Maudite | Unibroue

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Malty, smooth, fruits, 8% abv, dangerous (can't taste the alcohol), goes down so easy, no bitters, sweet, nectar of the gods, amazing.

Of the Unibroue beers I've tried (Don De Dieu and La Fin Du Monde) this is my favorite. I still need to try Trois Pistoles. I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and I would have to put this on my recommendation list.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Dark red and somewhat translucent. Discarded the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Thin white head of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: Some tart red grape and a little dryness but sweet overall.

Taste: Tart black cherry skin up front with some signature pear/clove flavor from the lees. A few sips in the flavor rounds out a little more and sweetens. Clean Belgian candi syrup flavor adds a nice balance. Very low bitterness and only present after a bright finish. Lingering tartness and bitterness. The 8%ABV is quite well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation for the style that keeps things light. Great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another enjoyable beer by Unibroue. Really glad to see how many of their beers are distributed here and I will be checking out the others in their line-up. The slightly tart flavor mixed with the sweet syrup is a great combination. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Rob23
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour into my Belgian glass.2 inch head that dissapates quickly and a nice dark reddish color.Smell is strong with floral tones.Taste is what one would expect from a Belgian and from Unibroue since this brewery has a distinct taste.A bit of wine on the back of the throat and aftertaste.I rather enjoy anything this company makes and I am not the biggest Belgian drinker.Definatly a win.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing another beer from that magical factory known as Unibroue, this time Bucky picked up a 6 pack of Maudite from the beer store. Maudite came in a 341 ml brown bottle with a production date of September 20, 2011 printed on the bottle, and was 8.0% alcohol by volume. This beer has been in my cold cellar for nearly 2 years and the usual warning applies for aged Unibroue beers...have your glass at the ready because very shortly after opening, a gusher of foam will come racing up the neck of the bottle. Discovered this the hard way!

Maudite poured a murky brown/amber colour, with plenty of small carbonation bubbles rising through the murkiness. Pouring produced about 1.5" of long lasting beige coloured foam that eventually faded to a 1/8" cap that lasted all the way down the glass, leaving some lacing and spotting as it retreated. The beer's aroma was of orange peel, spice and alcohol. Its taste began with orange...a sweeter orange at first which gave way to orange rind, followed by coriander, with a mildly bitter finish. As the beer warms its 8.0% alcohol becomes more noticeable. I would describe Maudite as medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Unibroue rarely seems to miss the mark, and they have another winner here. At $14.95 for a 6 pack, equal to $2.49 per bottle, Maudite is reasonably priced.

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

Color- light leather brown, slightly cloudy. Huge head.

Aroma of pear and honey.

Taste- Another fine offering from Unibroue. Starts with mild notes of pear and roasted malt and hints of caramel, mid body has fine carbonation that slightly dries the flavor, then finishing long and subdued semi-dry with hints of mild hop and raisins. The name translates as "damned," and we concur that never tasting this ale is akin to being damned to beer ignorance. Tasted 6/4/2014. Purchased at Whole Foods North Austin on 4/5/2014 for $6.06/bottle.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours up to a strong, lasting head and murky amber-red color. Aroma is yeasty and estery with some spice and fruit notes and a hint of fresh pale malt and sweet alcohol. The smell is captivating-- I can't stop swirling the glass and huffing the fumes. Flavor is a semi-dry and crisp mix of spices (coriander?) citrus (orange?) and sugary malt finish. Strong flavor with a tart edge but no excessive bitterness. Mouthfeel is effervescent with ample CO2 and a clean finish. Overall, a crisp, delicious belgian dark ale.

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Though murky and a sort of muddy brown-orange, there's a certain beauty in an almost localized but deep-shining brightness, like a gem glowing at the bottom of a recently stirred-up river bed. The head, tinged a paler version of the brown-orange the beer itself is, is small and bubbly. It's not a whole lot more than a foam, and a loosely soapy one at that, but it leaves some reasonably good lacing on the glass's walls.
The complexity, while brought to completion in the flavor, begins in the aroma though not completely showcased. Bready in the malts with some caramel and dark fruits, the yeast plays out with a whole lot of different but ultimately complementary notes to make the whole. It's somewhat earthy under lots of varied spiciness, like a spice cake that might have had a little rum added. A bit of clove, a cake-like quality to the sweet breadiness, clove and banana notes make for a welcome anticipation.
...and the taste doesn't disappoint. It's the same overall profile and individual factors more fully expressed, with maybe a hint more hops as well as a stronger note to the peppery aspect of the spiciness. Otherwise, the tongue also gets all the thick breads, dark fruits, warming alcohol, earth, caramel, clove and banana, as well as a little more from hints of something almost woody and some pale fruit flesh, even a little tartness underneath it all.
There's lots of crispness to the feel of this beer in its medium, almost full but very refreshing body. Never too sweet, it ends up more semi-dry as the tongue makes the effort to feel all the complexity as well as tasting it. It has a bit of smoothness to it with the bite, though it certainly focuses on crisp and more hearty than rich.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass

Appearance - A dark orange/amber colour with an off white head

Smell - Really complex. Dark fruits, malty, spices, clove and maybe some coriander??

Taste - Packs a flavour punch. Malty, spicy, a small amount of bitterness. Yeast comes through as well. You can definitely taste the alcohol though.

Overall - A great beer from Unibroue. Interested to see how some age would do on this beer, would the alcohol become less present? A solid beer from a solid brewery

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Photo of Garbarino
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, this beer completely blew me away. I picked this up at Epcot in Disney World at the Canadian restaurant Le Cellier. Had it with my meal and it was incredible. The smell had an incredible aroma of spices mixed in and the taste was even better. Instantly one of my favorite beers and one that I will look for everywhere.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a clearance because it was a christmas two pack. Had this one to split at beer snobbery session at my beer guru's house. Excellent appearance, unreal smell, wonderful spice mixed in with the typical belgian, taste follows, wonderful beer that I hope to have many times.

Had again in Dark Belgian Bracket. Poured a nice soft caramel with a full fluffy head that dissipated slowly and had some lacing. Spice jumps out in the smell, there is dark fruit, bread and plenty of that belgian yeast smell also. Taste follows the smell with some clove in there that I had not noticed in smell. Just a hint of hop bitter on finish. Rather thin but pretty smooth. Overall a very nice beer that I would throw in as Winter or Christmas due to the amount of spice.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange amber with a big two inch khaki head that fades to a ring on top and leaves strands of lace.

The smell is of funky yeast, Autumn spices (clove, coriander and nutmeg), orange rind and faint dark fruit.

The taste is of bready grain, plums, dark cherry, spices and faint citrus zest.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. Tiny champagne-like bubbles rise from the bottom throughout the drink down.

A very good take on a Belgian dark ale. The flavors open up nicely as the brew warms.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 9/10/15; into a tulip.
Appearance - a dark, hazy orange. Nice carbonation that builds a creamy, egg shell, white head. Lacing begins to develop late.
Smell - ripe, dark fruit, some orange and lemon zest.
Taste - very flavorful mix of dark and citrus fruits, faint malt and strong yeast presence!
Feel - easy to drink at 8% ABV, fantastic carbonation and a nice, complex blend of flavors!
Overall - wonderful beer, but I prefer Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma malt and clove
Head large (5 cm), rocky, off-white, diminishing to 5 mm layer
Lacing excellent
Body amber, hazy with occasional lump falling through
Flavor lightly acidic with clove overtones, becoming lightly sweet for a finish
Palate light to medium, oily, soft carbonation

This is an excellent interpretation of a Belgium ale and one that is ubiquitous – well worth whatever your cost is.

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a St. Bernardus glass out of the bottle.

A: Dark chestnut and and much clearer than most Dark Belgians.. Poured carefully so there was little head and lacing is minimal. Very carbonated and yeast clumps evident on the foam.

S: Bready with spicy nose. Not very strong nose on this. Belgian yeast is shy but present.

T: Peppery, with mild dark fruit and a dose of spicy flavors reminiscent of pepper and cinnamon. light taste of Belgian yeasts. Alcohol is hidden

M: highly carbonated and helps keep the beer dry. medium bodied.

O: A very digestible Belgian from Unibroue. Much more subtle than I remember, but a very nice version of the Belgian style.

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Photo of Iain_Riule
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It looks and tastes excellent. I have had it out of bottles (large and small) and draft. I now possess the Maudite goblet as part of the Unibroue brewers' series, which adds pretty much nothing but anyway. One problem is that if you take a 22oz of this on board, that's gonna be pretty much it for the night, don't plan on returning any emails or doing anything else except grinning vaguely at ppl.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Best by 02-01-16 according to the label.

A: Dark, cloudy orange-brown with a ruby tint. 2 fingers of off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity & spicy Belgian yeast. Smells like Unibroue. Apple. Banana. Coriander. Clove. Candi sugar. Raisin. Dark cherry. Vanilla.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast with strong fruit notes. Transitions to a light European-style hop bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Very faint alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Light prickliness.

O: A solid offering from Unibroue. Not quite as superb as I remember. I feel Unibroue's smaller bottle formats don't perform as well as their corked & caged, larger counterparts. I got quite a bit of wheat flavors out of this one. While there is certainly a dark fruit presence, I tend to think this one drinks a bit more like a dunkelweizen.


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Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange/brown with a very light brown, big foamy white head.

S: Lots of orange, some apple, and other fruits in the nose.

T: A touch of alcohol and malt, some plum, some nectarine, some peach, and some orange.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Pretty good, but like many of their beers, overrated in my opinion. Still recommended.

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Photo of precariouslydaniel
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Copper and rust color with a pillowy two finger head. Carbonation streaming from the bottom.

The nose is cherry, raspberry and pomegranate with some alcohol bite and spicy phenolic notes with clove, coriander and banana.

The taste follows the nose beautifully, with more ripe red fruits and yeast. The alcohol is actually non-detectable.

The mouth feel is lively carbonated with a thick, chewy finish

This is one of my favorites from unibroue, and a unique style somewhere between a quad and an amber ale. Simply beautiful and highly recommended.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – Chestnut brown with a faded quality to it as of aged leather. Inviting but I expected a darker beer.

S – Hints of dark fruit; particularly cherry, plum and red grape. Definitely smells boozy, bracing the nostrils like a fresh sea breeze. Malt, and perhaps a little Christmas pudding.

T – The aforementioned dark fruit lurks under the top-layer of malted biscuits. Hints of booze-soaked plums. Crisp, refreshing, savoury and a little sweet.

M – Feels pretty bubbly in the mouth. Slight chewiness. Medium-bodied. Would have favoured a little more weightiness.

O – It’s a good beer to be sure but it left me feeling slightly ambivalent, particularly when comparing it to their other offerings like Don de Dieu and Fin du Monde. Accentuating the fruit flavours and emboldening the mouthfeel would make this a really cracking brew. As it stands it's a solid beer in style that I like.

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Photo of minterro
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a two pack: Maudite (the damned) with Eau Benite (holy water) for 10 bucks before tax... pretty good deal if you ask me. Also I guess you can't really find Eau Benite outside of this package so I was interested. Poured into a tulip glass and paired with popcorn. No bottling date, but they offer a drink by 08-02-15 suggestion.

A&S: When first poured the aroma is predominantly malty, with a background of fruity yeast (mostly green grapes). As it warms a surprisingly large amount of new aromas open up including: oranges, prunes, and pear tartness. The beer is a lively, but murky chestnut color. Thin ring of white bubbly head, which goes extinct after some time.

T&M: Not as malty as I would have thought from the aroma. Similar to the aroma as far a white wine grape tone, but also includes tropical fruits, apple cider, Even though 8% is on the low side of this style, i appreciate the craft of hiding the alcohol that is in this brew. Malty, caramel backbone. Mild hop bitterness in the finish complemented by some peppery spiciness (which is also present throughout but not as much so). Well carbonated, but not overdone, light but not entirely un-smooth, a bit oily.

Overall: I felt like it didn't entirely fit the style of beer (not as much epic taste and high alcohol tones as I expected), however I still really enjoyed it. I wouldn't probably buy again because this and La Fin Du Monde usually run about the same price and I prefer La Fin. Still not a bad beer to check off your list.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent reddish amber, hazy toward the end when bottle-fermented; fluffy, large-bubbled tannish-beige head, quickly fading to a surface film; no noticeable lacing
S: sweet, bready, coriander, clove, hints of banana and smoke
T: malty; an unexpected bitterness given the sweet aroma; slightly astringent; malt and hops on the finish
M: medium-bodied, slightly creamy, low sense of carbonation
O: A heady, captivating nose, and rich maltiness which can't quite overcome the relatively high abv. Still, well worth having.

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Photo of fx20736
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought as part of a 4pk from Beers of the World on 1/9/14. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, served at room temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre with a thin offwhite head, good lacing.

Aroma: powerful Belgian yeast, sugar and spices, toe curling.

Mouthfeel: smooth glycerine. awesome..

Taste: Plums, cloves, a touch of band aid. Dark fruity, Dry, spicy, molasses, a jumble of flavors explode in the mouth.

Notes: I cannot believe I only paid $ 9.99 for 4 bottles of this masterpiece. This beer is beyond great, it is a stunning beer that could stand up to any Trappist or other Belgian made beer.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium brown and hazy, with a thin, flat white head. Not the prettiest beer in the world. The haze is okay for the style, but the poor excuse for a head is not. Could be due to big alcohol content or a dirty bar glass...

Smell: Smokey, with tons of spice: cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon are swirled with yeasty, bready malt. A dash of booze and dark fruit extract floats in the background. A unique bouquet indeed, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale mixed with a holiday ale.

Taste: More citrusy flavored than expected, as citrus is unusual for the style and was not detected in the scent. The strong spices on the nose definitely come through on the tongue, as does the yeasty bread taste, which mixes evenly with a sweet tangerine flavor in the finish. Darker fruit is detected as the beer warms, and even later, some minty hops and chocolate malt can be tasted, creating a bit of a thin mint flavor combo. This beer is full of surprises and grows in complexity. There is a lot going on here, but the flavors mix together quite nicely, reinforcing the winter ale meets dark Belgian ale concept noted in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and very high carbonation. Alcohol warming is present, but not overwhelming. A slightly dry finish is most likely a product of the snappy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Definitely something I would order again and again. It's not quite one of those flawless gems that has that magical je ne sais quois about it, but it is undeniably delicious, interesting, and made with thoughtful creativity.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Claims to be an "Amber Ale"

A - 2 finger frothy head, hazy deep amber.

S - orange zest, yeast, mild banana, coriander? white pepper

T - Orange zest, spice, alcohol bite, very dry finish,

M - high carb, lots of tingling on the tongue, but still smooth.

Overall, I'm confused. Seems a lot like a Belgian Wit to me. Weird... btw I'm not a big fan of wits...

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Maudite from Unibroue
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