Maredsous 8 - Brune | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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89
very good
1,432 Ratings
Maredsous 8 - BruneMaredsous 8 - Brune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 01-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,432
Reviews:
668
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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97
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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that recede to remain just covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing remains.
The smell is of dark cereal malts; the taste is of dark plum, raisin and malt, with a peppery yeast finish.
The beer is medium to full bodied thanks in part to the high carbonation that releases with each sip.
Overall, an very enjoyable Belgian ale.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- huge head on this, dark amber colour on the beer.head sticks around too.

S- dark fruits and booze but pretty subdued nose overall.

T- as it smells but much bolder on the taste. This is a borderline quad on the taste, the usual suspects for a fine belgian, dark fruits, booze and caramel .superb

F- rich, thick and coats the mouth

O- the best dubbel ive tried to date.absolutely superb.

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Photo of bids8
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Best before 2/ 2016

The official Maredsous chalice is made of porcelain, a big chalice of a pale bone color with the Maredsous name on it.
I'll give up the look of this beer in exchange for orthodoxy within this brewery mindset.
It developed a very big, ultra foamy head, creamy, with decent retention.
Seen from above after the head has gone, it is a dark brown beer with patches of brown yeast on top of the remnant light brown foam.

Not much on the nose. Caramel, slight spiciness, malty sweetness, lots of cherry, slight butterscotch, and the very distinctive hoppy spiciness after swirling energetically.

What an assertive flavor, slightly unbalanced, tilting towards sweetness. Caramel, steely malts, strong phenolic medicine-like flavor, yeast spiciness. Just a hint of dark fruits as in raisins, dates, figs and prunes, but, most predominantly, cherry.
This is an oxidized beer, although not to the point of loosing every other original trait of the style, as some other oxidized beers I have encountered. Still, the oxidized flavors are the strongest ones. Lots of nut as in hazelnut or almond, vinous, wine-like booze, wood, wet paper, and again lots of cherry.
The aftertaste is the same flavor, but waning, and it is predominantly sweet although the sensation in your mouth at the end is that of dryness.
Medium to full body, very smooth, nice carbonation .

Interesting beer, the oxidation was in tune with it, although I would love to have one fresher.

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

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

Photo of KitoUY
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimmyeng
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a .75L bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with hints of red. Thick, fluffy foam with incredible retention and strong lacing. A really good looking beer.

S: Not too strong. Very subtle hints of fruit and yeast.

T: Much stronger than the smell. Dark fruit flavors up front but not overpowering at all. Balanced with caramel and malt flavors at the end. Somewhat sweet. Alcohol is dangerously masked.

M: A bit thinner than I expected given the thick foam that stuck around pretty much the entire time. Refreshing.

O: A really enjoyable, drinkable dubbel. Beautiful appearance and taste. Definitely worth picking up if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown that is a beautiful ruby colour when held up to a light source. Topped with a fluffy cream 2 finger head. Incredible retention. Thick rings of lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts and dark fruit (prune, raisin mainly)

T- Definitive flavour of dark fruits, caramel malt, and a slight spice (I'm thinking coriander). Little bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M- Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Maredsous Brune is a beautiful beer: gorgeous appearance, great aroma, good flavour and a creamy yet refreshing body.

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Photo of Omniwar
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurkar
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown amber in color. Thick light brown head, very foamy. Lots of lacing. Smell is caramel and rich malt, with yeasty finish. Taste is sweet, with notes of fruit, spice, and caramel malt. Refreshing mouthfeel that leaves slight warmth.

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

Poured from bottle.
L: turbid dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: plums, pears, apples.
T: caramel, apples, pears.
F: medium body and medium carbonation.
O: may be more saturated will be better.

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

Photo of jesusfgcadiz
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of burnstar
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nunya
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "J's Great Beers of Belgium",.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also in the "1001."

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Photo of tbaumer
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanzy1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is like iced tea. Taste is like a subtle dark ale. Very well balanced. Not too sweet which I like. No heavy taste of alcohol. Tamarind flavor. Not trying too hard. Enjoyed it very much.

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Maredsous 8 - Brune from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4 out of 5 based on 1,432 ratings.
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