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:
#1,084
Reviews:
1,946
Ratings:
4,643
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
699
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Photo of Shade1951
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So easy to drink, and yet quite flavorful. Lovely appearance, with champagne bubbles comprising a large though quickly dissipating head. Aroma is malty, pleasant, not overwhelming. The flavor invites you to drink heartily rather than sip. It's refreshing, even at 8%. Overall, this beer resembles what a lager might be - if lagers were any good.

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Photo of J-Dog86
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle (stamped “BB 10-15-18”), poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip (stemmed Pilsener) glass.

Appearance: Hazy brownish copper with a shorty, frothy head of tan bubbles and streaky lace.

Smell: Yeasty, spicy bread; alcohol and fruity esters.

Taste: Lightly caramel malt body carries bold layers of spice (black pepper, clove), yeast, fruity esters and warming alcohol. Subtle hoppy bitter notes towards the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fine, lively, prickly carbonation.

Overall: Wonderfully full flavored and complex, and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of rangerred
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk in a goblet at room temp:
Almond amber appearance with flavors of toffee, bananas, clove, cinnamon, rum cake, and Belgian sugars. If I didn't pour bottle myself and someone blindly gave it to me I would've thought it was a Belgian beer brewed in Belgium. Very well done. Bought a variety pack for $9.99 and look forward to the next 5.

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Photo of bcwitko1986
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Muted, foggy, dark amber body; thick almond flesh head, with strong retention.
Light aroma, some yeast notes coming through - raisin, clove, rum cake.
First sip is sweet and smooth with rich, warm flavours of rum soaked raisins, flambeed banana, dates, and a touch of spice - cinnamon. A dry finish clears the palate of the sugars, leaving a lingering heat and more clean sense of the flavours. Medium body and carbonation.

Have this one for dessert on a cold day - like a sticky toffee pudding. It's a delight.

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Photo of KurtKilgore
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of sdm9465
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Excited to review one of the original Unibroue beers. This is my introduction to this Montreal brewery. Pours a hazy copper brown with a minimal beige head. The nose is malt-forward (oats and barley), nutty, and cleaning solution. First sip is super carbonated! Overwhelming so, like a sparkling water or something. The sharp, spicy, boozy flavor up front is off-putting, distracting from the rest of the palette. Not inviting :/ However, after the beer warms, caramel sweetness, fruitcake (prune and brown sugar), and rum notes open up. This is the last of a 4-pack I bought at a local liquor store (bottles dated "BB-12-15-18") , and I still can't forgive how over-carbonated this beer is. Not at all creamy or frothy. Feels more like a flat, english brown ale like NewCastle.

Overall, I wonder if the "Best Buy" date on these bottles greatly affected the quality of my experience(??) The only date on this 4-pack read "BB 12-15-18". I drank these beers before 12-5-17, as I've heard that any beer that sits longer than 2.5 months after it's bottled date looses it's flavor clarity. This is why I wish every beer had a "Bottled On" date to prevent this guess work! ANYWAY...Maudite is a fine cold-weather beer, but I wont be buying this beer again anytime soon. The boozy flavor distracts from the rest of the taste, and the mouthfeel is over-carbonated. On to La Fin Du Monde, or Trois Pistoles!

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

Photo of Gasp262
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jim67
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable. Light on the pallet. Spices are balanced nicely

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

Photo of Poljazz22
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark red with a 2 inch whitish head that is quite persistent. Some lacing.
Smells of orange and other citrus fruits.
Tastes like an authentic Belgian double ale. Malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of pepper and other spiciness and citrus.
Soft carbonation with a medium body from the malt. A bit uni dimensional compared to some of Unibroue's other beer. Still quite easy to drink and would pair well with strong cheese on toast.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Chimay goblet

L- Mahogany pour with a finger of tan head which dissipated quickly

S- Sweet toffee and caramelized sugar with a faint bread like finish.

T- Very fruity sweetness more akin to red fruits than dark fruits such as dates usually found in Belgian beers, nice bready yeast flavor, almost cider like apple

F- Rather smooth carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, slight bite of alcohol

Generally not a fan of Unibroue's beers but this one is the exception. A sweeter, redder dubbel which has all the complexity of it's Belgian brothers with it's own unique profile

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Photo of Aidan11
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good Belgian style double that can compete with the real Belgian ones. The smell is caramel. The flavor is a tangy yeast/high alcohol bite. The texture is fairly thick, but still a bit crisp.

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Photo of GlennWB
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,643 ratings