Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe
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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Delirium Tremens. This one came up more than once in a couple of issues of BeerAdvocate, so I was psyched to try the one I found at H-E-B's Central Market in San Antonio.
Appearance - cloudy initially, a strong golden color that is straw-like in appearance. Found out at second glance why this looked so cloudy, there were chunks floating at quite a density in the beer - is this unfiltered or wild wheat strains? Retained its head for a few minutes before dissolving into symmetrical rings around my snifter.
Decant - Poured from a 750 ml bottle, with a faux ceramic appearance, caged and plasitc corked. Cracked open with a pop. I really have to comment on the asthetics - it's a nice looking bottle! Dancing aligators and dragons, really goes with the mysticism of the name - Delirium Tremens, the Shakes, like the Hallucinogenic Torreador by Dali.
Smell - Floral. Malts rise through a hops top.
Taste - I really need to weigh in here. I've slowly noticed that Belgian beers in 750s have a certain taste that eventually wind down to a sugary alcohol intensity. In this case, Tremens starts as a bright, juicy combination, like white wine. It slowly caves into a horseblanket/banana flavor (brettanomyces?) in the middle before descending further into a sugary shade of warm happiness. Affligem's Noël did this for me too on Christmas Day last December. The last eighth has a pure alcohol aroma/flavor.
Mouthfeel - Has the consistency of water, which I've noticed that great, complex beers such as this can have. Extremely smooth, the alcohol really does sneak up on you, though I could detect it by breathing out of my nostrils on first sip.
Notes: If I was inclined to blow a 10-spot every week on beer, I'd go back for Delirium Tremens until I was to find something better. I really like this beer, and I recommend it for your enjoyment.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2009 03:21:43 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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