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Old 12-31-2010, 04:58 PM   #121
Feb 2009
Raleigh, NC
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Has anyone been able to determine if they use the same yeast for bottling or not? I see it both ways on this thread.

I want to make something similar to La Fin and if they use different yeasts I'll probably just use the 3522 I have a ton of.

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:05 PM   #122
Nov 2007
Valcourt, Québec, Canada
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From my brew log, Maudite clone v2 and v3 are very close to the real thing. The recipe is still too complex IMVHO; most advanced brewers to who I have discussed this with said that I definitely should think simple to clone Unibroue beers. I received very good comments when I present v2 to my HBC. One, a BJCP judge I think, said he would have score high this beer.

The yeast define the profile. You need WY 3864-PC. WY "support" said that the next closest yeast to 3864 is Belgian Witbier (WY 3944?). I tend to doubt but I haven't tried yet. I have divided my last two versions in two (40 L batches into ~20L carboys) to try other Belgian yeasts for comparison. I have founded WY 3522 to be far from 3864 profile but very interesting for "dark" Belgians. Fermentis S-23 was very boring. Maybe this one could be "good" for pale Belgians; Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Blond, maybe Tripel and Golden Strong too... 3864 is very spicy and can be a bit too phenolic at first (weeks). I have founded that 8 to 12 weeks aging does the trick. Pitch rate is also "critical" like with other Belgian yeast where you want to narrow down a specific signature.

Also, I have sampled the original thing for FG and it is ~1.016-18. I seriously question the specifications on the web site; SRM=18 & IBU=22 doesn't sound right to me.

Yes, they use the same yeast, I was told so, but they use fresh yeast for bottling... obviously.

Thanks to this thread, I got started on this project to clone La Maudite!
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Old 12-31-2010, 07:09 PM   #123
Feb 2009
Raleigh, NC
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Excellent! Looks like I finally get to use that Erlenmeyer flask I bought to culture some yeast from the bottle.

Also a good excuse to go buy a four pack of this again.

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:17 PM   #124
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From my own experience working with WY3864, fermented on the cool side (high 60s- low 70s) produces a lovely almost citruisy quality in the yeast. I brewed a Belgian honey blond ale a couple months ago and used 3864 from my fridge yeast bank.

My creation while not Unibroue, has that wonderful tartness to it from the yeast, carbonation is lovely and it smells heavenly. It also never cleared for me, despite whirlfloc, cold crashing, and gelatin. 3864 is a beast, but mighty tasty.

Definitely go with a simple grain bill, and don't let the fermentation temps get too high. It takes off pretty quick, and finishes nicely as well.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:11 PM   #125
Nov 2010
philadelphia, pa
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Originally Posted by benthegrate View Post
Maudite is absolutely, hands down, my favorite beer. I stumbled across it in Quebec...bought it because I was at Winter Carnaval, and the convenience store owner explained the flying canoe label this way:

Back when Quebec was still almost entirely wild country, a group of fur trappers was up the St. Lawrence trapping beaver when a fall storm blew in and froze up the river. The trappers desperately wanted to get back to Quebec City in time for the drunken debauchery of Winter Carnaval, so they struck a deal with the devil. In exchange for their souls, the devil provided them with a flying canoe, so they could soar above the frozen river to the city to participate in the drunken revelry.

Great story...better beer. Maudite was what inspired me to start brewing. If it wasn't so ruinously expensive here in Texas, I'd drink nothing else.

I searched for a clone last year and this was what I found:

20 litres Maudite

7 lbs 2 row malt
6 lbs light Munich malt
2 lbs wheat malt
0.25 lbs Belgian Aromatic malt
0.25 lbs light crystal malt
0.10 lbs chocolate malt

Mash at 69C for 90 minutes

1 lb brown sugar added to boil for 20 minutes
then 1 oz Tetnanger 5.7% AA for 60 minutes
0.5 oz Hershbrucker 4.9% AA for 20 minutes

pitch with White Labs Trappist Ale Yeast

Fermented at 20C

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Old 12-24-2012, 03:26 AM   #126
Dec 2012
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Hey all,

Thanks for the great input on the Maudite clone. It seems to me that one of the most important aspects of Unibroue's unique style is derived from yeast. I am curious if anyone else gets a Brett flavor from any of their beers. In this thread I have seen more than one reference to taming the wild yeast. What would you all say to their "protected yeast strains" being some blend of Sacchromyces and Brettanomyces? The flavors I get from Don de Deux and Le Fin du Monde don't seem to be accounted for fully by spice or grain additions.

Any new information on the clone attempts? I believe I will try a Don de Deux clone when I am content with my yeast research.


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Old 01-09-2013, 04:54 AM   #127
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I would absolutely be up for a Don de Dieu clone... probably my favourite Unibroue beer.

My brother lives about a half hour from the brewery... I should make it out there sometime.

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Old 10-21-2014, 11:23 PM   #128
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From my brew log, Maudite clone v2 and v3 are very close to the real thing.
Paco, not sure if this is the most up-to-date Maudite thread or not, but I brewed your v3 recipe with some minor tweaks, and it is SPOT ON. Absolutely delicious. Here's what I did:

15 lbs Pilsner (2 row)
10.0 oz Biscuit Malt
10.0 oz Special B
8.0 oz Aromatic Malt
8.0 oz Caramunich Malt I
8.0 oz Carapils (Briess)
1 lbs Candi Sugar, Amber (actually just 1 lb sugar, boiled with lemon juice for 20 minutes at 250F)
2.00 oz Hallertau [4.50 %] - Boil 40.0 min
6.00 g Seeds of Paradise (Boil 15.0 mins)
1.00 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 15.0 mins)
0.50 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 15.0 mins)
4 cloves

And of course the Wyeast Canadian Belgian yeast, which is a must for this recipe.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:43 AM   #129
Feb 2010
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I brewed a 10 gal. batch in late August. It's closer to Tres Pistoles due to mash efficiency (82%). It has the color and aroma of Maudite but it's 8.9% abv. I used "Stout Fan's" recipe posted on Brewboard downsized to 10 gallons.

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 10.00 Wort Size (Gal): 10.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 25.85
Anticipated OG: 1.079 Plato: 19.00
Anticipated SRM: 13.5
Anticipated IBU: 22.2
Brewhouse Efficiency: 82 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts

Evaporation Rate: 15.00 Percent Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size: 15.29 Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.065 SG 15.82 Plato

Formulas Used

Brewhouse Efficiency and Predicted Gravity based on Method #1, Potential Used.
Final Gravity Calculation Based on Points.
Hard Value of Sucrose applied. Value for recipe: 46.2100 ppppg
Yield Type used in Gravity Prediction: Fine Grind Dry Basis.

Color Formula Used: Morey
Hop IBU Formula Used: Rager

Additional Utilization Used For Plug Hops: 2 %
Additional Utilization Used For Pellet Hops: 10 %


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------81.3 21.00 lbs. Pilsner Belgium 1.037 2
2.9 0.75 lbs. CaraMunich Malt Belgium 1.033 45
2.9 0.75 lbs. CaraFoam Germany 1.037 2
2.6 0.70 lbs. Aromatic Malt Belgium 1.036 22
3.4 0.88 lbs. Biscuit Malt Belgium 1.035 19
3.9 1.00 lbs. Special B Malt Belgian 1.030 120
3.0 0.77 lbs. Turbinado Sugar Generic 1.046 0

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
3.00 oz. Hallertau Hersbrucker, Whole 4.40 19.8 60 min.
1.00 oz. Styrian Goldings, Pellet 1.4 2.3 60 min.


Amount Name Type Time
0.77 Oz Bitter Orange Peel Spice 15 Min.(boil)
5.00 Unit(s)Clove, whole Spice 15 Min.(boil)
0.77 Oz Corriander Seed Spice 15 Min.(boil)
4.00 gm Grains of Paradise Spice 15 Min.(boil)
0.50 tsp SuperMoss Fining 10 Min.(boil)
6.00 gm White Pepper Spice 15 Min.(boil)


WYeast 3864 Canadian / Belgian 2 ltr. starter

Mash Schedule

Mash Type: Single Step

Grain Lbs: 25.85
Water Qts: 34.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Water Gal: 8.50 - Before Additional Infusions

Qts Water Per Lbs Grain: 1.36 - Before Additional Infusions

Saccharification Rest Temp : 152 Time: 120
Mash-out Rest Temp : 168 Time: 10
Sparge Temp : 170 Time: 10

Total Mash Volume Gal: 10.51 - Dough-In Infusion Only

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.

2 week primary, 30 day secondary. Racked to keg & filtered to carboy for priming/bottling. Pitched 1 ltr US05 starter & 210 gm corn sugar.

FG = 1.011

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