Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

5,710 Ratings
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 staless
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the pink elephant touch. It poured a hazy golden color with some floating particles and a huge a thick head with great retention and leaving good laces.
Nice aroma with notes of peaches, Belgian spicy yeast, oranges and mango.
Initially refreshing and tasty flavor with a delicious spicy taste with notes of pineapples, medicinal herbal hops, a hint of Cointreau liquor, green apple tartness, coriander, cloves, pear, bubblegum and candi sugar. Quite dry aftertaste with a light to medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Great example of how to hide alcohol.
Nice to revisit this well-built classic brew. It starts refreshing and builds complexity overtime, so according to your drinking pace you choose what type of beer to drink. This is definitely better than its competitor the regular Duvel, but a bit overpriced.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy yellos with a good white head and good retention.

s: floral and citric smells, with a little bitterness.

T: Bittersweet with a herbal/spicy and no alcohol till the end.

M: Citric with a little bitterness and some herbal feel in the aftertaste.

O: a Good, but not a extraordinary beer, anyway it worth the try.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light hazy yellow color with decent head. Little retention of the head but good clean white lacing.

S - Very sweet smelling with hints of alcohol as well. Hints of fruit in the aroma.

T - Honey sweetness with some hop bite undertones.

M/D - Very crisp and clean brew. Warming alcohol presence in it as well.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMoceri7
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful brew.

A: Golden with some sediment hanging around. Plenty of carbonation bubbles, infact, it might be 5% Beer and 95% Carbonation. The head was huge, even with a meager pour, lacing till the last drop.

S: Definitely more of the odd side of aroma from a BSPA I've inhaled in a while. Hops, candy, yeast and fruit right upfront. Masked by what seems to be a favorable steel scent, but that itself is probably the hops.

T: Hops and candy sugars upfront, brown and rock. The malt is definitely in the background. The spice from the hops is most overpowering as I find it hard to believe they tossed in Coriander as some have said. As it warms, a bit of bubblegum instantly hits the tongue. Its not that its bitter in that aspect, nor from the alcohol, but what makes it stronger than your sisters hoegaarden.

M: Carbonized to the max. Very bouncy and refreshing...

D: Very good.

Overall, great beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A faintly clouded, golden colored liquid capped by a large, but fast dropping, white head. Drops like a rock, like a soda head with all its commensurate sound as well. Zero retention, zero lace.
Smell is malt, yeast, light fruits (apple, pear, grape), bready. Great balance.
Taste is malt, bread, light fruits, some yeast, a hint of hops, a mild alcohol bloom, some slight acidity. Balance is very good. A bit of woodiness creeps in way back in the aftertaste.
Warming, smooth, with a drying aspect. Slight bit of cleaning in the finish. Medium bodied maybe a touch more. Carbonation is a bit rough, almost fizzy, but that's a minor quibble. A fine brew but the Nocturum is better.

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Photo of ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a very handy 500 ml can, which I can only suspect helped retain freshness. Smooth, fruity and downright delicious. A restrained level of yeastiness compared to some Belgian style offerings (i.e. Unibroue). No alcohol burn.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ROMER79
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color into a Tremens glass with at least a three finger white foamy head that took a while to go down. The smell was of lemons, oranges, and honey. It tasted the same. The citrus flavor was key some grapefruit even coming through with this beer. A very delicious beer indeed. I could definitely use this as a session beer.

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Photo of 10adavis
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours Hazy goden color, a staying white head. Fruity aroma, lots of apricots, malts and yeast. Taste is spicy, grapes, banana, citrusy hoppiness. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV, very nice.

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Photo of nickss
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, straw yellow.... huge amounts of apparent carbonation, and a huge rocky bright white head.

Crisp citrusy aroma with a generous wallop of yeast.

Big yeast in the flavour.... lots of lemon zest... delicious.

Normally I hate lots of carbonation... but this beer is already so champagne-y that it works quite well. Very crisp and effervescent on the tongue, with a light and refreshing body.

I can think of few brews as delicious on a summer day.

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of association330
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. faux-ceramic bottle, dated January 2010

A - Pours hazy pale gold with a massive, sticky white head. Highly effervescent. Thick, long-lasting cap with nice Belgian lace.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus peels, bubblegum, a little tropical fruit and floral hops. Would've liked a touch of alcohol and phenols/pepper.

T - Follows nose, good and balanced. Swallow reveals a fair bit of hop bitterness which lingers with a faint orange note. A trace of pepper barely tickles the back of the throat.

M - Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Not quite as splendid as its cousin Duvel, but a great BSPA nonetheless.

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Photo of whynot44
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy pale gold color with a massive white head and champagne-like carbonation.

The aroma is very mild, somewhat fruity - apples, pears with just a bit of floral hops.

Taste is also mildly fruity, again, apple and pear with maybe a touch of citrus over a biscuity, yeasty mild malt base. This is followed by a spicy, peppery, dry hops finish that continues in the aftertaste.

Smooth and easy to drink with a nice alcohol warmth that really doesn't warn you of the true strength of this brew. Comes in a funky fake stoneware bottle with pink elephants and green alligators on the label. A decent example of a really great beer style. .

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color, with a heafty bundle of carbonation and a heckuva lot of yeast floating around inside. Actually looks kinda dirty. It's big yeast flakes, not just a haze. Yuk.

The brew, however, smells rather nice. Malty and sugary, with a twist of lemon. Not as overwhelming as it could be. Tastes about the same, a bit sweet, with a bit of citric sourness. Finishes on a dash of yeast that just kinda hovers on the tongue.

A bit more yeasty and watery than most of my favorite Begians, but I'm not sure that's the point of this one. It's exceedingly drinkable, and it's 9% ABV. Hence the name, right? Drink up, start trembling.

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Photo of RickS95
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For being such a light beer, I actually like it (I prefer black beers). It's a hazy straw color with the thickest white head I've ever seen, and boy do those bubbles stick around. It has a champagney look to it as the bubbles just keep rising from the bottome to the top.

Smells great, like most Belgium beers I've had. Citrus and spices galore. Pineapple and cloves dominate.

The taste is similar. The citrus and spice come through in a big way and the pineapple seems to have turned into orange.

The feel in the mouth is very refreshing. There is some complexity as it tries to be sweet before giving way to the bittering spices. But it's very crisp and carbonated, really cleansing the palate and wanting you to take another drink. With some of the warmer month spices, it would taste great in the colder months; but because of the crispness and ongoing carbonation, it's a fantastic drink for the warmer months as well.

Because your palate always stays clean, each drink is like the first so it never gets old. It's pretty high in alcohol, but you never get the warming feeling so you never realize how strong the beer really is. Truly a world classic.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a large white head, left very little lacing, some fine yeast particles floating about. The smell is of lemons, spice, touch of bananas. The taste is sweet, a bit sugary, lemony, however not blown away with flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy, fizzy. A very good BSPA, very drinkable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try a Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mazarbul
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled: February 2012

This beer pours an opaque shade of amber with golden highlights. There are visible chunks of yeast floating in it, but that is due to my turning the bottle over to check for the bottling date. It was topped with three inches of off white, champagne-like head that leaves very little lacing.

I get light fruity notes of pear and peach along with spiciness from the yeast.

As with the smell I get some pear. The pear melds in with the spicy yeast flavors and a hint of alcohol for a fruit dessert flavor.

Moderate mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

I am a big fan of this beer. I cannot believe it has taken almost seven years on this site before a review. It is a very good Belgian that has never let me down. It is typically my go to Belgian if I am unsure of what to get.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spices in the olfactory flavors, including dill and spices from Provence. The flavor is round, with a mouth full and warm alcoholic which leaves the aftertaste of bitterness with that presence always spicy where it collects a few grains of pepper. It also receives a key that gives a sweet finish more or less syrupy. Very good duivelbier, probably the best direct rival of Duvel from Moortgat.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow overlooked my avatar namesake all these reviews, this old favorite pours clear golden with a frothy white top that lingers. Aroma is complex with lemon, pepper, and a grainy character than smells slightly bitter. Flavor follows nose thoroughly. Finish is fairly clean with a slight bite of hop which lends a dryness.

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,710 ratings.
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