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Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,418 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 42
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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

11.2 oz bottle - Pours a beautiful gold color with just a tad of haze. A frothy off white 2 finger head quickly dissipates leaving a ton of lacing in its wake. Smells of bready Belgium yeast and spicy sweet Belgium malts. First sip is surprisingly bitter considering all the sweetness in the nose. There is a ton of biting fruits to challenge the heavy malts resulting in an appreciated balance as it finishes bitter in the back of your mouth. Even the yeast seems inline with the balance. Alcohol warmness is apparent but somewhat hidden as the 11.2% ABV is quite enjoyable but not in your face. Bottled conditioned, medium bodied and slightly over carbonated, this puppy feel great on the tongue.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Maredsous 10 pours a darker shade of amber along with a airy crown consisting of huge bubbles which disintegrates rather quickly and leaves a cobweb-like lacing, all this along with plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Bubblegum-peach flavour, sweet yet not artificial to a disturbing degree, a sharp yeasty tone as well. Pretty basic 'n' simple yet qualitative.

Taste: A dry sweetness appears quite early and it lingers on and on and on and on throughout the tasting experience. Floral and fresh notes of hop comes through along with a slightly bitter aftertaste, hints of popcorn is traceable as well...

Mouthfeel: Alert carbonation strikes ones tongue and palate, it's definitely noticeable but not in a disturbing or overly dominating fashion. There is a fresh character which seems to substitute a, almost, total lack of bitterness and instead complements this with aforementioned abilities and a combination of a round and medium full body.

Drinkability: Highly enjoyable, rather complex, but greatly rewarding!

Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy orange with a large dirty off-white head, leaves some lacing.

smell of sweet fruits, citrus, spice, and some wheat.

taste is fizzy, tart, sweet, apricot, peach, some wheat in the back, spices, and pepper, ends on the dry side.

overall a good stout.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to zdk9 for bringing this one over to my house last night.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: This beer is very dark for the style, and pours a nice golden/burnt orange color with a HUGE 3 finger head. Recedes slowly and in more of a crown fashion than is typical. Lacing is awesome!

S: Smells very sweet, extremely boozy, and not a lot of fruit coming through. This is a tripel I started on (probably my first or second) and revisiting it now I have a completely different understanding. It needs more fruit in the nose than this one has and I'm getting lots of caramel (strange for a tripel), maybe some toastiness too and the alcohol almost burns my nose.

T: The taste is good, but not when I compare it to other tripels. It's good just as its own beer. I think it is one of the more alcoholic tasting 10% beers I have had, and it is not masked well. The caramel really comes through, it's a little overly sweet, and I can taste that roasty malt I was smelling too. I like this beer, but it's not a very good example of the style.

M: Nicely carbonated, perfectly oily and thick enough to warrant this high rating.

D: I'm not sure I could have more than one glass of this, and even before I knew much about tripels I felt the same way. It's just a stout beer and requires sipping to be appreciated. I think it's also better when slightly cold.

It should be noted I am NOT ranking my numerical ratings against ALL beers, but rather as an example in its style. The description is more based on it as a beer by itself which may seem confusing. Numerical rankings I think should rate beers in their style, and I have rated it as such. I do still really like this beer and would drink it again, I just don't compare it to other tripels when doing so. It doesn't stand up against La Fin du Monde in any category really, but as a Maredsous 10 it's worth visiting once for everyone, and multiple times for those who like strong Belgian ales.

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

Poured slowly with a thick five-finger off-white head that stays, some lace. Medium carbonation. Cloudy, light amber color with chunky bits. Starts as a sweet mix of malt, finishes sweet and fizzy. Nose has distinct alcohol tones but the malts are in the background. Excellent triple and one to mellow. Get a 750 and split with your drinking partner. $4.20 for a 330ml from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of omnigrits
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip stem. A clear amber colour with plenty of rising bubbles and a huge white head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The nose is full of fruit (both citrus and some darker fruits) and malt which is augmented on the tongue with a hint of pepper I think. Quite a sweet finish. I think I'd rather round off a meal with one of these than with a glass of port... unless the port was a good vintage.

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with an oval on oval shape and a marking of 05-2011 L3031-1840. Sampled on March 28, 2009.

The pour is a cloudy orange-copper with an extensive two finger foamy beige head that really never goes away completely. The foam gets on my nose as I whiff the aroma. The aroma is yeasty and like overripe fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a creamy sensation. The taste is full of yeast and alcohol but there is something like a weak pumpkin-spice in it. I chalk that up to the bottle refermentation. It ends quite dry and carries a powerful punch. It warms the innards that's for sure.

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

A: Hazy amber/copper under a foamy, sticky white head. Decent amount of webbing and a ring of lace accompanying. Dark particles gather at the bottom of the tulip.
S: Spice over a sweet malt and fruit backbone.
T: Spicy in the beginning, ending in fruity. A somewhat toasted flavor with some bitterness pulling through. The alcohol hides really well in this incredibly balanced and consistent brew.
M: Lighter-bodied and slick with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Dangerously drinkable, with an incredibly sneaky ABV content. This is a great beer to pair to split and pair with a hearty dinner.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just brought this back from Belgium. Really nice dark amber color with great head, like that of their Duvel. Aroma is dark fruit, taste is fruity with some dark spicy up front and it warms up nicely in the end. The alcohol may be a little too upfront for me - not as well blended as the Duvel. There seems to be a pretty strong pistachio-like flavor that may be putting me off - its kind of cool, though. Very good Belgian ale - very original character - totally has a taste of its own. For me, even a genuine Belgian ale that isn't quite one of the greatest Belgians out there is still better than an American take on it.

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

Pours a glowing, cloudy orange color with a modest but persistent white cap. Sucsessive rings of lace cling to the glass. Fruity, aromatic malts, sweet candi sugar and peppery spices make up the balanced, pleasant nose. The taste is malty and slightly tart with an estery, rustic yeast character. Earthy noble hops provide a nice bitterness in the back. Green melon and pear flavors show with warmth. The alcohol gives a spicey kick but doesnt overwhelm. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a very fine carbonation.

This is a very nice Tripel, not as bold as the best examples of the style, but very enjoyable.

Photo of Voonder
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber color with huge off-white head. Lots of lacing. Smell - sweet malts, yeast, grapes, raisins. Nice fruity smell. Taste - yeasty, very malty, some fruitiness coming through. Very rich and creamy, pretty smooth, alcohol hidden very well. Quite nice brew. Pretty drinkable for ABV.
Thanks a lot bobsy for wonderful giftpack with a glass!

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

Pours a very light amber. Plenty of visible carbonation and a thick, impressive, sea foam head. Leaves plenty of bubbly lacings throughout.

Lovely citrus fruits on the nose. Very fresh lemon with a nice crispness from clean hops. Light dusting of yeast with noticeable alcohol.

Somewhat of a letdown on taste. Loads of orange with the added bitterness of the zest. Surprisingly refreshing for a tripel. A light yeastiness creates a somewhat drying character. Alcohol cuts in rather quickly and beats the other flavours into submission.

Lively carbonation gives a nice spritely and quenching character to the beer.

A tasty beer that is certainly hurt by its inability to keep the alcohol in check.

Photo of cdizinno
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, "best before 05/2010 on the back label.

A: Hazy medium dark amber. Slight head with lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus smell with a mild sweet undertone.

T&M: Medium body with a tangy mouth feel from the carbonation. Some bitter flavors with a dry aftertaste. Not too complex which borders on bland for a triple.

Notes: Not my favorite triple, but very good.

Photo of stephens101
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two-fingers of bubbly tan froth top off a golden pour, set calmly for a few seconds, then slowly recede, leaving a broken layer of lace all around the snifter. Thousands of carbonation bubbles continue to rise. Smells of a typical Tripel, which is a good thing. Vanilla, sugar, spice, pear and apples all exist. Tastes spicy up front, and not as creamy as I would prefer, but not bad. Some more light fruits, butterscotch and mild esters work themselves across the palate. Mouth-feel is medium. I could tell before I even took a drink that this was just the brew I was looking for after a long day at work. And while it may not be the best Tripel ever, it's the perfect brew for the moment.

Photo of twbrewer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Served in a tulip,it pours a light golden brown color with a huge off white head.Great lacing.

S-Light fruit aromas,floral hints and light fruit again maybe pear.Common spicy yeast also noticed.

T-Very similar to the smell,pears light fruit and a spicy yeast finish.Slight bitterness also noted.

M-Smooth feel,medium bodied with alot of carbonation.

D-One of my favorite styles,I would return to this anytime

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coloured orange peel with fiery coals in the center. Up to the light the beer becomes inflamed and emanates lucent, blazing tones like a freshly stoked fire. I'm glad I stopped the pour before introducing any sediment so I can appreciate the clarity and composition of colours! The head is an ultra creamy mousse of eggshell white that spreads over the entire surface but is most concentrated in the middle. This looks tripel delicious!

If the appearance hadn't sold me the aroma sure would have. It is textbook style Belgian tripel: spicy, malty, fruity and floral. This yeast is what I like to call "well cultured" and showcases all the wonderfully complex characteristics of the style. It is quite bountiful in the clove-like phenols and a little more moderate (but still plenteous) with the fruit esters, including hints of banana alongside the expected orchard fruits.

Too bad the flavours aren't quite as lavish with the nuances as the aroma. The beer definitely tastes good but its flavour fails to keep speed with the record tying pace for best tripel it was running at earlier. Until tasting it, I was almost at a disbelief for how unexpectedly great (I expected good, but not great) the beer was turning out to be, now things seem to have come down to a much more reasonable level.

To reiterate: very good but not quite great. Not all this has to do with flavour mind you; a light bready, malty sweetness accompanied by hints of pear, peach, apple and spicy clove like notes is plenty to entertain the palate. The real problem is the alcohol that comes with them is enough to anesthetize it. This harsh, nerve pinching hit of solventy ethanol can't be avoided. Could it, this would definitely be a beer I'd consider great.

I may have one strong complaint with the Maredsous 10 but I have far more commendations that outweigh it. It may be a beer with one minor shortcoming but it has a whole bunch of strong points; this is almost up there with the best tripels. It should be noted too, that for a beer which I've complained is too open with its alcohol strength, I've finished the bottle alarmingly fast and I wish I had another. So what does that tell you?

Photo of SFLpunk
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown glass squat pry-top bottle. BB 04.2011 on back label. Thanks to our new Duvel rep., Tori, for this one.

Appearance: Started to flow over when I opened it, poured a sudsy orange-amber with 1.5 fingers of sudsy light cream head. Not quite clear.

Nose: Caramel and light milk chocolate are the first things to mind. Dried apricots, dried pineapple, and maybe a hint of black olives.

Palate: Lively and almost crisp with acidity. Very "bright." Hints of chocolate covered cherries (cordials), a moist tobacco note, plus that dried pineapple (covered in light milk chocolate) comes back. Papaya too, perhaps, without the chocolate.

Notes: A tasty tripel, but not my favorite. It manages to avoid feeling too sweet by having a little acidity to clean up the edges. Impressed with whole "milk chocolate" thing from such a pale beer. Well done.

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden into a large wine glass. A half inch of slightly off white head settles quickly to some scattered lacing and a surface cap.

Sweet malts on the nose as well as some yeast. Reminded me in a way of Euro Pils on the nose just for a second, segueing to notes of green apple, pear and a bit of raisin. Alcohol is notable at times.

Taste is very fruity with a lingering close of orange/apricot. Not much spice is offered, perhaps a bit of pepper and cinnamon, though subtle. Taste, like the nose, offers little complexity and isn't as becoming as other Belgian Tripels I've tried. Nose improves with warming, flavor doesn't.

A firm carbonation supports an otherwise average beer well and easily regenerates a surface head if desired. Unfortunately there is a bit of wet sock funk from the yeast when this is done, similar to my initial whiff of the beer. Well balanced on the malts keeping the alcohol well hidden on the tongue yet without showing too much apparent sweetness, thus allowing for good drinkability.

Decent, but don't plan to revisit. Three strikes and Duvel is out. Another OK but not world class beer from Duvel guys. St. Bernardus or Affligem trumps, yet more refined than most U.S. Tripels. Worth a visit.

Best by June, 2011. Perhaps some cellar time will improve this one.

Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a thin foamy off-white head. Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light fruits, apple, pear, white grape, wheat and slightly sour citrus notes. Very carbonated followed by crisp fruit and alcohol taste with a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol very well masked with pear, apple, spice and sweet alcohol notes.

Photo of beeronesse
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess my first review here should be about one of my favorite beers. I've always enjoyed this triple; never tired of it. It boasts fruit, maybe a little sweet but not unpleasantly so. Nice spice, a little licorice and a great mouth feel. What some of my fellow tasters detected as chalk I sensed more at white pepper. Gets better as it rises in temperature...a delightful sipper.

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 night...is a little bit on the filling side though.

Photo of Keith238
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Hazy orange color with thick white head which produced lasting rings around the glass.

S= Fruity aroma but nothing that I could pick out.

T= Fantastic flavor, hint of pineapple, tangerines. Slightly astringent at 10% abv but not too strong.

M/D= Overall it's a bit dry and not something that I would drink too much of at once save for the ease that it went down. Very tasty with a medium amount of carbonation.

A pleasant surprise since I plucked it from the cooler having never heard of it before.

Photo of Voss
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise! This triple is unexpectedly good.
Good appearance, beautiful orange with a soft, spacey foam. Smell is winding, fruity with a hint of honey. Taste is great, so smooth, even more for a triple, a warm embrace with a tart finish. Alcohol makes itself more present sip by sip, leaving a pleasant warm souvenir in your mouth and mind...

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-Gold with a 1 finger froth. Hazy with good head retention throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing

S: Sweet citrus, white grape, butter, vanilla, yeasty, sugary

T: Apple, vanilla, dates, citrusy, alcoholic, bready

M: Creamy and full body, alcohol leaves tongue tingling, but easy to drink and not filling. bitter finish

Overall, nice, sweet and creamy. The only problem i had was the alcohol. For the style, I would want something with morespice than booze

Photo of sacullen
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a great head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice lacing. It does not lace as well when I am drinking it, though.

S: The aroma is a little on the weak side. Some zestiness and spices are evident, along with a little funk.

T: Very interesting and enjoyable. Fruity, slightly sweet. The funk is noticable and too me a few sips to place; the finish/aftertaste really reminds me of a white wine.

M: Very crisp and well carbonated with a dry finish.

D: I would definitely have another. The alcohol is not evident in the taste, though I can certainly feel it even after the first glass. I think I'll stop buying this in 750ml bottles.

While I do enjoy this beer and its "white wine" finish, I don't think it's very representative of a Tripel.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.