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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: right when I opened the bottle, it started frothing up. Poured into the tulip and the head is huge. Color is a very slightly cloudy pale golden color with lots of apparent effervescence. Looks appetizing!

Smell: dry malt aroma with a hint of grain. Slight floral notes with a touch of apple. Quite nice.

Taste: quite delicious. Big malt, with notable but not overpowering flavors of apple and wheat. Truly great.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a creamy texture. Holds the flavor in the mouth and has a pleasant sensation as well.

Drinkability: BSPAs can get me into trouble; Delirium Tremens is no exception.

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2008 vintage poured into a Delirium glass.

A: Slightly hazy apple cider, with a fair amount of floating yeast despite a careful pour. A puffy white cap has good beginnings. Retention is excellent thanks to the etching in the bottom of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Spicy aromas of coriander and clove are joined by a pear and green grape. A funky sourdough scent lays underneath.

T: Smooth and balanced. A pear and grape sweetness is balanced nicely by very spicy combination or pepper, coriander, cumin and clove. Alcohol adds warmth, but is otherwise well masked. Finishes dry, with a lingering pepper spiciness and a touch of green grape.

M: The medium-light body hides the beer's strength well. Carbonation is vigorous and tingling on the tongue.

D: As the 988th reviewer of this beer, I don't know if there is anything new I can add to the discussion. However, I found myself not being terribly impressed with this right out of the gate. But as it warmed, it picked up a lot of character and really grew on me. There's great complexity here that is extremely well balanced. Definitely worth a revisit down the road.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a delicious smell in the bottle! Smells of citrus, lemons, and yeast, kind of like a lemon drop, but not in a sweet way. Pours to a cloudy bright yellow with a big head that is real foamy. Taste is also on the citrus side, sweet and yeasty, only very slight bitters in the background. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but yet very thick and chewy. I think this may be my first brew of this particular style. How delicious and refreshing. I could drink this high SG in the heat and not bog down at all. The ABV is not even evident more than it is obviously adding to the flavor in undertones. I'm delirious!

Photo of Paisan
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: nice bright colour, sunny; fast subsiding head, no lacing to mention (may have been the - clean - glass?)
S: very odd smell, medicinal, made me think of band aids (the classic ones)
T: quite hoppy, faint hint of honey, alcohol only present in the afterwarmth
M: crisp, bubbly, but too lightbodied to my liking
D: quite drinkable all in all, but very deceptive due to the rather high ABV; it isn't called "delirium tremens" for nothing...

Not bad, but for me a one time experience

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

This was absolutely amazing. First experience with belgian strong pale ale, and it has set the bar very high.

2-3 fingers of head. Sticky sweet aroma. I would love to pair this with some meat and cheese.

The only downside is the price tag, but do not let it stop you. It is well worth it.

Photo of HopBacchus
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mix of golden yellow and burnt orange. This beer is more filtered than i would have liked, a bit more filtered than a typical example of the style. Three fingers of head which subsides slightly and leaves sticky lacing.

S: Yeastiness is complimented by enormous orchard fruit flavors. Apples, pears, citrus notes. Their is also a pleasant malt balance in the nose.

T: Sweet fruit notes and a bready yeasty flavor, slight spicy notes and balanced malts throughout

M: Creamy and medium bodied with HIGH carbonation, alcohol balances the body and keeps the tongue entertained

D:Alchohol and sticky creamy mouthfeel reduce drinkability a tad, none the less, these characteristics are what defines this beers mouthfeel

Notes: A certainly interesting take on the style that i will definitely order again

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

Appearance: A clear golden yellow coloration with visible aggressive carbonation producing a heavy lace and head. Looks like an assertive BSPA

Nose: Grainy notes of spices, coriander being most obvious, as well as pepper, balanced out well by orchard fruits like orange, peach and lemon

Taste: Very aggresive notes of grain, with the warming alcohol taste present yet not overpowering. Finish is a distinct lemony hop characterist as well as fresh cut grass

Mouthfeel: Intensely carbonated, perhaps a tad too much for my taste, with a touch of harshness from the alcohol, rich in body, a big yet satisfying beer for the style

Photo of FCGrabo
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice straw colored yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation. The head up a good inch and it was whit and fluffy. The aroma had a hint of sweet citrus and quite mild to boot.

The first sip held a big wow from me. Although the beer is yellow, for some reason the maltiness came through right away. The taste was rich and just full of flavor. There was a slight tartness along the sides of the tongue but it was probably the most distinct taste factor this beer had. The taste as a whole, was all in the middle.

As the sips went on, the flavor took on more of a European flair. Still full in the middle but becoming more apparent at the exhale after the swallow. The taste of this beer is one of the most unique I've had in quite a while. There's a whole lot that happened once it hit my mouth. Each sip seemed one of a kind in and of itself. The sips were the same, yet different each time. Each successive sip I'd taste the sweet, then a little tart, some grapefruit (?) and then again some maltiness. Amazing.
When I finally drained the last of the bottle, the yeast floaties dumped out as well. Small chunks of yeast moved up and down with the bubbles like a Christmas snow globe. They didn't detract from the taste one bit. Even the last sip from the glass was clean.

Over all, this beer is a pure delight to drink. It's a blend of so many different tastes that it's got to be in a class all it's own. This beer could be viewed as the ultimate example of a Belgian ale or even of beer itself. It's a rollercoaster ride of divine tastes all rolled into one glass of yellow carbonated liquid. It's special.

Photo of Dspohn
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

out of a 750mL bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

A. wonderful pale gold with a good amount of sediment floating throughout and a nice fluffy white head.

S. that delicious spicy, earthy smell from belgain yeast. Hints of fruit, maybe apple. Also a touch of the 8.5% abv.

T. Wow judging by the nose I figured there would be some alcohol taste to this beer but the alcohol is very well hidden, just a little warmth at the end. Besides that the taste is kind of an earthy/woodsy combo with some fruit flavor that seems to be banana and apple.

M. Not all that carbonated but has little tiny bubbles that make it super slick. The body is fairly light.

D. Super drinkable. A very soild strong belgain ale.

Photo of Docer
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snagged up my first bottle of this to try... and shocked that this is an A level brew... I didn't quite think so...

- Straw yellow with a farmhouse-like haze... light fluffy white head, a few fingers. The bottle had popped with great ease and pressure. LOTS of floating sediment that was various shapes, sizes and even color... dark brown specs would appear in the head... almost like thin cheap used toilet paper was shoved in the bottle. To me not appealing at all.

- Great smell... banana yeast, fresh piney and bitter hop... sweet zest malt... overall crisp and great!

- I drain poured the last half of the bottle as I was actually feeling chunks go past my lips. Zingy bready yeast... ester, piney and zesty lemon hop... banana, and more bread.

- Zingy and mouth watering.... not overly dry or chewy at all.

- Overall the flavor and smell was great, and really spot on for what in my opinion is just an average golden Belgian Ale. I much prefer the Nocturnum better. The sheer amount of sediment turned me off greatly from this brew.. I don't mind bottle conditioning and refermentation... but not at the price of having a full ounce of multi-colored junk floating around it various forms.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (though the label stated half that quantity) into a goblet. Poured a hazy golden colour with lots of floaties and a big foamy head that like lasted forever. The smell was very fruity with a little yeast nose too. The best part was the lengthy taste - begins with a twangy sweet and malty note that after a while changes into a chikoo (sapotila or sapot - an exotic fruit) flavour - very biscuit like. Leaves the mouth very moist - like what an appetizer will do. Optimum caronation works itself around your palate. The alcohol is hidden very well here, would highly recommend this beer to keep savouring throughout the evening into the night and later.

Photo of quinnsi
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Paddy Longs in Chicago

A: Deep yellow color with three fingers of foamy white head that slowly dissipates

S: citrus fruits with mild coriander and a slight alcohol bite

T: Mild fruit plays well with the belgian spice mixture and yeast flavors. Well balaced, so that the flavors play off each other.

M: lightly carbonated with little to no hop bite, but a decent alcohol warming.

D: very drinkable beer. As high as it is, the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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

A clear golden pour with a medium sized frothy white head that lasted forever , lots of yeast chunks floating around with a huge jet of tiny carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom, lots of lacing and sheeting . Aroma is spicy ,and lightly yeasty , lots of fruity notes ,pineapple,lemon,banana, maybe peaches . Flavor is of pale malt grain , some grassy hops with nice fruit notes. Quite yeasty bready , a light honey like sweetness with some flashes of peppercorns . A nice balance between the malt , hops , and yeast . Crisp light body for such a high ABV , no bad alcohol flavors or aromas.Slick lively mouthfeel,quite drinkable. Well crafted and enjoyable

Photo of Kooz
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was drawn to the very cool bottle painted speckled white. At $24 a 4-pack, this beer had better deliver...

It's got a nice appearance. Slightly cloudy, but it doesn't appear to be a traditional unfiltered Belgian. Nice foamy head that stayed on the beer long into drinking it.

Smelled slightly sweet and fruity. Pleasant.

Tasted pretty good. A fruity aftertaste, but maybe a bit of a bite when drinking. Not a hint of a problem from the high alcohol content (8.5%).

Good mouthfeel for a light beer. Foams up just a bit if swished, overall nice.

I would drink this all night if given the opportunity. Unfortunately I can't afford to!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours up a super clear, golden yellow color with a slight tint of burnt orange to it. You have to look hard to be able to tell that it's super clear though, because it has some serious yeast chunks swirling around in it. The head is some frothy white foam, which was over three-fingers high, with a nice easy pour. Retention is great. Lacing is good, but slipperey.

It smells like jam and biscuits. It has a nice, big, yeastiness that's very biscuity and bread like. It's also filled with orchard fruits, like apples and peaches and nectarines. A nice hint of maltiness and a touch of candi sugars.

Apricots and apples are joined by light hints of bananas. The big yeastiness is still here, though it's mostly bread-like and no longer biscuit-like. Light level of candi sugar sweetness. Very light touch of spiciness.

High-medium, almost full, body with this one. Slightly over carbonated, but they are fairly small bubbles, so it retains a mild presence of creaminess. It's still a touch rough around the edges, though.

The alcohol is lightly detected, in the flavor area. It's easily felt, though. Somewhat surprising at 8.5%abv. While it is quite tasty, it would get you messed up fairly quickly.

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

Taken from notes. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden semi-hazy brew with lots of floaties and thick voluptuous head. Good lacing. No apparent effervescence.

Aroma: Exuberant. Clove and much bubblegum on the front with an assertive banana backbone. Some coriander seeds on the background. Its a typical Belgian Pale Ale aroma but still unique.

Taste: High on the clove flavor. Lemony, slight raspberry flavor, spicy, some pear, yeasty and a strong bubblegum flavor. Subtle banana backbone. Really complex. Very balanced.

Palate: Slight tartness. Crisp, somewhat dry, medium bitterness, smooth creaminess from the yeast. Medium low carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. Its complex and unique yet true to style. Its not cloying yet masks the alcohol very well. Very interesting and invites for more. Would have again over most Belgian strong pale.

Photo of KTCamm
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling the 750ml champagne bottle complete with cork and cage.

Poured into a Duvel glass, pours cloudy golden yellow with 1 finger persistent white foam. Lacing throughout.

Intense fruity smell. Bubblegum smell bursts from the glass. Hints of sweetness.

Phenominal taste - complex fruity sweet ness all blended together. Light burn at the finish. No bitterness at all. Alcohol taste buried in the mix, evident at the finish.

Strongl carbonation in the mouthfeel. This is one to savor.

VERY drinkable. This is a fantastic beer. Even the full 750ml bottle is possible once you get going.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blond, a little haze, quite carbonated, huge head, laces like a komodo dragon, can't look better than this.

Aroma of spice, huge estery nose, bread dough, fresh yeast, soft wheat, summer hay. Flavor, raw dry malt with some fruity melon-like sweet hints to it. Prickly carbonation kinda fills you taste buds. Finished with a note of orange rind and spice. Alcohol extremely concealed, this stuff is dangerous.

Try it if you can, a very good example of a Belgian Strong Golden.

Photo of kegger22
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with some floaties, and a moderate head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was fresh, sour apples. The taste was sweet/sour with carbonation bubbling all over tongue. The feel was light bodied with lots of carbonation. Drinkability was reasonably good for an 8.50 ABV. In general I'm not a fan, but admittedly, I'm not a big fan of any of the Belgians. Nocturnum was better as a BSDA.

Photo of AgentZero
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy gold with a nice white head about 1 1/2 fingers deep. Nice retention.

S - Smells like a belgium ale, no doubt about that. Belgium yeast and some faint hops hiding in there as well. A little bit of fruit in there as well.

T - I'm sure it's good, I just don't like this style of beer. Sour and dry, a lot of yeast, not as sweet as I was guessing from the nose.

M - Bubbly and light, really fits well with this style of beer.

D - Very easy to drink, especially considering the ABV. Wish I liked them more, espcially since they come in that great glass with the pink elephants. Unfortunately just not a fan of the sytle.

Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass....

A-- lots of carbonation!! A cloudy gold color with sediment in the pour. Head is quite nice, white and holds its head well. a good 2 fingers. I got not lacing with this one.

S-- Smells sweet, get a bit of the candied sugar smell, maybe some honey. Smells like a typical Belgian Pale Ale.

T-- Malty, with a bit of a bite. Gets me on the tip of the tounge. Very dry taste as well. Well carbonated.

M-- light but has a bit of a bite. Not a lot of the sugary taste in this. Dry finish to this and well carbonated.

D- Scary good. Could drink many of these. 8.5%??? Nah, seems lighter than that. A lot like Duvel where one is just not enough. Can drink 2-3 and still enjoy this beer. I think the stong suit of this beer.

Photo of tosshin
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: LOTS of carbonation. huge head. white with decent lacing. yellow like straw and very clear.
s: cherry, strawberry, very sweet, honey, light citrus, lemons
t: got a bunch of alcohol on my first drink. great malty backbone. honey, slightly bitter. nice oak undertones
m: light to medium bodied. heavy carbonation
d: this is a favorite of mine. I can drink this often and for a long time. not quite a session beer however.

Photo of hardy008
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a huge foamy white head which leaves a small lace, has poor retention. Smells of bananas, pears, citrus, and spices. The taste matches the aroma and is sweet and dry. Nice carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is good, and I would have this again.

Photo of Perkyanda
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth gold yellow, opaque with a finger's width of tight white foam at top. I can barely smell anything, maybe a hint of something sharp, and a citrus oil but that's all.

Bubbly, fizzy, carbonation is the first thing that hits my mouth--I actually noticed the mouthfeel before the flavor! It doesn't feel thick to me, it feels fast and full, and like it foams up on contact. The flavor has a bit of sourness, maybe a hint of golden raisins and grass or hay as well. It's sweet, but not as sweet as the beers I tend to prefer, and its sweetness isn't a sugary or rich flavor, its more of an undertone.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but it is good--I probably would not buy it for myself alone again, but I would happily buy it for a group, and I would enjoy drinking it again.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale fairly clear golden straw color. Good carbonation with a finger and a half foamy head that retains well. Not a lot of lacing, but a little.

Smell: Sweet funky Belgian yeast, one of the best of BSPA scents of them all. A little spice hiding in there and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: For me, this is the gold standard for BSPA's, along with Duvel. Among the best the style has to offer. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dry, but not overly dry. A high ABV, but no strong alcohol taste. Just delicious and sooo easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. They do down so easily, and a session is easy to do with this beer. The higher ABV may catch up to you eventually, but it's so good, easy to drink and not too filling, that you may not care. I know I don't.

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