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:
#2,002
Reviews:
1,967
Ratings:
4,695
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
254
Gots:
717
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,695 |  Reviews: 1,967
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darkish colour, some spice in nose and a fine drink. Tad sour like some darks. Pepper, strong biting carbonation, much better on tap than in bottle. In bottle, more of Unibroue yeast. Medium to watery mouthfeel. Spice with some malt aftertaste, similar to a cola. Belgian style and unique.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

this is the best beer ive had in awhile. and at roughly 8 bucks for a 750ml, its amazing. pours a dense looking dark dark amber color, semitranparent and autumnal looking with a tall off white head with excellent retention. smell is belgian yeast, amber malts, and balanced hops. flavor is great, yestt forward but perfectly balanced. interesting malts, not sweet, not dry, but red. feel is sensational, radiant carbonation and a heavier than medium body. i cant get enough of this one. overall an exquisite beer. i really have come to love unibroue, very authentic well made ales, and this might be their best

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a somewhat opaque watery coffee color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Smells like dark fruits (grapes, cherries) and malts. There is a spice element to this beer too.

T - Tastes very biscuit like with dark fruit essence. The beer is somewhat sweet. There is no bitterness at all.

M - Beer is creamy and smooth. There is a bit of an alcohol warmth too.

D - Excellent. Another winner from Unibroue. One of my favorites along with Trois Pistoles.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maudite is alot better to me now than it was the first time I had tried it. This beer pours out as a lavish red color with a tan head. The aromas of brown sugar and fermented fruits come from the top of the glass. The hops aren't really noticeable. The taste of the beer is sweet up front from the fruits and sugars. The aftertaste is a bit more on the dry side. This beer is worth having again. One day I'm sure I'll pick some up again and have it.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Uncorking this bottle made a very loud popping noise, revealing lots of carbonation. It poured a cloudy medium- to dark brown in a snifter glass with a two finger creamy white head that settled down, but always covered the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of malt, sweetness and yeast
T: The flavors of malt, caramel and spices become well balanced as the beer warms up; the finish is slightly sweet.
M: This only has a light- to medium-body feel on the palate and does not taste as strong as other types of beer in this style.
D: For a Belgian strong dark ale, this beer is very easy to drink as any trace of alcohol is completely masked.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, Unibroue has had 7 chances to impress me so far and has yet to do so.. I'm starting to think I just don't have the taste for their particular yeast strain. I have one more left after this (their tripel) so hopefully that can do the trick.

This one pours a cloudly light brown with a small head and no lacing. Taste is very spicy with some dark fruit flavors, but mostly ethanol comes through with the spice. Has a smooth aftertaste surprisingly but getting to that point is a pretty rough road. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Gotta love the 'voyage of the damned' label iconography.

This beer pours a hazy, murky, and dark rusty orange-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some violent swaths of chunky seaspray lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of dense, lush, and dark musty fruit (plums and overripe apples, mostly), Belgian yeast, bready caramel malt, black pepper and nutmeg spice, brown sugar, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is quite in line, with more sweet bready caramel malt, integrated yeast, sassy baked apples, some ethereal savoury spices, very tame earthy hops, and a burgeoning, but still throttled booziness.

The carbonation is duly present, but quite soft in its lilting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, nice and full, pleasantly smooth, and maybe even a tad creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, with the caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and compliant spice.

A decently balanced strong Belgian-style ale, with the elevated ABV very evenly applied, and hidden in most respects; one of my favourites from Unibroue. And 'damned' am I if I drink this whole bottle - good thing my better half is a fan of this offering as well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's bar in Los Angeles, California. Cost was $12.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of great cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper.

Sm: Candi sugar, well chosen malts, some cream, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma. .

T: A bland malt body with some moderate a candi sguar on the climax. It's simple - without yeast. A bit of cream. Boring but pleasant and enjoyable. No alcohol comes through. It could use layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Not tailored to the flavours, but fairly complementary of them.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I like it but I wouldn't get it again at this price. Check it out - in bottle form - if you're a fan of the style.

B-

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Pazzo's Pint Night. I've always liked Maudite better on tap. The flavors are better rounded, bringing out more ripe fruit flavors and leaving the alcohols less fusal. Keeping the spicy, strong malts, tart Belgian qualities. Still heavily carbonated and well headed. It's as good as ever.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best by 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big apple, banana, pear, plum, apricot, grape, molasses, pepper, clove, biscuit, citrus peel, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, banana, raisin, pepper, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, molasses, and yeasty spices. Lingering notes of pear, apple, grape, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity in the flavor; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 8% with no alcohol noticed at all really. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is an excellent and very enjoyable Belgian ale as expected from Unibroue. Nice complexity and great balance; with smooth drinking for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. Burgandy color with a creay two-finger head. Left nice Belgian lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and yeast. Also, the alcohol aroma was present.

T - It is very spicy. The hop/spice really overpowers the alcoholic taste. However, the maltiness comes through.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - I really enjoy all Unibroue products and this is no exception. The spicy quality is very unique.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and archipelago (this is an aged bottle that is dated best before 5/7/04); some splashy lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the chalice; that Unibroue yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns

Taste: Swirling it around my mouth I pick up caramel, clove and pears; after the swallow, I also taste some balsa wood and a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a touch grainy; the finish has both lingering sweetness as well as a distinct bitter yeasty undertone

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining, despite the age of the brew

Drinkability: Of all the Unibroue beers, I think this is my favorite, but I'm a BSDA kind of guy when it comes to Belgians so that should be no surprise

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