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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1,907
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Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.31%
 
 
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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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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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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Nose is sweet and fruity; apples and grapes. Taste a apples and spice with mild caramel from the malts - delicious. Not heavy for 8%, medium bodied and dangerously refreshing. Definitely one I would have again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08-02-13.

Very small pop off the cork while opening. Tight rock like off white caramel head that is about 2 fingers but falls pretty steady. Body is a nice caramel dark brown body that is a bit opaque. Head seems to fall and keep a half finger and nice slow carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a mix of fig, plum/cherry/berry likfe fruit, slight buttery movie theatre popcorn (diacetyl), almost Angostura sense of bitters also. It does smell a little like cocktail bitters.

Taste in the palate is a small soft cherry, but the finish is a nice slight fizzy tolerable carbonation with a bit of almost, woody sense, even tree bark. Kind of leaves a tannic quality and a woody caramel malt aftertaste, kind of neat. Soft cherry at first is hard to find after a couple of sips again. A little gaseous.

Overall though, somewhat enjoyable, but I'd grab something else in this style I think.

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

appearance- pours a hazy brown cloud that you cannot see through

smell- smells of malt and alchol

taste- the Belgian inluence is evident

mouthfeel- smooth and pleasant on the tongue

drinkability- easy to drink but not something you want to drink all night because of the high ABV

This is one of the first craft beers I drank and still one the best

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

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / red and really hazy. Forms a white head of tight medium and small bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation in this beer....lots and lots. Head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smells like a Belgian strong ale. There is some good ester character, some sweetness, most of their beers smell the same to me, its the smell of their yeast strain.

Beer is sweet and has a sweet late flavor as well. Lots of carbonation in the mouth obstructs the center palate. Second, slightly bitter that time, beer is pretty good. I like it and I would drink it again (and have several times).

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer has a hazy, ruby-brown coloring with a thin layer of dense bubbled foam that starts around an inch thick and quickly recedes to a filmy covering. Aromas are fantastic! Good, sweet blending of caramel malty notes, with a great balance of pretty strong coriander characteristics. Also some hints of dark fruit sweetness buried in the smells. The beer is initially very light on the tongue, and quickly unfolds to a crisp, spicy-malt blend that is a little roasty/toasty sweet, while at the same time slightly sour with a heavy undertone of coriander and nutmeg spice. The lightness of the body does a good job to keep the flavors from being overpowering. The beer transitions to a slightly sour and spiced aftertaste, and a moderately lingering finish. It definitely doesn't let you forget what you are drinking, and makes a great sipping beer. The body, despite being light, reveals a decent lacing on the glass as you get towards the bottom, also. Impressive. A little lighter and bubbly than my preference for the style, but impressive nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, with best before dating of 5-31-07! Guess they know this stuff will age nicely. Anyway pours a cloudy medium brown, loose off white head, first its rocky and pillowy and then it settles fairly quickly to a film. Doesnt leave much lace. Nose is rum soaked raisins, sweet, yeasty. This is a tasty, complex, dark ale, spicy, phenolic, raisins, prunes, rum, wood, smoke, alot going on here. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. More rum and alcohol in the finish. Strong, flavorful brew. Those Canadians sure brew some strong tasty Belgian beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/05/04- Purchased at a wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy copper-amber color with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Has those beautiful round galaxy puffs of white floating on the surface.

Smell- I bit too much alcohol in the scent. A bit of the same aroma of the beer I just had (NB Abbey) but a bit sweeter. Maybe a little floral character. Raisins and maybe some clove.

Taste- Nice and sweet. The alcohol hides well in the taste. Kind of a thick caramel taste. Quite yummy.

Mouthfeel- Warms you when you swallow, high carbonation, but easy to consume. Considerable creamy.

Drinkability- My buddy swears by this beer and I can see why now. Good deal for $2.39 for a 12oz bottle.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark amber colour with a small amount of thick cream coloured head.

S - Dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, caramel.

T - Dark fruit and a nice caramel sweetness. There are notes of raisin, plum and fig as well as some brown sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Best Belgian beer I have had and the first one that I have liked enough to buy again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Very nice pour. Good size head with a nice 'fluffiness' to it. Stuck to the edge. A dark yellow/orange body, hazy some sediment.
A good aroma of fruit, spice, and herbs, some yeast and nut.
Taste had a hint of ginger, some pear, lemon? and corriander. A lot of mixes. Vanilla a bit, some biscuit.
A good feeling going down, crisp yet sticky,. not much aftertaste, leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at Abe's Cold Beer for around $9 and split it with friends after dinner. I was immediately hit with a big nose of spicy apple that continued in the flavor. More berries fruit pop up on the tongue, adding depth, with a little blueberry and blackberry. After the fruity esters, more earthy, herbal clove notes slide in to leave a fairly balanced and dry finish. I would have like a little more complexity, but this was still a great, well-made beer. Yet another example of the fine brews Unibroue is cranking out.

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

The beer pours a cloudy orangey amber color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great! It has a nice fruity, yet malty scent that is quite refreshing. It has a rootbeer type yeasty aroma that is really pleasant. The taste is great as well. It is a sweet and malty tasting brew with a nice, refreshingly fruity Belgian style finish. It goes down really easy and is a bit dry on the finish. This beer has great mouthfeel. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Belgian style beer. It has great mouthfeel and excellent taste; another fine brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with lighter brown along the edges and bottom of the glass. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and only slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, tart malt, citrus, yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, citrus (banana), and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, complexity, and drinkability.

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice 2" white head. The aroma is of malt, pepper, spices, and yeast. The flavor is big, as malt is nicely balanced with spices such as pepper and clove, a nice bitterness level, alcohol, and a touch of honey.

The mouhfeel is slightly crisp at the start with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly strong carbonation levels. The malt and pepper tones last long on the tongue. Extemely drinkable and an overall tasty brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown to red with a huge white head. The aroma is classic Belgian with some yeast, malt and candi sugar mixed in with dark fruits. Smells great. The flavor is more classic Belgian with sweet malt and fruit, mainly plums being very evident. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

I drank it as part of a beer and cheese tasting. It paired very well with the Mozzarella Company's Deep Ellum Blue Cheese.

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish-brown. Head sticks around at one finger with for a minute then just thickly lines the outside of the glass all the way down.

S- "Earthy". Cloves.

T- Spice, little fruity. The very last taste is almost a cider for me.

M- Carbonation almost burns the tongue with spices, good burn though :) Creamy.

D/O- One's enough for me a night, maybe two if I was feeling adventurous.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled version has a more intense peppery feel to it than the tap version. I didn't realize the beer was lighter in color until I shined a light through it (kind of a purple-orange mixture). I wasn't as impressed with the bottled version because it was a little more hot than what I remembered. The head is also a little lackluster as well, numbing some of the flavor in the beer when it collapses.

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

Review from notes. Tasted a fresh 2011 bottle and a properly cellared 2009. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip and a Nostradamus flute.
Fresh bottle:
Pours a dark copper amber. Two finger fine white head constantly renewed by carbonation, looks nice. Aroma of Belgian spicing and light malt and dark and light fruit. Nice flavor of malt, with some estery fruit, dark dark and light. Finishes crisp with caramel and fruit. Body light to medium. The flavor is a bit lighter than I'd expect, but pleasant. Nice flavors and progression.
Two year old bottle:
Pours a dark copper amber. One finger fine white head fades to an 1/8" head, constantly renewed by carbonation, looks nice. Aroma of malt, light Belgian spicing and dark and light fruit. Flavors have melded into a mellow malty dark fruit combination. Spices and a light hop kick emerge in the finish. Body is creamier and seems more substantial than the fresh one. Pleasant, but not as nice a flavor progression as the fresh. The finish is not as well integrated and a stands out against the mellow mixture of the start. I prefer the fresh Maudite, but this is nice to drink anyway.
Review points awarded from the fresh bottle, older scored 5 points less on the 1:100 scale.

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

2005 Vintage
Caged/Corked
750ml
Best By: 06-28-08
Enjoyed: 27 Jul 09

I've had this brew sitting around for almost 4 years, and it is still an AWESOME brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, with some raisins, plums, grapes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, very nice notes of dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

2005 Vintage
Caged/Corked
750ml
Best By: 06-28-08

Poured into a Unibroue Chalice a nice semi-cloudy reddish brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, nice tones of spice, and caramel. Medium body, slight over carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. A nice complex brew. Very drinkable. This is my second go round with this brew, still a joy to drink, highly recommended.

Best before 11-25-06. Poured a nice reddish brown, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of bananna's, malt, caramel. Awesome taste, sweet and the alcohol was hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I highly recommend this brew.

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