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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,828
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 133
Gots: 274 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

My bias is that it's my namesake...Had this one at Albatross Pub in Berkeley, CA last night.

A- Rich, malty brown, almost the color of the bar-top. If carrot cake were a beer color, this was it. Poured an off-white head about 1 finger with minimal yet sticky lacing. The head gradually dissipated into a tiny halo that left it's ring all the way down the glass. Small amount of yeast particles floating throughout, gathered on the bottom of the glass.

S- Big nose...burnt wood (whiskey-like), toffee, carmel, apple/pear. Very fruit-cake like aromas...Malty, sweet, spicy, woody...Very aromatic and rich...almost a cognac aroma blended with cloves and nag champa incense. Wonderful nose.

T- Rich, malty, sweet. Big yeast kick. Alcohol is present towards the finish with a slight bite on the tip of the tongue, but not very phenolic in the body. The fruit cakiness is in the taste as well, rich, delicate fruits, caramel, spices...Rum raisin? Carrot cake? Somewhere around there with a nice balance and subtle oakiness.

M- Not quite as acidic or champagney as it appears, but definitely bubbly and biting in the mouth. As I said above, the alcohol content is slightly deceptive as it is only noticed towards the end of drinks, and then just a nip on the tip of the tongue.

D- This devil sneaks up on you. A great beer to drink almost anytime, but I always find it most enjoyable at a very wooden pub early in the night...gets the tongue loose and conversations flowing. Save your second one for closing time.

03-19-2008 23:18:09 | More by Maudite
Photo of dill


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

on draught in a Maudite snifter
a - amber color with light carbonation
s - smells of orange and grapefruit with a bit of yeast
t - taste is a bit spicy with the fruity aromas still present. a mild amount of hops. a really nicely balanced beer.
m - very crisp.
d - This is a great beer that is easy to drink. It was gone before I knew it.

03-18-2008 23:50:34 | More by dill
Photo of GRPunk


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a huge (3 finger) off-white head atop a deep chestnut brown beer. There were also small brown drops of sediment in the head and full streams of carbonation rising to the top. Fluffy rings stuck to the glass throughout the bottle.

S- The aroma was a complex play between sweet fruit and roasty grains. On second sniff, I picked up the sourness that hit me right from the first sip.

T- More complexity in the flavor. There were definite sour notes to accompany fruity tones and less forward sweet malts. As the beer warmed, I found more alcohol notes that warmed the belly.

M- The was quite full. There was a foamy feel from the head along with some grainy notes and medium carbonation. The sour flavor had a drying effect on the finish.

D- The drinkability is great. It's a definite sipper, but I'd come back to this beer again.

Overall- Unibroue makes some great beers and right now it would be hard for me to say this isn't their best. Everything about this beer is complex. Throughout I would find new flavors, aromas, and textures. I would recommend this beer to somebody that likes a slighty dry champagne/sparkling wine. There is a lot that reminds me of the flavor and feel.

03-14-2008 22:46:24 | More by GRPunk
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

I bought a bottle of this beer after having had a 2oz. taste of it at a beer fest a couple of weeks prior.

The appearance and smell were exactly as the Bros. describe it in their reviews...very inviting and interesting.

This is no "ordinary" beer, for sure. Not quite, but almost over the top in some ways in terms of drinkability. I scored it "good", but I did find that as I neared the bottom of the glass it was becoming harder to get down. I decided when I was done that I wanted another beer, but just not this one.

I may be in the minority on my experience, yet either way I still recommend this beer and I think everyone should try it. In fact, I would have another one again sometime. I just know that it will probably be the only one of these for the evening.

03-12-2008 01:08:18 | More by RobH
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

341ml bottle poured into a chimay chalice.
Bottling date January 11th 2006

A- Ruby faint rasberry like colour, definitely not a rich brown, 2 finger head that reduces quickly.

S- Toffee, yoghurt, some faint liquorice, spice(coriander?), little alcohol, faint floral hoppy aroma

T- Some biscuit, cloves, yeasty. Finish is subtle wth a little alcohol. Becomes slightly more fruity and creamy when held on the tongue.
Some floral notes linger after also

M- Its light yet creamy, medium carbonation. a little watery.

D- Was expecting more in the flavour department. Alcohol is well hidden but there is a lack in complexity for me. Still drinkable.

03-07-2008 22:58:52 | More by seanyfo
Photo of morimech


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a slightly opague very dark gold or amber. A two-fingered head forms that slowly settles to a thick cap. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass surface during consumption.

The smell is full of spice, dark fruit, and other rum like characteristics. No hints of alcohol.

The taste is likewise full of spice and dark fruit flavors. True to stlye but a bit unremarkable. There is no hint of alcohol and it has a little semi-sweet finish. Maudite has a medium body with good carbonation. The ABV is too high for me to enjoy regularly.

03-07-2008 19:04:05 | More by morimech
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the most chalice-like glass I have. Beautiful tawny color,nice and cloudy like a Belgian Strong should be. Nice 1in head that suck around for a decent time, a little foam lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell was powerful, nice and spicy with a bit of sweet, very complex.

Taste and mouthfeel were phenomenal, this stuff is good. The alcohol is fairly apparent, but it is 8% after all and was still really smooth.

As usual with me and good Belgian ales, I could drink this stuff all day.

This is a damn good beer. I didn't know people in Canadia made stuff as good as this, now I must visit Quebec. I love this stuff

03-06-2008 06:51:00 | More by GeoffW
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz bottle. Bottled in June 07, consumed in Feb 08. This has been one of my favourite beers for as long as I've liked good beer, and should have been rated long, long ago. Pours a murky brown. Has a wonderfully yeasty and wheaty aroma. The initial taste is strong, yeasty with a touch of sweetness. It goes down the throat beautifully, with a full wheaty aftertase. I've always felt this beer to be a weizenbock. I really should do a blind taste test with this one and Aventinus and pick my favourite..

02-27-2008 02:28:17 | More by sstackho
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

750 picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $7.. shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Fizzy 2" head... drops quick and leaves only spotty lacing... hazy copper amber brew.

Very bready with just pretty strong whiffs of Belgian esters.. I think this is one of Unibroue's brews that has a "house" aroma... light spice and fruity qualites.. but somehow seems a little light for the style.

Light caramel and green apples.. better than the aroma.. toasty notes play well with the yeasty spiciness. Sorta has some cardamom spice..but I could easily be wrong. Very carbonated but the bubbles are little and everpresent. Not burpy. Earthy hops.. but hard for me to pick out among the yeasty esters.

I've had Maudite probably a couple dozen times of over the years.. it seems to be that beer that somehow I can still justify picking up when I already spent the budget on other micros. Pretty good, but there are better.. just maybe not in the same price range.

02-26-2008 07:53:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a deep brown color with subtle ruby hues. A large off-white head tops the beer and receeds fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. A familiar Belgian feel with some yeastiness, spices, and then a light maltiness.

Taste is good. Again, has a familiar Belgian feel. A light fruitiness with some spice. Also sweet malt character and a minor bitterness seems more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin with a sharp carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fair.

02-24-2008 04:23:01 | More by Goliath
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4/5  rDev -5%

A: Pour an orange copper color with large pillowy white head into my Unibroue tulip.

S: Caramel and fruit smell at first with a spicy yeast undertone.

T: Roasted caramel taste with a little spicy tart fruit and bread finish.

M: Smooth and velvety on the palate with perfect carbonation.

D: Enjoyable beer to drink however I can only handle the style in moderation.

02-20-2008 15:59:42 | More by dsigmon
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured orange copper with a frothy, foamy light colored head. If I were a tiny, tiny person, I would make a bed out of the head. This is starting to sound like a Dr Seuss book.

Smell was sweet, with fruits and caramel. Had a bit of a grainy aroma as well. It was like a caramel apple sandwich, which probably sounds terrible, but conventional wisdom gets thrown out with beer.

Flavor hits first with the nutty caramel, then crisp fruits like apples. There's a spicy flavor floating around as well. This brew is full of flavor. They all work very well together, but it's a little too sweet at times.

Mouthfeel was great. Smooth, creamy, and fairly crisp. It does leave a somewhat thick feeling aftertaste, but it's not bad.

02-20-2008 15:00:57 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

I bought three brews form UNIBROUE at the Headkeeper for review this evening. Maudite (translated to "Damned") is a bottom fermented "Ale on Lees" from Quebec. The Maudite poured into my tasting snifter a deep mahogany with a foamy vanilla head. The aroma was fruity with hints of dates and figs. The taste was spicy and sweet with a champagne-like finish, probably due to the yeast used. There is a bitterness quality to Maudite but not overpowering. It almost reminds me of a "light" Barleywine. It has the same aroma and flavor characteristics, but isn't as dark or deep. Maudite is definitely worth your time.

02-20-2008 00:19:49 | More by steelcutoats
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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow, what a surprise. I've had the other Unibroue beers and I bought this to round out the experience. I didn't realize this was a Belgian, and what a fine Belgian it is. The beer pours a nice brown, tawny color with a nice thick, creamy, off white head that retains and laces. The smell is candied sugar malts, some spices, typical Belgian yeasty aromas, only not excessively. The smell is the low point, and at a 4, it isn't that low. The beer is a full bodied, slightly syrupy, thick, and very complex Belgian. The taste is just wonderful. You get the full gamut of candied sugar malts, Belgian yeastiness, a slight fizzy snap, lots of apple, coriander, clove, and maybe a touch of dark fruits all nicely settled in. What makes this just an exceptional beer is that you'll get none of the heavy ABV throatyness found in so many other other thick syrupy Belgians. This one does an incredible job masking it all over. The 8% ABV comes through ever so slightly on the very tail end, but that's all. In addition, you can expect some caramel malts, some peppery bite, some citrusy tang, and God knows whatever else. The style is great and this beer is about as good a representation of the style as you'll find. This one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

02-19-2008 22:36:07 | More by albern
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Slowly and carefully poured to reveal a rich, complex burnt orange/ brownish color with mild transparency. It has a nice slightly off-white head that leaves good lacing and keeps a thin layer above the beer. The smell is of fruit, malt, and various spices: cinnamon, cloves and pepper even. The taste mirrors the aroma but displays even greater depth and complexity. As the beer warms up, it becomes a bit spicier (originally poured at 52 faren.). It has a full body with a slightly dry finish to it. Great beer.

02-19-2008 02:18:02 | More by Douglas14
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

This was a very unique and very tasty beer. 750 ml bottle. Dark-copper/amber in the oversized wine glass with thin layer of foam. Smells very peppery and spicy. There so much going on with the taste, but the flavors are all very subtle -- fruity, citrusy, with the finish of the spiciness from the aroma and a hint of hop bitterness. Best to let this sit a bit after opening to take the edge of the carbonation. This was very impressive, tasty and dangerously easy to drink at 8 % ABV.

02-14-2008 19:26:31 | More by WaveRebel51
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Dark red beer with light creamy looking head.

S: Cloves, currents, with sweet/spicy Belgium yeast phenols.

T: Spicy flavor with sweetness for balances. Strange fruit tastes that I can only identify as raisins and currents.

M: A little fizzy, could just be from the tap. Medium body with thin texture.

D: Goes down well. Spicyness creates a interesting palate although sweetness can get a cloying.

Notes: Overall delicious beer.

02-06-2008 23:39:17 | More by BeerLover729
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

pours chestnut with a 2 finger off-white head of large bubbles and vigorous carbonation

aroma is of yeast, cake, orchard fruits, spice, and funk (earth, forest)

on the palate is first toasty malt, and dough, dried pear, phenols strike the nose in a vinous manner. the mid palate is full and yeasty while the hops are firm, but clean in the backgound.

the finish is light and refreshing with fruity malt and sugar lingering.

the texture of all the unibroues i've tried is fantastic. there's great balance and carbonation to full bodied beers that finish surprisingly refreshing.

overall drinkability is outstanding. delicious and pondersome. definitely worth trying.

02-05-2008 19:16:10 | More by beerbutcher
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

large foamy head, nice deep brown tea-like color.Yeasty,breads,fruits,on the nose.smells awesome.Delicious fruity, spicy, cloves,malty flavor. Very very flavorful, so much so that I just want to quickly drink this beer down, its so good. The alcohol and carbonation make for an excellently crisp and biting mouthfeel. I have been curious about these beers for a while, very glad to try this beer.This Canadian brewery make Belgian beers every bit as good as the top Belgian brewerys.

02-05-2008 03:48:01 | More by czfreeman
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4.78/5  rDev +13.5%

A: A murky, chestnut brown - a lively, sparkling head that relaxes fairly suddenly, but leaves a covering sheet and a lip of lacing all the way down.

S: Spices and a bit of an apple peel aroma. Alcohol cuts through the mix a little in the end.

T: Spiced apple (again, more the applepeel taste than the fruit itself) and clove. Malts, a dash of peppery tastes, and alcohol that makes for a warm finish. Becomes a little more tart as it warms in the goblet. A fair bit going on, and it all needs to be sorted sip after sip.

M: Something of a forceful feel, like it takes hold of the tongue immediately, scours it for missing nooks between tastebuds to fill - then magically shimmers away in a sparkle. Very crisp, with the lingering warmth on the finish to remind you it was there.

D: So easy to drink, but enough to make sure you feel it. It would be all too easy to just give in and indulge in it - maybe the little devil on there is hoping you'll give into that temptation!

02-03-2008 01:58:34 | More by Proteus93
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%


12 oz. brown bottle; served a little warmer than normal

Poured into a snifter. The beer pours a beautiful rich amber/mahogany color with a nice white head that is a little more than half an inch to begin with, and recedes very slowly. Maudite has a fall fruit aroma to me, apples, pears, and figs, mixed with spices, such as, clove, cinnamon, etc. A lot of flavor in this beer. I get a lot of apple and clove, with a hint of caramel. The strong alcohol is also present. Good amount of spice in the finish. Good clean mouthfeel, and very refreshing. I honestly forgot just how good this beer is. Great anytime beer, but I would choose it in the fall or winter.

02-02-2008 21:51:09 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

This brew has a fantastic color. Its has the appearance of grape juice! The head is huge and hangs around for a very long time! The taste is a nice crisp and fruity taste! Lovely, simply lovely! The mouthfeel is very nice too...very crisp! It's a nice drinkable brew for a low cost. At 5.99 per ml this brew is cheap and delicious.

Overall, this beer is very enjoyable. Tons of flavor at a cost that wont break the bank.

02-02-2008 05:04:39 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of bassmantin


4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pours a dark brown/orange in my tulip glass with monstrous head that lingers quite a while. Smell is very sweet, very "Belgian." Good spiciness but not as much as some of the Belgian pale ales.

Taste is excellent. Strong sweetness that dominates the palate. Moderate spiciness and healthy carbonation. A great beer, and I got it for only $5.99 at Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN.

Overall: An amazing beer and a classic from Unibroue

02-02-2008 04:52:47 | More by bassmantin
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, the liquid is brown with a bit of excess carbonation, The head is dark tan big and fluffy and leaves some lace.

The smell is enormously good. Brown sugar, Belgian yeast, Carame and you don't have to dig your nose in it to get a whiff, the stuff just reeks of fine malty goodness.

The taste is quite good but not at par with the aroma. Nice caramel, dark sugars and a milt Belgian yeast more to my liking.

The mouthfeel is ok light in the body and lots of carbonation.

The drinkability is good but I like a thicker brew. Prosit, MK

02-01-2008 05:20:45 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Dark reddish brown slightly cloudy color. Decent tan head with some good lacing.

S- Plums and raisins. Spices and brown sugar.

T- Filled with rich dark fruits. Spices are noticeable, as well as a slight hop bitterness. A cinnamon brown sugar finish.

M- Medium bodied, with a creamy carbonation feel.

D- This is so tasty. I love this brewery.

01-31-2008 05:36:50 | More by iasanlee
Maudite from Unibroue
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