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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,263
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 175
Gots: 378 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 jayrod20


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

t is a golden almost straw colored beer with a thick two finger brilliant white head that hangs around for the long haul. I poured it before I ate and 10 minutes later it was still there. There are visible flecks of yeast floating around the commotion caused by the constant bubbling. The smell mostly belgian funk. There is also a cidery aroma that comes through. If someone didn't know what they were smelling, you might almost be able to convince them it was cider. The taste is much better than the smell. It is a very light and sweet beer with some good yeasty fruity flavors. I would certainly drink this again

05-06-2008 04:32:00 | More by jayrod20
Photo of champ103


3.33/5  rDev -19.4%

A: Pale straw yellow color with a large bubbly head that leaves some sticky lace.
S: Very sweet and fruity. Banana's, cloves, and other citrus fruits. Peppery spices and just a bit of musky aromas that I find common with this style.
T: Banana's and cloves again. Harsh alcohol on the tongue. Some peppery spices again. Standard for the style.
M/D: Light, crisp, and a bit watery. A bit of alcohol burn, but overall an easy to drink beer.

Not a bad beer, but it doesn't really do much for me. Though it is worth a try.

05-06-2008 00:31:54 | More by champ103
Photo of birchstick


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Light in color, with a white head and tons of lacing. It smells very sweet...tart green apples, and other tart fruits. It first tastes sweet and spicy, then followed by an almost weizen aftertaste. The predominate tastes are apples and raisons, followed by a dry, wheat aftertaste.

This is my favorite belgian ale I have tried. I tend to like to the Noel a bit over the Tremens from this brewery, however they are both great in my opinion. I will definitely return to this many times in the future.

05-02-2008 02:12:55 | More by birchstick
Photo of drperm


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

This is actually the second time I've tried this one. The first time, I came away strangely confused and unsatisfied by it, but after seeing an ad in All About Beer magazine hailing it "the world's most perfect beer," I knew I needed to give it another shot.

I call it the John Coltrane of beers - keep listening (or, in our case, sipping), and eventually you hear what it's trying to tell you. This beer refuses to give away all its secrets to just anyone at anytime. It plays hard-to-get, but keep after it and it will reveal its sultry passion. It's a bitter Belgian Strong Ale. Not a white beer (a la Hoegaarden), nor a Trappist (dubbel or otherwise), nor even a Saison...yet distinctly Belgian all the same. Those three different yeast strains really do a number on it, and I must say it's among the most complex brews I've had.

I would go out on a hunch and say try it with spicy Thai or Vietnamese. Or maybe game bird in a dark sauce. Me, I had it on its own. It paired extremely well with the billiard cue I had in the other hand.

04-28-2008 18:53:54 | More by drperm
Photo of generallee

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to Patra for this wonderful birthday gift. This one bubbled up right out of the bottle as I opened it. It poured a nice golden blond color with an aggressive foamy white head. Little bits of yeast sediment were floating in the beer that was otherwise clear. The aroma has lovely notes of yeast, sweet fruits and spice. The flavor doesn't disappoint. Doughy yeast and malts mix with sweet fruits, pineapple and candy. The body is medium and the carbonation is lively. Overall it's very refreshing yet complex. Very good I must have more!

04-26-2008 11:38:43 | More by generallee
Photo of illidurit


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a McChouffe tulip glass, with a lot of liquid and only a little head. The blame goes to the bartender who poured it, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Aroma is quite banana-y with some spiciness.

Flavor is dominated by banana and clove, with a grape bubblegum note.

Thin on the palate, and a little fizzy, but quite drinkable.

04-26-2008 08:50:05 | More by illidurit
Photo of Offa


4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

One of my favourites for the style this is interesting light, but fruity, and very flavourful.

It's gold, very bubbly and has a huge white head that shrinks very slowly and leaves a small amount of lace, but not much.

The aroma is very fruity and sweet with strong elements of bubblegum, plum, and hints of banana and yeast, somewhat reminiscwent of a fruitier, fuller hefeweizen.

The taste is lightly sweet with a pronounced, but pleasant, smooth, alcoholquality and warmth, especially in the finish. It has the same qualities roughly as the aroma. In the end, it's wonderfully njoyable and interesting, yet light and smooth to drink.

04-24-2008 17:38:42 | More by Offa
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Got a snifter of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours a straw yellow body with a small, white head with decent retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, malty smell with hints of banana esters in the undertones.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste that burns the tongue. Banana esters are evident in the aftertaste. Once your palette adjusts for the alcohol, the sweeter, citrus tastes start to show themselves.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel. Kind of light, but still pretty smooth overall.

D: A decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Decent beer overall, but alcohol may get to you later. Definitely worth a session with it.

04-22-2008 03:22:56 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours light yellow and has a decent head. The aroma is of spice and fruits. The flavor is spicy and malts. There is a tingly bitterness and a bit of fruit. The feel is of malts and spice with a very dry,alcohol finish. Is there some type of solvent? I guess one can only say that it must be taken seriously,as this brew has the knock out punch. Very spicy!!

Notes:A great brew and one that I can say is worth the bang for the buck. Man is it spicy.

04-21-2008 05:13:44 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of junkman203


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

I was referred to this ale by one of the managers at my local BevMax. It came in a white bottle, with blue foil on the top over the cap. There are pink elephants on the lable, how could I resist?

Appearence is a light yellow, with a fizzy head that leaves a thin lace that lasted the whole beer. Not too bitter or sweet in taste, and a little dry, in a good way. Mouthfeel is very light.

Overall a very good drinking beer. It is a little on the stronger side for such a light tasting brew, I was a little suprised at the abv%.

The entry here says the abv is 9.00%, however, my bottle says 8.50%, I do not know if I got a different type, my bottle looks exactly the same as the one here.

04-20-2008 23:59:11 | More by junkman203
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

A - hazy orange, tons of yeast chunks, massive fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.

S - tons of fresh lemons and oranges, floral spice, very nice aromatics

T - first taste has a real citrus "zing" to it, all sorts of diffent fruits. Not a lot of sweetness, but it isn't tart either. Spice character is somewhat subdued, more evident in the finish, but very enjoyable.

M - mouth filling and light, but not fluffy. Tons of carbonation, but no bite. It's downright refreshing, which is incredible for a beer of this strength.

D - I can't get over how good this is, but also unique

The fresh citrus aroma and flavour are knocking me out. Dynamite stuff. It's missing the sweetness of a tripel, but has the fruitiness I find is missing from some of the drier examples (Duvel). Just a wonderful beer to drink.

04-20-2008 21:19:47 | More by markaberrant
Photo of Rootdog316


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a golden colored ale. The aroma has some very strong citrousy notes. The beer is very sweet with notes of fruit produced by active yeast. Some bitterness is noted, however, more would be welcomed. Certainly a very good beer. Recommended to all.

04-20-2008 13:53:25 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of TStandley13


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Enjoyed this on tap at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels, Belgium

A - Clear golden yellow/orange color. Head retention is average, starting with a thick foamy head but reducing to nothing a few minutes later.

S - Pretty average smell. Hint of fruits, spices, and a hint of coriander mixed in. No strong alcohol smell present.

T - Great taste. Offers more than most stong pales, great mixture of spices and a sweet finish. Alcohol is detectable but much less than is warranted by the 9% alcohol content. Can be scary at times!

M - Average mouthfeel. Carbonation on par, but a very thin feeling brew.

D - You can absolutely down these. Which is scary due to its content, which can certainly sneak up on you. This beer won't fill you up and the taste never gets old.

04-18-2008 15:13:50 | More by TStandley13
Photo of ClashmoreMike

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this on tap at Belga Cafe in DC, on a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

A = Orangy yellow color. Fairly clear. Two fingers of white head, that goes down to a thin head lasting for the duration. Leaves nice rings and lace on the glass.

S = Cloves, sweet fruits, and some flowery hints. Smells are there, but nothing too strong.

T = Like the taste. Clove is there but a bit more subdued, and sweeter, than in hefs. Good balance between peppery spiciness and a bit of hops on one hand, and sweet fruitiness on the other. Some alcohol in the background but, as others have stated, it's pretty well hidden. Wouldn't know it's a 9% beer until you stand up.

M = Medium body (more on the light side than the heavy side). Nice amount of carbonation. Goes down very well.

D = Very nice beer. While the alcohol level is fairly high, it's still a nice and refreshing beer. I just wouldn't have more than one, maybe two, in one sitting.

04-16-2008 00:03:58 | More by ClashmoreMike
Photo of orangemoustache


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

This pours a glowing golden tangerine with several fingers worth of white fluffieness that has good hang time and leaves some nice lacing.The nose is full of juicy fresh fruits,spice,and yeast.Peaches and pears are upfront on the tounge closly surrounded by cloves,alcohol,and other spices too.The mouth is medium bodied and peppery,with a pallet coating quality that is in a league all its own,a single sip can be a five minute expierience.This is a very nice BSPA,I would not recommend drinking this when operating heavy machinery,it's a creeper!!

04-15-2008 02:44:13 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of addiegg


3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Looks alot like a German Hefe, golden orange. Floating yeast everywhere, very exciting. It has a strong aroma of exotic fruits and some spices. Taste is sweet and is like a extreme hefe taste, until there is a dry spell which is accompanied by some belgian funk. Very nice as a nightcap/relaxing beer.

04-12-2008 02:16:41 | More by addiegg
Photo of Vixie


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this on tap in the brandy snifter type glass with the pink elephants decorating it. Was a nice color, very golden and attractive looking. Had a one finger head that dissipated and left a thin head even after I had drank more than half of it.

Smell to me was first fruity, then some spiciness, followed by the smell of olcohol.

The first taste that hit me was fruit, then a bit of spice, clove was the flavor that most presented itself. Reminded me a bit of fruit, and the clove part added put me in mind of clove candy. Has a light hoppiness at the finish, helping to balance the sweetness and keep it from overwhelming the taste. Not as complex as some ales I've had, but still very enjoyable.

I like the mouthfeel, even a small sip spread across the tongue, so a small sip felt like I was sipping much more at the time.

Overall very drinkable, not too sweet not too hoppy, nicely balanced. if not for the high alcohol content, I'd be happy to drink more than one at a sitting. A classic Belgian Pale Ale.

04-10-2008 22:49:13 | More by Vixie
Photo of SubtleHammer


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

22 oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Pours hazy, golden yellow with an abundant creamy head, which dissipates quickly to a fine lacing. The aroma is faint and slightly astringent at first but develops as the beer warms- pithy citrus and new straw.

Flavor, also very subtle at first, but complex- faintly sour citrus, yeasty wheat, and a little grassy hops. Alcohol content goes unnoticed on the palate.

Lively carbonation, very refreshing mouthfeel- i'll have to try it again on a warm summer evening.

Drinks well, despite fairly high alcohol content.

04-08-2008 04:02:04 | More by SubtleHammer
Photo of Traquairlover


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Bright yellow, good clarity foamy white head with fair retention, eventually resolves into patchy pacing on surface, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = My main knock against the smell here is that it is just too faint. Other than that it sells just like what a Belgian pale ale should smell like: nice peppery yeast, ripe fruits, light scent of wet hay in a musty barn, aging flowers.

T = Fresh bread dough, with wild yeasts, white pepper, floral hops flavors, lots of honey in the finish with some offsetting sourness of lemon juice. A very pleasant tasting beer.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, great mouthcoating but the carbonation was a bit offputting, first it stung a bit then it foamed up too much.

D = A good easy drinking Belgian. Definitely worth it.

04-06-2008 20:57:22 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of rrg1gb


3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

Pours a light, hazy gold. Fine layer of beady foam. Like a cloud.

Smells of sweet apricot & berries with a bit of alcohol in the background. Sweet flavor on the tongue, a bit crisp, but easy to drink. You can definitely taste the alcohol near the end. Lots of carbonation keeps this exciting as well.

Good brew, but between the sweetness & high abv, I'd only be able to handle one in the evening.

04-02-2008 23:42:06 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of ckeegan04


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Light hazy yellow color with decent head. Little retention of the head but good clean white lacing.

S - Very sweet smelling with hints of alcohol as well. Hints of fruit in the aroma.

T - Honey sweetness with some hop bite undertones.

M/D - Very crisp and clean brew. Warming alcohol presence in it as well.

04-01-2008 14:36:26 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of DeDolle

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

First off this bottle is over 15 years old (bb Feb 93) so i know it will differ from the standard.
Surprising amount of fizz as i open the bottle, carefully poured (avoided sediment) a deep browny/orange beer with a thin but bubbly white head that lasted throughout the drink.
Aroma is incredibly sweet and alcoholic almost Brandy like and the flavour well nothing like the original - yes it is flat but the sweet almost roasty taste more than makes up.

This as sat at the back of my stash since 1991 and i thought by now it would be undrinkable but boy was i surprised...unique and boy that aroma!

03-29-2008 23:14:56 | More by DeDolle
Photo of Pencible


3.38/5  rDev -18.2%

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while, having heard good things about it. It poured a light clear yellow with thin head, almost like a pilsner. It smelled like wild yeast and strong lemon tang (very similar to Merry Monks). It tasted like sweet sugary yeast and hops with very little bitterness, and the sweet aftertaste lingered. The texture was very smooth with practically no carbonation. The light Belgian ales aren't really my thing (I want to try Delirium Nocturnum), so I can't say that I particularly enjoyed it. This was well done for its style, though.

03-27-2008 22:42:37 | More by Pencible
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Golden yellow, clear, with about 1/2" of white foamy head. Great head retention with tiny clinging bubbles lacing down the glass. Looks fantastic!

S: Spiced fruit smells with hints of malt and a very mild yeast on the nose.

T: Light malts perfectly matched with hops and spices; additional flavors of apricot and crisp apple or pear kissed with honey. Flavors run to the dry side. Clean finish with little linger. Very nice.

M&D: The body of this brew is relatively light and quite carbonated. The carbonation is abundant and persistent, with large bubbles reminiscent of soda pop. Despite the bubbles, it goes down quite smoothly. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Highly recommended!!

03-25-2008 01:14:36 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of Maudite


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Enjoyed at Albatross Pub, Berkeley, CA

A- Pale gold/straw colored, almost ginger ale. A slight greenish tint. White head, fluffy and big. High carbonation, large bubbles throughout.

S- Green apple, carmel, a bit of alcohol. A low but present floral hop aroma mingled nicely with a malty, wheaty tartness.

T- Tart, sweet...definitely green apple in the taste, a little hop in the mid-body...phenolic throughout. A clean, dry, champagne-like finish.

M- Bubbly, tart, acidic, and dry. Feels crisp and clean in the mouth, cleanses the palate, leaves the tongue dry and fresh. Carbonation is a bit biting on the gums, in a nice, tingly way.

D- High ABV, but a nice end of night drink, a good replacement for champagne. Very tasty, highly recommended.

03-19-2008 23:32:09 | More by Maudite
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