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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

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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 russpowell


3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

This 11.5 oz botle pours an efervescent straw color with minimal head into my orval glass. Minimal lacing & some film

S; Musty & perfumy, with clover & honey, then some apple skin, followed by wet (not horse) blanket

T: Srong musty hops up front, fruittyness & honey follow. Then grapefrutty & lemon hops, & wet paper ads this warms. Fruttyness eventually kicks backs in & saves this.

MF: very sharp & acidic, weird how everything seems to fall in place & then this warms & becomes a mess

For the abv it drinks allright, I'm sure this better back in Europe. At least it was the time I had it , maybe this bottle is too young?? At $14 a 4-pack here, might be a long before I revisit

02-10-2007 07:13:56 | More by russpowell
Photo of rec


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a light golden yellow with a excited white foamy head which rises fast but also dissipates quickly. It does however leave a brilliant strong lace. Gorgeous.

Spices, yeast and citrus make up most of the aroma, with alcohol coming through too.

Sweet malts, spices and lemon are recognised by me upon first sip, with some alcohol warmth and hops on the aftertaste.

It feels fine in the mouth with pleasant carbonation.

Despite the high ABV, it's extremely easy to drink and could be made a session beer without problem - although how long you could stand for is another question entirely.

02-09-2007 10:41:48 | More by rec
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -49.2%

Pours a pale cloudy yellow. It's a very heady beer with an explosive head that finally recedes and hold at about 2". Lot's of carbonation continues to bubble and stir up the large amount of yeast that made it into my snifter with a careless pour. The yeast looks like chunks of grapefruit or orange peel in my glass. I'm not real impressed with the appearance.
Smells musty and medicinal.
Taste is very similar to a witbier in my opinion. Lot's of yeasty flavors. Citrus sharp lemon lime flavor.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and I can feel the yeast in my mouth, but that is my fault.
I hate to admit this one was a drain pour. I'd choose the Nocturnam or Noel over this one for the Delirium beers,

02-09-2007 03:36:23 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Cresant


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured this 11.2 oz opaque gray bottle into a snifter. Date notched 1/06 (not sure if this is a bottled on date or a best by date?) A rather vigourous pour created only about one finger of head. Not surprisingly white flakes of yeast floated awhile before settling in the bottom of the glass. The body was an attractive golden orange color with some cloudiness.

Smell was light and fruity. Belgian yeast spiciness. Plum skins.

Taste was rich without being heavy. Sweet creaminess and bright hops. Hoppier than I had anticipated, but welcomed. Tropical fruits. Some dryness in the finish. Rather complex.

Mouthfeel was full. Mouthfilling texture and high carbonation--champange-like. Very nice, better than expected. Despite the name this is not just a novelty beer.

02-07-2007 17:52:38 | More by Cresant
Photo of jl8ltj


5/5  rDev +21.1%

This beer is one of my favorites it has an excellent body. It is light but has a definate kick to it. Plus, who can deny the little pink elephant. Definatly a better beer on tap then out of the bottle, but either way you drink it, Tremens is still delicious

02-02-2007 15:14:55 | More by jl8ltj
Photo of mutt


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Served in a glass. Poured golden in color and was a bit hazy.

Aroma was nice, but mild.

Big white laced head that lingered a while.

Big taste that was not anticipated by my first glance.

Overall this was a good beer and would definatly consume another or two...

02-02-2007 15:09:28 | More by mutt
Photo of kernalklink


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

The delirium is the belgian wolf in sheeps clothing. Pours light and airy with a thick head- tropical phenols and a slight rounded hop profile. Yeasty and clean at the same time which hides the high ABV. Fruity carb sizzle on the tongue, a slight burn on the throat and a dry finish. Nice ale malts are not too sticky and play well with the other flavors. Very easy going down, watch out or it will kick your ass.

01-28-2007 19:18:39 | More by kernalklink
Photo of dpool


4.13/5  rDev 0%

A: Slightly clouded, a light gold color.

S: Hint of strawberries and a little spice

T: Spicey and nutty, very clean

M: Smooth with a nice finish of alcohol

D: Good, but pretty stong

This beer I had been wating to try for a while and I actually just bought the Noel but haven't had it yet. This was a good overall beer but not one of my favorites.

01-24-2007 05:16:37 | More by dpool
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

pours a cloudy straw yellow. the smell of cloves is billowing from the light head. limited in the way of bubles, but definitly nice and cloudy so who knows. tastes awesome. clove and bannana flavors upfront. finishes slightly sweet. not a bad brew. i think i prefer a unibroue, with their distinctive yeast taste. but maybe i'd order another of these. definitly not close to the worst beer i've tried. another great beer at the sunset grill.

01-22-2007 01:05:22 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of rkuhnel


4/5  rDev -3.1%

I have been putting this off partly because of the $7.69 price tag, and the feeling this brew was just too trendy to be real. Bottle is indeed quite unique with its yellow opaque color and pink elephants on the label. Poured from the 750 ml corked and caged bottle it was a beautiful gold bronze color. Slightly cloudy it produced a big soap suds looking head that left a clean set of lacing rings as it settled. Really powerful nose of yeasts and malts, with lots of spices with coriander most prominent, with citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp, and feels good going down with a slight creamyness. Finish slightly bitter. But overall while this is good, there are Belgium Strong Ales domestic versions right here in my own back yard such as North Coast PranQster Belgian that tasted just as good, and costs a fraction of what I paid for this one.

01-22-2007 00:38:30 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of mpyle


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

For the record, 8.5% ABV on my 11.2 fl oz bottle

Pale golden color, surprisingly good clarity, but maybe just a careful pour. There were some dregs after all. Biggish white creamy head with decent but not epic retention. Some residual lacing.

The yeasty clove-like phenols dominate, perhaps a bit of banana in the phenols. Nothing else gets through this wall of smell for me.

A little bit of candi sweetness in addition to the clovey phenolics. Finishes very dry, aided by the high carbonation.

Fairly light body for a big ABV beer. Very high carbonation gives it a tang, and interrupts an otherwise very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well controlled and there is only a small hint of alcoholic warming.

A nice beer. Carbonation cuts into the drinkability for me, but very controlled properties for a big beer. sufficiently dry and smooth that could drink a few of these, but that 8.5% ABV would get me eventually!

01-21-2007 02:36:11 | More by mpyle
Photo of quasimoto


3.55/5  rDev -14%

A - Bright Orangish color , clear with a little white head that doesnt lace or stick around for a long time.

S - Strong spices and orange peel are in the front part of the nose, but noble hops are present in the background.

T - The coriander spice and orange peel bite the tongue right off the bat. The light malt flavor & hops citrus flavors come around and finish it off.

M - The sharp carbonation or bitterness start at the tip of the tongue and then stay there and amplify to the end.

D - It is easy drinking, and very enjoyable. For the style though, its a little sharp.

01-19-2007 21:05:05 | More by quasimoto
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a hazy yellow with incredible carbonation rising from the bottom of my chalice to join the large and bright white head that lasts very well and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is very fruity, citrus and peaches, very sweet in an entirely natural way. Honey makes a welcome appearance. Strawberry and melon as well, along with spicy cloves and pepper. Wonderful. Taste isn't quite as complex, but banana and light yeastiness come to the fore with spices in the mix and slightly noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is warming, but crisp. Plenty of body. Drinkability is quite good. A remarkable BSPA, extremely unique and very enjoyable.

01-17-2007 05:04:40 | More by Mandrake
Photo of kms910


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance - white frothy head that subdues to a lasting white lace - deep golden orange in color

Smell - bouquet is super fruity strong mixed fruit combo i.e. dried apricots, raisins, and cherries

Taste - refreshingly sweet and airy a slight bitterness but is over powered by the carbonation

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated however all the flavors blend together so well it rounds out to be a very enjoyable light body beer

Drinkability – Out of the bottle into an oversized wine glass very refreshing great eye appeal. As it warmed a little the aroma intensified and the melding of flavors increased.

01-14-2007 20:44:10 | More by kms910
Photo of macster


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap served in a DT snifter. Presents a slightly hazy, golden-orange hue beneath a paper thin bone-white head. Pleasant, but reserved aromas are noted of ripe apricots, apples, bananas, clover honey and fresh cut lemon. A pleasing tongue-tickling spritz is noted on the palate, but finishes slightly thin and watery. Clean, crisp, balanced flavors of citrus hard candies (orange, lemon and pineapple), bananas, yeast, spices, fresh-baked bread and caramel malts are enjoyed. Alcohol is deceivingly warming; hard to detect. Overall nothing to do back-flips over, but a solid, classy Belgian for sure.

01-14-2007 07:30:12 | More by macster
Photo of BlindPig


3.2/5  rDev -22.5%

A- Really big white head a on highly carbonated golden yellowish body. Nice head retention. Leaves a nice decent lacing.
S- European hop aroma with a good helping of a yeast aroma also. Kind of breadish Some malts in the back also. Light bananas and maybe few other fruits.
T- Big fruit and ester flavors. Banana comes through probably the strongest. European hops are also in there. They leave a light bitterness on the tongue also. Aftertaste has the bitterness with some fruit and light malt flavors. Some spices like cloves also help give it a bit
M- High carbonation and a Medium to thin body.
D- It is alright. Some of the flavors seemed kind of out of place but other than that it is a decent beer but no way worth the money.

01-13-2007 01:50:56 | More by BlindPig
Photo of

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12oz. bottle.

Faintly hazy, golden/orange fluid. Large, rocky white colored head. Decent lacing.

Aroma included peaches, apples, floral scents, honey and a bit of bubblegum. Some citrus character as well. Just a little earthiness.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, honey like. Citrus character seemed to be oranges. Spices that I could pick up included coriander, clove and pepper. Hops finished with a floral note.

Light in body, almost effervescent. Carbonation was quite high. Dry.

One of my first Belgian beers, and it has been a long time to get back around to reviewing it. Almost champagne like in character. Sweeter/less hoppy than I recall, or, more likely, my taste has moved on a bit. Still damn tasty and I bet it would go well with sushi.

01-02-2007 18:44:59 | More by
Photo of mobius024

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

As is evident from the graphic, this beer starts with a really nice presentation. Uncapping it, even to a nose as dead as mine, Belgian fruitiness is in the air. It pours a wheaty, champagne tint, with a healthy, frothy, and dimpled head, which just keeps coming. The lacing pulls down like a Rorschach test, like those clouds that kick imagination into gear. The mouth feel is yeasty and carbonated, but not too much of either. A reminder of its goodness hangs about on the back of the tongue. It's 8.5 ABV is not apparent, absorbed by its blend. This is a good brew! Somewhere, God said, "Let there be Belgians, and let them make good beer..."

12-31-2006 21:17:48 | More by mobius024
Photo of shadow1961


4.78/5  rDev +15.7%

Delirium Tremens pours out a big fluffy
head over a cloudy golden ale with lots
of suspended yeast particle goodness.
There's a little bit of carbonation happening,
and the nose is rich with fruit and malt, with
a touch of honey. The flavor is round and mellow,
basically malt with a touch of hop. The mouthfeel
is tingly yeat smooth. The alcohol by volume, 8.5%
is well moderated, though there is a definite warming
effect. This is really one of the best Belgians I've

12-26-2006 07:03:56 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a straw color with a large white head, left very little lacing, some fine yeast particles floating about. The smell is of lemons, spice, touch of bananas. The taste is sweet, a bit sugary, lemony, however not blown away with flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy, fizzy. A very good BSPA, very drinkable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try a Belgian ale.

12-26-2006 05:05:25 | More by Gmann
Photo of beveritt


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Presentation: Poured from the speckled grey and black 750ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy medium brown with the huge head typical of a Belgian. About 2 inches of foamy, almost pure white head. Sticks around for the whole beer and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Unfortunately, this bottle had been recently transported in a car and as such, there was a fair number of floaties due to disturbing the sediment. Didn't affect the flavor.

Smell: Sweet, the candy/sugar sweetness of Belgians, not the typical malt sweetness. Fruity and slightly spicy.

Taste: Sugar sweet without being cloying. Fruity, lemon zest and other citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation. Good body.

Drinkability: Always a big fan of Belgians, and this one is no exception.

12-26-2006 03:32:18 | More by beveritt
Photo of biking4beer


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

750 ml bottle.

Hazy golden yellow. Nice, thick, frothy, foamy head. Continuous bubbling.

Smells of Belgian yeast, lemon. Very crisp. Earthy and grainy.

Taste is Belgian yeast again. Lemony and crisp again too. Well, I'll be, nice and bready, earthy, and grainy too. It smells like it tastes? Couldn't be.

High carbonation. Nice bite. Goes down easy.

12-25-2006 04:36:24 | More by biking4beer
Photo of zuggy9


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Ah, DT my friend. This Belgian pours a nice slightly pale gold with nice white head that thins to fair lacing. A bit milky too. The smell is very fruity with a notice of the alcohol content. The flavor is excellent, sweet, fruity and potent. It's very smooth and tingly and drinks surprising well considering it's 9% ABV wallop!

12-22-2006 07:56:07 | More by zuggy9
Photo of StargherKing


4.78/5  rDev +15.7%

Beer was straw-colored, almost golden in appearance. The smell was very fruity, with just an underlying hint of yeastyness. The taste was amazing, I didn't notice the alchohol at all. Flavor was smooth, slightly fruity, with a hint of something like banana or apple. Mouthfeel was extremely light, almost reminiscent of a 7up or other clear soda. Drinkability was amazing. Had I not been warned of the high alchohol content, I probably would have finished it in a matter of minutes. Luckily, taking my time helped me to fully appreciate the experience. Can't wait to have this beer again.

12-22-2006 01:59:17 | More by StargherKing
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Although listed here as 9 percent alcohol my bottle says 8.2%. Appearance is nice, hazy with some little floaters. Very good head that lasts throughout. Smells very strongly of fruit, maybe lemon, and alcohol. Taste is good. I don't like this BSPA as much as La Fin du Monde or Duvel, but still a good choice.

12-15-2006 00:37:31 | More by bluegrassbrew
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,258 ratings.