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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 482 | FT: 2
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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 FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a fairly large white foamy head. Decent lacing.

S - Lots of golden and tropical fruit (peach, apricot, apple, pear, and pineapple). Also a good amount of spice (clove, coriander, and pepper).

T - Follows the nose. Sweet pale malt base with a lot of that fruitiness and honey. Also a decent amount of alcohol comes through as well as a bit of a medicinal taste.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

D - Pretty good, lots of fruit and somewhat sweet but a good amount of malt, spice, and warming. Strong on the palate but not overwhelming. Smooth and goes down easy, but tends a bit closer to sipping.

Notes: Lots of different fruits that mix well, and while they provide sweetness, it isn't overly cloying.

FreshHawk, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours golden with a low head

Smell - banana and fruits

Taste - banana, spice, fruit and yeast, some of the tastes are subtle, not an overpowering beer

Mouthfeel - light to medium body

Drinkability - very drinkable, could easily drink several

djbreezy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served out of a 33 cL bottle into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Light, golden honey; it poured with a thick white head, which slowly died to a medium lace with constant bubbles running up the center. Later, as I poured more--even while trying to decant--solid yeasty globs flew into the glass.
S: Earthy, mild hops with a strong sweet bread aroma. In addition, there is a mild fruit smell... maybe grapefruit?
T: Musty sweet bread with a crisp, rustic twang of bitterness. Again, there is a mild fruit character haunting the effect, but I can't place my finger on it.
M: Clean and frothy, while a bit of it laces your mouth.
D: This is a very drinkable beer. I'd almost say it's sessionable.

Overall, the taste is a little too mild for me. This almost comes off as a saison.

ne0m00re, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of taigor
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured yellow, golden color with huge head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly yeast with citrus, banana and almonds.

T - Very sweet upfront with slight bitterness. Alcohol comes through towards the finish but not too overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Excellent pale ale. Would love to have more in the future.

taigor, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of alysonwhite
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark yellow, light carbonation, no head, somewhat cloudy, and sort of beautiful.

Smell - apple, caramel, perfumey, smokey, really sweet smelling, it's actually kind of sickening, but the taste makes up for it.

Taste - it's definitely not as sweet as it smells, and tastes more smokey and nutty than sweet, but overall a nice balance of flavors. I've had better Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and thick with light carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a good beer, and I would drink it again if someone offered it to me, but probably will not buy it on my own.

alysonwhite, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy honey color with a thick white head. good amount of carbonation with sediment throughout the goblet

sweet malts, lots of fruit that is heavy on apricot, peach & plum. hint of spice with perhaps alcohol note buried in there somewhere

must say, the taste really surprised me compared to the nose. starts off a little dry from the carbonation with the suspected fruit (peach, apricot, melon)...but then the warming alcohol hits with a wonderful sour aftertaste. love it! as it warms it continues to bring more and more depth

medium to full body with lots of carbonation. dry on the throat not unlike champagne

this is definitely a sipper and a real treat. great example of a belgian strong pale ale. seems to have a little extra something that separates itself. will be drinking again soon

haddon, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of msemich
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: just like a Pils, clear and golden with a thinly laced head. A little less carb than I expect but being on tap changes things a bit.

S: A hint of spice, alcohol, and light malt. Less spice than the bottled offerings

T: Mmmmm. I've had this onae many times before but the tap version is quite different than the bottle, large or small. The difference is in the balance, all the way. Instead of being a spiced monster it is more laid back, with a good feel for the hops and malt more than the bottle conditioning that brings out the yeast and spices. As a session (ya really?) offering it is much more palatable on tap versus the more distinct bottle. Some may knock off points for this difference in flavor, but I consider it to be much more approachable and delicate this way. Take that last sip of your bottle and I'll take the last sip of my glass and we'll see who is more content.

M: Big and a touch oily, but that only adds to the unique Belgian character. This pours like Urquell, but is VERY Belgian. No doubt. Served a bit cool, but not so much that it hits the flavor a lot. Spices and mouthfeel strengthen as the temp increases.

D: As with most Belgians of note, this one is not for downing a 6er. The sell em in 4's for a reason. Also consider the name, they aren't kidding. This one is strong and a contender for impairment; do yourself a favor and don't overindulge. There is nothing quite like a Belgian beer drunk and this one will sneak up on you. All that being said, it is *very* drinkable, especially on tap. The bottle is somewhat self-limiting, but this tap version has no tell on the amount of alcohol or effectivness of the brew. A testament to the production values if you ask me.

If you haven't tried this one, go out and do it now. Availability is wide and far-reaching, with 50 state distro. If you are lucky enough to try it on tap be prepared for a different and much more subtle experience...one which I think you will enjoy.


msemich, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden yellow with vibrant carbonation. A large, frothy, bright white, whipped egg-white textured head quickly appeared and took its time reducing into a thick frothy film that lasted the whole beer through. Plenty of soapy-like lacing left on the glass as you drink.
S: Sweet fruits, candied sugar, alcohol notes, spices, yeast, pepper, and slight floral hops. Very fruity and spicy.
T: Sweet, spicy and delicious. Almost like drinking a dessert. Very fruity with champagne like qualities. Notes of tropical fruits and bananas. Lots of Belgium style spices and a peppery hoppy aftertaste.
M: Very bubbly and carbonated. Leaves a slight alcohol warmth in the back of your throat. Medium-full body full of rich flavors.
D: Very rich. This one can get you in trouble because the alcohol is masked so well behind the sweetness. I've very happy that the beer was as awesome as the bottle. The pink elephants delivered!

scottfrie, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of PhunkyBeerGuy85
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer at my local liquor store in a large bottle. I popped the cork and was immediately greeted by the year 2008. lucky me, eh?

Appearance: Rich and hazy. a very dusty, orange/yellow. reminds me of fire in the light.

Smell: Citrus and floral notes immediately apparent. fragrant and hoppy with a ver smooth acohol aroma.

Taste: The same citrus and flowers. Uniquely hoppy, strangely sweet with a bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully carbonated. The alcohol is very present, but very tolerable. leaves your palate feeling very crisp.

Drinkability: one of the easiest belgian style strong pale ales i've ever had. smooth going down, pleasant lingering after-taste, and an overall great beer for any occasion.

I went against my better judgement and bought a big bottle of this beer. i usually have no one to share with, and i rarely will drink a big bottle in one sitting. all i can say about this beer is that i should've bought 2. an absolute must.

PhunkyBeerGuy85, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of noduckla
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to having another quite soon.

The glass was from my hotel room, a large rimmed half pint sized vessel. The appearance was a nice a clear, golden color with a delicate bouquet. The taste was wonderful - good carbonation with a light citrus taste with undertones of candy sugar. I really enjoy triples and this one clearly rises to the top of my list. It was well carbonated and very drinkable. I could easily have multiple DTs in a sitting. It takes a solid beer to pull off a beer with pink elephants and this one does it well.

I have been looking forward to this beer for some time and it did not disappoint.

noduckla, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of JustinJTisdale
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at a local joint that happened to have it in. Being almost a dollar an ounce at every place ive seen it I was skeptical to try it but it ended up being a decent beer. For that price I would imagine it would have to be though.

It pours light gold with a slight off white head that didnt really stick but did leave some rather heavy lacing.

The flavor was very yeasty with a hint of alcohol and a slight citrusy finish.

The volume to price ratio left me with a bitter taste in my wallet though so I doubt Ill be ordering this anytime soon. But never the less a decent beer.

JustinJTisdale, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow, yeast sediment, head that dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell - Very nice smell! Citrus, sweet and some esters.

Taste - Sweet, citrus, banana and some bitterness. With some esters and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium body and quite carbonated.

OskarL, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fabulous beer.
Aroma is that of honey, wheat and maybe some apples; appearance is a misty golden colour with a light frothy head that quickly goes; wheaty taste, malted bitterness, honey tones, slightly sweet; full bodied, a little fresh round the edges.
It is possible to have on too many of these.

dEM1972, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Dan2165
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Points off for look only because the blue foil was smudging ink and glue everywhere as I opened it. Other than that a really awesome Belgian Ale! Mine's the bottle, poured into glass.

A: White head, gold yellow body.

S: Citrus, some other fruit, definitely yeasty.

T: Fruits (pear, apple, citrus) are the highlight, but not overbearing at all. I taste some clove in there was well. Pretty unique I must say.

M: Carbonation is very mild and feels just right on the tongue. No weighing down at all.

D: Smooth and somewhat light. I could easily put away a whole pint of this in a night. Masks the alcohol pretty good.

Dan2165, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this brew reviewed on an independent blog and it seemed like a rather nice one to try, plus it's the only one I've seen with pink elephants on it.

This one was a bit tricky to work with at first because, even doing a side pour into a perfect pour glass, an ounce of beer made the rest of the glass fill with foam, I have no idea why. Plus the foil over the cap was glued on and difficult to get off.

Once I was able to fully empty the contents of the bottle I was intrigued by the cloudiness and copious amount of bubbles erupting from the bottom of the glass. The aroma had a bit of citrus to it and an interesting sweetness. The taste was like a combination of fruit and flowers and honey, complimented by a medium-weight body that was delicious and extremely satisfying. It's a bit pricey per bottle but it is just an amazing beer with tons of character. I love it!

DesMoinesMike, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ. bottle, very interesting looking bottle with the blue foil, and pink elephants, heh.
Poured into a weizen glass, a lively light gold/yellow with a huge foam head that just wouldnt go away. Smelled very fruity, pears and apple. Tasted the same, crisp, fruity and smooth. Lighter feel and alot of carbonation, slightly warming with the 8.5 abv. but it hides the alcohol well.
This is a great beer, drinkable and enjoyable, i was very pleased and will be getting again, also will now have to try the other Deliriums.

BeerMasterD, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 2009 vintage

Light honey color with effervescent carbonation and a 1.5 finger white head.

Strong yeast, banana, and citrus

Again yeast banana, citrus, and mild hops

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Light and tingly, strong carbonation. Very drinkable, especially as it warms

BeerNemesis, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Bugsey
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from start to finish.
Head is not as impressive as Duvel, but that's fine with me.
What is most impressive is the mouthfeel and taste are comparable to Duvel, but I'd say Duvel is more carbonated and Delirium is more flavorful. Same flavors, yeast, bread, banana, clove, but I think they just come through better in the Delirium. Too bad is so much more expensive than Duvel.

Bugsey, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some thin head over a light golden body and little to no lacing. Smells a touch malty, honey and nutty with notes of sweet hops. Not too spicy though.

Tastes bready, a little funky, sweet with honey tones... great malt base with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation, otherwise fairly light. Quite drinkable, and even better as it warms.

Overall a solid Belgian pale ale. I'd get more if it weren't so costly.

abuliarose, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 8, 2007

750ml Bottle.

Pours a golden color with a large 2+ finger head (when cold).

Aroma is its strong point, an attention getter with yeast, banana and some citrus.

Flavor is slightly subdued compared to aroma, but gets bigger as it warms. More yeast, banana, and some citrus.

Palate is very nice, very crisp, smooth and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

8.5%? You don't taste it but certainly do feel it. Packs a nice punch. Overall a very enjoyable beer!

elgiacomo, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hay-yellow colour with an airy foam that quickly receeds to a thin lid on the brew, with some dry lacing clinging to the glass. There are also a lot of yeast particles floating around in this otherwise clear liquid, it's not that they make the beer opaque or anything, just alot of floaters, doesnt look very good.

Smells yeasty of almond paste and apples. Winegums , especially the green ones come through, as well as a light semi-dry maltiness and the alcohol comes through a bit stingy in the back, but smells lighter than expected.

Taste starts of slightly tart and mid-dry with some green apples and unripe strawberries, and carries along into a cloud of yeast esters that quenches the beer for a moment. Finishes with a light a dry bitterness and some alcohol, not at all unpleasant.

Light and refreshing to drink, with a crisp carbonation that really fits the brew, and is reminiscent of dry cider.

dqrull, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of paintedwall
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at a restaurant in Minneapolis.

Pours a wonderful, pale golden color with great head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smells a bit fruity, but to be honest, my taste buds were being bombarded by food, so I didn't get a great whiff.

The taste is heavily fruity and sweet, but not sickeningly. Quite obviously Belgian style from the very get-go. Has a tiny bit of bite, but mostly goes down smooth.

This beer feels wonderful in the mouth. The carbonation is just right.

I could drink a few of these, but at the price in the states, it may be worth drinking something else in the states. Still, it's one of my regulars, and I can drink it often. Great beer.

paintedwall, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had Delirium Tremens at Eulogy Belgian tavern in Philly. It was on tap and absolutely amazing. That place is great, except for the fact that it's not for someone who is claustrophobic.

A: Clear, bright gold with a gigantic head that leaves ridiculous lacing. The head was nearly as massive as Duvel's, but it doesn't last nearly as long.

S: Fruity and hints of pear and pineapples with the funky Belgian yeast. Some candy sugar and hints of peppery alcohol also present.

T: I always think of pineapples when drinking this one. It's one of the things I taste first and foremost, along with a slight malt and candy sugar background. Remarkable brew that can almost stand up to the amazingness of Duvel.

M: Mild carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Some bread-like feel as well at the end.

D: Man, this is good stuff. I can put away a 750ml bottle, but after that, I would be done. On the other hand, if I were inclined, I could session this at a bar on tap. (Eulogy)

irishking1977, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I have had this brew a few times in the past this is my first "review". This brew was had as a part of a New Years Celebration. This brew poured to a nice golden color with a good sized frothy white head that had incredible retention that left nice lacing. The aroma was very pleasant, nice pale malt, spices, slightly fruity and yeast all stick out. I really enjoyed the aroma but the flavor was even better. Nice malt character, fruit flavors (apple & pear) that play well with everything else. Nice spiciness that seems to really highlight clove and coriander. Effervescent finish which goes well. Really a nice brew and one that I look forward to having.

Stimack, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Formed a frothy 2 finger, bright white head. The head stuck around for a while and final dissipated, leaving a thick lace on the sides of the glass. The body is golden yellow...hazy and translucent.

The nose is apples, yeast, some spices in the background and undertones of sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet at first...fruits in the middle (apples, bananas) and finishes with a spicy, grainy kick. Great balance throughout...

The mouth feel is medium, very creamy with little carbonation.

Very drinkable...one I have had many times in the past and will continue to seek out. An all-time classic!

mgbickel, Jan 01, 2010
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,503 ratings.