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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 CharlesRiver
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Anam Cara. Served in it's own glass, nice touch.

Cloudy Tan in color with a nice white head that just seems to last. The draft version seems to be less carbonated as the bottle that I had. The smell is sweet and spicy with a hint of something peppery. Very explosive in the mouth. Smooth and sweet in the beginning, spicy in the middle and grassy at the end. The alcohol comes in to play at the end as I get that warming feeling. (453 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked bottle.

Not overly impressed at all. Bier is lacking in carbonation. I had to force a good head by extreme pouring and then it disappeard very quickly.

Likewise, the taste is bland and uninspiring. A little fruit and alcohol. That's it!

Perhaps this bier is too fresh and requires a lenghthy stay in a cellar, and if that is the case, they shouldn't have sold it.

By the way, I purchased two bottles of this recently at different times and both were 'the same'. It is possible that a bad batch has been released. I will take note to give this another shot in a few months as I general enjoy this style very much and other Unibroue products I've had are great.

John (693 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maudite comes in a cool bottle!!

-Maudite pours a hazy/cloudy orange with a thick head.
-Smell is wheaty!? A hint of floral, spice, and fruit?!
-Taste is a smooth Belgium Ale flavor with some spices and an undefinable fruity flavor.

-Mouthfeel is very smooth actually pleasant. goes down easy no bitterness or lousy aftertaste.

Overall, it's a bland beer. (359 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bubbly with a huge head, frothy and rocky, even in a goblet as recommended.
Slightly hazy red-gold, away from the light it's a deep red.
Spicy and fruity on top of a doughy aroma
Fruity taste - cherry and apple?
Spicy (alcohol pepper, with other spice), slightly tart.
Very smooth, medium feel, very drinkable especially for the ABV, too bad it's only in 4 packs. (373 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very dissapointed by this beer. Especially since I doubt it is very easy to find on tap and was stoked to see it at the Old Toad.

Poured a cloudy brownish orange with a fairly decent tan head that laced here and there. Smell was very indistinct with a grainy, nose full of barnyard smells such as dried grass or hay. Taste was a tad fruity with perhaps some dried apple or fig, and more of that spent grain taste. Alcohol was not very apparent at any point. Mouthfeel was decent but nothing to write home about. This beer seems a bit phoned-in compared to the other things I have had from Unibroue. What a pity. (621 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey gold, with a nice head. Moderate lacing. Mango and hay on the nose. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, and taste is of medium sweet malt, dried apricots, mild carbonation, and a pleasant pear finish. Conceals the alcohol quite well. Very well balanced and pleasantly drinkable.

I love their mythical labels, but wish they would get rid of that satanic devil character. (389 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another very good beer from Unibroue, cloudy amber apperance, nose has a hint of raisins but good carbonation and four fingered frothy head that leaves a fair lace. On the sweet side but just barely. High ABV but no alcohol burn. $4.99 for a 750ml bottle. (255 characters)

Photo of beernbbq
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The real deal. Even though this is an ale and not a dubbel, I found it had similar charcteristics to the Chimay Reserve. Plummy, raisin-y, sweet but not cloyingly so. Easy to drink, a great alternative to champagne. Keep it at cellar temp for pure enjoyment. (258 characters)

Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slightly murky amber.Aggressive head was large and made a good amount of fizz as it dissipated.Created nice lacing and retained a small cover film.Smell and taste was of malts and wheat with a bit of citrus undertones.Highly drinkable for an 8% beer, but the carbonation may get to some after awhile.This seems a typical trait in the Unibroue line.Another fine brew by them. (390 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really thick whiteish tan head. Left a little bit of lacing. Glowing light brown to amber in color. The smell is intriguing. Creamy apricots, a bit of aclohol, a pinch of spice. Light fruity malt flavor combines with a slightly bitter and alcoholic taste. There's even flavor on the exhale. Smooth body combined with a solid amount of carbonation make for great mouthfeel. (372 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a cross of amber and orange, just a bit hazy, though maybe that's from the excessive chill I laid on it. Creamy head out of the gate, that settles back, then slicks the top throughout the sipping, leaving lacy tracks down the inside of the glass. It's got a yeasty tang to the nose, reminiscent of rising dough. The fruits come through at the front of the flavor, with apples coming to mind. A little lighter than I expected the first time I had it, as I for some reason figured on a heavier coat on my tongue and mouth. Emminently drinkable, but the ABV sneaks up on you, so for me two's the limit if I expect to be doing anything before 10 the next morning.

The label's dark, almost Gothic in its way, but fun, not unlike the beer the bottle holds. Certainly something to expose friends to who've at least cut their teeth on a Chimay. (863 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, apple-cider, amber-brown body. Brisk carbonation (the bottle popped when the cap seal broke). Lush, voluminous, off-white head fades to a persistent 1/4" that holds on. Creamy foam lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, tangy yeast. Citrus, clove.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Rich honey, caramel, toffee malt with toasted notes. Followed by a tangy yeast and carbonation tingle, finishing with a very crisp and dry citrus/hop pucker. ABV hides very well offering a soothing background warmth. Carbonation faded from very high to noticeably low in a fairly short time.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable for a sweet, high ABV beer. Overall, not as good as I expected, but I will come back and try this again. (700 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me , Unibroue is one of the best breweries in the world. They seem incapable of making a bad beer.My Maudite erupted out of my bottle, and after cleaning up,I noticed a cloudy orange red apperance, an intriguing sweet spice aroma,a taste that first reminded me of Duval, fruity orange rind, apple, all kinds of spices, smooth warming in the tummy, left you with a nice fresh breath. Another Unibroue masterpiece. (415 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light brown head that settled down and covered
the brew. Wonderful nose of malt and fruits. Everybody comments on the scotch taste and its true. It is very predominant. What a wonderful, and long
lasting, aftertaste. Very warm yet alive. What can I say about a beer with so many reviews except: This was a darn good beer. Try it. (360 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This entry from Unibroue pours a medium amber color with very little head and no lacing. It has a malty, yeasty aroma with some undertones of spice like cinnamon. It has a nice taste with some citrusy, but sweet flavors. There is a hint of maltiness and a nice finish that tastes like some of the better Belgians. The mouthfeel is very rich and toney. It is a drinkable beer somewhat above average, but if I had my choice of Unibroue brews, I would pick both Le Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles over this one. (508 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange/amber colored and a bit hazy. Very little head, just a slight white film floating on top. Very nice and attractive aroma of berries and sweet malt with a definite yeast undertone. Sharp crisp mouthfeel and not quite as smooth as some of the top Belgians I've had. Flavor is on the sweet side and malty with a sugary end. Decent beer that I've overlooked. Definitely worth a re-visit. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for throwing one my way. (443 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber color with nice head that stays all the way to the last drop. Lots of carbonation my beer had constant stream of bubbles rising but never tasted over carbonated.

Sweet fruity aroma bananas, raisons? with touch of spice thrown in. Tastes wonderful, malty, sweet, fruity excites the mouth with slight hops on the way down.

Mouthfeel was wonderful I could drink this all day long. Would never have know it had 8% abv if not for the label. Was a wonderful brew sorry that I now have only 3 left. Was my first Unibroue definitely will not be the last. (570 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty offering on arrival. The colour had very light cranberry tinge with a crown that was close to two fingers and a wide spread glass cling that did not stop.
The body was medium as was the carbonation.
Aroma was lightly of assorted fruits, predominantly bananas.
Taste was interesting but not appealing. Seemed to me as it had a sweet maple quality to it with a light bitter back. (403 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. foil-wrapped bottle. What appears to be a best before date of 1/15/03 on the back.

Appearance: Pours a very...different color. A ruby-tinged apple cider best describes it. Very active and *fizzy* head quickly settes to a ring around the very outside of the glass. Lots and lots of impossibly small bubbles boil up from the glass.

Smell: Spicy, dark fruit, doughy sweetness dance across the nostrils. Complex? Indeed.

Taste: The aromas give a hint as to what will be happening with this beer when it hits the taste buds. Ripe bannanas, pepper, honey up front. Finished with a dash of bitterness to go with a slight "bannana peel" flavor on the palate. Alcohol only noticed after it had warmed considerably and then only as a supporting role.

Mouthfeel: The tight carbonation along with the zip from the hops at the end make for a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The unique flavor, appearance, and finish make for a continuous "hand-to-mouth" action with the glass. Excellent. (995 characters)

Photo of silks636
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml brown bottle. Caged and corked. Best before date stamped on label. Served very slightly chilled.

Pours deep amber with a frothy white head. Quite hazy. Vigorous carbonation and small yeast particles are observed. Nose is filled with alcohol esters, fruit, spices, and yeast. Taste starts off with a bready malt that quickly morphs into a tangy apple fruitiness. Hops are present, but not intrusive. Peppery spices slip in next... clove and cinnamon come to mind. Finishes off very dry with a nice tart cidery end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with nice carbonation that accentuates the spiciness.

Absolutely stunning. She is deceptively strong too... checks in at 8%, but hardly tastes like it. My first experience with Maudite, although I have thoroughly enjoyed other beers from Unibroue. After tonight I plan on keeping a few bottles of this fantastic brew on hand at all times. (902 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer. I had this Belgian Strong Ale on tap, believe it or not. It was at Sean Bolan's in Baltimore and I've never seen it anywhere else on tap. Pours a cidery amber similar to Ressurrection Ale. Hints of cloves and maybe a little plum are evident in the smell. Taste is excellent with a rich fulfilling mouthfeel. One thing I did not like about this beer was that while it was balanced while cold, surprisingly it became slightly unbalanced as it warmed up, as is usually the opposite with more Belgian style beers. There's an easy way to fix this though... drink it cold and order another! Be careful though, those who do not respect this beer will be feeling it in the morning at 8% ABV. (707 characters)

Photo of Elemental
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - probably the only dissapointing thing about this beer. Its advertised as a Belgian Strong Amber Ale but it pours more like a cidery brown color. There is a thin amount of head.

Smell - Great aroma with hints of spices and fruits. The fruitiness is very strong but not overpowering.

Taste - Very fruity and spicy taste. Big and malty, slightly tast and bitter. Almost cidery taste but great note overwhelming.

Overall - Damn good, a must try! (464 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a "use by 2006" date on it. Got that covered. Pours a very hazy brown/orange, almost appears like apple cider when held to light. Short lived head with almost no lacing.

The smell is strongly of apple, clove, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. The taste I found a little lacking. Sure it was complex, but it just came across as very...I don't know...flat? I got the fruit kick up front with the spice, pepper, and alcohol at the end, but it all seemed to blend in to one, and not in a exceedingly pleasurable way. The yeast made for a nice body and mouthfeel, yet I expected more?

Overall an intersting brew but it didn't quite leave me with the out-of-body experience that some other BA's have had. Maybe I need to snag another bottle and let it cellar for a few years. (802 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only the ABV prevents this from being my favorite session brew. Outstanding, creamy and well balanced mouthfeel, along with a nice fruity palate with no bitterness makes for one helluva brew. A nice warming all the way down. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Another classic from Unibroue....I am so glad I am only an hour from the border so I can pick this up in Canada at will.... (389 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another delight from this awesome brewery. Always over the top, and always very drinkable!! Color is a lovely deep honey with a golden brown core. Aromatics include sweet toffee and banana cream pie. In the mouth the beer is creamy, intense and alcohol laden, with a real knack for warming things up. Plenty of ultra ripe banana, and an ineffable fruitiness on the palate. This is one hell of a sipper! Drink this without respect and you'll pay the devil! You'll be one of those poor lost souls rowing towards the bowels of hell in an overcrowded row boat (as noted on the label) (579 characters)

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