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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

453 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | 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 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
3.5/5  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.

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.

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
3.73/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.