Maredsous 10 - Triple | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Maredsous 10 - TripleMaredsous 10 - Triple
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Maredsous 10 - TripleMaredsous 10 - Triple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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1,588
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1,165
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.51%
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3.58
 
 
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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although I've never had the Maredsous 6, the 8 is clearly a dubbel and the 10 is even marked on the U.S. label as a Triple. It pours a clear (unless the lees are disturbed), deep-golden body beneath a massive, rocky head of just slightly off-white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves wide walls of lace about the glass. The nose is clean and restrained with just some yeasty fruitiness and the slightest hint of sweet malt to entice you to drink. The body is medium and mildly crisp across the palate leaving it very accessible but lacking in zest. The flavor is surprisingly full given the fact that the aroma seems reigned in; and it delivers a lightly candyish malt upfront that somehow dries as it crosses the palate to leave a dry and hoppy, spicy finish. Bitterness, hop flavor, and alcohol toss and tumble in the lingering aftertaste; but overall dryness and an herbal/spicy hoppiness win out in the end. Superb! The 10% alcohol by volume is astonishingly well-heeled; and this beer (not unlike their best known Duvel) can come around to whack you in the back of the head. Brilliant! An amazingly quaffable beer given its strength. Perfectly polished and ready to partake... go get one!!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy (or clear, as it was in a 12. 2012 tasting of a bottle dated best by 11, 2013) golden-amber with a large, dense and durable off-white head.

Aroma: Malty with spicy yeast, alcohol and alcohol esters

T: Some hops over medium malt. Nicely fruity with a bit of spiciness. Good aftertaste suggestive of a spicy/yeasty lambic.

O: I more often than not prefer dubbels over tripels -- including Rochefort & Westmalle. Such is the case with the Maredsous line. Still, unquestionably excellent. [4.25]

{Slightly revised upon tasting in Dec. 2012}.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a orange hue with a real nice blooming head that of course leaves some real nice lace.Aroma has a nice 10x sugar aroma with some real spicey tones and yeasty.Taste is yeasty and quite citrusy with real nice clove-like notes.A quite complex ale with nice yeasty and light smokey undertones,very nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, honey, some fruit, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, apples and some spices. There's a mild breadiness that follows from the Belgian yeast and a heart malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and there's a decent alcohol sting that peeks through at times. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good high-octane Belgian beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, dark copper-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass. A bit too dark, but otherwise quite good looking.

S - A fruity yeast aroma of peach and pineapple with a hint of vanilla. Some sweet pilsner malt as well as a bit of pepper and clove.

T - Sweet pilsner malt up front with notes of bread and honey. Strong yeast character comes in next with lots of pepper, clove, and pineapple. A light vanilla yeast flavor briefly appears before giving way to a finish full of spicy yeast and thick, rich malt with notes of toffee and sourdough bread crusts, all of which is blanced by spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Lingering doughy malt and clove yeast flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This beer is thoroughly dominated by its strong, spicy yeast character. The clove notes are quite strong, especially in the flavor, while some lighter, tropical fruit notes are more noticeable in the aroma. The yeast character is a bit more phenolic than I would like, but it is still appropriate to the style. I also find the earthy, musty hop flavor less pleasant than the more spicy, floral hops found in some other examples of the style. While these two points are a matter of preference, they do hurt the overall impression just a bit for me.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent peach/amber with 2+ fingers of puffed up white head. Very good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Appleskins, pears & some fruity esters

T: Big jammyness, pepper & lemons+ orange peels up up front. Apricot & passion fruit follow as this warms, along with some country-cider-like boozeyness. Finishes with a hint of breadyness, more jam, loads of citrussy (lemons & grapefruit) hops & way too much crispness for a tripple! This really worked for me!

MF: Syrupy with great carbonation

Drinks really easy for the abv, surprised at how quenching/yet somewhat complex a 10% abv offering can be. One of the better trippels I've had IMO

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive white head which leaves spotty lace. Surprisingly clear for the style (only a little haze). The color is of clover honey.

Citrus aromas of lemon and orange; lots of wheat smells; some clove and white Belgian yeast as well.

Rich with noticeably high alcohol. Warming brew! No hop bitterness. Some candy-like sweetness in the swallow. Decent carbonation. There is a slight sourness in the aftertaste.

Classic Belgian Triple. Not my favorite style, but a very clean and potent offering. Think winter by the fireplace.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Bright kumquat with honey colored trim. The initially spirited bubbles settle down quite a bit by the several minute mark, their most important work already accomplished. That is, the creation of a magnificent head that can only be found on a quality Belgian ale from a quality Belgian brewer. Abstract patterns of delicate lace easily qualify as eye candy.

The nose isn't up to those world-class standards. I hope the fact that this bottle is within a few months of its 'best by' date doesn't give me an inaccurate impression. I smell the usual golden fruit and yeasty spice, but it doesn't add up to anything even remotely special. Here's hoping things will come together on the palate.

Maredsous 10 is a wonderful tripel with no sign of advanced age. Who knows, though, it might have blown me away when brand spankin' fresh. The thing that has impressed me about the three Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat beers that I've had so far is the sheer amount of flavor that they deliver.

As might be expected given an ABV that is pushing the upper limits for the style, alcohol plays a role in the flavor profile. That's a good thing when it's as well-incorporated as it is here. It gives the beer a firm, spicy bite that let's you know you aren't drinking some namby pamby Belgian pale ale. Pear slices macerated in Poire Williams and sprinkled with ground clove is present in each delectable gulp. Sipping doesn't cut it with beer this good.

The mouthfeel is both firm and incredibly smooth, with a zestiness to the carbonation that fits the beer's personality like hand in glove. I wouldn't want a tripel that's this boldly flavored to be softly carbonated. Sensory overload is the only way to go.

I try to drink all beer well before its 'best buy' date, but this stubby bottle escaped my notice by hiding in the very back of my Belgian beer fridge. As noted above, it doesn't seem to have suffered for having been aged a bit. I can't wait to acquire a fresh bottle so that I can see if I've shortchanged it. I've lost count of how many great triples I've had over the past few years. Maredsous 10 is pretty damn close to the upper echelon.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle, “best before end” date on the back label. States that it is top fermented and refermented in the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed sunset orange colour. Effervescent carbonation flows quickly to the top of the glass which help hold together the off white lace which leaves sporadic rings down the glass.

Smell: Dry grainy and soft nutty yeast aroma. Dehydrated orange, pineapple and peach smell from the fruity nose within the dryness.

Taste: Medium body with a viscous mouth feel from the carbonation and the sheer texture that brings a flexed smoothness to the mouth. Obvious bitter flavours from the yeast, hops and grain. Alcohol enhances all of that and then some, dryness does not help either. Clusters of flavours hit at once with a nutty yeast, dry veggie hop, husk astringent grain and a peppery alcohol. Phenols are there and are quite strong but not overwhelming, slight medicinal flavour abound. After taste is astringent and close to being harsh.

Notes: A bold but boisterous triple that is over the top in some aspects, astringencies bring this brew down. Other than that is it not a beer not to shy from, give it a try in regards to the many other great triples out there. Put this one up against a hearty meal rather than drinking it alone.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it.Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way, Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a golden amber color with a big khaki head on top.

S: Starts off with a lot of yeastiness. Plenty of bread and fruitiness, definitely some banana and perhaps pears. A mild hop aroma, which was a bit surprising, and a moderate spiciness to the beer.

T: Bread and various sugar flavors give an dominant sweetness from the very start. A hint of floral hops as well plenty of light colored fruits such as pears and apples, perhaps some banana, too. Yeast, spice, and alcohol notes round out the flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A little too sweet for me, but good overall. It didn't really leave a lasting impression, however.

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Maredsous 10 - Triple from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 73.4% out of 100 with 1,588 ratings
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