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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,752
Reviews: 1,563
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 213
Gots: 602 | FT: 2
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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 smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into an official Delirium Tremens glass. Lord knows I've had plenty of this beer so now is the time to review it.

Looks a wonderful clear dark gold body, and has a real nice tight white, I mean bright white head. nice carbonation from the bottom, but there is no lacing while drinking hardly at all and the beer doesn't keep or manage to sustain a collar around the glass.

A good simple bouquet that is classic for this style. Candied but not overpowering sweet yeast, with some light breaded malt and a hint of dense bread too.

Taste though is a bit interesting. This feels very fizzy and carbonated at first and makes things a little less enjoyable. Nice chewy sweet bread taste, but with a weak body.

Still overall there is flavor and good enjoyment to be had in this beer. It's real easy drinking for this style for sure.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a pale yellow body with fizzy white head which disappears quickly. The aroma is almost of white wine with some fruit notes. The taste is fruity and almost like white wine, it has a nice start to the taste but a little sour on the back of the tongue. It has a nice mouth feel and is very drinkable. This is my first real belgian beer so i really enjoyed it.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Another Belgian with a snow globe effect of floaties in a pale yellow body. White head that fizzles away to nearly nothing. Nothing in terms of lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, fruity esters, a dry white wine aroma. More spice comes out as it warms.

T- The start has a good balance of spice and fruit that carries through to a somewhat sour/stale finish. The heat from the alcohol is noticeable and dries it out.

M- Assertive carbonation, light body and fairly smooth.

O- It's ok, the huge chunks were a bit of a turnoff. I found that it wasn't nearly as complex as a lot of the great Belgians.

Photo of clark123456
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

DISCLAIMER: I don't normally drink Belgium beers.

A: Very light, a bit lighter than the color of apple juice. There is what I believe to be yeast or sediment floating around even though this beer has been in a physically stable environment for a couple of months prior to me opening it. The head is very light with small bubbles and doesn't lace the glass.

S: Very yeasty.

T: Salty at first with bit sour of an aftertaste. I believe I can taste the alcohol.

M: Very carbonated, but it has a crisp and clean feel. Warming from the alcohol.

D: This beer is drinkable, but Belgium beers aren't really my favorite.

Overall: This beer is not bad, but I'd select another style. It's a bit better than a home brew version a friend of mine shared with me a couple of weeks ago.

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


Pours a transluncent gold and relaxes in the glass with a fluffy fingers worth of white head.

The nose yeilds scents of some unique spices that i can't really describe. The belgian yeast scent is inviting.

The taste is nice and has those bold belgian spice and yeast characteristics. Well hidden abv

M crisp and refreshing. Has a medium bodied feel that is smooth.

D- given the high abv. This brew is highly drinkable and pretty good.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A - super fluffy head over a surprisingly light yellow ale. Lots and lots of initial carbonation on the glass and lots of lacing. Hard to guess what it will taste like based on the appearance.

S - slight yeast backing but totally dominated by a bubblegum/rock candy character. Totally surprising.

T - the smell follows through in the actual brew with a huge candy/bubblegum character backed with a hint of yeast and slight tartness at the end.

M - very sharp carbonation that tickles the tongue. Quite light overall.

D - moderate booziness makes this a bit of a sipper.

Obviously a classic, but still surprises in its unique character. Haven't had anything like it and will certainly enjoy it again.

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle into tulip.
A: Pours steady, with good vigor and produces a two finger white, frothy head. The body is light straw golden color and the carbonation is as lively as a volcano. Beer is moving in a clock-wise motion in the glass. A bit of yeast sediment in the glass, even with a gentle pour and leaving some in bottle.

S: On first pour, the aroma was profoundly fruity without bringing glass to nose. The aroma is dominated by a fruit presence. Notes of lemon and cantaloupe are found. A medium intensity aroma shows a bit of pale malts and a good bit of spice, not overly balanced.

T/M: A smooth front and a big pale malt backbone. The hops show a grassy note and play off well with the pale malt action. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with high levels of carbonation this is explosive in the mouth. Great fruity, and spicy characters. A very juicy finish, that holds on to the linger, but does not produce any new flavors.

O: A all around good brew, the character is pleasant and floral, but would like to see this this beer have a bit more dry mouthfeel.

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy honey-orange, with a thick frothy white head that disappates down to a three quarter finger. Lots of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet, with some nectarine like fruityness. Low, but noticable spice presence.
T- Taste is fruit heavy, nectarine and pear, with some spice notes. Not as yeasty as many in the style.
M- Maybe a touch full for style and there is a certain slickness, though it's a touch sticky in the finish.
O- A good BSPA, but not my favorite in the style. Definitely worth a try, but just being so fruit heavy, it's just not quite as spice balanced as I'd like.

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a golden straw with a fluffy white head that leaves some pretty lacing.

Smell. Belgian yeast and corriander. A little funk and light grains.

Taste. Light grains, corriander and light spice, belgian yeast. Pretty dry.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Probably wouldn't buy again, but not too shabby tasting.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Ale pours clear, light amber, with a light fizzy white head. The smell is sweet and yeasty with hints of orange and alcohol. The mouth feel is a strong but, very fine carbonation that endures, adding to the overall complexity. The taste is orange with a hint of clove, and a subtle sweetness.

Over all this beer is very drinkable. Despite its complexity it is not overwhelming. I would strongly recommend this Belgian Ale.

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

A: Poured into my DFH snifter glass. Pours a clear yellow/orange with a massive 3 finger white foamy head. Subsides to one finger of fine bubbles which lasts for the rest of the drink. Nice sheets of lacing all over the glass.

S: Nice aromas of spicy belgian yeast, apples, and some peach. A little hint of alcohol, but very faint.

T: Very nice combination of fruits and spice. There is the typical belgian yeast/spice characteristic, but it is blended nicely with some apple and pear. As it warms a little bit of banana also comes out.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: A great example of the style. Easy to drink or to savor, as it warms more complexity comes out. Its a really nice beer, but not something I want to drink everyday.

Photo of nezelrac
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass

A - pale straw/yellow/gold; fine beaded finger and an half of white head; nice steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom; good head retention; a little lacing

S - really inviting aromas of white grape must, vanilla icing, yeast, bread, fruity esters everywhere, a good dose of earthy/mushroomy funk behind it all; bright and delicious and beguiling

T - firm, light malt notes, plenty of bread dough and yeast funk; banana and citrus notes; sweet vanilla icing note; good length - showing a faint edge of bitterness that merges with firm edged malt and a little more earthy funk; some heat from alcohol emerges mid-palate and continues through the finish, but it is well integrated

M - light bodied and nearly ethereal; excellent CO2 - nearly prickling; firm/tight texture

O - simply excellent; WAY TOO EASY to drink and enjoy

Photo of AwYeh
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My portion of a 12oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks to my good friend and potential future BA Albert for sharing this with me.

A: Pours a clear, very pale yellow (almost looking like the "straw" color I often here applied to darker American Adjunct Lagers), with tons of carbonation bubbles going all over the glass, and two fingers of bubbly white head.

S: Light yeast and musty smells, along with an equally light sweet fruity aroma- pear in particular, but also with strong notes of banana.

T/M: This is an extremely light, crisp, and bubbly beer; I notice the mouthfeel before I'm actually aware of what the beer tastes like. Flavor is thin and sweet, with more pear and a newly introduced white grape.

D: It's a fast drinker for the alcohol level, but I'm not sure that this beer offers enough in the flavor department, especially when considered in its style, to make me want to pick it up again.

Photo of Rodrickor
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into tulip glass

A: Sparkling deep yellow with ~2 finger fuzzy white head, which dies down rather quickly to a decent-looking frothy film, no lacing.

S: White wine, classic belgian yeast character, very light hops

T: Like good bread dipped into dry champagne, in a good way. Yeast, malt, grapes, and a hint of funk I remember from the bottled version.

M: Crisper than from the bottle, little detectable alcohol, but still a lot of carbonation for my taste.

D: Evil. Despite the carbonation, I could drink this for way longer than I should if I plan to drive (or walk) anywhere.

Overall, very refreshing and very complex. A fine example of the style.

Photo of nickhiller
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear and golden with a burst of big bubbles and a creamy Belgian style head that rapidly dies down, leaving little trace.

S: concord grape juice, cherry candy, a little vinegar, golden raisins.

T: biscuity malt, Chardonnay and sweet/tart fruit that tastes a bit like a cherry Starburst, sharp bitterness on the finish.

M: medium-bodied, warming alcohol is present but mild considering the ABV.

D: delicious. If the mark of a good beer is how many one can drink in a sitting, this beer deserves an A+, I already crave for more.

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in the Salthouse pub, Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head of little cream and poor thickness. Hazy gold colour. Somewhat appealing.

Sm: Fruit, barley, lots of yeast, estery hops. Strawberry and raspberry are prominent. Absolutely brilliant.

T: All the notes from the nose are in the body, plus some unexpected wheat. The strawberry note hangs after the body but before the finish - one might say the beer actually has four acts rather than three, perhaps due to the triple fermentation. The open has too much wheat, which should be omitted entirely. It detracts severely from the beer.

Mf: Nicely coarse, but the wetness clashes with the wheat must.

Dr: WAY too expensive for the quality. It's not 6.85 Euro (this is in Ireland) good, but it's worth a go for fans of the style. Hides its ABV absurdly, dangerously well.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, yeast, cloves, citrus

taste: yeast, cloves,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

drinkability: overall decent brew. Glad I got to try it. Just doesn't do anything for me.


Photo of vapodge
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A - very pale, cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation producing very large head that sticks around forever

S - fruity Belgian aroma with some faint spices

T - rather sweet and the malts are right up front, a little fruity (pear and grape to my buds)

M - crisp, clean, and dry; very carbonated

D - alcohol creeps up on you as you go through the bottle; very nice and easy to drink

Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a light amber with a small white fizzy head that dissapated rapidly and had fair lacing. The aroma was light of bread like malts. a piney hop and a sweet yeast with mild notes of bannana's and citrus. It tasted light and slightly astringent at first and finished lightly bitter with a hint of bannana and a mild alcohol flavor that lingered on the palate for a while. Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice begian ale that has a mild kick to it.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a third sampling after an offering from Southern Tier and Rogue; both of which were good, but this beer is BIG. Almost everything about it. The bottle, the pour, the smell, the taste. There is nothing small here, except it's drinkability. Frankly, it blew me away. I had the Nocturnum a few weeks ago, and while it was tasty, it did not have a huge impact on me. Tremens should be a once in a while, special occassion, one bottle beer. At 8.5% you can't drink a ton of it, and all the flavors would grow old after a bit, but it's one tasty brew. And the little pink elephant on the bottle makes me happy...
BTW, I had it Bill's Bar & Burger on 51st Street. The burgers are some of the best in NYC, and the beer list is pretty strong. They could however, improve upon their draft offerings. If you are in the neighborhood, check it out; just avoid the mid week lunch time crush. You'll wait forever.

Photo of K7online
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer oozes with psychedelic funk right from the bottle. That means you don't know what to expect. Initial impression is very good with color being light and cloudy as it should be and a head that you can stay forever. Great carbonation. The other thing that you notice straight away is the beautiful fruity aroma that climbs out of the glass as you are pouring.
My experience went a little south from there. I will straight away say that I am not a fan of Belgian pale ales. The first sip gives you a good taste of citrus fruit and honey. The last was surprising in the best way possible. What I didn't like is the bitterness. A little too much for me and that made me feel uncomfortable. I could not have had more than the one. I still think that this ale was a good surprise.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - light straw with aggressive head. Almost too much head. Plenty of yeast and other particulate in the liquid.

s - smells a nice tangy Belgian classy smell with some funk and some citrus notes.

t - rushes in smooth and spicy, tangy with a nice swallow. Very nice. Delicious and a tad dry but I like a little dryness - not at all to be confused with boozy at all. Very nice!

m - tanginess lingers and dryness is felt. Light yet chewy.

d - TOO drinkable. Very easy on the drinkability. Not too carbonated, tasty, nice nose.

This is among the worlds best and interesting beers. It's a must try and a personal favorites - tap or bottle.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Tremens 25.4 oz corked and caged. Belgian strong pale ale 8.5% alcohol, poured into ommegang oversized wine glass. Imported 3/2010.

A- Pours a beautiful crisp and clear yellow orange fluid that boast a one inch head that lingers the whole brew. Lacing is excellent with spider web links top to bottom.

S- Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet grainy malts, mild alcohol esters, with hints of grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is a massive amount of grass, lemon, pear, and starfruit hoppyness. Maltiness is a light but appearent sweet prune and fig bite. Yeasty bite is what follows in a musty and chalky mouthfeel that creates a mild carbonation slipping down the tongue smoothly.

D- Dangerously drinkable with nothing less than a triple taste for a strong pale ale alcohol content to tell you differently.

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

A: pours a light golden color with a lot of carbonation and a decent head which receded quickly. the cork tells me this 750 is from 2009.
S: Very sweet and fruity with a slight grassy note. Not a bad smell at all
T: Pale malt flavor kicks things off with a bit of that belgian funk. Yields to some fruity flavors on the swallow and is a touch drying.
M: High carbonation is champagne like so the beer goes down easy and dances across the tongue.
D: Drinks like a lighter beer because of it so at 8.5% this one could make things get out of hand if you lose track. alcohol content is too high to session, but it would be awful enjoyable.

Overall: A very good beer from a brewery I'm not going to bother trying to spell. I might keep a few more of these around and I'm glad that the owner of Four Winds in Pensacola insisted that I buy a bottle of his favorite after seeing the rest of what I purchased.

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

... Have always enjoyed this strong Belgium.
Rustic yellow hue with a large white cloud like head. A distinct smell of yeast, almost medicinal as the tropical fruity smell mellows it out.
Taste of phenols erupt as the sweet malts and hint of hops tone it down.
Medium bodied with a very crisp finish as the alcohol soothes the palate.
Overall solid and very drinkable...

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,752 ratings.