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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
92
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4,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,387
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 436 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, yeast, cloves, citrus

taste: yeast, cloves,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

drinkability: overall decent brew. Glad I got to try it. Just doesn't do anything for me.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A - very pale, cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation producing very large head that sticks around forever

S - fruity Belgian aroma with some faint spices

T - rather sweet and the malts are right up front, a little fruity (pear and grape to my buds)

M - crisp, clean, and dry; very carbonated

D - alcohol creeps up on you as you go through the bottle; very nice and easy to drink

vapodge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a light amber with a small white fizzy head that dissapated rapidly and had fair lacing. The aroma was light of bread like malts. a piney hop and a sweet yeast with mild notes of bannana's and citrus. It tasted light and slightly astringent at first and finished lightly bitter with a hint of bannana and a mild alcohol flavor that lingered on the palate for a while. Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice begian ale that has a mild kick to it.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a third sampling after an offering from Southern Tier and Rogue; both of which were good, but this beer is BIG. Almost everything about it. The bottle, the pour, the smell, the taste. There is nothing small here, except it's drinkability. Frankly, it blew me away. I had the Nocturnum a few weeks ago, and while it was tasty, it did not have a huge impact on me. Tremens should be a once in a while, special occassion, one bottle beer. At 8.5% you can't drink a ton of it, and all the flavors would grow old after a bit, but it's one tasty brew. And the little pink elephant on the bottle makes me happy...
BTW, I had it Bill's Bar & Burger on 51st Street. The burgers are some of the best in NYC, and the beer list is pretty strong. They could however, improve upon their draft offerings. If you are in the neighborhood, check it out; just avoid the mid week lunch time crush. You'll wait forever.

Ralphs66, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of K7online
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer oozes with psychedelic funk right from the bottle. That means you don't know what to expect. Initial impression is very good with color being light and cloudy as it should be and a head that you can stay forever. Great carbonation. The other thing that you notice straight away is the beautiful fruity aroma that climbs out of the glass as you are pouring.
My experience went a little south from there. I will straight away say that I am not a fan of Belgian pale ales. The first sip gives you a good taste of citrus fruit and honey. The last was surprising in the best way possible. What I didn't like is the bitterness. A little too much for me and that made me feel uncomfortable. I could not have had more than the one. I still think that this ale was a good surprise.

K7online, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - light straw with aggressive head. Almost too much head. Plenty of yeast and other particulate in the liquid.

s - smells a nice tangy Belgian classy smell with some funk and some citrus notes.

t - rushes in smooth and spicy, tangy with a nice swallow. Very nice. Delicious and a tad dry but I like a little dryness - not at all to be confused with boozy at all. Very nice!

m - tanginess lingers and dryness is felt. Light yet chewy.

d - TOO drinkable. Very easy on the drinkability. Not too carbonated, tasty, nice nose.

This is among the worlds best and interesting beers. It's a must try and a personal favorites - tap or bottle.

Hellabeerguzzler, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Tremens 25.4 oz corked and caged. Belgian strong pale ale 8.5% alcohol, poured into ommegang oversized wine glass. Imported 3/2010.

A- Pours a beautiful crisp and clear yellow orange fluid that boast a one inch head that lingers the whole brew. Lacing is excellent with spider web links top to bottom.

S- Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet grainy malts, mild alcohol esters, with hints of grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is a massive amount of grass, lemon, pear, and starfruit hoppyness. Maltiness is a light but appearent sweet prune and fig bite. Yeasty bite is what follows in a musty and chalky mouthfeel that creates a mild carbonation slipping down the tongue smoothly.

D- Dangerously drinkable with nothing less than a triple taste for a strong pale ale alcohol content to tell you differently.

wesbrownyeah, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light golden color with a lot of carbonation and a decent head which receded quickly. the cork tells me this 750 is from 2009.
S: Very sweet and fruity with a slight grassy note. Not a bad smell at all
T: Pale malt flavor kicks things off with a bit of that belgian funk. Yields to some fruity flavors on the swallow and is a touch drying.
M: High carbonation is champagne like so the beer goes down easy and dances across the tongue.
D: Drinks like a lighter beer because of it so at 8.5% this one could make things get out of hand if you lose track. alcohol content is too high to session, but it would be awful enjoyable.

Overall: A very good beer from a brewery I'm not going to bother trying to spell. I might keep a few more of these around and I'm glad that the owner of Four Winds in Pensacola insisted that I buy a bottle of his favorite after seeing the rest of what I purchased.

SHODriver, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Bajasith
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

... Have always enjoyed this strong Belgium.
Rustic yellow hue with a large white cloud like head. A distinct smell of yeast, almost medicinal as the tropical fruity smell mellows it out.
Taste of phenols erupt as the sweet malts and hint of hops tone it down.
Medium bodied with a very crisp finish as the alcohol soothes the palate.
Overall solid and very drinkable...

Bajasith, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz ceramic looking brown bottle
8.5% abv

Delirium Tremens was golden in color and cloudy with lots of sediment floating about. It had a large rocky white head with good retention and left a little lacing. The smell was fruity yeast with some spices. The taste was fruit, yeast, candi sugar, and plenty of spices. The finish was long, dry, and a bit alcoholic. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-high carbonation that was a little creamy. The drinkability was very good. This is a fine Belgian Ale that I recommend.

afinepilsner, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle split in the blind tiger with rich a bit back, review entered from notes.

The pour was huge and needed to calm down for a few moments to be honest. Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be. Love the style and it was super drinkable. Nothing at all to complain about here.

mikesgroove, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a three finger off white head in my Deliruim glass. The smell is very fruity- apple/pear. It's pretty muted vs. the taste however. The taste is really fantastic, and seems to change slightly w/ each sip. This is a great Beligian, and one I've had many times. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is off the charts. I could have several of these. Great beer, and I'll continue to pick this up and enjoy this one.

jayhawk73, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at The Half Door, Hartford, CT
Served in a stemmed glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger head of creamy, bright white froth. Within seconds, the head dissipated to a thin film. A bit more retention would have been nice. Small droplets of lacing cascaded down the glass.

Lots of powdery dryness was noticeable in the aroma initially. Yeasty and somewhat musty. As the beer warmed, the nose became sweeter and more complex. Slightly spicy. Belgian candi sugar notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was quite interesting. Pale malts and Belgian candi sugar came through up front. Yeasty and phenolic. Fruity with indications of apples and pears. Some bubblegum too. Spicy in the center. Clove and coriander notes were detectible. Somewhat peppery. The finish was crisp and dry and it privided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet Belgian strong pale ale. Although the alcohol was very well buried, it became slightly more noticeable as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Super creamy and smooth with a fine yet lively, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Delirium Tremens is a fantastically balanced and flavorful beer. This BSPA can surely be appreciated by both newbies and craft beer veterans alike.

Damian, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of stuff floating around inside a yellow pour beneath a large, fluffy white head. Not a lot of lacing however.

S: Belgian yeasts are complimented nicely by subtle hops, spices, coriander, and some orange.

T: Pretty sweet. Heavy on the Belgian yeasts up front. Bit of a dry finish.

MF: Small bite of carbonation, really light body.

D: It's alright, the sweetness is a bit much at times.

russwbeck, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of whisperjet
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours crystal clear with two fingers of foamy head. Tons of carbonation and lots of unfiltered goodness floating around.

S: Smells sweet and a little boozy. Really nice citrus notes and a yeasty mellowness.

T: Really great sweetness. Tastes almost like a bottle of wine. Simple tastes that are nicely complemented by the carbonation.

M: Thin but frothy. Fills the mouth really nicely

D: This is a great beer. I had heard a lot about it and am happy to say that it lives up to the hype

whisperjet, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A yellow gold color. The beer is extremely clear which allows one to view the almost violent dance of the carbonation rising to the surface. There is a 2-finger, snow white head that dissipates very slowly but never dies off. As the glass empties plenty of lace is left behind.

With the second glass I have poured in some of the yeast leftover from the bottle-conditioning. The beer is now cloudy but otherwise looks exactly the same.

S - The aroma is mildly sweet, with hints of pears, pepper and phenols. With the pour of the second glass the yeast provides a much more pronounced spicy aroma.

T/M - Medium bodied and full of carbonation. A very light malt flavor. Slightly sweet with a mix of peppery spices and light fruits. Only a little warmth from the alcohol as it goes down and the light sweetness is balanced by the hops at the end. On the second glass the flavor has hints of clove and phenols.

D - Overall a very good strong golden. I particularly enjoyed the second pour with the stronger phenols and spices that the addition of the yeast provided.

SuperSpy, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Ochsenblut
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This burnt orange beer is foggy with floating yeast particulates. A two-finger bone white head becomes fine lacing after a minute or two.

The smell is overwhelmingly orange, slightly fuming alcohol with a certain spiciness.

Delirium Tremens opens with an impressively creamy and substantial mouthfeel. It starts spicy then moves to a desert-like mandarin orange character supported by yeast, mustiness, and a sourness that helps to cover the alcoholic bite. The aftertaste is fairly round and leaves only the acidic/musty character.

The carbonation is active and can clearly be seen running up the side of my glass, replenishing the 1 cm head present throughout the experience.

As many have said, this beer is deceivingly easy to drink.

Ochsenblut, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel tulip it gives a short head that fades too quickly. It's difficult to decant since the bottle itself is opaque so I ended up with a few too many yeast floaters as well. The color is very pale yellow.

The aroma is sensational. Sweet, fruity, yeasty. Everything I could hope for in a Belgian ale.

The flavor mirrors the nose but with some additional bitterness and without as much sweetness as the aroma hinted at. Lots of yeast and lemony fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is fine but downmarked a little for overactive carbonation. It feels more like a 7-Up than beer.

It's easy enough to drink but the difficulties with getting a clean pour from the opaque bottle mean that I'm less likely to pick this up again versus some of the other examples of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

mariposafan, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Good retention. Good lacing. Color is a cloudy golden yellow.

S. Smell is fruity. Yeast, citrus, banana, lemon. Has some spice to it as well. Clove and a bit of white pepper. Has a bit of earthy must to it. Smell is good.

T. Taste is pale malt sweetness. Actually pretty sweet. Some of the citrus and lemon from the smell comes through in the flavor as well. Some pear flavor. Some of the spices come out on the finish.

M. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Finishes with some lingering sweetness.

D. Very drinkable. Nice beer to enjoy on a hot day. Alcohol is well hidden, and it goes down easy. Pretty sweet beer.

siradmiralnelson, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick giant head, soft and foamy. Hazy straw golden color.

S- Yeast, light sweet maltiness, nice light fruits- peaches, pears, maybe a little apple in there too.

T- Uber sweet. Tastes like ripe peaches, with a strong banana flavor. Also a little pear. Alcohol aftertaste.

M- Light with a fairly strong carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

D- The sweetness might be a little too much, but the beer is still pretty damn drinkable.

IPA4LIFE, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A soft pour reveals a somewhat translucent, golden straw colored brew, with a domineering four finger head. The head is white, and composed of a continuous dome of fine, miniscule bubbles. While receding fairly slowly, it leaves bits of lacing sporadically around the glass. There is a faint haze and a generous helping of yeasty sediment in the final drops from the bottle. Carbonation appears highly active. A whiff finds an aroma that is malty, with the yeasty warmth of freshly baked sourdough rolls, and a fine contrast from browned apples. There is another hint at fruitiness, with inclusions of concord grapes, and a flash of sugary sweetness on the far back. Malts mark the beginning of the tasting, with wheaty inclusions that pucker the mouth with sourness, helped along by some citrus rind. Yeast and even breadier malts wash through the middle with a bitter bite. The finish is laced with an alcoholic burn, flirting inseparably with black licorice and fresh vanilla bean. The aftertaste breathes with pale malts, a grapiness, and some nice and bitter yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is palpably active. The feel to the lips is certainly creamy, but there is an astringent dryness leftover in the mouth. Once the beer warms a bit, the flavors really pop, and open the beer up. The abv is within limits, and the beer drinks at a medium pace, likely due to its inherent bitterness.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the complexity. We've certainly had this brew before, but it leaves the drinker curious. The heavy malt character of the taste, coupled with the contrasting flavors therein, moving between sweet, sour, and bitterness, make for a unique brew, with a considerably open reading frame.

TheBrewo, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass or bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a yellow-brown body, cloudy, topped with a big, creamy head of white--fully lasting, sheets and rings of lace. Aroma is earthy, grassy, lemon, clove, coriander, a delicate fruitiness. The palate is medium-full with creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly sweet with sugar and clove, lightly sour with lemon, clove and a long, lightly hopped finish. The finish is woody, laced with clove, balanced, apple cider. Crisp and refreshing brew. A classic here.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Spica66
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as a birthday present from the boyz back home in Kazoo. Thanks to Jeff, Brian, Brian and Mike!!

Enjoyed after rescuing 16 carboys from dirty basement with gwuilliums.

A: Straw color, excellent formation, retention and lacing. I knocked this down a notch due to jellyfish-looking floaties that were present even though I purposely poured extremely softly.

S: Spicy, light-fruit and Belgian yeast tang.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Like tangy pears with a little spice sprinkled over them. Very, very tasty.

M: Round body with a tingly carbonation and pretty dry finish. No stickiness or alcohol burn. Very nice for an 8.5%.

D: High cost and high ABV lead me to say this is nice-drinking "treat" beer.

Spica66, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second sampling under the Delirium family. Absolutely stunning. I'm so impressed by this series of Belgians that I want to drink them all.

Serving: 22 oz. bomber into a glass ball jar beer stein.

A: Pours a crystal golden amber waves of Belgium blond into a glass mug. Full three finger head on the pour clings to the sides like Dutch lace on crack. Ten minutes and three gulps in, the beer still has a 1" halo around the perimeter and 1/4" high milky way lacing.

S: Smacks of biscuity lime and lemon zest combined with grassy florals and a fresh garden after a rainstorm.

T: Delicious. Super balanced alcohol esters and pleasant hops even out the sweetness of the malts. Not over-sweet, an absolutely magic equilibrium. Alcohol cleanliness is present on the frontend with the middle tasting of golden delicious apple, citrus, plum and apricots. Finishes with a slight bite of hops to finish dry.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing. Carbonation is slight and the drinking is very easy.

D: It's so tasty with dry fruit notes that you don't taste the alcohol. Much caution needs to be given to this brew as it's strong on the alcohol side. I could drink this beer every night.

Aiptasia, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A brighter golden yellow with slight froth. It remains well carbonated throughout even when sitting for some time. Quite bubbly with poor lacing.

Smell - Not huge on the Belgian smell. I get hints of ginger and champagne with a slight sewer smell as well.

Taste - If it makes any sense at all, sort of a twilight zing. It tastes like honey champagne and is definitely a deeper-tasting Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel - A light champagne with white wine notes. Not very frothy while in your mouth.

Drinkability - Very sippable and easy to drink; although I felt more like I was drinking champagne.

Verdict - I enjoyed sipping this slowly and would definitely purchase it again. It is a sophisticated, crisp, light champagne tasting ale.

Jesse13713, Feb 13, 2011
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,387 ratings.