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Delirium Tremens

Blond from Belgium 🇧🇪


Brewed by Huyghe Brewery

Melle, Belgium

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A bit about the beer

Ingredients - Water, pale malt, Styrian Golding and Saaz hops, three different types of yeast

The brewery site has been operational all the way back since 1654. In 1906 an existing brewery on the site was purchased by Leon Huyghe and in 1938 it acquired its present name. At first the brewery brewed regular pilsner, but soon afterwards it stared brewing what is typically known today as "Belgian" beers, including a series of beers under the Delirium tag, with the pink elephant on the label. The most popular of these is the Delirium Tremens.

The beer gained fame internationally mostly thanks to the popular Delirium speciality beer cafés. The pink elephant on the label has also turned into a cultural phenomenon, probably best observed during any of the many beer festivals where the pink elephant hats are bobbing around unsteadily in abundance.

For me, poured from a bottle with the famous pink elephant label, it has a deep gold colour with a smooth white head that is short lived. Aromas are slighly malty, lemon, bananas and spice. The taste has a big body and rich mouth feel, with the combinations of banana, sweet malt and spice notes producing a flavourful and rewarding experience. It does have a slight hint of alcohol, which is to be expected at 8.5% but it is in no way overpowering and doesn't get in the way of the other flavours. The aftertaste is long, dry and just the right amount of bitter.

This is not a beer for the faint hearted, but if you like Belgian beers, and you are looking for something bold and complex and full of character then you will love this!

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