BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Abbey-Style (Similar to a Dubbel)
Brewed since 1992
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
Without a doubt Unibroue’s best-known beer, La Maudite is inspired by abbey beers and Belgian double-style ales. It first hit the shelves in 1992 and took the province by storm with its 8% alcohol content, making it the first strong beer available in grocery stores.
That’s where the idea came to tie its name and branding to a pact signed with the devil. The illustration of the “chasse-galerie” (or flying canoe) from a beloved Quebec legend captures the spirit of the beer.
ABBEY-STYLE BEER (SIMILAR TO A DOUBLE)
DENSE BEIGE FOAM
SLOW AND SUSTAINED
19 GOLD / 12 SILVER / 3 BRONZE
OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S maudite
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 50° F in the signature Unibroue Maudite snifter.
With all of Jerry Vietz’s beers, they produce voluminous heads, and all pour a 3 to 4-finger height.
The initial pour gave an easy 3-finger height head which was fluffy, with large and small bubbles. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”.
The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed (it took around 5 minutes) was dense and patchy. During consumption, it held a 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.
NOTE: Unibroue has a very specific way they want you to pour their beers into a glass. They fully advocate incorporating the yeast at the bottom of the bottle into the glass. For more info (with a link to a video) of the Unibroue pouring ritual, click here.
Dulce de leche, burnt sugar, blood orange marmalade, spices, toast with butter toffee. (The vintage 2011 version had its spiciness increase, and the vintage 2004 version, ever more so.)
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Medium effervescence level, with roasted malt and a spicy, slightly nutty finish that lingers, inviting you to take that next sip.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
As you have most likely discovered from our previous BrewViews on Unibroue beers, the brewery is very culinary oriented – (with it’s own cookbook with recipes featuring their beers.) The flavor profile of Maudite has suggested general food pairings from Unibroue’s website (plus a few of ours):
Semi-soft washed rind cheese, Blue Auvergne, fresh goat cheese with Herbs de Provence, Emmental, Beemster, Morbier, Oud Brugge.
Hummus – roasted red pepper, Mediterranean. Pâté en croûte, bacon wrapped shrimp, Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Blackened Rib-Eye Steak, Poutine, Chicken Tikka Marsala, Vindaloo, Smoked Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Pulled Pork Sandwiches with spicy BBQ sauce.
Créme brûlée, Ginger-Black Pepper Ice Cream Sandwiches, Salt and Pepper Caramels, hot Cinnamon rolls.
Here are some recipes directly from Unibroue’s website:
Click here for more Maudite recipes from Unibroue
I love that Jerry continues to brew this atypical Abbey-style Dubbel. I’ve had Maudite when it was young, and as old as 14 years. As with all Unibroue strong ales, it ages beautifully, with spice flavors becoming more complex. Although the website says it is best 3-5 years aged, the Vintage 2004 was spectacular.
Thanks to Unibroue’s excellent global distribution network, Maudite is widely available at thousands of retail stores, pubs, and restaurants all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, and more.
Make Maudite one of your regular go-to beers, as we have. Because of its flavor, you can enjoy this year-round, and especially with a holiday meal. Seek this one out for sure.
Huge thanks go out to the following individuals for making this BrewView possible:
Liquor Barn in Redding, California for carrying the line of Unibroue ales, and of course, Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, for brewing an world class ale that is so diverse!
LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street
J3L 2H6 Canada
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15