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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,774
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 243 | 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 xgrigorix


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

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Best by date clearly marked on back label.

Pours tawny amber in colour, clear with a gigantic creamy & dense off white head. Yeast pour turns it cloudy as expected, nothing really remarkable about it.

Wonderful aromas of spices, & some herbs. Bright & inviting. Aroma is dulled by the yeast pour.

Rich malt flavours, some orange, with an interesting blend of coriander and pepper. The slightest hint of bannana with vanilla, & then a dry finish that lingers. Yeast pour adds a bread like quality, while muting some other flavors.

Slightly thicker than medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

Well done. I prefered this without the yeast. To each their own.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 16:14:15 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – This pours a beautiful, thick cloudy brown. The head was full and left some lacing.

Smell – Big malt and spicy yeast aromas fill the nose. This is a terrific smelling brew, full of caramel and fruit scents.

Taste - The first hint of hops is quickly replaced by huge malt and caramel flavors. The body is very deep, mature, raw, and spicy, with a complex fruity boldness of predominantly banana and clove-spiked apple. There’s also a presence of alcohol and many other flavors that I can’t pinpoint.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation slowed this one down a bit. I thought it was a little too much for the style. But, it’s a full-bodied ale that you can sip, suck, chew, or pack in between your cheeks and gum like a wad of tobacco.

Drinkability – This went down smooth as silk.

Comments – This is my idea of a BSDA. I chose this for my 100th beer review to commemorate the occasion.

Update – Well, I had this for my 100th review and now, here I am, over a year later, with 1,220 reviews. I thought I’d give this one another full tasting and see how my opinion of it withstands the test of time.

I didn’t see a need to elaborate on the Appearance: it’s perfect. The aroma and taste are damn near perfect. I didn’t get any hops this time around but thought the huge butter flavor was just a bit much. Keep in mind that I’m trying to differentiate here between a 4.5 and a perfect 5.0.

The style allows for high carbonation. Having said that, I thought this was just a bit too much. I’ll say now that it is not quite full-bodied, although the beautiful and full flavors probably demand it to be so. All in all this is one of my favorite BSDAs. I stand by my overall 4.5 rating that I gave this back in August 2003.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 04:10:43 | More by RoyalT
Photo of tar


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

Pours a nice cloudy, amber with a thick, foamy, slightly off-white, and very persistent head. The smell is fairly mellow but full of different aromas, especially those of spices and flowers. Very nice complex taste--especially fruity and spicy (peppery in particular). Finishes quite dry. A rather smooth beer and rather easy drinking despite the high alcohol content. This is definitely a beer I will look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 15:30:53 | More by tar
Photo of ManekiNeko


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

Served slightly chilled in an actual Maudite glass (I'm a dork, what can I say). Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Burnt umber liquid that is slightly hazy. Quickly forms an offwhite head that dissappates just as fast to a thin layer.

Aroma: Clove and coriander with fruity (I got peach and banana) and malty aromas quite prominent. Little snap of lemon at the end.

Taste: A good wallop of the aforementioned spices rounded out by the malt sweetness. Slight feel of alcohol and bitterness as the liquid lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Warming and just so slightly puckering. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Smooth despite the infernally high ABV. Damnation never tasted better.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 22:29:47 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of beerguy101


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

Medium brown color, small head. Heavy malts and hops, malts are slightly sour and spicy. Large body. Mouthfeel is fluffy (carbonated). Finish is spicy and slightly sweet. Aftertaste has an almost perfume-like sweetness to it, yet slightly sour and bitter. Very different beer

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 02:37:27 | More by beerguy101
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep-amber body reveals golden highlights when held to the light; and it's tall, foamy, white head holds exceptionally well and maintains a solid 1/2" or so throughout the glass. The nose displays crisp, fresh-cut apples and soft, sweet vanilla with a delicate backing of spicy/peppery yeast characteristics. It's just a touch creamy and very smooth across the palate with a very-fine and gently effervescent carbonation accentuating its medium body. The flavor exhibits some fruity toffee and lightly candyish/slightly toasty malt; and it finishes a bit honeyish. The alcohol rises a bit at mid-swallow, and it finishes short and dry. Quite good; although I think I'd prefer a well-aged 750 ml bottle to a fresh draft or 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2003 03:45:10 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is dark amber, with good head. The smell was very flowery and fruity. The taste is very sugary, flowery sweet, with hints of malt to it. The mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Drinkability-wise, even though it's so sweet, I could have a few more.

This is probably (as of now) my 2nd favorite Unibroue after Fin du Monde. An excellent beer, and probably better than a lot of the dubbels actually from Belgium. Salut Unibroue!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 02:50:13 | More by beergeek279
Photo of woemad


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

Had a bottle at the Viking. This is a very cool looking beer, as it comes in a bottle graced by a flying canoe and with Satan himself making an appearance. It poured a dark mahogany with red tinges and with a big head. The first whiff I got reminded me of some sort of perfume. This is easily the most fragrant beer I've ever encountered. I also nosed a peppery aroma. This beer tasted very complex, beginning with a fragrant, fruity taste, and ending with a peppery finish. I don't think it would make a good session beer, as its just too assertive, but its definitely a beer to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 22:14:33 | More by woemad
Photo of Sixpack595


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

I tried this right after a Rochefort 8, and I was shocked. This beer was better in nearly every aspect. The aroma was bready, spicy, and to a lesser degree fruity. Taste was more of the same with black pepper, apples, and others playing bit parts.

Maudite: 750ml for $5.99

Rochefort 8: 330ml for $5.99

Maudite was better, cheaper, and easier to find. Both are good beers, but Maudite will get much more fridge space.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 07:29:56 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great brew from the fine brewers at Unibroue. You gotta love the name, which in english translates to "the damned". Oh, how devilishly good that sounds. It doesn't disappoint either. The rich color to the body somewhat resimbles a jar of my grandpaw's fig preserves. The head stood around for a little while, but died out to a laceing, due to the carbonation. That was the only reason the apperance didn't get a 5 in my book. The taste was similar to any basic Belgian, but it was just a tad to carbonated tasteing for my likeing, but nothing too bad. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a cheap version of a Belgian. Gotta give it to those Canucks.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 05:44:04 | More by JISurfer
Photo of TripelJ


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Maudite

Presentation: 12 oz. black foil topped bottle that looks like it would be served at the gates of hell.

Ahhh sweet Maudite, surely I am "damned", but oh how I love thee. Pours a deep translucent ruby with a medium head that is quick to recede. Color is a deep ruby/amber, more of a dubbel than a 'strong dark ale'. Aromas are sweet--raisins and ripe berries. Taste is sweet up front with a slight bite from the carbonation and alcohol. Hints of raisins and cranberries with an interesting sweetness that melts away to a nice sourness--maybe ripe dark cherries.

Overall: This is a beer to be revered and imitated, but overall just respected. Definitely belgian in style, but Canadian in origin, kudos to Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 02:58:14 | More by TripelJ
Photo of ALEBOY


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. From its' lovely murky brown appearance that is inter-laced with red. Through to its warm inviting flavours that remind me of caramel topping on top of fresh vanilla ice-cream. A true delight.

A big shame that I am writing this from notes as it is sadly no longer available in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 09:12:07 | More by ALEBOY
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first foray into the the Unibrou line up of upscale brews. I am pleasingly surprised. One seldom sees this in the Ontario brew pubs but it's got shelf space on the brewers distributor store chain, which is a good as it is always well conditioned before sale. This brew will actually store up to 6 years and improve as it is a bottle fermented brew....thus the higher alcohol count.

My brew came in a date marked brown bottle complete with eye catching artwork on the label; a crossed armed devil and a flying Voyageur canoe....cool!

The beer pours a murky mahogany color with a wonderful light tan creamy head that caps the beer for quite a while and then reduces to a lace that clings to the side of the glass.

Smells of spices, musty fruits and grains. Starts very smooth and mellow follwed by a very full bodied mouth feel punctuated with sweet nutty tatstes mixed with spices and finishes smooth with a lingering hint of banana...followed by a very warming feel. I saw this describd once as a very complex tatste, that's Maudite oK. ....go figure, I thought all these adjectives were pretentious bogus stuff...but these are all I can use to describe this great brew!

Try it you find it ...or go out of your way to get some if you like drinking beer with good food...this will go well with pasta or red meat (stews) very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 22:17:25 | More by pootz
Photo of hotstuff


3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a large white head with small sized bubbles. The body was cloudy and the hue was light brown.I could definitely taste the alcohol with this beer.About all I have to say about this beer is that it was just okay.I was not extremely impressed by the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 17:45:10 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 09-19-05 -- on the back; $7.99/4 pack from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City; freaky little label of a ten-man canoe rowing itself at the sun and a gaunt-jawed Satan grinning underneath; second beer of the evening -- comes after a 12 ouncer of Ruedrich's Red Seal pale ale.

Appearance: Pours a foggy brown with a healthy tinge of orange; 1/2", macro-bubbled, off-white head which quickly recedes; light, unprincipled lacing.

Smell: Thick malt with notes of non-citric fruit, bubble gum and spicy phenol; other stuff is undoubtedly in there as well, but my nose just isn't delicate enough.

Taste: Heavy malt sweetness and a stinging spiciness are Maudite's primary flavor characteristics -- both of these I dig. For the spiciness, xlperro suggests (among other things) ginger ... and I tend to agree. Secondary tastes include a floral hoppiness, bubble gum and alcoholic phenols.

Notes: A big, tasty Belgian style SDA (strong, dark ale) which would rate a lot higher -- for me -- if its bubble gum characteristics were more subdued; Mustard doesn't like spicy hubba-bubba qualities in his beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 08:57:08 | More by Mustard
Photo of Indybeer


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

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden orange color, with a massive head that stuck around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is almost that of a hefe-weizen. Taste is malty and sweet, with some spice, and a slighty bitter finish. Again the flavor of a good german hefe is in there. Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel, make this a very good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 01:26:06 | More by Indybeer
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

Thought I'd use something special to earn my mug. Poured from a hefty 750ml brown bottle, with a cool gothic Francophone label. Colour is a deep amber with some suspended particles, decent foamy head. Aroma is complex, sweet and toasted malt, cirtus tones, bitter orange peel, some coriander, hint of pepper, even some bubble gum. Flavour hits you like a velvet canoe paddle, nothing subtle about it. Malt is quickly over-run by the spiciness, yet different flavours roll onto the tongue, wave upon wave, a little too quickly to pick them all out seperately. Finishes with pepper however. Surprisingly smooth for an 8% beer, sometimes it pays to be "damned".

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 00:02:36 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of taez555


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

12oz bottle.

This beer poured a huge white head that took it's time dieing down. The body was a translucent light brown/orange/tan.

The nose had a alot of phenol smells. Hinting at almost a german hefe more than a belgian attempt. I could make out some fruity smells as well. Nothing overlly distinct, some plums, raisins maybe even some grapes.

The taste of this beer was very malty and sweet. Classic belgian dark triple ale taste but kicked up a notch by some darker malts. Yet again, lots of very mellow hints of fruit, plums and raisins. A very smooth alcohol burst and presence acompanied by some very subdued hop, earth almost piney sort of taste.

It really didn't have a strong lasting finish, but finished smooth and full of flavor.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. An amazing belgian style beer from Canada. My favorite so far from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 00:37:27 | More by taez555
Photo of granger10


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

This is quite a complex Belgian. It poured smooth with a lovely head to match. The aroma told me it would be very fruity with some alcoholic tones in it. Though it was a pleasant smell the taste actually differed in depth and quality. I did notice the sweet sugary taste come through but this beer offered much more. There was a definite peppery spice that gave this beer a little kick. I picked up on some caramel malts and also a woody flavor. There were enough hops to back up this sweet drink, but they weren't too bitter which I liked. It finished tarty and a tad too dry and yeasty for my liking. But this is definitely a fine brew from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 05:20:12 | More by granger10
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Man I relly like this "big" beer,pours a deep amber with a nice thick off-white creamy head,nice sweet almond/caramel smell with slight alcohol notes.A malty,nutty tasting beer with some fruity hints in the finish ( a long finish at that).Very warming something to drink before bed.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 05:58:45 | More by oberon
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a deep amber with an off-white, froathy head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt with hint of caramel, honey, fruit flavors like pineapple or some other sweet fruit and then a generous does of spice with hints of hops that balance the flavor well. This brew had my taste buds dancing and bewildered. Truly wonderful and maybe a little to complex for my taste buds to pull each flavor out.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 14:48:59 | More by Loki
Photo of TheDM


3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of this brew was hard for me to make out. It's initial pour yeilded a envigorated head of small white bubbles that left no lacing and has acloudy light breon color. My first taste had an initl uh oh reaction but later settled into flavor that I could not identify. Not sure how to rate the taste of this brew. Not a bad taste, but not great. After a while I could taste the alcohol content of this brew. Perhaps 3 good brews in a night is too much for good ratiings! Hmmmm....

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 12:47:38 | More by TheDM
Photo of daledeee


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this Belgian beer? No but it might as well be.

Pours a nice coppery color with head that stays around and keeps the lace.

I can smell vanilla and banana with malt. Taste is exceptional Good carbonation and bite. Fruit such as grapes and plums,malt and sweetness are prevalant in this one.

This is one of those beers that is way too drinkable for a strong one. I live in Iowa and can't wait for it to be sold here. This is one of the best beers availiable. Imported or exported.

Note: 10-08-08 This beer comes across as a little dry with not as much depth. Still a good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 18:21:46 | More by daledeee
Photo of jcalabre


3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 4 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a dark orange color. It is opaque.
Flavor: It is slightly sweet and the alcohol is well hidden, which I always appreciate. I want to taste the flavors in the beer, not the alcohol. All in all, it's a very nice drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 12:25:45 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Darkale


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

Nutty and yeasty aroma. Deep and subtle with a backbone of spice.

Color is a dark butterscotch, swirly, with a thin, light tan head.

Taste is malty at first, then sharp and peppery, with good carbonation. Very chewy and foamy in the mouth, with a slick, burning aftertaste. More creamy than I would have thought likely, which makes this a very drinkable beer. The maltiness at first is creamy, then it becomes slick and peppery, with a candy sweetness around the edges.

Another great beer from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 14:03:08 | More by Darkale
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,774 ratings.