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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 thain709
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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 front...it'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 -10.5%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 -4.8%
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 -16%
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 -20.7%
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 -9%
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%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.8%
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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Photo of BrewMasterBurch
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very thick head when poured. Took about 3 minutes to get 9 ounces in a pint glass. However a Belgium goblet or Belgium tulip is recommended. Brownish-amber color.

Smell- Slightly fruity, but rich aroma. Refermented yeast at the bottom of the bottle provides a

Taste- Great, freaking great. Never had a beer like it.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied.

Drinkability- The rich malty flavor makes you savor each sip. Great paired with beef, or fried vegetables. I poured 3 ounces in a pound of beef with great results. Probably great with a cigar.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a christmas present. It's been sitting for a while lol.

Appearance- dark brownish color, thick head

Smell- fruit, wheat

Taste- fruity, very pleasant and soothing, sweetness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I liked it. It was very pleasant to drink. Kind of relaxing

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Photo of Takahiro
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a taster pack bought at local Trader Joe's
poured into my Duvel glass from a 350 ml bottle

Appearance: opaque brown, dark amber. thick, dense, off-white foam that retains for a while. a lot darker than the one pictured in Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide.

Smell: fruit, hint of "wheat" and "yogurt".

Mouth: Silky smooth touch of fruitiness, followed by a very short moment of caramel (malt, sugar?). when these dissipate, it is followed by an alcohol sweetness, which fades away slowly. Very dry finish, but rounded.

Drinkability: very good. smooth mouth feel and rounded, dry finish makes this a highly drinkable for me.

Note to Self: Tasted like a saison that used the malt bill of a Dubbel, caramelized sugar, and a pureed raisin.

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Photo of ScottyC
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, dark, woody brown, and opaque.

Smell: Sweet and sugary. Can smell the alcohol. Slightly fruity. Overall, a subtle aroma. Good head retention.

Taste: Mild and very pleasant with good flavors. Has a bit of a tang. A bit woody but not earthy or "dirty" at all. Only slightly sweet. Pairs good with a nice, hearty meal like steak. Sweetness and maltiness are the distinct flavors. I don't pick up really any fruit notes.

Drinkability: Very good. Only thing that may cause you to slow down is the sweetness.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy amber orange with a large white head of 3 fingers which settles down a bit. Lacing stays throughout.

S- Smells really nice, exactly what you would expect of this style. Wheat, yeast, and the banana and light spiciness. I also detected a smoky burnt wood aroma. Aromas combine together very well in a balanced mix.

T- Tastes similar to how it smells, but definitely not as bold in flavor as I would have expected. Very nice balance again overall.

D- Goes down easy with a light body, yet with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is light.

Overall, I would definitely drink another of these.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy copper color with orange edges, thin bubbly tan head that fizzles away quickly.

S-the nose is nice, grainy with notes of wheat. lots of orange peels with lemon zest in the back.

T-lots of grain wheat flavors, oranges and lemon, hints of spicy pepper, a little harsh with notes of vodka in the back.

M-rough and grainy on the palate, medium body with a good amount of carbonation and prickly finish.

D-the nose was quite pleasant, the taste was a little boozy and grainy on the palate. not a ton happening here but it isn't bad.

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Photo of ericj551
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unibroue Maudite pours a slightly hazy deep red brown with a beautiful fluffy head that lingers. The aroma is sweet, fruity esters, with some powdery, phenolic yeastiness. Ripe dark fruit pops up first in the flavor, with plenty of estery sweetness. The perceived sweetness fades into the dry, yeasty flavors. Hops are muted, some herbal flavors, but it is hard to distinguish them from the earthy flavors from the yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. This might be my new favorite Unibroue beer, a little more balanced than the stronger ones.

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Photo of LadyBastet27
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Whitehorse, YT. Poured a deep copper colour with a sizeable, off-white head.
Aroma of berries and cough syrup with some malt. Lots of malt throughout without being overbearing. Creamy, medium body and a lovely, smooth finish that was not abrupt or bitter.
Lots going on in this brew. It is very special. Pity it took me so long to try it. Don't wait as long as I did.

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

Maudite pours a tawny copper, misty and hazed. Love the look. A one-finger grayish-white head with a sandy texture quickly recedes to a thin lid, leaving no lacing.

In the nose, sweet pear syrup and white grapes with a mild flowery hop tinge. A honey/caramel malt sweetness and a toasted wheat character also make appearances.

The taste follows, but with added aspects of raisins, green apples and biscuity malt. There a lot of delicate flavors here working in harmony. A peppery alcohol heat warms the chest. Finishes dry like a good white wine.

Body is medium-light, with a rousing carbonation.

Unibroue never ceases to amaze in their ability to recreate Belgian flavors. Maudite is dainty yet robust, brawny yet breakable. Damned, indeed.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy cider brown into a Chimay chalice. Three fingers of toasted marshmallow head that receded to around a finger.

Not overly aromatic, with some nutty yeast and ripe banana that become much more pronounced after a bit of swirling. Mild carbonation and a soft entrance that lead to banana walnut, clove, and gingery spice. Fairly quick finish with a bit of lingering caramel, malt, and subtle spice. Didn't seem as sweet or pungent as many other Belgians -- very easy to drink, but less memorable than other offerings by Unibroue.

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Photo of prg1976
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, caramel amber with a 2" frothy off-white head. The head hangs around a while, leaving some lacing.

Smells very fruity, spicy a little banana and a little caramel.

Taste is very good. Spicy, bananas, some orange.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is spot-on. No alcohol taste. Very good drinkability. Goes down easily.

I'm not usually a big Belgian drinker, but this one could change my mind. Very, very good.

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

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown / red and really hazy. Forms a white head of tight medium and small bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation in this beer....lots and lots. Head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smells like a Belgian strong ale. There is some good ester character, some sweetness, most of their beers smell the same to me, its the smell of their yeast strain.

Beer is sweet and has a sweet late flavor as well. Lots of carbonation in the mouth obstructs the center palate. Second, slightly bitter that time, beer is pretty good. I like it and I would drink it again (and have several times).

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

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-copper brew with a one finger fizzy off white head. No apparent effervescence. No lacing. Weak head retention. Some yeast haze. Really liked the color.

Aroma: Very subdued nose of clove, butter, raisins, melanoidin, alcohol aswell as some hop spiciness. Elegant and rich, yet a little too subtle.

Taste: Follows up on the nose. Very shy yet very complex. Some spiciness, Alcohol heat and sour cherries.

Palate: Low carbonation. Low bitterness. Yeast creaminess. Medium-full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. Slight lactic twang. Finishes sweet, leaving a lingering clove and yeasty flavour.

Drinkability: Very drinkable considering the ABV but lacks that extra oompth in the flavor and aroma department. Fits the style and shows enough complexity. Unremarkable overall.

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

I was immediately surprised at the darkness of this beer. It's a coppery brown that would be lighter in aspect if it weren't so hazy. The head starts off a finger thick (thicker if you pour faster, of course), but slowly reduces. It maintains a presence around the edges, extending into the glass so only a little of the beer's color can be seen from above. As I drank I had no evidence of lace.

The smell gives away the Belgian yeast, but like a Belgian brown the caramelized malts come though on the nose. I detected hints of raisin or fig.

All that you smell will transfer to your mouth, but the sweet caramel and figgy fruit is tempered by a floral hop taste with a slight bitterness.

This beer is smooth. Medium body cut by a wonderful level of carbonation that holds throughout until the whole glass is gone. It's complexity gives way to clean wash with little aftertaste.

The fact that there is little aftertaste makes you desire that next sip to regain the flavors. It sits at 8% ABV so too many of these will make your head swim, but the level of alcohol is entirely masked. This is a dangerously damned beer...sorry couldn't help it.

Eat some sharp cheddar with this one. You won't be disappointed!

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,605 ratings
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