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Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,769 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,769
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 243 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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soper2000

Texas

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

Another new bottle selection at Chumley's. Although I've frequently had this brew available for purchase, I've never actually got around to it. Tonight things will be different. The beer pours a deep amber white a tan head that was a tad bit smaller than I expected. No excess of carbonation on this one. Aroma had faint notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. A yeasty aroma was also present. The taste reminded me A LOT of Trois Pistole. Lots of dark fruit, but with a more bread like flavor than the 3 pistole. An excellent experience for me and I look forward to picking up a four pack and expanding on this review.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 04:10:51 | More by soper2000
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ken3c

Michigan

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

Light amber with a big puffy head. It sticks to the glass only in spots. Massive amounts of bubbles feeds the big head.

There is strong smell of ripe banana, mango, and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet bananas and alcohol. A little like a well carbonated bananas foster.

Light to medium body and very effervescent.

I enjoyed this more and more as I drank. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 01:41:30 | More by ken3c
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danadeny

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation infused in a light chocolate colored body with nice sediment swimming around. The smell is crisp, orange peel and spice. A nice amount of spice in the flavor especially on the finish where the spice bite mixes with the carbonation and tingles the tongue. Spice is the dominant flavor, a little more balance would be nice, speaking of balance, no alcohol was detectible, and just a very little hop at the finish. With the flavor mostly being spice I would have given it less than a 4, but for some reason the spice can earn a 4 all on it own, with out the help of other flavors. The mouth feel was smooth, with some carbonation tingle, and an over all surprising drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 17:37:47 | More by danadeny
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diamonddave

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this beer (as with most of the Unibroue beers) has one of the coolest label designs in the biz. The label looks like it could have been the cover of a Heavy Metal magazine circa 1979. I know this doesn't make the beer taste any different, but it does make you feel hip while you're drinking it.

The beer itself is a murky brown apple cider color. Kinda smells like apple cider too, mixed with a bit of grain. There's something else going on here that I can't quite figure out... like wood or something. (Huh, huh. I said "wood.")

The taste is crisp and refreshing. Very bubbly and lively, and the alcohol gives it a nice clean bite. The flavor is pretty complex and, at least for me, hard to pin down. All kinds of fruits, malt and hops are dancing around. Pouring in the yeast from the bottom of the bottle makes it even more confusingly tasty.

This goes down way too easy, and at 8% ABV, the buzz will hit you quick. "Drinkable" is an understatement. If I could afford to, I'd drink it all the time. ($47.99 a case? What the hell?) This is one Damned fine beer. (Pun intended, unfortunately.)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 17:42:07 | More by diamonddave
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange colour with a thin lace of white foam that keeps replenishing itself due to carbonation. Aroma consists of ripe fruitiness and maltiness, with some spice and alcohol as well. Sweet, almost wine-like character is present in the flavour. Sharp fruitiness and lightly phenolic spiciness, just a hint of black pepper with a stronger clove-like flavour. High carbonation and noticeable alcohol warming with a smooth texture and medium/full body. The finish is just slightly bitter, with the phenols and sweetness carrying through.

341 mL brown bottle with bottling date on the back label.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 01:17:50 | More by DrJay
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Nothing like I thought it would be. Poured a reddish bronze/brown with almost no head at all. The smell is very spicy and a bit fruity with the maltiness in there aswell. The taste, too, was very spicy. Some malt, alot of fruit. Delicious! Not very carbonated and as such, very easy to drink. Again, I'm very impressed with this and will likely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 03:19:54 | More by SilentSabre
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, medium head, sits on a hazy amber color. Fruity, malt aroma which has a finish of alcohol in it. Strong spice and alcohol in the taste. As the beer warms, both the scent and taste are that of aged whisky from an oak barrel. Finishes softly and leaves a trail of alcohol on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:19:02 | More by BobLuvBeer
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zjungleist

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I belive this might be my first "corked" beer. Not just a beer with a cork (please).... but with actual peices of cork in the beer. The cork appears to be damaged on the way in to the bottle. I havent found the pieces in my glass yet, but who knows, they may have been water logged and sank.

Nice pour though. Loose foamy head. Distinct hop aroma, yeast, malt, slighy sugary, and maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste is sweet malt, yeast, then hop. Hints of fruit in the after taste, hot alcohol, and then an almost slighly soapy finish. Hop nose and flavor becomes more floral as it breathes. Malt flavor stepped up a notch too. Soapyness died off a bit.

Never found any cork, maybe it just disintegrated. I didn't pick apart every little piece of yeast to find it though. Overall a decent brew, sweet and malty, with a nice hop to it. Slightly better than La Fin Du Monde, of the same maker. Its flaws are easy to overlook.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 03:58:04 | More by zjungleist
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WetCoaster

California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml

Appearance: A slightly cloudy burnt orange with a thin, creamy, short-lived pure white head. Carbonation is fine, almost champagne like and quite active. A collar and slight head lasted throughout. Some legs on the glass as well. Looks good.

Smell: These guys have the Belgian thing down. Funky yeast hit you first, followed by a wonderfully deep herbal base with a juicy citrus bite floating over. Sometimes yes, sometimes no vanilla. Dee-licious.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Holy crap, my taste buds just got a full massage with happy ending. Starts out rich and spicy, with strong clove, coriander and ginger notes. A non-malty sweetness hits mid-tongue, but soon a wash of blood orange tang comes from nowhere to finish. There seems to be a bit of displaced hoppiness roaming around there as well. Stellar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some carbonation up front, but it's a bit flabby; it just sort of lays there.

Drinkability: I don't care if the body's not great and it's 8%, the flavor is so stunning I'd drink it as long as humanly possible. This is joy in glass, kids.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 03:29:48 | More by WetCoaster
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noclue

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper/dark amber pour. Tons of yeast sediment. Nice tall white frothy head with big soapy bubbles. The head finally dissipated to a thin film leaving traces of lace all over my glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. Strong yeast aromas. Plums, clove, and dates.

Taste: Bready and yeasty. Sweet ripe fruit. Spicy alchol esters. Very light hop kick is enough to please.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability/Overall: Very easy to drink. Almost too easy. Very smooth and well-balanced. Highly complex! A treat for everyone to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 01:27:40 | More by noclue
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was dark copper red/amber with a good two finger head that slowly dissapated leaving a white film on top of the beer that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was very fruity and spicy. Heavy in apricots and dates with some coriander and maybe some hidden hops late in the nose. The spice showed more as the beer warmed in the glass.

The drink started with a heavy fruit taste, around the middle of the tongue the spice showed up. The finish was lingering hops with and oily attribute followed by a light alcohol heat.

All and all a good beer to drink with friends and discuss the merits of beer drinking. But I don't think it would go good with food and it's not the most refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 01:24:13 | More by coasterfreak75
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue has the coolest bottle designs, and this one is my favorite of the bunch. The beer pours out of the 750 ml corked bottle a rusty brown color with an ample foamy head. There is frenetic carbonation going on in the glass. I noticed lots of yeast settling at the bottom as well, which looks interesting.
The Aroma is figgy maltiness, spices and some alcohol, theres a hop presence in the back. The taste is very spicy, with coriander and cloves, and different fruits. All this is anchored by a solid but subtle hoppiness. It has complex and rounded flavors and conceals its alcohol content very well. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little bit oily, it coats the mouth. I really like this beer, unibroue is probably the best Canadian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 19:39:23 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: In a tulip glass this beer has a cloudy orange-red body topped with a thin head that fades to a resilient white lacing that lasts throughout the drink.

Smell: Whoo! I get super hard phenols. This is a band aid. Ummm, spiciness and sweet bread want to come through, but the medicinal scent overwhelms.

Taste: Not too bad, but not quite what I was hoping for. This is all over the place, but keeps its feet firmly planted in spicy, medicinal, phenolic, yeasty ground. It's interesting in how this beer changes as you drink it. Some clove and sweet-sour-spicy fruit tastes akin to rotten pears linger. Not bad, but it sure is different. Almost like a confused saison and belgian dark ale got together.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, stays light in the mouth but still is apparently a higher (8%) alcohol beer.

Drinkability: Eh, I'm about set with one. I'd easily revist other Unibroue's before trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 06:29:00 | More by 99bottles
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scottum

Vermont

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

Vintage 2002 from my cellar.

Pours a nice deep brown color with a big off-white head which fades to a nice steady fluff. Tastes a bit spicey. This brew is almost a barleywine, but leans towards the Belgian flavors. Yeast does a great job of eliminating the sweet. Mouthfeel is solid and rounds out a very well crafted brew. I enjoy this one aged better than new.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 21:43:25 | More by scottum
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Naerhu

Japan

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque rich amber body with thick creamy tan head.
Spicy yeasty nuttiness, pepper and sherbert aromas.
Extremely creamy toffee flavor, quite surpising for belgian style. Hugely spice and quite sweet. Alcohol does not hide, nor does it detract. Masterful balance of the hoppy bitterness and the sweetness

Before I drank this, I figured that Unibroue travelled as poorly as my incontenent grandmother, but this lovely beverage, had in Japan, was unbeatable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 15:29:37 | More by Naerhu
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Trentonator

Kansas

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

Maudite (translated "The Damned") is a DAMN fine beer. If this is what it feels like to be damned, then I am pretty excited about it. Pours a nice dark orange, with a creamy white head and great lacing. A tulip glass is a must to appreciate the fine aroma this damn beer exudes. Fruity, sweet, and highly appealing. The taste is also damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 01:42:11 | More by Trentonator
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henrysunset

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark beer, clouded. Served with no real head but delicate lacing remained on the glass. Smell has a hint of sulfur and a "common beer" tone, but fancier and refined.. Dare I say the legitimate champagne of regular beers.

Taste is slightly sweet and has a delicate fruitiness to it... More like a liquor then a beer. Very smooth with ligt carbonation.

All and all, drinkable, but a bit too sweet to be balanced in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2004 17:04:02 | More by henrysunset
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the tap out poured this beautiful amber goodness into a tulip glass. Creamy white head reduced down to a small ring. Wonderfully scents of spiceyness and sasafrass... so cool! Also smell cream soda...!
Wonderful taste... smooth, lightly creamy, not heavy at all. The spices are not too overpowering. Fruity, but again, not too much. Just very, very yummy, and very, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2004 00:24:34 | More by shapudding
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FormatKid

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I’m on a real Belgian kick lately, picked up a 12oz of this from Bacchus in Chattanooga. Must mention that this is probably one of the coolest looking bottles I’ve seen as well. When I cracked the cap on this it didn’t come all the way off and it just started fizzing and leaking down the side, did this for a good minute until I figured it wouldn’t stop and just ripped the cap the rest of the way off and dumped it into a goblet. Anyway, it comes out into the goblet with a nice substantial head that fades rather rapidly into a thin soapy layer on top with a ring about the edges. It is a ruddy orangish shade of amber and is hazy to the point where you cannot see through it, nice appearance. Teeny-tiny carbonation bubbles are apparent and remain for the majority of the beer.

Nice vinous character on the nose, strong hints of alcohol. Sweet ripe fruits are apparent in the aroma along with the signature smell of Unibroue’s yeast. I’m picking up on some banana like scents as well.

The taste starts off heavy on ripe delicious apple just like biting into one, and remains throughout the whole experience. The middle adds a rich malty character and sweet, round yeast mustiness. Slight twangs of bitterness at the end and a nutty character is present in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is light, maybe even a touch too light, but that makes this beer dangerously easy going down. A real quaffer especially for the style.

Really looking forward to having this one again, I hope it is available in 750s because I’d like a little bigger dose next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 04:04:49 | More by FormatKid
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House PA. This is a gorgeous dark orange, russet cloudy pour with a tightly packed head. Maybe I am enamored with the tulip glass that adds to this beer's attractiveness. Maudite on tap has a mysterious carbonation bubble pattern that I've never experinced before. The bubbles start an inch below the surface, then rise. Neat!

Licorice root scents with a hint of phenolics and floral scents.

Instant root beer and root beer barrel hard candy erupt. Then some licorice and awl-kee-hawl flavors show up while this 9% ABV warms. Another flavor that I have never noticed in a beer: Pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco notes undercurrent this Maudite.

All there is to say is this beer is going back easily. Can't say that I am getting tired of this one.

Last swigs: Dessert in a tulip glass. Interesting carbonation pattern. Great beer that stands strong and steady with a complexity throughout the entire drink. Quality.

Beer is good. Happy Canadian beering.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2004 05:15:55 | More by blitheringidiot
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cbl2

New York

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

Note: 12 oz. bottle. Best before smudged out.

Appearance:

Cloudy orange brown with efferrvescent white head that rapidly settles.

Smell:

Yeaaty with extreme hints of fruit & a touch of the 8% alcohol the label promises.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Reminiscent of a belgium trippel, this is bursting with fruit followed by a smooth malty characteristic that is followed by a mild bitter hops flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 19:41:55 | More by cbl2
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Rio

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, almost bordering on a brown. Kinda hazy still, nice thick head upon pouring, that holds on with a thin layer. Good carbonation. A bit of a citrusy smell to it, kinda reminds me of the smell of an orange cleaner.

A mixture of tastes that I can't put my finger on. Seems to have a bit of a fruity taste to it, almost reminds me of an apple cider in the after taste. Strong taste to it, and a strong, full feel in the mouth. The carbonation feel was strong at first, but has tapered off. Almost has a creamy feel to it, like Beamish.

An excellent brew, and my favorite of the Unibroue I've had so far (3 total so far). It's not top notch in my book, but it's definitelly a good one, and one to get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 05:08:35 | More by Rio
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

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

Maudite is easily my favorite of Unibroue's regular line-up. There's a fire within the reddish orange brew. It burns brightly beneath the lacy, smoky foam. The aroma of oranges and sugars are captivating. The flavors are complex, subtle, and triumphant. the malty sweetness is balanced by citrus notes, an complemented by fruity flavors as well as hints of yeast. It's an excellent, medium bodied, and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 00:08:25 | More by AllThingsNinja
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travolta

California

3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Frothy, well formed head. Retention is respectable, becomes rocky. Apple cider in color. Lacing is great.

Nose: Lightly herbacious, orange blossom.

taste: Bitter at first, sweet soft crackers, watery and bitter in the end.

Notes: Adding the yeast did not make much of a difference to the taste, it did not add character like it does with other beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 20:25:31 | More by travolta
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Soybomb

Illinois

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

Appearance: Pours a dark amber to maybe even light brown color with a nice big fluffy begian head on it that leave a nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: Alcohol and spice are the main smells I pick out.

Taste and mouthfeel: Alot of flavors are here, malt and spices really jump out at me. A medium body that has quite a bit of carbonation in it to take it off your palate quickly and with a finish hardly different than the start.

Notes: Great beer even if not my favorite style. I'd drink one again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 04:40:38 | More by Soybomb
Maudite from Unibroue
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