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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 182
Gots: 426 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of disastermouse
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've got to start by saying that this has been a favorite beer of mine even before I started really getting into beer. I first discovered it about seven years ago and found it refreshingly different.

A- Dark reddish-brown, but not opaque . It looks great!

S- Smells very 'bubble-gum' fruity. There's malt there underneath, but not a 'bready' smell at all. The alcohol is definitely there.

T- Yum! Very fruity, not much hops, with the malt way in the background - even behind the alcohol heat.

MF- This beer sort of 'dances' across your tongue. It feels like it's a combination between the phenols and the alcohol. It's actually quite pleasant - but different. It's not astringent.

D- The alcohol content is high on this one. Personally, I have to buy the 12oz bottles in order to drink it if I want to also drink other beers. Also, it may numb your tongue up a bit.

All in all, a very fine beer. It's complex and unexpected. If, in my youth, someone had told me beer could taste like this I wouldn't have believed them.

Photo of andrewm190
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer; and I have to be honest in that I haven't poured it into the proper glass. Nonetheless, the smell is delicious, solid yeast smell, I think. Pours a dark brown with a powerful head. In no way overbearing, well balanced and comfortable to drink. This is an excellent beer, and I highly recommend it. Be warned, it is a bit pricey, even at Trader Joe's, but I do think you will really like the results.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice

Pours a murky reddish brown in color with lighter ambers hues at the edges an about a finger of very light tan head that settles to just a coating. Aroma is pleasant, spicy phenols with intermittent whiffs of alcohol and a touch of fruit. Taste is much like the aroma there is some malt and darker fruits upfront with spicy, slightly peppery phenols taking over. In the finish I can detect some alcohol but not a detrimental amount. Mouthfeel is good, medium+ body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable brew, a bit more complex than I was able to put into words but not too "busy".

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a gold foil wrapper around the cap best by 08/29/09. Served into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy light cidery color deep golden with reddish brown hues,very effervecent with a silky white head leaving a constiant layer tiny strings around the sides of the glass.

Clean,light spice,yeasty with doughyness,touch of cinnamon fruity with hints of dates/figs.

Light tangy mouthfeel lots of spice upfront,good balance with a tart,slightly sour fruityness not as much as the aroma would indicate,with a touch of acidity. Slighty boozy for the most part the alcohol is well hidden. Velvety,silky mouthfeel leaves a drying slightly astrigent aftertaste lingering. Good example of the style close to Chimay Blue.

Photo of bonkers
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a 7650 ml bottle into 2 large goblets. It pours a almost burgundy color. The head is about 2 fingers, does not leave much lacing. On the nose is mild ripe fruit and some alchoholic esters, but rather faint. There are ripe pear and faint apple notes on the tongue followed by a mellow alchohol. This is a medium bodied beer with adequete carbonation. This brew hides its 8% alchohol well making it very drinkable. This beer is solid, yet unspectacular.

Photo of boralyl
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of off-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly leaving a ring. It appears to have a lot of carbonation. It is dark copper in color.

S - A sweet aroma, mostly dark fruits like plums and grapes.

M - Light-medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation.

T - Slightly sour up front but balanced with some malts and a spiciness. Leaves a little alcohol warmth. It's hard to get a whole lot out of the taste, because of the strong carbonation sting that overpowers everything else.

A pretty decent brew, but to me it is nothing extraordinary. It's worth checking out, but I wouldn't go out of your way to get it.

Photo of Patrick999
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbey.

A - Nice burgundy body, decent head, though again, the bartender didn't want to cheat me, so poured less head than it otherwise would be.

S - I didn't get so much other than some vague raisins and spices. Maybe my nose is having a bad day...it's not congested at all, but I'm not getting much out of any beer I have today.

T - Really tasty, a toasted graham cracker with a lot of clove evident. I didn't get anywhere near this much clove when I tried Maudite out of the bottle. As with the bottle, I'm not sure I can tell I'm drinking an alcoholic drink, that's how hidden the 8% ethanol is.

F - Medium body, but a deft, light feel that reminds me of some of the best Belgian examples.

D - Strong beer, but you could toss back a couple.

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

Pours a dark burnt orange with a fluffy white head that disintegrates soon after.

Sexy Belgian inspired nose of cherries and currant and other dark/red fruits, strong spice and some citrus under notes.

Palate is full of sweet caramel flavours that lead into a decent spicy bite and aftertaste. Some more citrus flavours in there as well, or maybe that is just the after taste tang making me think so. Great flavour!

Great balance, creamy texture and the alcohol is apparent, though in a loverly winter warming fashion.

Ahh Unibroue...Their beers played a huge part in my beer geek "initiation" as a 19 year old living in Canada. Good to see after all these years it still holds very strong (and is available in Oz for that matter!)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first forays into craft beer about 12 years ago and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. 12oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured a murky plum color with a two inch rocky off-white cap. A furious, initial effervescing of tiny bubbles began to slow in tandem with the subtle collapse of the head, which eventually settled into a fairly consistent skim of foam. Some lacing present during the tasting, but poor adhesion. Complex nose; dark fruit (perhaps prunes & plum) as well as a spicy character and perhaps a hint of candi sugar. Taste follows nose with some citrus astringency revealed, culminating in a dry finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied but seems to be slightly overcarbonated. A nice, drinkable belgian strong dark. Alcohol is well-hidden, and body keeps it from feeling overly heavy. Fairly easy drinking brew, relative to the style.

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

Poured into snifter from bottle

A: Slightly transparent but still dark, almost cola like. Half finger of head that dissipated. Good looking brew.

S: I picked up tones of fruit with a touch of spiciness as swell.

T & M: Wow, I really liked this beer. Alcohol is very subtle. I'm getting used to the Belgian dark ales now but it still surprises me how light and refreshing they are. Bready mouthfeel. Hints of fruit with some spiciness as well. Well done.

D: Highly drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer. Unibroue continues to impress.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue glass.

A.Dark brown a little purple in color. 1 1/2 finger head good retention.
S.unidentified fruits, and spices.
T.Lots of flavor, fruits,spices, malty.
M.Tons of carbination, thin but works out well with the beer.
D.Alcohol is hidden very well, beware, drink multiple and they will sneak up on you.

Photo of changeup45
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown-orange color that poured with absolutely no head at all. The aroma is spiced vanilla with quite a bit of yeast. The taste is spicy vanilla and citrusy then turning pretty sour and peppery at the end. There's some noticeable alcohol as well. Not a bad beer.

Photo of philipquarles
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle cellared for two years. Pours a lightly hazy brown with very ruby tinges. Tall, fluffy light tan head that holds very well. Sickeningly sweet aromas of caramelized apples and blueberries. Some slightly spicy yeast notes. Very artificial smell. The taste is cloying and medicinal. Various dark fruit syrups mixed with Robitussin. Slightly astringent finish. Warming. Full body with good carbonation. This just tastes incredibly fake; like watered-down Pepsi with Juicy-juice and some brandy added. Had this at least three times, and each time it's gone down the drain...it's pretty evident why they called it 'maudite'.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A semi-cloudy color like dark maple syrup or wood stain. Pours frothy as heck (almost too much- settle down boy!) creating a deep, thick tan cap of medium sized bubbles. It eventually relaxes into a nice cap that clings to the glass. Great retention though very little lacing. Spicy aromas complimented by sweet malts. And what a taste! Complex and deep. A quick coffee snap at the beginning, then black pepper, toasted malts, balancing hops, some citrus and general fruit. Exactly what a Belgium strong should be. Smooth, med to light carbonation and easy to drink. Lingering finish. Especially because you can't tell how strong it is. Goddamn. A beer for all occasions and all drinkers. Such a consistently amazing company I have trouble not feeling biased. Truly a stellar offering.

Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light carbonation is visible through the translucent redish rust colored body... Pure ivory head disipates leaving an elegant lace on top... Coats glass well...

S - Pears... Assorted other dried fruit... Tartness is present on the nose... Spicy notes are present but understated...

T - A little on the bland side for a Belgian Ale with such a robust boquet... Apples, raisons, and pears... Alcohol...

M - Crisp... Good bit of carbonation with each sip... Dry...

D - Solid, but uninspiring Belgian Ale... I would never turn one away, but not sure I'd recommend one either...

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

Pours a somewhat crisp dark brown with a decent head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a nice blend of brown sugar, dried fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste is heavy on the fruit with a distinct sourness that is only slightly countered by sweet brown sugar. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This one is certainly an enjoyable sipper.

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

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - With a slight chill haze, this pours a dark copper (think old penny) with lively carbonation. The finger thick off white head refuses to dissipate.

S - Sweet candy and fruit smell is balanced by a slight spice I can't place. Some flowers?

T - Great brew. Hints of apricots and maybe molasses are balanced on the end with a little pepper spice and alcohol warmth. I like this very much.

M - Excellent body and very crisp. Little nose tickle.

D - Great session brew. I will be buying these again for sure.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tanks Taproom in Tampa. Pours a ruby red with a fluffy white head. Amazing aroma of brown sugar, roasted malt, and apple pie. Soft foamy head like it was a nitro pour (it wasn't) with a bubbly mouthfeel. Taste is of pie and german hefe yeast. Kinda like a hefe with more slightly different spices and esters. Really tasty beer!

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

Poured a nice light-brown amber color with a two-finger head that settled down after a minute or two. The nose was pleasant, with a yeasty smell and maybe a few peaches somewhere in there. First sip was fantastic.

Everything great about this beer just kind of blossomed all at once but in a really clean way. And then right at this apex of flavor, it was gone! This beer just skips across the palate then fizzles away leaving an extremely pleasant effervescence. After a few sips the alcohol can be tasted when you exhale. Still very clean.

I really enjoyed drinking this liquid. I couldn't get a grasp on any over-powering flavors but the taste is very nice. Brutal label too.

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

A very nice murky dark brown colour with a thin head that dissipates into a thin lace.

Smells of bananas, yeast, dried fruit and a bit sour.

Tastes a bit sour and yeasty upfront, raisins, bananas and some nice spices balance it out, a very nice Belgian ale.

A nice light mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and a pretty drinkable beer at 8.00% that leaves me wanting more.

Photo of treyrab
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice...

A: Raisin brown colored with nice off-white creamy head that lasts a good bit. Very murky and hazy with definite active carbonation.

S: The smell is very similar to most dark belgian ales...Raisin, dates, candi sugar, yeast, and bananas are what stick out.

T: The taste is similar and actually very crisp. The flavor is complex and very nice.

Overall, a great brew by Unibroue, but not one of my favorite of theirs

Photo of Kraken
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchsed by GF, she butchered the name so bad I was unsure of what she was going to bring home. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very cloudy brown with cascading sheets of white foam. Massive head 5 fingers at least. May have been a bit cold when initlally poured. Good head retention and not much lace to speak of.
Nose- This smelled a bit like rotting wood, slightly sour, with nuances of over ripe fruit.
Taste- Tastes a bit like the nose, rotting wood, lite sourness, earthyness. Booze is well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Interesting but a bit thin.
Drinkability- Very drinkable once you get past the sour bits. However sours are not my bag. On the plus side its readily available

Photo of BWH3
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazelnut brown in color. Clarity is translucent not opaque. Pours vigorously carbonated and heady beer. Champagne like fizz settles the head into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready, cake batter sweat aroma. Some raisin notes with a good contribution of spice and esters as well as the solvent like quality of the high EtOH.

Taste: A touch bland. A tart almost sour quality from the yeast initiates the taste. A hint of caramel and slight raisin transitions in, but much of the flavor is dominated by the spiciness and heat of the phenols and alcohol. A small component of hops bitterness precedes the fire of these components. It all ends with a nice spiciness on the lips.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally crisp, light medium body. Head retention is too poor for my liking.

Drinkability: The best of the Unibroue beers thus far. I am looking forward what is too come. Now when this beer really hit the seen, I would have been in high school. This beer would have challenged me in extreme ways and I clearly understand why Unibroue is still so highly regarded.

Photo of MTNboy
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer has a great hazy red color. The head is slightly off white and thick and forms an almost perfect lace.

Smell- Sweet and spicy with some fruit tones. As with most of their beers there is that fine malt bread aroma.

Taste- It is Unibroue. Sweet, rich somewhat fruity and wine like. Some what bitter at the end

Mouthfeel. Full and sticky. A little carbonation burn but not bad.

Drinkability- This beer is awesome.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy/cloudy/murky reddish orange with a medium sized fluffy tan head that leaves surprisingly no lacing,the beautiful coloring makes up for it's vacancy. The nose is spicy,sweet(cinnamon applesauce)and malty. The flavors are quite complex,yet never overbearing. Lots of spicy yeast and hints of apple cider,dark fruits and burnt cinnamon toast(yummy stuff). Smoothe and warming,delicate carbonation,and a long flavorful alcohol finish. For such a high AVB this has a drinkability that is off the charts.

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