Maudite | Unibroue

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

The aroma of this brew was hard for me to make out. It's initial pour yeilded a envigorated head of small white bubbles that left no lacing and has acloudy light breon color. My first taste had an initl uh oh reaction but later settled into flavor that I could not identify. Not sure how to rate the taste of this brew. Not a bad taste, but not great. After a while I could taste the alcohol content of this brew. Perhaps 3 good brews in a night is too much for good ratiings! Hmmmm....

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maudite means the "damned." I'm assuming that refers to the phantom canoers on top of the bottle label who are doomed to paddle upstream for all eternity like Sysphus pushing his rock. Poor fellers.

Clear, dark copper color with floating yeasties. Decent head that dissipates to a crescent shaped collar on it's way out.

Generally, yeast, fruit and spice. Specifically, Bready malt orange rind, ripe pear and cinnamon.

Taste is dominated by an aggressive, course carbonation. Orange creamsicle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Dry, husky aftertaste. Gets solventy as it warms.

Not one of my Unibroue favs.

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Photo of Braz
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color that is very opague and cloudy, like puddle water. An active cream head, thought this beer was going to foam right over my glass as soon as I started pouring. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving very light lacing. Aromatics are savory, also caramel, malt, a subtle leather like smell, raisin, pear and definate alcohol. Taste is quite alcoholic as well which is fine. Very dry, with a cereal flake like flavor. Mostly tart, wouldn't call it sweet and it's certainly not bitter. Body is very gassy and has a high foam volume. Velvety texture and the alcohol is very warming.
This isn't quite as good as I'd hoped. It's not terrible but it's missing something, more pronounced flavor perhaps. Not alot of complexity. I find Trois Pistoles to be superior to this offering from Unibroue.
This sort of tastes and looks like the yeast sediment got disturbed somehow. It had been in fridge for a few days, went to the countertop to warm a little and then into glass. Not sure if somethng could've happened.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy brown, semi-cloudy, and VERY bubbly. Tan, loose-bubbled head. Low head retention due to alcohol content.

Aroma of dried apricots and prunes, some banana ester, malty underbelly, and a slight alcohol twinge. Little to no hop aroma.

Tastes initially of a semi-sweet baked pear (well-done), then the alcohol kicks in all warm and the ester bouqet lights up your entire palette, especially the olfactory bulb. The taste of this beer is very much seated in your sense of smell. A mild hop bitterness fades in mid-way through. Finishes semi-dry with a slight bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied despite the abv (typical with these Belgian ales). The carbonation is very aggressive and plays a substantial role in the flavor-break, in lieu of hop flavor/bitterness. LOTS of alcohol warmth.

Another great one from Unibroue. They put out some great brews, all of which I hold in high regard.


[The following is a review of a bottle that has aged about 5 years, a little more. The best-by date is 07-31-05]

Appearance: pale orange, slight haze, thin layer of suds that quickly dissipate to almost nothing

Aroma: sherry, rum, hint of sourness, subdued spice, multivitamin

Flavor: mellow malt profile with a brown-sugary edge; hints of cork, mold, honey, pepper and raisins in the background; little to no bitterness; finishes semisweet with a clovery aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, spritzy carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: A fresh bottle of Maudite is a wonderful beer. But one aged way past its best-by date... not so much. Flaccid and uninteresting.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bit of a froth explosion when opened, possibly it wasn't chilled enough. I left the bottle next to an open window on a cold evening. When poured, doesn't produce a lot of head - possibly due to the explosion. Pours a rich burgundy colour with light carbonation, produces nice lacing that just falls lightly. It cradles the glass but doesn't cling. Looks nice but no wow factor.

Quite phenolic nose with a deep syrupy rum kind of character fairly prevalent. Good strong hints of some sweet but tart fruits - strong raisins, some cranberries and a little citrus - possibly mandarin. Rum 'n' raisin nose, really. Smells impressive, sweet and powerful.

Taste has more of the tartness than the sweetness, with a heavy raisiny flavour punctuated by a red wine tannin kind of character. In fact, if there is a beer that is more similar to red wine in flavour and texture, I'm yet to find it. Has a lingering, earthy finish, I'd guess thanks to some Belgian style hops but the sensation is very reminiscent of dark cocoa.

Mouthfeel is very fluid, although there is enough texture to make an impression. A complex drop, this, with a very discriminating palate. It doesn't quite have the explosive delectability of a Trappist ale, but there's a lot to like. I would like someone to come and locate the 8% alc/vol though, because it sure as l'enfer ain't here. But then I've come to expect that from these Québécois geniuses.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Buckeyenation for this bottle. I always see it in the store but never get around to buying it. A very interesting take on the style--very fruity.

Poured a reddish brown in color. Very murky red. No real head except for a thin layer of scummy bubbles resting on top. Essentially flat in appearance. Nose is very fruity. Full of apples and pears. I was not expecting that at all. Left me scratching my head in surprise.

Flavor is very sweet with hardly much in the way of hops. Very sugary sweet with more of the same fruit I got in the nose. I can taste the alcohol from the bit of heat I get from the flavor. Overall it kind of makes me think of a port wine. Very vinuous and thick. Extremely undercarbonated. Interesting take on the style and I think it would make a nice end of the night beer.

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Photo of Kraken
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchsed by GF, she butchered the name so bad I was unsure of what she was going to bring home. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very cloudy brown with cascading sheets of white foam. Massive head 5 fingers at least. May have been a bit cold when initlally poured. Good head retention and not much lace to speak of.
Nose- This smelled a bit like rotting wood, slightly sour, with nuances of over ripe fruit.
Taste- Tastes a bit like the nose, rotting wood, lite sourness, earthyness. Booze is well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Interesting but a bit thin.
Drinkability- Very drinkable once you get past the sour bits. However sours are not my bag. On the plus side its readily available

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Photo of elliot23
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6/12/10. Finally getting notes up.

A. Solid brown, almost a dark nutty brown, whatever that means. Cloudy with a hint of golden flair. Reminds me of a dunkelweizen. Good stuff. Slightly tan head.

S. dark nutty nose. Strong, but weak at the same time. Slight spice and slight cognac. Not a heavy noze.

T. Similar to the nose but more intense and complex. Nutty, spices, and a slight cognac. Definitely malt forward. A good example of the style. I don't drink reds that often but this one is worth the effort. Nice finishing bitterness for a malt forward beer.

MF. A nice buzz to the mouth. Good lingering flavor.

D. Pretty easy drinker for an 8% abv beer. A nice Belgian strong red ale. Haven't had too many of this style so it's nice to find some in my area. I would drink again for sure

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Photo of brewQ
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly charged pour yields a murky brown brew.
Interesting aroma of wood and plum

The taste is complex, almost winelike.
Finishes with a peppery spice that persists.

It would be quite easy to drink a few of these and feel it
creep up on you.

Very nicely done but not my favorite "flavor".

The label tells me it is "Ale on Lees",
Maudite is " the Damned" and the beer is "refermented" (apparently secondary in the bottle) ... all very educational.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.
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