Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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1,907
Ratings:
4,493
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.31%
 
 
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Photo of littlebibs
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite: A great beer for Springtime, strong with a
Bewitching taste & hopefully I will be savoring this long past
the harvest moon.(It would make a great Halloween brew) Highly carbonated, at first, it settles down where
its time for this devils brew to take you to darker places. A very
complex beer with hints of fruits, bread yeasts, corriander, candie
apples, the works I guess. Very delicious, try the apple ale
they also make. Great company up there in Canada and they
make some great beers.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Passion in a glass! This amazing beer holds true to its old world Belgian roots but melds new world panache. A necter of the gods that pours subtle red chocolate, swirling earth tones. Served royally in a goblet. Color a sophisticated, deep, inviting, sexy. Hints of cherry and chocolate. Tastes as would a fine port, belgian chocolate and dried cherry essence with a hint of cracked pepper and anise. Creamy, dark swirls crown if not a king, at least a prince of beers. Mouthfeel is to remember, savor, linger, a warming of the palate and a perfectly balanced sensation of quality and sophistication. This is a beer to create memories by, with, and maybe for. Tres manifique!

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Maudite. A beautiful beer from a beautiful brewery. Pours a dark, stained oak or cherry colour. Cherry wood, not fruit. Nice, 2 1/2 finger froth head that clings to the glass. Aroma of bread, poundcake, dark berries, coriander, cloves and candy. Succulently sweet. And delicious. The first taste is a refreshing, thirst quenching gulp, followed by a bittersweet aftertaste. As the beer warms, the darker fruits shine and the sweet cake taste takes a second seat. Smooth, dry and crisp. Another delicious offering from Unibroue. If Sleemans messes with their beer, they shall have an enemy to contend with.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful reddish black with a monster head on it with a strong spice and fruit dominated scent.

Very complicated and quality taste too. Malts are there in abundance, but the spice and fruits from the nose dance about on the tongue, trading jabs with the hops and the accompanying tinge of bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, definitely on the thicker side with a medium coasting, while drinkability on this is also quite good, particularly for having a high ABV: Unibroue seems to be very good at masking the alcohol content of their brews.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge beautiful head with R&L. Rusty red with some black creeping in, forboding. Spicy and fruity in the nose with hints of yeast and chocolate, intriguing. Flavor is gorgeous but haunting - strawberry, spice, dark and long. A bit spritzy then smooth. Damn me.

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Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 ml bottle at my local AJ's for $6.79. A wee bit on the pricey side but I had to sample another brew from that wonderful brewery known as Unibroue.
The appearance is a cloudy orange-red-brown. Poured a decent head that dissapated quickly but left a sticky sweet lacing down the side of my glass. The smell is wonderful, sweet malts with a fruity aroma, mixed with a generous dose of yeast-for the refermentation within the bottle. The taste is very interesting, sweet malts followed by a somewhat dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full. An extremely drinkable beer, good thing I have only one bottle because of the high alcohol content!

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Photo of dauss
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked
A belgian strong ale from the Canadian brewery, Unibroue. Pours a cloudy yellowish reddish brown. Specs of yeast floating and oving throughout the glass. Large light yellow-orange head, good staying power and lots of lacing on the glass. First sip, malty, as it warms and lingers on the tongue, hoppy bitterness gets strong fast. No indication of the 8% ABV this brew packs. A lot of carbonation so you can't drink it fast. Very complex beer. Overwhelming for my amateur taste buds.

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy orangey amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great! It has a nice fruity, yet malty scent that is quite refreshing. It has a rootbeer type yeasty aroma that is really pleasant. The taste is great as well. It is a sweet and malty tasting brew with a nice, refreshingly fruity Belgian style finish. It goes down really easy and is a bit dry on the finish. This beer has great mouthfeel. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Belgian style beer. It has great mouthfeel and excellent taste; another fine brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of DaveGood
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that was my first introduction to Unibroue and definitely one of my favorites.

This beer poured a beautiful reddish/brown color with a fluffy off-white head that slowly dissapated, leaving a thin lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma was full of yeast, giving it an almost bread-like smell, as well as some spices and hops. The taste was quite complex. It began with some fruity malts before giving way to a spicy (peppery) flavor and minimal hops. It was medium bodied and extremely smooth. This beer is remarkably smooth, given the high ABV. This can be dangerous because this is one beer that will definitely leave you wanting more!

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Photo of jed
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown, 33 cl bottle with a devil, some settlers in a canoe, and "Strong Beer on Lees" written in two languages on the front. Seriously. Foil cap. The back of the label has information about the beer in German and French, along with suggested serving glassware. Best if consumed by 4/15/06. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a warm, reddish brown color. Actually, it didn't pour so much as explode out of the bottle the second it was opened, despite not being shaken or disturbed. Maudite is a fairly cloudy beer, with a small head and average head retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. Heavy carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by spices and spicy alcohol, paired with fruit notes.

Taste: Nose of sweet fruit mixed with dry pepper and similar spices. Middle is a drier, spicy yeast and malt flavors, with some almost sour notes. Finish is dry, with lingering pepper flavors and the same sour, bready aftertaste. Lots of warming alcohol flavors. As the beer warms, a banana flavor becomes more evident. Overall, the nose in this beer is amazing, but the transition to the pepper/sour flavors really hurts the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice, solid mouthfeel; warm and smooth throughout the entire beer.

Drinkability: While the big, 8% alcohol content is all over the flavor, it's well integrated with the rest of the beer so that you never taste unpleasant, raw alcohol. Nicely balanced within the taste of the beer.

The weakest of the Unibroue beers I've sampled; somehow, the taste on Maudite just seems a bit off. Coupled with the carbonation problems, maybe this one didn't make the trip over to France as well as its brothers. Nevertheless, Maudite is definitely worth trying, although I'll probably stick with Trois Pistoles in the future.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear dark orange color with mild effervescence and a very thick bone white head. Quick lacing. The aroma is fruit (banana mostly), spice, yeast and some hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat complex with a satisfying array of flavors like clove and other spices, fruit, malt and a touch of alcohol. The finish is rather dry and zesty. The alcohol definitely sneaks up on you by the end of the bottle too. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a pretty plain dark color but it had a nice head. The smell is fruity and alcoholic.

It's a potent beer, that's for sure. The smell and taste are both very nice. It's dangeriously drinkable. The mouthfeel is dark and wonderful.

I think this is a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Unibroue Maudite has slowly become one of my favorite beers of all time. This truly unique Belgian Ale has a lot to offer and can be appreciated by experts and novices alike. Here is why:

The beer pours into the glass a deep orange-brown/yellow. The head is big and bubbly, leaving a very impressive appearance on the top of the beer. When the beer settles a bit, you can see sediment in the glass - oh yeh, baby, "your ingredients are showing!"

There is a lot of alcohol in the smell...some what of a fermented fruity alcohol. And the taste, is...woh, its powerful. Yeh, there is definately a strangely active alcohol flavor for this 8% ABV beer. The flavor is warm though, and allows the mouth to sort of glow with happiness. There are a variety of fruit flavors that seem to come to mind: plums, apples, white grapes.

The aftertaste lasts and lasts - not just in flavor, but your mouth continually senses the passing of the beer - all the way down to your stomach.

This beer is fantastic.

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

Amazing color on this beer, a deep apricot fading to amber towards the thinner part of the glass. Concentrated small bubbles group up to form a thin screen of foam over the liquid. Smell foretells a strong drink to come, with wisps of alcohol.

A hard apple taste blasts through on the taste, with notes of sweet, icy watermelon. Everything stops quickly, leaving a slight feeling of heat in the throat and the stomach. A little bit rough!

The mouthfeel is fantastic, resembling champagne in its soft bubbliness. The carbonation shocks the mouth and refuses to die.

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Photo of BCMan
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 ml bottle because anything worth doin is worth doin right. It poured up with a big frothy head that faded back to a roing of bubbles cirling the glass. It had a nice amber color that was cloudy. The aroma was a bit weak but I attribute that to the beer being refidgerated at too low of a temperature. The flavor also was a bit small but along with the fragrance it grew as the bottle warmed. The good thing about the larger bottles is that they last long enough for you to get the variations from change in temperature. The taste was spicy with a variety of fruit accents swirling around. The aftertaste was subtle but warmed you inside nicely. I nicely balanced beer. As usual, the broues of Unibroue are very good and definetly worth the money.

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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 RootedFool
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours cloudy copper-tinged amber into my brand new Maudite goblet -- how suitable -- with a big fluffy off-white head that falls quickly leaving, surprisingly, no lace.

Smell is of deep, dark and spicy fruits -- raisins and prunes, figs, bananas soaked for days in rum and sugar -- fresh bread and a musty alcohol warmth.

Taste opens with some very fruity (berries and alcohol) notes. Spicy, almost chocolate-like malts flow out in the middle. The finish is a swift tingling of hops and alcohol heat on the palate that lasts as long as the time between sips.

Mouthfeel is very light, and has an airy -- like whipped topping -- quality to it. Interesting.

Great way to break in my glass, and a great beer. My second time trying it -- even better now than before.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - Poured a ruby colored brew with nice huge head with great retention. Carbonation is good and aroma of malts and hops are well balanced. Taste is a right mix of sweetness and spice. Aftertaste has the usual creamy Unibroue feeling with a subtle bitterness. The ABV is so subtle and to me is one of the great quality of this great beer. Probably one of the best Belgian beer brewed outside of Belgium and one of the best from Unibroue.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dirty iced tea color, but the aroma sure made up for it. A nice full, sweet, alcohol smell that brings my senses to alert. The head turned into a scattered film with pretty heavy lacing. The taste is very carbonated with an almost sour, but good, taste. The sweetness is balanced out with a dry finish. I still have yet to find anything from Unibroue that I have not loved!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle (which seemed a little more stable) Amber/Copper color. Herbal nose of yeasts. It simply tastes good: cloves, pepper, yeasts, hops, malt, fruits and what not. I couldn't find any component taking the top in this delicious rumble that develops a small, but pleasant bitterness as it, not without regrets, leave your throat.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Suprisingly this poured very clear with a very white head. It left a nice white lace till the end of the glass.

Smell: This had a pretty clean smell but it almost smelled stale.

Taste: Very mild and smooth taste. It had some light spiciness to it that made it very intriging. It was a very well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: It was a very smooth beer with enough carbonation. Nothing special.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronzy-peachy hue, I was very surprised at the color it poured, it was much lighter than I would have expected but it was a beautiful color, the apple-flesh white head reached a finger in height but it faded to a fourth of that size rather quickly. The amount of lacing was disappointingly minimal. The bouquet is, well, yummy to smell. Notes of spiced cake soaked in cola, hints of pepper, faint suggestions of bubblegum and bananas, a vague hint of alcohol as well. The potency is modest but it gets its point across: inviting. The palate has a lot going on, at times the maltiness is very cake-like and yet at other times it is toasted biscuits. When the cake speaks up I noticed the alcohol more, conversely when the biscuits shine I noticed a basket of fruit lead by green apples, bananas, and array of tropical fruit. No matter the malt construction the spiciness is solid throughout, pleasantly peppery. This is obviously a well-crafted beverage. The carbonation is big and forceful, maybe a little too much so, it is around medium in body, I found it just a tickle too thin but not enough to downgrade it. The 8% abv seems very appropriate for this beer, it is big enough to add complexity but low enough to quaff a few, granted you would feel it. Maudite is a highly drinkable beer; it is another winner from Unibroue. I wish I could drink this regularly; I purchased this 750 ml in Kansas City. If you have passed on this one you are a fool, recommended.

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

Poured a deep orange mahogany with an ample head that settled to a wide ring. Light lacing throughout the glass. Persistent carbonation.

Aromas of fruit, caramel, yeast, and a bit of spicy phenols (mostly clove). A lot going on here. Alcohol comes through from time to time.

Taste is complex and satisfying. Fruit and caramel get the party started, and then spice and alcohol show up. A bit of hops for balance, and a long warming finish from the alcohol.

Medium-full mouthfeel.

An outstanding brew, and my first from Unibroue. There will be many more…

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

Poured out an amber/orange with a huge head that settled down eventually. Smell consisted of plums. Also got some lemon in there as well. Various spices and some alcohol as well. Taste reminded me of Ommegang Three Philosphers. It's got that spicy flavor combined with some ripe fruits. Nice taste. Alcohol is kinda masked and warms the throat nicely. Aftertaste was kinda like dead air. There really wasnt a strong malt backbone on this brew, Granted, you can taste it and all, but there's no structure at the end. Just my thought on it. But all in all, a great brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of jlervine
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber honey color with a fantastic white head. The head disappears slowly into a lump in the middle of the beer and lining the edge of the glass. The smell has a sweet citrusy note to it that does a fair job of masking the alcohol. The taste is ultra-smooth. Notes of raisins, plums, caramel, citrus - but very light on the tongue. Leaves a bit of dryness that succors you into taking that next sip. Bit of additional sweetness as it warms, along with ginger and cinnamon. Very tasty, glad I waited this long before popping the cork. Deceptively tasty, this beer could have me plastered if I wasn't too careful. This beer is my celebratory beer - it shouldn't be too long before I can buy Maudite in my own state, as opposed to driving to Tennessee for it!

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