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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,500
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 477 | 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 praufs01
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bright golden yellow with a big frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of snowflake like yeast particles floating around in the brew as well.

Aroma - Slight tonic water smell with some notes of bitter lemon rind and fresh hay in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth creamy with light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Tonic water mixed with honey comes to mind. The finish is slightly tart and bitter.

Overall - Very smooth and easy drinking for a brew that's 8.5% ABV. An excellent Belgian Pale ale!

praufs01, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I hadn't reviewed this beer. What an outstanding brew this is, one of a kind and none like it. Pours a huge pillowy head, with nice carbonation, but not overly carbonated. Taste is hard to discribe, lemony, zesty, full of life and flavor. Some peppery flavors, as well. Can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Quite pricey and easy to drink do not make a good combo, as one could sift through several in a session. High alcohol content, not detectable. Leaves great lacing down the glass. A beer lover's dream, oh..but hence the name, drink it slowly.

bigdeuce, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle purchased at Green's in Columbia, SC.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with huge foamy head that leaves behind soapy elegant lacing. Millions of tiny particles dance around inside. This is one damn good looking beer.

The smell is strong...Belgian yeast, delicious fruits, banana and pineapple. Spice.

Taste is of banana, pineapple, cloves, yeast, zesty spice. Are you sure there's alcohol in here? It's undetectable. I could see this beer easily sneaking up on you.

Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth, light, and creamy.

This beer is very, very drinkable. A very tasty treat. Just keep the ABV in mind when enjoying more than one!

Gyle41386, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of mnstorm99
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow pour with a thick creamy white head that stays until the end, a very nice looking beer.
Aroma is malty, mainly biscuits with a nice spice background, and a touch of banana fruits.
Taste is spicy up front, cloves, banana, and sweet orange peel. There is a touch of spicy noble hops, that also give a small floral taste.
Mouthfeel is perfect, for a beer of this style I was not expecting a chewy, creamy feel, and loved it. Drinkability is dangerous for 9%, way too easy to drink and I would have to watch myself close with this one.
I am not a fan of belgian yeasts, but this one is very soft and I loved it.

mnstorm99, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into New belgium globe. Holy shit, this is amazing. 3 finger white head, insane amount of carbonation , like champagne. Close in color as well, pale yellow. Great head retention and lacing through out.

Smells of some spice, clove mostly. Also some sweet malts and some banana. Taste is very close to a hefe weizen or witbier.

First taste is of malty grain. Somewhat like straw. After that , the clove/banana flavors come in and finishes off with a nice warm alcohol after taste.

Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated. Was expecting extreme over carbonation because of the appearance of the beer but it wasnt really that bad. Head has some creaminess to it and body is somewhat rich, smooth going down

I love this beer. Looks beautiful, smells good, tastes great. Very high drinkability. 9% alcohol is hidden extremely well. One of the best ales i've ever had. If you've yet to try it, do yourself a favor and get some immediately.

angelmonster, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of jjazz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks awesome. Tight lacing on a generous head. Retention is very good.

At first whiff, aroma isn't all that intense, but noticeably hoppy and lemony. On the palate, it really opens up, however. Great banana like esters with various spices and a slight hint of acetic acid.

Taste is very good. This is a very dry beer, dominated by fruity esters, spices, and what smells like saaz hops. Mild belgian yeast flavors are present, as well as a touch of pale malt flavor. Hop bitterness is just right, and the finish has a snappy tartness.

Mouthfeel is quite good, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. The second half of the glass has a much better mouthfeel than the first, probably due to the carbonation dissapation.

Drinkability would be higher with a touch of sweetness.

I really enjoyed this, but I think a bit more sweetness could have really taken things to a whole new level.

jjazz, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, pale yellow color with a one finger head that dissapears quickly, however left some decent lacing.

Smells like banana with hints of spice. The yeast is also noticable.

Taste is similar to the nose with the fruit dominating. However, there is some bitterness in the finish. A fine balance of flavors.

I have been drinking these for years and will continue to do so. Excellent offering.

CMW, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is the first I've had of the style.

a- a white head that foams up quickly and then leaves thin clouds sitting atop a bright albeit cloudy golden yellow beer. Lots of floating sediment here but I poured the entire bottle down to the bottom.

s- an incredibly potent aroma. thick, dense banana sweetness and sugar, slight pineapple even. Some medicinal notes hidden under the lush sweetness and citrusy tartness. Hop presence is lively and makes this an incredibly complex smell. No alcohol presence to speak of.

t- this is something of a revelation to me. I've never tasted a beer like this before. Bananas and hint of pineapple/other tropical fruits hit at the front and just longer on and on. A crisp lemon peel livens up the flavor along with various spices I can't identify. This is absolutely delicious. The alcohol is once again completely undetectable.

m- crisp and biting, but slightly thicker than expected. Very nice and smooth. Leaves behind a thickness in the mouth that isn't entirely pleasant.

d- phenomenal job of masking the alcohol with delicious flavors. The best job I've seen in a high alcohol beer. This is crisp and biting, like some kind of gourmet spiced tropical fruit dessert. I'm drinking one of these on a cold Iowa winter's evening and it's near perfect. On a hot summer's day after being outside this might be even better. It is almost dangerous how good this stuff is. If you haven't tried it, do so as soon as possible.

HappyBivouac, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a big fluffy two-finger head that leaves some aggressive lacing with bits of yeast sediment floating around in it. The scent is a mixture of yeast, slight citrus, and some spices including clove. The taste is starts off with some yeasty citrus gives way to some spices and subtle hops. There is also some warming from the high alcohol content, without any harsh alcohol flavor. As the beer warms the citrus and yeast comes more to the forefront and changes the dynamic. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp, with a slight thickness and light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for the alcohol content, a great beer to get as a treat. This is one of the ones that most people interested in beer will try eventually, and will almost certainly enjoy.

TheTrevor, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of holycrapamoly
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time over dinner this evening hamburger steaks, caramelized onions, brown gravy. The name made me smile along with the clever packaging. I purchased a four-pack of the 11.2 oz bottles, poured into a large wine glass.
It poured a hazy yellow-gold color with slightly less head than I had anticipated. Snowflake bits of yeast sediment floating in the carbonation. Larger bubbles than most others I have had in the category.
Very pleasant smells of yeast, understated citrus, and even more subtle leather smells.
Tastes like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should. Grain, yeast, citrus and hops. All balanced so that none drowns out the others.
Feels light for the alcohol percentage. The alcohol taste was not at all overpowering. Smooth, soft, medium carbonation.
Very drinkable, effortless. Could have one after another, after another. Although tonight I stopped at two. Not my favorite in the category, but DT is a very good to excellent beer. Well worth the $9 for the four pack. I will definitely purchase again and recommend to friends.

Cheers!

holycrapamoly, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tulip.

Poured a hazy, yellow straw colored body. Large, pillowy off-white head. Retention is great, lacing is great as well. Fairly large amount of carbonation.

Aroma is very clovey. Citrus (orange, lemon zest) and the prototypical Belgian yeast is also in there. Somewhat lacking... it's a very light aroma. There's something I can't put my figure on that's somewhat unpleasant. Perhaps the overwhelming clove.

The taste is a lot better than it smells, however. The citrus comes to the forefront and melds very well with the yeast. Fresh wheat, grain in there as well. Sugary, sweet... but balanced with cloves and slight hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, it went down smooth. Carbonation is lacking a teeny bit but it's not something that would depreciate the brew. A nice alcohol warmth compliments the finish. Interesting beer, I've had better Belgian strongs however. Again, there was just something about the smell that put me off - I can't place it. Worth a try though.

TMB0424, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my official Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy straw color. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger foamy white head. Very slowly settles, but a layer of foam remains. Floating particles dance around the body of the brew. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty substancial lacing.

S: Yeast, wheat, citrus hints and clove.

T: Very prominent yeast and wheat flavor. Sharp lemony hoppy flavor, with a hint of sweetness and spice.

M: Strong alcohol taste. Strong, sharp yeast to start, hoppy and citrus finish, all on a base of wheaty goodness. Still has a light feel.

D: Good drinkability. Good flavor, light feel. A pleasure to consume.

Nice complex flavor, good atmosphere, really strong feel. Strong alcohol taste, but a light feel in the mouth. Good sipping brew. Great quaff. If you like this style, get it.

bmwats, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Spartanburg, SC

What a crazy looking bottle. Love dancing, pink elephants!

The beer poured a pale yellow with a 3 finger, white head.

There aroma is mild but smells of grain and light yeast.

The taste certainly is of banana and clove with a medium to strong bitter taste during and after a sip. You also get a taste of sour from the yeast. It's kind of like a wheat beer a saison and an IPA at the same time with a high alcohol content. I liked it quite a bit.

The carbonation in my bottle was medium-high, which I also liked. All-in-all, a very fine find!

Tucquan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the 25 ounce bottle into a snifter type glass. Cork stated 2007, could have been an older batch.

a - A beautiful golden color with particles floating throughout. Poured with a 2 inch head that lasted for awhile and left I nice film.

s - fruity- lemon, wheat, other scents I can't put my finger on

t - exceptional flavor, for 8.5% this is such a tasty beer, had that classic belgian wheat flavor to me, love the belgian taste

m - extremely smooth, a little carbonation but very enjoyable

d - amazing drinkability, could drink all night and probably wake up really hungover, this beer sneaks up on you though, so watch out

Will buy again.

cvaypai, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful straw yellow/gold with a huge fluffy white head that lasts for a long time. Somewhat hazy from the bottle conditioning. Impressive lacing.

S - Yeast, banana, clove, pear, vanilla. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes as it smells - sweet and delectable. Candy sugars, slight hint of hops, yeast notes. Alcohol is hidden nicely - only a hint even though it's 9%. Sweet, sugary aftertaste.

M - Medium body, semi-syrupy due to the alcohol. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Incredibly drinkable, especially for such a high ABV. So good that you have to watch yourself.

An excellent beer - highly recommended!

gciccarelli, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of mattloaf1
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorites for a long time. I'm having one after a long hiatus so here's a fresh impression.

A beautiful golden straw color is capped by a long-lasting soapy head. A slightly sour smell and taste that is hard to describe but once you smell it again you know what it is. This beer will leave you feeling completely stoned.

mattloaf1, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

direct from the distributor in beijing (vandergeeten).

no importer's label this time. the brewer's label seems to indicate a "best by" of june 2011

crystal clear, golden blond with deep straw tones. decent head soon fades to just a wispy layer and a creamy, foamy ring. moderate lacing which improves in the later half.

aroma starts with yeasty esters of pear, white grapes, and slightest hint of banana. notes of fresh cake batter and faint vanilla, followed by whiff of noble hops, then finishes with more esters and phenols.

taste also begins with fruity note, then some candy sweetness (plus that faint banana/tropical note), and then an intense mix of hop grassiness and moderate bitterness, plus phenols, along with a very faint acidity. this carries into a semi-dry finish that lingers with esters and light phenols, and gets slightly cleaned up by a flash of alcohol.

smooth, not thin. moderate carbonation for body.

a flamboyant beer that isn't as balanced and refined as duvel, but is still tasty and dangerously alluring, esp. with its seductive fruity esters.

tai4ji2x, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was cleaning out a closet today and I found this beer review that I had written earlier this year.

Delirium Tremens is a hazy, quite sparkling, golden ale with small particles floating in it. It has a foamy white head that shows good retention and leaves good lacing. The aroma has notes of sugar, barnyard, leather, nutmeg and candy, like Mike & Ikes. It is medium-full bodied; soft and smooth with a dry finish. It has a very full flavor that's slightly sweet. There are notes of leather, black pepper, apple and phenol. It has a warm, boozy aftertaste. Quite classic!

yesyouam, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy transparent bubbly liquid with a nice big foamy head.

S- Very nice relaxing smell. potent floral hops along with fruity belgian yeast. Honey, rose, and farmy scents also noticed

T- Taste is great. No flavor is overpowering and the overall effect is a brilliant combination of fresh floral hops along with farmy/fruity yeast and earthy/sweet malts. Some bubblegum sweetness

M- Not overcarbonated. Well done with a moderate body

D- Drink extremely well for the large 8.5%ABV

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of optiontwo
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml poured into Gouden Carolus goblet

Appearance: Somewhat hazy pale yellow color with plenty of bubbles and some yeast particles floating around. Half inch white head.

Smell: Reminds me of a triple. A lot of light crisp fruit aromas such as apple, grape, pear, and apricot all blend together with a slightly bready background.

Taste: Very juicy apple and grape flavors right away. The pear and apricot are there but not as prominent in the taste as they are the smell. Also some sour white grape with a very subtle biscuit like background. The fruit flavors really take the center stage though.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light bodied, but still manages to coat the tongue.

Drinkability: High ABV but light body means this beer is deceptive. I'll probably be a bit tipsy after finishing this bottle so I'll have to eat a substantial meal to level myself out.

Overall: I've seen this brew advertised as "the best beer in the world" but I have to respectfully disagree. Delirium tremens is really quite nice for the style and has it's complexities but I've had superior Belgian ales and even better American made Belgian style ales. The being said this is still a damn good beer and I recommend it, especially if you're into Belgians.

optiontwo, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=good looking golden brew with white head and major lacing.

S=fruity, maybe orange, almost tropical

T=I have never had this type of beer before, and I was fairly impressed. First impression was that it would be too hoppy for my leanings, but as the drink went on , I appreciated it more.

M= perfectly smooth and none too carbonated

D=a bit too pricey but otherwise good if not slightly heavy.

sonicdescent, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/21/09
Revisiting Delirium Tremens, I find that my palate is much happier with it and I'm revising my score accordingly. The Belgian earthiness has won me over. It's a really nice strain of yeast, and we're fortunate to have it so widely distributed. I really don't know what I was talking about describing the flavor as orange soda-like. On the other hand, I was trying a fresh small bottle before, and now, I'm having a large bottle which has been in my cellar for at least six to eight months. At any rate, this beer is great. Now, I just need to do a Belgian beer tournament, so that I can compare it to the competition.

12/19/08
One of my least favorite popular Belgian beers. This is very good beer, but I can't see ever buying it again. I've had it probably six or so times, and I always have a similar opinion. First, the beer is over-carbonated. It's not a bad looking beer, but the head generally doesn't always stick around when it's actually in the glass, as opposed to when it's crawling its way out of the top of the bottle. To a certain extent, the beer looks and tastes like orange soda. I do enjoy the flavor, but it's very one note, in my opinion. On top of that, comparisons to the Duvel are hard to avoid, and DT loses in that matchup. DT seems to lose a matchup against any of the top widely distributed Belgians. Ok, any of the strong Belgians, oh Leffe. Anyway, I love the bottle and the glass. I don't know how it ages, but I would be happy to try a vintage bottle to see if the complexity goes up as the age does. This is a beer that is simply good while most of its competition is great.

popery, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Deingeist
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Tall puffy white head, what else would you expect from a belgian? semi cloudy golden color. Minimal lacing.

S - Sour hops, roses, apple, and pear. refreshing.

T - Pungent fruity off the bat, flowers apple and pear primarily. then the sour hops kick in and after the swallow it leaves a dry not yet ripe pear aftertaste. I noticed the alcohol on the way down and during the aftertaste, but it was a welcome flavor.

M - The mouthfeel is rather like eating a granny smith or an unripe pear, but very juicy, mouth watering. A bit dry on the finish.

D - I drank a 750ml bottle of this, and that was plenty. I finished it gladly, however I wouldn't drink more than two 12 ouncers of this unless I was really in the mood and willing to spend some money.

Deingeist, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Pup
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thin translucent yellow, big white head, bubbly, already disappointed by the dillluted color and the false promise of "best beer ever" on the label.

Smelled of slightly sour hops, corked beer so it may have gone bad.

Taste was light and slightly sour.

Satisfying carbonation, evanescent and light on the palate.

Quaffable with a light nose, but ultimately unsatisfying for the price

Pup, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel glasses.

Appearance - Wow! Lots of floaties! Not just some, but a whole bunch, like OJ with extra pulp. A bit unappetizing, to be honest. Color is good, head is good, but wow, the floaties look really weird. Had to check the other reviews to make sure I didn't have a bad bottle.

Smell - fantastic. Like a good champaign, lots of fruit, lots of apple and pear. Literally mouth watering aroma.

Taste - starts of strong, with an explosion of fruit tastes, with a strong malty sweetness. The swallow brings out the hops, and the aftertaste is like a bite of fresh pear. Absolutly no flavor hint that this is 8.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel - luscious. Smooth and juicy, pairing very well with the flavors and the aromas. The carbonation is fairly strong, but not biting.

Drinkability - very good, a beer this smooth, this fresh, this light, and this tasty would be easy to drink several of; although with the steep ABV and price, it might be a decision you would regret in the morning.

WalrusJockey, Dec 10, 2008
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,500 ratings.