Country of Origin: Canada
City & State: Chambly, Quebec
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.0%
First Brewed: 2007
Expect a full nose from this ale, with ample notes of coriander, allspice, and other spices. A rich, dryish, and faintly earthy mix of chocolate, citrus, red fruit, and cinnamon spice in the body.
I know I have had this beer before… I am just not sure where or when. But I love the label. I was actually surprised to learn that the beer was first brewed in 2007. I figured, looking at the label, this was an old beer that has been bottled for years. I was also glad they explained the meaning behind the name. I had no idea what Maudite means… but the meaning and the story behind the name of the beer is fun! I hope I am OK drinking this. Excited to see what the Maudite tastes like. By the way… I love the foil wrap around the bottle cap. Makes it just feel more expensive! (This bottle was only $2.99.) Bottoms up, people!
In the Glass: I was expecting this beer to be darker in the glass. Of course, looking at the style, it should be a thick, dark brown. Almost like a barleywine. And it has a barleywine appearance in the glass. It seems thick, and has a weak lace. The ABV is pretty high, but if I had to guess, I would have expected it to be higher.
Nose: I am not smelling anything. The tasting notes said “expect a full nose”… unless by full they mean completely empty! I am shocked that this beer has such a weak aroma. On a second sniff I picked up a slight sweetness toward the end… but that’s it. It’s cold, but that shouldn’t affect the aroma that much.
Flavor: There we go. That’s what I’m talking about. Now THAT is a good Belgian strong dark ale. Like I said, we are drinking this cold. But I have enough from my first drink to speak to this beer from here on out. I want this to warm up a little. It’s too cold! But the flavor is incredible, and very complex starting with a hint of hops ending with a silky smoothness leading to a sweet aftertaste. There are tons of flavors going on here. I always wonder how they can pack so many flavors into a single bottle of beer.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring. But that’s OK. I don’t want there to be a lot going on here. I want it to coat my throat and leave with a lasting aftertaste. That is exactly what this beer does. It isn’t carbonated at all, and almost tastes flat. But then the flavors really kick in just when you think the beer is worthless. The back half of the palate gets the most of the flavor.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is nice. It is somewhat dry, with a subtle sweetness to it. Exactly what I expected from a Belgian dark strong ale. The beer manager at Total Wine & More likes Belgian beers. Drinking something like this, I can see why!
Unibroue makes a ton of beers, and this is one of their most popular. For being the second beer they released, I am impressed. It’s $3 a bottle, so I might not buy this often. But I am pretty impressed with it. The older I get, the more I can appreciate a good Belgian beer. This is a good Belgian beer. Bottoms up, people!
Maudite – The bottle says: “La MAUDITE (Damned), refermented on yeast bas in the bottle, goes down uncommonly smooth. One taste of this excellent malt beverage will instill you in the highest respect.”
I don’t really know anything about the beer we are doing tonight. But let’s find out! In the glass, it looks kind of a cinnamon color. It’s kind of a different color for a beer, actually. It’s not really dark or light. It also looks pretty thick. While you can see through it, it’s pretty cloudy. There wasn’t much head when Ricky poured it into the glass, and what was there has already dissipated. There are a few little bubbles, but I don’t expect it to be very carbonated. It smells sour and kind of fruity. Not really what I was expecting, but let’s see how it tastes.
My first impression is that it is a little bit sour, but not as sour as I thought it would be. As sour as it smells, I expected a more overpowering sourness, but that’s not there. It’s actually a very balanced beer. A little sour, a little carbonated, just the right amount of flavor. It’s pretty good, in my opinion. I’m not sure what kind of beer it is, and I don’t even know what to guess it might be. My guess is that it’s not an American beer, though. We don’t make them like this here.
All in all, this is a pretty tasty, balanced beer. I like the taste and how it is refreshing and flavorful without being overpowering. This is a beer I’d likely try to buy again if I wanted something good.