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Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel

Posted by BrianB on 05/31/2001 10:25:24 AM

Mark & Dick,

I got the Black Hands story from a beer site (see below): www.creamcitysuds.com/kool.html Apparently these guys were on a French Speaking Tour of the Moortgat Brewery and the guide was telling the folks about how drinking too much Duvel will give you Black Hands. Unfortunatley, My wife and I were at a concert at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, their only real beer was the mighty one. And it was hot, I was really thirsty, and ended up drinking 8 or 9 33cl Bottles of Duvel, after having two 33cl's of Chimay Blue with dinner, the result was a serious case of Black Hands ala Duvel. I am still apologizing to the wife.

Cheers!

Brian

Day 2: Aalst and Breendonk, Belgium

By 7:30 Thursday morning we were on the train to Aalst, Belgium where we would connect with our host for the next two days, Mr. John Gysels, Corporate Secretary for DeWolf-Cosyns Maltings.

Todd and I only had a few minutes to check into our hotel in Aalst and eat a quick lunch with John before we departed to the town of Breendonk where we would tour the Moortgat Brewery, brewers of Duvel. John had never been to Moortgat so his interest in the tour was as high as ours.

We arrived in Breendonk at 1:45, 15 minutes ahead of prearranged tour time. Ms. Heidi Hopmans greeted us at the brewery office and explained that we would be joined by a group of 25 French tourists. Cool! Although the tour was conducted in French, Todd and I didn't mind. As Todd would say, "Beer and brewing are an international language." What we weren't able to figure out, John was quick to translate for us.

I'm sure Todd and John would agree with me, this was easily one of the best tours I have ever been on. Every square inch of the brewery was covered in our three-hour tour.

It would be impossible to describe just how incredibly good the Duvel tastes at the brewery. Our tour guide warned us about getting "black hands." As the story goes, due to Duvel's strength and it's eminent drinkability, several locals have found themselves crawling home from their favorite watering hole, and as result ended up with black hands from crawling across the pavement.

After our afternoon at Moortgat, you would think Todd and I would be toast. Not true. Somehow we managed to muster up enough strength to enjoy several bottles of Rochefort 10 and Orval with a group of locals at the Café Kastjanjehof in Aalst.

Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/27/01 05:27:11 PM
        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 04:02:36 AM
                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 06:44:25 AM
                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 08:58:22 AM
                                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 09:29:24 AM
                                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 09:39:29 AM
                                                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 10:00:44 AM
                                                        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Mark, 05/28/01 10:33:09 AM
                                                                Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - BrianB, 05/29/01 02:46:49 PM
                                                                        Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Dick...again, 05/29/01 03:08:07 PM
                                                                                Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Mark, 05/30/01 07:10:35 AM
                                                                                        Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - BrianB, 05/31/01 10:25:24 AM
                                                                                                Re: Watch out for those Black Hands w/Duvel - Jeremy Gray, 05/31/01 10:36:20 AM
                                                                                                        Black Hands...NOT! - Dick...again, 05/31/01 10:50:08 AM
                                                                                                                Re: Black Hands...NOT! - Mark, 05/31/01 10:55:58 AM
                                                                                                                        Re: Black Hands...NOT! - BrianB, 06/01/01 11:23:55 AM
        Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - KSq Domer, 05/27/01 07:39:19 PM
                Re: Antwerp part two: into deepest Flanders! - Jeremy Gray, 05/28/01 03:46:15 AM

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