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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 405 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Nice amber color, paler than I expected. Great clarity. Poured a decent sized head that dispersed pretty quickly.

Smell - good Belgian peppery yeast smell, a touch of malty sweetness, maybe some cinnamon. No hop, alcohol well hidden.

Taste - Spicy pepper character from aroma most prominent in the flavor as well. A slightly thin and cidery, almost acidic flavor competes with the yeast.

MF - Fairly light body for the strength, and moderately high carbonation. Carbonation gives it a bit of bite on the tongue. Alcohol warming and carbonation combine to enhance the warming going down. Alcohol character is well controlled.

D'ability - A bit bland to my palate, and not a favorite for me among the Unibroue family. Carbonation a bit overwhelming to me, but I may have let it warm up too long.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - It pours a lighter brown hue, translucent, perhaps akin to iced tea. It is capped with a big ivory head that quickly retreats and leaves no lace. Though tidy, it does not project a proper BSDA appearance.

S - This beer is very yeasty and very dry in its aromatic impression. I am informed by a dude at the bar posing as a knowledgable fellow that the reason for this is "because it is 'on lees'". What a douche. Anyhow, a good amount of cloves, red apple and grape skins are implied through the nose; there is also a less-than-pleasant aroma of seemingly underroasted grain, Ovaltine, and/or Grape-Nuts.

T - The taste is more spicy-phenolic than the nose would suggest. There is an appreciable dark fruit character, suggesting less-sweet figs, raisins and papaya (not dark fruit obv.) Unfortunately the fruit flavor is not quite sweet enough and as a result the whole thing ends up more wheat-y tasting like a mediocre Weizenbock. As I get deeper in the glass, the Weizenbock comparison is strengthened: the flavor seems to be a cardboard-y malt, cloves and coriander, two-week-old Fig Newtons, all topped off with a hint of isopropyl.

M - Too thin and just wrong all-around.

D - Jeez this stuff sucks. Unibroue makes some pretty horrendous beers, with a few notable exceptions.

Photo of Jules11788
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A: Rich, clear, dark amber color; pours a light two-finger-width head which dissipates quickly; light lacing

S: Has a strong tart/herby smell, reminiscent of a good trippel

T: Light and sweet with a strong herby character up front and slight tart notes at the back of the mouth

M: Lightly effervescent with medium carbonation; light bodied

D: This goes down very, very easily; at 8% it feels more like 4%, I could drink this all night and not feel filled up

Overall a good brew. Nothing that terribly impressed me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you like abbey trippels then you will really like this.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review three of four for the night.

Pours a nice honey color into a Fin Du Monde tulip, couldn't find my Maudite snifter. A two finger bready head tops and then slowly dissipates into a thin lace.

Smells of bread and some light fruit. A sip is that bread and the caramels in the malt profile. Some thinness mid-sip but a solid carbonation rounds out a perfectly tasty Belgian. Not as dark as the description would lend, but another solid Unibroue year-rounder at a good price.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: murky brown with 2 finger off white head

Smell: sour, dark fruits

Taste: sour, interesting flavors

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky,

drinkability: after it warms up a bit, it becomes easier to drink.



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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Duvel Tulips glass.

A- Pours a Deep orange/red, giving it an almost plum color, with a thick head of fluffy white, that plays well around the glass.

S- Alcohol, thick bready yeast, figs, raisins, and sweet dose of chocolates and spice's and malts.

T- Fruit, spice, sweet, sour, hops malts. This is just a rollercoaster of taste the swims in your mouth. Excellent.

M- Dry and sugary. Light to medium bodied though feels full on certain sips.

D- With out a doubt this has incredible drinkability. This is a fine Belgian style beer that doubles as an outstanding wine substitute.

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

Pours a dark mahogany color with moderate cap of khaki colored head, decent retention and nice rings of lace at the top of the glass. Scent is big on the carmel and fresh yeasty bread, very pastry like, notes of watery fruit and some light roasted nut. Taste was not as sweet as expected, instead the taste of dark baked white bread is about even with the sweet carmel notes, again watery dark fruit and roasted nuts present. Medium bodied, lighter carbonation for bottle conditioned. A nice beer that doesnt overdo the sweetness but maintains a big malt profile.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer has a hazy, ruby-brown coloring with a thin layer of dense bubbled foam that starts around an inch thick and quickly recedes to a filmy covering. Aromas are fantastic! Good, sweet blending of caramel malty notes, with a great balance of pretty strong coriander characteristics. Also some hints of dark fruit sweetness buried in the smells. The beer is initially very light on the tongue, and quickly unfolds to a crisp, spicy-malt blend that is a little roasty/toasty sweet, while at the same time slightly sour with a heavy undertone of coriander and nutmeg spice. The lightness of the body does a good job to keep the flavors from being overpowering. The beer transitions to a slightly sour and spiced aftertaste, and a moderately lingering finish. It definitely doesn't let you forget what you are drinking, and makes a great sipping beer. The body, despite being light, reveals a decent lacing on the glass as you get towards the bottom, also. Impressive. A little lighter and bubbly than my preference for the style, but impressive nonetheless.

Photo of videofrog
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. First review of a beer.

A: Deep red brown. 1 finger head.

S: Floral Hops, Fruitiness, cinnamon.

T: Reminded me of Chimay Blue, as best as I can remember - nice and malty; it's been a few years. Complex flavors hit different spots on the tongue.

M: Great carbonation; tingly mouthfeel that lasted.

D: Great sipping beer; high ABV hid well with good balance of flavor. Could have easily finished my entire 4-pk.

Overall, I loved it. My wife, who is more of a wine drinker, enjoyed it as well. I'm cellaring one of the 4 for a year and can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't think I'll be patient enough to wait until the best before: 03-13-13 date.

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

A: Deep red brown. Thin head, some swirling on top.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, apricot, yeasty fruitiness

T: I'm not crazy about the taste , it tastes like sea water, cranberries, very salty, a bit thin and metallic. Interesting but not my thing.

M: Sharply carbonated , grainy, champagne like finish.

D: I will finish the bottle slowly, but wouldn't like to have much more than one 12ouncer in a row.

I think this is an interesting and well made beer but just not really my style. I tried to rate it as objectively as possible as I am a novice to this style.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, the Top 100 done gone and changed again! Need to get back to 100/100, so here goes a review transcribed from prior RB notes.

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Deep reddish-brown appearance with a lasting off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with candi sugar, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is more of the same, very intense and complex. Well-spiced.

Smooth, full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Nice Belgian strong ale. One I will most surely revisit even though I am a ticker.

Photo of Luk13
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pretty red-brown pour with an off white head. Lots of cinnamon and cloves in the aroma combined with some plums and malt. Pretty high carbonation, prickly mouthfeel that is a bit clear for the strong alcohol presence. Taste is very sweet/fruity and spicy. I prefer this one with a little bit of age on it as the carbonation gets softer and the flavors more polished.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a burgundy brown with a slight hint of red. One finger of head with absolutely awesome lacing. Looks a bit musty with more of a brown tone than red.

Smell - Very heavy toasted malts. Smells like sparkling dark fruits, more like a carbonated drink.

Taste - Extraordinarily malty with a bitter swallow. A very fruity feel on the tongue. Unibroue has a signature taste to all of its beers, and this has that signature taste to the end of it. A slight nutty finish that is a bit sour. Cherry fruit tastes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Fairly full bodied. Quite a delicious flavor with cherry fruits in it. Easily drinkable. This is one of my top favorite beers. I've had it several times bottled, but this was my first time having it on tap.

Photo of nosurrender23
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grade for the group = B- .

"Deceptive like the name - but too fruity for others."

First, the beer pours with about a finger of head and is deep brown in color. The head of the beer leaves rings on the glass as you drink it. One described the looks of the beer as being "Harriet Tubman's piss?"

After whiffing the beer, one gets a fruity, yeasty, spicy nutmeg Belgian smell that kind of reminds you of old apple juice or cider.

In the mouth, the beer has a powerful - heavy, slight carbonation that is "emotional" or "like heaven in one's mouth."

While drinking the beer, one notices that it has a long finish but is smooth for an 8% beer and contains several layers of complexity that is tricky but tasty but comes "up a little short just as the French fur traders venture in Canadian colonialism" or is "at first sharp, but then nothing like Jason, has a strong Belgian taste that is sweeter on the vine."

Finally, the taste is layered and complex with layers of fruit such as banana with cloves mixed in that is similar in taste to spiced apple cider that is clean and crisp like an apple and goes well with toasted cheese.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber color with nice carbination and bubbles. The thing that stuck out to me was the stubborn and resiliant head on this beer

S - I smelled the yeast strongly in this beer. It was joined by alchohol and some fruity citrus notes.

T - The best part of this dark belgium. This beer is so complex. At first I tasted fruit and malt. Then the beer was tart and peppery. The hoppiness of this beer made it well rounded and made each sip a different experience.

M - Very crisp beer and rather refreshing considering its heavy nature.

D - This is a very drinkable beer - 'Then why did you give it a 3.5?' because I feel this beer is so complex that you need to drink it slow and think about the sips. Enjoy this but do not over-do your palat!

Photo of MrWinky
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours deep amber...kinda like a light, and more red than purple, wine but with a nice off-white head.

S. You definitely get some alcohol on the nose. A bit a grape with malt and yeast.

T. The taste follows the nose for sure. Some light spice and grape...alcohol, light malt and yeast.

M. Tastes heavier than it is...for a deep beer its light on the palate. Medium body and finishes dry.

D. Good beer but only for one or two at a time. Great beer for fall and winter

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

Poured a 3" head which took a while to dissipate. Interesting hazy apricot tea color. Smell is definitely Belgian style with rich malt, raisins, rice, and taste that mirrors it. Very smooth and easy drinking just as the bottle and store bragged. Nice tart zing with a long finish. Once again very high quality thoroughly enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

Photo of Shrews629
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A dark amber, dark copper color. A bountiful head with excellent size, very nice retention and real, real nice lacing. The head was barely off white and settled to a nice skim on top. Looks really nice.

Smell - A pretty strong hint of booze comes through on the nose. The smell is similar to a wine, only a bit more laid back. Some sweetness of grape, flowers and some sweet malt. It smells very, very sweet.

Taste - The flavor again provides a strong hint of booze with some bitterness accompanied by a dry grape. A welcome sweetness distracts me from the heavy booze and alcohol warmth, but the more I sipped, the sweetness became almost overbearing to me.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry. Coats the palate very well and provides a lavish amount of alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This beer is an ok beer for me. It looks fabulous, however the alcohol is a bit strong for me in both the aroma and taste. I don't much care for that much in my beer. I wouldn't be able to have more than one or two of these at a time.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle and into a tulip, this beer pours a hazy brownish-red color. One finger cream colored head has settled to a thin layer after about 5 minutes or so. Moderate head retention.

The aroma is sweet and fruity, yet somewhat mild.

The taste has that typical Belgian zing from the carbonation right up front, followed up by a balance of sweet malts and sugary fruit flavors from the yeast. A bit of a dry finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with aggressive carbonation.

I could drink a couple of glasses no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made Belgian ale for sure. Not my favorite style, and the carbonation is a touch high for my taste, but a very good example of the style.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; quickly dissipating white head with little lacing. Amber colored and clear. Moderate collar of foam and film in the center, constantly regenerated by rising carbonation.

smell; hoppy resins and zesty mandarin oranges. A warm yeastyness holds it all together. Really a nice balance.

taste; fruity malts upfront that are quickly blasted by resiny hops. Finishes with a fir tree sap bitterness, balanced with alcohol. The hops taste very North American but then again, what do I know?

mouthfeel; nice spikey carbonation and warm alcohol burn. Goes down crisp and smooth but still some alcohol burn. Overall medium bodied and smooth, causes a slight tart, puckering feeling in the mouth.

drinkability; a pretty easy drink but the alcohol could be better hidden and the hops are just annoying. The hop balance seemed a little off and out of place for the style, still a good beer, just not for me.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy amber/brown with a huge pinkish off-white head that retains and laces very well.

lots of banana and spice and sweetened dark fruits, fruit cake, and significant caramel/toffee malts.

lots of banana and caramel strike first keeping the unibroue spicy yeast balanced with a good amount of lightly acidic citrus, though not overly bitter. very nice.

velvety smooth with prickly carbonation and a slightly spicy yet sweet finish.

drinks well. the proprietary unibroue yeast does not take center stage as it does in a couple other brews, but it is there and integrated nicely. alcohol is well masked.

Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: : It has a very nice deep rusty amber colour to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, spices, fruity notes and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice fruitiness to it and I also taste some caramely notes. The malts have a nice character and the hops are light but give the beer an overall great balance. The spiciness of the beer also adds to the great taste and balance. The flavours are very complex.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with an incredible balance of flavourrs. It has a dry finish but leaves your mouth full of numerous flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. The complexity of this beer definitely hides some of the alcohol. It's an overall great, tasty, complex and distinctive Ale. Very impressed. C'est une maudite bonne bière.

Photo of AwYeh
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter; best by March 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy brown-copper-amber color; a finger of off-white head appears and sticks around for a while, with spotty lacing.

S: Trademark Unibroue yeast stands out here- a smell that I love. Tangy and musty in perfect proportion, alongside dark fruits, orange peel, pear, and spices- most notably coriander, clove, and nutmeg.

T/M: More of the yeast flavor; pear becomes even more predominant here. Not as tangy or sour as the smell- there's a dark fruity sweetness in its place. Spices still mingling about, particularly on the finish- it feels like I just finished some kind of crazy pumpkin pie (without the pumpkin, of course). Mouthfeel makes up for the lack of tanginess; this is a very creamy beer thanks to all the carbonation. Medium-bodied, though it's hard to tell with all the foam that forms. Bubbly finish, with lingering notes of yeast and dark fruit.

D: This goes down quite fast for a reasonably alcoholic Belgian; alcohol is totally hidden and the complex taste will draw you in for more after more (especially if you review and are trying to figure out what all those tastes are). Carbonation slows things down just a bit... but in a good way, one that keeps my beer in the glass for a prolonged enjoyment.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber brow appearance with thick head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet and fruity (orange and citrus) with a hint of spices.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet with various fruit (same as above, picked up apple and cherry as well). Picked up some decent malt and raisins as well. Medium/heavy bodied and nicely carbonated. Aftertaste has a lingering apple/risen taste, a bit spicy.

Unibroue once again delivers, I have no complaints about this beer except being heavy to drink (which is a good thing, prevents you from chugging 8% beer). Very flavorful, I highly recommend.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and 'best-by' on the label, into my DT snifter. Murky reddish-brown color with a nice one finger head that dissipates slowly to a persistent thin film of a head.
Good carbonation, a steady stream of bubbles generating really nice foam at the center of the surface.
Pleasant aroma, with a nice blend of spices (coriander, clove, nutmeg), dark fruits, yeast and the sweetness of ethanol and fruity esters coming through.
This 'damned' ale tastes damn good. Rich, silky, creamy mouthfeel. Coats the palate beautifully. Taste upfront if a nice spicy burst and finishing with the perfect amount of sweetness. Gets even better as it warms up.
Crisp and refreshing. Each sips leaves you wanting more.
The alcohol is also masked very well, making this a highly drinkable beer. Leaves behind some really nice lacing too.
One of the finest belgian strong ale's around. A must-try for anyone who enjoys belgian ale's, in fact, it should be tried by every beer lover. Very Highly Recommended.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,139 ratings.