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Maudite - Unibroue

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4,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,108
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 379 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of jlh8643
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from on-tap from 3F's BP in a tulip glass. Tannish white head sits on top of a dark amber body. Head leaves some lace going down. The aroma is sweet and spicy. Carmel malts, dark fruits and cloves are in the mix. The medium body is similar to the aroma and finishes a bit dry. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall a well brewed beer and very drinkable.

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this one. Pours out with what I would call a perfect head and I nice amber/orange color. Slighly cloudy. Looks delicious. The smell is to my nose complex. I can't quite distinguish an individual smell but has a citrousey, sweet spicyness going on that I really like. Reminds me of dark soft fruits at the almost rotten extreme ripe stage. Very well balanced taste. It is slighly sweet, just enough hop bitterness with a tingly carbonation zing that makes it all lmost perfet. The alcohol is well hidden within all this flavor. The mouthfeel is a little sticky but I'd rather it be this way than thin and watery. Very drinkable. If you love Belgian ales in this style you'll love this one at this price. Certainly not cheep but still affordable if you do one or two at a time. Try it!

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice from a 750ml bottle as a striking red amber color with a solid white head that persists well. Nose is of sweet fruits and yeast, with some considerable spiciness there as well. Very festive aroma. Pleasing indeed. The flavor, again, is fruity ... maybe pear and sweet plums. Characteristic Unibroue yeast underpinnings. Excellently smooth and refined, this ale is medium to heavy in mouthfeel and has a terrific sweetness without being cloying in any way. Alcohol is well conceiled. Another fine ale from my Canadian friends ... I'm anxious to cellar a bottle and see what I have in a year or two. A fine Belgian dark. Pick up two bottles ... one to drink now and one to wait upon.

Photo of danielharper
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Notes taken on 2/11/06, while watching Mythbusters, if you must know. Review verbatim from notes.)

"Dark brown pour, thick tan head. Foamy. HEavily yeast-accented aroma, strong sweet honey notes. Flavorful Belgian funk taste. Relaxing and decent, not too strong. Thick mouthfeel, pleasant to swirl. Very pleasant and flavorful. Drinkable."

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

Appearance: Pours a rich, caramelly amber color with a relatively small fizzy head that dies off relatively quickly.

Smell: Aromas of white grape juice mostly and some sweet grains.

Taste: Big dark fruit flavors, raisins and figs. Nice spicy notes in the background with faint hints of vanilla. Full and rich Belgian flavor.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light-bodied but too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the high carbonation detracts from the drinkability. The alcohol is very well-hidden. I could (and have) taken town an entire bottle on my own, but I prefer to split the bottle.

The first bottle of Maudite I ever had was probably the best beer I have ever had in my life. Pretty much every bottle of Maudite since then has been something of a disappointment. This one is probably the best I have had since the first. If you're into Belgians, you should have already tried it by now!

Photo of skillerified
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dark red and brown colored beer with a huge head that's lasted a good ten minutes. Shots of beige come in at certain angles. Very hazy with both carbonation and lees. The carbonation is a little strange. The bubbles are very small and move upward very slowly. One of the most unique looking beers I've ever seen.

Fruit and spice on the nose. Smells quite tasty. The spicy side reminds me of mint, but just slightly different. The fruit side is a sweet red fruit scent. Not a specific one, but that's what comes to mind. On second, deeper sniff, I'm getting hints of clove and banana. Interesting. Not sure if there's a relation between this and Hefeweizen, but the scent is similar.

Sweet caramel starts the palate, but a mild malt flavor takes over half way through. The alcohol is fairly aggressive here. It gives the beer a backbone through the early sweetness and leaves a slight burn on the tongue at the finish. Nice. There's a touch of dark red fruit in there too. Really nice actually. Get's a little black peppery as it warms. A little too much for my taste, but it certainly doesn't ruin it.

Medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation and alcohol really do a number on the tongue. It's not a bad thing at all, but unique. Some might find it too aggressive.

This is hitting me a little harder than I expected for 8% ABV. That's going to hurt the drinkability. The aggressive mouthfeel lowers it a little too. I like it, but I also don't think I'd want more than maybe two of them. Three tops. Overall, another excellent Unibroue offering.

Photo of Matthew
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottled in 2004.
This is a fairly cloudy orange to copperish in beer. A giant white frothy head that really makes this beer look magnifiscent.
Big notes of ripe fruit, mainly pear, alcohol, and belgian yeast spice in the nose.
Deep red grapes, apple, and figs dominant the initial taste. The tart fruitiness is followed by spice, corriander, black pepper, and clove characteristics. Deeply complex and very tastey.
This beer is very drinkable at 8.0 abv and can really catch up with you. I suggest enjoying this incredible beer with a nice meal.

Photo of jakester
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 12 oz. bottle as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best Before date of 05-31-07 on the label!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did), dark amber/orange with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation appears high. These aromas linger for the duration of the drink.

Aroma is caramel, yeast, spices like pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also fruits like dark cherries, raisins, and dates. Smells "Belgiany".

Flavor is wonderful caramel candy, spices like above, yeast, cherries, plums, and dates. Residual sugar is medium. Hop character is very low, with only a hint of bittering. Aftertaste is a lingering caramel sweetness and a Belgian funkiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation. A slight oiliness comes across the tongue, which gets quickly erased by the carbonation. Finish is tingly.

This is very good. Kind of reminds me of an Abbey Double in a way. It has nice malt character, it's spicy, fruity, yeasty, and Belgiany. I'd drink one of these anytime.

Photo of ndolover
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-Nice looking bottle
-When poured this lovely beer the head formed a whipped egg white consistency. Which ended up clinging to the glass nicely.
-I found the smell yeasty with hints of figs and cheese
-A wonderful tingle of tiny bubbles on the tongue showed off the yeasty yet amber malt flavor
-It was a bit thin and the taste did not linger long
-Definately a beer to drink with cheese bread as it could be a mini session beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +0.5%
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
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
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
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.37/5  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
3.01/5  rDev -28.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.