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Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,063 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
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 NolateM
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass. The beer is pretty cloudy, pretty much an opaque pale ruby-orange color, with a giant thick off-white head, and some decent lacing.

Aroma is a bit musky, dominated by yeast and very ripe fruit.

I'm probably drinking this a bit colder than recommended, but still, this beer is delicious. The yeast flavor is as Belgian as it gets, but not too overpowering. A little bit musky, with noticeable suggestions of dried fruit, especially dried apricots - enough that if someone were to ask me "What's Maudite like?" my answer would immediately be "apricots." Some tangy citrus qualities too. No really overt hop flavor to speak of. Very slightly phenolic, and barely any hint of alcohol sting in the flavor... it's fairly well masked, but leaves a nice warm feeling in the chest.

Spritzy, highly-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a little too drying, which does take away a bit.

For drinkability... well, I sure won't have a problem finishing this glass, but I think one is enough... not that I'd turn down two. That description deserves a good 4, in my awesome opinion.

I would love to bring this to a classy party/gathering/dinner instead of bringing wine. I think it'd pair well with sharp cheese and dried fruits, particularly.

About $10 a four-pack

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

Maudite pours a nice, cloudy, dark copper color; The head is foamy but dissapates quickly, Good lacing; Smell of malt and yeast; Taste is sweet, malty and fruity; Mouthfeel is dry with medium body and light carbonation; Drinkability is very good.

¡Salud!

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

Appearance: Rich brown color, with some gold. Attractive one or two finger head. Fairly clear. Retention and lacing, however, are both unremarkable.

Smell: Very nice aroma: more Belgian spice than Belgian funk. Apple. Darker fruits as it warms. A hint of citrus.

Taste: Great, impressive flavor. Nice malt flavor (caramel?), apples and oranges. Distinct herbal character as well. Alcohol is very well hidden. Dry, acidic finish, almost like a dry white wine if the flavors weren't completely different - very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability, although I'd imagine the 8% abv could creep up on you.

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

Apple cider color with a big frothy white head that my glass had trouble containing. Spicey/pepper smell with plums and cherries thrown in for good measure. Spiceyness comes through in the taste but it's a little more balanced than i thought it would be from the smell. Dry finish. High carbonation level gives it a bubbly feel on the tongue. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. While no one component stands out, the overall impression of this beer is very good. Another supurb beer from Unibroue.

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although the story of 'Maudite' ("the damned") is a Christmas one, you'd have to agree there's something Halloween-y about it, not the least for its pumpkin orange colour and jack-o-lantern glow. Transparency is misted in a dense fog that also dims the beer's natural shimmer if left out of the light. Its head, too, casts over the beer like a big cloud.

The aroma has a bit of sugar, a bit of spice and, indeed, everything is nice. The sugar, which is secondary, comes from a lightly toasty maltiness with faint caramel undertones. The spice, which is considerable, comes from a most effervescent, Belgian-bred yeast that pushes notes of bruised banana and fiery peppercorns right up the nostrils.

The flavour actually resembles something of a mulled apple cider, one accented with wildflower honey and toasted breadcrumbs alongside the customary cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Its sweetness is too distorted by the spice to be considered caramel or toffee-like, but it lends itself to the aftertaste along with a pleasant dried fruitiness.

The bubbles are soft and easy on the tongue, allowing the full savor of the spiciness to be appreciated as it wanes between warming and full out five-star piquant, depending on things like temperature and age. Speaking of which, in my experience, Maudite is not a beer that ages all that gracefully. If you want to experience it at its best, drink it fresh.

Maudite is damn good beer from a brewery that, with very few exceptions, makes only exceptional offerings. Maudite is at least a serviceable Belgian-style ale; t is a beer that most people should find zestful, pleasurable and gratifying, a most charming 750ml acquaintance to make that, arguably, might be worth selling your soul over.

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

Tan/gold yeasty pour. Look like apple cider with a foamy tan head.
Excellent red plum aroma over a malt background.
Rich malt flavor with a strong earthy-fruit background. Alcohol burns off nicely on the tongue.
Full lingering flavor which tastes even better than the initial burst. You can sit back between sips and enjoy the flavors expanding and relaxing.
I think you could slowly sip many glasses of this over the course of a night.
An excellent ale. I think it would be a good one to turn people on to Belgian style ales.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. Burgandy color with a creay two-finger head. Left nice Belgian lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and yeast. Also, the alcohol aroma was present.

T - It is very spicy. The hop/spice really overpowers the alcoholic taste. However, the maltiness comes through.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - I really enjoy all Unibroue products and this is no exception. The spicy quality is very unique.

Photo of rarevos
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours an opaque reddish-brown with light tan, creamy head. Receded over a few minutes before becoming a solid, unbroken foam blanket.

S: Banana and clove, right off the bat. Peppery yeast. Lemon zest. Bready. With my eyes closed, I could see thinking this was a German hefeweizen.

T: Spicy banana bread, with plenty of fruit, like having fresh banana bread with about four different kinds of jam on top. I'm getting some apricot, lemon zest, a bit of pineapple, some cinnamon, and some black pepper. Finish is lightly bitter, alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

M: Slightly chewy. Like all Unibroue beers, the carbonation is pretty evident.

D: Really enjoyable. It presents itself as being a mix of a hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale Ale, with some witbier characteristics; the abv puts it out of "session" territory, though. It's a nicely balanced beer, with some great fruitiness.

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

12 oz.
Best Before: 03-20-09

Reddish amber in color with a big foamy head that holds well. Smooth aromas of spicy fruit esters - dried banana and corriander quickly gives way to a beautiful doughy yeastiness. Certainly has the taste of a strong ale. A initial fresh maltiness dissolves into spicy, appley alcoholic esters after swallowing - moderate phenolics in the center. Warm and complex...but not too complex. Very smooth and pretty well balanced; fills the mouth but its not too heavy.

This one is still young and its great! I'm definately going to age some of these in the future. Hits the spot when in the mood for a Belgian ale.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy/murky dark copper color with a decent head that fades down to a centimeter and sticks around. Smells of yeast, caramel, buttery tones, light hops, bready, cherries. Taste is along the lines of the aroma, ending semi-dry. Lots of yeast, ripe fruits, spices, cherries, toffeeish, tartness, alcohol is very well hidden for an 8% abv brew. Mouthfeel is airy with lots of fizzy bubbles not unlike that of champagne. Decently drinkable, but wouldnt overdo it. I could see myself burning out on these quickly.

Photo of Grundle20
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours a deep amber into a snifter, pretty damn hazy. The beer has a decent large bubble head with minimal retention and lacing.

Smell:
Strong malts and caramel dominate the nose, but there are lesser notes of English hopping.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Pretty light and crisp given it's overwhelming malt presense in the smell. Lots of carbonation bury the delayed flavors of rich chocolate and malts. The alcohol is pretty well hidden by the carbonation rush and lingering flavors.

Drinkability:
It's high in ABV, but that aside I find this to be one of the more drinkable dark beer/malty beers I've ever had. So there is a trade of in overall flavor vs. drinkability with this brew.

Bottom Line:
Again another unique take on a style from Unibroue. It seems to me that they have this affinity for highly carbonated beer which drinks light and easy. Check it out, it's a pretty interesting beer.

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

Good looking beer, inviting color. Aroma is ok, hints of something meh there. Taste is excellent, bright and well-balanced, nice all around. Slight spicy, alcohol hidden well. Mouthfeel solid, spicyness lingers. An easy drinking beer, can probably do this one at any time of year.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but never gotta review. Pours deep golden brown, smells like sweet caramel with spices, tastes really really awsome. Tastes like a perfect balance of sweet malt, citrus, spices, hint of bubblegum in the background and some nice yeasty flavor. Overall, damn great beer, and I got a local supply at a nearby convience store. Go out and look for this.

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

Big 750ml champaign like corked bottle, bottle conditioned on yeast base leaves a fine setement in bottle.

Appearance: thick beige rocky head, dissapates rather quickly leaving lite laceing, medium dark reddish brown, almost orange in color. lots of tiny, tight bubbles.

Smell: in a word; complex. in more words, big yeasty nose, sweet malty aroma, flowers, toffee, very little (almost none) hop aroma.

Taste: tastes like it smells, huge malt, bread like yeastyness, dried fruit, apricots prunes, raisins. complex, spicy alcoholic warmth, very little hop bitterness.

mouthfeel: again complex (my new favorite word) malty smooth yet a slight puckering citrus finish.

drinkability: OMG this is a good beer, rich, spicy complex (ok enough already) delicious. at 8% apv this aint a session beer, sip on a chilly autum evenining (big bottle is great for sharing)

cheers
jh

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Pazzo's Pint Night. I've always liked Maudite better on tap. The flavors are better rounded, bringing out more ripe fruit flavors and leaving the alcohols less fusal. Keeping the spicy, strong malts, tart Belgian qualities. Still heavily carbonated and well headed. It's as good as ever.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick head. When swirled it has a nice lacing. The smell is sweet and spicy with a hint of caramel. The taste is well balanced with a malt undertone highlighted by spice flavors that linger. The mouthfeel is full with a carbonation bite. This would be a beer I’d consider a delight to drink often if possible.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, opaque red-brown color, almost non-existent head, nice lace.

S - Yeasty, fruity, earthy. Very complex.

T - Bready, malty, fruity, just very complex.

M - Crisp, relatively light, very frisky carbonation.

D - Sweet googley-boogley. Hook up an IV.

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

Red color, thick egg shell head in mounds. It leaves much of the glass completely clear, but leaves lacing like pieces of Havarti on the rest.

Smells yeasty and fruity (pineapple, black currant), with dry, savory wood and mushroom notes. Some malt, and faint alcohol.

Tastes of yeasty brown bread, pineapple, black currant, black cherry, brown sugar, some spicy heat like allspice or clove, rich and delicious. A hint of leathery gaminess. Some fresh, herbal hop flavor. Really good.

Carbonation is rich and creamy without fizziness, there's also some slight astringency and prickliness on the tongue. The mouthfeel and flavor profile both suggest that a few brett cells were judiciously allowed into the party, and livened it up perfectly.

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

Appearance: Awesome head, good retention
Smell: like la fin du monde, smells of apples
Tate: Bitter, yet balanced. Dark, but yet not very thick on malts.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: Easily a sessionable beer. Even at 8% abv, this was an easy beer to drink.

Another fine beer from Unibroue.

Photo of phisig137
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked bottle pours a dakr orange-red hue, with a thick three finger head. Great retention, and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty. All of the typical Unibroue spicy yeast aromas are there, along with caramel, toffee, and malt.

Flavor is again, quite yeasty. The flavor of that Unibroue yeast is so distinctive, and I am surprised how well it is able to brew a light, dark, triple, double, and all taste as they should, but all have the same charictaristics. Really impressive to me. Slightly sweet, with great malt charictaristics. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, considering the gravity of this beer, and the amount of flavor. Drinkability is good.

Another hit for Unibroue... They have really mastered many of the belgian styles, and rarely disappoint. There are better Strong Dark Ales out there, but this does not have any major flaws. And when you consider the price, this is a solid winner, dollar for dollar.

Photo of JOaikido
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Very nice reddish dark amber colour. Off-white head that settled to a thin foamy layer and eventually dissappeared. Very appealing streams of fine bubbles in the beer.

S- Sweet odours dominate, malt, caramel and fruit (citrus).

T- Unibroue yeast prevails. Nice taste of malt with a touch of bitterness to balance. Fruitiness in background. Alcohol quite noticeable but seems to fit with this beer.

MF- Very nice "roundness". Carbonation just right. Maybe a little pastiness left behind though.

D- Concidering the potency of the brew, it's amazing how easily it goes down.

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

Gotta love a beer in a snifter! Nice, solid head that holds firm atop a cloudy, caramel colored body. Head climbs slowly down the sides leaving a trail of goodness along the way. Excellent lacing. A (dare I say it?) sexy looking brew.

Smells like champagne, currants & malt. Intriguing to say the least.

A wine grape first rush followed by dark, malty characteristics with slight hop bitterness & bready, earthy flavors. Almost herbal in its aftertaste but very crisp.

As previously mentioned, exceptionally crisp, very reminiscent of Duvel in this respect. Not as heavy as the hue would otherwise indicate.

NOTE: after initial tasting, paired this with some smoked gouda & Italian salami which really brought out the fruit notes in the beer. A really lovely beverage.

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

I like this beer and have come to that opinion after having it several times, but I have to admit it's still one I don't entirely "get" and find it hard to describe.

Appearance is easy enough: a large two-finger head over top an effervescent, tawny-coloured body. I start running into trouble trying to pick things out of the aroma. I can perceive yeast, some brown sugar and ripe fruit, but not the kind of detail others seem to be able to draw from this beer. The taste, to me, is a pleasant tug-of-war between some light malt and spicy cloves. The brown sugar is in there — and vanilla?

This is a full-bodied beer that ends with a little stickiness on the palate and a nice warming alcohol effect in the belly. Even if I don't completely understand it, I know I like it.

Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Couldn't find Fin Du Monde, and had to go with this other offering from Unibroue. Normally, I prefer the Belgian (strong) pale ales, but I was pleasantly surprised by this dark brew.

It was rich and sweet, and had a long lasting flavor. Each sip was better than the last, especially as I let the beer warm in the glass. Very drinkable, and one that has turned me on to others in this style.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is balance in a belgian dark! This beer pours into a chalice beautifully with a ruddy orange-brown color and a nice, foamy, cream colored head. The retention is nice to see, and my Chimay chalice compliments the appearance of this beer well.

The smell is good, if a bit one dimensional. Green apples dominate, with some honey wheat bread notes intermingled. Ahhh....smells like a white wine, like a crisp unoaked chardonnay or Spanish Viura. Wonderful. I'm giving this another half-point.

The taste is classic Belgian dark, with all the spicy, sweet malty goodness with yeasty esters followed by tart fruits like the aforementioned green apples. Some serious bitterness in the finish. Nice to see, not always the focus of a belgian of any color. The are alo some savory, meaty, smoky notes in there as well. Always tart.

The mouthfeel is nothing special, but it's fizzy and fairly light. Not bad, but lacking the creaminess of a belgian dark. The upside is that the lightness leads into the next category...

Drinkability! Exceptional. This is a Belgian dark you could drink all day. The alcohol is hidden, the body is light, the flavors are refreshing, and the balance is top-notch. This would be a great starter beer for a Belgian novice, or a good fridge standard for the Belgian fan. Being a good buy only helps the ubiquity of this brew.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,063 ratings.