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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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3,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 3771
Reviews: 1513
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

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 nanandtomfitz


4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

served in tulip glass at Burgers & Brew, Davis, CA.

Clear and light straw colored, medium head

smell clean, not overpowering

taste more complex than my usuals, with distinct flavors at front, middle, end

mouthfeel is light, good/clean for this high of ABV

overall very good strong ale, worth seeking out

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 00:04:32 | More by nanandtomfitz
Photo of albert1028


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice bear, although a bit higher than normal in alcohol, it has a goes in smooth and has a bit of earthy aftertaste. I think this is a smooth bear that goes down easy.

The bottle is unique and worth a try if you haven't tried it.

(By the way, I am not a beer connoisseur but someone who is trying to learn to appreciate the finer beers).

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:28:34 | More by albert1028
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.
8.5% ABV

A - Heavy carbonation streams through the golden beer to a plump stark white head. I've found no matter how carefully you try and pour this beer, sediment chunks seem to make it into the glass and cloud it up.

S - Dry, earthy, and dusty, the aroma has an "old" feel to it, though not as if the beer is past it's prime. Clay and suggestions of white pepper make it out colder but as the beer warms, notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum enter as well, overlapping the lingering sweet crystal malt.

T - Belgian candi sugar and crystal malts provide ample sweetness in this beer, lasting through earthy tones and slight spice characteristics found in the aroma. The taste of mineral water adds a slightly hard finish on an otherwise smooth and subtle flavor.

M - Heavy carbonation prickles the tongue and throat, balancing the beer's inherent sweetness along with the dry alcohol finish for a wonderful crispness that's dangerously drinkable.

O - The Delirium beers are bottled in this iconic ceramic-looking bottle - a painted brown bottle - that does a fantastic job of keeping any light out, perfect for extended aging. The problem with the bottle though, is that it makes it impossible to see any sediment lying in wait, and the Delirium beers always seem to be chock-full of it, rushing into your glass with even the most gentle pour. Chunky floaties aside, Delirium Tremens embodies the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style; fragrant, tasty, and dangerously drinkable, ready to knock one on their ass if they're not careful.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:37:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of monorailred


4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

My friend and I both said "wow" after the first taste. I am not sure if it was the citrus notes or the carbonation, but it was an impressive entrance. It's not the best beer I have had but it is VERY good. The soapy looking head was a disappointment, but overall a pretty impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:39:21 | More by monorailred
Photo of Botulizard


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in the bottle and poured into a DT-branded snifter.

A: Transparent orange with a very large head that never fully dissipates. Froth sticks around on the sides of the snifter throughout.

S: At first, there isn't much of a smell, as the head is in the way. After drinking a few sips and shrinking the head, a strong citrus smell is present with hints of grain.

T: Much like the nose, there is a strong citrus taste with slight grain notes. There is a pleasant, bitter finish which is mimicked by the aftertaste.

M: Very light and heavily carbonated. Feels close to seltzer water. Very refreshing.

O: Great balance of complexity and drinkability. I really enjoyed this and would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 20:50:30 | More by Botulizard
Photo of itsSlicer


3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Low in carbonation. Literally had it from the bottle so maybe I am missing out on the appearance and possibly taste.

S - Citrus sweet smell. Nothing out of the ordinary or particular.

T - This is where everything that was hyped about the beer sort of fell apart for me. The initial taste is everything a good Belgian Pale Ale should be. Where it falls off is literally a drop off in that taste. From citrus to nothing. If there is an after taste, it is extremely subtle.

M - Again the low carbonation matches the lack of after taste. It is pleasant, but somewhat fizzles out.

O - It really isn't a bad beer, but for the same price I would recommend a Duvel. I am not the biggest fan of IPAs, its just there has to be some sort of hoppy aftertaste in my beer else I compare it to an adjunct-lager.

Again I had it from the bottle, so this review has some bias.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:09:00 | More by itsSlicer
Photo of mikefuski17


4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremens is one of my top 5 beers. It is fantastic. It resembles champagne and is awesome.

A. This color is very light, with a little bit of head that is cream colored.

S. The aroma is very citrusy with a late hint of wheat.

T. The taste is fantastic. The beer itself is light like champagne and has a great citrus flavor.

M. The beer is extremely light and hardly any carbonation. The sweetness cleanses nicely.

O. Overall the beer is great. Looks great, smells great and tastes even better. It's a really light and flavorful beer that everyone should try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 00:18:55 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured white pepper, fruity esters and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of candy sugar, pink bubble gum and a touch of pepper. Pleasant esters detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a pleasant carbonation.

Overall a superior experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 01:33:47 | More by plaid75
Photo of Lemke10


4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden, amber color with a fizzy head. This is one of those beers that has those little "floaties" in it. The aroma is full of yeast, citrus, and banana. The flavor is pretty sweet and delivers a smooth, complex flavor that is full-bodied and delicious. Another delicious Belgian beer that is pretty readily available.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:38:54 | More by Lemke10
Photo of JoshSyphilis


3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my "not much of a drinker" wife's favorite beer. I found it once in Chicago for her then years later it became accessible locally. The price is salty enough to give one hypertension. Twenty bones for a four pack, CRIPES! I've drank one in my life and it tasted like bitter wine. I guess when my wife drinks she doesn't funk around. A beer too rich for me, in a couple ways!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:32:01 | More by JoshSyphilis
Photo of Tebuken


4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Turbid golden colored beerwith a white fluffy foam that lingers a while.

S- Spicy and fruity aroma, specially cloves.

T- Very good taste, it starts a bit citric then sweet malty with a balanced bitter final ,the aftertaste shows a hint of coriander flavor.

M- Medium bodied with a nice silky mouthfeel.

O- A very good beer with high alcohol content that is not perceived boozy.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:13:37 | More by Tebuken
Photo of dowen17


3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Massive four finger white head that overflowed out of the glass. Hazy apple juice color. Head retention is very high with large amounts of lacing.

On the nose I get a heavy scent of apple and maybe a little bit of peach. This beer smells really good and complex.

At first I can't really think of words to describe this beer. It's got a fruity taste, maybe rotten apples and peaches. A little bit of honey sweetness up front. A bit metallic. There's a strange aftertaste that I've never gotten from any other beer. This is definitely one of the more complex beers I've tried. A bit boozy but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly creamy. High carbonation which makes it very refreshing.

This is a very interesting beer. I like it. I don't know if its quite deserving of some of the high ratings I've seen but its very drinkable and has a fairly good taste. Definitely worth trying its just not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 07:57:40 | More by dowen17
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Even a fairly gentle pour produces an aggressive white head, which fades but does not disappear entirely. Numerous vibrant, long-lived streams of bubbles appear in the semi-clear straw colored body.

S: Lots of tropical fruits; bananas and apricot prevail. Some peppery spices, and some definite yeast.

T: Previously mentioned fruit esters, a bit of spice (ginger?), and even a hint of sourness. As soon as the liquid is down my throat the aftertaste changes dramatically to an almost chalky, metallic taste, with a bit of the main flavors still there. Even these quickly fade. A difficult beer to taste due to its complexity but also its flavors' quick exit.

M: Quick-moving, medium bodied. Almost too much carbonation, I feel like I just ate a whole pizza.

O: You know you're in for a unique beer when the bottle is cream-colored with speckles. I can tell that there's quality behind this beer, and that some may even consider it a favorite, but it wasn't for me. The crisp appearance is extremely enticing, and the smell and first wave of flavors is very pleasant, but the aftertaste and high carbonation didn't suit me well. Like I said, I know that this beer is a good brew, (well suited to the style and to the palates of some) which is why I bumped up my 'overall' score higher than the individual categories would calculate out to, but overall it just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 05:10:29 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the caged corked bottle number L03 12389. Sampled on July 27, 2013.

The pour is golden amber with a frothy white head that lingers and laces.

Ah those unique and expected Belgian esters are alive in this one with pale malts, candied sugar, spices, and maybe a bit of honey.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste has an upfront sweetness with a nod toward honey sweetness and some subtle and mild hops to finish with a low hop bitterness. I liked it very much.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 13:00:33 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at tylers in carrboro. into a delirium tremens snifter.

golden color with a huge head. yeasty and crisp aroma, though not that flavorful. taste is completely different though. its amazingly complex. huge sweet and spicy notes that linger on the palate for long while. its extremely impressive and unique. medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall a beer that is one of kind in its flavors. loved it and wasn't at all what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 01:21:02 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Brew_42


4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden yellow with a white head that quickly fades. Th beer is fairly cloudy as well.

Smells like spices and banana

Tastes sweet and fruity with notes of clove

More carbonated than most beers which makes it more refreshing to me.

Overall this is probably my favorite beer. Great anytime of year and I would recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 06:15:07 | More by Brew_42
Photo of hreb


3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delirium tremens' iconic 750 mL stone glass bottle with the champagne style cork, which practically explodes as soon as I remove the cage. Cork reads "2.011" vintage -- back label indicates "4|11" which I assume is a bottling date. Beer served in Chimay chalice. Super pale straw yellow color with a massive white foamy head. Slightly cloudy appearance, with bubbles forming on the bottom surface of the class and rising towards the top. Faint but sweet belgian pale ale aroma. Maybe even a little bit grassy.

First sip is crisp and surprisingly hoppy for a Belgian strong ale. Up front it is actually on the bitter side, with secondary characteristics of yeast and earthy notes, along with peppercorns. Only experiencing it all over the mouth do the golden sweet flavors come out: amber raisins, honey, and dandelion.

I picked this up on close out at the super market, and it seems likely Delirium Tremens really shouldn't be aged this long. I rarely drink Delirium Tremens, and this tasting has reminded me why: it really is the Sam Adams of Belgian beer. It's available so widely, it's not a treat to find it, and if you're going to drink a beer this style, there are much better choices. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer. But there are far better beers available nearly as widely for the genre (and perhaps at less expense).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:16:02 | More by hreb
Photo of Jabberwocky


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours smoothly, not viscous or syrupy, but more water-like. A little foam when pour but it goes away fairly quickly.

Smells a little of apple and citrus.

Drinking it, the flavor works its way from the nose to the back of the throat. Taste starts out on a malty note as it works down to the throat with a very slight hint of a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Character of the Belgian yeast comes through. Strong carbonation, a beer i think i would prefer to drink cold and at a good pace to avoid it getting warm. Fairly refreshing beer that does not stick on palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:47:57 | More by Jabberwocky
Photo of BeerEngineer


4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

General - I've had Delirium Tremens before but never bothered with a review of it. This thing has always been so good in the past that I would just sit down and enjoy it rather than writing about it. I'm drinking this out of a New Belgium Tulip style glass, the bottle was the smaller 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance - SRM color of about a 4. A nice white frothy head at first pour that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing on this but I'm ok with it. The beer is a little bit hazy, most likely from the bottle conditioning.

Aroma - There is a slight scent of fruit and spice to this ale, really inviting. Smells like a nice clean beer for a warm summer day. There is a slight maltiness to this with an underlying alcohol scent, the alcohol isn't too strong but is there in the background.

Taste - There is a bitterness with this beer along with a solid punch of fruity esters. Very refreshing beer that has a nice citrus hit. There is also a solid malt that backs up the fruit flavor. The bitterness hits near the end of each sip too.

Mouthfeel - Very drying with a high carbonation level. Feels like I bit into a lemon in all honesty, very nice. A little thin, but that's what I expect for this style.

Overall - Wow, every time that I have this beer I just love it more and more. The way this beer refreshes is just amazing. If you like Belgium beers and haven't had Delirium Tremens, you need to. On a funny side note, Delirium Tremens is actually an alcohol withdraw symptom that includes severe shaking. Interesting name for this amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:07:08 | More by BeerEngineer
Photo of C3likesbeer


3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale yellow slight haze. Nice thick and lacy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty meh. Probably why they have a white bottle.

S- Starting to get better here. Belgian yeast with some apricot and banana esters. Nice complexity.

T- Immediately can feel the carbonation slightly bready with banana, spice and grapefruit. Almost champagne like mouthfeel. All over the place but very good Belgian Ale.

O- Going from appearance to overall this beer gets progressively better. While the overall score was brought down by the smell and appearance, the taste is outstanding. If taste were the only thing, this beer is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:46:57 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pristine golden color, with a slight, interesting and entertaining haze of floating yeast specks. Two finger head starts out full and bubbly, but eventually diminishes to a respectable (and pretty) 1/4-inch head that retains all the way to the end.

S: Upon first whiff, you detect some common orchard fruits; pear, apple. There's a slight spiciness that my nose couldn't decipher. The alcohol is apparent, but is respectably mild and well incorporated into the scent. It's almost a warning that this delicacy is not to be trifled with.

T: Deliciously fruity. Apples, pears, slight citrus, and if my tongue doesn't deceive me, maybe a hint of peach? The fruitiness doesn't last long, as you're hit with a surprise wave of spice and yeast. The fruit becomes an undertone as the beer makes its way down. The alcohol is a tad noticeable upon first sip, but it takes the backseat for the most part.

M: Overall pretty crisp, but it seems a little over-carbonated. Possibly just a fluke, but it is a bit of a hinderance to the flavors.

O: I went for this beer on an honest and truthful whim. I had heard its name before, but never looked into it. Boy, was it a treat. Complex flavors, pleasing aroma, and an all around treat to drink. Just be careful, however... It goes down far too easy for a beer with its alcohol content!

As an added note, the opaque gray and black speckled bottle really builds suspense as you're getting ready to pop the top and pour. I've never been more excited to pour a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:07:53 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange; slightly cloudy; effervescent; huge, foamy head

Aroma: Spicy; peppery; orange zest

Taste: Tart; citrusy; peppery; overall, very smooth and enjoyable flavor; well balanced

Remarks: I love these bottles. I wish I had a bunch for homebrew.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:23:14 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of sfprint


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: its a bit frightening. There are so many giant yeast flakes swiming around the glass like an aquarium. its a hair hazy, beautiful gold
S: very very nice. Very tripel like, except heavier with orange and perhaps pineapple.
T: tripel-like, slightly woody,, sugarless apricot has the heaviness of its alcohol content but not the flavor (which i appreciate). lemony sourness
M: light, fairly smooth, slightly puckering
O: I haven't had a delirium tremens in many years and I remember thinking it wasnt anything special back then, but 442 reviews later, this one does really measure up. quality but a bit visually disturbing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:31:03 | More by sfprint
Photo of vandemonian


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens is a delicious strong pale ale. Foamy, spicy and fruity.

A: Yellow colour and a big 5 mm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: Spicy with some yeastiness too. Some graininess too. 4

T: Malty with strong spiciness and some bitter fruit flavours. Sour fruitiness too, lol. Yum. 4

M: Extremely carbonated and foamy. 4.5

O: 4

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:28:28 | More by vandemonian
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased from my store - we just got single bottles of this and the nocturnum in stock. I may do the latter one later.

Anyway, it pours a creamy yellow with an extremely thick head. Smells like a tripel if I've ever smelt one. A creamy scent hits my nostrils off the bat, paired with a bit of citrus. It's that typical tripel taste - like La Fin Du Monde.

The mouthfeel is very thick with a balanced level of carbonation. The taste is just as citrusy as the aroma - very citrusy reminiscent of a good tripel with almost milky finish. There is a very prominent booziness that this beer boasts.

Overall, it's your basic tripel. Nothing special, but yknow, well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 06:30:37 | More by Olek4374
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 3,771 ratings.