So my day started out pretty abruptly this morning. 8:02 am and the phone was ringing; on a Saturday morning, someone better be dead, right? Nope... unknown caller. So I answered and a voice with a British accent asked me how my day was going to which I replied that I wasn't sure since it just started when his call woke me up but if I had to characterize the first 30 seconds of my day, I'd say pretty crappy considering an 8am Saturday call from someone I don't know.
So then he introduced himself as a debt collector, Mork (not his real name) from MCM if I recall correctly. I told him that I don't owe them or whoever sold them this ridiculously old debt that was never even mine, and I've signed affidavits saying as much. Which is when he read four numbers to me and asked me to verify that they were the last 4 numbers of my social security number. Are you kidding me? I told him that I won't verify anything with him, that I don't know who he is to which he said that he'd already identified himself as Mork from MCM. Oh, yes, my mistake. Sure Mork, here's my kids' social security numbers, too, and let me give you some banking info while you're waiting.
Here's a little bit about what people think of MCM, Midland Credit Management. And multiply that times at least 10 or 20 for my personal opinion.
I told him he's a stranger calling at 8am on a Saturday, I don't know his company, I have no debts and that I won't verify any data for him. Click. Fucker!
After a long day (which I'll let you use your imagination (or ask)), I'm settling in with my Maudite brewed by Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. These dudes really know how to brew some good beers. For the most part, when I think Canadian beers, I think Labatt's or something like that, but these guys are one of the princes there. Maudite apparently means "damned" in French. Who knew? So they are at least keeping pace with their long line of disaster-Revelation type beer names.
The aroma has lots of fruity components, mainly peaches and pears. But you also get a good dose of spiciness in your nose. Again, I can't believe I'm saying this again, but Holy Shit! What is up with the carbonation in this beer? I guess these guys grow carbonation on trees like Obama does money. So you are fully aware of the massive dose I just got? Fruity, orange and citrus flavors up front followed closely by dark fruits and raisins. Malty, yeasty, some fresh bread in there too. After the initial flavors, you definitely get hit by some spicy black pepper, cloves and a touch of cinnamon, too. OK, I take it back, the carbonation works here, but it's still humongous! Very well balanced, not sweet and just right. I also haven't even thought if this had any of its 8% alcohol in there or not. Wow, I really liked it, and despite rarely pairing beer with food for these reviews, I had a hamburger with this guy (full disclosure). Check it out.
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