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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer! Purchased a 725ml bottle alongside a Eau Benite from a Unibroe boxset (and very reasonably priced at $25 for the both).

The Maudite pours from the bottle into a standard pint class with barely a quarter-inch head with no descernible lace. A quick sniff would suggest spring-time fruits complimenting the front-end with no bite at all. The back-end is slightly chewy but pleasant. The color is nothing but gorgeous; golden-brown until the second half when it turns into a brilliant and bright caramel hue.

I've yet to find another beer like Maudite and the entire Unibroue brewery deserves laurels. Chalk me up for another, please!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue Maudite

Appearance: Maudite’s head flows out of the bottle before the drinker even pours it. After a display like that, the head is exactly what one would expect: huge (three fingers) and lingering. It is an off-white, and, when it eventually does settle, it is a nice, yet effervescent crust. The beer itself is also extremely effervescent and a very deep amber; this appears to be Unibroue’s take on the dubbel style as La Fin du Monde is to tripel and Trois Pistoles is to quadrupel. It is also quite cloudy and has a small bit of sediment (but that may be the fault of the pour). The lacing is very underwhelming, however, this is a great looking beer.

Aroma: There are lots of banana esters, raisins, some figs, a bit of a fruity and bready yeast, which, of course, comes along with Unibroue’s typical spiciness. Surprisingly, there are also a bit of citrus fruits in the form of apricots, tangerines, peaches, and, though it is not citrus, pear (another classic Unibroue characteristic); presumably, this is mostly from the malts, which also incorporate a nice, sugary sweetness. The alcohol is also quite present. This beer smells like a wonderful cross between the aforementioned two Unibroue beers (La Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles), which is a bit like what the dubbel style is anyway. There is lots of complexity here, which is a lot to love.

Taste: The banana is strong with this one, basically dominating the flavor from front to back. There is a mild bubblegum character from the yeast, some dark fruit sweetness (raisins, figs, grapes, and plums), notes of pear and the citrus fruits mentioned above, some cola, and just a touch of an earthy hop character to bring it all to a halt and make the drink refreshing. There is a bit of a residual bready and spicy yeast aftertaste, but for the most part it is really quite clean.

Mouthfeel: Maudite is medium-bodied, creamy, nicely (naturally) carbonated, sticky, and extremely refreshing. It definitely does not taste like an 8% ABV beer, apart from the mild warming. There is something wonderful about bottle-conditioned beers, and Unibroue always seems to nail it.

Overall: Does Unibroue do any wrong with their year-round lineup? They do Belgian styles wonderfully, perhaps the best outside of Belgium (though perhaps Ommegang and certainly Allagash could give them a run for their money). They are always very true to style, and Maudite is no different, and the price point cannot be beat next to the Belgian imports. This sampler pack was an excellent decision, and I encourage all those not on the Unibroue love-train to buy it or throw caution to the wind and purchase four four-packs of Maudite, La Fin du Monde, Trois Pistoles, and Don de Dieu. 17.5/20

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip, part of Trader Joe's 'Unibroue Sampler Pack.'

A= Pours a clean, nut-brown with some haziness. Good, two-finger head that fizzles down nicely to a mild froth.

S= Bready yeast, banana, molasses, brown sugar, with good floral notes.

T= Plums, candied fruits, raisin, caramelized sugars. Slightly sweet, but not overwhelming. Good amount of sugary malts, with a hint of a booze kick to it, given that it's lower in the Strong Ale spectrum at 8% ABV.

M= Good carbonation, no lingering sourness, which can ruin an otherwise pleasant Belgian Strong.

O= Excellent beer, as one can expect from Unibroue. Though I prefer Don de Dieu or Fin du Monde, this is nonetheless a great beer and well-worth trying, and a fine example of a Belgian dark/strong ale.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 4,599 ratings
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