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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
Gots: 801 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 4,968 | Reviews: 1,604
Photo of SpencerSauce
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer that exceeded my expectations. Large caged and corked bottle. Cork popped off when i removed the cage, then a little foam started to pour out onto the ground. A little embarrasing. But whatever. Poured into a wine glass. I found nothing bad to say about this beer so i rated it perfect.

A- Heavy with sediment, maybe because my buddy kept hers on it side while she chilled it. Extremely bubbly. Bright golden with thick head when i poured it. Sediment was dancing around but you could not taste it.

S- banana right away, leaving maybe a vanilla taste. It was mildly spicy. AWSOME TASTE.

M-Light on the palate with a great taste. Banana creates its own mouthfeel.

D- this is very easy to drink, i want one right now and its 9:47 in the morning. IMO better than the nocturnom. Although completely diff styles.

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

poured this out into a goblet from a 330 ml bottle with a nice looking blue label with some interesting characters ,pink elephents, alligators, dragons with blue foil wrapping around the cap and neck.

Appearance: it`s a beautiful day with a golden orange sun and a bit of fog after last nights rain it poured, now there are fluffy white clouds in the sky ,with little carbonation winds.

Smell:aahh early spring ,with all the scents ,like clove and flowers with citrus and apples even peachs from that farm down the road as the weather warms,it just opens up more.

Taste:crisp air of fruity citrus and delightful malt greet me as the day moves on, not to sour,its a bit sweet and the yeast birds are chirping a pleasant song ,i can see old man alcohol waveing to me ,he`s out watering his hops there blooming and look fresh .

Mouthfeel:as the sun sets i got a feeling of warmth ,with a bitter edge to this satifing day a tinge dry sweet after taste to a unique yet familar setting.

Drinkablitity: you might think this day is like any other but this day was unique ,although familar its well worth enjoying to the fullist.cheers.

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

Poured into a chalice, this was a lively gold brew with lots of yeasties. Head was immediately foamy and half-finger in size, but withdrew to a consistent film.

It gives off the aroma that I now associate with a monastery. Smells Belgian, and slightly metallic...yet not in a bad way.

Honey infused malt on top of a faint banana or subdued citrus taste. Hops come through beautifully.

Fairly crisp and carbonated but the malts help it finish smooth.

Thumbs up. Although the alcohol content does seem to creep in at the end.

I enjoyed this, but will probably try it in a tulip glass tomorrow.

Photo of JonMich13
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Golden amber and very cloudy. Huge 3 inch head. Some good sticky lacing throughout.

S = Smell mostly of spices and some light citrus notes.

T = Very sweet sugary and coriander. Some slight citrus and definite pepper spices.

M = Thin to medium with ample carbonation.

D = Very drinkable but the high sweetness level makes me want to stop after 2 max.

Another solid BSPA that falls just short of Duvel for me.

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

appearance: golden

smell: fruit, slight hops

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, fruits and spicy tatste couldn't indentify exactly but very tasty

mouthfeel: rich and high carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

Photo of JBogan
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing special about the appearance. A very light gold with a decent white head which left minimal lacing. Not much to distinguish this from any American macro lager really.

Smelled of corriander and sweet malt. No sign of the alcohol.

Taste was much as the aroma. Corriander and spices, sweet malt, maybe a hint of orange. Well balanced. Still no sign of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel was very good. Thin but lively, with plenty of carbonation and a nice slick smoothness.

This is an enjoyable beer and easy to drink. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste, but I'd go back for another.

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

Pours a clear golden into a tulip glass. An inch of white head dissipates in a few minutes but is easily renewed. Offers some limited lacing.

Decent Belgian yeast nose, somewhat sweet in malts, yet intriguing nonetheless. Very consistent on the nose, yet not overly exciting either.

Taste is moderate of malts, slightly tart but pleasant all the way through. None of the lager notes present in Duvel and not as gummy sweet. This is a superior beer to Duvel, yet superior is a relative term here. Offers a nice feel that maintains well throughout the glass and improves with a bit of warming, yet doesn't diminish too much even after 30 minutes of air. Interesting enough to seek out in the bottle, but not likely to stand up to some non-Belgian versions, oddly..

Photo of drink1121
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

A - Light lemon-mustard yellow.

S - Tarty smell, smells of spicy citrus

T - Coriander, orange spices. Little tart

M - Very smooth for high abv

D - Supringly great with such a high abv. I had 2 of these!!!

Photo of donmonkey1
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brownish orange. The head dissipated quickly until it was about a quarter inch thick and hung around for a while.

Smell: Smells like pizza dough with a touch of clove perhaps.

Taste: Taste was shocking. It was quite fruity, flowery, sweet. The alcohol was definately noticeable but didn't really hurt the taste. It confused my taste buds. I'm not fond of this style of beer, but for this style, the taste was complex, intriguing, and good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick in a good way.

drinkability: Too extreme on the sweet/fruity side for me but excellent for the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent, pale yellow body with a rather tall, white head.

Smell: Aromatic blend of spices and sugar stirred up in fresh fruit juices and an inviting hint of the alcohol within.

Taste: Light pale and delicate pilsner malts with a blitz of sugary sweetness. Tangy, fruity mix of the juice from peaches and Golden Delicious apples along with a pinch of lemon zest. Dash of rose water. Floral hops with a light bitterness. Dash of white pepper. Warming, crisp, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easily considering the ABV %. Pretty solid, but, then again, so are the other Deliriums. I get the pink elephants on the label, but what's the significance of the pimp-strutting alligators and ball-balancing Chinese dragons?

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, very clear, fair carbonation. Medium head with some lacing.
Aroma is of white wine, dough, biscuity malt, wheat, rolled oats. Very slight spicy hops starts to creep in later, and a hint of pear. Alcohol can only just be detected.
Taste is rather sweet, typical Belgian doughy-ness, slightly fruity, with medium alcohol and bitterness.
Heavily carbonated as expected, contributing to the thick and creamy mouthfeel. Light heat on the palate.

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow beer that has a thick billowing head that slowly fades.Aroma is fruity and spicy.Taste is once again fruit,spicy,sugar cane and alcohol on the back end.Very enjoyable and something that I would recommend and purchase again in the future!!

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delirium Tremens. This one came up more than once in a couple of issues of BeerAdvocate, so I was psyched to try the one I found at H-E-B's Central Market in San Antonio.

Appearance - cloudy initially, a strong golden color that is straw-like in appearance. Found out at second glance why this looked so cloudy, there were chunks floating at quite a density in the beer - is this unfiltered or wild wheat strains? Retained its head for a few minutes before dissolving into symmetrical rings around my snifter.

Decant - Poured from a 750 ml bottle, with a faux ceramic appearance, caged and plasitc corked. Cracked open with a pop. I really have to comment on the asthetics - it's a nice looking bottle! Dancing aligators and dragons, really goes with the mysticism of the name - Delirium Tremens, the Shakes, like the Hallucinogenic Torreador by Dali.

Smell - Floral. Malts rise through a hops top.

Taste - I really need to weigh in here. I've slowly noticed that Belgian beers in 750s have a certain taste that eventually wind down to a sugary alcohol intensity. In this case, Tremens starts as a bright, juicy combination, like white wine. It slowly caves into a horseblanket/banana flavor (brettanomyces?) in the middle before descending further into a sugary shade of warm happiness. Affligem's Noël did this for me too on Christmas Day last December. The last eighth has a pure alcohol aroma/flavor.

Mouthfeel - Has the consistency of water, which I've noticed that great, complex beers such as this can have. Extremely smooth, the alcohol really does sneak up on you, though I could detect it by breathing out of my nostrils on first sip.

Notes: If I was inclined to blow a 10-spot every week on beer, I'd go back for Delirium Tremens until I was to find something better. I really like this beer, and I recommend it for your enjoyment.

Photo of strangemusic
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Volo in Toronto. Looked pretty nice... bright golden-yellow, not cloudy, and with a small head (wished there had been a bit more depth to the head) in a Delirium snifter glass. The head stuck in spots all the way down the glass, which I liked.

The smell was pretty decent, orangey and with a light yeastiness/spice and fruit background (orange and citrus). Subtle but enjoyable. Not astonishing, but lively. Inside the mouth is really where this beer seems to shine.

There's a lot of complexity in the taste, herbal and spice mixed with light and sweet fruit, tangerine, banana, pineapple and a light yeastiness. I've heard some Belgian style ales described as tasting "bubble gum" like, this beer definitely had some notes of that. There's a bitterness of mild hops as well that sits underneath the sweetness.

As for the mouthfeel: it's very light, clean and refreshing to match the sweet, fruity and yeasty taste profile. I loved the freshness that came to the fore here. There's a bit of lingering hop astringency, but not too much. If I had one problem with this beer, it would be that the bitterness sticks around and is a bit of a sore thumb against the crisp, sweet flavours.

Drinkability was decent, the beer really sneaks around the back and hits you with a well-hidden alcohol smack, but if I hadn't been sampling several different beers at Volo I would have definitely gone back for another Delirium.

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.

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