Maudite | Unibroue

4,594 Ratings

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mostly brown color with hints of mahogany and ruby. A large and dense foam head nearly overflowed, the lace retains well almost until the end.
Lots of interesting aromas in this one. I am first hit with what I can best describe as a citric and almost tart smell thats hard to pinpoint. Later, the sweet caramel malt and bubblegum aromas are clearly detected. There are also spices, notably cloves. As the drink warms I also detect banana and tropical fruit.
At first this beer, as with many other belgian style brews, has a tight carbonation that is crisp. However, this drink really comes into its own as it warms and the flavors and nuances truly come out. Sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, spicy clove, mild phenols, alcohol taste well masked but it warms you nevertheless, mild herbal hops. The finish is sweet. The body is medium and chewy but very drinkable.
Thus far I have enjoyed all of Unibroue's offerings, and this one is no exception. Great to drink alone or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hokies
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an os wine glass. Pours an deep opaque brown color with a huge two inch off white head and lace.

Belgian yeast and some dark fruits with a nice amount of spice.

Taste is really nice as it starts with a nice spiciness to it. Their is some raisin flavor with some figs a light caramel malt flavor and spicy clove flavor in it. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

A very nice beer with deceptive alcohol and a smooth feel to it allows for an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of delta490
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deeper cloudy brown with a very short-lived white head. Just a small amount hangs on and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is redolent with spices and dark fruit sweetness and the taste just brings it up a notch. The body isn't thin, but it's not thick either. Very smooth.

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Photo of Brandon632
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wesleyhighley
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark indeed. I really can only complain about the smell, which wasn't indicative of the beer itself. It had a wonderful taste and, this may seem foolish, I really like the bottle.

I tend to be a fan of darker beers (stouts and are my favorite!), but this ale really surprised me. I could drink this any day

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. It had a strong smell with a very spicey note. It had a strong taste very spicey, evrything blended very well and provided a nice kick. Not too difficult to drink. Overall a very very good beer from a brewery that has ye to disapoint.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Beautiful robust thick deep red and copper hue. Stunning
Smell-Nothing particular stands out with the aroma
Taste- Strong initial flavor with great after taste with strong but not overpowering taste
Feel- Sticks to a traditional double taste but has it's own unique individuality.
Overall an amazing beer that I'll continue to go back for when it too cold for Fall, but not yet full blown winter.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, BB 09-11-18
A - effervescent brown body with a foamy ivory head
S - sweet, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, dark fruit, spicy yeast
T - spicy and sweet with caramel, bread, raisin, prune, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, yeast
M - very effervescent, fuller body, alcohol well concealed
O - always a great beer to drink and to recommend to others. A must try. I need to drink this more often.

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Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color. A slight, rather quickly receding head. Casts off an aroma of citrus, clove, and doughy characteristics. The flavor features plenty of citrus, strong doses of both orange and lemon, yeast and malt, some apple and pear, and a strong suggestion of cider.

The mouthfeel is light and acidic, with a strong presence of fruit. Not overly complex, but very satisfying. Very easy drinking. A well balanced brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 05-05-13.

Appearance: A hazy brownish amber orange with a very light amount of bubbles around the glass. Decent one finger off white head fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very fruity like apple cider with Belgian yeast and caramel malts. Also has some raisins, plums, orange, clove, and coriander. Light hint of floral hops. Smell is very fruit driven and enticing.

Taste: Strong burst of yeast and cloves up front is followed by a nice mixture of caramel malts and fruits. Apples, raisins, orange, plums, and fig. Has some coriander with hints of pepper and floral hops. Nice combination of dark fruit and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body feels like the lighter side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth and at 8.00% I can't feel any alcohol burn at all.

Overall: A very solid dark ale that has an interesting mix of fruit flavors that is balanced well with yeast spice. Feels light but very full flavored.

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Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle that has been aging for 2 years in my 45 F beer fridge. I opened it up to share with friends today as we brewed a dubbel to get some inspiration. The beer, despite several years of cellaring, frothed as I popped the cork and started to pour the beer. Maudite was dark amber with ample head that clung to the glass. The beer smelled wonderfully complex with clove and banana aromas that opened up as the beer sat. A deeper smell pulled up some toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malts. This complexity was reciprocated in the taste: assertive spice, with fig-like fruit that provided a flavor without the sweetness. The body was full despite high attenuation. This is a beautiful beer that I highly recommend and would love to have again.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 375ml poured into a snifter. The bottle has a fresh by date on the back label.

A: Dark chestnut brown with a bubbly off-white head and ample carbonation. When held to the light the beer is amber and has a clear light.

S: Bread, spice, fruit, and alcohol. The aroma is dominated by bread sweet cake notes.

T: Apple, caramel, and spice (might be clove). Warming alcohol and slight bitterness from hops. The alcohol is well blended, and the beer is balanced.

M: Though it should be heavy, great carbonation keeps it medium-bodied and crisp.

O: Unibroue cannot seem to make a bad beer. Maudite has wonderful flavor, excellent body, and is balanced. The start reminds me of a favorite fall snack: caramel apples. The hops are not very noticeable, but the right amount lends balance. This is truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light maple. Big pillowy head with good retention, fairly slick lacings.

Nice aroma of soft, sugary apples with little bit of a darker character from the malt. Unibroue yeast is noticeable, a nice light dusting.

A substantial beer. Nice, big, thick flavours come out immediately. Lighter, apple flavours start things out but quickly give way to dates and then to even darker fruits from the malt. A very light caramel sweetness kicks in right at the end before it is completely overshadowed by the dry house yeast and some subtle bittering hops.

Very smooth with tongue teasing carbonation. I find this to be the most drinkable of the Unibroue strong ales. Very good.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronzy-peachy hue, I was very surprised at the color it poured, it was much lighter than I would have expected but it was a beautiful color, the apple-flesh white head reached a finger in height but it faded to a fourth of that size rather quickly. The amount of lacing was disappointingly minimal. The bouquet is, well, yummy to smell. Notes of spiced cake soaked in cola, hints of pepper, faint suggestions of bubblegum and bananas, a vague hint of alcohol as well. The potency is modest but it gets its point across: inviting. The palate has a lot going on, at times the maltiness is very cake-like and yet at other times it is toasted biscuits. When the cake speaks up I noticed the alcohol more, conversely when the biscuits shine I noticed a basket of fruit lead by green apples, bananas, and array of tropical fruit. No matter the malt construction the spiciness is solid throughout, pleasantly peppery. This is obviously a well-crafted beverage. The carbonation is big and forceful, maybe a little too much so, it is around medium in body, I found it just a tickle too thin but not enough to downgrade it. The 8% abv seems very appropriate for this beer, it is big enough to add complexity but low enough to quaff a few, granted you would feel it. Maudite is a highly drinkable beer; it is another winner from Unibroue. I wish I could drink this regularly; I purchased this 750 ml in Kansas City. If you have passed on this one you are a fool, recommended.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper color with a massive head that fizzes away quickly too a half inch white lace.

The minute I poured it I could smell the booze. Smells more like a fine wine then a beer. Some dates, dark fruits and malts, and hints of caramel.

Extreme balance and smoothness in this beer, its quite good. Big full body with a champaign like fizzyness. Slightly phenolic finish with a tart-like readiness up front (if that makes any sense at all) lots of spice and complexity. Coriander and clove and banana bread flavors are present as well. There's more than this but there's no way I could list them all. They're all so well blended together into a beautiful sip of beer.

Finishes smooth, dry, and clean with a slight alcohol warmth.

Im impressed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky ice-tea color with a huge, billowy 2 finger light beige head that retained nicely lasting for well into the drink.

S: moderately soft and fruity with notes of ripe apples and fresh pears being the most distinguishable.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh fruitiness from the Belgian yeast of apples and pears similar to the nose. A great carbonation factor brings supporting flavors of bananas and tart oranges rounding out the beer. Overall a fruity, spritzy Belgian that drank very nicely.

M: light but lively and fizzy from the heavy carbonation bringing out a light sour fruitiness on the tongue of apples and pears once again which faded quickly with only a slight lingering reminder leaving you looking forward to the next sip.

D: Very nice drinkability, a nice fruitiness from the yeast and lively carbonation makes this a worthy try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark amber colour with a small amount of thick cream coloured head.

S - Dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, caramel.

T - Dark fruit and a nice caramel sweetness. There are notes of raisin, plum and fig as well as some brown sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Best Belgian beer I have had and the first one that I have liked enough to buy again.

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Photo of TPSReports
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 once bottle dated best before 5.31.2007. Today is June 21, 2005 so plenty of time left to enjoy this batch.

Pours a delicious ruby amber color into my tulip glass and forms a tall thick taupe head. The head rapidly transforms from tiny bubbles to much larger ones.

The smell is of roasted malt -- a slight hint of coffee with a bit of ripened fruit lurking the background.

A delicious Canadian attempt at a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The brew hits on all the right notes and is true to form.

Quite delicious! I will add several to the cellar and be hard pressed not to grab one instead of something else.


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Photo of Celt44
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After passing by a Unibroue display at my local grocery, I finally picked this one up. Great corked bottle with brilliant art work.
Appearance is a dark transparent copper - lighter than what I expected. Large foamy but relatively little lacing as I drained the glass.
Aroma is spicy - clove, ginger. Fruity also. Malt aroma has a strong presence.
After a few whiffs the taste lives up to the aroma - spicy and malty. Very good. Cinnamon and pepper come to mind.
Mouthfeel is smooth - spice makes for a nice warm feel.
Overall an excellent Strong Belgian - alcohol is masked and spicy, smooth character make for a great session brew. Not too heavy or stong. I'm glad I finally picked one up.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a christmas present. It's been sitting for a while lol.

Appearance- dark brownish color, thick head

Smell- fruit, wheat

Taste- fruity, very pleasant and soothing, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I liked it. It was very pleasant to drink. Kind of relaxing

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, My 100th review.

Pours a copper colored beer in the bright sunlight. A decent head sticks around pretty well leaving lace.

Smells are of sweet malt smells, banana, and slight spiciness.

Taste is amazing. Bready malt with caramel, spiced with clove and banana, an earthiness, toffee. Amazing.

Plenty of carbonation allows the body to be moderate to light and it remains a refreshing beer with tons of flavor.

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Photo of supercolter
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- orangish brown- almost looks like a brown sunset. Lots and lots of foam. Very frothy-
Smell- yes this was probably my favorite part of this beer. There was a smoking oat and sweet smell, with not a hint of alcohol.
Taste- Decent taste, was not a huge fan on the first sip, but after 3-4 I gained an appreciation. My only complaint here is that there is a bit of a wheaty taste that hangs a bit long.
Mouthfeel- one of the lighter feeling Belgian beers I've tasted, with a bit more froth
Drinkability- goes down smooth

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Photo of BreWolf
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is very dark for its style. when the cup is full and the light is low its almost black. The bottom half of the glass is redish gold when held against the light. It is full of character.

The taste has a sweetness that hides it's weight. Malty. It certainly doesn't taste like an 8% beer. Impressive.

Very drinkable. I will certainly be buying this beer again. The packaging accentuates this beers character. It comes in a wire reinforced cork bottle.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,594 ratings.
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