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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,614 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,614
Hads: 5,286
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hazy gold with a steady stream of carbonation and 2 fingers of white dense head and excellent retention. Smell is fruity--apple skins, pears, citrus, spicy coriander, and a slight bandaid scent. Taste is light and fruity, tasting like green apples, melon, and pears with a slight tartness in the middle giving way to a nice spicy clove finish. A slight alcohol warming is present. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, with a fine carbonation for a refreshing feel. This is a pretty good beer, but it's awfully pricey and there's several other Belgian pale ale's I think are a better value.

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

Pours pale straw yellow with good clarity. A 3 finger head rushes up and almost over, then cascades down to a very thin ring in a matter of seconds, the way soda does if poured roughly. No lace.

The nose is fairly standard: ripe fruits, yeast, faint spice, apple, yellow cake, and a hint of tartness. Nice, but average.

The flavor has a bit more going on than the nose. It's fruity and crisp, but not too sweet. There's green apple, ripe pear, light banana, citrus, spicey yeast, floral hops, and a subtle tartness that reminds me of good Witte bier. Actually, it reminds me of a Witte on steroids.

Body is medium with large bubbled carbonation and a juicey slick mouthfeel. Quite sessionable and thirst quenching.

Thanks for sharing Gabe!

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear golden colour topped by a fluffy, bright white head that receded quickly to a ring. Spicy aroma with cloves, some pepper, honey, and a little alcohol. Light texture with ample carbonation. Fruity flavour (berries and oranges) with more honey and slightly acidic. Plenty of spiciness, cloves and coriander, with a peppery finish. Alcohol warming is quite strong, but not overpowering or harsh. Finishes with some dryness and hop character. This is a very fine beer, and one that enjoyed quite a lot.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

75 cl. bottle with a feb 2004 bottling date.
Clear straw color with a 2 finger white head. Spicy sweet smell of black pepper, cloves, and musk. Strong taste with the same peppers, cloves, and sweet spices with a dash of salt.

I once read a book calling this the best beer in the world
oh my, how times have changed.

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Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed the big bottle of this one, and finally decided to rate it. I pick it up quite often- it's an easy, lovely purchase. One thing I've noticed, however, is that the percentage on the bottle is 8.5%, but the site says it's 9%. Oh well, on to the rating.

Pours a cloudy golden color with TONS of bubbles floating up, and a big, white frothy head that refuses to disappear and leaves lovely lacing around the glass. Smells citrusy, spicy- pepper, maybe?- and a hint of sweetness. Lots going on here, but at a very subtle level- you want more, but it teases you.

Taste is far more potent, and is full of variety. I get sweet fruits, mostly apple, peach, and apricot, on one sip. And then I get some spices on the next. And then I get some lemon and orange on the next. Every sip is a lovely adventure. Sometimes I get sweet fruit and spices- it's amazing. Absolutely delicious, and each sip brings something new to the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very... smooth. Silky. A good amount of bubbles makes this dance on my tongue. Feels great, and slowly warms you up. Can't taste the alcohol at all really- very sneaky tastyness. Quite drinkable, I'd say. Not a gulper, but not really a sipper, either. Somewhere in the middle. A very refreshing, tasty brew. God bless delirium beers.

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Photo of hefevice
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Mmmm...interesting. Had to have two to get the measure of this one. Looks amazing, luminous light gold with big frothy white head, screaming "drink me" from my Duvel tulip. Strange on the aroma, belgian funk plus strong ketones (e.g. acetone), not unpleasant though. Taste has a very dry finish, but the ABV while apparent is hidden well. Palate is just right for me, plenty of fine carbonation results in a light touch and accentuates the flavours. Competent BSPA and very yummy.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amazingly clear out of this white bottle. Not sure what I was expecting, but his looks like a High Life! Love it!

A very light head forms and goes away leaving and island of foam floating in the center of the chalice.

The aromas are not striking. However, I've been outside all day, and the allergies are pumping pretty good.

This beer has fairly acitive carbonation on the tongue along with a light delicate flavor.

The mouthfeel is nice with a smooth drinkability.


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Photo of BrewMaster
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I consumed this beer in my cousin's apartment in Wavre, Belgium.

Appearance: Served in a Duvel glass. It pours a golden orange color with a a big, white, fluffy head. Very nice looking beer. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mostly malty citrus with a spicy corriander scent and some orange peel.

Taste: Pepper, sweet malt, corriander, and some sourness at the end. I find the sourness a bit offensive. There is a near burning alcohol warmth in the middle. I definately taste that 9%. Other flavors I taste are citrus sweetness and green apple.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sticky on the palate. Very nice and comfortable.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light golden body, a little white head that didn't stick around much.

Smell: Huge spicy goodness. Lightly sweet, but mostly herbal and spicy.

Taste: Yeah, that's pretty good. Sweet, almost tart at times, but wonderfully balanced by the spicy hops and some good yeasty flavors. Pretty bitter too, but balanced. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, doesn't feel dry, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Good. I usually can't drink more than one belgian at a time, but I think I could with this one.

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Photo of sopor
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Battlekow for the trade!

The Tremens poured a beautiful hazy golden-orange. The head was thin and just slightly cream colored and dissapated unevenly. Bubbles were slight and small.

Very little aroma from the beer, and all I could think was that it smelled like fruity/malty champagne or white wine.

The beer tastes excellent. Again I taste champagne/wine underneath the malt, yeast and fruity flavors.

Tremens was thin on the tongue with just a hint of oily-like creaminess, but the carbonation comes alive.

This beer is the reason I began seriously investigating craft brew and found BA in the first place. I could drink Delerium Tremens all day, but my day would be awfully short if I tried!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazy orange blossom honey with a Brobdingnagian head of lightly jaundiced ivory. Subsequent pours result in a good deal more haziness, edging into murkiness with the addition of the final few ounces. The cap is gently rocky with decent persistence, but is a mite too soft to leave much Belgian lace. Some eye candy on the glass would have bumped up the appearance score a half point.

Even though the nose is a little short on aggressiveness, wetting the tip of my nose in order to appreciate it is never a danger. The beer smells peach and apple fruity with a restrained spiciness and a whiff of well-integrated alcohol. A more commanding olfactory presence and more spicy Belgian yeastiness would improve things even more.

The flavor is more assertive than the nose and is the better for it. This is delicious beer. It tastes of sweet, nectary orchard fruits (peaches, apples, pears) sprinkled with clove and allspice and then macerated in their respective brandies. Each sip brings out new flavor sensations, or more accurately, the same flavor sensations arranged in new and different ways. The spices are especially well done, as they change kaleidoscopically within each mouthful.

Delirium Tremens has flavor to spare and my taste buds are even more delighted as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a slick, velvety lushness that promotes sipping rather than gulping; all the better to appreciate the multi-faceted flavor profile. The number of bubbles is on the low end for a Belgian beer, making me like it all the more.

I love the stoneware-look bottle and the cartoony, colorful label complete with pink elephants and green, sunglasses-bedecked alligators. Craft beer should be fun and it's great to see such a fun-loving, silly ass label. Delirium Tremens impressed me more than I thought it would. It's a wonderful BSPA and is one that I'll be sure to buy again whenever I have the opportunity.

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Photo of IceAce
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear deep golden body capped with a ½ finger of creamy old-lace colored foam. Microscopic CO² bubbles lazily rise from within the depths of the goblet. Nose is sweet with candy sugar, malt, and a saliva-inducing yeast presence.

Entry is smooth with this nectar gently touching down on the mid and rear flanks of the tongue. Midtaste opens with sugary sweetness, quickly transitioning to a rich earthy maltiness and a dash of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is robust thanks to the oh-so-generous grain bill, and the finish is classic Belgian with a yeast profile fading into nothing more than an invitation to enjoy another sip.

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Photo of Brian700
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy orange with an awesome white fluffy head. It mellows down and looks like the raw side of a pancake while its cooking sitting on the top of my beer.

The smell consists of some fruit (banana, apricot) and there is some spice in there as well. There is a mild pepperness with some clove and coriander aroma. I can detect a very mild floral aroma.

The taste is sweet with some spiciness. There is an alcohol presence and plenty of esters. I pick up on bananas and apricots. Very nice. Almost buttery.

Good mouthfeel, it's a medium bodied beer. Very Quaffable. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. Thanks Nsmit17 for sending this to me. Very good.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a 10 oz. serving ath The Independant in Uptown, Minneapolis. Clightly hazed gold color, with a small white head, quite unnassuming visuals. Smell has a lot of banana in it, as well as some delicious belgian yeast, peppery hops and miscellaneous fruit. Taste is very clean and subtle. Tastes fruity up front, with a good alcohol presence. Banana and hops. This is a very good beer, if not too subtle, but good flavors and extremely drinkable. Almost anythin I would look for in a BSPA.

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Photo of dgallina
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

Poured into the tulip a faintly-clouded pale golden-yellow with medium-strong carbonation and reasonably good head retention. Smells of sweet malts with fruity notes. Not the most subtle or complex flavors on display. Sweet throughout, with touches of berry and apples. Becomes slightly dry and hoppy in the finish, but not nearly dry or bitter enough to counter the overall sweetness. Medium-light with well-carbonated body.

Not a bad strong golden ale, but not particularly distinguished either. A bit plain and overly sweet without balancing dryness or depth.

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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey colored yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell is a little tame but still very nice. Light Duvel fruits and a zip of alcoholic sweetness.

Tastes like it smells, only more complex. Bubbles and alcohol upfront, moving into fruit, moving into smoke in the middle and ending on a hint of medicine and oil.

Very nice, fizzy champagne body and it goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of HogHill
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Colonial in Acton.

Appearance: Poured this into a tulip and it resulted with a 2 finger foamy white head. The beer is a pale gold, similar to a Duvel.

Smell: a sweet banana scent along with phenols and some spice. very nice!

Taste: primarily sweet and fruity with a bit of grass. The tastebuds pick up some corriander and pepper. Very clean tasting. The Tremens finish is a little too warm.

Mouthfeel: feels light and crisp on the tongue

Drinkability: This one is probably enjoyable only as a single for me because of the high ABV, which is definitely noted in the finish.

Overall: I liked this beer, but I love Duvel and I love Dupont's Avec les Bons Veoux more. Still a solid representative of the strong golden ale style.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden colored with a big white head. Huge aroma. Spicy and fruity all at the same time. Truly a great smelling beer. The taste doesn't let you down either. Plenty of citrus taste with some pepper mixed in as well. The alcohol does not go unoticed. It does leave the inside of your mouth a little hot. Still, a beautifully crafted beer. I loved the bottle so much that I asked the waitress if I could bring it home with me. Actually, it was more me telling her that I was bringing it home with me and she complied, haha.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

In my book, Belgian beers come second to German beer only. And this is a bias on my part since I am from a German family. Regradles of this bias, Belgian beers are definetly worth a try by any beer aficianado. The packaging is definetly a plus in comparison to most American beers. The head is almost nonexistent and the Brussels lace is maintained for only a few short minutes. The taste is fruity than most, but compared to other beers I have sampled. Delirium meets my par standards for a Belgian brewed beer. Regardless of my biased sentiments, this beer is worth a try by any wannabe beer advocate. Something I would by for a second try.

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Photo of whynot44
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy pale gold color with a massive white head and champagne-like carbonation.

The aroma is very mild, somewhat fruity - apples, pears with just a bit of floral hops.

Taste is also mildly fruity, again, apple and pear with maybe a touch of citrus over a biscuity, yeasty mild malt base. This is followed by a spicy, peppery, dry hops finish that continues in the aftertaste.

Smooth and easy to drink with a nice alcohol warmth that really doesn't warn you of the true strength of this brew. Comes in a funky fake stoneware bottle with pink elephants and green alligators on the label. A decent example of a really great beer style. .

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Photo of horndecker
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the bottle is a fave, white glass, with a wonderfully fanicful label. Pink elephants and dancing crocodiles, cool lettering. The brew pours out honey straw colored with a modest head. Decent froth leaves a bit of lace, but nothing extraordinary.

The nose is limes, earthy yeast, roasted meat (!?), and, oddly, something very clean smelling, pine and hay. Big fruit and a nice smooth bitterness dominate the taste. Buttery malt precedes a dryish herbal finish.

A very nice ale, with a crisp smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent but doesn't overpower. Delish.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to the color of apple juice with a short lived bubbly head. Carbonation continued to rise through the brew well after being poured. A little lace was noted around the glass. Scent was almost like champagne, with a slightly vinegar-like quality. Flavors of hops were strong, as were notes of sugar and barley.Dry, smooth aftertaste. Heavy alcohol quality was noted, as this brew will get you feelin' it. Worth a try, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an apricot colored citrus punch looking color. When pouring, I had to slow it down to avoid too much head. The head is thick with nice retention and ample lace. It is white in color and tops off a cloudy and very bubbly brew. The aroma is like bananas and pineapple, very pungeant. The taste is very fruity and mildly sweet. The aftertaste lingers on the palate with some hints of hops. With 8.5%abv, I expected more of an alcohol taste, but only detected a very small trace. I could only drink one of these per night.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect gold color with a 1 1/2" white-tan head. It fizzles and fizzles but last for a while.. eventually there is just a ring of suds and swirls in the glass.

Musky orange nose, faint spices. Smooth honey glides over the tongue, then a biting bitter citrus at the end. Alcohol also hits at the end lingering on the palate for a while. I can't say I like the balance here (or lack thereof). The flavors come at you a bit randomly and awkwardly. That said, this is a fairly nice, drinkable ale.. But I would prefer a better integration of the flavors.

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Photo of elricorico
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker shade of orange with a big bubbly white head. The head fades down to about one finger thick. Inside is a tonne of sediment! Looking through the glass you can see all kinds of floating bits. Unfortunately it's a bit of a turn off.

The smell is pretty good, what I'd expect for the style. Spice, candied sugar, a bit of booziness and just a hint of soap.

Taste is a clean sweetness up front with a faint hop and strong alcohol finish. The alcohol is not unpleasant, but it is not as well hidden as some of my favorite beers of the style.

Mouthfeel is good, slick and medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the big alcohol, both by volume and by flavour.

Decent beer, but I'd say it's only for fans of the style, I don't see it gaining converts.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.