Review: Maudite, Unibroue

Unibroue — Chambly, Canada

  • Style: Belgian Style Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  22 IBU
  • ABV:  8.0%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price: $1.99 ($11.99 six-pack equivalent) at Trader Joe's.

Description:  "Maudite (damned) was the first strong beer to be retailed in Quebec. The word “Maudite” refers here to the Legend of “Chasse-Galerie” a tribute to the early lumberjacks of Nouvelle-France. The legend tells of eight daring woodsmen who, during winter, yearned to be home for the Holidays. They conjured up the Devil and all of them pledged their soul in return for flying them in their canoe to their village. As they sailed across the moonlit sky, one of them managed to free himself from the pledge by invoking the name of God, which caused the flying canoe to come crashing down to earth." — Unibroue

Random thoughts:   I found this at Trader Joe's as part of a Unibroue variety pack.  Unibroue is known for big Belgian-style beers.

The tasting:  Deep reddish orange in color, very hazy, with a huge white head (fine bubbles) that lasted for the entire drink. Amazing retention! Very spicy aroma with notes of  black pepper, clove, coriander, and yeast.  The same spices came through in flavor along with fruit (raisin and plum).  Beneath the fruit and spice is a solid caramel malt base which provides a touch of sweetness.  Hops are not really noticeable.  There are a lot of complex flavors in this beer!  Maudite is medium-bodied and has a smooth, creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with plenty of spice and the alcohol leaves a nice warming sensation.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   What a great way to start this variety pack!  While this is not my "everyday" beer, I'd look for this when I'm the mood for a big Belgian-style brew.  If you can still find the variety pack at Trader Joe's, consider picking it up!

Have you tried Maudite or any other Unibroue beers? 

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