Maudite | Unibroue

1,926 Reviews

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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 kylejohnson03
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy brown with a two finger coca-cola fizzy head. Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a touch of almonds. Brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol come thru in the finish. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Drinks crisp, a high ABV but it still goes down smoooth. I like Trois Pistoles better, but Maudite is good in it's own right.

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

In my blood-drenched struggle to taste every Unibroue brew, I have now ripped the veins from a vengeful Viking Lord to attain my latest dark ale offering; Maudite.

Good looking beer we got here. Long lasting head, that's off white and rather fluff-fluff. A non-stop carbonation surround the outside of my tulip. An orange/amber/cider color; pretty dang good.

Bouquet of flowers, sharp, tangy citrus, cupboard of warming spices. Mmmm, smelly goody.

Mish mash of strong attributes. There's definitely some fruit/spice going on...obviously. Apples/oranges...dark fruits as well. Phenolic/cloves bite, that's a total plus. Really good.

Has a bite; a bit bitter. Phenolic. Similar to other Unibroue belgian ales. It has a classy and defined feel that lovers of beer should really appreciate.

Unibroue does it again with another great beer. As I look at the beer in my tulip, it retains a whisp of head, and a solid bubbly ring around the glass. A very inviting and tasty beer that I'll be coming back to again and again.

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

I really like this one. Pours out with what I would call a perfect head and I nice amber/orange color. Slighly cloudy. Looks delicious. The smell is to my nose complex. I can't quite distinguish an individual smell but has a citrousey, sweet spicyness going on that I really like. Reminds me of dark soft fruits at the almost rotten extreme ripe stage. Very well balanced taste. It is slighly sweet, just enough hop bitterness with a tingly carbonation zing that makes it all lmost perfet. The alcohol is well hidden within all this flavor. The mouthfeel is a little sticky but I'd rather it be this way than thin and watery. Very drinkable. If you love Belgian ales in this style you'll love this one at this price. Certainly not cheep but still affordable if you do one or two at a time. Try it!

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Photo of Gish
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky brown with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

S - very herbal, pepper and cloves

T - Spicy! A good bit of bitterness, white grapes, tangy hops. A very lively beer, not what I expected!

M - very carbonated, medium body

D - While I enjoy this beer, the carbonation and spiciness is a bit too much. Still an enjoyable beer, you can't go wrong with Unibroue!

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Photo of brushtachio
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber into a chalice. Cream-colored head is shortlived, receding to just a ring that lasted through the whole beer.
The smell us very sweet with notes of raisins and a touch of floral alcohol but not too much.
Taste is complex and comes in waves. Dried cherry, more raisins, prune then a final hop bitterness that is subtle but noticable in it's contrast to everything that's come before.

Only real criticism is that the carbonation is a bit over the top. I think moderate to high carbonation is appropriate for the style but there's a bit too much bite

Great BSDA nonetheless.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle from a sample pack into a pint glass (oops).

Head was large, say 3+cm, despite not a particularly agressive poured. Color was very brown, sort of muted as opposed to shiny. It didn't lace particularly, but these things don't bother me. In one word: brown.

Smelled like caramel, but otherwise mildly sweet, fruity and yeasty. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Tasted a lot better. Very fine balance between fruit, malt, yeast, and hops. I was expecting either a dry or a sweet finish, but it was very neutral. Booze was very well hidden too.

Not as creamy as some, a little too bubbly, but it general it felt fine.

I would think this is more "drinkable" than other strong dark ales because it is so neutral. Obviously it's a swill on a regular basis, but it wouldn't be an impossible task to throw back 4 in a night.

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Photo of tim9887
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip-shaped chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish-brown in color, nice pillowy white foam

Aroma: Slightly boozy, dark fruit undertones

Taste: Fruity, very smooth malt character (almost reminiscent of an "old ale"), combined with a very slight hop presence felt in the aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Softly sparkling & very smooth

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It resembles a plush wine that some mischevious child poured his punch into.

Over ripe apples, and a hot botoanical garden take up the nose of this beer.

Muddled grains and florals take up the begining with a floral and apple crispness to its finish.

Mouthfeel is what is to be expected light and smooth with the wonderfull carbonation from the hops.

This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dravin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by dae of 12-03-16 on both the bottle and the label (nice).

Look -- Pours a deep amber with a decidedly orange tinge with 3 fingers of off-white head that settles down to 2 and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Ripe banana, apple, orange, somewhat vinous with subdued clove. The alcohol is well hidden and all in all it makes me think of cafeteria fruit salad (in a good way).

Taste -- As with the nose but a malty sweetness and slight nuttiness joins the party along with a nice bracing bitterness. The alcohol is hidden here as well.

Feel -- A moderate to heavy body but the lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall -- It's a fantastic ale, it brings to mind a cross between fruit salad and banana bread that's all beautifully counterbalanced by the hop bitterness. It goes down dangerously easy given the ABV.

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

Maudite (translated "The Damned") is a DAMN fine beer. If this is what it feels like to be damned, then I am pretty excited about it. Pours a nice dark orange, with a creamy white head and great lacing. A tulip glass is a must to appreciate the fine aroma this damn beer exudes. Fruity, sweet, and highly appealing. The taste is also damn fine.

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

Hazy dark orange with a puffy white head. I cant see the other end of the glass it doesn't let much light through. It sticks around for a very long time. Fast rising bubbles signaling a decent amount of carbonation.

Holy crap a lot going one with this one. It smells of spice and caramel malts, along with some fain citrus notes. You can tell this beer is hovering around 8 percent, the alcohol esters are pretty pungent.

Strong malt flavor upfront, with a ton of Belgian spice from the yeast. Bready middle note and a dry finish with a nice warm feeling in the back of the throat.

Amazing flavor, overall a great experience I cant wait to drink more of it so I will wrap up this review.

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Photo of silks636
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml brown bottle. Caged and corked. Best before date stamped on label. Served very slightly chilled.

Pours deep amber with a frothy white head. Quite hazy. Vigorous carbonation and small yeast particles are observed. Nose is filled with alcohol esters, fruit, spices, and yeast. Taste starts off with a bready malt that quickly morphs into a tangy apple fruitiness. Hops are present, but not intrusive. Peppery spices slip in next... clove and cinnamon come to mind. Finishes off very dry with a nice tart cidery end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with nice carbonation that accentuates the spiciness.

Absolutely stunning. She is deceptively strong too... checks in at 8%, but hardly tastes like it. My first experience with Maudite, although I have thoroughly enjoyed other beers from Unibroue. After tonight I plan on keeping a few bottles of this fantastic brew on hand at all times.

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Photo of loving44
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great great great beer, Very smooth, complex, it has so many flavourful tones.

I just drank a four pack of 12 oz. botles in a row it's so drinkable.... 8% alc. by volume.... this is no weak beer... one of the best in the style for me...


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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 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 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 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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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,570 ratings.
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