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Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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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4.17
pDev:
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep-amber body reveals golden highlights when held to the light; and it's tall, foamy, white head holds exceptionally well and maintains a solid 1/2" or so throughout the glass. The nose displays crisp, fresh-cut apples and soft, sweet vanilla with a delicate backing of spicy/peppery yeast characteristics. It's just a touch creamy and very smooth across the palate with a very-fine and gently effervescent carbonation accentuating its medium body. The flavor exhibits some fruity toffee and lightly candyish/slightly toasty malt; and it finishes a bit honeyish. The alcohol rises a bit at mid-swallow, and it finishes short and dry. Quite good; although I think I'd prefer a well-aged 750 ml bottle to a fresh draft or 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color in the tall Stella glass with a fine textured foam. Sudsy in the mouth. Odd odor, like last weeks brewing carboy, but the nose is clove and a suggestion of gardenias.

Rich and spicy are the key words. Yeasty all the way, with the fruity notes mixed with the bitter. Hints of clove are the most identifiable spicy flavor. Some softer orange and pineapple. Complex and interesting beer to sip slowly. Great marshmallow mouthful with all the rich foaminess.

From the 12 oz bottle. "Best before" date is 12-01-14.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent tangerine with a rollicking and rolling amount of carbonation rushing up to an airy head of ecru foam that appears much too soft to persist or to lay down much lace. I've seen better heads on macro lagers. As predicted, the glass is spotlessly clean. I've decided to add the entire bottle to the glass (thanks to the rapidly shrinking head, there's room) and the now cloudy nature of the beer makes me appreciate the appearance a little more.

The nose isn't as powerful or as complex as it should be for the style. This bottle has been in my cellar for almost two years (the 'best by' date is still more than 7 months away), so I feel justified in expecting some amount of character. It's fruity and lightly spicy, but isn't all that intriguing.

Maudite is much better on the palate. The flavor profile is composed of sweet caramel-toffee, oranges, cherries, blackberries and a smattering of spices and herbs. It seems that several years of rest did not go to waste. This beer is as deep and as interesting as some of the best of the style. It doesn't have the sheer power and majesty of Belgium's finest, but it's still a fine BSDA in its own right.

The finish is long, allowing one to appreciate the flavors either individually or in combination. A piquant, spicy-herbal flavor lasts the longest. Sweet, dark berries aren't too far behind. The mouthfeel is tough to nail down. It's lightly chewy and supple, but is rendered airily breezy by a perfect degree of enlivening carbonation.

Before cracking the crown, I was expecting another acceptable, but unworthy of the hype Unibroue beer. I couldn't have been more wrong. Maudite is an exceptional ale and is my favorite offering from Canada's best brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gagnonsux
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is a hazy, dark amber-red color. Head is thick, off-white, and very tall. Retention is very good. The appearance of this beer is almost perfect. Aroma is sweet and spicy, most reminiscent of cinnamon. All in all, a nice smell, but one-sided. The start of a sip is a combination is sweet cinnamon and peppery spice. A candi sugar sweetness enters the picture about mid-sip and helps regulate the pepperiness. Some citrissy fruitiness is in the mix as well. Finish is very abrupt. Overall, I found this enjoyable, but the flavor was a bit thin. Considering how high this beer is rated, I'm a bit disappointed. Anyway, I'll probably sample this again to make sure I'm not missing anything.

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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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Photo of AlexFields
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy caramel color, beer looks lovely but the head is surprisingly thin for an Unibroue beer.

Smell is dominated by tons of yeast. Also spices, banana, a dry almost tart character.

Taste is also very yeasty, lots of nuts and spices as well. Subtle toffee and banana in the finish. Not particularly sweet but not as dry as the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is great, creamy with high carbonation, almost as nice as La Fin du Monde. Super drinkable.

A really solid beer, very strong mouthfeel and tons of yeastiness as your expect from Unibroue.

8.1/10

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,520 ratings.
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