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What made me want to try this beer?

January 21st, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 30 Comments

I’m not a huge fan of trappist-style brown ale, but something made me want to pick up this particular brand from the liquor store.

Perhaps… the label? Which depicts a hideous giant bird-man sitting on a throne, wearing a cauldron on his head while stuffing a tiny naked man into his beak? A tiny naked man who is shitting out even tinier little birds?

Yes. Yes, that was it.

dutch ale

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FYI: as some of you might recognize, it’s a detail from a triptych by that 15th-century nightmare fueler himself, Mr. Hieronymus Bosch. See the full painting HERE. (Click the picture, then re-click for the full monty.)

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brendan on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Aw, I LOVE trappist ales! So imagine how desperately I want to try this, if it could sway even you! Though it still doesn’t beat the greatest beer name I’ve ever heard: Nodding Head Monkey Knife Fight.

  • 2 Katy on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Quality and Tradition… yes, yes that’s what the logo says to me.

    Or maybe it just begs the question: Do the ingredients happen to include C20H26N2O?

  • 3 Conor Lastowka on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Get’s a great review from Beer Advocate:

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/184/9946/?ba=bros

    And if you can’t trust this guy, who can you trust?

    http://beeradvocate.com/im/users/Todd.jpg

  • 4 Bill Corbett on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Don’t really hate trappist ales. Poetic license, to a degree.

    “Nodding Head Monkey Knife Fight” = one great beer name. But hellspawned enough? No.

  • 5 Racer™ on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Bill, for some reason your posts keep reminding me of the poem title(from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy): “Ode to a small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning”

    It’s not a bad thing though. Just thought you should know.

  • 6 Evan on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I bet he’s got a nice stew going on in that cauldron of his.

  • 7 Nick Fechter on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    You can trust this guy!:

    http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/static/gaetano/satan.jpg

  • 8 Nick Fechter on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Good lord, is it my imagination, or does that bird-monster have a HUGE wang?

  • 9 TJ Prostitute on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Anybody take a look at the giant metronome and guitar/harp in the full painting? Apparently along with breathing and other normal bodily functions people in the middle ages also thought music to be a great sin….so yeah torturing random people inquisition-style=God’s work but a little lute or singing=straight to hell…..

  • 10 smallerdemon on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    My first thought was “Yeah, but how was the beer?!” :)

  • 11 Ninjew on Jan 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Perhaps you didn’t read their slogan:

    “Nothing says quality like a hideous giant bird-man sitting on a throne, wearing a cauldron on his head while stuffing a tiny naked man into his beak!”

  • 12 Rob III on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Oh Oh Oh

    I’ve had this beer before. When I first came across this I bought it for the SOLE REASON that I misconstrued what the thing between his legs was.

    FYI: You can get it at Surdyk’s in Minneapolis.

  • 13 Brendan on Jan 22, 2009 at 1:20 am

    “But hellspawned enough? No.”

    Fair point. What is it with the Belgian-styles and grim beer names? You’ve got Duvel (Devil), Lucifer, Delirium Tremens, Mort Subite. For having all that beer, they’re terribly morbid.

  • 14 AJ on Jan 22, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Wow, that is one freaky nightmarish image! Not been that disturbed by an image since Mike posted pics of Rip’s Torn and Taylor……or since I watched Dali’s and Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou.

    But did the beer taste good? That is the question.

  • 15 Bill Corbett on Jan 22, 2009 at 3:07 am

    The beer was quite good, though I prefer the hoppier stuff these days.

    (P.S. Smaller than what other demon?)

  • 16 Montagthemagician on Jan 22, 2009 at 5:50 am

    After viewing the painting, I am partial to the well endowed naked man who is picking flowers and sticking them in the butt of the kneeling guy. But that’s just me.

  • 17 Brooke on Jan 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    So what you’re saying is deep down really all i want is to be loved?

  • 18 Remmie Barrow on Jan 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Dali would probably think that painting would be too weird…I said “probably”.

  • 19 Barry on Jan 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    There sure are a lot of things with other things ingressing or egressing from the first things’ asses.

  • 20 fri-'net-ik on Jan 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    There’s actually a figurine of that available on amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Earthly-Delights-Hieronymus-Figurine-Version/dp/B001FT42Y0/ref=sr_1_49?ie=UTF8&m=A28L1HHJNZIXD7&s=generic&qid=1232688514&sr=1-49

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