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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 172
Gots: 405 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

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

A-Pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy copper amber w/rich off-white head, good retention, and bits of tracing.

S-Yeast, gunpowder, sweet biscuity roasted malts, spice, bits of clove, candy sugar, chocolate, fruit esters, raisins.

T-Spicy and slightly sweet w/fruit esters upfront, light chocolate and slightly sweet and smooth malty backbone midway. Finish is dry and yeasty, and the spice repermeates with a touch of sulfur. Aftertaste is of spice and yeast w/a bit of hop bitterness and fruit.

M-Good balance and moderate carbonation. Not entirely smooth, but a bit rustic feeling in a pleasant way. Finish is a little rough, but everything about this beer is good.

D-Very enjoyable brew, disturbingly easy to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of fisherman34
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark blonde colour with a hint of red, and quite carbonated. Very fruity on the nose, especially citrus and banana. Quite heavy on the palate, with more fruit (citrus, banana, raisin, fig) along with some sweet malty flavors. Hides its 8% alcohol very well. Very nice.

Photo of Naes
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a very dark orange, almost brown. The head is a tall off-white frothy layer that makes you pour the beer a few times before you can get the whole thing into the glass. Retention and lacing are both excellent.
The aroma is yeasty with a bit of spice and a strong dark fruit characteristic.
The flavor is a fine balance of dark fruit yeast and a slight amount of hops. There is also a slight alcohol warming, though it is hidden well.
The mouth feel is generously carbonated and medium in body.

This one is definitely worth a try.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best Before 06-20-15" printed on bottle.

An average pour got me a finger of cream colored head. This sat on top of a brown body with orange distinction. There is no seeing through this beer. The head dissipated quickly to keep a frothy ring around the top. Lace tries but can't seem to grip the sides.

I smell a little caramel, some molasses and a strong note of sour apples. Belgian yeast is also prominent with some spices, nutmeg being notably prominent.

Sour apple and plum mix together on the tongue. Molasses is also noted with nutmeg and clove helping out. As it warms I notice the alcohol a little more.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The beer glides smoothly over the tongue. The alcohol brings a slight warmth to the finish.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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 BBP
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jmalex
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!!

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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.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Maudite from Unibroue
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