Maredsous 10 - Triple | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Maredsous 10 - TripleMaredsous 10 - Triple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just brought this back from Belgium. Really nice dark amber color with great head, like that of their Duvel. Aroma is dark fruit, taste is fruity with some dark spicy up front and it warms up nicely in the end. The alcohol may be a little too upfront for me - not as well blended as the Duvel. There seems to be a pretty strong pistachio-like flavor that may be putting me off - its kind of cool, though. Very good Belgian ale - very original character - totally has a taste of its own. For me, even a genuine Belgian ale that isn't quite one of the greatest Belgians out there is still better than an American take on it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, cloudy orange color with a modest but persistent white cap. Sucsessive rings of lace cling to the glass. Fruity, aromatic malts, sweet candi sugar and peppery spices make up the balanced, pleasant nose. The taste is malty and slightly tart with an estery, rustic yeast character. Earthy noble hops provide a nice bitterness in the back. Green melon and pear flavors show with warmth. The alcohol gives a spicey kick but doesnt overwhelm. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a very fine carbonation.

This is a very nice Tripel, not as bold as the best examples of the style, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Voonder
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber color with huge off-white head. Lots of lacing. Smell - sweet malts, yeast, grapes, raisins. Nice fruity smell. Taste - yeasty, very malty, some fruitiness coming through. Very rich and creamy, pretty smooth, alcohol hidden very well. Quite nice brew. Pretty drinkable for ABV.
Thanks a lot bobsy for wonderful giftpack with a glass!

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light amber. Plenty of visible carbonation and a thick, impressive, sea foam head. Leaves plenty of bubbly lacings throughout.

Lovely citrus fruits on the nose. Very fresh lemon with a nice crispness from clean hops. Light dusting of yeast with noticeable alcohol.

Somewhat of a letdown on taste. Loads of orange with the added bitterness of the zest. Surprisingly refreshing for a tripel. A light yeastiness creates a somewhat drying character. Alcohol cuts in rather quickly and beats the other flavours into submission.

Lively carbonation gives a nice spritely and quenching character to the beer.

A tasty beer that is certainly hurt by its inability to keep the alcohol in check.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, "best before 05/2010 on the back label.

A: Hazy medium dark amber. Slight head with lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus smell with a mild sweet undertone.

T&M: Medium body with a tangy mouth feel from the carbonation. Some bitter flavors with a dry aftertaste. Not too complex which borders on bland for a triple.

Notes: Not my favorite triple, but very good.

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Photo of stephens101
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two-fingers of bubbly tan froth top off a golden pour, set calmly for a few seconds, then slowly recede, leaving a broken layer of lace all around the snifter. Thousands of carbonation bubbles continue to rise. Smells of a typical Tripel, which is a good thing. Vanilla, sugar, spice, pear and apples all exist. Tastes spicy up front, and not as creamy as I would prefer, but not bad. Some more light fruits, butterscotch and mild esters work themselves across the palate. Mouth-feel is medium. I could tell before I even took a drink that this was just the brew I was looking for after a long day at work. And while it may not be the best Tripel ever, it's the perfect brew for the moment.

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

A-Served in a tulip,it pours a light golden brown color with a huge off white head.Great lacing.

S-Light fruit aromas,floral hints and light fruit again maybe pear.Common spicy yeast also noticed.

T-Very similar to the smell,pears light fruit and a spicy yeast finish.Slight bitterness also noted.

M-Smooth feel,medium bodied with alot of carbonation.

D-One of my favorite styles,I would return to this anytime

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coloured orange peel with fiery coals in the center. Up to the light the beer becomes inflamed and emanates lucent, blazing tones like a freshly stoked fire. I'm glad I stopped the pour before introducing any sediment so I can appreciate the clarity and composition of colours! The head is an ultra creamy mousse of eggshell white that spreads over the entire surface but is most concentrated in the middle. This looks tripel delicious!

If the appearance hadn't sold me the aroma sure would have. It is textbook style Belgian tripel: spicy, malty, fruity and floral. This yeast is what I like to call "well cultured" and showcases all the wonderfully complex characteristics of the style. It is quite bountiful in the clove-like phenols and a little more moderate (but still plenteous) with the fruit esters, including hints of banana alongside the expected orchard fruits.

Too bad the flavours aren't quite as lavish with the nuances as the aroma. The beer definitely tastes good but its flavour fails to keep speed with the record tying pace for best tripel it was running at earlier. Until tasting it, I was almost at a disbelief for how unexpectedly great (I expected good, but not great) the beer was turning out to be, now things seem to have come down to a much more reasonable level.

To reiterate: very good but not quite great. Not all this has to do with flavour mind you; a light bready, malty sweetness accompanied by hints of pear, peach, apple and spicy clove like notes is plenty to entertain the palate. The real problem is the alcohol that comes with them is enough to anesthetize it. This harsh, nerve pinching hit of solventy ethanol can't be avoided. Could it, this would definitely be a beer I'd consider great.

I may have one strong complaint with the Maredsous 10 but I have far more commendations that outweigh it. It may be a beer with one minor shortcoming but it has a whole bunch of strong points; this is almost up there with the best tripels. It should be noted too, that for a beer which I've complained is too open with its alcohol strength, I've finished the bottle alarmingly fast and I wish I had another. So what does that tell you?

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown glass squat pry-top bottle. BB 04.2011 on back label. Thanks to our new Duvel rep., Tori, for this one.

Appearance: Started to flow over when I opened it, poured a sudsy orange-amber with 1.5 fingers of sudsy light cream head. Not quite clear.

Nose: Caramel and light milk chocolate are the first things to mind. Dried apricots, dried pineapple, and maybe a hint of black olives.

Palate: Lively and almost crisp with acidity. Very "bright." Hints of chocolate covered cherries (cordials), a moist tobacco note, plus that dried pineapple (covered in light milk chocolate) comes back. Papaya too, perhaps, without the chocolate.

Notes: A tasty tripel, but not my favorite. It manages to avoid feeling too sweet by having a little acidity to clean up the edges. Impressed with whole "milk chocolate" thing from such a pale beer. Well done.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden into a large wine glass. A half inch of slightly off white head settles quickly to some scattered lacing and a surface cap.

Sweet malts on the nose as well as some yeast. Reminded me in a way of Euro Pils on the nose just for a second, segueing to notes of green apple, pear and a bit of raisin. Alcohol is notable at times.

Taste is very fruity with a lingering close of orange/apricot. Not much spice is offered, perhaps a bit of pepper and cinnamon, though subtle. Taste, like the nose, offers little complexity and isn't as becoming as other Belgian Tripels I've tried. Nose improves with warming, flavor doesn't.

A firm carbonation supports an otherwise average beer well and easily regenerates a surface head if desired. Unfortunately there is a bit of wet sock funk from the yeast when this is done, similar to my initial whiff of the beer. Well balanced on the malts keeping the alcohol well hidden on the tongue yet without showing too much apparent sweetness, thus allowing for good drinkability.

Decent, but don't plan to revisit. Three strikes and Duvel is out. Another OK but not world class beer from Duvel guys. St. Bernardus or Affligem trumps, yet more refined than most U.S. Tripels. Worth a visit.

Best by June, 2011. Perhaps some cellar time will improve this one.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a thin foamy off-white head. Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light fruits, apple, pear, white grape, wheat and slightly sour citrus notes. Very carbonated followed by crisp fruit and alcohol taste with a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol very well masked with pear, apple, spice and sweet alcohol notes.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess my first review here should be about one of my favorite beers. I've always enjoyed this triple; never tired of it. It boasts fruit, maybe a little sweet but not unpleasantly so. Nice spice, a little licorice and a great mouth feel. What some of my fellow tasters detected as chalk I sensed more at white pepper. Gets better as it rises in temperature...a delightful sipper.

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Photo of Rchap1
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: Good golden color, not too hazy, managed to keep most of the yeast back in the bottle. Great color all in all, a real solid creamy head that stuck around.

S: Pretty floral, little bit of clove and maybe some anise seed? overall, a more herbal scent, definitely getting some of the yeast smell in there too.

T: Pretty decent alcohol taste, not overpowering...I expected more. Again, floral notes here, but also a hint of vanilla as well as some citrus.

M: Carbonation isn't too much (about what you'd want for this kind of brew), Medium feel overall.

D: This is deceptively easy to throw back. I finished mine in near record time. I could probably go throw two in a a little bit on the filling side though.

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Photo of Keith238
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Hazy orange color with thick white head which produced lasting rings around the glass.

S= Fruity aroma but nothing that I could pick out.

T= Fantastic flavor, hint of pineapple, tangerines. Slightly astringent at 10% abv but not too strong.

M/D= Overall it's a bit dry and not something that I would drink too much of at once save for the ease that it went down. Very tasty with a medium amount of carbonation.

A pleasant surprise since I plucked it from the cooler having never heard of it before.

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Photo of Voss
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise! This triple is unexpectedly good.
Good appearance, beautiful orange with a soft, spacey foam. Smell is winding, fruity with a hint of honey. Taste is great, so smooth, even more for a triple, a warm embrace with a tart finish. Alcohol makes itself more present sip by sip, leaving a pleasant warm souvenir in your mouth and mind...

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-Gold with a 1 finger froth. Hazy with good head retention throughout the glass. Leaves nice lacing

S: Sweet citrus, white grape, butter, vanilla, yeasty, sugary

T: Apple, vanilla, dates, citrusy, alcoholic, bready

M: Creamy and full body, alcohol leaves tongue tingling, but easy to drink and not filling. bitter finish

Overall, nice, sweet and creamy. The only problem i had was the alcohol. For the style, I would want something with morespice than booze

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Photo of sacullen
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a great head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice lacing. It does not lace as well when I am drinking it, though.

S: The aroma is a little on the weak side. Some zestiness and spices are evident, along with a little funk.

T: Very interesting and enjoyable. Fruity, slightly sweet. The funk is noticable and too me a few sips to place; the finish/aftertaste really reminds me of a white wine.

M: Very crisp and well carbonated with a dry finish.

D: I would definitely have another. The alcohol is not evident in the taste, though I can certainly feel it even after the first glass. I think I'll stop buying this in 750ml bottles.

While I do enjoy this beer and its "white wine" finish, I don't think it's very representative of a Tripel.

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Photo of katan
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mil bottle, no date

A - Golden brown in color. Lots of head formation. Head is very light in color. Very well retained. Lots of carbonation inside as well - very bubbly. Little hazing otherwise.

S - A sour fruity nose from the yeast. Very assertive. Almost acidic. Almost an oxidized smell I would associate with some of my old homebrews.

T - Starts off with a very phenolic flavor. Lots of alcohol throughout the taste. Mid-stream starts to develop both some bitterness as well as some grainy astringency. Finishes with that yeasty, sour, but yet fruity flavor I found on the nose.

M - Strong in body, heavy in carbonation bite. This beer has a bubbly nature similar to champagne. There is a pleasant sweet coating that is left over on the tongue.

D - The higher ABV plus the heavy palette weight of this beer ruins the drinkability for me. In fact, a 750ml might almost be too much in one evening. Would have to share.

Interesting beer no doubt - but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Maredsous gift pack.

Pours a clear dark coppery orange, massive and fluffy white forms, take forever to drop, leaves a ton of lacing, great retention, really brilliant colour. Smell is nice, very sweet, lots of candi sugar, bubblegum, caramel, alcohol, sherry almost, some pineapple and tropical fruit, light spice, pretty neat. Taste is sweet as well, but watery, sugary and caramelized, bread, alcohol, light bubblegum, citrusy kick, some orange peel, spice, bready, very light flavour, not too great. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some heat going down. Not too good, overly alcohol and light in the flavour department.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A: Really clear golden color. Which is kind of weird because I usually expect a tripel to have some cloudiness. Poured with a finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Big yeasty character up front with notes of bread and some lighter fruits. Not really much going on.

T: Tons of fruit with a weird taste in the middle which I really cannot define. It is not unpleasant however. Weird yeast used in this one. Hints of apples. Finishes very clean.

M: Very light for the style and the abv. The body is quite dry but I think they used some candi sugar. Very well carbonated.

D: Had this for the first time and it is not bad. I did not have to pay for a bottle which always helps. Not too bad and I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Maredsous is definately a great beer don't get me wrong. I love Belgian beer and I love Moortgat overall. I have to say that this beer tastes a little watered down. The flavors are great but they are a bit muted for my tastes. Take this with a grain of salt because I drink mostly extreme beer. I have 4 more of these so I plan on laying them down for 2 years of so to see if the flavors develope a bit more.

I poured mine into a Kapittel Watou chalice. The head was light and slightly vulcanous then withered to almost nothing. The clarity was decent. The color is a burnt toffee but glows superbly in light - wow that is really bright.

The smell is of baked bread and light yeast. Almost no alcohol is detected despite the 10%ABV.

The taste is a little muted. I wish this had a flavor like Rochefort or St. B and at Moortgat prices. This is almost a flemish sour in the background - quite tart. Tasty as it warms.

The mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated. Even at 10% this beer is extremely drinkable. Decent/Pretty great beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the gift pack, this poured a deep amber with a very nice puffy cloud like head that slowly subsides, more around the edges of the glass than in the middle, makes for an interesting appearance. Smell too is interesting, sour, with the slight scent of red wine. Taste is nice, a little hop bitterness, followed with some sour notes. This beer is lightly carbonated, and has a smooth, light, creamy mouthfeel.

For the strength of this beer, it is a nice easy drink. I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle with importer's label of dec 2007 and "best by" of 3 yrs later. poured into tulip.

another coppery orange brew from moortgat (i just had maredsous 6)... nearly clear, with only the slightest haze. nice head gradually fades to a thinned but puffy layer, with nice lacing.

fruity nose, of fresh pear and white grape juice, plus hint of canned pineapple. grassy, leafy, faintly herbal hop in the back, mixing with faint phenols.

the fruit in the flavor is proud and makes itself known, with something approaching a semi-dry riesling. phenols actually approximate faint caraway and coriander seed-like spices with a hint of something sweeter like anise. earthy, leafy hop gives moderate bitterness into an interesting finish that combines all of the above. touch of acidity underneath for a moment in the middle.

smooth, with moderate, almost fluffy carbonation, but a touch of astringency and acidity, and finishing with perhaps a slightly watery feel.

not a model tripel in my eyes (the color is also on the dark side), but more than worthy as just a decent beer overall.

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Photo of speedemon55
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. Best paired with a burger with Gouda cheese. What I'll wish for my last meal before the lethal injection. This beer is one of the determining factors why I think Belgium makes some of the world's best beers. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was almost overwhelming on this beer probably a little bit high, but that could have been the pour, not the beer. The color is a nice hzay orange and the foam left lace all the way down the sides.

The yeast comes through this refermentated beer and plenty of fruit. The taste mosts reminds me of peach and there is not a sign of any bitterness. Plenty of carbonation and very light bodied.

The taste and lightness makes it hard to remember this is 10% ABV. Overall a pretty good beer, but Belgians are not my speciality.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,585 ratings.
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