Delirium Tremens (beer)
|Alcohol by volume||8.5%|
|Style||Belgian Strong Ale|
Delirium Tremens was launched on 26 December 1989. The beer uses three different yeasts and is packaged in a bottle that is painted to resemble cologne ceramics. The label exemplifies different phases of the production of "Delirium Tremens" and that the "Pink Elephant" was up and ready to conquer the world.
In 1992, the "Confrerie van de Roze Olifant" (Brotherhood of the Pink Elephant) was founded to promote Delirium Tremens and other beers of Melle.
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.
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.
- "A Welcome Home", Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post, 10 January 2003.
- "Sip of the Week", Peter St. Onge, Charlotte Observer, 11 October 2006.
- Stuart A. Kallen, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World, Replica Books, 1999. ISBN 0-7351-0086-1, ISBN 978-0-7351-0086-2
- The phenomenology of perceptual hallucinations in alcohol-induced delirium tremens. Platz WE, Oberlaender FA, Seidel ML. Karl Bonhoeffer Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Free University Hospital of Berlin, Germany. Psychopathology. 1995;28(5):247-55.
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