Beat me to the punch. I drink lots of the Unibroue offerings all the time, and Maudite is pretty much my favourite of theirs.
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.
The beer in my original post was named after an historical person:
A somewhat fitting name to a Belgian style beer.
Although it's good, and it has a canoe on it. I don't find it as good, or as impressive as this beer:
It's absolutely astonishing the flavors that come from this beer using only water, yeast, wheat & barley, and hops. The Belgian beer uses all sorts of spices. The flavor in Vitus comes from the brewing process. It's phenomenal. It's craft beer before there ever was such a thing.
Although not highly rated, and probably because it's not a real Oktoberfest but rather a fancy Munich Helles lager, I'll be enjoying this tonight with a couple Bratwurst. Prost!
I love this stuff. My maternal grandfather was from Prussia and grew up in Ontario. After a shot of whiskey, he would recite poetry in French-Canadian English.
"The snow she four feet wide, Huh?"