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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,499
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 190
Gots: 476 | FT: 2
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 DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Please note: Although this is my first official review of this beer, I have had this one numerous times.

The bottle was very pleasing to look at- a glass bottle covered in a ceramic like material- corked- blue foil around the neck of the bottle. The beer itself was just as pleasing with a hazy golden pale yellow color- lots of head on this one- almost half an inch.
This fine ale smelled of spices and tropical fruits- most notably bananas. Taste was similar- spice, spice, spice- highly carbonated as well.

Personally, I could not detect the high ABV in this beer. Smooth as could possibly be. A highly drinkable beer for such a high ABV (around 8.5% listed on bottle).

Delerium Tremens is a lovely beer- a great example of the style.

DavidSeanNJ, May 26, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with what I found quite a small head for the style. This had been sitting in my fridge for a couple of days & I took it out and sat it on the bench for 15 minutes & poured it slowly & still lots of yeasties got in. Not a bad thing but ruins the appearance a bit.
Spicy notes pretty much dominates the nose which follows on to the taste with some sweetness coming through as well. The alcohol is present as you'd expect in a 9% beer but not too overbearing.
A fairly highly carbonated beer with a syrupy mouthfeel.
This is a very nice beer but the price & ABV obviously limits the drinkability. Great to bust out for special occasions.

brendan13, May 23, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this five months ago while visiting Toronto. I walked into a beer bar (Smokeless Joe's) with only exotic beers, and my knowledge of exotic beer was more limited then. The guy sitting next to me recommended that I try Delirium Tremens; he proclaimed it to be the best beer in the world. Well, I wouldn't say it was the best beer in the world, but still damn good. I bought a 750 ml bottle from BevMo to reassure that this remained good stuff. Love the bottle label, it looks like a circus is being performed. Well, on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, its hazy blonde in color with a big, fluffy head that rises nicely. Yeasty and fruity (such as apricots) in scent, more of the same in the taste, with the peppery flavors less dominant. The unique part of this beer is its smooth as silk feel and its easy drinking for the style. I managed to finish the whole 750 ml without much trouble...

One difference of the Delirium I had to Toronto and the one I had at home was the alcohol content. It was 8.7% ABV labled on the bottle in Toronto, but 8.5% ABV labled on the bottle here in SoCal. But anyway, after finishing the whole bottle, things started to feel a little different. They don't call this Delirium Tremens for nothing!

DoubleJ, May 16, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's 4:20 PM on Sunday, May 13th, 2007. Mother's Day. This is my 100th review and I've been deliberating all week what I would review. I considered Alesmith's Wee Heavy, but it's too hot. That'll happen soon, but not today. I'm listening to Clara Rockmore's "The Art Of The Theremin".

I have never seen a prettier beer. Dreamy golden color and a head that I would never have believed could have come out of a bottle if I hadn't seen it. Carbonation is visible, and lovely. I brought my face close to sniff it, and along with a big, cool foamy kiss on the lip I was blessed with soaring notes of coriander, cinammon, and bananas. If I said the flavor was spicy before a federal court I would be cited with perjury. This thing is alive, my friends. You can taste the carbonation the way you can in a Perrier water, along with a big blast of alcohol. Bigger hop presence than most Belgians. Mouthfeel is rich, and exciting, tingly and clingy. This is the reason I love beer.

It's 4:40 and my 100th review is coming to an end, and so is the subject. This has been a sublime experience. Next stop, Initiate status!

jeffjfindley, May 14, 2007
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: A 11.2 fl oz cream colored bottle with black specks. A blue foil covered the cap.

A: A Nice hazy yellow, with a huge 2 inch head that slowly disapates. Particles stay suspended in the beer. Very cool.

S: Sweet, some slight banana, very nice. Spicy, fruity.

T: Complex....Spices, mixed with hint of sweet flavor.

M: Easy to go down, not too heavy on the mouth.

D: I would order this, its a nice easy beer that would be a great beer to introduce to your "Bud Lite" friend.

ThirdCoast, May 08, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Pale orange with lots of white fluffy head... lots. There was some nice lacing, but it wasn't a lot and didn't stick to the glass for long.

Smell: Yeasties and malt mix to give an aroma similar to an imperial hefeweizen (yes I know that doesn't exist). There may be some very subtle hops in there, but the malt dominates the seen. The Yeast gives a banana taste, and with the malt I get a lightweight, alcohol banana bread feel.

Taste: The hoppage is much more apparent in the taste than the nose, as they ride in style with the hearty light malts. The alcohol is present and adds some complexity, and the hops round it off on the aftertaste. Yeast isn't so much a factor after the nose, which I appreciate. This isn't overly complex, or even somewhat complex as far as my palate is concerned.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but fairly smooth and sharp from the alcohol. It does, however, leave a strange dryness on the roof of my mouth.

Drinkability: I really wouldn't sit through more than one glass of this again... and would only do that if going through a bottle at a bar with some friends. I think there are much better for the style, but also much worse.

dbalsock, May 06, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into Delirium Tremens glass

A: Cloudy, yeasty, sediment poured in, golden-yellow; creamy white head with great retention, lots of nice brussels lacing

S: Lots of sweet caramel notes, some nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol also comes through

T: This has all the flavour of duvel, the biscuity malt, spices and sweet toffees, but not such a drying harsh alcohol kick. Its almost a little sticky

M: Lively carbonation, full bodied, syrupy

D: No real drinkability at all, due to the high abv, however, each sip is to be savoured, a belgian classic!.

seanyfo, May 03, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Gotta love this bottle, the pink elephants , blue foil, and painted bottle...such a display. Ok, enough of that...onto the beer. Pours a murky straw yellow with a bright fluffy white head with large bubbles. Lacing is sticky-icky-icky...oooweee! Almost paints the glass white. Fruity yeast seems to dominate this smell. Herb and spices seem to tingle the nose as well. Alcohol makes a quick appearance as well. Taste is just what expected from the smell. Fruity, spicey, yeasty, alcohol-y. Honey sneaks up on the tounge as well. Mouthfeel has a hop bite, with a good amount of carbonation. I find the drinkability to be lacking a bit because the alcohol is so present, but the beer overall is a good one.

BeerTruth, May 01, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, pours a lovely gold, but once again displaying my ineptitude at pouring without getting yeast mixed in there, there is all kinds of stuff floating about. The head is massive, pillowing, a mass of white foam sits atop everything and just chills out. The aroma is a bit disappointing, the spices and citrus were there, just not that appealing for whatever reason. The taste was better, but not the slice of beer nirvana that I remember it as, fruits, citrus and spices in the mix, just a bit off... and this was the beer that got me hooked on Belgians... wtf. Anywho, the mouth is solid, and really it sounds like I'm bashing this boy, but I'm not, its a good one, just not the favorite anymore I suppose.

objectivemonkey, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this was the first beer i ever purchased at a bar, 2 days after 21. safe to say i did not appreciate it then, since the only other beer i had tried to that point was a bud select and some other beer. Over a yr later im happy to try this beer again in the Delirium glass i got that night.

A: Beautiful. Using the tremen glass from my birthday, this beer is great. A frothey head with a cloudy golden color. there is a etched elephant in the bottom of the glass which creates a large amount of bubbles from the bottom of the glass....just great.

S: Very sweet and fruity, with some malt aroma as well

T: one of the best tasting belgian strong pale ales ive had. far removed from my birthday dinner where i didnt know more than 3 beer styles, this is a great beer. there is just enough tartness, to cut the sweet fruit flavor. the finish is nice on the mouth. The alcohol is present, but does not detract from the taste. i wanted to lower the drinkablility due to the high alcohol, but this is a beer i keep grabbing the galss for. I know one is enough, meaning i would not sit in session with this beer, but its a great beer to try, and come back to.

Redwood21, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of baxterbrew
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured from the faux stone bottle with the pink elephants with a TON of head. It almost looks like detergent on top of the golden ale. The retention was good, very frothy and lacy on the sides of the glass. The smell is fruity, with a zesty lemony tone. Slightly cloudy in appearance, not chill haze because I poured at room temp. The taste is also fruity with a heavy dose of alcohol. It has the slight burn of a wine going down. Very full tasting and heavy mouthfeel. It's a bit misleading, the color leads me to think pilsner and then it wallops with a heavy fullness. I really like this beer but I wouldn't want to drink a few without planning for a place to stay.

baxterbrew, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of gottajiboo2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer! I was always interested in trying the white bottle with the pink elephant.

Poured a pale bubbly yellow with a very fine white head. Smelled creamy and almost wine like. tasted sweet almost citrousy, like a mild orange flavor, a touch of sourness. Finished with a bit of licorice taste and a very crisp,clean smooth feel. This was a beer i'd enjoy sipping any day.

gottajiboo2, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the notoroious DT's:

the rich spice of a triple
with a tart yeast ester bent
a modicum of grass hops
seems to keep
the sweet in check

pear yeast fruit, clove sugar bread,
with esters and phenols
of unexact source;
warming, perhaps cherry, finish

Pours a cloudy tan orange
replete with floating yeast
a thick and foamish head
that starts
at least four fingers deep

smell is not the highpoint
in this one's opinion
sweet ester fruity phenol;
although intriguing disposition

just a bit high carbonation
that moderates with warmth
yet hides the ABV elevation

drinkability is good
if not almost great
for such a complex
spiked ale
of peculiar rich taste

meadhead, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of xymyl
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a pure white head that lasts for well over an hour, abundant lace in small clumps sticks everywhere, looks great.

Aroma starts off with a strong pilsner malt note, sweet and sour notes are also very prominent, rich floral notes, yeast, apples and pears, great spices, slight cheese & wine notes emerge as it warms, great complexity in a very refreshing beer. Alcohol takes a quick bow.

Taste starts with a simple sweetness that quickly mingles with (and quickly takes a back seat to) herbal spicy notes, lavender stands out, but the flavors go on and morph as long as you can possibly drink.

Light bodied to medium light, carbonation was very high but that just adds to the experience. My advice, start this at 55 degrees F, then drink it slowly, letting it climb to about 68 degrees. If you need to drink something else, suck on a geuze in between sips and let them fight it out.

I haven't had this in about 4 years, just another great beer that I had forgotten was this good. If I was going to criticize, I could say that it could have done well with slightly less sweetness, but since it is perfect as is, and the balance hides flavors making a more interesting drink, I won't criticize.

xymyl, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Piraat tulip, beer appeared clear gold in color, with a white head that stayed in form for a minute or two, not much lacing. The smell was of typical Belgian yeast. Taste was sweet, some alcohol way in the background, and more of that Belgian yeasty goodness. Carbonation was fairly lively but not too much so. Wasn't too bubbly, had a nice smoothness to it.

MiScusi, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Bistro.

A: Clear, golden-yellow; white head, some retention, good lace.

S: A big Belgian nose (yeasty: spicy, fruity, alcohol).

T: Plenty of fermentation byproducts from the Belgian yeast: Spicy, tropical fruit, mild phenolics. Assertive flavours, but there's some depth so it's not too over-the-top. Light biscuity malt in the background, warming alcohol.

M: Modest carbonation, well-attenuated & dry, yet pleasantly smooth.

D: The full flavour & alcohol that makes it so great also reduces the drinkability.

Derek, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a light airy head that turns to a film very fast. There's a ton of floaters in the beer... presumably yeast debris. Excessive.

Smell: Light aroma, fruits and some spices. The smell of alcohol is also present.

Taste: The flavors seems to be obscured by the overactive carbonation. All I really get are some light spicy/fruity flavors and a bunch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat excessive carbonation as mentioned above. Light-bodied and generally smooth, but has some alcohol sting.

Drinkability: The alcohol in the taste makes this difficult. As does the general lack of taste.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but this Belgian ale I really do not enjoy! Too much alcohol flavor (I've had plenty of beers with 9%+ alcohol that have that flavor well-masked), unappetizing appearance, and generally mediocre flavor. I'll pass in the future!

mithrascruor, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of david131
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden liquid with a great white fluffy head that never really settles down and leaves some great lacing. It is a little cloudy and there are some yeast floaties in there.

S- Sour Belgian yeast smell. Bready, fruity- mostly apples and a little banana. A little spicy as well.

T- Same as the smell, but with some alcohol spiciness to it as well. The breadyness is more apparent in the flavor. Complex.

M- Nice, creamy, light. The alcohol dryness was a little overwhelming.

D- Enjoyable. For some reason I expected this to be a little different because of the crazy bottle and label. If this wasn't as dry, this might have been a real winner.

david131, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of skillerified
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy (to say the least) strawberry blonde color with an ever so slightly off-white head. The lace sparkles and fades in a hurry. Medium sized carb bubbles rise through the murkiness. This is literally chunky, like pulped OJ, is that normal?

Distinctly Belgian nose, floral and fruity. Strawberry and hint of orange juice, not much citrus though. A hint of fresh cut grass rests on top and there's a small malt backbone hiding in there too.

Again, distinctly Belgian on the tongue. A light floral taste hits early, but is followed quickly by a sweet malty flavor, a mild caramel maybe. A fruity character comes through on added sips. Tasty, but not too exotic. A touch of alcohol burn comes in as it warms (a welcome burn it is too).

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but I'd still call it medium bodied. Sweet early, but just a hint of a fading bitterness on the finish. The carbonation is strong, but not really out of character for the style.

Nothing too exotic here. It seems there are better Strong Belgian Pales out there, but this is pretty prototypical. A fine offering. Worth another round.

skillerified, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger creamy white head which lasts forever into some nice sticky lacing. The nose is of malts, yeast, slight citrus, spices, and pears. The taste is sweet/tangy, slightly grassy, yeasty, with a nice touch of spices. This brew goes down pretty smoothly, with a slight warming factor. Medium body, a very tasty/complex well rounded brew. Very drinkable, highly recommended. I'm really enjoying this one today.

Wasatch, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A golden brown color in my goblet with the huge white head. The lacing stuck to the goblet throughout the whole beer.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar and malts. There are note of lemon zest and bananas slightly spiced bready yeast.

Taste: The smell was accurate to the taste of this beer, but it did no justice how well these flavors meld in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light body and carbonation but it feels wonderfully apt for this brew.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Complex yet accessible. This is one nice beer.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange yellow pale gold color with a more than adaqute head and noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon Vanilla and honey, hit the nose right off the bat, quickly followed by yeasty fruity esters, and the suggestion of spices.

Taste: Sweet sugary spice of orange and cinnamon with a bready base, and light pale malts holding up sufficiently to the fruit esters and the yeast. It is not as bold as others in the style but that actually worked for my wife.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively, zesty with spice and alcohol and carbonation giving this light weight beer a sense of activity on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer. At 9% it could be dangerous. The beer seemed go quite quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Gritsak
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Watch out when you open this one...as i was untwisting the metal retainer, the cork blew off (luckly not at my face) and beer started spewing. The beer had been sitting for a month or so without being moved, so it wasnt shaken up at all.

A- Bright pale golden yellow. fairly clear with no sediment in the first glass. Nice fluffy white head.

S- Bananas, bread, yeast...overall very clean and pleasent.

T- Definitely over carbonated. It is to the extent where i cant really enjoy the flavor of the beer because the bubbles are so overpowering.

M- see above

D- If the normal taste is anything like the smell, drinkability would be excelent.

overall- I hope i got a bad bottle because this carbonation level is just ridiculous. I dont really feel as though i am giving justice to the beer from this review, but until i fork out another $10, this will stand.

Gritsak, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of DragYourBone
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a tulip.

View: Honey colored ale with an inch thick foam, carbonated sprigs zip up through small chunks of funk - It looks thick. The foam dissipated quickly to a light film with tight lacing. Letit sit idle, tilted the tulip and a drape of belgian? lace was exposed.

Scent: Subtl Belgian yeast lingers with touches of lemon zest and some soft spicyness. Before the last taste, the alcohol presence came through and the scent became more crisp.

Taste and Feel: Soft, bitter-sweet and wet. It dissipates on the back of the tongue nicely. There is a fullness and heaviness resting on the tongue. Towards the end of the glass the taste became more sharp - like apples.

Overall: Very drinkable - would be xcellent for chillin' on the patio this summer' eve. Also, with the exception of the last two drinks, the 8.5 ABV was quite well hidden.

DragYourBone, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of ski271
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and Zeno's in State College, PA. Clear, light golden-yellow with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. The aroma is a very pleasant lightly sweet blend of straw, flowers, citrus, white grape and spice. The taste follows suit, with the fruit and citrus not being to dominant flavor yet being the most noteworthy, and they carry through the finish and win out over the alcohol and a light aftertaste there. Not bad enough to really knock any points off for, but it's there. It has a medium body, almost juicy texture and low carbonation. This was quite the refreshing little treat, and quite the little devil. I had no idea it was 9% until I checked here. I'd definitely get this again.

ski271, Mar 08, 2007
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,499 ratings.