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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

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3,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 3773
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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Photo of Franziskaner


3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich deep golden colored with a thin head of foam that does not cover more than half of the top. Loads of carbonation bubbles. Very apparent that this is not a filtered brew as there are some pretty good sized floaties in here! I get biscuity malt and Belgian yeast. The mouth is fairly carbonated but dry. Flavor is crisp and you get a bit of sweetness reminiscent green apple and some gentle tartness in the fade from the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:36:33 | More by Franziskaner
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - green apple, pear, bit of honey

Taste - green apple, pear, hint of lemon, baked bread, hint of honey

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, finish is dry

Overall - very good beer, recommended

Price Point - $10.99/750 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:04:43 | More by keithmurray
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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
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New York

4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clean crystal bright gold with a thick 2 inch head that fades rather quickly. Excellent lacing. A very well made beer. - 4.75

Smell - Malt forward with heavy cereal notes that follow. Toasted grains. Bubble gum on the nose as well. Orange and ginger faint spice notes - 4.5

Taste - Malt forward attack on the palate with excellent balance. Spice notes of ginger come out well on the palate as well. Long finish - 4.5

Mouthfeel - Nice small bubbles with a medium body. Creamy and smooth - 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:51:53 | More by CochonKing
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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
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a paler clear gold without a creamy white head. Effervescence provides a steady stream of bubbles to leave big lacing.

S- lemon zest, yeast, fruity esters are dominant

T- the tastes is resplendent with fruit (green raisins, citrus), some complimentary spice, and yeast. It's all delicious

M-It's thinner feel compliments the delicate flavors of the taste.

O- this is a great Belgian Ale. Where dubbels are big and bold, this is equally well made but 180 degrees opposite.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:25:29 | More by delta490
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Whole Foods had a great 25% off on all beers black friday special, figured this would be the opportune time to make a dent in my want list. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a crisp, clear gold color with a short off white head that goes fast. Constant bubbling going on here, reminds me of champagne.

S: Wowwie. Smells incredible. Has an interesting effervescence to it, like champagne. Smells of white grapes, citus peels, yeast, malts, spices

T: Taste incredible. Very smooth and light, yet fulfilling and sweet. Great balance of flavors, white grapes, honey, yeast, apples, with a tinge of hops

M: Medium bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, with a slightly dry finish, very crisp and clean.

O: Yeah, this was great. As I had expected it to be. The ceramic colored bottle it sweet too. It's a fairly expensive bottle but it's well worth it, this was incredible.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:18:15 | More by Mavigo
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3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Accidentally poured some of the sediment from the bottom of the glass. Creamy orange color with a foamy white head.

S- Huge sweet yeasty notes. Malty. Some citrus zest and dark fruit

T- spicy malt flavor, mineral like finish. A bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- Very carbonated. Very mouth filling.

O- Not a fan of the feeling of this one. the taste is pretty good but it does have that alcohol bite to it. Would be better if the mouth feel was a bit smoother. Loved the huge yeast notes in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:54:25 | More by stckhndlr
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle, gave a really large creamy white head, with really strong retention and lacing. Colour was a really light straw gold. Some visible carbonations.
S - was clean and floral, with yeasty and lemon/pine notes. Banana. inviting.
T - Good palate of clean florals, stonefruit, belgian yeast notes, minerally with nice balance and a clean dry finish. Piney.
M - good body, plenty of carbonation, bit of creaminess.
A quite nice an impressive looking BSPA, certainly on par with the other fine examples, this had notes of pine floral cleaner and a balanced yeasty profile. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 16:41:39 | More by mick303
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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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2.38/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pretty disapointed. I expect a Belgian Strong to have penty of sweetness and yeast flavors. It should be very complex.
Basically felt like was drinking a Shock Top. Minimal depth of flavor. Strong cooreander (which I hate). Little hoppines.
Color was hazy straw.
No reason to go out of your way to get this.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 16:20:36 | More by SteveKay
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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
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tremendous beer. I picked up a bottle at my local liquor store (Freeman's Liquor Mart in OKC) after Delirium finally came to Oklahoma. Served at 45F in a pint glass.

A- Golden with some haze. Large, foamy head gives way, only after a bit of coaxing to great sticky lacing. A ring of head remains throughout the pint.

S- Perhaps the strongest point of this beer is the smell. When cold, I get pear and apple smell. As it is allowed to warm I can detect just a bit of funk. Really balanced.

T- Really nice balance between malt and hops. Malt gives way pretty quickly to hops, but not overpowering bitterness. Did I mention this beer is really balanced between malt and hops?Absolutely no alcohol burn. Really, really good beer. Maybe my ONLY gripe is that I wish a bit of the funkiness was a bit more pronounced, but that's a personal preference and I'm not faulting the beer for that.

M- A bit heavier than I was expecting, but it works really well with the carbonation of the increased carbonation. I'm glad this beer isn't thin or else I may drink way too many.
O- My first time with Delirium is an absolute treat. This will not be my last time. The beer is about as meticulous and balanced (there's that word again) as you'll find in a Belgian--no less one that is 8.5%.

I have a tough time finding fault with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:42:05 | More by Cowboys9
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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle

A - golden brown pour

S - Caramel and fruity notes

T - The same as the smell, fruity with some caramel. Absolutely delicious

M - Thick and smooth

Overall - This is one of my favorite beers. Recommended to anyone who loves Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 19:39:24 | More by grodan
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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
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. The blue foil around the cage & cork made a gd mess. This was one of my first Belgians many moon ago. Haven't had it for a while. This one has been hanging out in the cellar for 6-12 months. No date. Sweet faux-stone bottle.

A: Golden, clear yellow. Body reminiscent of apple juice. Approximately 1/2 finger of sudsy, white head that rapidly died down to a thin coat at 1-2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Tropical fruit. Apple. Honey. Lemon tartness. Very subtle funk notes.

T: Lightly spicy, fruity, malty semi-sweetness upfront with a transition into a light hop bitterness. Dry finish. Very nice pepper. Flavors parallel the nose. Very minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate fullness. Light creaminess. Very suiting.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Opened up a bit as it warmed. Really does improve as it goes. Drinks very well - like a tripel with more malt and less bite. Good stuff.


Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:55:50 | More by fourstringer
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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
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, liquid yellow-gold. Head was small, and scant lacing.

S: Mild fruity and grainy aromas; all pleasant, but nothing fantastic or complex.

T: After the potent carbonation moves aside, the tongue is met with sweet malt, faint grain, and fruit flavors (tart grape juice, peach, and others); the fruit becomes sour next, then transitions to a slightly phenolic bitterness.

M: An explosion of carbonation as it hits the mouth, then moist yet crisp after the bubbles settle down, and finally just a hint of dryness in the end (enough to make you want to take another swig). The alcohol is completely hidden, until its effects show up suddenly in the brain.

O: This one starts of unimpressively, but quickly proves itself a fine example of the Belgian style. I'll be having more tomorrow night.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:50:47 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 24oz bottle poured gently into a pint glass

A: A dark brown pour, with a two finger head, even though I poured extremely light.

S: Caramel and malt. It's pretty obvious.

T: Coffee & caramel... delicious.

M: Thick, full flavored, yo.

O: 19/20. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:32:28 | More by sixbluntsdeep
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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
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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring on the pink elephants!

Beautiful pale golden Belgian ale, with an enormous, fluffy, and snow-white 3-finger head. Unbelievably lively and bubbly. Supreme head retention and thick lacing, leaving the glass looking like a snowy New England winter.

Smells like a Belgian pale as soon as the cork came off. Sweet and yeasty, with a hint of sour fruit. Lemon, Belgian candi sugar, and a dry effervescence.

Lemon, sugar, yeast, straw, and wheat; a hint of sour. A slightly metallic flavor creeps in, as well. Very slight spice or black pepper.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel, although it is a bit cloying. Extremely refreshing from the massive carbonation. An initial sting on the tongue, that slowly expands to your entire mouth, and pleasantly warms your throat on the way down.

This ended up lighter than I expected, very, very similar to a saison, and extremely drinkable. Probably a better Summer drink than Fall, but very tasty in any season.

Bottled in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 20:09:08 | More by Roguer
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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
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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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4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle to a pint glass
A-straw to light gold color very clear in the glass, with high carbonation, and a snow white head. The bubbles flowed strong the whole time I drank the glass

S- pine smell

T- bannana was my first thought, then the sweetness kicked in, like a sugar sweet. Then a warming aftertaste with a great flavor

M- carbonation feel with sweetness

O- I have had been trying some good Belgian Strong Ales lately and I have not been disappointed. I enjoyed this

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 22:25:58 | More by a0lbudman
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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