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:
214
Ratings:
556
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 556
Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, a bit of sediment, somewhat hazy, with a white head.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast esters dominate the nose, and it smells very tasty.

T: Those same fruity notes typical of Belgian yeast, delicious!

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This was maybe my first Belgian ale, and I think it's a great introduction to Belgian ales. It's not imposing to look at with tons of sediment, nor is it an ugly quad. It doesn't have a very high abv, it tastes good, very fruit-forward and typical of the esters of Belgian yeast. Recommended, especially if you have never had a Belgian ale before.

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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 chogm54
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - amber/brown colour, pours a 8mm head that dissipates to a 4mm lacing (not too quickly mind), partly cloudy-bit of sediment in bottle

s - malt/wheat odours, hint of vanilla, pear, subtle

t - yeast is present in the taste, then comes fruity and slightly sweet aftertaste

m - medium body, slight carbonation, slightly dry and crisp. Relatively smooth for its type

not too bad, there are more flavour in other abbey beers out there, but relatively low alcohol content could be a bonus (or not, depending on taste)

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle split between two large snifters. Best before 03 2015 L4287 07:48.

Pours slightly cloudy golden -- slightly cloudy because I poured some of the sediment in. It was crystal clear until then. White head, not much carbonation. Smells Belgian, yeasty, spicy. Maybe a bit of banana.

Taste is mild, but very fruity. More of the banana, some other fruit, maybe apricot. A little funky yeast.

Mouthfeel is very light. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dumpy 33cl bottle: BBD 05 2016, poured into a Westmalle chalice during 11 2013.

Looks good, almost clear golden body with a full and lasting foam blanket of white bubbles, I don't mind the slight haze if all the beer leaves the bottle.

The aroma was of semi-sweet fruits (apricots, oranges and peaches) dipped into Belgian yeasts: almost like a fruity breakfast spread of marmalade or jam.

The taste was a little less sweet, with the yeast taking centre stage, an old, musty feel arrived which added to the whole flavour. Herbal, spicy notes kept my taste buds interested and i thought it was a good brew from start to finish.

Body and mouth feel were fine and this is a fine beer, I look forward to finding it on-tap somewhere one day.

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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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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with a large lasting beige fluffy head with good lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bready , biscuit malt and some fruity notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast and bread, some slightly zesty fruit flavors with some mild citrus. Palate is a medium body, with mild carbonation. The finish is Belgian yeast and bread notes, mild zesty fruity flavors with some light bitterness. A good Belgian blonde ale with food or on its own.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a branded chalice - small cafe/brasserie in Vieux Lille - I did not catch the name.

Appearance: Clear gold, big thick rocky head – tons of persistent lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, herbal. Some fruits come through with a swirl.

Taste: Crisp, more hoppy than malty. Hops are herbal, grassy – clean bitterness. Some malt underneath and some of the classic Belgian flavors, but definitely a more hop forward ale.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, not too sticky – evaporates off the teeth after a bit – quite nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable, and went well with food (crepe with ham and cheese). Had a second one and enjoyed it as much as the first. Definitely more hoppy than some Belgians I've had recently, but it works.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, pineapple-like fruit, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown stubby bottle with a pry off cap poured in a goblet. From a gift 3 pack with ceramic goblet that I was given for my birthday.

Clear golden yellow. Big bubbly white head is about an inch on an aggressive pour and recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing on the sides. Loads of tiny carbonation streams.

Kind of a sweet aroma backed by grains. Light grassy/herbal hops.

Lightly sweet with clean grains and hints of bananas, cloves and herbal hops.

Medium bodied with lots of tiny pin prick bubbles of carbonation.

Nothing really special about this one, but nothing wrong with it either. A solid, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Arno
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow, clear, white head. Nothing special about the foam.
S: The typical sweet/sour, almost salty, yeast, fruits like pineapple, grape and apple. Spicy.
T: Well, there's yeast for sure. Like sour bread. Citrus fruit sweetness and a spicy and light bitter dry finish.
M: Quite creamy and mellow. Medium carbonation.

O: Nice and well balanced beer. Although i like it, i think it's kinda expensive for what it is. But other then that it's definitely a beer i could drink any day.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a yellow to orange clear golden color forming a medium bubbled and bit creamy white off head. Good retention and some few lacings left

S: The best part. Very "Belgian", of course. Sweet grains, strong on honey, bready and earthy yeast. Fruity, peaches mainly. Light flowery hops and alcohol in the end

T: Follows the nose: Slightly sweet malts upfront. Honey, earthy and bready Belgian-like yeasts. Peaches. Dry taste, in overall, with a light bitter end

M: Mediun body and medium to high carbonation. Bready and light bitter and light sour aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Actuallly, a bit disappointing taste which is too watery and tasteless to the stye

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-bread, fruit, hints of spice and some sweetness

T-yeasty bread, fruit, slight spiciness, hint of sweetness with a mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent blonde ale with pretty good body and flavor

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

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear amber gold, dense yellow cream colored head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is of light skinned fruits, powdered sugar dipped apricot, slight spices, not particularly yeasty. If a crate of these fruits began to rot, the ooze from the bottom would be a note found here and in many other belgians. Some would say to like this is an acquired scent.

Taste has gritty pear. Full bodied well round flavor. A mild dry twang intros a tiny dull bitterness as the aftertaste. Thin to medium bodied lively mildly astringent mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Douberd
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ABV 6%.
Poured into a tulip type of glass. One finger of head, white in colour and thick, that didn't stay for long. Colour is pale golden,slighty haze in my second pour after I shook the bottle a bit. with average activity in the glass.
Sweet aroma. A smell of old bread that thankfully is quite faint and it's cobered by aromas of dark fruits.
Dark fruits like plums and dates also traceable on the taste. You could say it has a sweet taste.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.
Overall, hmm. There are better samples of the type out there, and I know because I have tried some.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a big white head that settles into a pretty nice lacing above a hazy honey golden colored blonde.

When I first took a whiff of this I really didn't get much coming off it so I swirled the glass as I held it close to my nose and this released a lot of light and different aromas. Light hops, grains, grapes, yeast, dark fruits and even lighter of alcohol, spices, and apricots.

A light darker fruits taste, light yeast with some washed out grain malts sneaking in there.

A light dry slightly bitter aftertaste on the medium bodied affair.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow liquid with a fluffy white head perched atop. Great retention, good lacing.
Smell is malt, citrus, vanilla, cardboard(?), clove and pepper. Nice balance and complexity.
Taste is the same without the light vanilla note.
Medium body though it leans slightly fuller. Medium-light effervescence. Drying, clean finish. Nice brew.

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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 BGDrock
1.14/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: light gold; slight haze; head fades fast

Aroma: metallic; a bit tart; sour apple or grapes

Taste & Mouthfeel: sharp bit on the tongue, very acidic; thin body; below average carbonation, almost flat at times; very short; somewhat vegetal, metallic again

Overall: very unpleasant and bland - like drinking tin; can't even finish it

* Wondering if it was a bad bottle, doesn't seem consistent with other reviews

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml bottle stamped: 2012 91-09:40. Sampled on March 5, 2012. The cork flies across the room and a nice smokiness erupts from the bottle. It pours a slight cloudy golden yellow with a small, long-lasting fizzy white head. On the nose there is a malted bread, yeast, anise, and thin hop character. The body is a bit better than medium. Up front the taste begins with sweet malts then turns over to a peppery character and ends modestly bitter but not sour. This is a decent Abbey Blonde.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly murky golden orange. The almost white head leaves a literal wall of lacing down the whole glass from the head that is there when I finished the beer.

Smell is Belgian yeast, fruity apple skin, mild malt and a hint of spice.

Tastes is light fruitiness, yeast, and lightly peppery.

High carbonation and a light body make this evaporate as you drink it. Easy to drink, but a little bite is present.

A fine beer that is light and easy drinking. A blonde that does what it should.

DOA

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a large clear goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color. Two finger creamy white head retains well and leaves sticky lacing as it recedes. Looks delicious.

Smell: Some delicate floral hops, sweet yeast and alcohol scent here too.

Taste: A really good balance of yeast, malt, hops and sweetness. The hops add a nice bitterness up front that is quickly followed by the spice of the yeast.

Mouth feel: Medium body with some good creamy carbonation. Sweet and slick finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Blonde. One of the better Belgian Blondes out there. I like the easy drinking nature of this beer, and it would make an excellent session beer. One of the best Belgian Blondes I've had.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Maredsous 6 Blonde
Poured into a traditional hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: 3.5
Pours with a large, light and fluffy head. About three to four inches. Color is clear golden, with light reddish/pink hues. Substantial visible carbonation in the glass.

SMELLS: 2.5
Not much going on in this category. I smells like a traditional hefeweizen. Nothing exceptional.

TASTE: 3
As expected, a pretty strong presence of wheat. Hints of sourness. Mild hoppy bitterness at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: 2.0
Light watery texture. Crisp. Most of the carbonation was lost in the pour. Very disappointed with the loss of the carbonation. It really affects the enjoyment of the beer.

OVERALL: 3.0

I like the beer, but my expectations of a Trappist were much greater. I tried the Maredsous Tripel a few days ago and it was also equally disappointing. Sad but true. I'm particularly disappointed with this one because Hefeweizen's aren't difficult to make and for a Trappist, I expect perfection. Sadly, this one doesn't even come close.

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Photo of jonb5
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice. Poured a large foamy head. Amber colour, hazy. Had a Belgian yeasty aroma typical of Belgian Blonde/Pale Ale. Was slightly more bitter and spicy than other BPAs I've had. Tasted notes of berries. Normal mouthfull. Overall a beer very similar to Leffe/Grimmbergen Blonde that is pleasant but holds no major surprise.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.82 out of 5 based on 556 ratings.
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