This was a good week for zombie beer nights as I log yet another one “under my belt”. I think that’s the phrase. Tonight is decided to go for the gore. For anybody who considers themselves a zombie movie fan you know what that means….BRAIN DEAD (AKA Dead Alive). This movie was made in 1992 by none other than…(drum roll)…Peter Jackson. The same guy that made the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy got his start making gory, over the top, B rate horror flicks.
I decided this movie would go especially well with North Coast’s Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale. Victory has a slew of amazing ales that they send out all over the country. I’ve had the privilege to drink a few of them. The Old No. 38, Old Rasputin, and Bourbon aged Old Rasputin all are must tries of the adventurous beer drinker. Brother Thelonious is a Belgian Dark Strong weighing in at heavy 9.4% abv with 32 IBU’s. After taking a moment of silence holding the bottle up to the light to examine the hue that the dark liquid took within the dark brown bottle. I pondered the possibilities that it held. I popped the cork and poured half into my 22 oz snifter. It foamed wildly as I expect from most Belgian ales.
The movie is just through the opening scenes where it plot of the entire movie is disclosed from the start. A creature resulting from a monkey being raped by a rat was captured from the jungle in Australia. I’m not going to even try to explain the jungle natives that chased the scientist out. Let's just say it's not the most cultural sensitive thing I've ever seen. Fast forward a bit and you meet Lionel our akward and insecure main character. There’s a sort of Oedipus thing going on minus the whole kill your father thing. When he goes on a date at the zoo Lionel’s distrustful, and overprotective/controlling/psycho mother spies on him. In the process she gets bitten by the creature. Let the zombies begin.
I take a few sips of the beer. The aroma is full of ripe fruit and plumb. You can definitely tell it's Belgian by that unique Belgian aroma. It took two swirls to really to really foam up the beer and get the beer the breathe (yes I said breathe). The first sip is less powerful than I expected. It’s a soft mixture of Belgian yeast spice with burnt sugar and raisins. This beer reminds me that there are times when my American tendencies to go for the biggest and most powerful of beers misses the wonderful experience of a balanced and well crafted one. So as I sip and savor the quiet and well crafted beer that epitomizes what can be done with restraint and careful calculation the movie evolves into the over the gore fest that I expected.