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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,718
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 126
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange mahogany with an ample head that settled to a wide ring. Light lacing throughout the glass. Persistent carbonation.

Aromas of fruit, caramel, yeast, and a bit of spicy phenols (mostly clove). A lot going on here. Alcohol comes through from time to time.

Taste is complex and satisfying. Fruit and caramel get the party started, and then spice and alcohol show up. A bit of hops for balance, and a long warming finish from the alcohol.

Medium-full mouthfeel.

An outstanding brew, and my first from Unibroue. There will be many more…

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 15:06:54 | More by resirob
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Clean orange-amber color, almost brownish. Pours with a thick layer of very light brown, fizzy head that settles quickly.
S: Sugary and malty, mixed in with some earthy, fruity scents. Quite tempting.
T: Again, sugars and malts. Flavors of apples, pears, spices, and a touch of yeast.
M: A crisp ale feel with the softness of the fruits and yeast. Nice combination, a good satisfying feel.
D: Pretty darn good. No taste of the 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 03:01:51 | More by LeftyBWS
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" head which took a while to dissipate. Interesting hazy apricot tea color. Smell is definitely Belgian style with rich malt, raisins, rice, and taste that mirrors it. Very smooth and easy drinking just as the bottle and store bragged. Nice tart zing with a long finish. Once again very high quality thoroughly enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:21:35 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of rarevos

New York

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

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours an opaque reddish-brown with light tan, creamy head. Receded over a few minutes before becoming a solid, unbroken foam blanket.

S: Banana and clove, right off the bat. Peppery yeast. Lemon zest. Bready. With my eyes closed, I could see thinking this was a German hefeweizen.

T: Spicy banana bread, with plenty of fruit, like having fresh banana bread with about four different kinds of jam on top. I'm getting some apricot, lemon zest, a bit of pineapple, some cinnamon, and some black pepper. Finish is lightly bitter, alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

M: Slightly chewy. Like all Unibroue beers, the carbonation is pretty evident.

D: Really enjoyable. It presents itself as being a mix of a hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale Ale, with some witbier characteristics; the abv puts it out of "session" territory, though. It's a nicely balanced beer, with some great fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 02:39:47 | More by rarevos
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

how appropriate this brew turns out to be a dark ale version of the "la fin du monde" pale ale...nice symmetry between the two.

the best by date is 2007, so this should be safe enough, freshness-wise. pour is a soft chocolate orange, with vigorous bubbles. some particle activity, i believe, settling down (from yeast?).

true to form and style, the smell is ripe with citrus, yeast, spice, and a slight grassiness. good malt backbone too.

taste is a busy bee...it's fruity and malty but the malt is pretty light and brief-lived. it's on to pepper, herbal/hop bite, and finally trailings of alcohol (much more noticeable in this offering compared to "la fin du monde").

this is a medium to full-bodied brew, good carbonation with strong alcohol absorption. hard to go below 4.0 on drinkability, but one is enough before moving to a different style.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 17:28:11 | More by BamaScholar
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a cola brown color which reminds me of Coca Cola The head is is thin and dissipates quickly but leaves a good bit of lacing.

S The nose of this is very sweet and fruity with a bit of spicyness. Notes of apple are found as well.

T This beer starts with sweet fruit most notably apple. In fact I get a bit of apple cider when I taste this. To round it out there is the slightest hint of hops and a bit of spicyness.

M This beer has a lot of carbonation which gives it a crisp feel which tingles on the tounge. While it borders on almost being overly carbonated it doesn't quite get there, so it is still quite a pleasant drink.

Overall I would say that this is an excellent beer that is well worth drinking and seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:51:13 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a dark mohagany, totally hazy, with a champagne like light tan head. plenty of froth and carbonation.

smells sweet with a touch of wood. plenty of malt back bone and a hint of something spicy.

taste is refreshingly crisp and sweet. a hint of earth flavors and dough or yeast with a small flash of spice in the aftertaste.

completely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. loads of bubbles on the palate. excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:47:53 | More by skrib09
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle best before 11-10-07 listed.

Pours a cider brown color. Carbonation leaves an aggressively foamy head out front. Subsides soon to leave a creamy frothy cap. Slight bubbly lacing.

Smell is quite malty almost bready. Maybe a raisin bread. Yeast and spice aroma hitting too.

taste is giving me something to think about. The are big fruit and spice notes up front. Earthy apple flavors mix well with the peepry spiciness and clove like flavors. No real bitterness picked up from the hops, but slight hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is oh so smooth, decently crisp. Creamy feel with decent amount of carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Not a brew you can drink alot of but one you can drink more than you notice. Exceptional

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:43:56 | More by kzoobrew
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber colour with a large, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Rich, robust malty aroma with fruity, spicy notes.

Malt and spice play well against each other with notes of apple, pear, banana and clove.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good and it works with the flavours.

A great beer with lots of flavour. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 07:47:17 | More by dgilks
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - I love the name of the beer, which translates to something like "the damned," and the label which depicts a Quebecois folk tale about voyageurs who make a deal with the devil.

The beer itself pours a hazy orange-brown with a nice dense head.

Smell - fruity and spicy with hints of black tea, clove, orange peel and complex Belgian-style yeast. Just a hint of banana and alcohol.

Taste - complex flavours of rich malt; tons of spice, just a hint of banana.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:23:32 | More by
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, malty and spicy with a hint of yeast, quite inviting. It pours a clear dark amber, almost mahogany, with a thick pale orangy head. Rich flavor is malty, yeasty, spicy and slightly hoppy. Texture is fairly smooth, lively and fizzy, quite satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:07:45 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little pour. Orange and gold, the color of maple syrup. Big head that turns quickly in a short layer of foam, like any good Beligan (even a Canadian one).

The scent is very light and crisp. Sweet malt predominates along with a lot of yeast and hints of allspice.

Tastes great! Yeast and malt sweetness upfront rushing quickly into a splash of juicy fruit--pear and apricot--and a very spicy finish. I can't place exactly what kind of spice this is, but it's wonderful.

Nice body, goes down smooth. A fine brew that everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 02:52:22 | More by mynie
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish amber with a good medium slowly dissipating beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, yeast, dark fruity esters fill the senses. Taste is of roasted caramel malt, yeast, dark fruit of plums with some bitter notes. A full bodied brew on the palate, nicely balanced with good carbonation and a slightly smooth mouth feel. Finish is roasted caramel malt, yeast, bready, with some dried fruit flavor with some bitter notes ending is slightly lingering sweet alcohol. Overall a very good nicely balanced and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 18:51:48 | More by Samp01
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, orange brown colored with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: banana, clove, breast malt, earthy, dark fruits, coriander

T: banana, clove, coriander, pepper, sour cherry, bittersweet malt

M: fuller bodied, higher carbonation, slight alcohol presence

O: a nice strong ale with flavors expected in the style

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:33:32 | More by M_C_Hampton
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best by 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, banana, pear, plum, apricot, grape, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, citrus peel, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, banana, raisin, pepper, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, molasses, and yeasty spices. Lingering notes of pear, apple, grape, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity in the flavor; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 8% with no alcohol noticed at all really. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable Belgian ale as expected from Unibroue. Nice complexity and great balance; with smooth drinking for the level of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:58:37 | More by superspak
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 19:45:17 | More by beardown2489
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a crisp orange color into the glass with a big fizzy off white head that stuck around. Lacing is minimal.

S: Sweetness like dried apricots and fresh cut apples hangs in the back while a spiciness pushes to the front. Cant place the bread but its there with a faint hint of alcohol.

T: This is pretty interesting: the first flavor of the swig is a strong bready malt but then the fruit washes over everything with more apple juice and pear. These are quickly joined by the spice, think cloves and grass with some coriander. The finish circles back to the fruit and ends with a tartness.

M: Fairly thin and very fizzy.

O: This one surprised me and I enjoyed it. The fruit was quite forward but the spice, malt and hops held on. Not a favorite but very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:49:21 | More by legalpete19340
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-Deep amber color with hints of copper and rusty orange. Almost pumpkin colored in the light. A thick persistent head varies between off-white and tan. Lots of visible carbonation.

S-Yeast dominates, with hints of apple, and very ripe fruits. There is a slight malt note and the alcohol is very apparent...almost too apparent.

T-Ripe fruits and banana bread. Hints of pear and a mild spiciness. The alcohol is there, but it is not nearly as strong in taste as the smell would have you believe. Not particularly hoppy, but not overly malted, either.

M-Lots of carbonation, but still smooth drinking. I would say this ranks on the heavy side of medium bodied.

O-A nice, complex beer. The flavor is strong and the alcohol is higher, so you could drink it alone but I still think this would pair well with lots of food types and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:24:26 | More by spoony
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South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated ?-21-2012. High end bottling with gold foil on neck.

Pours a hazy amber with an ample bone head that has good durability. Cloudier after adding last 2 cm of bottle contents.

Aroma - unique, complex and interesting. Orange, other ripe fruits and citrus, alcohol notes and sour yeast. Also thought I detected a faint aroma of fresh hops when I first uncapped the bottle, although this seems unlikely.

Flavor - again unique, complex and interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting given the aroma. Sweet as well as sour, with a nice dynamic interplay that changes both within and between sips. Nice long finish and aftertaste; these rate a 5!

Smooth, medium-thin body, with medium carbonation

O - very enjoyable and complex beer that seems to have an ever-changing flavor and aroma. A strong Abbey Dubbel in character. Strongly recommended!

(lightly editted with 22 oz bottle in hand in May 2014).

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:40:31 | More by chinchill
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Drank from bottle, no glass available.

S - Reminded me a lot of a Tripel. A general fruity smell, espeically dark fruits and a good amount of peach. Also a light amount of malt and fruity hops, probably about equal in strength. Just a touch of booze. Nice smelling beer.

T - A good tasting beer that deserves it's acclaim. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian style ale's, but I'd say this might be the best I've ever sampled. Very fruity, much like the aroma. Also detected some banana and clove. The malt was noted much more in the taste than in the aroma. Just a hint of booze in the aftertaste. Also some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer.

F - Dangerous. 8% ABV and incredibly easy to drink. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and stomach. Again, dangerous!

O - As I said, I'm really not a huge fan of Belgian ale's, so perhaps I'm a bit biased. But I will say, this is probably the best tasting of any Belgian ale style I've ever sampled. If I were more of a fan of the style, it'd rank higher. Still a 4.25/5 overall for a style I don't really dig. That's saying something there. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 13:04:11 | More by stella77artois
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North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ sams in durham. Into a Maudite snifter.

Pours a dark brownish color with a nice head. Smell is huge on dark fruit...raisins, figs, dates, etc. Taste holds true and is truly an exceptional beer. The beer is definitely full bodied and you know the ABV is kind of high, but all you taste is the yeast and dark fruits. Really, really flavorful beer.

Overall one of the best and i highly recommend it!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 23:58:19 | More by Axnjxn
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

ST - poured from 12 oz brown bottle into Maudite tulip

A - amber red with some haziness and a 3 finger creamy off white head. The head died down quickly to a persistent ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing was minimal.

S - awesome! Sweet and yeasty..no hop presence and just a subtle hint of alcohol. The aroma this brew puts off is not very complex or daring but it is just right. I could breathe this in for hours!

T - chimay blue with an ever so slight hint of cinnamon that adds to the warming effect. I'm somewhat new to this style, but its starting to be one I cant ignore any longer. The similarities to Chimay's classic are very noticeable....wondering if all BSDA's taste this way? If they do then I am hooked!

M - carbonation is just right...not too much, not too little. Just enough to compliment the experience without taking away from it.

O - excellent! I had not heard of this beer, but came across their glassware in a second hand shop and started to keep an eye out for Unibroue products in the hopes I might stumble across this beer in my travels. Made a special 35 minute trip to my favorite "out of the way" beer store and they just began stocking so I had to try it out. I'll be back for more!!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:02:27 | More by HarryPotHead
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-24-2013 17:38:00 | More by jono0101
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2013 20:06:38 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-29-2013 18:51:01 | More by supa0525
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,718 ratings.