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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,042
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 158
Gots: 287 | FT: 5
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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 timholio


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
Photo of chaz01


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
Photo of TheJollyHop


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
Photo of 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
Photo of sweemzander


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
Photo of Dentist666

Russian Federation

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice limpid golden beer with uniform white head, subsided to delicious lacing. Crisp aroma of citrus and yeast. Typical belgian taste - sweet malt, fruits and honey, yeasts again in collaboration gave an excellent result. Very drinkable and smooth beer sparkling in a glass was ingested gaily in a moment. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 15:03:44 | More by Dentist666
Photo of Moe55


4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best beer ever. Had this beer on tap at a local bar in Nebraska.

A: Big head with great lacing. Need I say more?

S: Fruity with hints of banana and other fruit.

T: Smooth, complex, with hints of banana and pineapple.

M: Mild carbonation with a smooth finish.

D: Outstanding. Had this in a pint size glass and was feeling it by the end. Trouble because I cant taste the alcohol and could drink this any day and in for any season.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 00:55:00 | More by Moe55
Photo of Popkas


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is a golden yellow with nice top of bright white foam that lasts and last. Some floaters noted.

S: Nose is spicy yeast, citrus, and clove.

T: Sweet malt, spicy yeast and a touch of some fruit though I am doubting the citrus I found in the nose.

M: Medium body with fizz that fills the mouth.

D: Nice beer that drinks above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:49:20 | More by Popkas
Photo of LordHammer

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I got as a gift from one of my wife's coworkers -- nicy guy!

A: Pours a brilliant yellow with a snow white head, which fades to a thick coating on the top of the beer. Totally clear.

S: Lemons, alcohol, and a bit of yeast. Definitely a sweet nose.

T: Initially tart from the high carbonation and some lemon flavor, then flows into a drier finish with hops and a lingering warming from the alcohol. Beautifully complex and balanced.

M: Body is on the thinner side, but bolstered by the higher carbonation level. Again, nicely in balance with the rest of the beer.

D: While it is strong, the nothing in the flavor is overpowering. I'll definitely be finishing the 750 this evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:02:43 | More by LordHammer
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Finally get to see what the fuss is about!

Poured into a small snifter glass. Great golden colour, lots of pillowy foam, and good sticky lacing. Great retention.

The nose is subtle, but enjoyable. Sweet malts, sugar, yeast and citrus (lemon).

The taste is sweet up front, with great citrus, honey notes with a touch of yeast. Finishes drier, with the hops and the alcohol coming through here. Moderate body, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

Goes down incredibly smooth, unlike some other BSPA's I've had recently. Were it not for the ABV, I could see myself pounding back several of these in an evening. Just one crept up on me... Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 00:08:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of NewGeneric


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

Poured into my Delirium tremens tulip :)

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a massive onslaught of slightly off-white foam that fades slowly and leaved plenty of lacing caked all over the glass. Lots of sediment floating around.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast, lemons, floral hops, and some tartness.

T: Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast hit hard up front, followed by zesty citrus and biting hops. There is some lingering bready goodness from the yeast at the end.

M: Quite the bite up front, but very smooth afterwards. Carbonation cleanses the tongue nicely and leaves a mild coating that keeps me feeling hydrated.

D: Just about the right amount of alcohol that I can drink plenty of them. One of my favorite Belgian pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:21:41 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 750 ml in snifter

A:hazy, gold, bone white impressive head

S: spicy, Belgian yeasts and cloves

T: candi sugar, yeast, a bit of spice form the yeasts my bottle is about a year old,

M: high carbonation, does not finish dry enough, has a sweetness in the middle, low hop bite, well crafted.

D: one bottle is it... I there is not much here but there is not supposed to be it is supposed to be perfectly crafted I feel that it is not up to par for the style, it reminds me more of a triple than a strong ale, kinda tastes like it did not fully ferment out, there is too much residual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 00:51:39 | More by fastsrt
Photo of alcstradamus


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

Crystal clear golden pour with two fingers of persistent head. Aroma is mostly yeast and clove, with spices helping add a bit of depth and complexity.

The taste is an extremely well balanced mix of yeast and spices. The spice adds complexity without overpowering the simple flavor profile underneath, making for a very easy drinking BSPA that hides its high ABV very well. Some white grapes and apple peel are also present.

The body is medium and the carbonation is high with a very slight sting. Drinkability is very good for the high alcohol level, and this is a fine one-and-done type of beer to enjoy prior to or during a meal. A true Belgian classic, and one of the best of a style that can often be too bland for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 21:35:27 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


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

I poured this tasty brew from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A light golden, slightly hazy pour. Huge head with bubbly lacing.

Smell: Breads and spice, a tiny bit of citrus. Very mellow.

Taste: Sticky sweet fruit and bread up front. The alcohol follows with a bit of bitter fruit at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little too heavy on the carbonation for my taste. A little too sticky.

Drinkability: I could have it every once in a while but I'd rather have a Duvel or St. Sebastian's Grand Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 00:01:26 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of ktrillionaire


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

G – Delirium tulip

A – It pours a bright golden color, quite clear, with a moderate white head that recedes into a ring of edge-clinging foam.

S – The aroma is of clean pale malt, pear ester, spicy yeast and slight solvent alcohol.

T – The taste is bright and lively, yet fairly mild; impressions of sweet and tart fruit, pears, peaches and apricots are balanced by a floral hop bitterness. The hop lingers, effectively eliminating any cloying sweetness on the finish.

M – Medium-bodied, chuggable, with a clean finish.

D – This is a good brew on tap; not spectacular. But it is only a notch below…

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 05:50:22 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of FreshHawk


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

A - Hazy golden yellow with a fairly large white foamy head. Decent lacing.

S - Lots of golden and tropical fruit (peach, apricot, apple, pear, and pineapple). Also a good amount of spice (clove, coriander, and pepper).

T - Follows the nose. Sweet pale malt base with a lot of that fruitiness and honey. Also a decent amount of alcohol comes through as well as a bit of a medicinal taste.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D - Pretty good, lots of fruit and somewhat sweet but a good amount of malt, spice, and warming. Strong on the palate but not overwhelming. Smooth and goes down easy, but tends a bit closer to sipping.

Notes: Lots of different fruits that mix well, and while they provide sweetness, it isn't overly cloying.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:48:27 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of djbreezy


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours golden with a low head

Smell - banana and fruits

Taste - banana, spice, fruit and yeast, some of the tastes are subtle, not an overpowering beer

Mouthfeel - light to medium body

Drinkability - very drinkable, could easily drink several

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:04:14 | More by djbreezy
Photo of ne0m00re


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served out of a 33 cL bottle into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Light, golden honey; it poured with a thick white head, which slowly died to a medium lace with constant bubbles running up the center. Later, as I poured more--even while trying to decant--solid yeasty globs flew into the glass.
S: Earthy, mild hops with a strong sweet bread aroma. In addition, there is a mild fruit smell... maybe grapefruit?
T: Musty sweet bread with a crisp, rustic twang of bitterness. Again, there is a mild fruit character haunting the effect, but I can't place my finger on it.
M: Clean and frothy, while a bit of it laces your mouth.
D: This is a very drinkable beer. I'd almost say it's sessionable.

Overall, the taste is a little too mild for me. This almost comes off as a saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:27:23 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of taigor

New York

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

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured yellow, golden color with huge head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast with citrus, banana and almonds.

T - Very sweet upfront with slight bitterness. Alcohol comes through towards the finish but not too overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Excellent pale ale. Would love to have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 20:15:41 | More by taigor
Photo of alysonwhite


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark yellow, light carbonation, no head, somewhat cloudy, and sort of beautiful.

Smell - apple, caramel, perfumey, smokey, really sweet smelling, it's actually kind of sickening, but the taste makes up for it.

Taste - it's definitely not as sweet as it smells, and tastes more smokey and nutty than sweet, but overall a nice balance of flavors. I've had better Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and thick with light carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a good beer, and I would drink it again if someone offered it to me, but probably will not buy it on my own.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:22:30 | More by alysonwhite
Photo of haddon


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

pours a cloudy honey color with a thick white head. good amount of carbonation with sediment throughout the goblet

sweet malts, lots of fruit that is heavy on apricot, peach & plum. hint of spice with perhaps alcohol note buried in there somewhere

must say, the taste really surprised me compared to the nose. starts off a little dry from the carbonation with the suspected fruit (peach, apricot, melon)...but then the warming alcohol hits with a wonderful sour aftertaste. love it! as it warms it continues to bring more and more depth

medium to full body with lots of carbonation. dry on the throat not unlike champagne

this is definitely a sipper and a real treat. great example of a belgian strong pale ale. seems to have a little extra something that separates itself. will be drinking again soon

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:41:16 | More by haddon
Photo of msemich


4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: just like a Pils, clear and golden with a thinly laced head. A little less carb than I expect but being on tap changes things a bit.

S: A hint of spice, alcohol, and light malt. Less spice than the bottled offerings

T: Mmmmm. I've had this onae many times before but the tap version is quite different than the bottle, large or small. The difference is in the balance, all the way. Instead of being a spiced monster it is more laid back, with a good feel for the hops and malt more than the bottle conditioning that brings out the yeast and spices. As a session (ya really?) offering it is much more palatable on tap versus the more distinct bottle. Some may knock off points for this difference in flavor, but I consider it to be much more approachable and delicate this way. Take that last sip of your bottle and I'll take the last sip of my glass and we'll see who is more content.

M: Big and a touch oily, but that only adds to the unique Belgian character. This pours like Urquell, but is VERY Belgian. No doubt. Served a bit cool, but not so much that it hits the flavor a lot. Spices and mouthfeel strengthen as the temp increases.

D: As with most Belgians of note, this one is not for downing a 6er. The sell em in 4's for a reason. Also consider the name, they aren't kidding. This one is strong and a contender for impairment; do yourself a favor and don't overindulge. There is nothing quite like a Belgian beer drunk and this one will sneak up on you. All that being said, it is *very* drinkable, especially on tap. The bottle is somewhat self-limiting, but this tap version has no tell on the amount of alcohol or effectivness of the brew. A testament to the production values if you ask me.

If you haven't tried this one, go out and do it now. Availability is wide and far-reaching, with 50 state distro. If you are lucky enough to try it on tap be prepared for a different and much more subtle experience...one which I think you will enjoy.


Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 00:11:13 | More by msemich
Photo of scottfrie


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

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden yellow with vibrant carbonation. A large, frothy, bright white, whipped egg-white textured head quickly appeared and took its time reducing into a thick frothy film that lasted the whole beer through. Plenty of soapy-like lacing left on the glass as you drink.
S: Sweet fruits, candied sugar, alcohol notes, spices, yeast, pepper, and slight floral hops. Very fruity and spicy.
T: Sweet, spicy and delicious. Almost like drinking a dessert. Very fruity with champagne like qualities. Notes of tropical fruits and bananas. Lots of Belgium style spices and a peppery hoppy aftertaste.
M: Very bubbly and carbonated. Leaves a slight alcohol warmth in the back of your throat. Medium-full body full of rich flavors.
D: Very rich. This one can get you in trouble because the alcohol is masked so well behind the sweetness. I've very happy that the beer was as awesome as the bottle. The pink elephants delivered!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:00:33 | More by scottfrie
Photo of PhunkyBeerGuy85


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

I bought this beer at my local liquor store in a large bottle. I popped the cork and was immediately greeted by the year 2008. lucky me, eh?

Appearance: Rich and hazy. a very dusty, orange/yellow. reminds me of fire in the light.

Smell: Citrus and floral notes immediately apparent. fragrant and hoppy with a ver smooth acohol aroma.

Taste: The same citrus and flowers. Uniquely hoppy, strangely sweet with a bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully carbonated. The alcohol is very present, but very tolerable. leaves your palate feeling very crisp.

Drinkability: one of the easiest belgian style strong pale ales i've ever had. smooth going down, pleasant lingering after-taste, and an overall great beer for any occasion.

I went against my better judgement and bought a big bottle of this beer. i usually have no one to share with, and i rarely will drink a big bottle in one sitting. all i can say about this beer is that i should've bought 2. an absolute must.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:42:15 | More by PhunkyBeerGuy85
Photo of noduckla


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

I really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to having another quite soon.

The glass was from my hotel room, a large rimmed half pint sized vessel. The appearance was a nice a clear, golden color with a delicate bouquet. The taste was wonderful - good carbonation with a light citrus taste with undertones of candy sugar. I really enjoy triples and this one clearly rises to the top of my list. It was well carbonated and very drinkable. I could easily have multiple DTs in a sitting. It takes a solid beer to pull off a beer with pink elephants and this one does it well.

I have been looking forward to this beer for some time and it did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:09:59 | More by noduckla
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,042 ratings.