1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

Not Rated.
Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,841 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,841
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 234
Gots: 685 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Delirium Tremens Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,841 | Reviews: 1,576 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MrVonzipper
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of tonyf55
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of livewire05
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light pale yellow with ample foamy head. A very sweet and fruity aroma greets you upon pouring. The taste is equally fruity with some spices, and there's a nice crispness to beer. I'm rather new to Belgiums, but as far as I can tell, this one is a keeper.

Photo of EmmetD
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of nightwing002
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of garuda
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Delirium Tremens wide tulip.

Appearance: gold in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: crushed apples and Belgian spices dominate

Taste: crushed apples is the dominant flavor, with pear, Belgian spices, bittering hops, and light banana

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet start with a super bitter spike and a less bitter end, light bodied

Overall: A nice BSPA. This is not one I would drink all the time, but certainly one to visit every now and then. Of the Delirium beers, this may be my least favorite, but it is still solid.

Photo of Robje
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Westmalle chalice, would have preferred a tulip glass (next on the list). Fresh beer, well before use by date.

Appearance: This beer pours with an extremely volatile head, but not quite as foamy as some others in the style. The foam structure consists of a multitude of small bubbles forming a large head that dissipated quite quickly, could be the chalice causing that. A thin layer of foam lasted for the whole drink, with a small cloud laying in place at the end of the drink. The clarity of the beer was impressive, and the colour a pure gold.

Smell: By the time I'd sampled the aroma's the head had calmed down quite a lot. A strong and deep caramel/toffee smell, verging on the burnt side, with a strong sweet scent. There were hints of wood, I can't determine what exact wood. A very pleasant and non offensive odour.

Taste: By the time I'd gotten to tasting the head was perfect for the first sip. First a hint of brandy, a slight hint of hop coming through with the wheat. The was a slightly fruity taste but not sweet. There was a hint of bitterness, but this was smooth on the palate and not overpowering. There was a slight citrus taste that came through in the middle of the beer, ending with a slightly stronger alcohol taste at the bottom of the glass. I think the yeasts in this beer tie the other ingredients together with their complexity.

Mouth feel: A first sip lavishes the mouth with fantastically forming bubbles, that flow with a creaminess into the crevices of the mouth. The beer feels slightly thick for this style, but at all times has a silky smooth texture that invites you back for more.

Overall: A delicious beer with surprising and complex tastes, with a depth to it's caramel scent. For a beer of this strength the taste of alcohol was very mild, and contributed to easy drinking. The mouth feel only adds to the ease of taste, inviting the beer into the embrace of every taste bud. There was not a harsh vibe in this beer, save for a slight tang on the tongue towards the end. There was an elusive but pleasant and intriguing scent that only begs for me to explore this beer more.

Conclusion: A definite beer to revisit time and time again, a prime example of the style, don't let the fun marketing fool you.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great translucent pale golden color. About a finger of head and highly carbonated. Spicy and yeasty smell typical of the Belgians I've had. Slightly sweet and subtle peppery taste followed by a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and lively from the carbonation. At 8.5%, it drinks really easily. I could see myself on the lake in the summertime having one of these.

Photo of enfield249
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a massive foamy head of 4 fingers, and doesn't seem to go anywhere. Color is a pale gold and slightly cloudy.

S - Spicy aroma, with hints of clove. Very spicy. Also some light fruity flavors.

T - This is where this beer really shines. It is not over powering, but it is clearly a belgian style. The flavor is strongly of spice, and slightly tart. However it never veers towards cloying. There is some slight malt flavor here, but it is way in the back behind the spice.

M - Surprisingly full for such a light colored beer. Plenty of CO2.

O - This is my 200th beer review, and this was a great beer to review for it. Strong, flavorful, and you have no doubt what this beer is. I wouldn't want to have many of these in a sitting, but it is a amazing beer.

Photo of IPA35
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a little bit of yeat, a small white head and plenty of carbonation.

The smell is Belgian yeast, hops, some citrus, some pine, some malts and spice. Very nice.

A spicey, tart brew with light hops and light malts. Sweet and a bit alcoholic. Fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Photo of tony223366
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 30, 2011.

A: Golden yellow color. Not my favorite. Beautiful 2 finger head though that fairly quickly dissipated to just a small layer of bubbles.

S: Fruity and phenolic. Definite yeast. Can't get a lot else. Actually I can get just a hint of the tropical fruits as it warms.

T: Big fruity flavor right off the bag. This is really sweet. Some herbal phenols. The alcohol is quite warming but not too harsh. Some bitter hops at the finish. I notice some really big swings in the flavors that I actually like.

M: Medium body, not as much carbonation as I'd like.

O: This was pretty damn good, but I was expecting a little more from the pink elephant.

Photo of atlason
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold, translucent, very steady frothy head. Impressive appearance.

S: Light and fresh yeast

T: Oh my. Strong light sugarcane up front. Toasty biscuits with orange marmalade. Aftertaste of citric hop bitterness.

M: You can feel the viscosity on the tongue but it is not too much for drinkability to be hurt. Medium carbonation level helps make it interesting.

O: Huge beer on the palate, very enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wine Connection for this freebie! Label notched for January 2010.

I bumped my appearance rating up simply because the ceramic bottle and reflective, colorful label are awesome. The beer itself pours a deep golden yellow with a tall, airy head.

Smells rich with golden raisin, slightly chardonnay, clove, pepper, yeast, and an alcohol finish.

Very in tune with the nose. Sweet golden raisins, various spice notes like clove, some banana notes as well as a warming finish of alcohol.

Very bubbly but enjoyable. Medium bodied.

This is a great beer in a really cool bottle. Very complex nose with great even flavors. These guys have been around for over 350 years for a reason. Get this.

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before april 2014

A- Transparent light orange, with very active carbonation visible. 1 finger and a half creamy white head that has awesome retention and lacing

S- Aroma is earthy (yeast), but more on the herbal than on the musty side. Earty but yet fresh with a fruity feel (lemon, orange peel) that also has some spicy/phenolic notes from the alcohol

T- As the smell suggested, freshly yeasty (can't really find better words to describe this) among a fading caramel malt base. Strong spicy/phenolic notes of plain alcohol, clove, maybe pepper, on the back of things. Some light fruity notes as well (orange). Finishes quite dry in spite of the dominant yeast presence, with a pleasant hint of bitterness

M- Medium body with maybe a faint hint of roastiness. Carbonation is really active but never gets harsch, bringing a soft, champagne-like crispness. A warming beer as alcohol is clearly detectable, but never gets annoying

O- May not be your beer if you are not in love with belgian yeast, but i sure am. A complex but yet incredibly drinkable beer

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,841 ratings.