Maredsous 6 - Blonde | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

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:
208
Ratings:
545
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
18.64%
 
 
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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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%
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 +24.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -9.2%
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 +3.9%
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%
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 +1%
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 +5%
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 -19.9%
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 -6.3%
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 +3.7%
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 +11%
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 -70.1%
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 +6%
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 +5.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -26.2%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of beerthirtysa
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy light peach color when held to the light, off-white head dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.
Smell: sweet malt, warm hay, mild spice notes, but overall not too complex in aroma.
Taste: a lot of hops up front and throughout, but they aren't astringent or powerful. Wife says: a lot of grass and a lot of pepper. There's a warmth in this beer--a warming spice. Husband says: there just isn't a lot of complexity to this taste.
Mouthfeel: pleasant, sparkly feel on the tongue, clean finish.
Overall: Wife says: Not my favorite, but I'm not a big fan of hops, and this is an unusually one-note beer. Husband says: I much prefer the Maredsous 8.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into an official Maredsous chalice. It has a a very clear golden straw colour, with a good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. There isn't much of a head to talk about. It's just a thin layer on top. It's an appetizing-looking beer, albeit somewhat ordinary.

The aroma is flowery and balanced, with green apple coming through most prominently. There is a slight syrupy-sugar smell as well. Good aroma, but again, nothing outstanding.

The taste begins some light sweetness and a surprisingly malty backbone. Much of the fruity aroma is absent in the flavour. It finishes with a hint of hoppy bitterness and a smooth malty cascade. It's very drinkable and has a medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a less-than-stellar offering. It's nice, but forgettable. I'd probably even prefer an Affligem Blonde to this.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a pretty hazy beautiful bright golden color with a large amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of head that is pure white and lingers nicely, leaves a beautiful layer of silky lacing around the glass, also as soon as i popped the top on the bottle it began to foam, im not sure why it would do this because it had been sitting in my fridge for about a week and i dint shake it up at all when i took it out, odd but no harm no foul
S: a ton of the wheat scent i had expected, slight lemon and nice bread notes, also a finish like vinegar or Tabasco sauce, not sure which
T: begins with a nice wheat and bready note, then moves into a nice bright lemon note which combines with the bread and lingers nicely on the palate
M: strong carbonation which leaves a bit of a tingly feeling on the palate
O: a nice one from maredsous, taste an appearance stood out the most, the rest was pretty much what i had expected, nice quality

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a three finger head into my duvel tulip, white frothy head, thick sticky lacing, great retention,cloudy golden honey colour.

Light fruit, honey, belgian yeast

Taste is banana, apple, honey, floral hops, sweet pale malt, cloves

Medium bodied with some carbonation, enough bitterness to be balanced but very easy drinking.

An excellent brew that is crisp and refreshing and seemingly sessionable.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got all three Maredsous beers and a goblet to go with them this year. I didn't know this was brewed by the same company as Duvel. Alright, I'm intrigued

Appearance: A slightly cloudy golden colour that boasts steady carbonation, although only a finger worth of head. Lots of clinging lace which I love and despite there not being a lot of head, it stuck around for a good long time.

Smell: Yeast is the prevalent with spiced bread notes. It's almost reminiscent of lemon poppyseed bread without the lemon, as a slight sugary note also appears. Warming helped but it could be a bit more potent.

Taste: Excellent, not to simple to be boring but not too ritzy tasting like most Belgians. Starts with a sweet bread taste with hints of yeast that build nicely as clove and spice notes come forward and are dusted off with a floral hop touch.

Mouthfeel: Superb transitioning, a nice carbonation that's both creamy and bubbly at the right times. Has a light yeast and sweet spiced bread aftertaste. Even the slight dryness it leaves behind grows on me.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not the most refreshing. Medium bodied but given the 6% ABV it does a marvellous job. I could easily drink this all night, although I'm sure I'd hit the floor awfully quick if I did. A little gassy though, but that's not a big issue.

Final Thoughts: An excellent job on this beer I must say. This is a case that the brewer knew his limitations and didn't try to push the yeast too much like so many Belgians seem to do with me. Crisp, clean, simple but not boring and certainly worth a try. Easily a rival for even the Trappist brews.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into the beer's trademark goblet at Les Frères Berthom in Tours, France.

Had Maredsous 8 a few weeks ago (which I shall get around to reviewing) and found it to be excellent, so I thought I'd have a go at Moortgat's other non-flagship beers such as this one. It pours a clear, golden yellow tone, pretty much resembling most Belgian pales I've had on tap in Europe. There is a nice creamy, foamy appearance to it, but overall pretty low carbonation – almost the exact opposite of Duvel, to be honest. Decent looking.

The aroma is filled with grainy notes and that of sugar cane. Not much fruitiness at all. It's really hard to find too many complex aromas on this one. I suppose it's not really meant to be this brew's forté, but there are blondes that are more diverse aroma-wise than this one.

On a few successive sips, it proves itself to be a balanced overall. Contains a light spiciness and low bitterness that counteracts with the sweetness. Creamy and refreshing. It's definitely a Moortgat product based on the good yeasty and malty quality, and stands out as a humble yet good blond. It's drinkable and doesn't unload you in the face with ABV like the brewery's other products do.

It's hard to find a lot to write about Belgian pale ales. To me, there are supposed to be simple yet flavorful and refreshing beers that provide good quality without having to flex any muscles. This beer successfully nails the definition of such ales. I would take this over a Leffe blond ale any day, and it could serve as a good gateway beer for people who are just starting to try new brews.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.81 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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