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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,386
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 185
Gots: 435 | FT: 3
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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 Rezzin
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw with a frothy white head. I poured the whole bottle so there's plenty of yeast sediment in the glass.

S - Apples, cherries, citrusy with a clean belgian yeast aroma. Honey notes and slightly spicy from the hops.

T - First impression is clean and sweet. Honey and fruity flavors dominate shortly after... the belgian yeast goodness is well balanced with sweetness. Slightly peppery.

M - Effervescent. Body feels light like going in with the high carbonation. Has a dry finish but leaves a slight numb feeling... like after drinking cough syrup. It's not overly distracting but it doesn't finish as clean as I'd like.

D- 8.5% ABV? It's hard to tell really.. it's a great tasting beer and I wouldn't mind having this again.

Rezzin, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the cervoise transparent gold/orange with many tiny bubbles evident. Huge, pillowy white head that fades at a moderate rate to a solid sheet, leaving good lacing. Nose of yeast, apple and/or sour fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Reminds me of Chimay Cinq Cents or Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, both excellent Belgian strong pale ales. Taste is cloves right up front and in your face, spicy, maybe some licorice in there, alcohol, malt, and yeast. Pretty complex, takes a few swallows to get your taste buds around it. Mouth is slick, watery, and smooth. Excellent feel on the tongue. Drinkability is excellent. Watch the 9% ABV, but otherwise, enjoy.

Overall: While this beer is not rated as high as La Fin Du Monde, I think it’s damn close. An outstanding Belgian strong pale. Highly recommended. Plus, the wife likes it.

jettjon, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/20/2005 $5.00 10 oz. on tap @ Lazy Boy's 9.00%


Pours a lovely hazy golden straw color topped by a quarter inch of pure white head with extremely tight carbonation.


Sweet candied malts with a lovely yeasty quality reminiscent of fresh baked bread.


For a 9% ABV, this one goes down way too easy!!! Alcohol is expertly masked by an upfront malt sweetness with flavors of fresh tropical fruit and loads of honey. Alcohol catches up to you by the end of the glass, so watch out!

cbl2, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden yellow, lots of sediment despite a careful pour. Frothy large white head, and lacing that really clings to the glass.

S - Mellow nostril grabbing hops, touch of clean lime, and light peeled fruit malt undertones. Effervescent and humid in the nasals.

T - Taste upfront has a real sweet tongue grabbing malt rush. Really flushes up against the palate, almost cascading and grabbing. White water rafting comes to mind. Stingy citrus notes and dried fruits stand out, and continue to depthen the complexity. They stay for just a second, while a sweeping hop bitter brings everything to balance. Finishes nice and dry.

Slowly becoming one of my favorite Belgiums, this was delicious.

HoustonTX, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite clear, with some flocculated yeast colonies. Golden in color, like a pilsener. Impressive large-bubbled head that leaves some lace.

Cleaner in aroma than many Belgians. Very mild smell for a Belgian style beer. Light spice

Strong spice flavors--largely clove, some nutmeg. Crisp taste and very clean. Lighter body than most Belgians, but okay. High carbonation.

This would be a nice entry into the world of Belgians. It does not overwhelm. The flavor is excellent and something of a cross with less hearty offerings. Very drinkable, almost deceptively so.

smcolw, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a lively head. Smells great with a spicy, yeasty smell coupled with some great malt. Tastes great, a very malty spicy with a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is great coating the tongue with flavor and carbination. Very drinkable.

gosurfobx, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional example of a strong pale ale.

The fluffy white cloud on top of a clear honey gold is a dead giveaway, followed the sheet lacing sliding down the glass. As it warms, the head just expands exponentially.

Extremely fruity bouquet basket hits the nose – it’s all there; citrus, lemons, orange and of course, the Belgium yeast.

Sugar cane sweet and citrusy, this is very richly flavored. Just top notch.

Strong carbonation, it stays tangy and dry. Perhaps just a tad thin, but a real nick-picketer here.

Very sippable, I really enjoyed this one as the alcohol is well hidden.

Hey, thanks to Solomon420 for this treat!

Vancer, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent honey color with little suspended particles throughout. I expected lots of head from this beer, but somehow got more than that. The foamy, yeasty, paper-white head rose out of the glass like a souffle. It's quite a beauty to behold in a nice tulip glass. The first thing to hit my nose was strong flowery esters, namely sweet rose and tulip. There are also lots of apples and pears, giving an overall sweet nose. The taste, again, was huge on flower petals and pears, though not overwhelmingly sweet. There was a sour bitterness which was a bit pithy or zesty maybe. On the back of the palate, the alcohol really comes through (especially in vapors), and released a bouquet of sweet and savory spices. The mouthfeel was too watery for my taste, though it did thicken up on the backside. Not the most drinkable beer, due to alcohol and overwhelming flavors and aromas, but it certainly is an adventure.

FranklinPCombs, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pale yellow-golden color, vigorous carbonation, good retention with some lacing that seems to cling desperately.

smells of apples, exotic citrus fruit and spicy clove, pear, very faint malt.

taste: sweet apple and pear (even nectarine maybe) for a short bit with slight mineral/medicinal and herbal taste behind. grows sharply tart with a touch of clove, lemon zest, and a final flash of spice and white pepper that becomes the defining aspect of the finish (and where the alchohol sneakily suggests itself). medium bodied and slick at first with a friendly crisp backbone and that wonderful spicy continual attack on the tongue.

sweetness with a funky middle and a spicy bitter tail--all well-balanced. watch out for the abv!

villainchiwwin, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Pours a hazy yellow body with a head that was white and stood proud and long that left nice lacing. Also visable was the carbonation that was always rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: The smell was very sweet almost fruity. But was followed up by a hops and yeast spiciness that was most pleseant.

T: Followed very closely to the aroma. Which was the first drink. However, when the beer rolled over the rest of my tounge more flavors opened up. I was being bombarded with flavors that I couldn't really pick them out one by one.

M: It was a very frothy beer that seemed to explode in my mouth but covering everything with out a very thick feeling. Had a very warming alcohol feel to it that travelled from my mouth down my throat to my stomach. It also left my tounge with a tingle.

D: I would definately get this again but I would have to be in the mood for something quiet sweet. Which this mood doesn't come to me often but when it does I know what I'm going for.

cproioi, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Thick golden color with a lot of bubbles and a huge, frothy, white head that inititally takes up about 3/4 of the glass and takes quite a while to settle.

This is a very fruity nose. Bananas and apples dominate the scent, but it is nicely balanced by the spice.

I had high expectations after seeing and smelling this one, but I have to admit I'm a little disappointed here. The fruity tones are still here, but they've been dominated by the yeast and alcohol. Light hops and spice (clove?) as well.

Medium-bodied and it goes down smooth enough, and though this wasn't exactly a bad beer, at $9 a 750 ml bottle and with the high alcohol content and taste, this is just not going to be something I will buy again anytime soon.

Phocion, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, soft golden color with a soapy white head and heavy with carbonation. Some lacing was left behind in my glass. Aromas of dried fruit, hard candy, grass, and alcohol seemed to dominate. The taste was fruity and mildly refreshing with a blast of bitterness making a sudden entrace at the tail end of each sip. Being a crisp, dry, and sweet beer, this is easy to sip. I did not like the slightly chalky, earthy texture it had, especially in the finish. A bottle of this was all I really wanted. A good beer filled with flavor and interesting aromas, but not quite up to the level of greats in this style like Unibroue.

jaluria, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. Very strong fruity aroma...possibly bananas, from the onset throughout the entire bottle. Pours into the tulip glass with a yellow-golden color, with thick white head and excellent lacing. Overall, this was a much fruitier beer than I care for, so I rated the flavor at only a 6. However, I can see how women or fans of lambics and similar beers would really enjoy this.

kimcgolf, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of medic25
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from what is probably my favorite bottle design out there in a Duvel tulip. Golden amber, with a big foaming head. Great fruity aroma. The taste is incredible; crisp, a little bitter and yet incredibly sweet. Nicely carbonated; it definitely warrants the champagne comparisons some other BA's have made. The 9.0% is nicely masked; this is a very easy 750 to polish off before you even realize it is done!

medic25, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip glass with the pink elephants. Golden yellow, large thick, frothy white head that lasts, nice lacing.

It has a big citrus, hoppy smell. Smell notes of cloves, cinnamon, and banana.

It tastes as it smells, very hoppy backtaste, with a dry finish. The dry finish doesn't last very long. Kind of buttery, earthy taste.

Nice mouthfeel, slight creaminess. Medium body. Highly drinkable, refreshing, easy session beer. It seems like the draft is a bit more tasteful and complex than the bottles I've had in the past.

laintringulis, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 750 ml bottle just for me.

Appearance - An amber/coppery somewhat hazy pour. Decent head with good lacing. I used a tulip which I recommend, it vent the nose directly to your nose, like smoke coming out of a chimney. The head dissipates at a medium rate but still hangs out for a little bit to give you a nice tremens mustache.

Smell - This is my favorite nose I have ever smelled. Just a punch in the face with floral scents and tropical smells just radiating off of it. The tropicals I can't really decipher but I think that I smell some Pineapple or banana with some citrus and maybe some passion fruit. Alcohol is hidden really well, I could hardly pick it up, then again it could just be because of the wonderfully intense nose. Just beautiful nose all around.

Taste - Not as powerful as the nose, yet seriously entertaining. This beer just floods your mouth with a smooth spice and fruit, then finishes with a very slight hop twinge just for a moment. Slight hint of alcohol, but doesn't offset the experience at all. Delicious, period.

Mouthfeel - Light and crispy with some depth to it. Finishes sparkly and clean.

Drinkability - Easy drinking and delicious. I could drink my weight with beer, of course that is if i didnt pass out after my first 10.

rsyberg01, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As fresh as it gets, the Delirum Tremens enjoyed in Brussels at the Delirium Cafe carries a brighter, more vivid, and delicate display of hops, malt, and dry sweetness than the same strong beer that we recieve in the U.S. That's too bad- fresh and well kept versions make this one a very different and much more enjoyable beer.

Maybe I'm understanding the beer better. Maybe it's just better from the tap than the bottle. The beer was served a bit cold, which made it smoother and numbing, but after it warmed... The tap version has much less bite and not as hotl tas I remember from the bottle. Nice melded sweetness that becomes hard to distinguish (pears, peaches, pineapples, appricots, and mangos...) A nice malt backing which lends a light smooth / creamy texture. Above average head retention, but remarkable lacing. Very clean in the flavor and body with a crisp, fruity, lightly hot finish.

The bottle version makes it heavier and sweeter than your ordinary Belgian Pale Ale, It's a great beer for conversing with fellow BA'ers. Aromas are solidly sweet of malts and sugars form other sources, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity, and alcohol. Colors are strong yellow-straw and vigorously carbonated and retained its head well. Tastes sweet with malt and honey (maybe some wheat thrown in). Spicy and hot from fermentation and spice addition makes the beer peppery and prickly to the mouth. Fruitiness reminds me of lemonheads candy with tartness of grapefruit, pears, and under-ripe cherries. The body is medium-full (would be full, but thinned by the alcohol). The carbonation numbs the mouth, except for the fusal alcohol flavors (which are a bit much.) Finishes with a cotton candy sweetness and alcoholic warmth. The beer makes a serious punch is drank in the summertime, but warms nicely in the winter.

BEERchitect, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a large, three finger plus head that recedes to just surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a hazy golden yellow.

Smell - phenols, esters, bananas. Hint of hops.

Taste - like the smell. Phenols and esters - bananas, and alcoholic medicinal warmth, some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv limits it to one per session.

ultralarry2006, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-clear gold in the glass, with a fluffy, big-bubbled head that fades to a thin film over the beer. Balanced, comforting aroma, with apples, grasses, and pepper. Starts sweet, then gives way to faintly sour fruits on the mid-palate, and honey at the end. Finish is dry and warm with alcohol. Mouthfilling carbonation provides the illusion that this is a heavy bodied beer. These flavors are well integrated throughout -- this is a smooth, deceptively strong beer that deserves the fame it has... although not just based on its name and image.

geexploitation, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the bottle actually says 8.5%. i'm over it

i've had this for awhile—not sure where i got it. cute elefantes. the aroma was really unusual out of the bottle: almost bubblegum. now that it's in the bottle i can't smell it, just funky/earthy hops and some spices i can't identify. very spicy flavor, too, big up front. in back is a noticeable ethanol sensation, which seems to diminish as i sip

the spice character and hop flavor are nice—good example of the style

bruachan, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of gus
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fruity smell with a very low hop presence. Somewhat of a light yellow in appearance. Off white head with laceing down the sides of the glass. A fruity type of taste, somewhat of a semi-sweet taste. Medium in bitterness, no harsh aftertaste. Goes down smoothly, leaving a very light dryness in your mouth. High carbonation, very bubbly. This is my first strong belgian ale. Will drink this again, but will look into other similiar styles.

gus, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prefer this much more than Duvel...hazy glowing orange...big white head on top....very fruity aroma of berries, oranges, peaches, and mangos...also some peppery notes and some yeasty components too...

Body is medium to full...high carbonation....a bit of alcohol spiciness on the finish...

Nice blend of flavors between the tropical fruits and peppery/yeasty notes....some alchohol spiciness too...very enjoyable...

Excellent beer here...would pair nicely with a turkey on the grill

ZAP, May 27, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow liquid topped with bleach white fluffy foam. Plenty of lacing down the glass.

Spicy alcohol nose with a big yeasty followup. Some fruity undertones finish the smell nicely.

Fruity apple taste to this one. It's a bit sweeter than I expected. Yeasty taste kicks in and is overtaken by peppery alcohol.

Smooth fluffy mouthfeel that finishes dry and warming.

timtheenchanta, May 11, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer on the terrace overlooking a canal in Vlaardingen Holland on a recent business trip. Hmm, I have to say for a Tripel style beer, especially one of this reputation, I was let me down. Perhaps it was due to my own expectations. The colour was nice and presentable, not too rich in the orange hues like other tripels, nor was it hazy like I had expected. I dont know if it was due to the temperature I drank it at, as it was slighlty chilled, but the carbonation seemed to dominate the taste, almost like carbonated water. I dont know, perhaps a bad bottle? Although I did end up buying a nice box set with 4 of these bottles and 2 nice serving glasses, so I am willing to give it a second chance...purely because I have heard/read a great deal of good things about it. Although my first impression yielded me giving this beer an almost average score.

Solomon420, May 08, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This impressed me more once upon a time but this is still pretty damned tasty. Reminds me of the 12 ounce Hennepin I had recently. Similar spice profile with that distinctive Delirium ingredient spectrum. A fruit slurry... I get a bit of nectarine, or some kind of cranberry blend drink. Alcohol comes across a wee bit strong from time to time but at 9%ish strong it's well within expected ranges.
A standard for the style. Pink elephants go!

ommegangpbr, May 08, 2006
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,386 ratings.