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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 bkoch81
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with freshness date 7/15/10
served in a goblet

L)Beautiful frothy head that sticks around for awhile. Three fingers of lacing on the glass. Dark red. Almost the colour of apple cider.

S)Dark bread, orange peel, slightly spicy.

T)Despite being 8% abv the alcohol only becomes apparent after you have consumed the beer. Black currants, bready, extreme yeast, caramel.

M)Medium level of carbonation.

D)Very drinkable for a high gravity beer.

Overall) A delicious example of the style that is very complex yet equally accesible.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a murky, vibrant garnet with a medium, foamy, white head.

S - Strongly bready, bold malts, fruity, oranges, mild spices.

T - Yeast is yelling at the top of its lungs while apples, candied fruit, brown sugar, and malts harmonize in red and white striped shirts and hops and alcohol doo wop in the background.

M - Medium bodied and foamy, a fair level of carbonation.

Notes - I trust Unibroue. I'd let it date my daughter. This beer makes me happy.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very yeasty with a lot of fruits and spices.

T: Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Other strong flavors were caramel, apples, dates, and cherries. Very delicious.

Overall I'd have to say I like the Trois Pistoles just a bit better than this one although they are both very different for the style. This is a great tasting beer that is very drinkable for the style/alcohol content and is smooth with a slight creamy feel in the mouth. Will buy again hands down.

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Photo of trumpetego
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass. Appearance is not too impressive. Amber/brown color, cloudy. Light for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A thin white head quickly disappears, leaving a tiny amount of lacing.
Smell is very bright for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Fruity, with hints of cherry, strawberry, and orange. Also a bit of a bubble-gum flavor, more remeniscent of a German wheat beer (think Aventinus) than a Trappist ale.
Taste shows more of the German-style wheatiness. Banana is a pretty strong flavor, with more fruit and berries mixed in. No hops to speak of. Very active carbonation, which contributes to an extremely dry finish. Even with all the fruit flavors and aromas in this beer, it doesn't end up being very sweet.
Drinkability is okay. This is not one of my favorite Unibroue beers, and I probably won't seek it out in the future. It's drinkable and carries its ABV well, but the flavors are not very complex. I'm also used to more dark flavors (caramel, coco, etc) in BSDA's.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A deep ruby orange, slightly hazy. The head is thick, slightly off white, and very creamy looking. There is a nice crystal ball effect when held to a light.

S- Very fruity with a very distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Spicy and bready as well.

T- Same as the aroma, but pretty mellow. Very tasty, but not all that unique.

M- Ridiculously creamy. Very nice.

D- An enjoyable beer. Doesn't knock my socks off, but it is very well done for the style.

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

A - poured a lovely dark ruby/garnet with a massive 2.5" off-white head that prevailed in the form of a creamy bubbly cap throughout. Some lacing.

S - cherries, apricots, figs, and raisins. These lovely fruits mixed well with the breadiness from the yeast and has some winter spices thrown in the mix

T - initial sweet maltiness is followed by spices, dark fruits, and a good alcoholic kick at the end. Added yeast increased the nuttiness a bit.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation which holds everything together nicely

D - very drinkable. Unique and pleasant with a good mouthfeel makes for good drinkability. Alcohol may sneak up though.

Overall - Not a beer for the faint of heart, this is the second Unibroue offering I've had aside from the Trois Pistoles and this one is excellent as well. A great nightcap or an after-dinner beer. DO NOT ruin this by pairing it with pizza. Reviewed from notes (multiple reviews yielded the same great results.)

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

I for some reason had high expectations for this one. The label was just cool, the bottle had foil on it, and I am easily impressed.

Poured a hazy dark brownish red color. Thick head with lacing. Smelled of spices and a tinge of alcohol. Tasted cloves, some ginger, malt, and possibly some sort of citrus. It was a smooth drink for an 8%. Good, but not as great as I expected.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a deep red/brown with a nice large foamy head...head dimishes, leaving minimal lacing. Nice fruity/yeasty/alcohol scent that hit me as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle, and it spread throughout the room as the beer filled the glass. Had I not already seen the 8% ABV on the bottle, I probably would've figured it out from the scent alone. Taste is very complex. Sweet and light. The alcohol content isn't nearly as recognizable in the taste as it is the smell. I think the mouthfeel is excellent. The collection of small bubbles caress the tongue and throat, and the beer leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. This is surprisingly drinkable for an 8%, and one to be careful with.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Costco as part of a Unibroue Sample Pack.

Poured into a snifter, a deep brown/red color with a thick foamy off white head that settles very slowly. Aroma is very classic belgian with candied ginger, brown sugar notes, lots of bready yeast. Taste has the candied notes, some caramel and malty sweetness. A faint bit of licorice and clove.Mouthfeel on this one is a bit effervescent for me. lots of body, but just a bit to fizzy. Fairly drinkable, but not my favorite of the Unibroue beers.

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Photo of uno99
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can remember trying this beer about 8 years ago when I was 20 and pouring it down the drain. clearly my pallet wasn't prepared!

A: A careful pour into my goblet leaves a small wispy head. Color is a deep, deep red.

S: smells like a small bakery. lots of fruit as well and some yeasty alcohol. Could smell this as soon as I popped the cap. Very inviting

T: Ripe fruit, German rye bread, grapefruit and slight hop presence. Very complex and nice dry finish.

M: Really comes alive in the mouth. Nice and light but not watery. Nicely carbonated, but no belching yet :D

D: I've yet to have a belgium as drinkable as this so I'm gonna have to give it a 5. Ive got 5 more of these in the beer fridge, and I might have to pop another one.

Im from a SHITTY town in SW ontario and this is the ONLY excellent beer I can get within 60 miles. (unless I go to the pub and pay $7 for a Duvel). So, this is my new daily drinker.

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Photo of sacullen
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with several fingers of head. Diminishes slowly with decent lacing.

S: Bananas and yeast were the primary aroma.

T: The banana taste comes through but isn't overpowering. Finishes with a bit of spiciness. Ver difficult to tell it's 8%.

M: A bit of carbonation and light in the mouth. Leaves a good taste after you swallow.

D: Definitely a beer to keep on hand on a regular basis. Easy to drink, though be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as part of a variety 12-pack from friends on a trip to Canada.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Frothy head recedes ever so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is spiced malty sweetness. Taste begins with a sweet flavor reminiscent of root beer, then gets the spicy yeast character through the close. Small bubbles are smooth over the tongue, and the drinkability is very nice. Not sure how I've missed reviewing this one for so long.

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Photo of JayNH
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a slightly cloudy burgundy with a thick foamy head.

S- A slight alcohol warmth to the scent. A dark fruity malt, pears, apples a little lemon.

T- Slightly alcoholic, yeasty, notes of bubblegum, pears, apple peel, mildly spicy.

M- Smooth and full bodied, could use a little less carbonation.

D- excellent, alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a red wine glass.

A-Off-white, thick head, creamy and gorgeous, with very persistent head. Effervescent carbonation is evident. Hazy medium-brownish beer. I think the beer was ugly and the head was superb.

S-Light aroma, predominantly phenols, mostly clovey, with yeasty aromas as well.

T-Creamy flavors with bready malts and sweet/fruity nuances. Some yeast flavor, from bottle conditioning. At times, the flavor seemed just a bit plain.

M-Carbonation felt much smoother, almost a silky or creamy character, which surprised me. Body was medium to medium-light.

D-I think this beer was pretty ok. Nothing fantastic, but also far from bad. I'll probably give it another run in the future, though won't search it out.

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Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Murky ice tea color with a creamy off whitehead.

Aroma - Very light zesty citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied creamy brew with fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light apple and lemon flavor with a clove finish.

Overall - Very nice brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark raisin/carmel brown. Head is a thin light off white. Medium level of lacing.

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Dried fruit also. Taste is quite similar. The banana flavor is very strong. The 8% abv becomes present in the taste as well. There is also a grassy hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. After it lingers around enough, the alcohol becomes over powering.

Overall, a solid beer at 8%. Pretty easy to drink and quite tasty. I'd easily have another.

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

A: Poured a murky ice-tea color with a huge, billowy 2 finger light beige head that retained nicely lasting for well into the drink.

S: moderately soft and fruity with notes of ripe apples and fresh pears being the most distinguishable.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh fruitiness from the Belgian yeast of apples and pears similar to the nose. A great carbonation factor brings supporting flavors of bananas and tart oranges rounding out the beer. Overall a fruity, spritzy Belgian that drank very nicely.

M: light but lively and fizzy from the heavy carbonation bringing out a light sour fruitiness on the tongue of apples and pears once again which faded quickly with only a slight lingering reminder leaving you looking forward to the next sip.

D: Very nice drinkability, a nice fruitiness from the yeast and lively carbonation makes this a worthy try.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky brown with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

S - very herbal, pepper and cloves

T - Spicy! A good bit of bitterness, white grapes, tangy hops. A very lively beer, not what I expected!

M - very carbonated, medium body

D - While I enjoy this beer, the carbonation and spiciness is a bit too much. Still an enjoyable beer, you can't go wrong with Unibroue!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite style now. It's perfect beer. This is on the tops of my lists

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin wispy white head forms and fades immediately. A thin layer of white foam remains atop of the beer. It almost has a purple tint to it since it's so thin. You are really seeing the beer through it. The beer is a deep ruby amber color. Very deep and inviting color. Not much in the way of lacing....

Aroma is dark, fruity and tart. You can certainly sense the Belgian style yeast in its sharpness. I get some peach, cherries. The more it warms the aroma opens even more and you get a real earthy quality to this.

Deep, smooth and balanced flavor. Starts with some wonderful fruits. A still get peaches, and some pear. The yeast notes are certainly present and bring a nice spicy nature to the flavor. Some white grape? Maybe. I'm quite surprised by the delicate nature of this beer. I thought this was going to be a big bold sweet thick Belgian. It's deep, but completely different than I had imagined. Towards the end, there really is a nice hop bitterness that makes an appearance. At first you don't even realize it's there, then it hits you. I drank about ½ the beer without any food, then had some blue cheese, pear and crackers. It was fantastic how much the flavor changed with these. I could all of a sudden taste more of the malt backbone. Later as I drank the last part with the sediment, it really reminded me of a great apple cider..

Mouth feel is almost of champagne with a little more body. The carbonation brings this mouth to life. Very delicate on the palette. Very drinkable and refreshing. The alcohol is rather well hidden. A bit dry..

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

Maudite is a sparkling peach-apple colored ale... I suppose you'd say it's brown. It's dim and cloudy and topped with a gorgeous, creamy beige head that lasts forever. The lacing is incredible. The aroma is spicy and fruity. There is a sweet and sour note from the malt. The hops are fruity and there are notes of cinnamon, paprika and peppercorns. It's slightly bready and carries a dank air. The chewy medium-full body is velvety soft. It coats like medicine. The finish is possibly slightly silty, but overall, it's smoother than water. The sweetness never breaks through, which is nice. There's a huge prune flavor with figs, cassis, black cherry and licorice. It comes off as somewhat medicinal. It's an elixir. The bitterness reinforces the Rx later in the taste. The alcohol is warming. Magnifique!
(rated Sep 4, 2007)

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ox bottle, poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- translucent to opaque amber, sand colored off-white head.

Smell- sweet white grapes, apples, malt, yeast, alcohol and flowers are all in there together.

Taste- sweet, with apples and white grapes, then dry and earthy, nearly musty taste, swallows sweet and white grape-y, followed by a long, not-strong but noticeable musty aftertaste; almost like duck, or dark meat turkey; maybe slightly smokey? Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is plentiful, and crisp on the tongue, the beer itself is silky and smooth. The contrast is similar to the contrasting sweet-and-smokey flavors.

Drinkability- the enticing flavor combination, and the perfectly matched texture combination make this a beer that is hard to leave sitting down. That said, I don't think I would have a second one tonight.

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Photo of MattCote
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 Oz. bomber at Trader Joes and drank it that night, having chilled it to around 55 degrees farenheit. Drank it out of a Duvel Belgian glass.

A - Pours into a smoothe tawny, perhaps a bit of a deep mahogany, much as a dark belgian should. Two finger head dissolves into intricate lacing along the glass.

S - Immediate aroma of honey, like smelling a dilluted mead from afar. Hints of fresh fruit and lively notes of malt present.

T - Initially, the smooth and definitively Belgian maltiness presents itself with a bushel of fruits-- perhaps apple or pear-- with just enough flavor to disguise the 8% abv. Does so with flying colors. Resolves into a prudent hops profile, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Best described as a bit chewy, just enough resistance to prevent a watery feel, not enough to give it the same viscous consistency of a thicker style of beer. Remained as such throughout the drinking session without divesting too much carbonation.

D - Overall, a bomber is enough to satisfy the palette. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and may leave you feeling pretty well off if you solo the bottle. The flavor and aroma stays with you for a while beyond the final sip, which serves as a valuable reminder that you need to pick up another bomber. ASAP.

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

Pours mahogany with a thick head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and cherry. Tastes like a tripel with an earthy/apple bite at the end. The carbonation makes it lighter than expected. Highly recommended. Unibroue is a master at keeping a Beligan full-flavored and full-bodied without overwhelming.

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

Appearance: Devilishly dark red with a thin head but a steady fizz. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet figs, a touch of lemon zest, esters galore, you fabulous belgian yeast.

Taste: Dryer than the trois pistoles, a little lemon zest, very smooth sweet fig, a wee bit of chocolate in the back, warming alcohol. Weee!

Mouthfeel: A sort of thin, fizzy feel I suppose is to style.

Drinkability: Sip away.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,622 ratings
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