Maredsous 10 Tripel

2010/10/14 at 8:26 am Leave a comment

Maredsous 10 Tripel is a Belgian Ale in the Abbey style but produced by the Duvel Moorgat Brewery under a naming license from the Maredsous Abbey in Denée, Belgium. As with the Rochefort 8 this beer in one of three in the Maredsous line which consists of the 6% ABV Maredsous 6 Blonde, 8% ABV Maredsous 8 Brune, and this 10% ABV Maredsous 10 Tripel.

Maredsous 10 Tripel pours a medium amber with a long lived head which is short but satisfyingly thick. There appears to be a mid-level amount of carbonation which is confirmed by the tongue upon initial tasting. As with most Abbey-style ales there is a perfect balance of sweet malt with the taste and aroma of noble or citrusy hops.

One of the thus-far unique characteristics of this beer is a taste and aromatic essence of cider. Additionally there are faint earthy notes that almost border on that of tobacco. On the back end there is an expected alcohol bite which one is bound to find in a 20 proof beverage. Incredibly all of these characteristics compliment each other well and result in a well rounded beer.

Despite this brew’s apparently heft price tag I would wholeheartedly recommend this beer to any connoisseur. Perhaps I’m just drawn towards the Abby-ale style in general, but I see this beer as a shining example everything that the craft of brewing seeks to be. Hats off to you Benedictine monks!

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