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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,881
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 134
Gots: 286 | 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 joshuadlight
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First tasting of Maudite. Brownish red with a quickly evaporating and loose head. Smells of tart cherries and sugary leather. Earthy notes in the taste with some spice, corriander to be specific. A little watery for the style, but the color is a light for the style, so maybe this is an in between Belgian. I can taste and feel the alcohol, reducing the drinkability. I have a Trois Pistoles in the fridge and I have never had that beer either. I hope that it tops this one.

joshuadlight, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A coworker of mine has mentioned Maudite a few times, expressing its awesomeness. He had originally said he was picking me up a bottle to sample, but upon seeing it in stores, I decided to take sampling into my own hands.

Pouring into an oversized wine glass resulted in a hazy brown with a finger of quickly evaporating head.

Smell is a subtle, but almost non-existent maltiness and a touch of spice. No indication whatsoever of its 8% ABV.

Taste is subtly malty. Alcohol is a bit more apparent, but still quite masked (I wouldn't guess it was 8%). Some other flavors that I can't quite put my tongue on. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, with some chewiness around the swallow. More carbonation than your average beer. But smooth overall and very drinkable. Again, I wouldn't have guessed that this was 8% ABV.

Maybe not quite as amazing as my coworker had made me believe, but still quite good.

Seanstoppable, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried about 1/2 in a snifter and 1/2 in a pilsner glass. I greatly preferred it in the pilsner. Poured a dirty brown with a large head. The head stayed throughout the drink. Aroma of dark fruits. In the snifter, everything was overwhelmed by the carbonation as beer turned to foam as it hit my mouth. If I had drank this entirely out of a snifter, I would have rated it about 2.5. In a glass, I tasted plums and cola. Feel, nothing but carbonation in the snifter, nothing special in the glass. Good drinkability, only in the glass. Maudite is remarkable similar to Trappistes Rochefort 8, which I was not overly impressed with. I give Maudite an extra tenth of a point because it's price is less unreasonable. Unfair, I know, but don't care.

kegger22, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Muddy brown color. Fairly opaque. Decent bubbly head with lacing. Dissipates quickly.
S- Maltiness and caramel comes through.
T- Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, but sort of heavy. A full malt drink, but balanced well with spice.

Amalak, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Very dark and hazy copper appearance. ~1 1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a thin incomplete cap rather quickly.

S: Dark, sweet fruitiness. Somewhat spicy, with a distinctive "Belgian yeast" odor.

T: Interesting melange of spicy/zesty yeast and fruit and flavors Hints of alcohol blend well into the mix.

M: Crisp, and unsurprisingly for a Unibroue brew, moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Very slight alcohol warming.

D: Excellent. Yet another moderately high ABV Unibroue offering that would be easy to get carried away with.

Future outlook: Unibroue delivers yet again. An easy call for excellent quality offerings, and of course, I will happily get again.

DoctorDog, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange brown color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates to a very light ring.

Smells of sweet malt with notes of light fruit and spice.

Taste reveals a lot of fruit and spice. Some definite pear notes come out along with hints of orange, some yeast and cloves. A slight underlying caramel sweetness also comes out in the finish.

Medium bodied, possibly just a little overcarbonated. The alcohol really isn't noticeable at all. Overall, this is a very nice offering from Unibroue.

Vengeance526, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-copper-reddish body with white frothy head. Strong aroma of booze, tart, burnt sugar. Flavors of sugar, light fruits, tart, booze, and sour notes. The aftertaste is a cloying peach tart. Medium-high carb zaps and stings the tongue in this medium bodied brew. Not much of a pleasant taste combines with a weak drinkability.

JRed, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable, yet with an 8% ABV I expected a bit more punch. Instead I felt almost no alcohol, which was probably for the best, anyhow. The head hung around all too briefly, which was another surprise: in this style I think I've seen better. But these are piddly concerns. The aroma is thick with yeast, orange and apricots, and the taste hits hard with all kinds of things: malt, fruit, bread, even a few mushrooms. Dense body, cloudy orangish in color and lightly fizzed. There was a bit of lemon at the back but otherwise very little hop taste. Worth the price in any size.

gfreed, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3rd offering from the great night at Porters Pub in Easton, PA. This was the last brew on the list for my buddy, so it was pretty cool seeing him awarded with his mug. Plus, I was jacked to try a brew of this reputation.

A: Pours a cloudy copper body with a modest head that quickly declines with some splashy lacing.

S: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the gless, the yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns.

T: Caramel and pears followed a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a bit grainy. The finish has a very nice lingering sweetness balanced with a light hoppy underton.

M: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining.

D: My second Unibroue of the night (La Fin) and they're officially 2 for 2 in my book (I'm a fan!). This was my favorite of the two and out of the 4 or 5 I've tried, the best BSDA I've tried. This is a classic brew; amazing balance, smooth drinkability (even with a high ABV), and a great flavor/ aroma. Try this brew, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

jdg204, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a sampling glass. this bottle is probably about 6 month sold. I also sampled it alongside a bottle that said best by 2004. Depending on wheter they use a 3 or 5 year shelf life, that puts it at 8-10 years old.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan had. This settles to a ring around the glass and a few random islands of foam. The beer itself is dark brown with hints of red.

Smell: Tart and sweet malt. Hints of lemon and peaches.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a slight sourness. Fruity in the middle with hints of orange and lemon zest. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to average plus carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: An infinitely drinkable beer. Complex and flavorful.

Aged version: The older bottle was definitely past its prime. All bitterness and harsh edges had disappeared, leaving a very fruity beer with a creamy mouthfeel. However, it lacked depth and complexity. Maybe 3-5 years might be a good point, but not 8-10.

beveritt, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange brown that is almost opaque, under a light beautiful carbonation is seen. Has a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a small creamy layer on top of the beer, no lacing here. This beer smells of yeast, fruit, spice and malt, no hops. Has a very solid belgian dark taste of sweet fruit, malts and some spice. Mouthfeel is awesome here, medium to full and very creamy, leaves a nice dry coat on the tongue well after being finished. Will definately buy this uni 4pack taster again, very drinkable and none of the 8% shows, very good belgian dark example, sessionable.

cbutova, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy. Medium Off white head.

Smell: Fruity, cidery. Lots of yeast aroma here. Nice

Taste: Very much to style. Excellent. fruity.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbed. balances out the rich thickness of the malt.

Drinkability: Excellent sipping beer.

Squelch, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- pours a dark brown, good creamy head that lasted for a minute and left no lacking. Good looking carbonation.
S-- Spicy and malty. No hops that I can smell.
T--Spicy and malty again. Very crisp in the mouth.
M-- No hops at all in mouth. All malt. Get the spices and malt. Very crisp and a bit heavier in the mouth.
D-- Solid but I think this would get samey after a while. One 750 would be enough. 2 330's are fine with this beer. The 8% is not that much of an issue and does not really hit. I like this but to I just prefer La Fin Du Monde that much more over this. Maybe I am just being a bit picky but that is just me.

mulder1010, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of gatorbreath
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Dark pour with a creamy creamy frothed out head that hangs around a very little while.

Smell: Lots of spice notes, no hoppy aroma, mostly spicy/bready type notes that I am picking up.

Taste/MF: Not too much bitterness, but some. Very malty taste and nice spiciness. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation is fine very nice medium to thick body. Very nice. Do not taste alcohol at 8% really at all.

Drinkability: very nice, could swig a coupla 750mLs and think nothing of it. Unibroues are some of the finest beers around.

gatorbreath, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of robotagogo
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an orangey coppery with golden hues. It was dark orange, but was bright at the same time. Is that possible? The head was bubbley and not too big. Looks well carbonated.
My Maudite didn't smell too fruity, the smell was sort of forgettable. But, yummy! it tasted fruity, but not too sweet. Goes down dry, perfectly carbonated to the finish. A bitter ending. Very drinkable.

robotagogo, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of johntangus
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red orange with a thin head that sticks around. It smells of dark fruit and malt. Tastes like plums and raisins with a slightly boozy back end. Medium/perfect body...

Ok, i'm kinda holding myself back...

It's delicious. I haven't ever tasted a beer exactly like this. It is so interesting and wonderful that i am having a hard time describing it's complexity. This beer makes me want to skip work.

This one and La Fin du Monde are two of my absolute faves of all time.

If you are reading reviews of this beer to help you decide whether or not to purchase this beer, put the computer down and just buy it already!

johntangus, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Buggies
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark murky brown. Nice fluffy head which didn't stay around for me as others mentioned. Just a little thin fizzies around the edge.

S: Smells slightly sweet with spice and fruit. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. But it was still nice. Smells like a typical Belgian should.

T: Same as the nose... sweet with spice and fruit. Interesting hop bitterness... slight but noticeable bitter finish.

Another fine addition from Unibroue. Very drinkable. Get yourself one of these and sit with a nice book.

Buggies, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

this beer poured a dark amber or dark copper color with a finger width head that did not stay terribly long. the carbonation made the head seem a little fizzy. after a few seconds the finger width head dissipated into a fizz around the edge of the glass and was gone before the beer was through. there was a small amount of yeast sediment in the glass as well, hence "ale on lees".

the smell is very complex, yet balanced; no one scent overwhelmed the nose, instead it presented an array of smells ranging from a bread-like yeast and fruit to hints of spice and caramel malt. strong hints of yeast and fruit with a hint of spice seemed to linger the longest.

the taste was good with a quick tingle from the carbonation from the tongue that gave way to a multitude of flavors including yeast, fruit and a bit of malt as well. there is a hint of hops, but this is quickly overtaken by the yeast and fruit with a spicy undertone that is hard to assess but is definitely present. as the beer warmed the spices gave way a bit to a more sweet malty flavor, but this did not overwhelm or change the overall character of the beer dramatically.

the carbonation is not over the top but is enough to tingle the tongue and make itself noticed. after the carbonation dissipates from the mouth the beer leaves a smooth mouth feel and a mild warmth upon swallowing.

very drinkable. definitely a heavier belgian beer, but not too heavy or overwhelming. it has a full body, as could be expected from a strong, dark ale but it is not overpowering or chewy. on the contrary, despite its full body it still retains a very drinkable crisp character. a very good beer, one of my favorites!

ClevoPiwo, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer will always remind me of my coworker Chris and his thoughts on Unibroue beers: "Any beer with the devil and a flying canoe on it is not something I want to drink! And their other beer, The End of the World? I mean C'mon!" But despite his thoughts on their choice of marketing I know he secretly likes Maudite, if only in the smaller bottles that don't contain as much yeast.

My bottle is the readily available 750ml variety with a cork. And even though I'm not a very big fan of Belgians, I appreciate the fact that the some French Canadians have done a very good job imitating their styles. Anyway, on with the review.

It pours a brownish ruby red. The slightly offwhite head is made of large carbonated bubbles but manages to blanket the drink all the way to the bottom. In the smell we find some sweetness, yeastiness cinnamon and nutmeg. It's instantly detectable as a belgian style beer. The taste is similar.. sweetness initially, some spice and a mild hoppyness towards the back. The alcohol and yeast are both present.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and drinkability slightly better than average. Despite its strength it goes down fairly quick but that doesn't mean uncorking another is on the agenda.

Ralphus, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a rich, ruby-brown color that featured over an inch of pretty tan head that left minimal lacing.

A rich malty aroma also featured hints of fruit in the nose. The flavor profile was also as expected with the cherry and plum notes mingling well with the malt foundation.

The body was full and solid while being well-rounded. This beer is smooth and easy to drink, despite it's strength. A very good version of the style, worth seeking out.

beertunes, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Gotta love the 'voyage of the damned' label iconography.

This beer pours a hazy, murky, dark rusty orange brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves some violent swaths of chunky seaspray lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of dense, lush dark musty fruit (plums and overripe apples), Belgian yeast, bready caramel malt, black pepper and nutmeg spice, brown sugar, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is quite in line, with more sweet bready caramel malt, integrated yeast, sassy baked apples, some ethereal savoury spices, very tame earthy hops, and a burgeoning, but still throttled booziness.

The carbonation is duly present, but quite soft, the body a decent medium weight, nice and full, and pleasantly smooth, maybe even a tad creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, with the caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and compliant spice.

A decently balanced strong Belgian-style ale, the elevated ABV very evenly applied, hidden in most respects; one of my favourites from Unibroue. And 'damned' am I if I drink this whole bottle - good thing my better half is a fan of this offering as well.

biboergosum, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a snifter/ Best Before date of 11-10-11

P: Extremely dark copper with a huge, healthy head of soapy, tan-colored foam. It was comprised of medium-sized bubbles, and had kind of a champagne quality to it. Showed good retention, but didn't leave quite as much lace as I expected.

A: While Maudite's aroma doesn't put the pedal to the medal like some of the best BSDA's out there, it's still pretty nice. Toasted malts, a mixture of some light and dark fruits, tons of spice, and that signature Unibroue yeast.

T: Toasted caramel malt sets the tone right from the beginning. It lays down a sweet, bready foundation for the fruits to come and build upon, while the spices work their tongue-tingling magic. The fruits consist of pears, pink apples, plums, and a slight tinge of fig. I'm not quite sure of its origins, but I'm convinced that the noticeable hop bitterness is producing a citrus flavor that I'm picking up in there as well. All of this is accompanied by a spicy kick that tastes, predominantly, like clove and pepper. It attacks the palate early, then seems to subside, only to hit you with another helping right before swallow. Also noted is some sweet & sticky, although subtle, toffee mixed in for good measure. Nice complexity!

M: Medium-bodied with a luxuriously crisp, richly intense, prickly mouthfeel that, somehow, manages to maintain some slightl creaminess and chewiness underneath the aggressive carbonation. Not as good as some of the best Belgians, mainly because (like almost every Unibroue offering I've had) it is way over-carbonated, to the point that it almost overpowers the flavors. I have to dock points for this because it hurts the overall experience for me. Although, it is much better once it reaches room temperature.

Notes: This is another very good, complex brew from a world-class brewery. I absolutely love the intensely spicy kick on top of the rich malts, and delicious fruits. Still, it can't quite hold its weight amongst the best of this hotly-contested category, in my humble opinion. Still, it deserves to be regarded as a grade "A" beer.

sweetbrew82, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty with fruity infusions, has the distinctive aroma of a strong malted beer
Slightly cloudy, pale brown, little or no head, some traces of carbonation
Malted lightly toasted, a little fruity towards the end of the taste; complex and simple at the same time, has some spicy infusions in there.
Smooth, very smooth; full bodied, strong; aftertaste if quite strong

dEM1972, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown topped with a finger high head of beige foam that dissipates languidly to a thick skin. It is a very thick and alive look, quite tempting.

The smell is wonderful, more than my palate can decipher, there are spicy notes in there I can't get. It's a thick aroma containing candy, alcohol, peaches, lighter floral notes, still lighter herbal and fruity notes which add complexity and balance, and for which I can offer no insight other than to say it is hard to get my nose from the snifter.

The taste... mon dieu, c'est magnifique... it is so yummy it has gotten me to use ellipses and exclaim in French. Huge, clean taste of caramel, bitter herbs, plum, peach, and an elusive spicy sweetness that ushers in a finish of dry floral and bittersweet. Again, there are tastes wrapping under and through this that are delicious and unifying, and beyond my palate to describe. The complexity and balance of this exceptional brew cannot be exaggerated. Right through the long clean finish it is a balancing act worthy of Wallendas, An astoundingly delicious beer.

How Unibroue could make a beer like this is a question all brewers need to learn. It is so full of flavor, so thick and alive, yet so light in the mouth without the feeling of too much carbonation, and a resiny feel that never feels sticky, clean all the way through. It holds the flavor, and just gets better as it warms.

I have just re-checked the label to assure myself it is 8% ABV. Other than notes in the aroma I haven't tasted alcohol. This gets a triple red flag warning -- for intensely excellent drinkability.

cavedave, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber red with a rocky foam head. Lively sediment in the body. Huge bready aromas with lots of yeast and alcohol. Doughy and sweet. Signature Unibroue smell. Taste is spicy floral hop bitterness backed by a healthy dose of wheat malt and some pruney fruitiness. Boozy warmth, ultra smooth mouthfeel, tingly carbonated bite. Finishes tart and dry. Overall a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure it's one of Canada's best. A bit too malty and kind of boring, if you ask me. I think Dieu Du Ciel pulls off the Belgian style much better than Unibroue, mostly by adding more hops to their beers. This one is still worth a try, though, and it goes down quite easy for an 8% brew.

cratez, Jul 01, 2009
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,881 ratings.