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Quebec, Canada
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,908
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
Nov 23, 2022
Aug 26, 1998
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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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle, best by date of 02/08/2025, so we've still got a couple years. Somehow I've never tried this staple offering from Unibroue, even though it's been on BeerAdvocate since 1998. (!) A Dubbel style ale, "Ale brewed with spices" and "Bottle refermented" Possibly the first strong beer (over 8.0%) to be widely available in modern grocery stores?

Poured to Unibroue La Fin Du Monde stemware. #almostproper. I think I had a Maudite glass long ago, and it met an untimely fate.
Pours a deeep burnt dark orange body. Almost barleywine-ish in color. Finger and a half of thick frothy off-white foam that leaves good big strands of lace. It looks very nice.
Aroma seems faint? Lots of must, very mild alcohol presence, Belgian yeast? Earthy & twiggy, with notes of dark fruit (fig, plum, dates, cherry). It doesn't smell nearly as dark or complex as I was expecting.
Taste reveals more of the same - flavors of booze-soaked cherries, Robitussin, raisins, figs, plums, cream, alcohol heat. Again, not nearly as complex as I was expecting - not nearly as layered or deep as I thought it would be. No brown bread or bread crust. Straight up booze soaked fruit. Slightly disappointed by this aspect, but the beer's remarkably high drinkablility almost makes up for it. This thing is exceptionally smooth & creamy, which is I think where the trick lies. Crisply carbonated, but not distracting. The beer drinks extremely easy for 8.00% abv.
Overall, this one feels tricky for me, as I wanted to like it much more than I actually did. Worthy, but not a likely contender for repeat drinking.

Unibroue Maudite -----3.75/5
Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Nov 13, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I have tried this out of the bottle into a glass smell of molasses sugar brown sugar very smooth perfect carbonation
Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle best before 8/24/24 into a 12oz tulip glass.
L: Pours dark rust amber almost transparent w very high carbonation, a lively 3/4" light khaki head that is self-energizing, random spotty lacing.
S: Sour dark fruits, cherry, a hint of vinegar, gently woody, clove, allspice, a suggestion of bread, banana (esp as beer warms).
T: Caramelized & roasted malts, earthy overripe dark fruits, a sensation of dark honey, light citrus zest, coriander, mahogany, leather, air-dried old wood. Excellent balance. Lightly sharp with a touch of sourness then roasted malts and sugars mingle.
F: Alive, brisk and vibrant med to med-heavy and smooth feel w a med-length med-dry finish that is gentle.
O: Simply excellent tasting and feeling. Fragrant, flavorful, well balanced and fairly easy drinking finishing lightly sweet & dry. A trace of alcohol with warming. It is outstanding in its style.
Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by rawbraves from Colorado

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours an opaque deep tan, soft 1.5" head that thing out to a solid quarter inch, a bit on the light side; nice, streaking lacing. Nose is brown sugar, clove, allspice, banana, and some earthy hop notes as well; light roast as well as it warms. Taste leads candy, sugary sweet with only light baking spice notes to rein things in. Sweetness dissipates quickly, however, as warming notes from the alcohol become more prominent. As the beer warms, light spice and banana come through, but the dominant flavor is brown sugar, and the beer is lacking in depth. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with mild but bright carbonation.
Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Shiredave from New York

Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by bkwagie

Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle, born on 5/14/21, poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees F:
L - copper tan with a soft off white head visible carbonation
S - clove, banana, coriander, roasted malt
T - Belgian yeast flavors of coriander, banana, clove dominate
F - lots of carbonation with a light crisp mouthfeel
O - nice, I think I liked the draft better. Perhaps this is past its prime although the bottle says drinkable to 5/2023
May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I don’t know who or what Maudite is, but it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s a renaissance era damsel in distress, and she’s up chilling in the dungeon asking for a ride home. Then up swoops dashing and handsome Raul, who tosses her a rope to climb down on. Yes. Maudite is her. Something so beautiful and balanced that I would risk execution to save.

Giddy up.
May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
pours a hazy toffee brown body with a tanned cream froth head that has moderately high retention and leaves sheets of thin sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a murky, full cap with thick defined halo

aroma is sweet caramel and spiced yeasty bready malt; banana, clove, and raisins are also lightly present

taste follows the nose and kicks it up to 11.

mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium bodied. it runs smooth with a bit of grainy, prickly, chewiness

super solid brew with a slightly nuanced complexity. to boot, it comes with a certain legacy that ought to be honored, one that shines through with the overall enjoyability of this slightly high abv malt bomb
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
#2 dubbed as ranked on beer advocate

Bottle poured into a large nonic

Brewers 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 belove

Translucent copper liquid crowned by a pencil thin taupe layer , recedes to a thin layer

Aroma is if caramel, malts

Taste is slightly sweet , caramel ,malts

Fizzy , sudsy mouthfeel

Good beer
Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A near opaque matte, dull rust/copper body with an aggressive but not violent red clay tinged head. Lacing is pretty good. Nose is a mix of toast, spice, and yeasty notes including a little bubble gum. The toasted grain lays a nice foundation for a mix of orchard fruit jam and fall spices. The opening feel is nice, punching in around medium with a softness, but the carbonation ends up a little less restrained than the head it helps produce. A nice balance of malt and bitterness, with quite complimentary flavors.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH Goblet Glass

The beer pours a murky copper color with about three fingers worth of foamy white head that slowly recedes leaving some light lacing behind

The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of toasted bread, raisins, plums, banana, and caramel. There is also a spicy aroma that compliments the sweetness

Like the nose, the flavor is sweet and malty with notes of toasted bread and dark fruits. Lightly spicy with some caramel and toffee that rounds it out. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a smooth finish

Overall, Maudite is a nice beer with a lot going for it. Very nice
Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a bottle from 2011, so please take that into account with this review.

It pours a muddy reddish-brown that seems to be in line with fresh, but not much of a head. Clears decently as it warms up.

The smell is fruity, both the raison fig contingent and some nice apple. Slightly spicy, peppery, heavy on the bread. Very weak banana when fully warmed.

The taste opens sweet and spicy, black pepper and coriander. The pepper sensation lingers thru and continues well after the swallow. The sweetness morphs into the fig/raisin fruit thing rather nicely. I thought the malty bready notes would be stronger, but they show up almost as a third layer of flavor. There's a toffee flavor that I think can be chalked up to age. It's kind of a subdued malt bomb where the malt is strong, but the supporting cast gets equal billing.

Mildly carbonated, peppery tingle lingers, sweet but not sticky, and towards the dry side despite the sweet part.

Overall, this tastes pretty fine. I'd buy it again based on how it tastes now. I'm feeling it has lost some edge but has mellowed into something pleasant.
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Feb 16, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy, deep ochre colour in a tall goblet. Generous 4-5 inch head slowly condenses into a thick two inch head supported by the carbonation over the next 15 minutes.

Smells are lovely and complex. Overall spicy smells up front followed by gentle malts. Lots of bread, spices, peppery stuff here.

What a lovely taste. There are three parts on most of my sips. The up front — strong and peppery, coriander and Black pepper. Followed by the middle, which comes quickly after the spicy sip — malts and hop character swirl around, sweet bread and yeast followed by some grassy, clove-like bitterness. It ultimately finishes with the strong malt, yeast backbone, and the coriander and orange citrus notes can absolutely be noticed here.

As the beer warmed and I continued to sip I noticed a tiny bit of candied plum flavours in the finish, which again, was strongly malt forward and relatively sweet.

Beer is medium-ish bodied, smooth, nice carbonation, the alcohol doesn’t present a strong bite here anywhere. Finishes sweet but mostly dry.

This is overall quite a gorgeous beer. The one time I’m happy to be in Canada when it comes to beer is being so close to Unibroue. We can’t import international beers, and our offerings are tightly controlled by the government liquor boards, but we always always always can get the first pickings of Unibroue’s beers. Their winter collection is awesome. Maudite is an excellent beer and it has been 10 years ago when I first tried it, and is excellent to this very day.
Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Cloudy deep amber, nice off-white head, good retention and lace
Rum-soaked raisins, some caramel, a bit of warm spice
Golden raisins, light caramel, warm spices, a hint of green banana
Medium-light bodied and appropriately carbonated
Really good dubbel
Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by irishevans from California

Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Opaque copper body under a large off white head that left moderate lacing.
Aroma: Ripe fruit swirling around yeasty, spicy, malty goodness.
Taste: Dried fruit, spices, some sweetness but not at all cloying. Hops not a major factor.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with lush carbonation leading to a lingering finish.
Overall: Enjoying the complex. multi faceted dimensions of this style.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Rhetion from Florida

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drinking this at The Parsons Pub in downtown Murphy NC.
Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Looks deep Amber with a very nice tight foamy head that lasted.
Smells bready, spicy, coriander, yeast.
Taste follows the nose nicely, complex melding of flavors make this really nice.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall one of the better Dubbles that I have ever had and I would definitely order again.
Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 2.98 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by KT3418 from Colorado

Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Stratscott

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A classic. From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent dubbel pours
a amber tinged brown with a nice head of white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin dusty layer, and shows off some nice light lacing. Nose of
clove, coriander, dark candy sugar touches, dates, figs, and spicy yeast
notes. Flavors follow nicely with dark bread, spicy yeast, herbal balanced
hops, dates, fig, candy sugar, and coriander. Nice mouth feel;
medium body, light soft carbonation, and a balanced sweet and lightly
spicy finish.

Of note, with warmth some white pepper comes into play.

Overall, a classic that is just as good as when I had it
in the 90's!

Aug 19, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Smells fruity and dark with malts sweetening the scent further.

The taste is balanced. It's mostly clean malts with funky Belgian yeast in the background.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's medium bodied with a lot of bubbly carbonation to feel like silk. The finish starts bitter and then gets fruity.

It's a really phenomenal double. One of the best Belgians I've had. I give it a 5.1 out of 6.
Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by whibbitt

Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy dark brown color with a beige head which is short-lived and turns to lacing and a few floating islands. Spice on the nose especially some cloves, cinnamon. Taste’s great with spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg with some sweetness of caramel. The brew is perfectly balanced.
Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by tarantism

Jun 16, 2021
Maudite from Unibroue
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