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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,102
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 162
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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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 assurbanipaul


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lives up to its reputation and its heritage. Appears as a slightly darker pilsner in the glass but has an extraordinary complex flavor. Ever-slightly sweet, citrus, a nose reminicient of brandy with new flavors coming through with each sampling. The triple-fermentation provides for a great depth of flavor. Packs quite a kick, also.

[Re-reviewed, 05/23/2004]

Pours a bright and lively golden color with a tall, frothy white head. Nose is sweet with fruits both dried and citrus, candy sugar, light malts, faintly peppery. Very complex.

The first sip is malty and sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence. Rich and slightly biscuity with some yeast flavors, light on the hops with some citrus coming through.

Oddly, the sweetness subsides as the beer warms and flavors of white pepper and orange rind emerge amid some cloves and other hidden spices. The delicate balance remains and the palate is not tired and remains suprisingly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is remarkably light although a bit oily on the tongue. One of the finest and most complex beers I have ever come across. A perennial favorite of mine, my traditional birthday beer to share with friends, although I missed out this year.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 21:37:09 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of BierReise


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is becoming one of my favorite Belgian ales. Great eggshell painted bottle with little pink elephants on the label. Nice pour of orange tinted cloudy golden body and white froth. Aroma of fruit and a little yeasty. First few sips seemed very effervescent bot smoothed out as it rested. Flavor is great with fruit and and spices with a definate yeast and alcohol presence. Overall sweet and dry. Reminds me of one of the Chimay beers I've had before

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 17:46:47 | More by BierReise
Photo of EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head on this one, light, very light, and bright white, reminicent of Duvel. The taste was not what I exspected, sweeter than many artisanal pales that I have had though this was not a bad thing. Sour finish like the taste of a grannysmiths apple. The alcohol is very subtle fot the stregnth of this beer, which is 8.5% not 9 as listed above. A very solid beer though I think its winning the world beer champoinships is a little bit much. Not as good as some N. American beers ever, say Fin Du Monde or Hennepin. Still, a great one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 18:29:58 | More by EmoBeerGuy
Photo of BittRnessabounds


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with an abundant head that remained very well. The abundant carbonation helped to ensure that I had a dose of head with each taste. The smell was dominantly sweet and fruity, I noticed a hint of a raison, but there were also hints of spice and yeast. The taste was both sweet and sour, almost like a green apple, but very pleasant and fairly complex. The carbonation and medium to light body made this a very pleasant beer on the palate. This beer also finished surprisingly crisp. Overall this was a very enjoyable brew, but I think if I had the choice I would rather have a Hennepin or a Fin Du Monde. Nevertheless this beer is in elite company, its just not at the top of the pile in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 18:20:37 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Marty


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Granny Smith apples are the first thing that comes to mind after tasting this beer. I've never really had a beer that tasted like this before. Surprisingly sour with a citric twang to it. Also deceptively strong considering how easy it is to drink. Not sure I'd buy it again at $9/bottle, but definitely a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 18:16:56 | More by Marty
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden color, with a thick off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity, and medicinal. The flavor has a mild sweetness, with fruity flavors. It is a bit astringent, with a drying finish. It is medium bodied, but has an alcohol content that will sneak up on you. A very delicious, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 08:26:19 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of marburg


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in bottles, and I recall it being a little more lively than the draught version. Perhaps I'm mistaken; it's just a memory. But anyhow...

Pours honey-colored yellow, looks thicker than it is. Sweet and somewhat fruity in flavor. It's missing something though. I'd say it's fair to say this is reasonably similar to Duvel in some respects, and Duvel just has this liveliness and spice that adds something. This one is a bit more straightforward with that fruit candy sweetness characteristic to some of the stronger Belgians. Tasty for sure but could be a wee bit better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2003 12:10:34 | More by marburg
Photo of mzwolinski


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color witha thick white head. The explosiveness of the cabronation is evident both from the loud pop upon releasing the cork, and the way the bubbles simply rocket up to the top of the glass. Aroma is yeasty, with plenty of spiciness, some orange zestiness, and berry-like fruitiness. Flavor is maltier than I'd expected, and lightly hopped. Alcohol flavor is mild, and aftertaste is cherry-like. I actually found it to be a bit too sweet until I added the yeast -- this gave the flavor a bit more zing and helped to balance. Full bodied and velvety smooth in texture. A very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 07:32:23 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of queenboadicea


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the Belgian-ist Belgians I've tried. The malt was almost a little overpowering for my taste, but was balanced out with nice lemon and coriander flavors, with a hint of spice. The head was huge (and a beautiful color and consistency), and even though I though I poured it properly it still ran over! The color was a cloudy pale gold, with only a faint aroma of lemon and malt. Alcohol was fairly noticeable, which leads me to believe the content may be a bit higher than 9.0%. I also noticed that the flavors became more subtle and pleasant as the beer warmed slightly and was exposed to the air. All in all, a nice offering, but guess I'm still a Chimay devotee.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 07:05:34 | More by queenboadicea
Photo of Scooter77


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml white ceramic looking bottle with a blue foil-covered cork.

I don’t think I could have picked any other better beer for my 100th review than this one. This is an all-around great beer. It pours a clear golden/orange color with tons of carbonation. It’s topped off by a thick and fluffy white foam that fades down into a 1/4-inch head, which retains itself for the entire duration, leaving a sticky lace splattered on the side of the glass. This beer is bursting with a huge arsenal of aromas. Bananas, coriander, malt, alcohol and grapefruit are very prominent, intermixed with subtle hints of vanilla and hops that are blended together splendidly to give this beer an extremely complex nose. I detected a different scent every time I took a whiff. The flavor is just as complex as the aroma. The spiciness of coriander and the tanginess of citrus fruit hit the taste buds first, followed by a mild sweetness, possibly the banana, and then finished off with a mellow bitterness of hops. The vast array of flavors masks the alcohol taste quite well. The high carbonation level gives this brew almost champagne-like qualities, which tickles my tongue. This is an extremely balanced and complex beer, there’s so much going on. If it weren’t for the high cost ($8.99 per bottle) I would always have this beer on hand. I just can’t say enough about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 05:06:27 | More by Scooter77
Photo of tavernjef


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle, whats with the pink elephants? Also like the solid gray bottle.

Color is a cloudy yellow, lots of swirling action as it pours and that big fluffy white head just kept going. Eventually settled down and remained throughout the glass leaving tight, patchy lace.
Smells of fresh lemon and orange with a bit of floral hop notes, very strong on the nose, quite citrusy. Taste is a smooth lemony delight with a little sweet, bitter malt at the start and jumps right into the lemon and orange peels and mixed with a fresh, floral hop and spice. Very good feel, some dryness to it, but its very citrusy wet and smooth. Drinkable, yes sir indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 14:50:19 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Darkale


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, fast Belgian head -- inflates like an emergency life raft -- with good lacing. Head eventually settles to about 1/4 inch and stays there. The beer itself is slightly cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is a mix of hops, citrus, and flowers.

Taste makes you say "Wow." It starts with malt, followed by a snaps of hops and carbonation. Chewy and spicy.

How do the Belgians make beer that seems to taste different with every sip? Not sure I would have liked this a few months ago, and damned sure that I'm glad that I've kept plugging away at the Belgian beers.

A beer that will bring a smile to your face.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 10:30:21 | More by Darkale
Photo of Ave


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A good all around Belgian with the to be expected carbonation, high ABV & spice/yeast profile. Pours a slightly orange/yellow/green just barley cloudy color. The head is not impressive at first, but hangs on to every bit of its self & seems to rejuvenate with each tilt. Glorious Belgian aroma of nut-raisin-spice. Clove honey & fruit rounding each other out & shifting slightly more tangy from nose to mouth.

Very high ABV & it at times may over power its self with that, seems to flush out some of the fullness of the flavor. But, on the other hand its bubbly enough to keep the aroma pushed up so it works to re-balance the overall flavor nicely.

All in all a supper yummy quaff, but not something for steady work.

Good with trout or just a good loaf of bread & a jar of cheese wiz.


Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 12:30:59 | More by Ave
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Central Market N refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A big, crusty white head collapses unevenly (nice!). Big bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Runny lacing. The beer is cloudy gold/amber with boatloads of suspended sediment (admittedly, it wasn't a careful pour).

The nose is Belgian spiciness, strong citrus and very sweet. The front is sweet, spicy, schpritzy. The middle is sweet apples with some alcohol. The finish is dry and fresh, with spice and alcohol. It's just a little too "trendy alcoholic beverage" for my tastes. I found the sweetness more obvious than in the Nocturnum and the alcohol not as well hidden. The effect seems even worse as the beer warms. But I'm nitpicking. It's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 06:47:49 | More by kbub6f
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this on tap at RedBones.

This ale was a clear, golden color with thin, wispy white foam. The smell was malty, with some hops, and a hint of fruit and sweetness. The taste was on the sweet side (malt) with a bit of floral hops and some fruit (apples and musty grapes). The mouthfeel was very good: smooth and creamy. The carbonation was medium. There was a good finish. The drinkability was good. This ale went down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2003 07:58:13 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of nomad


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold color that is transparent, with thin intermittent lace and some carbonation. Fruity nose hinting of pear/apple and a hint of sweet corn (a good thing). Hops seem masked.

Slightly sweet with delayed bitter finish, a short and unbothersome finish. Slightly buttery in taste and feel, quite tingly on the tongue, but in all a crisp and clean slide drink. Goldeny flavor that appears as a delicate mix of malt background, light hops, and estery foreground.

Unbelievably drinkable regardless of verrry high alcohol content which you’ll feel warm up your belly - no wonder its name, eh?, Better served on the colder side (starting at 50). Mine came from a newly-filled growler (at Half Time, THE most amazing beer in the Northeast).

Many say this is not an outstanding brew, and I believe that's because it's not a knock-out experience on all levels. Important to remember that this beer is supposed to be quiet and not with big flavors: it isn’t a sweet and spicy dubbel or a high and complex trippel. DT should be judged as such for subtlety or appropriateness, as these are the standards for a strong golden ale. These beers are meant to be drunk like we do pilseners in the states.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 17:06:46 | More by nomad
Photo of Morris729


5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saved for my 200th Review.
I love the presentation of the big white ceramic looking 750ml bottles, the blue foil tops, and the pink elephants and dancing alligators. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden color with a tremendous rocky and foamy white head that billows out of the glass and lasts almost forever and coats the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of fresh citrus, sweet malts, and pepper. Very nice! Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with a fine carbonation. Taste is lightly fruity with notes of citrus, sweet honey, and spicy hops. Finish is crisp and lightly sweet. This is one of my all-time favorites. Simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 23:11:30 | More by Morris729
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden brew. A little darker than pure golden, but still within range of it. I hope I didn't get too much yeast in the pour, it was hard to judge since the bottle is opaque. On to the aroma, spicy pepper, a bit tart, and a bit sweet. Very yeasty as well, which I find quite pleasant actually. The flavor comes in as a wave of pepper spiciness with a big backbone of yeast-coated hops. Malt shows up as part of this as well in a slight bready character. As it swirls in your mouth, the pepper character (and slight alcohol presence) really make your tongue tingle, but the aforementioned backbone is still huge. Turns sweeter in the back and in the finish. Other spiciness is present here and there. A very tasty tripel, highly recommended! Mine actually stated an 8.5% abv on the bottle, not 9.0%. You may not come down with DT after a few of these, but you will be seeing the pink elephants!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 22:36:03 | More by hyuga
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful triple. This beer poured a nice golden colour with a huge, frothy, creamy white head(similar to Duvel)! This beer had some wonderful aromas of spices, cloves, honey, and pepper and it was quite refreshing. This tasted like a wonderful belgian triple should(like Duvel, again!)this was very refreshing, and light on the tongue, but it still did have a nice creamy mouth feel. This beer has a very high drinkability factor in my book(and it can be a little dangerous at it's decent 9%abv:-)
good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 23:06:08 | More by francisweizen
Photo of maxpower


2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy light golden-orange color, yeasty, malty, spicy and alcohol aromas. Sweet fruity malty flavors, the hops stand out in the finish, medium-full body thick and syrupy on the tongue, another one that smells better than it taste, overall average.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:24:08 | More by maxpower
Photo of stoutlove77


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was somthing I came across at BJ's Brewery and with all the good reviews I read and heard I just had to go for the trip. This one has a light golden color and foamy head (smiliar to Duvel). I had to let it rest for a couple of seconds fo it to settle a bit. The taste is to my buds a really good refreshing beer, resembled some fruitful notes and and a hint of sweet spice that combined for me quite well. At one point I did let it settle too long and it got warm, one of my friends tried it out of curiousity and told me "Thats a good wine cooler" Hmm.. Well all the flavor combination did a good job for masking the ABV, as TheLongBeachBum would say "Good Stuff".

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 12:41:01 | More by stoutlove77
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, golden-hued, majestic head, large, loud, and proud. Stunning.

Aroma: soft fruit, soft spices, light, airy, slightly sweet, and slightly dry, at once. Some orange, lemon, even pear, with a minor, spicy hop attack, but overall, all is mellow.

Now, to taste: Clean, soft, sumptuous, with bitter hops slowly sliding in, nice gritty texture on the palate. It's not altogether harmless and denuded. Not entirely. A tidy fruit blend, a neat blast of hops, with an exquisite pale malt base standing firmly underneath. Add to that a bouyous effervescence that thrills the palate. Tingly, tangly, tongue-ly, it's a terrific ride in the mouth, all before the alcohol becomes evident.

Despite the 9% ABV rushing to the fore, it's incredibly consumable, and urges another swallow, after the last. An ale, though very pilsner-like, but every bit Belgian, candy sugar is involved, and copious hops, and plenty of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2003 16:11:52 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me a year to get this after I first saw it chosen as the "greatest beer in the world" by one author. I have since had many Belgian and Belgian styled beers, and this is my favorite style. Of all of the beers i've tried, this one would probably be the most "dangerous", because it is very light, quite carbonated, and the flavor is fairly restrained (considering the high alcohol content). Spicy, fruity, and quite easy to drink. Not quite as flavorful or distinctive as my personal favorite, Duvel, but similar to a few other beers of the style (particularly Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde and Don De Dieu? - maybe this is the beer they modeled those after?)) I will certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 00:27:47 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bottle. Color was great- hazy straw yellow with a thick creamy head. You could tell this beer has been fermented with a good dose of yeast and is conditioned well. A very fruity and flowery aroma at first which then mellows into more a wine like smell. A very flavorful brew- peppery and spicey, this beer stands up strong and is far more potent than it looks. I tasted and felt the alcohol immediately. A warming beer even though it is pale. A nice rich texture, but a little thin toward the end of the glass. Overall a good Belgium strong ale that is to be enjoyed with others

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 12:10:49 | More by AaronRed
Photo of purplehops


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tremens pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large frothy white head. The head leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus and pears with notes of alcohol. The taste starts with a sharp bite of malt and moves quickly to flavors of apples, pears and coriander with hints of grains of paradice. The finish is full of alcohol with notes of hop spiciness and candi sugar. The aftertaste is of alcohol and grain. Overall a very rich and complex taste profile. The mouthfeel is pleasant but does have a slight syrupiness to it. A nice ale with many complex flavors for the Belgian ale lover. A little more balance between the syrupy mouthfeel and the alcohol along with a less cloudy pour would make this a perfect ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 17:19:22 | More by purplehops
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,102 ratings.