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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,046
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 350 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass it is a yeast hazed dark amber color. The head is a short-lived fine beige foam that fell to a halo of fine bubbles along the glass.

The smell is yeasty with a light malt character, hints of spices and fruity notes as well.

The taste is very similar to the smell with the addition of a peppery spiciness and mild warming from the alcohol. I note very slight hop bittering and a wine-like dryness in the finish.

Crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

I found this to be far superior to the bottled version. The yeast is held in check much better on-tap than in the bottled version.
Drinkability much better than the bottle as well.

Photo of naderator55
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a golden oarnge hue. the carbonation is dancing amongst itself
The smell abounds with the wonderful smell of citrus and floral smellls.
Taste consists of a very citrus beginning with a taste of berries at the end. There is a slight bite of hops in the beer which is greatly appreciated.
The beer flows down the throat with a nice amount of cream for this high abv of beer.
This beer is defenitely not to session on but it flows down the throat very well.

Photo of icefisherman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

when poored from the 12 oz brown bottle to the sweet glass and then the the stop the swirl and finish the poor it is an amayzing site but thats my opinion

a nice redish gold color in the glass a little peppery/fruity smell taste holy crap this stuff is freaking good mouthfeel is a little light. this beer is very drinkable for a 8% beer

Photo of egajdzis
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color, some dark sediment in the glass, with a large off white head that quickly diminished and left slight lacing. Fruit and yeast mixes with a sweet aroma. The taste was sweet and citrusy, but not as in a citrus hop taste. Goes down very smooth, you can’t tell me this is 8%.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - deep rust color, hazy, medium off-white head with little to no retention, not by way of lacing either

s - very aromatic, spicy, lots of clove, deep ripe fruits, yeasty and malty as well, enchanting smell all around

t - very smooth tasting, sweet maltiness and slight nuttiness up front, a nice fruity sweetness in the middle, the finish evolves into a long-lasting bitterness, no sense of alcohol, very complex taste

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, somewhat dry finish

d - very drinkable, the alcohol is not evident at all, and the taste is quite interesting

Wow, I'm very impressed with this beer. It's been awhile since I first tried La Fin Du Monde - which still ranks as one of my favorites - and I had forgotten how good of a brew Unibroue makes. While Maudite is not quite as impressive as LFdM, I'll certainly be drinking this one again.

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

Gold amber hue-thick lingering white head- soft nose of sour cat poo (yet nice and sweet) – Light to medium body – dried fruit, and raisin taste and hint of tanginess– tender bubbles tickle the tongue- aftertaste sweet and softGold amber hue-thick lingering white head- soft nose of sour cat poo (yet nice and sweet) – Light to medium body – dried fruit, and raisin taste and hint of tanginess– tender bubbles tickle the tongue- aftertaste sweet and soft

Photo of Generik420
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First thing, the label on this bottle is one of the best I have ever seen. It truly gets you ready to drink something that is out of the norm. I unfortunately don't have the proper glassware for a beer of this style so it was consumed in the traditional pint glass, and for that I am sorry. First thing I noticed was the aroma. The aroma does not match the flavor at all in my opinion. The closest way for me to describe the aroma is to say it smelled like wort during the boil. If you have homebrewed, or taken a brewery tour, then this will hopefully make sense. The aroma smelled somewhat hoppy, maybe a little earthy. The flavor though, was pure Belgian delight. It has a fairly malty backbone, with a hint of sourness, and a nice touch of hops. Taste had a hint of alchohol hotness present, reminding the drinker that this is a higher ABV beverage. You definitely do get a nice mellow warming feeling while drinking this. Color is a somewhat dirty brown, very hazy, and fairly carbonated. This was cheaper then many of the true Belgian imports, making it a somewhat budget entry for the style without sacrificing on quality.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - This head is alive! The brew is very active with carbonation at first pour, and the head consists of partly tiny silky bubbles at the bottom, to larger bubbles toward the top of the head. The beer is a brownish amber color that is very clear. If you pour the whole bottle at once, or hurriedly, you will disrupt the layer of sediment at the bottom and this will severely fog the brew.

Smell - The last beer I tasted was the Achel 8 Blonde, so the perfume coming from this glass is a much stronger and complex aroma. As per usual with this style, it has a dominant smell of dark ripe fruits. However, there's something different about this smell I can't put my finger on, but it is enchanting. The hop aroma is more present than most I've tried fo this style, and they are quite citrusy. Also, the malt in the background smells slightly raw and fresh, but still rich. There are definite notes of spice along with a very subtle alcohol scent. Outstanding smell from this beer.

Taste - First thing that hits your buds is definitely the strong flavor of spices and dark fruits (maybe over ripe, but excellent!). The spice flavors are very complex and quite powerful. Immediately next comes a very nice alcohol burn that lasts right up into the aftertaste, but it is not unpleasant at all. The hops flavor comes in at the finish, along with its malt partner. The hops are clean and citrusy, and the malt is rich yet fresh/"rawish". Also in the aftertaste is a nice sweetness sensation, along with an earthy feel from the yeast.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. Perfect carbonation, it's medium bodied, it rolls around your mouth like smooth silk or velvet. It's heaven in a bottle.

Drinkability - To this beer's credit, while it has a very complex flavor and smell, and a decent alcohol burn, it is very, very easy to drink (at least for me). Of course, strong belgian-style ales are my favorite type of beer.

Overall, this is just another fine example of why Unibroue is one of the most quality brewies in the world. Their beers are just superb and this one lives up (or exceeds) to the rest of their line. A must have brew right here!

Photo of haz77
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a muddy chestnut brown with a foamy light tan head, which drops to a fingers worth after a minute and sits atop the body firmly. Large bubbles of carbonation rise along with some streamers.

S - Fruity esters, clove, banana, yeast, orange, pepper.

T - Surprisingly light for the style. Takes a while for the flavours to appear, with caramel arriving first, then fruity esters come through between the middle and end. Clove and bubblegum in the aftertaste along with a hint of the ABV.

M - Smooth, with a light-medium body. I normally prefer a heavier body for the style, but this was very nice indeed.

D - The lightness of the body, along with the well-masked alcohol make this brew very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of dutchbrew2
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark red color yet still able to see through it. tons of carbonation with a great head. lots of fruit aroma plum and cherry and some bannana. moderately malty and sweet on the palate with alot of fruit flavors. I couldnt taste any of the high alcohol content of this beer. 8% is not much for the style but even so theres not a trace of it. everything blends together in maudite to make a very complex smooth and easy to drink ale that i go back to since it is reasonbly priced for a belgian style ale. This is just another example of some of the fenominal ales produced by unibroue.

Photo of scottoale
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the big corked 750ml. brown bottle pours a fairly dark orange-mahogany ale with 1/2 inch of cream colored floamy head. The carbonation keeps the head aloft and while it laces somewhat, the lace on the glass slips back into the head.

Sweet and spicy malt nose with that musty yeast blending well with the fruityness. Not as aromatic as I remember it from previous encounters. The alcohol becomes noticable as it warms.

Sweet ripe fruity intro, pear, plum, fig, that eventually turns to the spicy yeast that Unibroue does so well. The spicyness turn to the musty and bitter side, while the alcohol winds it down with a warming, dry finish. Tasty stuff !

Full bodied with plenty of alcohol, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a tang fron the spicy yeast. Very drinkable, but sip and enjoy it.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 7.9.06

Appearance is a honey bourbon brown beneath a small head that leaves little lacing if any at all thorugh the drinking. Despite it’s claimed style, Strong Dark Ale, it’s certainly not dark in the sense of La Terrible or Chambly Noire but the rich golden brown color is really nice.

Nose is typical Unibroue, yeasty funkiness. But beyond that I couldn’t pick out too much by way of complexity or diversity. Failry weak and light.

Flavor also carries the ‘typical’ Unibroue funkiness to it. This, accompanied with fruity sweetness and a tigne of bitterness make it a nice drinker. But it really doesn’t stray far (or at all, really) from the Unibroue line of strong ales. But alone it is a nice beer. Sits light in the mouth for a darker beer and it’s medium carbonation is just right.

It’s a sipper, high in ABV and works well as it warms slowly.

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

Appearance: Impressive cloudy orange/copper brown. 1/2 inch head subsides quickly to thin lacing. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Cantaloupe, golden syrup, ginger and caramel. Familiar Unibroue sourdough/yeast finish. Some raisin notes.

Taste: Bready yeast front palate, which gives way to apricots, raisins, and a little booze in the back palate. Peaches, caramel, and mild brown sugar developments. Slight vegetal end and an almost buttery finish/aftertaste. An impressive brew.

Mouthfeel: Light, fuzzy, with cleansing malt finish - all Unibroue.

Drinkability: A really solid drinkable ale. A little flat in comparison to Trois Pistoles, but good nonetheless.

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

Another wonderful offering from Unibroue. This beer pours a medium reddish/brown color that appears cloudy when held up to the light. Pours a very big and quite carbonated looking white head that quickly dissappates to about 2/3 of an inch before totally dissappearing 10 minutes later, leaving no lacing behind. Aromas of malt, citrus, some other fruits, and some spice are all quite evident. The taste is of sweet malt mixed with some citrus and a hint of roasted nuts. Not bad at all. Has a bit of a nutty and dry aftertaste. It has a very smooth yet crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink as well.


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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish-brown, with a fluffy beige head with good retention and patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty, with an orange cream aroma. There's a tart cherry fruitiness, with hints of spice and alcohol.

Taste: Tart citric fruitiness; toasty, bready maltiness. The finish is yeast with light bitterness and a lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied, with a creamy texture.

Drinkability: Flavorful and very easy to drink, with well concealed alcohol.

Overall: A nice, easy to drink Belgian Strong Dark. The spiciness is less prominent than other beers of the style.

Photo of BabaJohn
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maudite pours a nice muddy, chocolate color with little head. Still, it just kept bubbling and frothing like a volcano or series of lava flows. Smelled hearty and slightly sour, almost of pickles. Lots of chocolates and caramels in the taste with a pleasing, alcoholic warmth and hints of those sour, bitter smells coming through in the taste. Mouthfeel has a carbonated bite. This is an excellent beer through and through. Way to go Unibroue.

Photo of jhollick
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 12. oz. bottle, served slightly chilled. La Maudite translates to "The damned". This should be fun.

Appearance - The beer pours a deep amber with lighter orange undertones. Joining this pretty color is the most beatiful head I have ever seen. My 23oz. chalice could scarcely contain this monstrous and fluffy white head. Bear in mind this was not an aggressive pour, and this head is the norm for this beer. Amazing just to look at it. The lacing remains throughout the beer.

Smell - The smell does not disappoint either. Candied malts and orange hits my nose initially, followed by clove, yeast, and some banana. I expected a darker smell based on the appearance. For my money, this is also one of the best smelling beers I have encountered.

Mouthfeel - The trademark Unibroue carbonation is present in this beer, which I find to be pleasing. The carbonation reminds me of champagne with its small and soft bubbles. That aside, the feel is a bit light and slightly astringent from the alcohol.

Taste - I have had many of the heavy hitters of the Belgian scene, and this is a beer that I keep coming back to. It is surprisingly playful and light for a strong dark Belgian. In fact, I might not even categorize it as one. The spice and clove leave an aftertaste that some have called unpleasant, but its all a matter of taste. I enjoy the aftertaste, and all of its subtleties as the beer melds from dry to slick and the tart, sweet, and spicy flavors wash over my mouth.

Drinkability - As drinkable as any 8% beer can be, although I wouldn't have more than one 750mL bottle in an evening. The alcohol is just one small part of the drinking experience here.

Overall - This is a top 2 or 3 beer from everything I have sampled thus far. This sticks out to me among the Unibroue lineup, which really says something about the beer. This is reasonably easy to find on the east coast, and I am very thankful for that. May I be damned to an eternity of drinking this beer.

Photo of pemulis
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had very high hopes going in, and the look/smell did nothing to dissuade me. i found the mouthfeel to be surprisingly thin, and it left an unpleasant after-taste that i certainly was not expecting. i had this on my "must try" list, but it has moved to my "had it - won't buy again" list

next to la fin du monde on the shelf for the same price, i'm going for the end of the world every time

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

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass. I've had this a couple of months in the fridge.

Mammoth off-white pillowey head that rivals Duval in intensity and staying power. Lacing is not as good as I was expecting. Dark honey-amber color similar to maple syrup.

Distinctive Belgian yeast aroma. Some coriander, clove, allspice, but not overpowering. Sweet malts.

Delicious flavor. Similar to aroma, some hints of bubblegum, some alcoholic bitterness, fruity, sweet malt, very well balanced.

Smooth, not overly thick mouthfeel, especially given the high ABV. LIghtly carbonated. Warming on the way down.

Excellent brew from Unibroue. Very drinkable, and especially good with my dinner tonight, which is a spinach salad with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, bleu cheese and Makoto Ginger dressing. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerRun13
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark fiery orange. An off white head was too much at first, and I'm sure it wasn't the pour.
Sugary sweet malt aroma. Clove aroma is abundant and nice. maybe a touch of a honey like smell as well.
A touch of an orange citrus shows in the flavor. Bananas and cloves are pleasant.
Lighter side of medium. Well carbonated, dry, and smooth.
This one was highly recomended to me, and I have to pass it on... A very good beer.

Photo of AmorousAngel
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown and cloudy with a fluffy, light tan head (about an inch) that dissipated fairly quickly.

Slightly sweet smell and taste. Noticeable malty tones, as well.

Highly carbonated, so not a very smooth feel, but not unpleasant.

Very tasty and complex, so I will probably buy this one again.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first belgian ale. Not sure if it is really a "belgian strong dark ale". I feel it is more of a "dubbel", especially if you look at the color compared with Trois Pistoles or Terrible. Color is a medium to dark brown, some brown sugar in there, maybe? Very esthery and fruity in the smell and taste, for that matter. Goes down smoothly and is wickedly strong, and undetectable. Good head, nice lacing. An attractive belgian to be enjoyed over and over, just not too many in one session.

Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite for review number 400. Special beer for the occasion.

Poured, into a chalice of course, a clear oaken / bourbon color with a tan head – nicely ringing the ol’ glass. Turns hazy brown as the swirling kicks in towards the end of the bottle. Any brew bottle conditioned brew is extra special for me, like this one.

Earthy aromas first appear, followed by candied fruit and apples. Sweetish quaff of Belgium yeasts and sugar cane. Nothing really stands out, but the taste is solid.

Fizzy mouth, tangy and sweet on the tongue. Very dry and crisp. No alcohol presence at all, it’s very well hidden. A quality brew, but not a knockout by any means. Nice sipping brew for cool or warm weather.

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

I had this last night at the Old Toad in Rochester. It was poured for me into a cool Maudite glass. This poured a gorgrous hazy as hell brown with a gigantic head that tapered as it grew because of the glass. The head did not go down for about 7 minutes which kinda pissed me off but gorgeous nonetheless! The aroma was huge on the malt and was incredibly fruity and yeasty. There was also a hint of caramel and clove. There was not much in terms of hoppage but thats allright as there was plenty of happy spice and yeast to keep it plenty interesting. Alcohol is simply not detectable, at 8%. There was also a yummy hint of banana. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated but not too much. The feel was slick and chewy. I could down a whole 4 pack of this with no problem. All of the Unibroue brews seem to share that quality. I am giving this the same score as Don De Dieu and Trois Pistoles because they are all so awesome, I am not finding a standout.

Photo of denjen
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dennis: I have always been amazed at the level of carbonation that Unibroue packs into their bottles without them exploding. Once opened the beer made a mad dash to escape it's bottle only to barely be captures in our glasses. 5 inches of foam later, we were ready to try this. The taste is typical Unibroue, with yeasty, sweet, spicy malts and insane (but enjoyable) carbonation. The taste is enjoyable, but I actually got a bit of alcohol bitter on the exhale...which personally I like. Of course at 8% it's no real surprise. If you like rich malts, and strong beer with some spices you'll be in heaven drinking a beer for the damned.
Jen: Of the Unibroue's that I have had, this seems to be more unique than the others. The scent is of mild spices and citrus fruits. With first swallow, I get a blend of coriander and clove. I also get a nice blend of malts and very mild hops. The ending has a nice alcohol presence, but nothing that is overwhelming. And, as usual, the nice little bubbles seem to dance across my tongue.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,046 ratings.