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Delirium Red - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 26
Gots: 107 | 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: 346 | Reviews: 75
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

Taste is disgusting.Really really bad

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.

Photo of interzen
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass

Look: Pours a deep, deep ruby red. Slightly pinkish head which doesn't stick around long - not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Cherries and cough syrup - the fruit smell isn't quite as in-your-face as some similar beers (eg. Kasteel Rouge) but there are definitely medicinal and sugary hints there. Not unpleasant.

Taste: Tastes a bit like flattish cherry coke - cherries, sugars and just a hint of alcohol. Surprisingly sweet up front with a slightly less sweet, dry finish.

Feel: Slightly cloying but not unpleasant. Not huge amounts of carbonation. 330ml is about the limit for me in a single sitting - this isn't something you can knock back with wild abandon.

Overall: Slightly disappointing - reminded me a bit of a slightly inferior version of Kasteel Rouge. Not to say that it's a poor brew, far from it, it's just that there are far better similar-ABV fruit beers out there.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a signature Delirium snifter glass.

Appearance: A very deep red mahogany color, hazy body with medium bubbles to the frame. Head rises roughly half a finger's length coming an off-white color settling very quickly before even sipping the first gulp.

Smell: Smells like cherry coke if you ask me, light sugar scent and it dissipates very quickly.

Taste: I will tell you this it comes off a bit too sweet for me, cherry and sugars with a dose of syrup. A more mellow version of nyquil, not trying to bash the beer just telling it how it is. It does sweeten up as the brew gets closer to room temperature.

Mouth: Medium bubbles seem to flatten out. Definitely sticky though wish it was a little more maltier to offset the sweet finish .

Overall: Nice brew to have after dinner or to compliment a dessert. For those beer lovers that like lambic beers or like beers that deliver sweeter tones to it, this is it. Grab a glass.....Salud!

Photo of Dwoodard71
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is quite good

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark ruby red in color with minimal amounts of visible active carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet artificial cherry, not dissimilar to some cough syrups but slightly sweeter.

T: Upfront there is a slightly sweet moderate flavor of artificial cherry with a light amount of grainy malts. Hints of additional sweetener and just a hint of Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately (only becomes apparent as the beer warms up).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is well hidden but I did not really love the artificial cherry and sweetener. Too sweet to be easy to drink but not a bad beer.

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Delirium Red from Brouwerij Huyghe
80 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.