When we moved back to New England in 2009, I picked up some bottles of Brouwerij Huyghe’s Delirium Tremens. Through the years, I never got around to drinking it. There was always something else that came up, or some other great beer on my fridge. Today, I decided it was time to change that.
This is a very complex beer, with a whole lot going on. I can’t tell you what it was like 4 years ago, but I’ll tell you that today it was very mellow.
It poured a dark red, with a 1/2 inch head. The head disappeared as it warmed, and became a slight halo. No lacing at all. There was a lot of carbonation, but not in a bad way. It’s very sweet, mellow, fruity. It’s not citrus-y, more toward plum. There’s that tell-tale spiciness that you expect from a belgian ale, but it’s diminished over the years. You can smell the 8% ABV very lightly, but you definitely can taste it as it warms.
Now to the review:
Appearance: Dark red, almost opaque. Lots of bubbles, almost champagne-y. There’s some sediment from accidentally over-pouring, but it doesn’t ruin the beer.
Smell: Plums, spice, very light.
Taste: Taste is very similar to the smell. Plums, spices from the Belgian yeast, lots of sweetness
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, lots of carbonation
Overall: While it’s unlikely that you’ll leave this beer on the door of your fridge for 4 years, I would recommend cellaring for that long. It holds up very well to the years, with the live yeast churning away. I slightly remember it being good fresh, and it’s still good now.