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Maudite - Unibroue

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1,875 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,875
Hads: 4,338
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 219
Gots: 538 | FT: 5
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 mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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).

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Nose is sweet and fruity; apples and grapes. Taste a apples and spice with mild caramel from the malts - delicious. Not heavy for 8%, medium bodied and dangerously refreshing. Definitely one I would have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with ruby and burgundy highlights. The head is an inch thick, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma offers yeast, pears, alcohol, light spices. The flavor follows suit, with a strong apple / pear presence. Yeast is there, but plays a secondary role. Malt and spices meld nicely with the fruit flavors. Brown sugar and caramels emerge more as the beer warms. The beer warms the throat and chest in the finish, with a delicate alcohol presence. Not in the upper tier of the style, but a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a mahogany brown color with a thin and fizzy white head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down a bit and became very frothy. Excellent head retention and good lacing as well.

The aroma has a fruity, spicy and yeasty flavor going on. It has some apple, banana, clove and cinnamon coming through. Very flavorful overall and everything comes together pretty nicely.

The taste has more of the apple fruitiness and clove spice to it. It has just some hints of some darker fruits to it. The Belgian yeast plays a pretty big role in the flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. The head gave it a very nice frothy and creamy mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is good, It's a a very flavorful beer and was very enjoyable this evening.

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/05/04- Purchased at a wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy copper-amber color with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Has those beautiful round galaxy puffs of white floating on the surface.

Smell- I bit too much alcohol in the scent. A bit of the same aroma of the beer I just had (NB Abbey) but a bit sweeter. Maybe a little floral character. Raisins and maybe some clove.

Taste- Nice and sweet. The alcohol hides well in the taste. Kind of a thick caramel taste. Quite yummy.

Mouthfeel- Warms you when you swallow, high carbonation, but easy to consume. Considerable creamy.

Drinkability- My buddy swears by this beer and I can see why now. Good deal for $2.39 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08-02-13.

Very small pop off the cork while opening. Tight rock like off white caramel head that is about 2 fingers but falls pretty steady. Body is a nice caramel dark brown body that is a bit opaque. Head seems to fall and keep a half finger and nice slow carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a mix of fig, plum/cherry/berry likfe fruit, slight buttery movie theatre popcorn (diacetyl), almost Angostura sense of bitters also. It does smell a little like cocktail bitters.

Taste in the palate is a small soft cherry, but the finish is a nice slight fizzy tolerable carbonation with a bit of almost, woody sense, even tree bark. Kind of leaves a tannic quality and a woody caramel malt aftertaste, kind of neat. Soft cherry at first is hard to find after a couple of sips again. A little gaseous.

Overall though, somewhat enjoyable, but I'd grab something else in this style I think.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance- pours a hazy brown cloud that you cannot see through

smell- smells of malt and alchol

taste- the Belgian inluence is evident

mouthfeel- smooth and pleasant on the tongue

drinkability- easy to drink but not something you want to drink all night because of the high ABV

This is one of the first craft beers I drank and still one the best

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

12 ounce bottle sampled, with best before dating of 5-31-07! Guess they know this stuff will age nicely. Anyway pours a cloudy medium brown, loose off white head, first its rocky and pillowy and then it settles fairly quickly to a film. Doesnt leave much lace. Nose is rum soaked raisins, sweet, yeasty. This is a tasty, complex, dark ale, spicy, phenolic, raisins, prunes, rum, wood, smoke, alot going on here. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. More rum and alcohol in the finish. Strong, flavorful brew. Those Canadians sure brew some strong tasty Belgian beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice 2" white head. The aroma is of malt, pepper, spices, and yeast. The flavor is big, as malt is nicely balanced with spices such as pepper and clove, a nice bitterness level, alcohol, and a touch of honey.

The mouhfeel is slightly crisp at the start with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly strong carbonation levels. The malt and pepper tones last long on the tongue. Extemely drinkable and an overall tasty brew.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a regular snifter. Best before 10/02/11.

A- Maudite pours out a dirty tan color out of the bottle but when settled in the glass this BSDA has a dark bronze color with a minimal white foamy head. No lacing.

S- This has a strong caramel smell from the malt along with a ripe fruit array coming through as well. A bit of yeast is apparent as well. Some spices with warming.

T- The spices come out more with some clove and light pepper. The malt is king with the caramel coming through. A bit of yeast as in smell with just a touch of alcohol. Not getting much hops but i believe this is an old bottle. Fruits such as apple and pear as well.

M- Was ok initially but really fell flat 6oz or so in. Either way this was medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette for a few seconds than nothing. Some lingering fruit flavor.

D- A decent BSDA but I prefer Trois Pistoles as this one is a bit lighter in all areas, especially mouth. Would love to try a fresh bottle as I think a bigger hop presense would of improved things. All in all good stuff.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has an orange-amber-copper hue to it. It is lightly hazy as well, and the head is a pale tan color. A fruity (a combination of apple, pear, and plum), crisp aroma wafts from my glass. It is well carbonated and has a bit of sweetness up front. This beer is quite smooth, there is not much in the way of bitterness or astringency. The taste is fruity as well with notes of apple and pear. This has a nice light refreshing palate to it. This beer has simple flavors, despite this I really like this. There is a hint of astringency in the finish, combined with the prickly carbonation, that balances the sweetness/ fruitiness of this beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden brown with a decent off white head that dissipates to peach fuzz on the top. Smells of caramel, pepper, oranges, and pomme fruit with a bready earthy yeast aroma. The flavor is spicy with a sweet caramel malty backbone. Light sweet fruits mingle with earthy yeasty flavors. Medium body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. Nice brew. Probably not my favorite, but well made beer just the same.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled version has a more intense peppery feel to it than the tap version. I didn't realize the beer was lighter in color until I shined a light through it (kind of a purple-orange mixture). I wasn't as impressed with the bottled version because it was a little more hot than what I remembered. The head is also a little lackluster as well, numbing some of the flavor in the beer when it collapses.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Very nice pour. Good size head with a nice 'fluffiness' to it. Stuck to the edge. A dark yellow/orange body, hazy some sediment.
A good aroma of fruit, spice, and herbs, some yeast and nut.
Taste had a hint of ginger, some pear, lemon? and corriander. A lot of mixes. Vanilla a bit, some biscuit.
A good feeling going down, crisp yet sticky,. not much aftertaste, leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at Abe's Cold Beer for around $9 and split it with friends after dinner. I was immediately hit with a big nose of spicy apple that continued in the flavor. More berries fruit pop up on the tongue, adding depth, with a little blueberry and blackberry. After the fruity esters, more earthy, herbal clove notes slide in to leave a fairly balanced and dry finish. I would have like a little more complexity, but this was still a great, well-made beer. Yet another example of the fine brews Unibroue is cranking out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbey, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Dark red, with some brown highlights, nice white head, poured into a Maudite tulip, that looked almost like a brandy snifter.

S: Very yeasty, with some dark fruits and cherries, but quite fragrant.

T: Very good, a nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale, very fruity and yeasty, with some cherries and strawberries, mixed with some dark malt.

M: Good, full-bodied, spritzy, high in carbonation, but once the carbonation dies down a bit, a rather thick brew appears, with a hint of medicinal quality.

D: Another good brew from Unibroue, very yeasty, with that Unibroue house character, I liked it a lot, easy to drink for a high alcohol brew.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Note, through some confusion on my own part, this is a bottle from a batch I bought about 10 months ago instead of a more recent batch, but it has been well preserved in a dark fridge so I don't expect any issues.

A: Hazed apple butter like color, very deep, dark browns and reds. Lots of active carbonation and a careful pour resulted in veryfew yeast particles. Light tan, off white head that hangs around forever but lace is not very retentive.
S: Spicy, malty sweet aroma. Lots of dark fruit flavors, sugar, cloves, and light alcohol in the background.
T: One of my favorite Unibroue beers, amazing punch of complex flavors. Fruity sweet body up front with a malt background, followed by yeast middle and slightly spicey, peppery finish. Slight hop bitterness balance out the sweet and finishes slightly slick biscuity with some warming alcohol, but no strong alcohol flavor.
M: Very creamy and smooth medium body with strong carbonation.
D: I love this beer alone and paired with most meals. Incredibly flavor and complexity, yet not overwhelming. Slightly fruiter than I remember after letting this sit accidentally for nearly a year.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6th Feb 2013: in La Trappe, San Fransisco: sat in a dark area, so had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer, front label on bottle bright enough but my glass seemed to hold a dark orange brew within it, on top what looked like an off-white foaming crown.

Semi-sweet aroma with malts leading the way, with yeastiness and fruit esters just behind in strength.

The taste is a pleasant blend of biscuity malts and dark fruit flavours intermingled with yeast traces and some hop spruce hints. Very drinkable.

Body depth was fine and the alcohol sat nicely within the flavours.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Rich amber color, tightly carbonated foam. Good retention and staying power.

SMELL: Dark fruits, apple brandy, sweet brown sugar.

TASTE: Fig, raisin, caramel, toffee and creme candies, with a kiss of heat. Big time fruity, some faint citrus and muted bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated. Drinks effortlessly and all the flavors worked very nice with a cleaner finish.

OVERALL: A fine beer, enjoyed with good company. Fruity, Belgian and darkly mysterious, the Maudite is always a welcome addition to any glass. Can stand up to a compliment of salty cheeses and grilled meat.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer has a hazy, ruby-brown coloring with a thin layer of dense bubbled foam that starts around an inch thick and quickly recedes to a filmy covering. Aromas are fantastic! Good, sweet blending of caramel malty notes, with a great balance of pretty strong coriander characteristics. Also some hints of dark fruit sweetness buried in the smells. The beer is initially very light on the tongue, and quickly unfolds to a crisp, spicy-malt blend that is a little roasty/toasty sweet, while at the same time slightly sour with a heavy undertone of coriander and nutmeg spice. The lightness of the body does a good job to keep the flavors from being overpowering. The beer transitions to a slightly sour and spiced aftertaste, and a moderately lingering finish. It definitely doesn't let you forget what you are drinking, and makes a great sipping beer. The body, despite being light, reveals a decent lacing on the glass as you get towards the bottom, also. Impressive. A little lighter and bubbly than my preference for the style, but impressive nonetheless.

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

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a nice head that fades to a thin cap in relatively short order. No lacing. Typical aromas of Belgian yeast with a bit of spice, some coriander, and pepper as well as a nice breadiness. Quite carbonated, and thge taste is a little thinner and spicier than I'd like. A bit more breadiness and even a bit more sweetness would be welcome. Quite spicy with pepper, more coriander, and orange peel. Quite herbal and very drying on the finish. Enjoyable.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.