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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,760
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 215
Gots: 610 | FT: 2
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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 Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. I typically drink it out of the bottle but this is a tap review.

The appearance is good as always, a slightly cloudy gold.

Smells great.

The taste off the tap throws me off a little. Out of the bottle it tastes greats, but there's a bit of a strange aftertaste off the tap I can't place.

Feels great, smooth with a surprising bit of kick from the carbonation. Kind of feels like a champagne to me.

Very drinkable, doesn't feel very heavy, refreshing.

Photo of surfnebr
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter blond in tint, effervescent white head

S - Sweet smell, pinepple, apple, sweet bread

T - Sweet with a subtle sour finish, the nose advertises the taste rather well.

M - Effervescent, medium body, smooth

A refreshing beer that is an easy one to sit for a session with.

Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Bier Markt in Cleveland in a tulip glass.

A One finger head, clear yellow body. Difficult to assess it further in the darkness of the bar.

S Citrus, hoppy, interesting and inviting.

T Alcohol, Citrusy sweetness with major dose of hops at the end. Really excellent.

M Suprisiginly light mouthfeel for being such high high ABV. High marks for that.

D Very good for this high of an ABV.

Notes: It reminded me of (but is not the same as, of course) Duvel. I can see why some source named it "the best beer in the world" even though I have others that I prefer above it. I highly recommend this beer. In fact, everyone should at least try this beer once.

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this both on tap and in the bottle.

This beer smells good, nice sweet aroma, kinda spicy

This beer is a pale gold color fairly cloudy with a head that vanishes into a nice lace.

This beer tastes nice with a fruity flavor, without much alcohol taste to it (even tho its 9%). Mildly spicy. VERY crisp, almost like a Brut champagne crisp. This beer goes down very easily.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend and will definitely continue to drink both on tap and in the bottle.

Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into mu Orval Chalice (not entirely appropriate but its what I had on hand)

Pours a beautiful and brilliantly clear yellow gold in color with a little over a finger of dense white head that retreated rather quickly. Pleasant aroma, lots of esters with some phenols and just a hint of malt character. The esters are mostly pears, some green apples, and maybe just a touch of banana. The phenols are restrained and slightly spicy/peppery. There is also a light floral character, possibly from some later hopping or from the esters, I can't really say. It is quickly becoming evident that the yeast is the star of the show. The yeast character is, however, not overwhelming as all of the esters, phenols, and alcohols it produced coexist quite well and exhibit an excellent balance of flavors. The taste is much like the aroma with the emphasis on the fruity esters. Pears and green apples are present and dominant but not overwhelming throughout. Towards the finish the spicy/peppery phenols return and take over but soon yield to a pleasant floral/fruity character that lingers long into the finish. A solid but not domineering bitterness builds and crescendos at the finish but still plays in the background. A soft malt character that compliments the other flavor components quite well, comes and goes. Carbonation is a bit more than moderate but not quite as high as i would have expected for the style. Body is relatively light. Smooth alcohol an a somewhat dry finish. The alcohol is failrly hard to detect and sneaks up on you a bit. Drinkability is good, very quaffable and relatively complex. This brew is somewhat more restrained than others of the style but is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden beer with a 2 finger head and good retention:

S: Fruity and spicy, like expected. Great nose.

T: The taste ends with Belgian spices and has a constant orange flavour. Sweet and fruity throughout and really complex; hard to pick up on a lot of the specific flavours. More fruity than spicy though.

M: Creamy and lightly carbonated

D: Yep.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good foamy head about 2 finger in thickness. Golden in color.

S - Fantastic aroma. Very sweet and fruity

T - Very complex and hard to put my finger on exactly what was going on here. There could be some orange in there.

M - Good tingly mouthfeel

D - There isn't much that takes away from it's drinkability besides the high abv. Overall a very good Belgian Ale.

Photo of johnd513
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a small tulip glass. Pours a golden color and has a nice 1 inch white head and great lacing. The smell is sweet banana, a variety of spices and a touch of well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel is of medium body and is nicely carbinated. I can taste fruit, yeast, some sour flavors and alcohol as it warmed up. Highly recommended, this beer was the best beer on tap that night by far.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the 750 ml bottle into 2 over sized wine glasses. It pours a pale yellow with a pretty, fluffy white head. The head leaves lots of lacing as the beer is consumed. The beer smells of ripe fruit(apricots?) with a hint of alchohol. The taste follows the nose, very well balanced. The beer is medium bodied, and suprisingly drinkable for its 9%ABV. Overall, a great beer!

Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured very slowly and an enormous amount of chunky yeast fills the glass before reaching half way into the bottle. The look of chunky yeast floating around isn't too appealing IMO.

Taking away the yeast chunk, the appearance is bright orange bordering on golden yellow. A nice head forms and decent lacing is left behind. I expected there to be a nice amount of foam since it spilled over the top of the bottle upon opening, and wasn't let down.

Bright aromas of floral hops, citrus notes, malted wheat, and a certain booziness. Ripe fruits, a bit of apples and pears.

Flavor is bright and citrusy. Very sweet, plenty of Belgian candy sugar, notes of honey and bitter orange peel. Orachrd fruits are present on the palate as in the nose. Very dry and yeasty on the finish.

Crisp mouthfeel up front due to the large amount of carbonation, becomes creamy in the middle, and a full-bodied dry. Alcohol presence is there, a definite warming effect in the throat and on the tongue.

I would enjoy this brew much more if their hadn't been so much yeast. I carefully tried to decant this bottle, but the chunks came out long before i even reached the halfway point. I prefer my BSPAs decanted, as the yeast brings too much of a chalky flavor, and drying effect in the mouth. Otherwise, it's a damn tasty brew. I would have it again, but maybe let it age upright for a few months/years.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

perhaps one of the coolest bottles i've ever seen.

A- hazy golden apricot/light honey color with the expected expansive foamy white head. great retention, great lace, rings and tiers are drippy and look like the ruins of the roman colosseum. duvel D is clearly etched in the foam :)

S- beautiful tropical flowers and fruit blossoms, squishy creamy fleshed fruit, banana, exceptionally spiced yeast- clove nutmeg, fruity mango, peach, nutty dry light wood, well hidden alcohol, roses, apricot, plum.

T- at first tart and fruity, then pale grainy with a floral hop bite and bitterness that lasts into the finish. i let it warm for a bit because it was too sweet when it was cold. mellow creamy tropical fruitiness overall, finishing like a bitter cherry just as the box said. yeast spiciness is hugely evident in retro-olfaction, plum, apricot, giant floral taste, cutting and slightly dry at the end.

MF- luxurious and velvety, tight prickly carbonation, alcoholic, sweet then dry with the feeling of candy sugar.

D- another dangerous D. i thought the pink elephant thing was a joke, but they're everywhere. on the walls, the ceiling... coming from the woodwork, the vents... "gettin the shakes now. last call for drinks, bars closin down. suns out. where we goin for breakfast? don't wanna go far...rough night. tired baby, tired."

Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My friend ordered a bottle of this for me on my birthday. Thanks Marc!

A - poured a lovely golden blonde with a 1" white head that kept quite nicely. Beautiful lacing, as a Belgian should have.

S - sweet candy and malts hits me, followed by a fresh hoppiness that nearly reminds me of Duvel. Very light touches of coriander and banana complement the nose and brings everything together with a hearty dose of alcohol. Lovely.

T - The flavor department lacked somewhat compared to its smell. Sweet malts with juicy fruits, a tiny kick of citrus and yeast too. Slight sour tones and hops, all in a slightly less pronounced state. The alcohol became more apparent as the temperature increased.

M - excellent. Rich with decent carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Very drinkable for its high alcohol.

Overall - I love the name of this brew. Delirium Tremens... "the jitters". A beer this good should have a warning: drinking too much of this for a prolonged time will give you extreme withdrawal symptoms. I would sip this all the time. Such a great beer. My only complain is that the taste department could use a tiny boost. Can't wait to try Delirium Nocturnum...

Photo of mltobin
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

Appearance is a light golden color with a smallish head.
The smell is a bit sweet, but also spicy.
The taste is also sweet, but sharp, forcing me to sip and relax, while enjoying the complexities of this fine beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and definitely lingers and continues to linger, drink some water.
Overall, a very nice beer, so far, it is my favorite offering from Brouwerij Huyghe.

Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color and was presented to me with a thin layer of frothy bright white head. Nice retention and receeds to leave beautiful lacing.

The aroma is great. Sweet candy sugar, as well as some nice spicing. I also get notes of pale pils like malt.

The taste is great. Pale pils malt gives a nice bready character, but is followed up with some nice spicing and some sugar sweetness. Just really nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavors are great, and alcohol isn't noticeable. Just easy drinking, a great time for sure.

Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a pure white half finger head that dissipated quickly. Had a bunch of floaters in it. Can't help but think of Floyd and The Dead while looking at this bottle.

Smells very good, banana, cloves, and coriander up front. A touch of citrus and light alcohol. Several other light fruits scattered throughout, peach and maybe white grapes?

Nice all around flavor, banana, clove spices and citrus all mixed with a bready alcohol. A slight sourness plays a part in the aftertaste. Overall a very sweet tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is very light and bubbly, above average carbonation.

Overall a very tasty brew, a couple others I would pick before this one for this category. High ABV makes for a couple in a setting probably the limit.

Photo of Patrick999
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Room.

A - The bartender poured way too slowly, which did not allow much of a head to form. A few swirls of the Delirium Tremens snifter, though, and a nice bone-white head acquitted itself. Body had the appearance of apple juice.

S - Freakin' massive nose of various fruits. Colder, it was a ripe strawberry. As it warmed, that gave way to a very pungent guava, passionfruit. Just a huge nose.

T - In the bottle, I couldn't really put my finger on it, and I can't on tap either. Hop more muted than in other examples of the style. Big tropical fruit also comes through in the taste, and a little spicy too. 9% alcohol was nowhere

F - Medium body, concealing its strength.

D - A beguiling, complicated beer that is difficult to pinpoint. Could be dangerous, as it would be all too easy to have a couple.

Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a unique orangy color with a fluffy head that is off-white. The nose is very fruity and delicious! Mainly peaches, apples, and spices are accompanied by a touch of alcohol. The flavor is huge. Light fruits dominate the nose, along with some spices and yeast. This is a fantastic beer! I cannot wait to try Nocturnum

Photo of pinotboy007
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright gold with a nice, white head but minimal lacing. Carbonation streams look nice with tiny, Champagne-like bubbles.

S - Straw, citrus, malt.

T/M - Delicious light banana, citrus, malt with a fantastic, refreshing carbonation supporting its frame and covered with a light creaminess that makes this a superb offering. The alcohol is there throughout.

D - Dangerously drinkable at any time of year, but with its 9% ABV one needs to exercise caution. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up an unfiltered, dark hay color with a big soapy white head. the nose is bubblegum!, yeast, lemon. The taste is of bubblegum!, and the taste of pineapple!? this beer is amazing!! subtle lemons, full bodied, medium carbo. delicious. I love this beer. its good all year around

Photo of Bananaman
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, another one of my favourite beers. Great belgian strong pale ale!

The color is golden with a big white head, though the head gets smaller and smaller as you drink it.

Smells nicely with much fruits and some bitter hops in the smells, some citrusy tones too.

Tastes, as I wrote in an earlier review like a mix of Duvel and Orval. With a nice sourness or as we say in Sweden "syrlighet". Very smooth to drink with some fruits, quite bitter and a very special flavour.


Photo of cnally
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The self-purported best beer in the world. I used to have a coaster that I stole from a bar from this brand, but have never tried the beer until now.

The beer, I must say, is gorgeous. There is a HUGE towering head on this beer, and carbonation bubbles just cascade all over the bottom of the glass. Move over Miller High Life, THIS is the champagne of beers. Seriously. This is a yellow champagne.

The smells are like standing in the middle of an apple orchard. There is a slight oaky scent to it, and the smells fade into a yeasty quality.

The taste is all malt & fruits. Very complex, layered flavors with grape and citrus, apple and apricot. The beer is unassailedly sweet, but that is balanced out by a decent hop aftertaste. Also, an alcohol bitterness does creep in toward the end of the swig, much like a...champagne!

The feel is truly different for a beer. It really is, for the sake of being redundant, champagne-like. Is it what I look for in a beer? Not exactly. But it is novel.

With that being said, this is an exciting, head-turning, fun, different beer. I predict it has mass appeal. Let's put it this way--my fiance, who does not like beer, sort of likes this one. Good or bad thing? I say good.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml corked bottle. The beer poured a hazy yellowish color with a light white head. Cleary a large amount of carbonation present. Large particles of yeast were clearly present in the beer. Good aroma to the beer with fruity hints, but the flavor was kind of a mix between a hefe and a belgian. The beer felt good, good carbonation, with a medium body. Overall, a good beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours out with a thick, white bubbly head that's about three and a half fingers thick and is very fluffy and sticks around for quit a while. The head covers a light golden colored body that fairly hazy and has some very active carbonation. It has a strong fruity aroma, some lemon spices and a nice alcohol aroma all mixed in. It has a clean smooth feel to it, its got a medium body and the alcohol isn't detectable until its aftertaste, which is also a bit tart. It has a sharp carbonation feel when it first hits your tongue, the spices a very noticeable as was the hop bitterness; very little citrus fruits flavors on the tip of your tongue.

Photo of kuykendall
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance= A cloudy golden color with a foamy white head.

Smell= Very light on the smell with almost no hint of alcohol, and for some reason I think of sunflowers.

Taste= I get more from the after taste of this beer than the actual tasting. I can defiantly detect the alcohol as it creeps across my tongue, but it seems to be walking with pale malts so well that the flavors are simultaneous. There numerous other flavors but these seem to be the ones that stand out.

Mouth feel= Very creamy. Thick but not chewy.

Drink ability= A good beer, but not one I could have very night. This doesn't seem to be a session beer, a bit to complex for that.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer several times now...but today, I got some on-tap from the Yard House in Chino Hills with my engineering buddy. This is what I thought:

Appearance: Nice and clean looking beer with a deep golden color. Not much head though.

Smell: Very fruity with some hints of hops...but not much.

Taste: Very fruity with slight hop bitterness. After taste was a little sour though.

Mouthfeel: A little watery.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink.

This is an overall good beer that is great on a hot spring/summer day. I recommend this beer to any beer lover.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,760 ratings.