Thursday, October 27, 2011

Maredsous - 6 Blonde; 8 Brune; 10 Triple

The Abbaye de Maredsous is a Benedictine abbey in Denee, Belgium.  These beers are brewed and bottled by Duvel Moortgat.

6 Blonde - This 6.0% ABV beer pours a dark golden-orange.  There is a tall half-inch of thick, foamy, creamy head that is just off-white in color, which leaves sticky lacing of inconsistent densities down the glass.  The aroma is fruity and malty, almost whiskey-like, without the alcohol burn.  The taste is malty, rich barley grain, along with an apple-pear-plum fruitiness.  Tasty, rich, yet drinkable, very enjoyable.

8 Brune - This 8.0% ABV beer pours a medium to dark brown in color, translucent and ruby if held to the light.  There is a short half-inch of thick, foamy and creamy head that is very light brown in color.  The aroma is sweet yet tart, like fruit, dark caramel, roasted malt with a fruity yeastiness.  The taste is dark roasted and toasted malt, sweet, burnt caramel, fruit.  Very flavorful and rich, yet very drinkable.

10 Triple - 10% ABV beer pours a burnt dark orange-amber-copper in color, and slightly hazy.  There is a tall quarter-inch of just off whtie foam that is creamy and thick.  The aroma is fruity, sweet yet tart.  There is a bit of the whiskey/whiskey-sour like quality, without any alcohol burn.  The taste is burnt caramel malt, floury scone, some fruitiness.  This is amazingly drinkable for a 10% alcohol beer.

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