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Quebec, Canada
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,905
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
Jun 05, 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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Ratings by AlexandraDen:
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

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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4.25 by Hawkfish from Washington on Jun 05, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by trevormajor from Ohio

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RaulMondesi from California

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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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

#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
4.1 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

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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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

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
3.83 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by MrOH from Malta

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
3.95 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jan 30, 2022
4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 10, 2022
4.34 by irishevans from California on Jan 04, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
4.18 by Rhetion from Florida on Dec 06, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

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
2.98 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Nov 20, 2021
3.77 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
3.87 by KT3418 from Colorado on Oct 20, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by blazerkor from Nevada

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
3.78 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jul 04, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Jaasoares from Virginia

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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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

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
4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
4.16 by smi69 from New York on Apr 19, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DDiFran from Ohio

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
3.75 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

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
4.18 by Khaack from New York on Mar 22, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sayb from Arizona

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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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by barneyrubble from Colorado

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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