As far as the monks of Maredsous are concerned, the Maredsous Tripel is a party beer, their ‘nec plus ultra’. This tripel is a tipple that is imbibed on special occasions, standing out thanks to both its intense colour and taste. The in-bottle re-fermentation is largely responsible for the latter, but this high fermentation beer owes its bright amber colour to the use of special caramel malts, without the addition of any coloured sugars.
The complex bouquet immediately grabs you, thanks to its fruity aromas, with touches of banana and zesty orange, alcohol, touches of raisins and other dried fruit. All of this is enriched with a hint of caramel from the caramel malt, which gives a taste not unlike that of sweet syrup.
The fruity esters of banana and orange are typical of the yeast used. The Maredsous Tripel could be said to melt in the mouth, but it yields a slight bitterness in the background. In the finish, the alcohol present in the beer will give a pleasantly warm feeling. A complex, rich degustation beer with a fully-rounded taste that loves to linger.
The Maredsous Tripel is a high fermentation beer that re-ferments in the bottle. Main fermentation takes place around 25°C. The re-fermentation in the bottle is encouraged by the addition of sugar and yeast.
Maredsous Tripel is brewed with natural ingredients: water, yeast, amber-coloured barley malt, Styrian Golding and Saaz-Saaz hops.
Colour & Transparency
Maredsous Tripel is amber-coloured with a rich white collar, showing plenty of tiny bubbles. Pour slowly and steadily into a clean and dry Maredsous tulip glass. The yeast can be consumed separately if desired but is not poured into the glass.
Temperature: 6 – 10 °C / 42 ° F – 50 °F
All Maredsous beers have their ownspecially designed tulip-shaped glass, typical for all abbey and Trappist beers.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
Maredsous Tripel is malty with a hint of caramel. Its sour, sweet and bitter tastes are blended beautifully. Clearly high in alcohol, slightly fruity, full in the mouth, and subtly bitter.
Maredsous Tripel makes a great pairing with braised chicory, mushrooms, fennel, mussels, 'foie gras', firm potatoes (the ‘corne de gatte’ or 'pink fir apple' variety for example) and delicate meat sauces.
This tripel also loves a good dessert. For example, it is a perfect fit with a tarte tatin (an upside-down apple pie), and will match the sourness of the apples with the caramel contributed by the sugar. Other successful combinations include desserts with cinnamon or banana, or any soft cheese with a mild, non-overpowering taste.
Keeping and Storage
The beer can be stored in the bottle for 36 months, and for nine months in the barrel. Up to three years after bottling, the taste and colour will remain unchanged
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
It goes without saying that the Maredsous beers can be tasted and purchased during a brewery visit. The Maredsous Tripel 10° is available in 33cl and 75cl bottles and on tap (20l and 50l).
The beer will be easy to get hold of in the more specialised Belgian cafés or supermarkets. Thanks to Duvel Moortgat’s export activities, it is readily available far beyond Belgium’s borders.
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