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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,049
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 354 | 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 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.

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

Poured from a 12oz foil caped bottle into a large snifter, Moudite is a deep red/orange/brown color that is similar to cordovan leather. A large dense white head settles to leave a sold of foam witch leaves good lacing.

The aroma is very dense and humid. Raisins, currents and plumbs are all featured in spicy medicinal wafts.

The savory fruit flavors start strong; give way to a sweeter middle and a slightly alcoholic finish. There is defiantly a lot going on in this beer but the flavors are balanced artfully and only begin to separate at the very end.

Very round and covering on the palate. Tiny bubbles give a velvety texture and give just enough space for the taste buds to do their job. A touch sticky at the end and this sensation lingers beyond the swallow. Still, a very nice brew.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue snifter glass at Twains in Decatur, GA. This beer pours a light copper-red with a decent sudsy white head (1 inch). Impressive lacing that repeatedly rings the entire glass as I drink. It has a spicy and sweet aroma with hints of fall foliage. The taste is yeasty, spicy, and earthy. Has a honey-link feel to the taste, very nice. It has a bit of a warming quality. If it wasn’t a high-gravity I’d be slamming this brew. Another hit from Unibroue!

Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium copper with a small, off-white head that turns a little chunky as it slowly diminishes. Lots of sticky lacing. The smell is of nice moderate malts with some spicy yeast. Caramel, and some light fruit, mostly apple. The taste is… well… nothing very out of the ordinary for the style…. But it’s just done really freaking well! Wonderful balance. Some light hops which are quickly pushed aside by malts that are very deep in character and bring a nice caramel sweetness that isn’t cloying. It has a medium body and a velvety smooth texture. Quite a wonderful beer. I don't think I'd mind hell too much if this 'damned' beer was served there.

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

Pours chestnut brown with a huge creamy tan head. Looks like a rootbeer float.

Smell is yeasty, hint of orange with the spiciness of pepper and ginger. Slight alcohol notes.

Taste is similiar to the nose with the addition of sweet malt up front and slight hoppiness in the finish. Mild fruitiness gives this beer depth. Very nice balance. Spices really make an impact in this brew.

Mouthfeel is good, but slightly over carbonated for my taste.

This is a recommended and enjoyable brew. Unibroue is an amazing brewery. They haven't made a beer that I don't like.

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is my second go around with Maudite. My first attempt was bottled during the time the brewery was having bottling issues and the beer poured flat and of poor flavor. I chose not to review it.
This sample is from a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles labeled "best before 3-17-08."
Aroma is a mx of light fruit, heavier malt with a very light cooked (not quite roast), sweet, yeasty, spicy and a slight alcohol.
Dark amber, basically clear until bottom of bottle is poured. Very big head that's off-white that settles to a creamy steady presence. Some lacing.
Flavor has a nice spice, yeasty, fruity blending with a gradually building malt character (with that cooked quality). Mild alcohol.
Feel is full of fizziness from carbonation that's relatively soft (without bite). Thinner feel, but not too much.
Overall my trials of this beer have lacked a fullness of flavor that has any endurance. Maybe it's a product of this style, but the flavors don't build over time, I find they become less present as the bottom of the glass approaches. I love the intial tastes and smells of this beer (style?) but the intensity doesn't last.

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

Poured a 750mL with a 2004 stamp on the bottle. Pours a mostly cloudy burnt brown color with some lighter tan hues throughout the glass. A decent head that poured but did dissipate around the edges. Ok lacing.

The smell is Belgium-esk with a certain spiciness to it. Good complex malt that is a little sweet. Some lighter notes of honey and candi or brown sugar. Some fruity notes as well, such as apple and pears.

The taste is sweet and very Unibroue like. Some sweet malt that mixes well with the candi taste. Very smooth and easy to drink. Quickly a spiciness that is like a apple cinnamon follows the sweet taste. Some spiciness follows like coriander and a touch of warmth. It finishes back with a sweet overtone for a smooth and enjoyable taste.

The body is good and easy to drink. Maybe a light soapy taste that stays in your mouth but so easy to drink. A nice beer.

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

This beer poured a golden brown clouded with yeast. The head was foamy and beige but short lived. The aroma was spicy and hoppy. Flavors were malty, slightly spicy and a mild alcoholic bite. It was full bodied and had a generaly good mouth feel. Overall I enjoyed it but it had a bit more of an alcohol taste than i would prefer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip, this is a hazy brownish amber with a finger of sticky white head that has pretty decent retention and leaves behind some moderate spotty lacing. Nose is a very doughy malt infused with dark fruit, brown sugar, some peppery spice, and a definite alcohol note. Taste is rich, dark and complex, a wonderful bready malt with tons of fruity notes, ranging from pineapple to plum to banana, all overlaid with a spicy yeastiness. Medium bodied with a nice fine carbonation, this has a nice smooth effervescent feel. This is a damn fine beer.

Photo of edchef1850
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, slightly hazy amber -brown, warm, toasty sweet aroma, very inviting. Wonderfully rich in the mouth, coats the inside of your mouth with a sweet alcohol warmth. I enjoy Maudite everytime!. Such a well done beer, alcohol seems a little too forward at times , so 1 or 2 is usually plenty, but its a very enjoyable 1 or 2 beers. As usual Unibroue does a great job, a world class Belgian style Dark ale, this brewery might as well be in the belgian countryside.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with goldish accents into my tulip; A thick, tan head froths up the way it should and slowly settles down to a thin but complete covering that leaves no lacing.

Lots and lots of alcohol in the nose. Smells acidic and yeasty, but mostly alcoholic - rum, gin, whiskey combined. This makes me a bit leary of my first sip, which I find to be...

Hmm... kind of like apple cider that's taken a turn. The flavor is a bit better than the nose; It has some definite crabapple notes, some spice and caramel, but the alcohol is a big hitter here, too. It's not exactly being disguised.

Mouthfeel is thin despite the head, very little carbonation; There's a quick, tight sensation as you swallow, then almost no aftertaste or lingering sensations except an astringent alcohol burn.

Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me. I found it to be unpleasantly harsh.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awe, maudite, a beer for the damned.
pours a deep copper with a thick off white head that drops into belgian lace (yacka yacka yacka).
aroma is malty, candy sugar, and unidentifed fruitiness.
flavor is rich with malt, candy sugar, a graininess in the middle, sweet corriander in the finish that leaves a tingle on the tounge.
the mouthfeel is very tinglily on the way down.

Photo of Citadel82
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer, I have fond memories of enjoying Unibroue's beers dating back over a decade. This delightful brew is a readily available treat for the palate. Tonight I am enjoying a chilled Maudite after "Friday at the movies" (Madagascar) with my three children tucked in and sleeping and my lovely,( yet still snoozing on the sofa) wife. Pours a hazy amber with a generous off-white head that fades slowly leaving glorious lacing and an nice persistent cap on a pleasant hazy amber brew. Aroma is rich earthy malts with a hint of pine. Taste is pleasant with biscuity malt up front, fruity ale yeast in the middle and a a dry light hop finish. Mouthfeel is slick yet persistent on the palate resulting in a drinkable brew for any contemplative occasion.

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

This is a perennial favourite of mine from Unibroue that I have enjoyed for a decade or more but never given it much more of my time for a more in-depth read.

Pours a hazy dark caramel hue with orange tinged highlights that sparkle gently when held to incandescent light. A tenacious cap of light tan foam garnishes the top of the beer and lingers for a good spell.

Aromas are trademark Unibroue with a spicy/yeasty complex of fruitiness and maltiness that dominates the nostrils beginning, middle and end. This caroussel of aromas keeps revolving... sometimes issuing honeyed notes, then a touch of coriander, then a leafy and earthy pepperiness. It seems as if there was no finish to the aromas, something just keeps rising out into the nose. Great stuff.

The flavours are a compact blend of bready maltiness and candied fruit that is helped along by a tight medium dry mouthfeel. A mild alcohol bitterness balances the sweetness of the malt but is rivaled by crisp notes of pine gum that trickle out in the finish. Develops well and is very interesting.

This is much more drinkable than what the alcohol content would lead to believe. With its medium dry texture and balanced flavour profile that is not overbearing, Maudite is quite capable of rivaling Duvel in quality and drinkability.


Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. Probably the best of the five I tried as well. My only disappointment with this choice is that I can find it in North Carolina and I should have tried a regional beer instead. However, I will order this one again, nice hoppiness and malt characteristics. Easy to finish and ask for another.

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

This beer pours a light cherry and apple cider color that is slightly foggy with a broad field of bubbles rising from the bottom that sustain a slight head. Smells of wheat, spicy yeast, red and green grapes and celery. Tastes of banana and wheat malt, a sweet pear and cherries and spicy yeast that blends well into a slight dry hop. Mouth feel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

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

A dark, hazy copper/burnt orange colored ale with smells of fruit and yeast. Big, bold tastes of floral yeasts and malts and hops and fruit, this is a complex beer. You hardly notice the high alcohol content as this beer is so flavorful and drinkable.

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

a: Nice amber red hue. I poured carefully so nice and clear with visible streams of bubbles.. Light off white head with some lacing.
s: powery Unibroue style yeast smells.
t: Sharp carbonation hits tip of tonge. Bitterness comes earlier than other beers, but goes well with the brown sugary sweetness.
m: full bodied...somewhat creamy with carbonation.
d: decent brew. High alcohol keeps this from being a session beer.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy a amber-orange color with a huge foamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity aromas, plum, pear, caramel, chocolate and spice flavors, medium to full bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden, very drinkable and delicious.

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

Comes caged and corked in the usual gorgeous unibroue bottle. Poured a dark hazy burnt orange with active carbonation and a fluffy yet light white head. Carbonation swirls after each sip and reforms the head, very nice looking beer. Smells like all good belgians, fruity with yeasty notes but this one also possessed some unusual earthy woody notes as well which make it especially appetizing. Taste is huge and bold with floral yeasty notes up front and followed by a darker more malty finish. Full of complex suggestions of spices, in a way reminding me of a belgian style american winter warmer, if that makes any sense. Finish is alcoholic and peppery, very warming although eight percent is fairly high, i'm definitely feeling it a bit more than I would expect. My first from this brewery but now I look forward to the rest of their offerings.

Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle poured with a small head on it and left some remaining froth after a few minutes. It appeared murky, a dirty brown with even a green tinge to it. The aroma is flowery and fruity, and the alcohol is reasonably detectable. The taste is similar to the smell, with maybe some citrusy feel, even some sourness to go with the sweet. Its not very bitter. It feels medium bodied with a large helping of carbination. Very tasty with complex malt flavors, but I would enjoy it better with more hop balance...

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,049 ratings.