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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,386
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 435 | 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 mralphabet
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got on tap at the The Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC on my birthday (Free !!! for the Birthday Boy) served in the delirium tulip.

A: Clear and golden little bit of white head. Nice carbonation and wonderful lacing....

S: Wow lots of sweet summer fruits going on orange, apples pear, grapes and a hint of spicy Belgian yeast and colindar. Wonderful...

T: Wow again everything in the smell is here.... Dead on Belgian beer.... Alcohol is well hidden here... Complex flavors but basic and perfect.

M: Med to light bodied, perfect carbonation for the style, crisp and very refreshing.

D: The only way I can describe it is Champagne of Beers.... it is like champagne but in beer form.... everything about it is great... one of the best beers I've had (and not because it was free). It is a very solid Belgian beer staple. A must have !!!

mralphabet, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy straw colour. High carbonation and a good size head. There are also a lot of yeast particles floating about.

S - Very citric aromas, zesty lemon, alongside a subtle orange pith. Mild grassy hops, and a slight yeast notes.

T - Up front the flavours are very fruity, oranges, lemon, and possible light grapes. There is a malty sweetness to it, that peaks after the fruitiness. The finish is quite bitter with a warming taste of alcohol.

M - Incredibly lively, the carbonation is intense. Slightly oily feel, and quite dry through the finish.

D - This is one of my favourite Strong Belgian Ales, very refreshing, and lively, and worryingly drinkable considering the ABV. If you haven't already, this is one that should be added to your 'to try' list.

PartyBear, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the CAH in Limerick into a Chimay chalice.

A: A light golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing that sticks.

S: Sweet fruits with some lighter grassy hoppy flavors. Really nice.

T: Fruity characters start with banana, apple and green grape. The spicy yeasty peppery flavor rides alongside the sweet fruit. Middle is candy sweetness with a return of the fruit but in tarter form from the spicy grassy floral hop kick. Finish is tart and very dry. What a great, great beer.

M: Medium and coating with a prickly finish that end up very dry. Surprising as you really think this beer is going to be overly sweet. Not so. Alcohol is well hidden with just a touch at the finish.

D: Forget it, these are so easy to drink that it should be illegal. Watch yourself as they disappear quickly.

Overall this is a top notch BSPA that rivals Duvel without question. I am so glad I got to finally try this on tap and it did not disappoint one bit. Thanks CAH and Gary! Well done.

Kadonny, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of infi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice translucent yellow-brown color with about a 1-finger white and foamy head that creates just enough lacing that lasts for a couple seconds before setting back into the glass. There's some ghastly-looking sediment floating about in the glass with a small amount of carbonation going on from the bottom. The smell is full of banana and fruity esterification, along with yeastiness, hints of citrus and some clove going on through the glass - it's kinda reminiscent of a Tripel to me. A very nice and full aroma permeates as the glass gets warmer.

The taste is a reflection of its smell. The bready flavor and banana initially come up with a sort of fruitiness and small amount of malt in the middle and is followed by the alcoholic warmth in the end. The finish to the beer is quite excellent - it's like eating a fresh piece of baked bread with the amount of breadiness that lines the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light-bodied with minimal amount of carbonation. The sediment is not palpable in anyway, so it shouldn't deter you from drinking this incredible beer. For an 8.5% ABV beer, it's pretty smooth drinking. The drinkability is definitely a sipper. No guzzling this one for sure. It's definitely a bottle worth sharing with a friend for a night.

Very interested in comparing this with my Duvel waiting in the fridge.

infi, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a huge white head that lasts for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing. A little bit of sediment is also present.

Initial aroma reveals a lot of yeast and banana with a hint of orange abd spice in the finish.

Taste is very fruity and yeasty along with a good bit of candied sugars. This one is definitely more on the sweet side than anything else I've had for this style. Even still, I fond it very enjoyable all the way through so no real harm done as far as I'm concerned.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel but a little too overcarbonated. Pretty good stuff all around, but somewhat sweeter than I've come to expect from this style. I had no problems finishing off the bottle but not sure this iwould be one I'd quickly reach for again given the alternatives to choose from. Alcohol not very noticeable and an overall interesting take on the style.

Vengeance526, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of zee3are0
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On top at Delirium Cafe, Brussels, BE.

A - Like a typical tripel, almost indistinguishable visually from many mass-produced pilsners. However, the first glance appearance is where all similarities end. Head is strong as opposed to a light foam more typical of Low country beers. Beautiful light-gold.

S - Like pure happiness. Hard to isolate it when you're in the basement room of Delirium Cafe and inundated with cigarette smoke, the pallette of 2400 other beers around you and your loud and happy friends.

T - Where the money is made. Tastes of beer in its purest form, not overtly sweet or spiced like most wheatbeers, nor is it bitter and watery like an atypical pilsner. It doesn't dominate the pallette like a stout or strong lager, and in spite of 8.5% ABV, it's not strong in alcoholic taste. Rather, it is a perfect combination of all of the subtle nuances of hops and yeast without assaulting your taste. When bottled, it seems to gain a hint of alcohol taste that is noticably missing (thankfully) when on tap.

M - Doesn't require effort to enjoy. Effervescent, but not outrageous.

D - Perfect. I can't imagine a perfect day of drinking beer and not thinking of my numerous trips to Belgium. I'd plan entire trips to Europe just to enjoy this at the source. It's a life-changing experience. I highly doubt I'll ever rate another beer in my life as highly.

zee3are0, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a Delirium Tremens tulip.
Comes a straw yellow with some haziness and a fluffy white head.
Smells fruity and yeasty with a touch of spice.
Tastes of banana and bubblegum and is quite sweet.
The body is medium and well carbonated. The alcohol was more prominate near the end of the glass as it warmed a little.
Though not my favorite style of brew, I really didn't mind this one at all and it was a good one to clean the palate off with to have some more hoppy beers afterwards.

ThickestHead, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A straw yellow with a white head about a finger width thick. Settles into a ring of about a half finger. Visible carbonation. Considerable lacings.

All sweet fruit on the nose with just a hint of the style's yeastiness.

Fruity sweetness, apricots, with a good hit of candied sugar. Hops kick in rather late and then only to provide some nice dryness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, and this is incredibly drinkable for a Strong Belgian. Could give Duvel a run for its money as the sneakiest of beers.

CanuckRover, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass (was served at a restaurant in the bottle only and a pint glass was the best they could do, at my request) The body was a straw yellow color with very active carbonation and huge head.

Strong yeast smell with some light sweet fruit and orange peel. There's a pleasant funkiness.

Solid taste. The sweet fruit that shows up in the smell is more defined in the taste and is tutti-frutti and orange peel. Big yeast presence, a nice spice, and sugary sweetness.

I loved the mouthfeel. Creamy and chewy. This was a good one to let sit in the mouth for a while. The finish is sweet.

This goes down easy and the alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up quickly.

Vonerichs, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this at Johnny Farina's in Ottawa and was intrigued by the pink elephant on the tap handle. The bar tender said it had been ranked one of the best beers in the world by a major beer magazine. But when I questioned him on the magazine he admitted he didn't know - and that it was quoted on the free t-shirt the staff had been given!

It was poured in it's proper glass with 1.5 fingers of white head. The beer is slightly cloudy but a typical golden belgian pale otherwise. Some lace followed the beer down the glass.

Smelled of belgian yeast, some sweetness and hops.

Initially it tasted remarkably like Duvel only slightly sweeter. By my second pint the sweetness was really coming through. It's good though.. tartness, fruity yeast, herbs and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit better than average but drinkability is solid. These go down very well given the higher alcohol content.

Ralphus, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow with some floaters. Pretty clear but plenty of bubbles. Formed a really fizzy 1/2" head that thinned kind of quickly, but developed some nice lacing.

S: sugared hops, yeast, and ripe banana. very little malt, but it's definitely there.

T: Very clean. strong yeast presence with a little bit of wheat on the finish. slightly sweet like candy.

M: Very crisp, but almost too carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, which makes it perfect for summer.

jlb307, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of AMoceri7
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful brew.

A: Golden with some sediment hanging around. Plenty of carbonation bubbles, infact, it might be 5% Beer and 95% Carbonation. The head was huge, even with a meager pour, lacing till the last drop.

S: Definitely more of the odd side of aroma from a BSPA I've inhaled in a while. Hops, candy, yeast and fruit right upfront. Masked by what seems to be a favorable steel scent, but that itself is probably the hops.

T: Hops and candy sugars upfront, brown and rock. The malt is definitely in the background. The spice from the hops is most overpowering as I find it hard to believe they tossed in Coriander as some have said. As it warms, a bit of bubblegum instantly hits the tongue. Its not that its bitter in that aspect, nor from the alcohol, but what makes it stronger than your sisters hoegaarden.

M: Carbonized to the max. Very bouncy and refreshing...

D: Very good.

Overall, great beer.

AMoceri7, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Delirium. Unbelievable. Best beer I had all night. The perfect combination of hops and malt joining together. Light fruit scents, some spice, a great golden beer with a solid 2 inch head. Alcohol is definitely present at the finish, but a sweet malt presence with a nice crisp floral bittering end. F-my face off this beer is good.

Obviously, I enjoyed this beer, highly recommend it, will try again.

Soozy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jhammel01
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden pale yellow-straw color With a nice head that sticks around for a while. Laces all the way down. Beautifully carbonated.
Smells of fruity esters and possibly a bit of bread. I pick up alot going on but really, I honestly am not sure what! Very complex.
Taste has a twang of apricots and some orange zest. Finishes crisp and a bit clean. As it warms, the spices are not as prominent and almost becomes a tiny bit bready. Also some alcoholic burn some time later.

This is my second time having this one and as always, its solid. Good stuff!

jhammel01, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured on-tap into a DT snifter, the beer follows most of its characteristics found when poured from the bottle. Its mild and smooth while having enough interesting qualties to the flavor to keep each sip enjoyable. Fruity belgian pale with just a touch of spice. Estery and acetaldehyde notes in the flavor, just as from the bottle. The mouth is full-bodied for a pale, not watery and with crisp carbonation. Straw-like color with foamy head. Easily drinkable, you could definitely have nothing but DT all night and (barring the quick intoxication) not wind up feeling too full or put off by sweetness/spice/anything in the flavor.

BirdFlu, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of bassmantin
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam poured out of the bottle when I popped the cap. Surprisingly, the head was moderate and bright white, receding quickly. The beer has a bright yellow color, relatively transparent.

I might be drinking this a little too cold, so I am going to take my time. There are some very nice Belgian sugars in the nose. The beer is highly carbonated. The sugars are fairly muted at this temperature, and a lot of sourness pervades. The beer is very volatile and foams in the mouth.

I don't know, I'm not that impressed. The malts are sour, and any of the good sugar taste is hidden. And it's very highly carbonated. I love their brew pub in Brussels, though!

bassmantin, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz pretty painted faux-ceramic foiled bottle

Appearance: Fairly bright dark gold beer; I rushed the pour at the end a little bit so the typical big flakey Delirium yeast is present, there's a big super creamy white cap as well, with tons of Champagne-like CO2

Smell: BIG yeast and spice with maybe just a hint of banana; classic BSPA

Taste: Very mild for the strength; everything comes together pretty smoothly; there's light fruity Belgian yeast, hints of spice, candy sugar, obvious warming alcohol, and a bit of dusty yeasty dryness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: This could be a bit dangerous, though you do notice the alcohol as it warms

Conclusion: Good example of the style...always a classic

BedetheVenerable, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Wronsky
2.73/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mildly cloudy, pale yellow color. It looks a bit like a cloudy Budweiser or something. The head is about 2 fingers worth and dissipates quickly with little lacing.
Nose: The familiar Belgian style smell, but it's nothing impressive. A little fruity - I get white grapes.
Taste: I get that grape taste, with some red apple in there as well. The taste hits you right off the bat, then fades almost as quickly as it arrives. There's a faint hint at Belgian goodness, but does not have any lasting power.
Mouthfeel: It's very thin. It feels a bit watery. There carbonation doesn't jump out at all. It's present, but doesn't play a role one way or the other.
Drinkability: Great I suppose. There's no overpowering flavor to wear out the palette and the 8.5 ABV doesn't make itself known much at all.
Overall: Belgians make mediocre beer too. There is nothing special about this. There wasn't one part of this beer I was impressed with. Though you could probably get into some trouble because you can slam it back pretty easily. I imagine this is what Belgian college kids play Beirut with. Sweet bottle though.

Wronsky, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had in a bottle and on tap.

Ths is a good overall ale, its got a good gold color with a pretty good white head. There is some lacing here, but nothing great.

It has a decent aroma smelling a little citrus and very hoppy.

It tastes good but nothing special. Its a strong ale you can drink, kinda like Duvel.

jrallen34, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale hazy gold with mega fucking floaties in it. Like, that wasn't a bad pour, it just has large yeast flecks all through it. Bead is strong, as is head, off-white in colour and sizzles softly but retains, without sinking. Lacing is pretty decent. Looks unique, if nothing else.

Nose is very Belgian and particularly sour. Has a good belt of vinegar and green grape skin, a slightly meaty or tomatoey edge as well. Not much spice but a fair amount of funk, quite champagney and reasonably nice.

Taste is very similar - very sour, tangy and kind of funky. Fair amount of wild barnyard character with a furry aspect at the back of my throat. Flavours of vinegar, underripe cherry, tomato and unripe berries. Noticeable alcohol towards the back, isn't really hidden because the beer finished quite short. Most of the flavour is on the front and while there is a nice citrusy kick to the back, it fades away and the boozey strength hits you at the same time. A bit phenolic on the mid as well, but is really dominated by a sour flavour throughout. Lacks that Belgian spice, although the yeast is obviously well utilised to create all that funk.

Mouthfeel is quite tangy, with a strong carbonated feel, maybe too much. Feels nicely thick though, just burns a bit.

While I don't really enjoy this, it's obviously a respectable beer, and in spite of its heavy flavour and character I detect a lot of fine, subtle touches throughout the palate. It's very meticulous, even though the end result doesn't agree with me much.

laituegonflable, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into snifter.

A- Pours pale straw yellow with a lively active head. Small, loose bubbles. Lacing is minimal but still present.

S- Plums are at the front. Malt sweetness, perhaps. Dextrin-like qualities. Faint tea/honey fragrance

T- Light, yet delicious. This beer is mildy flavored with a tart sweetness; a fleeting taste at first sip. Very very nice, giving this a 5 for amazing flavor.

M- Again, wonderful. Decent carbonation (but not too much) keep this feeling like a fizzy cider or apple juice. Simply put: awesome.

D- Fairly high with respect to the alcohol content. A 750 is a tall order, but delicious. Split with a friend to have a good time. I can't say enough good things about this beer.

ShogoKawada, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold with tons of bubbles and a two finger head.

S- Banana, fresh citrus zest with some mellow spicyness.

T- Biscuity malt makes up the backbone the whole way. Fruity esters showcasing banana, green apple and lemon bring about some complexity. A mild pleasing bitterness brings up the finish along with peppery alcohol.

M- Refreshing, carbonation is a little on the harsh side.

D- A nice go to Belgian beer.

Not my favorite but it's worthy of being a staple belgian beer.

Pauly2X, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens produces massive amounts of bright white head, even with the gentles pour. It actually takes about five minutes to pour an entire 33cl bottle. The body is golden in color with lots of sediment floating around, and the lacing sticks well to the sides of my glass.

Aromas are floral with hints of dextrin, honey, and pear.

I taste grape, cotton candy, and a slight brisk husk finish.

The mouthfeel is very prickly, coarse, and ends with a presence of alcohol.

This brew is well balanced and complex with lots of different angles of character.

TheSarge, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pale like a pilsner. Head starts out huge but fades disappointingly quickly.

S: Very fruity and spicy. Very reminiscent of bubble gum.

T: Again, big on the bubble gum. A bit of alcohol tingle. The sugary sweetness becomes rather cloying in a hurry.

M: Heavy and syrupy but with carbonation.

D: This was actually the beer that brought me into the craft world. I was attending a law school function at Brasserie Beck, and this was one of the beers available. It inspired me to look into other Belgians, and from there, I moved into the American craft scene. So it definitely has nostalgic value for me. It still holds up fairly well in its own right, but there's a ton of other Belgians I'd have before it.

BarrelO, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2floz bottle into duvel tulip

A - A bright yellow/golden colour with a huge fluffy white head, creamy and bubbly. Looks exactly like a duvel (especially since it is in the duvel glass!). the characteristic huge head and color make it look like a great beer. The big head doesn't last very long, though the layer it does leave is about half a fingers worth. Lacing is abundant and all over the glass.

S - just cut granny smith apples are the only really noticeable scents coming out of this one. Not too overwhelming either. It might be because the drink is still cold or that this is just the way the brew is, but the initial scent is broad malt notes, all subtle, and then come out the apple notes.

T - taste is reminiscent of a sparkling white wine: slightly fruity with some dry alcohol definitely bearing its own in the taste. Initial taste has dry tartness like a white wine, maybe some yeast presence but mainly this fruity dryness, which I equate to a white wine. Yeah, the tastes in the finish are definitely of fermented white grapes with some alcohol. Aftertaste is a fruity grape flavour, with some sweeter malt in the rear. Taste fades quickly leaving a simple sweetness in the mouth.

MF&D - good body, nothing special though. The carbonation quickly fades from its former, abundant, self. Perhaps a bit thin in body, though debatable (was a lot more appetizing when much colder)

erz316, Jul 10, 2009
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,386 ratings.