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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Photo of appenzeller
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -2%
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 -25.8%
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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Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker than most triples, looks like the crystal malt made it in there. Lot's of carbonation and big rocky head on pour. Head dropped slowly and remained covering the top throughout and left some good lacing.

S - Spicy nose, almost smells like it was dry hopped a bit. Belgian yeast and some alcohol. Not much malt coming through.

T - Like the smell the spiciness comes through quickly along with a little hot alcohol. I can only assume they used a bit more hops than a traditional tripel, some of that spice has to be coming from them. More complexity in the malt than in most, a little caramel sweetness but not unpleasant at all.

M - Crisp and dry, warming from the alcohol, tingle from the carbonation.

D - Enjoyable, crisp, but a bit more complex than your traditional tripel.

This one almost seems in between styles to me, more of a Belgian Pale or even IPA. Seemed more highly hopped than your standard tripel, although not that bitter but lots of hop flavor and aroma...although maybe they just used a good deal of spices. Interesting beer.

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

I had at a beer tasting out of a bottle.
A-- It's light gold in color with great head and lace. Foamy white.
S-- Has a paint thinner bold scent.
T-- It has a nice celery taste to it. Smooth with a pleasant biting after taste. Mild, but there's definitely a mild alcohol undertone to it.

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

from 11.2 oz bottle it poured a beautiful light orange color with a nice 2 finger head that stayed around perfectly..this looks like an ipa color ...smell is fruits ,spice sweet malts ..taste is spice and fruit first with some citrus peel and clove or coriander..i taste some musty grassy tastes with a slight alcohol burn..the mouth feel is medium strong side with a little bitterness..overall this is a solid good tripel in all categories except drink ability it would be hard to to drink several of these but on taste alone it is good.... i will say i liked #6 better

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this one on 5/20/10... new bottle labeling as a Maredsous Tripel instead of Maredsous 10.

Had this one in the 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. (Same as before...)

A deep orange color, very cloudy, nice head that lingered thanks to good carbonation. There is a definite hint of fruit in the aroma but some nuttiness as well. The beer hits with a strong taste and the nuttiness of the aroma without ignoring the fruit, and also with a hint at the malt. (I think it looks even better this time around... the malt is definitely more than a hint of the aroma as well. Caramel presence this time...)

If there was one other flavor that I would most associate this beer with, it would be dried banana chips. And that's not a bad thing at all! (Tastes a little darker, more like raisins than bananas this time around... still delicious.)

A very robust, tasty beer... not my favorite tripel, but one I'd recommend for sure.

I'm still sold on this one as a very solid tripel that I can get locally.

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Photo of ksimons
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-an orange brown hue with some foamy white head that disappears quickly to leave just a bit of covering around the top

S-sweet and fruity, malty, and boozy

T-sweet and malty, but has an underlying harsh bitterness to it. I agree with some of the other reviews that this beer might be best with food.

M-medium body and carbonation with some alcohol warming

D-very easy to drink even with the 10 ABV, the bitterness threw me for a bit and is a bit much at times. Not as good as other triples I've had

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Photo of Hunter
2.22/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: amber brew, moderately carbonated, tan head of fairly dense bubbles

smell: notes of hay, malt

taste: surprisingly bland. not at all what I'd expect from a triple. notes of candi sugar and alcoholic heat and spice are there, but muted

mouthfeel: typical to the style, light and scouring on the tongue

drinkability: given that Chimay's triple is my all-time favorite beer, I expected a lot from this beer and it failed to live up to that. At $10 a bottle I will definitely save my pennies for Chimay instead of this.

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is is fruity with apple scents and some spice

T - Follows the nose lots of apple flavors with some spice and alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers thats perfect after a long day that you can sit back relax and sip on its enjoyable with its taste and pretty easy to drink worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of hoplover82
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear rich golden color with notes of amber. It has a medium creamy very persistant head that leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is a balance between cloves and bannana and pears. And after a swirl in the glass, there comes through a bright but mild floral hoppy aroma. Very nice indeed.

Then in the flavor is much cloves which I don't really like so much. It's the turnoff for me in belgium beers. But it's not bad though because it still has the pears and some mild floral hops to keep it from being a bad taste. And I get none of the typical chalky taste in this beer. Not bad, just a little too much cloviness and a very hefty hop bittereness too.

This beer has a full very slick feel with a dry finish.

It's pretty drinkable I'd say. I just might get some more of this for a tasting or something.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of a cute little bottle a hazy peach color with a small bubbled ivory head and not really too great of retention, but I will overlook that due to the higher abv.

Yeasty...very much so. Cakey sweet, orchard fruits, peppery spice and some honey.

The taste is sweet, not cloying though. Alcohol is well hidden and peeks it's head out slightly as it warms. Yeast and fruit esters (a lot of apple). Notes of honey and lemon pepper and a light dosing of hopage make this one of the best tasting tripels I've had to date.

Creamy texture, medium bodied and carbonation to spare. exceptional!

This is one easy drinking tripel. 10%?? no way! dangerously tasty with an amazing mouthfeel.

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

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Light amber colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of bubbly head that disappeared right away.

S - Sweet caramel malts, fruit and grain.

T - Slightly bitter. The alcohol hits you up front but is a little more subdued as I take a few sips. Grainy malt taste is predominant in the palate with some fruit and caramel.

M - Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated.

D - Although the alcohol taste becames more subdued as I continued to drink this, it is still present throughout. A decent beer, but not one I would buy again.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear golden orange in color with a thick, creamy white head. There is a high level of carbonation.
S: There of aromas of alcohol, candi sugar, floral hops, light fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is somewhat sweet and contains a well-balanced mix of many of the flavors that were evident in the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and there is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well masked but you'll probably have to sip this one or it will catch up to you. It's sweeter than most tripels and therefore is easier to drink.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with medium ilght brown head. Lots of small carbonation rising. Very nice looking.

Aroma of yeast, fruit, spices.

Taste is of apricots, peach, citrus, apples and grass. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Not typical for the style, but very nice. Drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had just a short one at M'Couls in Greensboro, NC to try this serious brew and it shows a light amber color with a fair white head and just a hint of lacing. I sniff a skunky aroma, perhaps a light citrus hop note hiding in there but nothing too much else. The tastebuds pick up a dry hop skunk bread which is nice enough but boy this is pretty syrupy, heavy duty stuff with a notable alcohol presence. This isn't exactly my favorite style to begin with and this is just too seriously sweet and intense to thoroughly enjoy. Not very drinkable in my book.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maredsous 10 Tripel. 11.2 oz. 10% ABV.

A mixture between sunset orange and a deep honey golden. The head is about 1" and foamy, and light steams of bubbles launch from the bottom. Leaves some thin lacing spattered around the circumference of the glass. Nothing unusual, until you notice wisps of what appears to be smoke suspended in the liquid. No doubt they were caused by the agitation, but still, very cool.

Grainy yeast and light fruits -- orange, dried pineapple, and peach mostly. Pleasant. Not amazing.

All the flavors hit the palate at once -- astringent, bitter, grainy, and full of alcoholic gusto. A nutty yeast and very peppery alcohol deliver a lingering medicinal flavor and some warming at the finish. The taste is pretty harsh, offering a brute force approach to delivering flavor. Ultimately disappointing, but not a deal breaker if paired with hearty rustic fare (chicken pot pie comes to mind). I would discourage myself from drinking this alone.

Medium-bodied, but quick creamy. It's smoothness is complemented by a touch of prickly carbonation.

Drink with hardy rustic food, not alone. The harsh, alcoholic bite does not befit a Tripel like this. While its creamy texture is appropriate to the style, the biting alcoholic taste is out of place, even sloppy. Unfortunately, Maredsous 10 doesn't come together well in the end. The lack of "layers" of flavor and the harsh, alcoholic taste are its downfalls.

Forgo this in favor of either St. Bernardus Tripel, Chimay "Cinq Cents," or Westmalle Tripel (in that order). I was disappointed particularly because Maredsous Blonde (6) had wowed me with its complex but mellow flavors. Given that Duvel owns the rights to Maredsous, it's a surprise they couldn't produce a more balanced Tripel.

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

A malty nose that evokes a lot of other grains, supplemented by a warm mouth where there is plenty to eat without becoming cloying than it. It also feels a touch alcoholic and many hops will give the beer flavor cereal that will spread throughout the mouth. The finish is in the same direction, midway between aromatic hops and alcohol presence. One good Tripel.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.32/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

New at the SAQ. Nice 750ml bottle.

A- Very nice copper liquid. Carbonation looks very active. Very thick, very airy, almost perfectly white head. Lacing is all over and sticks to the receding head.

S- Sour apple vinegar and strong alcohol, Very strong alcohol. A bit of a cookie smell. The head: bit musty and fart like. The liquid once at room temp: Slightly infected dried fruit. Not really foul, just not very good.

T- Wow alcohol is very strong. Like the smell. Really not as good as I though it would be. Water+Rubbing Alcohol+Belgian Tripel Flavouring. A bit of nectar soda and apple sauce. Gets more and more bitter as it warms.

M- High carbonation. Fairly dry. With the appearance this is probably the most appealing part of this beer. I consider the body low especially considering the amount of carbonation.

D- Not very good. Not much else to say as my review explains why.

Well I'm drunk now. Not satisfied though. This might sound like a stretch but this feels like a Macro take on a Tripel. With the way things are going, shouldn't take too long for one of the big guys too try.

I will try it again if I manage to find one in another SAQ to make sure this wasn't a bad bottle.

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Photo of crhensel
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle into tulip - sampled 3/13/10) I am in love!! Pours a beautiful dark orange with a one and a half finger head that stuck around for most of the glass leaving some beautiful lacing on the way. The nose is what you expect from most abbeys -- orange, banana, coriander, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to also find a nice strong sweetness there brought out by some honey and toffee. The taste does not disappoint either! There is truth in the advertising the aromas made and the spice or the coriander and some pepper is balanced delightfully by the honey-like sweetness. This is the aftertaste that lingers and beckons that next sip! An exquisite example of the style with a delightful variation on the norm.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Maredsous Tripel appears a deep gold color. The head is white, and although most of it dissipated quickly what was left had great cling to the glass.

Its smell is soft and sweet, with notes of bubble gum and bananas.

The taste was extremely complex as expected from this style. Flavors start of with sweetness similar to the nose, on the mid palate it quickly has spicy notes. The finish is the most complex with roasted/sweet combos similar to caramel.

Its mouthfeel is medium, which is suprising by looking at its color.

Overall, I think Maredsous Tripel is a great version of the style. Although it could be a little less harsh, it is definitely worth a try considering it is a legitimate version of the style.

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

Pours a hazy, orange/gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of great yeast, strong sweet malt, slight citrus (lemon), a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight dry hop, sweet malt, and slight citrus (lemon). Overall, good body, aroma, and blend.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance is a Clear, dark golden colour with a huge, billowy off-white head on top, strong retention.

Smell is of black pepper, bread loaf with a sweet malt.

Taste is of baked bread, some citrus, hops and spice (cloves, black pepper

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation, the pepper kick is very strong though, this lingers at the back of the throat, the booziness of this beer is not masked well at all.

Drinkability - one twelve ounce serving from the 750ML was enough as the peppery profile and the booziness of the beer was almost overpowering. Not a bad beverage, but I've had what I thought were better representations of this style.

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Photo of DanOLeary
2.12/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Aroma: The first scent off the beer is a quick lick of orange peel and dark candy sugar. There is a continual underlying smell of cardboard from some oxidization. It isn't very strong, but certainly noticeable and doesn't appear to 'blow off' in time. Other aromatics suggest caramel and light fruit.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear caramel to amber color with a rich and creamy white head. The beer displays excellent head retention and a nice lacing along the glass. Strong and lively carbonation bubbles race to the top of this beer, sustaining the head nicely.

Flavor: First to hit the tongue is a vinous alcohol character that is quickly followed by a wet paper oxidized flavor. Some subtle notes of raisin and caramel, though these only last for a moment through the middle before the alcohol takes over again. The malt fades to the back as the alcohol heats up through the finish, leaving the beer rather hot and dry. If you look for it you can find some light candy sweetness trying to work it's way into the mix, but the oxidation and alcohol dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation. Strong alcoholic warmth and heat create a drying and almost puckering effect on the palate. Carbonation is lively on the tongue, which contributes to the body, though overall the malt character does not hold up well. The beer finishes quite dry and hot at the back of the throat.

Overall: Regretfully this beer comes off quite unbalanced, with heavy emphasis toward the 10% alcohol. Despite the fact that the bottle says the beer should be good until 2012, I'd say it's well past it's prime in the first part of 2010. This beer may have been mishandled somewhere along the way. Somehow oxidization got a hold of this brew taking away all but subtle hints of pleasing Belgian aroma and flavor. I'll probably shy away from this in the future, though I am curious to try another perhaps fresher example.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light amber with an orange hue. Thin, white head that remains.
Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon on the nose. Some fresh malts as well.
Taste is spicy malts on the front, with the spice lingering through the finish. Orange and other citrus tones. Faint pumpkin as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated. Medium-light body.
Good drinkability. Alcohol is well-hidden.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,608 ratings