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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,037 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,037
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 158
Gots: 284 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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ghostee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium snifter glass.

Pours a nice light golden color with a nice sized head that recedes quickly. The beer is cloudy and has visible sediment.

Smell is heavy on candied sugar and fruit.

Taste follows the nose, with candied sugar and fruit. Definitely some orange in this, as well as yeast. A slight hint of booziness. Finishes with a light layer left on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability is medium. Tastes great and goes down easy, but the ABV is high to have many of these. Also not sure I'd want to have more than 2 in a row due to the sweet and sugary taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 22:46:20 | More by ghostee
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papaganzhe

California

4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Time I've had this beer, and it was amazing.
A: It's got a yellowish golden hazy color, a full head.

S: Malty yet spicy aroma, with fruit, clove and yeast.

T: Sweet and phenolic. Has a nice spice to it with a citrus undertone.

M: Medium bodied on the palate.Has a nice little bite at firsy, then goes down very smooth.

D: It's very nice, very drinkable. It is definitely a beer I could get to know more.

Altogether an amazing experience, can't wait to share with others.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:53:26 | More by papaganzhe
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Fat Belgian, in Toronto.

The signature pink elephant-laden glassware comes filled a full one-third with foam; this head looks a collection of stacked blocks, like a beer-lovers series Lego set. Beneath it is a colour that is too golden to really qualify as amber but too coppered to still be considered yellow. A refractive gleam derives from each tilt of the glass towards the sun.

If you thought the label might be just slightly appealing to children, you should smell the thing: it is sweet as candy with a profusely peachy perfume. Actually, I'll retract that statement; no kid anywhere would be able to tolerate any drink with this much spice-infused alcohol soaked into it, no matter how fruity the bouquet may otherwise be.

Delirium's flavour has more pink in it than all the elephants on its label combined. Pink grapefruit and pink bubblegum lead an unexpectedly fruity taste that profiles candied pineapple, a variety of citrus, plump peaches and apricots and a rash of spices. The juicy fruity flavour is a favourable balance to the grassy, herbal notes of allspice and clove.

I've never really cared much for Delirium Tremens and although this is likely just a matter of personal taste, I have given it a number of shots over the last few years to change my mind and it always fails to win me over. Partly, it's because its malts always seem stale and the mouthfeel becomes scratchy, cottony and submerged in raw ethanol.

Delirium's cafe is one of the world's top beer bars, Delirium's pink elephants are among the world's most recognizable beer logos but the Delirium beer itself doesn't come anywhere close to ranking as one of the world's best beers. Although its popularity is largely warranted, there are far more (and far superior) Belgian ales out there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2010 17:08:11 | More by biegaman
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

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

12 oz. bottle into a DT tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two-and-a-half finger pillowy white head that settles down to a constant half-finger head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent tone underneath peppery lemon smells with hints of pears and clove. Slightly sweet fruity aromas overall.

T: Big taste of clove and peppery spice up front. Orange and lemon peel flavors and the pear I smelled makes itself known. Booze is not quite that apparent, but is still detectable. Somewhat sweet and a little bit tart. Decently bready/grainy aftertaste.

M: Coating and pleasant, somewhat high in carbonation too.

D: Doesn't hit as hard as Nocturnum did for me, which is odd because the ABV is the same. Still, the taste was great and refreshingly satisfying. One at a time is enough, but that one is highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:30:42 | More by kbanks13
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DarrinRasberry

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Looked like upchuck with tons of particles floating in the glass. It grosses me out to look at it. I'd probably have rather taken this right out of the neat bottle in which it came. Points given back for a beautiful foam that seemed to want to launch right out of the bottle.

S: A little alcohol, almost vinegary. Some honey.

T: This guy really comes through when you put it to your lips. It kicks you in the ass with a peppery feel then rides down as smooth as anything I've ever had. IMO much closer to Orval's than Duvel (and a little better tasting than the Duvel).

M: Rich feel with just enough carbonation.

D: Doesn't become bitter with time like some belgian ales I've tried, like Piraat. You just don't get sick of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 18:55:02 | More by DarrinRasberry
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bebbcorp

Kansas

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle is about 2.5 years old and the cork reads 2008. Upon popping of the cork a steady stream of foam comes oozing out of bottle and continues for several minutes until I finally pour the glass. Pour yeilds about 2.5 inches of white creamy head which recedes into a solid lacing sitting so nicely atop this golden yellow beer. Lots of white floaties and a steady stream of bubbles which are streaming from the nucleation point of my claret glass. Carbonation is ridiculous and the intense stream of bubbles have continued for almost five minutes always swirling about the floaters, almost like the beer is dancing for me. Very imppressive looking beverage. Aromas wafting up at me are sweet honey with something sour and malty in the background. Got a ever so slight wift of sweet alcohol. Taste is very light for the abv of the beer and carbonation is almost prickly but still creamy and smooth at the same time. Tasting honey, light use of hops, small bit of breadiness, and maybe almost a slight pear fruitiness followed imediately by a sour, dry, but somehow still wet and creamy finish. Not sure how they got prickly, creamy, wet, and dry all in there at once, but the beer is very complex but still simple at the same time. Very easy to drink and will definately be having again. A+

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:57:25 | More by bebbcorp
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Radome

California

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a goblet at the Yard House, Las Vegas.

A - Crystal clear with a light amber color. Very little head at all, and no visible bubbles rising. Overall the carbonation is far lower than the bottled samples I've had.

S - Smell is not as interesting or complex as I remember, which may be the result of the lowered carbonation. I get a little of the candi sweetness I expected, but also a strong apple note that I never noticed before.

T - The taste is also les complex than I remember in bottled versions. I get some of the malt roundness and candi sweetness, but again there is a strong apple note. As a matter of fact it reminds me strongly of a hard apple cider. The flavors end abruptly with little aftertaste.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very light.

D - Overall I was very disappointed with my first Delirium on draft. The Yard House seems to have gotten the carbonation seriously wrong, which totally changed the character of the beer. It went from one of my bottled favorites for its balance and complexity, to a simple beer with strong apple cider notes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 03:50:37 | More by Radome
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xylophonica

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Big head, lots of bits (yeast deposits/sediment) in the bottle. Glass is literally swirling with chunks.. closest analogy I can draw is with an aloe vera drink. Colour is golden amber but very cloudy. Definitely a unique look.

S - Spicy and tangy. Bread mixed with light citrus flavours such as orange and lemon - quite zesty.

T - Again spicy with a citrus sensation - hints of something from the pepper family as well, not quite a chilli but heading in that direction. The taste and mouthfeel tend to mellow as the beer is consumed.

M - The mouthfeel is probably the most dominant feature of this beer. It's very full on the palate, bitey in texture and tingles the tongue. Powerful aftertaste which recedes slowly.

D - This is such an intense beer. Would like to rate it higher for drinkability; one or two of these would be no problem, but I don't think you could physically stomach too many more before the lights would go out.

It's somewhat odd to see deposits as plentiful as in this beer. Regardless it is another quality BSPA and due to its unusual appearance (in both bottle and liquid) it's well worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 10:38:30 | More by xylophonica
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden to light orange color with a four finger head with incredible structure. Leaves lace as you drink, but the lace does not sustain.

Gives the usual impression on the nose as most Belgian pales. Floral yeast tones with some vanilla and citrus notes, maybe lemon.

The flavor is the high point for this beer. More citrus (more orangey than lemony) on the tongue with a light sweetness that ties in with a biscuity taste...maybe sourdough.

Smooth body, medium to light, great carbonation. No bitterness anywhere, as the hops are not extremely assertive.

The high ABV means you shouldn't take down too many bombers of this brew, but you'll want to.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:15:39 | More by Naugros
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jeddsp

Georgia

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

Surprised to see grades as low as D-...how does this beer fail? Great head and lacing. Great smells (fruits/mustiness) and taste (which changes through each sip and as you drink the beer). Overall a wonderful beer...what I envision when I think about Belgian beer. Happy to have a glass of this anytime!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 18:55:52 | More by jeddsp
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ksimons

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy golden color with carbonation bubbles visible and a creamy had

S-citrus and spice with hints of yeast

T-spicy, citrusy, very dry, sweetness sneaks in but overall is a very crisp and clean beer

M-very dry, medium carbonation, very light tasting though the alcohol creeps in as well

D-an excellent beer, always a treat

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:00:24 | More by ksimons
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Pahn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at American Trash in NYC. Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: One inch fluffy white head dissipates slowly leaving large rings of lacing. Color is a clear light yellow. Beer leaves thick walls of lacing that fade to spots over time.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and a bit unpleasantly tart malt. Also some sour apple and a faint mustiness. Gets a lot nicer as the beer warms, predominantly sugary and apple-y.

Taste: Sweet Belgian yeast and bready malt. Up front it's sugary and sweet, in the middle there's some spice, then it ends with a big malt backbone. Some faint esters pop up from time to time. Overall, the taste is balanced and refreshing, with an excellent, airy finish.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and medium-bodied. Slightly creamy. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely refreshing, without a hint of alcohol heat. Could have had several more, and would happily have again.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Delirium Tremens used to be a real staple for me; a nice but not particularly exciting BSPA. Given that it's normally bottle-conditioned and generally somewhat bland, I didn't expect much from this beer on tap. As it turned out, the beer was extremely refreshing with a very solid flavor and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 04:31:32 | More by Pahn
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SLeffler27

New York

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

A gargantuan white meringue dominates the Delirium Tremens tulip glass, supported by a golden ale with impressive carbonation. Floaters are the only detriment, but they do add character. As the head retreats from the glass, like a glacier, leaving a pillow in the middle and thick patches of lace on the glass.

Just love the musty yeast and moss aromas here. There is even some wet peat bog and fermenting apples with peppery sweet white wine to round it out.

Strong white wine is the primary character, but as with the aroma, one will find pepper and apples followed by peaches just before the finish.

This classic offering has a medium body and is dry as a bone. Some cleansing alcohol is present as is a velvety carbonation.

While I have lots of reasons for trying this beer, it will pair well with contemplation or relaxation, just as well as a medium to cut fatty foods. Actually this is a great accompaniment for dinner too.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 18:27:36 | More by SLeffler27
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a slightly cloudy straw colour into a tulip glass after warming for an hour or so. Vigorous carbonation. Two finger white head rapidly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.
S - Lemon spice
T - Smooth yeasty lemon, clove and orange. Peppery upfront with a yeasty alcohol aftertaste.
M - A bit sharp around the edges.
D - Nice. Very drinkable but for the alcohol creep. The yeast would get to me a bit.
I was hoping this would rival the on tap version. Not to be sadly.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:43:09 | More by scott451
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kingrob615

California

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had it on Tap and by the bottle. The tap version much better than the already great bottled tremmes. Very aromatic and frgrant, pours almost clear. Very drinkable well rounded ale, with very fruity and floral notes which linger past the hoppy bit that you get at the front end. Very freshing and still one of my favorite beers to have anytime

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 06:45:32 | More by kingrob615
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Pub Italia

G: Delirium tulip

A: Clear golden body boasting two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention throughout the drink and a good amount of lacing.

S: Hard to smell much with the bar atmosphere, but I sense blegian yeast, combination of fruits and some spices

T: Not much is coming through here either, a mixture of yeast, fruits and spice, but nothing distinguishable.

M: Typical Belgian feel. Light bodied, high carbonation. Leaves a dry aftertaste with notes of funk.

D: This isn't my first time having this beer, but it's the first review of it and I'm disappointed. I felt it was much better before, so I don't know what to blame it on. Maybe the taps are bad? The atmosphere was too cloudy?

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 02:55:14 | More by Long813
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Pours a nice rusty honey wheat color with plenty of nice carbonation and a nice cap of foam that ran over an inch high. Decent head retention and some pretty nice plumes of lacing left around the glass.

The aroma is predominantly fruity, I can pick out apples, pears, maybe even a little tartness like strawberry. A distinct spiciness lurks beneath the fruitiness, as well as just a hint of alcohol. Pretty strong, too, I didn't have to dig my nose in to smell this one.

The flavor is fairly similar to the nose... up front, several different sweet fruits pervade the senses and allow a bit of clove and other spices to catch up to you, then some alcohol and some slightly earthy/spicy hops finish the beer up. Good, but not mind-blowing.

The mouthfeel is nicely done. Smooth, with a body a few notches above medium, with enough carbonation to tickle your tongue as you drink, but not a huge amount like some other Belgians I've had.

Overall, this was a pretty solid beer and the first I've had of the two main Deliriums. Drinkable in that it's pretty tasty and a good-looker, but the alcohol could put you back a bit after a few. This is something I'll have again occasionally but certainly won't buy in bulk, mainly for the price. Not bad at all, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 01:46:54 | More by feelmefoam
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spoons

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a delerium tulip

The body is a very clear golden color. Thick white head. If I poured this into a mug it would look like the ideal image of a beer . Has a lot of carbonation shooting up from the bottom.

Smells spicy and candy-like. Some alcohol in there too. A lot of gingery sweetness in the nose.

The taste has a spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is light due to the carbonation. Has some corriander flavor finishing with a citus like acidity. Has a surprising malt aftertaste. Great beer. A standard in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 18:24:49 | More by spoons
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ BXL Cafe

Look: Bright golden color, clear, medium head with good retention & lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast, very fruity and floral

Taste: Up Front: All kinds of fruit, bready malts. Finish: Spicy with mild hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a crisp/sharp carbonation

Drinkability: I could quaff these all day!

Overall Impression: This is a very tasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale! Would have had more than one, but there were other Belgian Ales I had to try

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 21:50:32 | More by BeerGodz
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens 750 into Duvel tulip

Pours a beautiful pilsner gold with a giant offwhite head that
initially fizzles quickly but then stalls halfway and just sort of
lingers around. There is a steady and effervescent carbonation. Small
tracks of lace here and there.

Nose is chalky yeast, banana, tangy apple peal, alcohol, and a general
fruityness.

Palette gives way to what seems to be an odd darker fruit presence
(almost plum like). There is some sweet boozy heat, white pepper, a
slight hop spice, green apple peel, powdery yeast, citrus, a bit of
something tangy. The bitterness lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium and almost feels a bit watery until the lively
tiny-bubbled carbonation brings a swell to the cheeks.

A solid beer that isn't amazing but certainly fits the bill. Drinks
well and tastes quite yummy, though it seems to be lacking a certain
panache.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 12:36:37 | More by Flashsp2
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timholio

California

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this was dissappointing. I like Pale Ale/IPA's but this one seemed flat and plain. Very smooth and easy to drink but there are much better ale's out there especially at this high ABV there are a lot of very good ales. For a better example of this type of ale (one of my favorites) I would recommend Russian River's 'Damnation'. The folks at RR have nailed this style IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 23:45:32 | More by timholio
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chaz01

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Clear yellow golden color with a creamy head that produces some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Fruity, flowery Aroma

T: Delicious with lots of bready, yeasty qualities and some grassy notes, punctuated with a bit of spices. Some hops notes, especially in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

D: Extremely smooth for the high ABV. Stands up great by itself or would pair nicely with cheese and fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 14:09:01 | More by chaz01
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TheJollyHop

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden/light amber body with a cotton white head and ample lace.

Belgian yeast, oranges, slightly peppery; an enticingly fruity/floral aroma.

Biscuit malt and grain sweetness, light melon and orange on the taste, followed by a crisp/dry aftertaste. Creamy and highly carbonated, light bodied, perfect for the style. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness balances perfectly without becoming a distraction.

I am very impressed with this beer. Aroma was great along with a taste that was packed with a mix of bold flavors, and the balance was spot on. Sweet but not cloying and enough going on to want to have another just to enjoy it all over again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 14:51:09 | More by TheJollyHop
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

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

Had this on tap at Eulogy bar in Philly. Poured into a chalice, golden yellow with god retention on a white head and great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Smell was sweet and fruity from the yeasts, earthy and uniquely Belgian hops. Taste was similar, fruity then dry earthy hops. Hides the alcohol well, very drinkable, great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 03:55:52 | More by stingrayvr6
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 04/2013.

(A)- Pours a golden yellow color with lots of particles & sediment even after a careful & slow pour as the label instructed. Produced a good creamy looking white head with decent retention. A small bit of foam stuck to the sides here & there.

(S)- Lots of yeasty lemon & creamy banana with a touch of clove. Bitter with some wet-like clay.

(T)- Precisely like the smell. A bitter spice bite @ the end that is probably from all the sediment.

(M)- A very high carbonation level, even for the style. Good flavor but rather bitter & yeast-like.

(D)- A good beer from what I remember when there is not tons of sediment in it! Even a little too carbonated than I remember as well. . . A bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 17:52:53 | More by sweemzander
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,037 ratings.