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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 404 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is brownish-orange with an active, rocky, 2-finger white head. Active carbonation rises throughout to refortify. No lacing, however.

S: Bready yeast, spice and fruit -- can't quite place my finger on the fruit scent, I finally come up with under-ripe plums.

T: Fruit at first -- ripe green apples, some orange peel, maybe banana as well. Then finishes with spice -- cinnamon & nutmeg, with a hint of cloves -- and dry. Alcohol warms the belly, but is otherwise hidden in the taste.

M: Good spritzy, active carbonation helps it to finish clean in the mouth. Body is lighter than expected for the style, but that might just be the light, airy carbonation playing tricks.

D: Pretty good. I'm not big of the fruity flavors in my beer, so I wouldn't see myself having a few of these, but it certainly wasn't a chore to drink.

Re-review, 11-9-11, of a bottle with "best by" date of August 2012.

I stand by my initial scoring, though I've bumped up what was "Drinkability" of 4 to an "Overall" of 4.5.

I also note more of an apple scent to the nose. Along with the cinnamon and spice, I'm thinking apple pie, actually. As for taste, etc. . . . I like this better than I did nearly 4 years ago when first reviewed. Getting some soda-like characteristics, and also the apple pie, both in the nose and taste. It's good stuff.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish amber colour, slightly hazed clarity in the body, with a full and foamy head of off-white. Lacing is sudsy and Belgianesque. Looks very decent.

Sweet and slightly woody nose, with big Belgian yeast characters and a slightly organic sawdust character. Good amount of spice and a faint citric acidity. Lots of very pleasant characters on this.

Taste is lovely. Very decent Belgian characters, giving a slightly rounded note to the slightly smoky front. Robust and full, but sweet enough to temper anything before it gets too harsh or prominent. Finish is surprisingly fresh, leaving a pleasant crushed organic character on the back. Feel is smooth and light, adding to the really charismatic aspect of this beer. I'm very surprised at how light it is for 8%.

It's a lovely drop of beer. Unibroue do some wonderful things and this is no exception.

Photo of KingG
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 year old 12oz bottle.

Served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is good. almond colored head is quite large after the pour then slowly thins out. Burnt-orange color with red hues.

Smell is good. Belgian nuttiness, yeast, light fruit and aldohol. Quite appealing.

Taste is good. Similar to the smell but no alcohol. Spicy and sweet flavors molded together nicely. Aging has mellowed out the alcohol bite and harshness for the better.

Mouthfeel is very good. Aging has also mellowed out the carbonation for the better. Lively in the mouth with a creamy texture. Nicely done.

Drinkability is very good. Once again, the alcohol and carbonation harshness has mellowed making this one an easy drinker.

Overall: Fresh, this beer (and much like the rest of the Unibroue line) has too much carbonation and the drinkability and mouthfeel suffer. Aged, this becomes quite a nice Belgian style ale and leaves a better impression. Recommended when aged.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a clearish brown body with a one-finger tan head (is that carbonation or little yeast floaters haning in the middle) and decent lacing. A mix of sweet malts and some bread/yeast aromas peek through, along with some very light hops. This ale is unbelievably smooth and creamy, never had a Belgian that I could say was this smooth. Sweet malts like caramel and maybe something like gum/cake icing (sugary) along with toffee or roasted malts to keep it balanced and give it a dry backbite. Also contained citric and dark fruit tastes in the hops; I could detect orange and possibly banana but I couldn't decipher the rest. Did get a little sticky on the sides from the excessive malts, but this is a damn good beer w/ the 8% hidden well; I could session this even though a few would knock me out.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruit, and caramel malts

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A nice dark ale from Unibroue. A nice dark fruits and spice smell and taste that us easy to drink. Would definitely have again.

Photo of OskarL
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark amber color with a huge dark white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, ripe fruit and spices with a hint of alcohol.

A complex taste, starts of with some fruit and sweetness. Then it finishes peppery, yeasty, a bit tart with ripe fruit and cloves.

Very dry with a medium body and lots of carbonation.

Photo of backfat
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the roommate for this one. pours a hazy dark copper with a lively three finger head with great retention and perfect lace. smells of strong yeast, granny smith apples, grain, flora, and brown sugar. tastes of caramel malt, cherries, coriander, pear (lovely), and strawberries. fruity and nice. makes you really appreciate the style. it is just crisp and yummy. defiantly not my last one of these.

Photo of treyrab
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice...

A: Raisin brown colored with nice off-white creamy head that lasts a good bit. Very murky and hazy with definite active carbonation.

S: The smell is very similar to most dark belgian ales...Raisin, dates, candi sugar, yeast, and bananas are what stick out.

T: The taste is similar and actually very crisp. The flavor is complex and very nice.

Overall, a great brew by Unibroue, but not one of my favorite of theirs

Photo of Maudite
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bias is that it's my namesake...Had this one at Albatross Pub in Berkeley, CA last night.

A- Rich, malty brown, almost the color of the bar-top. If carrot cake were a beer color, this was it. Poured an off-white head about 1 finger with minimal yet sticky lacing. The head gradually dissipated into a tiny halo that left it's ring all the way down the glass. Small amount of yeast particles floating throughout, gathered on the bottom of the glass.

S- Big nose...burnt wood (whiskey-like), toffee, carmel, apple/pear. Very fruit-cake like aromas...Malty, sweet, spicy, woody...Very aromatic and rich...almost a cognac aroma blended with cloves and nag champa incense. Wonderful nose.

T- Rich, malty, sweet. Big yeast kick. Alcohol is present towards the finish with a slight bite on the tip of the tongue, but not very phenolic in the body. The fruit cakiness is in the taste as well, rich, delicate fruits, caramel, spices...Rum raisin? Carrot cake? Somewhere around there with a nice balance and subtle oakiness.

M- Not quite as acidic or champagney as it appears, but definitely bubbly and biting in the mouth. As I said above, the alcohol content is slightly deceptive as it is only noticed towards the end of drinks, and then just a nip on the tip of the tongue.

D- This devil sneaks up on you. A great beer to drink almost anytime, but I always find it most enjoyable at a very wooden pub early in the night...gets the tongue loose and conversations flowing. Save your second one for closing time.

Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark reddish brown with a nice foamy white head.

The smell is malts, bananas,bubble gum and cloves with some yeast.

The taste is bananas, sweet malts,cloves and alcohol.

The mouth is medium and creamy with medium carbonation.

This ale is strong with a fairly high alcohol content.

Photo of Scooter77
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can anyone not enjoy the great “damned one?” I love all of the Unibroue brews that I’ve had, so far, and this one’s no exception. It pours a dark orange/brown color topped off with a huge fluffy, white froth that settles down leaving a bubbly 1/4-inch head. There is a nice burnt aroma that escapes from the glass with some sweet plum scents intermixed. The taste is extremely complex, there are so many flavors going on. The first taste was of charred wood, followed by the richness of malt and sweet caramel, finished off with an ever so slight spiciness of clove. This a good, solid medium-bodied beer. The only thing that lowers the drinkability rating a bit, is the high alcohol content, I can’t have more than 2 or 3 in one setting.

Photo of Bunman3
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a lovely beer and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I first encountered Maudite many years ago and was not ready to appreciate its complexity. Like other Unibroue beers, the nose is yeasty, though this beer is agreeable right from the start. It pours beautifully and looks great throughout the sampling. The flavour is definitely on the sweet side - notes of clove and brown sugar, but overall it reminds me of home baked banana bread. In terms of price and accessibility, I'm not sure you can find a better deal out there...

Photo of jlh8643
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from on-tap from 3F's BP in a tulip glass. Tannish white head sits on top of a dark amber body. Head leaves some lace going down. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Carmel malts, dark fruits and cloves are in the mix. The medium body is similar to the aroma and finishes a bit dry. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall a well brewed beer and very drinkable.

Photo of Truh
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked over my shoulder and found I was running with the devil with this one on 3/20/2005. 16-oz. tall pilsener glass pour at 43° N.

Sudsy on the edges, but otherwise, completely clear of the white stuff – no lace and no stick. Very clean orange hue with some nice, gently ascending action that mesmerizes, though it could have just as easily have been the restaurant’s atmosphere. Cool, cool, cool as ice notes on nose with some jumpy grapefruit and kiwi aspects. Almost a spicy note on the mouth = white pepper, oregano; great malt base bangs through while hot alcohol cools things in a yin/yang sort of way. A reliable go-to.

Photo of letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Wexford Ale House and poured in to a Unibroue challis, this BSDA shows a nice characteristic Belgian-style haze. Cedar brown with a cap of egg-shell colored foam. The head holds well after a hasty pour and some sticky wisps remain behind.

Fruit, yeast and booze come out initially in the nose. Sour cherry and fig come to mind. Honey and toffee with some buttery, spicy phenols; almost a mild potpourri hint. Heavily fermented fruit and lightly toasted brown bread.

More dark and tart fruits, earthy and deep. Candied, dried orange peel, caramel and toffee with tart black cherry juice and wild honey comb. Booze is evident but welcomed. Fig, plenty of yeasty notes and, of course, lingering warmth.

Crisp but substantial up front. Mellow, creamy middle with a warming, semidry finish. Just a hint of acidic fruit mingles with the yeast and booze to create a lingering, pleasant mouthfeel. Somewhat above average drinkability for the style due to the lack of any dominant or abrasive characteristic that would otherwise become burdening. One of my favorite non-Belgian, Belgian-style brews.

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this Belgian beer? No but it might as well be.

Pours a nice coppery color with head that stays around and keeps the lace.

I can smell vanilla and banana with malt. Taste is exceptional Good carbonation and bite. Fruit such as grapes and plums,malt and sweetness are prevalant in this one.

This is one of those beers that is way too drinkable for a strong one. I live in Iowa and can't wait for it to be sold here. This is one of the best beers availiable. Imported or exported.

Note: 10-08-08 This beer comes across as a little dry with not as much depth. Still a good one.

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of erushing
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docer
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged up a bottle at cost plus world market for rather cheap... best before 08-06-11. Poured into my hopworks 16.5 oz. tall mug.

- Great rich dark copper tone.. clear.. lots of head that quickly went down to about a pinky finger or so thick.. bits of light lacing.

- Strong banana yeast scent.. smells like a basic ol' strong Belgian.. little fruit, zesty hop, pine and oak.. earthy.

- Yeast, banana, some bread/biscuit.. caramel sweetness.. alcohol.. estery aftertaste.. some bittering hops.. pine. Cedar and oak wood notes.. rather complex and balanced w/ a great strength.

- Bit sour and dry.. not too puckering though.. slight chewyness..

- Overall it's spot on for the style.. really a great intro to strong Belgians.. or just good Belgians all together I think. Its a bit bubbly like most of their brews.. but that's what you get with the yeast and style... very good. Would give it a 5 but for the carbonation.

Photo of bigtunk
4.16/5  rDev -1%

Photo of drtth
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out lighly hazed dark orange/amber color with a ½" off-white head that recedes fairly soon leaving a ring, a patch of foam and some speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. Sipping leaves widely scattered speckles and legs of lacing clinging to the glass as the sheets of foam slide back down into the liquid. The lacing, foam ring, and patch of foam on the liquid persist throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a mixture of apples and pears backed up by some nice brown sugar or light toffee notes.

Taste: The flavor has a clean, crisp fruity and lightly spicy character mingled with some sweetness. The fruits are pears and sweet cherries and a touch of orange zest all bound up with some light toffee malt sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with smooth steady carbonation that tickles the tongue. The finish is quite long, losing the fruity sweet character first and then fading into a spicy almost astringent dryness.

Drinkability: No question I'll be having this one again. This is one of my favorites from Unibroue and it will be finding a place in my fridge for years to come. Even with a relatively high ABV I'm ready for another one.

19 Jun, 2014

Having a bottle that has been cellared for about 6 mos. and find that the flavors are nicely integrated and a bit more comples than I've remembered or described above. This one can definitely do well with 6 mos of bottle age and probably more.

Photo of Dikachu
4.16/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue tasters pack. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - amber and honey brown in color, topped by a monstrous multi finger head even with a gentle pour.opaque with a tremendous amount of bubbles. The head is ever lasting. Cascading lacing just drips down the inside of the glass.

Smell - yeasty and spicy, some orchard fruits and has some notes more reminiscent of a tripel or saison, rather than a strong dark ale. Nice, but I'm not blown away by this aroma. Some caramel or candied goods as it warms.

Taste - smooth delicate, candied sugars, sweet caramel, some sweet fruits such as cherry and a touch of chocolate. Delicious and alcohol is hidden so subtly.

Mouthfeel - smooth, amazingly light body, with a high carbonated feel.

Overall - a delicious representation of a great style. It doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of abriggs1
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is an hold stand-by for me. Whenever I can't decide what to get, I always know this stuff will satisfy. Pours with a deliciously thick and rich looking head. The smell is equal parts hops, yeast, and esters. Taste is balanced between all the players. A lot of fine esters from the yeast, plenty of malt, and some nice spiciness from the hops. All of the tastes linger on the palate equally instead of the flavor profile changing in your mouth. A very egalitarian beer. Equally great in the winter as well as on a hot summer night. This beer goes great with Tai food.

Maudite, along with Fin Du Monde, is one of the best values in the beer world. I paid under $7 for a 750ML and that makes me happy. Also, it's prime to drink for a good long time after it's bottled. You just can't go wrong with this beer.

Photo of draheim
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 7/28/2014) into a chalice. Pours a murky mahogany/amber w/ a thick creamy head, effervescent carbonation.

Aroma is bready, a little fruity, yeasty.

Taste follows nose. Good balance of bready malt and yeast. Figs and dates too, but this is not a sweet beer. A hint of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, as is expected from a bottle-conditioned beer.

Overall, another great beer from Unibroue.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,136 ratings.