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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 1,600
Hads: 5,186
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,045 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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 Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Anderson Valley snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch billowy off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Slightly effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with plenty of spice and banana notes. A bit Bready.

T- Flavor follows suit with lots of fruity esters and a nice slight bitterness from the hops to balance. Somewhat sweet with a well-masked alcohol taste.

M- Spritzy and bright with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Man it's been a long time since I've had this one. Almost forgot how excellent it is. Truly a benchmark for the style. (747 characters)

Photo of founddrama
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There's something in the bouquet that I can't quite place. Not all together bad, but cloyingly sweet at times and hits hard with those banana-y esters. (151 characters)

Photo of unklemike
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the nicest Belgium's from Belgium to me. Sweet sorta sour taste with a nice white head and finishes with what I can only describe as a old school bubble gum taste (169 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear veiled straw, almost golden color. Extra foamy white 4 finger head lasting around 10 minutes and creating a foam island that you could eat with a spoon. Nice thick legs and powerful activity. Swirling the glass easily recreates a 1 to 2 finger head.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, toasty bread, and herbal spices. Pleasantly balanced flavors and intensity with some fruity orange sharpness and apple sweetness, but with a slightly vinous and metallic feel.

Slick light body with champagne like carbonation. Balanced finish and well intensified, quite clean, ending with a dry spicy clove like aftertaste.

Overall : Delicious, fresh, warming and almost not feeling like a strong beer. Great craft. (720 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a fruity nose with hints of compost and over ripe fruit. Pours hazy straw to gold under a pure white head that looks like a washing machine gone wild. Strong funky flavors of old plums to old peaches, rich light malts, white bread, a hint of spice and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Medium full body and medium high carbonation. Biog alcohol but it is not hot or solventy. (382 characters)

Photo of Charles_Martel_the_Hammer
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Proper. Whatever is happening is alright here with me.

The head is overwhelmingly big but they're not compensating for anything as far as I'm concerned. Wacky

Bitter.Bitter.Bitter.Bitter.Bitter to the very end (212 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at TBS, listed at 8.7%. Best before Oct 2017 and served near cellar temperature.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour; streams of bubbles are visible rushing towards the surface, where two fingers of generous, fluffy white head is seated. The frothy cap is quite long-lasted - it recedes slowly over a period exceeding ten minutes, leaving behind a lumpy, uneven cap and collar, in addition to plenty of gorgeous lacing. On the nose, wheaty, bready pale malt sweetness and candi sugar are the first features I notice, followed up with some sturdy notes of clove, grassy hops, banana, orange citrus and red apple. It's a yeasty, enticing bouquet, but nothing I haven't already seen before in this style.

The first sip confirms what I already suspected - that this is a world-class Belgian pale. The wheaty malt backbone provides a somewhat bready, grainy sweetness, with noticeable levels of candi sugar coming through, as well. In the latter half of the profile, fruity notes of red apple, ripe pear and banana become increasingly evident, alongside touches of orangepeel and grassy hop bitterness. Spicy clove, pepper and coriander help round the yeasty finish out properly, with a touch of residual candi sugar sweetness lingering into the aftertaste. The alcohol becomes just barely perceptible as it approaches room temperature. Decidedly medium-bodied, with carbonation levels that start off rather aggressive, but soften considerably as you make your way through the glass.

Final Grade: 4.41, an awesome A grade. I had heard a lot of hype about Delirium Tremens prior to procuring this bottle, and I'm quite happy to state that, for the most part, this beer has lived up to its impressive reputation. This is an excellent strong Belgian pale ale; one that can be expected to stand up and compare equally (or even favourably) to most of the other big names in this style. All fans of strong Belgian-style beers should consider this one to be a must-have - I'll definitely be keeping a couple of bottles in my cellar for later enjoyment. (2,067 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a huge fluffy cloud of eggshell white head. Good retention, leaving spotty lacing. Clear and golden in color. Aromas of mostly bananas with notes of cloves and Belgian yeast. Aroma matches taste very well, adding some light citrus into mix. Long lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth and low in carbonation. Acidity lingers toward front of tongue for a short while. The higher alcohol is disguised well, making this sessionable, yet on the pricey side. Still worth it. Overall, a wonderful classic Belgian. One of the better ones I've had. Highly recommended. (573 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the bar, it wasn't too cold and it shouldnt be. I went out and bought a bottle right away after trying it. Pours gold with a thick foamy head. Smooth and creamy. (173 characters)

Photo of portersandstouts28
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I drank this beer I laughed so much I thought it might be laced. This beer is great if you want to have a good time. Very fruity, wheat taste with good carbonation and delicious after taste. (205 characters)

Photo of Neccy60
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This aromatic golden-colored Belgian is among my all-time favorite beers. Wondrously fruity, fantastic and full of fine yeast. Goes down the drain with ridiculously ease. Well worth the above-average price you'll likely find it for. (232 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Craft Beer Market. This was, to me, the champagne of beer. Effervescent and bright, it smelled of clove and Pink Popcorn. I found the taste to be full of the fruit flavor one would expect from Belgian yeast. DT has a lively mouthfeel - this is a unique beer, indeed! (284 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with the wife, both into tulip glasses. My pour gave me a good inches of fluffy, cloud-like snow colored head. My wife prefers almost no head (sad trombone) so I take it slow with her pour, not leaving the angle till I'm done. Still produced a finger or two of head. Foam settles to a one finger thick cap.
Pours a bright gold with tinges of orange. Some carbonation, and lots of little yeasty floaties. Eh, it's good for you.
Aroma is Belgian, through and through. Sweet sugar, banana, clove. Some crusty bread.
Taste is fantastic, and follows the nose, with some sweet citrus. Nothing bitter in this pale ale, all smooth and sweet.
Damn, I love Belgians.

Great ale, only thing I can say is to warn someone new to the style that yeast "snow" while unattractive, isn't going to hurt you. Drink up! (814 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Miniscule head, light, clear.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, grain.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty, sweet.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, clean, light, refreshing.

VALUE - $8.50 for a 12-oz. draft.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quite quaffable for a Belgian. (270 characters)

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light and hazy amber with a huge off-white head and fairly active carbonation. Sweet and bready on the nose with some bright citrus notes. Caramelly flavours with some breadiness, citrus (under-ripe mandarins oranges, lemon peel), green apple, mildly boozy. Very complex and balanced. Smooth yet peppy mouthfeel, almost creamy at times.

Overall, a top notch brew. (372 characters)

Photo of MUFC1
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

A nice very palatable beer,

A great shame that the beer is named after a very sad painful and potentially fatal condition.
The spokesman has stated that the name of the beer is to be funny an whimsical - shame the sufferers and connected family do not have that luxury.
Perhaps chocolate bars can now be rebranded as something equally funny and whimsical such as morbid obesity or cigarettes as lung cancer sticks
Shame on you Brouwerij Huyghe. (447 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, murky straw color with a huge foamy white head. Dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a thin layer and a small amount of lacing.

Aroma smells of strong lemon rind and orange peel, along with yeast and a bit of spices. A bit of grassiness.

Taste is very complex. A bit of booze with some light caramel malt. Lots of bready malts and yeast. Definitely some green apple bitterness.

Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Pretty easy drinker.

Overall, this complex palate makes it a beer well worth trying, and drinkability like this at 8.5% isn't easy to come across. (583 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light orange with overflowing head about 4in. That was my fault on the head, but was poured into a Belgian Ale Glass, tastes a carbonated grapefruit and citrus upfront with an alcohol end. Super solid and citrus-y. Fairly light but a great complex beer! (265 characters)

Photo of TapDat
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Belgian with what i can best describe as champagne like quality's. A great beer for almost any palate. Biggest gripe... it's obnoxiously expensive!! (157 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours crystal clear yellow golden. Decent lacing especially considering light head on the edges. Mose reminds me of a meadow, grassy but somewhat floral, moreso than a saison/farmhouse nose. Definitely a little fruit, too -pear or apple.

Taste is crackers crisp, but a bit more farmhouse than the smell would indicate. Muted fruit taste from the smell, but in the end there is a strawberry-banana flavor (like from a yogurt). Fair amount of carbonation early, fading later. Body is light to medium, and a bit dry.

Given other reviews, maybe the keg wasn't the freshest. I have had this before (but it's been a while) and thought it more fruity than what I tasted today. Will have to revisit. (709 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a nice slightly hazy golden colour with a thick mousse like white head. The nose had some grass, banana, yeast and a bit of a honey edge. Some of the same came forward in the taste with a bit of alcohol burn. But it finished fairly crisp. The mouthfeel is a slight carbonation. A pretty tasty little beer. (322 characters)

Photo of DocCajun
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites. If you like strong belgian ales, you'll love this beer.

I love to drink it slowly, starting cold and warming up. The flavors change with the temperature (184 characters)

Photo of laserjedi
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on draft at Leesburg Public House (Leesburg VA). Loved it because I don't care for hoppy beers.
Later bought it in bottles from Jungle Jims (Eastgate OH). Not as good in bottle, but a good beer.
Negative is high price. (228 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light gold, slightly cloudy. Estery, slightly fruity aroma. Upon first taste, hints of starburst/jolly rancher came through. Light carbonation. A very tasty beer to say the least. (192 characters)

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that provides the notes of cloves and bananas that you would expect from many belgium beers. It is tasty, not terribly filling, and a great beer to start or end the night with. (191 characters)

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.