Maudite | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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

A - amber color creamy head that only lingers so much

S - complex and rich dark notes..some fruit yet still retains a classic Belgian strong ale set of aromas

T - reliable aroma to taste comparisons...caramel and malt...complexity and smoothness balance wonderfully...gives you pause...really makes you sip and savor

M - tiny bubbles just the right amount to smoothly carry the complexity of the flavors

D - Highly recommended

I really enjoyed this beer in a goblet style glass with some fresh hot french fries served at the bar...served with cool dill/ranch dressing...Maudite is a great beer to be savored.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Very nice pour. Good size head with a nice 'fluffiness' to it. Stuck to the edge. A dark yellow/orange body, hazy some sediment.
A good aroma of fruit, spice, and herbs, some yeast and nut.
Taste had a hint of ginger, some pear, lemon? and corriander. A lot of mixes. Vanilla a bit, some biscuit.
A good feeling going down, crisp yet sticky,. not much aftertaste, leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of kagent777
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best before date on the back. Next time I will let one age a little bit, the best before date is Nov of 2012. Served into a goblet.

Appearance: A very hazy light brown. The head is a pretty white and settles to a thin foam pad. No real lacing, but maybe it is my glass. This beer even looks delicious.

Smell: Clove, nutmeg and other dark holiday-type spices.

Taste: The Belgian yeastiness comes through. I can also taste raisins mingled with some other fruit. There is some residual sweetness. This is really complex and hard to describe. I am really enjoying the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and body. This a little oily slick in the mouth. By no means a "thin" beer.

Drinkability: This could easily stand up to strong or spicy foods. The high ABV and strong flavors would make it difficult to drink many of these one after the other without palate fatigue. These should be stocked in my fridge at all times.

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

12oz brown bottle with gold foil on the neck and cap. Have always loved the label of the "damned" rowing their canoe as satan looks on. Label informs bottle refermentation, 8%abv, best before 10/25/08, and glassware recomendation. Pours clear amber when care is taken to leave the yeast in the bottle. A foamy tan-white head makes the beer look very inviting in the glass. Aromas of candy sugar, confectioner's sugar, belgian yeast fruitiness, lemon iced tea, pepper spiciness and a wine-like alcohol. Taste has a cookie sweetness from the malt and all of the same complexities as the aromas mentioned. Let warm to sip and savor. I believe this was my personal cross-over belgian(yeast) beer. It will appeal to pale ale drinkers that seek complex, unique brews.

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

Cloudy dark amber brew, enjoyed on tap at the Crescent Moon in Omaha. Awesome rocky head flowed up like crazy, spilling quite a bit over the top, true Belgian style. The aroma is a complex mix of dark fruity malt flavors and lighter estery yeast characteristics, backed up by a solid bread all-around nose.

Flavor is magnificent, nearly perfect. Awesome Belgian-yeast strain imparts phenolic ripe fruit flavors everywhere, balanced by a solid sweet malt backbone, with a touch of spicing to lend superb depth (clove is most dominant but hardly tells the whole story, pepper especially). Little hop flavor, but enough for the beer to be very crisp and refreshing, while packing a great punch at 8%.

A personal favorite, I've revisited several times. Great opportunity to catch it on draft. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the most chalice-like glass I have. Beautiful tawny color,nice and cloudy like a Belgian Strong should be. Nice 1in head that suck around for a decent time, a little foam lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell was powerful, nice and spicy with a bit of sweet, very complex.

Taste and mouthfeel were phenomenal, this stuff is good. The alcohol is fairly apparent, but it is 8% after all and was still really smooth.

As usual with me and good Belgian ales, I could drink this stuff all day.

This is a damn good beer. I didn't know people in Canadia made stuff as good as this, now I must visit Quebec. I love this stuff

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

On many occasions i have had this beer from a 750ml corked bottle. This was my first experience tasting it on draft. It blew my mind. i cannot immagine anything tasting better. While the beer still had little smell and a somewhat murky appearance, it proved to be better tasting than anything I've had to date. I brew my own beer and only dream of the day when I one day can brew something one tenth this good. Keep in mind I am impartial to this drink and would never say anything negative about it. Drink on.

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

Purchased a 22 Oz. bomber at Trader Joes and drank it that night, having chilled it to around 55 degrees farenheit. Drank it out of a Duvel Belgian glass.

A - Pours into a smoothe tawny, perhaps a bit of a deep mahogany, much as a dark belgian should. Two finger head dissolves into intricate lacing along the glass.

S - Immediate aroma of honey, like smelling a dilluted mead from afar. Hints of fresh fruit and lively notes of malt present.

T - Initially, the smooth and definitively Belgian maltiness presents itself with a bushel of fruits-- perhaps apple or pear-- with just enough flavor to disguise the 8% abv. Does so with flying colors. Resolves into a prudent hops profile, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Best described as a bit chewy, just enough resistance to prevent a watery feel, not enough to give it the same viscous consistency of a thicker style of beer. Remained as such throughout the drinking session without divesting too much carbonation.

D - Overall, a bomber is enough to satisfy the palette. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and may leave you feeling pretty well off if you solo the bottle. The flavor and aroma stays with you for a while beyond the final sip, which serves as a valuable reminder that you need to pick up another bomber. ASAP.

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

I keep coming back to this beer because it one of the best Belgian
beer values eventhough it brewed in Quebec. The balance and rounded flavours are what makes this extremely drinkable at 8.0%abv. Fringante, Terrible and other Unibroue beers are bigger and badder but their availability and price do not put them on my table very often. This beer at $5.00 a 750ml bottle is often in my fridge.

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

A: Cloudy, brownish orange with a thin layer of off-white head that lasts forever. Very full rings of lacing.

S: Sweet spices, some fruit aromas (almost smells like citrus and cherry), yeast and a touch of alcohol.

T: Malts are the first flavor, but also a nice fruity sweetness. Following that comes the yeast, then clove flavors. The taste of alcohol is present, but restrained enough that it compliments rather than over-powering the beer like it does in some beers. Really great tasting beer, it seems like different notes come out on every sip.

M: Medium body, quite a bit of carbonation, ever so slightly sticky.

D: Incredibly drinkable beer. The alcohol warms nicely as it goes down, and it keeps tasting better. A truly exceptional beer. Worth seeking out for sure.

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

Opaque rich amber body with thick creamy tan head.
Spicy yeasty nuttiness, pepper and sherbert aromas.
Extremely creamy toffee flavor, quite surpising for belgian style. Hugely spice and quite sweet. Alcohol does not hide, nor does it detract. Masterful balance of the hoppy bitterness and the sweetness

Before I drank this, I figured that Unibroue travelled as poorly as my incontenent grandmother, but this lovely beverage, had in Japan, was unbeatable.

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

Appearance: Hazy dark amber that pours with thick creamy head that dissipates but is maintained with consistent carbonation.
Aroma: Fresh bread yeast with fruit and citrus.
Taste: Sweet fruit and malt with spice notes of clove and black pepper.
Texture: Medium body
Drinkability: With an ABV of 8% you could quickly reach "one too many", but one just isn't enough.
Notes: Served in a goblet

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Maudite from Unibroue
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