Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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

Extraordinary head on the first one I poured, the second one I poured gingerly and still had a strong three fingers. Wonderful sticky lace. Cloudy as expected, light brown in color.

Sweet wheat aromas with a strong spicy bouquet of anise and all spice.

Dryer than the smell indicates, full of alcohol warmth. Very high carbonation--perhaps the only negative. Nice body. This beer has perhaps the most pleasant and complex aftertaste: long lingering white pepper with the effervescence dancing on the tongue. The spiciness continues long after the swallow is complete.

This beer could make me a real fan of Belgian beers. It's more than just a full body or high alcohol. The analogy I have is listening to a symphony instead of a single great player...there's so much more here.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a mahogany brown color with a thin and fizzy white head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down a bit and became very frothy. Excellent head retention and good lacing as well.

The aroma has a fruity, spicy and yeasty flavor going on. It has some apple, banana, clove and cinnamon coming through. Very flavorful overall and everything comes together pretty nicely.

The taste has more of the apple fruitiness and clove spice to it. It has just some hints of some darker fruits to it. The Belgian yeast plays a pretty big role in the flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. The head gave it a very nice frothy and creamy mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is good, It's a a very flavorful beer and was very enjoyable this evening.

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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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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruit, and caramel malts

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A nice dark ale from Unibroue. A nice dark fruits and spice smell and taste that us easy to drink. Would definitely have again.

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

Pours a very dark amber copper tone with an off white tan toned head, each sip is leaving a strong collar of lace down the glass. The aroma is full of an slightly alcoholic scent with fruit and malt sweetness surrounding the fragrance, quite magnificant very good dinner beer. The flavor is a bitter sweet dominance with hints of apple and other fruit thrown in, making this one quite a delight. This one has medium to light body very drinkable brew with a highly carbonated mouthfeel that makes this one tickle the back of the throat. A fine brew that I could drink with me dinner any time!

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

Pours a dark and cloudy ruby brown with a light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Nose is very strong with yeast. Flavor is a little lighter than I would have expected. Flavor is touched with mature fruit with a heavy sweet tone and a lot of influence by yeast. Feel is decent. High level of carbonation, but not overdone I think. Definitely drinkable. It’s Unibroue...what do you expect?

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

The beer is dark brown with ruby and burgundy highlights. The head is an inch thick, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma offers yeast, pears, alcohol, light spices. The flavor follows suit, with a strong apple / pear presence. Yeast is there, but plays a secondary role. Malt and spices meld nicely with the fruit flavors. Brown sugar and caramels emerge more as the beer warms. The beer warms the throat and chest in the finish, with a delicate alcohol presence. Not in the upper tier of the style, but a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a cervoise. The brew pours a hazed burnt copper with some coloration more towards orange/yellow around the edges. The cap appears 2 fingers strong with a yellowish tan coloration that holds quite well for an 8% brew. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves some small fingers of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives a finger and streaming carbonation maintains the cap.

The aroma has suggestions of fruited quality like orange zest/pulp, lemon, apple and pear. A yeasty quality comes out giving a hint of clove-like spiciness with a faint mineral inclusion. Overall, a familiar yet enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste has a bit of peppery spice that blends into yeasty flavors of clove and mild banana/bubblegum. The aftertaste has some fruited quality like melons.. something along the lines of cantaloupe, pear and apple. The alcohol is felt with a mild accenting fruited flavor that draws in quite a bit of warmth for the 8% indicated inclusion. The aftertaste has a bit of toasty caramel grain which is refreshing and enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For 8% it is well integrated and only starts to get warming towards the 2nd half of the glass. My favorite take on the style? No probably not but if you havent had it, you need to give it a try. It has a lot going on in it and is something I would most certainly revisit again to pair with food.

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Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours orange/brown with a large white, creamy, bubbly head that slowly settles to a spotted thick lace.
The smell was of bready malt with a hint of various spices.
The taste was of spices, including a touch of pepper - the alcohol was covered by complex flavors - including, but not limited to, orange peel, coriander, a dash of pepper, and a touch of caramel on a bready base. The various flavors intermingle to give it a unique, delicious flavor.
The tastes thin out a bit in the mouth, leaving a dry, spicy, but yet refreshingly clean, feel. The alcohol is well-hidden until a warming feeling takes over afterwards.
This brew is devilishly drinkable - or is that the devil that is on the foreboding label saying, "Have more..." ... Gladly.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is the loveliest, most perfect red you can imagine, the color of Satan's pajamas, and the head is bubbly, prickly, fantastically white.

Aroma is largely spicy, utterly delightful, with additional notes of dark fruits, berries, currant, citrus, and a hint of flowers, plus a good helping of lemon.

Good carbonation, and a massive deployment of hops upon the palate. The alcoholic component does not seem obvious at all, nay, it sneaks up upon you, as you innocently enjoy this delicious ale. Very smoth and tasty as anything on earth, heaven, or hell. Medium body, sufficient malt, but the hops are fully in charge here, and deliver the drinker into fully refreshing enjoyment.

One of the best beers in the whole damned world!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden brown with a decent off white head that dissipates to peach fuzz on the top. Smells of caramel, pepper, oranges, and pomme fruit with a bready earthy yeast aroma. The flavor is spicy with a sweet caramel malty backbone. Light sweet fruits mingle with earthy yeasty flavors. Medium body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. Nice brew. Probably not my favorite, but well made beer just the same.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.
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