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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,004
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 334 | FT: 2
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 Golden2wenty1
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a muddy, murky amber/brown with a tall, fine khaki head. Nose is yeasty, intensely fruity, with some burnt sugar/caramel notes. Taste is an explosion of intense, complex, overripe dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate over a yeasty, grainy malt backbone. Unibroue manages to pack all of this elusive fruitiness into one tightly packed, refined little package. Mouthfeel is champagne smooth and dry. Insanely drinkable for 8%. I think I have to give Trois Pistoles the edge as far as their BSDAs go, but this remains an incredibly tasty beer.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of crwills
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, with this many reviews already, I probably can't say much about this beer that hasn't already been said. But I will anyway. Ha!

Poured from a standard 330mL bottle into a pint glass. A deep, cloudy golden brown with a thick eggshell head, which faded quickly for me and left the glass clear.

Maudite smells like -- Unibroue. Hard to describe, but practically everything from this brewery (except for the cheap lagers) has a distinct scent that's tough to identify. In addition to Unibrouyness, Maudite contains elements of hay, hops, sugarcane, citrus (grapefruit I think), and just a hint of cocoa.

Taste is initially fairly bitter, and then develops some warming malty alcohol heat. Grasses and hay are prevalent, along with some apples, sourish grapes, and pungent spices. Mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, and the aftertaste is quite fruity and actually pleasant all through the pint.

A very good beer. I've got a line up of additional Unibroues waiting to try, so we'll see how it stacks up (so far, style aside, I like it better than Raftman and U but not as well as Fin du Monde or Blanche de Chambly).

crwills, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of horshack7
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Is a amber with orange copper hues and a very frothy head great head rentention.

Smell: Spicy notes rather peppery and unique.

Taste: Slight dried fruit notes raisens,apricots and peppery and a fair amount of hop bitterness. With a very crisp mouthfeel and as for drinkability it packs a punch yet very drinkable.

Notes: Maudite is one very unique beers that I have ever had and very complex in it's flavors. Cheers!

horshack7, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of bighoppymonster
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber with a thick, foamy offwhite head as this style should. The head quickly settles, however, with active carbonation running rampant. A very sharp aroma with fruitiness, alcohol, and a bit of hops detected, giving it a very pleasent, inviting smell. The smell almost reminds me of cider. Extremely complex in taste. I almost did not know where to being with this one. Starts off malty sweet and nicely envelopes the mouth. The maltiness is then replaces by some spicy sharpness. A little hop flavour as well to keep things in check. Overall one hell of a Belgian. If I didnt know any better I would say this definately came from the Continent. My second brew from Unibroue, and I must say that I have been deeply impressed to both. A damn fine ale!

bighoppymonster, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of cracker
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is truly an amazing beer. Pours a an amber orange with a nice lazy head which slowly subsides. Smells of raisins and plums with an alcoholic twist. Oh what a lovely smell. Taste is first refreshingly dry with a subtle phenolic presence but yet somehow balanced with a slight but certainly not dominant sweet, caramel punch. Complex, complex and taste profiles seem to change by the minute as the glass warms. Surpisingly not to alcoholic in taste.

Not sure if it's truly a belgian strong dark ale, probaby more of a strong red ale. But what the heck, it's a damn fine beer from Unibroue.

cracker, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I’ve had this beer several times, on tap, in bottles, and even the homebrewed version at Maltose Express in Monroe CT(which was quite good in fact) but I thought I would memorialize my thought and try to pin down my true opinion...
This poured to a clear brown rust gold into a modified chalice. There was a smattering of head which pooled up on the top and formed small isolated circles of greater density. There are typical Belgian aromas of yeast and malt, but no fruit, or at least nothing fruity or overtly spicy.

The name La Maudite means the “Damned” as noted on the bottle. I couldn’t help thinking of the Duvel clones and genre, and the abv here was 8%. I though this as I sipped and there was a distinct sweet crisp bitterness which reminded me of Duvel. In fact, there are many characteristics which leads me to categorize it as a Strong Pale ale rather than Strong Dark ale. The lagery crispness, the clarity. Obviously the color is darker, and there is a residual finish to this which suggests a darker malt and yeast structure.

The finish is such that you don’t get too much alcohol but enough to know what you are drinking, and although you don’t get the feel that you have tapped a Belgian cask on an estate outside Brussels, you do get a nice Belgian-esque lingering.

For an 8% ale, the drinkability is super-high. This is a beer to cook with, pair with food, or drink alone, and savor.

andjusticeforale, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of fromage
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer for their Halloween celebration. Served in a special snifter. Haven't tried this one before--tap or bottle. Surprisingly good, complex, and drinkable. Had with some chocolate mud cake, which I thought paired pretty well.

Dark mahogany color, darker towards the top. Tan head with largish bubbles, quickly faded to lacing, which soon disappeared. Not much bubbling action going on. Served way too cold, but I did what I could to warm it up.

Smell was typically belgian. Spicy corriander, a little citrusy sweetness. A bit of grass. I didn't detect much else.

Taste was surprising--very fruity--cherries, oranges. Some cough syrup at first. Some oatmeal and cinnamon raison bread. As it warmed up I noticed a bit of ethanol.

Mouthfeel was weak at first, probably due to the cold temperature. Became more full as it warmed. Aftertaste still spicy, alternating with fruit.

Good drinkability. Alcohol content surely disguised for the most part.

Is it evil? I'm not sure, but I'll definitely come back for seconds.

fromage, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at The Brickskellar in DC. The beer is a burgundy color with minimal cream-colored head. Not much lacing or retention to the head, but it still looks elegant in a goblet. The aromas I detect are of: plums, prunes, cherries, and a touch of cocoa. Very unique and interesting. The taste is a combination of dried fruit with a slight caramel aftertaste and alcohol warming sensation. The taste is not overpowering but definitely an acquired taste especially since the alcohol makes itself known up-front. The drinkability is good especially considering the ABV and the the aftertaste is tarty but not biting or unpleasent. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would have it again. A very good representation of this particular Belgian style.

jaluria, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of tesguino
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great presentation, 750ml, beautiful corked bottled, excellent appetizer; good for mexican food, and polish cuisine; smell strong, aromatic, like a nail, taste wide, round, little metallic, and ballanced; good for bbq, and american food; serve in a mug; 92% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy cloudy brown with solid white head. Some lacing, thick islands and a solid ring were left behind. Smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruits and spices. Taste is spicy alcohol with hints of sugary mint. The fruit isn't as pronounced as I expected. Mouthfeel is approaching full, but a little thin on the edges. Biting finish and very drinkable. I love this beer.

pentathlete, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber with a low, off-white, and frothy head which fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong bready aroma. The aroma was citrusy and and sweet with a raisin and other dark fruit character. For some reason the aroma struck me as that of bread pudding with raisins.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a citrus flavor coupled with dark fruits which were not overdone. The flavor was bready with a light bit of earthiness in the hop bittering, but mostly a light caramel and light spice.

The finish was dry with a light crisp and low citrusy flavor into the afteraste with a light Belgian yeast spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The flavor was nice, but the aroma a bit unsettling.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage
Best By: 06-28-08
Enjoyed: 27 Jul 09

I've had this brew sitting around for almost 4 years, and it is still an AWESOME brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, with some raisins, plums, grapes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, very nice notes of dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

2005 Vintage
Best By: 06-28-08

Poured into a Unibroue Chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

Best before 11-25-06. Poured a nice reddish brown, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of bananna's, malt, caramel. Awesome taste, sweet and the alcohol was hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I highly recommend this brew.

Wasatch, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle with freshness date of 05/05/08.

An extremely large, light head formed immediately, causing a two stage pour. This two stage pour may have arisen yeast from the bottom of the bottle. The head was reduced to 1/4 inch and lasted for quite awhile. Bronze in color and completely murky. Nice, tiny bubbles are present which indicates a light, fluffiness in the beer.

Mostly yeast in the aroma, possibly due to the pour. Slight fruit in the smell. Smelled alot like a hefe.

Again, mostly yeast in the taste. Alcohol is noticeable as well, but is not overpowering. Fairly malty with a slight hop bite. Quite pleasant tasting. Light and refreshing.

Bubbly mouthfeel reminiscent of a summertime brew. Nice drinkability.

I gave all 3s on this because I wasnt sure if yeast is a common characteristic with this particular beer or style. Due to an inefficient or aggresive pour maybe,? I gave average ranks. I will reevaluate this beer at a later date; hopefully with a more effective and efficient pour. Nice beer overall though.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - best before 3.17.08. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut with very active carbonation and 4 fingers of head that forces a 3 part pour. The head is still rocky 10 minutes after pouring the last of the bottle in the glass. Caramel and toasty malts in the nose along with oranges/lemons, green hops, and bananas/spiciness from the phenols. Complex enough, but not as aromatic as I'd like. All of these flavors are present in the taste along with dark bread (rum bread?), figs or plums, cherries?, sweetness, and a hop bitterness that is more pronounced than most strong dark Belgians. The body is full with crisp carbonation that makes it a bit refreshing, and the drinkability is fairly high because it isn't too strong in flavor or alcohol to limit me to 1 or 2. Good stuff.

mmmbeer, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm. IMO this one just doesn't hold up to other Unibroue offerings. Very alcoholic, much more so than its brother La Fin Du Monde which clocks in at 9%. Flavor seemed flat and dulled over the course of drinking.

Still better than a great many beers, but not up to snuff for a brewery of Unibroue's excellence. And call me crazy, but it looks pretty pale to me. Doesn't seem like it should be considered a Belgian dark.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly charged pour yields a murky brown brew.
Interesting aroma of wood and plum

The taste is complex, almost winelike.
Finishes with a peppery spice that persists.

It would be quite easy to drink a few of these and feel it
creep up on you.

Very nicely done but not my favorite "flavor".

The label tells me it is "Ale on Lees",
Maudite is " the Damned" and the beer is "refermented" (apparently secondary in the bottle) ... all very educational.

brewQ, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/copper color with a two large fluffy head that slowly fades to a nice cap that never fades away.

Smell is somewhat subdued cherries, figs and spices.

Tasted better than the smell indicated. Caramel, cherries, yeast with a slightly peppery finish. There's not much bitterness to this beer, and you hardly get any alcohol feel to it. This one goes down very smooth.

RedHaze, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer.... deep copper coloring with a huge fluffy head. As I drink, the tremendous gobs of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

The smell is very complex... I can only hope the taste can match it.
Lemony citrus, spice, pepper, wheat, and something sweet that I cant put my finger on.

Yes... there is no denying the complexity of this one. Still, I was expecting a bit more after taking a sniff. But oh well, I'll just have to settle for 'very good' as opposed to 'amazing.'
HUGE wheaty taste with a definite spicy undertone. But not only is this one spicy, it is moderately sweet as well... like a more subdued candy flavor. Extraordinarily well balanced, as is typical of many Unibroue beers I have sampled.

Rarely will I say the mouthfeel of a beer is unique, but this one definitely has its own flair. Active carbonation sprints across your tongue, as a malty thickness sets in and remains for long after the liquid has disappeared down your gullet.

Maybe the most drinkable of the Unibroue's I've tried...and with "only" and 8% abv (as compared to the 9.5-10% from la fin, trois, and don de dieu) it doesnt sneak up on you quite so fast.
Extremely nice brew... highly recommended.

nickss, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent tangerine with a rollicking and rolling amount of carbonation rushing up to an airy head of ecru foam that appears much too soft to persist or to lay down much lace. I've seen better heads on macro lagers. As predicted, the glass is spotlessly clean. I've decided to add the entire bottle to the glass (thanks to the rapidly shrinking head, there's room) and the now cloudy nature of the beer makes me appreciate the appearance a little more.

The nose isn't as powerful or as complex as it should be for the style. This bottle has been in my cellar for almost two years (the 'best by' date is still more than 7 months away), so I feel justified in expecting some amount of character. It's fruity and lightly spicy, but isn't all that intriguing.

Maudite is much better on the palate. The flavor profile is composed of sweet caramel-toffee, oranges, cherries, blackberries and a smattering of spices and herbs. It seems that several years of rest did not go to waste. This beer is as deep and as interesting as some of the best of the style. It doesn't have the sheer power and majesty of Belgium's finest, but it's still a fine BSDA in its own right.

The finish is long, allowing one to appreciate the flavors either individually or in combination. A piquant, spicy-herbal flavor lasts the longest. Sweet, dark berries aren't too far behind. The mouthfeel is tough to nail down. It's lightly chewy and supple, but is rendered airily breezy by a perfect degree of enlivening carbonation.

Before cracking the crown, I was expecting another acceptable, but unworthy of the hype Unibroue beer. I couldn't have been more wrong. Maudite is an exceptional ale and is my favorite offering from Canada's best brewery.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of HochFliegen
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive been on a Unibroue kick for about a week now thats all Ive been drinking.
This one pours a somewhat cloudy apricot color.
Smell was very sweet of dried fruit.
Big malty flavor with a citrus like zing. Also a slight spice to it in the aftertaste. Finish was dry. A good smooth beer that covers the 8%abv quite well.

HochFliegen, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of germaniac
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pale brown, with hints of rouge and golden highlights.

Smells of dates and yeast, with a slight alcohol aroma.

Tastes of figs and maple brown sugar. There's a nice 1-2 bite from the alcohol and hop content. Overall, a spicy, tart presence on the tongue.

Unibroue has always done it for me, and Maudite is one of their best. The "damned" is damn good.

germaniac, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of EMV
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine selection from the Unibroue line. This one's a dark ale, and although this isn't one of my favourite styles of beer, I can still recognize an exceptional brew when I see it. This one poured a gorgeous cloudy dark hazel brown with a white fluffy head that billowed up for about two inches and knew how to stick around and left a delicate lace on my glass. Typically complex Unibroue aroma, fruity and strong, with yeast and malts also detectable.

The taste is also complex, and these guys go down easy for an 8% alcohol by volume beverage. A definite fruity sweetness, with a chocolatey taste mixed in and a pleasant aftertaste, this one is worthy of its brewery. The carbonation is perfect, and this beer does little to dispel the notion that you can't get a bad beer from Unibroue. Recommended.

EMV, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A = Poured a dark brown. Lipton iced tea brown. There was a small foam head that quickly dissapated.

S = Prunes, figs and a hint of alcohol.

T = Lightly toasted malts, followed by a mellow prune/chocolate/coffee flavour with a slow alcohol burn.

M = Light bodied. Easy to drink. Moderately carbonated.

D = Drinkable. Can't have too many in one session. A bit expensive.

BeerNutta, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue really is an amazing maker of beers. This is just another one that is proof of that fact. Poured ot to a dark pumpkin orange color with a nice white cloud like head. High level of carbonation. I like that. Aromas of sweet spice and corrinder, with some grape and plumb notes. Taste is rather tart, but still complex, with flavors of grapes and citrus overpowering a minor malt presence. Some alcohol is noted, but not enough to lead one to think the ABV is 8%. Rather citric and acid like mouthfeel, but not so much to make this brew un-enjoyable. Good drinkability. I'd have this again. To me, this is more of a spiced ale than a Belgian Dark, but it's good either way. Worthy of a try.

Frozensoul327, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is an opaque grayish-brown color that looks like frozen iced tea. It's also got the creamiest, fluffiest white head that I've seen since high school. It smells sweet and alcoholic, a little vinuous, like a sweet stout. Tastes about the same, with some toastedness. You can taste the alcohol in it, but Maudite is smooth nonetheless, especially with the impressively light and frothy mouthfeel. With all the French- and Belgian-ness, I was honestly surprised by the lack of complexity.

battlekow, Sep 01, 2005
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,004 ratings.