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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

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

This was served just above room temperature from a "globe" style glass.

The appearance is caramely brown, very cloudy until it settles. Nice tan head that dissipates pretty fast.

The smell was very similar to the taste. Very spicy with hints of banana.

Like I said, the taste is very similar to the smell. Pretty mild overall, but it had hints of spice, banana. I also noticed the finish had a very slight perfume taste.

The mouth was very refreshing. I found myself wanting to drink it faster than I should. It is very carbonated, giving it a champagne kind of feel. .

The drink ability was very easy. The carbonation masks the 8%ABV very very well.

Overall: I would buy this again. I was very enthused about the multi-dimensional taste that was hard to pinpoint. The carbonation gave it a lovely feel and taste.

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

Pours a redish brown with a large lively head. Smell is fantastic with malty notes, corriander, and fruit. Taste is fantastic as well. There is strong malt backbone that is accentuated with corriander fruity esters (banana and orange) and a peppery finish with some yeasty hints as well. There is also a alcohol warming effect. Feels great in the mouth, a little chewy, very carbinated. An extreamly drinkable beer, one that I can see myself buying on a regular basis.

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

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a slight film of a head comprised of small, compact bubbles. A beautiful spicy smell that speaks of Noble hops. I am reminded of homebrewing a hefeweizen and smelling the Hallertau hops. Aroma ambrosia.

Flavors of slight toasted malts, apple and dried cherries inundate the senses at first. Yeasty bread rears its pretty lil' head. Then a subdued clove spice kicks in, complimenting the initial scent. Warm, alcohol tones. And watch out! It's super smooth, so it is considerably sneaky at abv 8%.

Overall, wonderful, full-on fruit flavors with rich backings of spice and even a note of fresh herb. The more you drink it, the more you find in terms of flavors. And the more you drink it, the more you like it. A sign of a true epicurean delight.

I can drink this solo. I can drink this with fresh greens and bleu cheese. I can drink this with a nice medium-rare delmonico steak. I can drink this with a vegetarian mexican lasagna. See where I'm going?

A masterful ale selection that won't disappoint. Serve it to your wine snob friends and laugh at them when you tell them you only paid $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

One of my all-time favorites.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. First review of a beer.

A: Deep red brown. 1 finger head.

S: Floral Hops, Fruitiness, cinnamon.

T: Reminded me of Chimay Blue, as best as I can remember - nice and malty; it's been a few years. Complex flavors hit different spots on the tongue.

M: Great carbonation; tingly mouthfeel that lasted.

D: Great sipping beer; high ABV hid well with good balance of flavor. Could have easily finished my entire 4-pk.

Overall, I loved it. My wife, who is more of a wine drinker, enjoyed it as well. I'm cellaring one of the 4 for a year and can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't think I'll be patient enough to wait until the best before: 03-13-13 date.

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

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful hazy dark apricot/brown color with a foamy off-white head that eventually becomes a nice film.

Smell: Wonderful spices (cloves, nutmeg, pepper) and fruit flavors (cherries, apricots), together with a light bready scent.

Taste: A very nice combination of the various spices and fruits mentioned above, plus some added banana and malts. The different flavors seem to take the forefront at different times -- sometimes it's very fruity, sometimes very spicy. But what results is a dynamic yet balanced complexity. Aftertaste has a hint of alcohol with the spices.

Mouthfeel: Great bold medium-bodied feel, a bit tingly with the carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong but tastes great and doesn't get tiring at all. The alcohol flavor is fairly minimal.

This is a really wonderful and tasty beer. From me it gets a very high recommendation to all, and I will certainly get this again. Amazing flavor and great all around. And hey, you can't do much better artwork-wise!

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has a beautiful cloudy reddish amber color to it, doesn't have much of a head on it. unfortunately im in a smokey bar so i cant get a real good feel for the aroma but what i can discern is great, a ginger spiciness to it. taste is fantastic just like unibroue's other beers. i just love it

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

A-pours a dark creamy brown with three fingers worth of head

S-alcohol comes through but not overpowering, sweet caramel, yeasty and fruity

T-the taste is more complex than the smell. Tastes of caramel, bready malts, tart fruits, spicy, and a sourish yeast finish. Alcohol is very subdued.

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy

A great beer from a great brewery, really does the style justice. Could easily have a couple more!

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

A: pours a deep rich coppery hazelnut brown with visible carbonation. creamy rich off white-almond head definitely wants out of this glass! sparse but thick lacing. head remains till the end as a thin layer on top. very nice!

S: smell is very intense with the aroma of dark ripe sweet fruits (berries, fig, dates, banana). hefty malting mixed with a nice yeast profile. Also to note, smelling the inside of the empty bottle is amazing. it smells like sweet berry pie...that sounds weird i know, but it does!

T: WOW! This is fantastic! It's like a puzzle and all the empty pieces are what make up my taste buds and when I pour this into my mouth all the pieces are where they need to be! The dominant flavor on my palette is that of really sweet dark fruits, somewhat berry-like complimented perfectly by the toffee, caramel malt flavors and assortment of spices. VERY well balanced with a minute amount of hops. Almost unnoticeable alcoholic presence but has a slightly warming effect as it goes down and lingers in your mouth. There is so much going on in this beer I could spend ages analyzing it!

M: very well balanced beer, almost creamy smooth. my mouth wants more!

D: well balanced, amazingly delicious and completely unnoticeable ABV make this beer ultimately re-drinkable. this could be a session dark ale!

The taste is like nothing I've had before in a dark ale. Amazingly complex and flavorful. This is the best Belgian Dark I've had. Period. And it's from my home province! This is one beer I will never not have enough of.

I would LOVE to try a vintage or special edition of this beer.

EDIT: I just changed my profile to Strong Dark Ale as my favorite thanks to this brew. Keep it coming Unibroue, this stuff is liquid gold!

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

This is delicious, interesting, complex and very fruity.

Dark, reddish amber with a little brown and just a tiny bit hazy, it has a large, lasting, creamy, light tan head that slowly thins to a thin, permanent top and leaves some decent lace, but not for long.

The aroma is spiced, sweet red wine with a lot of fruit, bread, orange juice, hints of yeast and pear.

The taste is very fruity (both fresh and stewed dried fruit), rich but light and zesty, with spice, orange, hint of caramel, yeasty. It's complex, lively, and zesty, with the alcohol providing a nice, warming body without being obvious or at all harsh.

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Photo of velkyal
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a big cream head which hung around doggedly.

The nose was dominated by licorice and gingerbread, the perfect Christmas aroma!

The taste though was rather surprising, lots and lots of caramel, backed up by cloves - almost like a light Christmas pudding, with a very subtle bitterness underscoring the sweetness.

Despite the somewhat hefty kick of alcohol, Maudite is very smooth and was like drinking liquid fudge.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,520 ratings.
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