#15 Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Brigand

Brigand Name: Brigand
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck (Ingelmunster, Belgium)
Style: Belgian Ale
ABV: 9%
Source: The Beer Store

Now, there are many reasons why I might choose to drink one beer over another on any given day.

The cold weather could demand that I be comforted with a stout, or a higher strength beer could make the company more tolerable. And then sometimes all it takes to sway me is a hot medieval babe shooting a bow and arrow in front of some flames.

This is perhaps one of the best, and at the same time the worst, beer labels I’ve ever seen. It makes me think of this terrifically terrible 80’s sci-fi/fantasy/porn movie I saw at last year’s 24-hour movie marathon called “Deathstalker”which you should definitely watch if you ever get the chance – but not with your parents. That would be awkward.

This is another ‘drink while I type post’, because I’m 3/4 of the way through this 9% beer and haven’t had my tea yet, and am subsequently on the fast train to gibberishville.

Briggy (that’s what I’m calling him) pours a nice bright gold with a fluffy white head. He’s a big Belgian ale with strong fruity flavours (I’m mostly getting green apple and banana) and a nice sour/bitter finish – though not much of an aftertaste. I think the strong alcohol presence is a bit much, definitely for drinking without food. I’m pretty sure it’s also making Mr. Medieval look more attractive than he really is.

I got this one from The Beer Store, along with 10 other very exciting looking beers. I actually thought I ordered 12 but one of them turned out to be just a glass. Doh. Luckily it says “Arrogant Bastard Ale” on it and is certainly the most bad-ass piece of glassware on the shelf.

One final thing – I may be doing mostly morning-after posts for the next two weeks because I’m doing a play in the evenings. I’ll be getting home late with only enough time to knock back a beer and make some notes before crawling into bed, and then presumably waking up in the night many times to pee. TMI right? I’m sorry, I really am quite drunk.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment