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 Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The nose is sweet with a bit of citrus as well as some clove and other spicing. Combines well with the typical dark Belgian characteristics. Brings a nice amount of dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Nice body with soothing amounts of carbonation. Drinks quite well. Along with Trois Pistoles, perhaps my favorite beer from them.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Figured I was due for a check up on this one... I havent had one from a bottle in quite some time. This bottle has a best by date of 03 - 17 - 13

A: Per usual it pours with a large billowy off white head. Retention is not so great as the pillow however as it dissipates rather fast. Not a significant amount of lacing either. The beer it's self is a murky medium brown ochre like color. Hints of a dusty orange hue as well.

S: Spicey notes of Clove and coriander jump out at me first, maybe coupled with notes of orange peel. (along with that familiar unibroue yeast smell). Those aromas are followed up with what seems like a very subtle hint of dark fruit... black mission dates perhaps? Raisins?

T: Spice dances on the tongue rather intensely actually and is followed by a zhaou zang sort of surprise you would probably not expect from a belgian strong dark. Along with some very masked sweet dried perhaps candied ripe dark fruit afterthoughts this beer has citrus zest like quality. Im halfway convinced that It's Lime that I am tasting. Strange I'm pretty certain that there is a (albeit subtle) lime like bitterness to this beer and somehow it works amazingly well. Though It's rather hard to define what one can taste precisely flavor by flavor I think its fair to say that this beer is most certainly spice driven and rather dry finishing.

M: Carbonic tang

D: High this one is legit!

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

Deep brownish amber colour, slightly hazed clarity in the body, with a full and foamy head of off-white. Lacing is sudsy and Belgianesque. Looks very decent.

Sweet and slightly woody nose, with big Belgian yeast characters and a slightly organic sawdust character. Good amount of spice and a faint citric acidity. Lots of very pleasant characters on this.

Taste is lovely. Very decent Belgian characters, giving a slightly rounded note to the slightly smoky front. Robust and full, but sweet enough to temper anything before it gets too harsh or prominent. Finish is surprisingly fresh, leaving a pleasant crushed organic character on the back. Feel is smooth and light, adding to the really charismatic aspect of this beer. I'm very surprised at how light it is for 8%.

It's a lovely drop of beer. Unibroue do some wonderful things and this is no exception.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - very nice deep caramel color with a white 1-inch head.

S - orange, malt sweetness, raisins, spice, brown sugar.

T - malty sweetness, a pleasant orange spice, some vanilla and oak on the end.

M - harmonious flavors coat the palate from start to finish with nice carbonation to boot.

D - I could definitely drink a couple, but then it might get too sweet. Fantastic brew with a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop/citrus tartness.

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Photo of kagent777
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best before date on the back. Next time I will let one age a little bit, the best before date is Nov of 2012. Served into a goblet.

Appearance: A very hazy light brown. The head is a pretty white and settles to a thin foam pad. No real lacing, but maybe it is my glass. This beer even looks delicious.

Smell: Clove, nutmeg and other dark holiday-type spices.

Taste: The Belgian yeastiness comes through. I can also taste raisins mingled with some other fruit. There is some residual sweetness. This is really complex and hard to describe. I am really enjoying the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and body. This a little oily slick in the mouth. By no means a "thin" beer.

Drinkability: This could easily stand up to strong or spicy foods. The high ABV and strong flavors would make it difficult to drink many of these one after the other without palate fatigue. These should be stocked in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of Mancer
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dirty amber with a three finger high, off-white head. The initial smell of the beer was that of yeast and sweet fruits, pineapple and pears. The initial taste of the beer is that of bready yeast, followed by a dominant flavoring of spices. There is an alcohol finish that is present on the nose post consumption. This brew has a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a good beer, but lets not kid either, it's not that great. I understand why this makes for a nice A-rated entry beer, however this beer is too sweet for me. I like Belgian ales, but this one I won't buy again, regardless of what I rate it.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, deep copper color with a rich, two to three finger tan head That has exceptional retention. There is significant lacing. An amazing looking brew.

S - A very heavy nose. There is a strong wheat smell mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, a clove.

T - Sweet wheat up front. There is a wave of spices that follows. I can make out clove and allspice. There is also some cherry and plum tastes. Very complex, very good.

M - Light but sticky at the same time. Wonderful carbonation makes for a balanced brew.

D - I usually find this style very easy to drink regardless of the ABV. This Ale is no exception.

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

A - pours a nice opaque amber color with a nice whtie fluffy head.

S - some dark fruit smells (black cherries) as well as some lighter ones like peaches and grapes. Lots of that typical Belgian yeast smell. It's pretty much right in between Trois Pistoles and Don de Dieu in the dark/light spectrum.

T - like many Belgian style beers the yeast is driving the flavor train. Lots of spiciness. The flavor has a more reserved fruitiness than I would have expected, but in place of that is a nice caramel taste that reminds me I'm drinking an amber. The finish is a bit dry and mineral-like, with a slight booziness, similar to some red wines.

M - high carbonation, medium body, fine mouthfeel.

D - the dry finish drives up the drinkability, making up for the high ABV.

Unibroue can do no wrong in my book, and Maudite did not disappoint. I like Trois Pistoles a tiny bit more, and Don de Dieu and La Fin Du Monde even more, but this is still great.

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Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is slightly hazy hazelnut auburn, an off-white rather light head that settles slowly and leaves some lacing.

The smell is rich with earthy aromas, stable, wet dirt, sour milk, the yeast is very present.

Upfront sweet brown sugar, raisins, sour notes, apples, pears, vinegar and a bit vinous, very little bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small lively bubbles, soft and rich body, a syrup nuance.

A good and refreshing variant of the style. Went well with a ripe cheddar. Bottle bought in Montreal.

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Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. Best before 09-23-12 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy chocolate brown with a good amount of carbonation bubbles and a 1-2 finger fluffy off-white head. Nice head retention. Very solid lacing throughout.

Smell: Belgian yeast with caramel malt and a hint of dried fruits.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit with a hint of caramel up front then spices clove in the middle followed by phenols and a mild hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of dried fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You don't really notice the alcohol at all so this one could very well sneak up on you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. The flavor is delicious and the mouthfeel is outstanding. This Canadian brew is as good as any Belgian I've tried. I would very highly recommend this.

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

Pours a nice toffee tinged, honey color. Slightly dark and cloudy. Finger width worth of a cream colored head.

I get that typical belgian smell in the nose up front, leading into banana breadiness and dark fruit.

very crisp taste right away. I can kind of taste the bread i mentioned in the smell, and also rainsins, maybe prunes. Almost has what i would consider a vitamin taste to it. Somewhat sweet, not too dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, medium bodied. moderate carbonation.

This is a very tasty beer , i'd have no problem putting away a whole 4 pack if they weren't as expensive as they are.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Konings Hoeven goblet..

A : Murky reddish brown with a finger tall fuzzy tan head that settles quickly to a light froth top.

S : A mix of plum, orange peel, breadiness, hints of spice and alcohol esters. A quite potent and complex smell, I found myself continuing sniffing it throughout as it warmed.

T : A buttery flavor opens this one, with notes of plum found in the nose. A surprising level of bitter hop comes in the center to balance bready malt, here's where the orange peel and spice start to appear as well. The finish is more of the spice, and a smooth malt.

M : Very smooth and buttery, and just enough carbonation to give this one a tingly swallow.

D : Unibroue does right on this one, providing a stand-out Belgian Strong Dark that has all the expected qualities and yet remains original by throwing flavors out that aren't normally expected. The balance in this one is what most surprised me, not overly sweet or carbonated, and deliciously smooth.

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

A - Hazy orange/amber color with large bubbly head which vanishes quickly. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - Smell is of spicy Belgian yeast, with a hint of many fruits. I get some light fruit like bananas/apples and some dark fruits (grapes and plums). No alcohol.

T - Very spicy and yeasty to begin. Sweet and malty throughout. Just a touch of alcohol can be felt on the tongue. This just reminds me of the other Unibroue strong ales I have had. They all seem pretty similar to me, and never let down. I think I prefer this one to La Fin.

M - This one is just perfectly carbonated, medium bodied with a crisp and clean finish.

D - One of the more drinkable 8% beers I've had. Hell, Unibroue is always drinkable.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: its a brown color with off white head

S: sweet malts and some belgian yeast in there that drys out the mouth

T: sweet malts first then comes with the yeast and also banana but the finish comes in with this chalky aftertaste that bugs me

M: med mouth med carbonation with a chalky aftertaste that sucks I would give it 1 full letter grade higher if it was not for that bad finish

D: very drinkable if it was not for that aftertaste

overall: are you kidding me with this beer? use a better yeast and you will have an A beer use this chalky yeast and its just a average or slightly above average beer!

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

Pours a murky amber-brown colour with thick off-white head. Great retention and lacing over much of the glass. Smells of fruit, banana, spices and Belgian yeast. Flavour is quite dry, with some bitterness, but lots of sweetness. Almost no aftertaste. Carbonation level is really nice. A good value Belgian style in Ontario at just over $5 for a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damned! This is an absolutely fantastic brew with it's taste and smoothness.
The beer is a very dark brown producing an overflowing amount of head for my perfect pour glass. The aroma is akin to malts with a very slight sourness. The flavor is slightly sweet but has some spice to it and is VERY nice and pleasant. The body was right in the middle of the spectrum. It's one of the smoothest beers I've ever had and I'm glad to give it high marks. I can't wait to try more from this brewer.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange with a head that disappointed a bit.
S- Yeast and fruit. And all sorts of fruit, apple, banana, plum. All with some yeastiness and a bit of spicy clove lingering. Very belgian in the aroma.
T- Slightly caramelly, but the fruits present in the aroma were even moreso present here. High intensity flavor. The spice aromas were present in the flavor but just enough to balance out the fruit flavors.
M- Maudite is one of those great beers where you can feel that it's a full bodied beer but it's still easy going down. Slightly above average carbonation.
D- A very tasty beer. Quite well rounded in every sense, and a bit easier to drink than Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Nov 19, 2009.

A - Lot's of smoke when opened. Pours a Brownish ruby colour and has tons of cabonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Fizzy/soapy darkish white head sticking around for the long haul.

S - I get tons of yeast. Smells alot like a tripel. Faint dark fruit notes of plum and raisin. Some oranginess as well. Nice complex aromas.

T - A little booziness. A little bit of dark fruits. Spiciness maybe. Not overly complex but nice.

M - Medium body. Really coats the mouth. Fizzy. Clean finish with lingering flavours of dark fruits.

D - Pleasant to sip but I couldn't have too many.

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Photo of realbeerbaron
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this in a 750ML corked bottle after keeping in my cellar for a year and a half. Poured into a Chalice.

A- When I poured this the colour was a nice deep opaque brown, with a nice thick head, I was very impressed with the look of this.

S- Maudite has a very distinct smell which includes hints of banana and vanilla, with spicy overtones.

T- Exceptional taste, fruity start with a light spicy finish, well rounded

M- very smooth, full bodied, very clean finish for a strong ale

D- As this is a strong ale, I expected it to have the strong tripel style finish, but this was very smooth and quite drinkable. I had this in storage in my cellar for a year and a half waiting for a special occasion to drink, my son was born so figured a great time to open. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a mahogany brown color with a thin and fizzy white head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down a bit and became very frothy. Excellent head retention and good lacing as well.

The aroma has a fruity, spicy and yeasty flavor going on. It has some apple, banana, clove and cinnamon coming through. Very flavorful overall and everything comes together pretty nicely.

The taste has more of the apple fruitiness and clove spice to it. It has just some hints of some darker fruits to it. The Belgian yeast plays a pretty big role in the flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. The head gave it a very nice frothy and creamy mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is good, It's a a very flavorful beer and was very enjoyable this evening.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5l into pint glass, 2008 vintage split w/ the roommates.

A- Hazy, murky brown/orange with a fizzy head. Nothing too fantastic here.

S- Fruity! Holy rusted metal, Batman! Like some fruit stripe gum in a bottle.

T- Very fruity, bananas, apples, some orange zest. Some mild coriander or other unidentifiable spice. Very tasty, flavorful.

M- Great balance, light on the tongue, good carbonation, no off-flavors.

D- I have not had this fresh, but with a few years on it this beer is delightful. Very very fruity. No sign of the ABV. A joy to drink.

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

On tap at Little Palace, Columbus. Served in a Unibroue tulip, a nice touch.

A- Deep red. Murky, but not too muddy. The color is muted but bright enough so that the beer doesnt look gross. A small, tight head is there but eventually fades all the way down.

S- Nice rich fruity nose. Apples brighten things up over top lots of figs and plums. Some spiciness, presumably from yeast, is there like cinnamon, clove and banana.

T- Nice smooth maltiness. Big rich fruits with caramel laying a base. Candied apples, banana, fig, plum.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. The beer finishes very clean for what it is.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in to a Unibroue tulip glass

A-dark honey in color, not much carbonation

S-classic dark belgian ale with a hint of apples

T-cloves laced in to a classic dark belgian ale, the aftertaste is exactly the same. no negatives here. its a pleasant taste

M-fairly carbonated. average body

D-taste slightly faded through experience. its more of a sipper than even some of the extremely high ABV beers

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

Corked and caged bottle, poured into my Unibroue tulip (sweet!)

A - Pours a dark, hazy red-brown with about 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white foam.

S - Caramel malt and banana dominate with hints of clove and apples.

T - More caramel malt with a more assertive apple taste then the nose implied. More banana, yeast and clove-y spice.

M - Medium-thin bodied with high, sharp carbonation.

D - Solid beer, incredibly drinkable and dangerous at 8% ABV. Unibroue rarely, if ever, disappoints and this beer is no exception.
I imagine this would be a great food-pairing beer, I may have to give it a try soon.

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Photo of BBP
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- When I poured this the first thing I noticed was the massive massive amount of head. (After my first glass, I switched to a bigger glass to give the head more room to spread over so I could drink it easier.) The next thing I noticed was a cloudy amber, almost cinnamon color. Very thick and not much light could pass through.

S- Apple cinnamon and cloves overwhelmed the nose whenever I moved the glass close to me.

T- Somewhat like you'd expect from the smell. Was for more like a cider than a beer. Hops were barely noticable. I wasn't able to notice many of the flavors that reviews speak of. Perhaps this is due to me not aging my bottle or that I had a hard time separating them. Either way, as a full it didn't impress me.

M- Felt very full and smooth. Not thin by any means.

D- Good, but I would likely enjoy it more warm. It's not really like any beer I've had before. Seems more like something that would be sold outside of the beer section in the mixed drink area.

Was hoping for much more from the 4th rated beer on BA's Canada list. Don't expect to try again any time soon.

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