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Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,647 Reviews
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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Delirium branded tulip. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, orange-straw coloured body with masses of intense, fine, streaming carbonation. A huge, three-finger in height, bubbly white head quickly reduces to a thin film, leaving modest amounts of soapy lace on the glass.

The fragrant nose is led upfront by plenty of spicy Belgian yeast. Dominant notes of clove and pepper float above crisp, sweet, pale malts, while soft, orchard-fruit-like esters follow. Some alcohol becomes noticeable towards the end. Taste roughly follows suit, but brings more pronounced apple and pear flavours to the front of the palate. Hints of lemon and banana, not noted in the aroma also make themselves known shortly after. Mid-palate, crisp, grainy, pale malts provide modest honeyed sweetness before spicy, grassy and earthy hop bitterness builds towards the finish. In the mouth a light body and masses of endless sparkling carbonation give a champagne-like-feel, that’s somehow creamy and crisp at the same time. Lingering clove and pepper phenols, lightly bitter hops and a touch of alcohol warmth combine to finish dry and refreshing with little to no astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Hop bitterness in the finish could perhaps be slightly more delicate, and although well hidden, perceptible alcohol is more pronounced than in other examples of the style. Ultimately though these are minor flaws, and the beer remains complex, well-crafted and incredibly easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet.
A - Pours clear golden with a big 2 inch fluffy white head.
S - Traditional Belgian yeast aroma.
T - Flavor is banana and clove, a bit subdued compared to others Belgian strong ales.
M - Medium mouth feel, carbonation a little higher than average. Comes off light and refreshing in spite of its 8.5 ABV.
O - One of the classic Belgian beers, love it, I should buy it more often.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of these on draft tonight at a going-way party for a co-worker...nice crisp Belgium Pale Ale with an enormous kick (8.5% alc.)...surprisingly smooth almost like a Palm but with slightly more flavor...

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whop bop a loom bop a wop bam loo TOOTY FRUITY WOOOO. California raisins bread grape skin tannins canned heat rolling down country one and a half lane black top smell fresh cut wheat. Quality.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from New Seasons. I haven't had this beer in at least 8 years!

A clear orange with a dense, off white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is very good! Spicy, mildly bubblegum like, a little honey, coriander, clove, jasmine, grains of paradise, mildly floral, this is very good. Quite layered, quite well structured. Mild malt character, though mostly a blend of honey and grain. The palette opens mildly sweet and bubblegum like with a noticeable spicy character. Yeasty, spicy, phenolic, with a blend of white pepper, coriander, allspice, grains of paradise before the malt which is present as cotton candy, and a little honey comes thru. Mildly sweet on the finish, this beer hass a nice blend of spice and yeast, a combination that is hard to get right. Very good!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that I've passed up for years, the pink elephant always catches my eye but I never pull the trigger. Finally decided to give it a try. Poured from a 16oz can. Clear, golden, good carbonation, solid 1/2'' head. Smell is light refreshing, possibly a hint of lemon, bubblegum esters typical from Belgian Yeasts. Taste follows, the phenol is subdued, 8.5% alcohol is well hidden, but does leave a lingering stickiness which detracts from the other refreshing qualities. Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent Golden Amber. Nice nose with lemon citrus hops. This is a great Belgian pale but a tad overpriced when compared to some of the competition. I still get it every once and a while though.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color with a foamy one finger head.

S- Traditional Belgian spices. Clove, Belgian yeast, with some fruitiness.

T- Spicy punch of the Belgian spices hit you right away. Perfect representation of the style with the Belgian yeasty flavors dominating the taste along with the spices. Fairly sweet and spicy.

F- Light body with lots of carbonation.

O- Excellent Belgian ale. Maybe not worth the $6 per 12 oz it goes for around here all the time, but it is a fine splurge one in a while.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very clear pale straw with a typically large Belgian head. The aroma is fairly mild, leading with a large does of coriander and clove, with a touch of new car smell. The flavor reminds me more of a tripel, with lots of bubblegum and clove, but the strong coriander and cumin flavors are also present. The mouthfeel is bright and very fizzy. Overall this is a remarkable beer that manages to be full flavored and very light.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous hay golden yellow with a pillowy two finger head of straight white foam and dissipates quickly. Active champagne-esque bubbles and has some definitely alcohol legs.

Fresh grains, clove, slightly spicy Belgian yeast, honey sweetness, toast, light mustiness, and very floral.

Noticeable apple and pear fruitiness, with a sweet honey character, clove, white pepper yeastiness, and bready.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft, bubbly, creamy smooth.

Overall, a truly fantastic Belgian. For 8.5% there is no noticeable alcohol and is all around a solid brew.

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Photo of ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a very handy 500 ml can, which I can only suspect helped retain freshness. Smooth, fruity and downright delicious. A restrained level of yeastiness compared to some Belgian style offerings (i.e. Unibroue). No alcohol burn.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden with a big fluffy head and spotty lacing. Notes of banana, clove, pear, apple, honey and light grain. Initial sharp carbonation on a light body goes creamy smooth and lightly dry. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but this was fantastic!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear and slightly orange gold. Big white head that left a wide band of lacing. Smell is apples, bears, bananas and honey. Quite sweet with apple and honey being the dominant flavors. Slightly peppery and yeasty as well. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Shanex
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm probably biased reviewing/rating Belgian Strong Pale Ale as its my fave style. Apple is the most detectable aroma, along with honey and banana. It's both sweet and fruity, a nice combination for a great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Humongous 4 finger white head, and interestingly layered body. The top-middle was a hazy orange, and the bottom was a clear yellow.

Smell: Apple, pear, yeast, wildflowers, and honey.

Taste: Apple, pear, yeast, citrus, but also earthy and peppery.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, dry.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big huge head on an easy pour. Nice retention . . . aromas are floral and fruity. Smooth crisp feel. Very nice beer. Worthy of it's score and a fine Belgian beer

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Came in a 4-pack.

L - hazy yellow color with big head. Lots of tiny compact bubbles with a good layer of foam on top.

S - banana, honey, strong citrus sweetness like orange peel. Not too aromatic

T - banana and clove, but that's it. Not a whole lot of complexity. Kind of basic, but consistent. Pretty subtle

F - Light in body. Clean and crisp. Very carbonated which masks some of the taste. Little to no alcohol taste until the finish.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear gold body with a huge fluffy white head that fades mostly but never disappears. Nice lacing.
S - Peppery yeast, sweet light malt grain character. Banana and I think a little green apple.
T - Light sweetness, interrupted by the peppery yeast spiciness. Almost overwhelms but then settles back down. This is a balanced beer.
M - Light body, medium to high carb. Refreshing. Hides the ABV quite well.
O - This is an excellent Belgian pale ale. I am not overly familiar with the style, but they can't get much better then this.

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Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Three Monkeys in NYC before hitting Colbert. Served in a Delirium branded tulip, nice touch there.

Nothing particularly remarkable about this beer. Has the Belgian yeast aroma you would expect. Some marshmallow, some light banana, really no hop bitterness. Alcohol notes were present but in a fairly restrained way. I think you could be mistaken and gulp this beer not knowing it's over 8% ABV. The alcohol lends a certain amount of warming to the drink, which makes the fruit notes of banana and pear pop just a little bit more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There was a time on this site when serving style was a consideration, but no longer, to my disappointment. I just wonder how many previous reviews or hads were from a CAN. I was in Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA in late-December 2015 when I spied a CAN in their cooler! I a fan of the Commonwealth of Virginia thanks to their lenient laws on the purchase of alcohol for take-away and so I got one for my very own, to be reviewed & added to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Belgian Ale"; "Elected as Best Beer In the World!"

It had an interesting throwback rectangular tab that I was afraid was going to snap off until it suddenly gave with a loud Crack! It comes in a corked & caged bottle, suggesting bottle aging, so I assumed that the same might hold true for the CAN, requiring a gentle Glug. A swirl not only released loads of CO2 bubbles, but it also raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so naturally, the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon stopped in for a taste. Nose was at once fruity and spicy, very reminiscent of a hefeweizen with banana and clove esters, but with the musty paperiness of yeast. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was even fruitier than the nose! I still got banana, but also green apples, pears, white grapes and a real shot of heat to accompany it. Warming, it also got a light spiciness of unknown origin. Finish was bone-dry, evidence of the yeast having just gone to town during fermentation. I love the D.T.'s, I mean, Delirium Tremens! I first drank it in Pittsburgh at The Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in Shadyside & I loved it then and nothing has changed, except that they are putting it in a CAN. I would drink this on a routine basis.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden beer with a one finger high, white head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, banana, coriander, vanilla and malt.
Taste: Fruity esters, banana, apple, orange, apricot, coriander, herbs, spices and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation yet smooth, almost like Champagne. A light bitterness at the end. Dry ending.

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Photo of KingHefe
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this beer up on a recommendation of a shopper passing by that gave it high remarks. Poured with three fingers of head, foggy yellow in look. Malty aroma, orange/banana taste. I would make a buy on this beer again as I heavily favor beer of Belgian origin...but (as I am by no range, a beer expert) I want to try this next time with someone who enjoys beer more than I do.

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Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear yellow pour from a bottle with a rich creamy white head and great lacing. Very fragrant, with a very pleasant sweet candy smell. All sort of flavors, nicely fruity with some caramel and spice. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw pale color, lacy/soapy foam
Aroma: Fruity, banana and clove dominate with hints of spices and vanilla
Body: Moderately heavy, more notably is the very high carbonation which is usually expected from a Belgium.
Taste: Initial fruity esters of pear, and apple followed by the distinctive spicy Belgium yeast flavors, ending finally with the subtle hint of alcohol bitterness. Not much going on in the hop dept. Overall very well rounded.
Finish: Highly carbonated, well rounded beer that disguises its strength very well with a sweet and fruity taste and a distinctive Belgium yeast spiciness.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ The Piston Broke in Brantford ON.

Not sure what to make of this brew. It is apparently world renowned. It was introduced the pub with some fanfare. It's good, drinkable, pricey, and left me wanting something more from it. Seemed like a medium IPA mixed 50/50 with Stella Artois. I would get it again, but I'd still be wondering why the entire time.

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