Duvel Moortgat NV – Maredsous 8 Brune

NOTING THAT MAREDSOUS is owned and bottled by Duvel makes sense, as this brown ale is almost an answer to Duvel’s own flagship pale—quite effervescent, a great poof of confection for its head, and premonitions of citrus wrapped around raisins, pure dark malts (neither roasted nor too chocolaty), and a decisively swift phenolic sweep through that leaves no lingering bitterness. Substantial but not chewy body and a touch of smoke from two months spent in the bottle. Doesn’t immediately knock one out, but upon reflection is very tastefully done.

Served: 750 ml bottle best by 01/2013

Rating: 90

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