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Maudite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,572 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3572
Reviews: 1819
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%


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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beernbbq

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The real deal. Even though this is an ale and not a dubbel, I found it had similar charcteristics to the Chimay Reserve. Plummy, raisin-y, sweet but not cloyingly so. Easy to drink, a great alternative to champagne. Keep it at cellar temp for pure enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 15:21:25 | More by beernbbq
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dpend

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slightly murky amber.Aggressive head was large and made a good amount of fizz as it dissipated.Created nice lacing and retained a small cover film.Smell and taste was of malts and wheat with a bit of citrus undertones.Highly drinkable for an 8% beer, but the carbonation may get to some after awhile.This seems a typical trait in the Unibroue line.Another fine brew by them.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 15:45:34 | More by dpend
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really thick whiteish tan head. Left a little bit of lacing. Glowing light brown to amber in color. The smell is intriguing. Creamy apricots, a bit of aclohol, a pinch of spice. Light fruity malt flavor combines with a slightly bitter and alcoholic taste. There's even flavor on the exhale. Smooth body combined with a solid amount of carbonation make for great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 19:56:07 | More by HappyHourHero
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a cross of amber and orange, just a bit hazy, though maybe that's from the excessive chill I laid on it. Creamy head out of the gate, that settles back, then slicks the top throughout the sipping, leaving lacy tracks down the inside of the glass. It's got a yeasty tang to the nose, reminiscent of rising dough. The fruits come through at the front of the flavor, with apples coming to mind. A little lighter than I expected the first time I had it, as I for some reason figured on a heavier coat on my tongue and mouth. Emminently drinkable, but the ABV sneaks up on you, so for me two's the limit if I expect to be doing anything before 10 the next morning.

The label's dark, almost Gothic in its way, but fun, not unlike the beer the bottle holds. Certainly something to expose friends to who've at least cut their teeth on a Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 20:43:13 | More by Foxman
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DagFishHead

New York

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, apple-cider, amber-brown body. Brisk carbonation (the bottle popped when the cap seal broke). Lush, voluminous, off-white head fades to a persistent 1/4" that holds on. Creamy foam lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, tangy yeast. Citrus, clove.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Rich honey, caramel, toffee malt with toasted notes. Followed by a tangy yeast and carbonation tingle, finishing with a very crisp and dry citrus/hop pucker. ABV hides very well offering a soothing background warmth. Carbonation faded from very high to noticeably low in a fairly short time.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable for a sweet, high ABV beer. Overall, not as good as I expected, but I will come back and try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 04:56:34 | More by DagFishHead
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me , Unibroue is one of the best breweries in the world. They seem incapable of making a bad beer.My Maudite erupted out of my bottle, and after cleaning up,I noticed a cloudy orange red apperance, an intriguing sweet spice aroma,a taste that first reminded me of Duval, fruity orange rind, apple, all kinds of spices, smooth warming in the tummy, left you with a nice fresh breath. Another Unibroue masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 11:15:13 | More by grynder33
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light brown head that settled down and covered
the brew. Wonderful nose of malt and fruits. Everybody comments on the scotch taste and its true. It is very predominant. What a wonderful, and long
lasting, aftertaste. Very warm yet alive. What can I say about a beer with so many reviews except: This was a darn good beer. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 03:48:58 | More by PiratePete
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This entry from Unibroue pours a medium amber color with very little head and no lacing. It has a malty, yeasty aroma with some undertones of spice like cinnamon. It has a nice taste with some citrusy, but sweet flavors. There is a hint of maltiness and a nice finish that tastes like some of the better Belgians. The mouthfeel is very rich and toney. It is a drinkable beer somewhat above average, but if I had my choice of Unibroue brews, I would pick both Le Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles over this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 23:53:41 | More by rdrummer
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BierReise

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange/amber colored and a bit hazy. Very little head, just a slight white film floating on top. Very nice and attractive aroma of berries and sweet malt with a definite yeast undertone. Sharp crisp mouthfeel and not quite as smooth as some of the top Belgians I've had. Flavor is on the sweet side and malty with a sugary end. Decent beer that I've overlooked. Definitely worth a re-visit. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for throwing one my way.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 22:35:26 | More by BierReise
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber color with nice head that stays all the way to the last drop. Lots of carbonation my beer had constant stream of bubbles rising but never tasted over carbonated.

Sweet fruity aroma bananas, raisons? with touch of spice thrown in. Tastes wonderful, malty, sweet, fruity excites the mouth with slight hops on the way down.

Mouthfeel was wonderful I could drink this all day long. Would never have know it had 8% abv if not for the label. Was a wonderful brew sorry that I now have only 3 left. Was my first Unibroue definitely will not be the last.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 02:50:27 | More by mntlover
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty offering on arrival. The colour had very light cranberry tinge with a crown that was close to two fingers and a wide spread glass cling that did not stop.
The body was medium as was the carbonation.
Aroma was lightly of assorted fruits, predominantly bananas.
Taste was interesting but not appealing. Seemed to me as it had a sweet maple quality to it with a light bitter back.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 01:59:46 | More by Shiloh
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. foil-wrapped bottle. What appears to be a best before date of 1/15/03 on the back.

Appearance: Pours a very...different color. A ruby-tinged apple cider best describes it. Very active and *fizzy* head quickly settes to a ring around the very outside of the glass. Lots and lots of impossibly small bubbles boil up from the glass.

Smell: Spicy, dark fruit, doughy sweetness dance across the nostrils. Complex? Indeed.

Taste: The aromas give a hint as to what will be happening with this beer when it hits the taste buds. Ripe bannanas, pepper, honey up front. Finished with a dash of bitterness to go with a slight "bannana peel" flavor on the palate. Alcohol only noticed after it had warmed considerably and then only as a supporting role.

Mouthfeel: The tight carbonation along with the zip from the hops at the end make for a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The unique flavor, appearance, and finish make for a continuous "hand-to-mouth" action with the glass. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 01:39:39 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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silks636

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml brown bottle. Caged and corked. Best before date stamped on label. Served very slightly chilled.

Pours deep amber with a frothy white head. Quite hazy. Vigorous carbonation and small yeast particles are observed. Nose is filled with alcohol esters, fruit, spices, and yeast. Taste starts off with a bready malt that quickly morphs into a tangy apple fruitiness. Hops are present, but not intrusive. Peppery spices slip in next... clove and cinnamon come to mind. Finishes off very dry with a nice tart cidery end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with nice carbonation that accentuates the spiciness.

Absolutely stunning. She is deceptively strong too... checks in at 8%, but hardly tastes like it. My first experience with Maudite, although I have thoroughly enjoyed other beers from Unibroue. After tonight I plan on keeping a few bottles of this fantastic brew on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 01:23:05 | More by silks636
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer. I had this Belgian Strong Ale on tap, believe it or not. It was at Sean Bolan's in Baltimore and I've never seen it anywhere else on tap. Pours a cidery amber similar to Ressurrection Ale. Hints of cloves and maybe a little plum are evident in the smell. Taste is excellent with a rich fulfilling mouthfeel. One thing I did not like about this beer was that while it was balanced while cold, surprisingly it became slightly unbalanced as it warmed up, as is usually the opposite with more Belgian style beers. There's an easy way to fix this though... drink it cold and order another! Be careful though, those who do not respect this beer will be feeling it in the morning at 8% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2003 15:32:37 | More by ChrisBowers
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Elemental

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - probably the only dissapointing thing about this beer. Its advertised as a Belgian Strong Amber Ale but it pours more like a cidery brown color. There is a thin amount of head.

Smell - Great aroma with hints of spices and fruits. The fruitiness is very strong but not overpowering.

Taste - Very fruity and spicy taste. Big and malty, slightly tast and bitter. Almost cidery taste but great note overwhelming.

Overall - Damn good, a must try!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 03:03:13 | More by Elemental
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a "use by 2006" date on it. Got that covered. Pours a very hazy brown/orange, almost appears like apple cider when held to light. Short lived head with almost no lacing.

The smell is strongly of apple, clove, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. The taste I found a little lacking. Sure it was complex, but it just came across as very...I don't know...flat? I got the fruit kick up front with the spice, pepper, and alcohol at the end, but it all seemed to blend in to one, and not in a exceedingly pleasurable way. The yeast made for a nice body and mouthfeel, yet I expected more?

Overall an intersting brew but it didn't quite leave me with the out-of-body experience that some other BA's have had. Maybe I need to snag another bottle and let it cellar for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 12:09:54 | More by yankeeheel
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steelreign

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only the ABV prevents this from being my favorite session brew. Outstanding, creamy and well balanced mouthfeel, along with a nice fruity palate with no bitterness makes for one helluva brew. A nice warming all the way down. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Another classic from Unibroue....I am so glad I am only an hour from the border so I can pick this up in Canada at will....

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 17:01:03 | More by steelreign
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another delight from this awesome brewery. Always over the top, and always very drinkable!! Color is a lovely deep honey with a golden brown core. Aromatics include sweet toffee and banana cream pie. In the mouth the beer is creamy, intense and alcohol laden, with a real knack for warming things up. Plenty of ultra ripe banana, and an ineffable fruitiness on the palate. This is one hell of a sipper! Drink this without respect and you'll pay the devil! You'll be one of those poor lost souls rowing towards the bowels of hell in an overcrowded row boat (as noted on the label)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 00:44:28 | More by moulefrite
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Andreji

Colombia

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

And yet another truly fantastic beer by Unibroue, I'm amazed, no wonder the spot on the list.

Pours a mysterious dark caramel tone that becomes progressively darker from the bottom of the glass to the top, where one encounters a small, white/grey head that fizzes until disappearing into a ring with no lacing. Opaque, cloudy. inviting.

The smell, Ascending from a strong wheat into a fruity, lemony perception with the side smells ranging from a bit of alcohol and yeast, and some, very slight hops.

The taste, fantastic. A wheat base unveiled as the carbonation passes blends gradually into an enchanting lemony feel that slightly sweet and combined with a bit of alcohol, fades into a slight bitterness by the hops to conclude the experience.

The mouthfeel, just a bit nasal thanks to the alcohol, but very soft and yet with a nice, crisp body.

>>>Why I preferred Trois Pistoles: Similar, but stronger taste. better hidden alcohol. both fantastic anyways.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 16:40:15 | More by Andreji
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Boilermaker88

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml brown bomber with a "best before" date of 08-28-05. Poured a cloudy brown color with a presistent off-white head and a large amount of carbonation boiling up to the bottom of the head.
Smell is rich of malt and peppery spice. Slight alcohol aroma wafts from my glass after aggitation (not me, the glass).
Taste is of bready malt, pepper, coriander, a hint of vanilla and a nod to banana and clove. Wonderfully complex blending of flavors.
Feel is rich, full and dry. Really fills the mouth.
A well crafted, delicious beer that delivers a variety of tastes. Another brew I'd like to use as a charter member of my soon-to-be "cellar" (read: closet).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 04:50:28 | More by Boilermaker88
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Best by date clearly marked on back label.

Pours tawny amber in colour, clear with a gigantic creamy & dense off white head. Yeast pour turns it cloudy as expected, nothing really remarkable about it.

Wonderful aromas of spices, & some herbs. Bright & inviting. Aroma is dulled by the yeast pour.

Rich malt flavours, some orange, with an interesting blend of coriander and pepper. The slightest hint of bannana with vanilla, & then a dry finish that lingers. Yeast pour adds a bread like quality, while muting some other flavors.

Slightly thicker than medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

Well done. I prefered this without the yeast. To each their own.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 16:14:15 | More by xgrigorix
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This pours a beautiful, thick cloudy brown. The head was full and left some lacing.

Smell – Big malt and spicy yeast aromas fill the nose. This is a terrific smelling brew, full of caramel and fruit scents.

Taste - The first hint of hops is quickly replaced by huge malt and caramel flavors. The body is very deep, mature, raw, and spicy, with a complex fruity boldness of predominantly banana and clove-spiked apple. There’s also a presence of alcohol and many other flavors that I can’t pinpoint.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation slowed this one down a bit. I thought it was a little too much for the style. But, it’s a full-bodied ale that you can sip, suck, chew, or pack in between your cheeks and gum like a wad of tobacco.

Drinkability – This went down smooth as silk.

Comments – This is my idea of a BSDA. I chose this for my 100th beer review to commemorate the occasion.

Update – Well, I had this for my 100th review and now, here I am, over a year later, with 1,220 reviews. I thought I’d give this one another full tasting and see how my opinion of it withstands the test of time.

I didn’t see a need to elaborate on the Appearance: it’s perfect. The aroma and taste are damn near perfect. I didn’t get any hops this time around but thought the huge butter flavor was just a bit much. Keep in mind that I’m trying to differentiate here between a 4.5 and a perfect 5.0.

The style allows for high carbonation. Having said that, I thought this was just a bit too much. I’ll say now that it is not quite full-bodied, although the beautiful and full flavors probably demand it to be so. All in all this is one of my favorite BSDAs. I stand by my overall 4.5 rating that I gave this back in August 2003.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 04:10:43 | More by RoyalT
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tar

Bahamas

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy, amber with a thick, foamy, slightly off-white, and very persistent head. The smell is fairly mellow but full of different aromas, especially those of spices and flowers. Very nice complex taste--especially fruity and spicy (peppery in particular). Finishes quite dry. A rather smooth beer and rather easy drinking despite the high alcohol content. This is definitely a beer I will look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 15:30:53 | More by tar
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in an actual Maudite glass (I'm a dork, what can I say). Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Burnt umber liquid that is slightly hazy. Quickly forms an offwhite head that dissappates just as fast to a thin layer.

Aroma: Clove and coriander with fruity (I got peach and banana) and malty aromas quite prominent. Little snap of lemon at the end.

Taste: A good wallop of the aforementioned spices rounded out by the malt sweetness. Slight feel of alcohol and bitterness as the liquid lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Warming and just so slightly puckering. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Smooth despite the infernally high ABV. Damnation never tasted better.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 22:29:47 | More by ManekiNeko
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beerguy101

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, small head. Heavy malts and hops, malts are slightly sour and spicy. Large body. Mouthfeel is fluffy (carbonated). Finish is spicy and slightly sweet. Aftertaste has an almost perfume-like sweetness to it, yet slightly sour and bitter. Very different beer

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 02:37:27 | More by beerguy101
Maudite from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 3,572 ratings.