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Maudite - Unibroue


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3,566 Ratings

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Ratings: 3566
Reviews: 1818
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of Ahhdball


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

Maudite (Damned). What makes someone want to drink a beer that has Satan and a bunch of yahoo's paddling a canoe for a label? I just answered my own question.
Obscure deep orange color with a frothy head that perked my nose up to smell fruits, spices, caramel, and a little yeast. Very complex.
The taste is outstanding, so may flavors, almost an overload on the palate. Orange, molassas, ginger, and nutmeg, followed by the heavier malt (but blending perfectly) and then settling in to a hoppy after taste. This is great!
Legend has it that the men on the cover are being protected by Satan on thier trip home for christmas. I think if I have a few more of these I'll be right with them!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 19:09:43 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Hefe


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle on 01/04/04 served in 12 oz snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown, slightly cloudy, with orange red overtones. A lasting foamy tan head that eventually disapates to some fine lacing.

Smell: Yummy! Caramel malt, with orange rind, yeast, banana, and spice all hopping around.

Taste: Compex, with coriander and pepper, malt, citrus, banana, yeast and an alcoholic fruitiness. These flavors echo on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with fine carbonation, and a nice weightiness.

Drinkabilty: Surprisingly so, given the ABV, though I suppose that would eventually put me under the table. I'm willing to give it a go though.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 18:37:22 | More by Hefe
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around fine brew. An unfiltered cider-like appearance, with good lacing. Smell has a fruity note that invites you to drink. Taste was strong on the alcohol, but there were some fruity notes to balance the alcohol presence. Mouthfeel, as I expected it would be, was medium to full, but nice, if you sipped. For the higher abv, drinkability was above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 02:05:44 | More by edchicma
Photo of babyhobbes


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Unibroue brew and I'm very pleased!

Pours with a good-sized white,creamy head. The beer is a gorgeous orangish, amber color. I smell banana, alcohol and spice. This tastes so good! There banana and spice as well as a strong yeast flavor. This is smooth and creamy in the mouth and matches well with the flavor and scent. It has a crisp non-cloying finish. I would be pleased to drink this all night.

Now I am anxious to try more Unibroue brews.

This is just a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 23:41:56 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of HiroProtagonist


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip with a lovely off-white head rising up, then falling, leaving scattered lacing. The beer was hazy and nectar-like, with particulates. The color was a gradient of red to orange, starting with red at the bottom moving to orangish near the top, when a small lamp shines from above. The nose was subtle yet complex, with strong notes of yeast and banana, and subtler whisps of alcohol, coriander, orange peel, and vanilla. The beer felt full and fluffy, with flavors of chewy fresh bread and honey malt, and notes of coriander and peppercorns, finishing with a satisfying and well-balanced bitterness. A very satisfying set of flavors and aromatics. I really enjoyed the 12 oz serving, but I could certainly have had another glass, as it wasn't overly sweet. Another winner from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 04:31:52 | More by HiroProtagonist
Photo of RocketWidget


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a typical Belgian Strong Dark. Pours an amber yellow with lots o head. Smell is pungent, of some sort of tropical fruit. Very carbonated, taste is much more hoppy than most Belgian strongs, with fruit and malty overtones. An interesting brew, and a good one.

EDIT 7/27/04: I'm reviewing this sucker again from a bottle conditioned 750ml bottle, and I want to improve my review. The pour is incredible, bubbling the whole way down. Taste is outstanding, smooth and complex, sugary and fruity, yet hoppy and spicy. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 23:19:01 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of Charthepirate

New York

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

Poured deep brownish, kinda poopy brown. Head was thick and creamy, pour glass so little lacing.

slight banana, malty, belgiany smell.

Flavor is very tasty, but hard to describe. Quick mellow hop flavor followed by a nice maltiness. flavors of cloves, a little banana and wheat. It's tasty but not amazing.

Best part is the mouthfeel which is smooth, creamy, and fizzy.

Good beer, but not my favorite.


Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 23:11:55 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One word: awesome.

Maudite poured a hazy brown-amber, bubbling strongly as if from the depths below, with a thin, off-white head. The aroma was yeasty, with fruity esters and soft, round wheat throughout

One taste: Oh man. Soft, wheat backbone with layer upon layer of soft fruits (banana? peach?), a complexity of malts, and a crisp, dry finish I've grown accustomed to from Unibroue offerings, as well as light touches of spice here and there.

Somehow, Maudite manages to be smooth, complex, creamy, and crisp, all at once.

Simply beautiful. If this is damned, who wants to be blessed?

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 02:12:38 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of filabrazilia


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

Pours a hazy orange with a yellow hue. An off white head adorns the beer and leaves a nice sheet of lace on the glass.

There is a hint of malt in the nose with a rich spice and fruit presence.

This is an excellent tasting Belgian style ale. The spicy flaovrs of the yeast balance nicely with the malt. There are elements of fruit in the taste as well.

This is a medium bodied beer that feels good in the mouth. This beer is very smooth.

Maudite is a very drinkable beer with no indication of the 8% alcohol. That could be a problem because this is such a delicious beer that you will want to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 17:02:18 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of Jon


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark amber/orange color with a structured, lasting head that leaves great trails of lace down the glass.

Aroma takes a while to open up, but once it does, notes of yeast, ripe dark fruit, some citrus and caramel become prevalent.

Herbaceous, orange notes loom in the flavor department, all while being accompanied by yeasty, peppery notes. Inviting and ever-changing, this is a very flavorful brew.

Highly carbonated, yet extremely smooth and attractive mouthfeel. Almost unparalleled, but quite indicative of Unibroue's offerings.

Quite drinkable considering its alcohol content, which is very well-masked. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 04:56:54 | More by Jon
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lovely brew had an enormous off-white head as it came out of the tap. The head caps the deep amber body; it did not disappear as it continued to leave nice sheets of lace.

A decent aroma that hinted of spice under the nice caramel malt that dominated.

Great flavor that was surprisingly lighter than expected and gave hints of spice as from a wheat beer. Very smooth and creamy body that finishes with nice crispness.

Decent drinkability from the nicely balanced blend of attributes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 00:28:53 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Zorro


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

First bottle was bad, here is the correct review it deserves.

Pleasant slightly cloudy brown beer, looks tasty. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Smells sweet and of dark ripe fruit. Spicy smells too, and apples, grapes and black pepper. Lively and peppy.

Tastes milder than it smells; a bit drier than you would expect. This is a well-blended brew and a good choice if you want a drier Belgian Ale. Has a distinct mild hop taste. This is a beer that keeps delivering new flavors as you drink it. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is just about right.

VERY drinkable, packs a punch though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 03:39:36 | More by Zorro
Photo of allboutbierge


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from several of the big bottles.

Huge and aromatic head grows on top of an turpid body of brown, orange, and red colors. No light gets through but its not really all that dark of a beer. Numerous fruit aromas, i.e. pears, apples, oranges, etc fill the air along with other aromas of wheat and other scents I couldnt put a finger on. Flavor is just as complex. My buddies and I didnt really agree on the taste but I felt that strong flavors of cherries and other bittersweet fruit flavors were most dominant. Other strong flavors include figs as well as a general bitterness which makes the flavor all that much harder to describe. Extremely complex. Mouthfeel is chewy, full, and assertive. A bottle is just a little less than a meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 05:46:39 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of far333


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

Hazy apricot color with a low and lingering foamy beige head. Aroma is strong and sweet, full of pear and apple, plus cinammon and sweet candy. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Flavor is big and rich, and envelopes the whole mouth. It's sweet and fruity and yeasty, but falls just shy of being too much. Sweet malts make themselves known, and a crisp hop tingle vibrates the tongue in the finish and lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 14:14:25 | More by far333
Photo of FranklinPCombs


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, looks just like apple cider. Decent head which retreats quickly into a thin sheet, leaving a dripping lace which does not stay. Smell is very sweet and fruity, with definate aromas of apple and mango, and a slight hint of mustard, with the spices and malts beneath. Taste is again very fruity with baked apples and spices, with a subtle malt background, and a little sharp hoppiness. There is a flat taste to this beer, but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel is very carbonated with tiny bubbles, but nice and crisp. Feels just about an 8% ABV so the drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 23:29:17 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of Crosling


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden orange with a thin but large belgian head. Nice retention throughout the entire session. Lacing was very inconsistant and conflicting. Some swallows it would stick wonderfully and some it would slip back into the beer.

Nice aroma on this brew. The nose was hit with spicy peppers, clove, malts, raisins, herbs and yeast. A pleasure to inhale.

Nice flavor as well. Very smooth and well balanced especially for being 8%. Nice flavors of lemon, orange, clove, yeast, coriander and peppers. Alcohol was very very well hidden and the warming effect in the mouth led to an excellent mouthfeel. The initial taste was excellent, the mid-palate was great but then on the finish this beer seemed to die on me, keeping it from a perfect 5 for taste.

Overall a very solid offering. Unibroue knows what the hell they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 04:14:14 | More by Crosling
Photo of SetarconeX


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Odd looking little beer. Comes out a strange dark tan color, with a hint of...green? Decent head, seemingly held up by an impressively long lasting carbonation. Smell is sweet, fruity, and quite malty. Few surprises, it tastes very much like it smells. Mouthfeel, however, is nice, slick, and wonderful, much more so than a lot of other Belgians, which tend to tingle oddly.

Quite possibly the most drinkable of Unibroue's line I've had yet, and they've got some tasty little bottles. As an added bonus, the label design is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Very much recomended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 21:47:59 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of CharlesRiver


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

I had this on tap at Anam Cara. Served in it's own glass, nice touch.

Cloudy Tan in color with a nice white head that just seems to last. The draft version seems to be less carbonated as the bottle that I had. The smell is sweet and spicy with a hint of something peppery. Very explosive in the mouth. Smooth and sweet in the beginning, spicy in the middle and grassy at the end. The alcohol comes in to play at the end as I get that warming feeling.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2003 12:56:43 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of BierManVA


3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked bottle.

Not overly impressed at all. Bier is lacking in carbonation. I had to force a good head by extreme pouring and then it disappeard very quickly.

Likewise, the taste is bland and uninspiring. A little fruit and alcohol. That's it!

Perhaps this bier is too fresh and requires a lenghthy stay in a cellar, and if that is the case, they shouldn't have sold it.

By the way, I purchased two bottles of this recently at different times and both were 'the same'. It is possible that a bad batch has been released. I will take note to give this another shot in a few months as I general enjoy this style very much and other Unibroue products I've had are great.


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 00:09:23 | More by BierManVA
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maudite comes in a cool bottle!!

-Maudite pours a hazy/cloudy orange with a thick head.
-Smell is wheaty!? A hint of floral, spice, and fruit?!
-Taste is a smooth Belgium Ale flavor with some spices and an undefinable fruity flavor.

-Mouthfeel is very smooth actually pleasant. goes down easy no bitterness or lousy aftertaste.

Overall, it's a bland beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 17:20:36 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of mschofield


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

Very bubbly with a huge head, frothy and rocky, even in a goblet as recommended.
Slightly hazy red-gold, away from the light it's a deep red.
Spicy and fruity on top of a doughy aroma
Fruity taste - cherry and apple?
Spicy (alcohol pepper, with other spice), slightly tart.
Very smooth, medium feel, very drinkable especially for the ABV, too bad it's only in 4 packs.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 16:28:57 | More by mschofield
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very dissapointed by this beer. Especially since I doubt it is very easy to find on tap and was stoked to see it at the Old Toad.

Poured a cloudy brownish orange with a fairly decent tan head that laced here and there. Smell was very indistinct with a grainy, nose full of barnyard smells such as dried grass or hay. Taste was a tad fruity with perhaps some dried apple or fig, and more of that spent grain taste. Alcohol was not very apparent at any point. Mouthfeel was decent but nothing to write home about. This beer seems a bit phoned-in compared to the other things I have had from Unibroue. What a pity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2003 22:35:11 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey gold, with a nice head. Moderate lacing. Mango and hay on the nose. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, and taste is of medium sweet malt, dried apricots, mild carbonation, and a pleasant pear finish. Conceals the alcohol quite well. Very well balanced and pleasantly drinkable.

I love their mythical labels, but wish they would get rid of that satanic devil character.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 03:25:57 | More by merlin48
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another very good beer from Unibroue, cloudy amber apperance, nose has a hint of raisins but good carbonation and four fingered frothy head that leaves a fair lace. On the sweet side but just barely. High ABV but no alcohol burn. $4.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 00:17:29 | More by jdhilt
Photo of beernbbq


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

The real deal. Even though this is an ale and not a dubbel, I found it had similar charcteristics to the Chimay Reserve. Plummy, raisin-y, sweet but not cloyingly so. Easy to drink, a great alternative to champagne. Keep it at cellar temp for pure enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 15:21:25 | More by beernbbq
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,566 ratings.