Maudite | Unibroue

4,594 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 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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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish-brown. Head sticks around at one finger with for a minute then just thickly lines the outside of the glass all the way down.

S- "Earthy". Cloves.

T- Spice, little fruity. The very last taste is almost a cider for me.

M- Carbonation almost burns the tongue with spices, good burn though :) Creamy.

D/O- One's enough for me a night, maybe two if I was feeling adventurous.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick, tan nose that has great retention. A bold, deep copper body with haze.

S: Strong aroma of clove. A spice that can be found in the aroma.

T: A fruity, spice on the front witch ends with a smooth balance of dominate clove. Bright complex flavors.

M: A load of carbonation fills the mouth with a burst of ale. A creamy mouthfeel.

D: A slight hint at the ABV, but a very drinkable Belgian Dark. All around great balanced beer.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice dark brown with a one finger head that disappeared quickly and no lacing. Not much of a noticable nose, most likely just my terrible nose. The taste has raisin and grapfruit flavors along with a yeasty bread flavor. There is no noticable alcohol burn with this one, making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as part of a 4-pack sampler.

A: Described as a "strong amber-red ale", this pours as more of a deep chestnut-brown. Cloudy, with maybe the slightest hint of red. Very thick head - be careful with the pour.

S: Hops apparent, but not overpowering. Mild spices, nothing distracting.

T: Strong hops lead, bitterness follows, other more subtle flavors. Aftertaste bitter, but fades quickly.

M: Well carbonated, light feel.

D: Nicely drinkable. Had this with dinner and found myself downing it a lot quicker than expected.

Very nice - I'm generally not expecting much for sampler packs, but so far 2 for 2 with this one. Very nice beers.

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Photo of Agold
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep amber and pours with about 2 fingers of light head which receded very quickly (may be due to the glass, which i cleaned but may have still had some sort of residue on it). This beer smelled of yeast, and some fruityness. It tastes of darker fruits, malt, a little bit of yeast, and some spicyness. This beer is light with lots of carbonation. I found this one to be pretty drinkable, but not amazingly so. Very solid beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with 2+ fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, apples, sweet fruit, and caramel malts

t - Tastes of spices, dark fruits, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A nice dark ale from Unibroue. A nice dark fruits and spice smell and taste that us easy to drink. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was served with a cloudy, burnt amber body and it had a thin, creamy white head...nice lacing left behind

S - I wanted more out of the aroma...some dark fruits with a hint of sweetness and a hint of spice

T - The flavors of this beer worked very well together...there is an initial dark fruit flavor up's quick because some sweet malts come in and take over...the yeast and spices add a nice touch and stand out the most to me...there is a lot of clove and black pepper coming out

M - Medium bodied...creamy with a nice blast of spiciness

D - This was my first offering from Unibroue and I liked it...I think having this on nitro might have helped a little bit...a good Belgian with a balance of fruits, sweetness, and spices

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apricot, nice off white head. Tight bubbled cling lace.

S - Fresh and light. Maybe too cold, but not much there.

T - Burnt caramel and Belgian yeast. Nice.

M - Medium body, TONS of carb, good coating.

D - Like it. Would have more. Just not my style, apparently.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Best before date of 3/20/11.

A: Pours with an average size head that dimishes quickly into a film. The body is a murky medium dark tawny brown, almost completely opaque. Streamers line the edge of the glass.

S: Above average malts of dark toasted bread and caramel, toasted. Light yeast of dank, musty earth and leather. The hop bill is indecipherable.

T: Additional flavors of various dark fruits: raisin, plum, dates and red grapes. Underlying notes of brown sugar and maple syrup. Mediocre flavor duration with moderate to light sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is medium-light, the texture creamy smooth. A little thinner than expected as most Unibroue beers tend to be. Carbonation is as lively and fizzy as expected.

D: Stands out as one of Unibroue's premier , more drinkable offerings. Slightly overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of WJVII
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a darker golden amber color with a thick and creamy 3 finger white head that lasted a long time leaving nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong of banana, yeast, and clove with slight hints of caramel malts and some alcohol. The taste is quite crisp with a medium body and stronger carbonation. The taste is sticky and malty up front with banana and yeast being dominant, some slight sweet honey and mild bitterness are in the finish with a dry alcohol after taste. This is a nice brew, more for a winters eve than a summers day, but regardless I am going to enjoy it!

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

A: Ruddy brown/copper color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Lacing washed down thew glass.

S: Dark fruit and yeast predominently in a boquet of aromas. Some apricot and banana a bit more pronounced. A nice mix.

T: Dark fruits very pronounced nad up front. Raisins and figs in the middle mix with some roasted malt flavor. All linger lightly through an even bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Tingly on the tongue, yet smooth. Dry and warming in the end

D: Very easy to drink despite the ABV. Flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-off bottle capped with foil, sampled cold in a standard pint glass. Single bottle was $2.49 at the Lebanon Health Food Store.

Deep copper color with red highlights when held to a light. 1/2" of fizzy ivory head. Really aromatic- sweet with mixed sour berries and tropical fruits. Taste is burnt caramel and the same sour berries and tropical elements. Also some spiciness with nutmeg and/or clove, especially developing as it airs. Certainly belgian, also makes me think of wild yeasts. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and medium-bodied.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour it into my Unibroue glass (first time I've had their beer in it) it is truly an amber/red color and quite clear, not hazy at all. There is 3 inches of off-white head that takes a minute to dissipate and leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

The aroma is initially spicy, a hint of anise. There is some medium bodied malt to it and a bit of alcohol. I expect there to be more on the nose as the beer warms. Now I pick up a mild sweetness, almost like honey, and some fruitiness and/or pleasant phenols from the yeast.

Taste is well balanced and smooth, though a bit lighter than I had expected. This beer hides it's strength well. There is a little dark fruit and aromatic malt mid way through, and the finish has a mild hop bitterness as well as some light, sweet malt that lingers. The "assertive hops" are really nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and the carbonation is fairly low.

Overall this beer is fairly sweet, malty and moderately complex. I wish it had more of the assertive hop flavor advertised, it would make for a nice finish.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in large tulip shaped glass at the Abbey in Seal Beach, CA. 13 oz pour. Hazy apple cider color with virtually no head. A small dense ringlet was all that was there. Swirling produced a short lived (dense) head. Sweet aroma of apples and yeast. Medium mouthfeel sweet up front and in the middle, again with a nod to apples, with very little bitterness in the back end. Lots of carbonation bite. Some hints of alcohol, but otherwise well disguised. Not a style I'm accustom to. Have since read a few favorable review and feel I've been cheated.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Tap at the Littlest Bar in Boston,Ma

Poured from the tap into a Unibroue glass.

The color is a dark gold/copper with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice bouquet of fruit flavors that mix well with the yeasty flavor in the background. Some banana and a slight peach flavor comes out.

The taste has a nice Belgian flavor that is quite impressive. The dark fruits come out right away and I am swooped up in a great raisin flavor that seems to mix with some nice sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light to medium and is a really easy drinking beer but does have a good kick to it. Drinks really well as well.

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Photo of Briken
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with an off-white sandy head. Yeast and spice aroma that's slightly acidic. Crisp spicy yeast with light malt sweetness and a little raisin and a candy finish. Clear sharp carbonation with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

Such a well rounded flavor that isn't too bready and on the sweet side without being overly sweet. An easy to drink belgian especially since the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of joecast
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looked fairly clear while pouring. added in the sediment and it got quite cloudy. still light in color, maybe a dark amber with not much head to speak of. a few bubbles hang around but thats it. low carbonation.

fruity, malty sweet aroma. a bit of yeast. a bit pruny and spicy. hides the alcohol well though it does have a strong presence to it.

complex without being fantastic. strong malt with some dark fruit character. very smooth. yeast is there but mild so it doesnt add any harshness.

very drinkable for an 8% beer. could be a benchmark for the style without setting the world on fire. still, a very good tasting beer. not sure if the travel harmed this one. still well within date but possibly showing some effects of age.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,594 ratings.
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