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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,828
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 134
Gots: 273 | 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 khiasmus

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

A monk traveled from a remote Abbey in search of a new and different way of life. There was no reason other than a restless soul and a longing for the new and different. The same yeast, the same sugars, the same way of life for the last 22 years had left him underwhelmed and despondent.
Drawn by the brown liquid, he surveyed the beer up against the light, and an amber glow greeted his quizzical gaze. Lacing and immense head.
Put it in your mouth... Quad? too light. No real style to place it into, other than just good beer. dark fruits... raisin... warm alcohol... dry hops... pine bark... wood...
Fluffy and smooth, oily, heavy and dense, but light and airy at once...
So there's no way to know what happened next. After 8 pints or so, he lost himself in the teak walls, the metal urinals, the dry humour of his compatriots... Are there really any heroes among fools?
To return to his homeland, of course, to go back to his old way of life... but he had made memories. He had been inspired by this strange attempt at his craft. Nothing he did from this point on would be the same, the eyes of his heart and mouth had been enlightened.

He sent his next recipe to unibroue.

01-22-2009 04:00:38 | More by khiasmus
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4/5  rDev -5%

a: Dark but clear chestnut body and an eggshell colored head.

s: Dark, estery, fruity, bready aroma.

t: Sweet malt, caramel, fruity esters, notes of dry apple, and spice, clove in particular.

m: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, dry finish.

d: delightful complexity, surprising drinkability. A joy to drink.

01-21-2009 01:36:42 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of tigg924


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Appearance: murky, caramel brown, small head with much carbonation

Smell: apples,raisin, belgian spices, and yeast

Taste: dry apples, raisin, belgian spices, raisin--for the aftertaste, corriander, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel:smooth and sweet--I can feel the carbonation

The more I have this beer the more I like it...I think I could have about three...the alcohol is really masked...It is complex and very drinkable.

01-20-2009 05:08:04 | More by tigg924
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Had this a dozen times before, not sure why i didnt review prior.. hmm.

Beautiful 75ml caged and corked bottle. Great artwork and packaging. I can always spot a Unibrou out on any shelf, so their marketing department is doing something right.

A lovely pop from the cork and it puors a deep amber with an offwhite foamy head with consistanty same sized bubbles. Perfect pour into my Westy goblet.

Aroma is classic Unibrou propietary yeast, powdery and smooth.

Sweet floral and herbal earthiness, delicious fruit (raisin and a bit vineous) and classic unibrou spicing with bits of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. Bready and oh so deliciously complex.

Incredibly drinkable despite the abv, a real must try for any beer geek...along with Trois Pistoles, LfdM, and some of their other staples, you just can't go wrong.

01-18-2009 02:35:29 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Measure the pour, if too quick half the glass will end up full of head. That said, very active, like scrubbing bubbles, and disappear swiftly. Light brown to dark amber in color, dusky and fully opaque. Very fruity nose of raisin, date, plum, cherry, gingerbread, cinnamon stick with some underlying dark chocolate and rose hips to boot, no hops to be found. Medium-bodied, admirably maintains consistent weight throughout. More chocolate here with coffee ice cream hints too, the sweet plum, cherry, prune, golden raisin fruit a major part without getting out of hand. Carbonation serves more to stir the elements than lift. Clove rather than the previous ginger or cinnamon. Sharpens its focus as it nears ending so as to retain balance and clean up some.

01-18-2009 00:33:47 | More by farrago
Photo of brushtachio


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured dark amber into a chalice. Cream-colored head is shortlived, receding to just a ring that lasted through the whole beer.
The smell us very sweet with notes of raisins and a touch of floral alcohol but not too much.
Taste is complex and comes in waves. Dried cherry, more raisins, prune then a final hop bitterness that is subtle but noticable in it's contrast to everything that's come before.

Only real criticism is that the carbonation is a bit over the top. I think moderate to high carbonation is appropriate for the style but there's a bit too much bite

Great BSDA nonetheless.

01-17-2009 03:24:54 | More by brushtachio
Photo of jimsimply


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from bottle to wide-mouth wine glass.

Deep amber color with lots of carbonation and a thick, creamy white head. Plenty of lacing sticks around for a while.

Rich, fruity nose, with some spicy notes: I thought of both coriander and nutmeg. Bready undertones.

Strong, yeasty flavor, to be expected from an ale on lees. Plenty of breadiness from the yeast, along with some cinnamon and orange peel. Has the mouthfeel to match; good body.

Almost too drinkable. I put away the second half a bit fast, without thinking, and definitely got the alcohol's effect.

Enjoyable experience.

01-16-2009 21:56:20 | More by jimsimply
Photo of BrendanDouglas


4.38/5  rDev +4%

12 oz bottle with freshness date 7/15/10
served in a goblet

L)Beautiful frothy head that sticks around for awhile. Three fingers of lacing on the glass. Dark red. Almost the colour of apple cider.

S)Dark bread, orange peel, slightly spicy.

T)Despite being 8% abv the alcohol only becomes apparent after you have consumed the beer. Black currants, bready, extreme yeast, caramel.

M)Medium level of carbonation.

D)Very drinkable for a high gravity beer.

Overall) A delicious example of the style that is very complex yet equally accesible.

01-16-2009 04:43:03 | More by BrendanDouglas
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a murky, vibrant garnet with a medium, foamy, white head.

S - Strongly bready, bold malts, fruity, oranges, mild spices.

T - Yeast is yelling at the top of its lungs while apples, candied fruit, brown sugar, and malts harmonize in red and white striped shirts and hops and alcohol doo wop in the background.

M - Medium bodied and foamy, a fair level of carbonation.

Notes - I trust Unibroue. I'd let it date my daughter. This beer makes me happy.

01-16-2009 02:15:06 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Pours a very orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very yeasty with a lot of fruits and spices.

T: Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Other strong flavors were caramel, apples, dates, and cherries. Very delicious.

Overall I'd have to say I like the Trois Pistoles just a bit better than this one although they are both very different for the style. This is a great tasting beer that is very drinkable for the style/alcohol content and is smooth with a slight creamy feel in the mouth. Will buy again hands down.

01-15-2009 15:49:57 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass. Appearance is not too impressive. Amber/brown color, cloudy. Light for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A thin white head quickly disappears, leaving a tiny amount of lacing.
Smell is very bright for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Fruity, with hints of cherry, strawberry, and orange. Also a bit of a bubble-gum flavor, more remeniscent of a German wheat beer (think Aventinus) than a Trappist ale.
Taste shows more of the German-style wheatiness. Banana is a pretty strong flavor, with more fruit and berries mixed in. No hops to speak of. Very active carbonation, which contributes to an extremely dry finish. Even with all the fruit flavors and aromas in this beer, it doesn't end up being very sweet.
Drinkability is okay. This is not one of my favorite Unibroue beers, and I probably won't seek it out in the future. It's drinkable and carries its ABV well, but the flavors are not very complex. I'm also used to more dark flavors (caramel, coco, etc) in BSDA's.

01-15-2009 05:43:44 | More by trumpetego
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A- A deep ruby orange, slightly hazy. The head is thick, slightly off white, and very creamy looking. There is a nice crystal ball effect when held to a light.

S- Very fruity with a very distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Spicy and bready as well.

T- Same as the aroma, but pretty mellow. Very tasty, but not all that unique.

M- Ridiculously creamy. Very nice.

D- An enjoyable beer. Doesn't knock my socks off, but it is very well done for the style.

01-13-2009 03:31:24 | More by david131
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

A - poured a lovely dark ruby/garnet with a massive 2.5" off-white head that prevailed in the form of a creamy bubbly cap throughout. Some lacing.

S - cherries, apricots, figs, and raisins. These lovely fruits mixed well with the breadiness from the yeast and has some winter spices thrown in the mix

T - initial sweet maltiness is followed by spices, dark fruits, and a good alcoholic kick at the end. Added yeast increased the nuttiness a bit.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation which holds everything together nicely

D - very drinkable. Unique and pleasant with a good mouthfeel makes for good drinkability. Alcohol may sneak up though.

Overall - Not a beer for the faint of heart, this is the second Unibroue offering I've had aside from the Trois Pistoles and this one is excellent as well. A great nightcap or an after-dinner beer. DO NOT ruin this by pairing it with pizza. Reviewed from notes (multiple reviews yielded the same great results.)

01-09-2009 05:27:36 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

I for some reason had high expectations for this one. The label was just cool, the bottle had foil on it, and I am easily impressed.

Poured a hazy dark brownish red color. Thick head with lacing. Smelled of spices and a tinge of alcohol. Tasted cloves, some ginger, malt, and possibly some sort of citrus. It was a smooth drink for an 8%. Good, but not as great as I expected.

01-06-2009 03:28:33 | More by patobandito
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a deep red/brown with a nice large foamy head...head dimishes, leaving minimal lacing. Nice fruity/yeasty/alcohol scent that hit me as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle, and it spread throughout the room as the beer filled the glass. Had I not already seen the 8% ABV on the bottle, I probably would've figured it out from the scent alone. Taste is very complex. Sweet and light. The alcohol content isn't nearly as recognizable in the taste as it is the smell. I think the mouthfeel is excellent. The collection of small bubbles caress the tongue and throat, and the beer leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. This is surprisingly drinkable for an 8%, and one to be careful with.

01-05-2009 01:50:24 | More by Gyle41386
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Picked up this bottle at Costco as part of a Unibroue Sample Pack.

Poured into a snifter, a deep brown/red color with a thick foamy off white head that settles very slowly. Aroma is very classic belgian with candied ginger, brown sugar notes, lots of bready yeast. Taste has the candied notes, some caramel and malty sweetness. A faint bit of licorice and clove.Mouthfeel on this one is a bit effervescent for me. lots of body, but just a bit to fizzy. Fairly drinkable, but not my favorite of the Unibroue beers.

01-04-2009 03:12:13 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +14%

I can remember trying this beer about 8 years ago when I was 20 and pouring it down the drain. clearly my pallet wasn't prepared!

A: A careful pour into my goblet leaves a small wispy head. Color is a deep, deep red.

S: smells like a small bakery. lots of fruit as well and some yeasty alcohol. Could smell this as soon as I popped the cap. Very inviting

T: Ripe fruit, German rye bread, grapefruit and slight hop presence. Very complex and nice dry finish.

M: Really comes alive in the mouth. Nice and light but not watery. Nicely carbonated, but no belching yet :D

D: I've yet to have a belgium as drinkable as this so I'm gonna have to give it a 5. Ive got 5 more of these in the beer fridge, and I might have to pop another one.

Im from a SHITTY town in SW ontario and this is the ONLY excellent beer I can get within 60 miles. (unless I go to the pub and pay $7 for a Duvel). So, this is my new daily drinker.

01-04-2009 00:46:05 | More by uno99
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a dark brown with several fingers of head. Diminishes slowly with decent lacing.

S: Bananas and yeast were the primary aroma.

T: The banana taste comes through but isn't overpowering. Finishes with a bit of spiciness. Ver difficult to tell it's 8%.

M: A bit of carbonation and light in the mouth. Leaves a good taste after you swallow.

D: Definitely a beer to keep on hand on a regular basis. Easy to drink, though be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden.

01-02-2009 22:51:16 | More by sacullen
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle received as part of a variety 12-pack from friends on a trip to Canada.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Frothy head recedes ever so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is spiced malty sweetness. Taste begins with a sweet flavor reminiscent of root beer, then gets the spicy yeast character through the close. Small bubbles are smooth over the tongue, and the drinkability is very nice. Not sure how I've missed reviewing this one for so long.

01-02-2009 02:43:40 | More by ppoitras
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A- pours a slightly cloudy burgundy with a thick foamy head.

S- A slight alcohol warmth to the scent. A dark fruity malt, pears, apples a little lemon.

T- Slightly alcoholic, yeasty, notes of bubblegum, pears, apple peel, mildly spicy.

M- Smooth and full bodied, could use a little less carbonation.

D- excellent, alcohol is well masked.

12-31-2008 23:16:51 | More by JayNH
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3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass.

A-Off-white, thick head, creamy and gorgeous, with very persistent head. Effervescent carbonation is evident. Hazy medium-brownish beer. I think the beer was ugly and the head was superb.

S-Light aroma, predominantly phenols, mostly clovey, with yeasty aromas as well.

T-Creamy flavors with bready malts and sweet/fruity nuances. Some yeast flavor, from bottle conditioning. At times, the flavor seemed just a bit plain.

M-Carbonation felt much smoother, almost a silky or creamy character, which surprised me. Body was medium to medium-light.

D-I think this beer was pretty ok. Nothing fantastic, but also far from bad. I'll probably give it another run in the future, though won't search it out.

12-30-2008 20:37:59 | More by CHSLBrew
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4/5  rDev -5%

Appearance - Murky ice tea color with a creamy off whitehead.

Aroma - Very light zesty citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied creamy brew with fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light apple and lemon flavor with a clove finish.

Overall - Very nice brew.

12-29-2008 04:14:55 | More by praufs01
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

Color is a dark raisin/carmel brown. Head is a thin light off white. Medium level of lacing.

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Dried fruit also. Taste is quite similar. The banana flavor is very strong. The 8% abv becomes present in the taste as well. There is also a grassy hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. After it lingers around enough, the alcohol becomes over powering.

Overall, a solid beer at 8%. Pretty easy to drink and quite tasty. I'd easily have another.

12-26-2008 08:42:41 | More by mothman
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Poured a murky ice-tea color with a huge, billowy 2 finger light beige head that retained nicely lasting for well into the drink.

S: moderately soft and fruity with notes of ripe apples and fresh pears being the most distinguishable.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh fruitiness from the Belgian yeast of apples and pears similar to the nose. A great carbonation factor brings supporting flavors of bananas and tart oranges rounding out the beer. Overall a fruity, spritzy Belgian that drank very nicely.

M: light but lively and fizzy from the heavy carbonation bringing out a light sour fruitiness on the tongue of apples and pears once again which faded quickly with only a slight lingering reminder leaving you looking forward to the next sip.

D: Very nice drinkability, a nice fruitiness from the yeast and lively carbonation makes this a worthy try.

12-25-2008 13:15:20 | More by beerthulhu
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky brown with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

S - very herbal, pepper and cloves

T - Spicy! A good bit of bitterness, white grapes, tangy hops. A very lively beer, not what I expected!

M - very carbonated, medium body

D - While I enjoy this beer, the carbonation and spiciness is a bit too much. Still an enjoyable beer, you can't go wrong with Unibroue!

12-25-2008 08:01:57 | More by Gish
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,855 ratings.