Delirium Tremens is one of those beers people ALWAYS seem to have a story about. And it normally starts out, "I got so drunk drinking that beer!" The Noel is their Christmas brew, with a ramped up alcohol content. I had this tasty brew at both the free beer tasting at Cork & Bottle, and then on draft Saturday night at Avenue Pub. I like this one, and it's dangerously easy to drink. But at 10% ABV, you've gotta be careful. Suppress the desire to gulp it.
Refreshing and nose-appealing aromas of orange peel follow through as straight-up orange on the palate. But let me be clear here. This is NOT an orange-flavored beer, like an alcoholic Sunkist. It is just one element, along with nice yeasty and malty notes, which also . Friends Ross and Mark detected notes of baby's breath, but I couldn't get it.
This beer is considered a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, although it is not nearly as dark or rich as say Rochefort 10. Other examples of this type of beer are Chimay Grande Reserve (blue bottle), St. Bernardus Abt 12, Brasserie des Rocs, and Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor. So, if you are a fan of these delicious brews (I sure as hell am), it is likely you will like the Delirium. If you are a fan of hoppy, bitter beers, maybe not your bag, as this one has some definite sweet, malty notes. Try one and let me know what you think!