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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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476 Ratings

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 21
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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 sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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.

Photo of kwjd
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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.

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."

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.