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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,878
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 134
Gots: 284 | 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 becktone
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Eye: Poured into a goblet. Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and semi clear. The head is tan and very creamy looking, Doesn't appear to have much lacing. Retention is great though size seems a bit small.

Nose: Very very complex here. Lots of aromas flying around, dark fruits, sweet candied aromas, and some spiciness from the hops just to name a few. Its really hard to pick out all the aromas in a brew this complex. Alcohol is well hidden.

Tongue: Complex in flavor. I detect light notes of caramel and toastiness. A lot more is going on here than just malt and hops. There are spicy flavors as well, definitely clove flavor. Not quite what I expected from this brew, there are no dark fruits...which I almost definitely expected to find. All in all, in my opinion, the flavor of this brew is fleeting.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is the driest Belgian Strong Dark Ale that I've ever had, thats for sure. Carbonation is low as can be expected from the style and a fairly light body. This beer isn't hard to drink, though I'd much rather be sipping at Chimay Blue than at this.

becktone, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a slightly hazy dark ruby amber color with a deep loose white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty lacing. The smell is fresh, tart, partly fruity and yeasty. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is effervescent and smooth. The flavor has the same rich yet tart spicy characteristic as the nose. The taste of dark fruit and apple lingers nicely. The 8% ABV is warming. A reasonable drinker.

jjayjaye, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Taipans
4.38/5  rDev +4%

A: Cloudy orange, 2 finger head, minor lacing

S: Spicy fruitness, hard to explain, very pleasent

T: Wow, this is impressive, complex and almost out of my range. I can taste the belgain yeast strain, spice, some fruity notes. There is more there but I am not sure what it is.

M: Smooth, tingly, I am suprised at how clean this is being that its so deep.

D: I popped open the 1pt 9.4fl ounce bottle and I plan on finishing it. It has a nice robust 8% ABV so I am guessing it I was outside in the heat and was trying to session it, it might be tough.

This is one of the best beers I have had. I would put it up with Wee Heavy as one of my favorites! It's deep, almost to complex for my young palate to figure out, but it's a fun experience trying to do so!

Highly recommended!

Taipans, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of iceball585
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%

A- Reddish w/ thin head

S- Slight hop smell w/ hints of cherry

T- Starts w/ tastes of cherry and plum, but finishes of weak hops taste

M- Starts strong and full, but finishes very weak, dry, and fizzy

D- It's alright, nothing I'd go crazy for

The smell gets you interested. The start of the taste gets you even more interested, but the fizzy finish kind of just lets you down. Overall... cool name, cool tap, but the beer kind of a lets down.

iceball585, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.38/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle and 750mL bottle...

pours a great hazy reddish color with a decent head...i can't seem to pick out the individual flavors in this beer but it is slightly fruity, berries maybe? it is also slightly spicy tasting...at 8.000% abv i am not sure how sessionable these beers are, but a few would have you feeling quite nice...

sirk0rebreg, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Maudite! The name says it all.

A: Pours a nice hearty robust red color with a medium head into the Maudite Tulip....how else would you drink it? There is a steady stream of small bubbles rising to the top which keeps this red brew bubbling like lava.

S: Nice malty aroma with tons of dark fruits noted. I smell Figs, Black Cherries, and a hint of dried Apricot. Behind all of that there is a mild hoppiness to this brew. I detect a slight aroma of orange peel. Refined.... I think so!

T: Quite possibly the best brew to come out of Canada. It is right up there with La Fin Du Monde another Unibroue offering. I actually think I prefer this one though. There is just more substance to it. I taste tons of nice sweet malty fruits. Cherries, Apricots, Orange, and Peach. The Malty backbone is splendid but there is a wee bit of hops in here with the taste of lemon or lime zest. It's complex yet very refined. I love the Unibroue beers and Canada should hang their hat on these because it is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT...it is the best they have to offer.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly effervescent, yet very drinkable.

D: Very! I picked this one up in a 12 oz, but I have drunk many pints and 750 ml in my day. Take it any way you can get it, but enjoy it. It's really is one of the best widely distributed beers available.

Overall: I love Unibroue. I have been to the Quebec providence so many times but have never made it to their brewery which is such a shame. They make pure representations of Belgian brews that any brewer would be proud of. They should be "Damned" proud of this beer because it is one of the best.

Honey grab me another one of these "Damned" brews because I love them.

By the way Maudite means "Damned". And "Damn it"... I really like it! I guess that makes me "Damned".

tpd975, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of aluskungs
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

I poured the sediment in by mistake, the label said I shouldn't have, oh well. Because of this the beer is like unfiltered tea in color. A large bubble head that dissipates quickly.

Strong excellent date fig smell. Super fruity with a hint of alcohol.

The taste was very robust like the smell. A little bitter for me. A thick beer with yeast, great after taste with lingering fruit and spice flavors.

aluskungs, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of kingjames1
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

pours a hazy tea-tinged amber, with a light fluffy head, quickly dissipating to a sticky web. Smells bready, yeast-funky, dark fruits (cherries, plums, and hint of apples), and belgium spice. Taste is more of the same, with a strong, satisfying flavor, yet somehow unremarkable. Good mouthfeel, though slighty watery (surprisingly). Good drinkability for the style. Overall, a descent belgium knock-off, but not great. Go for the real deal instead, or try Ommegang's products.

kingjames1, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of tapman
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%

I found an 8-pack of assorted Unibrous at my local craft beer store. Here is #1.

Dark brown mixed with blood and rust describes the color, appropriate for 'The Cursed". Head can be humongous if not pured carefully and I like to pour it to 2-fingers of white foamy goodness.

Tropical fruit aromas mixed with a little red pepper and alcohol. A tangy mild hoppiness stings at the nose and translates into a wine-like dry aroma.

Gone is the alcohol, Hallelujah!! For me a good beer is high in alcohol for the flavors that come out during fermentation(s) yet shows no sign of it in the taste category. Very well done with this brew. Spiced fruit esters (fruit with sweet, peppery balance) overpowers the alcohol. Finishes with a wine-like dryness that bites at the back of the mouth thanks to the tart esters. Certainly a wine drinker's beer if there is such a thing. Wonderfully complex.

Typical of the Belgium ales, very sparkling yet full of texture from the bubbles plus beer consistency due to good ingredients. Still, I prefer the thicker, syrupy beers in this category so I guess it suffers due to personal bias. Whatev.

Highly drinkable. Alcohol is no where to be found in the taste and the high alcohol content would make for a night of good beer with a buzz worth your money. I know its faux pas to drink to get drunk in the craft scene, but if that's what you want this brew could do it, or not if you prefer. So tasty and complex, I'll drink these until there's nothing left of me. OYE!!

tapman, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

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...

mdagnew, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Night
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Night, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

irishkyle21, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.63/5  rDev +10%

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.

mshallah, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

coalcracker, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

PBRstreetgang, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

LittleCreature, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev -5%

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.

gunnerman, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Mandrake, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

soulgrowl, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

BeerBelcher, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

John_M, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

soupyman10, May 31, 2007
Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

basica, May 31, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

BBM, May 31, 2007
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,878 ratings.