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Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kagent777
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best before date on the back. Next time I will let one age a little bit, the best before date is Nov of 2012. Served into a goblet.

Appearance: A very hazy light brown. The head is a pretty white and settles to a thin foam pad. No real lacing, but maybe it is my glass. This beer even looks delicious.

Smell: Clove, nutmeg and other dark holiday-type spices.

Taste: The Belgian yeastiness comes through. I can also taste raisins mingled with some other fruit. There is some residual sweetness. This is really complex and hard to describe. I am really enjoying the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and body. This a little oily slick in the mouth. By no means a "thin" beer.

Drinkability: This could easily stand up to strong or spicy foods. The high ABV and strong flavors would make it difficult to drink many of these one after the other without palate fatigue. These should be stocked in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of mshallah
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with gold foil on the neck and cap. Have always loved the label of the "damned" rowing their canoe as satan looks on. Label informs bottle refermentation, 8%abv, best before 10/25/08, and glassware recomendation. Pours clear amber when care is taken to leave the yeast in the bottle. A foamy tan-white head makes the beer look very inviting in the glass. Aromas of candy sugar, confectioner's sugar, belgian yeast fruitiness, lemon iced tea, pepper spiciness and a wine-like alcohol. Taste has a cookie sweetness from the malt and all of the same complexities as the aromas mentioned. Let warm to sip and savor. I believe this was my personal cross-over belgian(yeast) beer. It will appeal to pale ale drinkers that seek complex, unique brews.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy dark amber brew, enjoyed on tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha. Awesome rocky head flowed up like crazy, spilling quite a bit over the top, true Belgian style. The aroma is a complex mix of dark fruity malt flavors and lighter estery yeast characteristics, backed up by a solid bread all-around nose.

Flavor is magnificent, nearly perfect. Awesome Belgian-yeast strain imparts phenolic ripe fruit flavors everywhere, balanced by a solid sweet malt backbone, with a touch of spicing to lend superb depth (clove is most dominant but hardly tells the whole story, pepper especially). Little hop flavor, but enough for the beer to be very crisp and refreshing, while packing a great punch at 8%.

A personal favorite, I've revisited several times. Great opportunity to catch it on draft. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GeoffW
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the most chalice-like glass I have. Beautiful tawny color,nice and cloudy like a Belgian Strong should be. Nice 1in head that suck around for a decent time, a little foam lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell was powerful, nice and spicy with a bit of sweet, very complex.

Taste and mouthfeel were phenomenal, this stuff is good. The alcohol is fairly apparent, but it is 8% after all and was still really smooth.

As usual with me and good Belgian ales, I could drink this stuff all day.

This is a damn good beer. I didn't know people in Canadia made stuff as good as this, now I must visit Quebec. I love this stuff

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Photo of rushpatrick
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On many occasions i have had this beer from a 750ml corked bottle. This was my first experience tasting it on draft. It blew my mind. i cannot immagine anything tasting better. While the beer still had little smell and a somewhat murky appearance, it proved to be better tasting than anything I've had to date. I brew my own beer and only dream of the day when I one day can brew something one tenth this good. Keep in mind I am impartial to this drink and would never say anything negative about it. Drink on.

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Photo of MattCote
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 Oz. bomber at Trader Joes and drank it that night, having chilled it to around 55 degrees farenheit. Drank it out of a Duvel Belgian glass.

A - Pours into a smoothe tawny, perhaps a bit of a deep mahogany, much as a dark belgian should. Two finger head dissolves into intricate lacing along the glass.

S - Immediate aroma of honey, like smelling a dilluted mead from afar. Hints of fresh fruit and lively notes of malt present.

T - Initially, the smooth and definitively Belgian maltiness presents itself with a bushel of fruits-- perhaps apple or pear-- with just enough flavor to disguise the 8% abv. Does so with flying colors. Resolves into a prudent hops profile, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Best described as a bit chewy, just enough resistance to prevent a watery feel, not enough to give it the same viscous consistency of a thicker style of beer. Remained as such throughout the drinking session without divesting too much carbonation.

D - Overall, a bomber is enough to satisfy the palette. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and may leave you feeling pretty well off if you solo the bottle. The flavor and aroma stays with you for a while beyond the final sip, which serves as a valuable reminder that you need to pick up another bomber. ASAP.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I keep coming back to this beer because it one of the best Belgian
beer values eventhough it brewed in Quebec. The balance and rounded flavours are what makes this extremely drinkable at 8.0%abv. Fringante, Terrible and other Unibroue beers are bigger and badder but their availability and price do not put them on my table very often. This beer at $5.00 a 750ml bottle is often in my fridge.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, brownish orange with a thin layer of off-white head that lasts forever. Very full rings of lacing.

S: Sweet spices, some fruit aromas (almost smells like citrus and cherry), yeast and a touch of alcohol.

T: Malts are the first flavor, but also a nice fruity sweetness. Following that comes the yeast, then clove flavors. The taste of alcohol is present, but restrained enough that it compliments rather than over-powering the beer like it does in some beers. Really great tasting beer, it seems like different notes come out on every sip.

M: Medium body, quite a bit of carbonation, ever so slightly sticky.

D: Incredibly drinkable beer. The alcohol warms nicely as it goes down, and it keeps tasting better. A truly exceptional beer. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque rich amber body with thick creamy tan head.
Spicy yeasty nuttiness, pepper and sherbert aromas.
Extremely creamy toffee flavor, quite surpising for belgian style. Hugely spice and quite sweet. Alcohol does not hide, nor does it detract. Masterful balance of the hoppy bitterness and the sweetness

Before I drank this, I figured that Unibroue travelled as poorly as my incontenent grandmother, but this lovely beverage, had in Japan, was unbeatable.

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy dark amber that pours with thick creamy head that dissipates but is maintained with consistent carbonation.
Aroma: Fresh bread yeast with fruit and citrus.
Taste: Sweet fruit and malt with spice notes of clove and black pepper.
Texture: Medium body
Drinkability: With an ABV of 8% you could quickly reach "one too many", but one just isn't enough.
Notes: Served in a goblet

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Photo of inebrius
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The most poundable dubbel I know. Pours Autumn under Winter. Aromas conjure images of honey-drizzled sopapillas with slices of ripe pear. A draught is sugary, but light sugar, spun and quick and chased off by a dusting of spicy alcohol finished with a lop-sided hop grin. Tingly full and delicious.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a huge head that goes away after a while, left some lacing.

Smells sweet, nice dark fruit smell with a hint of spice in there.

Nice caramel sweet taste hits your mouth, very crisp and light feeling. Surpised there is no bitterness to it.

Light body, light carbonation, very good taste and drinkability. Very great beer

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a murky reddish brown with a middling head. The aroma is limited, just pick up a vaguely bready, chocolaty scent. The flavor, however, explodes with warming plums, dates, and banana, as well a milk chocolate, and an almost goat cheese like warm funk. The moutfeel is very bubbly and creamy, rich but light at the same time. Overall this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Unibroue beers. QUebec without a doubt has some of the best beers in North America.

Smells of Sweet Plums with sugary overtones. Rich flavor of brown surar, spice and fruit that is unbelievably warming. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Some vinella and banana for good measure.

A full beer that is to be enjoyed and not chugged!


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Photo of PeerlessMark
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What amazes me most about this beer is that it is made in large quantities by a Quebec based brewery owned by Sleemans, yet it is every bit a beautiful craft beer. And it can be bought at the Beer Store in a case of 24 for $46.95 making this just under 2 bucks a beer. It's not often you can enjoy a beer this good for that little.

Pours a beautiful medium amber into a Spiegelau tulip glass leaving strong pearly and lacey bubbles after the fine white head dies down. There is a distinct aroma of spice like burnt cinnamon and nutmeg.

Remains effervescent throughout and the spice is the most enjoyable aspect of the beer. The flavour belies the strong 8% ABV. The usual citrus banana flavour of belgian ales is quite mellow and nicely complemented with balanced malts.

As of right now this is my favourite Unibroue "regular" beer.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as part of a 4-pack sampler.

A: Described as a "strong amber-red ale", this pours as more of a deep chestnut-brown. Cloudy, with maybe the slightest hint of red. Very thick head - be careful with the pour.

S: Hops apparent, but not overpowering. Mild spices, nothing distracting.

T: Strong hops lead, bitterness follows, other more subtle flavors. Aftertaste bitter, but fades quickly.

M: Well carbonated, light feel.

D: Nicely drinkable. Had this with dinner and found myself downing it a lot quicker than expected.

Very nice - I'm generally not expecting much for sampler packs, but so far 2 for 2 with this one. Very nice beers.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Three fingers of thick, foamy head and a reddish amber/brown hue to the beer itself. Decent retention. Quite an appealing look, served in an oversized wine glass.

S: Mildewy and yeasty, alcoholic and spicy notes come to mind. Smells delicious.

T: Tasty malt notes and a kick of spice are followed by a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. Very well balanced beer, enjoyable as all hell (no pun intended). The multiple flavors going on here make for a palate pleaser.

M: Great carbonation, crisp and refreshing while at the same time thick.

D: The fluidity of flavor, the complexities and subtleties, and feel on the palate make it incredibly drinkable. An amazingly delicious beer that is highly recommended.

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Photo of Tford
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It’s a cloudy orangey dark brown colour, if that makes sense; it has a white head which dissipates quickly. You can see clusters of yeast cells floating about.

S: It smells like if you were to make bread out of a spicy fruit cocktail, if that makes sense.

T: There seems to be two major flavours in play here, the most obvious is hops. The second one seems to be a combination of fruits and spices; it is a very nice balance.

M: Needs a little more carbonation, but still not bad at all. It feels almost like a stout in terms of texture; very unique for an ale.

O: This is a very good beer, but not quite as good as Trois Pistoles and La Fin Du Monde. None the less, it is still one of the best beers Canada has to offer.

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Photo of marburg
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label's wrong! Rather than showing the damned, this beer should show a bunch of contented BAs passing into some sort of dreamy afterlife with ancestors, vestal virgins, football, and lots of quality beer -- or something similar.

Beautiful dark orangish color with an offwhite head. Very spritzy, seltzer-like mouthfeel to it. Taste is complex: fruits and peppery liveliness. You know the beer is kind of heavy, but it feels like a feather on your tongue. Damn good beer. It was flavorful and strong enough to compete with my Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwich at lunch today for sure. Tasty.

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Photo of BeerNut402
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I sampled came corked unlike the one in the photo which in my opinion was a plus. The flavor and freshness of this beer poured out after I poped the cork which was a pleasant surprise.

Appearance - Amberish Orange color with a nice sustainable head. The Beer is also cloudy similar to a wheat beer which was unusual as this is an Ale.

Smell - Citrus, fruit, and spice flavors came out right away and after it sat for about five minutes I got some malty tones as well.

Taste - Spice and malty tones right away with a hop and citrus finish. This beer tasted surprisingly good for the type of beer I thought it would be. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Has a complex mouth feel as this beer goes creamy then smooth the carbonation gives you that ale finish. Love the mouth on this beer

Overall - Extremely enjoyable beer. This is a good drinking beer, it could easily be paired with food but alone it is delicious. I highly recommend tasting this beer if you can.

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Photo of alexk307
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown body with barely any white head

S: Strawberries, mangos, malt, doughy bread

M: Very carbonated and light

T: This stuff is awesome. Such a unique flavor in a beer. Extremely fruity in a good way but not over powering the malt. A great brew overall, highly recommended.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love it when bottle shops are stupid. I got this beer for a buck because they probably thought it went bad. Bottle dated '09. Drank last night and took some good notes. Brownish, Amber color with tons of carbonation, decent lacing. Good 2-finger head which diminishes to a finger and pretty much stays there.

There are a lot of things going on in the nose here. Wheat, fruit (which it most likely picked up with time), fig, spices, a subtle boozyness accompanied by spices(not potpurri-ish whatsoever like some spice flavors, spice is black peppery, definite belgian yeast.

The middle warms you up for sure. After crisp carbonation sparkles your mouth, that spicy, boozy character from the nose is there. Its sweet and slightly dry. Some apple and other fruit going on. Loaded with flavor and incredibly complex. I taste something new with each sip. Belgian yeast here too.

The finish is creamy and sweet, spicey, subtley fruity.

Hands Down, the best beer I had last night. Probably the most complex of this style I've ever had. Never had it before but I will seek this out again because it was simply amazing.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle dated for 11-27-11 poured into a 25cl chimay glass.

Maudite pours a dark brownish-orange with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Not unusual for this type of glass. Lacing is swirly and clings to the glass.

The aroma delicate and complex. Aromas of funky farmhouse Belgian yeast, red wine vinegar, grapes, dates, and other dark pitted fruit.

Tastes of sour dark cherries, caramel, clove, and Belgian yeast, there's some hop bitterness but its well balanced with this beer's sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body relaxed carbonation.

A really fantastic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A complex flavor and aroma. Nothing astringent and nothing to really approve upon with this beer reminding me why Unibroue is a fantastic brewery. A must try if you like Beligian styles.

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Photo of montageman
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

I've had good experiences with Unibroue beers and this one is no different. In fact, this may be the best offering of theirs I've had. Rich deep amber in color with a substantial tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. The aroma is totally complex - orange, clove, coriander, cinnamon, and other dried fruit. The taste is fruity, sweet, and really balanced. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect and mellows as the beer warms. At 8%, this is dangerously drinkable. Very tasty - a top quality brew. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue never ceases to impress me. This ale pours a glowing semi-opaque reddish-amber with a great head that is just the right size. Looks great in a Duvel tulip glass. Smells are so complex I don't know where to begin. Sweet malts, freshly-baked sourdough bread, mango, papaya, maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is wonderfully complex. The malts are amazing. The yeast provides the perfect base for the myriad flavors that begin to emerge as this ale warms. I taste wheat, white grapes, mango, plum, nectarine. I taste perfectly placed hints of spices: ginger, cardamom, cloves. The hops, yeast and malt are perfectly balanced in this ale. Of course, I may be a bit biased, as this is my favorite style by far. Mouthfeel is wonderfully peppery and smooth with just the right amount of everything. Even the ABV is perfect - not to much, not too little. Wonderfully drinkable for this style - very close to perfection for me.

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