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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 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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Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of a sweet fruitiness, yeast, floral notes and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet bready malt character, nice citrusy notes coming from the hops, slight lingering bitterness, yeast and some spices. Not too complex but still nice.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 2014.

Beer is light golden with a relatively small white head.

Scent is yeasty, a bit of hops, some light fruit flavours- pear, peach. Floral. Nice but not notable or exciting.

Taste is similar to the nose. Yeasty, slight bitterness from the hops, a bit of spice, and some light fruit. Very mildly funky. Like the nose - enjoyable but not great.

Very carbonated- irritating and impacts the flavour. Medium bodied.

Overall, a decent but unexciting Belgian pale. No harm in drinking it but there is much better out there.

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice tangy, slightly sour beer. Color is dark golden with little islands of silky head.Aroma of toffee and butterscotch, flavor the same with a bit of grass/hay malt thrown in.

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Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden orange with a quickly dissipating head that sticks around as a thin cap.

Smell - Fruity with pears and peach pie aromas, floral, lightly tart.

Taste - Very clean and crisp, but still has a soft, complex fruitiness - peach, mineral, yeast, and a slight tartness on the end.

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Photo of DeSoto
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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 plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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 peensteen
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Maredsous chalice; bottle from gift pack.

Pale blonde/orangeish colour, one finger of thick white head, generous amount of lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, some light citrus notes, green apple, sweet scents come off of this, spicy and fairly upfront hop profile. Taste is swet candy and yeast at first, followed by dry spicy flavours, lightly bitter, long dry finish. Med-high prickly carbonation, dry, medium full body. Nice belgian pale ale, sweet intially but ends pleasantly dry, quite a drinkable beer here.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, from 2008. Best before March 2013, 330ml poured into a tulip.

Poured a golden orange, with some browner hues. White or just off-white; good head and retention. Nose is interesting, lightly sour, funky and almost gueuze like in some senses. Some yeasty qualities. Taste has some light tartness on the front end, wheaty and some barnyard like funkiness. Light sweetness, with some hints of honey potentially. Some bready notes, lightly-coloured fruits and a minimal spice note. Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Yeasty with a touch of alcohol, but that doesn't impede its drinkability. Nice light and pleasant, a fairly satisfying blond.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very unimpressive beer of the great Duvel brewers.

It shows that a nice label and the thought of a monastery are not enough to make a nice beer.

L: that looks good!
S: that disappoints!
T: that tastes like a duffy cellar!
M: that is a nice carbonation though!
O: that is something to forget very quickly!

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Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like a blonde to me. Under a cloud of dense white head that sticks to the glass as it dies is a hazy copper. Sure, it's pale, but it's not a blonde. Regardless, it's nice looking.

The nose picks up lots. A faint hint of fruity Belgian yeast, some peppery spice, maybe some pear and a slight astringency. But nothing noting it's a pale ale.

The mouth picks up the same from the yeast to the spice to the pear and the champagne-like astringency. However, in the finish, it picks up some hoppy goodness that makes you think it could be a pale ale.

Your palate has a field day with all the different sensations. It starts sweet and moves to tart. Then it's slightly spicy before just a touch of bitterness. Light-bodied.

Generally being the least heradled of the Maredsous beers, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Not necessarily a world beater, but definitely something highly worthwhile to drink.

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Photo of mikedotnet
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark golden color with very modest head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lacing. No cloudiness.

S - Very sweet aroma. Faint hop presence; very fruity.

T - Sweet and almost sugary (but not overpoweringly sweet). A very tiny bit of hop presence adds a bit of depth and helps to balance the sweetness. For me, it's still a bit too sweet to pair with anything; I enjoy this simply by itself.

M - A bit thin, but pleasant nonetheless. The carbonation is a bit lighter than what I would hope for, but it is still quite refreshing.

O - A very solid refreshing pale ale. I can't say I'm a fan of the style, but I certainly can't complain about this one. I would actually recommend this over Duvel. It's quite reasonably priced in my area as well, so I would definitely recommend this to fans of the style.

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Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a bright fleshy orange color with a creamy white head. Aroma has a prominent booze note, along with some light spiciness and a bit of honey/caramel sweetness. The sweet cakey malt note comes out more in the flavor. Not much else going on here, kind of a simple beer. There's an astringent hard water/mineral note that leaves the palate unclean. This slowly overtakes the sweetness, and about halfway through the glass it's pretty distracting. A rather unsatisfying beer.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from the lovely DeCicco's in Carmel NY. My first Blond Abbey Ale.

Opened with a loud pop and an explosion of tasty froth.

A: Beautiful dark straw color with a colossal frothy head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty and slightly fruity aroma.

T: Yeast taste is prominent. Good amounts of malty tones. Void of any bitterness. Hint of citrus. Good bready flavor that I appreciated. No taste of alcohol at all. Refreshing aftertaste. Wish I had more to say about the flavor, but it wasn't that complex.

M: Nice and bubbly. Frothy feel lingers after swallowing.

O: Not a bad beer, but it's nothing special. Was hoping for a little bit more spices.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold color w/ a two finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Somewhat clear, but cloudy enough to not see through. Yeast, malt, pineapple, other fruit in the nose. Nice smelling, but I'd like it to be stronger. Very smooth tasting, w/ fruit, nuts, malt coming out. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth w/ the malt coming through. Overall, this is a good beer, but not best in its style. Tasty, but Maredsous Tripel is the best from that label that I've had.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Best Before: 12/2012.

Appearance: Pours a golden-hued body with an initially tall, white head. Thin smears of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, very lightly citrusy over the bready, biscuity malts, sweet-scented light-colored syrups, liquor, spice, and yeasty dough balls.

Taste: Lightly biscuit-toned malts sprinkled with candi sugar and accented by fruity hints of Golden Delicious apples and pineapple, with a slight backing of faintly tart berries. Lightly spicy hops, low bitterness. Small spritz of alcohol. Iota of white pepper, maybe a single clove bud. Curled candied citrus peel. Some sensible warmth to the drying, sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: All in all, M6 is a pretty tasty, competent blonde.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, Ny on 6/17/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden color. It has a nice fluffy white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lacing.

S - It smells of belgian yeast, banana, citrus, and some caramel. There are also some notes of spices and hops.

T - The taste starts off with a sweet malty backbone, light fruitiness, and some belgian yeast. There is also some hop presence that adds some bitterness. The finish is dry and leaves some lingering bitterness and yeast spiciness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a bit of a zing to it. I thought it was pretty refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. Overall, I think it's a good beer, and great for a hot summer day. It is smooth, refreshing, and I could drink a few of these in a single sitting. I would buy this again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Belgian single style glass (wide mouth wine).

Pours w/1 finger of white head over a cloudy, chill-hazed golden body. Has some of the best head retention I've ever seen, and tons of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are light, and include apricot, pear, and a faint spice of Belgian yeast.

Incredibly smooth across the palate. Primarily getting Belgian yeast, light citrusy hops, with the best comparison being a touch of apple, pear, and apricot tucked into the flavor. Mouthfeel has a decent dryness from the hops and carbonation.

Overall, this is a terrific companion to virtually any meal or just hanging on the deck on a Summer evening. Clean, tasty, and not overpowering in any element

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Photo of ferrari29
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark orange colored body; cloudy and opaque; head was rocky and white in color; looked very healthy and earthy; solid amount of carbonation came from the bottom; not much lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; shake the glass a little and the head will re-form perfectly (great stuff)

S - Fruit, like melon and orange; yeasty; some yeast at the cusp of the glass and disappears rather quickly; sweet caramel malt scent; apple pie; fantastic fruit and malt notes; very impressed

T - Fruit and yeasty flavor; smooth lemon taste; orange rind and malt sweetness; almost tastes like you're drinking a fruity dessert

M - Smooth all the way through; flavor and taste rinses your mouth and leaves a subtle malt aftertaste; not very effervescent; sour feeling on the side a bit

T - I was really impressed with this drink from start-to-finish; complex sweet notes and some mild malt flavors really balance this beer and provide a unique drink that I would have over-and-over again; great stuff

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Photo of Spinshag
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA. A big fan of Maredsous abbey. It pours well with about an inch light head. It is very nice on a 90 degree day since it has little over powering hop after taste. It is somewhat sweet with a bit of floral overtones. I would only recommend to those who like beers like Wittekerke and desire a light hop overtones.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, ncie head retention.

s - Smells of mint, spice, Belgian yeast, and light fruity malts. The small amount of what I can onyl describe as mint lowers this one a bit for me.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, spice, yeast, and bready malts. Pretty light on all fronts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average Beglian pale ale. Smell has a little mint to it and if it had a little more going on in the taste it could be better, but solid none the less.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maredsous Chalice glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed yellow/orange/apricot color with a ¼” head that persists a good long time and leaves sticky lacing. What lacing is created by sipping clings to the glass and a layer of foam covers the the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, has light colored orchard fruit notes mingled in with the yeast, and traces of spicy/herbal hops hanging around as well.

Taste: The flavors are crisp and well balanced with some sweet bready yeasty maltiness that allows the hops to show through and while also allowing the fruity, floral notes play around in the mouth as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the moderate carbonation persists through out the beer. The medium length finish begins in some sweetness and some fruity green apple but then tapers off into a nicely dry bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed both sipping my way through the first half of this beer and then pairing it with the food I had chosen for lunch (a cheese, fruit and walnut tart garnished with a touch of greens). My over all impression is that this is a very good beer. I’d not say it is world class but it is well worth a try and it shows very well in comparison with other Belgian pale ales I’ve tried.

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Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - A golden straw pour with a nice big three finger head that left heavy side lacing.

S - Some really nice belgian spices and yeasts. There is a slightly grainy aroma too.

T - More of the belgian spices and yeasts here. There is some faint grassy and citrus notes. But its still all fairly average.

M - Low carbonation here, semi thin feeling.

O - Overall this is an okay BPA. Like many others I tried this night there are much better representations of this style.

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Maredsous 6 - Blonde from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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