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Maudite | Unibroue

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4,622 Ratings

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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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Photo of Bretttt
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

An average pour brings forth a massive 2.5-finger head before the pour is even finished. The giant pillow of creamy off-white head rests atop a hazy amber-colored body but slowly recedes after a few minutes to an even dusting. Lacing is rather light and could have definitely been better.

The smell is fruity with notes of ripe banana and red apple. A light maltiness is also detected.

The first sip throws me off entirely. From the nose, I was expecting dark sweet malts and notes of tropical fruit. Instead, I am given a very mellow caramelized malt coupled with tangy banana and a light alcohol warmth at the end. A very slight hop presence is also detected which helps to keep this beer light and balanced.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation lets this beer flow over your tongue nicely and leaves little covering or stickiness. Very sip-able, but it doesn't stick around to remind you to take another sip.

Maudite definitely has great drinkability, but I would have preferred a slightly heavier body and stronger flavors. On the plus side, it is very thirst-quenching and is almost as easy-going as a hefeweizen. However, for the style, I would have liked it to be a bit bolder.

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Photo of blackie
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: One-finger off white head slowly falls to a thin layer and decent ring. The beer is a pretty average amber in color.

s: Smells really good, complex spicing upfront with coriander, curacao, and pepper to name a few. Followed by a great Belgian style papery hop aroma and a candied malt backing. A touch of sweet banana. Not mind blowing but extremely solid, love the tasteful spicing here. Smells of a dark and pale hybrid.

m: Carbonation on the lower side of the high range and prickly, with a clean lighter medium body. Could stand to be a bit smoother with more body felt on the tongue.

t: Tastes good, but I really expected a bit more here, I guess in malt complexity. Still, nice clean malt sweetness with a range of spice and fruit. The spice seems to dominate, with coriander and orange peel. A considerable level of papery aged hops and a light bitterness, very clean finish.

d: quite easy

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh, best by 3-14-10

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Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy ruby, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Cherries, caramel, wheat and chocolate.

T-Cherries, caramel, chocolate, some bitterness. Plums and apples as well.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O-A well balanced beer, none of the flavors dominate but instead come together nicely.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/12/05
Maudite, or "damned", features one of the best labels for a Halloween party. Let me tell ya, if this beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
It pours a devilishly murky brown with a white head that maintains a cap throughout. The aroma has that champagne-like quality that I associate with the effects of Belgian ale yeast. There are also hints of green apples and a bit of caramel and some spice I can't quite place. The taste is nicely balanced between a complex fruitiness and caramel, with noticeable (but not overwhelming) alcohol showing up toward what turns out to be a bit of a tangy finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, caramelized malts and dark fruits with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit, but they all seem a bit overshadowed by the Belgian yeast flavor. However, there's still a decent balance. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a decent beer overall even if it might not be first one that I would pick, but it's still worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Tifore
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Unibroue Snifter.

A - Pours a orange to light amber color into the tulip creating a very nice sized head, about two to two and a half fingers. The head stays around for a few minutes and then slowly dissapates leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Smells of caramel malts and citrus. Lots of orange and apples with slight hops coming through.

T - Tastes of orange and the citrus come through first with lots of hops and sweet malts coming after. Leaves a sweet yummy aftertaste in my mouth which I really enjoy sip after sip. For a semi high alcohol beer the alcohol doesnt come in at all.

M - The mouthfeel is really light and refreshing. Lots of carbonation but makes it enjoyable and doesnt disrupt flavors.

D - Drinkability is very high. The price isn't too high and I could definitely enjoy this beer over and over. Was perfect for watching the Browns kick the Patriots ass.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue really is an amazing maker of beers. This is just another one that is proof of that fact. Poured ot to a dark pumpkin orange color with a nice white cloud like head. High level of carbonation. I like that. Aromas of sweet spice and corrinder, with some grape and plumb notes. Taste is rather tart, but still complex, with flavors of grapes and citrus overpowering a minor malt presence. Some alcohol is noted, but not enough to lead one to think the ABV is 8%. Rather citric and acid like mouthfeel, but not so much to make this brew un-enjoyable. Good drinkability. I'd have this again. To me, this is more of a spiced ale than a Belgian Dark, but it's good either way. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that my buddy Eric gave me. Best by 10th Nov 2010. Into my Unibroue tulip

A: A glowing crimson with a thin off-white head that recedes to a disk rather quick but holds well. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: Sweet and estery with an intriguing mix of bubblegum, clove and allspice. Some dark fruit character with plum, raisins and over-ripe cherries. Excellent

T: The flavors from the nose are pretty much replicated here, with the spice taking the lead and the fruit character. As this warms up, it becomes rather intensely yeasty and spicy. Finishes dry and yeasty

M: Moderately over-carbonated and that doesn't work very well with the medium body. With time, though, the carbonation tapers off and is fine. Finishes dry, spicy and yeasty

D: Pretty easy to drink, maybe a little sweeter than I'd like?

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Photo of thadream
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phocion
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Dope
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is "best before" 08-02-13

A: A clear, deep ruby pour. Big frothy tan head. Fades slowly, excellent head retention. Almost no lacing, just a speck here and there on the glass. Head has a pinkish tone to it once it has fully receded. Like diluted strawberry milk.

S: Caramel apples. Almost perfectly caramel apples. A touch of melon and maybe some belgian yeast earthiness? But mostly caramel apples. Funny.

T: Apples, pears, raisin and a bit of melon. Very fruity in general but quite dry. Moderate caramel backing it with a bit of sweetness. A little bit of earth and black pepper from the belgian yeast in the finish. Ends fairly drying with some lingering dried fruits and black pepper.

M: Medium bodied, drying. Higher carbonation keeps it lighter.

O: An excellent dry BSDA. I prefer mine on the sweeter and richer side but I will still give this one credit where credit is due. Lots of fruits in this one, as unibroue is known for.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with lots of yeasty particulate matter. Pours a foamy head that quickly dissipates into a ring. Very spicy-alcohol smelling, lots of fruit. Tastes just like it smells, yeasty, spicy, and loads of fruit. Wasn't quite as flavorful as I expected, however. Mouthfeel is very crisp. This is a beer I can only have once in a while, as it completely screws up my tastebuds for the rest of the night.

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Photo of RobAM
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another great beer from this company.

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Photo of denjen
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dennis: I have always been amazed at the level of carbonation that Unibroue packs into their bottles without them exploding. Once opened the beer made a mad dash to escape it's bottle only to barely be captures in our glasses. 5 inches of foam later, we were ready to try this. The taste is typical Unibroue, with yeasty, sweet, spicy malts and insane (but enjoyable) carbonation. The taste is enjoyable, but I actually got a bit of alcohol bitter on the exhale...which personally I like. Of course at 8% it's no real surprise. If you like rich malts, and strong beer with some spices you'll be in heaven drinking a beer for the damned.
Jen: Of the Unibroue's that I have had, this seems to be more unique than the others. The scent is of mild spices and citrus fruits. With first swallow, I get a blend of coriander and clove. I also get a nice blend of malts and very mild hops. The ending has a nice alcohol presence, but nothing that is overwhelming. And, as usual, the nice little bubbles seem to dance across my tongue.

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Photo of baggio
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Brown/Red with a minimal, yet creamy, lace.

S: Exotic fruit, raisins, cherries, spices. Very nice!

T: Yeast, ripe fruit, sweet malt. A bit of hops too.

M: Goes down too easy. Aggressive carbonation. Smooth.

Very nice. Unibroue just does not know ot to make a bad beer. I could
have a few more of these during a night of drinking. Very well balanced and complex. Recommended!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As noted by a previous rater Unibroue sure can make a beer with outstanding head retention that seems to last forever. Other than the huge head on this the appearance is typical for the style. Aromas are nice with a candied sweetness. Taste is lacking in my opinion for a Belgian Strong Dark but not below average by any stretch. Feel is nice as well, prickly and well carbonated. Overall, another terrific example by Unibroue but I think I prefer Trois Pistoles over this.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a chalice.

A: 1finger creamy head. Pour appears a rusty brown at first. When held up to the light, it turns a knockout rose pink. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very strong citrus notes. Smells dead on the style. High alcohol phenols with very appealing yeasty esters.

T/M: Tart citrus fruits: apples, pears, cherries. Malts are nicely creamy with a bit of caramel. Light body with lifting carbonation, very clean and refreshing. Very dry finish.

D: Drinkability is pretty high. I had no problem finishing the bottle. 8% is pretty high but one hits the spot.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a big off white head with some carbonation that falls into a decent lacing above a cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

Light sweet caramel and yeast filled aroma.

Lots of different things in the taste, caramel, light fruits, hints of spices, some yeast and more.

Finishes with a light dry aftertaste on this medium bodied drink.

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Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle pours with an eruption of foam, which I pour into my pint glass to top a healthy brown, cloudy mess. Decent amounts of yeast at the bottom. The foam, by the way, is delicious and spicy. The beer itself is also very spice/herbal-forward, with an extremely clean finish, and a really full, substantial mouthfeel. In the middle it's got a big, Earthy quality, like a really good amber ale. Superfine carbonation tickles the tongue. Delicious, if not as interesting and complex as its brother ale Trois Pistoles.

Best before 02-01-16.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, the Top 100 done gone and changed again! Need to get back to 100/100, so here goes a review transcribed from prior RB notes.

750ml bottle from BevMo.

Deep reddish-brown appearance with a lasting off-white head.

Aroma is yeasty with candi sugar, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is more of the same, very intense and complex. Well-spiced.

Smooth, full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Nice Belgian strong ale. One I will most surely revisit even though I am a ticker.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Unibroue beers. and will always try a new one. Had this in a 750 ml bottle.

A- dark reddish orange. Bubbly with a thick slightly offwhite head. Copper Rusty color.

S- sweet and yeasty. maybe brown sugar. Spicy. Fruits

T- spice, still sweet, beady, dark fruits.

M- smooth balanced

D- pretty easy. gets harder after a while.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: this beer poored well and gave a nice 2" tan frothy head that was poured into an appropriate tulip. Large bubbles cascaded slowly up the sides of the glass for the first half of this beer.

Appearance: Was like a good apple cider in color and in clarity. Good leftovers from the second bottle fermantation in this beer, that I made sure to swirl just a bit into the poor.

Smell: Of fruits, alchohol, and some yeast qualities.

Taste: not a frequent drinker of this red strong ale style but all in all what I had expected. More of a malty sweetness with a slight and well balanced hop charateristic that hung aroung just long enough. Flavors of dried fruits also.

Mouthfeel: Had qualities of a champagne on the tounge and a fairly light finish. [coming from a stout drinker]

Drinkability: As I finish this review and coincidentaly this beer my head already knows this isn't a regular beer.It has good drinkability in moderation and it's 8% alchohol hit's you fast, and if your looking for a punch this ones got it.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,622 ratings
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