Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 48
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Reviews by Rchap1:
Photo of Rchap1
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: Good golden color, not too hazy, managed to keep most of the yeast back in the bottle. Great color all in all, a real solid creamy head that stuck around.

S: Pretty floral, little bit of clove and maybe some anise seed? overall, a more herbal scent, definitely getting some of the yeast smell in there too.

T: Pretty decent alcohol taste, not overpowering...I expected more. Again, floral notes here, but also a hint of vanilla as well as some citrus.

M: Carbonation isn't too much (about what you'd want for this kind of brew), Medium feel overall.

D: This is deceptively easy to throw back. I finished mine in near record time. I could probably go throw two in a a little bit on the filling side though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a orange hue with a real nice blooming head that of course leaves some real nice lace.Aroma has a nice 10x sugar aroma with some real spicey tones and yeasty.Taste is yeasty and quite citrusy with real nice clove-like notes.A quite complex ale with nice yeasty and light smokey undertones,very nice.

Photo of Popsinc
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange pour with a small/flat off-white head. The nose is bread-like and yeasty with underlying fruity hints of dry apricot. A smooth and slightly lively mouthfeel with big tastes of hop bitterness and toned down fruitiness. A very dry, slightly sweet finish that is accompanied with an obvious alcohol kick. A nice beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful cloudy carbonating orange body covered by a thick, foamy head.

Smell - The deep orange/malt aroma is covered with aggressive spiciness. The typical Belgian pale ale seasoning seems to be working in this Trippel.

Taste - Man, is this strong. The alcohol and spices come on big right up front. The taste resembles a screwdriver made with pepper vodka. The Belgian malt brings up the body but it's the spices and alcohol that dominate this ale. Of course, the strong orange flavoring finishes it.

Mouthfeel - Big, foamy feel in between the cheeks along with a notable alcohol sting.

Drinkability - This made-to-sip ale is very good, although probably too powerful for most.

Update - I decided to re-review this for '04.

I picked up a lot more Belgian hops at the nose, probably due to a year's worth of experience tasting Belgian Ales. I also found a big, monster yeast backbone that gave it points after sampling many other Belgian pretenders. Let's take the Smell & Mouthfeel up a notch and give it an overall 4.2 like its Dubbel brother.

Update - I have a fresh '09 vintage to compare. The spices indeed are the centerpiece of this magnificent work of art and I'm taking the Taste rating up a notch. It seems every time I tackle this ale it impresses just a bit more.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute bottle served up at Albatross in Berkeley, CA.

Very sweet and very strong. The 10% ABV is not well concealed at all. Appearance is great. Head is thick, luscious white cloud. Body is clean gold. Aroma is pear, grain, and wheat. Also very nice. Honey sweet on the tongue with tremendous alcohol strength and a nicely hopped bitter-sweet dry finish. Husky with plenty of grain, almost rotten hay flavors. Some noticeable phenol qualities. Alcohol is distracting but mellow slightly as the beer warms and my palate adjusts to the strength. Above average but unbalanced on the alcohol/sweet side of things.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a deep gold in color. Somewhat hazy, but not opaque. The head is not huge and it reduces to a rocky film a bit quickly, but this leaves some great lacing behind.

SMELL (3.5/5) The smell is more to the fruity side, as opposed to more spicy tones I would have expected from a tripel. Light peach and apricots, citrus, and some banana. The hops are not too strong, but have a herbal or grapefruit like citrus flavor.

FLAVOR (4.5/5) The flavor is much more well-balanced than the aroma, I find. I get the same apricot/citrus. There is some spicy pepper from the yeast that I get on the palate that wasn't so strong on the nose. The hops have an herbal aroma that is similar to Orval., but a bit more grapefruit in there.

FEEL (4/5) The body is medium-light with medium carbonation in there this gives a more silky feel than I'm used to with a tripel. Nonetheless, it made for a very smooth feel.

DRINK (4/5) The flavors were not at all what I expected from a tripel, but it was super tasty none-the-less. Quite enjoyable and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Very coppery in color, clear if poured well, with a fantastically puffy white head. Head fades relatively quickly to a nice layer of bubbles and a nice ring. Good lacing.

S: Good aroma but light in nature; pleasant caramel malt with a lemony citrus overlay. I think there is a spice of some sort in there but it really doesn't strike me as coriander. Not sure what it is, but it's nice just the same.

T: Fantastic balance between malt flavors, fruity spices, and very light bittering. Not sweet, but rather on the dry side which really comes out in the finish. Short clean dry finish is accentuated with a bit of warming. Very nice.

M&D: Mouthfeel is about perfect for the style with light but persistent carbonation helping to create a nice even texture. Smooth and enjoyable, I find this to be a very drinkable brew. Recommended to any Triple lover out there.

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker than most triples, looks like the crystal malt made it in there. Lot's of carbonation and big rocky head on pour. Head dropped slowly and remained covering the top throughout and left some good lacing.

S - Spicy nose, almost smells like it was dry hopped a bit. Belgian yeast and some alcohol. Not much malt coming through.

T - Like the smell the spiciness comes through quickly along with a little hot alcohol. I can only assume they used a bit more hops than a traditional tripel, some of that spice has to be coming from them. More complexity in the malt than in most, a little caramel sweetness but not unpleasant at all.

M - Crisp and dry, warming from the alcohol, tingle from the carbonation.

D - Enjoyable, crisp, but a bit more complex than your traditional tripel.

This one almost seems in between styles to me, more of a Belgian Pale or even IPA. Seemed more highly hopped than your standard tripel, although not that bitter but lots of hop flavor and aroma...although maybe they just used a good deal of spices. Interesting beer.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light honey color with a white head and loads of lacing. This is pretty sugary with a rubbing alcohol sort of bite. I think I may have it a little too cold. Very bubbley, easy drinking. It's reminiscent of champagne. Definitely worth a try.

Thank you to Lrrr for sending me this as a Beer PowerBall winning!

Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear golden with a huge frothy, chunky, white head which just sits there for the entire life of the beer in the glass. Leaves behind lacing galore. This here is a beaut.

Smells of fruitiness, yeast, orange peel, white grapes, some clove and coriander spices, pears, pretty complex and fruity sweet.

Taste is of more pears, coriander, clove finish, some breadiness, definite alcohol presence. Again, very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is reasonably thick and velvety with a high amount of carbonation which is typical for a belgian.

Being a 10% abv brew, this can only be so drinkable but I could easily, slowly, enjoy a couple of these in a night. Very tasty and refreshing. This here is a really great tripel. Funny how I never even heard or seen it until the other day when it caught my eye in some random liquor store I decided to walk into for the hell of it. I'm glad that I did.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, “best before end” date on the back label. States that it is top fermented and refermented in the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed sunset orange colour. Effervescent carbonation flows quickly to the top of the glass which help hold together the off white lace which leaves sporadic rings down the glass.

Smell: Dry grainy and soft nutty yeast aroma. Dehydrated orange, pineapple and peach smell from the fruity nose within the dryness.

Taste: Medium body with a viscous mouth feel from the carbonation and the sheer texture that brings a flexed smoothness to the mouth. Obvious bitter flavours from the yeast, hops and grain. Alcohol enhances all of that and then some, dryness does not help either. Clusters of flavours hit at once with a nutty yeast, dry veggie hop, husk astringent grain and a peppery alcohol. Phenols are there and are quite strong but not overwhelming, slight medicinal flavour abound. After taste is astringent and close to being harsh.

Notes: A bold but boisterous triple that is over the top in some aspects, astringencies bring this brew down. Other than that is it not a beer not to shy from, give it a try in regards to the many other great triples out there. Put this one up against a hearty meal rather than drinking it alone.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby Belgian style bottle, best before dating provided, pours typical light orangey amber, slight cloudyness. White head, reataining thickness nicely. Gobs of lacing, and emitting a pungent lime, alcohol and spice nose. This is a tasty and bold triple. More citrus notes. Alcohol quite present, and fairly biting. Soft tropical fruit notes and vanilla in the finish, nice. This is the type of beer my wife will try, cringe and say "ugghh, rocket fuel, how can you drink that ?!?" I can , and do and I enjoy it. Not for everybody though. Quality, sturdy and Belgian all the way

Photo of Homebrew35
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 7/2012

Pours a gorgeous fluffy yet creamy white three fingers worth of head. Very hazy amber body. The lacing that remains is thick and clingy. A fairly thick cap remains as well throughout the pour.

Smells of rasins, pear, grapes, apricot. A touch of alcohol. Maybe some honey mixed in too. Juicy fruit is the overall smell.

Tastes belgiany, clove, banana, rum raisin. Very nice. Smooth and well blended. Dark fruits, maybe red wine like as well. Maple syrup
comes to mind and taste as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium full. High carbonation helps clean your mouth with a medium dry finish.

Overall this is quite awesome. I don't taste any alcohol. Very well hidden. The beer evolves in flavor and smell as it warms.
A bargain at $3.50 a 11.2oz.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy brownish-gold color with a nice-sized white head. The aroma is full of orange and lemon notes with some Belgian candy sugar and Belgian yeast notes. I also get some coriander notes the aroma. The flavor is just as great. I get a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as some lemon and orange citrus. The pepper and coriander are also present in the flavor, as is a decent amount of alcohol. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the world's great tripels. A must try for any beer lover.

Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy and peachy auburn , with a solid creamy half inch offwhite foam, lots of lace. Looks great!

Smell: estery and yeasty with some peach and mango fruitiness , also a hint of yellow apple, im intrigued...

Taste: The fruitiness of the aroma makes a short appearance in the flavor, with some more slightly peachy flavor , this is soon taken over by a strong dose of phenolic qualities, some perfumey esters, astringency, and some almost peppery hop bitterness towards the finish- which has some boozy alcohol in the nose and is dry.

Mouthfeel: kind of creamy from the carbonation , with a dry finish.

Drinkibility/Notes: An decent tripel (better after i let it warm a bit) but certainly not the tripel for me with all the other great ones out there. The aroma and especially the appearance outshine the flavor profile of this bold brew... the last part of the sip is almost too... something?

Photo of jakester
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet, thankfully! Expiry date on back of label.

Pours a hazy, pretty gold/amber with a HUGE rocky three finger head of just off-white foam. Highly effervescent. Head slowly falls to one finger(!), with great lacing.

Aroma is spicy, yeasty, phenolic, fruity, and Belgian-y, with notes of coriander, citrus, pepper, green grapes, and pils malt. Smells great, almost like a double saison!

Flavor is pils malt, some caramel, spices like above, slightly tart lemony citrus, grapes and pears, phenolics, and yeast. Very rich and flavorful. Aftertaste is deliciously fruity, yeasty, and citrusy.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, which is surprising considering the carbonation level. Residual sugar is high; lips sticky. Finish is full and long.

I love this beer! It honestly tastes like a double saison. Wonderfully complex, spicy, fruity, and one of my new favorite beers.

Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of disappointed with this one. Pours clear gold with a massive, thick, fluffy white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma was a little weak; yeasty and sugary, with some apple. The taste was mostly apples, raisins, and candy sugar with some spice. The problem was that all the flavors seemed to be a little flat. Good, but not great

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, marked as best before 05 2011.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy light golden head, I generally like tripels to be a bit more clear but at least there isn't a bunch of sediment in it. Nose is sweet candy, bready and yeasty, fruity, and a bit of alcohol.

Right off, I get a bit of iron on the taste, but then I get an awesome full mouthfeel with high carbonation, and a slightly hot buy dry finish. Theres some sweet rich malt, but this isn't a very complex beer - It's decent but I'd preer regular Duvel over this if I'm staying with this brand, or I'd get Westmalle tripel if I still wanted a tripel.

Photo of Kraken
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Light pour yields a massive 5 finger head with fantastic retention and great lacing. Color is golden amber with exceedingly fine carbonation.

Nose- Alcohol, and light hops in the nose.

Taste- Light caramel malts, fair amount of hops for a Belgian. Long bitter dry finish. Slightly sweet, and bit hot. Slight citrus. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Very Dry with fine carbonation

Drinkability- At 10% this bad larry is a one and done affair.

Photo of wjimson
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a local bar. Served in a chalice. The appearance is an average "Belgian". The smell is good, metallic and slightly smoky, but still average. Taste of minerals, Belgian yeast, slight fruit. Definately has a characteristic trappist drinkability. I will my eyes on the lookout for the dubble next time.

Photo of ehammond1
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and golden. Thin white head. Some lacing.

Muted aromas, though there is some alcohol heat immediately in the aroma, and as it warms it becomes relatively sweet, with some candied apples and pear aromas.

Sweet and bready malts with definite alcohol harshness--not really something I'm enjoying. I don't want to grade it too harshly for it's alcohol bite because the beer sits at 10%, but it's definitely present, distracting, and dominant. Some sweet and fruity flavors if I search for them, but I'm not particularly enjoying this, and won't finish my glass. Other tripels at similar alcohol volumes don't taste nearly this harsh and boozy. On to the next one...

Medium bodied, alcohol bite. Not a pleasure to drink and I didn't even think of finishing my glass.

An average tripel with too much alcohol harshness. Not something I'll order again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by March 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast with good hints of funk, cloves, cinnamon, and pepper spicing. Big hints of Belgian candied sugar along with fruit esters of banana, pear, apple, and citrus orange, lemon, and apricot. Strong malt scent with hints of caramel, biscuit, and toffee. Fairly grassy and floral with some hops in the background. Solid Belgian aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity taste with a solid caramel malt presence. Belgian yeast with a mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Some funk and a good dose of Belgian candied sugars. Solid taste of fruits with notes of pear, banana, apple, and citrus lemon, orange, and apricot. Solid caramel malt taste with some biscuit and toffee. Floral and grassy hops add some earthy dryness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly drying. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian ale. More caramel malt than usual for the style, but it works well. Good use of yeast and spices.

Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A stubbie bottle...darker than expected amber color, generous and fluffy head of 3/4 of an inch and rising on a medium pour. Nice lace, webby and complicated, similar to Duvel. Aroma is yeasty in a light way, nice cinnamon and peach notes, almost like a Spring day in the country. Complex flavors, almost overwhelming, worth letting the beer warm and taking it in light doses to sort them out. Dry astringency, golden raisins and citrus pith, bitters and capers, alcohol in a raw sense, black pepper. Dry and sharp finish, slight sense of metals. Over-the-top flavors for me, too sharp and astringent (and I like a challenge). Nice look and aroma, the beer calls for some wheaty tones and sweetness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep honey glazed golden amber hue with a light beige off white hue, fine speckled lacing scattered around the sides of my glass.

Aroma has hints of tropical fruit esters, big tart pineapple and hints of mango notes. Very nice candy smell to it, low herbal highlights going on the background as well.

Flavor sharp sweetness built upon citrus/pineapple/and juicy mango/pear fruit notes. A nice balanced dryness going on. Really nice Belgian candi sweetness this one keeps it pretty dry and bready amongst the fruit sweetness going with most sips. Hides alcohol fairly well definitely doesn't taste like it's ten percent alcohol by volume.

Mouthfeel has fine carbonation smooth overall crisp experience, medium to full bodied. Definitely a special triple, I've never had this before. Goes down with ease, a dangerous complex strong blonde Belgian ale.

Drinkability overall is standout solid the type of triple I've come to love, not overly sweet a nice tropical fruit base with hints of hops and alcohol with bready spicy dry yeast base. Dangerously drinkable disappears way too quickly even in the 750 ml portion.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy (or clear, as it was in a 12. 2012 tasting of a bottle dated best by 11, 2013) golden-amber with a large, dense and durable off-white head.

Aroma: Malty with spicy yeast, alcohol and alcohol esters

T: Some hops over medium malt. Nicely fruity with a bit of spiciness. Good aftertaste suggestive of a spicy/yeasty lambic.

O: I more often than not prefer dubbels over tripels -- including Rochefort & Westmalle. Such is the case with the Maredsous line. Still, unquestionably excellent. [4.25]

{Slightly revised upon tasting in Dec. 2012}.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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