Maudite | Unibroue

4,581 Ratings

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of Grunewald
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy ruddy amber. The head is off-white and laces at the top of the glass, then settles quickly to form a ring on the surface.

S - strong orange scent (marmalade/orange liqueur), flowers, spice and yeast

T - caramel, licorice, enduring spice, ripe fruit (not harsh at all) and light yeast

M - medium carbonation, medium body, incredibly smooth and a throat warming finish

D - very smooth with tons of character. The high alcohol is not felt at all while drinking.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml at Abe's Cold Beer for around $9 and split it with friends after dinner. I was immediately hit with a big nose of spicy apple that continued in the flavor. More berries fruit pop up on the tongue, adding depth, with a little blueberry and blackberry. After the fruity esters, more earthy, herbal clove notes slide in to leave a fairly balanced and dry finish. I would have like a little more complexity, but this was still a great, well-made beer. Yet another example of the fine brews Unibroue is cranking out.

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

a- Cloudy dark amber color; thick head initially but dissipates
s- Lighter apple type fruit flavor initially; malts and darker fruits (black cherry) become more present as it warms.
t- Great combination of dark fruits, malts and a bit of spiciness. Some slight hop bitterness on the back end.
m+d- Heavy on carbonation but still goes down fairly smooth despite this.

Not much to say here: just another solid, complex Unibroue brew.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maudite's body is a cloudy orange/brown color that reminds me a bit of honey in my Unibroue tulip. The off-white head is a little more than two fingers tall and has good retention, but only leaves behind the occasional scrap of lacing.

The aroma has a bit of honey in it, with a variety of fruits from apple to figs. A good spiciness is there also, reminding me a bit of fennel and pepper.

The first flavors of Maudite are lighter fruits such as apple and pear, which turns into a slightly medicinal, peppery flavor. A bit of fennel is in there also, followed by some tobacco and a hint of chocolate. The dark fruit are weak in the flavor, with just a touch of prune. Underneath it all is a little bit of warming from the alcohol, but just a touch.

The mouthfeel is prety full for the style, but also high on the carbonation; two characteristics that come together to be pretty pleasant.

Maudite is a good beer and a credit to Univroue's tasty lineup.

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

pours a dark cloudy brown with a large off white head, good lacing.

raisins and figs in the nose maybe some black cherry, as well as a strong malt presence. slightly sugary scent as well.

taste is slightly more subdued, the malt really takes center stage. a slightly bitter finish. there's a little cinnamon in there somewhere.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and creamy somewhat oily too. mellow going down.

a really delicious beer that doesn't ruin your pallet, though it is a little heavy in the tummy. very drinkable, maybe stick to only a few though.

unibroue has some damn fine drinkables and this one is no exception.

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

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue goblet.

A: Slightly hazy red-amber body supporting just the slightest bit of white foam - very, very full pour. Small amount of very fine lace.

S: Predominantly yeasty, with warm fruit and spice carrying the day. Nice dark fruit from the malt as well. Sweet and smooth.

T: Sweet, spicy, and rich. Lots of prominent yeast, very spicy and delicately sour aftertaste. Hard to describe how well-balanced and delicious this beer is.

M: Medium to full bodied with tons of mouth-filling carbonation.

D: Excellent for the style. No hint of alcohol, and the balanced Belgian flavor keeps me highly interested.

Notes: Just a great all-around beer. Perhaps not as challenging and complex as some of the authentic Belgian entries in the style, but no less tasty.


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Photo of zoso493
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a very pleasant, dark mahogany with just a very slight one-finger head that doesn't stay around too long. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell: Very sweet malty scent. A lot of butterscotch, caramel, dark fruit and cinammon come out in the smell, but not in an overly bold way.

Taste: The taste is a lot more bold than the smell would have indicated. Really nice, sweet and almost sugary taste. Lots of dark fruit and caramel are the two main tastes that I can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Fairly medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty nice drinking beer for being 8% ABV, but the alcohol was definitely noticeable. I still downed this one bottle pretty quickly, though.

Overall, I thought this was a very tasty beer. It's a really nice take on the style and an interest departure from similar Belgian offerings. This was my first beer from Unibroue and I definitely look forward to trying more.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber color. Nice head.

S: A bit musty on the nose.

T: A bit heavier than I expected. I'm definitely tasting the heat/alcohol.

M: Nice carbonation and weight in the mouth.

D: Not very sessionable. I was expecting this to be very drinkable, so I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of mfabian12
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Dark amber with cloudiness from yeast, large off-white head.
Smell: Spicy with yeast and hints of molasses
Taste: Malty with a certain spicy and fruity complexion to it. A
subtle bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation and thickness
Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Very smooth.

All in all, this is a great beer. Would definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle with expiration 04-07-2012

Smell: Prominant yeast, molasses and slight sour grape. As the beer warms cloves become prominent.

Taste: Initial sour bite leads in to dark malts with high carbonation. Notes of caramel, but sour apple with cloves. Thick, full body with little alcohol presence.

Notes: Much like a dunkelweisen in my mind. Very delicious and complex beer that balances sour.

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Photo of eagles22
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark amber body with 1 finger off white head

Smell: wheat, celery and also some dark fruits figs and cherries

Taste: malts, alcohol, wheat and black pepper alot going on here very complex brew

Mouthfeel: medium body with alot of carbonation

Drinkability: great brew can be sessioned but also as a sipper to savor this great beer

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Photo of crhensel
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

(bottle into trappist glass) Poured a dark brown (mahogany) with a one finger head that quickly diminished. Heavy malt aroma with lots of toasted molasses and toffee hints. It was sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Medium body with a nice happy carbonation released all the sweet flavors very well. There was little disappointment here! Paired very well with my hearty stew, but following it's sister La Fin du Monde, the ABV of both did catch up with me!! It's sneaky, be careful!

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

Aroma is rich, malty and spicy with a hint of yeast, quite inviting. It pours a clear dark amber, almost mahogany, with a thick pale orangy head. Rich flavor is malty, yeasty, spicy and slightly hoppy. Texture is fairly smooth, lively and fizzy, quite satisfying.

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Photo of melloashello
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another grand slam from Unibroue. Maudite is becoming one of my personal favorites. Great aroma and taste of spice, dark fruit, and awesomeness. I could sit here and smell this beer all day. . trying to break it down to every fragment. Not much hops in it, and the alcohol leaves a little sting in there but is perfectly balanced, forming a great aftertaste. I could drink this beer all day. . I wouldn't though, because Unibroue, in my opinion, has such an amazing selection of beers, I could not pick just one.

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Photo of KI9A
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Into a snifter, hazy medium brown. Light retention, no lace.

S: Heavy cloves, over ripe banannas, butterscotch ( ? ). Close to a German Dunkel. Interesting.

T: Above, plus sweet candy, figs, wheaty.

M: Lighter than I thought. Some alcohol burn after several seconds. Just a wonderful aftertaste...not bitter, over-sweet, just nice.

D: ABV is hidden well, maybe too well. Just kinda discovering this brewery, and really enjoying these new finds. This beer puts a smile on my face, on this cold, rainy, St. Louis evening!

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Photo of towersfall
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful mahogany color with a nice thick creamy white head. Lacing clings to the side until finish and the head also sticks with you as well.

Smell- Peppers, spices, and a touch of fruit overwhelms your senses and sends a sensation right up your spine.

Taste- Malty and filled with spices, this beer batters your taste buds into a tap out and still continues to fill your mouth with such a great taste, you'll be begging for more.

Mouthfeel- Heavier with a light amount of carbonation. But I'll be damned (no pun intended) if this isn't one of the best aftertastes left by a beer that I've ever had.

Drinkability- I don't understand how this is that drinkable. I finished the glass in record time and couldn't understand why. This strong ale is good about not feeling like it has a high ABV, which could possibly deadly.

Overall a completely solid beer I will revisit again in the near future.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355 ml bottle in to a snifter the color is deep amber with a small but fluffy head that diminished to nothing after 15 min. It has a rich orange and woodsy aroma. the beers taste is spicy and citrus with roasted malt at first, then a wonderful amount of carbonation is released followed by a perfect mixture of hops (just enough to let you know they are there) and alcohol. as the beer warms the flavors come alive. this is one of my favorite Unibroue brews and also is my first review.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into tulip glass

Pours with a medium head fading to a nice, persistent lace. Good amber brown hue. Very rich aromas of malts, spice, pine, and dark fruit. Great dark fruit flavors. Medium to full body with good texture. Low presence of hops, medium tannins, medium acidity, and alcohol in check. One of my favorite brews. Wonderful dark ale.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a chalice

Unibroue Maudite poured a cloudy dark amber color and produced a smaller white "fizzy" head that reduced to approximately ½" all the while I consumed the ale. The aroma is mostly spicy, of apples and a little peppery. The mouth feel is smooth with the usual Unibroue carbonation that tickles the tongue and is a bit prickly. The taste is of dark fruits, raisins, caramel and a little toffee.

Maudite is another stellar brew from Unibroue.

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

Poured a nice dark brown with a finger of off-white head into a snifter, with decent lacing. The smell was a nice bouquet of cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, maltiness, and tart cherry. The taste confirmed all of this, but the tartness also brought to mind some sour apple. The tartness surfaced mid-palate and stayed through the finish, which didn't taste as alcoholic (or leave warmth) like Trois Pistoles did, e.g. the alcohol content was very well disguised. The feel was a surprisingly spritzy medium body, and the balance in the flavor made me wish that I had purchased more than one bomber.

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Photo of KBomb
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a hint of red blush to it, minimal head. Aroma is abundant with caramel malt sweetness, some green apple and a bit of melon. Despite all the sweetness in the nose, the tongue is overwhelmed with spice and a little astringency. Some tart and sour fruit flavors on the finish. Dry mouthfeel and effervescent carbonation. Fairly drinkable considering the ABV, doesn't feel as heavy as it is.

Taste was a little underwhelming considering the smell. Not bad, but I'm not all that interested in seeking it out again.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice raisiny color with okay head retention. No real lacing or head retention. Kind of homely looking in the end.

The aroma is of plums and pears and juicy fruits with notes of cinnamon and spice and subtle wafts of dough and yeast.

The taste follows, with fruity (apples and pears) sugary bready sweetness, very raisiny with a hint of sweet cherries, and peppery warming spices with a buttload of phenols in the finish. Very well balanced. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side. A bit of a let down, actually, but nicely tangy.

Yet another winner from Unibroue.

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Photo of heissebier
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Scary bottle with some people paddling a canoe through the sky and a devil. The beer means damned so I guess I get why the devil's there, but the canoe thing I'm still a little confused on. Freshness date of 9/18/10.

Appearance- Creamy amber-caramel color. Cloudy and mysterious, but with a disappointing off-white head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell- Glorious. If you took all the best smells in the world and combined them, this is what you would get. Fruity and peppery, along with a little hoppiness. No hint of 8% abv.

Taste- Does not disappoint. Malty, but it's the mix of fruit and peppers that I really notice. This is the kind of beer that you could drink over and over again, each time noticing a different flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little champaign like for this Beer Advocate. On the heavy side, with an unusual, slightly effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent! Barely a hint of its high abv. Something about this beer leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Freshness date: 09-18-11

Appearance: A reddish amber colour. Deep orange when held up to the light. Head is thin and champagne-like, settling on the sides of the glass after quickly dissipating. Carbonation sneaks up the side as it sits.

Smell: Rich and peppery, with a distinctive Unibroue yeast taste. Smells a lot like tropical fruit. Very delicious. Gets even better as it warms up in the glass.

Taste: So smooth and complex. Many different complimenting flavours all rolled into one. Perky fruit flavour with accenting peppery notes. Has a characteristic Unibroue yeastiness, which I don't enjoy as much as other belgian yeasts, but its not too prominant in this brew. Certainly nuttiness, but also a little bitterness from something i can't quite put my finger on. I'm getting something almost like gingerbread

Mouthfeel: You can't necessarily taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Much smoother than the other Unibroues; I love it. Carbonation is a little like that of champagne, but not quite as pronounced in your mouth.

Drinkability: Gloriously drinkable. Dark and mysterious, but still light enough where I want another (few) afterwards. The alcohol would probably be an issue after a few, but before then who cares?

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

My favorite of the Unibroue beers. QUebec without a doubt has some of the best beers in North America.

Smells of Sweet Plums with sugary overtones. Rich flavor of brown surar, spice and fruit that is unbelievably warming. A hint of bitterness at the finish. Some vinella and banana for good measure.

A full beer that is to be enjoyed and not chugged!


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