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Maudite - Unibroue


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3,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 3575
Reviews: 1820
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium brown and hazy, with a thin, flat white head. Not the prettiest beer in the world. The haze is okay for the style, but the poor excuse for a head is not. Could be due to big alcohol content or a dirty bar glass...

Smell: Smokey, with tons of spice: cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon are swirled with yeasty, bready malt. A dash of booze and dark fruit extract floats in the background. A unique bouquet indeed, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale mixed with a holiday ale.

Taste: More citrusy flavored than expected, as citrus is unusual for the style and was not detected in the scent. The strong spices on the nose definitely come through on the tongue, as does the yeasty bread taste, which mixes evenly with a sweet tangerine flavor in the finish. Darker fruit is detected as the beer warms, and even later, some minty hops and chocolate malt can be tasted, creating a bit of a thin mint flavor combo. This beer is full of surprises and grows in complexity. There is a lot going on here, but the flavors mix together quite nicely, reinforcing the winter ale meets dark Belgian ale concept noted in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and very high carbonation. Alcohol warming is present, but not overwhelming. A slightly dry finish is most likely a product of the snappy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Definitely something I would order again and again. It's not quite one of those flawless gems that has that magical je ne sais quois about it, but it is undeniably delicious, interesting, and made with thoughtful creativity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 17:49:01 | More by BethanyB
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ sams in durham. Into a Maudite snifter.

Pours a dark brownish color with a nice head. Smell is huge on dark fruit...raisins, figs, dates, etc. Taste holds true and is truly an exceptional beer. The beer is definitely full bodied and you know the ABV is kind of high, but all you taste is the yeast and dark fruits. Really, really flavorful beer.

Overall one of the best and i highly recommend it!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 23:58:19 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of KYGunner


3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Strong Ale prototypical color with a plum like redness and darkness. The head was very fizzy with lots of bubbly carbonation rocketing to the top.

The scent is rather fruity with dark fruits such as plum, prune and raison. I got a lot of black licorice, anise and clove towards the end of the nose.

The taste is interesting in that when I took the first sip I said, "that's interesting." It's a combination of Trois Pistoles and Fin du Monde. I get the dark fruits as it warms but find the clove a bit overwhelming. The plum and prune move more to the forefront and the clove begins to dissipate. All the while the carbonation leaves a light airy taste and feel.

Overall, this is an interesting melding of two well known Unibroue beers, perhaps not by design or intent, but only by the feel of my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 03:31:22 | More by KYGunner
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Montreal

Very nice hazy orangy brown in colour with a great big head that dissiaptes slowly and leaves a lot of retention.

Smell is nice, fruity, citrus and a hint of banana.

Taste is great, very smooth, slightlly sweet with a bit of an alcohol taste to let you know it's 8%.

Very very smooth, light to medium in body and carbonation, very drinkable, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 01:53:17 | More by NV9
Photo of pcurtain


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOVE Belgians and this was a wonderful triple. Balanced, not too sweet. Solid and malty without being all sugars. Loved it. I'd recommend to anyone that likes Belgians. Maybe limited enjoyment for the Hop-lovers out there. I'd seen it in stores but hadn't brought any home, probably will in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 00:22:08 | More by pcurtain
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head with moderate retention. Oily, soapy, sticky lacing. Dark copper body with haze. Aroma includes deep caramel malt notes, almost butterscotch and brown sugar, slight alcohol. Taste includes caramel, toffee, some Werthers Original (tm) and some dark fruits, maybe dates. Actually no alcohol on tasting. Really drinkable for a higher ABV and certainly delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 08:07:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of georgette


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I LOVE to drink this beer. It's got the perfect amount of spicy and flavor to make me feel warm and fuzzy. I love to serve it to customers that have never had a craft beer before. I've never had anything but big big smiles and return orders over and over again!

I'm new to the craft scene, although I've been learning and exploring now for a couple of years. I never drank beer before, and now I am loving it more and more and more. Who knew it could be this amazing.

Although I am still really nice and sweet when somebody just wants a coors light or bud light. We don't serve it at our bar, but I still am kind and guide them to some new flavors. I dont' necessarily take them to the Maudite, but I would never not, and have, depending on our conversation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 00:01:35 | More by georgette
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Zack's Oak Bar in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark brown in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark malts, dark fruits (prune and raisin), spices/clove, and yeast.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has moderate amounts of sweet dark malts plus some caramel malts. Additionally there are flavors of dark fruits (prune and raisin) along with spice/clove, and yeast. The beer gets sweeter as it warms.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: There is little presence of alcohol that can be detected in this beer and it is very easy to drink. There is a nice amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer and it is quite enjoyable. Definitely a sipping beer and one that I will likely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 02:13:09 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of thecheapies


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plummy body with a light brown hue. Slight overpour. Off-white crest became a thin disc. 3.5

Malty fruit punch nose, mild booziness, plum, nectarine, some Belgian chocolate, and honey. Not too shabby. 4.5

Very cherry and plum. A very fruity BSDA. Grape notes that are red and plump. A little watery in the finish with some clove-like spice. Some toffee and dried fruit. Very low bitterness. 4.0

Thin body for the style. Drinks too easily. Undercarbonated. 3.0

Exceeded my expectations. With Unibroue, I was anticipating a pompous yeast presence, but this was a well-balanced brew. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 04:42:11 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Murrhey


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Shanghai Tunnel in Portland, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured in a 7 oz tulip glass. Minimal head. Dark brown color and cloudy.

S- Nutty. Both boozy and caramel tones are present. Quite a potent and dark smell.

T- Dark, slightly bitter malts. Nutty and spicy. Bitter hops in the first taste, malts in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and heavy carbonation. Bitter, sticky linger.

O- Crazy Belgian beer. Yummy but very strange taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 01:53:01 | More by Murrhey
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, humble, brown body with a full, pillowy, light beige head.

Aromas of sweet caramel maltiness with a great balance of Belgian yeast spicy characteristics. Also some hints of dark fruit sweetness buried in the smells.

The tastes begin with crisp pale and caramel maltiness blend with a little roasted/toasted almost but not quite chocolate flavor. Spiciness from the yeast in prevalent throughout but never over-powering.

The lightness of the body does a good job to keep the flavors from being overpowering. Mouthfeel is full, yet thanks to the yeast remains light and very drinkable.

Overall one of my favorite Belgian beers that helped me originally fall in love with craft beer. Glad to get a chance to revisit on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 14:15:14 | More by claspada
Photo of CMUbrew


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Served in a Maudite snifter

A: There was no head on this when I received it, but this was likely the result of the server's pouring technique. A ring of foam is all that sits on top of the beer. Spotty stickage on the glass. It has a beautiful brown color.

S: I don't pick up a strong smell here. A light fruity smell with a slight presence of spice is what I get.

T: Tastes like it smells. There is a light fruit taste, although I can't pin down any specific fruits. Nice presence of spice, clove and cinnamon. Light hop bitterness. I'm not picking up any alcohol in this. Every element of this flavor works together in balance. Very tasty.

M: Medium-full body. The finish is quite dry, but keeps from being too dry. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the drying finish.

O: Maudite wowed me. Looks great and tastes even better. I'm really looking forward to trying others like it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 22:05:07 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of schwaeh


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at world of beer.

A: Really deep burnt amber with a huge off-white head. Lighter bits of lacing have some good staying power. Seems to have real high carbonation.

S: huge blasts of banana and candy sugar. Sticky dark fruit, caramel, orange peel, caramelized sugar. This is Belgian beer imbodied.

T: Candy sugar, banana, spices, some orange peel figgy plum. I didnt expect all of these spices, seems to be allspice, coriander, cinammon, and light nutmeg; all in all that really seems to take this to that next level that American brewers cant seem to find. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: Nice and sticky, fluffy carbonation, heavier medium/full bodied.

O: I expected this to be solid from what Ive heard and given its from Unibroue, but it blew my expectations away. Really a highlight of the style for me. I could drink this anytime, get some!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:55:38 | More by schwaeh
Photo of kojevergas


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's bar in Los Angeles, California. Cost was $12.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of great cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper.

Sm: Candi sugar, well chosen malts, some cream, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma. .

T: A bland malt body with some moderate a candi sguar on the climax. It's simple - without yeast. A bit of cream. Boring but pleasant and enjoyable. No alcohol comes through. It could use layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Not tailored to the flavours, but fairly complementary of them.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I like it but I wouldn't get it again at this price. Check it out - in bottle form - if you're a fan of the style.


Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 04:27:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sailorastro


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall: Maudite is a holy grail of brews. Its rich, balanced taste is a perfect accompaniment not just to any dish, but to any reason to enjoy it.

Appearance: Pours a 3-finger head that doesn't rush to settle. Great lace. Golden brown color, like walnut colored ink.

Smell: Ripen, almost sour fruit aroma featured with a bouquet of lavender.

Taste: Like its aroma, a medley of fruit strikes the tip of the tongue. Toasty notes of malts follow up in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a very smooth and crisp finish.

Sampled from an Ommegang tulip glass

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 22:16:07 | More by sailorastro
Photo of Dave128


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pint Night at Pazzo's pizza pub. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a pitcher into the complimentary Maudite snifter received at the event.

A - Dark smoky amber and mysterious. The head is bone white with a tint of orange. The head is frothy and rises up a couple fingers with a rigorous pour, but subsides pretty quickly into a pretty thin disc. Suprisingly, the beer doesn't lace that well.

S - Very yeasty aroma. I was kinda put off at first when I smelled it, but then I got the spices and dark fruit as well. I can definitely pick up the alcohol as well.

T - Strong coriander presence. Dark dried fruit like raisins and figs. Alcohol is evident and its warming enhances the rich flavors present. There are other spices present. I particularly keep tasting the clove in the back of my throat after having not taken a sip in a while. Average bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Perfect for this style.

O - Pretty darn solid beer. This is one I'd like to have in the dead of winter as it has so many warming qualities through the alcohol and spices.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 16:13:12 | More by Dave128
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Waterzooi.

A- Dark ruby red, thin head, some lace but not a ton.

S- lots of raisin, brown sugar, some brandy notes.

T- Plenty of winnter fruit, brown sugar, belgian yeast, warming alcohol, subtle juniper, spice at the end. Complex and soft flavored, extremely pleasant.

O- This beer is complex and sophisticated, but extremely approachable and enjoyable to all beer drinkers, experts and beginners alike.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 02:32:21 | More by Tschnab
Photo of jlindros


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, semi hazy auburn brown color.

Nose dark wheat dark fruit, raisin, fig, light booze, sweet dark malts, molasses.

Taste sweet malts, dark wheat, molasses, almost candi sugar like flavor, dark fruits, fig, raisin, esters and booze, light bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied decent carb light booze.

Overall great beer, a bit heavy but that's what it's supposed to be, nice malts and fruits, etc, a great Belgian for a brewery outside of Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 01:03:19 | More by jlindros
Photo of socon67

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange\amber with a nice thick foam head. Clear, and laces the tulip glass well.

S - Scents of fruit, belgian yeast, and bread. Has a boozy smell as it warms

T - Flavors of cherry and apple are noted. Along with this, the warming finish has a phenol bite that makes this wickedly addictive.

M - Very smooth, feels light, and is so drinkable for a belgian dark.

D - Really impressed with this, and this is another solid showing by Unibroue.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 02:02:56 | More by socon67
Photo of Cubaneagle


2.55/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't met a Belgian Ale I didn't like until this one. I was excited at first when I saw it on tap on my new local Bru Haus so being a big fan of La Fin Du Monde I figured great brewery...good brew. Was pretty disappointed.

A - After the bar maid finally worked out the pour head issue I liked it's appearance. It was medium brown tea like look. She managed to get the head to be nice fluffy white but dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet smelling with caramel, cloves, almost like a trail mix smell...not too bad and left me ready to experience great flavor.

T - Tasted like a caramel flat syrupy coca-cola even though it had carbonation.

M - Thin and underwhelming, with that slimy residual feeling.

D - Disappointed and underwhelmed. I almost want to go back and try again to make sure I wasn't off that night but the thought of it kinda repulses me.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 05:06:16 | More by Cubaneagle
Photo of TMoney2591


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maudite tulip glass at Beelow's Steakhouse.

During my early birthday steak celebration, this was my beer of choice (a complete shock that stuff like this and Bernardus 12 were even available, and on draft no less!). It pours a cloudy amber-tawny topped by a healthy finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises bready Belgian yeast, figs, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, candi sugar, mandarin oranges, clove, light banana, and a touch of red apples. The taste tones things down a bit, focusing on the yeast, the figs, the clove, the pepper, and the nutmeg. A touch of apple-y fruitiness comes through as well, diluted a bit by some red grapes, but this is secondary to everything else. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that longs to be as chewy as it feels it is (if that makes sense...). Overall, a very nice brew, one of my old favorites from my early days as a craft drinker. Still going strong (both the beer and myself).

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 22:42:59 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of csiewert


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear nutty brown with a finger of bubbly white head head that dissipates rapidly but does leave some lacing. The aroma has notes of banana and cloves, as well as some flowery esters. The taste is pretty similar with bananas being the dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes clean. Overall worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 22:15:11 | More by csiewert
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales but I always want to try everything and since this beer is so ubiquitous I had to have a glass of it. Got a 12 ounce selection at the Amsterdam Ale House.

The color was very dark with a mahogany/cherry look that was very nice and appetizing.

Aroma had a lot of the classic belgian strong dark characteristics including dark fruit, a little bit of roast and some yeast.

Flavor was a little bit strong on the malt, which may be the reason I don't like this style. I kept wanting the alcohol and maybe even some hops to balance it a little bit.

I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. I think, as an 8% beer however, this is a very drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 17:13:56 | More by david18
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.17/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - It pours a lighter brown hue, translucent, perhaps akin to iced tea. It is capped with a big ivory head that quickly retreats and leaves no lace. Though tidy, it does not project a proper BSDA appearance.

S - This beer is very yeasty and very dry in its aromatic impression. I am informed by a dude at the bar posing as a knowledgable fellow that the reason for this is "because it is 'on lees'". What a douche. Anyhow, a good amount of cloves, red apple and grape skins are implied through the nose; there is also a less-than-pleasant aroma of seemingly underroasted grain, Ovaltine, and/or Grape-Nuts.

T - The taste is more spicy-phenolic than the nose would suggest. There is an appreciable dark fruit character, suggesting less-sweet figs, raisins and papaya (not dark fruit obv.) Unfortunately the fruit flavor is not quite sweet enough and as a result the whole thing ends up more wheat-y tasting like a mediocre Weizenbock. As I get deeper in the glass, the Weizenbock comparison is strengthened: the flavor seems to be a cardboard-y malt, cloves and coriander, two-week-old Fig Newtons, all topped off with a hint of isopropyl.

M - Too thin and just wrong all-around.

D - Jeez this stuff sucks. Unibroue makes some pretty horrendous beers, with a few notable exceptions.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 11:41:07 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Jesse13713


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a burgundy brown with a slight hint of red. One finger of head with absolutely awesome lacing. Looks a bit musty with more of a brown tone than red.

Smell - Very heavy toasted malts. Smells like sparkling dark fruits, more like a carbonated drink.

Taste - Extraordinarily malty with a bitter swallow. A very fruity feel on the tongue. Unibroue has a signature taste to all of its beers, and this has that signature taste to the end of it. A slight nutty finish that is a bit sour. Cherry fruit tastes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Fairly full bodied. Quite a delicious flavor with cherry fruits in it. Easily drinkable. This is one of my top favorite beers. I've had it several times bottled, but this was my first time having it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 02:48:12 | More by Jesse13713
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Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,575 ratings.