Maudite - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,863
Hads: 4,264
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 199
Gots: 486 | FT: 4
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of alexk307
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown body with barely any white head

S: Strawberries, mangos, malt, doughy bread

M: Very carbonated and light

T: This stuff is awesome. Such a unique flavor in a beer. Extremely fruity in a good way but not over powering the malt. A great brew overall, highly recommended. (286 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love it when bottle shops are stupid. I got this beer for a buck because they probably thought it went bad. Bottle dated '09. Drank last night and took some good notes. Brownish, Amber color with tons of carbonation, decent lacing. Good 2-finger head which diminishes to a finger and pretty much stays there.

There are a lot of things going on in the nose here. Wheat, fruit (which it most likely picked up with time), fig, spices, a subtle boozyness accompanied by spices(not potpurri-ish whatsoever like some spice flavors, spice is black peppery, definite belgian yeast.

The middle warms you up for sure. After crisp carbonation sparkles your mouth, that spicy, boozy character from the nose is there. Its sweet and slightly dry. Some apple and other fruit going on. Loaded with flavor and incredibly complex. I taste something new with each sip. Belgian yeast here too.

The finish is creamy and sweet, spicey, subtley fruity.

Hands Down, the best beer I had last night. Probably the most complex of this style I've ever had. Never had it before but I will seek this out again because it was simply amazing. (1,117 characters)

Photo of MaxBrews
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle dated for 11-27-11 poured into a 25cl chimay glass.

Maudite pours a dark brownish-orange with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Not unusual for this type of glass. Lacing is swirly and clings to the glass.

The aroma delicate and complex. Aromas of funky farmhouse Belgian yeast, red wine vinegar, grapes, dates, and other dark pitted fruit.

Tastes of sour dark cherries, caramel, clove, and Belgian yeast, there's some hop bitterness but its well balanced with this beer's sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body relaxed carbonation.

A really fantastic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A complex flavor and aroma. Nothing astringent and nothing to really approve upon with this beer reminding me why Unibroue is a fantastic brewery. A must try if you like Beligian styles. (786 characters)

Photo of montageman
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

I've had good experiences with Unibroue beers and this one is no different. In fact, this may be the best offering of theirs I've had. Rich deep amber in color with a substantial tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. The aroma is totally complex - orange, clove, coriander, cinnamon, and other dried fruit. The taste is fruity, sweet, and really balanced. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect and mellows as the beer warms. At 8%, this is dangerously drinkable. Very tasty - a top quality brew. Highest recommendation. (531 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue never ceases to impress me. This ale pours a glowing semi-opaque reddish-amber with a great head that is just the right size. Looks great in a Duvel tulip glass. Smells are so complex I don't know where to begin. Sweet malts, freshly-baked sourdough bread, mango, papaya, maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is wonderfully complex. The malts are amazing. The yeast provides the perfect base for the myriad flavors that begin to emerge as this ale warms. I taste wheat, white grapes, mango, plum, nectarine. I taste perfectly placed hints of spices: ginger, cardamom, cloves. The hops, yeast and malt are perfectly balanced in this ale. Of course, I may be a bit biased, as this is my favorite style by far. Mouthfeel is wonderfully peppery and smooth with just the right amount of everything. Even the ABV is perfect - not to much, not too little. Wonderfully drinkable for this style - very close to perfection for me. (923 characters)

Photo of albern
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a surprise. I've had the other Unibroue beers and I bought this to round out the experience. I didn't realize this was a Belgian, and what a fine Belgian it is. The beer pours a nice brown, tawny color with a nice thick, creamy, off white head that retains and laces. The smell is candied sugar malts, some spices, typical Belgian yeasty aromas, only not excessively. The smell is the low point, and at a 4, it isn't that low. The beer is a full bodied, slightly syrupy, thick, and very complex Belgian. The taste is just wonderful. You get the full gamut of candied sugar malts, Belgian yeastiness, a slight fizzy snap, lots of apple, coriander, clove, and maybe a touch of dark fruits all nicely settled in. What makes this just an exceptional beer is that you'll get none of the heavy ABV throatyness found in so many other other thick syrupy Belgians. This one does an incredible job masking it all over. The 8% ABV comes through ever so slightly on the very tail end, but that's all. In addition, you can expect some caramel malts, some peppery bite, some citrusy tang, and God knows whatever else. The style is great and this beer is about as good a representation of the style as you'll find. This one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim. (1,254 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue has the coolest bottle designs, and this one is my favorite of the bunch. The beer pours out of the 750 ml corked bottle a rusty brown color with an ample foamy head. There is frenetic carbonation going on in the glass. I noticed lots of yeast settling at the bottom as well, which looks interesting.
The Aroma is figgy maltiness, spices and some alcohol, theres a hop presence in the back. The taste is very spicy, with coriander and cloves, and different fruits. All this is anchored by a solid but subtle hoppiness. It has complex and rounded flavors and conceals its alcohol content very well. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little bit oily, it coats the mouth. I really like this beer, unibroue is probably the best Canadian brewery. (748 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into a large snifter. Colour is a rich garnet-brown with a half-finger head that has a rosy hue. The head fades slowly to a thin, wispy film. Moderate amounts of lively visible carbonation.

Smell: Bold spicy yeast, sweet dark fruits, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate or brown sugar.

Taste: Strong spice flavour upfront, is followed by a taming fruity yeast character. A little musty. Finishes warm and modestly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full body has a nice delicate texture livened up by a popping carbonation presence. Finishes clean and almost dry.

Overall: Fantastic. The progression of flavours is impressive enough to make me want to drink this regularly. (689 characters)

Photo of rrwiltse
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an impressive beer! Unibroue never ceases to delight.
Poured from a bottle into a Belgian glass, what a fantastic reddish-amber color! A nice foamy head. The aroma is comforting--malty, caramely, a bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel, slight carbonation tingle. You wouldn't expect the high ABV from the taste, so look out! The taste matches the aroma well--malty, smooth, just a tad fruity. One of the great stand-bys to always have on hand. (438 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this poured an a hazy orange/amber, nice rich head that retained well,fruit and slightly clovey aroma, other smells too, but can't quite identify, complex, taste is rich creamy and complex, I sense some vanilla, clove, fruit, maybe Apricot?,also malt, very nice, mouthfeel was bubbly and creamy, very smooth, drinkability is fantastic, not a session brew, but one to savor, I really enjoy all the unibroue products. (415 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the Whistle Stop in Renton, WA.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel for this type of Belgian style. Very pleasant.

Deep amber in color with a moderately sized, persistent tan head. Flavor was excellent, bready hops, caramel and toffee.

Delicious and very drinkable. Try one if you get the chance. (309 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml, cork and cage bottle. Cage says 2004.
Revisiting (after the passage of too much time) one of the early "good" beers I had. I remember being intrigued and even a little scared by the label, but I loved the beer.

Pours into the tulip glass with a release of pent-up carbonation. Sparkling, amber-hued, copper-edged body with a fabulously rocky, tumultuous, creamy, off-white head. Head stays forever, and laces beautifully.

Nose is powdered sugar, caramelized candy, mixed with tropical fruit esters (some banana, a little candied peach, kiwi) and a heady dose of Unibroue yeast. Luckily, I really like their yeast.

Sugary, wheatish malt has a sweet, candied fruit flavor that isn't overpoweringly sweet. Rum-soaked banana-raisin pudding sounds close. Full-bodied chewy feel without being cloying or syrupy. Yeasty, peppery bitterness does enough balancing to make this damned beer very drinkable.

Still a favorite after all these years (5!). (963 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a deep, opaque brown/red color with a two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Some of the head does sit on top of the brew until the end. Moderate lacing on the glass throughout.

The smell is nutty, fruity, (pears and apples?), caramel and malty all at once.

The taste is caramel, sweet and roasted malts. Nuts and fruit; everything is well balanced. There is just enough hop character on the backend in order to keep this brew from becoming too sweet. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is bready, thick and chewy. The beer goes down very smoothly.

This brew is very good. I think it beats Chimay's Blue reserve. Enough said. (670 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this about 3 months ago. The bottle says “best before 04-10-13”. I wasn't purposefully aging it. I just had it sitting around waiting to be reviewed.

A- Pours a very murky dark brown with some red hues. The color is slightly lighter and more translucent than I remember it being. The soapy, billowy head was very quick to show off the active carbonation, and just as quick to die down to a thin, barely present film.

S- I stole a sniff right after I popped the cap, and I have to admit the first thing that came to my mind was “Oh no! I waited too long and let this beer skunk”. Now that I'm smelling it out of the glass, I realize that I am smelling a beautifully sweet and spicy Belgian funk. This definitely reminds me of some of the sour beers of tried much more so than a fresh Maudite does.

T- All of the sweet, malty, spicy, and boozy flavors I've come to expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale are there, but now they have an in your face sour emphasis followed by a sharp, tart finish. Then it leaves its bittersweet dark malts on your palate, and its warming 8% ABV on your breath.

M- Medium body with very high carbonation probably caused by the bottle conditioning. I remember the body being fuller and the carbonation being less in a fresh Maudite, but this bottle has effervescent and playful carbonation that really add to the depth and complexity of this beer.

O- I've always liked Maudite, but I'm really loving this beer right now. Maybe the Damned Maudite is just hitting me now, or maybe the short aging this bottle went through is just perfectly compatible with my palate. I'd like to compare a fresh Maudite to an aged one. In any case, I'm going to have to pick this beer up again, and I recommend you do the same since you are still reading this. Cheers! (1,800 characters)

Photo of noclue
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper/dark amber pour. Tons of yeast sediment. Nice tall white frothy head with big soapy bubbles. The head finally dissipated to a thin film leaving traces of lace all over my glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. Strong yeast aromas. Plums, clove, and dates.

Taste: Bready and yeasty. Sweet ripe fruit. Spicy alchol esters. Very light hop kick is enough to please.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability/Overall: Very easy to drink. Almost too easy. Very smooth and well-balanced. Highly complex! A treat for everyone to enjoy! (627 characters)

Photo of jgagne
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark amber tint with a creamy white head. Wonderful exciting looking beer

S-candied fruit with hint of spices

T-Wonderful perfect blend of spices and sweets. Nice caramel notes hidden within this powerful brew

M-Spicy bitterness with medium body and medium carbonation. Really nice

O-What a great beer. I would go as far to say it is perfect for this style. I coud not ask for much more. Virtually no weaknesses. Just plan wonderful (441 characters)

Photo of Elevator
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour & Aroma: Served in a tulip glass, deep ruby/caramel coloring, about a finger of head. Aroma hits right away - raisins, plums, dark fruits aplenty. Some pears, maybe hints of pineapple. Very bold - very confrontational.

Taste: Rich, invigorating, sharp. Mellow roundness from the cold flavors of those dark fruits washes across the tongue, hitting all parts equally and pleasantly. Aftertaste is subdued, refreshing. Traces of citrus clinging on. Alcohol leaves a nicely warming sensation, wanting more. The alcohol and hop are definitely present but not intrusive: emboldening the remaining flavors to work their magic. Carbonation isn’t overwhelming. As temp rises the alcohol waves “hello,” coming on stronger and making itself well recognized. The reversal of roles in flavor contrasting from initially fruity and less boozy to boozy and less fruity is fairly stark - not that I mind that, but I expected a more gradual transition.

Verdict: I’d compare taking a cold swig of Maudite to taking a bite out of a plump fruit picked from the Delicious Booze Tree. It hits in all the right places, has a strong effective punch, and leaves the drinker with a hearty smile of satisfaction. Out of the park! (1,217 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange to be rating this live on Good Friday, though Trappist monks may approve...pours a darkly sinister ruby body in THE Maudite glass, with a creamy, thick white head that steadily levels to a quarter-inch... the balance of sugary malt and bitter hops is noticeable in its dense bouquet--neither competes, but the heat is present... first sip in is Hades itself, warming and full-bodied with a swift kick to the throat. Little aftertaste and balanced flavors on the tongue are a plus, even as the throat feels the gentle heat that its name implies. Spices abound in the tastebuds, with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a few unidentifiable bits taking the flavor to a complexity most winter warmers would dream of--no syrupy drip or spruce tree pine corniness here... I could see this beer posessing a dinner-table versatility as well as being a desertif. Still nursing this case brother Jer fetched for me in October, I cannot help but wonder what I would drink if I lived in Montreal...what a treat, and what a brewery. (1,023 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I'll be damned (literally, as Maudite means damned).
Sorry at this weak stab at humor. I'll blame the evil powers of this tempting and devious beverage.
What can one say about this brew to do it justice?
Outstanding with a sweet,solid malt background that has some fruitness. Typical Unibroue spiciness ensues. Dark amber in color. Head stays for a little while before departing for parts more holy.
I think there are some dark forces at work in this beer.
All I hear right now is the voice in my head:
DRINK ANOTHER, you love the beer so,
Well, time to heed to my delerium, and I suggest you do the same.
Grab some and enjoy. Truely a brewing masterpiece.
Let me know which circle of hell serves I can aim appropriately. (774 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P- Brass Rail Deli

A- a carbonated foam pour. It fizzles as it is poured and the aromas seep out with every splash. a cloudy reddish brown color.

S- oooh very nice. A sweet banana and pear type of smell. Strong alcohol smell and some floral aromas on the back end. A hint of spice as well, maybe clove or anise.

T- oh my this has to be one of the best flavors i have ever had. There is a strong banana flavor that comes out bubbly. Clove and other floral spices mix well together and the alcohol is there to give you a bit. The pear taste like its caramelized a tad.

M- bubbly and smooth and sweet. A beautiful complex of all flavors and malts.

D- despite the ABV i could pound these back all day. I strong urge you to go out and try this beer. I love Unibroue and this beer has to be one of their best. One of the top 3 beers i have ever had! (849 characters)

Photo of rsher12
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Struck by crackling carbonation during pour. Dark amber coloring with contrasting whitish head that dissipates quickly.

S-Some floral/citrus scent combined with spices. Very addictive and upbeat smell.

T-Carbonation delays smoothness, but easy with citrus flavor while complex.

D-Enjoyable and easy balance makes this a go to 750mL choice for rme. (352 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy with a mahogany wood color. Great Belgian head from the bottle fermentation, and it knows how to stay. Some lace is left that slowly slides down the slope of the glass. Huge and complex spicy aroma! Coriander, pepper, and cinnamon, as well as dried fruit, banana, and maybe some plum. Impressive! On to the palate... so very many flavors appear! Spicy and fruity overall, but this, of course, requires an in-depth commentary. Black pepper tickles at the tongue first, then coriander and sweet plum come into play. Tart and dried fruit character are also found among the many flavors that run rampant on your palate. Many of the subtleties are hard to catch! Alcohol is only detectable in the warming effect. Yeast is only slightly detectable, but its presence increases as more of the 750 ml. bottle's contents are emptied into the glass. Grainy malt finish with a bit of spice. A distinct black pepper tingle is left on the tip of your tongue. Massively complex, yet medium-bodied. Almost a full-course dinner in a bottle. This is a "damned" (get it?) wonderful ale! Masterpiece! (1,096 characters)

Photo of tviz33
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an opaque dark amber body with a small tan head of one finger.

S- The aroma is sweet fruit, but not necessarily dark fruit. Maybe strawberries with some apple.

T- All I can say is "wow." Sweet fruits, a bit of a sour kick, and awesomeness, of course. The Belgian spice is there in the background

M- Very bubbly and enjoyable on the tongue.

O- I actually love this beer, and certainly did not expect to. Go get it. (477 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: : It has a very nice deep rusty amber colour to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, spices, fruity notes and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice fruitiness to it and I also taste some caramely notes. The malts have a nice character and the hops are light but give the beer an overall great balance. The spiciness of the beer also adds to the great taste and balance. The flavours are very complex.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with an incredible balance of flavourrs. It has a dry finish but leaves your mouth full of numerous flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. The complexity of this beer definitely hides some of the alcohol. It's an overall great, tasty, complex and distinctive Ale. Very impressed. C'est une maudite bonne bière. (953 characters)

Photo of johntangus
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red orange with a thin head that sticks around. It smells of dark fruit and malt. Tastes like plums and raisins with a slightly boozy back end. Medium/perfect body...

Ok, i'm kinda holding myself back...

It's delicious. I haven't ever tasted a beer exactly like this. It is so interesting and wonderful that i am having a hard time describing it's complexity. This beer makes me want to skip work.

This one and La Fin du Monde are two of my absolute faves of all time.

If you are reading reviews of this beer to help you decide whether or not to purchase this beer, put the computer down and just buy it already! (631 characters)

Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.