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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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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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Todd from California

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: "Maudite", translates to "Cursed." Lost souls in a canoe (heading straight for hell), an evil devil with crossed arms greets and "Beer On Lees" (beer on yeast) are all present on the label. Bottle refermented in a 750ml brown.

Appearance: Wood stain in colour. Pours extremely frothy, as a champagne, and settles into a thin creamy ring that clings to the sides of the glass. Some haze appears in the glass.

Smell: Spicy aromas, alcohol notes and fruity esters. Yeast aromas hit the nose as you get to the dregs of the bottle.

Taste: Whoa! This brew has some complexities! At first, fruit and higher kilned malt flavours coat the palate. Then, a sudden black pepper spiciness, tartness and fruitiness come into domination -- going spicy once again at the end. A very subtle hop flavour is noted which gives the brew some balance.

Notes: This is an outstanding Belgian-style ale! Comparable to a fine wine, easily accompanying most cuisine styles. Very drinkable for an 8% abv brew, a tease beer as you want more. If this is "cursed", damn us to hell!

Aug 26, 1998
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Brenden from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Though murky and a sort of muddy brown-orange, there's a certain beauty in an almost localized but deep-shining brightness, like a gem glowing at the bottom of a recently stirred-up river bed. The head, tinged a paler version of the brown-orange the beer itself is, is small and bubbly. It's not a whole lot more than a foam, and a loosely soapy one at that, but it leaves some reasonably good lacing on the glass's walls.
The complexity, while brought to completion in the flavor, begins in the aroma though not completely showcased. Bready in the malts with some caramel and dark fruits, the yeast plays out with a whole lot of different but ultimately complementary notes to make the whole. It's somewhat earthy under lots of varied spiciness, like a spice cake that might have had a little rum added. A bit of clove, a cake-like quality to the sweet breadiness, clove and banana notes make for a welcome anticipation.
...and the taste doesn't disappoint. It's the same overall profile and individual factors more fully expressed, with maybe a hint more hops as well as a stronger note to the peppery aspect of the spiciness. Otherwise, the tongue also gets all the thick breads, dark fruits, warming alcohol, earth, caramel, clove and banana, as well as a little more from hints of something almost woody and some pale fruit flesh, even a little tartness underneath it all.
There's lots of crispness to the feel of this beer in its medium, almost full but very refreshing body. Never too sweet, it ends up more semi-dry as the tongue makes the effort to feel all the complexity as well as tasting it. It has a bit of smoothness to it with the bite, though it certainly focuses on crisp and more hearty than rich.

May 08, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maudite pours a light amber-blonde color into the glass which forms to a chocolate brown with a swirling, creamy head. The head dissipates almost immediately.

Not a whole lot on the nose except for Keebler fudge cookie, plum, kilned malts, and more chocolate.

Flavor starts off tasteless, with a wave of intense carbonation, but then explodes into notes of plum, fig, apples, chocolate, whipped cream, animal cracker, and peaches. A touch of cinnamon, a touch of sage. It seems more gentle than it is, but it's really intense overall. Just a burning chocolate plum hunk of love. Burning thanks to the alcohol.

Feel is wet, heavily carbonated, and burning. Semi-dry parch due to the alcohol.

Overall, this was fabulous. I'll go back for more...a 4 pack maybe. World Class for sure.

Oct 11, 2016
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A solid thumb of head that sadly did not stick around but produced some lacing. The body is a fig coloured brown that has a unique dullness to it, but shows amber and red notes quite well. There is ample carbonation in the body but also quite a bit of smaller then sand yeast in the mix, which is more a result of my pour being a bit to long.

Smell: A strong yeast that really presents itself as figs which berry touches. There's is a potent toffee backing to it that comes across as something that is lying in wait. There is also a slight floral note that comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste: Starts with a solid dose of toffee flavoured malt with a slight touch of chocolate which builds very quickly into a fruity yeast as figs, stone-fruit and citrus arise and then somewhat give way to a spicy clove with floral and herbal hop end.

Feel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a bit quick, it is still solid. A nice dark toffee and figgy aftertaste stick around after drinking which leaves a very restrained dryness.

Drinkability: It hides it's ABV quite well, it's medium bodied which was surprising, the carbonation doesn't get out of control after you've had it and it's very easy to drink and doesn't come across as the beer you can only drink at an event.

Final Thoughts: Much like the other brews I've had from Unibroue, this one impresses. While it is no Fin Du Monde, it's still an awesome beer. As I said, this one I could drink anytime, anywhere but I could really see it going good with mussels. Two thumbs up.

Apr 04, 2015
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Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter
L- Chestnut brown in color with a pumpkin hue around the bottom and a gorgeous, frothy white head on top.
S- Very complex, notes of vanilla, fresh herbs, citrus, floral, perfume, and chili's.
T- Initially strong flavors of spice, toasted nuts, and citrus-particularly ripe oranges-from the hops. Followed by more subtle flavors of vanilla, ginger, and even lime.
F- Perfect balance between creamy, bubbly, and weight of body with the perfect slight dry and spicy finish from the hops.
O- Not much else i can say about this beer other than being essentially perfect. It does a fantastic job of balancing itself between deliciously creamy while all the while not being too creamy. It also manages to blend together flavors that normally would not coincide so harmoniously. Overall, this is one the best beers i have had the pleasure of tasting.

Jan 21, 2017
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MrDell from Switzerland

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mahogany colored (orange/amber when light passes through it) quite dull looking beer with a small grey head and slow moving carbonation.

Aroma: Oranges, very fruity and spicy yeast aromas dominate. Smells like a fair bit of candi sugar has gone into this one.

Taste: Spicy up front, then bitter in the finish as the hops kick in. You've got the sweetness of a dark Belgian ale upfront then quite quickly you get the dryness of a blond.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight prickling from the carbonation and then a very dry finish.

Overall: Not bad, I was expecting more flavour wise and was looking forward to a big finish, which I suppose it has got if you like the addition of very bitter hops with your Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Personally I wouldn’t buy this again though.

May 22, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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

A big Thank You goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this bottle!

Best before March 3, 2014.

It pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice 2 finger head of foam and brings an A game of lacing.

I smell some spices, pepper me thinks, big malty profile that has a sweetness not unlike candi sugar, some fruity notes; pretty complex and nice.

The taste is malty and fruity..grapes? There's figs and pepper, candi sugar sweetness, and a bit of earthy goodness. It's hard for me to describe the flavours; as soon as I note 1, another pops up. All in all, what's here works *very* well. Ahh...a bit of booze is starting to warm me up. With the temps tonight expected to be in the low teens(F), it's most welcome.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, good mouthfeel.

I poured the last couple of ounces in my glass and now it's a cloudy brew. That's okay! I'm enjoying Maudite!

Nov 15, 2011
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souvenirs from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'd think I'd have tried this one before now, but I guess part of why I haven't is that it's widely available, so it doesn't seem all that special, even if it may well be world class.

Cloudy raisin brown with visible carbonation. I've got a cold and my sense of smell probably isn't what it could be under better circumstances, but I pick up dark dried fruit, like raisin and plum, and some booze. Yeasty, a bit tart or sour, fruity, peppery on the tongue. Almost overly crisp and fizzy.

Apr 27, 2015
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2Xmd from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lost half of it when it gushed out but the rest tasted great.

Mar 24, 2015
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jcarlosv from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice beer to drink. I've notice the bottled has the words "bottle refermented" on the label, I did some research and it's very complicated brewing science but I decided to gently shake the bottle before opening. To my surprise compared to the other Unibroue beers I've had, this one had a very nice long lasting head, nice smell and good tasting brew. I conclude that this types of beers need to be shaken prior to opening to enjoy them.

Jan 18, 2018
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Elemental from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - probably the only dissapointing thing about this beer. Its advertised as a Belgian Strong Amber Ale but it pours more like a cidery brown color. There is a thin amount of head.

Smell - Great aroma with hints of spices and fruits. The fruitiness is very strong but not overpowering.

Taste - Very fruity and spicy taste. Big and malty, slightly tast and bitter. Almost cidery taste but great note overwhelming.

Overall - Damn good, a must try!

Sep 20, 2003
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slowdaddy from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Aug 10, 2012
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Hautacam from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy deep gold with light tan head..reduces to collar in a Leffe chalice.
Smells great..clovey, yeasty, some alcolhol and malt.
Tastes fantastic..this has got a lot going on., pear... a medium yeasty- clove- vanilla flavor with some hops and malt coming through....nice semi dry finish.
This is a great complex mixture of everything I love about Belgian ales! all the right proportions..amazing flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty drinkable....although, my girlfriend keeps reaching for the bottle...I might have to be happy with a glass and a half for now.
If you love have to have this ale.
I'll be buying this one again....probably tomorrow.

Feb 06, 2006
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rapidsequence from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: I would not call this dark, really. Its orange. Its lighter than most dubbels. Its got a nice puffy white head. Looks really good, but doesn't look like a dark beer of any kind. That's not really Unibroue's fault though.

Smell: Spice. More spice. Some sweet and a little dark fruit too. A little swirl lets loose the Unibroue yeast smell, which is nice. There's a lot going on here.

Taste: Not only does it not look like a dark beer, it also doesnt taste like my favorite Belgian darks. It tastes light and refreshing. However, it tastes incredible. Extremely complex-- spice, sweet-tart (tangy?) fruit, nice balancing bitterness, long yeasty finish. Just great.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly effervescence, almost like champagne. Tingly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Excellent beer, but not an excellent Belgian dark. It is very complex, but too light and crisp. Extremely enjoyable if you know what you're getting into. This is one of those times where the style classifications force me to grade it down.

Aug 30, 2009
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Vixie from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass.
Poured a cloudy reddish orange color with a a bit of a tan colored head. Not as pretty as some beers I've had, but not bad.

The smell of this is very potent. I don't have the best sense of smell, but this one has one of the strongest smells of any beer I've tried. The smell is on the sweet side, reminds me of what you'd smell if you were baking a cake and opened the oven door while it was baking.

The taste of this one was hard for me to pin down. There is a lot going on here, to me it was mainly spice. definite fruit notes, with a lot of clove like flavors as well. Possibly the spiciest beer I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel was solid, nothing timid about this brew.

I found this to be very drinkable, although one I have to sip slowly. The spiciness lends itself to slow sipping, and the alcohol content limits how much I can drink at once. If you are looking for something a little different, this is the beer for you. A very good brew from Unibroue, give this one a try.

Nov 14, 2008
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rushpatrick from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On many occasions i have had this beer from a 750ml corked bottle. This was my first experience tasting it on draft. It blew my mind. i cannot immagine anything tasting better. While the beer still had little smell and a somewhat murky appearance, it proved to be better tasting than anything I've had to date. I brew my own beer and only dream of the day when I one day can brew something one tenth this good. Keep in mind I am impartial to this drink and would never say anything negative about it. Drink on.

Oct 14, 2008
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Anthony1 from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy copper-amber color with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Has those beautiful round galaxy puffs of white floating on the surface. I bit too much alcohol in the scent. Maybe a little floral character. Raisins and maybe some clove. Nice and sweet. The alcohol hides well in the taste. Kind of a thick caramel taste. Quite yummy. Warms you when you swallow, high carbonation, but easy to consume. Considerable creamy.

decent, but kind of boring to me

Aug 09, 2010
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goldbot from District of Columbia

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 09-23-12 listed on the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a thick, bubbly, off-white head. There is a slight haze from the yeast, medium carbonation, and almost no lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Lots of bread and yeast. A bit of sour apple or other fruit aromas. Some nice spiciness - cinnamon and cloves.

T: This beer really excels here; lots of complexity. It starts off very malty - sweet and bready. There are hints of raisin, and the beer finishes with a nice spiciness of cinnamon and more clove. There is a bit of floral hoppiness which balances the flavor nicely.

M: Very crisp with a medium body.

D: This beer sits kind of heavy, although the alcohol is only slightly noticeable going down. The great taste and lighter body makes it pretty drinkable still.

Jan 03, 2010
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benbou17 from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Dec 05, 2011
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jgagne from Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark amber tint with a creamy white head. Wonderful exciting looking beer

S-candied fruit with hint of spices

T-Wonderful perfect blend of spices and sweets. Nice caramel notes hidden within this powerful brew

M-Spicy bitterness with medium body and medium carbonation. Really nice

O-What a great beer. I would go as far to say it is perfect for this style. I coud not ask for much more. Virtually no weaknesses. Just plan wonderful

May 30, 2011
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jtdolla911 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jan 24, 2013
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shick1 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Nov 21, 2012
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Trevormcraig from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dec 03, 2012
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Morpheus from Canada (AB)

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured the beer into a tulip glass, to receive a nice high degree of carbonation, but the foam dissipated much faster than expected.

Smell has a very high degree of yeast essence, with a background sour/tart, almost citrus note.

Taste to me was contradictory to the smell -- I expected much more sour flavor -- but there was a slightly bitter (hoppy) , almost sweet feel to the beer. Aftertaste was reminiscent of banana bread with chocolate chips, invoking pleasant memories of granny baking up a storm.

Mouthfeel is always hard for me to describe: No unpleasantness here.

Overall, another excellent brew from Quebec.

Jan 30, 2013
Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 4855 ratings