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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,657
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 204
Gots: 550 | FT: 2
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 association330
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. faux-ceramic bottle, dated January 2010

A - Pours hazy pale gold with a massive, sticky white head. Highly effervescent. Thick, long-lasting cap with nice Belgian lace.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus peels, bubblegum, a little tropical fruit and floral hops. Would've liked a touch of alcohol and phenols/pepper.

T - Follows nose, good and balanced. Swallow reveals a fair bit of hop bitterness which lingers with a faint orange note. A trace of pepper barely tickles the back of the throat.

M - Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Not quite as splendid as its cousin Duvel, but a great BSPA nonetheless.

association330, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Classic wheat coloring, a hazy pale yellowy. A good two fingers of cloudy white head. Nice lacing. high carbonation keeps the beer breathing throughout.

S: Citrusy and orange, some sourness.

T: Citrus and spice and very nice. Fantastic for a wheaty beer.

M: Bubbly. Not bitter or thick. Very smooth, creamy like skim milk.

D: Great all the way through

IPAescotch, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of wca005
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nice goblet at a local bar in College Station, Texas.
The color was a nice clear golden straw with a nice white head with some lacing
The aroma was pleasant the nose with hints of fruit and yeast, almost tart.
Taste was good with flavors of malt and a nice bitter floral hops, a little spice and tart to it with a bread taste to it and some bubblegum interesting but Good.
Mouthfeel was a nice light and good feel with a nice amount of carbonation
Drinkability is excellent
They price is rather unappealing but it is still a fantastic beer and a nice change of pace from others

wca005, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of bogus564
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall weizen glass.

Cloudy yellow in color, with a rather large head that holds for about two minutes. I can see the bubbles rising up, as if this were a champagne or perhaps a sparkling wine. I'm also seeing clouds, rather than lace.

I'm getting a citrus-type nose, stashed deftly behind a well-done spice sensation. Can't wait to drink it.

First taste - Oh. My. God. Nice and buttery smooth. When one speaks of balance, this is what they're talking about. Citrus up front, I sense a lemon/orange mix. And then there's that Belgian yeast, giving off a lovely but measured spicy note, maybe anise. At the finish, I can pick up the hops (a slightly grassy feel), and I catch the malt, which produces a fantastic but not overpowering caramel flavor. I'm a fan of this beer.

As to drinkability, this is one I would not share with my NASCAR beer-drinking friends, as all the fascinating stuff would be wasted on them. They'd like it, they just wouldn't know why, and I'd rather share this with the enlightened. I love this beer.

This would be outstanding with a perfectly prepared steak. I get hungry at the thought of it.

bogus564, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of matt20102
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into goblet from corked bottle. Opened with a strong pop- from which I suspected overcarbonation- but the carbonation level is perfect. Pours golden yellow with a medium-thick head that slowly dissipates but never disappears. Flavor is light- too light for such a strong ale- which makes this a happily dangerous beverage! The flavor profile is different but the total package is very reminiscent of Duvel.

The corked bottle, painted to resemble a ceramic bottle, does a wonderful job of keeping the beer fresh from the harmful effects of ambient lighting. This is a beer which I suspect is always a good choice from stores which aren't careful with their care of beers.

This beer would pair very well with lemon sauces and fish; it's bright flavor brings out spices and should do a great job of cutting rich sauces and bbq.

This is highly recommended.

matt20102, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jporf911
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle with pink elephants, green alligators, and red dragons dancing around yellow suns on the label.

Appearance- The head on this is monstrously huge; it literally takes up almost half of the glass, and that's from a relatively conservative pouring pace. I could only pour in 3/4ths of the bottle before the head threatened to spill over.The color is a light, mostly transparent yellow with significant carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing sticks to the sides even after the head subsides (which takes a few minutes).

Smell- The initial aroma almost reminds me of a Pilsner with its light malty scent, but there are also light, fruity yeast and something that can really only be described as bubblegum. A strange mineral undertone keeps it from being truly appealing.

Taste- The fruity malt from the scent shifts to more of a honey taste on the tongue, followed by the slightly spicy, bitter hops. There are fruity esters evident in the aftertaste, which is pleasant but not strong. The hints of bubblegum return in the taste. It lingers on the top of the back of your throat, subtly tempting you to take another sip as you savor it.

Mouthfeel- It's definitely on the lighter end of the body spectrum but not in a bad way. The carbonation which caused that insane head isn't as noticeable in the body itself.

Drinkability- This is the best damned bubblegum I've ever had. If Delirium Tremens were less expensive, it would be near the top of my list of lighter beers with which to make a delicious drinking session.

jporf911, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Strong Pale Ale pours a clear golden color with a thick white head that dissipates after a minute and leaves a layer of foam on the surface.

The aroma is light malt (perhaps pilsner) with some yeast and light fruit from the yeast. There is a tartness that comes through, quite mild, and a mineral and almost metalic aroma along with a subtle bubblegum smell.

Taste is pale malt and bright fruit with a forward hop bitterness. It begins with light, dry malt and some tartness that transitions into dry fruit flavors and some faint bubblegum. Toward the finish there is hop bitterness, very dry malt and some spicy and yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate to light with above average carbonation.

Overall this is a fairly light, dry and flavorful beer. It has a decent complexity and is fairly easy drinking. It hides its alcohol well.

trevorjn06, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WoW!! What's going on here. A innocent enough looking pale golden colored ale. But the first whiff is all kinds of things. Spicy pear and cinnimon, along with the booze and other spices.
First sip is yummy!!! Big collection of flavors. Spicy cloves, rum soaked pears, crisp apples, plus a whole lot more. A great complex ale that I need to have a lot more so I can discover even more flavors.

Liverpool08, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Machinehead
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my all-round favorite beer. Just the smell is amazing. Very rich, fruity aroma.

Most people are very surprised when tasting this pale ale. Complex flavoring is more what one would expect from much darker ales. Very pleasant combination of sweet pear and nectarine and a cinnamon-nutmeg spiciness. Very hard to put my finger on it.

Machinehead, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of SteelerChris
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Banana Cream Pie Float anyone? This beer is simply fantastic and consistent and can be enjoyed by itself or with a wide array of food. The packaging is one of a kind and really makes a statement about the quality you are getting. The aroma is like smelling a freshly baked banana cream pie in a bake shop with hints of vanilla, yeast, and orange. It tastes nothing like it looks, as you may be expecting a light flavor. The flavor is rich, velvety, and well balanced. I imagined frying bananas and a sprinkling of orange and lemon zest, but having a nice hop and malt balance with notes of a sourdough starter. Even though this beer is on the higher medium body scale, it is easy to drink. The finish is long, creamy, and leaves the banana flavor around for a while. My favorite paring with this was a seared foie gras, brioche, and banana/apple chutney.

SteelerChris, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Delirium Tremens comes in a cool white bottle with blue foil wrapping. An elegant touch. Pale rosy yellow. Nice frothy white foam and highly concentrated, even invisible carbonation. I also see floating yeast in the glass...lots of it.

Smell: Banana, orange, and cloves. Smells like a combination of a hefeweizen and a witbier even though it looks nothing like either.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily malted and moderately hopped. Great balance of acidity of orange and creaminess of the banana. A bit watery in the finish. No evidence of alcohol.

Drinkability: Delirium Tremens lives up to its name; it leaves you delirious. I don't mean it makes you drunk, but it definitely has a dizzying effect on you. Wonderful and unparalleled.

Overall: See drinkability. Definitely experience this beer.

tjsdomer2, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a 33cl Delirium Tremens snifter, at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head that looks fantastic and billowy but it slowly fades. Nose is light, hoppy and sweet - very yeasty and bready.

Taste is sweet and sharp, not much bite from the alcohol which is surprising given the strength, but it's nice. This has crazy low gravity it's amazing. Very clean finish with a light hoppiness, this is excellent on tap if you can find it.

kingcrowing, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy yellow color with extra large white fluffy head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. lots of lacing remains as the head quickly recedes. lots of spices in the aroma, same in the taste with some citrus lemony hints. light body and thin slick texture. smooth and very easy to drink. finishes sweet and tart with a light bitterness. moderately sweet with long flavor duration. excellent brew!

berpwillie, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with tons of floaties and a foamy white head that dissipates to nothing. Actually much more pale than some macros. No lace.

Light yeasty and tropical fruit aromas. Some bread as well as a good whiff of alcohol.

Dried booze soaked tropical fruit, but not overly sweet. Some yeast and bread dough. Some chemical alcohol and then it dries right out. Clean beer. Very nice.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, very good beer. sweet and dry, drinkable all around. Worth a try for sure. But be careful 8.5% will sneak up on you.

OtherShoe2, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to start this review off by saying that this brew will always have a special place in my heart! Mainly because this is the brew that started the revolution for me, and opened my eyes to what beer could really taste like. When I was in high school, yes high school.... this brew was on tap at a local pub in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. We were more enchanted by the pink elephants on the tap handle than anything else, but when we tasted it, we could not believe it was beer. It was very different and much more enjoyable than the 40ozers of Crazy Horse, and 36 packs of "Beast" Ice we had grown accustom to. After a taste of this Belgian mainstay, life as a beer drinker was never the same. I don't know why it took me until now to finally review it?

Date: 06/10/2010
Type: 750ml. Ceramic Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger typical Belgian bubbly head, that left little to no lacing on the glass. The nose was of candied sugar, a touch of vanilla, breadiness, and that oh so lovely Belgian yeast. The taste was of candied sugar, biscuit breadiness, mild spices(nutmeg/clove), orange peel, and enough booze to let you know it's there. The mouthfeel was thin, crisp, and clean. Drinkability? I polished off the 750ml. bottle w/ the same ease I did in high school.

Overall, what can I say? An extremely drinkable Belgian mainstay that I thank for opening my eyes to the world of craft beer!

Poured a golden straw in color

mikeyv35, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tremens tulip

A- couldy golden color, two fingers of frothy white head, head receeds quickly, lots of lacing.

S- citrus and sweet

T-same as the nose with a little spice.

M- medium body, very well balanced, booze is well hidden.

D- I love this beer, would definetly buy again!

Lukecook, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 2 pint glasses.

Appearance is favorable. It is a hazy orange color that is also kind of chunky, but in a good way. Shows it's unfilteredness. Has a nice continual thin head that is sticking around, showing nice carbonation.

Beer smells kind of cidery and vinegarry; there are some raisin notes, and some alcohol notes, but the alcohol notes aren't overpowering.

It has cream soda tastes, along with white raisins. It is a strange taste that reminds me more of a darker beer than it looks.

tchenery, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium tremens is a symptom of alcohol withdrawl. I made sure to take a handful of benzodiazepines once I noticed the elephant dancing around the room.

Served in a Delirium Tremens bottle. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is nice and steady and forms a soft white head of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly citrus with mild corriander and a few other esters. Its simple but good.

Beer has a medium to light body and a late breadiness to it. No real carbonation in mouth but an overall smooth mouthfeel. There is a slight bitterness that builds in the back of the mouth. Some citrusy / spicy notes in there. Overall its pretty good. I've had it several times and I would have it again.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Daniell
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a two and a half finger head and a pilsner/lager yellow slightly dark colour. Lacing is pretty thick and awesome and leaves floaties stuck to the side of the glass. 4.5

S: really smells like a wheatbeer or tripel like fin du monde. Get the sweet tropical fruits like mango etc. but they're more syrupy and somehow a bit more refined. Also tinned peaches and some sulfur and some pineapple. There's also a nice wholesome herbal/nutty note in the nose. 4

T: tastes sweet and syrupy. Perhaps a bit like canned peaches. However is has a bit of bitterness/astringency in there too, perhaps some of which is the alcohol. I actually really like the alcohol presence in this beer, it actually balances the tropical fruit flavours to me. 4

M: Syrupy. Carbonation is kind of mild. I actually don't mind this. 4

D: The mild bitterness is a great foil to the tropical fruits and really increases drinkability for me. I could definitely have a few bottles of this, which is telling because I haven't been the greatest fan of similar beers (la fin du monde) thus far. 4.5

This one does a good job of winning me over to the tropical fruits of wheatbeers/tripels (although this is listed as a Belgian strong ale) which to be honest have had difficult appealing to me recently. This one compares favourably to la fin du monde from memory, because I don't find it as cloyingly sweet. I think that's due to the more sulfuric notes in the nose and the bitter taste.

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of cakirkl
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light golden hue with a bright white two finger head which fades quickly. Bubbles flow up from the bottom.

S - Smells so good! Bright pears and apples, brown sugar, prunes. A very slight caramel comes through also. The nose begs for it to be drank.

T - Pears, prunes, apples -- a lot of apple from the middle towards the back end. Slight brown sugar and alcohol which adds the perfect sturdiness to the flavor. I think the alcohol, however slight, pulls this beer together perfectly. I love it.

M - very light on the palate. Lots of small bubbles which come close to being too much, but I end up enjoying it.

D - I could practically beer bong this beer; how's that for drinkability? I can take small sips or large gulps, I just find it hard to keep my hands off this beer.

Overall -- this beer is utterly fantastic. Not in my top 5 but hovering nicely around number 10. If you haven't had it, go get it.

cakirkl, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of ghostee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium snifter glass.

Pours a nice light golden color with a nice sized head that recedes quickly. The beer is cloudy and has visible sediment.

Smell is heavy on candied sugar and fruit.

Taste follows the nose, with candied sugar and fruit. Definitely some orange in this, as well as yeast. A slight hint of booziness. Finishes with a light layer left on my tongue.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability is medium. Tastes great and goes down easy, but the ABV is high to have many of these. Also not sure I'd want to have more than 2 in a row due to the sweet and sugary taste.

ghostee, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of papaganzhe
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Time I've had this beer, and it was amazing.
A: It's got a yellowish golden hazy color, a full head.

S: Malty yet spicy aroma, with fruit, clove and yeast.

T: Sweet and phenolic. Has a nice spice to it with a citrus undertone.

M: Medium bodied on the palate.Has a nice little bite at firsy, then goes down very smooth.

D: It's very nice, very drinkable. It is definitely a beer I could get to know more.

Altogether an amazing experience, can't wait to share with others.

papaganzhe, May 30, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Fat Belgian, in Toronto.

The signature pink elephant-laden glassware comes filled a full one-third with foam; this head looks a collection of stacked blocks, like a beer-lovers series Lego set. Beneath it is a colour that is too golden to really qualify as amber but too coppered to still be considered yellow. A refractive gleam derives from each tilt of the glass towards the sun.

If you thought the label might be just slightly appealing to children, you should smell the thing: it is sweet as candy with a profusely peachy perfume. Actually, I'll retract that statement; no kid anywhere would be able to tolerate any drink with this much spice-infused alcohol soaked into it, no matter how fruity the bouquet may otherwise be.

Delirium's flavour has more pink in it than all the elephants on its label combined. Pink grapefruit and pink bubblegum lead an unexpectedly fruity taste that profiles candied pineapple, a variety of citrus, plump peaches and apricots and a rash of spices. The juicy fruity flavour is a favourable balance to the grassy, herbal notes of allspice and clove.

I've never really cared much for Delirium Tremens and although this is likely just a matter of personal taste, I have given it a number of shots over the last few years to change my mind and it always fails to win me over. Partly, it's because its malts always seem stale and the mouthfeel becomes scratchy, cottony and submerged in raw ethanol.

Delirium's cafe is one of the world's top beer bars, Delirium's pink elephants are among the world's most recognizable beer logos but the Delirium beer itself doesn't come anywhere close to ranking as one of the world's best beers. Although its popularity is largely warranted, there are far more (and far superior) Belgian ales out there.

biegaman, May 29, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a DT tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two-and-a-half finger pillowy white head that settles down to a constant half-finger head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent tone underneath peppery lemon smells with hints of pears and clove. Slightly sweet fruity aromas overall.

T: Big taste of clove and peppery spice up front. Orange and lemon peel flavors and the pear I smelled makes itself known. Booze is not quite that apparent, but is still detectable. Somewhat sweet and a little bit tart. Decently bready/grainy aftertaste.

M: Coating and pleasant, somewhat high in carbonation too.

D: Doesn't hit as hard as Nocturnum did for me, which is odd because the ABV is the same. Still, the taste was great and refreshingly satisfying. One at a time is enough, but that one is highly enjoyable.

kbanks13, May 29, 2010
Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Looked like upchuck with tons of particles floating in the glass. It grosses me out to look at it. I'd probably have rather taken this right out of the neat bottle in which it came. Points given back for a beautiful foam that seemed to want to launch right out of the bottle.

S: A little alcohol, almost vinegary. Some honey.

T: This guy really comes through when you put it to your lips. It kicks you in the ass with a peppery feel then rides down as smooth as anything I've ever had. IMO much closer to Orval's than Duvel (and a little better tasting than the Duvel).

M: Rich feel with just enough carbonation.

D: Doesn't become bitter with time like some belgian ales I've tried, like Piraat. You just don't get sick of this beer.

DarrinRasberry, May 26, 2010
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,657 ratings.