Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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5,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,105
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 280
Gots: 974 | 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 31Sam13
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gestaltbier...not wasted presentation here my friends...

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of MUFC1
3.51/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of majorbase2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mtvolkens
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Photo of tjsmith910
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

overall quality from start to finish

Photo of dwmson1
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesomeness..... flavor, smell, texture, high quality....

Photo of TapDat
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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

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Photo of Svingjo
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Hammer28
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, I highly recommend it

Photo of DocCajun
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Photo of laserjedi
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of JJfreeou21
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully put together fruity arrangement. I picked up light fruits and an almost bubble gum taste. Lots of carbonation. This is a fun beer.

Photo of Antg8989
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
1.8/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It was painful to drink in my opinion

Photo of ralphwhosman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hay de belgas a belgas... Strong Pale Ale de caché para ocasiones especiales. Ideal para acompañar una sesión de Brot, Käse und Speck.

Photo of taiyo
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Bitte_ein_Bit
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Dwoodard71
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is quite good

Photo of Dorrin
4.5/5  rDev +9%

I love both their Tremens and Nocturnum. Delicious beers with a nice blend of flavours.

Photo of martyl1000
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of 71ADub
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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....

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 5,105 ratings.