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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,952
Reviews: 1,834
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 139
Gots: 315 | 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 WalrusJockey
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ox bottle, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- translucent to opaque amber, sand colored off-white head.

Smell- sweet white grapes, apples, malt, yeast, alcohol and flowers are all in there together.

Taste- sweet, with apples and white grapes, then dry and earthy, nearly musty taste, swallows sweet and white grape-y, followed by a long, not-strong but noticeable musty aftertaste; almost like duck, or dark meat turkey; maybe slightly smokey? Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is plentiful, and crisp on the tongue, the beer itself is silky and smooth. The contrast is similar to the contrasting sweet-and-smokey flavors.

Drinkability- the enticing flavor combination, and the perfectly matched texture combination make this a beer that is hard to leave sitting down. That said, I don't think I would have a second one tonight.

WalrusJockey, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of MattCote
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 Oz. bomber at Trader Joes and drank it that night, having chilled it to around 55 degrees farenheit. Drank it out of a Duvel Belgian glass.

A - Pours into a smoothe tawny, perhaps a bit of a deep mahogany, much as a dark belgian should. Two finger head dissolves into intricate lacing along the glass.

S - Immediate aroma of honey, like smelling a dilluted mead from afar. Hints of fresh fruit and lively notes of malt present.

T - Initially, the smooth and definitively Belgian maltiness presents itself with a bushel of fruits-- perhaps apple or pear-- with just enough flavor to disguise the 8% abv. Does so with flying colors. Resolves into a prudent hops profile, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Best described as a bit chewy, just enough resistance to prevent a watery feel, not enough to give it the same viscous consistency of a thicker style of beer. Remained as such throughout the drinking session without divesting too much carbonation.

D - Overall, a bomber is enough to satisfy the palette. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and may leave you feeling pretty well off if you solo the bottle. The flavor and aroma stays with you for a while beyond the final sip, which serves as a valuable reminder that you need to pick up another bomber. ASAP.

MattCote, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thick head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and cherry. Tastes like a tripel with an earthy/apple bite at the end. The carbonation makes it lighter than expected. Highly recommended. Unibroue is a master at keeping a Beligan full-flavored and full-bodied without overwhelming.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Devilishly dark red with a thin head but a steady fizz. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet figs, a touch of lemon zest, esters galore, you fabulous belgian yeast.

Taste: Dryer than the trois pistoles, a little lemon zest, very smooth sweet fig, a wee bit of chocolate in the back, warming alcohol. Weee!

Mouthfeel: A sort of thin, fizzy feel I suppose is to style.

Drinkability: Sip away.

Stonebreaker, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will try to come back to this beer and review it again. I tried it against three other Unibroue beers, and they all seemed to suffer from the comparison. Usually, tasting beers this way brings the differences to the forefront, but this time, they all just grew closer and closer together as far as flavor went. In my very humble opinion, Maudite is a Unibroue beer first and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale second, and that might go for all of their beers with their respective styles. Considering, Unibroue doesn't really seem to use normal style names in their marketing, this probably isn't an offensive opinion to them.

Anyway, Maudite pours a dark red brown with a very small fizzy head that disappeared almost immediately, leaving just about zero lacing. Part way through my glass, I spent some time swirling up a little head and watching it disappear almost instantly, just to be sure I didn't just give it a bad initial pour. It's not a horrible looking beer but decidedly unexciting for the style.

The smell and flavor were better. Spice, somewhere between pepper and coriander seed, is particularly evident, at least compared to other Unibroue offerings. There are some interesting pine or spruce hop notes in the background. The delicacy of the hop flavor is a very nice touch. The taste is also earthy and fruity, in line with Unibroue's range. I always enjoy the Unibroue feel of fine, prickly carbonation.

I really don't mean to be down on Unibroue. I like their beers very much. I just wasn't expecting such marked similarity.

popery, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber into a large Burgundy glass. Offers a rich head and a nice Belgian nose, good retention and lacing and a steady surface carbonation.

Nose offers a hint of alcohol yet is quite endearing. Otherwise subtle malts and fruit combine with a strong Belgian yeast nose.

Taste is a bit perky with carbonation and offers a slight breadiness coupled with hints of fresh summer fruit with a notable pear sweetness in the close.

Feel is of a very well balanced carbonation and sweetness and yields an easy drinking strong ale. Very nice..

HalfFull, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, Unibroue has had 7 chances to impress me so far and has yet to do so.. I'm starting to think I just don't have the taste for their particular yeast strain. I have one more left after this (their tripel) so hopefully that can do the trick.

This one pours a cloudly light brown with a small head and no lacing. Taste is very spicy with some dark fruit flavors, but mostly ethanol comes through with the spice. Has a smooth aftertaste surprisingly but getting to that point is a pretty rough road. I wouldn't recommend this one.

oriolesfan4, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of HatTrick
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer both on-tap and from the bottle but today I'll just review from the bottle though on-tap it is exceptional. If all you have is a regular glass then that's ok but is best in a chalice.

Appearance: Nice golden red amber color with carbonated buttles. Cream colored head quickly reduces down to a paper thin top. Leaves a little lacing as time goes on.

Smell: Of honey, yeast, and a little of spices like cloves.

Taste: A sweet flavor with honey and citrus undertones paired with cloves and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with perfect carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Easy easy easy to drink. Glad it comes in such a large bottle as one glass isn't enough. Makes me think of humid-sun drenched cabanas with Cuban cigars and a chalice of beer. Mmmm, and I don't smoke either. Overall a great beer.

HatTrick, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2/3/2006 (750ml):

Pours a dark-reddish colored body, with a medium-sized white head, diminishing. Has an aroma of flowers, citrus, coriander, and slight alcohol. Very fizzy, coriander. Smooth warm mouthful. Reminds me a lot of Allagash Tripple.

jujubeast6000, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 22, 2008

Quality beer, but Belgian really isn't my style. That being said, the aroma and flavor are both very good- above average- for the Belgians that I've tried. Laid back, fruity aroma that's enticing. The taste is that of typical Belgian, but high quality. Lots of maltiness, banana, tropical tasting. Very laid back save for a bit of alcoholic bite at the end which is a little surprising for an 8% ABV beer. Fans of this style beer will love it. For me, it'll probably be the last one I try. Just can't get into them. Maybe I'll revisit some more Unibroue beverages later on, but right now I just can't seem to develop the taste for them.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has a beautiful cloudy reddish amber color to it, doesn't have much of a head on it. unfortunately im in a smokey bar so i cant get a real good feel for the aroma but what i can discern is great, a ginger spiciness to it. taste is fantastic just like unibroue's other beers. i just love it

1fastz28, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown-gold with a light haze. fine champagne-like carbonation similar to La Fin du Monde. A good looking ale.

Smell - mild tones are sweet, spicy and yeasty with some fruity esters. I may not be using the best glass since I'm using the Stella Artois type. I think a chalice is a must.

Taste - mild like the smell but complex and low bitterness. It seems well balanced since no distict character is hitting me directly. I'm really enjoying this beer but I'm having a hard time describing it in layman's terms...I'm picking up traditional belgium ale type tones and perhaps some pear. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. Seems like it's brewed to fit the style - very nice.

Mouthfeel - medium body and well carbonated.

Drinkability - This beer is very easy to drink but you need to be careful in this alcohol range!

ecoastman, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a orangey-brown color with creamy head. Some of the other unibroue beers are too carbonated causing them to taste like champagne, but not the Maudite. A nice maltiness to it with a very smooth finish.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy dark brown color that produced a slight white head that disappeared afterward and produced no lace

S - Spicy hints along with fruits

T - The higher alcohol is hidden with the lighter fruit(green apple) and spiciness of cloves

M - light bodied with sutle carbonation

D - Great beer, wonderful taste, will buy again

cvfish, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of cleeze
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I've always stayed away from Unibroue simply because it's a Canadian brewer (I know sounds ignorant, and probably is) since I've always had a little Vendetta against them. But jesus these Canucks sure know how to brew, eh?

The appearence was a copper almost a wood tone, like the color of the stain on my house. Frothy at start but the head disappeared rather quickly.

The smell is probably my favorite feature of this brew. A nice sweet malty smell with a touch of fruitiness. My nose also picked up on hint of spice too. Quite pleasent. Also there is an undeniable trace of an alcohol on the nose as well

Now talk about complexity. Malty goodness up front with a little bit of fruitiness on the tongue. Then a quick bit of spice and hoppiness mixed up in there as well. For all those great flavors it's really well rounded.

Overall I wish I would have Tried this amazing Canuck brew earlier. I really enjoyed it, reminded me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Really smooth for 8%

cleeze, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bought as part of a Unibroue mixed 8 pack from Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a goblet

A: Color is a dark brown color with hints of red when held up to the light. There was no real head on the beer, just a faint covering of bubbles. It almost appeared flat. The bubbles seemed to try to cause some lacing but the bubbles would just slide back down the glass.

S: I can't put my finger on the aroma of this one. There seems to be some sort of dark fruit aroma mixed in with malt and spicy aromas.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma.

M: The in mouth carbonation is a bit aggressive for my tastes. It almost seems astringent. It has a medium body.

D: The odd after taste, aggressive carbonation, and ABV make this one a bit of a slow go for me.

GatorBeerNerd, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beer. Poured a rich copper, clear, with a tan head that settled at about 1 finger and lasted throughout and left a nice lacing on the glass. Complex aroma; sweet, rich malt with fruity overtones and a bit of peppery spiciness. Flavor follows suit - nutty, sweet malt with a hint of spice; a bit of alcohol warmth toward the end, but not hot. Highly carbonated, light on the tongue, medium body, finishes more dry than sweet. Overall, a winner; complex flavors and aroma, but not overpowering in any way - nicely balanced.

kevinglin, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is light yeast, a bit of nuts, and carmel.

Highly carbonated - rather spritzy. Nutty flavor, root dryness, just a hint of cinammon.

true to style (I'm calling this a dubble), not a big, rich beer; but flavorful and balanced. More or less a light dubbel.

sweethome, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Czecgvar lager glass.

4.5 A: Hazy medium brown. Two fingers of frothy near white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Big spiciness, clove. Fruitiness from esters. Bready malts.

4.5 T: Light fruits (not tropical though). Somewhat of a burn/toasted flavor from dark malts. Big spicy kick with cloves. Alcohol is well hidden. Hop character is minimal and brings balance to the brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Really smooth and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation.

4.5 D: Not quite a sipper, I could drink this all night.

DavoleBomb, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the Whistle Stop in Renton, WA.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel for this type of Belgian style. Very pleasant.

Deep amber in color with a moderately sized, persistent tan head. Flavor was excellent, bready hops, caramel and toffee.

Delicious and very drinkable. Try one if you get the chance.

snaotheus, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank at home on 9.26.08, poured from the bottle into a wide mouth glass.

Pours a huge 2 finger off white head. very foamy bubbles, didn't even need to be aggressive with the pour. it had a good looking dark brownish orange color. the head dissipated rather quickly but left a nice lacing on the glass. the smell was airy and light. sweet malty, orange and citrus smell. nothing overpowering. a little alcohol smell as well.

the taste was definitely malty and belgian-esque. sweet candy malt flavor. was really hoping for more out of this beer, but I just don't see it (compared to others on BA). mouthfeel was a little crisp and carbonated.

ok beer, but nothing that blew me away.

Hophead101, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Poured a very dark amber with an off white head. The head is very large but it doesn't stick around for long. No lacing.

Smell: Some fruity apple aroma but the smell is dominated by a big alcohol spiciness.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell but the alcohol is more subdued.

As a duvel clone this is rather disappointing. All of the elements of the smell and taste are there but it's not as well put together as Duvel. The alcohol is far too strong whereas in Duvel the alcohol doesn't detract from the experience.

BierFan, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of wspscott
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
Best by: 03/14/10

A: Dark brown, opaque/hazy color. Off-white head that disappears quickly leaving not much lace.
S: Smells Belgian, lots of spice, a little sweetness.
T: The yeast spiciness dominates any malt characteristics. Almost seems like a little pepper/coriander in there. No hops at all. As it warms, a little fruit comes through the spice.
M: Highly attenuated, with lots of tingly carbonation (or maybe all the carbonation makes it seem highly attenuated, I can't decide), drying, seems to coat the tongue.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden. This goes down a little too easy, I could easily reach for another 2 or 3 but the alcohol would make that dangerous. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

Just looked at Unibroue's website, they say a subtle coriander and light spices and a hint of hops. I think they have very different tastes than I do. :)

wspscott, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Vixie
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass.
Poured a cloudy reddish orange color with a a bit of a tan colored head. Not as pretty as some beers I've had, but not bad.

The smell of this is very potent. I don't have the best sense of smell, but this one has one of the strongest smells of any beer I've tried. The smell is on the sweet side, reminds me of what you'd smell if you were baking a cake and opened the oven door while it was baking.

The taste of this one was hard for me to pin down. There is a lot going on here, to me it was mainly spice. definite fruit notes, with a lot of clove like flavors as well. Possibly the spiciest beer I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel was solid, nothing timid about this brew.

I found this to be very drinkable, although one I have to sip slowly. The spiciness lends itself to slow sipping, and the alcohol content limits how much I can drink at once. If you are looking for something a little different, this is the beer for you. A very good brew from Unibroue, give this one a try.

Vixie, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of BigJim5021
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer no. three of 12 from my excellent World Class sampler.

Pours like a cloudly glass of iced tea with a bubbly white head. Not a ton of lacing.

The smell is of wonderfully familiar Belgian yeast. I wish I could bottle the aroma of Belgian beer yeast and turn it into an air freshener. A nice caramel-style malt backbone is there too.

The flavor is impacted greatly by the yeast. Bready and spicy. Malty and a little fruity. Goddamn, it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is a little beyond medium with the dry finish one would expect out of a good Belgian-style ale.

8% abv? You could have fooled me. I would attempt to drink this stuff all night if I didn't know it would have me on the floor after a handful of bottles. Good play, you crazy French Canadians.

BigJim5021, Nov 11, 2008
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,952 ratings.