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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,888
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 136
Gots: 292 | 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 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
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

goblue3509, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mintjellie, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmalex, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

fropones, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

flagmantho, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Soneast, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of myost88
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

myost88, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerman207, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MrIncognito, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rapidsequence, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

wordemupg, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PerroGrande, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

skrib09, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby with a tan head. Smells quite a bit like a cider but it certainly didn't taste like one. It had a taste more belgian in nature with that strong taste of coriander to match. Had a smooth mouthfeel and went down very easy. Was very easy to drink and I could easily have drank another one or two.

hdofu, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into my DFH snifter with a two finger slightly tan head. It pours a very hazy dark brown, which appears a great deal more copper when looked at in the light. The head dissipates quickly.

Smell: This beer has that similar yeasty smell I have come to expect from Unibroue. The nose hits you with banana, clove, and spices right up front. This is quickly followed by some toffee and malt sweetness. There is definitely a fruit aroma to this beer.

Taste: This beers focal point seems to be the yeasty bready flavored with some fruits and some hop bitterness. There is a hint of spices here, especially in the finish. The raisin and plum flavor really shines in this beer, especially when it warms up. There is a good deal of the alcoholic warmth here, which seems pretty par the course for a good deal of the Unibroue beers.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated is what initially comes to mind. Personally, I thought it was a bit too carbonated and gave the beer a little bit of a prickly bite. The body was a little bit of on thin side of medium when not counting in the carbonation, which was somewhat disappointing. The carbonation bumped the overall body up to a medium bodied beer. This has a dry finish that had a bit of a spice kick to it.

Drinkability: I was put off with what seemed to be too much carbonation on a bigger beer. Unlike Trois Pistoles, I have trouble finishing a 750 of this beer. I doubt I will buy this again because it seems like there are many other BSDAs or even other Unibroue beers that I would immediately pick up over this one.

OnThenIn, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy medium brown tinted with ruby highlights and a large beige head. Head diminishes quickly to a ring but leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Candied fruits, raisin, fig, banana, toffee, clove, spice, and caramel. Subdued aroma in spite of all the complexity in it.

T- More malt that fruit, although the fruit shows through with its sweetness. Clove and spice make an appearance in the middle followed by a bit of sour Belgian funk. Finish is bone dry with a warming effect of the alcohol.

M- Medium in body but carbonation seems a little low. Very dry finish with a lingering final note of hops and funky yeast.

D- Very complex but very drinkable. Would not want to session this but more than one is alright. The 8.0% ABV shows up a little in the heat of the finish.

This is one of the most complex beers I have ever had.

ToddT, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark ruby colour with avid carbonation that leaves a nice frothy two finger head,it has aromas of apricots,plums and fruity yeast,this is such a unique tasting beer definately so unique it has tastes of bananna,butterscotch and apricots covered in coconut with an above average mouthfeel,i must admit its not a beer id drink all the time but i will buy it again and easily finished the bottle without noticing its high ABV and was very impressed by it.

ADZA, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved a 750 mL bottle as part of my birthday present. Poured from the bottle into a glass in two parts. Appearance is light brown to red and hazy with a one finger head. The smell is apple, dark fruit, and clove. The taste hits with the same notes. Apple and dark fruit notes provide a solid, full sweetness. There also is some caramel notes that blend in nicely. Clove notes also are present. More and more throughout the beer hop bitterness presents itself to balance against all the sweet notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation. Drinkability is great considering the ABV. The flavor doesn't wear thin at all.

Overall, a great offering from Unibroue. Big flavors and great balance make this beer a standout.

Gosox8787, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This darker brown beer was poured into a pint glass. When first opening the bottle the bottle was more active then typical brews from the brewery that I have noticed. The taste of a malty alcohol taste fills the mouth first following with a brown sugar and caramel.

Tolnik, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany brew almost the same color as the large bottle it came corked and caged in. A sand colored head forms fast but fades just as quickly. Not much left after the aggressive start except a thin wisp of bubbles clinging to one side of the glass.

Smell is a fruity mix of sweet and sour. Crisp apple scent with a spicy hint of peppery yeast. A distinct Belgian yeast scent as expected from a strong dark ale.

Taste is more malty then fruity. Clean and rich flavor is smoky, caramelized and bready mixed with a little chocolate and some peppery yeast. Lots of flavors, layered on top of each other. Brilliant taste that I don't see ever getting tired of.

The mouthfeel is creamy and very satisfying. The sweet malts coat the palate and subside to a light baked apple taste. A light carbonation compliments the beers spice with it's fine champagne like bubbles. A finish that is warm, earthy and full of awesome kick ass-ness! A damn fine brew.

jbphoto88, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of tattooed81
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer was a rich amber red color with a delicate foam head that disappeared quickly.

Smells of spice and just the slightest hint of hops

The taste is crisp and floral with a punch of various spices right toward the end. The spice fills your whole mouth and this beer has a crisp, spicy finish.

tattooed81, Aug 12, 2009
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,888 ratings.