Maudite | Unibroue

1,926 Reviews

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a muddy brown color with a three and a half finger, billowy head that hangs around for a good five minutes before finally settling down. It laces the glass well.

Smell: Musky. I get aromas of spicy yeast, raisins, figs, coffee, brown sugar, candied apples, porridge, mild chocolate and cherries.

Taste: Red apples, spicy Belgian yeast, cherries, raisins, caramel and very mild chocolate . Sweet and dry, low alcohol profile.

Feel: Well carbonated and smooth. Silky and rich.

Overall: I liked this, but I'm slightly let down- the 100 from the bros had me really hyped. I don't think this has as much depth or complexity as Chimay Blue - but this is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 3 finger white head, orange-red hazy body.

Smell: Musty fruits, mainly pear, banana, and dark fruits.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of MrDell
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mahogany colored (orange/amber when light passes through it) quite dull looking beer with a small grey head and slow moving carbonation.

Aroma: Oranges, very fruity and spicy yeast aromas dominate. Smells like a fair bit of candi sugar has gone into this one.

Taste: Spicy up front, then bitter in the finish as the hops kick in. You've got the sweetness of a dark Belgian ale upfront then quite quickly you get the dryness of a blond.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight prickling from the carbonation and then a very dry finish.

Overall: Not bad, I was expecting more flavour wise and was looking forward to a big finish, which I suppose it has got if you like the addition of very bitter hops with your Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Personally I wouldn’t buy this again though.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The back of the bottle on the shoulder has a best buy date printed: 10-30-18

Appearance: The body is a medium brown color that is opaque yet allows a hazy light to spread through the glass showing off dark burnt umber and auburn. The head is thick and fluffy with a light off-white appearance. It fades to a short cap that maintains a solid head and delivers a good ring of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet coriander hits me in the face the moment I approach the beer. That massive aroma of coriander dominates the nose but I do find some raisin in there working its way along with the light scent of alcohol.

Taste: Again the coriander takes center stage here but it is carried along with a short chorus of sweet malt and a bit of honey in the finale.

Mouthfeel: Light presence on the palate and a similarly light body that borders on the lower edge of medium. The beer is highly carbonated and finishes rather crisp and dry.

Overall: A tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale that makes heavy use of coriander to cover the lack of more traditional flavors found in this style. That is not to say that the beer is not enjoyable, it is just missing a few pieces in its puzzle. It is enjoyable and I would recommend it to a person who really loves coriander. Given the alternatives in the market for Belgian Strong Dark Ale's it would not be preferred.

On a side note I did find it interesting that my bottle was a screw cap.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (BB09-11-18) pour into a pint glass.
Awesome looking clear red-tinted amber colored body floating an inch of pinkish tan head. Head dissapates to a constant cover. I need 2 options for look though. After emptying the bottle fully the body clouds up. Disappointing.
Bitter hops, yeast, and clove aromas lead the spice flavors and bready malts join in.
Creamy mouthfeel and a drier silky finish. Is there a caramel aftertaste? Interesting.

Add vanilla ice cream for a delicious float.

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Photo of SSS
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Velvet red hue, with an off white head that is somewhat pink. Lacing is solid
S-Heavy on the yeast aroma with fragrant berries in the background. I also get a musty malt aroma.
M-High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Very dry.
T-I get lots of fruits and yeast upfront. There is a sweet flavour and peppery finish
O-Unfortunately once again anything that is associated with Belgium I have a hard time appreciating...forgive me beer Gods!

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates somewhat leaving a thin tan head on the beer as you drink it. Beer is completely opaque.

Smell has a mixture of straw, yeast, and malts aromas with undertones of lemon zest and maybe some floral notes.

Taste follows the nose with an initial malty belgian yeast flavor coming through, then on the aftertaste you get this rich array of spices and a subdued but very bitter aftertaste. The spice flavors include clove, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a dryness to the finish that it unexpected but very nice. As I continue to sip I'm more aware of the malt depth - bready caramel malts come through with undertones of a honey like sweetness. Still the bitterness from the hops cuts that sweetness on the finish.

Feel is directed by the medium carbonation on this beer - keeps it fizzy as you sip. Very dry, coats your tongue and throat as it goes down. Seems a bit watery for a strong dark ale - something I notice with most of Unibroue's beers.

Overall a very nice Belgian Dark Ale. The spices add a real complexity here that really works an the flavor is outstanding.

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Photo of anon
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber colour, cloudy with a small head and very light lace. Smells real malty and yeasty with some fruity notes.

Spices come put strong in this brew; heavy clove, cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg. Light banana, plum, grape, pear and peach. Bitterness takes over the sweetness by a small margin but the spices really take over this one and make it pop. Was expecting a little more out of this but definitely a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/09/16:

In indirect light, looks exactly like a cola soda, right down to the way the carbonation bubbles actually stick to the side of the glass (in this case, a fancy goblet). In the light, you can almost — almost! — see an argument for calling this an “Amber Red Ale,” as it says on the label. That is, it is still a very dark brown, with reddish hues. Quite clear (until the last bit is swirled and added — lees!) and bubbly. Head retains surprisingly well for how fizzy this beer seems. Light beige, thick, consistent, fine, film-forming. Cider-like aromas, bread and toast suggestions, and little else. And what do you know, apple or apple cider notes throughout, although incredibly watered down, moderately tart and not overly sweet. Pay closer attention and just maybe you’ll notice the vinegaresque flavors, the candy sugar, the alcohol, or the phenols. Medium to full in body, effervescent (even though I was reasonably expecting more soda-like feel), choppy, and velvety. Evenly warming. Very interesting Belgian-style ale, incredibly watered down for a Strong Dark, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge fluffy off white head that sticks forever over a nice reddish brown beer that is pretty carbed up
S banana, clove, bready malts, chocolate, yeasty Belgian character
T nice sweet Belgian yeast esters, bready malts, banana, clove, alcohol bite
M decently heavy, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bready malts and Belgian yeast
O good beer. First drank on my honeymoon. Liked it then like it now.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip glass. Unibroue is my québécoise brewery of choice and Maudite is not exception. This live up to the Belgian Strong dark ale standard it's inspired. Very fruity while being quite bitter, hence a complex and balanced beer everyone should appreciate. Santé !

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Photo of Dravin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by dae of 12-03-16 on both the bottle and the label (nice).

Look -- Pours a deep amber with a decidedly orange tinge with 3 fingers of off-white head that settles down to 2 and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Ripe banana, apple, orange, somewhat vinous with subdued clove. The alcohol is well hidden and all in all it makes me think of cafeteria fruit salad (in a good way).

Taste -- As with the nose but a malty sweetness and slight nuttiness joins the party along with a nice bracing bitterness. The alcohol is hidden here as well.

Feel -- A moderate to heavy body but the lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall -- It's a fantastic ale, it brings to mind a cross between fruit salad and banana bread that's all beautifully counterbalanced by the hop bitterness. It goes down dangerously easy given the ABV.

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Photo of Eagles17
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this one poured into a glass from the bottle. It was a dark amber color with a large foam head. I found the flavor to be quite bitter and heavy, but not in an alltogether unpleasant way.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the 4th most frequently rated beer in the style; so I doubt I will say anything new.
But I have yet to figure out a systematic way to pour Unibroue's offerings. The different force almost various by the style. For me, I prefer hard pour to reduce the carbonation early and enjoy the syrupy dark Belgian sugar later.
Related, Unibroue may have the most interesting yeasts in North America.

I note when a beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" gave this 2.5 of 4 stars and declared it "A Belgian style russet ale." ( IMHO, The Venerable MJ did not like this brew as much those who followed... including one of the founders of BA's site.... on the other hand, good brewers learn fast.)

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 191. It probably deserves to be there for Unibroue's success in bringing Belgium (and yeasts) and interpreting all this for North America.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

3/27/17 Had again from Unibroue sampler pack. It seems to me that Maudite should conceal its alcohol more. I would like to think of it as a dubbel... but the ABV is too prominent to pair with most foods. Not a good table beer. Re-rated and dropped OA by .5.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Deep red-orange color with goor clarity. Bubbly off-white head stands at two fingers and does not move at all. Chunky rings of lacing.

S: Raw honey, orange marmalade, toast and bread crust. Very yeasty and musty. Orange peel. Stone fruits. Coriander and spices. Dry herbs.

T: Big raw honey sweetness. Caramel. Bread crust. Even some roasty and nutty coffee-like flavors. Drying middle to end with dried herbs coming out more. Very yeasty. Juicy pear. Peachy. Citrusy/peppery coriander. Clove. Alcohol spoke toward the back. Hop oils.

M: Thick body with a syrupy and coating feel. Blast of coarsely scrubbing carbonation rips the texture right off of the tongue. Warming alcohol.

O: Somewhat aggressive in all respects, but that's what makes it great. A no-holds-barred sort of Belgian-style ale. Really great.

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Photo of mkh012
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue has quickly become my favorite brewery in the world. La Fin, Trois Pistoles, Don De Dieu, and now...Maudite.

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a rocky white head. The smell is mild. I've noticed most Unibroue beers have mild noses. I get some yeastiness and spice, maybe a touch of soapiness that luckily doesn't come through in the taste.

On the first sip, I get apple, peach, pepper, toffee, and some holiday spice. Very well-balanced. The 8% ABV is almost completely masked. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly carbonated and lively. As far as darker Unibroue beers go, I'd probably reach for Trois Pistoles before this, but it's still world class. The apple and peach flavors reveal themselves more as it warms. Very smooth. 9/10 for me.

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Photo of sherillc
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Raisin, banana, caramel, baking spices, yeasty. A rich mouth feel, almost creamy, well balanced by the effervescence. I don't think I have ever seen head retention like Unibroue beers anywhere else. Glass can be 3/4 empty and there's still a quarter inch of creamy tan froth. Impressive.

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Photo of Matchmike
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible every time. Had to chime in with a review.

Look: Amber rum with lace
Smell: Rumcake
Taste: Clove, fruit, alcohol and orange peel
Feel: Carbonation and thick
Overall: The most drinkable dubbel ever

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Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 9.11.18, poured into a Half Acre holiday snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice medium amber color, burgundy hues, cloudy and predominantly opaque with just a touch of clarity that leads to some bright garnet hues when hit by the light. A soft, foamy off white head rises from the beer, about two fingers high that has great retention and yields plenty of lace. The aroma is nice, strong malted barley, rich and grainy, a bit of clove, spice, yeasty with some lingering stone fruits. The flavors support the nose well, lots of heavy grains, bready, malty and sweet with some spice character, yeasty, clove, very smooth flavors with some fruit sweetness and alcohol heat at the finish. The mouthfeel is superb, coating, full bodied, gentle carbonation but enough to prop up the body with a smooth finish that is lightly warming.

Verdict: A very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale, though I believe they classify this as a dubbel. It has a really nice depth of flavor, balanced complexity and doesn't have any sharp alcohol character, which is really nice. I found myself enjoying this more and more as I drank it, though it does ring a bit sweeter than I'd like.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, BB 09-11-18
A - effervescent brown body with a foamy ivory head
S - sweet, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, dark fruit, spicy yeast
T - spicy and sweet with caramel, bread, raisin, prune, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, yeast
M - very effervescent, fuller body, alcohol well concealed
O - always a great beer to drink and to recommend to others. A must try. I need to drink this more often.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up in a gift pack. Nice Belgian style ale, amber with almost no head. Malty aroma and taste, Some spice, peat, and a little sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of 98green
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to a snifter. Look is a dark brown, mostly opaque. Thin head full of tiny bubbles. Smell is Belgian yeast. Taste is oddly a bit sour, flavors are raisins and dark fruit. Feel is very high carbonation, which seems to be a thing with unibroue bottles. Alcohol comes through a bit, but not too much. Overall a good example of the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mostly brown color with hints of mahogany and ruby. A large and dense foam head nearly overflowed, the lace retains well almost until the end.
Lots of interesting aromas in this one. I am first hit with what I can best describe as a citric and almost tart smell thats hard to pinpoint. Later, the sweet caramel malt and bubblegum aromas are clearly detected. There are also spices, notably cloves. As the drink warms I also detect banana and tropical fruit.
At first this beer, as with many other belgian style brews, has a tight carbonation that is crisp. However, this drink really comes into its own as it warms and the flavors and nuances truly come out. Sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, spicy clove, mild phenols, alcohol taste well masked but it warms you nevertheless, mild herbal hops. The finish is sweet. The body is medium and chewy but very drinkable.
Thus far I have enjoyed all of Unibroue's offerings, and this one is no exception. Great to drink alone or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Massive cloud of off white head. Retains a Rocky Mountain for quite some time.

Yeasty and nicely spiced. Fruity, peachy, over ripe banana. buttery.

Prunes sultanas and apple cider. Funky, a bit sharp as in a hint of sour. Baking spices. Plenty of warming with a brandy like flavour. Creamy as hell.

Smooth spicy and a mature sweet. Great all around

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

As noted by a previous rater Unibroue sure can make a beer with outstanding head retention that seems to last forever. Other than the huge head on this the appearance is typical for the style. Aromas are nice with a candied sweetness. Taste is lacking in my opinion for a Belgian Strong Dark but not below average by any stretch. Feel is nice as well, prickly and well carbonated. Overall, another terrific example by Unibroue but I think I prefer Trois Pistoles over this.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,571 ratings.
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