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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | 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 beersheppard
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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

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 rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of saccro
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of thekanna
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Long813
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of barleywort
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

Photo of ThaCreep
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

Photo of brystmar
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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.

Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.