Maudite | Unibroue

BA SCORE
93
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1,921 Reviews
MauditeMaudite
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:
1,921
Ratings:
4,550
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of smbslt
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Huge, rocky, lumpy, off-white head floating on top of the beer with the color of old varnish. Concentrated nucleation point for the carbonation was hypnotic.
S - Dried fruit with hints of leather
T - Pretty straight forward "Belgian" flavor - run cake with characteristic spice and a little alcohol heat and banana at the end.
F - The bitterness created a pronounced salivary response after swallowing.
O - Very good but lacks the depth to be great.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brownish color with off-white head. Aroma has mostly brown sugar and belgian yeast with a hint of dried fruits. Taste is quite balanced, slightly sweet at first but balances out towards the finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a tasty, well balanced belgian ale.

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

Looks as lovely as all the other Unibroue offerings I've tried: hazy golden orange, robust natural carbonation, a three-finger pillowy white head, decent lacing, and great retention. Mild caramely and pilsnery malts on the nose, along with a strong doughy sweetness. Tastes like a farmhouse ale but with darker roasted malts. Very smooth, no weird aftertaste, well-balanced flavors.... there's not really much to complain about with this brew.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting sample from tap at double wide grill, South side, Pittsburgh. Not familiar with this style, but I did appreciate it. Maybe in the future I will try some others in this style.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 4-10-2012

This beer pours rust colored with copper highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is fruity. I get a combination of ripe red fruit along with dates and fig.

The taste has dates, fig, and brown sugar.

It has a fairly light body with plenty of carbonation.

It comes across as light and refreshing for an eight percent beer, although I do get a warming sensation to let me know that the alcohol is there. I has held up well for being almost two years past the best by date.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter
L- Chestnut brown in color with a pumpkin hue around the bottom and a gorgeous, frothy white head on top.
S- Very complex, notes of vanilla, fresh herbs, citrus, floral, perfume, and chili's.
T- Initially strong flavors of spice, toasted nuts, and citrus-particularly ripe oranges-from the hops. Followed by more subtle flavors of vanilla, ginger, and even lime.
F- Perfect balance between creamy, bubbly, and weight of body with the perfect slight dry and spicy finish from the hops.
O- Not much else i can say about this beer other than being essentially perfect. It does a fantastic job of balancing itself between deliciously creamy while all the while not being too creamy. It also manages to blend together flavors that normally would not coincide so harmoniously. Overall, this is one the best beers i have had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

View: dark mahogany with ample head and lacing. Quite lively. Beautiful!
Smell: Dark fruit, maltiness
Taste: again, a lot of dark fruit, plum, raisin. Spicy. Quite chewy. However, more hoppiness than a normal BSDA.
Feel: a bit hoppy on the tongue and not that much dark fruit.

A good brew, less perfect than a true Belgian BSDA but a good one nonetheless.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its always nice to buy something by Unibroue, because you can almost count on it being first class. This one pours a nice brown with a thick head and much lacing. The flavor is roasted malts that leave a bit of a bitter aftertaste, with a slight chocolate hint along with a wee bit of raisiny sweetness and breadiness. It finishes with a tad bit of tartness (along with that note of bitterness). After a while, the finish became a little much. Compared to other Unibroue efforts, this one has less carbonation and zip, but still enough to add a nice finish.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic Belgian ale. Pours a deep amber with a one and a half inch head that was well retained and left little lacing. Belgian yeast aroma with spices and malt. Taste follows the nose with some sweet malt, bread, and raisins. Well carbonated, slightly dry and medium bodied.

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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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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,550 ratings.
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