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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,854
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 172
Gots: 406 | 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 joshmickelson
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was served just above room temperature from a "globe" style glass.

The appearance is caramely brown, very cloudy until it settles. Nice tan head that dissipates pretty fast.

The smell was very similar to the taste. Very spicy with hints of banana.

Like I said, the taste is very similar to the smell. Pretty mild overall, but it had hints of spice, banana. I also noticed the finish had a very slight perfume taste.

The mouth was very refreshing. I found myself wanting to drink it faster than I should. It is very carbonated, giving it a champagne kind of feel. .

The drink ability was very easy. The carbonation masks the 8%ABV very very well.

Overall: I would buy this again. I was very enthused about the multi-dimensional taste that was hard to pinpoint. The carbonation gave it a lovely feel and taste.

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahagony/copper/crimson depending on which way the light hits the glass. A whispy carbonated off white head appears than fades away. Long gone goodbye. No lace.

Very spicey right of fthe bat. Clove, coriander, potporrui, caramel, toffee, with a bit of sweet tropical fruity pineapple, and starfruit.

Very easy too drink and refreshing, prickly carbonation really enlightens the tastebuds. Again pineapple, nectarine, flowery, spicy with earth inhabited aspects. A hint of caramel fills out the somewhat thin mid palate.

Photo of peabody
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear reddish Ice tea color with two fingers of white suds. With these small bubbles there won't be much lacing.
Smell is kinda week for this style but still has all the banana and clove and apple peel.
Taste is better than the smell. Lots of sweet malt with just a hint of clove and anise.
Mouthfeel is really bubbly and nice. Leaves just a hint of clove in the palate and then the alcohol comes into play.
I could drink this a bunch but the cost and the fact that Weihstephaner Hefe-Weizen(sp) is a much better drink for the price.!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass, after the initial cascade of foam.

A: Slightly clouded, caramel color, with nice, heavily carbonated, bubbly head. Quick to recede, the head leaves very little lacing.

S: Classic Unibroue yeast, which I now can really recognize. Mild spice, possibly clove, and a certain alcohol presence.

T: Wonderful...similar to smell, just stronger. Sweetness, dryness, very complex IMHO.

M: Champagne-like carbonation. Bubbly prick, clean with a slight warming sensation.

D: For 8%, the alcohol is pretty hidden in the taste, just not the effect. Terrific taste, just not very sessionable at this high ABV.

Another fine beer from the northerners. Unibroue is one of my favorites, and Maudite is another reason why.

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

12 oz into goblet at just below room temperature.

Pours a golden brown, settling into a cloudy reddish brown in the glass. Fizzy off white champagne-like head dissipates almost immediately and leaves no trace.

Scent is green apple, cloves, brown sugar, sour belgian yeast, orange peel and spice.

I taste brown sugar, apple cider, typical sour belgian yeast flavor and a bit of wheat and nuts. A hint of banana. Finally spices: coriander, cloves and white pepper. Overall a complex flavor which is more dry than sweet.

The crisp, dry, fizzy champagne-like mouthfeel is very carbonated and prickly on the tongue, leaving the palate clean with the slightest hint of alcohol warming.

Drinkability is excellent. I know this beer should be sipped but I find it hard to drink it slowly.

Maudite seems almost more akin to a dry champagne than a beer.

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

Poured into a snifter a med-off amber color with a good healthy head. A belgian style aroma, fruity, cloves and a hint of orange. Taste is spicey, sweet malt and a spike of corbonation on the tongue before going down, having a light - med. mouthfeel. This is a stronger belgian style ale that doesn't wear on the taste buds, making for a nice evening drinker.

Photo of bjohnson
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is actually a dubbel, but each person has their own opinion regarding this.

A: Pours a murky dark plum color. Almost a reddish brown with a big cream colored two finger head. Excellent fluffy retention with thick coating lacing down the glass. Amazing looking lace.
S: Spicy phenols. Figs, cherries, and other dark fruit. Slight sweetness covers the fruit notes. Theres a soft coating feeling to the aromas--almost like theres a soft blanket that rests over the nose--wonderful aromas.
T/M: Spicy notes right from the start. Figs, cherries, and sweet plums are all laced with the spicy notes. Wheaty thickness on the palate. Slightly sweet fruit notes take on the wheatyness. Thicker body with an excellently smooth coating feeling on the palate. Big on the palate with a above average abv that is noticeable, to a degree, in the spicyness, but gets couched in the wheat notes as well.
D: A very good example of a belgian strong dark ale...err...dubbel from Unirbroue. They seem to cater to flavor rather than style, which I enjoy. None of their beers can be put into a specific category as they transcend categories. Another very tasty offering from our friends to the north.

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

2 year old 12oz bottle.

Served at cellar temp and poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is good. almond colored head is quite large after the pour then slowly thins out. Burnt-orange color with red hues.

Smell is good. Belgian nuttiness, yeast, light fruit and aldohol. Quite appealing.

Taste is good. Similar to the smell but no alcohol. Spicy and sweet flavors molded together nicely. Aging has mellowed out the alcohol bite and harshness for the better.

Mouthfeel is very good. Aging has also mellowed out the carbonation for the better. Lively in the mouth with a creamy texture. Nicely done.

Drinkability is very good. Once again, the alcohol and carbonation harshness has mellowed making this one an easy drinker.

Overall: Fresh, this beer (and much like the rest of the Unibroue line) has too much carbonation and the drinkability and mouthfeel suffer. Aged, this becomes quite a nice Belgian style ale and leaves a better impression. Recommended when aged.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.
Best before 10.25.2008.

Pours a semi-hazy, faint bronze that gathers with burgundy tones. Heavily carbonated white head that recedes outside-in, leaving a whispy sheet. Lightly condensed lacing that leaves trails around the wine glass.

Ripe, vinous fruity esters: plum, fig, and orange embraced by a heavy spice of clove. Hints of phenols and sharp notes of warming alcohol.

Heavy-handed clove and corriander with a bit of juicy, citric fruit: orange, pineapple, and apple. Off flavors of coconut accompany a warming and lasting alcohol presence. A pleasant, slightly dry and rich maltiness that underly the spice and alcohol presence.

A hefty, medium bodied; full, yet airy. Appropriately carbonated for the style.

A delicately balanced Belgian-style ale; well crafted. Some robust flavors, held in check by each other.

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.

Maudite from Unibroue
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