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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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Photo of ranger7
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Cloudy amber color. Surprisingly large white head, which fades slowly, with some retention thanks to carbonation.

S - A little bit of a fruity scent. The best comparison I can make is a strong wheat beer. It smells fantastic.

T - Very similar to the smell. A little sweet and fruity, like a wheat beer, but better. A very nice balanced flavor. Delicious!

M - Smooth, but carbonated. I usually frown upon carbonation, but it really works here.

Summary - This is a fantastic brew. As soon as I took the first sip, I knew I'd love it to the last drop. Maudite is smooth, rich, flavorful, and easy to drink. I have a feeling this will become one my regulars, even if it is on the expensive side.

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

I got this bottle in may when claark13 and i met in Belgium. We had a great time during a tasting and the day after that we went to the abbey of Saint Sixtus and the Struise guys,

Now this beer. I had some Canadian beers before this bottle and i was surprised how good they were/are. This one is no exeption.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer has a dark amber coloured fluid with a broken white to very lightgrey head. Very nice to start with. The roasted malts job is done very proper. This is a very drinkable beer. Light sweetness in the taste.

Thanks Sean!

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Photo of tewaris
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8% ABV
22 IBUs
12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Rust brown with moderate clarity and a good light murky brown head; average retention that might very well be the chalice's fault and decent lacing. 4/5

Even though poured gently, the aroma is huge on yeast; not off putting per se, but not the very likeable owing to its dominance. Other notes include soft fruit, berry sweetness and toasted malts. 3.5/5

Notes of slightly bitter fruit peel (plums, apples) on the palate with a tannic finish followed by fruity and estery aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Tannic character borders on roast. 3.5/5

Light, effervescent and clean mouthfeel; like it ought to be! 4.5/5 Overall good. 4/5

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours into glass with a brown/dark burgundy color; opaque but very alive with carbonation; head was white and bubbly but disappeared very quickly; one finger foam formed; some lacing stuck to the sides but otherwise, there was really nothing there; yeast sediment is visible in the bottle and some does sneak into your pour

S - Dark fruit scents, like raisin and fig; some sweet caramel malt tones; re-fermented malt notes come up and subtle hints of the 8.00% alcohol and spices come up on the back-end of every whiff

T - Dark fruit and sweet malt flavor; spicy with hints of coriander; touch of lemon

M - Very effervescent and crisp flavor; taste coats the tongue and leaves an almost sweet aftertaste on the palate

D - I really like this drink; great combination of complex flavors, but powerful and sweet; enjoyable with the friends, I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting, slowly enjoying sip after sip

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Photo of Tford
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It’s a cloudy orangey dark brown colour, if that makes sense; it has a white head which dissipates quickly. You can see clusters of yeast cells floating about.

S: It smells like if you were to make bread out of a spicy fruit cocktail, if that makes sense.

T: There seems to be two major flavours in play here, the most obvious is hops. The second one seems to be a combination of fruits and spices; it is a very nice balance.

M: Needs a little more carbonation, but still not bad at all. It feels almost like a stout in terms of texture; very unique for an ale.

O: This is a very good beer, but not quite as good as Trois Pistoles and La Fin Du Monde. None the less, it is still one of the best beers Canada has to offer.

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

A: Beautiful carmel brown color with a big, fluffy head that recedes to about two fingers. Excellent and surprising clarity, given the style.

S: Right after uncorking, yeast hits first, then phenolics (clove, spiciness, etc). Christmasy, I suppose.

T: Flavor is not terribly assertive, kind of watery, actually. Clove, phenolics. Alcohol well masked. It's good...but not great.

M: Again, a bit watery, but not inappropriate.

O: A good beer to be sure, but I doubt I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of Cubaneagle
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't met a Belgian Ale I didn't like until this one. I was excited at first when I saw it on tap on my new local Bru Haus so being a big fan of La Fin Du Monde I figured great brewery...good brew. Was pretty disappointed.

A - After the bar maid finally worked out the pour head issue I liked it's appearance. It was medium brown tea like look. She managed to get the head to be nice fluffy white but dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet smelling with caramel, cloves, almost like a trail mix smell...not too bad and left me ready to experience great flavor.

T - Tasted like a caramel flat syrupy coca-cola even though it had carbonation.

M - Thin and underwhelming, with that slimy residual feeling.

D - Disappointed and underwhelmed. I almost want to go back and try again to make sure I wasn't off that night but the thought of it kinda repulses me.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of crewfan16
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-poured from a bottle to a pint glass aggressively down the pipe. Nice 2" white frothy head rose and fell in a short time. pours a dark caramel color and very cloudy

s-smell caramely sweetness, fruit, yeast and malt. a little banana and clove as well. sort of like a hefeweiss on crazy steroids with a bit more caramel and malt

t-taste is similar to the smell. banana and clove, lots of yeast and some fruity dry sweetness towards the end, maybe prune or raisin.

m-a little less carbonation than its counterpart trois pistoles, but still nice and fizzy on the tongue. This one seems to have a little more body and syrupyness as well. as is with most unibroue's the booze is not really that present even though it has a pretty good abv.

overall, I really like this beer. the Trois Pistoles just narrowly beats it for me, but they are both great brews. And for $9/4-pack, combined with the fact that I can find it just about anywhere in the midwest makes it a great brew.

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Photo of mikul93
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky dark brown with little head to no head.

S- Smells very nice. Very fruity.

T- Not what I was expecting. Not as sweet as I was anticipating. Spicy aftertaste.

M- Very smooth and clean. It's actually refreshing to drink.

O- I enjoyed the beer but it certainly isn't memorable. I was underwhelmed.

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Photo of bdo894
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a tantalizing clear gold color, looks amber in the glass. Very little head.
Smelled like malt and blackberry jam. Also a bit wheaty.
Tasted like banana's a bit, which I guess is a theme with Unibroue. Very strong taste. Not a bit bitter, very sweet.
I guess its the Belgian candy sugars or whatever.
Very clean mouthfeel, goes down easy.
Overall a good beer, a bit lighter than Trois Pistoles, but similar taste. Well-built. Think I like a little better than Trois.

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Photo of jgagne
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -4.8%
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 -14.3%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -6.2%
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 -3.6%
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 +16.4%
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 +1.2%
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%
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 -32.6%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +8.8%
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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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,622 ratings
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