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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,678
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 206
Gots: 562 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A golden brown color in my goblet with the huge white head. The lacing stuck to the goblet throughout the whole beer.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar and malts. There are note of lemon zest and bananas slightly spiced bready yeast.

Taste: The smell was accurate to the taste of this beer, but it did no justice how well these flavors meld in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light body and carbonation but it feels wonderfully apt for this brew.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Complex yet accessible. This is one nice beer.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange yellow pale gold color with a more than adaqute head and noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon Vanilla and honey, hit the nose right off the bat, quickly followed by yeasty fruity esters, and the suggestion of spices.

Taste: Sweet sugary spice of orange and cinnamon with a bready base, and light pale malts holding up sufficiently to the fruit esters and the yeast. It is not as bold as others in the style but that actually worked for my wife.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively, zesty with spice and alcohol and carbonation giving this light weight beer a sense of activity on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer. At 9% it could be dangerous. The beer seemed go quite quickly.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Gritsak
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Watch out when you open this one...as i was untwisting the metal retainer, the cork blew off (luckly not at my face) and beer started spewing. The beer had been sitting for a month or so without being moved, so it wasnt shaken up at all.

A- Bright pale golden yellow. fairly clear with no sediment in the first glass. Nice fluffy white head.

S- Bananas, bread, yeast...overall very clean and pleasent.

T- Definitely over carbonated. It is to the extent where i cant really enjoy the flavor of the beer because the bubbles are so overpowering.

M- see above

D- If the normal taste is anything like the smell, drinkability would be excelent.

overall- I hope i got a bad bottle because this carbonation level is just ridiculous. I dont really feel as though i am giving justice to the beer from this review, but until i fork out another $10, this will stand.

Gritsak, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of DragYourBone
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a tulip.

View: Honey colored ale with an inch thick foam, carbonated sprigs zip up through small chunks of funk - It looks thick. The foam dissipated quickly to a light film with tight lacing. Letit sit idle, tilted the tulip and a drape of belgian? lace was exposed.

Scent: Subtl Belgian yeast lingers with touches of lemon zest and some soft spicyness. Before the last taste, the alcohol presence came through and the scent became more crisp.

Taste and Feel: Soft, bitter-sweet and wet. It dissipates on the back of the tongue nicely. There is a fullness and heaviness resting on the tongue. Towards the end of the glass the taste became more sharp - like apples.

Overall: Very drinkable - would be xcellent for chillin' on the patio this summer' eve. Also, with the exception of the last two drinks, the 8.5 ABV was quite well hidden.

DragYourBone, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of ski271
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and Zeno's in State College, PA. Clear, light golden-yellow with a small, white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. The aroma is a very pleasant lightly sweet blend of straw, flowers, citrus, white grape and spice. The taste follows suit, with the fruit and citrus not being to dominant flavor yet being the most noteworthy, and they carry through the finish and win out over the alcohol and a light aftertaste there. Not bad enough to really knock any points off for, but it's there. It has a medium body, almost juicy texture and low carbonation. This was quite the refreshing little treat, and quite the little devil. I had no idea it was 9% until I checked here. I'd definitely get this again.

ski271, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Atch
1.98/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into tulip, 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance: very murky orange, descent carbonation, unimpressive head.

Smell: I can't make out much; sour apples?

Taste: This has to be a bad bottle

Mouthfeel: very coarse, not heavy just rough.

Drinkability: My beer is usually finished before the review. I've only had 4 sips of this one.

Overall, I'll have to try this one again from a different store. I poured it like I was pouring a Duvel, and there were abnormal amounts of residue coming out of the bottle, even 1/3 into my pour chunks were coming out. I realize there is a little sediment sometimes, but I've never seen this much. Down the drain with you.

Atch, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a perfect, light-bodied, pale gold. Very active carbonation with slight haziness. Even the most careful of pours yields an absolutely massive head. Very bubbly and soapy with great thickness cover the glass. The smell is at first of lemony cirtus with a strong sense of oily components. By going deeper through this, light floral complexities are noted with a nectar-like smell. The taste repeats these flavorings with a very slight hint of spice and a sour aftertaste. The foamy body creates an incredible mouthfee that goes down very smooth, beginning as frothy and ending as light and watery. Very drinkable, only the sour aftertaste prevent the scoring of a 5 in this category.

Neehan, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Yotus
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love the DTs. Poured a sample from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. The beer poured a very bright crystal-clear gold with an a very dense white head. Head collapsed fairly quickly, but held a small, tight head throughout the tasting. Hard for any head to stand up to 8.5% ABV. Pretty to look at in glass.

Gentle, yeasty spiciness, with ample fruitiness - predominately citrus in nature. Complex combination aromatics of fruit, malt and candi sugar.

Warming alcohol in a fairly quick finish, finishes somewhat sweet and not without some hop bitterness to balance the aftertaste.

Very pleasant to drink, and a good example of a Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

Yotus, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served a very crisp blond with a thin head that was somewhat lasting and left very spotty lacing. The aroma was a good balance of citrus fruits with some pale malt. There was a crisp sweet taste that was somewhat fruity, accompanied by pale malts and yeast. The body was medium on the tongue, almost creamy with a crisp light alcohol bite. The finish was just slightly bitter. This is a very drinkable beer albeit rather pricey. It would be perfect for any special occasion.

atsprings, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow/orange with one finger of white suds that are leaving lacing around the tulip glass.
I smelled this as soon as I opened the grey spotted bottle. Lemon and grapefruit. Closer to the nose we have the clove and wheat. No alcohol but a very nice yeast burns the nose.
Taste is a little bitter but soon turns dark and warms the back of the throat. Then the sour lemon/grapefruit comes in.
Bubbles out the yin yang on the tounge. It makes the mouth come alive as soon as the brew hits the tounge. This would be a great mouth cleaner!
I like this beer and would love to drink a bunch but the cost and availability are an issue.

peabody, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of beertastegood
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one...

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with just a hint of orange. Massive head foams up and then falls back to a 1/4 inch cap that sits throughout the session. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: lemon, cotton candy, pepper, spicy phenols floral hops, sweettarts!! Light alcohol. Very interesting aroma here.

Taste: pepper dominates at first, then an intense burst of noble hop flavor, along with a tanginess that recedes to a candy-like sweetness, then finishes dry with moderate hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very good. The hopping level of this beer is high enough to make it a thirst quencher.

Overall: A very good strong golden, a more hoppy interpretation. Although hop levels are generally moderate for this style, this one has a distinct hop presence throughout. The only problem is trying to pick out all the flavors - they tend to meld together so well that there are only a few general descriptors that fit.

beertastegood, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz, dated 4/06.

Golden color with slight haze, decent white head. Some lace.

Smells like the vaguely funky hard candy in the bowl at Grandma's house, along with clove, nail polish remover, golden apple, banana, grassy/herbal hops, some wood, smoke, hospital corrider, bandage. Intriguing, if not exactly appetizing.

Tastes fairly sweet, and fairly phenolic, with some hops. Like a golden delicious apple with some cloves and grass on it, that has been in the vicinity of a burning hospital. Some modest hop bitterness. Fairly long finish of appley sweetness, solvent, and hops, finally drying out with some mild astringency.

Somewhat sugary but watery mouthfeel, with some welcome astringency. Reasonably easy to drink, but not remarkably so for a Belgian strong pale ale.

This is an odd one - sweet, phenolic, and esteric (Is that a word? estery?) for the style. I'll have to try this again, maybe this bottle was from a flawed batch.

Beerzebub, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half-liter glass, this has a cloudy but bright gold color, with lots of little yeast floaters, and a solid inch of foam atop it. Aroma is light: citrusy fruit notes, with a touch of honey. Flavor is delicious, full of wonderful yeasty notes: strong fruitiness (banana, pear, light vanilla, lemons) with clovey phenols, together with a spicy citrusy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. A little alcohol comes out at the finish.

Brouwerij Huyghe has a lot of hits and misses in their lineup of beers, but this is definitely one of the hits, maybe the best beer they make.

allengarvin, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was dated 2006 and poured into a New Belgium glass. It 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 certaintly drink this again, but it won't be a regular for me.

drseamus, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork dated 2006, this pours a hazy light gold straw color, with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves behind decent lacing.

Aroma is full of spicy yeast esters, alcohol, and a bit of hops. Fairly mild, and almost acidic, this is a little lackluster.

flavor is fortunately much better. Spicy yeast dominates the flavor, along with just a hint of malty sweetness up front. The finish is pleasantly hoppy, and has a dry linger that begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is ligth and creamy, aided by heavy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

All in all, a fairly boring strong pale ale. Not bad at all, and well made, but fairly uneventful. Worth the money, but there is better out there.

phisig137, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

705 ml corked fake ceramic covering glass bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting thin patch that almost completely covers the top. Some traces of lace temporarily stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet spices, clove - a faint hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of sweet sugar-candy with a fruity tartness. Clove with a hint of sugar-coated banana and a touch of bubblegum. Fairly sharp alcohol notes. Finishes sweetart. Just a hint of flavor lingers. Not a long finish.

The body is light and fluffy.

For a Belgian I think it's decent, but I can't say it's anything particularly special for what it is. By itself it's pretty darn good. In line with other Belgians, it's decent - had better.

jwc215, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle made to look like it's ceramic. Yellow translucent body with bits of yeast floating in it (as I've come to expect from Delirium beers...) and a couple inches of white head. Smells citrusy and yeasty with hints of spice and vanilla. Tastes citrusy, spicey, and yeasty with a hint of vanilla... Alcohol really isn't noticeable. Light to medium bodied. Fairly drinkable for the style and abv. A pretty good Belgian.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Roderick
2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a fine yellow with much residue & with a moderate white head.
Smell was sweet with a hint of cloves
The taste was overwhelmingly of cloves with a bit of sweetness..."YUCK"
Aftertaste not so pleasant and long lasting.
Ok ...so this is my first beer with cloves but I just didn't like it & my son Nathan found it foul.
Cost $3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle

Maybe this is good beer but the cloves are a taste I just freaking hate.

Roderick, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took this 25.4 oz bottle out of the fridge, popped the cork (yes, it actually had a cork in it!), and poured it into a clean dry glass. Poured cloudy yellow with a huge white head. The pillowy soft head stuck around for a LONG time with nice lacing on the sides of the glass. First thing I smelled was citrus, more lemon than orange. Tough to smell anything through my stuffy cold though. Malty and citrusy taste with a little bitterness on the finish. A little taste of alcohol on the finish as well. Medium/high carbonation with a little alcohol warmth going down, which doesn't surprise me with the 9% ABV. All in all, this was a good beer and I'm sure 25.4 ounces won't be enough for tonight!

BeerCheese, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of browner
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance is quite nice with he contrast of the golden cloudiness and the white foamy head. The flavor will vary from batch to batch but generally a hint of candy,spice and fruit. The depth of the beer falls a bit short with an ending that finishes too fast for a sweet Belgium for me. All in all it is still worth trying and comming back to now and again.

browner, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 11.5 oz botle pours an efervescent straw color with minimal head into my orval glass. Minimal lacing & some film

S; Musty & perfumy, with clover & honey, then some apple skin, followed by wet (not horse) blanket

T: Srong musty hops up front, fruittyness & honey follow. Then grapefrutty & lemon hops, & wet paper ads this warms. Fruttyness eventually kicks backs in & saves this.

MF: very sharp & acidic, weird how everything seems to fall in place & then this warms & becomes a mess

For the abv it drinks allright, I'm sure this better back in Europe. At least it was the time I had it , maybe this bottle is too young?? At $14 a 4-pack here, might be a long before I revisit

russpowell, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of rec
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with a excited white foamy head which rises fast but also dissipates quickly. It does however leave a brilliant strong lace. Gorgeous.

Spices, yeast and citrus make up most of the aroma, with alcohol coming through too.

Sweet malts, spices and lemon are recognised by me upon first sip, with some alcohol warmth and hops on the aftertaste.

It feels fine in the mouth with pleasant carbonation.

Despite the high ABV, it's extremely easy to drink and could be made a session beer without problem - although how long you could stand for is another question entirely.

rec, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
2.1/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a pale cloudy yellow. It's a very heady beer with an explosive head that finally recedes and hold at about 2". Lot's of carbonation continues to bubble and stir up the large amount of yeast that made it into my snifter with a careless pour. The yeast looks like chunks of grapefruit or orange peel in my glass. I'm not real impressed with the appearance.
Smells musty and medicinal.
Taste is very similar to a witbier in my opinion. Lot's of yeasty flavors. Citrus sharp lemon lime flavor.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and I can feel the yeast in my mouth, but that is my fault.
I hate to admit this one was a drain pour. I'd choose the Nocturnam or Noel over this one for the Delirium beers,

wcudwight, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz opaque gray bottle into a snifter. Date notched 1/06 (not sure if this is a bottled on date or a best by date?) A rather vigourous pour created only about one finger of head. Not surprisingly white flakes of yeast floated awhile before settling in the bottom of the glass. The body was an attractive golden orange color with some cloudiness.

Smell was light and fruity. Belgian yeast spiciness. Plum skins.

Taste was rich without being heavy. Sweet creaminess and bright hops. Hoppier than I had anticipated, but welcomed. Tropical fruits. Some dryness in the finish. Rather complex.

Mouthfeel was full. Mouthfilling texture and high carbonation--champange-like. Very nice, better than expected. Despite the name this is not just a novelty beer.

Cresant, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of jl8ltj
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my favorites it has an excellent body. It is light but has a definate kick to it. Plus, who can deny the little pink elephant. Definatly a better beer on tap then out of the bottle, but either way you drink it, Tremens is still delicious

jl8ltj, Feb 02, 2007
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,678 ratings.