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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 235
Gots: 697 | FT: 1
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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 SHODriver
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

Photo of afinepilsner
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz ceramic looking brown bottle
8.5% abv

Delirium Tremens was golden in color and cloudy with lots of sediment floating about. It had a large rocky white head with good retention and left a little lacing. The smell was fruity yeast with some spices. The taste was fruit, yeast, candi sugar, and plenty of spices. The finish was long, dry, and a bit alcoholic. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-high carbonation that was a little creamy. The drinkability was very good. This is a fine Belgian Ale that I recommend.

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

bottle split in the blind tiger with rich a bit back, review entered from notes.

The pour was huge and needed to calm down for a few moments to be honest. Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be. Love the style and it was super drinkable. Nothing at all to complain about here.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a three finger off white head in my Deliruim glass. The smell is very fruity- apple/pear. It's pretty muted vs. the taste however. The taste is really fantastic, and seems to change slightly w/ each sip. This is a great Beligian, and one I've had many times. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is off the charts. I could have several of these. Great beer, and I'll continue to pick this up and enjoy this one.

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at The Half Door, Hartford, CT
Served in a stemmed glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger head of creamy, bright white froth. Within seconds, the head dissipated to a thin film. A bit more retention would have been nice. Small droplets of lacing cascaded down the glass.

Lots of powdery dryness was noticeable in the aroma initially. Yeasty and somewhat musty. As the beer warmed, the nose became sweeter and more complex. Slightly spicy. Belgian candi sugar notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was quite interesting. Pale malts and Belgian candi sugar came through up front. Yeasty and phenolic. Fruity with indications of apples and pears. Some bubblegum too. Spicy in the center. Clove and coriander notes were detectible. Somewhat peppery. The finish was crisp and dry and it privided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet Belgian strong pale ale. Although the alcohol was very well buried, it became slightly more noticeable as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Super creamy and smooth with a fine yet lively, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Delirium Tremens is a fantastically balanced and flavorful beer. This BSPA can surely be appreciated by both newbies and craft beer veterans alike.

Photo of russwbeck
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of stuff floating around inside a yellow pour beneath a large, fluffy white head. Not a lot of lacing however.

S: Belgian yeasts are complimented nicely by subtle hops, spices, coriander, and some orange.

T: Pretty sweet. Heavy on the Belgian yeasts up front. Bit of a dry finish.

MF: Small bite of carbonation, really light body.

D: It's alright, the sweetness is a bit much at times.

Photo of whisperjet
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours crystal clear with two fingers of foamy head. Tons of carbonation and lots of unfiltered goodness floating around.

S: Smells sweet and a little boozy. Really nice citrus notes and a yeasty mellowness.

T: Really great sweetness. Tastes almost like a bottle of wine. Simple tastes that are nicely complemented by the carbonation.

M: Thin but frothy. Fills the mouth really nicely

D: This is a great beer. I had heard a lot about it and am happy to say that it lives up to the hype

Photo of SuperSpy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A yellow gold color. The beer is extremely clear which allows one to view the almost violent dance of the carbonation rising to the surface. There is a 2-finger, snow white head that dissipates very slowly but never dies off. As the glass empties plenty of lace is left behind.

With the second glass I have poured in some of the yeast leftover from the bottle-conditioning. The beer is now cloudy but otherwise looks exactly the same.

S - The aroma is mildly sweet, with hints of pears, pepper and phenols. With the pour of the second glass the yeast provides a much more pronounced spicy aroma.

T/M - Medium bodied and full of carbonation. A very light malt flavor. Slightly sweet with a mix of peppery spices and light fruits. Only a little warmth from the alcohol as it goes down and the light sweetness is balanced by the hops at the end. On the second glass the flavor has hints of clove and phenols.

D - Overall a very good strong golden. I particularly enjoyed the second pour with the stronger phenols and spices that the addition of the yeast provided.

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This burnt orange beer is foggy with floating yeast particulates. A two-finger bone white head becomes fine lacing after a minute or two.

The smell is overwhelmingly orange, slightly fuming alcohol with a certain spiciness.

Delirium Tremens opens with an impressively creamy and substantial mouthfeel. It starts spicy then moves to a desert-like mandarin orange character supported by yeast, mustiness, and a sourness that helps to cover the alcoholic bite. The aftertaste is fairly round and leaves only the acidic/musty character.

The carbonation is active and can clearly be seen running up the side of my glass, replenishing the 1 cm head present throughout the experience.

As many have said, this beer is deceivingly easy to drink.

Photo of mariposafan
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel tulip it gives a short head that fades too quickly. It's difficult to decant since the bottle itself is opaque so I ended up with a few too many yeast floaters as well. The color is very pale yellow.

The aroma is sensational. Sweet, fruity, yeasty. Everything I could hope for in a Belgian ale.

The flavor mirrors the nose but with some additional bitterness and without as much sweetness as the aroma hinted at. Lots of yeast and lemony fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is fine but downmarked a little for overactive carbonation. It feels more like a 7-Up than beer.

It's easy enough to drink but the difficulties with getting a clean pour from the opaque bottle mean that I'm less likely to pick this up again versus some of the other examples of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Good retention. Good lacing. Color is a cloudy golden yellow.

S. Smell is fruity. Yeast, citrus, banana, lemon. Has some spice to it as well. Clove and a bit of white pepper. Has a bit of earthy must to it. Smell is good.

T. Taste is pale malt sweetness. Actually pretty sweet. Some of the citrus and lemon from the smell comes through in the flavor as well. Some pear flavor. Some of the spices come out on the finish.

M. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Finishes with some lingering sweetness.

D. Very drinkable. Nice beer to enjoy on a hot day. Alcohol is well hidden, and it goes down easy. Pretty sweet beer.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick giant head, soft and foamy. Hazy straw golden color.

S- Yeast, light sweet maltiness, nice light fruits- peaches, pears, maybe a little apple in there too.

T- Uber sweet. Tastes like ripe peaches, with a strong banana flavor. Also a little pear. Alcohol aftertaste.

M- Light with a fairly strong carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

D- The sweetness might be a little too much, but the beer is still pretty damn drinkable.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A soft pour reveals a somewhat translucent, golden straw colored brew, with a domineering four finger head. The head is white, and composed of a continuous dome of fine, miniscule bubbles. While receding fairly slowly, it leaves bits of lacing sporadically around the glass. There is a faint haze and a generous helping of yeasty sediment in the final drops from the bottle. Carbonation appears highly active. A whiff finds an aroma that is malty, with the yeasty warmth of freshly baked sourdough rolls, and a fine contrast from browned apples. There is another hint at fruitiness, with inclusions of concord grapes, and a flash of sugary sweetness on the far back. Malts mark the beginning of the tasting, with wheaty inclusions that pucker the mouth with sourness, helped along by some citrus rind. Yeast and even breadier malts wash through the middle with a bitter bite. The finish is laced with an alcoholic burn, flirting inseparably with black licorice and fresh vanilla bean. The aftertaste breathes with pale malts, a grapiness, and some nice and bitter yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is palpably active. The feel to the lips is certainly creamy, but there is an astringent dryness leftover in the mouth. Once the beer warms a bit, the flavors really pop, and open the beer up. The abv is within limits, and the beer drinks at a medium pace, likely due to its inherent bitterness.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the complexity. We've certainly had this brew before, but it leaves the drinker curious. The heavy malt character of the taste, coupled with the contrasting flavors therein, moving between sweet, sour, and bitterness, make for a unique brew, with a considerably open reading frame.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass or bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a yellow-brown body, cloudy, topped with a big, creamy head of white--fully lasting, sheets and rings of lace. Aroma is earthy, grassy, lemon, clove, coriander, a delicate fruitiness. The palate is medium-full with creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly sweet with sugar and clove, lightly sour with lemon, clove and a long, lightly hopped finish. The finish is woody, laced with clove, balanced, apple cider. Crisp and refreshing brew. A classic here.

Photo of Spica66
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as a birthday present from the boyz back home in Kazoo. Thanks to Jeff, Brian, Brian and Mike!!

Enjoyed after rescuing 16 carboys from dirty basement with gwuilliums.

A: Straw color, excellent formation, retention and lacing. I knocked this down a notch due to jellyfish-looking floaties that were present even though I purposely poured extremely softly.

S: Spicy, light-fruit and Belgian yeast tang.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Like tangy pears with a little spice sprinkled over them. Very, very tasty.

M: Round body with a tingly carbonation and pretty dry finish. No stickiness or alcohol burn. Very nice for an 8.5%.

D: High cost and high ABV lead me to say this is nice-drinking "treat" beer.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second sampling under the Delirium family. Absolutely stunning. I'm so impressed by this series of Belgians that I want to drink them all.

Serving: 22 oz. bomber into a glass ball jar beer stein.

A: Pours a crystal golden amber waves of Belgium blond into a glass mug. Full three finger head on the pour clings to the sides like Dutch lace on crack. Ten minutes and three gulps in, the beer still has a 1" halo around the perimeter and 1/4" high milky way lacing.

S: Smacks of biscuity lime and lemon zest combined with grassy florals and a fresh garden after a rainstorm.

T: Delicious. Super balanced alcohol esters and pleasant hops even out the sweetness of the malts. Not over-sweet, an absolutely magic equilibrium. Alcohol cleanliness is present on the frontend with the middle tasting of golden delicious apple, citrus, plum and apricots. Finishes with a slight bite of hops to finish dry.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing. Carbonation is slight and the drinking is very easy.

D: It's so tasty with dry fruit notes that you don't taste the alcohol. Much caution needs to be given to this brew as it's strong on the alcohol side. I could drink this beer every night.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A brighter golden yellow with slight froth. It remains well carbonated throughout even when sitting for some time. Quite bubbly with poor lacing.

Smell - Not huge on the Belgian smell. I get hints of ginger and champagne with a slight sewer smell as well.

Taste - If it makes any sense at all, sort of a twilight zing. It tastes like honey champagne and is definitely a deeper-tasting Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel - A light champagne with white wine notes. Not very frothy while in your mouth.

Drinkability - Very sippable and easy to drink; although I felt more like I was drinking champagne.

Verdict - I enjoyed sipping this slowly and would definitely purchase it again. It is a sophisticated, crisp, light champagne tasting ale.

Photo of hickmancase
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in it's intended glass at The Back Abbey in Claremont.

A: Hazy yellow with a one finger head.

S: Bright. Belgian yeast is present.

T: Good for the style. Alcohol a little too present. Have had better for the style.


D: Good, but rather'd have Duvel or Moinette Blonde.

Like Duvel.


Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spices in the olfactory flavors, including dill and spices from Provence. The flavor is round, with a mouth full and warm alcoholic which leaves the aftertaste of bitterness with that presence always spicy where it collects a few grains of pepper. It also receives a key that gives a sweet finish more or less syrupy. Very good duivelbier, probably the best direct rival of Duvel from Moortgat.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure what the packaging is all about - the faux ceramic is an interesting touch, though query what it does to flavor after prolonged periods. The glass is an oddity as well, with its elephants and whatnot, though I guess it's all part of the overall experience. Once you get past all the pomp, the ale pours a nice golden color with a thick head that holds well and laces even better. The first sip provides a bursting cocktail of fruit flavors with strong honey and mild pepper. Good creamy carbonation. The alcohol is hidden nicely in the sweet maltiness so be careful, it packs a wallop. A bit too sticky sweet for my taste, but fine for those who prefer that. Overall, a solid ale for its type.

Photo of goalie33
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large 2 finger white head. Lots of carbonation and lots of large pieces of sediment floating around.
S) Clove spiciness, Belgian yeast, light fruits, maybe a some peppery notes?
T) Bready yeast upfront followed by a spicy middle with the clove and pepper. Finish has a pleasant sweetness to it.
M/D) Medium body with a slight prickle of carbonation. Dry finish. Very easy drinking beer, but at 8.5% abv it's not really a session beer.

Great tasting beer. Very nice color, but appearance was hurt by the large pieces of sediment. I don't mind sediment in my beer but these pieces where quite large.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a cottencandy bubblegum aroma 3.0

The beer is golden with a nicewhit head 3.5

The taste is sweet and malty and has a pale malt flavor but it Is alittle to much candi sugar for me

Its light brew but too sweet for me and being that its the same price as an Allagash I don't think ill have againm anytime soon

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the first Belgian beer I had when I started out years ago, into a large snifter without the pink elephants.

Tremens is a hard pour with the ceramics and all, it's impossible not to get floaties in your pour so dont sweat it. Golden with yellow highlights and a bright white head about yeea high, some moderate stick.

Smell is authentic Belgian yeast imparting some spice and there is some alcohol in there, I've always noticed this from the get go, and things have not changes. A hit of citrus with a faint grassy hopping.

Comes off fruity with some pear and banana backed by a spicy yeast strain, bready as well. A hit of alcohol in the middle is hard to miss, there is no getting around it, but IMO, is this beers best characteristic. It's a light alcohol, nothing like lucifer, etc. Some malt afterwards and a slight earth hit.

Delirium is a strong medium in terms of body strength. Light enough to take down easy and in gulps if you will, but big enough to leave a lasting impression for a few. Aftertaste is mainly spicy with alcohol, the fruit is up front. Highly carbed, slightly bitey.

I think 12oz of this is good for a session. I don't think I would want to do a bomber of this on my own, only for sharing. A great example of the style and one of my favorites from Belgium on special occasions.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Below is a recent review I wrote after having this beer in a bottle:

Another beer that's supposed to be like Duvel but also falls short. ONe of the better clones, and worth drinking, this one unfortunately is more expensive than most including duvel itself. The fact that it's in a ceremic bottle probably doesn't help either.


I had somewhat the same feeling from drinking DT on draft but enjoyed it more. It's frutier than Duvel and a little sweeter but a very good Belgian pale ale. Great carbonation and aroma.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,854 ratings.