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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 125
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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.

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Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a dirty brown body, slight hints of burgandy, slight tan head with some retention but doesnt stay huge for long

Smell, smokey sweetness, ripe fruit, sweet bananas. Little bit of honey and sugar

Taste, very crisp, biscuity mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, some dried fruit, raisins, little bit of smoke

Different but none the less a good dark ale. Not on par with most belgians, almost tastes like a fake belgian, like its trying to be something its not

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 18:58:10 | More by cypressbob
Photo of JMazzic


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 12z bottle into a Maudite tulip glass. Nice reddish amber color, about 2" head long lasting. Good carbonation.

Smell - Nice clean citrus. Sweet smelling, definitely bananas and a bit of clove.

Taste - Tart at first, striking but quickly disappears. Sweetness takes over, hardly any alcohol present. Very smooth. A bit tangy/citrus. Picking up a bit of peaches, bananas and slight clove. A lot more going on here.

Mouthful - Pretty thin, pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Great after dinner drink, one to relax with. Hidden 8% ABV makes it easy to drink, could sneak up on you.

Pretty impressive brew. This was my introduction to a whole new world of beer. Never even knew of a Belgian style before this one, which eventually lead me to Duvel and Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 06:11:06 | More by JMazzic
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite is yellow-brown in color...a very unique shade. The head is absolutely amazing...a thick finger and a half off the pour. It does not dissapate and nice layer of foam remains over the surface. Tastes sweet, fruity..grapefruit, orange peel, slightly spicy, alcoholic warmth. Despite the light warm taste of alcohol, the 8% is mostly hidden. Mouthfeel is full, warm, and prickly. A nice Belgian dark with disguised booze. Be careful, this tastes like delicious candy...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 01:38:11 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of TinusTime


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

Pours a medium brown with some lovely ruby highlights. Rocky off-white-ecru head tops the beer. Smell is lovely with rich maltyness, spice, deep dried fruits, molasses. The taste falls in line wonderfully. Rich and malty with dark fruit and an almost true root beer taste in there somewhere. Maybe it was the spicyness and the caramel that reminded me of a TRUE rootbeer. Very complex with each sip adding more and more.
Mouthfeel was full with just enough carbonation. Definitly a sipper. Drinkability is good as I would go back for this again. Would be superb in the colder weather with a nice rich stew or braised meat. Or some roasted game with a rich dark fruit sauce. Yum come on cold weather

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 19:14:20 | More by TinusTime
Photo of ryantupy


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

Pours a reddish amber haze with a very rocky white head that remindes you of champagne. Smells of very spicy aromas and fruites and maybe brown spices. It tasted very complex, smooth, and malt. At first I detected hints of fruit and malt then as the bottle went down I started to notice a spiciness, brown spices, and even a little tangy or chewy. Wow! what a good beer. I wish I could find it in 12oz bottles instead of the 750ml bottles since sometimes I am in the mood for this beer just not all 750ml's of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 21:23:06 | More by ryantupy
Photo of DogFood11


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

spiced beligian is the best way to describe this beer in my opinion....a belgian yeast smell with cinnimon type flavoring....the alcohol is hidden until the finish...the finish is warming for sure and a bit citrus.... no lacing of any kind. I had this in a flute type glass so maybe that had something to do with it. I would for sure buy this again and reccomend this for trying to get laid....chicks will love this beer and its strong.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 01:56:56 | More by DogFood11
Photo of twilight


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

Pours a light brown/dark golden color with a very fine head that covers the entire beer in the glass. Aroma is fruits and alcohol in the background. Taste is sweet, with some spices and a light bittering aftertaste. Not spectacular, but very solid. Very slight alcohol burn in the back, but still excellent nonetheless. Mouthfeel is nice, fine carbonation and very good drinkability.

I've had this a number of times in the past years and, while there are very many other more delicious brews out there, this one does not ever fail to please. A very standard, rock soild spiced brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 00:47:59 | More by twilight
Photo of Pegasus


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep toned copper color with a bit of haze. There is a profusion of sediment in the bottle, if this is swirled, the color turns to that of coffee with a bit of cream. The head is small, off-white, and retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating. There are many streams of slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Profound note of ripe bananas, as well as nutty and earthy aromas, dark fruots, some caramel, and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a rather sweet, honey-like note, somewhat like mead, as well as light fruits. Midway through, there is a bitter chocolate and earth note and a late note of spicy alcohol. The taste draws to a close with a lingering, mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very soft on the palate, quite full in body.

Drinkability/notes: Quite excellent, a beer for quiet sipping and contemplation, with an appealing complexity.

Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 19:21:05 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BenZ


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- Served in a goblet, fast fading head (not as fast as trois pistoles) amber color, slightly hazy
s- Amazing smell: papaya, apricot, some rasin, and a crapload of pineapple! So awesome, how'd this come from barley and hops? Didn't get much alcohol, even as it warmed.
t- Very similar to smell, maybe a tad to sweet, otherwise would have been a 5.
m- Carbonation really helped counteract the sweetness
d- This one will have its own private place in my fridge. I think it can be drank year-round very enjoyably!

My favorite so far from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 21:41:42 | More by BenZ
Photo of KarlHungus


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

Pours a drak brown color with a huge off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, plums, grapefruit, and soft alcohol. Taste is rather mellow for a brew this size. Kind of juicy, kind of tangy. Nothing standing out as being too bold. Alcohol peaks through quite nicely adding to this beers complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 13:55:55 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Pepeton


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a supermarket for a real bargain, not dirt cheap, but still a bargain. Maybe it's a marketing strategy to place this brewery in the palate of Mexicans. I hope.

Dark hazy brew, with a short lived tan head.

Smell is fruity, spicy, really complex.

Taste is tart, smoky, carbonation really gets you in every sip. Reminds me Unibroues Raftman.

Mouthfeel is creamy, robust and dry.

I could drink this one anytime, but I live in México and the weather is always a factor. Trois Pistoles is more for my winters, when the temperature drops maybe to the lower 40s (the last 15 days the minimum was 72° early one morning and highs around 110°).

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 13:48:24 | More by Pepeton
Photo of beersarang


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

Pours a peach to amber with a light head that foams up and goes away. Lot s of carbonation in this one.

Fruity spicy aroma, like peach pie with cinnamon.

A touch peppery, but more tart peach and buttloads of green apple and apple peels in this one. The apple character works with the bready malt character to give a nice flavor overall. Hops are not too noticable, and bitterness is not either. Overall very balanced, finishes a touch sweet and tart.

Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch annoying.

I would get this again, the flavor is interesting and I want to come back to it again for a second impression.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 21:14:10 | More by beersarang
Photo of jamesclark


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a muddy brown-orange in my glass, very hazy. The bubbles were immediate and plentiful. The cream-colored head reduced in a moderate amount of time.

It smells of yeast and malt, with that characteristic Belgian Dark smell that I cannot otherwise identify. Very slightly floral smell, with a small amount of sweetness.

It feels medium-bodied and creamy. A lot of fizzy bubbles are generated in my mouth as I roll it around. There is a significant sweetness. Bitterness is low, but present particularly in the finish. The alcohol (8.0%) is hidden. There is a special tanginess, crisp and citrusy, which is the primary flavor characteristic, and there is no noticable hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness and bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable - the complex flavors are assertive but not overpowering, and the carbonation, though significant, does not interfere.

A tasty beer. I would prefer less sweetness, and a little less carbonation, but I love the yeast character and the bold flavor, and I appreciate the bottle-conditioning. Also, the label is great.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 03:08:36 | More by jamesclark
Photo of alexgash


4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml, cork and cage bottle. Cage says 2004.
Revisiting (after the passage of too much time) one of the early "good" beers I had. I remember being intrigued and even a little scared by the label, but I loved the beer.

Pours into the tulip glass with a release of pent-up carbonation. Sparkling, amber-hued, copper-edged body with a fabulously rocky, tumultuous, creamy, off-white head. Head stays forever, and laces beautifully.

Nose is powdered sugar, caramelized candy, mixed with tropical fruit esters (some banana, a little candied peach, kiwi) and a heady dose of Unibroue yeast. Luckily, I really like their yeast.

Sugary, wheatish malt has a sweet, candied fruit flavor that isn't overpoweringly sweet. Rum-soaked banana-raisin pudding sounds close. Full-bodied chewy feel without being cloying or syrupy. Yeasty, peppery bitterness does enough balancing to make this damned beer very drinkable.

Still a favorite after all these years (5!).

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 23:41:00 | More by alexgash


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

I shared a .750 bottle with my brother last night. Bad idea, I wish I would have kept it all for myself.
The beer poured out a murky orange/brown color with a 1" creamy head that had great retention.Decent lacing.
The aroma of this brew was Unibroue yeast, nice! There is some herb and spice in the nose also.
The beer has a wonderful complex flavor. Filled with spiciness as it warms and a little touch of fruitiness(raisin,fig,plum?). Also some herby flavor in the background. The yeasty, bready flavor is great. Very fine offering from Unibroue.
The beer has a creamy mouthfeel, the 8% alcohol is not readily apparent in the flavor. Maudite goes down very smooth and has good drinkability. The 8% might sneak up on you after a few. Highly recommended along with every other concoction I have tasted from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 16:38:30 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of TPSReports


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

12 once bottle dated best before 5.31.2007. Today is June 21, 2005 so plenty of time left to enjoy this batch.

Pours a delicious ruby amber color into my tulip glass and forms a tall thick taupe head. The head rapidly transforms from tiny bubbles to much larger ones.

The smell is of roasted malt -- a slight hint of coffee with a bit of ripened fruit lurking the background.

A delicious Canadian attempt at a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The brew hits on all the right notes and is true to form.

Quite delicious! I will add several to the cellar and be hard pressed not to grab one instead of something else.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 00:30:22 | More by TPSReports
Photo of neonbrown82


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

Yet another brew from fellow BA Chatter (and the last unique beer I have to review from the trade). This was probably my favorite all around from the 3 Unibroue brews I have yet tried. It is a bit lighter than the Trois Pistoles, but it is strong in areas where the TP tended to lack.

The appearance is an dark plum color with a thin head. This beer didn't for as perfect of a head as the other two Unibroue beers I collected from this trade, but it managed to stay through the duration of the glass. Looks beautiful in a tulip.

The smell is very fruity and berry-y. This beer seems to have an excellent smell whereas the Trois Pistoles was a bit lacking. Also, it doesn't seem to be quite as grainy, and has a bit more of a candi sugar aroma to it. Brilliant!

The taste is nothing short of brilliant as well. Has a definite candi sugar taste, though thoroughly malty sweet as well. Only has a tiny bit of a spicy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is slightly dry. It doesn't get much better than this. I wish I could get Unibroue products here in Iowa, because I've fallen in love tonight. As my parents are lovers of Sleeman for some reason, I'll have to save a bottle or two for them to enjoy the taste of a real beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 07:24:11 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of PatYoda


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

Hazy dull orange brown with a long lasting large bubbled head. Smell consists of just-picked Granny Smith apples mixed in with a very strong yeasty smell, and some breadiness. Taste is immediately pleasantly sour. Apple skin taste is definitely there. The yeast makes an appearance to add some dimension and sharp spiciness as well, and the breadiness ties everything together. There is certainly some sugar in the back too. Definite warming, but the alcohol doesn't show up in the taste at all. Nice and creamy on the tongue - carbonation isn't overdone thankfully. Very nice. I will definitely be having another.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 23:32:26 | More by PatYoda
Photo of ypsifly


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750 with a best before 10/18/07 date marked on back label, poured into a chalice.

Hazy, burnt amber with a large and loud head that is light tan and shows great retention and stickage.

Smells of cloves, bananas, spices, sugars and peppery alcohol. Has a tartness to it.

Lots of fruit tempered by dry malts when first tasted. There's bread from the yeast and pepper from the alcohol. There's some sweet sugar notes that dance around with a citric tartness. Very complex and balanced.

The mouthfeel is almost creamy. Quite drinkable despite the abv. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 04:22:02 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Dithyramb


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

On tap at Max's in Baltimore
Dark brown colored brew, with less carbonation than I remembe in the bottled versions, still has the nice ring and lacing

Sugary dark fruits and yeasty spice on the nose

The best tasting Unibrew beer this side of 2005. Malty dark fruits (currant and cherry) swim around with chocolate and coffee. Bready malts and Belgian candy sugar come through with some woody and hoppy bitterness near the end and when it warms.

Medium to heavy bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkable, very so, but the ninja ABV will get you...

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2005 14:44:57 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of sinistermadman


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

This brew pours a cloudy amber while the head is a effervescent white which settles to a slight lace.
Smell: Very spicy with some subtle fruit aromas
The taste is quite complex. Starts with sweet fruit and quickly morphs into a spicy pepper like character coupled very faintly with a hop bite. Very crisp on the palate, but very drinkable. This ale seems to coat the tongue in a bath of prickly carbonation, which helps hide the alcohol. Tread lightly as this is quite a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 22:28:58 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of palma

New York

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

Body is a dark tan with a copper hue. The pour creates an off-white head that is minimal in size, though a Belgian lace does remain steady.

A light, yet complex fruity aroma. Some calm spicy notes as well.

Taste is much lighter than I expected but it is still good. This may be because I thought it was Belgian Strong Dark ale as this is how it is listed on BA. However, Unibroue describes it as a Belgian Red. Anyhow, the flavor consists of very light fruit and spice, particularly apple and coriander. A solid sweet, but light maltiness pulls through in this brew. Very subtle hop flavor.

A very smooth and satisfying mouthfeel.

I like this brew very much but I think Unibroue has better offerings.
I'd take La Terrible over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 21:01:31 | More by palma
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eli's 5/26/05, unibroue wine-type glass.

iced tea in appearance, not too foamy but carbonated to the end of the earth and back. nutty brown dullness upon settling. not too impressive, i prefer the look of the golden unibroues.

smells sugary, underyeasted for a canadian-belgian. woody with dark fruits in the nose, slight fresh astringency. a crisp belgian-style aroma.

taste is malty and raisiny with a lingering dark fruit aftertaste. acidic mixes well with the biscuit nature. slight alcohol bite and even a slight hop resistance to the belgian candi sugar sweetness. fruitier, more port and wood as it warms. pairs nicely with spicy food and loses no flavor.

like most u brews, way too drinkable for something that will kick your ass if you keep it up. equally good in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2005 21:15:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't strike me as a dark ale. I think of it more as a darker pale ale.
Seems like a watered down La Fin du Monde.
This might be a good step for someone who isn't quite ready for La Fin.
Some grapefruit tastes, some appley (maybe cidery) tastes, a hint of clove? All very subtle flavors.
Nothing very striking... which maybe adds to drinkability... maybe not.
Easily worth a try; not my favorite Unibroue offering but that's nothing to sneeze at.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 02:43:00 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of JackStraw22


3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy/muddy dark orange/amber body. Lots of off white head, with tons of little bubbles coming up from the bottom. I love watching them build up at the base of the head.

Smell: Huge yeasty nose. Earthy and herbal, the sweet malt makes it's way through too. Cheese, apples, good stuff.

Taste/Feel: First thing I noticed was that it was more bitter than I was expecting, balanced though. Tastes a lot like it smells. Can feel the alcohol down the throat, but can't taste it much at all. I little solventy for my taste Highly carbonated, a little too much maybe.

Drinkability: Personally, I love Belgians, but I can't drink a lot of them at once, but for a Belgian this is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 01:15:34 | More by JackStraw22
Maudite from Unibroue
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