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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of osusullins
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a maredsous challice.

Appearance is a nice brown with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweet. Caramel with subtle plum. Very nice.

Taste is really well balanced. Sweet malts blend perfectly with the estery fruit. This beer has great character. I can easily drink this, and this is coming from a man that admittedly isn't a fan of most belgian beers.

Medium bodied that goes down easy. Good beer to drink.

Overall a great beer. Highly recommeded.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, spicy, strong brown ale. Less sweet, more hops than a lot of Dubbels. Woody and medium mouthfeel. Touch of vanilla and fruitcake. Really rich and complex flavors. Caramelized taste with a little dose of sourness. Clear coppery brown in the small snifter. Clean flavors.

Listed as "Maredsous Bruin Belgian amber" at the Blind Lady in San Diego. Glad I was able to taste this on tap. Bottles have not been so impressive.

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Photo of swooshjtb
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brownish-Red with thick head that dissipates but laces nicely.

S: Sweet, caramel scents but slightly fruity at the same time.

T: This beer is pretty malty. Gives off tastes of dark fruits with hints of caramel. There is almost no hops flavor, but it is like many other Belgians. There is a slight taste of alcohol at the end, but it is pleasant.

M: Very carbonated. The carbonation almost numbs the tongue while tasting.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. I like other Belgians better, but this is a good fall-back beer that is readily available.

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Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Best before February, 2013.

Pours dark brown into my oversized wine glass with reddish hues around the edges. 2 finger tan head that settles chunkily, but never disappears. Impressive lacing.

At first smells of lightly musty grapes, then becomes more port-like. Later the aroma seems to be of prunes and chocolate. Mustiness throughout. The second pour seemed more fruity. Dark dried fruits aroma, at times approaching the aroma of bubblegum.

Sweet dried fruits and citrusy tartness eith occasional light cloy. Fruity, chocolatey bitterness in the end.

Medium to medium-full. Peppery carbonation and head retention lend a frothy feel to the brew. Plenty of warming alcohol in the throat and chest. Drying to almost astringent.

A pleasing and well-rounded brew. An excellent choice for the cooling of the season. The 8% ABV certainly doesn't hurt it.

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- beer is light ruby colored veering off into deep deep caramels and had a nice light head. Relatively few bubbles visible in the brew.

Smell- That easily recognizable farm-yard mustiness of many Belgian abbey beers. Slight coffee/caramel/burnt sugar smell at first that quickly gets overwhelmed by the traditional smell. There might be a little candied fruit aroma in there at the end.

Taste- Clean and sharp but you have to really let it sink into your palate to get the full grasp of all the flavors this thing brings to the table. Clean slightly alcoholic opener that quickly falls into candied raisins, very reminiscent of a dried grape tart to which someone would have added a little bourbon. Mince pie? A little tarter than many Belgian stuff I've tried before but very pleasant. Very defined hoppy characteristics at the end that do not shine out at any point except at the end.

Mouthfeel- Slightly acidic, good bubbles that are consistent and not overwhelming. Great body, slick and unctuous.

Overall- Great, reasonably priced quality belgian abbey brew that can be easier to find than some other offerings. Great introductory brew for new converts.

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Photo of JAXSON
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

I assume this is the "dubbel" as it was designated on tap. Thin, sweet aroma. Flavor was overly sweet with an unpleasant bitter hop finish. Grain and sugar throughout. Really stretched myself to drink most of the glass. Never again.

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Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown, with lots of burgundy thrown in. The head is fluffy and thick, an off-tan color, with good retention. Lacing is nice as the head eventually falls.

Strong smell of chocolate and rich, dark fruits. If you're not careful, you'll burn your nose from the alcohol.

The taste follows the lead of the nose only the fruits take the lead, with the chocolate playing a supporting role. The chocolate is barely noticeable, giving it a bit of a chocolate/cherry flavor. The alcohol isn't as strong on the tongue as on the nose.

Surprisingly smooth given the way it smells. It starts off slightly sweet and the sweetness is present deep into the finish before there's even a hint of bitterness to offset. The alcohol is there, but is on its best behavior, with only slight heat in the swallow.

It's a solid beer all around. It's good no matter how you look at it, just not quite great...and there's nothing wrong with that.

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

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's Trappist Pub and Cafe on Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Beer served in proper glassware.

The menu listed this as "Maredsous Brune", So I thought I had discovered a heretofore unknown Oud Bruin at the time, but some research after the fact has revealed this is just the regular old dubbel.

Anyway, beer is somewhat clear and a deep shade between caramel and red with a very fine and creamy, off-white one-finger head.

Aroma has a slight malt vinegar note as well as a malty, bready character.

Flavor is exceptionally clean! A little red grape/dark cherry/date/raisin fruitiness up front, followed by a wash of dark, bready malt and wrapped up with a refined flourish of bitterness.

Ever-so-slightly astringent. Medium bodied. A little alcohol heat appeared as the beer warmed.

Very nicely done; the subtlety is appreciated.

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Photo of smudgewhat
2.25/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Honestly, pretty disappointed. The booze is obvious and up front. Not even close in terms of interesting flavor as a Chimay or Rochefort 6 or 8. There are many better true Belgians to be had also like St. fuellien and Monette. Unibroue's darks and Delirium Nocturnum also much more subtle and flavorful.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown hazy color from a 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label.
Massive two finger head in my DT snifter, which dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of dark fruits (cherry, raisins, dates), fruity esters and hints of alcohol. Pleasant aroma to say the least.
Taste is also very fruity, similar to the aroma with a perfect tart finish.
Leaves a wall of lace all along the insides of the glass.
Surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and even with the warmth the alcohol generates
This is undoubtedly one of the best dubbel's.
An absolute must-try for anyone who enjoys dubbels and ales of this kind. Very highly recommended.

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

Pours a dark drown into my Chimay chalice. Nice frothy brown head, fades slowly over time. Nice aromas of molasses and fruit, maybe fig and plum. Typical yeast aroma too.

Tastes good. Nice fruity notes up front, cherries and plums, finishing with a little bitterness from the roasted grains. Alcohol is noticeable on the back of the throat.

What a nice treat this one was. I picked a bottle up at my local Giant Eagle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of caramel and toffee malt with some dark fruit and candy sugar notes. The flavor follows the aroma. I get some nice raisin and prune notes as well as some brown sugar, caramel and some Belgian yeast. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable in the flavor but it is fairly faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice dubbel.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrives a dark brown color. The head is one inch of white foam that recedes slowly leaving rings of lacing all down the glass. The aroma is of raisins, dates, and bubblegum, but it is quite weak given the strength of this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bubblegum. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time. It is decent, but there are so many great Belgian beers out there that I can't see myself drinking this again when other options are available.

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

Look: The beer pours hazy dark-brown color, with a large light brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, sweet caramel and dark fruits.Light smell in general
Taste: Roasted malts are clearly present, caramel, clove, and dark fruits. Alcohol is quite sharp in this one. I agree with some previous reviewers, that there is some metallic flavor in this one
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, thin body
Overall: Too sharp in the alcohol, not too balanced. This is not the dubbel for me.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 2 finger tan head. Pours almost exactly like Root Beer. Extremely carbonated, deep rich brown color. Looks very refreshing. Lacing is good.

S: Candi sugar, roasted malts and sweet caramel.

T: Toffee like flavors, slight alcohol backbone. rich and deep sweet malt notes.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: It tastes good and sweet. I like it. Hides alcohol well but not entirely which detracts a little of the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, big light tan head, leaves to disk, lots of cling lace.

S - Sweet fruit, but some tinny, metallic notes.

T - Boozy, fruity, pretty good except again, some tinny, metallic notes.

M - Very carbonated, medium body and pretty good balance except for....

D - Good to try. Wonder if I had an off bottle?

6.10.14 Tried it again. Still about the same, but the metallic is more medicinal this go around. A pretty tasty beer and it would have scored higher this time.

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

Decanted from a bottle to a Duvel tulip a deep red-brown body, voluptuous foam filling the glass. Aroma is kind of sweet and boozey... alcohol aroma is strong. Flavor is actually very sweet and candylike... a balancing act of dryness, sweetness, and sourness. Reminds me of a sweet wine in a sense. Pleasant, albeit a tad overbearing. mouthfeel is a little thick and syrupy, astringent at the same time. Overall this is a decent dubbel.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Maredsous wine glass shape goblet - served at St. Arnold's in DC

A - Beer poured with a one finger beige frothy colored foam; body had a nice opaque deep reddish-brown colored body; beer had a full, healthy look; moderate amount of lacing

S - Fruity; rosy; cherry; yeast and malt backbone; slight Twizzler scented and caramel; brown sugar - sweetness; dark fruit

T - Fruity and yeasty; some spice like coriander; some high hints of higher ABV; caramel; malt caramel flavors

M - Biscuit aftertaste; medium body feel; slightly effervescent; fruit taste after retro-olfaction

D - Good smells; solid drink; one step above #6

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with some amber highlights when held to the light. Great tan thick head with some good globs of sticky lacing.

I'm really trying here to get a nose. Cold out of the fridge - nothing. Warmed up for good 20 minutes outside -- slight fruit, brown bread and some brown sugar and woody alcohol notes. I'm not even fighting thru a head here at this point.

Toasted malt, some alcohol, brown bread, burnt husk, dark fruit (but non-descript). This dries out to a level of bitterness. Astringent in the finish and balanced with the bitter. Complex brew.

Fuller bodied with a pucker.

This is very nice brew. The dry part is a bit perplexing as is the lack of nose (I am generous in my ratings, but this one flat out lacks a big piece -- sorry but Jamie Farr wouldn't be able to get anything out of this one). Trying to think of a way for this to work with food and I can't (having this with a black and blue burger and it is ok for cutting thru the fat and cheese and pepper, but not a great pairing; maybe a pear and blue cheese tart? I dunno). This is one you sit with at night and sip over time and stretch out the enjoyment. I have a bomber here and I must say that the 8% is already catching up to me. And the value ($9) is so very worth it.

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

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Dark brown with a foamy tan coloured head.

S: Reminiscent of white wine.

T: Malty, wine and a faint hint of cherries. Somewhat sweet with a bit of a boozy finish.

M: Medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Tasty, smooth and a well balanced dubbel.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark amber brown with a medium beige head with thin lacing that lasts throughout the drinking session. Aroma of raisins, plum, grape, caramel malt, toffee and light floral notes. Thick, creamy mouthful reveals flavors of caramel malt, dark fruits (plum, figs, raisins), and considerable hop balance, which is most pronounced on the dry bitter finish. Overall, a decent Dubbel.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks for the bottle share goes out to Marc.

appearance: dark murky brown, with 1 finger head

smell: dark fruits, sweet, caramel, malts,

taste: dark fruits, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice dubbel. glad I got to try it. Won't turn it away if somebody offers me another.


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

First had: on tap at Ginger Man, NYC, NY

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small tannish head that dissipates to a think film of bubbles. Caramel malts in the nose, with dark fruits and dark sugars. Taste is of caramel and spice, fruitcake, with a bitter alcohol finish for a drying sensation. Complex, and medium to heavy mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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

Bought 2 weeks ago in a 25.4 ounce bottle. Best before 03/13. Dark carmel appearance with moderate head and persistent lacing - served in a tulip glass.

S - Rich aroma of yeast

T - Mild hops with sweet and spicy but short lived overtones.

M - appropriate carbonation

I enjoyed this Dubbel but would not rank it amongst the best belgians but definitely in the pack

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Photo of sweemzander
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 09-2012. *Note with the updated label this is called, "Brune/Bruin"

(A)- Pours a brown colored burgundy. Produced a giant crown of fluffy tan colored head with great retention behind it. Tons of sticky lace left behind.

(S)- A dry clay-driven earth character. Bits of raisin and plum. Very very dry actually.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Extremely dry and a clay earth driven profile. Very subtle bits of dark fruits.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A fair balance as well, though it definitely leans towards the dry earthy side of the style.

(D)- A good dubbel especially for the price point. Nothing extraordinary, but it fits the bill for the style.

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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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