Maudite - Unibroue
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Reviews by Estarrio:
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
While I am a huge fan of Unibroue, I had not yet tried Maudite for some inexplicable reason.
Maudite, or "The damned one" is a fine Belgian strong ale and was well worth the wait for me.
Poured cloudy, mahogany with a small but persistent tan head. Viscous, silky lacings line the sides of my goblet.
Sweet malt, clove, pepper, coriander, bready yeast and light fruity esters make for an enticing aroma.
Sweet malt backbone with caramel, candied sugar, molasses, apple and grape esters, doughy yeast and lots of phenols and spices. The first sip starts off like a standard, sweet Belgian Tripel and then the spices and phenols smack some exciting, balancing flavors on your palate. Banana, clove, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon mix with phenolic properties to create a spicy/bitter, crisp, semi-dry finish. The complexities in the brew are amazing given the 8% ABV and the smooth, refreshing taste. I could easily drink this by the case.
This medium bodied brew has no shortage of delightfully fizzy carbonation for an easy, pleasing mouthfeel.
Another home run by Unibroue. They craft sublime brews with stellar marketing and very reasonable prices. Maudite will easily become one of my staple selections.
01-11-2007 01:34:47 | More by Estarrio
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
Man I relly like this "big" beer,pours a deep amber with a nice thick off-white creamy head,nice sweet almond/caramel smell with slight alcohol notes.A malty,nutty tasting beer with some fruity hints in the finish ( a long finish at that).Very warming something to drink before bed.
07-12-2003 05:58:45 | More by oberon
4.51/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Dark amber with a small bit of haze. About 1 finger of head; didn't retain as long as I was expecting form some of the other reviews here.
Smell: It's got a complex smell to it. Definitely pick up some cloves here. Banana, too, but none of the parts overwhelm the whole.
Taste: Definitely get the molasses/cloves/raisin notes through this. Don't taste the alcohol at all. Really yummy taste.
Mouthfeel: Pretty soft in the mouth. Not too viscious, not watered-down. Definitely very good overall feel.
Overall: Very impressed, just like I've been with much of Unibroue's line.
09-02-2013 22:22:50 | More by don1481
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Cloudy amber/dark orange. Huge frothy head. Plenty of active carbonation. A very lively pour even though the head doesn't hold up forever.
Smell: Big and malty. Plenty of spice in the nose. Hints of some fruit and underlying sweetness. There are earthy qualities as well.
Taste: Dark and rich maltiness. Complex fruit & spice flavours are present throughout. Noticeable hints of clove and maybe a pinch of cinamon. Dark fruitiness with sweet hints of caramel. Some woody notes as well. Great body and pleasant balance. A dry, earthy finish with some tartness and a warm alcohol kick.
Mouthfeel: Lively and fresh. Plenty of carbonation and sparkling qualities. Smooth out towards the end.
Drinkability: A great, full beer. I could drink this almost anytime, unless the weather is too hot. This is one of my personal favorites. One of Unibroue's absolute best.
06-16-2003 12:24:40 | More by Popsinc
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
Holy cow, this beer tastes like heaven. It's so complex that I think any attempt to apply qualitative descriptors would be in vain. Words cannot describe how delicous this beer is. Everything about Maudite is very well balanced, from the alcohol and hops to the spices and fruit. This is the best I've ever tasted in the style. Rock and roll, Unibroue.
04-30-2003 21:50:48 | More by Marty
4.38/5 rDev +4%
Appearance This pours a beautiful, thick cloudy brown. The head was full and left some lacing.
Smell Big malt and spicy yeast aromas fill the nose. This is a terrific smelling brew, full of caramel and fruit scents.
Taste - The first hint of hops is quickly replaced by huge malt and caramel flavors. The body is very deep, mature, raw, and spicy, with a complex fruity boldness of predominantly banana and clove-spiked apple. Theres also a presence of alcohol and many other flavors that I cant pinpoint.
Mouthfeel Lively carbonation slowed this one down a bit. I thought it was a little too much for the style. But, its a full-bodied ale that you can sip, suck, chew, or pack in between your cheeks and gum like a wad of tobacco.
Drinkability This went down smooth as silk.
Comments This is my idea of a BSDA. I chose this for my 100th beer review to commemorate the occasion.
Update Well, I had this for my 100th review and now, here I am, over a year later, with 1,220 reviews. I thought Id give this one another full tasting and see how my opinion of it withstands the test of time.
I didnt see a need to elaborate on the Appearance: its perfect. The aroma and taste are damn near perfect. I didnt get any hops this time around but thought the huge butter flavor was just a bit much. Keep in mind that Im trying to differentiate here between a 4.5 and a perfect 5.0.
The style allows for high carbonation. Having said that, I thought this was just a bit too much. Ill say now that it is not quite full-bodied, although the beautiful and full flavors probably demand it to be so. All in all this is one of my favorite BSDAs. I stand by my overall 4.5 rating that I gave this back in August 2003.
08-31-2003 04:10:43 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
One of my very favorite non-Belgian Belgians. Murked copper caked in rich vanilla foam and chocolate sprinkles. Super spicy nose. Extremely complicated and well candied. Loaded with lemon, pepper, alcohol, toast, mint, chocolate, and plum candies. Tastes yeasty with very Belgianish malts. Carbonation is off the spectrum making this one loads of fun to drink. Acidic yet fluffy. Thats an accomplishment. Finish is yeasty, drying, and peppery.
03-14-2006 21:45:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Malty, smooth, fruits, 8% abv, dangerous (can't taste the alcohol), goes down so easy, no bitters, sweet, nectar of the gods, amazing.
Of the Unibroue beers I've tried (Don De Dieu and La Fin Du Monde) this is my favorite. I still need to try Trois Pistoles. I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and I would have to put this on my recommendation list.
08-29-2014 03:30:22 | More by Fear4Beer
3.83/5 rDev -9%
Pours a dark brown and slightly copper-embossed color; murky and borderline swampy with a low-profile, khaki-beige head that settles to a ring fairly quickly. Looks like your typical BSDA, perhaps a little less lively than most but the color and body seems to be pretty much on par.
It reminds me of a dubbel on the nose - but then again, what's really the difference between a dubbel and a BSDA? Lots of Candi sugar with a little sprinkle of brown sugar as well. Dark fruits; plums, grapes, and maybe just a tiny bit of figs. Thick, Belgian yeast is apparent with it's seemingly spiced aroma and little hints of clove and rotten banana.
The yeast is the first thing that my palate pick up on when taking a sip. Bubblegum-like with a dash of clove and some other spice that tastes like something you'd sprinkle on a holiday pie. Candied fruits; mildly sweet and sugary with lots of carbonation that hits the tongue and all sides of the mouth immediately. Plums and raisins that have been soaked in a vat of tamed booze and rolled around in brown sugar. Though I may be overstating the sweetness just a bit, the flavors are there.
Hops are very faint but show a grassy character in the finish leaving your mouth with a hint of bitterness. Fusel alcohol character pops out - something that's not usually expected for a brew that's only 8% ABV, but Belgian strong ales often have a higher alcohol presence on the palate. The yeast goes from the clove-bubblegum style to a harsh dryness in the finish that almost adds a woody and slightly funky taste. Maybe not your typical "barnyard" flavors, but there's definitely some kind of funk in the finish. Medium bodied, creamy, with a good snap and crisp, dry finish with lots of carbonation.
Definitely a good BSDA, reminds me quite a bit of a dubbel, not sure what exactly sets this apart and perhaps I'll never know. Might be slightly overrated, but this is still pretty drinkable, although there are definitely a handful of readily available competitors I'd probably choose over this one.
04-16-2013 11:49:16 | More by tectactoe
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Served in a Maudite snifter, this beer pours with 3 fingers of pillowy head that crest over the top of the glass. It holds together well leaving tons of fine lacing. The body is a dark auburn color, slightly hazy. There's a gentle fragrance that is clove-y and yeasty, with a farm-fresh quality that intensifies as it warms and is swirled. Almost minty.
There's a lot to like out of the first sip; abundant caramel and specialty malt flavor balanced well with the Belgian yeast, and a light, wet, yet highly carbonated almost soda-like mouthfeel that seems to provide exceptional drinkability. Finishes spicy but still not dry. This beer provides a jolt to all senses.
If I could change anything, it might be sacrificing some drinkability for more depth in the body. If I'm paying $2.50 a bottle I'm probably not going to be pounding these all night, so it could sit a little heavier. Still, that's a minor complaint. Very nice, and now I'm even more proud of my Maudite snifter.
06-14-2008 01:48:53 | More by boston2bburg
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
A: The beer pours a kind of murky brown color with amber hues when held up to the light and a nice thick foamy head with great retention and lacing. Overall, the appearance is probably the weakest aspect of this beer. It simply looks a little too cloudy with the lees yet to be poured in.
S: The aroma of this beer is quite appealing. The Unibroue website notes that the nose is filled with malt, orange and spices and this is right on. In my opinion, the orange is the dominant characteristic with some spices, malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol following closely after.
T: The taste of this beer resembles the nose: Orange, malts, and a spicy crispness at the finish. In addition, there is the unmistakable Belgian Yeast like qualities with Belgian candied sugar as well as mild raisin qualities. Quite pleasant but not necessarily anything that will blow you away.
M: Very light mouthfeel. This is a very easy beer to drink especially considering the high alcohol content. Definitely a lot of carbonation which is on par with other Belgian style beers.
O: This was my second time having this beer. Upon my first tasting I found it outstanding but after trying other Belgian Dark Ales, namely the Delirium Nocturnum, this beer is merely just a good beer. It is definitely a great introduction to the style, and I would highly suggest pairing it alongside Unibroue's Trois Pistoles in order to fully experience the range of flavors present in the style.
09-14-2011 04:32:16 | More by AdamToomey
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
Maudite with 8% alcohol, very aggressive name for a hell of a beer.
A- Angry look for a dark barely able to see through ale. Dark and tainted brown-blackish liquid with nice head that falls to a ring around the glass with nice lacing. Very nice.
S- Smell is of sweet raisins and candy sugar up front. Followed by pruny dark fruity blossom of scents.
T- First is the yeasty alcohol kick with a more refined fruityness of plum and sugar. Very complex flavor is nice to think about when sipping. Big bold taste of a Belgian dark.
M-D- Leaves a malty feel on the mouth with a dry kick as well when finishes. Drinkable but not as most from Unibroue.
04-29-2009 02:55:11 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
A - Huge just off-white head with LOTS of carbonation. Looking through the beer is like looking at carbonated wildflower honey, dark gold, slightly hazy, and makes me want a taste!
S - Very spicy aroma with banana like esters.
T - The smell translates to the taste, spicy, lots of esters, with a definite Belgian "twang". Ends with some sweet caramel malts and alcohol.
M - Finishes pretty dry, but I think this may have more to do with the alcohol warmth and extreme carbonation. I like it but I can see how it could be distracting.
D - The crisp and light finish make this a drinkable beer. 750 ml is not a chore, but would not want anymore.
10-28-2009 23:08:55 | More by steelerguy
4.38/5 rDev +4%
A: a murky dark apple cider color in a unibroue tulip (split with hu5om). gorgeous lacing.
S: wheaty and yeasty, similar to a hefe in my mind.
T: awesome. fizz of smooth fruity hops with wheat overtones that gently slide across the palate. light fruits (peach?). sweet floral malts round out the taste.
MF/D: light bubbles across the tongue, easy slide down the throat. a superb belgian ale with absolutely no heat for 8% alcohol.
07-14-2010 23:04:36 | More by newk340
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a cherry-tinged apple cider color. Fizzy head recedes to nothing and leaves no lace. Smell's a touch weak, but in general like every other Belgian I've tried: Sweet malt. Tastes of roasted bananas and pepper (as well as other spices), and also some bready malt. Mouthfeel's a bit fizzy at first, and also a bit thin, but both of those improve as the beer warms.
Overall, this is a good Belgian, although compared with La Fin Du Monde and Trios Pistoles (the latter I didn't review when I drank it-good though!), it's a bit weak. Nevertheless, this one hit the spot on this cold, blustery winter night.
01-20-2005 03:50:51 | More by skybluewater
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
12oz bottle. Best by 10-12-08. Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy orange/amber/brown hue with a big, creamy two inch eggshell head on top and tons of active carbonation. So far so good. Aromas of crisp wheat grain malts with a touch of caramel. Big spicy aromas swirl about with some mixed fruity aspects lurking in there as well.
First sip brings a crisp wheat malt upfront with a hint of caramel sweetness. This moves into a sturdy spicy flavor profile with hints of clove and earthy yeast accents. Fruity, citrusy flavors move in and out along the way down. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a spicy, yeasty afterthought. Tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly effervescent. It races across the palate with a fast moving tingle. Overall, an enjoyable brew with that trademark Unibroue yeast flavor. Damn drinkable and priced right for when I want a tasty Belgian style brew. One of my faves from Unibroue.
05-08-2008 00:01:25 | More by orbitalr0x
Maudite from Unibroue
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