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Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of julian89
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 3rd on my Unibroue tour...

Appearance- Opaque, amber color, minimal head and lacing. Typical dark Belgian appearance.

Smell- Light malt with plum and raisin notes.

Taste- Excellent sweet taste, almost like dessert. The raisin, orange, plum, and pear taste are great. I like the balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated. Good simple mouthfeel.

Overall- A well balanced and progressive brew, glad to have had it. Great drinkability too despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a thick creamy head with bubbles present. Amber honey brown in colour and opaque.

Smell- Cap'n Crunch cereal smell with sweet plum notes.

Taste- You get the cap'n crunch and plum notes as you drink this as well as some orange peel. Not bitter what soever considering the ABV. Has a warming nature as it goes down which makes it very smooth.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. The bubbles are fluffy and nice on the palate.

Overall- A well balanced ale from Unibroue. This is quite drinkable for the ABV. I have been impressed by other offerings by Unibroue.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark copper in color. Hazy. One finger white head that fades fast and leaves an OK lacing.

S: Big Belgian yeast. Cloves and slight banana. Very light dark fruits. Some raisin and figs.

T: Cloves are the dominate flavor. Very yeasty. Has a peppery spice that comes through. Dark fruits come through in the finish but are still pretty light.

M: Light bodied, but not watery. Slightly crisp. Higher carbonation. A touch dry.

O: A solid Belgian. Not near my favorite style but I enjoyed drinking this one. Would definitely buy again.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep garnet, almost opaque with a towering light tan head.

S: Oaky malty hints to it with a yeasty spicy fruity smell.

T: I don't know why this reminds me of an oak aged beer, but something about it does. Fruity and malty with an oaky character to it.

M: Medium thickness, a tad syrupy, with good carbonation.

O: I won't buy it again, but it was a darn good beer and worth trying once.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange pour with a huge head that settles very slowly and has mild head retention. There is a small bit of patchy lacing down the glass.

Smell: Excellent piney aroma with some brown sugar and toffee, and dark fruits. Absolutely wonderful, crisp, and fresh.

Taste: Dark fruits initially, followed by a refreshing piney taste and an incredibly smooth finish. I can definitely taste the alcohol in the finish, but didn't really pick up on it anywhere prior to this.

Mouthfeel: Light to light-medium in body with medium-high carbonation and a nice finish that is surprisingly smooth. There is a bit of pleasant warming in the finish due to the abv.

Overall: A nice, well-balanced Belgian dark ale that satisfies the palate and has an incredibly smooth drinkability.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of foamy head sit on the murky red/amber/brown goodness below. Decent lace.

S - Great depth here. Musty, earthy, yeasty, sweet and boozy. Aromas of bread, vanilla, and plum.

T - The same Belgian characteristics as the nose. Yeast, bread, raisin scones and lavender. Very musty and dank with fantastic complexity coming through. Slightly warming.

M - Smooth, moderate body, medium carbonation. A myriad of flavours in each sip.

O - Really impressed with this, as I was with Trois Pistoles. I have just found out that Unibroue are ceasing exports to Australia, so I will be doing myself a favour by stocking up.

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Photo of rangel2
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong carbonated pour that fizzles, loudly. Nearly two fingers of off-white head with a hazy dark red body. Very little retention, though.

Smell is sour apple up front. Some grape, pruniness underneath, as well as faint bubblegum. Solid toffee backdrop in there.

Taste is cinnamon apple, fig, more of the pruney quality. Solid bitter finish, nothing overwhelming but noticeable. A lovely bit on the sour side. The longer is sits, the more earthiness and toffee I start to pick up on. Rather complex stuff here.

It's velvety, yet nice and tingly. Superb carbonation.

Overall, a super pleasurable dark Belgian. Very balanced, tons of earthy fruitiness to it. Strong carbonation, really drinkable. At 8% ABV, though, I'm feeling pretty good after one. Probably gonna switch it before I get ahead of myself.

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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle in to La Fin Du Monde Tulip

A- Wonderful caramel color, with hints of darker toffee present also. Nice large head at pour which shrinks down and doesn't linger around.

S- Honestly only part that isn't amazing about this beer. Smells a bit to harsh, almost solventy to me. Fruity esters also present and a nice bready aroma also, but almost too harsh.

T- Wonderful! The solvent smell doesn't linger for the taste. Small alcohol bite but not harsh in any way. Wonderful fruity taste, beautiful deep malt characteristics. Cant get enough of this.

M- Thin and almost slick. Wonderful level of carbonation. Perfect compliment to the taste.

O- Great Beer. Not as good as a La Fin Du Monde in my opinion, but still very good. Goes down smooth with many pairings.

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL.OZ. 355mL bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.49 & enjoyed it before GAME 3 (STL vs. MIL) @ Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO). Poured from fired up background with a flying ship & gold aluminum foiled bottle into a 16oz Plastic Cup. Has Best Before 03-03-14 the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Everything was very faint this time around in the aroma... Strong malts and a slight bit of banana in here. Peppery as well but these all don't seem to be the old Maudite I remember...

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger head that stays for a good amount of time. Has a dark copper colored body that is semi-hazy. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Very awesome malt combo with hops in here! There is a slight spiciness to it that blends together with the banana that was in the aroma. Light-Medium hop bitterness but everything tastes very good in here!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Sweet, and has a good creamy, easy finish. Nothing much is left on the palate except for a sweetness and high maltiness.

Overall Impression- I have had the Maudite on-tap before and have enjoyed it much more! Still a good one from Unibroue but not what I remember. Very malty and has the banana flavor that is in some of them but only satisfied me for a second. Will be enjoying again for sure and recommend if you haven't had it!

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue has quite a respected line-up. I loved La Fin du Monde, so I'm excited to see what they do with the complexity that is the Strong Dark Ale…

A: Thick, Belgian color on this one; a brownish-rust body with a ton of haze. On top is an off-white head, so silky, that moves from two fingers of micro-bubbles to a half-finger of smooth retention. Lacing is minimal.

S: A very inviting mix of dark and light aromas in this nose; plum, raisin, and toffee fills out a lemony peach scent. Fermented, alcoholic fruit syrups abound, as do cedar, clove, vanilla, and yeasty phenols. Good bready backing that’s apparent as the nose fades. Very nice.

T: Strong and fruity – wow. Tart, fruity grape, lemon, and cherry transitions smoothly into a bready caramel. Delicious. I’m loving the bitter showing from the Belgian esters, a little funk, and mild European-style hops; they’re an earthy treat that mix perfectly with the dark syrups. Great alcohol on the end: clovey, spicy, vanilla, and woody. The aftertaste is velvety sweet, with a slight woody dryness; reminds me of Vanilla Coke.

M: Superbly drinkable; it just slides right off the tongue. Thick, chewy, and smooth. The carbonation is so small that it hardly makes an impression.

O: Epic beer – there isn’t anything about it that’s not world-class. An absolute pleasure to drink. Unlike many beers of this style, Maudite is light and refreshing without sacrificing any flavor.

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Photo of Dave128
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pint Night at Pazzo's pizza pub. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a pitcher into the complimentary Maudite snifter received at the event.

A - Dark smoky amber and mysterious. The head is bone white with a tint of orange. The head is frothy and rises up a couple fingers with a rigorous pour, but subsides pretty quickly into a pretty thin disc. Suprisingly, the beer doesn't lace that well.

S - Very yeasty aroma. I was kinda put off at first when I smelled it, but then I got the spices and dark fruit as well. I can definitely pick up the alcohol as well.

T - Strong coriander presence. Dark dried fruit like raisins and figs. Alcohol is evident and its warming enhances the rich flavors present. There are other spices present. I particularly keep tasting the clove in the back of my throat after having not taken a sip in a while. Average bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Perfect for this style.

O - Pretty darn solid beer. This is one I'd like to have in the dead of winter as it has so many warming qualities through the alcohol and spices.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Unibroue and I'm a fan of Maudite. However, I was a bigger fan the first time I had it. I popped a big bottle of it for a fantasy football draft I was executing from the office. It was a great draft and a great beer. However, the beer I remember there was spicier and not as heavy on the raisin... a bit more like Chimay Red. I still like this version, but it's not quite up to the same level. I served this from a 12 oz. bottle into a very appropriate Maudite snifter.

The beer pours with a nice, tight tan head. This is even with a gentle pour. The head dissipates decently quickly, but was nice while it lasted. The body itself is a dark, deep, charred orange. It's a good looker, but not great.

The beer has a very raisiny smell. The dark fruit tones are accompanied by some lighter fruit notes (apple) and slight spice in the background. I think I get some cinnamon in there, but it's definitely not the only spice.

The taste is along the lines of the nose, but more pronounced with the cinnamon and apple flavors. Yep, this is definitely brewed with the Unibroue yeast. That stuff is unmistakable.

This is a good beer, but it's a bit tame on the spices and I prefer a slightly different raisin taste from my malt. Most of the scores ranged between 3.5 and 4. This is a solid beer, but it's not as interesting and satisfying as some other dubbels can be. I'd probably rather have a Chimay Red... and I guess that explains why this solid beer won't be getting a score with an A in it from me.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass a beautifully clear chestnut-brown with a billowy off-white head and a vigorous release of carbon dioxide.

The smells are reminiscent of sweet toffee, butterscotch, a little black pepper, and nutmeg. There is a big sweet malt note, as well as spicy and earthy yeast.

This sure is a spicy Belgian! The first tastes I get are sweet toasted malts, and spices that remind me a lot of wintertime cookies. There is also a quite prominent apple and cinnamon flavor on the tail end--just before the dry yeast finish. This beer is full-bodied, and strikes a balance between smooth and carbon dioxide prickliness.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy leather brown with a creamy golden tan head that hangs around for quite a while and leaves a good chunky lacing down the glass.

S -Big malt, like the wort at the Jack Daniel Distillery. Spicy clove, sharp yeast, some banana, fig, raisin, alcohol, butterscotch, toffee, plum and other dark fruits, sweet rolls.

T - Sharp yeast malt up front with a lingering mild funkiness that transforms into a wheat-beer like character with essences of grapeskins and burned caramel. Alcohol is definitely noticeable with minimal bitter shining through. The beer has a sweetness to it but the beer finishes relatively dry with a clean fruity character.

M - Good carbonation, high acidity, and a fairly clean mouthfeel for the style.

O - Quite nice! Has a crisp and zesty character that the style often lacks.

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Photo of HopHearted
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, definately a burnt umber color.

Smell - Very sweet smell, malt forward, and yeasty. Not as yeasty as some of their other brews but definitely bready smell. It has a note of some Middle Eastern or Indian spices and orange peel.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very effervescent and carbonated. The spices pick up as it warms a bit, but you get the orange peel at the start and then a clean finish with the hops off the back end. Palate will be cleansed after each sip. Would pair nicely with grilled lamb.

Overall - This is not a bad go to beer for a Belgian strong ale. It can take a bit of getting used to, but it is one of those beers that you can have before, during, or after dinner and it will sit well with anything.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick 1-2 fingers of head, off-white, great retention.  Color is a hazy brown with moderate bubble action. 

S: Bready yeast, sweet roasted malt, musky, and pears

T: Yeast, malts and hops are detectable, but the Belgian yeasts dominate the flavor.  The taste is complex. Plums are evident along with molasses.  It's crisp and slightly sour. 

M: nicely carbonated, medium
Body, refreshing even though there is a boozey quality to this one.  

Very nice!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color with a massive 3 finger head that sticks around

S: Dark fruit, brandy vapors, brown sugar, caramel malts

T: Dark fruit again, a sherry like heat, some citrusy tartness, and a finish of sweetness

O: This is pretty good. Not sure if it's my favorite from unibroue, but a nice brew nonetheless.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best buy date of 05-06-13 my birthday two years from now. hopefully this will be something ill want to drink on that day. poured into a Duvel tulip.

color is a wonderful dark oak. 2 finger head and plenty of carbonation bubble creeping their way up. head not as sticky as most unibroue brews.

unfortunately im coming over a cold so my sense of smell aint so great. i can just get hints of dark fruits and spice

yum. this is tasty. taste like it smell only better. dagnabbit the alcohol is not even there. funny to think that this is almost the same alcohol content as steel reserve. this beer is dangerous.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Waterzooi.

A- Dark ruby red, thin head, some lace but not a ton.

S- lots of raisin, brown sugar, some brandy notes.

T- Plenty of winnter fruit, brown sugar, belgian yeast, warming alcohol, subtle juniper, spice at the end. Complex and soft flavored, extremely pleasant.

O- This beer is complex and sophisticated, but extremely approachable and enjoyable to all beer drinkers, experts and beginners alike.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, semi hazy auburn brown color.

Nose dark wheat dark fruit, raisin, fig, light booze, sweet dark malts, molasses.

Taste sweet malts, dark wheat, molasses, almost candi sugar like flavor, dark fruits, fig, raisin, esters and booze, light bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied decent carb light booze.

Overall great beer, a bit heavy but that's what it's supposed to be, nice malts and fruits, etc, a great Belgian for a brewery outside of Belgium.

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Photo of EricMichael
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy, red-amber. It really captures the light and looks fiery like one would expect from a beer called "the damned". Massive three-finger head at first pour that hung around for a few minutes. This later turned into nice lacing, but as the beer warmed the lacing became extremely light.

Smell - Sweet fruity malts, floral hops and lots of spice. Orange, clove and coriander really come through. Faint yeast, not as prevalent as some of the other Unibroue's.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Starting off on the colder side, the orange is prominent with a yeast/carbonation bite to finish. As it warms, other malt flavors are allowed to bloom. As it reaches optimal drinking temperature, the spices take over along with a light yeast. Coriander and clove. Bitter-sweet and exceptionally crisp & smooth. When you finish a sip, your mouth is clean, ready for another.

Overall - This is one of my favorites. The color draws you in. The flavor and feel really delivers. If I could afford to drink this weekly, I would.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,612 ratings
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