Maudite | Unibroue

4,581 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 northaustin
2.27/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours a hazy dark amber with rapidly disappearing uneven head... lots of head with no lacing.

smell: overpowering sweet mixed with alchohol and some sort of artificial fruityness.

taste: carbonated apple juice with some malts and alchohol.

mouthfeel: explodes in your mouth with carbonation then leaves you high and dry.

drinkability: no comment. not anywhere near my style. i remember i used to really like this one about a year and a half ago. oh well.

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Photo of goldbot
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 09-23-12 listed on the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a thick, bubbly, off-white head. There is a slight haze from the yeast, medium carbonation, and almost no lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Lots of bread and yeast. A bit of sour apple or other fruit aromas. Some nice spiciness - cinnamon and cloves.

T: This beer really excels here; lots of complexity. It starts off very malty - sweet and bready. There are hints of raisin, and the beer finishes with a nice spiciness of cinnamon and more clove. There is a bit of floral hoppiness which balances the flavor nicely.

M: Very crisp with a medium body.

D: This beer sits kind of heavy, although the alcohol is only slightly noticeable going down. The great taste and lighter body makes it pretty drinkable still.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Chimay goblet... dark brown color, opaque, small white head that retains nicely.

Not much smell to it, a little bit of roasted malt but not much else. A bit surprised by that, I was expecting a bigger aroma.

The taste is more of the same... this doesn't have a 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale' feel to it in my opinion. It's not a bad beer by any means, just not what I expected.

Feels great in the mouth, very drinkable despite the abv. A nice interesting malty take on the style, but very nice.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: A fairly cloudy darker amber/brown color with bright orange, with an off white head that fades quicker than I wanted it too, color is nice though

S: Has that characteristic bright belgian style yeast aroma, definitely hints of sweet dark fruit in there, but it smells light still

T: Fruit sweetness, dry and tart white fruits, especially pear, has a spice as well, coriander helps balance, alcohol creeps up a bit on the back, not unpleasant just warming

M: I love the mouthfeel, I can't really identify it because the carbonation does a good job of hiding it, but the carbonation also carries the flavors perfectly, very dry

D: All things considered a very enjoyable dark beer to drink

Notes: This is a very aromatic beer and you will notice it right away. The flavors are bright as well, another good beer by Unibroue.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a golden color to it that keeps its head for a decent amount of time, and leaves very little lacing.
Smells of esters, maybe a little banana but serious strong belgian smells.
Tastes like some citrus but definitely has the Belgian taste the yeasts gives. Major fruits.

Nice carbonation and I would love to have another bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown to red with a huge white head. The aroma is classic Belgian with some yeast, malt and candi sugar mixed in with dark fruits. Smells great. The flavor is more classic Belgian with sweet malt and fruit, mainly plums being very evident. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

I drank it as part of a beer and cheese tasting. It paired very well with the Mozzarella Company's Deep Ellum Blue Cheese.

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

pours a dark amber with a hefty amount of head even with the slow pour. Classic belgian yeast makes up most of the smell with a good amount of spicy fruitiness. Taste is top notch with a lot of sour apple, yeast, and maltiness. Quite a bit of carbonation on this one. Quite a bit more than I remember from the tap version. Very drinkable for the ABV. Alcohol doesn't affect the flavor too much. Solid as always from Unibroue.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Awesomely scary label on the bottle with a demon and some souls in a canoe headed straight for hell.

A: Deep crimson with a brownish tint. Small, fizzy head that doesn't lace much.

S: Spicy, malty character with notes of spiced apples and brandy.

T: Malty with a fizzy mouthfeel and a spicy, almost hot finish. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but I wouldn't have more than a couple in a sitting. 8% ABV will catch up with you fast.

Value: As with other Unibroue products, a little pricey. But Maudite is one that's worth it.

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

This was actually my first Unibroue beer ever back when I was about 18 years old. I drank a 6-pack of it, right out of the bottle, during a high school trip to Montreal. Hardly beer advocacy, but I decided to revisit it, this time with an actual glass!

A: Dark, reddish copper

S: Fruits...pear and apple mostly. standard Unibroue yeast. Slight astringency.

T: Hardly the cornucopia of flavours I expect from a Unibroue Belgian. Far less sweet than other beers of its kind. A bit of tart fruitiness.

M: Thin, watery. Much drier than I expected.

D: I love Unibroue, but this one is pretty underwhelming. It seems to be a divisive beer, with some huge advocates and others who aren't big on it. I fall into the latter category.

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Photo of drtth
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out lighly hazed dark orange/amber color with a ½" off-white head that recedes fairly soon leaving a ring, a patch of foam and some speckles of lacing clinging to the glass. Sipping leaves widely scattered speckles and legs of lacing clinging to the glass as the sheets of foam slide back down into the liquid. The lacing, foam ring, and patch of foam on the liquid persist throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a mixture of apples and pears backed up by some nice brown sugar or light toffee notes.

Taste: The flavor has a clean, crisp fruity and lightly spicy character mingled with some sweetness. The fruits are pears and sweet cherries and a touch of orange zest all bound up with some light toffee malt sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with smooth steady carbonation that tickles the tongue. The finish is quite long, losing the fruity sweet character first and then fading into a spicy almost astringent dryness.

Drinkability: No question I'll be having this one again. This is one of my favorites from Unibroue and it will be finding a place in my fridge for years to come. Even with a relatively high ABV I'm ready for another one.

19 Jun, 2014

Having a bottle that has been cellared for about 6 mos. and find that the flavors are nicely integrated and a bit more complex than I've remembered or described above. This one can definitely do well with 6 mos of bottle age and probably more.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-I had this at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. It was about an eight ounce pour I believe into the proper glassware. It was deep brown in color with a nice white head that remained somewhat present throughout the experience.

S-the nose was dominated by dark fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T-much like the nose the taste is dominted by dark fruits, brown sugar, and an alcohol sweetness. To my disapointment it was not very complex.

M-not as thick and creamy as expected, with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-pretty drinkable despite being a disapointment. However it's abv would deter one from drinking more than a couple in a session.

Overall this was a major disapointment for me. I have drank much better examples of the style. I will try this again on bottle form in the near future and hope for a better experience.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew from Unibroue. Pours to a dark reddish brown, the head is quick to fade. The aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian style witbier. Has a nose full of spiciness. The brew itself is rather alcoholic, but the flavor of alcohol isn't really there, spices are well balanced with the malts.

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

A - Nice brownish color that tans at the edges. Bubbly two finger head that quickly dissipated, leaving the sides of the glass clean.

S - Fruity, almost apples with a hint of pears. Nice belgian yeast smell, but a little more subtle than most belgians.

T - Apples and bears with a nice compliment of belgian yeast. Nicely fruity and sweet. Not much in the way of malts or hops.

M - Great carbonation lends a nice bite to this medium-light bodied brew. Nice substance to it.

D - Highly drinkable, although I think the sweetness would get to most after a couple.

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

Maudite pours a cloudy brownish amber with a thin whitish head which falls quickly.

The aroma has a touch of alcohol with dark fruits and caramel with fresh baked bread yeastiness.

The flavor is of dark fruits, raisins and brandied apricots, with notes of pear and apple. Caramel and hints of chocolate make an appearance in the malt along with spicy yeast flavors (like cloves and pepper). The taste profile is quite dense and the alcohol is well integrated throughout.

Mouthfeel seems firmly medium, smooth with carbonation being a bit on the high side.

Maudite is a very warming brew, with flavors becoming more complex and mellow as it comes up in temperature. If those doomed canoeists were paddling home to celebrate with this beer it's no wonder they made a pact with the Devil!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought in looking at this was that it was extremely flat looking. It looked like caramel in a glass due to the color and complete lack of any head.

Smells like yeast and fruity esters- sour cherries, a little apple, and a little pear all backed by toffee.

The first taste that comes to mind is apple cider vinegar, then the sour cherry. The malt gives it a nice push towards sweet, then finishes with a ginger spice.

Despite it's flat appearance, the mouthfeel was heavily carbonated and sparkling.

The alcohol is masked well and everything has a crisp taste to it.

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

Unibroue have some great beers but I personally feel this one is a little overrated. It is let down ever so slighlty by the dry/bitter aftertaste. For a strong Dark Ale this is a little off-putting. It's more like a hybrid IPA/BSDA. Don't get me wrong, I love my IPA's but this is really neither one or the other and is lacking an identity!
The bitterness in the aftertaste also become more prominent as it warms so get it down the hatch quickly! :)

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

355ml bottle dated for 11-27-11 poured into a 25cl chimay glass.

Maudite pours a dark brownish-orange with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Not unusual for this type of glass. Lacing is swirly and clings to the glass.

The aroma delicate and complex. Aromas of funky farmhouse Belgian yeast, red wine vinegar, grapes, dates, and other dark pitted fruit.

Tastes of sour dark cherries, caramel, clove, and Belgian yeast, there's some hop bitterness but its well balanced with this beer's sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body relaxed carbonation.

A really fantastic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A complex flavor and aroma. Nothing astringent and nothing to really approve upon with this beer reminding me why Unibroue is a fantastic brewery. A must try if you like Beligian styles.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue's beers are amazingly similar and consistent; if I were to take a blind taste test, I could probably distinguish most of the subtle flavors of a unibroue brew. Maudite (meaning "damned" in French) is no exception.

A: Pours a dark ruby/amber with massive two finger white/tan head. Head retention remains for some time, leaving lots of lacing. Very nice.

S: Hints of malt, pepper and spiciness along with dark fruit and candy sugar can be detected.

T: Dark candy sugar and a subtle yeast sour funkiness with malt and pepper can be tasted. The slight sour funkiness lingers at the finish of each sip. Good stuff. As good as Maudite is, it's one of my least favorite offerings of Unibroue.

M: Smooth and creamy with ample carbonation.

D: This one is a hybrid in that the ABV is relatively high, it's also hidden extremely well. It's somewhere in between a sipper and a session. Can be sipped and/or quaffed. Mind you, after 3 of these, one might want to turn in for the night. Maudite makes being damned not so bad after all.

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

the story is the canoers sold their souls to satan to fly to safety, then one denounced mid-air on the way and the canoe plumetted to earth. thus they were damned.

3rd part of the sampler, i won't make it to the 4th and do it justice as zodiac vodka and winter warmers have been in abundance thus far.

A: pours a mahogany red brown. head is pronounced off the cuff, then vanishes to a thin lace.

S: pepper and fruity tones, yeast is present as is sweetness.

T: wow, very nice. sweet malts, spice, fruit, apple is dominant.

M: like all their beer, it's quite good. good body, most enjoyable.

D: good, it was less unique than La Fin, but hides its ABV well. in a way, just as drinkable.

will buy again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maudite means the "damned." I'm assuming that refers to the phantom canoers on top of the bottle label who are doomed to paddle upstream for all eternity like Sysphus pushing his rock. Poor fellers.

Clear, dark copper color with floating yeasties. Decent head that dissipates to a crescent shaped collar on it's way out.

Generally, yeast, fruit and spice. Specifically, Bready malt orange rind, ripe pear and cinnamon.

Taste is dominated by an aggressive, course carbonation. Orange creamsicle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Dry, husky aftertaste. Gets solventy as it warms.

Not one of my Unibroue favs.

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

Pours a rich brown amber reminiscient of most Belgian Darks (think Rochefort 10). One-finger thick tan head that fades quickly, settling into a thin film and crown.

Nose has fruity notes of peach and pear with a spicy hint of cinnamon. There's something else at play here, but I can't identify it. Taste is very enjoyable - the light fruity notes come again, with generous notes of yeast and a mild spice rolls across the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wioth fairly generous carbonation, but it's not obstrusive. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Fairly drinkable - there's really nothing to slow down your consumption.

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Photo of hardy008
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with an off white head and decent retention. The aroma is sweet malt, alcohol, pears, spices, and dark fruit. The taste matches the aroma, and the alcohol does not seem to be as noticeable in the taste as it did in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Peppery with a sweet finish. This is a very good beer, just like all the other beers I have had from Unibroue. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Re-review. This is a 2008 bottle that is about a year old now.

A: Pours a murky mahogany body with gold and ruby highlights when held to a lamp. brown-gold with ruby around the edges when held to the light. The carbonation is respectable, but relatively tame for an Unibroue (which I've always found to be oversudsy). It's about a finger's worth of large, fluffy bubbles that retain moderately and collapse into a thick swath on top of the brew. Each swig leaves broken sheets of bubbles down the sides of the glass.

S: Yeast.... Some weak dark fruit character (plums, I guess?) and a whiff of spice. But on the whole, surprisingly unremarkable and lacking in pungency, even with vigorous agitation.

T: Great fruit character: orange, berries, cherries, and pear. A small flavor of yeast, and the finish carries hints of spice (cardamom). The malt character comes through as a toffee-caramel hybrid. But the finish is kind of watery.

M: Light-medium bodied, with ample carbonation to amplify the peppery kick in the finish. A small warmth hints at the ABV. I think the year laying down has tamed the bubbles nicely, as I usually find this beer overcarbed.

D: I think my love affair with Unibroue is drawing to a close. I respect what they do for the style, but I'm just underwhelmed lately. Maybe it's from having spent time in Belgium, maybe it's palate fatigue, maybe the bottle aged badly, maybe it's that the beers just aren't that great.

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

750mL bottle/stemless snifter

A: clear. Brown the same shade as strong tea. Off-white head without much stick, but I poured very carefully so as not to disturb yeast sediment.

S: Sweet, spicy, some fruit. Almost like some sort of holiday baked good, but without a cloying sweetness in the aroma. Warming, metaphorically. Might catch a bit of alcohol in the nose, but it's usually very well hidden.

T/M: brandied fruitcake. Slightly chewy mouthfeel cut by lively carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

D: Very smooth. Though alcohol is slightly present in aroma and flavor, it's masked and smoothed very well by the malt and the spicy Belgian yeast. Doesn't taste as strong as it is. Deceptive that way, but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of bobsy
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the LCBO. Belgian styles are Unibroue's forte, and Maudite is one of the more readily available options. Rich amber body with a large, bubbly off-white head, that recedes to a constantly replenished island of bubbles in my Duvel glass. Absolutely huge fruity (pear, lychee, peach), spicy (cinnamon) aroma. Floral, sweet flavour with strong hints of cinnamon. The fruitiness really comes through in a pleasantly sweet way. Fairly high level of carbonation, which is fine, but the body itself is a little watery.

Had this again with a couple years on it, and both the body and flavour had improved greatly. I'd probably put the body up to a 4 and the flavour to a 4.5.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,581 ratings.
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