Maudite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,187
Reviews:
1,963
Ratings:
4,689
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
715
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 4,689 |  Reviews: 1,963
Photo of stauffman
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and it looks like murky river water. There's a fingernail of beige covering the vast majority of the top. I'm smelling dark Belgian candy sugar, dark malt, and caramel. I'm tasting dark Belgian candy sugar, sweet Belgian yeast, and caramel. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle: This one pours a murky caramel color. Small tan head with little lacing. Good nose. Caramel malts, maybe some banana and clove. The taste is very good. Malts, spices, plums, clove and some others. A fine dubbel.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RayCannata
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with great off white head and ok lacing.

Deep cherry, followed by a MASSIVE amount of clove. After the clove, there’s sweet malt blending with alcohol astringency. Smooth in carbonation but feels tumultuous due to cloves.

Pretty good!

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Photo of Agent-86
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rumlibeers
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark copper in color that is clear with an off white, tannish head. Head retention is good.

Smell: Plums are the first thing that comes through in the aroma. There are low levels of caramel and banana in the background with some perfume notes. It also has hints of spice and floral elements.

Taste: There are plums and dried fruits in the taste. Alcohol is noticeable, but not hot. It is a bit spicy with a bit of pepper that is noticeable.

Feel: It has a moderate body with high carbonation and finishes dry.

Overall, a beer balance towards with the malt with complex elements from esters and spicy notes.

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Photo of mdnorris
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- I like the deep brown the beer has when poured into a glass.

S- Exactly how it tastes. No misadvertisment here.

T- The taste is great. I, personally, can hardly taste the alcohol, but the caramel and chocolate notes stand out well.

F- I like the mouth feel on this one; not too thick, not too thin. A great texture.

O- Based on price, I would certainly select this again, though at full price I may balk.

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Photo of BeeradleyDale
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer is La Fin Du Monde. (Also brewed by Unibroue.) As a gift, my wife bought me a sampler 6-pack of their different beers to try. This was my first draw. Admittedly, I'm a fanatic of Belgian Ales, so my ratings may be biased towards favoring them.

I was originally withdrawn from my initial pour. It had a deeper color than I expected as well as a sub-par head. It did however show excellent carbonation which was immediately realized.

The smell gives you a wide-range of spices and it does not fail to deliver it in it's taste.

While a lover a Belgians, I am equally biased against darker beers. This one, however, will leave you craving more. It will forever stand as the front-runner of dark ales, and has changed my perspective as to what they can be.

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

An outstanding, balanced example of a Belgian Dubbel. I'd rate this, as one of my top three, along with Rockingham's Cloven Hoof, and Backyard Brewery's Monkey Bars.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown with a fizzy cola off white head.

Smells like sweey molasses and marble rye bread. Black earth and juicy mushrooms.

So tasty. Sweet bunrt sugar. Vanilla. Sarsaparilla root. Sweet and sour balsamic. Black mulch. Rye bread. So much complexity and incredibly drinkable.

This beer starts of a little sweet then a little juicy, then tart from the extra carbonation. Salty finish and Miley dry leaves you wanting more.

Beautifully crafted beverage. This really gives the Belgians a run for their money.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Opaque brown with hues of amber with swirls coming from the yeast, with a large, frothy tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - Tons of bready yeast up front followed behind by notes of malt, dark dried fruits, caramel, and vanilla – a good smell but the other flavors are drown out by the dominance of the yeast
T - Follows the nose with heavy notes of bready yeast followed by notes of dark dried fruits, caramel, vanilla, slight notes of spice
F - full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Thick, smooth, creamy.
O - A fantastic dubbel. Hits every note that a beer of this style should nearly perfectly. However, I find myself preferring Chimay Premiere - if only slightly.

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Photo of bplabernie
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Amber brown in color - neatly matching the bottle it came in- with two fingers of off-white foam. This one was everything I love about the style. Complex aromas and flavors ranging from bread, fig, plum to toffee and caramel, balanced to perfection and carried over the tongue in a silky-slick wave.

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Photo of vincechan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LocalBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amber red color hazy with taste of spice that warms you up. it is a sipping beer to be best served cold with large amount of head a bit bitter to the mouth fell also a good smell a enjoyable ale.

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Photo of elohim
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of axxe
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saved this for second-to-last out of the variety 12-pack I recently picked up and I think I should have saved this for last...

Like most of their brews out of this 12-pack the look was quite opaque, not entire so, but hazy enough to make it difficult to look through. It had a light head, no staying power, and just a touch a lacing but that's being generous. The smell was a very complex - boozy, sweet, with yeast foundation that all worked quite well with each other. Mouthfeel was full-bodied and though considerably carbonated not so much that it detracted from the overall experience. Speaking of that, the taste was a nice blend of booze, a touch of caramel sweetness to my buds, and the distinctive base that comes with dark ales. The best brew out of the 12er and I still have one to go...

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,689 ratings