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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,047
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 351 | 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 everetends
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I got at a gas station down the street from the resort I am staying at here in Quebec. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy light brown that has orange notes when held to light. Had a nice white head that diminished to a frothy ring and spotty top cap that produced some nice soapy lacing.

S: Smells mostly of malt, a touch of hops and some fruit I can't make out. Alcohol does have a bit of a slap in the face note on the nose.

T: Taste is of malt is like a sweet bread, earthy, grassy notes, pears, apples, raisins. Alcohol is there but I think it rounds out the flavors amazingly well. Has a great balance.

M: Medium bodied brew that has some bubbly carbonation to it. Notes of apple and pear really stick to your tongue and last long in the after taste. Just a touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

D: Very drinkable. This is another hit from Unibroue. Very tasty and easy going down for a big beer. The ABV doesn't hold this guy back at all. Could use a little more in the nose department but still a great beer. Prost.

Photo of burnstar
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Looks kind of like apple cider. Some lacing on the surface but it dissipates quickly. Aroma is apples and dark fruits. Brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Taste has many of the same notes as the aroma. Deep, dark fruit complexity with an underlying carmel sweetness. But not overly sweet. Well balanced. Somewhat earthy. Really nuanced and complex taste. Something of a sipping beer. Medium bodied and heavily carbonated. A pleasure to drink but not one to rush through. Taste gets better as it warms.

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

Pours a hazy brown w/ nice white head. Head falls a bit then stays for whole glass with nice lacing.

Sweet malty aroma. Spicy and fruity with a bit of alcohol coming through.

Sweet malty taste with a nice alcohol warming affect. Hints of fruit, raisons maybe? Rather clean finish.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth. Simple carbonation.

Very nice. Will add to my list of brews I want to drink often.

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

Awesomeness in a bottle. Pours a warm, hazy brown colour with a decent, foamy head and has a great aroma. It smells like a fresh loaf of bread somehow ended up in the glass. The taste is amazing. It was so much better than I thought it would be... it's not overwhelming, but it's hearty, yeasty, and seems somehow to be a crowd pleaser amoung my friends with very different tastes. The mouthfeel is perfect- smooth and thick-- it's what a beer should be. I was so surprised at how good this was. Highly recommend it.

Photo of Kyle987
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown color, with slightly hazy body and large head, which settles down but sticks around forever. Good lacing. Strong, amazing smell; very complex, sweet and yeasty. Similar flavor; wonderful, with lots of malts and yeastiness, with some clove. I agree with the previous two reviewers about the hop flavor without the hop bitterness, which is great. Smooth, enjoyable mouthfeel with higher-than-average carbonation. An amazing, perfectly drinkable beer.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle best before 11-10-07 listed.

Pours a cider brown color. Carbonation leaves an aggressively foamy head out front. Subsides soon to leave a creamy frothy cap. Slight bubbly lacing.

Smell is quite malty almost bready. Maybe a raisin bread. Yeast and spice aroma hitting too.

taste is giving me something to think about. The are big fruit and spice notes up front. Earthy apple flavors mix well with the peepry spiciness and clove like flavors. No real bitterness picked up from the hops, but slight hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is oh so smooth, decently crisp. Creamy feel with decent amount of carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Not a brew you can drink alot of but one you can drink more than you notice. Exceptional

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

This beer is delicious out of the bottle, but even better on tap!

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown with a very thick head that dissipates to a soft foam after a minute.

S- The belgian influence is clear in this beer. Cloves, spice, yeast, and fruit are all very prounounced in the aroma. A slight floral scent comes through as well.

T- Well-constructed and delicious. Definately a complex blend of spice in the flavors. A yeasty flavor is noted. There is a certain crispness about this beer that makes it very refreshing for something so complex. A slight and unexpected hop flavor can be found in the aftertaste, however no hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, yet very highly carbonated

D- This is great to drink with friends, to serve with a meal (it goes with almost anything), or to simply enjoy and savor

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Clean orange-amber color, almost brownish. Pours with a thick layer of very light brown, fizzy head that settles quickly.
S: Sugary and malty, mixed in with some earthy, fruity scents. Quite tempting.
T: Again, sugars and malts. Flavors of apples, pears, spices, and a touch of yeast.
M: A crisp ale feel with the softness of the fruits and yeast. Nice combination, a good satisfying feel.
D: Pretty darn good. No taste of the 8% ABV.

Photo of corey0212
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky iced-tea color, with a sand-colored head that settles nicely, and leaves patches of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet, moderate dark fruit, Belgian yeast aroma, a touch of banana. Taste is dry and fruity, some pear and green apple, some spice and brown sugar, clove. Really drying, almost tannic. This is tasty. Been trying to explore more Belgian-style beers lately, and this is certainly a very approachable example.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt dark fruit and spicy yeast

T - Theres a lot going on in this beer theres sweet malt with some dark fruit and a touch of spice

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - Belgian Strong ales aren't the best beers to try and session but I think I'd try and give it a shot this is one good beer thats worth getting

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours light brown/amber with a thin head.

Smell is classic unibroue. Fruity, yeasty smell.

Taste is of sweet, fruity herbs, like, well I don't know. Very complex taste that is almost chalky to me.

Great unibroue/belgian carbonation that keeps the high alcohol light.

for 8%, a great drinking beer.

Photo of midaszero
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark amber with 2 fingers of slow to disappear white head

S - Sweet dark fruit aroma with some good malt scent throw in

T - Heaven. Such smooth and complex mixture of flavors to experience. Malty with dark fruit sometimes and other times spices with some warmth.

M - Perfect mix of medium body and medium carbonation

D - Would go awesome with meals or if you are going to have a pint or two.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 into Ommegang chalice...

Deep, cloudy mahogany color. Noted head to be intermittent between pours - the first dissipated quickly but the second was coffee ice-cream colored, about 1 finger thick and bountiful. Moderate visible carbonation.

Beautiful scent of malt, yeast, fermented raisins, maybe figs and spices. Solid malt backbone meshes nicely. With warmth, deeper caramel scents emerge - nice.

Clean with very very very slight horse blanket feel. Carbonation tingles nicely to make this lighter than expected while maintaining strong flavor profile - sweetness, alcohol and malt profile are nicely balanced.

This has a wonderful feel to it - deep and strong with very light tingle on mouth that cuts through, clarifies the essence extremely well. From start to finish this offering is hearty but clean.

'tis a good one. The heft from the alcohol and the huge package of flavors creates great, strong body but carbonation keeps it clean.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Unibroue tulip glass.

Appears a dark amber, almost mahogany, with a two finger off-white head that sticks around for a while

Aroma is similar to other Unibroue beers. Spicy, fruity, and a sweetness from the candi sugar.

Flavors of grapes, plums, a bit of peppery spice and a bit of sweetness lingering around all of that. Finishes fruity and spicy.

Medium bodied, high carbonation level, but insanely smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

Another excellent offering from Unibroue. This is one of my favorites that they make. Might have to pick up the larger bottle of it sometime.

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

thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me! decanted from the twist off twelve oz brown bottle into my La fin Du Monde glass at 45 degress.

A - A chestnut brown shade w/ excellent clarity and dark amber hues at the base. The head shrinks from 3 fingers of whispy light tan that receds to about 1/4 inch w/ legs like bourbon and a tight bead.

S - A dark wheat aroma w/ candy sugar notes and grain odors w/ a slight brown sugar and toast aroma. The nose has a whiff of alcohol in it, but mainly sweet malt dominates w/ dark tones

M - Extremely high effervescent feel as it hits the tongue like pop rocks. There is a slight soapy, slick feel w/ mild spice and gentle biscuit texture as the malt evolves w/ the yeast. A tinge of sweetness with the creamy texture and tinges of alcohol warmth

T - A candy sugar taste touches the tip of the tongue and there is spice a malty mild wheat flavors w/ dark cereal essence. The taste is light with the spice perhaps a result of the wheat w/ nice mild caramel and delicious raisin w/ slight custard notes. There is gentle toasted malt flavor and a delicious touch of alcohol adding complexity to the ale as it goes down. The dark malt flavor isn't overwhelming in fact it gets drier as it warms. The crisp, yet intense flavor is full and complex.

D - An excellent dark strong ale from Unibroue- one of my faves. Breathtakingly easy to drink - a bit too easy ; ) This 8% is "uncommonly smooth" as the bottle mentions. Don't pass this 'damned' beer up!

Photo of WillClark
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass a murky redddish brown with a decent head that released some rich, yeasty fruit notes that conjure images of black cherries and plums. The taste is round and sweet with a pretty big mouthfeel without being overbearing in any way. The finish is nice and smooth with a gentle sweetness and slight dryness to clean off the palate.

This is a well disguised 8% beauty from the Unibroue folks. I really can't tire of the ale in any way, shape or form. Subtly complex and rewarding.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml with best before date of 10-15-10

translucent copper brown w red-orange tint. a much lighter colored than i expected. decent head gradually fades to thin layer. some lacing.

whiffs of fruity pear, spice and brown sugar, with hint of non-hop citrus.

flavor is spice, but almost like diluted clove and nutmeg. nutty, grainy, plus caramel. brown sugar again. gentle bitterness goes into finish, which is herbal and again nutty.

thinner than hoped, but smooth. very carbonated but not completely overpowering.

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

750ml crowned and corked, nearly a year old.

A- nicely colored deep foggy rusty/mahogany/ochre with a tight bubbled foamy buff colored head. sheer curtains of lace are draped along the glass but slide down in time leaving ridges and fingers and curls. and for the record, after the foam settles to about 1/2in i can clearly see the duvel 'D' from the etchings in my tulip.

S- very unique fruity and extremely floral aroma, perfume like, of lilies and apple blossoms and wildflowers, orange curacao, pineapple, banana peel, tart citrus undertones, fermenting berries, allspice and clove, green apples, vanilla ice cream, and pears sauteed in butter and brandy and some herbal hops as well as an underlying meaty savory character that totally complements the more powerful fruity floral aromas. alcohol is well hidden (until it warms) and as it warms toasty malt, leather, and applewood provide a nice grainy woodsy layer to this amazingly complex nose.

T- sweet, toasted, and nutty with a hint of yeast spiciness, namely in the form of clove, nutmeg, white peppercorn, and allspice. i expected more of a fruity tartness so i'm gonna let this one warm up for a few minutes. ok that helped a little, the sweetness has been cut by just a few minutes of holding it snifter-like in my cupped hands. fruit is still subdued, but more apple, pear, banana, and pineapple, red grapes, and a melange of other orchard fruits hang softly backstage. malt doesn't seem to come to play until the finish, where its pale and toasty barley and cereal flavors provide a lip smacking crispness with tart underlying citrus that might be from the hops. if not, they hardly make an appearance save for a grassy 'green' taste at the end. i don't really need any bitterness in an already spectacular brew, but i still feel something is missing.

MF- like crushed velvet on the tongue with a minty cooling effect. almost cloying if under proper temperature, be sure to serve this one around 50'. at the right temp though, it leaves a very fresh fruity and floral aftertaste with clean dry grains and the essence of brightly colored nature. i feel like girls would wanna make out with me after i take a drink of this. is that weird? very tight medium low carbonation feels almost nitro smooth and properly breaks the silence of the sheer juiciness of this ale.

D- O, how i could drink this day and night. i bet i could even drink it out of a bottle (dodges arrows and throwing axes). to be blessed with another divine offering from unibroue, my soul is far from maudite.

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

Pours a nice deep amber color, with an inch thick white head with great retention. Unfermented and cloudy with heavy carbonation.
Smell is incredible. A big sugar smell is predominant accompanied by nice dark malts. Also a good plum smell along with other dark fruits.
The taste starts with immediate dark fruits: plum and raisin. A good bit of alcohol and spice also help to balance perfectly with the fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. There is a nice thickness to it as well, that makes it incredibly smooth.
Drinkable beer for a strong ABV. Nice balance all the way around makes this a great beer. With the amount of flavor, it still has a nice drinkability, making this an excellent selection.

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

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle with devilishly-sinister label-art of a ghostly boarding party paddling a canoe across a hellish sky as a smug-looking Satan-type character grins from underneath. Yeah, it's a little creepy, but the bottle opens with a healthy pop! , and when poured into a tulip, the unholy-looking vessel yields a dark, mysterious amber body crowned with a thick finger of soapy off-white foam that reduces quickly to a sheet, leaving the barest speckles of lacing.

Smell is enticing, with bubblegum laced with clove and the sweet yeasty heft of cinnamon rolls. Citrus notes of zippy lemon and savory lime are joined by a sweet floral note as the drink warms, spicing up the warm bready malt tone that forms the backbone of the aroma and the flavor. Earthy notes of damp black soil and dry hay contribute to the party.

Taste is rich and fruity with mellow yeasty notes, a tingle of fresh sliced plums sprinkled with tart dry lemonade powder, mixed in a mouthful of dry and bready, malty syrup. Earthy and nutty tones show in the aftertaste, as does a perfume of gardenias and white grape juice, laced with soft banana and ripe, fragrant plum. The drink has a growing toasty presence as it warms, solidifying the malt dominance and giving the aromatics a bigger, better-leveled playing field to strut their stuff on, and the final cloudy pour from the bottle boosts the banana flavor and brings a slightly powdery note. Wow.

I bought this beer after reading an amusing thread on the Forum entitled something like, "Maudite-holy crap!" that bumped around for a while. The OP expressed his blown-awayness at the Unibroue offering, and asked others for accounts of similar experiences. Well, then, friends, I didn't post on that thread, but I'll post it here... Maudite is, indeed, a "Holy Crap!" beer experience.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked into tulip glass from good ole Pioneer Supermarket on Columbus and 74th in Manhattan NY. Such a big fan of La Fin Du Monde I had to give Unibroue more business.

A: Poured cloudy deep amber, one finger dirty eggs head moving to thick base and spots of lacing.

S: Dry at first yeasty, followed by possibly bananas and dashes of cloves/black pepper come.

T: Follows the nose, then into smooth malt comes out, with peppery finish.

M: Medium to heavy but light bubbles

D: Quite good. My boss is from Ottowa and I am continually impressed with the chaps at Uibroue..while not as good as other brews, this still is a fine example of the style.

Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best-by dated 3/14/10

Pours a light amber color with little head or lacing, which was a bit disappointing.
Smells of yeast and high fruit. I'm getting green apples, plum and tangerine, among others.
Yeast is apparent in first sips as well, backed by a creeping maltiness and subtle dry hoppiness. There is a definite spiciness of clove and pepper; tangerine & cherries mixed with dried fruit such as raisins & dates add to the sweetness along with an overall brown sugar flavor.
Mouth feel is quite dry & puckering from the fruit & yeast. While there was no head to speak of, it did remain carbonated with each sip.

Overall a good, but not great, attempt at a Belgian strong ale. After my wonderful experience with Unibroue's triple, I suppose I expected a bit more punch in flavor from this offering. However, it is still nicely balanced and provides and easy-drinking 8%ABV ale without the heavy syrupiness from others of this variety.

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

On tap at the Back Abbey in Claremont, CA.
Pours a fairly dark brown with a light tan head into a Unibroue Maudite Glass. The head is pretty substantial and sticks around a while. The smell is pretty standard for a belgian dark ale, with grapes or prunes noticable. Everything else was pretty good, it was a good beer that was pretty tasty, and fairly fruity.

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

Pours a cloudy brown with a head that pretty much dissipates.

Smell is sweet and fruity. All the fruit flies that had been lurking in my kitchen around a bunch of bananas came over to investigate. I pick up bubblegum on top of a mix of ripe fruits.

Wow, this is interesting. A lot going on. Orange, toffee, cherries, pear, clove, pepper, bananas, other spices, and a slight note of hops, with alcohol present. I like it.

Mouthfeel smooth, with a bite of carbonation at the end and a presence of alcohol.

A winner from Unibroue. Recommended.

Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Maudite is a hazy amber/copper color tons of streamers forming an off-white head with medium-large sized bubbles that leave lightly scattered, foamy lace. An interesting, lighter colored BSDA, but could use more last and lacing.

Smell is moderate, very sweet and sugary, lots of fruity esters. Pretty good, but lacking depth.

Taste fairly muted, not as sweet as the aroma, the fruit here is more cured, from grapes on the nose to raisins on the tongue. Frankly, I expected more. There is a difference between smooth and bland, and this just doesn't pack enough flavor for my taste, even though there are no off-flavors or flaws. It's just not too exciting. As it warms, some plasticy phenols come to the fore, and it starts to get a bit rough. While they're within range of the style, the lack of flavor otherwise over-emphasizes them.

Mouthfeel is very spritzy, way too much for my taste, it mutes the flavors. Lighter body for the size.

Drinkability is pretty good, in that it has a bland, seltzer water taste that beguiles it's ABV, although it's too gassy to drink with speed, and to boring to want another bottle. Based on the high rating, I found it to be a let down, as I feel about all of their beers I've had save La Fin du Monde, which is excellent. In the end, this was pretty generic. This was cheap enough, and I had enough stuff to do this evening, that I didn't even bother with the second half of the bottle. Not that it tasted bad enough for a drainpour, but more that I'm at the point where I save my body for the beers I really enjoy (or spent to much dough on). This one was neither.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,047 ratings.