Delirium Tremens
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,138
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
1,775
Ratings:
6,119
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Brouwerij Huyghe
 
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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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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Photo of Herbabee
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally went in on a couple bombers during my last pandemic grub-grab - and my my, sure is tasty. Nose hit me as grapey right away, but then i realized it's just those pesky yeasty-beasties out to trick me. Pours a lovely gold. Goes down so nicely. Definitely a non-Trappist Belgian genuine. Hope i can get out to snag me some more!

Cheers it is, then ~

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Photo of faraday326
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The branding of this thing has made me skeptical but boy was I was wrong.

It's an incredible beer in its category. It has a lovely color and pours well. It smells light, with some sweetness and with a touch of floral. It has the classic Belgian herbal undertones mixed with a lighter, sweeter taste. It pack a decent amount of alcohol (8.5%) but it matches the strength of the flavor so well.

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Photo of akme223
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color, huge frothy white head, dissipates quickly but slight head remains throughout drinking. Lots of spice, clove and pepper, banana, citrus and herbal notes, hints of lemongrass. Good overall carbonation, perfect bitterness in the finish. Perhaps the best name ever given to a beer. Overall a top beer and one that I always like to revisit from time to time. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of Belgian Ales.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. Deep orange color, big, rocky white head that sticks around. Lots of lively carbonation popping up. Smell is malty, bananas, cloves, fruity esters present. Some herbal hops are noted. Taste is candi sugar, clove, green apple, yeast notes, a good balance between sweet and bitter. Leaving behind a crisp fruity aftertaste. Feel is light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing. Overall, this beer shouldn't go down as smoothly as it does because the 8.5% ABV is going to hit hard! It is flavorful, refreshing, and versatile as I think it would pair well with various meals. Fantastic.

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Photo of Mrbob558
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, one of the best I have ever had. It was at a family get together in a high end restaurant. It was from the bottle into a regular glass.

Very strong, sweet but not overwhelmingly so flavor. Alcohol content is 8.4%- really high and really strong. I felt it as soon as I had some. The head dispersed fairly quickly. Nice straw color. Really good beer but be careful- the alcohol really creeps up on you.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured lightly chilled from a 750 mL bottle into my Schlitz goblet.

Look - Crystal clear straw colored body with a short-lived billowing white head. The head disappears almost immediately, leaving a slight bubble cap.

Smell - Sweet, citrusy, buttery, slightly soapy. A weird kinda good smell.

Taste - Like a wheat beer with a banana Laffy Taffy in it. Kinda weird, not sure what to make of it, but it's not bad.

Feel - Medium body with barely any fizz to it. Real easy to drink.

Overall - I think with time I'll come to appreciate this more, but for now I like it a normal amount. It needs a bit more of something, but I don't know what.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

**
12/30/19

bottle to snifter.

LOOK: sparkling gold ale; wispy white head. good retention.
AROMA: bread/yeast, esters, grapefruit?,
TASTE: sharp ester-y farmhouse like flavor up front, sour citrus on the back end.
FEEL: very lively with good carbonation.

**

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Photo of altstadt
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow-tan color. Formed a tall head that dropped down to about half the volume, leaving some speckles and lace. Medium flux of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Very faintly sweet apricot scent with a trace of barnyard. Swirling the glass made the scent a bit more intense, but didn't bring out anything different.

Mild bitters that turn a bit sweet. There is a light stonefruit flavor. The flavor turns to something a bit tangy and sharp, like the hot part of ginger. The tangy, sharp flavor continues in the aftertaste. Something seems a bit off with the tangy, sharp flavor.

Tongue tingling as it bursts into foam. Forms a textured foam with medium sized bubbles. Light body.

I remember liking this much more when I had it in Ghent. Perhaps it doesn't travel very well. I will have to retaste when it is more local.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium 'Tremens' @ 8.7% , served from the Noel 4pack , 1 x 330 ml bottles , 1 tulip
A-pour is gold from the bottle to glass with a large white head leaving a spotty lace film along the supplied tulip
S-Belgium , yeast , dried candied fruit
T-has the wow factor , good beer
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-my first pink elephant
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Reef
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a Delirium tulip

Clear golden color with three fingers of white head. Full curtains of lacing, and long lasting cap.
Peach, lemon, apple, grapefruit, clove, light floral aromas
Unique flavor combinations of grape, clove, apricot, yeast, pear, pepper.
Consistent carbonation, light and crisp, full flavored. No alcohol heat.
Smooth and drinkable for the ABV. On tap the flavors seem noticeably brighter than the very flavorful cans and bottles that I have had in the past. Great beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a stemless (barley)wine glass.

L: Clear gold body beneath two inches of white meringue - one of which swells precariously both above and beyond the rim of the tulip. Truly impressive head.

S: Bright, lively, and complex. Fruit, spice, and grain dance around in a kaleidoscope of delicate aromas - grapefruit, apple, toast, oatmeal, white peppercorn, and clove all come to mind. Delightful.

T: Clove is major up front, with cracker-like malt and pear close behind. Dry and moderately boozy on the back end. Some fruity character as it warms, but spice and grain are the dominant components. Not quite as dynamic as the nose, but still very nice.

F: Light-bodied and spritzy.

O: Classic beer. I used to geek out hard over this whenever it would appear on tap at my local beer bar. I think the bottled version is even better, and it's so refreshing to drink something like this that's so far removed from the sweet stuff dominating taplists these days. Beers of Fame tick 180/250. Cheers!

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Photo of RockyM72
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My expectations were really high with this beer, maybe for that reason I’m a little disappointed. I mean it is a great beer, but I was expecting to be blown out and I wasn’t.

Clear gold in color, a big solid white creamy head that last long to dissipate. Strong presence of yeast in nose, with some dried fruits mostly dried apricots. In mouth is balanced right in the middle between light and full bodied. Can feel the presence of alcohol but very well embedded. Sweet in flavor, dry fruit, grains, some bread with a subtle bitter aftertaste.
It is a great beer. Very well balanced, everything fits in the right place. I was expecting for this to score a perfect 5 all across the board but it didn’t. But great beer overall.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Light pale gold, clear, good head at first, dissipates quickly and laces the glass very well.

Smell: Belgian, rank, musty.

Taste: Typical belgian style, reminds me of Unibroue, Le Fin Du Monde. Not quite as good. Light carbonation. Too many mass produced beers have CO2 added, which spoils them. So this is a plus. Very drinkable. Hints of apple and citrus.
Flavor comes in fast. Slight golden ale yeast hints.

Feel: Normal carbonation, no CO2 added, which is nice. Americans love extra fizzy. This is not. Nice on the stomach. Very light. Pleasant.

Overall: Very good for a mass produced ale. It used to be better when it was brewed in much lesser quantities. I am just old enough to remember those days. But still one of the best beers out of Belgium, unless you go there in person, that is!!

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Photo of Lanas
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I search to find this beer and tested because some people said that is very similar with my favorite "La Chooufe Blond" beer.. And indeed has many common things this beer.
First of all the aroma is very fruity, refresing with a lot of lemon in there.. The taste is little weird .. Has very high carbonation but that is little annoying to me in my mouth because the carbonation cover any flavor there and you can notice some beer flavor only in the aftertaste that is pretty good i can say.. The taste is something between sour and slightly bitter but you get many fruits here.
Overall a very refreshing and serious beer to drink.. Don't get the stadards and the power of "La Chooufe" or "Tripel Karmeliet" but still is pretty good.. If you love this style is a decent choice..

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Photo of Solo007
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into my old reliable tulip glass (sniffer)

Brouwerij Huyghe can do no wrong. The main difference with the Tremens and the Delirium is that Tremens bears more fruit and slightly less malt notes: I detect those nectarine, peach, plum, apricot and blue / blackberries in the nose. I did detect some earthly, hearty tones like apple or figs, but they weren't as pronounced as the banana or fig nose in the dark strong ale as the Delirium (although I did detect some in the mouth-feel). Tremens has a full -bodied, healthy drinkability: Goes down crisp, full and balanced - not necessarily like steak & potatoes, but more like chicken and mixed-root veggies. Works well as an after-dinner beer. Expensive at $7.50 for a 11.2oz, but this is one of the best beers you can buy. Well made, like a good Belgium beer should be.

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

Poured from a pint can. Pale gold ale, big fluffy head that recedes rather quickly. Malty, some banana and some other indeterminate fruits, peppery, a little more dry than sweet, nice finish. Very good beer all around. I like it better than Duvel.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Smell is fruity, malty, and a little sour. Medium feel with prickly carbonation. Tastes of pepper, light malt, and some fruitiness. Noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of Martin194
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light pale gold, clear, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malts, yeast, spices, some light fruits

Taste: Sort of sweet, grains and light fruits (reminded me a bit of apple juice). Leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste

Feel: Normal carbonation, rather light body, leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent beer!

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Photo of RenDez78
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ifn this ain't the best Belgian style beer I've ever had. Can get expensive at $7 a can but it's all good. If I can have a whole fridge full of this liquid gold.. well hoo doggies! Get you some folks! Especially during the holidays..

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this available as a free sample at a local beerfest, admittedly I only had about 4 oz so I'll readdress this review when I have a full bottle.
Gold with foamy, decent sized head. Substantial banana and pepper in the aroma, with a little booze, clove, citrus, and bready malt. The flavor is fairly peppery with light malt and very evident alcohol. Smooth with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very dry finish.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter at Forest in Birmingham.

Pour: Golden color with 2-3 finger pillowy head. Left a moderate ring. Don’t recall that there was much lacing.

Nose: banana, slight pepper and floral, bready malt.

Taste: follows the nose with dry pepper on backend.

Mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. But smooth and easy to drink. Pillowy head carries through to mouthfeel.

Overall: solid Belgium ale. Absolutely would drink again but not significantly distinguished from peers.

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Photo of zuun
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this as a tap in Lisbon. Vert fruity and a little bit a scent of flowers and have a nice golden appearance. Have very nice amount of foams which makes it smooth when you drink.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear color golden, white fizzy head which quickly dissipates. Smell is of Belgian yeast, slight funky spiciness. Tastes a bit like banana, clove, some earthy dankness. Feel semi viscous,well carbonated, finishes juicy. This is a good Belgian ale.I don't think I would get it again though.

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Photo of RichardFStewart
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth pour. Golden clear, soft on the palate, goes down like a 5+ ABV'er. Recommended serving tempnrange is 41-43 degrees F, but I prefer warmer climes:

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Photo of CTHomer
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: lemon, clove, and banana;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate, slightly prickly carbonation; dry finish; alcohol is soft, but warming;

O: a really nice sipper;

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6119 ratings