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Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 39
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002)
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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some might think it's strange that they added a tripel when they already have an incredible strong pale (Duvel), but this is entirely different. Obviously it's stronger, but the flavours aren't masked by plethora of floral hops.

A: Golden-blonde with a fluffy, rocky head. Nice retention & lace.

S: Phenols & pineapple dominate, with a little spice and underlying toffee sweetness & bread.

T: Alcohol is assertive (as expected), but the harsh phenols in the aroma are fairly subtle in the taste. Somewhat spicy (cloves?), a little earth and toffee. The fruity esters seem a little more cotton-candy-like in flavour. The taste is very yeast-centric, but it's very well rounded & balanced. Nothing seems to be IN-YOUR-FACE; very refined.

M: Slightly fuller body than the more quenchable Duvel.

D: Very easily approached, and probably a good introduction to the style.

Out of the Maredsous 6, 8 & 10, I think I enjoy this one the most. Now how about a 12? :D

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Left a one finger head with good retention, and some nice lacing in places. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - Spicy and estery yeast, hint of bananas, hint of bread, and hint of alcohol.

Taste - same as the nose - bread, caramel, fruity esters, hint of bananas, finishes with a huge, and somewhat unexpected, alcohol bite, warm, and borderline harsh, but on the good side of the border.

Mouthfeel - full, fairly smooth until alcohol astringency at the finish.

Drinkability - this is good, even inspite of the alcohol taste and astringency at the end. However, the high abv (10%) limits this ale to no more than two 330 ml serving in a given session.

Note - That alcohol bite would definitely be a turn off ordinarily, but somehow it is tolerable, it even actually works, in this ale.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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 ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I am reviewing I sampled at a wedding over the weekend. The bottle was from a case my brother bought me for my 30th birthday last year. The beer poured a clear golden color with very active carbonation bubbles and a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is crisp, citrusy and a bit yeasty. The taste is also very crisp with notes of citrus and malt. The high abv is masked pretty well, similar to what the brewer has done with their Duvel. The body is medium to slighty heaving with carbonation going on here but overall it is a very good beer.

Photo of haz77
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orangey-amber with a foaming white head that falls leaving some nice lacing. Head retains well and sits about one finger thick. Looks to have very little carbonation.

S - Alcohol dominates and is hard to work past. Some citrus, phenols and yeast in the background.

T - Fruity and bitter at first, with the bitterness then taking the fore. Alcohol warmth, vanilla and caramel come through in the aftertaste and linger.

M - Medium body and little carbonation. Oily and slick.

D - Given the ABV, I suppose it's drinkable, but could do with being more balanced.

Photo of gnoff
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle at The Bishops Arms in Linköping, Sweden. Tried it in November, 2005.

Appearance is pretty much a dark color.
It has a pretty low scent and taste, much less than expected. I'm used to big Belgian smells and flavours fromt eh strong Belgian beers.
No hint of the high alcohol, which should mean they have balanced it out well.
All in all I have to say the beer is pretty boring actually.

Photo of danielharper
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Hazy brown body, very thick white foamy head. Leaves significant lacing.

S: Sweet, nutty, funky aroma with a nice malt undertone. Interesting.

T: Clean taste, lots of nuttiness like a brown ale, but with a smoothness and yeastiness not present in those beers.

M: Moderate, nice consistency. Slightly chewy.

D: The alcohol is completely hidden here. Dangerously drinkable.

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

Background: I have a little history with this beer. This was one of the very first "craft" or imported beers that I tried when I was just on the cusp of better beerness. I was familiar with the #8, but found the #10 harsh and barely drinkable from the alcohol heat. But I did finish an entire 750ml bottle, and hated the whole thing.

So I revisit this beer years later, after many thousands of other beers (haven't had one since). Pours a clear light gemstone gold with a tall frothy white head. Aroma is light yeast, light pale malt.

Taste is light, dry, biscuity, slightly bitter. Sharp elements of light lemon rind, pale malts, white pepper, mild spices. Flavors of alcohol, strong and more out-front than even higher-ABV beers, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light, almost airy, a little acrid from the alcohol. A rough sort of smoothness, not necessarily because of a brewer's inexperience but precisely because the brewer intends. Can't say I adore it, or that it's even one of the better tripels I've encountered, but my opinion has softened a bit.

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

(Served in a tall chalice)

A- This beer has a smooth creamy thin foam that last and last. The body is a hazy golden orange color and when held to the light a gentle carbonation if tiny bubbles runs from the base of the glass. There is some nice lacing with each sip.

S- The soft smell of pale malt has a perfume quality to it with some dried apricots and pear notes to it.

T- The smooth perfume notes blend with soft caramel notes with a faint malt taste. The flavors of pears and apple juice come through after the malt with a slight alcohol finish.

M- Although this beer has a light mouthfeel there is some creaminess to the texture. There is some alcohol heat to the finish but it is pretty soft.

D- This beer has some nice complexity in flavor with lots of soft features. There is not room for flaws and it is not overly sweet.

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

330ml. small brown bottle with a best before : 09/2007. It pours out apricot-amber with a healthy inch of off-white head. Good carbonation and thick lace with this Triple.

It smells malty, fruity, alcoholic and deliscious. It has a nice earthy malt nose, some fruity sweetness orange and honey with a tang of yeast and hops bittering the finish. Quite a nice balance, yet fairly complex flavor.

Good medium plus body and a high ABV give a nice warming to it. A little fizzy in the mouth and a bitter bite in the aftertaste. Over all, a nice Triple worthy of a try...cheers!

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

from the bottle best by 03/07. poured dark honey with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma, honey pokes its head out first, than some sweet fruits, alcohol, a hint of yeast. flavor the alcohol comes out really nice than brown sugar and some sourness as it warms fruits. good beer

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

Pours a sort of peach and golden color with a puffy white head and tons of lacing.
Aroma grapefruit, some cloves, light bread and touch of alcohol.
Flavor has a real citric acid front with some underlying cracked light malt and bread tones. Some honey and a zesty spcie profile complete the mox.
Mouthfeel is has a far amount of alcoholic kick with dry champagne-like finish. Little bit too unbalanced on the sweet citrus and alcohol side.
Drinkability is above average but no real wonderment comes from this brew. Unbalanced and tad alcoholic make this a pass in the future.

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

Funny how things slip through the cracks. Drink this one ALL the time; amazed I've never reviewed it.

Appearance: Very, very deep clear gold, Head on this one is one for the ages, really spectacular. Huge, dense, pure white and a bit slick; looks a bit like whipped egg whites.

Smell: Very sweet and bready. Citrusy, but very round and sugary like a candied orange slice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thick and slick. The head, out of context, might actually be considered a bit gross -- kind of slimy and chewy. Carbonation come through strongly at the finish. Taste starts off strongly rindy, but the sweet comes through in a hurry. Think pineapple rum cake; fruity and very boozy.

Drinkability: It seems odd, since I drink this so often, but honestly just OK. It's a decent trip, but it becomes too sweet and boozy in a hurry. The thing that galls me is it's needlessly big; it would probably be much better a bit lighter and better balanced. On the plus size, though, tasty, inexpensive, and easy to find. Good, but a runner-up to first-stringers like Westmalle and St. Bernardus.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange/amber color with large white head. LOADS of sticky webby lacing.

The nose is pretty much all alcohol. There's a little of the expected yeast but the alcohol drowns everything out for the most part.

Sweet fruitiness, complemented by a very bready yeast flavor. It dries out in the end as it warms up thanks to the alcohol character in this one.

Fluffy feeling that thins out a little toward the end. A great tripel. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick two-fingered spongy head with plenty of carbonation. Cools to about a 1/2 inch for the duration. Golden yellow/orange body. Sedimentary layers of lace. Looks great.

Mild aroma, citrus and spices come slowly to the nose, reminding of orange-soaked cloves. Kind of bready too. Aroma could be more prominent, it's a stretch to get anything significant from just smelling it.

Well-hidden alcohol until the very end of the sip, but then it only comes off as a warming glow. The flavors are solid and well proportioned, with herbs, fruits, bread and hops all intermingling on the tongue. The soft and bitter elements are balanced extremely well. The tingly mouthfeel is also balanced by a certain round lightness, letting the flavors ride out a while. Mmm mmm mmm.

A classic Tripel. One of the best and most delicious examples of the style.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Jredner
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jakester
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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 DogFood11
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.