Maredsous 6 - Blonde - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 74 | 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 DeSoto
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer after work from Spec's in El Paso. I have had the other varieties of Maredsous but have never seen the Blonde. It came in a nice paper sleeve which makes a great gift idea.

Bottle type: 1PT./9.4 oz

Served in a 15 oz. snifter

Date: Best before March of 2012

Appearance: Beautiful Burnt Orange Hue. Normal lacing on the glass. Two fingers of white head diminished to one after 35 seconds but still there. Nice hazy middle with great yeast residue.

Smell: Great nose. Hints of peach cobbler, autumn squash and Tamarind. Beautiful balance of sweet and sour notes. Small over-watered sunflower profile at the end.

Taste: Nice and sharp. A little weight on the palate. Great balance. Nothing overpowering. Small sour notes at the end. You would expect a lot going on from the nose, like a tripel or quad, but a nice drink from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing. Not abrasive. Clean and inviting.

Overall: Great beer! Maredsous does it right to start off with this one in their portfolio. Great pairing for some triple cream cheese, honey, and crackers. A must have.

Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours a clear, burnished gold hue. Tall, rocky, ivory foamcap with good retention and typical Belgian lace. Awesome.

Aroma-Extremely aromatic-floral, perfumy overtones, and tons of fruity esters. Pears, light cherry, and a distinctly pleasant, low concentration ethyl acetate aroma. Background notes of whitebread/crackery Pils malt. Slight spicy hop note as well. Very low yeast derived phenols, but not much in the way of spice character on this one.

Flavor-Light pear and floral/rose-like notes up front with a bit of ethyl acetate again. Also present on the front of the palate is a dry, crackery malt character. Slight phenolic spice notes drift through the mid-palate, and spicy/herbal/floral hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through in the finish. After a brief carbonic bite, the aftertaste lingers long on the palate, with crackery malt, light pear esters, and a distinct rose-water flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high, effervescent carbonation. Extremely crisp, dry, and refreshing on the palate.

So clean (for a Belgian), and yet so characterful. This beer is crisp, refreshing, complex, and incredibly drinkable. Pairs with any number of foods, and an awesome beer to have around. Highly recommended.

Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Maredsous chalice; bottle from gift pack.

Pale blonde/orangeish colour, one finger of thick white head, generous amount of lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, some light citrus notes, green apple, sweet scents come off of this, spicy and fairly upfront hop profile. Taste is swet candy and yeast at first, followed by dry spicy flavours, lightly bitter, long dry finish. Med-high prickly carbonation, dry, medium full body. Nice belgian pale ale, sweet intially but ends pleasantly dry, quite a drinkable beer here.

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, from 2008. Best before March 2013, 330ml poured into a tulip.

Poured a golden orange, with some browner hues. White or just off-white; good head and retention. Nose is interesting, lightly sour, funky and almost gueuze like in some senses. Some yeasty qualities. Taste has some light tartness on the front end, wheaty and some barnyard like funkiness. Light sweetness, with some hints of honey potentially. Some bready notes, lightly-coloured fruits and a minimal spice note. Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Yeasty with a touch of alcohol, but that doesn't impede its drinkability. Nice light and pleasant, a fairly satisfying blond.

Photo of Filosoof
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very unimpressive beer of the great Duvel brewers.

It shows that a nice label and the thought of a monastery are not enough to make a nice beer.

L: that looks good!
S: that disappoints!
T: that tastes like a duffy cellar!
M: that is a nice carbonation though!
O: that is something to forget very quickly!

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like a blonde to me. Under a cloud of dense white head that sticks to the glass as it dies is a hazy copper. Sure, it's pale, but it's not a blonde. Regardless, it's nice looking.

The nose picks up lots. A faint hint of fruity Belgian yeast, some peppery spice, maybe some pear and a slight astringency. But nothing noting it's a pale ale.

The mouth picks up the same from the yeast to the spice to the pear and the champagne-like astringency. However, in the finish, it picks up some hoppy goodness that makes you think it could be a pale ale.

Your palate has a field day with all the different sensations. It starts sweet and moves to tart. Then it's slightly spicy before just a touch of bitterness. Light-bodied.

Generally being the least heradled of the Maredsous beers, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Not necessarily a world beater, but definitely something highly worthwhile to drink.

Photo of mikedotnet
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark golden color with very modest head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lacing. No cloudiness.

S - Very sweet aroma. Faint hop presence; very fruity.

T - Sweet and almost sugary (but not overpoweringly sweet). A very tiny bit of hop presence adds a bit of depth and helps to balance the sweetness. For me, it's still a bit too sweet to pair with anything; I enjoy this simply by itself.

M - A bit thin, but pleasant nonetheless. The carbonation is a bit lighter than what I would hope for, but it is still quite refreshing.

O - A very solid refreshing pale ale. I can't say I'm a fan of the style, but I certainly can't complain about this one. I would actually recommend this over Duvel. It's quite reasonably priced in my area as well, so I would definitely recommend this to fans of the style.

Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a bright fleshy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma has a prominent booze note, along with some light spiciness and a bit of honey/caramel sweetness. The sweet cakey malt note comes out more in the flavor. Not much else going on here, kind of a simple beer. There's an astringent hard water/mineral note that leaves the palate unclean. This slowly overtakes the sweetness, and about halfway through the glass it's pretty distracting. A rather unsatisfying beer.

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

Bought from the lovely DeCicco's in Carmel NY. My first Blond Abbey Ale.

Opened with a loud pop and an explosion of tasty froth.

A: Beautiful dark straw color with a colossal frothy head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty and slightly fruity aroma.

T: Yeast taste is prominent. Good amounts of malty tones. Void of any bitterness. Hint of citrus. Good bready flavor that I appreciated. No taste of alcohol at all. Refreshing aftertaste. Wish I had more to say about the flavor, but it wasn't that complex.

M: Nice and bubbly. Frothy feel lingers after swallowing.

O: Not a bad beer, but it's nothing special. Was hoping for a little bit more spices.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold color w/ a two finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Somewhat clear, but cloudy enough to not see through. Yeast, malt, pineapple, other fruit in the nose. Nice smelling, but I'd like it to be stronger. Very smooth tasting, w/ fruit, nuts, malt coming out. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth w/ the malt coming through. Overall, this is a good beer, but not best in its style. Tasty, but Maredsous Tripel is the best from that label that I've had.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours straw-golden color, with a nice head.
Smell: Malts, yeast, citrus, grains, spicy hops
Taste: Malts, bread, yeast, citrus with a crisp dry spicy hop finish
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice blond beer, not too sweet, that’s what I like

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Best Before: 12/2012.

Appearance: Pours a golden-hued body with an initially tall, white head. Thin smears of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, very lightly citrusy over the bready, biscuity malts, sweet-scented light-colored syrups, liquor, spice, and yeasty dough balls.

Taste: Lightly biscuit-toned malts sprinkled with candi sugar and accented by fruity hints of Golden Delicious apples and pineapple, with a slight backing of faintly tart berries. Lightly spicy hops, low bitterness. Small spritz of alcohol. Iota of white pepper, maybe a single clove bud. Curled candied citrus peel. Some sensible warmth to the drying, sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: All in all, M6 is a pretty tasty, competent blonde.

Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, Ny on 6/17/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden color. It has a nice fluffy white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing.

S - It smells of belgian yeast, banana, citrus, and some caramel. There are also some notes of spices and hops.

T - The taste starts off with a sweet malty backbone, light fruitiness, and some belgian yeast. There is also some hop presence that adds some bitterness. The finish is dry and leaves some lingering bitterness and yeast spiciness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a bit of a zing to it. I thought it was pretty refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. Overall, I think it's a good beer, and great for a hot summer day. It is smooth, refreshing, and I could drink a few of these in a single sitting. I would buy this again.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Belgian single style glass (wide mouth wine).

Pours w/1 finger of white head over a cloudy, chill-hazed golden body. Has some of the best head retention I've ever seen, and tons of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are light, and include apricot, pear, and a faint spice of Belgian yeast.

Incredibly smooth across the palate. Primarily getting Belgian yeast, light citrusy hops, with the best comparison being a touch of apple, pear, and apricot tucked into the flavor. Mouthfeel has a decent dryness from the hops and carbonation.

Overall, this is a terrific companion to virtually any meal or just hanging on the deck on a Summer evening. Clean, tasty, and not overpowering in any element

Photo of ferrari29
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark orange colored body; cloudy and opaque; head was rocky and white in color; looked very healthy and earthy; solid amount of carbonation came from the bottom; not much lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; shake the glass a little and the head will re-form perfectly (great stuff)

S - Fruit, like melon and orange; yeasty; some yeast at the cusp of the glass and disappears rather quickly; sweet caramel malt scent; apple pie; fantastic fruit and malt notes; very impressed

T - Fruit and yeasty flavor; smooth lemon taste; orange rind and malt sweetness; almost tastes like you're drinking a fruity dessert

M - Smooth all the way through; flavor and taste rinses your mouth and leaves a subtle malt aftertaste; not very effervescent; sour feeling on the side a bit

T - I was really impressed with this drink from start-to-finish; complex sweet notes and some mild malt flavors really balance this beer and provide a unique drink that I would have over-and-over again; great stuff

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

Got this on tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA. A big fan of Maredsous abbey. It pours well with about an inch light head. It is very nice on a 90 degree day since it has little over powering hop after taste. It is somewhat sweet with a bit of floral overtones. I would only recommend to those who like beers like Wittekerke and desire a light hop overtones.

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, ncie head retention.

s - Smells of mint, spice, Belgian yeast, and light fruity malts. The small amount of what I can onyl describe as mint lowers this one a bit for me.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, spice, yeast, and bready malts. Pretty light on all fronts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average Beglian pale ale. Smell has a little mint to it and if it had a little more going on in the taste it could be better, but solid none the less.

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maredsous Chalice glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed yellow/orange/apricot color with a ¼” head that persists a good long time and leaves sticky lacing. What lacing is created by sipping clings to the glass and a layer of foam covers the the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, has light colored orchard fruit notes mingled in with the yeast, and traces of spicy/herbal hops hanging around as well.

Taste: The flavors are crisp and well balanced with some sweet bready yeasty maltiness that allows the hops to show through and while also allowing the fruity, floral notes play around in the mouth as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the moderate carbonation persists through out the beer. The medium length finish begins in some sweetness and some fruity green apple but then tapers off into a nicely dry bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed both sipping my way through the first half of this beer and then pairing it with the food I had chosen for lunch (a cheese, fruit and walnut tart garnished with a touch of greens). My over all impression is that this is a very good beer. I’d not say it is world class but it is well worth a try and it shows very well in comparison with other Belgian pale ales I’ve tried.

Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - A golden straw pour with a nice big three finger head that left heavy side lacing.

S - Some really nice belgian spices and yeasts. There is a slightly grainy aroma too.

T - More of the belgian spices and yeasts here. There is some faint grassy and citrus notes. But its still all fairly average.

M - Low carbonation here, semi thin feeling.

O - Overall this is an okay BPA. Like many others I tried this night there are much better representations of this style.

Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Marc once again.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, spices, malts,

taste: citrus, malts, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a refreshing Belgian pale ale. Will definitely enjoy this one again someday.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of sweemzander
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 05/2011.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced a nice cap of frothy white head. Decent retention. Tons of spotty lace here and there.

(S)- A dry yeasty fruit profile: lemon, clove, and biscuit. Just ever so lightly earthy.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and earthy with bits of fruit and a clove-like yeast bite.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Bone dry and earthy with subtle fruit and clay-like clove. A bit too bitter.

(D)- A solid belgian pale ale. Straightforward and classic for the style.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber colored beer with a tall white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a little coriander and a lot of spiced apple scent. Slight fruit sourness, more like granny smith apples than vinegar.

Starts out mildly sweet and sour with an apple aftertaste. This stays sweet and sour but it is really mild. Not a strongly flavored beer and not a lot on nuance, just a mild beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good. A good beer for when you want something mild and mild tasting.

Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from stubby bottle into clay Maredsous goblet. Very carbonated.

Leafy smell with yeast and malts

Nice balanced flavor of hops and yeast. Some citrus action too The finish is a little bitter. Very enjoyable.

Easy to drink. Doesn't sit on the palate long.

Very good beer. Those damn monks! I love drinking out of this goblet too. Makes the whole experience more authentic.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby bottle, this gorgeous beer is a hazy copper-orange. Topped with a thin, puffy, creamy beige head that fades to lacing within a few minutes, but this lacing remains for the entirety of the session. The smell is of yeast, with a light malt character to it as well. Not complex, but it's at least appropriate.

And of course, the best part - this beer is flat out delicious. Tons of complexity in the flavor. Some sour citrus at the front and in the finish; sweet malt character and spiciness in the middle, with some astringency/hop bitterness on the finish. None of the flavors are overpowering, but they are not hard to make out either; very balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy and a little heavy. Carbonation is a bit high. It's quite tasty, but I think drinking more than two of these in a sitting would be pushing it.

This is an exquisitely crafted pale ale, and will definitely pick up more in the future.

Photo of matt20102
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from champagne bottle into goblet at slightly over refrigerator temperature. Pouts yellow with a good head which thins but remains for some time. The aroma is of malt without any hop or spice aroma. The flavor is malty without being cloying with an unbalanced, generic hop flavor. The hops and malt coexist together but don't seem to make a whole- that's really too bad for such a pretty beer. The unbalanced flavors and (appropriately) high carbonation make this beer enjoyable but forgettable.

Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.