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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Ratings: 4,637 |  Reviews: 1,942
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a dark red core. Big fluffy toasted marshmellow head. Decent retention. Organic frosty lace.

Floral, orange peel, spicy herbal. Spicy yeast esters, pear and clove. Toasty caramel and hearty dark bread.

Crisp, acidic lemon and herbal notes. Toasty caramel, wood-oven-fired bread. Clove, pear yeast esters. Pleasant earthy spicy herbal bitterness.

Crisp and refreshing. slightly acidic. med body with some coating. slightly drying. moderately high carbonation.

Very drinkable, a deceiving 8%. Nice strong ale. Tasty and complex.

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Photo of Franz4
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy rusty reddish brown with no head

S- dark fruits with a slight roastiness and malt sweetness. Not getting a lot of yeastiness that I expected.

T- A tart cherry flavor with figs, yeast is mildly present in the back of the mouth

M- Minimally carbonated, dry finish, a little slick, warms the back of the mouth and the throat nicely.

D- I had very high expectations for this, while it's a good beer, I didn't feel that it was great. I'll definitely give it another shot sometime. Not as complex as I was hoping, but it drinks nicely, abv is present but not overpowering.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy label. The "cursed" free falling in a canoe to Hell. Why a canoe? Only jet skiers go to Hell.

This is only my second beer of this style, the first being Trois Pistoles.

Another beautiful beer! Mahogany ale with a huge head that fades quickly with nice lacing. I forgot and dumped the yeast in again. :-)

Aroma is of dark fruit, yeast and a touch of alcohol. Taste is spicy at times and then other times quite smooth. The alcohol taste is intermittent as well, but is never too obvious. Dark, ripe fruits dance in and out. A complex brew, for sure, and one that may be a little advanced for me at this time.

The mouth feel is nice and tingly, but a little thinner than I prefer. I am surprised how thin the beer feels at times. I expected something a tad more meaty. I'd call the drinkability slightly above average.

This has been a difficult beer for me to review. I don't know if that's good or bad. I'll move on to all the other Unibrous beers I haven't tried yet and then come back and revisit this beer.

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

Large format bottle poured into tulip. From notes

A - Dark reddish to purple-y. Decent off white to light yellow head. sticky lacing.

S - Yeasty, dark fruits, caramel.

T - Very typical of a belgian strong. This is a complex beer with the typical belgian yeast flavour mixed with some currants, raisins and plums. You also pick up some of the lighter fruits, apples and cherries then pick up the spices of cloves and a touch of pepper, whew! Very complex and tasty beer

M - Crisp, medium to mid-heavy, slightly alcohol hot.

D - It is a big beer for one sitting but it gets more complex the longer it takes to drink it as it warms. Very good.

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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing in the snifter. Pours a combination of colors--brown, orange, ruby, red grape. On top is a soft, white pillow of fluffy bubbles. The bubbles stick around for a while.

The smell is as complex as the color. The orange liquer smell is obvious. In addition you'll note some hard candy, dark fruits like grapes, and even some alcohol.

Has a grapey winey vinous taste to it. Dark fruits and a bit of orange.

There's a party on the palate. It starts off with some sweetness. In the back of the mouth you get only a hint of bitter. Deep in the swallow is a touch of heat from the alcohol followed by a dryness to the mouth.

This is exceptional in all facets. Despite 8% ABV, it goes down very easy and because it's a dry finish, it leaves you wanting for more.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark, slightly cloudy, amber. marginal carbonation, but a a nice nose of esters, faint maltiness, and the classic belgian fruitiness. the nose on this beer moved as it warmed a ton, as much as any i can remember.

nice balance of flavors, this beer would have nicely complemented dinner, instead of a 'dessert' as it were... fruity/spicy on the front end, and the alcohol certainly provides a strong tang.

this is by no means my favorite style, but I'd like to try it again with pork chops, twice-baked potatoes and some steamed veggies.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 5/5/13. So how old is it? A year old? Two years? This is why I prefer bottled-on dates to best-by dates. Let me decide for myself.

A: Opaque brownish-red body. Head is pretty anemic for a Belgian.

S: Yeast, spices, maybe some chocolate.

T: Spicy with some prickly alcohol. Deep rich maltiness. Fruity aftertaste.

M: Feels sort of creamy, but not quite. Lots of carbonation.

D: Not bad at all. If this isn't the best Belgian-style ale not made in Belgium, it's pretty close.

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

January of 2012 and this stuff has smoothed out, the head retains well ... is actually an enjoyable beer. bread yeast is a bit predominent, but the fruits are playing well. nice and friendly to sip while cruising the internetation.

maudite. served at cellar temp. "best before 3/13/13."

a 3 clear (at least before pouring any yeast) copper color, two finger head of extremely large bubbles, poor retention.

s 2.5 a sniff from the bottle conjurs thoughts of an imperial hefeweizen, but once in the glass the beer gives off only a vague fruitiness and seems to warn the taste and body will be anorexic.

t 2-2.5 unimpressive levels of unimpressive, vague fruit punch flavors. entire bottle full of aspirin tablets, with a metallically yeasty, alcoholic finish. in an attempt to add some interest, i dumped in the yeast. nope.

m 2 this beer has skinny to no legs and abrasive carbonation. needs some stickiness at least.

d 2 here's hoping age will work some sort of magic on the other 3 bottles. as of now, i'm not feeling this one.

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

Hazy, amber colour with a large, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Rich, robust malty aroma with fruity, spicy notes.

Malt and spice play well against each other with notes of apple, pear, banana and clove.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good and it works with the flavours.

A great beer with lots of flavour. Love it.

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

The nose is quite spicy but still with a predominance yeasted overlooking the candy and oranges at a time. The palate is velvety thanks to sugar candy, yet spicy with notes where aromatic coriander and clove come point the tip of their nose. The aftertaste reminiscent of macerated fruit and fruit added to the body of the beer. It is closer to a than a Dubbel Belgian Dark Ale and a bit like a brunette or a Gaumaise Grottenbier in a little better.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

tulip glass used as recommended.
poured a tea brown, that is very cloudy in appearance. yeast present as it is a beer on lees. carbonated and looks amazing.
Smell is an amazing breadish malt. Smells very sweet, and a warm alcohol presence. very fruity and warm.
taste is a heavenly caramel apple taste. I just dont want this glass to end. has a decent bitter that ends with the taste. a little spicy but wonderful.
carbonated and warm almost welcomes the palate with every drink, i dont think i could get enough of this. at all. as it says... its a DAMN FINE ALE!!!! amazing...

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Photo of Spica66
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this beer from gwuilliums. Thank you, Ian!

A: Slightly hazy amber/brown color with excellent head formation, lacing, and that wonderful persistent cap of tiny, champagne-like carbonation bubbles which typifies this style.

S: Medium-dark fruitiness with a very slight yeast funk.

T: Tastes just like it smells. I am not able to say what exact fruits I am tasting, but they are wonderful. Very slight yeast twang on the finish. After just having had Unibroue 17 the other night, this reminded me immediately of a fresher version of that.

M: Medium body with perfect smoothness and carbonation. The alcohol level is also perfect.

D: I just added this to my profile list of favorites!

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Photo of Fenris244
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my stone old guardian glass

Color is a hazy yellow orange and had a monster 4 finger head with great retention. Left a sticky sheet of bubbles after it dissipated

Smells sweet, raisin, malt and banana peel come through immediately for me as well as burnt sugar and some some alcohol esters.

Dark fruit flavors, under ripe cherry, muted hop bitterness, malt flavor is pleasant. As with every strong Unibroue I've had I don't notice the alcohol hardly at all. Burnt sugar, malt and banana on the finish as well as the alcohol that I was missing. Very complex flavors. I had to have a few sips before I could begin to start to pick things out with certainty.

Another good sipping beer from Unibroue I could easily finish the 750ml bottle myself. Mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy and I'm really happy with this beer!

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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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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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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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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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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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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,637 ratings
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