Maredsous 6 - Blonde | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Maredsous 6 - BlondeMaredsous 6 - Blonde

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2002

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice looking brew, clear golden body with moderate retaining head.

Aroma is a touch wishy washy, no real definition. Mild hops is all I get.

Taste is a touch harsh, quite aggressive for a low strength blonde. A few citrus under currents, but that initial hit kills them a little.
Feel is pretty good, fairly smooth on initial consumption, but a bit of a tart aftertaste.

Overall, could be better. Boofability, not so good.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden with very good clarity. Tall frothy white foam. Decent lacing. Moderate malty-grainy, biscuit aroma. Low fruits aroma. Touch of caramel. Well balanced medium sweetness and bitterness. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Creamy, soft malt grittiness. Spicy and moderate dry long-lasting finish.

Fantastic Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth malt flavor, caramel, with that wonderful banana and bread smell/taste. A hint of bubble gum in this one as well. As you might expect from something from the Duvel folks, a wonderful carbonation and slightly dry finish. This ale looks like it once was an independent Abbey....Perhaps Duvel bought them? Good lacing, nice head...My only criticism: as you proceed it becomes evident that the ale is a little thin.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark golden appearance with a substantial head.

Smells of banana, yeast, and some modest cloves. Also, honey, sweet bread and some floral notes.

This tastes delicious, with a modest amount of various tastes including; caramel, toasted bread, a little bit of banana, coriander, and bubble gum. This is a Belgian beer after all so the hops is not emphasized, and yet I feel more of a hop presence than in a lot of its peers. The mouthfeel is predictably excellent.

This was the first beer I had from Duvel besides their flagship, and I am very impressed.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was the beer that got me sinto craft beer. And now I'm having it again after some 200 craft beers that vanished in between.

Poured to a Duvel tulip glass.

A: The body is yellow to orange-y. The head is white, one finger thick and leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S: The aroma is very typical of a belgian pale ale as there's lots of brettomanyces, fruity and malts in here.
T&M: The taste differs from my regular belgian pale ale because this beer has a more nuanced profile of malts and toffee but the feel that stays in mounth while sipping is bitter and only after swallowing you get a more strong sweetness. Which is totally backwards but it's interesting. Body is medium high and carbonation is high and a bit harsh.
O: I'm finally having this beer again since I first had it in Stockholm in 2012. Since that day thatp I've Starter to look at the world of beers differently. Beer wise, Maredsous 6 is not that great beer but it does bring me lots of good memories.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle into the Maredsous goblet, it pours a hazy amber with a moderate head. The nose gets the malt and citrus. The mouth the bready flavor followed by pleasant aftertaste. Yum!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a lightly hazy coppery amber with a half finger white head with great retention and super lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, ripe stone fruit, apples, coriander, Belgian yeast. Flavor is mild caramel malt, lemon citrus and thin light stone fruit, apple, coriander and clove. Finishes a little thin with residual coriander and light hops that are a bit stark due to the mild fruit flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A subdued and not inspiring Belgian blonde. The flavors are all here, but not very rich. The flavor tapers off into the finish. I like this brewery, but this is not my favorite offering from them. A satisfactory, but not notable Belgian blonde.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been really remiss in drilling down into my (seemingly) interminable backlog. This poor little guy got shunted off to a corner of the reefer door & overlooked until now. I would shed a tear, but I have none left. The Abbaye de Chandler is where (many) beers come to grow old & die. I am doing my utmost to get caught up, however.

From the (stubby) 11.2-fl oz bottle: "Maredsous Blonde is a delectable Belgian Blonde with light fruitiness, soft malting, and a dry, gently hopped finish, brewed in accordance with the Benedictine tradition of the community of Maredsous Abbey. This bottle is refermented in the bottle during the two-month ageing period. Maredsous Blonde should ideally be served at a temperature of 42 - 50 [deg.] F."

I pulled out one of my most treasured chalices for this occasion. I Pop!ped the cap & stood back, awaiting the arrival of angels or the dulcet tones of their singing. When nothing of the sort occurred, I began a gentle pour, stroking the bottle so as to signify that I may be possibly worthy of its contents. I have been Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder since 2004, but I still pay homage as I deem appropriate. My efforts produced a dense, one-finger cap of unmoving, eggshell-white head, unlike anything that I have previously encountered. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with the kind of clarity that I only achieve in cloister after several days of seclusion and fasting. Nose smelled of the fields of hay, barley and grass in which my brethren have toiled all summer. I was a bad brother, partaking of fleshy pursuits as well as other illicit pursuits until I was caught and shamed before the order. It was worth it! The creamy mouthfeel reminded me of the creamy flesh of that busty redhead and ... Ooops! Time for some cold dousing & self-flagellation! The taste was slightly bitter, very grassy with a biscuit maltiness that put me in mind of those biscuits cooling downwind of my portal. Ah, to be afforded the luxury of eating ... I am on air, prayer & eau until I can prove my worthiness again. Is it my fault that Our Lord endowed me with a divining rod that seems to know its own way to glistening wells of His creation? I allowed it to roll around on my tongue like the blonde & I rolled around in the hay as I continued to purge my mind of these evil thoughts. The lacing that was left behind was like the word from above! All is forgiven! I may return to my once thought-of errant ways with His blessing. Finish was semi-dry and bready/biscuity and I am awaiting my afternoon wafer before returning to a Zen-like state to continue my fast,

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Photo of davidperez
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 2/ 2016

The official Maredsous chalice is made of porcelain, a big chalice of a pale bone color with the Maredsous name on it.
I'll give up the look of this beer in exchange for orthodoxy within this brewery mindset.
It developed a very big, ultra foamy head, creamy, with decent retention.

The bouquet is assertive and delicious.
Bread, sweet biscuit, lots of honey, caramel, banana, flower, a bit of spices as in cinnamon and slight clove, strong earthy and hoppy spiciness after swirling. I detect a bit of cherry and wood, surely from some degree of oxidation.

Scrumptious carbonation.
Strong, assertive flavor upfront, bittersweet, well balanced although tilting towards bitterness. Short after, the bitterness wanes and the sweetness prevails, and notes appear.
Very floral, herbal, honey, caramel, banana,
The oxidized notes are cherry, wood and slight nut, and they don't eclipse the normal flavors.
The aftertaste is indeed short, but it is present. Predominantly sweet, and as a pleasant surprise, this beer coats your palate with sweetness.
Medium body, velvety and smooth.

The slight oxidation fit very well with this beer.

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Photo of Mark13
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 09.17. Aroma of yeast and flowers, malt and wheat in background. Light golden, clear. White five fingered head, overcarbonated. Very fresh in taste - wheat, grass, yeast. Low bitterness, grassy and bready aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light body, slick texture, little notes of alcohol. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned and strangely turned up in local off licence
Golden body with huge lasting foaming white head
Some wheat some golden syrup and hugely subtle but not nasty sulphur dioxide aroma
All that in the flavour with some citrus
Lovely mf and slight over lively fizz
Unusual but good

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of OlaB
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Gives a clear golden color, a good top of head that disolves in slow tempo, good lacings on the glass

S: Very fruity aroma, banana,citrus , apples , some hints of corriander,flowers and honey

T&F: Fruity at first where also the spices are very noticable, the malt is gets more to know in the middle with the malty sweetness. Hoppy bitterness inn the finishing, the taste is well rounded, but i miss that little extra in the finishing, i would like a little more aftertaste. Else is very refreshing and easy drinkable

O: Absolutelly an enjoyable beer, a classic belgian beer. But i would like more flavours.

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Photo of sejorules
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it from a 33cl bottle. Let's go!

A: Cloudy "orangy" golden color, with 2.5 fingers of a thick, white head. Disappears gradually. Very inviting.

S: Mostly bread, the stronger note, but it does not take over the rest. There is some sweetness, like banana, and some citrus. The aroma is kind of close to a white beer, and is very pleasant. There is no trace of alcohol

T: It begins with this citrus/grapefruit and banana flavor, followed by bread, malt. There is no bitterness, and no aftertaste. Something I didn't like that much is that, the taste doesn't stay in the mouth very long. The transitions between flavors are short, and there is little or no aftertaste. Again, the taste kind of reminds of a white beer in some aspects.

F: Medium to high carbonation. Nice for Autumn. I feel like the taste is not as full and complete as others in the same category, but its pleasant enough to drink.

O: Nice beer. Nothing impressive, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, best before 05/2017.

This bottle was brought back from Belgium as a gift. Thanks, Heather!

Deep gold color, but the clarity changed throughout its duration. The first pour resulted in brilliant clarity, with each successive pour more cloudy than the last. Big, pillowy white head that sticks to the site of the glass. Great looking beer.

Lots of fruit on the nose thanks to the yeast. Banana, pear, and apple. The flavor is a combination of malt/sugar sweetness and peppery spice. Very soft on the palate. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Just a straightforward, fruity, refreshing, easy drinking Belgian ale.

This would make an excellent "table beer." Paired nicely with some grilled pork loin and potato salad.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the weaker sister of Tripel 10 and Brune (Dubbel) 8, weighing in at only 6% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of banana and fruity malt. Pours to a cloudy bright yellow with a big pillowy head that recedes quickly but laces wickedly. Taste is definitely bready and banana with a twinge of bitterness that builds to the end then actually flips and gets sweet. A solid selection that can be more readily sessioner than its stronger sisters. Tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6% alc vol, best before 12/20116, served at 10 C, fainty yeast on the nose with some coriander, taste is dominated by spiciness green apples, malt, yeast and lemon zest, with a Dry fisnish.

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Photo of Tilly
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice golden amber pour with a nice beige frothy head.
Aroma of sweet fruit, yeast and malt.
Tastes of apples and a hint of lemon. Candy floss somewhere in there.
Great champagne like carbonation and mild bitterness.
Really makes me understand why I like Belgium ales!

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy golden with a huge,,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,floral,bubble gum,banana,white bread,coriander
-earthy,soapy,coriander,bubble gum,banana,cardboard,fairly hoppy
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
Ive had better Blonde ales

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear blond with a moderately retentive white head. Nice sticky lacing left. The aroma is mild, fruity and yeasty. The taste is very similar but a little more robust. The body has a nice light weight to it, with just a little bit of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, just as a belgian pale ale should be.
Has a golden/ocher color, somewhat transparent and makes a big whitey foam.
Yeasty head, with some spicy and malty tones.
Taste is maltier and has a nice bitter end.
This beer is extremely well balanced, specially fot those who prefere them bitter.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a perfect blonde color, and was slightly cloudy with a creamy white head that was two finger-widths. The head dissipated slowly leaving some Belgian lace.

It had a fruity (citrus) aroma with some toasted malt hints. There was also a slight air of hops.

The initial taste is extremely light with only a hint of fruitiness. The middle is quite dry, and the beer finishes with a crisp hoppy finish. It was a great example of what a Belgian blonde ale should taste like.

The mouth-feel on this beer is exceptional. It is extremely crisp and dry. The carbonation was on the high side.

Overall, this is a great Belgian blonde. If you are looking for something complex, then you might be disappointed, but then again... you probably shouldn't be drinking a blonde ale.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear yellow color with a huge thick head and lots of lacing. Light carbonation is visible.

Smell – Yeast, malt, spice, honey, and a touch of lemon.

Taste – Yeast, malt, spice, honey, and a touch of lemon; just like it smells.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, dry, with medium carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very easy drinking, and quite a good session beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a big head that leaves a lace and and a cloak on the sruface. Amell is citrus, herbal, spices, pear, floral. Medium body, carbonation just good enough. Creamy and sticky palate. Taste of citrus, spices, herbs. Good one, but not exceptinal.

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange color with a thick head with good retention leaving a constant plate.
Light but still pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, some orange citrusy, banana and pears.
Flavor of spices, herbal and floral hops, Belgian yeast, lemon-orange citrusy, green apple juice, candied sugar, pineapple, nectarines and finishing with white wine and a white pepper hint. Mild tartness. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation
Very well balanced, bitter-sweet Belgian blond elegantly spiced and with good fruit complexity. Thankfully not really sweet. All Maredsous are great solid brews.

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