Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Unibroue Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
From the Unibroue website: “Maudite (damned) was the first strong beer to be retailed in Quebec. The word “Maudite” refers here to the Legend of “Chasse-Galerie” a tribute to the early lumberjacks of Nouvelle-France. The legend tells of eight daring woodsmen who, during winter, yearned to be home for the Holidays. They conjured up the Devil and all of them pledged their soul in return for flying them in their canoe to their village. As they sailed across the moonlit sky, one of them managed to free himself from the pledge by invoking the name of God, which caused the flying canoe to come crashing down to earth.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Bready malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, banana, vanilla and clove.
Taste: Sweet caramel and bready malts, toffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spicy, coriander with a slight hop bitterness.
Overall: Complex and clean, Unibroue Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale is solid. I am accustomed to double digit Belgian Strong ales, but at 8% ABV this one is highly drinkable and refreshing.
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