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 johnrobe
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/12/05
Maudite, or "damned", features one of the best labels for a Halloween party. Let me tell ya, if this beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
It pours a devilishly murky brown with a white head that maintains a cap throughout. The aroma has that champagne-like quality that I associate with the effects of Belgian ale yeast. There are also hints of green apples and a bit of caramel and some spice I can't quite place. The taste is nicely balanced between a complex fruitiness and caramel, with noticeable (but not overwhelming) alcohol showing up toward what turns out to be a bit of a tangy finish.

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

Beautiful pour. Cloudy deep amber color with a firm, almost elastic, head. Nice malty aroma that begs to be tasted. Almost has a burnt quality to it. There's a taste I can't quite put my finger on, I may just have to drink another. Overall quite tasty with a nice alcohol warmth.

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

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a white bubbly head that left trace lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and spices. A flavor of malt, caramel, citrus and some spice. The finish is a touch sweet, yet astrigent. A nice Belgian.

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Photo of Mick
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber color. Thick creamy head that leaves a sticky lace trail. Malty aroma, slightly phenolic. Thick, creamy, and smooth body. Malty sweet taste and good alcohol presence that balances and couples the body and flavor experience nicely. Finishes really smooth.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours to a somewhat golden brown amber with an enormous head that will leave lace till the end of the day.

the aroma is very welcoming with nice yeast odors and some very good malts cooming about. there is also a definite hint of alcohol.

the body is very rich and smooth. it is very good to drink as is slides right down. a great flavored beer with everything in balance. a very good malty sweetness dominates with a good addition of bitterness, and it was pleasant to find just a small tinge of alcohol.

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Photo of Morris729
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light mahogany color with a frothy off-white head. Nice head retention and eventually dissipates into a nice lace. Fruity and spicy aromas up front with a bit alcohol. Taste is very complex. There is a bit of a fruity sweetness up front with tastes of banana, honey, and caramel. Next comes a citrus/lemon tart sting in the mouth along with a bit of nuttiness and biscuity flavor. The finish is a dry and bread-like with some hoppy phenols. Considering it’s 8%, you really can’t detect much alcohol. This is an outstanding beer. As for the demon and the flying canoe on the bottle, here’s the story from the Unibroue website – “Maudite has a typically Quebecois name that is reminiscent of the legend of the Chasse-Galerie (the legend of the Flying Canoe). Legend has it that a group of lumberjacks struck a deal with the devil to fly home in their canoes, guided by Satan himself, to make it home in time for Christmas.”

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

Pours a cloudy iced tea-like color with a frothy off-white head that hangs around. Spicy, citrusy, fruity aroma. Moderate carbonation. Sweet flavors of candy apple and banana, with some residual sugar in the finish, which was quite short. Good stuff.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This canadian brew is truelly a Belgian Style ale. Fantastic in my opinion. A stabple in my fridge now along with Schneider Aventinus. The real surprise is that this ia a Canadian beer.

Creamy in texture with a great aroma. Fruity and spicy. Clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

I find the 750ml bottles allloow for better final fermentation leading to a richer taste and better head when you pour that the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Kwak
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Head : Thick Firm Full of spices.
Body : Smooth clear amber color.
Taste : Fruity Malt flavor with spices and nut flavor .
Aftertaste: Almost winey warming affect in the end.

Very strong but verry easy to drink.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: this beer poored well and gave a nice 2" tan frothy head that was poured into an appropriate tulip. Large bubbles cascaded slowly up the sides of the glass for the first half of this beer.

Appearance: Was like a good apple cider in color and in clarity. Good leftovers from the second bottle fermantation in this beer, that I made sure to swirl just a bit into the poor.

Smell: Of fruits, alchohol, and some yeast qualities.

Taste: not a frequent drinker of this red strong ale style but all in all what I had expected. More of a malty sweetness with a slight and well balanced hop charateristic that hung aroung just long enough. Flavors of dried fruits also.

Mouthfeel: Had qualities of a champagne on the tounge and a fairly light finish. [coming from a stout drinker]

Drinkability: As I finish this review and coincidentaly this beer my head already knows this isn't a regular beer.It has good drinkability in moderation and it's 8% alchohol hit's you fast, and if your looking for a punch this ones got it.

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

The turbulant volcanic head, smells of smoldering newspapers with a hint of old rubber that is being pulled tightly and light musk.
Unlike many beers the smell is a fair illustration of what is to come in taste, a smooth incredibly well balanced imbibable reflection of body, spirit and mind.

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

Not one of my favorites from Unibroue, but still a good beer. I find the aroma and taste very pleasant but have a hard time putting this aroma and flavor to words. Although complex, I'm lost for words. I will try it again and see if I can taste the complexity of flavors in this beer!

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Photo of jtw5877
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold/amber color with a fluffy white head. The yeast is very prominent in the taste and smell. It has a massive complex flavor that is all over the place, it changes as it warms, but it never hints at its high abv. This beer has become one of my absolute favorites especially out of the 750ml corked bottles.

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

Very nice looking beer with a cloudy golden amber color and a big foamy head that thins quickly and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.
The aroma is very fruity like pears and oranges with spicey notes quite evident and a subtle grassy scent in there too.
Flavor is awesome very hard to pin down, you notice new subtleties with every sip especially as the beer warms a bit. Hits with a big sweetness that says fruit more than malt, with a nice zesty carbonation. As it sits on the tongue spices and a white grapefuit bittersweet sourness can be noted. Just a dash of yeast flavor and not much hop type bitterness at all in this one, but the flavors all blend and balance really well.
This beer is very drinkable, though the higher ABV might keep you from drinking a bunch of them.

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Photo of DerKaiser
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll have to say, I only noticed about 1/3 of the characteristics that the previous reviewer noted, but I'm sure that's likely a consequence of my underexperienced palate.

At any rate, Maudite is just damn good beer (no pun intended). I notice clove and banana flavors, with just a hint of bubble gum, as well. Carmel and toasted notes help distinguish Maudite from some of the other Unibroue products, although they all have similar, wonderful characteristics.

I had a Chimay Blue last night with dinner and for me Maudite is simply better.

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Photo of marc77
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark bronze in hue, topped by an ivory white, bumpy, well retained head that leaves spotty lace. Sweetness in aroma is a combination of notes of honey, medium caramel malt and ripe, sugary citrusy fruitiness. Buttery biscuit malt and mellow banana ester add additional complexity, while mild notes of powered cocoa surface as the beer breathes. A snap of unripe citric lemony tartness yields to a deeply caramelized, yet restrained dark candi sugar sweetness. Yeast contributions in flavor are comprised of pleasant clove phenol and understated banana esters. Mild hop bitterness, along w/ dry biscuit malt surface mid palate and provide a delayed offsetting of the caramelized sweetness. When the yeast is poured, this brew gains a nuttiness and mellow mustiness that adds to the overall depth in flavor. Light to medium bodied, but once the initial high C02 level dissapates, a dextrinous mouthfeel conducive to superlative drinkability is revealed. Finishes lightly sweet, bready w/ a hint of dry chalkiness. Maudite is a truly unique and delicious brew. It possesses the citric qualities of a tripel, the estery, chocolately traits of a dubbel and the rich deeply fruity notes of a dark strong. A refined, yet robust stylistic hybrid. I could drink this all day if my liver would allow it.

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

Sampled this by accident. Picked up a four pack of Trois Pistoles and one "snuck" in. Poured with a hazy, clouded look. Not much of a head, just a light lacey foam. Tasted spicey and fruity, but not over powering. Not even the slightest hint of the ABV. I am now going to get a four pack of these.

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

Sampled blind with bottles of Ommegang, Duinen Dubbel, La Fin du Monde and Orval.
Hazy liquid the color of aged Bourbon supports an even, durable head. The smell is of canned fruit, specifically mandarine oranges as well as fresh, ripe strawberries. Simply sweet. Agreeable. Velvety rich palate contains an impression of bright sweetness offset briefly by notes of caramel and whispers of coffee and sweet spices. Extremely smooth, like mink or sable. Nice. This is for the American palate with all of its easy sweetness and smooth texture.

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

Slightly cloudy with a mahogany wood color. Great Belgian head from the bottle fermentation, and it knows how to stay. Some lace is left that slowly slides down the slope of the glass. Huge and complex spicy aroma! Coriander, pepper, and cinnamon, as well as dried fruit, banana, and maybe some plum. Impressive! On to the palate... so very many flavors appear! Spicy and fruity overall, but this, of course, requires an in-depth commentary. Black pepper tickles at the tongue first, then coriander and sweet plum come into play. Tart and dried fruit character are also found among the many flavors that run rampant on your palate. Many of the subtleties are hard to catch! Alcohol is only detectable in the warming effect. Yeast is only slightly detectable, but its presence increases as more of the 750 ml. bottle's contents are emptied into the glass. Grainy malt finish with a bit of spice. A distinct black pepper tingle is left on the tip of your tongue. Massively complex, yet medium-bodied. Almost a full-course dinner in a bottle. This is a "damned" (get it?) wonderful ale! Masterpiece!

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Photo of aaronh
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second Unibroue experience, and I must say it is even better than the first. This beer has a captivating bright red color with copper highlights and an off-white head. The head dissipates quickly, but lingers the entire glass and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is sweet and rather like a fine merlot. The taste is exquisite, without a trace of alcohol. Maltiness is evident, and a fruity sweetness is present in the finish. I can mainly taste ripe plum, but I am reminded of a good sweet red wine. The best (or perhaps worst) characteristic is it is a pleasure to drink. Again, this is an elite beer from Unibroue. I am truly beginning to understand why Belgian style beers become so alluring to so many.

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

You have to try this beer! I've been enjoying it for more than eight years, and I have to rate it as one of my all time favorites.
At a past beer tasting, the brewery rep told me that Maudite ages well- five years or so- in the bottle. Intrigued, I bought a bottle (the large corked version, not the individual metal capped kind in a six-pack) and labelled it with the year, then tried to ignore it for 3 years. I had a friend over and we didn't think there would be any difference, but boy were we wrong! The aged Maudite is much less spicy and yeasty; it's flavours are more combined and it is very smooth with an incredible mouthfeel.
It is almost worth having a separate rating for aged/ nonaged product. Wow!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, the bottle's great isn't it? The beer itself is quite attractive, too. A slightly hazy, darkish amber with a thin lacy head.

Immediately upon pouring, the aroma is dominated by yeast and fruit -- perhaps banana? Yeasty smell moderates quickly and is replaced by a mellow malty aroma.

Fruit sweetness, a mellow malty base, and a peppery finish. Very little hop flavor, and very little alcohol flavor for such a strong beer. Retro-olfaction really adds to the enjoyment.

A much lighter strong ale than Unibroue's Trois Pistoles, this is a medium bodied beer. The high carbonation lends to its being quite drinkable. I drank this from a 750 ml bottle, and planned to save half for tomorrow. Alas!

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Photo of jackndan
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maudite: on tap, in a small snifter. Extremely complex beer. It pours a deep ruby black, with little head. The initial aroma is yeast and bananas, with hints of Christmas spices. My notes indicate black licorice, coriander, cider, spices, and port, with a crisp bite of hops. Fantastic!

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

Pours a dark, slightly hazy, ruby/amber color with a thick, creamy tan head that rings the glass nicely. Sweet candy sugar and fruity aromas rule the nose which is slightly muted compared to the rest of the beer (although this may be due to my headcold.) Huge sweet candy flavors make this brew very smooth across the tongue. There are also some very big dark fruit presence as well. The alcohol level is only perceived as a warming quality. The smoothness of this brew is nicely offset but the intense carbonation that is so typical for the belgian strong ales. The lack of any real alcohol presence and great smooth qualities make this brew excellently drinkable. Yet another excellent brew from our neighbors to the north. Unibroue makes some damn fine brews and that is all there is to it.

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

Pours with a champagne like fizziness. A bubbly head dissipates rather quickly. The beer is a murky brown/orange hue. Spicy and yeasty nose. (Pepper, corriander, ginger, bready and doughy.) Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is high for an 8% a/v. Taste is similar to the aroma. Yeasty doughiness. Spicy zip (pepper and orange curacao). And some bitterness attributed to the hop load, though not high. High quality again from Unibroue.

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