Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

very good
1,427 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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Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a dark brown with a nice creamy small light brown head that immediately starts clinging to the sides. Nose is yeasty and malty with a nice sweet maltiness.

Taste is very light, super dry and malty with a bunch of iron on the finish. Carbonation is light and the body is even lighter. Maybe I've been spoiled by westy 8, but this isn't even as good as my friend Nate's homebrew dubbel!

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

Cloudy amber with a ruby hue. Thin, off-white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is Belgian yeast, cinnamon, caramel, and spices. Plum, figs, and apple. Slightly buttery, toasted notes accompany the malts.
Taste is Belian yeast and spiced malts. Notes of plum, figs, and raisins. Some banana and clove as well. Nice, malty finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp yet smooth, with a dry finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability it good. Alcohol is well-concealed.

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Photo of Macca
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very generous head. Almost out of control. Settle down to a great coverage. Lots of lacing. Dark brown with a hit of red when held up to the light.

This is one of the nicest smelling glasses of beers I've ever had the good fortune to stick my nose into. I don't think I can do it justice. Sweet caramel, dark fruit, some bready yeasty goodness. Just a hint of alcohol but just a hint. layer after layer. Love it.

The alcohol comes through a lot more on the palate. All of the other flavours come through as well but just not as clearly. The caramel is still nice.

Although it smelt great I still didn't find this any more drinkable than a lot of others of similar style I've tried but I'm sure it's me and not the beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours tawny leather with a puckering taupe carpet. Apples, toasted nut and alcohol on the nose. Brown sugar up front, a phenol hit, then caramel notes. Creamy hit from the yeast with the last sip. Tinny finish. Thin and hot.

Smells better than it tastes. Not enough flavor to back up the burn. Disappointed.

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

pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy 3 finger slow dissipating head ..smell is sweet with caramel and toffee roasted malts dark fruits and some spice..taste is dark fruit forward plum fig and comes some toast and caramel sweet and malty..mouth feel is medium with lots of flavor its on the sweet side and is best served @ 50 degrees the fruit and spices expand with flavor as it warms..i will say i liked 10 and 6 better then this one

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Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich muddy brown into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of fluffy, slow-receding head.

Nice full aroma of yeasty banana and cinnamon. High carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel, especially on the finish. Brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness, hints of spicy banana bread, and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Very tasty and drinkable!

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

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head

smell: sweet, caramel and biscuity

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. an intrresting sublte sour not as well.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: a nice belgian ale. would buy again

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

Served into a tulip out of a bottle, immediately you can see the quality in the beer. It pours a dark ruby brown that is transparent underneath a luscious head that laces down the tulip. In the nose you get yeast, bread and dried fruit among others.

Just about all that comes across on the nose translates into the mouth as you get a roasted bread, dried fruits and sweetness that is complexity at it's very best. It is an easy drinking 8 abv but there is enough on the alcohol to let you know it's power. I would imagine this ages well but mine didn't last more than 10 minutes :)

This is a great example of a True Belgium Dubbel and at a nice price as well.. maybe the best I ever had for the price (value) but overall not my favorite dubbel but one I will revisit often.Well done Maredsous.. cheers!


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

330ml bottle into a tulip. best before date clearly stamped on the back.

pours a deep, hazy garnet color with copper highlights. halfway through pouring i already had a three finger head, and had to wait for it to calm down before pouring the rest of the beer! head eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves clouds of sticky lace in the glass.

smell is nutty, spicy and a little musty. getting notes of clove, cinnamon, banana, and maybe some fig. has a bit of an astringency in the nose as well. taste follows with carmel malts, some spice in the middle and a dry, sugary sweet finish. hop character is mild, and alcohol taste is extremely well hidden. this would go great with banana bread after a big holiday dinner.

feel is the fuller side of medium and slightly chewy. has a lot of co2, but less than most of the other belgian beers that i have tried. very slight alcohol warming happening.

this beer quite literally disappeared from my glass. dangerously drinkable considering the 8% abv. i'm definitely going to seek out more of this.

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

A: Nice two-finger caramel head that goes away fairly quickly. Leaves very nice lacing. The liquid is a rusty, dark brown/red color.

S: Smells sweet, definitely getting some cherry and caramel

T: Delicious, bit of cherry but not overly sweet. Very well balanced with a fair amount of toffee flavor coming through on the finish.

M: Very smooth, decently thick. Mild carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer, bottle was split perfectly between two of us. (1 pint 9 fl oz bottle)

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Maredsous chalice acts like a prism, breaking up the beer's many tones into their spectral colours and reflecting them along a gradient of about half a dozen different shades that spill over one into one another. The body is dark but transparent. Its head is customarily large for a beer of this ilk and has a nice argent tinge to it.

This is the kind of bouquet that could give even a perfumer a jolt of excitement. It smells of the darkest, grainiest of breads that are smeared in some sort of fig, cherry and raisin compote. The scent of sugary, dried fruits is reminiscent of jams and reductions with lesser traces of caramel and dry cocoa helping sustain the beer's rich, lasting aura.

The taste extends more of that dark bread/bruised fruit jam flavour, although it also unbuckles a few new spoils: almonds, dark caramel, chocolate pudding, honeycomb toffee. A well primed yeast elicits all sorts of spicy nuances although it is considerably better integrated and well-adjusted than some other, overly phenolic and inhibited strains.

One of the many things I love about this beer is its ability to age gracefully. This bottle, a few years old, drinks with the most articulate but moderate element of spice. Its carbonation nibbles like a puppy dog, the little bits are felt but not severe enough to pierce the skin. A splash of alcohol reminds us to enjoy it slowly, with dignity.

Others don't have to agree with me, but I consider this one of Belgium's finest Dubbels. This has everything I love in this kind of beer - a painter's tray of colours, a captivating aroma and a rich, succulent disposition that encourages slow, appreciative sips. There isn't anything that Belgium's other abbeys (authentic or otherwise) have over Maredsous.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of dark fruits with a touch of alcohol

T - Sweet malt with dark fruit flavors light alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a pretty enjoyable beer thats easy to drink with a good taste worth picking up sometime to try

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

A: reddish-brown and clear when held to the light, this brew displays a grainy beige head that settles into a nice frothy carpet. Lacing is nice, starting at the etching in my goblet and finishing at the froth.

S: caramel and prunes make up the disappointing bouquet.

T: raisins, apricots, and chocolate blend together nicely.

M: thin and prickly. It feels overcarbonated, but onl because it is lacking in creaminess. These beers are supposed to be velvety, but this feels like cola.

D: an affordable abbey ale if there ever was one. It may not be the best one out there, but it is still quite enjoyable.

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

750ml bottle in a tulip. A thick dark brown, great looking. Taste is bright at first, tough to sort through the carbonation, but there is some date and other dark fruit sweetness along with some roasted characteristics. As it warms it gives way to lots more malt/caramel sweetness.

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

Excellent example of a Belgian dubbel. I believe this will become my standard on which to judge dubbel's going forward.

It has a fruity richness going on in the mouth feel right in the middle of the taste. Finishes nice and smooth with hint of the alcohol.

Very nice!

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Photo of mmahut
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the owners of Duvel this beer is actually quite nice with some strong fruity tastes I would more associate to wines. You can definitely tell its high fermentation from its consistency. One of the Belgium's trappist beers I recommend to try, but personally I don't like it so much.

Appearance (3): Dark brown with some light head.

Smell (3.5): Caramel with specific malt sweetness.

Taste (3.5): Strong malt followed by rich fruits.

Mouthfeel (3): Velvet carbonation, the alcohol taste is lost.

Drinkability (4): Very solid dubbel, as it should be.

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Photo of berley31
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white sticky head that had fairly good lasting power, before finally settling at 1/2-finger. Nice Belgian lace on the glass. Body is dark brown and virtually opaque.

S: Excellent aroma... lots of dark chocolate, dark fruit, which just a tinge of alcohol that isn't solventy at all.

T: Very smooth-tasting beer... the chocolate is apparent again, with just a touch of roastiness to the beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Dark fruit (raisins, plums?) quite apparent. Sweet, but not overpowering at all.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: I've had a couple of these now, and I've enjoyed them very much each time. A very nice Dubbel that provides a great range of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was going to have this on tap but it was late so I picked up a bottle instead

A - Holly gusher! The foam poured from the 12oz bottle and some spilled on the floor! Danger! From first impression the beer is a thick pitch black liquid the appears great in a tulip glass, lacing in all.
S - Dark roasted raisins hit the nose along with some brown sugar or strong toffee.
T - Kind of boozy but mostly toffee malt and slight raisin hit the tongue. More harsh bitterness than expected from the smell so it's not a dessert beer.
M - Actually quite thin but the boozy factor makes it hard to drink
D - Really the first abbey I have tried but the hype made me buy it and it was kind of disappointing. Cover art has also changed from the cool black and red to some plain Jane white and blue which made it hard to find so someone should really update pictures on this site...

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Photo of roddwolff
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that bears its degree of alcohol in the name, served in a Duvel Tulip glass. Look: Very dark purple color, the foamy head is thick, creamy with excellent lacing. Smell: Figs and purple grapes, like red wine and pine hops. Taste: Roasted bready-malts, purple grapes and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Hot, bitter fruit, the finish is bittersweet, show its alcohol strenght passing through the throat, robust body with medium carbonation, very similar to wine. Drinkability: Sometimes i thought i was drinking a glass of wine but was belgian beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown into a goblet. A thin layer of tan bubbles consistently covered the surface. A a medium level of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: It has a gentle aroma of sweet, roasted malts with hints of cherries.
T: The flavor is rather complex; the initial taste is of roasted, burnt chocolate malts, which is followed by dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends some smoothness. It doesn't feel quite as strong compared to other dubbels.
D: It's very easy to drink as there's neither too much sweetness nor too much alcohol.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room, into a tulip.

The beer pours a medium cloudy brown with a nice full finger of tan head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is malty, and has unique vanilla to it.

The taste is also malt and vanilla, a little dark fruits but not super interesting.

Overall, decent, nothing special.

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

A - Poured a translucent brown with some visible carbonation. Very little white head settled on the top.

S - Sweet malts - caramel and toffee. A nice nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts with some spices. A very sweet finish with some frutiness.

M - Light body with average carbonation.

D - A delicious brown ale. Would definitely buy this one again.

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

Review from notes on 10/11/09. Thanks to my lovely girlfriend for buying a 4 pack of this and some cheese to help my bad mood lol.

A - Clear mahogany with garnet hues. Off white 2" head. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5

S - Malty caramel, figs, and raisins. More pronounced on the caramel end though. Light hint of alcohol. 4.0

T - Heavy caramel malts followed by notes of fruits (raisins). Mild spices and an earthy tone leads the finish with a pleasant warmth. 4.5

M - Rich and medium bodied. Well carbonated as it should be. Velvety smooth. 4.5

D - A most delightful nightcap. Such a pleasure to drink. 4.5

Notes - Pairs excellently with sharp cheddar cheese.

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a rich, dark brown with just a few hints of amber into my trusty Duvel tulip. There was a nice, fluffy, tan head that persisted for quite a while and left excellent lacing.

The nose was very rich -- lots of toasted malts up front with a good hint of raisins, as well as some more subtle butterscotch and toffee on the back end. The flavor profile matched -- heavy on the toasted malts, with a nice fuity and spicy flavor. It was almost like cinnamon raising toast, but right before the bitter back end of the flavor profile kept it from being over-sweet. A very complex, delicious beer.

The mouthfeel was excellent: good body without being too thick; just enough carbonation. Maredsous 8 is one of my favorit brews; quite drinkable and always delicious.

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

A - Pours mahogany with ruby tints. Nice sized tan head that has lasting power helped by the abundant carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, dark fruit, black licorice, and dark chocolate.

T - Much like the armoa, lots of malt with dark fruit and bit of burnt caramel and tart dark chocolate coming through. A little alcohol and spiciness in the finish.

M - A little heavy in the middle but finishes pretty clean with the higher alcohol and carbonation.

D - Balanced and finishes clean without any one flavor over dominating. This makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,427 ratings.
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