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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,513 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,513
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 191
Gots: 489 | FT: 2
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 BeerMasterD
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ. bottle, very interesting looking bottle with the blue foil, and pink elephants, heh.
Poured into a weizen glass, a lively light gold/yellow with a huge foam head that just wouldnt go away. Smelled very fruity, pears and apple. Tasted the same, crisp, fruity and smooth. Lighter feel and alot of carbonation, slightly warming with the 8.5 abv. but it hides the alcohol well.
This is a great beer, drinkable and enjoyable, i was very pleased and will be getting again, also will now have to try the other Deliriums.

BeerMasterD, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 2009 vintage

Appearance:
Light honey color with effervescent carbonation and a 1.5 finger white head.

Aroma:
Strong yeast, banana, and citrus

Taste
Again yeast banana, citrus, and mild hops

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Light and tingly, strong carbonation. Very drinkable, especially as it warms

BeerNemesis, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Bugsey
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from start to finish.
Head is not as impressive as Duvel, but that's fine with me.
What is most impressive is the mouthfeel and taste are comparable to Duvel, but I'd say Duvel is more carbonated and Delirium is more flavorful. Same flavors, yeast, bread, banana, clove, but I think they just come through better in the Delirium. Too bad is so much more expensive than Duvel.

Bugsey, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some thin head over a light golden body and little to no lacing. Smells a touch malty, honey and nutty with notes of sweet hops. Not too spicy though.

Tastes bready, a little funky, sweet with honey tones... great malt base with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation, otherwise fairly light. Quite drinkable, and even better as it warms.

Overall a solid Belgian pale ale. I'd get more if it weren't so costly.

abuliarose, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 8, 2007

750ml Bottle.

Pours a golden color with a large 2+ finger head (when cold).

Aroma is its strong point, an attention getter with yeast, banana and some citrus.

Flavor is slightly subdued compared to aroma, but gets bigger as it warms. More yeast, banana, and some citrus.

Palate is very nice, very crisp, smooth and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

8.5%? You don't taste it but certainly do feel it. Packs a nice punch. Overall a very enjoyable beer!

elgiacomo, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hay-yellow colour with an airy foam that quickly receeds to a thin lid on the brew, with some dry lacing clinging to the glass. There are also a lot of yeast particles floating around in this otherwise clear liquid, it's not that they make the beer opaque or anything, just alot of floaters, doesnt look very good.

Smells yeasty of almond paste and apples. Winegums , especially the green ones come through, as well as a light semi-dry maltiness and the alcohol comes through a bit stingy in the back, but smells lighter than expected.

Taste starts of slightly tart and mid-dry with some green apples and unripe strawberries, and carries along into a cloud of yeast esters that quenches the beer for a moment. Finishes with a light a dry bitterness and some alcohol, not at all unpleasant.

Light and refreshing to drink, with a crisp carbonation that really fits the brew, and is reminiscent of dry cider.

dqrull, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of paintedwall
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at a restaurant in Minneapolis.

Pours a wonderful, pale golden color with great head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smells a bit fruity, but to be honest, my taste buds were being bombarded by food, so I didn't get a great whiff.

The taste is heavily fruity and sweet, but not sickeningly. Quite obviously Belgian style from the very get-go. Has a tiny bit of bite, but mostly goes down smooth.

This beer feels wonderful in the mouth. The carbonation is just right.

I could drink a few of these, but at the price in the states, it may be worth drinking something else in the states. Still, it's one of my regulars, and I can drink it often. Great beer.

paintedwall, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had Delirium Tremens at Eulogy Belgian tavern in Philly. It was on tap and absolutely amazing. That place is great, except for the fact that it's not for someone who is claustrophobic.

A: Clear, bright gold with a gigantic head that leaves ridiculous lacing. The head was nearly as massive as Duvel's, but it doesn't last nearly as long.

S: Fruity and hints of pear and pineapples with the funky Belgian yeast. Some candy sugar and hints of peppery alcohol also present.

T: I always think of pineapples when drinking this one. It's one of the things I taste first and foremost, along with a slight malt and candy sugar background. Remarkable brew that can almost stand up to the amazingness of Duvel.

M: Mild carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Some bread-like feel as well at the end.

D: Man, this is good stuff. I can put away a 750ml bottle, but after that, I would be done. On the other hand, if I were inclined, I could session this at a bar on tap. (Eulogy)

irishking1977, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I have had this brew a few times in the past this is my first "review". This brew was had as a part of a New Years Celebration. This brew poured to a nice golden color with a good sized frothy white head that had incredible retention that left nice lacing. The aroma was very pleasant, nice pale malt, spices, slightly fruity and yeast all stick out. I really enjoyed the aroma but the flavor was even better. Nice malt character, fruit flavors (apple & pear) that play well with everything else. Nice spiciness that seems to really highlight clove and coriander. Effervescent finish which goes well. Really a nice brew and one that I look forward to having.

Stimack, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Formed a frothy 2 finger, bright white head. The head stuck around for a while and final dissipated, leaving a thick lace on the sides of the glass. The body is golden yellow...hazy and translucent.

The nose is apples, yeast, some spices in the background and undertones of sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet at first...fruits in the middle (apples, bananas) and finishes with a spicy, grainy kick. Great balance throughout...

The mouth feel is medium, very creamy with little carbonation.

Very drinkable...one I have had many times in the past and will continue to seek out. An all-time classic!

mgbickel, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Tremens snifter a pale champagne yellow color with lots of cascading bubbles and a two-finger sudsy head which is off white in color. Nice retention of head. Hardly a hint of lacing.

Zesty and bright smelling. Yeast, light fruit and a dish soap like smell.

Crisp and spicy tasting. Yeasty, some straw, peppery spice, mild hop presence.

Sudsy feel from all of the carbonation in the mouth. Very clean and dry finishing.

Very good beer, but I have to admit this one was a ton better on tap. Maybe this bottle isn't at it's peak for freshness either. Still a really good belgian.

jera1350, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in a big ceramic looking bottle out of the delirium tulip glass.

This beer has a nice looking cloudy, pale, light-golden color to it.

The smell is simply fantastic. Like there is an apple pie baking inside the glass! I am getting a whole lot of bitter yeast, along with sweet wheat on the nose here as well.

This beer feels very bubble in your mouth, there is definitely a lot of carbonation in this stuff.

The bitterness of the Belgian yeast is very dominant in this brew. I am also getting a nice round but subtle sweet wheat and fruity flavor from the malts, but the yeast is for sure the star here.

Wonderful Belgian double pale ale, the best i've ever had!

AlexTheAleMan, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Shakujin
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale white, cloudy, some sediment in floating around, high carbonation, head fell away quickly.

Smell: Apples, sweet and sour, yeasty easters, some background spices that I cant name.

Taste: Same delicious apple flavors present in the taste, ending with light malts and a quick bitterness. After a few sips more of the sweetness pushes through.

Mouthfeel: The effervescence masks the alcohol well, light weight to it.

Drinkability: Great taste, light, very drinkable. Even though it is a "strong ale" its easy to forget that.

Shakujin, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Two-inch white head retains well and leaves a clean glass. Pour is a cloudy honey color, like liquid gold.

S - Sweet citrus and sour apples, honey, definite belgian yeast and some floral hops.

T - Citrusy sweetness with some tart apples and mild malts. Finish is a sweet and sour maltiness with some faint floral hops and mild alcohol.

M - Highly carbonated with a crisp finish, though it leans towards a light body. A little less watery would really make it exceptional.

D - A great Belgian sipper, this brew is well-balanced and has a good flavor profile.

deruiz10, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of aventinus829
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hue. Nice one finger head, but it faded quickly. Had lots of particles floating around.
S: High yeast/bread smell. Perhaps some licorice and granny smith apple.
T: A lot of sweet malt flavor- very nice. You feel the heat of the alcohol after the initial carbonation wears off.
M: A lot of carbonation. Very light on the tongue.
D: A very nice beer, very drinkable, but IMHO it doesn't quite live up to the claim of "best beer in the world" or even it's price tag. I actually prefer the delirium noel to the tremens.

aventinus829, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of bjacobsen
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Yard House. Poured into a generic goblet.

Bright golden in color with faint traces of a head. I have had this at home poured from the bottle and it produced a rich had with great lacing to admire. I can't fault the beer as much as the one pouring the beer in this case.

Smell of wheat, spice, and malty sweetness. The belgian yeast comes through in the nose here.

Taste of very sweet up front with the sweetness of the wheat/malt and there is spices up front as well. The middle is nice and fruity but flirts with a bit too much sweetness. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

Nice medium mouthfeel.

A bit sweet, but oherwise quite drinkable. Although I am a bit critical of this beer, I must say it is a very nice beer.

bjacobsen, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had out of a bottle at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- There's a TON of sediment in there. It's Gold, fairly opaque, with a nice head and lacing.
S- It has a very sweet, wheat scent.
T- It has a very strong lemony taste. Extremely sweet. It's a very high quality beer, but way too sweet. It's not for me, but I can see its quality.

Amalak, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of NicholasCasber
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer produced little head on a regular pour into a pint glass. The head maintained for the whole drink, however it didn't leave any lacing.

S: This beer produced huge hop flavors and yeast smells right from the pour, once agitated, I caught some slightly sweeter notes. I could tell that this was slightly higher in ABV.

T: After letting the product rest on my tongue, it felt kind of one note at first, however, after the after taste came about, it was much more multifaceted than before. My suggestion is to let this beer roll around on your tongue, catch some of those nice hops and yeast tastes, with a sweet after taste.

M: The beer felt full bodied, I didn't really have a problem with the mouthfeel, other than I wish it would have been slightly less watery.

D: This reminded me of my St Bernardus abt 12 that I had last night. The flavors were so good, that I found myself wanting to savor the beer by taking smaller and smaller drinks, not wanting to see the end of my glass.

Overall, great beer. Try it if you can get your hands on it, I'd submit that you wouldn't be disappointed in anyway what-so-ever. I'd really like to see how this beer holds up to aging, think I might grab a bottle and try it out for you all a couple of years down the road. Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Holy cow - three fingers of white fluffy head that shows no sign of going anywhere. A few minutes pass and the head slowly dissipates, leaving chunky lacing on the sides.

Smell - I smell lots of banana, wheat, spices, and a hint of apple. This is followed with a finish of sweet malt (which was also at the forefront).

Taste - Not what I expected. I can immediately taste the banana flavor which is followed by heavy spices. This is then encompassed by a very bready, malty flavor that gives way to a spicy, herbal finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability - A drink to sip for sure. With such off the wall flavors and the decent ABV, this drink will be good to enjoy with dinner.

SpdKilz, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to snifter (got the bottle for $.99)

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a large white head that sticks around for a bit, but doesn't leave much lace.

S: Very strong citrus and banana with lots of Belgian yeast. Very strong bold scent.

T: Taste is right on with the smell. Strong citrus with hints of banana and oak along with earthiness and some alcohol.

M&D: Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated however more thin than I though and drinkability is pretty good.

Overall: Very good beer, I can see why some people are in love with it.

AdmiralDiaz, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a cloud golden/light-orange color with a moderate white head that fades fairly quickly into a thin film. Mild lacing. Significant sediment/yeast.

Nose is fruity - apple, banana, citrus with a nice hint of spice. Taste brings all the same notes. It tastes like a typical Belgian pale while still managing to stand apart on its own. Mouthfeel is a bit mediocre in my opinion - heavy carbonation and a very thin body. Swishing it around causes it to become almost entirely bubbles. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and there's a mild aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, but the carbonation slows down the consumption a bit, in my opinion.

Mavajo, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of randawakes
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the Princess Lodge, Denali AK in the hot tub.

Taste: Very tastey with citrusy notes, decent carbonation,

Notes: orange/tangerine, hoppy.

Drinkability: It's a heavy sort of creamy, so yes its drinkable because the taste is very good, but 1 of these beers is good enough for 1 night.

randawakes, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of meeekyh
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe my new favorite style the Belgian strong pale is well represented here. Poured from a large bottle in to a hurricane glass, the head was difficult to control as I poured through the waist of the glass. It was almost white and quite airy, and left significant lacing as it dissipated.

After the settle I noticed a strong citrus-like scent with hints of pineapple and a note of, bubblegum, I think that was bubblegum. The carbonation was abundant and light, as it should be, and excited my tongue like champagne. As the effervescence broke and the familiar Belgian-yeast flavor came through along with more of the same citrus and pineapple notes, though without the bubblegum, and with a bit of bread. I must note that this beer does not come across as overly-sweet but finishes (jumping ahead here) almost neutral and maybe even slightly dry.

The mouthfeel was light though not insignificant and contributed to the lingering tastes, which were not entirely pleasant. Something of the alcohol (8.5 % ABV) flavor carried a bit of medicinal banana and reminded me of the dentist. The solution being to take another drink (drinkability is high, almost session quaffable, watch out), which then brought me around to the pleasant citrus and bread flavors that seem to exemplify this style.

Kudos to a very good beer.

meeekyh, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, slightly hazy straw and a slight amber hue. Substantial white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind foam at the top and around the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, banana peel, and yeast with some hints of apple and flowers.

Taste: Sweet bread with hints of banana and apple juice, with an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full bodied with balanced, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. This is a tasty beer and one I'd be willing to drink again for sure- highly recommended.

Mosstrooper, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has 72 beers listed on this site, I can't believe I've not reviewed this beer before, or the fact that the only beer from Huyghe I have reviewed is a chocolate bloody beer!

Had many of these damn things in various places around Belgium, thinking I'm cool and hip, normally bladdered by the time I order one and all the people around me just nod at each other and wisper 'nob'.

So here goes, a sober attack of the DT's.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass, cos I can.

Looks fairly innocent, I'm only a lager honest! Golden and clear with a good white head on top.

The smell however gives the game away, alcoholic esters rise up and hit you, this is no lager. Belgian yeast aromas appear, a hop presence is in the air, a dirty farmyard smell isn't far away either.

Rivals 'Duvel' for flavour and presence, the alcohol obviously takes centre stage, but it's semi-countered by the yeast/hop combination intermingling within the brew.

This beer has to be drunk cold, it changes all attributes as it warms, not so healthy as it heats up, so drink it swiftly!

BlackHaddock, Nov 28, 2009
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,513 ratings.