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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,258
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 174
Gots: 374 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

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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JackStraw22

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Cloudy light golden body, a little white head that didn't stick around much.

Smell: Huge spicy goodness. Lightly sweet, but mostly herbal and spicy.

Taste: Yeah, that's pretty good. Sweet, almost tart at times, but wonderfully balanced by the spicy hops and some good yeasty flavors. Pretty bitter too, but balanced. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, doesn't feel dry, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Good. I usually can't drink more than one belgian at a time, but I think I could with this one.

06-30-2005 00:42:57 | More by JackStraw22
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sopor

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Thanks to Battlekow for the trade!

The Tremens poured a beautiful hazy golden-orange. The head was thin and just slightly cream colored and dissapated unevenly. Bubbles were slight and small.

Very little aroma from the beer, and all I could think was that it smelled like fruity/malty champagne or white wine.

The beer tastes excellent. Again I taste champagne/wine underneath the malt, yeast and fruity flavors.

Tremens was thin on the tongue with just a hint of oily-like creaminess, but the carbonation comes alive.

This beer is the reason I began seriously investigating craft brew and found BA in the first place. I could drink Delerium Tremens all day, but my day would be awfully short if I tried!

06-29-2005 19:13:53 | More by sopor
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Minimally hazy orange blossom honey with a Brobdingnagian head of lightly jaundiced ivory. Subsequent pours result in a good deal more haziness, edging into murkiness with the addition of the final few ounces. The cap is gently rocky with decent persistence, but is a mite too soft to leave much Belgian lace. Some eye candy on the glass would have bumped up the appearance score a half point.

Even though the nose is a little short on aggressiveness, wetting the tip of my nose in order to appreciate it is never a danger. The beer smells peach and apple fruity with a restrained spiciness and a whiff of well-integrated alcohol. A more commanding olfactory presence and more spicy Belgian yeastiness would improve things even more.

The flavor is more assertive than the nose and is the better for it. This is delicious beer. It tastes of sweet, nectary orchard fruits (peaches, apples, pears) sprinkled with clove and allspice and then macerated in their respective brandies. Each sip brings out new flavor sensations, or more accurately, the same flavor sensations arranged in new and different ways. The spices are especially well done, as they change kaleidoscopically within each mouthful.

Delirium Tremens has flavor to spare and my taste buds are even more delighted as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a slick, velvety lushness that promotes sipping rather than gulping; all the better to appreciate the multi-faceted flavor profile. The number of bubbles is on the low end for a Belgian beer, making me like it all the more.

I love the stoneware-look bottle and the cartoony, colorful label complete with pink elephants and green, sunglasses-bedecked alligators. Craft beer should be fun and it's great to see such a fun-loving, silly ass label. Delirium Tremens impressed me more than I thought it would. It's a wonderful BSPA and is one that I'll be sure to buy again whenever I have the opportunity.

06-29-2005 15:11:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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IceAce

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Crystal-clear deep golden body capped with a ½ finger of creamy old-lace colored foam. Microscopic CO² bubbles lazily rise from within the depths of the goblet. Nose is sweet with candy sugar, malt, and a saliva-inducing yeast presence.

Entry is smooth with this nectar gently touching down on the mid and rear flanks of the tongue. Midtaste opens with sugary sweetness, quickly transitioning to a rich earthy maltiness and a dash of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is robust thanks to the oh-so-generous grain bill, and the finish is classic Belgian with a yeast profile fading into nothing more than an invitation to enjoy another sip.

06-26-2005 07:23:11 | More by IceAce
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Brian700

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

This pours a cloudy orange with an awesome white fluffy head. It mellows down and looks like the raw side of a pancake while its cooking sitting on the top of my beer.

The smell consists of some fruit (banana, apricot) and there is some spice in there as well. There is a mild pepperness with some clove and coriander aroma. I can detect a very mild floral aroma.

The taste is sweet with some spiciness. There is an alcohol presence and plenty of esters. I pick up on bananas and apricots. Very nice. Almost buttery.

Good mouthfeel, it's a medium bodied beer. Very Quaffable. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. Thanks Nsmit17 for sending this to me. Very good.

06-25-2005 19:39:50 | More by Brian700
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured in a 10 oz. serving ath The Independant in Uptown, Minneapolis. Clightly hazed gold color, with a small white head, quite unnassuming visuals. Smell has a lot of banana in it, as well as some delicious belgian yeast, peppery hops and miscellaneous fruit. Taste is very clean and subtle. Tastes fruity up front, with a good alcohol presence. Banana and hops. This is a very good beer, if not too subtle, but good flavors and extremely drinkable. Almost anythin I would look for in a BSPA.

06-25-2005 06:53:38 | More by TastyTaste
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dgallina

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

750 ml bottle.

Poured into the tulip a faintly-clouded pale golden-yellow with medium-strong carbonation and reasonably good head retention. Smells of sweet malts with fruity notes. Not the most subtle or complex flavors on display. Sweet throughout, with touches of berry and apples. Becomes slightly dry and hoppy in the finish, but not nearly dry or bitter enough to counter the overall sweetness. Medium-light with well-carbonated body.

Not a bad strong golden ale, but not particularly distinguished either. A bit plain and overly sweet without balancing dryness or depth.

06-24-2005 04:40:57 | More by dgallina
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mynie

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Honey colored yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell is a little tame but still very nice. Light Duvel fruits and a zip of alcoholic sweetness.

Tastes like it smells, only more complex. Bubbles and alcohol upfront, moving into fruit, moving into smoke in the middle and ending on a hint of medicine and oil.

Very nice, fizzy champagne body and it goes down pretty smooth.

06-18-2005 04:38:32 | More by mynie
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HogHill

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Picked up a single from Colonial in Acton.

Appearance: Poured this into a tulip and it resulted with a 2 finger foamy white head. The beer is a pale gold, similar to a Duvel.

Smell: a sweet banana scent along with phenols and some spice. very nice!

Taste: primarily sweet and fruity with a bit of grass. The tastebuds pick up some corriander and pepper. Very clean tasting. The Tremens finish is a little too warm.

Mouthfeel: feels light and crisp on the tongue


Drinkability: This one is probably enjoyable only as a single for me because of the high ABV, which is definitely noted in the finish.

Overall: I liked this beer, but I love Duvel and I love Dupont's Avec les Bons Veoux more. Still a solid representative of the strong golden ale style.

05-27-2005 23:13:33 | More by HogHill
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours out golden colored with a big white head. Huge aroma. Spicy and fruity all at the same time. Truly a great smelling beer. The taste doesn't let you down either. Plenty of citrus taste with some pepper mixed in as well. The alcohol does not go unoticed. It does leave the inside of your mouth a little hot. Still, a beautifully crafted beer. I loved the bottle so much that I asked the waitress if I could bring it home with me. Actually, it was more me telling her that I was bringing it home with me and she complied, haha.

05-27-2005 18:21:49 | More by Jacobob10
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

In my book, Belgian beers come second to German beer only. And this is a bias on my part since I am from a German family. Regradles of this bias, Belgian beers are definetly worth a try by any beer aficianado. The packaging is definetly a plus in comparison to most American beers. The head is almost nonexistent and the Brussels lace is maintained for only a few short minutes. The taste is fruity than most, but compared to other beers I have sampled. Delirium meets my par standards for a Belgian brewed beer. Regardless of my biased sentiments, this beer is worth a try by any wannabe beer advocate. Something I would by for a second try.

05-23-2005 10:21:50 | More by scruffwhor
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whynot44

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Medium bodied, slightly hazy pale gold color with a massive white head and champagne-like carbonation.

The aroma is very mild, somewhat fruity - apples, pears with just a bit of floral hops.

Taste is also mildly fruity, again, apple and pear with maybe a touch of citrus over a biscuity, yeasty mild malt base. This is followed by a spicy, peppery, dry hops finish that continues in the aftertaste.

Smooth and easy to drink with a nice alcohol warmth that really doesn't warn you of the true strength of this brew. Comes in a funky fake stoneware bottle with pink elephants and green alligators on the label. A decent example of a really great beer style. .

05-11-2005 04:16:01 | More by whynot44
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

First off, the bottle is a fave, white glass, with a wonderfully fanicful label. Pink elephants and dancing crocodiles, cool lettering. The brew pours out honey straw colored with a modest head. Decent froth leaves a bit of lace, but nothing extraordinary.

The nose is limes, earthy yeast, roasted meat (!?), and, oddly, something very clean smelling, pine and hay. Big fruit and a nice smooth bitterness dominate the taste. Buttery malt precedes a dryish herbal finish.

A very nice ale, with a crisp smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent but doesn't overpower. Delish.

05-09-2005 03:27:57 | More by horndecker
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured out to the color of apple juice with a short lived bubbly head. Carbonation continued to rise through the brew well after being poured. A little lace was noted around the glass. Scent was almost like champagne, with a slightly vinegar-like quality. Flavors of hops were strong, as were notes of sugar and barley.Dry, smooth aftertaste. Heavy alcohol quality was noted, as this brew will get you feelin' it. Worth a try, but a bit pricey.

05-01-2005 00:07:31 | More by Frozensoul327
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured an apricot colored citrus punch looking color. When pouring, I had to slow it down to avoid too much head. The head is thick with nice retention and ample lace. It is white in color and tops off a cloudy and very bubbly brew. The aroma is like bananas and pineapple, very pungeant. The taste is very fruity and mildly sweet. The aftertaste lingers on the palate with some hints of hops. With 8.5%abv, I expected more of an alcohol taste, but only detected a very small trace. I could only drink one of these per night.

04-30-2005 22:28:22 | More by abcsofbeer
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a perfect gold color with a 1 1/2" white-tan head. It fizzles and fizzles but last for a while.. eventually there is just a ring of suds and swirls in the glass.

Musky orange nose, faint spices. Smooth honey glides over the tongue, then a biting bitter citrus at the end. Alcohol also hits at the end lingering on the palate for a while. I can't say I like the balance here (or lack thereof). The flavors come at you a bit randomly and awkwardly. That said, this is a fairly nice, drinkable ale.. But I would prefer a better integration of the flavors.

04-29-2005 03:55:02 | More by MrSeth
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a darker shade of orange with a big bubbly white head. The head fades down to about one finger thick. Inside is a tonne of sediment! Looking through the glass you can see all kinds of floating bits. Unfortunately it's a bit of a turn off.

The smell is pretty good, what I'd expect for the style. Spice, candied sugar, a bit of booziness and just a hint of soap.

Taste is a clean sweetness up front with a faint hop and strong alcohol finish. The alcohol is not unpleasant, but it is not as well hidden as some of my favorite beers of the style.

Mouthfeel is good, slick and medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the big alcohol, both by volume and by flavour.

Decent beer, but I'd say it's only for fans of the style, I don't see it gaining converts.

04-24-2005 02:55:25 | More by elricorico
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swid

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

Delirium Tremens pours a brilliant golden color. A thick, off-white head comprised of small bubbles forms, then slowly dissipates. Fairly opaque, with are large amount of yeast sediment. The aroma of this beer is very complex, with all sorts of notes: citrus, flowers, pine, a little mustiness and sourness, and a bit of malty sweetness. If only I could identify one single *thing* to describe it as...

This is a strong Belgian ale; the alcohol present is noticeable, but not overpowering. The initial taste is a both tart and sweet, and is well-balanced. After that, the hops kick in, imparting a floral bitterness; the taste becomes a bit more harsh after that. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but full; the finish is very crisp, mildly sweet, and slightly harsh.

Overall, Delirium Tremens is a good beer; it is the most "adventurous" Belgian I've had thus far. I have had my horizons expanded slightly...it will be interesting to see how much I'll enjoy beers like this in the future.

04-21-2005 01:57:41 | More by swid
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revdrjbob

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

Another beer sampled at Little Brussels Brasserie.
Poured into it's great decorated glass. I love the elephants. Poured a clear orange gold, a tight white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a 5mm foam.
Aroma: Yeast, sweetness, slight cirtus(?), slight malt. Nothing really there. Very complex though.
Flavour: Slight malt, definate alcohol, dry, not particularly sweet, yet with a candy sweetness, and a bitterness. A touch of yeast, and lingering alcohol.
A great brew.

04-16-2005 08:45:02 | More by revdrjbob
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

Golden with lots of sediment after movement.. nice creamy off-white head with excellent carbonation and lace. Spicy Belgian yeast and spicy hop aromas with light fruitiness, cloves, and coriander. Tastes much like it smells and hides alcohol content well. Medium bodied but seems a bit lighter due to carbonation levels.

Note: #1 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World" ... times have changed but not far off !!!

Per label: Since 1654

2.003 on cork
Tasted: 04/11/05

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.4 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with bright royal blue foil)

04-15-2005 15:30:29 | More by RBorsato
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a wonderful light hazy orange color with an enormous head that doesn't seem to ever die out. Smells wonderful, like bananas and summer-time fruits with a wheaty-hop undertone. Taste is equally pleasant, with a very smooth start and finish. Stimulates all your taste buds. Some citrus to it, but mostly bananas and hops, slightly like a witbier. Great well-rounded beer.

04-15-2005 13:12:39 | More by Toddv29424
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -8%

A decent Belgian Pale. Very unique, as are all the ales by this brewery. Pours a golden color into my tulip glass with a small head that leaves good lacing along the sides. A wee bit cloudy, not much.

The smell is very unique. There is something distinct. I would say it is like overripe pears. Cantaloupe and some other melon flavors are also very prominent. Taste is very unique, with melon-like flavors, cantaloupe dominating, some citrus, some spices - cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. A hint of that distinctive Belgian yeast. Very interesting. I like it.

Mouthfeel is peppery and oily, with a very small tinge of the alcohol noticeable, not enough to make it unpleasant. Goes down smooth and continues to make you wonder about the flavor, so I would say it is pretty drinkable, even with the medium-high ABV.

04-10-2005 23:22:45 | More by kosmoraios
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

This is a good bspa, i enjoy this more than the delirium nocturnum.
Pours out a good and clear dark gold/orange. White head that leaves in minutes. strong smell of heavy spices, sugary cinnamon.

taste is good and spiced and fruity. there is a taste of honey in it too. feeling of alcohol in the background. a dry finish. medium to heavy mouthfeel.

good one to try

04-08-2005 01:39:27 | More by acrawf6
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Delirium Tremens. Been meaning to try this beer often, but every time, i get put off by the bottle. Damn wierd bottle.

However as tacky as the bottle is, the beer itself is great.

Poured a dark yellow - orange with a finger width of foam. The beer gave off a citrus smell that was inviting.

Tasted of fruit.. apricots? and honey which danced in your mouth. However, it isnt the cheapest of beers. Which is a drawback.

04-03-2005 07:41:06 | More by BeerNutta
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Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Presentation: Their unique style 330ml bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow colour with orange reflets and a generous white head.

Smell: Wheat, green lemon and alcohol.

Taste: I am not really into the wheat beer, but I like to taste that in this one. Also, the strong alcohol presence doesn't bother the drinker.

Mouthfeel: PERFECT. You detect the strong alhocol presence (for a beer), but it doesn't bother you. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Exceptionnal. This is the best strong beer I ever reviewed. A little expensive, but it really worthes a try! P.S. Foamer said LCBO removed this beer from its inventory. In Quebec, SAQ continues to sell it (even if they left most of the beer market to private stores.) Thanks God! Note to myself: I would like a green limon with this beer. It can be a valuable addition...

04-03-2005 00:26:33 | More by Barraclou
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,258 ratings.