Maudite - Unibroue

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4,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,242
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 193
Gots: 475 | FT: 4
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Reviews by Mancer:
Photo of Mancer
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dirty amber with a three finger high, off-white head. The initial smell of the beer was that of yeast and sweet fruits, pineapple and pears. The initial taste of the beer is that of bready yeast, followed by a dominant flavoring of spices. There is an alcohol finish that is present on the nose post consumption. This brew has a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a good beer, but lets not kid either, it's not that great. I understand why this makes for a nice A-rated entry beer, however this beer is too sweet for me. I like Belgian ales, but this one I won't buy again, regardless of what I rate it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Though murky and a sort of muddy brown-orange, there's a certain beauty in an almost localized but deep-shining brightness, like a gem glowing at the bottom of a recently stirred-up river bed. The head, tinged a paler version of the brown-orange the beer itself is, is small and bubbly. It's not a whole lot more than a foam, and a loosely soapy one at that, but it leaves some reasonably good lacing on the glass's walls.
The complexity, while brought to completion in the flavor, begins in the aroma though not completely showcased. Bready in the malts with some caramel and dark fruits, the yeast plays out with a whole lot of different but ultimately complementary notes to make the whole. It's somewhat earthy under lots of varied spiciness, like a spice cake that might have had a little rum added. A bit of clove, a cake-like quality to the sweet breadiness, clove and banana notes make for a welcome anticipation.
...and the taste doesn't disappoint. It's the same overall profile and individual factors more fully expressed, with maybe a hint more hops as well as a stronger note to the peppery aspect of the spiciness. Otherwise, the tongue also gets all the thick breads, dark fruits, warming alcohol, earth, caramel, clove and banana, as well as a little more from hints of something almost woody and some pale fruit flesh, even a little tartness underneath it all.
There's lots of crispness to the feel of this beer in its medium, almost full but very refreshing body. Never too sweet, it ends up more semi-dry as the tongue makes the effort to feel all the complexity as well as tasting it. It has a bit of smoothness to it with the bite, though it certainly focuses on crisp and more hearty than rich.

Photo of souvenirs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'd think I'd have tried this one before now, but I guess part of why I haven't is that it's widely available, so it doesn't seem all that special, even if it may well be world class.

Cloudy raisin brown with visible carbonation. I've got a cold and my sense of smell probably isn't what it could be under better circumstances, but I pick up dark dried fruit, like raisin and plum, and some booze. Yeasty, a bit tart or sour, fruity, peppery on the tongue. Almost overly crisp and fizzy.

Photo of TheHammer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A solid thumb of head that sadly did not stick around but produced some lacing. The body is a fig coloured brown that has a unique dullness to it, but shows amber and red notes quite well. There is ample carbonation in the body but also quite a bit of smaller then sand yeast in the mix, which is more a result of my pour being a bit to long.

Smell: A strong yeast that really presents itself as figs which berry touches. There's is a potent toffee backing to it that comes across as something that is lying in wait. There is also a slight floral note that comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste: Starts with a solid dose of toffee flavoured malt with a slight touch of chocolate which builds very quickly into a fruity yeast as figs, stone-fruit and citrus arise and then somewhat give way to a spicy clove with floral and herbal hop end.

Feel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a bit quick, it is still solid. A nice dark toffee and figgy aftertaste stick around after drinking which leaves a very restrained dryness.

Drinkability: It hides it's ABV quite well, it's medium bodied which was surprising, the carbonation doesn't get out of control after you've had it and it's very easy to drink and doesn't come across as the beer you can only drink at an event.

Final Thoughts: Much like the other brews I've had from Unibroue, this one impresses. While it is no Fin Du Monde, it's still an awesome beer. As I said, this one I could drink anytime, anywhere but I could really see it going good with mussels. Two thumbs up.

Photo of 2Xmd
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lost half of it when it gushed out but the rest tasted great.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Marty
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. There’s also a presence of alcohol and many other flavors that I can’t pinpoint.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation slowed this one down a bit. I thought it was a little too much for the style. But, it’s 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 I’d give this one another full tasting and see how my opinion of it withstands the test of time.

I didn’t see a need to elaborate on the Appearance: it’s perfect. The aroma and taste are damn near perfect. I didn’t get any hops this time around but thought the huge butter flavor was just a bit much. Keep in mind that I’m 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. I’ll 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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. That’s an accomplishment. Finish is yeasty, drying, and peppery.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of AdamToomey
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of newk340
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head on this one, might have been a bit of a hard pour. Nonetheless, it shrank rather quickly to an even layer of small bubbles. Cloudy and dark brown in color, dark caramel with a touch of brandy coloring sums it up.

Aroma of dark fruits, some plum and raisin, quite sweet smelling overall. Very inviting. Flavor profile follows suit with the aroma, dark fruits dominate, a bit of sour cherry and plum. Quite sweet just like the aroma. There is a nice malt flavor which keeps this beer in check and adds a good bread aftertaste. Alcohol only adds a slight touch of sweetness, nothing overpowering by any means.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but doesn't detract much. Drinkability is a good overall. I could easily have a couple of these with a nice dinner or just sitting around for that matter.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was an amber color with a thick white head that dissipated quickly. It had a fruity sweet odor, almost candy-like. A nice fruity/spicy taste, with some warmth in the aftertaste. It was a little too fizzy for me, but still a very smooth and drinkable beer

Photo of Todd
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: "Maudite", translates to "Cursed." Lost souls in a canoe (heading straight for hell), an evil devil with crossed arms greets and "Beer On Lees" (beer on yeast) are all present on the label. Bottle refermented in a 750ml brown.

Appearance: Wood stain in colour. Pours extremely frothy, as a champagne, and settles into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass. Some haze appears in the glass.

Smell: Spicy aromas, alcohol notes and fruity esters. Yeast aromas hit the nose as you get to the dregs of the bottle.

Taste: Whoa! This brew has some complexities! At first, fruit and higher kilned malt flavours coat the palate. Then, a sudden black pepper spiciness, tartness and fruitiness come into domination -- going spicy once again at the end. A very subtle hop flavour is noted which gives the brew some balance.

Notes: This is an outstanding Belgian-style ale! Comparable to a fine wine, easily accompanying most cuisine styles. Very drinkable for an 8% abv brew, a tease beer as you want more. If this is "cursed", damn us to hell!

Photo of dill
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on draught in a Maudite snifter
a - amber color with light carbonation
s - smells of orange and grapefruit with a bit of yeast
t - taste is a bit spicy with the fruity aromas still present. a mild amount of hops. a really nicely balanced beer.
m - very crisp.
d - This is a great beer that is easy to drink. It was gone before I knew it.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've yet to have a beer from Unibroue I didn't like. As a result, I was prepared to enjoy the Maudite. As it turned out, it would be more accurate to say that I THOUGHT I was prepared. I wasn't. It's truly an awesome beer. Lovely.
Upon pulling the cage and popping the cork you're treated to a very light gas release from the bottle.
Initial pour shows a dark russet/brown beer that is initially quite frothy and carbonated resulting in a quick and thick head that fades into a pretty sticky thin lace. While the beer has a slight haze it's not the usual yeasty cloud. Smells are of fruit esters, spicy yeast and a slight astringent warmth from the alcohol.
The first taste of this beer is astonishing - really nearly overwhelming. So much flavour... malt and caramel and fruit followed by a rush of spice and a little citric-fruit bite and even a little pepper tickling the palette. There is some hop structure balancing the malt and fruit - but the beer is not by any means bitter. Tastes fade into a beautiful soft aftertaste of malt and fruit with the hops tightening the palette and making one wish for more - dying for the next sip, never cloying.
I truly love this beer. It's good in the small bottles but oh so much better in the 750ml size. As insane as it might sound, I think I might order a case to cellar.

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Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,242 ratings.