Maudite | Unibroue

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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle from a 4-pack purchased today. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Lots of sticky white laze, and a thick head that disappears pretty slowly. I wish the color were a little darker, as it's a bit dark apricot colored, meaning more hazy orange than hazy amber and brown, which is how I like this style. Still nice though.

Smell: Candied fruit, citrus, acidity and tartness -- all of this is up front. Yeast of course is also up front. I say orange and lemon zest way too much in my reviews, but it's evident here so I have to say it again. Slight wine-like aroma of alcohol, which is pleasant for it's vinegar-like qualities that goes together with the malts and aromas of fruit.

Taste: Acidity and citrus up front as yeast slowly comes into play with the malts. A lot of interesting things going on, though I wish I could discern more in the mix. Aftertaste slowly goes into a yeasty and malty finish with slight hop-like bitterness. I just wish it was better balanced, as that's the thing that hurts it the most.

Mouthfeel: Possibly a little too high on the carbonation? I feel a bit of a tingle in my throat that's not unpleasant, but it just doesn't seem quite right after a swallow for some reason.

Drinkability: I was hoping I'd have a lot to say about this beer, but that's not the case. Maybe it needs some cellar time? I love the Trois Pistoles, and I was hoping this would be just as good, though I tried not to be biased about it. This is still a decent brew, but I was just expecting more, especially since I've not been close to even remotely dissatisfied with a Unibroue brew. I guess I will try the cellar, and maybe in a year I'll review one of these suckers again.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark amber/reddish-orange and the head was almost white with a tan shade to it. the head dissipated quickly into the beer, but after it did the foam looked white.

smell is, like others of this style, a fruity spice smell, maybe some apples with just a little citrus. i think i can smell the alcohol in this if thats even possible.

taste is great. some green apples in it that tastes just a little tart, but is still on the sweeter side i think.

mouthfeel is good with a medium to almost a full mouthfeel.

drinkability in my opinion was great, almost too drinkable. i havent savored the flavors too much, i just keep getting a sip after so much that i type. this was much more drinkable than i thought, but i would say to calm yourself down and enjoy this one!

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

Freed from the bottle, this ale cascades into my official Maudite tulip a deep brown color, kicking up a bubbly white head. Lots of aroma to this one. Tropical fruits blend with crisp lemony citrous and waltz with bready malts, also some peppery spicy notes, with a touch of alcohol thrown in for good measure. The taste is damn complex - where to begin? Malts are big and form a bready, toasty backbone. Some semisweet caramel is present as well. Prickly lemon and bitter orange peel hops are strong but do not take control of your palate. Instead they fade into candy sugar and a spiciness that leads into the slight alcohol flavor. Also present is some banana and clove flavors, and a touch of yeastiness. Mouthfeel is very complex - creamy malts lay it down smooth, but the hops are very exciting to the tongue. Very nice and full. Drinkability is top notch, a devil of a brew. Maudite? Well I guess I am damned then.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely unprecedented head. I poured it from a 12 oz. bottle in a tulip glass and the head just seemed to explode out of the bottle. The pour may have been a bit on the vigourous side, but not too much faster than I usually pour a beer. Nice aroma. Plenty of apples and pears and cirtus scents. The taste was very fruity as well. Leaning more towards the taste of apples. There was definitely a presence of alcohol which could not be missed. While not too rough on the palate, the alcohol taste took away from the drinkability. I don't know if it was me or if it was the beer, but I found it difficult to finish.

This was the 2nd Unibroue beer I have tried, Trois Pistoles was the first. I found many similarities but though the first of two was easier to drink. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the Maudite, and it's something I want to try again for a second opinion.

Re-review [4/24/05]:
Finally getting another shot at the Maudite as a result of bringing this back from Quebec with me in a mixed 12-pack. I have increased my previous ratings for smell and taste upon trying it again. The fruits really stand out and the aroma is more than pleasant. Taste was much better as well. The mouthfeel is the same as a result of the high ABV leaving my mouth a little dry. The presence of alcohol also keeps the drinkability down. Towards the end of the beer you realize that it gets increasingly difficult to finish, but is still enjoyable. A much better experience this time around and a fine brew indeed.

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

Nice little pour. Orange and gold, the color of maple syrup. Big head that turns quickly in a short layer of foam, like any good Beligan (even a Canadian one).

The scent is very light and crisp. Sweet malt predominates along with a lot of yeast and hints of allspice.

Tastes great! Yeast and malt sweetness upfront rushing quickly into a splash of juicy fruit--pear and apricot--and a very spicy finish. I can't place exactly what kind of spice this is, but it's wonderful.

Nice body, goes down smooth. A fine brew that everyone should try.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. sample. Poured into my sweet, brand-new St. Bernardus goblet, it is a deep amber brew, obscurred by swirling yeast storms. It has the appearance of cloudy cider topped by a mighty, but shortlived head of wheat colored foam that leaves little blobs of clinging lace.

The aroma is pleasantly sweet, filled with layers of malt and tell-tale Unibroue yeast and spice. Perhaps a notch or two below my other favorite Uni's in terms of it's nose.

It starts of with a big, malty sweetness balanced with loads of yeasty, spice goodness. It displays notions of apple, pear, and faint banana. It finishes on the dry side, with just a touch of spicy hop tingle.

Mouthfeel is rather full, with a lush and creamy texture. Soft carbonation adds to the velvety mouthfeel. A good and classic beer from out friends to the North.

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Photo of Omniscia
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maudite, one of the crown jewels of flagship Quebec micro Unibroue, is a beer fit for a king. From its look, to its nose, to its taste, this one truly delights the senses. As one of the most widely-available of the Unibroue line, it is an excellent choice for introducing someone to better beer.

APPEARANCE: Deep, firey red. Almost completely opaque, with the occasional visible swirl of bubbles and yeast. Thick, white head that is unfortunately somewhat short-lived, but leaves behind an intricate lattice of lacing.

SMELL: Citrus and spice, my friend. Citrus and spice. And yeast.

TASTE: Sweet, at first. You'll almost immediately notice the twin assault of malty, yeasty characteristics, with strong notes of spice, but after it's had a chance to warm a bit and settle on your palate, the esters, and faint hints of citrus and apple, begin to emerge. Definitely a brew to keep on your tongue for a good spell, to fully appreciate its flavourful complexities.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, and thick, with some carbonation, and a distinct warming quality. This is a very full-bodied brew, and, as such, quite unsuited for pounding. This is a sipper.

DRINKABILITY: At 8% alcohol, definitely *not* a session beer, but after your first sip, you'll immediately want another. This one is quite versatile, though, equally at home in a pleasant, low-key conversational atmosphere, served at the dinner table with a hearty meal (game comes to mind), or simply chilling out with the evening news.

OVERALL: Mein Gott! This is one impressive brew! If you happen upon it, be sure to pick it up, lest you regret it forever.

A final note: If you live near the Quebec border, you may be able to find it in reasonably-priced cases of 12 at the duty-free shop.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Quite hazy, deep amber with tan head. Looks like a fire storm of carbonation going on. Looks like it could be infected or spoiled.

Smell - Malty smell. No hops, but no sign of spoilage.

Taste - Phenolic flavor; spicy. Slightly chocolatey, and caramely. At the foretaste the beer is sort of bready in flavor. Estery. Some alcohol taste is in there, too. The lees from the bottom of the bottle give the beer a yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Good strong body, which seems right for a strong dark ale.

Drinkability - Very fizzy, which actually helps to temper the flavors in the beer. This is relatively easy to drink in spite of pretty big flavors and alcohol.

Comments - I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this seems to be a well-crafted beer. I'm not super crazy about the flavor either, but I think it is true to style.

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy reddish-brown, with a massive off-white head which dissipated quite quickly.
The nose is outstanding. I was assaulted by sweet malt and fruit esters - sweet apple, a touch of citrus - and caramel. It reminds me of caramel apples. Mmm. Alcohol is present, but not pervasive, in the aroma.
The flavour is sweet and fruity up front. Apples and caramel are again quite prevalent. Further along, there is a pleasant earthiness, with hints of spice on the back end. The high alcohol definitely comes through in the flavour, and leads into a dry finish.
Maudite is quite nice on the palate - not too heavy, and with a lot of active carbonation keeping it sparkling and flavourful.
Overall, this is rather enjoyable beer. It's not Unibroue's best, but it's an above-average beer nonetheless.
It's also very nice paired with blue cheese.

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Photo of nicechalice
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy, orange-brown, semi-dark, clumps of small bubbles, frothy one finger head didn't stay long, lace didnt stay very long either.

I picked up scents of yeast, spices, lemon and some other fruits.

Tasted like alchohol and apples with some spices, was not bitter at all, seems to have a tiny similarity to some hefeweizens I have had.

The mouthfeel wasn't bad but for some reason kind of reminded me of soup.

I am not trying to pretend like I know what I am doing, this is my first review. 12oz bottle for 1.99 from Pavillion's in Santa Monica. I ate some extra aged gouda with it.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Few words are how to appropriately describe this beer. Had it on tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst. Great bar, bar tender was very knowledgeable and was generously hading out sample of the on-tap beers.

Poured chocolatey/hazel/nutella; very think head in a tulip glass.

Smell hard to describe, walnuts, oranges, cherries, loaded with complexity. Tasted as it smelled, kept its temperature nicely, wonderful aromas throughout its life.

I was completely blown away by this beer. It was like nothing I had every tasted before. After five of these monsters I guess that's a good indication about the drinkabilty of this OUTSTANDING beer.

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Photo of longarm
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a huge fluffy head of foam. Lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom to help retain carbonation.

Aroma dosed with hints of orange and apple. Light yeasty character lurks underneath a hint of sweet spices.

Slightly sweet up front, a mild dose of spices akin to cloves or cardamom coats the palate supported by slight caramel sweetness. In spite of this, it does not approach a cloying heaviness and has a surprisingly dry finsh.

Easily quaffed, this moderately complex beer has easily lived-up to expectations. It's not overwhelming, but not too simple either.

This was also enjoyed along with a wonderfully simple selection of cambozola, lox and light artisan bread. At the very least, I highly recommend pairing this ale with a soft bleu cheese.

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

Gorgeous frothy head, lots of valleys and hills, ah, lovely. nice clear dark amber colour for the beer.

aroma: unibroue yeast, underneath are some sweet, heavy malts, a spiciness like coriander, lemon peels, some dry leaves. mouth watering.

taste is light, a medium sweet with apples and pears and toast. a hop brightness shines through later with some lemon flavour and pine. has a nice dry and bitter finish to round out everything.

nice mouthfeel, spritzy but not overly so, enough to bring out the subtle flavours.

great beer, yummy!

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

Looked over my shoulder and found I was running with the devil with this one on 3/20/2005. 16-oz. tall pilsener glass pour at 43° N.

Sudsy on the edges, but otherwise, completely clear of the white stuff – no lace and no stick. Very clean orange hue with some nice, gently ascending action that mesmerizes, though it could have just as easily have been the restaurant’s atmosphere. Cool, cool, cool as ice notes on nose with some jumpy grapefruit and kiwi aspects. Almost a spicy note on the mouth = white pepper, oregano; great malt base bangs through while hot alcohol cools things in a yin/yang sort of way. A reliable go-to.

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Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Cork came off with a huge pop and dark fruity aroma. Poured in to my goblet and dark, burnt orange copper color. Filled glass with half liquid and half foamy, big bubbled head. Didn't leave a lot of lacing, but does have good stability, leaving a nice beige cap. Good carbonation keeps the foam from disappearing. The smell is fruity sweetness, but not overpowering, lots of yeast noted coming throught too. Aromas of toffee and raisin. The taste is quite complex, sweet and firm. Plum and dried fruit and just a small bite on the lips. Full mouthfeel - thick almost syruplike, but not overly sugary. A touch of yeast in the finish that helps cleanse and refresh the mouth so you are ready for the next sip.
The second half of the bottle had more yeast and the color of the liquid changed to a murky ice tea color. Warming up a bit brought out even more aroma and flavors. Very impressed, tastes similar to Edition 2004, imo. I would have this as an after dinner drink when everyone else is having their scotch or port. Have another bottle in the cellar, so will be interested to see how this ages in a year or five.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite ran into the goblet glass with a hazy dark tan appearance. The head came up as a bubbly plume, similar to Trois Pistoles but not as volatile in bubbly effect, then shrank back down without much lingering in lace. There is moderate carbonation, but overall a more thick body as opposed to light and effervescent. Looks good.

The smell is a robust dark fruit waft. Nice malt sweetness in the nose. Yeast refermentation leaves its character spliced in with the fruits. Vague spice, but not too much. Smell is very nice.

The taste comes off with an apple cider like sweetness and a bite to the tongue in the finish. Vividly fruity and reminiscent of a wine in a beer sorta way. Nice flatness with not much carbonation effect noted in the mouth. Juicy texture. Slight aftertaste that continues to satisfy after the swallow. I sipped this girl down over a good stretch of time due to the sweetness. The time span facilitated the warming effect which just made the complexity of the flavors stand together to be marveled at. There is no lack of rich flavoring here. Excellent.

I think I could drink a couple of the 12 ounce bottles and be perfectly satisfied for a night. The intensely fruity flavor and the alcohol content would stay within perfect limits and I would be satiated without having plunged overboard. This really is an excellent brew. Surely not a guzzler or a gulper, but one to be savored. Unibroue seems to be rocking the house.

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

From bottle in large wine glass (close to chalis). Poured orangy brown with small head and little retention. Big fruity aroma with hints of honey and brown sugar. Same for the taste with a slightly bitter finish. Was so smooth I hardly noticed the alcohol until it hit me later. Nice drop.

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Photo of theo871
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says this beer means "damned" They're right, I've never had such a damned good beer!

Appearance is cloudy amber, with a large cascading head. The smell is sweet and fruity, and the taste is the same, with lots of spice. It jumps off your tongue in a spicy way, and is surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV.

Damned indeed!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Unibroue Maudite out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip glass. There is a best before date on the back of the label for 04-22-07.

Pours a hazy light brown color with a fluffy head at first, but it quickly turns into a thin lacing. Some mini carbonation bubbles continue to rise a few moments after the pour.

Aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and fruity esters. Whiffs of apples and pears in the nose.

Sweet malts and Belgian yeast with clove spices take charge on the palate. The perfect blend of peppery spices and sweet malt mouthfeel. Some sips remind me of an apple cider like sweetness and zing.

Simply put, this is a great beer. Well crafted and very, very drinkable at 8.0 % ABV. Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

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

Pours a clean copper color with a minimal head, even with an aggressive pour. Smells of dark fruit (raisins) and malt. Very slight alcohol aroma. Tastes of bread, dark sweet malt and fruit. The finish has a noticeable alcohol twinge, but it is not unpleasant and does warm the stomach. Finish is surprisingly clean, with a slight yeasty flavor lingering on the palate. Pretty good. I will have to try more Unibroue beers in the future.

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

A solid Belgian style ale. Not anything too amazing, for Belgians that is, but certainly above average. A nice dark red brown color with a bit of tan head on top that sticks around for a few mins. Smells and tastes like a nice sweet loaf of banana bread, raisins, Belgian spices, cloves, and some nice hearty malts and just a touch of floral hops. Like I said, this is a great beer but in my mind it doesn't stand out compared to the best of Belgium.

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

A cellared 2003 keg, on tap at the beer bistro. Appearance was a bit disappointing. Virtually no head or lacing. Red/mahogany body. Aroma of fruit, spices, breadiness, sweetness and alcohol. Taste was excellent. Very mellow, smooth, ripe fruits, estery, cloves/spices and a good hop bitterness. Medium bodied, wonderful mouthfeel. Great with food.

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

I've been looking forward to this for a long time. Brought home a 750 ml bottle. Fragrant fruity spiciness, rambunctiously sweet and peppery taste. Darker amber red, medium foamy head that it maintains until you’re almost through. I know it's not fair to compare apples and oranges, but Trois Pistoles is still my favorite Unibroue.

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

poured from 355 mL bottle.

pours a nice light brown color, with a very cloudy appearance.
small head that recedes quickly. this 6-pack came straight from MTL, so freshness isn't an issue. lovely spiciness that really hides the alcohol well. slight tangy sourness is in there, but plenty of sweet malty goodness balances it. another very solid unibroue beer that bears the mark of their signature yeast profile. drink this puppy!!!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, amber/orange with a big fluffy, creamy head with good retentino and tons of lace.
Smell is fruit, malt, hops, and some spice, mostly pepper.
Taste is same as the smell wih some bitterness in the aftertaste. I keep thinking this beer should be more complex but it doesn't bother me. It's just good. The balance is spot on.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a light effervescenceand a medium/full body. Warms the throat some, too.
Drinkability: on tap, all day long.

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