90 Blade Chainsaw
Maudite is a strong mahogany Canadian ale brewed by the Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. It is a Belgian inspired bottle refermented ale with a distinct Belgian pilsner malt base, wheat, candied sugar, spices and citrus for a robust alcohol content of 8% ABV.
The word Maudite means “damned” or “the damned one” and in Quebec refers to the legend of Chasse-Galerie, the story of eight Nouvell-France lumberjacks who summoned the Devil to lift their canoe into the sky for an airborne delivery to their village, in exchange for their souls. As the canoe flew through the moonlit sky, one man cried for God and freed himself from his imminent fate, sending the canoe crashing down and the remaining cast to never again be seen.
Unibroue brewery prides itself on using only the purest ingredients without pasteurization and preservatives, but they throw in corn as an ingredient within the purity list; though I’m not tasting it in this beer, it might be hidden within all those powerful spices.
Unibroue came to me as a recommendation from a fan on our facebook page which immediately inspired the purchase of three fine 750 ml refermented bottles. It now enjoys a spot as the first imported beer on the best beers list.
Onto The Method
9.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – Pours a solid black red mahogany with wild carbonation and achunky tan head leaving artful lacing at the sides of the sniffer chalice.
2.0 – Aroma – A strong and assertive bouquet of aromas fill the air including the scent of fresh yeast, sharp hops, fruity and citrusy spices while encompassing a soapy, shampoo-like characteristic – unique and inspiring. Letting it warm to room temperature brings out a smooth alcohol vapor into the nose.
1.5 – Taste – The sweetness and noble hop selection hits the senses with a strong zest over some roasted malt notes and sharp spicy flavors. The right temperature is key to maintaining the best possible balance of ingredients; on the colder side before the heat allows the strong alcohol to break the ingredients. To achieve this, alternate between two sniffer glasses, fill one with ice to the rim and let sit, enjoy a modest serve on another cold glass, then rinse and empty the ice on the rinsed used glass while serving another modest amount on the chilled glass. The small serving and cool glass keeps its flavor and composition best and significantly improves the experience.
1.5 – Palate – Zings and zests bounce around the mouth coupled with an enjoyably smooth silk finish. As with the taste, the body and palate are best maintained by the alternating cool sniffer glass and moderate serve.
2.0 – Overall – Maudite is an excellent, bold and beautiful beer made from one of the original Canadian microbrewers. As with most of their lineup, this is a Belgian inspired strong ale that takes the tradition and enhances its representation to another level. While their website offers some good food pairing suggestions, a nice pairing would be a medium rare, well spiced steak and fresh steamed vegetables.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – A strong 8% ABV alcohol content asserts itself while being a gentleman to its accompanyingingredients and composition.
9.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – With such a broad range ofingredients and spices, it is surprising that the body doesn’t clog the system, but rather smoothly saturates the soul with pleasant waves making it an exceptional aperitif.
9.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – An immediate stream of warmth flushes the face as it leads the way into a tingly sensation at the sides of the temples and ultimately the mind.
10/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – As we enjoyed these bottles over laughter and conversation, I softly let go the idea of keeping one for aging as the bottle suggests. Instead, we opened bottle after bottle finishing off all three with pure enjoyment and delight; a fourth would have been golden.
45.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Maudite is an interesting, excellent, bold and beautiful version of a traditional formula. It requires an appreciation for art, a respect of the serve as it asks for a little humility.
Maudite’s personality displays a stereotypical French-Canadian snobby attitude, recommending you go back to your American macrobrewed garbage if you don’t know how to handle the gift that is in your hand. Normally, it would piss me off and result in a fist fight, but this beer has substance, great content and real authority, so I lay down some respect and drink this beer as one would a fine wine from the pits of hell.
The buzz comes on sharply and strong, first at the face then temples – leading the way to a mind orgasm and a lashing of the soul, waving liquid streams of fire into the sharp and welcoming darkness of the night.