Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens 8.5% ABVDelirium Tremens
Belgium Strong Pale Ale
Huyghe Brewery

The first thing that came up when I googled delirium tremens is the following:

“Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes.”

Great name for a beer, wouldn’t you say?

It was a serious pain in the ass to open this beer bottle.  There is blue foil covering the bottle cap and running down about a 1/3 of the bottle.  This foil does not peel off cleanly and I ended up covering my counter top with tiny flakes of blue foil.  Maybe I should have just used a bottle opener with disregard for the foil, but I didn’t want to get flecks of foil in this pricey brew.  Well as is usually the case, I’m an idiot.  I recommend not trying to tear off the foil.  Just use a bottle opener and the foil will come off in one piece and you should be able to pour the beer into a glass with no worry of foil flecks ruining your brew.

This beer tastes a lot closer to a hefeweizen, than a pale ale.  I’m not a big fan of hefewizens, but if you are I would recommend this one.  It does have a nice light crisp flavor and a strong character.  The yeasty taste is prominent and almost inclines me to try it with a lemon slice.  If you are an experimental type willing to ruin one of these you may want to try it with a lemon or orange slice.  The ale has a cloudy appearance like a hefeweizen and looks and taste more carbonated than most beers.  It’s a refreshing beer and would go great on a hot summer evening while sitting on a porch or patio.  I poured this brew into an ice cold glass, as I didn’t see any particular instructions on the bottle.  Though it carries a higher end ABV, you can’t tell from the taste.  If you had the money to buy a few of these, you could easily drink 2-3 in a sitting and become quite inebriated without realizing it.  This brew is growing on me.  It was far too yeasty upon my first swig, but it is going down smooth after working my way through the first 1/3rd of the bottle.  After getting half way through the 11.2 ounces I can already feel a bit of a beer buzz.  This is an example of why it’s good to have a full bottle instead of just a tasting.  I wonder if that’s also a built in benefit of the higher ABV, with the buzz you receive as you drink it your taste buds are more inclined to enjoy the brew.  Whatever the reason, this beer continues to grow on me, and gets better with every sip.  There is little to no aftertaste with this beer to the point that I didn’t even think to mention it until I had shutdown my laptop and had to reboot it to get this sentence in the review.  If you are looking for a good nightcap to give you a nice buzz before bedtime, this one will certainly do the trick.

The Huyghe brewery boast that “Ever since 1654 there has undoubtedly been some kind of brewing activity in the “Appelhoek” in Melle.”  That’s not the most definitive of proofs, making it hard to dispute I suppose.  Leon Huyghe settled in Melle in 1902 and four years later bought the historic brewery.  Today they produce a number of different brews, I look forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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