Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Alcohol: 8.5% ABV
When I’m in Peterborough, Ontario, a place I’ve become quite fond of is St. Veronus, a Belgian-themed pub with a good selection of beers from Belgium (as well as from other countries, including the locally-brewed Publican House’s Belgian ale). On a recent spontaneous road trip to the city on the cusp of cottage country, I stopped into St. Veronus and started with Delirium Tremens, a strong Belgian ale that measures up to 8.5% ABV.
Delirium Tremens pours a clear yellow colour with a light, foamy, white head. It’s surprisingly clear for a Belgian ale.
The ale’s nose is a lot of bubblegum and Belgian ale spiciness.
With a creamy mouthfeel and a light bubblegum flavour that’s normal for a lot of Belgian ales (particularly stronger Belgian ales), there also seems to be some hints of clove, fruit and banana.
Although Delirium Tremens tends to get strong ratings from various reviews, I find it to be a fairly mediocre Belgian strong ale. There’s not anything necessarily wrong with it, but it doesn’t stand out as a spectacular strong beer, either.