Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Without a doubt Unibroue’s best-known beer, La Maudite is inspired by abbey beers and Belgian double-style ales. It first hit the shelves in 1992 and took the province by storm with its 8% alcohol content, making it the first strong beer available in grocery stores.

That’s where the idea came to tie its name and branding to a pact signed with the devil. The illustration of the “chasse-galerie” (or flying canoe) from a beloved Quebec legend captures the spirit of the beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into Unibroue tulip glass. Best by date: 7/15/11 printed on the back label.
(A)- Pours a cloudy medium dark brown color with a slight reddish/maroon hue. A giant foam head appears that is still present several minutes later and does not go away. Slight lacing on the inside walls of the glass.
(S)- Bright yeast and bananna/lemon aromas abound. Some clay and hay/yeast present. Refreshing smell considering its dark color.
(T)- Nice delicate fruit flavors combined with a light yet rich malty/yeasty bite on the tonque. The clay/lemon/bananna are present from the smell creating a delicious beer even for summertime!
(M)- There is alot of carbonation that creates some tension with the smooth, yet delicate flavors (but in a good way!)
(D)- At 8%abv, its practically nonexistent! I certainly wouldnt mind enjoying a few of these anytime, anyplace, no problem (depending how long it takes me for the alcohol to take effect). Its complex, delicate and even refreshing to a point. Nontheless, its still a definite sipper so that you can experience every nuance this beer has to offer properly.

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

I bought this as part of a Unibroue taster pack, which is an amazing deal at $6.99 for one 341ml each of Trois Pistoles, Fin du Monde, Maudite and Don de Dieu.

Cloudy, light orangy-brown, this beer didn't pour with much head. A one-finger head quickly faded to a thin layer of bubbly white foam which seems to be sticking around. This head is strange: there seems to be no lacing but a millimeter-thick head is staying on until the end. I've never seen a head like this, usually thin foam layers disappear by halfway through.

Sweet smelling wheat, sweet fruit of some kind. To be honest I smelt something nice at first but the smell seems to have disappeared before I could figure out what was in there. It did originally smell good though. (Cotton candy! That's what I smelt. It smells like caramel concentrate. I'm going to have to upgrade the smell, this smells absolutely delicious once it warms up a bit).

What I was smelling before is more prominent in the taste. This is a sweet beer with a good balance; it's quite sweet without being too sweet. Big honey-wheat taste up front and bitter, dry blueberries on the finish. Some sweet rye whiskey in the background. The alcohol is hidden very well, only present to give a nice warm feeling on the way down. Very nice.

This might have a slight bit too much carbonation to fit with the taste but nonetheless is a smooth, medium bodied beer.

While I might not want to drink this often or in large quantities (because of the sweetness), it's very drinkable if you're in the mood for something sweet and complex. I've actually had this beer a few times in the past and didn't think it was anything special. Taking some time to explore the flavour has changed my mind; c'est un maudite de bière. Calisse ostie.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the last Unibroue beers I have yet to try. I haven't been that impressed as of now, so lets see how this one stacks up:

A: Pours a real cloudy, amber color. Hints of brown in there. Lots of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom. Head is white and bubbly, but doesn't last very long.

S: Smells very yeasty with a bready backbone. There is quite a bit of fruit in there as well. Maybe cherry, apple, grape, and quite a bit of spice.

T: Get that typical Belgian yeast. Lots of bread in the flavor. Quite a bit of spice. Some dark fruit like cherry or grape. There is also a earthy undertone in there. The flavor just isn't that appealing to me. Tastes almost like all the other Unibroue beers.

M: Very bubbly and lively. Very crisp and clean. Again, pretty typical for all the Unibroue beers.

D: Drinkability is good I guess. It is 8% ABV but doesn't taste that strong. The main deterrant is the massive carbonation. Some people may like it, but I feel it masks the flavors too much and make it harder to go down.

The more Unibroue beers I have, the more I have a hard time distinguishing them from one another. Its an okay beer, but I have a hard time appreciating Belgian ales as they seem too much like drinking liquid bread. I prefer more robust and intense flavors. This is too much like a wine or champaigne.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice x2.

A= Pours a translucent light copper hue. Moderate head that dissapated rapidly to a thin white sheet.

S= Rose-like floral with a very pleasant dried cherry malty-tartness.

T= Sweet and tart, but not sour. The aroma shines through in the flavors. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but very refreshing. Got a tad of the yeast in the second pour, which gave it a bitter-metalic taste.

M= Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

D= This ale is in the lighter bodied range for the style. That, paired with the lower alchohol content, make it very drinkable. Its aroma is its unmatchable strength.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark ruby/brown. Nice head and retention.

Nose is very robust and complex. Dark fruits like Plums, raisins and figs, with a yeast, spicey aroma on top.

Spices like pepper, nutmeg, coriander and clove swirled with plums, raisins and prunes. Caramelized banana. Sweet malty undertone backed up by a blend of hops and spices. Belgian yeast is very noticeable in the finish-in a good way. Very complex like the smell.

Medium bodied with a crisp, silky and chewy feel all at once. This is the definition of a great mouthfeel.

It is a true treat to have a beer that is world class so available. If this beer was rare I think others would rate it more highly. I think because it is so available it gets lower marks. Just an idea, but this beer deserves a place in the top 100.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P- Brass Rail Deli

A- a carbonated foam pour. It fizzles as it is poured and the aromas seep out with every splash. a cloudy reddish brown color.

S- oooh very nice. A sweet banana and pear type of smell. Strong alcohol smell and some floral aromas on the back end. A hint of spice as well, maybe clove or anise.

T- oh my this has to be one of the best flavors i have ever had. There is a strong banana flavor that comes out bubbly. Clove and other floral spices mix well together and the alcohol is there to give you a bit. The pear taste like its caramelized a tad.

M- bubbly and smooth and sweet. A beautiful complex of all flavors and malts.

D- despite the ABV i could pound these back all day. I strong urge you to go out and try this beer. I love Unibroue and this beer has to be one of their best. One of the top 3 beers i have ever had!

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Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maudite snifter and produces a caramel color with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Light carbonation.

Banana, pear and floral aromas.

A rather tart, spicy taste with some alcohol taste present.

While this is highly drinkable, the experience is more enjoyable as it warms.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, decent head that dissipates, some lacing. Smells of spicy clove, caramel, . Tastes of clove and dark fruit sweetness, some spicy bitterness ending quite dry and earthy. Alcohol not present. Good mouthfeel for the style.

A very good beer, spicy and sweet. A classic from Unibroue.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the pour brought forth colors that matched the bottle: deep crimson, oranges, and fire engine red hues. I must say, a very nice display in the glass. The body displayed a plethora of bubbles with a head that is rather meager and fizzy at best. The color of the cap is dingy white, slowly melting away to fizz hovering on the top. Lacing is on the timid side

S: soft bubblegum, spices, and fruity apple based smells. There is nothing that really stands out or anything that comes across wild, subdued in the nostrils. Some caramel whiffs are noticeable

T: the palate puts forth some rather nice flavors. Lets see, tart pears and apples with rotten bananas and chunks of bubblegum lead the way. I also pull out some darker fruits of blackberries and maybe some cherries, ever so lightly on the tongue. Shortly there after a handful of spiced herbal leafy notes chop through the flavors and add a nice dimension. Candy-like toasted malts have a very delicate profile in the mix of flavors. A lot going on in this brew and mysterious in some ways

M: mild body is light, fizzy, and airy down the hatch. Full of refreshment. It is rather crisp, slightly tart, and dry in some ways. Easy to drink and fused well with the carbonation

D: Also, alcohol is hidden and the beers flavors move freely. These Canucks have got this brew down well, as well as the other Unibroue brews. For some reason, as of late, I have been having trouble stomaching the heavy Belgian hitters and this one did not phase me at all. Great Stuff!

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Photo of flexinwext
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cloudy, red-amber color. Lots of head that doesn't stay too long. Sweet and spicy yeast smell with lots of clove. Taste isn't overpowering with the cloves and is a little spicy. Lingers on the tongue for quite a while. There is a bit of an alcohol kick but overall not too bad. Very good but pricey.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - A simple, straight up brown with some slight haze. Two fingers of off white , head rise; retention is moderate and the head falls to a thick and persistent collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Extreme berry-like aromas here. Blackberries, overripe strawberries, and even a touch of raspberries are more than evident. Dark, sweet bread and banana hangs in the background. Notes of yeast lead into some quite spicy aromas; peppery and almost vegetal smells abound.

T - Mind blowing. Indistinct berry flavor with overtones of overripe banana. Moderate sweetness mingles with a touch of lactic sourness and segues into some very yeasty bread flavors. Sharp, drying spiciness kicks in with a definite high note of black pepper. Other spices reminiscent of a dubbel with herbal notes kick in as well. Mild black tea, mustard, and onion all make cameos in the myriad spicy tastes. Bitterness is mild and just enough to wash away the vestige of fruity sweetness. Yeast and peppery/savory spice lingers with a mild sourness that is somewhere between a raspberry and underripe strawberry. Small chalky/medicinal flavor creeps in and out to let you know it's a Belgian. Sip after sip I am getting this very distinct flavor.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat slick, with a moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Really no complaints here, but like a lot of Belgians I can only imagine how divine a thicker, "flatter" brew would taste.

D - Unibroue's finest from what I've sampled so far. I don't even know where to start. Maudite incorporates many of the great elements of Belgian beers and fuses them into a synergy of near perfection. The harmony, balance, and complexity of this beer is largely indescribable. A true hallmark of an amazing beer. This is a brew I will recommend and pass along for years to come.

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

Pours a very nice red/amber colour. A little bit of cloudiness gives it a layered murkiness which is very appealing to me. Poured with a big mass of thick rocky head which slowly reduced to a nice sticky lacing. It made me feel good towards the end to look at my tulip glass and see a nice rich copper liquid covered in a thick lacing.

Smell was nice. Very fruity malt and yeast smells and some pleasurable spiciness.

Taste was good. A very smooth maltiness coats your palate, some nice fruity flavours start coming up, a more nectary fruit flavour which goes along with the smooth malt and that spiciness is there too. Hops is very light but is there. Was expecting more from Unibroue's own description though to be honest I'm glad the hops is as mild as it is. I think a strong bitterness would have ruined this, smooth and subtle malts goes with a subdued hop bite for me.

Mouthfeel was great. Smooth with a light natural carbonation, full bodied.

Drinkability was fine for a sipping ale like this. Alcohol very well hidden (not as well hidden as the Trois Pistoles maybe). I almost wish I didn't share my 750ml bottle.

Overall a great brew. Smooth, mild, subtle yet complex. Normally I like fuller more robust flavours but this worked out really nicely. I feel very lucky to have found this Unibroue triple pack at my local.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky coppery color with tons of carbonation bubbling throughout. Of course it has one of those huge Belgian heads that has pretty solid retention (or perhaps it should be regeneration from all the carbonation?) that is just slightly off-white.

Smell: The first scent I pick up on is sour fruit (I would say grape-like, perhaps some apple in there as well); a nice presence of spiciness is sneaking through as well; a firm malty backing as well; faint whiff of alcohol, but no especially strong; and for lack of a better term, I would say it smells kind of "dry."

Taste: Amazing. Smacked in the mouth with the sour grape-like/apple-esque fruit flavor and a heavy dose of the spices one would expect - coriander, nutmeg, perhaps a little cinammon; a very faint hint of alcohol, but like I find the few Belgians that I've had thus far, it's especially well-masked.

Mouthfeel: A lively drink due to the carbonation, but it's not overpowering and still goes down quite smoothly and evenly; it does indeed leave the mouth a bit dry and finishes pretty clean. Leaves a strong presence of the spices in the aftertaste, so it's very enjoyable from start to finish.

Drinkability: Pretty high, actually. It's got a slightly high ABV (compared to a lot of other beers out there, as of coruse, there always seem to be some bigger ones), but it feels pretty do-able and not especially overpowering. The finish is nice and it doesn't seem to sit too heavily; the flavor is of course immensely enjoyable and goes well with food.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to my Piraat Tulip glass-thanks to Ding!
Appearance is a ruddy reddish brown, with a good-sized tan head that is fed by very active carbonation. Some lacing that stayed wet and slowly slides back down into the ale.
Aroma-Yeasty-plain and simple, pungent, fresh with a hint of moist bread dough.
Mouthfeel-I was expecting a sweet alcohol kick, but no. This ale tastes like a fresh bottle conditioned Belgian without any frills. The finish is where I got some nice flavor profiles. The alcohol and the dried fruit come out and linger between my palate and the roof of my mouth, in a very nice way.
I have only had one of Unibroue's offerings previously. Maudite is a great ale and the yeast in this one creates a tasty strong ale without being overpowering.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first craft beers I really got into. I remember almost crying when I dropped one on my front porch. haha. Anyway, The appearance is pretty unique. It has a ruby, dark hue to it, and tons of bubbles. Leaves some sticky lacing. Smell is fruity, maybe some plum or strawberry. Taste is amazing, again, more dark fruit, and finishes smooth. The carbonation on this beer and pretty much all Unibroue beers is huge, I usually swirl my glass around for a long time trying to tame it. I think this beer benefits from warming up to some higher temperatures out of the fridge; you really get some fruit smells and taste out of it. Drinkability is good, but usually too carbonated for my taste. Great beer all around, and a must try for any beer geek.

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Photo of chaz410
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from Pizza Peel in Charlotte NC.

It pours a dark amber brown hued body. It has a thick, froathy cream colored head. Nice steady carbonation throughout the consumption.

Smells of sweet maltiness underlying a mild tartness that isn't quite sour. Little herbal notes and spicey finish.

Taste sweet and tart and malty. There's a mix of caramel and smooth tart apple notes. There's a tart finish without much of a hop pressence. Spices comthrough with cumin and bitter orange.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected but very smooth.

Drinkability is easy and like many belgians.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour, big off-white head shows moderate persistence.
Aroma is very complex if you search for it, with cherries, vanilla, chocolate, spicy cloves, dark malts, wheat, yeast, light alcohol, and candi sugar sweetness. Very appetising.
Flavour doesn't impress quite as much, with sweet toasty malts, belgian yeast, spicy phenols and some very slight alcohol.
Very high carbonation adds to a nice creamy mouthfeel. Some pleasant alcoholic heat on the palate.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy coppery brown with almost no head and no lacing. Highly carbonated. Aroma of cloves and nutmeg. Taste is somewhat intriguing, I almost bumped it up to a 4.5, but in the end it just didn't have enough special nuance to warrant so high a score, imo. Pretty fizzy in the mouth. A bit of a metallic off taste on the finish.

All in all, a good beer that I would not turn down, but I am a little at a loss to explain the high marks it has received from other BAers. The dark Belgian ale that Trader Joe's puts out annually is just as good at half the price.

3/1/11--Re-reviewing...I'm liking this better than before. Bumping taste up to 4.5.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Back label had a best by date of late 2010. It was a deep red orange color with some yeast bits floating. Tons of carbonation with some lacing. It had a huge off-white head that very slowly settled to a constant foam fed by the carb.

The aroma was bready malt, sweet with some good spices. Good aroma on this one. Saison like almost. The taste was good but seemed off just a little. The start was sorta bland and then kicked in right at the end with a good finish. Might need to try another to make sure this one was good sample. BSDA are hit or miss for me but this one was a hit (a good solid double).

Overall, a good beer that I do recommend. Will need to re-sample before I decided it's rotation fate though.


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

Poured into a large red wine glass.

A: Pours a clear dark brown, with hints of red. 2 fingers of just off white head, which dissipates fast but leaves a layer on the surface. Good lacing.

S: Sweet, with hints of spice.

T: Very good. A nice sweetness that isn't overdone, hints of spice like the aroma. The alcohol is hidden quite well. The hops certainly aren't dominant, but they're there, and add some nice background complexity.

M: Great carbonation, that feels smooth even though it's quit effervescent. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: Very easy to drink, but somewhat high ABV.

This is quite an enjoyable beer, and I'd recommend trying it out if you get the chance.

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

A - Orange and amber with a minimal head, and some light lacing on the glass

S - Bready and cake like, with sime spice present, most notably a hint of clove

T - Well balanced, and hard to believe at the ABV. Nice subtle fruitiness (pineapple notes), clove, snd a little but of clean tartness.

M - Nice and crisp, very clean. Carbonation levels were appropriate and a nice little "bite" was there.

D - Ridiculously drinkable for an 8% beer. I could see this one really sneaking up on you and catching up. A very well made / balanced beer thet is a pleasure to drink.

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

Pours a deep opaque mahogany color with an airy light-tan head that leaves wisps of lace before rescinding into an amorphous film. Aroma is yeasty and doughy with tons of ester notes including banana, plum, and raisin. Flavor is raisiny and bready with a little cinnamon and pepper. Some alcohol is present but not too much. Finish is drying and slightly bitter. Body has a nice heft to it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bit of a froth explosion when opened, possibly it wasn't chilled enough. I left the bottle next to an open window on a cold evening. When poured, doesn't produce a lot of head - possibly due to the explosion. Pours a rich burgundy colour with light carbonation, produces nice lacing that just falls lightly. It cradles the glass but doesn't cling. Looks nice but no wow factor.

Quite phenolic nose with a deep syrupy rum kind of character fairly prevalent. Good strong hints of some sweet but tart fruits - strong raisins, some cranberries and a little citrus - possibly mandarin. Rum 'n' raisin nose, really. Smells impressive, sweet and powerful.

Taste has more of the tartness than the sweetness, with a heavy raisiny flavour punctuated by a red wine tannin kind of character. In fact, if there is a beer that is more similar to red wine in flavour and texture, I'm yet to find it. Has a lingering, earthy finish, I'd guess thanks to some Belgian style hops but the sensation is very reminiscent of dark cocoa.

Mouthfeel is very fluid, although there is enough texture to make an impression. A complex drop, this, with a very discriminating palate. It doesn't quite have the explosive delectability of a Trappist ale, but there's a lot to like. I would like someone to come and locate the 8% alc/vol though, because it sure as l'enfer ain't here. But then I've come to expect that from these Québécois geniuses.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Unibroue beers. and will always try a new one. Had this in a 750 ml bottle.

A- dark reddish orange. Bubbly with a thick slightly offwhite head. Copper Rusty color.

S- sweet and yeasty. maybe brown sugar. Spicy. Fruits

T- spice, still sweet, beady, dark fruits.

M- smooth balanced

D- pretty easy. gets harder after a while.

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass poured from a 22oz cork-finished bottle at my house

Pours a coppery orange color, hazy. A strong head hangs around.

The nose is dominated by malt toastiness. Spices are apparent, mostly pepper, coriander, and some clove.

The flavor is a mix of alcohol, clove, and the previously mentioned malt. A sugary sweetness emerges and then dissipates.

A crisp and clean feel, well carbonated and nice to drink.

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