Special beers and winter/Christmas are a tradition dating back centuries. Today, most breweries carry on that tradition with what’s often one of the most anticipated seasonal releases of their release calendar. Brouwerij Huyghe, most famous for its Delirium Tremens beer, is no exception. Their highly anticipated Delirium Christmas makes its way to American shores in early fall and from there, across the rails and roads of the United States to distributors and stores everywhere.
Huyghe’s Delirium line of beers is famous for the pink elephant that adorns every label on every ceramic painted bottle. The Christmas labels are no exception. Skiing, sledding, pulling Santa’s sleigh; the Pink Elephant does it all.
Appearance: Ruby red, beige head, good retention.
Aroma: Banana, clove, raisins, brown sugar, tawny port, vanilla, caramel.
Taste: Caramel, pepper, cinnamon, alcohol, candied fruit, tawny port.
Overall Impression: Delirium Christmas is a big, spicy beer with a lot dried fruit character and touch of alcohol to let you know that you’re drinking a beer with a double-digit ABV. A touch on the sweetish side, Delirium Christmas will warm your belly and your spirits as you approach the holidays. Whether you air it with your desserts, or drink it as one; just be sure to invite it to your holiday celebrations.
Availability: Nationally, imported by Wetten Importers.
Notes: Depending on where you are in the world, the beer may be called Delirium Noël.