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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,104
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 163
Gots: 378 | 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 Doomcifer
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy/murky dark copper color with a decent head that fades down to a centimeter and sticks around. Smells of yeast, caramel, buttery tones, light hops, bready, cherries. Taste is along the lines of the aroma, ending semi-dry. Lots of yeast, ripe fruits, spices, cherries, toffeeish, tartness, alcohol is very well hidden for an 8% abv brew. Mouthfeel is airy with lots of fizzy bubbles not unlike that of champagne. Decently drinkable, but wouldnt overdo it. I could see myself burning out on these quickly.

Photo of Grundle20
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber into a snifter, pretty damn hazy. The beer has a decent large bubble head with minimal retention and lacing.

Strong malts and caramel dominate the nose, but there are lesser notes of English hopping.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Pretty light and crisp given it's overwhelming malt presense in the smell. Lots of carbonation bury the delayed flavors of rich chocolate and malts. The alcohol is pretty well hidden by the carbonation rush and lingering flavors.

It's high in ABV, but that aside I find this to be one of the more drinkable dark beer/malty beers I've ever had. So there is a trade of in overall flavor vs. drinkability with this brew.

Bottom Line:
Again another unique take on a style from Unibroue. It seems to me that they have this affinity for highly carbonated beer which drinks light and easy. Check it out, it's a pretty interesting beer.

Photo of normZurawski
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, inviting color. Aroma is ok, hints of something meh there. Taste is excellent, bright and well-balanced, nice all around. Slight spicy, alcohol hidden well. Mouthfeel solid, spicyness lingers. An easy drinking beer, can probably do this one at any time of year.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but never gotta review. Pours deep golden brown, smells like sweet caramel with spices, tastes really really awsome. Tastes like a perfect balance of sweet malt, citrus, spices, hint of bubblegum in the background and some nice yeasty flavor. Overall, damn great beer, and I got a local supply at a nearby convience store. Go out and look for this.

Photo of aychbomb
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750ml champaign like corked bottle, bottle conditioned on yeast base leaves a fine setement in bottle.

Appearance: thick beige rocky head, dissapates rather quickly leaving lite laceing, medium dark reddish brown, almost orange in color. lots of tiny, tight bubbles.

Smell: in a word; complex. in more words, big yeasty nose, sweet malty aroma, flowers, toffee, very little (almost none) hop aroma.

Taste: tastes like it smells, huge malt, bread like yeastyness, dried fruit, apricots prunes, raisins. complex, spicy alcoholic warmth, very little hop bitterness.

mouthfeel: again complex (my new favorite word) malty smooth yet a slight puckering citrus finish.

drinkability: OMG this is a good beer, rich, spicy complex (ok enough already) delicious. at 8% apv this aint a session beer, sip on a chilly autum evenining (big bottle is great for sharing)


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

Enjoyed on tap at Pazzo's Pint Night. I've always liked Maudite better on tap. The flavors are better rounded, bringing out more ripe fruit flavors and leaving the alcohols less fusal. Keeping the spicy, strong malts, tart Belgian qualities. Still heavily carbonated and well headed. It's as good as ever.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown color with a thick head. When swirled it has a nice lacing. The smell is sweet and spicy with a hint of caramel. The taste is well balanced with a malt undertone highlighted by spice flavors that linger. The mouthfeel is full with a carbonation bite. This would be a beer I’d consider a delight to drink often if possible.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, opaque red-brown color, almost non-existent head, nice lace.

S - Yeasty, fruity, earthy. Very complex.

T - Bready, malty, fruity, just very complex.

M - Crisp, relatively light, very frisky carbonation.

D - Sweet googley-boogley. Hook up an IV.

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

Red color, thick egg shell head in mounds. It leaves much of the glass completely clear, but leaves lacing like pieces of Havarti on the rest.

Smells yeasty and fruity (pineapple, black currant), with dry, savory wood and mushroom notes. Some malt, and faint alcohol.

Tastes of yeasty brown bread, pineapple, black currant, black cherry, brown sugar, some spicy heat like allspice or clove, rich and delicious. A hint of leathery gaminess. Some fresh, herbal hop flavor. Really good.

Carbonation is rich and creamy without fizziness, there's also some slight astringency and prickliness on the tongue. The mouthfeel and flavor profile both suggest that a few brett cells were judiciously allowed into the party, and livened it up perfectly.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Awesome head, good retention
Smell: like la fin du monde, smells of apples
Tate: Bitter, yet balanced. Dark, but yet not very thick on malts.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: Easily a sessionable beer. Even at 8% abv, this was an easy beer to drink.

Another fine beer from Unibroue.

Photo of phisig137
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked bottle pours a dakr orange-red hue, with a thick three finger head. Great retention, and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty. All of the typical Unibroue spicy yeast aromas are there, along with caramel, toffee, and malt.

Flavor is again, quite yeasty. The flavor of that Unibroue yeast is so distinctive, and I am surprised how well it is able to brew a light, dark, triple, double, and all taste as they should, but all have the same charictaristics. Really impressive to me. Slightly sweet, with great malt charictaristics. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, considering the gravity of this beer, and the amount of flavor. Drinkability is good.

Another hit for Unibroue... They have really mastered many of the belgian styles, and rarely disappoint. There are better Strong Dark Ales out there, but this does not have any major flaws. And when you consider the price, this is a solid winner, dollar for dollar.

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

341 ml bottle.

A- Very nice reddish dark amber colour. Off-white head that settled to a thin foamy layer and eventually dissappeared. Very appealing streams of fine bubbles in the beer.

S- Sweet odours dominate, malt, caramel and fruit (citrus).

T- Unibroue yeast prevails. Nice taste of malt with a touch of bitterness to balance. Fruitiness in background. Alcohol quite noticeable but seems to fit with this beer.

MF- Very nice "roundness". Carbonation just right. Maybe a little pastiness left behind though.

D- Concidering the potency of the brew, it's amazing how easily it goes down.

Photo of malcontent
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love a beer in a snifter! Nice, solid head that holds firm atop a cloudy, caramel colored body. Head climbs slowly down the sides leaving a trail of goodness along the way. Excellent lacing. A (dare I say it?) sexy looking brew.

Smells like champagne, currants & malt. Intriguing to say the least.

A wine grape first rush followed by dark, malty characteristics with slight hop bitterness & bready, earthy flavors. Almost herbal in its aftertaste but very crisp.

As previously mentioned, exceptionally crisp, very reminiscent of Duvel in this respect. Not as heavy as the hue would otherwise indicate.

NOTE: after initial tasting, paired this with some smoked gouda & Italian salami which really brought out the fruit notes in the beer. A really lovely beverage.

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer and have come to that opinion after having it several times, but I have to admit it's still one I don't entirely "get" and find it hard to describe.

Appearance is easy enough: a large two-finger head over top an effervescent, tawny-coloured body. I start running into trouble trying to pick things out of the aroma. I can perceive yeast, some brown sugar and ripe fruit, but not the kind of detail others seem to be able to draw from this beer. The taste, to me, is a pleasant tug-of-war between some light malt and spicy cloves. The brown sugar is in there — and vanilla?

This is a full-bodied beer that ends with a little stickiness on the palate and a nice warming alcohol effect in the belly. Even if I don't completely understand it, I know I like it.

Photo of alysmith4
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Couldn't find Fin Du Monde, and had to go with this other offering from Unibroue. Normally, I prefer the Belgian (strong) pale ales, but I was pleasantly surprised by this dark brew.

It was rich and sweet, and had a long lasting flavor. Each sip was better than the last, especially as I let the beer warm in the glass. Very drinkable, and one that has turned me on to others in this style.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is balance in a belgian dark! This beer pours into a chalice beautifully with a ruddy orange-brown color and a nice, foamy, cream colored head. The retention is nice to see, and my Chimay chalice compliments the appearance of this beer well.

The smell is good, if a bit one dimensional. Green apples dominate, with some honey wheat bread notes intermingled. Ahhh....smells like a white wine, like a crisp unoaked chardonnay or Spanish Viura. Wonderful. I'm giving this another half-point.

The taste is classic Belgian dark, with all the spicy, sweet malty goodness with yeasty esters followed by tart fruits like the aforementioned green apples. Some serious bitterness in the finish. Nice to see, not always the focus of a belgian of any color. The are alo some savory, meaty, smoky notes in there as well. Always tart.

The mouthfeel is nothing special, but it's fizzy and fairly light. Not bad, but lacking the creaminess of a belgian dark. The upside is that the lightness leads into the next category...

Drinkability! Exceptional. This is a Belgian dark you could drink all day. The alcohol is hidden, the body is light, the flavors are refreshing, and the balance is top-notch. This would be a great starter beer for a Belgian novice, or a good fridge standard for the Belgian fan. Being a good buy only helps the ubiquity of this brew.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is a very pleasant bready aroma, a lot of frest fruit (mainly apples) and a bit of spice. Taste is crisp with a lot of light fruit flavors and spices. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is another fine brew from Unibroue.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this bottle on 23rd Sept 2006, no obvious "best by" date.

Poured into Chimay goblet a hazy brown brew with a light tan coloured one inch head. The head easily lasted (though I probably drank this beer a little too quickly!).
Smelled like a Christmas cake mix before going into the oven; fruits, dough, a little alcohol.
Tasted superb, a complex mix of the aforementioned smells, alcohol subdued, just excellent. This is easily a top notch Belgian dark ale, only smoother than many.

A present brought to me from Canada, many thanks Collette and André!

Photo of deejaydan
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a large, fluffy head. Aroma is light, some ripe fruits. Carbonation is high and biting. Mouthfeel is thin, and alcohol is prevalant. Taste is warming alcohol at front, and some ripe raisins appear as well. This is just too thin for me for a Belgian beer. The carbonation is a bit too high as well too.

Photo of medic25
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Maudite glass, pours a reddish-amber with a frothy head. Fine malty aroma. Flavor is amazing complex. Identifiably Unibroue, it's a blend of fruit, spice, yeast and malt. Alcohol is well masked. Goes down very easily; definitely a world-class beer.

Photo of ghostwalker
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, reddish-brown body. Thick, foamy yellowish-white head.

Nose is citrus and a little spice. At first scent, I though I caught banana, but now I am getting orange or lime. Also a sort of yeasty or bready hint lies beneath. Very interesting.

Tart and slightly spiced. A very refreshing and interesting brew, unlike any I have tried. Seems to have a lot of citrus zest at first sip. Orange, lime, maybe lemon. The spice and sweetness resides midway thru each sip. The finish contains the yeasty component. Really great stuff!

Mouthfeel is crisp and zippy. Fairly high initial carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Wears it's ABV well, seems quite moderate and quaffable.

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

The body had a very nice light to medium copper color. A slight off white head of two inches faded rapidly leaving a fine quarter inch coating on top. Massive amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen rising. Nice clumpy lacing.

Very fruity aroma. A nice first smell and a blend of light fruit scents. I can identify apple, pear, and banana very readily. A second sniff also brings a malted back to the fruity aroma. Very nice treat on the nose. The smell is not to sweet as to push you back, and finishes with a warm hint of alcohol.

A great tasting beer. Spicy bite in the first sip had a nice appeal. There is a noticeable light crisp tart apple taste very similar to granny smith apples. A second sip also had a distinct malt note that brought a light caramel sense, even though not a strong one. A nice finish had both a clove and white pepper blend to leave a spiced aftertaste.

Good feel. Coats the entire interior of the mouth. A decent burst of carbonation tingles the taste around on the tongue.

Very nice offering. This would be a very nice selection to pair a garlic cheddar as an appetizer early on at a dinner party. Definitely a head above most beers in the style, and a must try for anyone.

Photo of xymyl
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dirty deep gold/bronze medium large/large bubbles thick frothy cream colored head that lasts quite a while. Medium carbonatiion. Very broad and complex malt and yeast aroma. Fruity and floral with banana peel and cloves dominating the profile.

The flavor starts with cloves and ends with pepper. You can find banana in it but not like the aroma suggests (there is however a tartness much like an unripe banana that surfaces toward the end (hopnanas?)). A lot of fruit and spice and there is a great caramel flavor that combines with delicate slightly burnt notes throughout.

Mouthfeel is amazing, rich and light at the same time (a trait often found in good Belgian beers), just perfect (the alcohol helps it along). You could drink this at any speed and enjoy it quite a bit, but you should probably give yourself some time and drink it as it warms. That's what I do.

Other notes that are unimprtant to you: Unibroue is one of my very favorite breweries. I love the way they have interpreted Belgian beer styles. Our dog is even named Maudite. She likes beer, but only gets a few drops on rare occasions (beer isn't good for dogs you know).

Photo of elricorico
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with plenty of redness to it. A bit hazy. A thick foamy ivory head forms, and is slow to recede. Looks pretty good.

Smells of yeast and pepper mostly. A little bit flowery. Inoffensive but I don't find it an aroma that I keep digging for.

The front of the tongue gets a semi sweet fruity mix with candy sugar. As it passes through the mouth the taste turns over to a yeasty and spicy flavour, that is fairly drying. I'd say that coriander is in there, and am almost convinced that there is a hint of cinnamon. Somewhere in the mix a tart apple appears. Lots here, interesting and tasty.

Lively carbonation with a fairly light body for the darker Belgian styles. The mouthfeel isn't amazing, but certainly is good.

This one is a bit odd for me. When I have a bottle it certainly goes down well, and has enough complexity to entertain and please my palate, but still I rarely think about picking this one up. I think it has just been overshadowed by the darker of the Belgian Darks out there.

Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle. 2005 on the top.

A- Reddish-tan. Slight carbonation. A little cloudy (as all good beers shoud be IMHO) yeast at the bottom. Frothy head that settles after a while to a nice ring and single layer of tiny bubbles almost foamy.

S- Alcohol, sweet, peppery. Touch of berry smell maybe?

T- Complex to start; rich with sweet, alcohol, fruity. The middle is a touch bitter and hoppy, alcohol fades a bit, finishes sweet and malty.

M- Great, like a lot of Belgian Dark Ales. Smooth despite the strength of alcohol. Not too carbonated but fizzy enough to make my tongue happy.

D- I think this is a great beer. Reminds me a lot of the Ommegang Abbey Ale, but a bit rougher around the edges. Something to keep on hand.

Can't wait to age this stuff and see if the wrinkles iron out a bit.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,104 ratings.