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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 180
Gots: 423 | FT: 3
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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 Goliath
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with subtle ruby hues. A large off-white head tops the beer and receeds fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. A familiar Belgian feel with some yeastiness, spices, and then a light maltiness.

Taste is good. Again, has a familiar Belgian feel. A light fruitiness with some spice. Also sweet malt character and a minor bitterness seems more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin with a sharp carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fair.

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

A: Pour an orange copper color with large pillowy white head into my Unibroue tulip.

S: Caramel and fruit smell at first with a spicy yeast undertone.

T: Roasted caramel taste with a little spicy tart fruit and bread finish.

M: Smooth and velvety on the palate with perfect carbonation.

D: Enjoyable beer to drink however I can only handle the style in moderation.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange copper with a frothy, foamy light colored head. If I were a tiny, tiny person, I would make a bed out of the head. This is starting to sound like a Dr Seuss book.

Smell was sweet, with fruits and caramel. Had a bit of a grainy aroma as well. It was like a caramel apple sandwich, which probably sounds terrible, but conventional wisdom gets thrown out with beer.

Flavor hits first with the nutty caramel, then crisp fruits like apples. There's a spicy flavor floating around as well. This brew is full of flavor. They all work very well together, but it's a little too sweet at times.

Mouthfeel was great. Smooth, creamy, and fairly crisp. It does leave a somewhat thick feeling aftertaste, but it's not bad.

Photo of steelcutoats
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought three brews form UNIBROUE at the Headkeeper for review this evening. Maudite (translated to "Damned") is a bottom fermented "Ale on Lees" from Quebec. The Maudite poured into my tasting snifter a deep mahogany with a foamy vanilla head. The aroma was fruity with hints of dates and figs. The taste was spicy and sweet with a champagne-like finish, probably due to the yeast used. There is a bitterness quality to Maudite but not overpowering. It almost reminds me of a "light" Barleywine. It has the same aroma and flavor characteristics, but isn't as dark or deep. Maudite is definitely worth your time.

Photo of albern
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a surprise. I've had the other Unibroue beers and I bought this to round out the experience. I didn't realize this was a Belgian, and what a fine Belgian it is. The beer pours a nice brown, tawny color with a nice thick, creamy, off white head that retains and laces. The smell is candied sugar malts, some spices, typical Belgian yeasty aromas, only not excessively. The smell is the low point, and at a 4, it isn't that low. The beer is a full bodied, slightly syrupy, thick, and very complex Belgian. The taste is just wonderful. You get the full gamut of candied sugar malts, Belgian yeastiness, a slight fizzy snap, lots of apple, coriander, clove, and maybe a touch of dark fruits all nicely settled in. What makes this just an exceptional beer is that you'll get none of the heavy ABV throatyness found in so many other other thick syrupy Belgians. This one does an incredible job masking it all over. The 8% ABV comes through ever so slightly on the very tail end, but that's all. In addition, you can expect some caramel malts, some peppery bite, some citrusy tang, and God knows whatever else. The style is great and this beer is about as good a representation of the style as you'll find. This one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly and carefully poured to reveal a rich, complex burnt orange/ brownish color with mild transparency. It has a nice slightly off-white head that leaves good lacing and keeps a thin layer above the beer. The smell is of fruit, malt, and various spices: cinnamon, cloves and pepper even. The taste mirrors the aroma but displays even greater depth and complexity. As the beer warms up, it becomes a bit spicier (originally poured at 52 faren.). It has a full body with a slightly dry finish to it. Great beer.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very unique and very tasty beer. 750 ml bottle. Dark-copper/amber in the oversized wine glass with thin layer of foam. Smells very peppery and spicy. There so much going on with the taste, but the flavors are all very subtle -- fruity, citrusy, with the finish of the spiciness from the aroma and a hint of hop bitterness. Best to let this sit a bit after opening to take the edge of the carbonation. This was very impressive, tasty and dangerously easy to drink at 8 % ABV.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red beer with light creamy looking head.

S: Cloves, currents, with sweet/spicy Belgium yeast phenols.

T: Spicy flavor with sweetness for balances. Strange fruit tastes that I can only identify as raisins and currents.

M: A little fizzy, could just be from the tap. Medium body with thin texture.

D: Goes down well. Spicyness creates a interesting palate although sweetness can get a cloying.

Notes: Overall delicious beer.

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

pours chestnut with a 2 finger off-white head of large bubbles and vigorous carbonation

aroma is of yeast, cake, orchard fruits, spice, and funk (earth, forest)

on the palate is first toasty malt, and dough, dried pear, phenols strike the nose in a vinous manner. the mid palate is full and yeasty while the hops are firm, but clean in the backgound.

the finish is light and refreshing with fruity malt and sugar lingering.

the texture of all the unibroues i've tried is fantastic. there's great balance and carbonation to full bodied beers that finish surprisingly refreshing.

overall drinkability is outstanding. delicious and pondersome. definitely worth trying.

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

large foamy head, nice deep brown tea-like color.Yeasty,breads,fruits,on the nose.smells awesome.Delicious fruity, spicy, cloves,malty flavor. Very very flavorful, so much so that I just want to quickly drink this beer down, its so good. The alcohol and carbonation make for an excellently crisp and biting mouthfeel. I have been curious about these beers for a while, very glad to try this beer.This Canadian brewery make Belgian beers every bit as good as the top Belgian brewerys.

Photo of Proteus93
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A murky, chestnut brown - a lively, sparkling head that relaxes fairly suddenly, but leaves a covering sheet and a lip of lacing all the way down.

S: Spices and a bit of an apple peel aroma. Alcohol cuts through the mix a little in the end.

T: Spiced apple (again, more the applepeel taste than the fruit itself) and clove. Malts, a dash of peppery tastes, and alcohol that makes for a warm finish. Becomes a little more tart as it warms in the goblet. A fair bit going on, and it all needs to be sorted sip after sip.

M: Something of a forceful feel, like it takes hold of the tongue immediately, scours it for missing nooks between tastebuds to fill - then magically shimmers away in a sparkle. Very crisp, with the lingering warmth on the finish to remind you it was there.

D: So easy to drink, but enough to make sure you feel it. It would be all too easy to just give in and indulge in it - maybe the little devil on there is hoping you'll give into that temptation!

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


12 oz. brown bottle; served a little warmer than normal

Poured into a snifter. The beer pours a beautiful rich amber/mahogany color with a nice white head that is a little more than half an inch to begin with, and recedes very slowly. Maudite has a fall fruit aroma to me, apples, pears, and figs, mixed with spices, such as, clove, cinnamon, etc. A lot of flavor in this beer. I get a lot of apple and clove, with a hint of caramel. The strong alcohol is also present. Good amount of spice in the finish. Good clean mouthfeel, and very refreshing. I honestly forgot just how good this beer is. Great anytime beer, but I would choose it in the fall or winter.

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

This brew has a fantastic color. Its has the appearance of grape juice! The head is huge and hangs around for a very long time! The taste is a nice crisp and fruity taste! Lovely, simply lovely! The mouthfeel is very nice too...very crisp! It's a nice drinkable brew for a low cost. At 5.99 per ml this brew is cheap and delicious.

Overall, this beer is very enjoyable. Tons of flavor at a cost that wont break the bank.

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

Pours a dark brown/orange in my tulip glass with monstrous head that lingers quite a while. Smell is very sweet, very "Belgian." Good spiciness but not as much as some of the Belgian pale ales.

Taste is excellent. Strong sweetness that dominates the palate. Moderate spiciness and healthy carbonation. A great beer, and I got it for only $5.99 at Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN.

Overall: An amazing beer and a classic from Unibroue

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a snifter, the liquid is brown with a bit of excess carbonation, The head is dark tan big and fluffy and leaves some lace.

The smell is enormously good. Brown sugar, Belgian yeast, Carame and you don't have to dig your nose in it to get a whiff, the stuff just reeks of fine malty goodness.

The taste is quite good but not at par with the aroma. Nice caramel, dark sugars and a milt Belgian yeast more to my liking.

The mouthfeel is ok light in the body and lots of carbonation.

The drinkability is good but I like a thicker brew. Prosit, MK

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

A- Dark reddish brown slightly cloudy color. Decent tan head with some good lacing.

S- Plums and raisins. Spices and brown sugar.

T- Filled with rich dark fruits. Spices are noticeable, as well as a slight hop bitterness. A cinnamon brown sugar finish.

M- Medium bodied, with a creamy carbonation feel.

D- This is so tasty. I love this brewery.

Photo of fank2788
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before 4/10 served in a tulip
This beer is a slightly murky dark amber brown, almost beer bottle brown, with a thick sticky white head. The smell is pretty bready and malty a bit of spice and a fair bit of yeasty easter. The taste is full bready malt, mainly in the caramel range then fruit probably apples. Next is a bit of alcohol spice somewhat heavy in phenols, cloves etc from the yeast, this beer seems to finish with a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is very prickly and peppery the finish is pretty clean and dry with a touch of a stinging bite. Overall this is good, subtle but assertive, complex but not overly challenging, another good Unibroue beer.

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

4-pack of 11.2 ounce bottles from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. for $14.99, purchased January 2008.

Pours a clear brown with ruby higlights in my Piraat chalice, a very nice foamy white head sticks around a while.

Aromas of raisins and other dark fruit, and a moderate spiciness. Flavor continues the trend, but with a set of spices. One spice is very distinct (is it clove?), and is a bit strong for my liking. A bit of pepper, but not strong. Overall, this is a pleasant roasty dark ale, well worth enjoying. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a bit of heat, as is typcial of the Unibroue line of treats.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant- creamy, even though there isn't a lof of visible carbonation.

A winner.

Photo of nanchen
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent and unique beer. It was copper orange under the light and definitely hazy. You can't see through it.

The smell had spicy aromatics, peppers and coriander.

Taste was deep fruits and citrus, well balanced by hops and bitterness. With a nice sweet lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly thick.

Definitely drinkable, though the complexity and the sheer amount of flavor may be a little much. I wouldn't make this a session beer, more like a beer I drink when I want to blow my mind with flavor.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber brown color with a nice thick head. Settles to a silky cover, but still produces good lace.

Belgian yeast and spicy hops. Nice fruity malts with a peppery alcohol.

Delicous candy and dried fruit malt structure. Peppery Belgian yeast and a tart citrus finish.

Full and delicate body, silky over the palate.

Could drink this one all night. However much closer to a dubble than a dark strong ale.

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

Beautiful coppery-gold color with big fluffy ivory head.
Smell is not pronounced; mainly malt and dark sugar.

Wonderful fruity-estery flavor hits you right away. A bit of citrus and apple taste. Aftertaste of dark sugar with with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, medium bodied. Very effervescent carbonation.

Very drinkable.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled version has a more intense peppery feel to it than the tap version. I didn't realize the beer was lighter in color until I shined a light through it (kind of a purple-orange mixture). I wasn't as impressed with the bottled version because it was a little more hot than what I remembered. The head is also a little lackluster as well, numbing some of the flavor in the beer when it collapses.

Photo of Gehrig
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The more I drink selections from Unibroue, the more impressed I am with their wares. Maudite is really outstanding. The appearance is wonderful, with two fingers of white foam capping a caramel body with red highlights--truly exceptional. The smell is good, with plenty of the famous yeast Unibroue uses coming forward with fruit and peppery spices. The taste is incredible, in good part because of the magnificent mouthfeel. There's lots more fruit to the taste than accompanies the nose. Plenty of spice in this as well--pepper for sure, but I detect ginger and cinnamon also.

The mouthfeel makes Maudite go. It's ideally carbonated and very smooth, nudging the flavors forward and keeping them in balance. Maudite is yet another gift from Unibroue, easily my favorite Canadian brewery. Everything I've had from Unibroue is nothing short of great, and Maudite is no exception. I have a couple more in the fridge, and I'm fighting my desire to have the others. Either way, I win.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is brownish-orange with an active, rocky, 2-finger white head. Active carbonation rises throughout to refortify. No lacing, however.

S: Bready yeast, spice and fruit -- can't quite place my finger on the fruit scent, I finally come up with under-ripe plums.

T: Fruit at first -- ripe green apples, some orange peel, maybe banana as well. Then finishes with spice -- cinnamon & nutmeg, with a hint of cloves -- and dry. Alcohol warms the belly, but is otherwise hidden in the taste.

M: Good spritzy, active carbonation helps it to finish clean in the mouth. Body is lighter than expected for the style, but that might just be the light, airy carbonation playing tricks.

D: Pretty good. I'm not big of the fruity flavors in my beer, so I wouldn't see myself having a few of these, but it certainly wasn't a chore to drink.

Re-review, 11-9-11, of a bottle with "best by" date of August 2012.

I stand by my initial scoring, though I've bumped up what was "Drinkability" of 4 to an "Overall" of 4.5.

I also note more of an apple scent to the nose. Along with the cinnamon and spice, I'm thinking apple pie, actually. As for taste, etc. . . . I like this better than I did nearly 4 years ago when first reviewed. Getting some soda-like characteristics, and also the apple pie, both in the nose and taste. It's good stuff.

Photo of dsa7783
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just when I thought Unibroue couldn't get any better, their Maudite completely blew me away... another hands-down winner from this terrific Canadian brewery that really knows their stuff... as I said before, all of their beers are world-class, top-notch samples, and this one certainly lives up to that criteria... an excellent depiction of the style... truly authentic, real, and outstanding... beautiful dark copper color with impressive lingering foamy head... amazing buttery, nutty, fruity, sweet aroma that bursts through immediately after popping the top... out-of-this-world taste... superbly rich, complex, and thick with dark-fruits, Belgian dark sugar, yeast, malts, and caramel notes... very complex and full-flavored, with a terrific mouthfeel and strikingly easy drinkability that does very well to mask the 8% ABV... world-class stuff... another winner from Unibroue... Definitely recommended...

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Maudite from Unibroue
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