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Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,913
Ratings:
4,520
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.31%
 
 
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Photo of obrike
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks a bit like cloudy iced tea. Decent head that doesn't last too long.Yeasty aromas dominate, a bit of spicy sweet malt as well. Tastes fairly close to scent, with the spices a bit more prevalent. Very smooth, medium bodied, pretty carbonated but it goes down very well.

I like it, but not a big stand out for the style.

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I went back to try this beer.
Although it had a single focused aroma the taste and mouth feel were surprisingly good. Not hot, it was a real Belgian style treat. At its price point it's better than a good value.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maudite pours a light amber-blonde color into the glass which forms to a chocolate brown with a swirling, creamy head. The head dissipates almost immediately.

Not a whole lot on the nose except for Keebler fudge cookie, plum, kilned malts, and more chocolate.

Flavor starts off tasteless, with a wave of intense carbonation, but then explodes into notes of plum, fig, apples, chocolate, whipped cream, animal cracker, and peaches. A touch of cinnamon, a touch of sage. It seems more gentle than it is, but it's really intense overall. Just a burning chocolate plum hunk of love. Burning thanks to the alcohol.

Feel is wet, heavily carbonated, and burning. Semi-dry parch due to the alcohol.

Overall, this was fabulous. I'll go back for more...a 4 pack maybe. World Class for sure.

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Photo of TerryW
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head settles to a long-lived 5mm cap, some lace. Hazy tea coloured brew. Yeasty, slightly boozy nose. Sweet dark malt and raisins. Properly yeasty and bready. Clove spice, raisins, malt, alcohol. Slightly sharp and metallic, drying finish. A little tin bodied. Interesting brew, tasty quaff. Like the yeast, alcohol quite present at 8% will turn some folks. Approachable big boy beer.

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Photo of erk0607
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Lively, large bubble head that disappeared somewhat quickly and left similar lacing around the edge of the glass. A very light mahaghaony brown copper brown with floating yeast. Best by 12/15/2018.
Smell: Caramel and raisin and super roasty, toasted bread
Taste: Somewhat bitter raisin, toasted grain, bread, clove and yeast
Feel: Super bubbly and lively with popping carbonation. Kinda surprising really, but a bit on the heavier side of the mouthfeel spectrum.
Overall: A good beer, would not hesitate to get again but also might not seek it out.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark copper with a massive off white foamy head.
S: Belgian yeast sweetness and some dark malt sweetness too
T: just like the nose, very good beer
F: so smooth and easy drinking

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown orange with 1.5 fingers of moderately fading head that diminishes to a thin surface layer that leaves little lacing. Aroma apple, coriander, raisin, yeast, musty sweet, faintly metallic. Taste similar with a layer of more diverse white fruits & more prune like than raisin. A mildly sweet start but of lively pepper in the middle finishing full bodied, flavorsome & bittersweet. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, lively on the tongue with prickliness, slick & juciy, nicely wet. Super!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wish it were a bit thicker, and a richer head would have done wonders for the smell, but I ain't complaining about what I got going on here! Smell gives off some brown sugar and molasses with overripe apricots - plenty of fuity, yeasty esters floating around in the bowl of my glass.
Flavor is a bit sweeter and spicier, though more restrained than I expected. The hops are very mild, probably just enough to keep this beer from being straight soda. Cloves and a hint of cardamom are present. Mouthfeel is thin but oily, and even if the finish doesn't stick around long, the feel sure does. A classic double that stands up tall against the Belgians.

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Photo of lic217
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Redish brown, big light tan head,
Smell: Fruity and spicy esters, dark dried fruit
Taste: Spice, dark fruit, especially a fruity almost medicinal cherry flavor, ends sweet
Feel: great feel, not thick or thin, well carbonated, leaves a coating of flavor on the tongue
Overall: Another nice offering from this brewery. Solid well made Belgian beer

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bubbly white head. Amber pour. Aroma of clove and slight candied orange. Flavour is yeasty, clove with a solid hop presence. Slight vanilla silliness. Finished dry with prickly carbonation. Excellent

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Photo of akolb
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with a huge tan head. Smells of earthy, spicy fruits. Raisin, cherry, cinnamon, pepper, yeast, bread, and coffee. Taste has the same fruits as the aroma, along with some sweetness and coriander. Lots of sweet caramel bread goodness with a little bit of bitterness at the end.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a muddy brown color with a three and a half finger, billowy head that hangs around for a good five minutes before finally settling down. It laces the glass well.

Smell: Musky. I get aromas of spicy yeast, raisins, figs, coffee, brown sugar, candied apples, porridge, mild chocolate and cherries.

Taste: Red apples, spicy Belgian yeast, cherries, raisins, caramel and very mild chocolate . Sweet and dry, low alcohol profile.

Feel: Well carbonated and smooth. Silky and rich.

Overall: I liked this, but I'm slightly let down- the 100 from the bros had me really hyped. I don't think this has as much depth or complexity as Chimay Blue - but this is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 3 finger white head, orange-red hazy body.

Smell: Musty fruits, mainly pear, banana, and dark fruits.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of MrDell
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mahogany colored (orange/amber when light passes through it) quite dull looking beer with a small grey head and slow moving carbonation.

Aroma: Oranges, very fruity and spicy yeast aromas dominate. Smells like a fair bit of candi sugar has gone into this one.

Taste: Spicy up front, then bitter in the finish as the hops kick in. You've got the sweetness of a dark Belgian ale upfront then quite quickly you get the dryness of a blond.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight prickling from the carbonation and then a very dry finish.

Overall: Not bad, I was expecting more flavour wise and was looking forward to a big finish, which I suppose it has got if you like the addition of very bitter hops with your Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Personally I wouldn’t buy this again though.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The back of the bottle on the shoulder has a best buy date printed: 10-30-18

Appearance: The body is a medium brown color that is opaque yet allows a hazy light to spread through the glass showing off dark burnt umber and auburn. The head is thick and fluffy with a light off-white appearance. It fades to a short cap that maintains a solid head and delivers a good ring of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet coriander hits me in the face the moment I approach the beer. That massive aroma of coriander dominates the nose but I do find some raisin in there working its way along with the light scent of alcohol.

Taste: Again the coriander takes center stage here but it is carried along with a short chorus of sweet malt and a bit of honey in the finale.

Mouthfeel: Light presence on the palate and a similarly light body that borders on the lower edge of medium. The beer is highly carbonated and finishes rather crisp and dry.

Overall: A tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale that makes heavy use of coriander to cover the lack of more traditional flavors found in this style. That is not to say that the beer is not enjoyable, it is just missing a few pieces in its puzzle. It is enjoyable and I would recommend it to a person who really loves coriander. Given the alternatives in the market for Belgian Strong Dark Ale's it would not be preferred.

On a side note I did find it interesting that my bottle was a screw cap.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (BB09-11-18) pour into a pint glass.
Awesome looking clear red-tinted amber colored body floating an inch of pinkish tan head. Head dissapates to a constant cover. I need 2 options for look though. After emptying the bottle fully the body clouds up. Disappointing.
Bitter hops, yeast, and clove aromas lead the spice flavors and bready malts join in.
Creamy mouthfeel and a drier silky finish. Is there a caramel aftertaste? Interesting.

Add vanilla ice cream for a delicious float.

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Photo of SSS
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Velvet red hue, with an off white head that is somewhat pink. Lacing is solid
S-Heavy on the yeast aroma with fragrant berries in the background. I also get a musty malt aroma.
M-High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very dry.
T-I get lots of fruits and yeast upfront. There is a sweet flavour and peppery finish
O-Unfortunately once again anything that is associated with Belgium I have a hard time appreciating...forgive me beer Gods!

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates somewhat leaving a thin tan head on the beer as you drink it. Beer is completely opaque.

Smell has a mixture of straw, yeast, and malts aromas with undertones of lemon zest and maybe some floral notes.

Taste follows the nose with an initial malty belgian yeast flavor coming through, then on the aftertaste you get this rich array of spices and a subdued but very bitter aftertaste. The spice flavors include clove, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a dryness to the finish that it unexpected but very nice. As I continue to sip I'm more aware of the malt depth - bready caramel malts come through with undertones of a honey like sweetness. Still the bitterness from the hops cuts that sweetness on the finish.

Feel is directed by the medium carbonation on this beer - keeps it fizzy as you sip. Very dry, coats your tongue and throat as it goes down. Seems a bit watery for a strong dark ale - something I notice with most of Unibroue's beers.

Overall a very nice Belgian Dark Ale. The spices add a real complexity here that really works an the flavor is outstanding.

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Photo of anon
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber colour, cloudy with a small head and very light lace. Smells real malty and yeasty with some fruity notes.

Spices come put strong in this brew; heavy clove, cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg. Light banana, plum, grape, pear and peach. Bitterness takes over the sweetness by a small margin but the spices really take over this one and make it pop. Was expecting a little more out of this but definitely a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/09/16:

In indirect light, looks exactly like a cola soda, right down to the way the carbonation bubbles actually stick to the side of the glass (in this case, a fancy goblet). In the light, you can almost — almost! — see an argument for calling this an “Amber Red Ale,” as it says on the label. That is, it is still a very dark brown, with reddish hues. Quite clear (until the last bit is swirled and added — lees!) and bubbly. Head retains surprisingly well for how fizzy this beer seems. Light beige, thick, consistent, fine, film-forming. Cider-like aromas, bread and toast suggestions, and little else. And what do you know, apple or apple cider notes throughout, although incredibly watered down, moderately tart and not overly sweet. Pay closer attention and just maybe you’ll notice the vinegaresque flavors, the candy sugar, the alcohol, or the phenols. Medium to full in body, effervescent (even though I was reasonably expecting more soda-like feel), choppy, and velvety. Evenly warming. Very interesting Belgian-style ale, incredibly watered down for a Strong Dark, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge fluffy off white head that sticks forever over a nice reddish brown beer that is pretty carbed up
S banana, clove, bready malts, chocolate, yeasty Belgian character
T nice sweet Belgian yeast esters, bready malts, banana, clove, alcohol bite
M decently heavy, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bready malts and Belgian yeast
O good beer. First drank on my honeymoon. Liked it then like it now.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip glass. Unibroue is my québécoise brewery of choice and Maudite is not exception. This live up to the Belgian Strong dark ale standard it's inspired. Very fruity while being quite bitter, hence a complex and balanced beer everyone should appreciate. Santé !

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Photo of Dravin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by dae of 12-03-16 on both the bottle and the label (nice).

Look -- Pours a deep amber with a decidedly orange tinge with 3 fingers of off-white head that settles down to 2 and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Ripe banana, apple, orange, somewhat vinous with subdued clove. The alcohol is well hidden and all in all it makes me think of cafeteria fruit salad (in a good way).

Taste -- As with the nose but a malty sweetness and slight nuttiness joins the party along with a nice bracing bitterness. The alcohol is hidden here as well.

Feel -- A moderate to heavy body but the lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall -- It's a fantastic ale, it brings to mind a cross between fruit salad and banana bread that's all beautifully counterbalanced by the hop bitterness. It goes down dangerously easy given the ABV.

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Photo of Eagles17
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this one poured into a glass from the bottle. It was a dark amber color with a large foam head. I found the flavor to be quite bitter and heavy, but not in an alltogether unpleasant way.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 4th most frequently rated beer in the style; so I doubt I will say anything new.
But I yet to figure out a systematic way to pour this brewer's offerings; it almost various by bottle. This is important to me only because I prefer slightly the syrupy dark Belgian to the carbonated.
Unibroue may have the most interesting yeasts in North America.

I note when a beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" gave this 2.5 of 4 stars and declared it "A Belgian style russet ale." ( IMHO, The Venerable MJ did not like this brew as much those who followed... including one of the founders of this site.... on the other hand, good brewers learn fast.)

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 191.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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