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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,103
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 377 | FT: 3
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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 kenito799
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before 1-17-09, poured into a Duvel glass

My first taste of the Unibroue offerings.

Lovely hazy honey-brown color, moderate head fills the glass but dissipates fairly quickly without much lacing.

Aroma hits you with that fantastic fruity yeasty floral winey scent that immediately fired the brain cells that shout: "Duvel!!!" Could sniff this all night. Gotta taste this side by side with the venerable Belgian at some point.

More carbonation on the tongue at first which weakens with time. Head wafts away to nearly nothing. Taste does not disappoint, wonderfully complex interplay of sweetness, bitter finish, everchanging array of tangy spices, definitely clove, coriander? nutmeg? Extreme deliciousness. So similar to Duvel in many ways but comes off a bit heavier and more hoppy in the end. Wonderful beer!!! I am so excited to try the other Unibroues!!!

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

Pours a deep reddish brown with a concentration of the tone near the center, kind and beautiful. The head is medium aggressive dissipates slowly leaving minor lacing behind. This beer seems a bit more effervescent than most other Belgian strong dark ales I've had and I love that. It smells wonder full, of belgian hops and spices, mild notes of bread and maybe a hint of fruit, but only in the smallest way. The taste is great, clean and fresh not heavy like some B.S.D.A.s. Hints of coffee, carmel, bread and spices. The finish is the best it simply demands more.
The ABV is just at the right places for strength and drinkability. This is a great beer maybe my fav. from unibroue. I will be buying more and more of this in the future.

Photo of goo
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown/orange. Has a creamy white head and the lacing stays until the end.

S: Bit of citrus and maybe some spices. All I can conclusively say is that I enjoyed my first sniff.

T: Dry and a bit sweet. Enjoyable

M: Moderate amount of carbonation goes down fairly smooth

Drinkability: Great to drink despite the high ABV, but its not too far above average so I'll have to settle it at a 3.5.

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 02-16-09 (feel like I'm robbing the craddle)

Pours a superefferevescent orangey/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Lacing is good & a nice flilmy head with a persistent ring goes all the way down the glass.

S: Hints of leather, pepper& mustyness. caramel & sherrynotes emerge as it warms

T: Hints of oak, leather & then a nice caramel signature up front. Slight hints of apricot & brown sugar follow. Big time fruityness & christmas pudding flavor show up as warms. Finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Medium, but efferevescent. Great carbonation & balance

Drinks reallt easy for the ABV, compares favorably to its counterparts in the old world. Love this brewery!

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

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew Aug '06-Belgian Strong Ales

A: Wow, what a head. Three fingers of creamy foam that would not go away. Good lacing. The color is a cloudy medium brown. I was expecting darker.

S: Lot's of ripe fruit aroma. Specifically blackberry and citrus.

T: Not as much raisen/prune flavor as Trois Pistoles. This is a sweet, yet dry finishing beer. There's a not unplessant bitter, back of the tongue flavor as an after taste. So many different flavors working around that's it's hard to distinguish them all.

M: Heavy body with a good amount of carbonation. Well balanced.

D: A great beer. I like everything I've had by Unibroue and this is no exception. I think I prefer Trois Pistoles, but there are several major differeneces even though beeradvocate classes them both as Strong Dark Ales.

Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet style glass. I thought at first it had little to no distinct smell as I had just eaten an orange. After awhile I realized that the orange was not from the orange but from the beer. Citrus fruits. It really is a gorgeous beer. Like a muted amber/brown. Head doesnt last long. A solid ring of bubbles resides along the walls due to very active mild carbonation. It's warm. Alcohol isn't masked at all. A champagne amongst beers. Would be delicious with chicken(non-fried)or turkey. If you serve this beside turducken I'll hunt you down and drive hot pins under your fingernails.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color. A slight, rather quickly receding head. Casts off an aroma of citrus, clove, and doughy characteristics. The flavor features plenty of citrus, strong doses of both orange and lemon, yeast and malt, some apple and pear, and a strong suggestion of cider.

The mouthfeel is light and acidic, with a strong presence of fruit. Not overly complex, but very satisfying. Very easy drinking. A well balanced brew.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.8%
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 -11.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +14.3%
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 +1.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 -8.8%
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 -1.2%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.9%
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 +14.3%
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 -13.6%
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

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,103 ratings.