Last December Brian and I featured Unibroue’s La fin du Monde. Maudite continues in that fine tradition. Modestly priced, 8% ABV, Maudite follows in that great Belgian tradition in which it is yeast based and fermented in the bottle. Two weeks ago we sampled a traditional Belgian Ale from Belgium, St Bernardus, which was heavier and a touch spicier to the taste, but thoroughly enjoyable.
As we follow thye arc through the natural seasons for beer, Maudite is perfect for a mid-winter brew, with a lively, malty-sweet character, well balanced carbonation and a gentle hoppiness. Beer Advocate was critical of the lack of staying power of Maudite’s caramel-tinged haed. I suspect they served the beer too cold, a common mistake. This is a winter beer, with woven layers and intricacies. Brian and I enjoyed this at about 50 degrees F, which brings together the scent that is so important before that first taste. I thought the head stood up just fine. Incidentally, the head helps mintain the carbonation, which is one of the reasons it is so important.
The name, Maudite, French for “the damned,” harkens back to an old Canadian legend about a group of lumberjacks who made a deal with the devil to fly them home in their conoe in time for Christmas. Not sure what they were serving on board the flight, but if it was Maudite, it might well have been worth the bargian!
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