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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,114
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 163
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of Halcyondays


4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +6.8%
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 +1.9%
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 +16.5%
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%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +11.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -2.9%
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
Photo of thierrynantes


3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: Apricot color, trouble, well saturated, fine white foam.
Smell: Nose powerful, sweet
Taste and mouthfeel: Mouth full and sweet, bitter and pronounced acridity. Taste powerful, long post-flavor.
Drinkability: bodied, strong and heady, a good beer in the style barley wine

Review added 11-11-2997, translated from french 3-2-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 11:10:29 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

11.2oz bottle

Pours a lightly hazed pale straw color with a creamy white head that thins. Quite a bit of suspended sediment even after a careful pour.

Bready and yeasty smell with a nice fruitiness and slight malt smell. Mild spicy smell.

Nice bready and yeasty taste upfront with a good fruitiness. A bit of malt shows up midway along with a medium bitterness and slight spicy taste. Finishes quite clean and very dry. Alcohol is completely masked.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

Good drinkability for the rather high ABV. Overall it's a fine brew deserving of it's reputation. Always a good choice if you have a Belgian itch to scratch.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:50:11 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of DIM


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

a: A cloudy pale straw yellow, with big billowing white head with great head retention.

s: I loved the smell so much I accidentally snorted some getting my nose as close as possilble. Not reccomended. As with most Belgian beers this is difficult to describe for me. Sweet citrus and spicy yeast with lots of alcohol present.

t: Lemon and grapefruit up front with some sour yeasts that almost have rye notes. The alcohol is a warm blanket over everything.

m: I could almost feel the yeast rising in my mouth. Superb carbonation.

d: Excellent beer on this cold blustery day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2007 21:46:00 | More by DIM
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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

Delerium Tremens pours a slightly copper bright gold, with a foamy head. The head sticks around and leaves beautiful lacing on my new Allagash glass. The aroma is sweet pilsner malts with fruity esters. There are hints of earthy yeast and herbal hops in the background. The flavor is mostly dry with plenty of esters and lots of chalky, earthy yeast. The malt is secondary, and is much less sweet, but still there. There is a hint of herbal hop flavor and just a bit of bitterness. The beer is almost more sour than bitter. I was happy to see this at a local grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 01:09:52 | More by ericj551
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 11.2 oz bottle a hazy straw gold (that eventuates to a cloudy look by the final pour) with a huge head of foam and lots of sticky lacing. The foam hardly recedes at all during the entire session. Nice.

The smell is fairly light but has notes of yeast and fruit.

The taste has a nice yeast flavour along with some dark fruit and some citrus that peaks near the finish. More sips in and I'm getting some banana and a light touch of clove. Very nicely flavourful. There's definitely a sour snap hiding in the background and ends up in the finish. Nice warming there as well. The body is medium light and the carbonation is light.

This is a nice sipping Ale not overly assertive with any one flavour but it's darn tasty. I'd get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 23:07:35 | More by Bitterbill
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A large foil-wrapped corked bottle. Glass with a ceramic-looking coating. Dancing mirthful animals on the label. The cork has "2.007" printed on it. The foil took some effort to remove completely.

I choose a Duvel tulip for this one.

Pours pale yellow, slightly hazy. Three-finger head. White with tight beads. Laces well. Active carbonation.

Nose is spicy and medicinal with fruity accents.

More of the same on the tongue. Rather dry and crisp. There's pale malt, cloves, spiciness, fruit rind and alcohol. More medicinal character. This is a medium-bodied ale but it packs a punch. And the alcohol sneaks up on you. Quite warming. Perfect for a chilly Autumn night such as this.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 03:09:37 | More by edskirk3
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The appearance of this one reminds me too much of many of the awful American beers. A very light golden brown color. The pluses are the constant cascade of carbonation from the bottom of the glass, the persistent but minimal head, and the good lacing.

S: A tiny hint of fruit, yeast, and spice mix together to form a an intriguing but not that inviting of an aroma.

T: The flavor has the same parts as the smell. Just like the smell the tastes are not bold at all. I expected a more complex and deeper taste from this one based on other reviews. The after taste also detracts from the experience for me.

M: This is one of the better parts of this beer to me. It has a good viscosity and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This one is by no means a sipper. The alcohol seems almost non-existent. The after taste is pretty dry causing you to want to drink more. Too bad the other qualities don't do the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 01:11:35 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of MMAJYK


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

A- Golden brown with orange hue. Non-transparent. Bright white, 2 finger head that hangs around. Very lacy and sticky on glass.

S- Hops. wheat, butterscotch, and candy sugar. Apples as someone else said after the brew warms.

T- Taste is of citrus and bitter. Lingering aftertaste and warm alcohol feel, with no alcohol taste.

M- Lace on the lips and very full mouth. Nice feel for sure. Fuzzy and filling.

D- Very drinkable beer. This one is easy to go down. Alcohol is not easy to taste, so it could easily get the best of you if not careful!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 22:34:47 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of joepais


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 12 oz bottle poured cloudy golden yellow with bits of yeast particules being carried around by the carbonation. Large white billowing head helped fill my duvel tulp The smell of friuty belgian yeast , bublegum and some citrus are great . meduim body easy drinking . Flavors of sweet malts light herbal with more of a citrus after bite than hoppy bitter in the end .I’ll say it again "realy easy to drink" would not take to much for me to drink another one

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 21:19:16 | More by joepais
Photo of wesleyhighley


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To be honest, I expected quite a different experience than the one I got. I guess it's because I had always expected something incredibly intense from such a strange bottle/name combination. I really enjoy a good belgian ale, and this definitely fits the bill. I imagine this is what Duvel would want to grow up into some day. I can certainly taste the STRONG.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 21:32:22 | More by wesleyhighley
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark yellow/light golden with absolutely no bubbles whatsoever. Minimal off-white head leaves only some small splotches of lacing behind.

S: Fruity, yeasty and spicy -- as for the fruit, I think green apples, apricot and even raspberries at one point. Alcohol fumes noted as it warms a bit -- is there such a thing as apple brandy? If so, that's what it smells like as it warms up.

T: Sweet fruitiness up front -- honey-covered peaches and ripe apples come to mind, followed by a slightly drying, spicy peppery bite that finishes it off pretty clean. Alcohol warmth is evident on the way down.

M: Light-to-medium in weight. There's almost no carbonation evident in the feel. Despite the sweet fruitiness that dominates the taste, it does finish semi-dry in the mouth.

D: Pretty good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 13:32:59 | More by Kendo
Photo of CU570M


2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Normal bud light/ miller lite color. head vanishes with the quickness. Smell was sweet/rubbing alcohol type smells. Taste was alright. Oily, butttery. More like wine flavors. Mouthfeel was creamy frothy smooth going down. Keeps my mouth wet. drinkability was alright, i liked it but nothing special. I would drink it again maybe.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 03:28:55 | More by CU570M
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer arrives at my table a perfect golden color with no head at all, plenty of carbonation streams up the tulip, it sure as hell looks good

S - the biggest element in the aroma is the yeasty/wheatiness shortly followed by a sharp but sweet green grapeskin type sweetness, and deep in the background is a slight belgian spiciness

T - the wheatiness and grapeskin-esque sweetness are extant in the flavor as well. with a slight spice kick to the firm hop profile in the finish

M&D - what a quality belgian, lively on the palate, full in character, with well-balanced sweetness and full breadiness with the hoppy supports, a nice brew

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2007 14:59:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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