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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours witha wonderful golden color with an amazing thick white head. Very bubbly, almost champagney, with just a hint of something in it to give a slight haze.

As expected the smell is one of my favorite parts of this beer. It has a wonderful, spicy/citrus aroma that just floats up at your nose and says drink me. Definitly some pineapple as a distiquishable fruit, as well as some other muddled up in there.

Taste follows up with the smell very well. The citrus and spice come through in a huge way, and the pineapple is still there, but with a bit of orange as well.

The feel in the mouth is very good. It is a very complex drink, but gives way to maximum drinkablity. It has such a wide range of flavor and crispness, that I would say that this beer could probably be drank anytime.

This is a very good beer and should be enjoyed by all.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:39:52 | More by mattgreger
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mmva321

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Carbonation!!! When I pour, waves of it fill the glass. The body is clear and yellow, with the slightest orange tint. There's a big amount of rocky, white head that dissipates slowly. Carbonation rises all through the glass and provides an audible experience as well. Yay fourth sense!

S: The short and simple thing to say is bready yeasts and citrus and orange notes. But I really love it. Lighter beers like tripels and saisons have always been my favorites, but I've been having a lot of darker beers lately. This aroma is strong, refreshing and crisp. There's a grassy/piny undercurrent here, a smooth malt runs through it and I detect grapefruit and maybe even some grapes.

T: Follows the aroma, though the grass and yeast overly dominate the citrus aspects of the beer. It dulls the beer down a little bit.

M: Carbonation!! A thin body with lots of carbonation to fill your mouth. Very appropriate but maybe a little too much on the bubbles.

D: Strong flavors and strong carbonation. It only works well if the beer is made exquisitely and this beer unfortunately has some problems. It's still a very good and refreshing drink that I like more than my rating indicates, but the strong but dull flavor, along with the aggressive carbonation make this beer kind of a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 08:01:28 | More by mmva321
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beyah

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellowish in color, big head very carbonated white lacing.

Spicy aroma, phenolic esters sweet, don't really taste the alcohol until after 20 seconds or so.

There is way more head on this beer than any beer I know of but the flavor is wounderful. I will get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:08:12 | More by beyah
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz corked pottery crock-looking bottle. Bottled on date notched on back label.

Poured an opaque golden color, some suspended particles. Huge creamy-white, pillowy head. Smell is very spicy and tart. Also some good malt overtones coming through. Taste is super citrusy with a lot of bite on the back end. The head lends to a very nice feel to the brew, because it's a little thin. Bitter finish. Overall, a good beer, but not one I'd pick up regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:01:31 | More by sixerofelixir
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RickS95

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For being such a light beer, I actually like it (I prefer black beers). It's a hazy straw color with the thickest white head I've ever seen, and boy do those bubbles stick around. It has a champagney look to it as the bubbles just keep rising from the bottome to the top.

Smells great, like most Belgium beers I've had. Citrus and spices galore. Pineapple and cloves dominate.

The taste is similar. The citrus and spice come through in a big way and the pineapple seems to have turned into orange.

The feel in the mouth is very refreshing. There is some complexity as it tries to be sweet before giving way to the bittering spices. But it's very crisp and carbonated, really cleansing the palate and wanting you to take another drink. With some of the warmer month spices, it would taste great in the colder months; but because of the crispness and ongoing carbonation, it's a fantastic drink for the warmer months as well.

Because your palate always stays clean, each drink is like the first so it never gets old. It's pretty high in alcohol, but you never get the warming feeling so you never realize how strong the beer really is. Truly a world classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:49:02 | More by RickS95
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mwilbur

Minnesota

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter. Cork has 2009 stamped on it.
A: Pours a clear greenish lemon color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch thick billowy white head. Good retention and lacing. Nice to peer at.
S: Spicy fruity esters, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a hint of banana and a grassy mineral note.
T: Follows aroma well, but not quite as promised. Bready yeast, belgian spice, banana and mixed fruit.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth and effervescent. Nice spiced (as opposed to spicy) finish.
D: An all-around solid brew and one of the more available quality beers. A nice intro to the style, but not quite top-tier.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:27:50 | More by mwilbur
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CBOLAND17

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great Belgian Trippel with a high alcohol content at about 8.5%. Exactly what one would expect from a traditional belgian ale, very spicy and unique yet full bodied and strong. Additionally, it comes in a very cool white ceramic bottle.. A great beer to start exploring belgian beers with!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 18:33:42 | More by CBOLAND17
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy straw golden, one thumb of white head dissipated quickly to random islands
S - strong Belgian yeast esters, a pilsner like pale malt scent, light citrus and bubblegum
T - light clove spice from the yeast, herbal hop note, toasty grains, and a light sugary bubblegum finish
M - medium body, refreshing carbonation that leads to a slight dryness
D - a very nice blend of flavours, the alcohol blends very well, a case of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts as this is very very drinkable over all

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:06:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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ncfranklin

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A : Pours a transluscent golden color with rolls of bubbles creating a huge frothy white head

S : Bug fruit notes, almost a grape-ness. Some bread, light alcohol.

T : Hidden behind a wave of carbonation is levels of esters, some light bitter hop, and tiny wiffs of fruit. Nothing seems to pronounced.

M : Medium bodied and carbonated as can be. A tick dry on finish.

D : The lighter body and fairly well hidden alcohol make this one of easiest to drink Belgians.

Weak on flavor, high on carbonation, not a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:51:39 | More by ncfranklin
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer for a few weeks in my cellar and because of the misterious way the bottle looks like i decided to drink this one tonight. Poured in my Maredsous glass the beer gets a nice white head but this head disappears quit fast leaving a little lacing in the glass. Nice yellow colour with some carbonation.

The smell is not unpleasant but also not very inviting. A kind of dry smell. The taste is also somewhat dry (which comes after the first sips) with yeastnotes. I have had better strong pale ales from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 20:03:00 | More by Brabander
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fbone

Ohio

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

A=absoutlely yellow,medium carbonation,head is gone from start.

S=amazing smell,fresh yeast smell with hint of orange.

T=interesting and amazing.banana plus orange plus herbs?complex and balanced.I'm excited.

M=an absolute delight to hold in your palate.med to light body.A perfect finish down your pipes.

D=This is a world class perfect brew, I couldn't be more pleased,where can I get a keg?I can't find one thing bad to say about this unique presentation of brewing skill.I can't wait to taste this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:51:39 | More by fbone
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have always dodged this beer. Its the packaging. It totally weirds me out. Like how Michael Jackson felt on his first visit to the Huyghe brewery or Stephen Leacock entering a bank. But it is not just that trippy label which does my head in, its the bottle. Obviously some one got a deal on a stack of well used toilet porelain. Put the label and the bottle together and its like being 3 and a half again with a fever watching 'The Gumby Show'.

In the glass the beer's deep powerful headiness is there for all to feel. A clear golden colour with a blitzkreig of bubbles support a level modest layer of foam. To start its acidity really sparkles and fizzes. Rich and ridiculously potent, almost like a hallucinogenic though obviously lacking the fine polish of Duvel. Heavier and more cloying as well. Wasn't long before I was ridiculously famished. And wasn't long before I was off for a mushroom slice at a BP garage.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:09:46 | More by Zimbo
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from bomber into pint glass-

Two finger head that quickly descended ,Great webbing throughout golden yellow in color with a hues of orange -

The taste was very nice - hints of fruit - some hops - vanilla ?

The drinkability made this one of my favorite beers - I would have drank another bottle if available.

This is an excellent Strong Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:37:56 | More by InebriatedJoker
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dasenebler

Maine

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Massive, beautiful and rocky head atop a lightly hazy orange-gold body. Lacing is excellent, and a solid layer of foam remains throughout.

The aroma is heavily spiced, with a very interesting powdery, floral component that I can't place.

The flavor is sweet and yeasty, but finishes pretty dry. This is not the cleanest of ales, but there is quite a bit going on to make things interesting. There's a lot of fruit and bready, yeasty sweetness. Notes of tart apples and banana mainly, along with a candy sweetness a la marzipan, or powdered sugar. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated, but not in a good way. Did not sit too well on my palate.

This a good Belgian strong ale, though not as tasty as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 18:09:45 | More by dasenebler
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a three finger high white head that quickly receded but consistently left a thin head covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars, fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and slightly sweet, having flavors of apples, candi sugar, lemons, pepper and yeast. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a significant amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but there's no way I would have more than one of these in a sitting given its alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:01:40 | More by metter98
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philphilphil

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance was cloudy
Smell was overly spicy and intense,
Taste was much the same. Masively hyped. kind o
Not bad mouth feel.
Drinkabilty was avergae, duvel is simply better, enough said, taste was too intense, compared to duvel, this stuff just isn't as good. Too many foreign flavours

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 11:29:13 | More by philphilphil
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

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

A: As the style describes, a "big, billowing, rocky white head" with a clear and rich golden color. Lots of visiable carbonation.

S: A strong hay/grain aroma with a complex bready smell. Apples, pears, and bananas are picked up in the nose with a spicy kick. The hops are hard to detect, but are there as the beer warms.

T: A tart/sour fruity taste with notes of passion fruit & peaches. A spicy and complex flavor balanced with strong belgian yeast notes. For such a strong ABV, this beer tastes great with a crisp and dry finish.

M: A smooth texture with a light body and lively carbonation.

D: Great beer and very easy to drink. Would love to get more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:08:52 | More by BrewCrew2010
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club, poured into my Duvel tulip. The beer pours a somewhat dull goldenrod, closer to clear than cloudy, though not entirely translucent. A strong pour leads to a voluminous, creamy and frothy white cap. Head retention is above average, but lacing is subpar for a BSPA. The nose is mostly sweet, grassy and pale fruit (apples and pears) malts. There's just a hint of spice, which isn't quite enough in my book. Fortunately Delirium Tremens' flavor allows a bit more of the yeast influence to shine through, with some pepper and clove being the most appreciable. All the requisite parts are in place for a phenomenal Belgian Strong Pale Ale (at least as far as flavor goes), but for some reason the result is just a little bit short of that. One area where the brewery nailed it though is the mouthfeel, there's enough heft in the body without crossing the line into being too viscous and thick, and the carbonation is invigorating and exciting without seeming fizzy in any way. That, along with a solid (but not top notch) taste makes Tremes quite quaffable, especially with the alcohol not really shining through. Delirium Tremens is a more than passable Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but falls short of "all time classic" status

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:56:40 | More by axeman9182
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

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

A- A nice yellow amber color.

S- Like that Belgian smell with the hops and spices and that water.

T- Very good taste of spices and hops and fruity notes all inter-twining.

M- Very dry. Flavors are there through out sip. Go down pretty easy.

D- Good Belgian ale. My very first to go with drinking out of my Delirium Tremens Tulip glass. Very good beer have to try it again.

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 05:39:02 | More by SamuelJackson45
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ptykozoon

California

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi hazy light golden color with tons of tiny bubbles and a huge white head. Doesn't get much better.

Picking up the typical belgian spiciness and floral scents, fruit; perhaps apples, pears. Again, very nice.

One of my favorite beers for sure. Tastes like nose, complex belgian flavors which I just love. More fruity than I thought. I want to say this tastes zesty? Exciting, refreshing, delicious, whatever this beer is really good.

Very carbonated and fun on the tongue. Can't taste the ABV, an awesome beer that is good warm or cold.

Drinkablity is great on this beer. Almost session worthy but not just quite. Rated A- ? Wasn't this the top rated beer in the world at one point? Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:19:41 | More by ptykozoon
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally getting to try this, splurged on a $11.99 750mL bottle from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Faux ceramic bottle, cork and crown covered with blue foil. Back label is notched to indicate Jan 2010 but doesn't indicate what this means (I'm guessing bottled on date). Served cold in a tulip.

This mostly-clear pale yellow brew shows a TON of carbonation clinging to the glass and floating upward. The head is 2" thick and striated into two distinct layers. On the bottom is a very fizzy layer of small bubbles, continuously replenished from the ample carbonation rising upward. This then fades to a more dynamic frothy foamy layer as the fizzy stuff condenses and collapses as it moves upward.

First impression of the smell is peach. Semi-sweet with a concurrent spicy/ hoppy dryness, some tropical aspects. As it airs/ breathes some cinnamon becomes distinct.

In the mouth it is... wow! It's pretty light, but thick enough to keep the rigorous carbonation to a reasonable level of softness. Peach, tropicals, light florals, and a very interesting sour twang gives it great depth. Very well balanced and extremely easy drinking. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:39:04 | More by BeerNinja007
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carpezytha

California

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

Served in tulip at 50 F
A: Clear light honey body, decent lumpy off white head. Lacing fails to cling to the glass after the head falls.
S: Dried banana, some fresh hay. A little white pepper.
T: Dried grapefruit rinds, gummi bears but with a dry finish. There is definitely a coriander kick and a nice farmy double fresh funk.
M: Medium bodied with peppy carbonation.
D: This is a little TOO quaffable for something this high in alcohol. There is not a big burn, and it is fresh.

This was a favorite beer before I became a beer snob. I would recommend it to someone unaccustomed to Belgian beers or just good beers, because it is drinkable but presents a lot of interesting flavors that a novice might find interesting. I still like it, but there are many better ones out there.

Tasting notes: goes well with pesto pizza.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:25:32 | More by carpezytha
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Large snow white head with lots of bubbles. Does dissapate quite quickly though. One interesting note though, does beer have pulp? This one seems to.

S- Not much going on with the aroma. Little bit of bread, and the smell of yeast.

T- The trademark yeast style, has that belgian feel to it. Very crisp and dry. Also has a bready taste.

M- Crisp, bitter, and refreshing.

D- Very refreshing beer. Alcohol is not very noticeable, but it is slightly warming. I can see how this would creep up on you after two or more though.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:19:13 | More by haazer
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the Squealing Pig in Providencetown, MA. Served in a Belgian beer snifter, cool.

A-gold-blonde body and a creamy white head

S-yeast and clove smell.

T-yeast and clove flavor, some veggie, some spice and alcohol.

M-light, well carbonated

D-little off tasting with the veggie flavor but otherwise okay. I might pass on this next time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 15:57:00 | More by jneiswender
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quarter pint at The Black Dog Pub in Bayfield, ON. Yellow gold in colour with a thin ring of bubbly white head and dots of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are sweet bubble gum, baking dough, yeast esters, ethanol, melon fruit, clove, orange peel, pie crust, Fuzzy Peaches, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, peppery, strong spiciness, somewhat sour, boozy astringency to finish. A pleasant, drinkable strong ale, but not the most layered or rewarding example of the style. Still, it's worth a go if you can find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 06:11:20 | More by cratez
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,161 ratings.