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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,847
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 235
Gots: 689 | 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 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
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
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
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of bacabuck
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. That sums up this beer in one word.

Had it on-tap at BJ's Pizza in Tustin, CA. Served in a Beligan Ale glass.

A: Deep opaque amber with relatively thin head that laced generously down the glass

S: Hops, bananas, caramel

T: Outstanding. liquid sunshine. Slightest bitterness on the finish. You don't realize how much alcohol is in there.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Pour me another.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Past its good 'til date, but due to the alcohol content, I'm hoping it has kept well.

A: Bright, intensely transparent golden honey color. Lavish pure white two finger head. Fast moving carbonation. Lots of particles floating around throughout the glass. Lacing is sparse, what bubbles there are slide down the glass to rejoin the head.

S: Dry, slightly sweet yeasty tinge. Hint of pear and apple.

T: Much better than anticipated by initial perception on the nose. Yeast tartness up front then some semi-sweet fruits, much like in the aroma -- pear, apple, white grape. Just a bit of alcohol shows in the end, but it's complimentary rather than harsh.

M: Body similar to that of apple juice, otherwise about average, if not a bit superior. Just barely dry finish.

D: Pretty good, I'd say. Definitely sessionable for the bionic livered.

On the lighter side for a Belgian, as far as I'm concerned. But, still a very pleasant beer. White wine-like in some ways. I'm glad I bought into the bizarre marketing on the bottle and went for it.

Photo of gab351
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle chilled slightly and drank on 8/11/08

Appearance: Hazy straw color with some floaties throughout. One finger white head.

Smell: Very bready, yeasty, like fresh hay (good for me). Very appetizing and builds the taste buds up.

Taste: Tastes like a loaf of bread. Slightly disappointing for me. Quite yeasty but it didn't give me the fruityneerss I was expecting from it. Very good, just not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy for such a light beer. Feels like a brown or stout. Not bad, just again, I wasn't expecting this.

Overall: Very drinkable. Nice summer brew sitting out enjoying the day. At 8.5% it packs a punch that creeps up on you. Not much alcohol taste to it. I prefer the nocturnum however.

Photo of daythree16
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool ceramic bottle with blue foil. Pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a huge head into a tulip glass. There are a some floating chunks suspended in the beer.

The smell is spicy and a bit phenolic with some clove coming through. The taste is deliciously fruity and peppery. It's actually quite tame compared to some strong golden's I've had. Very mellow and highly drinkable.

Crisply carbonated and not too full bodied, the drinkability is very high for this one.

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a huge foamy head and decent carbonation. The head lasts a while.

Aroma is smooth and spicy with a small hint of breadiness and raisin in the nose.

Taste is spicy upfront with some sourness and raisin flavor. A decent chewy breadiness shows up as well. Goes down a bit rough though.

Mouthfeel is dominated by sourness, spice and the breadiness. I'm not sure my palate can detect much else at this point with the exception of a bit of alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: Seems quite drinkable for the style with the exception of the sourness. I think that's intentional though and it does add a layer of complexity to what would otherwise be a bland example of this style. I recommend picking this up anyway because if you enjoy the style, you won't be disappointed with this choice.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--On-tap at the APK in London. Average looking, a nice golden colour with a bit of haze and a small head.

Smells of bananas, sour and some hoppy undertones, not bad.

Very tasty, really hides the alcohol, bananas, dried fruit as well as some grapfruit maybe? A bit sour aftertaste and starts to taste like champagne after a while...

Somewhat drinkable, although the sourness gets you after a while.

Photo of burnstar
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear bright gold with a medium white head. Nice lacing on the sides and surface. Aroma is somewhat phenolic with some yeastiness and tang. Apples and maraschino cherries. Taste has a muted sweetness. Earthy and herbal. Some tangy citrus as well. Bananas. A little lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall this is very good. Really well balanced. Tasty and complex.

Photo of JEdmund
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels July 2008

Hazy, bright golden yellow; leaves a bit of lacing

Smells similar to a kristalweiss in that it has light hints of banana and yeast; very appealing and complex

Taste & Mouthfeel
Full mouth and body with equally full flavor; finishes sharp, citrussy, and dry; flavors of banana bread, a bit of biscuits; overall hard to describe, but it's very good

Delicious and balanced but strong.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer and had it many times. First time reviewing.

Appearance is a hazy straw orange with a huge head. Laces all the way down.

Smell is citrus, bread, alchohol, spices. Just wonderful.

Taste is bitter and mild with hints of a lot of flavors. The nose is really what sets this beer off.

Mouthfeel is lively and light. Very easy to drink. Well balanced. Just a world class beer.

What more can I say. Read more reviews for a more refined palate or nose but I know this is one great beer. Checked out the website for this brewery and their little bar in Belgium looks cool. Very unique decor with pink elephants hanging around an almost art deco 50's style.

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

Provided by a non-BA friend after a hike today :)

A: pours a cloudy solid golden strawy yellow color with lots of visible bits floating around when held up to the light. thick frothy white head disappears quickly leaving little lacing.

S: smells of strong wheat, lots of spice. slightly grassy, with a hint of lemon on the back.

T&M: highly carbonated, spicy backbone, citrusy tangyness. light floral belgian hop bite, and VERY slight warming effect. alcohol level masked pretty well.

D: very drinkable. tasty, refreshing. slight alcohol warmth actually feels nice and lends well to the other characteristics.

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

a: cloudy gold body, fluffy white head that fizzes like cola.

s: sweet, soft and floral with notes of hay.

t: light pale malt, sweet honey with a floral yeasty dry bite at the end.

m: medium body. smooth and crisp.

d: one of the better Belgians that is widely available in the US. a great beer that is very deceptive, watch out for the booze. Great label too.

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

Poured into a DT glass but improperly,thanks to the server. Great chunks of yeast swirling around. But very pretty otherwise.
Spicy aroma with some kind of hops.
Deliciously spicy hoppy fruity taste. Hard to separate things
Refreshing carbonation on the tongue.
Very satisfying and surprisingly refreshing for such a strong beer on such a hot day. The alcohol sneaks up on you if you are not careful.
Haven't had this in a while, but it's much better than I remember it being and is now definitely back in the rotation.

Photo of Buebie
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a fake ceramic 22 oz looking bottle. Actually was a glass 11.2 oz bottle. Nice blue tine over the trap with no freshness date, but the cork is dated 2008.

Poured into a snifter. Fizzy 3 finger cola like head. Thick retention long lived, with some laceing.
Pilsiner yellow with a wheat like hazyness and chuncks of ingredients floating around in my cup.
Visually disturbing, but I will gladlly choke it down.

Smells of a spicie wheat beer, lemon zest, pinnaple, dry character to the smell, insinuating a very crisp flavor is in store.
Mild bready quality in the smell as well.

Taste is blamo in your face crispness with a hot zing of carbonation through the middle and at the swallow.
This is very champagne like in its dry character. Some dry fruitieness, clears a path for more carbonation. Finishes dry, with a mild hoppy grassyness.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery overwhelmed with carbonation.
Not my favorite, I do enoy Belgian's, but this is more like a wheat beer on roids. Not feeling it. I can appreciate it for its high quality craftsmanship, but I'll skip this again.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,847 ratings.