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Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itsmeannap
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter. Pours a straw yellow, with a haze to it. Beautiful solid white head on top that retains about a half of an inch, which eventually leads to great lacing. Sharp and sweet aromas, sweet breakfast malts, almost has a sour aroma reminding me of Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin. It could just be an off bottle. Sweet flavors of raisins, honey, and winter spices. Some sour flavors in the finish. Very high carbontion, smooth mouthfeel, the sweets hit the palate perfectly. Very drinkable, and very enjoyable. I actually enjoyed the slight sourness.

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Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden color with a medium-sized white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam. There are plenty of tiny bubbles, as expected. Even though I poured the whole bottle into my glass, I didn't have any of the yeast sediment other reviewers noted. Not that I would care, anyway.

It smells sweet with just a hint of alcohol and fruit.

Ahh, I love Belgian Strong Pale Ales, and this ale is very good. It's strong and spicy with a great fizziness created by the abundant carbonation. This beer is very similar to Duvel, but isn't quite as sweet. Its high ABV is well hidden, so drink carefully.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy honey color. Blanket of dense foam atop. Looks nice. Looks familiar.

Softer aromas of apple, orange, and pear. Very nutty yeast content. Bready notes and a hint of banana. Malts are nearly wheaty. Very pale, very fruity.

Following the aroma with more pear and orange and nuttiness. Nice and strong. Yeasty and supple. A little powdery. More chewy bread and almond. An excellent standard.

Uber-creamy and delicate. Dried-up bubbles remain in the mouth after a semi-viscous body washes down. Right amount of strength.

Great BSPA. Wish it hadn't been this long between visits.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: lots of lace. Clear and straw colored.

S: spicey with light banana and pineapple notes.

T: spicey up front with a bitter fruit finish, banana notes. The yeast character is excellent.

M: very smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. semi dry finish.

Overall: complex beer, excellent yeast character and decently drinkable.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting Delirium Tremens, I find that my palate is much happier with it and I'm revising my score accordingly. The Belgian earthiness has won me over. It's a really nice strain of yeast, and we're fortunate to have it so widely distributed. I really don't know what I was talking about describing the flavor as orange soda-like. On the other hand, I was trying a fresh small bottle before, and now, I'm having a large bottle which has been in my cellar for at least six to eight months. At any rate, this beer is great. Now, I just need to do a Belgian beer tournament, so that I can compare it to the competition.

One of my least favorite popular Belgian beers. This is very good beer, but I can't see ever buying it again. I've had it probably six or so times, and I always have a similar opinion. First, the beer is over-carbonated. It's not a bad looking beer, but the head generally doesn't always stick around when it's actually in the glass, as opposed to when it's crawling its way out of the top of the bottle. To a certain extent, the beer looks and tastes like orange soda. I do enjoy the flavor, but it's very one note, in my opinion. On top of that, comparisons to the Duvel are hard to avoid, and DT loses in that matchup. DT seems to lose a matchup against any of the top widely distributed Belgians. Ok, any of the strong Belgians, oh Leffe. Anyway, I love the bottle and the glass. I don't know how it ages, but I would be happy to try a vintage bottle to see if the complexity goes up as the age does. This is a beer that is simply good while most of its competition is great.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of johnd513
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a small tulip glass. Pours a golden color and has a nice 1 inch white head and great lacing. The smell is sweet banana, a variety of spices and a touch of well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel is of medium body and is nicely carbinated. I can taste fruit, yeast, some sour flavors and alcohol as it warmed up. Highly recommended, this beer was the best beer on tap that night by far.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the office: poured to a delerium tremens tulip yields a puffy two finger head that does not want to go away. and when it does receed, lace sticks around the glass, making the pink elephants look like they're floating in the clouds. the body is a very pale straw color, which is mostly clear.

i smell that herbal / distinctive yeast aroma right away. there's also some fruitiness in there, and some sweetness and a touch more of spiciness. interesting.

in a different glass, most would assume it's just helles or something like that. the taste is quite nice. not sweet, but more bitter and refined. fruity tastes are to be found, some spicy notes as well. can't really taste that abv. wow.

medium bodied and well carbonated. if it were thicker it would be an oily mess which wouldn't go over so well.

quite drinkable. especially given the abv. if i didn't know better (which i don't always) i'd imagine throwing back more than one. and then some hijinx or mayhem would ensue.

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Photo of madakassal
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is a little deceiving. Looks like a golden ale with lots of foamy head but the aroma is all fruit and sweetness. The 9% alcohol did not overpower the flavor of the beer. Instead it was very drinkable. Good mouthfeel balanced by plenty of fine carbonation.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A true treat and a fantastic ale from a friend at work who now loves the Belgians---Thanks Kevin!
This legend pours a lightly chill hazed golden straw color with a very nice fluffy head of white foam
that subsides to a thick ring and layer with nice lacing. Nose of Belgian yeasty goodness with touches
of light spice and sweet pale candy malts awash in a lightly peppery ester laden nose with light fruit
notes. Flavors hit the mark and exceed the nose with light white pepper and subtle apple mingling with
crisp pears and light cracker notes. Light yeast notes hit with subtle banana that is touched with light
candy sugars and then dashed with a lightly brisk herbal hop note that flows nicely into the warming
background. Exceptional mouth feel; medium body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly dry

Overall there is little more to say about this other than it is a legend and rightfully so.

Excellence from Belgium.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.


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Photo of jtaylord
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color. Lighter than I expected. Smells and tastes of banana. Good Belgium brew.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Portertime
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pink elephants told me to try this one and why not since I already enjoyed Nocturnum and Noel? Thank goodness I don't suffer from delirium tremens I think there are some pink elephants floating in my glass though. Had this one at a wine, food, and beer tasting at the local ABC liquors. Poured a grand golden honey color with fizzy lifting bubbles in it. Smelled yeasty and fruity but no pink elephant musk. Taste was genuine Belgian strong ale: banana, drak cherry, cloves, and mild spice. I love a good complex Belgian even if I have to fight off the pink elephants to get to one!

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Photo of KurtisAyr
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gpogo
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy pale golden with large white head that dissipates to a bubbly top.

A- Fruity with a definite apple aroma. Slightly spicy.

T- A sweet malt flavor starting with a complex fruity taste with a spicy twist. Alcohol taste comes out more as it warms. Alcohol gives it a slightly spicy finish.

M- Medium-light bodied with high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. Very smooth beverage.

D- A great beverage that if cheaper I think I could almost drink all the time, surprisingly refreshing, enjoyable flavor. Overall a great brew that everyone should try at least once.

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Photo of tzinto
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardPW
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a clear gold with an enormous, gelato-like snow white head and soapy lacing that didn't dissipate through the poor. It's very attractive. It's also highly carbonated with tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass like champagne. It has a fragrant aroma of biscuit, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, coriander, pepper, and clove. The taste largely follows the nose but the pepper is more intense. There is also a nice apple taste that I didn't smell and a slight sourness at the finish. This ale is crisp and surprisingly light for its 8.5% ABV. Overall, it is a delightful Belgian Pale Ale that merits its rating of Outstanding. I think it is only slightly below Duvel. It would be perfect to sip in an outdoor cafe on a sunny day. Truly great!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 2009 vintage

Light honey color with effervescent carbonation and a 1.5 finger white head.

Strong yeast, banana, and citrus

Again yeast banana, citrus, and mild hops

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Light and tingly, strong carbonation. Very drinkable, especially as it warms

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Photo of Tartaix
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,828 ratings
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