Maudite | Unibroue

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of anon
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber colour, cloudy with a small head and very light lace. Smells real malty and yeasty with some fruity notes.

Spices come put strong in this brew; heavy clove, cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg. Light banana, plum, grape, pear and peach. Bitterness takes over the sweetness by a small margin but the spices really take over this one and make it pop. Was expecting a little more out of this but definitely a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/09/16:

In indirect light, looks exactly like a cola soda, right down to the way the carbonation bubbles actually stick to the side of the glass (in this case, a fancy goblet). In the light, you can almost — almost! — see an argument for calling this an “Amber Red Ale,” as it says on the label. That is, it is still a very dark brown, with reddish hues. Quite clear (until the last bit is swirled and added — lees!) and bubbly. Head retains surprisingly well for how fizzy this beer seems. Light beige, thick, consistent, fine, film-forming. Cider-like aromas, bread and toast suggestions, and little else. And what do you know, apple or apple cider notes throughout, although incredibly watered down, moderately tart and not overly sweet. Pay closer attention and just maybe you’ll notice the vinegaresque flavors, the candy sugar, the alcohol, or the phenols. Medium to full in body, effervescent (even though I was reasonably expecting more soda-like feel), choppy, and velvety. Evenly warming. Very interesting Belgian-style ale, incredibly watered down for a Strong Dark, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge fluffy off white head that sticks forever over a nice reddish brown beer that is pretty carbed up
S banana, clove, bready malts, chocolate, yeasty Belgian character
T nice sweet Belgian yeast esters, bready malts, banana, clove, alcohol bite
M decently heavy, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bready malts and Belgian yeast
O good beer. First drank on my honeymoon. Liked it then like it now.

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Photo of Shanex
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip glass. Unibroue is my québécoise brewery of choice and Maudite is not exception. This live up to the Belgian Strong dark ale standard it's inspired. Very fruity while being quite bitter, hence a complex and balanced beer everyone should appreciate. Santé !

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Photo of Dravin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by dae of 12-03-16 on both the bottle and the label (nice).

Look -- Pours a deep amber with a decidedly orange tinge with 3 fingers of off-white head that settles down to 2 and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Ripe banana, apple, orange, somewhat vinous with subdued clove. The alcohol is well hidden and all in all it makes me think of cafeteria fruit salad (in a good way).

Taste -- As with the nose but a malty sweetness and slight nuttiness joins the party along with a nice bracing bitterness. The alcohol is hidden here as well.

Feel -- A moderate to heavy body but the lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall -- It's a fantastic ale, it brings to mind a cross between fruit salad and banana bread that's all beautifully counterbalanced by the hop bitterness. It goes down dangerously easy given the ABV.

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Photo of Eagles17
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this one poured into a glass from the bottle. It was a dark amber color with a large foam head. I found the flavor to be quite bitter and heavy, but not in an alltogether unpleasant way.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 4th most frequently rated beer in the style; so I doubt I will say anything new.
But I yet to figure out a systematic way to pour this brewer's offerings; it almost various by bottle. This is important to me only because I prefer slightly the syrupy dark Belgian to the carbonated.
Unibroue may have the most interesting yeasts in North America.

I note when a beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" gave this 2.5 of 4 stars and declared it "A Belgian style russet ale." ( IMHO, The Venerable MJ did not like this brew as much those who followed... including one of the founders of this site.... on the other hand, good brewers learn fast.)

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 191.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Deep red-orange color with goor clarity. Bubbly off-white head stands at two fingers and does not move at all. Chunky rings of lacing.

S: Raw honey, orange marmalade, toast and bread crust. Very yeasty and musty. Orange peel. Stone fruits. Coriander and spices. Dry herbs.

T: Big raw honey sweetness. Caramel. Bread crust. Even some roasty and nutty coffee-like flavors. Drying middle to end with dried herbs coming out more. Very yeasty. Juicy pear. Peachy. Citrusy/peppery coriander. Clove. Alcohol spoke toward the back. Hop oils.

M: Thick body with a syrupy and coating feel. Blast of coarsely scrubbing carbonation rips the texture right off of the tongue. Warming alcohol.

O: Somewhat aggressive in all respects, but that's what makes it great. A no-holds-barred sort of Belgian-style ale. Really great.

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Photo of mkh012
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue has quickly become my favorite brewery in the world. La Fin, Trois Pistoles, Don De Dieu, and now...Maudite.

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a rocky white head. The smell is mild. I've noticed most Unibroue beers have mild noses. I get some yeastiness and spice, maybe a touch of soapiness that luckily doesn't come through in the taste.

On the first sip, I get apple, peach, pepper, toffee, and some holiday spice. Very well-balanced. The 8% ABV is almost completely masked. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly carbonated and lively. As far as darker Unibroue beers go, I'd probably reach for Trois Pistoles before this, but it's still world class. The apple and peach flavors reveal themselves more as it warms. Very smooth. 9/10 for me.

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Photo of sherillc
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Raisin, banana, caramel, baking spices, yeasty. A rich mouth feel, almost creamy, well balanced by the effervescence. I don't think I have ever seen head retention like Unibroue beers anywhere else. Glass can be 3/4 empty and there's still a quarter inch of creamy tan froth. Impressive.

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Photo of Matchmike
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible every time. Had to chime in with a review.

Look: Amber rum with lace
Smell: Rumcake
Taste: Clove, fruit, alcohol and orange peel
Feel: Carbonation and thick
Overall: The most drinkable dubbel ever

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Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 9.11.18, poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice medium amber color, burgundy hues, cloudy and predominantly opaque with just a touch of clarity that leads to some bright garnet hues when hit by the light. A soft, foamy off white head rises from the beer, about two fingers high that has great retention and yields plenty of lace. The aroma is nice, strong malted barley, rich and grainy, a bit of clove, spice, yeasty with some lingering stone fruits. The flavors support the nose well, lots of heavy grains, bready, malty and sweet with some spice character, yeasty, clove, very smooth flavors with some fruit sweetness and alcohol heat at the finish. The mouthfeel is superb, coating, full bodied, gentle carbonation but enough to prop up the body with a smooth finish that is lightly warming.

Verdict: A very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale, though I believe they classify this as a dubbel. It has a really nice depth of flavor, balanced complexity and doesn't have any sharp alcohol character, which is really nice. I found myself enjoying this more and more as I drank it, though it does ring a bit sweeter than I'd like.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, BB 09-11-18
A - effervescent brown body with a foamy ivory head
S - sweet, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, dark fruit, spicy yeast
T - spicy and sweet with caramel, bread, raisin, prune, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, yeast
M - very effervescent, fuller body, alcohol well concealed
O - always a great beer to drink and to recommend to others. A must try. I need to drink this more often.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up in a gift pack. Nice Belgian style ale, amber with almost no head. Malty aroma and taste, Some spice, peat, and a little sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of 98green
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to a snifter. Look is a dark brown, mostly opaque. Thin head full of tiny bubbles. Smell is Belgian yeast. Taste is oddly a bit sour, flavors are raisins and dark fruit. Feel is very high carbonation, which seems to be a thing with unibroue bottles. Alcohol comes through a bit, but not too much. Overall a good example of the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mostly brown color with hints of mahogany and ruby. A large and dense foam head nearly overflowed, the lace retains well almost until the end.
Lots of interesting aromas in this one. I am first hit with what I can best describe as a citric and almost tart smell thats hard to pinpoint. Later, the sweet caramel malt and bubblegum aromas are clearly detected. There are also spices, notably cloves. As the drink warms I also detect banana and tropical fruit.
At first this beer, as with many other belgian style brews, has a tight carbonation that is crisp. However, this drink really comes into its own as it warms and the flavors and nuances truly come out. Sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, spicy clove, mild phenols, alcohol taste well masked but it warms you nevertheless, mild herbal hops. The finish is sweet. The body is medium and chewy but very drinkable.
Thus far I have enjoyed all of Unibroue's offerings, and this one is no exception. Great to drink alone or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Massive cloud of off white head. Retains a Rocky Mountain for quite some time.

Yeasty and nicely spiced. Fruity, peachy, over ripe banana. buttery.

Prunes sultanas and apple cider. Funky, a bit sharp as in a hint of sour. Baking spices. Plenty of warming with a brandy like flavour. Creamy as hell.

Smooth spicy and a mature sweet. Great all around

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As noted by a previous rater Unibroue sure can make a beer with outstanding head retention that seems to last forever. Other than the huge head on this the appearance is typical for the style. Aromas are nice with a candied sweetness. Taste is lacking in my opinion for a Belgian Strong Dark but not below average by any stretch. Feel is nice as well, prickly and well carbonated. Overall, another terrific example by Unibroue but I think I prefer Trois Pistoles over this.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Master of head retention is Unibroue - this pours a hazy brown with tan clingy pillow on top. Aroma of cooked sugar, brown bread, and a slight sour yeastiness. Flavor is similar - sweet caramel and dark fruit with a slight tartness at the end. Kicking myself for passing by this brewery's selections on the shelf a hundred times.

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Photo of GStone899
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with good mouth feel. Taste is very pleasant with lots of hop flavor. Smell is pleasant with no alcohol undertones. That by the ratings it would be a bit better but still solid.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Beautiful robust thick deep red and copper hue. Stunning
Smell-Nothing particular stands out with the aroma
Taste- Strong initial flavor with great after taste with strong but not overpowering taste
Feel- Sticks to a traditional double taste but has it's own unique individuality.
Overall an amazing beer that I'll continue to go back for when it too cold for Fall, but not yet full blown winter.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark amber and honey color, solid deft head on it. Aroma was kinda big on the alcohol.

Taste from the same region, whoooof, alcohol all up in this. Hopping almost non existant. This was an exercise in drinking a style I'm not down with.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a deep dark brown with a thick two inch head. Smell was not as strong but distinct. Smells of fruit and clove with a slight hint of coriander. Has a very balanced taste with no overpowering bitterness or spice. A well crafted dark ale.

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Photo of BeerLover50
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Pours a beautiful Dark amber with a gorgeous 1 inch head. Very creamy. This beer doesn't pack a punch with strong flavour, but what a flavor it has. Very comfortable beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 355ml foil wrapped bottle to my Societe Brewing Chalice glass
Notes taken on 05/31/2015

A: A dark russet body is showcased with some cloudy yeast sediment obscuring the clarity somewhat. Has some lovely shades of brown and auburn to it with a densely packed khaki tan head capped over top. Great retention efforts noted here as the head never fully subsides back down. A few squeaky bubbles and swaths of lace are left clinging on to the glass.

S: Dried banana peel with some light clove spice, cracked pepper, and coriander. Malt bread and lightly toasted grain come together with some black currants and an earthy mineral like quality. Not the most fragrant nose but it is nice and pleasant with some warming Belgian spices noted.

T: A superb balance between the Belgo spice yeast and bready malt base. I get lots of citrusy coriander mixed with the spice of peppercorns and clove, and a pinch of banana peel. Pronounced spices but not super phenolic which is what I prefer. There is some dark cherry like fruitiness to this alongside the toasted bread and light graininess. Caramel seems present to this as well but it’s not particularly sweet to me. Finishes out with some earthy minerals and alcohol spice. Again nothing really over the top in flavor but nice and well balanced.

M: Moderate filling body with a creamy feel from an upper level amount of perceived carbonation. Bitterness is kept at a minimum while the finish is dry with some warming alcohol noted.

D: Not the most complex or intriguing of dark ales but a well-crafted one none the less. Unibroue definitely makes some very approachable Belgians that are also easy on the old pocketbook. Just not the depth I look for in this style to make me say wow.

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