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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,379 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 431 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 TheHammer
1.78/5  rDev -56.9%

Got this one from Ludachris from his trip to Nova Scotia. I double checked the label, and it's not due to go bad until Nov 2011, because I'm not going to lie this beer is getting slammed from this experience.

Appearance: Well, this beer has head that both laces and retains like crazy. This of course must lead to why I'm giving it such a low score. The amount of sediment and particles in this beer is outright revolting. The are dark brown particles in the head, and there are pieces; yes pieces of what looks to be dissolved bread in the beer itself. It's so bad, it's hard to even notice the out of control carbonation. Seriously, this would be a 1, if the head wasn't so impressive and even then, I'm half tempted to anyways. If the bottle itself wasn't wrapped in foil, I'd suspect some form of product tampering.

Smell: It does smell somewhat fruity, with a mainly sour apple scent to it and a dusting of hops and a bit of an acidic odor. It's ok I guess, and it's pretty strong but it just doesn't quite sit right.

Taste: Awful stuff, it tastes like bad champagne, made with barely and apples instead of grapes. No hop presence, no transition of flavors and you can definitely tell it has a LOT of alcohol content. I'm being generous on this one though, because I'm assuming something went wrong when they made this.

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation, way too much of an acidic presence. The head tastes sandy and the body has the consistency of drinking watered down oatmeal, with all the sediment floating in it. No redeeming qualities here, whatsoever.

Drinkability: You know what, my brain knows better then to drink this past the 1/8 mark, which was pushing it as is. I'm half tempted to strain it though a coffee filter. Revolting to the taste and seems to be souring in my stomach. This is the fastest I have ever drain poured a beer.

Final Thoughts: One time when I was younger, I left a bowl of corn pops at the table during the day, and didn't get back to it until some eight hours later. Needless to say, my parents were less then impressed, but the remains of those over saturated corn pops are what the particles in this beer remind me of, only that they are a bit smaller.

I truly do hope that this was a bad bottle, because this was seriously a joke. Ludachris, if you are reading this, I'm going to take a picture of the beer, just to show you what I mean. I've never had a beer, so highly rated on BA perform so poorly.

TheHammer, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

A: Light yellow color with lots of carbonation and a good white head.

S: Fruity, sweet, spiced, and some yeast.

T: Very nice spice and that wonderful Belgian yeast flavor, some mild fruit. Also a dryness that I found pleasing.

M: Very crisp and dry beer. Very bubbly, too.

D: Great drinkability, goes down very easy, even with a considerable alcohol content.

womencantsail, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Aroma - Clove spice, raisins, and plenty of sweetness.

Appearance - Clear, yellow, good carbonation and a big white head.

Taste - A good balance of spice and dryness and a sweet fruitiness that balances this beer out. Just a straight up good tasting beer.

Notes - Good level of carbonation on the mouthfeel. A tasty beer that might be in my top 10.

jwhawkins81, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a large, foamy, thick, rocky head that left some nice sticky lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, yeast and clove. There was a sweet caramel nose.

T - Rich malty taste with dried fruit, like raisin and plum. It had a nice spicy yeast flavor.

M - This had a nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really good brew. Even better on tap than from the bottle.

zeff80, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BenSelf
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Beer pours up with a big, creamy head that lingers. The rich gold color is true to style. The aroma is lemon and orange zest, clove, maybe some warm banana notes (banana bread?). The taste is honeysuckle, clove, and a citrus finish... all balanced by the sweetness of light malt. The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and a mouthfeel that is light and smooth without being watery. I picked this beer up on a lark, and I was surprised and delighted with what I discovered.

BenSelf, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml bottle split with a coworker

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a large long lasting white head. Sweet, Belgian yeasty nose, lots of bubblegum with some mild vanilla notes and a small touch of bitterness. Quality malt character with a semi sour green apple note, ive noticed that the Tremens doesnt have the sharp spice character normally associated with Tripels. Round and smooth with almost no alcohol presence. Lots of carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable. Classic, without a doubt.

ATPete, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Ordered this at Spike's last night as the last beer on my "Around the World" list. I'm wearing my sweet new T-shirt right now.

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Appearance: Body is pale gold and clear with tons of suspended yeast particles that resemble orange juice pulp. Lively carbonation feeds a thin, white, fizzy head for the entire session. Head is quite sticky and drags a lot of stringy lacing.

Smell: Sour malt, dough, clove, and spice. Alcohol also detected. Pleasant.

Taste: A collection of sour, floral, and spicy notes. Good deal of malt in this one, though there are definitely some spicy hops in the finish. Clove, flowers, and dry alcohol complete the flavor spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated, warm, dry, and spicy.

Drinkability: This is a slow drink, though I enjoyed it quite a bit. No way in hell am I ever paying $8.50 for a 330mL bottle again (price at Spike's), but I could see myself buying another one of these elsewhere at some point.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Presentation: 11.2 oz ceramic-looking bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A- Hazy, sediment laden and golden. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, sparse cap.

S- Slightly green apple fruitiness, with a spicy Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

T- Fruity sweetness is moderate, and increases as the drink warms a bit. Semi-spicy twist. Slightly sour "Belgian yeast" characteristic. Alcohol blends nicely into moderately bitter finish.

M- Crisp with moderate, fine carbonation. Surprisingly creamy.

D- Considering the 8.5% ABV, nice easy drinking. Very solid.

Future outlook: Very good stuff to be sure, but considering the hefty price, I might stick to other well regarded, lower cost alternatives. Certainly wouldn't turn one down though...

DoctorDog, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

on tap at the office: poured to a delerium tremens tulip yields a puffy two finger head that does not want to go away. and when it does receed, lace sticks around the glass, making the pink elephants look like they're floating in the clouds. the body is a very pale straw color, which is mostly clear.

i smell that herbal / distinctive yeast aroma right away. there's also some fruitiness in there, and some sweetness and a touch more of spiciness. interesting.

in a different glass, most would assume it's just helles or something like that. the taste is quite nice. not sweet, but more bitter and refined. fruity tastes are to be found, some spicy notes as well. can't really taste that abv. wow.

medium bodied and well carbonated. if it were thicker it would be an oily mess which wouldn't go over so well.

quite drinkable. especially given the abv. if i didn't know better (which i don't always) i'd imagine throwing back more than one. and then some hijinx or mayhem would ensue.

beerorRIP, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Poured straw yellow with a pillowy, clumpy head. Lacing was excellent

Aroma was a great blend of belgian spice and sugary pale malts. There was a hop backbone to the entire nose.

Again, the taste was quite upfront with the belgian yeast spices matched well with a typical pale maltiness. Very light and crisp on the palate with a very fruity flavour the entire way through. A lot of banana and peach. Not too sugary by any means and finished on a hoppy and bitter note.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sharp carbonation with a light body

EatsTacos, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours a deep golden straw color - slightly hazy and heavy on sediment throughout the whole beer. A two and a half finger of sudsy head on top - GREAT retention with spotty lacing. Nose is of Belgian yeast, clove, orange, lemon, and a touch of banana. Taste is of a clove and corriander spices at first, slightly bready in the middle and banana in the finish - leaving a slightly sweet banana fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lighter to medium body, decent carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a dryer crisp finish. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Jayli, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a golden straw color with a silky beige head. Nose has caramel, tropical fruits, peppery alcohol and herbal yeast. Taste was a bit on the mellow side. Well balanced beer, just expected more from the nose. Crisp body is well carbonated. Good stuff from Delerium.

rye726, May 31, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Pours a golden straw color with a big fluffy head that forms a nice cap. Doesn't lace as well as I'd like, though.

S- A little weak... cloves, alcohol, lemon zest, slight vinous character.

T- Pretty good, follows the nose. A little wheaty, cloves, lemon zest, white grape vinous character, a little heavy on the alcohol for me.

M- A bit prickly, nicely carbonated for the style. A bit dry on the finish.

D- Pretty good. The ABV and alcohol taste hold this one back a little, but definitely a good Belgian. I would reach for an equivalently priced Duvel though.

LordAdmNelson, May 28, 2009
Photo of eat
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a glowing, bright yellow colour. A little cloudy but you can still see through it. Huge creamy white head taking it's time to shrink down while leaving some serious sudsy lacing around the glass as it disappears. It looks like I'm going to need to scrub this lacing off in the sink later (I was right, it did crustify; watch out for that).

Smells like lemon and orange, a little spice. Not a strong smelling beer but does have some smell to it.

Tastes quite bitter. Alcohol is fairly present but not unpleasant, mildly spiced. Not as flavourful as I was expecting.

Nice creamy consistency, moderate carbonation.

Tthis is pretty drinkable at 8.7%. The ABV is noticeable but fits in well with the flavour. I could drink a couple of these if they were free, I'm not sure if I'll be paying for any more at the going rate here in Montreal. There are too many better, less expensive beers to be had. While this beer is pretty nice, it didn't blow me away.

eat, May 26, 2009
Photo of AlexLMS
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: bright with a light orange colour. The head is white, very low with a very poor retention rate.
Aroma: very fruity (green apples and red berries), sweet malts, some biscuit notes and a light alcoholic vinous presence. Rich aroma.
Taste: complex and quite spiced. Sweet malts, fruits and a well-marked bitter-hoppy component.
Mouthfeel: unctuous mouth coating feeling, low carbonation and a full body. High alcoholic strength, although not so apparent as you would expected from an 8.5% ABV beer.
Finish: starts with a biscuit malt presence that turns to a bitter, almost astringent finish.

Overall a complex and very interesting beer. The alcohol is reasonably well disguised, proving a very enjoyable drinking experience. Thumbs up!

AlexLMS, May 24, 2009
Photo of originalsin
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

I shared a bottle of this with my brother and dad over dinner earlier tonight. Most of our dinner chatter revolved around the DT's with me quipping that I couldn't wait for the onset. My dad told us stories of local drunks in the old days in Austria. What a night.

And, of course, what a beer. The pour is a hazy and incredible pale gold with seeminly infinite tufts of crystaline white head. Truly a beautiful brew. The smell was quite estery but, fortunately, lacking the typical overpowering banana notes. Instead I smelled orange zest, pear, and apple even. The taste was more complex still-estery notes with brief hop overtones and a subtle alcohol kick.
Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is nearly endless.

originalsin, May 24, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer is a different animal on tap. I have always liked Delirium Tremens as a "basic" Belgian Ale. Sort of a "Belgian 101" type of beer. However, on draft....love it!

Dinner tonight at Church and State, a hot new authentic Bistro in the industrial section of Los Angeles (also a "very hot" neighborhood with lofts, galleries, etc.) One of L.A.'s regentrified areas. Small but good selection of what they have on tap and in bottles. Ask for Joshua; he knows his beer and is working to build the list. They had the D.T. on draft tonight, took a small taste and then immediately ordered a glass!

Poured bright bold golden/orange with a nice but short white head.

Lovely nose of assertive oranges, hints of tangerines and peaches and then malty fruit. Quite nice and nose promised a great taste.

Not disappointed! Big fruity bold luscious flavors of oranges, toast, dark honey and malty fruit. Long lasting and assertive and aggressive flavors and character...all pleasing.

Finished with malt, banana, stone fruit and oranges and white bread and yeast. All in all, a typical Belgian "kicked up a big notch." Highly recommend trying this one on tap if you find it.

GRG1313, May 22, 2009
Photo of sethmeister
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Pale, ever so slightly hazed champagne gold color with a great big rocky fleecy head.

Scent is apples, pears, oranges, orange zest, yeast.

Taste is oranges and zest, various lights fruits. Dry rather than sweet. Some pear and apple skin. A nice hoppy kick! Great bitterness at the end. Very long finish. The 9% abv is all but undetectible.

Mouth is medium with a lively effervescence and a slightly juicy feel culminating in a dry finish.

Drink is excellent

Complex flavor, long finish. The hops and bitterness were a delightful surprise. This is a solid A.

sethmeister, May 22, 2009
Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Straw colored beer forms a 2 finger snow white head which holds for several minutes. Ample carbonation rages inside the brew. Brew smells of yeast, apples, ginger, and spices. Taste is citrus based and mild, alcohol well masked, overall the beer is very well balanced with a mild hop presence in the finish. Medium bodied, smooth, and easy to drink. A very good beer.

Nick3, May 19, 2009
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Gentle pour still left a huge fizzy head that settled quickly and left all sorts of lacing. Pours a light golden color with lots of bubbles. I am used to seeing a bit more sediment floating around my Delirium Tremens, but this particular bottle is a bit more clear. Nicely balanced aroma: Citrus fruit, spice and hops. Taste is much the same. Spice and fruit up front. Pear and apple, and I get a hint of grapefruit as well (maybe I am drinking it wrong). Faint hint of alcohol. A touch of bitterness comes through in the end. Dry mouthfeel. Light to medium body. Drinks down dangerously easy. I've had this before before. I'll have this beer again. A real pleasure to drink.

mtbbaboon, May 16, 2009
Photo of FleeVT
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

11.2 oz ceramic glass bottle with notched date poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear, pale yellow with a tight white head that laces nicely. Champagne-like carbonation keeps the glass dancing.

S: Sweet malts present themselves as a fruit cocktail with bananas dominating. A hint of spices and a touch of alcohol give the nose some backbone.

T/M: The palate provides a nice bite complemented well by the body the medium with high carbonation. Apple, banana, and pear with dash of black pepper. The carbonation with the pepper is almost over the top.

FleeVT, May 16, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Date notched as March 2008 production. Pour into tulip from 25.4 oz bottle. Golden color with yeast elements afloat. Mostly clear with sizeable initial head mostly diminishing with moderate lacing remaining. Malty sweetness on the nose with citrus notes. I'd agree with the mild and sweet touch to this beer. Alcohol mostly hidden (more noticeable on front end than the back) with slight bitter finish. A very enjoyable brew - cheers to the Belgians!

OzarkElmo, May 14, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from chilled bottle into a Delrium Tremens tulip glass.

Generous amount of fluffy white head that shrinks away with a good amount of lacing. Boasts a bright gold to yellow hue and a mild amount of haze. The beer is also peppered by floating sediment which I have noticed is a common feature of Delirium Tremens. I allow the sit so the sediment can settle.

The nose takes in well balanced mixture of citrus fruits and spice. Slight malt odors are also available.

Taste is not as complex as the nose mainly because its heavy on the lemon and pear flavors which are enhanced by a healthy degree of spice. The finish comes in two stages when the initial hit of hops gives way to a strong alcohol presence.

SleepyMonk, May 14, 2009
Photo of tj4288
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

recently bought a 25oz bottle for about $11. kind of expensive, but i think it is worth it for special occasions and events. alcohol content masked very very well.

a- fairly bright yellow, lots of carbonation, unfiltered

s- almost like bananas, vanilla, smells sweet, like a dessert

t- light fruits, not overpowering

m- carbonated, refreshing, smooth

d- fairly easy for an 8.5, i drank the entire 25 oz bottle with no food no problem

tj4288, May 14, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a corked and caged, ceramic-coated 750ml bottle; shared with my fraternity brothers Scott and Smitty; thanks to Scott for bringing this bottle straight from the Delirium bar in Belgium 2 weeks ago; was bottled the day before Scott picked it up at the bar - this is as legitimately fresh as Belgian ales get.

A: Hazy golden body, a lot of sediment in the beer; Thin, foamy white head a couple of centimeters thick settles on top of my St. Bernie chalice which lingers throughout the tasting.

S: Fruity esters of pear, apple, and some citrus rind notes; spicy, peppery alcohol rounds out the nose.

T: Sweet, juicy apple and pear; then there is that hard-to-describe Belgian yeast flavor that lends a bit of funk and spice to this beer. The malt character also suggests fresh, doughy biscuits, honey and fresh hay. Good blend between the fruity sweetness up front, the tempering malt backbone and the peppery alcohol.

M: Enough carbonation to give a crisp edge to this otherwise light bodied beer. This beer goes down quite smooth with just the slightest hint of a powder on the tongue.

D: Solid for 9.2% ABV. The alcohol is definitely present as the beer warms, but I would easily enjoy another glass.

Authentic FRESH Belgian beer, brought straight from the source on our spring break just two weeks ago. What a treat.

Buschyfor3, May 12, 2009
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,379 ratings.