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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,773
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 243 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of fromage


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer for their Halloween celebration. Served in a special snifter. Haven't tried this one before--tap or bottle. Surprisingly good, complex, and drinkable. Had with some chocolate mud cake, which I thought paired pretty well.

Dark mahogany color, darker towards the top. Tan head with largish bubbles, quickly faded to lacing, which soon disappeared. Not much bubbling action going on. Served way too cold, but I did what I could to warm it up.

Smell was typically belgian. Spicy corriander, a little citrusy sweetness. A bit of grass. I didn't detect much else.

Taste was surprising--very fruity--cherries, oranges. Some cough syrup at first. Some oatmeal and cinnamon raison bread. As it warmed up I noticed a bit of ethanol.

Mouthfeel was weak at first, probably due to the cold temperature. Became more full as it warmed. Aftertaste still spicy, alternating with fruit.

Good drinkability. Alcohol content surely disguised for the most part.

Is it evil? I'm not sure, but I'll definitely come back for seconds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2005 01:20:59 | More by fromage
Photo of jaluria


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at The Brickskellar in DC. The beer is a burgundy color with minimal cream-colored head. Not much lacing or retention to the head, but it still looks elegant in a goblet. The aromas I detect are of: plums, prunes, cherries, and a touch of cocoa. Very unique and interesting. The taste is a combination of dried fruit with a slight caramel aftertaste and alcohol warming sensation. The taste is not overpowering but definitely an acquired taste especially since the alcohol makes itself known up-front. The drinkability is good especially considering the ABV and the the aftertaste is tarty but not biting or unpleasent. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would have it again. A very good representation of this particular Belgian style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 18:59:12 | More by jaluria
Photo of tesguino


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great presentation, 750ml, beautiful corked bottled, excellent appetizer; good for mexican food, and polish cuisine; smell strong, aromatic, like a nail, taste wide, round, little metallic, and ballanced; good for bbq, and american food; serve in a mug; 92% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 23:38:58 | More by tesguino
Photo of pentathlete


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

Hazy cloudy brown with solid white head. Some lacing, thick islands and a solid ring were left behind. Smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruits and spices. Taste is spicy alcohol with hints of sugary mint. The fruit isn't as pronounced as I expected. Mouthfeel is approaching full, but a little thin on the edges. Biting finish and very drinkable. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 00:08:52 | More by pentathlete
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber with a low, off-white, and frothy head which fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong bready aroma. The aroma was citrusy and and sweet with a raisin and other dark fruit character. For some reason the aroma struck me as that of bread pudding with raisins.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a citrus flavor coupled with dark fruits which were not overdone. The flavor was bready with a light bit of earthiness in the hop bittering, but mostly a light caramel and light spice.

The finish was dry with a light crisp and low citrusy flavor into the afteraste with a light Belgian yeast spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The flavor was nice, but the aroma a bit unsettling.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 23:52:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage
Best By: 06-28-08
Enjoyed: 27 Jul 09

I've had this brew sitting around for almost 4 years, and it is still an AWESOME brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, with some raisins, plums, grapes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, very nice notes of dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

2005 Vintage
Best By: 06-28-08

Poured into a Unibroue Chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

Best before 11-25-06. Poured a nice reddish brown, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of bananna's, malt, caramel. Awesome taste, sweet and the alcohol was hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 02:46:17 | More by Wasatch
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3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle with freshness date of 05/05/08.

An extremely large, light head formed immediately, causing a two stage pour. This two stage pour may have arisen yeast from the bottom of the bottle. The head was reduced to 1/4 inch and lasted for quite awhile. Bronze in color and completely murky. Nice, tiny bubbles are present which indicates a light, fluffiness in the beer.

Mostly yeast in the aroma, possibly due to the pour. Slight fruit in the smell. Smelled alot like a hefe.

Again, mostly yeast in the taste. Alcohol is noticeable as well, but is not overpowering. Fairly malty with a slight hop bite. Quite pleasant tasting. Light and refreshing.

Bubbly mouthfeel reminiscent of a summertime brew. Nice drinkability.

I gave all 3s on this because I wasnt sure if yeast is a common characteristic with this particular beer or style. Due to an inefficient or aggresive pour maybe,? I gave average ranks. I will reevaluate this beer at a later date; hopefully with a more effective and efficient pour. Nice beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 18:17:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of mmmbeer


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - best before 3.17.08. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with very active carbonation and 4 fingers of head that forces a 3 part pour. The head is still rocky 10 minutes after pouring the last of the bottle in the glass. Caramel and toasty malts in the nose along with oranges/lemons, green hops, and bananas/spiciness from the phenols. Complex enough, but not as aromatic as I'd like. All of these flavors are present in the taste along with dark bread (rum bread?), figs or plums, cherries?, sweetness, and a hop bitterness that is more pronounced than most strong dark Belgians. The body is full with crisp carbonation that makes it a bit refreshing, and the drinkability is fairly high because it isn't too strong in flavor or alcohol to limit me to 1 or 2. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 07:44:39 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Bonhoeffer


3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm. IMO this one just doesn't hold up to other Unibroue offerings. Very alcoholic, much more so than its brother La Fin Du Monde which clocks in at 9%. Flavor seemed flat and dulled over the course of drinking.

Still better than a great many beers, but not up to snuff for a brewery of Unibroue's excellence. And call me crazy, but it looks pretty pale to me. Doesn't seem like it should be considered a Belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 13:14:59 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of brewQ


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly charged pour yields a murky brown brew.
Interesting aroma of wood and plum

The taste is complex, almost winelike.
Finishes with a peppery spice that persists.

It would be quite easy to drink a few of these and feel it
creep up on you.

Very nicely done but not my favorite "flavor".

The label tells me it is "Ale on Lees",
Maudite is " the Damned" and the beer is "refermented" (apparently secondary in the bottle) ... all very educational.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 03:04:54 | More by brewQ
Photo of RedHaze


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/copper color with a two large fluffy head that slowly fades to a nice cap that never fades away.

Smell is somewhat subdued cherries, figs and spices.

Tasted better than the smell indicated. Caramel, cherries, yeast with a slightly peppery finish. There's not much bitterness to this beer, and you hardly get any alcohol feel to it. This one goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 03:12:00 | More by RedHaze
Photo of nickss


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

Beautiful looking beer.... deep copper coloring with a huge fluffy head. As I drink, the tremendous gobs of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

The smell is very complex... I can only hope the taste can match it.
Lemony citrus, spice, pepper, wheat, and something sweet that I cant put my finger on.

Yes... there is no denying the complexity of this one. Still, I was expecting a bit more after taking a sniff. But oh well, I'll just have to settle for 'very good' as opposed to 'amazing.'
HUGE wheaty taste with a definite spicy undertone. But not only is this one spicy, it is moderately sweet as well... like a more subdued candy flavor. Extraordinarily well balanced, as is typical of many Unibroue beers I have sampled.

Rarely will I say the mouthfeel of a beer is unique, but this one definitely has its own flair. Active carbonation sprints across your tongue, as a malty thickness sets in and remains for long after the liquid has disappeared down your gullet.

Maybe the most drinkable of the Unibroue's I've tried...and with "only" and 8% abv (as compared to the 9.5-10% from la fin, trois, and don de dieu) it doesnt sneak up on you quite so fast.
Extremely nice brew... highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 23:14:47 | More by nickss
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent tangerine with a rollicking and rolling amount of carbonation rushing up to an airy head of ecru foam that appears much too soft to persist or to lay down much lace. I've seen better heads on macro lagers. As predicted, the glass is spotlessly clean. I've decided to add the entire bottle to the glass (thanks to the rapidly shrinking head, there's room) and the now cloudy nature of the beer makes me appreciate the appearance a little more.

The nose isn't as powerful or as complex as it should be for the style. This bottle has been in my cellar for almost two years (the 'best by' date is still more than 7 months away), so I feel justified in expecting some amount of character. It's fruity and lightly spicy, but isn't all that intriguing.

Maudite is much better on the palate. The flavor profile is composed of sweet caramel-toffee, oranges, cherries, blackberries and a smattering of spices and herbs. It seems that several years of rest did not go to waste. This beer is as deep and as interesting as some of the best of the style. It doesn't have the sheer power and majesty of Belgium's finest, but it's still a fine BSDA in its own right.

The finish is long, allowing one to appreciate the flavors either individually or in combination. A piquant, spicy-herbal flavor lasts the longest. Sweet, dark berries aren't too far behind. The mouthfeel is tough to nail down. It's lightly chewy and supple, but is rendered airily breezy by a perfect degree of enlivening carbonation.

Before cracking the crown, I was expecting another acceptable, but unworthy of the hype Unibroue beer. I couldn't have been more wrong. Maudite is an exceptional ale and is my favorite offering from Canada's best brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 15:26:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of HochFliegen


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

Ive been on a Unibroue kick for about a week now thats all Ive been drinking.
This one pours a somewhat cloudy apricot color.
Smell was very sweet of dried fruit.
Big malty flavor with a citrus like zing. Also a slight spice to it in the aftertaste. Finish was dry. A good smooth beer that covers the 8%abv quite well.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 04:11:50 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of germaniac


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

Pours a beautiful pale brown, with hints of rouge and golden highlights.

Smells of dates and yeast, with a slight alcohol aroma.

Tastes of figs and maple brown sugar. There's a nice 1-2 bite from the alcohol and hop content. Overall, a spicy, tart presence on the tongue.

Unibroue has always done it for me, and Maudite is one of their best. The "damned" is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 00:21:25 | More by germaniac
Photo of EMV


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

Another fine selection from the Unibroue line. This one's a dark ale, and although this isn't one of my favourite styles of beer, I can still recognize an exceptional brew when I see it. This one poured a gorgeous cloudy dark hazel brown with a white fluffy head that billowed up for about two inches and knew how to stick around and left a delicate lace on my glass. Typically complex Unibroue aroma, fruity and strong, with yeast and malts also detectable.

The taste is also complex, and these guys go down easy for an 8% alcohol by volume beverage. A definite fruity sweetness, with a chocolatey taste mixed in and a pleasant aftertaste, this one is worthy of its brewery. The carbonation is perfect, and this beer does little to dispel the notion that you can't get a bad beer from Unibroue. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 05:08:34 | More by EMV
Photo of BeerNutta


3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A = Poured a dark brown. Lipton iced tea brown. There was a small foam head that quickly dissapated.

S = Prunes, figs and a hint of alcohol.

T = Lightly toasted malts, followed by a mellow prune/chocolate/coffee flavour with a slow alcohol burn.

M = Light bodied. Easy to drink. Moderately carbonated.

D = Drinkable. Can't have too many in one session. A bit expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 23:33:24 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of Frozensoul327


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

Unibroue really is an amazing maker of beers. This is just another one that is proof of that fact. Poured ot to a dark pumpkin orange color with a nice white cloud like head. High level of carbonation. I like that. Aromas of sweet spice and corrinder, with some grape and plumb notes. Taste is rather tart, but still complex, with flavors of grapes and citrus overpowering a minor malt presence. Some alcohol is noted, but not enough to lead one to think the ABV is 8%. Rather citric and acid like mouthfeel, but not so much to make this brew un-enjoyable. Good drinkability. I'd have this again. To me, this is more of a spiced ale than a Belgian Dark, but it's good either way. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 23:27:20 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of battlekow


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

Maudite is an opaque grayish-brown color that looks like frozen iced tea. It's also got the creamiest, fluffiest white head that I've seen since high school. It smells sweet and alcoholic, a little vinuous, like a sweet stout. Tastes about the same, with some toastedness. You can taste the alcohol in it, but Maudite is smooth nonetheless, especially with the impressively light and frothy mouthfeel. With all the French- and Belgian-ness, I was honestly surprised by the lack of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:13:34 | More by battlekow
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Only slightly darker than a Bohemian pilsner, ample head, nice lacing.

S: Faintly spicy.

T: It's like they've taken a Bohemian pilsner, reduced the bitterness, and added some spice, producing they're own unique 'Belgian' brew.

M: Quite light, with lots of carbonation. Very Belgium.

D: Very drinkable. At 8% alcohol, you're DAMNED!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 13:00:15 | More by Derek
Photo of Wonka


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

355 ML
8% alc./vol.
BEST BEFORE 08-20-06

Appearance – cloudy, light brown body with a massive stream of rushing carbonation; just-off white head pours thick to the top the glass and crackles back to thinly cover the body; lace is acceptable

Smell – spice; yeast; sweet dough; Belgian nose vacation

Taste – spice and more spice; touch of alcohol, caramel and yeast; great cinnamon/pepper aftertaste

Mouthfeel – energy attacks the tongue; super lively burst of carbonation on the edges initially with a steady flavor current up the middle; bit dry to close; nearly a 5

Drinkability – the feel does it for me; it just plows ahead with carbonation yet the package of flavor remains off turbo mode

Columbus may have been in search of this beer when he set the sails for spice.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 23:59:52 | More by Wonka
Photo of Gusler


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

The beer disembogues the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep copper, and after decanting the last bit, and pouring it into the glass, the beer becomes hazy with a generous creamy tan crown upon the body, after a slow demise of the head, the residual lace forms a concealing curtain to obfuscate the glass. Nose is Aroma of ripe plums, sweet with hints of yeast and malt, quite pleasant to senses. Start is sweet, with a pleasing grain profile and the top middling in feel. Finish has a biting acidity and the hops masterful in their spicy presence, dry somewhat alcohol bitter aftertaste lingers on.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 21:49:03 | More by Gusler
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured carefully from 22 oz. bomber into tulip glass
deep brown tinged amber with orange in the light, honey rich cherry brown out of the light. gorgeous streams of bubble file to the top of the glass along the sides. initially large head slowly fell to a stubborn inch. raw dark fruit smell with maple and honey - a sweet, complex nose. taste is phenomenal: clove, maple candy, dates, honey sweetness, earthy backbone for a finish with just a touch of spiciness and some alcohol warmth. impeccable mouthfeel with perfect, natural feeling carbonation with a loosely crisp start and a tongue-pickling residual effect that leaves the complex flavors to sink in. easy to drink but important to savor -- no rush here, just pleasure. plus this will get you crunk fast (pardon the term....).

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 21:40:07 | More by villainchiwwin
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a reddish gold with an enormous head possessing uncanny retention. Swirl the yeast and add. Clouded the beer and nothing more. No lacing.

S - Slight caramel notes underneath a vinous grape, blackberry and apple notes. Very nice.

T - A sweet grape and blackberry flavor with a peppery coriander spicing. A faint acerbic bitteness presents itself for just a moment, leaving with a sweet, slightly sour aftertaste.

M - A little thin, very refreshing and smooth.

D - Great. I could enjoy this beer all night. Would pair well with many foods. I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 13:36:49 | More by mrasskicktastic
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly reddish muddy brown earance topped with an active frothy head which dissipates eveny to a thin film & ring. Very light nose of sweet-tangyness.

A taste of zesty fruit flavor and tangy sweetness carres the tongue along with a hint of wheaty-yeasty flavor. malts become more evident as the brew warms.

Deceptively light (not a strong dark ale IMO) but only moderatley light. Not exactly smooth with suck zestiness and lively carbonation, but not overly heavy or bitey.

Aonther great offering from Unibroue, when I want "belgian-style" flavors, this is one of my favorite brews to grab.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 16:39:42 | More by sopor
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,773 ratings.