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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,145
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 172
Gots: 410 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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

Aroma is rich, malty and spicy with a hint of yeast, quite inviting. It pours a clear dark amber, almost mahogany, with a thick pale orangy head. Rich flavor is malty, yeasty, spicy and slightly hoppy. Texture is fairly smooth, lively and fizzy, quite satisfying.

Photo of melloashello
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another grand slam from Unibroue. Maudite is becoming one of my personal favorites. Great aroma and taste of spice, dark fruit, and awesomeness. I could sit here and smell this beer all day. . trying to break it down to every fragment. Not much hops in it, and the alcohol leaves a little sting in there but is perfectly balanced, forming a great aftertaste. I could drink this beer all day. . I wouldn't though, because Unibroue, in my opinion, has such an amazing selection of beers, I could not pick just one.

Photo of KI9A
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Into a snifter, hazy medium brown. Light retention, no lace.

S: Heavy cloves, over ripe banannas, butterscotch ( ? ). Close to a German Dunkel. Interesting.

T: Above, plus sweet candy, figs, wheaty.

M: Lighter than I thought. Some alcohol burn after several seconds. Just a wonderful aftertaste...not bitter, over-sweet, just nice.

D: ABV is hidden well, maybe too well. Just kinda discovering this brewery, and really enjoying these new finds. This beer puts a smile on my face, on this cold, rainy, St. Louis evening!

Photo of towersfall
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful mahogany color with a nice thick creamy white head. Lacing clings to the side until finish and the head also sticks with you as well.

Smell- Peppers, spices, and a touch of fruit overwhelms your senses and sends a sensation right up your spine.

Taste- Malty and filled with spices, this beer batters your taste buds into a tap out and still continues to fill your mouth with such a great taste, you'll be begging for more.

Mouthfeel- Heavier with a light amount of carbonation. But I'll be damned (no pun intended) if this isn't one of the best aftertastes left by a beer that I've ever had.

Drinkability- I don't understand how this is that drinkable. I finished the glass in record time and couldn't understand why. This strong ale is good about not feeling like it has a high ABV, which could possibly deadly.

Overall a completely solid beer I will revisit again in the near future.

Photo of fastsrt
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355 ml bottle in to a snifter the color is deep amber with a small but fluffy head that diminished to nothing after 15 min. It has a rich orange and woodsy aroma. the beers taste is spicy and citrus with roasted malt at first, then a wonderful amount of carbonation is released followed by a perfect mixture of hops (just enough to let you know they are there) and alcohol. as the beer warms the flavors come alive. this is one of my favorite Unibroue brews and also is my first review.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into tulip glass

Pours with a medium head fading to a nice, persistent lace. Good amber brown hue. Very rich aromas of malts, spice, pine, and dark fruit. Great dark fruit flavors. Medium to full body with good texture. Low presence of hops, medium tannins, medium acidity, and alcohol in check. One of my favorite brews. Wonderful dark ale.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a chalice

Unibroue Maudite poured a cloudy dark amber color and produced a smaller white "fizzy" head that reduced to approximately ½" all the while I consumed the ale. The aroma is mostly spicy, of apples and a little peppery. The mouth feel is smooth with the usual Unibroue carbonation that tickles the tongue and is a bit prickly. The taste is of dark fruits, raisins, caramel and a little toffee.

Maudite is another stellar brew from Unibroue.

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

Poured a nice dark brown with a finger of off-white head into a snifter, with decent lacing. The smell was a nice bouquet of cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, maltiness, and tart cherry. The taste confirmed all of this, but the tartness also brought to mind some sour apple. The tartness surfaced mid-palate and stayed through the finish, which didn't taste as alcoholic (or leave warmth) like Trois Pistoles did, e.g. the alcohol content was very well disguised. The feel was a surprisingly spritzy medium body, and the balance in the flavor made me wish that I had purchased more than one bomber.

Photo of KBomb
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a hint of red blush to it, minimal head. Aroma is abundant with caramel malt sweetness, some green apple and a bit of melon. Despite all the sweetness in the nose, the tongue is overwhelmed with spice and a little astringency. Some tart and sour fruit flavors on the finish. Dry mouthfeel and effervescent carbonation. Fairly drinkable considering the ABV, doesn't feel as heavy as it is.

Taste was a little underwhelming considering the smell. Not bad, but I'm not all that interested in seeking it out again.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice raisiny color with okay head retention. No real lacing or head retention. Kind of homely looking in the end.

The aroma is of plums and pears and juicy fruits with notes of cinnamon and spice and subtle wafts of dough and yeast.

The taste follows, with fruity (apples and pears) sugary bready sweetness, very raisiny with a hint of sweet cherries, and peppery warming spices with a buttload of phenols in the finish. Very well balanced. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side. A bit of a let down, actually, but nicely tangy.

Yet another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of heissebier
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Scary bottle with some people paddling a canoe through the sky and a devil. The beer means damned so I guess I get why the devil's there, but the canoe thing I'm still a little confused on. Freshness date of 9/18/10.

Appearance- Creamy amber-caramel color. Cloudy and mysterious, but with a disappointing off-white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell- Glorious. If you took all the best smells in the world and combined them, this is what you would get. Fruity and peppery, along with a little hoppiness. No hint of 8% abv.

Taste- Does not disappoint. Malty, but it's the mix of fruit and peppers that I really notice. This is the kind of beer that you could drink over and over again, each time noticing a different flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little champaign like for this Beer Advocate. On the heavy side, with an unusual, slightly effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent! Barely a hint of its high abv. Something about this beer leaves me wanting more.

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Freshness date: 09-18-11

Appearance: A reddish amber colour. Deep orange when held up to the light. Head is thin and champagne-like, settling on the sides of the glass after quickly dissipating. Carbonation sneaks up the side as it sits.

Smell: Rich and peppery, with a distinctive Unibroue yeast taste. Smells a lot like tropical fruit. Very delicious. Gets even better as it warms up in the glass.

Taste: So smooth and complex. Many different complimenting flavours all rolled into one. Perky fruit flavour with accenting peppery notes. Has a characteristic Unibroue yeastiness, which I don't enjoy as much as other belgian yeasts, but its not too prominant in this brew. Certainly nuttiness, but also a little bitterness from something i can't quite put my finger on. I'm getting something almost like gingerbread

Mouthfeel: You can't necessarily taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Much smoother than the other Unibroues; I love it. Carbonation is a little like that of champagne, but not quite as pronounced in your mouth.

Drinkability: Gloriously drinkable. Dark and mysterious, but still light enough where I want another (few) afterwards. The alcohol would probably be an issue after a few, but before then who cares?

Photo of jbonapar
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Unibroue beers. QUebec without a doubt has some of the best beers in North America.

Smells of Sweet Plums with sugary overtones. Rich flavor of brown surar, spice and fruit that is unbelievably warming. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Some vinella and banana for good measure.

A full beer that is to be enjoyed and not chugged!


Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, a hint of a wispy white head.
Lots in the smell...caramel sweetness, plums, raisins, mixed spices.
Tastes much like the smell, a hint of smoke, dark Belgian yeasts, cherries, spices of cinnamon, corriander and clove. A very dense brew, thick and rich and easy to sip. Definitely a complex brew but not one I would choose on a regular basis.

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

Had this one a few times and the review I had got wiped out during one of the crashes so I am re-entering it.

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice to a nice dark red color. A little too red to be called brown, but in that general area. The head was very thin and tan. The beer presented a lot of lacing.

The aroma was a mixture of dark fruits like plums or prunes along with some brown sugar. Very sweet smelling which is great of the style but maybe a tad muted. The flavor, however, is not muted. It's a great blend of spices and fruits with some bitterness to balance the experience. The front is a sweet and spicy mix that is maybe a little tart. I sensed hints of cinnamon, dark fruits, cherries, banana, and maybe some vanilla. A light dark chocolate comes into play toward the finish.

The body of this beer is huge. Nice and full. Very drinkable for a big beer, but definitely one you should sip.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Hazy amber with half inch finger poured into Snifter.
Smell of Doughy yeast and caramel with some fruit. Tasted like bread, malt and caramel. Nicely mixed with some spiciness and fruit flavors, very drinkable and easy to top off a 750 ml on a sunday afternoon with football. First Unibroue I have tasted, curious to see how the others differ in taste

Photo of MrDanno96
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle from 2008.

A: Pours a dark amber/orange color that lets in very little light. Initially poured over 2 fingers of head and retains a full finger after several minutes. Lots of foamy, sticky lacing. Fair amount of sediment on the bottom as well.

S: Lots of fruity esters: I get mostly cherries and bananas. Also some alcohol and sweet malts.

T: Nice roasted/caramel malts up front give way to some sweet fruits: raisins, cherries, sherry. Very subtle hops finish that you can feel on the sides of your tongue. Alcohol is definitely apparent, but blends nicely with the other flavors. Very complex, very nice.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warming at the back of the throat and in your chest.

D: The complexity and abv of this beer lends it much more to sipping than sessioning. If you like this style you could probably enjoy a big bottle of this for most of the evening. A very good example of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.

Photo of Actualimeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sniff I noticed a medley of spices and a sweet smell that made me think of mead. It was served to me in a large fish bowl of a glass. The head was thick, but not especially so. The flavor really did make me think of mead well I drunk it. Its appearance was dark and clear until tipping the last third of the bottle into the glass. Then it was a little cloudy and the flavor was richer.

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

A - Huge just off-white head with LOTS of carbonation. Looking through the beer is like looking at carbonated wildflower honey, dark gold, slightly hazy, and makes me want a taste!

S - Very spicy aroma with banana like esters.

T - The smell translates to the taste, spicy, lots of esters, with a definite Belgian "twang". Ends with some sweet caramel malts and alcohol.

M - Finishes pretty dry, but I think this may have more to do with the alcohol warmth and extreme carbonation. I like it but I can see how it could be distracting.

D - The crisp and light finish make this a drinkable beer. 750 ml is not a chore, but would not want anymore.

Photo of rhollman
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy mahogany brown describes it well

Smell - Spicy aroma

Taste - Complex burst of flavor and nice hop finish

Mouth Feel - Crisp and tangy/spicy

Drinkability - To me the flavor is similar to a dubbel. A perfect choice for those who prefer a flavor having an astringent/harsh flavor - Cheers!

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

beer pours a hazy mahogany brown, with little carbonation and a big off white foamy head. first smell that comes to mind is bananas and tangerines. very fruity and floraly. taste is very good with hints of belgian yeast, vanilla to touch upon the many fruits that come out in this one. overall very nice brew.

Photo of Dave412
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Large head of foam, relatively quickly fading. Color - bronze, dark orange, amber brown.

S. Caught scents right after popping the cork. Some interesting scents, relatively mild after pour.

T. Sweet, smooth. Great finish. Well balanced bitterness, some alcohol taste on finish.

D. Like most Unibroue, very drinkable.

Photo of craftaholic
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 750 into a snifter. The color was a deep amber mahogany/ steeped black tea hue and had a whopping pure white, frothy, 3 finger length head that hung around for quite a while. Not much lacing but it really was a beautiful pour.

Smell: It smells very spicy and peppery, and even hints of clove. There is a doughy yeast that acts as a backbone and even some touches of alcohol. There is also some nuances of sweet red fruits with some honey mixed in.

Taste: Has a variety of grains and nuances of florals and fruits. The doughy yeast that is expected with the belgian title is a strong character here. A spicy pepper rears its head and adds itself to the list of complexities. Towards the end the yeast turns into a crisp and tart apple-esq sweetness mixed with a bit of woody touches.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and creamy as the froth bubbles across the palate. Its quite robust but the effervescence tames it nicely.

Drinkability: Drinking is no chore unless you aren't a fan of yeast backbones (but why are you drinking it then). For such an aggressive style it drinks like a dream.

Overall: This is quite a great brew that combines the tremendous amount of complexities from herb and spice to tart and sweet and rounds it out with astringent and yeast. Its obviously not as 'true to style' as it could but to that I say "drink outside the style". Enjoy.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2009
12oz bottle. How the hell is this 8%? Baffling. Pours a very dark brown. Well it was dark in the room, so I think it was dark brown. No hint of the alc.% all, so damn easy to drink. Solid brew overall. Didn't have that wine taste I recongized in the Trois Pistols or La Fin Du Monde. Would definately drink this again.

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

A- pours a nice caramel brown with great nice frothy head. a nice concentration of carbonation pools in the middle of the goblet

S- sweet molasses, figs, dates & faint hint of alcohol

T- heavy malts, lots of spices & fruits. nice warm alcohol taste on the back of the throat

M- medium body with good amount of carbonation on the palate

D- lots of flavor and personality in this ale. little too spicy to drink on a regular basis but a very good beer none the less

Maudite from Unibroue
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