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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,301
4.22 | pDev: 10.43%
Quebec, Canada
Notes: Without a doubt Unibroue’s best-known beer, La Maudite is inspired by abbey beers and Belgian double-style ales. It first hit the shelves in 1992 and took the province by storm with its 8% alcohol content, making it the first strong beer available in grocery stores.

That’s where the idea came to tie its name and branding to a pact signed with the devil. The illustration of the “chasse-galerie” (or flying canoe) from a beloved Quebec legend captures the spirit of the beer.
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Reviews: 1,983 | Ratings: 4,758
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Stamped on bottle is best by date of '02-07-22'.
Medium amber color body, with some cloudiness. Pours a high off white head, which stays around as a compact, small bubble cap. Not much for lacing.
Smells of bready malt and phenolic spice. There is also some dark fruit and toffee.
Taste of bready malts and cherry like fruit. Banana, clove, and toffee mix in. Some yeast dryness at the end/earthy.
Has a filling feeling in the mouth, but the body is medium, but the swallow is thicker. Some effervescence on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
This is a treat to drink as a beer that expresses bread, dark fruit, spice, toffee, and a dry finish. ABV% is felt but does not intrude.

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Photo of MNAle
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle allowed to warm from a 45degF refrigerator for 10 minutes, poured into a 16 oz goblet.

Tall, creamy white head with a slightly tan tint. Beer is dark brown from the front but amber-ruby through a backlight. Ample carbonation. The lacing is not too thick, but nice looking.

Aroma is bread, dark fruits, and spice. After a few minutes, the spiciness begins to become the most prominent part of the aroma.

Feel is on the thin side of moderate, but quite effervescent.

Taste is earthy, with just a touch of drying astringency. The fruitiness trends toward cherry rather than raisins or figs. This gives it a "new world" take on the style while remaining true to the Belgian origins. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent burgundy with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Head retention is fantastic. Aroma is dark and stone fruits, toffee, caramel, clove, zesty hops and toasty, nutty, bready malts. There is a little zeasty yeast ester along with banana at the close. Robust sweetness up front that's bolstered and supported by hearty malts. Flavor profile is less thick and sticky, but more focused - hitting notes of toffee, dark fruits, caramel, banana, clove, and caramely, toasty, bready malts. It breaks apart a little the palate, coming along more in a thin, consistent line vs. the flavor blast of the aroma. Mouth feel is medium-thick with an expansive, fuzzy texture that carries the expansive flavor profile well. Overall, depth and complexity without lingering or sticking qualities. It's robust and flavorful.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a BB date of 12/10/2021 into the goblet
A - Dark cedar color, steady carbonation feeds a thin off white cap.
S - Yeast jumps out, a touch of light brown sugar, some raisin, and fresh fig in there as well.
T - Follows the nose quite well, add just a bit of earthy yeast and some brown bread.
M - A bit thin in a good way, sweet start never lets up, light brown sugar, and notes of toffee add a nice touch
O - A very good offering and with a full year stock here a treat to have every few weeks.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip

Look: In a word: Gorgeous. Deep amber, bordering brown. Massive rocky tan head with great retention and lacing that goes all the way down.
Smell: Caramel, toasty bread, sweet fruit and spice, I'm mostly getting nutmeg.
Taste: Follows the nose but much more intense, the huge punch of nutmeg gives way to the caramel bready flavor that lingers on the palate.
Feel: Medium bodied but crazy effervescent.
Overall: Hot damn, this beer is gonna open up a new world of enjoying dark Belgians for me. Very drinkable for an 8%er. Not super related, but kickass bottle art too.

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Photo of LarryLove81
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and creamy but with a nice alcoholic bite at the end. Lovely beer. IMO I’d rank this right in between the trois pistoles and fin du monde as far as unibroue beers I’ve tried.

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Photo of eberesford
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first beer I ever tried from Unibrou. Still fine. It pours a dark amber with orange tints and a generous frothy head. Aroma and flavour lighter than one might expect but still charachteristic cherry, toast, some banana and leather on the oalate. A very drinkable dubble.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky rust color.

Huge off-white head; a curtain of lace.

Cherries & yeast in the nose; hint of dark bread.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Dry cherries & champagne in the taste. Very quaffable, not overly flavorful.

A dark session beer (at 8%?!).

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint glass; best by 07/25/21.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber with orange highlights, a four finger off-white to light tan head produced by explosive effervescence, excellent retention (at least a finger), and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Lightly pungent with aromas of cloves and light cardamom, banana, leather and earth.
T: Semisweet to sweet. Flavor pallet spicy with stronger caramel and brown sugar maltiness evident than in the nose, but otherwise largely derived therefrom. Bitterness provides solid balance with the sweetness (and alcohol).
M: Medium to full bodied with robust effervescence. Almost chewy and leaves a strong tingling in the mouth.
O: Maudite is a excellently well-crafted Dubbel. First had it in Québec in 2010: it was delicious then and has remained so. Une bière fantastique!

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance has a hazy dark mahogany/dark amber hue, very thick and pillowy two-finger thick head that has excellent retention and lacing. Opaque and mysterious.

Main notes in the aroma consist of brown sugar, raisins, and coffee beans. There are other notes of cranberries, spices, caramel, cloves, plums, and honey.

Taste: brown sugar, bread malts, yeast, alcohol, burnt caramel, and coffee beans occupy the front, while the other notes mentioned in the aroma follow. A grassy, bitter aftertaste is present. Feels richly smooth.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A; Poured into a tulip glass from the 750mL bottle. The beer is a hazy dark red color with a massive foamy off-white head that sticks around for a good long time.

S: Light sweetness with honey and berries, raisins, slight yeast character and brown sugar deep within. Balanced malt character.

T: Light brown sugar character wrapped around raisin, bitter cranberry, spices. Alcohol is slightly evident in the finish.

F: Very carbonated.

Overall: There are better dubbers out there for sure, but this one is very accessible and drinkable.

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Photo of spectru
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber, bronze, brown; light tan head; Rich sweet, fruity aroma; Feels rich, tangy but smooth, moderate carbonation. Tasty, sweet but not too sweet.

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Photo of kyleondrums
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: reddish, amber brown with a slight haze and minor amounts of lacing on the outside of the glass. Roughly a 3 finger head which I have found is not uncommon with this style.

Smell: notes of brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts. Belgian spices dominate.

Taste: as with the smell, the Belgian spices are at the forefront. Your typical Abby beer with a touch of creaminess.

Feel: slightly dry and a little bit lighter than one might expect from a beer boasting at 8% abv.

Overall: an above average double ale/Abby style Belgian beer. Very drinkable and it pairs great with just about anything that’s better than bar food.

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Photo of ewpass
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy red amber with a huge peaked head. Fruity Belgian yeast nose. Medium malt body with fruity notes. Finish is dried fruits and spicy pepper. Fine effervescence.

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Photo of jkblr
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 10-10-20 poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours dark amber to light brown with orange highlights. The head is off white and settles to a cap leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is largely burnt sugar caramel with some bready malt and plum notes. The taste is more of the same with semisweet caramel bread, date and plum mixed together with a dry, peppery & very mild clove finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, very good. This beer has a very pleasant taste and feel profile to me. Nice balance with the spice, malt and yeast. This beer does strike me as more of a dubbel than a BSDA.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber pour, small creamy head of foam that settles, leaving medium lacing around the glass.

The nose on this hits initially with an undoubtedly clear coffee aroma, but is instantly followed up with heavy spice and caramel notes. The combination gives almost a Belgian-inspired Mexican hot chocolate nose. Weird and unexpected, but very pleasant.

Spicy, malty, and with a noticeable hop presence. A grassiness lingers, and settles with that distinct Belgian yeast flavor.

Smooth, slightly sticky, leaving a light film around the roof of the mouth. Low but sharp carb.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by 5/20/18

A- pours a deep amber color with a three-finger foamy white head that has great retention after the pour and leaves some lacing behind

S- rich and malty nose with notes of caramel, toasted bread crust, candi sugar, prune & raisin. There's a spicy peppery yeast aroma that closes it out

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of biscuit and caramel, followed by dark fruit notes of fig and raisin. Mid-palate gives some spicy yeast notes that adds clove and continues into the finish, lingers of dark fruits and more yeast spice

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into an effervescent finish

O- bold and rich throughout while keeping great drinkability, outstanding

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Photo of Tomahock
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is light, sweet and malty. A hint of starbursts (yes, starbursts the candy... and oddly in this case it’s not an insult). Silky mouth. Classic dark ale flavor. Sharp, tonic water bitter finish at the very end. I really like this beer. You’ll never taste the 8% so go for the second 750ml with caution. And if you buy in Canada it’s dirt cheap. 750 ml cost me 5.00$ (Under $4.00 usd). Nice.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip glass. Pours a very thick off white head that drops slowly leaving abundant lacing. Color is cloudy rust brown. Aroma is rich fresh bread dough, apple, pear, butterscotch, and floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a prickly champagne quality. Flavor is malt dominate with sweet dark bread, fruit and floral notes. Overall: an excellent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to sniffer.

Le cellier.

Look:  dark brown.  M ed out off white head.

Baking soda

All spice
Brown bread.


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Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and it looks like murky river water. There's a fingernail of beige covering the vast majority of the top. I'm smelling dark Belgian candy sugar, dark malt, and caramel. I'm tasting dark Belgian candy sugar, sweet Belgian yeast, and caramel. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle: This one pours a murky caramel color. Small tan head with little lacing. Good nose. Caramel malts, maybe some banana and clove. The taste is very good. Malts, spices, plums, clove and some others. A fine dubbel.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with great off white head and ok lacing.

Deep cherry, followed by a MASSIVE amount of clove. After the clove, there’s sweet malt blending with alcohol astringency. Smooth in carbonation but feels tumultuous due to cloves.

Pretty good!

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Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark copper in color that is clear with an off white, tannish head. Head retention is good.

Smell: Plums are the first thing that comes through in the aroma. There are low levels of caramel and banana in the background with some perfume notes. It also has hints of spice and floral elements.

Taste: There are plums and dried fruits in the taste. Alcohol is noticeable, but not hot. It is a bit spicy with a bit of pepper that is noticeable.

Feel: It has a moderate body with high carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall, a beer balance towards with the malt with complex elements from esters and spicy notes.

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Photo of mdnorris
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- I like the deep brown the beer has when poured into a glass.

S- Exactly how it tastes. No misadvertisment here.

T- The taste is great. I, personally, can hardly taste the alcohol, but the caramel and chocolate notes stand out well.

F- I like the mouth feel on this one; not too thick, not too thin. A great texture.

O- Based on price, I would certainly select this again, though at full price I may balk.

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Maudite from Unibroue
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