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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,886
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 136
Gots: 289 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 Shumista
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Maudite snifter.
A- The beer pours a medium brown with a decent size fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while.
S- Some spice, lots of dark fruits, apple and caramel.
T- The first thing I noticed was the huge dark fruit taste of the beer. I also tasted some apple, and sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste reminds me of sour apple. Overall, a very fruity taste.
M- Thick with a good amount of carbonation.
D- I could easily put away the entire 750 ml bottle by myself. Goes down real easy.

Really a great beer, I'm looking forward to trying the rest of Unibroue's lineup.

Shumista, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me for a wedding shower present. Gnarly.

Pours a finished cherry wood color, nice offwhite head pillows up and then leaves thin sheets of lace across the walls of the tulip. Smell is full of red apples, combined with the yeasty spiciness almost cidery. A nice malty, whole wheat bread backbone, very fruity, (as I said, red apples) also has some red grapes, slightly banana and clove in the yeast. Very nice! Taste begins sweet, apples bread, clove... then transitions into a balancing act full of that wonderful spicy Unibroue yeast, grape juice, white pepper, raspberry. Mouthfeel is coating and full of body. The carbonation helps cut some of the thick but an outstanding aftertaste holds on for quite a while. Glad I revisited this beer!

RickSawyer, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with hints of plum with 2 cm of tight white head. Slowly settles dwon to a slightly thick, creamy ring.
Nose is a blast of complexity. It takes a while to separate it all out. Spices, hops, pine and citrus mingle with banana and dark fruit. Caramel sweetness in the background.
Taste is strong dark fruits with a distinctive sour note, spicy and sweet on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, only slightly drying. Medium body, slightly creamy feel to the head, and a very light viscosity. Hides the alcohol very well.

Another winner from Unibroue, and a wonderful example of the style.

nighthawk, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a huge head that goes away after a while, left some lacing.

Smells sweet, nice dark fruit smell with a hint of spice in there.

Nice caramel sweet taste hits your mouth, very crisp and light feeling. Surpised there is no bitterness to it.

Light body, light carbonation, very good taste and drinkability. Very great beer

tr4nc3d, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my mountain biking friends from Canada gave this to me. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light brown and left a large, bubbly head upon pouring. The head settled quickly leaving a thin ring with little lacing. Smells of malt and fruit with no single strong scent. The taste is similar: Malty and sweet. Some caramel, some bitterness, and yeast rounds out the taste. Not a very strong taste of alcohol. Very well balanced taste. A fizzy mouthfeel that leaves some stickiness but drinks real easy. I will definitely buy some of this...it's a delicious beer and easy to drink.

mtbbaboon, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of rushpatrick
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On many occasions i have had this beer from a 750ml corked bottle. This was my first experience tasting it on draft. It blew my mind. i cannot immagine anything tasting better. While the beer still had little smell and a somewhat murky appearance, it proved to be better tasting than anything I've had to date. I brew my own beer and only dream of the day when I one day can brew something one tenth this good. Keep in mind I am impartial to this drink and would never say anything negative about it. Drink on.

rushpatrick, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an os wine glass. Pours an deep opaque brown color with a huge two inch off white head and lace.

Belgian yeast and some dark fruits with a nice amount of spice.

Taste is really nice as it starts with a nice spiciness to it. Their is some raisin flavor with some figs a light caramel malt flavor and spicy clove flavor in it. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

A very nice beer with deceptive alcohol and a smooth feel to it allows for an easy drinking brew.

Hokies, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Foamy .5 finger caramel colored head that leaves some lace as it fades.

Smell is caramel, raisins, and that distinctly sweet Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet, candied fruit with some spicy and earthy yeast flavors.

Medium body with crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high. Definitely one of my favorites of this style. It's not a problem at all to put away the whole 750ml bottle.

daythree16, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz undlated bottle - bottle refermentation it says

A - Pours a solid copper color, lots of carbonation and head. The head is very white and strongly retained. Looks almost thick.

S - Primarily a strong yeast here. Not much else - i would say it owns. A Belgian yeast of some kind - somewhere along the lines of a strong ale or a tripel.

T - The early flavors are very subdued. Light amount of malt with some roasted malt background. The majority of this thing is in the after taste. Very strong malt flavor combined with an extremely potent hit of phenolic flavors. This baby packs a punch.

M - Solid and thick - and thats just the start. This beer is extremely carbonated. High CO2 means burn on the tongue.

D - The more I drink it the more I slow down - why? Its the overpowering alcohol combined with the huge carbonation creating a backup in my gut. Sounds nasty, but its true. Not a particularly drinkable beer, but not exactly what they are going for here.

Had this in an unreviewed session on tap quite a ways back - I think for some odd reason I liked it much better than this bottle.

katan, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of TeamSeabass
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip shaped beer glass. I left a small bit in the bottle but most of the yeast was mixed into the beer on pouring.

Has a beautiful caremel color and slight head. Smells more fruity to me than some other belgian style ales that are heavier on the cloves.

Delightful taste with such a smooth mouthfeel, with a nice bit of carbonation. The alcohol comes through at the very end but the finish is so smooth.

This beer is good right to the very end of the glass.

TeamSeabass, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is delicious, interesting, complex and very fruity.

Dark, reddish amber with a little brown and just a tiny bit hazy, it has a large, lasting, creamy, light tan head that slowly thins to a thin, permanent top and leaves some decent lace, but not for long.

The aroma is spiced, sweet red wine with a lot of fruit, bread, orange juice, hints of yeast and pear.

The taste is very fruity (both fresh and stewed dried fruit), rich but light and zesty, with spice, orange, hint of caramel, yeasty. It's complex, lively, and zesty, with the alcohol providing a nice, warming body without being obvious or at all harsh.

Offa, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice brew. poured nicely with about one inch of head. nice full color, steady carbonation. smell and taste is nice and fruity. this is one damn fine beer from a very good brewer. nice feel in the mouth and while full in body it finishes very smooth and clean. you can lightly taste and feel the abv.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of gerardoluna
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[EYES] This "damned one" was amazing, deep in eyes, the head is poor for this style [BSA],
[MOUTH] Strong in mouth,
[AROMA] Full in nouse and the finish is bitter and the after taste dry. GooOooOoooOod One for me! enjoy it with pat metheny back.

gerardoluna, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of disastermouse
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've got to start by saying that this has been a favorite beer of mine even before I started really getting into beer. I first discovered it about seven years ago and found it refreshingly different.

A- Dark reddish-brown, but not opaque . It looks great!

S- Smells very 'bubble-gum' fruity. There's malt there underneath, but not a 'bready' smell at all. The alcohol is definitely there.

T- Yum! Very fruity, not much hops, with the malt way in the background - even behind the alcohol heat.

MF- This beer sort of 'dances' across your tongue. It feels like it's a combination between the phenols and the alcohol. It's actually quite pleasant - but different. It's not astringent.

D- The alcohol content is high on this one. Personally, I have to buy the 12oz bottles in order to drink it if I want to also drink other beers. Also, it may numb your tongue up a bit.

All in all, a very fine beer. It's complex and unexpected. If, in my youth, someone had told me beer could taste like this I wouldn't have believed them.

disastermouse, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of andrewm190
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer; and I have to be honest in that I haven't poured it into the proper glass. Nonetheless, the smell is delicious, solid yeast smell, I think. Pours a dark brown with a powerful head. In no way overbearing, well balanced and comfortable to drink. This is an excellent beer, and I highly recommend it. Be warned, it is a bit pricey, even at Trader Joe's, but I do think you will really like the results.

andrewm190, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice

Pours a murky reddish brown in color with lighter ambers hues at the edges an about a finger of very light tan head that settles to just a coating. Aroma is pleasant, spicy phenols with intermittent whiffs of alcohol and a touch of fruit. Taste is much like the aroma there is some malt and darker fruits upfront with spicy, slightly peppery phenols taking over. In the finish I can detect some alcohol but not a detrimental amount. Mouthfeel is good, medium+ body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable brew, a bit more complex than I was able to put into words but not too "busy".

mnj21655, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a gold foil wrapper around the cap best by 08/29/09. Served into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy light cidery color deep golden with reddish brown hues,very effervecent with a silky white head leaving a constiant layer tiny strings around the sides of the glass.

Clean,light spice,yeasty with doughyness,touch of cinnamon fruity with hints of dates/figs.

Light tangy mouthfeel lots of spice upfront,good balance with a tart,slightly sour fruityness not as much as the aroma would indicate,with a touch of acidity. Slighty boozy for the most part the alcohol is well hidden. Velvety,silky mouthfeel leaves a drying slightly astrigent aftertaste lingering. Good example of the style close to Chimay Blue.

jcdiflorio, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a 7650 ml bottle into 2 large goblets. It pours a almost burgundy color. The head is about 2 fingers, does not leave much lacing. On the nose is mild ripe fruit and some alchoholic esters, but rather faint. There are ripe pear and faint apple notes on the tongue followed by a mellow alchohol. This is a medium bodied beer with adequete carbonation. This brew hides its 8% alchohol well making it very drinkable. This beer is solid, yet unspectacular.

bonkers, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of off-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly leaving a ring. It appears to have a lot of carbonation. It is dark copper in color.

S - A sweet aroma, mostly dark fruits like plums and grapes.

M - Light-medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation.

T - Slightly sour up front but balanced with some malts and a spiciness. Leaves a little alcohol warmth. It's hard to get a whole lot out of the taste, because of the strong carbonation sting that overpowers everything else.

A pretty decent brew, but to me it is nothing extraordinary. It's worth checking out, but I wouldn't go out of your way to get it.

boralyl, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbey.

A - Nice burgundy body, decent head, though again, the bartender didn't want to cheat me, so poured less head than it otherwise would be.

S - I didn't get so much other than some vague raisins and spices. Maybe my nose is having a bad day...it's not congested at all, but I'm not getting much out of any beer I have today.

T - Really tasty, a toasted graham cracker with a lot of clove evident. I didn't get anywhere near this much clove when I tried Maudite out of the bottle. As with the bottle, I'm not sure I can tell I'm drinking an alcoholic drink, that's how hidden the 8% ethanol is.

F - Medium body, but a deft, light feel that reminds me of some of the best Belgian examples.

D - Strong beer, but you could toss back a couple.

Patrick999, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of koolk
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt orange with a fluffy white head that disintegrates soon after.

Sexy Belgian inspired nose of cherries and currant and other dark/red fruits, strong spice and some citrus under notes.

Palate is full of sweet caramel flavours that lead into a decent spicy bite and aftertaste. Some more citrus flavours in there as well, or maybe that is just the after taste tang making me think so. Great flavour!

Great balance, creamy texture and the alcohol is apparent, though in a loverly winter warming fashion.

Ahh Unibroue...Their beers played a huge part in my beer geek "initiation" as a 19 year old living in Canada. Good to see after all these years it still holds very strong (and is available in Oz for that matter!)

koolk, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first forays into craft beer about 12 years ago and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. 12oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured a murky plum color with a two inch rocky off-white cap. A furious, initial effervescing of tiny bubbles began to slow in tandem with the subtle collapse of the head, which eventually settled into a fairly consistent skim of foam. Some lacing present during the tasting, but poor adhesion. Complex nose; dark fruit (perhaps prunes & plum) as well as a spicy character and perhaps a hint of candi sugar. Taste follows nose with some citrus astringency revealed, culminating in a dry finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied but seems to be slightly overcarbonated. A nice, drinkable belgian strong dark. Alcohol is well-hidden, and body keeps it from feeling overly heavy. Fairly easy drinking brew, relative to the style.

Jwale73, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle

A: Slightly transparent but still dark, almost cola like. Half finger of head that dissipated. Good looking brew.

S: I picked up tones of fruit with a touch of spiciness as swell.

T & M: Wow, I really liked this beer. Alcohol is very subtle. I'm getting used to the Belgian dark ales now but it still surprises me how light and refreshing they are. Bready mouthfeel. Hints of fruit with some spiciness as well. Well done.

D: Highly drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer. Unibroue continues to impress.

elniko, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass.

A.Dark brown a little purple in color. 1 1/2 finger head good retention.
S.unidentified fruits, and spices.
T.Lots of flavor, fruits,spices, malty.
M.Tons of carbination, thin but works out well with the beer.
D.Alcohol is hidden very well, beware, drink multiple and they will sneak up on you.

alovesupreme, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown-orange color that poured with absolutely no head at all. The aroma is spiced vanilla with quite a bit of yeast. The taste is spicy vanilla and citrusy then turning pretty sour and peppery at the end. There's some noticeable alcohol as well. Not a bad beer.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,886 ratings.