Delirium Tremens
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #6
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,412
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
1,804
Ratings:
6,218
From:
Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  432
Gots
  1,730
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
Notes: Colour and sight: pale blond, the fine and regular effervesce ensures a fine and stable head.
Scent: Slightly malty, a nice touch of alcohol, spicy.
Flavour: Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter.
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colts9016 from Idaho

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 1530

I was surprised that I have not reviewed this beer before. I have consumed this beer several times in the past. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a chalice. The pour of the beer created a fluffy and airy bright white head. The retention of the head is okay, I was expecting more. Some lacing was created as it dissipated fairly quickly. The color is SRM 4, pale straw with light golden yellow hues. The beer is clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. Never evaluating this beer, I thought the head and appearance were much better. Overall it is just average for this style.

The Belgium yeast is bright and aromatic, followed by spicy floral hops and subtle herbal notes. Nosing further in the glass, I detect lightly toasted crackers, malty sweetness, phenols, and a touch of a fruity character.

The flavors start with the heavy malty sweetness, then bready and crackers. Next, the floral esters, and herbal notes, followed by phenols. A fruity note rounds out the flavors with a touch of earthiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and heavy.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and medium finish.

The last couple of times I drank this beer I thought the spicy hop profile was prevalent. This beer today is heavy and bready and a bit of sticky sweetness. I do not care for this beer like this, I want more hops presences. The can date codes are smudged so I do not know how old it is.

May 11, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Canned (lower price). Golden yellow (Barley and wheat). Mild carbonation. Glossy.

S: Bubblegum all over the place.

T: Actually very approachable. It's really just wheat and barley. There's some spice because Belgium can do that.

F: Wet finish. After it coats your palate it's real easygoing. I feel like there's such a mystique surrounding the drink that needs to be done away with... 4 pints of this should get you to where you need to go.

O: Quite good. Imagine, a pink elephant is hardly intimidating, this brew is the same way. Go for it.

May 10, 2021
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TheRatCage from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: clear gold, a nice white head that turns into a thin wispy coating later on. The head is more smooth than rocky.

S: Banana and spice. Slight dry yeast. Reminds me of a saison.

T: Banana again with a nice malt. Definitely banana. Some spices and a little hops on the end. Alcohol is not a dominant taste.

F: Creamy. Great carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall: Hides it’s abv very well. Characteristically creamy in my opinion. Deserves its high spot in the strong pale category, although la chouffe has similar notes and is a bit better.

May 01, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear gold, with a thin white head. Initial impression is spicy, fruity, somewhat sweet, with a touch of peach. Mouthfeel is exeptionally clean; alcohol is detectable but not a primary feature. Finish is clean and dry. Asdmittedly, I'm not a fan of Belgians but this one is pretty good.

Apr 13, 2021
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can, L0245 (Sept. 1, 2020?). DFH tulip.

Pours a bright, crystal clear brassy gold with one finger bright white head that quickly recedes to a thin White Island in the center of the glass. Ample, but not excessive carbonation. Outstanding lacing.

S: crisp palemalt, a little hint of banana phenolics, but quite restrained.

T: arrives with a super clean, super crisp crackery maltiness that turns slightly green banana, then a tiny hint of bubblegum, followed by the tiniest touch of phenol. This beer has alcohol in it? Really? 8.5%? It drinks like a 4% Pilsner, not an 8.5% tripel.

M: light, fresh, crisp, highly attenuated, but not watery. Mild carbonation with enough ale body to stop it from feeling prickly.

O: this has got to be the easiest-drinking Belgian beer I’ve ever had. It is so mellow, light, clean, and crisp. I could see enjoying this out on a patio in the sunshine with pommes frites and mussels. Apart from Duvel and Matilda, I haven’t had any Belgian strong pales, so I can’t say whether this is to style, but this beer has knocked my socks off in terms of texture and finesse.

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml painted lightproof bottle, ABV 9.0%. Large head, surprisingly pale golden colour, slightly cloudy when yeast is poured. Excellent aroma, red fruits, barnyard and yeast, some oak. Flavour is reasonably malty, quite yeasty. Alcoholic warmth, relatively light bodied despite its strength. Aftertaste is a bit too sweet IMO. Overall quality does not quite live up to the beer's gimmicky name and bottle.

Mar 20, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Stamped on label is 'L27 19170'.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. Big multi finger white head upon each pour. Some banded lacing on off drinking side.
Aroma of green apple and spice (cloves) and yeast.
Taste is strong with alcohol. Flavors of banana and spices (cloves). Fruit of apple and grape. Bready malt. Belgian yeast. Sweet with a touch of dry yeast. After taste is dry.
Fills the mouth for feel. Big effervescence. Excellent carbonation.
Very enjoyable beer drinking experience, because of how the Belgian yeast esters bring forth layered smells and flavors, how the mouth is filled with the excited beer, and how the higher ABV% sneaks up but without mouth burn. Expresses as a beer that has been brewed expertly with a long history. The ceramic bottle is a distinctive touch. Best to drink when the beer is cooler in temperature.

Mar 17, 2021
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Leighton_ from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really nice golden color, foam is thin but concentrated and with the medium body provides a very smooth mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Spice and fruity esters on the nose, hint of booze, very pleasant and warming overall. Flavor is bright sweet malt, spiced cider, ripe banana, and an almost sour yeast presence. Nice dry slightly bitter finish.

Was served at something closer to 40* and the flavor was perfect but it warmed too quickly to enjoy the full 16oz. Definitely serve as cold as possible and enjoy it as it warms.

Feb 13, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours clear yellow gold body with a billowing frothy sudsy chalk white soap bubble head that has moderately high retention and leaves copious amounts of sudsy sticky lacing as it fades

aroma is boozy banana, clove, bright apple, possibly pear, and yeast

taste follows the nose, but with bubblegum additions. little boozy. bready malt backbone. didn't notice hop outright, but there is a slight grassy note in the background. slight grape musk as well. rock candy sweetness in the wings.

high carbonation, lighter body. slight booze heat, increasing as as it sits. carbo prickles mix with booze heat. pretty smooth otherwise. dry finish.

overall:
classic brew that offers another shade of an iconic style. bubblegum and pear and apple with honeyed and rock candy sweetness pop through the staples of clove, coriander, and Belgian yeast. a little sweet, a little boozy, some may even say "soapy" - either way, it's one of my favorite brews. it's a funky take on an already pretty funky style.

Jan 07, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to drinking one of these famous Belgians. From a pint can....bright gold on the pour with fluffy head and ample lace. Aroma is fruity sweet and bready. Taste starts slightly sweet -- bananas, coriander and apple. Finish is semi-dry and yeasty. Feel is creamy, medium-bodied, and gets more boozy as the beer warms. Don't get me wrong -- this is an outstanding brew, but at $6 a can, I've had better.....prefer Duvel, Piraat and La Chouffe in this style.

Jan 01, 2021
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jernjawn from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pale gold. lots of bubbles. white fluffy head that lingers.
sweet, bready, clove
subtle. banana and clove. apple. taste goes on for days.
high carbonation suits the flavor profile well. warming.
delicious, if a little 'thin'/not full which feels risky given the abv.

Dec 31, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, some sweetness.

Taste: Mild sweetness to start, fruity--apple and slight grape. Medium body, but light feel for its ABV.

Overall: Another classic that I'm finally getting around to trying. Unfortunately it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I don't get much "Belgian" character to it, it just tastes like a lighter bodied malt liquor to me, especially with the apple and grape flavors. Some sort of spiciness from the yeast would give it more character to my taste buds.

Dec 06, 2020
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MesaDan from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz. can: sweet floral nose with clove background; gold hue; full mouthfeel with soft carb; Belgian floral with orange & clove back notes taste; finishes with diminutive semi-dry continuing taste.

Nov 29, 2020
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow, straw colour with a thick head that dissipates quite quickly. Aroma is classic Belgian with yeasty notes blended with light aroma, cloves, fresh bread.
The palate is nuanced, finely balanced and evolves steadily. Light but persistent carbonation. A clean finish with the alchohol well hidden throughout.
A truly multidimensional beer that is completely integrated. A world standard for its catagory.

Nov 29, 2020
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TripelLOver from North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a Pint sized aluminium can.

Appearance: A bright light amber with a good head which dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is not quire as enduring as I would have expected with such a highly rated beer.
Smell: Definite banana smell typical of Belgian Strong Pale Ales is there. Other aromas permeate such as oranges and grapefruit along with a hint of Mango. Fairly pleasant.
Feel: Lighter than expected for a strong Belgian Ale coupled with an excess of carbonation contrary to a more desirable creaminess.
Taste: High alcoholic taste is the first thing to hit the palate followed by a refreshing yeasty bouquet that permeates the palate. The high alcoholic content isn't hidden and makes its presence well known,. Pleasant aftertaste with a slight metallic tinge that could turn some people off.
Overall: Had higher expectations for such a highly rated beer. It represents the category of strong Belgian Ale well enough but the expectations were a bit higher I think. Would drink again but from a price and quality standpoint Duvel is so MUCH better, higher than the ratings would show.

Oct 29, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Yeasty aroma overshadows soft fruit, licorice and a hint of pepper. Spicy flavors dominate before the dried fruit appears followed by a sweet aftertaste. Creamy, medium-bodied, very well carbonated mouthfeel with an unmasked alcohol punch. Sweet, lingering finish ending on a slight metallic note.

Sep 26, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Cristal clear, shiny golden, this is the best looking beer I had by far!

Smell: clove and banana consistently, classic Belgium

taste: follows smell, and some caramel, very appetizing! It also hides the abv very well and makes you feel like chugging,

feel: very crisp mouth feel, with a dry finish

overall: a solid belgian strong ale! cheers!

Sep 21, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 25 ounce bottle poured into a clear glass liter mug provides a semi-clear amber liquid. There is some, but negligible head and glass lacing. A good dry hoppy and yeasty bouquet emerges from the wide opening. The taste is consistent with the aroma. It's a nice balance, just enough yeast, just enough malt and a dry hop finish which exits cleanly. The only detectable taste of alcohol augments the overall enjoyment of the beer. This is one all should try, even if it's not a preferred style.

Sep 16, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 16.9 oz can $6.79 Foodland
11:22 stamped on can. If that is best by date Nov 22 then 95 days before that.
Smell of spices, corriander
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium- high carbonation
Taste of sweet citrus, spices, bananas. Hides alcohol really well.
Overall a very well made beer.

Aug 20, 2020
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: golden color, big, white, fluffy head, tons of lacing
S: Belgian yeast, honey, pear and apple
T: Fruits and Belgian yeast
F: Creamy, good mouth coating, dry finish
O: just a really fine, Belgian ale

Aug 16, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear golden color with a little foam on the head.
Smell: Very yeasty with some malt character.
Taste: The Belgian yeast is front and center, also some malt. If there are hops in there I don't notice them.
Feel: Somewhat refreshing, not too rich, good.
Overall: A beer I usually will have when I find it, pretty good.

Jul 31, 2020
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Ant777uk from England

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wow, the shiny amberness is amazing. It glows in the dark during my Paris sunset. Perfect amount of head.

I have had this a few times though never written a real review, so will do now.

Amazing fruity aroma, it takes fruit and beer to a new dimension...

I love the bottle and design too

Jul 30, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Crystal clear, daffodil yellow with a wad of cotton-like foam on top. Drastically recedes until all that’s left is a loose, clingy ring that hugs the edge of the glass so tightly it doesn’t lace down.

Bouquet:
A mesh of cloves, sourdough bread, and that signature banana-esque Belgian yeast.

Feel:
Like washing down a galaxy of bubbles on a wave of nearly medium-bodied ale. Has an unusual, smooth-and-scratchy linger, imagine if soft wool were a beer.

Taste:
Dried cloves, a hearty chomp of crisp, yellow pear and a big yeasty, banana bubblegum send-off. Has a sturdy spine of bready malts freckled with cardamom. Finishes with a gentle forehead kiss of sugar that lends the ale an easy-to-miss sweetness.

Overall:
It’s really quite nice. I can see how it won acclaim through its complimentary kaleidoscope of flavors. I did expect something more stunning given its price and reputation. Tasty, quaffable, and easily the most multifaceted flavor profile I’ve experienced in a Belgian ale.

Jul 15, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White fluffy head, slightly lagery look with a deep golden body. Smell of clove, banana. Taste follows the nose but with high alcohol and a somewhat perfume aftertaste.

I can't say I found this pleasantly tasting despite the high regard. Feel was a bit better, tingling smooth yeasty bubbles, crisp carbonation was easy on the throat but a slight acrid bitterness left over. As I write from memory I think I may have even poured some down the sink as I found the perfume like taste overpowering. I may revisit one this day to make sure I didn't get a rubbish bottle.

Jul 09, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer poured into a goblet from an undated 16.9 ounce can, had a thick head that dissipated quickly. It has a yellow straw color. The smell shares a sour and sweet apple cider aroma. Taste is slightly sweet. Has a fizzy sour taste mixed it in the fruity flavors. Complex and very awesome really. The mouthfeel of DT is in a class of its own. The sour and fizziness on the tongue is truly remarkable. Toss in some sweetness and whats not to like? Truly a world standard for a craft beer. This is what others would strive for in great beer quality.

Jul 07, 2020
Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6218 ratings