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Brew Review V3

Dave’s Brew Review

Maredsous Abbaye - Abdij

Welcome to Dave’s Beer Corner. This edition spotlights Maredsous Abbaye 8 from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat.


If you have been reading my reviews, you would know I prefer the brewing styles of the Trappist’s. Their dubbels to me are the very best Belgian ales. This local abbey however is very good. This squat, bottle conditioned beer pours nicely leaving a netting of foam that lingers right to the last sip. This abbey, like most Belgian dubbels has a hint of banana and spice in the nose. I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking a beer from the proper glass.


Maredsous flavor begins with a bitter sweetness with an alcohol presence that is not overpowering. Most ales of this style do have a stronger candied flavor, but that moves to a new stand out flavor for me…licorice. This for me is what differentiates this abbey from the others. The mouth is coated and the lingering flavor hangs on until the next drink which for me couldn’t come fast enough.


I rather enjoyed this abbey and would indeed drink it again.





Style:               Dubbel

ABV:              8.0%


Color:              Dark Amber

Serving temp:  45 - 50 degrees

Food pairing:   Cheese, chocolate, or beef

Glassware:       Goblet

Price point:     


*Beer ratings based off 0 (poor) to 5 (excellent)



“There is no such thing as a bad beer. It's that some taste better than others.”

 Billy Carter


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