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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,886
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 136
Gots: 290 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of heissebier
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Scary bottle with some people paddling a canoe through the sky and a devil. The beer means damned so I guess I get why the devil's there, but the canoe thing I'm still a little confused on. Freshness date of 9/18/10.

Appearance- Creamy amber-caramel color. Cloudy and mysterious, but with a disappointing off-white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell- Glorious. If you took all the best smells in the world and combined them, this is what you would get. Fruity and peppery, along with a little hoppiness. No hint of 8% abv.

Taste- Does not disappoint. Malty, but it's the mix of fruit and peppers that I really notice. This is the kind of beer that you could drink over and over again, each time noticing a different flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little champaign like for this Beer Advocate. On the heavy side, with an unusual, slightly effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent! Barely a hint of its high abv. Something about this beer leaves me wanting more.

heissebier, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Freshness date: 09-18-11

Appearance: A reddish amber colour. Deep orange when held up to the light. Head is thin and champagne-like, settling on the sides of the glass after quickly dissipating. Carbonation sneaks up the side as it sits.

Smell: Rich and peppery, with a distinctive Unibroue yeast taste. Smells a lot like tropical fruit. Very delicious. Gets even better as it warms up in the glass.

Taste: So smooth and complex. Many different complimenting flavours all rolled into one. Perky fruit flavour with accenting peppery notes. Has a characteristic Unibroue yeastiness, which I don't enjoy as much as other belgian yeasts, but its not too prominant in this brew. Certainly nuttiness, but also a little bitterness from something i can't quite put my finger on. I'm getting something almost like gingerbread

Mouthfeel: You can't necessarily taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Much smoother than the other Unibroues; I love it. Carbonation is a little like that of champagne, but not quite as pronounced in your mouth.

Drinkability: Gloriously drinkable. Dark and mysterious, but still light enough where I want another (few) afterwards. The alcohol would probably be an issue after a few, but before then who cares?

Whiteweasel, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of jbonapar
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Unibroue beers. QUebec without a doubt has some of the best beers in North America.

Smells of Sweet Plums with sugary overtones. Rich flavor of brown surar, spice and fruit that is unbelievably warming. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Some vinella and banana for good measure.

A full beer that is to be enjoyed and not chugged!


jbonapar, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, a hint of a wispy white head.
Lots in the smell...caramel sweetness, plums, raisins, mixed spices.
Tastes much like the smell, a hint of smoke, dark Belgian yeasts, cherries, spices of cinnamon, corriander and clove. A very dense brew, thick and rich and easy to sip. Definitely a complex brew but not one I would choose on a regular basis.

kirok1999, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a few times and the review I had got wiped out during one of the crashes so I am re-entering it.

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice to a nice dark red color. A little too red to be called brown, but in that general area. The head was very thin and tan. The beer presented a lot of lacing.

The aroma was a mixture of dark fruits like plums or prunes along with some brown sugar. Very sweet smelling which is great of the style but maybe a tad muted. The flavor, however, is not muted. It's a great blend of spices and fruits with some bitterness to balance the experience. The front is a sweet and spicy mix that is maybe a little tart. I sensed hints of cinnamon, dark fruits, cherries, banana, and maybe some vanilla. A light dark chocolate comes into play toward the finish.

The body of this beer is huge. Nice and full. Very drinkable for a big beer, but definitely one you should sip.

vishneda, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Hazy amber with half inch finger poured into Snifter.
Smell of Doughy yeast and caramel with some fruit. Tasted like bread, malt and caramel. Nicely mixed with some spiciness and fruit flavors, very drinkable and easy to top off a 750 ml on a sunday afternoon with football. First Unibroue I have tasted, curious to see how the others differ in taste

alpinebryant, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle from 2008.

A: Pours a dark amber/orange color that lets in very little light. Initially poured over 2 fingers of head and retains a full finger after several minutes. Lots of foamy, sticky lacing. Fair amount of sediment on the bottom as well.

S: Lots of fruity esters: I get mostly cherries and bananas. Also some alcohol and sweet malts.

T: Nice roasted/caramel malts up front give way to some sweet fruits: raisins, cherries, sherry. Very subtle hops finish that you can feel on the sides of your tongue. Alcohol is definitely apparent, but blends nicely with the other flavors. Very complex, very nice.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warming at the back of the throat and in your chest.

D: The complexity and abv of this beer lends it much more to sipping than sessioning. If you like this style you could probably enjoy a big bottle of this for most of the evening. A very good example of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.

MrDanno96, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Actualimeer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sniff I noticed a medley of spices and a sweet smell that made me think of mead. It was served to me in a large fish bowl of a glass. The head was thick, but not especially so. The flavor really did make me think of mead well I drunk it. Its appearance was dark and clear until tipping the last third of the bottle into the glass. Then it was a little cloudy and the flavor was richer.

Actualimeer, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge just off-white head with LOTS of carbonation. Looking through the beer is like looking at carbonated wildflower honey, dark gold, slightly hazy, and makes me want a taste!

S - Very spicy aroma with banana like esters.

T - The smell translates to the taste, spicy, lots of esters, with a definite Belgian "twang". Ends with some sweet caramel malts and alcohol.

M - Finishes pretty dry, but I think this may have more to do with the alcohol warmth and extreme carbonation. I like it but I can see how it could be distracting.

D - The crisp and light finish make this a drinkable beer. 750 ml is not a chore, but would not want anymore.

steelerguy, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of rhollman
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy mahogany brown describes it well

Smell - Spicy aroma

Taste - Complex burst of flavor and nice hop finish

Mouth Feel - Crisp and tangy/spicy

Drinkability - To me the flavor is similar to a dubbel. A perfect choice for those who prefer a flavor having an astringent/harsh flavor - Cheers!

rhollman, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of caresville
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a hazy mahogany brown, with little carbonation and a big off white foamy head. first smell that comes to mind is bananas and tangerines. very fruity and floraly. taste is very good with hints of belgian yeast, vanilla to touch upon the many fruits that come out in this one. overall very nice brew.

caresville, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Dave412
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Large head of foam, relatively quickly fading. Color - bronze, dark orange, amber brown.

S. Caught scents right after popping the cork. Some interesting scents, relatively mild after pour.

T. Sweet, smooth. Great finish. Well balanced bitterness, some alcohol taste on finish.

D. Like most Unibroue, very drinkable.

Dave412, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 750 into a snifter. The color was a deep amber mahogany/ steeped black tea hue and had a whopping pure white, frothy, 3 finger length head that hung around for quite a while. Not much lacing but it really was a beautiful pour.

Smell: It smells very spicy and peppery, and even hints of clove. There is a doughy yeast that acts as a backbone and even some touches of alcohol. There is also some nuances of sweet red fruits with some honey mixed in.

Taste: Has a variety of grains and nuances of florals and fruits. The doughy yeast that is expected with the belgian title is a strong character here. A spicy pepper rears its head and adds itself to the list of complexities. Towards the end the yeast turns into a crisp and tart apple-esq sweetness mixed with a bit of woody touches.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and creamy as the froth bubbles across the palate. Its quite robust but the effervescence tames it nicely.

Drinkability: Drinking is no chore unless you aren't a fan of yeast backbones (but why are you drinking it then). For such an aggressive style it drinks like a dream.

Overall: This is quite a great brew that combines the tremendous amount of complexities from herb and spice to tart and sweet and rounds it out with astringent and yeast. Its obviously not as 'true to style' as it could but to that I say "drink outside the style". Enjoy.

craftaholic, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2009
12oz bottle. How the hell is this 8%? Baffling. Pours a very dark brown. Well it was dark in the room, so I think it was dark brown. No hint of the alc.% all, so damn easy to drink. Solid brew overall. Didn't have that wine taste I recongized in the Trois Pistols or La Fin Du Monde. Would definately drink this again.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of haddon
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice caramel brown with great nice frothy head. a nice concentration of carbonation pools in the middle of the goblet

S- sweet molasses, figs, dates & faint hint of alcohol

T- heavy malts, lots of spices & fruits. nice warm alcohol taste on the back of the throat

M- medium body with good amount of carbonation on the palate

D- lots of flavor and personality in this ale. little too spicy to drink on a regular basis but a very good beer none the less

haddon, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of BigBlacke
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BigBlacke, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jera1350, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of rickmick
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rickmick, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

HopBacchus, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Tone, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mirish72, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

aristeros, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of decimator
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

decimator, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Bricelyn
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bricelyn, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ocelot2500, Sep 18, 2009
Maudite from Unibroue
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