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Maudite - Unibroue

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3,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,837
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 135
Gots: 268 | FT: 4
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 beerceller99


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

09-25-2004 22:25:53 | More by beerceller99
Photo of jsapunor


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

04-01-2009 16:30:43 | More by jsapunor
Photo of tim9887


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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

03-25-2009 00:03:51 | More by tim9887
Photo of Douglas14


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

02-19-2008 02:18:02 | More by Douglas14
Photo of TMoney2591


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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).

05-15-2011 22:42:59 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of WanderingFool


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

02-09-2006 02:51:50 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Whiteweasel


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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?

11-09-2009 07:06:19 | More by Whiteweasel
Photo of JayQue


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

08-27-2011 19:21:01 | More by JayQue
Photo of kegerator


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-24-2005 17:46:26 | More by kegerator
Photo of animal69


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

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...

11-23-2007 21:33:18 | More by animal69
Photo of goblue3509


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a hazy copper color with a one finger head. The smell is of yeast and caramel malt, there are also dark fruits and some breadiness in there. The taste is of a bread malt and a slight caramel malt. The flavor is balanced out with some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy. The drinkability is good on this one, the alcohol is well hidden. Overall this is an excellent beer, the alcohol is well hidden for the class and it is very complex, overall very good and very solid.

09-16-2009 01:56:36 | More by goblue3509
Photo of acrawf6


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured out a dark amber/reddish-orange and the head was almost white with a tan shade to it. the head dissipated quickly into the beer, but after it did the foam looked white.

smell is, like others of this style, a fruity spice smell, maybe some apples with just a little citrus. i think i can smell the alcohol in this if thats even possible.

taste is great. some green apples in it that tastes just a little tart, but is still on the sweeter side i think.

mouthfeel is good with a medium to almost a full mouthfeel.

drinkability in my opinion was great, almost too drinkable. i havent savored the flavors too much, i just keep getting a sip after so much that i type. this was much more drinkable than i thought, but i would say to calm yourself down and enjoy this one!

05-06-2005 17:10:26 | More by acrawf6
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Enjoyed on tap at Pazzo's Pint Night. I've always liked Maudite better on tap. The flavors are better rounded, bringing out more ripe fruit flavors and leaving the alcohols less fusal. Keeping the spicy, strong malts, tart Belgian qualities. Still heavily carbonated and well headed. It's as good as ever.

10-12-2006 14:10:51 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ejimhof


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

appearance- pours a hazy brown cloud that you cannot see through

smell- smells of malt and alchol

taste- the Belgian inluence is evident

mouthfeel- smooth and pleasant on the tongue

drinkability- easy to drink but not something you want to drink all night because of the high ABV

This is one of the first craft beers I drank and still one the best

11-26-2010 00:59:02 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

I had this on Tap at the Littlest Bar in Boston,Ma

Poured from the tap into a Unibroue glass.

The color is a dark gold/copper with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice bouquet of fruit flavors that mix well with the yeasty flavor in the background. Some banana and a slight peach flavor comes out.

The taste has a nice Belgian flavor that is quite impressive. The dark fruits come out right away and I am swooped up in a great raisin flavor that seems to mix with some nice sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light to medium and is a really easy drinking beer but does have a good kick to it. Drinks really well as well.

06-11-2010 05:14:35 | More by Duhast500
Photo of bamadog


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky coppery color with tons of carbonation bubbling throughout. Of course it has one of those huge Belgian heads that has pretty solid retention (or perhaps it should be regeneration from all the carbonation?) that is just slightly off-white.

Smell: The first scent I pick up on is sour fruit (I would say grape-like, perhaps some apple in there as well); a nice presence of spiciness is sneaking through as well; a firm malty backing as well; faint whiff of alcohol, but no especially strong; and for lack of a better term, I would say it smells kind of "dry."

Taste: Amazing. Smacked in the mouth with the sour grape-like/apple-esque fruit flavor and a heavy dose of the spices one would expect - coriander, nutmeg, perhaps a little cinammon; a very faint hint of alcohol, but like I find the few Belgians that I've had thus far, it's especially well-masked.

Mouthfeel: A lively drink due to the carbonation, but it's not overpowering and still goes down quite smoothly and evenly; it does indeed leave the mouth a bit dry and finishes pretty clean. Leaves a strong presence of the spices in the aftertaste, so it's very enjoyable from start to finish.

Drinkability: Pretty high, actually. It's got a slightly high ABV (compared to a lot of other beers out there, as of coruse, there always seem to be some bigger ones), but it feels pretty do-able and not especially overpowering. The finish is nice and it doesn't seem to sit too heavily; the flavor is of course immensely enjoyable and goes well with food.

05-14-2009 23:12:15 | More by bamadog
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a dark amber with a thick head.

Smell is nice and fruity. Raisins, bananas and cinnamon dominate.

The taste follows the smell pretty well. It is sweet and spicy with lots of cinnamon. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with lots of nice carbonation.

Overall this is very nice. Very drinkable. I'm glad I bought several of these.

01-15-2012 22:56:55 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of crookedhalo


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with some brown highlights and a lasting light beige head. Bready and yeasty aromas with a fair amount of fruitiness and spice in the background. Predominantly malty, but the yeast imparts a dryness and light tartness into the finish, making it very nice. Rather fruity, maybe taking on fresh fig, mango and pear, very subtle vegetal notes, too. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, which is a plus. Overall, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

10-14-2004 05:14:12 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer poured a deep reddish brown. Had alot of head, pretty thick, and left a solid lacing.

Smelled alot like yeast, pepper, maybe some lemon.

Taste started wet and sweet and finished dry and a bit rough. Alot of flavor here, very fruity, spicy, flavors I can't yet identify. Finish is pretty bitter. Very complex.

Mouthfeel was very heavy and dry, quite a bit of carbonation here but in a good way, it provides a balance to this beer that makes it unique.

Drinkability is good for me, but not great. I'll definately get a few more of these but I can't drink it as a session beer.

03-27-2008 02:18:45 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

341 ml bottle.

A- Very nice reddish dark amber colour. Off-white head that settled to a thin foamy layer and eventually dissappeared. Very appealing streams of fine bubbles in the beer.

S- Sweet odours dominate, malt, caramel and fruit (citrus).

T- Unibroue yeast prevails. Nice taste of malt with a touch of bitterness to balance. Fruitiness in background. Alcohol quite noticeable but seems to fit with this beer.

MF- Very nice "roundness". Carbonation just right. Maybe a little pastiness left behind though.

D- Concidering the potency of the brew, it's amazing how easily it goes down.

10-02-2006 16:55:34 | More by JOaikido
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours a murky brown with a reddish hue, lots of carbonation of the body, thumb of big bubbled head with surprising retention and no real lacing.

S - Typical Belgian scents with lots of banana followed by apple and pear, cloves and sweet brown sugar.

T - Very sweet off the top with lots of fruit, bananas and caramel apple with cloves coming through on the finish. The higher ABV is well hidden, with the heat being subtle and the sweetness of the alcohol coming through.

M - This one is well carbonated making it quite light and bubbly, goes down smooth and it finishes quite wet.

D - Overall this is yet another quality example of Unibroue's ability to produce high quality, high ABV, Belgian ales. Highly recommended to any Belgian fan.

11-20-2010 17:41:49 | More by andrenaline
Photo of dutchbrew2


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

dark red color yet still able to see through it. tons of carbonation with a great head. lots of fruit aroma plum and cherry and some bannana. moderately malty and sweet on the palate with alot of fruit flavors. I couldnt taste any of the high alcohol content of this beer. 8% is not much for the style but even so theres not a trace of it. everything blends together in maudite to make a very complex smooth and easy to drink ale that i go back to since it is reasonbly priced for a belgian style ale. This is just another example of some of the fenominal ales produced by unibroue.

08-09-2006 21:04:46 | More by dutchbrew2
Photo of HitokiriNate85


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a semi-murky red to brown, with orange highlights coming through against the light. There's a nice two-finger head that fades fairly quickly to thinner covering, but that much of it persists. I was expecting a much bigger head, but using a snifter vs. a tulip might have something to do with it.

S - I can pick up hints of it from over a foot away. The first thing I noticed was a spiciness from the Belgian yeast. There's some malt mixed in as well. It might just be me, but I've noticed that certain aspects of a beer become much easier to pick up after I've tasted them. After a few sips, the dark malt is a lot more perceptible than before.

T - Wow. Definitely follows through from the nose. The spiciness hits up front. That leads through to the darker malts. There's a bit of fruitiness to it, but not to the level I've encountered with some other Belgian styles. The alcohol is hidden extremely well here, which I consider a big plus. It's a tough call between 4 and 4.5 for the score, but I'm giving it the bump up because of how well it covers the alcohol(I wonder if my bottle has been sitting for a while, but with a best by of 2011, I'd guess it's fresher).

MF - Lots of carbonation make it really lively and prickly. I think that gives the perception that it's 'light' in mouthfeel, but it leaves a thick, sticky coating afterward. I can never make up my mind over carbonation levels in high ABV beers, but it seems to work here.

D - I'm not well-seasoned with the style, but out of the few examples I've had, this is definitely the most drinkable(each one has been surprisingly distinct from one another). At the same time, I definitely wouldn't have more than one. It was $4 for a 12 oz. bottle, so I'll hunt around for a better price before picking up another.

04-22-2009 02:13:35 | More by HitokiriNate85
Photo of koolk


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a dark burnt orange with a fluffy white head that disintegrates soon after.

Sexy Belgian inspired nose of cherries and currant and other dark/red fruits, strong spice and some citrus under notes.

Palate is full of sweet caramel flavours that lead into a decent spicy bite and aftertaste. Some more citrus flavours in there as well, or maybe that is just the after taste tang making me think so. Great flavour!

Great balance, creamy texture and the alcohol is apparent, though in a loverly winter warming fashion.

Ahh Unibroue...Their beers played a huge part in my beer geek "initiation" as a 19 year old living in Canada. Good to see after all these years it still holds very strong (and is available in Oz for that matter!)

09-01-2008 08:24:48 | More by koolk
Photo of WJVII


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a darker golden amber color with a thick and creamy 3 finger white head that lasted a long time leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong of banana, yeast, and clove with slight hints of caramel malts and some alcohol. The taste is quite crisp with a medium body and stronger carbonation. The taste is sticky and malty up front with banana and yeast being dominant, some slight sweet honey and mild bitterness are in the finish with a dry alcohol after taste. This is a nice brew, more for a winters eve than a summers day, but regardless I am going to enjoy it!

06-23-2010 23:54:04 | More by WJVII
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,837 ratings.