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 ksimons
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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 -2.9%
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%
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 -2.9%
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 -14%
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%
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 -8.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy mahogany red with copper highlights and a finger and a half of off-white creamy head, displaying excellent retention and leaving dots and splashes of lace around the glass.

Belgian yeast and spice, wheat, bubblegum, a splash of citrus, banana, and undertones of sticky dark fruits, and candi sugar. Very complex.

Yeasty and spicy upfront, followed by some wheat, sweet notes of candi sugar and dark fruits which assert themselves a bit more in the taste, notes of citrus and a dry finish with some floral hops hitting the back of the palate.

Rich, full, creamy, and smooth with a nice little kick of carbonation in the middle. Alcohol content is greatly disguised, and man is this a pleasure to drink.

This is the first time I had Maudite, which is surprising because it was in front of me all of this time, but definitely won't be my last. Perfectly sweet and wonderfully complex. I look forward to buying another and see how it ages. After drinking this beer, I'd say this style is in my top 3. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of jxhowell
3.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A poured an orange amber color with a thin tan head. The head quickly dissipates to leave only traces around the outer edges of the glass.

S aromas of clove, allspice, and some subtle banana esters...fruity plum and fig undertones

T initially clove then slight warming alcohol with a muted banana aftertaste

M high carbonation that seems to spread the flavors over the entire tongue ending with a sweet malty stickiness. Lingers mid-palate before finally disolving at the back of the tongue.

Overall a good beer, true to style and satisfying on a cold winter night by the fire

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

Nice Belgian Dark Ale, pleasing, well crafted and reliable.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Illustrated label with a flying canoe going back home under the guidance of the devil below. Shows "best before date" (11-10-11). Shows Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Minimal descriptive narrative on back with glassware recommendation. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown pour with a minimal yeasty haze. Develops a large and rich head with brief retention, leaving a softly lumpy cap and minimal lacing.

S - Malty and spicy caramel, with a yeasty whiff in the back.

T - Sweet caramel maltness, with a bit of fruity notes, and some rich spiciness.

M - Highly carbonated early on, with a medium to light body held very well while the bubbles last. Some sweet stickiness in the texture too.

D - Very easy and pleasing to drink.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe not half as complex as expected but a rather nice brew nevertheless, and a reliable reference for the style on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-26-10 from a tulip glass
A - Presentation was in an average brown bottle with a screw on cap. There was low light-beige head bubblles were large in size. Color was a slightly cloudy and yeasty amber/cedar color. Lots of carbonation Plenty of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle, but sadly little lacing.

S - Fruity, some carmel malts, lots of estery items. The initial smells died quickly but were rich.

T - Sweet and malty. Like a carbonation peach drink with honey mixed in. Not overly complex but highly drinkable. Aftertaste was of gum and banana.

M - Smooth. Some fizzyness, but well bodied. Hides the 8%ABV better than I used to hide porn. Good down slick and silky.

D - Very drinkable. If you aren't afraid of the 8% this is a good good choice. This is easily the best imitation Belgian beer I'Ve ever had.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew had a strong yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, apricot, bread, and clove. (Perhaps due to the bottle refermentation.)

Interesting appearance, cloudy amber body with a tall, smooth, off-white head.

Taste is lightly sweet with a hint of sourness and just a tiny bit of salt and paper napkin.

Medium body with a slightly oily texture. Average carbonation. Long and not entirely pleasant finish. It did not feel finished. Perhaps I should have let this bottle sit a few more months.

Furthermore, this is a beer that wants company. (Can't blame the damned for that, now can we?)

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

A- Amber/gold body with a tall off-white head.

S- A sweet/bready malt aroma with some funky notes from the yeast.

T- Caramel malts with some spices and fruity tartness, some yeasty notes mixed in as well. A warming alcohol become noticeable as well.

M- Medium body that is very crisp.

D- A nice refreshing beer to sip by itself or with just about anything.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy dull copper color with very tall bubbly head and good retention. Very little lacing; Very fruity earthy aroma; Taste is quite sweet and complex with light bitterness - good balance; Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation; a touch of alcohol; long mild aftertaste slightly dry; nice beer and can easily drink an entire 750ml bottle.

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

*Sampled 2 years before "bust buy" date.

Poured into a snifter, Maudite turned out a cloudy chestnut brown with a slight maroon/purple hue. Head was fairly large and faded quite quickly.

Nose was crisp, clean, and smooth. I was expecting more pungency, but nonetheless it was fair and complex. Vinous pear, banana, coriander, and some spices were the main flavors.

Flavor was full of pear and brown sugarr, kept crisp by spiciness and an alcohol pinch. It was a little bit sour. Some coriander, juicy fruit, and red wine tannin were evident as well.

Feel is very crisp, the carbonation has lots of bite initially and the feel turns towards cottony/fluffy towards the end. Finish is only slightly dry and very clean.

I was expecting this one to knock my undies off. It didn't quite accomplish that but it was very good. The alcohol did not seem as potent as it was so one should be careful.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a deep clear rusted purplish amber with a very generous yeasty head and sticky lacing.

S - That Unibroue smell tickels my nose even when the glass is on the table in front of me. The smell is strong and great! Citrus galore with an undertone of darker fruits and candy-like sugar.

T - The flavor follows the nose. A very strong citric dark fruit flavor. Complex with plumb, raisin, grape, fig medley...cherry & alcohol is also balanced in evenly with the flavor in a subtle way. Fantastic beer.

M - Even carbonation, dark complex flavor with a bite, but leaves my mouth feeling cool and refreshed.

D - Love this beer. Very fine example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The taste is even and balanced and the alcohol content is strong without being overbearing. This beer is readily available in most fine beer stores and is usually reasonably priced. This is one of my go to beers when I'm looking for a single beer to relax with.

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Photo of trbergman
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a teardrop glass.

A - Pours a warm ruby-brown with an inch of billowy ecru foam.

S - Aroma jumps out of the glass, with candi sugar, cinnamon, clove, dried apples, ginger snaps, and bread crust.

T - Tastes of crusty bread and ginger snaps, with a bit of warming alcohol. Plenty of fruit esters and spicy phenols - clove and white pepper - and a hint of nuttiness. Hop bitterness is relatively high, complementing the spiciness of the yeast.

M - Smooth and creamy, yet with a peppery spice. Bottle conditioning lends a very finely-bubbled carbonation that explodes once sipped.

D - Very good. This is a great beer to revisit from time to time.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a brownish amber, mostly clear, with plenty of visible carbonation. Light tan pillowy head right up to the rim. It took two pours to completely fill the glass. Excellent head retention, slowly receding in a pillowy “cloud-like” fashion. Nice, but not excessive, lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Light yeasty aroma, with a Belgian spiciness and sweetness. Mild wheat malts. Lemon, nutmeg, banana, and bubble gum aromas. Very smooth nose, without being overly mild or harsh.

Taste: Mild dark wheat malts, with a moderate lemony sweetness. The banana and bubblegum flavors in the nose are only slightly represented in the flavors. Not nearly as appealing as the nose. Slight metallic taste on the first sip, but I didn’t notice it later.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, with a moderate bite. Decent carbonation in appearance, but it didn’t come through in the body. Decently smooth.

Drinkability: A good Belgian dark. More mild and with less alcohol than most, but decent nonetheless. The look and the smell are amazing, but the taste is only just above average. The lower alcohol content, relatively (8%) make it an easy drinker. It’s a very good beer, but short of great.

Buy Again? Yes

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's my 100th review, so it's definitely on occasion to mark with a quality brew!

Pours a slightly opaque dark copper colour, and leaves an impressive inch or so of head. Looks like your typical BPA.

The nose is terrific: spices, light malts, a bit of banana and that typical Unibroue yeastiness that brings back such wonderful memories.

Goes down terrific despite the high ABV. The taste is a wonderful blend of malt, spices, tea, and some dunkelweisse usuals like banana and clove. While it's not the most complex or hearty BSDA out there, it's 'damned' delicious and easy to drink. Let this brew warm up if you can, it really opens things up.

Thick and chewy for a dark ale, drinks very much like an abbey ale.

As a friend put it, it drinks like a wine - you can almost detect tannins. Just a remarkable brew - one of my all-time favorites!

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Photo of alexhammond
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours orange/brown, with a medium size fluffy head.
scents are subtle, but some peppery spiciness comes through, a bit of sugar and faint fruitiness.
initially, the taste is out of sight! bold toasted spice flavors, mixed with brown sugar and apple. beyond that, cloves and some indistinguishable sweetness, countered by just a bit of hop bitterness. so many bold flavors balanced so well, and on top of that, the beer is terrifically crisp.
a "dark" belgian, but don't let that scare you away: this one is pretty easy to drink considering its high alcohol content and range of flavors. definitely my favorite offering (so far) from Unibroue, and perhaps one of the best belgian-style beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Yesac
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- hazy amber/brown pour however sits as a solid in the glass. Fluffy light tan head fades to a thin layer.

S- authentic Belgian yeast, brown sugar, hint of orange peel toasty malt.

T- Big toasty malt nose, Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Dry finish.

M- Heavy carbonation, medium bodied. Dry on the palate.

D- Was overall a decent brew but the malt dominance was a let down and make this an average beer that didnt challenge my palate.

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Photo of Chambic
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01.11.10 12-oz. bottle at Beretta in San Francisco.

A: murky brown

S: like bananas

T: can't taste much because it's so carbonated and cold

M: too much carbonation, served way too cold, malty finish

D: I'd love to drink more of it if it tasted how it's "supposed" to taste

I'm a bit disappointed, because I usually really love this beer. It was way too cold. Served at the right temperature, Maudite is phenomenal. The small bottle also probably negatively affected the taste. The 750s are much better, and draught is the best. I reccommended this to a friend who liked it, but I don't think he had a fair/true assessment. Oh, well, better luck next time. Can't wait to review this again, and bump up the points, 'cause it really deserves it!

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,637 ratings
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