Maudite - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,058
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 363 | FT: 2
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of tim9887
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip-shaped chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish-brown in color, nice pillowy white foam

Aroma: Slightly boozy, dark fruit undertones

Taste: Fruity, very smooth malt character (almost reminiscent of an "old ale"), combined with a very slight hop presence felt in the aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Softly sparkling & very smooth

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

12oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep brown/amber color with fluffy 1-finger white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of aromas attacking the nose here. Sweet malts, Belgian candy sugar, yeast, spice, fruit (but can't exactly pick which). Very impressive.

T - Clove spices dominate, with a sweet malt taste as well. Very complex - hard for me to describe all of the flavors. Subtle hops noticeable, as are a few hints of fruit. Very intriguing.

M - Medium body, high carbonation. Very pleasant - great.

D - Great taste hides the 8% ABV. Easily drinkable and complex taste leaves you wanting to drink more...

A very impressive brew from Unibroue - possibly the best of their bunch. Very complex - I would consider my palate to be at the "intermediate" level (certainly beyond the basic beginner) and there are many notes that I cannot fully place...

Photo of cnally
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another awesome looking label on hopefully another awesome beer from unibroue.

crisp brown amber color through the beer and a creamy, sticky head sits on top.

nutty, malty scent with underlying fruits like apple, cherry. sort of one note at a time, but nowhere near one note.

caramel flavor with a nutty layer. the malt flavor is smooth, balanced and prevelant initially. there is a good grassy hop flavor hiding behind all the initial bursts of caramel and malt.

creamy, frothy feel, heavy on the tongue in spite of the high level of carbonation.

well, the drink is great. absolutely smooth, balanced but not simple. I could see myself drinking this anytime, anywhere.

Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich amber color with nice 2" head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Tons of aromas make up this one. Easiest to pick out are scents of malt, spices (coriander?), clove, hops, and a hint of wheat.

T- The taste is as complex as the nose, lots of flavors with clove, malt, hops and wheat dominating. Surprisingly sweet initially (don't worry not the gross kind of sweet) and ending with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Smooth and easy drinking considering the high ABV. Alcohol taste is non-existent.

D- Great brew that is really easy going down so watch out for the high alcohol content.

Photo of bonbini26
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap 03-07-09 at Morel's Steakhouse in the Palazzo, Las Vegas

Pours a dark orange/ruby with a large white creamy, bubbly head, that leaves behind a spotted thick lace. Smells of biscuit/bready notes, with some spices. Tastes a little peppery with complex flavors of coriander, orange peel, and some caramel. Very complex overall, tastes thin at 1st but finishes dry and spicy with a clean fell. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is an easy drinking Strong Ale, another outstanding beer from Unibroue

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. The bottle refermentation was apparent at this very active pour.

Colour is dark reddish amber with bits of yeast floating in the haze. Pour created an active head that didn't linger.

Smell is a mxiture - malty, bready, fruity - all in one.

Taste - yes - this was a complex amalgam on flavors. Everything in the nose continued to the tongue. There was so much going on here to pick out everything I liked, but it was a great ride. Of the fruit, I'd say a cherry taste came to the forefront the most.

Very drinkable. Easy to have a few of these and enjoy every one.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 3/25/07. Drinking on 3/14/09... I wonder how this is affecting the beer?

Reddish brown appearance... very fizzy with a large tan head. A sour cider-like smell, with notes of both grapes and apples. Very sour with notes of dark fruit, spices, grapes, and apples. A clean consistent taste and not overly strong. Mouthfeel is fizzy and silky, but not overly thick. This is a decent drinkable beer. I don't think it is too complex, but it is still enjoyable.. and despite the best by date on my bottle, time doesn't appear to hurt too much.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought his brew on Little Rock AFB at the Shoppette. Someone here lately has requested more exotic and specialty beer and I am eternally grateful for it, as the selection of specialty beer in Arkansas is TERRIBLE! Good beer to the locals is "Bud Light Lime" and "Natty Ice." I am new to the region and am originally from California, which is a "beer mecca," so you can see the dilemma of ignorance I deal with here concerning beer.

I have enjoyed several Unibroue ales but have never had the Maudite until now. Belgian strong ales/dubbels/trippels are not my favorites but I do enjoy them if they are worthy of my palate.

Served, beyond brutally cold, in a chilled 12 oz stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a one finger, flimsy, light brown head. The brew is dark brown, just as a Belgian Dark Ale should be.

Smell: Scent is lovely and loaded with spice and candied sugar. Probably one the best Dark Belgian Strong Ales my nostrils have had the honor to experience.

Taste: Strong, carbonated, malty sweetness initially then it moves in to a more mellow, bitter alcoholic flavor. I can pickup sugar, dark fruits, and spices. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with the flavor of the brew. The flavor isn't as strong as I had hoped for, for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I have had better but in all regards, it is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and luxurious . The carbonation is pretty nice and pairs well with this brew.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a good brew but I think it could have been a bit bolder in flavor. I will note that it is fairly filling. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone looking to expand their palate but I would like to point out that there is some better stuff out there.

Godspeed and cheers!


Photo of stumac
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer last night at Cullen's high class restaurant so I'm going on drunk and high memory...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a great off white head. great lacing. the nose is bananas, yeast, sweet malts. I also taste bananas, yeast, malts. Cant even taste the alcohol. Medium to full bodied, high smooth carbo. A fantastic beer. Another brilliant brew from Unibroue!

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled from the basement.

Poured into a globe, this beer has a dark ruby red color with good clarity. I was careful to keep the dregs in the bottle until later. There is a thick crown of head that slowly settles into a rocky white top.

Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet with apples, raisins, and red wine.

Flavor is deep with dark fruits like plums and cherries. Roasty sweetness gives way to spicy bitterness with every sip. Cloves and banana come through from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-plus body but the carbonation is a little much for me. Drinkability is good for the style. As with all of the Unibroue beers I've had, this one did not disappoint.

Photo of dismal
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, mahogany color with a huge head with nice retention. Leaves a nice lace down the glass from the big head. The smell is yeasty and spicy, nothing jumps out particularly but it's very nice smelling. The taste is also very yeasty and spicy and in the taste some fruit tastes come through. Also a little bit of wheat is apparent. This beer is very drinkable, although I could probably only do a couple in one night but those couple would go down pretty smoothly.

Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Unibroue variety pack, this was poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Tasted on 3/10/09.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Ugliest brewery art (but good beers usually so who really cares)

A: A nice-looking light brown color to the body. Strong carbonation with a pretty big head that went away awfully fast. Momentary lacing.

S: Belgian spices and yeast. Smells pretty hefty and the clove is the dominant flavor- perhaps some cardomam and coriander. The yeast cries out from this brew- a pungent aroma. This is the first time I have come across something like cilantro in the back of the nose, and I have a stuffed nose which makes it even more impressive.

T: Yeasty in flavor. The fruits shine through and has some sugar sweetness. Flighting finish on the beer. The one knock is that the pepper, spices, and wheat really dominate where I think it could use a dose of bitterness to round it out.

M: Pretty substantial heft to the body with a very dry finish.

D: Another Belgian style success by Unibroue. I did not like the first venture into this brewery but this sample pack turned me around. This is surely not one I would seek out but would be more than happy to have it in the fridge.

Photo of tittymcj
2.78/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't enjoy Belgian beers.

This one pours out a very dark but clear brown with some golden hints around the edges. Great head retention, about a finger throughout, with little lacing and tons of carbonation evident.

Smell is very herbal and spicy. Definitely a sense of the bready malt along with some cinnamon and other strong herbs.

Taste is not great. Most of what I get out of it is just a bitter taste. It also seems slightly sour, maybe a little sour apple flavor. Doesn't taste natural to me, seems artificial.

Mouthfeel is where it really lets me down again. Lots of bitter taste, lots of carbonation, but other than that it's pretty watery and doesn't do much for me on the way down.

Very drinkable beer, despite the fact that I don't enjoy it, particularly because it is so light and well-carbonated.

Photo of washburnkid
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Two to three fingers of a active/bubbly off-white head; body is a deep mahogany with amber hues along the bottom edge of the glass. Head retains as a small ring, and yeast from bottle fermentation settles along the bottom of the tulip.
S: Spicy, and citrus. Reminiscent of a spicy witbier.
T: Heavy wheat flavors with a touch of dark spice; malty character is balanced by a touch of hops; residuals of spices left gracefully on the tongue.
M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation.
D: Very smooth, with the alcohol unnoticed. Easy and pleasant to drink, meanwhile maintaining a heap of complexity. Most drinkable Belgian Strong I've had.

Photo of jlb307
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Translucent browinsh amber. Bubbly off-white head which did not retain very long. Little, but good lacing.

S: Hints of cinnamon, graham, and spice. Almost like a far-off pumpkin pie. Smells yeasty and sweet.

T: Starts off mildly sweet, but as it warms you can start to taste the yeast. Leaves a tart aftertaste on the rough of the mouth. Short dry finish, too.

M: Medium bodied with decent balance with the carbonation. Had a fresh "kick" to it.

D: A very refreshing drink. Would easily have it again.

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this with some dinner this past Friday night at The Eastern Standard. Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Dark amber color. Large fizzy white head. Very raisin-like smell to it. Taste was excellent. Had a lot of the flavor profiles of a fine dubbel. Cinnamon and caramelized sugar gave it some sweetness and a note of hay/straw gave this beer some dryness at the back of the throat. Paired well with a goat cheese tart salad. Could have been a bit thicker in the body, but overall this rates as one of Unibroue's best offerings.

Photo of Stimack
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Maudite last evening have not had one of these in a while. The brew was poured into a chalice glass and had a cloudy brown color with a smaller than expected light tan head. The head retention was a little disappointing and the lacing was some what limited. The aroma has a good deal of character with thoughts of apple, banana, plum and a nice yeast scent. The taste is nice, wheat that has a toasted character, fruit, clove and a slightly banana yeast flavor. Some alcohol flavor as the brew warms. Finishes with a nice zesty spiciness that plays with the back of the tongue. Overall this is a very good brew but not may favorite from Unibroue, still a very good offering.

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

had this beer with dinner tonight and i got to say i enjoyed it..had a great dark red color light head.. smelled had a spicy smell.. a little cinonim notes.. Taste had a slight cinonim taste with a wheat flovor and a little hoppy.. overal had a alot of charcter and went good with a mango mahi mahi

Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark amber color with with a puffy off-white head.

S- Scents of over ripened fruits, raisins, heavy bready yeast, and touch of medicinal scent alcohol.

T- Leads with a citrus and yeast tang, moves to caramel malts, and finishes with a bold spice notes and a touch of warming alcohol.

M- A touch heavy on the carbonation but it rolls out of the way nicely although burns the tongue a bit in the process, moderate fullness.

D- Not generally a drinker of Belgian ales but I like this one. It does great job of hiding it 8% abv and also isn't overly sweet. Something I would consider buying or drinking again if I got the hankering.

Photo of delmarnate
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer after sampling trois pistoles from Unibroue. Maudite holds its own against trois pistoles or any other beer I have ever had. Very fruity, spicy aroma, and popping with carbonation. Perfect balance of malt and hops make this beer good for the IPA and cream ale crowd. An excellent introduction to a great brewery and line of beers.

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

I've had this on tap a number of times and had a bottle last night that was almost perfect so I thought I'd throw down a review.

Pours a deep, dark red almost maroonish with a big thick fluffy white head. Looks great in the Unibroue glass provided.

Smell is sweet, juicy fruit, stewed apples, caramel, some yeastiness but overall a lot of dark fruit character.

Taste is incredible. All of that sweet, dark juicy fruit is in every sip. Its akin to the character of Aventinus a little bit I think. Just an amazingly easy to drink, smooth beer but with so much flavor.

An altogether delicious, easy drinking beer that really has little competition. This is my favorite offering from Unibroue as its always solid.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a regular snifter. Best before 10/02/11.

A- Maudite pours out a dirty tan color out of the bottle but when settled in the glass this BSDA has a dark bronze color with a minimal white foamy head. No lacing.

S- This has a strong caramel smell from the malt along with a ripe fruit array coming through as well. A bit of yeast is apparent as well. Some spices with warming.

T- The spices come out more with some clove and light pepper. The malt is king with the caramel coming through. A bit of yeast as in smell with just a touch of alcohol. Not getting much hops but i believe this is an old bottle. Fruits such as apple and pear as well.

M- Was ok initially but really fell flat 6oz or so in. Either way this was medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette for a few seconds than nothing. Some lingering fruit flavor.

D- A decent BSDA but I prefer Trois Pistoles as this one is a bit lighter in all areas, especially mouth. Would love to try a fresh bottle as I think a bigger hop presense would of improved things. All in all good stuff.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite (what else of course) snifter.

A: A dark brown kind of mahogany color with a nice two finger off white thick head. Nice glass lacing is left.

S: Spicy and yeasty with dark sweet fruits.

T: As the beer warms, the spice really comes out. Spice and yeast start off with flavors of sweet fruit such as cherry, banana, apple and some raisin. A nice sweetness settles in with a candy sugary sweetness all along pairing with the spice flavor. A nice dry finish indicates a nice hop presence. Very good beer.

M: Full and coating but not overly lingering. Very slight alcohol flavor, but nothing leads you to beleive it's 8%.

D: High, this is a good beer that goes down easily. Very nice drinker.

Overall another quality beer by Unibroue. This brewer may be the best bang for the buck belgian wise. Their beers are kick ass and very reasonable. Nice job Unibroue.

Photo of juju7
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown with red tinges. Soft and light head that I would liked to have hung around just a little longer. Toffee, herbs and orange coriander nose. Not an over powering mouth feel but still big enough to make a big impression. Alcohol is surprisingly soft witha spritzy bitterness. Damn good beer. A sipper.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that my buddy Eric gave me. Best by 10th Nov 2010. Into my Unibroue tulip

A: A glowing crimson with a thin off-white head that recedes to a disk rather quick but holds well. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: Sweet and estery with an intriguing mix of bubblegum, clove and allspice. Some dark fruit character with plum, raisins and over-ripe cherries. Excellent

T: The flavors from the nose are pretty much replicated here, with the spice taking the lead and the fruit character. As this warms up, it becomes rather intensely yeasty and spicy. Finishes dry and yeasty

M: Moderately over-carbonated and that doesn't work very well with the medium body. With time, though, the carbonation tapers off and is fine. Finishes dry, spicy and yeasty

D: Pretty easy to drink, maybe a little sweeter than I'd like?

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,058 ratings.