Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 1,587
Hads: 5,149
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 1,002 | 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 Samp01
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Absalom
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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. (335 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of paddymac
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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. (297 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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)
41/50 (689 characters)

Photo of Paige_Jude
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

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. :) (318 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice rich gold with a fairly large head which dissipates. Decent lacing.

Definite notes of bread on the nose. Also a little banana and floral scents. Those are very faint because grain is definitely dominant.

Tastes like it smells. Very bread/grain forward. Some booze in the middle and finishes with hints of spices. Nothing that I am overly impressed with in this beer. Fairly good Belgian, but there are better ones out there. Still a very good beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly creamy. Low carbonation.

Very good Belgian beer. Grab it off the shelf If you've never had it. (636 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber. Darker than Duvel and similar in colour to a Czech pils. Haziness made carbonation difficult to see

Smell is of onions, pear drops and candy. To me this, smells very similar to Duvel.

Taste is of malt, sugar, pear, apple with a touch of booze and a warm finish. It is a bit like an "imperial pilsner" beer as it has the same refreshing drinkability of a lager but with more alcohol warmth and more flavours going on. Bit of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and palate cleanisng.

Overall I found this to be similar to a Duvel with perhaps a touch more caramel sweetness. A very good BSPA.

My mark out of one hundred would be 93. (652 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #51 of the ones I've reviewed here.

This is a very strange beer. With one exception it's a fairly standard Belgian Golden in the Duval tradition, not bad but not anything amazing. Pours a lightly brownish-gold with a head that disappears rapidly. The nose is about what you'd expect, a sort of tropical fruit flavored bubblegum kind of deal. That also continues into the candy like flavors, although it ripens a bit as it warms up into more assertive just plain fruit flavors and a blast of that funky Belgian yeast that's hard to explain but anybody who's ever had a Belgian in this style (actually, in a lot of styles) knows about.

Like I said, nothing bad but nothing really special, either. The one thing, though, that really is extraordinary about this beer is the mouthfeel. The effervescence here is paired with a finish so bone dry that the moment you register the taste it's already gone, just a wisp of it lying around on your tongue. It's really hard to describe, but the effect is rather like pouring the beer into a cologne bottle and spritzing it into your mouth, you're almost not drinking it so much as absorbing it.

I've never really tasted a beer that did anything quite like that, and I think this is worth seeking out soley to experience it. A beer who's prime virtue is it's mouthfeel is really a remarkable thing. (1,398 characters)

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color. Thick white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing behind. On the nose some lemon and green apple with a grassy undertone. On the palate a dry mix of citrus bitterness and malt. More of that green apple on the swallow. Neither sweet nor bitter, this one. (292 characters)

Photo of djura
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it in Hungary.

A - Creamy big white foam, lasting minute or two, but leaving one mm. on top. Medium carbonation. Light golden color.
S - Floral, typically Belgian tripel smell, but weak. Warm, fresh..
T/M - So carbonated ! Warm. Almost can't feel nothing more from carbonation and warming.
Low bitterness, again some floral aroma's.

O - This is not my style, don't like strong beers, without strong aroma's. (413 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like champagne. Beautiful straw colored golden body, fast moving carbonation, below a perfectly white, and very fluffy head; (not sticky on the palate at all, but sticky on the glass).

Smells nutty and malty, very yeasty as well. Mild alcohol smell, not a whole lot. A lot of yeast but also some serious sweet berry notes. Somewhat like blueberry pie, the way the malt and berry smells interact. A little chili pepper in there as well. Tangy.

Taste is complex. Malt and sweetness is all at the front, toastiness and hops at the end. Somewhere in the middle is mild alcohol, though not as much as expected. The yeast and malt from the nose have stuck around and give the beer a deep creamy buttery taste. Mild sweetness, though the sweetness definitely grows as the beer warms (though I had it not all that cold, around 48 degrees, to begin with). Raisins in the aftertaste, though the hops and yeast are what stick around most.

Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. If my taste buds were shot completely I would think I was drinking champagne (look and feel).

$9 for the 750ml bottle, definitely a treat, and worth it. This may not be my favorite style, but this is good beer.

(Side note, USA lost to Belgium just a few days ago in the World Cup, so part of me feels like I'm betraying my country drinking Belgian ale this week... but not that big of a part. Great beer comes first) (1,400 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light gold with a bubbly head that stays for a whole, eventually settling to a thin layer of foam. Smells of yeast, fruit and white pepper. Taste of apple and pear with a smooth creaminess. Light and crisp mouth with a great balance of carbonation. The flavors expand as it warms. An easy drinking ale that is perfect for the summer months. (353 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the pink elephant touch. It poured a hazy golden color with some floating particles and a huge a thick head with great retention and leaving good laces.
Nice aroma with notes of peaches, Belgian spicy yeast, oranges and mango.
Initially refreshing and tasty flavor with a delicious spicy taste with notes of pineapples, medicinal herbal hops, a hint of Cointreau liquor, green apple tartness, coriander, cloves, pear, bubblegum and candi sugar. Quite dry aftertaste with a light to medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Great example of how to hide alcohol.
Nice to revisit this well-built classic brew. It starts refreshing and builds complexity overtime, so according to your drinking pace you choose what type of beer to drink. This is definitely better than its competitor the regular Duvel, but a bit overpriced. (847 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick foamy white head. Crystal clear. Yellow. Lots of bubbles rising.

S: apple, pear. Lemon zest. Banana peel.

T: green apple. Tart. Small spicy notes. Alcohol.

M: highly carbonated. Medium body.

O: great Belgian. Strong and flavorful. (258 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review #750 - bottle code L24_13190 - poured into my oft-used Delirium Tremens balloon)

A: really clear, sunny golden color... finger width of thin-built white foam, dies out rather quick... no lace

S: at first, heavy toasted cracker aroma, mildly graham-like - fan-tastic!... faint perfumy phenolics round the edges... bit of a mango-esque fruitiness in the background... maybe a little uric acid and cilantro as well, as it warms, while the initial aromas have died off

T: electric jolt of spiciness, vaguely clove in character, supported underneath by the graham and mango, however, each flavor has taken on the tone of a flavored vodka, more or less, with the follow-through punch of bold, clean alcohol... after it's all done, a fruity dough flavor lingers...

M: rather thin and dry... there didn't appear to be, but seemingly is, a mildly spritzy carbonate bite up front... can get smoother as you go along, but the afterburn will always ignite

O: while this wasn't the first Belgian beer I had (I tried Duvel and Lindeman's Framboise at a late-night get together when I was around 16), this was the first real significant find for me in the upper echelon of alcohol strength... bought a bomber in college on the first night of moving into an off-campus apartment with a roommate that I probably should have never moved in with; kinda realized I would be in for a very long year lease that first night, ducked out to hang (and vent) at a former roommate's apartment nearby... drank the whole bottle in maybe 15 minutes and promptly passed the f out

anyway, it's a shame that 1) these bottles (Duvel included) cost as much as they do and 2) no U.S. brewery seems to be able to quite match the cleanliness and bone dryness of DT and Duvel when producing an homage to these beers / the "style"... this beer is very different in the bottle compared to on draft, at least where and when I've had it on draft... unless the tap line is calibrated perfectly, the bottle is the way to go with DT, not that you'd want to drink it often - there's plenty more Belgian brews out there with more to offer... this, to me, is just a fancily-packaged malt liquor equivalent... still something I'd hook up with now and then (2,218 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB date early 2015, poured into tulip glass from 330mL bottle. Interesting to see that the bottle is fully opaque.

A - pours a nice golden brown colour, hazy, reasonable foamy white head for this style, thins into a 4mm thick lacing

S - Fruity (banana, grapes) sweet yeasty odour. Strong dose of floral notes in there too. Smells like a sweet white wine.

T - Wow! huge fruity taste mixing well with yeasty malts. Kinda like a fruit bowl - pear, apple, apricot, and some orange in there. Sweet belgian candy sugar (not too sweet) straight off, with a lightly sour aftertaste.

M - soft, low carbonation, alcohol is muted, light to medium body, slightly oily texture.

O - the fruity tinges make this an interesting beer, but I did find the finish is a bit too tarty (768 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Only my second Belgian Ale and a fun experience. A pale clear straw color in the glass with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Drinkable and refreshing with complex spice and herb notes, notably mild clove, and a hint of grain. One of the best jobs of masking a high alcohol content I have experienced. Our table of four agreed that the beer seemed very light and drinkable. (373 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow-gold and slightly hazy with a billowing foamy head.

Smells fairly funky but it does not take over. Earthy scents from the yeast are very well balanced with spice and toasty wheat. There is a slight sweetness or fruitiness, and some softer notes of banana and clove.

The taste begins slightly sweet, with some flavours of fruit, yeast, and wheat malts. The funky flavours linger a bit throughout the transition to citrus hop bitters backed by malty sweetness to tone it done on the finish.

The feel is not too thin, and overall this is very nicely balanced. (571 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: a very pale and clear gold in color with a small but persistent two finger head. Good lacing.

S: banana, Belgian yeast and touch of spice.

T: cloves, spices, fruits and Belgian yeast.

M: full carbonation and a medium feel. A drier finish.

O: a nice BSPA that would definitely be called a sipper. I think I'd need to revisit this one in a while to give it another whirl and see if it comes out the same. (448 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is bright golden yellow, crystal clear, and sports an impressive 3 fingers of coarse white head which dies down a bit quickly. The nose is spot on for the style, featuring fruity esters and spicy phenols. I get notes of pears, apples, flowers, and herbal notes.

The beer has a medium body, a dry fruity flavor, and good firm feel. Up front is a nice bready malt presence, then a well-constructed fruit and spice flavor. Apples and pears play against dry, herbal hoppy notes that keeps the flavor from getting too sweet. It's very balanced and seems to touch every dial on the palate. The finish is not Duvel-dry, but dry nonetheless and a bit short-lived and disappointing. Not as effervescent as I like beers in this style. No booziness at all and no diacetyl either.

I can see why this is a classic offering of this style, but it's not as tasty as Duvel nor as complex as Stille Nacht. At this price point, I expected a bit more. There are other beers in this style I want to try, so I doubt I will be returning to this one for a while. Still, very glad I tried it and wish I hadn't waited so long. (1,157 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear light straw color. This offering had a half finger of clear white head that dissipated quickly. The nose had the classic Belgian funkiness. The Belgian yeast really comes through in the flavor profile. The finish is nicely semi-dry. (254 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a ton of life as the bubbling exploded to the top forcing me to slow the pour considerably. The head was dense and congealed to a thick foam. The golden color was exceptional with a clean yet cloudy look.

The aromas are fair with a touch of orchard fruit, Apple and pear, with a blend of wheat. There are hints of clove, peppercorn and bubblegum.

The flavors head straight to clove and bubblegum-like sweetness. It finishes with apples and pears and the finish is very clean. At times I taste wheat or cereal malts but it seems over powered.

The feel is dry, with plenty of prickly bubbling.

I enjoyed this but found it to be less than satisfying for such a high price. (691 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With an ABV of 8.5% one would not expect this beer to be as smooth and flavorful as I found it to be.

When poured from it's ceramic bottle you will find this beer to have a clear yellow/orange color and thick creamy head. This beer is has excellent lacing and quite a resilient head.

Though I was not impressed by this beer's fruity/yeast aroma the flavor was fantastic. This beer has a very full bodied, slightly hoppy bitter flavor followed by citrus and malty aftertaste. I was shocked to find the alcohol flavor of this beer to be more of an undertone rather than the commanding flavor I'd expect from a 8.5% beer. (620 characters)

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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