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Maudite | Unibroue

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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 Generik420
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First thing, the label on this bottle is one of the best I have ever seen. It truly gets you ready to drink something that is out of the norm. I unfortunately don't have the proper glassware for a beer of this style so it was consumed in the traditional pint glass, and for that I am sorry. First thing I noticed was the aroma. The aroma does not match the flavor at all in my opinion. The closest way for me to describe the aroma is to say it smelled like wort during the boil. If you have homebrewed, or taken a brewery tour, then this will hopefully make sense. The aroma smelled somewhat hoppy, maybe a little earthy. The flavor though, was pure Belgian delight. It has a fairly malty backbone, with a hint of sourness, and a nice touch of hops. Taste had a hint of alchohol hotness present, reminding the drinker that this is a higher ABV beverage. You definitely do get a nice mellow warming feeling while drinking this. Color is a somewhat dirty brown, very hazy, and fairly carbonated. This was cheaper then many of the true Belgian imports, making it a somewhat budget entry for the style without sacrificing on quality.

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Photo of jdm
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a finger and a half head that leaves the building soon. it is a medium brown color. i smell clove and or coriander and alcohol. earthy notes really come through in the taste for a nice balance with the clove and sweetness. really great balanced flavor. this is the second offering from unibroue i have tried and they are possibly becoming my favorite brewer.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a glass like so many others. It did not have a lot of head. The beer is a deep amber, but looks like a very traditional beer. It smells sweet and rich at the same time. The first taste gives a lot of flavor of apricots. A very smooth beer with a lot of flavor. Easy beer to drink, but it does not lack on the deep layers of flavor. It would be a great beer for almost any occasion. Cheers.

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

This is truly an amazing beer. Pours a an amber orange with a nice lazy head which slowly subsides. Smells of raisins and plums with an alcoholic twist. Oh what a lovely smell. Taste is first refreshingly dry with a subtle phenolic presence but yet somehow balanced with a slight but certainly not dominant sweet, caramel punch. Complex, complex and taste profiles seem to change by the minute as the glass warms. Surpisingly not to alcoholic in taste.

Not sure if it's truly a belgian strong dark ale, probaby more of a strong red ale. But what the heck, it's a damn fine beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light brown apple ciderish color haze with a quickly diminishing head. Tons of sediment is floating around. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a good malt backbone. Some pear and apple smell.

Taste: pear-like sweetness with a nice malt balance. a good sweet, somewhat dry and bitter aftertasting beer. Very enjoyable. a nice example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Good use of carbonation.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like 8% ABV. Very easy to drink.

Notes: This is a great beer from a great brewery. I will have to try it again in comparison with La Fin Du Monde because I loved it. I have also had the Trois Pistoles, and I didnt think it was that amazing although I did drink it a bit too cold.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

if an angel from hell would drink, this would be his first choice. absolultely astonishing. seriously, you FEEL like a badass when drinking this beer. someone asks, "hey whatcha got there?" the only response needed, "maudite." and the fledgling drinkers turn away and mutter under their breath about how much of a hardass you are. seriously, this beer pours solid, smells solid, and drinks solid. almost a hallucinogenic balance of hops, malt, and magic. sweet coriander citrus, mouth watering malts, this beer is sweet and sour, easy and strong. the head lasts longer than you do in bed. the head from this beer continues to add a crisp funk from afar to the total drink, and the carbonation is like hitting a downturn in a roller coaster of adrenaline. i really don't even want to go into specifics on what this beer actually tasted like to me, mainly for the reason that i'd rather you try it on your own, and take your own perspective into it, without skewing your view with mine. it's a heavenly brew, yet hellish. you could drink yourself into oblivion on this thing. i'm sure many a tortured soul finish their hard day of lashing with this wonderful sip.

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

A: Cloudy orange, 2 finger head, minor lacing

S: Spicy fruitness, hard to explain, very pleasent

T: Wow, this is impressive, complex and almost out of my range. I can taste the belgain yeast strain, spice, some fruity notes. There is more there but I am not sure what it is.

M: Smooth, tingly, I am suprised at how clean this is being that its so deep.

D: I popped open the 1pt 9.4fl ounce bottle and I plan on finishing it. It has a nice robust 8% ABV so I am guessing it I was outside in the heat and was trying to session it, it might be tough.

This is one of the best beers I have had. I would put it up with Wee Heavy as one of my favorites! It's deep, almost to complex for my young palate to figure out, but it's a fun experience trying to do so!

Highly recommended!

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Photo of montecristo2
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Thick, rocky head that forms and stays there for a bit. Great lacing on the glass all the way down.

Dark amber color- a great looking beer. Almost too good looking to drink, but not that good!

Smells of biscuits, spices, malts.

Tastes malty with a some belgian yeast spice.

Really tasty, easy to drink. Well hidden ABV so be careful. I drank this one before bed and it put me down for a long winter's nap.


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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a 1 finger head that left little lacing.

Smell was fig, molasses,and spice with some dark fruit.

Tasted spicy, dark fruit, with a light bitterness.

High carbonation (overly carbonated) with a medium body. As with other Unibrou beers its much better as it warms.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull orangish brown, like an aged brass handle in a dingy old bar. Big, slightly off-white head climbs to three fingers and stays there for a minute or so. All in all, a beautiful beer.

S: A big yeasty nose that hints at honey and sugar. A quality strain lives in this bottle.

T: Big bready malts backed by a sweet yeast character that sports a flashy clove walking stick. There are slight banana notes that peek in an out as everything warms. Some alcoholic warmth, but it's not offensive.

M: Sharp on the tongue, like a good belgian should be. Bright carbonation mixed into a thinly oiled liquid.

D: Delicious. I put the 750 down and was looking for the next. So, maybe it's a bit dangerous, but damn it's good.

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

Served into an Unibroue tulip

A: Pours reddish with a big head that stay, white spiderweb lace that stays stick to the side of the glass, small to no carbonation.

S: Sweet smell, apples. For me it was thin in essence.

T: Sweet a little bit tarty some like apple cider or some apple wine, a little bit warming, little lingering hop flavor, a hint of banana.

Overall it was a fresh beer after all but a little bit thin in the taste and smell department I would re-drink it if possible just to know what's the fuzz about.

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Photo of Morpheus
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured the beer into a tulip glass, to receive a nice high degree of carbonation, but the foam dissipated much faster than expected.

Smell has a very high degree of yeast essence, with a background sour/tart, almost citrus note.

Taste to me was contradictory to the smell -- I expected much more sour flavor -- but there was a slightly bitter (hoppy) , almost sweet feel to the beer. Aftertaste was reminiscent of banana bread with chocolate chips, invoking pleasant memories of granny baking up a storm.

Mouthfeel is always hard for me to describe: No unpleasantness here.

Overall, another excellent brew from Quebec.

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

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, brownish/red cider color. Produced a solid amount of tan foam, that laced out gently as the beer got to breathe. Very pleasing appearance.

Smell: I certainly detected some alcohol in the aroma of this beer. Hint of cloves, too. This beer does not have a pronounced aroma.

Taste: To me, it opens with a hint of green apple and light alcohol taste. A nicely balanced, smooth malt appears next. There is a lot of complexity behind the scenes here, and I admit to not being able to pick up all the subtleties. The flavor is pleasing, balanced and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Slight zip at the beginning, followed by a smooth finish. Carbonation is present but nicely balanced. There is, to me, an "alcohol warmth" following.

Drinkability: This slips down nicely for an 8.0 ABV brew, and I could definitely drink several of these without issue. I am, however, not a big fan of noticeable alcohol taste, so for me, this was a detraction.

Very nice beer, well crafted, interesting and complex - yet subtle enough to be smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, full bouquet of extraordinary aromas. It's floral and spicy. High fruity esters. Soft phenols. Sharp sweetness. Light alcohol.

Bready malt, light caramel sweetness. Incredible balance between phenols and esters (constant fight of spicy clove, banana and stone fruit). Background of floral and herbal elements. Light hop bitterness, perhaps some of the floral and earthy elements are a result of the hops or the added spices, but its difficult to judge. Alcohol is slightly detected, but the alcohol-spiciness plays well with the other spice components and its warmth is welcomed. All elements play harmoniously together. Complex is an understatement.

Medium body, with a high level of carbonation.

Incredible brew. Mouthfeel allows the beer to drink crisp and refreshing, enough to be enjoyed on a summers day, however its spicy and warming enough to be drunk on a cold winter's night. Flavors and aromas effortlessly intertwine. Mouthfeel, Balance, and Complexities make this beer truly amazing.

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Photo of Daniell
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice darkish red hue, when held up to night it assumes a lovely chestnut colour.

Smell: milky chocolatey yoghurtey yeastey smell with some malt coming through. Also vaguely fruity smell like the mango in their don de dieu.

Taste: alcohol, bitterness, sourness

Feel: nice syrupy

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Photo of Illini5596
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance was fantastic, just enough head, and a deep brownish red color. My mouth was watering the moment I saw it. The smell was deep oaks and wood, with bound up sweetness and caramel, the last being the true prize to be found in this beer. The taste is deep, strong, and with hints of caramel on the tail. One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely spectacular. It's complex and full bodied, a true work of genuine craftsmanship.

The mouthfeel is rich, and full, with a slight slickness, felt about the same time the caramel comes out.

Absolutely amazing beer, highly recommended to anyone and everyone you CANNOT go wrong!

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Photo of Folderol
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at La Piezzata in the old city of Quebec.

I'll forgive the fact that this brew gave me away as a non-native speaker. I had the misfortune of pronouncing it "maudeetay" instead of "maudeet". Anyhow, this local Quebec brew definitely deserves its reputation. It looks great, red-brown with a nice thick head (nitro-tap perhaps?). The mouthfeel is perfect, no hint of alcohol or harshness. I would have guessed 6%, not 8%. Taste is very well balanced between sweet, bitter and exotically spicy. I'm a stranger to the world of Belgians so I've never had a beer quite like this before. It paired well with a roasted veggie pizza and I enjoyed it to the bottom of the glass. Magnifique.

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

Appearance- Beautiful mahogany color with a nice thick creamy white head. Lacing clings to the side until finish and the head also sticks with you as well.

Smell- Peppers, spices, and a touch of fruit overwhelms your senses and sends a sensation right up your spine.

Taste- Malty and filled with spices, this beer batters your taste buds into a tap out and still continues to fill your mouth with such a great taste, you'll be begging for more.

Mouthfeel- Heavier with a light amount of carbonation. But I'll be damned (no pun intended) if this isn't one of the best aftertastes left by a beer that I've ever had.

Drinkability- I don't understand how this is that drinkable. I finished the glass in record time and couldn't understand why. This strong ale is good about not feeling like it has a high ABV, which could possibly deadly.

Overall a completely solid beer I will revisit again in the near future.

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

how appropriate this brew turns out to be a dark ale version of the "la fin du monde" pale ale...nice symmetry between the two.

the best by date is 2007, so this should be safe enough, freshness-wise. pour is a soft chocolate orange, with vigorous bubbles. some particle activity, i believe, settling down (from yeast?).

true to form and style, the smell is ripe with citrus, yeast, spice, and a slight grassiness. good malt backbone too.

taste is a busy bee...it's fruity and malty but the malt is pretty light and brief-lived. it's on to pepper, herbal/hop bite, and finally trailings of alcohol (much more noticeable in this offering compared to "la fin du monde").

this is a medium to full-bodied brew, good carbonation with strong alcohol absorption. hard to go below 4.0 on drinkability, but one is enough before moving to a different style.

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Photo of sacullen
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with several fingers of head. Diminishes slowly with decent lacing.

S: Bananas and yeast were the primary aroma.

T: The banana taste comes through but isn't overpowering. Finishes with a bit of spiciness. Ver difficult to tell it's 8%.

M: A bit of carbonation and light in the mouth. Leaves a good taste after you swallow.

D: Definitely a beer to keep on hand on a regular basis. Easy to drink, though be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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

This was poured from a bottle; darkish-brown with perhaps a bit of tangerine, no floaters or sediment visible. The nose was al Belgian Yeast, with maybe a bit of molasses or caramel. The taste was great, as are most brews for Unibroue. Definitely didn't disappoint, with toffee, caramel, berry, and almost a cola taste, buttressed with a relatively lively carbonation. Definitely didn't taste like 8%, but felt it later on. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but I somehow feel as if it'd be better on tap.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cloudy, red-amber color. Lots of head that doesn't stay too long. Sweet and spicy yeast smell with lots of clove. Taste isn't overpowering with the cloves and is a little spicy. Lingers on the tongue for quite a while. There is a bit of an alcohol kick but overall not too bad. Very good but pricey.

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Photo of njthebestofme
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this beer with dinner tonight and i got to say i enjoyed it..had a great dark red color light head.. smelled had a spicy smell.. a little cinonim notes.. Taste had a slight cinonim taste with a wheat flovor and a little hoppy.. overal had a alot of charcter and went good with a mango mahi mahi

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Photo of Glory
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue, I guess you like it or not. In my opinion its a great bargain for an easy to find cheap everyday beer. They have a few different types of beers as well so its always fun to compare products from the same brewery.
Served from a 750 ml bottle to an authentic Maudite Glass thats pretty much a Snifter with a low tulip form.
This beer is on lees so its not very clear. It has a dark redish color with a nice white head. Even if the foam leaves after a few minutes, just swirl the it and it will come right back.

The down part of Unibroue is the smell. I think its because of the yeast they use because all Unibroue beers kinda smells the same, but over the Unibroue smell, I get notes of spices and orange peels and somehow...red pepers.
You know that smell I've been talking about...well you actually taste it to..I would have no problem guessing a Unibroue product blindfolded...ITS IN THE YEAST!!

tastes alots like dried orange peels, and bread..I get alot of yeast nots on every Unibroue beers. It has a good carbonation level. The breaded taste justs grabs hold of your mouth and sticks...after a few glasses...you will be begin for fresh water.
Like I said, its a regular every day beer, nothing more. But still better than a hole bunch of crap you'll find out there. Oh another thing...don't be fooled, Unibroue is not a Quebec product, it now belongs to the Japanese empire Sapporo. They are the ones calling the shots.

Cheers Lads


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Photo of bk3nj
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really sure what the fuss is about, exactly. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not spectacular. I got a lot of the spiciness, and it was very pretty looking, but I didn't taste any fruit, and the spice was overwhelming. Although I might have just had a bad bottle...I'll try again sometime.

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