You would be hard pressed to find a craft brew enthusiast who is not familiar with the pink elephant. Brewery Huyghe is best known for its Delirium series, their bottles adorned with pink elephants (a nod to drunken hallucinations,) and Delirium Tremens in particular has held the title of best beer in the world. This week’s Beer of the Week is Brewery Huyghe’s 25th anniversary celebration edition of Tremens: Delirium Argentum, a Belgian IPA (ALC 7%.) I expect good things.
Pours a dark foggy amber color. As expected, has a massive four-plus finger-width head that’s pillowy and bone white. Lots of creamy pockets of lacing. Lively carbonation.
Yeasty bread and cracker aromas followed by caramel malt. Smells of pomme fruits that carry with them a noticeable amount of acidity. Spices of coriander and clove.
A full-bodied beer. The large head makes for a very creamy drinking experience. Finishes very dry. The combination of carbonation with such a dry finish make me feel like the Argentum drinks a little like a champagne. Warm on the back end.
Butterscotch, apple, pear and bitter grapefruit up front. Immediately following are the earthy elements I come to expect from a Belgian Ale: grassy, pine, citrus rind, yeasty and spices of coriander and clove. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness that lingers on far after drinking. I have had other Belgian style IPAs and unfortunately been let down, be it too little hops, malt character and overall unbalance–Not the case with the Argentum. Finishing warm, reminds me of white pepper.
If you enjoy Belgian Ales on the whole, then I can’t imagine you would be displeased with this selection. Although not quite as memorable as Delirium Tremens, I do find the Argentum to be extremely pleasant. It’s earthy, dry, bitter, and although it’s not too high in ABV at 7%, it’s still dangerously easy to drink (I admit I had some difficulty with restraint.) Without a doubt I would buy Argentum again and look forward to trying other offerings from Brewery Huyghe.