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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

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3,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 3770
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 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
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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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3.9/5  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
Photo of Andrew041180


3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived a clear golden. Visible carbonation replenishes a relatively small head, but I'm assuming this was due to the nature of the pour. Light lacing left on the glass. This really is a gorgeous beer.

S - I really didn't detect much here. Not sure what the deal is, based on the taste I would think that this would throw quite an aroma.

T - I appreciate it, but it's got that backbone of sourness to it that I just cant seem to warm up to.

M - Delicate is the best word I have for this one. Just want to hold this one.

O - I really appreciate the various elements of this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mild sourness and dry finish. Unfortunately I'm not there yet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 20:26:26 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Fuldner


3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Delirium Tremens from Huyghe brewery is a Belgian Golden from the part of Belgium known as Flanders. This beer has a wonderful appearance, that is very inviting. The smell has so many citrusy and beautiful aromas that give such a strong draw to this beer. Delirium Tremens also a well-known international name that commands respect. But in comparison with other breweries of Belgium in the southern French speaking region of the same style, this beer maybe able to stand its ground, but is just simply not as tasty as its southern cousins. The taste is alright, good but not the best for Belgium Blonde lovers, and the mouth feel is nothing out of the ordinary. I would say the beer is still advanced for the Belgium Blonde drinker, and is also a must try, as despite the taste ratings, in comparison to all beer styles and Belguim Blondes from other countries, Delirium Tremens is a great beer. I just choose to compare the beer with others of the same style inside their country.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 15:57:03 | More by Fuldner
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe the second best known Belgian strong pale after Duvel, fairly easy to track down and worth trying on tap as well as from the bottle. DTs pours a nice lemon drop yellow, pretty clear and sparking with a minimal amount of white head that nevetheless leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a compelling blend of dusty spicy yeast, sweet fruits, and an interesting funk or horse blanket note, almost like an old library full of musty tomes. Not brett per se but you are definitely sniffing something full of interesting esters. Palate is sweet, sour, and bitter all rolled together, a rich honey malt sweetness coupled with cardamom and coriander spice notes like a yellow curry, and some orange rind, apple and pear fruit to round out the corners a bit and provide added juicy complexity. Reasonably chewy and thicker than a tripel but still pretty crisp and refreshing with some hops cleansing the palate. The alcohol is amazingly well obfuscated. Its almost not there. I actually prefer this to Duvel, itself a classic. The additional spice is ... Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 16:45:01 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Oasis in Rockford, IL.

I don't really get what the hype is with this beer. Sure, it tastes like a typical belgian, if you can get around the massive alcohol taste. It's so uninhibited, that I'd even go so far as to say that I've had 15% ABV brews that are smoother than this. It's cloying, distracting, and out of place. The mouthfeel is too syrupy and thick, and it allows the alcohol to cling to your taste buds and distract you from further sips. If you want a pretty or fragrant beer, you could do worse, but in taste, I can't recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 17:05:31 | More by Trifecta1
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Delirium Tremens cervoise at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Slightly hazy golden with short cap of bright white head with decent retention and a thin rim of lacing.

S: A more herbal, earthy hops note with moderately grainy pilsner malt sweetness and relatively hefty dose of sweet alcohol. Yeast esters of pear and apple are in there too.

T: The flavor is also more herbal hops dominated than most other BSPAs. The alcohol note is sweet and strong, a little too up front for my tastes. There are luscious fruity pear, grape, bubblegum, and apple esters, mostly apple and grape, which work pretty well with the sweetish pilsner maltiness. There is a light bitter edge, but the beer is fairly well-balanced. THis is just a little too heavy on alcohol bite for me.

M: Appropriately light in body with spritzy carbonation, right on for style.

O: Give me Duvel every day of the week but there's nothing dreadfully wrong with this beer -- it's just a bit too heavy-handed with alcohol presence for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 02:22:40 | More by argock
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap into a 250ml Delirium Tremens goblet at what i can only assume was the proper temperature.

Appearance - Golden in all aspects, with nice 2 finger of silky white head that filled to the brim of the glass. Mostly transparent especially after the beer has settled. While the head retention was impressive, sparse lacing left in the glass.

Smell - Fruity and floral, but specifically pear and some apple was detected. Of course the Belgian yeasts were the star.

Taste - Somewhat sweet then turns dry and even slightly sour, but then transitions back to sweet lingering aftertaste. Very nice. Belgian yeasts again dominate but there is some apple, pear and slight grassy bite in there as well. Wonderfully delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation, Silky smooth mouthfeel with just a slightly dry finish. Alcohol is imperceptible. until after the fact.

Overall - Very delicious brew, something I was extremely surprised to find on tap at a local bar, although the tap selection was small but sophisticated. Anyway a treat for anyone who loves beer and especially Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 03:56:11 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Windigo


4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am a bartender and a liquor drinker. I have been bartending for a decade plus now and have been in search of the perfect beer for many many moons. The truth is, I don't really like beer. I know, horrors!!! So when I found this while working in Florida about 4 years ago, I fell hard in love. I guess I am more a sucker for the Belgian ales, and this is the queen. Over all a very enchanting brew with a hint of spice at the tail end, a fragrant nose, nice weight, caramel appearance....you have to love the pink elephant!

Second Review- This time on tap: This is still the most perfect beer ever made.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 22:36:52 | More by Windigo
Photo of fields336

North Carolina

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

a: golden straw colored with 1 inch fluffy off white head atop. low to medium carbonation is coming off of the bottom. the head leaves a slight ring around the edge of the glass. there is a nice lacing left

s: sweet malt, candy sugar, elderflower, black tea, rose petal,

t: sweet candy sugar, rose petal, white wine tannin, rich toffee, floral and grassy hops, very sweet, pilsner malt

m: thick, medium to full bodied, with a full finish, very sweet

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 15:07:17 | More by fields336
Photo of dar482

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This comes in a clear deep dark gold color.

The aroma has sweet orange, Belgian yeast and breadiness. A bright citrus note.

The taste is wonderful, warm, and clean of orange and lemon. It has a fruity malty flavor with a beautiful clean body It's quite refreshing and drinkable. It has a great sharp forward flavor with a easing maltiness.

One of my favorite Belgian Strong Pales so far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 02:37:53 | More by dar482
Photo of rand


3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tap to Delirium

A: The beer reveals an inviting copper-tan, clear and clean. A small wispy head quickly dissipates.

S: Fruity esters, banana and honey-sweetness lead the bouquet. Touches of floral hop and booze linger.

T: Esters at the front again, with a distinct note of apple and various ripe fruit. Grassy, citrusy, honey-sweet. Wet hops dry toward the end of the sip, coupled by warming booze and a hint of pepper. Long finish which leans sweet.

M: Medium-to-light bodied, pretty refreshing given the ABV.

A classic, probably my favorite for the style. I do like some of the drier examples of Belgium pales, but Delirium is such a complex and flavorful brew it always hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 04:06:21 | More by rand
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

served in tulip glass at Burgers & Brew, Davis, CA.

Clear and light straw colored, medium head

smell clean, not overpowering

taste more complex than my usuals, with distinct flavors at front, middle, end

mouthfeel is light, good/clean for this high of ABV

overall very good strong ale, worth seeking out

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 00:04:32 | More by nanandtomfitz
Photo of mikefuski17


4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremens is one of my top 5 beers. It is fantastic. It resembles champagne and is awesome.

A. This color is very light, with a little bit of head that is cream colored.

S. The aroma is very citrusy with a late hint of wheat.

T. The taste is fantastic. The beer itself is light like champagne and has a great citrus flavor.

M. The beer is extremely light and hardly any carbonation. The sweetness cleanses nicely.

O. Overall the beer is great. Looks great, smells great and tastes even better. It's a really light and flavorful beer that everyone should try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 00:18:55 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured white pepper, fruity esters and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of candy sugar, pink bubble gum and a touch of pepper. Pleasant esters detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a pleasant carbonation.

Overall a superior experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 01:33:47 | More by plaid75
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tylers in carrboro. into a delirium tremens snifter.

golden color with a huge head. yeasty and crisp aroma, though not that flavorful. taste is completely different though. its amazingly complex. huge sweet and spicy notes that linger on the palate for long while. its extremely impressive and unique. medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall a beer that is one of kind in its flavors. loved it and wasn't at all what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 01:21:02 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of tittymcj


3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, a bit hazy, and not very impressive head. A bit light and lacy. I like mine thick.

Smell was good. A bit piny and citrusy, but still some good malt. Nothing special, but solid.

Very smooth. Hard to place the individual tastes. Delirium seems an appropriate word for it.

Overall enjoyable. Again, nothing extraordinarily special in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 13:54:43 | More by tittymcj
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South Carolina

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

P: Clear pale golden body with a white crown of white micro bubbles. Rocky Mountains of bubbly lacing.

S: Aroma is like sticking your head in a bucket of dubble bubble gum and taking a huge inhale. Butterscotch, pilsner malt, Belgian candy malt, booze and faint banana esters.

T/M: First hits like organic apple juice, then opens up to banana, clove, floral and spiced hops with a hint of medicinal flare. Earthiness comes out in a musty grain flavor and alcohol is pretty much none existent. Spicy carbonation in a medium body that is velvety and zesty. Finishes with a almost smoked apple bitterness.

O: Top notch BSPA. I think I'm seeing pink elephants...super balanced flavors that really combine to create a treat for your mouth. This is a masterpiece that really massages the palate. Glad I got to try this on tap. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 01:16:15 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange yellow body. White head. Island of foam. Thin collar.

Smell - Pale malt. Spice. Yeasty and sugary.

Taste - Sugary malt. Lots of spice. Mellows the sugars. Herbal notes. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet but never heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty. Nice herbal taste. Nothing really distinguishing about it though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 02:16:58 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Smurf2055


4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip at Uber in Seattle.

Pours light, golden, and with three fingers of white head.

Smells sweet, floral, citrusy. Belgium yeast comes out.

Very complex flavor index, but very well balanced. Banana and mango. Light citrus. Honey. There’s a lot going on.

Smooth and crisp, carbonated.

Overall it’s a very light and refreshing drink with a decent punch. My favorite beer that is readily available. If only it weren’t so expensive.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 23:22:09 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Hazer115


4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served a 10oz. Pour.

Next to no head, but this could be a results of of bar.

Pale yellow with a slightly sweet start and a sour finish with a hop kick in the end that seems to hang around for awhile.

A cool crisp mouthfeel that could sneak up on you. The beer could be drank just like any Macro, but I'm sure you would regret downing such a good beef.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 22:20:41 | More by Hazer115
Photo of Ilafan


4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The place I was at when having this beer, The Red Cow in Edina, Minnesota (a Minneapolis suburb), advertised this beer to be the best beer ever created. Um. Not quite. But it is still a very good beer. In fact, I liked it more than I like most other Belgians.

What I was impressed by with this particular beer was its taste. Sometimes Belgians can be too sweet or dominated by a caramel flavoring. This beer was sweet, but it finished with a tartness that I enjoyed quite a bit. It was also quite filling and rich, which is another aspect of a Belgian that I normally don't care for. But the richness of the taste made me not mind it here.

Also, the smell was strong and fruity. This proved to be quite inviting for me.

Overall, no, not the greatest beer ever made. But it was very good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 21:15:34 | More by Ilafan
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Pours crystal clear golden color with no head whatsoever. The beer was not as I expected. There is a subtle oily hop presence with an earthy onion like flavor. The body of the beer is dominate by dark fruit flavors and grape in particular. This beer is somewhat sweet and quite floral in a tropical sense. The body is surprisingly think and has a nice feel to it. Hides the alcohol quite well. Overall, pretty darn good and very darn different.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 01:21:53 | More by TwelveOunces
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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just about every place in belgium has this on tap. Excellent brew. I've had this numerous times but this one was in a sample, globe sized about 6oz. at Delerium Cafe in Brussels, Belgium.
It pours golden in color. Very thick and syrupy dispite looking like a lite beer. Translucent, not cloudy. Very sweet smell, possibly floral in there as well as a slight note of alcohol as the beer is 8.5 abv. This beer is sweet to the tounge as well on the first sip. Can't drink it too fast though as it is very thick and syrupy. No noticable or dercenable bitterness nor any hop notes. Excellent taste for the Belgian Golden ale lover.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 02:18:17 | More by Ryanm1
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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 3,770 ratings.