Maudite | Unibroue

1,926 Reviews

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Morris729
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light mahogany color with a frothy off-white head. Nice head retention and eventually dissipates into a nice lace. Fruity and spicy aromas up front with a bit alcohol. Taste is very complex. There is a bit of a fruity sweetness up front with tastes of banana, honey, and caramel. Next comes a citrus/lemon tart sting in the mouth along with a bit of nuttiness and biscuity flavor. The finish is a dry and bread-like with some hoppy phenols. Considering it’s 8%, you really can’t detect much alcohol. This is an outstanding beer. As for the demon and the flying canoe on the bottle, here’s the story from the Unibroue website – “Maudite has a typically Quebecois name that is reminiscent of the legend of the Chasse-Galerie (the legend of the Flying Canoe). Legend has it that a group of lumberjacks struck a deal with the devil to fly home in their canoes, guided by Satan himself, to make it home in time for Christmas.”

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Photo of Illini5596
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance was fantastic, just enough head, and a deep brownish red color. My mouth was watering the moment I saw it. The smell was deep oaks and wood, with bound up sweetness and caramel, the last being the true prize to be found in this beer. The taste is deep, strong, and with hints of caramel on the tail. One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely spectacular. It's complex and full bodied, a true work of genuine craftsmanship.

The mouthfeel is rich, and full, with a slight slickness, felt about the same time the caramel comes out.

Absolutely amazing beer, highly recommended to anyone and everyone you CANNOT go wrong!

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Photo of TheCockSmith69
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I poured from the bottle a lt brown, Medium full bodied amber colored brew with a nice, generous white head with a silky smooth feel. Aromas of Belgian yeast centering on fruity citrus and resin and slight roasted malt. Highly recommended to those who appreciate a great tasting beer. Also has several Gold awards.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy maroon color with a big white head, into my schell's tulip. Smells yeasty, spicy, and very intriguing. Taste was very vinous, with lots of spice and malt presence, excellent hop finish, serve at cellar temperature for best results. If this is "The Damned" I can't wait to try the Gift of God...

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Photo of realbeerbaron
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this in a 750ML corked bottle after keeping in my cellar for a year and a half. Poured into a Chalice.

A- When I poured this the colour was a nice deep opaque brown, with a nice thick head, I was very impressed with the look of this.

S- Maudite has a very distinct smell which includes hints of banana and vanilla, with spicy overtones.

T- Exceptional taste, fruity start with a light spicy finish, well rounded

M- very smooth, full bodied, very clean finish for a strong ale

D- As this is a strong ale, I expected it to have the strong tripel style finish, but this was very smooth and quite drinkable. I had this in storage in my cellar for a year and a half waiting for a special occasion to drink, my son was born so figured a great time to open. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

tulip glass used as recommended.
poured a tea brown, that is very cloudy in appearance. yeast present as it is a beer on lees. carbonated and looks amazing.
Smell is an amazing breadish malt. Smells very sweet, and a warm alcohol presence. very fruity and warm.
taste is a heavenly caramel apple taste. I just dont want this glass to end. has a decent bitter that ends with the taste. a little spicy but wonderful.
carbonated and warm almost welcomes the palate with every drink, i dont think i could get enough of this. at all. as it says... its a DAMN FINE ALE!!!! amazing...

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright reddish amber pour produces a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap that kicks up splotchy lace.
S: Over ripe fruit, malty fruit cake, light fruit.
T: Big malt and big Belgian yeasts join to develop fruit cake, over ripe fruit, banana, caramel, dark sugars, spice and anise flavors.
F: Highly carbonated, medium to medium light body, creamy.
O: One of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales available.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge beautiful head with R&L. Rusty red with some black creeping in, forboding. Spicy and fruity in the nose with hints of yeast and chocolate, intriguing. Flavor is gorgeous but haunting - strawberry, spice, dark and long. A bit spritzy then smooth. Damn me.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon opening the bottle I smelt the cork and smelt very much like a merlot, very intrigued to try this.

Appearance-Shades of Amber and Brown, carbonation floating up to the top. Foamy and firm 2 finger light brown head leaving some lacing thats dripping down the side of the glass.

Smell-Just like the cork, smells like a red wine; Black pepper, dark fruits, clove, light booziness. However the yeast really comes through as well. This is an extremely inviting aroma, I think I'm going to love this.

Taste-Sweet, candied dark fruits. Some crisp apple and spice as well. Just enough booze coats the mouth to know that you're drinking 8% alcohol. Like to note that it's almost like an apple cider meets a red wine. Very very complex and it's so drinkable and so balanced. This is a very intriguing and impressive brew.

Mouthfeel-Just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate that makes you want to keep picking up the glass for another sip. Medium bodied with light booziness.

Overall-First overall "5" I've given. A great experience of flavors, so complex, so drinkable, so refreshing. Great desert beer or pre-dinner beer. Love it. Go get it if you can.

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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 ThomasWhytock
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On my beer travels there has always been one brew that I always come back to.
Maudite has a deep as hell (pun intended) colour, with a beautiful white foamy peak.
It has very characteristic flavour. Dark & fruity with spice.
A very fine Belgian style beer. Must try.

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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 EricMichael
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy, red-amber. It really captures the light and looks fiery like one would expect from a beer called "the damned". Massive three-finger head at first pour that hung around for a few minutes. This later turned into nice lacing, but as the beer warmed the lacing became extremely light.

Smell - Sweet fruity malts, floral hops and lots of spice. Orange, clove and coriander really come through. Faint yeast, not as prevalent as some of the other Unibroue's.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Starting off on the colder side, the orange is prominent with a yeast/carbonation bite to finish. As it warms, other malt flavors are allowed to bloom. As it reaches optimal drinking temperature, the spices take over along with a light yeast. Coriander and clove. Bitter-sweet and exceptionally crisp & smooth. When you finish a sip, your mouth is clean, ready for another.

Overall - This is one of my favorites. The color draws you in. The flavor and feel really delivers. If I could afford to drink this weekly, I would.

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

I tried this beer after sampling trois pistoles from Unibroue. Maudite holds its own against trois pistoles or any other beer I have ever had. Very fruity, spicy aroma, and popping with carbonation. Perfect balance of malt and hops make this beer good for the IPA and cream ale crowd. An excellent introduction to a great brewery and line of beers.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Two to three fingers of a active/bubbly off-white head; body is a deep mahogany with amber hues along the bottom edge of the glass. Head retains as a small ring, and yeast from bottle fermentation settles along the bottom of the tulip.
S: Spicy, and citrus. Reminiscent of a spicy witbier.
T: Heavy wheat flavors with a touch of dark spice; malty character is balanced by a touch of hops; residuals of spices left gracefully on the tongue.
M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation.
D: Very smooth, with the alcohol unnoticed. Easy and pleasant to drink, meanwhile maintaining a heap of complexity. Most drinkable Belgian Strong I've had.

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

This is my second Unibroue experience, and I must say it is even better than the first. This beer has a captivating bright red color with copper highlights and an off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, but lingers the entire glass and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is sweet and rather like a fine merlot. The taste is exquisite, without a trace of alcohol. Maltiness is evident, and a fruity sweetness is present in the finish. I can mainly taste ripe plum, but I am reminded of a good sweet red wine. The best (or perhaps worst) characteristic is it is a pleasure to drink. Again, this is an elite beer from Unibroue. I am truly beginning to understand why Belgian style beers become so alluring to so many.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into tulip glass

Pours with a medium head fading to a nice, persistent lace. Good amber brown hue. Very rich aromas of malts, spice, pine, and dark fruit. Great dark fruit flavors. Medium to full body with good texture. Low presence of hops, medium tannins, medium acidity, and alcohol in check. One of my favorite brews. Wonderful dark ale.

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Photo of AlfaMale
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not usually a red ale type of person, but this beer can get one past that. It is a fine mix of hops and brandy like quality that make it a pure treat for the senses. The last time I had a Belgian style red ale this good was when I was in Belgium. The beer pours smoothly into your tulip ale glass with a substantial head and a bouquet of early sumer floral tones that whet the palate for its imminent arrival. A sip will not last long, as you will want to recharge your tastebuds posthaste and repeatedly. The colour, as you would expect, is on the red side of amber, but not crystal clear, nor too cloudy. As you can probably tell I liked this beer a lot and will search high and low for in on my many road travels. Frankly, I've had three different Unibroue beers over the past several days and they have all been brilliant.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite on tap is heavenly! I had these samples at the wonderful McLeans pub in Montreal, QC. This beer was presented to me with a nice, devel-ish dark red amber colour with a small head. The aromas were very spicy and yeasty. The taste was big, bold and wonderful. This beer tastes much different on tap than it does in bottles. It is very spicy, more yeasty and less boozy tasting. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and the drinkability is also exceptional. I had 3 glasses of this stuff before I knew it and I was well on my way to getting drunk...After-all, this stuff is 8% ABV!

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Photo of mfabian12
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Dark amber with cloudiness from yeast, large off-white head.
Smell: Spicy with yeast and hints of molasses
Taste: Malty with a certain spicy and fruity complexion to it. A
subtle bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation and thickness
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Very smooth.

All in all, this is a great beer. Would definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Todd
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: "Maudite", translates to "Cursed." Lost souls in a canoe (heading straight for hell), an evil devil with crossed arms greets and "Beer On Lees" (beer on yeast) are all present on the label. Bottle refermented in a 750ml brown.

Appearance: Wood stain in colour. Pours extremely frothy, as a champagne, and settles into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass. Some haze appears in the glass.

Smell: Spicy aromas, alcohol notes and fruity esters. Yeast aromas hit the nose as you get to the dregs of the bottle.

Taste: Whoa! This brew has some complexities! At first, fruit and higher kilned malt flavours coat the palate. Then, a sudden black pepper spiciness, tartness and fruitiness come into domination -- going spicy once again at the end. A very subtle hop flavour is noted which gives the brew some balance.

Notes: This is an outstanding Belgian-style ale! Comparable to a fine wine, easily accompanying most cuisine styles. Very drinkable for an 8% abv brew, a tease beer as you want more. If this is "cursed", damn us to hell!

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Photo of Hujak22
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A mid brown color, slight red tints. Fairly cloudy. Looks inviting, lightly carbonated. One inch head that disappates quickly. Light lacing down half the bottle before lacing stops.

S: Very clean smell, slightly flowery. Light in smell, yet feels slightly heavy.

T: Initial flavor is slightly nutty, malty during the stay in mouth, leaving a fizzy, fruity aftertaste that is slightly pear flavored. Has a clean finish.

M: Quite chewy, light and smooth. Good feel on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable, definately would have this at any opportunity. Extremely enjoyable.

Poured from a bottle into Becker glass.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured carefully from 22 oz. bomber into tulip glass
deep brown tinged amber with orange in the light, honey rich cherry brown out of the light. gorgeous streams of bubble file to the top of the glass along the sides. initially large head slowly fell to a stubborn inch. raw dark fruit smell with maple and honey - a sweet, complex nose. taste is phenomenal: clove, maple candy, dates, honey sweetness, earthy backbone for a finish with just a touch of spiciness and some alcohol warmth. impeccable mouthfeel with perfect, natural feeling carbonation with a loosely crisp start and a tongue-pickling residual effect that leaves the complex flavors to sink in. easy to drink but important to savor -- no rush here, just pleasure. plus this will get you crunk fast (pardon the term....).

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber brow appearance with thick head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet and fruity (orange and citrus) with a hint of spices.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet with various fruit (same as above, picked up apple and cherry as well). Picked up some decent malt and raisins as well. Medium/heavy bodied and nicely carbonated. Aftertaste has a lingering apple/risen taste, a bit spicy.

Unibroue once again delivers, I have no complaints about this beer except being heavy to drink (which is a good thing, prevents you from chugging 8% beer). Very flavorful, I highly recommend.

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Photo of classixIII
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber with a thin head on this draft. Sweet fruity smell with yeast. Sweetness carried through on taste with some malt and spice. Very smooth, very very good!

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,570 ratings.
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