Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
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1,862 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,862
Hads: 4,261
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 199
Gots: 484 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of jcruelty
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ♥ Unibroue. Hard to decide which I like better, this or Fin de Monde.

Nice devil imagery on the label. Is that a canoe going straight to hell? Yes... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasse-galerie (203 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark Amber with a good frothy sticky tan head
Smell - boozy with some dark fruit some sweet Carmel and some spice
Taste - lots of spice with some creamy carmel and some dark fruit
Feel - slightly fuzzy with a full body
Overall - first spiced up strong ale I've had but really good (287 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Corked and Caged Bottle

A- Pours a Dark Amber colour with a mile high off-white head. Took me two pours to get a good glass worth into a 500 mL Snifter.

S- Dark fruit (prune/raisin) and citrus along with spicy cloves and coriander. Warm and inviting.

T- Over ripe fruit, banana, malty caramel, cloves, and coriander.

M- Incredibly smooth and palatable; especially dangerous for an 8% ale! Fairly low carbonation and a fairly big body. Way too easy to drink!

O- Can Unibroue make a bad beer? From my experience, the answer to that question is no. An excellent Belgian style ale that is incredibly easy drinking. Best enjoyed slow (or face the consequences of the high ABV! (701 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright reddish amber pour produces a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap that kicks up splotchy lace.
S: Over ripe fruit, malty fruit cake, light fruit.
T: Big malt and big Belgian yeasts join to develop fruit cake, over ripe fruit, banana, caramel, dark sugars, spice and anise flavors.
F: Highly carbonated, medium to medium light body, creamy.
O: One of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales available. (408 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber/brown with haze and roiling carbonation. Big eggshell head. Held to the light, it looks like what I'd picture the flames of hell would look like. Angry, dark, fire-like.

Aroma: Aromas of dark fruit like raisins and dark cherries. Some spices and clove seem present. Appealing.

Taste: Delicious beer. Combines those dark fruits from the nose with some orange rind and coriander. Complex, but approachable.

Mouthfeel: This beer dares you to drink it quickly because it's so easy on the palate and super tasty. Alcohol is well hidden. Best enjoyed slowly, but dangerously quaffable.

Overall: A great beer. For fans of Belgian styles and great dark beers. (721 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'd think I'd have tried this one before now, but I guess part of why I haven't is that it's widely available, so it doesn't seem all that special, even if it may well be world class.

Cloudy raisin brown with visible carbonation. I've got a cold and my sense of smell probably isn't what it could be under better circumstances, but I pick up dark dried fruit, like raisin and plum, and some booze. Yeasty, a bit tart or sour, fruity, peppery on the tongue. Almost overly crisp and fizzy. (491 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deeper cloudy brown with a very short-lived white head. Just a small amount hangs on and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is redolent with spices and dark fruit sweetness and the taste just brings it up a notch. The body isn't thin, but it's not thick either. Very smooth. (281 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken multiple times over the last 5 years. These notes were taken in May 2014.

12 oz brown bottle with beautiful gold fading to black foil around the cap and neck. The artwork is pretty stunning as well with a small boat full of damned or cursed men flying to their doom. Great piece of artwork. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass with a wide flare at the top.

A - murky haze. A deep amber red with hints of reddish brown in color with even hints of red orange in the light. Beige head pours quite large leaving a big frothy ring of sticky lace.

S - bready malt, ripe fruit, orange, and big whiff of alcohol esters and wonderful Unibroue yeast notes with spices of coriander and clove. Has a floral character as it warms.

T - lovely ripe fruitiness alongside a pretty pronounced orange note. Belgian style spices, coriander, clove, and a hint of black pepper. Yeast and floral notes are balanced perfectly over a breaded malt and fruity alcohol esters.

M - medium bodied and flavorful. Texture is as you would expect from the style. Crisp like finish and the alcohol only adds to its complexity. Lovely feel.

O - a brilliant dark ale from Unibroue. This may be my favorite offering from them and that's saying something considering all the fine ales they bottle. Pure class of a brewery and their creative brewing and style are on full display with Maudite. Fantastic Belgian style ale. (1,409 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A solid thumb of head that sadly did not stick around but produced some lacing. The body is a fig coloured brown that has a unique dullness to it, but shows amber and red notes quite well. There is ample carbonation in the body but also quite a bit of smaller then sand yeast in the mix, which is more a result of my pour being a bit to long.

Smell: A strong yeast that really presents itself as figs which berry touches. There's is a potent toffee backing to it that comes across as something that is lying in wait. There is also a slight floral note that comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste: Starts with a solid dose of toffee flavoured malt with a slight touch of chocolate which builds very quickly into a fruity yeast as figs, stone-fruit and citrus arise and then somewhat give way to a spicy clove with floral and herbal hop end.

Feel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a bit quick, it is still solid. A nice dark toffee and figgy aftertaste stick around after drinking which leaves a very restrained dryness.

Drinkability: It hides it's ABV quite well, it's medium bodied which was surprising, the carbonation doesn't get out of control after you've had it and it's very easy to drink and doesn't come across as the beer you can only drink at an event.

Final Thoughts: Much like the other brews I've had from Unibroue, this one impresses. While it is no Fin Du Monde, it's still an awesome beer. As I said, this one I could drink anytime, anywhere but I could really see it going good with mussels. Two thumbs up. (1,581 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Medium brown and super murky, awesome 2 finger fluffy head sticks around a long time and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Big, musty, yeasty dark fruits with a touch of cocoa. Spicy yeast is fairly dominant.

Taste - Just about follows the nose completely, but the dark, fruity, slightly vinous character shines through a bit more. Cocoa and toasted bread maltiness brings a solid hit of candy sweetness and blends nicely with the spicy yeast phenols. There's a feint, odd astringent/minerally note towards the end, which could be some booze. Finish is yeasty, earthy, fruity, and dries up a bit to an off-dry finish.

Feel - Medium/full body, but damnit if it doesn't feel like just swiggin' on a 5% brew. Carbonation is very ample and crisp yet retains a great creamy quality. Nicely done.

Overall - Pretty killer BSDA here folks. Hovering at 8% ABV, it's on the lighter side of the BSDA game, and the body is so masterfully done that it feels like a 5% beer. I'm not the biggest fan of that weird little minerally note (maybe just the water?), but other than that this is a great beer. (1,124 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best before date of 12/3/16.

Pours a dark, hazy amber-brown with a one-finger white head that recedes over a couple minutes.

Malty, hoppy aroma. Earthy notes with some faint citrus tones.

Big on the malty flavors with some light fruit flavors. A mix of cherries and citrus. Lots of carbonation along with a medium mouthfeel.

A great full-bodied beer that works well as a winter warmer. Complex enough to make it interesting. Would buy this again for some cold days. (522 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear caramel brown color, one finger head that quickly receded to a thin film, little lacing.
Smell: yeasty aromas dominate, some spice and sweet candy sugar notes as well.
Taste: pretty close to the smell, with the spices a little more prominent in the taste than in the nose.
Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium bodied, just a bit of alcohol burn.
Overall: Pretty tasty, but not quite up to par with the better BSDAs. (427 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fine, looked promising. The nose wasn't very pleasant, and the flavor ranged between blah and meh. Finish wasn't bad, but that might just be because the end had been reached. I've had much, much worse, but also have had a lot better. (240 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a branded snifter

A: Pours dark caramel in color with a rocky, lasting tan/off white head. Traces of ruby at the edges and surprisingly clear.
S: Welcome to yeast city; population your nose. Obviously very strong in Belgian yeast - spices, clove, yeast esters, bread crust, overripe fruit.
T: Toast and bread crust with complex spices and a strong yeasty presence. Dark fruits, clove, caramel, burnt cadni sugar, earth, and lasting residual sugary sweetness.
M: Fluffy and heavily carbonated.
O: Really this style is just becoming a big turn off for me, though I recognize the depth and complexity here - it's just not for me. If you want a heavily yeast-forward Belgian Strong Dark Ale though, look no further. (737 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't get me wrong, very good beer. Judging by style however, I prefer many other Belgian strong darks to this. Glad to be drinking this on Christmas - But I notice a more full bodied and complex beer from the folks at Gouden Carolous. (237 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a lovely beer and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I first encountered Maudite many years ago and was not ready to appreciate its complexity. Like other Unibroue beers, the nose is yeasty, though this beer is agreeable right from the start. It pours beautifully and looks great throughout the sampling. The flavour is definitely on the sweet side - notes of clove and brown sugar, but overall it reminds me of home baked banana bread. In terms of price and accessibility, I'm not sure you can find a better deal out there... (528 characters)

Photo of VbolieuV
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby-red colour with a good foamy head. Tastes just amazing. Nice caramel flavors with good roasted malts taste too. You couldn't tell it's a 8% ABV beer, really easy to drink. (181 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2014.

Appearance: Dark red color, that is a bit cloudy. The head is thick and light colored, or off-tan. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweetness. The is some hops bitterness in the aroma, as well as a spices. The various aromas make for an interesting contrast.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Belgian Ale. There is a variety of flavors, but none of these flavors overshadow the other flavors. (798 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish dark brown, thin offwhite colored head, a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: spice cake with a massive amount of clove, a little allspice, pear, caramel, note of soft banana. Taste: caramel, caramelized banana, toast, again with the clove, ripe pear and pear skin in the finish. Spice overload, otherwise not much going on. Decent, certainly. Best by 07/2016. (390 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a BB date of 12-03-16 poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark mahogany with a finger and a half of surprisingly light-colored off-white head. Thick 2-3cm head lasts until the beer is gone and is followed down by a thick, sticky, solid sheet of lacing.

Very yeast-forward aroma. Spicy clove and coriander phenols. Strongly estery; both tropical (banana) and dark/stone fruits (fig, black cherry). Rich caramelized brown (candi?) sugar and freshly baked bread, along with a generic Munich-like maltiness. Light floral hops.

Rich toasted and caramelized malts along combine with a slight alcohol burn, followed by a nice spicy tingle in the back of my mouth. Lightly bitter hoppiness provides a good finish. Alcohol is warming but doesn't burn. Yeast still dominates as it does in the nose.

Highly carbonated, medium body which feels a tad heavier due to the ABV. Warm and creamy.

Overall Maudite is a wonderful beer. It's a great New World BDSA, but rated to style it doesn't quite stand up to some of the heavier hitters in its category. Nonetheless, for its availability and (relative) affordability, this beer and Unibroue in general are a great accessible way to scratch your Belgian itch. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark copper with two fingers of tan head which leaves a little lacing.

Now has cloves, banana, spice, cinnimon, Apple.

Taste is yeasty bread, spice, cloves, banana, pepper.

Great beer. (198 characters)

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

La Maudite Beer....
The look of it: Well very special. Very brown, I think its a mix between a red ale and a blonde ale. And it suppose to be a dark ale. Lots and lots of carbonation.
The smell of it. Lots of spices. Very rich. Nice flavour tho !.
Now the taste: A bit disappointed I will say. I spicy taste with a touch of ginger. The hight % of ABV make the alcohol very present. But whats makes me upset a bit, is that La fin du Monde or Don de Dieu have a higher ABV and have a alcohol burn less present. Its more smooth on those beer, but Maudite does the opposite so that made my mark go down on this. If I didn t knew la Fin du Monde or Don De dieu I would give Maudite a 4,5/5 but since I reviewed it just perviously that makes my expectation high.
So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, still a pretty good damn beer. But Leffe Brune does a better job on this departement. (883 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

From a single into a NB globe glass
A: some kind of glowering ruby tinged brown-orange. 2 finger head that subsides slowly.
S: bready, earthy spices (including some clove), a little fig, other dark fruits
T: follows the nose, but even more complex and excellent. the spiciness pleasantly provides a little pop on the tongue, the sweetness has some breadiness, some caramel notes, and some more sugar candy notes; at the end, some earthy hops along with some subtle tartness.
M: finishes fairly crisp, but also really smooth. Nice and complex and a real pleasure to drink.
Overall: Really good. Hides the alcohol very well. (630 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue tasters pack. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - amber and honey brown in color, topped by a monstrous multi finger head even with a gentle pour.opaque with a tremendous amount of bubbles. The head is ever lasting. Cascading lacing just drips down the inside of the glass.

Smell - yeasty and spicy, some orchard fruits and has some notes more reminiscent of a tripel or saison, rather than a strong dark ale. Nice, but I'm not blown away by this aroma. Some caramel or candied goods as it warms.

Taste - smooth delicate, candied sugars, sweet caramel, some sweet fruits such as cherry and a touch of chocolate. Delicious and alcohol is hidden so subtly.

Mouthfeel - smooth, amazingly light body, with a high carbonated feel.

Overall - a delicious representation of a great style. It doesn't get much better than this. (908 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Unibroue delivers pretty consistently, and the maudite is no exception. It's not quite a La Fin Du Monde, but it's still great in taste and class. A dark amber color, but the taste is crisp and clean, well carbonated. Sweetness is present as well. I found myself enjoying it and will have another. (301 characters)

Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.