Maudite | Unibroue

4,581 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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

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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 gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this one for a while. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, and almost all over the floor. Beer has huge bubbling head...pour carefully! Color is a cloudy golden-peach with a white-yellow glistening head. Smell is of Belgian sugar, cloves and other spices, not much of an alcohol nose. Taste is really quite good, mostly sweet of Belgian sugar, with the clovey-spice taste and a dry finish. The sugar taste is not too intense as I find to be the case sometimes with Belgian style beers. Same with the clove/spice. The mouthfeel is awesome, the head has the consistency of light whipping cream, the beer is full bodied and well carbonated. At 8%, this beer is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate Belgian style glass with the Maudite's emblem. It's a cloudy burgundy with a light brown, bubbly single-finger head with decent retention.

The smell is of malts coupled with sour, dark fruits with hints of clove. Complementary, but not exceptional.

What sticks out most are the spices are well ahead of the dark fruit flavoring I expect from the Belgian Darks. It's tough to distinguish between pear or sour apple, maybe notes of figs. It finishes smart on crisp hops. Honey is prominent and somewhat smooths out the spices.

A medium body suits this richly flavored complex beer.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew in Utah. It was a very good brew. I was a dark red color. It had an extremely malty taste, but a not so malty smell. Well, maybe it was a toasted malty smell. The mouthfeel was wonderful. All in all I thought this was a beer that I could really sit down and enjoy. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Doublechar0517
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of burnstar
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Looks kind of like apple cider. Some lacing on the surface but it dissipates quickly. Aroma is apples and dark fruits. Brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Taste has many of the same notes as the aroma. Deep, dark fruit complexity with an underlying carmel sweetness. But not overly sweet. Well balanced. Somewhat earthy. Really nuanced and complex taste. Something of a sipping beer. Medium bodied and heavily carbonated. A pleasure to drink but not one to rush through. Taste gets better as it warms.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a finger of off-white head into a snifter, with decent lacing. The smell was a nice bouquet of cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, maltiness, and tart cherry. The taste confirmed all of this, but the tartness also brought to mind some sour apple. The tartness surfaced mid-palate and stayed through the finish, which didn't taste as alcoholic (or leave warmth) like Trois Pistoles did, e.g. the alcohol content was very well disguised. The feel was a surprisingly spritzy medium body, and the balance in the flavor made me wish that I had purchased more than one bomber.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark amber/reddish-orange and the head was almost white with a tan shade to it. the head dissipated quickly into the beer, but after it did the foam looked white.

smell is, like others of this style, a fruity spice smell, maybe some apples with just a little citrus. i think i can smell the alcohol in this if thats even possible.

taste is great. some green apples in it that tastes just a little tart, but is still on the sweeter side i think.

mouthfeel is good with a medium to almost a full mouthfeel.

drinkability in my opinion was great, almost too drinkable. i havent savored the flavors too much, i just keep getting a sip after so much that i type. this was much more drinkable than i thought, but i would say to calm yourself down and enjoy this one!

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Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

large foamy head, nice deep brown tea-like color.Yeasty,breads,fruits,on the nose.smells awesome.Delicious fruity, spicy, cloves,malty flavor. Very very flavorful, so much so that I just want to quickly drink this beer down, its so good. The alcohol and carbonation make for an excellently crisp and biting mouthfeel. I have been curious about these beers for a while, very glad to try this beer.This Canadian brewery make Belgian beers every bit as good as the top Belgian brewerys.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish-brown, with a fluffy beige head with good retention and patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty, with an orange cream aroma. There's a tart cherry fruitiness, with hints of spice and alcohol.

Taste: Tart citric fruitiness; toasty, bready maltiness. The finish is yeast with light bitterness and a lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied, with a creamy texture.

Drinkability: Flavorful and very easy to drink, with well concealed alcohol.

Overall: A nice, easy to drink Belgian Strong Dark. The spiciness is less prominent than other beers of the style.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Pours out pale gold and sits a murkey sienna in the glass with a massive foamy off-white head. Fades slowly to a thick skim with lacings coating every inch of the glass.

Smells of dusty raisins, prunes and pears. Caramel-infused malts carry musty yeast overtones and all is backed by light, clovery hops.

Tastes delicately fruity, pushing out apples, pears, dates and raisins. Malts dominate with some doughish yeast flavors. Finish brings in mild-moderate bitterness with mild grassy tones.

Crisp in the mouth with ultra-fine, moderate carbonation. Medium bodied and oh so easy to handle.

Fine and delicous drinking with lots of character. Definately improves with warmth and sitting time to let the carbonation settle out a bit.

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

On tap at Max's in Baltimore
Dark brown colored brew, with less carbonation than I remembe in the bottled versions, still has the nice ring and lacing

Sugary dark fruits and yeasty spice on the nose

The best tasting Unibrew beer this side of 2005. Malty dark fruits (currant and cherry) swim around with chocolate and coffee. Bready malts and Belgian candy sugar come through with some woody and hoppy bitterness near the end and when it warms.

Medium to heavy bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkable, very so, but the ninja ABV will get you...

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Photo of stella77artois
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Drank from bottle, no glass available.

S - Reminded me a lot of a Tripel. A general fruity smell, espeically dark fruits and a good amount of peach. Also a light amount of malt and fruity hops, probably about equal in strength. Just a touch of booze. Nice smelling beer.

T - A good tasting beer that deserves it's acclaim. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian style ale's, but I'd say this might be the best I've ever sampled. Very fruity, much like the aroma. Also detected some banana and clove. The malt was noted much more in the taste than in the aroma. Just a hint of booze in the aftertaste. Also some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer.

F - Dangerous. 8% ABV and incredibly easy to drink. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and stomach. Again, dangerous!

O - As I said, I'm really not a huge fan of Belgian ale's, so perhaps I'm a bit biased. But I will say, this is probably the best tasting of any Belgian ale style I've ever sampled. If I were more of a fan of the style, it'd rank higher. Still a 4.25/5 overall for a style I don't really dig. That's saying something there. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish-brown body; no real head on the pour

Aroma: Malty; spicy notes; some hints of coriander

Taste: Coriander; citrus (orange); dry, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wander4
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ski271
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium copper with a small, off-white head that turns a little chunky as it slowly diminishes. Lots of sticky lacing. The smell is of nice moderate malts with some spicy yeast. Caramel, and some light fruit, mostly apple. The taste is… well… nothing very out of the ordinary for the style…. But it’s just done really freaking well! Wonderful balance. Some light hops which are quickly pushed aside by malts that are very deep in character and bring a nice caramel sweetness that isn’t cloying. It has a medium body and a velvety smooth texture. Quite a wonderful beer. I don't think I'd mind hell too much if this 'damned' beer was served there.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apple cider color with a big frothy white head that my glass had trouble containing. Spicey/pepper smell with plums and cherries thrown in for good measure. Spiceyness comes through in the taste but it's a little more balanced than i thought it would be from the smell. Dry finish. High carbonation level gives it a bubbly feel on the tongue. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. While no one component stands out, the overall impression of this beer is very good. Another supurb beer from Unibroue.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head with moderate retention. Oily, soapy, sticky lacing. Dark copper body with haze. Aroma includes deep caramel malt notes, almost butterscotch and brown sugar, slight alcohol. Taste includes caramel, toffee, some Werthers Original (tm) and some dark fruits, maybe dates. Actually no alcohol on tasting. Really drinkable for a higher ABV and certainly delicious.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,581 ratings.
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