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Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,575 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3575
Reviews: 1820
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with foil around the neck and cap and a code that looks like it could be used to decipher the bottling date but I'm too lazy to do it. No matter, as this beer should hold up fine and I trust the restaurant I ordered it from not to serve out-of-date beer. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - I'm enchanted by the color of this beer. A deep garnet-ruby red where the light comes through, but otherwise a deep chestnut dark brown. A bit of cloudiness from the bottom of the bottle yeast. Atop the body sits a finger-thick head of faint tan with a brown sugar tint to it. Retention is excellent, fading into a nice film across the surface of the beer and leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - Faint notes of dark and light fruit, with yeasty phenols resembling the banana and clove notes you'll get from a hefeweizen. Along with the aromatic spiciness and the darker malts, this one gives me a little bit of a dunkelwezien feel to it, but with more complexity.

Taste - The dark fruits are now more aggressive, with fig, date, currant and some light notes of raisin. The phenols are still here, but in a more subdued role than in the aroma, which is good. Now I get some more distinct characteristics from the spiciness--allspice and clove, with perhaps some caramelized brown sugar and faint molasses. Yet in spite of all the complex and rich flavors, this beer retains a lightness that I don't usually associate with BSDAs.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, but with a surprisingly light touch, as noted previously. Ample carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, this may be one of my favorite in the style. A bit lighter in color and more delicate in feel than many, but one that certainly sets itself apart from the pack in a unique way. It goes to show why so many breweries will often have multiple takes on this style--because there is a lot of room for creativity.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:17:30 | More by LambicPentameter
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a caramel color with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Good retention, but only leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: Very fruity, lots of dark fruits like plum, dates, and cherries. I also get banana esters, caramel, clove and peppery spice.

T: Dark fruits, a big apple character, chocolate, caramel, lots of spice, a bit of banana.

M/D: Full bodied, very heavy carbonation but yet still very drinkable.

O: Doesnt quite live up to the best in the style, but still a very good beer. A must try for craft beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:11:32 | More by zac16125
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Beric

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 20 September 2013

Appearance: A nice brown color with a very foamy white head comprised of tiny little creamy bubbles. Huge carbonation coming up the sides of the glass, typical of Belgian styles.

Smell: Smells like banana with a little bit of booze coming though. Smells a little maltier than a hefeweizen, but that same banana smell is detectable.

Taste: An incredibly complex taste, just like the other Unibroue offerings. Strong hints of banana play nicely with hints of caramel malty sweetness. Not quite the same sort of dark fruit presence as a Weizenbock, but the plum/date/caramel flavor from the malt is certainly there, if but barely. Alcohol masked perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth due to the high carbonation, but small bubbles. Really gives this beer some body.

Overall: A fantastic brew and one I would certainly buy again. Worth sharing in terms of larger format bottles, and would likely pair nicely with nicer meat dishes (steak, pork chops).

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:55:07 | More by Beric
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dark brown with orange highlights, this world class Belgian style dark generally yields a small amount of light butterscotch colored head and releases a complex aroma of sweet malt, molasses, citrus, spicy esters, and the faintest whiff of aromatic alcohols. The palate is deep dark complexity that somehow manages to make the aroma seem tame. I get molasses, chocolate brownie, a bouquet of spices including lemony coriander, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, sour curry, dried dark fruits (raisin and prune), some overripe cherry notes, and some green hop flavors that appear after a few sips. Finish is sweet and rich, you will get tipsy if not careful as the alcohol is almost undetectable (had a bottle mid-afternoon for the purpose of writing this review and should have eaten more beforehand). In my view this is among the best beers in the world and is quite easy to track down here in the West. Compare with Chimay Grande Reserve and be surprised by how well this stacks up.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:14:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best Before 06-20-15" printed on bottle.

An average pour got me a finger of cream colored head. This sat on top of a brown body with orange distinction. There is no seeing through this beer. The head dissipated quickly to keep a frothy ring around the top. Lace tries but can't seem to grip the sides.

I smell a little caramel, some molasses and a strong note of sour apples. Belgian yeast is also prominent with some spices, nutmeg being notably prominent.

Sour apple and plum mix together on the tongue. Molasses is also noted with nutmeg and clove helping out. As it warms I notice the alcohol a little more.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The beer glides smoothly over the tongue. The alcohol brings a slight warmth to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:51:41 | More by CFHMagnet
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stella77artois

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Drank from bottle, no glass available.

S - Reminded me a lot of a Tripel. A general fruity smell, espeically dark fruits and a good amount of peach. Also a light amount of malt and fruity hops, probably about equal in strength. Just a touch of booze. Nice smelling beer.

T - A good tasting beer that deserves it's acclaim. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian style ale's, but I'd say this might be the best I've ever sampled. Very fruity, much like the aroma. Also detected some banana and clove. The malt was noted much more in the taste than in the aroma. Just a hint of booze in the aftertaste. Also some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer.

F - Dangerous. 8% ABV and incredibly easy to drink. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and stomach. Again, dangerous!

O - As I said, I'm really not a huge fan of Belgian ale's, so perhaps I'm a bit biased. But I will say, this is probably the best tasting of any Belgian ale style I've ever sampled. If I were more of a fan of the style, it'd rank higher. Still a 4.25/5 overall for a style I don't really dig. That's saying something there. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 13:04:11 | More by stella77artois
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a small bit of haze. About 1 finger of head; didn't retain as long as I was expecting form some of the other reviews here.

Smell: It's got a complex smell to it. Definitely pick up some cloves here. Banana, too, but none of the parts overwhelm the whole.

Taste: Definitely get the molasses/cloves/raisin notes through this. Don't taste the alcohol at all. Really yummy taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty soft in the mouth. Not too viscious, not watered-down. Definitely very good overall feel.

Overall: Very impressed, just like I've been with much of Unibroue's line.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:22:50 | More by don1481
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a deep hazy amber with 1.5 fingers of off-white head with great retention. Great lacing too.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast, apples and pears, fresh figs and plums, a touch of clove and bruised banana.

Taste. Spicy belgian yeast and cloves, plums, cherry, and raisins, and sweet malts with a touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ soft and creamy carbonation.

Overall. A quality beer for sure, but not something I would drink often.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:45:44 | More by Rutager
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otterbearfla

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger head that maintains

Appearance -Dark Amber Brown to Sienna

Smell- Cinnamon, curry, nutmeg, fragrant spices

Taste -Sweet, true cinnamon not cassia, yellow (tamarind-based) curry, molasses, nutmeg, cardamom

Mouthfeel - Smooth and throat warming, effervescent

One of my favorite Belgium Ales that is regularly available in my part of Florida at cafes and home.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:18:09 | More by otterbearfla
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maudite... poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

This one has a two-finger head that evaporates instantaneously. It's like, too short-lived to even note the shade of the foam. Anyway, the beer itself is a somewhat murky mahogany.

Smells like dark fruit cake. Totally. Cherries, raisins, prunes, vanilla, brandy, and Christmas cookie dough. Goood stuff.

The taste is a smooth, harmonious blend of everything in the aroma, with a bit more of the fruitiness coming in. Think grape juice and apple cider. Terrific!

Its carbonation is prickly, and this be a Belgian ale. I am pleased.

Ya can't go wrong with this if you're seeking a Belgian strong dark ale of quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:47:47 | More by Kuaff
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A prune like brownish red color. Maybe two fingers of bubbly white head top the beer. Bubbles are constantly streaming up the side of my tulip making the effervescence of the beer not only perceptible on the palate but also visually.

S: Prunes, apricot, Belgian yeast charachter.

T: Amazing.Dark pitted fruits come through. Prunes and apricot are made very present. The malty character of the beer is also nice and is rather sweet and slightly caramel like in complexion. A brown sugar flavor is also present on the end of the sip and ties the beer together nicely. Unibroues signature yeast is also there and is most likely responsible for the clove and spicy phenolics that are so well done.

M: Very bubbly and palate cleansing which makes the beer more filling than what would normally be expected. A firm and nicely build body support the beer.

O: Just a fucking great beer. I've had this beer before and I thing it really shows its strength when every time I drink it I feel astounded by its amazing flavors and overall presence on my palate. Highly recommend it to anyone seeking a great Belgian strong dark or just an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:31:20 | More by Haydn-Juby
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

A- Dark turbid chestnut, thin off white head. Retains at 1/8”. Carbonation is pretty active. Great lacing.

S- Sweet caramel. Some spice (coriander mainly), A little hint of boozy dark fruits.

T- Very light sweetness and some spice flavors.

M- Pretty vigorous carbonation hits the palate first, but a smooth medium body makes it easy to get down.

O- A rather mild beer for 8%, but very good and lots of nice characteristics throughout.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:48:22 | More by BWED
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, orange brown colored with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: banana, clove, breast malt, earthy, dark fruits, coriander

T: banana, clove, coriander, pepper, sour cherry, bittersweet malt

M: fuller bodied, higher carbonation, slight alcohol presence

O: a nice strong ale with flavors expected in the style

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:33:32 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Samuel906

California

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maudite is my third of Unibroue's selection, following La Fin Du Monde and Terrible, both of which are excellent beers. Stepping a little bit out of my comfort zone with this one as Belgians are not my usual go tos. This beer looks great when poured though; rich amber that freely effervesces and keeps a thin, but perpetual head. Smell is dry, hints of vanilla, green apples, bananas, coriander and yeast. The taste brings more of the apple tartness, with some spice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. No real hops to speak of. Notes of bread are left on the pallet. Medium bodied, crisp, and a touch tart and very easy to drink. Some warming from the alcohol but no booze in any part of the profile. Terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:47:56 | More by Samuel906
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joe1510

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml
2005

I got a steal on this bottle of Maudite. Went to a little, out of the way liquor store and they had a sampler pack of Unibroue. A 3-pack of Maudite, Trois Pistoles, and La Fin Du Monde 750ml all for $16.99. The price makes it taste even better. On to the review....

Poured this into it's very own Maudite snifter. Poured an eerie super murky dark amber red with tons of very active carbonation. When held to the light it looked like the fires of Hell...Thick creamy white head that stayed put the entire drink. Left thin micro bubbled lacing with each drink.

The smell is very complex. Malt on top of malt. Caramel, bread, dough. I'm even getting vanilla. The spiciness is there from the yeast. A big deep smell even gives a hint of pepper. It's taken over by the malts though.

Now for the taste. Very complex here as well. Malts up front. Doughiness. Starts with a doughy sweetness quickly followed by the spice. There are dark fruits toward the end, plum and something else that I can't place. Very good

Mouthfeel is lively. A tingle on my lips and from mid tongue down through my throat from the carbonation.Medium bodied. Coats my tongue as I drink. A slight alcohol heat in the back of my throat and in my nose.

Drinkability is very high considering the complexity and alcohol. I had to slow myself down cause I wanted to drink it to fast. It would be an easy one to sip on all night though.

Overall Maudite is an exceptional beer. everything about it is very high quality. I try and have these in my fridge often and always try and cellar a couple but I want to drink them too badly and never get around to it. If you've never drank this before pick it up. It's a must try. If you have drank it then you know what I'm talking about.

Reviewed: 10/16/06

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:47:46 | More by joe1510
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trancourt

New Hampshire

4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Warm amber, a bit murky. Nice big head. Quite pleasant looking.

S - Fruity, floral, yeasty. Some apple aromas.

T - A bit pungent, with all kinds of subtle fruitiness going on. Somewhat earthy or musty in nature - but in a good way. Not hop dominant. Really tasting this on the roof of the mouth. Amazing lingering aftertaste, with a bit of alcohol, but not too much, and some excellent lingering maltiness.

M - Perfectly carbonated. Phenomenal mouthfeel.

O - Delicious beer. Can't wait to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:59:19 | More by trancourt
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barczar

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky deep brown with copper highlights and a foamy khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Belgian candi sugar, tart peaches, pear, and sharp citrus form the initial aroma. There's an earthy, musty character beneath a yeasty profile.

Flavor reveals a dominant of pear throughout, with sweet, lightly toasted malt forming the backbone, and notes of brown sugar that hit mid palate, carrying into a slightly dry, spicy finish. Plums, dates, and raisins are subtle.

Body is creamy and moderately full, with high carbonation to lighten up the feel, and a kick of alcohol warmth.

Less complex than some. The pear character masks subtle nuances that would improve the overall experience. It's pretty hot, too. And the carbonation could be dialed down a bit. Add it warms, the flavor opens up a bit, and more complex esters of peach and banana emerge.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:13:17 | More by barczar
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Brix, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2013-08-03 (aged two years)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Unibroue's Maudite is a very good strong Belgian amber ale, with complex flavors of bread, toffee, dried fruits and spices. This is a Belgian ale that is light enough in flavor to fit during warm weather, but substantial enough to be enjoyed in cooler times as well.

Pours a 2cm tall head of beige-colored foam, which fades in about one minute, about average, to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass along with a small island of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though not particularly substantial, a few moderately-sized blotches cling to the sides of the glass. The body is a dark golden brown color, with light bringing out bright copper hues in the transparent body. Carbonation is readily visible, traveling up the sides and center of the glass in numerous and active streams.

Aroma of light toffee and candied apple, pear, dates, and figs, with slight minerals and leather in the background.

Overall, complex Belgian yeast esters and phenols contributing fruits (dried dates and figs) and spices (nutmeg, clove, anise), with characters of golden-toasted bread and light toffee provided by malts. Front of palate discovers toasted bread crusts, light buttery toffee, trace dried orange peel with cloves and nutmeg, and faint dried dates and figs. Mid-palate is of stronger toasted bread crusts, light buttery toffee, mild dried dates and figs, dried orange peel, spices such as mild cloves and nutmeg, with slight fine liquor and mineral qualities. Back of palate finds bread crusts and light toffee, candied apple and pear, hints of dried dates and figs, faint dried orange peel, and spicy phenols. Aftertaste of toasted bread and mild toffee, faint nutmeg and cloves, anise and faint ethanol.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-high levels of carbonation, resulting in a fizzy, then mostly smooth and foamy mouthfeel that goes well with the beer's level of heaviness and ethanol. Ethanol is excellently concealed, only a slight trace noted in the nostrils when swallowing. Closes semi-dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 17:28:52 | More by falloutsnow
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JasonSandeman

Quebec (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw the legend of this beer on the Unibroue website, and like anything with a good story, I was intrigued. Watch it for yourself here.

I bought a six pack for our poker game last Friday, and wasn’t disappointed. I made a point to serve it in a beer glass, but I feel serving it in a brandy glass at 8°C would give the experience the brewers were looking for.

[TASTING NOTES]

Appearance – When I poured the beer, it gave a great head immediately. The beer was a murky dark orange color, almost yellow. The head disappeared quickly but didn’t leave much lace on the glass. (Lace is what you call the lacy white ring that remains on the glass after the head dissipates)

Smell – Crisp, sweet. A heady smell of hops and wheat.

Taste – I tasted caramel laced with spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger. The beer is heavy on the hops which give a spruce flavor. Definitely not for the faint.

Mouthfeel – The beer was creamy, yet crisp on the tongue. The flavor of the hops lingered in the background.

Overall Score – 8/10. This beer has a bold hop and spruce flavor that will be a turnoff to the average beer drinker. If it had a bit more lace the beer would hit a nine on the scale.
Serve with: This beer would go great with Cendre de Lune goat cheese, a grilled T-bone steak in the fall, or even paired with a sweet apple pie during apple picking season.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 14:59:27 | More by JasonSandeman
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A unique murky bronze color, with a rough pour I get a foamy, light tan head that recedes to leave a paper-thin layer of residue. No carbonation to be seen.

S: A mix of malt and some warm spices. Occasional sniffs get an unfortunate metallic aroma, but Unibroue once again creates an intriguing and delicious spice potpourri that can overcome any flaws.

T: The spices take the forefront; I’m getting warm stuff like cinnamon, clove, ginger, even a bit of heated spice, such as pepper. Like a great cigar without the harshness of the smoke. Even displays a caramel flavor on my last sip. A flaw, however, is present again; the middle and beginning of the finish has a decidedly unpleasant chalky biscuit flavor, and something almost medicinal. I know some people will still enjoy this flavor, but I’m not one of them.

M: Velvety, with some carbonation bite on the back of my tongue.

O: A beer with great depth and complexity, and really an ingenious mixture of components for all the senses, unfortunately not all of its aspects suit me well. I can accept what I perceive as drawbacks to be balancing components, but I think I might prefer a more straightforwardly spiced beer. Some will love it, all should respect it. I do enjoy it very much, but for the money I will probably be going with other Unibroue options.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:53:01 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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lighthabit

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

late, so just a quick one . . .

part of a four pack from trader joe's. foamy at first, dies down to thin layer. fruits (plums), earthiness, sweet malts, barely enough hops to balance . . . need to try this again when it isn't late. there really is a lot going on here to keep a palate interested. almost too busy when it warms. finishes sweet, hides abv well

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 05:31:16 | More by lighthabit
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beardown2489

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL Served in a Maudite 16oz snifter.
Best by date: 11-4-14

Appearance: Pours a murky dark tangerine color, almost leaning towards a bright amber. The roar is off white, the color of butter pecan ice cream. Head more than 2 fingers, but no retention and leaves absolutely no lacing around the glass. ...3.75...

Smell: "Bottle refermented ale, brewed with spiced" is on the bottle. Never actually smelled coriander...but people tell me this is what it smells like. That must be one of the spices. The smell reminds me of like an apple, but not as sweet. ... 4 ...

Taste: The taste is sweet and spicy. Almost no bittering. I think this bottle is somewhat old because a bartender said this is good up to like 3 or 5 years. Expiration date is november of next year so I obviously over year old. That could explain the lack of bitterness. The first taste is smooth, like a smooth apple or grape juice. That lasts for a moment before the spices kick it. Clove, cinnamon, coriander are ones that came to mind for me. ...4.25....

Mouthfeel - Between sips my mouth thought I was eating a carameled apple. The the spices hit your tongue and wake it back up. Then everything mellows and you are left with this sweet, lingering residual sweetness. ....4.75...

Overal, this is a cool beer. My second from UniBroue. Not as good as La Fin Du Monde, but its almost impossible to match the genius of that beer. This is a beer i'd love to have on a crisp fall day when the leave are changing. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 19:45:17 | More by beardown2489
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BucannonXC5

California

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L mug
From: Trader Joe’s in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 4-pack
Purchased: July 5, 2013
Consumed: July 19, 2013
Misc.: Best before Feb.1, 2016; Foil wrap on bottle cap

Poured a dark reddish amber murky color with four fingers of frothy khaki head. Average amount of lacing on the sides of the glass, very good retention all the way down.

Smelled wet malts up front, then got dark Belgian spices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, faint gingerbread and light pepper notes.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got those warm Belgian spices - cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Also light gingerbread, caramel, toffee and some roasty malts. Cinnamon or nutmeg lingers on the tongue after.

Medium body. Slick-to-thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Another good beer by Unibroue. That’s 3-for-3 for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 08:15:02 | More by BucannonXC5
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Strong Ale prototypical color with a plum like redness and darkness. The head was very fizzy with lots of bubbly carbonation rocketing to the top.

The scent is rather fruity with dark fruits such as plum, prune and raison. I got a lot of black licorice, anise and clove towards the end of the nose.

The taste is interesting in that when I took the first sip I said, "that's interesting." It's a combination of Trois Pistoles and Fin du Monde. I get the dark fruits as it warms but find the clove a bit overwhelming. The plum and prune move more to the forefront and the clove begins to dissipate. All the while the carbonation leaves a light airy taste and feel.

Overall, this is an interesting melding of two well known Unibroue beers, perhaps not by design or intent, but only by the feel of my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 03:31:22 | More by KYGunner
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dar482

New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a murkey copper color, a reddish brown. In the light, it has this lovely dark amber color. The head is a small bubbled one finger head that quickly dissipates to a little white ring around the glass.

The aroma has a big bright fruity smack of Belgian yeast and breadiness. It’s not really super dark fruits like a quad, but maybe some dried cherries, raisins dried apple, and clove. A nice aroma on this.

The flavor follows through, but it’s quite surprising. There’s some sour apple, a bright caramel, and toffee. It has this slight bitterness about it that just grows and eventually grips your tongue slightly. Not like a hop bomb IPA, but surprisingly for a Belgian style. It almost reminds me slightly of Duvel, but stronger and richer. It’s quite prominent and refreshing actually. The fruitiness however pushes it towards La Chouffe instead of Duvel. It's still very bready as well.

Like Trois Pistoles, this beer has a wonderful tiny bubbled carbonation and mouthfeel. Almost like a super fizzy champagne.

The finish has almost a metallic taste, which is not really a dig at the beer. It’s not in an offensive manner that makes to beer taste skunked or anything.

It’s quite a complex beer. Extremely drinkable. The fruit, spice, and tinge of bitterness are wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 14:39:45 | More by dar482
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94 out of 100 based on 3,575 ratings.