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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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4,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,390
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 438 | 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 canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows very pale and almost lager looking. The nose is horseblankets and hops and the lager look is destroyed. The intial taste is actually subtle and smooth. This much like Duvel though with less complexity. I fopund it to be very drinkable and well crafted. It's reputation seems to be big and rough but the truth is this is a very nice Belgian Ale with little roughness. Cool bottle too which means that this should be picked up if available.

canucklehead, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On our first visit to Henry's, I was somewhat put aback by the selection. Not only the selection, but the fact that the selection was items on tap. Surprisingly, this was available on tap, and I figured I'd try just to see if it really was on tap. Yes, it was, so a tulip glass arrived with the other 4 pints.

The glass itself was filled almost halfway, a sizable dab of surf-like foam crusted on its top. The foam had almost dirty looking brown edges, and the liquid seemed to be a dilute of the same colors. I suppose it was more of a hazy golden than crusty brown, but the connection was there.

The aroma attractively ripe, musty, and fruity. It was a turn off to others in the group, but it really is an impressively deep and varied range of aromas that suggest quite a history about the ale.

The taste was somewhat mild, partly due to being served a bit cold, but even as it warmed, it was still somewhat mellow. There were slight tart crisps, cidery sweetness, and even sour malt flavors that create a pleasing effect.

It served well as a way start forgetting a lame work week, and finished well as an appetizer and early desert. It shouldn't be paired with spicy tuna rolls.

freed, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: You could watch the beer sink through the head. This one explodes out of the bottle, and leaves you with a head you have to watch. frothy and white, the lacing is monimal, as well as head retention. The brew color was light golden hay.

Nose: Lemon, malt, light citrus, very faint hops, banana nut brread.

Taste: Smooth over the tounge, sweet at the tip. Faint hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste reflected the nose, but the taste had a bit of dry bread, or crakers to it.
Notes: Head and lacing was disapointing. Label sells the bottle, there were no stand-out characteristics.

travolta, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that I’ve tasted.

Phyl21ca, May 31, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. faux ceramic bottle (not sure why they do this but hey, it looks cool)
Pours a crystal clear golden color with just a hint of orange tint. A 2 finger head was no trouble attaining, and stuck around for quite some time. Lacing was also exceptional. Perhaps one of the best looking Belgian Strong Pales that I have ever seen.
Aroma seems faint but there is a certain floral scent accompanied by light fruit aromas (pear, plum, etc.)
Taste is exactly what I would expect from a strong pale. Very fruity, with just a touch of alcohol heat and sweet malt. One interesting note is the high hop spiciness of this brew. Of the few other strong pales I've had, this is by far the hoppiest; not that this is a bad thing by any means. Starts very smooth and finishes just a little bit dry. Very nice.
This is a fine brew and one that I would come back to if I had the chance.

LuckySevens82, May 15, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden straw color with a bright white fluffy billowing two finger head that settles down to a rocky covering with rings and patches of lace. After a quick swirl, the head seems to boil up from below and replenish its self.
The aroma is spicy and a little medicinal, with a hint of chewed up Juicy Fruit chewing gum
The flavor is sweet and a little tart, acetaldehyde, with clovelike spices and an estery background and a little phenolic. All these different qualities blend together and work well for and overall impression of this ale.
The mouthful is a little thin, but the carbonation is damn near perfect.
Very drinkable and I wish I had more to enjoy. The alcohol is completely absent, and at 8,5% can sneak up…oh damn!

irishmoss, May 08, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifuly decorated 11.2 oz bottle poured a hazy yellow with a white head. I give this 4.5 for appearance due to the fact the head stayed fluffy through the whole time. Bubbly carbonation was very active. Very aromatic, you can almost tell what its going to taste like without taking a sip. The taste is nicely complex with a piney, citrusy flavor and dry peppery, and herbal finish with a warmth of alcohol. From the few of this style I have tasted, this one represents them well. Very drinkable, though at this ABV (and price) I would take it easy, as this one is satisfying with just one.

yeagerbm, May 08, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours typical belgian golden straw and tall, fluffy whit ehead. Smells of dusky dank barnyard, hay and overripe fruit. Taste is yeasty, breadlike with leather, wood and tobacco flavors. The finish is dry, mildly citrus hops. A decent brew, and one I will have again, butnot one I will seek out

counselor, May 01, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew at RFD in DC. The beer came in a tulip glass which was nice. Bright gold in color but only a minimal white head surface layer is present. Aroma is very fruity with raspberry and cherry coming through, some candied sugar and bready yeast scents. The first sip reveals small yet prickly carbonation and thicker than average body. The flavor is spicy, I am hit with nutmeg and cloves right away and also hits of tart fruit like granny smith apples. The finish is a little peppery and slightly drying as well. This was a real treat on tap and I am glad to finally see it coming into CT in bottles now too.

sulldaddy, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: beautiful deep golden hue, a nice layer of white foam that quickly flattens into a thin film

Aroma: lightly malty but a fair amount of the typical Belgian ale phenolics (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon), pear-like fruitiness, acetone

Flavor: dry malt base, a bit dusy and a slight vegetal (cooked cabbage?) off flavor, herbal hop flavor, finishes dry with a yeasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly carbonation, lots of warmth, somewhat astringent

Overall Impression: One of those "classic" eye-catching Belgian ales. Everyone recognizes the painted bottles and the pink elephants. This is one of the first few Belgian beers I ever tried (way, way back...). The unique presentation and mythical elephant is definitely more impressive than the beer. Other than that, it's not particularly outstanding.

GreenCard, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicey, alcoholic. Yeasty, A bit of fruit: cherry , rasberry and pepper. This was aged closed to expiration, so not as carbonated/hoppy, was able to detect more malt. Malty so drinkable. Tip of the hat to Irondjinn.

Had 2 years later on tap at Beer Bistro and it would get the same rating. Overcarbonated, good level of yeast and some fruitiness including aftertaste.

Sammy, Apr 18, 2004
2.08/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Preface to this review: This is my first authentic Belgian ale. I've had other American made versions, which have created an interest for me.
After i opened the bottle, thin white foam started coming out. I KNOW that this isn't shook up, so what is going on? Beer is obviously hoghly carbonated, as it produced a very large head, thin and bubble, on a gentle pour. The beer is a very pale yellow color.
Taste: What in the hell is this shit?! it has the mouthfeel of champagne, and a similar taste. It's like drinking Cold Duck. The only flavors i'm getting are metal, wheat, and grain alcohol. If i hadn't paid $3.50, i would have probably poured this insipid crap down the drain.
I see that this beer is somewhat highly acclaimedby other BAs. Did I get a bad bottle, or what? I don't know. But i'm in no hurry to buy another to find out.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Lowlander in London. Pours a pleasing gold color with a medium thin eggshell white head. Light lacing throughout. The aroma is fruity and wheaty. Light-bodied and effervescent, with a nice blend of flavors such as coriander, citrus, banana and yeast. The alcohol is detectable here and there as well. The finish is sparkling like champagne. I haven't had the bottled version of this yet but I can't imagine it being better than this.

Dogbrick, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of DaveGood
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a somewhat hazy yellow color with a big frothy head. The head dissapates rather slowly and leaves a nice lacing along the glass. The aroma was very heavy on the yeast with some fruity undertones lingering underneath. This is a medium-bodied beer whose taste is well balanced between the pale malts and some spiciness and bitterness on the tail end. The alcohol is also present in the taste as well, although it is not overwhelming. The drinkability is above average as the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Overall, this is a good beer but I do not see myself including it in my regular rotation.

DaveGood, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of truthbrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap (in proper glass) at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Golden color with slight orange tint, no haze. White fluffy head that lasted about half way through. Carbonation was high, but appeared visually even higher than it was. Constant vents of tiny bubbles from the bottom center of the glass. Taste is sweet with fruity citrus notes. Finishes a bit dryer but still some sweetness left in your mouth. A nice, crisp ale that even at 9% could be enjoyed anytime.

truthbrew, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It's odd, to say the least, but after downing a few of them I'm sure that you'll see things my (and their) way.

The taste has hints of fruit while remaining very strong in alcohol and a bright pale flavor. The smell is potent and enticing.

The finish is strong, but it still leads one to the next sip. This is definitely one of those things that everyone needs to try at least once.

watermelonman, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an odd beer. I am not very familiar with Belgians, but this one seems a bit extreme. Looks nice coming out of it's funky bottle, a slightly cloudy yellow with decent carbonation. But then it goes all haywire when you sniff it. A nice vanilla aroma hits the nose first, immediatly followed and overwhelmed by alchohol.

And then you drink it, after that assualt on the nose. I just wrote down what I could identify as I was drinking it. Orange, with a plum aftertaste, cloves, maybe a tiny bit of hops, but it was just one fruity flavor tumbling after another. I gave it a 4 based on the sheer numbers of flavors, but it was just too much to be really enjoyable. Sort of unfinished, or even sloppy.

Mouthfeel. Smooth, and somewhat oily.

Overall the drinkability suffered because there were just too many flavors, and it was a bit tart. Maybe after a few years I will give it a try, but a beer brewed just to be contrary, it seems.

hustlemuscle, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of canadianbarman
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--330 ml bottle, made to look ceramic. Blue foil around top. Neat label with dancing crocodiles/dragons on it. Freshness date marked on back.
--Poured a cloudy amber in color, nice foamy head that lasted fairly nicely. Minor lacing. Some floating yeast was present
--Kind of a spicy smell, with a hint of fruits.

This was a good beer. I was expecting a stronger taste because of the high alcohol content but it wasn't bad. Kind of a hoppy taste with a hint of spice. The swallow kind of ended with a sweet taste. Interesting. I could drink a few of these and become 'happy' before I know it.

canadianbarman, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours into my goblet a regal gold. Tiny bubbles spray up toward the glacial head's underbelly. Said head collapses after a few minutes, leaving a short blanket of lace around the glass.

The smell is a field of peppered banana peels, alcohol marinated coconut flesh, sugar cookies, and an undertone of earthy yeast.

At the front of the taste is a juicy, succulent fruitiness -- like biting into a ripe, alcoholic peach -- followed by a high-pitched bitterness that rings throughout. Aftertaste is a spicy malt sweetness, with that bitterness still raging, and pleasingly dry. Some slight alcohol warmth through my gut and throat, yet not evident in the taste.

Lots of carbonation -- floats around my palate pleasantly.

Belgian pales are one of my favorites style. This ranks high for me.

RootedFool, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of the Tremens while shopping for a few other beers at one of my local stores. I had heard about the beer for a long time, but I had never tried it before. It was priced at $2.99 for an 11.2 oz. bottle. Slightly expensive, but well worth the try. Interesting painted and foil wrapped bottle. Cool label, with the pink elephants and dancing crocodiles.

Man, what a beautiful beer. It poured great with a beautiful two-inch thick head that took a long time to dwindle. Just a magnificient, frothy delight to look at. Excellent carbonation. Cloudy orangish-amber color with some floating yeasts. Fruity but alcoholic nose.

The taste...oh...the taste. Smooth for such a high ABV. Although the smell was alcoholic, the beer itself was not. Light fruity flavors were dominant. Hints of peaches and pears in the forefront. Sweet, but not overly so. Good balance of the malts and hops. Fantastic stuff. Great mouthfeel. Slightly effervescent, but not like a soda pop in any way, more like a champagne. Slightly dry finish in the mouth.

Very, very drinkable. I had worked my way through the glass before I even knew it. I'd be careful putting more than a couple of these away. The 8.5% ABV is a kicker for sure.

This was just an excellent Belgian ale all the way around. This is a well-crafted beer and an excellent introduction to the style for someone who might be new to Belgian strong pale ales.

Dubblebock, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of pheurton
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at monk's: cloudy orange-tinted brown with an awesomely dense creamy head. lively carbonation zipping through the glass. substantial lacing. pale fruity aroma with that signature belgian spiciness. light to medium body. spicy fruit flavors stand out most, with a pronounced yeast flavor in the middle. sweetness is balanced decently by a sublte saaz like hopiness. goes down easy for a relatively big ABV brew. seems like a nice strong belgian ale to start someone out with. pleasing flavors that are put together well and not too over the top. better on draught that in the bottle.

pheurton, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a nice deep golden.with a nice, inch thick head,that dissipates by half after a couple of minutes.high carbonation,like champagne.citrus like smell,very sweet.
taste is as another reviewer said rather" musty" and complex, mildly hoppy and fruity.But still, I didn't care for it much.
mouthfeel is light, dry and highly carbonated.
drinkability is limited, do to the high alcohol content(8.5%)
overall,it looked and acted like a classic Belgian, but I would prefer to drink a Chimay or a Unibroue belgian style.

steinlifter, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of Winter
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white foamy head. Fruity and yeasty aroma-- hints of citrus, sweet malt, and a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet carbonated. Initial taste is laden with spices and yeast. Fruit flavors of pear and apricot emerge midway. 8.5% alcohol warms the back of the throat and continues on the way down. Dangerously drinkable yet high abv limits my desired consumption for another. It's a beer I can handle one of and than move on. The taste overall doesn't particularly appeal to me. It's a little too yeasty and musty for me.

Winter, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pooffff....all over the kitchen counter and quickly to my tulip glass. Pours a stellar looking hazy golden orange with a huge billowy white head.

Smells awfully yeasty with a little hint of candi sugar underneath.

Smooth on the tounge. Nice pale malt up front followed by a wave of sweetenss. Didn't expect this from the smell. Little bits of peppery spice intermingle with the carbonation and finishes with a nice little warming glow.

Mouthfeel is moderate to large. Carbonation is a little noticeable.

Very drinakble. A sipper.

yankeeheel, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Mark
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After taliking to the Feloniusmonk, I decided to give a Belgian ale another try. I really want to like them advocates, but you know, I give up. I know this to be a well thought of beer, but still I don't get it. Orangey golden color was topped by a solid white head, lacing was attractive in the forms of wispy rings. Aroma was that typical spicy clove like character that I have detected in all the belgian beers I have tried. Taste was spicy and fruity and a bit smoother than others. Still I don't find it appealing. Very sprtitzy mouthfeel, almost champagne like. Very alcoholic and powerful at 10%. I tried.

Mark, Mar 03, 2004
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 4,390 ratings.