Maudite | Unibroue

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
4,650 Ratings

Brewed by:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,650 |  Reviews: 1,949
Photo of jeremyd365
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown wit ha thick off-white head that dissipated quickly. I smell an apparent fruity maltiness--perhaps apple/pear. The taste is exactly that, slightly tart but with a very good malt finish. It's got a medium-heavy body and pretty carbonated. Definitely a drinkable beer. Very flavorful and a solid all-around brew. Recommend!

 341 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a clearish brown body with a one-finger tan head (is that carbonation or little yeast floaters haning in the middle) and decent lacing. A mix of sweet malts and some bread/yeast aromas peek through, along with some very light hops. This ale is unbelievably smooth and creamy, never had a Belgian that I could say was this smooth. Sweet malts like caramel and maybe something like gum/cake icing (sugary) along with toffee or roasted malts to keep it balanced and give it a dry backbite. Also contained citric and dark fruit tastes in the hops; I could detect orange and possibly banana but I couldn't decipher the rest. Did get a little sticky on the sides from the excessive malts, but this is a damn good beer w/ the 8% hidden well; I could session this even though a few would knock me out.

 831 characters

Photo of dfolmste
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very carbonated beer. I had to pour it quickly so it wouldn't fizz over. Head is a tan color that climbs the glass but falls just as quickly. Color is a dark amber made hazy by steady streams of bubbles and bottle conditioned yeast.

Smell: An earthy smell with fruit mixed in. Apple and banana hidden underneath a smokey malt odor. Alcohol smell stays masked by other scents. Pretty complex.

Taste: Wow! A rolling taste that crosses all parts of the tongue. Sweet, but not overpowering. Most likely belgian candy sugar. Roasted bread/biscuit malt character mesh well with the roasted characteristics reminding me of a banana just passed its ripeness. I was impressed and wish my pallate was a bit more refined.

Mouthfeel: So far I am loving the belgian style body. Aftertaste is just one more layor of the flavor. Thicker feel matches the taste well.

Drinkability: I would recommend having this beer with food, but having it alone allows for a greater appreciation of the taste. Alcohol is 8% and it is as hidden as the hop flavor. A beer to be savored. Even still, I like to vary the beer I drink in a sitting, but still could have had a few more of these and still noticed new tastes.

 1,202 characters

Photo of CJthirty7
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked it. It smells good off the pour. It is reasonably smooth through the finish. Its not too sweet, which some Belgians can be. It doesn't have a lot of character, as nothing stands out about it. Its a solid choice if you've got little to choose from or don't know what to expect from something else.

 304 characters

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

The beer pours a nice dark and hazy amber with a decent amount of off white head that fades fast.

The smell of this beer is fruity (figs) and smells a bit like fresh bread. very nice

The taste starts sweet and fruity but is still nicely balanced and finishes with a nice dry touch.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation but has a clean finish.

Very drinkable for a high ABV strong dark ale. Will buy again for sure.

 420 characters

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

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

Pours a medium amber with a little cloud. Head is ample upon start, but recedes quickly an leaves thick lace.

Aromas are of dates and figs. Honey and graham crackers with a hit of vanilla and bread.

Taste is dark candy sugar with a nice yeast finish. Dates and figs on the finish with bready malt in the middle. this is a good belgian flavor with a little more roast. Yeast gives a nice fruitiness without being too much.Mouth is thick and rich...this is a good feeling beer.

 515 characters

Photo of MisterClean
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 from total wine

A - Poured mahogany, with 3 fingers of orange-white head, and dissipated slow.

S - Cloves, coriander, light belgian sugar, with notes of citrus and light spiciness.

T - Bready, with coriander, light spices, and slight alcohol.

M - Well balanced, but hop dominated gave it a slight bitter taste. Fairly thin too.

D - Not bad, may not pass up another, but there are a lot better belgian strong darks.

 423 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, thick, thick pillowy head takes a long time to replace bubbles with beer...but that's okay, because it looks great. Color is an entrancing milk-chocolate/caramel brown with all kinds of cloudiness and a zillion bubbles marching to the surface. If it tastes half as good as it looks...

Aroma is nutty yeast, candi sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, banana, more yeast, caramel and a light kiss of alcohol warmth.

Flavor is a mirror of the nose, only less distinctive in its individual components and more a mingling of them, to the point that every sip offers a different flavor angle. Banana character is something I don't remember about Maudite (haven't had this in a few years), but it's there, though not like a German hefe-weizen. Obviously the yeast plays a huge part, imparting husky nut elements in addition to banana, while malts offer toffee and powdered cinnamon. There's also frutiness like thick apple cider, a little marshmallow, and playful alcohol warmth.

I'm probably drinking this warmer than suggested, so the smooth, gliding texture might be partly a result of that. It's a gentle, airy feel, like watery melted butter (in a good way). Kind of moves over to let the flavors take center stage.

Just an inch or two short of delivering a blow-your-mind knockout punch. Maudite is a sensible 8% ale, and because of its tame, refined character it makes an excellent gateway for those just discovering Belgian-style beers. This was one of the handful of beers that converted me to the Belgian ways, and because of its availability and modest price tag, it has no doubt done the same for thousands of others. Thanks to the generous coldmeat23 for providing it as a trade bonus!

 1,697 characters

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

A - pours a dark chestnut brown with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared to a fine layer of bubbles

S - some spicy notes and fruit

T - roasted malts, a bit of hop to it, i'm getting some marshmallow and nuts as well

M/D - nicely carbonated and pretty easy drinking. Good taste that goes down way to easy for an 8% beer.

 328 characters

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

Pours a golden amber, difficult to determine where one ends and the next begins. Aggressive pour leads to a massive peach-colored head, very sticky. Smells like one of the sweeter bocks, big yeast smell, and a big plumy sweetness. A little bit of barnyard staleness or mustiness in the smell. Normally I'm not a fan of big yeast smell, but this one is just intoxicating.

It has a definite wheat taste to it, backed by sweet malt, some dry spiciness. Very yeasty, and just a bit acidic. All of the flavors are well in balance, it's not overly sweet and cloying, nor is it very dry and spicy. Everything comes into play, making this one tough for me to describe. Very drinkable, not much at all in the way of alcohol burn. A very enigmatic beer, but one which I look forward to enjoying in the future.

 800 characters

Photo of puboflyons
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 03-20-11. Sampled on Feb. 7, 2009.

Appearance - a gorgeous but cloudy mahogany-brown with a puffy tan head that lingers as expected for the style. Yet this is more beckoning.

Smell - A burst of yeast in the aroma due to the in-bottle fermentation followed by pungent hops. There is also something kind of spicy in the mix...something clove-like.

Mouthfeel - Definitely a chewy texture with a decent and bold body.

Taste - A powerful element of hops. The high alcohol content is offset by the spicy flavors. Finishes moderately dry.

Beligian Strong Ales are not one of my favorite styles but Unibroue carries this one off with class.

 698 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown/red with a head that starts and disappears. This looks like a clarified version of apple cider. Minimal lacing.

Big whiff of fermented fruit and some spicy notes.

Booze bite right up front. Chemical alcohol dissipates and you get some dried fruit sweetness, some spice, some bitter bite, and some toasted malt. And just like that -- wham wham wham.

A sipper, it is mouth coating but not overly full in body.

I appreciate the flavor complexities here, but the alcohol chemical element keeps getting in the way for me. I would actually like this a hell of a lot if the booze was toned down a bit. Much easier to drink once you get part way into the pint, either you personally adjust or it warms a bit. If you are not into big kick in the balls Belgians, don't go here -- but really worth a try if you want to try a good example of the style. Not for everyone, and not something I would hit regularly, but a very very well made beer.

 954 characters

Photo of Stunner97
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark cloudy brown beer with alot going on in there, light to little carbonation and quickly fading white head

Smell- Malty, wheat y, and slight citrus malty sweetness on the nose

Taste- Slightly hop and malts in this delicious beer, alot of sweet wheat flavors, chocolate banana and cinnamon, a delicious unique beer

Mouthfeel- smooth soft perfect

Drinkabilty- As all there beers scarily delicious drinkable and ones that when you have once will try again

 471 characters

Photo of velkyal
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a big cream head which hung around doggedly.

The nose was dominated by licorice and gingerbread, the perfect Christmas aroma!

The taste though was rather surprising, lots and lots of caramel, backed up by cloves - almost like a light Christmas pudding, with a very subtle bitterness underscoring the sweetness.

Despite the somewhat hefty kick of alcohol, Maudite is very smooth and was like drinking liquid fudge.

 441 characters

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. Frehsness date on back label. Purchased as 4-pack from Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Dirty dishwater peach yellow with foamy, big-bubbled beige head with so-so retention and no lacing.

S: Subdued aromas of cherries, herbs, spicy yeast, and rounded malt character

T: Tangy and herbal are the first two words that come to mind. Some berry/cherry sweetness meets a yeasty and herbal, spiced hops character. It avoids becoming vegetably with strong malting.

M: Full-bodied with sensuous thick, chewy feel accentuated by low carbonation.

D: A beer that is a lot better than the sum of its parts.

 680 characters

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

A: Dark brown with considerable head formation. Hints of red and amber can be seen when held up to the light.

S: The nose is sweet and spicy. This is a small amount of floral accents as well.

T: Much sweeter than I expected. There is a definite taste of fruit (apples or pear. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. At 8% alcohol there is only a slight tinge of alcohol.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Almost a velvetly feel.

D: Very drinkable and with the alcohol well hidden, I could have more than one. Especially when these are on tap.

 572 characters

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

In a Chimay chalice:

Cool deep deep orange/brown color with quickly dissipating head. Smelled tons of citrus, with some green apple and a little nutmeg. Tasted awesome... great malts, nice and warm (but not hot) and orange. Carbonation was high, but in line with the style.

Overall: An excellent, go-to, and available Belgian Strong Dark. Yet another win for Unibroue. The four pack may be a little better value than a bomber, take care when purchasing.

 455 characters

Photo of astrasday
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. 2 finger white head with nice retention. Good lacing. A lovely dark amber color.

Smell. Yeast, pineapple, dark fruit, brown sugar and malts.

Taste. An excellent follow through from the smell. Very well balanced. The sweet yeast, spices, raw sugar, dark fruits and pineapple are all present and blended beautifully.

Mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, creamy with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Delicious.

Highly drinkable beer. This one is going down fast.

 508 characters

Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- this beer pours into my tulip an amber/golden orange color body with a solid finger of off white head with excellent retention. Very sticky.

S- the first thing I can smell is the classic Unibroue yeast. After that comes the parade of fruits. Cherries, plums, figs, apples, and pears.

T- that unibroue yeast makes itself known. As do the fruits. Almost the same as I could smell. Very malty and sweet.

M- very light, almost watery. The carbonation is through the roof!

D- the 750 was enough for me. However, this is something I could drink again and again. An often overlooked brewery that produces nothing but solid Belgian style beers. Check this one out if you haven't before.

 686 characters

Photo of angelmonster
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a big tan 2 finger head. Dark brown in color

Smells of sweet malts and fruit. Also smelling some wheat and a little spice

First taste is of wheat and maybe some coriander. Bready malts and a faint aftertaste of alcohol is also present

Beer is way over carbonated. Nice medium bodied beer, not too light.

This beer was very good. Only thing that got to me was the over carbonated. Still this is a highly drinkable beer and look forward to buying more of it

 466 characters

Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dirty brown, hazy with a full tan head. Almost looks like sweet tea.

S:Ripe fruit, yeasty, figs banana, and coriander.

T:Sweet, delicious. Not as overpowering as the smell would lead you to believe.. Crisp and a little tart..

M: Very carbonated, frothy.. Not oily or heavy.

D: Yes.

 303 characters

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

A monk traveled from a remote Abbey in search of a new and different way of life. There was no reason other than a restless soul and a longing for the new and different. The same yeast, the same sugars, the same way of life for the last 22 years had left him underwhelmed and despondent.
Drawn by the brown liquid, he surveyed the beer up against the light, and an amber glow greeted his quizzical gaze. Lacing and immense head.
Put it in your mouth... Quad? too light. No real style to place it into, other than just good beer. dark fruits... raisin... warm alcohol... dry hops... pine bark... wood...
Fluffy and smooth, oily, heavy and dense, but light and airy at once...
So there's no way to know what happened next. After 8 pints or so, he lost himself in the teak walls, the metal urinals, the dry humour of his compatriots... Are there really any heroes among fools?
To return to his homeland, of course, to go back to his old way of life... but he had made memories. He had been inspired by this strange attempt at his craft. Nothing he did from this point on would be the same, the eyes of his heart and mouth had been enlightened.

He sent his next recipe to unibroue.

 1,181 characters

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

a: Dark but clear chestnut body and an eggshell colored head.

s: Dark, estery, fruity, bready aroma.

t: Sweet malt, caramel, fruity esters, notes of dry apple, and spice, clove in particular.

m: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue, dry finish.

d: delightful complexity, surprising drinkability. A joy to drink.

 314 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky, caramel brown, small head with much carbonation

Smell: apples,raisin, belgian spices, and yeast

Taste: dry apples, raisin, belgian spices, raisin--for the aftertaste, corriander, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel:smooth and sweet--I can feel the carbonation

The more I have this beer the more I like it...I think I could have about three...the alcohol is really masked...It is complex and very drinkable.

 431 characters

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

Had this a dozen times before, not sure why i didnt review prior.. hmm.

Beautiful 75ml caged and corked bottle. Great artwork and packaging. I can always spot a Unibrou out on any shelf, so their marketing department is doing something right.

A lovely pop from the cork and it puors a deep amber with an offwhite foamy head with consistanty same sized bubbles. Perfect pour into my Westy goblet.

Aroma is classic Unibrou propietary yeast, powdery and smooth.

Sweet floral and herbal earthiness, delicious fruit (raisin and a bit vineous) and classic unibrou spicing with bits of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. Bready and oh so deliciously complex.

Incredibly drinkable despite the abv, a real must try for any beer geek...along with Trois Pistoles, LfdM, and some of their other staples, you just can't go wrong.

 815 characters

Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,650 ratings