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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 1,858
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 180
Gots: 423 | 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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Ratings: 4,171 | Reviews: 1,858
Photo of kimcgolf
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a thin off-white head. Minimal lacing and the head did not last as long as I had expected (otherwise, this rates even higher). But now for the good part. Fruity aroma, most likely of grapes and plums. Very good taste, same fruits, mixed with a spicy flavor, possibly cinnamon. Great finish, as it left a long, pleasant taste and a warming sensation. This is a beer I think I can enjoy more in winter than on a summer day. No wonder it’s Canadian. Good work Unibroue!

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

Highs: Appearance, smell
Lows: Weak flavor

Pours a beautiful mahogany color with minor suspended sediment and many very tiny bubbles (quite attractive). Head is two fingers of thick, creamy tan with good lacing and very good head retention. Great looking brew. Nose is strongly of the Unibroue signature “wine” yeast and dark fruit. Taste to me is more akin to a white ale than a strong dark. It’s very light, even understated, almost water-like, with an apple-grape flavor and a slight hint of alcohol toward the middle. Yeast dominates the flavor, and it finishes on a light note, perhaps from the alcohol. Not as bold as I was expecting. Mouth is watery but crisp, with plenty of tiny bubbles to delight the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a smooth, (gasp) light, and crisp brew, but at 8%, take it easy. Still, it’s an enjoyable beer though a bit on the light side for me.

Overall: This is a Belgian strong dark? Could have fooled me. It’s a beautiful, good smelling beer that’s a little undewhelming for me. Try it.

Photo of jmz62565
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber coppery color with a giant white foamy head leaving some nice lacing. A very good looking beer. The smell is fruity,citrus?, and very wine-like. You can also make out some candy sugar in there too. The taste has a dark fruit, burgandy, candy sugar flavor. For a high alcohol beer, there is almost no sign of the alcohol. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK, but this does have a slight metalic aftertaste. All in all, this is a very good beer. It may be alittle too fruity for me,but that's me. I would highly recommend it.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - this ale pours a dark brown cola color, with a thin white head, tons of carbonation is visible

S - a crisp refreshing aroma, like unsweetened iced tea, seasoned with spice, like either clove or coriander, in addition in the background is a fruity dark sweetness like baked apples sans the cinnamon

T - spicier than i thought it would be, like a saison , hoppy bitters underneath, the sweetness is apparently solely in the aroma save for a faint vanilla hint

M - too fizzy and spicy for my taste, but smooth otherwise and palatable

D - the lacking in mouthfeel lowers the drinkability for me, but others who enjoy it will love it, its high quality and tasty

Photo of gbontrag
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear and clean amber pour, on the thinnish side. Gorgeous blooming froth, and levitating, chaotic beads of carbonation.
This smells of new carbon paper, sweetish white wine, mandarin oranges... This is a really pretty sniff.
Delicate and floral flaves leap out of the glass into my enjoyment like a dolphin surfacing. It's sleek, light, full flavored; wet marigolds, red peppercorn bite. I really feel like I'm munching my way through a mediterranean garden: This is dry, light, minerally, flowery, spicy. A little bit of sweet melon with black pepper.
This is a really nice beer experience. Certainly broadens the menu. I love it! The yeasty backbone provides a papaya-like aura. The malts are truly a vehicle for the yeast here. This good girl not only prays at the church of fermentology, she also provides a wicked good time.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is a hazy, dark amber-red color. Head is thick, off-white, and very tall. Retention is very good. The appearance of this beer is almost perfect. Aroma is sweet and spicy, most reminiscent of cinnamon. All in all, a nice smell, but one-sided. The start of a sip is a combination is sweet cinnamon and peppery spice. A candi sugar sweetness enters the picture about mid-sip and helps regulate the pepperiness. Some citrissy fruitiness is in the mix as well. Finish is very abrupt. Overall, I found this enjoyable, but the flavor was a bit thin. Considering how high this beer is rated, I'm a bit disappointed. Anyway, I'll probably sample this again to make sure I'm not missing anything.

Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a couple of times before and I found it not as impressive as others from Unibroue and not a classic of the style. But, for reasons unkown, I found this latest bottle to be very nice. Figured it was time to write a review...

Poured a brownish/orange with a good sized light brown head that had decent lasting power. Light lacing. A lot of small carbonation can be seen rising.

Aroma of dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste was of dark fermented fruits, malts and some spices. The alcohol comes through with a light warming sensation. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Medium body with good cleansing. Quite nice.

Overall, a very nice beer. Very drinkable despite its 8% AV. A lot of character in a bottle. I guess I'll have another sometime soon.

Photo of vtfan77
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Unibroue! I'm just starting to get into Belgian beers and figured I'd better try one from what seems to be one of the best Belgian style breweries in North America.

A- Deep copper with lots of cascading bubbles and a decent off-white head.

S- Spicy aromas with cloves and pepper. Lemony tartness with some banana thrown in there along with a bit of a metallic smell. Tons of complexities here, most of which I can't even begin to point out.

T- Great flavor, very complex, so much so that a more sophisticated palate than mine is needed to break it down. Esters abound, giving me all kinds of interesting fruit and spice flavors. Key lime pie and banana are a couple that stand out to me. Anyway, it's great. Finishes dry with just a touch of bitterness.

M- Very nice, medium bodied, not too thick, carbonation is just right.

D- Considering this is 8%, it is very good. Not a quaffer by any means, but definitely drinkable. I'd have another.

Very nice beer, and good first impression with Unibroue. I definitely look forward to trying their other offerings. Recommended.

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours orange/brown with a large white, creamy, bubbly head that slowly settles to a spotted thick lace.
The smell was of bready malt with a hint of various spices.
The taste was of spices, including a touch of pepper - the alcohol was covered by complex flavors - including, but not limited to, orange peel, coriander, a dash of pepper, and a touch of caramel on a bready base. The various flavors intermingle to give it a unique, delicious flavor.
The tastes thin out a bit in the mouth, leaving a dry, spicy, but yet refreshingly clean, feel. The alcohol is well-hidden until a warming feeling takes over afterwards.
This brew is devilishly drinkable - or is that the devil that is on the foreboding label saying, "Have more..." ... Gladly.

Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red amber with big foamy white head that holds nicely. Color matches the bottle label well. Body is fairly clear and gives off a deep orange red glow where the light hits. Aroma and taste are rich with peppery spice, a bunch of different fruits...apple, lemon, orange, berries, and plums, to name a few, along with a hefty amount of breadiness holding things together, and slight vanilla overtones. Sweet, spicy and intoxicating. Very enjoyable. The plethora of flavors vary with every sip. Crisp carbonation, medium slick, foamy mouthfeel and nice prolonged semi-dry finish.

I need another.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml botlle. Left less than a one finger head that receded to surface skim, and no lacing. Body was hazy brown orange amber.

Smell - fruity esters, bananas, caramel malts with hint of dark bread, plums, and dates.

Taste - exactly as smell indicates. Fruity esters and caramel malts. Dates, plums, raisins, dark breads, spicy sweet rolls, washed over by bananas and other fruity esters. Some alcohol warmth also rounds the finish, but it's not harsh.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin- moderate. Also, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, 8% abv may intimidate some from having more than one serving ( 750 ml ) in a session.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a redish brown with a large lively head. Smell is fantastic with malty notes, corriander, and fruit. Taste is fantastic as well. There is strong malt backbone that is accentuated with corriander fruity esters (banana and orange) and a peppery finish with some yeasty hints as well. There is also a alcohol warming effect. Feels great in the mouth, a little chewy, very carbinated. An extreamly drinkable beer, one that I can see myself buying on a regular basis.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cream-colored head starts strong, falls hard but leaves substantial sticky lacing. Beer is carmel-colored and a bit cloudy.

Smells like over-ripe fruit, oranges and bananas, and spicy corriander. Same for the taste, with a prominent alcohol bite and a nifty sour and peppery finish.

A little syrupy in the mouth, but stiff carbonation helps break that up. I love these Unibroue Belgian style beers for about two-thirds of a bottle, because they seem like such masterpieces. This beer is close to a masterpiece, but as it warms the flavors are kicked into overdrive and it can be too much.

Photo of cracgor
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with amber hues and a nice tall head that leaves some lace on the glass. A little hazy, but maybe from a stay in my refrigerator. Has a delcious sweet and rich smell. A little caramel malt with a good estery smell like musk mellon. I think this is probably the best beer I have had from Unibroue. Has a nice complexity with caramel, esters, and some sort of spice. Maybe a little like nutmeg, it is perfectly balanced. A nice full bodied beer with great hint of alcohol and warmth but not overwhelming or that noticeable, just another level of complexity. Very enjoyable.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 1PT 9.4 Fl oz.(2005) bottle into an oversize chalice style wine glass. Massive head, very active, carbonation is high.(bottle refermentation) Cloudy reddish/brown and copper color. small amount of lacing around the glass as I drink.

Grapefruit! with a hint of "greens" and caramel sweet smelling malts.

Taste has more of a mellow wheaty/hoppy balance than the aroma will lead you to believe. First hit has some sour notes(grapefruit-sour!) but mellows to a nice hearty finish.

Refermentation adds a nice quick, making it very crisp and refreshing. It just seems to get better as I drink.

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary head on the first one I poured, the second one I poured gingerly and still had a strong three fingers. Wonderful sticky lace. Cloudy as expected, light brown in color.

Sweet wheat aromas with a strong spicy bouquet of anise and all spice.

Dryer than the smell indicates, full of alcohol warmth. Very high carbonation--perhaps the only negative. Nice body. This beer has perhaps the most pleasant and complex aftertaste: long lingering white pepper with the effervescence dancing on the tongue. The spiciness continues long after the swallow is complete.

This beer could make me a real fan of Belgian beers. It's more than just a full body or high alcohol. The analogy I have is listening to a symphony instead of a single great player...there's so much more here.

Photo of clabaugh
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-brown with a full, fluffy, bubbly head colored an off-white. The head is quite nice, and retains well. Lacing is rather absent.

Smell: Strong yeastiness in the nose, followed up by a sturdy malty aroma. Some alcohol reveals itself plainly. Dark currants, or dates as well.

Taste: Heavily roasted malts. Dark, crusty breads come to mind. The alcohol comes through with candor. Heavily spiced; nutmeg, corriander. The hops are distinguishable, albeit in an abstract bitterness. Some melon. Caramel.

Mouthfeel: Bitingly carbonated. Syrupy on the tongue, with a smooth finish. Activates the senses.

Drinkability: Somewhat filling, with a not altogether inviting flavor. Over the top in its boldness of taste. Hardly a beer I could consume more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium-dark amber in color with an abundance of carbonation. The head was a big 2-1/2 fingers with an off-white color. Big and pillowy at first and slowly receded to a nice light frothy covering.
Smell: A typical Belgian aroma of pepper and yeast, but it seemed a little more mild than some of the others that I've had from Unibroue. Still very good with some lime hints and some flower aromas.
Taste: Toasty malts, pepper, clove, yeast and a surprising mild grassy hop that hangs on at the end. Alcohol is hinting but understanding for 8%. Less fruit flavor than I expected, but also more balanced than I expected.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly with a medium body.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, maybe to easy.

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

Hazy burnt copper color with slight head that quickly dissipates.

Aromas of rich caramel. Malty, oakey, woody, bready character.

Tastes of sweet toffee and caramel malt balanced with an interesting mix of dark fruit and a hint of melons and berries. Pears?

Full bodied, sticky, strong alcohol warmth.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy brown with a giant foamy creamy head

S- Lots of fruit in this one reminds me of most Unibroue's offerings

T- Also fruity with a good deal of carbonation, also a bit of cloves?

D- I sampled from a 12oz bottle, but a bomber would be a great afterwork closer

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and archipelago (this is an aged bottle that is dated best before 5/7/04); some splashy lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the chalice; that Unibroue yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns

Taste: Swirling it around my mouth I pick up caramel, clove and pears; after the swallow, I also taste some balsa wood and a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a touch grainy; the finish has both lingering sweetness as well as a distinct bitter yeasty undertone

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining, despite the age of the brew

Drinkability: Of all the Unibroue beers, I think this is my favorite, but I'm a BSDA kind of guy when it comes to Belgians so that should be no surprise

Photo of flaminghomer
2.92/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

my 750ml corked sample has absolutley zero carbonation. so i'm already pissed at this beer for stealing my money. so, the review.
the color is a crystal clear dark copper of the sam adams variety. no bubbles anywhere. the smell is good. very sweet and sharp smell with alcohol but all well balanced. taste is very complex and not nearly as sweet as i expected, that's a good thing. so that is it. this beer took my money i'm not going to let it take my time. the rest is going down the kitchen sick. cheers.

Photo of jwff
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a Unibroue tulip. Pours out a light brown darkened with a bit of reddish-orange. White head resigns itself to a spotty thin layer on top. Smells of that Unibroue yeast which is along the lines of a pear sweetness with an almost powdery sugar air to it. Like most Unibroue beers the yeast takes center stage with other flavors rounding it out. This one has a light citrus throughout that becomes more apparant as it warms, like biting into a boozy pear. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth, but it seems to aid the taste and the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation throughout. This is a little too sweet for me to be an every day/multiple in a session beer.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

if an angel from hell would drink, this would be his first choice. absolultely astonishing. seriously, you FEEL like a badass when drinking this beer. someone asks, "hey whatcha got there?" the only response needed, "maudite." and the fledgling drinkers turn away and mutter under their breath about how much of a hardass you are. seriously, this beer pours solid, smells solid, and drinks solid. almost a hallucinogenic balance of hops, malt, and magic. sweet coriander citrus, mouth watering malts, this beer is sweet and sour, easy and strong. the head lasts longer than you do in bed. the head from this beer continues to add a crisp funk from afar to the total drink, and the carbonation is like hitting a downturn in a roller coaster of adrenaline. i really don't even want to go into specifics on what this beer actually tasted like to me, mainly for the reason that i'd rather you try it on your own, and take your own perspective into it, without skewing your view with mine. it's a heavenly brew, yet hellish. you could drink yourself into oblivion on this thing. i'm sure many a tortured soul finish their hard day of lashing with this wonderful sip.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maudite....cursed...yet so beautiful and promising coming off of the tongue.
pours a gorgeous cloudy deep amber with a very tall, thick craggy off white head that melts ever-so-slowly to a thick lacing.
The nose is hit with rich candied fruits and mild citrus.
So far perfect, I'm almost afraid to take my first sip expecting disappointment. I would be very content just inhaling the perfume from this beer.
The tongue is met with sweet malts but immediately assalted with a sharp citrus hops bite (and I mean bite) that tingles and leaves the mouth with a drying sweet citrus I find very satisfying.
I immediately want another sip...savor....swallow...savor...want another.
Aftertaste is dry citrus...candied rinds...not cloying at all.
Alcohol presence is felt as you swallow and enjoyed as you savor the effects of the last sip.
Very enjoyable.
I am not disappointed.

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Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,171 ratings.