark amber with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head. The retention was very good and nice sticky lacing.

The smell was very malty with a bit of cedar, chocolate, and molasses.

Chocolate is the first thing I notice in the taste, very bold with lightly burnt black malts seeping through with some sourdough and grain notes as well. A mild spicy bitterness in the finish brings it around nicely.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and full with a long and lingering dry finish.

Very drinkable and solid, reminds me of a dubbel with a lot of porter qualities to it.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice corked and caged 750. I paid $9 in Raleigh at Peace St.

Appearance: Pours clear light brown, but held up to the light it is a nice ruby color. The head is huge, fluffy, off white, and lasts forever. The lacing is chunky and sticky. This looks like a perfect dubbel.

Smell: Spicy and a little fruity. The fruitiness smells tart, almost medicinal a little. There's a little yeast/breadiness after you swirl it.

Taste: Lots of different things going on here. It starts with the spiciness up front. Its really tingly. That tart/medicinal fruit flavor is slmost like cherry. There's definitely some roasty malt flavors going on here too. There's some bitterness in the back, and it finishes nice and crisp. Then the aftertaste is long with sweet fruit, roasted malt, and bready flavors.

Mouthfeel: The same vigorous carbonation responsible for the absurdly nice head also makes this beer so incredibly active in my mouth. If you want your Belgian beer well carbonated, here you go. The creamy head and fizzy bubbles makes this feel like a champagne milkshake (feel, not taste).

Drinkability: Oh yeah. Highly drinkable. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chestnut color, filmy head, looks pretty good. The smell is a nice malty raisin type piece and screams dubbel. Unfortunately the taste is heavily dominated by alcohol and the mouthfeel is astringent making this hard to drink. Actually I am disappointed in this beer, the alcohol was just not well integrated.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Hazy tawny amber/brown colour. There was a fine, beige collar and islands of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Sticky, spotty lace. Malty, fruity aroma. Plums and raisins, bready, toffee, slight alcohol, fairly spicy, toasted malt. I like it. On to the flavour... Pretty much the same as the aroma, malts and fruit, but the spice was more pronounced and lingered on the palate along with sour cherry and toffee. The body was oddly thin and the carbonation was a little higher than average, which made for a decent texture. Light alcohol warmth. This beer was a really nice surprise. The spicy character was unexpected, but was quite good.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $3.69 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I pour into a chalice to review.

Light , airy off-white head of about a half inch. Nice lasting lace and retention. Very dark brown with stunning ruby apparent when held to the light.

Sweet, candied fruity aroma with some mild belgian spice and yeast. Fruits seem to be raisin and fig mostly. Aroma leads me to believe this is more of a fine Belgian Dark than a Dubbel. Well, guess they are not that far off.

Taste is not as good as the smell. Seems to be more complex than the nose yet for some reason it is not brought together as well for me. Dark fruits and even some grape soda hints (especially in conjunction with the mouthfeel).

I'm not a fan of the mouth on this one. Seems lighter and fizzier than most darker Belgians I've tried. Dry, abrupt finish. Lacks the silky smoothness I have become fond of Belgians for.

Not a bad offering, but there are many others of this style I'd recommend further in line.

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Photo of benfons
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has recently been rebranded. The name changed in Maredsous Brune in stead of Dubbel. Apparently this is part of a complete new look for all the Maredsous beers. On their website the brewer says it's still using the same recipe.

A: Nice thick head, beautiful redish brown colour. Head remains till the end.

S: Sour fruits, a hint of almonds, coffee and chocolate

T: Coffee, some fruits but not the sour ones of the smell, (i always have a hard time to point what is exactly). A slightly smokey aftertaste.

M/D Easy drinkable, carbonation a bit thin, alcohol is as should be.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Very good-looking: dark reddish-brown, plum-like, with ruby highlights. A thin head yields some solid gauze lacing. Very nice.

Smells of sour cherries, some mild vinegar tartness, & baking bread. Like raw dough before it's put in the oven, that rich grain & yeast smell.

The taste is bready at first (the same kind of dough character I described above), yeasty, with some sharp, dark fruits: cherry, apple, dark grape.

Mouthfeel is full & leaves a sweet & sour aftertaste.

Drinkability is great -- for such a big, complex beer, I'd have another one. It gets some extra points for being both big & drinkable. Very enjoyable, but not overwhelming.

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Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,449 ratings