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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,964
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
Gots: 800 | FT: 2
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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 CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass or bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a yellow-brown body, cloudy, topped with a big, creamy head of white--fully lasting, sheets and rings of lace. Aroma is earthy, grassy, lemon, clove, coriander, a delicate fruitiness. The palate is medium-full with creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly sweet with sugar and clove, lightly sour with lemon, clove and a long, lightly hopped finish. The finish is woody, laced with clove, balanced, apple cider. Crisp and refreshing brew. A classic here.

Photo of Spica66
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as a birthday present from the boyz back home in Kazoo. Thanks to Jeff, Brian, Brian and Mike!!

Enjoyed after rescuing 16 carboys from dirty basement with gwuilliums.

A: Straw color, excellent formation, retention and lacing. I knocked this down a notch due to jellyfish-looking floaties that were present even though I purposely poured extremely softly.

S: Spicy, light-fruit and Belgian yeast tang.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Like tangy pears with a little spice sprinkled over them. Very, very tasty.

M: Round body with a tingly carbonation and pretty dry finish. No stickiness or alcohol burn. Very nice for an 8.5%.

D: High cost and high ABV lead me to say this is nice-drinking "treat" beer.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second sampling under the Delirium family. Absolutely stunning. I'm so impressed by this series of Belgians that I want to drink them all.

Serving: 22 oz. bomber into a glass ball jar beer stein.

A: Pours a crystal golden amber waves of Belgium blond into a glass mug. Full three finger head on the pour clings to the sides like Dutch lace on crack. Ten minutes and three gulps in, the beer still has a 1" halo around the perimeter and 1/4" high milky way lacing.

S: Smacks of biscuity lime and lemon zest combined with grassy florals and a fresh garden after a rainstorm.

T: Delicious. Super balanced alcohol esters and pleasant hops even out the sweetness of the malts. Not over-sweet, an absolutely magic equilibrium. Alcohol cleanliness is present on the frontend with the middle tasting of golden delicious apple, citrus, plum and apricots. Finishes with a slight bite of hops to finish dry.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing. Carbonation is slight and the drinking is very easy.

D: It's so tasty with dry fruit notes that you don't taste the alcohol. Much caution needs to be given to this brew as it's strong on the alcohol side. I could drink this beer every night.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A brighter golden yellow with slight froth. It remains well carbonated throughout even when sitting for some time. Quite bubbly with poor lacing.

Smell - Not huge on the Belgian smell. I get hints of ginger and champagne with a slight sewer smell as well.

Taste - If it makes any sense at all, sort of a twilight zing. It tastes like honey champagne and is definitely a deeper-tasting Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel - A light champagne with white wine notes. Not very frothy while in your mouth.

Drinkability - Very sippable and easy to drink; although I felt more like I was drinking champagne.

Verdict - I enjoyed sipping this slowly and would definitely purchase it again. It is a sophisticated, crisp, light champagne tasting ale.

Photo of hickmancase
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in it's intended glass at The Back Abbey in Claremont.

A: Hazy yellow with a one finger head.

S: Bright. Belgian yeast is present.

T: Good for the style. Alcohol a little too present. Have had better for the style.


D: Good, but rather'd have Duvel or Moinette Blonde.

Like Duvel.


Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spices in the olfactory flavors, including dill and spices from Provence. The flavor is round, with a mouth full and warm alcoholic which leaves the aftertaste of bitterness with that presence always spicy where it collects a few grains of pepper. It also receives a key that gives a sweet finish more or less syrupy. Very good duivelbier, probably the best direct rival of Duvel from Moortgat.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure what the packaging is all about - the faux ceramic is an interesting touch, though query what it does to flavor after prolonged periods. The glass is an oddity as well, with its elephants and whatnot, though I guess it's all part of the overall experience. Once you get past all the pomp, the ale pours a nice golden color with a thick head that holds well and laces even better. The first sip provides a bursting cocktail of fruit flavors with strong honey and mild pepper. Good creamy carbonation. The alcohol is hidden nicely in the sweet maltiness so be careful, it packs a wallop. A bit too sticky sweet for my taste, but fine for those who prefer that. Overall, a solid ale for its type.

Photo of goalie33
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large 2 finger white head. Lots of carbonation and lots of large pieces of sediment floating around.
S) Clove spiciness, Belgian yeast, light fruits, maybe a some peppery notes?
T) Bready yeast upfront followed by a spicy middle with the clove and pepper. Finish has a pleasant sweetness to it.
M/D) Medium body with a slight prickle of carbonation. Dry finish. Very easy drinking beer, but at 8.5% abv it's not really a session beer.

Great tasting beer. Very nice color, but appearance was hurt by the large pieces of sediment. I don't mind sediment in my beer but these pieces where quite large.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a cottencandy bubblegum aroma 3.0

The beer is golden with a nicewhit head 3.5

The taste is sweet and malty and has a pale malt flavor but it Is alittle to much candi sugar for me

Its light brew but too sweet for me and being that its the same price as an Allagash I don't think ill have againm anytime soon

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the first Belgian beer I had when I started out years ago, into a large snifter without the pink elephants.

Tremens is a hard pour with the ceramics and all, it's impossible not to get floaties in your pour so dont sweat it. Golden with yellow highlights and a bright white head about yeea high, some moderate stick.

Smell is authentic Belgian yeast imparting some spice and there is some alcohol in there, I've always noticed this from the get go, and things have not changes. A hit of citrus with a faint grassy hopping.

Comes off fruity with some pear and banana backed by a spicy yeast strain, bready as well. A hit of alcohol in the middle is hard to miss, there is no getting around it, but IMO, is this beers best characteristic. It's a light alcohol, nothing like lucifer, etc. Some malt afterwards and a slight earth hit.

Delirium is a strong medium in terms of body strength. Light enough to take down easy and in gulps if you will, but big enough to leave a lasting impression for a few. Aftertaste is mainly spicy with alcohol, the fruit is up front. Highly carbed, slightly bitey.

I think 12oz of this is good for a session. I don't think I would want to do a bomber of this on my own, only for sharing. A great example of the style and one of my favorites from Belgium on special occasions.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Below is a recent review I wrote after having this beer in a bottle:

Another beer that's supposed to be like Duvel but also falls short. ONe of the better clones, and worth drinking, this one unfortunately is more expensive than most including duvel itself. The fact that it's in a ceremic bottle probably doesn't help either.


I had somewhat the same feeling from drinking DT on draft but enjoyed it more. It's frutier than Duvel and a little sweeter but a very good Belgian pale ale. Great carbonation and aroma.

Photo of KSac4115
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, pale golden color with a massive white one in foam head. Very unfiltered look with specs of unfiltered ingredients floating around.

Has a great unfiltered wheat smell with fruity hints. Very sweet smelling.

Taste is sweet but not overpowering. Not bitter at all. Very good blend of flavors. No taste is particularly overpowering. Great though.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Very light and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability is spectacular. Despite the higher alcohol percentage, the beer is remarkably drinkable and there is no bite. Very light.

Overall, veyr good beer that lived up to expectations.

Photo of IHC
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Light golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a small amount of head retention. Note: I was served this in a sniffter glass which had the delirium logo on it.

Smell-good citrusy smell and you can tell its a belgium just by the smell alone.

Taste- good citrus flavor up front with a nice sour finish, hints of yeast are also present.

Mouthfeel-good carbonation

Drinkability- highly drinkable

Photo of CrazyMike
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance with lots of head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with citrus and apple, somewhat medicinal.

Picked up a malty, bread, yeast taste with various fruit (such as apples and banana's). Very sweet beer but the sweetness is balanced with other flavors. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is sour and medicinal, but nothing overboard,

At first I thought this was a gimmick with the high alcohol and pink elephants on the label, but it's actually quite good. Despite it's ABV, it is light tasting and highly drinkable. If you can find out, pick it up.

Photo of auro0006
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe there is a reason that this beer sells so well at the liquor store I work at.

Tremens pours a bright, yellow-gold color with a massive, fast rising head that leaves nice lace.

The nose exudes aromas of fresh fruits, hints of citrus and floral hops. Very effervescent.

The body is crisp and refreshing. Flavors of citric and sweet fruits wash over the tongue. Pale malts blend with hops and spicy yeast to create a dry and crisp finish.

This is a great, but unique, Belgian Strong Golden Ale. It has great drinkability and goes great with a burger.

Photo of keydiddy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an amazing beer. My girlfriend doesn't really care for beer but she loves this one. It's not to sweet and you sometimes forget that it's a beer. Its a little more expensive but with an ABV of 8.50% you really wont need as many as you would have of regular beer.

Photo of Blackdevil77
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating this beer according to the good bottle I had, but I have gotten way to many bad bottles. The first one I had was delicious, had a dark amber color, 2-3 finger head, and I just really enjoyed it with it's complex flavor that has to be tasted more than once to taste all the flavors in this beer. Every bottle I bought after that had no head what-so-ever, was a pale, amber color, some with large particles floating around, tasted very bitter and no were near as pleasent as the first bottle, and the dates on the bottle indicated that the beer was over a year old, and I do believe that date is an expiration date, not a manufacture date.

Basically, it's a fantastic beer, as long as you get a good one. If you read many of the other reviews on here, you will see that many of them contradict one another, some saying the beer has no head, some saying it's over carbonated filling the glass with foam, etc. They need more quality control with the distribution of this beer because it will ruin Delirium's reputation. If you tried it and dis-liked it, I encourage you to give it one more shot. Just make sure you get a good bottle.


I have to revise my review a little. It seems to me this beer isn't quite what it used to be. I loved this beer but it has proven to be way to difficult to find a good bottle without great big floating particles and a bitter bite that shouldn't be there. When I first started drinking this beer, the color was a deep amber color. Now I'm noticing they are a much more pale yellow color, and the taste has changed also, but not for the better. It's a shame because this was one of my favorites. They gotta get back in the game with this beer, it seems like they're slacking here!

Photo of ryantaussig
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extremely similar to Duvel, this BSPA has its own unique profile. It's a bit spicier and not quite as smooth. Has expected yeast and citrus notes. The aroma is fruity and a bit earthy. There is also pepper and citrus in the nose. It goes down quite easy with the only drawback being a slight thinness.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly cloudy champagne yellow color. White head which settles quickly.

S- Medicinals, citrus, sweet malt. Touch of ethanol.

T- Flavors of sweet fragrant fruit and spicy phenolics. Bready malt and warm alcohol take up the finish.

M, D- Mouthfeel medium-light, smooth. The ABV adds to the substantial feel. CO2 a bit lively.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearly I am doing something wrong. For the 2nd time in several weeks, I have opened a bottle of Delerium (last time was the Noel) with a couple years on it and, careful as I've tried, my glass winds up looking like a golden shower snow globe hybrid (Patent Pending). This is a 2008 bottle.

Sweet malts plan the day, bready and figgy, with a dash of coriander, smooth alcohol rides over the top. My hands shake for more, the anticipation! Poured into 3 glasses and can really tell the difference between the tulip, the goblet, and the snifter. Duvel tulip promotes the most flavorful, well-rounded of the 3 pours. The snifter accentuates the sweetness and alcohol and the goblet the yeast and breadiness. Nonetheless, all glasses contain the same fine delicious beverage.

Glad that I finally decided to throw some of these classic, ubiquitous Belgians in the closet for a few years. Every one that I've had with some time on it has been fantastic and a little bit better than previously. The flavors in this beer are particularly well-integrated and downright loveable.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delirium Tremens evokes controversy with it's name; it seems wrong to name a beer of its strength after an alcoholic's withdrawal. Then there's the bottle glass painted to look like ceramic adorned with blue foil. The label is decorated with pink elephants, green alligators and red dragons. The website which is loosely translated from French or Flemish describes it as depicting the beer's stage of production, but to me it signifies insanity.

When poured the beer itself appears slightly tame the particular 750ml bottle I had could be poured straight into my Duvel without overflowing. As a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, a style hallmarked by champagne-like carbonation, Delirium delivers with a large white head that dissipates into a soapy lacing that clings to the glass. As with an ale on the lees it's a bit cloudy. The color is a nice golden yellow, a shade darker than a traditional Pilsner. As with any bottle fermented beer if your not careful, towards the end of your bottle you will get chunky yeast sediment in your bottle; I don't mind a bit of solids in my beer.

This is a very aromatic beer, at first you'll notice the alcohol and the funk of Belgian yeast. I dug a bit deeper and got the scents of sour green apples, vinegar and hops that I assume to be Saaz (most homebrew cloners agree); a variety of Czech hops that you often find in Pilsners. These smells meshed together give off a fruity smell balanced with malt. Almost like an enchanting albeit musty perfume.

The taste is in a similar fashion to the beer's aroma. My taste buds picked up a slight apple and fruity taste, followed by a slight tinge of hops, a big yeasty funk and finished a bit boozy. As the beer starts to warm up and nears room temperature the flavors become more bold and the alcohol becomes more evident.

As with any beer of this alcohol content the body of this beer is big and syrupy. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne. Unlike many Belgian ales Delirium Tremens is not too sweet and the hops in this beer push it to closer to the bitter side rather than the sweeter side. Not IPA bitter, just a notch above being neutral in the comparison of sweet vs. bitter. After a while (such as the consumption of an entire 750) the alcohol is drying to the mouth.

Make no mistake about it this is a big beer but it goes down like a light beer, which is dangerous with its 8.5% abv content. Unlike light beers Delirium is packed with complex flavors. Especially as it warms up. I've had this beer on tap before and it's often served too cold, this beer is better at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You'll miss the point of this beer entirely (and most beers) if it's too warm.

I personally view Duvel as the milestone of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale Style. With its intense carbonation it delivers one of the most seductively large and foamy heads of any beer known to man. It's semi-clear and its carbonation is immense. Duvel's flavor is perfectly balanced which is appealing but it could be interpreted as boring,

To me Brouwerij Huyghe's beers (Delirium Tremens and Delirium Noctronum) have always stood in defiance to the nearly perfect Belgian classics such as Duvel or Chimay Grande Réserve. These beers often define their styles (Belgian Strong Pale Ale and Belgian Strong Dark Ale) to those new to Belgian Beer.

Brouwerij Huyghe's beers seem to add an unexpected funk to classic belgian styles. In the case of Delirium Tremen's the fruit flavors and yeast funk are dominant, where as Duvel is more balanced. Delirium may not be perfect but it's imperfections make it interesting and make drinkers think twice about imbibing classics such as Duvel and Chimay. Delirium Tremens is dangerously delicious it's hard to consume just one glass of it and two or three will put you in your own personal Delirium.

Photo of glassjaw25
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of Pale Ale's but this beer has blown me away. This beer has such a unique smell and taste, poured in the correct glass it almost resembles the look of champagne. It has fruit like undertones to it but not enough to make it taste like a fruity beer. The A.B.V is relatively high and I suggest only a few glasses of this beer. I've had this beer out of the bottle and on tap. I enjoyed this beer each time I had it but I would have to say on tap superseded my experience out of the bottle.

Even if you're not a big fan of pale ale's I still suggest you give this beer a shot.

Photo of LuthersLager
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every group of guys has a beer geek. The guy who knows each of his pals palettes and tells them what to order at the taproom on Friday night. With my pals, I'm that guy.

I often get asked which beer is my favorite. My reply is always the same, I tell them that is an impossible question. Because the differences from a pilsner to a stout to a trippel are like the differences from a bowl of cereal, to filet mignon to dessert. I tell them the better question is: If I was stuck on a island for the rest of my life with one "beer" which would I choose. My answer has always been Delirium Tremens. Of course this answer would probably change if I ever get to stand at the doors of the Saint Sixtus monks and drink a Westvleteren 12. Delirium Tremens is so complex and delightful I taste something new every time I drink it, I don't believe I could ever get bored with this beer. Even if its the only one I had for the rest of my life.

P.S. this beer is noticeably better on tap than in a bottle. But it would change my answer to the stuck on the island question.

Photo of catrone
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale gold with a medium head that disappeared rather quickly after puring into a glass.
Some sediment was floating and became "trapped" into the head as it floated upwards.

The smell is mainly of fruit (apple), quite sugary, similar to sweet cider.

The taste is according to the smell, sweet and fruity, though the final is dry and set your mouth ready for the next sip.

It's very drinkable despite the quite high ABV.

Definitely one of the best beer ever.

Photo of jwinship83
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2009 is on the cork, so this one is pretty fresh. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy glowing golden colored body with a really large bright white head on top. the head takes forever to recede and leaves behind large rings of lacing. i cant ask for any more from this style.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose are pale malts and belgian candy sugar. after that i get light summer fruits like apples and pears. there is a little bit of spice in here, as well as a hint of alcohol.

T- the taste starts out with sweet pale malts and belgian candi sugar and quickly moves into some spicy belgian yeast. after that i get some of the fruits i could smell like apple and pear. some floral hops and alcohol in the finish.

M- light to medium bodied. highly carbonated. there is a slight warming form the alcohol.

D- easy to drink my half of this bottle. this is a pretty solid example of a style i often overlook. ill be happy to check this one out again. i think i liked the bottle version better than the on tap one, which is rare for me.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,964 ratings.