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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 1,623
Hads: 5,373
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 323
Gots: 1,242 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of PCole
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours orange / gold with a large, frothy head which dissipates fairly quickly. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Floral and fruity. Citrus, banana, and apricot predominate.

Taste: Immediately sweet like its smell, but gives way to a pleasant bitterness with smokey undertones.

Feel: Light, highly carbonated - perhaps a little too much for my liking. High alcohol content is hidden fairly well, but the warmth comes through towards the end of a serving.

Overall: One of, if not my favorite beer. Nothing I drink daily for the obvious reasons (cost, ABV), but something I'm fortunate enough to look forward to every weekend. I've been fortunate in that my local shops carry four packs of bottles and 16 oz cans as well as the 750ml bottle.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For some reason I thought this was going to be darker, stronger. So I was surprised at the fruitiness. Overall a good beer. Glad I finally splurged and bought one.

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Photo of n2185
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices and yeast up front with candy sugar and light fruit notes of pear and apple. Sweet bready aromas come through as well.

T: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation, this beer could use a little more carbonation, but is still dangerously drinkable.

O: A classic and still one of the best BSPAs out there. Love the new 16oz can format as well.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle, purchased at grocery store in Brugges.
Served chilled in a Delirium tulip.
BB: 06/18

Pours slightly hazy orange, lots of soapy head, lingers well. Nice lacing.

Smell is fruity yeast...and a bit off-putting, actually.
The malts are light in heft and amount.

Taste is crisp, bubbly, light, dry, and smooth. Pretty unique profile, I like it. 'Best beer in the world' seems a tad overdone, but if you were having a particularly good evening while drinking these, you could be swayed, sure. Any easily-sessionable beer that carries an 8.5% abv deserves respect and appreciation.

I'm liking this one even more as I type the review. Nice job and well done. If wanting to sample the taste spectrum of great Belgian beers, this one has a place on the list. And at the local price (...grocery stores, not bottle shops!), I'd surely buy it again. (Heck, the packaging alone is really sumpin'!!)

I really surprised myself, especially after that first aroma....but after all, isn't that the point of all this !?
So I picked up another 4-pk with the groceries...life is indeed good.
PS - the Delirium Tap House on a non-descript alley in centrum Brussels is a very nice spot for a pint. Oodles of beers on tap, must stop in if you're there.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a small wine glass. Bottle date May 2014 (a touch over a year old).

L- pale gold with a big white head that just doesn't quit.

S- overripe bananas and pears, with some soft malt. A bit papery

T- kind of fruity and honey-like. Not nearly as snappy as usual

M- really high carbonation but quite full-bodied.

O- not sure if I'd hold onto this one any longer than one year

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with snow white champagne head that goes fast. 4
Flowers, candle wax, green pears, and carambola on the nose - intoxicating. 4.25
Cream cracker and candy sugar, some apple sauce esters, hints of tropical fruit and summer berry, hum of anise, and vibrant cut grass hops to end. 4
Poached apricot ending and honeyed linger.
Light, crisp, fizzy. 4

A typical Belgian pale, only more so: nose headier, esters fruitier, phenols sharper, hops greener, body snappier, ABV boozier. Perfume and petrol, said a fellow panelist I judged with once, and they're not wrong - the heat + fragrance are the two defining features. But it's definitely got that Duvel, "This is sorta a lager whoops I'm trashed," drinkability going, which, given that it's also so complex, is high praise indeed. 4.25

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Photo of Dikfour
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to a Duvel tulip.

Look: Pours a billowing white head that has some of the best sticking power I've ever seen. Recedes into a tangle of spider webs and leaves a tantalizing trail of lace. The color is orange with a densely hazy body with the thick rich head casting a shadow upon the beer its self. Active carbonation swirls about the center of the glass adding peppered freckles to the head above. Lazy flecks of sediment are smattered across the bottom quarter of the glass.

Smell: Peppery alcohol hits my nose first followed closely by some banana, pear, and peach. A light floral zest of citrus is present at the end.

Taste: Very similar to its smell, Pepper alcohol and sweet malts hit the tongue first followed quickly by the same fruits mentioned above. The citrusy finish turns into a surprisingly hoppy bitter finale. Ripe pear and peach lingers on the tongue for a pleasant after taste.

Feel: The alcohol and carbonation work together to create a warming prickely sensation around the tongue, lower lip and upper gums. Very big body that is quick to cream up as you roll it around your mouth. The finish is very dry.

Overall: Tremens takes a very different, very successful approach than Duvel. Duvel may still be the king that I judge all others of this style against, but this is a very close second. Though, honestly, if you put a bottle of the two in front of me, I'd have a very difficult time choosing. I'd probably feign Duvel then quickly reach out and snatch both before they had time to take the other one back. There is room in my heart for both. If you haven't already, please, do yourself a favor and give this beer a shot.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, crispy, off white head that lingers until the beer is gone and still hangs out awhile. Smell is light and sweet. Hay and floral notes. Mild sweetness in taste. Light malt and floral notes flavor is sweet and hard to pin down. The essence of a belgian ale perhaps. Texture is almost that of a cream soda. Smooth but rich. Overall a wonderful beer. Delights the senses and is the best of the deleriums i have tried.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very effervescent when poured. I don't care for going thru 3 inches of foam to get to the beer. But when I finally broke thru it was meh. Then as I got further into it... it got better and better. It got to the point I think it was one of the tastiest Belgians I've had. More please!

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Photo of KSOZE
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light gold with big white head. Very little retention. Smell consists of the standard Belgian yeast esters you'd expect. Not a huge fan of Tripels, but this one is excellent with less of the banana esters I associate with the style. More well-rounded with other floral flavors that smooth out the flavor.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass.

A: The body is really great. You can see throught the glass. It created a 3 finger head that after 1min was already less than half of that and that's the only reason why I'm not giving it 5 out of 5. But yet, remarkable.
S: The smell is very soft, being just undertones of hops, a very very small presence of belgian yeasts and thr rest of it is alcohol but in a good way. I find this softness a bit exaggerated and too empty for this beer. It should have a little bit more of a presence.
T: Taste-wise, it's good. It's very sweet with a drop to central european hops that are more weak in terms of IBUs but that give flavourful profile to the beer. But , yet again, as the smell goes, it misses something. You can't find a thing that strikes you as a flavor when you have Delirium.
M: In terms of mouthfeel, Delirium feels right. The enough amount of 'right' for me to give ita 4.00. The problem here is that the beer is too gasefied being more than velvety in mouth, it's almost harsh.
O: By high standards, it's a great beer, nobody can take that away. But I'm still looking to have this in a more proper way - in Belgium. :)

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very light gold with big white head that disappears quickly. Smell is candi sugar, Belgian yeast esters and alcohol. Alcohol soaked banana on the flavor. Medium-light body. Overall not my favorite, but an appropriate representation of the style.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy Pale Yellow topped by a 3 finger white head that dissipates relatively quickly into a large, whispy patch. Small patches of lacing dot the glass.

S- Sweet Candy Sugar, Belgian yeast, and light, airy hops.

T- Sweet, jammy fruit taste upfront that fades to a lingering yet soft bitterness. Lots of Belgian yeast flavour in between.

M- Steady stream of moderate carbonation and a medium body with a nice alcoholic warmth.

O- Absolutely beautiful example of a Belgian Pale Ale and done so well that you would never know it had an ABV of 8.7%!

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Photo of SkipZ
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I was disappointed in this one. 2014 bomber poured into Duvel glass. Pears, apples and citris with a little funk on the nose. Bright straw color with sharp carbonation typical of a Belgian style beer. It bites the tip of the tongue nice for a refreshing rush and crisp mouth feel. The finish however, made me feel like I just ate a bowl of applesauce. I hate applesauce.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a clear extremely carbonated translucent yellow gold. Huge white foam head on pour that dissipates to a lasting thin long lasting foamy layer.
Smell of belgian yeast and pears.
Taste of pears, green apples and a slight bit of coriander and maybe a dash of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel is of high but dry carbonation. also the soft feel of the belgian yeast is quite noticeable. lt laves slight but not unpleasant aftertaste.
What a awesome belgian strong ale that took me way too long to get around to trying. My short bullet point review does not do this beer justice in its complexity.

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

As with most Belgium brewhahas the taste is on point. This a great beer that even the most hardened "I only drink Budwiser" type of person would enjoy and consider if not for it's price (as with most imported Belgium beers). Personally I think $16+ is a little absurd for a sixer of most the beers out there that are worth spending it on. Besides that I must say this beer made me consider traveling to Belgium just for beercation. Regardless of what I tell you, you shall make your own decision, but just spend the money, buy this hidden gem and prepare to be wowed.

P.s. this beer is meant to be drank from a snifter. So if you get this from some bs watering hole where the bartender only knows vodka and cranberry and miller lite on tap you're bound to have a slightly different tasteknow which glass to put it in.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Started off very good, gets better as it warms. Needed a firm pour or too bubbly. If it was cheaper would buy this more often. I'm sure I've had this before, had not reviewed it.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly great beer. A big rocky head does not equal over carbonated. Yeasty, malty, with floral and fruit and just a touch of sweetness. The alcohol fits in perfectly. The bottle is a total trip.

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

Poured from the classic bottle of indeterminate age. One must be careful with this as it really could cause the DTs. Wow! Looks the part and tastes great!

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L) Pale orange-yellow, very hazy, very fizzy, thin active white head.

S) Sweet candy and light Belgian yeast. No beer.

T) The depth on the flavour is immense. Very fruity with orange-marmalade notes, pleasant mild bitterness at the end, bread-like yeast. Wonderfully flavourful, wonderfully balanced. Hints of red wine when you concentrate on the aftertaste. So much here.

F) Fizzy. No nasty aftertastes. One of the great achievements of this beer is that the flavours clear quite quickly, getting you ready for the next gulp; I love that in a beer.

O) This is the beer that got me into Belgians. It's still the best Belgian I have had. Like every truly great beer, it has both complexity and accessibility. Superb.

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Photo of blackett511
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's a reason Huyghe Brewery is so respected, and this beer is why. I love how mainstream this beer is, because it has all the hallmarks of a great; high ABV, great fruity tastes with complex notes of sweat bread, a dark body. I've read reviews complaining about its carbonation--first, its not high, and second this is a beer you drink patiently, not an American brew that you can chug.

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Photo of drmeto
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-sweet malt,lemon,honey,bubble gum,very bready
-Follows the nose plus banana
-high carbonation
-alcohol well hidden
-Classic Belgian Strong Ale

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden colored, big head and lace that disapates halfway. Fruity apple and mild tropical fruit aroma, also, a hint of floral, perfume and soapy. Intense peppery taste. Bread crust malt backbone. Very dry finish in which the peppery hops are strongly felt and leave a lingering aftertaste. A hint of fruit towards the end. Big mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. High in alcohol content, which is felt as it warms and almost burns the throat while going down.
I would have perhaps liked to have a bit more of fruit in the taste to match the aroma. However, overall it is a strong, complex and interesting brew.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- nice thick foamy head lasts the drinking duration with a nice golden color
-yeast notes with a light grain wheat scents
-a bright yeast beer that drinks incredibly smooth and leaves the nice fresh bread taste
-a little over carbonated but a medium bodied with a warmth
-one of the better strong pale ales i have had the pleasure of drinking

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.