Maudite | Unibroue

4,581 Ratings

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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 LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of mooseo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A perfect dark brown/deep amber color. Excellent 1" head, with a ton of lacing. Lively and bubbly.

S - A sweet nose consisting of a mix of caramel malts and citrus and spice. While not a powerful scent, it is rather pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is spicy and malty with a hint of apple and other fruits. Good balance. The finish has a bready, yeast flavor that lingers on. All of the flavors here are wonderful.

M - Smooth, crisp, full bodied beer, with high carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, but refreshing.

D - High drinkability. The alcohol is barely noticeable. A fine Belgian dark ale with an exceptional taste.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 14 oz mug.

A: Deep amber-orange with a lot of sediment swirling in the glass. Pours a dense, creamy off-white head, two fingers thick. No lacing clings to the side of the mug.

S: I'm getting a lot of malts and grain-like notes - a heavy, bready aroma. Some spicy sweetness cuts through the maltiness, notably fresh cloves, perhaps some coriander.

T: Good balance between a grainy, whole-wheat bread flavor and the spiciness from the cloves and the alcohol. Sweetness comes forth at the start, like a caramel or dark honey, but quickly transitions into a nutty, fresh bread note followed closely by the spicy, slightly peppery alcohol. Finishes smooth with the yeasty, fresh bread flavors reappearing with just a little bit of dryness starting to creep in.

M: Like the last Unibroue I tried (Trois Pistoles), I get a slightly powdery mouthfeel. Lighter body, good carbonation.

D: 8% ABV gives just the slightest bit of warming, even though I know its presence in the peppery notes preceding the finish. Fairly well hidden; could easily drink another Maudite before the night is through. Probably slightly more drinkable than its Trois Pistoles bretheren, just because it's has a lower ABV and is better disguised overall, but I would say this beer is probably on par in terms of drinkability with Trois Pistoles - would enjoy another bottle of each regardless.

Another strong Belgian-style dark ale from Unibroue. This one was probably a tad bit sweeter upfront than Trois Pistoles, but that beer definitely had a lot more of a spicy, peppery punch. Either way, I would enjoy this beer again, but until I can compare Maudite side-by-side, sip-by-sip with Trois Pistoles, I cannot say I prefer one over the other. Regardless, another delicious and strong dark ale to suit my tastes.

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Photo of Jeriacor
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from bevmo cause it looked interesting. I've liked other Unibroue brews. Let's see how this is.

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a snifter. Freshness date shows 07-02-2012.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful medium amber color with a massive off-white head. Looks great. The big head fades quickly and this beer has some long lasting lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeast, cloves, seeds, and spices. Cinnamon apparent also.

Taste: Tastes of yeast and many a spice at first. Slight apple/pear flavor as well. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and some kind of seed I can't identify, also a vague pumpkin flavor, and vanilla. Hops are very downplayed here, this brew is about the malt, which is warming and satisfying. There's plenty of complexity here, far more than my unrefined palate can pick out.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and warming, not very dry, but not incredibly wet either. Quite nice.

Overall: I enjoy this beer, solidly. Very high class and filled to the brim with warming spices, perfect for those cold days. For a beer who's name means "damned" this beer is quite far from hell, maybe even heavenly. A beer to enjoy any day you are looking to enjoy great tasting beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass, after the initial cascade of foam.

A: Slightly clouded, caramel color, with nice, heavily carbonated, bubbly head. Quick to recede, the head leaves very little lacing.

S: Classic Unibroue yeast, which I now can really recognize. Mild spice, possibly clove, and a certain alcohol presence.

T: Wonderful...similar to smell, just stronger. Sweetness, dryness, very complex IMHO.

M: Champagne-like carbonation. Bubbly prick, clean with a slight warming sensation.

D: For 8%, the alcohol is pretty hidden in the taste, just not the effect. Terrific taste, just not very sessionable at this high ABV.

Another fine beer from the northerners. Unibroue is one of my favorites, and Maudite is another reason why.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks hazy brown with hints of amber and gold in the light. A super fine bubbled head made a large head that stuck to the glass in a full wall, with stellar retention.

Smells of yeast, fruity apple, and a light breadiness.

Taste is similar to the nose, lightly fruity, with a malt middle and a yeasty finish.

Feel is very creamy, easy to drink. Carbonated perfectly, and a nice yeasty tang on the end.

I was surprised by this beer, a warm overall feeling from all aspects made this very good. Texture is my favorite part.


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Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maudite pours a pretty, clear, orangey-bronze color, with a large, fine, light tan lid.

Smells of berry sweetness with vanilla, apples, and yeasty spiciness. Very nice.

The medium-full body boast a creamy-soft and gently-fine, smooth carbonation. The taste has a subtle blueberry/toffee sweetness along with lightly toasted malts and red apple fruitiness. A light spiciness from black peppery yeast completes the package.

Not as crazy-complex as some of the authentics, but still really good.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy caramel color, beer looks lovely but the head is surprisingly thin for an Unibroue beer.

Smell is dominated by tons of yeast. Also spices, banana, a dry almost tart character.

Taste is also very yeasty, lots of nuts and spices as well. Subtle toffee and banana in the finish. Not particularly sweet but not as dry as the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is great, creamy with high carbonation, almost as nice as La Fin du Monde. Super drinkable.

A really solid beer, very strong mouthfeel and tons of yeastiness as your expect from Unibroue.


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Photo of coolandy007
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolateM
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass. The beer is pretty cloudy, pretty much an opaque pale ruby-orange color, with a giant thick off-white head, and some decent lacing.

Aroma is a bit musky, dominated by yeast and very ripe fruit.

I'm probably drinking this a bit colder than recommended, but still, this beer is delicious. The yeast flavor is as Belgian as it gets, but not too overpowering. A little bit musky, with noticeable suggestions of dried fruit, especially dried apricots - enough that if someone were to ask me "What's Maudite like?" my answer would immediately be "apricots." Some tangy citrus qualities too. No really overt hop flavor to speak of. Very slightly phenolic, and barely any hint of alcohol sting in the flavor... it's fairly well masked, but leaves a nice warm feeling in the chest.

Spritzy, highly-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a little too drying, which does take away a bit.

For drinkability... well, I sure won't have a problem finishing this glass, but I think one is enough... not that I'd turn down two. That description deserves a good 4, in my awesome opinion.

I would love to bring this to a classy party/gathering/dinner instead of bringing wine. I think it'd pair well with sharp cheese and dried fruits, particularly.

About $10 a four-pack

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Photo of Briken
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with an off-white sandy head. Yeast and spice aroma that's slightly acidic. Crisp spicy yeast with light malt sweetness and a little raisin and a candy finish. Clear sharp carbonation with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

Such a well rounded flavor that isn't too bready and on the sweet side without being overly sweet. An easy to drink belgian especially since the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark reddish brown body. thick chunky off white head towers three inches in the air before settling in to a thin creamy cap.

s: smells like a fresh baked fruit cake, yum! lots of fruit and bread, some caramel and spice.

t: real fruity and bready with a touch of sugar and spice and everything nice, including some caramel notes. more of a candied fruit on the finish but still delicious thru out.

m: rich and creamy with excellent carbonation. short clean finish with a refreshing element to it.

o: nice beer will buy again. goes perfect with an early holiday meal.

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Photo of sopor
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly reddish muddy brown earance topped with an active frothy head which dissipates eveny to a thin film & ring. Very light nose of sweet-tangyness.

A taste of zesty fruit flavor and tangy sweetness carres the tongue along with a hint of wheaty-yeasty flavor. malts become more evident as the brew warms.

Deceptively light (not a strong dark ale IMO) but only moderatley light. Not exactly smooth with suck zestiness and lively carbonation, but not overly heavy or bitey.

Aonther great offering from Unibroue, when I want "belgian-style" flavors, this is one of my favorite brews to grab.

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Photo of ploobs
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 4-pack of bottles from a local store.

A: I have to agree with the previous reviewer, pours the color of a dark-brewed iced tea, with amply white head and somewhat thicker lacing on the glass.

S: I get an citrus and almost floral aroma, very pleasant nose.

T: Very bright at the start, not as full-bodied as I had hoped, but has a pleasant well-roundedness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light in the mouth, refreshing.

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Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite for review number 400. Special beer for the occasion.

Poured, into a chalice of course, a clear oaken / bourbon color with a tan head – nicely ringing the ol’ glass. Turns hazy brown as the swirling kicks in towards the end of the bottle. Any brew bottle conditioned brew is extra special for me, like this one.

Earthy aromas first appear, followed by candied fruit and apples. Sweetish quaff of Belgium yeasts and sugar cane. Nothing really stands out, but the taste is solid.

Fizzy mouth, tangy and sweet on the tongue. Very dry and crisp. No alcohol presence at all, it’s very well hidden. A quality brew, but not a knockout by any means. Nice sipping brew for cool or warm weather.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber with a low, off-white, and frothy head which fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong bready aroma. The aroma was citrusy and and sweet with a raisin and other dark fruit character. For some reason the aroma struck me as that of bread pudding with raisins.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a citrus flavor coupled with dark fruits which were not overdone. The flavor was bready with a light bit of earthiness in the hop bittering, but mostly a light caramel and light spice.

The finish was dry with a light crisp and low citrusy flavor into the afteraste with a light Belgian yeast spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was high. The flavor was nice, but the aroma a bit unsettling.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a modest tan head and no lacing.

S: Fruit, brown sugar, a bit of a yeasty tang. Not super-strong.

T/M: Lots of rich, sugary fruit up front: apples, raisins, very cidery and sweet. This is balanced by bready Belgian yeast and spices.

O: A great Belgian, very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of diablo14
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky bronze color akin to dirty pond water with a modest khaki head that settles into a layer of fine froth. Aroma smells of apple, pear, coriander, and a hint of caramel sweetness. The flavor tastes much like it smells--caramelly sweet with vibrant coriander and clove bolstered by Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is positively sizzling yet velvety on account of the spice, yeast, and carbonation. Traces of fruit manage to emerge on the back end. The 8% ABV is marvelously well concealed. The only fault I can proffer is that the sweetness can become slightly cloying with time. The body is medium and perfectly appropriate for the style.

Overall, this is a flavorful and effervescent Belgian ale that's equally at home on a hot summer's day and a cold winter's night. I almost take these Unibroue beers for granted on account of their consistent quality, but let there be no doubt that this is a great Belgian ale.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is the fourth style of Unibroue I've tried out of mixed eight pack I bought, and a good night for a Canadian beer with the opening of 21st Olympic Winter Games. Poured the 12 oz. ale into an old Hamms glass, mahagony color with a nice three inch off white head which stayed around awhile, not much lacing.

S- Kind of a musty almost saison type smell a little alcohol note and some dark fruit and malty aromas.

T- Nice spice tastes with some nice hops, fruits that comes through are raisin,grape and citrus.

M- Some carbonation hits the roof of the mouth a little oily feel with a nice warming back end.

D- Very nice dark ale for a cold winter night, you will probably only want to stick to a couple unless you are camped out at home for the night.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,581 ratings.
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