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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,142
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 407 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, with minimal head

S: smelled very sweet, with apples and yeast sticking out

T: Tasted like it smelled, of apples, cherries, cinnamon...8% ABV is very well-masked

M: Kinda slick, small about of carbonation burn

D: Very good. I will definitely pick some more of these up

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

A- Pours a pretty milk chocolatey brown color, on the light side of brown with one finger of white head after a conservative pour. Lacing is minimal.

S- Sweet brown sugar and roasted malts. Almonds come to mind too. Also adds some sour notes of hops and fruits. Chocolatey smells are there, but not running you over.

T- Very close to nose with the brown sugar and toasty malts. Also, a little bit buttery and biscuity. Citrusy tastes of lemons that add a zing to the taste. Alcohol is WELL hidden.

M- Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not chewy or thick at all which is misleading by the look.

D- High. Smooth taste and no alcohol really there to taste. I see myself drinking alot more of these in my future.

Overall- Great. True to style and oh so smooth. Another good grade for Unibroue, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of elmore
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this from a bottle poured into a tulip. Have had this on tap several times. One finger head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace.

Very complex in smell and taste. Hoppy smell balanced with sweet malts. Tastes of carmel, cinnamon, clove, citrus with a bite of hops.

Creamy, effervescent mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. Another great selection from Unibroue.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

854 reviews as of this writing. I won't pontificate as there are plenty of posters I agree with on flavor, aroma, etc. My post is to say thank you for getting this distributed further into NH on tap. I had this with friends over lunch last week on tap and it was phenomenal! If you haven't tried it I suggest you do.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and cloudy ruby brown with a light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Nose is very strong with yeast. Flavor is a little lighter than I would have expected. Flavor is touched with mature fruit with a heavy sweet tone and a lot of influence by yeast. Feel is decent. High level of carbonation, but not overdone I think. Definitely drinkable. It’s Unibroue...what do you expect?

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

12-oz. bottle poured into a 22-oz goblet shaped wine glass.

A = Deep amber, small head, no real lacing, slight amount of sediment in the glass from bottle fermentation (most of the lees left in the bottle), good carbonation for the style.

S = Sweet fruit smells, phenolic odor, yeasty notes. Very good Belgian smells.

T = Sweet malt, distinctive yeast character, fruit tastes on the foretongue, nice bitterness in the finish.

M = Medium bodied, good carbonation, nice coating of the mouth without overdoing it.

D = A very drinkable Belgian style ale. A great beer to sit back and drink slowly.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle in a Maudite snifter.

A - Nice reddish brown with a little white head that doesn't stay very long.

S - Fruit and yeast sediment. Sweet.

T - Sweet and fruity. Malt and caramel.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Possibly a little too much carbonation.

D - Good beer. I love this beer and this brewery. You can't go wrong with this or any other beer from Unibrou.

Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown with a natural off white head.

Smell: Yeast character, citrus, pine.

Taste: Well crafted brew. Strong yeast and hop flavors ride the undercurrent of malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The carbonation enhances flavor and fullness.

Drinkability: Very satisfying and brilliant brew.

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber to brown color with slight haze. This is topped with a creamy, off-white head that fell rather quickly to nice thin exven caot and left nice lacing down the glass.

S-Swwet, carmel, stone fruit, dried fruit, spciy clove and pepper and yeast.

T-catrmel mlat, stone fruiit, very fruity, clove come in the middle. Yeastiness carries a mild spicy hop bitterness into the finish.

M-Alcohol zing, smooth medium body with a smooth creamy carbonation.

D-It not one of my favs, really.

Photo of baggio
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Brown/Red with a minimal, yet creamy, lace.

S: Exotic fruit, raisins, cherries, spices. Very nice!

T: Yeast, ripe fruit, sweet malt. A bit of hops too.

M: Goes down too easy. Aggressive carbonation. Smooth.

Very nice. Unibroue just does not know ot to make a bad beer. I could
have a few more of these during a night of drinking. Very well balanced and complex. Recommended!

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

The appearance is very dark for its style. when the cup is full and the light is low its almost black. The bottom half of the glass is redish gold when held against the light. It is full of character.

The taste has a sweetness that hides it's weight. Malty. It certainly doesn't taste like an 8% beer. Impressive.

Very drinkable. I will certainly be buying this beer again. The packaging accentuates this beers character. It comes in a wire reinforced cork bottle.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep, hazy brown with tons of rising carbonation bubbles. Nice, rocky, two finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: floral hops and ripe fruit with a touch of citrus and banana

T: fruit forward with a caramel sweet, yet surprisingly dry finish. Notes of spicy clove and cinnamon as well.

M: medium bodied, slightly creamy and excellently carbonated

D: A highly enjoyable dark Belgian ale from Unibroue. Nicely balanced flavours and the alcohol is hidden very well. I could definitely put down a couple of these. I look forward to my next one.

Photo of Lukie
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown with a very large frothy thick head which dissipitates quickly into a layer on top of the bottle. Absolutely gorgeous.

A fruity smell, showcasing some slight raisin, blackberry and cherries. Slight spice notes round off the aromas.

Sweet toffee, hints of orange, cherry and coriander. The taste covers the alcohol incredibly well, to the point where this beer could easily be knocked back in quick succession, which is rather dangerous. The palate finishes with some soft honey notes, and roasted malt which continues to linger afterwards, with a hint of apple.

The beer is nice and lively on the palate and easy to drink. It is a great offering from Unibroue, whom in my book, produce some star beers.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite beer to drink on a regular basis from this company. Maudite pours a very dark brown with a good head that thins relatively quickly. once it settles, it has a malty dark fruit taste, with high carbonation. It goes down very smooth but must be sipped slowly to truly enjoy. Tastes improve as it warms ( obviously to an extent ). A good strong ale to have after a couple bottles of true belgians to round out the night. If you like a little bit more spice in your strong ales go with the seigneuriale.

Photo of JBogan
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the South Coast casino lounge.

Decent but not great appearance, a bit like muddy medium to dark brown pond water. No head or lacing.

Smelled better than it looked. I detected a bit of floral overtones with spices. Not bad.

Tasted mainly of spices and a bit of an alcohol bite, not too much but just right.

Good mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation tingle that last until the last sip. Maybe slightly "oily" too, if that's the right term.

A very nice beer to sit back and savor, and that's just what I did.

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice....

A- A light orange/red blend. Beautiful color, and huge frothy white head,with lots of bubbles.
S-Smell was of raisons, cherries, fruit.
T-Taste was very peppery upfront. Sweet like candy after that- some caramel and vanilla fruits.
M- Mouthfeel was as smooth and enjoyable as you could imagine. The spices added to a rather interesting mouthfeel, combined with the alcohol.
D- This will surely be a staple in my fridge from now on.

Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy Red/brown color. Big white head that dissipates fast but rejuvenates with a swirl of the glass. Leaves spotty lace down my snifter.
S: Some faint raisins and plumbs. A bit of spices. Aroma overall is faint. Not as big as I was expecting.
T: Some sweet malt. Dark fruits and spices again. Some apple cider can be detected as well. (edit: after a few more tries, I find the taste a bit thin and watery.)
M/D: I would like this to be a bit more substantial in the mouth. It was nice and crisp, but I was looking for something more creamy and rich. Good drinkability, alcohol is well balanced and hidden. Belgian beers are usually very drinkable, and this is no exception.

This is a very good Belgium style beer. The first time I tried Maudite, I thought it was great, but now I am not as impressed for some reason. I can't put my finger on it, it just did not seem to pack the same punch as I remember from my first try. Still, I enjoy Unibroue beers and this is something to look for.

Photo of jkanavel
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in one of those unibroue 750ml bottles.

A-This is a good looking brew with a nice dark amber/brown body and a cream white head. The head dissipated quickly but left a thin layer of lace on the top of the beer that stuck to the sides of the glass the whole way down.

S- Smells good, nothing to outrageous here. Lots of raisins, alcohol, and yeast.

T- chewy carmel, sherry, raisins, plenty of sweet notes with not a whole lot of hoppiness, but still balanced, its not oversweet. There are some dark malt flavors on the front and sides of the tongue too. This stuff is great, super complex, but not so subtle that its all homogeneous.

M- Some snappy carbonation, but not as much as some other Unibroue beers I've had. Silky and syrupy, but as it closes in on room temperature it thins out a bit.

D- I could drink this everyday now that the weather is cooling down. Unfortunately its high alcohol content makes that a little unrealistic ( for me at least.) I was truly impressed with this beer, its a staple in my fridge now.
My only complaint, and its not much of a complaint, is that by the end of the bottle the flavor (along with your senses) is dumbed down a good deal because of the high alcohol content.

What a fantastic beer, I can't wait to try the rest of Unibroue's line.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presenation: 750 ml bottle, BBD of 10-13-08 found on the back label, 2005 found on the cap over the cork too, pulled out of my cellar, chilled, and poured into a maudite glass (an oversized snifter, basically).

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown color, almost opaque but you can see tons of carbonation rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded to one finger, retaining nicely from there.

Aroma: Raisins, plums, spices, very sweet and complex. Once you get ner the bottom you smell the yeast a lot more.

Taste: Some sweet malt it first, then it gets very complex. Ripe fruit, spices, and some yeast all combine nicely. The finish is sweet and spicy, with a slight alcohol warming in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, very crisp. The carbonation is lively and compliments the flavors nicely.

Overall: An excellent Belgian style ale. I let this one sit for two years in my makeshift cellar, upright rather than on its side, and the main difference I notice is that the yeast character present in the unibroue offerings is muted somewhat. I'll have to get another to compare but this one aged very well. Highly recommended.

Photo of animal69
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

went on a belgian trip this week (for the holidays) i've heard good things about Unibroue, and got a couple of their brews ; pours a hazy, deep copper color w/ a fluffy off-white head leaving a nice broken bridge-like lacing in my glass (as well as some tiny black pepper specks) ; a bready, fruit-like aroma w/ banana and corianderish spice undertones, a little hop in there as well ; a complex tart, spicy flavor, starting w/ a sour, toasty malt flavor, then filling in w/ the fruity, spice infused black pepper/coriander taste combined w/ a noble hop type of spicy pine, quite intense ; a good dry, light-med body, not at all like an 8% ABV drinks, good co2 as well, bubbly to the end ; a very drinkable and incredible beer, as good as any Belgian strong dark from an abby or better...

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red as Hell, dark though. Got a cyclone goin' through kickin' up dust all the way to the snowy top. Smell is perfect, powdered sugar atop a mountain of cool fresh fruit. Flavor takes it's initial shape with the same wonderful attributes, but seems lacking in malt richness, and comes off a little thin. Said, this is a beautiful beer, and if it actually tasted as good as it looked & smelled, I might not have lived to tell the tale.

Photo of nortmand
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber brown with an effervescent off white that doesn't stick around for long.

Dark caramel aromas mix with some indistinct clove and/or nutmeg.

Slightly sweet up front, with big caramel flavors. Not at all clean by midtongue. Leaves a funky artificial sweetener aftertaste.

Big bodied, ok, but not fantastic. I haven't had this beer in the last year or so, and I remember it being much better. Now it's nothing special.

Photo of MillRat
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Belgian brew, bottles "on lees" as the label has it. Pours a light yeast-cloudy brown with a thick, persistent, head, that leaves more lace behind that a showgirl revue. Spicy malty aroma that segues into a big malty flavor with just enough tartness and active carbonation to keep it from seeming heavy. The 8% ABV is well hidden, and the carbonation and spicy yeast tartness make it dangerously drinkable. All in all a very well done Belgian.

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

Damn this is a great beer (heh heh Maudite means 'damned'). Spicy and full bodied. Sweet spicy memories of Quebec infuse my brain as I drink. Oh I know just what it means to be soaring through the air in a flying canoe after drinking this sweet treat. Lovely balance of hops, yeasty flava and malt. A darn near perfect beer drinking experience. Think Belgian style but with local charm, local in my case, I guess if you live in Brussels local means something else.

Photo of JamesS
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper color, with great head, but little lacing. Not much of a scent to speak of, maybe a bit of sweetness, but that's it. Same for the taste, for the most part it's bland. Not bad, but nothing great to speak of. It has a bit too much carbonation/bite for such a strong ale. Not Unibroue's best.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,142 ratings.