Maudite | Unibroue

4,604 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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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Photo of McNealc31
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber color and a big fluffy head that will not give up! Mostly yeast in the nose. Leads to some lightly toasted malt and a bit of a crisp hop kick. Some hints of clove, banana, and citrus in there, too.

Complex, and well balanced, but not very assertive.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at a restaurant, from a bottle into a Maudite tulip glass- probably about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a dark copper/tawny with a 1 finger creme-colored head. Cloudy, minimal lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a deeply layered apples, game, metal (almost a metallic or rust smell), and spices/pepper. Every time I went back to the glass, I got something different. This I found really a testament to its complexity. I eventually just gave up, writing it off largely as it's own beast.

Taste is a rich, lushly opulent and chewy maltiness that bends fruit, spice and game together in the best of ways. A malty structure is supported well by an effervescence that I think would be overzesty anywhere else. Here, it's perfect though.

Overall, a fantastic rich roundness that is expertly crafted. Serve a little warmer than I got it, (50-55 Fahrenheit) maybe with steak, ribs, game, venison, or raisins.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 05-05-13.

Appearance: A hazy brownish amber orange with a very light amount of bubbles around the glass. Decent one finger off white head fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very fruity like apple cider with Belgian yeast and caramel malts. Also has some raisins, plums, orange, clove, and coriander. Light hint of floral hops. Smell is very fruit driven and enticing.

Taste: Strong burst of yeast and cloves up front is followed by a nice mixture of caramel malts and fruits. Apples, raisins, orange, plums, and fig. Has some coriander with hints of pepper and floral hops. Nice combination of dark fruit and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body feels like the lighter side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth and at 8.00% I can't feel any alcohol burn at all.

Overall: A very solid dark ale that has an interesting mix of fruit flavors that is balanced well with yeast spice. Feels light but very full flavored.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, medium copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Some retention and lace.

S: Caramel malt, and a subtle something else that is hard to place-- it's mint-- the mint aroma of grade school paste. Interesting.

T: Leads with caramel and some cinanamon, adds a little pear in the middle and the dries slowly on the finish with mint appearing. Alcohol also warms the finish, but stays in its place. Over the course of the glass, a little tart apple joins the flavor profile.

M: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty lush.

O: This is a tasty beer. A little less intense than others of the style, but thoroughly enjoyable nevertheless. Will definitely buy it again.

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

Glass - Tulip

A - A very clouded orange/brown color with lots of tiny beads of C02 running up the glass. It produced a 2-finger head that held pretty well, and it left some nice splotches on my glass.

S - Smells sugary with a Lager yeast like, musty quality to it. I'm picking up prune, plum, hints of toffee and soft bread notes. As it warms I get a bit more toasted bread characteristics.

T - Lots of tart and dry prune and plum notes that can make you pucker a little bit. Musty bread and Belgian yeast notes in the way of clove, spicy quality and soft banana quickly follow. Moderate sweetness that's balanced well with that Belgian yeast flavor and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is practically not noticeable. As it warmed it picked up a vinegar quality to it, which I could probably due without.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth and almost chewy feel, and soft crispness.

O - Overall I thought this beer was very enjoyable. I would have liked a bit more toffee and nutty flavors that Iv tasted in others of the same style, but that's kinda my preference. Definitely pick it up and give it a try sometime. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glass: Tulip

1 finger tan head. Leaves a thin layer plus ring after a minute. The body is a dark, hazy bronze color, hard to see any bubbles.

yeast hits first on the aroma, glove, banana, copper. a little musty with a medley of rich dark fruits, dates, fig, chocolate and toffee as well.

taste is consistent with the aroma. Flavors of date, toffee, chocolate and Belgian yeast mix flawlessly. The body is thick yet intriguingly light and effervescent. A little lingering heat.

Very, very good. There's not much room for improvement here.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with about a one finger head. Moderate amount of lacing and glass presence. Color is a chestnut brown. You can see a couple streams of carbonation racing to the top.

S: Yeasty, light fruit. Some raisin and spice. Sweet.

T: Tastes of banana bread and malt. There is a tang of apple/lemon/orange spice as it exists the palate. I really enjoyed the switch at the end. The 8% ABV is just a warming undertone.

M: I love feeling of this one. Perfect amount of carbonation, not too heavy or light. Very clean and crisp.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like to call the color I see in this beer as "raisin." I'm not sure if that's apt, but it certainly had a nice look to it. The head is there, but not as lively and foamy that I thought would be present.

It is only until I came online to review this beer that I noticed it had 8% ABV. I'd have to say that the beer is surprisingly pleasant to drink for something that is a bit on the higher end of the ABV scale. The taste was mellow, slightly sweeter than I thought it would be. I thought it reminded me slightly of one of the Chimay beers.

the mouthfeel was just right, without being too malty or too light for me. It was very easy on my palate, and it's something that you can drink easily with a nice dinner.

I think it was very drinkable for something on the strong side. Granted, I think it's my first time drinking anything from Unibroue, and I would be interested in seeing other beers in their lineup.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a big off white head with some carbonation that falls into a decent lacing above a cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

Light sweet caramel and yeast filled aroma.

Lots of different things in the taste, caramel, light fruits, hints of spices, some yeast and more.

Finishes with a light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied drink.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
2.74/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not was I was expecting from a BSDA.

A - It's got the look. That brownish dark amber that Belgian strongs have. A thin, dissipating head from the bottle I opened. (Into a Belgian goblet.)

S - Wow. A strong yeast nose that reminds me of an ale "in process" rather than fully finished. Not skunked, not overly hopped, just not pleasant.

T - Something is missing from this strong dark ale... what is it? Oh yes, the STRENGTH! This is a pretty insipid brew for the ABV and the style. There isn;t nay meat on these bones.

M - Light, too light.

Overall, I did not care for this beer. It lacked a lot of things a Belgian beer should have. I can't understand how my evaluation is so far different from the others.

Nevertheless, unless the second bottle of the 4 pack is radically different, I can not recommend this ale.

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Photo of mooseo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A perfect dark brown/deep amber color. Excellent 1" head, with a ton of lacing. Lively and bubbly.

S - A sweet nose consisting of a mix of caramel malts and citrus and spice. While not a powerful scent, it is rather pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is spicy and malty with a hint of apple and other fruits. Good balance. The finish has a bready, yeast flavor that lingers on. All of the flavors here are wonderful.

M - Smooth, crisp, full bodied beer, with high carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, but refreshing.

D - High drinkability. The alcohol is barely noticeable. A fine Belgian dark ale with an exceptional taste.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is a sexy amber-brown. Two fingers of fluffy, slightly tanned head dissipated to leave a billowy cap.

Smell: Lots of malt, fruit, and spice. Caramel, green apples, orange, dark fruit that I cannot put my finger on, yeast, coriander, and pepper spice. There is a little alcohol, but nothing sinister.

Taste: The mouthfeel is, as the back label says, “uncommonly smooth.” (I don’t know about “uncommonly,” but it is smooth.) The taste is mostly reminiscent of the smell, but the flavors are much more pronounced and very well balanced. Caramel, toffee, green apple, orange, fig, yeast, and coriander; the pepper spice is seemingly nonexistent except for the lingering tingle it leaves on the tongue. There is a little brandy-like alcohol edge, but for the most part the booze is very well masked.

Drinkability: Really good stuff. It has a ton of flavor and the body is full and smooth.

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Photo of JoeBCBC
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass

A- Deep and unfiltered reddish-brown with a bubbly 1 finger white head that subsides quickly.

S- Green apples, caramel malt, dark fruits, and spicy yeast notes.

T- A tinge of cider, dark fruits, licorice, caramel, grain, and a subtle hop bitterness. Complex.

M- Bubbly and very carbonated. Almost too much.

O- A very balanced and complex beer, and a very enjoyable one even if belgians aren't your thing. I think i'll let this one warm up a bit.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A --A hazy caramelized apricot colored brew that pours to a two finger eggshell head and settles to a thin skim.

S -- Spiced peach cobbler, plum, fig, molasses, and caramel.

T -- Caramel malts backed by a bevy of fruit esters, a spice tone of clove and a hint of herbal notes. Sweet yet bitter enough to be balanced very well.

M -- Medium bodied yet crisp, moderate high carbonation. Short linger, which is pretty hard to pull off with this style.

D -- Very solid brew, worth a pickup and a repeat. I want to find it on draft.

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

A: 1/2" cream coloured head that left a slight lacing over light brownish cloudy liquid.

S: Apples, figs, and yeast.

T: Apples, figs, yeast, pepper and spice with a refreshing finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: An easy drinker with unique flavours for this style.

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Photo of nokes
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's "Vertical night" so here we go with two Maudites, one from this spring, and another from 2007 that I've had sitting on a shelf behind a case of wine all this time. Out of sight, out of mind, or at least...easier to keep my hands off of, particular when the beer supply gets short. Cellaring this one has required some willpower.

This beer pours beautifully. Coppery, bubbly, frothy, fills the chalice nicely. Easy to watch, and the lacing reminds you that you used to have *that* much beer in the glass. Sigh.

Smells really good, though much more demure than the Chimay Blue that we tasted immediately before. As it warms, the smells come out to play more (not that it was Coors Light cold to start with, of course). Dark fruits, malt, and green apple. The smells are more obvious in the new beer, more subtle in the older.

Taste is really nice. Green apple and dark fruits again, but less complex than the Chimay Blue. Fewer layers. As it warms, the dark fruits become more promounced, but all the while it manages to stay pretty light and approachable. This is a dangerous beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. The 2007 is much lighter, and the dark fruit flavours fade in favour of more green apple, but they're still there, and they still blend nicely, though differently.

Mouthfeel is lovely. I like the carbonation. Read some reviews here where people thought it was overdone, but nary a problem with these two bottles. Nice balance, and the carbonation keeps things lively without being overpowering. Nice velvety feel. Again, the older beer tastes fresher somehow.

Overall, really really good. I like this beer, and have for a long time. First time reviewing it carefully, and first time trying it vertically over multiple years. It's good both ways. Time tempers the cooked, dark fruit flavours and they become more subtle. Both are's worth cellaring these to taste the difference.

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

This beer pours a nice dark brown to almost black color with a nice offwhite colored head. the smell is spicey with hints of dark fruits. the taste follows the smell with dark fruit flavors and a nice spiceness from the yeast. the mouthfeel is a little thinner tha i would have expected, the beer has good carbonation.Overall this beer is excellent, and unibroue continues to impress.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle into a giant snifter...pours lighter than I expected...I pour in a bit of the yeast to get some cloudiness and extra funkiness and swig the rest of the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation throughout the entire volume with a generous and fluffy head too. Smell is mild hops balancing sweet malts. Exceptionally clean. Wish there was a bit more yeast character in the nose of this one. Bitter sweet with layers of complexity at the first sip. Wonderful taste in the great tradition of Corsendonk and others. Mouthfeel is perfect. Very energetic, completely alive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CallMeIschmael
3.09/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'm a huge fan of this brewery. And I tried this one a few times to make sure I was right in my critique.

That being said, this beer has far too much carbonation. So much so that it almost overpowers that Belgian funk.
Almost...not entirely. This beer has some funk to it, some complexity, but all of that is overpowered or minimized by the ridiculous amount of carbonation. I feel like I'm eating pop-rocks when I drink this beer.
First beer I didn;t like from this brewery. I won't call it a bad beer, because it isn;t, but it certainly seems to be the black sheep of this brewery.

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Photo of k7sw
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: New reviewer here, take this with a grain of salt.
Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy copper with quickly diminishing 2 finger head
S- Smells sweet and floral faint syrupy smell.
T- Some caramel, a little overpowered by the carbonation
M- A little heavy on the carbonation, goes down smooth
D- Very drinkable. Despite the carbonation it goes down very smooth.
O- I was excited for this beer, I may have set my hopes too high. The taste didn't really come off as strong as I had hoped. The aroma and pour were going well but the carbonation took over and washed out the flavor.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into Ommegang tulip. Best by 8/3/2013

A - Pours a deep copper with brown notes. A finger of tan head.

S - Some belgian yeast and a raisin bread smell. Caramel and a touch of clove as well.

T - Lots more of that yeast and clove flavor come out in the taste. Again, the raisin and bread flavors are also strong, but it is much sharper than the nose suggested. I was expecting something a bit rounder and more mellow. I am pleasantly surprised. This is surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. That said, the complexity of the flavor should be emphasized. Caramel provides some sweetness, and the raisin taste tends to linger. Delicious!

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit sharp due to the carbonation, but as that fades, it rounds out nicely. Perfectly lingering finish. The feel is wonderful. Despite the medium body it drinks easy, like a lighter bodied beer.

O - Overall this beer is quite a treat. Complex flavors that play off one another perfectly joined with an almost ideal mouthfeel. Immediately jumps to the top of the list for Unibroue, in my mind.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated best before 11-30-13. I understand they consider this beer to have a shelf life of 3 years.

appears dark amber brown in color, with 1" white head. great lacing. aroma is malt heavy with a bit of herbal spiciness. tastes of sweet caramel malt, with a slight undertone of hops. very smooth mouthfeel. medium body, low carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a Gulden Draak stem glass, a hazy chestnut brown with orange tints, and a small white head that receded to a mere ring. Aroma of caramel maltiness and bready yeast. I didn't really get the fruity taste that many other people seem to be getting from this. Rather, a clean nuttiness with some subtle spice, cloves and aromatic wood. A little bit flat and woody. But it's still good, and goes extremely good with Oreos, I discovered. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though not too distinctive.

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

Pours a hazy reddish-mahogany with a 3-finger off-tan head. Good retention and soapy lace through about half the glass.

The nose is complex and rather vineous with its vanilla creaminess and malty-caramel soaking the fruity esters and phenolic spices- aromas of caramel soaked apples, figs, chocolate, baked pears, cloves, black pepper. The minimal amount of hops add some floral undertones.

The medium-full bodied palate kicks off with a bright carbonation and again with that malty dark caramel vibe joined by mass amounts of boozy alcohol and spicy, herbal phenolic complexities. Many layers here. Hop bitterness is very mild, while the incredibly long finish (many bonus points for that) sees Unibroue offer another wonderful breakfast cereal flavor. Just like the La Fin du Monde smelled a little like Captain Crunch and Crunchberries, the beginning of the finish here joins the chocolate and the grain for a flavor reminiscent of Cocoa Puffs. As the finish dries out, it goes back to the spicy clove and finally offers some lingering mid-tongue resin and a final flavor of aged rum. There's almost too many layers to pick out unless you're really being a nerd about it.

Another winner from Unibroue. Massively complex and a pleasure to drink. As you'd expect from French-speaking brewers, these beers are as wine-like as they come, and I can't wait to pair this beer with just about every rich and succulent Autumn-time recipe.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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