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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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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 +7.9%
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%
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 +3.5%
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 -12.4%
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 -11.9%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of liamt07
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the SAQ into a chalice.

Pours a deep violet, hints of hazelnut at the edges. Light creamy head, leaves great lace and chunky retention. Ideal. Subtle nose of dark fruits, and slight vinous notes. Fruit esters, dark bread, minor chocolate. Taste is just the same, dark fruits, acidic with some green grapes skins here, and mild chocolate notes. Yeast leaves some lingering dryness, reminiscent of Orval. High carbonation and full mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Yum.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear brown with a decent amount of foam. Tastes of subtle dark fruits with a slight molasses like lingering finish with the brown sugar almost there. Drinks pretty smooth for the 8% alc and it doesn't register in the taste at all. Decent dubbel.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright with a copper colour and a two finger off white head. Medium carbonation and good lacing.

S - Really malty. Yeasty and and element of brown sugar. Less spice and yeast than expected and sort of similar to a bock or dopplebock. Interesting.

T - Really nice and malty again, but the yeast element isn't there. Not as complex as I would have expected but still good.

M - Lot's of carbonation keeps things moving. Creamy finish.

D - Good drinkability but I would choose a number of other Dubbels over this. That said, I'd have another no problem.

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

A cork and caged 750ml bottle poured into a beer chalice. The label on the the bottle I have has changed from the bottle that is pictured on this site.

A large fluffy white head on a ruby brown brew. Ample lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell is of bready yeast and sweet malt.

The taste is of fresh baked bread, cola and sweet malt, the Belgian yeast is in there somewhere.

Good carbonation and a nice medium mouthfeel.

This is a great beer, only wish is could get this in the 330ml bottle.

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

I poured into a snifter to an inch of tan head. It looks brown but when held to the light it is more of a copper color. The aroma is brown sugar and molasses. Of course, there is the spiciness from the yeast. The taste is not as sweet as I expected. The spiciness and the molasses come through, but there is a bready malt taste in there as well. It is very carbonated. It leaves kind of a molasses cookie aftertaste leaving me wanting another sip. It's a solid beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light brown nice mahogany color with a nice off white head that is about .5 in tall and has some nice dense and soft bubbles.

S - Aromas of slight clove and nice freshly baked bread. There are some slight caramel hints as well as some nice phenols. There is some slight alcohol sweetness but it is very well hidden and not too overwhelming.

T & M - Taste of delicious Belgian yeast and some slightly sweet clove as well. There is some great fresh baked bread taste and a nice slight funk to the beer. I always enjoy the malt backbones of Belgian beers they have a nice slight sweetness to their bread hints. There is a nice dry finish on the back end with some slight bitterness and a very nice lingering spice aftertaste. The feel is nice and fluffy and medium with nice spice and some good carbonation.

D - Very good beer that I could definitely drink more of.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep amber, caramel color with a thick off-white head that remains for quite some time until it dissipates into nice lacing.

S: Surprisingly little nose on this beer. It has some maltiness and caramel notes, but again not a ton there.

T: I am glad that this is the best part of the beer. Caramel and malts up front with some fruitiness towards the back. The strength of flavor certainly makes up for any lack of smell that this beer carries. Delicious dubbel and I cannot taste the alcohol.

M: Smooth with some crisp carbonation, more than I expected actually.

O: Does not hurt my impressions of Belgian beers, this is a phenomenal example of a dubbel. I could have another 750 mL bottle easily.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv

Poured into a Maredsous chalice.

Appearance: Maredsous 8 pours a clear chestnut brown (actually quite a bit lighter than I was expecting), with beautiful ruby highlights and golden edges when held to the light.
The head is of a fair size (by Belgian standards), ivory coloured and leaves great lacing on the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: Lightly roasted malt and spices (cinnamon and cloves) dominate the nose. Cocoa, vanilla and a slight earthy woodiness are also present.
As the beer warms a fruity character becomes apparent - cooked figs, plums and some cherry.
Maredsous 8 has a great, complex nose and if the taste is comparable this is going to be a great dubbel.

Taste: Hmmmm, from the first sip this beer is a little boozy for my liking. Alcohol works well in some beers, but in others it is better hidden. I think this beer falls into the later category.
Looking past the alcohol - the flavour is similar to the smell and thus pretty damn good.
Lightly roasted malt, spices - cinnamon and nutmeg and stewed plums with a hint of figs.
The finish is long and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Just fuller than medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation, though not as airy as many Belgians.

Drinkability: Great beer to sip on, I will most certainly be having more of this as winter comes.

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

Poured into a chalice. It's a deep brown color in the body with an off white head that is surprisingly low for a Belgian, especially with such a thick bottle. It's very opaque and has some reddish, purplish tints to it as well.

The first smell that comes to mind for me on this one is flat bourbon and coke. I know that's weird but it has that 'winey' grape aroma and a bit of cola as well. It's very interesting. It smells a bit sour and fruity.

The taste is very deep and malty. It's rich and full flavored of roasted, coffee flavors. It has a bitterness that comes from dark roasting. At the very end there is a bit of alcohol warming that is quite nice. It's an extremely well rounded beer.

Very full bodied beer, with a rich flavor that leaves you with a fairly dry finish.

It's a sipper, but it's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - The beer pours with a good 4 finger head and slowly drops and remains at about 2 fingers. The beer is a gorgeous clear dark auburn colour, looks delicious. There is a tremendous amount of lacing occurring. Carbonation levels appear almost non existent.

Smell - Caramel with hints of malts are present in the smell. Not a dominant or over powering smell to this beer. There is a touch of raisin and little spice.

Taste - very good tasting beer! There is a subtle hint of bitterness at the end. You can taste the malts and raisins with a little hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - I am going to have to say i am quite shocked with the carbonation, compared to the appearance the mouthfeel generates a lot more. The beer fills the pallet and provides a great taste. You can really taste the raisins come forward on the mouthfeel with an increased bitterness near the end.

Drinkability - I was quite surprised with this beer and its appeal to the drinker. I think the beer is a great session beer and i would look to drink it again. I was very impressed.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL stubby brown bottle. best before date of 11/2012

even a gentle pour into a goblet still produces huge 3 inch head. dark brown color with garnet highlights. lacing is crazy and sticks to sides of the glass in clumps.

malty aroma, a little fermenting fruit. tastes is a bit of brown sugar sweetness, but its very balanced. hint of plum and raisin flavor.

creamy smooth mouthfeel, its extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of BBP
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Semi-translucent cherry-chestnut with good carbonation and head.

S- Some fruitiness. Substantial malt. A bit of booze. Raisin and plum are the prime fruits I pick up.

T- A bit of fruitiness from the beginning with plum. Has a bit of a bubblegum taste to it as well which is a little hard to notice. A bit of breadiness as well. Notes of apple. It's hard to describe everything I'm tasting. Leaves every sip with a buttery aftertaste which made me just want more and more.

M- Superb. Very creamy. Has a good body to it as well.

D- It's almost unfortunate how drinkable this is as I only have one. A third of it is gone already and I feel like I've barely started reviewing it.

Will definitely need to get another Maredsous mix pack to get this again. I would buy multiple bottles of it in single form if they were available, but this justifies my first set.

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Photo of impending
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. POP . . . pours a very dark clear garnet, gorgeous. Towering froth, superb brussels lacing.

Spicy strong aroma, classic dubbel but something else too at the finish like vanilla or cherry and anise - the end is uplifting.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very complex taste, even the aftertaste evolves. A tad more bitter than most brunes. Little sweetness upfront, finishes both bitter and dry. Phenols come out pronounced in the finish which is long lasting.

I want to like this more than I do, the aroma is fantastic. I expect this is the type of brew that you may not love at first but by the 3rd or 4th session you are hooked, you get it!
so many belgians, so little time

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Photo of haazer
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into my Chimay goblet.

A- Cork lets out a loud pop and pours a hazy, reddish brown brew. Good two finger viscous tan head forms, Slowly settles down. Great retention. You can certainly tell that this beer is from the same brewery as Duvel. The second glass I have forms the clumps of thick head, but not as lasting as the BSPA relative. Good amount of carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Yeast upfront. Follows up with chocolate malts, berries, and other fruits.

T- Upfront malt taste as a dubbel would. The most prominent taste for me atleast Mary Jane candy taffy aftertaste, delicious. Alcohol comes through in slightest. Little bit of a fruity mix with the booze.

M- Warming, dry, scratching the taste buds. Light to medium bodied. The abv feels spot on at 8%.

D- A nice malty dubbel. Definitely better ones out there, but a god one to try none the less. The body is not that thick so I'd classify this as just outside of being a sipper.

Notes: If you have this in your regular food fridge, please let sit for atleast 45 mins before trying. Deffinitely better as the beer warms. If I didn't have a 750ml bottle this might have had a worse review. My second glass was deffinitely better than the first.

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Photo of auro0006
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious, balanced beer that goes well with a wide variety of foods.

The color is a beautiful, amber-light brown. The head is full and creamy.

Aromas are complex and abundant. Dark fruits mix with hints of caramel, toffee, and roasted malts.

The flavor profile is complex. Rich, roasted malts create a backbone to this beer. Flavors mimic that of the nose; fruits such as raisins, prunes, figs. Caramel and toffee notes are detected. The blend of sweet flavors are delicious. There is not too much hop flavoring, but it can be sensed as a balance to the sweet, malty flavors. Warming flavors bring up the finish.

The body is creamy, smooth, and rich. This is one beer not to pass by.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The crystal mug turned a nice rich mahagony with a little cloudy mistyness in color. The head is off white, beige and lacing is beautiful.
The smell hints many flavors which are hard to pinpoint.
But the taste is phenomenal. Your mouth will be filled with a surprising freshness of banana ,chocolate, coffee, and other fruits. A great balance of bittersweet hops at the end, which invigorates for more. great prickly mouthfeel asks for more beer. Very drinkable.One great beer!

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,440 ratings
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