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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,380
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 432 | FT: 3
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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 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
Photo of Voonder
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours cloudy pale yellow with some chunks in the glass. Not sure what it is, but we'll see. Good one finger white head. Smell - very fruity and sweet. Pears, apples, honey, pretty interesting. Taste - it is sweet and it is fruity. I like it, but this is not even close to what I expected. Lemon, pears, some spices malts. Can't find any hops in there. It's weird - i do like this beer, but it is pretty strange one. It is somewhat balanced, rich. It is kinda smooth. And it is fairly drinkable. I'll make sure I give it another try.

Voonder, May 11, 2009
Photo of kelticblood
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

The appearance had a huge head that lasted forever. The color is a hazy gold with massive amounts of chunky sediment floating around. Tons of lacing reveal themselves with each sip. Very appealing aroma with hints of citrus, banana, metallic copper, and light sweet malt. Distinctive Belgian aroma. The taste is very balanced with not too much of one thing. Perfect carbonation with a slight bitterness on the finish. Somewhat sweet with an ABV that is well-hidden. I can't believe it is 9%, because I can barely taste any alcohol. Would like to see more hop flavor. Overall a must try!

kelticblood, May 10, 2009
Photo of rodney45
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Yellow, the yellow of a corn maze in october after the first freeze has robbed the green from the world. Slightly hazy. A Lacy head that most certainly follows through.

S: Smells like cinnamon, and lemon zest. Has a nice appealing aroma and smells like a very faint perfume.

T: Not as complex as everyone makes it out to be. You can tell this is a non-American beer at first sip. It has a spice and lemon taste at first, very similar to a white beer. However after, it has a slight warmth and depth of a deeper and darker malt. Hops exist, but I would have liked a tad more. I needed two of these to appreciate it. It is very well balanced, save the hop deficiency.

M: Feels very ethereal, and almost like Christmas. In your mouth.

D: Be careful... this goes down too easy... they tell you on the bottle to sip this stuff. If you go three or four... well you'll be very happy. i would drink this stuff for a good long while, and wake up with the best hangover of my life.

Note: My local 24 hour store got a few cases of these In, and didnt know the pricing on them, so I paid pretty much 1.75 per 12 oz bottle. They ussually only have marco brews, im glad GOOD beer is becoming more popular.

rodney45, May 09, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Chilled and served in an Palm glass (which is a cross between a snifter and and a tulip). Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Poured at the table with a light golden stream of beer and a 1" fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. The head recedes relatively quickly but for most of the beer there are small steams of bubbles rising to the top. Eventually there is a small ring of foam and a thin patch of foam on the surface.

Smell: The smell is yeasty, bready, and fruity. There is pear and apple here along with some lemon zest. The malt sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by the yeast and fruits. I don't really pick up much in the way of hops or alcohol

Taste: The aroma anticipates much of the complex flavors. There is sweetness from the pale malt along with the apple and pear flavors and tartness. The yeast is present and some spices appear bouncing around on the tongue. The alcohol, while detectable is well integrated with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is soft and creamy while there is a stream of carbonation. The finish is long, beginning with fruit and malt sweetness trailing of to dry grassy hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is quite a nice beer and I can see having another in the future but with this ABV a single beer is enough for one sitting, even with a meal.

drtth, May 07, 2009
Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Happy to see this down here in Halifax. Picked it up as soon as I saw it since it's not available up in Ontario.

Light golden in colour and quite hazy due to the great amount of sediment floating around. Two and a half finger fluffy white head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

Phenols, coriander, and clove in the nose with some sweet honey malt and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste virtually same as the nose. Nice mix of phenols and spice with a hint of honey. Dry, crisp finish with a touch of alcohol. The 8.7 ABV is ridiculously well hidden.
Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a great, well balanced Begian strong ale. The only downside for me was the amount of sediment that poured out. Besides that, I wish this puppy was available down where I lived. Highly recommended.

ludachris, May 02, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance is orange and hazy from the sediment. Poured into a chalice

Aroma: Belgian yeast, spices, somewhat fruity

Taste: Not much on the alcohol, which is good considering this thing is a 9%. It has the spices, a little bit of sweetness comes through as well. Yeasty, somewhat

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty good since it has a relatively high ABV. Good mouthfeel, great taste..recommended.

kshankar, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of bsend
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured this 750 ml bottle into an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear golden color with a creamy 1 1/2 finger white head. Champagne sized carbonation can be seen in the beer. It lets plenty of light through.

Smell: Heavy but not overbearing spice can be smelled on the nose, especially cloves and corriander.

Taste: DT is a very clean tasting beer that provides lots of spice. Complex while still being simple. An excellent example of a Belgian Strong Ale.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like effervesence, and a dry finish. Light body.

Drinkability: The alcohol (8.5% according to my bottle) is barely noticeable. In smaller wine glass servings these go down easy through the night, and I honestly want more afterwards.

Final Thoughts - Not the best beer in the world, but a damn fine one. Great to enjoy with friends. Give it a try.

bsend, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A=cloudy, golden with substantial bright white head

S=complex, bready, with some fruity/floral notes

T=starts with fruity notes, bready in the middle and finishes with the alcohol

M=carbonation is good, feels nice, smooth, some dryness

D=I enjoyed the Tremens though I don't know that I would drink more than one of the 750ml bottles in an evening.

jacobseyb, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

This is a 2008 bottle purchased today 4-23-09 at coaltrain LQ, paid 9.99+tax.

A - Beer has yeast sediment floating as a Belgian should. It looks perfectly golden with a foamy snow white head. Beer has very good carnation, but your cannot feel it in your mouth.

S - Beer smells like the most amazing Belgian I have ever smelled. It has a smooth, almost cake batter smell to it. Amazing.

T - First few seconds of the taste are very good! But it quickly settles to a almost metallic taste.

M - Feel is very good (almost creamy). it cotes the mouth wonderfully.

D - Extremely drinkable, once you've sat the beer down for 1-2 min. you are quickly temped to take another sip.

chugalug06, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
5/5  rDev +21.1%

A beer that exceeded my expectations. Large caged and corked bottle. Cork popped off when i removed the cage, then a little foam started to pour out onto the ground. A little embarrasing. But whatever. Poured into a wine glass. I found nothing bad to say about this beer so i rated it perfect.

A- Heavy with sediment, maybe because my buddy kept hers on it side while she chilled it. Extremely bubbly. Bright golden with thick head when i poured it. Sediment was dancing around but you could not taste it.

S- banana right away, leaving maybe a vanilla taste. It was mildly spicy. AWSOME TASTE.

M-Light on the palate with a great taste. Banana creates its own mouthfeel.

D- this is very easy to drink, i want one right now and its 9:47 in the morning. IMO better than the nocturnom. Although completely diff styles.

SpencerSauce, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of goblet
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

poured this out into a goblet from a 330 ml bottle with a nice looking blue label with some interesting characters ,pink elephents, alligators, dragons with blue foil wrapping around the cap and neck.

Appearance: it`s a beautiful day with a golden orange sun and a bit of fog after last nights rain it poured, now there are fluffy white clouds in the sky ,with little carbonation winds.

Smell:aahh early spring ,with all the scents ,like clove and flowers with citrus and apples even peachs from that farm down the road as the weather warms,it just opens up more.

Taste:crisp air of fruity citrus and delightful malt greet me as the day moves on, not to sour,its a bit sweet and the yeast birds are chirping a pleasant song ,i can see old man alcohol waveing to me ,he`s out watering his hops there blooming and look fresh .

Mouthfeel:as the sun sets i got a feeling of warmth ,with a bitter edge to this satifing day a tinge dry sweet after taste to a unique yet familar setting.

Drinkablitity: you might think this day is like any other but this day was unique ,although familar its well worth enjoying to the fullist.cheers.

goblet, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into a chalice, this was a lively gold brew with lots of yeasties. Head was immediately foamy and half-finger in size, but withdrew to a consistent film.

It gives off the aroma that I now associate with a monastery. Smells Belgian, and slightly metallic...yet not in a bad way.

Honey infused malt on top of a faint banana or subdued citrus taste. Hops come through beautifully.

Fairly crisp and carbonated but the malts help it finish smooth.

Thumbs up. Although the alcohol content does seem to creep in at the end.

I enjoyed this, but will probably try it in a tulip glass tomorrow.

jbertsch, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A = Golden amber and very cloudy. Huge 3 inch head. Some good sticky lacing throughout.

S = Smell mostly of spices and some light citrus notes.

T = Very sweet sugary and coriander. Some slight citrus and definite pepper spices.

M = Thin to medium with ample carbonation.

D = Very drinkable but the high sweetness level makes me want to stop after 2 max.

Another solid BSPA that falls just short of Duvel for me.

JonMich13, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

appearance: golden

smell: fruit, slight hops

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, fruits and spicy tatste couldn't indentify exactly but very tasty

mouthfeel: rich and high carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

CampusCrew, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nothing special about the appearance. A very light gold with a decent white head which left minimal lacing. Not much to distinguish this from any American macro lager really.

Smelled of corriander and sweet malt. No sign of the alcohol.

Taste was much as the aroma. Corriander and spices, sweet malt, maybe a hint of orange. Well balanced. Still no sign of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very good. Thin but lively, with plenty of carbonation and a nice slick smoothness.

This is an enjoyable beer and easy to drink. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste, but I'd go back for another.

JBogan, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a clear golden into a tulip glass. An inch of white head dissipates in a few minutes but is easily renewed. Offers some limited lacing.

Decent Belgian yeast nose, somewhat sweet in malts, yet intriguing nonetheless. Very consistent on the nose, yet not overly exciting either.

Taste is moderate of malts, slightly tart but pleasant all the way through. None of the lager notes present in Duvel and not as gummy sweet. This is a superior beer to Duvel, yet superior is a relative term here. Offers a nice feel that maintains well throughout the glass and improves with a bit of warming, yet doesn't diminish too much even after 30 minutes of air. Interesting enough to seek out in the bottle, but not likely to stand up to some non-Belgian versions, oddly..

HalfFull, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of drink1121
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Had this at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

A - Light lemon-mustard yellow.

S - Tarty smell, smells of spicy citrus

T - Coriander, orange spices. Little tart

M - Very smooth for high abv

D - Supringly great with such a high abv. I had 2 of these!!!

drink1121, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brownish orange. The head dissipated quickly until it was about a quarter inch thick and hung around for a while.

Smell: Smells like pizza dough with a touch of clove perhaps.

Taste: Taste was shocking. It was quite fruity, flowery, sweet. The alcohol was definately noticeable but didn't really hurt the taste. It confused my taste buds. I'm not fond of this style of beer, but for this style, the taste was complex, intriguing, and good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick in a good way.

drinkability: Too extreme on the sweet/fruity side for me but excellent for the style.

donmonkey1, Mar 29, 2009
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?

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2009
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 24, 2009
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!!

matty, Mar 21, 2009
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.

BrewsCrewSA, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of strangemusic
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.

strangemusic, Mar 15, 2009
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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 15, 2009
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,380 ratings.