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Maudite - Unibroue

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1,886 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,886
Hads: 4,395
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 222
Gots: 569 | FT: 5
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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 bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronzy-peachy hue, I was very surprised at the color it poured, it was much lighter than I would have expected but it was a beautiful color, the apple-flesh white head reached a finger in height but it faded to a fourth of that size rather quickly. The amount of lacing was disappointingly minimal. The bouquet is, well, yummy to smell. Notes of spiced cake soaked in cola, hints of pepper, faint suggestions of bubblegum and bananas, a vague hint of alcohol as well. The potency is modest but it gets its point across: inviting. The palate has a lot going on, at times the maltiness is very cake-like and yet at other times it is toasted biscuits. When the cake speaks up I noticed the alcohol more, conversely when the biscuits shine I noticed a basket of fruit lead by green apples, bananas, and array of tropical fruit. No matter the malt construction the spiciness is solid throughout, pleasantly peppery. This is obviously a well-crafted beverage. The carbonation is big and forceful, maybe a little too much so, it is around medium in body, I found it just a tickle too thin but not enough to downgrade it. The 8% abv seems very appropriate for this beer, it is big enough to add complexity but low enough to quaff a few, granted you would feel it. Maudite is a highly drinkable beer; it is another winner from Unibroue. I wish I could drink this regularly; I purchased this 750 ml in Kansas City. If you have passed on this one you are a fool, recommended.

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

Poured a deep orange mahogany with an ample head that settled to a wide ring. Light lacing throughout the glass. Persistent carbonation.

Aromas of fruit, caramel, yeast, and a bit of spicy phenols (mostly clove). A lot going on here. Alcohol comes through from time to time.

Taste is complex and satisfying. Fruit and caramel get the party started, and then spice and alcohol show up. A bit of hops for balance, and a long warming finish from the alcohol.

Medium-full mouthfeel.

An outstanding brew, and my first from Unibroue. There will be many more…

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

Poured out an amber/orange with a huge head that settled down eventually. Smell consisted of plums. Also got some lemon in there as well. Various spices and some alcohol as well. Taste reminded me of Ommegang Three Philosphers. It's got that spicy flavor combined with some ripe fruits. Nice taste. Alcohol is kinda masked and warms the throat nicely. Aftertaste was kinda like dead air. There really wasnt a strong malt backbone on this brew, Granted, you can taste it and all, but there's no structure at the end. Just my thought on it. But all in all, a great brew from Unibroue.

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

Poured an amber honey color with a fantastic white head. The head disappears slowly into a lump in the middle of the beer and lining the edge of the glass. The smell has a sweet citrusy note to it that does a fair job of masking the alcohol. The taste is ultra-smooth. Notes of raisins, plums, caramel, citrus - but very light on the tongue. Leaves a bit of dryness that succors you into taking that next sip. Bit of additional sweetness as it warms, along with ginger and cinnamon. Very tasty, glad I waited this long before popping the cork. Deceptively tasty, this beer could have me plastered if I wasn't too careful. This beer is my celebratory beer - it shouldn't be too long before I can buy Maudite in my own state, as opposed to driving to Tennessee for it!

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of Hefe
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of babyhobbes
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.


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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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?

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of Jon
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BierManVA
3/5  rDev -28.1%
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.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.