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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

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3,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 3777
Reviews: 1513
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of Walshwi


4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed a fair share of DT over the years. I've had it both on tap and in their ceramic coated bottles. I recommend having it on draft if possible. The bottles are sometimes off and the flavor just isn't the same. With distribution from Europe, you have no idea how long those bottles have been sitting in a hot New Jersey warehouse.

In it's prime, it pours golden with a beautiful head. In bottles, yeast will be at the bottom of the bottle.

It doesn't smell nearly as good as it tastes. Smells of ale and slight sweetness.

Taste is fruity, spicy, and very sweet. In its prime, I taste banana, orange, coriander, cinnamon, and molasses.

Overall, it's a great beer. I like the overpowering sweetness. It's something I can appreciate with food or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 15:49:43 | More by Walshwi
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say about a beer that is named after a medical condition that happens to alcoholics after withdrawing? It's great beer compared to other beers of the world, but is marginal good compared to other Belgium Strong Ales. It is definately a hipster beer. It pours bright gold, has a petite head that sticks around a little bit, and stable body (average carbonation). It has a natural taste of grasses, malts, hops, earth, and sweetness, with the yeast taste running major interference. It has an edge to it's tast becuase of the 8.5% ABV, it has malty aftertaste, and is a filling beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:10:21 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"The Champagne of Beer" This beer is just like champagne in the best ways. The color is light yellow with a creamy head. The best word for this beer is effervescent. You can feel the bubbles in your nose as you take a sip. Upon giving a sniff the smell of apples and pears came through. The taste is light yet filling with a bunch of citrus from the Belgian wheat. Loved this beer and would totally recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:52:01 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of ahommell


4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice.

A: Golden. Slightly amber. Great carbonation and wonderful head. Head is 2 finger at least and it dissipates into a sticky and very small foam.

S: Banana, Belgian yeast. Honey.

T: Bready banana hits you first... but the flavor changes immensely. Cloves, spice and citrus follow the taste down the throat. The alcohol is so incredibly hidden.

M: Light. Medium dry.

O: Not my first time with this beer... and glad I could finally review it. It is one that I often use as a beginner for my night or with dinner. It is less a dessert beer, but pairs well with cheese, crackers and other hors d'oveurs. This beer is one of my personal top 25s. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:40:57 | More by ahommell
Photo of leffebrown84th


2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light color yellow, cloudy with a huge white foamy head.. Smells a bit citrusy and tastes the same. Very light on the tongue. Not much flavor. Finishes with a long spicy and slightly bitter aftertaste.

8.5% with no perception of alcohol. Citrusy and peppery.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 20:09:55 | More by leffebrown84th
Photo of JDT2003


4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 1.75 L at Whole Foods in Las Vegas. Drank it with a hot bar buffet.

This is one tremendous beer. I put it in freezer for 14 minutes before drinking. The head is huge. Light golden color. Mouthfeel is one of the best ever. Buzz was top notch with no hangover.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 06:46:26 | More by JDT2003
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:09:05 | More by doktorhops
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - gold, bubbly champagne. Thin, white head that leaves minimal lacing.
Smell - a bit underwhelming; some fruit sweetness and mild spices.
Taste - far exceeds the nose, very flavorful and refreshing!
Feel - light considering the ABV, but that isn't a negative. Finishes a bit dry.
Overall - a very good beer, but for the price, give me Duvel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 20:55:29 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of DJLehnherr


4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a ceramic (or painted glass?) 33cl bottle, nice golden and slightly orange hue, bubbly and a bit translucent, with a big pillowy white head. Yeastiness and a bit of spice that tickles the front of the nose as I take a sinff, backed up by some apply and citrus fruity scents in the background. A bit of honey sweetness as well. I think I’m catching some of that 8.5% ABV content on the scent as well.

Sharp flavors that wallop your tastes buds, good spicy hoppiness and surprisingly little of that citrus sweetness. The strong mid-range flavors overpowering the subtler notes, in my mind. Again, some of that strong alcohol character is coming through. Some lingering caramel sweetness. Quite carbonated. Despite its color, this is a beer to take one’s time with. One of the easiest Belgian beers to find where we live, Delirium Tremens is one of those we keep stocked at home, and once again, it doesn’t disappoint!

Tasty, I think I’ll have some more tonight with beer-battered fish and chips!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 17:20:29 | More by DJLehnherr
Photo of vegassommelier


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great offering... bright golden yellow with a hazy glow. Lemon peels, dried fruit, coriander and fennel fill the glass. More sour fruits, dried orange peels, ginger and honey on the palate.
A great beer, and a style that I am gravitating towards as the warm months approach. This is the first beer I have encountered that is a little "hot"; a noticeable amount of high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 08:26:00 | More by vegassommelier
Photo of Givemebeer


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden transparent large fluffy head with great retention lots of carbonation. Gorgeous beer.

S: honey clove and banana

T: bready pear tart flavor kicks it off before you are hit with some serious spiciness. By the end, it mellows to an easy going light fruit character.

M: dry, light bodied and cleanses your palate well.

O: you never know what you're gonna get with a Belgian pale ale it's pretty open to interpretation, but this one was really nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:39:16 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of rangerred


4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a very thick one finger white head. Absolutely amazing head retention with pretty decent lacing.

Aroma is awesome. I'm picking up lots of pear along with the typical Belgian spiciness associated with they style. Some orange and lemon peel along with bread. Very spicy and aromatic and very nice.

The flavor, in my opinion, even outdoes the aroma. Lots of pear up front just like the aroma along with other fruit in the way of light oranges and some lemon. There is a light bread malt backbone along with some of that Belgian yeast that I love. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy with the alcohol very well hidden. Just a light stickiness on the finish.

Overall, I haven't had this beer in a very long time and forgot how great it was. Truly one of the great Belgians that is widely available. I will definitely be picking this up more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:22:06 | More by rangerred
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Regina Festiv-Ale on Jan 31st. 4 oz sampler.

Golden in colour and cloudy. Nice, fluffy white head.

Aroma is a complex layering of bananas, cloves, spices and floral hops. Amazing how each sniff yields different characters.

Explosion of flavour on your tongue. Bananas, cloves, yeast spiciness, floral hops and warming alcohol.

Wow. Absolutely fantastic. If you have the chance to try this, you must.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:31:46 | More by Noxious26
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with the back label seemingly notched at best before 03/2015. I've had this beer before, several years ago, so I figured it was time to revisit it. So far, this has been the only beer I've had from Brouwerij Huyghe.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow, but appears more orange in the glass. Four big billowy fingers of white head that audibly fizzles it's way out of existence rather quickly. Minimal lacing. A nice array of large and small chunks of sediment. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is very pleasant and mouthwatering. Tart / musty / funky yeast presence. Sour green apples. Pear. Pineapple. Banana. Some bready honeyed malt.

T - Taste follows the nose - crisp bread / honey malts, and lots of big fruity sweetness - banana, apple, pear, pineapple. Some honey sweetness on the finish. Lightly grainy. Just a mild hint of spice appears at times, but for me it is not so apparent. Hints of citrus fruits appear at times, also - notes of tangerine and kumquat, but I could be wrong.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and clean. Goes down like a glass of juice. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, an excellent Belgian beer. A smooth, creamy, easy drinker, especially at 8.50% abv. There isn't a shred of alcohol presence. Would go well with dinner, I'm sure. I'm glad I revisited it, and I would do it again. This definitely has me interested to try more from this brewery.

Delirium Tremens ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:48:50 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of RVigz


4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A cloudy yellow with a coarse bright head.

Smell: This beer smells of pineapple and bready/yeasty goodness mixed with fruits and sweet malts.

Taste: The first thing i have to say about the taste of this beer is WOW. It starts with a SUPER smooth bready and sweet sweet fruity (pineapple, banana, orange) taste and moves into a malty/bready and ever so slightly spicy malt taste with a hint of clove. It finishes with a delicious fruity honey taste that leaves the palate wanting more after every sip.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so so very smooth with the smallest aftertaste of bitterness that leaves me satisfied every time. It almost reminds me of champagne its so smooth.

Overall: Overall this beer has surpassed most of my expectations and will go down as one of my favorites.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2014 02:51:37 | More by RVigz
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/30/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a hazy golden yellow in color. A good 1-finger white head that settles down to a very thing white layer that is mostly around the sides of the glass. Not much lacing is seen. The aroma is of yeast, malts and sweet light fruits. The taste of malts with lemon hits your tongue first followed it a slight sweet but tangy finish. Just a slight bitter finish was noted but didn't linger too long.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:37:28 | More by BeerWithMike
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New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Delirium Tremens pours a bright yellow/golden with a bit of haze and a lot of noticeable carbonation. Has a huge, pure white thin and bubbly head that gets a bit rocky as it recedes. Head has good retention and leaves low lacing. Smell consists of spicy yeast, some alcohol, and light fruit (pears, lemon, apple). A seemingly light aroma that still has a good deal of depth.

Taste starts with light pear, then moves to belgian yeast and spice, with a tart apple, alcohol finish. Yeasty, dry, tart, alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light in body with very high carbonation, a bit of graininess.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 19:47:20 | More by JG-90
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A faintly clouded, golden colored liquid capped by a large, but fast dropping, white head. Drops like a rock, like a soda head with all its commensurate sound as well. Zero retention, zero lace.
Smell is malt, yeast, light fruits (apple, pear, grape), bready. Great balance.
Taste is malt, bread, light fruits, some yeast, a hint of hops, a mild alcohol bloom, some slight acidity. Balance is very good. A bit of woodiness creeps in way back in the aftertaste.
Warming, smooth, with a drying aspect. Slight bit of cleaning in the finish. Medium bodied maybe a touch more. Carbonation is a bit rough, almost fizzy, but that's a minor quibble. A fine brew but the Nocturum is better.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:21:46 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Flounder57


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger billowy head that hasn't reduced yet. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and lots of bubbles riding up through the glass. Supef awesome clingy lacing with the majority of the beer still there when the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, pear, bready malts, a little booze, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Same as above with some mild bitterness in the rear. Pretty awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, chewy, slight booze, light to medium bodied, extremely drinkable, medium to high carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Every time I try this beer out, it gets better and better.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:34:51 | More by Flounder57
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz snifter glass on draft.

A: Very nice color. Darker than I traditionally expect for the style... Looks almost like a burnt orange cider with slightly more head. Head is almost pure white and dissipates almost immediately leaving a moderate amount of white lacing down the glass.

S: Little to no scent of hops, predominantly green apple and apricot. Very pleasant, smells almost like candy but without the sweetness.

T: Wow... This beer goes down *incredibly* smooth. Aftertaste is mostly green apple and hints of floral with a very slight taste of barley. Absolutely clean and delicious.

M: Even lighter than I anticipated from the smell; very mild carbonation sits on the tongue and follows upon swallowing, but melts away quickly leaving nothing but flavor. Very clean and light; complex but easy to drink.

O: Fantastic beer; highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good floral/fruity beer without the artificial taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 20:28:41 | More by bluedaisyboo
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Delirium Tremens... more like Delirium Gush-ens. I tried this one in a tulip at cellar temperature... after it violently gushed all over everything. This beer is a gusher. You've been warned.

It has a pure white two-finger head and a slightly hazy, golden-straw body.

A simple, sweet aroma of green apples, pears, and yeast.

Tastes just like it smells, really. It's tart and fruity, with maybe a slightly bready aftertaste.

The feel is very, very light and crisp. Too light and crisp for even a Belgian ale. It's, like... got no substance to it.

It's good, but not complex or anything. One can do much better in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:07:50 | More by Kuaff
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4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.
Smelled of bananas and citrus. Definitely a baked goods type aroma, a Belgian type dealio.
Tastes incredible. This has got to be the best beer you can get in little old Muncie, Indiana. Seriously swearing that this is the most delicious, senses fulfilling beer I have ever or will ever find in this city.
Looks like heaven in a glass once you get past the floaters. Really, they are no big deal. Man up and drink it. You'll be glad you did.
I have to say, it takes a lot to make me get on here a review a damn beer for crying out loud, but this has seriously got game and can hold its own with some of the absolute best.
Get you some!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:32:43 | More by the3rdtriumph
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden color with a lacy blonde head.
Aroma: This beer has the aroma of a bouquet of citrus.
Flavor: This beer is full of citrus flavor. This is a medium bodied pale ale.
Overall: This is a very good brew. It’s citrus bouquet, and champagne like bubbling carbonation flows throughout the beer. Due to the bubbling carbonation, the beer finishes light. The finishing bitter is reminiscent of citrus zest.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:14:07 | More by Mike_Moe
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have had the Tremens before out of the bottle, but I must say that the pour from tap in Brussels was damn good. It held up to my expectations as a representation of a strong Belgian style. It is what I would recommend to someone who has never experienced a strong Belgian style ale. I sampled several of the other Delirium brews, but I must say that the Tremens was my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2014 14:21:21 | More by TucsonJames
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3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from some place.

From a bottle into a La Chouffe glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, looser looking, foamy white head with good retention. Clear gamboge orange with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full white cap. A half wisp remains and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, spicy clove, green fruits like apples and pears, green grapes. Some alcohol and yeasty spice notes as well.

TASTE: Spices up front with sweet pale malts and bread flavors at the swallow. A little empty after the swallow perhaps, with a medium strength aftertaste of sweet, bready malts, clove, green fruit and spicy yeast esters. Alright, but felt empty at times.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and finishes very dry. A touch astringent perhaps.

OVERALL: This is okay, but the finish wasn't all that spectacular. Gets a little too astringent as time passes and the flavor becomes a little bland. Decent, but not my top choice in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 15:53:22 | More by Jeffo
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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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