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Delirium Red

Rating: 3.6

Another beer that I picked up whilst in York in October last year from The House Of Trembling Madness bottle shop, this one a Belgian offering brewed by Huyghe that falls under the Delirium banner and follows on from the Delirium Tremens and Delirium Nocturnum that I’ve reviewed here previously. I had been planning to sample this one over Christmas and New Year but due to the fact that I’ve barely stopped buying new beers since then the holiday season quickly became July and here we are with me just getting around to trying it. I’ve got a feeling this one could turn out to be more of a gimmick type beer than a quality offering like the last two Delirium offerings were but it’s down to the fact that those two were pretty nice beer that I picked this one up in the first place, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Delirium Red

Appearance (4/5): Cherry in colour with a centimetre tall head that’s a light pink colour and holds well given the strength of the beer, there is no reduction in size over the opening couple of minutes before eventually settling at about half its original size.
Aroma (7/10): Quite sour initially with some funk and plenty of cherries, it almost seems like a lambic and is definitely Belgian in style on the nose. It’s a very sweet beer with plenty of sugar and tart with a candy like aroma to it, but it’s definitely the cherries that dominate the nose.
Taste (6/10): Matching the nose well, this one starts with a lot of cherries and tart with a sour taste from the get go. I got quite a lot of sugar as well and this helps add to the sweetness. There is the faintest hint of alcohol in the taste which becomes apparent towards the end of each sip but it’s definitely not an overpowering taste with the cherries and sweetness helping to mask it and it doesn’t taste like an 8% abv. beer at all.
Palate (4/5): A smooth, light-medium body that is sour initially with some sweetness not far behind. Carbonation is lighter than I was expecting, falling somewhere around medium but there is a slight fizz to the beer with touches of dryness right at the end.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice beer from the Huyghe brewery although not one that could be ranked alongside either Delirium Tremens or Nocturnam in all honest but still an enjoyable beer that falls somewhere between a fruit beer and a Belgian cherry lambic; sour, fruity and full of sugar with the alcohol well covered. Not one I’m likely to pick up again but it’s certainly not a gimmick beer either.

Brewed In: Melle, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe
First Brewed: circa. 2010
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The House Of Trembling Madness (York)
Price: £3.50 (approx.)

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