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
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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, pineapple-like fruit, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden in color with a good sized head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a light aroma of sweet malts and floral hops with some hints of bananas.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma and has some overall sweetness. It's good, but not very strong.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather bubbly with the carbonation.
D: This was very thirst quenching. I would definitely have it again if I was in the mood for something Belgian that's sweet, light, and refreshing.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A robust Belgian Blonde Ale with a full yeasty taste and high digestability.

Maredsous 6 starts with a dark golden color, hinging on rusty colors because of the haze. A thick, creamy, and rocky head forms on the beer and in persistent fashion, leaving dense pockets of lace on the glass. A fantastic look, but perhaps darker than usual.

Fruity aromas of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, appricots, and pineapples all combine for a fruit-forward presence and moderate tartness. Light spicy-sugary-malty components decorate the frey but never rival the fruity esters. Yeasty green apples and bruised fruits give a glimpse into lesser desirable yeast characer- reminds me of some of my earlier homebrews.

Fruity flavors are better balanced with spice, malt/grain, dry sweetness, and moderate alcohols. Great initial complexity but the mid palate falls empty, then follows with a yeasty-briney-metalic taste. If the beer follows through with the initial taste it would fare even better.

Creamy, nearly fully textured up front, the beer fades quickly into a thinning (somewhat watery) feel barely into the mid palate, leaving a large portion of the session flat. But after that, the beer finishes with a whispering evaporative feel that efforlessly lifts from the mouth surfaces and making it easy to drink.

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 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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a thick, three-finger head of off-white, bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, yeast, and a dry fruity sweetness.

T - It tasted of spicy yeasty and sweet caramel. There was a light fruitiness of apple and berries.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a fizzy bite. A light to medium-bodied beer that is refreshing and easy drinking.

D - This is a very nice Belgian pale. Good character and flavor.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Best Before: 12/2012.

Appearance: Pours a golden-hued body with an initially tall, white head. Thin smears of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, very lightly citrusy over the bready, biscuity malts, sweet-scented light-colored syrups, liquor, spice, and yeasty dough balls.

Taste: Lightly biscuit-toned malts sprinkled with candi sugar and accented by fruity hints of Golden Delicious apples and pineapple, with a slight backing of faintly tart berries. Lightly spicy hops, low bitterness. Small spritz of alcohol. Iota of white pepper, maybe a single clove bud. Curled candied citrus peel. Some sensible warmth to the drying, sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: All in all, M6 is a pretty tasty, competent blonde.

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 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 kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a three finger head lacking cream but of fair thickness. Dark copper colour. Appealing. Good retention.

Sm: Yeast, maybe some spice hops, cream, buttery notes. Not horribly complex, but pleasant.

T: Very balanced buttery hoppy notes, no esters, delightful cream throughout, and crystal malt. Well built for the style; avoids too many bittering hops. The yeast doesn't come through.

Mf: Exquisitely light. Buttery and creamy. Delicately handled crystal malt work here. A bit too wet, but otherwise quite nice.

Dr: Very good, but not the best abbey beer available. Certainly worth a try, but it doesn't come cheaply. You'll enjoy it, but it's not amazing. The ABV isn't as well hidden as it could be; but it does result in a pleasant warming effect.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Biere Belge d'abbaye.

Highly clouded, heavily carbonated, lush, creamy white head, golden color.

Aroma: spice and citrus galore, drizzled with honey. Coriander and pepper, lemon zest, some floral notes.

Taste: the above flavors return, a little sweet, a little funky, clean and smooth. Abundant flavor, while remaining mild and accessible.
Fresh, lively, each drink urges another. Appetizing, and inviting.

Light bodied, lean finish, a burst of citrus and spice on every sip.
Always enjoyable.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this in Europe, compliments of a friend who regularly travels to Belgium for fresh beer.

This beer pours with yeasty beasties and is pretty cloudy to boot. Light orange in color.

Traditional Belgian aromas--some sourness and citrus.

Powerful corriander spice with a sourness from the fermentation process. Nice full body that is counterbalanced by a high level of carbonation.

This is a pleasant Belgian offering, on the lighter side but still very flavorful.

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 9/2014. Pours moderately cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, hops, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of pale malt, hops, fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of pale malt, hops, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear/translucent yellow with a firm white head, great Belgian lace.

S: Mix of sourdough bread and yeast esters.

T: Heavy on the yellow apples. Classic Belgian ester flavours. The beer has a considerably earthy, almost Bretty hop and yeast character which was quite enjoyable.

M: Smooth and creamy, light-bodied, easy to drink.

D: A very good BPA, nice flavours, good feel. I liked this lighter offering from the House of the Great Duvel.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dumpy 33cl bottle: BBD 05 2016, poured into a Westmalle chalice during 11 2013.

Looks good, almost clear golden body with a full and lasting foam blanket of white bubbles, I don't mind the slight haze if all the beer leaves the bottle.

The aroma was of semi-sweet fruits (apricots, oranges and peaches) dipped into Belgian yeasts: almost like a fruity breakfast spread of marmalade or jam.

The taste was a little less sweet, with the yeast taking centre stage, an old, musty feel arrived which added to the whole flavour. Herbal, spicy notes kept my taste buds interested and i thought it was a good brew from start to finish.

Body and mouth feel were fine and this is a fine beer, I look forward to finding it on-tap somewhere one day.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a Maredsous glass. Bright hazy gold in color with a decent head and lots of lace.

Smell/Taste: Has alot of characteristics of a golden ale. Belgian yeasts, there in aroma and taste, giving off a soft fruityness and grainy flavor. Grassy euro hops on the outskirts of flavor central, which features a predominant sweetness hinting at honey baked bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability: A run of the mill blonde but a decent session beer. A bit tame for the style but enjoyable nonetheless.-

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 Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber colored beer with a tall white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a little coriander and a lot of spiced apple scent. Slight fruit sourness, more like granny smith apples than vinegar.

Starts out mildly sweet and sour with an apple aftertaste. This stays sweet and sour but it is really mild. Not a strongly flavored beer and not a lot on nuance, just a mild beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good. A good beer for when you want something mild and mild tasting.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 8's, 10's and 12's I understand, but I'm always puzzled by the 6's. However, as the 8 and 10 are so excellent, how bad can this stuff be?

The beer pours a honey gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks impressive. On the nose this beer is also quite impressive. One gets honey, cherry, coca puffs and spice; very exotic. The beer is equally intriguing on the palate. My initial impression was that the beer was bit light/watery, but the flavors then come on strong in the finish. I'm still a bit diappointed given the way this beer smells, but nonetheless it's very enjoyable. One gets moderate sweetness, with some hoppy bitterness and chocolate in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and, as expected, pretty drinkable.

This is a very nice beer. Perhaps not as intense and/or flavorful as the 8 and 10, but a solid beer at a manageable abv. Cheers!

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripened mango slice with a slight glint of brush fire when held to the light. Slightly darker for the style. Its colour and complexion both seem just a tad dulled despite a glossy clarity. A chalky powder assembled off the pour but quickly was dusted aside and presently is no more than a loose soapy crowning.

Its the routine aroma for a Belgian Pale Ale - hint of orchard fruit and clove-like spice - and really could not be any more mundane. There is only very minimal spice lent out by the yeast. I hoped that with a little air previously hidden notes would warm to the surface, but this was to no avail. I'd even consider the bouquet a little too tepid to call 'pleasant'.

The taste offers a little more to be interested in but is still not enough to sway my indifference. What I do enjoy is the malty base flavour of breadcrumbs or doughy biscuits. Unfortunately, the expected notes of bruised orchard fruit, pear or green apple, are faint at best. It's the sign of a spiritless yeast, and the result is a very moderately flavoured beer.

It also makes for a mild mouthfeel, too. The yeast simply doesn't have the legs to produce convincing flavours or adequate spice. Furthermore, despite the malts having some welcome sweetness, I could have done with just a little more toasting. Without the yeast character and spice this drinks much closer to a pilsner than an abbey style blond.

I don't know what gives - I've enjoyed this beer on many spread out occasions before tonight, but sitting down with it now I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed. I'll be sure my scores reflect a medium, but as far as blonds of this milieu go, this failed to set itself apart. I still love the Maredsous series, but will definitely have the 8 and 10 ahead of this in the lineup.

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, from 2008. Best before March 2013, 330ml poured into a tulip.

Poured a golden orange, with some browner hues. White or just off-white; good head and retention. Nose is interesting, lightly sour, funky and almost gueuze like in some senses. Some yeasty qualities. Taste has some light tartness on the front end, wheaty and some barnyard like funkiness. Light sweetness, with some hints of honey potentially. Some bready notes, lightly-coloured fruits and a minimal spice note. Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Yeasty with a touch of alcohol, but that doesn't impede its drinkability. Nice light and pleasant, a fairly satisfying blond.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Blonde with a mountain of fluffy, white head; nice retention and lace.

S: Very fruity. Plenty of bubble-gum esters that actually seem more British than Belgian.

T: Tastes more Belgian than it smells. There's still plenty of Juicy-Fruit esters to move you, but there's also a little earth and spice (hops/yeast?). Good bittersweet balance, with a crisp, dry finish.

M: Highly attenuated, light body, very digestible. Carbonation is assertive.

D: Approachable & engaging, but I don't think I could session it.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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