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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,593
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 237
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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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden color with a smooth one-finger white head. I've had this from the bottle before and the carbonation isn't as intense on-tap. The head recedes to a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. The lacing doesn't stick around too long.

Smells mostly of light fruits - pears with some banana and citrus - with a little spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The tastes all work well together even though they're not very pronounced. There's also a nice Belgian sugar sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness with grainy carbonation. It goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The flavors aren't too overbearing and the grainy carbonation doesn't hurt things.

Overall this is a solid Belgian with a cool logo. I can see myself ordering this again, and it's definitely worth a shot.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 1-07 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear golden color with a bright white head. Steady carbonation flow.

Orangey smell with a belgian hop snap and some chalky belgian yeast.

Bright flavor of orange, hops and yeast.

Carbonated full mouthfeel is classic belgian.

Nice drinkability for a 9% abv- it is not noticable.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color but the head is the key to appearance on this one. Creamy white head with sticky lace. Bubbles are so fine that it looks like a layer of whipped cream on the top, not foamy or bubbly at all. Smell of mild fruityness, bananna, apple, apricot. Not very bold on the nose but mild and subdued. Some yeastyness and a little spice show up also. Taste has a little more umph than the smell. Same mild fruityness and spice just more noticable. 9% is well hidden. Full body with a smooth finish. There is no doubt that this is a quality brew with no flaws. The flavor profile is not as in your face as many of the extreame beers but is very full in a somehow subdued way. A great sipper to take your time with and enjoy what shows itself with each sip. This is one I will go for every now and then.

Photo of unionturf
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after hearing all the hype.

Poured a clear yellow color with a huge head, actually had to wait for 3/4 a cup of head to dissipate. Smell is a yeast / sweet smell and taste is similar with a banana/pear taste. Mouthfeel is decent and I would have never knew this was a 9% beer...no way. I could down a few of these if someone was buying but no way will I buy another at these prices.

decent brew and glad I tried but I can't see me buying another.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear yellowish color with a nice head and slight lacing. Noticable carbonation as the bubbles on top keep bubbling.

Smells citrusy,malty, hint of honey, pears.

Taste was quite bitter at first, some spicy tones to it, left with a nice slight fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was easy as so is the drinkability on this one.

Decent beer, not what I was expecting though

Photo of BWH3
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow. Not as clear as I thought it would be. Head size and retention about average for the style. The lacing is fine and gorgeous.

S: Sweet esters of apple and pear. Phenolic and spicy aroma. A honey/candy like sweetness underneath. Very good and light. No hops aroma.

T: Flavor overall sweet initially with fruit esters and malt. The spicy pepper notes then evolve on the tongue. Following is the firm, subtle metallic hops bitterness. Overall, complex, sweet but finishes dry.

M: Medium bodied. Effervescent. Not enough head retention.

D: Avoided this beer for a while because I thought the "Delirium Tremens" was simply an advertising ploy, however, this beer is very good and deserves a sampling by all advocates.

Photo of sfsean
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at local bottle shop and was impressed by the appearance. The price ($10) was also 'impressive'.
I poured it in a tulip glass and was delighted by the brillant yellow color. The yeast sediment was easy to get over. The sutle smell is is decieving when you actually taste it. The taste was a really punch in the taste buds. I could taste bits of honey, citrus, and slight clove. There are alomst too many tastes to be experienced here. I finished the bottle in one sitting. A delightful strong ale (8.5 ABV) that is well worth trying at least once, regaurdless of the high price.

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

The beer pours a yellowish golden hazy color with a thin cap of foam. The aroma is malty and spicy with fruit, clove and yeast. Medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation. The flavors are sweet and phenolic and fruit. Spice provides some balance toward the end. A Belgian ale for sure, and a good one at that. Would have again.

Photo of RixBeer
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow [much like a Miller Lite but] with a good 2.5 finger head. Very active carbonation dances as the head slowly fade leaving behind a nice coating of sud.

Smells of Belgium. No really I truly believe that either the yeast or water makes belgian beers have that very pleasant aroma. There is a nice yeasty fruit mixed in the nose. Apricot or even peach.

This beer once created as a brewery gimmick for their Italian market. A much more noticeable fruit flavor than aroma. Spices bouncing happily with peach and pear flavors that seem to change and engage the drinker with each sip.

A very light and pleasant mouthfeel. Drink up! this one is a keeper!

Photo of ABHatter
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a swampy uncomparable yellowish color, Great looking one inch fluffy head. This beer has great carbonation, But I have to say the yeast chunk is a little off putting.

S-lemon, bubblegum (The cheap kind that loses it's flavor instantly) Mild alcohol

T&M-Very Good! Pineapple, lemon with a dry finish and an absolutely sensational mouthfeel. The high yeast and great carbonation are the key to the great mouthfeel, It has sort of a cream lemoncello like chalkiness.

D- WOW, I just noticed the ABV on this one.8.5& And I am definitly shocked.

An all around very good beer, If you can get past the yeast sediment this is well worth the try.

Photo of WHROO
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a special Beer...
All round incredibly smooth & full of flavour.
Poured a golden colour with some REAL chunks floating. Huge Air Bubbled Head - frothy & sudsy.
Smell was very fruity, full of sweetness like molasses, some plum - loved it
Taste was soooo creamy, no bitterness, very plummy, full of fruity goodness...this nearly felt good for you - full of vitamins.
Easy mouthfeel, considering its ABV & overall puunch in aroma & flavour this has some serious drinkability - I could have gone through quite a few without looking elsewhere.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. I typically drink it out of the bottle but this is a tap review.

The appearance is good as always, a slightly cloudy gold.

Smells great.

The taste off the tap throws me off a little. Out of the bottle it tastes greats, but there's a bit of a strange aftertaste off the tap I can't place.

Feels great, smooth with a surprising bit of kick from the carbonation. Kind of feels like a champagne to me.

Very drinkable, doesn't feel very heavy, refreshing.

Photo of surfnebr
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter blond in tint, effervescent white head

S - Sweet smell, pinepple, apple, sweet bread

T - Sweet with a subtle sour finish, the nose advertises the taste rather well.

M - Effervescent, medium body, smooth

A refreshing beer that is an easy one to sit for a session with.

Photo of adamette
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Bier Markt in Cleveland in a tulip glass.

A One finger head, clear yellow body. Difficult to assess it further in the darkness of the bar.

S Citrus, hoppy, interesting and inviting.

T Alcohol, Citrusy sweetness with major dose of hops at the end. Really excellent.

M Suprisiginly light mouthfeel for being such high high ABV. High marks for that.

D Very good for this high of an ABV.

Notes: It reminded me of (but is not the same as, of course) Duvel. I can see why some source named it "the best beer in the world" even though I have others that I prefer above it. I highly recommend this beer. In fact, everyone should at least try this beer once.

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this both on tap and in the bottle.

This beer smells good, nice sweet aroma, kinda spicy

This beer is a pale gold color fairly cloudy with a head that vanishes into a nice lace.

This beer tastes nice with a fruity flavor, without much alcohol taste to it (even tho its 9%). Mildly spicy. VERY crisp, almost like a Brut champagne crisp. This beer goes down very easily.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend and will definitely continue to drink both on tap and in the bottle.

Photo of mnj21655
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into mu Orval Chalice (not entirely appropriate but its what I had on hand)

Pours a beautiful and brilliantly clear yellow gold in color with a little over a finger of dense white head that retreated rather quickly. Pleasant aroma, lots of esters with some phenols and just a hint of malt character. The esters are mostly pears, some green apples, and maybe just a touch of banana. The phenols are restrained and slightly spicy/peppery. There is also a light floral character, possibly from some later hopping or from the esters, I can't really say. It is quickly becoming evident that the yeast is the star of the show. The yeast character is, however, not overwhelming as all of the esters, phenols, and alcohols it produced coexist quite well and exhibit an excellent balance of flavors. The taste is much like the aroma with the emphasis on the fruity esters. Pears and green apples are present and dominant but not overwhelming throughout. Towards the finish the spicy/peppery phenols return and take over but soon yield to a pleasant floral/fruity character that lingers long into the finish. A solid but not domineering bitterness builds and crescendos at the finish but still plays in the background. A soft malt character that compliments the other flavor components quite well, comes and goes. Carbonation is a bit more than moderate but not quite as high as i would have expected for the style. Body is relatively light. Smooth alcohol an a somewhat dry finish. The alcohol is failrly hard to detect and sneaks up on you a bit. Drinkability is good, very quaffable and relatively complex. This brew is somewhat more restrained than others of the style but is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden beer with a 2 finger head and good retention:

S: Fruity and spicy, like expected. Great nose.

T: The taste ends with Belgian spices and has a constant orange flavour. Sweet and fruity throughout and really complex; hard to pick up on a lot of the specific flavours. More fruity than spicy though.

M: Creamy and lightly carbonated

D: Yep.

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

A - Good foamy head about 2 finger in thickness. Golden in color.

S - Fantastic aroma. Very sweet and fruity

T - Very complex and hard to put my finger on exactly what was going on here. There could be some orange in there.

M - Good tingly mouthfeel

D - There isn't much that takes away from it's drinkability besides the high abv. Overall a very good Belgian Ale.

Photo of johnd513
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a small tulip glass. Pours a golden color and has a nice 1 inch white head and great lacing. The smell is sweet banana, a variety of spices and a touch of well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel is of medium body and is nicely carbinated. I can taste fruit, yeast, some sour flavors and alcohol as it warmed up. Highly recommended, this beer was the best beer on tap that night by far.

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the 750 ml bottle into 2 over sized wine glasses. It pours a pale yellow with a pretty, fluffy white head. The head leaves lots of lacing as the beer is consumed. The beer smells of ripe fruit(apricots?) with a hint of alchohol. The taste follows the nose, very well balanced. The beer is medium bodied, and suprisingly drinkable for its 9%ABV. Overall, a great beer!

Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Poured very slowly and an enormous amount of chunky yeast fills the glass before reaching half way into the bottle. The look of chunky yeast floating around isn't too appealing IMO.

Taking away the yeast chunk, the appearance is bright orange bordering on golden yellow. A nice head forms and decent lacing is left behind. I expected there to be a nice amount of foam since it spilled over the top of the bottle upon opening, and wasn't let down.

Bright aromas of floral hops, citrus notes, malted wheat, and a certain booziness. Ripe fruits, a bit of apples and pears.

Flavor is bright and citrusy. Very sweet, plenty of Belgian candy sugar, notes of honey and bitter orange peel. Orachrd fruits are present on the palate as in the nose. Very dry and yeasty on the finish.

Crisp mouthfeel up front due to the large amount of carbonation, becomes creamy in the middle, and a full-bodied dry. Alcohol presence is there, a definite warming effect in the throat and on the tongue.

I would enjoy this brew much more if their hadn't been so much yeast. I carefully tried to decant this bottle, but the chunks came out long before i even reached the halfway point. I prefer my BSPAs decanted, as the yeast brings too much of a chalky flavor, and drying effect in the mouth. Otherwise, it's a damn tasty brew. I would have it again, but maybe let it age upright for a few months/years.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

perhaps one of the coolest bottles i've ever seen.

A- hazy golden apricot/light honey color with the expected expansive foamy white head. great retention, great lace, rings and tiers are drippy and look like the ruins of the roman colosseum. duvel D is clearly etched in the foam :)

S- beautiful tropical flowers and fruit blossoms, squishy creamy fleshed fruit, banana, exceptionally spiced yeast- clove nutmeg, fruity mango, peach, nutty dry light wood, well hidden alcohol, roses, apricot, plum.

T- at first tart and fruity, then pale grainy with a floral hop bite and bitterness that lasts into the finish. i let it warm for a bit because it was too sweet when it was cold. mellow creamy tropical fruitiness overall, finishing like a bitter cherry just as the box said. yeast spiciness is hugely evident in retro-olfaction, plum, apricot, giant floral taste, cutting and slightly dry at the end.

MF- luxurious and velvety, tight prickly carbonation, alcoholic, sweet then dry with the feeling of candy sugar.

D- another dangerous D. i thought the pink elephant thing was a joke, but they're everywhere. on the walls, the ceiling... coming from the woodwork, the vents... "gettin the shakes now. last call for drinks, bars closin down. suns out. where we goin for breakfast? don't wanna go far...rough night. tired baby, tired."

Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My friend ordered a bottle of this for me on my birthday. Thanks Marc!

A - poured a lovely golden blonde with a 1" white head that kept quite nicely. Beautiful lacing, as a Belgian should have.

S - sweet candy and malts hits me, followed by a fresh hoppiness that nearly reminds me of Duvel. Very light touches of coriander and banana complement the nose and brings everything together with a hearty dose of alcohol. Lovely.

T - The flavor department lacked somewhat compared to its smell. Sweet malts with juicy fruits, a tiny kick of citrus and yeast too. Slight sour tones and hops, all in a slightly less pronounced state. The alcohol became more apparent as the temperature increased.

M - excellent. Rich with decent carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Very drinkable for its high alcohol.

Overall - I love the name of this brew. Delirium Tremens... "the jitters". A beer this good should have a warning: drinking too much of this for a prolonged time will give you extreme withdrawal symptoms. I would sip this all the time. Such a great beer. My only complain is that the taste department could use a tiny boost. Can't wait to try Delirium Nocturnum...

Photo of mltobin
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

Appearance is a light golden color with a smallish head.
The smell is a bit sweet, but also spicy.
The taste is also sweet, but sharp, forcing me to sip and relax, while enjoying the complexities of this fine beer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and definitely lingers and continues to linger, drink some water.
Overall, a very nice beer, so far, it is my favorite offering from Brouwerij Huyghe.

Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.