Maudite | Unibroue

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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 TexIndy
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Back label had a best by date of late 2010. It was a deep red orange color with some yeast bits floating. Tons of carbonation with some lacing. It had a huge off-white head that very slowly settled to a constant foam fed by the carb.

The aroma was bready malt, sweet with some good spices. Good aroma on this one. Saison like almost. The taste was good but seemed off just a little. The start was sorta bland and then kicked in right at the end with a good finish. Might need to try another to make sure this one was good sample. BSDA are hit or miss for me but this one was a hit (a good solid double).

Overall, a good beer that I do recommend. Will need to re-sample before I decided it's rotation fate though.


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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a goblet:

A - Dark red/amber color, thick rich head.

S - Spicey herbal scents, complex. Roasty malt.

T - Carmel malt toasty biscuit backbone, spicey herbal hopiness, some tart fruitiness?

M - Medium bodied, very well carbonated.

D - High in alcohol but blended well, still not hugely sessionable.

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Photo of generationmy
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of an 8-bottle Unibroue mix-pack

Poured into a 22-ounce pilsner glass.

Let this one sit for a good fifteen minutes before sampling. Russet brown, copper haze, light and foamy tan head. Smell is sweet brown sugar citrus with alcohol notes. Taste is sweet with strong sour nips in the finish. Hop presence is brief and subdued. Yeast presence is out of balance, but flavors meld into a decent drinking brew.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 8%, states best before 02/27/2009.

Pours a deep hazy red or light brown with a fairly dense uniform light beige head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Intensely fruity aroma, prunes, figs.

Taste is creamy thick sweet stonefruit, more prunes and figs, and powerful fruity esters.

Mouth is thick and full. Slightly warm alcohol noticed, with a slightly tingly finish.

Overall a very drinkable, very pleasant beers, but not my favorite of Unibroue's excellent offerings. (Of their standards, I like La Fin du Monde better, and probably Trois Pistoles as well.)

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Photo of kajerm
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, sitting in my beer closet for a while, but it looks tasty to me. Pours somewhere between caramel and café-au-lait (an open request: can someone give more words for shades of brown?) with two and a half fingers of thick, substantial-looking off-white head. It leaves a great big ring of lacing with fingers of foam reaching all the way down into the beer. I can't rate this super-high, because I know this Duvel tulip makes EVERY beer look good.

The aroma is Unibroue yeast-- esters and phenols on steroids. Some sweet light esters and something that might be candi sugar; I'm not sure if Unibroue uses it.

Opens up with very subtle light malts, with massive banana esters showing up mid-palate along with some nonspecific spicy phenols. The finish is a little malty and extremely estery.

The beer is light to medium-bodied with substantial carbonation. It's a little light to be a heavy hitter with BSDAs like Rochefort out there, but it's a solid, drinkable brew-- another very workmanlike product from Unibroue.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a brown and cloudy color with a tan fizzy head that settled down to a ring around the beer. Aroma was nice but very faint and difficult to pick up. Did not overpower you. Maudite tasted slightly sweet and lemony with a nice but tangy finish. Felt like candy on the toungeand for an 8% abv quite drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy brown color with a cream colored head that retains very well and laces nicely

S- spicey corriander sweet aroma, dont know how to describe it, but all the unibroue beers i have tried have one very distinct taste/smell

T- sweet with corriander spiciness, has a very dry semi-hoppy finish to it

M- very dry, medium body. good carbonation

D- would have again, a good beer, but definitely not their best

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Photo of tewaris
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8% ABV
22 IBUs
12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Rust brown with moderate clarity and a good light murky brown head; average retention that might very well be the chalice's fault and decent lacing. 4/5

Even though poured gently, the aroma is huge on yeast; not off putting per se, but not the very likeable owing to its dominance. Other notes include soft fruit, berry sweetness and toasted malts. 3.5/5

Notes of slightly bitter fruit peel (plums, apples) on the palate with a tannic finish followed by fruity and estery aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Tannic character borders on roast. 3.5/5

Light, effervescent and clean mouthfeel; like it ought to be! 4.5/5 Overall good. 4/5

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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 Dan_Inreallife
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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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,557 ratings.
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