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 ibbjamin
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
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 -3.5%
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 +11.3%
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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Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Nut brown with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Rocky nougat colored head has great retention. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace.

S: Dark fruit scents come in first, along with a slight sourdough note. There's a bit of a nutty aroma in the background.

T: Very complex. I started out only sensing dark fruits and a slightly sour bitterness. After awhile, apple, pear and lemon flavors started coming through. Finishes dry and tart, with a mild warmth.

M: Medium body feels just about right in the mouth.

D: A nice beer overall. I'm glad I was able to try it.

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

Geez, the Belgians sure know how to make gorgeous-looking beers. This one's no exception: inch-thick head that looks like soft-serve ice cream atop a milk-chocolate brown liquid with rust/ruby highlights. And plenty of lace stickage to boot.

As with the Maredsous 10, the nose isn't as great as expected. What's here is black pepper, black raisins and alcohol, a bit unsubtle. It's fine, just not a mindblower.

Flavor offers flashes of brown sugar, black currants, baking chocolate, toffee, plums, white pepper and alcohol. Not a ton of personality coming from the yeast. A grassy, astringent element in the finish works against the other flavors, yet they pull through and win out. Dusty cocoa lingers on the palate.

Body is lighter than expected, but buoyant and silky. Acts as a good foundation for the vibrant flavors to leap from, although it's a bit too watery in texture for my liking.

I think the Maredsous 10 (tripel) is incredible; this is merely very good. I have no problem with that and will have no problem savoring the rest of this goblet.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard an hour ago. Review from notes. Cost of $5.00 and it was served in an 8 oz (maybe 10?) snifter.

A Translucent dark brown/mahogany body under a brief but creamy head. Head sticks to the side of the glass, creating a great looking curtain of lace as you sip.

S Distant, elusive smell at first but finally medium sweet malt comes through. Later, after warming a bit, I certainly smelled more of the yeasts and grains. This is a classic Belgian Abbey Ale.

T Medium roast sweet malt, kind of an alcoholic maple syrup really (although much thinner in feel to real syrup!) with yeasts and grains (maybe some subdued spices as well).

M Syrupy sweet and it sticks with you for several minutes after a sip.

D One and done but this is on target for the style.

Notes: Interesting to find and enjoy on tap but I believe that prefer the bottle (it is bottle fermented afterall!).

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

The body looks to be a dark brown, but it almost glows when held up to light a bit, revealing a light brown that is rather attractive. A dark tan head is two fingers tall, and extremely thick. Rocky, soapy, with fantastic retention. Lacing covers basically my entire glass, making it difficult to see through. Good looking beer.

The aroma is smells pretty distinctly of toasted malts with some dark fruits and a good bit of spice.

Just like the aroma would lead me to believe, toasted malt is the dominant flavor here. Dark fruits also, figs and cherries. A hint of bittersweet chocolate. A spiciness that falls somewhere between nutmeg and cinnamon in flavor; it avoids being peppery and goes with the rest of the brew rather nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, but I feel a little more carbonation might help bring out the flavors here.

Pretty drinkable brew, this is one I might like better in a bottle also.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a fritz frys at the bremerton ferry terminal.

pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell of spice, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is of dark fruits, spice, caramel, and cocoa, ends dry and a little bitter.

overall a good dubbel, lacking in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of CromDubh
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I may well be biased here as this is my favourite dubbel but will try to be subjective.
Poured into a chalice, deep brown with good head that does not remain too long. Smell is malty with something else that I could not first put a name too - but I cheat and agree with molasses mentioned in an earlier review. The taste is sublime, smooth toffee, stonefruit snd a lot more going on. Mouthfeel is like a beer mousse, if there was such a thing. Love it. Also think the new label is a big improvement, needs downloading...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/25/2009. Bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent brown with thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins. Flavor of more of the same booze, raisins, sweet malt. Ick. This was very bland and too sweet. Yep, this was a disappointment.

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

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan colored head. The head is retained nicely and it leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A very nice strong roasted malt, raisin, molasses aroma with some Belgian yeast and spice mixed in. The flavor is very close to the aroma, a nice bready roasted malt, fig, raisin, molasses taste with a touch of clove spice. The warming alcohol feel and flavor is apparent at first and then fades nicely as you drink. There is a bitterness in the finish that leaves the mouth a little dry, other than that, the mouthfeel is generally smooth and creamy with a good level of carbonation and maybe a little bit on the thin side. Drinkability is great. A great aroma and delicious taste make this one of the best beers I've ever had.

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

A- Pours a brown/burgundy with a huge frothy head that lingers forever.

S- A touch of alcohol, a sweet dark, rich caramel maltiness. Notes of spice and plums.

T- Mildly boozy, dark chocolate and toffee maltiness. Mildly spicy with notes of plums. Just a hint of hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich and a bit creamy, medium to full bodied.

D- An excellent example of the style. well worth a try.

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

Appearance: A deep Mahogany with a nice of-white head that lasts. And when it does dissipate, it leaves quite a nice bit of Belgian lace.

Aroma: Sweetness hits first, but lightly. Deep savory fruits seem to be present, such as figs and raisins. A very interesting aroma.

Taste: Malty, with a hit of acid in the back. The fruity aromas translate very well into the taste, with complex fruit flavors with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Body isn't as deep as a porter, but not as light as a pale ale. Sort of in between. Light carbonation is there to support the flavor of the beer, rather than overwhelm it. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Probably the second most favorite beer I've ever tasted. Complex without being overpowering, and the grain takes precendent with hops almost no where to be found. This? This is the beer I was looking for when I said "There's gotta be something other than lagers."

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a deep ruby with minimal foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet and fruit (plum?) up front and a little maltiness and hops beneath. Nice.

Taste - Very much like the smell, sweet and a nice fruitiness with malt and hops on the finish.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied, good carbonation and crisp.

Drinkability - Due to it's sweetness, I could tire of it in a session, but as a single brew or two it's a very tasty double style.

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Photo of PoisonOakAdam
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(First review, hope it goes well)

A: A mahogany brown not cloudy but also not translucent. Small amounts of carbonation are noticeable. It has a very smooth frothy head that doesn't wind down too quickly. (easily revived with a swirl.)

S: Sweet and caramelly to my nose with a very sharp fruity alcohol smell. Also noticeable are some slight floral and nutty accents to the bouquet.

T: Hits you with a rich acidic fruity but roasted grain goodness. Almost like a caramelized dried fruit with a smooth almost chocolaty molasses like balance to it all. Reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts in a way.

M: Smooth and light but at the same time it is crying out to be chewed and for a thicker presence in the mouth.

D: Totally drinkable. Seems more standalone then to be paired with any sort of meal. I haven't really dived into pairings yet though.

Served from a bottle to a Weizen Glass (only actual beer glass I currently have)

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

I had this one on tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI on 6/13/2009. Served in a Chimay goblet.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear reddish mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. The head reduced quickly to a skim, but was easy to renew with a swirl. Minor lacing only.

S= Aromas of sweet heady malt, treacle, molasses, and ripe dark fruit. No hop presence really. The yeast was there but not overpowering.

T= Much like the smell, with a sweet malty base and slightly toasted grain presence, followed closely by flavors of raisins, molasses, candied fruit, and spicy alcohol. Some clove in there too. Very faintly tart in the middle. Finished dry and left a great aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a very crisp and effervescent feel. Tongue coating yet refreshing!

D= This was a great dubbel, almost on par with my favorite example of the style (Westmalle). Very complex and packs a punch yet it is surprisingly drinkable. A dangerous combination for sure!

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

Stopped by my Whole Foods to pick up a 750ml bottle. Corked almost nailed me in the face when I removed the cage. Not cool.

Pour produced a very nice rusty brown body with ruby hues found around the edges, with a nice big ivory head that dwindled down to a nice fizz on top.

Deep aromas of candied sugar, dark fruits,caramel, and intense scents of spices and phenols are also present. It smells a lot more maltier than I thought it would be.

Wow! what a great Dubbel. It really delivered. Begins with a good crisp bite, with phenols and spices making a grand appearance followed by plums, figs, and molasses filling out the body nicely. Other flavors to note are dashes of dark caramel and dark sugar. Loved the finish, really reminded of a mild dark chocolate bitterness. Esters are also abundant throughout.

Mouthfeel was good. After the close encounter with the cork, I thought it would be a carbonated nightmare, but was proven wrong with moderate carbonation and a nice medium body.

Drinkability has a high marks from me. The alcohol was a pleasant welcome along with good carbonation on the tongue makes this a very good beer. Sessionalbe? maybe not, but is still a good beer.

P.S. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CORK AND AWAY FROM IT. Just my personal experience. Cheers!

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

Poured into an official Maredsous glass.

A: Pours a dark red amber with 2 fingers of tan head, with excellent retention and lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

S: Malty, a light hint of brown sugar, and a alcoholic note that reminds me of a sweet liquor.

T: Sweet, with some fruit and a little alcohol, quite nice. A very mild hop tone on the finish.

M: Pretty carbonated, but very smooth. A fairly light mouthfeel.

D: I could drink all kinds of these, though I might regret it due to the ABV.

I got this in a gift pack with the glass, and I unfortunately can't buy it separately here. I may go back for another gift pack, just to have another one of these!

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

This is a very good dubbel with srong fruity and spicey character yet very drinkable.

Deep red-brown, it has a big tan head (though not as big as some like Duvel) slowly shrinking to a thin, frothy, rocky top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is dried figs, fermented figs, brown bread, whole wheat, raisins and port. It's very nice and reminds me of some very nice doppelbocks in particular.

The taste is port, sweet-sour plums, fermented fruit, strawberry and cherry jam, hints of licorice and cola, sweet toastiness, but otherwise, it soon falls a bit flat in character and feel after the initial great start.

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Photo of Voonder
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bobsy for this bottle!
Pours brown in color, clear with some copper notes. Very big light tan head. Great retention. Smell - nutty, caramely, malty, alcohol slightly showing. Taste - bready, nutty. Some fruitiness is there as well. Alcohol is coming through but in the nice way. Great balance, very smooth brew, very drinkable. Great beer all around.

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 02 2011. sampled may 8/09.

pours crystal clear deep red. almost appears brown until held to the light, then the beautiful deep garnet hue comes out. a huge fluffy pale brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a sheet of fine lace behind.

aroma is great. rich dark candi sugar. burnt caramel, dark toffee. loads of dark fruit - date, plum, raisin, fig. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. touch of biscuit and cracker. faint belgian yeast. light alcohol. everything i love in my dark belgians.

taste is good. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of cracker. medium-low bitterness level. nice dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. the caramel and toffee character is lighter here than in the aroma. light yeast, with only the faintest belgian spice. a bit of earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. nice fruity and malty component. i like this one, and can see it getting even better with a little age.

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

Poured from bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured with very little head. Nice lacing. Rich brown color with red hints.

S. Sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, almost a sour note.

T. Sweet, molasses, candy sugar, hints of chocolate.

M. Low-Medium bodied. Crisp with a dry finish.

D. A drikable beer. Not one of my favorite Dubbels, but still a well crafted beer.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darkish copper/amber with a fluffy finger of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of fruit, a touch of bread. Not a lot.

T: The fruit comes out a bit more, as does a hint of bread. Belgian yeast mixes in a variety of flavors throughout.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy almost. Nice carbonation.

D: A solid dubbel, but nothing spectacular. Very drinkable, but won't overwhelm.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,427 ratings.
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