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Maudite | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's bar in Los Angeles, California. Cost was $12.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of great cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper.

Sm: Candi sugar, well chosen malts, some cream, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma. .

T: A bland malt body with some moderate a candi sguar on the climax. It's simple - without yeast. A bit of cream. Boring but pleasant and enjoyable. No alcohol comes through. It could use layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Not tailored to the flavours, but fairly complementary of them.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I like it but I wouldn't get it again at this price. Check it out - in bottle form - if you're a fan of the style.


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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, Unibroue has had 7 chances to impress me so far and has yet to do so.. I'm starting to think I just don't have the taste for their particular yeast strain. I have one more left after this (their tripel) so hopefully that can do the trick.

This one pours a cloudly light brown with a small head and no lacing. Taste is very spicy with some dark fruit flavors, but mostly ethanol comes through with the spice. Has a smooth aftertaste surprisingly but getting to that point is a pretty rough road. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. Burgandy color with a creay two-finger head. Left nice Belgian lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and yeast. Also, the alcohol aroma was present.

T - It is very spicy. The hop/spice really overpowers the alcoholic taste. However, the maltiness comes through.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - I really enjoy all Unibroue products and this is no exception. The spicy quality is very unique.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The nose is sweet with a bit of citrus as well as some clove and other spicing. Combines well with the typical dark Belgian characteristics. Brings a nice amount of dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Nice body with soothing amounts of carbonation. Drinks quite well. Along with Trois Pistoles, perhaps my favorite beer from them.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man I relly like this "big" beer,pours a deep amber with a nice thick off-white creamy head,nice sweet almond/caramel smell with slight alcohol notes.A malty,nutty tasting beer with some fruity hints in the finish ( a long finish at that).Very warming something to drink before bed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light brown head on a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast with some caramel malt aromas backing it up. Notes of black cherry, toffee, and a hint of funky acidity.

T - Very malty, mostly caramel with some toffee and fruity yeast. Develops some spicy clove and cinnamon notes in the middle before returning to a muddy, brown malt flavor that dominates the finish along with light chocolate.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - It has been a couple of years since I last had this beer, and I remember it being a lot better than it is. The malt flavors are muddy and indistinct and the yeast is kind of one dimensional. Not awful, but a bit disappointing.

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

Light fizzy head, semi hazy auburn brown color.

Nose dark wheat dark fruit, raisin, fig, light booze, sweet dark malts, molasses.

Taste sweet malts, dark wheat, molasses, almost candi sugar like flavor, dark fruits, fig, raisin, esters and booze, light bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied decent carb light booze.

Overall great beer, a bit heavy but that's what it's supposed to be, nice malts and fruits, etc, a great Belgian for a brewery outside of Belgium.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark raisin/carmel brown. Head is a thin light off white. Medium level of lacing.

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Dried fruit also. Taste is quite similar. The banana flavor is very strong. The 8% abv becomes present in the taste as well. There is also a grassy hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. After it lingers around enough, the alcohol becomes over powering.

Overall, a solid beer at 8%. Pretty easy to drink and quite tasty. I'd easily have another.

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best by 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, banana, pear, plum, apricot, grape, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, citrus peel, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, banana, raisin, pepper, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, molasses, and yeasty spices. Lingering notes of pear, apple, grape, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity in the flavor; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 8% with no alcohol noticed at all really. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable Belgian ale as expected from Unibroue. Nice complexity and great balance; with smooth drinking for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep-amber body reveals golden highlights when held to the light; and it's tall, foamy, white head holds exceptionally well and maintains a solid 1/2" or so throughout the glass. The nose displays crisp, fresh-cut apples and soft, sweet vanilla with a delicate backing of spicy/peppery yeast characteristics. It's just a touch creamy and very smooth across the palate with a very-fine and gently effervescent carbonation accentuating its medium body. The flavor exhibits some fruity toffee and lightly candyish/slightly toasty malt; and it finishes a bit honeyish. The alcohol rises a bit at mid-swallow, and it finishes short and dry. Quite good; although I think I'd prefer a well-aged 750 ml bottle to a fresh draft or 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color in the tall Stella glass with a fine textured foam. Sudsy in the mouth. Odd odor, like last weeks brewing carboy, but the nose is clove and a suggestion of gardenias.

Rich and spicy are the key words. Yeasty all the way, with the fruity notes mixed with the bitter. Hints of clove are the most identifiable spicy flavor. Some softer orange and pineapple. Complex and interesting beer to sip slowly. Great marshmallow mouthful with all the rich foaminess.

From the 12 oz bottle. "Best before" date is 12-01-14.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated ?-21-2012. High end bottling with gold foil on neck.

Pours a hazy amber with an ample bone head that has good durability. Cloudier after adding last 2 cm of bottle contents.

Aroma - unique, complex and interesting. Orange, other ripe fruits and citrus, alcohol notes and sour yeast. Also thought I detected a faint aroma of fresh hops when I first uncapped the bottle, although this seems unlikely.

Flavor - again unique, complex and interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting given the aroma. Sweet as well as sour, with a nice dynamic interplay that changes both within and between sips. Nice long finish and aftertaste; these rate a 5!

Smooth, medium-thin body, with medium carbonation

O - very enjoyable and complex beer that seems to have an ever-changing flavor and aroma. A strong Abbey Dubbel in character. Strongly recommended!

(lightly editted with 22 oz bottle in hand in May 2014).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent tangerine with a rollicking and rolling amount of carbonation rushing up to an airy head of ecru foam that appears much too soft to persist or to lay down much lace. I've seen better heads on macro lagers. As predicted, the glass is spotlessly clean. I've decided to add the entire bottle to the glass (thanks to the rapidly shrinking head, there's room) and the now cloudy nature of the beer makes me appreciate the appearance a little more.

The nose isn't as powerful or as complex as it should be for the style. This bottle has been in my cellar for almost two years (the 'best by' date is still more than 7 months away), so I feel justified in expecting some amount of character. It's fruity and lightly spicy, but isn't all that intriguing.

Maudite is much better on the palate. The flavor profile is composed of sweet caramel-toffee, oranges, cherries, blackberries and a smattering of spices and herbs. It seems that several years of rest did not go to waste. This beer is as deep and as interesting as some of the best of the style. It doesn't have the sheer power and majesty of Belgium's finest, but it's still a fine BSDA in its own right.

The finish is long, allowing one to appreciate the flavors either individually or in combination. A piquant, spicy-herbal flavor lasts the longest. Sweet, dark berries aren't too far behind. The mouthfeel is tough to nail down. It's lightly chewy and supple, but is rendered airily breezy by a perfect degree of enlivening carbonation.

Before cracking the crown, I was expecting another acceptable, but unworthy of the hype Unibroue beer. I couldn't have been more wrong. Maudite is an exceptional ale and is my favorite offering from Canada's best brewery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, humble, brown body with a full, pillowy, light beige head.

Smell: Toasted wheat malt aroma with a distinct waft of alcohol and notes of lemon zest, bananas, dark brown sugar and various spices.

Taste: Toasted wheat maltiness with a good dose of cinnamon, clove spiciness and a dose of brown sugar sweetness. Orange and lemon peel. Dried banana chips. Sourish yeast character. Underlying hint of alcohol always present. Some bitterness on the drying finish. Grows more clovey as you go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Paired rather well with the movie Eraser.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, caramelized malts and dark fruits with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit, but they all seem a bit overshadowed by the Belgian yeast flavor. However, there's still a decent balance. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a decent beer overall even if it might not be first one that I would pick, but it's still worth drinking for a while.

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a Gulden Draak stem glass, a hazy chestnut brown with orange tints, and a small white head that receded to a mere ring. Aroma of caramel maltiness and bready yeast. I didn't really get the fruity taste that many other people seem to be getting from this. Rather, a clean nuttiness with some subtle spice, cloves and aromatic wood. A little bit flat and woody. But it's still good, and goes extremely good with Oreos, I discovered. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though not too distinctive.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark russet brown with lots of carbonation leading to a large off white head, great retention and a significant lace. Smell was fruity, lots of pear, apple and fig hints with a tiny bit of alcohol. The taste followed along the same line, lots of robust flavors, with a decent warming on the feel. Nice smooth feel and a good all around beer. This was another fine offering from Unibroue, everything I have tried from them to date has been excellent, this was no exception. Lots of yeast led to a lively feel on the palate. Great brew, and nice to be able to have it on tap.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up for me! decanted from the twist off twelve oz brown bottle into my La fin Du Monde glass at 45 degress.

A - A chestnut brown shade w/ excellent clarity and dark amber hues at the base. The head shrinks from 3 fingers of whispy light tan that receds to about 1/4 inch w/ legs like bourbon and a tight bead.

S - A dark wheat aroma w/ candy sugar notes and grain odors w/ a slight brown sugar and toast aroma. The nose has a whiff of alcohol in it, but mainly sweet malt dominates w/ dark tones

M - Extremely high effervescent feel as it hits the tongue like pop rocks. There is a slight soapy, slick feel w/ mild spice and gentle biscuit texture as the malt evolves w/ the yeast. A tinge of sweetness with the creamy texture and tinges of alcohol warmth

T - A candy sugar taste touches the tip of the tongue and there is spice a malty mild wheat flavors w/ dark cereal essence. The taste is light with the spice perhaps a result of the wheat w/ nice mild caramel and delicious raisin w/ slight custard notes. There is gentle toasted malt flavor and a delicious touch of alcohol adding complexity to the ale as it goes down. The dark malt flavor isn't overwhelming in fact it gets drier as it warms. The crisp, yet intense flavor is full and complex.

D - An excellent dark strong ale from Unibroue- one of my faves. Breathtakingly easy to drink - a bit too easy ; ) This 8% is "uncommonly smooth" as the bottle mentions. Don't pass this 'damned' beer up!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany in color with a tall khaki head. Lovely spice aroma with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Moderate banana and some nice dark fruits, mostly raisin and black cherry. Great malt sweetness, too. The flavor is nicely sweet without being cloying. Great toffee and caramel along with the dark fruit and spice character. The nutmeg and clove notes really come through and are quite enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 02-16-09 (feel like I'm robbing the craddle)

Pours a superefferevescent orangey/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Lacing is good & a nice flilmy head with a persistent ring goes all the way down the glass.

S: Hints of leather, pepper& mustyness. caramel & sherrynotes emerge as it warms

T: Hints of oak, leather & then a nice caramel signature up front. Slight hints of apricot & brown sugar follow. Big time fruityness & christmas pudding flavor show up as warms. Finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Medium, but efferevescent. Great carbonation & balance

Drinks reallt easy for the ABV, compares favorably to its counterparts in the old world. Love this brewery!

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber, tiny yeast particles are noticed in the brew. The lace is light in retention though the carbonation holds some there while active.

Smell: Bready, almost cake like malt aroma. Dollop of spice and ripe fruit with a well seen alcohol of esters and light solvent.

Taste: Faint caramel malt, ripe pine apple fruitiness, and bold spices that is dominant of clove. Heavy side of phenols with a spicy sweet alcohol, touch herbal from the phenols also. Straight up hop bitterness is light compared to the other flavours but still seems to flavour and balance.

Mouthfeel: Nearly excessively crisp, solid medium body with some slickness.

Drinkability & Notes: Packed with flavour, this one does not hold back at all. Very expressive and the sheer complexity does it for me. I keep this one around to keep my taste buds in check.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Zack's Oak Bar in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark brown in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark malts, dark fruits (prune and raisin), spices/clove, and yeast.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has moderate amounts of sweet dark malts plus some caramel malts. Additionally there are flavors of dark fruits (prune and raisin) along with spice/clove, and yeast. The beer gets sweeter as it warms.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: There is little presence of alcohol that can be detected in this beer and it is very easy to drink. There is a nice amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer and it is quite enjoyable. Definitely a sipping beer and one that I will likely have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maudite tulip glass at Beelow's Steakhouse.

During my early birthday steak celebration, this was my beer of choice (a complete shock that stuff like this and Bernardus 12 were even available, and on draft no less!). It pours a cloudy amber-tawny topped by a healthy finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises bready Belgian yeast, figs, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, candi sugar, mandarin oranges, clove, light banana, and a touch of red apples. The taste tones things down a bit, focusing on the yeast, the figs, the clove, the pepper, and the nutmeg. A touch of apple-y fruitiness comes through as well, diluted a bit by some red grapes, but this is secondary to everything else. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that longs to be as chewy as it feels it is (if that makes sense...). Overall, a very nice brew, one of my old favorites from my early days as a craft drinker. Still going strong (both the beer and myself).

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

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours reddish brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, pears, dark fruits, pepper, and caramel malts. This one is pretty yeasty.

T - Starts off with a bit of dark fruit quickly giving way to a mix of bready yeast, fruits, light spice, and some caramel sweetness. The booze is ever present, light at the beginning growing stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of chewiness and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, chewy feel that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Not too bad. I liked the flavors and it was somewhat easy to drink but the chewy feel really began to wear on me as I came to the bottom of the bottle. I may have to revisit this one again sometime.

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

Review from notes 4/8/11.

A: Pours a hazy brown/ruby with a one finger head. Quick dissipation to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. Not much lacing.

S: Slighty sour actually. Some cherry, a little bit of yeast, and some spices.

T: Tastes almost like a cross between a belgian strong dark, a sour, and a brown. A good bit of caramel, a cherry/kriek like flavor, some sour apples, and some raisins.

M: A little syrupy with nice bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied with a clean mouthfeel.

O: This one caught my by surprise, the flavor was not what I was expecting at all, but I quite liked it. Not sure if it was supposed to taste like that..but it was tasty.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,506 ratings.
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