No more Dutch beer for me.
It's another wonder of the variety of cultures in Europe that Holland serves beer of such poor quality. Belgium, bordering to the south, is renowned* for the quality and selection of its beer.
I don't even know what it was that I drank last night that touched me off and gave me such a bad hangover today. I do know that I had (and only had) four Belgian trappist beers and three glasses of Dutch beer. One was a Grolschand I've never had any problems with Grolsch. That was at the café where I work. After the four bottles of Belgian, I decided to go out for a bit, and I had two glasses of the house beer at Café Kluizenaar.
That was not a great quantity of beer within the space of an evening. I've lived in Ireland. The Belgian I had, Westmalle Trappist, is a dark and rich beer, and fairly tasty strong, yes, (7%) but not poison.
That Dutch beer is poison.
December 2004, Nijmegen
*Michael Jackson (the "beer hunter," not the entertainer) wrote of Belgium: "No other country...has among its native styles of beer such diversity, individuality, idiosyncrasy and colour."
It's worth noting that Belgium is a tiny nation.
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