Maudite | Unibroue

4,575 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 UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a somewhat opaque watery coffee color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Smells like dark fruits (grapes, cherries) and malts. There is a spice element to this beer too.

T - Tastes very biscuit like with dark fruit essence. The beer is somewhat sweet. There is no bitterness at all.

M - Beer is creamy and smooth. There is a bit of an alcohol warmth too.

D - Excellent. Another winner from Unibroue. One of my favorites along with Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle served at cellar temp

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Red wine brown in color with a big fluffy white head on top. Lots of staying power. Big waves of lacing cover the glass with many being too big to stay and thus slowly settle back into the head. Looks great.

Citrusy, orange coriander on the nose, mixed with sweet malts and fruits. Grapes, strawberries, apples. Touch of alcohol and the signature Unibroue yeast aroma.

The flavor consists of bready, fruit infused malts. Grapes, cherries, a little bit of apple and a touch of slightly bitter orange spice. Wine like and malty. Warming alcohol and honey. Finish is dry with yeasty fruit. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is somewhat foamy and malty with prickly carbonation. Warming alcohol and decently dry on the finish.

Drinkability is good. I would only want a bottle of this, but it is a pleasure to drink. You can feel the 8% a bit, which is good and lets you know you should take it easy. I could see this beer pairing well with many things.

Overall, this is one of the best Unibroue beers I have had and I have had most of them. Rich and flavorful with a beautiful looking body. Unibroue has done a very good job of crafting this gem. I also get the feeling that this would taste quite good with 2-3 years on it. Highly recommended.

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

750 ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- 2 Fingers of thick frothy head, diminishes slowly leaving a nice 1/2 finger of head, murky red in color, minimal lacing.

S- Pepper, cloves, and dark fruit.

T- As the aroma suggest, grapes, raisins, and spice.

M- light to medium body, high carbonation.

D- I love this beer, it is hard to believe that the ABV is so high, there is little indication for me until I am 1/2 was through my bomber! will be a staple in my collection.

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

A - The Unibroue Maudite pours into a chalice the color of greyish, muddy water, with a 1/2 inch cream colored head.

S - The first whiff is reminiscent of apple; then, sweet malts.

T - Sweet malts, molasses, brown sugar and spice ... a bit of a hop-tang in the finish. Nice.

M - Effervescent, medium gravity and dry.

D - Very drinkable, a brew which should be sipped and savored; simply delicious.

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Photo of irisier
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml Belgian style bottle.

Appearance: Thick, fizzy off white head that leaves nice lace on top of a dark hazed amber body.

Smell: Some caramel and raisin type aromas. Hops are almost impercepitible.

Taste: Malty caramel and raisin, much like the nose with some very faint floral hoppiness at the end. Pretty sweet and slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite crisply carbonated.

Notes: Pretty tasty, though not as complex as other beers by this brewery.

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

Poured into a Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a full finger head. Murky copper and brown color. Minimal lacing as it drinks down.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet caramel malts, and a few fruits - namely apple I'm picking up here.

T: Sweet malts, with a nice zing from the Belgian yeasts. A few dark fruits such as raisin and plum here. The kick from the yeast and the sweetness from the malt dominate the taste. Quite smooth though.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. I can swirl my glass long after I've cracked the beer and still pull out a foamy head. A nice crisp, sharp feel up front with some malt and fruit that linger.

D: Easy drinking BSDA. The only limiting quality is the carbonation. Otherwise, a great beer and a great deal.

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Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate Belgian style glass with the Maudite's emblem. It's a cloudy burgundy with a light brown, bubbly single-finger head with decent retention.

The smell is of malts coupled with sour, dark fruits with hints of clove. Complementary, but not exceptional.

What sticks out most are the spices are well ahead of the dark fruit flavoring I expect from the Belgian Darks. It's tough to distinguish between pear or sour apple, maybe notes of figs. It finishes smart on crisp hops. Honey is prominent and somewhat smooths out the spices.

A medium body suits this richly flavored complex beer.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark honey color with a crazy big fluffy off-white head that reduced slowly into a frothy thin layer.
S: Sweet Belgium sugars and spices, sweet fruits and Belgium yeast.
T: Sweet and spicy with sweet dark fruits, cherries, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. No sourness, but a slight bitterness to the finish.
M: Light and frothy carbonation. It's really carbonated but it doesn't nip at the tongue.
D: This is a really good beer. Very good flavors and drinkability. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised BA calls this a "Belgian Strong Ale". I've had three quadrupels and a couple other belgian strong ales and I would definitely call this a quadrupel, not a strong ale. It has far too reserved a taste to be considered a "strong" ale"...not that that's a bad thing, far from it, this is an absolutely fantastic beer that has a huge flavor hiding behind an innocent 8% Abv (less than their La Fin Du Monde).

A: Wow, this beer has a dark, cloudy appearance with a large, extremely foamy head and lacing. Great!

S: An almost spicy malty smell with a big body to it.

T: A big quad-like roasted malt body with light citrus and hops in the background. This beer warms up better than any other beer I've ever tasted. I let this stuff get closer to room temperture than I've ever let any beer get before and it only tasted better. Truly, this is a masterfully crafted brew with fantastic bottle conditioning that has a big bassy malt body but is far more reserved and refined than typical American attempts at beer along these lines. Bigger flavor than La Fin Du Monde with less alcohol content...very impressive.

M: There's just not enough carbonation for this to truly remind me of a trappist product but it's still great.

D: As mentioned, warms up extremely well. Nearly perfect.

Well heck, I can get this stuff for half the price of my usual Belgians and it comes darn close. The fact that it's made in Canada means that it's a lot cheaper. I'm sold and will definitely be checking out more Unibroue in the future.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Uncorking this bottle made a very loud popping noise, revealing lots of carbonation. It poured a cloudy medium- to dark brown in a snifter glass with a two finger creamy white head that settled down, but always covered the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of malt, sweetness and yeast
T: The flavors of malt, caramel and spices become well balanced as the beer warms up; the finish is slightly sweet.
M: This only has a light- to medium-body feel on the palate and does not taste as strong as other types of beer in this style.
D: For a Belgian strong dark ale, this beer is very easy to drink as any trace of alcohol is completely masked.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked bottle into Chimay chalice.

Pours a murky brown with hints of yellow and red. Minimal lacing on the dull white head.

The aroma is quite spicy and fruity. Cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, oranges, banana, red grapes, pomegranate, lime flesh, applesauce, and more than a little pear. Nice wine like headiness to the smell wafting out of the chalice as well. Absolutely delightful, and I don't usually go for Belgian beers.

The flavor is of a similar spiced fruit theme: allspice, orange, banana, Bartlett pear, and chardonnay over a light, yeasty malt base. Mostly sweet but with a slight acidic tang. And for all this, it's not overpowering in the least.

The beer is a bit thin, but has a milky smoothness that is textured by velvety, effervescent carbonation.

For a Belgian style beer, this one is easy and pleasant to drink. I've got two more servings waiting in the bottle and I'm looking forward to them.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dull, slightly muddy brown with a off white head that has good retention, but poor lacing. Aroma is quite fruity with some peach, pear and sour apple. Also has some clove and other spice. Smells fairly malty. The flavor is much more heavy on the clove and pepperyness. Fruit definitely takes a back seat, but there are still pear, sour apple and blackberry notes. Malty, but balanced with a sourness that gives this beer a pretty good finish. The body is medium with somewhat spiky carbonation and really does not do anything for me. I would say drinkability is just okay, as the alcohol shines through more than I would like. This is a solid beer, but not a great one.

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

A hazy dark amber color with a huge dark white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, ripe fruit and spices with a hint of alcohol.

A complex taste, starts of with some fruit and sweetness. Then it finishes peppery, yeasty, a bit tart with ripe fruit and cloves.

Very dry with a medium body and lots of carbonation.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber. Never ending bubble action and thin foamy head that lasts forever. Smells of dark, earthy maltiness, with a bit of alcohol heat at the end. Taste is the real treat here. Fruit tones abound, though it is difficult to discern. Nice and malty is what comes to my mind. Carbonation gives this a nice, tingly feel, seems to dance on the the taste buds. Feels mighty light for a strong ale, though it is highly drinkable because the alcohol content is well masked. Yes, I would have another.

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

A - amber color creamy head that only lingers so much

S - complex and rich dark notes..some fruit yet still retains a classic Belgian strong ale set of aromas

T - reliable aroma to taste comparisons...caramel and malt...complexity and smoothness balance you pause...really makes you sip and savor

M - tiny bubbles just the right amount to smoothly carry the complexity of the flavors

D - Highly recommended

I really enjoyed this beer in a goblet style glass with some fresh hot french fries served at the bar...served with cool dill/ranch dressing...Maudite is a great beer to be savored.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle that foamed over when I opened it. Dark amber orange color. A huge about of over flowing head. Sweet yeast and fruit flavors. Pineapple and black pepper in flavor. Scents match the flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable nature. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Brettster
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour produced a big bubbly foamy light tan head that faded quickly to a finger width.

Lots of carbonation in this hazy, dark amber colored beer. Very aromatic. Pick up some sweet fruit in nose and a little malty.

First taste surprised me. A very dry and fizzy bite. It finishes a little sweet and tart. Maybe a taste of pears and citrus fruit.

Very complex beer that is surprisingly drinkable for a bigger beer. This is my first Unibroue beer. Will definitely try some of their other brews.

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

This is very fizzy, lots of carbonation. I like this much better than Fin du Monde which seems milder and more like a 'golden ale' than this one which is aggresive tasting.

Its nice that this beer is sold in smaller 12 oz bottles because the big 22's are just too much too drink at this ABV. Its not a session beer, this beer has pizzaz.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abv 8%

L= 4.0 Odd pour. It pours a brown fig body with white rimmed dissipating head. Good lacing

S= 4.0 Sour yeast and lots of estery fruit on the nose.

T= 4.0 Yep the nose carries over very well. Sour tart up front that rolls into a dark cherry overtone then transitions to a yeasty, whole grain bread finish.

F= 4.0 Lively, high carbonation feel with a medium body

D= 4.0 (non-session) This a really nice example of a Belgian style beer. Lots of dark ester, Lively carbonation, medium bodied beauty with some complex flavors. I could sip on this beer for an hour and get different flavors.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass at Gingerman in South Norwalk and enjoyed with a great clam chowder.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a definite amber highlight that shines through. Significant sediment. Huge head that disappears nearly immediaty. Nose is strongly peach and a little bit of apple - but definitely fruity.

Taste is much like the nose, with strong pear, peach and apple. Very dry with an exceptionally high level of carbonation that unfortunately hides some of the more dynamic flavors. A little bit of toasted malt. Mouthfeel is negatively affected by the dry carbonation. Almost like a dry sparkling wine.

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

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a finger of fizzy, off-white head. Head has good retention and provides a decent amount of lacing.

S- Spiced apples, a bit of yeast. Other various fruits come to mind but it's really hard to pinpoint what they are. That's what I love about Belgian style beers.

T- Once again, apples with maybe a touch of pears. Lots of spiciness to it also. Finishes off sort of like a sharp cheddar does, makes your mouth salivate a bit (lactic?).

M- Nice prickly mouthfeel due to the big amounts of carbonation. Just how it should be IMO. Medium bodied.

D- Definitely has good drinkability. I'm still new to the Belgian beers, but I'm definitely impressed with their overall complexity and taste.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-off! bottle, goblet, best before 02-09-12.

Tea and shy red, amber color. Pretty active bubbles and a one inch head that verges on tan. This recedes to a healthy, slightly boastful cap. I think that this looks much like Chimay Red.

What a lovely nose full of fresh berries and dried fruits: apricots, figs, raisins, mango. Dirty straw and pear. Flowers as well. Yeast is in the background in a slightly spicy, wet leaf way.

Upon sipping this delight it springs very fizzily onto the tongue and delivers a bitter champagne experience. The fresh berries are prominent and one is aware of that candi sugar matte flavor that here is not really metallic. Juicy, juicy in a wine way. The texture and fruity flavors remind me of champagne until the hop bitterness comes into play. The yeast is subtle in this one, it seems to compound the hop bitterness and lend a clove spice that also serves to remind that this is beer. Very good beer.

I generally dislike high levels of carbonation, but this Unibroue deal is really working for me in this instance. My champagne comparison may be because I like champagne, and the bubbles certainly play to that. How about we serve Maudite at a few weddings instead of champagne? I bet this gets good with some years under its belt.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good dark appearance, beige thick tan head. Aroma is unique, but not necessarily what I'm all about.

Taste, so much going on. Sugar, caramel, fruit (apple/pear/grass) are in order of most prominent flavor. A sipping beer, too much to take in throughout. An 8oz size would be ample, too much mouth and price to have another.

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

nteresting brew. Pours a cloudy caramel coloured body, with a thin beige head that just barely lurks around the edge of the glass. Aromas are fruity. Pear and apple come to mind. Also a slight spice aromas is present. Very appealing. Taste is of pears, and slightly spicy. Full bodied and smooth. A pleasure to drink. Unibroue certainly makes a great beer.

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

I would like to point out that Unibroue states on their website that this is a Belgian strong red ale, I am sure the nuance is not lost on you, and I understand the lack of category.

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a belled beer glass. The bottle is dated 1-13-12. I believe I picked it up for $7 on sale.

The pour reveals a deep amber beer and a nice tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is malt and yeast and dried fruits with fresh grasses and a note of alcohol.

The taste is sweet, a bit bitter and tart and caramel with a hint of coffee. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Carbonation is full with tiny bubbles. Finish is slightly sweet.

Drinkability is good but not crazy.

I think this is a nice beer and a neat beer of a different color.


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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,575 ratings.
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