Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

5,730 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delirium tremens' iconic 750 mL stone glass bottle with the champagne style cork, which practically explodes as soon as I remove the cage. Cork reads "2.011" vintage -- back label indicates "4|11" which I assume is a bottling date. Beer served in Chimay chalice. Super pale straw yellow color with a massive white foamy head. Slightly cloudy appearance, with bubbles forming on the bottom surface of the class and rising towards the top. Faint but sweet belgian pale ale aroma. Maybe even a little bit grassy.

First sip is crisp and surprisingly hoppy for a Belgian strong ale. Up front it is actually on the bitter side, with secondary characteristics of yeast and earthy notes, along with peppercorns. Only experiencing it all over the mouth do the golden sweet flavors come out: amber raisins, honey, and dandelion.

I picked this up on close out at the super market, and it seems likely Delirium Tremens really shouldn't be aged this long. I rarely drink Delirium Tremens, and this tasting has reminded me why: it really is the Sam Adams of Belgian beer. It's available so widely, it's not a treat to find it, and if you're going to drink a beer this style, there are much better choices. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer. But there are far better beers available nearly as widely for the genre (and perhaps at less expense).

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jabberwocky
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours smoothly, not viscous or syrupy, but more water-like. A little foam when pour but it goes away fairly quickly.

Smells a little of apple and citrus.

Drinking it, the flavor works its way from the nose to the back of the throat. Taste starts out on a malty note as it works down to the throat with a very slight hint of a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Character of the Belgian yeast comes through. Strong carbonation, a beer i think i would prefer to drink cold and at a good pace to avoid it getting warm. Fairly refreshing beer that does not stick on palate.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nollie77
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ronin926
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

General - I've had Delirium Tremens before but never bothered with a review of it. This thing has always been so good in the past that I would just sit down and enjoy it rather than writing about it. I'm drinking this out of a New Belgium Tulip style glass, the bottle was the smaller 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance - SRM color of about a 4. A nice white frothy head at first pour that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing on this but I'm ok with it. The beer is a little bit hazy, most likely from the bottle conditioning.

Aroma - There is a slight scent of fruit and spice to this ale, really inviting. Smells like a nice clean beer for a warm summer day. There is a slight maltiness to this with an underlying alcohol scent, the alcohol isn't too strong but is there in the background.

Taste - There is a bitterness with this beer along with a solid punch of fruity esters. Very refreshing beer that has a nice citrus hit. There is also a solid malt that backs up the fruit flavor. The bitterness hits near the end of each sip too.

Mouthfeel - Very drying with a high carbonation level. Feels like I bit into a lemon in all honesty, very nice. A little thin, but that's what I expect for this style.

Overall - Wow, every time that I have this beer I just love it more and more. The way this beer refreshes is just amazing. If you like Belgium beers and haven't had Delirium Tremens, you need to. On a funny side note, Delirium Tremens is actually an alcohol withdraw symptom that includes severe shaking. Interesting name for this amazing beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C3likesbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale yellow slight haze. Nice thick and lacy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty meh. Probably why they have a white bottle.

S- Starting to get better here. Belgian yeast with some apricot and banana esters. Nice complexity.

T- Immediately can feel the carbonation slightly bready with banana, spice and grapefruit. Almost champagne like mouthfeel. All over the place but very good Belgian Ale.

O- Going from appearance to overall this beer gets progressively better. While the overall score was brought down by the smell and appearance, the taste is outstanding. If taste were the only thing, this beer is outstanding.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pristine golden color, with a slight, interesting and entertaining haze of floating yeast specks. Two finger head starts out full and bubbly, but eventually diminishes to a respectable (and pretty) 1/4-inch head that retains all the way to the end.

S: Upon first whiff, you detect some common orchard fruits; pear, apple. There's a slight spiciness that my nose couldn't decipher. The alcohol is apparent, but is respectably mild and well incorporated into the scent. It's almost a warning that this delicacy is not to be trifled with.

T: Deliciously fruity. Apples, pears, slight citrus, and if my tongue doesn't deceive me, maybe a hint of peach? The fruitiness doesn't last long, as you're hit with a surprise wave of spice and yeast. The fruit becomes an undertone as the beer makes its way down. The alcohol is a tad noticeable upon first sip, but it takes the backseat for the most part.

M: Overall pretty crisp, but it seems a little over-carbonated. Possibly just a fluke, but it is a bit of a hinderance to the flavors.

O: I went for this beer on an honest and truthful whim. I had heard its name before, but never looked into it. Boy, was it a treat. Complex flavors, pleasing aroma, and an all around treat to drink. Just be careful, however... It goes down far too easy for a beer with its alcohol content!

As an added note, the opaque gray and black speckled bottle really builds suspense as you're getting ready to pop the top and pour. I've never been more excited to pour a beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange; slightly cloudy; effervescent; huge, foamy head

Aroma: Spicy; peppery; orange zest

Taste: Tart; citrusy; peppery; overall, very smooth and enjoyable flavor; well balanced

Remarks: I love these bottles. I wish I had a bunch for homebrew.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,730 ratings.
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