Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Maudite was originally published on November 25, 2018.
Brewed since 1992. When La Maudite launched, its 8% alcohol content made it the first strong beer brewed in Canada. Its warm and spicy character, which was unique at the time, called for a blasphemous name.
Without a doubt, one of Unibroue’s best-known beers, La Maudite is inspired by abbey beers and Belgian Dubbel-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.
STYLE: Unibroue-style Dubbel. 9% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Deep amber, with reddish hues. Creamy dense 3-finger height off-white colored head. Spider web-like lacing on the sides of the glass as the liquid is consumed.
AROMA: Bready Unibroue yeast, caramel malt, orange marmalade, cloves, coriander, faint Dulce de leche in aged versions.
FLAVOR: Bready yeast, deep caramel, orange marmalade, spices, brown sugar.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, the carbonation level is medium. Roasted malt finish with sugar and spice that lingers smoothly.
IMPRESSION: Another Unibroue classic that we’ve enjoyed for 2 + decades, it’s very unique in flavor compared to the Dubbels from Belgium. We’ve had vintages from 2004 and 2011, where the malt and spices rounded out nicely without losing much of the Unibroue effervescence. Available year round. Buy some bottles now, and age up to 10-12 years.