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 keithmurray
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cherry mahogany color with fluffy tan head

smell - sweet malts, caramel, figs, raisins, prunes

taste - prunes, figs, raisins, oak

mouthfeel - bitter mouthfeel upfront, highly carbonated, medium to full bodied, flavors linger on the aftertaste

overall - decent representation of the style, yet this didn't get me excited enough to try it again

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Photo of slimspady
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from stubby bottle into official clay Maredsous goblet

Fairly carbonated but can't see anything else due to clay goblet.

Not overwhelming aroma. Familiar malty sweetness of a typical Belgian dubbel.

Honey, malts, fruity (plums).

Feel is lighter than you'd expect. Aftertaste is lengthy and pleasant.

Very easy to drink. A couple would go down good. Not the best of the style, but still very good.

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

A - Hazy body, deep amber color with a sturdy cream head.

S - Smells of toffee, malt and fall spices come to mind. The alcohol in the beer is noticed too.

T - A tangy, yeasty taste. Nice tingly spice notes and alcohol on the tongue. This brew has a nutty taste, bringing the idea of tree nuts and tree nut oil into the frame. This beer is slightly sweet and well spiced with the alcohol and spices.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation. Warming throughout but smooth.

O - A nice dubbel, not as rich or sweet as other bruns Ive had.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours a dark reddish amber colour. Slightly cloudy with a nice finger of creamy head. An appetizing looking beer!

Aroma is faint fruitiness that builds into some nice some coffee aroma too.

Taste is underwhelming to start. Bitterness up front with a medium body. Slightly sour, but becomes sweet as coffee notes give way to some nuttiness. The aftertaste is really excellent: toasty malt that hangs around with some slight hop bitterness.

Overall. This is a nice one. It's surprisingly light for the alcohol, and kind of refreshing. I could see myself enjoying a few of these, but I don't know if I'd seek it out.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a wine glass.

A this beer starts by pouring a nice rich brown color with a nice thick 2 finger head that lasts the entire time and gives the glass some nice lacing.

S The nose has a sweet fruity smell that hints of apple cider, with very slight hints of yeast and alcohol.

T This beer starts with a sweet spicy flavor followed by notes bread and fruit with a very strong coffee note with a hint of alcohol that dominates the finish, especially as it warms up.

M A very creamy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. A very easy drink.

Overall this is an amazing dubbel that is wonderfully sweet and complex. It is a wonderful beer to spend an evening sipping on.

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

APPEARANCE: This dubbel pours just a shade lighter than a roasted chestnut with a sandstone-colored head. Once the head dissipates, it leaves behind a very delicate lace.

SMELL: The first whiff of this brew is a preview for a very complex beer: roasty malts and a mix of plums, citrus fruits, and anise.

TASTE: Overall, this is a medium-bodied Belgian ale that hits your tongue with a tone of crispness and a lush mouth feel. Once this beer fills the rest of your mouth, you'll get a wonderful mix of peppery spice and sweetness. The dry malts throw in a bready earthiness that's a pleasant surprise from a beer with a more floral and fruity nose. The dominant flavors are a deep fruitiness with the strongest notes being that of slightly over-ripe plums and figs with a hint of anise. The bottle recommends that this beer be poured at 42 to 50F. I would agree. Cool but not cold works best here.

DRINKABILITY: A very good beer, but not a session brew. The sheer complexity lends itself far more to sipping at a slow, leisurely pace. It's on the verge of being too complex, but stops just short. I don't think I'd want more than a 12-ounce snifter at a sitting.

VERDICT: It's a grand beer, but not for the faint of heart. The more sensitive your palate, then the more you'll enjoy this beer. If you have the chance to try this beer, then absolutely do it.

John Harvey

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-brown color with a small bit of off white head. The smell is of raisins, brown sugar, and brandy. The taste is similar, but with an alcohol warmth at the end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is full with a touch too much carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer with some interesting flavors to it.

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

I had this on tap at BJ's. They served it in a pokal glass...

It was brown with red hues and an average sized, filmy, off white head. Smells great, I got aromas of raisin, molasses, fig and caramel. The tastes consists of some nutty and dark fruity flavors, along with toffee and caramel. It has a medium body and a soft feel. I thought Maredsous 8 was a world class beer that I would love to revisit on a more sober note.

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear reddish brown colour with a massive size frothy beige (maybe even light brown) coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head was basically fully lasting.

Smell - malts, molasses, dates, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of dark fruits mixed with malts and a molasses flavour. There is also quite a bit of a woody aspect to it. I could also pick up on chocolate/coffee and a bit of a burnt/roasted flavour. It finishes with a roasted malty aftertaste.

Overall - A very complex beer with a whole lot of different tastes going on. The beers flavours continued to change as it approached room temperature. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it has a truly beautiful appearance once poured in a glass. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz distinctive and heavy bottle served in pint glass. Best by date 1 full year in the future (3/2012). Different labeling: now sold as a brune 8 rather than a dubbel 8. Still described on the reverse as a Belgian dubbel.

light pour produced nearly 4 cm of head, causing the need for a 2nd pour. Moderately thick and quite sticky light tan head has excellent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass all the way down. Slightly hazy, dark mahogany color.

The subtle spicy aroma is not the strong point of this beer. The flavor is more bold, rich and complex than what I could pick up from the scent. Aroma does convey higher ABV and ample malt. Back to that complex flavor. There is a lot going on here, with a terrific dynamic interplay of well-balanced flavor components from the sweet spicy start through to the toasted malt, spice, earthiness and mild bitterness of the finish.

M - medium/full body, creamy with a nice dryness in the finish.

An excellent Belgian dubbel; I hope to try it head to head with my old favorite Belgian dubbel, Westmalle, and the very similar (I think) St. Martin.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark brown/coffee color, with an extremely thick, creamy tan head about 2.5 fingers thick

S: malty, with a hint of alcohol similar to bourbon

T: complex and bold maltiness; the bourbon-alcohol flavor from the aroma is also here; a touch of caramel sweetness also here; the warmer the beer gets, the more the presence of dark fruits becomes apparent; still, not my favorite, but good enough to deserve a better than average rating

M: expected a richer, creamier feel; instead, body is full of carbonation and is lighter than I want; does leave a nice sticky feeling in the mouth, as I would expect from a thicker brew

D: not very smooth, due to the carbonation; kind of airy; doesn't go down extremely smooth, but not unpleasant; still, I'd have to say my limit is 2 at most

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Photo of boss302
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, nice head. 4 

S yeasty bready eatery, sweet, not a lot of fruit like I would expect, but nice.4

T sweet and bland not very distinctive, not typical of Belgians I have tried. Perhaps a not so good bottle? 3 

M thin, not at all like I expected. 3 

D Probably not one I'd try again if this is the way it is supposed to taste. I may have gotten a bad bottle, but until I try another, this review will stand. If the second bottle is different, I will update this reveiw. 3

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife said it tasted like, "the yummy part after biting a toffee apple". Bright, tart, sour green apple flavors followed by a nice candy-coated, burnt sugar crunch. Fairly one-dimensional, but classic in it's appeal. I would've expected a deeper or more complex mouthfeel, but as a washing-down-lunch beer, this worked out quite well.

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

Chimay chalice.

A: Sort of a brown colour with red highlights. Decent head and lacing, which dies down a bit quickly. 4

S: A bit of grit and some malt along with fruity aromas. Good fermented fruit flavours. Definitely has the roasted cardboard flavour of a good stout. 4

T: Definite roast in the taste, initially this tastes almost like a stout. Also some subtle fruit flavours. 4

M: Quite good and drinkable. 4

D: Good dubbel with roast qualities and well priced; would buy again. 4

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

330ml bottle

A- Slightly murky dark deep brown. Two fingers, quite dense but not very attractive off-white head that shows nice retention throughout the whole tasting experience. Nice lacing on the glass

S- Earthy aroma with yeast and brown sugar in evidence among a touch of malt sweetness. Some background dried/dark fruit notes may be noticed. A bit weak overall, maybe due to the always persistent head

T- Sweet overall feeling from the malts, with some light notes of caramel showing up. A bit of earthiness from the yeast (though not as strong as in the aroma). Dried and dark fruit notes are instead stronger than in the aroma, with plum definitely showing up (along with molasses maybe). Some estery spiciness shoes up as well. Finishes slightly herbal with a touch of refreshing hops

M- Quite dense body. Smooth but with just the right amount of delicate carbonation to make it a bit more lively. Quite warming though alcohol is nicely hidden

O- Quite complex and drinkable at the same time. Overall very well balanced. A very nice winter beer. Maybe just nothing really special

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

Deep copper in colour and mostly opaque with a respectable cover of cream-white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

On the nose: lots of bready yeast, some slightly astringent grain, nutty malt, caramel and dark fruit, light minerals, bit of alcohol. Not as complex as I was hoping for.

I can't say I have a ton of experience with dubbels, but this example probably has more bitterness and roasted malt character coming out than any I've had. Also, I'm used to more complexity; more fruit and spices. This mostly tastes like a strong dark ale to me, I'm not getting much "Belgian". Dark, roasty malt with a soily hop bitterness with traces of caramel and minerals. The finish is so dark and drying it's almost like that of a porter or light stout. Alcohol is still a little hot, though this bottle is marked best before 07/2013. Could use some age I guess.

If one thing about this beer screams "Belgian" it's definitely the feel. Those Belgians sure know how to brew up a great mouthfeel. Nice medium body with a fairly active, though not overdone, carboantion.

It's drinkable, I guess, but I'm not finding much here to make me want to purchase this stuff again. When I think of a Belgian dubbel, this is not what I think of. I wouldn't say it's a bad beer, and it is in fact a dubbel from Belgium but when I feel like cracking open a dubbel, I don't think I'll have this one in mind in the future.

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Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body, a gorgeous burning amber red hue, sits under two fingers of creamy off white head with speedy streams of carbonation keeping it a float. Sticky webbed lace is pasted onto the walls of the glass after a few swirls. A great looking beer.

The nose is luscious and dessert like; crème brûlée comes to mind. Sweet and soft Belgian yeast blends with syrupy candied cherries, vanilla and shortcake with a pleasant touch of sugary alcohol. Very well rendered, being not too sweet and incredibly inviting.

A tingly and semi-tart feel evelope the palate as sweet and bready Belgian yeast pass by smoothly and almost without notice. The alcohol comes in a sugary and soft form that grazes the back of the throat before it melds with prickly candi sugar and syrupy cherries in the finish.

Rich, smooth, and prickly with carbonation. What can be detected of the 8% ABV only adds flavour and depth to the beer itself. With alcohol not being an issue and tastiness at the forefront, this one's very enjoyable to drink.

Out of the 6, 8 and 10 from the gift pack, this oen takes the cake. I've got a real liking for dessert-like Belgians, and this one fits nicely into that category.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maredsous 8, bottled version, enjoyed at a bar in Valladolid, Spain.

Appearance: Perfect one-finger head, frothy like capuccino foam. Great lacing. Dark caramel/coffee/toffee color, hazy and opaque.

Smell: In the nose, it comes through with aromas of blowtorched whipped cream, some coconut and cherry, crystallized sugars and shortcake. Heavy nose! Dessert-like, yummy.

Taste: Not as spectacular as the smell, but still delicious. Very sweet and creamy,with hoppy overtones and a slightly metallic finish. Dark fruits all around.

Mouthfeel: Creamy again. Supremely smooth. Low-but-adequate carbonation, medium body, full flavor.

Drinkability: Very good. This is an easy but tasty brew. If anything, it is a bit too sweet/sugary, but mighty enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Served on tap in a chalice. Recommended by the waitress. Had to go ask the bartender which version and he confirmed the 8, Dubbel. Nice presentation; dark brown with red tint in the body. Nice foamy tan head that rests over the body during the whole session.

Sweet aroma of dark fruit and, as expected, spicy Belgian yeast notes. Enticing.

Very tasty. Complex, rich dark fruity flavors with a light bitter and sour notes following. A hint of toffee and chocolate.

Creamy mouthfeel. An highly pleasant experience with this one.

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Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap a Kickbacks. Beer is a deep dark orange, borderline brown. Very low carbonation for a Belgian which leads to no head and no lacing. Smells very sweet, but the taste is well balanced. Very drinkable for 8%. Very good example of an Belgian amber.

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Photo of speter
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby with a huge fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Rich prune and raisin scent with hints of biscuit malt.

T: Very rich, almost bock like in the flavor. Dark fruits (raisin, prune, black cherry) alongside a rich malt/sugar backbone.

M: Bordering on nearly too fusely. It's very warming, and not fully integrated. The carbonation keeps the refreshment up, though.

D: A great dubbel.

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

A: Reddish-brown color with a thin head that lingers on the glass for the whole drink.

S: Mild sweet and bitter aroma that entices you further

T: Starts mild and a little sweet then progresses to a sharp dry finish. Notable alcohol flavor throughout.

M: One word: Smooth. It doesn't swish through your mouth, it glides. Has a hint of carbonation to complement.

D: A great sipping beer, not to be taken in quickly. Fairly high ABV, so you won't drink too many. I enjoyed this a lot, but I don't have any urges to hurry back to the store and restock.

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

Review from notes on 05/27/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A:Deep cherry red; no visible ribbons. Light crosses thru beer with good clarity. Loose bubbles hold a foamy cap, which is light tan in color.

S: Roasted barley complimented by slight lacto-bacil pungency. Slight almond/praline tone.

T: Deep, roasted chocolate with hints of praline. Light espresso aftertaste. Toward the end, ale was a bit sour. Alcohol faintly available in taste.

M: Medium body with sharp, stinging carbonation.

D: Decent to good dubbel. Better beer at same price point I think.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml squat little bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruddy amber hue, with three fat fingers of foamy, rocky, and creamy ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually leaving some haphazard chunks of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of rising dark bread, maraschino cherry dominated fruitcake, diluted molasses, a touch of Belgian yeast, a mildly sugary caramel malt, and a soft earthy mustiness. The taste is much more sub-saccharine in its bready caramel malt, cut quite thoroughly as it is by astringent, spicy yeast, dry apples, cherries, and raisins, as well as a sidling alcohol edge. An ethereal leafy hop bitterness sort of hitches a ride as it warms.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tight, almost edgy frothiness, the body a somewhat underwhelming medium weight for the style, kind of zippy and chalky, but eventually smooth enough. It finishes with a return to the malty sweetness, and a hefty dose of spicy Belgian yeast lingers in offset, for good measure.

A little too strained and taut for my liking - though the booze is well hidden, it is perhaps another strong indicator that this isn't something I will be revisiting anytime soon. Well-made, but just not for this Belgian brew heretic.

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

A: Dark brown. Slight haze.
S: Sweet toasted malts.
T: Toasted malt prominent, much more chocolaty than other dubbels I've tried and less candy sugar sweetness. Woody spice in aftertaste, but subtle.
M: Good carbonation. Medium body. Medium-dry finish.
O: Very drinkable. A clean beer with a charming toasted quality prevailing. I would put this on the level of Westmalle.

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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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