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Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of Iain_Riule
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It looks and tastes excellent. I have had it out of bottles (large and small) and draft. I now possess the Maudite goblet as part of the Unibroue brewers' series, which adds pretty much nothing but anyway. One problem is that if you take a 22oz of this on board, that's gonna be pretty much it for the night, don't plan on returning any emails or doing anything else except grinning vaguely at ppl.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Best by 02-01-16 according to the label.

A: Dark, cloudy orange-brown with a ruby tint. 2 fingers of off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity & spicy Belgian yeast. Smells like Unibroue. Apple. Banana. Coriander. Clove. Candi sugar. Raisin. Dark cherry. Vanilla.

T: Spicy Belgian yeast with strong fruit notes. Transitions to a light European-style hop bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Very faint alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Light prickliness.

O: A solid offering from Unibroue. Not quite as superb as I remember. I feel Unibroue's smaller bottle formats don't perform as well as their corked & caged, larger counterparts. I got quite a bit of wheat flavors out of this one. While there is certainly a dark fruit presence, I tend to think this one drinks a bit more like a dunkelweizen.

Prost!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange/brown with a very light brown, big foamy white head.

S: Lots of orange, some apple, and other fruits in the nose.

T: A touch of alcohol and malt, some plum, some nectarine, some peach, and some orange.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Pretty good, but like many of their beers, overrated in my opinion. Still recommended.

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Photo of precariouslydaniel
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Copper and rust color with a pillowy two finger head. Carbonation streaming from the bottom.

The nose is cherry, raspberry and pomegranate with some alcohol bite and spicy phenolic notes with clove, coriander and banana.

The taste follows the nose beautifully, with more ripe red fruits and yeast. The alcohol is actually non-detectable.

The mouth feel is lively carbonated with a thick, chewy finish

This is one of my favorites from unibroue, and a unique style somewhere between a quad and an amber ale. Simply beautiful and highly recommended.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – Chestnut brown with a faded quality to it as of aged leather. Inviting but I expected a darker beer.

S – Hints of dark fruit; particularly cherry, plum and red grape. Definitely smells boozy, bracing the nostrils like a fresh sea breeze. Malt, and perhaps a little Christmas pudding.

T – The aforementioned dark fruit lurks under the top-layer of malted biscuits. Hints of booze-soaked plums. Crisp, refreshing, savoury and a little sweet.

M – Feels pretty bubbly in the mouth. Slight chewiness. Medium-bodied. Would have favoured a little more weightiness.

O – It’s a good beer to be sure but it left me feeling slightly ambivalent, particularly when comparing it to their other offerings like Don de Dieu and Fin du Monde. Accentuating the fruit flavours and emboldening the mouthfeel would make this a really cracking brew. As it stands it's a solid beer in style that I like.

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Photo of minterro
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a two pack: Maudite (the damned) with Eau Benite (holy water) for 10 bucks before tax... pretty good deal if you ask me. Also I guess you can't really find Eau Benite outside of this package so I was interested. Poured into a tulip glass and paired with popcorn. No bottling date, but they offer a drink by 08-02-15 suggestion.

A&S: When first poured the aroma is predominantly malty, with a background of fruity yeast (mostly green grapes). As it warms a surprisingly large amount of new aromas open up including: oranges, prunes, and pear tartness. The beer is a lively, but murky chestnut color. Thin ring of white bubbly head, which goes extinct after some time.

T&M: Not as malty as I would have thought from the aroma. Similar to the aroma as far a white wine grape tone, but also includes tropical fruits, apple cider, Even though 8% is on the low side of this style, i appreciate the craft of hiding the alcohol that is in this brew. Malty, caramel backbone. Mild hop bitterness in the finish complemented by some peppery spiciness (which is also present throughout but not as much so). Well carbonated, but not overdone, light but not entirely un-smooth, a bit oily.

Overall: I felt like it didn't entirely fit the style of beer (not as much epic taste and high alcohol tones as I expected), however I still really enjoyed it. I wouldn't probably buy again because this and La Fin Du Monde usually run about the same price and I prefer La Fin. Still not a bad beer to check off your list.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent reddish amber, hazy toward the end when bottle-fermented; fluffy, large-bubbled tannish-beige head, quickly fading to a surface film; no noticeable lacing
S: sweet, bready, coriander, clove, hints of banana and smoke
T: malty; an unexpected bitterness given the sweet aroma; slightly astringent; malt and hops on the finish
M: medium-bodied, slightly creamy, low sense of carbonation
O: A heady, captivating nose, and rich maltiness which can't quite overcome the relatively high abv. Still, well worth having.

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Photo of fx20736
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought as part of a 4pk from Beers of the World on 1/9/14. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, served at room temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre with a thin offwhite head, good lacing.

Aroma: powerful Belgian yeast, sugar and spices, toe curling.

Mouthfeel: smooth glycerine. awesome..

Taste: Plums, cloves, a touch of band aid. Dark fruity, Dry, spicy, molasses, a jumble of flavors explode in the mouth.

Notes: I cannot believe I only paid $ 9.99 for 4 bottles of this masterpiece. This beer is beyond great, it is a stunning beer that could stand up to any Trappist or other Belgian made beer.

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

Appearance: Medium brown and hazy, with a thin, flat white head. Not the prettiest beer in the world. The haze is okay for the style, but the poor excuse for a head is not. Could be due to big alcohol content or a dirty bar glass...

Smell: Smokey, with tons of spice: cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon are swirled with yeasty, bready malt. A dash of booze and dark fruit extract floats in the background. A unique bouquet indeed, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale mixed with a holiday ale.

Taste: More citrusy flavored than expected, as citrus is unusual for the style and was not detected in the scent. The strong spices on the nose definitely come through on the tongue, as does the yeasty bread taste, which mixes evenly with a sweet tangerine flavor in the finish. Darker fruit is detected as the beer warms, and even later, some minty hops and chocolate malt can be tasted, creating a bit of a thin mint flavor combo. This beer is full of surprises and grows in complexity. There is a lot going on here, but the flavors mix together quite nicely, reinforcing the winter ale meets dark Belgian ale concept noted in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and very high carbonation. Alcohol warming is present, but not overwhelming. A slightly dry finish is most likely a product of the snappy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Definitely something I would order again and again. It's not quite one of those flawless gems that has that magical je ne sais quois about it, but it is undeniably delicious, interesting, and made with thoughtful creativity.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Claims to be an "Amber Ale"

A - 2 finger frothy head, hazy deep amber.

S - orange zest, yeast, mild banana, coriander? white pepper

T - Orange zest, spice, alcohol bite, very dry finish,

M - high carb, lots of tingling on the tongue, but still smooth.

Overall, I'm confused. Seems a lot like a Belgian Wit to me. Weird... btw I'm not a big fan of wits...

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Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent offering from Unibroue once again.
12oz bottle into a large bodied wine glass

A- Opened with a mighty snap and poured with a tremendous amount of carbonation. Nice dark yellow/amber colour

S- Touch of citrus fruit. Heavy tones in the nose.

T- Excellent! Enjoyable and light on the palate without any hint of the 8% alcohol. Opens well revealing spicy notes with a not quite Belgium taste but more a cross or hybrid. Leaving a few in cellar to see how if the bite that Maudite has fresh subsides.

M- Creamy good! Light at first but quickly turns to a touch bitter than reveals all if it's characters above

O- Excellent! For $47.00 the 24- 12oz bottle investment is well worth it. Not a daily drinker.

Food Pairing

Being a self proclaimed foodie I will provide matches for all my reviews based upon my experiences. Take with a grain of salt however I rarely receive complaints for my culinary skills!

Food Pairing

This beer will match well with... Chicken Supreme.

With Cilantro and Tarragon Chicken Supreme will match very well with Maudite's spicy background.

Enjoy!

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Photo of MaximalC
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky bronze color akin to dirty pond water with a modest khaki head that settles into a layer of fine froth. Aroma smells of apple, pear, coriander, and a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor tastes much like it smells--caramelly sweet with vibrant coriander and clove bolstered by Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is positively sizzling yet velvety on account of the spice, yeast, and carbonation. Traces of fruit manage to emerge on the back end. The 8% ABV is marvelously well concealed. The only fault I can proffer is that the sweetness can become slightly cloying with time. The body is medium and perfectly appropriate for the style.

Overall, this is a flavorful and effervescent Belgian ale that's equally at home on a hot summer's day and a cold winter's night. I almost take these Unibroue beers for granted on account of their consistent quality, but let there be no doubt that this is a great Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mar07
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly cloudy reddish-orange color with lots and lots of fine bubbles.
Rich tasting with citrus and yeast aroma and flavor.
Gives you a nice warmth without overpowering alcohol burn.
Served in a medium tall glass with wide mouthed opening to enjoy the aroma.

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Photo of Hallabrew
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a sniffer

A: Healthy tan head cloudy red/brown color.
S: Rich, dark semi-sweet fruit, and a pleasant yeast aroma.
T: Dark grape flavor combines well with rich malts and the citrus from the yeast. Creates a complex and fantastic flavor with a semi-sweet start that turns into a nice dry middle and finish.
M: Smooth classic Belgian feel, fine carbonation, and a long lingering finish.
O: This was quite a treat and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Belgian style ale. I drank it slowly and savored every drop. The alcohol is on the high side and you can taste it through the whole sip. However, it never overpowers the rest of the beer and adds a nice warmth to the experience. This was a very satisfying beer. Do not drink it too cold as you can't fully appreciate the complex flavors.

P.S. As I drank this beer, it warmed up to room temperature and I noticed a very nice and light honey flavor.

Hallabrew

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Photo of alexk307
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown body with barely any white head

S: Strawberries, mangos, malt, doughy bread

M: Very carbonated and light

T: This stuff is awesome. Such a unique flavor in a beer. Extremely fruity in a good way but not over powering the malt. A great brew overall, highly recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the label depicting the legend of the flying native canoe. La Fin du Monde was excellent so I periodically try other well-thought of Unibroue offerings.

Best by 1/31/16.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Translucent ruby with a finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and slight lacing

s: Dark fruit.

t: Bubble gum, dark fruit. Sweet to dry finish turns sour.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: A very good New World-made Belgian SDA. The slightly sour-fruit flavor from the yeast is not a personal favorite, but it seems true to the style.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drunk from a tulip glass over a fine half hour.
The appearance is of a hazy orange brick color, with a small tan head (it retains and leaves the top fully covered, though), and some sudsy lacing.
It smells of bubble gum, orange, nutmeg, cherry, a little hemp, hay, and spruce. Mild phenolics and yeast ride along.
A bold taste profile--there's orange, cherry, currants, apple, and tart spice with a metallic edge. Even with brown sugar and spice, it never feels very heavy, and ends in a nice balance of sweet and bitter depth.
Lively carbonation, somewhat chewy--where hay comes through late in each sip. As with the flavors, the body is lighter than expected based on style and alcohol content.
Similar to Chimay Blue in many (positive) regards. Fine stuff. I'd certainly go back for more and would like to try it on tap, as I'd expect the air would soften some of the sweet notes and let it dance a more spicy, devilish jig fitting with its name.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ sams in durham. Into a Maudite snifter.

Pours a dark brownish color with a nice head. Smell is huge on dark fruit...raisins, figs, dates, etc. Taste holds true and is truly an exceptional beer. The beer is definitely full bodied and you know the ABV is kind of high, but all you taste is the yeast and dark fruits. Really, really flavorful beer.

Overall one of the best and i highly recommend it!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with foil around the neck and cap and a code that looks like it could be used to decipher the bottling date but I'm too lazy to do it. No matter, as this beer should hold up fine and I trust the restaurant I ordered it from not to serve out-of-date beer. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - I'm enchanted by the color of this beer. A deep garnet-ruby red where the light comes through, but otherwise a deep chestnut dark brown. A bit of cloudiness from the bottom of the bottle yeast. Atop the body sits a finger-thick head of faint tan with a brown sugar tint to it. Retention is excellent, fading into a nice film across the surface of the beer and leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - Faint notes of dark and light fruit, with yeasty phenols resembling the banana and clove notes you'll get from a hefeweizen. Along with the aromatic spiciness and the darker malts, this one gives me a little bit of a dunkelwezien feel to it, but with more complexity.

Taste - The dark fruits are now more aggressive, with fig, date, currant and some light notes of raisin. The phenols are still here, but in a more subdued role than in the aroma, which is good. Now I get some more distinct characteristics from the spiciness--allspice and clove, with perhaps some caramelized brown sugar and faint molasses. Yet in spite of all the complex and rich flavors, this beer retains a lightness that I don't usually associate with BSDAs.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, but with a surprisingly light touch, as noted previously. Ample carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, this may be one of my favorite in the style. A bit lighter in color and more delicate in feel than many, but one that certainly sets itself apart from the pack in a unique way. It goes to show why so many breweries will often have multiple takes on this style--because there is a lot of room for creativity.

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Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a caramel color with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Good retention, but only leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: Very fruity, lots of dark fruits like plum, dates, and cherries. I also get banana esters, caramel, clove and peppery spice.

T: Dark fruits, a big apple character, chocolate, caramel, lots of spice, a bit of banana.

M/D: Full bodied, very heavy carbonation but yet still very drinkable.

O: Doesnt quite live up to the best in the style, but still a very good beer. A must try for craft beer fans.

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Photo of Beric
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 20 September 2013

Appearance: A nice brown color with a very foamy white head comprised of tiny little creamy bubbles. Huge carbonation coming up the sides of the glass, typical of Belgian styles.

Smell: Smells like banana with a little bit of booze coming though. Smells a little maltier than a hefeweizen, but that same banana smell is detectable.

Taste: An incredibly complex taste, just like the other Unibroue offerings. Strong hints of banana play nicely with hints of caramel malty sweetness. Not quite the same sort of dark fruit presence as a Weizenbock, but the plum/date/caramel flavor from the malt is certainly there, if but barely. Alcohol masked perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth due to the high carbonation, but small bubbles. Really gives this beer some body.

Overall: A fantastic brew and one I would certainly buy again. Worth sharing in terms of larger format bottles, and would likely pair nicely with nicer meat dishes (steak, pork chops).

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dark brown with orange highlights, this world class Belgian style dark generally yields a small amount of light butterscotch colored head and releases a complex aroma of sweet malt, molasses, citrus, spicy esters, and the faintest whiff of aromatic alcohols. The palate is deep dark complexity that somehow manages to make the aroma seem tame. I get molasses, chocolate brownie, a bouquet of spices including lemony coriander, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, sour curry, dried dark fruits (raisin and prune), some overripe cherry notes, and some green hop flavors that appear after a few sips. Finish is sweet and rich, you will get tipsy if not careful as the alcohol is almost undetectable (had a bottle mid-afternoon for the purpose of writing this review and should have eaten more beforehand). In my view this is among the best beers in the world and is quite easy to track down here in the West. Compare with Chimay Grande Reserve and be surprised by how well this stacks up.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best Before 06-20-15" printed on bottle.

An average pour got me a finger of cream colored head. This sat on top of a brown body with orange distinction. There is no seeing through this beer. The head dissipated quickly to keep a frothy ring around the top. Lace tries but can't seem to grip the sides.

I smell a little caramel, some molasses and a strong note of sour apples. Belgian yeast is also prominent with some spices, nutmeg being notably prominent.

Sour apple and plum mix together on the tongue. Molasses is also noted with nutmeg and clove helping out. As it warms I notice the alcohol a little more.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The beer glides smoothly over the tongue. The alcohol brings a slight warmth to the finish.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Drank from bottle, no glass available.

S - Reminded me a lot of a Tripel. A general fruity smell, espeically dark fruits and a good amount of peach. Also a light amount of malt and fruity hops, probably about equal in strength. Just a touch of booze. Nice smelling beer.

T - A good tasting beer that deserves it's acclaim. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian style ale's, but I'd say this might be the best I've ever sampled. Very fruity, much like the aroma. Also detected some banana and clove. The malt was noted much more in the taste than in the aroma. Just a hint of booze in the aftertaste. Also some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer.

F - Dangerous. 8% ABV and incredibly easy to drink. Very refreshing and easy on the throat and stomach. Again, dangerous!

O - As I said, I'm really not a huge fan of Belgian ale's, so perhaps I'm a bit biased. But I will say, this is probably the best tasting of any Belgian ale style I've ever sampled. If I were more of a fan of the style, it'd rank higher. Still a 4.25/5 overall for a style I don't really dig. That's saying something there. Highly recommended.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a small bit of haze. About 1 finger of head; didn't retain as long as I was expecting form some of the other reviews here.

Smell: It's got a complex smell to it. Definitely pick up some cloves here. Banana, too, but none of the parts overwhelm the whole.

Taste: Definitely get the molasses/cloves/raisin notes through this. Don't taste the alcohol at all. Really yummy taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty soft in the mouth. Not too viscious, not watered-down. Definitely very good overall feel.

Overall: Very impressed, just like I've been with much of Unibroue's line.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.
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