Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 39
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002)
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Photo of debaniel
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a sampling glass

APPEARANCE: Caramel color with a volcano of carbonation bubbles topping out with a mountain of head that ain't going anywhere.

SMELL: Sparkly citrus, lemons, belgian candy, fresh mountain air (how'd they get that in there?), and floral hops. Very nice!

TASTE: Couple of subtle stages of flavor going on here... dry spring water first, with spices and dried fruit, ending with the floral hops. Alcohol is a bit strong in the flavor, but not overwhelming. Some reviewers said that it was a bit cloying, but I didn't get this from this particular bottle.

MOUTHFEEL: perfect for the tripel style... medium to light with plenty of bubbles.

DRINKABILITY: Excellent. Not one of the best 5 tripels I've had, but probably in the top 10 tripels.

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

Poured a hazy, orange-copper color. Pretty well carbonated with a big, plush head. Nose was vanilla, citrus, and a bit of mustiness but pretty light on the phenolics. More fruitiness in the flavor. Medium body with some yeast showing up late. Sweet caramel candy-like taste. Alcohol was apparent in the taste and mouthfeel. Drinkability was above average, though it was a bit cloying for a tripel.

A decent, heavier-than-average version of the style. Glad I tried it, but there are others that I prefer.

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

11.2 ounce pudge bottle poured into a Maredsous glass. Nice creamy head with solid head retention and lacing. No doubt the phenols and sweet sugar speak of a strong Belgian. Its very phenolic, hot, sweet, sugary, and I love it. It's not as complex as some of the other tripel offerings, but a very clean and well brewed beer and one of my personal favorites. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Pure strong kick you in the tail bliss. I could drink this all night, until I fell out of my chair, of course.

Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: I poured a cloudy light orange with a robust three-finger creamy and sticky white head. The meringue-like head receded to a dollop on the top of the brew that lingered long into the experienced and fed a nice thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: There was no aroma of hops but the fruity esters and malts were reminiscent of light sweet fruits (bananas and soft pears) and soft semi-sweet candies. When the nose first lingered over the glass there was a blast of alcohol aroma that dissipated as the carbonation lost its zest.

T: The malty flavor initially is regressive but it emerges as a major player as the brew sets. There is no hop bitters or sourness however, the aggressive carbonation help, along with the drying affect of the alcohol, result in a clean sweet candy aftertaste. This brew seems somewhat under fermented leaving a slightly excessive sweetness and dominant taste of alcohol that is less than pleasing.

M: Reasonably full body with alcohol content that is too dominant. There is a clean warm finish with no adverse aftertaste.

D: It looks good so therefore it must be good. Ah, not so much. It is a decent tripel, very drinkable but somewhat unbalanced. It improves as time let it set after opening and it will provide a good drinking experience.

Comment: I will have it again but there are better Belgium (and even American) tripels.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a hefty light orange head that refuses to die down. Nice thick lacing down the walls of my snifter.

Smells of boozy fruit and yeast mixed with typical Belgian spices such as clove and white pepper. Fruit bouquet is absolutely delightful smelling of fall fruits such as pears, apples, and orange peel. Delightful!

Tastes similar to its smell, but with greater emphasis on the spices than the fruits. A little hot from the alcohol for a typical tripel, but settles in nicely with all of the other flavours. Finishes with a spicy dryness.

Mouthfeel is typical of a tripel and the fine carbonation is enjoyable. The enjoyable nose and taste makes this an easy drinker, but high alcohol even for the style subtracts from some of the drinkability. I'll be looking for this one again as it was very enjoyable.

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. best before:09/2009 murky dark golden beer with a nice sized, tight bubbly white head. Sweet apples and pears aroma, touch of alcohol burn, brown demerara sugar. Falvour, more of the apples and pears, and add some black plums, sweet, touch of malt,soft carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel with the refermentation in the bottle. Soft,silky. Overall nice beer, enjoyable and at a good price ($5.99).

Photo of beersabound
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was slightly disappointed with this beer. I love triples. But this was a little hot and lacked the spiciness and citrus zip of Cinq Cents and Triple Karmeliet and other tried and trued trips. It poured a lovely golden highly active tulip with a well formed head. The head fell a bit quick but was still nice. The aroma and flavor had good pale malt sweetness and some fruity flavors. But the fusels kinda killed it for me. The mouthfeel was full, vibrant and rather poppin with all the tiny CO2 bubbles. Not a bad brew but not what I expect out of a triple. I hope it was a one bottle mishap.

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

Golden color, nice head, wonderful carbonation.

Mostly sweet, but with some nice fruit undertones. Apricot and some more exotics, I think. The maltiness is not overwhelming, but there aren't a lot of hops/bitterness, if anything.

The alcohol is there, but not intrusive. This is delicious, creamy, and smooth.

Photo of number1bum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the River St Ale House. I really enjoyed this brew. Awesome flavor.

Poured out a rich golden color with a creamy off-white head. Head retains pretty well leaving a thin lace and some nice stick.

Smell is sweet, fruity and boozy. It is very appealing, though, and I couldn't wait to dig in.

Taste is candy sweet with some sort of odd but tangy and tasty fruitiness. I can't quite figure out what the fruitiness is that I'm tasting but I like it; peach maybe, or apricot? I don't know, but man is it good. So clean and smooth, with a luscious sweet maltiness. It also has a spicy alcohol bite that really fits nicely and isn't at all obtrusive, but definitely lets you know that it packs a punch. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

I really enjoyed this and would definitely have it again. I wish I had time for a second glass while I was at the Ale House.

Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA. First day of Belgian Fest Part II.
A slightly hazy dirty golden with a nice small fluffy head resting in the Maredsous flute style glass. Smell was pretty high on alcohol, almost champagne like alcohol vapors in a malty swamp. The taste was a combination of belgian yeast, spice, alcohol. Especially as it warms up the alcohol comes out strong. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous. I didn't completely enjoy this as other tripels I've had are more fruity, a quality I like better in these.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange, which is appropriate as the aroma is heavy on tangerines and peaches, some spiciness also there; a perfect smelling beer. Taste is fruity with the aforementioned fruits and salty lime like flavor that reminds me of a margarita. Flavor is solid but I was hoping for something a little more defined and explosive. Solid all the same, this brew is very good and worth a try.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on August 10, 2007 at the Biermarket in Toronto. The beer was poured into a glass with a small white head that dissipated quickly. The beer was a cloudy orange-brown colour. The aroma was a strong yeasty aroma with some perfumy florals. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. The taste has hints of malt and bread with no bitterness whatsoever.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a second try, and Maredsous 10 is redeemed, to me...

Hazed, golden/amber hued, huge head, puffy and white and slowly drifting down.

Ah, gorgeous aroma! Everything a tripel should be, light, airy, plump with yeast, citrus zest, and mysterious spices. Ahhh! Every sniff is a joy! Lively, lovely, and invigorating.

Further delights occur once inside the mouth...big time carbonation, big burst of effervescence on the tongue and all over the palate. Peach, apricot, little licks of lime, and lemon, always kept tingling with delicate spiciness.

Yum, ...and then heat, as the alcohol kicks in for a bit...mmm, zesty....hmmm, glad this is better than the last time I tried it!

A delicious tripel! Damn! One to bet on, man!

I'll be going back for more.

Photo of skizziks
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into a Duvel tulip. A careful pour raises 2.5" of a thick meringue-like head that turns rocky as it falls. Nice retention, very sticky. The beer is a clear deep gold.

Aroma is quite complex with spicy phenols, assorted citrus fruits, pears and faint hay over a malt and floral hop base.

Sweet honey cut with a citric twang supports herbal hops and more phenolic spice. Some fruit in there too but it hits in one big blast of deep complexity before running to a quick dry finish with a little lingering herbal bite. Fantastic, just wish it hung on a little longer.

A light body with medium carbonation make this a very refreshing and dangerously drinkable beer. I would be happy to drink this every day.

Photo of marcobrau
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember liking and I remember thinking it was a decent Tripel.

This Maredsous 10 pours with a pretty good amount of carbonation, that rises up quick -- a tall column of foam -- but then settles rather quickly, leaving bits of Brussels lace here and there.The color is a very clear gold. The is a bit disappointing and reminds me of some strong European lagers. The smell of cooked corn overrides any interesting esters. Disappointing. The flavor is a bit more rewarding but there's still that cooked corn -- let's make it creamed corn character -- rears it's ugly head again, only on my palate. The 10 percent alcohol isn't that noticeable, which earns this beer some points. The finish is a touch grainy, but fairly dry, albeit malt-accented and fairly sweet.

I add some the yeast to the glass in an effort to bring out some complexity. The beer my glass loses it clarity and glows a deep gold. A very loose meringue-like white head forms -- this beer suddenly looks better more appealing. Oddly enough,the cooked corn aroma disappears and is replaced with a more malty smell --- still no phenols. The flavor is a bit more agreable; a bit rounder with the yeast with a touch a vanilla, just a hint of marzipan sweetness, some slightly husky graininess and then a dry finish. It's not bad, but for $10 a four-pack of 11.2-ounce bottles, I feel a little cheated. Moortgat should find themselves a bit embarrassed over this one. I won't be buying another four-pack, and suddenly, paying $5 for a bottle of Westmalle seems worthwhile.

Photo of umustdrink
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle

A - Dark yellow to light orange color, mostly see through. Bright white head is slightly rocky and fades to an eighth inch, good retention. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sweet yeast and candi sugar, very faint dark fruity tones. Faint earthiness and some corny malts also. Aroma is very sweet.

T - Starts almost cloyingly sweet, with a sharp carbonation bite. Carbonation is still very sharp, yeast comes in sweetly along with corn flavors and some detectable alcohol. Taste reminds of typical "Euro Strong Lager", from an eastern European brewer but with a yeasty flavor.

M - Thin to medium consistency, with a sweet sticky sugary aspect. Very elevated carbonation.

D - Just an okay beer, the taste is a little too sweet for me and there's just a bit too much carbonation. I probably wont have this one again.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep amber with a lot of carbonation, creating a thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Initial aroma is floral and dark fruit, with alcohol well hidden. The mouthfeel is tingly from the carbonation, and as the beer warms, it becomes more influenced by the 10% alcohol. Likewise with the flavor, which is a pleasant fruit flavor at thru mid-glass, but becomes more dominated by the alcohol toward the end, as does the finish, which also becomes increasingly sweet at beer’s end.

This was not a bad beer at all, but I would have rated even higher had I stopped at mid-glass, before the alcohol and syrupy sweetness dominated the end.

Photo of gauchebag
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Beer in New York, 750mL bottle, best by 2009 November.

Pours an amber color that is very orangey, with a very impressive head of around four fingers. Even after a few sips, about a half-finger remains and there is a constant bubbling at the middle of the glass.

Not much going on in the smell department unfortunately. Thankfully this was not a sign of what was to come. What little odor I can detect is lightly fruity and despite how much I don't want to say this, just very beer-like. Nothing notable or exceptional here.

That notion completely changes upon first sip. Taste tends at first towards lighter fruits, a bit pineapply and orangey but this is all hidden behind what one might call a "hoppy" base. I admittedly don't know a lot about the make-up of such a beer, but I've been drinking a lot of IPAs lately and it reminds of that sort of a flavor, albeit fruitier. It's only initially though that this light fruit flavor is present. The transition is fairly quick to deeper flavors, to a more date-y, peppery taste. I'm reminded of the description of certain red wines I've drank for the mid-to-after taste: peppery, a bit tobacco-y, and much darker than it tastes initially. The one drawback here is a slightly metallic aftertaste that is only present for a little bit. I think the best moments are right after the initial flavor and before you get any hint of the metallic afterthought- when it's dark and peppery.

Very smooth as far as mouthfeel goes. While having a very complex flavor it is still pretty light to medium in this category.

Very drinkable...I'm surprised at how fast this is going down for the abv. It's not ridiculous in the way some much fruitier and sweeter high abv beers are (Raison d'Extra comes to mind) and masks its 10% pretty well. If I had to guess at its abv without the knoweldge, I'd probably put it at around 7%, maybe a bit lower.

Overall, a very interesting beer that I would want to try again after getting to know tripels better. Happy with the purchase and would recommend it.

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

750ml bottle, best before 10 2009.

Pours a mildly hazy, yet very bright coppery orange with frothy three fingers worth of head. The fowm settles very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick lacing.

Smell; some mild tropical fruits, yeast and a little alcohol. Pretty decent, but not quite as good, or as defined as I would have expected.

Taste; Very nice tropical fruits with pineapple, oranges and maybe a hint of banana. Sweet bready malts fill out the middle, and the finish is all peppery and alcohol spiciness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little on the heavy side for what I like in my triples, and the drinkabiity is pretty darn good. Especially since the alcohol just seems to ride along with all of the other flavors instead of dominating them.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent peach/amber with 2+ fingers of puffed up white head. Very good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Appleskins, pears & some fruity esters

T: Big jammyness, pepper & lemons+ orange peels up up front. Apricot & passion fruit follow as this warms, along with some country-cider-like boozeyness. Finishes with a hint of breadyness, more jam, loads of citrussy (lemons & grapefruit) hops & way too much crispness for a tripple! This really worked for me!

MF: Syrupy with great carbonation

Drinks really easy for the abv, surprised at how quenching/yet somewhat complex a 10% abv offering can be. One of the better trippels I've had IMO

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

This one goes into my beloved Tripel Karmilet glass -- and behold! A huge white 4 finger head that is all at once fluffy, meringue-like, sea-foamy, and soapy! The ale is cloudy, orange-amber, and the head settles around the edges of the goblet leaving an island of rocky white foam. Over about 10 minutes it subsides to a more manageable 2 centimeters, leaving generous sticky lacing.

For smell, see the next paragraph. It's pretty much the same list. Impressive.

Maredsous 10 is a classic tripel, boasting sour green apples, light malt, honey, clove, black pepper, fresh grass, tart apple vinegar, and a sour yeast flavor to round things off. Actually a taste of iron in here, which is surprising.

The creamy, velvety mouthfeel is a delight. No harshness from prickly carbonation or alcohol bite. Warms the back of my throat, and finishes dry and sour. The alcohol is well-hidden, but you can tell it's there nevertheless.

Maredsous 10 is a smooth, easy drinking tripel and a well balanced one at that. The spice, esters and sweetness are rolled up very nicely. A good intro to the complexities of the style. I love tripels!

Photo of roblowther
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the squatty bottle into a chalice glass. The color is hazy golden, with a persistent stream of bubbles from the center that keeps the head going like a bukka....well, it's persistent. The smell is apricots and peaches, with a hint of rose hips. The taste is much crisper than the smell portends. Tart apples, hops, and a finish you could cut yourself shaving on. Very refreshing and definitely belying its strength. More like a Belgian strong pale ale than a tripel but delicious no matter what you call it. The malt note at the onset is the only thing that betrays its tripel nature. The mouthfeel is carbonation tingly followed by a creamy finish. The drinkability is very good. The alcohol is nothing more than a slightly warm end to a delightfully balanced beginning. Yes. Yest, yes, yes, yes, yes.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright kumquat with honey colored trim. The initially spirited bubbles settle down quite a bit by the several minute mark, their most important work already accomplished. That is, the creation of a magnificent head that can only be found on a quality Belgian ale from a quality Belgian brewer. Abstract patterns of delicate lace easily qualify as eye candy.

The nose isn't up to those world-class standards. I hope the fact that this bottle is within a few months of its 'best by' date doesn't give me an inaccurate impression. I smell the usual golden fruit and yeasty spice, but it doesn't add up to anything even remotely special. Here's hoping things will come together on the palate.

Maredsous 10 is a wonderful tripel with no sign of advanced age. Who knows, though, it might have blown me away when brand spankin' fresh. The thing that has impressed me about the three Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat beers that I've had so far is the sheer amount of flavor that they deliver.

As might be expected given an ABV that is pushing the upper limits for the style, alcohol plays a role in the flavor profile. That's a good thing when it's as well-incorporated as it is here. It gives the beer a firm, spicy bite that let's you know you aren't drinking some namby pamby Belgian pale ale. Pear slices macerated in Poire Williams and sprinkled with ground clove is present in each delectable gulp. Sipping doesn't cut it with beer this good.

The mouthfeel is both firm and incredibly smooth, with a zestiness to the carbonation that fits the beer's personality like hand in glove. I wouldn't want a tripel that's this boldly flavored to be softly carbonated. Sensory overload is the only way to go.

I try to drink all beer well before its 'best buy' date, but this stubby bottle escaped my notice by hiding in the very back of my Belgian beer fridge. As noted above, it doesn't seem to have suffered for having been aged a bit. I can't wait to acquire a fresh bottle so that I can see if I've shortchanged it. I've lost count of how many great triples I've had over the past few years. Maredsous 10 is pretty damn close to the upper echelon.

Photo of ojiikun
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby into my corsendonk goblet. Body is crystal clear before the lees are disturbed and a beautiful deep orange-amber that is a bit more yellow near the edges. Once called forth, the fallings are clumpy and heavy. Head is quite light-coloured, and a good mix of loose and tight foam. Nice trails of bubbles.

Smells fruity but not overly sweet. Hoppier than many tripples. Definitely orange zest, maybe some cedar or pine. Very clean, modern yeast smell (like a unibroue, but not as pronounced). Sweet indian spices - corriander and cardamom. No small amount of booze, as expected. The malt comes forward if you breathe the smell nice and deep.

Taste is at first fairly sweet, then immediately quite tart, and then finally a little cleaner and more effervescent. Astringent. Citrus moves to the lime end of the scale. Malts get a little toastier. Spices hit and white pepper and something bitter, perhaps wormwood.

The near-perfect carbonation and good balance of crisp/sweet made this feel really good on the tongue. Sadly, the bitterness and astringency rank the drinkability down a whole notch.

If anything, this beer is exceptionally unexceptional. No surprises, no traits to set it apart from the belgians and belgian-styleds that crowd the shelves these days. That said, it's well-executed with no particular flaws, either. Good if you are in the mood for something a little tart.

(note: was actually QUITE impressive alongside a very sweet strawberry and creme tart.)

Photo of beeragent
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I expected alot more from this, but nevertheless, was still a good brew. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a very thin 1/4 inch head, that dissipated quickly, leaving very light lacing. The smell is nice dark fruit aroma along with a light alcohol presence. The taste is a fruity flavor along with sweet pale malts, and a hint of alcohol. Light smooth mouthfeel, and clean finish. Very drinkable for a tripel. Overall, I was a bit let down by this brew. I expected a fuller flavor and head retention, but didnt get as much of either. However, it is still a very delicious ale worth trying.

Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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