Monster Beer: Delirium Nocturnum

Beer Monster Review

While I’m more concerned about the beer than the bottle in comes in, it’s fair to say that packaging can always have an impact. Poor packaging – be it the graphics or sometimes just the name – can put me off even bothering to try a beer.

Put a pink elephant on a stone-look bottle, however, and I’ll buy it in a heartbeat.

Delirium Nocturnum

Delirium is a seriously industrial-sized brewer in Melle, Belgium – if I’m translating some of their figures correctly, their hop boiler alone has a capacity a shade under five thousand gallons. So, not exactly a hand-crafted beer – but how does the 8.5% Delirium Nocturnum taste?

Well, it’s a deep red brown in the glass, pouring with a open, fleeting fizz that quickly fades leaving no head and a drink that frankly looks rather coke-like. The nose is all Belgian though – sweet, burnt sugar along with some more subtle chocolate notes and with just a hint of the alcohol lurking.

In the mouth that soft-drink impression continues; a very open, coke-like fizz in the mouth carrying a lot of sweetness with it. The alcohol heat is subtle but noticeable; more rich sweetness comes through as you allow the bubbles to dissipate and along with that are some dark date-like fruit notes. Towards the end some bitterness comes through – more from the black malt than the hops – and even a touch of sourness that helps clear away the sticky sweetness from your lips.

A curious one this; it’s a mighty tasty beer, although it really doesn’t have the body and impact I’d expect at 8.5%. A little hard to justify the high price, but you can’t say no to a pink elephant.

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