Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe
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4.13/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is bright golden yellow, crystal clear, and sports an impressive 3 fingers of coarse white head which dies down a bit quickly. The nose is spot on for the style, featuring fruity esters and spicy phenols. I get notes of pears, apples, flowers, and herbal notes.
The beer has a medium body, a dry fruity flavor, and good firm feel. Up front is a nice bready malt presence, then a well-constructed fruit and spice flavor. Apples and pears play against dry, herbal hoppy notes that keeps the flavor from getting too sweet. It's very balanced and seems to touch every dial on the palate. The finish is not Duvel-dry, but dry nonetheless and a bit short-lived and disappointing. Not as effervescent as I like beers in this style. No booziness at all and no diacetyl either.
I can see why this is a classic offering of this style, but it's not as tasty as Duvel nor as complex as Stille Nacht. At this price point, I expected a bit more. There are other beers in this style I want to try, so I doubt I will be returning to this one for a while. Still, very glad I tried it and wish I hadn't waited so long.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 01:05:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.76/5 rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #51 of the ones I've reviewed here.
This is a very strange beer. With one exception it's a fairly standard Belgian Golden in the Duval tradition, not bad but not anything amazing. Pours a lightly brownish-gold with a head that disappears rapidly. The nose is about what you'd expect, a sort of tropical fruit flavored bubblegum kind of deal. That also continues into the candy like flavors, although it ripens a bit as it warms up into more assertive just plain fruit flavors and a blast of that funky Belgian yeast that's hard to explain but anybody who's ever had a Belgian in this style (actually, in a lot of styles) knows about.
Like I said, nothing bad but nothing really special, either. The one thing, though, that really is extraordinary about this beer is the mouthfeel. The effervescence here is paired with a finish so bone dry that the moment you register the taste it's already gone, just a wisp of it lying around on your tongue. It's really hard to describe, but the effect is rather like pouring the beer into a cologne bottle and spritzing it into your mouth, you're almost not drinking it so much as absorbing it.
I've never really tasted a beer that did anything quite like that, and I think this is worth seeking out soley to experience it. A beer who's prime virtue is it's mouthfeel is really a remarkable thing.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 21:09:22 | More by dougbassett
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,107 ratings.