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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,718
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 126
Gots: 225 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JamesS


2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper color, with great head, but little lacing. Not much of a scent to speak of, maybe a bit of sweetness, but that's it. Same for the taste, for the most part it's bland. Not bad, but nothing great to speak of. It has a bit too much carbonation/bite for such a strong ale. Not Unibroue's best.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 01:07:59 | More by JamesS
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought yesterday at the Queens Quay LCBO in Toronto, so it has to be quite fresh, I can't see an Exp date anywhere. Into a Maudite glass it goes, in bright light it's an dark apricot hue, otherwise shades of dark brown, prunes, very nectar-like in appearance. One to two finger light brown head with lots of bubbles initially, it settled to cover the surface, energetic then flattened out to a ring and some lacing that can't quite stick to the sides of the glass when swirled. Slow moving bubbles, at first quite well distributed in small groupings, later cleared.

There is a smell of yeast, dried fruit, then bananas getting ready to turn brown, sour dough or some other type of fresh bread. The taste is rye bread, marmalade rind, a sweetened ctirus presence then touches of sour add quite nicely to the mix with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, flavours are big and nicley in-sych and there is a warm rye or malt whisky backdrop, all of it held together nicely considering the high alcohol content. This is a well crafted beer equally welcome before, during or after a meal, or just when you want to sit around and kick back.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 00:41:49 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of shererjt


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL brown bottle served in a chalice.

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with moderate carbonation and a rich, creamy head. Complex and spicy aroma: raisins, cinnamon, caramel, toast, and--get this--mint. Hmm. Relatively light on the Belgian character in the nose, but there's some. Medium body. I actually said "wow" out loud after my first sip. Malt-leaning, but generally tasted about like it smelled. Not that much Belgian character. Smooth, sublime mouthfeel. Alcohol was not at all apparent. Drinkability was pretty good, too.

An all-around solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 23:18:37 | More by shererjt
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy dark peach color with thin small-bubbled beige head and very light lacing.

Aroma is sweet with ripe fruit, raisin, clove and tart apple.

Taste is loaded with flavor with the ripe fruit, tart apple, yeast, malt, and black pepper all coming together perfectly. The alcohol is very well hidden in this ale.

Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish and a very fizzy carbonation.

What a great ale from Unibroue. Very easy to drink and savor. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 19:47:12 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Romulus141


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel brown with a two finger high manilla head. The head dissipates, so enjoy it while it's there. The beverage leaves light traces of lacing the edges of the glass. When held up to the light, it retains its haziness. I can see some carbonation bubbles in there. Overall, it's an intriguing beer to look at.

Smell: Fruit smell is the first thing that comes to mind when I smell this. I can detect apple mainly. There is also a floral characteristic that is quite pleasant. It reminds me a bit of potpourri. This is a quite a nice smelling beer, and it falls well within the Belgian style of beer.

Taste: Wow, there is a lot going on here. I am first greeted with an almost caramel malty sweetness, which gives way to a little bit of bitterness. This is followed up by a fruity, floral character, which is quite a transformation from the initial taste. The finish is strong, and leaves an aftertaste that only barely hits at the intense experience that this brew provides. A wonderful taste.

Mouthfeel: This is a little heavier than a typical Belgian, and less carbonated than some other varieties. Actually, this is probably the most balanced mouthfeel I have ever come across. Truly a joy to experience.

Drinkability: Man, it's hard to believe this is 8%. I could drink this all night while watching my favorite shows or listening to some great music. Each sip invites another one. I simply can't get enough.

Unibroue does it again! This is highly recommended, and I am having a hard time telling whether I like this or La Fin Du Monde better. This is darker and sweeter, while La Fin is crisper. I guess it depends on your mood. If you ever get the chance to try either, you absolutely must!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 02:47:05 | More by Romulus141
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy ruby colour, with a creamy, lasting head and decent lacing.

Quite floral and estery, like a perfume. Lots of yeast, fruits and spices.

Plenty of carbonation in a smooth, creamy medium body. Mellow alcohol lurking in the background with a robust, tasty malt base. Tart and spicy fruits with plenty of juicy Belgian flavour. Malty, grainy finish that brings it together really well. Delicious carrot cake.

This is delightful and romantic. The alcohol is pronounced and makes this a cozy evening sipper. Even though it's 8% abv, it drinks like a 10%. Regardless, it's very tasty, affordable, available...and a classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 00:52:08 | More by ablaze
Photo of PhageLab


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle stored cold, then allowed to reach room temp, unfortunately my Duvel chalice busted, so this is being served in a mug, sorry : (

A - Cloudy, yeasty dark brown than lightens up near the bottom. Obvious bits of yeast floating around. Produced a huge frothy head that hung around for a while, and the lacing was excellent.

S - Very sweet almost tart like smell, with some hints of the alcohol coming through. Near the end some spices show up, and possibly clove, but I can't be certain.

T - Yeast and malt primarily, with the sweetness coming through in the middle, like a really heavy cider. Near the end, the spices come through, and to me this balances fairly perfectly, it's obvious a lot went into this brew, and I appreciate it.

M - Thick and creamy, dries the mouth out a bit, but I suppose it helps to take another sip. Very little carbonation, suits this just fine.

D - Suffers a bit I believe, for it's sweetness. I'm not sure I could go through a second bottle. Extremely good, but one large bottle was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 22:08:49 | More by PhageLab
Photo of thierrynantes


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : inspirée par la "golden ale" Belge (Duvel), elle est plus foncée
Smell : fruitée et épicée
Taste and mouthfeel : saveurs douces et moelleuses Drinkability : bière savoureuse
Drinkability : très bonne ale forte épicée

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 17:40:53 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of brendan13


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times now & was suprised that I hadn't reviewed it yet - so here goes.

A - Hazy deep mahogony colour poured into a snifter with a few centimetres of beige head that falls away to a thin whisp fairly quickly.
S - The first thing that hits is the clove spice, followed by a rich fruitiness & backed up by some caramel toffee notes. Belgian yeast phenols are there too.
T - Just like the smell, the taste is also a wonderful, complex mixture of spice, fruit and toffee. Some warming alcohol is present too.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.
D - I was close to givng this a 5 but the 8%ABV held it back at 4.5. A wonderful beer that I'll be drinking time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 11:23:44 | More by brendan13
Photo of sbe1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one one of my all time favorite beers. The review bottle was purchased from New Beer on Chrystie St. in NYC.

Appearance: Big creamy caramel head that settles down to a nice lace. Beer is a beautiful cloudy, rusty bronze.

Smell: Yeasty and sweet with fruit notes, a hint of nutmeg.

Taste: A rich sweet malt taste concluding with a gentle hopy sizzle on your tongue. Apple notes cloaking the pleasant presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but not too much so, hops and carbonation work to pleasantly keep your mouth awake. A clean sharp finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a beer with 8% alcohol content, maybe a little too strong and big for a session beer, but it makes an absolutely wonderful treat for the end of a hard day or a wine-like beer to accompany a fancy meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:01:21 | More by sbe1
Photo of pwoods


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a chalice.

A: 1finger creamy head. Pour appears a rusty brown at first. When held up to the light, it turns a knockout rose pink. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very strong citrus notes. Smells dead on the style. High alcohol phenols with very appealing yeasty esters.

T/M: Tart citrus fruits: apples, pears, cherries. Malts are nicely creamy with a bit of caramel. Light body with lifting carbonation, very clean and refreshing. Very dry finish.

D: Drinkability is pretty high. I had no problem finishing the bottle. 8% is pretty high but one hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:56:03 | More by pwoods
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas of a sweet to dry malt. In the taste, well it was spicy, almost predominatly cinnamon. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a spicy dryness in the aftertaste. Nice spice, yet easy to drink, hides alcohol very well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 18:07:04 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of domtronzero


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown/burgundy with copper hues. Tightly packed fizzy head. Some lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet and sugary. Fruity and a little alcohol noted.

T - Sweet, malty, caramel and toffe. Figs, plums, raisins, over-ripened fruit, (maybe even some cherries?). Slight bitterness. Earthy. Not much alcohol flavor detected in the taste, but warm in my stomach.

M - Medium to thick bodied, heavy fizzy carbonation cuts the through the thickness well. Mouthcoating.

D - Overall an excellent beer. Nice buzz caught after this one. Gets even easier to drink as it warms and the malty flavors are more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 18:59:51 | More by domtronzero
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 750ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 2/27/09. Pours a hazy tea like brown with a champagne like 3 finger head, OK longevity and good lace.

S- Fruity, mostly tart apple. Some sherry like aromas as well. Somewhat yeasty and spicy,

T- Fruity with fair amount of spicyness (clove). Subtle sherry flavors. Tart. Seems a bit watery to me.

M- high carbonation. Leaves a funny tartness/bitterness in the aftertaste.

D-Just Ok. It seems a bit watery and too tart for a beer of this type.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 23:59:27 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Illini5596


4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance was fantastic, just enough head, and a deep brownish red color. My mouth was watering the moment I saw it. The smell was deep oaks and wood, with bound up sweetness and caramel, the last being the true prize to be found in this beer. The taste is deep, strong, and with hints of caramel on the tail. One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely spectacular. It's complex and full bodied, a true work of genuine craftsmanship.

The mouthfeel is rich, and full, with a slight slickness, felt about the same time the caramel comes out.

Absolutely amazing beer, highly recommended to anyone and everyone you CANNOT go wrong!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 00:35:10 | More by Illini5596
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with a good sized white head. Laces well.

S - Spicy, pungently yeastiness with pears and apples. A hint of roast and metal. Would be perfect if not for the slight metallic edge.

T - Very fruity, again with pears and apples. Has a spicy yeast bite and is on the sweet side, with a solip hop bitterness in the finish. Hugely complex mix of fruitiness and alcohol.

M - Not quite creamy. Prickly carbonation seems to linger in the aftertaste along with a slight astringency. Not at all heavy.

D - For a stronger brew, very drinkable. One of my favoriate Unibroues.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 00:03:11 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of beeragent


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, into a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark amber, forming a thick three fingers of white head. The head faded to a thin layer of bubbles, without forming any lacing. The aroma is a great mix of dark fruit aroma, sweet candy, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is a nice sweet fruit flavor upfront, with the middle being dominated by a sweet candy sugar taste, followed by a slight alcoholic finish. Complex and delicious. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. This is what I would expect from any beer labeled as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I will be throwing this into the regular rotation. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 22:25:58 | More by beeragent
Photo of wesleyhighley


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark indeed. I really can only complain about the smell, which wasn't indicative of the beer itself. It had a wonderful taste and, this may seem foolish, I really like the bottle.

I tend to be a fan of darker beers (stouts and are my favorite!), but this ale really surprised me. I could drink this any day

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 21:40:17 | More by wesleyhighley
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must be honest and say I have never really taken Unibroue that seriously. It's really no slight at the company at all - I know several members of the staff rather well and they have always come across as righteous people. Yet for some reason I never bothered to really delve into their wide array of styles.

I picked up a bottle of MAUDITE on a whim. All I can say is that WHAT THE HELL HAVE I BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR?

This beer alone proves this brewery is world-class. This ale reminded me of a more robust, dynamic version of the Rochefort 10 (yes, I said Rochefort 10). Beautifully balanced, lingering honey aftertaste, best served in a goblet around 50-55.

Just a hint of yeast and spice from an Abbey yeast, but otherwise clean. Goes down way too easy...dangerously...

I've begun a foray into experimental Belgian styles over the past couple of weeks, and I can only hope to approach the level of craft and expertise I had experienced with this beer.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:38:48 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mud puddle brown color with an average cream colored head, not much lacing detected. The smell is of corriander and orange peel, some light Belgian funk . The taste is of mellow candi sugar, corriander and orange peel, light lemon & granny smith apples, white grapes, and a bready malt base, the overall taste is quite light for a BSDA, maybe an imperial witbier?? The feel is moderate and fizzy, finishes well balanced. Quite light for a BSDA, definitely has BS pale ale characteristics Good drinkability and good Belgian brew, definitley has the Unibroue characteristics in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 05:51:58 | More by Gmann
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark mahogany body under a two-finger light tan head, that reduces slowly to a solid quarter-inch lid and lasts for half an hour, leaving substantial lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is lots of sweet dark fruits: raisins, dates, figs, dark cherries. Underneath is a solid malty-sour foundation, with a nice balance of floral hops. Hints of pepper, peach, and mint (!?). Mmmmm. Smells goood.

Taste is a bit less intense than the smell, with every note there, but a bit more sour and a bit more hops. That mint taste is there, oddly enough. Reminded me a little bit of mint snuff: a little smokey tobacco flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Smoooth, round, full, nice light carbonation that fills everything out.

Drinkability is fine for an 8% beer.

Overall, really quite good. Definitely a good beer for the money.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 05:57:39 | More by ColoradoBobs
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull orangish brown, like an aged brass handle in a dingy old bar. Big, slightly off-white head climbs to three fingers and stays there for a minute or so. All in all, a beautiful beer.

S: A big yeasty nose that hints at honey and sugar. A quality strain lives in this bottle.

T: Big bready malts backed by a sweet yeast character that sports a flashy clove walking stick. There are slight banana notes that peek in an out as everything warms. Some alcoholic warmth, but it's not offensive.

M: Sharp on the tongue, like a good belgian should be. Bright carbonation mixed into a thinly oiled liquid.

D: Delicious. I put the 750 down and was looking for the next. So, maybe it's a bit dangerous, but damn it's good.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:00:34 | More by BeardedSquash
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle from Andy's Liquor in Rochester poured into a goblet

A: dark ruby red, garnet colored beer, opaque with a large head when poured the climbed up a third of the glass and settled to a quarter film of off whte head with varied bubbles.

S: strong yeasty smell w/ characteristic yeasty smell, peppery smell from the alchohol on top of a solid malty taste underneath.

T: malt continues, sweet in the front, and then becomes spicy near the back of the tongue. Cherry, figs, other fruit underneath. Yeast and spice overpower just a bit, but not bad. A big beer that reaches out.

M: medium with plenty of malt backbone that lingers. Builds over time and is pleasant to sip.

D: very smooth and easy in spite of alcohol. Flavors are assertive w/o being aggressive.

Overall: a very excellent beer that is perfect to sip and let warm up.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:11:36 | More by FightingEntropy
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 02-16-09

Maudite has a reddish color and a decent amount of foam. Good lacing and carbonation kept constant throughout. Aroma is of fermented grapes, raisins, acidity, and malt. Taste is sweet upfront with some dark fruits like dates, raisins, figs, and prunes. Mouthfeel is very good as well as the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 03:06:00 | More by seaoflament
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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love, love, love Unibroue. But, this isn't my favorite beer from them.

Pours a reddish coppery color. No real head, no real carbonation. Lots of yeast/malt strains on the palate, along with some apple/pear/dark fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is just not impressive; thin, watery, and the flavors aren't nearly as rich or strong as other Unibroue offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 06:24:22 | More by Overlord
Maudite from Unibroue
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