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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,884
Reviews: 1,830
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 136
Gots: 288 | FT: 3
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)
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Photo of Mavajo
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown amber reminiscient of most Belgian Darks (think Rochefort 10). One-finger thick tan head that fades quickly, settling into a thin film and crown.

Nose has fruity notes of peach and pear with a spicy hint of cinnamon. There's something else at play here, but I can't identify it. Taste is very enjoyable - the light fruity notes come again, with generous notes of yeast and a mild spice rolls across the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wioth fairly generous carbonation, but it's not obstrusive. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Fairly drinkable - there's really nothing to slow down your consumption.

Mavajo, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Shumista
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Maudite snifter.
A- The beer pours a medium brown with a decent size fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while.
S- Some spice, lots of dark fruits, apple and caramel.
T- The first thing I noticed was the huge dark fruit taste of the beer. I also tasted some apple, and sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste reminds me of sour apple. Overall, a very fruity taste.
M- Thick with a good amount of carbonation.
D- I could easily put away the entire 750 ml bottle by myself. Goes down real easy.

Really a great beer, I'm looking forward to trying the rest of Unibroue's lineup.

Shumista, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color that makes me think of caramel. Huge tan head that leaves lace.
Aroma sings of yeast. Banana and clove are noted. Sweet caramel malt scent as well.

Taste is complex. Sweetness that is caramel and toffee in nature. Yeast plays big with notes of banana. Hops provide a nice balance. Beer is just slightly sweet overall. Enjoyable flavor.

Bottle fermented so lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.
The yeast plays a huge role in this beer. Quite good overall.

PhantomVodoo, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, decent head that dissipates, some lacing. Smells of spicy clove, caramel, . Tastes of clove and dark fruit sweetness, some spicy bitterness ending quite dry and earthy. Alcohol not present. Good mouthfeel for the style.

A very good beer, spicy and sweet. A classic from Unibroue.

bum732, May 25, 2009
Photo of Stubbie1
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This strong ale pours a deep dark blood orange. There was a head after the pour but it disappeared without a lace. This is a noisy brew. When I went for my first whiff if aroma all I heard was the head fizzing in my ears. There is a malt aroma that’s accompanied with hints of citrus and yeast. The taste is smooth. It started with and is mostly malt with a smooth sweet finish. This is a very drinkable brew BUT watch out for the 8.0%!

Stubbie1, Jun 01, 2003
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a dark red core. Big fluffy toasted marshmellow head. Decent retention. Organic frosty lace.

Floral, orange peel, spicy herbal. Spicy yeast esters, pear and clove. Toasty caramel and hearty dark bread.

Crisp, acidic lemon and herbal notes. Toasty caramel, wood-oven-fired bread. Clove, pear yeast esters. Pleasant earthy spicy herbal bitterness.

Crisp and refreshing. slightly acidic. med body with some coating. slightly drying. moderately high carbonation.

Very drinkable, a deceiving 8%. Nice strong ale. Tasty and complex.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of fank2788
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before 4/10 served in a tulip
This beer is a slightly murky dark amber brown, almost beer bottle brown, with a thick sticky white head. The smell is pretty bready and malty a bit of spice and a fair bit of yeasty easter. The taste is full bready malt, mainly in the caramel range then fruit probably apples. Next is a bit of alcohol spice somewhat heavy in phenols, cloves etc from the yeast, this beer seems to finish with a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is very prickly and peppery the finish is pretty clean and dry with a touch of a stinging bite. Overall this is good, subtle but assertive, complex but not overly challenging, another good Unibroue beer.

fank2788, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Best before 11-01-13.

A: murky dark cider color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a typical spiderweb Belgian cap with good lacing.

S: brown sugar, clove, dried dark fruit, banana bread, just a hint of Belgian funk.

T: the front is full of dried and over-ripe fruit (mainly banana), the middle features a lively spicy character, with clove, nutmeg and bit of white pepper, the finish is just mildly earthy and the spices hang around for the duration of the ride, the hop finish ranges from floral to mildly herbal. The alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: light to medium-bodied, satiny texture, and plentiful carbonation makes for a palate-cleansing beer.

O: I would consider this a great gateway beer to the larger world of Belgian-style brews. Not too funky, not supremely complex or challenging, but very tasty and true to style. It is a natch below the truly world class examples of this style.

Erish, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of tatterdash
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 750 ml bottle of this for an evening of movies. It's an old favourite.

Pours a hazy coppery brown with a foamy off-white head that oddly disappeared rather quickly, which was odd for Maudite. Smells very spicy with a few citrus notes. Taste is a strong yeasty spiciness with hint of orange gets much better as it warms up, becoming more mellow and smoother. It also hides the ABV very well, and sneaks up on you like most Unibroue ales do... which I like. I should have bought two bottles...

tatterdash, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Muddy brown color. Fairly opaque. Decent bubbly head with lacing. Dissipates quickly.
S- Maltiness and caramel comes through.
T- Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, but sort of heavy. A full malt drink, but balanced well with spice.

Amalak, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of daythree16
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Foamy .5 finger caramel colored head that leaves some lace as it fades.

Smell is caramel, raisins, and that distinctly sweet Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet, candied fruit with some spicy and earthy yeast flavors.

Medium body with crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high. Definitely one of my favorites of this style. It's not a problem at all to put away the whole 750ml bottle.

daythree16, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of bignick
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Brookline for $6.49. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

This is another good offering from Unibroue. It poures a hazy, brownish amber with a fluffy head. It has the classic Belgian yeasty, fruity scent. The taste is also pretty classic, although it has a nice depth to it. For 8%, it is pretty drinkable, and one of the better beers out there.

bignick, May 16, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First bottle was bad, here is the correct review it deserves.

Pleasant slightly cloudy brown beer, looks tasty. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Smells sweet and of dark ripe fruit. Spicy smells too, and apples, grapes and black pepper. Lively and peppy.

Tastes milder than it smells; a bit drier than you would expect. This is a well-blended brew and a good choice if you want a drier Belgian Ale. Has a distinct mild hop taste. This is a beer that keeps delivering new flavors as you drink it. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is just about right.

VERY drinkable, packs a punch though.

Zorro, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy burnt-orange/rust color. Tight, bubbly, three finger head. Surprisingly little lace.

S: Very fragrant yeast aroma. Spicy hops and a slight malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Huge spicy yeast and sweet malt one-two punch. Wow. Also contained within are flavors of nuts, spices, chocolate, earthy & spicy hops, and rum soaked raisins.

M: Slick and dense. Initial prickliness calms down and a calming smoothness swoops in and takes over. Finish hangs around for a long time on the tongue and continues to develop (starts off sweet and smooth and eventually turns a little tart and fruity).

D: A very complex treat. Always excellent to savor and experience this one. Can this be sessioned? Probably not, but, I don't think that's the point with this beer. Drink slowly and enjoy it's subtle nuances.

GbVDave, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 750ml bottle as a reward for snow blowing the driveway!

Poured into a Harpoon 100 barrel series chalice. A very cloudy,darker than expected look. Smells were light but good- Belgian yeast,light fruit & spice. As others have suggested- seems like it falls between La Fin Du Monde & Trois Pistoles-which is a good thing. I enjoyed when first poured and also after sitting in the glass a while.

Guess I'll go snow blow the driveway again so I can have another reward!

mendonjoebeer, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of beerceller99
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl.bottle with a 03-05-05 drink by date. Has a hazy amber-orange color with a decent head. A peppery, spicey smell, medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is complex with sweets and spices; caramel, vanilla, cloves, black pepper, etc. A slight alcohol bitterness to finish reminds me of the brews potency.

A nicely crafted brew that has aged well.

beerceller99, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of jsapunor
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful dark red beer. You can see bits of yeast floating in it while the head disappears.
The fruits and malt are detectable in the aroma but in a subtle way; not strong at all but when you taste it the spicy (pepper) dark fruity notes give way to caramel toffee and malt. This is a very well balanced beer that gets more flavorful as it warms Very smooth in the mouth with lots of carbonation typical for the style. The 8% ABV is hidden too well in this delicious beer. One could lead to another very easily.
I had passed on this Unibroue offering several times choosing La Fin du Monde 17 or Trois Pistoles instead but I won't do that again. This offering belongs right up there with the best of a very good lot.

jsapunor, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of tim9887
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip-shaped chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish-brown in color, nice pillowy white foam

Aroma: Slightly boozy, dark fruit undertones

Taste: Fruity, very smooth malt character (almost reminiscent of an "old ale"), combined with a very slight hop presence felt in the aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Softly sparkling & very smooth

tim9887, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly and carefully poured to reveal a rich, complex burnt orange/ brownish color with mild transparency. It has a nice slightly off-white head that leaves good lacing and keeps a thin layer above the beer. The smell is of fruit, malt, and various spices: cinnamon, cloves and pepper even. The taste mirrors the aroma but displays even greater depth and complexity. As the beer warms up, it becomes a bit spicier (originally poured at 52 faren.). It has a full body with a slightly dry finish to it. Great beer.

Douglas14, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maudite tulip glass at Beelow's Steakhouse.

During my early birthday steak celebration, this was my beer of choice (a complete shock that stuff like this and Bernardus 12 were even available, and on draft no less!). It pours a cloudy amber-tawny topped by a healthy finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises bready Belgian yeast, figs, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, candi sugar, mandarin oranges, clove, light banana, and a touch of red apples. The taste tones things down a bit, focusing on the yeast, the figs, the clove, the pepper, and the nutmeg. A touch of apple-y fruitiness comes through as well, diluted a bit by some red grapes, but this is secondary to everything else. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that longs to be as chewy as it feels it is (if that makes sense...). Overall, a very nice brew, one of my old favorites from my early days as a craft drinker. Still going strong (both the beer and myself).

TMoney2591, May 15, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite pours a cloudy brown color with some orange highlights around the edges. A frothy white head dissolves slowly leaving behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. A spicy aroma with a blend of allspice and cinnamon mixed with some apples greets you before your first sip. The scent almost reminds me of an apple pie.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor starts slightly fruity with an apple flavor. Soon the spices kick in offering a mild corriander and cinnamon taste. It finishes with a bit of alcohol bitterness leaving some spicy flavors behind.

I really like the balance between the fruityness and spices. This is a good sipping beer that tends to be filling.

WanderingFool, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Freshness date: 09-18-11

Appearance: A reddish amber colour. Deep orange when held up to the light. Head is thin and champagne-like, settling on the sides of the glass after quickly dissipating. Carbonation sneaks up the side as it sits.

Smell: Rich and peppery, with a distinctive Unibroue yeast taste. Smells a lot like tropical fruit. Very delicious. Gets even better as it warms up in the glass.

Taste: So smooth and complex. Many different complimenting flavours all rolled into one. Perky fruit flavour with accenting peppery notes. Has a characteristic Unibroue yeastiness, which I don't enjoy as much as other belgian yeasts, but its not too prominant in this brew. Certainly nuttiness, but also a little bitterness from something i can't quite put my finger on. I'm getting something almost like gingerbread

Mouthfeel: You can't necessarily taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Much smoother than the other Unibroues; I love it. Carbonation is a little like that of champagne, but not quite as pronounced in your mouth.

Drinkability: Gloriously drinkable. Dark and mysterious, but still light enough where I want another (few) afterwards. The alcohol would probably be an issue after a few, but before then who cares?

Whiteweasel, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I continue to enjoy my run through "beers of fame". I poured my Maudite from a 12 oz bottle with gold foil around the neck into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium size delicately bubbling head. The head fades fast, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Good pronounced aroma. Apples and Pears and Belgian yeast predominate.

Taste is outstanding. Apples and pears, raisins, Belgian yeast, some spices (coriander and black pepper) are all fetured in this beer.

Mouthfeel is rich, some ahcohol presence, mostly warming. Definitely not too much

This beer is easily as good as Belgian varieties. I love Unibroue beers.

JayQue, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of kegerator
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is only the second uni that I thought was well done.

poured a hazy golden brown, almost like Cider. Had a 1/4 inch head that lasted 5 seconds. No lacing noticeable.

Smell was interetsing, Sweet Malt almost brown sugar like, cakey/bready aromas with some very faint hints of spice

Taste was clean, not wuit efull body in my opinion.Carmel Malt and Sweet Bread were the major flavor with some slight spice. The alcohol was not noticeable at all as I drank it.

All in all a nice offering and wuite drinkable.

kegerator, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of animal69
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

went on a belgian trip this week (for the holidays) i've heard good things about Unibroue, and got a couple of their brews ; pours a hazy, deep copper color w/ a fluffy off-white head leaving a nice broken bridge-like lacing in my glass (as well as some tiny black pepper specks) ; a bready, fruit-like aroma w/ banana and corianderish spice undertones, a little hop in there as well ; a complex tart, spicy flavor, starting w/ a sour, toasty malt flavor, then filling in w/ the fruity, spice infused black pepper/coriander taste combined w/ a noble hop type of spicy pine, quite intense ; a good dry, light-med body, not at all like an 8% ABV drinks, good co2 as well, bubbly to the end ; a very drinkable and incredible beer, as good as any Belgian strong dark from an abby or better...

animal69, Nov 23, 2007
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,884 ratings.