Delirium Tremens
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,038
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
1,764
Ratings:
6,077
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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 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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Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can (date stamp L8412 09:22) served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance: Gold with just a bit of chill haze (became clear as the beer warmed up) with an initial white thin head that slowly died back to a skin across the top. Lots and lots of persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Yeasty with a bit of banana and clove, combined with other fruity esters.

Taste: Very nicely balanced between fruity esters, banana/clove, bready malt, and a mild noble hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a just right thickness. Light carbonation, a tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A well balanced strong Belgian pale ale. Dangerously drinkable - there is no warning that this beer is 8.5% ABV when you drink it - it politely sneaks up on you by the end of the glass. Great with food (Swedish meatballs in this case) and definitely something to get again.

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Photo of octortus
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8.7%.
Appearance: Slight haze, Golden, Fluffy head.
Aroma: Cereal malts, Apricot, Esters, Slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Sophisticated (complex), Perfect carbonation, Silky.
Flavour: Apricot, Bready malt, Banana, Slight spice, Pleasing alcohol spice, Slight bitterness on finish.
Overall: Very easy to drink! Definitely will enjoy again. Let it warm up a bit.

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

L4 Golden. Lively. Exciting foamy head.
S3.75 Strong wheaty boozy
T3.75 very wheaty and very strong
F5 Incredibe - silky, perfect amount of carbonation and body.
O3.75 - top beer. I am not a regular wheat beer drinker so too strong for me, but recommended for wheat beer connosours.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy and rocky slightly off white head. Completely clear gold color. As the head goes down, it is leaving beautiful lacing. Pouring this into the branded glass gives a lovely column of bubbles from the laser elephant etching at the bottom.

The nose is pears, bananas, oranges, a bit of pepperiness, a touch of light floral purfume when swirled.

The taste is pears, pepper, oranges, lemons, apples. Starts off a tad sweet, finishes pleasantly dry and just a touch bitter. The slightest flavor of alcohol is present throughout, but plays with the other flavors so well that it is hardly noticed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft. The carbonation is just south of high. The heat of the alcohol is noticable, but easy to forget about. A very easy beer to just keep sipping on, but the carbonation will build and warm up that alcohol a touch, telling you to slow the hell down and enjoy this beer.

Overall, this is a dangerous beer. A four pack of pint cans or a 750 mils, mixed in with some good conversation, could dissapeer faster than you'd expect. A beer everbody should try, and one of my personal gateways into craft beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16 oz single from TW Arrowhead 10-3-18 for $5.99. Canned on 8142 (5-22-18); consumed on 1-8-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head with the initial pour.

Nose is bready with hints of cloves.

Taste is bready with some tart apple and cloves. Finishes with a nice noble hop to balance the sweetness very nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very smackable beer, never had a Belgian that was as bready as this, very nice!

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

극찬받을 맥주인지는 잘 모르겠다. 무난하고 모든 맛이 잘 어우러지고 뭐 그런 느낌이기는 한데, 엠버를 좋아하는 내 입맛에는 벨지언 에일이 엄청난 구미를 당기지는 않는다. 그래도 맛있는건 뭐 인정한다. 모든 방면에서 밸런스가 잘 잡힌 맥주인듯.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 2/18/12: Pours a nice golden orange with 1.5 fingers of rapidly diminishing, white, tightly bubbled, foamy head the drops to a lasting 1/4 inch dense surface crown but leaves only a little thin lace. Aroma is pale malt, wheat, Belgian yeast, fruit, citrus, and coriander. Taste is wheat and bready malt, lemon, orange, hints of strawberry and faint acetaldehyde/green apple. It is peppery from mid-sip through the finish. Hops are detectable as a light bitterness developing in the finish but rapidly fades in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the mouth and nose as booze but it and the ending bitterness become more evident as the brew warms.

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Photo of ThePold
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a stoneware bottle at Costco. Pours a clear yellow lager-like with effervescence. Tastes rather sharp. Would be good for a hot summer day if you like this sort of beer. Too strong to be a regular thing.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.23/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y carbonatación alta. Del aroma se percibe un aroma frutal y a levadura. Ya en boca tiene un sabor agridulce y seco que podría ser mas agradable. Tiene un final largo y levemente amargo.

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Photo of RConrad
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright golden brew with ample white foamy head. Smell of straw, mouth feel is refreshing. This is a wonderful beer. In judge all by this beer. The can is better than the bottle IMHO.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold orange . Around a medium body with above average carbonation with a slight prickly feel. A pleasant appropriate feel for this style
The aroma is yeast and spice forward followed by a fruity banana smell. There's a bit of malt and a little floral aroma as well .
The taste is not sweet like others in this style that I've had, actually it comes off a bit dry. The yeast and spice come through first followed by an earthy,fruity, banana taste. Mild bitter finish that lingers awhile.
Overall an excellent beer that I would try again

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6077 ratings