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Maredsous 10 - Triple | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange with thick sudsy white head, thick lace strewn about the place. Smell: pear, pepper, mild spiciness, bready with a note of milk caramel. Taste: bready, pear, apricot jam note, peppery, grapeskin and mildly herbal. Seems to be pretty archetypal, well done.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.5/5  rDev +16%

APPEARANCE - Clear orange with a 2-finger, uneven, malty head, that dissipates slowly. Lacing is foamy

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, mild, slightly herbaceous.

TASTE - Well balanced between a sweet Belgian and a bitter Pale Ale. Not cloying liks some sweeter Belgians. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Soft, not gooey. Surprisingly decent carbonation.

VALUE - $12 for a bottle -- on the high end.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very smooth drink. Chuggable.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming out of the bottle, it pours a light brown and translucent color. However, once inside the glass it becomes more of a mixture of a brown and golden color. Aroma is malty sweet. It reminds me of a combination of brown sugar and a hint of caramel as well as fruity banana like aromas. Taste is spicy and somewhat fruity. Elements of dark bread. Finish is quite dry and bitter. A full bodied beer. Active carbonation that tickles the tongue. Overall a very complex beer, perhaps somewhat overwhelming. The overall dryness and bitterness is somewhat over the top. Drinking this beer alone, you will definitely get quite a buzz. However, as the brothers mentioned, it might be better with a hearty meal. I had this beer with some cheese and salami. Next time, I would like to try it with a full meal.

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pale copper color. Clear, with a slight haziness probably due to some yeast still in suspension. Frothy and clumpy head that resides within a couple of minutes after being poured into a wine glass.

S - Bread and yeast flavors are the first to hit my nose. Then fruits: Primarily apricot and banana. Spicyness, mainly in form of clove. The aroma is fairly sweet. I also get a kind of tartness, but that might just be because of the gueuze I just drank before this beer.

T & M - First thing I notice is some hefty prickling on my tongue, definitely a lot of carbonation here! The same flavor profile as the aroma, but when drinking the beer there are some differences: You definitely notice and taste the alcohol, however it is very mild. The beer is also very dry all the way through tasting it, with the sweetness of the alcohol and fruity esters balancing this. Tasting it I also get a flavor of light syrup. Medium-high body (fairly thin body considering the ABV).

O - This is definately a good tripel. Personally I favor beers with even less body and more drinkability (not that this isn't drinkable for a tripel). I can imagine this beer working nice with cheeses, and also for a dessert pairing.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L4072 2357. AROMA: strong alcohol presence with a soft and spicy aroma. vinous like aroma. no hop notes. very faint citric esters. APPEARANCE: dark gold color, almost orange. a bit hazy. average ivory head with medium-low retention. some lacing. TASTE: some spicy and sweet background profile. full alcohol presence with a vinous aspect. medium-low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no hop flavours. faint esters reminiscent of oranges. PALATE: medium-light body. medium carbonation. no solventy character. OVERALL: a tripel that lacks a bit of aroma and flavour complexity. a bit strong on the alcohol aromas.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Excellent Trippel hat pours a golden caramel color with a slight orange hue. Very high alcohol content that leaves a bit of burn on the tongue. Smooth when going down, smells of high end and quality brewed malts. A very good beer that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys trippels or high alcohol content beers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a translucent to hazy orange, with a nice head of soapy bubbles, that gather at edges and provided a little lacing. Nice swirl brings carbonation back, and a currant and grape nose, with maybe an unexpected hint of mint.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, save for the mint. That is replaced by a farmhouse hay/earth taste. However, the beer is a bit on the sweet side, brown sugar and raisin, maybe, as well as a bit of dry wine grape tastes. The carbonation holds up, adding an accent on the tongue to the otherwise decent bodied beer.

I enjoyed this beer, even though it might be a bit sweet for some. I think the Belgian yeast combines with this sweetness to give that wine taste at the end. Note to self to be in the mood for this, as I could see my enjoyment different at a different time.

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Photo of The_Stav
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caution, this is my first Tripel. (Thanks Dean.) It was wonderful to try, and the complexity was fun to taste. Break this out for your beer snob friends to impress them.

Appearance - a nice orange shade brew

Smell - Fruity, citrus

Taste & Mouthfeel - very complex fruity ale flavor up front. Enough carbonation. Oddly, the citrus and high ABV reminded me of cough syrup for just an instant, but that quickly passed. There was quite a warmth at the end and a clean finish.

It reminded me of a complex wine with new flavors every second.

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Photo of FLima
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber orange color with one finger beige thick head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Interesting that it has a malty aroma for a Tripel, even though it is mild. Notes of caramels, oranges and a light peach and apple juice.
Elegant flavor of pears, lemon, white grapes, some herbal, green apples, just a bit of condiments, candi sugar and caramel malt. Very dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv matches perfectly to the beer.
A friendly Tripel with a milder tartness and condiments, but still with a dangerously hidden alcohol punch. I do prefer their Blonde and Bruin versions, though.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ochre/deep gold body with an isabelline/beige head.

Aroma: Pears, apples, quince, light spice, and musty Belgian yeast - all caried by a rather strong alcohol nose.

Taste: Peaches, grapes, and what I would best describe as 'burnt apples'. While the taste itself quickly dissipates, a strong alcoholic finish does linger for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a smooth finish.

Overall: I love it; possibly the best Tripel I have had...so far, at least - but if you are a fan of Tripels, try this.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the SAQ QC for $9

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Cloves, breads/grains, pears/grapes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves, and pears/grapes. There is also almond/coconut like flavour and a peppery finish.

Overall - A very solid beer. Some interesting flavours and the alcohol is very well hidden. Maybe not a world class brew but still tasty and worth trying.

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Photo of Babbage78
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light amber with a fairly dense finger and a half head. Aroma is more subdued that i had expected, but still carries the traditional belgian must. The taste is definitely more complex than the aroma, I get heavy dark fruit and a surprising amount of sweetness for the mouth feel. I'd say that the body is pretty much perfect, dry but still substantial.

Definitely a sipping beer but subtle enough to over-indulge

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass as well as some honey + apricot colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized quarter finger tall dense cap surrounded by a mottled thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (apple + pear), stone fruits (peach), and floral hops. Light to moderate aromas of slightly spicy Belgian yeast and hints of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with some light to moderate flavors of light (apple + pear) and stone (peach) fruits that add a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of slightly spicy Belgian yeast with light flavors of floral hops. Light amounts of alcohol and bitterness in the finish but it does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Hints of alcohol warming.

O: Slightly sweeter than I expected for a tripel based on the other examples that I have enjoyed recently (also very highly rated ones). Nice amounts of complexity and all of the flavors and aromas are quite harmonious. Fairly easy to drink but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of dbell23
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Freshness date two years out. Slight white head with decent lacing. Amber color that does not look like a Tripel.

Very subdued aroma. Smells kind of like Duvel which is certainly not a bad thing but not really like a Tripel. No yeasty chalkiness that I look for in a Tripel. Again subdued, not the typical Tripel aroma that I like.

If I didn't know that this was a Tripel I wouldn't know it from the taste. It tastes like a variation of Duvel. Again, not a bad thing. No real fruity yeastiness of a Tripel. Really nice taste but not a Tripel. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is all Duvel. Crisp, very little aftertaste and very Duvel like. Nice but not the smoothness that you sometimes get from a Tripel.

Overall a really good beer and the 10% abv doesn't hurt. I wouldn't know it was a Tripel in a blind taste test but a really good beer. My high ratings are because it is a really good beer not a good Tripel.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into my Chimay goblet. Slightly hazy amber color with a big white bubbly head. Decent retention for a Tripel and some random bands of lacing on the glass.

Aromas is fairly good. Light fruit (apples and pears), some banana and a little black pepper.

Flavor is more of the same, a bit lacking in Belgian yeast but still tasty and light with a little honey prominent in the taste as well as the other ingredients.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. No hint of the 10% abv. Goes down very easy, with the honey and sweetness as mart of the mix.

A good, but not great Tripel.

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Photo of LVituri
4.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mais uma cerveja que eu resolvi esquecer tudo que li sobre ela, para tirar a minha própria verdade. Na garrafa ela já havia me surpreendido, mas nada se comparou a prová-la na pressão. Foi uma experiência única, uma cerveja poderosa, encorpada e de personalidade incrível. Algo inesquecível.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours amber with small head of foam. darker than anticipated
S: rotting wood, mustiness, coriander
T: Extremely dry and nothing of note that I could pick up
M: Sits long on your mouth with a heavy mouthfeel. The flavor soured as it sat on my tongue.
O: Didn't really enjoy this one as much as I first anticipated. It sat long and dry in my mouth and didnt really have any smell/taste that I enjoyed

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Copper color with a off white head that left some lace
S-Pear or green apple aroma with some spice background
T-Had a funky spice taste, and some fruit like flavor at first that turned into a grassy like aftertaste that turn out to be a sweet, spice finish
M-Medium body and medium carbonation
O-did not taste the alcohol like I thought I would, and got some taste in this tripel that I had not had before

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/19/15

Pours a nice 1 finger bubbly foamy fizzy head that fades quickly though, then slows halfway to a crawl, a nice coppery auburn slightly tan colored beer crystal clear, decent lacing left on the glass as well.

Nose is exactly what I expect for such a traditional old belgian tripel, a mix of great malts and sweets, with a hint of fruit and burnt sugars that borders into oude bruin style, some burnt sugars, caramelized candy, some dark fruity aromas with a little candied plum like and even mild sour dark fruit, with fruity esters, etc, mixed with the candy, toasty brown malts, faint booze, and that typical earthy belgian like yeast aroma.

Taste continues, starts with tingly booze actually, little fusel alcohol with some phenols right out, as well as the sweet characters, candied caramel, toffee, candi sugar, and little molasses candy like. Mild toasty brown malts as well, mild biscuit, the typical Belgian brown malt flavor. Fruits again as well, this time more fig like, little date, but candied plums again too, mild fruity esters, etc. A mild bitterness cuts through with some mild grassy hop like characters, but I think that comes more from the phenols. Finish is drier than expected but a little candy flavor lingering, not sticky though, lots more phenolic fusel alcohol burn and flavors, bit more dark fruit and candy toffee.

Mouth has lots of fluffy carbonation make it very effervescent and pops well, but gets in the way, med to fuller bod but not as syrupy as I expected for the sweet characters, lots of fusel tingly warming booze.

Overall nice, almost a staple for a good strong Belgian beer, has all the nice components, but the booze and carbonation get in the way a little too much to really make it nice.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Clear golden color. Big rocky white head retains very well. Lacing adds patchy little clumps.

S: Sweetish and biscuity golden malts. Honeyed. Very fruity with forward scents of pear and apple blossom. Yeast adds vague spicy aromatics and a touch of yeasty dough. Alcohol is very well hidden.

T: Honeyed malt base. Apple juice and pear. Light peppery phenols. Church incense. Dry herbal hopping comes through a little. Yeast lends a light must. Spicy alcohol is apparent but controlled just well enough. Drying finish of biscuit and a light toast, along with some growing spicy alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. There's a sense of syrupy weight that lifts away after a moment. Ample scrubbing carbonation has a lot to do with this. Good dose of warming alcohol.

O: Not a bad beer, but it seems a little blunt and forceful. Not the most drinkable tripel out there.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque brown/orange color with a 2.5 finger fluffy cream colored head. Some of the head remains on top until the end and moderate to thick lacing remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is yeasty and fruity, maybe some apples and pears. There is also a very sweet, bubble gum like smell.

The taste is kind of earthy but bland. There is some tartness on the front end and some type of metallic taste, though not very strong, on the back end. There is also a sugary sweetness throughout. There is some bitterness and dryness left in the mouth after swallowing. The alcohol is well masked. At 10% ABV I can't say that I detect any alcohol taste.

The feel is smooth but chewy. Dry on the back end.

This is an interesting Triple. It is less clean and crisp than other triples and more funky and yeasty. I don't love it but I don't hate it; I will probably try it again.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and medium gold, with a sparkly white head whose bubbles burst and pop on top of an otherwise creamy surface. Leaves a long trail of Belgian lace along the glass.

Smell: Smells of champagne. Apples, pears, honey, and soft spices. To be honest, if someone had blindfolded me, I may not have known I was smelling a beer! The scent was delectable, but disappointed the beer lover in me (and that's a large part!) by its lack of malt and hop aromas.

Taste: Similar to the bouquet, the taste is reminiscent of champagne. There is a hint of honey-drizzled apricot and clean, pale malt...although altogether, the malt complexity is lacking. A medium-high bitterness can be tasted throughout, and creates a very dry finish that seems to almost swallow up some of the flavor, like the spiciness that was more present on the nose, for instance. Overall, delicious, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation adds to the dryness. The body is medium, and soft alcohol warming is present.

Overall: A very good, yet atypical Triple. It makes up for its lack of malty, hoppy, and spicy flavors with a bright, bold, and fruity character which, when combined with an overt dryness, creates something that walks the line between special and strange. As a fan of many strange things, I'll be having it again.

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Photo of whiterabbit
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A -Clear, orange color, looks more like an IPA than a Tripel in my opinion, but an inviting look none the less

S - Granny Smith apple immediately comes to mind. Belgian yeast aroma very noticeable

T - Alcohol. Leaves a flat light metallic taste, I do not get much more than that. I keep waiting for more flavors to develop. No deal.

M - Medium bodied, but now the medicinal alcohol taste getting to be a bit much. let it sit, let it warm, and no better.

O - I do not care for it. I do not get much flavor at all, no depth, just a boozy warmth, and I want more. May be blasphemy on BA, but I have had much better from Belgium, New York, Canada, and yes, Pennsylvania. Always glad I tried, but this is a one and done for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Actually looks good a touch dark for a triple more orange but a 1/4 inch of creamy head is pretty sweet looking.
S - Mostly sugary with slight sour apple and cotton candy. No noticeable ABV which is nice.
T - Well I have to say for such a high octane it drinks pretty smooth. Has a bit of bite with little spice but just smooth malts and a pucker of apple. Finish is sugary and smooth.
M - High octane but drinks with a medium body.

Overall I liked this over say "Golden Monkey" from Victory but that's not saying much since I don't dabble with the style that often. Still from the makers of Duvel it's pretty smooth. Not worth picking up again though since it had a massive 5 dollar price tag.

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Photo of teromous
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The body is a dark shade of orange and very opaque. The head is rocky and white, leaving some spotted lacing. It's much darker than most other tripels. Head retention is also noticeably low after pouring.

S: It smells like applesauce. There is some floral esters in the background as well. It smells pretty good, especially if you like applesauce.

T: Lots of alcohol flavor with a hint of wood on the sides. It's not that great tasting. There isn't much actual flavor to the beer aside the pure alcohol flavor that has taken over. There's a hint of apple-like flavor but it's nowhere near what I got from the smell.

M: The mouthfeel is very light and effervescent. It's very well carbonated. Drinkability is very low. While the beer feels very light in the mouth, it is an alcohol bomb.

O: Overall I was not a fan of this tripel. I felt that it didn't have much flavor to back up the huge alcohol presence. There wasn't any particular part of the beer that I found impressive. The fortunate side-effect of drinking this beer, is that it's 10% ABV. If you're looking to get smashed then this is your beer.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.