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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,258
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 175
Gots: 374 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

On-tap at Beer Bistro.

A: Clear, golden-yellow; white head, some retention, good lace.

S: A big Belgian nose (yeasty: spicy, fruity, alcohol).

T: Plenty of fermentation byproducts from the Belgian yeast: Spicy, tropical fruit, mild phenolics. Assertive flavours, but there's some depth so it's not too over-the-top. Light biscuity malt in the background, warming alcohol.

M: Modest carbonation, well-attenuated & dry, yet pleasantly smooth.

D: The full flavour & alcohol that makes it so great also reduces the drinkability.

04-03-2007 00:52:44 | More by Derek
Photo of mithrascruor


2.48/5  rDev -40%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a light airy head that turns to a film very fast. There's a ton of floaters in the beer... presumably yeast debris. Excessive.

Smell: Light aroma, fruits and some spices. The smell of alcohol is also present.

Taste: The flavors seems to be obscured by the overactive carbonation. All I really get are some light spicy/fruity flavors and a bunch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat excessive carbonation as mentioned above. Light-bodied and generally smooth, but has some alcohol sting.

Drinkability: The alcohol in the taste makes this difficult. As does the general lack of taste.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but this Belgian ale I really do not enjoy! Too much alcohol flavor (I've had plenty of beers with 9%+ alcohol that have that flavor well-masked), unappetizing appearance, and generally mediocre flavor. I'll pass in the future!

03-31-2007 03:42:47 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of david131


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Pours a golden liquid with a great white fluffy head that never really settles down and leaves some great lacing. It is a little cloudy and there are some yeast floaties in there.

S- Sour Belgian yeast smell. Bready, fruity- mostly apples and a little banana. A little spicy as well.

T- Same as the smell, but with some alcohol spiciness to it as well. The breadyness is more apparent in the flavor. Complex.

M- Nice, creamy, light. The alcohol dryness was a little overwhelming.

D- Enjoyable. For some reason I expected this to be a little different because of the crazy bottle and label. If this wasn't as dry, this might have been a real winner.

03-29-2007 00:25:21 | More by david131
Photo of skillerified


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a hazy (to say the least) strawberry blonde color with an ever so slightly off-white head. The lace sparkles and fades in a hurry. Medium sized carb bubbles rise through the murkiness. This is literally chunky, like pulped OJ, is that normal?

Distinctly Belgian nose, floral and fruity. Strawberry and hint of orange juice, not much citrus though. A hint of fresh cut grass rests on top and there's a small malt backbone hiding in there too.

Again, distinctly Belgian on the tongue. A light floral taste hits early, but is followed quickly by a sweet malty flavor, a mild caramel maybe. A fruity character comes through on added sips. Tasty, but not too exotic. A touch of alcohol burn comes in as it warms (a welcome burn it is too).

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but I'd still call it medium bodied. Sweet early, but just a hint of a fading bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is strong, but not really out of character for the style.

Nothing too exotic here. It seems there are better Strong Belgian Pales out there, but this is pretty prototypical. A fine offering. Worth another round.

03-22-2007 02:17:09 | More by skillerified
Photo of Wasatch


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger creamy white head which lasts forever into some nice sticky lacing. The nose is of malts, yeast, slight citrus, spices, and pears. The taste is sweet/tangy, slightly grassy, yeasty, with a nice touch of spices. This brew goes down pretty smoothly, with a slight warming factor. Medium body, a very tasty/complex well rounded brew. Very drinkable, highly recommended. I'm really enjoying this one today.

03-18-2007 18:46:05 | More by Wasatch
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: A golden brown color in my goblet with the huge white head. The lacing stuck to the goblet throughout the whole beer.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar and malts. There are note of lemon zest and bananas slightly spiced bready yeast.

Taste: The smell was accurate to the taste of this beer, but it did no justice how well these flavors meld in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light body and carbonation but it feels wonderfully apt for this brew.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Complex yet accessible. This is one nice beer.

03-14-2007 01:04:03 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of Phatz


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: pours a light orange yellow pale gold color with a more than adaqute head and noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon Vanilla and honey, hit the nose right off the bat, quickly followed by yeasty fruity esters, and the suggestion of spices.

Taste: Sweet sugary spice of orange and cinnamon with a bready base, and light pale malts holding up sufficiently to the fruit esters and the yeast. It is not as bold as others in the style but that actually worked for my wife.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively, zesty with spice and alcohol and carbonation giving this light weight beer a sense of activity on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer. At 9% it could be dangerous. The beer seemed go quite quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

03-11-2007 08:14:55 | More by Phatz
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -18.9%

Watch out when you open this one...as i was untwisting the metal retainer, the cork blew off (luckly not at my face) and beer started spewing. The beer had been sitting for a month or so without being moved, so it wasnt shaken up at all.

A- Bright pale golden yellow. fairly clear with no sediment in the first glass. Nice fluffy white head.

S- Bananas, bread, yeast...overall very clean and pleasent.

T- Definitely over carbonated. It is to the extent where i cant really enjoy the flavor of the beer because the bubbles are so overpowering.

M- see above

D- If the normal taste is anything like the smell, drinkability would be excelent.

overall- I hope i got a bad bottle because this carbonation level is just ridiculous. I dont really feel as though i am giving justice to the beer from this review, but until i fork out another $10, this will stand.

03-10-2007 01:50:29 | More by Gritsak
Photo of DragYourBone


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a tulip.

View: Honey colored ale with an inch thick foam, carbonated sprigs zip up through small chunks of funk - It looks thick. The foam dissipated quickly to a light film with tight lacing. Letit sit idle, tilted the tulip and a drape of belgian? lace was exposed.

Scent: Subtl Belgian yeast lingers with touches of lemon zest and some soft spicyness. Before the last taste, the alcohol presence came through and the scent became more crisp.

Taste and Feel: Soft, bitter-sweet and wet. It dissipates on the back of the tongue nicely. There is a fullness and heaviness resting on the tongue. Towards the end of the glass the taste became more sharp - like apples.

Overall: Very drinkable - would be xcellent for chillin' on the patio this summer' eve. Also, with the exception of the last two drinks, the 8.5 ABV was quite well hidden.

03-09-2007 18:10:50 | More by DragYourBone
Photo of ski271


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap and Zeno's in State College, PA. Clear, light golden-yellow with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. The aroma is a very pleasant lightly sweet blend of straw, flowers, citrus, white grape and spice. The taste follows suit, with the fruit and citrus not being to dominant flavor yet being the most noteworthy, and they carry through the finish and win out over the alcohol and a light aftertaste there. Not bad enough to really knock any points off for, but it's there. It has a medium body, almost juicy texture and low carbonation. This was quite the refreshing little treat, and quite the little devil. I had no idea it was 9% until I checked here. I'd definitely get this again.

03-08-2007 14:10:08 | More by ski271
Photo of Atch


1.98/5  rDev -52.1%

Poured into tulip, 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance: very murky orange, descent carbonation, unimpressive head.

Smell: I can't make out much; sour apples?

Taste: This has to be a bad bottle

Mouthfeel: very coarse, not heavy just rough.

Drinkability: My beer is usually finished before the review. I've only had 4 sips of this one.

Overall, I'll have to try this one again from a different store. I poured it like I was pouring a Duvel, and there were abnormal amounts of residue coming out of the bottle, even 1/3 into my pour chunks were coming out. I realize there is a little sediment sometimes, but I've never seen this much. Down the drain with you.

03-07-2007 23:59:03 | More by Atch
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

This poured a perfect, light-bodied, pale gold. Very active carbonation with slight haziness. Even the most careful of pours yields an absolutely massive head. Very bubbly and soapy with great thickness cover the glass. The smell is at first of lemony cirtus with a strong sense of oily components. By going deeper through this, light floral complexities are noted with a nectar-like smell. The taste repeats these flavorings with a very slight hint of spice and a sour aftertaste. The foamy body creates an incredible mouthfee that goes down very smooth, beginning as frothy and ending as light and watery. Very drinkable, only the sour aftertaste prevent the scoring of a 5 in this category.

03-05-2007 04:53:52 | More by Neehan
Photo of Yotus


4.13/5  rDev 0%

Gotta love the DTs. Poured a sample from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. The beer poured a very bright crystal-clear gold with an a very dense white head. Head collapsed fairly quickly, but held a small, tight head throughout the tasting. Hard for any head to stand up to 8.5% ABV. Pretty to look at in glass.

Gentle, yeasty spiciness, with ample fruitiness - predominately citrus in nature. Complex combination aromatics of fruit, malt and candi sugar.

Warming alcohol in a fairly quick finish, finishes somewhat sweet and not without some hop bitterness to balance the aftertaste.

Very pleasant to drink, and a good example of a Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

03-04-2007 02:45:59 | More by Yotus
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

The beer was served a very crisp blond with a thin head that was somewhat lasting and left very spotty lacing. The aroma was a good balance of citrus fruits with some pale malt. There was a crisp sweet taste that was somewhat fruity, accompanied by pale malts and yeast. The body was medium on the tongue, almost creamy with a crisp light alcohol bite. The finish was just slightly bitter. This is a very drinkable beer albeit rather pricey. It would be perfect for any special occasion.

03-03-2007 21:49:52 | More by atsprings
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours out a cloudy yellow/orange with one finger of white suds that are leaving lacing around the tulip glass.
I smelled this as soon as I opened the grey spotted bottle. Lemon and grapefruit. Closer to the nose we have the clove and wheat. No alcohol but a very nice yeast burns the nose.
Taste is a little bitter but soon turns dark and warms the back of the throat. Then the sour lemon/grapefruit comes in.
Bubbles out the yin yang on the tounge. It makes the mouth come alive as soon as the brew hits the tounge. This would be a great mouth cleaner!
I like this beer and would love to drink a bunch but the cost and availability are an issue.

03-02-2007 23:47:58 | More by peabody
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Revisiting this one...

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with just a hint of orange. Massive head foams up and then falls back to a 1/4 inch cap that sits throughout the session. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: lemon, cotton candy, pepper, spicy phenols floral hops, sweettarts!! Light alcohol. Very interesting aroma here.

Taste: pepper dominates at first, then an intense burst of noble hop flavor, along with a tanginess that recedes to a candy-like sweetness, then finishes dry with moderate hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very good. The hopping level of this beer is high enough to make it a thirst quencher.

Overall: A very good strong golden, a more hoppy interpretation. Although hop levels are generally moderate for this style, this one has a distinct hop presence throughout. The only problem is trying to pick out all the flavors - they tend to meld together so well that there are only a few general descriptors that fit.

03-01-2007 02:39:53 | More by beertastegood
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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%

11.2 oz, dated 4/06.

Golden color with slight haze, decent white head. Some lace.

Smells like the vaguely funky hard candy in the bowl at Grandma's house, along with clove, nail polish remover, golden apple, banana, grassy/herbal hops, some wood, smoke, hospital corrider, bandage. Intriguing, if not exactly appetizing.

Tastes fairly sweet, and fairly phenolic, with some hops. Like a golden delicious apple with some cloves and grass on it, that has been in the vicinity of a burning hospital. Some modest hop bitterness. Fairly long finish of appley sweetness, solvent, and hops, finally drying out with some mild astringency.

Somewhat sugary but watery mouthfeel, with some welcome astringency. Reasonably easy to drink, but not remarkably so for a Belgian strong pale ale.

This is an odd one - sweet, phenolic, and esteric (Is that a word? estery?) for the style. I'll have to try this again, maybe this bottle was from a flawed batch.

02-26-2007 08:47:21 | More by Beerzebub
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a half-liter glass, this has a cloudy but bright gold color, with lots of little yeast floaters, and a solid inch of foam atop it. Aroma is light: citrusy fruit notes, with a touch of honey. Flavor is delicious, full of wonderful yeasty notes: strong fruitiness (banana, pear, light vanilla, lemons) with clovey phenols, together with a spicy citrusy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. A little alcohol comes out at the finish.

Brouwerij Huyghe has a lot of hits and misses in their lineup of beers, but this is definitely one of the hits, maybe the best beer they make.

02-26-2007 03:24:58 | More by allengarvin
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

This bottle was dated 2006 and poured into a New Belgium glass. It is a golden almost straw colored beer with a thick two finger brilliant white head that hangs around for the long haul. I poured it before I ate and 10 minutes later it was still there. There are visible flecks of yeast floating around the commotion caused by the constant bubbling. The smell mostly belgian funk. There is also a cidery aroma that comes through. If someone didn't know what they were smelling, you might almost be able to convince them it was cider. The taste is much better than the smell. It is a very light and sweet beer with some good yeasty fruity flavors. I would certaintly drink this again, but it won't be a regular for me.

02-21-2007 05:01:37 | More by drseamus
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

cork dated 2006, this pours a hazy light gold straw color, with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves behind decent lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast esters, alcohol, and a bit of hops. Fairly mild, and almost acidic, this is a little lackluster.

flavor is fortunately much better. Spicy yeast dominates the flavor, along with just a hint of malty sweetness up front. The finish is pleasantly hoppy, and has a dry linger that begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is ligth and creamy, aided by heavy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

All in all, a fairly boring strong pale ale. Not bad at all, and well made, but fairly uneventful. Worth the money, but there is better out there.

02-21-2007 01:29:05 | More by phisig137
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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

705 ml corked fake ceramic covering glass bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch that almost completely covers the top. Some traces of lace temporarily stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet spices, clove - a faint hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of sweet sugar-candy with a fruity tartness. Clove with a hint of sugar-coated banana and a touch of bubblegum. Fairly sharp alcohol notes. Finishes sweetart. Just a hint of flavor lingers. Not a long finish.

The body is light and fluffy.

For a Belgian I think it's decent, but I can't say it's anything particularly special for what it is. By itself it's pretty darn good. In line with other Belgians, it's decent - had better.

02-20-2007 16:04:18 | More by jwc215
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

750ml brown bottle made to look like it's ceramic. Yellow translucent body with bits of yeast floating in it (as I've come to expect from Delirium beers...) and a couple inches of white head. Smells citrusy and yeasty with hints of spice and vanilla. Tastes citrusy, spicey, and yeasty with a hint of vanilla... Alcohol really isn't noticeable. Light to medium bodied. Fairly drinkable for the style and abv. A pretty good Belgian.

02-20-2007 02:33:58 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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2.33/5  rDev -43.6%

Poured a fine yellow with much residue & with a moderate white head.
Smell was sweet with a hint of cloves
The taste was overwhelmingly of cloves with a bit of sweetness..."YUCK"
Aftertaste not so pleasant and long lasting.
Ok ...so this is my first beer with cloves but I just didn't like it & my son Nathan found it foul.
Cost $3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle

Maybe this is good beer but the cloves are a taste I just freaking hate.

02-18-2007 02:13:16 | More by Roderick
Photo of BeerCheese


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Took this 25.4 oz bottle out of the fridge, popped the cork (yes, it actually had a cork in it!), and poured it into a clean dry glass. Poured cloudy yellow with a huge white head. The pillowy soft head stuck around for a LONG time with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. First thing I smelled was citrus, more lemon than orange. Tough to smell anything through my stuffy cold though. Malty and citrusy taste with a little bitterness on the finish. A little taste of alcohol on the finish as well. Medium/high carbonation with a little alcohol warmth going down, which doesn't surprise me with the 9% ABV. All in all, this was a good beer and I'm sure 25.4 ounces won't be enough for tonight!

02-16-2007 02:08:17 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of browner


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Apearance is quite nice with he contrast of the golden cloudiness and the white foamy head. The flavor will vary from batch to batch but generally a hint of candy,spice and fruit. The depth of the beer falls a bit short with an ending that finishes too fast for a sweet Belgium for me. All in all it is still worth trying and comming back to now and again.

02-11-2007 21:47:49 | More by browner
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,258 ratings.