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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 431 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +9%

jeffthepony, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev -3.1%

UnknownKoger, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bigaltemple
4.5/5  rDev +9%

bigaltemple, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Served into a Delirium Tremens wide tulip.

Appearance: gold in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: crushed apples and Belgian spices dominate

Taste: crushed apples is the dominant flavor, with pear, Belgian spices, bittering hops, and light banana

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet start with a super bitter spike and a less bitter end, light bodied

Overall: A nice BSPA. This is not one I would drink all the time, but certainly one to visit every now and then. Of the Delirium beers, this may be my least favorite, but it is still solid.

tigg924, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Robje
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from the bottle into a Westmalle chalice, would have preferred a tulip glass (next on the list). Fresh beer, well before use by date.

Appearance: This beer pours with an extremely volatile head, but not quite as foamy as some others in the style. The foam structure consists of a multitude of small bubbles forming a large head that dissipated quite quickly, could be the chalice causing that. A thin layer of foam lasted for the whole drink, with a small cloud laying in place at the end of the drink. The clarity of the beer was impressive, and the colour a pure gold.

Smell: By the time I'd sampled the aroma's the head had calmed down quite a lot. A strong and deep caramel/toffee smell, verging on the burnt side, with a strong sweet scent. There were hints of wood, I can't determine what exact wood. A very pleasant and non offensive odour.

Taste: By the time I'd gotten to tasting the head was perfect for the first sip. First a hint of brandy, a slight hint of hop coming through with the wheat. The was a slightly fruity taste but not sweet. There was a hint of bitterness, but this was smooth on the palate and not overpowering. There was a slight citrus taste that came through in the middle of the beer, ending with a slightly stronger alcohol taste at the bottom of the glass. I think the yeasts in this beer tie the other ingredients together with their complexity.

Mouth feel: A first sip lavishes the mouth with fantastically forming bubbles, that flow with a creaminess into the crevices of the mouth. The beer feels slightly thick for this style, but at all times has a silky smooth texture that invites you back for more.

Overall: A delicious beer with surprising and complex tastes, with a depth to it's caramel scent. For a beer of this strength the taste of alcohol was very mild, and contributed to easy drinking. The mouth feel only adds to the ease of taste, inviting the beer into the embrace of every taste bud. There was not a harsh vibe in this beer, save for a slight tang on the tongue towards the end. There was an elusive but pleasant and intriguing scent that only begs for me to explore this beer more.

Conclusion: A definite beer to revisit time and time again, a prime example of the style, don't let the fun marketing fool you.

Robje, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of 33nickadams
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Great translucent pale golden color. About a finger of head and highly carbonated. Spicy and yeasty smell typical of the Belgians I've had. Slightly sweet and subtle peppery taste followed by a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and lively from the carbonation. At 8.5%, it drinks really easily. I could see myself on the lake in the summertime having one of these.

33nickadams, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of enfield249
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A- Pours with a massive foamy head of 4 fingers, and doesn't seem to go anywhere. Color is a pale gold and slightly cloudy.

S - Spicy aroma, with hints of clove. Very spicy. Also some light fruity flavors.

T - This is where this beer really shines. It is not over powering, but it is clearly a belgian style. The flavor is strongly of spice, and slightly tart. However it never veers towards cloying. There is some slight malt flavor here, but it is way in the back behind the spice.

M - Surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. Plenty of CO2.

O - This is my 200th beer review, and this was a great beer to review for it. Strong, flavorful, and you have no doubt what this beer is. I wouldn't want to have many of these in a sitting, but it is a amazing beer.

enfield249, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of IPA35
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours pale golden with a little bit of yeat, a small white head and plenty of carbonation.

The smell is Belgian yeast, hops, some citrus, some pine, some malts and spice. Very nice.

A spicey, tart brew with light hops and light malts. Sweet and a bit alcoholic. Fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

IPA35, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of tony223366
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 30, 2011.

A: Golden yellow color. Not my favorite. Beautiful 2 finger head though that fairly quickly dissipated to just a small layer of bubbles.

S: Fruity and phenolic. Definite yeast. Can't get a lot else. Actually I can get just a hint of the tropical fruits as it warms.

T: Big fruity flavor right off the bag. This is really sweet. Some herbal phenols. The alcohol is quite warming but not too harsh. Some bitter hops at the finish. I notice some really big swings in the flavors that I actually like.

M: Medium body, not as much carbonation as I'd like.

O: This was pretty damn good, but I was expecting a little more from the pink elephant.

tony223366, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of atlason
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Gold, translucent, very steady frothy head. Impressive appearance.

S: Light and fresh yeast

T: Oh my. Strong light sugarcane up front. Toasty biscuits with orange marmalade. Aftertaste of citric hop bitterness.

M: You can feel the viscosity on the tongue but it is not too much for drinkability to be hurt. Medium carbonation level helps make it interesting.

O: Huge beer on the palate, very enjoyable drinking experience.

atlason, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to Wine Connection for this freebie! Label notched for January 2010.

I bumped my appearance rating up simply because the ceramic bottle and reflective, colorful label are awesome. The beer itself pours a deep golden yellow with a tall, airy head.

Smells rich with golden raisin, slightly chardonnay, clove, pepper, yeast, and an alcohol finish.

Very in tune with the nose. Sweet golden raisins, various spice notes like clove, some banana notes as well as a warming finish of alcohol.

Very bubbly but enjoyable. Medium bodied.

This is a great beer in a really cool bottle. Very complex nose with great even flavors. These guys have been around for over 350 years for a reason. Get this.

phiberoptik, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

330ml bottle, best before april 2014

A- Transparent light orange, with very active carbonation visible. 1 finger and a half creamy white head that has awesome retention and lacing

S- Aroma is earthy (yeast), but more on the herbal than on the musty side. Earty but yet fresh with a fruity feel (lemon, orange peel) that also has some spicy/phenolic notes from the alcohol

T- As the smell suggested, freshly yeasty (can't really find better words to describe this) among a fading caramel malt base. Strong spicy/phenolic notes of plain alcohol, clove, maybe pepper, on the back of things. Some light fruity notes as well (orange). Finishes quite dry in spite of the dominant yeast presence, with a pleasant hint of bitterness

M- Medium body with maybe a faint hint of roastiness. Carbonation is really active but never gets harsch, bringing a soft, champagne-like crispness. A warming beer as alcohol is clearly detectable, but never gets annoying

O- May not be your beer if you are not in love with belgian yeast, but i sure am. A complex but yet incredibly drinkable beer

Cozzatoad, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -8%

Was in J'Town, PA at Tulunes and tried the Delirium Tremens that they have on tap...and unfortunately I dont think their CO2 tank was working properly...The color was clear copper, but absolutely not carbonation or head....a dead beer. The smell included spice, clove and some banana/citrus. The taste had a boost from the ABV, but their was definite spice/clove taste. Mouthfeel sucked since it was a dead beer and the higher ABV did not make this a session. Overall though the flavor and smell was good.

WoodBrew, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of zrmoyers
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%

Spectacular! One of my favorite beers. Beautiful color and wonderful taste. The high carbonation compliments to complex pallet and aromas. If poured correctly, it has an impressive, yet subtle, head. Initially has a sweet and fruity taste, and it closes with a mild hop and bitter taste. Lots of spice and flavor, truly an enjoyable beer!

zrmoyers, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.6/5  rDev -37%

The pour was pale and had quite a head as I expected. The smell was so complex, I didn't know how to describe it. One thing I know is that it did not prepare me for the taste. The taste was very strongly yeasty and that did not sit well with me. There were also clove and fruity hops present, but the yeastiness dominated. That immediately prevented me from enjoying this beer. I do not like yeasty beers, so I can't say anything good about this one. If you don't like a dominating yeasty flavour either, then don't even try this one. If you do, I guess you can give it a try. It was a bit sour, even. Very much not my thing.

ElCommodoro, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/29/11.

Poured on draft into a Delirium Tremens glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium gold with a 2 finger foamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and cloves with a touch of other spices.

Taste: Belgian yeast and clove up front followed by sweet fruit and black pepper in the middle before ending with a mildly bitter finish. Aftertaste is peppery and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The elevated ABV% would keep you from drinking multiples, but it's still very good.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I think I prefer this one on draft, which is saying something. Definitely worth trying.

adam42381, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Straw colored and crystal clear with a massive and creamy white head. Fine carbonation is visible.

Aroma: Slightly malty, moderately spicy, with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Excellent for style, but with a disappointing finish. Banana and clove elements are present, but not overdone.

O: excellent example of style, although it 'pales' in comparison to Delirium Nocturnum.

{slight adjustment based on an on-tap tasting in May 2012}

chinchill, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev -8%

Notches on label indicate March 2010.

Transparent yellow against my review screen, but against my off-white wall it's definitely orange. @nd glass is cloudy. 4 to 5 finger white head giving light, but thick lacing. Awesome carbonation. Very fine, as in very tiny bubbles throughout, with a smokey tower of bubbles rising in the center.

Earthy and spicy Belgian yeast merged with lemon and some moderately overripe grapefruit.

Sweet upfront, but then the tastes pf lemon, bitterness and alcohol overbalance a bit. Perhaps I should have left the sediment in the bottle.

Medium to medium-thick with a moderate bite. Alcohol burn is a bit harsh at first, but mellows by the end.

Overall, the beer leaves a good impression, but I believe a bit more maturity would do well for this one.

obywan59, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of blincoln
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours a reddish golden amber color with huge amounts of carbonation coming from the bottom of the class causing the head to actually grow to be about 3 fingers (I poured pretty slowly, believe it or not). Some thick foamy lacing left behind.

Aroma: Smells 'dirty' with a sour floral scent. Interesting, but hard to pinpoint the exact smells.

Taste: Fruit (almost like juice) supper sweet, bananas, pineapple, minty wintergreen tic-tac taste, honey nectar and a bit of maltiness

Palette: Medium body with a crisp floral finish.

Overall: Good blend of refreshing flavors that come together for a sharp and refreshing beer.

blincoln, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to my buddy Carl for this coveted sample this one shows a bright pale golden yellow color that is just jumping with speed demon bubbles and a big frothy white head and decent lacing. The aroma is a wheaty, earthy clove, pleasant and likable. The flavor brings apricot banana and a kiss of citrus. Of course there is a clove touch as well. It’s tart and lively in feel with medium body. It’s very drinkable and smooth. A classic.

Durge, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Seyhan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

First time I met it was in a Belgian pub in Holland in a snifter at a good temperature.

Excellent design and unique logo.

Heaps of head. Intense sweet fruit flavour and sweet spices hitting you instantly. High carbonation very balanced with the yeast. Simply delicious and easy to drink for 8.5 % - became very jolly afterwards!

My favourite Belgian elephant!

Seyhan, Sep 23, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

I had this served from on tap into a small goblet in the snifter. The bartender left the head on the beer and didn't pour it out. I had about three fingers of head. It was fluffy, and it stayed on the beer for quite a while.

The beer is an orange, coppery color with a decent of inclusions. It looks like snow inside the glass.

The smell off the top is banana, pineapple, and some belgian esthers from the yeast.

The beer is pretty sweet and fruity. Of course, the belgian yeastiness comes through as well. I also had a decent amount of alcohol presence in the beer. It is pretty strong.

I had a bomber of this about a year ago, and I was drunk after. I recommend this beer, but if you get a bomber; make sure you share it.

ummswimmin, Sep 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A: lots of lace. Clear and straw colored.

S: spicey with light banana and pineapple notes.

T: spicey up front with a bitter fruit finish, banana notes. The yeast character is excellent.

M: very smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. semi dry finish.

Overall: complex beer, excellent yeast character and decently drinkable.

kylehay2004, Sep 21, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Opaque white plastic (I think) bottle with black specks. Corked and caged, with blue foil covering the top.

Mostly clear pale golden color with a torrent of bubbles rushing up from the bottom to form the foamy white head. Orange zest and spicy phenols in the nose. Fruity esters of orange, pineapple, pear, and melon complement the pale sweet malts. Alcohol is well-disguised, and this one can really sneak up on you if you're not careful. Medium-bodied and crisp with an almost champagne-like mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

NeutroMan, Sep 21, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a bottle into my Stella glass...

This was my first Delirium and I didnt quite know what to expect. It poured a nice golden yellow with about half of a fingers worth of foam, which disipated pretty quickly. They smell was amazing but I had to sniff it several times as I was trying to think of what it smelled like... It came to me that this beer reminded me alot of Hoegarden. But it tasted 2x better than a Hoegarden. In my opinion this is a great beer and I can not wait to hae another.

brewadelphia, Sep 19, 2011
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,379 ratings.