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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,435
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 187
Gots: 451 | FT: 2
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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 atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden color with a large white head with above average head retention. Pretty good clarity as well
S-Sweet malt with citrus and a green apple/ pear aroma. Almost has an aroma similar to some hard ciders.
T- A little spice up front with the green apple/ pear fruitiness and the yeasty flavor in the background. Nice hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor and gives the beer a crisp finishing characteristic.
M- medium bodied, alcohol content is well hidden
O- Very enjoyable beer. It's extremely drinkable and I would definitely purchase again. A well crafted beer.

atr2605, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife had this on tap one night at a restaurant and declared it her favorite beer.

So, I had a sip, then a few weeks later, bought a 750 ml bottle, which we opened on our anniversary, tonight.

So much for the background. I only mention it because the bottle was extremely overcarbonated and the cork popped harder than a champagne bottle and was followed by a rush of foam all over the table. Not what I was expecting. The on tap version did not have nearly as much carbonation.

Once the carnage ended, I saw a straw to yellow hazy brew with lots and lots of carbonation. The brew sat beneath a towering pillow of white foam that persisted despite my incremental pouring.

The smell was lemony, peppery, slightly phenolic, and a bit buttery. No noticeable hops. The taste was the same, with a bit of alcohol warmth, though not too much considering the ABV. Very slightly sweet, but crispness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy and dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Slight oily citrusy tartness in the finish.

Solid Belgian ale.

hiku7, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh the elephant beer. Had it off and on for the past 7 years.
Pale golden, almost looks like Bud LIght with a pillowy white head.
Yeast and alcohol esters on the nose. A little grain.
Slightly sweet, a touch of funk, alcohol esters, citrus notes.
Crisp finish and high carbonation make it dangerously drinkable and refreshing, especially on this hot summer evening.
While I tend to stray towards saisons, this is one Belgian strong pale I will come back to year in and year out.

dbmernin83, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow with a snow white head. Lots of carbonation but the head quickly slips away.

S: Sour apple, pear, white grapes, champagne. Some pepper-like spiciness as well.

T: The taste is fruity as is the smell. A dry bitterness with some light alcohol burn.

M: Lots of carbonation. Creamy head is formed by swirling the glass.

O: A decent beer but less than I had hoped for, BSPA is not my favorite style...I'd prefer a BSDA or Saison.

Brunite, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear and golden with a thick foam, well retained head

S - Biscuity with a ton of what was a cross between circus peanuts (the candy) and bananas. As it warmed up a touch I got a hint of sulfur maybe? coming across my nose

T - The sweet and fun taste of bubble gum with a wonderful slightly spicy Belgian yeast taste, followed up with what
I can only describe as a slightly earthy taste.

M Clean, dry and medium bodied. Slightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger altogether too long.

O - Wonderful beer that has maybe a bit more complexity than Duvel, but doesn't have that same champagne style punch and overall consistency that Duvel has.

gopens44, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Simmy7000
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle

A-Pours a clear yellow color, 2 finger head that recedes at a decent pace leaving light lacing throughout.

S- Smells of wheat and yeast with a mix of sweet, fruity overtones.

T- Opens up with a mix of fruit and wheat before the yeast kicks in. Some faint spice throughout. Do not detect any hops. Everything was going great until a huge alcohol and at some points even acetone/chemical like qualities appeared in the finish. Was still able to finish the drink but this definitely ruined the great opening and overall drink for me.

M- Crisp and light-bodied with good carbonation. However, the large alcohol presence once again brings this category down.

O- Not really sure what happened here. Smelled fine, opening taste was great and promising but a very intense alcohol/chemical presence took over and ruined the drink for me. My friend was sharing with me and he noticed the same thing I did. He has had this on tap before and claims it tasted nothing like this. Would definitely like to try another bottle or on-tap in the future.

Simmy7000, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Appears with a golden yellowy hue, and a large head that quickly subsides to leave a tiny lacing on top.

Smells nice, like fruits and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is unfortunately dominated by a very high level of carbonation but heres what I can get through it: pale malts and fruits at the start but a nice bitterness coming through at the end from a hop taste finishing it off with an alcohol warmth. As you drink the carbonation harshness turns to more of a sharpness which complements the fruit.

Overall a very good beer. Nice but deceptively alcoholic.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pale yellow. 3 finger white head. Highly carbonated. Fluffy head.

S: Bready and slight citrus notes. Faint clove.

T: Banana, Clove, Wheat Yeast Esters, tiny bit of alcohol.

M: High carbonation and thin.

O: It was just ok. Standard belgium pale ale with just more alcohol. I could take it or leave it. Honestly feel its only popular due to bottle artwork and high abv. BUT I will say its one of the best balanced belgium beers I've had.

JerseyKirk, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Steak Frites. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Clear yellowish gold color with a decent head.

S: Smells of malt, honey, banana and yeast.

T: Yeast, spice and fruit flavors are at the forefront of this beer.

M: Full flavor with a medium body. Medium carbonation and the alcohol is not apparent.

D: The first beer I had in Belgium. Not my favorite style, but definitely worth trying.

distantmantra, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger bone white head.

S: Light aromas of pale malt, honey, white wine and some spices whose identities I can't quite pick out.

T: Green apple, lemon, a bit of white pepper, cloves, and a bit of grass. Really nice and light and way easy to drink for the ABV. Definitely a keeper.

notchucknorris, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served with a lemon wedge. The bartender here at The Beer Sellar even said, “This beer is supposed to be served with a lemon wedge.” So I took the wedge, rimmed my glass, and poured the beer into my glass. The beer is very light in the glass, almost like a summer beer, something you drink on a hot summer day. But I know this beer is not a seasonal, as those dancing alligators are too hard to forget. (There are dancing alligators on the label.)

Since there was a lemon on the edge of the glass, after I poured the beer I just tossed the lemon in. The beer also smells like a lemon… granted, the edge of the glass was just doused with a lemon wedge, but you know what I mean. Lots of citrus circling the nose. You get a lot of that on your first taste, too.

The beer looks as if it will have a ton of carbonation, but it really doesn’t. As a matter of fact, the beer is quite smooth and has an excellent mouthfeel. Then you are hit again with that summer-citrus thing I was talking about earlier. There is, toward the back of the palate, a subtle change in flavor… but nothing that lasts, or is noticeable to really investigate. Past that, it’s a very drinkable beer that I could enjoy time and time again. (Maybe I just like lemons…)

rickyleepotts, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Nocturnum, my favorite of the Delirium family, this beer has nice white fluffy head. The beer pours orange/gold, and the head lasted through the entire glass. Fruity aroma and taste, almost excessive carbonation, I can watch that all day looking into a light.
Delicious with lots of bready, yeasty qualities and punctuated with a bit of spices. Some hop notes, especially in the finish. Smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Dry finish leaves you wanting more. Extremely smooth for the high ABV. Hard to believe I like the Nocturnum more, Guess I need to buy one and find out why.

beergod1, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 330ml bottle, the bottle is pretty impressive and I doubt there is a better bottle out there for keeping light out.

This pours a yeast cloudy yellowish color which a frofty white head which quickly dissipates and doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is nice, it has that Belgium aroma, its kind of sweet and pleasant. Very nice mouthfeel medium to light thickness with bubbly carbonation. The taste is pretty good, it has that fruity / musty belgium taste which good with a strong aftertaste. Overall a pretty tasty beer, but I've had better.

DavidST, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice-looking clear yellow-gold with billowy head, good retention.

S-Biscuity malt, honey and juicy fruit, spice, faint banana, Belgian yeast w/faint gunpowder.

T-Was initially hit by a metallic taste on the first sip, but subsided. Even rich pale malt with lots of spicy phenols, light fruit, big bouquet in the finish with blast of spice, dry hops, and alcohol.

M-Medium-bodied with full-flavor, alcohol heat, evenly balanced with moderate carbonation that is just right.

D-A pretty hefty beer. I like it a lot, but I only want one every few months, and one at a sitting. A filling, satisfying beer.

BoitSansSoif, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Duvel glass. From notes.

A: Pale golden in body with a 2 finger white head. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt smell, yeast is the most prominent smell here.

T: Fruity alcohol well hidden. Light on hops.

M: Average body.

D: Not bad might benefit with aging.

drowninginhops, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of bamojr
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that bubbles away quickly. Malty in the nose with a hint of coriander. Frothy flavor with lots of citrus and some of that coriander flavor coming through in the background. Smooth and somewhat sweet with just a hint of spice. I am not a big fan of lots of coriander, but I think that this one does it well, not too in your face and rounds the beer off nicely.

bamojr, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale golden, half inch white head.

S- Has a sweet milky smell to it.

T- Fruity Belgian yeast. Hard to detect the booze. Small dose of hops. Maybe a little honey. Almost champagne-like.

M- Real bubbly in the mouth. Crisp, dry finish.

D/O- Real good beer here but for my money I'd choose something else. Definitely worth trying if you have not, if only for the name.

Duff27, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of justinjj1280
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been curious about this one.

Poured from a big, stoneware-type, corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is a nice, golden hue that isn't totally transparent. The head on this thing is huge and foamy, it was about a third the size of the pour.

Sweet, yeasty and fruity smell.

Pretty complex taste, yeasts, fruits, a good bite of carbonation and a medium body. I'm not catching an overt hop bitterness, but I can tell that everything is in balance. I am not getting the strong alcohol finish and aftertaste that I sometimes get with high gravity beers.

I doubt I will regularly purchase it, as there are beers that I like as much or better, that are much cheaper. But I'm very glad I sampled it. Easily my favorite from Belgium thus far.

justinjj1280, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Hipercot in Barcelona. A welcome find for Spain Chilled briefly in ice and poured into a cognac glass. Nice one inch of head and mold lacing. Brilliant yet cloudy gold color. Very inviting pale ale hops and wheat and sweet smell. Tastes very much like one of my other favorite strong pale ales judas nut is more complex and it's fruitiness overshadows the high ABV. Mouthfeel is still light to medium bodied and overall a very fine example of Belgian pale ale.

jhtipton, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml, 2010 vintage.

Pours a clear, pale golden yellowish orange color with golden straw colored hues and a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Visible carbonation bubbling up and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass and straw along with some grassy hops, pale malt, crisp light fruit and zesty spice. There's a pretty strong yeast presence with hints of bread, sweet alcohol and estery light fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear as well as that odd belgo bubblegum character. Slight peppery spice note in the nose.

Medium bodied with lots of harsh tight carbonation and strong alcohol flavor which hurts the mouthfeel. Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper and coriander dominate the front end and linger over the earthy hop notes, pale malt and sweet boozy heat into a dry finish. The alcohol is much stronger in this beer than I remember. Really hot for it's ABV with warmth in the finish. This takes away from the pleasant light fruit notes and earthy, grassy notes. Underneath the spice and alcohol there are hints of apple, pear, banana and bubblegum. I used to really like this beer but now find it astringent and one dimensional. I'll have to revisit in another few years.

corby112, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No clue why I have waited so long to try this beer but perhaps I'm not sold on bottle design. But clearly this beer is all about what's inside. Pored a straw yellow clear color with a bit less carbonation than I was expecting. Thin lace around the rim but no retention. Slightly tart grapes and peaches and a lovely yeasty aroma that is as well balanced in the nose as I can imagine of any Belgian pale. Slight straw and browned grass at the front followed by a stringent and slightly bitter aftertaste. crisp fruit and subdued slickness and mixed in well with a lovely tart finish. This oozes perfection and I can't wait to have another one.

jmfc8237, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap...

Appearance: Translucent golden body with carbonation floating wildly throughout.

Smell: Many variations of fruity goodness with the yeast being a lively character.

Taste: Crisp intensity from the balance of hop fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated beer with the life of it just exploding with each crisp pull.

Overall: A highly drinkable beast!

Forb, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: First of all, the bottle art. Beautiful white (painted) bottle with blued label, pink elephant, crocodile and Chinese dragon. Very nice. Pours a pale clear yellow color with a big aired bubbled white head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Complex. Sweet and fruity smell. Honey. Flowery hops. The traditional Belgian yeasts. Hints of cinnamon. Sweet malts

T: Follows the nose. Malty, fruity and yeasty. Bit sweet upfront followed by quite citrus hops. Bitter-sweet Belgian style. Balanced and good

M: Heavy body. High carbonation. Bit molasses.Nice bitter-sweet balance. High drinkability

O: Traditional Belgian strong pale ale. Great Beer!

eduardolinhalis, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into the branded Delirium Tremens glass...

A - Cloudy deep gold colour, with lots of small bubbles and a rich, foamy white head. Good head retention and some lacing.

S - Very yeasty, with hints of citrus and grass. A little maltness is also present in the aroma. Not bad, but nothing special.

T - This is where it starts to get exciting! To start you out, there is some nice grassy hoppiness, followed by fruity yeast notes, some honey-like sweetness and a bit of spice. Some citrus and flowery hints are present throughout the whole tasting experience. The after-taste is a quite tart and a little acidic. Very interesting and quite unusual overall.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Very carbonated at first; so carbonated it prickles your tongue. A little acidic but not boozy for its abv. Some tartness on the back.

D - This turned out to be a truly exciting beer for me. It was unlike any other Belgian Strong Pale ale, and it really drank well. The peculiar label isn't all that this beer has to offer! Highly recommended!

NightINgale, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a rather bright beer with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Straw colored liquid is toppled with a bone white head. Retention is just ok and lacing does not appear very significant.

S: Clove and banana come to mind off the bat, as well as a sort of sweet subtle lemon custard quality. A grassy hop note develops as this warms.

T: Muted lemon bar tang meets a grassy bitter quality. Very crisp feeling stuff with some subtle pale malty flavors finishing it off (along with the bitterness, this is not very sweet finishing.

M: This is quite active on the tongue. Prickly for sure. There is almost too much carbonation.

O: This is decent beer, I don't really care for some of the finishing flavors but it can be a value buy. But don't pay more than 10 bones for a bottle of it.

flannelman808, May 22, 2011
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,435 ratings.