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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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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A light, semi-permeable brown, the same color as those old style, root beer lollipops. Its beige head poofs up like a bag of popcorn and has to be dispensed gradually, lest it overflow from the glass. Retention is short lived and leaves limited lacing to speak of.

A bucketful of malted, malty malts. Mixed in are dried cloves, whole grain bread, and strangely: apple peel with the barest touch of molasses at the finish.

An upbeat prickle of carbonation lofting about within a mildly bitter, medium frame.

Upfront you’ll experience an avaricious mouthful of brown sugar and allspice over bananas. What follows are honeyed wheat toast and a fetching nip of cloves. The careful observer may detect traces of dehydrated, honey crisp apple in the aftertaste. Complex, bold, and balanced.

Jul 10, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The pour is amazing hazy nut brown. The smell is sweet with citrus and it faces into hints of those earthy spices and sweetness like coriander and cloves with some brown sugar. The flavor is heartier and maltier than I expected, though still notes of spice, not as prominent. Good carbonation makes it smooth, as well. This beer grows on me throughout the pour. At the start is feels a bit harsh and over-carbonated but by the end sweetness and maltiness in both aroma and flavor really kick in. My "rating" went up alot from first-taste to near last sip.

Jun 14, 2020
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Look: Muddy amber brown with a thin eggshell head. Head thins out to a thin ring around the rim.

Smell: Notes of banana, brown sugar, clove, whole wheat bread, green apple skins, and pear. Beautiful.

Taste: Notes of baking spices, green banana, pear and brown sugar on the attack, this mellows to honey on whole wheat toast with clove. The finish is all bruised pear, baking slices, and brown sugar.

Feel: Medium plus bodied. Mild plus alcohol. Prickly bright carbonation. Mild plus sweetness. Mild bitterness.

Overall: World class. One of the best dubbel’s I’ve had. A must try.

May 12, 2020
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dcp740i from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully crafted ale. As good as it gets. In my book, up there with the Belgians. Big oatmeal colored head, hazy dark copper color. Creamy and malty. Notes of cloves and dark bread. Of course the alcohol, at 8%, but not overwhelming. A treat when you have the time and attitude to appreciate this beer. Outstanding effort on the part of Unibroue of Canada.

May 03, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; reddish amber in color; 1 finger finely pored light tan head that receded to a skim cap; no lacing;

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and spice;

T: bready malt, dark fruit, and cherry; mild bitterness to go with moderate sweetness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nice complexity;

Apr 24, 2020
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Ohknows from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice brown/ caramel color. I get a malty smell.

The flavor is sweet and a little strong. Its a little dry-ish at the end and that’s what I am not liking about it, besides that over all good beer.

Apr 04, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Unibroue Brewery as a whole. This is a good dubbel, I wouldn't say an outstanding beer, but a nice refreshing beer overall. Pretty bland on the smell, almost more of a wheat aroma, the taste is simple, not a complex beer that's for sure. Fairly smooth with a touch of biterness at the end. Good belgium style dubbel for sure.

Mar 15, 2020
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Mysticmage from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355mL bottle. She pours caramel brown with russet dustboard finish. Minimal collar on this one disappoints. Nose is simple malt with oak finish. Drinkable with decent start and fizzy finish, ok but have had better from this brewery.

Mar 15, 2020
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clausthaler from Delaware

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It’s a very very good double, not particularly nuanced but it’s super drinkable and not spendy like Trappist rochefort so you won’t feel bad crushing it. There’s really nothing bad to say about it.

Feb 13, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay dubbel, nothing over the top. Some dark fruits and nuts notes, a bit dry well much more dry than classical belgian version which is not a bad thing.

Jan 07, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: nice brown color, with a thin white head

Smell: a bit of color and malt coming through

Taste: malty, with a bit of sweetness

Feel: super smooth

Nice dubble, but not an incredible beer. I would say it is worth it at $2.50 a beer, but not more

Jan 04, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great Belgian dubbel that drinks a lot like St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. You have to be careful with the pour (and popping the cap, for that matter) or you'll lose some beer. The spices are definitely there, but work in a blended and harmonious fashion with the base beer. Very drinkable with a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Dec 31, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada

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

Took me a while to try this iconic Quebec beer. Pours a foamy head with a deep copper color. Fairly carbonated with a spicy kick and dry taste. Aromas and flavors are dominated by sweet malt and caramel. There's a hint of bitterness and fruit (banana mostly) mixed in there as well. Oh and be ready for the 8% abv to kick in.

Dec 28, 2019
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altstadt from Canada

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Hazy dark red-brown. Moderate flux of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Poured a finger of head with small bubbles that combined into larger bubbles. Head didn't really shrink, so there was no lacing. Still had some head half an hour later.

Light caramel malt scent. Swirling the glass only boosted the caramel a small amount, probably because the head blocked it.

Mostly caramel malt in the flavor. Some citrus that came through as lime to start and then shifted to other mild fruit flavors. Hint of spice and a light burn that might be from spices or the higher alcohol. Slight bitters.

Tongue tingling as it turns into a light foam. Slight burn.

Typical Belgian dubbel with spice and fruit flavors. Good representative of the style.

Oct 11, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Orange brown, hazy. An outstanding dubbel, flavor is well balanced, has good amount of breadyness, malt, caramel hints, and good amount of carbonation. The high % is not noticeable.

Sep 18, 2019
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dcscientist from Colorado

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

A very solid Belgian dubbel, as you would expect from this brewery. Tastes exactly how you would think, which means they did it right. A little alcohol, a little spice, a little caramel, it's all here, and it's all good.

Sep 04, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Jul 20, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

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.

Jun 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Jun 20, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 15, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

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.

Jun 15, 2019
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LarryLove81 from New York

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.

Jun 14, 2019
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eberesford from Canada

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.

Jun 08, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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%?!).

May 13, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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!

Apr 08, 2019
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