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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 321 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of nickss


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, straw yellow.... huge amounts of apparent carbonation, and a huge rocky bright white head.

Crisp citrusy aroma with a generous wallop of yeast.

Big yeast in the flavour.... lots of lemon zest... delicious.

Normally I hate lots of carbonation... but this beer is already so champagne-y that it works quite well. Very crisp and effervescent on the tongue, with a light and refreshing body.

I can think of few brews as delicious on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 20:34:41 | More by nickss
Photo of vancurly


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

It heads-up like a hefe, which lingers.... Honey, hazy dark yellow. Lots of suspended particles.

Aromas of sweet tropical fruits, maybe some ripe apple & pear.

Flavours initially passionfruit, then some rockmelon, musk candy.

Mouth feels some tartness, rich malty feel, with a light bitterness at the back.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 03:41:05 | More by vancurly
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden yellow with a large frothy white head and a substantial amount of lacing. The head lasts for a decent amount of time. The carboantion is extremely intense, a cylinder of bubbles flows up from the center of the brew.

S - Apples, bubblegum, a touch of coriander and passion fruit as well. There is a fusel alcohol as well, when the temp rises above serving temp, it has a strong presence.

T - Granny Smith apple, a strong light malt flavor, bubble gum a bit of mild caramel malt underneath. The finish is lightly sweet with an apple flavor and a mild bitterness. A fusel alcohol is detectable, but it is not very strong. It is a bit cloying as well.

M - In the first moments the beer touches my mouth, it explodes into a foamy substance similiar to the head. At the point it is actually a little drying, but after it calms down, it becomes thin, smooth and just a bit refreshing. As I said before, a bit cloying.

D - A fifth of this is a bit much, but it is Friday night. So whatever. It is pretty good. Nothing I would go looking for, but I wouldn't pass it up if it was offered. Reminds me a lot of Unibroue's Don de Dieu, but with less flavor and less cloyiness. Yeah, I know that isn't a word.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:00:38 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of janubio


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colour, it poors a big foam that fades quickly. Nice smell of pear, exotic fruits, coriander, oranges and a little of horseblanket. Medium to stronog body, it tastes of tropical fruits, spices, oranges, some other fruits I can't tell. A light dry finish.
And a nice and original bottle and label.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 12:17:49 | More by janubio
Photo of gonzo138


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful golden color, has a frothy white head that doesnt retain too long, laces well, also has nice champgne-like stream of carbonation rising throughout the glass

S- Smells very sweet, spicey belgian yeast aroma, smells of citrus and bannana present as well

T- complements smell, rich sweet taste, spicey yeasty flavors, citrus/bannana flavor present as well

M- nice well carbonated feeeling, tingles palate, taste lingers in mouth for a while, but not too long

D- a great beer, tastes great, goes down nice and clean, would buy/drink/recommend anytime

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 00:38:40 | More by gonzo138
Photo of ipogios


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

Appearance: A pale yellow-golden appearance topped by a forthy large head.

Smell: Strong alcohol smell with fruit hints.

Taste: Sweet, smooth-fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight and foamy

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for it's type

Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 11:33:25 | More by ipogios
Photo of megletaj


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey and amber; a slight cloudyness that makes it almost seem to glow;

Smell: nothing stood out too uniquely about the smell, especially as compared to its surprising taste; slight flowery undertones;

Taste: a surprisingly light taste; a muted sweetness; dry; almost a musky or honeyed aftertaste;

Mouthfeel: very smooth; certainly carbonated but only enough to accentuate its layers of flavor;

Drinkability: dry and refreshing, I will certainly drink more but rather than cracking another, I'd more likely savor the first and try to figure out its different subtleties better.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 04:22:11 | More by megletaj
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color with large head

Smell: Smells surprisingly like a Budweiser, but with fruit and honey undertones. The smell surprised me at first, but grew on me the more I drank the beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is remarkably sweet for a high ABV beer. The alcohol gives it a nice bite though. And there is a spicy taste that stays with you.

Drinkability: Although it has an 8.5% ABV, I feel as if I could drink this beer all night. That may be a very dangerous thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:56:59 | More by enolan24
Photo of Naes

New York

3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Belgian pale ale pours out surprisingly clear. It is a pale golden color and has a very large frothy white head.
The aroma is fruity sweet with hints of yeast.
The flavor is also a bit fruity, with a bit of spice and very faint traces of hops. The finish allows the spice to surface even more. It is a bit peppery yet remains sweet.
Mouth feel is medium in body with high levels of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 04:08:49 | More by Naes
Photo of esurreal


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was recommended this beer by a friend so I decided to try it. I should have looked it up on BA before I went to the store, but it slipped my mind. Anyways, I usually like darker beers and was hoping this one was dark. I've tried some lighter belgian style ales before that tasted too much like American macro beer. Well, after finally getting all the tin foil and twisty metal cap-thing off the cork burst off like a friggin rocket. A small but steady stream of booze flowed out like tapping into the vein of an 80 year old alcoholic. I sipped the foam to keep from loosing anymore of the precious ale and to my delight I knew I had a winner. After pouring the brew into my beer drinking glass, I was let down because it looked like budweiser. Oh well. I took a sniff of the very huge headed glass of beer in front of me and was relieved that it smelled like fresh apples and candied caramel chews. The taste absolutely confirmed to me that I had a good beer on my hands. Very citrus tasting at first. The high ABV bites a little midway through and by the time you swallow you want more. Also not much hops in my opinion. It's a sweeter brew, which in my book, is always good. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and fizzy. I like the beer a lot and will definitely try the nocturnum as well.

Remember to be careful when opening this thing. The cork in mine literally shot out of the bottle with great force. If it was to hit me in the face or something who knows what it could have done. Just a warning. :> )

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 03:05:47 | More by esurreal
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A- Fizzy head that bursts into action and settles to a respectible quarter inch. Appears much like a macro lager.

S- Don't really like the smell at all. The only bad thing about this beer, though. Grassy, alcohol smell. Similar to malt liquor.

T- Sweet, light, smooth. A bit of apple at the start with an increasingly bitter middle. Finishes very smooth and leave a sweet taste on the tongue.

M- Light, smooth. Very enjoyable.

D- I could drink it all night. The flavor is great and it doesn't get old on your tongue. Surprisingly refreshing, because it's quite strong.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 21:04:39 | More by Rudgers73
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, having just finished a bottle of Nocturnum, this [Tremens] was absolutely not what we expected. Poured into a room temp pint glass with a lasting white head and thick lacing. Fruity, banana smell, slight hopps and medium alcohol.

First taste gives off the banana, some unknown fruit, a little smoke, and that all to present froth that we got from the Nocturnum. Finish is fine, smooth and flavorful 'til the sad end.

We're hooked on the Delirium that we've had, rating high on our cellar scale. This offering should be kept for special occasions, hiding it from your free-loading, beer beggar friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 04:50:48 | More by HarleyQuilter
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New find from the Belfast Co-op. Pours bright yellow with a long lasting head. Smells a bit yeasty and bread like. Taste is really nice yeasty flavor, some fruitiness and alcohol show up in the background. Overall a really nice golden ale. Reminds me a bit like Duvel, actually almost quite like Duvel, just slightly different. Warning: Careful with that cork as mine flew off after barely touching the cork.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 01:21:23 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of dblinkhorn


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

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2005 vintage.

Appearance - With the exception of some floaties, this is a beautiful beer. The head is easily four fingers thick and soapy in some places and silky in others. Its color is pure white and it dissipates at an average rate, leaving decent lacing and a thin silky cap which floats on the beer for the rest of the drink. The brew itself has lots of carbonation activity and is a mellow straw/honey color.

Smell - I sniffed this expecting something similar to Duvel considering the appearance of this brew. However, it has a much richer maltiness than I had expected. This characteristic is very rich and has an extra-cooked aroma. This brew does not possess the dark ripe fruit smell as a dominant trait, although it is there. There are spice notes and some essense of orange peel can be picked up on. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the nose also. The hops are both party floral and party citrusy, with a mild bitterness throughout.

Taste - Floral tastes invade your mouth from the first sip, the floral character of the hops really shines here. The malt comes quickly in second, with its rich thoroghly cooked (but NOT roasted) flavor. There is a slight bitterness/sourness paired with an earthy background taste. Not a Duvel, but good. A moderate alcohol burn accompanies the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A bit over-carbonated, as the most of the beer turns to foam when it enters your mouth. The body is of medium weight and pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Decent for this type of brew. The malt flavors take full stage and the other flavors are fighting to get on stage, but to little avail. This is not a well-balanced ale, but it tastes good nonetheless. In any event, the drinkability is decent, nothing about this beer is unpleasant.

Overall, a decent beer within its style, and a good beer all around. I think that it could have been much better if the hop, spice, and fruity notes could have played a larger part. Definitely worth a try, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 01:39:37 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of Osiris9588


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the opaque 750ml bottle, caged and corked, with possilby the best label in all of beer: pale blue with colorful pink elephants and marching reptiles. Poured it into a Delirum Tremens tulip glass, featuring a herd of the same pink pachyderms gracing the label. The color is honey with an orangey hue. The 2-finger head is white and creamy, with good retention and solidly sticky lacing.

Aroma is of citrus, spice, and yeasty bread dough. The flavor has many citurs notes, especially orange, the clove and corriander spice is judicious and very plesant. There is a strong presence of malt, yeast, a cherry jamminess, semi-sweet hops, a strong phenolic characteristic, and just a sizzling trace of alcohol.

The mouth feel is light and vibrant. Not extremely complex when compared to others of this style, but exceptionally well balanced. Citrus on the tongue, then the spice flashes, smoothing into malt on the back palate, finishing with the fruit mixed a phenolic syrupy quality, follwed by the alcohol and a plesant, semi-sweet aftertaste.

DT is extremely drinkable.. It's a strong pale ale that isn' t that strong, but highly enjoyable. I could drink Delirum Tremens until I started seeing pink elephants in places other that the label or glass (Disclaimer: BA does not endorse drinking until intoxicated).

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 19:12:21 | More by Osiris9588
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty, hazed gold with a hefty pure white head that slips down to a tight bubbly sheet. Lovely aroma of citrus, cherry, and spice; sweet malts meld with soft phenols. Sweet and spicy fruit flavor with a hint of licorice. Malts are soft as is the alcohol, which is suprisingly hidden save for a warming sensation on the back of the throat. Nice medium mouthfeel is bristling with carbonation.

Very nice, pleasant Belgian ale. Refreshing and obviously dangerous. Probably the best beer ever named after a symptom of alcohol withdrawl.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:00:15 | More by wedge
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright and glowey yellow with rather noticable swirling yeast bits. Head is white, not very large, but leaves a nice ring. Aromatic phenols fill my nose with ideal amounts of (a large variety of) fruit, flowers and spice. Very pleasant and uplifting. Any alcohol? Taste is fresh, fruity, spicy, and very well blended. Nothing explodes out in particular however there is certainly a wide variety of flavors. Bready, honey malts blend wonderfully with the peppery, spiced fruity tantalizingly awesome concoction. This has an ultra nice buttery smooth mouthfeel excited by a crisp carbonation. Yup, exceptional drinkability.

A delightful beer which I can't stop sniffing or drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 00:54:17 | More by tastybeer
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4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a beautiful golden orange haze with a 1/2 inch head that sticks to the last drop

S: A very strong citrus smell along a hint of other tropical fruits

T/M: after a few sips the brew almost seems to coat my mouth with the taste until the next sip. Taste is more bitter than i thought but the tropical and citrus fruits complement it very well.

D: recommend to everyone who loves a great strong pale ale

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 21:22:15 | More by ragekage23
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden honey in color with a big fluffy white head that sticks around and provides some barnacle like lacing. Tons of floating yeast clumps.
S: Tart exotic fruit scents matched with some baked fruit scents. Definite pepper and some medicinal scents in there. Some slight tart citrus poking through as well.
T: Follows the nose with some spicy exotic fruits, baked fruit, and pepper flavors. Some tart citrus flavors with some medicinal flavors and alcohol warmth on the finish. More pepper and spice than I would have guessed, but not in a bad way.
MF: Medium light that finishes with a bite.
Overall: The first time I reviewed this beer my palate wasn't quite up to par. More than a year later I went back to this brew and glad I did. A near classic!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 01:18:34 | More by Illinick
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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, color was a nice, golden-yellow with tiny bubbles of carbonation from start to finish. One finger head.

Smell was faint malt and hops, with an overwhelming citrus scent.

Mouthfeel was excellent, smooth and full, just about perfect.

Taste was especially tart and citrus-y at the onset fading to a decent and somewhat dry yeast/hops to finish.

Overall, quite a tasty beverage. Hard to detect the 9%ABV. Lots of carbonation, though, like a champagne. The only bad part of my experience with this beer was that my girlfriend traded me her Blue Moon for the last half of my DT (what can I say, I'm a nice guy!) - but I definately got screwed in that deal! Goes to show, nice guys finish last...

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2006 15:52:44 | More by Hap
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden cloudy color with a nice thick persistent head. The smell is a bit fruity and maybe a little sour. The taste is fruity, sweet and a bit alcoholic. The mouthfeel isn’t thick but is slightly chewy. It is highly carbonated, but smooth in the aftertaste. I’d consider this a very delightful and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 22:25:48 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of LifeIsGood


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

This beer poured a nice golden color, a bit cloudy and smells of fruit or slightly soured fruit. The head was nice and lasted for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is chewey, but smooth. Taste is fruity, with a slight bitter taste, but still very drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 22:25:44 | More by LifeIsGood
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear light orange body with 1 or 2 random tiny bubbles that rise periodically. The thin film of white head sticks to the side of the glass and leaves a nice lacing after each sip.

S- The light perfume note of roses and sweet lightly toasted and pale malt has a faint green hop finish in the end.

T- The sweet pale malt taste has a hint of roses that fades to a hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is gentle but is still stronger than the malt. As it warms there is a white sugar flavor to the malt that comes through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that is faintly sugary in the finish. There is a faint carbonic acid feel in the finish but no alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has a fairly good balance of sugary sweet malt and green hop flavor in the finish. It has a very smooth alcohol heat that makes it go down very fast. It would be nice if it had a bit more complexity in the malt or hops to give it some depth.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 22:55:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big ceramic 22 oz. bottle with pink elephants on the label. You know the one... (poured carfeully into a glass)

This was my first and may be my last. Not impressed, and it actually smelled skunky like a keg beer at a ballgame. I am not very experienced with Belgium beers, so it may be that I was just not ready for a big bad Belgium.

I consider my senses very keen, and I just could not dig this beer. Smelled skunky. Ended up dumping it out after drinking less than 25% of it.

The foamy head and bubbles were all very pleasing. A sexy looking beer, but the smell and taste were not for me. Obviously this beer is favored by many people and it must be a quality brew, but I could not detect any of the wonderful smells. Bought it at a local liquor store for $10, it may have been there for years... I get the feeling they don't sell too many of them in that particular neighborhood.

It may have been a skunky bottle? Not stored correctly? Maybe I poured it wrong? Not sure, but it reminded me of the Miller Lite they sell at ball games in a way (except a premium version maybe).

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 18:53:14 | More by jvande7
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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with a white sudsy foam head. The active carbonation reminds me of a champagne. The lace is classic Belgian. Wee particles of yeast rise on the streams of carbonation.
The smell is big Belgian yeast, sweet flowery notes, and citrus zest. The alcohol is suprisingly well hidden.
The taste is tart lemon zest, Belgian yeast, sweetly fruity with spicy notes. Alcohol and light hop bittering in the finish.
Active zippy carbonation. Champagne-like mouthfeel. Active carbonation gives this one a light to medium body.
This is very easy to drink despite the higher ABV. I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 12:42:35 | More by EvilKeith
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,136 ratings.