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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,139
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 172
Gots: 405 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of uno99
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +6%
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 +7.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass.

A-Off-white, thick head, creamy and gorgeous, with very persistent head. Effervescent carbonation is evident. Hazy medium-brownish beer. I think the beer was ugly and the head was superb.

S-Light aroma, predominantly phenols, mostly clovey, with yeasty aromas as well.

T-Creamy flavors with bready malts and sweet/fruity nuances. Some yeast flavor, from bottle conditioning. At times, the flavor seemed just a bit plain.

M-Carbonation felt much smoother, almost a silky or creamy character, which surprised me. Body was medium to medium-light.

D-I think this beer was pretty ok. Nothing fantastic, but also far from bad. I'll probably give it another run in the future, though won't search it out.

Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Murky ice tea color with a creamy off whitehead.

Aroma - Very light zesty citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied creamy brew with fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light apple and lemon flavor with a clove finish.

Overall - Very nice brew.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark raisin/carmel brown. Head is a thin light off white. Medium level of lacing.

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Dried fruit also. Taste is quite similar. The banana flavor is very strong. The 8% abv becomes present in the taste as well. There is also a grassy hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. After it lingers around enough, the alcohol becomes over powering.

Overall, a solid beer at 8%. Pretty easy to drink and quite tasty. I'd easily have another.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky ice-tea color with a huge, billowy 2 finger light beige head that retained nicely lasting for well into the drink.

S: moderately soft and fruity with notes of ripe apples and fresh pears being the most distinguishable.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh fruitiness from the Belgian yeast of apples and pears similar to the nose. A great carbonation factor brings supporting flavors of bananas and tart oranges rounding out the beer. Overall a fruity, spritzy Belgian that drank very nicely.

M: light but lively and fizzy from the heavy carbonation bringing out a light sour fruitiness on the tongue of apples and pears once again which faded quickly with only a slight lingering reminder leaving you looking forward to the next sip.

D: Very nice drinkability, a nice fruitiness from the yeast and lively carbonation makes this a worthy try.

Photo of Gish
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky brown with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

S - very herbal, pepper and cloves

T - Spicy! A good bit of bitterness, white grapes, tangy hops. A very lively beer, not what I expected!

M - very carbonated, medium body

D - While I enjoy this beer, the carbonation and spiciness is a bit too much. Still an enjoyable beer, you can't go wrong with Unibroue!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite style now. It's perfect beer. This is on the tops of my lists

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin wispy white head forms and fades immediately. A thin layer of white foam remains atop of the beer. It almost has a purple tint to it since it's so thin. You are really seeing the beer through it. The beer is a deep ruby amber color. Very deep and inviting color. Not much in the way of lacing....

Aroma is dark, fruity and tart. You can certainly sense the Belgian style yeast in its sharpness. I get some peach, cherries. The more it warms the aroma opens even more and you get a real earthy quality to this.

Deep, smooth and balanced flavor. Starts with some wonderful fruits. A still get peaches, and some pear. The yeast notes are certainly present and bring a nice spicy nature to the flavor. Some white grape? Maybe. I'm quite surprised by the delicate nature of this beer. I thought this was going to be a big bold sweet thick Belgian. It's deep, but completely different than I had imagined. Towards the end, there really is a nice hop bitterness that makes an appearance. At first you don't even realize it's there, then it hits you. I drank about ½ the beer without any food, then had some blue cheese, pear and crackers. It was fantastic how much the flavor changed with these. I could all of a sudden taste more of the malt backbone. Later as I drank the last part with the sediment, it really reminded me of a great apple cider..

Mouth feel is almost of champagne with a little more body. The carbonation brings this mouth to life. Very delicate on the palette. Very drinkable and refreshing. The alcohol is rather well hidden. A bit dry..

Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite is a sparkling peach-apple colored ale... I suppose you'd say it's brown. It's dim and cloudy and topped with a gorgeous, creamy beige head that lasts forever. The lacing is incredible. The aroma is spicy and fruity. There is a sweet and sour note from the malt. The hops are fruity and there are notes of cinnamon, paprika and peppercorns. It's slightly bready and carries a dank air. The chewy medium-full body is velvety soft. It coats like medicine. The finish is possibly slightly silty, but overall, it's smoother than water. The sweetness never breaks through, which is nice. There's a huge prune flavor with figs, cassis, black cherry and licorice. It comes off as somewhat medicinal. It's an elixir. The bitterness reinforces the Rx later in the taste. The alcohol is warming. Magnifique!
(rated Sep 4, 2007)

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ox bottle, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- translucent to opaque amber, sand colored off-white head.

Smell- sweet white grapes, apples, malt, yeast, alcohol and flowers are all in there together.

Taste- sweet, with apples and white grapes, then dry and earthy, nearly musty taste, swallows sweet and white grape-y, followed by a long, not-strong but noticeable musty aftertaste; almost like duck, or dark meat turkey; maybe slightly smokey? Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is plentiful, and crisp on the tongue, the beer itself is silky and smooth. The contrast is similar to the contrasting sweet-and-smokey flavors.

Drinkability- the enticing flavor combination, and the perfectly matched texture combination make this a beer that is hard to leave sitting down. That said, I don't think I would have a second one tonight.

Photo of MattCote
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 Oz. bomber at Trader Joes and drank it that night, having chilled it to around 55 degrees farenheit. Drank it out of a Duvel Belgian glass.

A - Pours into a smoothe tawny, perhaps a bit of a deep mahogany, much as a dark belgian should. Two finger head dissolves into intricate lacing along the glass.

S - Immediate aroma of honey, like smelling a dilluted mead from afar. Hints of fresh fruit and lively notes of malt present.

T - Initially, the smooth and definitively Belgian maltiness presents itself with a bushel of fruits-- perhaps apple or pear-- with just enough flavor to disguise the 8% abv. Does so with flying colors. Resolves into a prudent hops profile, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Best described as a bit chewy, just enough resistance to prevent a watery feel, not enough to give it the same viscous consistency of a thicker style of beer. Remained as such throughout the drinking session without divesting too much carbonation.

D - Overall, a bomber is enough to satisfy the palette. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and may leave you feeling pretty well off if you solo the bottle. The flavor and aroma stays with you for a while beyond the final sip, which serves as a valuable reminder that you need to pick up another bomber. ASAP.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thick head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and cherry. Tastes like a tripel with an earthy/apple bite at the end. The carbonation makes it lighter than expected. Highly recommended. Unibroue is a master at keeping a Beligan full-flavored and full-bodied without overwhelming.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Devilishly dark red with a thin head but a steady fizz. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet figs, a touch of lemon zest, esters galore, you fabulous belgian yeast.

Taste: Dryer than the trois pistoles, a little lemon zest, very smooth sweet fig, a wee bit of chocolate in the back, warming alcohol. Weee!

Mouthfeel: A sort of thin, fizzy feel I suppose is to style.

Drinkability: Sip away.

Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will try to come back to this beer and review it again. I tried it against three other Unibroue beers, and they all seemed to suffer from the comparison. Usually, tasting beers this way brings the differences to the forefront, but this time, they all just grew closer and closer together as far as flavor went. In my very humble opinion, Maudite is a Unibroue beer first and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale second, and that might go for all of their beers with their respective styles. Considering, Unibroue doesn't really seem to use normal style names in their marketing, this probably isn't an offensive opinion to them.

Anyway, Maudite pours a dark red brown with a very small fizzy head that disappeared almost immediately, leaving just about zero lacing. Part way through my glass, I spent some time swirling up a little head and watching it disappear almost instantly, just to be sure I didn't just give it a bad initial pour. It's not a horrible looking beer but decidedly unexciting for the style.

The smell and flavor were better. Spice, somewhere between pepper and coriander seed, is particularly evident, at least compared to other Unibroue offerings. There are some interesting pine or spruce hop notes in the background. The delicacy of the hop flavor is a very nice touch. The taste is also earthy and fruity, in line with Unibroue's range. I always enjoy the Unibroue feel of fine, prickly carbonation.

I really don't mean to be down on Unibroue. I like their beers very much. I just wasn't expecting such marked similarity.

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

Pours a hazy orange amber into a large Burgundy glass. Offers a rich head and a nice Belgian nose, good retention and lacing and a steady surface carbonation.

Nose offers a hint of alcohol yet is quite endearing. Otherwise subtle malts and fruit combine with a strong Belgian yeast nose.

Taste is a bit perky with carbonation and offers a slight breadiness coupled with hints of fresh summer fruit with a notable pear sweetness in the close.

Feel is of a very well balanced carbonation and sweetness and yields an easy drinking strong ale. Very nice..

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, Unibroue has had 7 chances to impress me so far and has yet to do so.. I'm starting to think I just don't have the taste for their particular yeast strain. I have one more left after this (their tripel) so hopefully that can do the trick.

This one pours a cloudly light brown with a small head and no lacing. Taste is very spicy with some dark fruit flavors, but mostly ethanol comes through with the spice. Has a smooth aftertaste surprisingly but getting to that point is a pretty rough road. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Photo of HatTrick
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer both on-tap and from the bottle but today I'll just review from the bottle though on-tap it is exceptional. If all you have is a regular glass then that's ok but is best in a chalice.

Appearance: Nice golden red amber color with carbonated buttles. Cream colored head quickly reduces down to a paper thin top. Leaves a little lacing as time goes on.

Smell: Of honey, yeast, and a little of spices like cloves.

Taste: A sweet flavor with honey and citrus undertones paired with cloves and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with perfect carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Easy easy easy to drink. Glad it comes in such a large bottle as one glass isn't enough. Makes me think of humid-sun drenched cabanas with Cuban cigars and a chalice of beer. Mmmm, and I don't smoke either. Overall a great beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2/3/2006 (750ml):

Pours a dark-reddish colored body, with a medium-sized white head, diminishing. Has an aroma of flowers, citrus, coriander, and slight alcohol. Very fizzy, coriander. Smooth warm mouthful. Reminds me a lot of Allagash Tripple.

Photo of Vendetta
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 22, 2008

Quality beer, but Belgian really isn't my style. That being said, the aroma and flavor are both very good- above average- for the Belgians that I've tried. Laid back, fruity aroma that's enticing. The taste is that of typical Belgian, but high quality. Lots of maltiness, banana, tropical tasting. Very laid back save for a bit of alcoholic bite at the end which is a little surprising for an 8% ABV beer. Fans of this style beer will love it. For me, it'll probably be the last one I try. Just can't get into them. Maybe I'll revisit some more Unibroue beverages later on, but right now I just can't seem to develop the taste for them.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has a beautiful cloudy reddish amber color to it, doesn't have much of a head on it. unfortunately im in a smokey bar so i cant get a real good feel for the aroma but what i can discern is great, a ginger spiciness to it. taste is fantastic just like unibroue's other beers. i just love it

Photo of ecoastman
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown-gold with a light haze. fine champagne-like carbonation similar to La Fin du Monde. A good looking ale.

Smell - mild tones are sweet, spicy and yeasty with some fruity esters. I may not be using the best glass since I'm using the Stella Artois type. I think a chalice is a must.

Taste - mild like the smell but complex and low bitterness. It seems well balanced since no distict character is hitting me directly. I'm really enjoying this beer but I'm having a hard time describing it in layman's terms...I'm picking up traditional belgium ale type tones and perhaps some pear. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. Seems like it's brewed to fit the style - very nice.

Mouthfeel - medium body and well carbonated.

Drinkability - This beer is very easy to drink but you need to be careful in this alcohol range!

Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a orangey-brown color with creamy head. Some of the other unibroue beers are too carbonated causing them to taste like champagne, but not the Maudite. A nice maltiness to it with a very smooth finish.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,139 ratings.