Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Red

Ever pick up a beer with absolutely no premediation? That would be what I did with this beer. It’s been over a year since I’ve had anything from this brewery and somehow I still haven’t gotten through the whole Delirium portfolio. After this, I just need to review Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Noel. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter.”

Random: The guy I’m playing in fantasy this week has Emmanuel Sanders. I think I’m going to lose. He put up ridiculous points on Thursday.

This beer poured with less than a finger of pink head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark red color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cherries and cough drops with some yeast as well. The taste was like alcoholic cherry 7-up. The cherry taste was very artificial and as I continued sipping it, it was more like cherry cough syrup than anything. There was little bit of yeast as well, but between the booze and the cherry taste, this was disappointing. The body was on the thick and syrupy side with high carbonation. The finish was long with cherry cough syrup. This beer was not great and a big disappointment from this Belgium brewery. The only thing more disappointing was the fact that this was $6.99 for a single bottle. This beer will not be gracing my fridge again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Brouwerij Huyghe Van Diest Fruli Strawberry Beer

By now, I’ve assumed that everyone has seen the footage of the plane crash in San Francisco. I used to have a huge fear of flying (go on a plane with a five-year old and you’ll get over it quickly too, trust me) and seeing all of the footage on tv was disconcerting to say the least. I’m just glad that given the scale of damage to the plane, most people were alright. Let’s go onto something happier, shall we? Strawberry beer definitely sounds happier…


ABV: 4.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fruli is a high quality Strawberry Belgian fruit beer, produced at a craft brewery near Ghent. It is a unique blend of white beer and strawberry juice. The juice complements the zestiness of the wheat beer and the result is a balanced and refreshing beer that is packed with strawberry fruit flavour”

Random: My sister and I just planted a Ginko tree in the backyard. The leaves are interesting looking, but it could be my new favorite tree.

This brew poured with a quarter of an inch of white head. The head dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright pink color (due to massive amounts of strawberry juice added) with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was only one thing: strawberry puree. If you blindfolded me, I’d bet money that this wasn’t a beer and some sort of strawberry smoothie. The taste was even better. It had lots of authentic strawberry taste to the point that I thought I should be picking seeds out of my teeth. Although this beer was a bit one-dimensional, it really worked for me, especially because I like strawberries. The body was of average thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with strawberries. Even though this beer is on the pricy side (due to how much strawberry juice is added), it is definitely a treat and goes down very easily on a hot day. Try one if you see it!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Noel

I found yet another post that was hiding in the “draft” queue. This one I actually remember purchasing. It was in the “last chance” bucket at my sister’s favorite wine store in the area. Their selection on beer isn’t terrible, but you can tell that they don’t turnover a lot of their inventory. It isn’t strange to find summer seasonals there in the middle of December. So, even though I picked this one up in April, I figured it would be alright given the high ABV of it.


ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “[This beer has a] strong presence of alcohol, very spicy, slightly bitter. The aftertaste is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter.”

Random: A pink elephant on a sled? Yeah, it totally works for me.

This beer poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on top of a dark chestnut head that had a lot of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was some dough and nutmeg and cinnamon with booze. The booze was really present on the nose, which was surprising. Some dark fruit came through as well. The taste was Belgian-y, but not Christmas-y. Heavy booze was present with some Belgian yeast, spice and pepper and dough. This beer was seriously hot from the booze. It finished with a touch of sourness as well. I can’t really get a handle on this beer, but I don’t think that I want to. The body is thick with moderate carbonation. It finishes really dry with some booze and pepper. This wouldn’t be a beer that I would revisit, especially given that it’s not cheap, even being in the last chance box.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Delirium Tremens

After the crappy beer that I had tonight, I had to end the night on a good note. I had the bottle of DT in the fridge, so I decided to open it while watching The Departed (which was a great movie by the way).

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: Delirium Tremens referred to an acute episode of delerium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol. Benzodiapines are the preferred method of treatment for DTs.

Random: I first tried this beer at a beer tasting in Philly in May and really enjoyed it. Even more shocking, Nicole liked it and ordered it at POPE a few weeks ago.

First of all, getting the foil off of the bottle was a pain in the ass. The bottle was pretty cool looking though. This brew poured a golden orange color with visible “stuff” in it. Nicole said that this happened to her as well when she last had it at POPE. The head was about a finger thick and was pure white. On the nose, I got a decent amount of booze and some sweetness. There were also hints of spice. The taste gives a little bit of sweetness, which borders on slightly syrupy. I also get a bit of citrus on the taste, but very mild. The spice and Belgian yeast come out more on the taste than on the nose. There is also a lot of carbonation on the brew, more than I would expect. Although I do get some booze on the nose, it’s pretty hidden on the taste. The finish is slightly warm and spicy. It’s a solid brew, but nothing really exciting to me. The bottle is a little more exciting than what’s inside.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0