The first taste is one of caramel. This is followed immediately by a pronouncedly burnt aroma reminiscent of coffee (mocha). Maredsous Bruin is easy to digest, not too heavy by any means, but the alcohol certainly makes its presence felt.
The bitterness originates predominantly from its nutty character, which teams up nicely with the roast flavour of the dark malt varieties. This bitterness can also be detected in the finish, one that is lingering, but in the most pleasant of ways.