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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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436 Ratings

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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

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 saccro
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pure gold. Evenly-sized small bubbles that eventually fall to trademark clingy lace.

S - spicy. banana stem aroma. apples. sweet.

T - alcohol. sweet. a bit dull. subdued phenolics. a little bitter in the aftertaste

M - highly carbonated. crisp.

D - not bad. lacks character.

saccro, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

A: A hazy darker yellow with a good 3 fingers of head.

S: A faint spiciness shines through; some juicy apples and pears, followed by more pepper.

T: Strong taste of apples; somewhat reminiscent of apples soaked in white wine (sangria, maybe?) and slightly alcoholic as a result. Nice spiciness to round it off with some citrus to boot.

M: Somewhat lighter, could do with a little more carbonation, but nonetheless juicy.

D: A decently drinkable ale by Maredsous. I haven't explored this brewer too much and I've been meaning to try the Tripel and Dubbel also.

thekanna, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange with a good-sized off-white head which fades quickly and leaves a dotted lace behind. A pleasant yeasty and phenolic aroma floats out of the snifter, making itself evident without any effort. Closer inspection reveals some malts and mild hops with some vinegar, grass and caramel in the background. Tastes malty and spicy and goes down dry with some distant hops biting at the back of the throat. Some citrus notes linger. Medium-bodied and fairly well-carbonated. I wouldn't mind if there was a bit more going on in the taste department, but find it hard to complain too much. Good brew.

stephens101, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Long813, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of barleywort
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

barleywort, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose pretty cool that reminds dairy, it is very soft mouth, good malty and quite bubbly. The finish, but really the end, spicy flavors leaves (cilantro) and a little acidity. A very pleasant beer tasting and, moreover, has a great balance. Another excellent beer from brewery Duvel Moortgat. Great.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a chalice. Slightly hazy light yellow-orange, couple fingers of head, great lacing when it dissolves.

S - mostly pale malt, some yeast, banana ester

T - crisp pale malty ale, slightly bitter, fairly dry finish

M - moderate body, more than expected, pretty sticky too for it's gravity, quite carbonated

D - pretty easy, as you'd think, but foamy

Richardberg, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Maredsous chalice.

A: pours a good-looking, slightly hazy gold color with half a finger of fine-bubbled head. Lacing on my glass as I enjoyed the brew.

S: smells like malt with a hint of banana. That's about it.

T: similar to the smell; lots of malt up front here with a feel of hops & more malted barley towards the end. Not the most complex of brews, but hey, this *is* a blonde we're talking about.

M: light-bodied with lots of (but not too much) carbonation. No alcoholic bite, but fizzles a bit in the mouth.

D: easy drinking here. Quite sessionable, a very pleasant drink on the whole.

brystmar, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from a Maredsous gift pack, which came with a very nice glass (that has now usurped Chimay as a chalice of this type for me).

This beer looks like an absolute beauty in its own glassware. The body is a radiant gold and supports a couple of fingers of bone white head, which drops to a lumpy cap, and leaves rings of lace that drop to sheets. Retention is excellent and sustained by a very obvious and steady carbonation. Faint pineapple mixes in with grainy bread and light floral notes. Tropical notes continue as a subtle accent in the flavour, which has a grainy base sweetened with honey, and with added complexity from delicate spicing in the finish. Medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a pretty solid rendition of a Belgian Pale. Certainly not a beer that will blow you away, but pleasantly flavourful, balanced and ideal for a refreshing drink. Nice stuff.

bobsy, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little biased since Belgian styles are my favourite these days. This beer is no exception and I'll definitely try this one again. However, I'll probably continue to drink the Unibroue brands as my routine beers since they're very tasty and more available under the LCBO regime.

Maredsous Blonde has a nice dense head that clings to the sides of the chalice as it recedes to a thin but persistant layer. The liquid is a slightly hazy golden straw colour. The lacing is impressive through the rest of the drink leaving some of the thickest remains I've ever seen.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A malty start with the usual belgian characteristics: honey sweet, candy suger bubblegum malt; fruity (banana, tropical) and floral. These are the same tones as found in the aroma (which does have a tiny bit of earthy funkiness). The carbonation is fine and at a medium level that I like. There's low bitterness but the aftertaste with some citric peel but it also has some slight cardboard tones - but not enough to discredit this beer.

ecoastman, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jbonapar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

jbonapar, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stubby, curvaceous 11.2 oz bottle with best before of 3/2012. Poured in a tulip glass.

This beer can best be described as Duvel's little brother. The flavor profile and overall feel is incredibly similar, but it's just a bit smaller.

Golden in color with 3 fingers of white head that recedes to a solid cap of big bubbles on top of the beer. The heavy carbonation is evident in the swirls of bubbles that rise to the top of the glass.

The smell has a light graininess accompanied by fruity yeast with notes of pineapple, vanilla, and pear.

The taste has hints of pineapple, pear, and green apple on a backdrop of clean malt. Some subtle spicy hops are barely evident. The finish is bone dry, crisp, and incredibly refreshing.

This beer just goes down so easily. It's not the most complex or interesting Belgian out there, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sheer refreshment and drinkability. This beer would be an ideal summer beer or something to drink after a day out hiking.

bump8628, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Maredsous chalice clear gold with an inch of sticky white foam initially, but hazes up with the last few drops. Nose is floral with a bare hint of funk, and some tropical fruit. Sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Ample apple and and again, tropical fruitiness. Finishes with a yeasty, characteristic Belgian flavour and bitter orange. Quite a soft and creamy mouthfeel on this with a moderate carbonation. Mostly a typical Belgian blonde, but with a bit heavier flavour and body. Quite nice and amply drinkable.

allergictomacros, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light copper hue with a hint of cloudiness, surmounted by a three finger frothy ivory head. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with apples and a little wheatiness. Light but endearing.

Taste: somewhat sweet with a flavor profile similar to the aroma. It does have a bit of tartness which, while I'm not entirely opposed to it, doesn't really fit my idea of the style. It's definitely not bad, just not my favorite Belgian pale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with well-integrated carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Quite to style and quite to my liking indeed.

Drinkability: while it's not my favorite, it's still a perfectly respectable beer. Perhaps without the light sourness it would rate much higher.

flagmantho, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep gold with fairly active carbonation. Clarity is good for a bottle conditioned beer. A huge eggshell cap is soapy, rocky and leaves a tremendous amount of chunky lace.

S: Quite fruity. Aromas of pear, green grape and green apple dominate. A clove and cinnamon spiciness rounds things out.

T: Pale fruits from the nose meld nicely into the initial hit of flavor. A pepper clove bitterness comes on quickly. It becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Toward the end, a mild sourdough tartness shows up and lingers through the finish.

M: The body is very light, almost to the point of being watery. The carbonation could stand a bit more vigor.

D: The light body and relatively low ABV make this beer an easy drinker. The flavor has a nice complexity that grows as it warms. My only wish would be for a bit more carbonation. Overall, a solid choice.

Rayek, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a 1-finger sized white soapy head, good retention and lacing.

Smells of bananas, cloves, straw, bubblegum, pretty sweet smelling.

Sweet upfront, bananas, fruit, grass, bubblegum and yeast. Finishes with a strange bitter and metallic aftertaste, nothing terrible though.

Has a thick dry, carbonated mouthfeel, almost like ginger ale, very dry indeed. Meh, I wouldn't bother trying this again.

GodOfBeer, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March 2010. Label is completely different than that in photo...now has off-white and hexagonal-shaped label with a different crest over the name.

A-Clear light-golden w/nice creamy white head, good retention, and nice lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, grassy hops, bits of banana, clove, earth.

T-Doughy w/a bit of sweetness, a faint bit of fruity esters, and a bitter dry finish, both grassy and spicy. Aftertaste is dry w/bits of spicy and flinty Belgian yeast character.

M-On the dry side, which I like. Body is crisp and smooth. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but works well w/this brew.

D-An enjoyable beer of simple elegance that I would buy again.

BoitSansSoif, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear pale gold color with a thick fluffy white head.

S: Nice belgian yeast aroma with some bready, alcohol, and a little clove and pepper aromas.

T: A nice smooth, sweet malt flavor with some bready yeast flavor. There is a slight peach/fruity flavor and a slight bitterness in the flavor. The beer finishes a little dry and with clean flavors. Not that much peppery spice in flavor and feel. A slight alcohol flavor is apparent in the finish.

M: A spicy carbonation tingle, what you would expect from a belgian beer. However, it was a little too carbonated. My mouth filled up with foam every time I tried to taste the flavors in the beer.

D: A very good beer that might be more drinkable than the double or tripel. It has almost the same flavor profile as their other beers only scaled way back, which makes it more drinkable, but the carbonation level keeps it from being a session beer.

Kromes, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: amber colour, with massive carbonation and a fluffy head, typical of the Duvel brewery. A goodlooking beer.

S: straight from the bottle it's bread, after that slight citrus.
T: again malts and citrus, but that's about it. It's pleasant but also very simple.
M: this is extremely smooth and refreshing.
D: with the 6% it goes ok on a nice warm day. A nice one to drink.

RuudJH, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer but it really tasted more like a blonde than a belgian pale. I actually didn't have that strong a belgian character. It was, however, a very good and refreshing beer with good malt character, good carbonation and decent flavor and drinkability.

david18, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is highly reminiscent of Duvel Draught. It pours a very light straw colour with beeautiful white head.
The taste is of floral hops with some mild spice and a little lemon in the background.

I must say it s not my favourite from Maredsous but very drinkable in all. I think however that in all it s a bit too carbonated and it makes you burp quite a lot.

DerBayer, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey, murky, with beads of carbonation rising to the top. Okay head and good lacing.

Aroma is a tad bit of barnyard must and spice and bubblegum with some canned pears in light syrup.

Starts off tart, it's bready and fruity in the middle, and it finishes very dry and tinny. Has a dry plasticy flavor lurking in the background. A little musty and spicy in the taste as well. Borderline sour and no where near as sweet as the aroma suggests.

This beer is highly attenuated, leaving little residual sugar and a very tart, crisp and dry mouthfeel.

I like it. But I wouldn't go out of my way for more.

MeisterBurger, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly hazed deep gold color with a 1/2" white head. The head settled slowly but never really disappeared. Sheets of beautiful white lace clung to my glass.

S= Funky, musty, and malty with some grassy hops in the back.

T= This ale showed a bakery malt sweetness followed by some tart orchard fruit esters. The middle was all yeast and hops. The yeast was musty and funked but not overpowering. The noble hops were grassy and leafy and meshed very well with the Belgian yeast notes. Finish was dry and delicious.

MF= Lighter side of medium body with an effervescent carbonation and very crisp mouthfeel.

D= A very drinkable and enjoyable ale. Highly sessionable! I'm not saying they are the same, but if you like Orval you should try this.

spointon, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

bashiba, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

jrallen34, Aug 31, 2009
Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.