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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,103
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 377 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy mahogany red with copper highlights and a finger and a half of off-white creamy head, displaying excellent retention and leaving dots and splashes of lace around the glass.

Belgian yeast and spice, wheat, bubblegum, a splash of citrus, banana, and undertones of sticky dark fruits, and candi sugar. Very complex.

Yeasty and spicy upfront, followed by some wheat, sweet notes of candi sugar and dark fruits which assert themselves a bit more in the taste, notes of citrus and a dry finish with some floral hops hitting the back of the palate.

Rich, full, creamy, and smooth with a nice little kick of carbonation in the middle. Alcohol content is greatly disguised, and man is this a pleasure to drink.

This is the first time I had Maudite, which is surprising because it was in front of me all of this time, but definitely won't be my last. Perfectly sweet and wonderfully complex. I look forward to buying another and see how it ages. After drinking this beer, I'd say this style is in my top 3. Two thumbs up.

Photo of jxhowell
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A poured an orange amber color with a thin tan head. The head quickly dissipates to leave only traces around the outer edges of the glass.

S aromas of clove, allspice, and some subtle banana esters...fruity plum and fig undertones

T initially clove then slight warming alcohol with a muted banana aftertaste

M high carbonation that seems to spread the flavors over the entire tongue ending with a sweet malty stickiness. Lingers mid-palate before finally disolving at the back of the tongue.

Overall a good beer, true to style and satisfying on a cold winter night by the fire

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

Nice Belgian Dark Ale, pleasing, well crafted and reliable.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Illustrated label with a flying canoe going back home under the guidance of the devil below. Shows "best before date" (11-10-11). Shows Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Minimal descriptive narrative on back with glassware recommendation. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown pour with a minimal yeasty haze. Develops a large and rich head with brief retention, leaving a softly lumpy cap and minimal lacing.

S - Malty and spicy caramel, with a yeasty whiff in the back.

T - Sweet caramel maltness, with a bit of fruity notes, and some rich spiciness.

M - Highly carbonated early on, with a medium to light body held very well while the bubbles last. Some sweet stickiness in the texture too.

D - Very easy and pleasing to drink.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe not half as complex as expected but a rather nice brew nevertheless, and a reliable reference for the style on this side of the Atlantic.

Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-26-10 from a tulip glass
A - Presentation was in an average brown bottle with a screw on cap. There was low light-beige head bubblles were large in size. Color was a slightly cloudy and yeasty amber/cedar color. Lots of carbonation Plenty of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle, but sadly little lacing.

S - Fruity, some carmel malts, lots of estery items. The initial smells died quickly but were rich.

T - Sweet and malty. Like a carbonation peach drink with honey mixed in. Not overly complex but highly drinkable. Aftertaste was of gum and banana.

M - Smooth. Some fizzyness, but well bodied. Hides the 8%ABV better than I used to hide porn. Good down slick and silky.

D - Very drinkable. If you aren't afraid of the 8% this is a good good choice. This is easily the best imitation Belgian beer I'Ve ever had.

Photo of chickenflea
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew had a strong yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, apricot, bread, and clove. (Perhaps due to the bottle refermentation.)

Interesting appearance, cloudy amber body with a tall, smooth, off-white head.

Taste is lightly sweet with a hint of sourness and just a tiny bit of salt and paper napkin.

Medium body with a slightly oily texture. Average carbonation. Long and not entirely pleasant finish. It did not feel finished. Perhaps I should have let this bottle sit a few more months.

Furthermore, this is a beer that wants company. (Can't blame the damned for that, now can we?)

Photo of TommyW
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/gold body with a tall off-white head.

S- A sweet/bready malt aroma with some funky notes from the yeast.

T- Caramel malts with some spices and fruity tartness, some yeasty notes mixed in as well. A warming alcohol become noticeable as well.

M- Medium body that is very crisp.

D- A nice refreshing beer to sip by itself or with just about anything.

Photo of mikeborglum
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy dull copper color with very tall bubbly head and good retention. Very little lacing; Very fruity earthy aroma; Taste is quite sweet and complex with light bitterness - good balance; Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation; a touch of alcohol; long mild aftertaste slightly dry; nice beer and can easily drink an entire 750ml bottle.

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

*Sampled 2 years before "bust buy" date.

Poured into a snifter, Maudite turned out a cloudy chestnut brown with a slight maroon/purple hue. Head was fairly large and faded quite quickly.

Nose was crisp, clean, and smooth. I was expecting more pungency, but nonetheless it was fair and complex. Vinous pear, banana, coriander, and some spices were the main flavors.

Flavor was full of pear and brown sugarr, kept crisp by spiciness and an alcohol pinch. It was a little bit sour. Some coriander, juicy fruit, and red wine tannin were evident as well.

Feel is very crisp, the carbonation has lots of bite initially and the feel turns towards cottony/fluffy towards the end. Finish is only slightly dry and very clean.

I was expecting this one to knock my undies off. It didn't quite accomplish that but it was very good. The alcohol did not seem as potent as it was so one should be careful.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a deep clear rusted purplish amber with a very generous yeasty head and sticky lacing.

S - That Unibroue smell tickels my nose even when the glass is on the table in front of me. The smell is strong and great! Citrus galore with an undertone of darker fruits and candy-like sugar.

T - The flavor follows the nose. A very strong citric dark fruit flavor. Complex with plumb, raisin, grape, fig medley...cherry & alcohol is also balanced in evenly with the flavor in a subtle way. Fantastic beer.

M - Even carbonation, dark complex flavor with a bite, but leaves my mouth feeling cool and refreshed.

D - Love this beer. Very fine example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The taste is even and balanced and the alcohol content is strong without being overbearing. This beer is readily available in most fine beer stores and is usually reasonably priced. This is one of my go to beers when I'm looking for a single beer to relax with.

Photo of trbergman
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a teardrop glass.

A - Pours a warm ruby-brown with an inch of billowy ecru foam.

S - Aroma jumps out of the glass, with candi sugar, cinnamon, clove, dried apples, ginger snaps, and bread crust.

T - Tastes of crusty bread and ginger snaps, with a bit of warming alcohol. Plenty of fruit esters and spicy phenols - clove and white pepper - and a hint of nuttiness. Hop bitterness is relatively high, complementing the spiciness of the yeast.

M - Smooth and creamy, yet with a peppery spice. Bottle conditioning lends a very finely-bubbled carbonation that explodes once sipped.

D - Very good. This is a great beer to revisit from time to time.

Photo of jonziefle
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a brownish amber, mostly clear, with plenty of visible carbonation. Light tan pillowy head right up to the rim. It took two pours to completely fill the glass. Excellent head retention, slowly receding in a pillowy “cloud-like” fashion. Nice, but not excessive, lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Light yeasty aroma, with a Belgian spiciness and sweetness. Mild wheat malts. Lemon, nutmeg, banana, and bubble gum aromas. Very smooth nose, without being overly mild or harsh.

Taste: Mild dark wheat malts, with a moderate lemony sweetness. The banana and bubblegum flavors in the nose are only slightly represented in the flavors. Not nearly as appealing as the nose. Slight metallic taste on the first sip, but I didn’t notice it later.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, with a moderate bite. Decent carbonation in appearance, but it didn’t come through in the body. Decently smooth.

Drinkability: A good Belgian dark. More mild and with less alcohol than most, but decent nonetheless. The look and the smell are amazing, but the taste is only just above average. The lower alcohol content, relatively (8%) make it an easy drinker. It’s a very good beer, but short of great.

Buy Again? Yes

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's my 100th review, so it's definitely on occasion to mark with a quality brew!

Pours a slightly opaque dark copper colour, and leaves an impressive inch or so of head. Looks like your typical BPA.

The nose is terrific: spices, light malts, a bit of banana and that typical Unibroue yeastiness that brings back such wonderful memories.

Goes down terrific despite the high ABV. The taste is a wonderful blend of malt, spices, tea, and some dunkelweisse usuals like banana and clove. While it's not the most complex or hearty BSDA out there, it's 'damned' delicious and easy to drink. Let this brew warm up if you can, it really opens things up.

Thick and chewy for a dark ale, drinks very much like an abbey ale.

As a friend put it, it drinks like a wine - you can almost detect tannins. Just a remarkable brew - one of my all-time favorites!

Photo of alexhammond
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours orange/brown, with a medium size fluffy head.
scents are subtle, but some peppery spiciness comes through, a bit of sugar and faint fruitiness.
initially, the taste is out of sight! bold toasted spice flavors, mixed with brown sugar and apple. beyond that, cloves and some indistinguishable sweetness, countered by just a bit of hop bitterness. so many bold flavors balanced so well, and on top of that, the beer is terrifically crisp.
a "dark" belgian, but don't let that scare you away: this one is pretty easy to drink considering its high alcohol content and range of flavors. definitely my favorite offering (so far) from Unibroue, and perhaps one of the best belgian-style beers I have ever had.

Photo of Yesac
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- hazy amber/brown pour however sits as a solid in the glass. Fluffy light tan head fades to a thin layer.

S- authentic Belgian yeast, brown sugar, hint of orange peel toasty malt.

T- Big toasty malt nose, Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Dry finish.

M- Heavy carbonation, medium bodied. Dry on the palate.

D- Was overall a decent brew but the malt dominance was a let down and make this an average beer that didnt challenge my palate.

Photo of Chambic
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01.11.10 12-oz. bottle at Beretta in San Francisco.

A: murky brown

S: like bananas

T: can't taste much because it's so carbonated and cold

M: too much carbonation, served way too cold, malty finish

D: I'd love to drink more of it if it tasted how it's "supposed" to taste

I'm a bit disappointed, because I usually really love this beer. It was way too cold. Served at the right temperature, Maudite is phenomenal. The small bottle also probably negatively affected the taste. The 750s are much better, and draught is the best. I reccommended this to a friend who liked it, but I don't think he had a fair/true assessment. Oh, well, better luck next time. Can't wait to review this again, and bump up the points, 'cause it really deserves it!

Photo of elgiacomo
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2009

750ml bottle. Pours red with a nice white head.

Aroma is fruity, yeast, malty, but a little subdued vs. the flavor.

Flavor is strong in fruit and yeast.

Nice mouthfeel and carbonation level for the style.

Given the choice, I'd take Maudite's big brother Trois Pistoles, but this is still an excellent example of the style, and a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep hazy amber, light white head, not much lacing.

S: A lot of spices and fruity booze.

T: Strong fruit and malt up front, with a backing of spices. Not that boozy tasting.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and overall smooth.

D: High, the higher ABV is masked well.

Photo of Malfunkt
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I perhaps don't have the experience some have on BA with brews. However, I would like to add my perspective on why this is such a fantastic beer.

I started drinking this beer at a young age. When all my peers where guzzling their Molson and Labatts, a few of us thought 'why not try something that has the look of lore?'. The tall, corked bottle and devilish artwork was the mark of craft I would soon discover.

At first we laughed "you can't even see through it!". But over the night, instead of drinking to oblivion, I found myself enjoying a beer and great conversation with friends.

For many youth, and for many of age, alcohol is strictly a drug. The cheap beers, of poor taste and chemical additives, shape such an experience. When you taste quality, you realize that effort was put into this brew - that there can be an art.

Since 1992 I've drank this on special occasion. Each time, thinking back to those days of my youth, reflecting that this was a beer that I drank for enjoyment. My tastes are now a bit more refined, yet there is still plenty to discover in this Unibroue hallmark.

Best enjoyed with a neutral palette or with hearty food.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply, the folks at Unibroue know exactly what they are doing.

A: Nothing remarkable. A brownish/amber color with a billowing but rapidly disappearing head in my snifter. No lacing.
S: All kinds of yeast, but nice amount of fruits and spices, apple perhaps. Very pleasant.
T: Up front, it's pretty sweet and malty. As you swish over the palet, you get some more of the booze and fruit. Toward the back, the spice comes into play and there is some warmth as well. Very complex and very, very good.
M: Lots of carbonation it seems. Considering the ABV and the complexity, this ale is crisp and refreshing. Hardly any hang.
D: Off the charts. The ABV is high, so I wouldn't recommend chugging this down. Definitley a sipper. Besides, it tastes too good to not savor. This one doesn't get old.

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

La Maudite. quite good.

Appearance: brown,orange,cloudy

Smell: is interesting, fruity and alcool

Taste is: strong ale, alcool, fruity,spicy
sweet stuff,tasty

Mouthfeel is warm round confortable

Drinkability: is decent

I dont really know how to describe this one
Its quite mysterious, but its a good brew

Photo of Ghenna
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown with fair head into my pint glass, highly carbonated with zero head retention. Smells Belgian yeasty with a fair bit of spice. The most notable thing (for me) in terms of taste is the very high level of carbonation- as if a thousand tiny bubbles were dancing on my tongue as I quaff it. Yeastyness is tempered with a bit of hop and spice. Not my favorite Unibroue so far, but still fairly tasty- out of 10 I'd give it a 7.

Photo of northaustin
2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours a hazy dark amber with rapidly disappearing uneven head... lots of head with no lacing.

smell: overpowering sweet mixed with alchohol and some sort of artificial fruityness.

taste: carbonated apple juice with some malts and alchohol.

mouthfeel: explodes in your mouth with carbonation then leaves you high and dry.

drinkability: no comment. not anywhere near my style. i remember i used to really like this one about a year and a half ago. oh well.

Photo of goldbot
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 09-23-12 listed on the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a thick, bubbly, off-white head. There is a slight haze from the yeast, medium carbonation, and almost no lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Lots of bread and yeast. A bit of sour apple or other fruit aromas. Some nice spiciness - cinnamon and cloves.

T: This beer really excels here; lots of complexity. It starts off very malty - sweet and bready. There are hints of raisin, and the beer finishes with a nice spiciness of cinnamon and more clove. There is a bit of floral hoppiness which balances the flavor nicely.

M: Very crisp with a medium body.

D: This beer sits kind of heavy, although the alcohol is only slightly noticeable going down. The great taste and lighter body makes it pretty drinkable still.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Chimay goblet... dark brown color, opaque, small white head that retains nicely.

Not much smell to it, a little bit of roasted malt but not much else. A bit surprised by that, I was expecting a bigger aroma.

The taste is more of the same... this doesn't have a 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale' feel to it in my opinion. It's not a bad beer by any means, just not what I expected.

Feels great in the mouth, very drinkable despite the abv. A nice interesting malty take on the style, but very nice.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: A fairly cloudy darker amber/brown color with bright orange, with an off white head that fades quicker than I wanted it too, color is nice though

S: Has that characteristic bright belgian style yeast aroma, definitely hints of sweet dark fruit in there, but it smells light still

T: Fruit sweetness, dry and tart white fruits, especially pear, has a spice as well, coriander helps balance, alcohol creeps up a bit on the back, not unpleasant just warming

M: I love the mouthfeel, I can't really identify it because the carbonation does a good job of hiding it, but the carbonation also carries the flavors perfectly, very dry

D: All things considered a very enjoyable dark beer to drink

Notes: This is a very aromatic beer and you will notice it right away. The flavors are bright as well, another good beer by Unibroue.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,103 ratings.