The beer painting of the day is of Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue in Quebec, Canada. Unibroue beers are spendy, but worth every penny. If you want to try a perfect example of a Belgian wit, you don’t have to fly all the way to Hoegaarden, just pop the top of this easy drinker, and you will be taken there by sheer flavor. This was the first beer I sampled at the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival. I was particularly impressed, so much, in fact, that I decided to include this one in the Year of Beer series! I can’t emphasize how important a champagne cork is to raise the aesthetic value of a beer. I will easily pay a few more dollars for the satisfying pop of the cork rocketing out of a big 22 oz bottle.
Brewed since 1992, this beer has been surprising since it’s conception. I recommend serving it in a tulip glass. This tall one in the painting is one of my favorite tulip glasses because it complements the bottle and holds up to 12 oz – a perfect Belgian glass in my opinion. The beer tastes like oranges and spice, and has a note of bitterness that dissipates to sweet flavors of bread and yeast. This one is highly drinkable and won’t leave you toasted at only 5% ABV. I always know I am in for a treat when I pop open a Unibroue bottle.
To Unibroue! A wonderful brewery from Alaska’s closest neighbor, Canada! I would have to say this Canadian brew is classic!