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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,768
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 240 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle bought from Beers Of Europe...

Foams out of the bottle when opened... Poured a hazy russet orange colour... slightly off white head poured quite big and foamy with some quite big bubbles then faded quite quickly to light wispy covering... no real lacing...

Aroma - Strong spicy Belgian yeastiness, spicy fruits (oranges, figs, pears), slight sweatiness, medicinal notes, some anise, quite peppery, toasted bready malts, light brown sugar / molasses sweetness, ginger notes, ground coriander..

Taste – Nice toasted bready malts, strong spicy yeastiness, light ginger beer notes, brown sugar sweetness, light treacle, peppery hop bitterness, definite light ground coriander notes, dark fruits (raisins, oranges, some figs), some alcohol coming through, roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... very drinkable for an 8% brew...

Overall - An excellent beer... not quite up with the best of the Belgians IMO but not far off...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 14:04:17 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Night


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber-crimson with copper and purple tones. Rapidly foaming gold-beige head dies down to a solid chunky layer. Light arced lacing. Aroma is warm and yeasty: banana, earth, and dust complemented by sweet cookie dough malts, hints of vanilla, wine, and cream. Distant peppery hop spice. Mouthfeel has a soda-like bite with lots of sharp, tingly carbonation. Flavor matches aroma quite well: sweet bread and dough malts are rounded out by a strong banana yeast flavor. Juicy fruits (gala apple, bosc pear) in the distance along with the mildest touch of earthy bitterness and piney hop spice. Aftertaste is long, soft, and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 05:37:39 | More by Night
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured into my favorite goblet with yeast sediment added as well ( I prefer this beer with the sediment added). Beautiful dirty white head that last till the end ( sounds kind of funny the way I worded that). Has a brownish red color this beer does wonders on the eyes.

Fruity, spicy and yeasty tang all come threw the nose and the taste. The malt is also present on the tongue and hop bitterness at the back of the mouth. One of my regular beers and also one of my favorites. Reviewed this one after a long night working the bar and it was refreshing and relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 18:26:53 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with gold foil on the neck and cap. Have always loved the label of the "damned" rowing their canoe as satan looks on. Label informs bottle refermentation, 8%abv, best before 10/25/08, and glassware recomendation. Pours clear amber when care is taken to leave the yeast in the bottle. A foamy tan-white head makes the beer look very inviting in the glass. Aromas of candy sugar, confectioner's sugar, belgian yeast fruitiness, lemon iced tea, pepper spiciness and a wine-like alcohol. Taste has a cookie sweetness from the malt and all of the same complexities as the aromas mentioned. Let warm to sip and savor. I believe this was my personal cross-over belgian(yeast) beer. It will appeal to pale ale drinkers that seek complex, unique brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 20:42:25 | More by mshallah
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Poured a 12 oz. twisty into my Maudite tulip glass. I've had the glass for a couple years but this is my first time drinking the beer.

Nice deep amber that is almost brown, with a thick tan head that leaves surprisingly little lacing.

Smells yeasty with some alcohol and a hint of dark fruits and some spice. Chopped dates and prunes come to mind.

Plenty of Belgian yeasty funk upfront in the taste, followed by the prunes and spice. The alcohol in the taste comes during a long dry finish.

A bit heavy and very smooth in the mouth. There seems to be an immediate buildup of carbonation on each sip, that leads to a creamy or almost frothy mouthfeel. This is a highly drinkable Belgian strong dark ale, and I will be sure to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 20:53:29 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of coalcracker


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

Appearance: Pours a darker golden hue with an effervescent head.
Smell: Pleasant aroma with notes of raisin and sweet fruit.
Taste: Sharp bite early. The alcohol is noticeable here. Again, hints of sweet fruit (apple, pear) as its tamest. Harsher notes of raisin, fig also present. Malt is not too heavy in this brew. The alcoholic jolt just tends to kick in a little too strong early on, IMO.
Mouthfeel: A real kick in the mouth! Bites you early, but smooths out just a bit throughout the tasting.
Drinkability: I could see myself having only a couple of these in one session, despite its attributes.

Overall: Not a bad strong Belgian, just a little unbalanced IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 01:48:14 | More by coalcracker
Photo of PBRstreetgang


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

Pours an amber-tinted rusty orange color with good clarity before the yeast pour. Watch out- its a gusher! Rocky soap-bubble head finally settles to a one finger cap and holds well but leaves poor lacing. Spicy belgian phenolics and ripe tropical fruit aromas like orange peel and apricot, with toasty malt and rose alcohol in the background. Sweet pale malt and mild steely caramel upfront, followed by the typical phenols of the propriatory Unibroue strain; peach and apricot, white pepper, hints of coriander and melon, etc. Their house yeast is not for me; as usual it lends a particularly dry and boozey aftertaste that mutes the delicate noble hop flavor and the alcohol warmth is more obvious than it should be for 8% ABV. However, the mouthfeel is again quite nice, and as the bottle states, even smoother than usual. Sugar thinned body with ample carbonation to help cleanse the palate and keep the malt and yeast character from becoming distracting. Finishes dry and a little boozey but fairly clean, a respectable drinkability. Not exactly a textbook Strong Dark Belgian ale; and the yeast accent is less aggresive than most of the Unibroue line. Some people will appreciate that fact and find this a milder but still complex and fair-balanced choice in the Unibroue line-up.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 07:55:36 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of LittleCreature


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Gorgeous. Poured three fingers of loose off-white head which rapidly reduced to a half finger where it stayed. The colour is a deep, dark mahogany; reddish brown and rather solid.

Smell - 4.5
Very pleasant, although not as strong as I had hoped. The alcohol is immediately evident, although accompanied by vanilla spongecake, berries, sultanas, candied hazelnuts, and burnt sugar.

Taste - 4.0
The alcohol is very apparent at first taste, and does not diminish until the delicious aftertaste. Flavours include sweet malt, sticky brown sugar, pineapple and cinnamon. Bitterness is low to moderate, and quite well balanced with the other flavours. The aftertaste as before mentioned, is divine.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Feels amazingly full and rich. Reasonably heavy in the mouth, carbonation is low, goes down really smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could actually see myself wanting a second of these in one sitting despite the potency. It goes down smoothly, and tastes better towards the bottom of the glass.

OVERALL - 4.25
A really excellent belgian strong ale. This is more approachable than some strong ales, and gets better when it warms up. It's very expensive, but also pretty damn special, so definitely worth it for the once-off. It leaves one with a lovely warmed feeling, wonderful on a winter's night. The only disappointing element is that the alcohol is not all that well hidden (Rochefort 10 at 11.3% hides it's alcohol better). Would go really well with a quality pizza, I may try this again, especially if I can find it at a better price.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 12:35:25 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of gunnerman


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

Poured into a snifter pours an amber reddish color with a foamy fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is of malty raisons fig and bread with a bit of sweet alcohol smell in the nose. Taste is pretty good with a bit of candy sweetness very clove and leafy, also a bit of alcohol burn not overbearing, the sweetness tastes llike a hefe to me with that strong bready finish. This was a pretty great tasting beverage and my first from Unibroue, I was very pleased and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 23:32:25 | More by gunnerman
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely hazy deep orange-red with a big pale head that lasts very well and leaves substantial lacing. Smell is of the classic Unibroue yeast and lots of breadiness, crisp fruits like apples and berries, with darker notes of plum and raisin complementing them. Caramel and brown sugar are in the mix as well. Taste isn't as complex or well rounded, though it still holds its own. The caramel comes through in a big way, and the breads provide a strong background for it all to rest on. A bit of grain and lots of spiciness in the finish, though a bit of alcohol shows as well. Surprising, as I didn't get that sense from the higher ABV Trois Pistoles. Mouthfeel is good, full and highly carbonated, and drinkability is good. Nice beer, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 16:25:32 | More by Mandrake
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Hazy apple cider nutmeg brown. Solid Cream City brickish head with fine bubbles and excellent retention.

Smell: Spicy and earthy and fruity and sweet, almost like smelling a basket of apple spice potpourri (from a distance). Light peppery musk of coriander and the sweet essence of orange peel brighten a bready and somewhat brown sugary body with notes of fall leaves, caramel corn, and almonds. Nice.

Taste: Very well balanced and surprisingly sprightly, with a light and lively flavor despite a sweet malt base and high ABV. Very cola-esque in its combination of dark sugars, citric acidity, and herbal spice. Orange, coriander, and spicy alcohol punctuate a tide of rum raisins and apple peels. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Somehow manages to be both creamy and sparkly, though at times this can feel a bit too thin and sometimes too drying. An unusual but generally good balance, well-suited to the flavor.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer. I do wish for a bit more heft from the malts and perhaps a slightly more forward yeast presence, but as it is this is a very drinkable and tasty brew, complex and robust yet not overwhelmingly boozy. Another winner from Unibroue. Very, very good with aged Gouda.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 14:41:54 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I had this beer (perhaps 14 mos ago) I was none too impressed with it, but on this try I think it's excellent.

Color is a hazy red; head is pillow-y and very abundant and attractive. Aroma is of brandy and clove. Flavor is very clovy and smooth; with a nice alcohol presence. This beer is extremely pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 00:08:41 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of John_M


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

I've been a big fan of this beer for a long time, but I'm wondering if Unibrou has tweaked the recipe. It just doesn't seem to have quite the richness and intensity of flavor it once had, though there's no denying it's a very good beer.

Had this one on tap at Mahaffey's tonight.

Pours a very nice copper, amber orange colar, with excellent head retention and good lacing. On the nose I don't get all that much... maybe some ginger and rootbeer. Still smells pretty enticing. On the palate there are some nice flavors of citrus, cherry, apple and rootbeer, with a bit of tartness in the finish. A nice beer, but the mouthfeel is a bit light and almost watery. The beer finishes very cleanly, but for my money give me the Fin du monde or the don de dieu any time.

A good beer, but not the best from Unibroue IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 01:44:41 | More by John_M
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head, dissolves pretty quickly. Light copper-amber color. Nose is very spicy, biting, dried fruit, some strange cookie nose as well - almost champagne. Taste is powerful, lots of spices, some breadiness. Some candy sweetness, brown sugar. Hops are mild but come through at the end. Feel is medium-bodied - thinner than expected. Tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 23:43:26 | More by soupyman10
Photo of basica


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

This is my second Unibroue beer and as expected unibroue does not fail to disappoint. The
Maudite (pronounced "mo-zit", meaning "damn") smells fruity and floral and and it pours out
dark red brown with a pretty generous head that quickly fades into a thinner but nice and
creamy head. The Maudite tastes hugely fruity, with significant dashes of dark cherries and
dark berries. It is also yeasty and very slightly spicy and it all contributes to a pleasant
full bodied taste. It could do well if added with a slight hint of sweetness to the taste.
The finishing from every mouthful was a slightly alcoholic and dry; would work better if
with a smoother finish but I realized that when I was finishing the beer by gulping in the
final 2 or 3 mouthful, it was rather drinkable albeit going strong at 8 ABV. The after taste
is nicely fruity and floral and pleasant; a pity it was not as lasting as I hoped but all in
all I liked it a lot. The Maudite had a slightly different fruitiness to the Trois Pistole
and that was evident in the smell, taste and after taste and i liked the difference though on
the whole I prefer the Trois Pistole. Overall, the Maudite is a great beer and my only
problem, as mentioned, is the finishing during the pause per mouthful or sip. If improved,
it may well rise above the Trois Pistole.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 17:27:21 | More by basica
Photo of BBM

New York

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

Poured a smooth, rusty orange color with a foamy white head atop the brew. The aroma was very complex and pleasant, with hints of fruits, spices, and a bit of alcohol.

Fortunately the flavor is just as complex, blending Belgian spices, dark fruits, figs, and a solid malt profile. There is a warming alcoholic finish, but it's in no way overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium, and crisp. This is an excellent brew, and another winner from Unibroue. I'm a big fan of this one. Recommended if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 17:08:39 | More by BBM
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Poured a deep dark russet brown with lots of carbonation leading to a large off white head, great retention and a significant lace. Smell was fruity, lots of pear, apple and fig hints with a tiny bit of alcohol. The taste followed along the same line, lots of robust flavors, with a decent warming on the feel. Nice smooth feel and a good all around beer. This was another fine offering from Unibroue, everything I have tried from them to date has been excellent, this was no exception. Lots of yeast led to a lively feel on the palate. Great brew, and nice to be able to have it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2007 22:36:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of diamondc


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 750ml bottle.

Not much to look at (nice head tho') and a familiar fruity aroma that's definetly Unibroue. Taste is of citrus first, honey graham crackers, and finally a dark cherry taste warming up. Not as in your face as La Fin du Monde.

Good amount of carbonation and with the alcohol virtually undetectable, this a perfect five in drinkability & mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:41:27 | More by diamondc
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Dark copper brown amber / not quite clear / mild-moderate carbonation / nice head

Sharp sweet tartness / powdery yeasty malt / fruity floral hops with citric twang

Strong full bodied flavor / tart and sour floral fruity hops / metallic brush / powdery yeasty flavors / heavy bitterness / finishes clean

Pretty good I say.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 18:31:35 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a generic tulip. Best before date of 03-14-10.

A. A deep dark red with a healthy durable head and moderate belgian lacing.

S. A fruity, spicy malty combination. A slight hint of alcohol warmness.

T. Wow! A fruity spicy malty taste. Then the peppery spice hits you. An enjoyable and complex experience.

M. Smooth tart aftertaste with just the right amount of carbonation.

D. Despite the higher abv this is a very drinkable beer. It is definitely top shelf and will be a staple in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 18:03:00 | More by MarkSCCOT
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in goblet-type glass.

Appearance: Murky, dark brown...almost like apple cider. Thin caramel-colored head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Mostly citrus, with some malt background. Expected a bit more maltiness in the nose.

Taste: Very good. When I ordered this beer, I didn't know what to expect, but it is has definite Belgian Ale character. Nice, peppery hoppy flavor, but clean finishing. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than expected. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Drinkability: Nice clean finish leads to good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2007 14:35:02 | More by psinderson
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a deep reddish brown color. Thick, foamy two finger head. Very good retention and a nice coat of lace remained.

Smell: It's initially a very spicy smell. Mostly an herbal spice aroma. There's a bit of dark fruit there (perhaps plum) It smells very malty and has a bit of a biscuity-yeasty smell to it.

Taste: It's definitely spicy. It does have a crisp, fruity taste to it. It's actually quite a bit more refreshing than I expected. It's got a nice malty taste and leaves a bread-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of a medium body. Drinkability is pretty good and would probably be even better for bigger fans of the style. One is enough for me in a sitting. Overall, it's a good beer. Not something I'd drink regularly, but would certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 01:24:17 | More by prototypic
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Bubbly white head. It pours huge and settles down. Gold-brown colour.

S - Very spicy and the alcohol is prevelant.

T - Spicy yet sweet. You don't taste the alcohol at all. A bit bitter aftertaste.

M - Lots of carbonation and it feels really great on the tongue.

D - Almost lethal; you can definately drink a few too many of these. There's almost no sign of the alcohol. Excellent brew, I might even like it more than La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 00:17:39 | More by bdjacoby
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best by of 8/16/08), cellared for almost a year in my possession, in a flared tulip/thistle stem

Poured with a small gurgle and steady hiss from the rising foam. Classic Unibroue spicy nose, clove, ginger, a little anise even. Yeasty, full of crackers, toast crusts, some subtle dark cherry. As it blooms it gets sweeter, lighter, slightly fruity, more cherry, some raisin & clove. Faint summer field florals dance over a s delicately sharp alcoholic glow. A crazy, sticky, huge 3 fingers plus (even with pouring at an angle & slow) of the palest blanched almond hued foam, thick, slightly sculpted, eventually only settling to a finger's worth of the same. Some agitation restores it to 2 fingers worth that laced very sporadically.

The body is a deep, hazy, rich, brassy, slightly rusted cherry amber with a steady parade of bubbles rising from the etched base. A welcome beer for eyes & nose alike.

Mmm..very rich, somewhat creamy, full bodied. Nicely spiced, pleasing clove, yeasty, soft banana, faint black pepper. A semi-dry mouthfeel with a light crunch is offset with a somewhat syrupy, fruited sweetness. The malts bring a burnt caramel bittersweetness to the dance, and everyone rejoices and sings. What is really nice is that this is very easy (and therefore a little dangerous) to drink. Perhaps the year resting tamed it a little, but its very nice, very drinkable and I am enjoying it very much.

The alcohol begins to rise on the initial taste as aromatics that penetrate the sinuses, but the real show begins on the palate as a soft, cool fire slowly ignites, warming the whole of the mouth, priming it for more taste experience - a delectable Catch-22. Its growing more bittersweet, yet the clove quality remains strong. The finish is soft, subtle, sweeter, more caramel, slightly thick, a very warm mouthglow remains, coating, semi-sweet, numbing the teeth.

This was wonderful, a very enjoyable beer & beer experience. It appears that this cellars very well in that it was so damn drinkable yet tasty and with a nice kick to it. I could see it pairing with things like Thai where sweet, sour, spicy, etc. all interact. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 01:46:09 | More by BuckSpin
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the chance to try two bottle of 2002 vintage Maudite (I'm basing the year on the 11/05 expiration date).
After 5 years of aging, this was an exceptional beer. The beer was still sweet, with mellow citrus and vanilla notes. Some sediment.
Exceptionally smooth and drank like it was a much milder beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 16:02:06 | More by joebrewer
Maudite from Unibroue
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