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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 1,603
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 CaptJackHarkness
2.23/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The waitress recommended this at dinner last night. For that alone I should have reduced her tip, but she meant well.

The appearance is unfortunately the color of urine! Head falls flat quickly, no lacing. Flavour is a mash up of bannana/grapefruit/spice that misses the mark all around. But somebody's bound to like it!

Photo of gfreed
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good score for a Belgian pale ale but not the best you'll ever have. I suspect that some of this beer's cache comes from the odd bottle and the pretty pink elephants on the label. Do you see the pink elephants in your sleep? Has a nice bite and some hammy flavor that bends slightly toward tripel territory; it finishes with a surprising banananess that masks the booze. Worth a bottle but not more.

Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. at the cost i think i should have just gone with the 750mL...

A: gold body with a lot of sediment. i mean a lot, looks like a big old blond mess in a glass. head is bustling and has some good retention. lacing is average.

S: tart citrus notes. lemon and lime. a black pepper spiciness. rounded bready malt and an earthy mild hop aroma work their way in as well. plenty of belgian pale aromas.

T: an initial strong tart flavor makes the palate pucker. as my palate adjusts, a smooth alcohol rich maltiness works its way in. pears and apples in the finish push out any hop flavor in my opinion.

M: meaty carbonation on a medium body.

D: not sure what wreaked this pour, but not the best looking brew. otherwise, slightly above average aroma and flavor make this a good belgian strong pale, just not great.

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

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a tulip glass....

A: Hazy Golden yellow with 1:1 ratio of head to beer

S: Citrus, Orange peel, and lemon

T: Starts out with tons of fruity sweetness, finsihing with bitterness, carbonation is heavy..

M: Smooth...very drinkable for its ABV

O: Solid Ale from start to finish...will definitely buy again...and again...

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

Pours a golden straw colour with a huge, soft-looking white head. The head is really just mountainous, though dissipates at a moderate pace. Moderate lacing.

Smell is strong, and full of Belgian yeast and sugared candy. Spice is there as well, as is light fruit: pineapple and peach. Nice smell, but the sweetness is a bit much.

Taste is a bit dry and powder like, bringing along spice flavours such as pepper. The same fruit flavours as detected in the nose are up front as well. A bit of alcohol, but it is quite well hidden. Certainly has a bit of medicinal taste to it, almost like a very fruity and sweet Orval. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation not as intense as expected from the huge head, but certainly noticeable. A bit of a tingle. Beer is lighter bodied than expected, and feels a little limp, though it generally good.

Overall, a classic and very enjoyable beer. Its downside is that it is very sweet, particularly in smell. I generally prefer Duvel myself, which avoids this, but this is a very nice beer.

Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has to be the best named beer I have yet to see. Named after the final and most severe set of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Straw yellow in color. Lots of visible bubbles. Semi-hazy. Descent head which sticks around a while but provides minimal lacing.

Smell is somewhat tart and sweet with citrus fruits mixed in.

Flavor is malty and fruity. Lightly baked and buttered biscuits form the foundation. Tropical fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and melons add an interesting touch. Mellow honey sweetness. Mildly tart citric hop flavor. Very well rounded.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Incredibly smooth on the tongue.

I'm impressed with this one. Lots of excellent flavors rolled into one. The alcohol will catch up to you though. Love the name and the brew.

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

This beer pours a light yellow straw color with a decent head, that leaves some lacing around the glass. the smell is yeasty with a nice spiciness to it. the taste follows through with a small amount of sweetness to yeasty spicey flavors of the belgian yeast. the mouthfeel is medium to light, and overall this is a very drinkable beer.

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

Slightly cloudy champagne colored with lots of fine bubbles and a nice white head that sticks around, decent lacing.

Sweetness of maybe a banana/pineapple, some pepper, and a bit of wheat.

Taste is a bit too sweet to me. Pineapple and some spice with a bit of wheat and yeast to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with high carbonation. Quite drinkable at 8.5%.

I understand why people love this beer but it is not my type of brew.

Photo of fostachild
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden yellow with a ton of head. leaves nice lacing after dissolving.

smell has oranges/fruit, yeast, and a bit of alcohol.

nice sweet taste. fruity undertones and bit of hops in there. overall it was good - well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of layinbrix
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at a local pub, tested this brew against a lot of hype.

A: Strong 3 finger white head, light amber with a good clarity.

S: Some ester smells, a random group of fruits, namely orange, a hint of sage.

T: Orange and pear, mixing with sage and white pepper. Very good balance of fruit and spice.

M: Alcohol warms your throat. Tremens leaves your mouth very dry, your breath doesn't smell great after.

This beer, in my opinion, didn't live up to it's reputation, it was also a little pricey. This one might look better on the shelf.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

To be honest this is my second beer of this style ever so I don't have much to compare it to.

A: golden yellow, foamy white head that lasts forever. lots of floaty chunks.

S: apples and pears. don't really smell beer at all.

T: fruity. apples and pears at first. as it warms I get some bananas and then warmer yet some alcohol.

M: holy carbonation batman! super bubbly. reminds of the feel of champagne. as it warms up the alcohol feel is more present.

O: probably pretty good for the style. a lot different than the Imperial Stouts I drink and review most nights. I could see myself liking this though.

Photo of jmich24
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 2010 Notched in bottle (1.5 Years Old)


A: Huge two finger head. Very light golden color. A few sediment floaties. Cap never leaves completely.
S: Sweet fruity esters, light lemon, white wine like. Maybe a touch of floral hops?
T: Floral and fruity. Quite of boozy as it warms. Slight hoppiness near the finish.
M: Super high carbonation. Cork popped out and hit ceiling with very little effort. Slick syrup like mouthfeel.
O: This was a disappointing one for me. Would like to re-review fresh.

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

Bright pale blonde, more than one finger of dense white head, lots of lace. Smell is yeasty and floral, nice hoppy presence, fairly clean and grassy, some malt, light alcohol. Taste is clean and vibrant, lots of fruity floral notes here, nice hop kick, some spicy notes, lightly sweet but dry in finish. High carbonation, full body with nice weight, dryish mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, one of my favorite strong pale belgians for sure, nice balance.

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

A - Bright golden and slightly hazy, which is typical of BSPAs. Very inviting.

S - Sweet and fruity, with hints of banana, citrus, sugar, and clove. Dryness from the alcohol permeates the air, albeit only slight.

T - The flavor of this beer rapidly changes upon sipping, from sweetness, banana, and citrus to the dryness of the alcohol content. At lower temperature (toward he end of the glass), the alcohol content and sweetness is amplified. This should be chilled and sipped slowly, as the flavor changes drastically as temperature decreases.

M - Almost syrupy, with a fair amount of carbonation. Not as close to Champagne as other BSPAs, which is a nice change of pace.

O - Delirium Tremens -- although ironically named -- exemplifies the highest qualities of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Everyone should try this (at least) once in their life.

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

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Fluffy belgian head light lacing, over clear golden orange color.

Nose golden Belgian malts, sweet malts, candi sugar, light booze, plenty of Belgian fruits apple, pear, etc.

Taste starts with sweet malts, Belgian golden malts again, light candi sugar, tons of fruits again, apple, pear, white raisin, etc. then light booze and touch of phenol that fits well. Finishes drier than expected for the sweet start, little sticky, lingering Belgian malts and fruits.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall great, a staple example for the style, great fruits and malts, sweet start hides the booze and dry finish keeps you coming back for more.

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

330 ml bottle, 8,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Delirium snifter.
BBE March 2013

Appearance: This bottle was a gusher, but thankfully I had the glass ready and didn’t waste a drop. The body is golden and actually pretty clear, but has tons of large yeast floaters. Massive (as expected) white head that displays great retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: The last time I had a Delirium the nose was a far too weak, that is most certainly not the case with this bottle, I can smell the distinctive sweet fruitiness from a mile away. Tinned peaches, stewed apples, pears, white grapes and a touch of sweet citrus are all well noted. Spices, while playing second fiddle to the fruit are well appreciated - cloves and white pepper dominating. As the beer comes to room temperature, a distinct brandy aroma is noted.

Taste: Hmmm, my first thought is that Huyghe need a lesson in alcohol masking; I have had beers that have double the abv. of Delirium and are on par in terms of burn. The fruit brandy note from the nose is quite a lot bigger in the taste.
Behind the alcohol is the expected sweet and spicy fruit. Apples, pears, citrus, white grapes, clove and white pepper all present.

Mouthfeel: Initially well over carbonated, but it settles down to a good level midway through. The body is medium or just a little over.

Overall: A solid BSPA - just a little too much abv. coming through in the taste.

Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly, I've never had this. I suppose it being Belgian has scared me off, but I"ve had this glass for what seems like forever so might as well pair it with the beer.

Pours a rather light yellow color, quarter inch of white carbonation, a weak looking body, and a huge amount of floating yeast.

The aroma of green apples is just overpowering here. Nothing else really has a chance to get out, this isn't listed as a fruit beer.

Applies, pears, and a lot of spices make up this one. Add in a good kick of alchol. I feel like there are some hops biting my tongue with the alchol to give this a very nice spicey, peppery effect on the tongue, but the sweet sugars and fruits dominate here. Perhaps an apple rum?

Body is on the lighter side for 8.5% and the carbonation is over the top, but compared to other beers of this nature it might actually be seen as under carbonated for the style.

I'm happily suprised by this one. It isn't what I expected, but that's ok with me. That said I can't see myself really coming back for apple cider flavored beer.

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a large Tulip glass. This beers pours a nice 4 finger head into the glass.

A: Awesome, what can I say? The bottle is awesome, I really love the presentation of this beer. This beer has a nice golden hue to it with a lovely foamy heady.

S: Typical Belgium Ale w/ a little more sweetness and fruitiness.

T: Love it! Can' resist the next sip, I really feel this is one of those staple beers in a Belgium Ale lovers house. Everything you're looking for and more!

MF: Like Champagne-espue for a beer, amazing, IMO.

Overall I tend to enjoy this beer thoroughly and was one that got me started into my Belgium Ale craze.

Photo of harrymel
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Label notched, 01, 10

A: Pours a yellow grain ale with three fingers of loosely packed eggshell head which falls over a few minutes to a thick quilt. No lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet bready grain with hints of coriander and metallic yeast. Hints of floral notches on the ends of this beer. Smells nice.

T: Banana, grain, yeast, earthy mushroom like flavor. A hint o astringency a la yeast off-flavors. Sweet on the front and slightly dry and bitter on the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied ale with very high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: This is a good beer in the bottle, in the US. This is a great beer on tap in Brussels.

Photo of Crossmd
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a Sam Adams pint glass. $10 in a bomber.

Pours beautifully with a vortex of carbonation and foam that sits confident and lofty at a good 2.5 fingers high for a substantial amount of time. This is the beer they use for the commercials.

Smell is sort of nonexistent. Some fleeting nuts, light dried fruit (apricot?) some hops maybe, but really nothing to write home about. For any beer, I can't really compensate for style here.

Taste starts with a rush of effervescence that rounds out slightly with the same nutty fruits that were in the nose. Finishes nicely, and this is where I start to just get excited about it. For a beer of this weight, I believe that the finish is considerable, with all of the best parts of the hops hanging out nicely. I wish there were more.

Overall, the style it achieves. Though, this is one that I guess that I respect more than I appreciate- I can understand what it's trying to do. Where it comes short though, is that I'm putting it continually up against Duvel, which I believe to be (IMO) the pinnacle of the style. Here it can't really compete, I believe. For $10USD/bomber, I'm expecting a lot, and Duvel has a smoothness and elegance about it that makes it for me, truly the champagne of beers(sorry High Life..) In the interest of fairness, I think it comes down to a comparison between the Duvel that knows absolutely what it is and seeks to achieve it perfectly - and the Delirium that comes relatively close, but doesn't have the same finesse.

I'm really not afraid to call this beer out on where I think it comes short. It doesn't have a ton of flaws, it just isn't worth the price it commands. For many this one I think is just going to be different strokes.


Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellowwith a coppery hue. A nice white foam on top, and some lacing.

S - Scents of tropical fruits. Very sweet smelling, and has a candy sweetness.

T - Tastes of fruit and candy is tempered by the acidity of belgian yeast that gives a sharp bite at the end. Very well, balanced and enjoyable.

M - If it wasn't quite so sharp at the end I'd lioke this even more. But Delerium is a wonderfully balanced belgian pale with a smooth body. Can easily have a few of these.

O - This is just a very enjoyable beer that is a good fit for many occasions. Another example of qulaity belgian brewing.

Photo of Dan3279
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers that I usually bring out for special occasions but last night was the very first time I have ever had it on tap and I figured that this was the best time to write my review. This is a special beer to me because it was a beer that my Dad turned me onto several years ago and I always think of him when I drink it.

The beer was served to me in a snifter glass and had a clear, pale yellow body and a nice two inch white head. The aroma was excellent with wheat, yeast, malt, honey and dried fruits. The taste is just awesome, with the Belgian yeast, fruit, and some hops balanced in.

The beer is medium bodied and crisp with a lot of carbonation, almost like a champagne. At the same time it is an easy beer to drink and leaves you wanting more with each sip.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Like many people in the U.S., this was one of the first Belgian ales I tried...to avoid the resulting nostalgia I've waited several years to revisit and review this beer.

Citrine with titanium yellow highlights - furious bubbles feed an immense rocky surging head of ivory merengue. Brilliantly clear. Near perpetual retention.

Peppercorn, lots of malt, a bit of honey, and clean noble hop notes in the nose.

Caramel, mint, bubblegum, and floral notes on the palate - the yeast strains vie for your attention, each contributing subtle phenolics to the flavor profile. The alcohol picks up and then fades a bit in the extended medium-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, seems lighter (is this filtered?) than you might expect...effervescent and spritzy all at once.

For many people Duvel is the standard-bearer for the style, but DT seems more archetypal to my tastes. It is hard to find fault with either, though neither have the depth of flavor of the best examples of the style.

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

A- Pours a bright golden yellow, with a few fingers of frothy white head.

S- Candy/medicinal smell, yeast and some clove-like spice, light fruits. I'm also picking up on a bit of a root-beer-like sassafras smell.

T- Similar to the nose, the phenols are really huge with lots of medicinal, candy/bubblegum and clove flavors and a bit of the sassafras I picked up in the nose. The alcohols are pretty sweet but the clove spice stays through the finish and keeps things interesting. Hop bitterness is moderate but detectable.

M- Medium bodied, lots of crisp carbonation, finishes dry.

O- A delicious beer with great flavors and balance. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale golden. Head comes billowing off this beer in a big off white foamy fury that retains throughout the beer.

Clove and light banana are present but in a Belgian yeast way not so much of a hefeweizen style. Little hints of pepper and other spices are also present.

There's a nice champagnish bitter flavor coupled with hops right away. The bitter mellows into a nice candi sweet apricot tropical fruit flavor. Hints of green apple are also present. The alcohol provides a late hit to finish this beer off very nicely.

Lots of carbonation make this beer nice and light easy on the tongue. The alcohol is present but well incorporated. A very solid beer, and I'm glad because it would be depressing if they had such a great label and an inferior product.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.