Delirium Red - Brouwerij Huyghe

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80
good

290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2011)
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Reviews by Dayman766:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

Ew, I'm not sure if they changed their recipe over time but I am shocked that this beer is rated as "Good" based on the 2014 release. It should have thrown me off when I read the bottle "natural flavors with stevia added" but at the time I drew a blank trying to think of what stevia meant. As soon as I took the first sip it hit me: fake sugar.

This beer tastes like diet cherry 7up. It starts off with an innocent and encouraging ruby colored brew with a whitish pink head.

Aroma is where things begin to head downhill. Medicinal cherries and some Belgian malts.

The taste is good for about a half second and then you get a fake cherry and fake sugar flavor that lingers. This seriously tastes like a diet soda with a shot of strong ale added. It's not drinkable. I poured more than half the $12.99 bomber down the drain. I thought about saving it for cooking but realized it would probably ruin any food that I added it to. Gross.

Photo of Slatetank
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this bottle at a mini market near the grand place in Brussels, enjoyed chilled in a small glass.

The color is deep crimson which borders on burgundy with thick haze and pink creamy head with fine bead. The smell is strong as in fruit-wise and has a similar aroma to a Luden's cough drop with light yeast scent and an almost vegetal tinge in the background. The feel is sweet, strong and lower than average carbonation with semi-swet and strong finish.

The flavor is very cherry with sweet up front on the tip of the tongue with mild Belgian character making it seem less sweet with a light phenolic but as it warms it seems sweeter almost like cherry syrup type flavor and verges on cloying and not as enjoyable. Overall this is okay, but I expected more based on the other Delirium beers sweeter than expected which is okay if you like sweet cherry but the only real thing I liked is the cherry has a natural flavor.

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +17%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of pinkish head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet aroma with big hints of cherries and berries. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk, pepper, and clove. Huge scent of sweet and somewhat tart cherries along with some strawberry rhubarb and grape. Hints of sugar add to the sweetness. Soft hints of wheat, caramel malt, and cracker. Very fruit forward and bordering on being cloying but it smells good.

Taste: Like it smells, a very sweet and fruity taste with notes of cherries and berry. Belgian yeast with some laid back notes of funk, clove, and pepper. Big taste of cherries along with some notes of grape, strawberry, and other berries. Fruit taste is pretty sweet and tart as well as somewhat medicinal. Kind of artificial compared to some fruit beers but its not overly cloying and its still fairly enjoyable. Subtle malt background with notes of caramel, cracker, and wheat. Very sweet but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very sweet and fairly slick and syrupy. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty decent Belgian fruit beer. The sweetness is almost too much but its still drinkable. The flavors are somewhat artificial tasting but still enjoyable. Overall a decent brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dwren89
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red color, white frothy head, hazy

Aroma: cherry, acidity, slight sourness detectable

Taste: cherry flavor balanced by sourness and acidity, no noticeable hop aroma or character, Belgian Brett yeast flavor,

Mouthfeel: medium body, light-medium carbonation, tangy and lip smacking mouthfeel

Overall Impression: A bold sour cherry flavor balanced by tangy bitterness and acetic finish.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

On tap at the Thirsty Monk (AVL).
Dark red-amber body with a very good head.
Loads of dark cherry aroma; hints of almonds and light spicing. Alcohol esters.
Flavor. Medium tartness wins out over a noticeable sweetness and mild bitterness. Strong but appealing and balanced flavor.

Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -15%

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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bulbous branded chalice at MKT - an exclusive, apparently - Scott@Horizon - how could you, me auld son?

This beer appears a dark, hazy (maybe) magenta hue, with one skinny finger of wispy, bubbly, and, I'm guessing, fizzy pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying headland lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of sugary cherry menthol lozenges, bready caramel malt, a suggestion of funky yeast, and ethereal leafy, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, concentrated black cherries, the cough syrup quality receding for the moment, gritty pale and caramel malt, even more faint yeast, now bereft of any sort of funky or otherwise astringent notes, and some hovering dry, and innocuous musty green hops.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, just a playful frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, which is right in line for this bunch, and more smooth than I might have been expecting. It finishes on the sweet side, just, the well-moderated cherry character carrying on and on, amongst a plain Belgian ale sweet and sour essence.

A heady and pleasant enough Belgian fruit beer - why they don't denominate this a Kriek, I'll probably never know. At any rate, the 16-proof booze is crazily integrated, everything else going about its duty with style and aplomb. Worthy of a go - nothing overtly complex, yet I can't help but suggest it, should you like the style, as broad as it is.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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2.7/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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Delirium Red from Brouwerij Huyghe
80 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.