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Maredsous 10 - Triple - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Photo of BeerBoss
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 750ml bottle into a chalice/tulip glass.

A: A hazy deeb amber/ red color with a frothy head and noticable setement.

S: A floral, sweet aromoa with hints of honey. Very plesant.

T: A bitter sweet front with a continuing sweet middle and a bitter finish.

M: Buttery and smooth.

O: An overall good bear. The sweet notes are very pleasant and the high alcohol content is barley noticable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effectively clear, amber-orange body with a foaming, off-white head. Thin smattering of lace.

Smell: Sweetish nose crumpled with rock candy crumbs, pear-flavored liqueur, half-cracked pepper, coriander, and with an aromatic backdrop of solventy fusel alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, candy-encrusted pale malts along with a fruity, spicy taste of lightly tart pear upside-down spice cake featuring Bartletts. Grows a bit more peppery, hinting at bitter herbs as some medicinal alcohol leeches in. Faintly cellar-like yeastiness. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with a firmly warming embrace of alcohol to cut the sweetness, as does the carbonation prickliness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus, energetic carbonation.

Overall: Maredsous 10 may leave you Maredsoused! Pushes the limit for me with alcohol, but fairly good in spite of it.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the special bottle selection at my local bar. I typically don't order bottles when i'm at a good draft house but it was on special and I'd never had it before.

The appearance was typical of the style, light straw, cloudy with an active, fluffy head that left a lot of lacing.

Aroma had a nice combination of esther, sweetness and alcohol.

The flavor was a little on the sweet side but not too much to be cloying. Very good balance of fruit, malt, and alcohol.

A good tripel, which of course was no surprise. The only surprising thing was that I'd never had it before.

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

Appearance: Amber, fluffy head.

Smell: Grapes, booze, spices.

Taste: Sweet, grapes, boozy, artificially flavored fruit candy.

Drinkability: Good enough, not too expensive.

Had a single as a gift. I'm not a big fan of grape notes in beer as they remind me too much of high gravity malt liquors, but they are not too prominent here. This was a sweet tripel, not a whole lot of spicing in the taste. Worth a try.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this beer to my brother-in-law for Easter. I am the best Easter Bunny ever.

The beer poured a golden wheat color with a generous white head.

The aroma was candy-like with a hint of bubble gum.

The initial taste was very sweet. Perhaps a very slight hint of cloves.

In the middle, this beer is exceptionally light, but fulfilling. The sweet candy taste remains throughout.

The finish is extremely crisp and clean. There is a hint of lemon.

Overall, this is a great beer. Like many triple's, you can taste and smell the alcohol throughout. However, the alcohol is not so strong as to interfere with the taste of the beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys a good Belgian.

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maredsous 10 pours an interesting looking red tinged amber. It appears to be lighter amber around the edges with the reddish hue only in the center. The head is nice and frothy with great staying power and equally great lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly muted. The first thing that hit my nose was a bit of hot, vinous character. The following sniffs yielded plenty of apple, grape and pear aromas, as well as a bit of spicy Belgian yeast.

The flavor was a bit more tripel like, but it still had that interesting wine like character from the aroma. Plenty of apple and pear notes, fresh fruitiness, spicy clove and a bit of funky earthiness were all present. This is one of the more boozy tripels that I have had to date.

The mouthfeel is medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation. The lively bubbles make the flavors bounce around my palate and feel sharp on my tongue. I really could have done without so much CO2, but I suppose it’s not out of step for the style. The finish is fairly dry and sharp with a definite spice flavor left in my mouth.

This is a pretty interesting beer and I am a bit torn about how to rate it. On one hand, it seems quite hot and I am not a huge fan of the flavors. On the other hand, it is very unique and I find the wine like character to be quite interesting. Also, it is packed with flavor and quite invigorating to drink. I guess I would just have to say that if you are looking for a tripel that has something a bit different to offer, you might go for one of these.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light honey color, perfectly translucent. Pour gave 3 fingers worth of cream white head. Head is soapy. Retention is pretty good and lacing is also good.

S: Lots of green grape juice. A little bit of white wine. There are green apples, fresh mint, green bananas. For the spices, there are nutmeg, cloves and a little bit of cinnamon. Not super strong.

T: First impression, pretty dry, very wine like. Definitive wood-like tannins. Honey, spiced bread that I didn't get in the smell. But honestly, it is very much focues on the green apples, fresh mint, green bananas and green grape juice. Still, a good amount of spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. A bit of pucker, a little bit like a sour.

M: Very dry in the mouth. Medium feeling with medium to heavy carbonation. Not your typical Belgian feel.

O: It's pretty good. Very drinkable. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Very white wine like.

Photo of Evoeater
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the small 12 Oz bottle into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - Looks great. Soft two finger head. Leaves good head residue as it goes down. Nice deep orange color.

S - Sweet almost strawberry smell mixed with the Belgium yeasts.

T - Starts with a sweetness, but ends a little too sour for my liking. Lost of yeast flavor, even though I made sure not to pour the bottom. Not sure what it is, but the flavor is kind of disappointing.

M - Very smooth with a little hops bite. A great middle of the road carbonation.

O - Looks delicious, but doesn't quite live up to the look for me. Glad I tried it, but probably won't be getting again soon.

Photo of katybee
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian beers seem to share fruity undertones. But this sweet tripel had none of the sourness of others. Poured from the bottle it frothed into a beautiful 1" head, which left a lovely skim of bubbles and lacing above it's clear amber color, and which still recovered in the glass after several minutes. It smelled for all the world like apple cider, but with no sourness or brown funkiness, nor discernable hops. Tasted sweet, and greenapple tart. Again, no sourness, no banana esthers and no residual aftertaste... but definitely fruity, perhaps like a hard clean apple cider, with the bready malty base. Still light-medium bodied, and smooth but not "creamy" like a cream stout, more "sudsy" with the long-lasting foaminess.

A nice change of pace from recent disappointments; this was definitely an enjoyable experience to sample. Excellent post-meal nightcap.

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

Purchased a bottle at Whole Foods for $3.99. Poured into my Maredsous stemmed chalice. Huge creamy white head is what grabbed me at first. Second, the color is much more orange than most tripels, which tend to be on the blonde side. Nice amount of carbonation and lacing. Smell was yeasty and sweet. Flavor was fruity, sugary, and doughy. Mouthfeel was good, but not as potent as I was expecting from a 10% tripel. I thought this was a very good treat for Belgian fans, but the alcohol was not really present and the color threw me off. A nice version of the style but it could get lost in the world of better Belgian examples.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz. shortie style brown glass bottle.

A: Pours a nice deep amber honey color. Huge head with a decent lacing.

S: Smells of banana esters, cakebread and hay.

T: Pleasant soft taste of vanilla, banana and sweet malts on the front. Very kind on the pallete with little bitterness from the hops. Middle is marked by cheesy/woody notes common to Belgian pale strong ales. Reminds me of a good hearty emmentaller swiss cheese. Warming due to the alcohol content but alcohol is easily and well masked.

M: Soft and smooth on the tongue with only slight carbonation. A very easy and tasty drinker.

O: Excellent trappist/abby style brew. Definitely worth drinking any time of the year.

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

Even before I had a chance to take a look at this beer in its chalice, I caught a strong waft of alcohol. It definitely looks tasty, with a very light head, a beautiful golden colour that's only slightly cloudy, with perhaps an abnormal amount of carbonation.

Like I said, the alcohol is pretty much all I smell in this beer save a note bready malt. Its above average, but not by much.

The taste is OK, but it seems to be missing something. Its easy to tell how much alcohol is there for sure. Lots of malt character, and the belgian yeast shines through.

This Triple is relatively dry and has lots of carbonation, which makes for a good mouthfeel. Overall, however, I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of this beer. Maybe I'll buy one again if nothing better is available.

Photo of coalcracker
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fairly cloudy orangish-gold with pretty good head retention.
Smell: First whiff is alcoholic, almost a little astringent (a bit like paint thinner).Otherwise, you can detect a fruity, yeasty, sweet aroma.
Taste: Quick and sharp build to a boisterous burst of fruit, esters, and alcohol. Not much build-up! Malts are a bit husky with a touch of caramel present. Alcohol presence is big, warm, and not well-hidden. Finish is dry and a bit astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with never-ending alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: Not so much. Not bad by any means, but a very loud and in-your-face tripel.

Overall- HOT! is the operative word. The typical cast of tripel characteristics are here; they just fly and buzz by you in a rocket. Not bad- just a little ass-kick by the abbey-folk .

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Guinness pint glass in Galway, Ireland.

A: Hazy gold colour. Thick creamy head of excellent retention. Four fingers.

Sm: Barely detectable barley plus a little yeast.

T: Hops, malt, alcohol. The malt comprises much of the body. Strangely yeasty finish.

Mf: Nicely coarse. Chewy but nice.

Dr: High ABV is well hidden. Actually a bit lacking for a Belgian abbey beer.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The cork flies! wonderful, pours out amber honey with an almost white head of three fingers, champagne bubbling from the bottom of my tulip...

Smells of wet strawberry, and sour candy, belgian abbey smells and big sugar

Hmmm, again the strawberry, good, a thick brown molasses and malts, some mild hops and alcohol. A good warming flavor that opens towards room temp, delicious...
Ok I had to come back and edit this. It was delicious but now after half the bomber all I get is booze and an intense mix of sweet/sour

A medium bodied high carbonated drink, I really enjoy the suds approach this brings me. Started off fantastic but really became too much after half the bomber

I would agree that this should be shared with all

Photo of DoSerMaN
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: A dark copper honey color, pours with a nice 2 finger head, and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

S: Honey and vanilla jumps to the nose, with a slightly sour grainy undertone.

T: Sweet and spicy at the same time, it's not what I'd expect from a Triple. Can certainly feel the alcohol warmth, that is accompanied by a Listerine type of astringency.

M: Good carbonation with nice palate clearing abilities.

D: I am very disappointed with this beer and will not buy it again. It is not my type of triple. If it didn't have the astringent taste and mouthfeel it might be decent.

Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, best by 12-8-11. It is now 3-3-11

A: Deep honey in color, with a thin, grainy head, M10 shows great clarity and lacing.

S: Honey and rum are available to the nose, but little else.

T: There are many flavors here that aren't typically associated with the tripel style. I am a strong supporter of stretching style guidelines, but only if it is done so in a tasty manner. Does this achieve this effect? Quite simply, no. More rum, spice, and honey are present in cloying quantities. There is no mingling of these flavors amidst each other, but, rather, each standing in their own respective corners.

M: The light body, great attenuation, and enjoyably effervescent qualities of this brew are all trumped by its repulsive astringency. This texture, astringency that is, has its time and place, and this is certainly not it.

D: Overall, this is a fairly lackluster example of a typically glamorous style. It not only fails to deliver the refreshing-yet-complex spectrum of flavors found in most Tripels, but also is checkered with flaws. This is not at all what I expected from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, the creator of the delicious Duvel. All I can say is that, either the beer needs a facelift, or a serious reduction in price.

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

A-Clear orange with almost no head. Leaves faint, soapy lacing on the glass.

S-Golden raisin, fruity esters.

T/M-Wonderful raisiny sweetness, fruity, earthy sweetness. Prickly carbonation. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.

D-A good example of the style.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a nice three finger egg white head in my Maredsous glass. Lots of carbonation w/ this beer. The smell of this beer is really nice- fruit, spice, alcohol- very zippy smelling. It gets your attention, that's for sure. And then there's the taste- it's big, bold, and in my opinion world class. You definitely taste the alcohol in this beer, but it's not overwhelming to me. It adds to the beer. The fruit and spice mix well w/ the malt and alcohol to create a wonderful experience. Mouthfeel is nice, fairly smooth- but there's a zing at the end and the aftertaste that lingers for a while. Drinkability is good, although at 10% ABV, I'd limit it to two. This beer always seems to have more alcohol in it than advertised, but I guess I'll believe the 10%. Effect-wise, it seems like a 13-14% to me. Anyway, I've had this beer often and it's definitely one of my favorite Tripels. This beer also significantly improves the warmer it gets. It really needs to be only slightly chilled below room temperature to let all the flavors out. Great beer, and I will definitely continue to enjoy it.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark golden orange colour. Tastes of dark fruits with a almost caramal like finish with the breaded malt backbone. Drinks down pretty smooth overall for the high 10% alc. I mostly bought this gift pack for the glass and this beer was decent overall. Tripels usually aren't my thing, but this wasn't a struggle by any means.

Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle "best before is 02/2013, so I assume it was bottled February of 2010? Perhaps earlier?

Beer is amber in colour and begins with a little over a finger of frothy white head which slowly dissipates.

Smells include banana, sweetness, other light fruits. The smell is not as strong as I had expected it would be, but is nice.

The taste is reminiscent of sweet, light fruits- pear, banana, green grapes. A surprisingly bitter and alcohol-strong finish.

Mouthfeel is good- almost too carbonated, but nice and full-bodied.

Drinkability is surprisingly good considering the strength of the beer, although the alcohol taste does keep it down.

All in all, a very nice beer, but certainly not the best tripel out there.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I originally tried this at a Belgian beer and chocolate tasting sponsored by Pizza Plant, Chow Chocolates, and Ommegang (who owns the rights to brew this beer in the states). The 750mL bottle used for sampling poured a tremendous beer that inspired me to grab a 4-pack the next day to write a proper review.

Some of the background I gained from the Ommegang rep is that the trappist monks cannot brew the beer on site at the monastery because of a grade school present (promoting drinking in minors probably not the holiest of activities) and therefore sold the producing rights to Duvel. Ommegang, a local brewery acquired by Duvel, uses this license to brew under the Maredsous name.

Predictably fluffy white head (without spilling over), tremendous carbonation and a rich dark amber that burns red when held to the light. As I remember, this beer looked like other tripels I've had, but one troubling factor when pouring my own bottle is the lack of yeast sediment in the bottom. I generally look forward to the yeast's presence in "bottle fermented" beers, but upon closer observation, I do notice a dense ring stuck on the bottom inside of the bottle.

Pungent boquet of cherry, pear, and liquor. A traditional tripel smell deriving most of its aromatics from the powerful yeasts used in brewing. The 10%abv is also present in the nose, but well masked in the beer's fruit and spice.

Prunes, raisins, and tobacco. Letting the beer warm brings a smooth, dark, caramel sugar followed by a spicy, lingering aftertaste. All of it is well balanced from the initial sip, bringing bold Belgian flavors, to the sip's finish, both smooth and dry. The alcohol really works nicely with this beer in making me thirst for the next sip, however, the bold flavor profile of this beer leaves me satiated from the last. The maredsous 8 was not on the same level of greatness as this beer, this beer provides a lot more depth and winter warming for my palate and my senses.

Rich dried fruits and a lip of chew all in one drink. The lingering aftertaste and dry finish make me wanting to gulp this beer down quickly. The flavors are deep and dark, yet the beer has the consistency of a much lighter ale.

I was able to get a 4-pack for $10.99 at consumers, which is a steal for a beer of this caliber (usually priced around $15-16). I know Belgains fairly well and will continue to explore this beer producing region, this beer adding to my desire. I finished the beer by the end of the review, which is always a god sign in reviewing, and I am looking forward to the 3 bottles left in the pack!


Photo of basica
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange-brown color into my Orval chalice yielding a half-finger thick milky white head with good retention.

S - Nose is a little muted with some tangy, yeasty and fruity notes (3)

T - Sweet, tangy and fruity notes of apricots and peaches upfront with a bready and spicy middle and a finish that was yeasty, fruity and slightly tangy (4)

M - Medium bodie thickness with an above moderate amount of carbonation going down fairly dry and with a creamy smooth texture and some warming (4)

D - Flavors and feel were not bad and the alcohol is well hidden; refreshing and easy drinking but a little too dry; not bad in general as a beer but a pretty average tripel (4)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange color with a brownish tinge. Poured a vigorous 3 finger off-white head with good retention to a thick cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in spots.

S: Yeast esters and roasted bready malt. Citrus and orange. Light hop character.

T: Consistent with the nose. Nice balance of sweet and spice. Warming alcohol in a dry finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth up to the dry hot alcohol in the finish. Good balance though since it ends up clean.

D: Flavorful and balanced. I think I'll end up liking this better than most reviewers...but I really liked it.

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

Just over a finger's worth of fluffy white head sit on top of its clear golden orange body. Only a small amount of carbonation is visible, more than likely explaining why the head receded so quickly.

The nose is underwhelming for a 10% Belgian. Bready Belgian yeast, juicy oranges with hints of lemon peel do decently well at dumbing down the solvent-like alcohol that is made a bit more clear with each big whiff.

Thankfully, the concentrated alcohol character is almost completely subsumed by fresh bready yeast that expands as soon as it hits the tongue. Suggestions of tangerine, oranges, and lemon peel all manage to peak through, but like their Pale Ale, the Belgian yeast and bready malt character are at the forefront throughout.

Medium bodied with a rich and creamy feel that allows it to glide down the throat with only a small kick of alcohol, made most evident in the warming sensation it imparts in the chest. Like the majority of Belgians I've had, this one's quite easy to drink, even with such a high ABV, but doesn't leave me wanting much more.

To date, I haven't had that many Triples, but the ones I have had are staples of the style and much more preferable than this. It's got the trademark Belgian yeast with a pleasant albeit underwhelming fruity character, and disguises its alcohol content well, but nothing jumps out at me with this seemingly plain rendering of the style. I don't see myself buying this in the future, but still look forward to their Dubbel.

Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.