Maudite | Unibroue

1,926 Reviews

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of avwrite
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Unibroue delivers pretty consistently, and the maudite is no exception. It's not quite a La Fin Du Monde, but it's still great in taste and class. A dark amber color, but the taste is crisp and clean, well carbonated. Sweetness is present as well. I found myself enjoying it and will have another.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%

I picked this beer up, even though I was convinced I had it before, on this most recent trip to the store. I thought it was an amber ale, it was not until I read up on it that I realized it was a Belgian Strong Dark. Regardless, side poured with appropriate vigor from the bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful, muddy amber brown color, kinda like muddy river water but obviously thicker and not as gross. Bubbly one finger head dissipates relatively quickly and leaves little lacing. Carbonation continues to rise up from the beer to the head for some time.

Smell - Dark fruits, raisins being the most prominent. Spices, such as cloves and maybe coriander, also make themselves apparent in the nose. Caramel as well.

Taste - The dark fruits are the first and most distinct on the palate. Black cherries and raisins combine with a light syrup sweetness, caramel, and the spice notes to form a complex, distinctive, and enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, finishes clean, smooth, and tart. Very appealing finish, probably the best part about the beer, in contention with the appearance.

Overall - This is a good beer, although not as good as its rating suggests in my opinion. If you really want a good example of the BSDA, go with Chimay Blue, Brother Thelonious, or even Rochefort 8. This was certainly worth trying though, and is a quality beer. Condor recommended and approved.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours the washed-out gold of thin cheap honey, but pools in the glass a warm orange-amber, capped with a spectacularly frothy pale head tinged ever so slightly orangeish. It is a cloudy brew, where one can sort of see the shadowy outline of their fingers on the far side of the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and candi sugar reign supreme in the nose, beneath which there are tones of citrus and herbal spices - tangerine, thyme, faint clove, and the like. A touch of banana and pear fruitiness rounds out the aroma, which has that distinct Unibroue yeast feel overall.

T: Sweet, sweet beer, this is a Belgian amber indeed. Caramel malts swirl across the palate beneath waves of fruit and spice, forming an ever-changing taste as the beer goes down. The citrus presence is noticeable, sharing some time with banana and pear, while the spices form a backdrop that shifts from peppery to herbal. The finish is a rush of candi sugar sweetness mingled with the citrus and pear. The only fault I can find with the flavor profile is that the carbonation intrudes upon it overmuch.

M: Very sharply carbonated, this prickles the tongue mercilessly. It's the only characteristic of this beer I don't particularly care for.

O: Unibroue does very little I do not care for. This is part of the greater portion of their work that I do enjoy. An amber ale that focuses less on excessive hops and more on bringing out yeast esters and malt sweetness makes for a wonderful beer. It's not their Trois Pistoles or La Terrible, but it doesn't have to be.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Sampling right now on 10/6/14. Comes in a 355ml (11.2 ounce) beautiful bottle with foil over the top and cap. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a very deep mahogany with some haze in color with a thin beige head and settles down to mostly along the sides of the glass. Some thick lacing is seen when sipped but then slides back down to leave spotty areas above the drink line. Lots of sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle. Lots going on with the aroma as there is some sweet caramel malts, spice and yeast. Even more going on with the flavor with some light plum, pear and even banana. Finishes nicely that is actually pretty smooth with just a light sweet dry finish. A great brew but not a 'chugging' type by any means. Just kick back and enjoy this one.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Caramel brown with light haze - very thick creamy head (3/3)
S: Strong bready spice with a rich caramelly malt aroma speckled with alcohol (9/12)
T: Fruity - somewhere between ripe pear and raisin, fading to a rounded toffee malt aftertaste (16/20)
M: Bubbly for sure, fairly wet throughout, with just a little bit of dryness on the finish (5/5)
O: Gotta love Unibroue. As (7/10)

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Photo of MisterGone
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

May be best read with a grain of salt at the ready...

I am admittedly unfamiliar with the style of BSDA, North America or Europe notwithstanding. Had Bruins, Dubbels, etc, so I felt prepared. This to me was a little too carbonated for my preference. The sweet dominated the spice, such that it seemed to be adjunct ingredients, not malt, that gave the sweet profile. The spices were a good blend, but just could not overcome the sweetness.

There have been a few beers where I seem to veer drastically from the rest of the BA's. Perhaps I need a new bottle shop.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07/03/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As the last (for the day), in a long line of superlative beers, this surely maintains. Strongest taste, flavor & strength, this is the real deal. Good night.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Malty, smooth, fruits, 8% abv, dangerous (can't taste the alcohol), goes down so easy, no bitters, sweet, nectar of the gods, amazing.

Of the Unibroue beers I've tried (Don De Dieu and La Fin Du Monde) this is my favorite. I still need to try Trois Pistoles. I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and I would have to put this on my recommendation list.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Dark red and somewhat translucent. Discarded the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Thin white head of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: Some tart red grape and a little dryness but sweet overall.

Taste: Tart black cherry skin up front with some signature pear/clove flavor from the lees. A few sips in the flavor rounds out a little more and sweetens. Clean Belgian candi syrup flavor adds a nice balance. Very low bitterness and only present after a bright finish. Lingering tartness and bitterness. The 8%ABV is quite well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation for the style that keeps things light. Great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Another enjoyable beer by Unibroue. Really glad to see how many of their beers are distributed here and I will be checking out the others in their line-up. The slightly tart flavor mixed with the sweet syrup is a great combination. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Rob23
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour into my Belgian glass.2 inch head that dissapates quickly and a nice dark reddish color.Smell is strong with floral tones.Taste is what one would expect from a Belgian and from Unibroue since this brewery has a distinct taste.A bit of wine on the back of the throat and aftertaste.I rather enjoy anything this company makes and I am not the biggest Belgian drinker.Definatly a win.

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

Reviewing another beer from that magical factory known as Unibroue, this time Bucky picked up a 6 pack of Maudite from the beer store. Maudite came in a 341 ml brown bottle with a production date of September 20, 2011 printed on the bottle, and was 8.0% alcohol by volume. This beer has been in my cold cellar for nearly 2 years and the usual warning applies for aged Unibroue beers...have your glass at the ready because very shortly after opening, a gusher of foam will come racing up the neck of the bottle. Discovered this the hard way!

Maudite poured a murky brown/amber colour, with plenty of small carbonation bubbles rising through the murkiness. Pouring produced about 1.5" of long lasting beige coloured foam that eventually faded to a 1/8" cap that lasted all the way down the glass, leaving some lacing and spotting as it retreated. The beer's aroma was of orange peel, spice and alcohol. Its taste began with orange...a sweeter orange at first which gave way to orange rind, followed by coriander, with a mildly bitter finish. As the beer warms its 8.0% alcohol becomes more noticeable. I would describe Maudite as medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Unibroue rarely seems to miss the mark, and they have another winner here. At $14.95 for a 6 pack, equal to $2.49 per bottle, Maudite is reasonably priced.

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Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- light leather brown, slightly cloudy. Huge head.

Aroma of pear and honey.

Taste- Another fine offering from Unibroue. Starts with mild notes of pear and roasted malt and hints of caramel, mid body has fine carbonation that slightly dries the flavor, then finishing long and subdued semi-dry with hints of mild hop and raisins. The name translates as "damned," and we concur that never tasting this ale is akin to being damned to beer ignorance. Tasted 6/4/2014. Purchased at Whole Foods North Austin on 4/5/2014 for $6.06/bottle.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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

Pours up to a strong, lasting head and murky amber-red color. Aroma is yeasty and estery with some spice and fruit notes and a hint of fresh pale malt and sweet alcohol. The smell is captivating-- I can't stop swirling the glass and huffing the fumes. Flavor is a semi-dry and crisp mix of spices (coriander?) citrus (orange?) and sugary malt finish. Strong flavor with a tart edge but no excessive bitterness. Mouthfeel is effervescent with ample CO2 and a clean finish. Overall, a crisp, delicious belgian dark ale.

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Though murky and a sort of muddy brown-orange, there's a certain beauty in an almost localized but deep-shining brightness, like a gem glowing at the bottom of a recently stirred-up river bed. The head, tinged a paler version of the brown-orange the beer itself is, is small and bubbly. It's not a whole lot more than a foam, and a loosely soapy one at that, but it leaves some reasonably good lacing on the glass's walls.
The complexity, while brought to completion in the flavor, begins in the aroma though not completely showcased. Bready in the malts with some caramel and dark fruits, the yeast plays out with a whole lot of different but ultimately complementary notes to make the whole. It's somewhat earthy under lots of varied spiciness, like a spice cake that might have had a little rum added. A bit of clove, a cake-like quality to the sweet breadiness, clove and banana notes make for a welcome anticipation.
...and the taste doesn't disappoint. It's the same overall profile and individual factors more fully expressed, with maybe a hint more hops as well as a stronger note to the peppery aspect of the spiciness. Otherwise, the tongue also gets all the thick breads, dark fruits, warming alcohol, earth, caramel, clove and banana, as well as a little more from hints of something almost woody and some pale fruit flesh, even a little tartness underneath it all.
There's lots of crispness to the feel of this beer in its medium, almost full but very refreshing body. Never too sweet, it ends up more semi-dry as the tongue makes the effort to feel all the complexity as well as tasting it. It has a bit of smoothness to it with the bite, though it certainly focuses on crisp and more hearty than rich.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass

Appearance - A dark orange/amber colour with an off white head

Smell - Really complex. Dark fruits, malty, spices, clove and maybe some coriander??

Taste - Packs a flavour punch. Malty, spicy, a small amount of bitterness. Yeast comes through as well. You can definitely taste the alcohol though.

Overall - A great beer from Unibroue. Interested to see how some age would do on this beer, would the alcohol become less present? A solid beer from a solid brewery

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Photo of Garbarino
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, this beer completely blew me away. I picked this up at Epcot in Disney World at the Canadian restaurant Le Cellier. Had it with my meal and it was incredible. The smell had an incredible aroma of spices mixed in and the taste was even better. Instantly one of my favorite beers and one that I will look for everywhere.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a clearance because it was a christmas two pack. Had this one to split at beer snobbery session at my beer guru's house. Excellent appearance, unreal smell, wonderful spice mixed in with the typical belgian, taste follows, wonderful beer that I hope to have many times.

Had again in Dark Belgian Bracket. Poured a nice soft caramel with a full fluffy head that dissipated slowly and had some lacing. Spice jumps out in the smell, there is dark fruit, bread and plenty of that belgian yeast smell also. Taste follows the smell with some clove in there that I had not noticed in smell. Just a hint of hop bitter on finish. Rather thin but pretty smooth. Overall a very nice beer that I would throw in as Winter or Christmas due to the amount of spice.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange amber with a big two inch khaki head that fades to a ring on top and leaves strands of lace.

The smell is of funky yeast, Autumn spices (clove, coriander and nutmeg), orange rind and faint dark fruit.

The taste is of bready grain, plums, dark cherry, spices and faint citrus zest.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. Tiny champagne-like bubbles rise from the bottom throughout the drink down.

A very good take on a Belgian dark ale. The flavors open up nicely as the brew warms.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 9/10/15; into a tulip.
Appearance - a dark, hazy orange. Nice carbonation that builds a creamy, egg shell, white head. Lacing begins to develop late.
Smell - ripe, dark fruit, some orange and lemon zest.
Taste - very flavorful mix of dark and citrus fruits, faint malt and strong yeast presence!
Feel - easy to drink at 8% ABV, fantastic carbonation and a nice, complex blend of flavors!
Overall - wonderful beer, but I prefer Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma malt and clove
Head large (5 cm), rocky, off-white, diminishing to 5 mm layer
Lacing excellent
Body amber, hazy with occasional lump falling through
Flavor lightly acidic with clove overtones, becoming lightly sweet for a finish
Palate light to medium, oily, soft carbonation

This is an excellent interpretation of a Belgium ale and one that is ubiquitous – well worth whatever your cost is.

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a St. Bernardus glass out of the bottle.

A: Dark chestnut and and much clearer than most Dark Belgians.. Poured carefully so there was little head and lacing is minimal. Very carbonated and yeast clumps evident on the foam.

S: Bready with spicy nose. Not very strong nose on this. Belgian yeast is shy but present.

T: Peppery, with mild dark fruit and a dose of spicy flavors reminiscent of pepper and cinnamon. light taste of Belgian yeasts. Alcohol is hidden

M: highly carbonated and helps keep the beer dry. medium bodied.

O: A very digestible Belgian from Unibroue. Much more subtle than I remember, but a very nice version of the Belgian style.

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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.


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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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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,571 ratings.
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