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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,855
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 235
Gots: 698 | FT: 1
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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 CBOLAND17
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great Belgian Trippel with a high alcohol content at about 8.5%. Exactly what one would expect from a traditional belgian ale, very spicy and unique yet full bodied and strong. Additionally, it comes in a very cool white ceramic bottle.. A great beer to start exploring belgian beers with!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy straw golden, one thumb of white head dissipated quickly to random islands
S - strong Belgian yeast esters, a pilsner like pale malt scent, light citrus and bubblegum
T - light clove spice from the yeast, herbal hop note, toasty grains, and a light sugary bubblegum finish
M - medium body, refreshing carbonation that leads to a slight dryness
D - a very nice blend of flavours, the alcohol blends very well, a case of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts as this is very very drinkable over all

Photo of ncfranklin
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A : Pours a transluscent golden color with rolls of bubbles creating a huge frothy white head

S : Bug fruit notes, almost a grape-ness. Some bread, light alcohol.

T : Hidden behind a wave of carbonation is levels of esters, some light bitter hop, and tiny wiffs of fruit. Nothing seems to pronounced.

M : Medium bodied and carbonated as can be. A tick dry on finish.

D : The lighter body and fairly well hidden alcohol make this one of easiest to drink Belgians.

Weak on flavor, high on carbonation, not a great example of the style.

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

I had this beer for a few weeks in my cellar and because of the misterious way the bottle looks like i decided to drink this one tonight. Poured in my Maredsous glass the beer gets a nice white head but this head disappears quit fast leaving a little lacing in the glass. Nice yellow colour with some carbonation.

The smell is not unpleasant but also not very inviting. A kind of dry smell. The taste is also somewhat dry (which comes after the first sips) with yeastnotes. I have had better strong pale ales from Belgium.

Photo of fbone
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=absoutlely yellow,medium carbonation,head is gone from start.

S=amazing smell,fresh yeast smell with hint of orange.

T=interesting and amazing.banana plus orange plus herbs?complex and balanced.I'm excited.

M=an absolute delight to hold in your palate.med to light body.A perfect finish down your pipes.

D=This is a world class perfect brew, I couldn't be more pleased,where can I get a keg?I can't find one thing bad to say about this unique presentation of brewing skill.I can't wait to taste this beer again.

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

I have always dodged this beer. Its the packaging. It totally weirds me out. Like how Michael Jackson felt on his first visit to the Huyghe brewery or Stephen Leacock entering a bank. But it is not just that trippy label which does my head in, its the bottle. Obviously some one got a deal on a stack of well used toilet porelain. Put the label and the bottle together and its like being 3 and a half again with a fever watching 'The Gumby Show'.

In the glass the beer's deep powerful headiness is there for all to feel. A clear golden colour with a blitzkreig of bubbles support a level modest layer of foam. To start its acidity really sparkles and fizzes. Rich and ridiculously potent, almost like a hallucinogenic though obviously lacking the fine polish of Duvel. Heavier and more cloying as well. Wasn't long before I was ridiculously famished. And wasn't long before I was off for a mushroom slice at a BP garage.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from bomber into pint glass-

Two finger head that quickly descended ,Great webbing throughout golden yellow in color with a hues of orange -

The taste was very nice - hints of fruit - some hops - vanilla ?

The drinkability made this one of my favorite beers - I would have drank another bottle if available.

This is an excellent Strong Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of dasenebler
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Massive, beautiful and rocky head atop a lightly hazy orange-gold body. Lacing is excellent, and a solid layer of foam remains throughout.

The aroma is heavily spiced, with a very interesting powdery, floral component that I can't place.

The flavor is sweet and yeasty, but finishes pretty dry. This is not the cleanest of ales, but there is quite a bit going on to make things interesting. There's a lot of fruit and bready, yeasty sweetness. Notes of tart apples and banana mainly, along with a candy sweetness a la marzipan, or powdered sugar. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated, but not in a good way. Did not sit too well on my palate.

This a good Belgian strong ale, though not as tasty as I expected.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a three finger high white head that quickly receded but consistently left a thin head covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars, fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and slightly sweet, having flavors of apples, candi sugar, lemons, pepper and yeast. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a significant amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but there's no way I would have more than one of these in a sitting given its alcohol content.

Photo of philphilphil
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance was cloudy
Smell was overly spicy and intense,
Taste was much the same. Masively hyped. kind o
Not bad mouth feel.
Drinkabilty was avergae, duvel is simply better, enough said, taste was too intense, compared to duvel, this stuff just isn't as good. Too many foreign flavours

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As the style describes, a "big, billowing, rocky white head" with a clear and rich golden color. Lots of visiable carbonation.

S: A strong hay/grain aroma with a complex bready smell. Apples, pears, and bananas are picked up in the nose with a spicy kick. The hops are hard to detect, but are there as the beer warms.

T: A tart/sour fruity taste with notes of passion fruit & peaches. A spicy and complex flavor balanced with strong belgian yeast notes. For such a strong ABV, this beer tastes great with a crisp and dry finish.

M: A smooth texture with a light body and lively carbonation.

D: Great beer and very easy to drink. Would love to get more of these.

Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club, poured into my Duvel tulip. The beer pours a somewhat dull goldenrod, closer to clear than cloudy, though not entirely translucent. A strong pour leads to a voluminous, creamy and frothy white cap. Head retention is above average, but lacing is subpar for a BSPA. The nose is mostly sweet, grassy and pale fruit (apples and pears) malts. There's just a hint of spice, which isn't quite enough in my book. Fortunately Delirium Tremens' flavor allows a bit more of the yeast influence to shine through, with some pepper and clove being the most appreciable. All the requisite parts are in place for a phenomenal Belgian Strong Pale Ale (at least as far as flavor goes), but for some reason the result is just a little bit short of that. One area where the brewery nailed it though is the mouthfeel, there's enough heft in the body without crossing the line into being too viscous and thick, and the carbonation is invigorating and exciting without seeming fizzy in any way. That, along with a solid (but not top notch) taste makes Tremes quite quaffable, especially with the alcohol not really shining through. Delirium Tremens is a more than passable Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but falls short of "all time classic" status

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice yellow amber color.

S- Like that Belgian smell with the hops and spices and that water.

T- Very good taste of spices and hops and fruity notes all inter-twining.

M- Very dry. Flavors are there through out sip. Go down pretty easy.

D- Good Belgian ale. My very first to go with drinking out of my Delirium Tremens Tulip glass. Very good beer have to try it again.


Photo of ptykozoon
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi hazy light golden color with tons of tiny bubbles and a huge white head. Doesn't get much better.

Picking up the typical belgian spiciness and floral scents, fruit; perhaps apples, pears. Again, very nice.

One of my favorite beers for sure. Tastes like nose, complex belgian flavors which I just love. More fruity than I thought. I want to say this tastes zesty? Exciting, refreshing, delicious, whatever this beer is really good.

Very carbonated and fun on the tongue. Can't taste the ABV, an awesome beer that is good warm or cold.

Drinkablity is great on this beer. Almost session worthy but not just quite. Rated A- ? Wasn't this the top rated beer in the world at one point? Bravo.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally getting to try this, splurged on a $11.99 750mL bottle from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Faux ceramic bottle, cork and crown covered with blue foil. Back label is notched to indicate Jan 2010 but doesn't indicate what this means (I'm guessing bottled on date). Served cold in a tulip.

This mostly-clear pale yellow brew shows a TON of carbonation clinging to the glass and floating upward. The head is 2" thick and striated into two distinct layers. On the bottom is a very fizzy layer of small bubbles, continuously replenished from the ample carbonation rising upward. This then fades to a more dynamic frothy foamy layer as the fizzy stuff condenses and collapses as it moves upward.

First impression of the smell is peach. Semi-sweet with a concurrent spicy/ hoppy dryness, some tropical aspects. As it airs/ breathes some cinnamon becomes distinct.

In the mouth it is... wow! It's pretty light, but thick enough to keep the rigorous carbonation to a reasonable level of softness. Peach, tropicals, light florals, and a very interesting sour twang gives it great depth. Very well balanced and extremely easy drinking. Fantastic.

Photo of carpezytha
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip at 50 F
A: Clear light honey body, decent lumpy off white head. Lacing fails to cling to the glass after the head falls.
S: Dried banana, some fresh hay. A little white pepper.
T: Dried grapefruit rinds, gummi bears but with a dry finish. There is definitely a coriander kick and a nice farmy double fresh funk.
M: Medium bodied with peppy carbonation.
D: This is a little TOO quaffable for something this high in alcohol. There is not a big burn, and it is fresh.

This was a favorite beer before I became a beer snob. I would recommend it to someone unaccustomed to Belgian beers or just good beers, because it is drinkable but presents a lot of interesting flavors that a novice might find interesting. I still like it, but there are many better ones out there.

Tasting notes: goes well with pesto pizza.

Photo of haazer
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Large snow white head with lots of bubbles. Does dissapate quite quickly though. One interesting note though, does beer have pulp? This one seems to.

S- Not much going on with the aroma. Little bit of bread, and the smell of yeast.

T- The trademark yeast style, has that belgian feel to it. Very crisp and dry. Also has a bready taste.

M- Crisp, bitter, and refreshing.

D- Very refreshing beer. Alcohol is not very noticeable, but it is slightly warming. I can see how this would creep up on you after two or more though.

Photo of jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the Squealing Pig in Providencetown, MA. Served in a Belgian beer snifter, cool.

A-gold-blonde body and a creamy white head

S-yeast and clove smell.

T-yeast and clove flavor, some veggie, some spice and alcohol.

M-light, well carbonated

D-little off tasting with the veggie flavor but otherwise okay. I might pass on this next time.

Photo of cratez
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quarter pint at The Black Dog Pub in Bayfield, ON. Yellow gold in colour with a thin ring of bubbly white head and dots of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are sweet bubble gum, baking dough, yeast esters, ethanol, melon fruit, clove, orange peel, pie crust, Fuzzy Peaches, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, peppery, strong spiciness, somewhat sour, boozy astringency to finish. A pleasant, drinkable strong ale, but not the most layered or rewarding example of the style. Still, it's worth a go if you can find it on tap.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a crystal clear pale yellow with tons of white fluffy head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S-the nose is reasonably large, light phenols, belgian yeast aromas, a fair bit of estery fruit, green apples, touch of banana, hints of a peppery spice linger on the tip of the nose, faint notes of alcohol throughout.

T-the flavor brings a big malt presence, lots of sweetness. there is a honey like malt presence, phenols and belgian yeast reside underneath. the sweet esters are dominant throughout much of the back adding green apple and notes of banana and a hint peppery spice. there is a light to moderate hop bitterness with a solvent like alcohol and a hint of heat in the finish.

M-full bodied and active on the palate, its has a good creaminess to it with a strong carbonated finish that sits prickly on the back of the throat.

D-pretty tasty brew, shows the alcohol a little, lots of sweetness and fruit flavors with a good big of yeast and malt backbone. the peppery spice adds some balance amongst a moderate hop bitterness.

Photo of Vaison
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into a goblet

Cloudy golden in color with a huge 3 finger head, which I had to sip from the top to prevent overflow due to my bad pour. It has a very sweet malt and fruit scent which leans toward plantains. It has a spicy pepper, yet sweet citrus taste with a generous amount of yeast present. It is incredibly smooth, refreshing and could be an everyday beer for me. I allow my wife to take a sip from each of my beers and this is one of the few in which she gave a nod of approval.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, bright golden color, with very little head, which was unexpected for this style.

The nose was very sweet, noticeable citrus, coriander, belgian yeast.

There was a very sweet and alcoholic taste at first. Citrus was noticeable, with coriander, belgian yeast, some banana, wheat, mild hops, pretty strong alcohol presence.

Light bodied, crisp and prickly on the tongue, high carbonation.

This was very easy to drink, I was a little disappointed in the head and thought the taste was a bit too watery. But overall a pretty good choice.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a rapid continuous stream of bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the chalice into the head. Capped by a massive slightly ivory and very frothy head.

Aroma is oh so sweet and spicy. Definitely a presence of the Belgian yeast, being fruity/estery, like bananas with a bit of spice.

Taste is rather complex, like many Belgians. A more moderate hop presence than others in the style, but nothing wrong with that. That malt character is rather light but allows for the alcohol to make itself known. The rest of the flavor seems to be all from the yeast, estery and possibly a bit phenolic. Definitely an enjoyable spice note.

Mouthfeel could best be described as light, dry, and crisp... not something I would normally associate with beers above the 6-7% ABV range.

Overall a great BSPA. I've had this on tap before and I enjoyed it even more, but its still definitely one I would recommend to someone who is new to Belgians.

Photo of bierguru
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - its a blond copper pours and keeps a head well

S - smells of wheat barley with a hint of corriander orange

T - slight bitterness but overall a hugh corriander taste

M - kind of heavey for a wheat beer and a lot of carbonation

D - for me not so much a everyday beer but the next time i go to the beach i may grab a couple of these

Photo of BobZ
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a large fluffy head initially, the head rapidly dissipates leaving about a ¼" to ½". Very nice lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and spicy, very nice for a pale ale.

Taste: Delicious, again spicy, clean, crisp, seems to evaporate instantly and pleasantly on the palate. Excellent hop balance with a nice amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Excellent carbonation, extremely smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Refreshing and very sessionable beer.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,855 ratings.