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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 128
Gots: 236 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998)
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Photo of UncleJimbo


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz amber bottle with screw cap. Best Before 09-23-02 (about 4 months past date). Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Cloudy, light brown with light tan foam.

Smell: Citrus, musty grapes, apples, oak, with faint malt and yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Champagne-like, lightly fruity (grapes), lightly malty. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, slightly tart, mellow, with a warming feeling.

Drinkability: Very good. Smooth. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 18:33:34 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Tubesox


5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Maudite was WONDERFUL.

This hazy orangish brown beer has an exceptional sweet taste, but not too sweet. Not at all bitter.

This is by far my Favorite beer. I had a beer in a Chicago Brewery that tasted just like it. I Loved it, I have been looking for something similar ever since. This is it. I'd recommend this beer to anyone. It's a little pricey, but worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 20:04:42 | More by Tubesox
Photo of kelticblood


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

Exceptional pour.Poured a giant soapy white foam head that slowly dissolved.The color is cloudy brown or even dark orange.Lots of sediment and stuff swirling around inside.The aroma was of hops and fruit with a acidic citrus touch.The 8% alcohol was noticed at the first sip and made my eyes water a bit.A medium body with a smooth mouthfeel.Seems to lack in carbonation a bit,,could be a bit more crisp.Very smooth and creamy finish thats refreshing and not bitter at all.Tastes delivers a bready biscuit lemon touch with a fruit wheat finish.Overall a very good experience and I will certainly buy it again.

Note: No lace retention at all..

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 13:45:03 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Jason


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber, tiny yeast particles are noticed in the brew. The lace is light in retention though the carbonation holds some there while active.

Smell: Bready, almost cake like malt aroma. Dollop of spice and ripe fruit with a well seen alcohol of esters and light solvent.

Taste: Faint caramel malt, ripe pine apple fruitiness, and bold spices that is dominant of clove. Heavy side of phenols with a spicy sweet alcohol, touch herbal from the phenols also. Straight up hop bitterness is light compared to the other flavours but still seems to flavour and balance.

Mouthfeel: Nearly excessively crisp, solid medium body with some slickness.

Drinkability & Notes: Packed with flavour, this one does not hold back at all. Very expressive and the sheer complexity does it for me. I keep this one around to keep my taste buds in check.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 14:02:13 | More by Jason
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not overpowering in any way...not what I expected at all. It was so smooth and delicious, even my female non-real beer drinking friends thought it was quite good. That says a lot right there.

It poured amber with a bit of a reddish hue, with a thick white head that stays around for a while. Perfect balance of caramel malt with a nice hoppy finish to balance things out. Smooth, sensual, and delicious. This one will not let you down.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 23:04:58 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of kunzbrew


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

This brew pours a cloudy copper color with a monster head that leaves a sexy lace in it's tracks. The caramel maltiness is very pleasant and the hops are not over bearing. The medium body is perfect for this strong dark ale. Earthy notes are are present after the brew warms a little. This is an outstanding brew and I see why it is number #13 on the list.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 19:06:30 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of johnrobe


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/12/05
Maudite, or "damned", features one of the best labels for a Halloween party. Let me tell ya, if this beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
It pours a devilishly murky brown with a white head that maintains a cap throughout. The aroma has that champagne-like quality that I associate with the effects of Belgian ale yeast. There are also hints of green apples and a bit of caramel and some spice I can't quite place. The taste is nicely balanced between a complex fruitiness and caramel, with noticeable (but not overwhelming) alcohol showing up toward what turns out to be a bit of a tangy finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 23:52:54 | More by johnrobe
Photo of cretemixer


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

Beautiful pour. Cloudy deep amber color with a firm, almost elastic, head. Nice malty aroma that begs to be tasted. Almost has a burnt quality to it. There's a taste I can't quite put my finger on, I may just have to drink another. Overall quite tasty with a nice alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 05:45:03 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Wildman


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a white bubbly head that left trace lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and spices. A flavor of malt, caramel, citrus and some spice. The finish is a touch sweet, yet astrigent. A nice Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 19:05:08 | More by Wildman
Photo of Mick

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber color. Thick creamy head that leaves a sticky lace trail. Malty aroma, slightly phenolic. Thick, creamy, and smooth body. Malty sweet taste and good alcohol presence that balances and couples the body and flavor experience nicely. Finishes really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 06:25:43 | More by Mick
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

pours to a somewhat golden brown amber with an enormous head that will leave lace till the end of the day.

the aroma is very welcoming with nice yeast odors and some very good malts cooming about. there is also a definite hint of alcohol.

the body is very rich and smooth. it is very good to drink as is slides right down. a great flavored beer with everything in balance. a very good malty sweetness dominates with a good addition of bitterness, and it was pleasant to find just a small tinge of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 20:05:04 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Morris729


4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light mahogany color with a frothy off-white head. Nice head retention and eventually dissipates into a nice lace. Fruity and spicy aromas up front with a bit alcohol. Taste is very complex. There is a bit of a fruity sweetness up front with tastes of banana, honey, and caramel. Next comes a citrus/lemon tart sting in the mouth along with a bit of nuttiness and biscuity flavor. The finish is a dry and bread-like with some hoppy phenols. Considering it’s 8%, you really can’t detect much alcohol. This is an outstanding beer. As for the demon and the flying canoe on the bottle, here’s the story from the Unibroue website – “Maudite has a typically Quebecois name that is reminiscent of the legend of the Chasse-Galerie (the legend of the Flying Canoe). Legend has it that a group of lumberjacks struck a deal with the devil to fly home in their canoes, guided by Satan himself, to make it home in time for Christmas.”

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 15:46:50 | More by Morris729
Photo of doerickson


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

Pours a cloudy iced tea-like color with a frothy off-white head that hangs around. Spicy, citrusy, fruity aroma. Moderate carbonation. Sweet flavors of candy apple and banana, with some residual sugar in the finish, which was quite short. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2002 18:28:13 | More by doerickson
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This canadian brew is truelly a Belgian Style ale. Fantastic in my opinion. A stabple in my fridge now along with Schneider Aventinus. The real surprise is that this ia a Canadian beer.

Creamy in texture with a great aroma. Fruity and spicy. Clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

I find the 750ml bottles allloow for better final fermentation leading to a richer taste and better head when you pour that the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 12:06:40 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Head : Thick Firm Full of spices.
Body : Smooth clear amber color.
Taste : Fruity Malt flavor with spices and nut flavor .
Aftertaste: Almost winey warming affect in the end.

Very strong but verry easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 16:48:38 | More by Kwak
Photo of OatmattStout


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: this beer poored well and gave a nice 2" tan frothy head that was poured into an appropriate tulip. Large bubbles cascaded slowly up the sides of the glass for the first half of this beer.

Appearance: Was like a good apple cider in color and in clarity. Good leftovers from the second bottle fermantation in this beer, that I made sure to swirl just a bit into the poor.

Smell: Of fruits, alchohol, and some yeast qualities.

Taste: not a frequent drinker of this red strong ale style but all in all what I had expected. More of a malty sweetness with a slight and well balanced hop charateristic that hung aroung just long enough. Flavors of dried fruits also.

Mouthfeel: Had qualities of a champagne on the tounge and a fairly light finish. [coming from a stout drinker]

Drinkability: As I finish this review and coincidentaly this beer my head already knows this isn't a regular beer.It has good drinkability in moderation and it's 8% alchohol hit's you fast, and if your looking for a punch this ones got it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 14:15:40 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of Delirium


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The turbulant volcanic head, smells of smoldering newspapers with a hint of old rubber that is being pulled tightly and light musk.
Unlike many beers the smell is a fair illustration of what is to come in taste, a smooth incredibly well balanced imbibable reflection of body, spirit and mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 18:00:33 | More by Delirium
Photo of BeerManDan


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

Not one of my favorites from Unibroue, but still a good beer. I find the aroma and taste very pleasant but have a hard time putting this aroma and flavor to words. Although complex, I'm lost for words. I will try it again and see if I can taste the complexity of flavors in this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 10:46:29 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of jtw5877


4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold/amber color with a fluffy white head. The yeast is very prominent in the taste and smell. It has a massive complex flavor that is all over the place, it changes as it warms, but it never hints at its high abv. This beer has become one of my absolute favorites especially out of the 750ml corked bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 09:41:04 | More by jtw5877
Photo of MaineBeerMan


4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer with a cloudy golden amber color and a big foamy head that thins quickly and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.
The aroma is very fruity like pears and oranges with spicey notes quite evident and a subtle grassy scent in there too.
Flavor is awesome very hard to pin down, you notice new subtleties with every sip especially as the beer warms a bit. Hits with a big sweetness that says fruit more than malt, with a nice zesty carbonation. As it sits on the tongue spices and a white grapefuit bittersweet sourness can be noted. Just a dash of yeast flavor and not much hop type bitterness at all in this one, but the flavors all blend and balance really well.
This beer is very drinkable, though the higher ABV might keep you from drinking a bunch of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 23:19:48 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of DerKaiser


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

I'll have to say, I only noticed about 1/3 of the characteristics that the previous reviewer noted, but I'm sure that's likely a consequence of my underexperienced palate.

At any rate, Maudite is just damn good beer (no pun intended). I notice clove and banana flavors, with just a hint of bubble gum, as well. Carmel and toasted notes help distinguish Maudite from some of the other Unibroue products, although they all have similar, wonderful characteristics.

I had a Chimay Blue last night with dinner and for me Maudite is simply better.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 20:05:59 | More by DerKaiser
Photo of marc77


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark bronze in hue, topped by an ivory white, bumpy, well retained head that leaves spotty lace. Sweetness in aroma is a combination of notes of honey, medium caramel malt and ripe, sugary citrusy fruitiness. Buttery biscuit malt and mellow banana ester add additional complexity, while mild notes of powered cocoa surface as the beer breathes. A snap of unripe citric lemony tartness yields to a deeply caramelized, yet restrained dark candi sugar sweetness. Yeast contributions in flavor are comprised of pleasant clove phenol and understated banana esters. Mild hop bitterness, along w/ dry biscuit malt surface mid palate and provide a delayed offsetting of the caramelized sweetness. When the yeast is poured, this brew gains a nuttiness and mellow mustiness that adds to the overall depth in flavor. Light to medium bodied, but once the initial high C02 level dissapates, a dextrinous mouthfeel conducive to superlative drinkability is revealed. Finishes lightly sweet, bready w/ a hint of dry chalkiness. Maudite is a truly unique and delicious brew. It possesses the citric qualities of a tripel, the estery, chocolately traits of a dubbel and the rich deeply fruity notes of a dark strong. A refined, yet robust stylistic hybrid. I could drink this all day if my liver would allow it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 18:38:25 | More by marc77
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

Sampled this by accident. Picked up a four pack of Trois Pistoles and one "snuck" in. Poured with a hazy, clouded look. Not much of a head, just a light lacey foam. Tasted spicey and fruity, but not over powering. Not even the slightest hint of the ABV. I am now going to get a four pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 09:22:54 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of putnam


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

Sampled blind with bottles of Ommegang, Duinen Dubbel, La Fin du Monde and Orval.
Hazy liquid the color of aged Bourbon supports an even, durable head. The smell is of canned fruit, specifically mandarine oranges as well as fresh, ripe strawberries. Simply sweet. Agreeable. Velvety rich palate contains an impression of bright sweetness offset briefly by notes of caramel and whispers of coffee and sweet spices. Extremely smooth, like mink or sable. Nice. This is for the American palate with all of its easy sweetness and smooth texture.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 10:19:31 | More by putnam
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy with a mahogany wood color. Great Belgian head from the bottle fermentation, and it knows how to stay. Some lace is left that slowly slides down the slope of the glass. Huge and complex spicy aroma! Coriander, pepper, and cinnamon, as well as dried fruit, banana, and maybe some plum. Impressive! On to the palate... so very many flavors appear! Spicy and fruity overall, but this, of course, requires an in-depth commentary. Black pepper tickles at the tongue first, then coriander and sweet plum come into play. Tart and dried fruit character are also found among the many flavors that run rampant on your palate. Many of the subtleties are hard to catch! Alcohol is only detectable in the warming effect. Yeast is only slightly detectable, but its presence increases as more of the 750 ml. bottle's contents are emptied into the glass. Grainy malt finish with a bit of spice. A distinct black pepper tingle is left on the tip of your tongue. Massively complex, yet medium-bodied. Almost a full-course dinner in a bottle. This is a "damned" (get it?) wonderful ale! Masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 04:05:57 | More by hyuga
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,756 ratings.