Maudite | Unibroue

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a pretty plain dark color but it had a nice head. The smell is fruity and alcoholic.

It's a potent beer, that's for sure. The smell and taste are both very nice. It's dangeriously drinkable. The mouthfeel is dark and wonderful.

I think this is a benchmark for the style.

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

The Unibroue Maudite has slowly become one of my favorite beers of all time. This truly unique Belgian Ale has a lot to offer and can be appreciated by experts and novices alike. Here is why:

The beer pours into the glass a deep orange-brown/yellow. The head is big and bubbly, leaving a very impressive appearance on the top of the beer. When the beer settles a bit, you can see sediment in the glass - oh yeh, baby, "your ingredients are showing!"

There is a lot of alcohol in the smell...some what of a fermented fruity alcohol. And the taste, is...woh, its powerful. Yeh, there is definately a strangely active alcohol flavor for this 8% ABV beer. The flavor is warm though, and allows the mouth to sort of glow with happiness. There are a variety of fruit flavors that seem to come to mind: plums, apples, white grapes.

The aftertaste lasts and lasts - not just in flavor, but your mouth continually senses the passing of the beer - all the way down to your stomach.

This beer is fantastic.

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

Amazing color on this beer, a deep apricot fading to amber towards the thinner part of the glass. Concentrated small bubbles group up to form a thin screen of foam over the liquid. Smell foretells a strong drink to come, with wisps of alcohol.

A hard apple taste blasts through on the taste, with notes of sweet, icy watermelon. Everything stops quickly, leaving a slight feeling of heat in the throat and the stomach. A little bit rough!

The mouthfeel is fantastic, resembling champagne in its soft bubbliness. The carbonation shocks the mouth and refuses to die.

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

I picked up a 750 ml bottle because anything worth doin is worth doin right. It poured up with a big frothy head that faded back to a roing of bubbles cirling the glass. It had a nice amber color that was cloudy. The aroma was a bit weak but I attribute that to the beer being refidgerated at too low of a temperature. The flavor also was a bit small but along with the fragrance it grew as the bottle warmed. The good thing about the larger bottles is that they last long enough for you to get the variations from change in temperature. The taste was spicy with a variety of fruit accents swirling around. The aftertaste was subtle but warmed you inside nicely. I nicely balanced beer. As usual, the broues of Unibroue are very good and definetly worth the money.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I keep coming back to this beer because it one of the best Belgian
beer values eventhough it brewed in Quebec. The balance and rounded flavours are what makes this extremely drinkable at 8.0%abv. Fringante, Terrible and other Unibroue beers are bigger and badder but their availability and price do not put them on my table very often. This beer at $5.00 a 750ml bottle is often in my fridge.

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

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours cloudy copper-tinged amber into my brand new Maudite goblet -- how suitable -- with a big fluffy off-white head that falls quickly leaving, surprisingly, no lace.

Smell is of deep, dark and spicy fruits -- raisins and prunes, figs, bananas soaked for days in rum and sugar -- fresh bread and a musty alcohol warmth.

Taste opens with some very fruity (berries and alcohol) notes. Spicy, almost chocolate-like malts flow out in the middle. The finish is a swift tingling of hops and alcohol heat on the palate that lasts as long as the time between sips.

Mouthfeel is very light, and has an airy -- like whipped topping -- quality to it. Interesting.

Great way to break in my glass, and a great beer. My second time trying it -- even better now than before.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - Poured a ruby colored brew with nice huge head with great retention. Carbonation is good and aroma of malts and hops are well balanced. Taste is a right mix of sweetness and spice. Aftertaste has the usual creamy Unibroue feeling with a subtle bitterness. The ABV is so subtle and to me is one of the great quality of this great beer. Probably one of the best Belgian beer brewed outside of Belgium and one of the best from Unibroue.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dirty iced tea color, but the aroma sure made up for it. A nice full, sweet, alcohol smell that brings my senses to alert. The head turned into a scattered film with pretty heavy lacing. The taste is very carbonated with an almost sour, but good, taste. The sweetness is balanced out with a dry finish. I still have yet to find anything from Unibroue that I have not loved!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle (which seemed a little more stable) Amber/Copper color. Herbal nose of yeasts. It simply tastes good: cloves, pepper, yeasts, hops, malt, fruits and what not. I couldn't find any component taking the top in this delicious rumble that develops a small, but pleasant bitterness as it, not without regrets, leave your throat.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Suprisingly this poured very clear with a very white head. It left a nice white lace till the end of the glass.

Smell: This had a pretty clean smell but it almost smelled stale.

Taste: Very mild and smooth taste. It had some light spiciness to it that made it very intriging. It was a very well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: It was a very smooth beer with enough carbonation. Nothing special.

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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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