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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

better than a duvel. pours a glowing honey color with a very thick foaming white head that lasts forever. smells like belgian yeast, a touch of wildflower honey, light wheat malt, and sticky hops. flavor is close to the nose, although without the honey sweetness. more of a floral character presents itself, with mild spice and assertive hoppiness for the style. feel is nice too, more body than a duvel, not full or anything, but medium at least. nice carbonation lasts the whole glass. 10 bucks for a 10oz is too much money for this (at linger north denver), but it is a very very good beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EatsTacos
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured straw yellow with a pillowy, clumpy head. Lacing was excellent

Aroma was a great blend of belgian spice and sugary pale malts. There was a hop backbone to the entire nose.

Again, the taste was quite upfront with the belgian yeast spices matched well with a typical pale maltiness. Very light and crisp on the palate with a very fruity flavour the entire way through. A lot of banana and peach. Not too sugary by any means and finished on a hoppy and bitter note.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sharp carbonation with a light body

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2/4 of a sampler at Tyler's.

Light body with a small head. But the smell has a dull peppery spice with a good bit of an odd smell that took my until I finished it to figure it out. its beef jerky. Odd I know, but Im sure.

The taste has banana with a strong malt backbone. I like how theres an amazing balance between fruity yeast and sweet malt. It goes down so smooth and way too easy for a Belgian Pale.

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Photo of aeminter
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rather clear, pale yellow/straw color, nice thick white head

Smell is spicy, a little medicinal, malty

Taste is complex...a little sweet and herbal...no noticeable hop presence...alcohol warming and smooth finish.

Excellent mouthfeel...nice and viscose with just the right amount of carbonation and foam.

This is good, but for $11 per bottle I can't have it all the time. A great occasional treat.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright pale blonde, more than one finger of dense white head, lots of lace. Smell is yeasty and floral, nice hoppy presence, fairly clean and grassy, some malt, light alcohol. Taste is clean and vibrant, lots of fruity floral notes here, nice hop kick, some spicy notes, lightly sweet but dry in finish. High carbonation, full body with nice weight, dryish mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, one of my favorite strong pale belgians for sure, nice balance.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellowish-orange with a thick (and I mean THICK, watch how you pour this!) head that settles down to a 1/2 finger covering. WOW, higher than expected carbonation, tons of bubbles endlessly rising to the top of the glass. Aroma is almost candy-sweet & fruity. Taste is malty, with some hints of banana & clove thrown in. Very lively and crisp on the tongue with some alcohol bitterness on the swallow. Very smooth and almost TOO drinkable for an 8.5% abv belgian. I may be seeing those pink elephants sooner than I thought!! Damned good stuff!!!

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Very pale, transparent, incredibly heavily carbonated with bubbly head that dissipates slowly to a thin line at top (3/3)
S: Strong notes of raisiny yeast, boozey but not overpowering (10/12)
T: Lightly malty and fruity at beginning, subtle caramel in middle, but sweetness and alcohol dominate at finish (16/20)
F: Super bubbly with dry finish throughout tongue (4/5)
O: Not sure what I expected with this beer, but it is not what I was expected. I think I was expecting a powerhouse of malty raisin or spice like Duvel or Pannepot, respectively. I was pleasantly surprised by how light this beer was, but that leaves it open to alcohol creep (I think that’s a word). (8/10)

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Classic.

Tremens is a tripel fermented blonde, which looks crystal clear, unlike most tripels. The head is small but does tend to stick around while you're getting through the quaffs.

There is a very strong floral aroma, which is at odds with the actual taste of this brew.

Just enough fizz to ignite your trap, but not too much aftertaste, actually a decent thirst quenching beverage.

8.5% is a solid strength, not over doing it, and is totally hidden (except from your breath the next morning).

Overall a very good beer, and does live up to it's cult status.

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Photo of MaxOhle
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mnstorm99
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow pour with a thick creamy white head that stays until the end, a very nice looking beer.
Aroma is malty, mainly biscuits with a nice spice background, and a touch of banana fruits.
Taste is spicy up front, cloves, banana, and sweet orange peel. There is a touch of spicy noble hops, that also give a small floral taste.
Mouthfeel is perfect, for a beer of this style I was not expecting a chewy, creamy feel, and loved it. Drinkability is dangerous for 9%, way too easy to drink and I would have to watch myself close with this one.
I am not a fan of belgian yeasts, but this one is very soft and I loved it.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel tulip it gives a short head that fades too quickly. It's difficult to decant since the bottle itself is opaque so I ended up with a few too many yeast floaters as well. The color is very pale yellow.

The aroma is sensational. Sweet, fruity, yeasty. Everything I could hope for in a Belgian ale.

The flavor mirrors the nose but with some additional bitterness and without as much sweetness as the aroma hinted at. Lots of yeast and lemony fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is fine but downmarked a little for overactive carbonation. It feels more like a 7-Up than beer.

It's easy enough to drink but the difficulties with getting a clean pour from the opaque bottle mean that I'm less likely to pick this up again versus some of the other examples of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with snow white champagne head that goes fast. 4
Flowers, candle wax, green pears, and carambola on the nose - intoxicating. 4.25
Cream cracker and candy sugar, some apple sauce esters, hints of tropical fruit and summer berry, hum of anise, and vibrant cut grass hops to end. 4
Poached apricot ending and honeyed linger.
Light, crisp, fizzy. 4

A typical Belgian pale, only more so: nose headier, esters fruitier, phenols sharper, hops greener, body snappier, ABV boozier. Perfume and petrol, said a fellow panelist I judged with once, and they're not wrong - the heat + fragrance are the two defining features. But it's definitely got that Duvel, "This is sorta a lager whoops I'm trashed," drinkability going, which, given that it's also so complex, is high praise indeed. 4.25

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Photo of anteater
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyingpig
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave bottle shop, Glasgow (£3.85):
Pale, golden amber colour with a massive, foamy white head on top that holds very well. Lively appearance with some nice lacing too.

Light hops & fruity notes that includes some cloves, spice, apple and some pineapple too. There is a touch of peach, some yeast and a nice helping of citrus on top of a well balanced aroma that also includes from grassy hops and light, summery notes.

Light fruits to begin consisting mainly of some grapes, apple and citrus notes with some lively hops and a touch of sugar too. There is a touch of banana and the alcohol content is well hidden.

Medium with a lively mouthfeel and strong carbonation. Smooth with nice, light spice and a hoppy feel with a subtle bitter finish.

Very lively and hoppy feel and some very nice light fruit notes. This one is very well carbonated and looks great with a very nice mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one and the beer is an easy one to drink.

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Photo of amendt
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here's the skinny: me and my buddy TKing rolled into these Delirium Tremens joints one night or three in Brussels. Only I don't remember because I suffer from the real thing and wasn't impressed. I do remember there was one passable young thing tailing us in the rain. I wanted to slip her the fat man. TKing wasn't buying into it -- he was in it for the beer. She followed us in these high clog heels in the rain till we got to a square and she finally gave up. She was one of these smart phone addicts and decided some bald bouncer she once knew was more reliable than us. So she bailed, my balls wailed, and less than ten seconds later - by magic! - TKing pulled back the curtain and there was the Delirium Tremens camp, on the outskirts, one of the peripheral establishments.

I drank that sumbitch and promptly forgot it. I didn't see any label, so couldn't commit it to memory. Besides, pink elephants and shit don't write to my psyche too much.

Fast forward to two years later (two?). I'm rollin' down the street with a bottle in each pocket in some sunny burb in Sicily at 1 in the afternoon. I'm stalking these hot 20-something backpacking girls, and I'm thinking: me and these Delirium Tremens (two in each pocket) are going to roll these girls, if only I can find 'em.

This is the way of things, my friends! This is the way of things. Delirium comes in these nice ceramic-looking bottles with a variety of pink elephants on the label that put you off. A glass is definitely required. Otherwise, you'll be pulling into your mouth these soft, little yeast chunks that can only remind you of the things that go on in your girlfriend's body that she doesn't want to tell you about.

Nonetheless, it's about the only thing I have to drink around here. Rochefort's all sold out. This Delirium -- the most important thing to know about it is that it has a bitter aftertaste. Not nearly as bad as those peculiar bitter beers you can buy in Belgium -- the name of the category escapes me. But there's something of the same spirit in it. A bit of bitter, a bit of sour. You can still use the bottle as a weapon, though -- lob that bottle right and you can knock out any policeman. Let 'em run, let 'em chase you in the rain.

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Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CHenrie
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, crispy, off white head that lingers until the beer is gone and still hangs out awhile. Smell is light and sweet. Hay and floral notes. Mild sweetness in taste. Light malt and floral notes flavor is sweet and hard to pin down. The essence of a belgian ale perhaps. Texture is almost that of a cream soda. Smooth but rich. Overall a wonderful beer. Delights the senses and is the best of the deleriums i have tried.

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Photo of rafaelagp
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with an abundant head that remained very well. The abundant carbonation helped to ensure that I had a dose of head with each taste. The smell was dominantly sweet and fruity, I noticed a hint of a raison, but there were also hints of spice and yeast. The taste was both sweet and sour, almost like a green apple, but very pleasant and fairly complex. The carbonation and medium to light body made this a very pleasant beer on the palate. This beer also finished surprisingly crisp. Overall this was a very enjoyable brew, but I think if I had the choice I would rather have a Hennepin or a Fin Du Monde. Nevertheless this beer is in elite company, its just not at the top of the pile in my book.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It's odd, to say the least, but after downing a few of them I'm sure that you'll see things my (and their) way.

The taste has hints of fruit while remaining very strong in alcohol and a bright pale flavor. The smell is potent and enticing.

The finish is strong, but it still leads one to the next sip. This is definitely one of those things that everyone needs to try at least once.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,806 ratings
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