Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 1,605
Hads: 5,238
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 295
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 2
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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 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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Photo of iRikal
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

It was not an exceptional beer. However the mouthfeel and complex taste for this beer was enough to keep me interested... However I did not go into delirium nor saw pink elephants.

Long beer, very fizzy. A good example of a Belgian Strong Golden. It has everything right but nothing extraordinary (like Karmeleit for example). I would still say that if you come across it, you MUST try it.

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Photo of BB1313
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very clean. Lots of yeast along with light citrus notes. Cherries are there. Some malts there too. Flavors are very clean and sharp. Lots of fresh fruit. More light citrus notes along with hints of pear and green apple. Some banana in the mix. More cherries. Very subtle bitterness. It's on the sweeter side. Hints of black pepper. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. The mouthfeel and carbonation is world-class. It's full-bodied with active carbonation, but remains extremely creamy and fluffy. It feels much lighter than it real is. This is dangerously drinkable.

This is a classic craft beer staple. You can never go wrong with this one.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Beer Store $90.00 for 24pk of 330ml bottles. Served at 5deg C in a challis

A- 4.25- Opens with a ton of head that lasts. Very light golden color.

S- 4.0- Lots of malt. Sweet and peppery

T- 4.0- A bit metallic. Other than that bready, yeasty and a bit of malt.

M- 4.0- Pretty good. Light and low heat for this high alcohol percentage.

O- 4.01- This is my real score. Nice beer but that metallic taste just shines through. Will try a few more and see what happens.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with....... Roast pork. Nice little porketta roast and a touch of yellow mustard!


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Photo of Samp01
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hazy yellow with a large long lasting white head, some light lacing. Aroma and taste has some mild banana notes upfront, fruity citrus, some orange marmalade flavors with a bit of caramel malt and Belgian yeast as it warms up and some mild bitter hops on the end for balance. Palate is a medium body, smooth going down with good carbonation. Overall I feel this is a very good well made, tasty and flavorful brew. Try it.

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Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Everything you need to know is in the name of the beer, Belgian Pale is either too tangy on the first sip, or it sits just right, and in the case of the latter delirium tremens will be soon to follow. Delicious to anyone who enjoys Leffe, Tripel, Dubbel, or similar styles, this just happens to be one of the most drinkable of the ilk.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in belgium last fall and now I'm circling back. Poured this into a delirium tremens glass. Perfect.

Beautiful golden haze with huge frothy white foam. There is a slight brown tinge that lends to its richness. Smells of sweet yeast musk, caramel, nutmeg, spice, banana, mango and some oak and even some mineral with graphite and steel. This beer is deep and rich with oakiness wheat bread and spicy rye. The complexity and sweetness of grain and richness of leather really shines through and balances tremendously. It's easy to discover some new flavors with each sip. A spiciness lingers long and warming. The feel is tangy and rich but clean. The warmth is fascinating.

Overall, this is a fabulous belgian. Tons of flavor and complexity. Great balance. I gave this 4 last time I post-reviewed this in Brussels, but that was underrated.

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Photo of paddymac
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A: Gold almost wheat in color, transparent, white frothy head
S: Light tasting for an 8.5% not overwhelming by any means
T: subtle sweet caramel flavor, lager finish
F: bubbly, almost fizzy
O: Very light compared to what I was expecting. Tastes like a session ale, but don't underestimate it.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Very pale, transparent, incredibly heavily carbonated with bubbly head that dissipates slowly to a thin line at top (3/3)
S: Strong notes of raisiny yeast, boozey but not overpowering (10/12)
T: Lightly malty and fruity at beginning, subtle caramel in middle, but sweetness and alcohol dominate at finish (16/20)
F: Super bubbly with dry finish throughout tongue (4/5)
O: Not sure what I expected with this beer, but it is not what I was expected. I think I was expecting a powerhouse of malty raisin or spice like Duvel or Pannepot, respectively. I was pleasantly surprised by how light this beer was, but that leaves it open to alcohol creep (I think that’s a word). (8/10)

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Photo of Paige_Jude
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Well yee-haw. This beer is great. Wonderfully well-rounded and the flavour notes were so unique--yet worked so well together--and were very pronounced: peach, banana, pink peppercorn and spearmint. This bouquet is effusive and will definitely have you seeing pink elephants, which were quite charming on the glass. :)

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into a snifter.
A golden body with a white bubbly head that lasts.
Yeasty aroma, a bit fruity as well.
Very smooth well balanced and easy drinking, tastes of fruit, dried fruit, and Belgian yeast. No one characteristic of its taste over powers the other, making this a great Belgian.
Mouthfeel is solid, a slight aftertaste that seems to be a little metallic is there.
There is a reason this beer is so successful, a drinkable beer with a high alcohol content.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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