Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

very good
1,431 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 Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfect appearance with a reddish/burgundy color with yellow edges. Perfect Belgian head forms great shapes and lasts and laces well. Really light aromas with out much to describe. Nice flavor balance, with a touch of cherries, mocha, caramel and dough. Clean but not vibrant. Light mouth feel. Decent beer.

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

I drank from a Saucer Flight at the Flying Saucer in Columbia S.C.

Appearance: Beautiful red brown/color with a great off white head and tight lace.

Smell: Avery sweet malty and earthy aroma.

Taste: A great sweet malt flavor with dry fruit tones.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and creamy for the most part very smooth.

Drinkability: This is a great sipper or diner beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a touch of red. Littel head, some light lacing.
Smell is malt, cherry, oak,alcohol, peat, raisins, apple. A nice sweetness & complexity.
Taste is malt, oak, alcohol, cherry, a bit sour.
Crisp effervescence, almost tangy bite. Not expected. A cola kind of bite to it. Light bodied. Good but kind of odd for a Belgian Brune.

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Photo of dorsey
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this dark gem on tap at the always ineffable Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Surprised to be served this hearty dubbel in a tulip glass rather than a chalice or wine glass. From the deep reddish brown color, I almost thought I had been served a Sour Flemish Ale by mistake. The way it was poured, the head was less than half an inch, but it was tight and creamy, and laced the glass to the end. The color was warm and dark. Smell was... well, a waiter walked by with a bucket of very garlicky Provence Mussels, so I got a little distracted. Sorry.

Front of the tongue was quite crisp, slightly fruity (plum, maybe) caramel malt. Middle of the tongue instantly warmed by alcohol and spice (cloves?). By the time it rolled to the back of my throat, a nice full caramel malt had developed with hints of fig, slightly sweet, a little smokey, but without the molasses-y bite that I almost expected.

My brother tasted it and said, "Dude, this is a hold-your-smoke kind of beer."

This was, indeed, an exceptional beer, and a benchmark for other dubbels. I'm eager to find out how much difference there is between the tap and bottle versions.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in a wine glass.

Appearance: deep red with brown tints

Smell: yeast and raisins

Taste/Mouthfeel: ripe fruit, molasses, yeasty finish

There is something about this style that hits me. These are more like fine wine. I'm by no means complaining by the high marks you can see.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: poured into a snifter with a nice 1 finger off white head that laces really nicely.

S: The smell is complex, but not overly so. Definitely some candi sugar smell and some Belgian yeast as well.

T: The taste is actually very, very good. It is a bit light but there is very nice cani sugar taste in there. The Belgian yeast is definitely present with some brown sugar taste in there as well.

M,D: The mouthfeel is exceptional, a little light, hence the drinkability is high and the ABV is hidden very well.

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Photo of atis
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with light brown head which stays in one finger thickness for the whole glass. Strong, but think lacing.

Aroma is malty with faint dried fruit - pleasant, but weak. Taste is very spicy (seemed like cloves) in the beginning, later it is substituted by strong and sweet roasted coffee with nuts and dates in the background. Some alcohol can also be felt. Amazingly complex taste.

Excellent beer, but can be savoured only in small quantities.

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Photo of Flyer
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would call this more of a dubbel than a Belgian strong ale, but in any case it was very good. The head is very good and so clingy that it's almost concave in the glass. Hearty flavors of fruit and spice, with a sharp, satisfying finish. A good dessert beer, though I'd have it any time.

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

Pours a dark color with off white head. Head falls but stays for whole glass, nice lace.

Big sweet malty aroma.

Burnt malt taste. Sweet. Slight alcohol taste. Taste of clove and hints of vanilla.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a nice alcohol bite.

Fairly nice. Most likely will drink again.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ayotte's Smokin Joe's in Hudson, NH on 7/25/08. 750 ml caged and corked bottle with a best before date of 11/09. Bottle boasts an 8% ABV.

Cork was extremely difficult to remove, had to resort to using a wine key. Cork broke in the process and the neck of the bottle chipped as well. Hoping we don't find the broken piece of glass the hard way.

Dark amber with caramel hues. Three finger bubbly/creamy head dissipates quickly, leaving a web of lace around the glass.

Smells of fig with undertones of coffee and chocolate.

Meaty fruit flavor; figs and dates with chocolate, coffee and alcohol underneath.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with the slightest hint of alcohol bite at the end.

Considering it's 10:00 am I probably shouldn't be drinking this at all, but even with it's heavy Dubbel Belgian body it goes down surprisingly well.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 04-2010.

A- Dark reddish mahogany. Light beige head.

S-Caramel malt and a touch of alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel. Touch of dried plum. Fairly mild and smooth. Very little bitterness. Nice but a little on the simple side.

MF- A little light. Smooth and soft.

D- Easy to drink. Alcohol a bit too prominent though.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the proper Maredsous glass, the 8 is a very nice dark brown with a huge cream colored head that is very resilient. Very good lacing as well.

Smells of caramelized sugar and plums dominate, with a slight roasted malt aroma coming through later. This roasty, coffee-like character comes through much more upon tasting, when sugars take a back seat. The sugars are actually surprisingly minimal in tasting. A slight hoppy bitterness is also there. Alcohol is barely detectable. Very well balanced; not at all what one expects after taking a whiff. Feel is good, though not really as thick as I would have imagined it.

Overall a good dark beer to sip on; probably the best offering from Maredsous.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a three-finger, bubbly, tan head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of candy sugar, dried frutis, malt and some toffee.

T - Very complex taste with a blend of malt, chocolate, toffee and spices. It manages to be sweet and spicy at the same time.

M - It was soft and smooth yet somewhat chewy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better dubbels out there. Great complex blending of flavors.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Aroma is candied, rum soaked fruits, slight hint of malt and spice. Pours rich brown--but clear--no cloudiness or sedement. Soft hues of deep garnet red present as well. Beautiful soft orange head holds up throughout and lacing is substancial.
Taste is rich--starts with the sweetly spiced fruits, some malt in the middle and ends slighly creamy. No alcohol is present even in the bouquet--making this a deceptive 8%. In the mouth this is very smooth with flavors melding together very well. Highly drinkable if I could drink more than one.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is murky brown with an off-white head that settles into a thin head for the duration. Aroma has moderate esters of black cherry and other dark fruits as well as some malt, a hint of flowery European hops, and that familiar spiciness of Belgian yeast. Taste has some moderate bitterness up-front with loads of dark fruity esters. Can't decide if that bitterness is due to the hops or some weird dark malt or what. Regardless, it's overly bitter and not very smooth for a Dubbel. I'm a bit disappointed but maybe it was the dregs of the keg or something.

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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 KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Whistle Binkies South. Dark amber brown with ruby red highlights, and would have been a nice amount of foam had the bartender not filled the chalice to the top, but no complaints on that end! Smell of some dark candied fruits, yeast, and apple cider. Taste was similar. Dark fruits, raisins, rum-soaked fruit, spiced apple cider, sweet, and only the slightest bit of hop bitterness. Not a lot of carbonation which made the mouthfeel slick, but seemed a bit watery and light to medium-bodied. I enjoyed it very much.

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

a: deep ruby with off-white head; good retention; great lacing

s: light alcohol; some light chocolate; spice; darker fruits

t: dry grain; light alcohol; nice bitterness; light prune; bitter yeast; fruity tartness

m: smooth medium body

d: good with a really pleasant tartness

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

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a small goblet-style glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with malty flavors of caramel and spice up front and a good Belgian yeast background. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, especially if you want a Belgian with some substance that won't try to hit you too hard.

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Photo of lightspeedplus1
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my favorites.

Pours dark a brown with thick light brown head that slowly wanes.

The aroma has a smell of sweet fruitiness with a shot of roasted malt sharpness. (and more)

The taste is of the nectar form the beer gods.
It seems the flavor only improves as the glass empties.
It has sweetness, malts, many fruits, with hints of alcohol and bitterness.

Thick in the mouth. A great feel.

Again, Maredsous 8 is one of my favorite beers. Although I have not tried their 6 or 10 yet, but I will.
There are are better beers but this is a great one.

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Photo of KRMBeerGuy
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into one of my Trappist-style stemmed glasses. Immediately noticed the rich color, this is definitely an Abbey Dubbel. Head set up very nicely but not too thick, fairly low in carbonation. Then it hit me. That glorious scent of caramel malt. Very potent in scent immediately upon pouring, about 10 minutes of breathing time and the scent mellows. My first sip of this beer and I immediately thought, "Wow!" This is one of the only Belgian dubbels that I have had that wasn't too overpowering on the first sip. Most that I've had usually seem too sweet on first sip so I generally gravitate towards the tripels, which have more bite. My second sip, and I knew that this was a VERY GOOD beer. Mouthfeel typical of most top-quality Belgian styles, almost "fluffy" and light while still reminding you how big the beer really is. While this is a very drinkable beer, the 8% ABV is not to be taken lightly. If this had been a 750mL bottle, it may have been too much for a Wednesday night. :)

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

I shared a 750 ml corked and caged bottle with my beer appreciative neighbour.

Pours a rich dark mohaghany brown, thick marshmallow velvet head, exellent lacing.

Aroma of burt caramel, cream, roasted sugar and yeast. Flavor is reminisent of a creme brulé served with cognac, rich velvet caramel, pungent earty yeast esters and a delicious dark roasted malt finish. Absolutely delicious!

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

Dark opaque brown with a foamy tan head, poured from a stubby bottle (with a best by 11/09) into a chimay goblet. I really like it when imports have dates (expiriation or born), i wish it became mandatory.

A slight swirl at the end of the pour made dark dribbles into the foam. Yum, I love yeast.

Aroma of spicy, slightly medicinal alcohol, dried overripe dark fruits, and a big roasty malt bill.

Great crisp sweetness that is helped by a taste-bud opening carbonation. Nice sweetness and a dry smokey malt take over. Finish is dry and really nice. Alcohol warming and a slight astringent presense as I exhale after a sip.

A bitterness is in this one, I'm assuming from hops, but it could also just be the dry roastiness of the malt used. OVerall a great balance.

One of my favorite dubbels! Really nice and complex with smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. Quite a nice sipper, I don't want it to be over.

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Photo of RDeitz
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinkable, but not much above the ordinary, especially for a Belgian. Very nice head, decent flavor, some fruity notes. High alcohol content, somewhat tastable. Expensive for what you get. Good but not great. Other Belgians are worth the price. Decent.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice dark brown color, nice tan head, and some lace left on the glass.

smell - Dark malts and some alcohol.

taste - Very good. Lot of things going on here. Malt, toffee, molasses.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice drinker in a snifter. Would buy it again.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,431 ratings.
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