Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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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.
06-26-2005 07:02:55 | More by cokes
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.
06-17-2005 00:04:10 | More by Dithyramb
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.
06-12-2005 02:34:10 | More by RockyTopHeel
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.
06-03-2005 07:41:02 | More by IceAce
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.
05-28-2005 03:06:51 | More by ommegangpbr
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.
05-11-2005 01:16:27 | More by Frozensoul327
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
750 ml bottle, 10% ABV, $7.99. Best before 5/2007.
Pours out to a semi-hazy orange-light caramel, forming a very tall peaking, whipped beige head with absolutely amazing retention (on subsequent tastings of this brew, letting it sit for 1/2 hour does nothing to head. It stays up near the rim of the glass) and beautiful lacing. This is a very good looking brew. Strongly carbonated, forming eddies of streamers and creating a self-perpetuating peaked head. Aroma of cloves, apples, pineapple, light banana, faint alcohol. Mouthfeel is effervescent and spritzy with an astringent finish and powdery medium body. Begins with a firmly sweet malt and candi sugar body, cloves, apples and pineapples, followed by strong isopropyl alcohol presence, medium-firm plain chemical bitterness, distant metals, some huskiness and a quite astringent peppery finish for the style. Alcohol is at times harsh and overwhelming. As it warms, the alcohol is so dense, it takes on a Jack Daniels character in the nose. Firm swirling in a chalice brings out some interesting subtle basement and barnyard character that I didn't notice at first. At room temp, it's still enjoyable.
Not terribly well-balanced for the style and a bit over the top, but still a delicious brew. The alcohol is a touch boisterous and the chemical bitterness and astringency hamper it's drinkability. The spiciness from the yeast and the combination of the alcohol leads to some serious heartburn. Needs some work to hold up to all the other great triples out there, but I would drink it again for a more reasonable price.
05-06-2005 00:07:47 | More by Mitchster
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy peach color with a very large foamy white head and nice lacing. Smells both fruity and dry; lightly toasted grains combined with citrus and spice. Tastes somewhat dry and astringent initially, but the citrus fruitiness really comes forward as the beer warms. Develops significant tartness, spice, and hop dryness in the finish. Good medium body with excellent carbonation.
A bold triple with an appealing interplay of sweet and tart flavors. Very nice if you like somewhat sour beers.
05-02-2005 04:50:51 | More by dgallina
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
This one's not bad. Poured a cloudy orange colour with a craggy, deeply pitted foamy head that really stuck to the sides of my glass. The smell was mostly malt and yeast, though it was pleasant and not at all offensive or over powering. The brewers of this stuff did a marvelous job concealing the 10.00%abv. Even in the taste, while a bit sweet and very heavy, the strong alcohol present isn't at all evident. Nice and smooth, this one has just the right amount of carbonation and is easy to drink, even if big Belgians aren't your thing. A wonderful choice for the style.
05-01-2005 22:17:44 | More by SilentSabre
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a refreshingly light, yet malty scent that boasts primarily of pale malts and Belgian ale yeast. It seems a bit dry and warm, although it hides the 10% abv. well. The taste is awesome as well. It has a dry, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit warm and slightly tart. It also has an earthy flavor to it. I really like the grain bill on this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very delicious beer. It has good flavor and aroma; a great drinker, despite it's elevated abv. .
04-27-2005 01:22:35 | More by WesWes
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
Served from bottle and chilled to about 50 degrees in a tulip glass, it pours a thick, hazy, apricot/butterscotch color with an inch of spongy, thick head that tends to cling to the glass for quite some time. I gave this beer a good 10-15 minutes to warm a bit to room temp.
Aroma is a complicated mix of malt, sugar, and apricots. Alcohol hits the nose a bit and kills some of the aroma.
A bit of sweet carameliness possible, but nothing too exciting. Taking the first sip, slight caramel with fruit tones and some sugary citrus tones. Alcohol kills some flavor and hits my palete on the swallow.
Mouthfeel is not bad; sharp stingy carbonation hits right away but then quickly becomes a bit drying by the finish.
Overall, i paid WAY TOO MUCH for this bottle ($6.50) and I was a bit disappointed with it. Not the worst, but definitely not worth the moohlah!
04-24-2005 18:03:52 | More by Fish113d
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
Appearance - Massive head from just a slight pour. Golden color. Just a little haze from the yeast. Good lace.
Smell - There is a faint apple-like smell to this beer. No hops, which is good for a tripel. Background sweetness presents itself more as the beer warms.
Taste - Common tripel spiciness is there, but the phenolic aspect is a bit overdone. It has an apple taste that matches the smell (closer to green apple). There is also some sweetness coupled with the apple flavor. Background bitterness suggests only enough hops to balance the beer. I also detect a slightly astrincency in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy body. Carbonation is high, but not fizzy.
Drinkability - Not difficult to drink, but not easy either. There is too much going on in the flavor to drink this in great quantities.
Comments - A good tripel. A little too phenoic for my tastes, but worth a try.
04-19-2005 02:25:28 | More by mgdeth
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
golden with a hazy orange shadow. Lofty froth holds for a good long while teasing. It slowly drops to beer meringue and lives long and prospers with an aroma of grass and spicy, mildewy yeast.
Quick caramel melts across the palate giving into a mellow sourness like wheat grass, and wee tonic bitterness. Reminds me of eating nasturtiums. It has a sweet and peppery palate with a raw honey, or bee pollen twist. This really jumps around the palate interestingly. Sweet, sour, floral, bitter. There's spicy yeast hanging out on the corner.
04-17-2005 02:22:38 | More by gbontrag
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Light burnt orange color, witha a small white head that does not hold. There is a strong fruity smell...grape, perhaps?... and malt. There is also a notable yeast aroma. Taste is very nice. It flows over the tongue, well balanced, decent hop finish, not overly sweet. Very nice.
It is, however, a little too bubbly. The alcohol bites the tongue and mouth, detracting from teh overall sensations. The alcohol comes through too much for this to be a session beer, and does detract from the overall scores.
04-15-2005 15:30:33 | More by TheJudge
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Nice stubby 33cl bottle. 10% for a Tripel leans on the strong side for this style.
Poured a translucent orange golden mass with some red hues. About a half of an inch of white suds on the top. Looks nice, more yeast slurry than most bottle fermented brews, I like that.
Taste and aroma both reflected a belgian yeast flavor, banana from the esters.
Dry with pepper notes on the finish. Taste improved as it warmed up.
Overall this was an above average tripel, with a pretty good price at $2.50 a bottle.
03-27-2005 17:46:33 | More by HogHill
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
11.2 Fl. Oz.
Use best before: 04 2007
Purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD
heavy burst of air at opening; poured very slowly to hold back particulates
Appearance light orange-brown, slightly clouded body; crisp white head starts strong, pulls back and holds in a minor fashion through the life; reasonable lace
Smell big yeast; solid malts; Pilsner grainy; a bit hoppy
Taste somewhat spicy pop early; a unique dose of caramel, banana and butterscotch intevenes with smoothness mid to late and remains in the aftertaste, some spice and metallic hit late
Mouthfeel good medium body for a tripel; a bit astringent; the carbonation barges in and sets up a light sting early that flushes a bit of the palate, pulling it away from focusing on the flavor; the alcohol pulls back eventually; crisp, dry end
Drinkability The feel and taste need to settle a bit
02-23-2005 23:25:10 | More by Wonka
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: 750ml belgian bottle, caged and corked. Says it should be poured at 42F-50F. Best before date stamped on the side.
Orange golden copper, hazy with some yeast chunks floating. Small white head with lots of lacing.
Smell: very phenolic, sweet, and slightly citrusy
Taste: phenolic and sweet. astringent and moderately bitter finish.
Notes: Very balanced and delicious. Phenols were a bit strong for me, but good nonetheless.
02-16-2005 22:44:49 | More by dauss
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Hazy, peachy honey gold in hue, I really like the color, it is like a sunrise in a glass. The head was white in color and very frothy, at the apex the foam was only one finger in height however. This smallish head did have good staying power, a foamy cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was very spotty and not all that widespread. This beer is attractive, eye-candy. The nose smells like dried tropical fruit, pineapple, peaches, melon, and oranges. There is a soft spiciness; I like it because it is very much at the back. I cant really decipher what the spices are (maybe coriander and ginger). Peppery. Cloves. The maltiness is grainy, almost like a Pilsner. The hops are raw and they finish the nose on a strong note. There is stray alcohol heat. On the whole, the bouquet is well rounded; it is too bad the potency isnt louder. It says, Trippel. I say inviting. The palate is raw. There is a dry bitterness that is like Duvel. Surprised? The 10% abv is not hidden; it is strong but not too hot. It adds a near perfect amount of force that works very well with the potent grainy malt base. Peppery. Cloves. There is an array of spiciness that finishes the palate with a solid thump. The palate might be a bit heavy-handed if it wasnt for the lovely tropical fruit flavors that develop and the start and last to the finish. I can detect oranges, pineapple, melon, grapes, and peaches. There is a strong honey taste too. The complexity is not mind-blowing but it is pleasing. This beer is solid. Not spectacular, just solid. Medium in body with lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is energetic and it works very well with this beer. I find this big beer to be very drinkable. When I am in Sioux Falls, SD I buy this beer when I want something Belgian because Maredsous and Duvel is all they got. It is odd though, how Ive never seen this beer any place but in South Dakota! Maybe I overlook it elsewhere, maybe it gets lost in stores with a good selection. It doesnt matter; I appreciate this beer every time I quaff it. While it is not the best Tripel on earth I like it. Worth a try, IMO.
02-08-2005 03:34:19 | More by bditty187
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
looks super in a tulip. orangey like an ipa, huge head with beautiful clumpy lacing that will be a bitch to wash off later.
aroma is sweet and malty. no sour or bitter hints in the nose, the way i like my tripels.
taste is refreshing. yeast, banana, and mild sugar combine to leave a mild/medium flavor on the tongue, while the alcohol bite remains hidden until it emerges as a hearty warmth in the belly. great beer overall. very drinkable and perfect to sip and enjoy. wish i was drinking it in the summer though.
NOTE: this is from a 750ml with 11/04 freshness date. old label, like the one pictured on here. this is not the 'new batch', which i am not too fond of.
02-03-2005 14:05:13 | More by goodbyeohio
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
A very good and popular brew. Nice dark ale colour. Deep flavour, like a brandy. Smooth, with what? 10%? reaction. Good malts and spice and wheat and Belgium yeast. Citrus orange pineapple, cloves,ginger, banana. Someone acidic that cries for food, perhaps spicy.Will have this one again.
01-20-2005 04:18:59 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +12%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 08/05/06. Pours hazy bright golden orange with lots of floating yeast chunks, decent cream colored lasting head that leaves good lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas. Fruity butter scotch and pepper flavors, very dry and crisp finish. Full bodied with a full but crisp mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.
01-16-2005 20:53:35 | More by maxpower
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
11.2oz bottle from Garymuchow as part of BIF10. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/8" tan head above the medium amber brew. Spotty head falls to nothing in some places, areas of big bubbles in others, with minimal lacing. Upon swirling, head does reform, and laces a bit better. Aroma is sweet, bready malts, with the slightest tinges of spiciness and alcohol. Taste is upfront a bit tart, fading to sweetness, and leaves the mouth with the slightest warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good, but I was expecting a bit more. Worth a try.
01-04-2005 22:14:16 | More by ppoitras
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
This beer pours a light brown color with a huge head and has great retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slight spice and some light fruit tones. The flavor is somewhat raisin-like with a slightly chewy character. Thick body. The spiciness isn't really there in the flavor as much as I'd like. The alcohol is well masked. Good beer.
01-04-2005 13:22:37 | More by clvand0
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
This one pours a billowing 4 finger head that falls somewhat. The beer is a hazy peach color, with a lot of chunk from the bottle conditioning. The nose is crisp, with a bit of bit of tart apple and some orangey sweetness along with a spicey tone. The flavor is more of a raisin bread than the nose would have told me. The feel is moderately thick. Overall, for a 10% beer, this is rather good. I'm not sure that the flavor fits a tripple, but I like it. Good good.
01-03-2005 03:38:45 | More by kmpitz2
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
The head is fine and lasting, it looks like the clouds seen from a plane or like a foamy bath. The body is quite active, with fine strains of tiny bubbles, and shows an orange copper color. The smell I found quite enjoyable: yeasty, aired and doughy, it had a deep fruitiness and developed some nice floral and spicy notes that, for once in a triple, werent dry but rather round and juicy. Hint of cinnamon coming out of the oven on a pie. The taste shows strong notes of apple, lacking a bit of sweetness and with a slightly tart bite. The warm sensation of alcohol was pronounced but didnt really fit my taste, although its not peculiar for a 10% triple. Citrus is present, with some lemon juice perceptible. The mouthfeel is quite consistent, but I found it a bit dry and grassy in the finish, hence reducing the beers drinkability. Still, theres a really refreshing character to this beer thats enjoyable.
12-30-2004 22:31:40 | More by tjd25
Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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