Abbey beer, yes. Also produce cheese, yes. A beer originally brewed by the monks of Maredsous Abbey now brewed by Duvel Moortgat.
Maredsous Brune 8: 8%abv Suggested serving temperature 6-10C 43-50F.
Having previously reviewed the Maredsous Triple 10, I have decided this time to go for the Brune. It is a far different beer than that of its brethren. Little to smell at first investigation. Yet on appearance, after being poured, it is a dark, rich caramel color. With a soft brown head similar to a cola it is quite bubbly yet light, not very thick. This beer pours to the top of provided glass-and some. Flavors of caramel and roasted/smokey barley are assisted by a slight spiciness that attacks the tongue with vigor. A bite of bitterness lingers after swallowing. Each sip-or gulp in this case-seems lighter than the last, a trick that the carbonation may be playing on the palate. Knowing beforehand that this beer is often served with cheese is a big selling point for me, thought this time I was given peanuts instead. It is definitely a beer for a savory meal of meat and cheese. It warms the stomach while also leaving you with less hunger after consumption. Not a bad autumn afternoon beer. Stay tuned for the Maredsous Blonde 6.