Maudite - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,870
Hads: 4,308
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 213
Gots: 517 | FT: 4
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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 JasonSandeman
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw the legend of this beer on the Unibroue website, and like anything with a good story, I was intrigued. Watch it for yourself here.

I bought a six pack for our poker game last Friday, and wasn’t disappointed. I made a point to serve it in a beer glass, but I feel serving it in a brandy glass at 8°C would give the experience the brewers were looking for.


Appearance – When I poured the beer, it gave a great head immediately. The beer was a murky dark orange color, almost yellow. The head disappeared quickly but didn’t leave much lace on the glass. (Lace is what you call the lacy white ring that remains on the glass after the head dissipates)

Smell – Crisp, sweet. A heady smell of hops and wheat.

Taste – I tasted caramel laced with spices such as cardamom, coriander, ginger. The beer is heavy on the hops which give a spruce flavor. Definitely not for the faint.

Mouthfeel – The beer was creamy, yet crisp on the tongue. The flavor of the hops lingered in the background.

Overall Score – 8/10. This beer has a bold hop and spruce flavor that will be a turnoff to the average beer drinker. If it had a bit more lace the beer would hit a nine on the scale.
Serve with: This beer would go great with Cendre de Lune goat cheese, a grilled T-bone steak in the fall, or even paired with a sweet apple pie during apple picking season.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A unique murky bronze color, with a rough pour I get a foamy, light tan head that recedes to leave a paper-thin layer of residue. No carbonation to be seen.

S: A mix of malt and some warm spices. Occasional sniffs get an unfortunate metallic aroma, but Unibroue once again creates an intriguing and delicious spice potpourri that can overcome any flaws.

T: The spices take the forefront; I’m getting warm stuff like cinnamon, clove, ginger, even a bit of heated spice, such as pepper. Like a great cigar without the harshness of the smoke. Even displays a caramel flavor on my last sip. A flaw, however, is present again; the middle and beginning of the finish has a decidedly unpleasant chalky biscuit flavor, and something almost medicinal. I know some people will still enjoy this flavor, but I’m not one of them.

M: Velvety, with some carbonation bite on the back of my tongue.

O: A beer with great depth and complexity, and really an ingenious mixture of components for all the senses, unfortunately not all of its aspects suit me well. I can accept what I perceive as drawbacks to be balancing components, but I think I might prefer a more straightforwardly spiced beer. Some will love it, all should respect it. I do enjoy it very much, but for the money I will probably be going with other Unibroue options.

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Photo of lighthabit
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

late, so just a quick one . . .

part of a four pack from trader joe's. foamy at first, dies down to thin layer. fruits (plums), earthiness, sweet malts, barely enough hops to balance . . . need to try this again when it isn't late. there really is a lot going on here to keep a palate interested. almost too busy when it warms. finishes sweet, hides abv well

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Photo of beardown2489
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL Served in a Maudite 16oz snifter.
Best by date: 11-4-14

Appearance: Pours a murky dark tangerine color, almost leaning towards a bright amber. The roar is off white, the color of butter pecan ice cream. Head more than 2 fingers, but no retention and leaves absolutely no lacing around the glass. ...3.75...

Smell: "Bottle refermented ale, brewed with spiced" is on the bottle. Never actually smelled coriander...but people tell me this is what it smells like. That must be one of the spices. The smell reminds me of like an apple, but not as sweet. ... 4 ...

Taste: The taste is sweet and spicy. Almost no bittering. I think this bottle is somewhat old because a bartender said this is good up to like 3 or 5 years. Expiration date is november of next year so I obviously over year old. That could explain the lack of bitterness. The first taste is smooth, like a smooth apple or grape juice. That lasts for a moment before the spices kick it. Clove, cinnamon, coriander are ones that came to mind for me. ...4.25....

Mouthfeel - Between sips my mouth thought I was eating a carameled apple. The the spices hit your tongue and wake it back up. Then everything mellows and you are left with this sweet, lingering residual sweetness. ....4.75...

Overal, this is a cool beer. My second from UniBroue. Not as good as La Fin Du Monde, but its almost impossible to match the genius of that beer. This is a beer i'd love to have on a crisp fall day when the leave are changing. 4.5

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L mug
From: Trader Joe’s in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 4-pack
Purchased: July 5, 2013
Consumed: July 19, 2013
Misc.: Best before Feb.1, 2016; Foil wrap on bottle cap

Poured a dark reddish amber murky color with four fingers of frothy khaki head. Average amount of lacing on the sides of the glass, very good retention all the way down.

Smelled wet malts up front, then got dark Belgian spices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, faint gingerbread and light pepper notes.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got those warm Belgian spices - cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Also light gingerbread, caramel, toffee and some roasty malts. Cinnamon or nutmeg lingers on the tongue after.

Medium body. Slick-to-thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Another good beer by Unibroue. That’s 3-for-3 for me.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Strong Ale prototypical color with a plum like redness and darkness. The head was very fizzy with lots of bubbly carbonation rocketing to the top.

The scent is rather fruity with dark fruits such as plum, prune and raison. I got a lot of black licorice, anise and clove towards the end of the nose.

The taste is interesting in that when I took the first sip I said, "that's interesting." It's a combination of Trois Pistoles and Fin du Monde. I get the dark fruits as it warms but find the clove a bit overwhelming. The plum and prune move more to the forefront and the clove begins to dissipate. All the while the carbonation leaves a light airy taste and feel.

Overall, this is an interesting melding of two well known Unibroue beers, perhaps not by design or intent, but only by the feel of my palate.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a murkey copper color, a reddish brown. In the light, it has this lovely dark amber color. The head is a small bubbled one finger head that quickly dissipates to a little white ring around the glass.

The aroma has a big bright fruity smack of Belgian yeast and breadiness. It’s not really super dark fruits like a quad, but maybe some dried cherries, raisins dried apple, and clove. A nice aroma on this.

The flavor follows through, but it’s quite surprising. There’s some sour apple, a bright caramel, and toffee. It has this slight bitterness about it that just grows and eventually grips your tongue slightly. Not like a hop bomb IPA, but surprisingly for a Belgian style. It almost reminds me slightly of Duvel, but stronger and richer. It’s quite prominent and refreshing actually. The fruitiness however pushes it towards La Chouffe instead of Duvel. It's still very bready as well.

Like Trois Pistoles, this beer has a wonderful tiny bubbled carbonation and mouthfeel. Almost like a super fizzy champagne.

The finish has almost a metallic taste, which is not really a dig at the beer. It’s not in an offensive manner that makes to beer taste skunked or anything.

It’s quite a complex beer. Extremely drinkable. The fruit, spice, and tinge of bitterness are wonderful.

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Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle pours with an eruption of foam, which I pour into my pint glass to top a healthy brown, cloudy mess. Decent amounts of yeast at the bottom. The foam, by the way, is delicious and spicy. The beer itself is also very spice/herbal-forward, with an extremely clean finish, and a really full, substantial mouthfeel. In the middle it's got a big, Earthy quality, like a really good amber ale. Superfine carbonation tickles the tongue. Delicious, if not as interesting and complex as its brother ale Trois Pistoles.

Best before 02-01-16.

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Photo of RaggaD
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy amber color with thin head that disappeared quickly, not much lacing

S: Sweet! dark fruits and malt

T: Delicious, easily drinkable didn't notice the alcohol until the finish when the heat crept in

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated with a warm finish

O: Really enjoyed it, and as it was my first experience with Unibroue it made me eager to try other offerings from them

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/20/15. Poured into a fluted beer glass (which just happend to have a bunch of little pink elephants on it).

A nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale, one for which I had a great anticipation, but a beer that did no WOW me. This beer is beautiful, but the taste dissapoints.

A - Pours a deep coppery brown, slightly cloudy (but hard to tell because of dark color), a two-finger dense off-white head that reduces down to a consistent cover. Good lacing.

S - Yeasty, a little fruity, malty sweetness.

T - Some dark fruit/raisins, slight sweetness, 8.0% ABV is well hidden, not as rich as many Belgian Strong Dark Ales. A neutral dry/sweet finish with a touch of alcohol.

MF - Well carbonated, smooth, medium body/leaning to heavy.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper color. Thin head with little retention. Some lace

Aroma: Apples and coriander. Spicy Belgian yeast. Maybe some honey

Taste: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet with some tartness followed by some spice. Apples and pears in the foreground. Toasty malts. Coriander and peppery Belgian yeast snap at the midpalate. The finish is slightly dry and floral

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Slightly dry and spicy. Clean

Overall: Good amount of complexity while sticking to the roots of the style. Great flavor profile. Thoroughly enjoyable and very reasonably priced (I paid 10.99 for a 4 pack). Check it out

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Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber red color with thin head with medium retention.
Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, sweet malt and honey.
Wonderful taste, flavorful with notes of dark fruits, pine, condiments and pears. It grows on you and gets bolder and bolder. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with an eternal carbonation.
Excellent beer, I was surprised with my Canadians friends. Got to try others now.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky amber, with a good head of foam.

Smell: Yeast and sweet malts.

Taste: Dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, spice, cola, and more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, with no aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very very good. This Belgian amber-red strong ale pretty much lives up to it's reputation. Complex, smooth, and bursting with flavor. Not much in the way of hops, but the malts will keep the tongue happy.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Cloudy brown with a large amount of tan head that stayed like that for most of the drinking,

Smell: There are fruit and spice scents with a little bit of a hint of alcohol. The fruit smell is almost pear like.

Taste: Very nice flavor of maltiness mixed with some spices that remind me of a weisen but slightly stronger in flavor.

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Photo of scratch69
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy amber brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Nutty aroma with notes of caramel malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste- Caramel malt flavor with some nuttiness and some fruitiness with just enough hops on the back end for balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very good example of the style. Tasty and a lot better than some of the other Belgian strong dark ales that I've had.

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Photo of Kooz
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass to an opaque amber brown color with a tight tan head.

Smells malty and inviting.

Tastes sweet up front, then some spices kick in and they add complexity. I am getting something like cinnamon--whatever it is, it's good. The flavors are well-balanced. The sweetness takes the edge off of what would otherwise be an over spiced beer. Excellent.

There's a warmth to this beer, but it isn't as full bodied as I'd prefer. Still, the mouthfeel is better than a lot of beers out there.

This is a good beer or capping off the night, sitting in front of the television watching some show on the old dvr. I'd happily have this again and recommend it highly.

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Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a local convenience store. Was flabbergasted to see it between the Sierra Nevada and bud light tall boys. Poured into a snifter.

A: very rustic, dark copper color. Almost brown.

S: sweet fruit with hints of coriander. Slight hints of malt and hops.

T: lovin this one. Sweet fruit and spice stand out the most, with a very faint hoppy character in the background. Maltiness is well balanced along with the other flavors.

M: medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. They nailed it square on the head here. L

O: will definitely head back for another. Great beer that could be even more interesting when aged. Great beer by an even greater brewery. Unibroue continues to impress.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a deep, opaque brown/red color with a two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Some of the head does sit on top of the brew until the end. Moderate lacing on the glass throughout.

The smell is nutty, fruity, (pears and apples?), caramel and malty all at once.

The taste is caramel, sweet and roasted malts. Nuts and fruit; everything is well balanced. There is just enough hop character on the backend in order to keep this brew from becoming too sweet. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel is bready, thick and chewy. The beer goes down very smoothly.

This brew is very good. I think it beats Chimay's Blue reserve. Enough said.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. glass into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy white head that dissipates at a moderatae pace.

S - The aromas is definitely on the sweet side, with some dark fruits in the mix as well.

T - Dark fruit, a bit more sweetness and some nice malt in the mix.

M - Medium, with a nice full carbonation level.

O - Overall, this a very good beer. It say for a while in my basement, and it didn't seem to hurt it at all.

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

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish-brown body; no real head on the pour

Aroma: Malty; spicy notes; some hints of coriander

Taste: Coriander; citrus (orange); dry, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of tviz33
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an opaque dark amber body with a small tan head of one finger.

S- The aroma is sweet fruit, but not necessarily dark fruit. Maybe strawberries with some apple.

T- All I can say is "wow." Sweet fruits, a bit of a sour kick, and awesomeness, of course. The Belgian spice is there in the background

M- Very bubbly and enjoyable on the tongue.

O- I actually love this beer, and certainly did not expect to. Go get it.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy honey brown with champagne effervescence. Thin sudsy head that lasted down to a cap, soapy lacing. Aromatic and exotic. Complex with lots of Belgian yeast dominant. Thick fruits and a little spice. The sweet malt in the background comes to the nose like temptation. The hops are revealed on the palate floral and herbal. The malt is especially deep and full. Peaks smoothly with moderate carbonation and devilishly plays tricks in the glass with a slight reddish tint. Not too heavy to enjoy and lightly boozy at 8%. It’s demure but not afraid. What a wonderful way to keep your eyes on heaven.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this about 3 months ago. The bottle says “best before 04-10-13”. I wasn't purposefully aging it. I just had it sitting around waiting to be reviewed.

A- Pours a very murky dark brown with some red hues. The color is slightly lighter and more translucent than I remember it being. The soapy, billowy head was very quick to show off the active carbonation, and just as quick to die down to a thin, barely present film.

S- I stole a sniff right after I popped the cap, and I have to admit the first thing that came to my mind was “Oh no! I waited too long and let this beer skunk”. Now that I'm smelling it out of the glass, I realize that I am smelling a beautifully sweet and spicy Belgian funk. This definitely reminds me of some of the sour beers of tried much more so than a fresh Maudite does.

T- All of the sweet, malty, spicy, and boozy flavors I've come to expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale are there, but now they have an in your face sour emphasis followed by a sharp, tart finish. Then it leaves its bittersweet dark malts on your palate, and its warming 8% ABV on your breath.

M- Medium body with very high carbonation probably caused by the bottle conditioning. I remember the body being fuller and the carbonation being less in a fresh Maudite, but this bottle has effervescent and playful carbonation that really add to the depth and complexity of this beer.

O- I've always liked Maudite, but I'm really loving this beer right now. Maybe the Damned Maudite is just hitting me now, or maybe the short aging this bottle went through is just perfectly compatible with my palate. I'd like to compare a fresh Maudite to an aged one. In any case, I'm going to have to pick this beer up again, and I recommend you do the same since you are still reading this. Cheers!

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Photo of Roman5150
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: dark mahogany brown with a slight red tint, 1 finger bubbly white head

smell: dark fruits, coriander, bubble gum

taste: highly carbonated, reminds me of a trappist... plums, vanilla, dark fruits, bubble gum, sweet malt presence with a sparkling aftertaste.

mouthfeel: very, very carbonated, medium body

overall: All the Unibroue beers i've had aresomewhat similar, and are all damn good beers. This is no exception, if I had this blind I would guess it's from Belgium.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Rich amber color, tightly carbonated foam. Good retention and staying power.

SMELL: Dark fruits, apple brandy, sweet brown sugar.

TASTE: Fig, raisin, caramel, toffee and creme candies, with a kiss of heat. Big time fruity, some faint citrus and muted bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated. Drinks effortlessly and all the flavors worked very nice with a cleaner finish.

OVERALL: A fine beer, enjoyed with good company. Fruity, Belgian and darkly mysterious, the Maudite is always a welcome addition to any glass. Can stand up to a compliment of salty cheeses and grilled meat.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,870 ratings.