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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,048
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 159
Gots: 289 | 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 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
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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
Photo of JustinJTisdale

New York

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

Had this beer on tap at a local joint that happened to have it in. Being almost a dollar an ounce at every place ive seen it I was skeptical to try it but it ended up being a decent beer. For that price I would imagine it would have to be though.

It pours light gold with a slight off white head that didnt really stick but did leave some rather heavy lacing.

The flavor was very yeasty with a hint of alcohol and a slight citrusy finish.

The volume to price ratio left me with a bitter taste in my wallet though so I doubt Ill be ordering this anytime soon. But never the less a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 01:27:56 | More by JustinJTisdale
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow, yeast sediment, head that dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell - Very nice smell! Citrus, sweet and some esters.

Taste - Sweet, citrus, banana and some bitterness. With some esters and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium body and quite carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 18:07:07 | More by OskarL
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fabulous beer.
Aroma is that of honey, wheat and maybe some apples; appearance is a misty golden colour with a light frothy head that quickly goes; wheaty taste, malted bitterness, honey tones, slightly sweet; full bodied, a little fresh round the edges.
It is possible to have on too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:33:40 | More by dEM1972
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Points off for look only because the blue foil was smudging ink and glue everywhere as I opened it. Other than that a really awesome Belgian Ale! Mine's the bottle, poured into glass.

A: White head, gold yellow body.

S: Citrus, some other fruit, definitely yeasty.

T: Fruits (pear, apple, citrus) are the highlight, but not overbearing at all. I taste some clove in there was well. Pretty unique I must say.

M: Carbonation is very mild and feels just right on the tongue. No weighing down at all.

D: Smooth and somewhat light. I could easily put away a whole pint of this in a night. Masks the alcohol pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:05:36 | More by Dan2165
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this brew reviewed on an independent blog and it seemed like a rather nice one to try, plus it's the only one I've seen with pink elephants on it.

This one was a bit tricky to work with at first because, even doing a side pour into a perfect pour glass, an ounce of beer made the rest of the glass fill with foam, I have no idea why. Plus the foil over the cap was glued on and difficult to get off.

Once I was able to fully empty the contents of the bottle I was intrigued by the cloudiness and copious amount of bubbles erupting from the bottom of the glass. The aroma had a bit of citrus to it and an interesting sweetness. The taste was like a combination of fruit and flowers and honey, complimented by a medium-weight body that was delicious and extremely satisfying. It's a bit pricey per bottle but it is just an amazing beer with tons of character. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:00:15 | More by DesMoinesMike
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ. bottle, very interesting looking bottle with the blue foil, and pink elephants, heh.
Poured into a weizen glass, a lively light gold/yellow with a huge foam head that just wouldnt go away. Smelled very fruity, pears and apple. Tasted the same, crisp, fruity and smooth. Lighter feel and alot of carbonation, slightly warming with the 8.5 abv. but it hides the alcohol well.
This is a great beer, drinkable and enjoyable, i was very pleased and will be getting again, also will now have to try the other Deliriums.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:32:54 | More by BeerMasterD
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New York

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

750ml bottle 2009 vintage

Light honey color with effervescent carbonation and a 1.5 finger white head.

Strong yeast, banana, and citrus

Again yeast banana, citrus, and mild hops

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Light and tingly, strong carbonation. Very drinkable, especially as it warms

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 16:30:20 | More by BeerNemesis
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District of Columbia

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

Fantastic beer from start to finish.
Head is not as impressive as Duvel, but that's fine with me.
What is most impressive is the mouthfeel and taste are comparable to Duvel, but I'd say Duvel is more carbonated and Delirium is more flavorful. Same flavors, yeast, bread, banana, clove, but I think they just come through better in the Delirium. Too bad is so much more expensive than Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 17:12:24 | More by Bugsey
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some thin head over a light golden body and little to no lacing. Smells a touch malty, honey and nutty with notes of sweet hops. Not too spicy though.

Tastes bready, a little funky, sweet with honey tones... great malt base with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation, otherwise fairly light. Quite drinkable, and even better as it warms.

Overall a solid Belgian pale ale. I'd get more if it weren't so costly.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 03:15:55 | More by abuliarose
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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 8, 2007

750ml Bottle.

Pours a golden color with a large 2+ finger head (when cold).

Aroma is its strong point, an attention getter with yeast, banana and some citrus.

Flavor is slightly subdued compared to aroma, but gets bigger as it warms. More yeast, banana, and some citrus.

Palate is very nice, very crisp, smooth and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

8.5%? You don't taste it but certainly do feel it. Packs a nice punch. Overall a very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:15:36 | More by elgiacomo
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hay-yellow colour with an airy foam that quickly receeds to a thin lid on the brew, with some dry lacing clinging to the glass. There are also a lot of yeast particles floating around in this otherwise clear liquid, it's not that they make the beer opaque or anything, just alot of floaters, doesnt look very good.

Smells yeasty of almond paste and apples. Winegums , especially the green ones come through, as well as a light semi-dry maltiness and the alcohol comes through a bit stingy in the back, but smells lighter than expected.

Taste starts of slightly tart and mid-dry with some green apples and unripe strawberries, and carries along into a cloud of yeast esters that quenches the beer for a moment. Finishes with a light a dry bitterness and some alcohol, not at all unpleasant.

Light and refreshing to drink, with a crisp carbonation that really fits the brew, and is reminiscent of dry cider.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 19:51:51 | More by dqrull
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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at a restaurant in Minneapolis.

Pours a wonderful, pale golden color with great head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smells a bit fruity, but to be honest, my taste buds were being bombarded by food, so I didn't get a great whiff.

The taste is heavily fruity and sweet, but not sickeningly. Quite obviously Belgian style from the very get-go. Has a tiny bit of bite, but mostly goes down smooth.

This beer feels wonderful in the mouth. The carbonation is just right.

I could drink a few of these, but at the price in the states, it may be worth drinking something else in the states. Still, it's one of my regulars, and I can drink it often. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 02:47:02 | More by paintedwall
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New Jersey

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

I first had Delirium Tremens at Eulogy Belgian tavern in Philly. It was on tap and absolutely amazing. That place is great, except for the fact that it's not for someone who is claustrophobic.

A: Clear, bright gold with a gigantic head that leaves ridiculous lacing. The head was nearly as massive as Duvel's, but it doesn't last nearly as long.

S: Fruity and hints of pear and pineapples with the funky Belgian yeast. Some candy sugar and hints of peppery alcohol also present.

T: I always think of pineapples when drinking this one. It's one of the things I taste first and foremost, along with a slight malt and candy sugar background. Remarkable brew that can almost stand up to the amazingness of Duvel.

M: Mild carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Some bread-like feel as well at the end.

D: Man, this is good stuff. I can put away a 750ml bottle, but after that, I would be done. On the other hand, if I were inclined, I could session this at a bar on tap. (Eulogy)

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:25:53 | More by irishking1977
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

While I have had this brew a few times in the past this is my first "review". This brew was had as a part of a New Years Celebration. This brew poured to a nice golden color with a good sized frothy white head that had incredible retention that left nice lacing. The aroma was very pleasant, nice pale malt, spices, slightly fruity and yeast all stick out. I really enjoyed the aroma but the flavor was even better. Nice malt character, fruit flavors (apple & pear) that play well with everything else. Nice spiciness that seems to really highlight clove and coriander. Effervescent finish which goes well. Really a nice brew and one that I look forward to having.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:23:14 | More by Stimack
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Formed a frothy 2 finger, bright white head. The head stuck around for a while and final dissipated, leaving a thick lace on the sides of the glass. The body is golden yellow...hazy and translucent.

The nose is apples, yeast, some spices in the background and undertones of sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet at first...fruits in the middle (apples, bananas) and finishes with a spicy, grainy kick. Great balance throughout...

The mouth feel is medium, very creamy with little carbonation.

Very drinkable...one I have had many times in the past and will continue to seek out. An all-time classic!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 19:36:53 | More by mgbickel
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Tremens snifter a pale champagne yellow color with lots of cascading bubbles and a two-finger sudsy head which is off white in color. Nice retention of head. Hardly a hint of lacing.

Zesty and bright smelling. Yeast, light fruit and a dish soap like smell.

Crisp and spicy tasting. Yeasty, some straw, peppery spice, mild hop presence.

Sudsy feel from all of the carbonation in the mouth. Very clean and dry finishing.

Very good beer, but I have to admit this one was a ton better on tap. Maybe this bottle isn't at it's peak for freshness either. Still a really good belgian.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:17:49 | More by jera1350
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in a big ceramic looking bottle out of the delirium tulip glass.

This beer has a nice looking cloudy, pale, light-golden color to it.

The smell is simply fantastic. Like there is an apple pie baking inside the glass! I am getting a whole lot of bitter yeast, along with sweet wheat on the nose here as well.

This beer feels very bubble in your mouth, there is definitely a lot of carbonation in this stuff.

The bitterness of the Belgian yeast is very dominant in this brew. I am also getting a nice round but subtle sweet wheat and fruity flavor from the malts, but the yeast is for sure the star here.

Wonderful Belgian double pale ale, the best i've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:04:47 | More by AlexTheAleMan
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale white, cloudy, some sediment in floating around, high carbonation, head fell away quickly.

Smell: Apples, sweet and sour, yeasty easters, some background spices that I cant name.

Taste: Same delicious apple flavors present in the taste, ending with light malts and a quick bitterness. After a few sips more of the sweetness pushes through.

Mouthfeel: The effervescence masks the alcohol well, light weight to it.

Drinkability: Great taste, light, very drinkable. Even though it is a "strong ale" its easy to forget that.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 10:33:07 | More by Shakujin
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Two-inch white head retains well and leaves a clean glass. Pour is a cloudy honey color, like liquid gold.

S - Sweet citrus and sour apples, honey, definite belgian yeast and some floral hops.

T - Citrusy sweetness with some tart apples and mild malts. Finish is a sweet and sour maltiness with some faint floral hops and mild alcohol.

M - Highly carbonated with a crisp finish, though it leans towards a light body. A little less watery would really make it exceptional.

D - A great Belgian sipper, this brew is well-balanced and has a good flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:31:40 | More by deruiz10
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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