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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,763 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 4,763
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 216
Gots: 610 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicey, alcoholic. Yeasty, A bit of fruit: cherry , rasberry and pepper. This was aged closed to expiration, so not as carbonated/hoppy, was able to detect more malt. Malty so drinkable. Tip of the hat to Irondjinn.

Had 2 years later on tap at Beer Bistro and it would get the same rating. Overcarbonated, good level of yeast and some fruitiness including aftertaste.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but it will sneak up on you.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Aw, the first beer that really got me into craft beer. Had this at in Paw Paw, Michigan on a whim after seeing that somewhere had rated it the number one beer in the world. I wouldn't even put it in my top 100 now, but at the time it was by far the best thing I'd ever tasted.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of peach coloring and a nice white head that leaves behind a really nice dose of lacing. The nose is quite fruity and spicy with some light pepper plus peach, sweet malt, light stone fruits, and a bit of Belgian yeast. Taste is equally as complex and really just melds some tropical, citrus, and stone fruits together really well and adds in a touch of booze. Nice feel. Drinks quite well and is always a bit nostalgic for me.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a different animal on tap. I have always liked Delirium Tremens as a "basic" Belgian Ale. Sort of a "Belgian 101" type of beer. However, on draft....love it!

Dinner tonight at Church and State, a hot new authentic Bistro in the industrial section of Los Angeles (also a "very hot" neighborhood with lofts, galleries, etc.) One of L.A.'s regentrified areas. Small but good selection of what they have on tap and in bottles. Ask for Joshua; he knows his beer and is working to build the list. They had the D.T. on draft tonight, took a small taste and then immediately ordered a glass!

Poured bright bold golden/orange with a nice but short white head.

Lovely nose of assertive oranges, hints of tangerines and peaches and then malty fruit. Quite nice and nose promised a great taste.

Not disappointed! Big fruity bold luscious flavors of oranges, toast, dark honey and malty fruit. Long lasting and assertive and aggressive flavors and character...all pleasing.

Finished with malt, banana, stone fruit and oranges and white bread and yeast. All in all, a typical Belgian "kicked up a big notch." Highly recommend trying this one on tap if you find it.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a three finger high white head that quickly receded but consistently left a thin head covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars, fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and slightly sweet, having flavors of apples, candi sugar, lemons, pepper and yeast. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a significant amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but there's no way I would have more than one of these in a sitting given its alcohol content.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Champagne-like pour with a thin layer of head retention and lots of Belgian lacing

Smell: Primarily rotting oranges, some banana and medicinal odors

Taste: Starts out sweet and creamy, with a bit of apricots and banana; then the peppery hops kick in, providing a fairly bitter middle and undermining the sweet flavors; in the finish, the sweet flavors re-assert themselves and cover the warming effects of the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, much like Champagne

Drinkability: This is a brew to contemplate rather than to drink; one is enough for a quiet evening

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As fresh as it gets, the Delirum Tremens enjoyed in Brussels at the Delirium Cafe carries a brighter, more vivid, and delicate display of hops, malt, and dry sweetness than the same strong beer that we recieve in the U.S. That's too bad- fresh and well kept versions make this one a very different and much more enjoyable beer.

Maybe I'm understanding the beer better. Maybe it's just better from the tap than the bottle. The beer was served a bit cold, which made it smoother and numbing, but after it warmed... The tap version has much less bite and not as hotl tas I remember from the bottle. Nice melded sweetness that becomes hard to distinguish (pears, peaches, pineapples, appricots, and mangos...) A nice malt backing which lends a light smooth / creamy texture. Above average head retention, but remarkable lacing. Very clean in the flavor and body with a crisp, fruity, lightly hot finish.

The bottle version makes it heavier and sweeter than your ordinary Belgian Pale Ale, It's a great beer for conversing with fellow BA'ers. Aromas are solidly sweet of malts and sugars form other sources, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity, and alcohol. Colors are strong yellow-straw and vigorously carbonated and retained its head well. Tastes sweet with malt and honey (maybe some wheat thrown in). Spicy and hot from fermentation and spice addition makes the beer peppery and prickly to the mouth. Fruitiness reminds me of lemonheads candy with tartness of grapefruit, pears, and under-ripe cherries. The body is medium-full (would be full, but thinned by the alcohol). The carbonation numbs the mouth, except for the fusal alcohol flavors (which are a bit much.) Finishes with a cotton candy sweetness and alcoholic warmth. The beer makes a serious punch is drank in the summertime, but warms nicely in the winter.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that I’ve tasted.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: lots of lace. Clear and straw colored.

S: spicey with light banana and pineapple notes.

T: spicey up front with a bitter fruit finish, banana notes. The yeast character is excellent.

M: very smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. semi dry finish.

Overall: complex beer, excellent yeast character and decently drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazy orange blossom honey with a Brobdingnagian head of lightly jaundiced ivory. Subsequent pours result in a good deal more haziness, edging into murkiness with the addition of the final few ounces. The cap is gently rocky with decent persistence, but is a mite too soft to leave much Belgian lace. Some eye candy on the glass would have bumped up the appearance score a half point.

Even though the nose is a little short on aggressiveness, wetting the tip of my nose in order to appreciate it is never a danger. The beer smells peach and apple fruity with a restrained spiciness and a whiff of well-integrated alcohol. A more commanding olfactory presence and more spicy Belgian yeastiness would improve things even more.

The flavor is more assertive than the nose and is the better for it. This is delicious beer. It tastes of sweet, nectary orchard fruits (peaches, apples, pears) sprinkled with clove and allspice and then macerated in their respective brandies. Each sip brings out new flavor sensations, or more accurately, the same flavor sensations arranged in new and different ways. The spices are especially well done, as they change kaleidoscopically within each mouthful.

Delirium Tremens has flavor to spare and my taste buds are even more delighted as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a slick, velvety lushness that promotes sipping rather than gulping; all the better to appreciate the multi-faceted flavor profile. The number of bubbles is on the low end for a Belgian beer, making me like it all the more.

I love the stoneware-look bottle and the cartoony, colorful label complete with pink elephants and green, sunglasses-bedecked alligators. Craft beer should be fun and it's great to see such a fun-loving, silly ass label. Delirium Tremens impressed me more than I thought it would. It's a wonderful BSPA and is one that I'll be sure to buy again whenever I have the opportunity.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle split in the blind tiger with rich a bit back, review entered from notes.

The pour was huge and needed to calm down for a few moments to be honest. Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be. Love the style and it was super drinkable. Nothing at all to complain about here.

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

A: Light yellow color with lots of carbonation and a good white head.

S: Fruity, sweet, spiced, and some yeast.

T: Very nice spice and that wonderful Belgian yeast flavor, some mild fruit. Also a dryness that I found pleasing.

M: Very crisp and dry beer. Very bubbly, too.

D: Great drinkability, goes down very easy, even with a considerable alcohol content.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a solid looking white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some banana aromas with some sweet grains in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet, refreshing, spicy and a little fruity. the mouthfeel is smooth and light. Overall this brew is very good in my opinion. It's surely one to try when you get the chance too.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent, pale yellow body with a rather tall, white head.

Smell: Aromatic blend of spices and sugar stirred up in fresh fruit juices and an inviting hint of the alcohol within.

Taste: Light pale and delicate pilsner malts with a blitz of sugary sweetness. Tangy, fruity mix of the juice from peaches and Golden Delicious apples along with a pinch of lemon zest. Dash of rose water. Floral hops with a light bitterness. Dash of white pepper. Warming, crisp, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easily considering the ABV %. Pretty solid, but, then again, so are the other Deliriums. I get the pink elephants on the label, but what's the significance of the pimp-strutting alligators and ball-balancing Chinese dragons?

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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