Maudite and I have a strange relationship. It was one of the first “worldly” beers that I ever had and it really knocked my socks off. The beer is brewed by Unibroue out of Quebec, Canada. Maudite is a Quebecois cuss meaning “damned.” The look on the bottle screams this. The logo is a devilish looking creature with horns and wings, crossing his arms as to challenge you. On the other part of the bottle art is a canoe full of people flying through the air into what looks like hell. It is pretty awesome and strange, as any good beer logo should be. Unibroue’s website has the following story about the artwork:
Maudite has a typically Quebecois name that is reminiscent of the legend of the Chasse-Galerie (the legend of the Flying Canoe). Legend has it that a group of lumberjacks struck a deal with the devil to fly home in their canoes, guided by Satan himself, to make it home in time for Christmas.
Maudite pours a flat brownish color with a slightly off white head. There are plenty of big bubbles to go along with the fluffy head as well. The smell is fully of different things. I picked up on everything from malt, spice, biscuit, and some fruit. There is some much complexity in the smell of the beer that you really have no idea what to expect when you taste it.
The upfront taste is malty goodness with some toasted malt in there. The back is decidedly spicy, fruity, and slightly bitter. There is some good heat that comes out of all of the flavors as well. Everything was surprisingly balanced. It is a medium body beer that is slightly creamy but light at the same time. The high carbonation is wonderful and leaves your tongue sizzling for more.
I love this beer. There is so much to taste and taste again. Each sip is totally enjoyable. I started with this beer right out of the fridge (and after I took my pictures) and drank it over the period of 45 minutes. As it warms it just opens up and you can find new flavors that did not present themselves at first. I don’t know if I properly captured all of the flavors in the beer becasue it is so complex. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. I would highly suggest this beer.