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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,054
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 359 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, red-brown with deep orange at the edges and a small amount of off-white head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is of sour apple, and light yeastiness.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with a healthy amount of bready malt, and yeasty spices. Some appley fruit lingers in back.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

This is one drinkable beer, and would pair well with a vast variety of foods. Right now, it's doing a fine job of complementing some pepperoni pizza.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. It had a strong smell with a very spicey note. It had a strong taste very spicey, evrything blended very well and provided a nice kick. Not too difficult to drink. Overall a very very good beer from a brewery that has ye to disapoint.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Pours a ruby mahogany with minimal head. First sniff is funky with a capital F. Trying to discern the aroma is tough. I get figs, almonds, spice, and a tinge of alcohol. Let's just call it complex and call it good. Honestly it's really hard to know what to expect from this beer with the first drink. Flavor is delicious, though almost irrepressibly sweet. There are tons of fruity spices up front, followed by a very desert dry middle, with mild hops and huge alcohol in the finish. Actually easy to drink, considering everything that's going on. Better than average, strike that, actually very nice. Enjoyable. Nice end-of-night beer.

Photo of impending
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dirty honey brown, unexceptional. Typical belgian head but the bubbles are not dense. Lacing nothing special.

Excellent example of how to do the aroma of a strong dark right.

Taste follows the nose but the complexity of the spices is increased significantly. A superb brew.

An aside ~ I wrote of an unexceptional appearance ~ this is not an unusual adjective I apply but in reality it depends on the level in the glass. The discerning will drink this from a tulip, goblet or chalice - choices all of which provide much width in the glass. The light has difficulty penetrating this width rendering the color, unexceptional. But when only an inch or so remains the appearance is wholly changed. At the end this brew is a magnificent deep amber copper, exceptional.

Photo of BeerBATvocate
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown, somewhat dark. Produced a nice amount of head. Lingered for about half of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma - Smells of dark fruits, yeast, maybe a bit of citrus(but lite)

Taste - Well balanced, tastes of raisin, hop bitterness, lite yeast, and a bit of tart grapes towards the end. Flavor lingers, with a very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation, seems to hang around in the mouth slightly, which is quite nice.

Drinkability - Very nice. Smooth. Not harsh in the slightest. Warms nicely. A nice beer to savor slowly. Definitely will have again, and again. Could have at least two in a row. Very good showcase of the style

Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark brown-orange color, 1/2 inch cream colored-head. Fruity smell, maybe cherries, plums. A little more watery than expected. I would say a touch too watery. Very little hint of the 8% ABV. Would be a dangerous one to be drinking for a while, would sneak up on you. Definitely taste the fruit without being too fruity. More malt than hops, in fact very little hops as far as I could tell. Incredibly smooth for the punch it's packing. Easy to drink, quite enjoyable.

Photo of gameface23
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date 06-01-2012

A: Pours a reddish-brownish-orangish color. I was expecting more of an amber hue, but it had much more brown than I was anticipating.

S: A big wave of alcohol esters, some brown sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast aromatics.

T: Again, a piercing alcohol burn, Belgian spice, dark fruits.

M: Average for a BSDA

D: This is probably the worst offering I have had from Unibroue, a brewery that I usually love. It's not terrible, I just feel like it might not translate well to my palate.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best before 06-01-12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice. Poured slowly leaving the sediment/yeast behind, but enough to get a good head.

Appearance: Pours a dark translucent brownish-red with orange highlights. The off-white foam on the top starts 1/4" thick, then dies down to 1/16" persistently thick across the top. Islands of lacing here and there. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer if you look closely.

Smell: Some alcohol fruity esters (prunes?), toffee notes, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: A well blended combination of hop bitterness, toasted malts, raisin/prune alcoholic esters (a tad boozy) with a dry finish. I must emphasize the balance here - nothing pushes out the others leading to a smooth nature of the beer....interestingly what is emphasized on the bottle. Towards the end of the glass as the beer is much warmer the fruit flavors become more white grape-like in character. A tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue - not too spicy, but just right. The carbonation brings an airiness to the beer, but there is a definite stickiness lingering on the teeth afterwards. Nice.

Drinkability: This is indeed a strong ale - and a great sipping beer, but after one I'm done. I wouldn't mind a larger bottle, but this is a beer for savoring. I think it clashed a bit with the tomato and garlic pasta dish I had with it, but after the meal it was good to savor the beer.

Photo of Florida9
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky, hazy brown in color. Pours with a respectable 1/4" of white head that reduces down to nothing but a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malt. Brown sugar. Dark sweet fruits. Even a bit of lemon to round things out.

T: Malt forward fruitiness. A bit of sweet caramel, but with a fresh tartness that helps balance this beer. Spice and a little bit of pepper or clove pop on the back of the tongue. Quite complex and tasty.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. A sweet roundness in the mouth followed by the crisp tartness.

D: Very good. One of the best representations of the style.

Photo of abriggs1
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is an hold stand-by for me. Whenever I can't decide what to get, I always know this stuff will satisfy. Pours with a deliciously thick and rich looking head. The smell is equal parts hops, yeast, and esters. Taste is balanced between all the players. A lot of fine esters from the yeast, plenty of malt, and some nice spiciness from the hops. All of the tastes linger on the palate equally instead of the flavor profile changing in your mouth. A very egalitarian beer. Equally great in the winter as well as on a hot summer night. This beer goes great with Tai food.

Maudite, along with Fin Du Monde, is one of the best values in the beer world. I paid under $7 for a 750ML and that makes me happy. Also, it's prime to drink for a good long time after it's bottled. You just can't go wrong with this beer.

Photo of hu5om
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340 and e11a627, unibroue tulip
a-deep rich cloudy red/brow, white foam

s-again, rich. hearty belgian yeast and malty sweetness. delicious living beer

t-almost floral tastes from the yeast, sweet and complex, perfect little tingle, w/o any alcohol heat. i couldn't nail down the fruit taste, but e11a627 says peach and that nails it. also white grape and pear.

m-tingly, fine bubbles. lingers and tingles the entire mouth so perfectly.

d-one of my faves all time and fairly affordable. supremely enjoyable. oh canada!

Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a murky dark apple cider color in a unibroue tulip (split with hu5om). gorgeous lacing.

S: wheaty and yeasty, similar to a hefe in my mind.

T: awesome. fizz of smooth fruity hops with wheat overtones that gently slide across the palate. light fruits (peach?). sweet floral malts round out the taste.

MF/D: light bubbles across the tongue, easy slide down the throat. a superb belgian ale with absolutely no heat for 8% alcohol.

Photo of e11a627
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with hu5om and newk360 at Bodega. Tasted in a Veltins tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, translucent brown. Gold at base of glass.

S: Fruity, Champagne aroma/ Feel bubbly in the nose.

T: Malty peach flavor. Taste kind of resembles a poptart. Delicious.

M: Tingly-tart with first touch to tastebuds. Leaves a pleasant fruitiness. Very smooth.

D: D is for delish and delightful. So pleasant and enjoyable. YUM!

Photo of elliot23
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6/12/10. Finally getting notes up.

A. Solid brown, almost a dark nutty brown, whatever that means. Cloudy with a hint of golden flair. Reminds me of a dunkelweizen. Good stuff. Slightly tan head.

S. dark nutty nose. Strong, but weak at the same time. Slight spice and slight cognac. Not a heavy noze.

T. Similar to the nose but more intense and complex. Nutty, spices, and a slight cognac. Definitely malt forward. A good example of the style. I don't drink reds that often but this one is worth the effort. Nice finishing bitterness for a malt forward beer.

MF. A nice buzz to the mouth. Good lingering flavor.

D. Pretty easy drinker for an 8% abv beer. A nice Belgian strong red ale. Haven't had too many of this style so it's nice to find some in my area. I would drink again for sure

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark amber, strong head
S: sweet floral aroma
T: sweet, light fruity flavor; do I detect cherries, almost a lambic? the refermentation in the bottle does not carry the anvil found in Unibroue's other beers, esp. La fin du monde

On a whole, my favorite of U's higher-ABV beers. And my wife liked it, which says a lot, since she doesn't like many of the beers I do.

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

This is a bottle that has been aging for 2 years in my 45 F beer fridge. I opened it up to share with friends today as we brewed a dubbel to get some inspiration. The beer, despite several years of cellaring, frothed as I popped the cork and started to pour the beer. Maudite was dark amber with ample head that clung to the glass. The beer smelled wonderfully complex with clove and banana aromas that opened up as the beer sat. A deeper smell pulled up some toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malts. This complexity was reciprocated in the taste: assertive spice, with fig-like fruit that provided a flavor without the sweetness. The body was full despite high attenuation. This is a beautiful beer that I highly recommend and would love to have again.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a near opaque deep amber, reddish brown. a great dense and persistant off-white head. great range of colors when held to light.

s- candy-like malt sweetness, heavy esters have big dark fruit tones, some alcohol with a perfumy and slightly spicy quality, slightly bready. some complex stuff, so much going on.

t- dark fruits, combine interestingly with some breadiness and what started slightly sweet turns quite dry as some alcohol kicks in. that finish of this one is extremely reminiscent of wine. some heavier caramel comes in up front and mixes with the dark fruits. it leaves me wanting a little more after the enticing nose.

m- medium bodied, high carbonation, and moderate alcohol warming.

d- fantastic in this category. a super affordable, quality belgian style ale, that is fairly easy to drink and tasty. not much else can possibly be expected.

Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish-brown. Head sticks around at one finger with for a minute then just thickly lines the outside of the glass all the way down.

S- "Earthy". Cloves.

T- Spice, little fruity. The very last taste is almost a cider for me.

M- Carbonation almost burns the tongue with spices, good burn though :) Creamy.

D/O- One's enough for me a night, maybe two if I was feeling adventurous.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick, tan nose that has great retention. A bold, deep copper body with haze.

S: Strong aroma of clove. A spice that can be found in the aroma.

T: A fruity, spice on the front witch ends with a smooth balance of dominate clove. Bright complex flavors.

M: A load of carbonation fills the mouth with a burst of ale. A creamy mouthfeel.

D: A slight hint at the ABV, but a very drinkable Belgian Dark. All around great balanced beer.

Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice dark brown with a one finger head that disappeared quickly and no lacing. Not much of a noticable nose, most likely just my terrible nose. The taste has raisin and grapfruit flavors along with a yeasty bread flavor. There is no noticable alcohol burn with this one, making it pretty drinkable.

Photo of FishMan123
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as part of a 4-pack sampler.

A: Described as a "strong amber-red ale", this pours as more of a deep chestnut-brown. Cloudy, with maybe the slightest hint of red. Very thick head - be careful with the pour.

S: Hops apparent, but not overpowering. Mild spices, nothing distracting.

T: Strong hops lead, bitterness follows, other more subtle flavors. Aftertaste bitter, but fades quickly.

M: Well carbonated, light feel.

D: Nicely drinkable. Had this with dinner and found myself downing it a lot quicker than expected.

Very nice - I'm generally not expecting much for sampler packs, but so far 2 for 2 with this one. Very nice beers.

Photo of Agold
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep amber and pours with about 2 fingers of light head which receded very quickly (may be due to the glass, which i cleaned but may have still had some sort of residue on it). This beer smelled of yeast, and some fruityness. It tastes of darker fruits, malt, a little bit of yeast, and some spicyness. This beer is light with lots of carbonation. I found this one to be pretty drinkable, but not amazingly so. Very solid beer, but not outstanding.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruit, and caramel malts

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A nice dark ale from Unibroue. A nice dark fruits and spice smell and taste that us easy to drink. Would definitely have again.

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was served with a cloudy, burnt amber body and it had a thin, creamy white head...nice lacing left behind

S - I wanted more out of the aroma...some dark fruits with a hint of sweetness and a hint of spice

T - The flavors of this beer worked very well together...there is an initial dark fruit flavor up front...it's quick because some sweet malts come in and take over...the yeast and spices add a nice touch and stand out the most to me...there is a lot of clove and black pepper coming out

M - Medium bodied...creamy with a nice blast of spiciness

D - This was my first offering from Unibroue and I liked it...I think having this on nitro might have helped a little bit...a good Belgian with a balance of fruits, sweetness, and spices

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apricot, nice off white head. Tight bubbled cling lace.

S - Fresh and light. Maybe too cold, but not much there.

T - Burnt caramel and Belgian yeast. Nice.

M - Medium body, TONS of carb, good coating.

D - Like it. Would have more. Just not my style, apparently.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,054 ratings.