Context: During my exchange in Belgium, I lived not far from Brouwerij Huyghe , and I was often told by the locals about “the pink elephant” Delirium Tremens, the local beer which had been “elected best beer in the world.” I would smile and nod, since most people assumed I knew nothing about beer, which to be fair was half true, since I had arrived with a rather undeveloped palate, but I did have a vast knowledge of brands, styles and brewing history already in my mind. Later during my exchange I was fortunate enough to receive a private tour of the brewery with my parents, given to us by the owner, who happened to know my host family. I also learned to enjoy Huyghe’s flagship beer, as well as their Guinness world record holding cafe in Brussels, Delirium Cafe, which offered over 2000 different beers at that time. I truly enjoyed living in a land where everyone knew about Delirium Tremens, even if they didn’t drink it, because hey, drinking enough of something else could make you understand just the same…
I never got around to trying its darker counterpart until recently, when I picked up a bottle at the Strathcona in Victoria BC, and drank it with a friend as we spun some vinyl.
Appearance: Shared between a Leffe glass and a Stella glass with a friend, ideally I would have had my Delirium glass with me, but it’s at home with most of my other glasses. Dark, with beige head.
Nose: Earthy, malty, reminiscent of Belgian cafes.
Palate: Malty, rich and peppery.
Finish: Long, malty, like burnt porridge and old tobacco.