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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,108
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abv 8%

L= 4.0 Odd pour. It pours a brown fig body with white rimmed dissipating head. Good lacing

S= 4.0 Sour yeast and lots of estery fruit on the nose.

T= 4.0 Yep the nose carries over very well. Sour tart up front that rolls into a dark cherry overtone then transitions to a yeasty, whole grain bread finish.

F= 4.0 Lively, high carbonation feel with a medium body

D= 4.0 (non-session) This a really nice example of a Belgian style beer. Lots of dark ester, Lively carbonation, medium bodied beauty with some complex flavors. I could sip on this beer for an hour and get different flavors.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass at Gingerman in South Norwalk and enjoyed with a great clam chowder.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a definite amber highlight that shines through. Significant sediment. Huge head that disappears nearly immediaty. Nose is strongly peach and a little bit of apple - but definitely fruity.

Taste is much like the nose, with strong pear, peach and apple. Very dry with an exceptionally high level of carbonation that unfortunately hides some of the more dynamic flavors. A little bit of toasted malt. Mouthfeel is negatively affected by the dry carbonation. Almost like a dry sparkling wine.

Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a finger of fizzy, off-white head. Head has good retention and provides a decent amount of lacing.

S- Spiced apples, a bit of yeast. Other various fruits come to mind but it's really hard to pinpoint what they are. That's what I love about Belgian style beers.

T- Once again, apples with maybe a touch of pears. Lots of spiciness to it also. Finishes off sort of like a sharp cheddar does, makes your mouth salivate a bit (lactic?).

M- Nice prickly mouthfeel due to the big amounts of carbonation. Just how it should be IMO. Medium bodied.

D- Definitely has good drinkability. I'm still new to the Belgian beers, but I'm definitely impressed with their overall complexity and taste.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-off! bottle, goblet, best before 02-09-12.

Tea and shy red, amber color. Pretty active bubbles and a one inch head that verges on tan. This recedes to a healthy, slightly boastful cap. I think that this looks much like Chimay Red.

What a lovely nose full of fresh berries and dried fruits: apricots, figs, raisins, mango. Dirty straw and pear. Flowers as well. Yeast is in the background in a slightly spicy, wet leaf way.

Upon sipping this delight it springs very fizzily onto the tongue and delivers a bitter champagne experience. The fresh berries are prominent and one is aware of that candi sugar matte flavor that here is not really metallic. Juicy, juicy in a wine way. The texture and fruity flavors remind me of champagne until the hop bitterness comes into play. The yeast is subtle in this one, it seems to compound the hop bitterness and lend a clove spice that also serves to remind that this is beer. Very good beer.

I generally dislike high levels of carbonation, but this Unibroue deal is really working for me in this instance. My champagne comparison may be because I like champagne, and the bubbles certainly play to that. How about we serve Maudite at a few weddings instead of champagne? I bet this gets good with some years under its belt.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good dark appearance, beige thick tan head. Aroma is unique, but not necessarily what I'm all about.

Taste, so much going on. Sugar, caramel, fruit (apple/pear/grass) are in order of most prominent flavor. A sipping beer, too much to take in throughout. An 8oz size would be ample, too much mouth and price to have another.

Photo of mrmanning
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nteresting brew. Pours a cloudy caramel coloured body, with a thin beige head that just barely lurks around the edge of the glass. Aromas are fruity. Pear and apple come to mind. Also a slight spice aromas is present. Very appealing. Taste is of pears, and slightly spicy. Full bodied and smooth. A pleasure to drink. Unibroue certainly makes a great beer.

Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would like to point out that Unibroue states on their website that this is a Belgian strong red ale, I am sure the nuance is not lost on you, and I understand the lack of category.

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a belled beer glass. The bottle is dated 1-13-12. I believe I picked it up for $7 on sale.

The pour reveals a deep amber beer and a nice tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is malt and yeast and dried fruits with fresh grasses and a note of alcohol.

The taste is sweet, a bit bitter and tart and caramel with a hint of coffee. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Carbonation is full with tiny bubbles. Finish is slightly sweet.

Drinkability is good but not crazy.

I think this is a nice beer and a neat beer of a different color.


Photo of backfat
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the roommate for this one. pours a hazy dark copper with a lively three finger head with great retention and perfect lace. smells of strong yeast, granny smith apples, grain, flora, and brown sugar. tastes of caramel malt, cherries, coriander, pear (lovely), and strawberries. fruity and nice. makes you really appreciate the style. it is just crisp and yummy. defiantly not my last one of these.

Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper amber with two fingers of tight creamy head that builds to a big, airy mousse.

Soft fruitiness carries the aroma with a touch of yeastiness.

The palate is much bolder than the aroma indicated with a strong earthy, musty cork and yeast note. Beyond that there is some raisin and grape skins softened by a light caramel and toffee presence. Digging deeper a soft tobacco note emerges, topped off by the chalky, aspirin-like, (and not unpleasant) Unibroue house character.

An above average Belgian-inspired ale, certainly not my favorite of the Unibroue lineup, but a 750ml did me good on this Sunday afternoon.

Photo of Cannabinaceae
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A little bit on the light side for the style, with cloudy yet fairly translucent appearance. A good 2 finger head from a pretty careful pour.

Smell: Dark fruit and spice. Yeast with a little bit of malt. A little lacking on the malt for a Belgian strong ale in my opinion.

Taste: Not as sweet as I expected from the smell which, for me, is a good thing. Spice and yeast are predominate on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and light.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Belgian-style strong ale. The abv barely comes through at all.

Overall this is a quality offering in my opinion. I also feel that it bears a lot of similarities to la fin du monde, particularly in aroma.

Photo of keithmurray
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from a 4pk poured into a chalice

Appearance is a murky copper colour, head is a finger of white/tan that lingers for a while.

smell is of wine, grapes, raisins and figs

Taste is somewhat similar to the smell, raisins, plums, grapes, sweet malt

mouthfeel is nice, generously carbonated, alcohol is masked very well and this is a good drinking BSDA that I would gladly drink again.

what a good representation of the style, Unibroue knows what they're doing!

Photo of lumikuuro
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Unibroue glass.

Appearance: Murky brown with amber hues. Pours with a huge off white, bubbly head that recedes to a thin head and remains but only leaves occasional lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty. Slightly vinous and fruity. Mixed spice. Hint of malt.

Taste: Pretty much what the aroma suggested. Possible clove and coriander comes through in the mixed spice but it's all quite subtle, but in a good way. Alcohol is gentle considering the high abv, but is noticeable. Slight hint of sweetness, balanced with a slight hint of hops. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, highly carbonated, dry. On the slightly light side of medium bodied. True to the style.

Drinkability: A very accomplished brew that is true to the style, with lots of flavours and aromas but delicately presented. Not really a sipper, almost frighteningly easy to drink.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy brown with a two finger coca-cola fizzy head. Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a touch of almonds. Brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol come thru in the finish. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Drinks crisp, a high ABV but it still goes down smoooth. I like Trois Pistoles better, but Maudite is good in it's own right.

Photo of jhtipton
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a pleasant surprise. I really had no idea that Canada could come up with such a good beer. Wonderful color, great taste, and one of the most unique ales I have had. Cannot tell that this is a strong ale from he taste. It hides the alcohol content well. Wish I had bought more than one but you can bet I will next time. Color is nice and dark. Taste is almost wheaty heffe style. Loved it.

Photo of lookitsfelias
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice cloudy bronze/coppery color, nice almost cream-soda head at first but eventually just thin lacing on glass

S: intense malts, somewhat bitter fruit (figs, maybe)

T: serious malt flavor, alcoholic kick but no overpowering

M: nicely carbonated, thick and warming as a belgian should be

D: one or two tops, not a session beer

Photo of Daniell
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice darkish red hue, when held up to night it assumes a lovely chestnut colour.

Smell: milky chocolatey yoghurtey yeastey smell with some malt coming through. Also vaguely fruity smell like the mango in their don de dieu.

Taste: alcohol, bitterness, sourness

Feel: nice syrupy

Photo of Long813
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dated: ?
From LCBO, 750ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy red/brown body with two fingers of foamy off white head. Retention isn't great, but a fair amount of lacing is left.

S: Very big in terms of aroma's. Dark fruits, figs and yeast are very strong and blend together very well. Carmel notes and mild spiciness follow not far behind.

T: Follows the aromas spot on. Huge front of dark fruits and yeast. Caramel adds to the fruity sweetness and the spiciness just adds some complexity. Fantastic amounts of flavour here.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. The mixture makes for a froathy texture full of sweet and bitterness.

D: Amazing beer, the alcohol amount of unnoticeable and is at a great price. This will be bought time after time.

Photo of hawks10
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled October 28th, 2008 (Best before October 28th, 2011)...poured into my Maudite snifter...

Pours a murky swamp water brown which turns translucent honey brown when held up to the light, 2 fingers of pretty pure white head...

Smells slightly sweet with a definite belgian yeast aroma. Dark fruits and a bit of spiciness...can pick up the alcohol in the nose as well...

Taste is caramel bready malt, sweet dark fruits, raisin/grapes...the initial sweetness goes away with a belgian yeast spiciness...slight burn from the alcohol and a slight hop bitterness balances the finish...

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, prickly on the tongue and lips from a combination of the spice and alcohol...

Drinkability is standard for a belgian dark, would like to drink a lot of these but they are filling and the alcohol will catch up with you...

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite one of Canada's top ranking beers and a long standing favorite of Belgian style beer lovers and curious youths looking for a buzz beyond 40s.

Poured into my Duvel glass a rusty ruby beer, slightly hazy from the yeast, creates a luscious foaming head. White and populated by the finest of bubbles it gives it a cream in tea sort of texture when it fades. Traces of head grace the glass sides but contribute more in effervescence fine lacing.

Spice and yeast yield their pleasing scents throughout the beer but are most prominent here in the beginning. Cardamom, allspice and nutmeg mingle together in a sort of cakey contest backed by sweet malt smells. Slicing through these scents, hints of cut apples and citrus provide balance to the ample spice aromas. Further on more exotic smells manifest. Cantaloupe and grape are the more prevalent ones early in the beer then hints of guava, mango and peach give exotic air to the brew.

Bready malt mixed with clove, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg give a bakery feel to the flavour as if one was having some spicy confections. Hops have a surprising presence for this style, earthy herbal thyme playing along with the modest, balancing bitterness provided. Pear and star anise provide more earthy body backing up the overall earthy, spicy feel of the brew. As the beer warms poppy seed and fruit cake add yeasty malt complexity. Slight acidic sour notes of blackberry syrup mingle with the rich creamy feel of Madeira as one progresses through the drink. Bitter melted chocolate and toffee are interesting malt flavours which linger in the finish along with hints of booziness.

This is simply an amazingly complex beer, a true tribute to its Belgian progenitors. It's stood the test of time and one of the best Canada has to offer. Now to see what some aging will do to it.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark ale, though is a burnt orange when held to light

s: smells like theres an essence of fruit, and strongly like a belgian dark ale

t: wow, quite good... it's incredibly nuanced and smooth, with hints of fruit and an earthy alcohol to it. One of the better belgian style dark ales I've drank.

m: warm, very good carbonation in the beer

d: for an 8% abv, it's very drinkable. Probably should only have one beer at a sitting but that one beer should go down fairly smooth.

Overall, one of the better dark belgian style ales I've had for its ABV. Easily competes with the best that Belgium can offer and I was pleasantly surprised. Definite recommend.

Photo of ksimons
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark creamy brown with three fingers worth of head

S-alcohol comes through but not overpowering, sweet caramel, yeasty and fruity

T-the taste is more complex than the smell. Tastes of caramel, bready malts, tart fruits, spicy, and a sourish yeast finish. Alcohol is very subdued.

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy

A great beer from a great brewery, really does the style justice. Could easily have a couple more!

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is the fourth style of Unibroue I've tried out of mixed eight pack I bought, and a good night for a Canadian beer with the opening of 21st Olympic Winter Games. Poured the 12 oz. ale into an old Hamms glass, mahagony color with a nice three inch off white head which stayed around awhile, not much lacing.

S- Kind of a musty almost saison type smell a little alcohol note and some dark fruit and malty aromas.

T- Nice spice tastes with some nice hops, fruits that comes through are raisin,grape and citrus.

M- Some carbonation hits the roof of the mouth a little oily feel with a nice warming back end.

D- Very nice dark ale for a cold winter night, you will probably only want to stick to a couple unless you are camped out at home for the night.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at my local 6 pack place in Cheswick. This week he gave out free 4 oz tastings of 3 Unibroue beers.

A - Poured a nice hazy amber read. He didn't pour it harshly but it ended up having a ton of head in the glass. Cool thing to see.

S - Some grapefruit and orange. Mild lemon sort of like a hefi.

T - I could swear I was drinking a 5% ABV beer! The light flavors of orange and yeasty bread hit the tongue.

M - Not really bitter at all but very nice. Goes down even though the ABV is high.

D - I would have another but the price is a ball buster at 4.00 a bottle. I would see picking up a big bottle if it was around south western PA.

Photo of taigor
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with high head that dissipated slowly leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Bready yeast upfront with hints of orange and slight hops.

T - Sweet to start followed by slight fruity tartness with a bready dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Very good, drinkable belgian strong dark ale that I would love to enjoy in the future again.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Dark amber to brown. Lovely and lively beige head settles to a good centimeter. Surprising amount of bubbles rising.

S- Alcohol, co2, dark dried fruit. Belgian yeast and some other yeast not sure if it's the case but thats what I smell.

T- Strong co2 taste. Salty. Fruity as well as chocolaty malt profile. Reminds me of Chimay Grande reserve. Not the same beer at all but there's something similar here.

M- A bit thin to my liking. It is refreshing though. Highly carbonated. Dry finish is a bit surprising.

D- Pretty good but the alcohol gets to you. One bomber is enough.

Had a feeling this might be better. Will try another bottle.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.