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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:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:37:40 | More by Sammy
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 06:21:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 15:11:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 17:28:46 | More by mikesgroove
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 17:52:04 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 01:16:16 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 15:01:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 12:38:21 | More by BEERchitect
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:59:16 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:01:40 | More by metter98
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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?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:17:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a huge blooming head,the aroma is a little spicey and fruity.The taste was definently yeasty and spicey with some juicy fruit notes as well.This beer has some very yeasty flavors to it the alcohol creeps up on ya after it sits awhile.Pretty good Belgian pale but thought it might be a little better.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 13:31:27 | More by oberon
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

Time to revisit one of my initial forays into international craft beer. It pours a clear golden straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, banana, clove, and ginger. The taste holds notes of banana, lemon zest, clove, rye bread (nearly a sourdough), and a light sprinkling o' black pepper. The body is a sorta hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice brew, just as good as I remember it being. Now I've gotta re-grab the other Deliriums...

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 15:08:38 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at Metro Billiards in downtown Edmonton. The preening alligators on the label kick serious ass on that Lacoste logo crap.

This beer pours a fairly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with some continuously rising effervescence, and a rather splendiferous amount of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of remote Russian arctic island lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells quite strongly of warm cloves, dry drupe fruit esters, white pepper, and a sort of hard to discern pale Belgian malt, replete with yeast and crackery goodness. The taste provides a pretty full complement of mildly sour apple, edgy banana chips, still pungent cloves, a mostly underground pale graininess, and a touch of Belgian yeastiness.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit fizzy and fuzzy at the same rate, and not really all that smooth given all that yeast and alcohol swirling about. It finishes cripplingly dry in its fruitiness, with the elevated alcohol milling about like, well a sort of unwelcome lurker.

I know this has mad rep, but there are definitely better BSPAs out there - this one is just too sharp, spiced (in a wholly overwrought manner) and boozy. The cute-ass bottle goes a long way, sure, but a bit more integration and balance are needed here before this one should be allowed to run with the bulls.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 23:54:58 | More by biboergosum
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, golden-hued, majestic head, large, loud, and proud. Stunning.

Aroma: soft fruit, soft spices, light, airy, slightly sweet, and slightly dry, at once. Some orange, lemon, even pear, with a minor, spicy hop attack, but overall, all is mellow.

Now, to taste: Clean, soft, sumptuous, with bitter hops slowly sliding in, nice gritty texture on the palate. It's not altogether harmless and denuded. Not entirely. A tidy fruit blend, a neat blast of hops, with an exquisite pale malt base standing firmly underneath. Add to that a bouyous effervescence that thrills the palate. Tingly, tangly, tongue-ly, it's a terrific ride in the mouth, all before the alcohol becomes evident.

Despite the 9% ABV rushing to the fore, it's incredibly consumable, and urges another swallow, after the last. An ale, though very pilsner-like, but every bit Belgian, candy sugar is involved, and copious hops, and plenty of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2003 16:11:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, light malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of bananas, Belgian yeast and spices. Then there's a mild but complimentary hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, it's a good beer but it's not the first one that I would choose.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 01:07:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 11.5 oz botle pours an efervescent straw color with minimal head into my orval glass. Minimal lacing & some film

S; Musty & perfumy, with clover & honey, then some apple skin, followed by wet (not horse) blanket

T: Srong musty hops up front, fruittyness & honey follow. Then grapefrutty & lemon hops, & wet paper ads this warms. Fruttyness eventually kicks backs in & saves this.

MF: very sharp & acidic, weird how everything seems to fall in place & then this warms & becomes a mess

For the abv it drinks allright, I'm sure this better back in Europe. At least it was the time I had it , maybe this bottle is too young?? At $14 a 4-pack here, might be a long before I revisit

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 07:13:56 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light and refreshing pale malt scent with a dry, fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a spicey pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish that warms a little on the way down. It tastes like there is some corriander in here that adds a slight peppery feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian pale ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 20:56:49 | More by WesWes
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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium tremens is a symptom of alcohol withdrawl. I made sure to take a handful of benzodiazepines once I noticed the elephant dancing around the room.

Served in a Delirium Tremens bottle. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is nice and steady and forms a soft white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly citrus with mild corriander and a few other esters. Its simple but good.

Beer has a medium to light body and a late breadiness to it. No real carbonation in mouth but an overall smooth mouthfeel. There is a slight bitterness that builds in the back of the mouth. Some citrusy / spicy notes in there. Overall its pretty good. I've had it several times and I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 18:29:10 | More by drabmuh
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a large, foamy, thick, rocky head that left some nice sticky lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, yeast and clove. There was a sweet caramel nose.

T - Rich malty taste with dried fruit, like raisin and plum. It had a nice spicy yeast flavor.

M - This had a nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really good brew. Even better on tap than from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 00:11:42 | More by zeff80
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Fluffy belgian head light lacing, over clear golden orange color.

Nose golden Belgian malts, sweet malts, candi sugar, light booze, plenty of Belgian fruits apple, pear, etc.

Taste starts with sweet malts, Belgian golden malts again, light candi sugar, tons of fruits again, apple, pear, white raisin, etc. then light booze and touch of phenol that fits well. Finishes drier than expected for the sweet start, little sticky, lingering Belgian malts and fruits.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall great, a staple example for the style, great fruits and malts, sweet start hides the booze and dry finish keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 01:52:09 | More by jlindros
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a full, though lightly hazy, gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The aroma is a spicy mix of yeast, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, lemon zest, among other things. The aroma is quite nice, fairly complex, yet light & appetizing as a good strong, golden, Belgian ale should be.

The taste has a light malt sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by all of the other flavors found in this beer, which is a long way of saying that this beer tastes fairly dry. There is a nice level of yeast/ fermentation derived spiciness here as well; I get light notes of clove, a certain ginger note, and a pepper-like note that combines with the carbonation. Layers of fruit character are also found here with apple and pear being prominent along with a sort of fruit-reminiscent tartness that is also found in these fruits. As the beer warms up a tad, I begin to get some notes of hot alcohol in the finish. It almost adds to the perceived spiciness of this beer, and actually is not all that detracting. This is definitely enjoyable, but something seems a bit out of whack, which keeps this beer from being stellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 05:00:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:11:25 | More by Knapp85
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

705 ml corked fake ceramic covering glass bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch that almost completely covers the top. Some traces of lace temporarily stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet spices, clove - a faint hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of sweet sugar-candy with a fruity tartness. Clove with a hint of sugar-coated banana and a touch of bubblegum. Fairly sharp alcohol notes. Finishes sweetart. Just a hint of flavor lingers. Not a long finish.

The body is light and fluffy.

For a Belgian I think it's decent, but I can't say it's anything particularly special for what it is. By itself it's pretty darn good. In line with other Belgians, it's decent - had better.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 16:04:18 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has 72 beers listed on this site, I can't believe I've not reviewed this beer before, or the fact that the only beer from Huyghe I have reviewed is a chocolate bloody beer!

Had many of these damn things in various places around Belgium, thinking I'm cool and hip, normally bladdered by the time I order one and all the people around me just nod at each other and wisper 'nob'.

So here goes, a sober attack of the DT's.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass, cos I can.

Looks fairly innocent, I'm only a lager honest! Golden and clear with a good white head on top.

The smell however gives the game away, alcoholic esters rise up and hit you, this is no lager. Belgian yeast aromas appear, a hop presence is in the air, a dirty farmyard smell isn't far away either.

Rivals 'Duvel' for flavour and presence, the alcohol obviously takes centre stage, but it's semi-countered by the yeast/hop combination intermingling within the brew.

This beer has to be drunk cold, it changes all attributes as it warms, not so healthy as it heats up, so drink it swiftly!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:27:01 | More by BlackHaddock
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