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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 126
Gots: 227 | 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.

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Photo of msolar


2.53/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good, but not quite what I expected. My rating is certainly going to be outside of the average deviation. I'm not really a fan of the Belgian style with strong citric/flowery/apple flavors. Every sip made me cringe a little bit with the aftertaste. Great appearance, very thin head/lacing despite a lot of carbonation, ok mouthfeel but I just couldn't get past the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2008 13:36:38 | More by msolar
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing murky dusty roan color, glowing of lemon and orange when held to the light. A light pour yielded a beautiful creamy two-finger head of an off-white color that faded fairly quickly, leaving a beautiful ring of foam and a thin lacing dancing across the top. Not a significant amount of lacing following down the glass.

aroma is spicy, yeasty, bready, and fruity. Candy sugars provide a backbone for the aroma, aiding in the blending of the other facets. Complex and strong aroma.

Whoah. Complex up the proverbial wazoo. Sweet on the tongue, with sugar and syrupy fruit notes up front. Caramel melon, some citrus, and red apple fade as the bread and yeast flavors take over. As the bottom of the bottle is neared, the yeast grows more dominant. Some alcohol is definitely present, but blends into the fruit notes so it hides fairly well. An array of spices I can barely begin to pick out rounds out the palette.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect (no pun intended). Smooth like none other, it feels near-perfect in the mouth. Heavy and almost a touch on the thick side, the carbonation keeps it creamy and full. The sweetness can be felt on the tongue, as can the alcohol and yeast drying.

Unbelievably drinkable given the nature of the beast and it's abv. It's a pleasure to consume, and it seems to be returning the favor. Definitely one of my favorite Unibroue brews that I've tried. Easily drinkable, and if the opportunity presents itself for you to test it's drinkability, don't hesitate.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 08:35:27 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maudite pours a ruddy dark brown with a greyish white foam. The head settles to a thick collar. Complex and enjoyable aroma consists of sweet fruit such as dark cherries and figs laced with candy sugar. White pepper and alcohol provide a balancing zip.

The spice and alcohol sharpness is far more pronounced in the taste. Some of the more interesting complexities of the fruit is lost in an initial rush of candy sugar and emphatic finish of spice and alcohol. A shame because the nose showed real promise. Fine and voluptuous carbonation due to the sugar. A little too much even for a Belgian. Spice and alcohol seems to overwhelm making this less drinkable. Doesn't match up to the true Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 23:14:42 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of paco1029384756


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy ruby brown color with one finger of fizzy head.

Scent of candi sugar, some fruits, yeast, and bready malts. Nicely balanced and strong, very good for the style.

Taste of dark fruits and spices with a hint of candi sugar, yeast and some bready malts. Finishes bitter with some spices and bready malts.

Mouthfeel is biting and with a lot of carbonation, warming alcohol as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:22:28 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of PerfesserHomer


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

Another high-quality extreme-beer offering from Unibroue that has that distinctive yeasty europeany taste as its base.

A = Dark, with good head.

S = Yeasty and full, some spices I could not specifically place.

T: Very intricate taste that changes as you go through the beer. Yeast is definitely prominent in that very europeany way, one can taste the alcohol and spices throughout this long, complex drink.

M: Nice full body.

D: Another "long" drink that takes time to develop throughout the drink, and so extreme that I not sure I could drink two in a row. Another quality beer from Unibroue, but not one of my favorites.

A very good beer for a serious beer club to distribute and judge - you certainly can talk about its attributes well into the wee hours.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 12:11:08 | More by PerfesserHomer
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

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

What a great beer. One of my favorites. Orange copper colour, blondish beige head which disipates slowly.

Refermented on yeast base in the bottle.

Lavender and hints of lime in the nose.

Orange palate followed by a gentle yeast and then a great dry finish.

This beer is very smooth though strong yet it really stands out as quality brew made slowly with the finest ingredients.

A worthwhile beer to find.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 20:57:53 | More by jaz58
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a huge off-white multi-finger head that lingers forever. Beer is a warm brown color with loads of carbonatin.

Smell- A bit subdued for a belgian. Notes of pine and spice.

Taste- Smooth and even flavor. Ripe and sweet fruit up front, big wet flavors, not very tart, especially with the piney notes in the nose. Leaves a fairly sweet malty taste in mouth.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good here, good coating, very chompy indeed, Im pretty sure I can chew on this one.

Drinkability- A truly great purchases especially considering its price. For 8.99 for four it really is a value.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:35:34 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass. Beautiful dark copper with lots of reddish hues. The head was enormous and settled into a half finger that had great retention. Great lacing all the way down.

Smell is powerful, yeasty, alcohol, lots of fruit character and malt too. Very complex

Packed with flavour, I will try to begin to describe it. Alcohol and yeast are definately present in the back. First thing I get is the spices all over the place. The malt and hops are definately not the showcase here. A lot of flavours, fruits, esters...

Mouthfeel is very crisp, even though I drank this beer quite warm. The body is pretty heavy in my opinion.

Notes: I would compare this beer to a good wine, or even cognac, as it goes very well with food. This is one to enjoy for the complexity, not anywhere near a session beer

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 17:21:49 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep dark brown amber color with very little head, even when i swirl the bottle to pick up the yeast base into the beer. no lacing, but the color really impressed me here. it is the same color as all of my favorite styles.

S: strong yeast in this one, with some spices and fruit undertones. I can definitely make out apple in there as well as dark fruits.

T: The yeast comes out even more in the mouth than it hints at in the nose. I am also getting a lot of spice in here, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer, which in my eyes, is the key to any spiced beer. There are hints of muted caramel, and as would be expected, you can pick up all the fruits that you could make out in the smell.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation. The lighter texture of this beer, especially given the high alcohol content makes it extremely drinkable. How I wish I had a whole 4-pack to drink by myself!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:54:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of charlzm


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/19/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

A brownish/dark amber beer with a small, one-finger off-white head that doesn't last too long but still provides some lacing.

Aroma is malty, slightly spicy and sweet brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick but not coating.

Flavor is muted as compared to bottled version. Tartness all but absent. Sweet and malty, like molasses and heavy wheat bread. Some muted spice and a hint of citrus. Alcohol is not evident in flavor, but between the heavy character of the flavor, the thickness of the beer and the lack of carbonation or parch, this was not the fastest beer I have ever consumed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 01:03:45 | More by charlzm
Photo of Shumista


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Maudite snifter.
A- The beer pours a medium brown with a decent size fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while.
S- Some spice, lots of dark fruits, apple and caramel.
T- The first thing I noticed was the huge dark fruit taste of the beer. I also tasted some apple, and sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste reminds me of sour apple. Overall, a very fruity taste.
M- Thick with a good amount of carbonation.
D- I could easily put away the entire 750 ml bottle by myself. Goes down real easy.

Really a great beer, I'm looking forward to trying the rest of Unibroue's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 04:12:37 | More by Shumista
Photo of RickSawyer


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

Bottle given to me for a wedding shower present. Gnarly.

Pours a finished cherry wood color, nice offwhite head pillows up and then leaves thin sheets of lace across the walls of the tulip. Smell is full of red apples, combined with the yeasty spiciness almost cidery. A nice malty, whole wheat bread backbone, very fruity, (as I said, red apples) also has some red grapes, slightly banana and clove in the yeast. Very nice! Taste begins sweet, apples bread, clove... then transitions into a balancing act full of that wonderful spicy Unibroue yeast, grape juice, white pepper, raspberry. Mouthfeel is coating and full of body. The carbonation helps cut some of the thick but an outstanding aftertaste holds on for quite a while. Glad I revisited this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:37:25 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with hints of plum with 2 cm of tight white head. Slowly settles dwon to a slightly thick, creamy ring.
Nose is a blast of complexity. It takes a while to separate it all out. Spices, hops, pine and citrus mingle with banana and dark fruit. Caramel sweetness in the background.
Taste is strong dark fruits with a distinctive sour note, spicy and sweet on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, only slightly drying. Medium body, slightly creamy feel to the head, and a very light viscosity. Hides the alcohol very well.

Another winner from Unibroue, and a wonderful example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 20:21:40 | More by nighthawk
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a huge head that goes away after a while, left some lacing.

Smells sweet, nice dark fruit smell with a hint of spice in there.

Nice caramel sweet taste hits your mouth, very crisp and light feeling. Surpised there is no bitterness to it.

Light body, light carbonation, very good taste and drinkability. Very great beer

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:38:50 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of mtbbaboon


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

One of my mountain biking friends from Canada gave this to me. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light brown and left a large, bubbly head upon pouring. The head settled quickly leaving a thin ring with little lacing. Smells of malt and fruit with no single strong scent. The taste is similar: Malty and sweet. Some caramel, some bitterness, and yeast rounds out the taste. Not a very strong taste of alcohol. Very well balanced taste. A fizzy mouthfeel that leaves some stickiness but drinks real easy. I will definitely buy some of this...it's a delicious beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 21:58:17 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of rushpatrick


4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On many occasions i have had this beer from a 750ml corked bottle. This was my first experience tasting it on draft. It blew my mind. i cannot immagine anything tasting better. While the beer still had little smell and a somewhat murky appearance, it proved to be better tasting than anything I've had to date. I brew my own beer and only dream of the day when I one day can brew something one tenth this good. Keep in mind I am impartial to this drink and would never say anything negative about it. Drink on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 03:29:17 | More by rushpatrick
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an os wine glass. Pours an deep opaque brown color with a huge two inch off white head and lace.

Belgian yeast and some dark fruits with a nice amount of spice.

Taste is really nice as it starts with a nice spiciness to it. Their is some raisin flavor with some figs a light caramel malt flavor and spicy clove flavor in it. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

A very nice beer with deceptive alcohol and a smooth feel to it allows for an easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 04:36:32 | More by Hokies
Photo of daythree16


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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Foamy .5 finger caramel colored head that leaves some lace as it fades.

Smell is caramel, raisins, and that distinctly sweet Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet, candied fruit with some spicy and earthy yeast flavors.

Medium body with crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high. Definitely one of my favorites of this style. It's not a problem at all to put away the whole 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 20:31:58 | More by daythree16
Photo of katan


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz undlated bottle - bottle refermentation it says

A - Pours a solid copper color, lots of carbonation and head. The head is very white and strongly retained. Looks almost thick.

S - Primarily a strong yeast here. Not much else - i would say it owns. A Belgian yeast of some kind - somewhere along the lines of a strong ale or a tripel.

T - The early flavors are very subdued. Light amount of malt with some roasted malt background. The majority of this thing is in the after taste. Very strong malt flavor combined with an extremely potent hit of phenolic flavors. This baby packs a punch.

M - Solid and thick - and thats just the start. This beer is extremely carbonated. High CO2 means burn on the tongue.

D - The more I drink it the more I slow down - why? Its the overpowering alcohol combined with the huge carbonation creating a backup in my gut. Sounds nasty, but its true. Not a particularly drinkable beer, but not exactly what they are going for here.

Had this in an unreviewed session on tap quite a ways back - I think for some odd reason I liked it much better than this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 20:57:51 | More by katan
Photo of TeamSeabass


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip shaped beer glass. I left a small bit in the bottle but most of the yeast was mixed into the beer on pouring.

Has a beautiful caremel color and slight head. Smells more fruity to me than some other belgian style ales that are heavier on the cloves.

Delightful taste with such a smooth mouthfeel, with a nice bit of carbonation. The alcohol comes through at the very end but the finish is so smooth.

This beer is good right to the very end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 19:20:44 | More by TeamSeabass
Photo of Offa


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is delicious, interesting, complex and very fruity.

Dark, reddish amber with a little brown and just a tiny bit hazy, it has a large, lasting, creamy, light tan head that slowly thins to a thin, permanent top and leaves some decent lace, but not for long.

The aroma is spiced, sweet red wine with a lot of fruit, bread, orange juice, hints of yeast and pear.

The taste is very fruity (both fresh and stewed dried fruit), rich but light and zesty, with spice, orange, hint of caramel, yeasty. It's complex, lively, and zesty, with the alcohol providing a nice, warming body without being obvious or at all harsh.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 17:59:56 | More by Offa
Photo of giblet


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

very nice brew. poured nicely with about one inch of head. nice full color, steady carbonation. smell and taste is nice and fruity. this is one damn fine beer from a very good brewer. nice feel in the mouth and while full in body it finishes very smooth and clean. you can lightly taste and feel the abv.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 19:15:32 | More by giblet
Photo of gerardoluna


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[EYES] This "damned one" was amazing, deep in eyes, the head is poor for this style [BSA],
[MOUTH] Strong in mouth,
[AROMA] Full in nouse and the finish is bitter and the after taste dry. GooOooOoooOod One for me! enjoy it with pat metheny back.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 22:45:29 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of disastermouse


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've got to start by saying that this has been a favorite beer of mine even before I started really getting into beer. I first discovered it about seven years ago and found it refreshingly different.

A- Dark reddish-brown, but not opaque . It looks great!

S- Smells very 'bubble-gum' fruity. There's malt there underneath, but not a 'bready' smell at all. The alcohol is definitely there.

T- Yum! Very fruity, not much hops, with the malt way in the background - even behind the alcohol heat.

MF- This beer sort of 'dances' across your tongue. It feels like it's a combination between the phenols and the alcohol. It's actually quite pleasant - but different. It's not astringent.

D- The alcohol content is high on this one. Personally, I have to buy the 12oz bottles in order to drink it if I want to also drink other beers. Also, it may numb your tongue up a bit.

All in all, a very fine beer. It's complex and unexpected. If, in my youth, someone had told me beer could taste like this I wouldn't have believed them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:25:36 | More by disastermouse
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

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

Great beer; and I have to be honest in that I haven't poured it into the proper glass. Nonetheless, the smell is delicious, solid yeast smell, I think. Pours a dark brown with a powerful head. In no way overbearing, well balanced and comfortable to drink. This is an excellent beer, and I highly recommend it. Be warned, it is a bit pricey, even at Trader Joe's, but I do think you will really like the results.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:34:07 | More by andrewm190
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.