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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,615 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,615
Hads: 5,287
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 305
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of Neccy60
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This aromatic golden-colored Belgian is among my all-time favorite beers. Wondrously fruity, fantastic and full of fine yeast. Goes down the drain with ridiculously ease. Well worth the above-average price you'll likely find it for.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Craft Beer Market. This was, to me, the champagne of beer. Effervescent and bright, it smelled of clove and Pink Popcorn. I found the taste to be full of the fruit flavor one would expect from Belgian yeast. DT has a lively mouthfeel - this is a unique beer, indeed!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with the wife, both into tulip glasses. My pour gave me a good inches of fluffy, cloud-like snow colored head. My wife prefers almost no head (sad trombone) so I take it slow with her pour, not leaving the angle till I'm done. Still produced a finger or two of head. Foam settles to a one finger thick cap.
Pours a bright gold with tinges of orange. Some carbonation, and lots of little yeasty floaties. Eh, it's good for you.
Aroma is Belgian, through and through. Sweet sugar, banana, clove. Some crusty bread.
Taste is fantastic, and follows the nose, with some sweet citrus. Nothing bitter in this pale ale, all smooth and sweet.
Damn, I love Belgians.

Great ale, only thing I can say is to warn someone new to the style that yeast "snow" while unattractive, isn't going to hurt you. Drink up!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Miniscule head, light, clear.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, grain.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty, sweet.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, clean, light, refreshing.

VALUE - $8.50 for a 12-oz. draft.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quite quaffable for a Belgian.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light and hazy amber with a huge off-white head and fairly active carbonation. Sweet and bready on the nose with some bright citrus notes. Caramelly flavours with some breadiness, citrus (under-ripe mandarins oranges, lemon peel), green apple, mildly boozy. Very complex and balanced. Smooth yet peppy mouthfeel, almost creamy at times.

Overall, a top notch brew.

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Photo of MUFC1
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

A nice very palatable beer,

A great shame that the beer is named after a very sad painful and potentially fatal condition.
The spokesman has stated that the name of the beer is to be funny an whimsical - shame the sufferers and connected family do not have that luxury.
Perhaps chocolate bars can now be rebranded as something equally funny and whimsical such as morbid obesity or cigarettes as lung cancer sticks
Shame on you Brouwerij Huyghe.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, murky straw color with a huge foamy white head. Dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a thin layer and a small amount of lacing.

Aroma smells of strong lemon rind and orange peel, along with yeast and a bit of spices. A bit of grassiness.

Taste is very complex. A bit of booze with some light caramel malt. Lots of bready malts and yeast. Definitely some green apple bitterness.

Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Pretty easy drinker.

Overall, this complex palate makes it a beer well worth trying, and drinkability like this at 8.5% isn't easy to come across.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light orange with overflowing head about 4in. That was my fault on the head, but was poured into a Belgian Ale Glass, tastes a carbonated grapefruit and citrus upfront with an alcohol end. Super solid and citrus-y. Fairly light but a great complex beer!

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Photo of TapDat
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Belgian with what i can best describe as champagne like quality's. A great beer for almost any palate. Biggest gripe... it's obnoxiously expensive!!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours crystal clear yellow golden. Decent lacing especially considering light head on the edges. Mose reminds me of a meadow, grassy but somewhat floral, moreso than a saison/farmhouse nose. Definitely a little fruit, too -pear or apple.

Taste is crackers crisp, but a bit more farmhouse than the smell would indicate. Muted fruit taste from the smell, but in the end there is a strawberry-banana flavor (like from a yogurt). Fair amount of carbonation early, fading later. Body is light to medium, and a bit dry.

Given other reviews, maybe the keg wasn't the freshest. I have had this before (but it's been a while) and thought it more fruity than what I tasted today. Will have to revisit.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a nice slightly hazy golden colour with a thick mousse like white head. The nose had some grass, banana, yeast and a bit of a honey edge. Some of the same came forward in the taste with a bit of alcohol burn. But it finished fairly crisp. The mouthfeel is a slight carbonation. A pretty tasty little beer.

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Photo of DocCajun
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites. If you like strong belgian ales, you'll love this beer.

I love to drink it slowly, starting cold and warming up. The flavors change with the temperature

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Photo of laserjedi
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on draft at Leesburg Public House (Leesburg VA). Loved it because I don't care for hoppy beers.
Later bought it in bottles from Jungle Jims (Eastgate OH). Not as good in bottle, but a good beer.
Negative is high price.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light gold, slightly cloudy. Estery, slightly fruity aroma. Upon first taste, hints of starburst/jolly rancher came through. Light carbonation. A very tasty beer to say the least.

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that provides the notes of cloves and bananas that you would expect from many belgium beers. It is tasty, not terribly filling, and a great beer to start or end the night with.

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Photo of taiyo
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By far my favorite beer. Before I first drank this beer I almost only drank stouts. This beer as opened my eyes to the whole world of beer. Such a smooth flavor with a peppery aftertaste. I recommend eating with pulled pork or a juicy burger.

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Photo of Bitte_ein_Bit
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down, my favorite beer. Anything from Delirium is good but the original is the best. And I just love those pink elephants and dancing alligators.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Of course this is a quality brew. And it certainly blows doors on the other mass-market BSPA, Saxo. But I don't like it nearly as much as Piraat, Duvel, Matilda, or La Chouffe.

Wife loves it.

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Photo of 71ADub
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I bought this so I could culture the yeast to make a starter for a DT clone I was whipping up...well, not enough yeast to get the starter going. But, this is one damn fine brew:

Note - the alcohol can vary from 8.5 to 9.2 % - mine was the 8.5% variety.

Poured into a pint glass, not all of it would fit.

A - 4 - pale gold, with a small head with fine bubbles. Hardly any carbonation going on. May be due to the minute quantity of yeast for bottle conditioning.

S - 3.75- nose is complex, no hops. reminiscent of allspice, some cherries, a little pepper, bready, earthy. very pleasing to my sniffer.

T - 4.5 - OMG! As smooth as a baby's bottom. Not hot at all, given the alcohol content. A very clean ale, bread and allspice dominate, with a little pepper on the back end.

M -3.25- almost flat, small bodied. may be the bottle was old? I'd probably have to try it again.

O - for a big brew, this is SOOO easy to drink. I don't think the lack of carbonation hurts the score. Would have rated it higher if it had more carb, and if it was 9.2%. Definitely on my Beershelf HoF. Would like to try it on tap sometime....

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Well seeing as I am not the biggest fan of Belgian Strongs I wants sure what to think when I first got it. But after my first sip, I was sold. Man is this a great beer. Full of carbonation and goodness. Not many beers can bring up memory but this takes me back to my first experience in a European pub.

Great brew. Highly recommend.
Served in the Delirium Tremens glass

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Photo of DanfromVan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Nice ..Heavy carbonation, slight medicinal taste on first sip. Complex flavours from the battle of the yeasts. One hop flavour at the trailing edge of the sip has a very very bitter taste. Would try again as there are enough flavour high notes to get me back for another evaluation

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Photo of Tilly
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Dark yellow, almost orange. Full white head that goes away quickly. Leaves a nice white foam. Smells of citrus and spice. Almost Christmasy. No hoppy flavor at all. Taste of clove and spice. Champagne like effervescence / carbonation. A fabulous beer at 8.9 ABV. A must try!

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Photo of TheBroadSword
4/5  rDev -2%

A great Christmas beer...reminds me of a Robert Frost poem. From the first smooth sip I got so excited I drank all 330ml within 5 minutes. It is a great base before a few shots of Jagermeister. If you are looking for meal to compliment this rich belgium ale, I would select brown rice with bacon bits and shredded cheese. The smell of pine nuts and roasted almonds blended with erotic citrus tones gets me excited. Hmmmm.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Pale yellow color with a small, froth head.

Nose is full of spices, along with yeast and pepper.

Very smooth mouthfeel, lively carbonation, which leads warm spices to the palate, wrapped up by soft, slick Belgian yeast. Spices, mainly cloves, dominate the taste of this beer, with yeast shining through in an enjoyable way. Medium-bodied beer, convincing due to is unusual present spices, even for this style of beer. Yeast provides depth and balance, without becoming too present on its own. Aftertaste is still very soft on the palate, while warm, sharp spices have already left the palate. Almost a bit watery for 8,5 abv, no alcohol recognizable at all.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. best before june 2017. consumed on october 29, 2014

a: a glowing, clear golden yellow initially, but it becomes almost fully cloudy after the yeast gets poured in. three fingers of white head from even a gentle pour. you know how the belgian ales work

s: very spicy up front with bread, yeast, banana, some sort of floral earthy herbal note, and a pinch of lemon following. started to get some odd slight burnt rubber aromas as it warmed up

t: luckily i'm not getting any of that burnt rubber business in the taste here. bready, spicy, and yeasty in the front with a noticeable amount of bitterness. a melange of fruit flavours follow, consisting of apple, lemon, banana, and faint peach and pear notes. has a dry finish with long-lingering apple notes

m: sub-moderate but very bubbly carbonation and a medium body give this beer a nice, creamy mouthfeel

o: a solid belgian strong pale ale, or tripel, or whatever you want to call it. good aroma (with a bit of an off-note) and great flavours

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.