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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,134
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 321 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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snaotheus

Washington

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

Good, solid, sweetish-malty beer with a pretty decent balance of hops. Not, as advertised, the "Best beer in the world", but certainly worth drinking from time to time. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't choose it over all possible options.

Clear straw yellow, pretty carbonated, and heady. Light lacing. Looks pretty. The silly glass is a little over the top.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 01:20:44 | More by snaotheus
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Psilo707

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very deep golden color throughout. With an extremely white foam head that has erratic lacing. Good looking stuff from the start. Lots of hovering particles within the cup.

S: Nothing too special about the smell but it's deeper than most light brews of similar caliber. Hovers over the glass very thick.

T: High-intensity, colorful, explosive. Those are the words that came to mind when drinking this beer. Very interesting taste, haven't really tried a beer like this before. I like it but it is taking getting used to.

M: Nice and smooth when held in the mouth. Can tell it packs a lot of hops and contents. Quality.

D: The beer is very intense and continued drinking only shows this aspect more. Once I began drinking it more I started liking it more and more and the taste improved as well.

Overall: Not what I expected at all, in a good way! Very high alcohol content that you can barely tell. Really explosive light beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 01:51:15 | More by Psilo707
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speakorspasm

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm writing this review after having this beer with lunch today, though I've been a long-time fan. Hard to resist on tap! However, my temptation was not fully satisfied with the brew I was served. I'll get to the reasons why, but as testament to how proper serving methods can enhance/hinder a good beer, I've chosen not to review Delerium Tremens as a whole but rather the DT I was served at lunch today. Next time I get my hands on a 4pk I'll serve myself properly and revisit. Here goes...

A: Normally this beer has a frothy head of medium-sized bubbles that eagerly greet the drinker - today, my beer arrived in a cone-shaped 8oz mead glass that gave the frothy head no support at all. I also have a suspicion that the bartender let the head overflow so as to minimize the foam - VERY poor job! Oh, to think of all the lovely DT molecules overflowing down the drain.... uggggh. The beer itself is a sharp, pale yellow that nearly sparkles. The color alone is inviting and remarkably innocent.

S: Spicy cloves, herbs and phenols dominate the smell. You start to get the idea that this is no fizzy pee-pee beer right away. But yet again, because of the odd glass selection, the usually delicious and potent smell is a tad less potent. This glass is really irking me... doesn't allow for a decent head and it just lets those wonderful smells fly away so quickly. I swear revenge!

T: "Those earthy cloves and spices sit so beautifully in the mix you might drift away on this wonderful beer. Tangy hop character and spicy sweetness drift off on slow warming alcohol notes. VERY deceptive alcohol here... you'll notice after you slobber all over this one you're, well, kinda slobbering yourself." That's how I would have described the taste, had it not been SO FUCKING COLD. This isn't Coors! This is a beer to be respected, to be in awe of! Instead of the enlightening taste experience above, my first sip is.... just cold. Luckily this beer is good enough to fight through the ignorance surrounding it. And I need to violate my previous rule - I just can't mark it down for the bartender's error. DT doesn't deserve that.

M: ...but I WILL hold true here. DT already has a very active and biting carbonation, and when it's served barely above freezing it's just not pleasant. In fact, this is probably the biggest problem area for me with how it was served. Though it still tastes great, it's really not that easy to keep on the tongue. As the beer warmed up it was noticeably more pleasant, though.

D: Normally, this beer pulls solid 4+s in my book. Just not so this time.

Not to beat a dead horse.... but please respect beer! This fine, fine brew was totally disrespected in my eyes today. And at $8 for an 8oz (which was not specified on the menu, by the way) I feel totally taken. In fact, I even had to order another, simpler beer to wash away my liquid sorrows. Such is the life of the beer guy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 03:40:43 | More by speakorspasm
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden champagne-esque look to it with a rush of bubbles zooming to the film left after a fizzy, thick head disappeared.

Smells like a comforting old crocheted blanket from Grandma's house that has been in the family for years. Hints of chalky smartees candy, cheap JC Penny cologne and limestone rock!

Musty, funky, fizzy and tart. Somewhat dry on the palate. Strange, yet delightful blend of flavors and textures. Champagne like carbonation, but not champagne sweetness/overly-dryness. Drinking this makes me think of the IHOP Rooty-Tooty-Fresh&Fruity commercials. Hides the alcohol very well.

A bit pricey, but is a most pleasurable experience. Quite unique. I think I will get the 750mL next time instead of the miniscule 11.2oz.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 21:25:38 | More by twiggamortis420
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

750 ML ceramic bottle with blue foil over cage & cork > chimay goblet.

A light, frosted-white hued golden color pours out looking very active, big carbonation, very fast bubbles create a pure-white, milky and smooth 2" head that from the top looks just like the first layer of untouched early mouring snow fall. The dissipation is as slow as it gets, the rushing bubbles keeps a 1/4" white cover over the liquid at all times.

The nose has all of the right ellements: Herbal spicey yeast upfront, banana's and cloves, Strawberries and cream, honey-sweet scented malt. Spicey and herbal overall.

The flavor is a clean wheat flavored malt, semi-sweet, big earthy and herbal flavor's of allspice, corriander, rounded out with slight fruitiness of wild strawberries and banana's. The balance of flavor's is conservative with a very natural effect on the palate. Light to medium bodied, it's light and refreshing but the smooooth finish is amazing, i love how the good belgian ale's have a creamy covering of foam at all times to create a silky-smooth creamy effect on the feel. It can't be beat! In a word, it feel's Luxurious. The flavor's are soo clean that there is no residual sourness or bitter ness from leafy hops. The hops are subtle but add a mildly bitter and earthy effect right at the end.

The presentation is great too, a unique bottle with a great lable, the pink elephant's, dragon's and strutting crocodile's are classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 16:03:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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radshoesbro

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel bad, because before reviewing this there were 666 bottles that had been reviewed. that my fiends, is awesome. especially given that it's almost halloween.

so, do you like sparkling cider? I do! it rules! in fact, that is exactly what this beer reminds me of! looks like it, pours like it, smells like it. except, this will get you drunk!!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 22:27:14 | More by radshoesbro
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lhaqq

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a quickly dissipating white head and a semiopaque gold body. Looks like a scotch except with carbonation and the haze from the yeast particles.
S: Mainly fruits--banana, but also some tropical fruits like mandarin oranges and passion fruit. Smelled like a fruit smoothie and a glass of champagne at the same time.
T: The banana flavor sticks out much more in the taste. Leaves a residual yeast taste that lasts for awhile.
M: Decently carbonated, full, but refreshing.
D: Would definitely not expect this to be the 9? abv that it is; hides it well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 04:56:26 | More by lhaqq
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Finkel

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While pouring the beer, the blonde/honey colored beer looked great. The color was murky and the head only complimented the beer in positive ways, though I wish it had stayed around a little longer.

The smells of the beer were extremely sweet. Fruit flavors (grapes, apples, and pears) were most apparent as well as the sweet yeast used in brewing. Strangely, the smells reminded me of white wine (pinot grigio to be specific), which was a disincentive to me; I want beer, not wine.

Just as it smelled, there was a clear taste of grapes. Additionally, pears, honey, apples, and chai spices came through and actually blended together to create a simple candy-like taste. As I got through the beer more and more, I found that the carbonation died down. Although the beer was drinkable, the most frustrating part of the beer was that at points, the alcohol came through the calm, thin texture. On a positive note, the best part of the beer was how hard it hit. At 9% ABV, I was nice and toasty, and the complimenting warming flavors made me feel great.

I felt that this beer was a little overrated and built up into something spectacular, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 05:54:04 | More by Finkel
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Likeburning

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden with little to no head. Fruity and full of other flavors and aromas that I can't put my finger on. A little nip of alcohol, but nothing to turn me away from this beer. The smoothness and high alcohol mixture can make a couple of these sneak up on you, but that isn't that bad of a thing in this case. Interesting packaging as well. One of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 18:17:15 | More by Likeburning
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devils3cups

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So lately I've been reviewing some brews with my good friend finkel for the Drexel University newspaper and people have been bothering us to review Delirium Tremens for ever.

I haven't had it in a while and it felt like time to comeback and review. So lets dive in.

Look: Pours with a hazy honey/blond color with nice rocky head. As the beer begins to settle it leaves some lacing but very little. The head quickly dissipated and so did the carbonation? Maybe there was some soap residue or maybe it was the etching in my Duvel glass.

Smell: Hits me with a bomb shell of a Belgian yeast. Some honey and other fruits I can't put my finger on.

Taste: As I took my first sip a warming sensation slid down my throat. The brew is inebriating and its not hiding it. Some sour tartness in the back as my tongue. Tastes of honey, pears, and light Belgian candy sugars. As the pink elephant warms up the sourness begins to move to the sides of the tongue. Towards the end I could actually taste the alcohol right through the beer. Not sure what that is about???

Feel: On the thin side but no where near watery. Light carbonation. Everyone speaks of such carbonation but once again maybe I'm not cleaning my glasses good enough.

Drinkability: Not to sure about this one. Tasty but I would need a break after drinking a few of these.

Notes: Honestly this is the second time I've thought about this. What's with the hype over this brew? You wana have something mind blowing go get your self something from de dolle, arabier preferably if you want to stay with in the style, or maybe some piraat. Back to my glasses, maybe its my glasses letting this beer down but I had two different glasses a Piraat, with out laser etching, and a Duvel glass, with laser etching. With the last few sips out of the Duvel glass the alcohol came right through. Not very pleasant.

Until next time,
Kraig

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 16:47:02 | More by devils3cups
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william5586

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden yellow color. big white head that slowly goes down. leaves a good lace

S: lots of spice and fruits

T: sweet taste at first, a little banana, lots of spice at the end and some alcohol

M: Medium

D: for 9% this is very drinkable but there was something about it that made it just good and not excellent for me

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 23:23:54 | More by william5586
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Havent had this beer before because the white ceramic bottle has always creeped me out, not sure why.

Anyway, 11.2oz poured into chalice.

A: Holy sediment Batman! Honey yellow color with a thick bright white head with big diameter bubbles. Nice lacing with some of those chunks mixed in. Screw the burger I had with it, got my proteins in this thing.

S: Juicy pear and honey. Not much with the hops at all with all the banana yeast being dominant.

T: Matching the aroma, pear and banana. As it warmed with the yeast warming, the banana flavors completely take over. Spices were quite strong, balanced the alcohol, almost took on the chai spices- hints of cardomam, ginger.

M: Fluffly and amply chewy, literally.

D: A good Belgian beer. Good to sip on, more flavor than a dubbel would have but Im sure that one at a time is good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 20:47:32 | More by marcpal
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light orange with a good head and lace down the glass. A citric hop smell hit me first, slong with some other fruit, dark and tropical and some minor malt sweetness. Smooth and balanced on the whole with a medium body and alright carbonation. While there are a lot of fruits in the taste, apple, orange, pear, berries, there are also some figs and a caramel/honey syrupy sweetness and texture on the outside of the beer. Also had some spiciness to it, and a little sour crispness with some of the fruit taste. Finishes warming and with a spicy fruit taste. A pretty good pale ale, although a tad sour for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 17:38:39 | More by clayrock81
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden color with a smooth one-finger white head. I've had this from the bottle before and the carbonation isn't as intense on-tap. The head recedes to a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. The lacing doesn't stick around too long.

Smells mostly of light fruits - pears with some banana and citrus - with a little spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The tastes all work well together even though they're not very pronounced. There's also a nice Belgian sugar sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness with grainy carbonation. It goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The flavors aren't too overbearing and the grainy carbonation doesn't hurt things.

Overall this is a solid Belgian with a cool logo. I can see myself ordering this again, and it's definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 21:58:41 | More by glid02
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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 1-07 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear golden color with a bright white head. Steady carbonation flow.

Orangey smell with a belgian hop snap and some chalky belgian yeast.

Bright flavor of orange, hops and yeast.

Carbonated full mouthfeel is classic belgian.

Nice drinkability for a 9% abv- it is not noticable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:38:08 | More by aubuc1
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color but the head is the key to appearance on this one. Creamy white head with sticky lace. Bubbles are so fine that it looks like a layer of whipped cream on the top, not foamy or bubbly at all. Smell of mild fruityness, bananna, apple, apricot. Not very bold on the nose but mild and subdued. Some yeastyness and a little spice show up also. Taste has a little more umph than the smell. Same mild fruityness and spice just more noticable. 9% is well hidden. Full body with a smooth finish. There is no doubt that this is a quality brew with no flaws. The flavor profile is not as in your face as many of the extreame beers but is very full in a somehow subdued way. A great sipper to take your time with and enjoy what shows itself with each sip. This is one I will go for every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 00:51:01 | More by beermanbrian
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unionturf

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after hearing all the hype.

Poured a clear yellow color with a huge head, actually had to wait for 3/4 a cup of head to dissipate. Smell is a yeast / sweet smell and taste is similar with a banana/pear taste. Mouthfeel is decent and I would have never knew this was a 9% beer...no way. I could down a few of these if someone was buying but no way will I buy another at these prices.

decent brew and glad I tried but I can't see me buying another.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 06:25:18 | More by unionturf
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

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

Poured a nice clear yellowish color with a nice head and slight lacing. Noticable carbonation as the bubbles on top keep bubbling.

Smells citrusy,malty, hint of honey, pears.

Taste was quite bitter at first, some spicy tones to it, left with a nice slight fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was easy as so is the drinkability on this one.

Decent beer, not what I was expecting though

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 00:21:12 | More by tr4nc3d
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow. Not as clear as I thought it would be. Head size and retention about average for the style. The lacing is fine and gorgeous.

S: Sweet esters of apple and pear. Phenolic and spicy aroma. A honey/candy like sweetness underneath. Very good and light. No hops aroma.

T: Flavor overall sweet initially with fruit esters and malt. The spicy pepper notes then evolve on the tongue. Following is the firm, subtle metallic hops bitterness. Overall, complex, sweet but finishes dry.

M: Medium bodied. Effervescent. Not enough head retention.

D: Avoided this beer for a while because I thought the "Delirium Tremens" was simply an advertising ploy, however, this beer is very good and deserves a sampling by all advocates.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 14:33:59 | More by BWH3
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sfsean

California

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

Saw this at local bottle shop and was impressed by the appearance. The price ($10) was also 'impressive'.
I poured it in a tulip glass and was delighted by the brillant yellow color. The yeast sediment was easy to get over. The sutle smell is is decieving when you actually taste it. The taste was a really punch in the taste buds. I could taste bits of honey, citrus, and slight clove. There are alomst too many tastes to be experienced here. I finished the bottle in one sitting. A delightful strong ale (8.5 ABV) that is well worth trying at least once, regaurdless of the high price.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:46:09 | More by sfsean
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellowish golden hazy color with a thin cap of foam. The aroma is malty and spicy with fruit, clove and yeast. Medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation. The flavors are sweet and phenolic and fruit. Spice provides some balance toward the end. A Belgian ale for sure, and a good one at that. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:05:23 | More by BeardedBoffin
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow [much like a Miller Lite but] with a good 2.5 finger head. Very active carbonation dances as the head slowly fade leaving behind a nice coating of sud.

Smells of Belgium. No really I truly believe that either the yeast or water makes belgian beers have that very pleasant aroma. There is a nice yeasty fruit mixed in the nose. Apricot or even peach.

This beer once created as a brewery gimmick for their Italian market. A much more noticeable fruit flavor than aroma. Spices bouncing happily with peach and pear flavors that seem to change and engage the drinker with each sip.

A very light and pleasant mouthfeel. Drink up! this one is a keeper!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:11:17 | More by RixBeer
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ABHatter

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a swampy uncomparable yellowish color, Great looking one inch fluffy head. This beer has great carbonation, But I have to say the yeast chunk is a little off putting.

S-lemon, bubblegum (The cheap kind that loses it's flavor instantly) Mild alcohol

T&M-Very Good! Pineapple, lemon with a dry finish and an absolutely sensational mouthfeel. The high yeast and great carbonation are the key to the great mouthfeel, It has sort of a cream lemoncello like chalkiness.

D- WOW, I just noticed the ABV on this one.8.5& And I am definitly shocked.

An all around very good beer, If you can get past the yeast sediment this is well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 02:37:40 | More by ABHatter
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WHROO

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a special Beer...
All round incredibly smooth & full of flavour.
Poured a golden colour with some REAL chunks floating. Huge Air Bubbled Head - frothy & sudsy.
Smell was very fruity, full of sweetness like molasses, some plum - loved it
Taste was soooo creamy, no bitterness, very plummy, full of fruity goodness...this nearly felt good for you - full of vitamins.
Easy mouthfeel, considering its ABV & overall puunch in aroma & flavour this has some serious drinkability - I could have gone through quite a few without looking elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 08:28:49 | More by WHROO
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. I typically drink it out of the bottle but this is a tap review.

The appearance is good as always, a slightly cloudy gold.

Smells great.

The taste off the tap throws me off a little. Out of the bottle it tastes greats, but there's a bit of a strange aftertaste off the tap I can't place.

Feels great, smooth with a surprising bit of kick from the carbonation. Kind of feels like a champagne to me.

Very drinkable, doesn't feel very heavy, refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 18:42:05 | More by Cylinsier
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,134 ratings.