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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 304

Hoppy Halloween! The featured painting for the haunting occasion is Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or “the Damned” by Unibroue. The beer was named after a story about eight lumberjacks slaving away far from their home village during winter months longing to be back at their home village for the winter celebration. Their wish was granted by Beezlebub himself. All eight pledged their souls in order for the Devil to enchant their canoe to make it able to fly. Of course, there were a couple stipulations. One, they must leave the party after one night before dawn and return to their work in the morning. Two, they must not make the sign of the cross, or use the Lord’s name in defiance to the Devil. Legend has it that they made it home and partied all night at a wickedly sinful party, and all became very intoxicated. On the return flight the lead paddler was so drunken they were swaying all over the sky. A woodsman in the back of the boat was so frightened he made the symbol of the cross and the canoe instantly crashed. There were no survivors. At least these rough fellas had one good night of carousing before eternal damnation.

This beer is a Belgian-style strong dark ale with flavors of spicy yeast, coriander, cloves and a nice hop finish. A strong ale, but not too strong at 8%. This one won’t immediately make you find a place to snooze, like barleywine might, however if you were to drink it all night you might crash your flying canoe. My personal favorite thing about this beer is not only the label, but also the pop of the champagne cork. Hopefully, not a signal to bring out the devil, but a signal that the party has begun. I think this is a perfect Halloween treat, a beer that inspires the right kind of mood on this un-holiest of holidays.

Cheers to Unibroue for putting out such special brews! The Maudite is a perfect Halloween warmer for after taking the kids trick-or-treating. Drink it while they are counting their loot and drinking hot chocolate.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Maudite belgian ale by unibroue year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.31. Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 302

The featured beer painting of the day is of HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale from Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. This beer is brewed in celebration of Bryce Canyon National Park, and specifically of the tall spires of stone known as HooDoos. I have traveled to Utah a few times and the last time I visited Zion National Park and saw some amazing rock formations. I wanted to make it to Bryce Canyon on that trip, but the snowstorm in early May put a kibosh on our camping plans. So, I still plan on seeing this area of Utah someday, and riding my mountain bike on the Slickrock Trail in Moab.

HooDoo ale tastes like a hybrid between a golden ale and a kölsch. It smelled and tasted like sweet honey, with a slight pepper finish from a light dosing of hops. Overall this beer is great and would be best consumed after a long day out in the hot Utah sun. I think being at 4,000-9,000 ft elevation would also help to make this beer taste a lot like liquid heaven. Hydration is key when you transition from sea level to altitude.

Cheers to HooDoos, the rock spires and the beer! Both from Utah and both amazing!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of HooDoo kolsch by uinta brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.29. HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale by Uinta Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.