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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,136
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 168
Gots: 321 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jabocu


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass.

Pours a medium golden color with a thick white cap. This cap was gone quickly and left almost no lacings. Smell was great filled with bananas, cloves, and diacetyl. A little grainy. The flavor was cloves, banana, and peppery with pungeant hops. Crisp carbonation right off with a medium-light body. Nice dry finish. Good beer that I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 18:10:43 | More by jabocu
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked dated 2003 - been in the beer fridge a long while.

Murky yellow-orange body, topped by a small white head which deteriorated into a thin white skin.

Nice spicey nose.

Delightfuly spicey taste, tingly and biting, while walking a tightrope between sweet and bitter.

Nice mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

I've never been that big a belgian drinker, but I'm going to have to revisit this one in the future. You should too.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 03:52:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a large bottle, blue foil top with a caged cork. Dated February 2005.

Poured a hazy dark gold into an oversized wine glass. After pour a thick and creamy head rose 1 finger off the top of the beer and after a minute or so disappated into a lovely lace coating the surface.

A fairly monochromatic nose, the malt is extremely present.

A wonderfully sweet taste. Hints of fruit and bubble gum color this beer strongly. It has a medium body and is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:39:31 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of Dithyramb


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

Served from the fat bottle at Ale Mary's in BAltimore. Mary poured it for me, so I'm not sure of the dating and such. It was generously and properly poured into an official Delirium Tremens tulip glass avec pink elephants.

Pink tinged champagne liquid with two fingers of tight bubbles. Excellent lacing and retention. Big globbules of chunky yeast trolling around. Loads of carbonation. Candy sugar, yeast, and esthers on the nose.

Yummy yummy bubble gummy esters were what I really focused here, though the yeast and a good bit of the candy sugar were here as well. Great young fruit and citrus backbone.
Clean, tingly, with enough carbonation to give it body and keep far away from the cloyingly sugary tag that could happen. Very drinkable, just not when paying bar prices. Why don't I drink this more often?

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 00:26:21 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of jamie2dope


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

Had this one at a European beer bar in downtown Melbourne. Bottle had four cool looking elephants dancing around the label. Anyway the beer poured a very enticing cool golden color with a nice thick head into a sniffer. Smell was wonderful...there were many different fruit aromas going on, each one not overpowering but just right. If you can imagine fruit salad in a beer then you get the idea. There was also a slight spicyness that strangely enough complimented the fruit smells very well. Taste was also very good...pretty big hop presence with fruit flavors going wild. The only thing that I wasn't thrilled with was the carbonation, which was a bit too much for my liking. Drinkability was pretty damn good, but I think the alcohol could be a factor considering that after one I felt a bit buzzed. Final Verdict: A very nice beer, definetly worth a try. Apparently the title means the shakes you get after a long night of drinking. Veddy Veddy clever. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 01:42:47 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of virtualshock


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clean, with a nice white head, color is cloudy and golden.

S - Smells very yeasty and slightly hoppy.

T - Hop bitterness and slight sourness. Some citrus and maybe a little fruit sweetness shines through.

M - Very smooth and light.

D - Very drinkable, alcohol is pleasantly disguised.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:28:56 | More by virtualshock
Photo of chOAKbarrell


4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best looking bottles in beerdom. The bottle color/design lets no light in whatsoever, practically assuring freshness. Wire cap holds a dated cork underneath (my bottle was dated 2004) and the whole shebang is wrapped up in foil.

The beer itself looks a lot like a whitbier. The head retains for quite a while, and in my snifter, it never disappeared, or even settled below 1/4 inch. Champagne-like bubbles constantly rising to the surface.

Scent reminds me much of a whitbier as well. Fruity, light, effervescent tones abound. Smells like it is going to be very refreshing.

Taste is a sheer delight. Delirium Tremens is every bit as refreshing as it appears and smells. Like a Belgian whitbier with extra kick and body. The typical Belgian yeasty flavors are kept to a minimum here, which is a plus for me. Pleasantly citrusy, but not overly sweet.

D.T. leaves your palate feeling very clean and reenergized. Good, moderate amount of carbonation.

If I'm having a Belgian beer, Delirium Tremens is pretty much the one for me. I prefer it to all the other big name Belgians and the American made Belgians as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 23:47:12 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured very big and foamy and faded to almost nothing...

Aroma - Fruity (pineapple/grapefruit), spicy hops, peppery, grassy, floral, underlying honey sweetness, light basil notes...

Taste – Peppery hops, spicy, citrusy, grassy, pretty noticable alcohol notes, light fruity sweetness underneath..

Feel - Sharp and dry. Light/Medium body... Probably couldn't drink too many in one sitting...

Overall - An excellent beer.... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 10:37:31 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Troyone


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy darkish wheat color with an off white head that sticks around.

Has a slight banana caramel malt aroma.

Mod sweet, light/mod acidic/bitter, and a licorice malt taste with well balanced pine hops flavor.

Medium bodied, syrupy texture, soft carb, and a smooth/sweet finish.

Too sweet for a session beer however well balanced and a good example of a belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 05:15:54 | More by Troyone
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle that's been painted to look like ceramic. Cork, cage, elephant - you know what it looks like.
Opens with a resounding POW and I expect to see foam gushing forth momentarily. Oof! I guess the POW was really just a Pow or a pow. That's fine - I prefer drinking my beer from a glass, you know? Pours light yellow and fairly clear with a medium white head.

Smells light and fruity. Very light. Not quite as fruity.

Tastes light and fruity. Very light. Not quite as fruity.

In the mouth it is awfully fizzy (hmm, maybe that was a Pow after all).

So, gotta be constructive, now... I'll surely drink another. And if I get lucky and it's not overly carbonated it might just be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 17:57:11 | More by charlesw
Photo of Boto


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours with a decent white head on it. The color is a fairly clear, darker golden color. The nose is a bit spicy, with notes of breadiness and bananas. The taste is a bit tarter than I expected. A bit of spice to it, with a touch of a dry aftertaste. A hint of clove and a touch of sweetness also. A decent brew. Not quite up to Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 01:41:36 | More by Boto
Photo of GClarkage


4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/10/06- Received as a gift from Christmas 2004.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked and foil wrapped. Year 2004 bottling on the cork. Consumed from my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Was a bit worried when I saw a rim of what looked like mold growing between the cork and the rim of the bottle. Popped the cork to reveal not much more than a tiny pop. Now I am more worried. Worry is somewhat over as it pours a lovely golden slightly clouded color. Nice stream of carbonation rises from the stem of my cute pink elephant glass. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Great typical scent of a quality Strong Pale. Candied sugar, white pepper, bits of corriander.. Maybe a touch of clove as well. Also smells as if it has some oaky quality to it.

Taste- Very refined...not overbearing in any flavor. Subtle hints of corriander, pepper and other spices. A nice fruity grapefruity and apricot flavor as well. Tastes a light bit vinous. Yummy!

Mouthfeel- Super easy going down. Moderate carbonation, a bit creamy with a nice sweetness.

Drinkability- Top 5 Belgian Pale IMO. Doesn't hit you in the face like some do, which is not bad or good. Although, this has been aged a good year plus, so who knows how it tastes fresh. Will have to find out sometime in the future. Very recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 05:06:45 | More by GClarkage
Photo of LordChesterfield


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer purely because of the name. I'm drinking it in celebration of begining my second attempt at a decent home brew. This stuff poors a pale straw yellow and sports a energetic but shortlived head. Smells of spice and yeast, which is a winning combinitation in this case. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp and refreshing. Taste is sweeter than average with flavors of apple and spice. Nice balanced hop profile that really compliments the sweetness. I'm glad to see that the elaborate bottle is not all there is to it. Definitely worth the $8. Note: On the back of the bottle the ABV is stated as "8,5% VOL." Not the 9%ABV cited at the top of the page. This is a fine beer. Fine like wine. Though compared to beer, wine is not fine, but you get the point.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 01:48:47 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cool bottle drew me to this beer, with a "stone" look and pictures of alligators and pink elephants on the label. I first had this in the large (~750mL) size bottles, but lately I've been buying the smaller (330mL) bottles.

Pours with a huge pillowy head over a mostly clear yellow body. The smell is intense, fruity and estery like a tripel. You can taste the malts in the background and spicy fruits on the top. It's hard for me to detect the flavor of hops or alcohol.

Goes down really easy so drinkability is high. Sweet stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 12:01:43 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of lackenhauser


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy gold in color-a huge head on top that just begs to be compared to whipped cream. Really a pretty glass of beer. Good aroma-yeasty and sulfur like. Slight peppery spice bite to it. Spicey flavor-complex malt and spice mix. Somewhat sweet in spots but nice drying finish. Metallic at times. great body-very bright and lively on the palate. Really a great beer. I first had this in 1995 or so as I remember and was so blown away then. Still a classic in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 23:16:07 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of SupaCelt


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ominous beer was a pale golden colour. Quite fizzy and with a decent head. The nose had some interesting characters such as bubble gum and light banana and pepper scents. Certainly yeast influenced and interesting. The taste was pleasantly sweet with a candi sugar base. The other flavours were much the same as the nose with the aforementioned bubble gum and banana impressions. Some pepper and clove hints. Fairly complex. This beer was wet and round without much bitterness. Mouthfeel medium. Somewhat fluffed by fiz and malt variety. It approached creaminess at times. Drinkability was good. Characteristic Belgian traits made this quite interesting and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 06:45:39 | More by SupaCelt
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4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color. It is cloudy. the thick fluffy white head fades slowly, leaving very thick laces. I see small bubbles of carbonation. Only a small amount of sediment is present.

As with just about every Belgian beer I have had, this beer has a strong spicy aroma. I can detect some earthy yeasty aromas. It also has a decent hop aroma. Citrus fruits can be detected if you smell deeply.

This beer tastes great. It has a citrusy flavor. Slightly sour. The spicy flavor is also noticable. Not over done on the cloves like some. The hop flavor is slightly detectable. I can not taste the 9% ABV at all.

This beer is very refreshing. It is crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a sour citrus aftertaste. This beer is highly carbonated, complimenting the beer.

I am unsure how good of a session beer this would make. The flavor is wonderful, but the ABV is a little high. Too amny of there, and you might down for the count. This beer is great. Thanks Tommy for hooking me up with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 00:40:04 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Mitchel


3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Delirium Tremens pours a lightly clouded golden yellow. The head is thick and foamy white head leaves very little lacing. It smells like spicy fruit, yeast and hay (?).

Tastes like a fruit detonation. So many fruit tastes are here, mostly like citrus and melon. Lots of fruity tastes and a light hint of alcohol. There are spicy hints of apple and clove. It is lightly creamy and finishes clean and somewhat dry.

This beer is not worth the money in my opinion. I paid $4 for an 11.2oz bottle. It is good, just not great. The fruitiness is great and it almost tastes like champagne, but that just doesn’t do it for me. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 07:41:32 | More by Mitchel
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, corked, caged, and wrapped in foil. Delirium Tremens has a clear, bright orange color with a big head. Lots of carbonation. Just a bit of floaties. Sweet aroma of juicy fruits with orange peels and spices. Fruity and spicy flavor. Orange, coriander, and pepper. Not as malty as I expected. The spices are a bit much, and there is some medicinal flavor. ABV is noticably high, but it hides behind a strong, spritzy carbonation. A tasty, but flawed beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 02:23:02 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of nathanho


3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, standard pour in a tulip glass, golden orange with lots of suspended solids; a lot of carbonation and a small, creamy head - left to warm and breathe for about 20 minutes.

Apricot, coriander, licorice & alcohol notes. Flavors of hops, yeast, apricot, licorice, straw - bitterness. Slick in the mouth with the right amount of carbonation; bitter but not astringent.

I don't feel compelled to have another...maybe I let it sit to long...sigh. Next up: La Fin Du Monde

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 04:38:23 | More by nathanho
Photo of ElGordo


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle with champagne cork. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color topped by a huge, thick, creamy white head. Ample carbonation just keeps on coming. Aroma primarily of Belgian ale yeast, with notes of clove, banana, and confectioner's sugar. Palate is a tad delicate - tasty, yes, but individual flavors are difficult to discern. Light sweet malt melds with the assertive yeast, yielding sweet, bready notes with light spice. Clove, banana, a touch of pepper. Body is nice, creamy, and a touch buttery. The substantial alcohol is hidden well in the palate, but gradually builds on the finish. This is one of my favorite special occasion beers, and since I'm celebrating the completion of paperwork for my new job tonight, I thought I'd break it out. A real treat indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:56:40 | More by ElGordo
Photo of danielharper


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

Purchased from Strong Brothers Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

(Beer tasted and notes taken on 11/21/05. Verbatim notes follow.)

"Opaque yellow-orange body, thick white foamy head. Nice citrus aroma, a touch of Belgian funk at bottom. Sweet, no hops. Hints of cantaloupe? Strong taste of oranges, nice flavor of Belgian yeast. Finishes smooth, almost like a witbier or hefe. Mouthfeel thick, with heavy body and moderate carbonation. Leaves pleasant aftertaste and coating. Nice tart flavor as beer warms. Very drinkable -- beer shows enormous complexity as it warms."

I also drank a 750mL of this on New Year's Eve -- a friend of mine who does not drink alcohol at all drank and enjoyed a glass of this while I finished off the bottle. A nice celebration beer, for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 20:27:13 | More by danielharper
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 11.2oz coated bottle an apple cider color with a thick frothy white head. The first thing that strikes me is... Yeast. Hmm. Yeast floaties - strike that, yeast colonies - no... yeast metropoli. Either I did something to disturb my yeast, or I should have decanted it more carefully, or there's something wrong with my beer, or I'm being overly sensitive. But this thing is totally full of kind of gross yeast chunks.

Smell is marshmallowy, citrusy and ciderish; Lemon peel, clove, a tiny hint of strawberries and a final bang of bananas that I didn't expect.

The taste is crisp and sharp across the whole palate; Sugar coated orange rinds, perhaps, a few spicy tastes of clove and coriander. Whatever the flavors that my tongue can't decipher are, they're zingy and crisp.

The carbonation that I really like in this kind of ale brings this one down a bit, and as it warms there's an unpleasant estery alcohol bite. What I want to say but should restrain myself from saying is that this reminds me of Duvel but is a little less refined in appearance, flavor, and presentation. Worth trying, if just for the fact that you can joke about the name and bottle with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 09:04:29 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of hero27


3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa..

Dark gold color with an enormous head of oily foam. Abundant spices both in the aroma & taste..cloves and coriander have their way with it. The Belgian yeast runs rampant in this puppy as well. Somehow the wide array of yeasts, spices, and thick malts come together to make a pretty damn good strong Belgian ale. Fresh on-tap, this is a very solid Belgian... though, I must say, I didn't see any pink elephants..

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2006 04:02:12 | More by hero27
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this ne thanks to my non BA brother, and a friend who flew from Chicago to México with this bottle and another two. :-)
Glass bottle, painted to imitate ceramic.

Pours a golden yellow, with some orange hues. Nice compact and white head, almost no lacing.

Smell is what you expect of a Belgian Strong Ale: Fruity, spicy, yeast.

Taste is medium round, nice balance between malts and hops; really hides well its alcohol.

Mouthfeel is somehow tangy, not from carbonation; some spiciness and
mildly bittter end.

Drinkability is not high due to it's 8.5% ABV (not 9%), but this is a classic sipping beer and can have it often if I only can put my hands on it.


Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 06:12:44 | More by Pepeton
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,136 ratings.