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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,670
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 205
Gots: 557 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy gold with a nice white head about 1 1/2 fingers deep. Nice retention.

S - Smells like a belgium ale, no doubt about that. Belgium yeast and some faint hops hiding in there as well. A little bit of fruit in there as well.

T - I'm sure it's good, I just don't like this style of beer. Sour and dry, a lot of yeast, not as sweet as I was guessing from the nose.

M - Bubbly and light, really fits well with this style of beer.

D - Very easy to drink, especially considering the ABV. Wish I liked them more, espcially since they come in that great glass with the pink elephants. Unfortunately just not a fan of the sytle.

AgentZero, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass....

A-- lots of carbonation!! A cloudy gold color with sediment in the pour. Head is quite nice, white and holds its head well. a good 2 fingers. I got not lacing with this one.

S-- Smells sweet, get a bit of the candied sugar smell, maybe some honey. Smells like a typical Belgian Pale Ale.

T-- Malty, with a bit of a bite. Gets me on the tip of the tounge. Very dry taste as well. Well carbonated.

M-- light but has a bit of a bite. Not a lot of the sugary taste in this. Dry finish to this and well carbonated.

D- Scary good. Could drink many of these. 8.5%??? Nah, seems lighter than that. A lot like Duvel where one is just not enough. Can drink 2-3 and still enjoy this beer. I think the stong suit of this beer.

mulder1010, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of tosshin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: LOTS of carbonation. huge head. white with decent lacing. yellow like straw and very clear.
s: cherry, strawberry, very sweet, honey, light citrus, lemons
t: got a bunch of alcohol on my first drink. great malty backbone. honey, slightly bitter. nice oak undertones
m: light to medium bodied. heavy carbonation
d: this is a favorite of mine. I can drink this often and for a long time. not quite a session beer however.

tosshin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a huge foamy white head which leaves a small lace, has poor retention. Smells of bananas, pears, citrus, and spices. The taste matches the aroma and is sweet and dry. Nice carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is good, and I would have this again.

hardy008, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Perkyanda
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth gold yellow, opaque with a finger's width of tight white foam at top. I can barely smell anything, maybe a hint of something sharp, and a citrus oil but that's all.

Bubbly, fizzy, carbonation is the first thing that hits my mouth--I actually noticed the mouthfeel before the flavor! It doesn't feel thick to me, it feels fast and full, and like it foams up on contact. The flavor has a bit of sourness, maybe a hint of golden raisins and grass or hay as well. It's sweet, but not as sweet as the beers I tend to prefer, and its sweetness isn't a sugary or rich flavor, its more of an undertone.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but it is good--I probably would not buy it for myself alone again, but I would happily buy it for a group, and I would enjoy drinking it again.

Perkyanda, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale fairly clear golden straw color. Good carbonation with a finger and a half foamy head that retains well. Not a lot of lacing, but a little.

Smell: Sweet funky Belgian yeast, one of the best of BSPA scents of them all. A little spice hiding in there and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: For me, this is the gold standard for BSPA's, along with Duvel. Among the best the style has to offer. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dry, but not overly dry. A high ABV, but no strong alcohol taste. Just delicious and sooo easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. They do down so easily, and a session is easy to do with this beer. The higher ABV may catch up to you eventually, but it's so good, easy to drink and not too filling, that you may not care. I know I don't.

ChopperSmith, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicdescent for this extra.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a 3-finger, frothy champagne-like head. Large hunks of sediment floating around. Medium lacing.

Smell is musty, earthy with lots of apples & pears. There's also some estery aromas along with yeast & sweet malts. The taste is strong of sweet malts, earthy hops, lemons, and apples. Mouthfeel is like champagne--light, carbonated but not too acidic.

This is a drinkable Strong Pale Ale. Watch out for the ABV & the slimy, chunky sediment.

theghost3, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a typical straw yellow with a fairly thick white head - not promising, though it is quite bubbly. Fortunately, the appearance is this beer's weakest point. The inviting aroma is malty and yeasty with a firm fruity undertone that is mainly citrus and has just a hint of banana. Flavor is a delight, malty and yeasty with strong fruity tones. Texture is wonderfully tingly, more like champagne than beer so it fairly dances on the tongue and on its way down the pipes. Strongly recommended.

Cyberkedi, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale golden to a slightly straw color, with a half inch white colored head. The yeasty scent plucks at the nose at the front of the aroma, this soon followed by a coriander fragrance, mixing with a bread aroma. It all ends with a citrus scent, mostly of orange. A slightly hoppy start to the taste at the beginning, that brings strong earthiness. That is trailed by yeasty esters bringing fruity flavors, mostly of pear. A hearty mouthfeel that is slightly chewy in the front. Then it gradually thins out as it reaches the back of the palate. It all finishes with a strong crispness, that would be associated with a lager. The strong Belgian characteristics that one wants from this beer, along with the extra kick of hops and the crisp finish make this a one of a kind beer.

cameraman, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of wingman14
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big frothy white head that reduces down to a regular size head. The smell has plenty of citrus, some yeast notes, some fruit smells as well. The taste is similar, starts with a citrus yeast flavor, moves to the fruity and finishes with some alcohol tones, with the tones staying throughout the aftertaste. This has a nice crisp light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, and great flavor balance. This one is a pretty good session beer, but the ABV or aftertaste might get old soon. A beer that definitely should be checked out.

wingman14, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got on tap at the The Flying Saucer in Charlotte NC on my birthday (Free !!! for the Birthday Boy) served in the delirium tulip.

A: Clear and golden little bit of white head. Nice carbonation and wonderful lacing....

S: Wow lots of sweet summer fruits going on orange, apples pear, grapes and a hint of spicy Belgian yeast and colindar. Wonderful...

T: Wow again everything in the smell is here.... Dead on Belgian beer.... Alcohol is well hidden here... Complex flavors but basic and perfect.

M: Med to light bodied, perfect carbonation for the style, crisp and very refreshing.

D: The only way I can describe it is Champagne of Beers.... it is like champagne but in beer form.... everything about it is great... one of the best beers I've had (and not because it was free). It is a very solid Belgian beer staple. A must have !!!

mralphabet, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy straw colour. High carbonation and a good size head. There are also a lot of yeast particles floating about.

S - Very citric aromas, zesty lemon, alongside a subtle orange pith. Mild grassy hops, and a slight yeast notes.

T - Up front the flavours are very fruity, oranges, lemon, and possible light grapes. There is a malty sweetness to it, that peaks after the fruitiness. The finish is quite bitter with a warming taste of alcohol.

M - Incredibly lively, the carbonation is intense. Slightly oily feel, and quite dry through the finish.

D - This is one of my favourite Strong Belgian Ales, very refreshing, and lively, and worryingly drinkable considering the ABV. If you haven't already, this is one that should be added to your 'to try' list.

PartyBear, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the CAH in Limerick into a Chimay chalice.

A: A light golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing that sticks.

S: Sweet fruits with some lighter grassy hoppy flavors. Really nice.

T: Fruity characters start with banana, apple and green grape. The spicy yeasty peppery flavor rides alongside the sweet fruit. Middle is candy sweetness with a return of the fruit but in tarter form from the spicy grassy floral hop kick. Finish is tart and very dry. What a great, great beer.

M: Medium and coating with a prickly finish that end up very dry. Surprising as you really think this beer is going to be overly sweet. Not so. Alcohol is well hidden with just a touch at the finish.

D: Forget it, these are so easy to drink that it should be illegal. Watch yourself as they disappear quickly.

Overall this is a top notch BSPA that rivals Duvel without question. I am so glad I got to finally try this on tap and it did not disappoint one bit. Thanks CAH and Gary! Well done.

Kadonny, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of infi
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice translucent yellow-brown color with about a 1-finger white and foamy head that creates just enough lacing that lasts for a couple seconds before setting back into the glass. There's some ghastly-looking sediment floating about in the glass with a small amount of carbonation going on from the bottom. The smell is full of banana and fruity esterification, along with yeastiness, hints of citrus and some clove going on through the glass - it's kinda reminiscent of a Tripel to me. A very nice and full aroma permeates as the glass gets warmer.

The taste is a reflection of its smell. The bready flavor and banana initially come up with a sort of fruitiness and small amount of malt in the middle and is followed by the alcoholic warmth in the end. The finish to the beer is quite excellent - it's like eating a fresh piece of baked bread with the amount of breadiness that lines the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light-bodied with minimal amount of carbonation. The sediment is not palpable in anyway, so it shouldn't deter you from drinking this incredible beer. For an 8.5% ABV beer, it's pretty smooth drinking. The drinkability is definitely a sipper. No guzzling this one for sure. It's definitely a bottle worth sharing with a friend for a night.

Very interested in comparing this with my Duvel waiting in the fridge.

infi, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a huge white head that lasts for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing. A little bit of sediment is also present.

Initial aroma reveals a lot of yeast and banana with a hint of orange abd spice in the finish.

Taste is very fruity and yeasty along with a good bit of candied sugars. This one is definitely more on the sweet side than anything else I've had for this style. Even still, I fond it very enjoyable all the way through so no real harm done as far as I'm concerned.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel but a little too overcarbonated. Pretty good stuff all around, but somewhat sweeter than I've come to expect from this style. I had no problems finishing off the bottle but not sure this iwould be one I'd quickly reach for again given the alternatives to choose from. Alcohol not very noticeable and an overall interesting take on the style.

Vengeance526, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of zee3are0
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On top at Delirium Cafe, Brussels, BE.

A - Like a typical tripel, almost indistinguishable visually from many mass-produced pilsners. However, the first glance appearance is where all similarities end. Head is strong as opposed to a light foam more typical of Low country beers. Beautiful light-gold.

S - Like pure happiness. Hard to isolate it when you're in the basement room of Delirium Cafe and inundated with cigarette smoke, the pallette of 2400 other beers around you and your loud and happy friends.

T - Where the money is made. Tastes of beer in its purest form, not overtly sweet or spiced like most wheatbeers, nor is it bitter and watery like an atypical pilsner. It doesn't dominate the pallette like a stout or strong lager, and in spite of 8.5% ABV, it's not strong in alcoholic taste. Rather, it is a perfect combination of all of the subtle nuances of hops and yeast without assaulting your taste. When bottled, it seems to gain a hint of alcohol taste that is noticably missing (thankfully) when on tap.

M - Doesn't require effort to enjoy. Effervescent, but not outrageous.

D - Perfect. I can't imagine a perfect day of drinking beer and not thinking of my numerous trips to Belgium. I'd plan entire trips to Europe just to enjoy this at the source. It's a life-changing experience. I highly doubt I'll ever rate another beer in my life as highly.

zee3are0, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a Delirium Tremens tulip.
Comes a straw yellow with some haziness and a fluffy white head.
Smells fruity and yeasty with a touch of spice.
Tastes of banana and bubblegum and is quite sweet.
The body is medium and well carbonated. The alcohol was more prominate near the end of the glass as it warmed a little.
Though not my favorite style of brew, I really didn't mind this one at all and it was a good one to clean the palate off with to have some more hoppy beers afterwards.

ThickestHead, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A straw yellow with a white head about a finger width thick. Settles into a ring of about a half finger. Visible carbonation. Considerable lacings.

All sweet fruit on the nose with just a hint of the style's yeastiness.

Fruity sweetness, apricots, with a good hit of candied sugar. Hops kick in rather late and then only to provide some nice dryness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, and this is incredibly drinkable for a Strong Belgian. Could give Duvel a run for its money as the sneakiest of beers.

CanuckRover, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass (was served at a restaurant in the bottle only and a pint glass was the best they could do, at my request) The body was a straw yellow color with very active carbonation and huge head.

Strong yeast smell with some light sweet fruit and orange peel. There's a pleasant funkiness.

Solid taste. The sweet fruit that shows up in the smell is more defined in the taste and is tutti-frutti and orange peel. Big yeast presence, a nice spice, and sugary sweetness.

I loved the mouthfeel. Creamy and chewy. This was a good one to let sit in the mouth for a while. The finish is sweet.

This goes down easy and the alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up quickly.

Vonerichs, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this at Johnny Farina's in Ottawa and was intrigued by the pink elephant on the tap handle. The bar tender said it had been ranked one of the best beers in the world by a major beer magazine. But when I questioned him on the magazine he admitted he didn't know - and that it was quoted on the free t-shirt the staff had been given!

It was poured in it's proper glass with 1.5 fingers of white head. The beer is slightly cloudy but a typical golden belgian pale otherwise. Some lace followed the beer down the glass.

Smelled of belgian yeast, some sweetness and hops.

Initially it tasted remarkably like Duvel only slightly sweeter. By my second pint the sweetness was really coming through. It's good though.. tartness, fruity yeast, herbs and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit better than average but drinkability is solid. These go down very well given the higher alcohol content.

Ralphus, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow with some floaters. Pretty clear but plenty of bubbles. Formed a really fizzy 1/2" head that thinned kind of quickly, but developed some nice lacing.

S: sugared hops, yeast, and ripe banana. very little malt, but it's definitely there.

T: Very clean. strong yeast presence with a little bit of wheat on the finish. slightly sweet like candy.

M: Very crisp, but almost too carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, which makes it perfect for summer.

jlb307, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of AMoceri7
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful brew.

A: Golden with some sediment hanging around. Plenty of carbonation bubbles, infact, it might be 5% Beer and 95% Carbonation. The head was huge, even with a meager pour, lacing till the last drop.

S: Definitely more of the odd side of aroma from a BSPA I've inhaled in a while. Hops, candy, yeast and fruit right upfront. Masked by what seems to be a favorable steel scent, but that itself is probably the hops.

T: Hops and candy sugars upfront, brown and rock. The malt is definitely in the background. The spice from the hops is most overpowering as I find it hard to believe they tossed in Coriander as some have said. As it warms, a bit of bubblegum instantly hits the tongue. Its not that its bitter in that aspect, nor from the alcohol, but what makes it stronger than your sisters hoegaarden.

M: Carbonized to the max. Very bouncy and refreshing...

D: Very good.

Overall, great beer.

AMoceri7, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Delirium. Unbelievable. Best beer I had all night. The perfect combination of hops and malt joining together. Light fruit scents, some spice, a great golden beer with a solid 2 inch head. Alcohol is definitely present at the finish, but a sweet malt presence with a nice crisp floral bittering end. F-my face off this beer is good.

Obviously, I enjoyed this beer, highly recommend it, will try again.

Soozy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jhammel01
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden pale yellow-straw color With a nice head that sticks around for a while. Laces all the way down. Beautifully carbonated.
Smells of fruity esters and possibly a bit of bread. I pick up alot going on but really, I honestly am not sure what! Very complex.
Taste has a twang of apricots and some orange zest. Finishes crisp and a bit clean. As it warms, the spices are not as prominent and almost becomes a tiny bit bready. Also some alcoholic burn some time later.

This is my second time having this one and as always, its solid. Good stuff!

jhammel01, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured on-tap into a DT snifter, the beer follows most of its characteristics found when poured from the bottle. Its mild and smooth while having enough interesting qualties to the flavor to keep each sip enjoyable. Fruity belgian pale with just a touch of spice. Estery and acetaldehyde notes in the flavor, just as from the bottle. The mouth is full-bodied for a pale, not watery and with crisp carbonation. Straw-like color with foamy head. Easily drinkable, you could definitely have nothing but DT all night and (barring the quick intoxication) not wind up feeling too full or put off by sweetness/spice/anything in the flavor.

BirdFlu, Jul 20, 2009
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,670 ratings.