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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Reviews: 1,921 | Ratings: 4,548
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'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 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 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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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass

Appearance - A dark orange/amber colour with an off white head

Smell - Really complex. Dark fruits, malty, spices, clove and maybe some coriander??

Taste - Packs a flavour punch. Malty, spicy, a small amount of bitterness. Yeast comes through as well. You can definitely taste the alcohol though.

Overall - A great beer from Unibroue. Interested to see how some age would do on this beer, would the alcohol become less present? A solid beer from a solid brewery

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Photo of disastermouse
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've got to start by saying that this has been a favorite beer of mine even before I started really getting into beer. I first discovered it about seven years ago and found it refreshingly different.

A- Dark reddish-brown, but not opaque . It looks great!

S- Smells very 'bubble-gum' fruity. There's malt there underneath, but not a 'bready' smell at all. The alcohol is definitely there.

T- Yum! Very fruity, not much hops, with the malt way in the background - even behind the alcohol heat.

MF- This beer sort of 'dances' across your tongue. It feels like it's a combination between the phenols and the alcohol. It's actually quite pleasant - but different. It's not astringent.

D- The alcohol content is high on this one. Personally, I have to buy the 12oz bottles in order to drink it if I want to also drink other beers. Also, it may numb your tongue up a bit.

All in all, a very fine beer. It's complex and unexpected. If, in my youth, someone had told me beer could taste like this I wouldn't have believed them.

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

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a thick head that diminished quickly. Smells yeasty, fruity, with hints of spice. Tastes fruity, with a mild malt flavor. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as is the spice. Overall a good brew with moderate carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of exodus1369
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep rich brown color
Smells of a slight citrus, and very nice malt aroma
Taste is a great blend of spice and slight sweetness
Mouth feel was a little off of what I was expecting a little lighter then I would have thought but a good finish.
Great beer recommend!

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

Unibroue have some great beers but I personally feel this one is a little overrated. It is let down ever so slighlty by the dry/bitter aftertaste. For a strong Dark Ale this is a little off-putting. It's more like a hybrid IPA/BSDA. Don't get me wrong, I love my IPA's but this is really neither one or the other and is lacking an identity!
The bitterness in the aftertaste also become more prominent as it warms so get it down the hatch quickly! :)

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

I'll have to say, I only noticed about 1/3 of the characteristics that the previous reviewer noted, but I'm sure that's likely a consequence of my underexperienced palate.

At any rate, Maudite is just damn good beer (no pun intended). I notice clove and banana flavors, with just a hint of bubble gum, as well. Carmel and toasted notes help distinguish Maudite from some of the other Unibroue products, although they all have similar, wonderful characteristics.

I had a Chimay Blue last night with dinner and for me Maudite is simply better.

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

Maudite pours a nice muddy, chocolate color with little head. Still, it just kept bubbling and frothing like a volcano or series of lava flows. Smelled hearty and slightly sour, almost of pickles. Lots of chocolates and caramels in the taste with a pleasing, alcoholic warmth and hints of those sour, bitter smells coming through in the taste. Mouthfeel has a carbonated bite. This is an excellent beer through and through. Way to go Unibroue.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice winged devil on the front. (Hands down, Unibroue has the best packaging. I want to hang the labels on my wall.)

I poured this beer into a Duvel glass, and it looks like heaen. A nice, thick half-inch head on top of a hazy coppery brown brew. As far as looks go, its a top 10-er.

On to the nose: Run and raison pop up first, almost like a good Belgian quad. A bit of melon & rip fruit. There seems to be a slight whiff of cakey, caramel malt going on.

Now for the first sip:
Quite an interesting thing... A mouthful of fruit--notably honeydew or kiwi, raison, and plum. Bit of grape and apple skin perhaps? The first sip has a crisp tingle on the tongue which is essentially a bookend to the palate karate that ensues after it goes down. Finish is long and exciting.

As for its texture-- silky, creamy, and, overall, terrific.

Another solid beer from this great brewer, though certainly not my favorite (Don De Dieu takes that cake.) Not on par with some of the crazier and more interesting Belgians, but certainly enjoyable and drinkable. Solid thumbs up.

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Photo of EricMichael
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy, red-amber. It really captures the light and looks fiery like one would expect from a beer called "the damned". Massive three-finger head at first pour that hung around for a few minutes. This later turned into nice lacing, but as the beer warmed the lacing became extremely light.

Smell - Sweet fruity malts, floral hops and lots of spice. Orange, clove and coriander really come through. Faint yeast, not as prevalent as some of the other Unibroue's.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Starting off on the colder side, the orange is prominent with a yeast/carbonation bite to finish. As it warms, other malt flavors are allowed to bloom. As it reaches optimal drinking temperature, the spices take over along with a light yeast. Coriander and clove. Bitter-sweet and exceptionally crisp & smooth. When you finish a sip, your mouth is clean, ready for another.

Overall - This is one of my favorites. The color draws you in. The flavor and feel really delivers. If I could afford to drink this weekly, I would.

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

The turbulant volcanic head, smells of smoldering newspapers with a hint of old rubber that is being pulled tightly and light musk.
Unlike many beers the smell is a fair illustration of what is to come in taste, a smooth incredibly well balanced imbibable reflection of body, spirit and mind.

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

Dennis: I have always been amazed at the level of carbonation that Unibroue packs into their bottles without them exploding. Once opened the beer made a mad dash to escape it's bottle only to barely be captures in our glasses. 5 inches of foam later, we were ready to try this. The taste is typical Unibroue, with yeasty, sweet, spicy malts and insane (but enjoyable) carbonation. The taste is enjoyable, but I actually got a bit of alcohol bitter on the exhale...which personally I like. Of course at 8% it's no real surprise. If you like rich malts, and strong beer with some spices you'll be in heaven drinking a beer for the damned.
Jen: Of the Unibroue's that I have had, this seems to be more unique than the others. The scent is of mild spices and citrus fruits. With first swallow, I get a blend of coriander and clove. I also get a nice blend of malts and very mild hops. The ending has a nice alcohol presence, but nothing that is overwhelming. And, as usual, the nice little bubbles seem to dance across my tongue.

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

Smooth is the word for this beer. A perfect beer for introducing a newcomer to a Belgian Strong Dark - won't scare them away. I'm looking for a bit more depth myself (maybe because this beer follows a Westmalle Tripel so it gets a reprieve.) Unibroue selections rarely disappoint and this one delivers.

Goes down good,
Oh so smooth.
Just like Papa
Said it would

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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