Maudite | Unibroue

4,587 Ratings

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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 jgagne
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark amber tint with a creamy white head. Wonderful exciting looking beer

S-candied fruit with hint of spices

T-Wonderful perfect blend of spices and sweets. Nice caramel notes hidden within this powerful brew

M-Spicy bitterness with medium body and medium carbonation. Really nice

O-What a great beer. I would go as far to say it is perfect for this style. I coud not ask for much more. Virtually no weaknesses. Just plan wonderful

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color with 1 finger offwhite head

S- Has a very malty sweet aroms to it with some spice notes as well

T- Has a nice alchol taste at the beginning followed by some spice and fruit flavors then finishes with a werid can't put my finger on it taste

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is another great beer by this company. But it might be my least favorite from them soo far. in no way a bad beer just a tiny bit off for me but overall i liked it

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy head. Smells of wheat, lemon, sour fruit caramel malt, yeast and spice. Strong light fruity flavor, fairly sour, clean dry wheat like finish. Medium body with a metallic twang lasting afterwards that I don’t particularly care for.

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

Cloudy, dark amber, with a thick head of off-white bubbles. No lace.

Nose is sweet candied fruit, brown sugar, spice.

Taste is quite nice, with a heavy malt base. Rich fruit esters, a little sour or tart cherry hint, toffee.

Thick and tasty, and a bit of alcohol warmth at the finish. Superb.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10-23-12 stamped on back of label. 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wineglass.

Appearance - Large offwhite head with a thin lighter colored lace on top of that the head. Clear amber body.

Smell - Sweet. Very malty with hints of candied sugar.

Taste - Somewhat alcoholic, but not surprising given the ABV. Slight metallic aftertaste detectable at first, but after a couple sips turns into dry fruit. Let this one breathe for a second, because the first sip right after a pour has a metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing. Almost like a tripel. It threw me off that this is called a Belgian Strong Dark. More like a blend between a tripel and dubbel at best. Acidic and alcoholic on the tongue.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty good beer. Started off strong but sort of petered out before the finish line.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Has a cloudy red almond brown color. Just a hint of off white head that flares out quickly. Champagne style carbonation rising up the side of the glass.

S- Has some classic Belgian style characteristics. Has a spicy note to it that kind of reminds me a spiced wine. Has a bit of an alcohol scent to it but it is faint. Dark fruit and figs.

T- Spicey dark fruit, malt and a bit of smoke.

M- Very strong carbonation and a dry quality to it kind of like a soda.

O- Enjoyed the smell and the appearance but the mouth feel just ruined this one for me. Taste was good but could not enjoy it as much because of the carbonation in this beer.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown color with faint red highlights. Slightly cloudy. Three fingers of fluffy off-white head that fades slowly but leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - I get hints of raisins and toasted barley. Some spicy estery fruitiness from the Belgian yeast and the higher ABV.

T - Sweet up front and some rich toasty flavors from the dark grains. A tanginess hits the sides of the tongue toward the beginning. Some alcohol bitterness is evident toward the finish along with some zesty citrus notes possibly from the hops.

M - Thicker, with effervescent carbonation that rolls pleasantly around the tongue. A sticky finish that leaves me wanting another sip.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon opening the bottle I smelt the cork and smelt very much like a merlot, very intrigued to try this.

Appearance-Shades of Amber and Brown, carbonation floating up to the top. Foamy and firm 2 finger light brown head leaving some lacing thats dripping down the side of the glass.

Smell-Just like the cork, smells like a red wine; Black pepper, dark fruits, clove, light booziness. However the yeast really comes through as well. This is an extremely inviting aroma, I think I'm going to love this.

Taste-Sweet, candied dark fruits. Some crisp apple and spice as well. Just enough booze coats the mouth to know that you're drinking 8% alcohol. Like to note that it's almost like an apple cider meets a red wine. Very very complex and it's so drinkable and so balanced. This is a very intriguing and impressive brew.

Mouthfeel-Just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate that makes you want to keep picking up the glass for another sip. Medium bodied with light booziness.

Overall-First overall "5" I've given. A great experience of flavors, so complex, so drinkable, so refreshing. Great desert beer or pre-dinner beer. Love it. Go get it if you can.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Maudite tulip glass at Beelow's Steakhouse.

During my early birthday steak celebration, this was my beer of choice (a complete shock that stuff like this and Bernardus 12 were even available, and on draft no less!). It pours a cloudy amber-tawny topped by a healthy finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises bready Belgian yeast, figs, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, candi sugar, mandarin oranges, clove, light banana, and a touch of red apples. The taste tones things down a bit, focusing on the yeast, the figs, the clove, the pepper, and the nutmeg. A touch of apple-y fruitiness comes through as well, diluted a bit by some red grapes, but this is secondary to everything else. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that longs to be as chewy as it feels it is (if that makes sense...). Overall, a very nice brew, one of my old favorites from my early days as a craft drinker. Still going strong (both the beer and myself).

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love it when bottle shops are stupid. I got this beer for a buck because they probably thought it went bad. Bottle dated '09. Drank last night and took some good notes. Brownish, Amber color with tons of carbonation, decent lacing. Good 2-finger head which diminishes to a finger and pretty much stays there.

There are a lot of things going on in the nose here. Wheat, fruit (which it most likely picked up with time), fig, spices, a subtle boozyness accompanied by spices(not potpurri-ish whatsoever like some spice flavors, spice is black peppery, definite belgian yeast.

The middle warms you up for sure. After crisp carbonation sparkles your mouth, that spicy, boozy character from the nose is there. Its sweet and slightly dry. Some apple and other fruit going on. Loaded with flavor and incredibly complex. I taste something new with each sip. Belgian yeast here too.

The finish is creamy and sweet, spicey, subtley fruity.

Hands Down, the best beer I had last night. Probably the most complex of this style I've ever had. Never had it before but I will seek this out again because it was simply amazing.

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The color of old copper, with a massive head of fine textured off-white foam. Plenty of lace.

S- Smells of bread dough and Belgian yeast - straightforward, uncomplex, uninspiring.

T- Sweet & sour balsamic vinegar and malt. That's about the extent of it here; this was a rather boring beer.

M, D- The feel was sufficiently substantial, but the disappointment was in the lack of inspiration, interest, and pleasure.

Within the Unibroue portfolio, Don de Dieu thoroughly and soundly eclipses Maudite in every respect.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, dark, orange-amber color with a medium-large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent has some nice Belgian yeast with green apples. I also get some nice dark fruits and wheat aromas. Taste is initially dark fruits, quickly followed by Belgian yeast and some coriander and pepper. I get some wheat flavors as well as a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, I am a huge fan of almost all Unibrou beers, and this one is definitely one of them.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup color with lasting thick tan head. Smell is Belgium candy sugar, caramel and dark fruits and toasted sweet bread. Almost smells like cream when swirled in a tulip glass. Very sweet nose all in all. Spicy and sweet. Raisins, cinnamon and toasted caramel sugar are present. Along with some bread. Very tasty. Could have used a little more sweetness. Great nonetheless. Mouth fell is creamy and smooth with semi bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied. One of my favorites form Unibroue. Highly recommended. Super drinkable.

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

Nice golden dark color.. First sip, I tasted a bit of hops, some nice malt and barley with a number of different spices, some which I could not detect.
it finished with a nice soft but slightly sweet aftertaste.
Something that I would drink over and over
But still, I am a bit puzzled as to what spices that are in the beer. At times, it reminded me of a wheat bear, but without the orange and coriander ....
Still a good brew

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Photo of Stocean1
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a 341 ml bottle into a large wine glass to a nice 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a one cm line of foam that lingered for the entire experience - a few swirls and the one finger head reappeared. Amber colour or perhaps burnished dark hardwood floor - the lacing is patchy.

S - sweet dark fruit - some yeast - reminds me of the liquer in a brandy chocolate. a few swirls produces a powerful smelling sweet ale - malty

T - definitely dark fruit hint of banana/cloves - the 8% abv is well masked unless you take a good pull aty which time the devil on the side of the bottle appears on your shoulder - some hops in the after taste gives you a love nibble

M - pleasant sweetness and carbonation lingers on the tongue however medium body at best

O - I have always preferred La fin du monde from unibroue however this bottle makes it a toss up in my opinion - Clearly this is not a session ale but I would have no difficulty drinking half a dozen in a "session" (with no plans to drive of course). Given I can grab six for 12$ across the street this is obviously one of my go to beers.

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Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first legal drink when I turned 21 back in 2006. One of the beers that introduced me to craft beer. Haven't had this beer in a few years, so lets see how it compares to the hundreds of others I have tried since...

Pours a deep amber/brown with a thick fizzy head that quickly settles into about a 1/8 inch thick silky looking head. Aroma is beautifully balanced for the style - fruity esters, Belgian yeast spice, fruity/sweet malts, and faint tea/herbal aromas. Flavor is very sweet/candi like upfront with a big Belgian inspired yeast-funk, some clove/banana, and finishes with a sticky sweetness. Alcohol creates a pleasant warming presence. Bubbly on the tongue with a creamy mouthfeel. I have always enjoyed this style and this brewery really knows the style. Very well done beer.

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

Appearance - I love the name of the beer, which translates to something like "the damned," and the label which depicts a Quebecois folk tale about voyageurs who make a deal with the devil.

The beer itself pours a hazy orange-brown with a nice dense head.

Smell - fruity and spicy with hints of black tea, clove, orange peel and complex Belgian-style yeast. Just a hint of banana and alcohol.

Taste - complex flavours of rich malt; tons of spice, just a hint of banana.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I always love the labels of the Unibroue beer and this one is no different. Generally a brown, rusty color with some cloudiness. The head is a lighter off white color with close to one finger in height, it sticks around for a while and laces some as well. The beer smells very Belgian in nature with darker fruits and spiciness. Smell faintly reminds me of a cabernet. Breadiness is more apparent in the taste, with the spicy, dark fruits still available. Great carbonation that dances around quite well, and for an extended period. Overall a very enjoyable beer, in the Belgian Strong Dark style that is becoming one of my favorites. Looking forward to a few more of these.

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

Bottle poured into my Victory Tulip.

A: A nice rich brown/caramel color. Nice white head that dissipated rather quickly and lingered slightly.

S: Similar to the other Unibroue Belgians I have had. It is overwhelmed by fruity esters such as raisin and apricot.

T: Very sweet and raisin-like as the smell suggests. The alcohol is warming to the mouth and throat. The sweetness fades and leaves a slightly bitter flavor in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied, alcohol is noticeable from the warming feel. Carbonation is balanced and in check

O: A very good beer from Unibroue, and in fact every one of their beers I have ever had has been delicious. I don't think its doing anything special and new for them though. La Fin Du Monde is certainly still my favorite brew of theirs.

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Photo of Jeriacor
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from bevmo cause it looked interesting. I've liked other Unibroue brews. Let's see how this is.

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a snifter. Freshness date shows 07-02-2012.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful medium amber color with a massive off-white head. Looks great. The big head fades quickly and this beer has some long lasting lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeast, cloves, seeds, and spices. Cinnamon apparent also.

Taste: Tastes of yeast and many a spice at first. Slight apple/pear flavor as well. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and some kind of seed I can't identify, also a vague pumpkin flavor, and vanilla. Hops are very downplayed here, this brew is about the malt, which is warming and satisfying. There's plenty of complexity here, far more than my unrefined palate can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and warming, not very dry, but not incredibly wet either. Quite nice.

Overall: I enjoy this beer, solidly. Very high class and filled to the brim with warming spices, perfect for those cold days. For a beer who's name means "damned" this beer is quite far from hell, maybe even heavenly. A beer to enjoy any day you are looking to enjoy great tasting beer.

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

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Best before 11-01-13.

A: murky dark cider color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a typical spiderweb Belgian cap with good lacing.

S: brown sugar, clove, dried dark fruit, banana bread, just a hint of Belgian funk.

T: the front is full of dried and over-ripe fruit (mainly banana), the middle features a lively spicy character, with clove, nutmeg and bit of white pepper, the finish is just mildly earthy and the spices hang around for the duration of the ride, the hop finish ranges from floral to mildly herbal. The alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: light to medium-bodied, satiny texture, and plentiful carbonation makes for a palate-cleansing beer.

O: I would consider this a great gateway beer to the larger world of Belgian-style brews. Not too funky, not supremely complex or challenging, but very tasty and true to style. It is a natch below the truly world class examples of this style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08-02-13.

Very small pop off the cork while opening. Tight rock like off white caramel head that is about 2 fingers but falls pretty steady. Body is a nice caramel dark brown body that is a bit opaque. Head seems to fall and keep a half finger and nice slow carbonation from the bottom.

Bouquet is a mix of fig, plum/cherry/berry likfe fruit, slight buttery movie theatre popcorn (diacetyl), almost Angostura sense of bitters also. It does smell a little like cocktail bitters.

Taste in the palate is a small soft cherry, but the finish is a nice slight fizzy tolerable carbonation with a bit of almost, woody sense, even tree bark. Kind of leaves a tannic quality and a woody caramel malt aftertaste, kind of neat. Soft cherry at first is hard to find after a couple of sips again. A little gaseous.

Overall though, somewhat enjoyable, but I'd grab something else in this style I think.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated ?-21-2012. High end bottling with gold foil on neck.

Pours a hazy amber with an ample bone head that has good durability. Cloudier after adding last 2 cm of bottle contents.

Aroma - unique, complex and interesting. Orange, other ripe fruits and citrus, alcohol notes and sour yeast. Also thought I detected a faint aroma of fresh hops when I first uncapped the bottle, although this seems unlikely.

Flavor - again unique, complex and interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting given the aroma. Sweet as well as sour, with a nice dynamic interplay that changes both within and between sips. Nice long finish and aftertaste; these rate a 5!

Smooth, medium-thin body, with medium carbonation

O - very enjoyable and complex beer that seems to have an ever-changing flavor and aroma. A strong Abbey Dubbel in character. Strongly recommended!

(lightly editted with 22 oz bottle in hand in May 2014).

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I loved the look of this. Very murky glowing red, orange, and brown elixir. Foam its extremely thick and takes forever to go down.

Smell: Excellent combination of malty dark fruit with a hint of spicy, peppery hops in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent flavors, same as the smell. Caramel in the flavor as well. Superb. Mouthfeel has a great yeasty thickness to it.

Drinkability: One of the best out there.

Overall: Not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.

A: Very nice bottle art. Pours a nutty-brown color with a medium bubbled beige head. Cloudy. Small retention and just few lacings left

S: Complex. Very Unibroue, I mean, very characteristic smell of Unibroue yeasts. Very spicy and flowery too. Coriander. A bit fruity. Notes of honey, nuts and caramel malts. And a bit of alcohol in the end

T: The best part. Very candy and molasses sensation nevertheless, just a little bit sweet. Dark fruits, mainly raisins. Quite intense bitterness. Despite the sweet smell, the taste is dry. Intense on caramel malts and nuts. Aftertaste is quite spicy with strong notes of coriander and cinnamon

M: Creamy and molasses. Intense and with a nice and soft bitter aftertaste

O: Not as good as Trois Pistoles or La Fin Du Monde but still a great beer

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,587 ratings.
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