Maudite | Unibroue

4,581 Ratings

Brewed by:
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 shambeano
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, coming down to the last few unibroue that i saved when i heard they were no longer exporting to Australia. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Pours a very dark brown with about an 3 cm of bubbly head that slowly subsides. nice lacing too.

S- there is a touch of fruityness straight up which i get with most unibroue beers, definitely the yeast. dried apricot, dates, some sweetness, and that delicious yeastiness. the malt comes through after, biscuit and a touch of toffee, but the yeast flavours dominate.

T- straight up the yeast flavours come through. bready almost, followed by the fruity characteristics i found in the smell. dried apricot and date, with a sweetness i cant put my finger on. A bit of that belgian yeast character. there is a touch of malt deep in there, but this it takes searching to find. there is a bitterness there, but only to keep the malt sweetness in check, purely a backround flavour which requires searching for to taste as well. on warming there is some alcohol, but it is very subdued and takes nothing away from the beer.

M- there is a tingling carbonation throughout the feel of the bevarage, fills the mouth, and has some thickness without being over the top. the finish is dry without being particularly bitter.

O- this is a great beer. awesome yeastiness dominates, suplemented by some fruitiness. the standard malt sweetness and hop bitterness play a backround part, but give it structure. very nice. A pity that when im done with what i have i cant get any more.

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Photo of n2185
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with two inches of off-white head. The head sticks around in an ever-present cap, though leaves surprisingly little lacing.

S: Some spices on the nose followed by a strong aroma of surprisingly light fruits such as pears and bananas. There are some bubblegum aromas in there as well with a touch of mint. Underneath it all is a bready Belgian yeast aroma.

T: There are some light spice flavors at first proceeded by candy sugar, a touch of bubble gum, and sweet pear-like fruits. The Belgian yeast kicks in towards the end, providing a hearty, lightly spiced bready flavor with a touch of bitterness. The finish is clean and crisp.

M: Medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated, adding a crispness to it that belies its flavors and gravity.

O: An excellent beer. An interesting and very nice aroma with a solid flavor profile to back it up. Like all Unibroue beers, they also do a very good job with the attenuation, keeping them from being overly sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of cmartin45
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so here we go...

A - Poured into a lager glass and has a great amber/red color with a slightly off white head.

S - smells of malt, yeast, a hint of spice and perhaps rasin or prune. I can't place the spice though, maybe a little coriander...

T - Nice mouth feel with a nice balance of malt, yeast and spice. Good body and the yeast and spice takes over in the aftertaste and gives a nice finish, similar to the other beers from Unibroue. The spice notes stay the longest on the tounge as the malt and yeast just melt away.

O - Wonderful beer with a lot of complex flavors, all in balance. This is a very drinkable beer with good feel in the mouth and a nice subtle finish.

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Photo of jyuhas
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep amber burgundy, creamy white head, lively carbonation

Smell - spicy, maybe peppery, wine, roasted and dark caramel malts, hint of chocolate

Taste- a bit caramellly with some spiceyness going on as well and a yeasty finish

Mouthfeel - full creamy body with nice tingling carbonation, with something lingering in the end

Overall - pretty enjoyable, wish the flavor was a bit more complex, aroma was really enjoyable

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aged this bottle approximately one year from purchase. I didn't really age it on purpose... just felt like drinking it today. This isn't my first Maudite, just first time reviewing the beer.

Before I start, I have to say that I am a fan of this brewery. They make multiple good to great beers. I suggest this brewery to friends as a great value when compared to cost.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a pleasant shade of brown with a one and a half finger head. The head dissipated pretty quick in half a minute.

I smell the maltiness and some kind of fruit. I think it smells like raisins. This is reminiscent of a Belgian.

The flavor is rich with the belgian flavors. I enjoy the flavor of the hops and raisins come through even more. This is an enjoyable experience. The mouthfeel is perfect, and the after-taste is very similar to each is consistent.

I recommend this brew to others, and it is a perfect blend of flavors. Not at all overwhelming.

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

This is not my first try of Maudite. I have returned because it is relatively easily available in Montana. This cannot be said of many fine beers. I appreciate its dark strong color and character. It is smooth with pleasant taste and mouthfeel. It has a good balance of yeast and pleasing combination of flavors. The head on my current bottle was relatively flat compared to previous bottles. Not the best Unibroue but not a disappointment.

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Photo of bobhits
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation my name is Maudite! After a quick pour, the glass is filled with thick creamy head, but more impressive the bubbles on the bottom of the glass are nearly as thick! A darker amber color that's a touch merky. That said back to the head, this is the creamiest thickest looking stuff I've seen. Truth be told it doesn't float a bottle cap that well, but one certainly does float on it (I should say the chimey glass doesn't make for cap floating foam always).

Light spiced sweet malt. Not much more to say on the nose. I think there is some vanilla in here and well, this beer smells as "vanilla" as one can. Even the macros are able to make me notice what they smell like (only you know they smell like grain and alcohol had a baby that they crapped on).

I always enjoyed belgiums that didn't try to over power one with overt flavors. I like the subtle mixed and mellow flavors. This however is too mellow. Toffee and toasted malt are there but certainly more subtle than I'd like. Certainly spices are present along with a bit more sweetness from the yeast, but overall this is pretty unimpressive stuff.

This is creamy near perfect stuff in the mouth. I really can't express how well done this beer is here. The carbonation that gives off that amazing head, lacing, etc doesn't over power and create a beer that I have to burp up. It is creamy and smooth from start to finish.

I'm impressed with how well crafted this beer is, but it just doesn't taste that great and the smell is about as boring as anything can be.

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Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

An average pour brings forth a massive 2.5-finger head before the pour is even finished. The giant pillow of creamy off-white head rests atop a hazy amber-colored body but slowly recedes after a few minutes to an even dusting. Lacing is rather light and could have definitely been better.

The smell is fruity with notes of ripe banana and red apple. A light maltiness is also detected.

The first sip throws me off entirely. From the nose, I was expecting dark sweet malts and notes of tropical fruit. Instead, I am given a very mellow caramelized malt coupled with tangy banana and a light alcohol warmth at the end. A very slight hop presence is also detected which helps to keep this beer light and balanced.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation lets this beer flow over your tongue nicely and leaves little covering or stickiness. Very sip-able, but it doesn't stick around to remind you to take another sip.

Maudite definitely has great drinkability, but I would have preferred a slightly heavier body and stronger flavors. On the plus side, it is very thirst-quenching and is almost as easy-going as a hefeweizen. However, for the style, I would have liked it to be a bit bolder.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 12 oz. brown bottle. I can't get enough of Unibroue's offerings. Whatever they're doing up there in Canada, it's perfection. They're making some of the most excellent Belgian-style big beers this side of the Atlantic.

A: Pours a brilliant honey ocre into the mug with a big head that rapidly dissipates. The lacing is lasso-like and very fine and drapes as easily as fine Netherland's lace around the mug.

S: Smells of orange honey, cloves, anise and four leaf clovers.

T: Just like the smell, a rich combination of citrus and sugary-sweet notes from the hops and barley malts. Rich and complex sweetness up front with a wet middle of caramel/toffee vanilla notes with only the slightest hint of citrus bitter from the hops. Mildly dry, cheese finish similar to edam or a good white farmers cheese.

M: Smooth as silk. Carbonation is micro-fine and dissipates rapidly. Like drinking milk-fine carbonation. Alcohol is well balanced and this one pours down the throat super soft. Glug, Glug, glug.

O: Vastly exceptional. It's almost as perfect as the finest Big Belgian trappists.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-straw color with a small head that settles down like a coverlet over the beer's surface. The head left a hair of lacing on my glass...

This beer produced a very cordial nose-- filled with yeast tones, floral ensemble and a hit of some hops. What a nice precursor for things to come...

Flavor was tangy and "bright"- with the yeast as a predominant but not overpowering addition-- tart citrus, commingled with a hops bitter like tone, maybe granny smith green apples and some malt thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel again- quite cordial with the flavor body having "weight" that kept this beer's flavor "alive". And thanks to it's tart character and the effervescence the finish lingers beckoning me to take another sip. I wanted to keep this going!

Overall a rather enjoyable beer- The yeast, and tart-tangy flavor experience made this beer without question one crafted in the Belgian style. No question a strong ale and a very enjoyable one at that!

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Photo of Wamesit
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep hazy amber, almost natural cider, color with a thick white head that gives way to dramatic clumpy lacing.

S- Fruit esters and alcohol.

T - Fruit and bready malts. A honey sweetness is present alongside a spice (clove) that appears moreso after the ale warms a bit. The alcohol is less present than it is in the aroma but it makes its presence known. The slightest touch of hops in the finish.

M - Medium, lush. Crisp carbonation.

O - Unibroue with another champion ale. A true Belgian Dark. Drinkable, strong, amazingly layered and complex.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium amber with a fluffy 1" white head. There is a haze in the beer - oh yeah, bottle fermented, should have left that last little bit of yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Malt with some orange aromas and a mild hop aroma.

Taste: Spicy hints to the fruity, malty character. A light hop finish that cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation up front that lasts four to five seconds and keeps the falvor going.

Overall: Yummy, my second favorite Unibroue beer, which tells you I really love this brewery.

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

Just picked up a 4-pack of bottles from a local store.

A: I have to agree with the previous reviewer, pours the color of a dark-brewed iced tea, with amply white head and somewhat thicker lacing on the glass.

S: I get an citrus and almost floral aroma, very pleasant nose.

T: Very bright at the start, not as full-bodied as I had hoped, but has a pleasant well-roundedness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light in the mouth, refreshing.

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Photo of Brunite
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light brown...similar to an iced tea color. Hazy. TONS of carbonation stream up the side of a tulip glass. A nice head is maintained due to carbonation.

Smell: The aromas are predominately floral. That distinctive Unibroue yeast. Some sweet malt is detected.

Taste: Taste is fruit and spice. I get a lot of spiced apple flavor. Also some green grape. Just a touch of white pepper. A bit of sweetness on the back end before a dry finish. Simple and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: It has tons of carbonation and a quick swirl freshens the head.Smooth....almost creamy. It has a dry finish.

Overall: Alcohol is well hidden. This goes down easy. Very nice. Will drink this again.

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Photo of heebes
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
6 pack bought at the Beer Store.
From notes;

Pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with ruby highlights, thin beige head dissipates quickly, lacing down the tulip. Nose is spices, dark fruits, Belgian yeast auromas. Taste is very smooth, balanced well and the dark fruits and spice dominate the flavour. Medium bodied and well carbonated. One of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ale's I've encountered. The abv hits at a certain 2/3rds through the beer, one bottle is my limit for a session including Maudite. Good readily available Belgian, though not my favourite style and this 6 pack will likely last awhile.

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Photo of Sudsy89
2.48/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an orangeish-brown,has a big foamy thick head, high level of carbonation. I noticed some yeast sediment, from the bottle refermentation noted on the back label. Looks kinda muddy and unappetizing. Aroma is spicy, sweet perhaps.

Noticeable alcohol taste, unappealing acidic and sour taste, carbonation is too much IMO. Medium-bodied mouthfeel.

I think this beer was very disappointing and didn't enjoy the taste. The 8% abv seems strong and makes it less drinkable for me, and I didn't even finish the bottle. I don't know if this beer is a good example of the style but I won't drink it again.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/cherrywood color - very clear - with 3 full fingers of creamy head. The head dissipates to lacing a little too quickly.

The aroma is pure Belgian yeastiness. A little more of it, though, would have been nicer.

The flavor is also very big on Belgian yeastiness. Some fruitiness as well and a little too much alcohol. There's also a little tartness that I'm having trouble placing.

The feel is a little bit disappointing. It's a little too thin/watery and the carbonation is a bit too prickly.

Easy enough to drink but the alcohol is enough at the forefront to make sure that I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales but I always want to try everything and since this beer is so ubiquitous I had to have a glass of it. Got a 12 ounce selection at the Amsterdam Ale House.

The color was very dark with a mahogany/cherry look that was very nice and appetizing.

Aroma had a lot of the classic belgian strong dark characteristics including dark fruit, a little bit of roast and some yeast.

Flavor was a little bit strong on the malt, which may be the reason I don't like this style. I kept wanting the alcohol and maybe even some hops to balance it a little bit.

I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. I think, as an 8% beer however, this is a very drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a glass like so many others. It did not have a lot of head. The beer is a deep amber, but looks like a very traditional beer. It smells sweet and rich at the same time. The first taste gives a lot of flavor of apricots. A very smooth beer with a lot of flavor. Easy beer to drink, but it does not lack on the deep layers of flavor. It would be a great beer for almost any occasion. Cheers.

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

Pours brownish red with a fluffy white foam.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty..some fruitiness too.

Taste is very well spiced, yeasty, and of fruits..pretty much follows the aroma spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tingling on the carbonation. Dry. Sort of like a champagne. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Nice amber color, paler than I expected. Great clarity. Poured a decent sized head that dispersed pretty quickly.

Smell - good Belgian peppery yeast smell, a touch of malty sweetness, maybe some cinnamon. No hop, alcohol well hidden.

Taste - Spicy pepper character from aroma most prominent in the flavor as well. A slightly thin and cidery, almost acidic flavor competes with the yeast.

MF - Fairly light body for the strength, and moderately high carbonation. Carbonation gives it a bit of bite on the tongue. Alcohol warming and carbonation combine to enhance the warming going down. Alcohol character is well controlled.

D'ability - A bit bland to my palate, and not a favorite for me among the Unibroue family. Carbonation a bit overwhelming to me, but I may have let it warm up too long.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - It pours a lighter brown hue, translucent, perhaps akin to iced tea. It is capped with a big ivory head that quickly retreats and leaves no lace. Though tidy, it does not project a proper BSDA appearance.

S - This beer is very yeasty and very dry in its aromatic impression. I am informed by a dude at the bar posing as a knowledgable fellow that the reason for this is "because it is 'on lees'". What a douche. Anyhow, a good amount of cloves, red apple and grape skins are implied through the nose; there is also a less-than-pleasant aroma of seemingly underroasted grain, Ovaltine, and/or Grape-Nuts.

T - The taste is more spicy-phenolic than the nose would suggest. There is an appreciable dark fruit character, suggesting less-sweet figs, raisins and papaya (not dark fruit obv.) Unfortunately the fruit flavor is not quite sweet enough and as a result the whole thing ends up more wheat-y tasting like a mediocre Weizenbock. As I get deeper in the glass, the Weizenbock comparison is strengthened: the flavor seems to be a cardboard-y malt, cloves and coriander, two-week-old Fig Newtons, all topped off with a hint of isopropyl.

M - Too thin and just wrong all-around.

D - Jeez this stuff sucks. Unibroue makes some pretty horrendous beers, with a few notable exceptions.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A: Rich, clear, dark amber color; pours a light two-finger-width head which dissipates quickly; light lacing

S: Has a strong tart/herby smell, reminiscent of a good trippel

T: Light and sweet with a strong herby character up front and slight tart notes at the back of the mouth

M: Lightly effervescent with medium carbonation; light bodied

D: This goes down very, very easily; at 8% it feels more like 4%, I could drink this all night and not feel filled up

Overall a good brew. Nothing that terribly impressed me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you like abbey trippels then you will really like this.

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

Review three of four for the night.

Pours a nice honey color into a Fin Du Monde tulip, couldn't find my Maudite snifter. A two finger bready head tops and then slowly dissipates into a thin lace.

Smells of bread and some light fruit. A sip is that bread and the caramels in the malt profile. Some thinness mid-sip but a solid carbonation rounds out a perfectly tasty Belgian. Not as dark as the description would lend, but another solid Unibroue year-rounder at a good price.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: murky brown with 2 finger off white head

Smell: sour, dark fruits

Taste: sour, interesting flavors

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky,

drinkability: after it warms up a bit, it becomes easier to drink.



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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,581 ratings.
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