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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,433
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 187
Gots: 451 | 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 Kulrak
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden straw color with fluffy & chunky head that takes a while to fade and laces the glass all the way down to the bottom. Smells very flowery and yeasty with a hint of citrus. Taste is very sweet and estery with a hint of banana. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is heavy, with carbonation building up on the back of the tongue as you swallow, something I've only really felt with belgian ales. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer, I will definitely be buying this again.

Kulrak, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of brewmaster411
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful Belgium strong ale, smooth mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. After a 750 ml bottle, you WILL start to see pink elephants.
It is a lovely pale golden color with a nice white head. You don't notice the alcohol untill about 3/4 of the way through the bottle. Very deceptive.

brewmaster411, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a sizeable head that lingers well. Aroma is sweet with yeasty notes. Pleasant hoppy taste, well balanced with some wine characteristics. Nicely carbonated feels so comforting to the palate. Alcohol is well concealed, making it quite drinkable should you choose to dangerously.

techdiver, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful ceramic-like bottle with sort of cheesy hallucinogenic themed art. Billowing four finger head of fluffy foam over a rusty golden brew with lots of pulpy chunks floating around. Very cool curb appeal. Excelent head retention....never fipped below a finger even when it sat for a while. BIg swatches of lace fall into the brew fairly quickly.

S - Excellent whit-like character with an underlying grapey-ness....green grapes. I smell pear, kiwi, honey, green bananas, and lots of grape over an outdoorsy foundation. Like a fruitbasket at a spring picknick.

T - Loads of grapes....very champagne-like. Fruity and green much like the aroma. Honey and fruit are the predominate flavors, but there are spicy alcohol notes interwoven. The big final finale finish is a big burst of flavor as the alcohol pops out at you and brings with it lots of spicyness and even more juicy and sweet ripe fruit flavor.

M - This is crisp and medium bodied, very pleasant and inviting. BIg alcohol warmth heightens the experience ....never detracts. Excellent.

D - Very good. Easy going down, very complex and interesting flavor. Alcohol content be damned....I'd drink this all night.

Overall, this is a very wine-like brew. Champagne-like carbonation level, and loads of grapey flavor with a high ABV. When I get married...I'll toast with this instead of the usual bubbly stuff.

pmcadamis, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of sfoley333
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful white lacy head while chunks of sediment fizzed a trail through a backdrop of a gold orange hue. A lively aroma with phenolic qualities mixed with a light corrander scent. The mouth is silk with a perfect balance of malt and hoppiness. Not overly bitter because of the extra barley, but has an alcoholic warmth at the finish.

sfoley333, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured the 11.2 fl. oz bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a light golden yellow color with a lot of small bubbles rising to the top to produce a large frothy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a touch of yeast and also some alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is crisp and sweet with an array of fruits that quickly make for the alcohol to come and warm things up with quite a bite. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, this is a solid brew but is lacking in the drinkability category.

cjgator3, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy, hay yellow with lots of visible floaties. Thick, fine white head with moderate retention.

Sweet, phenolic fruity aroma with an earthy yeast presence.

Sweet grape, malt, phenol and earthy yeast blend well to make a smooth, great tasting beer. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this delightful concoction. There is a very subtle hint of bitterness in the finish but not much at all.

Light bodied and well carbonated, this is a highly drinkable ale.

Estarrio, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of bdupree
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delirium has long been a big favorite of mine, but it only just arrived here in N.C. I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass after letting it sit a little while out of the 'fridge. Not a lot of head, very fine white foam. Beautiful deep golden color, with a great aroma of banana and possibly some apple in there. First hit on the tongue wakes up the taste buds in a big way. I always thought Tremens was a Tripel, but that big initial blast of hop proves it is really the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It isn't overwhelming, but surprising at the very least. After your buds get over the initial blast, you begin to taste the incredible floral boquet. There's a little coriander, maybe a little citrus. It definitely stays there for quite a while, too. Great lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is just one of my top beer favorites worldwide. Can't beat the bottle and packaging, either. Pink elephants? Have a couple of these, and you'll definitely see a couple of them.

bdupree, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Cadyfatcat
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy cloudy yellow, big frothy head

white white wine on the nose, grapefruit with peach sweetness

The experience of this beer is dominated by yeast. The mouthfeel is almost that of poured lees. Good citrusy notes of grapefruit and the acidity of a white wine. Then smoothly bittered off the palate. All the while raw yeast plays a large role in the character.

Great drinkability, major cool label appeal. I actually drink this one from the bottle sometimes, it is a different experience. The brew froths up so much in your mouth you experience different qualities in the taste if not only the texture.

Cadyfatcat, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I found this as a single at a local BP of all places. Only $3 or so for the 12 ounce vs. God knows what somewhere else. It's a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale but this style is something I am not seeking out as much. Absolutely gorgeous head, color and lacing. Lots of fruity esters. A bit acidic tasting with notes of citrus. Like it but do not love it.

Backer2004, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of uberabr
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: First of all, I love Delirium bottles. Very cool. This baby was carbonated! I took the wire off, peeled at the foil, and boom! The cork nearly blew my eye out. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is a light golden yellow with some glowing orange hues. Head is white, airy and uniform with good retention.

S: Lemon peel and candy citrus malt. Slight biscuit and honey notes.

T: As with the nose, sweet and malty with pleasant sugary lemon. Slight honey and sweet bread. The alcohol is present but is complemented very well by the sweetness. This is a good example of a citrusy malt done right. Simple and well done.

M: Full, bubbly body. Crisp and very well carbonated.

D: A very drinkable Belgian. It's up there with Duvel, although not as refined or complex. This one's got rougher edges, but it's still pretty damn good. Sweet and light without any real hop character and a well rounded citrus malt. Goes down real easy. As far as Delirium is concerned, I actually prefer Nocturnum. I wouldn't turn this one down if offered, though. Too bad it's kind of pricey. I'de be willing to drink it from a normal bottle to get a better price.

uberabr, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the most fragrant beers I've ever had — and the rest of it wasn't bad, either.

It poured with a cloudy golden body flecked with yeast floaties and a bubbly white head that settled into a small half-finger ring.

The aroma was awesome and likely the fruitiest — without it actually being a fruit beer — l've sampled yet: apple and pear, with a hint of coriander.

The flavour started spicy and the tart apple and pear tastes came next. It finished with a malty smoothness and a gentle alcholic warming. It was medium-bodied and nicely effervescent without being abrasive. An easy-drinker despite the high ABV.

vanrassel, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in colour with some haze and yeast chunks. Strong carbonation. Clear banana aroma, along with some fine cardamom pods and black pepper notes and apple skins. Flavor wise, the light malts give way to a fairly strong metallic note before the typical Belgian spicy yeasty thing kicks in. There’s a bit of a sour twang on the back end. Finishes very dry and light. Aside from the metallic note, this seems to be a fairly good beer. It seems very much like a tripel.

fisherman34, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold in color, big head (though not as big as Duvel). Some nice lace (but again, not as nice as Duvel). I appreciated that it was served in the appropriate glass, pink elephants and all, at Stubbie in Gainesville.

Smell: Belgian yeast and spice are the dominant aromas, with fruit and alcohol playing backup.

Taste: Flavor profile is very similar to the aroma: Belgian phenolics, spice, with some malt sweetness, fruit, and alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body, well-carbonated.

Drinkability: Good.

hunteraw, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, this was a clear yellow, medium head, some lacing. Aroma was all light, sweet fruit. A nice fruit taste, balanced by the hops. It, however, had more substance to it than I thought, and it tasted better as it warmed. Very nice beer, one I would drink again, but on this night there were others waiting.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of vwcraig
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Dawg's Bottle Shop in Greensburg. Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet to try for the first time. Love belgians and making my way through all the big names. Poured a nice golden color with bright white rocky and uneven head. First smell brought lighter, sweet smelling fruits(bananas and pears). First taste bitter and then sweet came in to balance things out. Alcohol taste hidden well until it warms up. Only a slight drying and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very carbonated but on lighter side, not quite as bubbly as a Duvel. Will definitely try this one again.

vwcraig, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with a 1 inch head that subsides to about 1/2 inch and sticks around. Unfiltered, pale yellow colour. Close to a witbeer in colour, just a bit more golden. Violent carbonation fills the glass, keeping that big head alive. Smell is spicy, coriander and orange peel are evident. Peaches, bready malt, yeast, vanilla. I'd venture to say it's very much like a freshly baked Orange Cake.

Taste is very chewy, tons of malt, all the usual suspects are here. Orange, banana, coriander, an apple juice like mild sourness and lots of yeast. Though malty I find this to be not nearly as sweet as many of the beers I've had in this style. Very mild alcohol in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a slight bite on the tongue. This beer really slides down easily, and although I intended on just sipping it as I do most Belgians, it's so extremely drinkable I find I'm trying not to down it in bigger gulps. A very summery Belgian that I'll come back to again.

trevorwideman, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Ivanthehero
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange in my stolen La Fin Du Mond tulip.

Smell- sweet, elements of corn?

Taste-citruts fruits with a peppery aftertaste. A-nice.

Mouthfeel- damn like the bubbley. Mmmm.

Drinkability- Boobalishously quaffable. However, La Fin Du Mond tastes better and is alot cheaper. Still, if a hobo gave me the chance, Id thumbs up that son gun with two hands.

Ivanthehero, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is orange-brown; the liquid is hazy. The head is large, firm and white.

The smell is fruity and sweet with a chemical - artificial touch. I found notes of wax and green tomatoes.

The taste is light and fruity with some yeast, oranges, celery and alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet with an odd touch of melted wax, sour drops and alcohol.

The carbonation is very strong, but it suits the flavours quite well. The liquid is a bit “thick”.

I have heard so much talk about this beer but it made me a bit disappointed; it’s just another strong Belgian ale…

bark, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow with mountainous rocky head. Smells like hay with citrus components and candied banana esters. Initially tart citrus flavors emerge, lemon, orange, pineapple, then an earthy hoppy undertone cuts through that ands malts become wider, with a doughy aspect. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry with a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is light and feathery with very fine carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, not the most complex belgian strong pale/tripel i've had, but just damned tasty.

numenor1, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had high expectations for this beer, having heard good things about it. I was underimpressed. I gave it high marks for clarity. Too much head. No matter how I poured it (at 40 degrees into a room temp glass) I ended up with 80% foam. The head was beautiful though, white and lacey. I detected zero hop aroma and very very little hop bitterness. No alcohol flavor either. The sweet, slightly burnt malt and sugar profile came through strongly. Lots of candi sugar I guess.

GooberMcNutly, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, straw yellow.... huge amounts of apparent carbonation, and a huge rocky bright white head.

Crisp citrusy aroma with a generous wallop of yeast.

Big yeast in the flavour.... lots of lemon zest... delicious.

Normally I hate lots of carbonation... but this beer is already so champagne-y that it works quite well. Very crisp and effervescent on the tongue, with a light and refreshing body.

I can think of few brews as delicious on a summer day.

nickss, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It heads-up like a hefe, which lingers.... Honey, hazy dark yellow. Lots of suspended particles.

Aromas of sweet tropical fruits, maybe some ripe apple & pear.

Flavours initially passionfruit, then some rockmelon, musk candy.

Mouth feels some tartness, rich malty feel, with a light bitterness at the back.

vancurly, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden yellow with a large frothy white head and a substantial amount of lacing. The head lasts for a decent amount of time. The carboantion is extremely intense, a cylinder of bubbles flows up from the center of the brew.

S - Apples, bubblegum, a touch of coriander and passion fruit as well. There is a fusel alcohol as well, when the temp rises above serving temp, it has a strong presence.

T - Granny Smith apple, a strong light malt flavor, bubble gum a bit of mild caramel malt underneath. The finish is lightly sweet with an apple flavor and a mild bitterness. A fusel alcohol is detectable, but it is not very strong. It is a bit cloying as well.

M - In the first moments the beer touches my mouth, it explodes into a foamy substance similiar to the head. At the point it is actually a little drying, but after it calms down, it becomes thin, smooth and just a bit refreshing. As I said before, a bit cloying.

D - A fifth of this is a bit much, but it is Friday night. So whatever. It is pretty good. Nothing I would go looking for, but I wouldn't pass it up if it was offered. Reminds me a lot of Unibroue's Don de Dieu, but with less flavor and less cloyiness. Yeah, I know that isn't a word.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of janubio
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colour, it poors a big foam that fades quickly. Nice smell of pear, exotic fruits, coriander, oranges and a little of horseblanket. Medium to stronog body, it tastes of tropical fruits, spices, oranges, some other fruits I can't tell. A light dry finish.
And a nice and original bottle and label.

janubio, Sep 22, 2006
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,433 ratings.