Maudite - Unibroue

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4,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,058
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 365 | FT: 2
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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 philphilphil
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance cloudy brow with almost white head, which stays for ages.

Smell is kind of like a dark dubbel. Nice maybe caramelish.

Taste wa smoother than predicted, very noice. Kind of caramel with light sweetness.

Mouthfeel, caronatin is good, could be a little thicker I guess.

Drinkabilty is alright, mainly restricted by price and availabilty, goes down weel though.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by date: 03/03/13, poured into my Duvel Tulip

A: Light Mahogany, completely opaque. 2-finger off-white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin froth.

S: Dark fruits, caramel malt, spice, apricot, pear, esters give a slight medicinal aroma.

T: Heavy carbonation that sizzles, alcohol makes itself known and mellows out in the finish. This is a very mellow brew flavor wise. I can tastes exactly as it smells (sweet dark fruit, caramel, etc) but isn't as robust as I would have suspect, not that it's a problem. I think it will get better as the carbonation goes down.

M: The strong carbonation isn't ideal, but it does disappear after a while. It's slightly viscous, very smooth and balanced. Goes down exceptionally well.

D: This seems to get easier to drink the longer I let it sit. The carbonation mellowing certainly makes it less harsh and the alcohol isn't too high to be prohibitive.

Overall this is a good strong dark ale, but I'd like to see a little more complexity, less carbonation, and better hid alcohol.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my blood-drenched struggle to taste every Unibroue brew, I have now ripped the veins from a vengeful Viking Lord to attain my latest dark ale offering; Maudite.

Good looking beer we got here. Long lasting head, that's off white and rather fluff-fluff. A non-stop carbonation surround the outside of my tulip. An orange/amber/cider color; pretty dang good.

Bouquet of flowers, sharp, tangy citrus, cupboard of warming spices. Mmmm, smelly goody.

Mish mash of strong attributes. There's definitely some fruit/spice going on...obviously. Apples/oranges...dark fruits as well. Phenolic/cloves bite, that's a total plus. Really good.

Has a bite; a bit bitter. Phenolic. Similar to other Unibroue belgian ales. It has a classy and defined feel that lovers of beer should really appreciate.

Unibroue does it again with another great beer. As I look at the beer in my tulip, it retains a whisp of head, and a solid bubbly ring around the glass. A very inviting and tasty beer that I'll be coming back to again and again.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed, deep amber bronze color. Slightly larger than average sized, foamy, sticky, slightly thick/dense, white head with just a hint of toasted brown color. Good retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Definitely has that Unibroue yeast aroma. Sweet malt and golden fruit comes out pretty strong. Sweet, spiced bread aroma.

T - Sweet bready flavors are quite strong. Also has a good amount of apple, orange, and cherry. Caramel and spiced notes along with a hint of vanilla. The Unibroue yeast is strong in the flavor as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with about average carbonation. A little thin on the feel.

D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the sweet side, but the flavors are nice. No problem finishing my glass, and wouldn't mind another one.

Notes: Best before 09/30/12. Decent beer with plenty of fruity sweetness. Definitely had that Unibroue taste, not a bad thing but just similar to others. Enjoyable beer, but I wan't exactly wowed by it. Like other Unibroue beers, I thought this was nice but not amazing.

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is good, fruits are present, a slight bit of sweetness, just some hints of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall another solid offering from Unibroue.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into tulip.

Beautiful light amber with solid off-white head. Looks very inviting.

Aroma is reminiscent of cake, a little bready, with hints of raisins and sugar and so much more. Very smooth beer, hardly notice the alcohol, a bit floral with a slight bite as well. A really fantastic beer, great sipper.

Had again in bottle 12/24 - this just gets better and better.

Photo of robnews
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark orange with a healthy persistent head.
Vigorous pour resulted in a good 2 finger head in my tulip glass.

Great floral smell, not much alcohol coming through for me so far. Nice smell indeed.

Taste is fruity, bitter with slight alcohol near the end leaving warm sensation. Very nice carbonation. Creamy flavor mixed in.

All in all an impressive beer.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown. Killer 3 inch creamy head. Good amount of carbination

Smell - Lots of yeast and floral aromas. Some hops and alcohol is present

Taste - A Pretty bitter yeasty taste starts things off. The spices mixed with the hops gives it alot of character. Also theres a nice sweet sugar taste to sort of balance out things slighty.

Mouthfeel - Alot of flavors gives mouth a workout though not a long lasting aftertaste. I wouldnt drink anything else weaker after this cause its complex and strong enough to beat mouth and pallette up.

Drinkibilty - A 22oz is more then enough to enjoy. Its too strong,complex and just to good to drink in large quanities. One of the best strong ales outs there.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with a creamy finger of a beige/off-white head; very solid retention and nice walls of lacing.

nose is a little more subdued than i tend to look for in my BSDAs, with muted notes of sweet malts, belgian yeasts, dark fruits, and some light spices... decent if a bit underwhelming.

flavor follows and well exceeds the aroma. apple, spices, belgian yeast, and some caramel malts all in there, very well balanced and very tasty. a bit of a dry finish with a slight touch of booze. great tasting beer.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation... good drinkability, goes down easy and it's great flavor keeps you coming back for more. definitely recommended.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass

A: pours a deep mahogany color that looks thick. Pours with very thick white head and leaves considerable lacing

S: very sweet smelling brew possibly of cherries. Has a slight wheat smell

T: not as sweet of a taste as the smell would allude. Strong wheat taste that really hits the pallet strong. Delicious

M: very smooth drinking brew with slight carbonation tingle

D: easy drinking brew taste really makes it a pleasure to drink

Overall I absolutly loved this brew. Bought it for 8 bucks at the gas station down the street, one of the best buys of my life.

Photo of chickenm
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, aged over a year, poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass. Reddish brown color with a off-white head that gradually fades away. Nice aroma with yeast, malt, lemon, and apple. Taste is well balanced and complex with sweet malts, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and some bitterness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable, this is a great beer from Unibroue!

Photo of mexikrainian
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange-copper with thick white head and silky lacing.

Aroma: metallic, malty, apple and cloves.

Flavor: phenolic, malty and Belgian spices with irony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent body and smooth finish, but strong metallic taste is overwhelming for me.

Photo of cmannes
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip.

Appearance: Very dark red amber, with an almost white head. Little lacing.

Aroma: That malty belgian yeast smell. With a slight bit of fruit. Cherries maybe.

Taste: Sweet, fruity. The malts come up in the finish, with a touch of the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp. Just the right amount of fizz.

Overall: I like. Very tasty and smooth.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank fro my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a clear copper red colour with smallish white head that reduces to a film.

S - Sweet fruit cake like aromas from the bottle.Once poured takes on some spicyness as well as some stewed cherries.

T - The initial flavours are sweet stewed fruits and followed by small malt, finishing with a nice boozyness.A hint of Vanilla in there as well.

M - Quite high carbonation with a medium body that makes this a smooth drop.

D - I have to say that Maudite is my favourite drop from Unibroue. There are two reasons for that. 1. It could pass for a genuine Belgian Dark Ale and 2 it superb balnce of flavours.

Photo of scott451
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gently poured into an oversize tulip. Slightly hazy orangy brown with a one finger tan head which soon diminishes to a ring. Thin foamy lacing.

Dark malts with ripe fruit smells. Some alcohol present. Spicy prume notes. Very smooth, well melded malts. Spicy with clove up front.

Medium body. Crisp but slightly sweet. Good carbonation and a crisp finish. Pretty drinkable for an 8%. Smooth but complex. A top shelf brew.

Photo of zhanson88
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby colored with with a little over a finger of off-white head. Retention is just okay, lacing is minimal.

Smell: Esters and cloves are the most prevalent smells. A bit of dark fruits and cherry are in there as well.

Taste: A little more maltiness and dark fruits come through compared to the smell. The cloves and estery alcohol is still there too. A little more balanced overall than the smell.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation that lends to a peppery feel. Pretty nice for a Belgian style. Drinkability is fairly high for the ABV, but overall it's not the best Unibroue has to offer, in my opinion.

Photo of jlandis
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light mahogany in color with thin white head that soon dissipates into a small ring.

S - Sweet Belgian candi with fresh fruits and a bit of a yeasty spice in the finish.

T - Slightly tart and sweet malt. I love how in the BSDA style brewers are able to capture both a sweet and sour in such a perfect blend. There is nice candi sugar, sweet toffee and fresh cherries.

M - Medium to light body with solid carbonation.

This is another fantastic offering from Unibroue. I haven't had a beer from them yet that I didn't like. This is a great sipper, and if I don't watch out I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of Richardberg
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Interesting looking orange-red-tan liquid, moderate head, not much retention or lacing. Some sediment is evident but doesn't appear to be in the way.

S - malty, fruity, spicy, and yeasty at once. Even a little sourness for good measure. The yeast isn't quite at "funky" levels, just enough to be present and "bready". Most notable spice is clove. Maybe some cardamom or coriander. Fruitiness spans a wide range from banana ester to orange peel to raisin / fig to sour cherry. Malts are definitely in the roasty caramel category, bringing to mind dark brown sugar. Throughout, there's no hint of imbalance or "off" flavors. Exceptional.

T - ok, back to earth. This is still a nice Belgian brew, but it's nothing extraordinary. Many of the fruity smells are muted. Spice comes to the forefront, which is nice, but the caramelized malts get even sweeter, which is not. Tasty enough, but no longer a superb balance, at least to my tongue. Also, it's considerably easier to detect the alcohol than many American style brews of similar strength.

M - moderate to full body, slick, solid fizz even long after the visible carbonation has left the building. Good stuff.

D - drinkable, enjoyable, and quite a bit cheaper than many "real" Belgians. Works for me.

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

This beer has a superb look to it as it sits in my tulip. A completely opaque reddish color, with a slight green tint to it. Brilliant creamy thick head, that maintains for a while, and turn into a perfect ring the rest of the way.

Smells of under ripe bananas, and some floral notes. A touch of malt on the nose as well. Fruity esters and yeast are up front on the tongue, a spiciness is present coming through the back. The high alcohol content is hidden very well.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect medium body with excellent carbonation. Exceptionally smooth. The drinkability is certainly good, but is hindered by the high ABV for me.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The nose is sweet with a bit of citrus as well as some clove and other spicing. Combines well with the typical dark Belgian characteristics. Brings a nice amount of dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Nice body with soothing amounts of carbonation. Drinks quite well. Along with Trois Pistoles, perhaps my favorite beer from them.

Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Figured I was due for a check up on this one... I havent had one from a bottle in quite some time. This bottle has a best by date of 03 - 17 - 13

A: Per usual it pours with a large billowy off white head. Retention is not so great as the pillow however as it dissipates rather fast. Not a significant amount of lacing either. The beer it's self is a murky medium brown ochre like color. Hints of a dusty orange hue as well.

S: Spicey notes of Clove and coriander jump out at me first, maybe coupled with notes of orange peel. (along with that familiar unibroue yeast smell). Those aromas are followed up with what seems like a very subtle hint of dark fruit... black mission dates perhaps? Raisins?

T: Spice dances on the tongue rather intensely actually and is followed by a zhaou zang sort of surprise you would probably not expect from a belgian strong dark. Along with some very masked sweet dried perhaps candied ripe dark fruit afterthoughts this beer has citrus zest like quality. Im halfway convinced that It's Lime that I am tasting. Strange I'm pretty certain that there is a (albeit subtle) lime like bitterness to this beer and somehow it works amazingly well. Though It's rather hard to define what one can taste precisely flavor by flavor I think its fair to say that this beer is most certainly spice driven and rather dry finishing.

M: Carbonic tang

D: High this one is legit!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish amber colour, slightly hazed clarity in the body, with a full and foamy head of off-white. Lacing is sudsy and Belgianesque. Looks very decent.

Sweet and slightly woody nose, with big Belgian yeast characters and a slightly organic sawdust character. Good amount of spice and a faint citric acidity. Lots of very pleasant characters on this.

Taste is lovely. Very decent Belgian characters, giving a slightly rounded note to the slightly smoky front. Robust and full, but sweet enough to temper anything before it gets too harsh or prominent. Finish is surprisingly fresh, leaving a pleasant crushed organic character on the back. Feel is smooth and light, adding to the really charismatic aspect of this beer. I'm very surprised at how light it is for 8%.

It's a lovely drop of beer. Unibroue do some wonderful things and this is no exception.

Photo of GabrielM
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - very nice deep caramel color with a white 1-inch head.

S - orange, malt sweetness, raisins, spice, brown sugar.

T - malty sweetness, a pleasant orange spice, some vanilla and oak on the end.

M - harmonious flavors coat the palate from start to finish with nice carbonation to boot.

D - I could definitely drink a couple, but then it might get too sweet. Fantastic brew with a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop/citrus tartness.

Photo of kagent777
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best before date on the back. Next time I will let one age a little bit, the best before date is Nov of 2012. Served into a goblet.

Appearance: A very hazy light brown. The head is a pretty white and settles to a thin foam pad. No real lacing, but maybe it is my glass. This beer even looks delicious.

Smell: Clove, nutmeg and other dark holiday-type spices.

Taste: The Belgian yeastiness comes through. I can also taste raisins mingled with some other fruit. There is some residual sweetness. This is really complex and hard to describe. I am really enjoying the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and body. This a little oily slick in the mouth. By no means a "thin" beer.

Drinkability: This could easily stand up to strong or spicy foods. The high ABV and strong flavors would make it difficult to drink many of these one after the other without palate fatigue. These should be stocked in my fridge at all times.

Photo of Mancer
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dirty amber with a three finger high, off-white head. The initial smell of the beer was that of yeast and sweet fruits, pineapple and pears. The initial taste of the beer is that of bready yeast, followed by a dominant flavoring of spices. There is an alcohol finish that is present on the nose post consumption. This brew has a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a good beer, but lets not kid either, it's not that great. I understand why this makes for a nice A-rated entry beer, however this beer is too sweet for me. I like Belgian ales, but this one I won't buy again, regardless of what I rate it.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,058 ratings.