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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 321 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

The cork had "2008" on it. Poured a clear deep golden with a fluffy white head.

I am picking up some mild fruity and sweet malt aromas.

This one started very mild with a slight apple like flavor followed by hints of banana. As the ale warms, the flavor becomes sweeter. This was not as flavorful as I thought it would taste, but it is very refreshing.

Medium bodied with restrained carbonation; coats the mouth with light fruitiness.

At 8.5 ABV this is very mild and drinkable. One bottle would be enough because of the sweetness and ABV. Worth trying but would not be in my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 00:21:35 | More by jkrich
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What a strange brew. Had it a while ago but can't forget it. Poured much clearer and with less head than I expected. Smell was fruity and floral. Taste was not as yeasty as I like as far as belgians go, but the amalgam of fruit flavors and floral/spice hints were nice. This beer just seems a bit watery to me but that being said it is verrry drinkable and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Gotta love the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:47:14 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of bsp77


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

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale clear yellow with very white head.

Smell: Tart and dry banana and clove, with light banana notes.

Taste: Both sweet and tart at the same time. Notes of banana, clove, raisin-like sugar, citrus, and ending with a long peppery finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a light Belgian body and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and flavorful Strong Belgian Ale that is a great sipper, but probably not quite worthy of the "voted best beer in the world status" they tout around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 15:22:48 | More by bsp77
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District of Columbia

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

Hadn't reviewed this one on tap before. One of those beers that I want to not like, just because it (like Chimays) seems to be the go-to for yuppies and aspiring beer snobs (at least in the DC area). Unfortunately it's just really, really delicious. Light yellow-orange color with a smallish head and weak lacing. Taste and aromas are huge Belgian candy and fruitiness, balanced with a nice carbonated hoppiness. Overall, very tasty (although I'm not sure it's worth the money, at least where I got it).

Matchbox (Capitol Hill)/$8/10 oz

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 14:33:10 | More by soupyman10
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filling my Watou goblet half full from a 750ml a white head erupts on top of an opaque orange straw colored beer. The head did not persist as I would expect nor did it lace on the glass. The bubbles were large as one would expect from force carbonation and not bottle conditioning. Overrall, the appearance is sub par for the style.

The smell is a pleasant mix of floral character intermixing some fruity pear like esters and some peppery phenols with the tickle of alcohol floating around in the mix.

From the nose to the tongue transitions smoothly with plenty of carbonation. Again the pear flavor comes out along with some grassy wheat, malt background, and a metallic tang...possibly from the sediment that got mixed up into the pour. This misses the mark from the best of the style with the pear and tang a little too strong, leaving a little want of a touch more malt sweetness and spice character to round things out.

The carbonation level does exactly as it should for the style. It keeps a otherwise heavy beer light on the tongue making for a palate cleansing experience making this beer beg to be served with a oily meal such as a pesto based pasta so that every bite after a sip of the Tremens would be a fresh hit of flavor.

Alcohol is masked extremely well in is hardly noticeable on the palate. Couple that with the lightness in body due to the carbonation and excellent attenuation and this beer is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 02:26:53 | More by bensiff
Photo of Arbitrator


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

On tap at 't Brugs Beertje in Bruges.

A: Pours a clear, effervescent orange body with a huge off-white head. Great retention, taking several minutes to subside, and leaving sticky lacing in its wake.

S: Orange peel, pears, apples, clove, fresh-cut grass. Restrained yeast (which I do like).

T: Pears, apples, nectarines, orange peel. The mid-taste is spicy with a light clove bite, but it's restrained for a BSPA; I usually find them to be more phenolic. Light on the yeast flavor.

M: Medium-full; velvety carbonation that supports the flavors amply and lets them roll around the mouth. Very lush. Not a hint of the ABV.

D: Quite an enjoyable beer. I have generally skipped it lately because I am moving out of the BSPA style, but this is a good reminder of what I'm missing, and should seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 07:43:44 | More by Arbitrator
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. Lots of sediment floating around in it.

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. For just a split second it almost tastes like fruit juice. 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. Maybe not quite as good as Duvel, but pretty close. Watch out for the abv!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:50:53 | More by MrDanno96
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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale blonde color with a very thin lacy head. Gives off a subtle fruity aroma. The body is very light with high carbonation levels. The flavor is sweet and vinous and is moved around on the palate by the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a sweet malty flavor with a final kick and fizz from the bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 19:34:57 | More by manahansf
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a two finger head that disappears quickly and gives way to minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet fruits, wheat, and a slight floral smell. The smell is very inviting. The taste is good but not great, there is a taste of wheat with some light fruits. Apple comes through the most. The mouthfeel is very carbonated but not stingy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, especially considering the alcohol content, it is close to great but not there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 18:28:15 | More by goblue3509
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Pours a light yellow color with lots of bubbles and chunks of something floating around inside... The chunks are scaring me. They look like some sort of white flakes and they dance in the bubbles. The head on this beer is a nice two finger thick head that falls pretty quickly but settles into a nice one finger gelatin like head (really thick). Some decent lacing is present and the retention is great.
S= Really strong pear aroma. I've never smelled a beer that smelled so much like a pear. Really reminds me of a pear jolly rancher. There's maybe some green apple in there as well. Not hops or malty sweetness to it at all just loads of jolly rancher candy.
T= Just like the smell only lighter. Pear all the way through. Loads of jolly rancher like sweetness and pear. Really sort of confusing. What the hell is the stuff floating around in there? Is it pear pieces?
M= light and dry. feels like I just sucked on a pear jolly rancher.
D= This beer confused the hell outta me. Floaties? Pear? Pink Elephants? Interesting brew and I may buy it again if I got the hankerin for a nice belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:14:59 | More by jjanega08
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha! I am the 1000th reviewer of this brew! A fitting celebration to France's qualification for the World Cup moments ago! Poured this from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: As its coming out of the bottle, its creating its own head en route to the glass! Needless to say, this brew is highly carbonated. It produced a nice 2-finger bubbly head that stays around for just a bit. Other than that its very a bright, slightly hazy pale straw color, that seems to be creating its own source of light.

Smell: Smells nicely of Belgian yeast, clove and a lot of different spices that I am too inexperienced to differentiate between. Also a lot of bright fruits coming through, as well

Taste: Those bright fruit tastes really come through in the taste, especially apple. The spices also make a definite impression on the pallet. As it warms, the Belgian yeast really starts to come out, but that's pretty standard for Belgians brews.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated beer which makes it very dry. It stings the tongue, in a good way. I enjoy beers like this to be crisper, and this is about as crisp as they come.

Drinkability: You wouldn't guess this was an 8.5% ABV brew, but it is. Although, the alcohol is slightly present in the taste. Still, goes down very smoothly.

Overall, this is a very good brew. I had it before and didn't think quite as highly of it as I do now, but I'm glad I gave it another shot. Very tasty brew and a wonderful example of the style. You owe it to yourself to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 22:48:33 | More by zoso493
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Delirium line has a great reputation, and perhaps it's high expectations that led to disappointment.

It pours with an outstanding golden color, just a touch on the dark side, and an inviting cloudy haze.

The smell was very good as well. The combination of spices and wheat let you know before the first sip that this will be a Belgian beer experience.

The taste for me was good, but not exceptional. Certainly not up to expectations. It has all of what you expect in a Belgian beer: yeast and wheat, combined with spices. It's a little fruity among the finish, but not overly so. Like many higher alcohol beer, it's quite noticeable.

Overall, this was a drinkable and enjoyable beer, but not outstanding to me. I'll drink it again, but for the price, I'll look to some other choices first.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:58:22 | More by wrightst
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy bright gold color with quite a bit of sediment, and also has about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like pears, apples, peppery spice, yeast, and some oranges. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pears, peppery spice, bananas, and a bit of grain/bread and lemon. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little slick and creamy and is well carbonated, but it has a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. Overall I thought this was a good enough brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 23:20:44 | More by bluejacket74
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New York

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

Appearance: Pours a completely translucent golden hue with a big whopping 2.5 finger eggshell head. Streams of carbonation throughout with this one.

Smell: There is a ton of yeast some hints of subtle spice and lots of citric fruits.

Taste: Surely a belgian but has a nice bite from the alcohol up front. It then transforms into a very sweet brew from the presence of apples and pear. Quite peppery from the spice with a bit of malt character as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a copious amount of carbonation, no real indicators of the abv.

Drinkability: Palate cleansings and hides the alcohol nicely. Had to double check the abv.

Overall: Drinks like adult alcoholic apple juice; much like the beer version of a hard cider. Should be available in box form; straw included. Bonus points for a unique mascot and bottle design.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 19:39:54 | More by craftaholic
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. From a 750ml bottle that is capped corked and covered in foil.

A - Pours a beautiful strong golden straw color with a slight haze. There is also a nice .75 inch head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. It slowly recedes to a thin film.

S - Nice smooth malty sweetness initially with some clove hints. Mild grain notes as well as some spice. Yeast is also present and some nice phenols. Nice aromas.

T & M - Smooth and refreshing liquid gold. Nice hints of clove and spices come up immediately followed by some mild hop dryness that finishes off a very attractive beer. The carbonation is laid back but still pleasant. Nice alcohol tastes that are also balanced with some pale grains.

D - Very refreshing and lower ABV. Nice

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:24:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Birthday present from a friend (thanks Justin!)

A: Pours a translucent, blonde color with a ton of thick, foamy, white head. Looks delicious. Fairly carbonated, but it subsides a bit over time.

S: Smells heavily of yeast, fruits (apples, pears) and alcohol with an acidic tinge (probably fermentation).

T: Predominantly bitter in flavor but some sweetness added by the fruity flavors. Some spiciness is hiding in the background... the alcohol is masked rather nicely, but it is fairly acidic.

M: Very smooth and tingly on the tongue; probably due to the high amount of carbonation. Feels nice on the way down.

D: While this beer is drinkable, it is rather acidic. A fairly bitter beer overall, but the fruitiness makes it tolerable. Not a bad beer for the style, but I prefer something with a little more substance and spiciness to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:24:55 | More by kflorence
Photo of sophisticated


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at British Beer Company 10/29/09

Served in a delerium tremens glass.

A) Poured a clear light orange with small sudsy white head that quickly disappeared. Plenty of lace.

S) Yeast, spice, pears

T) Nice tasting - spice and yeast makes it overall bitter but some fruit (apple, pear) sweetens it.

MF) Crisp, tingly.

D) Good, especially with the high ABV. Easy and pleasant to drink, tasty, refreshing. A nice Belgian ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 03:46:47 | More by sophisticated
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a name like 'delirium tremens', I expect the worst.

The beer looks light golden, with massive carbonation and floaty bits, a fluffy thick head, decent lacing after a couple of minutes.

The aroma in the glass is one of citrus and hops, malt and bread, clear spices and herbs. Equal is the taste, clearly a triple, but it has characteristics of white beer like Hoegaarden.

The spices give this beer a bite, and cover the alcohol. Hardly any sweetness, but I don't miss it.
Good beer to have.The bottle looks great, the label dito.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 15:42:03 | More by RuudJH
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a pale gold color, clear, with plenty of suspended sediment. Three finger white, billowy head on the pour, diminishing only slightly. Good carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet yeasty aroma, no unlike a Belgian wheat. Some cinnamon and banana spices, but very mild. Not much in the way of fruit or hop fragrances coming out, but a slight “spiciness”.

Taste: As it first hits the tongue, it reminds me a lot of a Belgian wheat. As you drink more, it is definitely has a nice alcohol bite, with some hop bitterness as well. Sweet, but not overwhelming. Overall, mostly mild, but very pleasing. One note: there was a copper taste on the first sip, but that went away for the second.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice bite. Good carbonation and sediment is completely unnoticeable on the tongue. Very smooth.

Drinkability: A quite good Belgian Pale Ale. Smooth and spice like a wheat, but with the body and flavor of a pale ale. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 04:46:29 | More by jonziefle
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New Jersey

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

A - Pours a nice crisp ple blond with a patchy white head.

S - Smells fresh and of citrus. Clean and sweet smell with a hint that it's strong.

T - Tastes very clean and with light fruit note. Some spices and bitter hops are present. The alcohol is detected at the end and it warms the throat and stomach.

M - Heavier mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. The strength of this brew is felt in the mouth.

D - Lighter in look and smell, this beer is alot stronger then it appears and rightfully so with it's 8.5 abv. Looks like I'll be savoring one of these bad boys.

Notes - Big flavor and alot of alcohol make this one strong brew. Very well balanced and straight to the point, this beer holds its weight.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:06:00 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw coloration, somewhat clear. Tall, 2'' white head that has good retention. Belgian lace throughout consumption.

S - A strong malt profile: bready and biscuity. Fruit esters of banana, lemon citrus. Distinctive peppery phenols.

T - Pronounced malt character progresses to fruitiness, spice phenols, and alcohol enriched dry finish. Yeasty phenolic notes create intense complexity.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Low warming from ABV is desired and complimentary.

D - Incredible palate leaves you wanting more.


You will definitely have the Delirium Tremens (DT) the next morning after a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:21:41 | More by WoogityBoogity
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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The fluffy white cloud on top of a clear honey gold is a dead giveaway, followed the sheet lacing sliding down the glass. As it warms, the head just expands exponentially.

Extremely fruity bouquet basket hits the nose - it's all there; citrus, lemons, orange and of course, the Belgium yeast.

Sugar cane sweet and citrusy, this is very richly flavored. Just top notch.

Strong carbonation, it stays tangy and dry. Perhaps just a tad thin, but a real nick-picketer here.

Very sippable, I really enjoyed this one as the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 17:53:13 | More by Anthony1
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: right when I opened the bottle, it started frothing up. Poured into the tulip and the head is huge. Color is a very slightly cloudy pale golden color with lots of apparent effervescence. Looks appetizing!

Smell: dry malt aroma with a hint of grain. Slight floral notes with a touch of apple. Quite nice.

Taste: quite delicious. Big malt, with notable but not overpowering flavors of apple and wheat. Truly great.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a creamy texture. Holds the flavor in the mouth and has a pleasant sensation as well.

Drinkability: BSPAs can get me into trouble; Delirium Tremens is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 03:28:00 | More by flagmantho
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2008 vintage poured into a Delirium glass.

A: Slightly hazy apple cider, with a fair amount of floating yeast despite a careful pour. A puffy white cap has good beginnings. Retention is excellent thanks to the etching in the bottom of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Spicy aromas of coriander and clove are joined by a pear and green grape. A funky sourdough scent lays underneath.

T: Smooth and balanced. A pear and grape sweetness is balanced nicely by very spicy combination or pepper, coriander, cumin and clove. Alcohol adds warmth, but is otherwise well masked. Finishes dry, with a lingering pepper spiciness and a touch of green grape.

M: The medium-light body hides the beer's strength well. Carbonation is vigorous and tingling on the tongue.

D: As the 988th reviewer of this beer, I don't know if there is anything new I can add to the discussion. However, I found myself not being terribly impressed with this right out of the gate. But as it warmed, it picked up a lot of character and really grew on me. There's great complexity here that is extremely well balanced. Definitely worth a revisit down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:47:05 | More by Rayek
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a delicious smell in the bottle! Smells of citrus, lemons, and yeast, kind of like a lemon drop, but not in a sweet way. Pours to a cloudy bright yellow with a big head that is real foamy. Taste is also on the citrus side, sweet and yeasty, only very slight bitters in the background. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but yet very thick and chewy. I think this may be my first brew of this particular style. How delicious and refreshing. I could drink this high SG in the heat and not bog down at all. The ABV is not even evident more than it is obviously adding to the flavor in undertones. I'm delirious!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 23:35:38 | More by mooseisloose
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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