Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 497
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow liquid with a fluffy white head perched atop. Great retention, good lacing.
Smell is malt, citrus, vanilla, cardboard(?), clove and pepper. Nice balance and complexity.
Taste is the same without the light vanilla note.
Medium body though it leans slightly fuller. Medium-light effervescence. Drying, clean finish. Nice brew. (351 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/amber color into my goblet, with a very clingy, overflowing head. Leaves cotton candy like residue as the lacing. There is some re fermented yeast at the bottom. Aroma - Very sweet fruitiness, like watermelon and pear. Yeast and malt character is going to be dominant going by the aroma as well. Taste - very bready, with wheat, banana, kiwi, melon, and candy apple. Very carbonated and medium mouthfeel. A fine, refreshing brew that is 'for anyone.' (465 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
1.14/5  rDev -70%
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 (424 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml bottle stamped: 2012 91-09:40. Sampled on March 5, 2012. The cork flies across the room and a nice smokiness erupts from the bottle. It pours a slight cloudy golden yellow with a small, long-lasting fizzy white head. On the nose there is a malted bread, yeast, anise, and thin hop character. The body is a bit better than medium. Up front the taste begins with sweet malts then turns over to a peppery character and ends modestly bitter but not sour. This is a decent Abbey Blonde. (511 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly murky golden orange. The almost white head leaves a literal wall of lacing down the whole glass from the head that is there when I finished the beer.

Smell is Belgian yeast, fruity apple skin, mild malt and a hint of spice.

Tastes is light fruitiness, yeast, and lightly peppery.

High carbonation and a light body make this evaporate as you drink it. Easy to drink, but a little bite is present.

A fine beer that is light and easy drinking. A blonde that does what it should.

DOA (498 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of negroobserver
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice. Poured a large foamy head. Amber colour, hazy. Had a Belgian yeasty aroma typical of Belgian Blonde/Pale Ale. Was slightly more bitter and spicy than other BPAs I've had. Tasted notes of berries. Normal mouthfull. Overall a beer very similar to Leffe/Grimmbergen Blonde that is pleasant but holds no major surprise. (356 characters)

Photo of beerthirtysa
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy light peach color when held to the light, off-white head dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.
Smell: sweet malt, warm hay, mild spice notes, but overall not too complex in aroma.
Taste: a lot of hops up front and throughout, but they aren't astringent or powerful. Wife says: a lot of grass and a lot of pepper. There's a warmth in this beer--a warming spice. Husband says: there just isn't a lot of complexity to this taste.
Mouthfeel: pleasant, sparkly feel on the tongue, clean finish.
Overall: Wife says: Not my favorite, but I'm not a big fan of hops, and this is an unusually one-note beer. Husband says: I much prefer the Maredsous 8. (666 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a pretty hazy beautiful bright golden color with a large amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of head that is pure white and lingers nicely, leaves a beautiful layer of silky lacing around the glass, also as soon as i popped the top on the bottle it began to foam, im not sure why it would do this because it had been sitting in my fridge for about a week and i dint shake it up at all when i took it out, odd but no harm no foul
S: a ton of the wheat scent i had expected, slight lemon and nice bread notes, also a finish like vinegar or Tabasco sauce, not sure which
T: begins with a nice wheat and bready note, then moves into a nice bright lemon note which combines with the bread and lingers nicely on the palate
M: strong carbonation which leaves a bit of a tingly feeling on the palate
O: a nice one from maredsous, taste an appearance stood out the most, the rest was pretty much what i had expected, nice quality (958 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a three finger head into my duvel tulip, white frothy head, thick sticky lacing, great retention,cloudy golden honey colour.

Light fruit, honey, belgian yeast

Taste is banana, apple, honey, floral hops, sweet pale malt, cloves

Medium bodied with some carbonation, enough bitterness to be balanced but very easy drinking.

An excellent brew that is crisp and refreshing and seemingly sessionable. (405 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got all three Maredsous beers and a goblet to go with them this year. I didn't know this was brewed by the same company as Duvel. Alright, I'm intrigued

Appearance: A slightly cloudy golden colour that boasts steady carbonation, although only a finger worth of head. Lots of clinging lace which I love and despite there not being a lot of head, it stuck around for a good long time.

Smell: Yeast is the prevalent with spiced bread notes. It's almost reminiscent of lemon poppyseed bread without the lemon, as a slight sugary note also appears. Warming helped but it could be a bit more potent.

Taste: Excellent, not to simple to be boring but not too ritzy tasting like most Belgians. Starts with a sweet bread taste with hints of yeast that build nicely as clove and spice notes come forward and are dusted off with a floral hop touch.

Mouthfeel: Superb transitioning, a nice carbonation that's both creamy and bubbly at the right times. Has a light yeast and sweet spiced bread aftertaste. Even the slight dryness it leaves behind grows on me.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not the most refreshing. Medium bodied but given the 6% ABV it does a marvellous job. I could easily drink this all night, although I'm sure I'd hit the floor awfully quick if I did. A little gassy though, but that's not a big issue.

Final Thoughts: An excellent job on this beer I must say. This is a case that the brewer knew his limitations and didn't try to push the yeast too much like so many Belgians seem to do with me. Crisp, clean, simple but not boring and certainly worth a try. Easily a rival for even the Trappist brews. (1,625 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into the beer's trademark goblet at Les Frères Berthom in Tours, France.

Had Maredsous 8 a few weeks ago (which I shall get around to reviewing) and found it to be excellent, so I thought I'd have a go at Moortgat's other non-flagship beers such as this one. It pours a clear, golden yellow tone, pretty much resembling most Belgian pales I've had on tap in Europe. There is a nice creamy, foamy appearance to it, but overall pretty low carbonation – almost the exact opposite of Duvel, to be honest. Decent looking.

The aroma is filled with grainy notes and that of sugar cane. Not much fruitiness at all. It's really hard to find too many complex aromas on this one. I suppose it's not really meant to be this brew's forté, but there are blondes that are more diverse aroma-wise than this one.

On a few successive sips, it proves itself to be a balanced overall. Contains a light spiciness and low bitterness that counteracts with the sweetness. Creamy and refreshing. It's definitely a Moortgat product based on the good yeasty and malty quality, and stands out as a humble yet good blond. It's drinkable and doesn't unload you in the face with ABV like the brewery's other products do.

It's hard to find a lot to write about Belgian pale ales. To me, there are supposed to be simple yet flavorful and refreshing beers that provide good quality without having to flex any muscles. This beer successfully nails the definition of such ales. I would take this over a Leffe blond ale any day, and it could serve as a good gateway beer for people who are just starting to try new brews. (1,607 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of a sweet fruitiness, yeast, floral notes and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet bready malt character, nice citrusy notes coming from the hops, slight lingering bitterness, yeast and some spices. Not too complex but still nice.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (595 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 2014.

Beer is light golden with a relatively small white head.

Scent is yeasty, a bit of hops, some light fruit flavours- pear, peach. Floral. Nice but not notable or exciting.

Taste is similar to the nose. Yeasty, slight bitterness from the hops, a bit of spice, and some light fruit. Very mildly funky. Like the nose - enjoyable but not great.

Very carbonated- irritating and impacts the flavour. Medium bodied.

Overall, a decent but unexciting Belgian pale. No harm in drinking it but there is much better out there. (542 characters)

Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden orange with a quickly dissipating head that sticks around as a thin cap.

Smell - Fruity with pears and peach pie aromas, floral, lightly tart.

Taste - Very clean and crisp, but still has a soft, complex fruitiness - peach, mineral, yeast, and a slight tartness on the end. (300 characters)

Photo of DeSoto
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer after work from Spec's in El Paso. I have had the other varieties of Maredsous but have never seen the Blonde. It came in a nice paper sleeve which makes a great gift idea.

Bottle type: 1PT./9.4 oz

Served in a 15 oz. snifter

Date: Best before March of 2012

Appearance: Beautiful Burnt Orange Hue. Normal lacing on the glass. Two fingers of white head diminished to one after 35 seconds but still there. Nice hazy middle with great yeast residue.

Smell: Great nose. Hints of peach cobbler, autumn squash and Tamarind. Beautiful balance of sweet and sour notes. Small over-watered sunflower profile at the end.

Taste: Nice and sharp. A little weight on the palate. Great balance. Nothing overpowering. Small sour notes at the end. You would expect a lot going on from the nose, like a tripel or quad, but a nice drink from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing. Not abrasive. Clean and inviting.

Overall: Great beer! Maredsous does it right to start off with this one in their portfolio. Great pairing for some triple cream cheese, honey, and crackers. A must have. (1,092 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Maredsous chalice; bottle from gift pack.

Pale blonde/orangeish colour, one finger of thick white head, generous amount of lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, some light citrus notes, green apple, sweet scents come off of this, spicy and fairly upfront hop profile. Taste is swet candy and yeast at first, followed by dry spicy flavours, lightly bitter, long dry finish. Med-high prickly carbonation, dry, medium full body. Nice belgian pale ale, sweet intially but ends pleasantly dry, quite a drinkable beer here. (528 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of mikedotnet
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (824 characters)

Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
85 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.