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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 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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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap in a Goblet. A reddish amber hue. About a finger of head. Smelled like typical wheat beer spice, coriander, clove, ginger, etc. Decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Could drink down a couplefew of these in an evening. Tasted like gingersnaps and run of the mill Witbier. Don't get the fuss. Not a bad beer, neither a great beer.

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

Good two finger head when I poured it. Strong aroma with a hint of citrus and sweetness.

A big maltiness that hits you right off the bat and a good spice flavor that lingers in your mouth. It has a distinct hoppy flavor that finishes off the drink.

A great beer that I'm glad I finally had the chance to try. It's the first of a four pack taster that I can't wait to dive into.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

A: A dark woody colour with light, creamy head. Faint trails of bubbles drift up the side of the goblet. Held up to the light, it takes on a copper glow.

S: Smells phenolic and slightly sour. Yeast? A host of complex spices float in the background, of which only cloves are distinguishable.

T: Initially almost sour, with a spicy yeastiness. This melts into a tartness - as if of citrus - before giving way to sweeter, alcoholic fruits. This flavour gently dissipates, leaving a malty note in its stead. Definitely complex, maybe beyond my appreciation. I am a bit thrown off by the unexpected sourness.

M: Pleasant, but largely unremarkable, especially in light of the complexity of taste. Mild tingly carbonation with mild tartness.

D: Definitely an enjoyable experience, but probably not one I'll repeat soon. A sipping beer, of which two glasses tides me over well. Recommended.

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Photo of Spider889
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer is very cloudy, evidence of the massive amounts of yeast used to referment. I even had a rather thick layer of sediment pour out into my last glass. Ruby bronze in color (the color of fresh maple syrup), this was a very appealing beer. Highly carbonated and very bubbly on the pour, with a very light, small head.

The beer smelled of lemongrass and sage, clove, and sweet sugars. Very earthy and wild smelling, there were a lot of herbal notes vying for attention here. It tasted much the same, there was a lot going on, but overall you notice the lemon and sweetness.

It wasn't my favorite Belgian, but tasty nonetheless and possibly worth trying again sometime.

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Photo of BreworFerment
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love all of Unibroue's beers that I have had, except this one. It's not BAD tasting it's just bland. For a Belgian strong it just lacks any kind of punch. At 8% I would have thought at least I would have gotten some alcohol but even that was muted. Maybe it was an old bottle? It was a high volume place though. I just wasn't impressed. Trois Pistoles is still my favorite of their offerings.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -7.9%
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 -4.8%
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 -14%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.3%
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 -5.2%
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 +11.7%
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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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,614 ratings
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