Maudite | Unibroue

4,587 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 cleeze
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I've always stayed away from Unibroue simply because it's a Canadian brewer (I know sounds ignorant, and probably is) since I've always had a little Vendetta against them. But jesus these Canucks sure know how to brew, eh?

The appearence was a copper almost a wood tone, like the color of the stain on my house. Frothy at start but the head disappeared rather quickly.

The smell is probably my favorite feature of this brew. A nice sweet malty smell with a touch of fruitiness. My nose also picked up on hint of spice too. Quite pleasent. Also there is an undeniable trace of an alcohol on the nose as well

Now talk about complexity. Malty goodness up front with a little bit of fruitiness on the tongue. Then a quick bit of spice and hoppiness mixed up in there as well. For all those great flavors it's really well rounded.

Overall I wish I would have Tried this amazing Canuck brew earlier. I really enjoyed it, reminded me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Really smooth for 8%

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bought as part of a Unibroue mixed 8 pack from Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a goblet

A: Color is a dark brown color with hints of red when held up to the light. There was no real head on the beer, just a faint covering of bubbles. It almost appeared flat. The bubbles seemed to try to cause some lacing but the bubbles would just slide back down the glass.

S: I can't put my finger on the aroma of this one. There seems to be some sort of dark fruit aroma mixed in with malt and spicy aromas.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma.

M: The in mouth carbonation is a bit aggressive for my tastes. It almost seems astringent. It has a medium body.

D: The odd after taste, aggressive carbonation, and ABV make this one a bit of a slow go for me.

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Photo of kevinglin
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beer. Poured a rich copper, clear, with a tan head that settled at about 1 finger and lasted throughout and left a nice lacing on the glass. Complex aroma; sweet, rich malt with fruity overtones and a bit of peppery spiciness. Flavor follows suit - nutty, sweet malt with a hint of spice; a bit of alcohol warmth toward the end, but not hot. Highly carbonated, light on the tongue, medium body, finishes more dry than sweet. Overall, a winner; complex flavors and aroma, but not overpowering in any way - nicely balanced.

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Photo of sweethome
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is light yeast, a bit of nuts, and carmel.

Highly carbonated - rather spritzy. Nutty flavor, root dryness, just a hint of cinammon.

true to style (I'm calling this a dubble), not a big, rich beer; but flavorful and balanced. More or less a light dubbel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Czecgvar lager glass.

4.5 A: Hazy medium brown. Two fingers of frothy near white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Big spiciness, clove. Fruitiness from esters. Bready malts.

4.5 T: Light fruits (not tropical though). Somewhat of a burn/toasted flavor from dark malts. Big spicy kick with cloves. Alcohol is well hidden. Hop character is minimal and brings balance to the brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Really smooth and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation.

4.5 D: Not quite a sipper, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the Whistle Stop in Renton, WA.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel for this type of Belgian style. Very pleasant.

Deep amber in color with a moderately sized, persistent tan head. Flavor was excellent, bready hops, caramel and toffee.

Delicious and very drinkable. Try one if you get the chance.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank at home on 9.26.08, poured from the bottle into a wide mouth glass.

Pours a huge 2 finger off white head. very foamy bubbles, didn't even need to be aggressive with the pour. it had a good looking dark brownish orange color. the head dissipated rather quickly but left a nice lacing on the glass. the smell was airy and light. sweet malty, orange and citrus smell. nothing overpowering. a little alcohol smell as well.

the taste was definitely malty and belgian-esque. sweet candy malt flavor. was really hoping for more out of this beer, but I just don't see it (compared to others on BA). mouthfeel was a little crisp and carbonated.

ok beer, but nothing that blew me away.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Poured a very dark amber with an off white head. The head is very large but it doesn't stick around for long. No lacing.

Smell: Some fruity apple aroma but the smell is dominated by a big alcohol spiciness.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell but the alcohol is more subdued.

As a duvel clone this is rather disappointing. All of the elements of the smell and taste are there but it's not as well put together as Duvel. The alcohol is far too strong whereas in Duvel the alcohol doesn't detract from the experience.

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Photo of wspscott
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
Best by: 03/14/10

A: Dark brown, opaque/hazy color. Off-white head that disappears quickly leaving not much lace.
S: Smells Belgian, lots of spice, a little sweetness.
T: The yeast spiciness dominates any malt characteristics. Almost seems like a little pepper/coriander in there. No hops at all. As it warms, a little fruit comes through the spice.
M: Highly attenuated, with lots of tingly carbonation (or maybe all the carbonation makes it seem highly attenuated, I can't decide), drying, seems to coat the tongue.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden. This goes down a little too easy, I could easily reach for another 2 or 3 but the alcohol would make that dangerous. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

Just looked at Unibroue's website, they say a subtle coriander and light spices and a hint of hops. I think they have very different tastes than I do. :)

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Photo of Vixie
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass.
Poured a cloudy reddish orange color with a a bit of a tan colored head. Not as pretty as some beers I've had, but not bad.

The smell of this is very potent. I don't have the best sense of smell, but this one has one of the strongest smells of any beer I've tried. The smell is on the sweet side, reminds me of what you'd smell if you were baking a cake and opened the oven door while it was baking.

The taste of this one was hard for me to pin down. There is a lot going on here, to me it was mainly spice. definite fruit notes, with a lot of clove like flavors as well. Possibly the spiciest beer I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel was solid, nothing timid about this brew.

I found this to be very drinkable, although one I have to sip slowly. The spiciness lends itself to slow sipping, and the alcohol content limits how much I can drink at once. If you are looking for something a little different, this is the beer for you. A very good brew from Unibroue, give this one a try.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer no. three of 12 from my excellent World Class sampler.

Pours like a cloudly glass of iced tea with a bubbly white head. Not a ton of lacing.

The smell is of wonderfully familiar Belgian yeast. I wish I could bottle the aroma of Belgian beer yeast and turn it into an air freshener. A nice caramel-style malt backbone is there too.

The flavor is impacted greatly by the yeast. Bready and spicy. Malty and a little fruity. Goddamn, it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is a little beyond medium with the dry finish one would expect out of a good Belgian-style ale.

8% abv? You could have fooled me. I would attempt to drink this stuff all night if I didn't know it would have me on the floor after a handful of bottles. Good play, you crazy French Canadians.

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Photo of kinger
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm and soothing I happily uncorked this one after a good day. Fruity aroma both light and dark mashed together with that familiar yeastiness. Golden amber pour with a dark orange hue, fizzy head that quickly left. Lively on the palate this beast surprisingly isn't very heavy. Flavor is consistent with their other Belgian strongs, I really dig their yeast strain. Not too much depth considering the strong abv but still very tasty. Very malty with lots of sweet and sour fruity flavors coming through. Overall another wonderful brew by the frenchies up north.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark chestnut color with off white head. light sour and brown sweet plum. strong plum. taste is lemon, banana, beligan sugar, honey with same taste in fruit. extremely light sour... similar to the brassies de roc triple imperiale. walnut malt and maple syrup. bit sweet but light.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep red/orange with a tan head, about half an inch thick with tons of lacing. Slightly cloudy and a little bit of yeast settling at the bottom.

S: Apple cider, belgian style yeasts, slightly metallic scent, sort of a brown sugar/mulled spices smell, and somewhat peachey.

T: Really stands out in my mind more as a dubbel than a strong dark, flavors of banana and cloves really pop into the forefront. Slightly peppery from the yeasty notes. This is really complex. Apples. Cider. Mulled spices. A lot of the smells follow through into the taste.

M: Thin, and watery, this is right on par with the style. Lightly carbonated, goes down very smooth. Pretty spicy feeling from the alcohol as it goes down.

D: Its really right up there, goes down easy, very smooth, and easily drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours in a dark amber color. Hazy because of the yeast still in the bottle. Two inches head that fades fast to a simple crown.

S: Caramel, bread, dark fruits and spices (pepper and cloves), orange peel and a nice flowery/herbal bouquet.

T: Very interesting taste. Starts with a lot malt sweetness. Then, it's all about the spices. Pepper and cloves are dominant in this part. Finally, the caramel and dark fruits kick in with a nice flowery taste thanks to the hops. Very interesting taste that is not exaggerated by the flavors, balanced taste. Strange metallic aftertaste is the only thing lowering this.

M: Medium to high. Carbonation is also medium to high (which is a little too much to my taste). The beer starts out with a medium mouthfeel and high carbonation then becomes creamy with a lot less carbonation. A transition in mouthfeel that is very similar to the one present in the Fin Du Monde.

D: High, but the boose will stop you from getting too much.

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

My beer buddy rdunham shared a caged and corked 750 ml bottle with me.

A: It poured a orange tinted amber body with a one finger tanish head. The head fell to a thin cover and supported spotty and leggy lacing. Clumps of yeast sediment spilled from the bottle staining the head with dark spots.

S: It had a bready and yeasty aroma with sweet caramel malts, dark pepper spice and hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

T: It hits with a malty bomb of sweet, creamy yeast and caramel. It has an abundant amount of sweet dark fruits (plums, figs, raisins) and more than a dash of tangy spices (peppers, cloves). The flavors are well integrated and balanced.

M: It is full bodied with a creamy, rich and sweet front and spicy, warm and clean back. Decent carbonation and a very clean aftertaste.

D: I really enjoyed the complex, distinct and rich flavors. It was well balanced and a joy to drink. However, it is too heavy and sweet for a long session.

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Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy mahogany with lots of tan head. It smelled like wild yeast, vinegar and salt with lemon hops and a bit of barley malt. It tasted like a blend of citrus hops (orange, lemon, and lime) and wild yeast and earthy barley malt, with a bit of mulled cider and caramel. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly complex and clean flavor, although it had too much sour yeast for my liking. It had good body and was fairly easy to drink. I would have liked a maltier character that also could have hid the alcohol a bit better. So in the end, this certainly wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of mtbikeguru
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The Dammned" pours a very nice dark, reddish amber colour and has a creamy off white head. Has a nice fruit nose to it, with a hint of cloves and dried fruit. Pleasent mouth feel, not too heavy all things considered. This is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of msolar
2.58/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good, but not quite what I expected. My rating is certainly going to be outside of the average deviation. I'm not really a fan of the Belgian style with strong citric/flowery/apple flavors. Every sip made me cringe a little bit with the aftertaste. Great appearance, very thin head/lacing despite a lot of carbonation, ok mouthfeel but I just couldn't get past the flavor.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing murky dusty roan color, glowing of lemon and orange when held to the light. A light pour yielded a beautiful creamy two-finger head of an off-white color that faded fairly quickly, leaving a beautiful ring of foam and a thin lacing dancing across the top. Not a significant amount of lacing following down the glass.

aroma is spicy, yeasty, bready, and fruity. Candy sugars provide a backbone for the aroma, aiding in the blending of the other facets. Complex and strong aroma.

Whoah. Complex up the proverbial wazoo. Sweet on the tongue, with sugar and syrupy fruit notes up front. Caramel melon, some citrus, and red apple fade as the bread and yeast flavors take over. As the bottom of the bottle is neared, the yeast grows more dominant. Some alcohol is definitely present, but blends into the fruit notes so it hides fairly well. An array of spices I can barely begin to pick out rounds out the palette.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect (no pun intended). Smooth like none other, it feels near-perfect in the mouth. Heavy and almost a touch on the thick side, the carbonation keeps it creamy and full. The sweetness can be felt on the tongue, as can the alcohol and yeast drying.

Unbelievably drinkable given the nature of the beast and it's abv. It's a pleasure to consume, and it seems to be returning the favor. Definitely one of my favorite Unibroue brews that I've tried. Easily drinkable, and if the opportunity presents itself for you to test it's drinkability, don't hesitate.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maudite pours a ruddy dark brown with a greyish white foam. The head settles to a thick collar. Complex and enjoyable aroma consists of sweet fruit such as dark cherries and figs laced with candy sugar. White pepper and alcohol provide a balancing zip.

The spice and alcohol sharpness is far more pronounced in the taste. Some of the more interesting complexities of the fruit is lost in an initial rush of candy sugar and emphatic finish of spice and alcohol. A shame because the nose showed real promise. Fine and voluptuous carbonation due to the sugar. A little too much even for a Belgian. Spice and alcohol seems to overwhelm making this less drinkable. Doesn't match up to the true Belgians.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy ruby brown color with one finger of fizzy head.

Scent of candi sugar, some fruits, yeast, and bready malts. Nicely balanced and strong, very good for the style.

Taste of dark fruits and spices with a hint of candi sugar, yeast and some bready malts. Finishes bitter with some spices and bready malts.

Mouthfeel is biting and with a lot of carbonation, warming alcohol as it goes down.

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Photo of PerfesserHomer
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Another high-quality extreme-beer offering from Unibroue that has that distinctive yeasty europeany taste as its base.

A = Dark, with good head.

S = Yeasty and full, some spices I could not specifically place.

T: Very intricate taste that changes as you go through the beer. Yeast is definitely prominent in that very europeany way, one can taste the alcohol and spices throughout this long, complex drink.

M: Nice full body.

D: Another "long" drink that takes time to develop throughout the drink, and so extreme that I not sure I could drink two in a row. Another quality beer from Unibroue, but not one of my favorites.

A very good beer for a serious beer club to distribute and judge - you certainly can talk about its attributes well into the wee hours.

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Photo of jaz58
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. One of my favorites. Orange copper colour, blondish beige head which disipates slowly.

Refermented on yeast base in the bottle.

Lavender and hints of lime in the nose.

Orange palate followed by a gentle yeast and then a great dry finish.

This beer is very smooth though strong yet it really stands out as quality brew made slowly with the finest ingredients.

A worthwhile beer to find.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a huge off-white multi-finger head that lingers forever. Beer is a warm brown color with loads of carbonatin.

Smell- A bit subdued for a belgian. Notes of pine and spice.

Taste- Smooth and even flavor. Ripe and sweet fruit up front, big wet flavors, not very tart, especially with the piney notes in the nose. Leaves a fairly sweet malty taste in mouth.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good here, good coating, very chompy indeed, Im pretty sure I can chew on this one.

Drinkability- A truly great purchases especially considering its price. For 8.99 for four it really is a value.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,587 ratings.
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