Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe
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4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Every beer deserves a second chance and I'm giving Delirium Tremens another shot (note: I left my previous review below as a reference to how bad a skunked beer can get... pretty bad in case you were wondering).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice - my Chimay chalice hasn't let me down yet - everything tastes good with a Chimay logo on it ;).
A: Again Delirium spews out of the bottle like it's on a mission to make a mess all over my kitchen bench, bad Delirium! This time however it does look like a normal beer - hazy golden body with a sizeable frothy white head.
S: Aroma is a massive improvement over the previous skunked bottle; notes of coriander, clove and pepper with a meaty bread yeast middle and hints of medicinal hops in the background, a real Belgian treat here.
T: Yeah it's a real contender now. Upfront sweet bitter orange, coriander, clove and pepper lead into a slight bubblegum ester, candi sugar and finishes with some slightly bitter medicinal/herbal hops. It's very much an amped up Belgian Witbier, and quite nice about it too.
M: One small criticism is the carbonation which is a tad aggressive, aside from this it is medium bodied.
D: Wow, I definitely had a skunked bottle last time... which is weird because there is no way the bottle was light struck (it's a non-transparent speckled grey clay bottle), so the only other candidate for ruining my last DT was heat, and even then it's a bit of a stretch that happened... one for Unsolved Mysteries hey? Oh well who cares as this bottle is PERFECTLY fine. Let's brass tack this shit: price - expensive, drinkability - good, damn good, Duvelability [the ability of a beer to be as great as Duvel] - close, but Duvel aka "the brew that Gods decided to bestow upon man as a gift from heaven, despite the ironic name" is ultimately (and more importantly) cheaper, QEDB [Quod Erat Demonstrandum Bitch].
Food match: Borderline dessertish, good mains would be rich and meaty to counteract the sugar in this drop, whereas for dessert complementary flavours would suit - perhaps a nice parfait.
My first Delirium Tremens, what an exciting beer with possibly the most horribly outlandish bottle/label design ever seen. This however for some reason heightens the excitement that one will land in a mythological Wonderland after finishing the drink... or at least see pink elephants. [note: list of ingredients does not include LSD]
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.
A: Out the gates like the clappers! The head starts out a bold frothy white that settles down to a thin lacing. The body is a slight cloudy sunburst yellow filled with specks of what can only be yeast though they are translucent, weird.
S: A distinct and full aroma of stewed zucchini and tomatoes tips me off that there may be something wrong with this beer (perhaps it has skunked). There is not much else apart from that.
T: A big swig presents a myriad of flavours both pleasant and unpleasant; those stewed vegetables, pepper, a woody middle followed by some badly burnt sugar, various Fusels and Phenols, and a dry herbal finish. Its the oddest combination in a beer I've ever tasted.
M: Medium bodied with a tight densely-packed carbonation.
D: I'm 100% convinced this beer has skunked - it's nothing like what anyone else has said it would be like, and taking this into account I imagine the true flavours hidden by the stewed zucchini and tomatoes would work well together and I will rate it not how it tastes but how I believe it would taste had I not gotten a bad bottle. Aside from that drinkability-wise it is expensive and high on alcohol content which puts it in the realm of maybe-a-special-occasion-if-I-feel-like-some-weird-ass-Belgian-beer type of moment, aka "very rarely".
[note: I will revisit this beer in future and hopefully I will get a non-skunked bottle for review]
Food match: LSD.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 22:09:05 | More by doktorhops
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