Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,907
Ratings:
4,492
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
16.31%
 
 
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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy maroon color with a big white head, into my schell's tulip. Smells yeasty, spicy, and very intriguing. Taste was very vinous, with lots of spice and malt presence, excellent hop finish, serve at cellar temperature for best results. If this is "The Damned" I can't wait to try the Gift of God...

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Photo of markman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Maudite (best before 01/29/07):

Ahh, Unibroue Maudite…I’ll be damned. Slightly cloudy garnet pour sits under a beautimus two inch head that dissipates quickly into an even 1/8 inch head of fine bubbles. Aroma is kind of yeasty with some spice thrown in, and perhaps some dried fruit. This brew is balanced to perfection…malty spice seamlessly fades into a yeasty hoppy finish, and leaves with a smile. Very nice example, and a nice choice to compliment a hardy Italian red sauce.

Cheers...

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Photo of KoG
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After pulling the cork out I had to make a run away from the carpet... must have gotten jostled a bit or something.

Pours into the glass a hazy red-orange with a giant amount of off-white head that settles slowly and leaves a small layer floating on top, not much lacing on the glass itself.

While cold little aroma could be found which seemed a bit musty. After letting it warm up a bit more, alcohol and ripe fruit show their presence with a bit of spice.

Taste had the same attitude as the smell, more prominent when warmer. Not as heavy as I had expected, light alcohol presence that numbs the tongue a bit but is overtaken by a ripe fruit and spice mixture with little hoppyness supported by a nice malty backbone. Very well balanced, quite possibly the most balanced beer I've had.

Mouthfeel was easily the best feature for me. Went down nice and smooth with no bad aftertaste or alcoholic burn.

A very nice holiday selection if you feel like a Belgian as it will complement just about anything and not overpower.

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

Popped the cork out of the 750ml champagne bottle and it flew across the room above the Thanksgiving turkey. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass a dark brown hue that becomes more and more murky as it nears the bottom of the bottle, almost like apple juice. Great carbonation - tiny, tiny bubbles just keep on coming. Slighly sweet aroma of roasted malt, prunes, brown sugar, light hoppy bitterness, and some serious alcohol. Incredibly complex palate. Notes of brown sugar, sweet malt, dark, sweet fruit, and earthy yeast. Highly alcoholic finish is very warming. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy, very nice for the style. Takes a while to drink, but is imminently satisfying even an hour after pouring.

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Photo of amicar
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle. Pours with moderate white head, which disspates at a medium pace. A cloudy brown appearance with a little orange mixed in. The smell suggests overpowering fruity esters; but on the first sip, they are not as present as expected. Certainly plenty of body and malt. You can taste the roasted malts/ ?crystal malt. However, tastes a little too tannic. Has a warm alcoholic sensation in the throat without being too harsh.

Overall, pretty good, but not the best offering from Unibroue. I don't know what it is, something just feels a little off balance. I would have this again, certainly; but it would not be the first thing I would reach for. I can't see myself having more than one in a night.

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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

Wow.

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.

Excellent.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a brown and cloudy color with a tan fizzy head that settled down to a ring around the beer. Aroma was nice but very faint and difficult to pick up. Did not overpower you. Maudite tasted slightly sweet and lemony with a nice but tangy finish. Felt like candy on the toungeand for an 8% abv quite drinkable.

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

Poured a rich orange that has an almost brown character to it with a frothy white head that subsided quickly to leave a layer of bubbly foam. Aroma is very complex with sweet malts and a lot of alcohol and yeast fruitiness. The flavor is a rush of a barely perceptible hop bitterness and a sweet malt flavor balanced by a dry estery finish that has a lingering alcohol prescence and a mineral water like taste. The mouthfeel has a fine belgian style carbonation that rushes a lot of small bubbles all over your tongue without having the bite of arificially carbonated beverages. The body of this ale also has a Belgian feel to it too as I am sure they achieved the high alcohol of this brew using kettle sugars. Very drinkable on a cold night when this ale is at about 50 degrees F and poured into a snifter like glass it is very expressive of it's flavors yet has a refined balance.

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Photo of Zraly
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a slight film of a head comprised of small, compact bubbles. A beautiful spicy smell that speaks of Noble hops. I am reminded of homebrewing a hefeweizen and smelling the Hallertau hops. Aroma ambrosia.

Flavors of slight toasted malts, apple and dried cherries inundate the senses at first. Yeasty bread rears its pretty lil' head. Then a subdued clove spice kicks in, complimenting the initial scent. Warm, alcohol tones. And watch out! It's super smooth, so it is considerably sneaky at abv 8%.

Overall, wonderful, full-on fruit flavors with rich backings of spice and even a note of fresh herb. The more you drink it, the more you find in terms of flavors. And the more you drink it, the more you like it. A sign of a true epicurean delight.

I can drink this solo. I can drink this with fresh greens and bleu cheese. I can drink this with a nice medium-rare delmonico steak. I can drink this with a vegetarian mexican lasagna. See where I'm going?

A masterful ale selection that won't disappoint. Serve it to your wine snob friends and laugh at them when you tell them you only paid $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

One of my all-time favorites.

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

Strong, devilish ale from Unibroue.

Appearance: Dark, murky orange. Good head.
Smell: Raisin-y, plum-y; Good malt tones. Not much hop here.
Taste: Complex maltiness up front. Fruity, banana and berry middle. Good finish, but perhaps just a tad too sweet. This sample tastes liked like a younger port. Could possibly rate a 4.5/5.0 in another year, or two
Mouthfeel: Solid, full-bodied ale. Leaves the palette nice and warm. Good yeasty residuals, to compliment the sugars.
Drinkability: Very good. Solid ale on cold night. Admire the Belgian-like approach to this beer.

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

Bought a 750 ml bottle of this for an evening of movies. It's an old favourite.

Pours a hazy coppery brown with a foamy off-white head that oddly disappeared rather quickly, which was odd for Maudite. Smells very spicy with a few citrus notes. Taste is a strong yeasty spiciness with hint of orange gets much better as it warms up, becoming more mellow and smoother. It also hides the ABV very well, and sneaks up on you like most Unibroue ales do... which I like. I should have bought two bottles...

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

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with some brown highlights and a lasting light beige head. Bready and yeasty aromas with a fair amount of fruitiness and spice in the background. Predominantly malty, but the yeast imparts a dryness and light tartness into the finish, making it very nice. Rather fruity, maybe taking on fresh fig, mango and pear, very subtle vegetal notes, too. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, which is a plus. Overall, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light brown apple ciderish color haze with a quickly diminishing head. Tons of sediment is floating around. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with a good malt backbone. Some pear and apple smell.

Taste: pear-like sweetness with a nice malt balance. a good sweet, somewhat dry and bitter aftertasting beer. Very enjoyable. a nice example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Good use of carbonation.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem like 8% ABV. Very easy to drink.

Notes: This is a great beer from a great brewery. I will have to try it again in comparison with La Fin Du Monde because I loved it. I have also had the Trois Pistoles, and I didnt think it was that amazing although I did drink it a bit too cold.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice 2" white head. The aroma is of malt, pepper, spices, and yeast. The flavor is big, as malt is nicely balanced with spices such as pepper and clove, a nice bitterness level, alcohol, and a touch of honey.

The mouhfeel is slightly crisp at the start with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly strong carbonation levels. The malt and pepper tones last long on the tongue. Extemely drinkable and an overall tasty brew.

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Photo of dgallina
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium-bodied red belgian-style ale. Large head and lacing with strong carbonation. Spicy aroma. Medium heavy and relatively creamy mouth-feel. Strong spicy and mostly sweet flavors with some residual alcohol bitterness. Somewhat too tart for my personal taste.

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

Um, cool bottle. I should probably preface this by saying that this is my first time trying a Unibroue product, or any beer of this type. Cloudy dark amber color, not much head but that's probably my fault for not pouring it all that well. Tastes very spicy and even though I could definitely detect the higher ABV, that's not a bad thing. I give drinkability a 4 even though you would definitely need water in order to drink a few of these...

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Photo of cooter
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"341mL" Canadian bottle of 8%, poured overly heady. Foam looks bright and heavy. I can feel the alcohol content smacking my eyes after only a few swallows, wow.... Smells tart. Looks indian red. Tastes like red...dunno what that means. Synesthesia. Berries, wheat, alcohol, esthers, malt, clean pennies, and marinara sauce all come to mind (no joke). Definitely suggests a larger serving due to complexity. Good lord does it make you feel good, too! Smooth, not too carbonated, creamy. A simply fun aftertaste. An enjoyable, drinkable belgian which manages to be simple enough to drink and forget, yet complex enough to sit and try to figure out what's in it.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl.bottle with a 03-05-05 drink by date. Has a hazy amber-orange color with a decent head. A peppery, spicey smell, medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Taste is complex with sweets and spices; caramel, vanilla, cloves, black pepper, etc. A slight alcohol bitterness to finish reminds me of the brews potency.

A nicely crafted brew that has aged well.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick but fleeting tan head.
aroma is sweet, fruity, mostly apple, with a bit of apricot, prune and alcohol in the background.
mouthfeel is creamy smooth,full and round.
flavor is spicy at first, then fruit, honey and apricot.
finish is peppery and sweet
.Did not go well with Romano cheese (which I tried during the last third of the bottle), but probably would with gouda or swiss.
Alcohol was extremly well hidden. It snuck up on me and before I realized it I was a little loopy.

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new bottle selection at Chumley's. Although I've frequently had this brew available for purchase, I've never actually got around to it. Tonight things will be different. The beer pours a deep amber white a tan head that was a tad bit smaller than I expected. No excess of carbonation on this one. Aroma had faint notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. A yeasty aroma was also present. The taste reminded me A LOT of Trois Pistole. Lots of dark fruit, but with a more bread like flavor than the 3 pistole. An excellent experience for me and I look forward to picking up a four pack and expanding on this review.

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Photo of ken3c
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a big puffy head. It sticks to the glass only in spots. Massive amounts of bubbles feeds the big head.

There is strong smell of ripe banana, mango, and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet bananas and alcohol. A little like a well carbonated bananas foster.

Light to medium body and very effervescent.

I enjoyed this more and more as I drank. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation infused in a light chocolate colored body with nice sediment swimming around. The smell is crisp, orange peel and spice. A nice amount of spice in the flavor especially on the finish where the spice bite mixes with the carbonation and tingles the tongue. Spice is the dominant flavor, a little more balance would be nice, speaking of balance, no alcohol was detectible, and just a very little hop at the finish. With the flavor mostly being spice I would have given it less than a 4, but for some reason the spice can earn a 4 all on it own, with out the help of other flavors. The mouth feel was smooth, with some carbonation tingle, and an over all surprising drink ability.

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Photo of diamonddave
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this beer (as with most of the Unibroue beers) has one of the coolest label designs in the biz. The label looks like it could have been the cover of a Heavy Metal magazine circa 1979. I know this doesn't make the beer taste any different, but it does make you feel hip while you're drinking it.

The beer itself is a murky brown apple cider color. Kinda smells like apple cider too, mixed with a bit of grain. There's something else going on here that I can't quite figure out... like wood or something. (Huh, huh. I said "wood.")

The taste is crisp and refreshing. Very bubbly and lively, and the alcohol gives it a nice clean bite. The flavor is pretty complex and, at least for me, hard to pin down. All kinds of fruits, malt and hops are dancing around. Pouring in the yeast from the bottom of the bottle makes it even more confusingly tasty.

This goes down way too easy, and at 8% ABV, the buzz will hit you quick. "Drinkable" is an understatement. If I could afford to, I'd drink it all the time. ($47.99 a case? What the hell?) This is one Damned fine beer. (Pun intended, unfortunately.)

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange colour with a thin lace of white foam that keeps replenishing itself due to carbonation. Aroma consists of ripe fruitiness and maltiness, with some spice and alcohol as well. Sweet, almost wine-like character is present in the flavour. Sharp fruitiness and lightly phenolic spiciness, just a hint of black pepper with a stronger clove-like flavour. High carbonation and noticeable alcohol warming with a smooth texture and medium/full body. The finish is just slightly bitter, with the phenols and sweetness carrying through.

341 mL brown bottle with bottling date on the back label.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Nothing like I thought it would be. Poured a reddish bronze/brown with almost no head at all. The smell is very spicy and a bit fruity with the maltiness in there aswell. The taste, too, was very spicy. Some malt, alot of fruit. Delicious! Not very carbonated and as such, very easy to drink. Again, I'm very impressed with this and will likely buy it again.

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Maudite from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.
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