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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,969
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
Gots: 803 | FT: 2
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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 drowninginhops
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Duvel glass. From notes.

A: Pale golden in body with a 2 finger white head. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt smell, yeast is the most prominent smell here.

T: Fruity alcohol well hidden. Light on hops.

M: Average body.

D: Not bad might benefit with aging.

Photo of bamojr
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that bubbles away quickly. Malty in the nose with a hint of coriander. Frothy flavor with lots of citrus and some of that coriander flavor coming through in the background. Smooth and somewhat sweet with just a hint of spice. I am not a big fan of lots of coriander, but I think that this one does it well, not too in your face and rounds the beer off nicely.

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale golden, half inch white head.

S- Has a sweet milky smell to it.

T- Fruity Belgian yeast. Hard to detect the booze. Small dose of hops. Maybe a little honey. Almost champagne-like.

M- Real bubbly in the mouth. Crisp, dry finish.

D/O- Real good beer here but for my money I'd choose something else. Definitely worth trying if you have not, if only for the name.

Photo of justinjj1280
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been curious about this one.

Poured from a big, stoneware-type, corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is a nice, golden hue that isn't totally transparent. The head on this thing is huge and foamy, it was about a third the size of the pour.

Sweet, yeasty and fruity smell.

Pretty complex taste, yeasts, fruits, a good bite of carbonation and a medium body. I'm not catching an overt hop bitterness, but I can tell that everything is in balance. I am not getting the strong alcohol finish and aftertaste that I sometimes get with high gravity beers.

I doubt I will regularly purchase it, as there are beers that I like as much or better, that are much cheaper. But I'm very glad I sampled it. Easily my favorite from Belgium thus far.

Photo of jhtipton
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Hipercot in Barcelona. A welcome find for Spain Chilled briefly in ice and poured into a cognac glass. Nice one inch of head and mold lacing. Brilliant yet cloudy gold color. Very inviting pale ale hops and wheat and sweet smell. Tastes very much like one of my other favorite strong pale ales judas nut is more complex and it's fruitiness overshadows the high ABV. Mouthfeel is still light to medium bodied and overall a very fine example of Belgian pale ale.

Photo of corby112
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml, 2010 vintage.

Pours a clear, pale golden yellowish orange color with golden straw colored hues and a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Visible carbonation bubbling up and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass and straw along with some grassy hops, pale malt, crisp light fruit and zesty spice. There's a pretty strong yeast presence with hints of bread, sweet alcohol and estery light fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear as well as that odd belgo bubblegum character. Slight peppery spice note in the nose.

Medium bodied with lots of harsh tight carbonation and strong alcohol flavor which hurts the mouthfeel. Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper and coriander dominate the front end and linger over the earthy hop notes, pale malt and sweet boozy heat into a dry finish. The alcohol is much stronger in this beer than I remember. Really hot for it's ABV with warmth in the finish. This takes away from the pleasant light fruit notes and earthy, grassy notes. Underneath the spice and alcohol there are hints of apple, pear, banana and bubblegum. I used to really like this beer but now find it astringent and one dimensional. I'll have to revisit in another few years.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No clue why I have waited so long to try this beer but perhaps I'm not sold on bottle design. But clearly this beer is all about what's inside. Pored a straw yellow clear color with a bit less carbonation than I was expecting. Thin lace around the rim but no retention. Slightly tart grapes and peaches and a lovely yeasty aroma that is as well balanced in the nose as I can imagine of any Belgian pale. Slight straw and browned grass at the front followed by a stringent and slightly bitter aftertaste. crisp fruit and subdued slickness and mixed in well with a lovely tart finish. This oozes perfection and I can't wait to have another one.

Photo of Forb
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap...

Appearance: Translucent golden body with carbonation floating wildly throughout.

Smell: Many variations of fruity goodness with the yeast being a lively character.

Taste: Crisp intensity from the balance of hop fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated beer with the life of it just exploding with each crisp pull.

Overall: A highly drinkable beast!

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: First of all, the bottle art. Beautiful white (painted) bottle with blued label, pink elephant, crocodile and Chinese dragon. Very nice. Pours a pale clear yellow color with a big aired bubbled white head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Complex. Sweet and fruity smell. Honey. Flowery hops. The traditional Belgian yeasts. Hints of cinnamon. Sweet malts

T: Follows the nose. Malty, fruity and yeasty. Bit sweet upfront followed by quite citrus hops. Bitter-sweet Belgian style. Balanced and good

M: Heavy body. High carbonation. Bit molasses.Nice bitter-sweet balance. High drinkability

O: Traditional Belgian strong pale ale. Great Beer!

Photo of NightINgale
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into the branded Delirium Tremens glass...

A - Cloudy deep gold colour, with lots of small bubbles and a rich, foamy white head. Good head retention and some lacing.

S - Very yeasty, with hints of citrus and grass. A little maltness is also present in the aroma. Not bad, but nothing special.

T - This is where it starts to get exciting! To start you out, there is some nice grassy hoppiness, followed by fruity yeast notes, some honey-like sweetness and a bit of spice. Some citrus and flowery hints are present throughout the whole tasting experience. The after-taste is a quite tart and a little acidic. Very interesting and quite unusual overall.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Very carbonated at first; so carbonated it prickles your tongue. A little acidic but not boozy for its abv. Some tartness on the back.

D - This turned out to be a truly exciting beer for me. It was unlike any other Belgian Strong Pale ale, and it really drank well. The peculiar label isn't all that this beer has to offer! Highly recommended!

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a rather bright beer with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Straw colored liquid is toppled with a bone white head. Retention is just ok and lacing does not appear very significant.

S: Clove and banana come to mind off the bat, as well as a sort of sweet subtle lemon custard quality. A grassy hop note develops as this warms.

T: Muted lemon bar tang meets a grassy bitter quality. Very crisp feeling stuff with some subtle pale malty flavors finishing it off (along with the bitterness, this is not very sweet finishing.

M: This is quite active on the tongue. Prickly for sure. There is almost too much carbonation.

O: This is decent beer, I don't really care for some of the finishing flavors but it can be a value buy. But don't pay more than 10 bones for a bottle of it.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremens pours a just barely-hazed lovely deep golden hue with a tremendous 3+ finger head, billowing out of the top of it's Delirium Tremens tulip. The visible release of carbon dioxide is nothing less than an inverse cascade--vigorous, to say the least.

The aromas apparent to me in this beer consist of a dusty, or earthy musk--followed by a bitter orange peel. There is a bit of a banana and grapefruit quality to the nose, as well. There is a subtle sweetness that I get.

Upon the first sip of this wonderful brew, I immediately taste more of the bananas, as well as an alcoholic sweetness; it is almost like a hard candy in its initial flavor. There is a taste of grainy malt, and a bit of acidity--perhaps related to the immense carbonation of the beer. The end of the tastes are of bitter citrus fruits, and I'm taken back to the earthy yeast tones from the nose. I'm pleased that besides some sweetness, there is no detectable alcoholic notes here.

The mouthfeel is full, gritty, prickly, and slick. The beer isn't heavy, but rather substantial; you know that you're not drinking a light beer. Overall, this is one of my favorite examples of the style.

Photo of punkrules45
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this however immediately upon opening the bottle the contents fizzed everywhere. Immediately I am thinking I got a skunked bottle. Date on the back is FAR from today's date yet the smell is not quite as I have read in the user reviews or the bro's reviews and is still pleasing compared to most, but not close to what I have read. Definitely does not stand out to me. Will have to rebuy and retry, but still a b+/a-

Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bold fruitiness, apricots and melons, soft spiciness, bread crusts, peach pie, underripe banana.

L: Slight hazy golden yellow, carbonated white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Bread crust malt with fruity esters on the backbone. Spicy medium bitterness leads to a drying of the palate with additional assorted fruits.

M: Medium full creamy body, medium high carbonation.

Fruity with nice bready notes. Not overly sweet, very palatable.

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, dated 02/2009, was split between two Delirium goblets. The beer has a tarnished gold color. The small head is white and made up of small bubbles. It disappeared quickly, leaving a slight skim and a mound of foam in the center of the glass. Directly below that is a concentrated stream of carbonation. Swirling the beer causes it to foam back up a bit and leaves a slight film on the walls of the glass.

The aroma has some apple notes. The two years have given it a a cider-like quality, but it is very slight and does not adversely affect the aroma.

Some good fruit flavors fill out this beer. I taste some green apple and white grapes. There is a fuller flavor in there as well...perhaps golden raisin? Candi sugar is present, but it isn't a strong flavor. The Belgian yeast is really apparent to me until I swallow. It packs a syrupy kick at the end. Some alcohol vapors are present after I swallow.

This is a full bodied beer. Carbonation levels are on the low end of the spectrum. The coat isn't very big, but it is syrupy.

I enjoy this beer. I'm not convinced it has benefited from the extended aging, but it is still a great beer after 2+ years in the bottle. It is certainly a readily available Belgian strong ale that newcomers to the style could begin with, but it is complex (and tasty) enough for more experienced drinkers to enjoy.

Photo of Glibber
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Yardhouse and the beer poured relatively light in color, with a nice head that hung around. Could smell the banana but not any dark fruit I was expecting. It went down easy for a strong beer, but I was looking for more complex fruit flavors- that being said it is a light refreshing beer that will hit you hard if you have too many.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. 1/2 inch of bone white head.

S - Nose is fruity and yeasty. Hints of banana.

T - Very sweet with light fruity flavours and mild bitterness. Soft peaches, berries and light grass.

M - Sharply carbonated. Light body with some slickness.

D - Very drinkable for the ABV.

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

Delirium Tremens served in tulip glass from a 25.4 Oz bottle at 40ish degrees.

Never had this before. I was anticipating it given reviews. It nearly lived up to the reviews.

My first impression of smell was of fruit with only mild yeast.

Good head with lacing.

Taste was pleasant with smooth overtones.

Mouthfeel was excellent with appropriate carbonation.

I will return but not the best I've tasted.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright yellow color, with a large lacing head. The smell was a bit weak, and a bit offensive, there were some spices noticeable. The taste was complex, lots of different spices interacting. The flavor could have been a bit stronger, and I felt the carbonation was a bit fizzy. Overall a good beer, enjoyable, but I feel it could be better.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an appropriately-branded Delirium tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a relatively dark wheat color with a stark white one- to two-finger head, which dissipates rather quickly. There's a lot of carbonation floating up toward the top of the glass.

S: Smells mostly of wheat and some funky yeast. I also sense some sweet fruity notes.

T: A nice range of flavors here. Opens with wheaty and yeasty notes, then gives way to a strawberry flavor. There's almost no bitterness at all here, and the yeast flavor lingers a bit.

M: There's a lot of carbonation here, and it's dry all the way through.

D: Although it's really hard to detect the alcohol, this beer is very dry, so it's not something I could drink bottle after bottle.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed golden color with a creamy white head that remained for the entire time leaving heavy spots of lacing.

S - light champagne-like fruity aroma with some spiced yeast smell as well.

T - white grapes and subtle malt blend well with the yeast, dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp, sharp feel.

O - a good BSPA to have as a treat every now and then.

Photo of DrewV
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review 5/11/11: [same conditions, same glassware, same temperature]

A: No change.

S: No change, except the bubblegum and the "cheap beer" smells appear to be gone.

T: Big difference here! The bubblegum flavor has almost completely disappeared, despite having the bottle conditioned at the same temperature out of the same 4-pack and poured with the same stir-up-the-yeast method as in my original review. Very strange. I finally get some light fruits that match the aroma. Some slight booze, which increases as the beer warms, but is still very restrained.

M: No change.

O: Considering the massive change in flavor, I have to upgrade this significantly. Still rates behind Duvel in my opinion, due to the restrained flavor profile, but otherwise extremely drinkable. Unfortunately, since this is at the same price point as Duvel, I doubt I'll be buying more of this, as it simply doesn't quite match the original.

Original review (B- rating):

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: A careful pour immediately produces a 3-finger rocky white foamy head that recedes gently, leaving little lacing. Pale yellow in color, somewhat cloudy due to the bottling yeast stirred up during the pour.

S: Restrained light fruit, yeasty, some hops possibly hiding in the background. Very mild bubblegum, along with hints of "cheap beer" aroma that detract from the presentation. I would prefer a bit more sweetness here. No alcohol whatsoever in the nose.

T: A big wash of heavy carbonation brings more bubblegum in the first sip. Like the aroma, the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, aside from a slight warming in the aftertaste. Subsequent sips bring more bubblegum, I just can't get away from it. Not nearly as complex as other BSPAs (e.g. Duvel). Thankfully, the alcohol picks up late in the flavor profile, squashing some of the sweetness, but unfortunately very little else remains as the bubblegum flavor fades.

M: Heavy carbonation, which is typical of the style, with a very dry finish and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste leaving the palate refreshed and cleansed. Best marks here, although that's not saying much because of the one-note taste.

O: Perhaps my palate has been spoiled by drinking too much Duvel, as this just strikes me as a pale imitation of it. I kept waiting for the light fruit to make their appearance in the taste, but the bubblegum singlehandedly took over from start to finish. If not for the warming alcohol and refreshing/cleansing aftertaste, I would rate this much lower.

Final remarks: I'm a bit surprised at the generally high ratings for this beer. I absolutely adore Duvel, but this is nowhere near the same quality with regard to aroma or taste. I will have to review this again under different circumstances and see if it can make a better impression on me. The one redeeming quality of D.T. is that the alcohol is virtually undetectable, making this a very easy drinker and an extremely dangerous brew!

Photo of Intrinsic
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now obviously I don`t give 5.0 very often, but the appearance of this beer is by far its strongest point and is exactly what a beer should be like. It has a beautifully creamy head, sitting atop a slightly cloudy light golden orange body. The retention is better than I`ve ever seen, and thick lacing is left on the sides of my chalice.

The strongest smell here is the yeast but it does not overpower the fruit and faint hops. It smells delicious.

It also tastes delicious. It has that characteristic Belgian yeasty, fruity goodness that I`ve come to love. It also has a slight tartness that is enjoyable. Despite being 8.7%, the alcohol is barely noticable.

The mouthfeel is just average and isn`t quite dry enough for my taste. It is, however, very creamy so this makes up for it a little. Overall, a great beer. I`ll be buying it again for sure.

Photo of moshiric
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured in the delirium tremens glass. Large white head. Lots of lacing. Pale clear straw color.

S- yeasty.

T- some fruitiness at first, then it is quite yeasty, but not so much that it is sour. Very smooth for a beer with this profile and actually refreshing.

M- very full. Yeast stays on the palate.

O- this is a beer that I crave on tap. It I really don't think that it is nearly as good in bottles.

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

On tap at the Pour Farm, New Bedford MA. Consumed from a snifter.

pours a nice pale, clear yellow with a typical large and white belgian head. Lots of dough and yeast on the nose, and LOTS of carbonation. The flavor is nice, although very thin, almost like seltzer water. There is an abundance of light fruits like peaches and tart berries on the tongue, and the carbonation gives it a really crisp feel

Great beer!

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,969 ratings.