The Location: A private home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Time: 5:15pm, Eastern Standard Time
The Weather: 75 degrees in the air-conditioned indoors
The Scene: The loud sounds of children, excited to be hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree, the room a veritable beehive of activity. Holiday music plays in the background.
The Music: Silver Bells, Colbie Caillat
The Beer: Delirium Noël, Brouwerij Huyghe (10.00% ABV)
The Taste: Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Appears an always-lighter-than-expected reddish-brown color with a thin head that rapidly dissolves. The beer offers notes of Belgian yeast, honey, apples and sweet malt on the nose. Delirium Noël has the definite tartness of a fermented apple juice, mixed with malty sweetness and a ton of grape esters. It's nicely boozy, but not thick in its mouthfeel. It's a wonderfully complex beer, one that surprises us by its depth every time we try it. Noël is a genuine holiday treat.
The Feel: As close as we get to winter in South Florida.