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Maudite | Unibroue

1,906 Reviews

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Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of timontheroad
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear caramel brown color, one finger head that quickly receded to a thin film, little lacing.
Smell: yeasty aromas dominate, some spice and sweet candy sugar notes as well.
Taste: pretty close to the smell, with the spices a little more prominent in the taste than in the nose.
Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium bodied, just a bit of alcohol burn.
Overall: Pretty tasty, but not quite up to par with the better BSDAs.

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fine, looked promising. The nose wasn't very pleasant, and the flavor ranged between blah and meh. Finish wasn't bad, but that might just be because the end had been reached. I've had much, much worse, but also have had a lot better.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a branded snifter

A: Pours dark caramel in color with a rocky, lasting tan/off white head. Traces of ruby at the edges and surprisingly clear.
S: Welcome to yeast city; population your nose. Obviously very strong in Belgian yeast - spices, clove, yeast esters, bread crust, overripe fruit.
T: Toast and bread crust with complex spices and a strong yeasty presence. Dark fruits, clove, caramel, burnt cadni sugar, earth, and lasting residual sugary sweetness.
M: Fluffy and heavily carbonated.
O: Really this style is just becoming a big turn off for me, though I recognize the depth and complexity here - it's just not for me. If you want a heavily yeast-forward Belgian Strong Dark Ale though, look no further.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't get me wrong, very good beer. Judging by style however, I prefer many other Belgian strong darks to this. Glad to be drinking this on Christmas - But I notice a more full bodied and complex beer from the folks at Gouden Carolous.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a lovely beer and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I first encountered Maudite many years ago and was not ready to appreciate its complexity. Like other Unibroue beers, the nose is yeasty, though this beer is agreeable right from the start. It pours beautifully and looks great throughout the sampling. The flavour is definitely on the sweet side - notes of clove and brown sugar, but overall it reminds me of home baked banana bread. In terms of price and accessibility, I'm not sure you can find a better deal out there...

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby-red colour with a good foamy head. Tastes just amazing. Nice caramel flavors with good roasted malts taste too. You couldn't tell it's a 8% ABV beer, really easy to drink.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2014.

Appearance: Dark red color, that is a bit cloudy. The head is thick and light colored, or off-tan. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweetness. The is some hops bitterness in the aroma, as well as a spices. The various aromas make for an interesting contrast.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Belgian Ale. There is a variety of flavors, but none of these flavors overshadow the other flavors.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, thin offwhite colored head, a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: spice cake with a massive amount of clove, a little allspice, pear, caramel, note of soft banana. Taste: caramel, caramelized banana, toast, again with the clove, ripe pear and pear skin in the finish. Spice overload, otherwise not much going on. Decent, certainly. Best by 07/2016.

Somewhat fresher BB 07/2018 - more of clove and coriander, caramel apple, no banana.

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Photo of Phocion
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a BB date of 12-03-16 poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark mahogany with a finger and a half of surprisingly light-colored off-white head. Thick 2-3cm head lasts until the beer is gone and is followed down by a thick, sticky, solid sheet of lacing.

Very yeast-forward aroma. Spicy clove and coriander phenols. Strongly estery; both tropical (banana) and dark/stone fruits (fig, black cherry). Rich caramelized brown (candi?) sugar and freshly baked bread, along with a generic Munich-like maltiness. Light floral hops.

Rich toasted and caramelized malts along combine with a slight alcohol burn, followed by a nice spicy tingle in the back of my mouth. Lightly bitter hoppiness provides a good finish. Alcohol is warming but doesn't burn. Yeast still dominates as it does in the nose.

Highly carbonated, medium body which feels a tad heavier due to the ABV. Warm and creamy.

Overall Maudite is a wonderful beer. It's a great New World BDSA, but rated to style it doesn't quite stand up to some of the heavier hitters in its category. Nonetheless, for its availability and (relative) affordability, this beer and Unibroue in general are a great accessible way to scratch your Belgian itch.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark copper with two fingers of tan head which leaves a little lacing.

Now has cloves, banana, spice, cinnimon, Apple.

Taste is yeasty bread, spice, cloves, banana, pepper.

Great beer.

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

La Maudite Beer....
The look of it: Well very special. Very brown, I think its a mix between a red ale and a blonde ale. And it suppose to be a dark ale. Lots and lots of carbonation.
The smell of it. Lots of spices. Very rich. Nice flavour tho !.
Now the taste: A bit disappointed I will say. I spicy taste with a touch of ginger. The hight % of ABV make the alcohol very present. But whats makes me upset a bit, is that La fin du Monde or Don de Dieu have a higher ABV and have a alcohol burn less present. Its more smooth on those beer, but Maudite does the opposite so that made my mark go down on this. If I didn t knew la Fin du Monde or Don De dieu I would give Maudite a 4,5/5 but since I reviewed it just perviously that makes my expectation high.
So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, still a pretty good damn beer. But Leffe Brune does a better job on this departement.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

From a single into a NB globe glass
A: some kind of glowering ruby tinged brown-orange. 2 finger head that subsides slowly.
S: bready, earthy spices (including some clove), a little fig, other dark fruits
T: follows the nose, but even more complex and excellent. the spiciness pleasantly provides a little pop on the tongue, the sweetness has some breadiness, some caramel notes, and some more sugar candy notes; at the end, some earthy hops along with some subtle tartness.
M: finishes fairly crisp, but also really smooth. Nice and complex and a real pleasure to drink.
Overall: Really good. Hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue tasters pack. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - amber and honey brown in color, topped by a monstrous multi finger head even with a gentle pour.opaque with a tremendous amount of bubbles. The head is ever lasting. Cascading lacing just drips down the inside of the glass.

Smell - yeasty and spicy, some orchard fruits and has some notes more reminiscent of a tripel or saison, rather than a strong dark ale. Nice, but I'm not blown away by this aroma. Some caramel or candied goods as it warms.

Taste - smooth delicate, candied sugars, sweet caramel, some sweet fruits such as cherry and a touch of chocolate. Delicious and alcohol is hidden so subtly.

Mouthfeel - smooth, amazingly light body, with a high carbonated feel.

Overall - a delicious representation of a great style. It doesn't get much better than this.

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