GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 27, 2007
After reading some of the reviews of this beer, I’m wondering if I had a bad bottle or something. You’d think that a beer like this would benefit from a little age, and I’m not saying it’s a bad beer. It’s just...okay. It sort of get’s lost in my mind with all the other average beers out there. Aroma at first was malty, dark fruits, perhaps some candi sugar and mildly spicy. Appearance was root beer brown in color with an off-white one-finger foamy head. Mouthfeel was soft with a bit of stickyness. Flavors were malty, molasses, dark fruits, slightly spicy and a bit nutty. This bottle just didn’t do it for me. I will get another and re-rate for sure. reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 bottle @ de hems. Deep amber with a thick malty head. Aroma of earthy malt, orange, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is very similar, but a little more toned down. Some hints of maple syrup. Lovely finish of lightly roasted malts. Alcohol is really apparent. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
Ah the maredsous 8 its been tooo long. wonderful dark malty beer. Big head choc brown colour, choc nose. Slight alcohol good malt flavour a little smokey gets better with age. This bottle 4 years islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2007
Sampled at a blind abbey dubbel tasting hosted by tennisjoel on 4-14-07, along with eight other beers. This was the fifth beer that we tasted. It finished in sixth place in my rankings, but it was last place in the group rankings. Originally poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle. The overwhelming winner of the night was ’t Smisje Dubbel, with Corsendonk Pater finishing a strong if distant second.
<P>Sweet chocolate and bubblegum aroma. Smell of wet diapers (not dirty diapers, merely wet ones). The strong aroma features hardly any hops. It improves upon multiple sips. Pours a translucent brown with a red glow, a small amount of beige head, and low bubbling. Alcohol evident in the taste. Bitter spices and tobacco flavors. Some burnt malt-like taste. A hint of smokiness. Warm finish. Bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly light in body. Lively on the palate. A nice change of pace in mouthfeel from the other beers we sampled that night. Drinkable. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: This must’ve been one of the beers I had whilst completely off my rocker...so I give it the average as to not affect its score but keep a record.
tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
Pour is amber . Some plum, along with a smoky, charcoal like character. Also molasses notes. This was an interesting beer for me. A little raw and the alcohol was not masked on this as well as some other dubbels sampled during a tasting. For me, it scored middle of the road. However, out of the four participants, it finished dead last out of the 9 dubbels tasted. BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
Fantastic head in the bruin category, with the flavor and aroma of fruity bitterness, spices, yeast, banana aso. Maybe my favorite Maredsous, but M 6 is also good. cgarvieuk (25705) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 brown (rich ruby), rich chocolate flavour, but too fizzy with rich dark chocolate bitter (almost same flav as a good dark 80% choc) in its linger3.4
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2007
bottle at home .. may 2015 ..bbf ... 08 copper ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet fruit ... soft bready yeast fruit ... dark roast nose ... soft fruits ... soft malts .. bready roast 3.8
11.2 oz. Lot L2441 1601. Purchased at Table and Vine, W Springfield, MA. Very well carbonated. Thick root beer float head with sticky champagne bubbles. Coffee/ dark chocolate nose. Coffee malt bursts through at opening, then leaves you with dry, dark chocolate finish with a touch of hops. Can’t wait to taste at the source later this summer! BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2007
Poured from a 330m bottle into a Maredsous glass, deep amber with a medium tan head. Aroma was faint, with accents of dark fruit and red grapes. Taste was subtle with hints of dark fruit and malt. Slightly sour and dry. Not sweet. Well carbonated with no apparent alcohol bite.