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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a copperish amber hue. Active head settles quickly to a thin lacing. Bubbly carbonation continues.

S - Yeasty, bready. Some ripe fruits and spice.

T - Slight tartness mixes with sweet ripe fruits. Spice and alcohol mixes and mingles all over. Very faint hop profile. Yummy!

M - Crisp and clean, very nice.

D - Drinkability is excellent, even for a higher abv brew. A sipper for sure, but you could sip all night long.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark amber colour with a small amount of thick cream coloured head.

S - Dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, caramel.

T - Dark fruit and a nice caramel sweetness. There are notes of raisin, plum and fig as well as some brown sugar.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Best Belgian beer I have had and the first one that I have liked enough to buy again.

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Photo of berley31
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-largel, off-white head that hung around for a good while before fading to a thin film. Light-brown body, with some slight haziness.

S: Very nice aroma, complex with sweet malt, some breadiness, lots of dark fruit coming through. A touch of noble hop presence, and the alcohol is there, but not solventy.

T: A great-tasting beer. Sweet, but not overly so, as a good BSDA should be. The dark fruit flavors are quite nice. Hop flavor is low to none, with low hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Thank God I continued to try BSDAs... my first try at Maudite was not as successful, due to lack of experience with the style. A fantastic beer, and one of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeast loosened; poured into tulip.

Dark red, hazy, off white 2 finger head. No lacing.

Smell is very yeast forward, a nice Belgian funk, with a malty sweet finish.

Taste is yeasty, slightly bitter, with a nice malt presence. There is some slight citrus as well.

Feel is medium, a tad bit too carbonated, and crisp.

My least favorite of the big Unibroue 3, but it's still a good brew.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Belgian Dark ale pours a hazy dark amber with plently of carbonation. The nose is packed with yeast, mops, citrus and fruits. The taste is a well balanced mixture of heavy fruits, sugar, and alcohol. This full bodied beer is another Unibroue well worth picking up.

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Photo of Tifore
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Unibroue Snifter.

A - Pours a orange to light amber color into the tulip creating a very nice sized head, about two to two and a half fingers. The head stays around for a few minutes and then slowly dissapates leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Smells of caramel malts and citrus. Lots of orange and apples with slight hops coming through.

T - Tastes of orange and the citrus come through first with lots of hops and sweet malts coming after. Leaves a sweet yummy aftertaste in my mouth which I really enjoy sip after sip. For a semi high alcohol beer the alcohol doesnt come in at all.

M - The mouthfeel is really light and refreshing. Lots of carbonation but makes it enjoyable and doesnt disrupt flavors.

D - Drinkability is very high. The price isn't too high and I could definitely enjoy this beer over and over. Was perfect for watching the Browns kick the Patriots ass.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance cloudy brow with almost white head, which stays for ages.

Smell is kind of like a dark dubbel. Nice maybe caramelish.

Taste wa smoother than predicted, very noice. Kind of caramel with light sweetness.

Mouthfeel, caronatin is good, could be a little thicker I guess.

Drinkabilty is alright, mainly restricted by price and availabilty, goes down weel though.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by date: 03/03/13, poured into my Duvel Tulip

A: Light Mahogany, completely opaque. 2-finger off-white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin froth.

S: Dark fruits, caramel malt, spice, apricot, pear, esters give a slight medicinal aroma.

T: Heavy carbonation that sizzles, alcohol makes itself known and mellows out in the finish. This is a very mellow brew flavor wise. I can tastes exactly as it smells (sweet dark fruit, caramel, etc) but isn't as robust as I would have suspect, not that it's a problem. I think it will get better as the carbonation goes down.

M: The strong carbonation isn't ideal, but it does disappear after a while. It's slightly viscous, very smooth and balanced. Goes down exceptionally well.

D: This seems to get easier to drink the longer I let it sit. The carbonation mellowing certainly makes it less harsh and the alcohol isn't too high to be prohibitive.

Overall this is a good strong dark ale, but I'd like to see a little more complexity, less carbonation, and better hid alcohol.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my blood-drenched struggle to taste every Unibroue brew, I have now ripped the veins from a vengeful Viking Lord to attain my latest dark ale offering; Maudite.

Good looking beer we got here. Long lasting head, that's off white and rather fluff-fluff. A non-stop carbonation surround the outside of my tulip. An orange/amber/cider color; pretty dang good.

Bouquet of flowers, sharp, tangy citrus, cupboard of warming spices. Mmmm, smelly goody.

Mish mash of strong attributes. There's definitely some fruit/spice going on...obviously. Apples/oranges...dark fruits as well. Phenolic/cloves bite, that's a total plus. Really good.

Has a bite; a bit bitter. Phenolic. Similar to other Unibroue belgian ales. It has a classy and defined feel that lovers of beer should really appreciate.

Unibroue does it again with another great beer. As I look at the beer in my tulip, it retains a whisp of head, and a solid bubbly ring around the glass. A very inviting and tasty beer that I'll be coming back to again and again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed, deep amber bronze color. Slightly larger than average sized, foamy, sticky, slightly thick/dense, white head with just a hint of toasted brown color. Good retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Definitely has that Unibroue yeast aroma. Sweet malt and golden fruit comes out pretty strong. Sweet, spiced bread aroma.

T - Sweet bready flavors are quite strong. Also has a good amount of apple, orange, and cherry. Caramel and spiced notes along with a hint of vanilla. The Unibroue yeast is strong in the flavor as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with about average carbonation. A little thin on the feel.

D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the sweet side, but the flavors are nice. No problem finishing my glass, and wouldn't mind another one.

Notes: Best before 09/30/12. Decent beer with plenty of fruity sweetness. Definitely had that Unibroue taste, not a bad thing but just similar to others. Enjoyable beer, but I wan't exactly wowed by it. Like other Unibroue beers, I thought this was nice but not amazing.

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Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is good, fruits are present, a slight bit of sweetness, just some hints of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall another solid offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into tulip.

Beautiful light amber with solid off-white head. Looks very inviting.

Aroma is reminiscent of cake, a little bready, with hints of raisins and sugar and so much more. Very smooth beer, hardly notice the alcohol, a bit floral with a slight bite as well. A really fantastic beer, great sipper.

Had again in bottle 12/24 - this just gets better and better.

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

Poured a very nice dark orange with a healthy persistent head.
Vigorous pour resulted in a good 2 finger head in my tulip glass.

Great floral smell, not much alcohol coming through for me so far. Nice smell indeed.

Taste is fruity, bitter with slight alcohol near the end leaving warm sensation. Very nice carbonation. Creamy flavor mixed in.

All in all an impressive beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown. Killer 3 inch creamy head. Good amount of carbination

Smell - Lots of yeast and floral aromas. Some hops and alcohol is present

Taste - A Pretty bitter yeasty taste starts things off. The spices mixed with the hops gives it alot of character. Also theres a nice sweet sugar taste to sort of balance out things slighty.

Mouthfeel - Alot of flavors gives mouth a workout though not a long lasting aftertaste. I wouldnt drink anything else weaker after this cause its complex and strong enough to beat mouth and pallette up.

Drinkibilty - A 22oz is more then enough to enjoy. Its too strong,complex and just to good to drink in large quanities. One of the best strong ales outs there.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque mahogany tone with a creamy finger of a beige/off-white head; very solid retention and nice walls of lacing.

nose is a little more subdued than i tend to look for in my BSDAs, with muted notes of sweet malts, belgian yeasts, dark fruits, and some light spices... decent if a bit underwhelming.

flavor follows and well exceeds the aroma. apple, spices, belgian yeast, and some caramel malts all in there, very well balanced and very tasty. a bit of a dry finish with a slight touch of booze. great tasting beer.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation... good drinkability, goes down easy and it's great flavor keeps you coming back for more. definitely recommended.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass

A: pours a deep mahogany color that looks thick. Pours with very thick white head and leaves considerable lacing

S: very sweet smelling brew possibly of cherries. Has a slight wheat smell

T: not as sweet of a taste as the smell would allude. Strong wheat taste that really hits the pallet strong. Delicious

M: very smooth drinking brew with slight carbonation tingle

D: easy drinking brew taste really makes it a pleasure to drink

Overall I absolutly loved this brew. Bought it for 8 bucks at the gas station down the street, one of the best buys of my life.

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

750mL bottle, aged over a year, poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass. Reddish brown color with a off-white head that gradually fades away. Nice aroma with yeast, malt, lemon, and apple. Taste is well balanced and complex with sweet malts, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and some bitterness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, good smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable, this is a great beer from Unibroue!

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: orange-copper with thick white head and silky lacing.

Aroma: metallic, malty, apple and cloves.

Flavor: phenolic, malty and Belgian spices with irony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent body and smooth finish, but strong metallic taste is overwhelming for me.

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Photo of cmannes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Tulip.

Appearance: Very dark red amber, with an almost white head. Little lacing.

Aroma: That malty belgian yeast smell. With a slight bit of fruit. Cherries maybe.

Taste: Sweet, fruity. The malts come up in the finish, with a touch of the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp. Just the right amount of fizz.

Overall: I like. Very tasty and smooth.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank fro my Duvel Tulip glass

A - Pours a clear copper red colour with smallish white head that reduces to a film.

S - Sweet fruit cake like aromas from the bottle.Once poured takes on some spicyness as well as some stewed cherries.

T - The initial flavours are sweet stewed fruits and followed by small malt, finishing with a nice boozyness.A hint of Vanilla in there as well.

M - Quite high carbonation with a medium body that makes this a smooth drop.

D - I have to say that Maudite is my favourite drop from Unibroue. There are two reasons for that. 1. It could pass for a genuine Belgian Dark Ale and 2 it superb balnce of flavours.

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Photo of scott451
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gently poured into an oversize tulip. Slightly hazy orangy brown with a one finger tan head which soon diminishes to a ring. Thin foamy lacing.

Dark malts with ripe fruit smells. Some alcohol present. Spicy prume notes. Very smooth, well melded malts. Spicy with clove up front.

Medium body. Crisp but slightly sweet. Good carbonation and a crisp finish. Pretty drinkable for an 8%. Smooth but complex. A top shelf brew.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby colored with with a little over a finger of off-white head. Retention is just okay, lacing is minimal.

Smell: Esters and cloves are the most prevalent smells. A bit of dark fruits and cherry are in there as well.

Taste: A little more maltiness and dark fruits come through compared to the smell. The cloves and estery alcohol is still there too. A little more balanced overall than the smell.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation that lends to a peppery feel. Pretty nice for a Belgian style. Drinkability is fairly high for the ABV, but overall it's not the best Unibroue has to offer, in my opinion.

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Photo of jlandis
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy light mahogany in color with thin white head that soon dissipates into a small ring.

S - Sweet Belgian candi with fresh fruits and a bit of a yeasty spice in the finish.

T - Slightly tart and sweet malt. I love how in the BSDA style brewers are able to capture both a sweet and sour in such a perfect blend. There is nice candi sugar, sweet toffee and fresh cherries.

M - Medium to light body with solid carbonation.

This is another fantastic offering from Unibroue. I haven't had a beer from them yet that I didn't like. This is a great sipper, and if I don't watch out I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

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

A - poured into a pint glass. Interesting looking orange-red-tan liquid, moderate head, not much retention or lacing. Some sediment is evident but doesn't appear to be in the way.

S - malty, fruity, spicy, and yeasty at once. Even a little sourness for good measure. The yeast isn't quite at "funky" levels, just enough to be present and "bready". Most notable spice is clove. Maybe some cardamom or coriander. Fruitiness spans a wide range from banana ester to orange peel to raisin / fig to sour cherry. Malts are definitely in the roasty caramel category, bringing to mind dark brown sugar. Throughout, there's no hint of imbalance or "off" flavors. Exceptional.

T - ok, back to earth. This is still a nice Belgian brew, but it's nothing extraordinary. Many of the fruity smells are muted. Spice comes to the forefront, which is nice, but the caramelized malts get even sweeter, which is not. Tasty enough, but no longer a superb balance, at least to my tongue. Also, it's considerably easier to detect the alcohol than many American style brews of similar strength.

M - moderate to full body, slick, solid fizz even long after the visible carbonation has left the building. Good stuff.

D - drinkable, enjoyable, and quite a bit cheaper than many "real" Belgians. Works for me.

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Photo of tylernim
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has a superb look to it as it sits in my tulip. A completely opaque reddish color, with a slight green tint to it. Brilliant creamy thick head, that maintains for a while, and turn into a perfect ring the rest of the way.

Smells of under ripe bananas, and some floral notes. A touch of malt on the nose as well. Fruity esters and yeast are up front on the tongue, a spiciness is present coming through the back. The high alcohol content is hidden very well.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect medium body with excellent carbonation. Exceptionally smooth. The drinkability is certainly good, but is hindered by the high ABV for me.

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