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Maudite - Unibroue

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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 Redwood21
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to agree with joeybeerbelly, this beer pours a cloudy caramel color and there seems to be an overload of yeast smell/flavor.
thats said this is an ineresting brew. this is suppposed to be a strong amber/red ale. Strong is right, carbonated to high heaven is also right. Im not a huge fan of overly carbonated beers, but this seems to be the best of the bunch. Their is a fruit sweetness with a lil bit of hops in the back ground
. there is definatly some spice, of which i can not determine, but its there. it bubbles on the mouth like a sparkling wine , maybe a bit less. im torn on theis brew. though i like the beer, there are things i would change. Its a different beer that is worth a taste though.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle

I poured this very slowy into my "King Of Beers" goblet, I got a slight head with more of what I'd call "trails", than "lacing".

A: Slightly clouded, caramel brown color.

S: Maybe it's just me but I think Unibroue uses too much yeast. Beside the yeast, I smell some mild spices and a hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet / dry?...very complex, IMO.

M: Champagne-like carbonation, clean with slight alcohol warming sensations.

D: Considering it's 8% abv, the alcohol is pretty much hidden in confusing taste.
Overall it's a good brew, but I'm not quite sure it's sessionable?

Photo of dogger6253
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange in color with a nice, off-white head. Some lacing left behind, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Scent is sugar. This just smells sweet with oranges, green apples and bananas. At very first sniff, I thought of tropical fruits, exotics ones I'll never get to try. Also nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, sort of like banana bread in a way.

Taste has banana in the foreground with a spice presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through. I picked up a lemon taste, something slightly tangy. I also noticed something similar to pears. There is also a nice, woody taste toward the finish. Oak perhaps?

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty easy to drink. A tad on the dry side, enough to leave you wanting more...

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My mother in law brought this back from gasbe in Quebec. I was very impressed with this brew to say the least. This beers shelf life is around 5 years and i think that i might keep one of these in the celler and check it out in 1-2 more years.

Served from a 341ml foil wrapped bottle into my second Maudite snifter aquired on ebay by my brother as a Christmas gift to me ( thanks bro ) after an unfortunate incident breaking my first while washing it.

A- The beer pours a foggy dark redish brown, with nice crackling 2 finger thick head, very lively, settles to ring of foam around the glass.

S- Very yeasty, lots of fruit, some aromas of wheat, oranges, some wilds spice as well, very complex nose.

T- Once again with the excellent yeast flavors, spices are very nice with hints of clove, some peppery flavors as well, caramel malt is there, overall a fairly sweet and fruity brew classic of most good Belgians. There is some faint flavors of hops in the finish but almost undetectable. One word>Complex.

M- Sweet, and fairly crisp, medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation.

D- Outstanding I must say.

Overall an immaculate brew from a brewery well know for its quality brews, which are by far the best brews out of Canada.
This alcohol in this amazing savoury beer hides like a theif in the night, take your time, its a good one.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, with no date on it, into an oversized wine glass.

At first sight a rich frothy 2.5 finger head leaving little trails of lace, with a dark couldy amber color. The smell is quite nice with hints of spice and a little hint of pepper. The first taste is bold, with true hints of peppers, zest of lemons and oranges, and a nice yeast bacground. Very drinkable, the carbonation seems to hide the high ABV quite nicely.

Overall a great beer; very drinkable and has a great aroma, a bold taste, and a nice frothy head to boot.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a snifter and was excited by its mild citrus aroma, it has a medium amber color that’s makes it look like your typical Unibroue brew and is topped with a thick light tan head that sticks around for a while and has some nice lacing to it. It has a nice clean cut taste when it first hits your tongue and has some semi-sweet characteristics mixed in with some mild lemon flavors; at least this is what I tasted from it. It has a smooth slightly bitter aftertaste that has little hint of any alcohol and makes you want to take another sip.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually a rather nice tasting beer...

I poured into a Unibroue goblet style glass...I probably should have let it sit a little longer once out of the fridge...

A cloudy, almost orange/brown color...a nice little head, some lacing sat on the side of the glass.

Not as strong as I expected...almost a lemony essence to the yeasty flavor...very smooth

I could definately drink more than one of these in a sitting...the 8% alc vol can be misleading in the soft, smooth taste

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.

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