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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,158
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
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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 Kinsman


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

Pours a hazy golden color with a rapid continuous stream of bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the chalice into the head. Capped by a massive slightly ivory and very frothy head.

Aroma is oh so sweet and spicy. Definitely a presence of the Belgian yeast, being fruity/estery, like bananas with a bit of spice.

Taste is rather complex, like many Belgians. A more moderate hop presence than others in the style, but nothing wrong with that. That malt character is rather light but allows for the alcohol to make itself known. The rest of the flavor seems to be all from the yeast, estery and possibly a bit phenolic. Definitely an enjoyable spice note.

Mouthfeel could best be described as light, dry, and crisp... not something I would normally associate with beers above the 6-7% ABV range.

Overall a great BSPA. I've had this on tap before and I enjoyed it even more, but its still definitely one I would recommend to someone who is new to Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 17:12:00 | More by Kinsman
Photo of bierguru


3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - its a blond copper pours and keeps a head well

S - smells of wheat barley with a hint of corriander orange

T - slight bitterness but overall a hugh corriander taste

M - kind of heavey for a wheat beer and a lot of carbonation

D - for me not so much a everyday beer but the next time i go to the beach i may grab a couple of these

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 03:06:43 | More by bierguru
Photo of BobZ


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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a large fluffy head initially, the head rapidly dissipates leaving about a ¼" to ½". Very nice lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and spicy, very nice for a pale ale.

Taste: Delicious, again spicy, clean, crisp, seems to evaporate instantly and pleasantly on the palate. Excellent hop balance with a nice amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Excellent carbonation, extremely smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Refreshing and very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 19:30:52 | More by BobZ
Photo of Gambrinus1184


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

Served on-tap at the Pier in Newport, RI.

A: A hazy, pale, golden amber color with a two-finger head of creamy white foam. Carbonation seemed ample and retention was good.

S: Smells of candied fruits, gum, dried banana, cloves and white pepper. Fruity, floral and spicy.

T: A lush blend of tropical fruits, banana, pineapple, pear and orange peel married to the subtle spiciness of hops and pepper esters. A mild alcohol sting is softened by a rich, buttery malt backbone and the herbal hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a little creamy and chewy but very smooth.

D: A powerful brew at 8.5% ABV but so solid drinking. A really nice blend of fruity malts, spicy hops and the classic Belgian yeast strain palate complex. Very drinkable, very tasty; just might make you see the pink elephant after a few.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 18:32:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bier Markt in Toronto. Poured into branded Delirium tulip. Pale orange colour with nice white head with great lacing and retention. Smell of Belgian yeast with a mild fruitiness and bread with some spices. Taste has mild bitterness, but very crisp. I seemed to get a bit tired of drinking this by the end of the glass, but I still did have a couple because friends didn't like this and I couldn't let it go to waste!

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 19:42:41 | More by kwjd
Photo of curly31989


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

A- Pale yellow color with a lot of floating sediment. There was very little head retention on this one.

S- Smells of yeast, clove, and banana. You can smell it instantly as you peel off the foil around the cap :)

T- There is a good amount of banana, clove, and spice. There is also a slight breadiness to the beer.

M- Overall a light beer with good carbonation. It slides down well and leaves with a dry finish.

D- This is a very drinkable beer and the ABV can easily get away from you if you're not paying attention.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:12:35 | More by curly31989
Photo of grittybrews


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

Drank side by side with a cloned version. Poured a pale yellow into a Duvel tulip with lots of murky sediment. Three fingers of loose, fluffy white head that slowly faded to a thin film with little lacing. Standard Belgian aromas of yeasty banana, clove, and a hint of hoppy spice.

High carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Somewhat understated flavor with prominent banana, pepper, and a hint of caramel on the dry finish. Very light, dry, and easy-drinking. The ABV is well-masked and can really sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:09:14 | More by grittybrews
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New York

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

Pours a straw yellow mixed with orange hue into a tasting glass. Head retention is pretty good it never recedes to a collar, bubbles are always present. Smell is yeasty with a light pear peach character. Taste is really nice, pear with pepper and some other fruit in here as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous nit as watery as I thought it would be. Overall this is a really nice beer and I like it a lot. I will definitely be able to finish the bomber by myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:20:07 | More by STEG
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel glass. Bottled marked April, 2009

A- pours a slightly cloudy deep yellowish gold color with plenty of carbonation bubbles, and a fluffy two finger head that sticks around

S-traditional belgian yeast aromas of bread and spice

T-bready flavors with a bit of citrus and maybe some peach; a slight toasted butter flavor

M-great dry finish at the end, but I felt it was a bit thin but had a decent carbonation level to make up for it

D-the alcohol is noticeable as a warming effect and not really in the flavor, but for me it's not a style that I can drink a lot of because my mouth becomes drier as the bottle becomes empty

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:14:35 | More by scottyb88
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz speckled ceramic painted brown glass pry-top bottle with blue foil. "L 4" with no year ticked off.

I'm going to complain a little. Firstly, foil looks nice but is problematic in that the adhesive makes the bottles sticky and scraps of foil often end up in my glass. Secondly, date your f***ing bottles properly! I hate half dates.

Appearance: Suffers due to the foil I had to remove from my glass. Chunky chunky chunky...amber yellow with thin white head that recedes quickly.

Nose: Smells like simple Belgian yeast and undermodified pale malt. Hay and preserved lemon come to mind too.

Palate: Light bodied and sharp right off the bat with alcohol that quickly turns to being slick with booze. Some light hop bitterness, corn husk, mineral notes, hay, and white pepper. Spicy and prickly. Low carbonation level. Dense mouthfeel though.

Notes: Annoyed with the packaging. Isn't the "painted" bottle enough? Do you really need foil too? The bottles are much more complex than the draft, but still it's not that exciting of a beer. Lots of gimmick + a decent beer = high scores and lots of demand. Not my favorite BPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 04:52:33 | More by SFLpunk
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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light, straw yellow with a huge white head that lasts a long time but, curiously, leaves very little lace. Maybe it's rebelling against the Duvel glass I poured it into. Into which I poured it. Sorry.

S- Smell begins with an explosion of tropical fruit with pineapple, lime, and kiwi, and probably, like, guava and kumquat or something. I don't know, I'm not a freaking botanist. Underlying tartness reminiscent of sour apple remains throughout with layers of yeasty aromas like bubblegum and clove.

T- Quite sour, with the malt character reminiscent of sourdough bread. A touch of bubblegum sweetness peeks through before the chalky yeast dries things out at the end.

M- Medium-bodied, but feels lighter thanks to the high carbonation. Very prickly and refreshing on the tongue.

D- Pretty good, considering the alcohol content. The light body and the carbonation help with this, and the alcohol is never really evident except for the after-effects, which are reminiscent of that time I ended up at the Waffle House with no pants on. I'll stop after a couple glasses so that won't happen anymore.

A very good BSPA. Not the best I've had, but good. I'd get it in a bar, but I doubt I'll spring for another bottle. Maybe it's better in its own pink elephant glass. Recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 04:15:34 | More by vtfan77
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort glass.

A: First of all, I want to remark on the amount of sediment this beer contains. Both this pour and one I had several months ago resulted in *lots* of particulates floating in the glass. It isn't pleasant. Otherwise, there is a golden hue to the beer (transparent if not for the fuzzy particles), with light bubbles on top to serve as a head.

S: A sweet scent, with various tropical fruits, most obviously banana. There is a vague spice and a tinge of alcohol underneath. Subdued and distant.

T: Good, but not great. A warming/tingly sensation of light spicy-bitter fruit with a burst of beeriness close behind. The aftertaste is a little drying with a strange nutty hint and round ester-y malts. The main body is sour-sweet, fizzy, and tastes a lot like apple juice. Pretty good beer, but I feel it is overrated.

M: Not too shabby, what with the fizz and smooth, sweet character. Nothing to write about either.

D: Look. This is a good beer. But there are lots and lots and lots of better ones. I've heard a lot about this beer from a lot of different people and let me tell you straight -- it doesn't live up to the hype. This is one of the most overrated beers I've ever bought. If you're really that interested, pick one up; while it will likely disappoint, it won't let you down. Delirium Nocturnum is a more interesting and, I feel, a more rewarding experience than this Belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:36:28 | More by AgentMunky
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

One finger white head sits atop a pale straw body. Very solid retention, a cap of foam remains the whole time. Wisps of lacing left behind.

Smells of fruity esters, some phenols, and a leafy hop bitterness.

Tastes of fruity esters (bananas/apples), some light phenols (cloves), a bit of peppery spice, bready yeast, and a leafy hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy, with biting bubbles.

An easy drinking brew. One of the best examples of the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 18:23:49 | More by billshmeinke
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2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Poached cinnamon pears, dark and musty cider, a string herbal/medicinal note as well as floral perfume.

Taste: Limited drinkability, but very distinctive. Yeasty, medicinal cinnamon/nutmeg, dry. Almost rotten pear and plenty of stale cinnamon and mineral notes. Unique, but not to my liking too much. Also, pretty darn bitter, especially for a belgian. Finish is fairly dry, ripe pear, not quite as spicy and a little butterscotch.

Notes: I didn't have it with food, but I think this would go much better with food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 04:47:37 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of TommyW


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

A- Clear gold body with a fluffy, white head that sticks a bit.

S- Pale malt with some sweet/tart fruit aromas going on with a slightly herbal hop aroma.

T- Dry, Belgian pale malts leave a overall dry taste, but it's interrupted with lots of fruity flavors and some tart and earthy yeast. Really well-balanced. Slight medicinal after-taste.

M- Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D- Really drinkable beer; a great way to finish an evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:40:20 | More by TommyW
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle undated, acquired through a trade with Viggo.

Pours a nice pale yellow with a decent head but I am amazed by how much sediment there was in the bottle. Remember next time not to pour out the last bit. Balls of heavily flocculated yeast give the beer an unfortunate brown hue. The aroma I was really enjoying with a bit of banana, an aroma that initially I could only describe as fruity but later realized was that of apple juice and nice and enjoyable level of belgian funk...

The beer tasted nice, but nothing great. The sweetness with a bit of the apple hangs on. Very little of the belgian funk plays in the palate, which I find incredibly disappointing. Carbonation is OK, biting but lower than I expected for what I know of the style. Very drinkable, with none of the higher ABV coming through but just not what I was hoping for...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 20:51:40 | More by kjyost
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New York

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

A-A bright golden color with about a fingers width head with a slight lacing.

S-smells of belgian yeast and crisp fruit like apple and maybe some slight citrus.

T-Sweet and crisp with apple and slight pear and a small amount of hops.

M-Crisp and refreshing light to medium bodied sweet like a carbonated apple/pear juice..

D-way too high for a brew with an 8.5abv tasty,tasty and tasty...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 08:15:09 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle with cork marked 2009 into a DFH signature glass.

A- Pours an amber/gold with very little head. Based on reviews I've read, I'm not sure where the massive head is. Perhaps a bad pour on my part, but not sure. Does leave some lacing however.

S- Some spicy Belgian yeast comes through along with some tart apple.

T- Some sweet fruitiness with a slightly tart edge up front before a rather dry finish with a slight bitterness.

M/D- Pretty light and smooth with decent carbonation. Goes down pretty easily as well. Could probably put away a few.

I have tasted this before, and I remember it being much more carbonated and a bit lighter/fluffier. I guess this may just be a slightly flattened bottle. Still quite tasty though, and a good complement to its cousin BSPA Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:34:56 | More by geryeb624
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottel 33 cl poured in a delirium tremens glass

A: Pours a dark dark golden color with a lot of head initially. It eventually dissipates to about a finger. A good amount of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet citrus and apple. Also some faint hops. Smells light and refreshing.

T: Very sweet up front, with tastes of apple and pear dominating. Also some citrus. Just a touch of bitter hops kick in on the finish to provide a great balance.

M: Light to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Where is the 8.5% abv?

D: I've always loved this beer. It's a great example of the style.
perfect brew

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 14:50:05 | More by beerpirates
Photo of impending


2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden honey, dense head, vigorous carbonation.

Scent of slightly sweet malts, yeast and very prominent phenols, I'm worried.

My worries are borne out, medicinal phenols are pronounced. While medicinal at least they are not of the band-aid kind but medicinal none the less. I know some folks consider this just another note in a complex brew but I just don't get it as it simply isn't pleasant to my taste buds, it lingers in the back of my throat. I think brussel sprouts suck too but people keep eating them . . . . .

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 21:21:10 | More by impending
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4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am finally writing a new review after 2 1/2 years almost. What better beer to review than one of my two favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens globe. Almost overflowing with a 3 finger head that stays around for awhile. Lacing fills the inside of the glass.

A- Has a nice golden color with a cloudy appearance. A
Beautiful beer with bubbles rising from the bottom of the
globe into the sudsy head.

S- Smells strong of alcohol but has a has a nice fruity smell as

T- The taste of this beer is second to none imo. It is fruity and
crisp but, at the same time, has an alcohol kick to it that
you can tell is there.

M- This beer feels very good on the palate. Even though it
has an ABV of 8.5%, it still goes down very smooth.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. It might be a little to heavy for
those used to 5% abv and below beers.

In closing, this is one of the finest beers in the world. I really enjoy it each and every time I get the chance. I highly recommend this beer! Peace out beer freaks.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 23:48:21 | More by bluesfan1181
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - light hay colored with tons of yeasty sediment. Massive white billowy head which died rather quickly. Unremarkable lacing.

Smell - very subtle yeast, malted wheat, and pungent phenols. Also new bread.

Taste - is sweet and bready up front, then bitter, with a rather tart finish. Definitely perceived alcohol but not till the end. Very enjoyable over all.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied with tons of carbonation, very effervescent

Drinkability - dangerously drinkable, would definitely enjoy a few of these before falling over in my chair.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:26:47 | More by Snamnoum
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an opaque yellow/gold with an extremely foamy head that took quite some time to dissipate.
S - Caramel with banana and a hint of citrus
T - Honey and banana with a light citrussy flavour and slight bitter/tartness of aftertaste which balances the sweet
M - very smooth and refreshing
D - Rather drinkable and I would drink more if the price per bottle wasn't so damn high here in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 12:58:27 | More by madvoice
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pale hue, almost yellow with some hints of orange, completely translucent, an abundant white-headed
(nearly three fingers) beer with a creamy texture, excellent retention and significant residual in the glass. Constant and heavy carbonation.

S: very fancy aroma of citrus and fruit with light alcohol perception

T:With a first taste of slightly sweet behaves, with hints of honey and fruit, acidity is almost imperceptible, but in his final you can note the complexity of the beer with a fine bitterness
and the alcohol presence accompanying the whole way.
In his extended ending it can be noticed some wasting making it kind of chewy.

Medium body, despite the volume of alcohol relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:34:41 | More by treque
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw blonde. Head isn't as full or as lasting as I had expected but not bad. Leaves diminishing lacing. Reminds me of a "frosty" pale ale or lager.

Smell: Unlike any beer I've sniffed before. Smells strongly of sweet gum. Notes of citrus (orange?) and a slight earthiness reminds combines with the other aromas, reminding me of fragrant bananas. I'm talking the distilled, concentrated kind of bananas here. Unique, a plus for summer time drinking, I would probably scoff at this if I was tasting in the winter.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma only in the slightest. Clear on the front of the pallet, a little sweetness following in the middle and finishing with a touch of bitter hops. The smell greatly influences the taste. The beer takes on a much sweeter, slightly wheaty tone, and leaves the slight taste of gum/bananas on the back of my tongue when I inhale the aroma. When I stifle my sense of smell, however, the beer tastes much like a well brewed lager or pale ale, but lacking most of the hoppy bitterness that you might find on the back end of such beers.

Mouthfeel: Nothing bad to say here. A nice, medium-light body which is characteristic of wheat beers and lighter ales.

Drinkability: Infinitely drinkable. The only reason I ding the drinkability of this beer is that it does not particularly engage me (which would make me want to drink more). This beer has a solid flavor profile which does not fatigue the pallet.

Overall a good beer. I fear that my ratings are indicative of my mild dislike for the belgian style (much in the same way that I no longer enjoy watching the barca style that spain's national team inherited from holland). I recommend this beer to anyone who hasn't tried it because of its quality and reputation but I will probably never buy a second bottle unless tasting with those who have not yet sampled this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 06:13:31 | More by iD9
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,158 ratings.