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Quebec, Canada
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,072
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Jun 19, 2024
Aug 26, 1998
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 LeRose:
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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Rated: 4.25 by Hippie_Shawn from Canada (ON)

Jun 19, 2024
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Reviewed by Wheataleguy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Off to Oh-Ca-na-da! for the Unibroue Maudite, Belgian-style dubbel. First time having this one and anxious to see where it stands with Belgian dubbels I've had from Belgian brewers. First Canadian beer I've had in decades as well. Best by date of May 2025. A gentle pour into a St Bernardus chalice glass at cellar temperature. Light carbonation flowing up through a beautiful deep amber to brown colored ale topped with a 1-finger light tan head. On the aroma, I'm picking up light spice...coriander, some light dark fruit...fig, dates and raisin, sweet yet brown bread maltiness. On the taste, up front there's dark fruits initially, then mid-palate the malts come through in balance...slightly toasted brown bread, then on the backend, I taste the dark fruits of raisin, prune, dates a bit more, then that spiciness comes through and finishes off slightly dry and balanced. It has a malty sweet aftertaste. The flavors are on the lighter side in this one, and the mouthfeel is in that light-medium threshold, smooth. It definitely has a Belgian vibe to it, but it is not quite there for me, as far as a true Belgian dubbel goes. Let me put it to you this way - If Belgium had an Aldi and offered a Belgian dubbel, this could be it. It just has that type of quality feel to me, and using Aldi as an example for this is no disrespect. I shop there all the time...just don't buy my beer there. It is a very good ale, one I'll surely drink again. The price is on point...$11.99 for a 4-pack, so about half the price of a top-tier Belgian dubbel. It just lacks the depth and intensity of flavor that I'm used to in a Belgian dubbel from Belgium. I still recommend it, especially price wise you can't go wrong with it. A very good ale. Give it a try!
Jun 15, 2024
Rated: 3.88 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Jun 01, 2024
Rated: 4.54 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

May 22, 2024
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
The pour is cinnamon colored. The taste is raisins, figs, brown bread crust, & a hint of molasses near the finish. Cheers! B
Apr 30, 2024
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Was surprised to see that this is this Brewers most popular beverage.... I had never heard of it, it came in a variety pack .... It is indeed very good ABV very well hidden and potentially dangerous.
Feb 24, 2024
Rated: 4 by BlueSpader from Washington

Feb 17, 2024
Rated: 4.06 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Feb 16, 2024
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle poured into a Tulip.
Best by 5/16/25

L: Hazy chestnut brown, lively pour, fairly persistent off-white head.
S: Nose opens malty, bready, then a bit vinous, spice, cinnamon maybe, some fruity yeast esters.
T: Rich but attenuated and semi-dry, spicy and sweet yeast flavor, dark sugars, low sweetness and bitterness, has a woody tang.
F: Highly carbonated and crisp, medium bodied, feel softens and becomes a little frothy as the carbonation dissipates and it warms.
O: Good balance of rich malt, opening sweetness and dryness on the back.
Jan 29, 2024
Rated: 3.21 by solok from California

Jan 22, 2024
Rated: 4.23 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Jan 18, 2024
Rated: 4.24 by TheRealBen from Massachusetts

Dec 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Caoimhin from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look - effervescent, caramel color

Smell - malt and alcohol

Taste - sweet malt, alcohol, barely perceptible hops

Feel - medium/heavy body, high carbonation

Overall - I have drunk this beer on and off since the early 1990's probably because I like the name. I am not a fan of Dubbels for the most part and this one is no exception. This beer is still worth buying and better than most, but overall I would not give it an outstanding.
Dec 12, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by BlkGenesis21 from Maryland

Dec 07, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by asouth12 from Massachusetts

Dec 01, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
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Reviewed by dank203 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours murky brown with billowing tan head. Aroma of banana, black pepper, nutmeg, and dates. Taste includes candied dark fruits, spices and a boozy warming finish. Wet and pillowy mouthfeel.
Oct 16, 2023
Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Sep 30, 2023
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle best by February 2nd 2026

On the pour 3 fingers of fluffy off white head formed on top of a dark reddish brown, and hazy body. Over a couple minutes the head fades to a 0.5cm covering. Sporadic lacing forms.

Aroma is a bit hollow on the first impression. There is a strange almost metallic or mineralic earthiness, before a sweet caramel malt comes though and some nice Belgian yeast spiciness. There is a bit of a funk.

Flavor is very nice with a slight bitterness along with a bready pumpernickel maltiness. The spicy yeast comes in strong with cloves vanilla and cinnamon, not to mention the actual spices that were used during brewing. Then a nice fade into a mellow, sweet, and almost mulled malty finish that is slightly chocolate. The bitterness fades fast.

The feel on this beer is full, but dry, and surprisingly drinkable for the abv. The 8% still makes itself known, but in a friendly relaxing way. Super smooth and cozy. It reminds me of the holidays.

Overall this was a nice surprise. Easy drinking and mellow for this style of beer. Full flavor and cozy comforting maltiness, but no clear alcohol burn make this very nice as a beer after a long day at work.
Sep 16, 2023