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Quebec, Canada
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,942
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
May 23, 2023
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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Rated by Danzifer from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a rich orangish-brown with a fluffy white head that just won't go away. The first thing I smelled was bananas with a malty support. There is also a spiciness which follows through in the taste. The feel is medium and is refreshing. Overall a good dubbel. I salute the damned. :)
May 23, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 07, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by belgocanuck from Belgium

May 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by MadMadMike from Florida

Apr 23, 2023
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Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
I like their Tripel much better. The delivery on this is very good, but I don't like the aftertaste so much. It has a great body, though, and it is still enjoyable to drink.
Apr 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Very thick head, three fingers upon pour. Weak aroma of malt and spice. Upon taste, immediate onslaught of heavy, sparking spice and malt, heavy carbonation. Flavor is an overripe banana with spicy burn and a smooth, watery body. Not very enjoyable.
Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by DFred from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This Belgian Dubbel pours a deep and dusky orange color with a massive off-white head and aromas of rich bread malts, smooth caramel, Belgian yeast, and spices. It has a bready taste with flavors of bread malts, smooth caramel, Belgian orange, spices, and yeast. It finishes dry and yeasty with some smooth caramel and bready undertones. Medium-bodied with strong carbonation and yeasty on the palate. It has a wonderful balance of wheat, Belgian spices, and orange citrus, with some caramel sweetness. Overall, an excellent example of the style.
Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2023
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Rated by kw_pip from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Feb 07, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy (60% clarity), deep and dusky orange color with a massive off-white head. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of rich bread malts, smooth caramel, and a strong Belgian yeast and spices. Bready. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong and rich flavors of bread malts, smooth caramel, Belgian orange, spices and yeast .Finishes dry and yeasty with some smooth caramel and bready undertones. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation and yeasty on the palate. (4.25)

Compared to Unibroue Trois Pistoles 1/2023: Pours a lighter color, similar slightly milder head. Milder aromas. More bread and yeast with Belgian spices. Less caramel and dark fruits. Dryer and yeastier.

Overall: A wonderful Belgian Dubbel here and my first official review of a Dubbel. This one has nice wheat, Belgian spices and orange citrus, with some caramel sweetness. Bready, yeasty, and dry for the ABV and body. This Dubbel of reminds me of a combination of a Tripel and Belgian version of a Weizenbock with more Belgian spices and yeast. Very nicely done. (Rating: 4.14)
Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by timobkg from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a reddish copper with a white head that thins but lasts forever.

Aroma gives hints of spices, cherries and other stone fruit, and a bit of brown sugar. Everything is really nicely integrated so no one aroma stands out.

The flavor is a complex mix, with hints of earthy spices, and a slight sweetness balanced by slight bitterness.

The mouth feel is fantastic. Rich, full, effervescent, and dry on the finish up invite you to take another sip.

Overall this is a great Belgian style beer equal to anything brewed in Belgium. Most Belgian-style beers fail to capture the complexity and balance of Belgian ales, but Unibroue nailed it.
Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled 8/24/22, so 4 months old

Warm brown body with a massive off white head leaving strong lacing

Malty aroma and something else I cant put my finger (or nose) on.

Malty, but not overly sweet. There is a hint of apple core. Abv well hidden.

Mouth between medium and full, finish somewhat fruity.

Overall, not doing much for me. Not unpleasant, just seems a bit dull.
Dec 20, 2022
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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: 4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by irishevans from California

Jan 04, 2022
Maudite from Unibroue
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