Maudite - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,863
Hads: 4,263
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 199
Gots: 486 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, Unibroue has had 7 chances to impress me so far and has yet to do so.. I'm starting to think I just don't have the taste for their particular yeast strain. I have one more left after this (their tripel) so hopefully that can do the trick.

This one pours a cloudly light brown with a small head and no lacing. Taste is very spicy with some dark fruit flavors, but mostly ethanol comes through with the spice. Has a smooth aftertaste surprisingly but getting to that point is a pretty rough road. I wouldn't recommend this one. (531 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color in the tall Stella glass with a fine textured foam. Sudsy in the mouth. Odd odor, like last weeks brewing carboy, but the nose is clove and a suggestion of gardenias.

Rich and spicy are the key words. Yeasty all the way, with the fruity notes mixed with the bitter. Hints of clove are the most identifiable spicy flavor. Some softer orange and pineapple. Complex and interesting beer to sip slowly. Great marshmallow mouthful with all the rich foaminess.

From the 12 oz bottle. "Best before" date is 12-01-14. (530 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me! decanted from the twist off twelve oz brown bottle into my La fin Du Monde glass at 45 degress.

A - A chestnut brown shade w/ excellent clarity and dark amber hues at the base. The head shrinks from 3 fingers of whispy light tan that receds to about 1/4 inch w/ legs like bourbon and a tight bead.

S - A dark wheat aroma w/ candy sugar notes and grain odors w/ a slight brown sugar and toast aroma. The nose has a whiff of alcohol in it, but mainly sweet malt dominates w/ dark tones

M - Extremely high effervescent feel as it hits the tongue like pop rocks. There is a slight soapy, slick feel w/ mild spice and gentle biscuit texture as the malt evolves w/ the yeast. A tinge of sweetness with the creamy texture and tinges of alcohol warmth

T - A candy sugar taste touches the tip of the tongue and there is spice a malty mild wheat flavors w/ dark cereal essence. The taste is light with the spice perhaps a result of the wheat w/ nice mild caramel and delicious raisin w/ slight custard notes. There is gentle toasted malt flavor and a delicious touch of alcohol adding complexity to the ale as it goes down. The dark malt flavor isn't overwhelming in fact it gets drier as it warms. The crisp, yet intense flavor is full and complex.

D - An excellent dark strong ale from Unibroue- one of my faves. Breathtakingly easy to drink - a bit too easy ; ) This 8% is "uncommonly smooth" as the bottle mentions. Don't pass this 'damned' beer up! (1,504 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a big off white head with some carbonation that falls into a decent lacing above a cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

Light sweet caramel and yeast filled aroma.

Lots of different things in the taste, caramel, light fruits, hints of spices, some yeast and more.

Finishes with a light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied drink. (382 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and cloudy ruby brown with a light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Nose is very strong with yeast. Flavor is a little lighter than I would have expected. Flavor is touched with mature fruit with a heavy sweet tone and a lot of influence by yeast. Feel is decent. High level of carbonation, but not overdone I think. Definitely drinkable. It’s Unibroue...what do you expect? (401 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber, tiny yeast particles are noticed in the brew. The lace is light in retention though the carbonation holds some there while active.

Smell: Bready, almost cake like malt aroma. Dollop of spice and ripe fruit with a well seen alcohol of esters and light solvent.

Taste: Faint caramel malt, ripe pine apple fruitiness, and bold spices that is dominant of clove. Heavy side of phenols with a spicy sweet alcohol, touch herbal from the phenols also. Straight up hop bitterness is light compared to the other flavours but still seems to flavour and balance.

Mouthfeel: Nearly excessively crisp, solid medium body with some slickness.

Drinkability & Notes: Packed with flavour, this one does not hold back at all. Very expressive and the sheer complexity does it for me. I keep this one around to keep my taste buds in check. (926 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 02-16-09 (feel like I'm robbing the craddle)

Pours a superefferevescent orangey/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Lacing is good & a nice flilmy head with a persistent ring goes all the way down the glass.

S: Hints of leather, pepper& mustyness. caramel & sherrynotes emerge as it warms

T: Hints of oak, leather & then a nice caramel signature up front. Slight hints of apricot & brown sugar follow. Big time fruityness & christmas pudding flavor show up as warms. Finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Medium, but efferevescent. Great carbonation & balance

Drinks reallt easy for the ABV, compares favorably to its counterparts in the old world. Love this brewery! (687 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a Gulden Draak stem glass, a hazy chestnut brown with orange tints, and a small white head that receded to a mere ring. Aroma of caramel maltiness and bready yeast. I didn't really get the fruity taste that many other people seem to be getting from this. Rather, a clean nuttiness with some subtle spice, cloves and aromatic wood. A little bit flat and woody. But it's still good, and goes extremely good with Oreos, I discovered. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though not too distinctive. (575 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber copper tone with an off white tan toned head, each sip is leaving a strong collar of lace down the glass. The aroma is full of an slightly alcoholic scent with fruit and malt sweetness surrounding the fragrance, quite magnificant very good dinner beer. The flavor is a bitter sweet dominance with hints of apple and other fruit thrown in, making this one quite a delight. This one has medium to light body very drinkable brew with a highly carbonated mouthfeel that makes this one tickle the back of the throat. A fine brew that I could drink with me dinner any time! (591 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

B- (783 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary head on the first one I poured, the second one I poured gingerly and still had a strong three fingers. Wonderful sticky lace. Cloudy as expected, light brown in color.

Sweet wheat aromas with a strong spicy bouquet of anise and all spice.

Dryer than the smell indicates, full of alcohol warmth. Very high carbonation--perhaps the only negative. Nice body. This beer has perhaps the most pleasant and complex aftertaste: long lingering white pepper with the effervescence dancing on the tongue. The spiciness continues long after the swallow is complete.

This beer could make me a real fan of Belgian beers. It's more than just a full body or high alcohol. The analogy I have is listening to a symphony instead of a single great player...there's so much more here. (786 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is the loveliest, most perfect red you can imagine, the color of Satan's pajamas, and the head is bubbly, prickly, fantastically white.

Aroma is largely spicy, utterly delightful, with additional notes of dark fruits, berries, currant, citrus, and a hint of flowers, plus a good helping of lemon.

Good carbonation, and a massive deployment of hops upon the palate. The alcoholic component does not seem obvious at all, nay, it sneaks up upon you, as you innocently enjoy this delicious ale. Very smoth and tasty as anything on earth, heaven, or hell. Medium body, sufficient malt, but the hops are fully in charge here, and deliver the drinker into fully refreshing enjoyment.

One of the best beers in the whole damned world! (747 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruit, and caramel malts

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A nice dark ale from Unibroue. A nice dark fruits and spice smell and taste that us easy to drink. Would definitely have again. (540 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / red and really hazy. Forms a white head of tight medium and small bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation in this beer....lots and lots. Head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smells like a Belgian strong ale. There is some good ester character, some sweetness, most of their beers smell the same to me, its the smell of their yeast strain.

Beer is sweet and has a sweet late flavor as well. Lots of carbonation in the mouth obstructs the center palate. Second, slightly bitter that time, beer is pretty good. I like it and I would drink it again (and have several times). (617 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours reddish brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, pears, dark fruits, pepper, and caramel malts. This one is pretty yeasty.

T - Starts off with a bit of dark fruit quickly giving way to a mix of bready yeast, fruits, light spice, and some caramel sweetness. The booze is ever present, light at the beginning growing stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of chewiness and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Not too bad. I liked the flavors and it was somewhat easy to drink but the chewy feel really began to wear on me as I came to the bottom of the bottle. I may have to revisit this one again sometime. (872 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours orange/brown with a large white, creamy, bubbly head that slowly settles to a spotted thick lace.
The smell was of bready malt with a hint of various spices.
The taste was of spices, including a touch of pepper - the alcohol was covered by complex flavors - including, but not limited to, orange peel, coriander, a dash of pepper, and a touch of caramel on a bready base. The various flavors intermingle to give it a unique, delicious flavor.
The tastes thin out a bit in the mouth, leaving a dry, spicy, but yet refreshingly clean, feel. The alcohol is well-hidden until a warming feeling takes over afterwards.
This brew is devilishly drinkable - or is that the devil that is on the foreboding label saying, "Have more..." ... Gladly. (774 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best by 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, banana, pear, plum, apricot, grape, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, citrus peel, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, banana, raisin, pepper, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, molasses, and yeasty spices. Lingering notes of pear, apple, grape, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity in the flavor; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 8% with no alcohol noticed at all really. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable Belgian ale as expected from Unibroue. Nice complexity and great balance; with smooth drinking for the level of alcohol. (1,075 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated ?-21-2012. High end bottling with gold foil on neck.

Pours a hazy amber with an ample bone head that has good durability. Cloudier after adding last 2 cm of bottle contents.

Aroma - unique, complex and interesting. Orange, other ripe fruits and citrus, alcohol notes and sour yeast. Also thought I detected a faint aroma of fresh hops when I first uncapped the bottle, although this seems unlikely.

Flavor - again unique, complex and interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting given the aroma. Sweet as well as sour, with a nice dynamic interplay that changes both within and between sips. Nice long finish and aftertaste; these rate a 5!

Smooth, medium-thin body, with medium carbonation

O - very enjoyable and complex beer that seems to have an ever-changing flavor and aroma. A strong Abbey Dubbel in character. Strongly recommended!

(lightly editted with 22 oz bottle in hand in May 2014). (928 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Zack's Oak Bar in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark brown in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark malts, dark fruits (prune and raisin), spices/clove, and yeast.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has moderate amounts of sweet dark malts plus some caramel malts. Additionally there are flavors of dark fruits (prune and raisin) along with spice/clove, and yeast. The beer gets sweeter as it warms.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: There is little presence of alcohol that can be detected in this beer and it is very easy to drink. There is a nice amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer and it is quite enjoyable. Definitely a sipping beer and one that I will likely have again. (985 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy orangey amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great! It has a nice fruity, yet malty scent that is quite refreshing. It has a rootbeer type yeasty aroma that is really pleasant. The taste is great as well. It is a sweet and malty tasting brew with a nice, refreshingly fruity Belgian style finish. It goes down really easy and is a bit dry on the finish. This beer has great mouthfeel. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Belgian style beer. It has great mouthfeel and excellent taste; another fine brew from Unibroue. (595 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark raisin/carmel brown. Head is a thin light off white. Medium level of lacing.

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Dried fruit also. Taste is quite similar. The banana flavor is very strong. The 8% abv becomes present in the taste as well. There is also a grassy hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. After it lingers around enough, the alcohol becomes over powering.

Overall, a solid beer at 8%. Pretty easy to drink and quite tasty. I'd easily have another. (484 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown to red with a huge white head. The aroma is classic Belgian with some yeast, malt and candi sugar mixed in with dark fruits. Smells great. The flavor is more classic Belgian with sweet malt and fruit, mainly plums being very evident. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

I drank it as part of a beer and cheese tasting. It paired very well with the Mozzarella Company's Deep Ellum Blue Cheese. (435 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy brown/ruby with a one finger head. Quick dissipation to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. Not much lacing.

S: Slighty sour actually. Some cherry, a little bit of yeast, and some spices.

T: Tastes almost like a cross between a belgian strong dark, a sour, and a brown. A good bit of caramel, a cherry/kriek like flavor, some sour apples, and some raisins.

M: A little syrupy with nice bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied with a clean mouthfeel.

O: This one caught my by surprise, the flavor was not what I was expecting at all, but I quite liked it. Not sure if it was supposed to taste like that..but it was tasty. (670 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a cervoise. The brew pours a hazed burnt copper with some coloration more towards orange/yellow around the edges. The cap appears 2 fingers strong with a yellowish tan coloration that holds quite well for an 8% brew. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves some small fingers of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives a finger and streaming carbonation maintains the cap.

The aroma has suggestions of fruited quality like orange zest/pulp, lemon, apple and pear. A yeasty quality comes out giving a hint of clove-like spiciness with a faint mineral inclusion. Overall, a familiar yet enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste has a bit of peppery spice that blends into yeasty flavors of clove and mild banana/bubblegum. The aftertaste has some fruited quality like melons.. something along the lines of cantaloupe, pear and apple. The alcohol is felt with a mild accenting fruited flavor that draws in quite a bit of warmth for the 8% indicated inclusion. The aftertaste has a bit of toasty caramel grain which is refreshing and enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For 8% it is well integrated and only starts to get warming towards the 2nd half of the glass. My favorite take on the style? No probably not but if you havent had it, you need to give it a try. It has a lot going on in it and is something I would most certainly revisit again to pair with food. (1,417 characters)

Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.