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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.63/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Nickls
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of ggaughan
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde ambrée de fermentation haute, robe dorée
Smell : finement arômatique
Taste and mouthfeel : bière douce et équilibrée
Drinkability : une bonee bière dans le style Belgian pale ale

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this in Europe, compliments of a friend who regularly travels to Belgium for fresh beer.

This beer pours with yeasty beasties and is pretty cloudy to boot. Light orange in color.

Traditional Belgian aromas--some sourness and citrus.

Powerful corriander spice with a sourness from the fermentation process. Nice full body that is counterbalanced by a high level of carbonation.

This is a pleasant Belgian offering, on the lighter side but still very flavorful.

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Photo of revdrjbob
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this beer on a whim whilst out driving with Teaser and the midgets at Thirroul Cellars. Sadly out of BBE by 1 month: 06 2007. Interesting to see it's brewed by Duvel Moortgat, so I was intitially excited.

Poured into a tulip glass an amber orange with slight haze and an off white soapy head. Plenty of stickyness, clinging well to the glass. A couple of clumpy yeast doo-dads managed to make their way over.

Intitial aroma of spice, malt and yeast, giving way to a bready yeastyness, almost like cakes with burnt honey or sugar. Very sweet aroma, spices of citrus peel and ginger.

On the first mouthful and swallow, I got a big fat NOTHING. Then on the second helping, a slight amount of malt and Belgian yeast flavour, giving way to a hint of alcohol, and then it kind of snaps off. I'm not sure if I've got the same beer as everyone else has reviewed. Ling-Ling very dissapointed... There seems to be a lingering something, like burnt honey again, and a watery body. Well carbonated though.

Not a beer I'll be rushing back for. Hope the other 2 offerings are better.

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Photo of basica
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Maredsous series is brewed by Moortgat, the same fine folks who brewed the Duvel, a top
beer in the world, and therefore I have strong expectations of this series. For this tasting,
I used my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip goblet; reason being that the Maredsous glasses
were also in the "tall tulip" style. The Maredsous 6 pours out with a golden orange color
tone with a generous lingering head (I deliberately sloshed it a little) As the foam settles,
it gives of a familiar scent of Belgian yeast and malt with slight hops aroma. As I tasted
it, the yeasty and malty taste jumped in avidly and this contributes to a wonderful medium to
full bodied taste. The Maredsous 6 was pretty mellow unlike many Belgian Blondes at it's
level and is relatively smooth and drinkable. The after taste was also strong and slightly
fruity with subtle fresh fruit tones analagous to maybe peach (I am running a conjecture
here). Sadly, when I was through two third of the glass, the after taste had a slight
mustiness which was a pretty unexpected; perhaps it is just that bottle and at least the
first two third was a good experience. I like it for the strong pronounced taste of yeast
and malt (stronger than most Belgian ales) but there is still a certain plain-ness about the
Maredsous 6. Belgian ale drinkers probably understand what I am driving at. I tasted no
spices at all (perhaps an apt use of selected spices would be a good improvement). Thus
all in all, it is still a very good beer; not great but I will call this an 8.5.

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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 Beeryce
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken at Belgian Beer Café where I purchased this beer on draft at R$12.90 for a 250ml serving in a Maredsous chalice.

The head was a voluminous thick creamy slightly off-white, composed of small bubbles that were unstable but produced good lacing. The color of the beer is a clear golden-honey almost amber brown with light carbonation.

The nose was not too prominent but I could detect defiant floral estery components that faded to reveal sweet malty notes. The taste is very true to the style starting out bright and crisp then melds to a nice full, but balanced, sweet maltiness finally finishing a little hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous which adds to its appeal as it matches the overall malty character of the beer.

On the whole a good beer with decent drinkability that is both worth a try and the price. A great accompaniment with a variety of food from fried polenta with cheese to Belgian waffles with chocolate syrup. Both of which I have paired it with at Belgian Beer Café in Barra de Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro.

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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 sewald
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dense and unfiltered, amber-coloured. Nice creamy top with an also nice lace. Strong and malty smell, making you feel like you're about to drink a very heavy beer...

However when drinking I felt a very light beer, with a small barley taste. Bitter-like mouthfeel, goes down too fast. I honestly expected a heavier-bodied beer for its smell and ABV (6%) but I found it very light and easygoing.

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Photo of haz77
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber, with a fluffy white head. This drops slightly leaving plenty of lacing behind. A few small streamers keep the head in place.

S - Big hit of clove, yeast, ripe banana, orange peel, phenols, spicy backbone. Very inviting.

T - Begins with a very restrained fruitiness, with nothing really happening of note, in terms of flavour, until the middle. Clove appears very briefly at this point, before spicy phenols overtake it and are joined by fruity yeast in the finish. Aftertaste is bitter/sweet, with background notes of orange peel and bubblegum.

M - Starts light, but becomes medium in body and smooth. Soft and slightly prickly carbonation.

D - It's certainly worth a go, and in my opinion is easily the best of the Maredsous offerings.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Blonde with a mountain of fluffy, white head; nice retention and lace.

S: Very fruity. Plenty of bubble-gum esters that actually seem more British than Belgian.

T: Tastes more Belgian than it smells. There's still plenty of Juicy-Fruit esters to move you, but there's also a little earth and spice (hops/yeast?). Good bittersweet balance, with a crisp, dry finish.

M: Highly attenuated, light body, very digestible. Carbonation is assertive.

D: Approachable & engaging, but I don't think I could session it.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured very big and foamy and faded to nice layer...

Aroma - Spicy fruits, burnt orange, creamy vanilla, some light cinnamon notes, spicy hops, light caramel maltiness...

Taste – Fruity (spicy apple?), light sweetness, spicy caramel malts, bready notes, floral honey, some vanilla...

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer... Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of Scheity
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a simple beer with a simple taste, but it's brewed by Duvel, so it can't be that terrible. And it's not.

The nose fills up a bit bigger than do most pale ales, sticking to the glass with reasonable fortitude. It offers a nice hoppy smell and some floral tones.

In terms of flavor, there's not a great deal to deal with. It's a bit spicy, which is pretty cool, but the hops never enter the scene in a dashing fashion, leaving much to be desired in the end result.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This looks promising, not too many Belgians available in Korea that I haven't heard of before. Pricy, but promising.
Awesome color that I can only describe as Neon Brown combined with foamy, rich, everlasting head. Fresh taste with wheat, citrus, and yeast. Looking Good.
Starts with a pronounced flavor that incoporates all its nose characteristics into a crisp finish and good aftertaste. Another taste that comes to mind is orange peel. Stands up well in the mouth, especielly for a blonde.
This is a very good, well made beer. It is high quality, just not exactly to my taste, but still very enjoyable as well as being a joy to look at. Worth whatever they're charging.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12-2007 Great poorout with huge head forming and forever lasting and leaving beautifull patterns on the glas. Nose is very fruity mostly strawberry but also litle malts but overal light. Taste is lot better with good strong maltynes, alcoholic bite, fres and fruity with blackcurrant note and good but moderate bitterness. Litle sweetness cause of fruityness but overal dry caracter. Great carbonisation makes with taste a good mouthfeel and easily drinkable.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.82 out of 5 based on 560 ratings.
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