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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,153
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 325 | FT: 4
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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 brouwer


3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens served in tulip glass from a 25.4 Oz bottle at 40ish degrees.

Never had this before. I was anticipating it given reviews. It nearly lived up to the reviews.

My first impression of smell was of fruit with only mild yeast.

Good head with lacing.

Taste was pleasant with smooth overtones.

Mouthfeel was excellent with appropriate carbonation.

I will return but not the best I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:17:04 | More by brouwer
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright yellow color, with a large lacing head. The smell was a bit weak, and a bit offensive, there were some spices noticeable. The taste was complex, lots of different spices interacting. The flavor could have been a bit stronger, and I felt the carbonation was a bit fizzy. Overall a good beer, enjoyable, but I feel it could be better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 17:30:22 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an appropriately-branded Delirium tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a relatively dark wheat color with a stark white one- to two-finger head, which dissipates rather quickly. There's a lot of carbonation floating up toward the top of the glass.

S: Smells mostly of wheat and some funky yeast. I also sense some sweet fruity notes.

T: A nice range of flavors here. Opens with wheaty and yeasty notes, then gives way to a strawberry flavor. There's almost no bitterness at all here, and the yeast flavor lingers a bit.

M: There's a lot of carbonation here, and it's dry all the way through.

D: Although it's really hard to detect the alcohol, this beer is very dry, so it's not something I could drink bottle after bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 21:29:11 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden color with a creamy white head that remained for the entire time leaving heavy spots of lacing.

S - light champagne-like fruity aroma with some spiced yeast smell as well.

T - white grapes and subtle malt blend well with the yeast, dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp, sharp feel.

O - a good BSPA to have as a treat every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:47:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of DrewV

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review 5/11/11: [same conditions, same glassware, same temperature]

A: No change.

S: No change, except the bubblegum and the "cheap beer" smells appear to be gone.

T: Big difference here! The bubblegum flavor has almost completely disappeared, despite having the bottle conditioned at the same temperature out of the same 4-pack and poured with the same stir-up-the-yeast method as in my original review. Very strange. I finally get some light fruits that match the aroma. Some slight booze, which increases as the beer warms, but is still very restrained.

M: No change.

O: Considering the massive change in flavor, I have to upgrade this significantly. Still rates behind Duvel in my opinion, due to the restrained flavor profile, but otherwise extremely drinkable. Unfortunately, since this is at the same price point as Duvel, I doubt I'll be buying more of this, as it simply doesn't quite match the original.

Original review (B- rating):

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: A careful pour immediately produces a 3-finger rocky white foamy head that recedes gently, leaving little lacing. Pale yellow in color, somewhat cloudy due to the bottling yeast stirred up during the pour.

S: Restrained light fruit, yeasty, some hops possibly hiding in the background. Very mild bubblegum, along with hints of "cheap beer" aroma that detract from the presentation. I would prefer a bit more sweetness here. No alcohol whatsoever in the nose.

T: A big wash of heavy carbonation brings more bubblegum in the first sip. Like the aroma, the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, aside from a slight warming in the aftertaste. Subsequent sips bring more bubblegum, I just can't get away from it. Not nearly as complex as other BSPAs (e.g. Duvel). Thankfully, the alcohol picks up late in the flavor profile, squashing some of the sweetness, but unfortunately very little else remains as the bubblegum flavor fades.

M: Heavy carbonation, which is typical of the style, with a very dry finish and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste leaving the palate refreshed and cleansed. Best marks here, although that's not saying much because of the one-note taste.

O: Perhaps my palate has been spoiled by drinking too much Duvel, as this just strikes me as a pale imitation of it. I kept waiting for the light fruit to make their appearance in the taste, but the bubblegum singlehandedly took over from start to finish. If not for the warming alcohol and refreshing/cleansing aftertaste, I would rate this much lower.

Final remarks: I'm a bit surprised at the generally high ratings for this beer. I absolutely adore Duvel, but this is nowhere near the same quality with regard to aroma or taste. I will have to review this again under different circumstances and see if it can make a better impression on me. The one redeeming quality of D.T. is that the alcohol is virtually undetectable, making this a very easy drinker and an extremely dangerous brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:29:13 | More by DrewV
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now obviously I don`t give 5.0 very often, but the appearance of this beer is by far its strongest point and is exactly what a beer should be like. It has a beautifully creamy head, sitting atop a slightly cloudy light golden orange body. The retention is better than I`ve ever seen, and thick lacing is left on the sides of my chalice.

The strongest smell here is the yeast but it does not overpower the fruit and faint hops. It smells delicious.

It also tastes delicious. It has that characteristic Belgian yeasty, fruity goodness that I`ve come to love. It also has a slight tartness that is enjoyable. Despite being 8.7%, the alcohol is barely noticable.

The mouthfeel is just average and isn`t quite dry enough for my taste. It is, however, very creamy so this makes up for it a little. Overall, a great beer. I`ll be buying it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 23:47:28 | More by Intrinsic
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured in the delirium tremens glass. Large white head. Lots of lacing. Pale clear straw color.

S- yeasty.

T- some fruitiness at first, then it is quite yeasty, but not so much that it is sour. Very smooth for a beer with this profile and actually refreshing.

M- very full. Yeast stays on the palate.

O- this is a beer that I crave on tap. It I really don't think that it is nearly as good in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 08:47:40 | More by moshiric
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pour Farm, New Bedford MA. Consumed from a snifter.

pours a nice pale, clear yellow with a typical large and white belgian head. Lots of dough and yeast on the nose, and LOTS of carbonation. The flavor is nice, although very thin, almost like seltzer water. There is an abundance of light fruits like peaches and tart berries on the tongue, and the carbonation gives it a really crisp feel

Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 17:03:43 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of Tripphop


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, generous white head. Aromas of biscuit and dough. Flavor is nice, big bready malt with a light fruit to the finish. Very clean and dry, excellent mouthfeel. Carbonation is very fine & mellow, smooth & crisp. Well crafted beer, I prefer the Nocturnum though.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:36:26 | More by Tripphop
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew had a great taste aroma was sweet and the alcohol there but subtle. Great beer on a hot day. Great beer on a cold day. This beer is actually a great beer as long as your alive. Sweet smell, and a little settling that coats a glass. The beer has something to it maybe that is why it has a pink elephant on it???

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:54:53 | More by STKPICR0720
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4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Tremens: Voted “Best Beer in the World” in Chicago’s 1998 World Beer Championship. The award, as well as its ceramic-painted bottle, blue foil wrapping, and other various idiosyncrasies, instantly caught my eye. Even before I was into the world of craft beers, I had heard about it – and man, was it talked up. I’ve sipped it once before, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me; I’m glad I can finally enjoy a bottle to myself. Let’s check it out:

A: Pours rich and foamy, a thick golden-yellow body rising with ease. It has the color of wheat and the density of apple cider. The head diminishes almost as quickly as it forms, but tiny bubbles constantly drift to the top of the body. No sediment apparent; still, it looks full-bodied.

S: Pineapple, peach, grape, pear – a fruity, yeasty nose. I’m usually turned away by these types of aromas, but this is different. It’s not that old, dehydrated fruit smell that I get from some other Belgian brews; it’s fresh and sweet. Well done.

T: Wow – was this beer made just for me? Brouwerij Huyghe has managed to augment everything I like about Belgians and diminish everything I don’t like. The sweetness comes in waves, first in the form of grape/raisin, then apricot, then peach, then tart berries. The hops rush in to bring a bitter balance against the fruity goodness at the front, but citrusy pineapple and lemon ride along with it. Phenolic esters are minimal, but still apparent; just the way I like it. I can’t stand when a medicinal taste overpowers good old-fashioned hops and barley. I love the way the yeast makes that short appearance, though – it opens the palate to bigger things. Plus, it wouldn’t be a Belgian without that herbal quality. It finishes crisp, with a tiny bit of alcohol and menthol/piney dryness. In all, a seamless blend of Belgian styling that feels, in some instances, like a fine white wine.

M: Crisp, bubbly, and surprisingly light. For something that looked so viscous, it’s quite drinkable. Be careful, though – it’s at 8.5% ABV, but it almost drinks like a session beer.

O: This is a great example of a brewer doing something that’s overdone in a way that hasn’t been done. I always used to think that the Belgian SPA style was a fairly limited sect, but Brouwerij Huyghe has really shown me that there is a lot of give in this class of brews. For some purists, this may be too different for them to like, but this is by far my favorite Belgian SPA. And for me, I feel it will be very hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 17:58:40 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, straw color with a giant 3 finger head after a generous pour. Recedes to half a finger's worth of off white head on top.

S: Banana, clove, other spices, bubble gum

T: Bubble gum, banana, bread pudding, clove, slight grassy hops

M: Great carbonation, super easy going down, nice and crisp, hides the alcohol well.

O: The smell is a bit hard to extract, but the taste is amazing. Definitely a great one if one is looking to get into the belgian strong pale style.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:10:05 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of Rifugium


3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tasty brew in a fun bottle...though I believe I first had this on tap at Monk's in Philly, PA, where it is generally a draught staple. Pours straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a small white head, and some noticeable carbonation. Yeast and some light fruits in the nose. Light fruits on the palate, with grassy hops in the background leaving a little bitter aftertaste. Pretty light mouthfeel, but not too crisp. Drinkable, but not something I prefer when other options are available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 17:40:55 | More by Rifugium
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

massive head, just thick and so massive i can only get half the bottle into my glass, turning into a chunky landscape from the head protiens fighting to cling. body is clear straw color.
Aroma is flowery esters with a spicy belgian yeast character, intriguing yet approachable.
Flavors are very clean and consist of the usual belgian yeasty spices, pears and other soft fruits come into play as the spice fades.

Awesome brew, i know there isnt a drinkability section anymore, but this one drinks like a 5%, and it's 8.5%, very clean crisp and great tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:12:59 | More by ChadQuest
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at Graydon's Crossing

A: thin yellow blonde hue. Bleach white foam floating on top and sides. Near lifeless in the glass. Looks a bit boring. Nice lacing

S: nose is rank with banana, alcohol, spices, and hops. Tastes like grassy melon-like bubblegum

T: simply tastes like cloved tart banana bubblegum to me. Plenty of grassy hop notes paired with heavy bread/yeast notes. Fruity esters continue to wallow about. Things are overall clean and sharp in profile, almost dry in the finish. I gather some pale malts within the bread-like flavors

M: looks light and feels soft on the tongue. However it sits a bit heavy as the flavors are potent and commanding. I can only sip this one and enjoy. Body is medium plus with slight carbonation

O: sort of a staple for the style. I have had this years ago and passed it over for a while. Not much has changed with it since I last remember. Tasty and a go to for the style

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 20:23:53 | More by Magpie14
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly cloudy light golden. Very little head. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: A spicy sweetness with notes of banana, pear, lemon, apple, honey, and cloves. A slight scent of hops with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet taste of apple, banana, clove, and yeast with a hoppy bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Great strong taste and balance.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:20:28 | More by nkronma
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Ontario (Canada)

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


Appearance - Clear pale golden colour with a large frothy and fizzy white head. There is almost no carbonation carbonation showing, and there is some really nice lacing. The head lasted for more than 5 minutes before it started to disappear.

Smell - bananas/pears (bubblegum), breads/grains, honey, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There was a lot of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are bananas, a peppery spice mix, white grape juice, and light alcohol. There was also a lot of yeasty bitterness.

Overall - I'm happy I had a chance to try this one on tap. The bartender really had a hard time pouring it as it would keep foaming over.. so I'm not sure if that threw the mouthfeel off at all. Anyways, it's a must try beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 16:34:34 | More by spinrsx
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours very pale yellow and forms into a light straw color in the glass. Lots of head and carbonation fizzing to the top of the glass, but the head quickly slips away.

S: Slight fruity scent, but not much else.

T: It has a rich fruity and slightly bitter flavor. It has a ripe plant...almost leafy flavor...like fresh arugula. The heavy alcohol is buried entirely.

M: The mouthfeel is very poppy full of explosive carbonation. It finishes very clean. There isn't anything unique about the feel, but it is nice.

O: Overall I'd say this is a very nice beer. I don't have anything to say other than it's good and I'd buy it again if looking for a quality Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:47:18 | More by teromous
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer comes in there own 11 oz Tulip Glass. when poured its a Nice golden color with a bit of a creamy fhead. it has a bit of a White wine and fruity taste to it.

Warning high Alcohol content but does not taste like it,

the only bad thing is it cost around 8 Dollars a beer in Chicago

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 19:26:14 | More by adammacmillan
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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy light golden. A decent sized white head fades into a thin white layer. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: A spicy sweetness with notes of banana, pear, apple, and cloves. A slight scent of hops with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet taste of apple, banana, clove, and yeast with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Great strong taste and balance. Up there with the best Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 07:34:31 | More by MattyG85
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4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should of had this at Delirium Cafe, but there's so many good beers there, I never got around to it. Had it in bottle in Oviedo, Spain. Fruity beer, but exceptionally balanced with malt and hops. Very very complex beer, as many unique tastes develop, and the fruits don't overpower other flavors that develop. Palpable elemnts- this beer does the best job at bringing out unique flavors.

-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 18:32:49 | More by clayphilly
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap at a local bar...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with two solid fingers of light fluffy head, decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is definitely spiced up, while also coming off sweet. The cloves and nutmeg notes were prominent alongside some fruity notes of bananas, pears and strawberries.

T - Bubble gum cloves off the top followed by the fruity flavours; namely, strawberries and bananas. What a full flavoured Belgian! The sweetness lingered on the palette... High ABV? Not that I can tell!

M - Lighter feel, but not to be misinterpreted as thin. Perfect carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - This stuff is incredibly tasty and far surpassed my expectations. Definitely highly recommended to any fan of Belgian Pale Ale's and I will definitely be picking up a bottle next time I'm at the local shop. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it extremely drinkable and dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 02:10:57 | More by andrenaline
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be darker. Small head wad around for the whole consumption. Massive amounts of floral and citrus. Spices, cloves and sweets. Taste was the same. Really acidic but seems to work well here. Mouthfeel was well balanced. One of the better Belgian beers I have had in the last couple of days.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:14:42 | More by spree92
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- corn yellow with lots of visible carbonation bubbling to the top. Nice two finger pillow white head that settles down to form a nice skim of light white head.

S- tons of spice. Dessert spice like nutmeg and coriander. Also the required Belgian yeasts are playing nice with the subtle hops.

T- apples and bananas are the main flavors I am picking up. U assume that the yeast attributes to This banana flavor. A sort of pear flavor finishes the beer with a twang of yeasty hop flavor

M- light and crisp. Very surprising for an 8.5% beer. Not aggressive or dull. Really lets you concentrate on the flavor profile.

Overall one of the best Belgian strong pales I've had. Nothing is overdone and I really love the taste. The flavors are strong enough yet don't way down the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 23:42:18 | More by Kelly88
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New Jersey

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

Finally bought one of these, after acquiring a bunch of the glasses and distributing them to a ton of people. 11.2oz bottle into a DT snifter.

Pours a clear yellow amber color with a light head. The nucleation points at the bottom make a beautiful stream of bubbles and keep the head up all the way through.

Smells like bubble gum, cloves, bread, and apple juice.

Taste is bubble gum and cloves up front, bread in the middle with a hint of apples, and bubble gum on the end.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, receding to nicely carbonated all the way through.

Overall its a good beer- its like Duvel, but not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:23:54 | More by bs870621345
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,153 ratings.