Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by xymyl:
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Light golden color with a pure white head that lasts for well over an hour, abundant lace in small clumps sticks everywhere, looks great.
Aroma starts off with a strong pilsner malt note, sweet and sour notes are also very prominent, rich floral notes, yeast, apples and pears, great spices, slight cheese & wine notes emerge as it warms, great complexity in a very refreshing beer. Alcohol takes a quick bow.
Taste starts with a simple sweetness that quickly mingles with (and quickly takes a back seat to) herbal spicy notes, lavender stands out, but the flavors go on and morph as long as you can possibly drink.
Light bodied to medium light, carbonation was very high but that just adds to the experience. My advice, start this at 55 degrees F, then drink it slowly, letting it climb to about 68 degrees. If you need to drink something else, suck on a geuze in between sips and let them fight it out.
I haven't had this in about 4 years, just another great beer that I had forgotten was this good. If I was going to criticize, I could say that it could have done well with slightly less sweetness, but since it is perfect as is, and the balance hides flavors making a more interesting drink, I won't criticize.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2007 04:34:57 | More by xymyl
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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 4,102 ratings.