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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 182
Gots: 426 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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

Bottle poured into my Victory Tulip.

A: A nice rich brown/caramel color. Nice white head that dissipated rather quickly and lingered slightly.

S: Similar to the other Unibroue Belgians I have had. It is overwhelmed by fruity esters such as raisin and apricot.

T: Very sweet and raisin-like as the smell suggests. The alcohol is warming to the mouth and throat. The sweetness fades and leaves a slightly bitter flavor in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied, alcohol is noticeable from the warming feel. Carbonation is balanced and in check

O: A very good beer from Unibroue, and in fact every one of their beers I have ever had has been delicious. I don't think its doing anything special and new for them though. La Fin Du Monde is certainly still my favorite brew of theirs.

Photo of Jeriacor
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from bevmo cause it looked interesting. I've liked other Unibroue brews. Let's see how this is.

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a snifter. Freshness date shows 07-02-2012.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful medium amber color with a massive off-white head. Looks great. The big head fades quickly and this beer has some long lasting lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeast, cloves, seeds, and spices. Cinnamon apparent also.

Taste: Tastes of yeast and many a spice at first. Slight apple/pear flavor as well. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and some kind of seed I can't identify, also a vague pumpkin flavor, and vanilla. Hops are very downplayed here, this brew is about the malt, which is warming and satisfying. There's plenty of complexity here, far more than my unrefined palate can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and warming, not very dry, but not incredibly wet either. Quite nice.

Overall: I enjoy this beer, solidly. Very high class and filled to the brim with warming spices, perfect for those cold days. For a beer who's name means "damned" this beer is quite far from hell, maybe even heavenly. A beer to enjoy any day you are looking to enjoy great tasting beer.

Photo of Erish
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Best before 11-01-13.

A: murky dark cider color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a typical spiderweb Belgian cap with good lacing.

S: brown sugar, clove, dried dark fruit, banana bread, just a hint of Belgian funk.

T: the front is full of dried and over-ripe fruit (mainly banana), the middle features a lively spicy character, with clove, nutmeg and bit of white pepper, the finish is just mildly earthy and the spices hang around for the duration of the ride, the hop finish ranges from floral to mildly herbal. The alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: light to medium-bodied, satiny texture, and plentiful carbonation makes for a palate-cleansing beer.

O: I would consider this a great gateway beer to the larger world of Belgian-style brews. Not too funky, not supremely complex or challenging, but very tasty and true to style. It is a natch below the truly world class examples of this style.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08-02-13.

Very small pop off the cork while opening. Tight rock like off white caramel head that is about 2 fingers but falls pretty steady. Body is a nice caramel dark brown body that is a bit opaque. Head seems to fall and keep a half finger and nice slow carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a mix of fig, plum/cherry/berry likfe fruit, slight buttery movie theatre popcorn (diacetyl), almost Angostura sense of bitters also. It does smell a little like cocktail bitters.

Taste in the palate is a small soft cherry, but the finish is a nice slight fizzy tolerable carbonation with a bit of almost, woody sense, even tree bark. Kind of leaves a tannic quality and a woody caramel malt aftertaste, kind of neat. Soft cherry at first is hard to find after a couple of sips again. A little gaseous.

Overall though, somewhat enjoyable, but I'd grab something else in this style I think.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated ?-21-2012. High end bottling with gold foil on neck.

Pours a hazy amber with an ample bone head that has good durability. Cloudier after adding last 2 cm of bottle contents.

Aroma - unique, complex and interesting. Orange, other ripe fruits and citrus, alcohol notes and sour yeast. Also thought I detected a faint aroma of fresh hops when I first uncapped the bottle, although this seems unlikely.

Flavor - again unique, complex and interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting given the aroma. Sweet as well as sour, with a nice dynamic interplay that changes both within and between sips. Nice long finish and aftertaste; these rate a 5!

Smooth, medium-thin body, with medium carbonation

O - very enjoyable and complex beer that seems to have an ever-changing flavor and aroma. A strong Abbey Dubbel in character. Strongly recommended!

(lightly editted with 22 oz bottle in hand in May 2014).

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I loved the look of this. Very murky glowing red, orange, and brown elixir. Foam its extremely thick and takes forever to go down.

Smell: Excellent combination of malty dark fruit with a hint of spicy, peppery hops in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent flavors, same as the smell. Caramel in the flavor as well. Superb. Mouthfeel has a great yeasty thickness to it.

Drinkability: One of the best out there.

Overall: Not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.

A: Very nice bottle art. Pours a nutty-brown color with a medium bubbled beige head. Cloudy. Small retention and just few lacings left

S: Complex. Very Unibroue, I mean, very characteristic smell of Unibroue yeasts. Very spicy and flowery too. Coriander. A bit fruity. Notes of honey, nuts and caramel malts. And a bit of alcohol in the end

T: The best part. Very candy and molasses sensation nevertheless, just a little bit sweet. Dark fruits, mainly raisins. Quite intense bitterness. Despite the sweet smell, the taste is dry. Intense on caramel malts and nuts. Aftertaste is quite spicy with strong notes of coriander and cinnamon

M: Creamy and molasses. Intense and with a nice and soft bitter aftertaste

O: Not as good as Trois Pistoles or La Fin Du Monde but still a great beer

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear nutty brown with a finger of bubbly white head head that dissipates rapidly but does leave some lacing. The aroma has notes of banana and cloves, as well as some flowery esters. The taste is pretty similar with bananas being the dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes clean. Overall worth a try.

Photo of BasementBer
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love voyageurs making a deal with the devil to fly home in a canoe. Now onto the beer

A: More orange than amber in color and somewhat lacking in carbonation. However the off-head is retentive and consistent lacing all around.

S: Frankly this smells to me exactly like Fin du Monde. It has an equal fruity estery character in the smell, slightly nutty. More grain than hops in aroma.

T: Has a goody body in the nose, the middle though tells you its 8% and the finish has a cara-malt characteristic.

M: Higher alcohol zipps on the tongue but not in a fusel alcohol way.

D: My bottle was 700ml's and i split it. Dont think I would put the thing back myself but a good beer now and again. Interchangeable with fin du monde in someways, but less attractive. I just want to be in the canoe.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite is alot better to me now than it was the first time I had tried it. This beer pours out as a lavish red color with a tan head. The aromas of brown sugar and fermented fruits come from the top of the glass. The hops aren't really noticeable. The taste of the beer is sweet up front from the fruits and sugars. The aftertaste is a bit more on the dry side. This beer is worth having again. One day I'm sure I'll pick some up again and have it.

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

Poured a Best Before 05/05/13 12 oz bottle very very carefully but high into a pint glass to make a big stiff head, leaving a quarter oz of murky yeast lees in the bottle. The yeast taste is so predominant in this ale that I like it better leaving some out of the pour. The head settles in about two minutes, but carbonation is so high, a ring of foam lasts for as long as I can drink this serving.
Color is 13 on my SRM chart, hazy with the yeast.
Smells sweet and yeasty and alcoholic; can't smell hops at all.
Taste is really delicious: the yeast is a funky sour barnyard good solid cheese with sweet malt and fruity juicy bright clear clean feeling that slides quickly from sinuses to gullet as I swallow. The aftertaste seems to make the salivary ducts under my tongue drool, tho maybe that's just because I want another swallow real soon. The yeast is so strong here that malt barely peeks out, and the hops don't show up till a few moments after swallowing. A mouthful held before swallowing blossoms with thick creamy foaming ale joy that you might imagine a bit too sweet and yeasty, but when swallowed it all goes down clean as a flash of orange brown light.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a cola brown color which reminds me of Coca Cola The head is is thin and dissipates quickly but leaves a good bit of lacing.

S The nose of this is very sweet and fruity with a bit of spicyness. Notes of apple are found as well.

T This beer starts with sweet fruit most notably apple. In fact I get a bit of apple cider when I taste this. To round it out there is the slightest hint of hops and a bit of spicyness.

M This beer has a lot of carbonation which gives it a crisp feel which tingles on the tounge. While it borders on almost being overly carbonated it doesn't quite get there, so it is still quite a pleasant drink.

Overall I would say that this is an excellent beer that is well worth drinking and seeking out.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy brown/ruby with a one finger head. Quick dissipation to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. Not much lacing.

S: Slighty sour actually. Some cherry, a little bit of yeast, and some spices.

T: Tastes almost like a cross between a belgian strong dark, a sour, and a brown. A good bit of caramel, a cherry/kriek like flavor, some sour apples, and some raisins.

M: A little syrupy with nice bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied with a clean mouthfeel.

O: This one caught my by surprise, the flavor was not what I was expecting at all, but I quite liked it. Not sure if it was supposed to taste like that..but it was tasty.

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

Hmm, coming down to the last few unibroue that i saved when i heard they were no longer exporting to Australia. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Pours a very dark brown with about an 3 cm of bubbly head that slowly subsides. nice lacing too.

S- there is a touch of fruityness straight up which i get with most unibroue beers, definitely the yeast. dried apricot, dates, some sweetness, and that delicious yeastiness. the malt comes through after, biscuit and a touch of toffee, but the yeast flavours dominate.

T- straight up the yeast flavours come through. bready almost, followed by the fruity characteristics i found in the smell. dried apricot and date, with a sweetness i cant put my finger on. A bit of that belgian yeast character. there is a touch of malt deep in there, but this it takes searching to find. there is a bitterness there, but only to keep the malt sweetness in check, purely a backround flavour which requires searching for to taste as well. on warming there is some alcohol, but it is very subdued and takes nothing away from the beer.

M- there is a tingling carbonation throughout the feel of the bevarage, fills the mouth, and has some thickness without being over the top. the finish is dry without being particularly bitter.

O- this is a great beer. awesome yeastiness dominates, suplemented by some fruitiness. the standard malt sweetness and hop bitterness play a backround part, but give it structure. very nice. A pity that when im done with what i have i cant get any more.

Photo of n2185
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with two inches of off-white head. The head sticks around in an ever-present cap, though leaves surprisingly little lacing.

S: Some spices on the nose followed by a strong aroma of surprisingly light fruits such as pears and bananas. There are some bubblegum aromas in there as well with a touch of mint. Underneath it all is a bready Belgian yeast aroma.

T: There are some light spice flavors at first proceeded by candy sugar, a touch of bubble gum, and sweet pear-like fruits. The Belgian yeast kicks in towards the end, providing a hearty, lightly spiced bready flavor with a touch of bitterness. The finish is clean and crisp.

M: Medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated, adding a crispness to it that belies its flavors and gravity.

O: An excellent beer. An interesting and very nice aroma with a solid flavor profile to back it up. Like all Unibroue beers, they also do a very good job with the attenuation, keeping them from being overly sweet and syrupy.

Photo of cmartin45
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so here we go...

A - Poured into a lager glass and has a great amber/red color with a slightly off white head.

S - smells of malt, yeast, a hint of spice and perhaps rasin or prune. I can't place the spice though, maybe a little coriander...

T - Nice mouth feel with a nice balance of malt, yeast and spice. Good body and the yeast and spice takes over in the aftertaste and gives a nice finish, similar to the other beers from Unibroue. The spice notes stay the longest on the tounge as the malt and yeast just melt away.

O - Wonderful beer with a lot of complex flavors, all in balance. This is a very drinkable beer with good feel in the mouth and a nice subtle finish.

Photo of jyuhas
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep amber burgundy, creamy white head, lively carbonation

Smell - spicy, maybe peppery, wine, roasted and dark caramel malts, hint of chocolate

Taste- a bit caramellly with some spiceyness going on as well and a yeasty finish

Mouthfeel - full creamy body with nice tingling carbonation, with something lingering in the end

Overall - pretty enjoyable, wish the flavor was a bit more complex, aroma was really enjoyable

Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aged this bottle approximately one year from purchase. I didn't really age it on purpose... just felt like drinking it today. This isn't my first Maudite, just first time reviewing the beer.

Before I start, I have to say that I am a fan of this brewery. They make multiple good to great beers. I suggest this brewery to friends as a great value when compared to cost.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a pleasant shade of brown with a one and a half finger head. The head dissipated pretty quick in half a minute.

I smell the maltiness and some kind of fruit. I think it smells like raisins. This is reminiscent of a Belgian.

The flavor is rich with the belgian flavors. I enjoy the flavor of the hops and raisins come through even more. This is an enjoyable experience. The mouthfeel is perfect, and the after-taste is very similar to each drink...it is consistent.

I recommend this brew to others, and it is a perfect blend of flavors. Not at all overwhelming.

Photo of brouwer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not my first try of Maudite. I have returned because it is relatively easily available in Montana. This cannot be said of many fine beers. I appreciate its dark strong color and character. It is smooth with pleasant taste and mouthfeel. It has a good balance of yeast and pleasing combination of flavors. The head on my current bottle was relatively flat compared to previous bottles. Not the best Unibroue but not a disappointment.

Photo of bobhits
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation my name is Maudite! After a quick pour, the glass is filled with thick creamy head, but more impressive the bubbles on the bottom of the glass are nearly as thick! A darker amber color that's a touch merky. That said back to the head, this is the creamiest thickest looking stuff I've seen. Truth be told it doesn't float a bottle cap that well, but one certainly does float on it (I should say the chimey glass doesn't make for cap floating foam always).

Light spiced sweet malt. Not much more to say on the nose. I think there is some vanilla in here and well, this beer smells as "vanilla" as one can. Even the macros are able to make me notice what they smell like (only you know they smell like grain and alcohol had a baby that they crapped on).

I always enjoyed belgiums that didn't try to over power one with overt flavors. I like the subtle mixed and mellow flavors. This however is too mellow. Toffee and toasted malt are there but certainly more subtle than I'd like. Certainly spices are present along with a bit more sweetness from the yeast, but overall this is pretty unimpressive stuff.

This is creamy near perfect stuff in the mouth. I really can't express how well done this beer is here. The carbonation that gives off that amazing head, lacing, etc doesn't over power and create a beer that I have to burp up. It is creamy and smooth from start to finish.

I'm impressed with how well crafted this beer is, but it just doesn't taste that great and the smell is about as boring as anything can be.

Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

An average pour brings forth a massive 2.5-finger head before the pour is even finished. The giant pillow of creamy off-white head rests atop a hazy amber-colored body but slowly recedes after a few minutes to an even dusting. Lacing is rather light and could have definitely been better.

The smell is fruity with notes of ripe banana and red apple. A light maltiness is also detected.

The first sip throws me off entirely. From the nose, I was expecting dark sweet malts and notes of tropical fruit. Instead, I am given a very mellow caramelized malt coupled with tangy banana and a light alcohol warmth at the end. A very slight hop presence is also detected which helps to keep this beer light and balanced.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation lets this beer flow over your tongue nicely and leaves little covering or stickiness. Very sip-able, but it doesn't stick around to remind you to take another sip.

Maudite definitely has great drinkability, but I would have preferred a slightly heavier body and stronger flavors. On the plus side, it is very thirst-quenching and is almost as easy-going as a hefeweizen. However, for the style, I would have liked it to be a bit bolder.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 12 oz. brown bottle. I can't get enough of Unibroue's offerings. Whatever they're doing up there in Canada, it's perfection. They're making some of the most excellent Belgian-style big beers this side of the Atlantic.

A: Pours a brilliant honey ocre into the mug with a big head that rapidly dissipates. The lacing is lasso-like and very fine and drapes as easily as fine Netherland's lace around the mug.

S: Smells of orange honey, cloves, anise and four leaf clovers.

T: Just like the smell, a rich combination of citrus and sugary-sweet notes from the hops and barley malts. Rich and complex sweetness up front with a wet middle of caramel/toffee vanilla notes with only the slightest hint of citrus bitter from the hops. Mildly dry, cheese finish similar to edam or a good white farmers cheese.

M: Smooth as silk. Carbonation is micro-fine and dissipates rapidly. Like drinking milk-fine carbonation. Alcohol is well balanced and this one pours down the throat super soft. Glug, Glug, glug.

O: Vastly exceptional. It's almost as perfect as the finest Big Belgian trappists.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-straw color with a small head that settles down like a coverlet over the beer's surface. The head left a hair of lacing on my glass...

This beer produced a very cordial nose-- filled with yeast tones, floral ensemble and a hit of some hops. What a nice precursor for things to come...

Flavor was tangy and "bright"- with the yeast as a predominant but not overpowering addition-- tart citrus, commingled with a hops bitter like tone, maybe granny smith green apples and some malt thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel again- quite cordial with the flavor body having "weight" that kept this beer's flavor "alive". And thanks to it's tart character and the effervescence the finish lingers beckoning me to take another sip. I wanted to keep this going!

Overall a rather enjoyable beer- The yeast, and tart-tangy flavor experience made this beer without question one crafted in the Belgian style. No question a strong ale and a very enjoyable one at that!

Photo of Wamesit
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep hazy amber, almost natural cider, color with a thick white head that gives way to dramatic clumpy lacing.

S- Fruit esters and alcohol.

T - Fruit and bready malts. A honey sweetness is present alongside a spice (clove) that appears moreso after the ale warms a bit. The alcohol is less present than it is in the aroma but it makes its presence known. The slightest touch of hops in the finish.

M - Medium, lush. Crisp carbonation.

O - Unibroue with another champion ale. A true Belgian Dark. Drinkable, strong, amazingly layered and complex.

Photo of cyrock1
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium amber with a fluffy 1" white head. There is a haze in the beer - oh yeah, bottle fermented, should have left that last little bit of yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Malt with some orange aromas and a mild hop aroma.

Taste: Spicy hints to the fruity, malty character. A light hop finish that cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation up front that lasts four to five seconds and keeps the falvor going.

Overall: Yummy, my second favorite Unibroue beer, which tells you I really love this brewery.

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Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,172 ratings.