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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,106
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 163
Gots: 378 | FT: 3
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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 Budlum
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a tall, dense, off-white head composed of miniscule bubbles. The body is a mixed garnet and amber hue displaying excellent carbonation and a light haze. Head retention and lacing on the glass are excellent.

The nose of this beer screams with the classic Unibroue yeast strain. Stunning and fresh aromas of pears, apples and oranges immediately greet the nose. A faint, brown sugar smell adds complimentary sweetness that blends with a peppery spice. Notes of vanilla and faint hops also mix in the background.

A rush of sweet fruit flavors start this beer very much like it smells. The flavors are quite subdued but with enough strength to get my attention. Light vanilla and a moderate earthy/oak flavor blend together squelching some of the fruit flavors. As with most Unibroue beers, the yeast makes this one special but it does get a little too strong in presentation. None the less, this is still quite the tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is just average. The strong yeast presence tends to leave a chalky feeling in the mouth. Also, carbonation is lacking enough to make this feel sticky.

Drinkability is good throughout. Despite some of the downfalls, this is the classic Unibroue flavor with excellent presentation.

Photo of generationmy
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of an 8-bottle Unibroue mix-pack

Poured into a 22-ounce pilsner glass.

Let this one sit for a good fifteen minutes before sampling. Russet brown, copper haze, light and foamy tan head. Smell is sweet brown sugar citrus with alcohol notes. Taste is sweet with strong sour nips in the finish. Hop presence is brief and subdued. Yeast presence is out of balance, but flavors meld into a decent drinking brew.

Photo of Braudog
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz’er, this poured a very dark and opaque orange color (brown when away from the light), with a head of tiny little bubbles. The aroma is one of dried fruits -- raisins, dates and so forth. Similarly the flavor is fruity, but not intensely sweet or citrusy, but instead sugary and very dry, like a dry champagne with a tight carbonation. (#2698, 2/13/2007)

Photo of Jwaks
2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving 750ml bottle

A churning tornado of carbonation swirls up through a shady orange tinted copper body, spiraling toward a dense half finger thick layer of off-white froth. Thick fluffy lacing refuses to give in an impressive display of true belgian character.

Strong aromas of stodgy brown bread, medicinal herbs and piquant spices bloom on the bouquet revealing hints of orange zest and wild yeast.

Loads of slick and sweet bready malts lead a half-hearted charge on the entry only hinting at a fuller richer and rather spicy mid palate suggesting flavors of corriander, wild yeast, cinnamon and allspice. A clean finish ties everything together with more supportive bready sweet malt, restrained hop bitters and hints of yeast. Spices make an encoure performance on the tail end of the finish and aftertaste leaving a pleasing spicy flavor on the palate.
Overall, this beer is yeast and spice driven, while the taste is fairly interesting the flavors are muted and nearly drowned out by slick crystalline and bready malt sweetness.

Mediocre persistence on the finish and a slick medium body don't quite meld with the overly yeasty and spicy character forming a lackluster and hallow mouthfeel. On the other hand a slick malty body lets this go down easy and spicy character lends this beer a bit of complexity to keep it interesting.

This beer is not as tasty nor as full as I remember it being. Unibroue beers seem to have gone downhill in quality recently and each one has an odd yeasty character that doesn't sit well with me.

Overall, I admire this brew's sweet malt body and interesting spicy character but it could have been much better with a thicker chewy mouthfeel, toned down yeast, some dark fruits and a dash more hop bitters for balance.

Photo of paleoplant
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a chalice and the color and appearance were beautiful. The color was a dark amber with a faint hint of cloudiness. A nice head of foam that soon settled to the rim. The smell was powerful with hops and hints fruit. The taste was wonderful but the carbonation was strong. This settled with successive drinking. The combination of characteristics make me want to drink this beer over and over.

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

Nice-looking dark, reddish and hazy beer with a white head that disappears quickly, but leaves a never-ending lacing behind.
Powerful but not overwhelming smell of sugary malts, bananas, molasses, and alcohol. A few other smells I cannot identify add to the complexity.
Full-bodied, it has a wonderful but again not overwhelming taste, with upfront sugary malts, warming alcohol, fruity esters of all sorts, and something slightly bitter to close it down, so it is not to sweet. Dangerously easy to drink, another great Unibroue.

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

Served from a 750 ML caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark copper hinging on brown with a 2 finger merangue like head that dissipates ever so slowly to a mere 1/2" head. Somewhat cloudy with visible yeast particles.

Smell: Fruity and sweet with caramel, very floral with a slight citrus aroma.

Taste: Big malts in the beginning with plenty of caramel sweetness followed by fruity esters a slight hop bitterness pokes through. Lots of dark fruit flavors, raisins, plums come to mind along with brown sugar. Slightly dry in the finish making me want another drink quicker than I should.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with plenty of lively carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: What a nice BSDA. Big malts upfront with caramel, brown sugar, raisins and plums and the yeast kicks it up with some really nice fruity esters. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Dangerously drinkable with alcohol being so well hidden. A perfect beer for a cold winter night and a sipper for sure but I find myself drinking this faster than I should, its just damn tasty and easy to drink. Highly recommended, seek and enjoy.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark copper, almost mahogany, with about an inch of off white foam. Smells of sweet toffee and raisins. Tastes of banana bread, toasted malts and flavors resembling raisinettes. Mildly spicy. Crisp finish with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Good drinkability. I like to keep a few bottles of this around as often as possible.

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

The beer poured out a hazy dark brown, almost a murky mahogany, if such a thing exists. It produced a wonderful head which stayed throughout and excellent lacing all the way down. Beer gave a nice smell, with some sweet and some peppery spice. Taste was very nice, didn't notice the high alcohol content. It went down very smooth with a nice pepper and fruit combo. Very good beer, Unibroue does it again.

Photo of MurphysIrish
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a red wine glass (closest thing I had to proper tulip). Nice light amber color. Good carbonation. Strong head formation that dissolved to a uniform quarter-inch head.

Nothing spectacular on the nose but for the typical Belgian "funk" which was fine but I could distinguish nothing else.

First sip went down and left a metallic/alkaline twinge on the back of my palate which I attribute to the high alcohol content. This disappeared almost completely on subsequent sips and, except for a slight cough-syrupy twang, the alcohol (8%) remained well hidden throughout. Body and carbonation make for a good mouthfeel as well.

Overall, a keeper, I just expected some more hop character to poke through but, then again, perhaps Belgian Darks aren't where we go for hop nirvana?

Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a chalice from a big bomber with some cool Unibroue artwork. Medium brown with an orange glow (there is a lighter hue in the middle....instead of around the edges) and very hazy. Tiny streams of bubbles flow uniformly and steadily to the top. The head was about a finger and a half initially, then down to a smokey haze with a thicker collar around the edges. Big sheets of lace leave arcs on the glass.

S - Intensly yeasty, fruity, and vinous. Purple grape skins, fresh pineapple, mango, fruitcake and raisin bread. Dusty and dry Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Rum soaked fruitcake. Sugary sweet maple syrup malt character supports fruity and flowery yeasty flavors while some balanced hop bitterness evens things out a bit and keeps this from being cloyingly sweet. Dry and dusty yeast really comes out at the end.

M - Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation to liven up the thickness. Tingly on the tongue with a long-lived smoldering finish that warms with alcohol and fades into a nice glowing maple syrup warmth.

D - The very nice mouthfeel helps make this one very drinkable while the alcohol warmth is really nice for sipping and relaxing. This is an all around excellent ale. And best of all, it's cheaper than many Belgian dark ales!

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

Pours a orange-grey-brown with a finger or two of fine white head that drops to a finger or so. The beer looks darkish and oddly colored til you hold it to the light and see it is actually a dark fiery orange.

Smells bready and sweet, but with a fruity hint, like cake with a berry topping. Esters and mild spice.

Sweet up front, this thing barely waits for you to savor the sweetness before whalloping you with woody notes and sour and some peppery spice. Barely bitter on the end, and a woody taste lingers briefly.

Mouthfeel is good. Almost too much carbonation, it's pretty intense. Otherwise a little slippery alcohol and a medium body.

Overall a very good beer, though not sessionable because of the high abv and the high C02. Still, it's definitely worth sipping on when you want something delicious in your mouth.

Photo of Celt44
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After passing by a Unibroue display at my local grocery, I finally picked this one up. Great corked bottle with brilliant art work.
Appearance is a dark transparent copper - lighter than what I expected. Large foamy but relatively little lacing as I drained the glass.
Aroma is spicy - clove, ginger. Fruity also. Malt aroma has a strong presence.
After a few whiffs the taste lives up to the aroma - spicy and malty. Very good. Cinnamon and pepper come to mind.
Mouthfeel is smooth - spice makes for a nice warm feel.
Overall an excellent Strong Belgian - alcohol is masked and spicy, smooth character make for a great session brew. Not too heavy or stong. I'm glad I finally picked one up.

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

A- Dark copper amber body with some orange hues to it. Light tan head sits on top.
S- Spices come through nice a clear. Big malt with some light wood and smokiness to it. Tad bits of hops also.
T- Big spice flavor with some smoke. The malts and hops really help balance each other out. Leaves a light bitterness on the tongue. Also a few hints of wood come out.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D-Very nice and balanced. It is surprisingly easy to drink also.

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-27-07

Dark brown/red color with a nice frothy head that lasts the entire glass.

Of course the most apparent scent is of the Belgian yeast, with a fruitiness that is not too sweet or too subtle. Just right.

The taste is of dark fruits, raisin, plum, but not too dark. Much like the smell, there is a sweet fruitiness that adds a lot the the complexity. The alcohol content is good, adds a nice warming.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thin, but in the Belgian style.

The drinkabilty is good, it offers enough to be a good choice even if you're not in a Belgian mood.

Photo of bucko
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Damned beer pours a translucent copper color with a huge whiteish head that slowly recedes with some lacing and a small ring of foam. The aroma is strong with Unibroue's yeast, dark fruit, alcohol and subtle spice. In the flavor, sweet malt, molasses and spices come through as well as phenols, esters and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Smooth. Very drinkable, regardless of the 8% alcohol. Nice beer.

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

Maudite pours with much CO2 action and the nody is of caramel color and has a very translucent consistency. The head produced is light tan and dissipates rather quickly.

This gives off aromas of caramel and matallic nodes of copper. Tastes like bubble gum and blood oranges. Wet and spicy. Grows warm on the back of the throat.

Photo of SaucyA
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a great beer! After trying Blanche De Chambly yesterday, I couldn't help but sample some of Unibroue's other offerings.

I'll reiterate what everyone else had to say... it looks nice, lighter amber coloring with a nice head that retains well throughout the glass. It eventually almost dissapated but left lacing.

Smell's fantastic. Too many smells to list. Yeast, molasses, caramel, light hops, spices.

Taste is great, nearly an overwhelming amount of different flavors. Yeasty, dry, slight alchohol bite. Sweet, fruity... a joy to drink, and doesn't tire. Every few sips can hit you with a nice kick of alchohol, but highly manageable.

The mouthfeel is great, perhaps a little too light... but it helps make this completely complex beer manageable for everyone. I bet I could give this to my macrobrew-loving friends and they'd fall in love with it. It's super sparkly, but has enough body to let a lot of the flavors come through.

The only thing taking the drinkability is the abv, which is a bit too high for a session beer. But if it's a chill out night, where I need to pair a beer with food, or just feel like sipping, I'll definitely go with Maudite.

I would no doubt buy Maudite, and other Unibroue products, again.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a dark ale tulip. Colour is deep, deep orange that is just slightly foggy with a sprinkling of finest yeast in suspension. Head is quick-up then quick-down, very moist and transient to a ring of white. Not much lacing of which to speak.

Smell is sweet, dark candi, and just a whiff of caramel roast. The sweet notes are of papaya, hawaian rolls, and faintest licourice. Very mild dry notes come across as booze, mineral water, and maybe white pepper.

Taste is surprisingly more dry but quite crisp and tart. Oranges and deceptively light malts lead the show with eventual figs and too many spices to codify at once.

Mouthfeel is condecendingly crisp and light thanks to the respective taste and always-ready carbonation. Booze is noticable on the tongue past 50 or 55 degrees.

For all the flavour in this one, not to mention the ABV, this is very drinkable. An alluring beer, but not without the occasional moment of lingual exacerbation. One or two sips of of 50 were eye watering.

Like all of the Unibroues, this is distinctive, without funk, and heavy on the bright flavours. The only thing holding the taste back from a 5 is the lack of body on which the flavours so desparately want to ride.

Photo of xav33
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue Maudite
12 oz bottle
Best before 09/08, damned 01/07
Moderate pour in a tulip glass

Poured a murky orange brown with a huge off white mostly lasting head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, dark bread, spices, raisins, bananas, dates.

Taste was upfront strong bitter sweet and sour, like drinking rotten raisin juice, if such a thing were to exist, followed by a harsh bitter sweaty and rustic yeastiness with hints of toasted dark bread, light sweet caramel, raisins and spices on a long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery to a dry finish, fizzy and strongly astringent.

Overall, this is a fine smelling brew and the taste is exceptionally interesting, awkward and outlandish. I think I think I like it... I think.

Photo of Pinto21
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got for my birthday in a sampler case from my good friend

poured a pretty i guess id call it light dull amber with good head thats off white

smelled sweet and spicy

tasted sweet and spicy, like it smelled but better. a wee bit of alcohol aftertaste, which was pleasant. Maltyness to it as well, just great.

mouthfeel was good and went down amazingly

note: all my friends tried it and said this was the best beer that they've ever had, which is no surprise for them. Wait till i let them taste some more!

Photo of mithrascruor
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful hazy dark apricot/brown color with a foamy off-white head that eventually becomes a nice film.

Smell: Wonderful spices (cloves, nutmeg, pepper) and fruit flavors (cherries, apricots), together with a light bready scent.

Taste: A very nice combination of the various spices and fruits mentioned above, plus some added banana and malts. The different flavors seem to take the forefront at different times -- sometimes it's very fruity, sometimes very spicy. But what results is a dynamic yet balanced complexity. Aftertaste has a hint of alcohol with the spices.

Mouthfeel: Great bold medium-bodied feel, a bit tingly with the carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong but tastes great and doesn't get tiring at all. The alcohol flavor is fairly minimal.

This is a really wonderful and tasty beer. From me it gets a very high recommendation to all, and I will certainly get this again. Amazing flavor and great all around. And hey, you can't do much better artwork-wise!

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Three fingers of thick, foamy head and a reddish amber/brown hue to the beer itself. Decent retention. Quite an appealing look, served in an oversized wine glass.

S: Mildewy and yeasty, alcoholic and spicy notes come to mind. Smells delicious.

T: Tasty malt notes and a kick of spice are followed by a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. Very well balanced beer, enjoyable as all hell (no pun intended). The multiple flavors going on here make for a palate pleaser.

M: Great carbonation, crisp and refreshing while at the same time thick.

D: The fluidity of flavor, the complexities and subtleties, and feel on the palate make it incredibly drinkable. An amazingly delicious beer that is highly recommended.

Photo of Estarrio
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I am a huge fan of Unibroue, I had not yet tried Maudite for some inexplicable reason.

Maudite, or "The damned one" is a fine Belgian strong ale and was well worth the wait for me.

Poured cloudy, mahogany with a small but persistent tan head. Viscous, silky lacings line the sides of my goblet.

Sweet malt, clove, pepper, coriander, bready yeast and light fruity esters make for an enticing aroma.

Sweet malt backbone with caramel, candied sugar, molasses, apple and grape esters, doughy yeast and lots of phenols and spices. The first sip starts off like a standard, sweet Belgian Tripel and then the spices and phenols smack some exciting, balancing flavors on your palate. Banana, clove, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon mix with phenolic properties to create a spicy/bitter, crisp, semi-dry finish. The complexities in the brew are amazing given the 8% ABV and the smooth, refreshing taste. I could easily drink this by the case.

This medium bodied brew has no shortage of delightfully fizzy carbonation for an easy, pleasing mouthfeel.

Another home run by Unibroue. They craft sublime brews with stellar marketing and very reasonable prices. Maudite will easily become one of my staple selections.

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

Pours with vigorous carbonation, huge head that is slow to settle down. Beer is cloudy, a lot of carbonation seen rising to the top... also a nice dull amber color.

Aromas are of fruits, dust, some spiciness, and I also notice a bit of the alcohol. This almost smells a little bit booze like.

First thing I notice when sipping this is the wonderful mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect, this beer really coats your mouth, and is very creamy.

Flavors are quite nice. A bit lighter than I expected though. Tastes of spiced apples, a hint of hop bitterness, and then a nice creamy finish.

My third Unibroue beer. And they have all been quite good. Drinkablility is there and the slightly lighter body really helps it. Enjoyable and worth a try.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,106 ratings.