Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 5,102
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 280
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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 jakester
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It was served in a Delerium Tremens glass, which has cute little pink elephants on it, as if to say "You drink too much of this, you're gonna hallucinate!", which I believe you would!

Arrives a very cloudy banana gold with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring, with intermittent splotches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is honey sweet, with pilsner malt and just a hint of spicy hops. As it warms you can pick up candy sugar and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is kind of sweet, yet tart, fruity, with pears and pineapple. Sort of citrusy, also, with notes of lemons. Not much in the way of hops, with just a noticeable hop bittering present. This is actually refreshing, considering the size of this beer. The aftertaste is sweet, tart, and a little hot from alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, with soft to medium carbonation. This does have a tartness to balance some of the sweetness. Finish is sweet and tart.

This is a very nice beer, well balanced for its size. A good representation of the style, and a good blend of sweet and tart flavors. I think it could be a little more complex; there's no real spiciness to speak of, but it's still recommended.

Photo of EMV
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is actually a pretty cool beer, even in spite of the new age "white" sticker. I picked up this Belgian import at an SAQ in Quebec City, and was really impressed. It almost puts me in mind of a good Unibroue brew.

It poured a very hazy dark golden color, with abundant fluffy white head that stuck around and laced my glass. The smell was sweet and yeasty, with fruity and spicy overtones that were complex, but not overpowering. Overall.. it looked and smelled yummy.

As for the taste... very very not bad. It goes down very easy, and you can barely taste the 8.7% alcohol content. Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and very complex, with numerous fruity textures involved. It's moderately carbonated, with a clean and refreshing aftertaste. This is one I'd definitely recommend, and one that I'd definitely pick up again.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much paler and lighter than I was expecting. As for the 9% ABV, but do not believe it. Could not find a hint of it in the beer. Served in a 10.5oz goblet it poured very pale gold. Very similar to apple juice. No head and no visible carbonation. However, there was just the slightest of carbonation that made this beer extremely light on the tongue with a slightly dry and crisp finish. Flavor was sweet malts at first without any recognizeable hops. Picked up just whiffs of a lot of other flavors, such as honey, cloves, pepper, lemon, yeast and fruit (apples). Threw the glass down far quicker than I intended.

Photo of kmcnair
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, pours a cloudy apricot color and makes a fluffy white head. Lacing cascades down my glass with very compact, dense bubbles drifting down as I imbibe this. Strong yeast in the nose with a hint of vinegar. Light peppery spice flavor with coriander, lemon, yeast and alcohol. Medium to full palate with peppery carbonation, finishes quite dry. Excellent strong pale, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of pgroove
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I ordered this on tap and was a little miffed when they brought it to me in a bottle because they said the tap ran out. Nonetheless, it is quite is extraordinary beer down to every detail, even the bottle.

It pours a delicious golden color and has a wonderfully fruity smell. Like most beers in this style, it is malty and strong and also has some fruity overtones.

The fact that it was "elected the greatest beer ever" is up for debate, but it was quite good.

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some orange tints steady supply of bubbles is feeding a nice off white head that is creamy looking falls slowly and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is malty some sweetness and fruity bananas, peaches mingle with some spice clove and flower aromas.

Taste is malt fruity some light sweetness with a noticable alcohol bite. Finish is the lingering alcohol warming you along with lasting fruitiness pear, apricot some hints of hops and peppery spice and earthy yeasts mixed with clove.

Mouthfeel is medium but light felling crisp clean nice summer brew except for the warming feeling, already warm enough need to move to Alaska.

Drinkability is good nice have had before but haven't reviewed not the best but drinkable plus good and dangerous at 9%.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the sixth time I've had Tremens. This time at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Melbourne. I've throroughly enjoyed the beer everty time I had it, but this bottle I got tasted a little off. Or maybe it was just me. In any event, I'll review based on the averages of my experiences, not just this particular bottle.

Tremens pours a lovely slightly-hazy dark straw color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Pretty beer, that's for sure.

The smell is a bit sweet for my taste, but I'm a hop head so what do you expect. The beer smells thouroughly yummy though.

The taste is a slightly warm mouth (it's 9 percent, afterall!) but the alcohol is otherwise really well hidden. Taste has a maltier character than you might expect. A really well balanced brew, but this particular bottle wasn't as good as I'd remembered.

Mouthfeel is great on this beer. Just the right mount of carbonation. I find a lot of Belgians too champagne-like in carbonation, but Delirium is spot on.

Drinkability suffers a little due to high alcohol, and again, this bottle wasn't as drinkagle as I'd remembered. I'll write another review the next time I have the beer.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smaller bottle poured into the Delirium Tremens glass with pink elephants.

Hazy, cloudy gold pour with two fingers of white bubbly head and streaming carbonation.

Nose has malts, alcohol, lemon, honey, and a spicy little kick in it. Lots of phenolic aromas.

Flavor is similarly malty, and the alcohol comes through just a bit hot for my preferences. There are some nice fruity notes that border on peach, and a clove-like spiciness that helps round things out a bit more.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly crisp.

Overall: Not a bad one by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think this one hangs up there with the Duvels of the world. An enjoyable change of pace, but it's not going to become my go-to.

Photo of metalitool
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

NOTE: after writing the review, I noticed the freshness date was April 2004, today is August 2005...I will defintely give it another chance!

Its good, yeah, but for the price, I am not impressed ($8 for a 750ml). Maredsous seems better from what I remember. I really do not care for the smell, and the alcohol is poorly masked compared to Maredsous. The color is nothing out of the ordinary, deep yellow with what looks like particulate matter floating around(NOT sinking sediment as some wheat beers have) which is unattractive. The head is also sub-par for the price range.

I will, however, add into the equation that other Exotic beers I've had from this liquor store have not consistently been fresh, so I am definitely willing to give it a second chance, though I am not willing to shell out another $8 for 2 beers. For $8 I wish I had purchased Unibroue's Fin Du Monde, or Maredsous.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose the time is now to actually review it, though I've had it before. First off, this is certainly not the best beer in the world. That said, I do think it's a pretty great beer, and despite how "cute" the label and bottle design may be, it's still a pretty snazzy presentation with colors, drawings, and the ability to catch the eye.

Appearance: Pretty decent-sized head as I pour it into my wine glass. Nice lacing globbing up the side of the glass and a deep golden yellow color with lots of bubbles to go with it.

Smell: What I expected, but it's very nice. Strong presence of banana, slight bubblegum, candi sugar, slight zest and citrus --what I look for in this style, a balanced, sweet, and pleasing aromas. Get your nose in the glass and see what's going on.

Taste: What surprises me most is the seemingly lingering slight hop character at the end, neutralizing the sweetness a bit and making it odd in a way. Banana, candied fruit, and yeastiness are up front, with the finishing bubblegum and hop presence at the end. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and crisp, into a sharp burst of bubbles, then into a creamy finish with the swallow. Light to medium body, not to heavy. Great for the summer for sure.

Drinkability: Though this isn't the best example of the style, I think it's surely one of the best available. It's in line price-wise with other Belgians of the style, and it's certainly worth a shot, either for a caged and corked bottle or a 4-pack.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 11.2oz. bottle with light blue labels and a foil label over the crown. there are the typical pink elephants, green gators and red japaneze dragons on the front. 8.5% abv displayed. marks on the label show the freshness date or importation date to be jan. '04. i don't understand this dating system, however.

appearance: pours an extremely hazy bright yellow-orange with even brighter yellow highlights in a tulip glass. like the nocturnum, there are floaties suspended in the liquid. pours a half and half white fluffy head that drops to an inch quickly, and then an eight of an inch top to bottom.

smell: candied spicy citrus. i do notice some phenols and bananas.

taste: spicy, tingly, fruity and with a reminder of the alcohol at the end. very medicinal flavors. there are some sweet, honey, malty undertones as well. bitterness is very light.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth. a little light in body in my opinion. swallow clucks a tad.

drinkability: decent drinkability. goes down easy considering the alcohol flavor. the medicinal and alcohol flavors do hinder a tad, though. not perfect.

overall: another slightly disappointing delirium. although a good beer, there are others in this style that, in my opinion, shine a little bit brighter. i'll let a bottle of this sit a year and see what i think then. but anyways, a good try, but overall, not my favorite.

Photo of barrelman
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing to me that this beer has become such a hit. Not because I think it doesn't deserve it, but because it is a rather expensive beer. I have heard this beer making its way from small liquor stores to Phish shows. Got this in a four-pack with a complementary glass.

Appearance is cloudy, busy, and beautiful. Aroma is fruity and in line with other Belgians. Taste is a little over-carbonated, but hides the abv well. mouthfeel is a little bubbly with a smooth finish. One of the better, more expensive beers, in your liquor store cooler.

Plus, kick-ass bottle!

Photo of klewis
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Huge, thick 4-finger head and a hazy light amber in color. Sticky lace covered the glass for the whole drink.

S: Ripe, dark fruits and bread fills the nose. A hint of alcohol if you take a big whiff. Absolutely huge smell.

T: Very complex taste. Orange peel, coriander, and a potpourii of other spice flavors. A touch of hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish.

M: A little too bubbly, but great full-bodied mouthfeel.

D: This beer is a workout for the senses. Very complex in taste and smell and one of my favorite Belgians to date. Highly recommended.

Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, served in Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

Pours with a cloudy golden body, some hints of orange. yellowish head an inch and a bit tall, great retention and some nice lacing. Served in the correct delirium tulip glass with pink elephants (later bought one in de bierkoning)

Smell, fresh, almost flowery. Little hint of nutty satay. Dried fruits, melon, banana, tropical too, maybe mango

Taste, sweet and full of phenols. Estery, tonnes of fruit and has a very crisp mouthfeel. Slight hop bitterness on the finish

A brilliant pale ale

Photo of thechaacster
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, capped and foiled. Pours a clear gold, with a big, billowy, fizzy head. Good lacing as well. Aroma is spicy and alcoholic with a bit of citrusy sweetness. Taste is sweet up front and quite spicy, with pepper, clove and coriander duking it out. Some fruity (orange rind, white grape) character as well. Finish is quick, slightly bitter and boozy. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but the alcohol will really sneak up on you. This definitely lives up to its balls out reputation. Maybe a little too effervescent, I wonder what would happen to this one with some time in the cellar.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice-looking faux-ceramic glass bottle capped with blue foil. Makes you want to look at it in the bottle for a while. But not for too long.

Somewhat cloudy, champagne gold colour. White frothy thich head which falls down to film quickly.
A nice looking beer.

Very nice. Savoury citrus, some hints of saltwater, with a sweet malt underpinning. Very pleasant smell really.

Very nice flavours. Mostly fruity sweetness, with a refreshing dryness. It starts with a sweet, fragrant fruitiness, but mellows to a dry bready flavour, undepinned by that warm base of alcohol.
Mouthfeel smooth, rich and filling. Wonderful.
This is what a high-alcohol beer should be like: no overpowering of the flavours by the alcohol, but rather the kick lending its complexities to the complexities inherent in the beer itself. Too often these high-end beers end up tasting like someone's taken a mediocre beer and turned up the "alcohol volume".

Very fine indeed.

The drinkability of this monster beer is limited, because the moderation required in enjoying it. But this is a fine beer nonetheless.

Photo of ypsifly
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated 750 that is corked, caged, blue foiled, and wrapped in that faux stone plastic shit. Lotsa happy critters dance on the front label, while the back is notched with a lot code of 1 and 5. It also indicates this is 8.5%, hell...close enough. Cork is stamped 2.005 on the side. Poured into a chalice.

HUGE white head, reminds me of Duvel. Underneath is fizzy champagne. Head lasts forever, somewhat sticky.

Chalky belgian yeast and refined sugar make up most of the nose. Floral notes are also present, and the alcohol barely registers. Not much complexity or balance.

The taste is very chalky with an off metallic flavor. The sugars hop combination arrive just in time to save it from going over the edge. Good lingering dryness in the finish wipes the palate clean.

The mouthfeel is full enough for the style, but the abv and awkwardness of flavors almost kill the drinkability.

Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of hefevice
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of TPSReports
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


Photo of BrewMaster
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
92 out of 100 based on 5,102 ratings.