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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 MirImage
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Brandy Snifter.

Appearance: A dark mahogany with a thin off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Dark caramel. Nice malty smell that reminds me a walking though a brewery or homebrew store. As I go in for a drink it feels likes im putting candy in my mouth.

Taste: Somewhat dry for how sweet it smells. Slight alcohol burn. Tastes of dark caramels.

Mouthfeel: Very nice medium body. A little surpising it doesn't feel fuller, it works.

Drinkability: I think the 8% is hidden quite well and doesn't fill you up too much.

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Photo of alkemy
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown/mahogany hue with some ruby highlights and a cream colored head that sticks around till you reach the bottom of the glass. Earthy smell with clove, banana, caramel, dark dried fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is excellent. Caramel and roasty bitter chocolate up front followed by a slightly spiced combination of cherry, fig, and prune. The banana is very faint but always there. Velvety smooth feel despite a pretty fair amount of carbonation. Seemed less sweet than other dubbels I've had, which was a big plus. Really happy to have come across this one...excellent

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Photo of jsprain1
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich brown, read when held light. The head is khaki and amazingly long lasting with intense lacing.
S- The smell is of rich dark malts, some caramel, chocolate, dark fruits. A hint of spice in there.
T- Dark malt, somewhat chooclatey, but plenty spicy as well.
M- good body, but mine seemed undercarbed.
D- Thoroughly drinkable. A nice beer. A good dubbel.

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

The beer is dark brown with hints of ruby red, an off-white firm head that leaves some curtains - but no lacing.

The smell is sweet and spicy, christmassy cloves and brown sugar and dates.

The taste is more spices, sweet brown candy sugar with cloves, ginger bread and bitter orange marmalade.

Medium high carbonation, soft and pleasant to drink.

A really nice after-dinner beer, should work nice with many desserts.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep dark ruby red color, mostly transparent with a creamy head that has huge retention

S-hints of molasses and chocolate up front, tons of almost past ripe, slightly sour plums with notes of cherries, the yeast is present and slightly minerally with light notes of alcohol and steel

T-the taste falls a little short and is a slightly watery version of the nose. the molasses and dark chocolate sit up front lightly, the sweet ripe fruits are much more subdued and no appearance of tartness, the yeast is more prevalent, still a little minerally, more chocolate malt comes in to play with a light hint of alcohol.

M-medium body, soft on the palate, very little carbonation, falls off in the back.

D-not a bad beer, seems to have a few issues but does offer a nicely balanced approach with a great malt flavor blending with very ripe fruits.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a tan head.

S: The nose is fruity and heavy on the raisins. Some other fruits include figs and plums. There is a slight acidity to it as well, which seems off for a dubbel.

T: The slight sourness is there again, maybe it's all those raisins? Sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, alcohol, and dark stone fruits. A weird combination, indeed.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: I don't know if this was a bad keg or not, but this beer was not all that impressive (which goes against what people usually have to say about this beer). Perhaps I'll need to revisit it later.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark body with a deep red oak hue. Generates a very generous quantity of head (approx. 3 fingers). Head is a very pale tan and its structure is rather tight and creamy. Head retention is long with the light brown luscious mass staying on for several minutes before settling down to a rock uneven layer with tufts of lace stuck to the glass; very similar to its Moortgat cousin Duvel and at least visually (definitely not taste, smell etc) the Maredsous is like a dark Duvel, a Duvel Dunkel perhaps???

This Dubbel has a very well structured aromatic profile. A mild barnyard yeast funk sits splendidly with a chewy malt note. Roasted and toasted dark fruits also make themselves known here.

After tasting there is a good comparison to iced coffee and moderately sweet chocolate. Molasses and sticky treacle are also alive in the palate.

Carbonation is almost text book perfect in terms of how it balances the aroma and taste profiles. Alcohol is only just noticeable and the beer most certainly settles into itself as it warms up towards room temp. Very good.

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Photo of emsroth
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stubby bottle

App: dark medium brown with thick glorious tan head

Smell: a thick mix of chocolate, dark sugar, and a touch of fruit, like fig. Sweet smell of alcohol around The edges

Taste: subdued sweetness throughout. Strong coffee and toasted grain in the middle. ends with a massive dose of herbal hops.

Medium body and tight carbonation that adds dryness.

Am awesome nose, but the taste is too dry and bitter to be a good dubbel.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother picked this one up and I was quite surprised with the results.

A - Pours a nice golden brown with an amber red hue, two thumbs of bubbly beige head and retention properties which are everlasting. Lacing was intense leaving mountains of bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass.

S - The sweet malts come through strong with chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and honey all noticeable on the nose. Some spicing was also noticeable with some cloves and coriander fighting their way through the bouquet of scents.

T - This is a delectable dark Belgian, with coffee and chocolate coming through nicely, complemented by cloves on the finish. The higher ABV is detectable, but not offensive. The alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms, but again, it doesn't detract from the overall tastiness of this drink.

M - Perfectly balanced on carbonation, goes down smooth like a stout, but with a little extra carbonation to give it a lift.

D - Blown away at how well this one hides the ABV. As previously mentioned, it does become more noticeable as it warms, but it is not offensive. I could actually have more than one of these in a single session, though that could end up being rather disastrous. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a dark, malty Belgian!!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Pours a dark red-brown (which my girlfriend informs me is russet) which appears ruby when held up to the light. The surface is covered with foam which leaves maze-like patterns in its wake.

S: Molasses and light fruit are the defining elements of the smell.

T: Taste follows smell -- a heavy molasses taste (more like raw molasses than the sweetened variety) is followed by light fruit (green apples and grapes). The middle taste is fruity and somewhat spicy with the molasses returning for the aftertaste before a drying red-wine-like sensation.

M: Very pleasing. Titillating carbonation, sticky molasses, and sharp fruit all pummel the tongue delightfully.

D: A strange combination of sweet and sour. A great beer, but not one I would drink often. Recommended.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Valhalla Table and served in a chilled 16 ounce shaker. Something isn't right here. Oh well, on to the beer:

Amber brown in color. The head retention is solid and there's also a solid amount of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma is right on the mark. Dark fruits, prnes, pairs, and even dry chocolate. Fun stuff.

It's all good in the taste. Bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, pears, hints of dark fruit types, Theere's a little bitterness found in this dubbel, not just another really sweet Belgian. the alcohol content is inserted well into this beer, and being not too bubbly in the mouth, creates a beer that is easy to approach. In the finale, bitter cocoa powder sits on the palate in the aftertaste.

It's good in a cold shaker, but imagine it served in it's own, unchilled glassware. This is recommended.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Best-by date is Nov. 2012.

Appearance: body is a rich amber-brown with a nice haze going on. Head is at least 3 fingers of light tan pillowy foam. Head has dramatic retention and leaves great clumps of lace sticking to the glass. Good show.

Smell: nice, musty malt aroma has cherry and plum characteristics, as well as some biscuitiness of which I'm not greatly fond. Still, some of the dark fruitiness makes up for this in my book. I like it.

Taste: quite tasty. Lots of dark fruits that get deeper as the flavor settles on the tongue. A slight tartness then appears, then a dank dark malt flavor with maybe a hint of chocolatiness. Malt is sweet and has a hint of caramel throughout the process. I feel like the first instant of sip is a little acidic and off-putting, but then the flavor wells into greatness as it lingers.

Mouthfeel: medium body and big bottle-conditioned carbonation make this one helluva creamy beer. I enjoy the feel quite a lot indeed.

Drinkability: Maredsous 8 is a darn drinkable beer. I'm finding that my appreciation for dubbels grows with each example of the style I have, and this is a good example indeed.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the aromas on this brew which consisted of belgian yeast, cloves, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, roastiness, and faint chocolate notes; very complex. Upfront the belgian yeast come thru first on the taste alongside chocolate, plum, caramel, roasted malts, and spice accents. There was also some faint clove and booze notes as well. The beer was medium body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet creamy slight spice but boozy finish. Maredsous 8 drank very good and was complex acroos the board and was a very delicious beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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 +1.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -8.2%
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 -5.7%
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 currant..next 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%
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 +1.2%
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 +19.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.2%
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 -0.7%
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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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,440 ratings
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