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Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,882
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 135
Gots: 286 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 RenoZymurgist
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orange that has an almost brown character to it with a frothy white head that subsided quickly to leave a layer of bubbly foam. Aroma is very complex with sweet malts and a lot of alcohol and yeast fruitiness. The flavor is a rush of a barely perceptible hop bitterness and a sweet malt flavor balanced by a dry estery finish that has a lingering alcohol prescence and a mineral water like taste. The mouthfeel has a fine belgian style carbonation that rushes a lot of small bubbles all over your tongue without having the bite of arificially carbonated beverages. The body of this ale also has a Belgian feel to it too as I am sure they achieved the high alcohol of this brew using kettle sugars. Very drinkable on a cold night when this ale is at about 50 degrees F and poured into a snifter like glass it is very expressive of it's flavors yet has a refined balance.

RenoZymurgist, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Zraly
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a slight film of a head comprised of small, compact bubbles. A beautiful spicy smell that speaks of Noble hops. I am reminded of homebrewing a hefeweizen and smelling the Hallertau hops. Aroma ambrosia.

Flavors of slight toasted malts, apple and dried cherries inundate the senses at first. Yeasty bread rears its pretty lil' head. Then a subdued clove spice kicks in, complimenting the initial scent. Warm, alcohol tones. And watch out! It's super smooth, so it is considerably sneaky at abv 8%.

Overall, wonderful, full-on fruit flavors with rich backings of spice and even a note of fresh herb. The more you drink it, the more you find in terms of flavors. And the more you drink it, the more you like it. A sign of a true epicurean delight.

I can drink this solo. I can drink this with fresh greens and bleu cheese. I can drink this with a nice medium-rare delmonico steak. I can drink this with a vegetarian mexican lasagna. See where I'm going?

A masterful ale selection that won't disappoint. Serve it to your wine snob friends and laugh at them when you tell them you only paid $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

One of my all-time favorites.

Zraly, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of RedBaron
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, devilish ale from Unibroue.

Appearance: Dark, murky orange. Good head.
Smell: Raisin-y, plum-y; Good malt tones. Not much hop here.
Taste: Complex maltiness up front. Fruity, banana and berry middle. Good finish, but perhaps just a tad too sweet. This sample tastes liked like a younger port. Could possibly rate a 4.5/5.0 in another year, or two
Mouthfeel: Solid, full-bodied ale. Leaves the palette nice and warm. Good yeasty residuals, to compliment the sugars.
Drinkability: Very good. Solid ale on cold night. Admire the Belgian-like approach to this beer.

RedBaron, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 750 ml bottle of this for an evening of movies. It's an old favourite.

Pours a hazy coppery brown with a foamy off-white head that oddly disappeared rather quickly, which was odd for Maudite. Smells very spicy with a few citrus notes. Taste is a strong yeasty spiciness with hint of orange gets much better as it warms up, becoming more mellow and smoother. It also hides the ABV very well, and sneaks up on you like most Unibroue ales do... which I like. I should have bought two bottles...

tatterdash, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with some brown highlights and a lasting light beige head. Bready and yeasty aromas with a fair amount of fruitiness and spice in the background. Predominantly malty, but the yeast imparts a dryness and light tartness into the finish, making it very nice. Rather fruity, maybe taking on fresh fig, mango and pear, very subtle vegetal notes, too. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, which is a plus. Overall, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

crookedhalo, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of etaggie09
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light brown apple ciderish color haze with a quickly diminishing head. Tons of sediment is floating around. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a good malt backbone. Some pear and apple smell.

Taste: pear-like sweetness with a nice malt balance. a good sweet, somewhat dry and bitter aftertasting beer. Very enjoyable. a nice example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Good use of carbonation.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like 8% ABV. Very easy to drink.

Notes: This is a great beer from a great brewery. I will have to try it again in comparison with La Fin Du Monde because I loved it. I have also had the Trois Pistoles, and I didnt think it was that amazing although I did drink it a bit too cold.

etaggie09, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice 2" white head. The aroma is of malt, pepper, spices, and yeast. The flavor is big, as malt is nicely balanced with spices such as pepper and clove, a nice bitterness level, alcohol, and a touch of honey.

The mouhfeel is slightly crisp at the start with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly strong carbonation levels. The malt and pepper tones last long on the tongue. Extemely drinkable and an overall tasty brew.

Gavage, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of dgallina
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium-bodied red belgian-style ale. Large head and lacing with strong carbonation. Spicy aroma. Medium heavy and relatively creamy mouth-feel. Strong spicy and mostly sweet flavors with some residual alcohol bitterness. Somewhat too tart for my personal taste.

dgallina, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of sardonic
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Um, cool bottle. I should probably preface this by saying that this is my first time trying a Unibroue product, or any beer of this type. Cloudy dark amber color, not much head but that's probably my fault for not pouring it all that well. Tastes very spicy and even though I could definitely detect the higher ABV, that's not a bad thing. I give drinkability a 4 even though you would definitely need water in order to drink a few of these...

sardonic, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of cooter
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"341mL" Canadian bottle of 8%, poured overly heady. Foam looks bright and heavy. I can feel the alcohol content smacking my eyes after only a few swallows, wow.... Smells tart. Looks indian red. Tastes like red...dunno what that means. Synesthesia. Berries, wheat, alcohol, esthers, malt, clean pennies, and marinara sauce all come to mind (no joke). Definitely suggests a larger serving due to complexity. Good lord does it make you feel good, too! Smooth, not too carbonated, creamy. A simply fun aftertaste. An enjoyable, drinkable belgian which manages to be simple enough to drink and forget, yet complex enough to sit and try to figure out what's in it.

cooter, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl.bottle with a 03-05-05 drink by date. Has a hazy amber-orange color with a decent head. A peppery, spicey smell, medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is complex with sweets and spices; caramel, vanilla, cloves, black pepper, etc. A slight alcohol bitterness to finish reminds me of the brews potency.

A nicely crafted brew that has aged well.

beerceller99, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick but fleeting tan head.
aroma is sweet, fruity, mostly apple, with a bit of apricot, prune and alcohol in the background.
mouthfeel is creamy smooth,full and round.
flavor is spicy at first, then fruit, honey and apricot.
finish is peppery and sweet
.Did not go well with Romano cheese (which I tried during the last third of the bottle), but probably would with gouda or swiss.
Alcohol was extremly well hidden. It snuck up on me and before I realized it I was a little loopy.

Padron4KM, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new bottle selection at Chumley's. Although I've frequently had this brew available for purchase, I've never actually got around to it. Tonight things will be different. The beer pours a deep amber white a tan head that was a tad bit smaller than I expected. No excess of carbonation on this one. Aroma had faint notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. A yeasty aroma was also present. The taste reminded me A LOT of Trois Pistole. Lots of dark fruit, but with a more bread like flavor than the 3 pistole. An excellent experience for me and I look forward to picking up a four pack and expanding on this review.

soper2000, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of ken3c
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a big puffy head. It sticks to the glass only in spots. Massive amounts of bubbles feeds the big head.

There is strong smell of ripe banana, mango, and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet bananas and alcohol. A little like a well carbonated bananas foster.

Light to medium body and very effervescent.

I enjoyed this more and more as I drank. I'm looking forward to the next one.

ken3c, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of danadeny
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation infused in a light chocolate colored body with nice sediment swimming around. The smell is crisp, orange peel and spice. A nice amount of spice in the flavor especially on the finish where the spice bite mixes with the carbonation and tingles the tongue. Spice is the dominant flavor, a little more balance would be nice, speaking of balance, no alcohol was detectible, and just a very little hop at the finish. With the flavor mostly being spice I would have given it less than a 4, but for some reason the spice can earn a 4 all on it own, with out the help of other flavors. The mouth feel was smooth, with some carbonation tingle, and an over all surprising drink ability.

danadeny, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of diamonddave
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this beer (as with most of the Unibroue beers) has one of the coolest label designs in the biz. The label looks like it could have been the cover of a Heavy Metal magazine circa 1979. I know this doesn't make the beer taste any different, but it does make you feel hip while you're drinking it.

The beer itself is a murky brown apple cider color. Kinda smells like apple cider too, mixed with a bit of grain. There's something else going on here that I can't quite figure out... like wood or something. (Huh, huh. I said "wood.")

The taste is crisp and refreshing. Very bubbly and lively, and the alcohol gives it a nice clean bite. The flavor is pretty complex and, at least for me, hard to pin down. All kinds of fruits, malt and hops are dancing around. Pouring in the yeast from the bottom of the bottle makes it even more confusingly tasty.

This goes down way too easy, and at 8% ABV, the buzz will hit you quick. "Drinkable" is an understatement. If I could afford to, I'd drink it all the time. ($47.99 a case? What the hell?) This is one Damned fine beer. (Pun intended, unfortunately.)

diamonddave, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange colour with a thin lace of white foam that keeps replenishing itself due to carbonation. Aroma consists of ripe fruitiness and maltiness, with some spice and alcohol as well. Sweet, almost wine-like character is present in the flavour. Sharp fruitiness and lightly phenolic spiciness, just a hint of black pepper with a stronger clove-like flavour. High carbonation and noticeable alcohol warming with a smooth texture and medium/full body. The finish is just slightly bitter, with the phenols and sweetness carrying through.

341 mL brown bottle with bottling date on the back label.

DrJay, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Nothing like I thought it would be. Poured a reddish bronze/brown with almost no head at all. The smell is very spicy and a bit fruity with the maltiness in there aswell. The taste, too, was very spicy. Some malt, alot of fruit. Delicious! Not very carbonated and as such, very easy to drink. Again, I'm very impressed with this and will likely buy it again.

SilentSabre, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, medium head, sits on a hazy amber color. Fruity, malt aroma which has a finish of alcohol in it. Strong spice and alcohol in the taste. As the beer warms, both the scent and taste are that of aged whisky from an oak barrel. Finishes softly and leaves a trail of alcohol on the tongue.

BobLuvBeer, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of zjungleist
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I belive this might be my first "corked" beer. Not just a beer with a cork (please).... but with actual peices of cork in the beer. The cork appears to be damaged on the way in to the bottle. I havent found the pieces in my glass yet, but who knows, they may have been water logged and sank.

Nice pour though. Loose foamy head. Distinct hop aroma, yeast, malt, slighy sugary, and maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste is sweet malt, yeast, then hop. Hints of fruit in the after taste, hot alcohol, and then an almost slighly soapy finish. Hop nose and flavor becomes more floral as it breathes. Malt flavor stepped up a notch too. Soapyness died off a bit.

Never found any cork, maybe it just disintegrated. I didn't pick apart every little piece of yeast to find it though. Overall a decent brew, sweet and malty, with a nice hop to it. Slightly better than La Fin Du Monde, of the same maker. Its flaws are easy to overlook.

zjungleist, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml

Appearance: A slightly cloudy burnt orange with a thin, creamy, short-lived pure white head. Carbonation is fine, almost champagne like and quite active. A collar and slight head lasted throughout. Some legs on the glass as well. Looks good.

Smell: These guys have the Belgian thing down. Funky yeast hit you first, followed by a wonderfully deep herbal base with a juicy citrus bite floating over. Sometimes yes, sometimes no vanilla. Dee-licious.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Holy crap, my taste buds just got a full massage with happy ending. Starts out rich and spicy, with strong clove, coriander and ginger notes. A non-malty sweetness hits mid-tongue, but soon a wash of blood orange tang comes from nowhere to finish. There seems to be a bit of displaced hoppiness roaming around there as well. Stellar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some carbonation up front, but it's a bit flabby; it just sort of lays there.

Drinkability: I don't care if the body's not great and it's 8%, the flavor is so stunning I'd drink it as long as humanly possible. This is joy in glass, kids.

WetCoaster, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of noclue
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper/dark amber pour. Tons of yeast sediment. Nice tall white frothy head with big soapy bubbles. The head finally dissipated to a thin film leaving traces of lace all over my glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy. Strong yeast aromas. Plums, clove, and dates.

Taste: Bready and yeasty. Sweet ripe fruit. Spicy alchol esters. Very light hop kick is enough to please.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability/Overall: Very easy to drink. Almost too easy. Very smooth and well-balanced. Highly complex! A treat for everyone to enjoy!

noclue, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was dark copper red/amber with a good two finger head that slowly dissapated leaving a white film on top of the beer that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was very fruity and spicy. Heavy in apricots and dates with some coriander and maybe some hidden hops late in the nose. The spice showed more as the beer warmed in the glass.

The drink started with a heavy fruit taste, around the middle of the tongue the spice showed up. The finish was lingering hops with and oily attribute followed by a light alcohol heat.

All and all a good beer to drink with friends and discuss the merits of beer drinking. But I don't think it would go good with food and it's not the most refreshing beer.

coasterfreak75, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue has the coolest bottle designs, and this one is my favorite of the bunch. The beer pours out of the 750 ml corked bottle a rusty brown color with an ample foamy head. There is frenetic carbonation going on in the glass. I noticed lots of yeast settling at the bottom as well, which looks interesting.
The Aroma is figgy maltiness, spices and some alcohol, theres a hop presence in the back. The taste is very spicy, with coriander and cloves, and different fruits. All this is anchored by a solid but subtle hoppiness. It has complex and rounded flavors and conceals its alcohol content very well. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little bit oily, it coats the mouth. I really like this beer, unibroue is probably the best Canadian brewery.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: In a tulip glass this beer has a cloudy orange-red body topped with a thin head that fades to a resilient white lacing that lasts throughout the drink.

Smell: Whoo! I get super hard phenols. This is a band aid. Ummm, spiciness and sweet bread want to come through, but the medicinal scent overwhelms.

Taste: Not too bad, but not quite what I was hoping for. This is all over the place, but keeps its feet firmly planted in spicy, medicinal, phenolic, yeasty ground. It's interesting in how this beer changes as you drink it. Some clove and sweet-sour-spicy fruit tastes akin to rotten pears linger. Not bad, but it sure is different. Almost like a confused saison and belgian dark ale got together.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, stays light in the mouth but still is apparently a higher (8%) alcohol beer.

Drinkability: Eh, I'm about set with one. I'd easily revist other Unibroue's before trying this again.

99bottles, Jul 12, 2004
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,882 ratings.