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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,855
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearpale yellow with a nice white heading. Awesome lacing throughout.The glassware was clean but when I poured it had some white floaters in the maybe from a partial freez or something.

Smell is very citrusy and a very feint smell of hops. Smell reall had nothing to it maybe it was partially frozen.

Taste is just awesome. A nice citrus lemon taste with a nice bit of hops.A nice sweetness also. The aftertaste was like apple juice unlike anything I've had.

Mouthfeel is kind of light.

Drinkability is very high you can have a few of these on a nice summer day.

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the British Beer Company in Framingham, Massachusetts. Served in a self-advertised snifter that says "Delirium Tremens" in blue letters with red colored elephants. I found it difficult to not keep this snifter for myself.

Pours a see through darker golden color with a rough looking, bubbly slightly off white head. The head will dissipate to a thinner layer but lasts throughout and will leave lacing. Slightly carbonated. I noticed a ton of yeast sediment in this pour, I'm not sure if that's common for this particular brew, but it seems a bit excessive. The sediment isn't something that bothers me, but it may turn others off.

Smells of spices with some fruit aromas that I can't really put my finger on. Maybe a little bit like dates, but it doesn't stand out enough. A bit medicinal and a slight copper smell to it.

This brew is medium bodied and a little bit roughly carbonated it finishes crisp and somewhat dry. The taste is within range of the aroma with slight spice, yeast, and fruitiness to it. The only disparity in the taste that I noticed was some alcohol in the aftertaste. A good brew. Worth trying once, but nothing special.

Photo of abriggs1
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Trappist Ale. It goes down smooth and has a lot of flavor for a beer that is so easy to drink. It is ripe with fermentation as well, packing a solid 8.5% that is well hidden. This is not quite as good as Foret, but still a very good drink. I taste a whole lot of yeast. It almost tastes a bit like rye bread, which is a good thing.

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

Fake crock bottle into dog faced mug

A: Big bubbly white head over a light hazy straw body.

S: Nice lemony grainy aroma with hints of good yeastiness.

T: Very nice a bit sour with ginger and pepper and malt.. This beer is fucking good. You get a bit of bubble-gum-clove as well. This one finishes clean.

M: Nice and medium.

D: I could take my time with a bottle of this and I don't think you'd ever need more than two. But with how the flavors pull through with warming its good to take time and enjoy.. While other down a sixer two bottles of this would outlast six of most brews...

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

A - Poured a straw color, very clear, lots of carbonation with a big creamy white head. Head died down as I drank but was there and left a lot coating the sides of the goblet.

S - The first smell that hit me out of the bottle was a sweet bubble gum aroma. As I poured this dissipated some and I caught some esters, alcohol, and sweet and sour aroma.

T - Crisp, dry, fruit flavors. The phenols hit me first to be replaced with estery...uhhh...undertones I guess I will say. The esters are definitely there but they are nice and light, not overwhelming or too sweet and fruity.

M - This is a dry beer, it attenuated well. Nice tingle from the carbonation, alcohol warm on the way down, and even a little creaminess from the head.

D - The light and crisp character lends itself to good drinkability even considering the high alcohol content. Can be sneaky for sure.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet. Pours a vibrant and cloudy yellow, very active carbonation with a fluffy two finger head. Nice amount of lacing compliments this bubbly brew.

As soon as I decanted the ale I could smell the yeast and lemon. Nose is boozy and sweet smelling yeast. Aroma is sugar, lemon, orange, pepper, and grains; notes of raisin and wood.

Crisp on the lips and tip of the tounge and very smooth on the palate as it goes down. Bitter hops and yeast dominate the overall flavor along with the strong sugar presence. Bits of dark fruits play around with lemon zest & wheat. Tremens produces a very forward booziness down the throat. Aftertaste is sweet tarts amd leaves the mouth dry.

I've seen this beer around many times and i have not checked it out until now (thanks BIF Educator!). I am a Belgian greenhorn still training my palate and have realized that I enjoy the Strong Pales; this one being the reinforcer. I look forward to purchasing some soon.

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 11/2011, served lightly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a beautiful and bright golden hue, coming with pretty good and mild carbonation and a thick white fluffy head settling slowly to a thin cap to last throughout the drink.
S: sticky sweet pale maltiness supports a lively limey hoppy and exotic/banana-ish yeasty nose, littered with passion fruits, white pepper, coriander and a touch of fresh herbal touch, while a dry-ish tinge of wood-dust and dried tangerine peels stays in the background. Pleasant, but too sweet overall.
T: the swallow is slightly watery and "hallow" for 8.5%abv. to be honest, but the citric hops and a mildly savoury-sweet touch of yeasty-malts come in abundance to make up for this, gradually giving way to a decently dry+chewy palate of spicy yeasts and herbal hoppiness with a stinky edge of yellow-grapefruit peels.
M&D: the carbonation comes healthy and light to go well with a medium-minus body and very low alcoholic mouthfeel (for 8.5%abv., that is), but the texture is somewhat watery for some reasons. Alas, the beer is not complex and at best a easy-drinking example of Belgian Golden Ale that I find it very hard even to finish the whole bottle (I shared a half with my flatmate, actually).

* Tasting Date: 31/10/07
8.5%abv., BB 28/02/2010, served lightly chilled in a large bulb wine glass.
4 A: pours a cloudy, light amber hue; the off-white frothy head quickly settles to a thin carpet, then a rim, while the carbonation stays consistently mild.
4 S: assertively tangy, sour-sweet orangey fruits and lemon-zests abound, on top of a dryish-yeasty and Belgian pale-malty bedrock; spiciness and more tangy citrusness follow a good swirl, where the fruit-esters also become much more lively. The high alc. content does not go unnoticed, though.
4 T: salty-sweet yeastiness, tangy and acidic-bitter citrus-zests, and plenty of spiciness prevail from the first second of tasting, leaving the maltiness way behind; gradually followed by a light touch of root-herbs, pepper, and an intensifyingly dry, tannic, and spicy mouthfeel in the finish... as it slips down the throat, the beer gets slightly warm-ish but never OTT.
4.5 M&4.5 D: softly spritzy fizziness remains on the palate, against a full body, pretty quiet flavour profile, and well-hidden alc. This tripel is consistently dry, spicy, and bitter, leaving fruit esters and maltiness all behind. Although it is not as colourful, complex, and delicious as some of its opposite numbers, this beer rates well in my book for being a "bitter" example that I really enjoy!

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy, pale amber with plenty of white head.

S: Very fragrant. Sweet and tangy, with lots of fruit notes. bananas, strawberries, and a bit yeasty..

T: very nice.. tart, tangy and sweet... Not as crisp as I thought.. yeasty and delicious..

M: slightly syrupy, but overall good.

D: Yum. A little pricey for what you get, but the bottle kicks ass.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/9/2007 (bottle):

Pours a golden somewhat cloudy colored body, fizzy, with a white head, small, but it has good lacing & creaminess. Has a very floral, sweet, dark fruity aroma. Some spices too. Spices and floral tasting. A light taste. Some sediment in bottom.

Photo of jnn4v
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you've never had a Trappist ale from Belgium and aren't able to find a decent one in your area, you should at least pick up some of this. Delirium Tremens is a pretty good example of what a Belgian beer can taste like. This isn't officially classified as a Tripel, but it's very similar, as it is a strong ale (9%) and it's a pale ale. Well rounded flavor, strong alcohol, and overall a nice beer to relax with or to enjoy on a special occasion. Just don't drink it too cold or at room temperature. Belgians like this do best at cellar temperature and in a goblet-shaped glass. Trust me - try it yourself.

Photo of aeminter
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rather clear, pale yellow/straw color, nice thick white head

Smell is spicy, a little medicinal, malty

Taste is complex...a little sweet and herbal...no noticeable hop presence...alcohol warming and smooth finish.

Excellent mouthfeel...nice and viscose with just the right amount of carbonation and foam.

This is good, but for $11 per bottle I can't have it all the time. A great occasional treat.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a golden blond with a lot of visible particles in the beer, nice white head and tons of bubbles. Smell is pretty yeasty and fruity. Taste is very nice, plenty of dried fruit along with phenol and some medicinal overtones. Mouthfeel was hard to pin down, a bit sticky but rather light. The taste would definitely wear on me after a while, but it's not too bad.

Overall a rather tasty BSPA, Porter's never ceases to impress me with the freshness and variety of their beers.

Photo of pumarocks
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big, big beer. Not for the novice. I ordered up a pint at the C*ck and Bull in Glendale, Oh. Thinking it was $4/pint like the rest of the menu, I selected the funny-looking tap with elephants on it. The bartender hands me the brew, allows me to sip it and tells me it is the ONLY beer not on happy hour. She goes on to tell me this one will cost me $8/pint. Holy crap! Oh well, it was sorta worth it. It had a huge, glowing-white head. the smell was piny, citrusy. The taste: out of this world. My buddies and I all tasted fruit. Big, big fruit like apples an melon. The crisp finish leaves you longing for another draw from the glass. Nothing like a head full of Delirium! The ABV tips the charts. If you see this beer anywhere, buy it! It will be worth the extra cheddar you will plunk down to get it.

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

A: Pours a golden yellow from a bomber, stark white 2 finger head. The head retention was decent, and some moderate lacing was left on the glass.
S: Citrus notes predominate, and so do some other various fruity esters.
T: Citrus, spice, yeast, bready... all in a very belgian way, just making this an exceptional experience. Very impressed.
M: Excellent, just the right amount of carbonation. Body was moderate. While drinking it, I could find no fault with the mouthfeel. Just felt natural.
D: I had no trouble finishing this bomber. Not too sweet, not too thick, not too... anything, except alcohol filled. I was a bit gone after finishing 22oz of this 8.5% brew. I want another. At $8 apiece, not a bad choice for a great evening.

Photo of meatmallet
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy golden color with some of the malt floating in it. Thick white head left spotty lace.

Smell: Has a sour lemon smell to it.

Taste: Malt fruit and a little bit of hopps. Has a slightly bitter finish but overall is very good. Has a definate alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very dry and kind of crisp. The 9% alcohol is nice.

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

pours a hazy straw yellow with a big foamy head that is reduced to a nice head as it warms it smells of fruits .. bananas and pears and spices i detect a clove aftertaste very good... mouthfeel is strong with fruit hops and spices all balancing for a delicious flavor so smooth @ 9 abv.. drink this strong ale warmer than most ales ...as it warms it get more complex and better its 17.99 a 4pak but worth it as a treat every couple of a weeks

Photo of atis
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy golden with one finger head that fades slowly and leaves patchy lacing. Aroma is spicy, floral and perfumy hops, hints of orange. I could not detect any alcohol. Taste is fruity and malty, pears and oranges, soft alcohol with light bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with light warming sensation.

I am addicted to this stuff, certainly one of my top beers.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow with lots of stuff floating around. The first thing you notice is the sweet and sour citrus aroma.

Taste is loaded with citrus peels and some spices. Banana and dy fruit flavors are very noticeable and a nice bitterness from the hops balances things out.

My biggest complaint would be what feels like a slight acidity to the brew, making it harder to drink. But overall I'm very impressed.

Photo of baddy579
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

simply, a great beer, very much worth the 10 bucks for a 750mL.

i bought this beer along with some other Belgian beers-Westmalle Triple Trappist and Orval Trappist Ale. i have to say that it was the best one of the three.

A> color was a hazy golden with some of the malt floating about.pale for what the taste offers, never the less a good looking beer. as i poured the head covered about 2 finger's length on the glass...perfect

S>the smell was almost sweet, but bit bitter...like smelling citrus fruit and hint of banana with good balance

T>undeniably the best part and served very cold...as it fills your moth no taste bud is left out..it tasted as it smelled yet on a more bitter side. the alcohol level at first is not noticeable but as the sweetness of it fades the alcohol becomes present. and as you take the next sip combining it with the smell, the experience becomes even better. as i let my last glass warm up some, the alcohol had the same non-intense taste and feel and the taste and smell became more present..a big thumbs up in my book

D>the beer is very drinkable, as i mentioned, alcohol is not very present and taste is also very well balanced and not extreme at all for a Belgian beer. honestly, this beer would go well with a light meal...i would know, had half the 750 bottle with steamed fish touched with lemon.

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

Bought this to celebrate the start of another semester. Comes in a stone-like bottle with a rubber cork with 2008 printed on it. I really enjoy the presentation because it's a step away from the serious world of beer.

Poured into my Weizen glass (curse me not having the correct glassware!). Pours a golden straw color that is very hazy. There is significant sized floaties and a little bit of sediment. An aggressive pour produces a strong 1 inch head with creamy white bubbles. Very lively carbonation. Leaves a bit of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

The aroma is very fruity and spicey. Holiday spices come to mind, as well at citrus fruits. There is a clove scent present as well, and at the very end I get a hint of the alcohol content.

Starts with a strong citrus kick. After the initial punch, I get the spice portion. Cloves and holiday spices mix well with citrus fruits. There is a yeast as well as malt taste up front, and it finishes a bit dry. Alcohol is well masked, however you can definitely feel the warmth. Very smooth and crisp due to the strong carbonation.

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into on this one. This is a keeper for sure. If only it wasn't $10 a bottle, I would most likely drink this weekly, if not daily. At any rate, this is a beer I will be returning to frequently.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Pours a light straw with a nice rocky head that settles to a thick cap leaving a thick veil of lace. Slight cloud with bubbles climbing the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a sweet malt flavor that hints at the ABV ahead. Yeast aromas similar to hefe weiss yeast. Banana and bubblegum.

Flavor is strong malt with a weiss like flavor of banana and bubblegum. Clove and allspice come in with a drying hop flavor in the middle. Finishes with a dry hop bitterness that should have been overpowering in the middle, but because of the malt is barely noticeable. Malts are crystal and are well represented. A phenolic and slightly mettalic booziness creeps in at the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and substantial, with soft bottle conditioned natural carbonation.

Very good and too easy to drink. Bombers please!!

Photo of berserker256
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at a bar with an enourmous amount of beers on tap. Nitrogen tapped even. And the tap with the pink elephant called Delerium Tremens really caught my eye. I'm pretty sure "delerium tremens" is the medical term for the "shakes" that drunks get. The bar tender said it was his favorite beer there so I had him fetch me a ten ounce goblet of the stuff. Right away I could detect a strong similarity to La Fin Du Monde, another excellent strong Belgian style ale. There was little head and a transparent golden color with many fine bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. It smells sweet like brown sugar and/or honey. And the taste was very smooth, sweet, honey-laden, and maybe a little yeasty. It was delicious. Heavy and fizzy with a little alcohol bite and warmth yet quite drinkable considering the high ABV. Great beer. I'd drink more if it weren't so expensive. I stop at two and switch to a lesser beer. I like it.

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

330ml bottle at Metro Billiards in downtown Edmonton. The preening alligators on the label kick serious ass on that Lacoste logo crap.

This beer pours a fairly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with some continuously rising effervescence, and a rather splendiferous amount of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of remote Russian arctic island lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells quite strongly of warm cloves, dry drupe fruit esters, white pepper, and a sort of hard to discern pale Belgian malt, replete with yeast and crackery goodness. The taste provides a pretty full complement of mildly sour apple, edgy banana chips, still pungent cloves, a mostly underground pale graininess, and a touch of Belgian yeastiness.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit fizzy and fuzzy at the same rate, and not really all that smooth given all that yeast and alcohol swirling about. It finishes cripplingly dry in its fruitiness, with the elevated alcohol milling about like, well a sort of unwelcome lurker.

I know this has mad rep, but there are definitely better BSPAs out there - this one is just too sharp, spiced (in a wholly overwrought manner) and boozy. The cute-ass bottle goes a long way, sure, but a bit more integration and balance are needed here before this one should be allowed to run with the bulls.

Photo of sgoodship
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As humorous as the name is, it does go against the BA ethic. It's not cool to make fun of alcoholism, especially a withdrawal symptom that can kill you. </> gets off high horse.

This beer has a great rep, so I am looking forward to trying. I purchased it at the new Jewel in the West Loop, Chicago.

A: Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle in to a tulip glass, it gave a nice big fluffy two finger head. I had to be careful with the pour because the head rose so quickly. Color is dark straw and hazy. Fast moving pillars of carbonation rising to the surface. Head becomes craggy and creates instant lacing. Great head retention.

S: Has a nice yeasty, malty aroma. There is a freshness, like straw. There's some fruit, some candy sweetness and a tart citrus type kick. Pretty complex nose.

T: Malt front and fruit finish with a dry, crisp aftertaste. There is a hint of hop but only just enough to give it a little bitterness with the dry thirst quenching wheat-esque aftertaste. Complex stuff going on in the taste too. Some candy, honey, spices including coriander and cloves. Fruit comes across like pear to me. The alcohol doesn't stand out but after a couple of glasses, I started to feel the warmth. There is a lot going on but it is well balanced and not aggressive at all. The overall impact is a tanginess but not cloying. An enjoyable drink.

M: Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation but gentle in the mouth.

D: This is a fine brew. I am not the biggest fan of the style but I can appreciate a good beer when I drink one. Not a session beer but nice to sip out of my tulip glass. I'd like to pair this with good food.

Photo of tzieser
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really enjoyed this one...along with pretty much everyone else haha

pours a nice white golden color with a small creamy head that holds for a white-- i've had this a few times before, so i was aware of the large amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottle so i used care in making sure to leave trhe last 1/16th of the bottle or so it wouldnt pour huge chucks into the beer.

Smells pretty good. I cant smell too much because i have a runny nose-- but definitely strong smells of yeast and malts. no smells of hops for me (though i wouldnt be suprised if there were)

Tastes amazing. Delicious, complex and rich malts up front with a really strong but pleasant yeast flavor. The alcohol is slightly but again pleasantly noticeable. I'm kind of pissed off because I can't smell too much so it's inhibiting my sense of taste alot. Regardless-- i know this beer tastes awesome and it's balanced brilliantly.

Drinkability is friggin awesome if you can afford drinking them all the time

Overall-- you gotta try this if you call yourself a beer fan, regardless on your opinion on Belgian beers because it's unlike anyone you've ever had.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,855 ratings.