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- Belgian Strong Ale
- Tasting Notes
- Sweet, Honey, Strong, Balanced
- Food Pairing
- Dessert - Fruit, Cheese - Creamy & Bloomy
- Suggested Glassware
Delirium Tremens Beer is one of the most iconoic beers in Belgium. Brewed by the Brewouwrij Huyge, this Belgian Strong Ale comes in at a hefty 8.5% ABV. The brewery was founded in 1906 by Leon Huyge in East Flanders, Belgium, so it has a rich history that has held throughout time. People have actually been brewing on that site since the 17th century!
It pours a pale golden color with a large head of pure white foam. It's got tons of aroma - from banana to clove to lemon, it really delights the nose. Onto the flavors, it packs a punch. It's got the warming sensation of rum with a sweet, spicy, biscuity flavor. The drying finish highlights the alcohol esters that disipate quick on the tongue, leaving the drinker wanting another sip, stat.
The carbonation on this beer, gives it a nice effervescence, and it has a light to medium body that brings an easy-drinking quality to this big beer. Making it perfect to pair with a grilled firm fish, like swordfish, a creamy pasta, like fettuccini alfredo, or a creme brulee for dessert. It's best enjoyed sipped in a snifter with a slight tulip shape, to be able to smell the great aromas.
Though the beer has history, the Belgian Strong Ale is actually a relatively recent development to further appeal to European Pils drinkers, becoming more popular as it is widely marketed and distributed. This style might really appeal to people who don't normally drink beer - like white wine or tequila or rum drinkers.
The pink elephant, that so elegantly adorns the bottle, and everything the brewery touches, alludes to the eponomous symbol of alcohol indulgence. The brewer even has a statue of a man, holding a globe, upon which a pink elephant stands, reminding those who work at and visit the brewery that "the man who owns the pink elephant holds the world in his hands."