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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 1,561
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 212
Gots: 599 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had out of a bottle at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- There's a TON of sediment in there. It's Gold, fairly opaque, with a nice head and lacing.
S- It has a very sweet, wheat scent.
T- It has a very strong lemony taste. Extremely sweet. It's a very high quality beer, but way too sweet. It's not for me, but I can see its quality.

Photo of NicholasCasber
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer produced little head on a regular pour into a pint glass. The head maintained for the whole drink, however it didn't leave any lacing.

S: This beer produced huge hop flavors and yeast smells right from the pour, once agitated, I caught some slightly sweeter notes. I could tell that this was slightly higher in ABV.

T: After letting the product rest on my tongue, it felt kind of one note at first, however, after the after taste came about, it was much more multifaceted than before. My suggestion is to let this beer roll around on your tongue, catch some of those nice hops and yeast tastes, with a sweet after taste.

M: The beer felt full bodied, I didn't really have a problem with the mouthfeel, other than I wish it would have been slightly less watery.

D: This reminded me of my St Bernardus abt 12 that I had last night. The flavors were so good, that I found myself wanting to savor the beer by taking smaller and smaller drinks, not wanting to see the end of my glass.

Overall, great beer. Try it if you can get your hands on it, I'd submit that you wouldn't be disappointed in anyway what-so-ever. I'd really like to see how this beer holds up to aging, think I might grab a bottle and try it out for you all a couple of years down the road. Cheers.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Holy cow - three fingers of white fluffy head that shows no sign of going anywhere. A few minutes pass and the head slowly dissipates, leaving chunky lacing on the sides.

Smell - I smell lots of banana, wheat, spices, and a hint of apple. This is followed with a finish of sweet malt (which was also at the forefront).

Taste - Not what I expected. I can immediately taste the banana flavor which is followed by heavy spices. This is then encompassed by a very bready, malty flavor that gives way to a spicy, herbal finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability - A drink to sip for sure. With such off the wall flavors and the decent ABV, this drink will be good to enjoy with dinner.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to snifter (got the bottle for $.99)

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a large white head that sticks around for a bit, but doesn't leave much lace.

S: Very strong citrus and banana with lots of Belgian yeast. Very strong bold scent.

T: Taste is right on with the smell. Strong citrus with hints of banana and oak along with earthiness and some alcohol.

M&D: Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated however more thin than I though and drinkability is pretty good.

Overall: Very good beer, I can see why some people are in love with it.

Photo of Mavajo
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a cloud golden/light-orange color with a moderate white head that fades fairly quickly into a thin film. Mild lacing. Significant sediment/yeast.

Nose is fruity - apple, banana, citrus with a nice hint of spice. Taste brings all the same notes. It tastes like a typical Belgian pale while still managing to stand apart on its own. Mouthfeel is a bit mediocre in my opinion - heavy carbonation and a very thin body. Swishing it around causes it to become almost entirely bubbles. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and there's a mild aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, but the carbonation slows down the consumption a bit, in my opinion.

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

had this at the Princess Lodge, Denali AK in the hot tub.

Taste: Very tastey with citrusy notes, decent carbonation,

Notes: orange/tangerine, hoppy.

Drinkability: It's a heavy sort of creamy, so yes its drinkable because the taste is very good, but 1 of these beers is good enough for 1 night.

Photo of meeekyh
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe my new favorite style the Belgian strong pale is well represented here. Poured from a large bottle in to a hurricane glass, the head was difficult to control as I poured through the waist of the glass. It was almost white and quite airy, and left significant lacing as it dissipated.

After the settle I noticed a strong citrus-like scent with hints of pineapple and a note of, bubblegum, I think that was bubblegum. The carbonation was abundant and light, as it should be, and excited my tongue like champagne. As the effervescence broke and the familiar Belgian-yeast flavor came through along with more of the same citrus and pineapple notes, though without the bubblegum, and with a bit of bread. I must note that this beer does not come across as overly-sweet but finishes (jumping ahead here) almost neutral and maybe even slightly dry.

The mouthfeel was light though not insignificant and contributed to the lingering tastes, which were not entirely pleasant. Something of the alcohol (8.5 % ABV) flavor carried a bit of medicinal banana and reminded me of the dentist. The solution being to take another drink (drinkability is high, almost session quaffable, watch out), which then brought me around to the pleasant citrus and bread flavors that seem to exemplify this style.

Kudos to a very good beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, slightly hazy straw and a slight amber hue. Substantial white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind foam at the top and around the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, banana peel, and yeast with some hints of apple and flowers.

Taste: Sweet bread with hints of banana and apple juice, with an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full bodied with balanced, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. This is a tasty beer and one I'd be willing to drink again for sure- highly recommended.

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

This brewery has 72 beers listed on this site, I can't believe I've not reviewed this beer before, or the fact that the only beer from Huyghe I have reviewed is a chocolate bloody beer!

Had many of these damn things in various places around Belgium, thinking I'm cool and hip, normally bladdered by the time I order one and all the people around me just nod at each other and wisper 'nob'.

So here goes, a sober attack of the DT's.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' glass, cos I can.

Looks fairly innocent, I'm only a lager honest! Golden and clear with a good white head on top.

The smell however gives the game away, alcoholic esters rise up and hit you, this is no lager. Belgian yeast aromas appear, a hop presence is in the air, a dirty farmyard smell isn't far away either.

Rivals 'Duvel' for flavour and presence, the alcohol obviously takes centre stage, but it's semi-countered by the yeast/hop combination intermingling within the brew.

This beer has to be drunk cold, it changes all attributes as it warms, not so healthy as it heats up, so drink it swiftly!

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

Appearance: A relatively clear golden body sporting plenty of large, clumpy particles in solution. Up top, there's a massive whitish head composed of very fine, sturdy bubbles.

Aroma: Golden fruit, a peppery spiciness, and a few hints of alcohol over a pale, wheat-like malt body.

Taste: Spicy (cloves come out more here), fruity, and wheat-like with just a hint of mild hops; essentially just what the aroma promised. The alcohol is hidden masterfully, not making much of a presence at all. Cereal grains and dried fruit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of crisp, effervescent carbonation, and just a few hints of alcohol burn. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Really, all that would be holding me back from putting back three or four bottles (besides the price), is the alcohol content.

Verdict: Delirium Tremens is a highly drinkable, refreshing, and character-filled brew. Brouwerij Huyghe is fast becoming one of my favorite Belgian brewers.

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

The cork had "2008" on it. Poured a clear deep golden with a fluffy white head.

I am picking up some mild fruity and sweet malt aromas.

This one started very mild with a slight apple like flavor followed by hints of banana. As the ale warms, the flavor becomes sweeter. This was not as flavorful as I thought it would taste, but it is very refreshing.

Medium bodied with restrained carbonation; coats the mouth with light fruitiness.

At 8.5 ABV this is very mild and drinkable. One bottle would be enough because of the sweetness and ABV. Worth trying but would not be in my regular rotation.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What a strange brew. Had it a while ago but can't forget it. Poured much clearer and with less head than I expected. Smell was fruity and floral. Taste was not as yeasty as I like as far as belgians go, but the amalgam of fruit flavors and floral/spice hints were nice. This beer just seems a bit watery to me but that being said it is verrry drinkable and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Gotta love the bottle.

Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale clear yellow with very white head.

Smell: Tart and dry banana and clove, with light banana notes.

Taste: Both sweet and tart at the same time. Notes of banana, clove, raisin-like sugar, citrus, and ending with a long peppery finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a light Belgian body and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and flavorful Strong Belgian Ale that is a great sipper, but probably not quite worthy of the "voted best beer in the world status" they tout around.

Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't reviewed this one on tap before. One of those beers that I want to not like, just because it (like Chimays) seems to be the go-to for yuppies and aspiring beer snobs (at least in the DC area). Unfortunately it's just really, really delicious. Light yellow-orange color with a smallish head and weak lacing. Taste and aromas are huge Belgian candy and fruitiness, balanced with a nice carbonated hoppiness. Overall, very tasty (although I'm not sure it's worth the money, at least where I got it).

Matchbox (Capitol Hill)/$8/10 oz

Photo of bensiff
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filling my Watou goblet half full from a 750ml a white head erupts on top of an opaque orange straw colored beer. The head did not persist as I would expect nor did it lace on the glass. The bubbles were large as one would expect from force carbonation and not bottle conditioning. Overrall, the appearance is sub par for the style.

The smell is a pleasant mix of floral character intermixing some fruity pear like esters and some peppery phenols with the tickle of alcohol floating around in the mix.

From the nose to the tongue transitions smoothly with plenty of carbonation. Again the pear flavor comes out along with some grassy wheat, malt background, and a metallic tang...possibly from the sediment that got mixed up into the pour. This misses the mark from the best of the style with the pear and tang a little too strong, leaving a little want of a touch more malt sweetness and spice character to round things out.

The carbonation level does exactly as it should for the style. It keeps a otherwise heavy beer light on the tongue making for a palate cleansing experience making this beer beg to be served with a oily meal such as a pesto based pasta so that every bite after a sip of the Tremens would be a fresh hit of flavor.

Alcohol is masked extremely well in is hardly noticeable on the palate. Couple that with the lightness in body due to the carbonation and excellent attenuation and this beer is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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

On tap at 't Brugs Beertje in Bruges.

A: Pours a clear, effervescent orange body with a huge off-white head. Great retention, taking several minutes to subside, and leaving sticky lacing in its wake.

S: Orange peel, pears, apples, clove, fresh-cut grass. Restrained yeast (which I do like).

T: Pears, apples, nectarines, orange peel. The mid-taste is spicy with a light clove bite, but it's restrained for a BSPA; I usually find them to be more phenolic. Light on the yeast flavor.

M: Medium-full; velvety carbonation that supports the flavors amply and lets them roll around the mouth. Very lush. Not a hint of the ABV.

D: Quite an enjoyable beer. I have generally skipped it lately because I am moving out of the BSPA style, but this is a good reminder of what I'm missing, and should seek out again.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark dark golden color with a lot of head initially. It eventually dissipates to about a finger. A good amount of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in it.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet citrus and apple. Also some faint hops. Smells light and refreshing.

T: Very sweet up front, with tastes of apple and pear dominating. Also some citrus. For just a split second it almost tastes like fruit juice. Just a touch of bitter hops kick in on the finish to provide a great balance.

M: Light to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Where is the 8.5% abv?

D: I've always loved this beer. It's a great example of the style. Maybe not quite as good as Duvel, but pretty close. Watch out for the abv!

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

Pours a clear, pale blonde color with a very thin lacy head. Gives off a subtle fruity aroma. The body is very light with high carbonation levels. The flavor is sweet and vinous and is moved around on the palate by the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a sweet malty flavor with a final kick and fizz from the bubbles.

Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a two finger head that disappears quickly and gives way to minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet fruits, wheat, and a slight floral smell. The smell is very inviting. The taste is good but not great, there is a taste of wheat with some light fruits. Apple comes through the most. The mouthfeel is very carbonated but not stingy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, especially considering the alcohol content, it is close to great but not there.

Photo of jjanega08
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Pours a light yellow color with lots of bubbles and chunks of something floating around inside... The chunks are scaring me. They look like some sort of white flakes and they dance in the bubbles. The head on this beer is a nice two finger thick head that falls pretty quickly but settles into a nice one finger gelatin like head (really thick). Some decent lacing is present and the retention is great.
S= Really strong pear aroma. I've never smelled a beer that smelled so much like a pear. Really reminds me of a pear jolly rancher. There's maybe some green apple in there as well. Not hops or malty sweetness to it at all just loads of jolly rancher candy.
T= Just like the smell only lighter. Pear all the way through. Loads of jolly rancher like sweetness and pear. Really sort of confusing. What the hell is the stuff floating around in there? Is it pear pieces?
M= light and dry. feels like I just sucked on a pear jolly rancher.
D= This beer confused the hell outta me. Floaties? Pear? Pink Elephants? Interesting brew and I may buy it again if I got the hankerin for a nice belgian.

Photo of zoso493
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ha! I am the 1000th reviewer of this brew! A fitting celebration to France's qualification for the World Cup moments ago! Poured this from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: As its coming out of the bottle, its creating its own head en route to the glass! Needless to say, this brew is highly carbonated. It produced a nice 2-finger bubbly head that stays around for just a bit. Other than that its very a bright, slightly hazy pale straw color, that seems to be creating its own source of light.

Smell: Smells nicely of Belgian yeast, clove and a lot of different spices that I am too inexperienced to differentiate between. Also a lot of bright fruits coming through, as well

Taste: Those bright fruit tastes really come through in the taste, especially apple. The spices also make a definite impression on the pallet. As it warms, the Belgian yeast really starts to come out, but that's pretty standard for Belgians brews.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated beer which makes it very dry. It stings the tongue, in a good way. I enjoy beers like this to be crisper, and this is about as crisp as they come.

Drinkability: You wouldn't guess this was an 8.5% ABV brew, but it is. Although, the alcohol is slightly present in the taste. Still, goes down very smoothly.

Overall, this is a very good brew. I had it before and didn't think quite as highly of it as I do now, but I'm glad I gave it another shot. Very tasty brew and a wonderful example of the style. You owe it to yourself to try it.

Photo of wrightst
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Delirium line has a great reputation, and perhaps it's high expectations that led to disappointment.

It pours with an outstanding golden color, just a touch on the dark side, and an inviting cloudy haze.

The smell was very good as well. The combination of spices and wheat let you know before the first sip that this will be a Belgian beer experience.

The taste for me was good, but not exceptional. Certainly not up to expectations. It has all of what you expect in a Belgian beer: yeast and wheat, combined with spices. It's a little fruity among the finish, but not overly so. Like many higher alcohol beer, it's quite noticeable.

Overall, this was a drinkable and enjoyable beer, but not outstanding to me. I'll drink it again, but for the price, I'll look to some other choices first.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy bright gold color with quite a bit of sediment, and also has about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like pears, apples, peppery spice, yeast, and some oranges. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pears, peppery spice, bananas, and a bit of grain/bread and lemon. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little slick and creamy and is well carbonated, but it has a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. Overall I thought this was a good enough brew.

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

Appearance: Pours a completely translucent golden hue with a big whopping 2.5 finger eggshell head. Streams of carbonation throughout with this one.

Smell: There is a ton of yeast some hints of subtle spice and lots of citric fruits.

Taste: Surely a belgian but has a nice bite from the alcohol up front. It then transforms into a very sweet brew from the presence of apples and pear. Quite peppery from the spice with a bit of malt character as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a copious amount of carbonation, no real indicators of the abv.

Drinkability: Palate cleansings and hides the alcohol nicely. Had to double check the abv.

Overall: Drinks like adult alcoholic apple juice; much like the beer version of a hard cider. Should be available in box form; straw included. Bonus points for a unique mascot and bottle design.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. From a 750ml bottle that is capped corked and covered in foil.

A - Pours a beautiful strong golden straw color with a slight haze. There is also a nice .75 inch head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. It slowly recedes to a thin film.

S - Nice smooth malty sweetness initially with some clove hints. Mild grain notes as well as some spice. Yeast is also present and some nice phenols. Nice aromas.

T & M - Smooth and refreshing liquid gold. Nice hints of clove and spices come up immediately followed by some mild hop dryness that finishes off a very attractive beer. The carbonation is laid back but still pleasant. Nice alcohol tastes that are also balanced with some pale grains.

D - Very refreshing and lower ABV. Nice

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,746 ratings.