A naturall drinke for a Dutche man

More snippets from Andrew Boorde’s A compendious regiment or a dietary of healthe (1547).


Ale is made of malte and water, and they the which do put any other thinge to ale except yeast, barme, or godesgood, doth sophisticate their ale. Ale for an English man is a natural drinke. Ale must have these properties, it must be freshe & cleare, it muste not be ropy nor smoky, nor muste it have no weft nor taile.  Ale should not be drunke under five daies olde. Newe ale is unwholesome for all men. And soure ale and that which doth stande a-tilt is good for no man. Barley malte maketh better ale than oaten malt or any other corne doth, it dothe engendre grosse humours, but yet it maketh a man stronge.

Beere is made of malte, of hoppes, and water, it is a naturall drinke for a Dutche man. And nowe of late daies it is muche used in Englande to the detriment of many Englishmen, specially it killeth those which be troubled with the colicke & the stone & the strangulion, for the drinke is a colde drinke: yet it doth make a man fat, & doth inflate the belly, as it doth appeare by the Dutche mens faces & bellies. If the beere be well brewed and fined, it dothe qualifye the heate of the liver.

Cyder is made of the juice of peares, or of the juice of apples, & other while cider is made of both, but the best cyder is made of cleane peares the which be dulcet, but yet best is not praised in physicke, for cyder is colde of operation, and is full of bentosite, wherefore it doth engendre evill humours, and doth swage to mocke the naturall heate of man, & doth let digestion, and dothe hurte the stomacke, but they the which be used to it, if it be drunken in harvest it doeth littell harme.

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