Pilaarbijter bruin

Pilaarbijter bruin Only in Belgium could a painting by Pieter Breughel inspire a beer.

In his painting “The Flemish Proverbs” Pieter Breughel the Elder depicted several Flemish proverbs and expressions amongst which “He’s a pilaarbijter” (“pillar biter”): He’s a hypocritical man.

The beer is Pilaarbijter from Brouwerij Bavik and it isn’t hypocritical at all.

In fact, I found this traditional Flemish brown ale to be very drinkable indeed. It’s light, pleasant and packs quite a complex aftertaste – one that I am still picking my way through. And yes, that does mean that I will be stocking up in the near future.

And if you were wondering about “The Flemish Proverbs” by Pieter Breughel, here it is.

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