Maredsous 6 - Blonde | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
563
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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Photo of brendan123
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favourite Belgian Ales, has a lovely golden clear appearance, lovely foamy head and crisp mouthfeel. Taste is typical of the Belgian styles I've had but is still distinctly unique.

My only complaint is that we only get the small bottles imported to RSA.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this one last night but remember it was excellent and it made me a bigger fan of this belgian pale ale style. It poured with a big and inviting head which gave off a great fruity aroma. It's taste was complex and had fruitnotes and good balance. I highly recomend this beer and will be drinking this one frequently. It has a great drinkability cause it's light mouthfeel and finish but extra goog all aroung package.
Count me in. Only draw back is the price but I think it's worth it on this one.

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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 BeerNemesis
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maredsous 6 Blonde. 750 ml.

Presentation
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."

Appearance:
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!

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel,
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Notes:
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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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 mwrseeley
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick, cloudy head, resplendent with an abundance of lace, adorns a golden-orange body. Not unexpectedly, the pillowy head does not retain its vigour and begins its slow descent. Beautiful.

Fruitiness is readliy apparent on the nose and the taste is surprisingly, but not detrimentally, strong. A bit lighter on the palate than I was expecting but still quite delicious.

A bottle of Maredsous Blonde 6 is quite expensive here in Korea - costing 4000 won.

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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 cokes
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden pour with a frothy two-finger white head. Yeasty flavor with some hints of banana and clove. Finishes slightly sweet with hints of fruit.

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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 LVituri
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uma boa cerveja. Ela é mais leve e tranquila. Dourada e de sabor e aroma moderados, porém possui seu equilíbrio e condescendência com a proposta. Uma notável representante das Belgians Blond Ales, talvez até uma das melhores nesse estilo não tão badalado.

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Photo of vancurly
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber. Nice frothy off-white head, that keeps kicking up when you swirl the glass.

As far as sensory variability goes, this beer kicks a*se. Every time I think I've named a flavour, something else comes along and confuses me.

An initial nose of dry malt extract, that becomes more like liquid malt extract as it progresses. A spicy profile, nutmeg, dried ginger, specialty malts, yeast extract.

Malt & spice. White pepper, star anise & cinnamon, nutmeg & musk candy. Licorice stick. Briney aftertaste, which would pair this nicely with moules et frittes.

As it warms, some caramel fudge, and chocolate licorice.

An aftertaste of floral perfume and hop flower. There is a light bitterness. And in spite of all the confectionary descriptors above, it finish quite dryly

Remarkable beer. And unlike other Belgian blondes, not cloying or heavy. I could drink this all afternoon.

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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 mdunman
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-amber with a thick head and plenty of linger.

S: Light malt with a lot of citrus.

T: Extensive breadth of flavors here, starts off with a lemony/orange light maltiness w/ a lot of spices on the side then finishes fairly dry but none of them overwhelm you.

M: Light body, tons of carbonation and a smooth finish.

Very enjoyable beer. I'm more of a hop bomb fan, but I respect the sheer quality of this beer.

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

Pours a golden/amber color into my goblet, with a very clingy, overflowing head. Leaves cotton candy like residue as the lacing. There is some re fermented yeast at the bottom. Aroma - Very sweet fruitiness, like watermelon and pear. Yeast and malt character is going to be dominant going by the aroma as well. Taste - very bready, with wheat, banana, kiwi, melon, and candy apple. Very carbonated and medium mouthfeel. A fine, refreshing brew that is 'for anyone.'

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Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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.
Scrumptious.

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Photo of DeSoto
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a t'ij brewery glass

Pours with a sunny orangey hazy amber body. Thick creamy slightly yellowed white head with good retention, nice 3/4 inch thick head. Thick patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, perfumy fruit, almonds and marzipan, some slight mixed spice and a whack of estery fresh fruit. Some aromatic hops, little bit of musty yeast on the finish

Taste, thick creamy mouthfeel, some slight fresh hop character. Fresh fruit (peaches, melon and a hint of banana), some estery sweetness

A tasty and very sessionable belgian pale ale, def. worth a go

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Photo of JBogan
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chimay glass. Deep golden color with a nice two finger head. Lacing nicely as I near the bottom of the glass. Mildly sour with fruity notes in both the smell and taste. This is my first impression but I would leave this one out of my top five Abby style beer. Great beer but it is in a tough catagory. Price point was on par with the beer though. A good value by comparison to other Belgian Trappist style beers.

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