Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First Beer Post-Starvation

Now that I've completed my fast, it's back into the swing of things... or should I say "swig of things?" 10 days without beer, food, or caffeine wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had been hoping that once my tastes readjusted beer would taste amazing, unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way.

Not this Plus-Sized Lady
To celebrate breaking my fast, I popped open one of my all time favorite Belgians. Of course I'm not talking about Peter Paul Rubens' casket, but good guess. I had another plus-sized lady in mind, a 24 oz. St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

As usual, I didn't fully think things through. I probably should have guessed that after living on only juice for 10 days drinking a 9% ABV 24 oz. Abbey Ale wasn't going to be a great idea. When I took a sip, all I could taste was stinging alcohol that burned inside my entire face (from my eyeball sockets to my ear holes.) It seriously tasted like gasoline. I nursed my first glass for about an hour and got pretty drunk after the first sip. Eventually I started being able to taste all the good flavors in the beer but it still seemed super strong. It took me another three hours to finish it. If you're ever going to break a fast, don't take out the good stuff.

After that first night my tastes seemed to pretty much revert back to the way they were before, although I find that I don't put as much salt on stuff and I am drinking far less coffee (which can't be a bad thing.) I've also been eating a lot more veggies and a lot less meat, so I guess it did something. The only major thing I'm trying to avoid doing again is getting hooked on diet soda. I don't really want to die of a brain tumor once they realize that aspartame is yesterday's asbestos.

What's your go-to celebration beer? Has it always tasted the same to you? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I have three comments for you:
    1) Keep up the good work!
    2) Now you know how I feel (when I have 1 sip)
    3) That's not a plus-sized lady by today's standards!!

  2. 3) It was pretty radical for the 17th century, he had a way of making them look unnaturally lumpy.