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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 180
Gots: 425 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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

A: Rich amber-brown, although the darker atmosphere I'm drinking this in may be hindering the light from passing through the beer possibly making it seem deeper in color. The khaki head dissapates quickly due to the medium-sized bubbles.

S: Immediate candy sugar paired with cooked red Bing cherries, and a smattering of copper coins. Smells like there's iron content in the beer. Lighter threads of tomatoe vines run through it as well.

T: Upon the first sip, the flavors transition in the mouth from cherry, to Red Delicious apple to honey dew melon. As it warms up, the elements become more intense with hints of allspice and cardomon with a dash of clove. Full of cozy flavors, reminiscent of a winter warmer.

M: Lighter and dryer than expected -- from the smell one would think it to be a much more syrup-based and cloying beer. Good carbination provides a nice contrast to the flavors.

D: Well balanced beer in all aspects, however there are not a lot of levels or layers of complexity. For most beers it's the opposite, however I almost feel like this beer tastes better from the bottle than on tap. But the flavors are harmoniously aligned to make an enjoyable beer.

Photo of tcfishler
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Dark rich mahogany, clear. Tan head of moderate size and good durability.

Nose brings to mind very ripe fruit drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper. Other spicy aromas add complexity.

In the mouth, sweet, rich, and fruity. However, this fruit is ripe to the point of spoilage.

I get the similar rotten/oxidative flavors here as I found in Trois Pistoles. I don't know if that's a result of Unibroue's yeast or not, but regardless, it's a complete turnoff for my tastebuds.

Photo of thinkfull
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ooh, another Unibroue to try... Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Maudite looks like a deep reddish colored wood stain. The head is huge and white, subsiding to a pearly lacing with excessive stickiness. The smell caught me off-guard at first. The second I opened the bottle I could smell some kind of Thai food; sweet, yet spicy . Black pepper and papaya come to mind as I smell from the glass. Embarrasing moment: I just snorted some of the head trying to smell the beer. I guess that's a vote for Unibroue on this one.

The flavor just simply wallops you. Peppered steak, tropical fruit, and Spumante all come to mind immediatly. Note that none of those flavors is simple, and that all of them are very present. I can think of few wines that can compete for complexity; fine Scotch is more accurate of a comparison. Thankfully, I can put aside one and let it referment for another year or so, and find out what changes. The only quibble I have is that the drinkability is not much a factor in this beer; between the high alchohol content and the complexity, I start to feel like my tastebuds went three rounds with De La Hoya. Well, maybe one more round couldn't hurt...

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy Mahogany color with a perfect head and nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. There is apple, caramel, spice, and a little alcohol.

Taste is complex. Starts off a little sweet, quickly giving way to some spice and a little tart fruit. With a little more spice on the finish. Notes of raisons, cloves, black pepper, and carmel.

Pleasant mouthfeel and Despite the high ABV this is pretty drinkable.

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

Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a substantial head that dissipates slowly. Spicey apple and plum smell with malt and yeast evident. Initial bite on first taste with a pleasant fruity finish. Feels very good in the mouth, good carbonation, medium-bodied. Swirling builds a nice little cap.

Photo of GregBrewski
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a thick head that diminished quickly. Smells yeasty, fruity, with hints of spice. Tastes fruity, with a mild malt flavor. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as is the spice. Overall a good brew with moderate carbonation and medium body.

Photo of pweis909
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A -Cloudy, translucent amber, with thin head but tiny bubbles that last forever.

S- vinous, fruity alcohol and clove, reminiscent of a spicy chardonnay. Some metal notes detected initially.

T – taste is light in malt, alcohol noticeable, finish is bitter, albeit not a strong hoppy bitter. Slight metallic notes in finish initially.

M- thin, light effervescent

D-High alcohol, so I'm never going to drink more than 1

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

12oz bottle into brandy snifter.

Cloudy reddish amber hue with a light tan fizzy head that lasts for a decent amount of time. Settles a thin cap with pockets of high fizz. After a while you can swirl the glass and it creates a slight swirl in the cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Grapefruit and plum strike the nose with the slightest hint of phenols. In the background are hints of alcohol.

Strong fruit presence among a highly carbonated medium-body that lends a crisp bite with each sip. An acidic mouthfeel in the beginning. A slightly sweet malty base that finish with a dry alcoholic taste along with a tiny touch of hops and bits of phenolic flavors.

Once again a good beer by the Unibroue company. A good example of the style. As you get closer to the bottom of the bottle the phenolic quailities become more noticeable. So if you don't like the phenols, leave the last half inch of beer in the glass to prevent the sediment from getting in the rest of the beer.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assorted berries to this taster’s nose. Initially poured a nice amber-brown with a big white head, larger bubbles on the top that eventually gave way to smaller ones evenly distributed throughout the foam. It had a pretty lively palate...the right amount of carbonation for my taste. Finished a nice bitter, and had the warm mellowing effect it advertised.

Photo of NolateM
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass. The beer is pretty cloudy, pretty much an opaque pale ruby-orange color, with a giant thick off-white head, and some decent lacing.

Aroma is a bit musky, dominated by yeast and very ripe fruit.

I'm probably drinking this a bit colder than recommended, but still, this beer is delicious. The yeast flavor is as Belgian as it gets, but not too overpowering. A little bit musky, with noticeable suggestions of dried fruit, especially dried apricots - enough that if someone were to ask me "What's Maudite like?" my answer would immediately be "apricots." Some tangy citrus qualities too. No really overt hop flavor to speak of. Very slightly phenolic, and barely any hint of alcohol sting in the flavor... it's fairly well masked, but leaves a nice warm feeling in the chest.

Spritzy, highly-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a little too drying, which does take away a bit.

For drinkability... well, I sure won't have a problem finishing this glass, but I think one is enough... not that I'd turn down two. That description deserves a good 4, in my awesome opinion.

I would love to bring this to a classy party/gathering/dinner instead of bringing wine. I think it'd pair well with sharp cheese and dried fruits, particularly.

About $10 a four-pack

Photo of fido
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maudite pours a nice, cloudy, dark copper color; The head is foamy but dissapates quickly, Good lacing; Smell of malt and yeast; Taste is sweet, malty and fruity; Mouthfeel is dry with medium body and light carbonation; Drinkability is very good.


Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich brown color, with some gold. Attractive one or two finger head. Fairly clear. Retention and lacing, however, are both unremarkable.

Smell: Very nice aroma: more Belgian spice than Belgian funk. Apple. Darker fruits as it warms. A hint of citrus.

Taste: Great, impressive flavor. Nice malt flavor (caramel?), apples and oranges. Distinct herbal character as well. Alcohol is very well hidden. Dry, acidic finish, almost like a dry white wine if the flavors weren't completely different - very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability, although I'd imagine the 8% abv could creep up on you.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apple cider color with a big frothy white head that my glass had trouble containing. Spicey/pepper smell with plums and cherries thrown in for good measure. Spiceyness comes through in the taste but it's a little more balanced than i thought it would be from the smell. Dry finish. High carbonation level gives it a bubbly feel on the tongue. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. While no one component stands out, the overall impression of this beer is very good. Another supurb beer from Unibroue.

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although the story of 'Maudite' ("the damned") is a Christmas one, you'd have to agree there's something Halloween-y about it, not the least for its pumpkin orange colour and jack-o-lantern glow. Transparency is misted in a dense fog that also dims the beer's natural shimmer if left out of the light. Its head, too, casts over the beer like a big cloud.

The aroma has a bit of sugar, a bit of spice and, indeed, everything is nice. The sugar, which is secondary, comes from a lightly toasty maltiness with faint caramel undertones. The spice, which is considerable, comes from a most effervescent, Belgian-bred yeast that pushes notes of bruised banana and fiery peppercorns right up the nostrils.

The flavour actually resembles something of a mulled apple cider, one accented with wildflower honey and toasted breadcrumbs alongside the customary cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Its sweetness is too distorted by the spice to be considered caramel or toffee-like, but it lends itself to the aftertaste along with a pleasant dried fruitiness.

The bubbles are soft and easy on the tongue, allowing the full savor of the spiciness to be appreciated as it wanes between warming and full out five-star piquant, depending on things like temperature and age. Speaking of which, in my experience, Maudite is not a beer that ages all that gracefully. If you want to experience it at its best, drink it fresh.

Maudite is damn good beer from a brewery that, with very few exceptions, makes only exceptional offerings. Maudite is at least a serviceable Belgian-style ale; t is a beer that most people should find zestful, pleasurable and gratifying, a most charming 750ml acquaintance to make that, arguably, might be worth selling your soul over.

Photo of bgraney
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan/gold yeasty pour. Look like apple cider with a foamy tan head.
Excellent red plum aroma over a malt background.
Rich malt flavor with a strong earthy-fruit background. Alcohol burns off nicely on the tongue.
Full lingering flavor which tastes even better than the initial burst. You can sit back between sips and enjoy the flavors expanding and relaxing.
I think you could slowly sip many glasses of this over the course of a night.
An excellent ale. I think it would be a good one to turn people on to Belgian style ales.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. Burgandy color with a creay two-finger head. Left nice Belgian lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and yeast. Also, the alcohol aroma was present.

T - It is very spicy. The hop/spice really overpowers the alcoholic taste. However, the maltiness comes through.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - I really enjoy all Unibroue products and this is no exception. The spicy quality is very unique.

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

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours an opaque reddish-brown with light tan, creamy head. Receded over a few minutes before becoming a solid, unbroken foam blanket.

S: Banana and clove, right off the bat. Peppery yeast. Lemon zest. Bready. With my eyes closed, I could see thinking this was a German hefeweizen.

T: Spicy banana bread, with plenty of fruit, like having fresh banana bread with about four different kinds of jam on top. I'm getting some apricot, lemon zest, a bit of pineapple, some cinnamon, and some black pepper. Finish is lightly bitter, alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

M: Slightly chewy. Like all Unibroue beers, the carbonation is pretty evident.

D: Really enjoyable. It presents itself as being a mix of a hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale Ale, with some witbier characteristics; the abv puts it out of "session" territory, though. It's a nicely balanced beer, with some great fruitiness.

Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.
Best Before: 03-20-09

Reddish amber in color with a big foamy head that holds well. Smooth aromas of spicy fruit esters - dried banana and corriander quickly gives way to a beautiful doughy yeastiness. Certainly has the taste of a strong ale. A initial fresh maltiness dissolves into spicy, appley alcoholic esters after swallowing - moderate phenolics in the center. Warm and complex...but not too complex. Very smooth and pretty well balanced; fills the mouth but its not too heavy.

This one is still young and its great! I'm definately going to age some of these in the future. Hits the spot when in the mood for a Belgian ale.

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.

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Maudite from Unibroue
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