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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,319
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 180
Gots: 405 | FT: 3
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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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wesleyhighley

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

To be honest, I expected quite a different experience than the one I got. I guess it's because I had always expected something incredibly intense from such a strange bottle/name combination. I really enjoy a good belgian ale, and this definitely fits the bill. I imagine this is what Duvel would want to grow up into some day. I can certainly taste the STRONG.

10-08-2007 21:32:22 | More by wesleyhighley
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Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark yellow/light golden with absolutely no bubbles whatsoever. Minimal off-white head leaves only some small splotches of lacing behind.

S: Fruity, yeasty and spicy -- as for the fruit, I think green apples, apricot and even raspberries at one point. Alcohol fumes noted as it warms a bit -- is there such a thing as apple brandy? If so, that's what it smells like as it warms up.

T: Sweet fruitiness up front -- honey-covered peaches and ripe apples come to mind, followed by a slightly drying, spicy peppery bite that finishes it off pretty clean. Alcohol warmth is evident on the way down.

M: Light-to-medium in weight. There's almost no carbonation evident in the feel. Despite the sweet fruitiness that dominates the taste, it does finish semi-dry in the mouth.

D: Pretty good, especially for a beer of this strength.

10-04-2007 13:32:59 | More by Kendo
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CU570M

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -32.7%

Normal bud light/ miller lite color. head vanishes with the quickness. Smell was sweet/rubbing alcohol type smells. Taste was alright. Oily, butttery. More like wine flavors. Mouthfeel was creamy frothy smooth going down. Keeps my mouth wet. drinkability was alright, i liked it but nothing special. I would drink it again maybe.

10-02-2007 03:28:55 | More by CU570M
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

A - this beer arrives at my table a perfect golden color with no head at all, plenty of carbonation streams up the tulip, it sure as hell looks good

S - the biggest element in the aroma is the yeasty/wheatiness shortly followed by a sharp but sweet green grapeskin type sweetness, and deep in the background is a slight belgian spiciness

T - the wheatiness and grapeskin-esque sweetness are extant in the flavor as well. with a slight spice kick to the firm hop profile in the finish

M&D - what a quality belgian, lively on the palate, full in character, with well-balanced sweetness and full breadiness with the hoppy supports, a nice brew

09-28-2007 14:59:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a somewhat hazy apricot with a head made up of large tapioca pearls. The head remained as lace.

The aroma is citrus, celery, spicy like a Wit, with some alcoholic notes.

The mouthfeel is crisp with high carbonation.

The taste is sour, a mild-medium bitter finish, coriander, grapefruit, and salty black olive notes in the aftertaste. The brew is slightly warming (but not as alcoholic as one would think).

I was expecting much more from this beer than I found, probably on account of the hype and the packaging. It's just another decent Belgian. Whatever.

09-28-2007 04:21:45 | More by JustinBathurst
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Straw/Orange body with a nice white frothy foam and massive lacing.

S: A soft yeast aroma balances a strong bouquet of fruity goodness.

T: Fruit and subtle alcohol sweetness combines in a remarkable way... lively bready yeast... nice blend of spiced notes... i like to equate this beer with liquid gold... its getting close to perfect, but it could do a bit more in the way of balancing flavors.

M: Standard Belgian strong ale mouthfeel -- it tingles the lips and tongue just enough with the assertive carbonation and medium body.

O: I can't get sick of Delirium Tremens -- this is an absolute classic beer.

09-26-2007 15:12:52 | More by callmemickey
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Floydster

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Goblet from the Yard House in Rancho Cucamonga

Poured a medium brown color, but pretty light with a silky head that disappeared almost immediately

Smell was nice and full of Belgian hops and some citrus

Taste was super smooth for a strong ale and had a nice fruity texture

Alcohol catches up with you, but still very drinkable otherwise

09-21-2007 04:09:19 | More by Floydster
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botham

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a delirium 'snifter.' pours a straw color with a sizable white frothy head. the head dissipates at a medium rate, leaving great lacings on the glass.

ale yeast is prevalent over other aromas, with notes of apple, apricot, and a touch of grapes. grassy hops are slightly detectable, alongside notes of pale malts. overall, the brew is sweet, without any trace of alcohol (at 8.5% APV, this is a good thing).

taste is yeasty, with notes of the same apple, apricot and grapes. pale malts give this one a sweet character, while some mild grassy hops finish this one off. there is a slightly alcoholic presence on the way down, but nothing to give it a bite. the flavor profile is well-balanced, and rather light for a brew this complex.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with a smooth texture, and a slight bite from carbonation. finishes smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

this brew is drinkable, but the high alcohol content will shy some drinkers away. however, the alcohol is very well-masked, and the brew overall is somewhat mild, while remaining very rich in profile and complex in taste. cheers!

09-21-2007 01:41:30 | More by botham
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with a lot of visible white floaties. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of cirtus, cloves, and faint touch of anise, and yeast. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a nice earthiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and dry with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I would rather have a La Fin Du Monde or a Duvel.

09-19-2007 20:49:59 | More by KarlHungus
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bottle a hazy pale yellow with lots of yeasty floaties. Head was a rich creamy white and full sticky lacing on the sided.

Smell is warm and sweet with banana notes.

Taste is sweet with citrus and banana yet also with a bit of a sour taste to the tongue. Finish has a warmth to it from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is mid-bodied, warming, and mildly carbonated.

What a nice Belgian ale this is. Warm and friendly with a nice personality.

09-16-2007 19:03:01 | More by Monkeyknife
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oelergud

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Corked and caged stone bottle.
Translucent sunny body with moderate carbonation and a lemon tinted, undulating creamy head with a few large bubbles. Good retention and nice clumpy lace.
Fresh, sweet and citrus scent, green grass and plenty of honey and spice as it warms.
Sweet and sour flavor up front quickly yielding to a strong hoppy honey rush, very tasty with a good deal of fruity flavors. Short and sharp aftertaste of sweet malts.
Medium body with abit of lace and maybe some of a dry finish but not much.
Highly drinkable, easy going and enjoyable.

-Oelergud

09-12-2007 01:05:07 | More by oelergud
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%

A:Pours: Hazy frothy godlen hue with lots of activity from the bottom to the top...as if the head continues to grow after the pouring has ceases

S:Aroma> Fruity but clearly strong and opens your noses fast

T:aste>Complex in melange of fruityness then maltyness.

M:outhfeel. Slick as snot on a kids upper lip, but seriously a heavy thick feeling througout entire quaf.

D:rinkability

09-10-2007 13:10:41 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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IntriqKen

California

2.8/5  rDev -32.2%

Pours a pale golden orange with a nice half finger of craggy white foam on top that melts very slowly to top-coating white that leaves a sticky map in it's wake as you drink it.

Aroma is Belgium with belgium yeast, banana, and something strange like gunpowder that fortunately disappears as it warms.

Taste is bitter citrus fruit with a bready-yeast type of aftertaste. I'm missing a lot of complexity and any of the sweetness I would hope to find in a BPA.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full of tiny carbonation.

Aftertaste is drying citrus peel bitterness and alcohol.

Pity...I've been looking forward to trying this one for a long time but was sorely disappointed.
Not for me.

09-07-2007 03:32:37 | More by IntriqKen
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domtronzero

California

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a huge rocky white head. Tons of lacing left all over the glass, lasting until the finish. Aroma is crisp and light. Full of fruity esters and a nice grassy hop presence. Taste is malty and spicy and full of the typical Belgian flavors: banana, clove, spice, but it isn't too strong and isn't a fully complex as some of the other Belgian strong ales. Definite hop bitterness is noted, and is well balanced by the sweetness of the Belgian flavors. Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, refreshing, and exceptionally smooth, despite the high abv. An excellent beer for drinking any time (just be careful - a magnum bottle is enough to make me very happy for the evening).

09-02-2007 01:13:19 | More by domtronzero
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Sorgasm

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -26.6%

ordered one at my local bier house. came with its own pink elephant stemware. poured a very attractive light golden color with very nice head.

pleasant smell of green bananas and citrus.

honestly, i was a bit disappointed by the taste. it was sweet with nice fruity highlights, undermined however by the prominent alcohol and what i can only describe as a very generic belgian-nes.

mouthfeel was very appropriate for a strong pale, but nothing too exciting.

drinkable, but i was disappointed enough not to order another..

08-31-2007 22:20:35 | More by Sorgasm
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dnichols

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured a 750 ml bottle into chilled tulip.

A: Vary pale blonde color with an abundant white head that didn't last very long. However, the frothy foam left a nice lace on the side of the glass that was pleasing to the eye. There were small flakes of yeast that reminded me I was dinking a beer of some substance.

S: Foremost is the aroma of bananas and cloves. This is followed by a light lemony citrus aroma. There is a lingering hint of alcohol but it does not overwhelm and serves to remind me that I am drinking a beer not a fizzy banana flavored soda.

M: Fizzy from the heavy carbonation, light with little aftertaste except a wee bit of an alcohol presence.

D: This is what a “lite” beer should be. It’s crisp and refreshing when served cold. It’s a bit on the light side for a “strong pale ale” but on a long hot day I could care less. This is a fun beer for a day in the park.
Comment: I fist enjoyed this beer at Staminee de Garre. I was a Belgium novice and I was swept away by the mystique of the boast of the “best beer in the world.” My tastes have matured but Delirium Tremens will always have a special place in my heart.

08-24-2007 02:06:48 | More by dnichols
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bboven

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into two 6 oz plastic hotel cups as I was getting ready for my wedding. Bright gold color with tons of head that lasted as long as the beer did.

Yeasty, fruity, alcohol esters are pretty apparent.

The sweet taste hides the alcohol almost completely, but you can feel it warming you up all the down. Fantastic.

Sticky and lots of carbonation.

Very enjoyable, but by design you couldn't handle too many. A great beer on a great day.

08-13-2007 00:25:45 | More by bboven
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willjansen

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

330ml Bottle - Best before January 2010. ABV listed on bottle as 8.5% (Imported to Australia). Served in snifter.

Appearance - Somewhat hazy, pale golden color. Great sustaining head on a medium pour that slowly reduces to side-sticking lace. Light layer of head remains until the end of the beer.

Smell - Complex aroma that is difficult to describe, but overall it is mainly sweet with some fruitiness and slight, yet distinct spice smells (cloves) coming through in alternating waves. Maltiness with little hoppiness is predicted.

Taste - Similar to the smell with quite a dominant malty kick and all of the sweetness that comes with it. Toffee/caramel is coming through along with the same spices detected in the nose. Warming alcoholic notes remind one of the ABV. Complex taste, but distictly Belgian. No strong aftertaste except perhaps a lingering bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Excellent mouthfeel and one of the highlights of the brew. Smooth, creamy texture and fairly light body for the ABV. Carbonation is on the strong side, but appropriate and pleasant.

Drinkability - Unique beer, no doubt, but one that for some reason I only seek out every few months because "I haven't had a Delerium in while." Great during colder weather when higher ABV spiced beers are nice... Try ore or three on tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels - amazing bar and decent flagship beer.

08-12-2007 10:16:29 | More by willjansen
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joe1510

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

750ml
$8.99
Binny's Orland

For some reason I've always passed by this without ever picking it up. Pours deep golden but looks more straw golden when held to the light. Tiny proteins suspend in the glass adding a slightly hazy appearence. A two finger extremely airy head formed on the pour that faded to a thin skim coat. Leaves almost no lacing at all. Good looking body.

Unique aroma. Has a lot of the typical BSPA aromas including some nice fruity esters. Ripe pear and green apple show themsleves. Pale malts and a sugary medicinal aroma. Mild spicing that's hard for me to detect. The head has to be roused to get any aroma at all but it's very inviting when it's there.

Flavor is along the same lines as the aroma. Lots of fruity esters including the pear and apple from the smell along with some grapes and even some peaches occasionally. Mild sugary punch in the middle makes things really enjoyable. As it warms theres a complimentary alcohol spiciness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium but it has a wonderfully lush mouthfeel. Takes a little time but it does eventually dry out. Mild alcohol warmth as this beer warms.

Easy drinker with a good refreshing quality and lush but thirst quenching body.

My first sample from Brouwerij Huyghe and not my last. This beer really didn't impress me at first but as it warmed it became much more complex. And this was after letting it sit for 20 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

08-12-2007 02:21:16 | More by joe1510
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, pale golden color with a huge bubbling head and bits of particulate being bounced around by the aggressive carbonation. The smell is very enjoyable and complex. Hints of fruit and Belgian candy sugar mix with an almost weizen-like cloveyness to form quite the smell. The taste is also quite good; a light grape-like fruity maltyness that does a perfect job of covering the alcohol - almost to the point of making the alcohol indiscernible. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a full, creamy carbonation to boot. Given the abv rating along with the smoothness and drinkability of this beer makes this one dangerous brew. Excellent all around and a must try. I've been seeing these pink elephants for a few years now and this was the first one I've managed to get my hands on. Go get your own!

08-08-2007 03:43:55 | More by gmfessen
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Fake looking ceramic bottle, cool label. It's Belgian so I'm expecting to get a buzz on after one of these.

Nice looking, aprocot in color, hazy like a good Hefe. Thick head that holds it own for a good 3 minutes before fading away, no real lacing though.

For a Belgian strong, this one had a faint aroma,,,I caught some faint peach/approcot fruitiness and some slight raisin like sweetness.

Taste was mildly sweet, with some well balanced spiciness. Some fruitiness....aprocot again...sheesh.

Carbonation holds up throughout, giving this beer a crisp, yet medium bodied mouth feel.

Goes down rather nicely, although obviously not a session beer given the high ABV..which BTW you may not even notice.

08-04-2007 04:48:33 | More by Shadman
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John_M

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

There are a lot of things I like about Max's in Baltimore. One of those things is that they have DT on tap as a regular there. So this is a fall back beer for me. On those rare occasions when I can find nothing on Max's beer list I want to try, this is always the beer I order.

The beer pours a light gold color, but with a dense, persistent head and fabulous lacing. On the nose I get aromas of lemon zest, ginger ale and lime. This beer is so complex on the palate. There is considerable tartness, but with a beam of sweetness running throughout. Nevertheless, I get sour cherry, melon and banana, with a touch of honey as the beer warms in the glass. This beer is amazingly light on its feet for such a big beer, and has a very pleasing, smooth mouthfeel throughout. As the beer warms up there is even a hint of gingerale/rootbeer, intermingled with all the other flavors, including some lemon/lime citrus.

This beer actually comes across as pretty thirst quenching, and in my mind is the perfect marriage of sweet and sour. A very nice beer.

07-21-2007 16:34:45 | More by John_M
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

served in a goblet, this was a clear deep straw in color with a nice white head and lacing. the aroma was phenomenal. i was surprised and amazed with the powerful and unique bouqet on this one-bananas, bubblegum, tropical fruit, flowery honey, and peppery spice. this smelled like candy, i think i spent more time inhaling this one than drinking it. this had a nice bit of sweetness to start with a bit of a sour finish, which i'm not a fan of. i just prefer a bitter finish in my beer. this did have some bitterness on the back end but the sourness was a bit more noticeable. medium-bodied and quite drinkable but the abv makes it suffer a bit in this area. a must try beer due to it's uniqueness and complex nose.

07-20-2007 05:57:58 | More by MrMcGibblets
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choyhosoi

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

I poured this one and noticed it left a little head as I continued drinking. The color was a weak gold IMO and the smell had a fruity smell to it.The taste was pretty good not too bitter considering the alcohol content, and I would recommend this one to anyone who comes across it

07-18-2007 02:27:39 | More by choyhosoi
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Purchased this 12oz bottle from the State Liquor Store. Pours a opaque yellow color similar to a witbier. Light wight head settles very quickly. Smells of fresh fruit, perhaps apples or pears. Tastes faintly sour, maybe like apricots or other dried fruit.i'm also not detecting much hop bitterness, other than what you might expect from a european pale ale. Light and fizzy mouthfeel. Very light and easy to drink, flavor may be a bit different for some tastes, but it's nice. Certainly wouldn't mind trying again.

07-07-2007 02:37:23 | More by BigJTrucker
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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