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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,102
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 162
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork reads 2006.

Pours cloudy gold with a white head. Very yeasty nose with a slight sweet and citric edge to it. Eck. Flavor is bordering on extremely tart, though on the second sip, you are used to it. Smooth and even, though it exhibits a very strong alcohol presence. Feel is just where you want it. Though the drinkability suffers due to the more noticeable amount of the alcohol involved (that is not masked as well as it could be). Been waiting to try this one for some time, and it is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 07:40:17 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dazzling white head, great retention and lacing. Has some floaties swimming amidst all the bubbles. The color is a hazy golden color.

Smells of spicy yeastiness, floral citric hops, oranges, candy and earthy spices.

There's more spices on the palate. Notes of spiced fruits (if there is such a thing), pale malt, crisp bitterness and floral hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:13:59 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, slightly hazed golden pour. Semi-soapy billowing head. Good lacing, semi-sticky.
Aroma captures some corriander, yeast and floral hops. A bit sweet it seems. Citrus rounds out the nose
Good rich taste. Belgian spice from yeast, corriander and malt. Good smooth, yet crisp taste to it. Rich and lively.
Clean finish on it considering the yeast presence. A nice beer, I'd like to try it on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 04:54:32 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of DavidEddie


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Chef Paul’s

Served in a Delirium tulip glass. (I love those little pink elephants)

Appearance - Light golden amber. Thick white head.

Smell - Pear, apple, spicy clove, bubblegum, and a hint of malt.

Taste - Tart green apple, pear, and light clove.

Mouth feel - Creamy and crisp. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability - Good. The 9% ABV is well hidden. Has a nice refreshing quality to it. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2007 00:12:10 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of Slynger


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a pale lemon yellow with hints of gold. It has a big fuzzy white head that doesn't seem to mind hanging out for a while.
Gentle but firm smell to this one. A bit of vanilla sweetness along with some sour fruits and a bit of earthy spice.
Tart apples and pears lead in this one, intermingling with some yeasty, biscuity sourdough bread and a grassy earth hop finish with a bit of peppery spice.
A good amount of carbonation makes this one quite drinkable despite it's deceptive ABV.
A pretty damn good BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 04:53:39 | More by Slynger
Photo of Tilley4


2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmm.. coolest thing about this beer is the bottle. I'm not the biggest Belgian fan, so my reviews of them aren't as high as other peoples. This beer actually tastes very similar to most of the other Belgians that I've had, with the exception of Chimay Blue, which is my favorite.

Lots of floaters in this thing. Clear golden with a sweet aroma.

Tastes pretty much like it smells except its much too carbonated for me to enjoy. I don't really care for it.

This is probably a good example of the style but again I don't care much for Belgians. I want to try as much as I can though and I'm glad I got to try this one. Just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 14:18:34 | More by Tilley4
Photo of deepsouth


3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i'm drinking this out of tremens tulip.

this beer looks real good. i think when one thinks of an ideal beer, this is what one would look like. it pured a nice yellow with about an inch of head and decent lacing. also noting a great deal of carbonation even after the head has dissipated.

this one falls short on the smell for me. it smells good, but it doesn't smell very interesting. it smells like what a regular beer should smell like.

this beer tastes nice. a bit sweet, a bit sour, but fairly balanced to me. it just tastes like a regular beer.

the mouthfeel is pretty average. it's a bit thin. tons of carbonation.

the drinkability of this beer is pretty good. i think it actually drinks light, as a session beer would, although i'm not sure this would be a good session beer for me.

in enjoy this beer enough to keep it around the house.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:50:33 | More by deepsouth
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Acadia Cafe.

Apparently at the time of serving they were out of proper glassware so it came in a pint glass, which actually work fairly well. There was a nice fluffy white head and some lacing. The aroma, was an interesting mix of white grape, bubble gum, and lemon juice. Those carried over into the flavor with the addition of subtle, creamy spice. Definitely an interesting beer here, and you really can't ask for much more than that sometimes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 22:14:56 | More by tempest
Photo of PhxHorn


3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow with a big white head. Smells of apples and other fruit. Tastes mainly of apples. Too sweet for me, like I'm drinking apple cider. Lots of carbonation and fizzing on the palate. I got through one bottle, but I don't know when I'd feel like another. The bottle looks cool, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:51:35 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of tdehnel

New York

3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had always seen this beer sitting with the other 750ml Belgians at various beer purveyors in and around New York City. The bottle seemed gimmicky, but I finally caved and bought one.

The smell was nice and spicy, a bit like a Brooklyn Local One, but the taste was much more sour. I wasn't really expecting this, and I'm not a huge fan of this flavor. However, it was nice to have something surprisingly different.

Ideally, I'd have just one smaller 330ml bottle (do they make this?), but I'll probably finish the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 01:02:02 | More by tdehnel
Photo of Minkybut


2.4/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this expensive overpriced wash into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a great pile of a head and was very nice. Smell was bready and I thought this might be great blond ale. Taste was terrible though, it was a bit spicey but had a sour taste that just was not good to me. Now if you like a belgian ale you should try it I guess, but for me I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 14:47:56 | More by Minkybut
Photo of treehugger02010


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a nice golden straw color that was transparent. A brilliant white head with thick bubbles and lacing that was followed up by solid retention all the way down.
Smell: An understated but inviting fruity malty aroma. Alcohol warming in the back of the nose.
Taste: Lots of fruity esters, too many to really pin down. Alcohol warming was there, very balanced and tasty.
Mouthfeel: Crisp with a kind of clean finish.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 12:56:20 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of 1fastz28


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very very very cloudy pale light golden color. it has tons of sediment in it, more than i think any other beer i've had except for some wierd australian beer i had once. smell is good, fruit and yeast and alcohol. taste is absolutely exquisite, dances on the tongue, almost has a champagne feel to the mouth, a reallly awesome beer, i rarely give out 5's but this beer deserves one for taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:01:02 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Halcyondays


4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful crystalline yellow, almost citrine coloured, with a thick, billowy, white head, leaves great lacing.

S: Full smell of esters, apple and pear, pepper, and grassy hops.

T: Beautiful flavours of pears and orange coat the tongue, with other citrus backing it up at first sip. Then the malt comes in, bready, with a bit of sourdough, acid, and that is balanced well by the floral, and very herbal hops. This beer has a great mix of flavours, and is very complex.

M: One of the driest BSPA's I have ever had, smooth, high in carbonation, full-bodied, and warming, the standard bearer in this category for BSPA's in my opinion.

D: One of my favourite beers, and close to the top of my list for Belgians. Delicious flavours, a fun beer to drink - go buy this one now.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 19:25:23 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of FenwaySquid


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pt, 9.4 oz. (750 ml) bottle, the numbers 3 and 7 (numbered 1 to 10 with two 5's) were notched on the back label, no indication what it means though, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer that clung to the glass with some lacing and retained nicely.

Aroma: Spicy, peppery, very enjoyable.

Taste: Pilsner malts up front. The hops and alcohol come through in the middle, and fight for the remainder. The finish is a combination of the alcohol and some fruits, apricots maybe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. The carbonation was lively, and fit the style very well.

Overall: An excellent Belgian ale. If you like Duvel, be sure to give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 03:55:34 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange and cloudy with a white, foamy head that settles at a moderate pace. Lacing is alright. There is some yeast cake debris floating around that is a bit off-putting. Makes it look like marmalade.

Very estery nose. Apricot and nectarine notes, some citrus, and spicy with a plush yeast base.

Plenty of carbonation with a medium body. Flavour is zesty with a creamy, somewhat buttery edge. Tropical, very spicy, soft and delicate...lots of guava, hint of passion fruit, pineapple and citrus. Alcohol sticks out a bit but is tamed. There's a slight grassy, tea-like note that complements well. Rich, refreshing and complex.

Top notch Belgian with an appealing presentation and mad flavour. I see four packs of this now and will return.

Only problem is that the yeast is easily disturbed and can become loose in the bottle and doesn't resettle. I've had several bottles from Huyghe that ended up like this in the past, so it's not uncommon with me. Maybe distance/travel is the culprit or poor handling by my source. However, it does not appear to affect the flavour so it is just for appearances sake.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 20:54:26 | More by ablaze
Photo of dcosmas


4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (1 and 7 ticked on back label) into a 330 mL tulip. Hazy golden color with a thick, creamy, short-lived head.

Esters and ketones abound, concealing high alcohol content--can't smell it; can't taste it.

Fruity start, bitter finish, and silky mouthfeel lend this beer an exceptional drinkability. Almost goes down too easily for its ABV. Makes an excellent evening sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 17:49:35 | More by dcosmas
Photo of ajmoody76


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

bought at local beer store. girl at work turned me on to this beer. 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle in a tulip pint glass.

pale yellow. pretty clear. nice foamy white head that does not stick around too long. looks good.

smells of fruit- citrus. get mostly hop on the nose with the fruit. seems to follow style. no off odors.

fruit and hops are in the front. get a little buttery finish. balance is acoording to style. fruit a little up front. gets better as you drink it.

enough carbonation for the thin mouthfeel. a little nice brussels lace.

good tasting beer. could do a session with this beer but i would not last long. follows style. would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:08:46 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is a little deceiving. Looks like a golden ale with lots of foamy head but the aroma is all fruit and sweetness. The 9% alcohol did not overpower the flavor of the beer. Instead it was very drinkable. Good mouthfeel balanced by plenty of fine carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2007 19:27:56 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of atrus138


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a faux ceramic bottle into a chalice. Poured beautifully, with golden haze and a thick, sticky head that left lacing everywhere. Smelled delicious, almost like a fruit salad, with notes of white grapes, cherries, pineapple, and much more. Nice complex flavor. Very sweet. Both fruity and wheaty. Medium body. A very warming beer. Delicious, but the alcohol is well-masked.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 05:44:31 | More by atrus138
Photo of iconoklaztor


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this brew!

This is a great extra! The smell and appearance don't disappoint. Full of flavors like grapes and other fruits. The taste is like a smooth la fin du mal. I really enjoy this brew. This is a super drinkable Belgian.

Overall, I would love to try this brew again. Thanks to mmtmatrix for this delightful extra.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:32:04 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of Deus1138


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks can be deceiving.

This is the lightest colored beer I've poured in a long time. Nice golden color with lots of sediment.

I smell mostly fruity sweetness, not too strong though.

The taste is more than I expected. I did not expect such a light colored beer to pack that much flavor. Lots of light fruitiness. The fruit flavors seem to dance around your tongue. Nice, mellow hoppiness. Alcohol is barely noticeable, so watch yourself with this one!

Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 16:06:29 | More by Deus1138
Photo of fitzy84


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it bottled at Moan and Dove. The drink had an orange-gold color with a very heavy head. Its smell was awesome: an aroma of grassy smells made this very unique in my books. The bitter taste of the drink was very strong, making you savor each sip. Tremens was well balanced with its carbonation as well. Overall, this was one of the best for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 14:47:10 | More by fitzy84
Photo of srandycarter


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - 4.5 Straw, stark white head, nice lace. Lots of cascading bubbles.

S - 4 Nice juicy fruit type nose, a little barn funk in the background.

T - 4.5 Solid malt center, surrounded by Belgian yeast goodness. Bitter and twangy at end.

M - 4 Very carbonated, maybe too much. Good balance. Medium body.

D - 4 Pleasant beer. Glad I tried it again.

From 11.14.07
Poured into a tulip

A - Light hazy wheat with an aggressive 3 inch pure white head.

S - Sweet sour citrus, yeast.

T - Oranges, sour note, dry spicy.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation.

D - Good beer, but not a session for me. I don't think I care for the sour attribute in beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 05:03:18 | More by srandycarter
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.
Dark yellow, mostly clear until I inadvertently pour the last few drops, then it turns murky with some small solid particles. It is all topped by a voluminous, nice looking whitish head that dissipates a bit too quickly, leaving little lacing behind.
Nose is not as powerful as I like in a Belgian, but pleasant; yeasty, spicy with hints of citric fruits.
Medium bodied, has a nice carbonation, a spiced taste, peppery and even lightly "salty", the same citric fruits and yeastiness.
Pleasant, quite good indeed, not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 02:20:03 | More by brdc
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,102 ratings.