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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,614 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,614
Hads: 5,286
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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

Hazy orange tinged yellow with a small white head (in goblet)
Very fruity aroma with pepper notes.
Tastes of banana, bubblegum, and more malty than I had expected, slightly spicy (pepper), and a sort of sugared-tart.
Rich and fruity after taste. Full feel to it.
It is very good, but I just couldn't see myself drinking this very often.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A white tiny-bubbled head sits atop a clouded pale ale the color of dried ginger. (Pause to gaze lovingly.)

That 8.5% is prevalent in both nose and mouthfeel, but rather than a dull thud or razor sharp attack, the alcohol (and indeed, the ale) presents itself in a vinous, even champagne-like feel and taste. The spice quality and flavor profile is subtle enough and the lively bubbles wash across the tongue with such a light, airy touch that one might struggle to get all of the taste sensations rather than just live in the mouthfeel.

Good for celebrations; I'm not sure how down-in-the-cups one could stay with a glass of this.

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

Great bottle--reminds me of the Simpson's where Barney calls upon his pink elephant by drinking beer to counteract the demons he sees after drinking the peyote infused juice drink Homer makes. Pours a nice hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. Smells of sweet marshmallows, esters, citrusy hops, and yeast. Taste is sweet and malty, kinda wheaty, candy, with a good hop presence. Bitter finish with a little metallic taste. Warming and alcoholic. Big and syrupy, but manageable.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good one from Huyghe. The golden body is joined with a beautiful head and decent lace effect. A creamy smooth body lifts the drinkability of this big beer, but it does not feel weak in fullness. The nose is heavily fruited and has an incredible malt sense when warmed. Flavorful and full of complexity, this is a very good tasting brew.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A fine translucent golden color, highly effervescent and a full frothy head. The aroma is fruity, with bubblegum and some hops in the background. It has a sweet smooth start and a fine crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent. DT's is a well-balanced clean combination of opposing attributes -- delicate without being free of character.

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Photo of dedalus
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out a crisp-looking golden hue, with a nice, fluffy white head that didn't stick around for too long, and left only a bit of lacing.

the nose is unbelievable. this beer smells like everything. an orgiastic riot of olfaction. gooseberries, plums, white grapes, sugared grapefruit, lemons, limes, and wheat malt.

an only slightly thick mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. i wanted this beer to be fuller in the mouth. quite smooth, though.

the flavors were oddly subdued. divide the scents by 2 and you'll have the flavors. a bit of stingy carbonation, mild hops, and a long, wheaty, duvel-like finish were very nice, though. the aromas set you up for a knockout punch that the flavors just don't deliver. maybe i got a bad bottle, who knows? i just expected more flavor from this beer.

the alcohol content is high, so i wouldn't drink gallons of this stuff, but it's good for sitting around with your nose in the snifter, just inhaling.



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Photo of homersimpson
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow with a white lace that staws there to the end of the glass. Sweet and medicinal nose. Effervescent leads off the taste followed by a lovely honey toffeelike sweetness that clears to a warm alcohol burn. Quite potent, in fact i'm not typing well now. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a yellowish color with a decent head. The nose detected some yeastiness in the aroma. The sweet malt started mellow on the tongue during initial swigs, but seemed to grow stronger through the drink. A nice balance of bitterness offset the growing sweetness. There was some lacing of the glass. The alcohol was very prevelent in this, so one is more than enough in one sitting.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I will start by saying that you should take care when opening a corked 750 of Delirium. I have popped some corks in my time, but this one out-popped them all. Not even vintage Dom Perignon or other such champagnes let alone beers could send a blast like this one. I have a nice dimple in the sheetrock courtesy of this brew.

I am sorry to say that the whole opening may have been the most exciting part of this beer. After worrying if my apartment was going to be raided for suspect gunfire, the thrill and suspense was virtually gone.

Sitting in front of me is a somewhat hazy dull orange-yellow colored brew topped in a mass of white head that has hung out for a bit. The aroma is initially sweet and filled with oranges. Another whiff brings me black cherries and a bit of alcohol as well as some grains.

After working my way through the powerful carbonation, I get a lot of maltiness. Alcohol is not hidden well, but does not hurt the beer too much. A little bit of bready, yeasty flavors come in, but that is about it. The complexity of the aroma was really lost in the flavor. The body is medium to full. It is pretty drinkable, but a bit boring to me. It is a pretty good brew, but it does not stand up to others in its class.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color and very cloudy with a modest head that laced well.

Smell – Nice malt and yeast aroma with big orange characteristics. There’s also some light spiciness in the nose as well. I can pick up the standard coriander and white pepper, among others.

Taste – This one is lighter than I expected. The malt and yeast are barely there. The spicy orange flavor dominates. The 8.5 ABV comes on a little too strong on the pallet, too.

Mouthfeel – This was kind of flat. Some of the other reviews go on about the carbonation, so maybe I got a bad bottle.

Drinkability – This one just didn’t do it for me. The absence of a strong malt base made this one go down more like a witbier than a BSPA.

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Photo of byrd
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew came bubbling out of the bottle as soon as the bottle cap was pried off. It pours with a large bubbly head that receds to about a half inch rocky head. Color is a hazy light bronze and has lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Doesn’t seem to be much aroma from this one, although some malt and alcohol are noticeable. Lots of carbonation immediately hits the tongue giving the feeling of a large mouthfeel. There’s a warming sensation all the way down. Creamy, sweet malt start that tastes of fruits and bubblegum with some light citrus tastes towards the end. Some yeast is noticeable both on the tongue as well as some particles floating around the glass. The finish is slightly spicy and bitter and lingers for a time. This is a fairly complex brew that seems to improve as it warms a bit.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Delirium tulip-style glass. It pours a clear light golden color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly fruity, with banana and white grape. There is also some clove spice present. The taste is fairly malty with cloves and fruity esters. The taste is fairly sweet. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is fairly nice for 8.5%. A nice sweet treat.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9% abv, comes in a sargasso green bottle that has been enamelled to look like grey ceramic. Blue foil on neck and cap, label adorned with pink elephants (hey hey!), traipsing alligators and Chinese dragons balancing on balls. Indeed, an invitation to a circus of inebriation, my kind of marketing surrealism.

Appearance is a deep peach, highly carbonated, big creamy head that lasts a long while and leaves a veritable coating of lace.

Aroma is spicy, especially peppery, hint of fruit, sweet malt, very yeasty presence.

Big peppery spice taste up front, then it sweetens up and becomes boozy on the finish. Peppery/citrus aftertaste.

A pretty bold ale overall, strong alcohol presence, and it goes down with a bit of a struggle. Watch out for those 9% pink elephants, they outnumber you and will very easily knock you on your ass if you're not careful, leaving you for the remaining reptiles to feast on.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the white 12 oz bottle, Delirium Temens is the fizziest out of the bottle beer I have seen in a while. A typical slow angled pour into a glass yielded about 75% white foam, 25% golden belgian beer. Aroma is highly yeasty, surrounded by fruit of the loom grapes, apples and bananas. The white foamy head dissipates slowly as I drink the tremens. Surprising spice in the flavor that I didn't notice in the aroma - clove maybe, leaves a lingering tang of alcohol on the tongue. Also taste the yeast prominently, balances well with the other esters and general sweet flavor. Body is medium at most. A decent beer but not something I'd search for; I'd be interested to try it on draft though, I think it could lend a lot more to the beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz faux-ceramic glass bottle. Color was a hazy dark yellow. Large persistent white head - like whipped eggwhites - and large central column of carbonation rising to the head.
Smell was spicy, peppery with some citrus with an astringent alcohol aroma lurking underneath.
Taste: very faint malty taste quickly overwhelmed by a citrusy, pepper taste. Bitterness and rather too-strong alcohol flavor comes through at the finish.
Feel: carbonation gives this beer a creamy, velvety texture once it settles down on the tongue.
Drinkability: just a bit better than average. Overall, not too bad but a bit off due to the ill-concealed alcohol content. I can find others of this style I'd rather have.

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Photo of clvand0
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a moderate head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma was similar to the Delirium Noel but with not as much spice. Bartender tapped it into a really cool Delirium tremens goblet that had the pink elephants on it. The flavor was a little strong at first, but I got used to it after a few drinks (maybe the alcohol numbed my tastebuds). I really didn't care much for the flavor because the spicyness was too strong and the wheat/yeast flavor was too prominent.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

A bit too tangy for me.

Pours a dusty gold. Medium head with little lacing. The scents are very citrus and hops. A big wheat and yeast smell as well. Heavy alcohol on the nose as well.

The flavors are heavy citrus, hops and some bread. There is grain and grass as well. There is a heavy alcohol flavor. Too much for me. Carbonation is present in the flavors as well. The malts are weak for this brew. The hops get all the attention. It is not hoppy like an IPA though. Very Belgian in its style.

It has a nice crisp feel to it but because of the wheatiness of the brew it builds in the mouth. An unpleasant overwhelming mouthfeel.

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Photo of Rocko
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is really something extra, it's coated in plastic trying to resemble a ceramic container. The label has pink elefants and brightly coloured crocodiles and dragons on it. To top it all off the top is covered in blue foil.

This brew pours golden clear. It's got a decent head which stick around for a while but it aint as frothy as you'd expect.

Not much of an interesting smell, a bit yeast, a bit fruit...reminds me alot of Duvel...

The taste is so so imho. Sweet and hoppy together with alcohol essenses...the finish is also a bit bitter and hoppy. The taste ain't bad but it aint great either.

Overall I have to say this is a medium good beer, it's not bad but I'd definately choose a number of other brews ahead of this one. That's why I'll go against the stream and will not give it a superrating. My 0.02$.

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

330ML bottle, dancing alligators and elephants..

Pours out a murky golden brown. Smell is yeasty, with some malt overtones and spiciness. Taste is smooth, a little spice (maybe allspice) in there with the fruity malt characterand the alcohol backbone. Nice solid tasty offering. Will drink this again without hesitation..

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of grynder33
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darkish color 1"head, beautiful aroma, almost champagne like, sweet, carmelly, a little thick, yet nicely bubbly, full round exquisite taste. A real classic. My next mission, now that a neighbor several reviews ago mentioned that it was on tap on the east side, is to try what I assume will be the river of Eden. A classic!!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, large white foamy head. Yeast and Vanilla in the aroma. Sweet and fruity. Flavor of apples, vanilla, coriander, clove and orange. Not much of a hop taste. Alcohol is prevalent. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting, but kind if average..

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have stolen away from the pachyderm to sample what may be in this grey bottle with fine blue foil wrapping. A fragile procedure must ensue as I am easily a thousand times larger than this small 11.2 ounce bottle. With care, I pry off the cap with my well-worn tusk of ivory, being diligent not to tip the contents with my brutish movements. Using my trunk, I empty the contents...

Appearance is hazy yellow, an interesting contrast against my pale wrinkled pink skin. Pours with a big frothy head, reduces to a finely bubbled crown. There must be bubbles rising throughout the glass, but even with my large eyes, I am only permitted access to viewing the ones close to the glass's edge, as the pink elephant must maintain some semblance of mystery to the processes therein...

Sitting on my haunches, I delicately hold my trunk over the glass for a whiff - aahhhh...appealing yeast and an enticing spicy, peppery sensation. Slightly sweet smelling as well, and I am inclined to plunge my trunk into the glass and empty the contents in a flash...but the thought of emptying the contents of my nose into my mouth somehow seems inappropriate, not to mention unappetizing, so I restrain myself, and gently caress the glass with my trunk and bring it to my waiting lips.

Not wanting to waste any flavor of this wonderful experience, and yet fully aware of my over-sized tongue, plus the fact that the remaining pachyderm troops could find me out at any moment (there's only so many places I can hide, you know), I tenderly pour some of the contents into my mouth. A very complex taste. Lightly sweet and yeasty up front, some clove elements giving way to some hefty carbonation. Delicious peppery spices and some nice tartness for further depth. Alcohol presence now, not much, and a noticeable hop bitterness. These last two tastes invert as the beer warms, more alcohol feel, less hop showing. Finishes sweet and spicy, lingering and beckoning for another taste.

Mouthfeel is solid and coating, fairly heavy, and believe me, I know heavy. Above average carbonation makes my mouth tingly and happy, Usually, a 9%er such as this limits itself for drinkability, but the multi-layered flavors make it hard to say no, especially out here in the savannah after eating roots and shrubs all day. So I will give it a few bonus points for that as I struggle mightily to lift my heavy frame to all fours and once again seek out my pack to rejoin, ultimately social creature that I am.

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

Served in aperitif style glass. Serving temperature was cellar.

This beer was served a pale yellow color that had a slight haze to it. Decent head that was white in color with good density, and while it lasted, it created a nice lace approx ½ the way down the glass, then as the foam subsided to nothing, but a small ring, the lace became non-existent. The aromas were of dried fruits (pears, strawberry, tropical), spices, light hops, some sweet malt and a hint of yeast and alcohol. The flavors were dominated by the fruits (pineapple), some spices (clove, pepper), hops, sweet honey, malt (light), yeast, and nice warming alcohol. Finished with a slight dryness mixed with alcohol on the tongue. Medium bodied. Sweet, spicy and dry came to mind while drinking this beer. All the flavors seemed to be very nicely balanced; each aroma and flavor seemed to compliment one another well. A must try.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delerium Tremens

'Pink elephants on parade!'

Presentation: 11.2 fl oz. dipped brown glass bottle. Trademark pink elephants adorn the label and foil top.

Appearance: Very pale golden yellow. Pours a 2 inch head in my chalice and the lacing is nonexistant although I know for a fact it is usually there.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy--cloves and bananas.

Taste: Everytime I have this beer, I fall in love all over again. Sweet up front with some corriander spicyness and a little bite from the carbonation and alcohol. The back end offers subtle hops and a hint at some buttery diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy all at the same time, not as full bodied as some belgians, but still impressive.

Overall: A formidable belgian brew well worthy of its marketable name. This beer is at its pinnacle when at cellar temparature, as with many belgians.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.