The featured beer painting of the day is of Unibroue’s Don De Dieu — a triple wheat ale brewed with spices. The Don De Dieu, or “Gift of God”, was a French sailing ship from 400 years ago that sailed the Atlantic to North America in exploration of this great continent. Explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived on this ship to found Quebec in 1608. Unibroue, which happens to be in Quebec, commemorates this fantastic feat of generations past with a fabulous corked, bottle conditioned ale that is hard to beat. Making this painting was a dream due to an exciting day of truck shopping, interviewing with Indie Alaska, delivering paintings, meeting about a new commission, and even shopping at Costco in between everything else. This one flowed off the easel in a half “art”tentive release of tension, and only my subconscious brain was actually focused on the work at hand. I had a college professor who said his best work was created in this circumstance, although he was oil painting in a barn with many other students. His studio-mate was too cheap to buy thinner and was using white gas as a brush cleaner and paint additive. He was also chain smoking, so my prof’s thoughts were on the impending explosion as he watched the glowing end of the smog (cigarette) dangle ever closer to the open container of flammable material. His professor walked by and complimented his work, and he looked up and realized it might be his best painting of the year.
This beer is like my professor’s painting, a really really good one. I have always loved all the Unibroue products, and this one follows suite. Fruity with scents of vanilla and fruitcake, flowers and honey. It has a smooth complex flavor of nuts and fruit, bread-like yeast and hints of unfiltered sake. I liked this beer, and sharing it with John Early from Indie Alaska and my wife after my interview was a highlight of my day.
Cheers to the big-old French boat, the Don De Dieu, and to the great beer with a great package, and a great taste! Good work, Unibroue!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.