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Delirium Red - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 kojevergas:
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4.15/5  rDev +15.6%

Served on-draught into an Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011 stemglass at Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend in June 2011. It was advertised there as the worldwide "premiere" of this beer. I later saw it in bottled form in France. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger pink head of incredible appealling creamy fluffy foam and great thickness. Colour is a nontransparent solid dark red-ruby. Certainly a unique appearance. Quite special.

Sm: Brilliant fruit berry esters: cherry in particular. Very pleasant and inviting. Hints of yeast. A moderate strength aroma littered with vibrant cherry.

T: Brilliant cherry fruit ester body. Magnificently creamy on the open, inviting you to the beer. Subtle layering and fantastic complexity. Very full-bodied and expressive. Some of the most impressive fruit flavours I've experienced. Absurdly well balanced. Hints of biscuity yeast lend it depth. I'm blown away. Absurdly well built.

Mf: Avoids being syrupy, which is tough to do in a fruit beer of this high an ABV. Smooth with coarseness where required to coax out the flavours. Refreshing and wet. Ideal carbonation.

Dr: Conceals its high ABV very well. Priced extremely fairly. Incredibly easy to drink. It's priced better out of the bottle. I definitely preferred the bottled version, but it's nice on-draught as well. By far my favourite brew in the Delirium series. I don't know why it doesn't get more attention.


kojevergas, May 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of MrPlayboy
1/5  rDev -72.1%

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.

MrPlayboy, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.34/5  rDev -7%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of mschwarber
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mschwarber, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Aaron420
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Aaron420, 22 minutes ago
Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Satyr179, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -16.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of andrewdanks
3/5  rDev -16.4%

andrewdanks, May 30, 2014
Photo of fionn13
2/5  rDev -44.3%

fionn13, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

MattyG85, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Cynic-ale, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of dwren89
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

chinchill, Saturday at 05:12 PM
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ste5venla, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Jgrody
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

This Review is from my better half. She loves, sours, fruit lambics, fruit beers, and tart wheats.

Pours a brilliant red, the smell of sweet cherries, with a pink lace head that quickly dies down to nice lace bubbles around the top. The flavor is extremely pungent of sweet cherries, very sweet and a nice warm alcohol feeling.

We only found this in belgium, she brought back 3 bottles. Anyone know where to get any in the states?

Jgrody, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of scottford
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

scottford, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%

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, but I can't help but suggest it, should you like the style, as broad as it is.

biboergosum, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.59/5  rDev 0%

Poured from the bottle into my DC Brau tulip...

A - Auburn complexion small pink head on top.

S - Smells of fruit syrup, pomagranites and cherry.

T - Ripe red cherries in the fore, sweet but not cloying, a little sour apple in the background and hints of baking spices stashed in there as well.

M - For the style I'd say they did the mouthfeel right. I enjoy the small bubble carbonation, medium light body, and sticky feel.

Overall I like it and would have it again. If I brewed this beer I would aim for a much dirtier, more sour focused version. This aims towards a Leifmans' style everybody friendly palate. Much enjoyed though. Slainte!

JoeAmerican77, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of adamcthomp
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

adamcthomp, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of KRella
1/5  rDev -72.1%

KRella, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

SenorTacos, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

mc4z, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

jason_nwx, Aug 08, 2014
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Delirium Red from Brouwerij Huyghe
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.