Maudite | Unibroue

1,925 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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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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Photo of illpass78
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber/brown with haze and roiling carbonation. Big eggshell head. Held to the light, it looks like what I'd picture the flames of hell would look like. Angry, dark, fire-like.

Aroma: Aromas of dark fruit like raisins and dark cherries. Some spices and clove seem present. Appealing.

Taste: Delicious beer. Combines those dark fruits from the nose with some orange rind and coriander. Complex, but approachable.

Mouthfeel: This beer dares you to drink it quickly because it's so easy on the palate and super tasty. Alcohol is well hidden. Best enjoyed slowly, but dangerously quaffable.

Overall: A great beer. For fans of Belgian styles and great dark beers.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'd think I'd have tried this one before now, but I guess part of why I haven't is that it's widely available, so it doesn't seem all that special, even if it may well be world class.

Cloudy raisin brown with visible carbonation. I've got a cold and my sense of smell probably isn't what it could be under better circumstances, but I pick up dark dried fruit, like raisin and plum, and some booze. Yeasty, a bit tart or sour, fruity, peppery on the tongue. Almost overly crisp and fizzy.

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Photo of delta490
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deeper cloudy brown with a very short-lived white head. Just a small amount hangs on and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is redolent with spices and dark fruit sweetness and the taste just brings it up a notch. The body isn't thin, but it's not thick either. Very smooth.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken multiple times over the last 5 years. These notes were taken in May 2014.

12 oz brown bottle with beautiful gold fading to black foil around the cap and neck. The artwork is pretty stunning as well with a small boat full of damned or cursed men flying to their doom. Great piece of artwork. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass with a wide flare at the top.

A - murky haze. A deep amber red with hints of reddish brown in color with even hints of red orange in the light. Beige head pours quite large leaving a big frothy ring of sticky lace.

S - bready malt, ripe fruit, orange, and big whiff of alcohol esters and wonderful Unibroue yeast notes with spices of coriander and clove. Has a floral character as it warms.

T - lovely ripe fruitiness alongside a pretty pronounced orange note. Belgian style spices, coriander, clove, and a hint of black pepper. Yeast and floral notes are balanced perfectly over a breaded malt and fruity alcohol esters.

M - medium bodied and flavorful. Texture is as you would expect from the style. Crisp like finish and the alcohol only adds to its complexity. Lovely feel.

O - a brilliant dark ale from Unibroue. This may be my favorite offering from them and that's saying something considering all the fine ales they bottle. Pure class of a brewery and their creative brewing and style are on full display with Maudite. Fantastic Belgian style ale.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A solid thumb of head that sadly did not stick around but produced some lacing. The body is a fig coloured brown that has a unique dullness to it, but shows amber and red notes quite well. There is ample carbonation in the body but also quite a bit of smaller then sand yeast in the mix, which is more a result of my pour being a bit to long.

Smell: A strong yeast that really presents itself as figs which berry touches. There's is a potent toffee backing to it that comes across as something that is lying in wait. There is also a slight floral note that comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste: Starts with a solid dose of toffee flavoured malt with a slight touch of chocolate which builds very quickly into a fruity yeast as figs, stone-fruit and citrus arise and then somewhat give way to a spicy clove with floral and herbal hop end.

Feel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a bit quick, it is still solid. A nice dark toffee and figgy aftertaste stick around after drinking which leaves a very restrained dryness.

Drinkability: It hides it's ABV quite well, it's medium bodied which was surprising, the carbonation doesn't get out of control after you've had it and it's very easy to drink and doesn't come across as the beer you can only drink at an event.

Final Thoughts: Much like the other brews I've had from Unibroue, this one impresses. While it is no Fin Du Monde, it's still an awesome beer. As I said, this one I could drink anytime, anywhere but I could really see it going good with mussels. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Medium brown and super murky, awesome 2 finger fluffy head sticks around a long time and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Big, musty, yeasty dark fruits with a touch of cocoa. Spicy yeast is fairly dominant.

Taste - Just about follows the nose completely, but the dark, fruity, slightly vinous character shines through a bit more. Cocoa and toasted bread maltiness brings a solid hit of candy sweetness and blends nicely with the spicy yeast phenols. There's a feint, odd astringent/minerally note towards the end, which could be some booze. Finish is yeasty, earthy, fruity, and dries up a bit to an off-dry finish.

Feel - Medium/full body, but damnit if it doesn't feel like just swiggin' on a 5% brew. Carbonation is very ample and crisp yet retains a great creamy quality. Nicely done.

Overall - Pretty killer BSDA here folks. Hovering at 8% ABV, it's on the lighter side of the BSDA game, and the body is so masterfully done that it feels like a 5% beer. I'm not the biggest fan of that weird little minerally note (maybe just the water?), but other than that this is a great beer.

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Photo of 10Crumra
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best before date of 12/3/16.

Pours a dark, hazy amber-brown with a one-finger white head that recedes over a couple minutes.

Malty, hoppy aroma. Earthy notes with some faint citrus tones.

Big on the malty flavors with some light fruit flavors. A mix of cherries and citrus. Lots of carbonation along with a medium mouthfeel.

A great full-bodied beer that works well as a winter warmer. Complex enough to make it interesting. Would buy this again for some cold days.

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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 Dan_Inreallife
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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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,568 ratings.
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