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Delirium Tremens - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 1,623
Hads: 5,373
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 325
Gots: 1,242 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Huyghe
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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 metalitool
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of barrelman
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of klewis
4.57/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of thechaacster
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
91 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.