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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,108
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 380 | 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 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.

Photo of Geonious
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first time trying beers from this brewery. So far everyone has impressed me.

Appearance: Amber Red (Mahogany). Nice head that never quite went away. Very good carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. One sniff and I knew this was a good choice for dinner

Taste: Very good taste. Fruity. Corriander and other light spices. Hops. Slight Alcohol Warmth. Crisp and clean after taste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with moderate carbonation that lasted for the duration of the beverage.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I paired this beer up with BBQ pork chops (think Southern Summer BBQ folks) and it was a match made in Heaven. This beer and BBQ is going to QuadFest 2007!!!!

Definitely on the "Buy Again" list.

Photo of Risser09
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage • 12 oz bottle poured into a Tasting Glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark orange and brown color. Lots of head that bubbles an off-white color. 1 inch head that dissipates and leaves a residual laceo on the surface.

Smell: Spicy, and very citrusy...mostly orange. Other fruity aromas are there.

Taste: Peppery at first but not too cloying. The spice hits first and orange zest follows. There is no alcohol burn probably because of such strong flavors. The finish is hoppy and dry, which leaves you begging for more. This is a complex taste, and quite different than others beers of this style.

Mouthfeel: Clean and drying but substantial enough to keep going. Carbonation is present and alcohol becomes warming after a few sips.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer but not as much as other Unibroue offerings. La Fin Du Monde is better and so are others. However, I could drink a few of these in one sitting with some great food.

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

750ml bottle decanted into pitcher and served in Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a slighty hazy dark orange with excessive carbonation. Large head quickly forms of large and small bubbles, eventually receeding to about 1/4" inch. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is of fruit, but seems somewhat reserved.

Taste is spicy fruit, finishes with a soft and spicy warmth. Malt lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and dry.

Drinkability is average to me. While the alcohol warmth and spice is not harsh, I do find it to be a little much.

This is a good beer. However, I sampled La Fin Du Monde yesterday and found it to be outstanding, and I find this one pales in comparison. Maudite falls right in middle of golden and dark Belgians... a red according to their website. While it does not have any imperfections, it is lacking of any oustanding characteristics... it's just sort of there.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew in Utah. It was a very good brew. I was a dark red color. It had an extremely malty taste, but a not so malty smell. Well, maybe it was a toasted malty smell. The mouthfeel was wonderful. All in all I thought this was a beer that I could really sit down and enjoy. Don't drink and review.

Photo of Drew966
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite pours an amber color with a thick white head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. There is a nice aroma, kind of fruity. The taste is really nice, fruit once again dominates, but there is also a peppery alcohol bite too. This beer could pass for an authentic Belgian if I didn't know what it was. Excellent.

Photo of pavandal
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tulip glass from a bottle. It poured an iced tea color, with a 1/2 inch head on top that looked a bit like whipped cream. Bubbles raced to the top of the beer as I enjoyed, and the head stayed without lacing.

Smell was wonderful! Fruity yeast scents first hit your nostrils, followed by a caramel scent. No hop spiceness here!

This beer is bitter, not in the hoppy way, but in an unrippened fruit way. Taste is dominated by fruity malt, with a slight bready finish. Alcohol warms the mouth as you sip.

Feels very light in the mouth, and is easy to drink. High ABV, but not as high as many Belgian strong darks. Troegs Mad Elf still holds the crown for me, but this is a nice brew to get if you want something that isn't hoppy and is fun to drink.

Photo of gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this one for a while. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, and almost all over the floor. Beer has huge bubbling head...pour carefully! Color is a cloudy golden-peach with a white-yellow glistening head. Smell is of Belgian sugar, cloves and other spices, not much of an alcohol nose. Taste is really quite good, mostly sweet of Belgian sugar, with the clovey-spice taste and a dry finish. The sugar taste is not too intense as I find to be the case sometimes with Belgian style beers. Same with the clove/spice. The mouthfeel is awesome, the head has the consistency of light whipping cream, the beer is full bodied and well carbonated. At 8%, this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Photo of kzczp0
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/4ths head on pour looked great for only a minute or two than disspates to short irregular lace in glass. Appears as a murky iced tea color that has over been overbrewed. Lacing stays at edge of glass throughout the drinking but carbonation is considerably absent after half is drank.

The smell is incredible in that it would rival any Trappist dark brown. Malt, ginger bread, and dried fruits as well as deep floral smells abound.

First impression of taste is malt that breaks into a bitterness that oddly does not relate to hops or alcohol. Mouthfeel is flat with minimal perspective shown. Overall taste and finish remain the same throughout with little complexity demonstrated to my taste buds. Finish is same as begining with an odd bitterness that abounds.

This beer is not rich enough to rival the great ones, but easily fits into it's classification. Not great, just good to me.

Photo of alexskovan
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a rich off-white head that wasn't going anywhere. Smell was . . . wow. The aroma is the most impressive thing about this brew. Caramel, citrus, yeasty bread. The aroma seemed to change and morph as time went by. For about ten seconds or so, I swear the stuff smelled like tequila!

Taste was a caramal malt attack with fruit and yeast right behind, all nicely balanced by the hops. Smooth and drinkable. Be carefull! You would not know it was 8% if the label didn't say so.

You know, it's a funny thing, I've given this brew a high rating, yet I'm not actually sure if I LIKE it! It's that kind of beer. Strange, complex, worth brooding over. Think I'll have another, and see if I can't make up my mind. . .

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

A: Rich amber-brown, although the darker atmosphere I'm drinking this in may be hindering the light from passing through the beer possibly making it seem deeper in color. The khaki head dissapates quickly due to the medium-sized bubbles.

S: Immediate candy sugar paired with cooked red Bing cherries, and a smattering of copper coins. Smells like there's iron content in the beer. Lighter threads of tomatoe vines run through it as well.

T: Upon the first sip, the flavors transition in the mouth from cherry, to Red Delicious apple to honey dew melon. As it warms up, the elements become more intense with hints of allspice and cardomon with a dash of clove. Full of cozy flavors, reminiscent of a winter warmer.

M: Lighter and dryer than expected -- from the smell one would think it to be a much more syrup-based and cloying beer. Good carbination provides a nice contrast to the flavors.

D: Well balanced beer in all aspects, however there are not a lot of levels or layers of complexity. For most beers it's the opposite, however I almost feel like this beer tastes better from the bottle than on tap. But the flavors are harmoniously aligned to make an enjoyable beer.

Photo of tcfishler
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Dark rich mahogany, clear. Tan head of moderate size and good durability.

Nose brings to mind very ripe fruit drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper. Other spicy aromas add complexity.

In the mouth, sweet, rich, and fruity. However, this fruit is ripe to the point of spoilage.

I get the similar rotten/oxidative flavors here as I found in Trois Pistoles. I don't know if that's a result of Unibroue's yeast or not, but regardless, it's a complete turnoff for my tastebuds.

Photo of thinkfull
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ooh, another Unibroue to try... Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Maudite looks like a deep reddish colored wood stain. The head is huge and white, subsiding to a pearly lacing with excessive stickiness. The smell caught me off-guard at first. The second I opened the bottle I could smell some kind of Thai food; sweet, yet spicy . Black pepper and papaya come to mind as I smell from the glass. Embarrasing moment: I just snorted some of the head trying to smell the beer. I guess that's a vote for Unibroue on this one.

The flavor just simply wallops you. Peppered steak, tropical fruit, and Spumante all come to mind immediatly. Note that none of those flavors is simple, and that all of them are very present. I can think of few wines that can compete for complexity; fine Scotch is more accurate of a comparison. Thankfully, I can put aside one and let it referment for another year or so, and find out what changes. The only quibble I have is that the drinkability is not much a factor in this beer; between the high alchohol content and the complexity, I start to feel like my tastebuds went three rounds with De La Hoya. Well, maybe one more round couldn't hurt...

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy Mahogany color with a perfect head and nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. There is apple, caramel, spice, and a little alcohol.

Taste is complex. Starts off a little sweet, quickly giving way to some spice and a little tart fruit. With a little more spice on the finish. Notes of raisons, cloves, black pepper, and carmel.

Pleasant mouthfeel and Despite the high ABV this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a substantial head that dissipates slowly. Spicey apple and plum smell with malt and yeast evident. Initial bite on first taste with a pleasant fruity finish. Feels very good in the mouth, good carbonation, medium-bodied. Swirling builds a nice little cap.

Photo of GregBrewski
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a thick head that diminished quickly. Smells yeasty, fruity, with hints of spice. Tastes fruity, with a mild malt flavor. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as is the spice. Overall a good brew with moderate carbonation and medium body.

Photo of pweis909
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A -Cloudy, translucent amber, with thin head but tiny bubbles that last forever.

S- vinous, fruity alcohol and clove, reminiscent of a spicy chardonnay. Some metal notes detected initially.

T – taste is light in malt, alcohol noticeable, finish is bitter, albeit not a strong hoppy bitter. Slight metallic notes in finish initially.

M- thin, light effervescent

D-High alcohol, so I'm never going to drink more than 1

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

12oz bottle into brandy snifter.

Cloudy reddish amber hue with a light tan fizzy head that lasts for a decent amount of time. Settles a thin cap with pockets of high fizz. After a while you can swirl the glass and it creates a slight swirl in the cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Grapefruit and plum strike the nose with the slightest hint of phenols. In the background are hints of alcohol.

Strong fruit presence among a highly carbonated medium-body that lends a crisp bite with each sip. An acidic mouthfeel in the beginning. A slightly sweet malty base that finish with a dry alcoholic taste along with a tiny touch of hops and bits of phenolic flavors.

Once again a good beer by the Unibroue company. A good example of the style. As you get closer to the bottom of the bottle the phenolic quailities become more noticeable. So if you don't like the phenols, leave the last half inch of beer in the glass to prevent the sediment from getting in the rest of the beer.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assorted berries to this taster’s nose. Initially poured a nice amber-brown with a big white head, larger bubbles on the top that eventually gave way to smaller ones evenly distributed throughout the foam. It had a pretty lively palate...the right amount of carbonation for my taste. Finished a nice bitter, and had the warm mellowing effect it advertised.

Photo of NolateM
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.


Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -5.2%
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.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.