Maudite - Unibroue

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4,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,060
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 365 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of schroederm
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Chimay chalice:

Cool deep deep orange/brown color with quickly dissipating head. Smelled tons of citrus, with some green apple and a little nutmeg. Tasted awesome... great malts, nice and warm (but not hot) and orange. Carbonation was high, but in line with the style.

Overall: An excellent, go-to, and available Belgian Strong Dark. Yet another win for Unibroue. The four pack may be a little better value than a bomber, take care when purchasing.

Photo of astrasday
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. 2 finger white head with nice retention. Good lacing. A lovely dark amber color.

Smell. Yeast, pineapple, dark fruit, brown sugar and malts.

Taste. An excellent follow through from the smell. Very well balanced. The sweet yeast, spices, raw sugar, dark fruits and pineapple are all present and blended beautifully.

Mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, creamy with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Delicious.

Highly drinkable beer. This one is going down fast.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- this beer pours into my tulip an amber/golden orange color body with a solid finger of off white head with excellent retention. Very sticky.

S- the first thing I can smell is the classic Unibroue yeast. After that comes the parade of fruits. Cherries, plums, figs, apples, and pears.

T- that unibroue yeast makes itself known. As do the fruits. Almost the same as I could smell. Very malty and sweet.

M- very light, almost watery. The carbonation is through the roof!

D- the 750 was enough for me. However, this is something I could drink again and again. An often overlooked brewery that produces nothing but solid Belgian style beers. Check this one out if you haven't before.

Photo of angelmonster
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a big tan 2 finger head. Dark brown in color

Smells of sweet malts and fruit. Also smelling some wheat and a little spice

First taste is of wheat and maybe some coriander. Bready malts and a faint aftertaste of alcohol is also present

Beer is way over carbonated. Nice medium bodied beer, not too light.

This beer was very good. Only thing that got to me was the over carbonated. Still this is a highly drinkable beer and look forward to buying more of it

Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dirty brown, hazy with a full tan head. Almost looks like sweet tea.

S:Ripe fruit, yeasty, figs banana, and coriander.

T:Sweet, delicious. Not as overpowering as the smell would lead you to believe.. Crisp and a little tart..

M: Very carbonated, frothy.. Not oily or heavy.

D: Yes.

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

A monk traveled from a remote Abbey in search of a new and different way of life. There was no reason other than a restless soul and a longing for the new and different. The same yeast, the same sugars, the same way of life for the last 22 years had left him underwhelmed and despondent.
Drawn by the brown liquid, he surveyed the beer up against the light, and an amber glow greeted his quizzical gaze. Lacing and immense head.
Put it in your mouth... Quad? too light. No real style to place it into, other than just good beer. dark fruits... raisin... warm alcohol... dry hops... pine bark... wood...
Fluffy and smooth, oily, heavy and dense, but light and airy at once...
So there's no way to know what happened next. After 8 pints or so, he lost himself in the teak walls, the metal urinals, the dry humour of his compatriots... Are there really any heroes among fools?
To return to his homeland, of course, to go back to his old way of life... but he had made memories. He had been inspired by this strange attempt at his craft. Nothing he did from this point on would be the same, the eyes of his heart and mouth had been enlightened.

He sent his next recipe to unibroue.

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

a: Dark but clear chestnut body and an eggshell colored head.

s: Dark, estery, fruity, bready aroma.

t: Sweet malt, caramel, fruity esters, notes of dry apple, and spice, clove in particular.

m: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, dry finish.

d: delightful complexity, surprising drinkability. A joy to drink.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky, caramel brown, small head with much carbonation

Smell: apples,raisin, belgian spices, and yeast

Taste: dry apples, raisin, belgian spices, raisin--for the aftertaste, corriander, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel:smooth and sweet--I can feel the carbonation

The more I have this beer the more I like it...I think I could have about three...the alcohol is really masked...It is complex and very drinkable.

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

Had this a dozen times before, not sure why i didnt review prior.. hmm.

Beautiful 75ml caged and corked bottle. Great artwork and packaging. I can always spot a Unibrou out on any shelf, so their marketing department is doing something right.

A lovely pop from the cork and it puors a deep amber with an offwhite foamy head with consistanty same sized bubbles. Perfect pour into my Westy goblet.

Aroma is classic Unibrou propietary yeast, powdery and smooth.

Sweet floral and herbal earthiness, delicious fruit (raisin and a bit vineous) and classic unibrou spicing with bits of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. Bready and oh so deliciously complex.

Incredibly drinkable despite the abv, a real must try for any beer geek...along with Trois Pistoles, LfdM, and some of their other staples, you just can't go wrong.

Photo of farrago
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Measure the pour, if too quick half the glass will end up full of head. That said, very active, like scrubbing bubbles, and disappear swiftly. Light brown to dark amber in color, dusky and fully opaque. Very fruity nose of raisin, date, plum, cherry, gingerbread, cinnamon stick with some underlying dark chocolate and rose hips to boot, no hops to be found. Medium-bodied, admirably maintains consistent weight throughout. More chocolate here with coffee ice cream hints too, the sweet plum, cherry, prune, golden raisin fruit a major part without getting out of hand. Carbonation serves more to stir the elements than lift. Clove rather than the previous ginger or cinnamon. Sharpens its focus as it nears ending so as to retain balance and clean up some.

Photo of brushtachio
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber into a chalice. Cream-colored head is shortlived, receding to just a ring that lasted through the whole beer.
The smell us very sweet with notes of raisins and a touch of floral alcohol but not too much.
Taste is complex and comes in waves. Dried cherry, more raisins, prune then a final hop bitterness that is subtle but noticable in it's contrast to everything that's come before.

Only real criticism is that the carbonation is a bit over the top. I think moderate to high carbonation is appropriate for the style but there's a bit too much bite

Great BSDA nonetheless.

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

Poured from bottle to wide-mouth wine glass.

Deep amber color with lots of carbonation and a thick, creamy white head. Plenty of lacing sticks around for a while.

Rich, fruity nose, with some spicy notes: I thought of both coriander and nutmeg. Bready undertones.

Strong, yeasty flavor, to be expected from an ale on lees. Plenty of breadiness from the yeast, along with some cinnamon and orange peel. Has the mouthfeel to match; good body.

Almost too drinkable. I put away the second half a bit fast, without thinking, and definitely got the alcohol's effect.

Enjoyable experience.

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

12 oz bottle with freshness date 7/15/10
served in a goblet

L)Beautiful frothy head that sticks around for awhile. Three fingers of lacing on the glass. Dark red. Almost the colour of apple cider.

S)Dark bread, orange peel, slightly spicy.

T)Despite being 8% abv the alcohol only becomes apparent after you have consumed the beer. Black currants, bready, extreme yeast, caramel.

M)Medium level of carbonation.

D)Very drinkable for a high gravity beer.

Overall) A delicious example of the style that is very complex yet equally accesible.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a murky, vibrant garnet with a medium, foamy, white head.

S - Strongly bready, bold malts, fruity, oranges, mild spices.

T - Yeast is yelling at the top of its lungs while apples, candied fruit, brown sugar, and malts harmonize in red and white striped shirts and hops and alcohol doo wop in the background.

M - Medium bodied and foamy, a fair level of carbonation.

Notes - I trust Unibroue. I'd let it date my daughter. This beer makes me happy.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very yeasty with a lot of fruits and spices.

T: Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Other strong flavors were caramel, apples, dates, and cherries. Very delicious.

Overall I'd have to say I like the Trois Pistoles just a bit better than this one although they are both very different for the style. This is a great tasting beer that is very drinkable for the style/alcohol content and is smooth with a slight creamy feel in the mouth. Will buy again hands down.

Photo of trumpetego
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass. Appearance is not too impressive. Amber/brown color, cloudy. Light for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A thin white head quickly disappears, leaving a tiny amount of lacing.
Smell is very bright for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Fruity, with hints of cherry, strawberry, and orange. Also a bit of a bubble-gum flavor, more remeniscent of a German wheat beer (think Aventinus) than a Trappist ale.
Taste shows more of the German-style wheatiness. Banana is a pretty strong flavor, with more fruit and berries mixed in. No hops to speak of. Very active carbonation, which contributes to an extremely dry finish. Even with all the fruit flavors and aromas in this beer, it doesn't end up being very sweet.
Drinkability is okay. This is not one of my favorite Unibroue beers, and I probably won't seek it out in the future. It's drinkable and carries its ABV well, but the flavors are not very complex. I'm also used to more dark flavors (caramel, coco, etc) in BSDA's.

Photo of david131
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A deep ruby orange, slightly hazy. The head is thick, slightly off white, and very creamy looking. There is a nice crystal ball effect when held to a light.

S- Very fruity with a very distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Spicy and bready as well.

T- Same as the aroma, but pretty mellow. Very tasty, but not all that unique.

M- Ridiculously creamy. Very nice.

D- An enjoyable beer. Doesn't knock my socks off, but it is very well done for the style.

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

A - poured a lovely dark ruby/garnet with a massive 2.5" off-white head that prevailed in the form of a creamy bubbly cap throughout. Some lacing.

S - cherries, apricots, figs, and raisins. These lovely fruits mixed well with the breadiness from the yeast and has some winter spices thrown in the mix

T - initial sweet maltiness is followed by spices, dark fruits, and a good alcoholic kick at the end. Added yeast increased the nuttiness a bit.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation which holds everything together nicely

D - very drinkable. Unique and pleasant with a good mouthfeel makes for good drinkability. Alcohol may sneak up though.

Overall - Not a beer for the faint of heart, this is the second Unibroue offering I've had aside from the Trois Pistoles and this one is excellent as well. A great nightcap or an after-dinner beer. DO NOT ruin this by pairing it with pizza. Reviewed from notes (multiple reviews yielded the same great results.)

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

I for some reason had high expectations for this one. The label was just cool, the bottle had foil on it, and I am easily impressed.

Poured a hazy dark brownish red color. Thick head with lacing. Smelled of spices and a tinge of alcohol. Tasted cloves, some ginger, malt, and possibly some sort of citrus. It was a smooth drink for an 8%. Good, but not as great as I expected.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a deep red/brown with a nice large foamy head...head dimishes, leaving minimal lacing. Nice fruity/yeasty/alcohol scent that hit me as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle, and it spread throughout the room as the beer filled the glass. Had I not already seen the 8% ABV on the bottle, I probably would've figured it out from the scent alone. Taste is very complex. Sweet and light. The alcohol content isn't nearly as recognizable in the taste as it is the smell. I think the mouthfeel is excellent. The collection of small bubbles caress the tongue and throat, and the beer leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. This is surprisingly drinkable for an 8%, and one to be careful with.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Costco as part of a Unibroue Sample Pack.

Poured into a snifter, a deep brown/red color with a thick foamy off white head that settles very slowly. Aroma is very classic belgian with candied ginger, brown sugar notes, lots of bready yeast. Taste has the candied notes, some caramel and malty sweetness. A faint bit of licorice and clove.Mouthfeel on this one is a bit effervescent for me. lots of body, but just a bit to fizzy. Fairly drinkable, but not my favorite of the Unibroue beers.

Photo of uno99
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can remember trying this beer about 8 years ago when I was 20 and pouring it down the drain. clearly my pallet wasn't prepared!

A: A careful pour into my goblet leaves a small wispy head. Color is a deep, deep red.

S: smells like a small bakery. lots of fruit as well and some yeasty alcohol. Could smell this as soon as I popped the cap. Very inviting

T: Ripe fruit, German rye bread, grapefruit and slight hop presence. Very complex and nice dry finish.

M: Really comes alive in the mouth. Nice and light but not watery. Nicely carbonated, but no belching yet :D

D: I've yet to have a belgium as drinkable as this so I'm gonna have to give it a 5. Ive got 5 more of these in the beer fridge, and I might have to pop another one.

Im from a SHITTY town in SW ontario and this is the ONLY excellent beer I can get within 60 miles. (unless I go to the pub and pay $7 for a Duvel). So, this is my new daily drinker.

Photo of sacullen
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with several fingers of head. Diminishes slowly with decent lacing.

S: Bananas and yeast were the primary aroma.

T: The banana taste comes through but isn't overpowering. Finishes with a bit of spiciness. Ver difficult to tell it's 8%.

M: A bit of carbonation and light in the mouth. Leaves a good taste after you swallow.

D: Definitely a beer to keep on hand on a regular basis. Easy to drink, though be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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

12oz bottle received as part of a variety 12-pack from friends on a trip to Canada.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Frothy head recedes ever so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is spiced malty sweetness. Taste begins with a sweet flavor reminiscent of root beer, then gets the spicy yeast character through the close. Small bubbles are smooth over the tongue, and the drinkability is very nice. Not sure how I've missed reviewing this one for so long.

Photo of JayNH
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly cloudy burgundy with a thick foamy head.

S- A slight alcohol warmth to the scent. A dark fruity malt, pears, apples a little lemon.

T- Slightly alcoholic, yeasty, notes of bubblegum, pears, apple peel, mildly spicy.

M- Smooth and full bodied, could use a little less carbonation.

D- excellent, alcohol is well masked.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,060 ratings.