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Maudite | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of amicar
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle. Pours with moderate white head, which disspates at a medium pace. A cloudy brown appearance with a little orange mixed in. The smell suggests overpowering fruity esters; but on the first sip, they are not as present as expected. Certainly plenty of body and malt. You can taste the roasted malts/ ?crystal malt. However, tastes a little too tannic. Has a warm alcoholic sensation in the throat without being too harsh.

Overall, pretty good, but not the best offering from Unibroue. I don't know what it is, something just feels a little off balance. I would have this again, certainly; but it would not be the first thing I would reach for. I can't see myself having more than one in a night.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6th Feb 2013: in La Trappe, San Fransisco: sat in a dark area, so had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer, front label on bottle bright enough but my glass seemed to hold a dark orange brew within it, on top what looked like an off-white foaming crown.

Semi-sweet aroma with malts leading the way, with yeastiness and fruit esters just behind in strength.

The taste is a pleasant blend of biscuity malts and dark fruit flavours intermingled with yeast traces and some hop spruce hints. Very drinkable.

Body depth was fine and the alcohol sat nicely within the flavours.

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Photo of BWH3
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazelnut brown in color. Clarity is translucent not opaque. Pours vigorously carbonated and heady beer. Champagne like fizz settles the head into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready, cake batter sweat aroma. Some raisin notes with a good contribution of spice and esters as well as the solvent like quality of the high EtOH.

Taste: A touch bland. A tart almost sour quality from the yeast initiates the taste. A hint of caramel and slight raisin transitions in, but much of the flavor is dominated by the spiciness and heat of the phenols and alcohol. A small component of hops bitterness precedes the fire of these components. It all ends with a nice spiciness on the lips.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally crisp, light medium body. Head retention is too poor for my liking.

Drinkability: The best of the Unibroue beers thus far. I am looking forward what is too come. Now when this beer really hit the seen, I would have been in high school. This beer would have challenged me in extreme ways and I clearly understand why Unibroue is still so highly regarded.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maudite pours with much CO2 action and the nody is of caramel color and has a very translucent consistency. The head produced is light tan and dissipates rather quickly.

This gives off aromas of caramel and matallic nodes of copper. Tastes like bubble gum and blood oranges. Wet and spicy. Grows warm on the back of the throat.

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Photo of Spider889
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer is very cloudy, evidence of the massive amounts of yeast used to referment. I even had a rather thick layer of sediment pour out into my last glass. Ruby bronze in color (the color of fresh maple syrup), this was a very appealing beer. Highly carbonated and very bubbly on the pour, with a very light, small head.

The beer smelled of lemongrass and sage, clove, and sweet sugars. Very earthy and wild smelling, there were a lot of herbal notes vying for attention here. It tasted much the same, there was a lot going on, but overall you notice the lemon and sweetness.

It wasn't my favorite Belgian, but tasty nonetheless and possibly worth trying again sometime.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a regular snifter. Best before 10/02/11.

A- Maudite pours out a dirty tan color out of the bottle but when settled in the glass this BSDA has a dark bronze color with a minimal white foamy head. No lacing.

S- This has a strong caramel smell from the malt along with a ripe fruit array coming through as well. A bit of yeast is apparent as well. Some spices with warming.

T- The spices come out more with some clove and light pepper. The malt is king with the caramel coming through. A bit of yeast as in smell with just a touch of alcohol. Not getting much hops but i believe this is an old bottle. Fruits such as apple and pear as well.

M- Was ok initially but really fell flat 6oz or so in. Either way this was medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette for a few seconds than nothing. Some lingering fruit flavor.

D- A decent BSDA but I prefer Trois Pistoles as this one is a bit lighter in all areas, especially mouth. Would love to try a fresh bottle as I think a bigger hop presense would of improved things. All in all good stuff.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy copper color with orange edges, thin bubbly tan head that fizzles away quickly.

S-the nose is nice, grainy with notes of wheat. lots of orange peels with lemon zest in the back.

T-lots of grain wheat flavors, oranges and lemon, hints of spicy pepper, a little harsh with notes of vodka in the back.

M-rough and grainy on the palate, medium body with a good amount of carbonation and prickly finish.

D-the nose was quite pleasant, the taste was a little boozy and grainy on the palate. not a ton happening here but it isn't bad.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by date: 03/03/13, poured into my Duvel Tulip

A: Light Mahogany, completely opaque. 2-finger off-white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin froth.

S: Dark fruits, caramel malt, spice, apricot, pear, esters give a slight medicinal aroma.

T: Heavy carbonation that sizzles, alcohol makes itself known and mellows out in the finish. This is a very mellow brew flavor wise. I can tastes exactly as it smells (sweet dark fruit, caramel, etc) but isn't as robust as I would have suspect, not that it's a problem. I think it will get better as the carbonation goes down.

M: The strong carbonation isn't ideal, but it does disappear after a while. It's slightly viscous, very smooth and balanced. Goes down exceptionally well.

D: This seems to get easier to drink the longer I let it sit. The carbonation mellowing certainly makes it less harsh and the alcohol isn't too high to be prohibitive.

Overall this is a good strong dark ale, but I'd like to see a little more complexity, less carbonation, and better hid alcohol.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/20/15. Poured into a fluted beer glass (which just happend to have a bunch of little pink elephants on it).

A nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale, one for which I had a great anticipation, but a beer that did no WOW me. This beer is beautiful, but the taste dissapoints.

A - Pours a deep coppery brown, slightly cloudy (but hard to tell because of dark color), a two-finger dense off-white head that reduces down to a consistent cover. Good lacing.

S - Yeasty, a little fruity, malty sweetness.

T - Some dark fruit/raisins, slight sweetness, 8.0% ABV is well hidden, not as rich as many Belgian Strong Dark Ales. A neutral dry/sweet finish with a touch of alcohol.

MF - Well carbonated, smooth, medium body/leaning to heavy.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color, some dark sediment in the glass, with a large off white head that quickly diminished and left slight lacing. Fruit and yeast mixes with a sweet aroma. The taste was sweet and citrusy, but not as in a citrus hop taste. Goes down very smooth, you can’t tell me this is 8%.

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Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will try to come back to this beer and review it again. I tried it against three other Unibroue beers, and they all seemed to suffer from the comparison. Usually, tasting beers this way brings the differences to the forefront, but this time, they all just grew closer and closer together as far as flavor went. In my very humble opinion, Maudite is a Unibroue beer first and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale second, and that might go for all of their beers with their respective styles. Considering, Unibroue doesn't really seem to use normal style names in their marketing, this probably isn't an offensive opinion to them.

Anyway, Maudite pours a dark red brown with a very small fizzy head that disappeared almost immediately, leaving just about zero lacing. Part way through my glass, I spent some time swirling up a little head and watching it disappear almost instantly, just to be sure I didn't just give it a bad initial pour. It's not a horrible looking beer but decidedly unexciting for the style.

The smell and flavor were better. Spice, somewhere between pepper and coriander seed, is particularly evident, at least compared to other Unibroue offerings. There are some interesting pine or spruce hop notes in the background. The delicacy of the hop flavor is a very nice touch. The taste is also earthy and fruity, in line with Unibroue's range. I always enjoy the Unibroue feel of fine, prickly carbonation.

I really don't mean to be down on Unibroue. I like their beers very much. I just wasn't expecting such marked similarity.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My only two Belgian glasses are Maudites, so it is high time I actually drink a Maudite from one of them. Ridiculous head, 3+ fingers. In ESPN's Stuart Scott terms, it was stupid big. I had to pause for a minute or two before I could pour the rest in. Kind of a dirty orange color with flakes of sediment in the head and body, reminiscent of Westie12. Head retention is solid with a big lump of foam in the middle.

Yeasty aroma and initially lots of spice, but that tames down after the initial vapors disperse. Still, it has kind of a peppery 'nose feel', tickles a bit on the smell.

Taste has a solid malty presence up front, intensified by the alcohol level. Spicy and bubbly, a nice combination, and a bready taste towards the end. Also more malt notes as well and it gets sweeter towards the end, fruitier.

Mouthfeel is substantial, pleasantly smooth, more than adequate for the style, gives it a little more credibility.

Drinkability - on one hand, the high alcohol detracts a bit, but then again, it is decent enough on all fronts to make it a good, if not potent, session brew.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bubbly white head that stays well after the pour. Colour is a hazy dark copper. High carbonation is apparent.

S: Fresh tin smell is upfront, raisins, cloves and Belgian yeast

T: Tin comes threw again but not as much, a bit of toffee, raisins, fresh sweet apples, bread. Finishes with a light brown sugar flavour

M: Great carbonation, crisp and clean on the palate.

O: Good beer. The tin flavour and scent is not something I've picked up before yet it's coming threw a lot in this bottle.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a branded snifter

A: Pours dark caramel in color with a rocky, lasting tan/off white head. Traces of ruby at the edges and surprisingly clear.
S: Welcome to yeast city; population your nose. Obviously very strong in Belgian yeast - spices, clove, yeast esters, bread crust, overripe fruit.
T: Toast and bread crust with complex spices and a strong yeasty presence. Dark fruits, clove, caramel, burnt cadni sugar, earth, and lasting residual sugary sweetness.
M: Fluffy and heavily carbonated.
O: Really this style is just becoming a big turn off for me, though I recognize the depth and complexity here - it's just not for me. If you want a heavily yeast-forward Belgian Strong Dark Ale though, look no further.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08-02-13.

Very small pop off the cork while opening. Tight rock like off white caramel head that is about 2 fingers but falls pretty steady. Body is a nice caramel dark brown body that is a bit opaque. Head seems to fall and keep a half finger and nice slow carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a mix of fig, plum/cherry/berry likfe fruit, slight buttery movie theatre popcorn (diacetyl), almost Angostura sense of bitters also. It does smell a little like cocktail bitters.

Taste in the palate is a small soft cherry, but the finish is a nice slight fizzy tolerable carbonation with a bit of almost, woody sense, even tree bark. Kind of leaves a tannic quality and a woody caramel malt aftertaste, kind of neat. Soft cherry at first is hard to find after a couple of sips again. A little gaseous.

Overall though, somewhat enjoyable, but I'd grab something else in this style I think.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a funny color, this one is. Sort of rusty, sort of ruby, sort of golden. Maybe raisin-colored? I don't know, it's odd. Looks thick, too, almost a honey-like consistency. A bit of a head that fizzles quickly, and a hint of lacing. Nose is quite malty and sweet, a light fruity peachy presence, and a good deal of spicy presence, mostly clove. It doesn't all fit together quite right, but it's interesting.

Taste was interesting as well, bready and spicy, reminds me a lot of La Fin with a weird tart, spicy twang. Yeasty. Mouthfeel is bubbley and chewy and full. It's not a bad-tasting brew, it's an interesting concoction, but it's not my favorite brew. Decent bang for your buck.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Awesomely scary label on the bottle with a demon and some souls in a canoe headed straight for hell.

A: Deep crimson with a brownish tint. Small, fizzy head that doesn't lace much.

S: Spicy, malty character with notes of spiced apples and brandy.

T: Malty with a fizzy mouthfeel and a spicy, almost hot finish. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but I wouldn't have more than a couple in a sitting. 8% ABV will catch up with you fast.

Value: As with other Unibroue products, a little pricey. But Maudite is one that's worth it.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cold from 12 ounce bottle to beer challice

A) A cloudy, dark brown ale. Plenty carbonation with lacy head.

S) Ginger, dates & root beer. Distinct smel, unique to Unibroue

T) Referred to as a Belgian Dark or Belgian Strong Ale but doesn't taste "Belgian" to me. A very good ale on its own but in my humble opinion, should sit in a different category. Sweet spice, caramel & ginger

M) Bottle conditioned, abundent fine carbonation. Tastes 'thinner' than it appears

D) Maudite is a good ale with its own distinct taste. Very yeasty or is it hoppy? Very something.... Another good beer from Unibroue

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Photo of gerardoluna
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[EYES] This "damned one" was amazing, deep in eyes, the head is poor for this style [BSA],
[MOUTH] Strong in mouth,
[AROMA] Full in nouse and the finish is bitter and the after taste dry. GooOooOoooOod One for me! enjoy it with pat metheny back.

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Photo of shererjt
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL brown bottle served in a chalice.

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with moderate carbonation and a rich, creamy head. Complex and spicy aroma: raisins, cinnamon, caramel, toast, and--get this--mint. Hmm. Relatively light on the Belgian character in the nose, but there's some. Medium body. I actually said "wow" out loud after my first sip. Malt-leaning, but generally tasted about like it smelled. Not that much Belgian character. Smooth, sublime mouthfeel. Alcohol was not at all apparent. Drinkability was pretty good, too.

An all-around solid beer.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance cloudy brow with almost white head, which stays for ages.

Smell is kind of like a dark dubbel. Nice maybe caramelish.

Taste wa smoother than predicted, very noice. Kind of caramel with light sweetness.

Mouthfeel, caronatin is good, could be a little thicker I guess.

Drinkabilty is alright, mainly restricted by price and availabilty, goes down weel though.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber. Never ending bubble action and thin foamy head that lasts forever. Smells of dark, earthy maltiness, with a bit of alcohol heat at the end. Taste is the real treat here. Fruit tones abound, though it is difficult to discern. Nice and malty is what comes to my mind. Carbonation gives this a nice, tingly feel, seems to dance on the the taste buds. Feels mighty light for a strong ale, though it is highly drinkable because the alcohol content is well masked. Yes, I would have another.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up in a gift pack. Nice Belgian style ale, amber with almost no head. Malty aroma and taste, Some spice, peat, and a little sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red brown. Thin head, some swirling on top.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, apricot, yeasty fruitiness

T: I'm not crazy about the taste , it tastes like sea water, cranberries, very salty, a bit thin and metallic. Interesting but not my thing.

M: Sharply carbonated , grainy, champagne like finish.

D: I will finish the bottle slowly, but wouldn't like to have much more than one 12ouncer in a row.

I think this is an interesting and well made beer but just not really my style. I tried to rate it as objectively as possible as I am a novice to this style.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,507 ratings.
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