Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,710
Reviews:
1,686
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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384
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicey, alcoholic. Yeasty, A bit of fruit: cherry , rasberry and pepper. This was aged closed to expiration, so not as carbonated/hoppy, was able to detect more malt. Malty so drinkable. Tip of the hat to Irondjinn.

Had 2 years later on tap at Beer Bistro and it would get the same rating. Overcarbonated, good level of yeast and some fruitiness including aftertaste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a different animal on tap. I have always liked Delirium Tremens as a "basic" Belgian Ale. Sort of a "Belgian 101" type of beer. However, on draft....love it!

Dinner tonight at Church and State, a hot new authentic Bistro in the industrial section of Los Angeles (also a "very hot" neighborhood with lofts, galleries, etc.) One of L.A.'s regentrified areas. Small but good selection of what they have on tap and in bottles. Ask for Joshua; he knows his beer and is working to build the list. They had the D.T. on draft tonight, took a small taste and then immediately ordered a glass!

Poured bright bold golden/orange with a nice but short white head.

Lovely nose of assertive oranges, hints of tangerines and peaches and then malty fruit. Quite nice and nose promised a great taste.

Not disappointed! Big fruity bold luscious flavors of oranges, toast, dark honey and malty fruit. Long lasting and assertive and aggressive flavors and character...all pleasing.

Finished with malt, banana, stone fruit and oranges and white bread and yeast. All in all, a typical Belgian "kicked up a big notch." Highly recommend trying this one on tap if you find it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but it will sneak up on you.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a solid looking white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some banana aromas with some sweet grains in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet, refreshing, spicy and a little fruity. the mouthfeel is smooth and light. Overall this brew is very good in my opinion. It's surely one to try when you get the chance too.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a three finger high white head that quickly receded but consistently left a thin head covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars, fruits and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and slightly sweet, having flavors of apples, candi sugar, lemons, pepper and yeast. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a significant amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but there's no way I would have more than one of these in a sitting given its alcohol content.

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As fresh as it gets, the Delirum Tremens enjoyed in Brussels at the Delirium Cafe carries a brighter, more vivid, and delicate display of hops, malt, and dry sweetness than the same strong beer that we recieve in the U.S. That's too bad- fresh and well kept versions make this one a very different and much more enjoyable beer.

Maybe I'm understanding the beer better. Maybe it's just better from the tap than the bottle. The beer was served a bit cold, which made it smoother and numbing, but after it warmed... The tap version has much less bite and not as hotl tas I remember from the bottle. Nice melded sweetness that becomes hard to distinguish (pears, peaches, pineapples, appricots, and mangos...) A nice malt backing which lends a light smooth / creamy texture. Above average head retention, but remarkable lacing. Very clean in the flavor and body with a crisp, fruity, lightly hot finish.

The bottle version makes it heavier and sweeter than your ordinary Belgian Pale Ale, It's a great beer for conversing with fellow BA'ers. Aromas are solidly sweet of malts and sugars form other sources, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity, and alcohol. Colors are strong yellow-straw and vigorously carbonated and retained its head well. Tastes sweet with malt and honey (maybe some wheat thrown in). Spicy and hot from fermentation and spice addition makes the beer peppery and prickly to the mouth. Fruitiness reminds me of lemonheads candy with tartness of grapefruit, pears, and under-ripe cherries. The body is medium-full (would be full, but thinned by the alcohol). The carbonation numbs the mouth, except for the fusal alcohol flavors (which are a bit much.) Finishes with a cotton candy sweetness and alcoholic warmth. The beer makes a serious punch is drank in the summertime, but warms nicely in the winter.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at Metro Billiards in downtown Edmonton. The preening alligators on the label kick serious ass on that Lacoste logo crap.

This beer pours a fairly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with some continuously rising effervescence, and a rather splendiferous amount of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy bone-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of remote Russian arctic island lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells quite strongly of warm cloves, dry drupe fruit esters, white pepper, and a sort of hard to discern pale Belgian malt, replete with yeast and crackery goodness. The taste provides a pretty full complement of mildly sour apple, edgy banana chips, still pungent cloves, a mostly underground pale graininess, and a touch of Belgian yeastiness.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit fizzy and fuzzy at the same rate, and not really all that smooth given all that yeast and alcohol swirling about. It finishes cripplingly dry in its fruitiness, with the elevated alcohol milling about like, well a sort of unwelcome lurker.

I know this has mad rep, but there are definitely better BSPAs out there - this one is just too sharp, spiced (in a wholly overwrought manner) and boozy. The cute-ass bottle goes a long way, sure, but a bit more integration and balance are needed here before this one should be allowed to run with the bulls.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in the Salthouse pub, Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head of little cream and poor thickness. Hazy gold colour. Somewhat appealing.

Sm: Fruit, barley, lots of yeast, floral hops. Absolutely brilliant.

T: All the notes from the nose are in the body, plus some unexpected wheat. The strawberry note hangs after the body but before the finish - one might say the beer actually has four acts rather than three, perhaps due to the triple fermentation. The open has too much wheat, which should be omitted entirely. It detracts severely from the beer.

Mf: Nicely coarse, but the wetness clashes with the wheat must.

Dr: WAY too expensive for the quality. It's not 6.85 Euro (this is in Ireland) good, but it's worth a go for fans of the style. Hides its ABV absurdly, dangerously well.

***
03/05/17:

Bends a bit cidery toward the finish, but otherwise it's balanced.

High B

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Champagne-like pour with a thin layer of head retention and lots of Belgian lacing

Smell: Primarily rotting oranges, some banana and medicinal odors

Taste: Starts out sweet and creamy, with a bit of apricots and banana; then the peppery hops kick in, providing a fairly bitter middle and undermining the sweet flavors; in the finish, the sweet flavors re-assert themselves and cover the warming effects of the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, much like Champagne

Drinkability: This is a brew to contemplate rather than to drink; one is enough for a quiet evening

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that I’ve tasted.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a large, foamy, thick, rocky head that left some nice sticky lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, yeast and clove. There was a sweet caramel nose.

T - Rich malty taste with dried fruit, like raisin and plum. It had a nice spicy yeast flavor.

M - This had a nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really good brew. Even better on tap than from the bottle.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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