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Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of Dikfour
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to a Duvel tulip.

Look: Pours a billowing white head that has some of the best sticking power I've ever seen. Recedes into a tangle of spider webs and leaves a tantalizing trail of lace. The color is orange with a densely hazy body with the thick rich head casting a shadow upon the beer its self. Active carbonation swirls about the center of the glass adding peppered freckles to the head above. Lazy flecks of sediment are smattered across the bottom quarter of the glass.

Smell: Peppery alcohol hits my nose first followed closely by some banana, pear, and peach. A light floral zest of citrus is present at the end.

Taste: Very similar to its smell, Pepper alcohol and sweet malts hit the tongue first followed quickly by the same fruits mentioned above. The citrusy finish turns into a surprisingly hoppy bitter finale. Ripe pear and peach lingers on the tongue for a pleasant after taste.

Feel: The alcohol and carbonation work together to create a warming prickely sensation around the tongue, lower lip and upper gums. Very big body that is quick to cream up as you roll it around your mouth. The finish is very dry.

Overall: Tremens takes a very different, very successful approach than Duvel. Duvel may still be the king that I judge all others of this style against, but this is a very close second. Though, honestly, if you put a bottle of the two in front of me, I'd have a very difficult time choosing. I'd probably feign Duvel then quickly reach out and snatch both before they had time to take the other one back. There is room in my heart for both. If you haven't already, please, do yourself a favor and give this beer a shot.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, crispy, off white head that lingers until the beer is gone and still hangs out awhile. Smell is light and sweet. Hay and floral notes. Mild sweetness in taste. Light malt and floral notes flavor is sweet and hard to pin down. The essence of a belgian ale perhaps. Texture is almost that of a cream soda. Smooth but rich. Overall a wonderful beer. Delights the senses and is the best of the deleriums i have tried.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very effervescent when poured. I don't care for going thru 3 inches of foam to get to the beer. But when I finally broke thru it was meh. Then as I got further into it... it got better and better. It got to the point I think it was one of the tastiest Belgians I've had. More please!

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Photo of KSOZE
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light gold with big white head. Very little retention. Smell consists of the standard Belgian yeast esters you'd expect. Not a huge fan of Tripels, but this one is excellent with less of the banana esters I associate with the style. More well-rounded with other floral flavors that smooth out the flavor.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass.

A: The body is really great. You can see throught the glass. It created a 3 finger head that after 1min was already less than half of that and that's the only reason why I'm not giving it 5 out of 5. But yet, remarkable.
S: The smell is very soft, being just undertones of hops, a very very small presence of belgian yeasts and thr rest of it is alcohol but in a good way. I find this softness a bit exaggerated and too empty for this beer. It should have a little bit more of a presence.
T: Taste-wise, it's good. It's very sweet with a drop to central european hops that are more weak in terms of IBUs but that give flavourful profile to the beer. But , yet again, as the smell goes, it misses something. You can't find a thing that strikes you as a flavor when you have Delirium.
M: In terms of mouthfeel, Delirium feels right. The enough amount of 'right' for me to give ita 4.00. The problem here is that the beer is too gasefied being more than velvety in mouth, it's almost harsh.
O: By high standards, it's a great beer, nobody can take that away. But I'm still looking to have this in a more proper way - in Belgium. :)

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very light gold with big white head that disappears quickly. Smell is candi sugar, Belgian yeast esters and alcohol. Alcohol soaked banana on the flavor. Medium-light body. Overall not my favorite, but an appropriate representation of the style.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy Pale Yellow topped by a 3 finger white head that dissipates relatively quickly into a large, whispy patch. Small patches of lacing dot the glass.

S- Sweet Candy Sugar, Belgian yeast, and light, airy hops.

T- Sweet, jammy fruit taste upfront that fades to a lingering yet soft bitterness. Lots of Belgian yeast flavour in between.

M- Steady stream of moderate carbonation and a medium body with a nice alcoholic warmth.

O- Absolutely beautiful example of a Belgian Pale Ale and done so well that you would never know it had an ABV of 8.7%!

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Photo of SkipZ
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I was disappointed in this one. 2014 bomber poured into Duvel glass. Pears, apples and citris with a little funk on the nose. Bright straw color with sharp carbonation typical of a Belgian style beer. It bites the tip of the tongue nice for a refreshing rush and crisp mouth feel. The finish however, made me feel like I just ate a bowl of applesauce. I hate applesauce.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a clear extremely carbonated translucent yellow gold. Huge white foam head on pour that dissipates to a lasting thin long lasting foamy layer.
Smell of belgian yeast and pears.
Taste of pears, green apples and a slight bit of coriander and maybe a dash of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel is of high but dry carbonation. also the soft feel of the belgian yeast is quite noticeable. lt laves slight but not unpleasant aftertaste.
What a awesome belgian strong ale that took me way too long to get around to trying. My short bullet point review does not do this beer justice in its complexity.

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Photo of Irish-NYer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with most Belgium brewhahas the taste is on point. This a great beer that even the most hardened "I only drink Budwiser" type of person would enjoy and consider if not for it's price (as with most imported Belgium beers). Personally I think $16+ is a little absurd for a sixer of most the beers out there that are worth spending it on. Besides that I must say this beer made me consider traveling to Belgium just for beercation. Regardless of what I tell you, you shall make your own decision, but just spend the money, buy this hidden gem and prepare to be wowed.

P.s. this beer is meant to be drank from a snifter. So if you get this from some bs watering hole where the bartender only knows vodka and cranberry and miller lite on tap you're bound to have a slightly different tasteknow which glass to put it in.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Started off very good, gets better as it warms. Needed a firm pour or too bubbly. If it was cheaper would buy this more often. I'm sure I've had this before, had not reviewed it.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly great beer. A big rocky head does not equal over carbonated. Yeasty, malty, with floral and fruit and just a touch of sweetness. The alcohol fits in perfectly. The bottle is a total trip.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic bottle of indeterminate age. One must be careful with this as it really could cause the DTs. Wow! Looks the part and tastes great!

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L) Pale orange-yellow, very hazy, very fizzy, thin active white head.

S) Sweet candy and light Belgian yeast. No beer.

T) The depth on the flavour is immense. Very fruity with orange-marmalade notes, pleasant mild bitterness at the end, bread-like yeast. Wonderfully flavourful, wonderfully balanced. Hints of red wine when you concentrate on the aftertaste. So much here.

F) Fizzy. No nasty aftertastes. One of the great achievements of this beer is that the flavours clear quite quickly, getting you ready for the next gulp; I love that in a beer.

O) This is the beer that got me into Belgians. It's still the best Belgian I have had. Like every truly great beer, it has both complexity and accessibility. Superb.

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Photo of blackett511
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's a reason Huyghe Brewery is so respected, and this beer is why. I love how mainstream this beer is, because it has all the hallmarks of a great; high ABV, great fruity tastes with complex notes of sweat bread, a dark body. I've read reviews complaining about its carbonation--first, its not high, and second this is a beer you drink patiently, not an American brew that you can chug.

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

-sweet malt,lemon,honey,bubble gum,very bready
-Follows the nose plus banana
-high carbonation
-alcohol well hidden
-Classic Belgian Strong Ale

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden colored, big head and lace that disapates halfway. Fruity apple and mild tropical fruit aroma, also, a hint of floral, perfume and soapy. Intense peppery taste. Bread crust malt backbone. Very dry finish in which the peppery hops are strongly felt and leave a lingering aftertaste. A hint of fruit towards the end. Big mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. High in alcohol content, which is felt as it warms and almost burns the throat while going down.
I would have perhaps liked to have a bit more of fruit in the taste to match the aroma. However, overall it is a strong, complex and interesting brew.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- nice thick foamy head lasts the drinking duration with a nice golden color
-yeast notes with a light grain wheat scents
-a bright yeast beer that drinks incredibly smooth and leaves the nice fresh bread taste
-a little over carbonated but a medium bodied with a warmth
-one of the better strong pale ales i have had the pleasure of drinking

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Anderson Valley snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch billowy off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Slightly effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with plenty of spice and banana notes. A bit Bready.

T- Flavor follows suit with lots of fruity esters and a nice slight bitterness from the hops to balance. Somewhat sweet with a well-masked alcohol taste.

M- Spritzy and bright with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Man it's been a long time since I've had this one. Almost forgot how excellent it is. Truly a benchmark for the style.

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

From Hipercor San Juan. My favourite beer. Ideal in all ocasions. Thanks God for bringing it back to Hipercor!

21 Feb 2016: From Hipercor last units. Just 4€. 75cl. In La Trappe chalice. 2014 edition. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x03-04. Great as always. Goes up to the head hard.

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Photo of founddrama
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There's something in the bouquet that I can't quite place. Not all together bad, but cloyingly sweet at times and hits hard with those banana-y esters.

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Photo of unklemike
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the nicest Belgium's from Belgium to me. Sweet sorta sour taste with a nice white head and finishes with what I can only describe as a old school bubble gum taste

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear veiled straw, almost golden color. Extra foamy white 4 finger head lasting around 10 minutes and creating a foam island that you could eat with a spoon. Nice thick legs and powerful activity. Swirling the glass easily recreates a 1 to 2 finger head.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, toasty bread, and herbal spices. Pleasantly balanced flavors and intensity with some fruity orange sharpness and apple sweetness, but with a slightly vinous and metallic feel.

Slick light body with champagne like carbonation. Balanced finish and well intensified, quite clean, ending with a dry spicy clove like aftertaste.

Overall : Delicious, fresh, warming and almost not feeling like a strong beer. Great craft.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a fruity nose with hints of compost and over ripe fruit. Pours hazy straw to gold under a pure white head that looks like a washing machine gone wild. Strong funky flavors of old plums to old peaches, rich light malts, white bread, a hint of spice and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Medium full body and medium high carbonation. Biog alcohol but it is not hot or solventy.

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

Proper. Whatever is happening is alright here with me.

The head is overwhelmingly big but they're not compensating for anything as far as I'm concerned. Wacky

Bitter.Bitter.Bitter.Bitter.Bitter to the very end

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.