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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

448 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | 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 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
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear blond color, be careful not to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle or you'll find chunks floating in you beer.
Smell is fruity, spicy, and some bread like yeast notes.
Taste is dry, spicy and fruity finishes kind of sweet. You can taste a little alcohol in it. Nice
A good drinking beer with some kick but not the knock down power of it's big brothers.

weissbierdrinker, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Squat bottle poured into a Maredsous chalice.

A-Amber brew exhibiting golden highlighting, quite clear. Cloudy, pale white head atop, retaining as a thick, consistent layer through my enjoyment of this beer.

S-Lightly fruity, perhaps apple and pear. A little bit of spice underneath this fruity sweetness.

T-Bready-sweet malt, with a sligh hoppy bitterness. Slight fruitiness emerges midway, similar to the character perceived in the aroma, with a certain hoppy-fruity-twang that lasts into the finish.

M-Typical high, nearly effervescent carbonation, with a creamy, small-bubbled feel. The body of this beer is modeium, though it finishes almost linght in a semi-sweet, bitter way. This is quite pleasant and provides a certain amount of drinkability. Speaking of which...

D-...This brew is very enjoyable and quite drinkable. It would make a fine session brew, keeping me on my toes with the inherent fun of its flavors. If only it weren't quite so pricy.

CHSLBrew, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Madigan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm fairly ignorant about Belgian beer but I've been experimenting with some of the lower strength varieties lately (I tend to steer clear of anything over about 7.5%) and I have to say I really liked Maredsous Blonde. I poured into a big Duvel glass, the colour was a cloudy amber, and the head was great - nice and thick. The smell was rich and pleasant and similar to other Belgian pales (yeasty!). The taste was dry and spicy with no discernible alcohol and it went down very easily. In terms of taste and smell, it's a first cousin of Orval and I'll definitely be having it again.

Madigan, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of nickynick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maredsous 6 poured a cloudy amber with a large tan head and excellent lacing. The smell was of yeast and hops. The taste was bready sweet. Some citrus notes as well from the hops. Mouthfeel was good crisp and carbonated. Drinkability was good as well. This was a great beer. Reminded me of Orval, but a bit sweeter. Very nice ale that I will look for again.

nickynick, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The color is very light - paleblond. A very large close white head that stays for a long time. You get very thirsty while you wait for the head to set - it looks realy tasty.

S: A bit of yeast combined with fruit and floral hops gives this beer a pleasent aroma. This is a complex beer that almost smells like bread, thanks to the malt.

T: The thing that strikes me is Fruit!!! But there is also floralhops and a nice dryness to this complex beer that has a hint of hard candy.
The aftertaste is pleasant with a hoppy ending.

M: A creamy feel along with a dry alkaline. Not bad at all.

D: A nice blond belgian beer that is very affordable (in Sweden the alkohol is highly taxed and I both this for only 16,40 SEK - about $2). If you find this one - buy it!

Evil_Pidde, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with sticky, lacy head. Apple, earth and cinnamon nose. Cakey malts with some burnt sugar, ginger beer zing that shows prune bitterness as it warms. Medium to chewy. Burns a bit for a (relatively) low ABV.

More bark than bite, but still a good blonde. Needs to be cool.

Update: 2nd tasting got wax and grain on the nose with spiced honey notes. Straight ahead blonde; there are better out there.

StJamesGate, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=poured a golden copper color with some very slight haze. Capped by a 3 finger white head

S=Yeasty, malty, some floral notes

T=Some cakiness, nice light taste very balanced

M=light feel nice carbonation.

D=very good and definitely a tasty beer, drinkability is high with moderate alcohol content and a light feel.

jacobseyb, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the official Maredsous glass that I got in the same gift pack as the bottle.

A: Pours a medium translucent amber, with 2-3 fingers of puffy white head. The head dissipates but leaves a layer on the surface, good lacing.

S: Malty, somewhat fruity sweetness.

T: A thick sweetness, similar to the nose, with a touch of bitterness that lingers subtly on the aftertaste.

M: A relatively thick/heavy mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation.

D: Certainly easy to drink, and the ABVs not bad either.

It's pretty good overall, but not outstanding.

seand, May 23, 2009
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.

tempest, May 19, 2009
Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 04 2011. sampled may 8/09.

pours crystal clear deep amber with a huge fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops quite slowly and leaves clumps of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. white bread and cracker. touch of alcohol. great belgian yeasty spice. bit of clove. light floral hops. caramel. touches of vanilla and butterscotch. light tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, pear. also a touch of earthy/musty character.

taste is nice. cracker. bit of white bread. touch of grain. floral hops, not too strong. medium-low bitterness level. light belgian yeast character. bit of alcohol, less than i noticed in the aroma. touch of spice, nothing specific. the caramel from the aroma is almost non-existent, and the fruit is more subtle, mainly showing some pear and a touch of green apple. that bit of musty/earthy character is there too.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. really liked the aroma and was slightly let down by the taste, but it's still a well balanced and pretty solid beer.

grub, May 09, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot bobsy for this!
Pours clear golden color with one finger white head. Smell - extensive plum-like fruitiness hits nose at first, then maltiness, very soft pleasant aroma. Taste - wow, I haven't had belgium for a while. Malts, some plums, raisins, some pleasant bitterness in the back. Very good carbonation, light, easy drinker, great beer. Very enjoyable. Thanks a lot Rob!

Voonder, May 08, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden amber color with a one and a half finger creamy crown which left moderate lacing. A fine looking brew.

Smell was somewhat sweet, almost floral, along with hints of some fruit.

Taste followed the scent. Sweet malt along with some pear, however it all came together in a somewhat muted fashion.

Mouthfeel was on the thicker side, but smooth and enjoyable.

If this beer was a singer it would be somewhere in the Barry Manilow/Billy Joel/ Elton John range. Nothing to make you say WOW, but it has moments of excellence and there's nothing offensive going on. I'd have wished for a tad more strength in the aroma and taste areas, but even so I'd happily have this one again.

JBogan, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 3-27-09

Eye: Real nice to look at once poured. This one is hazy gold in color, not completely clear but not really cloudy...foggy? Head retention is excellent as bubbles endlessly stream to support the dense rocky head that has formed. The bone white head is at a constant two finger height, real nice look to this one.

Nose: Nice sweet malt aroma, hints of green apple come through, fruity tones and some yeastiness come through as well. This one smells very fresh, almost like it has just finished fermenting or still is in a small way. Yeast comes through as a bit bread like and a bit earthy. Malt is very low key in this beer, it hardly seems to come through at all, its there, but it supports with soft undertones of grain. Overall pretty nice, just a low key easy going beer.

Tongue: First of all malt comes through on the palate. Slight notes of graininess followed by some toasted notes that compliment the extreme dry character of this beer. In contrast to the dryness there are sweet and light fruity tones that come to give depth, character and balance to this beer. Nothing grand, but this is a well crafted beer.

Feel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this one is bone dry. Body is light and carbonation is higher giving this one a cleansing feel on the palate. With the real dry character of this beer I feel that the higher levels of carbonation help to offset the dryness as well as to bring out the fruitiness in here. Overall everything works real well toghether, feel and taste each work to make this beer the most it can be. This is a finely crafted beer.

becktone, Apr 19, 2009
Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.