Unibroue Maudite

Reviewed by on October 28, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Unibroue

  • Origin: Chambly, QC, CA

  • Rated On: October 28, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled July 6, 2015

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Maudite is a strong Belgian-style ale that is named after a Québécois legend of a group of lumberjacks who made a deal with the Devil to whisk them and their canoe back to their home.  But when one of the men tried to get out of the agreement by asking for God’s help, the canoe dropped from the sky – hence the ‘voyage of the damned’ label iconography.

This 750ml, caged and corked bottle pours a hazy, murky, dark, rusty orange-brick amber hue, with a creeping tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves some violent swaths of chunky seaspray lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of dense, lush dark musty fruit (plums and overripe apples), 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 and enjoyable version of the style, the elevated ABV very evenly applied, and hidden in most respects – one of my favourites from Unibroue. And ‘damned’ am I if I were to drink this whole bottle – good thing my better half is a fan of this offering as well – happy Hallowe’en pumpkin carving, everybody!

Brady White

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