Maudite | Unibroue

4,577 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 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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Photo of backfat
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the roommate for this one. pours a hazy dark copper with a lively three finger head with great retention and perfect lace. smells of strong yeast, granny smith apples, grain, flora, and brown sugar. tastes of caramel malt, cherries, coriander, pear (lovely), and strawberries. fruity and nice. makes you really appreciate the style. it is just crisp and yummy. defiantly not my last one of these.

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Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper amber with two fingers of tight creamy head that builds to a big, airy mousse.

Soft fruitiness carries the aroma with a touch of yeastiness.

The palate is much bolder than the aroma indicated with a strong earthy, musty cork and yeast note. Beyond that there is some raisin and grape skins softened by a light caramel and toffee presence. Digging deeper a soft tobacco note emerges, topped off by the chalky, aspirin-like, (and not unpleasant) Unibroue house character.

An above average Belgian-inspired ale, certainly not my favorite of the Unibroue lineup, but a 750ml did me good on this Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Cannabinaceae
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A little bit on the light side for the style, with cloudy yet fairly translucent appearance. A good 2 finger head from a pretty careful pour.

Smell: Dark fruit and spice. Yeast with a little bit of malt. A little lacking on the malt for a Belgian strong ale in my opinion.

Taste: Not as sweet as I expected from the smell which, for me, is a good thing. Spice and yeast are predominate on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and light.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Belgian-style strong ale. The abv barely comes through at all.

Overall this is a quality offering in my opinion. I also feel that it bears a lot of similarities to la fin du monde, particularly in aroma.

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

11.2 oz bottle from a 4pk poured into a chalice

Appearance is a murky copper colour, head is a finger of white/tan that lingers for a while.

smell is of wine, grapes, raisins and figs

Taste is somewhat similar to the smell, raisins, plums, grapes, sweet malt

mouthfeel is nice, generously carbonated, alcohol is masked very well and this is a good drinking BSDA that I would gladly drink again.

what a good representation of the style, Unibroue knows what they're doing!

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

330ml bottle, poured into Unibroue glass.

Appearance: Murky brown with amber hues. Pours with a huge off white, bubbly head that recedes to a thin head and remains but only leaves occasional lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty. Slightly vinous and fruity. Mixed spice. Hint of malt.

Taste: Pretty much what the aroma suggested. Possible clove and coriander comes through in the mixed spice but it's all quite subtle, but in a good way. Alcohol is gentle considering the high abv, but is noticeable. Slight hint of sweetness, balanced with a slight hint of hops. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, highly carbonated, dry. On the slightly light side of medium bodied. True to the style.

Drinkability: A very accomplished brew that is true to the style, with lots of flavours and aromas but delicately presented. Not really a sipper, almost frighteningly easy to drink.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy brown with a two finger coca-cola fizzy head. Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a touch of almonds. Brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol come thru in the finish. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Drinks crisp, a high ABV but it still goes down smoooth. I like Trois Pistoles better, but Maudite is good in it's own right.

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

Wow, what a pleasant surprise. I really had no idea that Canada could come up with such a good beer. Wonderful color, great taste, and one of the most unique ales I have had. Cannot tell that this is a strong ale from he taste. It hides the alcohol content well. Wish I had bought more than one but you can bet I will next time. Color is nice and dark. Taste is almost wheaty heffe style. Loved it.

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Photo of lookitsfelias
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice cloudy bronze/coppery color, nice almost cream-soda head at first but eventually just thin lacing on glass

S: intense malts, somewhat bitter fruit (figs, maybe)

T: serious malt flavor, alcoholic kick but no overpowering

M: nicely carbonated, thick and warming as a belgian should be

D: one or two tops, not a session beer

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Photo of Daniell
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice darkish red hue, when held up to night it assumes a lovely chestnut colour.

Smell: milky chocolatey yoghurtey yeastey smell with some malt coming through. Also vaguely fruity smell like the mango in their don de dieu.

Taste: alcohol, bitterness, sourness

Feel: nice syrupy

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Photo of Long813
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dated: ?
From LCBO, 750ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy red/brown body with two fingers of foamy off white head. Retention isn't great, but a fair amount of lacing is left.

S: Very big in terms of aroma's. Dark fruits, figs and yeast are very strong and blend together very well. Carmel notes and mild spiciness follow not far behind.

T: Follows the aromas spot on. Huge front of dark fruits and yeast. Caramel adds to the fruity sweetness and the spiciness just adds some complexity. Fantastic amounts of flavour here.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. The mixture makes for a froathy texture full of sweet and bitterness.

D: Amazing beer, the alcohol amount of unnoticeable and is at a great price. This will be bought time after time.

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Photo of hawks10
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled October 28th, 2008 (Best before October 28th, 2011)...poured into my Maudite snifter...

Pours a murky swamp water brown which turns translucent honey brown when held up to the light, 2 fingers of pretty pure white head...

Smells slightly sweet with a definite belgian yeast aroma. Dark fruits and a bit of spiciness...can pick up the alcohol in the nose as well...

Taste is caramel bready malt, sweet dark fruits, raisin/grapes...the initial sweetness goes away with a belgian yeast spiciness...slight burn from the alcohol and a slight hop bitterness balances the finish...

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, prickly on the tongue and lips from a combination of the spice and alcohol...

Drinkability is standard for a belgian dark, would like to drink a lot of these but they are filling and the alcohol will catch up with you...

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite one of Canada's top ranking beers and a long standing favorite of Belgian style beer lovers and curious youths looking for a buzz beyond 40s.

Poured into my Duvel glass a rusty ruby beer, slightly hazy from the yeast, creates a luscious foaming head. White and populated by the finest of bubbles it gives it a cream in tea sort of texture when it fades. Traces of head grace the glass sides but contribute more in effervescence fine lacing.

Spice and yeast yield their pleasing scents throughout the beer but are most prominent here in the beginning. Cardamom, allspice and nutmeg mingle together in a sort of cakey contest backed by sweet malt smells. Slicing through these scents, hints of cut apples and citrus provide balance to the ample spice aromas. Further on more exotic smells manifest. Cantaloupe and grape are the more prevalent ones early in the beer then hints of guava, mango and peach give exotic air to the brew.

Bready malt mixed with clove, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg give a bakery feel to the flavour as if one was having some spicy confections. Hops have a surprising presence for this style, earthy herbal thyme playing along with the modest, balancing bitterness provided. Pear and star anise provide more earthy body backing up the overall earthy, spicy feel of the brew. As the beer warms poppy seed and fruit cake add yeasty malt complexity. Slight acidic sour notes of blackberry syrup mingle with the rich creamy feel of Madeira as one progresses through the drink. Bitter melted chocolate and toffee are interesting malt flavours which linger in the finish along with hints of booziness.

This is simply an amazingly complex beer, a true tribute to its Belgian progenitors. It's stood the test of time and one of the best Canada has to offer. Now to see what some aging will do to it.

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Photo of godfathermg57
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark ale, though is a burnt orange when held to light

s: smells like theres an essence of fruit, and strongly like a belgian dark ale

t: wow, quite good... it's incredibly nuanced and smooth, with hints of fruit and an earthy alcohol to it. One of the better belgian style dark ales I've drank.

m: warm, very good carbonation in the beer

d: for an 8% abv, it's very drinkable. Probably should only have one beer at a sitting but that one beer should go down fairly smooth.

Overall, one of the better dark belgian style ales I've had for its ABV. Easily competes with the best that Belgium can offer and I was pleasantly surprised. Definite recommend.

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Photo of ksimons
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark creamy brown with three fingers worth of head

S-alcohol comes through but not overpowering, sweet caramel, yeasty and fruity

T-the taste is more complex than the smell. Tastes of caramel, bready malts, tart fruits, spicy, and a sourish yeast finish. Alcohol is very subdued.

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy

A great beer from a great brewery, really does the style justice. Could easily have a couple more!

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

A- This is the fourth style of Unibroue I've tried out of mixed eight pack I bought, and a good night for a Canadian beer with the opening of 21st Olympic Winter Games. Poured the 12 oz. ale into an old Hamms glass, mahagony color with a nice three inch off white head which stayed around awhile, not much lacing.

S- Kind of a musty almost saison type smell a little alcohol note and some dark fruit and malty aromas.

T- Nice spice tastes with some nice hops, fruits that comes through are raisin,grape and citrus.

M- Some carbonation hits the roof of the mouth a little oily feel with a nice warming back end.

D- Very nice dark ale for a cold winter night, you will probably only want to stick to a couple unless you are camped out at home for the night.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at my local 6 pack place in Cheswick. This week he gave out free 4 oz tastings of 3 Unibroue beers.

A - Poured a nice hazy amber read. He didn't pour it harshly but it ended up having a ton of head in the glass. Cool thing to see.

S - Some grapefruit and orange. Mild lemon sort of like a hefi.

T - I could swear I was drinking a 5% ABV beer! The light flavors of orange and yeasty bread hit the tongue.

M - Not really bitter at all but very nice. Goes down even though the ABV is high.

D - I would have another but the price is a ball buster at 4.00 a bottle. I would see picking up a big bottle if it was around south western PA.

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

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with high head that dissipated slowly leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Bready yeast upfront with hints of orange and slight hops.

T - Sweet to start followed by slight fruity tartness with a bready dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Very good, drinkable belgian strong dark ale that I would love to enjoy in the future again.

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

750ml bottle

A- Dark amber to brown. Lovely and lively beige head settles to a good centimeter. Surprising amount of bubbles rising.

S- Alcohol, co2, dark dried fruit. Belgian yeast and some other yeast not sure if it's the case but thats what I smell.

T- Strong co2 taste. Salty. Fruity as well as chocolaty malt profile. Reminds me of Chimay Grande reserve. Not the same beer at all but there's something similar here.

M- A bit thin to my liking. It is refreshing though. Highly carbonated. Dry finish is a bit surprising.

D- Pretty good but the alcohol gets to you. One bomber is enough.

Had a feeling this might be better. Will try another bottle.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick fizzy light brown heading. No real lacing at all. Looks a little dead after a few sips. As soon as I popped the cap it rushed for the exit almost a tragedy.

Smell is mainly of pepper. A nice roasted malt aroma surfaces for a bit then shies away to a fruity yeasty finish.

Taste again is all peppery. Heavy fruits kick in right after the intial pepper blast. Then the spicy yeastiness takes over for the big finsh.

Mouth is full bodied with excellent carbonation on the palate.Warmness of alcohol tingles the teeth and even numbs them. Finishes dry and smooth.

An excellent tasting beer but did throw me for a loop with the look and aroma of this beer.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter Glass

Appearance: The pour is a dark copper and auburn color with a finger of cream colored head with a little cocoa mixed in. The beer is quite clear and quite effervescent. The head sticks around for awhile; it has better retention that I was expecting. The lace isn't to be found. After a few swirls on my snifter I just can't get anything to stick to the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose is picking up a very mellow suite of aromas. There is the common Belgian yeast aroma, some spice, a little big of red grape, and some herbal notes from the hops. It's a pleasant nose, but rather weak.

Taste: The palate starts out with some slightly toasted malts and some caramel malt. The malt flavor becomes a backbone for some spice from the Belgian yeast. The fruity notes start to come in, a result of the yeast and hops I imagine. The hop presence in all of the Unibroue's beers that I've had is more than I was expecting, but I enjoy it. Some more grapes come out, as well as some orange peel and lemon. The aftertaste brings in some grapefruit from the hops.

Mouthfeel: A medium to thin body, highly carbonated but after letting it sit for a little while the carbonation dies down and becomes much more enjoyable on the palate.

Drinkability: Another good offering from Unibroue. Can't say this was my favorite from the sampler pack I got from them, but enjoyable nonetheless. A nice combination of flavors and aroma, from herbalness to fruitiness and spiciness.

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Photo of bmwats
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Poured a 3 finger, bubbly, brownish-white head. Foam slowly but surely disintegrated leaving the little craters like swiss cheese as it did. Substantial lacing pretty much fully retreats into the brew, but does leave a little beer ring action.

S: Deep, rich, oaky malt. Has a slightly sweet, and really floral hoppy note. Kind of like lavender, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Bittersweet malty flavor. Woody and nutty. Rich and robust, and a nice hop. Really full flavor.

M: Medium texture, not too heavy/not too light. The floral notes really fill the nose and put an interesting tingle on the palette. Strong alcohol flavor, and a dry finish.

D: Sipping beer.

Great atmosphere. Really nice appearance, and a nose full of different notes and components that really balance out well. Flavor is not as complex, but really full and robust with a great balance. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Maudite snifter glass.

A: Poured a semi-opaque reddish-brown with a huge 3-inch foamy head. Great retention with moderate lacing.

S: Semi-sweet scents of yeast and dark fruits. Mild spices.

T: Dark fruits like figs and raisins with a smooth, malty finish. Very well-balanced. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Beer dances on your tongue and then finishes very mellow.

D: One of the most drinkable strong dark ales I've tried. One of my favorite picks from Unibroue.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 750ml after walking in a snowstorm. Cork comes off with a big pop, pours dark red with an off-white head that starts out fizzy, but turns nice and fluffy after some sitting. It's nice and fluffy and retains well on further pours, the brew itself is also more of a brownish color on further pours. I'm getting apple, pear, spice in the smell. Taste is great, reminds me of a BSDA combined with a tripel. Apple, pear, raisins, sweetness, light spicy yeast, floral notes. Alcohol well-hidden. Light and easy to drink, 750ml isn't a problem here. Finish is tart and yeasty, a little alcohol in the end as well. Lots of great flavors. Another excellent offering from Unibroue.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,577 ratings.
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