Monday, February 27, 2006

Tilburg's Dutch Ale

I've always been told that I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. While there is some truth to that aphorism, I must also admit that more often than not, books with exceedingly bizarre covers contain some very interesting content. So it is with this beer. I picked up a six of Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale at the store just becasue it had a picture of a man being devoured by a bird-headed monster while other birds are flying out of his butt. No, really. Here's the image:

I was plesantly surprised by the flavor of this beer. This is a trappist ale through and through, and is just as sweet. But this seems to have a really full body, and is lacking the vaguely metallic flavor common to other sweet ales I've tried. If you don't like dark beers, or have spent your drinking career getting to know the subtile differences between coors lite and bud lite, and you are interested in expanding your tastes in beer, give this one a try. You will be plesantly surpirsed as well.

That's artwork by Hieronymous Bosch, that is. A major medieval artist. That particular figure was taken from the "Hell" panel of one of his triptychs... you should see the rest of it, it's swarming with similarly intense artwork.  

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