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Maudite - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,887
Hads: 4,397
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 223
Gots: 567 | FT: 5
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Quebec, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. From its' lovely murky brown appearance that is inter-laced with red. Through to its warm inviting flavours that remind me of caramel topping on top of fresh vanilla ice-cream. A true delight.

A big shame that I am writing this from notes as it is sadly no longer available in Australia.

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Photo of custardcb
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another find devil's brew. Poured a foggy and hazy light brown with shades of red and copper. The head was rather light and fizzy and settled into a light foam across the top of my pint glass.

The aroma is sweet and slighty malty with the yeast coming through strong.. Slightless bit of spice lingers in the nose. The taste is like warm cider and cinnamon. There is a little bitter and acidic twinge there but overall it is very drinkable and quiet nice.

Another find job from the mates at Unibroue

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Photo of DaveGood
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that was my first introduction to Unibroue and definitely one of my favorites.

This beer poured a beautiful reddish/brown color with a fluffy off-white head that slowly dissapated, leaving a thin lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma was full of yeast, giving it an almost bread-like smell, as well as some spices and hops. The taste was quite complex. It began with some fruity malts before giving way to a spicy (peppery) flavor and minimal hops. It was medium bodied and extremely smooth. This beer is remarkably smooth, given the high ABV. This can be dangerous because this is one beer that will definitely leave you wanting more!

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Photo of fromage
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer for their Halloween celebration. Served in a special snifter. Haven't tried this one before--tap or bottle. Surprisingly good, complex, and drinkable. Had with some chocolate mud cake, which I thought paired pretty well.

Dark mahogany color, darker towards the top. Tan head with largish bubbles, quickly faded to lacing, which soon disappeared. Not much bubbling action going on. Served way too cold, but I did what I could to warm it up.

Smell was typically belgian. Spicy corriander, a little citrusy sweetness. A bit of grass. I didn't detect much else.

Taste was surprising--very fruity--cherries, oranges. Some cough syrup at first. Some oatmeal and cinnamon raison bread. As it warmed up I noticed a bit of ethanol.

Mouthfeel was weak at first, probably due to the cold temperature. Became more full as it warmed. Aftertaste still spicy, alternating with fruit.

Good drinkability. Alcohol content surely disguised for the most part.

Is it evil? I'm not sure, but I'll definitely come back for seconds.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Unibroue beers. and will always try a new one. Had this in a 750 ml bottle.

A- dark reddish orange. Bubbly with a thick slightly offwhite head. Copper Rusty color.

S- sweet and yeasty. maybe brown sugar. Spicy. Fruits

T- spice, still sweet, beady, dark fruits.

M- smooth balanced

D- pretty easy. gets harder after a while.

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Photo of vikingmike
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually my first Unibroue beer ever back when I was about 18 years old. I drank a 6-pack of it, right out of the bottle, during a high school trip to Montreal. Hardly beer advocacy, but I decided to revisit it, this time with an actual glass!

A: Dark, reddish copper

S: Fruits...pear and apple mostly. standard Unibroue yeast. Slight astringency.

T: Hardly the cornucopia of flavours I expect from a Unibroue Belgian. Far less sweet than other beers of its kind. A bit of tart fruitiness.

M: Thin, watery. Much drier than I expected.

D: I love Unibroue, but this one is pretty underwhelming. It seems to be a divisive beer, with some huge advocates and others who aren't big on it. I fall into the latter category.

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Photo of WillClark
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass a murky redddish brown with a decent head that released some rich, yeasty fruit notes that conjure images of black cherries and plums. The taste is round and sweet with a pretty big mouthfeel without being overbearing in any way. The finish is nice and smooth with a gentle sweetness and slight dryness to clean off the palate.

This is a well disguised 8% beauty from the Unibroue folks. I really can't tire of the ale in any way, shape or form. Subtly complex and rewarding.

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Photo of JoeBCBC
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass

A- Deep and unfiltered reddish-brown with a bubbly 1 finger white head that subsides quickly.

S- Green apples, caramel malt, dark fruits, and spicy yeast notes.

T- A tinge of cider, dark fruits, licorice, caramel, grain, and a subtle hop bitterness. Complex.

M- Bubbly and very carbonated. Almost too much.

O- A very balanced and complex beer, and a very enjoyable one even if belgians aren't your thing. I think i'll let this one warm up a bit.

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine-glass Nov/2011

A - Thin head with good retention, interesting clean lacing. Cloudy, root-beer-like colour.

S - A lot weaker than the other Unibroue strong darks, definitely malty with a candy, alcohol-tinged essence. Licorice, cola, almost vanilla.

T - Again, a little underwhelming, but only due to the high precedence. It tastes much like it smells, but not too sweet.

M - Probably the strong point. Although it has a relatively weak body, the creamy smoothness is just delicious. Carbonation lingers on the tongue 5s after.

D - More drinkable than the other Unibroues barring the fruit ales/lagers, but I wouldn't want more than one. You do feel the alcohol.

O - Another good offering, although not the best. Other than La Fin, this has probably the best 11Oz availability, at least in Western Canada.

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Photo of davecavemaster
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Belgian style ale that is spicy and fruity. The beer pours an orange/brown color that is cloudy, a product of the brewery's partial filtration. It has a slight head that is bubbly, and dissipates in a relatively short time with very little that clings to the glass.
The aroma is at first very yeasty, then gives traces of the fruit and malt.
Upon drinking you repeat what you smell, first tasting the yeast and then the spicy fruit and malt flavors. Great taste, although if you are not a fan of yeast, this may not be for you. The brew has a heavy feel in your mouth, and the carbonation is near perfect.

Fantastic beer!

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Photo of takemetothelion
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle while visiting New Brunswick. The government liquor store had a god awful craft beer selection with little to no Belgian styles not to mention awful canadian alcohol prices. For that reason I was inclined to focus my attention to the two unibroues, la fin du monde and maudite. The price was cheap because it was a domestic only $5 as opposed to $10ish back stateside for the pint and a half. So i raced home, poured her into a tulip and let the games begin.

A- light caramel brown, very cloudy with almost no light coming through, as if I were deep in an amber ocean looking up at the sun. A bubbly foamy head about 2.5 fingers thick immediately says hello. Although I was only able to get a few quick tastes of this moderate to highly carbonated hat before she vanished. No lacing on this one as I made my way to the bottom of the glass.

S- The nose was great. Obviously belgian yeast with spices, banana, and other fruits hitting a home run in your face. A bit tart which makes me suspicious and hopeful for a sour ale. We shall see.

T- The first taste makes me very happy with my decision. Though lacking that sourness I half expected a fruity, crisp, spicy fountain soaks my taste buds with pleasure. The alcohol is hidden fantastically and before I know it I've finished my first glass and had a smile on my face (8%). Citrus with spices and bread aftertaste. Beautiful.

MF: Full and carbonated. Not a huge fan of high carbonation but the taste really compliments the bubble. Good for sipping or drinking!

Overall: Slam dunk of a beer and will surely be buying again. Very true to the belgian style and though a quite unique undertaking of a brew.

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Photo of Rob23
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour into my Belgian glass.2 inch head that dissapates quickly and a nice dark reddish color.Smell is strong with floral tones.Taste is what one would expect from a Belgian and from Unibroue since this brewery has a distinct taste.A bit of wine on the back of the throat and aftertaste.I rather enjoy anything this company makes and I am not the biggest Belgian drinker.Definatly a win.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've yet to have a beer from Unibroue I didn't like. As a result, I was prepared to enjoy the Maudite. As it turned out, it would be more accurate to say that I THOUGHT I was prepared. I wasn't. It's truly an awesome beer. Lovely.
Upon pulling the cage and popping the cork you're treated to a very light gas release from the bottle.
Initial pour shows a dark russet/brown beer that is initially quite frothy and carbonated resulting in a quick and thick head that fades into a pretty sticky thin lace. While the beer has a slight haze it's not the usual yeasty cloud. Smells are of fruit esters, spicy yeast and a slight astringent warmth from the alcohol.
The first taste of this beer is astonishing - really nearly overwhelming. So much flavour... malt and caramel and fruit followed by a rush of spice and a little citric-fruit bite and even a little pepper tickling the palette. There is some hop structure balancing the malt and fruit - but the beer is not by any means bitter. Tastes fade into a beautiful soft aftertaste of malt and fruit with the hops tightening the palette and making one wish for more - dying for the next sip, never cloying.
I truly love this beer. It's good in the small bottles but oh so much better in the 750ml size. As insane as it might sound, I think I might order a case to cellar.

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Photo of jamesclark
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a muddy brown-orange in my glass, very hazy. The bubbles were immediate and plentiful. The cream-colored head reduced in a moderate amount of time.

It smells of yeast and malt, with that characteristic Belgian Dark smell that I cannot otherwise identify. Very slightly floral smell, with a small amount of sweetness.

It feels medium-bodied and creamy. A lot of fizzy bubbles are generated in my mouth as I roll it around. There is a significant sweetness. Bitterness is low, but present particularly in the finish. The alcohol (8.0%) is hidden. There is a special tanginess, crisp and citrusy, which is the primary flavor characteristic, and there is no noticable hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness and bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable - the complex flavors are assertive but not overpowering, and the carbonation, though significant, does not interfere.

A tasty beer. I would prefer less sweetness, and a little less carbonation, but I love the yeast character and the bold flavor, and I appreciate the bottle-conditioning. Also, the label is great.

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Photo of cpmau11
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Maudite
12 oz bottle gold foiled top
Poured into a snifter glass. A very large two inch off-white head with a dark amber body. Aroma is very floral and strong notes of caramel. Taste strong pale malts, caramel, good carbonation, slight alcohol flavor, cinnamon, and hint of fig or some kind of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is comparable to other unibroue beers, rich and warm but not too thick. Drinkability is great.

Overall this is my second favorite Unibroue beer and definitely one of my favorite Belgian strong dark/amber ales. Great lacing and head retention and classic belgian caramel flavor.

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Photo of tylernim
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has a superb look to it as it sits in my tulip. A completely opaque reddish color, with a slight green tint to it. Brilliant creamy thick head, that maintains for a while, and turn into a perfect ring the rest of the way.

Smells of under ripe bananas, and some floral notes. A touch of malt on the nose as well. Fruity esters and yeast are up front on the tongue, a spiciness is present coming through the back. The high alcohol content is hidden very well.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect medium body with excellent carbonation. Exceptionally smooth. The drinkability is certainly good, but is hindered by the high ABV for me.

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Photo of PeerlessMark
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What amazes me most about this beer is that it is made in large quantities by a Quebec based brewery owned by Sleemans, yet it is every bit a beautiful craft beer. And it can be bought at the Beer Store in a case of 24 for $46.95 making this just under 2 bucks a beer. It's not often you can enjoy a beer this good for that little.

Pours a beautiful medium amber into a Spiegelau tulip glass leaving strong pearly and lacey bubbles after the fine white head dies down. There is a distinct aroma of spice like burnt cinnamon and nutmeg.

Remains effervescent throughout and the spice is the most enjoyable aspect of the beer. The flavour belies the strong 8% ABV. The usual citrus banana flavour of belgian ales is quite mellow and nicely complemented with balanced malts.

As of right now this is my favourite Unibroue "regular" beer.

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Photo of aychbomb
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750ml champaign like corked bottle, bottle conditioned on yeast base leaves a fine setement in bottle.

Appearance: thick beige rocky head, dissapates rather quickly leaving lite laceing, medium dark reddish brown, almost orange in color. lots of tiny, tight bubbles.

Smell: in a word; complex. in more words, big yeasty nose, sweet malty aroma, flowers, toffee, very little (almost none) hop aroma.

Taste: tastes like it smells, huge malt, bread like yeastyness, dried fruit, apricots prunes, raisins. complex, spicy alcoholic warmth, very little hop bitterness.

mouthfeel: again complex (my new favorite word) malty smooth yet a slight puckering citrus finish.

drinkability: OMG this is a good beer, rich, spicy complex (ok enough already) delicious. at 8% apv this aint a session beer, sip on a chilly autum evenining (big bottle is great for sharing)


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Photo of godfathermg57
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark ale, though is a burnt orange when held to light

s: smells like theres an essence of fruit, and strongly like a belgian dark ale

t: wow, quite good... it's incredibly nuanced and smooth, with hints of fruit and an earthy alcohol to it. One of the better belgian style dark ales I've drank.

m: warm, very good carbonation in the beer

d: for an 8% abv, it's very drinkable. Probably should only have one beer at a sitting but that one beer should go down fairly smooth.

Overall, one of the better dark belgian style ales I've had for its ABV. Easily competes with the best that Belgium can offer and I was pleasantly surprised. Definite recommend.

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Photo of A_Phrance
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: When poured very carefully, the beer generated a very large head that quickly dissipated. Very little head stuck around, but there was a continuous stream of carbonation that was very pleasant. Dark brown, cloudy color. Looks kind of like a cider.

S: Interesting spicyness with a fruity smell to complement it. Quite complex.

T: At first sip, I did not like the taste of this brew. It seemed to have an overwhelming spicy taste, heavy with cloves. After a few more sips, it grew on me more and more. By the end of the beer, I really enjoyed the complex flavors. I tasted cloves, sweet fruit (maybe pear?), slight alcohol spicyness and a bit of bitter aftertaste with a tad of sweetness (possibly caramel).

M: This is where this beer really shines for me. Great smoothness. Could drink many of these, though you shouldn't. Very deceptive. Not your usual watery feel.

O: Pretty awesome beer. Not as good as La Fin Du Monde in my opinion, bur still another awesome craft brew from Unibroue. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ScottyC
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, dark, woody brown, and opaque.

Smell: Sweet and sugary. Can smell the alcohol. Slightly fruity. Overall, a subtle aroma. Good head retention.

Taste: Mild and very pleasant with good flavors. Has a bit of a tang. A bit woody but not earthy or "dirty" at all. Only slightly sweet. Pairs good with a nice, hearty meal like steak. Sweetness and maltiness are the distinct flavors. I don't pick up really any fruit notes.

Drinkability: Very good. Only thing that may cause you to slow down is the sweetness.

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Photo of irisier
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml Belgian style bottle.

Appearance: Thick, fizzy off white head that leaves nice lace on top of a dark hazed amber body.

Smell: Some caramel and raisin type aromas. Hops are almost impercepitible.

Taste: Malty caramel and raisin, much like the nose with some very faint floral hoppiness at the end. Pretty sweet and slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite crisply carbonated.

Notes: Pretty tasty, though not as complex as other beers by this brewery.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy amber orange with a large white head of 3 fingers which settles down a bit. Lacing stays throughout.

S- Smells really nice, exactly what you would expect of this style. Wheat, yeast, and the banana and light spiciness. I also detected a smoky burnt wood aroma. Aromas combine together very well in a balanced mix.

T- Tastes similar to how it smells, but definitely not as bold in flavor as I would have expected. Very nice balance again overall.

D- Goes down easy with a light body, yet with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is light.

Overall, I would definitely drink another of these.

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Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a local convenience store. Was flabbergasted to see it between the Sierra Nevada and bud light tall boys. Poured into a snifter.

A: very rustic, dark copper color. Almost brown.

S: sweet fruit with hints of coriander. Slight hints of malt and hops.

T: lovin this one. Sweet fruit and spice stand out the most, with a very faint hoppy character in the background. Maltiness is well balanced along with the other flavors.

M: medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. They nailed it square on the head here. L

O: will definitely head back for another. Great beer that could be even more interesting when aged. Great beer by an even greater brewery. Unibroue continues to impress.

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Photo of avaulteriam
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

interesting watered-down cola color. Pours with a very loose head, almost like vigorously poured juice. Smells like bread dipped in orange juice. Very cloudy. Interesting taste, very much like it has been seasoned with spices, corriander, cinnamon. Citrusy with definte yeast flavor. Very low carbonation level. Sweet, almost like licorice as well. Slight viscosity, similar to the feel of grape juice in weight. Very good.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.