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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,930
Reviews: 1,833
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 141
Gots: 305 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of sopor
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly reddish muddy brown earance topped with an active frothy head which dissipates eveny to a thin film & ring. Very light nose of sweet-tangyness.

A taste of zesty fruit flavor and tangy sweetness carres the tongue along with a hint of wheaty-yeasty flavor. malts become more evident as the brew warms.

Deceptively light (not a strong dark ale IMO) but only moderatley light. Not exactly smooth with suck zestiness and lively carbonation, but not overly heavy or bitey.

Aonther great offering from Unibroue, when I want "belgian-style" flavors, this is one of my favorite brews to grab.

sopor, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a tulip glass at RFD

thin head lasts awhile atop a slightly opaque orange-amber. spritzy texture, but no major affect on the white stuff

bright fruits like apricot and pear leap forward, along with the trademark unibroue yeast character. spices and a hint of alcohol...another delectible unibroue offering

bruachan, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a tap into a wine glass, it pours a dark copper color while leaving a slight edge layer around my glass as well as some nice lacing on the sides. Slightly hazy, this one looks "big".

Aroma was mainly of heavy fruit and berries. I even got the sense of some slight soy sauce from it, which was strange.

Sipping, I notice a tart apple flavor with some type of berry along for the ride. Pretty yeasty in finish, and an apple cider aftertaste. Enjoyable.

Silky smooth at first, but a shot of carbonation keeps me from wanting another one. I full bodied brew that is enjoyable, but maybe a little too much sting on the tongue from the carbonation. Very interesting brew and fun. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone!

Fish113d, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: suprising amber color, not that dark at all. At the bottom of the glass it was almost yellow, opaque. Makes me realize that a beligian dark and a true dubble are completly different beasts.
Smell: mostly strong belgium yeast smell, not much malts in the smell
Taste: yeast dominates this one. It's a bit too much imo. You can taste the semi-sweet malts in the back but it's still drier than average for a beligum. It's fruity i guess
the mouthfeel is watery; drinkability average

something didn't click with me on this beer. It was good but not outstanding. Glad i tried a 12 once bottle and will quietly pass this beer on by.

pjwilson, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so tjhis bottle says that it expires in October of 2007, so I think that I am safe with this one.

Appearance: Mostly clear deep caramel color with a small dense head at first pour. This head fell pretty quickly, and ended up being a small ring maintained around the edge of the glass by the bubbles rising. I don’t notice any lacing.

Aroma: Sweet floral aroma. I smell flowers in this beer at first...I can pick out Jasmine in particular. There are also a lot of spicy notes lurking in the aroma. Some dark fruit lingers somewhere in there also.

Taste: The fruity esters are the first thing that I notice. There are some spices from the alcohol that come out to meet the senses in there somewhere. There are plenty of sweet caramel and candy-like flavors in here to keep the palate guessing. It starts out with a sweet flavor and then it mellows out because of the mouthfeel to end up feeling like it is dry on the palate. There is a bit of an alcoholic burn in the back of the throat when this beer gets done.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. The only problem that I see with it is that it is in a broad category. There are a lot of good aromas and flavors in this beer, and it has a good bit of complexity. If it were standing on it’s own merit, it would be excellent. Being classified as a Belgian Specialty, there are a whole lot of other really complex beers that we have to put this beer against. It is pretty good, but it only has a few prominent dimensions of flavor. It has some sweet caramel, some fruity esters, and a touch of spice. There is no sour component, or anything else to make you contemplate the multidimensionality of this beer. It is a fine brew, but it will take a lot for me to put this beer up on my own personal “halls of beerdom”.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of rrwiltse
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an impressive beer! Unibroue never ceases to delight.
Poured from a bottle into a Belgian glass, what a fantastic reddish-amber color! A nice foamy head. The aroma is comforting--malty, caramely, a bit spicy. Nice mouthfeel, slight carbonation tingle. You wouldn't expect the high ABV from the taste, so look out! The taste matches the aroma well--malty, smooth, just a tad fruity. One of the great stand-bys to always have on hand.

rrwiltse, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer from Unibroue. One of the three I regularly buy. (I have also had Raftman years ago, but it's been too long to remember it well).

Opens with a slight pop, then pours with a beautifully carbonated orangey head. The beer itself is unflitered, and is a gorgeous hazey red-orange colour. Strong autumn-like aromas erupt, dark spices, plum. Taste is predictably dense. Smokey flavours, raisins, coriander. Hides the alcohol reasonably well, although you know you're drinking a strong beer. Heavy thick, spicy mouthfeel, sticks in the throat and dosen't let go. A thoroughly drinkable beer, but I start to get a bit sleepy after 2!

trevorwideman, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy auburn with a 1/2 inch reddish-tan head. Some fine lacing. Smells yeasty and spicy. Spiced apples, plum, clove and cinnamon.

Flavor is quite yeasty and spicy. Bready and earthy. Fruity with sour apples and plum mixed in there. Clove. Mouth is rich and a bit sticky. Elegant and smooth. An old fave. Need to drink it more often...

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle, bottled in 2004, best before 10-18-07. Cork let loose with an audible pop, and the beer poured into my goblet ruby red with an enormous head. Aroma is slightly spicy with coriander, cloves, banana and maybe some orange peel. Taste continues the spicy trend, with some nice caramel malt flavors. Lots of fine carbonation give this beer a light, dry finish. Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian style beer from Unibroue.

ColForbin, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark blonde colour with a hint of red, and quite carbonated. Very fruity on the nose, especially citrus and banana. Quite heavy on the palate, with more fruit (citrus, banana, raisin, fig) along with some sweet malty flavors. Hides its 8% alcohol very well. Very nice.

fisherman34, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a dirty brown body, slight hints of burgandy, slight tan head with some retention but doesnt stay huge for long

Smell, smokey sweetness, ripe fruit, sweet bananas. Little bit of honey and sugar

Taste, very crisp, biscuity mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, some dried fruit, raisins, little bit of smoke

Different but none the less a good dark ale. Not on par with most belgians, almost tastes like a fake belgian, like its trying to be something its not

cypressbob, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of JMazzic
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 12z bottle into a Maudite tulip glass. Nice reddish amber color, about 2" head long lasting. Good carbonation.

Smell - Nice clean citrus. Sweet smelling, definitely bananas and a bit of clove.

Taste - Tart at first, striking but quickly disappears. Sweetness takes over, hardly any alcohol present. Very smooth. A bit tangy/citrus. Picking up a bit of peaches, bananas and slight clove. A lot more going on here.

Mouthful - Pretty thin, pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Great after dinner drink, one to relax with. Hidden 8% ABV makes it easy to drink, could sneak up on you.

Pretty impressive brew. This was my introduction to a whole new world of beer. Never even knew of a Belgian style before this one, which eventually lead me to Duvel and Chimay.

JMazzic, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite is yellow-brown in color...a very unique shade. The head is absolutely amazing...a thick finger and a half off the pour. It does not dissapate and nice layer of foam remains over the surface. Tastes sweet, fruity..grapefruit, orange peel, slightly spicy, alcoholic warmth. Despite the light warm taste of alcohol, the 8% is mostly hidden. Mouthfeel is full, warm, and prickly. A nice Belgian dark with disguised booze. Be careful, this tastes like delicious candy...

ILiveOffHops, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with some lovely ruby highlights. Rocky off-white-ecru head tops the beer. Smell is lovely with rich maltyness, spice, deep dried fruits, molasses. The taste falls in line wonderfully. Rich and malty with dark fruit and an almost true root beer taste in there somewhere. Maybe it was the spicyness and the caramel that reminded me of a TRUE rootbeer. Very complex with each sip adding more and more.
Mouthfeel was full with just enough carbonation. Definitly a sipper. Drinkability is good as I would go back for this again. Would be superb in the colder weather with a nice rich stew or braised meat. Or some roasted game with a rich dark fruit sauce. Yum come on cold weather

TinusTime, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber haze with a very rocky white head that remindes you of champagne. Smells of very spicy aromas and fruites and maybe brown spices. It tasted very complex, smooth, and malt. At first I detected hints of fruit and malt then as the bottle went down I started to notice a spiciness, brown spices, and even a little tangy or chewy. Wow! what a good beer. I wish I could find it in 12oz bottles instead of the 750ml bottles since sometimes I am in the mood for this beer just not all 750ml's of it.

ryantupy, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

spiced beligian is the best way to describe this beer in my opinion....a belgian yeast smell with cinnimon type flavoring....the alcohol is hidden until the finish...the finish is warming for sure and a bit citrus.... no lacing of any kind. I had this in a flute type glass so maybe that had something to do with it. I would for sure buy this again and reccomend this for trying to get laid....chicks will love this beer and its strong.

DogFood11, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of twilight
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/dark golden color with a very fine head that covers the entire beer in the glass. Aroma is fruits and alcohol in the background. Taste is sweet, with some spices and a light bittering aftertaste. Not spectacular, but very solid. Very slight alcohol burn in the back, but still excellent nonetheless. Mouthfeel is nice, fine carbonation and very good drinkability.

I've had this a number of times in the past years and, while there are very many other more delicious brews out there, this one does not ever fail to please. A very standard, rock soild spiced brew.

twilight, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep toned copper color with a bit of haze. There is a profusion of sediment in the bottle, if this is swirled, the color turns to that of coffee with a bit of cream. The head is small, off-white, and retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating. There are many streams of slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Profound note of ripe bananas, as well as nutty and earthy aromas, dark fruots, some caramel, and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a rather sweet, honey-like note, somewhat like mead, as well as light fruits. Midway through, there is a bitter chocolate and earth note and a late note of spicy alcohol. The taste draws to a close with a lingering, mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very soft on the palate, quite full in body.

Drinkability/notes: Quite excellent, a beer for quiet sipping and contemplation, with an appealing complexity.

Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of BenZ
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- Served in a goblet, fast fading head (not as fast as trois pistoles) amber color, slightly hazy
s- Amazing smell: papaya, apricot, some rasin, and a crapload of pineapple! So awesome, how'd this come from barley and hops? Didn't get much alcohol, even as it warmed.
t- Very similar to smell, maybe a tad to sweet, otherwise would have been a 5.
m- Carbonation really helped counteract the sweetness
d- This one will have its own private place in my fridge. I think it can be drank year-round very enjoyably!

My favorite so far from Unibroue.

BenZ, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a drak brown color with a huge off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, plums, grapefruit, and soft alcohol. Taste is rather mellow for a brew this size. Kind of juicy, kind of tangy. Nothing standing out as being too bold. Alcohol peaks through quite nicely adding to this beers complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. highly recommended.

KarlHungus, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a supermarket for a real bargain, not dirt cheap, but still a bargain. Maybe it's a marketing strategy to place this brewery in the palate of Mexicans. I hope.

Dark hazy brew, with a short lived tan head.

Smell is fruity, spicy, really complex.

Taste is tart, smoky, carbonation really gets you in every sip. Reminds me Unibroues Raftman.

Mouthfeel is creamy, robust and dry.

I could drink this one anytime, but I live in México and the weather is always a factor. Trois Pistoles is more for my winters, when the temperature drops maybe to the lower 40s (the last 15 days the minimum was 72° early one morning and highs around 110°).

Pepeton, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach to amber with a light head that foams up and goes away. Lot s of carbonation in this one.

Fruity spicy aroma, like peach pie with cinnamon.

A touch peppery, but more tart peach and buttloads of green apple and apple peels in this one. The apple character works with the bready malt character to give a nice flavor overall. Hops are not too noticable, and bitterness is not either. Overall very balanced, finishes a touch sweet and tart.

Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch annoying.

I would get this again, the flavor is interesting and I want to come back to it again for a second impression.

beersarang, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of jamesclark
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a muddy brown-orange in my glass, very hazy. The bubbles were immediate and plentiful. The cream-colored head reduced in a moderate amount of time.

It smells of yeast and malt, with that characteristic Belgian Dark smell that I cannot otherwise identify. Very slightly floral smell, with a small amount of sweetness.

It feels medium-bodied and creamy. A lot of fizzy bubbles are generated in my mouth as I roll it around. There is a significant sweetness. Bitterness is low, but present particularly in the finish. The alcohol (8.0%) is hidden. There is a special tanginess, crisp and citrusy, which is the primary flavor characteristic, and there is no noticable hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness and bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable - the complex flavors are assertive but not overpowering, and the carbonation, though significant, does not interfere.

A tasty beer. I would prefer less sweetness, and a little less carbonation, but I love the yeast character and the bold flavor, and I appreciate the bottle-conditioning. Also, the label is great.

jamesclark, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml, cork and cage bottle. Cage says 2004.
Revisiting (after the passage of too much time) one of the early "good" beers I had. I remember being intrigued and even a little scared by the label, but I loved the beer.

Pours into the tulip glass with a release of pent-up carbonation. Sparkling, amber-hued, copper-edged body with a fabulously rocky, tumultuous, creamy, off-white head. Head stays forever, and laces beautifully.

Nose is powdered sugar, caramelized candy, mixed with tropical fruit esters (some banana, a little candied peach, kiwi) and a heady dose of Unibroue yeast. Luckily, I really like their yeast.

Sugary, wheatish malt has a sweet, candied fruit flavor that isn't overpoweringly sweet. Rum-soaked banana-raisin pudding sounds close. Full-bodied chewy feel without being cloying or syrupy. Yeasty, peppery bitterness does enough balancing to make this damned beer very drinkable.

Still a favorite after all these years (5!).

alexgash, Jun 27, 2005
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a .750 bottle with my brother last night. Bad idea, I wish I would have kept it all for myself.
The beer poured out a murky orange/brown color with a 1" creamy head that had great retention.Decent lacing.
The aroma of this brew was Unibroue yeast, nice! There is some herb and spice in the nose also.
The beer has a wonderful complex flavor. Filled with spiciness as it warms and a little touch of fruitiness(raisin,fig,plum?). Also some herby flavor in the background. The yeasty, bready flavor is great. Very fine offering from Unibroue.
The beer has a creamy mouthfeel, the 8% alcohol is not readily apparent in the flavor. Maudite goes down very smooth and has good drinkability. The 8% might sneak up on you after a few. Highly recommended along with every other concoction I have tasted from this brewery.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,930 ratings.