Maudite | Unibroue

4,601 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 caddybuyer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature caged and corked heavy glass bomber with one of the coolest labels in recent memory into a Chimay goblet. Hold tight onto that cork, this baby was under some serious pressure but not a gusher. Marked Best Before 2.6.10

A-Amber with marked clarity and a foamy eggshell head that settles rapidly to a 1/4 in froth. (Note, as the bomber poured, the color at the bottom of the bomber was much darker and cloudy with yeast. Much effervescence rising from the bottom of the glass feeding the head.

S-Belgian yeasts, malts, dark and fresh fruits and alcohol

T-Sweet malts and yeasts hit first, followed by dark fruits, then a snappy, tingly kiss of hops with an astringency that leaves an amazingly clean sweetness behind. Alcohol is present in the finish but is very well hidden. A fun little journey that really showcases the complexity of this tasty number. Really well done.

M-Bottle conditioned carbonation that foams the mouth. Slightly sticky, but lighter that one might expect. Damn near perfect.

D-This is highly drinkable. The ABV will definately fool you. I have had this in the cellar for about 6 months and not sure why I didn't get to it sooner. My first Unibroue beer, and definately not my last.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Craft Ale House, as well as from the bottle. Served in goblet.

Pours a hazy deep mahogany color with a garnet hue.
The creamy white head dissipated rather quickly. The carbonation was visible.

Nice aroma of fruit and sweet malts. I thought I picked up some peach notes as well as some plum.

Flavor is outstanding. The sweetness is evident, but I could not drink it if it was too sweet. Nicely balanced with a touch of tartness. Maybe some faint hop aftertaste, but the malts dominate. I had to double check to make sure there was alcohol in this, nicely incorporated.

Very smooth and crisp. If it not for the ABV, I could drink this all night. Carbonation is nice for this style.

Overall an excellent brew, yet another from Unibroue.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange to be rating this live on Good Friday, though Trappist monks may approve...pours a darkly sinister ruby body in THE Maudite glass, with a creamy, thick white head that steadily levels to a quarter-inch... the balance of sugary malt and bitter hops is noticeable in its dense bouquet--neither competes, but the heat is present... first sip in is Hades itself, warming and full-bodied with a swift kick to the throat. Little aftertaste and balanced flavors on the tongue are a plus, even as the throat feels the gentle heat that its name implies. Spices abound in the tastebuds, with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a few unidentifiable bits taking the flavor to a complexity most winter warmers would dream of--no syrupy drip or spruce tree pine corniness here... I could see this beer posessing a dinner-table versatility as well as being a desertif. Still nursing this case brother Jer fetched for me in October, I cannot help but wonder what I would drink if I lived in Montreal...what a treat, and what a brewery.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged, pours a dark amber nut brown with lots of foam that gently reduces to a fine lacing of bubbles, maintained throughout.

Smell is sweet and bready with lots of ripe fruit esters, plum and hint of spiciness.

Taste is complex. Lots of yeasty, cake goodness in there, some fruits and raisins, a nice dash of spices, hints of oranges and herbs, lots of active carbonation makes for a lively feel that splashes around in the mouth, but still smooth on the finish. A slightly off, sweet ethanol in the finish... Not overly distracting but there.

Really, quite a nice, lively brew. That tasty Unibroue yeast meets a lively, bubbly drink with a solid body, but not too hefty to scare the light-hearted away. Good offering but I can't shake the feeling that it doesn't quite measure up to either Fin du Monde or Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at St. James infirmary reno.

Excellent and very unique belgian style beer. Unibroue is so kick ass.

Pours a slightly redish brown in the glass with a small but profound off white head.

Big nose of ripe cherries and malts.

Rich taste wise as well...beautiful belgian yeasts, and berries carried by malts that aren't overpowering or caramelly but just deep enough.

Not incredibly sustained on the finish but other than that, this beer is straight up awesome!

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a bottle; darkish-brown with perhaps a bit of tangerine, no floaters or sediment visible. The nose was al Belgian Yeast, with maybe a bit of molasses or caramel. The taste was great, as are most brews for Unibroue. Definitely didn't disappoint, with toffee, caramel, berry, and almost a cola taste, buttressed with a relatively lively carbonation. Definitely didn't taste like 8%, but felt it later on. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but I somehow feel as if it'd be better on tap.

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Served from 750 ML bottle purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH for $5.99 late last year. Best by date of 5 09 10. Poured into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A 3 inch head that sticks around for at least 10 minutes although closer to that 10 minutes it had reduced down to 0.5 cm. First glass displayed a medium brown/ruby body without much sediment at all. I am sure the bottom of the bottle will produce more of that though.

S Well, dark sweet malt, almost molasses like is easily detected and a great Belgian style yeast is also able to be smelled. Really like the smell.

T Dark malt hits me first and then there is a rush of barley, wheat, yeast and a whole lot of grains which is then taken over by a malty sweetness. Interesting in its layers of taste. Within the grain layer is a distinct Belgian yeast taste.

M A bit lighter than I might have been ready for. There is not the syrupy stickiness that I find in other Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Overall the mouthfeel remains big though with moderately elevated alcohol and layers of tastes.

D Really good for this style as many other ones, in their greatness, can only be enjoyed one at a time. I am not going to have an problem finishing this 750 ML bottle (it is two snifters worth).

Notes: I was really looking forward to trying this one as it is one of my favorite styles from one of my favorite brewers. I found it to be a bit lighter than I expected but pleasingly complex and very drinkable. Everyone should try Maudite.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going from the Stone Ruination to this... hope I'm not ruined...

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- Pours an almost apple-cider like amber-red with about 2 inches of head that rises after you pour it (love that with the Belgians...). Great retention on the head. Good lacing.

S- Not extremely strong, but still present, Belgian spices, cloves, a little apple, maybe some grapes, plums, slight butterscotch when I poured it. Kind of like a spicy Hennepin, honestly. Alcohol barely noticeable.

T- Belgain spices, cloves, plums, cherries, slight funk (but nice, not distracting or gross), Sweet malt (faint). There's a lot there, but it's balanced. Similar to Trois Pistoles, but with less port/wine character and more spices. I really like this.

M- Medium to light bodied, clean, moderately carbonated. Good for the style.

D- This is really enjoyable. I keep going back for more sips because I'm looking for more flavors. I'll be in trouble if I have a bunch of these (8% ABV). This strikes me as more balanced (maybe just more to my taste) than Trois Pistoles (although I liked TP a lot). Very good, another great, complex offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy copper with light amber hues.

Smell: Yeast, Red Fruit, Cake Icing, Butterscotch

Taste: Definitely the cake frosting/icing but not sweet - in a good way - a little spice and coriander with the dark fruit spreading toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: All elements have engaged my tongue - great mouthfeel. One of the best I've had.

Drinkability: A sipper for me. I love this beer. Over the top in all aspects. Not easy to drink - but pleasant to drink.

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Photo of DerrickBerg
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing this beer with thepeskydingo.

This beer is a dark reddish brown and hazy. Light fizzy head that stays for a while then dissapears. Not much lacing.

Sweet fruity wheat smell.

Initial dark fruity taste that is later covered by spice and yeast. This beer reminds me of a hefewiezen.

Thin mouth feel and some carbination that is good.

This is drinkable beer, very enjoyable

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured vigorously yielding a 2-2.5 finger very very light brown head. Very hazy reddish brown color. with a good amount of bubbles coming up. Yeast is building up on the bottom of my glass.

Smells of wheat, yeast, dark fruits, sugars, LOTS of smells are attacking my nose here. I like it!

Tastes of yeast and malts. I pick up the dark fruits that were present in the smell, as well as some Reminds me a lot of some Belgium style beers.

Mouthfeel is really smooth. Subtle carbonation adds to the experience. Leaves my mouth coated with the taste, but otherwise finishes pretty smooth.

Fairly easy to drink, leaves my mouth coated with the taste of the contents of this beer. I like!

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Photo of jsapunor
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful dark red beer. You can see bits of yeast floating in it while the head disappears.
The fruits and malt are detectable in the aroma but in a subtle way; not strong at all but when you taste it the spicy (pepper) dark fruity notes give way to caramel toffee and malt. This is a very well balanced beer that gets more flavorful as it warms Very smooth in the mouth with lots of carbonation typical for the style. The 8% ABV is hidden too well in this delicious beer. One could lead to another very easily.
I had passed on this Unibroue offering several times choosing La Fin du Monde 17 or Trois Pistoles instead but I won't do that again. This offering belongs right up there with the best of a very good lot.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle says best before 05-09-10.
A: Nice light garnet color with high carbonation producing 2 inch thick billowy light tan head.
S: Typical Belgian smell with dark dried fruit and a hint of grainy hops.
T: Interesting...the balance is shifted more toward the hops. Grainy citrus notes. There is still a strong malt backbone with Belgian spice, cinnamon, and raisin.
M: Nice and light with good effervescence from the carbonation. Very smooth.
D: Very drinkable. ABV is well hidden. Very good, but not excellent. Unibroue brews some quality stuff...especially strong Belgian ales.

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown, fizzy white head. Slight wine red color...

S: Sweet smell, lots of brown sugar. Faint spicy, herbal notes.

T: Very sweet up front, bready/brown sugar sweetness. Slightly dry finish with traces of sourness and yeast.

M: Great body, smooth, good carbonation

D: Delicious beer, very smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommended. Quite pricey and high ABV make this a beer I have on special occasions.

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Photo of JonMich13
2.84/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A = Dark murky brownish orange with a big off-white 2 finger head. Head stuck around for a while. Very little lacing.

S = Hints of spice, yeast and old dark fruit dominated by a rather unpleasant "dank" basement smell

T = Followed the nose closely. Some initial faint sweetness quickly overcome with spice, yeast, and a sour/bitter combo that was unappealing.

M = Thin with medium carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable I guess. ABV is hidden ok.

Not a huge fan of this style, and this is a middling example of it.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cold from 12 ounce bottle to beer challice

A) A cloudy, dark brown ale. Plenty carbonation with lacy head.

S) Ginger, dates & root beer. Distinct smel, unique to Unibroue

T) Referred to as a Belgian Dark or Belgian Strong Ale but doesn't taste "Belgian" to me. A very good ale on its own but in my humble opinion, should sit in a different category. Sweet spice, caramel & ginger

M) Bottle conditioned, abundent fine carbonation. Tastes 'thinner' than it appears

D) Maudite is a good ale with its own distinct taste. Very yeasty or is it hoppy? Very something.... Another good beer from Unibroue

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

Pours a hazy light maple. Big pillowy head with good retention, fairly slick lacings.

Nice aroma of soft, sugary apples with little bit of a darker character from the malt. Unibroue yeast is noticeable, a nice light dusting.

A substantial beer. Nice, big, thick flavours come out immediately. Lighter, apple flavours start things out but quickly give way to dates and then to even darker fruits from the malt. A very light caramel sweetness kicks in right at the end before it is completely overshadowed by the dry house yeast and some subtle bittering hops.

Very smooth with tongue teasing carbonation. I find this to be the most drinkable of the Unibroue strong ales. Very good.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours cloudy brown with gargantuan pillowy , off-white head that settled in but stuck around for quite awhile.

Aroma is kind of subdued -- yeasty, spicy, bit of sweet dark fruit.

Taste is interesting -- prickly carbonation combines up front with spicy yeast and bittersweet dark fruits, opens up and finishes with spicy yeast, bittersweet dark fruits, with a lingering, dark fruit and licorice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel has the carbonation spot on, but a bit watery. Interesting take on the style, great beer but has potential to be even better with a bit less watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep clear brown with a rocky head that stuck around a good while. It's a real beauty with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is rather faint, predominately yeast, with hints of dark fruits and malts. With such a weak aroma, I was expecting to be disappointed, and on the palate, it follows the fruits and sweet malts of the nose--but damn is it delicious! This is a remarkably tasty beverage. Though it feels a bit thinner in the mouth than I expected, the flavors are balanced so well, and the mild carbonation is a great complement.

All I can say is more, more, more! (At 8% ABV, that might not always be the best idea, but I stick with my judgment: more, more, more!)

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Photo of tim9887
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip-shaped chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish-brown in color, nice pillowy white foam

Aroma: Slightly boozy, dark fruit undertones

Taste: Fruity, very smooth malt character (almost reminiscent of an "old ale"), combined with a very slight hop presence felt in the aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Softly sparkling & very smooth

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep brown/amber color with fluffy 1-finger white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of aromas attacking the nose here. Sweet malts, Belgian candy sugar, yeast, spice, fruit (but can't exactly pick which). Very impressive.

T - Clove spices dominate, with a sweet malt taste as well. Very complex - hard for me to describe all of the flavors. Subtle hops noticeable, as are a few hints of fruit. Very intriguing.

M - Medium body, high carbonation. Very pleasant - great.

D - Great taste hides the 8% ABV. Easily drinkable and complex taste leaves you wanting to drink more...

A very impressive brew from Unibroue - possibly the best of their bunch. Very complex - I would consider my palate to be at the "intermediate" level (certainly beyond the basic beginner) and there are many notes that I cannot fully place...

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

another awesome looking label on hopefully another awesome beer from unibroue.

crisp brown amber color through the beer and a creamy, sticky head sits on top.

nutty, malty scent with underlying fruits like apple, cherry. sort of one note at a time, but nowhere near one note.

caramel flavor with a nutty layer. the malt flavor is smooth, balanced and prevelant initially. there is a good grassy hop flavor hiding behind all the initial bursts of caramel and malt.

creamy, frothy feel, heavy on the tongue in spite of the high level of carbonation.

well, the drink is great. absolutely smooth, balanced but not simple. I could see myself drinking this anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich amber color with nice 2" head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Tons of aromas make up this one. Easiest to pick out are scents of malt, spices (coriander?), clove, hops, and a hint of wheat.

T- The taste is as complex as the nose, lots of flavors with clove, malt, hops and wheat dominating. Surprisingly sweet initially (don't worry not the gross kind of sweet) and ending with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Smooth and easy drinking considering the high ABV. Alcohol taste is non-existent.

D- Great brew that is really easy going down so watch out for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap 03-07-09 at Morel's Steakhouse in the Palazzo, Las Vegas

Pours a dark orange/ruby with a large white creamy, bubbly head, that leaves behind a spotted thick lace. Smells of biscuit/bready notes, with some spices. Tastes a little peppery with complex flavors of coriander, orange peel, and some caramel. Very complex overall, tastes thin at 1st but finishes dry and spicy with a clean fell. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is an easy drinking Strong Ale, another outstanding beer from Unibroue

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. The bottle refermentation was apparent at this very active pour.

Colour is dark reddish amber with bits of yeast floating in the haze. Pour created an active head that didn't linger.

Smell is a mxiture - malty, bready, fruity - all in one.

Taste - yes - this was a complex amalgam on flavors. Everything in the nose continued to the tongue. There was so much going on here to pick out everything I liked, but it was a great ride. Of the fruit, I'd say a cherry taste came to the forefront the most.

Very drinkable. Easy to have a few of these and enjoy every one.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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