Belgian beers and my taste buds don’t tend to agree often. Belgian beers tend to be a little heavy and sickly sweet for me but it’s nice to break the UK/US beer mould once in a while and visit a continental brew.
My bottle of Maredsous Triple has been gathering dust in my kitchen for seven months, so it was time to down it. At 10% it’s pretty hardcore – those monks knew how to party – but actually strikes a decent balance through the richness of its flavour.
It’s a deep, slightly cloudy caramel colour with a distinctive gooseberry nose. The balanced taste actually tastes a little like a sweet white wine, like a Chardonnay or dessert wine. There’s also a strong maltiness to the Maredsous Triple, it’s sharp and tangy with plenty of character.
As a one-off I quite liked the Maredsous Triple. Those who appreciate the heavier stuff will go for this.
Look: Deep, cloudy, effervescent caramel
Smell: Light gooseberry
Taste: Sweet white wine mixed with angy malt.
Our verdict: A definite one to finish the night with. Heavy