Maudite | Unibroue

4,575 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip, part of Trader Joe's 'Unibroue Sampler Pack.'

A= Pours a clean, nut-brown with some haziness. Good, two-finger head that fizzles down nicely to a mild froth.

S= Bready yeast, banana, molasses, brown sugar, with good floral notes.

T= Plums, candied fruits, raisin, caramelized sugars. Slightly sweet, but not overwhelming. Good amount of sugary malts, with a hint of a booze kick to it, given that it's lower in the Strong Ale spectrum at 8% ABV.

M= Good carbonation, no lingering sourness, which can ruin an otherwise pleasant Belgian Strong.

O= Excellent beer, as one can expect from Unibroue. Though I prefer Don de Dieu or Fin du Monde, this is nonetheless a great beer and well-worth trying, and a fine example of a Belgian dark/strong ale.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark brownish-red color with a big fluffy off-white head that left splashy lace

S- Kind of faint for a Unibroue beer. Some yeasty, dark fruit, and big mineral notes

T- Big cherry, plum, prune, grape (almost grape soda like), some clove..

M- Medium to fuller bodied, high carbonation, very dry, nice alcohol warming on the finish

O- A really nice dark belgian ale that is on the sweeter side but not cloying.

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3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a extremely hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with big bubbles. This causes the head to fade away in a semi-rapid fashion - however it still retains one finger of height extremely well.

S: This seems to feature more caramel and toffee than the typical BSDA. Other notes of candied sugar, white grapes, and apple round out the dark malt qualities. I could use a bit more chocolate on the nose, but I can't complain about what I'm getting here.

T: Immediately I notice rich fruit esters, such as cherry, grape, and apple. There don't seem to be any significant dark fruit qualities aside from a touch of raisin in the middle of the flavor profile. Some of the malt flavors pop up near the back end; like I suggested on the nose, it's more caramel and toffee than chocolate (however I do pick up a bit of the latter from time to time). The balance of flavors is solid, and the alcohol is hidden spectacularly given its dry lightness.

M: It feels quite angular on the palate - I expected a bit more initial creaminess to balance the dry finish a bit. That's to say nothing of the strong carbonation, either. It seems to be designed to be very drinkable, and in that regard, it's extremely successful.

O: Okay, it's not my favorite offering from Unibroue - but that's a bit like saying this is the least attractive woman in a group of Miss America finalists. It's still a solid BSDA focused on drinkability over depth. In addendum, this was likely an older bottle; I wonder if this would be sweeter/less dry fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Poured a brown copper with a three finger head. Head retention was fairly long and after a few minutes a small filmy head is all that remains.

The aroma is yeast, fruit and some floral.

The taste is sweet and the yeast is there again. There is a slight boozy feel, but the other flavors just overcome this.

This is a smooth beer that is enjoyable. If you are a fan of Belgian style ales, I would recommend this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Montreal

Very nice hazy orangy brown in colour with a great big head that dissiaptes slowly and leaves a lot of retention.

Smell is nice, fruity, citrus and a hint of banana.

Taste is great, very smooth, slightlly sweet with a bit of an alcohol taste to let you know it's 8%.

Very very smooth, light to medium in body and carbonation, very drinkable, highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOVE Belgians and this was a wonderful triple. Balanced, not too sweet. Solid and malty without being all sugars. Loved it. I'd recommend to anyone that likes Belgians. Maybe limited enjoyment for the Hop-lovers out there. I'd seen it in stores but hadn't brought any home, probably will in the future.

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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown and slightly copper-embossed color; murky and borderline swampy with a low-profile, khaki-beige head that settles to a ring fairly quickly. Looks like your typical BSDA, perhaps a little less lively than most but the color and body seems to be pretty much on par.

It reminds me of a dubbel on the nose - but then again, what's really the difference between a dubbel and a BSDA? Lots of Candi sugar with a little sprinkle of brown sugar as well. Dark fruits; plums, grapes, and maybe just a tiny bit of figs. Thick, Belgian yeast is apparent with it's seemingly spiced aroma and little hints of clove and rotten banana.

The yeast is the first thing that my palate pick up on when taking a sip. Bubblegum-like with a dash of clove and some other spice that tastes like something you'd sprinkle on a holiday pie. Candied fruits; mildly sweet and sugary with lots of carbonation that hits the tongue and all sides of the mouth immediately. Plums and raisins that have been soaked in a vat of tamed booze and rolled around in brown sugar. Though I may be overstating the sweetness just a bit, the flavors are there.

Hops are very faint but show a grassy character in the finish leaving your mouth with a hint of bitterness. Fusel alcohol character pops out - something that's not usually expected for a brew that's only 8% ABV, but Belgian strong ales often have a higher alcohol presence on the palate. The yeast goes from the clove-bubblegum style to a harsh dryness in the finish that almost adds a woody and slightly funky taste. Maybe not your typical "barnyard" flavors, but there's definitely some kind of funk in the finish. Medium bodied, creamy, with a good snap and crisp, dry finish with lots of carbonation.

Definitely a good BSDA, reminds me quite a bit of a dubbel, not sure what exactly sets this apart and perhaps I'll never know. Might be slightly overrated, but this is still pretty drinkable, although there are definitely a handful of readily available competitors I'd probably choose over this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks hazy brown in the glass and the head is a cream color. Nice head at that too very puffy. Smells like molasses and root beer. If I really think about it it has some wine characteristics the the smell as well.
It tastes sweet the whole way through. Sweet and winey with just great subtle notes of spice, dried berries, and slightly grapey. The thing is though it does not taste strong even though it is an 8%'er. Very smooth in the mouth. Velvety and bubbly.
Ridiculous beer guys and gals. A strong dark that is kind and generous.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,575 ratings.
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