If beer had a home, it must be somewhere in Belgium because although Belgium is a comparatively small country large number of beers are available, in range of different styles. I am not really qualified to say anything about Belgian beer since I don’t like or drink the stuff myself, so the following tidbits were gleaned from my beer connoisseur husband and from the owner of the cafe “Delirium Tremens”:
“Beer in Belgium varies from pale lager to lambic beer and Flemish red. There are approximately 178 breweries in the country, ranging from international giants to microbreweries. According to the ingredients the beers are classified into six groups: the pils, lambics, white beers, brown, red beers, seasonal beers and general beers which are produced in abbeys (in addition of the six groups each village has its own brewery and types of beer. For instance in Leuven at the Domus’s the Domus and the Nostradomus and the Condomus beers are the specialities. In the village of Hoegaarden the Hoegaarden beer) and almost every different beer has its own unique drinking vessel”.
At the Délirium’s
The label exemplifies different phases of the production of “Delirium Tremens” such as the “Pink Elephant” which was up and ready to conquer the world in 1992, then later the “Confrerie van de Roze Olifant” (Brotherhood of the Pink Elephant) was launched in order to promote Delirium Tremens and other beers of Melle. Finally one more fact/victory of the beer: Delirium Tremens was named as “Best Beer in the World” in 2008 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Stuart Kallen gives it the number one spot in his The 50 Greatest Beers in the World!)
To cut the Delirium’s and my story short my husband and our friends greatly enjoyed not only the local beer but also the Rochefort 8, St Bernardus, Palm, Orval, Gueuze, Chimay…at the Delirium in Brussels, cheers!
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Delirium tremens is Latin for “trembling madness”, commonly nicknamed “the DTs”, indicating a violent sickness induced by withdrawal after alcohol abuse. Although it is commonly thought that sufferers hallucinate pink elephants, which may explain its use on the beer’s label, the most common animals seen in delirium tremens hallucinations are cats, dogs, and snakes.