Maudite | Unibroue

1,920 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 ericj551
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unibroue Maudite pours a slightly hazy deep red brown with a beautiful fluffy head that lingers. The aroma is sweet, fruity esters, with some powdery, phenolic yeastiness. Ripe dark fruit pops up first in the flavor, with plenty of estery sweetness. The perceived sweetness fades into the dry, yeasty flavors. Hops are muted, some herbal flavors, but it is hard to distinguish them from the earthy flavors from the yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. This might be my new favorite Unibroue beer, a little more balanced than the stronger ones.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml

Appearance: A slightly cloudy burnt orange with a thin, creamy, short-lived pure white head. Carbonation is fine, almost champagne like and quite active. A collar and slight head lasted throughout. Some legs on the glass as well. Looks good.

Smell: These guys have the Belgian thing down. Funky yeast hit you first, followed by a wonderfully deep herbal base with a juicy citrus bite floating over. Sometimes yes, sometimes no vanilla. Dee-licious.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Holy crap, my taste buds just got a full massage with happy ending. Starts out rich and spicy, with strong clove, coriander and ginger notes. A non-malty sweetness hits mid-tongue, but soon a wash of blood orange tang comes from nowhere to finish. There seems to be a bit of displaced hoppiness roaming around there as well. Stellar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some carbonation up front, but it's a bit flabby; it just sort of lays there.

Drinkability: I don't care if the body's not great and it's 8%, the flavor is so stunning I'd drink it as long as humanly possible. This is joy in glass, kids.

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Photo of cavedave
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown topped with a finger high head of beige foam that dissipates languidly to a thick skin. It is a very thick and alive look, quite tempting.

The smell is wonderful, more than my palate can decipher, there are spicy notes in there I can't get. It's a thick aroma containing candy, alcohol, peaches, lighter floral notes, still lighter herbal and fruity notes which add complexity and balance, and for which I can offer no insight other than to say it is hard to get my nose from the snifter.

The taste... mon dieu, c'est magnifique... it is so yummy it has gotten me to use ellipses and exclaim in French. Huge, clean taste of caramel, bitter herbs, plum, peach, and an elusive spicy sweetness that ushers in a finish of dry floral and bittersweet. Again, there are tastes wrapping under and through this that are delicious and unifying, and beyond my palate to describe. The complexity and balance of this exceptional brew cannot be exaggerated. Right through the long clean finish it is a balancing act worthy of Wallendas, An astoundingly delicious beer.

How Unibroue could make a beer like this is a question all brewers need to learn. It is so full of flavor, so thick and alive, yet so light in the mouth without the feeling of too much carbonation, and a resiny feel that never feels sticky, clean all the way through. It holds the flavor, and just gets better as it warms.

I have just re-checked the label to assure myself it is 8% ABV. Other than notes in the aroma I haven't tasted alcohol. This gets a triple red flag warning -- for intensely excellent drinkability.

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Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a orangey-brown color with creamy head. Some of the other unibroue beers are too carbonated causing them to taste like champagne, but not the Maudite. A nice maltiness to it with a very smooth finish.

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Photo of Dravin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by dae of 12-03-16 on both the bottle and the label (nice).

Look -- Pours a deep amber with a decidedly orange tinge with 3 fingers of off-white head that settles down to 2 and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Ripe banana, apple, orange, somewhat vinous with subdued clove. The alcohol is well hidden and all in all it makes me think of cafeteria fruit salad (in a good way).

Taste -- As with the nose but a malty sweetness and slight nuttiness joins the party along with a nice bracing bitterness. The alcohol is hidden here as well.

Feel -- A moderate to heavy body but the lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall -- It's a fantastic ale, it brings to mind a cross between fruit salad and banana bread that's all beautifully counterbalanced by the hop bitterness. It goes down dangerously easy given the ABV.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber into a chalice. Cream-colored head is shortlived, receding to just a ring that lasted through the whole beer.
The smell us very sweet with notes of raisins and a touch of floral alcohol but not too much.
Taste is complex and comes in waves. Dried cherry, more raisins, prune then a final hop bitterness that is subtle but noticable in it's contrast to everything that's come before.

Only real criticism is that the carbonation is a bit over the top. I think moderate to high carbonation is appropriate for the style but there's a bit too much bite

Great BSDA nonetheless.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a muddy, murky amber/brown with a tall, fine khaki head. Nose is yeasty, intensely fruity, with some burnt sugar/caramel notes. Taste is an explosion of intense, complex, overripe dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate over a yeasty, grainy malt backbone. Unibroue manages to pack all of this elusive fruitiness into one tightly packed, refined little package. Mouthfeel is champagne smooth and dry. Insanely drinkable for 8%. I think I have to give Trois Pistoles the edge as far as their BSDAs go, but this remains an incredibly tasty beer.

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

A: This beer has a dark amber color. carbonation was just right, and it has a thick creamy head.

S: Maudite has a spicy, citrusy, and clovey scent. Yeast also rears its head in this one.

T: The taste is just what you'd expect from the scent. It hits every tastebud in your mouth.

M: Somewhat of a chewy sensation. carbonation was just right.

D: Goes down easy but sneaks up on you. This is an all time fav.

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


750ml bottle. Poured a very icky orange color - like rotting leaves. Tons of yeasty sediment. Smelled of sweet peaches and cloves. Banana esthers.

Oh so good. The taste is out of this world. Creamy vanilla bean malt flavor with just the slightest touch of hops. Well balanced and the alcohol is just warming enough to make my stomach happy.


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

And yet another truly fantastic beer by Unibroue, I'm amazed, no wonder the spot on the list.

Pours a mysterious dark caramel tone that becomes progressively darker from the bottom of the glass to the top, where one encounters a small, white/grey head that fizzes until disappearing into a ring with no lacing. Opaque, cloudy. inviting.

The smell, Ascending from a strong wheat into a fruity, lemony perception with the side smells ranging from a bit of alcohol and yeast, and some, very slight hops.

The taste, fantastic. A wheat base unveiled as the carbonation passes blends gradually into an enchanting lemony feel that slightly sweet and combined with a bit of alcohol, fades into a slight bitterness by the hops to conclude the experience.

The mouthfeel, just a bit nasal thanks to the alcohol, but very soft and yet with a nice, crisp body.

>>>Why I preferred Trois Pistoles: Similar, but stronger taste. better hidden alcohol. both fantastic anyways.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick creamy lacing for days! Beautiful dark color. Poured into a tall belgian style glass which is shown on the back of the bottle. I think I could just look at and play with this glass of beer and be satisfied.

Smell: Spicy, but in the best way possible. Exotic fruits and the yeast play their role in the aroma as well. But the spices are what really come through.

Taste: Wow, theres a lot going on here. Dark fruits, spices, and the yeast presence mix well for a truly masterful combination. This beer is scary drinkable at 8% abv, cannot taste an ounce of it. Hard to put this one down.

Mouthfeel: Creamy layers coat the palette. You'd think the spices would stick around but the yeast is what sticks around for the drinker to enjoy.

Overall: So, this beer is amazing. There is nothing not elite about this one. Unibroue is one of my favorite brewery's in the world for their consistent quality products. Maudite is probably their best beer. These canadians know what they are doing.

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

I've had this before, but never gotta review. Pours deep golden brown, smells like sweet caramel with spices, tastes really really awsome. Tastes like a perfect balance of sweet malt, citrus, spices, hint of bubblegum in the background and some nice yeasty flavor. Overall, damn great beer, and I got a local supply at a nearby convience store. Go out and look for this.

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

Presenation: 750 ml bottle, BBD of 10-13-08 found on the back label, 2005 found on the cap over the cork too, pulled out of my cellar, chilled, and poured into a maudite glass (an oversized snifter, basically).

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown color, almost opaque but you can see tons of carbonation rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded to one finger, retaining nicely from there.

Aroma: Raisins, plums, spices, very sweet and complex. Once you get ner the bottom you smell the yeast a lot more.

Taste: Some sweet malt it first, then it gets very complex. Ripe fruit, spices, and some yeast all combine nicely. The finish is sweet and spicy, with a slight alcohol warming in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, very crisp. The carbonation is lively and compliments the flavors nicely.

Overall: An excellent Belgian style ale. I let this one sit for two years in my makeshift cellar, upright rather than on its side, and the main difference I notice is that the yeast character present in the unibroue offerings is muted somewhat. I'll have to get another to compare but this one aged very well. Highly recommended.

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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 Cthulhusquid
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 3 finger white head, orange-red hazy body.

Smell: Musty fruits, mainly pear, banana, and dark fruits.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply, the folks at Unibroue know exactly what they are doing.

A: Nothing remarkable. A brownish/amber color with a billowing but rapidly disappearing head in my snifter. No lacing.
S: All kinds of yeast, but nice amount of fruits and spices, apple perhaps. Very pleasant.
T: Up front, it's pretty sweet and malty. As you swish over the palet, you get some more of the booze and fruit. Toward the back, the spice comes into play and there is some warmth as well. Very complex and very, very good.
M: Lots of carbonation it seems. Considering the ABV and the complexity, this ale is crisp and refreshing. Hardly any hang.
D: Off the charts. The ABV is high, so I wouldn't recommend chugging this down. Definitley a sipper. Besides, it tastes too good to not savor. This one doesn't get old.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Unibroue Trois Pistoles.

A: Hazy amber with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple of minutes.

S: Sweet malt and dark fruit. Very good.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Spice and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

O: I really like Maudite. Wonderful nose and a very Belgian taste. You can't really taste the alcohol on this one either. I liked this more than the Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very orange color with a one finger off-white head with decent retention.

S: Very yeasty with a lot of fruits and spices.

T: Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Other strong flavors were caramel, apples, dates, and cherries. Very delicious.

Overall I'd have to say I like the Trois Pistoles just a bit better than this one although they are both very different for the style. This is a great tasting beer that is very drinkable for the style/alcohol content and is smooth with a slight creamy feel in the mouth. Will buy again hands down.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's my 100th review, so it's definitely on occasion to mark with a quality brew!

Pours a slightly opaque dark copper colour, and leaves an impressive inch or so of head. Looks like your typical BPA.

The nose is terrific: spices, light malts, a bit of banana and that typical Unibroue yeastiness that brings back such wonderful memories.

Goes down terrific despite the high ABV. The taste is a wonderful blend of malt, spices, tea, and some dunkelweisse usuals like banana and clove. While it's not the most complex or hearty BSDA out there, it's 'damned' delicious and easy to drink. Let this brew warm up if you can, it really opens things up.

Thick and chewy for a dark ale, drinks very much like an abbey ale.

As a friend put it, it drinks like a wine - you can almost detect tannins. Just a remarkable brew - one of my all-time favorites!

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nearly opaque amber color capped by a booming refined head that dances with carbonation. Great looking beer, although much lighter and warmer looking than any 'Belgian Strong Dark" I have ever laid eyes on.

S - A Warm and soothing smell emanates from this lively brew. Bready yeast in the foreground with a touch of sweet citrus. The tinge of Alcohol blends marvelously into the aroma.

T - Much like the nose, bready and soft in the foreground with a finish that is filled with citrus zest and the sweet tinge of alcohol. Slight hop bitterness in the finish which lingers and compliments the warming alcohol. Very Complex. Very unique. Very Balanced.

M - Well carbonated and lively on the tongue. Wonderful warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Extremely drinkable stuff. It has all the sought after characteristics of a good Strong Belgian; Complex and Boozy, yet remains devilishly refreshing for its ABV. An incredibly balanced beer that warps the definition of Belgian Strong Ale. Drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a chalice and the color and appearance were beautiful. The color was a dark amber with a faint hint of cloudiness. A nice head of foam that soon settled to the rim. The smell was powerful with hops and hints fruit. The taste was wonderful but the carbonation was strong. This settled with successive drinking. The combination of characteristics make me want to drink this beer over and over.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle/stemless snifter

A: clear. Brown the same shade as strong tea. Off-white head without much stick, but I poured very carefully so as not to disturb yeast sediment.

S: Sweet, spicy, some fruit. Almost like some sort of holiday baked good, but without a cloying sweetness in the aroma. Warming, metaphorically. Might catch a bit of alcohol in the nose, but it's usually very well hidden.

T/M: brandied fruitcake. Slightly chewy mouthfeel cut by lively carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

D: Very smooth. Though alcohol is slightly present in aroma and flavor, it's masked and smoothed very well by the malt and the spicy Belgian yeast. Doesn't taste as strong as it is. Deceptive that way, but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of ludachris
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy mahogany red with copper highlights and a finger and a half of off-white creamy head, displaying excellent retention and leaving dots and splashes of lace around the glass.

Belgian yeast and spice, wheat, bubblegum, a splash of citrus, banana, and undertones of sticky dark fruits, and candi sugar. Very complex.

Yeasty and spicy upfront, followed by some wheat, sweet notes of candi sugar and dark fruits which assert themselves a bit more in the taste, notes of citrus and a dry finish with some floral hops hitting the back of the palate.

Rich, full, creamy, and smooth with a nice little kick of carbonation in the middle. Alcohol content is greatly disguised, and man is this a pleasure to drink.

This is the first time I had Maudite, which is surprising because it was in front of me all of this time, but definitely won't be my last. Perfectly sweet and wonderfully complex. I look forward to buying another and see how it ages. After drinking this beer, I'd say this style is in my top 3. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of jdg204
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3rd offering from the great night at Porters Pub in Easton, PA. This was the last brew on the list for my buddy, so it was pretty cool seeing him awarded with his mug. Plus, I was jacked to try a brew of this reputation.

A: Pours a cloudy copper body with a modest head that quickly declines with some splashy lacing.

S: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the gless, the yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns.

T: Caramel and pears followed a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a bit grainy. The finish has a very nice lingering sweetness balanced with a light hoppy underton.

M: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining.

D: My second Unibroue of the night (La Fin) and they're officially 2 for 2 in my book (I'm a fan!). This was my favorite of the two and out of the 4 or 5 I've tried, the best BSDA I've tried. This is a classic brew; amazing balance, smooth drinkability (even with a high ABV), and a great flavor/ aroma. Try this brew, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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Photo of Estarrio
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I am a huge fan of Unibroue, I had not yet tried Maudite for some inexplicable reason.

Maudite, or "The damned one" is a fine Belgian strong ale and was well worth the wait for me.

Poured cloudy, mahogany with a small but persistent tan head. Viscous, silky lacings line the sides of my goblet.

Sweet malt, clove, pepper, coriander, bready yeast and light fruity esters make for an enticing aroma.

Sweet malt backbone with caramel, candied sugar, molasses, apple and grape esters, doughy yeast and lots of phenols and spices. The first sip starts off like a standard, sweet Belgian Tripel and then the spices and phenols smack some exciting, balancing flavors on your palate. Banana, clove, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon mix with phenolic properties to create a spicy/bitter, crisp, semi-dry finish. The complexities in the brew are amazing given the 8% ABV and the smooth, refreshing taste. I could easily drink this by the case.

This medium bodied brew has no shortage of delightfully fizzy carbonation for an easy, pleasing mouthfeel.

Another home run by Unibroue. They craft sublime brews with stellar marketing and very reasonable prices. Maudite will easily become one of my staple selections.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,547 ratings.
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