Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat - Maredsous 8 Dubbel

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 330 mL bottle, poured into a goblet

This Belgian double pours a deep mocha brown with floating specks of yeast from the beer's bottle refermentation. The moderate frothy tan head is also speckled with yeast and has impressive retention for the style and strength of the beer. The nose is strong and semi-alcoholic. Dark fruits are prominent with a slightly musty back end. Minor coffee notes bring up the low end as well.

A great example of a traditional Belgian Strong Dark Ale, the beer features broken down malts and a mild candied edge to the beer's distinguished Winter fruits. Figs and dried plums add sweetness tempered slightly by earthy undertones. The beer has a slight Port wine-like character and a dry, cellary essence. The finish is dry with a mild lingering damp woody sweetness.

Final Verdict: A-

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