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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,844
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 234
Gots: 686 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Nice white head with great retention. Clear, light gold body.

S – Banana, nutmeg, wheat, and sweet cherries.

T – Banana, pecans and wheat roll into a soft and sweet malt center. Lemon zest acidity cleans out the finish with a tangerine fruitiness.

M – Super soft, medium/full body for the style.

O – A great beer, soft and sessionable on the palate.

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why I waited so long to try this but I just had it the other night. After ten years of wanting to try it I figured it was finally time. That's what I call initiative!

Overall this was a very nice beer. It's not Belgiany in the way that I typically love Belgian ales. I'd explain that more clearly if I knew exactly what it was that was missing. It was very good, don't get me wrong. It may have just been a little fruitier than I'd been expecting.

At any rate it's a very nice beer and I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Belgian ales.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, mostly clear golden color. The foamy, off-white head is initially fairly tall. Retention is sturdy, and the head leaves some rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Quite fruity and spicy in the nose. Apples, peaches, and pears are prominent. Definite spice, with some phenols. Some honeyish maltiness is also present.

T: Lightly bready, with some sweetness up front. Spicy yeast character is a bit more prominent than the nose had suggested. Some moderate phenols and pepper. Fruitiness is also quite high. Peach, pear, and golden apple flavors are vibrant, along with some lesser tropical notes. Alcohol is prominent, but not overly hot; overall, it's integrated appropriately.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is perky but not explosive. Generally dry, but not bracingly so. Alcohol adds a light amount of heat.

D: A very tasty and complex Belgian ale. There's a wide array of yeast byproducts that contribute to this flavor profile, which manages to be both vibrantly fruity and characteristically spicy. Another beer I'd just never gotten around to trying, but I'm glad I finally have.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours just like a Tripel; pale golden with an enormous white thick head that sinks slowly into decent lacings.

S: Lots of spices/herbs and yeast (a hint of brett?). Dryness. Malt. Really citric. Some wheat? - ripe bananas in the smell.

T: Spicy/herby and really yeasty. At first there is so much ripe bananas, that this feels more like a Wit than anything else. But there is also lots of other fruits.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and sour/bitter. Body is full and carbonation very modest. Smooth!

O: This was a very nice beer. I expected much, and I was not dissapointed.

Photo of DTJPPR
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 04-09-2011. Poured from 750mL bottle into Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a nice golden amber color with lots of floating particles and a thick white head. Lacing sticks throughout.

S - Very big phenolic smell with citrusy hops, bananas, grapefruit, and honey. Splendid smell coming off this one!

T - Nice, full bodied flavor for the style. The phenolic flavors run strong and are evened out with a citrusy note along with honey in the malts. There is also a little bitterness from the hops that makes for a fantastic swirl of flavor. There's a hint of alcohol in the swallow, but not really that noticeable. This is a very balanced beer.

M - Clean mouthfeel despite the floaties. Goes down easy and only has a little dryness.

O - The funky bottle, little pink elephants, and fantastic smell and taste of this one makes for a beer that delivers on its hype. I can really see why people really like this stuff.

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle (which is beautiful) poured into a tulip glass

A: look at the head! It's large, and stays throughout the glass. The pour is a cloudy amber. I poured this at about 40 degrees F, and the head was spectacular.

S: citrus, earth, and esters. A bit of alcohol is present, but just a touch so it doesn't throw you off. I smell some sweetness in the end.

T: pale malt, fruity esters, grass, and finishes with bitter hops. As it warms, it becomes sweeter.

M: smooth until the tiny carbonation hits. Fine bubbles (not quite like Fleur, but good) that take up the hops and make it a nice finish.

O: drinkable, and relatively cheap and available. I like all of those things, and it tastes delicious. Certainly a go to if there isn't something else there.

Photo of RankRefugee88
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into flute glass.

A - Pours a cloudy light body, the color of a ripe peach. Bumpy white head settles to a 1/8 inch that layers the top of the beer for the remainder of the glass. Lots of sediment floating in the glass.

S - Banana, clove, lemon pepper. Undertones of fresh baked bread.

T - Esters leave no trace of alcohol, has an overall nice bold fruity character. Some banana flavor highlights the taste, but finishes with a berry-like tart crisp. Has a finish comparable to a fine champagne.

M - Clean, crisp, bubbly. Very nicely balanced feel, not chewy but not quite bone dry.

D - Very drinkable. Light and refreshing but standing at a bold 8.5%.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light honey color, with booming white head. There are a lot of floaties, and it's murky at the bottom of the glass. It was probably sitting at the bar for a while.

S: Lemon zest, citrus peel, a big helping of spice and pepper, grass, green grapes.

T: Sweet and spicy citrus, peppery clove gum; crisp and tart fruit, a minor hop bite in the back.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium body, but on the thin side.

O/D: It's a cool looking bottle, but that's the selling point, not the actual beer. Better options out there, for sure.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The waitress recommended this at dinner last night. For that alone I should have reduced her tip, but she meant well.

The appearance is unfortunately the color of urine! Head falls flat quickly, no lacing. Flavour is a mash up of bannana/grapefruit/spice that misses the mark all around. But somebody's bound to like it!

Photo of gfreed
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good score for a Belgian pale ale but not the best you'll ever have. I suspect that some of this beer's cache comes from the odd bottle and the pretty pink elephants on the label. Do you see the pink elephants in your sleep? Has a nice bite and some hammy flavor that bends slightly toward tripel territory; it finishes with a surprising banananess that masks the booze. Worth a bottle but not more.

Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. at the cost i think i should have just gone with the 750mL...

A: gold body with a lot of sediment. i mean a lot, looks like a big old blond mess in a glass. head is bustling and has some good retention. lacing is average.

S: tart citrus notes. lemon and lime. a black pepper spiciness. rounded bready malt and an earthy mild hop aroma work their way in as well. plenty of belgian pale aromas.

T: an initial strong tart flavor makes the palate pucker. as my palate adjusts, a smooth alcohol rich maltiness works its way in. pears and apples in the finish push out any hop flavor in my opinion.

M: meaty carbonation on a medium body.

D: not sure what wreaked this pour, but not the best looking brew. otherwise, slightly above average aroma and flavor make this a good belgian strong pale, just not great.

Photo of Spcoly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a tulip glass....

A: Hazy Golden yellow with 1:1 ratio of head to beer

S: Citrus, Orange peel, and lemon

T: Starts out with tons of fruity sweetness, finsihing with bitterness, carbonation is heavy..

M: Smooth...very drinkable for its ABV

O: Solid Ale from start to finish...will definitely buy again...and again...

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw colour with a huge, soft-looking white head. The head is really just mountainous, though dissipates at a moderate pace. Moderate lacing.

Smell is strong, and full of Belgian yeast and sugared candy. Spice is there as well, as is light fruit: pineapple and peach. Nice smell, but the sweetness is a bit much.

Taste is a bit dry and powder like, bringing along spice flavours such as pepper. The same fruit flavours as detected in the nose are up front as well. A bit of alcohol, but it is quite well hidden. Certainly has a bit of medicinal taste to it, almost like a very fruity and sweet Orval. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation not as intense as expected from the huge head, but certainly noticeable. A bit of a tingle. Beer is lighter bodied than expected, and feels a little limp, though it generally good.

Overall, a classic and very enjoyable beer. Its downside is that it is very sweet, particularly in smell. I generally prefer Duvel myself, which avoids this, but this is a very nice beer.

Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has to be the best named beer I have yet to see. Named after the final and most severe set of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Straw yellow in color. Lots of visible bubbles. Semi-hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while but provides minimal lacing.

Smell is somewhat tart and sweet with citrus fruits mixed in.

Flavor is malty and fruity. Lightly baked and buttered biscuits form the foundation. Tropical fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and melons add an interesting touch. Mellow honey sweetness. Mildly tart citric hop flavor. Very well rounded.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Incredibly smooth on the tongue.

I'm impressed with this one. Lots of excellent flavors rolled into one. The alcohol will catch up to you though. Love the name and the brew.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow straw color with a decent head, that leaves some lacing around the glass. the smell is yeasty with a nice spiciness to it. the taste follows through with a small amount of sweetness to yeasty spicey flavors of the belgian yeast. the mouthfeel is medium to light, and overall this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Jerone
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy champagne colored with lots of fine bubbles and a nice white head that sticks around, decent lacing.

Sweetness of maybe a banana/pineapple, some pepper, and a bit of wheat.

Taste is a bit too sweet to me. Pineapple and some spice with a bit of wheat and yeast to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with high carbonation. Quite drinkable at 8.5%.

I understand why people love this beer but it is not my type of brew.

Photo of fostachild
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden yellow with a ton of head. leaves nice lacing after dissolving.

smell has oranges/fruit, yeast, and a bit of alcohol.

nice sweet taste. fruity undertones and bit of hops in there. overall it was good - well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of layinbrix
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at a local pub, tested this brew against a lot of hype.

A: Strong 3 finger white head, light amber with a good clarity.

S: Some ester smells, a random group of fruits, namely orange, a hint of sage.

T: Orange and pear, mixing with sage and white pepper. Very good balance of fruit and spice.

M: Alcohol warms your throat. Tremens leaves your mouth very dry, your breath doesn't smell great after.

This beer, in my opinion, didn't live up to it's reputation, it was also a little pricey. This one might look better on the shelf.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

To be honest this is my second beer of this style ever so I don't have much to compare it to.

A: golden yellow, foamy white head that lasts forever. lots of floaty chunks.

S: apples and pears. don't really smell beer at all.

T: fruity. apples and pears at first. as it warms I get some bananas and then warmer yet some alcohol.

M: holy carbonation batman! super bubbly. reminds of the feel of champagne. as it warms up the alcohol feel is more present.

O: probably pretty good for the style. a lot different than the Imperial Stouts I drink and review most nights. I could see myself liking this though.

Photo of jmich24
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 2010 Notched in bottle (1.5 Years Old)

Sniffer

A: Huge two finger head. Very light golden color. A few sediment floaties. Cap never leaves completely.
S: Sweet fruity esters, light lemon, white wine like. Maybe a touch of floral hops?
T: Floral and fruity. Quite of boozy as it warms. Slight hoppiness near the finish.
M: Super high carbonation. Cork popped out and hit ceiling with very little effort. Slick syrup like mouthfeel.
O: This was a disappointing one for me. Would like to re-review fresh.

Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright pale blonde, more than one finger of dense white head, lots of lace. Smell is yeasty and floral, nice hoppy presence, fairly clean and grassy, some malt, light alcohol. Taste is clean and vibrant, lots of fruity floral notes here, nice hop kick, some spicy notes, lightly sweet but dry in finish. High carbonation, full body with nice weight, dryish mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, one of my favorite strong pale belgians for sure, nice balance.

Photo of barrenbane
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden and slightly hazy, which is typical of BSPAs. Very inviting.

S - Sweet and fruity, with hints of banana, citrus, sugar, and clove. Dryness from the alcohol permeates the air, albeit only slight.

T - The flavor of this beer rapidly changes upon sipping, from sweetness, banana, and citrus to the dryness of the alcohol content. At lower temperature (toward he end of the glass), the alcohol content and sweetness is amplified. This should be chilled and sipped slowly, as the flavor changes drastically as temperature decreases.

M - Almost syrupy, with a fair amount of carbonation. Not as close to Champagne as other BSPAs, which is a nice change of pace.

O - Delirium Tremens -- although ironically named -- exemplifies the highest qualities of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Everyone should try this (at least) once in their life.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Fluffy belgian head light lacing, over clear golden orange color.

Nose golden Belgian malts, sweet malts, candi sugar, light booze, plenty of Belgian fruits apple, pear, etc.

Taste starts with sweet malts, Belgian golden malts again, light candi sugar, tons of fruits again, apple, pear, white raisin, etc. then light booze and touch of phenol that fits well. Finishes drier than expected for the sweet start, little sticky, lingering Belgian malts and fruits.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall great, a staple example for the style, great fruits and malts, sweet start hides the booze and dry finish keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, 8,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Delirium snifter.
BBE March 2013

Appearance: This bottle was a gusher, but thankfully I had the glass ready and didn’t waste a drop. The body is golden and actually pretty clear, but has tons of large yeast floaters. Massive (as expected) white head that displays great retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: The last time I had a Delirium the nose was a far too weak, that is most certainly not the case with this bottle, I can smell the distinctive sweet fruitiness from a mile away. Tinned peaches, stewed apples, pears, white grapes and a touch of sweet citrus are all well noted. Spices, while playing second fiddle to the fruit are well appreciated - cloves and white pepper dominating. As the beer comes to room temperature, a distinct brandy aroma is noted.

Taste: Hmmm, my first thought is that Huyghe need a lesson in alcohol masking; I have had beers that have double the abv. of Delirium and are on par in terms of burn. The fruit brandy note from the nose is quite a lot bigger in the taste.
Behind the alcohol is the expected sweet and spicy fruit. Apples, pears, citrus, white grapes, clove and white pepper all present.

Mouthfeel: Initially well over carbonated, but it settles down to a good level midway through. The body is medium or just a little over.

Overall: A solid BSPA - just a little too much abv. coming through in the taste.

Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly, I've never had this. I suppose it being Belgian has scared me off, but I"ve had this glass for what seems like forever so might as well pair it with the beer.

Pours a rather light yellow color, quarter inch of white carbonation, a weak looking body, and a huge amount of floating yeast.

The aroma of green apples is just overpowering here. Nothing else really has a chance to get out, this isn't listed as a fruit beer.

Applies, pears, and a lot of spices make up this one. Add in a good kick of alchol. I feel like there are some hops biting my tongue with the alchol to give this a very nice spicey, peppery effect on the tongue, but the sweet sugars and fruits dominate here. Perhaps an apple rum?

Body is on the lighter side for 8.5% and the carbonation is over the top, but compared to other beers of this nature it might actually be seen as under carbonated for the style.

I'm happily suprised by this one. It isn't what I expected, but that's ok with me. That said I can't see myself really coming back for apple cider flavored beer.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,844 ratings.