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 seydou
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown, less opaque at the bottom of the glass, and an inch of head that quickly dissipates into just a touch on top.

Smells rich, like a medium-bodied Belgian, but not one of overly-alcohol. Maybe just a bit sweet.

Super bright on the first taste.

This is weird to describe, but the taste changes quite a lot from the first taste to the aftertaste, which lingers quite a bit (and maybe just a tiny unpleasant) - very beery, but not the good beery. I like it, but don't love it. Nice and sparkly on the palate though.

Overall, the aftertaste kind of kills this for me. It just doesn't taste that nice and has an overt tone of beer (I realize how ridiculous that sounds) and not of the other flavors that similar darker Belgians have for me.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml stubby bottle with pry-off cap poured in a pilsener glass. This was from a gift pack with ceramic goblet.

Dark brown and hazy. Dark beige head is big and foam, about an inch on the pour. Lots of intricate lacing down the sides.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. Rock candy, raisiins, prunes, malts and light sweet-grass hops.

Malty and sweet with just a touch of yeasty twang.

Medium bodied with tight little pin-prick carbonation.

This is probably my favourite of the three in this gift pack. Give it a try!

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Photo of Arno
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top.
S: caramelised sweet raisin/figs followed by a very wheaty, bit sour, smell.
T: Caramel, ripe dark red fruits like fig. finishes of with a licorice like dry finish. Lingers nicely with a light bitter.
M: Light to Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O: Nice beer. It's like a light porter. Mellow and fresh.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours brown with a large tannish head. Not very cloudy, but a substantial amount of the beer is still in the bottle, so any sediment is still in the bottle, too. Smell is spicy and yeasty.

Taste is fruity but mild, yeasty. Slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, I like this beer.

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

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red edges. Tons of bubbles make up a dense fluffy light tan head. Dense head sits like a pillw the whole session. Great lace - great looks.

Brew smells of all dark fruit; grapes, figs, berries etc. Some barley as well. A sweet and sour mix in the nose. Some boozy flavors as well. Good nose.

Brew tastes creamy and has a nice peppy spice in the middle before rounding down to a smooth malty finish. Good dark fruits; both bitter, sour and semi sweet flavors come out. Brew finishes semi dry. Good balance of flavors, feel and appearance. Very good brew.

Brew tastes good has full body and had the looks you want in this type of brew. This is a very good take on the style.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 01/07/13 - I assume "best by" date.

A: Pours a nice medium rustic brown. Huge foamy light brown head adorns it. Fades slowly, leaving big tufts of airy, fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Strong raisin and fig with a bit of toffee. Caramel and brown sugar. Raisins are a bit tart smelling.

T: Lots of raisin, fig, plum, maybe even grape? Loaded with dark fruits for sure. Turns into a sort of earthy, stale bread in the middle. Finishes with lots of earth and spices and then a hint of brown sugar in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly a little thin for 8% ABV.

O: Strange. Lots of dark fruit and then it just falls flat on it's face. Has a kind of plain-jane blandness to it. It's not bad, not bad at all. Just oddly thin and simple, not what I expect from this brewery.

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

ABV 8%
Bottle of 330 ml at home, poured into a chalice, after letting it warm up a bit. It gave me one and a half fingers of beige head, with average retention and I mean by that that biggest part of the foam went away but a quite thick layer of it stayed on the surface. Heavy lacing around the glass. What I really liked was the colour, very very deep bruin, it looked almost black while sitting on the table and no light was held agianst it.
Aroma: When I opened the bottle I smelled some dark fruits. Now that the beer sits in the glass, I smell caramel and roasted malts mostly and less than before the fruits. An excellent aroma.
The roasted malts are very notable on the taste too, one could say that they overtake any other element of the beer's flavour. Slighty bitter though, leaves behind an iron aftertaste. Reminded me faintly of Guiness and the fact that the alcohol is so finely concealed surely help. It's like you're drinking a beer with at least 3% less alcohol.
A full, thick body, with a light amount of carbonation.
It's been a while since I had the other two of the Maredsous family. but I don't remember them impressing me as much as this one. A really great beer and as it warms up becomes better, has now got rid of the metallic aftertaste and it goes down very smoothly. I will recommend and buy again.

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Photo of klukoff
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle so I cannot much speak to the appearance of this regal animal, beyond a bottle that looks like its seeped in tradition.
S - Like a loaf of German pumpernickel bread that's been in the cabinet a little while, a rich grainy smell. My favorite aspect of this beer.
T - Like it smells, very bready. Bitter, but without the kick of hops in an IPA. Bitters concentrated in the front of my mouth and then lathered across the rest of my tastebuds. Taste lingers for a long time.
M - This is where I had the most trouble with this beer. It's hand-crafted by authentic God-fearing Belgian monks in a stone abbey according to 12th century tradition into a rich liquid. Too rich for my tastes, I took one sip and realized this is going to be a long beer. If, God forbid, they let me run the show, I'd lighten things up. Why so serious, Maredsous?

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Photo of mikeg67
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours amber with a short-lived, white head and much lacing. Aroma is of raisins, plums, caramel malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is dark fruit, spices, toffee and brown sugar. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my St. Bernardus over-sized wine glass.

A: pours a hazy, murky dark brown with a moderately large tan head on top. Lots of visible carbonation clinging to the edges of the rounded glass.

S: Raisins, plums, and sweet semi-roasted malts emminent at a moderate volume from my glass.

T: Taste follows the nose. Raisins prominent, as are figs, dates, and other "dark fruits". A dry sweetness arrives near the end, and it finishes mildly bready/yeasty and dry. A touch of sour lemon on the back end gives it a little character.

M: Light and dry, great carbonation, great creaminess in the mouth. Very well done.

D/O: This beer went through phases for me in the glass. Cold, I liked it. As it began to warm, I thought the raisin-like flavors were overpowering, and although I didn't dislike it, I wasn't loving it. Over time, as it continued to warm, others flavors like that of dates and cinnamon began to catch up, and I really started to enjoy it again.

I would definitely consider buying this by the keg, but only if the price was such that it was less than other Quads (like La Trappe) or Dubbels (like Westmalle) that I prefer more.

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

This is a beautiful beer. Its has an intense caramel looks and a long lasting generous head. It smells good but not as powerful as expected in this kind of strong beer.

The taste is really good and lasting. It has tones of spices and hops give it strong but agreable bitternes.

Overall this is a very good duvel.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yeast, spices, and dark fruits. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, yeast, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head on a clear amber body with scattered but thin lacing.

S: molasses, maple, yeast and dark fruits including fig, strawberry and sour cherry.

T: flavor is a little watered down. Smokey flavors, slightly tart dark fruits, caramel and light syrup.

M: thinner body than I want. Lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel this one was too thin without the yeast character I want. Aroma forebodes more than the taste yielded.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a small head of off white foam on a clear, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Smoot, lightly sweet malt with some burnt caramel and toffee notes in the background.

T - Dark brown sugar up front with some malty notes of dark bread. Sweet caramel, and a touch of molasses in the middle and a finish of caramel covered apples.

M - A moderately thick body, avage carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a well made dubbed that reminds me how subtle the yeast character should be in a properly made example of the style. Very drinkable, probably more so than any version brewed in the new world has managed to be.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Milltown. Not really sure about the vintage. Looks and smells like a good Dubbel. Dark body with a white head. Smell is loaded with more raisins, figs, and plums than cherries but the cherries are there. Less boozy smelling than the others. At first it tastes exactly like Westmalle Dubbel, but the yeast really came out as I drank it, and i didnt like it. I wanted more cherries and fruits, and less like eating a yeast packet.

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

750 best before 15/02/14.
Pours fairly dark but still slightly transparent ruby red. A big fluffy off white head sits atop this brew. Amazing head retention.
Lots of bread and brown sugar sweetness and of course some dark fruits round out the nose.
More breadiness and plenty of dark fruits here in the taste. There is a slight medicinal and sour tang going on.
Medium bodied and as smooth as possible for such a carbonated beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with hints of amber and ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger light tan head which slowly recedes into a patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Huge aroma of dark fruits leaps out from the glass. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and pepper spices. Big hints of dark grapes, raisins, prunes, fig, and dark cherry. Some hints of roasted malts and wheat grains. A little bit of candied sugar. Some rum like alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: An interesting contrast to the aroma. The malt elements are a lot stronger here. Starts out with some Belgian yeast and the clove and pepper spices. Solid taste of dark fruits with notes of rum soaked raisins, grapes, prunes, cherry, and fig. Along with that is a fairly big taste of roasted malts. Has some noticeable notes of chocolate and coffee. This kind of tastes like a combination of a bock and Dubbel. Light earthy hop taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly juicy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty version of a Dubbel. The dark fruits and dark malts play off each other well.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date, but best before 2009. I am prepared for anything.

Hazy red brown body with bits of sediment. Offwhite head that receded pretty quickly.

Leathery plum nose, with traces of soy sauce.

Buckets of fruit, sweet at first, but ends up pretty dry. Kinda warming finish, but nothing that old has any business being boozy, so it's not hot. Plum, prune-- but the taste kinda thins out on the finish. Pretty neat.

Feel is sub-par. Still has fizz for being old, but thin otherwise.

Nice dubbel, and weathered the years decently.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany under a pillowy khaki head that lasts and lasts lacing the glass nicely as i drink.

Im not getting much off the nose but a hint of malty raisins with a follow of mild bitterness bordering on sour.

Its not nearly as sweet as i had anticipated. This isnt a bad thing, just different than i had expected. Almost a prune bitterness to it. Belgians are typically driven by either their fruit hints or the herbs/spices present in the finish. In this case its that prune fruit flavour that drives this beer. Theres amalt underneath and a bittering finish that combine to mask the 8%aliens/gods/whatever quite well.

Highly carbonated but deceptively smoothe and clean on the palatte for its size.

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Photo of Scotsman
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is best when available from the tap but it is still great in the bottle. This is such a great beer and very consistent. It was a staple at my favorite European style bar here in the states. It has fruity notes and no bitterness. It is amber to slightly dark with a little head. Very refreshing.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Maredsous goblet.

A: Clear brown body under a finger of fine tan head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Raisin, plum, toffee, marzipan, and alcohol. Very sweet, fruity, and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, but with more emphasis on the malt and less on the fruitiness. Good balance of sweetness and booziness, but a little short of being impressive.

M: Ultra lively, bubbly, frothy, explosive. Overcarbonated, plain and simple.

O: Enjoyable but not memorable.


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Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: pours a nice medium brown; slight haze; good head with big suds; hint of red like a plum

Aroma: fruitiness, hint of grapes; some coffee, banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium-heavy carbonation; not as sweet as expected, nice lightly bitter finish; hint of roasted coffee; cherry notes; medium body

Overall: complex flavour and well balanced with good mouthfeel - a great all around beer

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz draft, served in a chalice @ O’Bannon’s Taphouse, College Station, TX

A: The pour produces a hazy reddish-brown body with lighter ruby highlights; the body is topped off with an off-white, slightly rocky head about a good finger and a half deep; head retention is solid, and nice patterns of lacing cling to the side of the glass.

S: Pleasing malty aromas dominate the nose at the start – dark malts, dark fruits (raisin, plum, cherry); some sugary sweetness, like a caramel note; bready and yeasty with a bit of peppery spice on the tail end of the nose.

T: A wealth of dark, bready maltiness – brown bread, slightly burnt breakfast toast and toasted nuts, interspersed with flashes of dark fruits ranging from prunes to raisins to cherries; a second push of sweetness comes as the dark fruits transition through a wave of caramel and molasses before giving away to a buttery, nutty flavor; the spicy notes from the nose kick through to the finish, partly from the Belgian yeast and partly from the alcohol that begins to perk up with a bit of a peppery blast. Nice complexity.

M: A nice slickness across the tongue; medium-bodied, with enough carbonation to keep the body from feeling too heavy, but moderate enough to compliment some of the heavier, complex dark fruit and malt characteristics.

O: A pleasant Belgian dubbel and one that packs a hidden punch as the alcohol is not prominent on the palate, but it makes its presence known through a gradually rising warming sensation deep within. Definitely a beer to savor, as more than a glass or two will have you firmly in the alcohol’s grip. What we have is a quality Belgian dubbel, on par with the likes of those offered by St. Bernardus. This is made even better by the fact that it is Wednesday night at O’Bannon’s, and that means half-price Pint Night, so this $8 beer is now only $4 – and you cannot beat that!

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

rich rich dubbel. pours last last possible shade of red before it becomes a velvety chocolate brown color, nice lathery white head. smells like sweet toffee and malts, almost like a heathbar cookie, molasses, and a aromatic belgian yeast. flavor is also very complex and layered, with that same toffee tone and a delicate dried fruit sweetness. the yeast is the shiny penny in this beer though, huge bouquet reminds me of late summer, slightly tart and dry too. feel is lovely, good carbonation, fuller body, and a very well hidden alcoholic element. just picking up a bit of warmth as it goes down and settles. this is a great beer on tap, ive heard mixed reviews about the bottled version, but my specimen was exceptional.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,416 ratings.
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