Maudite - Unibroue

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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
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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 drperm
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue consistently brews a high-quality product. And by high, I mean Himalayan. Maudite for me is no exception, possibly even my current favourite of their year-round offerings.

Appearance: A cloudy copper-red.

Aroma: A bouquet of sugar, cloves, and dark cherries.

Taste: Wheat, perhaps something akin to a faint peanut brittle...I can't resist simply calling it, "ambrosia."

Palate: spritzy and quenching. As the Unibroue people describe it themselves, a cognac-like finish.

Overall: What a brew! This one is great all by itself. Also try it with hearty foods that otherwise might get the chianti or merlot treatments: pasta, tomato-based dishes, red meat (beef stew!), or artisanal pizza. A clear winner all-around.

Photo of Avryle
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear copper color (though leaning more towards the brown). Smallish, solid, almond-color head

S- Malty with light yeasty spiciness. Maybe a touch of vanilla

T- Toffee and malty sweetness. A very subtle beer. ...I don't know how to describe this or what to say about it. Its really good and extraordinarily drinkable, but there's nothing about it that makes it stand out.

M- A little thinner body, than expected... or it could just seem this way following a Stone IRS. Low, almost non-existant carbonation.mNot as crazy-complex as some of the authentics, but still really good.

D- Again, following a Stone IRS (on nitro tap) this drinks like water. ...MORE BOTTLES!!!

Photo of avaulteriam
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

interesting watered-down cola color. Pours with a very loose head, almost like vigorously poured juice. Smells like bread dipped in orange juice. Very cloudy. Interesting taste, very much like it has been seasoned with spices, corriander, cinnamon. Citrusy with definte yeast flavor. Very low carbonation level. Sweet, almost like licorice as well. Slight viscosity, similar to the feel of grape juice in weight. Very good.

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

On tap at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. Served in a Maudite goblet.

Nice reddish cloudy appearance. Little head.

Nose of yeast, fruit - plums, apples. Overripe fruit. Yum.

Palate is superb. This is one of my favourite Unibroue offerings. Nice leesy bitterness with lots of sweetness and a hint of spice. Nutty. Prunes. Oranges. Full palate. Went down very quickly and wanted another.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine brew pours Amber Hazel-brown with a decent sized head and a fluffy lace that remains for quite a while until settling into a tight lace.
The aroma is of malts,yeast and fruit with a spicy note.
The taste is caramel malts,light hops,a spicy touch and phenolic notes that all seem to be perfectly balanced with the alcohol.
The overall feel is fantastic. Medium carbonation,creamy texture,smooth and slightly bitter finish. Malts and hops getting along so well.

Notes: How do you say no to another? I could session off this brew despite the ABV. I could fill the fridge with no regrets or any care as to lack of space. I would build a cellar just for this beer.
A beer so rich and creamy that one just imagines drinking this as often as possible. This will be a staple in my fridge along with two other beers from this Brewery that I have tried.

Photo of gpogo
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with large off-white head that slowly dissipates to nothing.

A- Sweet malty smell. A bit of a spicy aroma as well. Belgian yeasty aroma is also evident

T- Sweet malts a spicy flavor with slight hints of cloves. Alcohol is not noticeable but seems to help balance the malts. Slightly wheaty, perhaps that is where some of the spiciness comes from?

M- Medium bodied, creamy. Moderate-high carbonation.

D- This is an amazing Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Nothing like I was expecting. It might even be slightly refreshing. Has some character that reminds me of Weizenbocks. I'll definitely be drinking more of these.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maudite - 1 Pint 9.4oz - Bomber

A revisit to an old favorite and classic brew. I shared one of these with a good friend on a cold January evening.

Look - Almost resembles a cider. Full, unfiltered body with a thick, foamy head.

Smell - Sweet and smooth, noticable apple or other northern fruits. Slight hint of hops.

Taste - Sweet with light malt and hop overtones. Tastes like apple or plum very slightly.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth, hard to believe this brew is 8% because you can't taste it. Warms when it hits your stomach. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Such a unique brew from a great brewery. The common beer drinker would definitely be able to enjoy as well. Exceptional.

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

Maudite pours a pretty, clear, orangey-bronze color, with a large, fine, light tan lid.

Smells of berry sweetness with vanilla, apples, and yeasty spiciness. Very nice.

The medium-full body boast a creamy-soft and gently-fine, smooth carbonation. The taste has a subtle blueberry/toffee sweetness along with lightly toasted malts and red apple fruitiness. A light spiciness from black peppery yeast completes the package.

Not as crazy-complex as some of the authentics, but still really good.

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

Ah, My 100th review.

Pours a copper colored beer in the bright sunlight. A decent head sticks around pretty well leaving lace.

Smells are of sweet malt smells, banana, and slight spiciness.

Taste is amazing. Bready malt with caramel, spiced with clove and banana, an earthiness, toffee. Amazing.

Plenty of carbonation allows the body to be moderate to light and it remains a refreshing beer with tons of flavor.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of Maudite on Tap in a Maudite Goblet while dining out on a recent trip to Portland, Maine. The waiter initially told me that it was a French Beer which perked my interest since the French aren't exactly known for their beer. The beer is a nice dark rouge (excuse my french) and it retained a nice head. Goes down extremely smooth and could be enjoyed with many different meal selections. You don't taste the high alcohol content at all. This is another excellent brew from Unibroue. Make sure to try this if you have the opportunity!

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

On tap at La Piezzata in the old city of Quebec.

I'll forgive the fact that this brew gave me away as a non-native speaker. I had the misfortune of pronouncing it "maudeetay" instead of "maudeet". Anyhow, this local Quebec brew definitely deserves its reputation. It looks great, red-brown with a nice thick head (nitro-tap perhaps?). The mouthfeel is perfect, no hint of alcohol or harshness. I would have guessed 6%, not 8%. Taste is very well balanced between sweet, bitter and exotically spicy. I'm a stranger to the world of Belgians so I've never had a beer quite like this before. It paired well with a roasted veggie pizza and I enjoyed it to the bottom of the glass. Magnifique.

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

The Cursed pours a dark brown with a good two finger foam head and wicked good lacing. 12oz bottle from Belmont Station.

The aroma was a tad yeasty and spicy. The flavor popped you in the lip with some spiciness up front and followed thru the drink. It is a complex one to get a handle on. I taste some brown sugar, clove and peppery flavor.

In the mouth it has a sharpness to it and carbonated to the hilt, which works. Overall one of their better efforts.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml brown bottle into an oversized wine glass to produce an efforvescent head, off white, that quickly diminished to a thin cap leaving no lace. The beer is iced tea colored and slightly hazy.

The nose on this is rather pronounced. Yeasty, malty and fruity.

Taste: quite good. Fruityness is what stays with you throughout the quaff. Typical belgian yeastyness. A touch of clove and nutmeg spice.

Mouthfeel: Typical fizzyness of a Belgian... probably too fizzy for me. But the redeaming quality is the smooth finish and the good mouth-coating.

Drinkability: One is good enough for me. This is one that I won't actively seek out. But I'm not a HUGE Belgian fanatic.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 10-12-08. Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy orange/amber/brown hue with a big, creamy two inch eggshell head on top and tons of active carbonation. So far so good. Aromas of crisp wheat grain malts with a touch of caramel. Big spicy aromas swirl about with some mixed fruity aspects lurking in there as well.

First sip brings a crisp wheat malt upfront with a hint of caramel sweetness. This moves into a sturdy spicy flavor profile with hints of clove and earthy yeast accents. Fruity, citrusy flavors move in and out along the way down. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a spicy, yeasty afterthought. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly effervescent. It races across the palate with a fast moving tingle. Overall, an enjoyable brew with that trademark Unibroue yeast flavor. Damn drinkable and priced right for when I want a tasty Belgian style brew. One of my faves from Unibroue.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love everything about this beer - the taste, the appearance, the macabre label. Unibroue does everything right with this brew. It pours an impenetrable dark brown color that takes on an almost plum color in the glass. There is a slight head which evaporates quickly leaving a bit of lacy head retention. The nose is very fruity, with pear and apple notes as well as a peppery spiciness. The taste reflects the excellence I have generally come to expect from Unibroue. It has a complex but perfectly balanced flavor that contains fruit notes, bread maltiness and hints of clove and nutmeg. The finish is fruity, with a slight hint of wood. This is a fine example of a traditional Belgian Ale and a really satisfying beer. In spite of the high ABV, I could see myself drinking this as a session beer.

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

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a nice head that fades to a thin cap in relatively short order. No lacing. Typical aromas of Belgian yeast with a bit of spice, some coriander, and pepper as well as a nice breadiness. Quite carbonated, and thge taste is a little thinner and spicier than I'd like. A bit more breadiness and even a bit more sweetness would be welcome. Quite spicy with pepper, more coriander, and orange peel. Quite herbal and very drying on the finish. Enjoyable.

Photo of fitzy84
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. Pretty dark appearance with some amber seen in the light. Medium size, thick head that stays for awhile. Eventual lacing. Quasi-smoked flavors of hops were fascinatingly permeating from this drink, giving it an almost woody taste. On actual taste, the almost grape-like, fruity bitterness was relaxingly enjoyable. Medium body but with a slightly annoying low carbonation to an almost perfect ale. Overall, a great belgian.

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

Pours a deep cooperish brown, nice foammy white head that sticks around and laces nicely.

Aroma of belgian yeast spice and dried fruit, a pleasant spiced dubbel would fit.

Flavor is unibroue yeast, faint presence of wheat malt and a nice blend of spice. Delicious!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, caramelized malts and dark fruits with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit, but they all seem a bit overshadowed by the Belgian yeast flavor. However, there's still a decent balance. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a decent beer overall even if it might not be first one that I would pick, but it's still worth drinking for a while.

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

This is one of my more choice drinks when I want a Belgian style beer. The bottle label was very intriguing and definitely sucked me in. I think of cinnamon when I'm drinking this beer. There is a nice little spice with this beer. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Photo of RixBeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a quarter inch of head. Head subsides but not too much.

Smell of fruit and thank weird funk that unibroue beers have. I wonder if it's the water. Yup I'd have to see it's the H20 that makes that smell.

Sweet maple wood with a zesty kick. Pretty good like most Unibroue beers.

That orangey liquor flavor isn't bad even though it doesn't hide the alcohol enough. The carbonation however is lively to the point where combined with the flavor is a bit much and makes this feel like too much.

Like usual I can have one of these at a time. Unibroue beers are great in moderation [as in 1].

Overall a really good beer!

Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden amber, deep color. Nice head. Can see sediment in suspension.

S-Sweet, citrus and fragrant. Some hint of bitter malts.

T-Fruity, smooth, typical of unibroue.

M-Good mouthfeel. Smooth.

D-Could have a couple, but not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby red to brown into a tulip. Small head that didn't fade at all, very impressive.

S - Sweet and fruity with hints of dark cherry and raisin. Spicy yeast is noticeable more in the background.

T - A lot going on here, roasted bready malts are followed by sweet fruits. Earthly hops along with the Belgian spicy yeast.

M - Medium / full bodied, a little on the thick and syrupy side. Definitely a sipper.

D - I originally served this straight out of the fridge, too cold. Got better as it warmed [I should have known]. I wouldn't drink more than one of these but would definitely enjoy again, recommended.

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

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Dark peach/brown body. Tons of visible carbonation. Thick head.

Aroma of ripe fruits and bitter apples, as well as some fig. Spicy.

Tart fruits balanced with a heavy spice profile. Black pepper, fig, malts, clove, apple.

Yet another excellent Belgian ale offering from Unibroue.

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

From a bottle dated "best before 08-14-10." Poured into a Riedel Vinum burgundy glass (best thing I had).

A =Beautiful dark apple-cider/dark caramel color. Cloudy. Huge head that sticks around for a while and eventually goes down to a nice, thin layer that stays for the duration.

S =Clove. Some tart fruity smell. Earthy and a tiny bit pungent. Smells a bit like a champagne.

T = Peppery spiciness. Cloves and apples. Yeasty. Mild, balancing bitterness in the finish. A slight candy sweetness joins the fun as the beer warms up. Some citrusy acidity.

M =Nice carbonation. Becomes very smooth as it warms up. Mouthfeel is very similar to champagne, just with more body.

D =Very easy to drink, especially once you let the beer warm up some. It's a good, complex beer. Kind of a beer-champagne hybrid. Definitely a beer that gets better, and grows on you, as it warms up.

Maudite from Unibroue
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