Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 220
Gots: 632 | 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 bebbcorp
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle is about 2.5 years old and the cork reads 2008. Upon popping of the cork a steady stream of foam comes oozing out of bottle and continues for several minutes until I finally pour the glass. Pour yeilds about 2.5 inches of white creamy head which recedes into a solid lacing sitting so nicely atop this golden yellow beer. Lots of white floaties and a steady stream of bubbles which are streaming from the nucleation point of my claret glass. Carbonation is ridiculous and the intense stream of bubbles have continued for almost five minutes always swirling about the floaters, almost like the beer is dancing for me. Very imppressive looking beverage. Aromas wafting up at me are sweet honey with something sour and malty in the background. Got a ever so slight wift of sweet alcohol. Taste is very light for the abv of the beer and carbonation is almost prickly but still creamy and smooth at the same time. Tasting honey, light use of hops, small bit of breadiness, and maybe almost a slight pear fruitiness followed imediately by a sour, dry, but somehow still wet and creamy finish. Not sure how they got prickly, creamy, wet, and dry all in there at once, but the beer is very complex but still simple at the same time. Very easy to drink and will definately be having again. A+

Photo of Radome
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a goblet at the Yard House, Las Vegas.

A - Crystal clear with a light amber color. Very little head at all, and no visible bubbles rising. Overall the carbonation is far lower than the bottled samples I've had.

S - Smell is not as interesting or complex as I remember, which may be the result of the lowered carbonation. I get a little of the candi sweetness I expected, but also a strong apple note that I never noticed before.

T - The taste is also les complex than I remember in bottled versions. I get some of the malt roundness and candi sweetness, but again there is a strong apple note. As a matter of fact it reminds me strongly of a hard apple cider. The flavors end abruptly with little aftertaste.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very light.

D - Overall I was very disappointed with my first Delirium on draft. The Yard House seems to have gotten the carbonation seriously wrong, which totally changed the character of the beer. It went from one of my bottled favorites for its balance and complexity, to a simple beer with strong apple cider notes.

Photo of xylophonica
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Big head, lots of bits (yeast deposits/sediment) in the bottle. Glass is literally swirling with chunks.. closest analogy I can draw is with an aloe vera drink. Colour is golden amber but very cloudy. Definitely a unique look.

S - Spicy and tangy. Bread mixed with light citrus flavours such as orange and lemon - quite zesty.

T - Again spicy with a citrus sensation - hints of something from the pepper family as well, not quite a chilli but heading in that direction. The taste and mouthfeel tend to mellow as the beer is consumed.

M - The mouthfeel is probably the most dominant feature of this beer. It's very full on the palate, bitey in texture and tingles the tongue. Powerful aftertaste which recedes slowly.

D - This is such an intense beer. Would like to rate it higher for drinkability; one or two of these would be no problem, but I don't think you could physically stomach too many more before the lights would go out.

It's somewhat odd to see deposits as plentiful as in this beer. Regardless it is another quality BSPA and due to its unusual appearance (in both bottle and liquid) it's well worth a look.

Photo of Naugros
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden to light orange color with a four finger head with incredible structure. Leaves lace as you drink, but the lace does not sustain.

Gives the usual impression on the nose as most Belgian pales. Floral yeast tones with some vanilla and citrus notes, maybe lemon.

The flavor is the high point for this beer. More citrus (more orangey than lemony) on the tongue with a light sweetness that ties in with a biscuity taste...maybe sourdough.

Smooth body, medium to light, great carbonation. No bitterness anywhere, as the hops are not extremely assertive.

The high ABV means you shouldn't take down too many bombers of this brew, but you'll want to.

Photo of jeddsp
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see grades as low as does this beer fail? Great head and lacing. Great smells (fruits/mustiness) and taste (which changes through each sip and as you drink the beer). Overall a wonderful beer...what I envision when I think about Belgian beer. Happy to have a glass of this anytime!

Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy golden color with carbonation bubbles visible and a creamy had

S-citrus and spice with hints of yeast

T-spicy, citrusy, very dry, sweetness sneaks in but overall is a very crisp and clean beer

M-very dry, medium carbonation, very light tasting though the alcohol creeps in as well

D-an excellent beer, always a treat

Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at American Trash in NYC. Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: One inch fluffy white head dissipates slowly leaving large rings of lacing. Color is a clear light yellow. Beer leaves thick walls of lacing that fade to spots over time.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and a bit unpleasantly tart malt. Also some sour apple and a faint mustiness. Gets a lot nicer as the beer warms, predominantly sugary and apple-y.

Taste: Sweet Belgian yeast and bready malt. Up front it's sugary and sweet, in the middle there's some spice, then it ends with a big malt backbone. Some faint esters pop up from time to time. Overall, the taste is balanced and refreshing, with an excellent, airy finish.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and medium-bodied. Slightly creamy. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely refreshing, without a hint of alcohol heat. Could have had several more, and would happily have again.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Delirium Tremens used to be a real staple for me; a nice but not particularly exciting BSPA. Given that it's normally bottle-conditioned and generally somewhat bland, I didn't expect much from this beer on tap. As it turned out, the beer was extremely refreshing with a very solid flavor and feel.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gargantuan white meringue dominates the Delirium Tremens tulip glass, supported by a golden ale with impressive carbonation. Floaters are the only detriment, but they do add character. As the head retreats from the glass, like a glacier, leaving a pillow in the middle and thick patches of lace on the glass.

Just love the musty yeast and moss aromas here. There is even some wet peat bog and fermenting apples with peppery sweet white wine to round it out.

Strong white wine is the primary character, but as with the aroma, one will find pepper and apples followed by peaches just before the finish.

This classic offering has a medium body and is dry as a bone. Some cleansing alcohol is present as is a velvety carbonation.

While I have lots of reasons for trying this beer, it will pair well with contemplation or relaxation, just as well as a medium to cut fatty foods. Actually this is a great accompaniment for dinner too.

Photo of scott451
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a slightly cloudy straw colour into a tulip glass after warming for an hour or so. Vigorous carbonation. Two finger white head rapidly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.
S - Lemon spice
T - Smooth yeasty lemon, clove and orange. Peppery upfront with a yeasty alcohol aftertaste.
M - A bit sharp around the edges.
D - Nice. Very drinkable but for the alcohol creep. The yeast would get to me a bit.
I was hoping this would rival the on tap version. Not to be sadly.

Photo of kingrob615
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had it on Tap and by the bottle. The tap version much better than the already great bottled tremmes. Very aromatic and frgrant, pours almost clear. Very drinkable well rounded ale, with very fruity and floral notes which linger past the hoppy bit that you get at the front end. Very freshing and still one of my favorite beers to have anytime

Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Pub Italia

G: Delirium tulip

A: Clear golden body boasting two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention throughout the drink and a good amount of lacing.

S: Hard to smell much with the bar atmosphere, but I sense blegian yeast, combination of fruits and some spices

T: Not much is coming through here either, a mixture of yeast, fruits and spice, but nothing distinguishable.

M: Typical Belgian feel. Light bodied, high carbonation. Leaves a dry aftertaste with notes of funk.

D: This isn't my first time having this beer, but it's the first review of it and I'm disappointed. I felt it was much better before, so I don't know what to blame it on. Maybe the taps are bad? The atmosphere was too cloudy?

Photo of feelmefoam
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rusty honey wheat color with plenty of nice carbonation and a nice cap of foam that ran over an inch high. Decent head retention and some pretty nice plumes of lacing left around the glass.

The aroma is predominantly fruity, I can pick out apples, pears, maybe even a little tartness like strawberry. A distinct spiciness lurks beneath the fruitiness, as well as just a hint of alcohol. Pretty strong, too, I didn't have to dig my nose in to smell this one.

The flavor is fairly similar to the nose... up front, several different sweet fruits pervade the senses and allow a bit of clove and other spices to catch up to you, then some alcohol and some slightly earthy/spicy hops finish the beer up. Good, but not mind-blowing.

The mouthfeel is nicely done. Smooth, with a body a few notches above medium, with enough carbonation to tickle your tongue as you drink, but not a huge amount like some other Belgians I've had.

Overall, this was a pretty solid beer and the first I've had of the two main Deliriums. Drinkable in that it's pretty tasty and a good-looker, but the alcohol could put you back a bit after a few. This is something I'll have again occasionally but certainly won't buy in bulk, mainly for the price. Not bad at all, though.

Photo of spoons
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a delerium tulip

The body is a very clear golden color. Thick white head. If I poured this into a mug it would look like the ideal image of a beer . Has a lot of carbonation shooting up from the bottom.

Smells spicy and candy-like. Some alcohol in there too. A lot of gingery sweetness in the nose.

The taste has a spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is light due to the carbonation. Has some corriander flavor finishing with a citus like acidity. Has a surprising malt aftertaste. Great beer. A standard in my fridge.

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

On Tap @ BXL Cafe

Look: Bright golden color, clear, medium head with good retention & lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast, very fruity and floral

Taste: Up Front: All kinds of fruit, bready malts. Finish: Spicy with mild hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a crisp/sharp carbonation

Drinkability: I could quaff these all day!

Overall Impression: This is a very tasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale! Would have had more than one, but there were other Belgian Ales I had to try

Photo of Flashsp2
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens 750 into Duvel tulip

Pours a beautiful pilsner gold with a giant offwhite head that
initially fizzles quickly but then stalls halfway and just sort of
lingers around. There is a steady and effervescent carbonation. Small
tracks of lace here and there.

Nose is chalky yeast, banana, tangy apple peal, alcohol, and a general

Palette gives way to what seems to be an odd darker fruit presence
(almost plum like). There is some sweet boozy heat, white pepper, a
slight hop spice, green apple peel, powdery yeast, citrus, a bit of
something tangy. The bitterness lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium and almost feels a bit watery until the lively
tiny-bubbled carbonation brings a swell to the cheeks.

A solid beer that isn't amazing but certainly fits the bill. Drinks
well and tastes quite yummy, though it seems to be lacking a certain

Photo of timholio
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this was dissappointing. I like Pale Ale/IPA's but this one seemed flat and plain. Very smooth and easy to drink but there are much better ale's out there especially at this high ABV there are a lot of very good ales. For a better example of this type of ale (one of my favorites) I would recommend Russian River's 'Damnation'. The folks at RR have nailed this style IMO.

Photo of chaz01
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Clear yellow golden color with a creamy head that produces some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Fruity, flowery Aroma

T: Delicious with lots of bready, yeasty qualities and some grassy notes, punctuated with a bit of spices. Some hops notes, especially in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

D: Extremely smooth for the high ABV. Stands up great by itself or would pair nicely with cheese and fruit.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden/light amber body with a cotton white head and ample lace.

Belgian yeast, oranges, slightly peppery; an enticingly fruity/floral aroma.

Biscuit malt and grain sweetness, light melon and orange on the taste, followed by a crisp/dry aftertaste. Creamy and highly carbonated, light bodied, perfect for the style. Alcohol is well masked and bitterness balances perfectly without becoming a distraction.

I am very impressed with this beer. Aroma was great along with a taste that was packed with a mix of bold flavors, and the balance was spot on. Sweet but not cloying and enough going on to want to have another just to enjoy it all over again.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Eulogy bar in Philly. Poured into a chalice, golden yellow with god retention on a white head and great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Smell was sweet and fruity from the yeasts, earthy and uniquely Belgian hops. Taste was similar, fruity then dry earthy hops. Hides the alcohol well, very drinkable, great beer.

Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 04/2013.

(A)- Pours a golden yellow color with lots of particles & sediment even after a careful & slow pour as the label instructed. Produced a good creamy looking white head with decent retention. A small bit of foam stuck to the sides here & there.

(S)- Lots of yeasty lemon & creamy banana with a touch of clove. Bitter with some wet-like clay.

(T)- Precisely like the smell. A bitter spice bite @ the end that is probably from all the sediment.

(M)- A very high carbonation level, even for the style. Good flavor but rather bitter & yeast-like.

(D)- A good beer from what I remember when there is not tons of sediment in it! Even a little too carbonated than I remember as well. . . A bad bottle?

Photo of Dentist666
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice limpid golden beer with uniform white head, subsided to delicious lacing. Crisp aroma of citrus and yeast. Typical belgian taste - sweet malt, fruits and honey, yeasts again in collaboration gave an excellent result. Very drinkable and smooth beer sparkling in a glass was ingested gaily in a moment. Highly recommended!

Photo of Moe55
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best beer ever. Had this beer on tap at a local bar in Nebraska.

A: Big head with great lacing. Need I say more?

S: Fruity with hints of banana and other fruit.

T: Smooth, complex, with hints of banana and pineapple.

M: Mild carbonation with a smooth finish.

D: Outstanding. Had this in a pint size glass and was feeling it by the end. Trouble because I cant taste the alcohol and could drink this any day and in for any season.

Photo of Popkas
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is a golden yellow with nice top of bright white foam that lasts and last. Some floaters noted.

S: Nose is spicy yeast, citrus, and clove.

T: Sweet malt, spicy yeast and a touch of some fruit though I am doubting the citrus I found in the nose.

M: Medium body with fizz that fills the mouth.

D: Nice beer that drinks above average.

Photo of LordHammer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I got as a gift from one of my wife's coworkers -- nicy guy!

A: Pours a brilliant yellow with a snow white head, which fades to a thick coating on the top of the beer. Totally clear.

S: Lemons, alcohol, and a bit of yeast. Definitely a sweet nose.

T: Initially tart from the high carbonation and some lemon flavor, then flows into a drier finish with hops and a lingering warming from the alcohol. Beautifully complex and balanced.

M: Body is on the thinner side, but bolstered by the higher carbonation level. Again, nicely in balance with the rest of the beer.

D: While it is strong, the nothing in the flavor is overpowering. I'll definitely be finishing the 750 this evening.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Finally get to see what the fuss is about!

Poured into a small snifter glass. Great golden colour, lots of pillowy foam, and good sticky lacing. Great retention.

The nose is subtle, but enjoyable. Sweet malts, sugar, yeast and citrus (lemon).

The taste is sweet up front, with great citrus, honey notes with a touch of yeast. Finishes drier, with the hops and the alcohol coming through here. Moderate body, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

Goes down incredibly smooth, unlike some other BSPA's I've had recently. Were it not for the ABV, I could see myself pounding back several of these in an evening. Just one crept up on me... Great stuff.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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