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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,102
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 377 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AMarkle6524
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BBP
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- When I poured this the first thing I noticed was the massive massive amount of head. (After my first glass, I switched to a bigger glass to give the head more room to spread over so I could drink it easier.) The next thing I noticed was a cloudy amber, almost cinnamon color. Very thick and not much light could pass through.

S- Apple cinnamon and cloves overwhelmed the nose whenever I moved the glass close to me.

T- Somewhat like you'd expect from the smell. Was for more like a cider than a beer. Hops were barely noticable. I wasn't able to notice many of the flavors that reviews speak of. Perhaps this is due to me not aging my bottle or that I had a hard time separating them. Either way, as a full it didn't impress me.

M- Felt very full and smooth. Not thin by any means.

D- Good, but I would likely enjoy it more warm. It's not really like any beer I've had before. Seems more like something that would be sold outside of the beer section in the mixed drink area.

Was hoping for much more from the 4th rated beer on BA's Canada list. Don't expect to try again any time soon.

Photo of TexAggie011
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JSBILK
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While drinking this, I recommend that everyone read the story of the Chasse-galerie to get an idea of what this badass label artwork is all about.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a hazy, ruddy brown. A large, light tan head forms on top with some really small, tight bubbles. It holds really steady barely dropping at all. Impressive.

SMELL: The aroma is signature Unibroue with their big, bready yeast profile. Fruitiness is a little low with more light fruit and citrus than any of the darker types. The yeast also gives off a slight spicy (coriander?) component to the beer as well. There is no boozy alcohol to speak of.

TASTE: Light, sweet, and mildly fruity. Again, it's completely yeast-driven and derives nearly all its character from it. The breadiness continues before a dry bitterness leads you out. It seems so simple but complex at the same time.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a great dryness to it. The carbonation is high, only helping to diffuse the robust flavors a bit more.

DRINKABILITY: Really great as most Unibroue beers are. It's so rich and is such an aggressive style, yet the beer feels tremendously light and disappears really quickly. Plus you'd never know there was any alcohol in here let alone 8%. Really, really good.

A classic ale from a classic brewery. They were one of my introductions to craft beer, and I suspect they continue to draw in many drinkers. With a label like that, it's no surprise.

Photo of kenito799
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before 1-17-09, poured into a Duvel glass

My first taste of the Unibroue offerings.

Lovely hazy honey-brown color, moderate head fills the glass but dissipates fairly quickly without much lacing.

Aroma hits you with that fantastic fruity yeasty floral winey scent that immediately fired the brain cells that shout: "Duvel!!!" Could sniff this all night. Gotta taste this side by side with the venerable Belgian at some point.

More carbonation on the tongue at first which weakens with time. Head wafts away to nearly nothing. Taste does not disappoint, wonderfully complex interplay of sweetness, bitter finish, everchanging array of tangy spices, definitely clove, coriander? nutmeg? Extreme deliciousness. So similar to Duvel in many ways but comes off a bit heavier and more hoppy in the end. Wonderful beer!!! I am so excited to try the other Unibroues!!!

Photo of cyrenaica
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

350ml draught
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on August 30, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer was dark brown with a smallish white head. The aroma was a combination of malt and spice, possibly cloves. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some mild carbonation. The flavour was smooth and spicy with some malty hints.

Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of Azrael
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Cloudy amber color that makes me think of caramel. Huge tan head that leaves lace.
Aroma sings of yeast. Banana and clove are noted. Sweet caramel malt scent as well.

Taste is complex. Sweetness that is caramel and toffee in nature. Yeast plays big with notes of banana. Hops provide a nice balance. Beer is just slightly sweet overall. Enjoyable flavor.

Bottle fermented so lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.
The yeast plays a huge role in this beer. Quite good overall.

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

Gold amber hue-thick lingering white head- soft nose of sour cat poo (yet nice and sweet) – Light to medium body – dried fruit, and raisin taste and hint of tanginess– tender bubbles tickle the tongue- aftertaste sweet and softGold amber hue-thick lingering white head- soft nose of sour cat poo (yet nice and sweet) – Light to medium body – dried fruit, and raisin taste and hint of tanginess– tender bubbles tickle the tongue- aftertaste sweet and soft

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

750 mL caged or corked bottle. Poured into a gaudy Timmermans glass.

Pours cloudy, browned bronze colored body full of mysterious bubbles. The head stays around practically forever.

Smells of an array of malts, from the lighter caramel side to the darker toasted levels of roast. Deep quality caramel and dark sugar are prominent as well. Just a touch of hops.

This beer nails the style. Deep layers of complex malts and caramelized sugars form the body of the flavor, with well integrated accents of Belgian yeast and subtle notes of the remains of hop flavors blended in to complete the complexity of this excellent flavor profile. After more sipping I find that there have been notes of dried fruit along for the ride the whole time but I didn't quite notice them until now. Awesome.

The mouthfeel is almost dry and not very heavy, but also has ample carbonation which contributes to the lighter feel. Overall this is a full bodied beer- maybe 7 on a scale of 1-11.

Conclusion: An excellent and worthy example of a style I don't often try but always enjoy.

Photo of Danno48
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks hazy brown in the glass and the head is a cream color. Nice head at that too very puffy. Smells like molasses and root beer. If I really think about it it has some wine characteristics the the smell as well.
It tastes sweet the whole way through. Sweet and winey with just great subtle notes of spice, dried berries, and slightly grapey. The thing is though it does not taste strong even though it is an 8%'er. Very smooth in the mouth. Velvety and bubbly.
Ridiculous beer guys and gals. A strong dark that is kind and generous.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice....

A- A light orange/red blend. Beautiful color, and huge frothy white head,with lots of bubbles.
S-Smell was of raisons, cherries, fruit.
T-Taste was very peppery upfront. Sweet like candy after that- some caramel and vanilla fruits.
M- Mouthfeel was as smooth and enjoyable as you could imagine. The spices added to a rather interesting mouthfeel, combined with the alcohol.
D- This will surely be a staple in my fridge from now on.

Photo of anhigdon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is light yeast, a bit of nuts, and carmel.

Highly carbonated - rather spritzy. Nutty flavor, root dryness, just a hint of cinammon.

true to style (I'm calling this a dubble), not a big, rich beer; but flavorful and balanced. More or less a light dubbel.

Photo of baggio
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Brown/Red with a minimal, yet creamy, lace.

S: Exotic fruit, raisins, cherries, spices. Very nice!

T: Yeast, ripe fruit, sweet malt. A bit of hops too.

M: Goes down too easy. Aggressive carbonation. Smooth.

Very nice. Unibroue just does not know ot to make a bad beer. I could
have a few more of these during a night of drinking. Very well balanced and complex. Recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body had a very nice light to medium copper color. A slight off white head of two inches faded rapidly leaving a fine quarter inch coating on top. Massive amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen rising. Nice clumpy lacing.

Very fruity aroma. A nice first smell and a blend of light fruit scents. I can identify apple, pear, and banana very readily. A second sniff also brings a malted back to the fruity aroma. Very nice treat on the nose. The smell is not to sweet as to push you back, and finishes with a warm hint of alcohol.

A great tasting beer. Spicy bite in the first sip had a nice appeal. There is a noticeable light crisp tart apple taste very similar to granny smith apples. A second sip also had a distinct malt note that brought a light caramel sense, even though not a strong one. A nice finish had both a clove and white pepper blend to leave a spiced aftertaste.

Good feel. Coats the entire interior of the mouth. A decent burst of carbonation tingles the taste around on the tongue.

Very nice offering. This would be a very nice selection to pair a garlic cheddar as an appetizer early on at a dinner party. Definitely a head above most beers in the style, and a must try for anyone.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Maudite from Unibroue
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