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Maudite | Unibroue

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4,729 Ratings

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by BeerNutta:
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3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A = Poured a dark brown. Lipton iced tea brown. There was a small foam head that quickly dissapated.

S = Prunes, figs and a hint of alcohol.

T = Lightly toasted malts, followed by a mellow prune/chocolate/coffee flavour with a slow alcohol burn.

M = Light bodied. Easy to drink. Moderately carbonated.

D = Drinkable. Can't have too many in one session. A bit expensive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of MrDell
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of jcarlosv
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man I relly like this "big" beer,pours a deep amber with a nice thick off-white creamy head,nice sweet almond/caramel smell with slight alcohol notes.A malty,nutty tasting beer with some fruity hints in the finish ( a long finish at that).Very warming something to drink before bed.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a small bit of haze. About 1 finger of head; didn't retain as long as I was expecting form some of the other reviews here.

Smell: It's got a complex smell to it. Definitely pick up some cloves here. Banana, too, but none of the parts overwhelm the whole.

Taste: Definitely get the molasses/cloves/raisin notes through this. Don't taste the alcohol at all. Really yummy taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty soft in the mouth. Not too viscious, not watered-down. Definitely very good overall feel.

Overall: Very impressed, just like I've been with much of Unibroue's line.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber/dark orange. Huge frothy head. Plenty of active carbonation. A very lively pour even though the head doesn't hold up forever.

Smell: Big and malty. Plenty of spice in the nose. Hints of some fruit and underlying sweetness. There are earthy qualities as well.

Taste: Dark and rich maltiness. Complex fruit & spice flavours are present throughout. Noticeable hints of clove and maybe a pinch of cinamon. Dark fruitiness with sweet hints of caramel. Some woody notes as well. Great body and pleasant balance. A dry, earthy finish with some tartness and a warm alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Lively and fresh. Plenty of carbonation and sparkling qualities. Smooth out towards the end.

Drinkability: A great, full beer. I could drink this almost anytime, unless the weather is too hot. This is one of my personal favorites. One of Unibroue's absolute best.

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Photo of Marty
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow, this beer tastes like heaven. It's so complex that I think any attempt to apply qualitative descriptors would be in vain. Words cannot describe how delicous this beer is. Everything about Maudite is very well balanced, from the alcohol and hops to the spices and fruit. This is the best I've ever tasted in the style. Rock and roll, Unibroue.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This pours a beautiful, thick cloudy brown. The head was full and left some lacing.

Smell – Big malt and spicy yeast aromas fill the nose. This is a terrific smelling brew, full of caramel and fruit scents.

Taste - The first hint of hops is quickly replaced by huge malt and caramel flavors. The body is very deep, mature, raw, and spicy, with a complex fruity boldness of predominantly banana and clove-spiked apple. There’s also a presence of alcohol and many other flavors that I can’t pinpoint.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation slowed this one down a bit. I thought it was a little too much for the style. But, it’s a full-bodied ale that you can sip, suck, chew, or pack in between your cheeks and gum like a wad of tobacco.

Drinkability – This went down smooth as silk.

Comments – This is my idea of a BSDA. I chose this for my 100th beer review to commemorate the occasion.

Update – Well, I had this for my 100th review and now, here I am, over a year later, with 1,220 reviews. I thought I’d give this one another full tasting and see how my opinion of it withstands the test of time.

I didn’t see a need to elaborate on the Appearance: it’s perfect. The aroma and taste are damn near perfect. I didn’t get any hops this time around but thought the huge butter flavor was just a bit much. Keep in mind that I’m trying to differentiate here between a 4.5 and a perfect 5.0.

The style allows for high carbonation. Having said that, I thought this was just a bit too much. I’ll say now that it is not quite full-bodied, although the beautiful and full flavors probably demand it to be so. All in all this is one of my favorite BSDAs. I stand by my overall 4.5 rating that I gave this back in August 2003.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my very favorite non-Belgian Belgians. Murked copper caked in rich vanilla foam and chocolate sprinkles. Super spicy nose. Extremely complicated and well candied. Loaded with lemon, pepper, alcohol, toast, mint, chocolate, and plum candies. Tastes yeasty with very Belgianish malts. Carbonation is off the spectrum making this one loads of fun to drink. Acidic yet fluffy. That’s an accomplishment. Finish is yeasty, drying, and peppery.

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Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Malty, smooth, fruits, 8% abv, dangerous (can't taste the alcohol), goes down so easy, no bitters, sweet, nectar of the gods, amazing.

Of the Unibroue beers I've tried (Don De Dieu and La Fin Du Monde) this is my favorite. I still need to try Trois Pistoles. I'm a big fan of Belgian style beers and I would have to put this on my recommendation list.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown and slightly copper-embossed color; murky and borderline swampy with a low-profile, khaki-beige head that settles to a ring fairly quickly. Looks like your typical BSDA, perhaps a little less lively than most but the color and body seems to be pretty much on par.

It reminds me of a dubbel on the nose - but then again, what's really the difference between a dubbel and a BSDA? Lots of Candi sugar with a little sprinkle of brown sugar as well. Dark fruits; plums, grapes, and maybe just a tiny bit of figs. Thick, Belgian yeast is apparent with it's seemingly spiced aroma and little hints of clove and rotten banana.

The yeast is the first thing that my palate pick up on when taking a sip. Bubblegum-like with a dash of clove and some other spice that tastes like something you'd sprinkle on a holiday pie. Candied fruits; mildly sweet and sugary with lots of carbonation that hits the tongue and all sides of the mouth immediately. Plums and raisins that have been soaked in a vat of tamed booze and rolled around in brown sugar. Though I may be overstating the sweetness just a bit, the flavors are there.

Hops are very faint but show a grassy character in the finish leaving your mouth with a hint of bitterness. Fusel alcohol character pops out - something that's not usually expected for a brew that's only 8% ABV, but Belgian strong ales often have a higher alcohol presence on the palate. The yeast goes from the clove-bubblegum style to a harsh dryness in the finish that almost adds a woody and slightly funky taste. Maybe not your typical "barnyard" flavors, but there's definitely some kind of funk in the finish. Medium bodied, creamy, with a good snap and crisp, dry finish with lots of carbonation.

Definitely a good BSDA, reminds me quite a bit of a dubbel, not sure what exactly sets this apart and perhaps I'll never know. Might be slightly overrated, but this is still pretty drinkable, although there are definitely a handful of readily available competitors I'd probably choose over this one.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of boston2bburg
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Maudite snifter, this beer pours with 3 fingers of pillowy head that crest over the top of the glass. It holds together well leaving tons of fine lacing. The body is a dark auburn color, slightly hazy. There's a gentle fragrance that is clove-y and yeasty, with a farm-fresh quality that intensifies as it warms and is swirled. Almost minty.

There's a lot to like out of the first sip; abundant caramel and specialty malt flavor balanced well with the Belgian yeast, and a light, wet, yet highly carbonated almost soda-like mouthfeel that seems to provide exceptional drinkability. Finishes spicy but still not dry. This beer provides a jolt to all senses.

If I could change anything, it might be sacrificing some drinkability for more depth in the body. If I'm paying $2.50 a bottle I'm probably not going to be pounding these all night, so it could sit a little heavier. Still, that's a minor complaint. Very nice, and now I'm even more proud of my Maudite snifter.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,729 ratings