Maudite - Unibroue

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,063 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 364 | 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)
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maudite Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,063 | Reviews: 1,849 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Phatz
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The presentation of this beer was nice in a 750 ml corked brown bottle.

Appearance: Pours orange brown with a 2-3 finger head and LOTS of carbonation; nice, what you want in a Belgian. The beer is too cloudy to see through but lets the light pass through. Nice appearance.

Smell: The smell is sweet and malty. Significant amount of citrus, fruity esters & spices.

Taste: The taste is very unique, very colorful and bold. The taste had a nice sweet malt flavor to it, but then it went south for me. It got tangy; and much more tart than I expected from a Dark Belgian. Somewhat like an orange drink or fruity wine cooler that make you pucker on the aftertaste. It was certainly not an unpleasant taste, just not the taste I was expecting or that I prefer. There are a ton of reviews praising this beer so it may be just me but I think this may be a love it or hate it taste. It is CERTAINLY not average; and I respect it, but I prefer a darker thicker taste, less 'bouncy' flavors. In truth when I added to the experience, a cheese snack I actually enjoyed the beer as long as the cheese was on my palate to reduce the tartness. I do feel I should rate it though on my first impressions.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was very light and thin, somewhat like soapy water. (not saying that is a bad thing, if that is what you like, just a close analogy to the mouthfeel). Very carbonated and bubbly feeling on you tongue.

Drinkability: While the flavors and mouthfeel were not my favorite; still this beer went down with great ease; it’s very smooth. Because it is so light it drinks like a glass of water when you’re thirsty. If you like the Belgian mouthfeel and fruit beers with a tart kick, give this a try. If you are expecting 'Ommegang' or Tröegs Mad Elf (some of my FAVORITES) you may be disappointed.

I have since discovered that this beer is also available in 12oz bottles. I enjoyed it a little bit better this time around but not quite enough to actually change my previous review; thus the ‘edit’.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a straw-amber color with a lofty fluffy beige head and heavy lacing

smell: sweet and alcoholic...pears, plums, cherry, raisins, sweet alcohol, yeast, bready aromas

taste: sweet and clean, bready taste, sweet fruity malts...pear, plum, apple, cherry...raisins, lightly peppered spice...alcohol definitely present on the tongue

mouthfeel: bubbly carbonation, sweet alcohol burn

drinkability: fairly drinkable

Photo of nlmartin
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. Best by date 3/17/08

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy off biege head. Loads of carbonation play in the glass. Lacing is nice spider webs on the glass.

Smell: This beer smells really good. The smells start fruity sweetness. Then the smells move towards a woody peppery spicyness.

Taste: This beer leads with sweet fruity goodness. The sweetness gives way to spicy peppery splashes. Then the taste leans toward a tart fruityness and spicy again.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a full bodied beer that is nicely carbonated. I cannot tell the prescence of the alcohol in the taste or the smell of the beer. Watch out 8% and just marvelous to drink.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite has appeared in quantity in my town. There are at least two places locally where you can get this on-tap...rather impressive. I have yet to try this from tap, but have had many bottle samplings. About time for a review.

Maudite pours out of the bottle a leathered bronze, with a dollop of meringuing lasting head. A geographical map of lace networking appears quickly on the sides of the glass. Mysterious and intriguing.

The nose is dry, and filled with strong aromatics. Complex, and somewhat difficult to describe. Cloves, bergamot, candi sugar, cracked wheat, gumballs.

Initially tart, brisk, and dry on the palate, leading to a gorgeously lush malt flavor. And I mean *malty*, a weighty feeling that appears stronger than many true Belgian SDA's. Slight peak of cloying cotton candy/nutrisweet takes over in the last 3/4ths of the taste. Corn becomes apparent at warmer temperatures. Interesting endorphin-bomb flavor suggesting the first nibbles of fine dark chocolate.

A tasty BSDA that really hits the spot for this style. I'm looking forward to trying it on draft.

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

This beer pours a carmel orange color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly leaving few laces. It has a slightly spicy, malty aroma. It has a decent hop aroma to it as well. I can detect a slight alcohol aroma also. This beer has a flavor very much like the aroma. It is slightly spicy. It has a caramel like malty taste. I can detect a subtle hop flavor. The alcohol is not very noticable in the flavor. It has a very slight bubble gum flavor to it. Only just a little though. This beer is highly carbonated. It goes down smooth leaving a spicy aftertaste. I think this beer would make a good session beer. The alcohol content is a little bit high, but it is easy to drink, and it tastes great.

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

BB 1-12-08. Nice presentation with white head and dark golden/amber beercollor and quiet hazy. Nose is very much koreander, some hops, (caramellic)maltyness and some candysugar. Overall very fresh impression that's followed by good taste also. Taste is also candysweet and has a fruity/whitewine like taste with it. Further again candysugar and koreander that's majorly there again. Not overdone but nice and clean bitterness with it and showing good brewerskills. Fine mouthfeel also except the IMO overdone spicyness of the koreander. For the rest a great brew though that's quiet impressive to me. Nice alcoholic touch and good carbonisation with it make it very easy drinkable though and one I really like to see again.

Photo of texashammer
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown in color with a huge pillowy head. Smells very sweet, with heady alcohol. In the mouth, I find it sweet and yeasty, with breadlike malt, Belgian candy sugar, good earthiness to it too. Drinkability is hurt, for me, by being a little too sweet.

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

Poured a deep slightly hazy red, almost brown, color. Head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is mostly malt with a slight phenolic hint.

Flavor is more malt and a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is full, with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Overall a good beer. I'd drink more.

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

POPED the cork on this one. Usually corked beers are less than enthusiastic when uncorked. This one let go a loud POP!

Murky carmel color beer with light frothy head that goes away and leaves little lacing. Aoma is powerful begium yeast with lots of sweetness and clove. Mouthfeel is slick and alchoholic. Warming is noticable as this one goes down. Still it is very smooth and easy to drink.

Taste has a slight hoppy bitterness but lots of fruity belgium yeast flavor take over in the end. Some spicy pepper flavor is noticable.

This is another great Unibroue beer. I don't know if they make a bad beer. . . If you like their style, Belgium foundations with a dose of North American style. Works for me. . .

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.

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).

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 4,063 ratings.