Launched almost 30 years ago, the undeniably successful Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale has a very distinctive character and unique taste, symbolized by the very recognizable pink elephant on a ceramic looking bottle. In 1998 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago Delirium Tremens received a gold medal and the title of ‘best beer in the world’.
Appearance: Bright glowing almost goldish but yellow hue with a slight haze; good strong lacing and paper white head.
Aroma: Sweet, floral, fruity, and phenolic (but not faulty) aromas, – peppery and slight clove, fruity like apricot with banana and some citrus; malt sweetness like warm honey with yeasty fresh dough on a moderate intensity.
Taste: The mingle of refined sweet malt character and hop bitterness. The immediate resurgence of those soft peppery and clove notes, accompanied by the fruits of banana, apricot and citrus.
Mouthfeel: A sure presence of bitterness but not overbearing. extremely slight malt sweetness quickly kidnapped by the appearance of alcohol which gives a drying effect. Fine yet highly carbonated.
Finish: comfortable lingering flavor characters but a notable warming effect in throat and chest indicating the presence of alcohol.
Overall: A dramatic and intriguing beer. Tons of flavor with the alcohol hidden fairly well yet present, but its big personality may condition you to only have one or two if the alcohol doesn’t. Still one of my favorites when the bank allows me. Not to shabby for the 1998 best beer in the world! Cheers!