Friday 1 May 2009

A Taste of Delirium Tremens at The Bier Markt

So it's a nice Friday afternoon and I had spent my lunch reading out in the warm spring sun. Already thoughts of perhaps finding a nice patio on the way home from work and continue my book with a nice cool, fresh beer came to mind.

Being the hard dedicated worker that I am, I worked through my break and left 15 minutes early. As I walked home, the Bier Markt patio sat in the sun calling to me. So as I would be early getting home anyway, I answered its call.

I was looking for a beer on tap with a bite and decided to try the Delirium Tremens from Belgium. As it weighs in at 8.75% alcohol, it comes in a special 13 oz Delerium glass instead of the usual 20 oz size.

Interesting note on the name. Delirium tremens is "a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or neurological changes and can occur after a period of heavy alcohol drinking, The main symptoms are confusion, disorientation, agitation, fever, and hypertension). Other common symptoms include intense hallucinations such as visions of insects, snakes or rats (or stereotypically, pink elephants or tiny figures)."

Also know simply as the DTs.

The beer itself has been brewed since December 1989 by Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium.

It has a wonderfully full smooth, strong taste. Although high in alcohol, it does not taste it. It definitely tastes like a sipping beer and not one to throw back around the BBQ.

Sadly, though, dark grey clouds started to fill the sky and a cool breeze came up. So I closed my booked, finished the last of my glass and headed home.

A very nice way to start a weekend.

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