Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Tremens
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
I love it when trying a beer teaches me something, especially if it’s about language. The fancy font on this bottle fooled my eyes and I had assumed in the store that it said “Belgium” in a few places, but no, that’s delirium tremens, a form of frenzy experienced during alcohol withdrawal. It’s an appropriate name for a beer which features a label with pink elephants, a term coined by author Jack London. Brouwerij Huyghe of Belgium (okay, so I knew Belgium had something to do with it!) has been around much, much longer than Jack London was, since 1654 in fact, but Delirium Tremens was launched at the tail end of 1988 and has won many awards since its inception. The flavor is light but spicy, with the alcohol and maltiness bursting as it hits your tongue, finishing with a warm, long-lasting bitterness. At 8.5% ABV and 26 IBU, this little bottle is nothing to scoff at. Besides, the bottle itself and the label were attractive enough to make me purchase it, yet the taste will have me coming back.