Maudite | Unibroue

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4.2 w/ 4,599 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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

mildly hazy amber with nice off white head that leaves good lacing.

Smells of mildly sweet orchard fruits, cherries, pears, apricot with some spice and a bit of yeast funk.

Taste is very well balanced...cherries with apricot or peaches, malts, some funky yeasts with a mild to medium alcohol presense.

Medium body with champagne like carbonation, med alcohol warmth and a decent dry finish with a bit of bitter hops.

Very glad I tried this. A very worthy brew in this style. Well worth coming back to again and again!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick fluffy white head, good retention.

The scent is of spices, fruit, yeast, and alcohol.

The taste at first is very fruity, spicey, notes of yeast, light hop presence, noticeable alcohol.

Full bodied, very crisp and a little oily, high carbonation.

Very strong complex flavor, well balanced, lots going on with this one. Very easy to drink, I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maudite boasts a delightful copper hue, through which a stream of fine bubbles may be seen lazily making their way to the surface. The body is slightly hazy.

S: Bouquet is vibrant, showcasing apricot, fig, and banana.

T: The fruit promised in the nose is accompanied wonderfully by toasted sourdough and a touch of honey.

M: Light body and exceptionally carbonated. Well within the acceptable boundaries, but I prefer a fuller, velvety texture

D: A delightful BSDA at an affordable price. This is a great brew from the premier Belgian-inspired brewery on this continent.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper brown hue of orange, cloudy body, 2 finger head, fine lacing in glass

S: spices, malt, fig/plums raisins

T: fruit (date/fig/lemon up front), malt body, and slight spicy (pepper and clove) finish. just a deeply flavorful brew.

M: med/heavy body, big carbonation, mild tongue prick.

D: Unibroue is just a mighty fine brewery and this brew is a must try. big delicious sipper, take your time, this beast is worth it!

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

Poured into dimple glass from 12 oz bottle. Pours an interesting orange and red color, creamy white head. I picked up some fruity plum bannana and pear aroma and an absence of hops. Rock candy and raisin flavor. A full malt flavor takes away the big alcohol sting associated with dubbels and trippels. A small mix of hops keeps this gem from being too sweet. Like many Belgiums, the palate is complex and full. Another top tier beer from Unibroue!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maudite | 750 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Unibroue
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

It pours a fiery dark amber with a bountiful cumulus of foam.

Very pungent and a bit musty. Theres a malty backbone on top of which various fruits--prunes, pears, dried grapes--are layered.

Brawny yet complex on the palate. A powerful surge of alcohol meets the drinker at the gate, after which he is taken into a field of fruits. Big malty sweetness and a sprinkling of cloves underlies behind everything. Warming, slightly bitter finish.

Very strong carbonation is almost overboard for this medium-bodied brew. Clean and crisp on the palate.

It doesn't hide the alcohol all that well for an 8% ABV brew. That said flavors develop nicely. I find the ever-so-acrid aftertaste out of character.

Would I get it again?:
No. It's a fine ale, but too brash and light for my tastes. I prefer the kind of BSDA you can really sit with and mull over--this one's a bit quick.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 13, 2011

Price = $8.99 at Witherspoon Wines

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Photo of letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Wexford Ale House and poured in to a Unibroue challis, this BSDA shows a nice characteristic Belgian-style haze. Cedar brown with a cap of egg-shell colored foam. The head holds well after a hasty pour and some sticky wisps remain behind.

Fruit, yeast and booze come out initially in the nose. Sour cherry and fig come to mind. Honey and toffee with some buttery, spicy phenols; almost a mild potpourri hint. Heavily fermented fruit and lightly toasted brown bread.

More dark and tart fruits, earthy and deep. Candied, dried orange peel, caramel and toffee with tart black cherry juice and wild honey comb. Booze is evident but welcomed. Fig, plenty of yeasty notes and, of course, lingering warmth.

Crisp but substantial up front. Mellow, creamy middle with a warming, semidry finish. Just a hint of acidic fruit mingles with the yeast and booze to create a lingering, pleasant mouthfeel. Somewhat above average drinkability for the style due to the lack of any dominant or abrasive characteristic that would otherwise become burdening. One of my favorite non-Belgian, Belgian-style brews.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Showed a dark amber with a frothy cream head. Smell earthy of clovers, sour cherries and orange, very sweet nose. Taste very malty up front, sweet, cherries and cirtus again in the taste. roasty dryness in the finish. Very drinkable, excellent beer.

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

Great price, I know good things are to come having prior experience with this brewery.

Dark mahogany brown with brush strokes of orange towards the edges of my chalice while being held to the light. A rich white head of approximately 1 cm was formed after pouring, but only a residual head of a millimeter remained after 5 minutes (thanks to the correct glassware!). The edges of the glass have more foam density as if the beer were trying to hold on tightly as I gulp it down. The first initial pour doesn't reveal any yeast sediment, we shall see what gifts the bottle's final pour presents (I suspect a hearty yeast bounty!).

Sweet fruitiness, potent yeast funk, and a slight note of bitterness at the finish. I interpret the fruit as being that of cherries and strawberries. Definitely smells like it's been locked up behind a cork for quite some time.

The taste is strong and rich, characteristic Belgian, with terrific translation from the beer's nose and appearance to its flavor profile and mouthfeel. There is formal drinkability when the beer is cool, but I prefer to let things warm up and see how earthy the beer becomes. Tasting highlights are citrus, green tea (bitter dryness), and berries.

The beer's carbonation gives a refreshing bite with each sip, yet each sip remains creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. This beer holds up with a swish around the mouth, more acetone is released upon doing so. It wouldn't be a Belgian strong dark ale it I didn't note its ethanol strength (8%abv), but it's well hidden comparatively.

Excellent buy, excellent PRICE, and perfect for sharing with someone not keen to your beer obsession. It has as much complexity as any bottle of wine and offers a unique experience for any beer drinker. I will get this beer again just to share, but still wonder whether the 4-pack is a better buy than the 750mL bottle (for reasons other than just unit price). Highly recommended that you try this beer (at least once), but especially if you are new to Belgians/not sure if you like the Belgian beer style.

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Photo of obywan59
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3rd brew of my Christmas mixes 6-pack. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. 3 beers, 3 different glasses. Best consumed before 5/5/13.

Approaching opaque, but still somewhat translucent. A one finger white head that soon recedes to a thin layer. No lacing. Ruby highlights and a tower of bubbles streaming from the base of the glass are both visible only when held up to a bright light. Growing more murky as I approach the bottom of the glass and the yeast settles.

Awesome aroma. Sweet fruity and spicy like cinnamon candy or spiced apples. Swirling the beer releases aromas of doughy, yeasty bread and alcohol.

Huge malty sweetness and heavy on the cloves. Dark fruits stewed with spice. Obvious Belgian yeast.

Medium-thick body. Creamy, but with a definite bite of carbonation and burn of alcohol.

Flavor and aroma abound, and while the Belgian character is front and center, it's not over the top. An exceptional brew.

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Photo of rsher12
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Struck by crackling carbonation during pour. Dark amber coloring with contrasting whitish head that dissipates quickly.

S-Some floral/citrus scent combined with spices. Very addictive and upbeat smell.

T-Carbonation delays smoothness, but easy with citrus flavor while complex.

D-Enjoyable and easy balance makes this a go to 750mL choice for rme.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Active, hazy, mahogany, thick foamy off-white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

Spicy and sweet malty flavors blending with boozy heat and dark fruit, all wrapped up inside the funky Belgian yeastyness. Long legs.

Dark fruit comes through stronger than in the nose, as does the mildly bitter hop influence. Bit it's defined more by the malty sweetness, and spicy Belgian yeasty funkyness. Smooth and complex. Probably too sweet for some, but I'm a fan.

Assertive carbonation, modest warming, rich full body and viscosity.

Surprised that I hadn't reviewed this, as I've enjoyed it many times. This one was even better than my fond memories of it. This is a really good beer.

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

This very flavorful Dark Belgian Ale is clear and dark chestnut brown in color. On pouring it has a very full light tan head. The smell and flavor are pleasantly complex; there is definitely a taste of orange that compliments the moderately hoppy flavor and a hint of chocolate at the finish. There is a pleasant lasting tingling on the tongue but, overall no real sense of a high alcohol content.

This is one of my favorite beer to go to for a change-up in flavor. It is always rewarding.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Very hoppy and roasted malt smell. Kind of a sweet hop smell
T: Decent amount of carbonation, with a malty sweet flavor. Definitely some orange peel flavor

M: Kind of bites your tongue with the carbonation but leaves you with a smooth sweet malt flavor.

D: Wouldn't drink a ton of these but this is a good beer

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, brownish orange with a thin layer of off-white head that lasts forever. Very full rings of lacing.

S: Sweet spices, some fruit aromas (almost smells like citrus and cherry), yeast and a touch of alcohol.

T: Malts are the first flavor, but also a nice fruity sweetness. Following that comes the yeast, then clove flavors. The taste of alcohol is present, but restrained enough that it compliments rather than over-powering the beer like it does in some beers. Really great tasting beer, it seems like different notes come out on every sip.

M: Medium body, quite a bit of carbonation, ever so slightly sticky.

D: Incredibly drinkable beer. The alcohol warms nicely as it goes down, and it keeps tasting better. A truly exceptional beer. Worth seeking out for sure.

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

Pours a light brown hazy body over a large bubbly tan head. Good sticky lacing along the glass.

Superb belgian aroma of spices, fruity esters, and bready malts. A hint of raisin and other dark fruits.

Complex flavors following the aromas. Additional notes of caramel and light citrus on the palate. Great blend of flavors in this one.

High level of carbonation, but not excessive. Very little notice of alcohol for the relatively high abv. All around great bsda.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark amber, white fluffy head, kind of murky in appearance. It is hard to tell the carbonation levels. I found there was some nice lacing as well.

Smell - I can smell some citrus, from orange, raisins and malts. As well, there is a nice added amount of spices. Not much liquor smell either.

Taste - I am able to pick up the caramel along with the orange based. As well, there are raisin hints to this beer. I found the aftertaste was not bad, you could pick up the alcohol at the end, nice feel. There is a good balance to this beer as well.

Mouthfeel - The added carbonation brings the deeper fruit tone fwd as well the raisin taste. The beer develops a nice velvet feel, very well done.

Drinkability - Really enjoyed this beer, was good to try and sample and enjoy. Something i would stock for sure.

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

Hazy dark orange with a puffy white head. I cant see the other end of the glass it doesn't let much light through. It sticks around for a very long time. Fast rising bubbles signaling a decent amount of carbonation.

Holy crap a lot going one with this one. It smells of spice and caramel malts, along with some fain citrus notes. You can tell this beer is hovering around 8 percent, the alcohol esters are pretty pungent.

Strong malt flavor upfront, with a ton of Belgian spice from the yeast. Bready middle note and a dry finish with a nice warm feeling in the back of the throat.

Amazing flavor, overall a great experience I cant wait to drink more of it so I will wrap up this review.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Thick, rocky head that forms and stays there for a bit. Great lacing on the glass all the way down.

Dark amber color- a great looking beer. Almost too good looking to drink, but not that good!

Smells of biscuits, spices, malts.

Tastes malty with a some belgian yeast spice.

Really tasty, easy to drink. Well hidden ABV so be careful. I drank this one before bed and it put me down for a long winter's nap.


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Photo of Bobby12many
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nearly opaque amber color capped by a booming refined head that dances with carbonation. Great looking beer, although much lighter and warmer looking than any 'Belgian Strong Dark" I have ever laid eyes on.

S - A Warm and soothing smell emanates from this lively brew. Bready yeast in the foreground with a touch of sweet citrus. The tinge of Alcohol blends marvelously into the aroma.

T - Much like the nose, bready and soft in the foreground with a finish that is filled with citrus zest and the sweet tinge of alcohol. Slight hop bitterness in the finish which lingers and compliments the warming alcohol. Very Complex. Very unique. Very Balanced.

M - Well carbonated and lively on the tongue. Wonderful warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Extremely drinkable stuff. It has all the sought after characteristics of a good Strong Belgian; Complex and Boozy, yet remains devilishly refreshing for its ABV. An incredibly balanced beer that warps the definition of Belgian Strong Ale. Drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of KYlawyer
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Considering that the legend for which this brew was named takes place on Christmas, I thought this was a good time review this beer, which I discovered and have been drinking and enjoying for about 3 weeks. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a slightly chilled 12 oz glass beer stein.

Appearance: Nice dark golden-red color, opaque and slightly cloudy; pours into a 3 finger nice foaming head which it retains for about 5-7 minutes before decomposing into a 3/8 foam top, nice lacing on the sides of the glass which it retains and stays about 2 inches above the level of the liquid.

Smell: Very pleasant and "bready" with hints of sweet citrus and peaches. The scent is clean and not strong with none of the alcohol odors I've noticed in some other Belgian Ales.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly with the carbonation hitting the mouth immediately giving a slight spicy feel.

Taste: Wonderful and varied flavors. Very yeasty, but with a sweet light feel almost like white cake as opposed to bread. Notes of citrus and a peachy aftertaste. The carbonation gives a short spicy note. Slightly but not overwhelmingly sweet notes and only a slight hint of hoppy bitterness in the after taste. Very smooth yet bold and flavorful.

Drink-ability: A very nice brew either by itself or paired with strong cheeses or rich sweets. Nice flavor in a brew with this much alcohol and no strong strong overpowering alcohol notes. The alcohol warmth is there, but it is not overwhelming. Goes down very rich in taste. The hops are not very noticeable and if you are a big IPA fan you may not really appreciate this one. I've had other Belgian Ales and noticed they tend to be strong and overwhelming and much to earthy for my tastes. This one is fantastic and renewed my interest in Belgian Ales. All in all for my tastes a wonderful brew and now on the top of my list.

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Photo of jpro
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basing this review on a 12oz bottle, poured into the appropriate Maudite snifter. Man, looking at this bottle, I think Unibroue probably makes some of the best label designs. Anyway...

Maudite pours a murky (ie, yeast-tinged) copper / red with a one-finger almond head. The head doesn't stick around too long, quickly dissipating to a thin layer of foam that, more or less, clings to the sides of the glass. Upon taking a few whiffs, I get a lot of spicy yeast and bread notes, as well as some characteristic Belgian estery aromas. Caramel is also prevalent, along with some ripe peach pith and a touch of fig. Perhaps some earthy hops in the nose, too. Very sweet.

Taste is of rich caramel and perhaps some very light toffee, along with a nice blast of clovey spice. Earthy bitterness does a nice job undercutting the malt sweetness. A deceptively medium-full mouthfeel is almost masked by the spicy crispness of this brew. Its very smooth and just a touch viscous on the palate.

Overall, I think that this is a very enjoyable beer... especially in the fall or winter, as its spiced character makes it seem very fitting for colder weather. The spice kind of reminds me of a pumpkin ale... interesting. A very good Belgian-style ale... very tasty, smooth and complex.

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Photo of travis224
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red color with a tight white head and little laceing. It smells like Belgium. Fruity, esthery and medicinal notes with a bit of bread or toffee. The mouthfeel on this is incredible, a nice light fizzy carbonation. Hints of raisin, cotton candy, a bit of bread. Highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our pour reveals an opaque, tawny colored brew. It is hazy with medially visual carbonation. The head is off-white and two fingers high, and recedes at a medium speed. The aroma is rich and salty. Esters, spicy clove, and smoky cedar dance around the nose. There are also dark fruits at play, specifically figs and raisins. The taste begins with dark malts, which convey saltiness, and sweet fruity esters. As we move to the middle there is a complex bitterness. There are the faintest grassy hops contributing to this, but it comes even more so from bitter black pepper, raw clove, and lemon rind. The affect carries into the finish, which is also added to by a mouthwatering saltiness, faint roast, grape stems, and a light, but bitter sulfury component. The aftertaste is the same. As was apparent from the taste, the mouth is left watered. It is, however, quickly dried by astringency. The body is medium and the carbonation is mild. The abv is nice and high, but there is little warming. The drinkability is somewhere in the middle, as the alcohol content and certain flavor components keep it from disappearing more quickly.

Overall, the best thing about this brew is its fresh aroma. While related, it is almost more reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, rather than a strong dark ale. It remains clean, spicy, and vibrantly complex, with a nice helping of sweet, balancing esters. When you then taste, it is almost underwhelming. You are expecting this creamy and sweet, yet spice-laden brew, but are presented with something a bit lighter and less robust than one would expect.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 750ml bottle as a reward for snow blowing the driveway!

Poured into a Harpoon 100 barrel series chalice. A very cloudy,darker than expected look. Smells were light but good- Belgian yeast,light fruit & spice. As others have suggested- seems like it falls between La Fin Du Monde & Trois Pistoles-which is a good thing. I enjoyed when first poured and also after sitting in the glass a while.

Guess I'll go snow blow the driveway again so I can have another reward!

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 4,599 ratings
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