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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,144
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 325 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of peabody


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow/orange with one finger of white suds that are leaving lacing around the tulip glass.
I smelled this as soon as I opened the grey spotted bottle. Lemon and grapefruit. Closer to the nose we have the clove and wheat. No alcohol but a very nice yeast burns the nose.
Taste is a little bitter but soon turns dark and warms the back of the throat. Then the sour lemon/grapefruit comes in.
Bubbles out the yin yang on the tounge. It makes the mouth come alive as soon as the brew hits the tounge. This would be a great mouth cleaner!
I like this beer and would love to drink a bunch but the cost and availability are an issue.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 23:47:58 | More by peabody
Photo of beertastegood


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one...

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with just a hint of orange. Massive head foams up and then falls back to a 1/4 inch cap that sits throughout the session. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: lemon, cotton candy, pepper, spicy phenols floral hops, sweettarts!! Light alcohol. Very interesting aroma here.

Taste: pepper dominates at first, then an intense burst of noble hop flavor, along with a tanginess that recedes to a candy-like sweetness, then finishes dry with moderate hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very good. The hopping level of this beer is high enough to make it a thirst quencher.

Overall: A very good strong golden, a more hoppy interpretation. Although hop levels are generally moderate for this style, this one has a distinct hop presence throughout. The only problem is trying to pick out all the flavors - they tend to meld together so well that there are only a few general descriptors that fit.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:39:53 | More by beertastegood
Photo of Beerzebub


3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz, dated 4/06.

Golden color with slight haze, decent white head. Some lace.

Smells like the vaguely funky hard candy in the bowl at Grandma's house, along with clove, nail polish remover, golden apple, banana, grassy/herbal hops, some wood, smoke, hospital corrider, bandage. Intriguing, if not exactly appetizing.

Tastes fairly sweet, and fairly phenolic, with some hops. Like a golden delicious apple with some cloves and grass on it, that has been in the vicinity of a burning hospital. Some modest hop bitterness. Fairly long finish of appley sweetness, solvent, and hops, finally drying out with some mild astringency.

Somewhat sugary but watery mouthfeel, with some welcome astringency. Reasonably easy to drink, but not remarkably so for a Belgian strong pale ale.

This is an odd one - sweet, phenolic, and esteric (Is that a word? estery?) for the style. I'll have to try this again, maybe this bottle was from a flawed batch.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 08:47:21 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of allengarvin


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half-liter glass, this has a cloudy but bright gold color, with lots of little yeast floaters, and a solid inch of foam atop it. Aroma is light: citrusy fruit notes, with a touch of honey. Flavor is delicious, full of wonderful yeasty notes: strong fruitiness (banana, pear, light vanilla, lemons) with clovey phenols, together with a spicy citrusy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. A little alcohol comes out at the finish.

Brouwerij Huyghe has a lot of hits and misses in their lineup of beers, but this is definitely one of the hits, maybe the best beer they make.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 03:24:58 | More by allengarvin
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was dated 2006 and poured into a New Belgium glass. It 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 certaintly drink this again, but it won't be a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:01:37 | More by drseamus
Photo of phisig137


3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork dated 2006, this pours a hazy light gold straw color, with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves behind decent lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast esters, alcohol, and a bit of hops. Fairly mild, and almost acidic, this is a little lackluster.

flavor is fortunately much better. Spicy yeast dominates the flavor, along with just a hint of malty sweetness up front. The finish is pleasantly hoppy, and has a dry linger that begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is ligth and creamy, aided by heavy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

All in all, a fairly boring strong pale ale. Not bad at all, and well made, but fairly uneventful. Worth the money, but there is better out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:29:05 | More by phisig137
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

705 ml corked fake ceramic covering glass bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch that almost completely covers the top. Some traces of lace temporarily stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet spices, clove - a faint hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of sweet sugar-candy with a fruity tartness. Clove with a hint of sugar-coated banana and a touch of bubblegum. Fairly sharp alcohol notes. Finishes sweetart. Just a hint of flavor lingers. Not a long finish.

The body is light and fluffy.

For a Belgian I think it's decent, but I can't say it's anything particularly special for what it is. By itself it's pretty darn good. In line with other Belgians, it's decent - had better.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 16:04:18 | More by jwc215
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle made to look like it's ceramic. Yellow translucent body with bits of yeast floating in it (as I've come to expect from Delirium beers...) and a couple inches of white head. Smells citrusy and yeasty with hints of spice and vanilla. Tastes citrusy, spicey, and yeasty with a hint of vanilla... Alcohol really isn't noticeable. Light to medium bodied. Fairly drinkable for the style and abv. A pretty good Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 02:33:58 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Roderick


2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a fine yellow with much residue & with a moderate white head.
Smell was sweet with a hint of cloves
The taste was overwhelmingly of cloves with a bit of sweetness..."YUCK"
Aftertaste not so pleasant and long lasting.
Ok ...so this is my first beer with cloves but I just didn't like it & my son Nathan found it foul.
Cost $3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle

Maybe this is good beer but the cloves are a taste I just freaking hate.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 02:13:16 | More by Roderick
Photo of BeerCheese


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took this 25.4 oz bottle out of the fridge, popped the cork (yes, it actually had a cork in it!), and poured it into a clean dry glass. Poured cloudy yellow with a huge white head. The pillowy soft head stuck around for a LONG time with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. First thing I smelled was citrus, more lemon than orange. Tough to smell anything through my stuffy cold though. Malty and citrusy taste with a little bitterness on the finish. A little taste of alcohol on the finish as well. Medium/high carbonation with a little alcohol warmth going down, which doesn't surprise me with the 9% ABV. All in all, this was a good beer and I'm sure 25.4 ounces won't be enough for tonight!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 02:08:17 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of browner


3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance is quite nice with he contrast of the golden cloudiness and the white foamy head. The flavor will vary from batch to batch but generally a hint of candy,spice and fruit. The depth of the beer falls a bit short with an ending that finishes too fast for a sweet Belgium for me. All in all it is still worth trying and comming back to now and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:47:49 | More by browner
Photo of russpowell


3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 11.5 oz botle pours an efervescent straw color with minimal head into my orval glass. Minimal lacing & some film

S; Musty & perfumy, with clover & honey, then some apple skin, followed by wet (not horse) blanket

T: Srong musty hops up front, fruittyness & honey follow. Then grapefrutty & lemon hops, & wet paper ads this warms. Fruttyness eventually kicks backs in & saves this.

MF: very sharp & acidic, weird how everything seems to fall in place & then this warms & becomes a mess

For the abv it drinks allright, I'm sure this better back in Europe. At least it was the time I had it , maybe this bottle is too young?? At $14 a 4-pack here, might be a long before I revisit

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 07:13:56 | More by russpowell
Photo of rec


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with a excited white foamy head which rises fast but also dissipates quickly. It does however leave a brilliant strong lace. Gorgeous.

Spices, yeast and citrus make up most of the aroma, with alcohol coming through too.

Sweet malts, spices and lemon are recognised by me upon first sip, with some alcohol warmth and hops on the aftertaste.

It feels fine in the mouth with pleasant carbonation.

Despite the high ABV, it's extremely easy to drink and could be made a session beer without problem - although how long you could stand for is another question entirely.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 10:41:48 | More by rec
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North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a pale cloudy yellow. It's a very heady beer with an explosive head that finally recedes and hold at about 2". Lot's of carbonation continues to bubble and stir up the large amount of yeast that made it into my snifter with a careless pour. The yeast looks like chunks of grapefruit or orange peel in my glass. I'm not real impressed with the appearance.
Smells musty and medicinal.
Taste is very similar to a witbier in my opinion. Lot's of yeasty flavors. Citrus sharp lemon lime flavor.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and I can feel the yeast in my mouth, but that is my fault.
I hate to admit this one was a drain pour. I'd choose the Nocturnam or Noel over this one for the Delirium beers,

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 03:36:23 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Cresant


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz opaque gray bottle into a snifter. Date notched 1/06 (not sure if this is a bottled on date or a best by date?) A rather vigourous pour created only about one finger of head. Not surprisingly white flakes of yeast floated awhile before settling in the bottom of the glass. The body was an attractive golden orange color with some cloudiness.

Smell was light and fruity. Belgian yeast spiciness. Plum skins.

Taste was rich without being heavy. Sweet creaminess and bright hops. Hoppier than I had anticipated, but welcomed. Tropical fruits. Some dryness in the finish. Rather complex.

Mouthfeel was full. Mouthfilling texture and high carbonation--champange-like. Very nice, better than expected. Despite the name this is not just a novelty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 17:52:38 | More by Cresant
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my favorites it has an excellent body. It is light but has a definate kick to it. Plus, who can deny the little pink elephant. Definatly a better beer on tap then out of the bottle, but either way you drink it, Tremens is still delicious

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 15:14:55 | More by jl8ltj
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass. Poured golden in color and was a bit hazy.

Aroma was nice, but mild.

Big white laced head that lingered a while.

Big taste that was not anticipated by my first glance.

Overall this was a good beer and would definatly consume another or two...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:09:28 | More by mutt
Photo of kernalklink


3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The delirium is the belgian wolf in sheeps clothing. Pours light and airy with a thick head- tropical phenols and a slight rounded hop profile. Yeasty and clean at the same time which hides the high ABV. Fruity carb sizzle on the tongue, a slight burn on the throat and a dry finish. Nice ale malts are not too sticky and play well with the other flavors. Very easy going down, watch out or it will kick your ass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 19:18:39 | More by kernalklink
Photo of dpool


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

A: Slightly clouded, a light gold color.

S: Hint of strawberries and a little spice

T: Spicey and nutty, very clean

M: Smooth with a nice finish of alcohol

D: Good, but pretty stong

This beer I had been wating to try for a while and I actually just bought the Noel but haven't had it yet. This was a good overall beer but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 05:16:37 | More by dpool
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

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

pours a cloudy straw yellow. the smell of cloves is billowing from the light head. limited in the way of bubles, but definitly nice and cloudy so who knows. tastes awesome. clove and bannana flavors upfront. finishes slightly sweet. not a bad brew. i think i prefer a unibroue, with their distinctive yeast taste. but maybe i'd order another of these. definitly not close to the worst beer i've tried. another great beer at the sunset grill.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2007 01:05:22 | More by scarletfire79
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been putting this off partly because of the $7.69 price tag, and the feeling this brew was just too trendy to be real. Bottle is indeed quite unique with its yellow opaque color and pink elephants on the label. Poured from the 750 ml corked and caged bottle it was a beautiful gold bronze color. Slightly cloudy it produced a big soap suds looking head that left a clean set of lacing rings as it settled. Really powerful nose of yeasts and malts, with lots of spices with coriander most prominent, with citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp, and feels good going down with a slight creamyness. Finish slightly bitter. But overall while this is good, there are Belgium Strong Ales domestic versions right here in my own back yard such as North Coast PranQster Belgian that tasted just as good, and costs a fraction of what I paid for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:38:30 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of mpyle


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

For the record, 8.5% ABV on my 11.2 fl oz bottle

Pale golden color, surprisingly good clarity, but maybe just a careful pour. There were some dregs after all. Biggish white creamy head with decent but not epic retention. Some residual lacing.

The yeasty clove-like phenols dominate, perhaps a bit of banana in the phenols. Nothing else gets through this wall of smell for me.

A little bit of candi sweetness in addition to the clovey phenolics. Finishes very dry, aided by the high carbonation.

Fairly light body for a big ABV beer. Very high carbonation gives it a tang, and interrupts an otherwise very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well controlled and there is only a small hint of alcoholic warming.

A nice beer. Carbonation cuts into the drinkability for me, but very controlled properties for a big beer. sufficiently dry and smooth that could drink a few of these, but that 8.5% ABV would get me eventually!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 02:36:11 | More by mpyle
Photo of quasimoto


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

A - Bright Orangish color , clear with a little white head that doesnt lace or stick around for a long time.

S - Strong spices and orange peel are in the front part of the nose, but noble hops are present in the background.

T - The coriander spice and orange peel bite the tongue right off the bat. The light malt flavor & hops citrus flavors come around and finish it off.

M - The sharp carbonation or bitterness start at the tip of the tongue and then stay there and amplify to the end.

D - It is easy drinking, and very enjoyable. For the style though, its a little sharp.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 21:05:05 | More by quasimoto
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with incredible carbonation rising from the bottom of my chalice to join the large and bright white head that lasts very well and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is very fruity, citrus and peaches, very sweet in an entirely natural way. Honey makes a welcome appearance. Strawberry and melon as well, along with spicy cloves and pepper. Wonderful. Taste isn't quite as complex, but banana and light yeastiness come to the fore with spices in the mix and slightly noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is warming, but crisp. Plenty of body. Drinkability is quite good. A remarkable BSPA, extremely unique and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:04:40 | More by Mandrake
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - white frothy head that subdues to a lasting white lace - deep golden orange in color

Smell - bouquet is super fruity strong mixed fruit combo i.e. dried apricots, raisins, and cherries

Taste - refreshingly sweet and airy a slight bitterness but is over powered by the carbonation

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated however all the flavors blend together so well it rounds out to be a very enjoyable light body beer

Drinkability – Out of the bottle into an oversized wine glass very refreshing great eye appeal. As it warmed a little the aroma intensified and the melding of flavors increased.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 20:44:10 | More by kms910
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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