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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,310
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 179
Gots: 400 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent, pale yellow body with a rather tall, white head.

Smell: Aromatic blend of spices and sugar stirred up in fresh fruit juices and an inviting hint of the alcohol within.

Taste: Light pale and delicate pilsner malts with a blitz of sugary sweetness. Tangy, fruity mix of the juice from peaches and Golden Delicious apples along with a pinch of lemon zest. Dash of rose water. Floral hops with a light bitterness. Dash of white pepper. Warming, crisp, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easily considering the ABV %. Pretty solid, but, then again, so are the other Deliriums. I get the pink elephants on the label, but what's the significance of the pimp-strutting alligators and ball-balancing Chinese dragons?

03-28-2009 01:17:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

Pale gold, very clear, fair carbonation. Medium head with some lacing.
Aroma is of white wine, dough, biscuity malt, wheat, rolled oats. Very slight spicy hops starts to creep in later, and a hint of pear. Alcohol can only just be detected.
Taste is rather sweet, typical Belgian doughy-ness, slightly fruity, with medium alcohol and bitterness.
Heavily carbonated as expected, contributing to the thick and creamy mouthfeel. Light heat on the palate.

03-24-2009 09:56:42 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of matty


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Cloudy pale yellow beer that has a thick billowing head that slowly fades.Aroma is fruity and spicy.Taste is once again fruit,spicy,sugar cane and alcohol on the back end.Very enjoyable and something that I would recommend and purchase again in the future!!

03-21-2009 01:13:20 | More by matty
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


4.5/5  rDev +9%

Delirium Tremens. This one came up more than once in a couple of issues of BeerAdvocate, so I was psyched to try the one I found at H-E-B's Central Market in San Antonio.

Appearance - cloudy initially, a strong golden color that is straw-like in appearance. Found out at second glance why this looked so cloudy, there were chunks floating at quite a density in the beer - is this unfiltered or wild wheat strains? Retained its head for a few minutes before dissolving into symmetrical rings around my snifter.

Decant - Poured from a 750 ml bottle, with a faux ceramic appearance, caged and plasitc corked. Cracked open with a pop. I really have to comment on the asthetics - it's a nice looking bottle! Dancing aligators and dragons, really goes with the mysticism of the name - Delirium Tremens, the Shakes, like the Hallucinogenic Torreador by Dali.

Smell - Floral. Malts rise through a hops top.

Taste - I really need to weigh in here. I've slowly noticed that Belgian beers in 750s have a certain taste that eventually wind down to a sugary alcohol intensity. In this case, Tremens starts as a bright, juicy combination, like white wine. It slowly caves into a horseblanket/banana flavor (brettanomyces?) in the middle before descending further into a sugary shade of warm happiness. Affligem's Noël did this for me too on Christmas Day last December. The last eighth has a pure alcohol aroma/flavor.

Mouthfeel - Has the consistency of water, which I've noticed that great, complex beers such as this can have. Extremely smooth, the alcohol really does sneak up on you, though I could detect it by breathing out of my nostrils on first sip.

Notes: If I was inclined to blow a 10-spot every week on beer, I'd go back for Delirium Tremens until I was to find something better. I really like this beer, and I recommend it for your enjoyment.

03-17-2009 03:21:43 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Had this on tap at Volo in Toronto. Looked pretty nice... bright golden-yellow, not cloudy, and with a small head (wished there had been a bit more depth to the head) in a Delirium snifter glass. The head stuck in spots all the way down the glass, which I liked.

The smell was pretty decent, orangey and with a light yeastiness/spice and fruit background (orange and citrus). Subtle but enjoyable. Not astonishing, but lively. Inside the mouth is really where this beer seems to shine.

There's a lot of complexity in the taste, herbal and spice mixed with light and sweet fruit, tangerine, banana, pineapple and a light yeastiness. I've heard some Belgian style ales described as tasting "bubble gum" like, this beer definitely had some notes of that. There's a bitterness of mild hops as well that sits underneath the sweetness.

As for the mouthfeel: it's very light, clean and refreshing to match the sweet, fruity and yeasty taste profile. I loved the freshness that came to the fore here. There's a bit of lingering hop astringency, but not too much. If I had one problem with this beer, it would be that the bitterness sticks around and is a bit of a sore thumb against the crisp, sweet flavours.

Drinkability was decent, the beer really sneaks around the back and hits you with a well-hidden alcohol smack, but if I hadn't been sampling several different beers at Volo I would have definitely gone back for another Delirium.

03-15-2009 20:41:05 | More by strangemusic
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearpale yellow with a nice white heading. Awesome lacing throughout.The glassware was clean but when I poured it had some white floaters in the maybe from a partial freez or something.

Smell is very citrusy and a very feint smell of hops. Smell reall had nothing to it maybe it was partially frozen.

Taste is just awesome. A nice citrus lemon taste with a nice bit of hops.A nice sweetness also. The aftertaste was like apple juice unlike anything I've had.

Mouthfeel is kind of light.

Drinkability is very high you can have a few of these on a nice summer day.

03-15-2009 18:45:09 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of KBoudreau66


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Had on tap at the British Beer Company in Framingham, Massachusetts. Served in a self-advertised snifter that says "Delirium Tremens" in blue letters with red colored elephants. I found it difficult to not keep this snifter for myself.

Pours a see through darker golden color with a rough looking, bubbly slightly off white head. The head will dissipate to a thinner layer but lasts throughout and will leave lacing. Slightly carbonated. I noticed a ton of yeast sediment in this pour, I'm not sure if that's common for this particular brew, but it seems a bit excessive. The sediment isn't something that bothers me, but it may turn others off.

Smells of spices with some fruit aromas that I can't really put my finger on. Maybe a little bit like dates, but it doesn't stand out enough. A bit medicinal and a slight copper smell to it.

This brew is medium bodied and a little bit roughly carbonated it finishes crisp and somewhat dry. The taste is within range of the aroma with slight spice, yeast, and fruitiness to it. The only disparity in the taste that I noticed was some alcohol in the aftertaste. A good brew. Worth trying once, but nothing special.

03-14-2009 00:44:34 | More by KBoudreau66
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

A very good Trappist Ale. It goes down smooth and has a lot of flavor for a beer that is so easy to drink. It is ripe with fermentation as well, packing a solid 8.5% that is well hidden. This is not quite as good as Foret, but still a very good drink. I taste a whole lot of yeast. It almost tastes a bit like rye bread, which is a good thing.

03-13-2009 21:55:58 | More by abriggs1
Photo of baos


4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

Fake crock bottle into dog faced mug

A: Big bubbly white head over a light hazy straw body.

S: Nice lemony grainy aroma with hints of good yeastiness.

T: Very nice a bit sour with ginger and pepper and malt.. This beer is fucking good. You get a bit of bubble-gum-clove as well. This one finishes clean.

M: Nice and medium.

D: I could take my time with a bottle of this and I don't think you'd ever need more than two. But with how the flavors pull through with warming its good to take time and enjoy.. While other down a sixer two bottles of this would outlast six of most brews...

03-10-2009 00:05:27 | More by baos
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Poured a straw color, very clear, lots of carbonation with a big creamy white head. Head died down as I drank but was there and left a lot coating the sides of the goblet.

S - The first smell that hit me out of the bottle was a sweet bubble gum aroma. As I poured this dissipated some and I caught some esters, alcohol, and sweet and sour aroma.

T - Crisp, dry, fruit flavors. The phenols hit me first to be replaced with estery...uhhh...undertones I guess I will say. The esters are definitely there but they are nice and light, not overwhelming or too sweet and fruity.

M - This is a dry beer, it attenuated well. Nice tingle from the carbonation, alcohol warm on the way down, and even a little creaminess from the head.

D - The light and crisp character lends itself to good drinkability even considering the high alcohol content. Can be sneaky for sure.

03-08-2009 01:16:15 | More by steelerguy
Photo of jdoncbus


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into Chimay goblet. Pours a vibrant and cloudy yellow, very active carbonation with a fluffy two finger head. Nice amount of lacing compliments this bubbly brew.

As soon as I decanted the ale I could smell the yeast and lemon. Nose is boozy and sweet smelling yeast. Aroma is sugar, lemon, orange, pepper, and grains; notes of raisin and wood.

Crisp on the lips and tip of the tounge and very smooth on the palate as it goes down. Bitter hops and yeast dominate the overall flavor along with the strong sugar presence. Bits of dark fruits play around with lemon zest & wheat. Tremens produces a very forward booziness down the throat. Aftertaste is sweet tarts amd leaves the mouth dry.

I've seen this beer around many times and i have not checked it out until now (thanks BIF Educator!). I am a Belgian greenhorn still training my palate and have realized that I enjoy the Strong Pales; this one being the reinforcer. I look forward to purchasing some soon.

03-04-2009 22:26:33 | More by jdoncbus
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United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

BB 11/2011, served lightly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a beautiful and bright golden hue, coming with pretty good and mild carbonation and a thick white fluffy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last throughout the drink.
S: sticky sweet pale maltiness supports a lively limey hoppy and exotic/banana-ish yeasty nose, littered with passion fruits, white pepper, coriander and a touch of fresh herbal touch, while a dry-ish tinge of wood-dust and dried tangerine peels stays in the background. Pleasant, but too sweet overall.
T: the swallow is slightly watery and "hallow" for 8.5%abv. to be honest, but the citric hops and a mildly savoury-sweet touch of yeasty-malts come in abundance to make up for this, gradually giving way to a decently dry+chewy palate of spicy yeasts and herbal hoppiness with a stinky edge of yellow-grapefruit peels.
M&D: the carbonation comes healthy and light to go well with a medium-minus body and very low alcoholic mouthfeel (for 8.5%abv., that is), but the texture is somewhat watery for some reasons. Alas, the beer is not complex and at best a easy-drinking example of Belgian Golden Ale that I find it very hard even to finish the whole bottle (I shared a half with my flatmate, actually).

* Tasting Date: 31/10/07
8.5%abv., BB 28/02/2010, served lightly chilled in a large bulb wine glass.
4 A: pours a cloudy, light amber hue; the off-white frothy head quickly settles to a thin carpet, then a rim, while the carbonation stays consistently mild.
4 S: assertively tangy, sour-sweet orangey fruits and lemon-zests abound, on top of a dryish-yeasty and Belgian pale-malty bedrock; spiciness and more tangy citrusness follow a good swirl, where the fruit-esters also become much more lively. The high alc. content does not go unnoticed, though.
4 T: salty-sweet yeastiness, tangy and acidic-bitter citrus-zests, and plenty of spiciness prevail from the first second of tasting, leaving the maltiness way behind; gradually followed by a light touch of root-herbs, pepper, and an intensifyingly dry, tannic, and spicy mouthfeel in the finish... as it slips down the throat, the beer gets slightly warm-ish but never OTT.
4.5 M&4.5 D: softly spritzy fizziness remains on the palate, against a full body, pretty quiet flavour profile, and well-hidden alc. This tripel is consistently dry, spicy, and bitter, leaving fruit esters and maltiness all behind. Although it is not as colourful, complex, and delicious as some of its opposite numbers, this beer rates well in my book for being a "bitter" example that I really enjoy!

03-04-2009 19:13:27 | More by wl0307
Photo of Beejay


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Slightly cloudy, pale amber with plenty of white head.

S: Very fragrant. Sweet and tangy, with lots of fruit notes. bananas, strawberries, and a bit yeasty..

T: very nice.. tart, tangy and sweet... Not as crisp as I thought.. yeasty and delicious..

M: slightly syrupy, but overall good.

D: Yum. A little pricey for what you get, but the bottle kicks ass.

03-03-2009 02:23:31 | More by Beejay
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Reviewed 12/9/2007 (bottle):

Pours a golden somewhat cloudy colored body, fizzy, with a white head, small, but it has good lacing & creaminess. Has a very floral, sweet, dark fruity aroma. Some spices too. Spices and floral tasting. A light taste. Some sediment in bottom.

02-28-2009 13:35:45 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

If you've never had a Trappist ale from Belgium and aren't able to find a decent one in your area, you should at least pick up some of this. Delirium Tremens is a pretty good example of what a Belgian beer can taste like. This isn't officially classified as a Tripel, but it's very similar, as it is a strong ale (9%) and it's a pale ale. Well rounded flavor, strong alcohol, and overall a nice beer to relax with or to enjoy on a special occasion. Just don't drink it too cold or at room temperature. Belgians like this do best at cellar temperature and in a goblet-shaped glass. Trust me - try it yourself.

02-26-2009 03:31:05 | More by jnn4v
Photo of aeminter


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Rather clear, pale yellow/straw color, nice thick white head

Smell is spicy, a little medicinal, malty

Taste is complex...a little sweet and herbal...no noticeable hop presence...alcohol warming and smooth finish.

Excellent mouthfeel...nice and viscose with just the right amount of carbonation and foam.

This is good, but for $11 per bottle I can't have it all the time. A great occasional treat.

02-25-2009 06:50:57 | More by aeminter
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Had at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a golden blond with a lot of visible particles in the beer, nice white head and tons of bubbles. Smell is pretty yeasty and fruity. Taste is very nice, plenty of dried fruit along with phenol and some medicinal overtones. Mouthfeel was hard to pin down, a bit sticky but rather light. The taste would definitely wear on me after a while, but it's not too bad.

Overall a rather tasty BSPA, Porter's never ceases to impress me with the freshness and variety of their beers.

02-24-2009 03:25:34 | More by BigIrishman
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

This is a big, big beer. Not for the novice. I ordered up a pint at the C*ck and Bull in Glendale, Oh. Thinking it was $4/pint like the rest of the menu, I selected the funny-looking tap with elephants on it. The bartender hands me the brew, allows me to sip it and tells me it is the ONLY beer not on happy hour. She goes on to tell me this one will cost me $8/pint. Holy crap! Oh well, it was sorta worth it. It had a huge, glowing-white head. the smell was piny, citrusy. The taste: out of this world. My buddies and I all tasted fruit. Big, big fruit like apples an melon. The crisp finish leaves you longing for another draw from the glass. Nothing like a head full of Delirium! The ABV tips the charts. If you see this beer anywhere, buy it! It will be worth the extra cheddar you will plunk down to get it.

02-24-2009 00:15:33 | More by pumarocks
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a golden yellow from a bomber, stark white 2 finger head. The head retention was decent, and some moderate lacing was left on the glass.
S: Citrus notes predominate, and so do some other various fruity esters.
T: Citrus, spice, yeast, bready... all in a very belgian way, just making this an exceptional experience. Very impressed.
M: Excellent, just the right amount of carbonation. Body was moderate. While drinking it, I could find no fault with the mouthfeel. Just felt natural.
D: I had no trouble finishing this bomber. Not too sweet, not too thick, not too... anything, except alcohol filled. I was a bit gone after finishing 22oz of this 8.5% brew. I want another. At $8 apiece, not a bad choice for a great evening.

02-23-2009 06:49:26 | More by fightingirishcmk
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: A hazy golden color with some of the malt floating in it. Thick white head left spotty lace.

Smell: Has a sour lemon smell to it.

Taste: Malt fruit and a little bit of hopps. Has a slightly bitter finish but overall is very good. Has a definate alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very dry and kind of crisp. The 9% alcohol is nice.

02-22-2009 00:44:32 | More by meatmallet
Photo of gatornation


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

pours a hazy straw yellow with a big foamy head that is reduced to a nice head as it warms it smells of fruits .. bananas and pears and spices i detect a clove aftertaste very good... mouthfeel is strong with fruit hops and spices all balancing for a delicious flavor so smooth @ 9 abv.. drink this strong ale warmer than most ales ...as it warms it get more complex and better its 17.99 a 4pak but worth it as a treat every couple of a weeks

02-18-2009 23:45:17 | More by gatornation
Photo of atis


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours light hazy golden with one finger head that fades slowly and leaves patchy lacing. Aroma is spicy, floral and perfumy hops, hints of orange. I could not detect any alcohol. Taste is fruity and malty, pears and oranges, soft alcohol with light bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with light warming sensation.

I am addicted to this stuff, certainly one of my top beers.

02-18-2009 21:41:13 | More by atis
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Cloudy yellow with lots of stuff floating around. The first thing you notice is the sweet and sour citrus aroma.

Taste is loaded with citrus peels and some spices. Banana and dy fruit flavors are very noticeable and a nice bitterness from the hops balances things out.

My biggest complaint would be what feels like a slight acidity to the brew, making it harder to drink. But overall I'm very impressed.

02-18-2009 20:40:02 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

simply, a great beer, very much worth the 10 bucks for a 750mL.

i bought this beer along with some other Belgian beers-Westmalle Triple Trappist and Orval Trappist Ale. i have to say that it was the best one of the three.

A> color was a hazy golden with some of the malt floating about.pale for what the taste offers, never the less a good looking beer. as i poured the head covered about 2 finger's length on the glass...perfect

S>the smell was almost sweet, but bit bitter...like smelling citrus fruit and hint of banana with good balance

T>undeniably the best part and served very cold...as it fills your moth no taste bud is left out..it tasted as it smelled yet on a more bitter side. the alcohol level at first is not noticeable but as the sweetness of it fades the alcohol becomes present. and as you take the next sip combining it with the smell, the experience becomes even better. as i let my last glass warm up some, the alcohol had the same non-intense taste and feel and the taste and smell became more present..a big thumbs up in my book

D>the beer is very drinkable, as i mentioned, alcohol is not very present and taste is also very well balanced and not extreme at all for a Belgian beer. honestly, this beer would go well with a light meal...i would know, had half the 750 bottle with steamed fish touched with lemon.

02-17-2009 22:36:33 | More by baddy579
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Bought this to celebrate the start of another semester. Comes in a stone-like bottle with a rubber cork with 2008 printed on it. I really enjoy the presentation because it's a step away from the serious world of beer.

Poured into my Weizen glass (curse me not having the correct glassware!). Pours a golden straw color that is very hazy. There is significant sized floaties and a little bit of sediment. An aggressive pour produces a strong 1 inch head with creamy white bubbles. Very lively carbonation. Leaves a bit of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

The aroma is very fruity and spicey. Holiday spices come to mind, as well at citrus fruits. There is a clove scent present as well, and at the very end I get a hint of the alcohol content.

Starts with a strong citrus kick. After the initial punch, I get the spice portion. Cloves and holiday spices mix well with citrus fruits. There is a yeast as well as malt taste up front, and it finishes a bit dry. Alcohol is well masked, however you can definitely feel the warmth. Very smooth and crisp due to the strong carbonation.

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into on this one. This is a keeper for sure. If only it wasn't $10 a bottle, I would most likely drink this weekly, if not daily. At any rate, this is a beer I will be returning to frequently.

02-14-2009 05:45:59 | More by Mistofminn
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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