Maudite Belgian Ale from Unibroue, Revolution and Beer’s brew of the week.

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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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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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