Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 505
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 24
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2002

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Photo of BGDrock
1.14/5  rDev -70.1%
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

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Photo of revdrjbob
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this beer on a whim whilst out driving with Teaser and the midgets at Thirroul Cellars. Sadly out of BBE by 1 month: 06 2007. Interesting to see it's brewed by Duvel Moortgat, so I was intitially excited.

Poured into a tulip glass an amber orange with slight haze and an off white soapy head. Plenty of stickyness, clinging well to the glass. A couple of clumpy yeast doo-dads managed to make their way over.

Intitial aroma of spice, malt and yeast, giving way to a bready yeastyness, almost like cakes with burnt honey or sugar. Very sweet aroma, spices of citrus peel and ginger.

On the first mouthful and swallow, I got a big fat NOTHING. Then on the second helping, a slight amount of malt and Belgian yeast flavour, giving way to a hint of alcohol, and then it kind of snaps off. I'm not sure if I've got the same beer as everyone else has reviewed. Ling-Ling very dissapointed... There seems to be a lingering something, like burnt honey again, and a watery body. Well carbonated though.

Not a beer I'll be rushing back for. Hope the other 2 offerings are better.

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Photo of bark
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Colour is deep golden yellow. The small foam is white.

The smell is quite straightforward with a sweet scent of malt.

The carbonation is rather strong, almost too much.

The first taste that hits the mouth is alcohol. But that is soon replaced wit ha mild bitterness combined with a balanced maltiness. Bitter hops and a fruity note of green apples dominate the aftertaste.

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Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a bright fleshy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma has a prominent booze note, along with some light spiciness and a bit of honey/caramel sweetness. The sweet cakey malt note comes out more in the flavor. Not much else going on here, kind of a simple beer. There's an astringent hard water/mineral note that leaves the palate unclean. This slowly overtakes the sweetness, and about halfway through the glass it's pretty distracting. A rather unsatisfying beer.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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

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

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.


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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear yellow with a small amount of white head and some visible carbonation.

S - Not much of a nose. The yeast smell is present with hints of citrus fruit.

T - Crispy malty flavour with a definite yeast aftertaste.

M - Light body with some minor carbonation.

D - Not a style that I generally prefer. This one is ok, but not a beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a tap into a chalice.

It pours a medium dark gold with a ginfe white head and very good lacing. Color is much darker than the normal blonde.

The smell is funky, notes of hops but a very bitter tinge.

The tatse is a little complex with sweet start and bitter finish, not really what I was expecing. Nothing special that I'd get again.

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Photo of sewald
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dense and unfiltered, amber-coloured. Nice creamy top with an also nice lace. Strong and malty smell, making you feel like you're about to drink a very heavy beer...

However when drinking I felt a very light beer, with a small barley taste. Bitter-like mouthfeel, goes down too fast. I honestly expected a heavier-bodied beer for its smell and ABV (6%) but I found it very light and easygoing.

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Photo of Douberd
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ABV 6%.
Poured into a tulip type of glass. One finger of head, white in colour and thick, that didn't stay for long. Colour is pale golden,slighty haze in my second pour after I shook the bottle a bit. with average activity in the glass.
Sweet aroma. A smell of old bread that thankfully is quite faint and it's cobered by aromas of dark fruits.
Dark fruits like plums and dates also traceable on the taste. You could say it has a sweet taste.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.
Overall, hmm. There are better samples of the type out there, and I know because I have tried some.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, ncie head retention.

s - Smells of mint, spice, Belgian yeast, and light fruity malts. The small amount of what I can onyl describe as mint lowers this one a bit for me.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, spice, yeast, and bready malts. Pretty light on all fronts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average Beglian pale ale. Smell has a little mint to it and if it had a little more going on in the taste it could be better, but solid none the less.

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Photo of larsee01
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass bottle poured into chimay goblet

A--Deep reddish-amber hue. Clear with small head. Head is leaving decent lacing. Effervescent.

S--Sweet and spicy. Ripe banana and clove. Candied fig and raisin. Mild sour from yeast but overwhelmingly malty/sweet.

T--Initially pronounced metallic and bready. Rather dry and not so sweet as it smelled. Not really boozy tasting at 6%. Mild straw and little bitterness. Balanced and rather simple.

M--Dry as aforementioned. Almost powdery. Clean on the palate with little of anything lingering.

D--ok sipper. not much more to say.

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy golden with a huge,,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,floral,bubble gum,banana,white bread,coriander
-earthy,soapy,coriander,bubble gum,banana,cardboard,fairly hoppy
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
Ive had better Blonde ales

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Photo of Loki
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 33cl bottle I brought back from Lille, France with a Best Before date of 10 2004.

Poured a clear copper color with a big white, cloud like head. Great lacing, sheats of it clung to the glass almost like a white chalk sketch of a section of the Alps with sharp rocky peaks and lots of them. Nice bubbles of carbonation on the side of the glass at the beginning, but seemed to disappear without any fanfare.

The aromas were fairly muted and not what I would expect from a Blanche or Blonde as it said on the bottle. I detected scents of malt and yeast with very faint hints of spice. I let it warm and sit for quite a bit hopping it would open up, with little success. The nose opened slightly but it was as if it just wanted to show a little and was too tired to come out and play.

The taste profile was fairly bland and unimpressive. It started with slightly sweet malt, some yeast, and mild citrus. Little to no spice or hops were present. Very shut down. Bottle shock perhaps? The finish was unusually dry. It left me wanting water and was a little unpleasant.

Overall, very disappointing. I will try another, but it will be very difficult to obtain for me.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into an official Maredsous chalice. It has a a very clear golden straw colour, with a good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. There isn't much of a head to talk about. It's just a thin layer on top. It's an appetizing-looking beer, albeit somewhat ordinary.

The aroma is flowery and balanced, with green apple coming through most prominently. There is a slight syrupy-sugar smell as well. Good aroma, but again, nothing outstanding.

The taste begins some light sweetness and a surprisingly malty backbone. Much of the fruity aroma is absent in the flavour. It finishes with a hint of hoppy bitterness and a smooth malty cascade. It's very drinkable and has a medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a less-than-stellar offering. It's nice, but forgettable. I'd probably even prefer an Affligem Blonde to this.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear bright amber cedar color.  
Two fingers of fluffy cloud white head and strong clumpy lacing

S - A bit dry. There is an adjunct smell. Some corn maybe.   Generic unspecific.

T - Taste is dry but with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Like sugar and citron fruit.

M - Lovely mouthfeel. Like carbonated whole milk.  Fizzy and creamy at the same time.

D - dry crisp good summer beer not overly comeplex but great in this ridiculously humid weather.

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Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into tulip glass

A: remarkably clear, very fine and energetic carbonation, more toward golden than blond

S: strong smell of a very soft yeast that is great for the style, a bit of pear and vanilla

T: some green apple then a bit of a sharp acidic note that softens but leaves an ever so slight medicinal aftertaste from what i'll assume are phenols and not bad yeast

M: it is a bit thing with very aggressive carbonation that pulled down the experience a fair amount, it has bite but not that much flavor or body to grab into

D: it's an OK beer but with lots of other beers in the same style and price range, i'll probably not be returning here super soon

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde ambrée de fermentation haute, robe dorée
Smell : finement arômatique
Taste and mouthfeel : bière douce et équilibrée
Drinkability : une bonee bière dans le style Belgian pale ale

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Photo of janubio
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a big head that leaves a lace and and a cloak on the sruface. Amell is citrus, herbal, spices, pear, floral. Medium body, carbonation just good enough. Creamy and sticky palate. Taste of citrus, spices, herbs. Good one, but not exceptinal.

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Photo of Offa
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is ok, but not as good as many others of the style, rather bland and thin, and a disappointment compared to the Maredsous 10.

It's golden amber with a medium off-white ehad slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top and leaving a little weak, foamy lace.

The aroma smells fairly standard for the style and is good: grain and fermented-raisiny character overall with hint of toast, some pear, yeast, and banana.

The taste and feel, though, are rather weak. Overall, it is mostly the character of dry, bland, faintly bitter lemon soda with hints of yeast and raisiny alcohol. It starts slightly more raisiny and with a fairly strong grain quality that takes over at the finish and in the aftertatse on the first couple sips, but these elements vanish rapidly. Soon it has almost no aftertaste at all and just is dry and bland from start to finish. It seems rather fizzy and a bit watery, too. However, it is decent to drink and rather refreshing in a way.

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Photo of barleywort
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 330mL bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a stunningly beautiful golden orange with thick, pale white, one-thumb (it's a tapered glass and I have big fingers) head with surprisingly ample lacing.

Smell: Malty with strong (near over-bearing) alcohol smell and simple hints of orange-like citrus and the faintest ripe banana smell as an afterthought.

Taste: Muted citrus character with a hint of fresh cut grass and pine in the immediate finish but all that gives way to the warmth of alcohol (not nearly as strong as the nose might suggest), malty sweetness and the faintest hints of hop bitterness to it balance the malt out. Both the malt and hop characters linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but gentle on the tongue. With a very light character, it leaves you salivating from the warmth of the alcohol and the faint bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Weighing in with an ABV of 6.00% and given its distinct Belgian characters, I wouldn't consider this a session, nor would I reach for it on a hot summer's day. However, I would reach for this beer in the winter; not as a winter warmer but instead as a beer to bring alcohol-enabled warmth to your chest when you look out the window on a cold winter's night. Sit too close to the fire though, and you'll feel the heat!

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Photo of Scheity
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a simple beer with a simple taste, but it's brewed by Duvel, so it can't be that terrible. And it's not.

The nose fills up a bit bigger than do most pale ales, sticking to the glass with reasonable fortitude. It offers a nice hoppy smell and some floral tones.

In terms of flavor, there's not a great deal to deal with. It's a bit spicy, which is pretty cool, but the hops never enter the scene in a dashing fashion, leaving much to be desired in the end result.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 05/2011.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced a nice cap of frothy white head. Decent retention. Tons of spotty lace here and there.

(S)- A dry yeasty fruit profile: lemon, clove, and biscuit. Just ever so lightly earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and earthy with bits of fruit and a clove-like yeast bite.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Bone dry and earthy with subtle fruit and clay-like clove. A bit too bitter.

(D)- A solid belgian pale ale. Straightforward and classic for the style.

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Photo of Long813
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 10 2009
33cl Bottle from Pub Italia

G: Maredsous chalice.

A: Dark hazy golden orange body with two fingers of foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nothing spectacular here.

S: Very fruity and sweet malts upfront. Citrus fruits, yeast character, some banana. Weak and one dimensional aroma.

T: Quite like the aroma. Sweet maltiness mixed with a combination of citrus fruits and some yeast notes.

M: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Feels froathy and smooth in the mouth which is pleasant. Also leaves a citrusy dry feel.

D: Good, but nothing exceptional. At the price I paid for it I could say I would buy it again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the weaker sister of Tripel 10 and Brune (Dubbel) 8, weighing in at only 6% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of banana and fruity malt. Pours to a cloudy bright yellow with a big pillowy head that recedes quickly but laces wickedly. Taste is definitely bready and banana with a twinge of bitterness that builds to the end then actually flips and gets sweet. A solid selection that can be more readily sessioner than its stronger sisters. Tasty none-the-less.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
86 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.