Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

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

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Ratings: 4,672 |  Reviews: 1,954
Photo of PerroGrande
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, brownish/red cider color. Produced a solid amount of tan foam, that laced out gently as the beer got to breathe. Very pleasing appearance.

Smell: I certainly detected some alcohol in the aroma of this beer. Hint of cloves, too. This beer does not have a pronounced aroma.

Taste: To me, it opens with a hint of green apple and light alcohol taste. A nicely balanced, smooth malt appears next. There is a lot of complexity behind the scenes here, and I admit to not being able to pick up all the subtleties. The flavor is pleasing, balanced and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Slight zip at the beginning, followed by a smooth finish. Carbonation is present but nicely balanced. There is, to me, an "alcohol warmth" following.

Drinkability: This slips down nicely for an 8.0 ABV brew, and I could definitely drink several of these without issue. I am, however, not a big fan of noticeable alcohol taste, so for me, this was a detraction.

Very nice beer, well crafted, interesting and complex - yet subtle enough to be smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of skrib09
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a dark mohagany, totally hazy, with a champagne like light tan head. plenty of froth and carbonation.

smells sweet with a touch of wood. plenty of malt back bone and a hint of something spicy.

taste is refreshingly crisp and sweet. a hint of earth flavors and dough or yeast with a small flash of spice in the aftertaste.

completely crisp and smooth mouthfeel. loads of bubbles on the palate. excellent drinkability.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, amber color that is very difficult to see through as it's somewhat cloudy. Got a 1-finger head that lasted for a little bit.

Smell: Sweet smell reminiscent of a hefeweizen. There are hints of banana and spices, but they don't dominate the smell. It's mostly the sweet yeast and malt aromas that are quite pleasing to the nose.

Taste: Amazing. Sweet all the way through without being too rich or fruity. There are light hints of banana and clove, and perhaps some other fruit or spices that I couldn't quite identify, but they are hidden nicely. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A fair body from the carbonation and yeast, but not thick or creamy in texture.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be simply fantastic. I had bought a variety pack from Unibroue. This was the first one I tried and I wished that instead of the variety pack, I had bought a pack of this. If that's not a 5 for drinkability, I don't know what is.

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Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby with a tan head. Smells quite a bit like a cider but it certainly didn't taste like one. It had a taste more belgian in nature with that strong taste of coriander to match. Had a smooth mouthfeel and went down very easy. Was very easy to drink and I could easily have drank another one or two.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into my DFH snifter with a two finger slightly tan head. It pours a very hazy dark brown, which appears a great deal more copper when looked at in the light. The head dissipates quickly.

Smell: This beer has that similar yeasty smell I have come to expect from Unibroue. The nose hits you with banana, clove, and spices right up front. This is quickly followed by some toffee and malt sweetness. There is definitely a fruit aroma to this beer.

Taste: This beers focal point seems to be the yeasty bready flavored with some fruits and some hop bitterness. There is a hint of spices here, especially in the finish. The raisin and plum flavor really shines in this beer, especially when it warms up. There is a good deal of the alcoholic warmth here, which seems pretty par the course for a good deal of the Unibroue beers.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated is what initially comes to mind. Personally, I thought it was a bit too carbonated and gave the beer a little bit of a prickly bite. The body was a little bit of on thin side of medium when not counting in the carbonation, which was somewhat disappointing. The carbonation bumped the overall body up to a medium bodied beer. This has a dry finish that had a bit of a spice kick to it.

Drinkability: I was put off with what seemed to be too much carbonation on a bigger beer. Unlike Trois Pistoles, I have trouble finishing a 750 of this beer. I doubt I will buy this again because it seems like there are many other BSDAs or even other Unibroue beers that I would immediately pick up over this one.

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Photo of ToddT
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy medium brown tinted with ruby highlights and a large beige head. Head diminishes quickly to a ring but leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Candied fruits, raisin, fig, banana, toffee, clove, spice, and caramel. Subdued aroma in spite of all the complexity in it.

T- More malt that fruit, although the fruit shows through with its sweetness. Clove and spice make an appearance in the middle followed by a bit of sour Belgian funk. Finish is bone dry with a warming effect of the alcohol.

M- Medium in body but carbonation seems a little low. Very dry finish with a lingering final note of hops and funky yeast.

D- Very complex but very drinkable. Would not want to session this but more than one is alright. The 8.0% ABV shows up a little in the heat of the finish.

This is one of the most complex beers I have ever had.

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

This beer pours a dark ruby colour with avid carbonation that leaves a nice frothy two finger head,it has aromas of apricots,plums and fruity yeast,this is such a unique tasting beer definately so unique it has tastes of bananna,butterscotch and apricots covered in coconut with an above average mouthfeel,i must admit its not a beer id drink all the time but i will buy it again and easily finished the bottle without noticing its high ABV and was very impressed by it.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved a 750 mL bottle as part of my birthday present. Poured from the bottle into a glass in two parts. Appearance is light brown to red and hazy with a one finger head. The smell is apple, dark fruit, and clove. The taste hits with the same notes. Apple and dark fruit notes provide a solid, full sweetness. There also is some caramel notes that blend in nicely. Clove notes also are present. More and more throughout the beer hop bitterness presents itself to balance against all the sweet notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation. Drinkability is great considering the ABV. The flavor doesn't wear thin at all.

Overall, a great offering from Unibroue. Big flavors and great balance make this beer a standout.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This darker brown beer was poured into a pint glass. When first opening the bottle the bottle was more active then typical brews from the brewery that I have noticed. The taste of a malty alcohol taste fills the mouth first following with a brown sugar and caramel.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany brew almost the same color as the large bottle it came corked and caged in. A sand colored head forms fast but fades just as quickly. Not much left after the aggressive start except a thin wisp of bubbles clinging to one side of the glass.

Smell is a fruity mix of sweet and sour. Crisp apple scent with a spicy hint of peppery yeast. A distinct Belgian yeast scent as expected from a strong dark ale.

Taste is more malty then fruity. Clean and rich flavor is smoky, caramelized and bready mixed with a little chocolate and some peppery yeast. Lots of flavors, layered on top of each other. Brilliant taste that I don't see ever getting tired of.

The mouthfeel is creamy and very satisfying. The sweet malts coat the palate and subside to a light baked apple taste. A light carbonation compliments the beers spice with it's fine champagne like bubbles. A finish that is warm, earthy and full of awesome kick ass-ness! A damn fine brew.

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Photo of tattooed81
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer was a rich amber red color with a delicate foam head that disappeared quickly.

Smells of spice and just the slightest hint of hops

The taste is crisp and floral with a punch of various spices right toward the end. The spice fills your whole mouth and this beer has a crisp, spicy finish.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on 08/11/09 on-tap poured into a thin chalice glass.

A: Delicate single finger head. Color of amber-bronze & orange.

S: Sweet from the malt. Spices and fruit come out with hints of clove, and berries.

T: Sweet at first. Hops are present but barely. Spices and fruits, coriander and clove come out toward the end. Spicy aftertaste.

M: Smooth & well-carb'ed. Champagne-like.

D: Fantastic. I could've sipped this all night long.

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Photo of THEMGG
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours up two fingers of head, lace is thick and clingy, this looks like a belgian. Colour is orange to copper with some small bits of yeast hanging out.

S - Mega bready malts, with ripe, fruity overtones. I am getting subtle spices coming through as well.

T - Goddamn, I love this beer. Bread, cake, yeast are all up front for a second or two then its fruits and spices, plums, raisins, pepper. Hop bitterness comes through at the end which makes me want dive in again and again. Warmth is present, but the alcohol is completley masked.

M - Smooth and rich, yet not overly filling, a perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

D - I can't get enough of it. I have drank so much of this over the years and it still remains one of my number one choices. This is a beer that I will never get tired of.

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Photo of nickfl
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light brown head on a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast with some caramel malt aromas backing it up. Notes of black cherry, toffee, and a hint of funky acidity.

T - Very malty, mostly caramel with some toffee and fruity yeast. Develops some spicy clove and cinnamon notes in the middle before returning to a muddy, brown malt flavor that dominates the finish along with light chocolate.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - It has been a couple of years since I last had this beer, and I remember it being a lot better than it is. The malt flavors are muddy and indistinct and the yeast is kind of one dimensional. Not awful, but a bit disappointing.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy and cloudy brownish/dark-red pour with a thin bubbly white head that stays for a couple minutes, before just becoming a cap on top. The smell is very malty and full of dark fruitiness, with hints of fig and dark cherries with some brown sugar. As it warms, the alcohol scent and a sort of spiciness, like a cinnamon, becomes detectable. The taste is full of the fruits with a slight breadiness from the malt and yeast. At 8%, the alcohol can be tasted pretty easily. The mouthfeel is smooth and light; not much carbonation going on throughout the ale. There is a tiny bit of bitterness that coats the tongue, but not one that is overpowering. And to end it all, the alcohol warmth comes in. This a pretty tasty beer - another Belgian Strong Dark Ale to take into consideration.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my seldom used Duvel glass.

A: Quite a fizzy head, about an inch thick and the color of a sandy beach on a cloudy day, a muted kind of color. Russet amber, cloudy. Head fades in a minute or two, leaving behind a thin cap, still remains to be seen if it will leave some lacing.

S: Smell is wonderfully powerful, almost knocks you over with an incredibly fruity sweetness, apples, berries, crusty sweet bread, bing cherries. This is amazing. Hard to imagine how to improve on this.

T/MF: Mmmmmalty, fruity mixed with a slight bit of chocolate drying alcoholic finish. The complexity of this beer is remarkable, the flavors escape me, can't really put my finger on more than generalities, suffice to say it's one of the best representations of the style I have had in a long time. Mouthfeel is sharp, I wouldn't say chewy but full bodied, bubbly but not too bubbly where heartburn is a risk.

D: Wonderful beer, excellent balance, alcohol is an afterthought, could knock back a few of these without thinking because they are just that tasty.

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Photo of TheTrevor
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark cloudy tan with a single-finger head. The smell is a mix of malt with a splash of spices and some yeastiness in the background. The taste is hugely complex without being overwhelming. There's an ethereal alternating fruitiness and spice that's difficult to put my finger on or call out as specific flavors that accurately describe it. It's also worth noting that even though this beer weighs in at 8% I was barely able to detect any alcohol at all. The mouthfeel is thick and almost chewy with a decent amount of carbonation. I had no problem with drinking this beer, I expected it to sit heavier than it did. This is a great beer, the priced kept me away for a little while but I'm glad I decided to treat myself.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clear amber color with a frothy tan head that conglomerates into large swiss-cheese looking pockets and collapses the head rather quickly and loudly.

Spicy, yeasty and fruity. There is a sweet bready character to it, almost like glazed doughnuts. Cinnamon and strawberries over a vanilla custard. Plenty going on here and it is quite a pleasure to sniff upon.

Yeasty, doughy flavors stand out the most with equal parts of berry fruitiness and hop bitterness. Malts are somewhat cola tasting with a bit of alcohol astringency. There are some toasty and roasty notes hidden in there and come out a bit as it nears room temp. This one probably makes it into my top 5 Unibrou beers, very good beer.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First tasting of Maudite. Brownish red with a quickly evaporating and loose head. Smells of tart cherries and sugary leather. Earthy notes in the taste with some spice, corriander to be specific. A little watery for the style, but the color is a light for the style, so maybe this is an in between Belgian. I can taste and feel the alcohol, reducing the drinkability. I have a Trois Pistoles in the fridge and I have never had that beer either. I hope that it tops this one.

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

A coworker of mine has mentioned Maudite a few times, expressing its awesomeness. He had originally said he was picking me up a bottle to sample, but upon seeing it in stores, I decided to take sampling into my own hands.

Pouring into an oversized wine glass resulted in a hazy brown with a finger of quickly evaporating head.

Smell is a subtle, but almost non-existent maltiness and a touch of spice. No indication whatsoever of its 8% ABV.

Taste is subtly malty. Alcohol is a bit more apparent, but still quite masked (I wouldn't guess it was 8%). Some other flavors that I can't quite put my tongue on. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, with some chewiness around the swallow. More carbonation than your average beer. But smooth overall and very drinkable. Again, I wouldn't have guessed that this was 8% ABV.

Maybe not quite as amazing as my coworker had made me believe, but still quite good.

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Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried about 1/2 in a snifter and 1/2 in a pilsner glass. I greatly preferred it in the pilsner. Poured a dirty brown with a large head. The head stayed throughout the drink. Aroma of dark fruits. In the snifter, everything was overwhelmed by the carbonation as beer turned to foam as it hit my mouth. If I had drank this entirely out of a snifter, I would have rated it about 2.5. In a glass, I tasted plums and cola. Feel, nothing but carbonation in the snifter, nothing special in the glass. Good drinkability, only in the glass. Maudite is remarkable similar to Trappistes Rochefort 8, which I was not overly impressed with. I give Maudite an extra tenth of a point because it's price is less unreasonable. Unfair, I know, but don't care.

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

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Muddy brown color. Fairly opaque. Decent bubbly head with lacing. Dissipates quickly.
S- Maltiness and caramel comes through.
T- Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, but sort of heavy. A full malt drink, but balanced well with spice.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Very dark and hazy copper appearance. ~1 1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a thin incomplete cap rather quickly.

S: Dark, sweet fruitiness. Somewhat spicy, with a distinctive "Belgian yeast" odor.

T: Interesting melange of spicy/zesty yeast and fruit and flavors Hints of alcohol blend well into the mix.

M: Crisp, and unsurprisingly for a Unibroue brew, moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Very slight alcohol warming.

D: Excellent. Yet another moderately high ABV Unibroue offering that would be easy to get carried away with.

Future outlook: Unibroue delivers yet again. An easy call for excellent quality offerings, and of course, I will happily get again.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange brown color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates to a very light ring.

Smells of sweet malt with notes of light fruit and spice.

Taste reveals a lot of fruit and spice. Some definite pear notes come out along with hints of orange, some yeast and cloves. A slight underlying caramel sweetness also comes out in the finish.

Medium bodied, possibly just a little overcarbonated. The alcohol really isn't noticeable at all. Overall, this is a very nice offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-copper-reddish body with white frothy head. Strong aroma of booze, tart, burnt sugar. Flavors of sugar, light fruits, tart, booze, and sour notes. The aftertaste is a cloying peach tart. Medium-high carb zaps and stings the tongue in this medium bodied brew. Not much of a pleasant taste combines with a weak drinkability.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,672 ratings