Maredsous 10 - Triple | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Maredsous 10 - TripleMaredsous 10 - Triple

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of flannelman808
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber in color topped with a slightly off white head. This one has a true Bruxelles lacing. Foam clings all over the glass... looks like the california coast during a huge swell... rolling foam as far as the eye can see.

S: a little flat on the nose just a hint of a mineral like quality as well as a banana nut bread aroma?

T: A bit metallic which some fruity esters (lemon banana cream) up front quickly followed by a sharp bitterness. Warming alcohol is balanced somewhat with carbonation however overall the flavors which come out are perhaps not all working together. Maybe its just not my taste.

M: sticky yet carbonic

D: medium

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a ruddy, deep golden tone with just shy of two fingers' head; solid retention and pretty respectable lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of spices, sweet malts, fruits - notably citrus with some distinct lemon zest - belgian yeast, alcohol, banana, and clove.

nose translates well to the flavor. has a candied sugar-like sweetness that threatens to push it into the realm of the too sweet, but doesn't quite. some floral notes evident, maybe a touch of pepper. also has a bit of an astringent quality to it, but otherwise is a tasty tripel.

medium plus body with average carbonation. middling drinkability: i'm thinking i will not be averse to another, but i won't be pining for one either.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a two finger with a might roll. An amber body shows a slight red hue in the light. The head holds quite nicely and is slightly off white in color. Rings of lace are left after each deep sip.
S: A strong boozy note is found at first, but after that a smooth spice is shown. A bit unbalanced on the aroma, not much complexities going on. Layered, but does not flow like the rest of the brew.
T/M: At first, the sip brings a smooth light body with an explosion of carbonation. The body is medium in thickness, but holds a strong punch on the way down and expresses a strong note of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and glassy, but I find it to be a good interpretation of the style. Notes of pine and other spices are on the finish, with a nice hop undertone.
D: Great to try, but I do not think that this will be the one that will have me running back for more. I could drink a session of 10%+ brews, but this one does not hide it as well as others.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz pour into a Unibroue 'Maudite' Tulip. From notes.

A - Pours a copper to rust with perfect 1.5 fingers head. Very nice continuous lacing with small bubbles which last through the review.

S - Obvious belgian yeast, mixed spices, alcohol, and very slight citrus (kinda like a granny smith apple).

T - Strong yeast and alcohol, cloves, spice and some bready malt flavor.

M - Dry but crisp with some hop bitterness. Some tackiness remained at back of throat.

D - A good, standard Belgian. Great relaxation beer.

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Photo of dstc
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a decent head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Average lacing.

Aroma is of the Belgian yeast you'd expect in a Triple. Bit fruity and there is something else in there, musty almost.

Fairly decent taste. Yeast gives it a nice flavor and alcohol is warming and drying but it just seems to miss a little.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a bit of a bite.

Not bad but there are many better. While this is a decent Triple there is something just a bit off about it.

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Photo of BobZ
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Relatively cloudy, dark yellow falling just short of orange in color. A nice ½" head builds recedes to a 1/4" and hangs around. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet almost fruity, phenols come on strong but there are hints of spice.

Taste: Fits the basic tripel profile sweet up front, but this slightly fruity sweetness quickly disappears into a very dry slightly bitter finish. The phenolic tastes seem to dominate.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, generally smooth but again the phenolic characteristics have a negative impact on the smoothness. Almost astringent.

Drinkability: Decent beer and reasonably sessionable.

Not a bad example of the style but not one of the better ones either.

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Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet on the nose...fruity with loads of cloves and spiciness. Rich. Smelled it immediately when I took the cap off.

Right away, a big note of fruit sweetness hits the tongue, giving a nice, sweet start. This gives away to a yeasty sensation mixed with somewhat subdued cloves (compared to what was expected on the nose). There's a noticeable bitterness on the backend that dances on the tongue that contributes to its pretty dry finish, along with some alcohol to finish it off. With a 10 percent ABV, completely hiding the alcohol probably isn't an option.

This is a tasty tripel. It's one of my favorite styles, and this does things pretty well. It doesn't overdo the sweetness, which is a plus. More spiciness would have been welcomed. The ABV is pretty high though, and would prevent me from drinking more than one. Definitely not for lightweights.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only could find a tumbler glass. Poured from a bomber bottle.

A: "Dirty" amber with minimal head. Opaque.

S: Hops and apples, slight pears, and other fruits

T: Hops and spices like nutmeg or other fall/winter type additions to the flavor.

M: Harsh initially but smoothes out into an ok bitterness. Alcohol is hidden. As jdnovato puts it, I did not really like the aftertaste so I'd probably not rate the mouth-feel very high

D: Drinkable although not in the top range of my tripels?

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Rochefort glass.

A: A glowing, golden colour that in retrospect looks like fresh apple juice. The body is oddly opaque for a beer that emits so much light. Head is present, scattering into pure white clumps of bubbles.

S: This beer smells remarkably light cough syrup; it's uncanny. Fortunately there is a distant sharpness that cuts through the syrupy scents.

T: Fantastic! The cough syrupyness was evidently red apple. (I noticed a lot of green apple in the Maredsous dubbel; evidently this is a characteristic fruit.) The foretaste is sparkling and clean, the middletaste fruity with a punchiness (perhaps from alcohol). In the aftertaste, the rich, luscious apple lingers for ages amongst spiciness and trace hops. Very, very good!

M: Though carbonation bites briefly, the main taste is sweet, fruity alcohol.

D: Incredibly sweet for a tripel, and not quite to my liking. The 10% can't hide, but all considered this is a fascinating and worthwhile beer. I may not buy one again anytime soon, but I'd leap at the chance to drink one if it were randomly offered.

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Photo of detlefchef
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very foamy with light copper, but clear color.
Candied nose of spun sugar and figs.

Ripe pear and more figs on the palate with a red delicious apple finish. That would include the somewhat bitter apple skin component. Not as bitter, perhaps, as the Westmalle, but just a tad bitter, none the less.

Ripe, rich, and satisfying, if not transcendent.

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Photo of HopJ
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having gone through a number of these as well as having one on tap, I thought I should add a review. Great looking beer. Nice orange tint to it. Great funky musty aromas along with bread and citrus. I really like the crispness of this beer. Nice amount of malt to go with the citrus fruit. This is one extremely drinkable tripel. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a Maredsous goblet. Pours a clear honey tinged gold.

Aroma has slightly more tang than most tripels but sweet as any like candied light fruits.

Most notable aspect of the taste is the finish which hints at a chardonnay. Some may say this balances the upfront mild sweets while others would disagree and say it is excessive. If you like the finish you'll rate this in the A category, if you don't like this finish you'll place it in the B category - this is the defining aspect as everyone will agree the other notes are outstanding.

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Photo of Trapiste389
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, pale beer with very effervescent and active carbonation. The head is quite lovely, whipped cream with plenty of belgian lace that sticks quite nicely to the glass.

Smell: Very grainy with a sweet malty note that gives very little sign of aroma hops. The aroma is a little to malty for my taste but that is just me.

Taste: The first taste sensation is a very sweet malty flavor that fades quickly into a bitterness that is first hoppy and then dominated by alchohol. The finish is long and dry with very little of the herbal complexity that you get from other tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very satisfying but a little too heavy for a tripel.

Drinkability/Notes: this is a tasty albeit not perfect tripel. It is definitely not my favorite, bt it is a drinkable, and pleasant beer. It would be a good introduction to tripels, but I definitely suggest moving on to Orval for a more complex, and idiosyncratic example of the style.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, marked as best before 05 2011.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy light golden head, I generally like tripels to be a bit more clear but at least there isn't a bunch of sediment in it. Nose is sweet candy, bready and yeasty, fruity, and a bit of alcohol.

Right off, I get a bit of iron on the taste, but then I get an awesome full mouthfeel with high carbonation, and a slightly hot buy dry finish. Theres some sweet rich malt, but this isn't a very complex beer - It's decent but I'd preer regular Duvel over this if I'm staying with this brand, or I'd get Westmalle tripel if I still wanted a tripel.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another liter of Belgian ale...'tis the season, I guess...Might be another for the "WOW!" files, too...let's see, shall we?? Head pours meringue smooth and peaked, at least two inches and slowly dissapates. Huge, slightly-metallic aroma. Some raisins, some definite hop character to it. Color is a clear, brilliant amber. Flavor is really carbonated and bright. Very robust hop character and the yeast is very forward. More hops than I expected, actually. Some alcohol flavors in this 10% ABV brew. Has its complexities, but not as "WOW!" as I hoped. Finish is long and carries some of the good hop bitterness. This is just a step below a World-class ale, but is still a tad on the expensive side at $10.40/pint + 9.4 oz. Not in the same class as yesterday's drink of St. Bernardus ABT 12 (A truly World-Class ale)...but very good and worth drinking.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my go-to beers. I really like both the 8 and 10. Haven't tried the 6.

A: Slightly reddish, cloudy amber with a thick, robust, long lasting head. Head slowly gives way, leaving a heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Gentle hops smell with some spice - mild smell, nothing too strong.

T: Nicely bitter hops lead, finishing somewhat sweet. Not strongly bitter. 10% alchohol apparent, but not distracting.

M: Crisp, highly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable with nothing overpowering. Great hoppy, well balanced beer.

and at the end of the bottle, I can feel the 10%!

Edit: Lowered drinkability to a 4 after another bottle. Alcohol more apparent/distracting than I had first noticed.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - Pours a different amber colour with a large bubbled white head that dies quite quick.

S - Plenty of yeast and spicey fruit.

T - A little malty with plenty off sweet spicey fruit and yeast.

M - Medium body with well balcaed medium carbonation.

D - Albeit usual this is a very solid Tripel and I really recommend it.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in the 11.2 bottle and poured it into a Chimay goblet.

It had a deep straw color with medium sized bubbles producing a nice layer of head that did not dissipate.

S: The smell of alcohol probably masked most of what this beer has to offer. Hops and straw did cut through but had trouble competing with the alcohol.

T: The taste of the 10% alcohol took over and for me dominated the bitter hops and grain.

D: It was easy to drink if you don't mind the pronounced taste of alcohol. This one took me a while.

More then likely I would not buy this again unless it was on sale. There are better Belgian tripel beers out there. It was okay

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours goldy amber with a loose white head that puckers and trails. Nose white pepper, hints of yeast and pear, phenols and a whack of booze. Carmelized candy sugar and mango malts with a bit of apple juice tartness, then cardamon notes. Tight leaf and spice hops linger. Medium and hot.

Not enough zest to be a fave - and it burns too much - but things doing nonetheless.

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Photo of blackc5
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle at 50F into a tulip.

A - Deep amber in color, ever so slightly hazy. Exceptional egg white head that really lasts, starting with the finest of bubbles and expanding as it contracts. Good lacing.

S - Grain, spice, sweetness and Belgian yeast. Typical of the style I would say...

T - First to hit the palate is the spiciness, followed by the bite of grain alcohol. Some fruit and a bit of citrus also - fairly well hopped it seems. Quite sweet, but finishes with some medicinal bitter. Belgian yeast adds to the breadiness, but I also detect a slightly metallic flavor as well. A bit rough around the edges for sure.

M - Medium bodied and in carbonation. Robust and boozy on the tongue.

D - Not the best example in terms of flavor or smoothness, I was left wanting a bit more from this one. Sipping one of these was more than enough...

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Photo of berley31
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, long-lasting white head that left nice Belgian lace on the glass. Body is a dark orange color... maybe a bit dark for the style.

S: Pleasant aroma of some graininess, and lots of citrus fruit. Slight spicy notes as well. Low alcohol aroma.

T: Extremely enjoyable flavor... this is a very well-balanced tasting Tripel. The spiciness and fruitiness go together perfectly, while a slight alcohol warmth lets you know not to drink this too fast. Very smooth for such a strong beer.

M: Medium-light body, a touch of alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Highly carbonated and effervescent.

D: I thought this was a really good Tripel... the only place it comes a little short is in the appearance, due to the darker color that borders on the high end of the style limits.

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Photo of emsroth
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Amsterdam ale house in nyc

App-standard golden with no head. This is a result of a bad pour. Cute as hell 'tender-the reason I went-but no beer skill.

Smell-honey and wine, red wine, but the same aroma held by all wines.

Taste-wonderfully dry. If you like dry Belgians/tripels this is your brew. Slight Fruity tartness in middle. End with sweet grain malt and STRONG alcohol. Too much alcohol flavor and evaporation, almost like a liquor.

Surprisingly medium body. Small tight, light carbonation.

Not a bad beer (despite the rating), just a sub par tripel

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Photo of appenzeller
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Grimbergen goblet. Pours a creamy white head and light amber. Aroma is spicy, cinnamon, white pepper. The high ABV is notable up front but in a pleasant warming way, like a fine brandy. There is a notable underlying taste of malts, primarily bready. At 10% a couple of these will make for a night, this is a fine trippel.

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Photo of explorer83
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maredsous 10 - Triple

It was poured into a Delirium tremens glass from a 750ml bottle.

The head formed into a beautiful creamy white but fades fairly quickly. Sweet and spicy notes waft from the glass as the vibrant carbonation erupts. There is a steady stream of fine bubbles that continuously stream from the center of the Belgian-style glass. It serves to clear the head and leave a doughnut of bubbles on the surface. The 10% alcohol is fairly evident on the tip of the tongue and warms the mouth after swallowing. This trait would likely diminish with a little cellaring. I'm sure the many competing flavors would be well served by a year or so together. Very drinkable despite it's heft.

You can see a video of the lively bubbling that seemed never ending.

A lovely beer that I will add to the cellar very soon. It will seem like much more than an $8 beer with a little time to mature.

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Photo of jlandis
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

A - Crystal clear copper with 2cm white head with tiny bubbles of carbonation running up the side of the glass

S - Tart and Crisp (almost like a dry champagne)

T - Very tart and bitter. Astringent with a strong warming alcohol presence

M - Slightly harsh and dry with ample carbonation

D - This was out of a 750ml bottle, and I now wish I would have picked up the 11.2oz bottle instead. It was a little more astringent that I would have liked - not terrible, but I really wasn't into drinking the second glass.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,580 ratings.
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