Maudite | Unibroue

1,921 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 longarm
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a huge fluffy head of foam. Lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom to help retain carbonation.

Aroma dosed with hints of orange and apple. Light yeasty character lurks underneath a hint of sweet spices.

Slightly sweet up front, a mild dose of spices akin to cloves or cardamom coats the palate supported by slight caramel sweetness. In spite of this, it does not approach a cloying heaviness and has a surprisingly dry finsh.

Easily quaffed, this moderately complex beer has easily lived-up to expectations. It's not overwhelming, but not too simple either.

This was also enjoyed along with a wonderfully simple selection of cambozola, lox and light artisan bread. At the very least, I highly recommend pairing this ale with a soft bleu cheese.

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Photo of trancefishy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous frothy head, lots of valleys and hills, ah, lovely. nice clear dark amber colour for the beer.

aroma: unibroue yeast, underneath are some sweet, heavy malts, a spiciness like coriander, lemon peels, some dry leaves. mouth watering.

taste is light, a medium sweet with apples and pears and toast. a hop brightness shines through later with some lemon flavour and pine. has a nice dry and bitter finish to round out everything.

nice mouthfeel, spritzy but not overly so, enough to bring out the subtle flavours.

great beer, yummy!

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Photo of Truh
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked over my shoulder and found I was running with the devil with this one on 3/20/2005. 16-oz. tall pilsener glass pour at 43° N.

Sudsy on the edges, but otherwise, completely clear of the white stuff – no lace and no stick. Very clean orange hue with some nice, gently ascending action that mesmerizes, though it could have just as easily have been the restaurant’s atmosphere. Cool, cool, cool as ice notes on nose with some jumpy grapefruit and kiwi aspects. Almost a spicy note on the mouth = white pepper, oregano; great malt base bangs through while hot alcohol cools things in a yin/yang sort of way. A reliable go-to.

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

750 ml bottle. Cork came off with a huge pop and dark fruity aroma. Poured in to my goblet and dark, burnt orange copper color. Filled glass with half liquid and half foamy, big bubbled head. Didn't leave a lot of lacing, but does have good stability, leaving a nice beige cap. Good carbonation keeps the foam from disappearing. The smell is fruity sweetness, but not overpowering, lots of yeast noted coming throught too. Aromas of toffee and raisin. The taste is quite complex, sweet and firm. Plum and dried fruit and just a small bite on the lips. Full mouthfeel - thick almost syruplike, but not overly sugary. A touch of yeast in the finish that helps cleanse and refresh the mouth so you are ready for the next sip.
The second half of the bottle had more yeast and the color of the liquid changed to a murky ice tea color. Warming up a bit brought out even more aroma and flavors. Very impressed, tastes similar to Edition 2004, imo. I would have this as an after dinner drink when everyone else is having their scotch or port. Have another bottle in the cellar, so will be interested to see how this ages in a year or five.

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

Maudite ran into the goblet glass with a hazy dark tan appearance. The head came up as a bubbly plume, similar to Trois Pistoles but not as volatile in bubbly effect, then shrank back down without much lingering in lace. There is moderate carbonation, but overall a more thick body as opposed to light and effervescent. Looks good.

The smell is a robust dark fruit waft. Nice malt sweetness in the nose. Yeast refermentation leaves its character spliced in with the fruits. Vague spice, but not too much. Smell is very nice.

The taste comes off with an apple cider like sweetness and a bite to the tongue in the finish. Vividly fruity and reminiscent of a wine in a beer sorta way. Nice flatness with not much carbonation effect noted in the mouth. Juicy texture. Slight aftertaste that continues to satisfy after the swallow. I sipped this girl down over a good stretch of time due to the sweetness. The time span facilitated the warming effect which just made the complexity of the flavors stand together to be marveled at. There is no lack of rich flavoring here. Excellent.

I think I could drink a couple of the 12 ounce bottles and be perfectly satisfied for a night. The intensely fruity flavor and the alcohol content would stay within perfect limits and I would be satiated without having plunged overboard. This really is an excellent brew. Surely not a guzzler or a gulper, but one to be savored. Unibroue seems to be rocking the house.

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Photo of hefevice
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle in large wine glass (close to chalis). Poured orangy brown with small head and little retention. Big fruity aroma with hints of honey and brown sugar. Same for the taste with a slightly bitter finish. Was so smooth I hardly noticed the alcohol until it hit me later. Nice drop.

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Photo of theo871
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says this beer means "damned" They're right, I've never had such a damned good beer!

Appearance is cloudy amber, with a large cascading head. The smell is sweet and fruity, and the taste is the same, with lots of spice. It jumps off your tongue in a spicy way, and is surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV.

Damned indeed!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Unibroue Maudite out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip glass. There is a best before date on the back of the label for 04-22-07.

Pours a hazy light brown color with a fluffy head at first, but it quickly turns into a thin lacing. Some mini carbonation bubbles continue to rise a few moments after the pour.

Aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and fruity esters. Whiffs of apples and pears in the nose.

Sweet malts and Belgian yeast with clove spices take charge on the palate. The perfect blend of peppery spices and sweet malt mouthfeel. Some sips remind me of an apple cider like sweetness and zing.

Simply put, this is a great beer. Well crafted and very, very drinkable at 8.0 % ABV. Another excellent beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper color with a minimal head, even with an aggressive pour. Smells of dark fruit (raisins) and malt. Very slight alcohol aroma. Tastes of bread, dark sweet malt and fruit. The finish has a noticeable alcohol twinge, but it is not unpleasant and does warm the stomach. Finish is surprisingly clean, with a slight yeasty flavor lingering on the palate. Pretty good. I will have to try more Unibroue beers in the future.

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Belgian style ale. Not anything too amazing, for Belgians that is, but certainly above average. A nice dark red brown color with a bit of tan head on top that sticks around for a few mins. Smells and tastes like a nice sweet loaf of banana bread, raisins, Belgian spices, cloves, and some nice hearty malts and just a touch of floral hops. Like I said, this is a great beer but in my mind it doesn't stand out compared to the best of Belgium.

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Photo of baiser
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cellared 2003 keg, on tap at the beer bistro. Appearance was a bit disappointing. Virtually no head or lacing. Red/mahogany body. Aroma of fruit, spices, breadiness, sweetness and alcohol. Taste was excellent. Very mellow, smooth, ripe fruits, estery, cloves/spices and a good hop bitterness. Medium bodied, wonderful mouthfeel. Great with food.

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Photo of droomyster
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this for a long time. Brought home a 750 ml bottle. Fragrant fruity spiciness, rambunctiously sweet and peppery taste. Darker amber red, medium foamy head that it maintains until you’re almost through. I know it's not fair to compare apples and oranges, but Trois Pistoles is still my favorite Unibroue.

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Photo of vitesse
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 355 mL bottle.

pours a nice light brown color, with a very cloudy appearance.
small head that recedes quickly. this 6-pack came straight from MTL, so freshness isn't an issue. lovely spiciness that really hides the alcohol well. slight tangy sourness is in there, but plenty of sweet malty goodness balances it. another very solid unibroue beer that bears the mark of their signature yeast profile. drink this puppy!!!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, amber/orange with a big fluffy, creamy head with good retentino and tons of lace.
Smell is fruit, malt, hops, and some spice, mostly pepper.
Taste is same as the smell wih some bitterness in the aftertaste. I keep thinking this beer should be more complex but it doesn't bother me. It's just good. The balance is spot on.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a light effervescenceand a medium/full body. Warms the throat some, too.
Drinkability: on tap, all day long.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darkish colour, some spice in nose and a fine drink. Tad sour like some darks. Pepper, strong biting carbonation, much better on tap than in bottle. In bottle, more of Unibroue yeast. Medium to watery mouthfeel. Spice with some malt aftertaste, similar to a cola. Belgian style and unique.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an exceptional head into a wine glass. Very big. Two finger widths. Thick lacing throughout. Tastes like Duvel. Not too much going on past standard Belgian yeast esters. Just darker in appearance. Smooth. Nicely carbonated, but not too much.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful iced tea hazy brown with a thick, pillowy head that diminishes to form a nice skim coat that lasts for the duration.

Smell: Yeasty and malty with a faint and subtle fruityness.

Taste: Malty and bready; spicy like the nose. Nutty, peppery, with subtle esters, candy sweet finish becoming peppery at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin and carbonated with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a beer I find myself returning to quite frequently. Good session despite the ABV.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy mahogany, with a huge head and a fine coating film along the edge of the glass. Smells malty, peppery. Lots of fruit in the taste, like dark dried plums. Moderate bitterness, and very spicy, peppery phenols. Highly carbonated, crisp texture.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright tea color with a small foamy off white head. Disappated rather quickly and had a noticeable lack of carbonation.
Smells complex. Malty and fruity. Sweet malt, some spiciness and lots of tropical fruit. Some bubble gum hints as well.
Rich full malty flavor. Tangy yellow and orange fruits, brown sugar, light yeast tartness and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Nice balance of flavors.
Medium bodied with a light, almost flat mouthfeel. I was expecting more carbonation. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Best by 3/07 hmm?
Great aromas and flavor but the mouthfeel was a bit of a surprise.
Hurt the drinkability a bit for me.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy orange color with tons of carbonation and a huge creamy head.

Smell is a very sweet combination of pleasant yeast odors some breadyness and a very strong mango like fruit prescence. Very complex and nice.

Taste is very nice, not as sweet as the smell would indicate, a very smooth brew with a nice maltiness with hints of severyal fruit including bananas, apricots, and dates. Changes to a nice woody and clove finish. A very nice complex beer.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a slight carbonation fizzyness to it along with a very dry finish.

Another very drinkable beer by Unibroue! Had no problem at all finishing off a 750ml of this good stuff.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue never ceases to impress me. This ale pours a glowing semi-opaque reddish-amber with a great head that is just the right size. Looks great in a Duvel tulip glass. Smells are so complex I don't know where to begin. Sweet malts, freshly-baked sourdough bread, mango, papaya, maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is wonderfully complex. The malts are amazing. The yeast provides the perfect base for the myriad flavors that begin to emerge as this ale warms. I taste wheat, white grapes, mango, plum, nectarine. I taste perfectly placed hints of spices: ginger, cardamom, cloves. The hops, yeast and malt are perfectly balanced in this ale. Of course, I may be a bit biased, as this is my favorite style by far. Mouthfeel is wonderfully peppery and smooth with just the right amount of everything. Even the ABV is perfect - not to much, not too little. Wonderfully drinkable for this style - very close to perfection for me.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this poured an a hazy orange/amber, nice rich head that retained well,fruit and slightly clovey aroma, other smells too, but can't quite identify, complex, taste is rich creamy and complex, I sense some vanilla, clove, fruit, maybe Apricot?,also malt, very nice, mouthfeel was bubbly and creamy, very smooth, drinkability is fantastic, not a session brew, but one to savor, I really enjoy all the unibroue products.

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Photo of kegerator
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is only the second uni that I thought was well done.

poured a hazy golden brown, almost like Cider. Had a 1/4 inch head that lasted 5 seconds. No lacing noticeable.

Smell was interetsing, Sweet Malt almost brown sugar like, cakey/bready aromas with some very faint hints of spice

Taste was clean, not wuit efull body in my opinion.Carmel Malt and Sweet Bread were the major flavor with some slight spice. The alcohol was not noticeable at all as I drank it.

All in all a nice offering and wuite drinkable.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry-tinged apple cider color. Fizzy head recedes to nothing and leaves no lace. Smell's a touch weak, but in general like every other Belgian I've tried: Sweet malt. Tastes of roasted bananas and pepper (as well as other spices), and also some bready malt. Mouthfeel's a bit fizzy at first, and also a bit thin, but both of those improve as the beer warms.

Overall, this is a good Belgian, although compared with La Fin Du Monde and Trios Pistoles (the latter I didn't review when I drank it-good though!), it's a bit weak. Nevertheless, this one hit the spot on this cold, blustery winter night.

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, with best before dating of 5-31-07! Guess they know this stuff will age nicely. Anyway pours a cloudy medium brown, loose off white head, first its rocky and pillowy and then it settles fairly quickly to a film. Doesnt leave much lace. Nose is rum soaked raisins, sweet, yeasty. This is a tasty, complex, dark ale, spicy, phenolic, raisins, prunes, rum, wood, smoke, alot going on here. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. More rum and alcohol in the finish. Strong, flavorful brew. Those Canadians sure brew some strong tasty Belgian beer.

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Maudite from Unibroue
4.17 out of 5 based on 4,558 ratings.
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