Delirium Red

Let me preface this by saying that I like everything about cough syrup. I like the smell, I love the taste. Now having said that, knowing the Delirium brand, I had high hopes for this beer. This 330ml bottle has a best before date of the end of November 2016.

Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: Fruit Beer

Brewer Description: (from website) Sweet and fruity, with a nice balance between sweet and sour. An excellent dessert beer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.8

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass a deep cloudy ruby red with a less than one finger light pink head that dissipates quickly leaving some streaky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet bubblegum cherry, candy cane, almond.
Taste: Sweet sweet cherry, then sour cherry, then a lasting bitter cherry. I’m fine with medicinal tastes and cherry, but this was just odd… maybe a bit artificial, and the balance was not really there. But there’s absolutely no hint of the 8% alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Light with low carbonation.
Overall: Like I said, I like the medicinal/cough syrup tastes and the colour and the smell of the beer after the pour were great. However the taste was just a mix bag of all over the place. I think that there are better beers out there for this style. If it was in front of me, I would drink it, but I’m not sure that I would buy this beer again.

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