Maudite | Unibroue

4,601 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of Phocion
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a BB date of 12-03-16 poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark mahogany with a finger and a half of surprisingly light-colored off-white head. Thick 2-3cm head lasts until the beer is gone and is followed down by a thick, sticky, solid sheet of lacing.

Very yeast-forward aroma. Spicy clove and coriander phenols. Strongly estery; both tropical (banana) and dark/stone fruits (fig, black cherry). Rich caramelized brown (candi?) sugar and freshly baked bread, along with a generic Munich-like maltiness. Light floral hops.

Rich toasted and caramelized malts along combine with a slight alcohol burn, followed by a nice spicy tingle in the back of my mouth. Lightly bitter hoppiness provides a good finish. Alcohol is warming but doesn't burn. Yeast still dominates as it does in the nose.

Highly carbonated, medium body which feels a tad heavier due to the ABV. Warm and creamy.

Overall Maudite is a wonderful beer. It's a great New World BDSA, but rated to style it doesn't quite stand up to some of the heavier hitters in its category. Nonetheless, for its availability and (relative) affordability, this beer and Unibroue in general are a great accessible way to scratch your Belgian itch.

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Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is "best before" 08-02-13

A: A clear, deep ruby pour. Big frothy tan head. Fades slowly, excellent head retention. Almost no lacing, just a speck here and there on the glass. Head has a pinkish tone to it once it has fully receded. Like diluted strawberry milk.

S: Caramel apples. Almost perfectly caramel apples. A touch of melon and maybe some belgian yeast earthiness? But mostly caramel apples. Funny.

T: Apples, pears, raisin and a bit of melon. Very fruity in general but quite dry. Moderate caramel backing it with a bit of sweetness. A little bit of earth and black pepper from the belgian yeast in the finish. Ends fairly drying with some lingering dried fruits and black pepper.

M: Medium bodied, drying. Higher carbonation keeps it lighter.

O: An excellent dry BSDA. I prefer mine on the sweeter and richer side but I will still give this one credit where credit is due. Lots of fruits in this one, as unibroue is known for.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with lots of yeasty particulate matter. Pours a foamy head that quickly dissipates into a ring. Very spicy-alcohol smelling, lots of fruit. Tastes just like it smells, yeasty, spicy, and loads of fruit. Wasn't quite as flavorful as I expected, however. Mouthfeel is very crisp. This is a beer I can only have once in a while, as it completely screws up my tastebuds for the rest of the night.

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Photo of RobAM
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another great beer from this company.

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Photo of denjen
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dennis: I have always been amazed at the level of carbonation that Unibroue packs into their bottles without them exploding. Once opened the beer made a mad dash to escape it's bottle only to barely be captures in our glasses. 5 inches of foam later, we were ready to try this. The taste is typical Unibroue, with yeasty, sweet, spicy malts and insane (but enjoyable) carbonation. The taste is enjoyable, but I actually got a bit of alcohol bitter on the exhale...which personally I like. Of course at 8% it's no real surprise. If you like rich malts, and strong beer with some spices you'll be in heaven drinking a beer for the damned.
Jen: Of the Unibroue's that I have had, this seems to be more unique than the others. The scent is of mild spices and citrus fruits. With first swallow, I get a blend of coriander and clove. I also get a nice blend of malts and very mild hops. The ending has a nice alcohol presence, but nothing that is overwhelming. And, as usual, the nice little bubbles seem to dance across my tongue.

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Photo of baggio
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Brown/Red with a minimal, yet creamy, lace.

S: Exotic fruit, raisins, cherries, spices. Very nice!

T: Yeast, ripe fruit, sweet malt. A bit of hops too.

M: Goes down too easy. Aggressive carbonation. Smooth.

Very nice. Unibroue just does not know ot to make a bad beer. I could
have a few more of these during a night of drinking. Very well balanced and complex. Recommended!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As noted by a previous rater Unibroue sure can make a beer with outstanding head retention that seems to last forever. Other than the huge head on this the appearance is typical for the style. Aromas are nice with a candied sweetness. Taste is lacking in my opinion for a Belgian Strong Dark but not below average by any stretch. Feel is nice as well, prickly and well carbonated. Overall, another terrific example by Unibroue but I think I prefer Trois Pistoles over this.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a chalice.

A: 1finger creamy head. Pour appears a rusty brown at first. When held up to the light, it turns a knockout rose pink. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very strong citrus notes. Smells dead on the style. High alcohol phenols with very appealing yeasty esters.

T/M: Tart citrus fruits: apples, pears, cherries. Malts are nicely creamy with a bit of caramel. Light body with lifting carbonation, very clean and refreshing. Very dry finish.

D: Drinkability is pretty high. I had no problem finishing the bottle. 8% is pretty high but one hits the spot.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a big off white head with some carbonation that falls into a decent lacing above a cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

Light sweet caramel and yeast filled aroma.

Lots of different things in the taste, caramel, light fruits, hints of spices, some yeast and more.

Finishes with a light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied drink.

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Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle pours with an eruption of foam, which I pour into my pint glass to top a healthy brown, cloudy mess. Decent amounts of yeast at the bottom. The foam, by the way, is delicious and spicy. The beer itself is also very spice/herbal-forward, with an extremely clean finish, and a really full, substantial mouthfeel. In the middle it's got a big, Earthy quality, like a really good amber ale. Superfine carbonation tickles the tongue. Delicious, if not as interesting and complex as its brother ale Trois Pistoles.

Best before 02-01-16.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, the Top 100 done gone and changed again! Need to get back to 100/100, so here goes a review transcribed from prior RB notes.

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Deep reddish-brown appearance with a lasting off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with candi sugar, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is more of the same, very intense and complex. Well-spiced.

Smooth, full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Nice Belgian strong ale. One I will most surely revisit even though I am a ticker.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Unibroue beers. and will always try a new one. Had this in a 750 ml bottle.

A- dark reddish orange. Bubbly with a thick slightly offwhite head. Copper Rusty color.

S- sweet and yeasty. maybe brown sugar. Spicy. Fruits

T- spice, still sweet, beady, dark fruits.

M- smooth balanced

D- pretty easy. gets harder after a while.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: this beer poored well and gave a nice 2" tan frothy head that was poured into an appropriate tulip. Large bubbles cascaded slowly up the sides of the glass for the first half of this beer.

Appearance: Was like a good apple cider in color and in clarity. Good leftovers from the second bottle fermantation in this beer, that I made sure to swirl just a bit into the poor.

Smell: Of fruits, alchohol, and some yeast qualities.

Taste: not a frequent drinker of this red strong ale style but all in all what I had expected. More of a malty sweetness with a slight and well balanced hop charateristic that hung aroung just long enough. Flavors of dried fruits also.

Mouthfeel: Had qualities of a champagne on the tounge and a fairly light finish. [coming from a stout drinker]

Drinkability: As I finish this review and coincidentaly this beer my head already knows this isn't a regular beer.It has good drinkability in moderation and it's 8% alchohol hit's you fast, and if your looking for a punch this ones got it.

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Photo of mooseo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A perfect dark brown/deep amber color. Excellent 1" head, with a ton of lacing. Lively and bubbly.

S - A sweet nose consisting of a mix of caramel malts and citrus and spice. While not a powerful scent, it is rather pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is spicy and malty with a hint of apple and other fruits. Good balance. The finish has a bready, yeast flavor that lingers on. All of the flavors here are wonderful.

M - Smooth, crisp, full bodied beer, with high carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, but refreshing.

D - High drinkability. The alcohol is barely noticeable. A fine Belgian dark ale with an exceptional taste.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 14 oz mug.

A: Deep amber-orange with a lot of sediment swirling in the glass. Pours a dense, creamy off-white head, two fingers thick. No lacing clings to the side of the mug.

S: I'm getting a lot of malts and grain-like notes - a heavy, bready aroma. Some spicy sweetness cuts through the maltiness, notably fresh cloves, perhaps some coriander.

T: Good balance between a grainy, whole-wheat bread flavor and the spiciness from the cloves and the alcohol. Sweetness comes forth at the start, like a caramel or dark honey, but quickly transitions into a nutty, fresh bread note followed closely by the spicy, slightly peppery alcohol. Finishes smooth with the yeasty, fresh bread flavors reappearing with just a little bit of dryness starting to creep in.

M: Like the last Unibroue I tried (Trois Pistoles), I get a slightly powdery mouthfeel. Lighter body, good carbonation.

D: 8% ABV gives just the slightest bit of warming, even though I know its presence in the peppery notes preceding the finish. Fairly well hidden; could easily drink another Maudite before the night is through. Probably slightly more drinkable than its Trois Pistoles bretheren, just because it's has a lower ABV and is better disguised overall, but I would say this beer is probably on par in terms of drinkability with Trois Pistoles - would enjoy another bottle of each regardless.

Another strong Belgian-style dark ale from Unibroue. This one was probably a tad bit sweeter upfront than Trois Pistoles, but that beer definitely had a lot more of a spicy, peppery punch. Either way, I would enjoy this beer again, but until I can compare Maudite side-by-side, sip-by-sip with Trois Pistoles, I cannot say I prefer one over the other. Regardless, another delicious and strong dark ale to suit my tastes.

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Photo of Jeriacor
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from bevmo cause it looked interesting. I've liked other Unibroue brews. Let's see how this is.

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a snifter. Freshness date shows 07-02-2012.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful medium amber color with a massive off-white head. Looks great. The big head fades quickly and this beer has some long lasting lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeast, cloves, seeds, and spices. Cinnamon apparent also.

Taste: Tastes of yeast and many a spice at first. Slight apple/pear flavor as well. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and some kind of seed I can't identify, also a vague pumpkin flavor, and vanilla. Hops are very downplayed here, this brew is about the malt, which is warming and satisfying. There's plenty of complexity here, far more than my unrefined palate can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and warming, not very dry, but not incredibly wet either. Quite nice.

Overall: I enjoy this beer, solidly. Very high class and filled to the brim with warming spices, perfect for those cold days. For a beer who's name means "damned" this beer is quite far from hell, maybe even heavenly. A beer to enjoy any day you are looking to enjoy great tasting beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass, after the initial cascade of foam.

A: Slightly clouded, caramel color, with nice, heavily carbonated, bubbly head. Quick to recede, the head leaves very little lacing.

S: Classic Unibroue yeast, which I now can really recognize. Mild spice, possibly clove, and a certain alcohol presence.

T: Wonderful...similar to smell, just stronger. Sweetness, dryness, very complex IMHO.

M: Champagne-like carbonation. Bubbly prick, clean with a slight warming sensation.

D: For 8%, the alcohol is pretty hidden in the taste, just not the effect. Terrific taste, just not very sessionable at this high ABV.

Another fine beer from the northerners. Unibroue is one of my favorites, and Maudite is another reason why.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks hazy brown with hints of amber and gold in the light. A super fine bubbled head made a large head that stuck to the glass in a full wall, with stellar retention.

Smells of yeast, fruity apple, and a light breadiness.

Taste is similar to the nose, lightly fruity, with a malt middle and a yeasty finish.

Feel is very creamy, easy to drink. Carbonated perfectly, and a nice yeasty tang on the end.

I was surprised by this beer, a warm overall feeling from all aspects made this very good. Texture is my favorite part.


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Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite pours a pretty, clear, orangey-bronze color, with a large, fine, light tan lid.

Smells of berry sweetness with vanilla, apples, and yeasty spiciness. Very nice.

The medium-full body boast a creamy-soft and gently-fine, smooth carbonation. The taste has a subtle blueberry/toffee sweetness along with lightly toasted malts and red apple fruitiness. A light spiciness from black peppery yeast completes the package.

Not as crazy-complex as some of the authentics, but still really good.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy caramel color, beer looks lovely but the head is surprisingly thin for an Unibroue beer.

Smell is dominated by tons of yeast. Also spices, banana, a dry almost tart character.

Taste is also very yeasty, lots of nuts and spices as well. Subtle toffee and banana in the finish. Not particularly sweet but not as dry as the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is great, creamy with high carbonation, almost as nice as La Fin du Monde. Super drinkable.

A really solid beer, very strong mouthfeel and tons of yeastiness as your expect from Unibroue.


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Photo of coolandy007
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolateM
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass. The beer is pretty cloudy, pretty much an opaque pale ruby-orange color, with a giant thick off-white head, and some decent lacing.

Aroma is a bit musky, dominated by yeast and very ripe fruit.

I'm probably drinking this a bit colder than recommended, but still, this beer is delicious. The yeast flavor is as Belgian as it gets, but not too overpowering. A little bit musky, with noticeable suggestions of dried fruit, especially dried apricots - enough that if someone were to ask me "What's Maudite like?" my answer would immediately be "apricots." Some tangy citrus qualities too. No really overt hop flavor to speak of. Very slightly phenolic, and barely any hint of alcohol sting in the flavor... it's fairly well masked, but leaves a nice warm feeling in the chest.

Spritzy, highly-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a little too drying, which does take away a bit.

For drinkability... well, I sure won't have a problem finishing this glass, but I think one is enough... not that I'd turn down two. That description deserves a good 4, in my awesome opinion.

I would love to bring this to a classy party/gathering/dinner instead of bringing wine. I think it'd pair well with sharp cheese and dried fruits, particularly.

About $10 a four-pack

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Photo of Briken
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with an off-white sandy head. Yeast and spice aroma that's slightly acidic. Crisp spicy yeast with light malt sweetness and a little raisin and a candy finish. Clear sharp carbonation with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

Such a well rounded flavor that isn't too bready and on the sweet side without being overly sweet. An easy to drink belgian especially since the alcohol is well hidden.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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