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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 268

I can’t believe that September is almost over! We are leaving McCarthy tomorrow to return to our small urban abode on the east side of downtown Anchorage. We finished the log work on the cabin, which brings the project to a close for the season. Next year we’ll put on the roof, install windows and doors, a wood stove, and seal the whole structure from the elements and bugs. We should be able to move in by this time next year, hopefully earlier. To celebrate meeting our log-building goal, we opened this bottle of Unibroue’s Éphémére. On top of the second level of the cabin, corralled by the new log walls, and using the scaffolding platform as a countertop bar, we popped the cork on this fine brew.

This beer was brewed in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. I have always liked every beer that this brewery creates. The Éphémére is a white ale brewed with apple juice, Coriander, Orange peel, and natural flavoring. The beer tasted a bit like cider, with a decided Green apple taste, but hints of citrus popped through as well. The pop of the cork really started the celebration, and the bubbly beer reminded us of champagne. Éphémére means something transitory, or short-lived, so this beer was the perfect choice to mark another epic, but fleeting Alaskan summer. I hope every summer is as great as this one has been, and I look forward to winter with eagerness!

Cheers to Unibroue! Every beer you make is worthy of special occasions.

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

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Beer Painting of Ephemere White Ale by Unibroue Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.25. Éphémére White Ale by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 111

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!

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

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Beer Painting of Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue in Quebec Canada Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 04.21. Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 102

The beer painting of the day is of Trois Pistoles, an Abbey style strong Belgian dark ale from Unibroue!  This beer is a great one, and comes in a really fun bottle due to the caged cork.  Nothing starts a party like popping a champagne cork.  This beer tastes like liquid love.  It’s dark, spicy, aromatic, and has a fruity quality that finishes with a flavor that reminds me of an aged wine.

When I was painting this one, I was taken with both the name and the logo.  I love the winged horse that is flying over the church of the Quebec town Trois Pistoles (three coins), a 300 year old town.  As the legend goes, a bishop was building a church out of local stones and had conjured a ”good devil,” a winged black horse to carry the stones to the building site.  When the last stone was about to be placed, a monk removed the bridle, and the beast disappeared forever, leaving the church with one missing stone.  If you go to the site today you can see the missing stone.

I love this brewery because it makes a great product, has fun labels, and the 22 oz bottles always sport champagne corks.  To Quebec, and its fabulous brewery Unibroue!

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

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Beer painting of trois pistoles by unibroue quebec canada Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.12. Trois Pistoles by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.