Delirium Red - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 110 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2011

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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 79
Photo of Brew_42
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a pinkish head

Smells like artificial cherry flavor.

Tastes like cherries. Not as sour as many krieks I have had, but I like it that way. Not much of a boozy taste. All sweetness. Tastes like a Luden's cherry cough drop.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall-I liked this beer a lot but I couldn't drink too much of it due to the sweetness. Great beer to give someone who doesn't like the taste of beer. It's liquid dessert.

Photo of flagmantho
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky red-brown hue with a thin finger of frothy pink-ivory foam. A reasonable look.

Smell: sweet aroma with a bit of a fruity character -- raspberry and/or cherry maybe? It's OK, but I'm not a huge fan of the stevia.

Taste: very much like the aroma, but the fruit tastes a bit more natural. The stevia hurts it, though. The base beer and fruit are good, but stevia -- ugh.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: why add the stevia? The rest of it is quite good. Why, why, why?

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark ruby purple color, murky, with small fizzy purple head.

Nose brings sweet cherry, a candy like cherry and almost balotin but not quite, candi sugar and syrup malts, a candy cherry syrup, juicy cherry flesh.

Taste brings sweet candy again, cherry candy syrup, syrupy reddish malts and candi sugar. Juicy fresh cherry flesh and cherry juice extract, mild bitter cherry pit, and little sweet candied cherry preserve. Finish is mild sweet sticky syrup, hint of booze warmth, lingering cherry juice concentrate, and jammy cherry fruit.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod and a bit syrupy, decent carb, just a hint of booze late.

Overall ok, I was expecting a little tartness perhaps and less of the candy syrup and candy cherry, but a decent fresh cherry flesh and cherry juice, very little malt or beer itself coming through, but decent and enjoyable.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a delirium tremes glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby red color with a thick and billowy head of pink foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy pink lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is massive of a sweet red fruit smell with tons of raspberry, cranberry and cherry. Along with these aromas are some lighter sour notes of a lemon nature as well as some slightly hay like and grassy smells mixed with a hint of yeast.

Taste – The taste begins as the nose would have depicted with a whole lot of a sweet red fruit taste of cranberry and raspberry. As the taste moves on the sweet remains, but is joined by some notes of yeast and some hay. Toward the end however a slightly off sweet taste comes to the tongue, bringing with it a slightly metallic taste. Some funky sour lemon and cherry join the taste at the end and with the rest of the flavors leaves a sweet and red fruited, but slightly cloying and metallic flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a brew of 8 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. For the fruity nature of the brew, the thinner body and higher carbonation are rather appropriate and make it an easier and slightly more refreshing brew.

Overall – Very red fruit but somewhat off in flavor due to a little bit of metallic and oddly sweet tastes. OK, but by no means worth going for over the other delirium brews especially in light of its rather hefty (330 ml for $6.25) price tag.

Photo of Matthew_Reynolds89
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is quite dark like a nice blood red.

The smell is nice and fruity,cherries obviously.

The taste is different, I was expecting more beer-ish taste but it still is a nice surprise.

Definitely a desert beer for anyone who loves cherries!

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy garnet-light brown color. Not much of a head but it leaves lots of webby lace.

Strong soured cherry aroma. It's almost like pie--plenty of sugar to the nose as well.

Very sweet with a strong cherry taste. The cherry brings a bit (a very small bit) of sourness. Chewy body with a moderate carbonation level. Not quite a lambic but might a good introduction to the timid.

Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a cherry beer, this is not bad, but it is overly sweet and too fruity. It reminds me of a cherry fizz, with little to remind you that it is beer. It is a dark red color with a slim head. The smell is not net sell Chevy and the taste is a little tart, with an underlyinging sweetness and serious cherry flavor. Interesting, but not for me.

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is deep red in color. It is capped with two inches of pink head.

It smells like ripe, tart cherries.

The taste is all cherry, red, tart cherry.

It has a fuller mouthfeel.

If you like cherries, you will like this beer.

Photo of josanguapo
1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Compra: Hipercor San Juan.

Opinión: Sólo sabe a cerezas y alcohol. Un asco. Parece mentira que sea de la misma familia que mi preferida (la delirium tremens)

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red with a barely lasting pinkish head. The aroma is almost all cherry, with just a little bitterness from the hops. The taste is about the same, and it gets a little better as it warms. The body is a little thinner but has a nice weight on the palate

Photo of MrJolly
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This beer is sweeter than most I like, but the sour is there too, and pleasure full.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby body with a soft pink head, resembling a kriek. Sweet cherry aroma. Maraschino cherries with some bready yeast and mild alcohol heat. Medium bodied. Sweet cherries are the focus here.

Photo of kitch
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let me preface this by saying that I like everything about cough syrup. I like the smell, I love the taste. Now having said that, knowing the Delirium brand, I had high hopes for this beer. This 330ml bottle has a best before date of the end of November 2016.

A: Poured into a tulip glass a deep cloudy ruby red with a less than one finger light pink head that dissipates quickly leaving some streaky lacing.
S: Sweet bubblegum cherry, candy cane, almond.
T: Sweet sweet cherry, then sour cherry, then a lasting bitter cherry. I’m fine with medicinal tastes and cherry, but this was just odd… maybe a bit artificial, and the balance was not really there. But there’s absolutely no hint of the 8% alcohol.
M: Light with low carbonation.
O: Like I said, I like the medicinal/cough syrup tastes and the colour and the smell of the beer after the pour were great. However the taste was just a mix bag of all over the place. I think that there are better beers out there for this style. If it was in front of me, I would drink it, but I’m not sure that I would buy this beer again.

Photo of wilkero
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm usually not averse to fruit beers, however I wouldn't recommend this one (unless you're a fan of slightly bitter maraschino cherry juice). I love sweeter beers, but this is a little too much. It's not awful, but I was really hoping for better. The color is a lovely, cloudy burgundy, but it all starts to go wrong after that. The smell is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. The taste starts out pleasing, but becomes, as mentioned above, something akin to sour/bitter maraschino cherry syrup. I really wanted to like it.

Photo of Wrigfen
2.03/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not for my palette. Sorry, tangy, tarty, cough syrup taste and a bubbly mess. My wife loves cherry beer and she was very disappointed.

Photo of sporklift87
4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red and cloudy. Light pink head that fades fast with no lacing. Smells strong with alcohol, raspberries and plum. Taste confirmed by aroma, very straightforward. Feels almost syrupy with low carbonation, leaving a somewhat drying sensation as aftertaste lingers. Great beer, will be sure to buy again, but on a celebratory occasion due to price.

Photo of Cammyles
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not really a beer more like alcaholic cherry juice it's good my wife likes it. More for those that don't like beer or wine. Overall I could drink it and I might grab it every once and a while but I'm not buying a case anytime soon

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer labeled on side with "Stevia" added which is a first for me. Not sure if this Stevia was added naturally or chemical process but beer finishes with unusual taste that I can't compare to anything of nature.
Overall a pretty good beer but for price I will stick with Petrus Red since it's cheaper and tastes better.
This is a beer worth trying though for Stevia along.

Photo of classixIII
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great dark red color, Cherry/Raspberry smell, tiny carbonation and slight lingering head. First taste is sweet fruit, raspberry, smooth, then like others have said a sort of medicinal quality at the finish. Probably won't have another.

Photo of eeq_92
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fruity, wine like, unappetizing smell

Photo of srandycarter
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Plum cherry red. Small off white head. Lots of cling lace. Big cherry nose, slightly cloying. Taste very cloying. Interesting, but overwhelming and imitation tasting. Mouth is medium, good carb, not so good balance. Overall, one and done.

Photo of Grayson
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark red, with a small head, not sticky. Clear and dark with small carbonation.
S: Fruity, first smell that hit was cherry with a bit of raspberry. Almost overpoweringly fruity.
T: It's at this point in the review I realize I'm reviewing a fruit beer. Whoops. Comes off like a cherry pop. Can hardly tell it's a beer at all. Almost like a lightly carbonated wine.
MF: It lingers, but in a bad way. Mouth feels like I've taken a shot of light cough syrup.
O: Not something I'd try again.

Photo of modidia
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not bad, but ive had better...won't have again

Photo of Pav5069
2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To much cherry flavor. It over powered the whole beer.

Photo of Buzz3d
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very medicinal flavor notes, love this beer but can only do one glass. Really wish they brewed with real cherries.

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Delirium Red from Brouwerij Huyghe
80 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.