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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

436 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2002)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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

waldoiverson, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a lighter gold with a finger of big bubbled white head. Fruity aroma with some Belgian yeast spice. Light to medium bodied. Fair amount of noble hop bitterness. Lightly spicy. A little citrus. Nothing earth shattering, but very refreshing and drinkable.

homebrewhawk, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar and quite flowery. In the taste, flowery and yeasty. A smooth and medium to light mouthfeel, with a semi dry yeasty to clean aftertaste. Nice blonde, but bigger than most.

OWSLEY069, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

jeranbrews, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before 06 2011. Slightly chilled.

Pours into my tulip a clear, pale amber with a big, billowing, foamy off-white head. As it recedes it does leave some very nice lacing.

Smell is prototypical Belgian pale It has a nice graininess, but also a fragrant yeast twang. It is mostly fruity, with a tiny hint of hoppy spice.

The flavor is the same with more fruit, more twang, and a slight alcoholic tinge. The hops linger over the rest of the beer with a nice subtlety.

It is a solid pale ale, one that I would go back to, and one that s fairly cheap as well.

crossovert, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Mjoepp
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with white head which disappears quickly.

S: Yeast, coriander. Doesn't taste to much for beeing a belgian beer.

T: Yeast, coriander, sweet fruits and caramells. Aftertaste is yeasty and light bitter feeling to it.

O: Remember it as better on tap. Otherwise good for the price.

Mjoepp, Jul 27, 2010
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.-

Stinkypuss, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Brabander
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one of the better blond beers. Poured in my Maredsous chalice the beer is goldenyellow with a big head. Very little carbonation.

A bit of a peppery smell and i smell some bread, Smell is OK.

Nice taste, i had the bottle a bit too warm but the beer is forgiving.

With a good mouthfeel and a good drinkability it is a blond which is worth to try.

Brabander, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

sfprint, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

generallee, May 26, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes--
Poured into chalice

This comes out a honey-touched bourbon color. Nice and clear with almost 2 fingers of bright white head. Really looks good.

Smells lemony... grassy... very fresh. Actually smells "bright," if that makes any sense.

A little sour flavor (possibly green apple) with a nice balance of malt and slight bitterness. Crisp.

The body is nice but the carbonation is perfect.

This thing drinks a little too easily for being 6%. It would be quite easy to go through 2 bombers of this one!

AleWatcher, May 24, 2010
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.

zeff80, May 16, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the branded Maredsous Chalice. Pours a golden-orange colour. Lots of white, foamy head, with tons of bubbles. Lots of lacing too. Smells yeasty, but I'm not getting too much else. The taste has some sweetness to it, with a little bit of hop bitterness. Pleasant enough, but certainly not my favourite from the style. Nice carbonation level.

kwjd, May 10, 2010
Photo of beersheppard
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: unfiltered, murky, cloudy, white head, good carbonation minimal lacing.

Smell: green apple, yeast.

Taste: mild, aplle, lemon, very clean and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: fizzy and creamy.

Drinkability: refreshing and easy drinking, would definitely get again.

beersheppard, May 02, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Very active, clear, amber, thick pillowy foam with good retention and some lacing.

Sweet caramel malty and fruity yeasty character. Add a bit of nutty and dark fruity tones. Very nice. Has legs, and gets richer and stronger as it warms.

Many of the same influences as the nose, but not as rich or complex.

Solidly medium body, some richness, finishes clean.

Mighty easy drinking, particularly when consumed in a relative beer wasteland (Thailand) where macro-lagers are king. I may have overrated as a result, but this is a solid brew regardless of where you enjoy it.

sprucetip, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

metter98, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy golden sunset color with a 2 finger white head with perfect carbonation that settles nicely to very white lace and ring
the smell is light floral hops some caramel malts and some fruit and spice
the taste is superb its crisp pale malts balanced with some citrus hops mixed in with yeast some bananas clove and rounded out with sweet caramel..this is a classic so delicate so smooth yet it is just full of flavor as it warms the clove and yeast just add to the taste..its a medium mouth full but full flavored..i can drink this first or last or anytime in between..delicious well made highly recommended

gatornation, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maredsous 6 Blonde. 750 ml.

Presentation
Wrapped in a sheath of parchment-colored paper, with the "Maredsous" logo printed and some text about abv., style, and the brewery. Very attractive and alluring packaging. Underneath the paper, the bottle has an unusual yellow-white, hexagonal label featuring a crest and some text. Duvel did a very nice job on the packaging.

On the back of the label:
"Maredsous Blonde is a delectable Belgian Blonde with light fruitiness, soft malting, and a dry, gently hopped finish. Brewed following Benedictine tradition under the supervision of the Abbaye de Maredsous, this dine ale has been bottle-refermented and aged for two months. Serve at 42-50°F."

Appearance:
A beautiful 3" off-white, rocky head adorns the crisp deep copper body -- looks almost like a deep, dark honey, that's how thick but clean it is. Radiant when but up to a light. Lacing is amazing -- gripping the side of the Duvel tulip like sea foam. The head eventually settles to about an inch, but the lacing still sticks to the sides in huge clumps -- reminiscent of beery honey bubble-bath. The foam tastes and feels so silky and soft!

Aroma:
Crisp pale malts, light caramel, soft fruity aroma -- banana maybe?

Taste:
This is one of the rare occasions in which I've actually enjoyed eating the foam. The pale malts are really very flavorful and they show up first, followed by a soft banana and yeasty middle. A nice smooth caramel flavor runs throughout. Tangy, fruity characteristics show up towards the end with a bit of pepperiness. The delightfully sweet/fruity/tangy/papery dry finish leaves me smacking my lips for more. In two words: mouthwatering and refreshing! I love that it displays complexity but with a soft and tempered side. It's fun to drink.

Mouthfeel,
Smooth, slick, and delightfully buttery. Medium-bodied, but a bit thin. Carbonation is there, but it's softer than I would have expected, though there's a nice bite at the end. As I mentioned earlier the foam just feels so silky smooth and adds so much to the sensory experience -- because of it, I'm awarding an extra 0.5 to the score. Note: As it warms, it loses the little bit of carbonation it has. This one's best enjoyed in its recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Drinkability:
Tasty, complex, but soft and playful. I could drink this all day! It's 6% so there's really nothing stopping me. Wow, what a great, refreshing experience -- particularly on a hot day like today.

Notes:
I was really pleasantly surprised by Maredsous 6. I was expecting an average offering, but instead was really wowed. I really appreciate the attention to detail with this one. It doesn't try to impress with a high abv. or overly intense flavors. Instead it excels at offering the most accessible, but complex and enjoyable experience I could imagine from a Belgian Pale Ale. $8.99 @ Joe Canals.

BeerNemesis, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: flared snifter, the beer is a bright, clear copper in color and is topped with a thick, well retained head that leaves good lace

s: crisp pale malts with light undertones of caramel, yeasty banana and some mild phenols, sugared lemon, papery aged hops, nice

m: carbonation on the high end of medium, body light but not thin

t: flavorful pale malt body with some light caramelization going on behind the curtains, nice yeasty banana, papery hop flavors finishing with a mild, growing bitterness

d: a quality pale ale with nice character and a sound structure, easily drinkable

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

blackie, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber/orange beer, a thick white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell has some sweet notes from the malt, like syrup on digestive, Then the acidity lemon, orange and creme fraiche.

Taste of candid sugar, lemon curd and fresh bread. A nice, but small, bitterness. And a characteristic spiciness.

Medium carbonation, a good creamy feeling, a dry finish.

A good solid well balanced Belgian beer.

rarbring, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet. From a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very attractive dark copper with a slight haze. A very active and frothy white head that is about 1 inch tall. The head retention is crazy strong. It lasts for a long time. Very nice. Lacing is left all the way down the glass as the beer goes down.

S - Nice sweet malty esters with some phenolic hints. Some grassy hop notes as well. Spice notes and some clove character with fruit juices as well.

T - Now. The taste was a little bit like white wine and a bit disappointing after the smell. Some grape and pear hints. Clove hints and some nice spices like coriander and a bit of pepper but they seem a little subdued. There are some hints of hop character at the back end of the beer with some grassy character and a nice bitterness at the end. The beer is not bad but the flavor was a little flat or subdued.

M & D - Good CO2 balance and a nice refreshing medium-light body. Refreshing and lower ABV make this a nice session BPA. Good spring and summer beer.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 02, 2010
Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.