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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 180
Gots: 425 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a deep reddish brown color. Thick, foamy two finger head. Very good retention and a nice coat of lace remained.

Smell: It's initially a very spicy smell. Mostly an herbal spice aroma. There's a bit of dark fruit there (perhaps plum) It smells very malty and has a bit of a biscuity-yeasty smell to it.

Taste: It's definitely spicy. It does have a crisp, fruity taste to it. It's actually quite a bit more refreshing than I expected. It's got a nice malty taste and leaves a bread-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of a medium body. Drinkability is pretty good and would probably be even better for bigger fans of the style. One is enough for me in a sitting. Overall, it's a good beer. Not something I'd drink regularly, but would certainly drink again.

Photo of bdjacoby
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Bubbly white head. It pours huge and settles down. Gold-brown colour.

S - Very spicy and the alcohol is prevelant.

T - Spicy yet sweet. You don't taste the alcohol at all. A bit bitter aftertaste.

M - Lots of carbonation and it feels really great on the tongue.

D - Almost lethal; you can definately drink a few too many of these. There's almost no sign of the alcohol. Excellent brew, I might even like it more than La Fin Du Monde.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best by of 8/16/08), cellared for almost a year in my possession, in a flared tulip/thistle stem

Poured with a small gurgle and steady hiss from the rising foam. Classic Unibroue spicy nose, clove, ginger, a little anise even. Yeasty, full of crackers, toast crusts, some subtle dark cherry. As it blooms it gets sweeter, lighter, slightly fruity, more cherry, some raisin & clove. Faint summer field florals dance over a s delicately sharp alcoholic glow. A crazy, sticky, huge 3 fingers plus (even with pouring at an angle & slow) of the palest blanched almond hued foam, thick, slightly sculpted, eventually only settling to a finger's worth of the same. Some agitation restores it to 2 fingers worth that laced very sporadically.

The body is a deep, hazy, rich, brassy, slightly rusted cherry amber with a steady parade of bubbles rising from the etched base. A welcome beer for eyes & nose alike.

Mmm..very rich, somewhat creamy, full bodied. Nicely spiced, pleasing clove, yeasty, soft banana, faint black pepper. A semi-dry mouthfeel with a light crunch is offset with a somewhat syrupy, fruited sweetness. The malts bring a burnt caramel bittersweetness to the dance, and everyone rejoices and sings. What is really nice is that this is very easy (and therefore a little dangerous) to drink. Perhaps the year resting tamed it a little, but its very nice, very drinkable and I am enjoying it very much.

The alcohol begins to rise on the initial taste as aromatics that penetrate the sinuses, but the real show begins on the palate as a soft, cool fire slowly ignites, warming the whole of the mouth, priming it for more taste experience - a delectable Catch-22. Its growing more bittersweet, yet the clove quality remains strong. The finish is soft, subtle, sweeter, more caramel, slightly thick, a very warm mouthglow remains, coating, semi-sweet, numbing the teeth.

This was wonderful, a very enjoyable beer & beer experience. It appears that this cellars very well in that it was so damn drinkable yet tasty and with a nice kick to it. I could see it pairing with things like Thai where sweet, sour, spicy, etc. all interact. Highly recommended.

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

I recently had the chance to try two bottle of 2002 vintage Maudite (I'm basing the year on the 11/05 expiration date).
After 5 years of aging, this was an exceptional beer. The beer was still sweet, with mellow citrus and vanilla notes. Some sediment.
Exceptionally smooth and drank like it was a much milder beer.

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

Very cloudy orange-brown colour, with a very good head that doesn't hold much. Aroma of brut cava, maybe generous sherry, with clove, vanilla, cinnamon, figs. Sweet flavor and more than correct body. Mouth of spices, citrus, banana, dried candied fruits, molasses. Maybe a bit hard to drink, specially more than one.

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brownish color, not quite as dark as Chambly Noire. Strong malty aroma with more of an alcohol finish to it. Taste is similar to Chambly Noire, except that it's much stronger. The sweetness of the malt is more prevalent in this ale. Almost too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel isn't as dry though. Very drinkable.

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

I first encountered Maudite about a year ago when a local watering hole obtained a keg. They didn't seem to know what they had as they were pouring 16 oz. shaker pints of the stuff. I asked for a sample and was unimpressed. Since then I have discovered and develop an appreciation for the style. With an impending trip to Montreal, I decided it was time to try Maudite again.

The beer is a mahogany brown with a rocky off-white head.

The aroma is spicy with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is spicy, malty, slightly nutty, and biscuit-like.

Mouthfeel is bready in the center of the tongue with a crisp finish around the edges.

Drinkability is good with this beer. A great sipper. Try it if you find it.

Photo of bonbright7
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Whole Foods on the suggestion of a friend and another BA'er who proclaimed it to be one of the beers that would draw beer inteligencia to any bar that served it on tap.

It seemed like a fresh bottle, complete with soapy bubbles inside after the first pour. The thoughts of great champagne came up with thousands of little bubbles coming from the bottom of my chalice. It looked great as I reached for the first taste with a reddish brown cloud in the glass. The first taste reminded me of a great dubbel with a yeast edged malt body and the pop of hops every now and then. The second taste led to a third as the bottle slowly emptied.

This was great find and I made a mental note to try it on tap when I find it.

Photo of therica
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured a cloudy tea-color with a foamy fine-bubbled large head which gradually dissipated after a few minutes, leaving some residual lacing on the side of the glass stein.

S= ginger ale, sourdough-bready malt & yeast and a little fruityness.

T= very intriguiing, although there are a lot of intriguing beers with some simple twist. The simple twist in this seems to be something like what another reviewer mentions, wild curry possibly, which would give it the slightly tangy bitter fruity taste. Or, at first impression, some hints of tangerine and apricot or something along those lines. After the immediate pour it had the same ginger-ale flavor as the scent. a bit overcarbomated for my preferences but for a "specialty beer thrill" it's definitely worthwhile trying. Slightly Belgian-sour taste, something like uncooked but yeast-risen dough maybe.

M= Smoooth. Slightly sour aftertaste. A little too much sweetness for my preferences.

D= Not very drinkable in quantity, given the 8% ABV and the amount of corrections I've had to make while trying to type this frequently-changing review of observations. If you're into this beer, there's nothing stopping you.

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

A- dark copper with lots of bubbles and head with great head and head retention. hazy.

S-wheat metallic and some alcohol.

T-yeast and spices. dark fruit. the alcohol is hidden very well here. somewhat of a yeasty bitter aftertaste with spices.

M- high carbonation and medium weight body. smooth.

D- for being 8% ABV this is very drinkable. I would session this one. that would be bad though. great brew.

looking foreward to the other 3 unibroue's I picked up, la fin, blanche, and trois pistoles

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

Cloudy dark amber brew, enjoyed on tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha. Awesome rocky head flowed up like crazy, spilling quite a bit over the top, true Belgian style. The aroma is a complex mix of dark fruity malt flavors and lighter estery yeast characteristics, backed up by a solid bread all-around nose.

Flavor is magnificent, nearly perfect. Awesome Belgian-yeast strain imparts phenolic ripe fruit flavors everywhere, balanced by a solid sweet malt backbone, with a touch of spicing to lend superb depth (clove is most dominant but hardly tells the whole story, pepper especially). Little hop flavor, but enough for the beer to be very crisp and refreshing, while packing a great punch at 8%.

A personal favorite, I've revisited several times. Great opportunity to catch it on draft. Highly recommended.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing this beer for a second time.

Color was a slightly orange tan as it poured from the bottle, hazy brownish orange in the glass. There was a big, fluffy, bubbly head that lasted and left lacing down the glass. There wasn't much aroma to speak of, but what there was was sweet and just a bit spicy. The mouthfeel was pretty carbonated and there were lots of visible bubbles at first. Bubbles continued to rise the whole time, too. The flavor is good. I paired it with barbecue beef this time and it didn't hold up as well as I thought it would. I liked it better this time than last time I reviewed it. This is a good beer that I will continue to drink even if not super frequently.

Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue's Maudite pours out a rocky head over a deep cloudy amber brew.

The head does collapse fairly quickly, but the active carbonation provides an even quarter inch of foam in my glass. The nose is that fruity, spicy clove typical of some Belgian yeasts, and malt.

The flavor is more of that sweetish malt, with suggestions of fruit and a spicy clove finish. There seems to be a bit of hop in the aftertaste balancing that sweetness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and rounded. Behind everything, of course, pushing the flavors and the mouthfeel is the well balanced alcohol content.

Unibroue is one of the first more extreme brewers I've been exposed to, and one of the best, in my opinion.

Photo of dfried
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep toffee orange color, large 3 finger beige head slowly bubbled away. Robust spicy cloves and pepper jumped out of the bottle at me as soon as the cork was popped. Pleanty of yeast in the aroma too, some sweet syrupy malt and dried fruits like raisins and dates, but overall dominated by spicy notes. The taste is pretty sweet up front, but the spicy, tangy, medicinal cloves and pepper give this beer quite an edge, but a flavor edge thats not off putting and is broken up well with semi-sparkling carbonation. Yeasty and buttery too, fruity notes comming from the malt of tart brambles, and the sugar granules like you find in dates.

Overall: outstanding! Most Belgian strong darks are pretty spicy, but this one is on the spicy side for the style. The aroma really jumped out and grabbed me when I popped the cork. Great complexity, just plain fun to drink.

Photo of rec
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour got me a little excited, revleaing a merky brown body and two-finger of-white head. There was however little lacing after the head dissipated.

At first the aroma smelt dintinctly like Detol (anticeptic), and because of the strength the smell, it's all I could taste upon first sip too - absolutely disgusting, as you would imagine.

Thankfully, I let it sit and tried to clear my head of the relationship between patching up my childhood wounds with cotton buds and this beer. Upon re-visit the extremely full and unpleasant aroma had faded, and I could re-examine without being thrown back.

Sweet malt and apple cirtus were identified first, and then some interesting fragrance I couldn't quite put my finger on - almost like incence.

It began to taste quite good... spice, heavy yeast, citrus and some dark-fruit undertones. This is definately one to drink at 12-15 degrees celcius (cellar temp) - any colder and you might just miss the complexity and get an up-front kick in the pants like I did the first time.

It's definately not a session beer, but one to try before a session - I'll just stress once more that it seems to be a brew that's highly temperature-delicate, so don't drink it too cold!

Photo of udubdawg
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

pours an amber brown color, with some tiny particles of floating yeast clouding things, though most of what made it to the bottle sank to the bottom quite quickly. Head is initially tall and foamy, and fades to a thin clinging ring fast.

Nose is really nice. Full. Some alcohol. Spicy and full of fruity apple aroma.

Taste is equal to the aroma, if not better. There's pepper, clove, ginger, and probably some other spices in here. Otherwise there's all sorts of flavors and sensations going on here - a little tart, some caramel sweetness, some plum, apple, and orange fruitiness. Even just a hint of bitter in the finish that I really like - the notes of sour and bitter, combined with the carbonation bite really make this feel like a full-flavored, well-balanced brew. Then that carbonation disappears as this beer descends my throat and I'm left with an intriguing combination of aftertastes and spices. Not filmy, but I'll be tasting this for a bit.

Hey, you gonna drink that? If not, send it my way, cause this is very drinkable, and I guess I'm "the damned one" - I'm all out.

Photo of roblowther
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz capped bottle. It is a hazy brownish-orange with a thin, persistant creamy tan head. Smells of rum-soaked fruits, and dry malt. The taste is fantastic. It's creamy, with the fruits up front, followed by spices and a roasted malty finish. Crisp aftertaste that balances the sweet beginning. The mouthfeel is creamy (I keep using that word) with a nice carbonation conisisting of very, very tiny bubbles. The drinkability is fantastic. The balance makes this one I could enjoy beer after beer. after beer. You go, my canuck friends!

Photo of gonzo138
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy brown color with a cream colored head that retains very well and laces nicely

S- spicey corriander sweet aroma, dont know how to describe it, but all the unibroue beers i have tried have one very distinct taste/smell

T- sweet with corriander spiciness, has a very dry semi-hoppy finish to it

M- very dry, medium body. good carbonation

D- would have again, a good beer, but definitely not their best

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy burnt-orange/rust color. Tight, bubbly, three finger head. Surprisingly little lace.

S: Very fragrant yeast aroma. Spicy hops and a slight malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Huge spicy yeast and sweet malt one-two punch. Wow. Also contained within are flavors of nuts, spices, chocolate, earthy & spicy hops, and rum soaked raisins.

M: Slick and dense. Initial prickliness calms down and a calming smoothness swoops in and takes over. Finish hangs around for a long time on the tongue and continues to develop (starts off sweet and smooth and eventually turns a little tart and fruity).

D: A very complex treat. Always excellent to savor and experience this one. Can this be sessioned? Probably not, but, I don't think that's the point with this beer. Drink slowly and enjoy it's subtle nuances.

Photo of Duster72
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opens and it's a gusher! Lose about 2-3 ozs before I can get the rest into a glass. Big tan head takes several minutes to dissipate and leaves nice lacing. Color is a dark brown. Aroma is primarily yeast and green apple. Taste is mostly yeast with an interesting blend of apple, citrus fruits, and some plums and raisins. Feel is slightly over carbonated and finish is too dry -- it makes me want a sip of water. Not sessionable with the sweetness and high ABV. One is enough, but it's interesting.

Photo of kernalklink
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this brew on tap and had to try it fresh- poured a lively carbonated bright amber and the bubbles seemed to explode in my face. Aromas hit my face like a brick- big, flowery belgian yeasts big spiciness and the taste doesnt get toned down at all. This is a belgian strong on steroids. The assualt on my palate was total- sweet malts and a huge, sour, flowery yeast character followed by a spiced aftertaste. Body was light and alcohol undetectable. Now i like my belgians but this one totally destroyed my tongue for a night. There could be such a thing as too much character where this brew is concerned, and for me the drinkability suffered. That being said i still respect the brew and its no holds barred style.

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

750ml bottle, 8%, states best before 02/27/2009.

Pours a deep hazy red or light brown with a fairly dense uniform light beige head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Intensely fruity aroma, prunes, figs.

Taste is creamy thick sweet stonefruit, more prunes and figs, and powerful fruity esters.

Mouth is thick and full. Slightly warm alcohol noticed, with a slightly tingly finish.

Overall a very drinkable, very pleasant beers, but not my favorite of Unibroue's excellent offerings. (Of their standards, I like La Fin du Monde better, and probably Trois Pistoles as well.)

Photo of 0tt0
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice winged devil on the front. (Hands down, Unibroue has the best packaging. I want to hang the labels on my wall.)

I poured this beer into a Duvel glass, and it looks like heaen. A nice, thick half-inch head on top of a hazy coppery brown brew. As far as looks go, its a top 10-er.

On to the nose: Run and raison pop up first, almost like a good Belgian quad. A bit of melon & rip fruit. There seems to be a slight whiff of cakey, caramel malt going on.

Now for the first sip:
Quite an interesting thing... A mouthful of fruit--notably honeydew or kiwi, raison, and plum. Bit of grape and apple skin perhaps? The first sip has a crisp tingle on the tongue which is essentially a bookend to the palate karate that ensues after it goes down. Finish is long and exciting.

As for its texture-- silky, creamy, and, overall, terrific.

Another solid beer from this great brewer, though certainly not my favorite (Don De Dieu takes that cake.) Not on par with some of the crazier and more interesting Belgians, but certainly enjoyable and drinkable. Solid thumbs up.

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

I bought this at a Bevmo and didnt know anything about it. I had read the review on the card. I was really impressed with the taste very smooth. The smell was kind of fruity. I would defininetly buy this again I did buy a 4 pack in case I liked the bottle I bought. I would highly recommend this to anyone who can find it.

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a 2 finger, thick white head of foam.
Smell is of of the typical Unibroue yeasty Belgian goodness of spicy, sweet, apple, fresh dough, black pepper, plums, raisins, citrus, & caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the standout spicy dough that makes it a remarkable, slightly sweet and spicy brew that's addictive.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly warming and toasty with dough, brown sugar, and spice.

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