Maudite | Unibroue

4,586 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 dasenebler
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a gold-foiled 12oz. bottle this beer pours a dark and clear brownish amber with a large foamy head. Retains well; laces decently.

The aroma has a lot of ripe fruit and yeasty, banana-like esters. Above-average but nothing special.

The flavor is quite pleasant, with malty, buttery notes and a smooth yeast profile. Bit of toasted biscuits and Maillard. There is a fair amount of dark fruit in there with the banana, along with a tinge of bubblegum. Pretty complex. Slightly alcoholic and warming, but definitely not hot. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but somewhat overcarbonated (this beer's only shortcoming).

This is a very solid beer, as are most of Unibroue's offerings.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear amber/red colour with a massive foamy/fizzy off white head. There appears to be lots of carbonation, and some fantastic amount of lacing. The head sticks around for a while.

Smell - The beer has a nice caramel malt scent. You can also smell the alcohol slightly. There also is a peppery spice mix scent and a woody aroma.

Taste & Mouth - First thing I notice is a caramel like sweetness. The beer is extremely smooth for 8%, but I still feel the warming effect of the alcohol. The beer comes across as slightly creamy on the tongue as well. And the carbonation is perfect.

Drink - This is truly a world class beer, very drinkable, and extremely tasty. I prefer this over La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of arturorg
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into an Unibroue tulip

A: Pours reddish with a big head that stay, white spiderweb lace that stays stick to the side of the glass, small to no carbonation.

S: Sweet smell, apples. For me it was thin in essence.

T: Sweet a little bit tarty some like apple cider or some apple wine, a little bit warming, little lingering hop flavor, a hint of banana.

Overall it was a fresh beer after all but a little bit thin in the taste and smell department I would re-drink it if possible just to know what's the fuzz about.

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

Unibroue is one of my favorite Breweries because of their beer's unique characteristics and amazing drinkability. In another post on the Unibroue Chambly Noire we discussed in detail the distinct Quebecois beers that they produce, and also their Belgian inspired heritage. But really, I should have began with the Maudite, the very first beer that turned me on to Unibroue, and also one of the best that they brew, and one of the top beers in the world.

Maudite means "the dammed one", and was named after the Quebec legend of the Flying Canoe. As the legend portrays, a group of lumberjacks struct a deal with the devil to fly them home in their canoes. Guided by Satan himself, they made it home in time for Christmas.

The Maudite of one of the beers which opened Unibroue in 1992, and is a Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale, very reminiscent of a wheat beer with very rich a fruity malt characteristics. It is 8.0% abv, is available in 750ml corked bottles at most all LBCO locations, and also in six packs of 341ml bottles throughout Quebec and much of the US. The Maudite is a beautiful mix of Belgium spicy flavors, sweet malted wheat, rich fruity malts, light effervescence, and smooth cognac like complexity. I constantly try to buy bottles to cellar for years, but always end up drinking them long before their intended maturity. But I can almost guarantee that three or four years down the road, a corked bottle of Mautide will have build an immense depth of flavor and maturity.

But don't get me wrong, this beer is ready to enjoy right now! It should be served cold, but not quite fridge temperature. Anywhere around 5 degrees Celsius (40F) will do; the beer will show you layers of flavor and aroma at that temperature, and will begin to erupt with great robust and aromatic life as it continues to warm. Pour it into a wide bottomed tupliped chalice or snifter if available.

The pour is very lively in the wheat beer sense lifting a huge pillowy and fluffy head immediately; so pour gently, and perhaps even allow the first half of the beer to relax in the glass before completely finishing the bottle. Soon enough though you will end up with a gorgeous ruby red beer with a large two inch mountain of head. The beer is hazy and opaque glowing deep mahogany with golden brown, ruby red, and orange ambers shimmering throughout it. The head is filled with air, is very dense, and has huge staying power. It took about ten minutes for it to subside down to a short film, but was even then about a quarter inch tall.

The nose is rich and pours at you with spices of clove, white pepper and light cinnamon. Sweet malted wheat becomes very dominant and soft malty fruit begin to show their flavors. It definitely is ripe with Belgian (or more appropriately, Quebecois) yeast characteristics, and displays light banana, peaches and apples. There is a wine like tart finish to the nose which I suspect will come out slightly in a bitter hop finish.

Although it seems menacing at a rich and deep 8.0%, you should get right into this beer in a big way. Simply sipping it over your tongue will not do it justice. Try a full mouthful and you will enjoy a pouring of malt flavors, massive floral aromas, and a delicate and lively mouthfeel which is unmistakably Unibroue.

The first thing you will notice is a light wheat sweetness that bounces off your tongue and is accentuated by the beers lively effervescence. Quickly though, spices move in brining cloves, allspice, light pepper, and coriander to your palate. The malted wheat sweetness is still there but opens to bananas, apples, light peaches, and pears. More malts come in, but now they are full and rich with plums, oak, vanilla, and a cognac like alcohol complexity.

Overall the Maudite is very layered showing you huge complexity and a perfect mouthfeel which helps you absorb everything that this beer has to offer. It is very lightly hopped, but enough to create a refreshing and pleasant balance. But really, the wheat and the mouthfeel produce a supremely quenching beer perfect in the heat of the summer, and against the warmth of a fire place.

I love it with and in beef stews, grilled rep meals, roast potatoes and yams, pasta, and anything spicy.

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Photo of BobZ
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip. Plan to drink the whole thing myself.

Appearance: Head builds very nicely, recedes to about an 1/8", good lacing throughout, nice reddish brown in color.

Smell: Yeast is dominant; spice & malt are there smells like it has some depth & complexity.

Taste: First impression is "thin", especially for a Strong Dark Ale, some nice flavors, bready malt, spice, but overall not very deep and not very complex. The slight bitterness has a very slight metallic tinge in the finish.

Drinkability: Decent beer, taste good enough to be sessionable.

Compared to Trois Pistoles & La Terrible this beer is not anywhere near the same league. Not a bad beer but my least favorite under the Unibroue label.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a small snifter in Ballantine's in Willoughby.

Pours a hazy amber with a foamy head, with a slow pillowing down.

Smells of yeast, malt and lemon. The lemon is definitely catching me off guard.

Has a lighter taste, with some breadiness. There's an odd lemony sourness, rather than bitterness, that hits the sides and back of the tongue as you swallow. This is a strong dark ale?

Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

Decent enough, but not the beer for me. I know it is a highly rated beer by others; however, life is too short for me to have another of these.

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Photo of joeland
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- it's an amber color with a orange tint. very little head.

Smell- a get a yeast smeel, to go with spices, and malt. a good mix of everything

Taste- i get a up front spice taste expected from the style that fades to a malt taste. very good taste

Mouthfeel- medium body, with medium carbnation

Drinkability- a very good beer that i'm set with just two or three of these.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy copper-amber color with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Has those beautiful round galaxy puffs of white floating on the surface. I bit too much alcohol in the scent. Maybe a little floral character. Raisins and maybe some clove. Nice and sweet. The alcohol hides well in the taste. Kind of a thick caramel taste. Quite yummy. Warms you when you swallow, high carbonation, but easy to consume. Considerable creamy.

decent, but kind of boring to me

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Photo of endincolorado
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, red-brown with deep orange at the edges and a small amount of off-white head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is of sour apple, and light yeastiness.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with a healthy amount of bready malt, and yeasty spices. Some appley fruit lingers in back.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

This is one drinkable beer, and would pair well with a vast variety of foods. Right now, it's doing a fine job of complementing some pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. It had a strong smell with a very spicey note. It had a strong taste very spicey, evrything blended very well and provided a nice kick. Not too difficult to drink. Overall a very very good beer from a brewery that has ye to disapoint.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Pours a ruby mahogany with minimal head. First sniff is funky with a capital F. Trying to discern the aroma is tough. I get figs, almonds, spice, and a tinge of alcohol. Let's just call it complex and call it good. Honestly it's really hard to know what to expect from this beer with the first drink. Flavor is delicious, though almost irrepressibly sweet. There are tons of fruity spices up front, followed by a very desert dry middle, with mild hops and huge alcohol in the finish. Actually easy to drink, considering everything that's going on. Better than average, strike that, actually very nice. Enjoyable. Nice end-of-night beer.

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Photo of impending
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dirty honey brown, unexceptional. Typical belgian head but the bubbles are not dense. Lacing nothing special.

Excellent example of how to do the aroma of a strong dark right.

Taste follows the nose but the complexity of the spices is increased significantly. A superb brew.

An aside ~ I wrote of an unexceptional appearance ~ this is not an unusual adjective I apply but in reality it depends on the level in the glass. The discerning will drink this from a tulip, goblet or chalice - choices all of which provide much width in the glass. The light has difficulty penetrating this width rendering the color, unexceptional. But when only an inch or so remains the appearance is wholly changed. At the end this brew is a magnificent deep amber copper, exceptional.

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

Pours a cloudy brown, somewhat dark. Produced a nice amount of head. Lingered for about half of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma - Smells of dark fruits, yeast, maybe a bit of citrus(but lite)

Taste - Well balanced, tastes of raisin, hop bitterness, lite yeast, and a bit of tart grapes towards the end. Flavor lingers, with a very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation, seems to hang around in the mouth slightly, which is quite nice.

Drinkability - Very nice. Smooth. Not harsh in the slightest. Warms nicely. A nice beer to savor slowly. Definitely will have again, and again. Could have at least two in a row. Very good showcase of the style

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Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark brown-orange color, 1/2 inch cream colored-head. Fruity smell, maybe cherries, plums. A little more watery than expected. I would say a touch too watery. Very little hint of the 8% ABV. Would be a dangerous one to be drinking for a while, would sneak up on you. Definitely taste the fruit without being too fruity. More malt than hops, in fact very little hops as far as I could tell. Incredibly smooth for the punch it's packing. Easy to drink, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of gameface23
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date 06-01-2012

A: Pours a reddish-brownish-orangish color. I was expecting more of an amber hue, but it had much more brown than I was anticipating.

S: A big wave of alcohol esters, some brown sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast aromatics.

T: Again, a piercing alcohol burn, Belgian spice, dark fruits.

M: Average for a BSDA

D: This is probably the worst offering I have had from Unibroue, a brewery that I usually love. It's not terrible, I just feel like it might not translate well to my palate.

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

Single bottle (best before 06-01-12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice. Poured slowly leaving the sediment/yeast behind, but enough to get a good head.

Appearance: Pours a dark translucent brownish-red with orange highlights. The off-white foam on the top starts 1/4" thick, then dies down to 1/16" persistently thick across the top. Islands of lacing here and there. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer if you look closely.

Smell: Some alcohol fruity esters (prunes?), toffee notes, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: A well blended combination of hop bitterness, toasted malts, raisin/prune alcoholic esters (a tad boozy) with a dry finish. I must emphasize the balance here - nothing pushes out the others leading to a smooth nature of the beer....interestingly what is emphasized on the bottle. Towards the end of the glass as the beer is much warmer the fruit flavors become more white grape-like in character. A tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue - not too spicy, but just right. The carbonation brings an airiness to the beer, but there is a definite stickiness lingering on the teeth afterwards. Nice.

Drinkability: This is indeed a strong ale - and a great sipping beer, but after one I'm done. I wouldn't mind a larger bottle, but this is a beer for savoring. I think it clashed a bit with the tomato and garlic pasta dish I had with it, but after the meal it was good to savor the beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky, hazy brown in color. Pours with a respectable 1/4" of white head that reduces down to nothing but a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malt. Brown sugar. Dark sweet fruits. Even a bit of lemon to round things out.

T: Malt forward fruitiness. A bit of sweet caramel, but with a fresh tartness that helps balance this beer. Spice and a little bit of pepper or clove pop on the back of the tongue. Quite complex and tasty.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. A sweet roundness in the mouth followed by the crisp tartness.

D: Very good. One of the best representations of the style.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite is an hold stand-by for me. Whenever I can't decide what to get, I always know this stuff will satisfy. Pours with a deliciously thick and rich looking head. The smell is equal parts hops, yeast, and esters. Taste is balanced between all the players. A lot of fine esters from the yeast, plenty of malt, and some nice spiciness from the hops. All of the tastes linger on the palate equally instead of the flavor profile changing in your mouth. A very egalitarian beer. Equally great in the winter as well as on a hot summer night. This beer goes great with Tai food.

Maudite, along with Fin Du Monde, is one of the best values in the beer world. I paid under $7 for a 750ML and that makes me happy. Also, it's prime to drink for a good long time after it's bottled. You just can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of hu5om
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340 and e11a627, unibroue tulip
a-deep rich cloudy red/brow, white foam

s-again, rich. hearty belgian yeast and malty sweetness. delicious living beer

t-almost floral tastes from the yeast, sweet and complex, perfect little tingle, w/o any alcohol heat. i couldn't nail down the fruit taste, but e11a627 says peach and that nails it. also white grape and pear.

m-tingly, fine bubbles. lingers and tingles the entire mouth so perfectly.

d-one of my faves all time and fairly affordable. supremely enjoyable. oh canada!

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Photo of newk340
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a murky dark apple cider color in a unibroue tulip (split with hu5om). gorgeous lacing.

S: wheaty and yeasty, similar to a hefe in my mind.

T: awesome. fizz of smooth fruity hops with wheat overtones that gently slide across the palate. light fruits (peach?). sweet floral malts round out the taste.

MF/D: light bubbles across the tongue, easy slide down the throat. a superb belgian ale with absolutely no heat for 8% alcohol.

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Photo of e11a627
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with hu5om and newk360 at Bodega. Tasted in a Veltins tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, translucent brown. Gold at base of glass.

S: Fruity, Champagne aroma/ Feel bubbly in the nose.

T: Malty peach flavor. Taste kind of resembles a poptart. Delicious.

M: Tingly-tart with first touch to tastebuds. Leaves a pleasant fruitiness. Very smooth.

D: D is for delish and delightful. So pleasant and enjoyable. YUM!

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Photo of elliot23
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6/12/10. Finally getting notes up.

A. Solid brown, almost a dark nutty brown, whatever that means. Cloudy with a hint of golden flair. Reminds me of a dunkelweizen. Good stuff. Slightly tan head.

S. dark nutty nose. Strong, but weak at the same time. Slight spice and slight cognac. Not a heavy noze.

T. Similar to the nose but more intense and complex. Nutty, spices, and a slight cognac. Definitely malt forward. A good example of the style. I don't drink reds that often but this one is worth the effort. Nice finishing bitterness for a malt forward beer.

MF. A nice buzz to the mouth. Good lingering flavor.

D. Pretty easy drinker for an 8% abv beer. A nice Belgian strong red ale. Haven't had too many of this style so it's nice to find some in my area. I would drink again for sure

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark amber, strong head
S: sweet floral aroma
T: sweet, light fruity flavor; do I detect cherries, almost a lambic? the refermentation in the bottle does not carry the anvil found in Unibroue's other beers, esp. La fin du monde

On a whole, my favorite of U's higher-ABV beers. And my wife liked it, which says a lot, since she doesn't like many of the beers I do.

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Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle that has been aging for 2 years in my 45 F beer fridge. I opened it up to share with friends today as we brewed a dubbel to get some inspiration. The beer, despite several years of cellaring, frothed as I popped the cork and started to pour the beer. Maudite was dark amber with ample head that clung to the glass. The beer smelled wonderfully complex with clove and banana aromas that opened up as the beer sat. A deeper smell pulled up some toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malts. This complexity was reciprocated in the taste: assertive spice, with fig-like fruit that provided a flavor without the sweetness. The body was full despite high attenuation. This is a beautiful beer that I highly recommend and would love to have again.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a near opaque deep amber, reddish brown. a great dense and persistant off-white head. great range of colors when held to light.

s- candy-like malt sweetness, heavy esters have big dark fruit tones, some alcohol with a perfumy and slightly spicy quality, slightly bready. some complex stuff, so much going on.

t- dark fruits, combine interestingly with some breadiness and what started slightly sweet turns quite dry as some alcohol kicks in. that finish of this one is extremely reminiscent of wine. some heavier caramel comes in up front and mixes with the dark fruits. it leaves me wanting a little more after the enticing nose.

m- medium bodied, high carbonation, and moderate alcohol warming.

d- fantastic in this category. a super affordable, quality belgian style ale, that is fairly easy to drink and tasty. not much else can possibly be expected.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,586 ratings.
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