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Day #136 – Maredsous 8 Brune

May 17, 2011

Another beer from the monks today and it’s one of my favorites! You know now that I think about it, I don’t think I have had a Trappist ale that I haven’t liked. Hmm, good for them! I also heard a rumor that today’s glass is SUPER cool. Here’s to hoping.

Maredsous 8 Brune

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(Not my picture but one off the net. The bar was super busy when I was there and I had to jet to a kickball game almost immediately. Otherwise I would’ve gotten a pic of the tap handle which actually looks pretty cool.)

Maredsous is brewed by Duvel Moorgat out of Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium. Apparently it is brewed under the supervision of the Maredsous monastic community to maintain it’s true form. However since the beer is not actually brewed BY the Maredsous Abbey and only lends it’s name to the beer it cannot carry the traditional “Trappist” label. It is still brewed in the style of Abbey ales and is classified as an Abbey Dubbel, ringing in around 8% (hence the 8 in the name). A brune for what it’s worth is the traditional name for a Belgian Brown, but we lump it in with the Abbey Dubbels.

This beer is served in its traditional chalice shaped glass. This serves to release all available aromas while showing off the lovely appearance. I love these type of glasses and can’t collect enough of them.

The appearance is quite lovely to say the least. It pours a rosy red hue with a foamy beige head that lingers for a long time. It looks great in this tall stemmed glass.

The aroma is big on dark fruits. Plums, raisins and black grapes mix well with a slightly woody nose as well. Fabulous thus far.

Ok, the taste rocks too. Nice dark fruits as well with a touch of bubble gum type flavors. The alcohol can be tasted just a bit near the finish but no where near to the point of becoming distasteful. A bit dry and woody on the finish.

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This is a solid beer through and through and I certainly recommend it!

Cheers!

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