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Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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1,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 38
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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 Quaffer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

25.4 oz. bottle. Picked up on a trip to Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Lightly hazy with a color that was light-amber to golden. Big white head that was fluffy and slow to dissipate, though it was a little rough looking. Lacing was spectacular.

Smell: Very Belgian-like (go figure). Candy-sweet, hints of yeast, and fruit, mainly apples. Strangely, there was a little pilsner-like hops on the nose, plus an undeniable grassy quality.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied. It came across as almost crisp at first, but started to become a little chewy later on. Pretty smooth, just some velvety carbonation in the back of the mouth.

Taste: A little bit of yeast and fruit, combined with a fairly big sweetness. Quite a bit of alcohol, but not enough to overpower.Oddly enough, some of the pilsner-like qualities that I detected in the smell came through in the flavor. Grass and a light, spicy hops.

Kind of an odd one for me. Not bad, but I wouldn't have thought it was a Belgian abby in a blind tasting.

Quaffer, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a golden orange that is very clear and has a nice 2 finger cotton fluffy head. The aroma consists of a musty yeast smell with fruit and spices that are blended beautifully! The taste is again more spicey fruit sliding into the musty yeast and fades into a warm spiced alcohol on the tail. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes faintly dry. The drinkability is amazingly high for a beverage with an abv of 10%. This is a very nice brew!

BeerAngel, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Can't say the Moortgats do much for me. Duvel and the Maredsous 8 are ok, but I've found them a little plain. Not so the 10. This is definitely my favorite of these three. Anyway. A very dense, creamy, foamy, cream-white head. Nice swoops and spots of lacing. A hazy, peachy, amber, darkish body. Nose is caramel candy, tons of milk, somewhat roasty. The front is again full of milk, with pepper and spice. Fruity, thick, creamy middle is just sweet enough. Nice and buttery at temperature. Finishes dry, almost champagne-like. Very tasty: no trouble hiding the 10%abv.

kbub6f, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

The appearance was hazy orange with a medium foamy head that left some lacing on my goblet. The smell was of fruity Belgian yeast and slightly horse blanket like. Also a bit of a solvent alcohol smell. The taste was quite like the smell. The yeast was dominant on my tongue, very fruity, yet not too sweet. Bananas, and peaches and other dried fruits as well as a hefty dose of alcohol flavor. There was a bit of the old horse blanket lingering in there as well, although not as much as in a strong pale ale. Mouthfeel was substantial, very full bodied. Drinkability was just ok. High abv and very flavorful. I would not say this brew goes down easy, although that's not to say it's not an excellent beer. Just a bit rich in all aspects of the taste.

Ieatlambfries, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 Oz stubby bottle best by 01/2006. Pours a light orange/golden color with a moderate to very large head that does not seem to want to go anywhere. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of my Chimay glass.

Aroma- Immediate sweet bubblegum aroma followed by flowery scents (from a foot away). As I bring my nose closer, I smell that unmistakable Belgian Tripel yeast smell that I love so much. Moderate sweetness, citrus and other fruits (such as banana).

Flavor- Initial sharp bite with a wild musty flavor (from the head). Then, some of the sweet notes come back from the aroma, but they are hidden between the sharpness. After a few sips, the flavor settles a bit and becomes less harsh, but there is still that musty tone at the back of the throat. The sweetness that is evident in the aroma waits until the beer warms a bit before it shows its face. Then it is pretty nice.

Good, but not my favorite tripel. More on the sharp/bitter wild side than some of the more balanced members of this family.

Dukeofearl, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle – Poured a yellow golden beer with a nice head with great retention. Aroma of floral malts with a hint of sweetness. Taste is very sweet with some very subtle spices coming out at the end. Body is above average and the alcohol is very discreet which is an enjoyable thing for beer with such high-level of ABV. Overall, not the best of tripel that I’ve had the chance to drank but a very good one nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a nice golden color with a thick 2" thick fluffy and creamy head. Thick gobs of lacing form as the head recedes. The aroma is sweet, grassy, musty, and full of yeast. The flavors follow the aroma as the super sweet malt,alcohol, and yeast combine to make wonderful brew. Barely noticeable bitterness rounded with a fruity quality.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp and dry during the swallow. The yeast and sweetness lingers on the tongue for quite a while. The alcohol is not very noticeable but is strong enough to give you a bit of warming while drinking it. Great brew.

Gavage, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

A stubbie bottle...darker than expected amber color, generous and fluffy head of 3/4 of an inch and rising on a medium pour. Nice lace, webby and complicated, similar to Duvel. Aroma is yeasty in a light way, nice cinnamon and peach notes, almost like a Spring day in the country. Complex flavors, almost overwhelming, worth letting the beer warm and taking it in light doses to sort them out. Dry astringency, golden raisins and citrus pith, bitters and capers, alcohol in a raw sense, black pepper. Dry and sharp finish, slight sense of metals. Over-the-top flavors for me, too sharp and astringent (and I like a challenge). Nice look and aroma, the beer calls for some wheaty tones and sweetness.

ADR, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: amber/red color, full rocky white head, and plentiful highly bubbling carbonation. Head retention is good and it has a sticky lace.
Aroma: malty, fruity, bubblegum, spicy, astringent and a light grassy aroma hop. Initial whiff is similar to a wee heavy.
Taste and mouthfeel: a sweet start with a medium body and creamy. A light well balanced hop bitterness that finishes peppery, crisp and fresh.

IMHO: I like this beer. It is well balanced and maintains a good balance of flavors and mouthfeel throughout. Complex, but not overwhelming.

SeanChouffe, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of twilight
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Funny how they mask the alcohol inside the "sourish sweet fruit" taste.

This poured a golden orange, a bit darker than I had expected, with no head. The smell was sweet and fruity like most tripels with the hint of the high ABV wafting up into my nose. The arom is not unlike rotting fruit- I like the way rotting fruit smells: yeasty and sweet. Perhaps this is not a very good description, but it's what these types of beers remind me of. There are hints of raisins in the taste. That patented tripel fruitysweetness and a good soursweet aftertaste that masks the alcohol. The taste and mouthfeel are full. There are coriander tones and a complex flavor that The carbonation was okay, full, but not dry or heavy. I liked this one, but think I'd probably try other tripels before I came back to this one.

twilight, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pale golden yellow color with mega floating yeasties suspended within, thin puffy whitish head fades quickly leaving an ever present skim and fluffy collar, lace in tiny spots. Aroma is quite dull and light of dark citrusy tones of orange and lemon. Underlying yeastiness and very dulled spice are noted. Phenolic notes emerge as it warms. Taste is very smooth and calm, well rounded and leveled citrus thats dulled down by alot, some orange, lemon, green grapes, mango, banana, and pineapple all kinda blend and make for a one of those squishy things, but not in a juicy manner, more of dull popcicle-like flavor. A strange but appealing dryness floats off the palate at the finish which is kinda interesting and nice. Feel is medium bodied with a unsharp carbonation, very easy going and mild; smooth over all with a yeasty weird smoothness that adds just a faint nudge of spice and helps dry thing out a bit at the finish. A nice little triple, I liked its mellowness, but the flavors and aroma could use a bit of a boost.

tavernjef, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

An orange pour with a small/flat off-white head. The nose is bread-like and yeasty with underlying fruity hints of dry apricot. A smooth and slightly lively mouthfeel with big tastes of hop bitterness and toned down fruitiness. A very dry, slightly sweet finish that is accompanied with an obvious alcohol kick. A nice beer.

Popsinc, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

A paler golden color with a nice white head, leaving intricate lace. Musty and sweet aromas, coming off a bit perfumy and floral. Slightly tart then sweet finishing rather dry and florally. There's an apricot-like fruitiness in this beer and an alcohol punch is evident. Effervescent mouthfeel yet a bit thin as compared to the bottle. Very drinkable in moderation.

crookedhalo, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

It pours to a copper color with minimal head. The aroma is earthy and medicinal. It has flowery aromas as well. The flavor is semi-sweet and medicinal, which flows to a drying finish. It is an easy drinking beer for its strength. Not a bad beer, but I probably would not chase this one down again.

Sampled 8/24/03

BeerBuilder, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer arrived a medium golden with a short head of 1/2 finger which quickly left leaving a creamy glass ring and a frothy island lace.
Carbonation is lively. The body is a medium and very clear.
Nose is a little grainy but minor, also lightly of yeast.
Citrus flavour with a slight alcohol back that works for this brew.
Ends to the malts and again, the slight alcohol back.

Shiloh, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a deep golden color with a orange hue with a real nice blooming head that of course leaves some real nice lace.Aroma has a nice 10x sugar aroma with some real spicey tones and yeasty.Taste is yeasty and quite citrusy with real nice clove-like notes.A quite complex ale with nice yeasty and light smokey undertones,very nice.

oberon, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance - Beautiful cloudy carbonating orange body covered by a thick, foamy head.

Smell - The deep orange/malt aroma is covered with aggressive spiciness. The typical Belgian pale ale seasoning seems to be working in this Trippel.

Taste - Man, is this strong. The alcohol and spices come on big right up front. The taste resembles a screwdriver made with pepper vodka. The Belgian malt brings up the body but it's the spices and alcohol that dominate this ale. Of course, the strong orange flavoring finishes it.

Mouthfeel - Big, foamy feel in between the cheeks along with a notable alcohol sting.

Drinkability - This made-to-sip ale is very good, although probably too powerful for most.

Update - I decided to re-review this for '04.

I picked up a lot more Belgian hops at the nose, probably due to a year's worth of experience tasting Belgian Ales. I also found a big, monster yeast backbone that gave it points after sampling many other Belgian pretenders. Let's take the Smell & Mouthfeel up a notch and give it an overall 4.2 like its Dubbel brother.

Update - I have a fresh '09 vintage to compare. The spices indeed are the centerpiece of this magnificent work of art and I'm taking the Taste rating up a notch. It seems every time I tackle this ale it impresses just a bit more.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

750 mL corked and caged bottle with a best by date of January 16, 2006. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Modest gunsmoke when the bottle opened. Explosive golden head that rose about 3 inches before slowly going away. Head is replenished by a steady stream of bubbles in the center of the glass. Exquisite lacing. Liquid is a golden orange color and is quite clear.

Smell: Definite medicinal quality to the aroma. Orange, clove, pepper and wintergreen notes. Me likey!

Taste: Powerful spicy pepper up front, followed by malty and candi sweetness. Faint traces of orange citrus. Slight bitterness on finish. Duh-zam!

Mouthfeel: Very dry and medium bodied. Alcohol makes it's presence known, but I've had beers with lower ABV's that tasted more boozy.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable given the ABV. I'll definitely be getting this one every now and then to spice things up. Cheaper than Westmalle (which I recall being much more refined), but more expensive than the similar tasting (albeit a different style) La Fin du Monde.

ManekiNeko, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: radiant copperish gold color with a fluffy/tantalizing layer of off-white head, lots of rising bubbles

Aroma: honey-sweet, clove phenolics, rich fruitiness, marcipan, alcohol, yeast, orange, stung my nose at first wiff

Flavor: big blooms of clovey phenols and indescript fruity esters, thick layer of malt flavor that is just on the verge of balance, alcohol provides a good counterpoint to the the sweetness, a touch of hop flavor (styrian golding?), semi-sweet finish

Mouthfeel: medium-full to full body, zingy-zesty carbonation also gives a nice "flavor break"

Overall Impression: All in all a fantastic beer. I expect a lot from the brewery that makes one of my favorite beers, Duvel. They do not disappoint with this one. See, you don't need to be an actual abbey to make a great abbey/trappist beer!

GreenCard, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Medium gold color, very large head. Full bodied Belgian Triple. Very malty, somewhat sweet. Some hop spiciness. Full bodied, nice flavor. Some candy-sugar sweetness evident. Re-fermented in bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. No alcohol bite, despite a 10% alcohol by volume

beerguy101, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Served in the 330 mL bottle. The color was golden, with a good head. The smell was flowery and fruity sweet. The taste was also very sweet.......flowery esters everywhere, and much sweeter than a lot of the other tripels I've had. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. Drinkability-wise, even at 10%, I felt like I could drink this one all day!

I enjoyed the Maredsous 8 tremendously, and never got around to trying this one, until recently. This probably has to be up there amongst my favorite tripels........just so sweet and flavorful and one I intend to have again!

beergeek279, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Best By: 07-2005

This clear copper colored beer shows visible signs of a healthy dose of carbonation. A big ol white fluffy head turns rocky as it disspates. Wafts of fermentation, sweet candy, yeast, dough and subtle fruit hit the nose. Pleasant to say the least. I love how the sweet candy blends with cookie dough yeast flavors on the palete. There's some spiciness as well. Nutmeg, corriander, pepper and bitter orange. I like the taste of this one. Almost like a good White beer jacked up a notch. Easily my favorite Duvel product so far.

Bighuge, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

When first poured the color had an orange hue with loads of large foam and lace from top to bottom of the glass. The smell of fruit and spices was over powering. The taste was of a fruity nature with a hint of spices. Not to sweet and not to bitter, but, well balanced and complex. Now I can enjoy both of Maredsour 8 & 10.

BeerManDan, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Absolutely gorgeous. Bright polished-copper body streams bubbles to feed the large, light fluff of a head. Extremely sticky, it leaves chunks on the side of the glass. The spicy nose hints of decaying leaves and oranges. Flavor is relatively light. Lightly sweet up front. Fairly dry finish, leaves me thinking of bread dough.

aracauna, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of HossMcGraw
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

I can't believe how underrated this beer is! It's so much beter than Duvel. Honestly, I can't find much fault with this beer (although I've yet to try Westvleteren). It is very similar to Duvel in many respects although it seems like all of Duvel's great qualities have been enhanced in this one. Pours with a huge rocky head that hangs around for the duration. I think that the appearance is prettier than Duvel as well. It's a goregous golden color. It tastes like ripe fruit with a touch of bitterness to keep things from getting too sweet. Also, the carbonation is a little more restrained in this which makes it possible to actually swallow. If you like Duvel, definitely try this.

HossMcGraw, Feb 20, 2003
Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.