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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 231

The featured beer painting of the day is of Trappistes Rochefort 10.  This Belgian Quadrupel Trappist ale is amazingly good!  I have had some Belgian ales that are too sweet and taste like they are 50% candy fermented until they are a weird sticky conglomeration of beer that doesn’t really taste any better than a Bud Light Platinum.  Pours a little chunky, this beer has a flavor that is so incredible of dates, plum, sweetness and raisins.  From the Abbey of St. Remy in the town of Rochefort, this Trappist beer is not only rare, but so good, it is worth every penny.  If you are lucky enough to have it readily available at your beer shop, you better get one.  They are about seven bucks a bottle, but this liquid tastes better than any wine in my personal opinion.

In this painting the beer is depicted in front of the abbey, and the brewery is around the back.  I keep wondering why more churches don’t follow this model, combining a brewery with the place of worship.  I know I would go to church more if that was the case in my hometown.  God blessed humanity with the gift of fermentation, so why not celebrate it in a spiritual way?  The Europeans always have a cathedral in the town center and a brewery, so right after services you can stop in Sunday afternoon for a pint, or a half liter.  As a result, there are fewer alcoholics, because drinking beer is an accepted part of the culture.  The key is not to drink too much.  According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies in England, a man can drink three weak beers a day, and a woman two, before health problems arise.  Culturally speaking, that is what most Europeans drink.  In the words of a mentor of mine, “Drink better, drink less.”  This is a beer I would drink over any crappy beer, but I need to find a better source.  I think if I bought a six-pack, I would clean out every bottle in Anchorage!

Cheers to health, wealth and wisdom.  This beer is good for your soul, which is in turn related to your physical well-being!  I hope you drink one of these soon!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Year of Beer 08.19. Trappistes Rochefort 10 Belgian Ale by Abbaye St-Remy. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 08.19. Trappistes Rochefort 10 Belgian Ale by Abbaye St-Remy. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 38

Duvel Moortgat Brewery produces this über popular strong golden ale and has been making beer since 1871.  This particular style was created to celebrate the end of the first World War.  It was originally called Victory Ale, but became known as Duvel, due to its high alcohol content. The word Duvel in Bartbantian- Ghand and Antwerp dialect translates to devil.  This brew tops in at 8.5% so it is not to be taken lightly, and having several during a football game could be disastrous if not shared properly.  Be forewarned, this is not a session beer!

It tastes strongly of adjunct Belgium sugar and some noble hops.  It pours a pale golden as seen in the painting.  The light lacing of foam was tricky to capture in oils because it disappeared almost instantly.  When I paint a beer from life, like I did this one, I start with the bottle and glass outlines, fill in the background and then paint the label.  I finish by opening the bottle and pouring the beer, then hustling to capture the foam before it dissipates.

A toast to Duvel, a favorite of many, and a great way to cop a buzz without getting filled up!  Just don’t drink too many, or you may develop a devil of a headache!

You can purchase this painting, or limited-edition prints at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 02.07. Duvel. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.07. Duvel. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 34

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Hoegaarden.  This beer was the first Belgian Wit beer I had ever experienced.  Now there are imitators all over the place, but about a decade ago, Hoegaarden was the only option, and it only became available in Alaska a few years back.  To me it was a legendary beer, a brew that mystically tasted like lemonade without compromising its beer-like qualities.  I was on bicycle tour in 2011 and rode through Hoegaarden, Belgium with my wife.  The brewery was in production and the whole area smelled like Sweet Tarts.  It was a real treat drinking Hoegaarden in Hoegaarden.  Wit beer is a great after-sports beverage, and a perfect mid-day hydrator if you are bike touring.  To Hoegaarden!  Op uw gezondheid’!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 02.03 Hoegaarden. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.03 Hoegaarden. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.