Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,774
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 220
Gots: 620 | FT: 1
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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 orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a glowing golden tangerine with several fingers worth of white fluffieness that has good hang time and leaves some nice lacing.The nose is full of juicy fresh fruits,spice,and yeast.Peaches and pears are upfront on the tounge closly surrounded by cloves,alcohol,and other spices too.The mouth is medium bodied and peppery,with a pallet coating quality that is in a league all its own,a single sip can be a five minute expierience.This is a very nice BSPA,I would not recommend drinking this when operating heavy machinery,it's a creeper!!

Photo of addiegg
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks alot like a German Hefe, golden orange. Floating yeast everywhere, very exciting. It has a strong aroma of exotic fruits and some spices. Taste is sweet and is like a extreme hefe taste, until there is a dry spell which is accompanied by some belgian funk. Very nice as a nightcap/relaxing beer.

Photo of Vixie
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in the brandy snifter type glass with the pink elephants decorating it. Was a nice color, very golden and attractive looking. Had a one finger head that dissipated and left a thin head even after I had drank more than half of it.

Smell to me was first fruity, then some spiciness, followed by the smell of olcohol.

The first taste that hit me was fruit, then a bit of spice, clove was the flavor that most presented itself. Reminded me a bit of fruit, and the clove part added put me in mind of clove candy. Has a light hoppiness at the finish, helping to balance the sweetness and keep it from overwhelming the taste. Not as complex as some ales I've had, but still very enjoyable.

I like the mouthfeel, even a small sip spread across the tongue, so a small sip felt like I was sipping much more at the time.

Overall very drinkable, not too sweet not too hoppy, nicely balanced. if not for the high alcohol content, I'd be happy to drink more than one at a sitting. A classic Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of SubtleHammer
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Pours hazy, golden yellow with an abundant creamy head, which dissipates quickly to a fine lacing. The aroma is faint and slightly astringent at first but develops as the beer warms- pithy citrus and new straw.

Flavor, also very subtle at first, but complex- faintly sour citrus, yeasty wheat, and a little grassy hops. Alcohol content goes unnoticed on the palate.

Lively carbonation, very refreshing mouthfeel- i'll have to try it again on a warm summer evening.

Drinks well, despite fairly high alcohol content.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Bright yellow, good clarity foamy white head with fair retention, eventually resolves into patchy pacing on surface, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = My main knock against the smell here is that it is just too faint. Other than that it sells just like what a Belgian pale ale should smell like: nice peppery yeast, ripe fruits, light scent of wet hay in a musty barn, aging flowers.

T = Fresh bread dough, with wild yeasts, white pepper, floral hops flavors, lots of honey in the finish with some offsetting sourness of lemon juice. A very pleasant tasting beer.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, great mouthcoating but the carbonation was a bit offputting, first it stung a bit then it foamed up too much.

D = A good easy drinking Belgian. Definitely worth it.

Photo of rrg1gb
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, hazy gold. Fine layer of beady foam. Like a cloud.

Smells of sweet apricot & berries with a bit of alcohol in the background. Sweet flavor on the tongue, a bit crisp, but easy to drink. You can definitely taste the alcohol near the end. Lots of carbonation keeps this exciting as well.

Good brew, but between the sweetness & high abv, I'd only be able to handle one in the evening.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light hazy yellow color with decent head. Little retention of the head but good clean white lacing.

S - Very sweet smelling with hints of alcohol as well. Hints of fruit in the aroma.

T - Honey sweetness with some hop bite undertones.

M/D - Very crisp and clean brew. Warming alcohol presence in it as well.

Photo of DeDolle
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off this bottle is over 15 years old (bb Feb 93) so i know it will differ from the standard.
Surprising amount of fizz as i open the bottle, carefully poured (avoided sediment) a deep browny/orange beer with a thin but bubbly white head that lasted throughout the drink.
Aroma is incredibly sweet and alcoholic almost Brandy like and the flavour well nothing like the original - yes it is flat but the sweet almost roasty taste more than makes up.

This as sat at the back of my stash since 1991 and i thought by now it would be undrinkable but boy was i surprised...unique and boy that aroma!

Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while, having heard good things about it. It poured a light clear yellow with thin head, almost like a pilsner. It smelled like wild yeast and strong lemon tang (very similar to Merry Monks). It tasted like sweet sugary yeast and hops with very little bitterness, and the sweet aftertaste lingered. The texture was very smooth with practically no carbonation. The light Belgian ales aren't really my thing (I want to try Delirium Nocturnum), so I can't say that I particularly enjoyed it. This was well done for its style, though.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Golden yellow, clear, with about 1/2" of white foamy head. Great head retention with tiny clinging bubbles lacing down the glass. Looks fantastic!

S: Spiced fruit smells with hints of malt and a very mild yeast on the nose.

T: Light malts perfectly matched with hops and spices; additional flavors of apricot and crisp apple or pear kissed with honey. Flavors run to the dry side. Clean finish with little linger. Very nice.

M&D: The body of this brew is relatively light and quite carbonated. The carbonation is abundant and persistent, with large bubbles reminiscent of soda pop. Despite the bubbles, it goes down quite smoothly. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Highly recommended!!

Photo of Maudite
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Albatross Pub, Berkeley, CA

A- Pale gold/straw colored, almost ginger ale. A slight greenish tint. White head, fluffy and big. High carbonation, large bubbles throughout.

S- Green apple, carmel, a bit of alcohol. A low but present floral hop aroma mingled nicely with a malty, wheaty tartness.

T- Tart, sweet...definitely green apple in the taste, a little hop in the mid-body...phenolic throughout. A clean, dry, champagne-like finish.

M- Bubbly, tart, acidic, and dry. Feels crisp and clean in the mouth, cleanses the palate, leaves the tongue dry and fresh. Carbonation is a bit biting on the gums, in a nice, tingly way.

D- High ABV, but a nice end of night drink, a good replacement for champagne. Very tasty, highly recommended.

Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a thick head.

Smell is fruity, and spicy, a lot like a hefeweizen for me

Taste on this is quite nice. Overall a citrusy feeling, with the taste of clove. A dry sweet finish, with an aftertaste much like bubblegum. Alcohol is rather hidden, a bit of a warming finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

I haven't been totally impressed with many of the belgian beers I've tried, but this one is quite nice.

Photo of ROMER79
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color into a Tremens glass with at least a three finger white foamy head that took a while to go down. The smell was of lemons, oranges, and honey. It tasted the same. The citrus flavor was key some grapefruit even coming through with this beer. A very delicious beer indeed. I could definitely use this as a session beer.

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

while in florida i had the opportunity to try a couple of new beers for me. i usually like most belgian beers so i gave the delerium a try. poured nicely with a nice head, carbonation and a very nice aroma. pale in color with a nice hopped taste. this is my first from this brewer but certainly not the last.

very tasty beer. was enjoyable to sip at this one from the poolside. not sure how available it is in other areas but if you find it - try it.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear bubbly light golden, with some chunky yeast, under a big white head. Some nice lace and very good retention. If not for the chunky yeast this one would have probably gotten a 5 from me.

S: Spicy, yeasty, slightly funky yeast, fruity, sweet, tart. Very nice aroma.

T: Some light tropical fruit, bit of alcohol, yeast, slight sourness, very small about of bitterness.

M/D: Carbonation is pretty high in a light to medium body, mostly dry. Drinkability is nice on this one, very solid beer.

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

Served in a Samuel Adams glass on draft.

A: Pours clear gold with a 2-finger rocky, persistent head. Lacing present as the beer is consumed.

S: Belgian yeast, pear, apple, sugar, grain; somewhat champagne-like.

T: The pear and apple flavor dominate. Less subtle than Duvel, the apple flavor borders on cider. Some sweet grain taste present, and the Belgian yeast character - a tart, dried-fruit-like taste, tends to balance the apple flavor. A slight alcohol flavor is also noticeable but definitely more in the background. Some bitterness at the end.

M: A light, effervescent feel to this beer.

D: Dangerously drinkable. For a relatively high alcohol beer this one flies under the radar, much like its counterpart, Duvel. I would like the pear/apple flavor to be more subtle but all in all a winner.

Photo of tobyandgina
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was impressed that a local bar actually had this one on tap.

White, frothy head when placed in front of me. The head lasted a good while, too. It also had a pretty clear body.

A very light malt, light hops smell. Pretty heavy in the yeast department. A hint of soap and must also present.

On the palate: a thick texture, medium body. The flavor duration was very short.

A little too yeasty for my taste.

Photo of JackWeizen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750ml corked bottle today. This stuff is golden in color, clear, and forms a big fluffy cloud-like head that has nowhere to go.

Smell is fruity. Belgian yeast, malt, some hops. The taste is subtle. Its sweet, then malty, then it dries out. I always get a champagne flavor from this stuff. Nothing much to talk about on hop flavors. Just the basic bitterness in the background to balance out the malt, which seems like mostly light base malt. I do get a bit of that sweet but dry candi sugar taste, as well as some spiciness, which may just be the yeast, but could be something else.

This stuff goes does quite well for me. Its highly carbonated, and refreshing. The alcohol doesn't get in your face. The beer is balanced. Its flavorful, but not confusing to the palette.

I recommend this beer to anyone who likes big Belgian ales.

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

I have been looking foward to a Delerium brew for quite a while. Had a taste of the Nocturnium and procured this earlier. Pours out a superbly foamy head, rises out of the top of my chalice for a full 30 seconds at least. Active carbon ation bubbling away under the huge pillow the beer has produced. Wow what a snapshot BSPA. Somewhat hazy beautiful golden-straw color. Smells of yeast,tart lemony aromas. Biting on the tongue, flavors of lemony-apricots, cherries, slight burn in the throat. Very long sweetish aftertaste that is cut pleasently by the tartness and carbonation. Wow, one of the bes example of this style I have sampled thusfar I must say. I believe I will take the Noel out of cellaring and refrigerate for soon consumption. $16.99 for a four pack of this-Hell yes!

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

Poured into a Delirium snifter. Pours a straw yellow, with a haze to it. Beautiful solid white head on top that retains about a half of an inch, which eventually leads to great lacing. Sharp and sweet aromas, sweet breakfast malts, almost has a sour aroma reminding me of Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin. It could just be an off bottle. Sweet flavors of raisins, honey, and winter spices. Some sour flavors in the finish. Very high carbontion, smooth mouthfeel, the sweets hit the palate perfectly. Very drinkable, and very enjoyable. I actually enjoyed the slight sourness.

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

Bottle in a Delirium Tremens glass. Clove, orange aroma with yeasty bready and alcohol components noticable as well. Slightly cloudy gold/orange color with thick, frothy, mostly lasting off-white head and some lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming up from bottom of glass. Lots of alcohol in flavor along with bitterness, clove, and orange with slight sweetness and acidity. "Belgian" character was subdued but definitely present. Medium carbonation, Short, dry finish with aftertaste of alcohol, bitterness and slight sweetness/sourness.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Maudite snifter (11.2 oz. bottle). Poured a murky golden orange with a voluminous white head and bits of yeast floating in the solution. Head was extremely fluffy with excellent retention that finally subsided into a thin layer of foam and begian ringlets. Some lacing, but somewhat spotty. Spicy nose with the presence of clove, citrus fruit and belgian yeast. Taste similar to nose with the additional presence of lemon zest. Extremely lively mouthfeel. Very effervescent across the entire tongue and mouth, but a little too much burn. Alcohol was very well-hidden, with a clean, crisp astringency at the end. Very drinkable brew, but be careful because experience has taught me that a couple of these sneaks up on you pretty fast.

Photo of morimech
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy honey color with a large dense white head. Head retention is excellant. Heavy lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed.

The smell is dried fruit, Belgian yeast, and just the slightest hint of alcohol.

The taste mimics the smell except the yeast spice is more prevalent. There are nice fruit flavors like pears and apples. The alcohol is not detectable. A nice flavor combination that finishes slightly dry.

The body seems light with a good dose of carbonation. Goes down quickly which could be trouble considering the ABV.

This beer tastes great but the expense and ABV will make it a very infrequent purchase for me.

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far, one of the oddest-looking bottles of beer around. Fortunately, it's actually a good beer and not just a novelty.

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, giving a golden color with a cloudy appearance. A bit more yellow in color than you see with some other Belgian strong pale ales, but nice-looking nonetheless. Had a good quarter inch of head on it that lasted just the right amount of time. Also had lacing that lasted throughout.

Had a very citrusy smell about it, along with some yeast.

This beer has an excellent taste. The fruit - maybe some peach - was the main attraction. Went down very smoothly, with not much bitterness.

There was a decent amount of mouthfeel, as you're apt to find in Belgian beers of this caliber.

This is definitely a drinkable beer. Very vibrant, refreshing and easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle from behind the bar into a Delirium Tremens tulip. I wish they had let me pour it for it was served to me with not much head.

This is my first belgian strong pale ale so I'm learning here.

A - beutiful hazy gold color with champaign bubbles. Great lacing.

S - fruity essence of orange and maybe some raspberry. I actually smell some wheat presence

T - Much like the smell, which I think is always good. It's like your nose and mouth are in harmony. I really taste some orange going on here with a hint of raspberry. This tastes very much like champaigne with grand marnier mixed in... but so much better. Dry like champaigne but not as dry. Crisp, refreshing. I don't taste the alcohol much at all. Gets less dry as it warms and the fruitiness mellows out.

M - feels like champaign with mouth-tingling carbonation. A great sipper. Dry, yet quenches.

This is a very interesting beer for me as it is my first Belgian strong Pale Ale. I really like it. Others around me at the bar thought it was wierd, but I'll definitely drink again.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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