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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 1,540
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 441 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of kwakwhore
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DT glass but improperly,thanks to the server. Great chunks of yeast swirling around. But very pretty otherwise.
Spicy aroma with some kind of hops.
Deliciously spicy hoppy fruity taste. Hard to separate things
Refreshing carbonation on the tongue.
Very satisfying and surprisingly refreshing for such a strong beer on such a hot day. The alcohol sneaks up on you if you are not careful.
Haven't had this in a while, but it's much better than I remember it being and is now definitely back in the rotation.

kwakwhore, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a fake ceramic 22 oz looking bottle. Actually was a glass 11.2 oz bottle. Nice blue tine over the trap with no freshness date, but the cork is dated 2008.

Poured into a snifter. Fizzy 3 finger cola like head. Thick retention long lived, with some laceing.
Pilsiner yellow with a wheat like hazyness and chuncks of ingredients floating around in my cup.
Visually disturbing, but I will gladlly choke it down.

Smells of a spicie wheat beer, lemon zest, pinnaple, dry character to the smell, insinuating a very crisp flavor is in store.
Mild bready quality in the smell as well.

Taste is blamo in your face crispness with a hot zing of carbonation through the middle and at the swallow.
This is very champagne like in its dry character. Some dry fruitieness, clears a path for more carbonation. Finishes dry, with a mild hoppy grassyness.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery overwhelmed with carbonation.
Not my favorite, I do enoy Belgian's, but this is more like a wheat beer on roids. Not feeling it. I can appreciate it for its high quality craftsmanship, but I'll skip this again.

Buebie, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured this into a tulip, beautiful, thick rich head nice carbonation and filled with swirling sediment. Very tasty looking.

Smell: A little like detergent, spicy alcohol and hops.

Taste: Reminiscent of my favorite and as yet only example of a saison, Hennepin. Very hoppy, the bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. The alcohol is strong and very warming but not mediciny. Very fruity, with notes of lemon and and orange peel on the back end. Is it just me or is this fantastically hopped with some sort of noble type hop, have to look into that.

Mouthfeel: Pretty Standard.

Drinkability: A sipper for me, I'll go slowly with one.

Stonebreaker, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big white head that falls slowly leaving decent lacing behind.

Big fruity, spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. Alcohol and maybe phenol notes coming through as well.

Smooth, sweet malty taste with fruit undertones. Alcohol coming through as well.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight alcohol bite.

Very nice beer. I love to pull this one out every now and then.

dstc, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained this one via trade, I've been sitting on it for so long I forgot who sent it, but I am thankful for it.

I cracked the top open and poured this into my Duvel tulip. A thick, pillowey, 2 inch layer of foam quickly rises up. Great retention, decent lacing. The scent is very intriguing; spicy and metallic all at the same time. I'm not sure what to make of that, but I like it! As far as the taste goes, the spice shines through but the metallic notes not so much (which I am thankful for). Highly carbonated, very zesty, and extremely effervescent! This would be ideal on a hot day, but might want to watch out for the 9% though.

DontCallMeSurly, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow/golden body with a large white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells great, a fantastic aroma on this beer. A sweet malty aroma with some spicy yeast. A great fruity aroma in the back-end. Delicious smelling.

Follows the aroma, but not quite as impressive. A sweet malt flavor with some belgian yeast in there. Finishes with a nice fruit flavor that reminds me of a mix of apple and berry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability is jsut average. I don't know why, but I can never drink a great amount of this beer.

Hojaminbag, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of toweringpoo
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I got an older bottle at my local liquor store today. (Can't be sure since the label is in Italian) Anyway as a result, my aggressive pour raised about one finger of large bubbled head that COMPLETELY disappeared in record time. hmm...not a good start.

Regardless of the lack of head, the aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are all intact and are very pleasing. Fruity (i get apples and pineapples), refreshing with a slight bitter finish, and a definite strong alcohol presence on the tongue.
I would drink a LOT of these if the opportunity presented itself.

toweringpoo, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of wizzle
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Pours a deep golden color with a dense head and heaps of lace.

I get loads of clove, vanilla and cardamom aromas and deep layers of sweet, malty goodness.

All beers should smell this good. Intoxicating, alive, magical.
Great on a hot summer day or on a fall evening with a holiday meal.

wizzle, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of gpogo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy pale golden with large white head that dissipates to a bubbly top.

A- Fruity with a definite apple aroma. Slightly spicy.

T- A sweet malt flavor starting with a complex fruity taste with a spicy twist. Alcohol taste comes out more as it warms. Alcohol gives it a slightly spicy finish.

M- Medium-light bodied with high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. Very smooth beverage.

D- A great beverage that if cheaper I think I could almost drink all the time, surprisingly refreshing, enjoyable flavor. Overall a great brew that everyone should try at least once.

gpogo, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy pours brings a pretty golden yellow/straw color a big tiny bubble filled head. Billowing head. You can scoop the foam off with a spoon & eat it like ice cream head.

Smells fruity, spicy, yeasty, & of wonderful alcohol.

Big fruit flavor, sweet, orange, honey, spiciness, clove, peppery, nice alcohol warming feel.

Big carbonation, zesty effervesence, dry finish.

I enjoy the Tremens most on a hot day. Sessionable for me. Even with the 9%.

bbothen, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Distinctive cork-in-cage 750 ml bottle with '2008' on the cork and '11.2 fl. oz.' on the label, frosted and decorated with crocodilians, dragons, and tiny pink elephants, poured into my little Delirium Tremens snifter yields a golden body with quite a bit of sediment, capped with a thick two fingers of soft white foam that looks a bit soapy at the perimeter of the glass and leaves puffy rings of lacing. There's a ton of sediment floating about by the end of the pour and repours; I probably should have let the bottle I just got today rest a bit, but the drink still looks great in its own little snifter/tulip.

Smell is fruity and yeasty with a nice malt backbone and an earthy hop note.

Taste is fruity with a light breadiness. Notes of soft golden apple and ripe banana join with a bit of yellow layer cake to fill in the gaps in a flavor profile that is soothing, semi-sweet, soft, earthy, and very mellow. A zip of hot pepper, a splash of juicy cantaloupe, and a toasted nuttiness emerge as the beer warms a bit.

Superbly smooth and drinkable, this medium-bodied beauty is very refreshing and hides the ABV very well.

cvstrickland, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of cracgor
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very very good belgian strong ale. It has a golden color with a pillowy loaf of bread for head...that my girl friend commented was maybe too thick. Smells estery with some sort of spice I can't quite place my finger on. Tastes a lot like Allagash's Triple Reserve only a little lower key for the flavors. Very estery/fruity almost sugary flavor with good bready qualities and a corriander like spice. Drinks very well and is refreshing despite the 8.5%.

cracgor, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden-straw with a large, billowy head that lasted well into the drink leaving a nice, lustrious lacing behind. There was some turbidity of light peppery yeast particles suspend about.

S: a nice dried fruitiness (apples) fills the nose as well some spiciness (cloves) with a light candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The initial flavor is fruity and spicy with the above mentioned apples and cloves most dominant as well a sweet candi-sugar presence. There was some sour oranges, coriander before finishing with light tangy spiciness and dry lemony sour hopping.

M: light, a little thin with a prickly carbonation.

D: A solid example that wont disappoint. Crisp, light and refreshing. very worthy of a recommend.

beerthulhu, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's, 07/02/08.

Clear, relatively light golden color with lots of tiny bubbles rising from beginning to end. A one finger white head turns into a thin skin of foam before much time has passed. Lacing is significant and sticky.

Aroma of tea, clove and citrus.

Mouthfeel is thicker than the appearance would suggest.

Somewhat sweet up front. A resiny, syrupy flavor I can't quite identify starts things off, followed by a zingy lemon tang. Restrained bitterness on the finish. Slightly parching.

Subtle and tasty and more alcohol than it seems.

charlzm, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pink elephants told me to try this one and why not since I already enjoyed Nocturnum and Noel? Thank goodness I don't suffer from delirium tremens I think there are some pink elephants floating in my glass though. Had this one at a wine, food, and beer tasting at the local ABC liquors. Poured a grand golden honey color with fizzy lifting bubbles in it. Smelled yeasty and fruity but no pink elephant musk. Taste was genuine Belgian strong ale: banana, drak cherry, cloves, and mild spice. I love a good complex Belgian even if I have to fight off the pink elephants to get to one!

Portertime, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured a light yellow color with a small and thin white colored head that didn't take very much time to settle. It laced a bit down the glass.
S: The smell is of toasted malt and some spices that I can't really put my finger on in the nose.
T: Very light toasted malts underneath some spices. A nice belgian funky wheat taste at the end but not very overpowering in any taste which is nice.
M: Very crisp, light, and smooth with the right amount of carbonation. I was not expecting it to be this light especially at 9% abv.
D: Very drinkable. It is not overpowering in any one area and it blends very well together. It also does not feel as big of a beer it is. Very nice.

erosier, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaah, the pink elephant. Picked up this bottle quite a while ago actually. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pretty light yellow...maybe a shade darker than your average lager but not much. Huge bubbly white head with very little retention or lacing. A full pour leaves lots of floaties in the bottom of the glass.

S: Crisp clean malt with undertones of mild spice.

T: Again, a very clean beer. Crisp malt, spice, and some pear or grape sweetness. Finish is a bit funky, very little to no bitterness.

MF: Carbonation is nice, but not too strong. A bit syrupy, and really coats the mouth. Finish is super super dry. Not much warming, and the alcohol takes a while to hit, but eventually you get the full effect. It is 9% after all.

D: Drinkability is actually quite good, particularly for the style and the strength. Really nice flavor-mild but does enough to not be boring. Could probably drink a few pints of this without being too bad off. A good Belgian for a nice summer night here in SoCal...

rxdrewthejew, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of JayDub
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pour into a snifter.

A - The beer came shooting out of the bottle when I removed the cap, but I know it wasn't aggitated. Pale gold, clear but for some sediment that I let out of the bottle. Vigorous chunky head that settles slowly. Lace all the way down.

S - Slight banana, cloves, but subdued. Yeast and alcohol, medicinal. Something "warm" in the smell, can't put my finger on it.

T - Delicate spices, light malt sweetness.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Finishes warm and dry.

D - Light from beginning to middle, but a little thick in the finish. I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a single sitting.

I enjoy the delicate spice and light malt, but maybe a tad mellow compared to some other BSPAs.

JayDub, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet-smelling malt and fruity, mildly spicy yeast. Smells very appetizing.

Pours a translucent medium straw color, pretty good head, poor retention.

Ample carbonation - crystal crisp and sugary. Soft malt is sweet, tasty, and thick. Fruit flavors sink subtly down in the malt. Good mouthfeel with foamy goodness. A bit of zesty spice comes floating in. Tart edge to the main malty force - very tasty. A tart character grows along with the fruit reminding me of a green apple in combination with maybe cherry some more exotic fruits (mango, et al). I want to say the tartness is from hops, but I can't distinguish any hop flavors. A roasted caramel kind of flavor kicks in with a vanilla-like edge. The mildest of alcohol is hiding in the back. Finish is very clean, just a little tart and dry.

The Verdict:
A phenomenally delicious beer with a soft Belgian funk on a delicately beautiful malty sweetness; this is what life is about.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of callmescraps
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice hazy, light gold with a nice fluffy, but not pillowy, head.

Smell - Just what a belgian gold should smell like. Some nice spice, plenty of citrus, and a little sharp alcohol tang.

Taste - A little disappointing. A nice citrus note (orange, almost lemon) with a little bit of spice, and a lovely hint of booze coming in at the end. Still, a little bland. Just not as deep or complex as it could have been.

Mouthfeel - Seems a little under-carbonated. Without the thick bubbles, the whole thing seems a little flat and dull.

Drinkability - Quite high. Frankly, the lack of depth and complex flavors make this a very drinkable bev. The alcohol is nice, but subtle.

Certainly not a bad beer by any stretch, but any of this style are going to be compared, whether fairly or not, against the Duvel. Well, the Tremens certainly is pleasant enough, but lacks the depth, dense carbonation and complex flavors of that beer titan. Still, grab one and enjoy. Hell, grab a couple.

callmescraps, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a light head that sticks around as a cap. Smells yeasty and with notes of clove and banana as well as a sweet breadiness. Taste is similar with lots of banana. Very smooth and a bit light and a bit sweet. Just a very pleasant beer without being all that complicated.

Georgiabeer, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found an old review on paper, have had this many times on tap and bottle.

Pours a slightly hazed golden, big thick white head forms, drops some nice lacing, great retention, keeps a solid layer. Smell is nice, sweet, sugary, floral, some spice, yeast, bit of banana, very fresh aroma, honey, nice. Taste is similar, quite sweet, lots of light fruit and banana, wheat, yeast, spices, alcohol comes through, nice fresh floral/herbal hoppiness, bit of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and refreshing.

Viggo, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in St Bernardus snifter

A: Solid amber color, two fingers of head that dissipated faster than I expected. Left a small amount of lacing behind.

S: Great smell, fruity although I cannot place exactly what fruit.

T & M: This beer had really been built up to me prior to drinking. I must admit I was mildly disappointed. The brew had a slightly metallic aftertaste which I was not expecting. It was still very solid though, great Belgian strong ale example. Slightly fruity taste, hides alcohol level quite nicely. Lingers on tongue after drinking.

D: Highly drinkable, I think letting it breath for few minutes let some the of aromatics out. At the local Central Market this beer usually sells out the same day a new shipment arrives and I can see why.

elniko, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at volo june 3/08.

pours crystal clear yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. bread and crackers. bit of alcohol. clove. bit of corriander. maybe some orange peel. bit floral too.

taste is nice. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. orange peel. corriander. light caramel sweetness. nice floral hops.

mouthfeel is good. very fine well integrated medium carbonation level. nice light body.

drinkability is good. fairly nice balance with light spice and well hidden alcohol.

grub, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; the initial head rivals the great one of Duvel, this one is the most meringue-like I've ever seen, extending an inch over the lip of the glass. The rentention isn't there though; there's no little island that hangs around the whole beer... sigh...still good retention, excellent sipping lacing. The haze of this light goldish yellow beer is the most bizzare I've ever seen; it looks like there's condensation on the glass you can't wipe off... wild.

Smell: Spicy and peppery yeast. Just a little lemony pineapple fruit sneaking in.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly in the mouth. A little hops and that sweet tropical fruit but alcohol well hidden.

Taste: Lemony spicy yeast flavors with some chewy hops on the swallow. Very well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Pure warmth on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: Light, crisp and balanced. This one always leaves you wanting another. I see where the delirum can set in...

joezak5, Jun 02, 2008
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.