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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,970
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
Gots: 805 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every beer deserves a second chance and I'm giving Delirium Tremens another shot (note: I left my previous review below as a reference to how bad a skunked beer can get... pretty bad in case you were wondering).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice - my Chimay chalice hasn't let me down yet - everything tastes good with a Chimay logo on it ;).

A: Again Delirium spews out of the bottle like it's on a mission to make a mess all over my kitchen bench, bad Delirium! This time however it does look like a normal beer - hazy golden body with a sizeable frothy white head.

S: Aroma is a massive improvement over the previous skunked bottle; notes of coriander, clove and pepper with a meaty bread yeast middle and hints of medicinal hops in the background, a real Belgian treat here.

T: Yeah it's a real contender now. Upfront sweet bitter orange, coriander, clove and pepper lead into a slight bubblegum ester, candi sugar and finishes with some slightly bitter medicinal/herbal hops. It's very much an amped up Belgian Witbier, and quite nice about it too.

M: One small criticism is the carbonation which is a tad aggressive, aside from this it is medium bodied.

D: Wow, I definitely had a skunked bottle last time... which is weird because there is no way the bottle was light struck (it's a non-transparent speckled grey clay bottle), so the only other candidate for ruining my last DT was heat, and even then it's a bit of a stretch that happened... one for Unsolved Mysteries hey? Oh well who cares as this bottle is PERFECTLY fine. Let's brass tack this shit: price - expensive, drinkability - good, damn good, Duvelability [the ability of a beer to be as great as Duvel] - close, but Duvel aka "the brew that Gods decided to bestow upon man as a gift from heaven, despite the ironic name" is ultimately (and more importantly) cheaper, QEDB [Quod Erat Demonstrandum Bitch].

Food match: Borderline dessertish, good mains would be rich and meaty to counteract the sugar in this drop, whereas for dessert complementary flavours would suit - perhaps a nice parfait.

Previous review:

My first Delirium Tremens, what an exciting beer with possibly the most horribly outlandish bottle/label design ever seen. This however for some reason heightens the excitement that one will land in a mythological Wonderland after finishing the drink... or at least see pink elephants. [note: list of ingredients does not include LSD]

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Out the gates like the clappers! The head starts out a bold frothy white that settles down to a thin lacing. The body is a slight cloudy sunburst yellow filled with specks of what can only be yeast though they are translucent, weird.

S: A distinct and full aroma of stewed zucchini and tomatoes tips me off that there may be something wrong with this beer (perhaps it has skunked). There is not much else apart from that.

T: A big swig presents a myriad of flavours both pleasant and unpleasant; those stewed vegetables, pepper, a woody middle followed by some badly burnt sugar, various Fusels and Phenols, and a dry herbal finish. Its the oddest combination in a beer I've ever tasted.

M: Medium bodied with a tight densely-packed carbonation.

D: I'm 100% convinced this beer has skunked - it's nothing like what anyone else has said it would be like, and taking this into account I imagine the true flavours hidden by the stewed zucchini and tomatoes would work well together and I will rate it not how it tastes but how I believe it would taste had I not gotten a bad bottle. Aside from that drinkability-wise it is expensive and high on alcohol content which puts it in the realm of maybe-a-special-occasion-if-I-feel-like-some-weird-ass-Belgian-beer type of moment, aka "very rarely".

[note: I will revisit this beer in future and hopefully I will get a non-skunked bottle for review]

Food match: LSD.

More User Reviews:
Photo of laserjedi
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on draft at Leesburg Public House (Leesburg VA). Loved it because I don't care for hoppy beers.
Later bought it in bottles from Jungle Jims (Eastgate OH). Not as good in bottle, but a good beer.
Negative is high price.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a huge blooming head,the aroma is a little spicey and fruity.The taste was definently yeasty and spicey with some juicy fruit notes as well.This beer has some very yeasty flavors to it the alcohol creeps up on ya after it sits awhile.Pretty good Belgian pale but thought it might be a little better.

Photo of Marty
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Granny Smith apples are the first thing that comes to mind after tasting this beer. I've never really had a beer that tasted like this before. Surprisingly sour with a citric twang to it. Also deceptively strong considering how easy it is to drink. Not sure I'd buy it again at $9/bottle, but definitely a very interesting beer.

Photo of Dekhar
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color and very cloudy with a modest head that laced well.

Smell – Nice malt and yeast aroma with big orange characteristics. There’s also some light spiciness in the nose as well. I can pick up the standard coriander and white pepper, among others.

Taste – This one is lighter than I expected. The malt and yeast are barely there. The spicy orange flavor dominates. The 8.5 ABV comes on a little too strong on the pallet, too.

Mouthfeel – This was kind of flat. Some of the other reviews go on about the carbonation, so maybe I got a bad bottle.

Drinkability – This one just didn’t do it for me. The absence of a strong malt base made this one go down more like a witbier than a BSPA.

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bmm281
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of 71ADub
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I bought this so I could culture the yeast to make a starter for a DT clone I was whipping up...well, not enough yeast to get the starter going. But, this is one damn fine brew:

Note - the alcohol can vary from 8.5 to 9.2 % - mine was the 8.5% variety.

Poured into a pint glass, not all of it would fit.

A - 4 - pale gold, with a small head with fine bubbles. Hardly any carbonation going on. May be due to the minute quantity of yeast for bottle conditioning.

S - 3.75- nose is complex, no hops. reminiscent of allspice, some cherries, a little pepper, bready, earthy. very pleasing to my sniffer.

T - 4.5 - OMG! As smooth as a baby's bottom. Not hot at all, given the alcohol content. A very clean ale, bread and allspice dominate, with a little pepper on the back end.

M -3.25- almost flat, small bodied. may be the bottle was old? I'd probably have to try it again.

O - for a big brew, this is SOOO easy to drink. I don't think the lack of carbonation hurts the score. Would have rated it higher if it had more carb, and if it was 9.2%. Definitely on my Beershelf HoF. Would like to try it on tap sometime....

Photo of tdehnel
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had always seen this beer sitting with the other 750ml Belgians at various beer purveyors in and around New York City. The bottle seemed gimmicky, but I finally caved and bought one.

The smell was nice and spicy, a bit like a Brooklyn Local One, but the taste was much more sour. I wasn't really expecting this, and I'm not a huge fan of this flavor. However, it was nice to have something surprisingly different.

Ideally, I'd have just one smaller 330ml bottle (do they make this?), but I'll probably finish the whole bottle.

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sunshine yellow, bright golden color with a fluffy white head; volatile beer that produces a large head with a modest pour, moderate lacing on the way down. Some sediment floating around in this hazy, golden abyss of a beer.

The nose is really great; full of sweet esters and savory alcohol. Deep spices, clove and pepper come to mind. Fruity sweetness from the malts and bread-like yeast are also apparent. Smells very akin to a sweeter version of a tripel. Then again, what's the real difference between a tripel and a BSPA anyway?

First sip hits the mouth very crisp and tight, lots of carbonation. Warmth piles up from the alcohol, slightly medicinal in character. This is counterbalanced immediately by an abundance of sweet and fruity esters; bananas, bubblegum, cloves, pineapple, white pepper, apple skins - all noticeable on the palate.

Slight bitterness and floral tones make their way into the beer near the tail end, giving a nice balance to the sweetness. The finish leaves your mouth with a yeast flavor in the back, complete with a decrescendo of sweetness, spice, and mild bitterness that fade out perfectly. Medium body, almost on the thick side - heavy carbonation.

This is my favorite brew from the guys over at Huyghe. It's quite strong at 8.5% ABV and could easily sneak up on you, so take this one slow. You'll want to savor it, anyway. This is some very tasty stuff.

Photo of jcr8611
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BRB1978
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of npala86
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Seyhan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time I met it was in a Belgian pub in Holland in a snifter at a good temperature.

Excellent design and unique logo.

Heaps of head. Intense sweet fruit flavour and sweet spices hitting you instantly. High carbonation very balanced with the yeast. Simply delicious and easy to drink for 8.5 % - became very jolly afterwards!

My favourite Belgian elephant!

Photo of ccapurso
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Tremens 25.4 oz corked and caged. Belgian strong pale ale 8.5% alcohol, poured into ommegang oversized wine glass. Imported 3/2010.

A- Pours a beautiful crisp and clear yellow orange fluid that boast a one inch head that lingers the whole brew. Lacing is excellent with spider web links top to bottom.

S- Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet grainy malts, mild alcohol esters, with hints of grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is a massive amount of grass, lemon, pear, and starfruit hoppyness. Maltiness is a light but appearent sweet prune and fig bite. Yeasty bite is what follows in a musty and chalky mouthfeel that creates a mild carbonation slipping down the tongue smoothly.

D- Dangerously drinkable with nothing less than a triple taste for a strong pale ale alcohol content to tell you differently.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GameOfBeers
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of RonanD
1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great Belgian Trippel with a high alcohol content at about 8.5%. Exactly what one would expect from a traditional belgian ale, very spicy and unique yet full bodied and strong. Additionally, it comes in a very cool white ceramic bottle.. A great beer to start exploring belgian beers with!

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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