Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Day 174 Drink: Maudite
Maudite is a Belgian-style strong ale that is brewed in the French Canadian province of Quebec at a brewery that is owned by a Japanese company. That is about as international as it gets, but it is not all that uncommon in these days of corporate consolidations.
Unibroue first brewed Maudite in 1992. The name means "Damned" and the label art reflects the legend of a group of Quebecois voyageurs that made a deal with the devil so that their canoe would fly and help them get home before winter storms hit.
Maudite is an 8 percent alcohol by volume dark ale that pours a handsome mahogany color with a tan head that holds firm. There is a good malty base to this beer, with dark fruits, berries and raisins. There are some spices around the edge of this beer, making it complex enough for most fans of Belgian-style brews.