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Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 38
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002)
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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours out a great head that has a solid lacing on it, the color is golden brown.

Smell has caramal, burnt sugar, nutmeg, and a slight pepper.

Taste is very complex and hoppy. Flavors of caramal, pepper, nutmeg, and a little clove.

Mouthfeel is great, carbonation that rushes the mouth and refreshes the palate.

I would enjoy another one of these, but not right necessarily right away.

Erdinger2003, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Billolick, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of Jredner
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%

Mild spun sugar aroma, but remarkably light aroma for a belgian. Orange hue with the typical big fluffed up Belgian head. Some pear and apple notes and huge malt backbone. Very one dimensional I think. I expect a wider flavor palate from a Tripel and this one only gave me some alcohol and fruit.

Jredner, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

jakester, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

un-fricken-believable carbonation level lifts up a growing mountainous rocky head that literally builds upon itself. Golden to light copper color. Appearance of course can be a subjective thing and I find this to be the best looking tripel ever...pre drink.

Light fruit, caramel.

First drink is uneventful, as the brew warms up a bit the syrupy cloying sweetness develops. Nice drop of caramel in the backdrop gives it some girth. That trademark belgian yeast type smell and taste is perfectly placed.

You gotta let this baby warm up from typical refrigerator type temps as it becomes a whole other brew. Much more complex and tasty. Alcohol is an afterthought as it is subtle for such a high volume. Amazingly consistent.

DogFood11, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

From the Duvel family of beers come this highly formitable tripel ale. With spicy phenolic compounds that balance the estery fruitiness, then with the interplay of soft sweetness- this beer speaks to what is is to be a Belgian ale.

While pouring a richer than normal honey-amber color, the ample carbonation crowds the surface for an eggshell colored head that falls somehwere between froathy and creamy. Retaining remarkably and lacing like spider webs leaving intricate patterns of intermitten foam on the glass. The beer shows a mouthwatering display even to the eye.

Fruity and spicy aromas tease the nose with peaches, pears, red apples, mixed berries, and then with a balance of white pepper, orange zest, cinnamon, and alcohol. Slightly smoked fruit notes push the spice past its use but offers only the slightest of distraction.

Sweet maltiness of powdered sugar laced with mild nectar-caramel and bread crust quickly fade to a part malt, part grain mid palate. Fruity esters continue from the character found in nose while the spiciness picks up a slight cinamon and cardamon taste to accompany the peppery alcohol taste. Moderate hop bitternes play on the finish to allow for a balance that had been lacing through the majority of taste. Lightly herbal, tea-like, and floral.

Early on, the beer's efforvescence and zesty spice gives lightness to the drinkability than makes it so characterful and refreshing. But later the carbonation evades, leaving the beer weighing a little heavier on the palate and causes the sweetness to become more evident, thus hurting the drinkability late. Hop bitterness, yeasty spice, light acidity, and alcohol help with dryness, but not enough to counter the malty sweetness and short lived carbonation.

A nice beer overall that is cut short by a sweetness that superscedes balance from hops, carbonation, or attenuation. More simplicity on the malt front would be welcomed as well as a drier body and more zest or zeal.

BEERchitect, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

11.2oz. bottle

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick white head that persists. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Sweet fruity aroma with hints of malt and bread.

Sweet and fruity upfront followed by a nice malt flavor. I get a distinct alcohol taste and then it finishes rather sweet. Sweetness is slightly cloying.

Plenty of carbonation on a rather thin body.

Pretty drinkable, but only when talking the contents of 1 bottle. There are better Tripels to be had.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance- A great two finger head yielded by oversized wino glass. A great cloudy orange/copper color. A one finger head maintains throughout the entire enjoyment of said beer.

Smell- A hint of a hint of alcohol with lots of bread and unspent grains. A hint of orange peel and anise.

Taste- Starts out with tart malts, a light almost moldy bread middle and ending with a more alcoholic malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation and alcohol left an interesting feeling on my bottome. But nothing special overall.

Drinkability- Enjoyed drinking the brew, but could only have one 750ml bottle a day.

scruffwhor, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Impressive white head which leaves spotty lace. Surprisingly clear for the style (only a little haze). The color is of clover honey.

Citrus aromas of lemon and orange; lots of wheat smells; some clove and white Belgian yeast as well.

Rich with noticeably high alcohol. Warming brew! No hop bitterness. Some candy-like sweetness in the swallow. Decent carbonation. There is a slight sourness in the aftertaste.

Classic Belgian Triple. Not my favorite style, but a very clean and potent offering. Think winter by the fireplace.

smcolw, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

The beer was poured into a snifter-tulip style glass, revealing a darker amber color than other tripels I've had. It gave a very large head, foamy and white, which smelled of bananas and candy sugar, clove, citrus, other spices, alcohol and bubblegum.
The lacing was incredible.
The taste was slightly less balanced tthan I had hoped for, with the alcohol rather obvious, but still had a wonderful mix of hops, yeasts and fruits. It was slightly biting in the mouthfeel, but finished very refreshing and pleasant. In comparing this to other Tripels, it mght not be as good, but lets face it, this is one of the most complex beers you can attempt and the best wouldn't be the best if they didn't have that little edge on the rest. This is still an excellent beer and I suggest trying it even if just to get a good feel for the style.

sinistrsam, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

Tasted this bottle on 20th Oct 2005 (purchased in Amsterdam, NL). Best by date was 04 (month) 2008. Note: the label closely resembled the label as shown for Maredsous 8, not the one shown on this page.

Poured a hazy amber coloured body with a good off-white head. This head comfortably lasted drink-long, being replenished with a stream of tiny bubbles.

Smelled kind of spicy with a maltiness. Some yeast possibly noted.

Taste was quite sharp, not that complex. Malts and alcohol, maybe some cinnamon. Taste slightly overwhelmed by the quite fizzy mouthfeel. Mouthfeel also quite smooth.

Considerable yeast sediment when the stubby bottle was drained.

Drinkability: might not be a good idea to have too many of these, even if I wanted to. Possibly better with food.

Best by date suggests this brew might benefit from ageing. I prefer the Maredsous 8.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of GimmeAles
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Presentation, a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with handsome black and bronze label indicating this beer’s Benedictine origins. Had to be careful pouring this one – very lively and a careful pour still yielded a tight, gravelly, off-white, 3-finger head which developed deep pits and eventually sank to a nice, skim of foam. Hazy golden-apricot in color.

The nose is magnificent – dried apricots, cling peaches in syrup and nice herbal spiciness beg to be explored further. Light yeasty/bready notes round this out in a pleasant complexity.

The taste is also excellent – the same apricot/peach sweetness up front (as the aroma) along with some muskmellon and light yeasty flavours. The coriander, and almost peppery spiciness follow quickly and then the alcohol-warmth follows, but dissipates very quickly. A clean, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light, yet oily – very nicely balanced.

Wow, the bottle is already gone – this is a dangerous brew to have around! I’d love for my fridge to have in much greater quantity, This was paired with a grilled smoked turkey sandwich with fontina, blue-chevre, and apples – nearly heaven!

GimmeAles, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%

Presentation: Drank from a 330ml bottle (fat squat bottle Duvel Moortgat uses) poured into hotel room glass. Glass wasn't appropriate size, so I had to fill it twice.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow orange, with immense pillowy head.

Smell: Classic tripel aroma, but not strongly pungent.

Taste: Slight alcohol bite in after-taste. A bit too bitter in my opinion.

Notes: A little too harsh and biting for me. Maybe the flavors didn't match each other or something. Anyway, I probably won't try it again.

TurdFurgison, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

11.2 oz bottle used best by 07 2007. Poured into a Duvel glass, this beer is a nice clear reddish copper with a big three fingers of foamy white head that eventually subsides to a cap. The aroma is a somewhat muted yeasty malt with hints of honey, tangerines, melons, musty hay, and a slight bit of alcohol. Taste is a dry slightly tart citrus fruitiness with a lot of peppery spiciness. Hints of vanilla, mint, and ginger ale poke through at times. Alcohol is a little evident at the end of a sip and comes out more as the beer warms. Medium bodied with a fine carbonation for a delicate creamy mouthfeel. This is a nice interesting and flavorful tripel, definitely a beer I will revisit in the future.

cubedbee, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

On tap @ Flying Saucer, Charlotte.

Pale, honey amber pour with a 1 inch pure white head that holds nicely and leaves crusty strips of lace.

Aroma is a bit subdued for this style. Honey, light fruits, pinapple, mint, pear, yeast, and alcohol.

Flavor improves on the nose, but only slightly. Honey and caramalts, light florals, golden fruits, peppery spice, yeast, and spicey hops that are more pronounced than the bottled version. Alcohol is definately noticable. Nice flavor, just muted.

Body is just shy of medium. Mouthfeel is soft and slick with a smooth mouthfeel.

AlexJ, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into my official Maredsous glass to review...the world is a beautiful place!

Appearance: There is an interesting vortex action going on in the glass at first pour that is actually making the head grow over a few minutes to start trying to come out of the glass. This is persistent, and keeps me from being able to drink the beer for a few minutes until it finally starts to settle. Other than this, the beer is a pretty clear orange golden color, though it is hard to tell the clarity through all of the bubbles rising. The head poured about an inch thick at first pour, and is now about 2 inches thick due to the expansion.

Aroma: Smelling the side of the foam, I can pick up a fair amount of citrus along with a bit of subtle spiciness. The spiciness is becoming more apparent as it warms. This is all mixing with some sugary sweet aromatics that make this beer smell a bit like an exotic candy.

Taste: My first taste gave me a bit of a tart impression along with the fruit and spices. There is a good bit of alcohol noticeable in the flavor that wasn't initially in the aroma. The flavor starts out with some candy-like sweetness to go along with the citrus and tang. It reminds me a tad of Lemon drops. There are some hops coexisting with the alcohol that is noticeable as it warms.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer, and I am glad that I finally tried it as my first beer of the evening because I normally have this beer after 5-6 others when the bar has it on tap. It is much sweeter than I remember it. I think that it is very palatable, though I prefer my Tripels a bit more on the sour/citrusy side. This may not be the classic example of the style, but this is my opinion section. I have been drinking this beer for quite some time, but after this official tasting, I am sure that I will be getting it again in the future. It is a very nice beer!

SkeeterHawk, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.38/5  rDev +12%

11.2 ounce Bottle. Spirits Unlimited -Red Bank.

The appearance is gorgeous. A beautiful dense white head that lasts and laces all the way down the glass. The color is a unique copper-orange that is slightly cloudy.

The smell is of yeast, malts, sweet fruit, and mucho alcohol, and as it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

The taste is a fine example of a Belgian "Dark" triple. green pepper, coriander, an spicy - piney -leafy- hops form complex layers that are quite enticing. A moderate sweetness balances the very noticeable 10% alcohol.

I think it will be interesting to taste this along side a Duvel to see what the grain bill used does to the taste.

I will definitely buy again. Though with the temperature hovering in the high nineties I will wait for November I think..

Citadel82, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Caged & corker from Circle Liquors for $9. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale hue topped with a pillowy ivory head cap that settles with a statuesque demeanor and loaded with champagne bubbles rising to the surface. Thick mean glass coating with a frothy vanilla lace. Final pour is loaded with sea monkey scrod chunckers getting blown around by the effervescent bubbles.

Bright vigorous nose of zesty yeast and dough. Quite a brisk nose of raisins and pears.

First swigs: Dry chardonnay and ginger ale. Spicy notes of nutmeg and some cinnamon. Maybe it's just my imagination but the Duvel yeast is detectable. Vanilla and 'nilla wafer flavors. Slightly gin like. The dough and nutmeg are pronounced. Aftertaste is a linger of dry ginger and root beer.

Medium bodied with a frothy foamy feel. A touch warm in the gullett.

Last swigs: Slight root beer and ginger tripel. Impressive eyecandy and scents. Quite the dry tripel.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Corked and caged 750 best before 05/07, pored into a chalice.

Tall white head over hazy peach. It threatens to rise over the rim but keeps its place. Interesting wispy to lumpy lace rings the inside of the glass.

Dry fruits make up most of the nose. Bitter citrus and melon. Slight musty dirt and yeast aroma.

Continues to be dry and citric when tasted. Lemon and grain, somewhat astingent with peppery alcohol in the end. Lingering after taste of juice from a lemon past its prime and a suggestion of chalky yeast. Not bad, but this could be a lot better in complexity, and at times, balance.

The mouthfeel is moderate. It does seem a bit subdued by the carbonation and citric/bitter flavors. I'm not impressed, and at $7.99+ a bottle I'd rather spend the $$ on something better.

ypsifly, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

750mL. Best before 20 10 06.
Lightly smudged brassy orange with a styrofoam dome of puffy eggshell fueled by ejactulating vents of carbonation.
Nose of powder-sugared mangoes, bread dough, star fruit, kiwi, and oatmeal, with a lilac, lavender, and rose petal florality.
Begins with a staunch graininess of white bread and cracker pils malts. It seeps sweeter. Flaked maize and candy sugar. For a second, aside from it's texture, it could nearly be malt liquor. Cracks of black pepper, coriander seed, and tarragon. It ends with a lightning strike of white rum heat, belittling an otherwise alluring conmixture of springtime blossoms and stems.
Gasesous, yet creamy in the mouth. And aside from the extra heat-related sting, this is precisely the mouthfeel I want in a Tripel. (and of all style-related aspects, this is the one I'm most keen on, so feel goes a long way here).
A bold version for sure, and bordering on uncouth. Knock this down a peg, strength-wise, and we'd be looking at something very, very special. The intangibles are there, the tangibles ain't.

cokes, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle with slightly different label than pictured. Purchased a week or so ago from Shawan Liquors here in Baltimore, don't remember the price. Best before 02/2007 clearly ink jetted on the back label and triple proudly shown on the front.

Pours a cloudy peach with a frothy white head and heavy, uniformly bubbled carbonation. The head was 2 1/2 fingers thick, long lasting, and left some substantial lacing.

Aroma of pineapple, cloves, yeast, molasses and alcohol.

Sugary, alcohol laden citrus, with spicy/herbal hops in the finish. As it warms, it mellows. The yeast and sugar try in vain to tame the alcohol. Like 'em more ninja style, like the recent Unibroue tastings.

Medium mouthfeel is boisterous with a tingly carbonation.
Finishes an alcohol soaked cotton candy. Definitely drinkable, but the alcohol bites in and takes a bit with it.

Dithyramb, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

A gift from Joj upon the moveout. I think this was purchased during his trip to Belgium, December 2003 (so aged since then).

A brown-orange brew with a single finger of foamy head. A very pungent aroma, full of yeast, Belgian sugars, fruit (particularly peach), and a hint of farmhouse. The taste is dominated by alcohol, but not in a bad way. It's warm and drinkable, with a hint of sweetness wrapped around the alcohol so it is quite astringent but not oppresive. Peppery, dry, and wheaty, with some hops, too.

All in all, it's pretty good.

RockyTopHeel, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours golden / orange with agressive carbonation. Two+ fingers of dense foam are in constant resupply mode from the CO² streamers eminating from nucleation points along the bottom of the glass. Clarity (sans yeast) is outstanding.

The nose is dominated by alcohol phenols with a dried fruit (grapes?) and yeasty backdrop.

Entry is top-heavy with fizzy carbonation, settling into a midtaste of husky grains and burnt sugar. The finish begins with a second flurry of zippy CO² followed closely by a malt fade (short) and a yeast fade (long) in which the alcohol sems to rise in the back of the throat.

Not the best Tripel ever made...but far, far from the worst.

IceAce, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

I've rated this one before from the smaller bottle... I think an 11.2 ounce bottle.
That review pretty much holds true but it seems the corked 750mL bottle is even tastier and richer. Still amazingly smooth for a 10% alcohol brew.
Hopefully I'll get to try this out from the tap; I think I found a belgian beer bar that offers this that way.

ommegangpbr, May 28, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

750 mL bottle, best by 05/2007. Poured out to a slighly cloudy and hazy golden amber colour, slightly like caramel. Citrus and fruity scents were present, as well as a touch of a dough-like quality was noted. A well crafted head left a slight lace around the glass. Near perfect carbonation. Flavors were overtoned by the high alcohol content (10%), and were marked with tastes of sour citrus, grain, yeast and hops. Finished with a slighly sticky sweet aftertaste. Not an amazing beer by any standard, but nothing to turn your nose up at. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, May 11, 2005
Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.