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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 125
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

One of my first forays into craft beer about 12 years ago and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. 12oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured a murky plum color with a two inch rocky off-white cap. A furious, initial effervescing of tiny bubbles began to slow in tandem with the subtle collapse of the head, which eventually settled into a fairly consistent skim of foam. Some lacing present during the tasting, but poor adhesion. Complex nose; dark fruit (perhaps prunes & plum) as well as a spicy character and perhaps a hint of candi sugar. Taste follows nose with some citrus astringency revealed, culminating in a dry finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied but seems to be slightly overcarbonated. A nice, drinkable belgian strong dark. Alcohol is well-hidden, and body keeps it from feeling overly heavy. Fairly easy drinking brew, relative to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:16:27 | More by Jwale73
Photo of elniko


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

Poured into snifter from bottle

A: Slightly transparent but still dark, almost cola like. Half finger of head that dissipated. Good looking brew.

S: I picked up tones of fruit with a touch of spiciness as swell.

T & M: Wow, I really liked this beer. Alcohol is very subtle. I'm getting used to the Belgian dark ales now but it still surprises me how light and refreshing they are. Bready mouthfeel. Hints of fruit with some spiciness as well. Well done.

D: Highly drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer. Unibroue continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 02:25:04 | More by elniko
Photo of alovesupreme


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass.

A.Dark brown a little purple in color. 1 1/2 finger head good retention.
S.unidentified fruits, and spices.
T.Lots of flavor, fruits,spices, malty.
M.Tons of carbination, thin but works out well with the beer.
D.Alcohol is hidden very well, beware, drink multiple and they will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 08:56:55 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of changeup45


3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown-orange color that poured with absolutely no head at all. The aroma is spiced vanilla with quite a bit of yeast. The taste is spicy vanilla and citrusy then turning pretty sour and peppery at the end. There's some noticeable alcohol as well. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:33:23 | More by changeup45
Photo of philipquarles


1.68/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle cellared for two years. Pours a lightly hazy brown with very ruby tinges. Tall, fluffy light tan head that holds very well. Sickeningly sweet aromas of caramelized apples and blueberries. Some slightly spicy yeast notes. Very artificial smell. The taste is cloying and medicinal. Various dark fruit syrups mixed with Robitussin. Slightly astringent finish. Warming. Full body with good carbonation. This just tastes incredibly fake; like watered-down Pepsi with Juicy-juice and some brandy added. Had this at least three times, and each time it's gone down the drain...it's pretty evident why they called it 'maudite'.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 15:47:33 | More by philipquarles
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A semi-cloudy color like dark maple syrup or wood stain. Pours frothy as heck (almost too much- settle down boy!) creating a deep, thick tan cap of medium sized bubbles. It eventually relaxes into a nice cap that clings to the glass. Great retention though very little lacing. Spicy aromas complimented by sweet malts. And what a taste! Complex and deep. A quick coffee snap at the beginning, then black pepper, toasted malts, balancing hops, some citrus and general fruit. Exactly what a Belgium strong should be. Smooth, med to light carbonation and easy to drink. Lingering finish. Especially because you can't tell how strong it is. Goddamn. A beer for all occasions and all drinkers. Such a consistently amazing company I have trouble not feeling biased. Truly a stellar offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:39:11 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of philbe311


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light carbonation is visible through the translucent redish rust colored body... Pure ivory head disipates leaving an elegant lace on top... Coats glass well...

S - Pears... Assorted other dried fruit... Tartness is present on the nose... Spicy notes are present but understated...

T - A little on the bland side for a Belgian Ale with such a robust boquet... Apples, raisons, and pears... Alcohol...

M - Crisp... Good bit of carbonation with each sip... Dry...

D - Solid, but uninspiring Belgian Ale... I would never turn one away, but not sure I'd recommend one either...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:24:12 | More by philbe311
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

Pours a somewhat crisp dark brown with a decent head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a nice blend of brown sugar, dried fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste is heavy on the fruit with a distinct sourness that is only slightly countered by sweet brown sugar. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This one is certainly an enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 23:30:06 | More by atsprings
Photo of ectomorph


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

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - With a slight chill haze, this pours a dark copper (think old penny) with lively carbonation. The finger thick off white head refuses to dissipate.

S - Sweet candy and fruit smell is balanced by a slight spice I can't place. Some flowers?

T - Great brew. Hints of apricots and maybe molasses are balanced on the end with a little pepper spice and alcohol warmth. I like this very much.

M - Excellent body and very crisp. Little nose tickle.

D - Great session brew. I will be buying these again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 23:18:36 | More by ectomorph
Photo of gonzo46and2


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

On tap at Tanks Taproom in Tampa. Pours a ruby red with a fluffy white head. Amazing aroma of brown sugar, roasted malt, and apple pie. Soft foamy head like it was a nitro pour (it wasn't) with a bubbly mouthfeel. Taste is of pie and german hefe yeast. Kinda like a hefe with more slightly different spices and esters. Really tasty beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 19:45:08 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of pleasewearpants


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice light-brown amber color with a two-finger head that settled down after a minute or two. The nose was pleasant, with a yeasty smell and maybe a few peaches somewhere in there. First sip was fantastic.

Everything great about this beer just kind of blossomed all at once but in a really clean way. And then right at this apex of flavor, it was gone! This beer just skips across the palate then fizzles away leaving an extremely pleasant effervescence. After a few sips the alcohol can be tasted when you exhale. Still very clean.

I really enjoyed drinking this liquid. I couldn't get a grasp on any over-powering flavors but the taste is very nice. Brutal label too.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:43:05 | More by pleasewearpants
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice murky dark brown colour with a thin head that dissipates into a thin lace.

Smells of bananas, yeast, dried fruit and a bit sour.

Tastes a bit sour and yeasty upfront, raisins, bananas and some nice spices balance it out, a very nice Belgian ale.

A nice light mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and a pretty drinkable beer at 8.00% that leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 04:52:15 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of treyrab


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

Poured into a chalice...

A: Raisin brown colored with nice off-white creamy head that lasts a good bit. Very murky and hazy with definite active carbonation.

S: The smell is very similar to most dark belgian ales...Raisin, dates, candi sugar, yeast, and bananas are what stick out.

T: The taste is similar and actually very crisp. The flavor is complex and very nice.

Overall, a great brew by Unibroue, but not one of my favorite of theirs

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:06:35 | More by treyrab
Photo of Kraken


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

Purchsed by GF, she butchered the name so bad I was unsure of what she was going to bring home. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very cloudy brown with cascading sheets of white foam. Massive head 5 fingers at least. May have been a bit cold when initlally poured. Good head retention and not much lace to speak of.
Nose- This smelled a bit like rotting wood, slightly sour, with nuances of over ripe fruit.
Taste- Tastes a bit like the nose, rotting wood, lite sourness, earthyness. Booze is well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Interesting but a bit thin.
Drinkability- Very drinkable once you get past the sour bits. However sours are not my bag. On the plus side its readily available

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:01:28 | More by Kraken
Photo of BWH3


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazelnut brown in color. Clarity is translucent not opaque. Pours vigorously carbonated and heady beer. Champagne like fizz settles the head into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready, cake batter sweat aroma. Some raisin notes with a good contribution of spice and esters as well as the solvent like quality of the high EtOH.

Taste: A touch bland. A tart almost sour quality from the yeast initiates the taste. A hint of caramel and slight raisin transitions in, but much of the flavor is dominated by the spiciness and heat of the phenols and alcohol. A small component of hops bitterness precedes the fire of these components. It all ends with a nice spiciness on the lips.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally crisp, light medium body. Head retention is too poor for my liking.

Drinkability: The best of the Unibroue beers thus far. I am looking forward what is too come. Now when this beer really hit the seen, I would have been in high school. This beer would have challenged me in extreme ways and I clearly understand why Unibroue is still so highly regarded.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 05:27:19 | More by BWH3
Photo of MTNboy


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

Appearance- This beer has a great hazy red color. The head is slightly off white and thick and forms an almost perfect lace.

Smell- Sweet and spicy with some fruit tones. As with most of their beers there is that fine malt bread aroma.

Taste- It is Unibroue. Sweet, rich somewhat fruity and wine like. Some what bitter at the end

Mouthfeel. Full and sticky. A little carbonation burn but not bad.

Drinkability- This beer is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 12:08:56 | More by MTNboy
Photo of orangemoustache


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

Pours a hazy/cloudy/murky reddish orange with a medium sized fluffy tan head that leaves surprisingly no lacing,the beautiful coloring makes up for it's vacancy. The nose is spicy,sweet(cinnamon applesauce)and malty. The flavors are quite complex,yet never overbearing. Lots of spicy yeast and hints of apple cider,dark fruits and burnt cinnamon toast(yummy stuff). Smoothe and warming,delicate carbonation,and a long flavorful alcohol finish. For such a high AVB this has a drinkability that is off the charts.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 19:08:26 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of everetends


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I got at a gas station down the street from the resort I am staying at here in Quebec. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy light brown that has orange notes when held to light. Had a nice white head that diminished to a frothy ring and spotty top cap that produced some nice soapy lacing.

S: Smells mostly of malt, a touch of hops and some fruit I can't make out. Alcohol does have a bit of a slap in the face note on the nose.

T: Taste is of malt is like a sweet bread, earthy, grassy notes, pears, apples, raisins. Alcohol is there but I think it rounds out the flavors amazingly well. Has a great balance.

M: Medium bodied brew that has some bubbly carbonation to it. Notes of apple and pear really stick to your tongue and last long in the after taste. Just a touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

D: Very drinkable. This is another hit from Unibroue. Very tasty and easy going down for a big beer. The ABV doesn't hold this guy back at all. Could use a little more in the nose department but still a great beer. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:00:57 | More by everetends
Photo of burnstar


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Looks kind of like apple cider. Some lacing on the surface but it dissipates quickly. Aroma is apples and dark fruits. Brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Taste has many of the same notes as the aroma. Deep, dark fruit complexity with an underlying carmel sweetness. But not overly sweet. Well balanced. Somewhat earthy. Really nuanced and complex taste. Something of a sipping beer. Medium bodied and heavily carbonated. A pleasure to drink but not one to rush through. Taste gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 01:19:39 | More by burnstar
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a hazy brown w/ nice white head. Head falls a bit then stays for whole glass with nice lacing.

Sweet malty aroma. Spicy and fruity with a bit of alcohol coming through.

Sweet malty taste with a nice alcohol warming affect. Hints of fruit, raisons maybe? Rather clean finish.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth. Simple carbonation.

Very nice. Will add to my list of brews I want to drink often.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 14:25:42 | More by dstc
Photo of MyGoodness

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesomeness in a bottle. Pours a warm, hazy brown colour with a decent, foamy head and has a great aroma. It smells like a fresh loaf of bread somehow ended up in the glass. The taste is amazing. It was so much better than I thought it would be... it's not overwhelming, but it's hearty, yeasty, and seems somehow to be a crowd pleaser amoung my friends with very different tastes. The mouthfeel is perfect- smooth and thick-- it's what a beer should be. I was so surprised at how good this was. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:57:42 | More by MyGoodness
Photo of Kyle987


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown color, with slightly hazy body and large head, which settles down but sticks around forever. Good lacing. Strong, amazing smell; very complex, sweet and yeasty. Similar flavor; wonderful, with lots of malts and yeastiness, with some clove. I agree with the previous two reviewers about the hop flavor without the hop bitterness, which is great. Smooth, enjoyable mouthfeel with higher-than-average carbonation. An amazing, perfectly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 21:17:11 | More by Kyle987
Photo of kzoobrew


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

750 ml bottle best before 11-10-07 listed.

Pours a cider brown color. Carbonation leaves an aggressively foamy head out front. Subsides soon to leave a creamy frothy cap. Slight bubbly lacing.

Smell is quite malty almost bready. Maybe a raisin bread. Yeast and spice aroma hitting too.

taste is giving me something to think about. The are big fruit and spice notes up front. Earthy apple flavors mix well with the peepry spiciness and clove like flavors. No real bitterness picked up from the hops, but slight hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is oh so smooth, decently crisp. Creamy feel with decent amount of carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Not a brew you can drink alot of but one you can drink more than you notice. Exceptional

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:43:56 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of JoeMayo


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

This beer is delicious out of the bottle, but even better on tap!

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown with a very thick head that dissipates to a soft foam after a minute.

S- The belgian influence is clear in this beer. Cloves, spice, yeast, and fruit are all very prounounced in the aroma. A slight floral scent comes through as well.

T- Well-constructed and delicious. Definately a complex blend of spice in the flavors. A yeasty flavor is noted. There is a certain crispness about this beer that makes it very refreshing for something so complex. A slight and unexpected hop flavor can be found in the aftertaste, however no hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, yet very highly carbonated

D- This is great to drink with friends, to serve with a meal (it goes with almost anything), or to simply enjoy and savor

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2008 18:36:52 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of LeftyBWS


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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Clean orange-amber color, almost brownish. Pours with a thick layer of very light brown, fizzy head that settles quickly.
S: Sugary and malty, mixed in with some earthy, fruity scents. Quite tempting.
T: Again, sugars and malts. Flavors of apples, pears, spices, and a touch of yeast.
M: A crisp ale feel with the softness of the fruits and yeast. Nice combination, a good satisfying feel.
D: Pretty darn good. No taste of the 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 03:01:51 | More by LeftyBWS
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,714 ratings.