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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,170
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 179
Gots: 423 | FT: 3
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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 AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice brownish color that tans at the edges. Bubbly two finger head that quickly dissipated, leaving the sides of the glass clean.

S - Fruity, almost apples with a hint of pears. Nice belgian yeast smell, but a little more subtle than most belgians.

T - Apples and bears with a nice compliment of belgian yeast. Nicely fruity and sweet. Not much in the way of malts or hops.

M - Great carbonation lends a nice bite to this medium-light bodied brew. Nice substance to it.

D - Highly drinkable, although I think the sweetness would get to most after a couple.

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

Maudite pours a cloudy brownish amber with a thin whitish head which falls quickly.

The aroma has a touch of alcohol with dark fruits and caramel with fresh baked bread yeastiness.

The flavor is of dark fruits, raisins and brandied apricots, with notes of pear and apple. Caramel and hints of chocolate make an appearance in the malt along with spicy yeast flavors (like cloves and pepper). The taste profile is quite dense and the alcohol is well integrated throughout.

Mouthfeel seems firmly medium, smooth with carbonation being a bit on the high side.

Maudite is a very warming brew, with flavors becoming more complex and mellow as it comes up in temperature. If those doomed canoeists were paddling home to celebrate with this beer it's no wonder they made a pact with the Devil!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought in looking at this was that it was extremely flat looking. It looked like caramel in a glass due to the color and complete lack of any head.

Smells like yeast and fruity esters- sour cherries, a little apple, and a little pear all backed by toffee.

The first taste that comes to mind is apple cider vinegar, then the sour cherry. The malt gives it a nice push towards sweet, then finishes with a ginger spice.

Despite it's flat appearance, the mouthfeel was heavily carbonated and sparkling.

The alcohol is masked well and everything has a crisp taste to it.

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

Unibroue have some great beers but I personally feel this one is a little overrated. It is let down ever so slighlty by the dry/bitter aftertaste. For a strong Dark Ale this is a little off-putting. It's more like a hybrid IPA/BSDA. Don't get me wrong, I love my IPA's but this is really neither one or the other and is lacking an identity!
The bitterness in the aftertaste also become more prominent as it warms so get it down the hatch quickly! :)

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

355ml bottle dated for 11-27-11 poured into a 25cl chimay glass.

Maudite pours a dark brownish-orange with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Not unusual for this type of glass. Lacing is swirly and clings to the glass.

The aroma delicate and complex. Aromas of funky farmhouse Belgian yeast, red wine vinegar, grapes, dates, and other dark pitted fruit.

Tastes of sour dark cherries, caramel, clove, and Belgian yeast, there's some hop bitterness but its well balanced with this beer's sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body relaxed carbonation.

A really fantastic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A complex flavor and aroma. Nothing astringent and nothing to really approve upon with this beer reminding me why Unibroue is a fantastic brewery. A must try if you like Beligian styles.

Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue's beers are amazingly similar and consistent; if I were to take a blind taste test, I could probably distinguish most of the subtle flavors of a unibroue brew. Maudite (meaning "damned" in French) is no exception.

A: Pours a dark ruby/amber with massive two finger white/tan head. Head retention remains for some time, leaving lots of lacing. Very nice.

S: Hints of malt, pepper and spiciness along with dark fruit and candy sugar can be detected.

T: Dark candy sugar and a subtle yeast sour funkiness with malt and pepper can be tasted. The slight sour funkiness lingers at the finish of each sip. Good stuff. As good as Maudite is, it's one of my least favorite offerings of Unibroue.

M: Smooth and creamy with ample carbonation.

D: This one is a hybrid in that the ABV is relatively high, it's also hidden extremely well. It's somewhere in between a sipper and a session. Can be sipped and/or quaffed. Mind you, after 3 of these, one might want to turn in for the night. Maudite makes being damned not so bad after all.

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

the story is the canoers sold their souls to satan to fly to safety, then one denounced mid-air on the way and the canoe plumetted to earth. thus they were damned.

3rd part of the sampler, i won't make it to the 4th and do it justice as zodiac vodka and winter warmers have been in abundance thus far.

A: pours a mahogany red brown. head is pronounced off the cuff, then vanishes to a thin lace.

S: pepper and fruity tones, yeast is present as is sweetness.

T: wow, very nice. sweet malts, spice, fruit, apple is dominant.

M: like all their beer, it's quite good. good body, most enjoyable.

D: good, it was less unique than La Fin, but hides its ABV well. in a way, just as drinkable.

will buy again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maudite means the "damned." I'm assuming that refers to the phantom canoers on top of the bottle label who are doomed to paddle upstream for all eternity like Sysphus pushing his rock. Poor fellers.

Clear, dark copper color with floating yeasties. Decent head that dissipates to a crescent shaped collar on it's way out.

Generally, yeast, fruit and spice. Specifically, Bready malt orange rind, ripe pear and cinnamon.

Taste is dominated by an aggressive, course carbonation. Orange creamsicle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Dry, husky aftertaste. Gets solventy as it warms.

Not one of my Unibroue favs.

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

Pours a rich brown amber reminiscient of most Belgian Darks (think Rochefort 10). One-finger thick tan head that fades quickly, settling into a thin film and crown.

Nose has fruity notes of peach and pear with a spicy hint of cinnamon. There's something else at play here, but I can't identify it. Taste is very enjoyable - the light fruity notes come again, with generous notes of yeast and a mild spice rolls across the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wioth fairly generous carbonation, but it's not obstrusive. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Fairly drinkable - there's really nothing to slow down your consumption.

Photo of hardy008
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with an off white head and decent retention. The aroma is sweet malt, alcohol, pears, spices, and dark fruit. The taste matches the aroma, and the alcohol does not seem to be as noticeable in the taste as it did in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Peppery with a sweet finish. This is a very good beer, just like all the other beers I have had from Unibroue. Very drinkable.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Re-review. This is a 2008 bottle that is about a year old now.

A: Pours a murky mahogany body with gold and ruby highlights when held to a lamp. brown-gold with ruby around the edges when held to the light. The carbonation is respectable, but relatively tame for an Unibroue (which I've always found to be oversudsy). It's about a finger's worth of large, fluffy bubbles that retain moderately and collapse into a thick swath on top of the brew. Each swig leaves broken sheets of bubbles down the sides of the glass.

S: Yeast.... Some weak dark fruit character (plums, I guess?) and a whiff of spice. But on the whole, surprisingly unremarkable and lacking in pungency, even with vigorous agitation.

T: Great fruit character: orange, berries, cherries, and pear. A small flavor of yeast, and the finish carries hints of spice (cardamom). The malt character comes through as a toffee-caramel hybrid. But the finish is kind of watery.

M: Light-medium bodied, with ample carbonation to amplify the peppery kick in the finish. A small warmth hints at the ABV. I think the year laying down has tamed the bubbles nicely, as I usually find this beer overcarbed.

D: I think my love affair with Unibroue is drawing to a close. I respect what they do for the style, but I'm just underwhelmed lately. Maybe it's from having spent time in Belgium, maybe it's palate fatigue, maybe the bottle aged badly, maybe it's that the beers just aren't that great.

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

750mL bottle/stemless snifter

A: clear. Brown the same shade as strong tea. Off-white head without much stick, but I poured very carefully so as not to disturb yeast sediment.

S: Sweet, spicy, some fruit. Almost like some sort of holiday baked good, but without a cloying sweetness in the aroma. Warming, metaphorically. Might catch a bit of alcohol in the nose, but it's usually very well hidden.

T/M: brandied fruitcake. Slightly chewy mouthfeel cut by lively carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

D: Very smooth. Though alcohol is slightly present in aroma and flavor, it's masked and smoothed very well by the malt and the spicy Belgian yeast. Doesn't taste as strong as it is. Deceptive that way, but still highly drinkable.

Photo of bobsy
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the LCBO. Belgian styles are Unibroue's forte, and Maudite is one of the more readily available options. Rich amber body with a large, bubbly off-white head, that recedes to a constantly replenished island of bubbles in my Duvel glass. Absolutely huge fruity (pear, lychee, peach), spicy (cinnamon) aroma. Floral, sweet flavour with strong hints of cinnamon. The fruitiness really comes through in a pleasantly sweet way. Fairly high level of carbonation, which is fine, but the body itself is a little watery.

Had this again with a couple years on it, and both the body and flavour had improved greatly. I'd probably put the body up to a 4 and the flavour to a 4.5.

Photo of Grunewald
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy ruddy amber. The head is off-white and laces at the top of the glass, then settles quickly to form a ring on the surface.

S - strong orange scent (marmalade/orange liqueur), flowers, spice and yeast

T - caramel, licorice, enduring spice, ripe fruit (not harsh at all) and light yeast

M - medium carbonation, medium body, incredibly smooth and a throat warming finish

D - very smooth with tons of character. The high alcohol is not felt at all while drinking.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at Abe's Cold Beer for around $9 and split it with friends after dinner. I was immediately hit with a big nose of spicy apple that continued in the flavor. More berries fruit pop up on the tongue, adding depth, with a little blueberry and blackberry. After the fruity esters, more earthy, herbal clove notes slide in to leave a fairly balanced and dry finish. I would have like a little more complexity, but this was still a great, well-made beer. Yet another example of the fine brews Unibroue is cranking out.

Photo of billyshears
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Cloudy dark amber color; thick head initially but dissipates
s- Lighter apple type fruit flavor initially; malts and darker fruits (black cherry) become more present as it warms.
t- Great combination of dark fruits, malts and a bit of spiciness. Some slight hop bitterness on the back end.
m+d- Heavy on carbonation but still goes down fairly smooth despite this.

Not much to say here: just another solid, complex Unibroue brew.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite's body is a cloudy orange/brown color that reminds me a bit of honey in my Unibroue tulip. The off-white head is a little more than two fingers tall and has good retention, but only leaves behind the occasional scrap of lacing.

The aroma has a bit of honey in it, with a variety of fruits from apple to figs. A good spiciness is there also, reminding me a bit of fennel and pepper.

The first flavors of Maudite are lighter fruits such as apple and pear, which turns into a slightly medicinal, peppery flavor. A bit of fennel is in there also, followed by some tobacco and a hint of chocolate. The dark fruit are weak in the flavor, with just a touch of prune. Underneath it all is a little bit of warming from the alcohol, but just a touch.

The mouthfeel is prety full for the style, but also high on the carbonation; two characteristics that come together to be pretty pleasant.

Maudite is a good beer and a credit to Univroue's tasty lineup.

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

pours a dark cloudy brown with a large off white head, good lacing.

raisins and figs in the nose maybe some black cherry, as well as a strong malt presence. slightly sugary scent as well.

taste is slightly more subdued, the malt really takes center stage. a slightly bitter finish. there's a little cinnamon in there somewhere.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and creamy somewhat oily too. mellow going down.

a really delicious beer that doesn't ruin your pallet, though it is a little heavy in the tummy. very drinkable, maybe stick to only a few though.

unibroue has some damn fine drinkables and this one is no exception.

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

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue goblet.

A: Slightly hazy red-amber body supporting just the slightest bit of white foam - very, very full pour. Small amount of very fine lace.

S: Predominantly yeasty, with warm fruit and spice carrying the day. Nice dark fruit from the malt as well. Sweet and smooth.

T: Sweet, spicy, and rich. Lots of prominent yeast, very spicy and delicately sour aftertaste. Hard to describe how well-balanced and delicious this beer is.

M: Medium to full bodied with tons of mouth-filling carbonation.

D: Excellent for the style. No hint of alcohol, and the balanced Belgian flavor keeps me highly interested.

Notes: Just a great all-around beer. Perhaps not as challenging and complex as some of the authentic Belgian entries in the style, but no less tasty.


Photo of zoso493
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a very pleasant, dark mahogany with just a very slight one-finger head that doesn't stay around too long. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell: Very sweet malty scent. A lot of butterscotch, caramel, dark fruit and cinammon come out in the smell, but not in an overly bold way.

Taste: The taste is a lot more bold than the smell would have indicated. Really nice, sweet and almost sugary taste. Lots of dark fruit and caramel are the two main tastes that I can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty nice drinking beer for being 8% ABV, but the alcohol was definitely noticeable. I still downed this one bottle pretty quickly, though.

Overall, I thought this was a very tasty beer. It's a really nice take on the style and an interest departure from similar Belgian offerings. This was my first beer from Unibroue and I definitely look forward to trying more.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber color. Nice head.

S: A bit musty on the nose.

T: A bit heavier than I expected. I'm definitely tasting the heat/alcohol.

M: Nice carbonation and weight in the mouth.

D: Not very sessionable. I was expecting this to be very drinkable, so I was a bit disappointed.

Photo of mfabian12
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Dark amber with cloudiness from yeast, large off-white head.
Smell: Spicy with yeast and hints of molasses
Taste: Malty with a certain spicy and fruity complexion to it. A
subtle bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation and thickness
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Very smooth.

All in all, this is a great beer. Would definitely recommend giving it a try.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle with expiration 04-07-2012

Smell: Prominant yeast, molasses and slight sour grape. As the beer warms cloves become prominent.

Taste: Initial sour bite leads in to dark malts with high carbonation. Notes of caramel, but sour apple with cloves. Thick, full body with little alcohol presence.

Notes: Much like a dunkelweisen in my mind. Very delicious and complex beer that balances sour.

Photo of eagles22
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark amber body with 1 finger off white head

Smell: wheat, celery and also some dark fruits figs and cherries

Taste: malts, alcohol, wheat and black pepper alot going on here very complex brew

Mouthfeel: medium body with alot of carbonation

Drinkability: great brew ...it can be sessioned but also as a sipper to savor this great beer

Photo of crhensel
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

(bottle into trappist glass) Poured a dark brown (mahogany) with a one finger head that quickly diminished. Heavy malt aroma with lots of toasted molasses and toffee hints. It was sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Medium body with a nice happy carbonation released all the sweet flavors very well. There was little disappointment here! Paired very well with my hearty stew, but following it's sister La Fin du Monde, the ABV of both did catch up with me!! It's sneaky, be careful!

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Maudite from Unibroue
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