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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,845
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 135
Gots: 269 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of BigBlacke


4.63/5  rDev +10%

A: This beer has a dark amber color. carbonation was just right, and it has a thick creamy head.

S: Maudite has a spicy, citrusy, and clovey scent. Yeast also rears its head in this one.

T: The taste is just what you'd expect from the scent. It hits every tastebud in your mouth.

M: Somewhat of a chewy sensation. carbonation was just right.

D: Goes down easy but sneaks up on you. This is an all time fav.

10-05-2009 18:36:51 | More by BigBlacke
Photo of jera1350


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Root beer brown with two finger fluffy tan head. Some lace and outstanding head retention that lasts throughout the whole beer.

Yeasty, clove and banana. Some caramel and butter as well.

Toffee, buttered rum, homemade caramel, brown sugar, some dark fruit and boozy dark rum.

Carbonation can be a little harsh before the beer warms to room temp. Medium bodied.

Nicely done. Great representation of the style and a nice price as well. Will buy again.

09-28-2009 16:31:09 | More by jera1350
Photo of rickmick


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

The brew was poured into a pint glass, yeast and all. Appears very cloudy, with an brown-muddy color. In the context of beer, this looks very appealing and unique. The smell is a light hint of malts, and is not very strong, nevertheless its enticing. Taste is a light malt, with a nice malty finish. What really sets this apart is the mouthfeel and drinkability. The carbonation of thick beer makes the beer feel very nice, and despite the high abv, one could drink this all night.

09-25-2009 03:36:11 | More by rickmick
Photo of HopBacchus


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

A: This beer pours like dark orange amber champagne with a large creamy head. You can see yeast floating around in the beer. Lacing is mid and lessens throughout the experience.

S: There is a slight presence of alcohol in the news but the overwhelming scent is of fresh fruit and Belgian spices there is also a doughy yeasty scent throughout.

T: Rich fruity malts are th dominant flavor in the beer mixed in a with faint herbal taste and powerful Belgian spices. Caramel is also present along with fresh fruit.

M: Highly carbonated and creamy the alcohol makes this beer a bit lighter in body than i would have expected and keeps the brew interesting warming as it goes down

D: For a beer that is 8% alc this beer is extremely drinkable i could drink this all night until i passed out at 10 'o clock

09-23-2009 17:40:35 | More by HopBacchus
Photo of Tone


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with lighter brown along the edges and bottom of the glass. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and only slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, tart malt, citrus, yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, citrus (banana), and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, complexity, and drinkability.

09-22-2009 01:13:05 | More by Tone
Photo of mirish72


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Decided to pick up a 4 pack the other night. I had tried Le Fin Du Monde in Quebec and decided to give this a chance, I was not disappointed.

Poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a drak brown with reddish amber highlights. Light carbonation and a 1 finger head. Has a mild hop bitterness.

Tastes great, very smooth and very drinkable. I have never had a Belgian Dark Ale before so I don't have much to compare it to. This is an impressive beer and I will be trying out other Unibroue's soon. Also the beer gets big props for the incredible artwork on the label.

09-21-2009 03:15:26 | More by mirish72
Photo of aristeros


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Got this bottle at Total Wine in Tucson, AZ. I've had La Fin Du Monde from these guys and it was so good I had to try something else. Best before 21 August 2011 on the bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark tea brown, cloudy, with about a finger of white head. Excellent lacing and decent retention. Smells of sweet red fruit, with big sweet honeyed biscuit and some black pepper and cloves.

Spiced apples over sweet, bready malts gives way to dates, carmel, and mild hop bitterness. There's a warming alcohol presence on the back end. Full-bodied with moderate levels of carbonation. Good alcohol masking for the style.

Great drinkability for the style. Slightly lower ABV and great depth aside, this is a sipper for most folks. I'd slap someone for pounding a pint of this ambrosia without savoring it. A big beer, and a great beer.

Because Unibroue exists, I forgive Canada for Celine Dion.

09-20-2009 03:00:53 | More by aristeros
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

750ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy golden brown color with a big bubbly off-white head.

S - Sweet malts, toasts, fruits and some herbs & spices.

T - Complex flavor yet not overpowering. Toasted malts up front with a bitter hop & alcohol finish. There's also notes of fruits, herbs, spices and a faint hint of dark chocolate.

M - Rustic but pleasant. Tangy carbonation and creamy.

D - It's flavor makes this one more of a slow sipping experience.

It's more abrasive and less polished then "La fin du monde" or "Trois pistole" but still a really good beer.

09-20-2009 00:54:53 | More by decimator
Photo of Bricelyn


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

It resembles a plush wine that some mischevious child poured his punch into.

Over ripe apples, and a hot botoanical garden take up the nose of this beer.

Muddled grains and florals take up the begining with a floral and apple crispness to its finish.

Mouthfeel is what is to be expected light and smooth with the wonderfull carbonation from the hops.

This is a very drinkable beer.

09-19-2009 01:20:37 | More by Bricelyn
Photo of ocelot2500


4.38/5  rDev +4%

Pours a dark amber, brown color with a a tight off-white head. Little lacing left on the glass.

Smells of bready malt with some light fruits and spice.

Tastes of the apple upfront with some spice following. Some dark fruits and bready malts start to come through.

Mouthfeel is medium with an effervescent feel.

09-18-2009 05:18:02 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of BoitSansSoif


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy copper amber w/rich off-white head, good retention, and bits of tracing.

S-Yeast, gunpowder, sweet biscuity roasted malts, spice, bits of clove, candy sugar, chocolate, fruit esters, raisins.

T-Spicy and slightly sweet w/fruit esters upfront, light chocolate and slightly sweet and smooth malty backbone midway. Finish is dry and yeasty, and the spice repermeates with a touch of sulfur. Aftertaste is of spice and yeast w/a bit of hop bitterness and fruit.

M-Good balance and moderate carbonation. Not entirely smooth, but a bit rustic feeling in a pleasant way. Finish is a little rough, but everything about this beer is good.

D-Very enjoyable brew, disturbingly easy to drink.

09-17-2009 13:19:00 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of goblue3509


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a hazy copper color with a one finger head. The smell is of yeast and caramel malt, there are also dark fruits and some breadiness in there. The taste is of a bread malt and a slight caramel malt. The flavor is balanced out with some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy. The drinkability is good on this one, the alcohol is well hidden. Overall this is an excellent beer, the alcohol is well hidden for the class and it is very complex, overall very good and very solid.

09-16-2009 01:56:36 | More by goblue3509
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%

The hazy brown body betrays the brilliant red of hellfire when held to the light. Truly, the work of the devil is in this beer. It smells of sweet dark bread and dried fruit with a hint of caramel, almost like a fruitcake aroma. It's mildly boozy. The dried fruit and caramel are there up front on the palate too, followed by some herbal and peppery spice flavours in the middle. It gets a little bit woody in the finish. Alcohol is slightly warming - just enough to remind you of the flames licking your paddle. This robust ale is lightened somewhat by it's effervescence. The peppery carbonation works well with the herb and spice flavours found in this delicious brew. The alcohol is well hidden, and polishing off a 750mL bottle of this is no chore. Just take your sweet time doing it. There's nothing like a little sightseeing on the river Styx.

09-15-2009 06:01:50 | More by mintjellie
Photo of jmalex


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

While drinking this, I recommend that everyone read the story of the Chasse-galerie to get an idea of what this badass label artwork is all about.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a hazy, ruddy brown. A large, light tan head forms on top with some really small, tight bubbles. It holds really steady barely dropping at all. Impressive.

SMELL: The aroma is signature Unibroue with their big, bready yeast profile. Fruitiness is a little low with more light fruit and citrus than any of the darker types. The yeast also gives off a slight spicy (coriander?) component to the beer as well. There is no boozy alcohol to speak of.

TASTE: Light, sweet, and mildly fruity. Again, it's completely yeast-driven and derives nearly all its character from it. The breadiness continues before a dry bitterness leads you out. It seems so simple but complex at the same time.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a great dryness to it. The carbonation is high, only helping to diffuse the robust flavors a bit more.

DRINKABILITY: Really great as most Unibroue beers are. It's so rich and is such an aggressive style, yet the beer feels tremendously light and disappears really quickly. Plus you'd never know there was any alcohol in here let alone 8%. Really, really good.

A classic ale from a classic brewery. They were one of my introductions to craft beer, and I suspect they continue to draw in many drinkers. With a label like that, it's no surprise.

09-11-2009 20:52:25 | More by jmalex
Photo of fropones


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a dark copper amber brown with a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. The smell was of malt, spice, dark fruits, and alcohol. The flavor was sort of bready with some spice (clove), fruit, and some alcohol. Pretty complex. The mouthfeel was crisp and bubbly. Sort of a sipper; even though you couldn't taste the alcohol that much, it was still a pretty heavy beer.

09-07-2009 06:34:22 | More by fropones
Photo of flagmantho


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: deep, cloudy copper color with a 1-finger creamy foam head.

Smell: tangy apple and some yeastiness right off the bat. Some malt aroma and something of a peppery quality. Quite like it.

Taste: boy, there's a lot going on here. Some cidery quality, good maltiness, somewhat tangy; a tiny bit of an alcohol bite. Not a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: deliciously creamy. Love these bottle-conditioned beers.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but some of the tart/astringent qualities have a cumulative effect as I drink, which is not wholly conducive to drinkability.

09-06-2009 18:20:58 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Soneast


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a hazy orange to brownish color (the aged penny analogy is sound) with a 3 finger thick off-white colored head that forms a very dense mat of bubbles, very slowly receding to about a 1/4 inch layer of cream.

Aroma: Quite a bit of fresh baked bread on the nose, along with some dark fruits and a nice spiciness throughout.

The flavor is quite unique. Initially it has a fresh, sparkling grape or maybe green apple flavor, not the dark fruits I was expecting, although as it warms it a more "black cherry" flavor seems to come out. Also some spice on the tongue as well as a sort of subdued toffee flavor. A nice earthy backdrop that helps to mellow the flavors and very little alcohol detected.

This isn't quite as complex as a true & blue Belgian brew and feels a tad light in comparison, however a very satisfying experience and mayhaps the best attempt I've seen from a non-Belgian brewery.

09-04-2009 21:01:28 | More by Soneast
Photo of myost88


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper color. Looks the same color as an old penny. Big head during the pour that quickly fades to a floating rim.

Smell: Dark fruits and breadyness. Smell's great while the head is still around but it quickly fades away with the head. I didn't detect the alcohol scent that many seem to.

Taste: Very sweet dark fruits are most noticable. A little bit of that lip-puckering tangyness that you find with most Belgian darks. I think it has a plum taste to it that I've never got from a beer before. Finish is that nice bready yeast and a very little hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated. Crisp as opposed to smooth. Very dry.

Drinkability: Well I'm going to finish off the rest of my 750, but this is something I think would best be shared with another person. It is a sipper for sure.

Overall: This could easily be a staple "dinner beer". I think it would be great with many things, steak and baked chicken come to mind. I paired my second glass with some very sharp cheddar and it was great.

09-03-2009 03:21:29 | More by myost88
Photo of beerman207


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to Bamadog for the recommendation. This is my first Belgian style brew that I'm reviewing

A: The head goes on for days with this one during the pour. The color is a dark copper tone. Very nice looking.

S: Smell is of bread, very sweet bread with some dark fruit coming through. There's a bit of alcohol in there as well.

T: The taste of this comes through as raisins, perhaps even chocolate and some other dark tones in the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty heavy in my opinion. Not in a bad way though.

D: This is a great beer. The alcohol presence is masked pretty well and wasn't distinguished in the taste. I could definately go for another one of these.

09-03-2009 02:15:51 | More by beerman207
Photo of MrIncognito


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Dark red with brown hues beneath a foamy offwhite head.

S - Yeasty with wheat bread and some sweet dark fruits mixed in at the end. A touch of caramel in there.

T&M - Great Belgian yeast flavor up front with high carbonation on the tongue. Followed quickly by the wheat bread and caramel malts. Some nice spiciness to this that I can't put my finger on. Alcohol plays a nice role at the end and is spicy and sweet. Smooth taste and well-balanced flavors.

D - I could sip this all night. Not overly sweet but enough there to make this very tasty. Carbonation is high but in a pleasing way.

09-01-2009 16:18:29 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of rapidsequence


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: I would not call this dark, really. Its orange. Its lighter than most dubbels. Its got a nice puffy white head. Looks really good, but doesn't look like a dark beer of any kind. That's not really Unibroue's fault though.

Smell: Spice. More spice. Some sweet and a little dark fruit too. A little swirl lets loose the Unibroue yeast smell, which is nice. There's a lot going on here.

Taste: Not only does it not look like a dark beer, it also doesnt taste like my favorite Belgian darks. It tastes light and refreshing. However, it tastes incredible. Extremely complex-- spice, sweet-tart (tangy?) fruit, nice balancing bitterness, long yeasty finish. Just great.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly effervescence, almost like champagne. Tingly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Excellent beer, but not an excellent Belgian dark. It is very complex, but too light and crisp. Extremely enjoyable if you know what you're getting into. This is one of those times where the style classifications force me to grade it down.

08-30-2009 01:26:58 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into corsendonk chalice on aug27 2009

A mild haze, deep reddish amber, booming head with good retention. after the light tan head starts too fall it stops and leaves a 1/4inch film that stays there leaving very little lace

S complex is an understatement, lots of spice, booze, dark fruits and maybe some brown sugar

T also very complex, i taste some yeast that i did not smell. other then that it tastes as it smells and the flavor comes through as it warms in a big way. i wish i had a highly developed palate for this one, there are things going on here that i just cant fully understand

M bubbles up in my mouth a little too much for my liking, but its a minor flaw. good feel otherwise

D I'm a fan now for good reason. not dangerously drinkable but quite nice nonetheless

would love too get my hands on some of these that have been aged for a few years. i will be drinking this again soon

08-28-2009 05:31:57 | More by wordemupg
Photo of PerroGrande


4.25/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, brownish/red cider color. Produced a solid amount of tan foam, that laced out gently as the beer got to breathe. Very pleasing appearance.

Smell: I certainly detected some alcohol in the aroma of this beer. Hint of cloves, too. This beer does not have a pronounced aroma.

Taste: To me, it opens with a hint of green apple and light alcohol taste. A nicely balanced, smooth malt appears next. There is a lot of complexity behind the scenes here, and I admit to not being able to pick up all the subtleties. The flavor is pleasing, balanced and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Slight zip at the beginning, followed by a smooth finish. Carbonation is present but nicely balanced. There is, to me, an "alcohol warmth" following.

Drinkability: This slips down nicely for an 8.0 ABV brew, and I could definitely drink several of these without issue. I am, however, not a big fan of noticeable alcohol taste, so for me, this was a detraction.

Very nice beer, well crafted, interesting and complex - yet subtle enough to be smooth and drinkable.

08-28-2009 01:33:34 | More by PerroGrande
Photo of skrib09


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

poured a dark mohagany, totally hazy, with a champagne like light tan head. plenty of froth and carbonation.

smells sweet with a touch of wood. plenty of malt back bone and a hint of something spicy.

taste is refreshingly crisp and sweet. a hint of earth flavors and dough or yeast with a small flash of spice in the aftertaste.

completely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. loads of bubbles on the palate. excellent drinkability.

08-27-2009 00:47:53 | More by skrib09
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, amber color that is very difficult to see through as it's somewhat cloudy. Got a 1-finger head that lasted for a little bit.

Smell: Sweet smell reminiscent of a hefeweizen. There are hints of banana and spices, but they don't dominate the smell. It's mostly the sweet yeast and malt aromas that are quite pleasing to the nose.

Taste: Amazing. Sweet all the way through without being too rich or fruity. There are light hints of banana and clove, and perhaps some other fruit or spices that I couldn't quite identify, but they are hidden nicely. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A fair body from the carbonation and yeast, but not thick or creamy in texture.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be simply fantastic. I had bought a variety pack from Unibroue. This was the first one I tried and I wished that instead of the variety pack, I had bought a pack of this. If that's not a 5 for drinkability, I don't know what is.

08-26-2009 16:11:51 | More by civilizedpsycho
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