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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,748 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,748
Reviews: 1,563
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 212
Gots: 600 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of bebbcorp
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle is about 2.5 years old and the cork reads 2008. Upon popping of the cork a steady stream of foam comes oozing out of bottle and continues for several minutes until I finally pour the glass. Pour yeilds about 2.5 inches of white creamy head which recedes into a solid lacing sitting so nicely atop this golden yellow beer. Lots of white floaties and a steady stream of bubbles which are streaming from the nucleation point of my claret glass. Carbonation is ridiculous and the intense stream of bubbles have continued for almost five minutes always swirling about the floaters, almost like the beer is dancing for me. Very imppressive looking beverage. Aromas wafting up at me are sweet honey with something sour and malty in the background. Got a ever so slight wift of sweet alcohol. Taste is very light for the abv of the beer and carbonation is almost prickly but still creamy and smooth at the same time. Tasting honey, light use of hops, small bit of breadiness, and maybe almost a slight pear fruitiness followed imediately by a sour, dry, but somehow still wet and creamy finish. Not sure how they got prickly, creamy, wet, and dry all in there at once, but the beer is very complex but still simple at the same time. Very easy to drink and will definately be having again. A+

Photo of Radome
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a goblet at the Yard House, Las Vegas.

A - Crystal clear with a light amber color. Very little head at all, and no visible bubbles rising. Overall the carbonation is far lower than the bottled samples I've had.

S - Smell is not as interesting or complex as I remember, which may be the result of the lowered carbonation. I get a little of the candi sweetness I expected, but also a strong apple note that I never noticed before.

T - The taste is also les complex than I remember in bottled versions. I get some of the malt roundness and candi sweetness, but again there is a strong apple note. As a matter of fact it reminds me strongly of a hard apple cider. The flavors end abruptly with little aftertaste.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very light.

D - Overall I was very disappointed with my first Delirium on draft. The Yard House seems to have gotten the carbonation seriously wrong, which totally changed the character of the beer. It went from one of my bottled favorites for its balance and complexity, to a simple beer with strong apple cider notes.

Photo of xylophonica
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Big head, lots of bits (yeast deposits/sediment) in the bottle. Glass is literally swirling with chunks.. closest analogy I can draw is with an aloe vera drink. Colour is golden amber but very cloudy. Definitely a unique look.

S - Spicy and tangy. Bread mixed with light citrus flavours such as orange and lemon - quite zesty.

T - Again spicy with a citrus sensation - hints of something from the pepper family as well, not quite a chilli but heading in that direction. The taste and mouthfeel tend to mellow as the beer is consumed.

M - The mouthfeel is probably the most dominant feature of this beer. It's very full on the palate, bitey in texture and tingles the tongue. Powerful aftertaste which recedes slowly.

D - This is such an intense beer. Would like to rate it higher for drinkability; one or two of these would be no problem, but I don't think you could physically stomach too many more before the lights would go out.

It's somewhat odd to see deposits as plentiful as in this beer. Regardless it is another quality BSPA and due to its unusual appearance (in both bottle and liquid) it's well worth a look.

Photo of Naugros
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden to light orange color with a four finger head with incredible structure. Leaves lace as you drink, but the lace does not sustain.

Gives the usual impression on the nose as most Belgian pales. Floral yeast tones with some vanilla and citrus notes, maybe lemon.

The flavor is the high point for this beer. More citrus (more orangey than lemony) on the tongue with a light sweetness that ties in with a biscuity taste...maybe sourdough.

Smooth body, medium to light, great carbonation. No bitterness anywhere, as the hops are not extremely assertive.

The high ABV means you shouldn't take down too many bombers of this brew, but you'll want to.

Photo of jeddsp
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see grades as low as D-...how does this beer fail? Great head and lacing. Great smells (fruits/mustiness) and taste (which changes through each sip and as you drink the beer). Overall a wonderful beer...what I envision when I think about Belgian beer. Happy to have a glass of this anytime!

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

A-a hazy golden color with carbonation bubbles visible and a creamy had

S-citrus and spice with hints of yeast

T-spicy, citrusy, very dry, sweetness sneaks in but overall is a very crisp and clean beer

M-very dry, medium carbonation, very light tasting though the alcohol creeps in as well

D-an excellent beer, always a treat

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

On tap at American Trash in NYC. Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: One inch fluffy white head dissipates slowly leaving large rings of lacing. Color is a clear light yellow. Beer leaves thick walls of lacing that fade to spots over time.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and a bit unpleasantly tart malt. Also some sour apple and a faint mustiness. Gets a lot nicer as the beer warms, predominantly sugary and apple-y.

Taste: Sweet Belgian yeast and bready malt. Up front it's sugary and sweet, in the middle there's some spice, then it ends with a big malt backbone. Some faint esters pop up from time to time. Overall, the taste is balanced and refreshing, with an excellent, airy finish.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and medium-bodied. Slightly creamy. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely refreshing, without a hint of alcohol heat. Could have had several more, and would happily have again.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Delirium Tremens used to be a real staple for me; a nice but not particularly exciting BSPA. Given that it's normally bottle-conditioned and generally somewhat bland, I didn't expect much from this beer on tap. As it turned out, the beer was extremely refreshing with a very solid flavor and feel.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gargantuan white meringue dominates the Delirium Tremens tulip glass, supported by a golden ale with impressive carbonation. Floaters are the only detriment, but they do add character. As the head retreats from the glass, like a glacier, leaving a pillow in the middle and thick patches of lace on the glass.

Just love the musty yeast and moss aromas here. There is even some wet peat bog and fermenting apples with peppery sweet white wine to round it out.

Strong white wine is the primary character, but as with the aroma, one will find pepper and apples followed by peaches just before the finish.

This classic offering has a medium body and is dry as a bone. Some cleansing alcohol is present as is a velvety carbonation.

While I have lots of reasons for trying this beer, it will pair well with contemplation or relaxation, just as well as a medium to cut fatty foods. Actually this is a great accompaniment for dinner too.

Photo of scott451
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a slightly cloudy straw colour into a tulip glass after warming for an hour or so. Vigorous carbonation. Two finger white head rapidly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.
S - Lemon spice
T - Smooth yeasty lemon, clove and orange. Peppery upfront with a yeasty alcohol aftertaste.
M - A bit sharp around the edges.
D - Nice. Very drinkable but for the alcohol creep. The yeast would get to me a bit.
I was hoping this would rival the on tap version. Not to be sadly.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,748 ratings.