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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,044
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 350 | FT: 2
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 whynot44
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber color with a huge ivory head that slowly settles down to just a moderate layer, leaving nice lacing all the way.

The aroma is light, slightly fruity, toffee, vanilla and cloves.

The taste is complex, apples, apricots, a bit of citrus, very light caramel, cloves, fresh bread, raisins, alcohol. Very light sweetness with a definite alcohol warmth and a fruity, slightly metallic finish.

Smooth, medium/full bodied, very easy to drink. Nice Canadian version of a Belgian style.

Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep garnet with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Very active carbonation in the glass. Smells of granny smith apples and clove spice, almost like liquid apple pie. Flavors are very layered and at times hard to decipher through it all, but what I do pick out are flavors of apples, pears, cloves, yeast, and something that makes me think of grape flavored "Mike & Ike" candies in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light on the tongue and very "airy." A fantastic Unibroue offering, as always.

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

The beer pours out a hazy reddish orange, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. It's stramge to consider, but this beer (with it's 8% ABV) is more drinkable than any light beer that I've had. This seems to be a great, relaxing beer, one that would go down smoothly after a day of hard work. Unibroue is a truly great brewery, in my opinion the best non-European brewery. Everything that I've thried of theirs has been excellent. If you find this (or any of their beers), make sure to try them. You'll fall in love.

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

One of my very favorite non-Belgian Belgians. Murked copper caked in rich vanilla foam and chocolate sprinkles. Super spicy nose. Extremely complicated and well candied. Loaded with lemon, pepper, alcohol, toast, mint, chocolate, and plum candies. Tastes yeasty with very Belgianish malts. Carbonation is off the spectrum making this one loads of fun to drink. Acidic yet fluffy. That’s an accomplishment. Finish is yeasty, drying, and peppery.

Photo of iron78
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think head creamy. Amber/orange, cloudy/hazy, almost like a wheat.

First thought was, smells like wild flowers. Has a clean crisp smell, almost like a mountain stream. A very different thing for me to find in a beer.

Flavor is so very complex. Clean, crisp. A sweet and spicy flavor, kind of like citrus and pears. Very interesting.

A nice feel. One to take time with and enjoy.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Buckeyenation for this bottle. I always see it in the store but never get around to buying it. A very interesting take on the style--very fruity.

Poured a reddish brown in color. Very murky red. No real head except for a thin layer of scummy bubbles resting on top. Essentially flat in appearance. Nose is very fruity. Full of apples and pears. I was not expecting that at all. Left me scratching my head in surprise.

Flavor is very sweet with hardly much in the way of hops. Very sugary sweet with more of the same fruit I got in the nose. I can taste the alcohol from the bit of heat I get from the flavor. Overall it kind of makes me think of a port wine. Very vinuous and thick. Extremely undercarbonated. Interesting take on the style and I think it would make a nice end of the night beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first Canadian beer I ever had. Don't know if this is the best one to start with, as I feel it is pretty much a copy of any Belgian tripel.
Amber, reddish coloured beer with very nice lacing foam. Smell was sweet, malty with ripe bananas and some vanilla.
The taste wasn't what the smell promised, it was rather dry, adstringent. Still malt, dark fruits, vanilla were present. Low bitterness and lots of carbonation. It reminds me of Chimay white, but without the strong bitterness.
All together a typical Belgian tripel, compliments for reverse engineering.

Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle can be a strength. Light brown color with tight bubble cream colored head. Smells of slight alcohol with raisin and malt sweetness. Taste is deceptive, at first it is light and not too intenese, then it turns up the volume. Giving more flavor with each sip and providing notes of dried plum sweetness and malt flavor and a belgium yeast phenols. Good body with nice carbonation and this is very drinkable.

Photo of davidchollar
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a chalice, this is a very red brown. dark, but not that dark for a belgian dark. almost tea-colored and foggy with sediment. head is nearly non-existent, this doesn't look as good as others, but looks can be deceiveing. the smell hits the nose from a distance. wow, this smells more like a belgian pale! light and fruity. sweet bubble gum, citrus and yeast. big peach, apricot smell really impresses me, quite different from others of this style.

mmm... it is obvious why this unibroue masterpiece is a top pick in this style of beer. so gentle and pleasant on the tastebuds. smooth, with just a hint of the strong abv. full, subtle, ridiculously drinkable. big complex taste and nice finish, leaving me so ready for more. if this winner of a belgian dark were more readily availale to me, it would have a permanent spot in my rotation.

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

Ahh, the perfect nightcap after finishing a paper at 4 AM..

Appearance: Kind of a reddish brown. 1-finger head off of a hard pour which quickly dissolved into a thin, persistent lace.

Smell: Raisins, yeast and alcohol. The smell absolutely screams Belgian.

Taste: Incredibly rich and full-bodied. There are hints of banana, brown sugar, red grapes and pear. Alcohol makes its presence known, but leaves a pleasant, fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation makes this brew truly refreshing, despite the abv.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable, but after more than a couple of these you'll be on the floor.

I've found that this beer is a great means by which to introduce beer newbies to more refined brewery art.

Photo of jdm
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a finger and a half head that leaves the building soon. it is a medium brown color. i smell clove and or coriander and alcohol. earthy notes really come through in the taste for a nice balance with the clove and sweetness. really great balanced flavor. this is the second offering from unibroue i have tried and they are possibly becoming my favorite brewer.

Photo of jlh8643
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from on-tap from 3F's BP in a tulip glass. Tannish white head sits on top of a dark amber body. Head leaves some lace going down. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Carmel malts, dark fruits and cloves are in the mix. The medium body is similar to the aroma and finishes a bit dry. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall a well brewed beer and very drinkable.

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this one. Pours out with what I would call a perfect head and I nice amber/orange color. Slighly cloudy. Looks delicious. The smell is to my nose complex. I can't quite distinguish an individual smell but has a citrousey, sweet spicyness going on that I really like. Reminds me of dark soft fruits at the almost rotten extreme ripe stage. Very well balanced taste. It is slighly sweet, just enough hop bitterness with a tingly carbonation zing that makes it all lmost perfet. The alcohol is well hidden within all this flavor. The mouthfeel is a little sticky but I'd rather it be this way than thin and watery. Very drinkable. If you love Belgian ales in this style you'll love this one at this price. Certainly not cheep but still affordable if you do one or two at a time. Try it!

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

Poured into a Westmalle chalice from a 750ml bottle as a striking red amber color with a solid white head that persists well. Nose is of sweet fruits and yeast, with some considerable spiciness there as well. Very festive aroma. Pleasing indeed. The flavor, again, is fruity ... maybe pear and sweet plums. Characteristic Unibroue yeast underpinnings. Excellently smooth and refined, this ale is medium to heavy in mouthfeel and has a terrific sweetness without being cloying in any way. Alcohol is well conceiled. Another fine ale from my Canadian friends ... I'm anxious to cellar a bottle and see what I have in a year or two. A fine Belgian dark. Pick up two bottles ... one to drink now and one to wait upon.

Photo of danielharper
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Notes taken on 2/11/06, while watching Mythbusters, if you must know. Review verbatim from notes.)

"Dark brown pour, thick tan head. Foamy. HEavily yeast-accented aroma, strong sweet honey notes. Flavorful Belgian funk taste. Relaxing and decent, not too strong. Thick mouthfeel, pleasant to swirl. Very pleasant and flavorful. Drinkable."

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

Appearance: Pours a rich, caramelly amber color with a relatively small fizzy head that dies off relatively quickly.

Smell: Aromas of white grape juice mostly and some sweet grains.

Taste: Big dark fruit flavors, raisins and figs. Nice spicy notes in the background with faint hints of vanilla. Full and rich Belgian flavor.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light-bodied but too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the high carbonation detracts from the drinkability. The alcohol is very well-hidden. I could (and have) taken town an entire bottle on my own, but I prefer to split the bottle.

The first bottle of Maudite I ever had was probably the best beer I have ever had in my life. Pretty much every bottle of Maudite since then has been something of a disappointment. This one is probably the best I have had since the first. If you're into Belgians, you should have already tried it by now!

Photo of skillerified
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dark red and brown colored beer with a huge head that's lasted a good ten minutes. Shots of beige come in at certain angles. Very hazy with both carbonation and lees. The carbonation is a little strange. The bubbles are very small and move upward very slowly. One of the most unique looking beers I've ever seen.

Fruit and spice on the nose. Smells quite tasty. The spicy side reminds me of mint, but just slightly different. The fruit side is a sweet red fruit scent. Not a specific one, but that's what comes to mind. On second, deeper sniff, I'm getting hints of clove and banana. Interesting. Not sure if there's a relation between this and Hefeweizen, but the scent is similar.

Sweet caramel starts the palate, but a mild malt flavor takes over half way through. The alcohol is fairly aggressive here. It gives the beer a backbone through the early sweetness and leaves a slight burn on the tongue at the finish. Nice. There's a touch of dark red fruit in there too. Really nice actually. Get's a little black peppery as it warms. A little too much for my taste, but it certainly doesn't ruin it.

Medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation and alcohol really do a number on the tongue. It's not a bad thing at all, but unique. Some might find it too aggressive.

This is hitting me a little harder than I expected for 8% ABV. That's going to hurt the drinkability. The aggressive mouthfeel lowers it a little too. I like it, but I also don't think I'd want more than maybe two of them. Three tops. Overall, another excellent Unibroue offering.

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

A 750ml bottled in 2004.
This is a fairly cloudy orange to copperish in beer. A giant white frothy head that really makes this beer look magnifiscent.
Big notes of ripe fruit, mainly pear, alcohol, and belgian yeast spice in the nose.
Deep red grapes, apple, and figs dominant the initial taste. The tart fruitiness is followed by spice, corriander, black pepper, and clove characteristics. Deeply complex and very tastey.
This beer is very drinkable at 8.0 abv and can really catch up with you. I suggest enjoying this incredible beer with a nice meal.

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

I got this 12 oz. bottle as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best Before date of 05-31-07 on the label!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did), dark amber/orange with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears high. These aromas linger for the duration of the drink.

Aroma is caramel, yeast, spices like pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also fruits like dark cherries, raisins, and dates. Smells "Belgiany".

Flavor is wonderful caramel candy, spices like above, yeast, cherries, plums, and dates. Residual sugar is medium. Hop character is very low, with only a hint of bittering. Aftertaste is a lingering caramel sweetness and a Belgian funkiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. A slight oiliness comes across the tongue, which gets quickly erased by the carbonation. Finish is tingly.

This is very good. Kind of reminds me of an Abbey Double in a way. It has nice malt character, it's spicy, fruity, yeasty, and Belgiany. I'd drink one of these anytime.

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

-Nice looking bottle
-When poured this lovely beer the head formed a whipped egg white consistency. Which ended up clinging to the glass nicely.
-I found the smell yeasty with hints of figs and cheese
-A wonderful tingle of tiny bubbles on the tongue showed off the yeasty yet amber malt flavor
-It was a bit thin and the taste did not linger long
-Definately a beer to drink with cheese bread as it could be a mini session beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Very nice pour. Good size head with a nice 'fluffiness' to it. Stuck to the edge. A dark yellow/orange body, hazy some sediment.
A good aroma of fruit, spice, and herbs, some yeast and nut.
Taste had a hint of ginger, some pear, lemon? and corriander. A lot of mixes. Vanilla a bit, some biscuit.
A good feeling going down, crisp yet sticky,. not much aftertaste, leaves you wanting more.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite pours a cloudy brown color with some orange highlights around the edges. A frothy white head dissolves slowly leaving behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. A spicy aroma with a blend of allspice and cinnamon mixed with some apples greets you before your first sip. The scent almost reminds me of an apple pie.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor starts slightly fruity with an apple flavor. Soon the spices kick in offering a mild corriander and cinnamon taste. It finishes with a bit of alcohol bitterness leaving some spicy flavors behind.

I really like the balance between the fruityness and spices. This is a good sipping beer that tends to be filling.

Photo of Hautacam
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy deep gold with light tan head..reduces to collar in a Leffe chalice.
Smells great..clovey, yeasty, some alcolhol and malt.
Tastes fantastic..this has got a lot going on. Fruits...apple, pear... a medium yeasty- clove- vanilla flavor with some hops and malt coming through....nice semi dry finish.
This is a great complex mixture of everything I love about Belgian ales! ....in all the right proportions..amazing flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty drinkable....although, my girlfriend keeps reaching for the bottle...I might have to be happy with a glass and a half for now.
If you love Belgians...you have to have this ale.
I'll be buying this one again....probably tomorrow.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty auburn shade with a fluffy cream colored head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is of banana nut bread and way-over-ripe fruits like plums, grapefruit, and apples. I'm not fond of the odor, unimpressive. Reminds me too much of spoiled fruits.

The taste has an excellent and unexpected citrus zing to it. Grapefruit, lemons, lime, and oranges. I really notice a lot of grapefruit in this one, not to be mistaken for the grapefruit flavor I notice in a lot of pale ales and ipa's, this taste is quite different. Very enjoyable. A little malty underneath, and void of a lingering aftertaste. Its very faint, but after a while I notice some sort of metallic taste... copper or pennies or something. Kind of odd, or maybe my taste buds are just playing tricks on me.

The mouthfeel is good. It could be a little bigger, medium-bodied I'd call it. Drinkability is good as well, I could probably drink this all night long if it werent so damn expensive. A very good beer here, a must try if you havent already.

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

This beer poured a murky reddish/brown color with a 1 inch fluffy head that took awhile to dissipate. Aroma was of sweet fruit, hops and spices. The taste was exquisite- spicy(cloves?), flavors of ripe fruits, rum-soaked chocolate covered cherries, cinammon and brown sugar. As the beer warmed in my Duvel glass, the spices and cherry notes became more pronounced. The beer finishes sweet and malty. I could drink this stuff all night if it weren't for the 8% abv. I purchased this bottle 2 years ago and it has not lost a bit of it's character. In fact, it tasted fresh. BTW, I've seen some publications refer to this beer as a barleywine, which is ridiculous. This is as Belgian as they come.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,044 ratings.