Maudite - Unibroue

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4,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,058
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 363 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of cracgor
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with amber hues and a nice tall head that leaves some lace on the glass. A little hazy, but maybe from a stay in my refrigerator. Has a delcious sweet and rich smell. A little caramel malt with a good estery smell like musk mellon. I think this is probably the best beer I have had from Unibroue. Has a nice complexity with caramel, esters, and some sort of spice. Maybe a little like nutmeg, it is perfectly balanced. A nice full bodied beer with great hint of alcohol and warmth but not overwhelming or that noticeable, just another level of complexity. Very enjoyable.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 1PT 9.4 Fl oz.(2005) bottle into an oversize chalice style wine glass. Massive head, very active, carbonation is high.(bottle refermentation) Cloudy reddish/brown and copper color. small amount of lacing around the glass as I drink.

Grapefruit! with a hint of "greens" and caramel sweet smelling malts.

Taste has more of a mellow wheaty/hoppy balance than the aroma will lead you to believe. First hit has some sour notes(grapefruit-sour!) but mellows to a nice hearty finish.

Refermentation adds a nice quick, making it very crisp and refreshing. It just seems to get better as I drink.

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

Extraordinary head on the first one I poured, the second one I poured gingerly and still had a strong three fingers. Wonderful sticky lace. Cloudy as expected, light brown in color.

Sweet wheat aromas with a strong spicy bouquet of anise and all spice.

Dryer than the smell indicates, full of alcohol warmth. Very high carbonation--perhaps the only negative. Nice body. This beer has perhaps the most pleasant and complex aftertaste: long lingering white pepper with the effervescence dancing on the tongue. The spiciness continues long after the swallow is complete.

This beer could make me a real fan of Belgian beers. It's more than just a full body or high alcohol. The analogy I have is listening to a symphony instead of a single great player...there's so much more here.

Photo of clabaugh
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-brown with a full, fluffy, bubbly head colored an off-white. The head is quite nice, and retains well. Lacing is rather absent.

Smell: Strong yeastiness in the nose, followed up by a sturdy malty aroma. Some alcohol reveals itself plainly. Dark currants, or dates as well.

Taste: Heavily roasted malts. Dark, crusty breads come to mind. The alcohol comes through with candor. Heavily spiced; nutmeg, corriander. The hops are distinguishable, albeit in an abstract bitterness. Some melon. Caramel.

Mouthfeel: Bitingly carbonated. Syrupy on the tongue, with a smooth finish. Activates the senses.

Drinkability: Somewhat filling, with a not altogether inviting flavor. Over the top in its boldness of taste. Hardly a beer I could consume more than one of in a sitting.

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

Appearance: Medium-dark amber in color with an abundance of carbonation. The head was a big 2-1/2 fingers with an off-white color. Big and pillowy at first and slowly receded to a nice light frothy covering.
Smell: A typical Belgian aroma of pepper and yeast, but it seemed a little more mild than some of the others that I've had from Unibroue. Still very good with some lime hints and some flower aromas.
Taste: Toasty malts, pepper, clove, yeast and a surprising mild grassy hop that hangs on at the end. Alcohol is hinting but understanding for 8%. Less fruit flavor than I expected, but also more balanced than I expected.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly with a medium body.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, maybe to easy.

Photo of BillyB
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt copper color with slight head that quickly dissipates.

Aromas of rich caramel. Malty, oakey, woody, bready character.

Tastes of sweet toffee and caramel malt balanced with an interesting mix of dark fruit and a hint of melons and berries. Pears?

Full bodied, sticky, strong alcohol warmth.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy brown with a giant foamy creamy head

S- Lots of fruit in this one reminds me of most Unibroue's offerings

T- Also fruity with a good deal of carbonation, also a bit of cloves?

D- I sampled from a 12oz bottle, but a bomber would be a great afterwork closer

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and archipelago (this is an aged bottle that is dated best before 5/7/04); some splashy lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the chalice; that Unibroue yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns

Taste: Swirling it around my mouth I pick up caramel, clove and pears; after the swallow, I also taste some balsa wood and a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a touch grainy; the finish has both lingering sweetness as well as a distinct bitter yeasty undertone

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining, despite the age of the brew

Drinkability: Of all the Unibroue beers, I think this is my favorite, but I'm a BSDA kind of guy when it comes to Belgians so that should be no surprise

Photo of flaminghomer
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

my 750ml corked sample has absolutley zero carbonation. so i'm already pissed at this beer for stealing my money. so, the review.
the color is a crystal clear dark copper of the sam adams variety. no bubbles anywhere. the smell is good. very sweet and sharp smell with alcohol but all well balanced. taste is very complex and not nearly as sweet as i expected, that's a good thing. so that is it. this beer took my money i'm not going to let it take my time. the rest is going down the kitchen sick. cheers.

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

12 ounce poured into a Unibroue tulip. Pours out a light brown darkened with a bit of reddish-orange. White head resigns itself to a spotty thin layer on top. Smells of that Unibroue yeast which is along the lines of a pear sweetness with an almost powdery sugar air to it. Like most Unibroue beers the yeast takes center stage with other flavors rounding it out. This one has a light citrus throughout that becomes more apparant as it warms, like biting into a boozy pear. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth, but it seems to aid the taste and the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation throughout. This is a little too sweet for me to be an every day/multiple in a session beer.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

if an angel from hell would drink, this would be his first choice. absolultely astonishing. seriously, you FEEL like a badass when drinking this beer. someone asks, "hey whatcha got there?" the only response needed, "maudite." and the fledgling drinkers turn away and mutter under their breath about how much of a hardass you are. seriously, this beer pours solid, smells solid, and drinks solid. almost a hallucinogenic balance of hops, malt, and magic. sweet coriander citrus, mouth watering malts, this beer is sweet and sour, easy and strong. the head lasts longer than you do in bed. the head from this beer continues to add a crisp funk from afar to the total drink, and the carbonation is like hitting a downturn in a roller coaster of adrenaline. i really don't even want to go into specifics on what this beer actually tasted like to me, mainly for the reason that i'd rather you try it on your own, and take your own perspective into it, without skewing your view with mine. it's a heavenly brew, yet hellish. you could drink yourself into oblivion on this thing. i'm sure many a tortured soul finish their hard day of lashing with this wonderful sip.
GREAT BEER. PERIOD.

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

Maudite....cursed...yet so beautiful and promising coming off of the tongue.
pours a gorgeous cloudy deep amber with a very tall, thick craggy off white head that melts ever-so-slowly to a thick lacing.
The nose is hit with rich candied fruits and mild citrus.
So far perfect, I'm almost afraid to take my first sip expecting disappointment. I would be very content just inhaling the perfume from this beer.
The tongue is met with sweet malts but immediately assalted with a sharp citrus hops bite (and I mean bite) that tingles and leaves the mouth with a drying sweet citrus I find very satisfying.
I immediately want another sip...savor....swallow...savor...want another.
Aftertaste is dry citrus...candied rinds...not cloying at all.
Alcohol presence is felt as you swallow and enjoyed as you savor the effects of the last sip.
Very enjoyable.
I am not disappointed.

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

Poured from bottle into a Chimay glass.

A - Pours a rich brown color with a large, off white head.

S - Smell is citrusy, with oranges/lemons/grapefruit apparent.

T - Initial waves of citrusy tones, clove/spicy notes, followed by a sweeping hop bitterness that fades to a well balanced aftertaste.

M - Mid bodied, rather on the light side though. Carbonation is decent.

D - For 8%, it's quite light, but still fufilling, as it tastes wonderful and has quite impressive mouthfeel. Another great offering from Unibroue.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The dark brown color is enticing and the head doesn't break from the thin head. The lacing is ok, it sticks to the side of the glass a little.

Smell has banana, dark fruit, and a slight plum with clove.

Taste is clovey with dark fruit and a little pepper. The fruit flavors have mellowed out. The body is very light.

Mouthfeel is a little bit carbonated and a little bit watery, but not off-putting.

I will look for a fresh bottle and hope to get more complexity and flavors.

Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a funny color, this one is. Sort of rusty, sort of ruby, sort of golden. Maybe raisin-colored? I don't know, it's odd. Looks thick, too, almost a honey-like consistency. A bit of a head that fizzles quickly, and a hint of lacing. Nose is quite malty and sweet, a light fruity peachy presence, and a good deal of spicy presence, mostly clove. It doesn't all fit together quite right, but it's interesting.

Taste was interesting as well, bready and spicy, reminds me a lot of La Fin with a weird tart, spicy twang. Yeasty. Mouthfeel is bubbley and chewy and full. It's not a bad-tasting brew, it's an interesting concoction, but it's not my favorite brew. Decent bang for your buck.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely copper gold, with a deeper hue at the bottom fading into a light irridescent gold at the top. Fantasitc. Lots of sediment. Large white foamy head, lots of lacing adn great retention.
Smell was extremely complex; yeasts, malts, sour and dark fruits citrus and caramel come together and become more obvious as it warms.
The taste was of deep dark fruits, alcohol, yeasts, malt, vanilla and spice. So much going on here and so wonderfully blended its hard to even describe.
Bubbly carbonation in the feel, but very smooth. Alcohol isn't as huge of a contributor although a warming definitely happens towards the end. The whole production is damn near perfect.
I could sip these all day. A fantastic beer overall; excellent representation of the style and another slam dunk for Unibroue.

Photo of pbr85
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 355mL bottle into a large wine glass (didn't have anything else suitable)
A: Pours a medium brown color with a large, frothy, off white head.
S: Smell is fruity, notably oranges. Sweet malty dough lingers in the back. Lemon and grapefruit are hidden behind the orange. Very citrusy smell to this beer.
T: Wow, certainly one of the most complex brews I've ever had. Let me try to disect it a little. Hints of the citrusy smells are on the tongue, mostly lemon, but the orange flavor remains. Sweet flavors are everywhere, sourdough malts, that yeast flavor that I still don't know how to describe. Interesting flavors.
M: Medium bodied. I like thicker beers of this type, so this one feels slightly thin. Carbonation is good and tickles the tongue.
D: Very nice. I could imagine eating some nice cheeses and sipping on this beer. Something that everyone should try, and something that I would love to have on hand. Give this to a wine drinker who doesn't think beer can rival wine in complexity.

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

750ml corked bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Brookline for $6.49. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is another good offering from Unibroue. It poures a hazy, brownish amber with a fluffy head. It has the classic Belgian yeasty, fruity scent. The taste is also pretty classic, although it has a nice depth to it. For 8%, it is pretty drinkable, and one of the better beers out there.

Photo of oelergud
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged.
Clear beautiful copper body with good carbonation. Light tan head of small to tiny bubbles, dissipates to a float that leaves little lace.
Strong honey with some vanilla in the nose. Concentrated molasses. Intense sweetness.
Attention-demaning strong spiced flavor with surprisingly little aftertaste of a subdued version of the initial flavor.
Full yet light mouthfeel, decent coating and slick sensation.
Good drinkability, watch the ABV though.

-Oelergud

Photo of waldowin
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim at the local Fred Meyers when I was unable to find my Trois Pistoles. Man am I glad I grabbed this!

Pours a honey-amber color, crystal clear. Absolutely monstrous head on the pour. I managed to get about an ounce of beer and about 15oz of foam my first try. Foam is off-white, a mix of large and small bubbles. Very sticky, excellent lacing, reluctant to fade. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is of golden raisins, peaches, honey, and a hint of cloves. Oh man is this going to be good.

Taste is of honey, golden raisins, and a hint of rum, oranges, and clove. Amazingly blended, and unearthly smooth. Carbonation is plentiful, making this feel like silky cream as you swallow. The alcohol shows up at the very end, warming the throat. This is fantastic stuff!

Now if only it came in bottles smaller than 750ml! As amazing and smooth as it is, the alcohol really gets you. One bottle is an evening for me, but man what an evening.

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

Poured from a brown bottle with a flying canoe on the label.

A: Cloudy cinnamon. Poured with about a finger of fluffy head. Good lacing.

S: Candied cherries. Yeast. Some smoke. A hint of alcohol. Somethings bringing to mind an herbal presence that I can't quite put my finger on. As it progresses the smoke seems to become more noticeable. Develops more of a dry brown sugar aspect.

T: Wow that's nice. Candied fruits. Cherry. Pears in syrup. Hints of citrus. Rasins. Progresses to smoked hickory. Earthy. Some salt. Finishes with some pepper on the sides of the tongue and has some fleeting glimpses at sour touches. Aftertaste is mildly spicy and lingers without being overpowering.

M: Big bodied. Coating and creamy. Very smooth indeed. Hardly notice the carbonation. Ends with some dry touches, but not dry.

Overall: Not sure I can say enough on this one. I really enjoyed this beer. Just about everything I've had from Unibroue seems to be outstanding. The smell and flavor really harmonize in this beer. I think it's that synergy that make this stand out.

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

Pours out pale gold and sits a murkey sienna in the glass with a massive foamy off-white head. Fades slowly to a thick skim with lacings coating every inch of the glass.

Smells of dusty raisins, prunes and pears. Caramel-infused malts carry musty yeast overtones and all is backed by light, clovery hops.

Tastes delicately fruity, pushing out apples, pears, dates and raisins. Malts dominate with some doughish yeast flavors. Finish brings in mild-moderate bitterness with mild grassy tones.

Crisp in the mouth with ultra-fine, moderate carbonation. Medium bodied and oh so easy to handle.

Fine and delicous drinking with lots of character. Definately improves with warmth and sitting time to let the carbonation settle out a bit.

Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- orangish brown- almost looks like a brown sunset. Lots and lots of foam. Very frothy-
Smell- yes this was probably my favorite part of this beer. There was a smoking oat and sweet smell, with not a hint of alcohol.
Taste- Decent taste, was not a huge fan on the first sip, but after 3-4 I gained an appreciation. My only complaint here is that there is a bit of a wheaty taste that hangs a bit long.
Mouthfeel- one of the lighter feeling Belgian beers I've tasted, with a bit more froth
Drinkability- goes down smooth

Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always liked this label, with the birchbark canoe of fur trappers paddling like heck for the flames....cool stuff. At any rate, this Belgian dark pours medium dark and opaque into my goblet with mediocre white head. Yeast blasts hard from the nose and is accompanied mostly by alcohol. Also some fruity and spicy notes but less imaginative than I was hoping.
Fruity, refreshing taste that rides the carbonation well and finishes with a malty, alcohol laced finish. Mouthfeel suffers from overcarbonation but holds up well otherwise. I need to change the temp on my fridge because this brew is definitely too cold and hurts for it.
This is another solid soldier from Unibroue although I found the flavor less interesting than some of their other selections. Still, you could do a lot worse..

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

Nice, big, frothy head. Looks good in the wide-mouth chalice. Great lacing and the heads lasts a long time. Like most strong dark ales there is a lot of yeast and dark fruit. There is too much carbonation for my taste, with respect to others straon g dark ales: Abbaye des Rocs Gran Cru, for example. Still a nice beer, though.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,058 ratings.