Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2002

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Reviews by mwrseeley:
Photo of mwrseeley
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, cloudy head, resplendent with an abundance of lace, adorns a golden-orange body. Not unexpectedly, the pillowy head does not retain its vigour and begins its slow descent. Beautiful.

Fruitiness is readliy apparent on the nose and the taste is surprisingly, but not detrimentally, strong. A bit lighter on the palate than I was expecting but still quite delicious.

A bottle of Maredsous Blonde 6 is quite expensive here in Korea - costing 4000 won.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Half Moon in Kennett Square,a real nice golden/orange color with a very sticky head,very fruity aroma of banana and a slight pineapple aroma.Taste is slightly yeasty with some nice fruity tones almost to easy to drink.Seeing I was on the roof outside drinking this it seemed to go down even easier.Real nice.

Photo of generallee
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a stubby brown 11.2oz bottle into my Westmalle Trappist chalice. The abv is listed as 6% and there is a "Best before" date of 05 2011. The back label also has a short description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a deep orange amber color with a very slight haze to it. It is also full of visible carbonation racing up to the head. The head is just off white in color and very thick and creamy. It has excellent retention and it maintains a good cap of foam until the end.

Smell: In the nose I get sweet bready and yeasty notes with some light fruity and medicinal estery notes. There is a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is fruity, estery, sweet and bready with solid herbal bitterness from the hops. Mild fruity notes of peach, red apples skins and pear are suggested on my tongue. The palate is very creamy and smooth but still quite lively from the carbonation.

Notes: It is a very enjoyable Blonde for sure with nice balance of malt and hops.

Photo of magictrokini
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best head ever. Poured clear gold with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma of yeast, candy sugar, and spice. Taste was very understated. Typical Belgian-sweet, with a nice malty back. More yeast ester flavors as the beer warms and settles. Light mouthfeel.

Photo of BGDrock
1.14/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: light gold; slight haze; head fades fast

Aroma: metallic; a bit tart; sour apple or grapes

Taste & Mouthfeel: sharp bit on the tongue, very acidic; thin body; below average carbonation, almost flat at times; very short; somewhat vegetal, metallic again

Overall: very unpleasant and bland - like drinking tin; can't even finish it

* Wondering if it was a bad bottle, doesn't seem consistent with other reviews

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden hue with a bright white head fine bubbled effervescent texture. Fine even Belgian style lacing. Aromatics have light biscuit malt sweetness with a touch of tropical fruit and pear juice...a nice welcoming herbal slightly citric hop nose going on as well. Clean biscuit malts hit the palate first with a backend of fruitiness and herbal grassiness in the finish. A touch of white pepper from the yeast used, but overall a very complex low alcohol session ale from Maredsous. Finishes pretty dry with yeast spice and grassy hops, nice straight forward Belgian pale ale...efferevescent carbonation dead on to the style. Overall experience is a good one, a beer I would definitely come back to, but for 3.50 a pop at the local I'm sure sixers of American craft beers will be my go to still.

Photo of Tilly
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice golden amber pour with a nice beige frothy head.
Aroma of sweet fruit, yeast and malt.
Tastes of apples and a hint of lemon. Candy floss somewhere in there.
Great champagne like carbonation and mild bitterness.
Really makes me understand why I like Belgium ales!

Photo of mikedotnet
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark golden color with very modest head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lacing. No cloudiness.

S - Very sweet aroma. Faint hop presence; very fruity.

T - Sweet and almost sugary (but not overpoweringly sweet). A very tiny bit of hop presence adds a bit of depth and helps to balance the sweetness. For me, it's still a bit too sweet to pair with anything; I enjoy this simply by itself.

M - A bit thin, but pleasant nonetheless. The carbonation is a bit lighter than what I would hope for, but it is still quite refreshing.

O - A very solid refreshing pale ale. I can't say I'm a fan of the style, but I certainly can't complain about this one. I would actually recommend this over Duvel. It's quite reasonably priced in my area as well, so I would definitely recommend this to fans of the style.

Photo of rastaman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Belgian Blonde. More orangey-gold than blond in colour. Yeasty, orange-rind nose, lightly flowery. Flavour is dry, citric and lightly spicy, yeasty. Pretty faultless, and easy to get along with. Soft, round, balanced, with an interesting yeasty/spicey character, pretty much how i like my paler Belgian ales to be, very tasty.

Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a big white head that settles into a pretty nice lacing above a hazy honey golden colored blonde.

When I first took a whiff of this I really didn't get much coming off it so I swirled the glass as I held it close to my nose and this released a lot of light and different aromas. Light hops, grains, grapes, yeast, dark fruits and even lighter of alcohol, spices, and apricots.

A light darker fruits taste, light yeast with some washed out grain malts sneaking in there.

A light dry slightly bitter aftertaste on the medium bodied affair.

Photo of ggaughan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My beer poured a deep clear golden color with a thick one inch head and an off white color. Nice froathy bubbles in the body. The nose was malty, sweet and the taste was more of the same with some citrus notes and a hop presence. Medium body and easy drinking.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml squat little bottle.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with a multitude of teeming whipped egg white head, which leaves a nice patterned wall of lace around the glass as it slinks away. It smells of citrusy yeast, and some banana and clove. The taste is soft wheat and barley grain, mild zingy yeast, apple, and bitter grassy hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium weight, and just cleanly smooth. It finishes a tad sweet, with the fruity yeast keeping things palatable.

An enjoyable hoppy Belgian pale ale, very easy to drink.

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, lightly toasted honeyed orange with a moderate and durable rise of bleached khaki.
It noses of grain, hay, sweetbread, oranges, powdered sugar, and dried herbs.
Bready at the onset into the mouth, a touch doughy and sweet before turning toastier and grainier. Then the honey, powdered sugar, and orange/mango fruity sweetness arrives and lingers a while. This slowly dries itself out again with pepper, reedy hops, and hints of crushed mint and other herbs.
Medium bodied with a perky, persistent carbonation. This is a superb Belgian sessioner with a good deal of depth and change throughout. It's probably my favorite of the Maredsous line. It's always great to find these massively drinkable and enjoyable smaller Belgians.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a large clear goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color. Two finger creamy white head retains well and leaves sticky lacing as it recedes. Looks delicious.

Smell: Some delicate floral hops, sweet yeast and alcohol scent here too.

Taste: A really good balance of yeast, malt, hops and sweetness. The hops add a nice bitterness up front that is quickly followed by the spice of the yeast.

Mouth feel: Medium body with some good creamy carbonation. Sweet and slick finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Blonde. One of the better Belgian Blondes out there. I like the easy drinking nature of this beer, and it would make an excellent session beer. One of the best Belgian Blondes I've had.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was that day or the temperature. But it seemed to be an ideal time to have this blond. Smooth, straightforward, satisfying creaminess and lots of lace. Lemon, pineapple and malt, sugar, right demonstration of carbonation. Bitter and sweet and spice though drying aftertaste.
Had again 4 years later, a foamer, and bitter more than sweet and drying, a steady blond.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light amber. Big, dense, snow-white head with fantastic retention. Nice arches of lacings all the way down. A good deal of visible carbonation.

Not the greatest of aromas. A vague creamed corn scent turns me off. Too bad because there are nice yeasty hints and medicinal hops.

Grainy malt, again an unpleasant corn taste to it... strange. Once you get past this nasty little characteristic, however, there are nice bright fruits and grassy hops that coat the mouth. A soft bitterness to finish. Keep this well chilled, it takes on unpleasant lager characteristics as it warms.

Quite drinkable for the style, a very sessionable Belgian Pale.

Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy tan in color. Extremely heady.

S: Yeasty, hefeweizen like. To me, indistinguishable from a german hefeweizen

T: Quite hefeweizen like but with a sweet doughy taste. Also kinda banana-y.

M: Somewhat heavy in some way, hard to describe.

O: Okay, but not great. Definitely unique.

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like a blonde to me. Under a cloud of dense white head that sticks to the glass as it dies is a hazy copper. Sure, it's pale, but it's not a blonde. Regardless, it's nice looking.

The nose picks up lots. A faint hint of fruity Belgian yeast, some peppery spice, maybe some pear and a slight astringency. But nothing noting it's a pale ale.

The mouth picks up the same from the yeast to the spice to the pear and the champagne-like astringency. However, in the finish, it picks up some hoppy goodness that makes you think it could be a pale ale.

Your palate has a field day with all the different sensations. It starts sweet and moves to tart. Then it's slightly spicy before just a touch of bitterness. Light-bodied.

Generally being the least heradled of the Maredsous beers, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Not necessarily a world beater, but definitely something highly worthwhile to drink.

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. $6 for a 10 oz pour. Appears a mostly clear amber-orange with a short head. You know, it was a nice Belgian, but it was very plain - just smooth sweet bready and light caramel with a hit of Belgian spice. You really expect more from a good Belgian. Drinkable, but for $6 I want a better beer.

Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours a clear, burnished gold hue. Tall, rocky, ivory foamcap with good retention and typical Belgian lace. Awesome.

Aroma-Extremely aromatic-floral, perfumy overtones, and tons of fruity esters. Pears, light cherry, and a distinctly pleasant, low concentration ethyl acetate aroma. Background notes of whitebread/crackery Pils malt. Slight spicy hop note as well. Very low yeast derived phenols, but not much in the way of spice character on this one.

Flavor-Light pear and floral/rose-like notes up front with a bit of ethyl acetate again. Also present on the front of the palate is a dry, crackery malt character. Slight phenolic spice notes drift through the mid-palate, and spicy/herbal/floral hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish. After a brief carbonic bite, the aftertaste lingers long on the palate, with crackery malt, light pear esters, and a distinct rose-water flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high, effervescent carbonation. Extremely crisp, dry, and refreshing on the palate.

So clean (for a Belgian), and yet so characterful. This beer is crisp, refreshing, complex, and incredibly drinkable. Pairs with any number of foods, and an awesome beer to have around. Highly recommended.

Photo of Filosoof
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very unimpressive beer of the great Duvel brewers.

It shows that a nice label and the thought of a monastery are not enough to make a nice beer.

L: that looks good!
S: that disappoints!
T: that tastes like a duffy cellar!
M: that is a nice carbonation though!
O: that is something to forget very quickly!

Photo of mdunman
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-amber with a thick head and plenty of linger.

S: Light malt with a lot of citrus.

T: Extensive breadth of flavors here, starts off with a lemony/orange light maltiness w/ a lot of spices on the side then finishes fairly dry but none of them overwhelm you.

M: Light body, tons of carbonation and a smooth finish.

Very enjoyable beer. I'm more of a hop bomb fan, but I respect the sheer quality of this beer.

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a thick and creamy head, great retention and heavy lacing all the way down.

The smell had a strong bit of fruit and yeast with a tropical, pineapple and mango mixture along with a hint of bubble gum.

The flavor is a bit metallic with a some bready malts mixing in with a spicy finish with hints of pepper.

The mouthfeel was very creamy and super dry.

Easy drinking, solid belgian Pale.

Photo of negroobserver
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Maredsous 6 Blonde
Poured into a traditional hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: 3.5
Pours with a large, light and fluffy head. About three to four inches. Color is clear golden, with light reddish/pink hues. Substantial visible carbonation in the glass.

SMELLS: 2.5
Not much going on in this category. I smells like a traditional hefeweizen. Nothing exceptional.

TASTE: 3
As expected, a pretty strong presence of wheat. Hints of sourness. Mild hoppy bitterness at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: 2.0
Light watery texture. Crisp. Most of the carbonation was lost in the pour. Very disappointed with the loss of the carbonation. It really affects the enjoyment of the beer.

OVERALL: 3.0

I like the beer, but my expectations of a Trappist were much greater. I tried the Maredsous Tripel a few days ago and it was also equally disappointing. Sad but true. I'm particularly disappointed with this one because Hefeweizen's aren't difficult to make and for a Trappist, I expect perfection. Sadly, this one doesn't even come close.

Photo of jbonapar
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous chalice. Golden with a slight haze. Nice little head but certainly not massive, but ideal for the style.

Very floral and hoppy smell a hint of lemon and pineapple. Taste is a slightly honey sweet malt with strong bitterness. I find the bitterness is a bit overpowering but nevertheless, a nice little Belgian style. I personally don't think i would have this again, i prefer other blond Belgians like Duval.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.