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Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is ok, but not as good as many others of the style, rather bland and thin, and a disappointment compared to the Maredsous 10.

It's golden amber with a medium off-white ehad slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top and leaving a little weak, foamy lace.

The aroma smells fairly standard for the style and is good: grain and fermented-raisiny character overall with hint of toast, some pear, yeast, and banana.

The taste and feel, though, are rather weak. Overall, it is mostly the character of dry, bland, faintly bitter lemon soda with hints of yeast and raisiny alcohol. It starts slightly more raisiny and with a fairly strong grain quality that takes over at the finish and in the aftertatse on the first couple sips, but these elements vanish rapidly. Soon it has almost no aftertaste at all and just is dry and bland from start to finish. It seems rather fizzy and a bit watery, too. However, it is decent to drink and rather refreshing in a way.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light amber. Big, dense, snow-white head with fantastic retention. Nice arches of lacings all the way down. A good deal of visible carbonation.

Not the greatest of aromas. A vague creamed corn scent turns me off. Too bad because there are nice yeasty hints and medicinal hops.

Grainy malt, again an unpleasant corn taste to it... strange. Once you get past this nasty little characteristic, however, there are nice bright fruits and grassy hops that coat the mouth. A soft bitterness to finish. Keep this well chilled, it takes on unpleasant lager characteristics as it warms.

Quite drinkable for the style, a very sessionable Belgian Pale.

Photo of funkengruven
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice pale amber, with a nice thick meringue like head. Smell is a slightly faint malt aroma, pretty nice. Taste is simple and clean, grainy malt dominates, with a slight hop bitterness. It is smooth and thick going down, a pretty nice easy drink overall.

Overall, a pretty solid and sessionable Belgian.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In its' own glass. Poured brilliant gold-honey hue until I deposited the last ounce from the bottle which clouded it up and gave it a murky orange glint. The head was off-white and foamy with nice lacing and staying power. The smell made me think of corn syrup, yeast, honey, soda biscuit. Refreshing tartness in the taste, sour flash here and there and over ripe fruit hints with yeast backdrop. Neither bitterness nor malt predominant, citrus and spice was in the mix but muted. I would definately think this was Belgian but not the best example of the style, still well worth trying. I still have the 8 and the 10 from the LCBO gift pack to try so I'll look forward to that!

Photo of larsee01
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass bottle poured into chimay goblet

A--Deep reddish-amber hue. Clear with small head. Head is leaving decent lacing. Effervescent.

S--Sweet and spicy. Ripe banana and clove. Candied fig and raisin. Mild sour from yeast but overwhelmingly malty/sweet.

T--Initially pronounced metallic and bready. Rather dry and not so sweet as it smelled. Not really boozy tasting at 6%. Mild straw and little bitterness. Balanced and rather simple.

M--Dry as aforementioned. Almost powdery. Clean on the palate with little of anything lingering.

D--ok sipper. not much more to say.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, lightly toasted honeyed orange with a moderate and durable rise of bleached khaki.
It noses of grain, hay, sweetbread, oranges, powdered sugar, and dried herbs.
Bready at the onset into the mouth, a touch doughy and sweet before turning toastier and grainier. Then the honey, powdered sugar, and orange/mango fruity sweetness arrives and lingers a while. This slowly dries itself out again with pepper, reedy hops, and hints of crushed mint and other herbs.
Medium bodied with a perky, persistent carbonation. This is a superb Belgian sessioner with a good deal of depth and change throughout. It's probably my favorite of the Maredsous line. It's always great to find these massively drinkable and enjoyable smaller Belgians.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in Maredsous gift pack, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear light orange/amber, very big and fluffy thick white head forms, drops a nice sheet of lacing on the glass, settles to a thin ring and layer, nice retention. Smell is nice, very clean and aromatic, some honey, bread, light floral, some tropical fruit, and candi sugar. Taste is nice, light cracker and banana, tropical fruit, honey sweetness, a bit of orange peel and citrus, with light spice near the finish, sugary, but quite dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, very smooth and drinkable Belgian pale. Nothing exciting but solid.

Photo of Bananaman
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Maredsous is a strange series of beer. In my opinion the Maredsous 6 is more complex than the 8. Anyway, here's the review;

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a off-white foam. The bottle is quite nice too.

Smells nicely of some citrus fruits, some yeast and some sweet malts. The hops rounds of the smell perfectly.

The taste is a slight dissapointment after the smell. The carbonation is a bit high and hides some of the flavors. Otherwise there are lots of citrus fruits and a quite yeasty aftertaste. A nice touch of hops round of the taste in the same way as the smell.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle has importer's label of june 2007, and a "best by" of 3 yrs later. poured into tulip.

deep coppery orange color. faint haze. lots of head that stays around, nice lace.

some pears and apples in the nose, hints of white wine. trace of bready yeast, whiff of leafy hop. some more light fruit and phenols in the back.

slightly more bready complexity in the flavor, but lots of what i got in the nose is a bit washed out with a slightly watered down character. plus a hint of acidity in the middle which somewhat clashes with the moderate bitterness, which also feels a little "off", compounded yet more with mildly medicinal phenols.

starts out watery, then some texture and astringency, lightness and tingling from the moderate carbonation, and then finishes a bit watery too.

meh... kind of average...

Photo of Asgeirr
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Maredsous 6 pours a amber-to-ochre colour along with a 2 inches tall and frothy, clear white head that diminishes to half its original size in, say 40 sec, and leaves plenty of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: A scent of yeast plus a sweet apricot is the dominant tone, perhaps some alcohol can be traced in the back along with some malt tones.

Taste: Modestly acidic at first then the somewhat sugary and fruitier tones starts to bloom in the palate, along with the aforementioned yeast. It's finished of with a really dry, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation tickles the tongue, so it is pretty rich, however not in a overwhelmingly strong manner. The consistency is that of a creamy light-to-medium body.

Drinkability: I've had me a few, and so shall you! This is a OK Belgian Pale Ale, quite interesting primarily due to its aftertaste.

Photo of magictrokini
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best head ever. Poured clear gold with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma of yeast, candy sugar, and spice. Taste was very understated. Typical Belgian-sweet, with a nice malty back. More yeast ester flavors as the beer warms and settles. Light mouthfeel.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing apricot color with a storm of fast moving carbonation bubbles and some cloudyness. The frothy head lasts a long while and coats the glass with foam. the aroma is of biscuits, green apple, curacao orange, candi sugar, and fruity Belgian yeast. The taste is malty and spicey, with lemon drops and grapefruit notes. Hops are pretty low key, providing a bit of bitterness and maybe some of the citrus flavor in this beer. The mouthfeel is light and textured with lots of carbonation.

A decent BPA. Not very bold and anemic in the hop department, but tastey and easy to quaff nonetheless.

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripened mango slice with a slight glint of brush fire when held to the light. Slightly darker for the style. Its colour and complexion both seem just a tad dulled despite a glossy clarity. A chalky powder assembled off the pour but quickly was dusted aside and presently is no more than a loose soapy crowning.

Its the routine aroma for a Belgian Pale Ale - hint of orchard fruit and clove-like spice - and really could not be any more mundane. There is only very minimal spice lent out by the yeast. I hoped that with a little air previously hidden notes would warm to the surface, but this was to no avail. I'd even consider the bouquet a little too tepid to call 'pleasant'.

The taste offers a little more to be interested in but is still not enough to sway my indifference. What I do enjoy is the malty base flavour of breadcrumbs or doughy biscuits. Unfortunately, the expected notes of bruised orchard fruit, pear or green apple, are faint at best. It's the sign of a spiritless yeast, and the result is a very moderately flavoured beer.

It also makes for a mild mouthfeel, too. The yeast simply doesn't have the legs to produce convincing flavours or adequate spice. Furthermore, despite the malts having some welcome sweetness, I could have done with just a little more toasting. Without the yeast character and spice this drinks much closer to a pilsner than an abbey style blond.

I don't know what gives - I've enjoyed this beer on many spread out occasions before tonight, but sitting down with it now I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed. I'll be sure my scores reflect a medium, but as far as blonds of this milieu go, this failed to set itself apart. I still love the Maredsous series, but will definitely have the 8 and 10 ahead of this in the lineup.

Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes, had on tap at Ommegang 11th anniversary fest)

A - Light orange, clear (no haze) with a nice sticky white head

S - Fresh, fruity aroma with some hop bitterness

T - Same fruity flavors suggested by the aroma (more like apples) with a hop dryness in the finish

M - Fairly light in the MF, but still substantial

D - This is a very drinkable brew, and is very refreshing.

Overall, this has to be my favorite in the Maredsous range. I would certainly recommend.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear copper with 1.5 cm tan crown. Very good lacing.

Smells of copper pipe, hay, red licorice, and apple.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with perfect carbonation.

The taste is malty, with a touch of lemon sour, a little bit of vanilla, and caramel.

I really like this one. Good stuff.

Photo of atis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat good head, stays very thin for the whole glass, also rich lacing.

Smell is rather weak and mostly floral sweetness, with addition of citrus. Taste is spicy with some nice sourness, high carbonation as well. Aftertaste is a pleasant mix of bitterness and sweetness, but bitterness is more pronounced. It is quite light and refreshing drink.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden/amber body w/ beautifu white thick head; decent lace and decent retention

s: strong alcohol; yeast/hoppy bitterness; sweet fruity malts

t: winey alcohol; bitter yeast; hops; sweet malts; peach and pear

m: thick and creamy; quite good

d: a good belgian but i was a little disappointed because of the hype

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 8's, 10's and 12's I understand, but I'm always puzzled by the 6's. However, as the 8 and 10 are so excellent, how bad can this stuff be?

The beer pours a honey gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks impressive. On the nose this beer is also quite impressive. One gets honey, cherry, coca puffs and spice; very exotic. The beer is equally intriguing on the palate. My initial impression was that the beer was bit light/watery, but the flavors then come on strong in the finish. I'm still a bit diappointed given the way this beer smells, but nonetheless it's very enjoyable. One gets moderate sweetness, with some hoppy bitterness and chocolate in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and, as expected, pretty drinkable.

This is a very nice beer. Perhaps not as intense and/or flavorful as the 8 and 10, but a solid beer at a manageable abv. Cheers!

Photo of ggaughan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My beer poured a deep clear golden color with a thick one inch head and an off white color. Nice froathy bubbles in the body. The nose was malty, sweet and the taste was more of the same with some citrus notes and a hop presence. Medium body and easy drinking.

Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.