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Maudite - Unibroue


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3,566 Ratings

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Ratings: 3566
Reviews: 1818
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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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
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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
Photo of MrWinky


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours deep amber...kinda like a light, and more red than purple, wine but with a nice off-white head.

S. You definitely get some alcohol on the nose. A bit a grape with malt and yeast.

T. The taste follows the nose for sure. Some light spice and grape...alcohol, light malt and yeast.

M. Tastes heavier than it is...for a deep beer its light on the palate. Medium body and finishes dry.

D. Good beer but only for one or two at a time. Great beer for fall and winter

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 15:46:24 | More by MrWinky
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 20:27:41 | More by letsgopens
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a goblet:

A - Dark red/amber color, thick rich head.

S - Spicey herbal scents, complex. Roasty malt.

T - Carmel malt toasty biscuit backbone, spicey herbal hopiness, some tart fruitiness?

M - Medium bodied, very well carbonated.

D - High in alcohol but blended well, still not hugely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 01:54:20 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap a hazy amber to dark redish tint with a tight thin white head with small traces of yeast present. The smell was citrus herbal tones of malt and bread with a small amount of alchohol in the nose. Taste is very complex buscuity malt with herbal and yeast notes followed by a good amount of hop that picks up some of the spiciness and hotnss of the alchohol in the beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry almost biting but not overpowerful. The drinkability is nice for a strong dark belgian one of my favorites from Unabroue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 21:34:49 | More by rpardon7
Photo of DAllspaw


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

On tap poured into tulip.

Beautiful light amber with solid off-white head. Looks very inviting.

Aroma is reminiscent of cake, a little bready, with hints of raisins and sugar and so much more. Very smooth beer, hardly notice the alcohol, a bit floral with a slight bite as well. A really fantastic beer, great sipper.

Had again in bottle 12/24 - this just gets better and better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 19:46:13 | More by DAllspaw
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Palace, Columbus. Served in a Unibroue tulip, a nice touch.

A- Deep red. Murky, but not too muddy. The color is muted but bright enough so that the beer doesnt look gross. A small, tight head is there but eventually fades all the way down.

S- Nice rich fruity nose. Apples brighten things up over top lots of figs and plums. Some spiciness, presumably from yeast, is there like cinnamon, clove and banana.

T- Nice smooth maltiness. Big rich fruits with caramel laying a base. Candied apples, banana, fig, plum.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. The beer finishes very clean for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 18:58:00 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a small snifter in Ballantine's in Willoughby.

Pours a hazy amber with a foamy head, with a slow pillowing down.

Smells of yeast, malt and lemon. The lemon is definitely catching me off guard.

Has a lighter taste, with some breadiness. There's an odd lemony sourness, rather than bitterness, that hits the sides and back of the tongue as you swallow. This is a strong dark ale?

Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

Decent enough, but not the beer for me. I know it is a highly rated beer by others; however, life is too short for me to have another of these.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:01:05 | More by TheHoppiest
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in large tulip shaped glass at the Abbey in Seal Beach, CA. 13 oz pour. Hazy apple cider color with virtually no head. A small dense ringlet was all that was there. Swirling produced a short lived (dense) head. Sweet aroma of apples and yeast. Medium mouthfeel sweet up front and in the middle, again with a nod to apples, with very little bitterness in the back end. Lots of carbonation bite. Some hints of alcohol, but otherwise well disguised. Not a style I'm accustom to. Have since read a few favorable review and feel I've been cheated.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 13:39:25 | More by LittleDon
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Rhode Island

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

I had this on Tap at the Littlest Bar in Boston,Ma

Poured from the tap into a Unibroue glass.

The color is a dark gold/copper with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice bouquet of fruit flavors that mix well with the yeasty flavor in the background. Some banana and a slight peach flavor comes out.

The taste has a nice Belgian flavor that is quite impressive. The dark fruits come out right away and I am swooped up in a great raisin flavor that seems to mix with some nice sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light to medium and is a really easy drinking beer but does have a good kick to it. Drinks really well as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 05:14:35 | More by Duhast500
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap in a Goblet. A reddish amber hue. About a finger of head. Smelled like typical wheat beer spice, coriander, clove, ginger, etc. Decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Could drink down a couplefew of these in an evening. Tasted like gingersnaps and run of the mill Witbier. Don't get the fuss. Not a bad beer, neither a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 05:39:25 | More by WestValleyIPA
Maudite from Unibroue
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