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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 180
Gots: 423 | FT: 3
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 timholio
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very fizzy, lots of carbonation. I like this much better than Fin du Monde which seems milder and more like a 'golden ale' than this one which is aggresive tasting.

Its nice that this beer is sold in smaller 12 oz bottles because the big 22's are just too much too drink at this ABV. Its not a session beer, this beer has pizzaz.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a dark ale tulip. Colour is deep, deep orange that is just slightly foggy with a sprinkling of finest yeast in suspension. Head is quick-up then quick-down, very moist and transient to a ring of white. Not much lacing of which to speak.

Smell is sweet, dark candi, and just a whiff of caramel roast. The sweet notes are of papaya, hawaian rolls, and faintest licourice. Very mild dry notes come across as booze, mineral water, and maybe white pepper.

Taste is surprisingly more dry but quite crisp and tart. Oranges and deceptively light malts lead the show with eventual figs and too many spices to codify at once.

Mouthfeel is condecendingly crisp and light thanks to the respective taste and always-ready carbonation. Booze is noticable on the tongue past 50 or 55 degrees.

For all the flavour in this one, not to mention the ABV, this is very drinkable. An alluring beer, but not without the occasional moment of lingual exacerbation. One or two sips of of 50 were eye watering.

Like all of the Unibroues, this is distinctive, without funk, and heavy on the bright flavours. The only thing holding the taste back from a 5 is the lack of body on which the flavours so desparately want to ride.

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

Pours with vigorous carbonation, huge head that is slow to settle down. Beer is cloudy, a lot of carbonation seen rising to the top... also a nice dull amber color.

Aromas are of fruits, dust, some spiciness, and I also notice a bit of the alcohol. This almost smells a little bit booze like.

First thing I notice when sipping this is the wonderful mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect, this beer really coats your mouth, and is very creamy.

Flavors are quite nice. A bit lighter than I expected though. Tastes of spiced apples, a hint of hop bitterness, and then a nice creamy finish.

My third Unibroue beer. And they have all been quite good. Drinkablility is there and the slightly lighter body really helps it. Enjoyable and worth a try.

Photo of Brunite
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light brown...similar to an iced tea color. Hazy. TONS of carbonation stream up the side of a tulip glass. A nice head is maintained due to carbonation.

Smell: The aromas are predominately floral. That distinctive Unibroue yeast. Some sweet malt is detected.

Taste: Taste is fruit and spice. I get a lot of spiced apple flavor. Also some green grape. Just a touch of white pepper. A bit of sweetness on the back end before a dry finish. Simple and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: It has tons of carbonation and a quick swirl freshens the head.Smooth....almost creamy. It has a dry finish.

Overall: Alcohol is well hidden. This goes down easy. Very nice. Will drink this again.

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

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

This is another great brew from the fine brewers at Unibroue. You gotta love the name, which in english translates to "the damned". Oh, how devilishly good that sounds. It doesn't disappoint either. The rich color to the body somewhat resimbles a jar of my grandpaw's fig preserves. The head stood around for a little while, but died out to a laceing, due to the carbonation. That was the only reason the apperance didn't get a 5 in my book. The taste was similar to any basic Belgian, but it was just a tad to carbonated tasteing for my likeing, but nothing too bad. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a cheap version of a Belgian. Gotta give it to those Canucks.

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

Strong, devilish ale from Unibroue.

Appearance: Dark, murky orange. Good head.
Smell: Raisin-y, plum-y; Good malt tones. Not much hop here.
Taste: Complex maltiness up front. Fruity, banana and berry middle. Good finish, but perhaps just a tad too sweet. This sample tastes liked like a younger port. Could possibly rate a 4.5/5.0 in another year, or two
Mouthfeel: Solid, full-bodied ale. Leaves the palette nice and warm. Good yeasty residuals, to compliment the sugars.
Drinkability: Very good. Solid ale on cold night. Admire the Belgian-like approach to this beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy, light caramel color with medium white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring of white.

Smell: dark fruits (plum and grape) with a light apple note and a yeast backbone.

Taste: sweet apple, grape, and cherry beginning; finishing with bittersweet alcohol and an earthy yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: overall a good beer and faithful to the style and one definitely worth trying!

Photo of Kbogac
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a chalice. Dark cloudy orange with nice foam that dissolves down to a thick film that lasts throughout the drink. The aroma is malty fruit with some bandanna and cloves. Very nice. The taste is similar to smell. Malty fruit but there is an additional citrus taste. More orangey I would say. Mouthfeel is the expected heavy carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown with a concentration of the tone near the center, kind and beautiful. The head is medium aggressive dissipates slowly leaving minor lacing behind. This beer seems a bit more effervescent than most other Belgian strong dark ales I've had and I love that. It smells wonder full, of belgian hops and spices, mild notes of bread and maybe a hint of fruit, but only in the smallest way. The taste is great, clean and fresh not heavy like some B.S.D.A.s. Hints of coffee, carmel, bread and spices. The finish is the best it simply demands more.
The ABV is just at the right places for strength and drinkability. This is a great beer maybe my fav. from unibroue. I will be buying more and more of this in the future.

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.

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Maudite from Unibroue
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