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Maudite - Unibroue

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1,865 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,865
Hads: 4,285
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 207
Gots: 502 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 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)

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

This is the beer that was my first introduction to Unibroue and definitely one of my favorites.

This beer poured a beautiful reddish/brown color with a fluffy off-white head that slowly dissapated, leaving a thin lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma was full of yeast, giving it an almost bread-like smell, as well as some spices and hops. The taste was quite complex. It began with some fruity malts before giving way to a spicy (peppery) flavor and minimal hops. It was medium bodied and extremely smooth. This beer is remarkably smooth, given the high ABV. This can be dangerous because this is one beer that will definitely leave you wanting more! (662 characters)

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

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy ruddy amber. The head is off-white and laces at the top of the glass, then settles quickly to form a ring on the surface.

S - strong orange scent (marmalade/orange liqueur), flowers, spice and yeast

T - caramel, licorice, enduring spice, ripe fruit (not harsh at all) and light yeast

M - medium carbonation, medium body, incredibly smooth and a throat warming finish

D - very smooth with tons of character. The high alcohol is not felt at all while drinking. (529 characters)

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

This beer makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. From its' lovely murky brown appearance that is inter-laced with red. Through to its warm inviting flavours that remind me of caramel topping on top of fresh vanilla ice-cream. A true delight.

A big shame that I am writing this from notes as it is sadly no longer available in Australia. (342 characters)

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

Excellent beer.
Pours beautifully, incredible head on top.
Smells amazing.
Just like the other reviews say: smells of dark fruit and spice, I know this sounds crazy, but it reminds me of a excellent beef stew! Sounds disgusting but its a scent i have a hard time describing except in that way.
Taste and mouth feel is great. Smooth.
Perfect balance of taste, sweetness and hops. Would drink a thousand times over...
My first try at anything from Unibroue, won't be my last! (473 characters)

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

Passion in a glass! This amazing beer holds true to its old world Belgian roots but melds new world panache. A necter of the gods that pours subtle red chocolate, swirling earth tones. Served royally in a goblet. Color a sophisticated, deep, inviting, sexy. Hints of cherry and chocolate. Tastes as would a fine port, belgian chocolate and dried cherry essence with a hint of cracked pepper and anise. Creamy, dark swirls crown if not a king, at least a prince of beers. Mouthfeel is to remember, savor, linger, a warming of the palate and a perfectly balanced sensation of quality and sophistication. This is a beer to create memories by, with, and maybe for. Tres manifique! (676 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter (as labeled on the bottle).

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber-brown. Head is gentle with maybe a 1/3" settling to nothing in a matter of a sip.

Smell: Wow, this beer is true aroma, you want to inhale it just by taking a sniff. Berries, yeast and yum.

Taste: Complex at it's finest. Incredibly built feeling of yeast, wine slight bitterness.

Mouth: Smooth, with a medium body.

Overall: It is a blessing to drink a beer called "Damned", I recognized the word because it looked like the spanish spelling. I will buy this again without hesitation, I hope you will love it as much as I do....Salud! (619 characters)

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

Another fine selection from the Unibroue line. This one's a dark ale, and although this isn't one of my favourite styles of beer, I can still recognize an exceptional brew when I see it. This one poured a gorgeous cloudy dark hazel brown with a white fluffy head that billowed up for about two inches and knew how to stick around and left a delicate lace on my glass. Typically complex Unibroue aroma, fruity and strong, with yeast and malts also detectable.

The taste is also complex, and these guys go down easy for an 8% alcohol by volume beverage. A definite fruity sweetness, with a chocolatey taste mixed in and a pleasant aftertaste, this one is worthy of its brewery. The carbonation is perfect, and this beer does little to dispel the notion that you can't get a bad beer from Unibroue. Recommended. (811 characters)

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

App: Dark pour with a creamy creamy frothed out head that hangs around a very little while.

Smell: Lots of spice notes, no hoppy aroma, mostly spicy/bready type notes that I am picking up.

Taste/MF: Not too much bitterness, but some. Very malty taste and nice spiciness. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation is fine very nice medium to thick body. Very nice. Do not taste alcohol at 8% really at all.

Drinkability: very nice, could swig a coupla 750mLs and think nothing of it. Unibroues are some of the finest beers around. (524 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a chalice from a big bomber with some cool Unibroue artwork. Medium brown with an orange glow (there is a lighter hue in the middle....instead of around the edges) and very hazy. Tiny streams of bubbles flow uniformly and steadily to the top. The head was about a finger and a half initially, then down to a smokey haze with a thicker collar around the edges. Big sheets of lace leave arcs on the glass.

S - Intensly yeasty, fruity, and vinous. Purple grape skins, fresh pineapple, mango, fruitcake and raisin bread. Dusty and dry Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Rum soaked fruitcake. Sugary sweet maple syrup malt character supports fruity and flowery yeasty flavors while some balanced hop bitterness evens things out a bit and keeps this from being cloyingly sweet. Dry and dusty yeast really comes out at the end.

M - Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation to liven up the thickness. Tingly on the tongue with a long-lived smoldering finish that warms with alcohol and fades into a nice glowing maple syrup warmth.

D - The very nice mouthfeel helps make this one very drinkable while the alcohol warmth is really nice for sipping and relaxing. This is an all around excellent ale. And best of all, it's cheaper than many Belgian dark ales! (1,273 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle on 01/04/04 served in 12 oz snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown, slightly cloudy, with orange red overtones. A lasting foamy tan head that eventually disapates to some fine lacing.

Smell: Yummy! Caramel malt, with orange rind, yeast, banana, and spice all hopping around.

Taste: Compex, with coriander and pepper, malt, citrus, banana, yeast and an alcoholic fruitiness. These flavors echo on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with fine carbonation, and a nice weightiness.

Drinkabilty: Surprisingly so, given the ABV, though I suppose that would eventually put me under the table. I'm willing to give it a go though. (649 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into my Maudite snifter...

A- Deep cloudy copper color with a small bit of head that recedes back to a thin layer on top.

S- Lots of fruit, almost cherry like when it is colder. As it warms there is wheat and cinnamon.

T- Wheat, cloves, cinnamon, honey, cherries, what am I not tasting. This beer is delicious and shows no trace of the alcohol.

M- Very smooth, a bit creamy but good carbonation all around.

O- I bought the Maudite snifter months ago and just now got around to buying the beer. Should have done it in reverse order. Absolutely delicious beer. Will absolutely buy many times again. (626 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and 'best-by' on the label, into my DT snifter. Murky reddish-brown color with a nice one finger head that dissipates slowly to a persistent thin film of a head.
Good carbonation, a steady stream of bubbles generating really nice foam at the center of the surface.
Pleasant aroma, with a nice blend of spices (coriander, clove, nutmeg), dark fruits, yeast and the sweetness of ethanol and fruity esters coming through.
This 'damned' ale tastes damn good. Rich, silky, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the palate beautifully. Taste upfront if a nice spicy burst and finishing with the perfect amount of sweetness. Gets even better as it warms up.
Crisp and refreshing. Each sips leaves you wanting more.
The alcohol is also masked very well, making this a highly drinkable beer. Leaves behind some really nice lacing too.
One of the finest belgian strong ale's around. A must-try for anyone who enjoys belgian ale's, in fact, it should be tried by every beer lover. Very Highly Recommended. (1,022 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Nothing like I thought it would be. Poured a reddish bronze/brown with almost no head at all. The smell is very spicy and a bit fruity with the maltiness in there aswell. The taste, too, was very spicy. Some malt, alot of fruit. Delicious! Not very carbonated and as such, very easy to drink. Again, I'm very impressed with this and will likely buy it again. (388 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange in color with a nice, off-white head. Some lacing left behind, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Scent is sugar. This just smells sweet with oranges, green apples and bananas. At very first sniff, I thought of tropical fruits, exotics ones I'll never get to try. Also nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, sort of like banana bread in a way.

Taste has banana in the foreground with a spice presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through. I picked up a lemon taste, something slightly tangy. I also noticed something similar to pears. There is also a nice, woody taste toward the finish. Oak perhaps?

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty easy to drink. A tad on the dry side, enough to leave you wanting more... (724 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a good sized white head. Laces well.

S - Spicy, pungently yeastiness with pears and apples. A hint of roast and metal. Would be perfect if not for the slight metallic edge.

T - Very fruity, again with pears and apples. Has a spicy yeast bite and is on the sweet side, with a solip hop bitterness in the finish. Hugely complex mix of fruitiness and alcohol.

M - Not quite creamy. Prickly carbonation seems to linger in the aftertaste along with a slight astringency. Not at all heavy.

D - For a stronger brew, very drinkable. One of my favoriate Unibroues. (580 characters)

Photo of BrewMasterBurch
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very thick head when poured. Took about 3 minutes to get 9 ounces in a pint glass. However a Belgium goblet or Belgium tulip is recommended. Brownish-amber color.

Smell- Slightly fruity, but rich aroma. Refermented yeast at the bottom of the bottle provides a

Taste- Great, freaking great. Never had a beer like it.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied.

Drinkability- The rich malty flavor makes you savor each sip. Great paired with beef, or fried vegetables. I poured 3 ounces in a pound of beef with great results. Probably great with a cigar. (552 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A semi-cloudy color like dark maple syrup or wood stain. Pours frothy as heck (almost too much- settle down boy!) creating a deep, thick tan cap of medium sized bubbles. It eventually relaxes into a nice cap that clings to the glass. Great retention though very little lacing. Spicy aromas complimented by sweet malts. And what a taste! Complex and deep. A quick coffee snap at the beginning, then black pepper, toasted malts, balancing hops, some citrus and general fruit. Exactly what a Belgium strong should be. Smooth, med to light carbonation and easy to drink. Lingering finish. Especially because you can't tell how strong it is. Goddamn. A beer for all occasions and all drinkers. Such a consistently amazing company I have trouble not feeling biased. Truly a stellar offering. (785 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damned! This is an absolutely fantastic brew with it's taste and smoothness.
The beer is a very dark brown producing an overflowing amount of head for my perfect pour glass. The aroma is akin to malts with a very slight sourness. The flavor is slightly sweet but has some spice to it and is VERY nice and pleasant. The body was right in the middle of the spectrum. It's one of the smoothest beers I've ever had and I'm glad to give it high marks. I can't wait to try more from this brewer. (489 characters)

Photo of Spica66
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this beer from gwuilliums. Thank you, Ian!

A: Slightly hazy amber/brown color with excellent head formation, lacing, and that wonderful persistent cap of tiny, champagne-like carbonation bubbles which typifies this style.

S: Medium-dark fruitiness with a very slight yeast funk.

T: Tastes just like it smells. I am not able to say what exact fruits I am tasting, but they are wonderful. Very slight yeast twang on the finish. After just having had Unibroue 17 the other night, this reminded me immediately of a fresher version of that.

M: Medium body with perfect smoothness and carbonation. The alcohol level is also perfect.

D: I just added this to my profile list of favorites! (694 characters)

Photo of BenZ
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- Served in a goblet, fast fading head (not as fast as trois pistoles) amber color, slightly hazy
s- Amazing smell: papaya, apricot, some rasin, and a crapload of pineapple! So awesome, how'd this come from barley and hops? Didn't get much alcohol, even as it warmed.
t- Very similar to smell, maybe a tad to sweet, otherwise would have been a 5.
m- Carbonation really helped counteract the sweetness
d- This one will have its own private place in my fridge. I think it can be drank year-round very enjoyably!

My favorite so far from Unibroue. (553 characters)

Photo of TheMadJack
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked bottle into Chimay chalice.

Pours a murky brown with hints of yellow and red. Minimal lacing on the dull white head.

The aroma is quite spicy and fruity. Cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, oranges, banana, red grapes, pomegranate, lime flesh, applesauce, and more than a little pear. Nice wine like headiness to the smell wafting out of the chalice as well. Absolutely delightful, and I don't usually go for Belgian beers.

The flavor is of a similar spiced fruit theme: allspice, orange, banana, Bartlett pear, and chardonnay over a light, yeasty malt base. Mostly sweet but with a slight acidic tang. And for all this, it's not overpowering in the least.

The beer is a bit thin, but has a milky smoothness that is textured by velvety, effervescent carbonation.

For a Belgian style beer, this one is easy and pleasant to drink. I've got two more servings waiting in the bottle and I'm looking forward to them. (934 characters)

Photo of Marty
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite: on tap, in a small snifter. Extremely complex beer. It pours a deep ruby black, with little head. The initial aroma is yeast and bananas, with hints of Christmas spices. My notes indicate black licorice, coriander, cider, spices, and port, with a crisp bite of hops. Fantastic! (291 characters)

Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.