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Maudite - Unibroue

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1,870 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,870
Hads: 4,306
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 212
Gots: 516 | 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 allboutbierge
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from several of the big bottles.

Huge and aromatic head grows on top of an turpid body of brown, orange, and red colors. No light gets through but its not really all that dark of a beer. Numerous fruit aromas, i.e. pears, apples, oranges, etc fill the air along with other aromas of wheat and other scents I couldnt put a finger on. Flavor is just as complex. My buddies and I didnt really agree on the taste but I felt that strong flavors of cherries and other bittersweet fruit flavors were most dominant. Other strong flavors include figs as well as a general bitterness which makes the flavor all that much harder to describe. Extremely complex. Mouthfeel is chewy, full, and assertive. A bottle is just a little less than a meal.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with a low and lingering foamy beige head. Aroma is strong and sweet, full of pear and apple, plus cinammon and sweet candy. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Flavor is big and rich, and envelopes the whole mouth. It's sweet and fruity and yeasty, but falls just shy of being too much. Sweet malts make themselves known, and a crisp hop tingle vibrates the tongue in the finish and lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, looks just like apple cider. Decent head which retreats quickly into a thin sheet, leaving a dripping lace which does not stay. Smell is very sweet and fruity, with definate aromas of apple and mango, and a slight hint of mustard, with the spices and malts beneath. Taste is again very fruity with baked apples and spices, with a subtle malt background, and a little sharp hoppiness. There is a flat taste to this beer, but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel is very carbonated with tiny bubbles, but nice and crisp. Feels just about an 8% ABV so the drinkability is decent.

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Photo of Crosling
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden orange with a thin but large belgian head. Nice retention throughout the entire session. Lacing was very inconsistant and conflicting. Some swallows it would stick wonderfully and some it would slip back into the beer.

Nice aroma on this brew. The nose was hit with spicy peppers, clove, malts, raisins, herbs and yeast. A pleasure to inhale.

Nice flavor as well. Very smooth and well balanced especially for being 8%. Nice flavors of lemon, orange, clove, yeast, coriander and peppers. Alcohol was very very well hidden and the warming effect in the mouth led to an excellent mouthfeel. The initial taste was excellent, the mid-palate was great but then on the finish this beer seemed to die on me, keeping it from a perfect 5 for taste.

Overall a very solid offering. Unibroue knows what the hell they are doing.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Odd looking little beer. Comes out a strange dark tan color, with a hint of...green? Decent head, seemingly held up by an impressively long lasting carbonation. Smell is sweet, fruity, and quite malty. Few surprises, it tastes very much like it smells. Mouthfeel, however, is nice, slick, and wonderful, much more so than a lot of other Belgians, which tend to tingle oddly.

Quite possibly the most drinkable of Unibroue's line I've had yet, and they've got some tasty little bottles. As an added bonus, the label design is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Very much recomended.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BierManVA
3/5  rDev -28.1%
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.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of PiratePete
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BierReise
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of silks636
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,870 ratings.