Maudite | Unibroue

1,921 Reviews

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerLover50
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Pours a beautiful Dark amber with a gorgeous 1 inch head. Very creamy. This beer doesn't pack a punch with strong flavour, but what a flavor it has. Very comfortable beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 355ml foil wrapped bottle to my Societe Brewing Chalice glass
Notes taken on 05/31/2015

A: A dark russet body is showcased with some cloudy yeast sediment obscuring the clarity somewhat. Has some lovely shades of brown and auburn to it with a densely packed khaki tan head capped over top. Great retention efforts noted here as the head never fully subsides back down. A few squeaky bubbles and swaths of lace are left clinging on to the glass.

S: Dried banana peel with some light clove spice, cracked pepper, and coriander. Malt bread and lightly toasted grain come together with some black currants and an earthy mineral like quality. Not the most fragrant nose but it is nice and pleasant with some warming Belgian spices noted.

T: A superb balance between the Belgo spice yeast and bready malt base. I get lots of citrusy coriander mixed with the spice of peppercorns and clove, and a pinch of banana peel. Pronounced spices but not super phenolic which is what I prefer. There is some dark cherry like fruitiness to this alongside the toasted bread and light graininess. Caramel seems present to this as well but it’s not particularly sweet to me. Finishes out with some earthy minerals and alcohol spice. Again nothing really over the top in flavor but nice and well balanced.

M: Moderate filling body with a creamy feel from an upper level amount of perceived carbonation. Bitterness is kept at a minimum while the finish is dry with some warming alcohol noted.

D: Not the most complex or intriguing of dark ales but a well-crafted one none the less. Unibroue definitely makes some very approachable Belgians that are also easy on the old pocketbook. Just not the depth I look for in this style to make me say wow.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unibroue continues to amaze me. I've had most of their brews now, and each has been uniquely delightful. I don't know how they do it.

Look: Extremely dark red, nearly black, with a decent off-white head, that lasts for a while.
Smell: Dark fruits, secrets, mystery.
Taste: Indescribable, simply amazing. Smooth dark fruits wash over your palate, leaving no stone unturned. Simply a pleasure to drink.
Feel: Amply carbonated, but not over carbonated. Just right for the brew.
Overall: There's simply some quality about Unibroue that keeps me coming back for more. I hope they never change a thing.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a murky reddish brown with a middling head. The aroma is limited, just pick up a vaguely bready, chocolaty scent. The flavor, however, explodes with warming plums, dates, and banana, as well a milk chocolate, and an almost goat cheese like warm funk. The moutfeel is very bubbly and creamy, rich but light at the same time. Overall this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. A beautiful pour with a creamy off white head and a dark ruby brown. Looks almost too good to drink. Almost. Great smell and taste. Dark fruit and spice. A bit smokey. More flavor emerges as it warms. Just a great beer!

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Photo of Bone53
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber color with a two finger off white head

Smell: apple esters, spices (cloves?), yeast, caramel/toffee undertones

Taste: Apple esters, cloves, and yeast all in harmony from start to finish. Perhaps some subtle toffee notes if you search for it

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Very creamy with almost no bitterness. More of a drying effect

Overall: Another winner belgian ale from Unibroue. 4/4 so far. Not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde or Trois Pistoles, but it is still complex and balanced between apple esters, spices, yeast, and toffee notes. Unibroue is one of my new favorite breweries, and this is another example why

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Photo of ijusth
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not as knowledgeable as other reviewers here it seems. All I know is I love this brew. Wish it was a little cheaper since at $10 or so a bottle even pouring 2 glasses is pricy .... but that is me.

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

Presentation - 750 ml bottle maudite (cursed) bottle shows lost souls in a canoe rowing to hell

Appearance - Pours deep amber, 1 finger cream colored head, lots of carbonation visible.

Aroma - Dark fruits, bready yeast, spice

Taste- Very complex mix of dark fruits, some coriander, then it turns slightly sour. 8% alcohol is masked well by spices maybe a slight banana taste, some caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, lots of bubbly carbonation.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer, Definitely recommend it, if you get your hands on it try it :)

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown opaque liquid with a huge cream colored head that unfortunately is quite short lived . A smells of spices and dark fruits and belgian yeast. Taste of sweet sugars and spices leading off but then turns to a slight sour on finish but nothing overpowering on either end. Mouth feel is highly carbonated with a slight warm after taste.

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Photo of Chad_S
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite good. I am a bit of a Unibroue fan.

Caution must be taken to keep the thick foamy head under control.

Nice medium amber, opaque and hazy.

A bit sweeter, a bit warmer. Slight bitter finish. No overstated flavors, all in balance. The slightest taste of alcohol. A sweet apple-y flavor.

It's not quite La Fin, but the BA Bros World-Class rating is quite deserved.

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Photo of mlockman
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really badass logo, and the foil on top is a real nice touch. Didn't realize until until I had pried the cap off that it was a twist-off, which is convenient. Even with the gentlest of pours, this creates a gorgeous, thick, fluffy head. While this dissipated quickly, it looked AWESOME. The smell was rather subdued, and the taste was clean and crisp without any lengthy finish to speak of. Very good, but it reminds me a lot of Ommegang's Three Philosophers; much more reminiscent of a Quad than a Dark Strong in my opinion.

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

Appearance - 4/5
Dark brown-orange, lots of visible carbonation. Slightly hazy. Several fingers of light tan head, which dissipate to a thin layer after a few minutes.

Smell - 4.25/5
Roasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, perhaps hints of booze.

Taste - 4.25/5
Roasty and toasty malts, with sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors. Some vanilla-esque flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. In between crisp and creamy.

Overall - 4.25/5
It's hard for me to describe what exactly I like about this beer, but it is quite tasty and I would recommend giving it a try. I would still prefer La Fin De Munde over this, but this was quite good as well.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby red, mostly clear, with an off white foam head. toasted malt, dominated by strong, spicy yeast esters of prune, apple, and pear. Explosion of fruity esters of prune, figs, and pears. Spicy clove. Bready and toasted malt is there, but take a backseat to the yeast.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

A- light amber with moderate clarity. A fluffy off-white head holds for a few minutes. Good lacing.

S- excellent. A good balance with apple, pear, stone fruit in the front, with a hint of milk chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

T- chocolate with some acidity. Could have used more malt presence, but is still enjoyable.

F- dry, as per style. Effervescent, so the balance is maintained. A bit more throat warming than you tend to get in dubbels, which is why is listed here as a BSDA.

O- a bit bigger than a dubbel, but smaller than a lot of BSDAs out there. Pretty spot on fit what it is.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-dark with a microfoam head that lasts
-lighter, some dark fruit notes with subtle spices
-amazing array of dark fruit, complex and delicious! spices in the finish add to the taste
-silky and smooth all blends very nicely together
- one of my favorite strong dark ales, never disappoints

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque dark amber copper color with average glass clinging activity. Extra foamy sparkly beige 3 finger island head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of sweet fresh fruits like apple and a little metallic. Flavors of caramel, apple, dark fruits, clove, floral and herbal spices. Balanced sweet syrupy taste with a sharp smoky black peppery feel and slightly bready.

Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Well intensified finish of medium length, ending with a slightly spicy clove like feel with a woody and cider like fruity mouth coat.

Overall an excellent craft with super fresh delicious balanced flavors and nice intensity having no perception of alcohol. A true pleasure to drink!

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Photo of TH28
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 4/7/15 BB date. Appearance: Dark ruby red, mostly clear, with an off white foam head. Aroma: Underlying bready, toasted malt, dominated by strong, spicy yeast esters of prune, apple, and pear. Taste: Explosion of fruity esters of prune, figs, and pears. Spicy clove. Bready and toasted malt is there, but take a backseat to the yeast. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and a strong alcohol warmth. Finish: A sticky maltiness lingers with pear esters. Overall: Robust, very estery dubbel style. Tons of dark fruit flavor

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Photo of kevinlater
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle into goblet glass. "K08141242Q" on the bottle. consumed june 12, 2015

a: somewhat murky caramel colour with a finger of quickly-dissipating off-white head

s: overripe bananas, spices, caramel, slight alcohol, figs

t: maraschino cherries, clove, caramel, overripe bananas, cooked apples, citrusy mandarin orange, figs, prunes, freshly-baked bread. extremely complex and sweet, but not without a moderate, slightly herbal bitterness at the end. almost brandy-like as it warms

m: medium, sticky mouthfeel with bubbly (but not prickly) carbonation

o: a wildly complex Belgian-style ale that is super delicious. it's almost like i'm tasting new kinds of fruits every time i take a sip

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a muddy reddish brown color with 3 fingers of head that slowly fade down to a nice cap that leaves splotchy lacing

S: A bit of fruity yeast, some light spices, and earthy and floral hops stand out the most. Nice and aromatic

T: Starts off with a big hit of spicy yeast that slowly goes into a bit of fruity and earthy notes. Big and malty in the back throughout. Finishes with a light bitterness and more of the spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is very fine which makes it quite smooth

O: A solid dubbel/BSDA with a focus on spices and yeast. Nice to sip on and enjoy the complexity of the malt and spices. Pick some up if you're into the brewery or style

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Photo of classixIII
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber with a thin head on this draft. Sweet fruity smell with yeast. Sweetness carried through on taste with some malt and spice. Very smooth, very very good!

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

A - Glowing red-gold, transparent but with a cast of suspended yeast as you reach the bottom of the bottle. White, persistent head, some lacing.

S - Big yeast - banana bread and cloves, a hint of cardamom. Apples, pears, torched sugar and orange peel.

T - Following the nose, sweet bread and fruit, banana and apple flesh, with an acidic bite in the open and a subtle bitterness that reminds me of over-steeped tea in the close.

M - A bright carbonation closes with drying. The ABV is there, but is not aggressive or troublesome. Easily drinkable and pleasant.

O - A true BSDA that delivers depth in its flavors and easy, assured balance, making the beer both interesting and pleasant.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ♥ Unibroue. Hard to decide which I like better, this or Fin de Monde.

Nice devil imagery on the label. Is that a canoe going straight to hell? Yes...

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark Amber with a good frothy sticky tan head
Smell - boozy with some dark fruit some sweet Carmel and some spice
Taste - lots of spice with some creamy carmel and some dark fruit
Feel - slightly fuzzy with a full body
Overall - first spiced up strong ale I've had but really good

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Corked and Caged Bottle

A- Pours a Dark Amber colour with a mile high off-white head. Took me two pours to get a good glass worth into a 500 mL Snifter.

S- Dark fruit (prune/raisin) and citrus along with spicy cloves and coriander. Warm and inviting.

T- Over ripe fruit, banana, malty caramel, cloves, and coriander.

M- Incredibly smooth and palatable; especially dangerous for an 8% ale! Fairly low carbonation and a fairly big body. Way too easy to drink!

O- Can Unibroue make a bad beer? From my experience, the answer to that question is no. An excellent Belgian style ale that is incredibly easy drinking. Best enjoyed slow (or face the consequences of the high ABV!

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright reddish amber pour produces a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap that kicks up splotchy lace.
S: Over ripe fruit, malty fruit cake, light fruit.
T: Big malt and big Belgian yeasts join to develop fruit cake, over ripe fruit, banana, caramel, dark sugars, spice and anise flavors.
F: Highly carbonated, medium to medium light body, creamy.
O: One of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales available.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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