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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Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable, yet with an 8% ABV I expected a bit more punch. Instead I felt almost no alcohol, which was probably for the best, anyhow. The head hung around all too briefly, which was another surprise: in this style I think I've seen better. But these are piddly concerns. The aroma is thick with yeast, orange and apricots, and the taste hits hard with all kinds of things: malt, fruit, bread, even a few mushrooms. Dense body, cloudy orangish in color and lightly fizzed. There was a bit of lemon at the back but otherwise very little hop taste. Worth the price in any size.

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Photo of jdg204
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3rd offering from the great night at Porters Pub in Easton, PA. This was the last brew on the list for my buddy, so it was pretty cool seeing him awarded with his mug. Plus, I was jacked to try a brew of this reputation.

A: Pours a cloudy copper body with a modest head that quickly declines with some splashy lacing.

S: Rich caramel malt aromas waft up from the gless, the yeast strain just smells like wonderful freshly baked sticky buns.

T: Caramel and pears followed a nice complex balancing bitterness that is a bit grainy. The finish has a very nice lingering sweetness balanced with a light hoppy underton.

M: Somewhat heavy bodied, with prickly carbonation remaining.

D: My second Unibroue of the night (La Fin) and they're officially 2 for 2 in my book (I'm a fan!). This was my favorite of the two and out of the 4 or 5 I've tried, the best BSDA I've tried. This is a classic brew; amazing balance, smooth drinkability (even with a high ABV), and a great flavor/ aroma. Try this brew, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a sampling glass. this bottle is probably about 6 month sold. I also sampled it alongside a bottle that said best by 2004. Depending on wheter they use a 3 or 5 year shelf life, that puts it at 8-10 years old.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan had. This settles to a ring around the glass and a few random islands of foam. The beer itself is dark brown with hints of red.

Smell: Tart and sweet malt. Hints of lemon and peaches.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a slight sourness. Fruity in the middle with hints of orange and lemon zest. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to average plus carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: An infinitely drinkable beer. Complex and flavorful.

Aged version: The older bottle was definitely past its prime. All bitterness and harsh edges had disappeared, leaving a very fruity beer with a creamy mouthfeel. However, it lacked depth and complexity. Maybe 3-5 years might be a good point, but not 8-10.

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Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange brown that is almost opaque, under a light beautiful carbonation is seen. Has a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a small creamy layer on top of the beer, no lacing here. This beer smells of yeast, fruit, spice and malt, no hops. Has a very solid belgian dark taste of sweet fruit, malts and some spice. Mouthfeel is awesome here, medium to full and very creamy, leaves a nice dry coat on the tongue well after being finished. Will definately buy this uni 4pack taster again, very drinkable and none of the 8% shows, very good belgian dark example, sessionable.

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Photo of Squelch
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy. Medium Off white head.

Smell: Fruity, cidery. Lots of yeast aroma here. Nice

Taste: Very much to style. Excellent. fruity.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbed. balances out the rich thickness of the malt.

Drinkability: Excellent sipping beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-- pours a dark brown, good creamy head that lasted for a minute and left no lacking. Good looking carbonation.
S-- Spicy and malty. No hops that I can smell.
T--Spicy and malty again. Very crisp in the mouth.
M-- No hops at all in mouth. All malt. Get the spices and malt. Very crisp and a bit heavier in the mouth.
D-- Solid but I think this would get samey after a while. One 750 would be enough. 2 330's are fine with this beer. The 8% is not that much of an issue and does not really hit. I like this but to I just prefer La Fin Du Monde that much more over this. Maybe I am just being a bit picky but that is just me.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Dark pour with a creamy creamy frothed out head that hangs around a very little while.

Smell: Lots of spice notes, no hoppy aroma, mostly spicy/bready type notes that I am picking up.

Taste/MF: Not too much bitterness, but some. Very malty taste and nice spiciness. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation is fine very nice medium to thick body. Very nice. Do not taste alcohol at 8% really at all.

Drinkability: very nice, could swig a coupla 750mLs and think nothing of it. Unibroues are some of the finest beers around.

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

Poured an orangey coppery with golden hues. It was dark orange, but was bright at the same time. Is that possible? The head was bubbley and not too big. Looks well carbonated.
My Maudite didn't smell too fruity, the smell was sort of forgettable. But, yummy! it tasted fruity, but not too sweet. Goes down dry, perfectly carbonated to the finish. A bitter ending. Very drinkable.

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Photo of johntangus
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red orange with a thin head that sticks around. It smells of dark fruit and malt. Tastes like plums and raisins with a slightly boozy back end. Medium/perfect body...

Ok, i'm kinda holding myself back...

It's delicious. I haven't ever tasted a beer exactly like this. It is so interesting and wonderful that i am having a hard time describing it's complexity. This beer makes me want to skip work.

This one and La Fin du Monde are two of my absolute faves of all time.

If you are reading reviews of this beer to help you decide whether or not to purchase this beer, put the computer down and just buy it already!

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

A: Pours a dark murky brown. Nice fluffy head which didn't stay around for me as others mentioned. Just a little thin fizzies around the edge.

S: Smells slightly sweet with spice and fruit. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. But it was still nice. Smells like a typical Belgian should.

T: Same as the nose... sweet with spice and fruit. Interesting hop bitterness... slight but noticeable bitter finish.

Another fine addition from Unibroue. Very drinkable. Get yourself one of these and sit with a nice book.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

this beer poured a dark amber or dark copper color with a finger width head that did not stay terribly long. the carbonation made the head seem a little fizzy. after a few seconds the finger width head dissipated into a fizz around the edge of the glass and was gone before the beer was through. there was a small amount of yeast sediment in the glass as well, hence "ale on lees".

the smell is very complex, yet balanced; no one scent overwhelmed the nose, instead it presented an array of smells ranging from a bread-like yeast and fruit to hints of spice and caramel malt. strong hints of yeast and fruit with a hint of spice seemed to linger the longest.

the taste was good with a quick tingle from the carbonation from the tongue that gave way to a multitude of flavors including yeast, fruit and a bit of malt as well. there is a hint of hops, but this is quickly overtaken by the yeast and fruit with a spicy undertone that is hard to assess but is definitely present. as the beer warmed the spices gave way a bit to a more sweet malty flavor, but this did not overwhelm or change the overall character of the beer dramatically.

the carbonation is not over the top but is enough to tingle the tongue and make itself noticed. after the carbonation dissipates from the mouth the beer leaves a smooth mouth feel and a mild warmth upon swallowing.

very drinkable. definitely a heavier belgian beer, but not too heavy or overwhelming. it has a full body, as could be expected from a strong, dark ale but it is not overpowering or chewy. on the contrary, despite its full body it still retains a very drinkable crisp character. a very good beer, one of my favorites!

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Photo of Ralphus
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer will always remind me of my coworker Chris and his thoughts on Unibroue beers: "Any beer with the devil and a flying canoe on it is not something I want to drink! And their other beer, The End of the World? I mean C'mon!" But despite his thoughts on their choice of marketing I know he secretly likes Maudite, if only in the smaller bottles that don't contain as much yeast.

My bottle is the readily available 750ml variety with a cork. And even though I'm not a very big fan of Belgians, I appreciate the fact that the some French Canadians have done a very good job imitating their styles. Anyway, on with the review.

It pours a brownish ruby red. The slightly offwhite head is made of large carbonated bubbles but manages to blanket the drink all the way to the bottom. In the smell we find some sweetness, yeastiness cinnamon and nutmeg. It's instantly detectable as a belgian style beer. The taste is similar.. sweetness initially, some spice and a mild hoppyness towards the back. The alcohol and yeast are both present.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and drinkability slightly better than average. Despite its strength it goes down fairly quick but that doesn't mean uncorking another is on the agenda.

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a rich, ruby-brown color that featured over an inch of pretty tan head that left minimal lacing.

A rich malty aroma also featured hints of fruit in the nose. The flavor profile was also as expected with the cherry and plum notes mingling well with the malt foundation.

The body was full and solid while being well-rounded. This beer is smooth and easy to drink, despite it's strength. A very good version of the style, worth seeking out.

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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 sweetbrew82
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a snifter/ Best Before date of 11-10-11

P: Extremely dark copper with a huge, healthy head of soapy, tan-colored foam. It was comprised of medium-sized bubbles, and had kind of a champagne quality to it. Showed good retention, but didn't leave quite as much lace as I expected.

A: While Maudite's aroma doesn't put the pedal to the medal like some of the best BSDA's out there, it's still pretty nice. Toasted malts, a mixture of some light and dark fruits, tons of spice, and that signature Unibroue yeast.

T: Toasted caramel malt sets the tone right from the beginning. It lays down a sweet, bready foundation for the fruits to come and build upon, while the spices work their tongue-tingling magic. The fruits consist of pears, pink apples, plums, and a slight tinge of fig. I'm not quite sure of its origins, but I'm convinced that the noticeable hop bitterness is producing a citrus flavor that I'm picking up in there as well. All of this is accompanied by a spicy kick that tastes, predominantly, like clove and pepper. It attacks the palate early, then seems to subside, only to hit you with another helping right before swallow. Also noted is some sweet & sticky, although subtle, toffee mixed in for good measure. Nice complexity!

M: Medium-bodied with a luxuriously crisp, richly intense, prickly mouthfeel that, somehow, manages to maintain some slightl creaminess and chewiness underneath the aggressive carbonation. Not as good as some of the best Belgians, mainly because (like almost every Unibroue offering I've had) it is way over-carbonated, to the point that it almost overpowers the flavors. I have to dock points for this because it hurts the overall experience for me. Although, it is much better once it reaches room temperature.

Notes: This is another very good, complex brew from a world-class brewery. I absolutely love the intensely spicy kick on top of the rich malts, and delicious fruits. Still, it can't quite hold its weight amongst the best of this hotly-contested category, in my humble opinion. Still, it deserves to be regarded as a grade "A" beer.

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Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty with fruity infusions, has the distinctive aroma of a strong malted beer
Slightly cloudy, pale brown, little or no head, some traces of carbonation
Malted lightly toasted, a little fruity towards the end of the taste; complex and simple at the same time, has some spicy infusions in there.
Smooth, very smooth; full bodied, strong; aftertaste if quite strong

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Photo of cavedave
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown topped with a finger high head of beige foam that dissipates languidly to a thick skin. It is a very thick and alive look, quite tempting.

The smell is wonderful, more than my palate can decipher, there are spicy notes in there I can't get. It's a thick aroma containing candy, alcohol, peaches, lighter floral notes, still lighter herbal and fruity notes which add complexity and balance, and for which I can offer no insight other than to say it is hard to get my nose from the snifter.

The taste... mon dieu, c'est magnifique... it is so yummy it has gotten me to use ellipses and exclaim in French. Huge, clean taste of caramel, bitter herbs, plum, peach, and an elusive spicy sweetness that ushers in a finish of dry floral and bittersweet. Again, there are tastes wrapping under and through this that are delicious and unifying, and beyond my palate to describe. The complexity and balance of this exceptional brew cannot be exaggerated. Right through the long clean finish it is a balancing act worthy of Wallendas, An astoundingly delicious beer.

How Unibroue could make a beer like this is a question all brewers need to learn. It is so full of flavor, so thick and alive, yet so light in the mouth without the feeling of too much carbonation, and a resiny feel that never feels sticky, clean all the way through. It holds the flavor, and just gets better as it warms.

I have just re-checked the label to assure myself it is 8% ABV. Other than notes in the aroma I haven't tasted alcohol. This gets a triple red flag warning -- for intensely excellent drinkability.

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

Deep amber red with a rocky foam head. Lively sediment in the body. Huge bready aromas with lots of yeast and alcohol. Doughy and sweet. Signature Unibroue smell. Taste is spicy floral hop bitterness backed by a healthy dose of wheat malt and some pruney fruitiness. Boozy warmth, ultra smooth mouthfeel, tingly carbonated bite. Finishes tart and dry. Overall a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure it's one of Canada's best. A bit too malty and kind of boring, if you ask me. I think Dieu Du Ciel pulls off the Belgian style much better than Unibroue, mostly by adding more hops to their beers. This one is still worth a try, though, and it goes down quite easy for an 8% brew.

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Photo of cpmau11
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Maudite
12 oz bottle gold foiled top
Poured into a snifter glass. A very large two inch off-white head with a dark amber body. Aroma is very floral and strong notes of caramel. Taste strong pale malts, caramel, good carbonation, slight alcohol flavor, cinnamon, and hint of fig or some kind of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is comparable to other unibroue beers, rich and warm but not too thick. Drinkability is great.

Overall this is my second favorite Unibroue beer and definitely one of my favorite Belgian strong dark/amber ales. Great lacing and head retention and classic belgian caramel flavor.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark copper, very large bubbly white head, lots of lacing.

smell of malt, caramel, roasted nuts, yeast, pear, prunes, some spice, and a bit of alcohol.

taste is fresh and crisp, some sour malt, pear and apple, touch of spice, few malts, some nuts, little citrus, and leaves the mouth sweet.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking this one right now. Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with medium thin off-white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells sugary, yeasty, fruity with a faint touch of earthy hops. Tastes malty sweet, somewhat bready yeast and fruit notes. Slightly more carbonated than I'd like but tastes great, so very easy to drink.

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Photo of Hunter
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, apricot-copper brew with a thin head that vanishes fast.

S: Fruit, wheat, light spices like coriander and even white pepper.

T: Light, and somehow not. Spice candy and citrus dominates, behind which lurk floral and peppery bits. A somewhat oily aftertaste takes away from the overall score, but not too much.

M: Bracing, refreshing, but the 8% ABV manages to come through (more strongly as the beer warms). Light on the tongue but somewhat cloying in the finish.

D: Certainly another fine product by this brewer. Will find a spot on my regular rotation, but as a special treat. Not really something to quaff on a regular basis, either in terms of price or alcohol content.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a 1 finger head that left little lacing.

Smell was fig, molasses,and spice with some dark fruit.

Tasted spicy, dark fruit, with a light bitterness.

High carbonation (overly carbonated) with a medium body. As with other Unibrou beers its much better as it warms.

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Photo of NODAK
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pretty sweet with fruity esters coming through..perhaps a little bit of a peppery smell as well.

Pours a cloudy rust color with a loose, foamy head that disappears fairly rapidly.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Taste is fruity as expected, but not overally sweet....the best way for me to describe it is that it seems pretty sweet but yet somewhat tart at the same time. I get both sensations from this beer. I also notice some spices and peppery notes from this.

Booze is pretty well hidden here although it's slightly noticeable. As it warms up, it does come out more, however. For 8 percent ABV, it's pretty smooth, but I wouldn't classify it as extremely drinkable simply because of the high ABV. Due to its thickness, it does hang around on the tongue for a while after each swallow with a bit of a lip smacking sweetness.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hopfenperle tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a dark dark copper color, almost like a brown ale, but with a little amber color to it. A nice tan foamy head with nice retention. Very little lacing

Smell - Wheaty, grainy and malty with a hint of spice and citrus. Nice nose to this one. Unique.

Taste - Slightly sweet with a nice malty flavor. A little coffee or caramel and spices on the finish with just the right touch of bitter hops at the end. A very tasty BSPA.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied, almost hearty. Just the right amount of carbonation for a beer with this much flavor.

Drinkability - For a relatively high ABV brew, this one is very tasty. Could easily do a session with a couple big bottles of this one.

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