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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,838
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of nkronma
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly cloudy light golden. Very little head. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: A spicy sweetness with notes of banana, pear, lemon, apple, honey, and cloves. A slight scent of hops with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet taste of apple, banana, clove, and yeast with a hoppy bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Great strong taste and balance.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance - Clear pale golden colour with a large frothy and fizzy white head. There is almost no carbonation carbonation showing, and there is some really nice lacing. The head lasted for more than 5 minutes before it started to disappear.

Smell - bananas/pears (bubblegum), breads/grains, honey, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There was a lot of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are bananas, a peppery spice mix, white grape juice, and light alcohol. There was also a lot of yeasty bitterness.

Overall - I'm happy I had a chance to try this one on tap. The bartender really had a hard time pouring it as it would keep foaming over.. so I'm not sure if that threw the mouthfeel off at all. Anyways, it's a must try beer.

Photo of teromous
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours very pale yellow and forms into a light straw color in the glass. Lots of head and carbonation fizzing to the top of the glass, but the head quickly slips away.

S: Slight fruity scent, but not much else.

T: It has a rich fruity and slightly bitter flavor. It has a ripe plant...almost leafy flavor...like fresh arugula. The heavy alcohol is buried entirely.

M: The mouthfeel is very poppy full of explosive carbonation. It finishes very clean. There isn't anything unique about the feel, but it is nice.

O: Overall I'd say this is a very nice beer. I don't have anything to say other than it's good and I'd buy it again if looking for a quality Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of adammacmillan
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer comes in there own 11 oz Tulip Glass. when poured its a Nice golden color with a bit of a creamy fhead. it has a bit of a White wine and fruity taste to it.

Warning high Alcohol content but does not taste like it,

the only bad thing is it cost around 8 Dollars a beer in Chicago

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy light golden. A decent sized white head fades into a thin white layer. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: A spicy sweetness with notes of banana, pear, apple, and cloves. A slight scent of hops with some yeast.

Taste: Sweet taste of apple, banana, clove, and yeast with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Great strong taste and balance. Up there with the best Belgian ales.

Photo of clayphilly
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should of had this at Delirium Cafe, but there's so many good beers there, I never got around to it. Had it in bottle in Oviedo, Spain. Fruity beer, but exceptionally balanced with malt and hops. Very very complex beer, as many unique tastes develop, and the fruits don't overpower other flavors that develop. Palpable elemnts- this beer does the best job at bringing out unique flavors.

-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap at a local bar...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with two solid fingers of light fluffy head, decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is definitely spiced up, while also coming off sweet. The cloves and nutmeg notes were prominent alongside some fruity notes of bananas, pears and strawberries.

T - Bubble gum cloves off the top followed by the fruity flavours; namely, strawberries and bananas. What a full flavoured Belgian! The sweetness lingered on the palette... High ABV? Not that I can tell!

M - Lighter feel, but not to be misinterpreted as thin. Perfect carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - This stuff is incredibly tasty and far surpassed my expectations. Definitely highly recommended to any fan of Belgian Pale Ale's and I will definitely be picking up a bottle next time I'm at the local shop. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it extremely drinkable and dangerous.

Photo of spree92
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be darker. Small head wad around for the whole consumption. Massive amounts of floral and citrus. Spices, cloves and sweets. Taste was the same. Really acidic but seems to work well here. Mouthfeel was well balanced. One of the better Belgian beers I have had in the last couple of days.

Photo of Kelly88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- corn yellow with lots of visible carbonation bubbling to the top. Nice two finger pillow white head that settles down to form a nice skim of light white head.

S- tons of spice. Dessert spice like nutmeg and coriander. Also the required Belgian yeasts are playing nice with the subtle hops.

T- apples and bananas are the main flavors I am picking up. U assume that the yeast attributes to This banana flavor. A sort of pear flavor finishes the beer with a twang of yeasty hop flavor

M- light and crisp. Very surprising for an 8.5% beer. Not aggressive or dull. Really lets you concentrate on the flavor profile.

Overall one of the best Belgian strong pales I've had. Nothing is overdone and I really love the taste. The flavors are strong enough yet don't way down the palate.

Photo of bs870621345
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally bought one of these, after acquiring a bunch of the glasses and distributing them to a ton of people. 11.2oz bottle into a DT snifter.

Pours a clear yellow amber color with a light head. The nucleation points at the bottom make a beautiful stream of bubbles and keep the head up all the way through.

Smells like bubble gum, cloves, bread, and apple juice.

Taste is bubble gum and cloves up front, bread in the middle with a hint of apples, and bubble gum on the end.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, receding to nicely carbonated all the way through.

Overall its a good beer- its like Duvel, but not quite there.

Photo of heebes
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour had on tap at the Winking Judge.

Pours a clear golden with a good amount of off white foam head, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Nose was bright Belgian yeast, musty, light fruits - typical Belgian Pale. Taste was light fruits, wine like at first chilled but more complex as it warmed. Similiar to the nose. Prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Overall an enjoyable Belgian Pale - glad to be able to try it on tap.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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 -3.1%
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 -15.7%
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 -8.5%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -13.3%
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 +7.3%
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 -1.2%
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%
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 -20.1%
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 +6.5%
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.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,838 ratings.