Name: Delirium Tremens
Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.5%
First Brewed: 1989
Bright in color, this is a powerfully fruity brew, with a sweet aroma and palate accented by notes of spice and apparent, even insistent, alcohol. A rewarding nightcap.
This beer was served with a lemon wedge. The bartender here at The Beer Sellar even said, “This beer is supposed to be served with a lemon wedge.” So I took the wedge, rimmed my glass, and poured the beer into my glass. The beer is very light in the glass, almost like a summer beer, something you drink on a hot summer day. But I know this beer is not a seasonal, as those dancing alligators are too hard to forget. (There are dancing alligators on the label.)
Since there was a lemon on the edge of the glass, after I poured the beer I just tossed the lemon in. The beer also smells like a lemon… granted, the edge of the glass was just doused with a lemon wedge, but you know what I mean. Lots of citrus circling the nose. You get a lot of that on your first taste, too.
The beer looks as if it will have a ton of carbonation, but it really doesn’t. As a matter of fact, the beer is quite smooth and has an excellent mouthfeel. Then you are hit again with that summer-citrus thing I was talking about earlier. There is, toward the back of the palate, a subtle change in flavor… but nothing that lasts, or is noticeable to really investigate. Past that, it’s a very drinkable beer that I could enjoy time and time again. (Maybe I just like lemons…)
Bottoms up people!
Well, tonight’s beer smells like lemon Pledge. Or maybe that’s just the lemons that are on the side of the glass. It’s a golden color, very carbonated, with not a lot of head. The color isn’t transparent – it looks kind of thick, but the beer itself doesn’t really seem to be that thick. And yeah, it smells lemony. Pretty sure it’s not just the lemon.
The design of the Delirium beer bottles is always pretty interesting, from what I’ve seen. This one, for example, is covered completely in foil that is printed with the Delirium design on it. First time I’ve ever seen a beer bottle completely covered in foil like that before.
Well, tasting it – it also tastes very citrusy. Not really like a beer at all, honestly. It tastes very malty. In fact, if it wasn’t so carbonated – I might mistake this for a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. It’s not bad, though. I’d buy it again, maybe – but it’s not really my style.
962 bottles of beer on the wall…