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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,969
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 246
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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 angelmonster
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into New belgium globe. Holy shit, this is amazing. 3 finger white head, insane amount of carbonation , like champagne. Close in color as well, pale yellow. Great head retention and lacing through out.

Smells of some spice, clove mostly. Also some sweet malts and some banana. Taste is very close to a hefe weizen or witbier.

First taste is of malty grain. Somewhat like straw. After that , the clove/banana flavors come in and finishes off with a nice warm alcohol after taste.

Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated. Was expecting extreme over carbonation because of the appearance of the beer but it wasnt really that bad. Head has some creaminess to it and body is somewhat rich, smooth going down

I love this beer. Looks beautiful, smells good, tastes great. Very high drinkability. 9% alcohol is hidden extremely well. One of the best ales i've ever had. If you've yet to try it, do yourself a favor and get some immediately.

Photo of jjazz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks awesome. Tight lacing on a generous head. Retention is very good.

At first whiff, aroma isn't all that intense, but noticeably hoppy and lemony. On the palate, it really opens up, however. Great banana like esters with various spices and a slight hint of acetic acid.

Taste is very good. This is a very dry beer, dominated by fruity esters, spices, and what smells like saaz hops. Mild belgian yeast flavors are present, as well as a touch of pale malt flavor. Hop bitterness is just right, and the finish has a snappy tartness.

Mouthfeel is quite good, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. The second half of the glass has a much better mouthfeel than the first, probably due to the carbonation dissapation.

Drinkability would be higher with a touch of sweetness.

I really enjoyed this, but I think a bit more sweetness could have really taken things to a whole new level.

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

Pours a nice, pale yellow color with a one finger head that dissapears quickly, however left some decent lacing.

Smells like banana with hints of spice. The yeast is also noticable.

Taste is similar to the nose with the fruit dominating. However, there is some bitterness in the finish. A fine balance of flavors.

I have been drinking these for years and will continue to do so. Excellent offering.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is the first I've had of the style.

a- a white head that foams up quickly and then leaves thin clouds sitting atop a bright albeit cloudy golden yellow beer. Lots of floating sediment here but I poured the entire bottle down to the bottom.

s- an incredibly potent aroma. thick, dense banana sweetness and sugar, slight pineapple even. Some medicinal notes hidden under the lush sweetness and citrusy tartness. Hop presence is lively and makes this an incredibly complex smell. No alcohol presence to speak of.

t- this is something of a revelation to me. I've never tasted a beer like this before. Bananas and hint of pineapple/other tropical fruits hit at the front and just longer on and on. A crisp lemon peel livens up the flavor along with various spices I can't identify. This is absolutely delicious. The alcohol is once again completely undetectable.

m- crisp and biting, but slightly thicker than expected. Very nice and smooth. Leaves behind a thickness in the mouth that isn't entirely pleasant.

d- phenomenal job of masking the alcohol with delicious flavors. The best job I've seen in a high alcohol beer. This is crisp and biting, like some kind of gourmet spiced tropical fruit dessert. I'm drinking one of these on a cold Iowa winter's evening and it's near perfect. On a hot summer's day after being outside this might be even better. It is almost dangerous how good this stuff is. If you haven't tried it, do so as soon as possible.

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

This beer poured a golden color with a big fluffy two-finger head that leaves some aggressive lacing with bits of yeast sediment floating around in it. The scent is a mixture of yeast, slight citrus, and some spices including clove. The taste is starts off with some yeasty citrus gives way to some spices and subtle hops. There is also some warming from the high alcohol content, without any harsh alcohol flavor. As the beer warms the citrus and yeast comes more to the forefront and changes the dynamic. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp, with a slight thickness and light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for the alcohol content, a great beer to get as a treat. This is one of the ones that most people interested in beer will try eventually, and will almost certainly enjoy.

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time over dinner this evening hamburger steaks, caramelized onions, brown gravy. The name made me smile along with the clever packaging. I purchased a four-pack of the 11.2 oz bottles, poured into a large wine glass.
It poured a hazy yellow-gold color with slightly less head than I had anticipated. Snowflake bits of yeast sediment floating in the carbonation. Larger bubbles than most others I have had in the category.
Very pleasant smells of yeast, understated citrus, and even more subtle leather smells.
Tastes like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should. Grain, yeast, citrus and hops. All balanced so that none drowns out the others.
Feels light for the alcohol percentage. The alcohol taste was not at all overpowering. Smooth, soft, medium carbonation.
Very drinkable, effortless. Could have one after another, after another. Although tonight I stopped at two. Not my favorite in the category, but DT is a very good to excellent beer. Well worth the $9 for the four pack. I will definitely purchase again and recommend to friends.


Photo of TMB0424
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tulip.

Poured a hazy, yellow straw colored body. Large, pillowy off-white head. Retention is great, lacing is great as well. Fairly large amount of carbonation.

Aroma is very clovey. Citrus (orange, lemon zest) and the prototypical Belgian yeast is also in there. Somewhat lacking... it's a very light aroma. There's something I can't put my figure on that's somewhat unpleasant. Perhaps the overwhelming clove.

The taste is a lot better than it smells, however. The citrus comes to the forefront and melds very well with the yeast. Fresh wheat, grain in there as well. Sugary, sweet... but balanced with cloves and slight hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, it went down smooth. Carbonation is lacking a teeny bit but it's not something that would depreciate the brew. A nice alcohol warmth compliments the finish. Interesting beer, I've had better Belgian strongs however. Again, there was just something about the smell that put me off - I can't place it. Worth a try though.

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

Poured into my official Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy straw color. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger foamy white head. Very slowly settles, but a layer of foam remains. Floating particles dance around the body of the brew. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty substancial lacing.

S: Yeast, wheat, citrus hints and clove.

T: Very prominent yeast and wheat flavor. Sharp lemony hoppy flavor, with a hint of sweetness and spice.

M: Strong alcohol taste. Strong, sharp yeast to start, hoppy and citrus finish, all on a base of wheaty goodness. Still has a light feel.

D: Good drinkability. Good flavor, light feel. A pleasure to consume.

Nice complex flavor, good atmosphere, really strong feel. Strong alcohol taste, but a light feel in the mouth. Good sipping brew. Great quaff. If you like this style, get it.

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

Had this in Spartanburg, SC

What a crazy looking bottle. Love dancing, pink elephants!

The beer poured a pale yellow with a 3 finger, white head.

There aroma is mild but smells of grain and light yeast.

The taste certainly is of banana and clove with a medium to strong bitter taste during and after a sip. You also get a taste of sour from the yeast. It's kind of like a wheat beer a saison and an IPA at the same time with a high alcohol content. I liked it quite a bit.

The carbonation in my bottle was medium-high, which I also liked. All-in-all, a very fine find!

Photo of cvaypai
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the 25 ounce bottle into a snifter type glass. Cork stated 2007, could have been an older batch.

a - A beautiful golden color with particles floating throughout. Poured with a 2 inch head that lasted for awhile and left I nice film.

s - fruity- lemon, wheat, other scents I can't put my finger on

t - exceptional flavor, for 8.5% this is such a tasty beer, had that classic belgian wheat flavor to me, love the belgian taste

m - extremely smooth, a little carbonation but very enjoyable

d - amazing drinkability, could drink all night and probably wake up really hungover, this beer sneaks up on you though, so watch out

Will buy again.

Photo of gciccarelli
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful straw yellow/gold with a huge fluffy white head that lasts for a long time. Somewhat hazy from the bottle conditioning. Impressive lacing.

S - Yeast, banana, clove, pear, vanilla. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes as it smells - sweet and delectable. Candy sugars, slight hint of hops, yeast notes. Alcohol is hidden nicely - only a hint even though it's 9%. Sweet, sugary aftertaste.

M - Medium body, semi-syrupy due to the alcohol. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Incredibly drinkable, especially for such a high ABV. So good that you have to watch yourself.

An excellent beer - highly recommended!

Photo of mattloaf1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorites for a long time. I'm having one after a long hiatus so here's a fresh impression.

A beautiful golden straw color is capped by a long-lasting soapy head. A slightly sour smell and taste that is hard to describe but once you smell it again you know what it is. This beer will leave you feeling completely stoned.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

direct from the distributor in beijing (vandergeeten).

no importer's label this time. the brewer's label seems to indicate a "best by" of june 2011

crystal clear, golden blond with deep straw tones. decent head soon fades to just a wispy layer and a creamy, foamy ring. moderate lacing which improves in the later half.

aroma starts with yeasty esters of pear, white grapes, and slightest hint of banana. notes of fresh cake batter and faint vanilla, followed by whiff of noble hops, then finishes with more esters and phenols.

taste also begins with fruity note, then some candy sweetness (plus that faint banana/tropical note), and then an intense mix of hop grassiness and moderate bitterness, plus phenols, along with a very faint acidity. this carries into a semi-dry finish that lingers with esters and light phenols, and gets slightly cleaned up by a flash of alcohol.

smooth, not thin. moderate carbonation for body.

a flamboyant beer that isn't as balanced and refined as duvel, but is still tasty and dangerously alluring, esp. with its seductive fruity esters.

Photo of yesyouam
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was cleaning out a closet today and I found this beer review that I had written earlier this year.

Delirium Tremens is a hazy, quite sparkling, golden ale with small particles floating in it. It has a foamy white head that shows good retention and leaves good lacing. The aroma has notes of sugar, barnyard, leather, nutmeg and candy, like Mike & Ikes. It is medium-full bodied; soft and smooth with a dry finish. It has a very full flavor that's slightly sweet. There are notes of leather, black pepper, apple and phenol. It has a warm, boozy aftertaste. Quite classic!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy transparent bubbly liquid with a nice big foamy head.

S- Very nice relaxing smell. potent floral hops along with fruity belgian yeast. Honey, rose, and farmy scents also noticed

T- Taste is great. No flavor is overpowering and the overall effect is a brilliant combination of fresh floral hops along with farmy/fruity yeast and earthy/sweet malts. Some bubblegum sweetness

M- Not overcarbonated. Well done with a moderate body

D- Drink extremely well for the large 8.5%ABV

Photo of optiontwo
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml poured into Gouden Carolus goblet

Appearance: Somewhat hazy pale yellow color with plenty of bubbles and some yeast particles floating around. Half inch white head.

Smell: Reminds me of a triple. A lot of light crisp fruit aromas such as apple, grape, pear, and apricot all blend together with a slightly bready background.

Taste: Very juicy apple and grape flavors right away. The pear and apricot are there but not as prominent in the taste as they are the smell. Also some sour white grape with a very subtle biscuit like background. The fruit flavors really take the center stage though.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light bodied, but still manages to coat the tongue.

Drinkability: High ABV but light body means this beer is deceptive. I'll probably be a bit tipsy after finishing this bottle so I'll have to eat a substantial meal to level myself out.

Overall: I've seen this brew advertised as "the best beer in the world" but I have to respectfully disagree. Delirium tremens is really quite nice for the style and has it's complexities but I've had superior Belgian ales and even better American made Belgian style ales. The being said this is still a damn good beer and I recommend it, especially if you're into Belgians.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=good looking golden brew with white head and major lacing.

S=fruity, maybe orange, almost tropical

T=I have never had this type of beer before, and I was fairly impressed. First impression was that it would be too hoppy for my leanings, but as the drink went on , I appreciated it more.

M= perfectly smooth and none too carbonated

D=a bit too pricey but otherwise good if not slightly heavy.

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

Revisiting Delirium Tremens, I find that my palate is much happier with it and I'm revising my score accordingly. The Belgian earthiness has won me over. It's a really nice strain of yeast, and we're fortunate to have it so widely distributed. I really don't know what I was talking about describing the flavor as orange soda-like. On the other hand, I was trying a fresh small bottle before, and now, I'm having a large bottle which has been in my cellar for at least six to eight months. At any rate, this beer is great. Now, I just need to do a Belgian beer tournament, so that I can compare it to the competition.

One of my least favorite popular Belgian beers. This is very good beer, but I can't see ever buying it again. I've had it probably six or so times, and I always have a similar opinion. First, the beer is over-carbonated. It's not a bad looking beer, but the head generally doesn't always stick around when it's actually in the glass, as opposed to when it's crawling its way out of the top of the bottle. To a certain extent, the beer looks and tastes like orange soda. I do enjoy the flavor, but it's very one note, in my opinion. On top of that, comparisons to the Duvel are hard to avoid, and DT loses in that matchup. DT seems to lose a matchup against any of the top widely distributed Belgians. Ok, any of the strong Belgians, oh Leffe. Anyway, I love the bottle and the glass. I don't know how it ages, but I would be happy to try a vintage bottle to see if the complexity goes up as the age does. This is a beer that is simply good while most of its competition is great.

Photo of Deingeist
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Tall puffy white head, what else would you expect from a belgian? semi cloudy golden color. Minimal lacing.

S - Sour hops, roses, apple, and pear. refreshing.

T - Pungent fruity off the bat, flowers apple and pear primarily. then the sour hops kick in and after the swallow it leaves a dry not yet ripe pear aftertaste. I noticed the alcohol on the way down and during the aftertaste, but it was a welcome flavor.

M - The mouthfeel is rather like eating a granny smith or an unripe pear, but very juicy, mouth watering. A bit dry on the finish.

D - I drank a 750ml bottle of this, and that was plenty. I finished it gladly, however I wouldn't drink more than two 12 ouncers of this unless I was really in the mood and willing to spend some money.

Photo of Pup
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thin translucent yellow, big white head, bubbly, already disappointed by the dillluted color and the false promise of "best beer ever" on the label.

Smelled of slightly sour hops, corked beer so it may have gone bad.

Taste was light and slightly sour.

Satisfying carbonation, evanescent and light on the palate.

Quaffable with a light nose, but ultimately unsatisfying for the price

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel glasses.

Appearance - Wow! Lots of floaties! Not just some, but a whole bunch, like OJ with extra pulp. A bit unappetizing, to be honest. Color is good, head is good, but wow, the floaties look really weird. Had to check the other reviews to make sure I didn't have a bad bottle.

Smell - fantastic. Like a good champaign, lots of fruit, lots of apple and pear. Literally mouth watering aroma.

Taste - starts of strong, with an explosion of fruit tastes, with a strong malty sweetness. The swallow brings out the hops, and the aftertaste is like a bite of fresh pear. Absolutly no flavor hint that this is 8.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel - luscious. Smooth and juicy, pairing very well with the flavors and the aromas. The carbonation is fairly strong, but not biting.

Drinkability - very good, a beer this smooth, this fresh, this light, and this tasty would be easy to drink several of; although with the steep ABV and price, it might be a decision you would regret in the morning.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a sucker for a cool looking bottle. Had been meaning to try this one for a while..

Pours a foamy 3 finger white head, with slight haze in the body. Dark yellow in color with a great deal of floating grains

In the nose, there is tons of banana and orange peel, which gets smoothed out very nicely by more then refreshing lemony scent. It all blends together so well.

A splash on the palate reveals banana immediately. Finishes with strong orange. Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of over the top orange, but this is far from that. Lemon is slightly noticeable all the way through, again really pulling it all together.

Incredibly crisp from start to finish, with an overwhelming sense of refreshment, but a little bit too bubbly

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

I let this bottle warm up for about 15 minutes before opening it.

A: Golden straw color. Pours with lots of carbonation and bottles with a thick fluffy head that sticks around. Pretty cloudy with lots of floaties... not hugely appetizing, but it doesn't totally turn me off. I didn't notice this before from this beer on tap. Maybe I poured too vigorously...

S: Straw, sweet pale malt, fruity yeast esters, reminiscent of champagne.

T&M: Light body with fairly high carbonation, tingles on my tongue. Slight sweetness from the pale malt, spiciness from the hops that adds to the tingle from the carbonation. Tart and fruity yeast esters linger at the back of my tongue.

D: Higher on tap than in the bottle. This is one to sip and savor, but I could definitely put down a few glasses at the beginning or end of a session.

Photo of Vendetta
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 30, 2008

Pours a cloudy pale. Yellowish. Super creamy head that flows out of the bottle during the pop, without even shaking it. Smells and looks like a hefeweizen. Tastes banana, tropical. Citric. Extremely refreshing, great summer beer.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Standard golden beer, very translucent with a very weak head but very effervescent.

S: Since the head was so weak, it was pretty hard to get a nice smell. But it was interesting: some honey sweetness, some peppers and cloves.

T: It was good, nothing to be very excited about. Comes up front with the peppery feel. Then there are some cloves and the sweetness kicks in last. Nice hop bitterness that wasn't very present in the smell. Alcohol was wonderfully hidden.

M: Very nice here, I didn't expect that. Very creamy ale at the right temperature with a medium to full mouthfeel, which is very high for a beer of that style.

D: Alcohol is high, but nicely hidden. I wouldn't have trouble drink some of them but the high ABV will slow me down some day.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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