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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,511
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 190
Gots: 488 | 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 NVbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet glass for this particular beer. Hasy straw yellow in appearance, with about 1/2" white head that dissipates slowly over 3-4mins. Noted earthy tones noted with hints of cloves. This carries over to taste wiht earthy flavors noted, along with estery flavors that dominate, no real hop flavor noted. this beer provides a nice feel in the mouth with a noticable level of carbonation. this is a rather smooth tasting belgian pale ale, with a high level of carbonation that increases the enjoyablity. A highly recommends belgian.

NVbeer, May 05, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle painted an opaque off-white. The label features pink elephants, green crocodiles and red dragons (oh my).

A: Poured a hazy apricot. Nice thick head, dense.

S: Lemon puree. Melon rinds. Cloves. Green bananna.

T: Starts with a sweet sour. Honey. Tart cherries. Pineapple. Moves to spicy. Black pepper. Anise. Corriander. Finishes nice and warming with black cherry pits and hints of bitter.

M: Prominent carbonation on the tongue. Nice body, but not heavy nor creamy. Ends nicely astringent.

Overall: Kind of a shame that the taste is so bold it bullies the nose a bit after the first sip. Seems like the aroma doesn't have much of a chance. The more carbonation I work out of it the more that element appeals to me. Really don't notice the level of alcohol at all even though I suspect its involvement in some of the spicy finish.

sevineyes, May 02, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance was a golden/straw color with yeast floating around. Big, fluffy, off-white head - surprised by the amount of head given the high alcohol content. Smell was clove-like, with hints of bananas, and some mild citrus. Also detected some sourness/sweat-like funk to it in the background, kind of like what you would expect with Brettanomyces, but not as upfront. Nice spicy taste with banana flavors - a very German wheat beer-like profile to it but with some other flavors going on. Frothy on the mouth with moderate body. Given the high ABV, this is a very drinkable beer - you do not notice the alcohol at all. Kudos on the bottle design!

jhu1995, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with blue foil over the cork and a ceramic looking bottle.
Poured a beautiful amber gold color with floating yeast flakes and a white head that had great retention.
The aroma was full of fruity esters that reminded me of sweet apples and citrus with spicy sweetness.
The taste begins with a quick burst of herbal hops and then races into a melange of sweet malts and a strong spicy yeast character. It has such an intense yeast character that once the beer finishes the spicyness lingers on.
The mouthfeel is excellent as the beer finishes very clean in regards to the flavor presented from the malt sweetness. The carbonation lends a very brisk and refreshing character.
Very drinkable to the point of making this one a dangerous brew as the high A.B.V. and the pleasent flavor keep one wanting more.

RenoZymurgist, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Paul's club on State St. here in Madison. Yes, the one with the tree inside.

Pours a cloudy, weizen-y golden yellow with a short skim of foam. Nose is bright and fruity, with notes of belgian yeast, banana, and clove. Taste starts off with a light hop bitteness followed by sweet tropical fruit, banana, clove, musty yeast and spice. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, carbonation low. Overall an easy-drinking 9%-er here, light and fruity, quite refreshing. Another delicious Delirium.

Golden2wenty1, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity, almost triple'ish. Alcohol is very much up front. Large head leaves sticky lacing.

Yikes!...this one will get you in trouble. easy drinkin, laid back and tasty. Hops are typical, west coast jackle, sauce.

Yum, please run this past me again

DogFood11, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a cloudy golden colored sample with a thick white head.
the aroma was citrus and candy sugar.
the flavor had a malty citrus with a hint of paradice seed.
in my notes i gave this beer a overall or 5, i really like this beer is very good, can not go wrong.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of joecast
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i finally make the acquaintance of the famous pink elephant. listed as 8.5%abv with the words "STRONG BEER" warning the imbiber. the painting around the base of the bottle has mostly peeled away. deciphering the best before system at the bottom of the back label reveals some month in '08.

a bit disappointed in the pour. i was expecting having to stop pouring half way through the bottle, but the expected supersized head never appeared. the last few mls pour out containing large flakes of sediment. even after settling for 5+ minutes the carbonation is still able to keep some floc from settling out. by now the head that did form has become a light lace. the beer itself is the usual deep golden color with a hazy, sort of jellyfish like fluff filling the bottom third. decidedly average.

the aroma is much more inspiring. vinous, solvent like alcohol, and sweet candied malt. i'd like to swirl this baby, but im afraid of getting that sediment back up and floating around again. some beers are warming in the belly, this one warms through the nose. interesting.

the taste lacks complexity basically. when i was trying to find this beer, my first check was the top 100. not there. next was the best bspa list. not there. a bit surprised i was. not so surprised now.
a definite malt strength, but nothing there to go with it. really lacking any sort of hop character. has a light spiciness up front which keeps it from being too one dimensional (gets it to 1.5).

after the let down of the taste, or during really, i was pretty impressed with the mouthfeel. great for such a strong beer. light with just the right amount of carbonation.

would i want another? im a bit unsure, which is the problem. usually by this part of a review im nearly or completely done with a beer. here, i've still got about a third left. though, in its favor, it does leave an impression.
on a final note, the dregs of this beer, though unlike most i've seen, do contain quite a bit of yeasty goodness. probably better off swirling this sucker and enjoying them throughout the beer rather than leaving them for the finish. eh, live and learn. must be the lesson of the pink elephant...

joecast, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on draft at a local restaurant. It was served in stemmed Trappist glass. Flavor (which is the undeniable highlight of this beer) was fruity, spicy and distinctive. Aroma was good, appearance adequate (yet undistictive), and palate feel was velvety and smooth. Would have again on draft...not sure about in bottle after reading some of the other reviews here.

BeerBelcher, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of ej285701
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet produces a one and a half inch off white head. This looks like a very lively beer with plenty of carbonation and yeast floating around.

The smell is dominated by yeast and alcohol with a fruity, lemony backround, also with a hint of hops.

The taste is similar to the smell. Very strong Belgian yeast and plenty of alcohol, backed with a fruity taste as well as some bland bittering hops. Definitely too much yeast flavor for my tastes.

The mouthfeel is light and full of carbonation at first, but as I continue to drink it becomes increasingly watery.

Drinkability suffers due to the strong yeast and alcohol flavors, as well as the high price. This is the second time I have had this beer and the first time was so much better. Less yeast and alcohol, and more fruit with a delicious malty backbone. I don't think I got a bad bottle, but I do think there are some inconsistencies between batches.

ej285701, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a full, though lightly hazy, gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The aroma is a spicy mix of yeast, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, lemon zest, among other things. The aroma is quite nice, fairly complex, yet light & appetizing as a good strong, golden, Belgian ale should be.

The taste has a light malt sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by all of the other flavors found in this beer, which is a long way of saying that this beer tastes fairly dry. There is a nice level of yeast/ fermentation derived spiciness here as well; I get light notes of clove, a certain ginger note, and a pepper-like note that combines with the carbonation. Layers of fruit character are also found here with apple and pear being prominent along with a sort of fruit-reminiscent tartness that is also found in these fruits. As the beer warms up a tad, I begin to get some notes of hot alcohol in the finish. It almost adds to the perceived spiciness of this beer, and actually is not all that detracting. This is definitely enjoyable, but something seems a bit out of whack, which keeps this beer from being stellar.

Gueuzedude, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Tim2000
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL white speckled bottle with blue foil, great design.

Pours a hazy golden colour with a rich head.

Powerful green apple aroma with other fruit and spices.

Lots of fruit flavours hit the palate, slightly tart apple dominates with some tropical fruit in the background. A subtle coriander spiciness is noticeable as the beer moves into the dry, slightly medicinal finish. Alcohol is well concealed, providing a general warming sensation and a small bite near the finish. Full-bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Very tasty.

Tim2000, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color, with a heafty bundle of carbonation and a heckuva lot of yeast floating around inside. Actually looks kinda dirty. It's big yeast flakes, not just a haze. Yuk.

The brew, however, smells rather nice. Malty and sugary, with a twist of lemon. Not as overwhelming as it could be. Tastes about the same, a bit sweet, with a bit of citric sourness. Finishes on a dash of yeast that just kinda hovers on the tongue.

A bit more yeasty and watery than most of my favorite Begians, but I'm not sure that's the point of this one. It's exceedingly drinkable, and it's 9% ABV. Hence the name, right? Drink up, start trembling.

SetarconeX, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 750ml bottle a glazed honey yellow with floaties abounding. it looks like a yellow snow globe with the carbonation working its stuff. a big off white frothy head appears and stays, leaving ample lace. spicy, malty and candy sweet in the nose. tastes fruity sweet...apples and pears come to mind... with a peppery alcohol bite and a phenolic background...quite straightforward without much complexity. the alcohol is instantly warming in the belly. quite delicious. the mouthfeel is lively and carbonated; the body of the brew is ample and pleasing. it's quite dry in the finish, leaving me want to keep sipping it faster than i should...which of course says a lot about the drinkability of this nice belgian ale.

definitely worth revisiting in the future.

budgood1, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of WetCoaster
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a huge, fluffy white head that lasts forever. Pretty subdued carbonation for a BSDA.

Smell: Pretty much what you'd expect. Tart citrus over a base of cloved breadiness. Not that that's a bad thing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hey, didn't expect this. Citrus -- almost grapefuit citrus bite with clove and a malty sweetness. It sounds pretty run of the mill, but it's quite light and refreshing, almost a saison flavor. Mouthfeel is light, airy and crisp.

Drinkability: Oh, definitely. This is not at all what I expected. I thought I'd be looking at another ho-hum syrupy, sugary BSPA; what I got was a unique and thoroughly refreshing, crisp, tart saison wannabe. I'd never been too intrigued by this one, but very much enjoyed it. I'll be back.

WetCoaster, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a briefly chilled bottle into my chalice.
Light pale amber color poured with a generous fluffy head. Lots of yeasties floating around producing a rather opaque shade. Aromas are intensely fruity with lots of sweet oranges, esters, and some dried figs in the background. Bubbling in my mouth is a nice light body of a brew. Flavors of bready malt, a little of the fruits, yeast and a nice alcohol twang at end. Finishes rather dry. This is quite enjoyable truer to style I imagine than the other Americanized Belgian style beers. I want a bit more complexity to this beer, perhaps some more sweetness, body, something, but I can't quite describe it. Would make a perfect ending to any meal.

dreadnatty08, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in an incredibly large and heavy chalice.

Color is a clear straw/gold. Head was gone quickly, leaving some lace.

Aroma is quite complex. Some sweet and spiced elements of fruits, with hints of hops. There is more there, but I just can't put my finger on what exactly.

The flavor delivers the same complexity to the point of masking detection of some of the components. Spiced apples and citrus fruits stand out at times, as does the slight hop profile. It holds a slightly Earthy tone. Very good flavor.

HugoGrim, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of dieselboy914
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that's a joy to drink, whether all on it's own, or with a light snack. The Belgians have done it again, and no surprise...

The bottle hints towards the inviting nature of this strong pale ale, with comical animals and designs drawn on the label, and boy does it not disappoint
It poured very nicely into a snifter with the head rising and staying up for quite a good time, but less than Duvel's, leaving a lovely lace on the glass.
The scent has a strong citrus potency, with lots of lemon, and some grapefruit. The taste is wonderful, with a full-bodied flavor permeating the mouth like a good party. It's a tremedous pleasure to drink this beer. The carbonation is just right, avoiding the characteristics of a fruit soda, but not so little that would give it a lacking feeling. No alcoholic bite whatsoever... amazing.
Finally, it has a wonderful ability to quench sever thirst. I don't know how. Very much worth the price...

Highly recommended.

dieselboy914, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of jslot38
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice fancy bottle, whats up with those surfing allagators?

Appearance: A whirpool of sediment and whatever floats through this spectacularly cloudy golden body. Eggshell head quickly disappates to a top covering.

Smell: Ripe apples, coriander spices, touches of grapefruit and a splash of citrus waft through the nasal passages. Backing of yeast.

Taste: Citrus splashes, on rush of yeast and spices. Interesting combination of apples and lemon touches at the end. The flavour is extremely complex. I'm not sure exactly what I am tasting, but its good.

Mouthfeel: Overflow of carbonation, almost overbearing but finishes with an amazing cleaness and goes down so smooth. One of the cleanest yet most complex beers I've ever had.

Drinkability: The 9% alcohol rate is nowhere to be found in this beer. And with that kind of mouthfeel I feel like I could drink a few glasses of this. Give me big bottle and I'd be good.

Notes: An extremely interesting beer. It was hard for me to pin down the experience and put it into words, but it was a good one. A must try if you ask me.

jslot38, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass...didn't have anything else on me...split the bottle with jslot38
A: Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head. It has lots of small pieces of debris floating in it.
S: Yeast, apple, some alcohol and other fruity scents.
T: Sourdough bread, apple, alcohol and a hint of lemon finish it off. Taste does not linger.
M: Very carbonated, which takes some of the taste away. Other than that it is smooth. Beer goes down pretty light. I was expecting something heavier cause of all the sediment floating around but I guess that doesn't really have an effect.
D: Definetly an interesting Belgian that I would put on par with the only other BSPA I've had, La Fin du Monde. Something that I would buy again. I would like to try some of this companies seasonals.

pbr85, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle date March 2005. Very memorable bottle--faux ceramic glass.
It's beautiful, it really is. It looks just like dark champagne in my glass (the color of a big, aged chardonnay)--a champagne that retains a big, white head that could be egg whites whipped to a froth. Lots of excited bubbles in this one, and the beautiful, light color of the nectar I'm beholding showcases them perfectly. Even as I was pouring I unintentially caught the aroma of this baby--I smelled that familiar, sweet, belgian smell. Has that citrusy, fresh smell that screams, "stop smelling me and get me on your tongue!" I obeyed. I'm not the biggest fan in the world of the wheaty taste of wits and belgian strongs, but I'm loving this and know something good when I meet it, and this is good. The head is receding now I'm about halfway through the glass, but has maintained a good, solid sheet of foamy love about 2 mm thick across the surface and a few thin tendrils lacing the glass on the side I've been drinking from. Still lots of bubbles. Still delicious. It's not as sweet as some belgians and seems to have found a great balance. The just-enough hops backs it up and the alcohol hardly seems present. It's very light yet coats my whole mouth like a most comfortable favorite blanket and surprisingly, it's not over-carbonated at all, in-spite of the frizzante thing it has going on in my glass. I can't believe how easy it's going down. This could be dangerous; it'd be easy to forget they hid 8.5% in there somewhere...

andythejerk, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's nothing like a strong Belgian ale to make me feel pretty good about myself. While La Fin Du Monde is still my personal favorite in the category, Delirium wins if, for nothing else, a great bottle. Have you seen this bottle? It's painted a grainy gray color and I love it. The foil top adds to the experience as well.

I like this beer; it's smooth and easy to drink and I happened to enjoy it a bit more than it's darker, Nocturnum counterpart.

I recommend trying the Delirium beers, not only because they taste great, but because they're clever too. The label clearly states that it's been brewed since the 1600's, but if they had those cool painted bottles back then, I would have been one happy serf.

KFaulkner, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice chunky and kinda gross with large flakelike floaties. The color waslight straw amber and the head was ghost white, rising medium and lacing the glass during consumption.

The aroma was fruity with a fairly strong Belgian yeast spice presence. The aroma contained a light and lemony citrus and and earthy hop character.

The flavor was DMS (cooked vegetables) coupled with a slight candy sweetness and an earthy hop presence which was light. The flavor was spicy and lightly peppery from Belgian yeast.

The finish was dry with lasting DMS and spice into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation level was high. The beer had some alcohol, but it was not overly strong and did not have a strong warming sensation after consumption. The beer looked gross and the DMS really detracted. I haven't had this beer in many years, but I remember it being better than this, will have to get another bottle to compare.

11.2 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap ... in a Delirium "pink elephant" goblet. Slightly opaque tangerine orange color with a thick, white head that has staying power. Nose is fruity and yeasty, with plenty of spices. Palate is on the sweeter side; fruity and lots of cloves, citrus, and peppery flavors. Slight bitterness that is pleasant. Very highly carbonated and almost "fizzy." I prefer the Nocturnum, for sure, but this is a very good Belgian golden. I'd definitely recommend you give it a swirl and a whirl.

beerphilosopher, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass.

Pours a medium golden color with a thick white cap. This cap was gone quickly and left almost no lacings. Smell was great filled with bananas, cloves, and diacetyl. A little grainy. The flavor was cloves, banana, and peppery with pungeant hops. Crisp carbonation right off with a medium-light body. Nice dry finish. Good beer that I will have again.

jabocu, Mar 06, 2006
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,511 ratings.