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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 4,844
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 234
Gots: 687 | 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 ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.69 for an 11.2 oz bottle from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass. I've heard a lot of good things about this beer as well as Nocturnum, but for some reason have never tried them. Until now. Noticed Beer Advocate has this listed at an ABV of 9%, but the bottle indicates 8.5%.

Upon cracking this one, a pleasant "psst" was announced, indicating nice carbonation. Massive white frothy head that lasts. Visual confirmation of heavy carbonation on this beer. A cloudy thicker yellow color. Lacing is present, but minimal.

Smell is very unique and quite complex. A sweet, somewhat hoppier weiss aroma (yeasty) with spicy, floral and citrus tones. Apparent alcohol smell, but not overwhelming.

Taste is very unique as well. The weiss flavor comes through most apparently and lasts into the aftertaste. Some citrus and sweet malt flavor. Seems like some of the aromas I could smell are lost in the mouthy carbonation.

Very crisp on the mouth with hefty carbonation and a lighter body. A somewhat creamy finish.

I give this one top scores for originality. Not a huge fan of beers this heavily carbonated. Drinkability is affected somewhat due to this, but I must say that as I reached the bottom of the glass, I wished there was more. I am glad I tried this one and would highly recommend this, but for the price, I am not sure how much more I will be buying unless I find myself in Belgium. I look forward to trying their Nocturnum.

Photo of brushtachio
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light gold color. Light, fizzy, large-bubbled head that hung around longer than I would have guessed based on all the commotion within it. Almost no lacing

Smelled lightly spiced, with citrus and Belgian yeast aromas battling to a stalemate

Taste was complex with slightly tart peaches and plums joining the citrus and spice.

Slightly overcarbonated as the commotion noted on the head continued on in my mouth

Still very drinkable. If not for the borderline ridiculous price I had to pay for a single bottle of this at my local store, I would have gone back and bought a few more

Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- pours a creamy hazy yeast wheat color yellow. A large head maybe 6-7 fingers goes up to the top and i have tostop my pour so i dont have overflow.

S- Yeasty and spicy candied fruit smell. A stron alcohol odor comes off the head as well. a lil tail end of hops as well.

T- Yeasty and spicy in the mouth. It tastes like spiced apples and oranges that have been soaking in alcohol for hours. A slight malt flavoring as well kicks the ass end of it.

M- Full and warm. The alcohol really comes out in the mouth. On the way down a warmth spreads over my throat.

D- This beer is a lil thick. Not too much so though that it is hard to put down. It does put up a good fight though. This isnt something you drink all night. One or two of these on a nice occassion.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/9/08, at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, light malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of bananas, Belgian yeast and spices. Then there's a mild but complimentary hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, it's a good beer but it's not the first one that I would choose.

Photo of leif86
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$6 for a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a silky white head atop a golden body with what looks like fruit pulp flowing freely with copious carbonation. Has a good apple and lemon aroma. The taste is much the same and you certainly cannot tell that it's 9%. The mouthfeel is... weird... it is both strongly carbonated yet smooth from the yeast and what not that floats freely. To be honest, I can't really decide where I stand on the beer. I do know that it is way overpriced and I certainly hold that against it.

Photo of blakesell
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap handle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a minor three quarter of an inch head of lace on the top of the glass. Foam appears to have a bacteria growing across the top. Lacing is thick and creamy and sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Sweet pilsner malt and Belgian yeast giving an excellent coriander scent. White pepper and clove, bubblegum and wheat. Candi sugars and here comes that clove again.

Taste- Peppery upfront with a big bubblegum and clove backbone. Yeasty sweetness really comes in and overpowers. Wheat malt and pilsner malts, a bit of corn and diacetyl, but balanced.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, effervescent, highly carbonated, mildly warming, and light bodied.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Served in a small glass but very nice on the palate and worth revisiting.

Photo of jayrod20
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

t is a golden almost straw colored beer with a thick two finger brilliant white head that hangs around for the long haul. I poured it before I ate and 10 minutes later it was still there. There are visible flecks of yeast floating around the commotion caused by the constant bubbling. The smell mostly belgian funk. There is also a cidery aroma that comes through. If someone didn't know what they were smelling, you might almost be able to convince them it was cider. The taste is much better than the smell. It is a very light and sweet beer with some good yeasty fruity flavors. I would certainly drink this again

Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw yellow color with a large bubbly head that leaves some sticky lace.
S: Very sweet and fruity. Banana's, cloves, and other citrus fruits. Peppery spices and just a bit of musky aromas that I find common with this style.
T: Banana's and cloves again. Harsh alcohol on the tongue. Some peppery spices again. Standard for the style.
M/D: Light, crisp, and a bit watery. A bit of alcohol burn, but overall an easy to drink beer.

Not a bad beer, but it doesn't really do much for me. Though it is worth a try.

Photo of birchstick
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, with a white head and tons of lacing. It smells very sweet...tart green apples, and other tart fruits. It first tastes sweet and spicy, then followed by an almost weizen aftertaste. The predominate tastes are apples and raisons, followed by a dry, wheat aftertaste.

This is my favorite belgian ale I have tried. I tend to like to the Noel a bit over the Tremens from this brewery, however they are both great in my opinion. I will definitely return to this many times in the future.

Photo of drperm
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually the second time I've tried this one. The first time, I came away strangely confused and unsatisfied by it, but after seeing an ad in All About Beer magazine hailing it "the world's most perfect beer," I knew I needed to give it another shot.

I call it the John Coltrane of beers - keep listening (or, in our case, sipping), and eventually you hear what it's trying to tell you. This beer refuses to give away all its secrets to just anyone at anytime. It plays hard-to-get, but keep after it and it will reveal its sultry passion. It's a bitter Belgian Strong Ale. Not a white beer (a la Hoegaarden), nor a Trappist (dubbel or otherwise), nor even a Saison...yet distinctly Belgian all the same. Those three different yeast strains really do a number on it, and I must say it's among the most complex brews I've had.

I would go out on a hunch and say try it with spicy Thai or Vietnamese. Or maybe game bird in a dark sauce. Me, I had it on its own. It paired extremely well with the billiard cue I had in the other hand.

Photo of generallee
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Patra for this wonderful birthday gift. This one bubbled up right out of the bottle as I opened it. It poured a nice golden blond color with an aggressive foamy white head. Little bits of yeast sediment were floating in the beer that was otherwise clear. The aroma has lovely notes of yeast, sweet fruits and spice. The flavor doesn't disappoint. Doughy yeast and malts mix with sweet fruits, pineapple and candy. The body is medium and the carbonation is lively. Overall it's very refreshing yet complex. Very good I must have more!

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a McChouffe tulip glass, with a lot of liquid and only a little head. The blame goes to the bartender who poured it, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Aroma is quite banana-y with some spiciness.

Flavor is dominated by banana and clove, with a grape bubblegum note.

Thin on the palate, and a little fizzy, but quite drinkable.

Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourites for the style this is interesting light, but fruity, and very flavourful.

It's gold, very bubbly and has a huge white head that shrinks very slowly and leaves a small amount of lace, but not much.

The aroma is very fruity and sweet with strong elements of bubblegum, plum, and hints of banana and yeast, somewhat reminiscwent of a fruitier, fuller hefeweizen.

The taste is lightly sweet with a pronounced, but pleasant, smooth, alcoholquality and warmth, especially in the finish. It has the same qualities roughly as the aroma. In the end, it's wonderfully njoyable and interesting, yet light and smooth to drink.

Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a snifter of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours a straw yellow body with a small, white head with decent retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, malty smell with hints of banana esters in the undertones.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste that burns the tongue. Banana esters are evident in the aftertaste. Once your palette adjusts for the alcohol, the sweeter, citrus tastes start to show themselves.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel. Kind of light, but still pretty smooth overall.

D: A decent combination of mouthfeel and taste. Decent beer overall, but alcohol may get to you later. Definitely worth a session with it.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow and has a decent head. The aroma is of spice and fruits. The flavor is spicy and malts. There is a tingly bitterness and a bit of fruit. The feel is of malts and spice with a very dry,alcohol finish. Is there some type of solvent? I guess one can only say that it must be taken seriously,as this brew has the knock out punch. Very spicy!!

Notes:A great brew and one that I can say is worth the bang for the buck. Man is it spicy.

Photo of junkman203
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was referred to this ale by one of the managers at my local BevMax. It came in a white bottle, with blue foil on the top over the cap. There are pink elephants on the lable, how could I resist?

Appearence is a light yellow, with a fizzy head that leaves a thin lace that lasted the whole beer. Not too bitter or sweet in taste, and a little dry, in a good way. Mouthfeel is very light.

Overall a very good drinking beer. It is a little on the stronger side for such a light tasting brew, I was a little suprised at the abv%.

The entry here says the abv is 9.00%, however, my bottle says 8.50%, I do not know if I got a different type, my bottle looks exactly the same as the one here.

Photo of markaberrant
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - hazy orange, tons of yeast chunks, massive fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.

S - tons of fresh lemons and oranges, floral spice, very nice aromatics

T - first taste has a real citrus "zing" to it, all sorts of diffent fruits. Not a lot of sweetness, but it isn't tart either. Spice character is somewhat subdued, more evident in the finish, but very enjoyable.

M - mouth filling and light, but not fluffy. Tons of carbonation, but no bite. It's downright refreshing, which is incredible for a beer of this strength.

D - I can't get over how good this is, but also unique

The fresh citrus aroma and flavour are knocking me out. Dynamite stuff. It's missing the sweetness of a tripel, but has the fruitiness I find is missing from some of the drier examples (Duvel). Just a wonderful beer to drink.

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a golden colored ale. The aroma has some very strong citrousy notes. The beer is very sweet with notes of fruit produced by active yeast. Some bitterness is noted, however, more would be welcomed. Certainly a very good beer. Recommended to all.

Photo of TStandley13
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this on tap at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels, Belgium

A - Clear golden yellow/orange color. Head retention is average, starting with a thick foamy head but reducing to nothing a few minutes later.

S - Pretty average smell. Hint of fruits, spices, and a hint of coriander mixed in. No strong alcohol smell present.

T - Great taste. Offers more than most stong pales, great mixture of spices and a sweet finish. Alcohol is detectable but much less than is warranted by the 9% alcohol content. Can be scary at times!

M - Average mouthfeel. Carbonation on par, but a very thin feeling brew.

D - You can absolutely down these. Which is scary due to its content, which can certainly sneak up on you. This beer won't fill you up and the taste never gets old.

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

Had this on tap at Belga Cafe in DC, on a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

A = Orangy yellow color. Fairly clear. Two fingers of white head, that goes down to a thin head lasting for the duration. Leaves nice rings and lace on the glass.

S = Cloves, sweet fruits, and some flowery hints. Smells are there, but nothing too strong.

T = Like the taste. Clove is there but a bit more subdued, and sweeter, than in hefs. Good balance between peppery spiciness and a bit of hops on one hand, and sweet fruitiness on the other. Some alcohol in the background but, as others have stated, it's pretty well hidden. Wouldn't know it's a 9% beer until you stand up.

M = Medium body (more on the light side than the heavy side). Nice amount of carbonation. Goes down very well.

D = Very nice beer. While the alcohol level is fairly high, it's still a nice and refreshing beer. I just wouldn't have more than one, maybe two, in one sitting.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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