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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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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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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blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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
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TheRatCage from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: dark amber brown. Two finger pillowy head that sticks around for awhile. Nice lacing.

S: sweet malt, caramel. Maybe some figs. Faint fruit.

T: Sweet malt again at first. Brown sugar, caramel. Clove and spices as well on the middle to back-end. Dark fruit, prune. Some bread. A little hops and sweetness at the finish. Pretty dynamic.

M: Medium-full bodied, towards the higher end of medium bodied. Very nice carbonation.

O: Balanced with a lot of notes. One of the best for doubles.

Jun 07, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. I picked this up at a local beer store recently to keep checking off Beers of Fame!
The beer pours a fairly clear amber to mahogany color with a fluffy beige colored head of about 3 cm. This foam fades slowly leaving some sticky lattice on my glass.
The aroma has some light caramel malt and a bit of cloves and light cinnamon. No real hop presence and the 8% booze is hidden too. the nose is sort of mild overall, but is appealing and works for the style.
The first sip reveals a medium body with slightly syrupy texture and fine tingly carbonation. Feels like its a little bit of a bigger beer.
Flavor is malty up front with caramel and some brown sugar and then rolls to a bit of green apple hit and quickly gives over to spices of clove and cinnamon. I get a bit of black pepper bite on the finish and mild warming booze on the swallow.
This is a fun beer to revisit after quite a hiatus. Im going to circle back to many of the Unibroue line again. This is worth a sampling for a Dubbel with some spiciness.

Apr 18, 2021
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another home run. It’s amazing how balanced and well crafted this beer is. It’s even better than actual Belgian dubbels I’ve had. Just please don’t tell the monks

Apr 18, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

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

Poured a rich mahogany with a nice white head.

Tastes of Belgium yeast and sweet malt with some toffee-caramel. There is mild spice/clove mixed in with apple and dark fruit in the finish and very mild bitterness.

Apr 09, 2021
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Sayb from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy light brown , thin head that dissipates slowly .
S: Caramel and cloves
T: Cloves , nutmeg with a toasted malt finish .
F: Smooth , lighter than expected .
O: Very nice brew , would be perfect for winter holiday gatherings .

Mar 21, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark amber 90 transparent with creamy 3F tan head with good lace.

N-Cloves, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, brown sugar, yeast.

T-Clove & cinnamon leads the other spices noted above, atop a nice malt with subtle yeast. No banana or bubblegum esters. Cloves are in check. Dry somewhat metallic finish with a slight tang. Almost hints at a stout like roast on the malt but without any coffee or burnt notes. Nicely balanced .

M- Clean creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Lightly dry finish with a hint of neutral alcohol. Refreshing carbonation.

O- This is one of the best non-quad Belgians I have tried. I have not had many Belgians but this one is tasty.

Mar 21, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a modest white head that soon reduces to a nice ring. In the nose, it is primarily dark fruit and candi sugar. In the mouth, it is similar, dark fruits and a solid malt base with caramel.

Feb 19, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

a: murky light brown/dark ruby red color with some purple notes. doesn't really pour a head at all, which is surprising

s: dark berries, figs, molasses, candi sugar, figs, plums, raisins. prunes, fruit bread, and fresh biscuits. some nice caramel and some clove and pear

t: big hit of figs and plums right away. candi sugar, raisins and a generic dark berry note behind that. fruitcake and crusty bread. mild clove and coriander provide a little spice kiss. a little bit of sweet apple on the backend, and a big bready malt backbone

m: mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation

o: not much more to say about this other than awesome. I would consider this one of the benchmarks for the style. a real treat. my only knock is it could have used a bit more of a head

Jan 16, 2021
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a fantastic Belgian style ale.
I use their yeast for Homebrewing clones of this, Trois Pistoles and La Fin du Monde. I can't afford it any other way.
It's nice having 5 gallons of something very similar for under 20 bones.
A fantastic Dubble style ale that hits all the right notes.
Not your average Canadian beer. I put them up there with Ommegang for making great Belgian inspired beers.
If you enjoy Belgian Dubbels, you will enjoy this beer.
It is pure magic on tap if you can find it.

Jan 13, 2021
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Junior from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark cola color with a frothy light brown head.
S - Dried fruit, roasted malt, caramel, and yeasty esters.
T - Dried dark fruit, sweet roasted malt.
F - Highly carbonated and relatively clean finish.
O - Well balanced and easy to drink.

Dec 18, 2020
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't had this for a while, but this is what got me into making Belgian my favorite style for a long time, being challenged now by New England IPAs. I can also say this is what open me to the world of craft brew.

Dec 01, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nov 2020 Review
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Look: golden brown, amber, ruby. Huge 2-3 finger white foam head. Lots of bubble lacing. Cloud cover the whole time. Not many better looking than this. 5.0

Nose: clove, pear, apple, fresh baked bread. 4.25

Taste: bready malt, clove, pear, apple, hint of honey with slight bitter hops and pepper on back end. Nicely balanced, absolutely delicious. 4.5

Feel: moderate carbonation, not thick but still substantial. Smooth and easy to drink. 4.0

Overall: no news here, this is a great beer and I’m only surprised I haven’t tried it before. 4.5

Nov 15, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brownish red with a bubbly, frothy head that fades into a thin layer of bubbles.

S: Dark fruits, bread, clove, apple and light hops.

T: Opens with clove and dark fruit, moves into deep bready flavor with hints of apple and pear.

F: Light to medium bodied, high carb, crisp finish.

Overall: This is just a perfect Belgian style dubbel. The flavor and feel are perfect. Unibroue is the best.

Nov 15, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque chestnut with two finger, off white head. Subtle but complex nose, with malt, banana bread, clove, pear or apple, bit of prune. Flavor has a sort of cola quality, not as richly malty as I would have liked. Fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium light.

Nov 10, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 12oz bottle $3.79 Don Quijote
113 days before best by date
Cloudy brownish color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of figs, molasses, cola, hides alcohol really well as I can't taste it
Overall good, not great. With the high rating I was expecting something like Chimay, but this is nothing like it.

Nov 06, 2020
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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 Hawaii

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
Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 4851 ratings