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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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jws7968
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bloberglawp
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blond, a little haze, quite carbonated, huge head, laces like a komodo dragon, can't look better than this.

Aroma of spice, huge estery nose, bread dough, fresh yeast, soft wheat, summer hay. Flavor, raw dry malt with some fruity melon-like sweet hints to it. Prickly carbonation kinda fills you taste buds. Finished with a note of orange rind and spice. Alcohol extremely concealed, this stuff is dangerous.

Try it if you can, a very good example of a Belgian Strong Golden.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale fairly clear golden straw color. Good carbonation with a finger and a half foamy head that retains well. Not a lot of lacing, but a little.

Smell: Sweet funky Belgian yeast, one of the best of BSPA scents of them all. A little spice hiding in there and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: For me, this is the gold standard for BSPA's, along with Duvel. Among the best the style has to offer. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dry, but not overly dry. A high ABV, but no strong alcohol taste. Just delicious and sooo easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. They do down so easily, and a session is easy to do with this beer. The higher ABV may catch up to you eventually, but it's so good, easy to drink and not too filling, that you may not care. I know I don't.

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Photo of Sisky
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Srecko
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of HopSavant
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.64/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass boasts a straw yellow body with persistent white fluffy head.
Clove and cardamom spices dominate the aroma and a malt slips into the flavor.
Clean and crisp mouth feel with medium carbonation giving a dry finish.
Alcohol is sneaky, no burn and no warmth. Nice.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Tilly
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Dark yellow, almost orange. Full white head that goes away quickly. Leaves a nice white foam. Smells of citrus and spice. Almost Christmasy. No hoppy flavor at all. Taste of clove and spice. Champagne like effervescence / carbonation. A fabulous beer at 8.9 ABV. A must try!

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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 heebes
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour had on tap at the Winking Judge.

Pours a clear golden with a good amount of off white foam head, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Nose was bright Belgian yeast, musty, light fruits - typical Belgian Pale. Taste was light fruits, wine like at first chilled but more complex as it warmed. Similiar to the nose. Prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Overall an enjoyable Belgian Pale - glad to be able to try it on tap.

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Photo of chebode2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of palma
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I’ve been looking for the pink elephant for a while now and finally found a bottle at Pioneer Supermarket in NYC.

Appearance: Bright gold but cloudy body with a long lasting fluffy white head. Leaves a great lace through the entire session.

Smell: Pungent floral nose combined with a light smokiness, and a sweet fruity aroma, particularly lemons and apples. Mild phenol and raw alcohol fumes as well. Not bad though, especially considering the fact that the beer is 9.0% ABV.

Taste: Taste? I'm not tasting hops or malt here... the main event in this brew is all the esters and phenols produced from the three different types of yeast the brewer uses. The flavor is initially yeasty with very mild and sweet citrus notes. As the beer warms, an enticing honey flavor begins to pull through. Banana and clove show up in the aftertaste. Overall, much sweeter than I expected, and as such, hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth. Low carbonation. Other BA's cited a champaign-like mouthfeel but I did not notice that at all. I may have picked up a slightly aged bottle. Nice.

This is a very mellow Belgian Strong ale.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a briefly chilled bottle into my chalice.
Light pale amber color poured with a generous fluffy head. Lots of yeasties floating around producing a rather opaque shade. Aromas are intensely fruity with lots of sweet oranges, esters, and some dried figs in the background. Bubbling in my mouth is a nice light body of a brew. Flavors of bready malt, a little of the fruits, yeast and a nice alcohol twang at end. Finishes rather dry. This is quite enjoyable truer to style I imagine than the other Americanized Belgian style beers. I want a bit more complexity to this beer, perhaps some more sweetness, body, something, but I can't quite describe it. Would make a perfect ending to any meal.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

A - A yellow gold color. The beer is extremely clear which allows one to view the almost violent dance of the carbonation rising to the surface. There is a 2-finger, snow white head that dissipates very slowly but never dies off. As the glass empties plenty of lace is left behind.

With the second glass I have poured in some of the yeast leftover from the bottle-conditioning. The beer is now cloudy but otherwise looks exactly the same.

S - The aroma is mildly sweet, with hints of pears, pepper and phenols. With the pour of the second glass the yeast provides a much more pronounced spicy aroma.

T/M - Medium bodied and full of carbonation. A very light malt flavor. Slightly sweet with a mix of peppery spices and light fruits. Only a little warmth from the alcohol as it goes down and the light sweetness is balanced by the hops at the end. On the second glass the flavor has hints of clove and phenols.

D - Overall a very good strong golden. I particularly enjoyed the second pour with the stronger phenols and spices that the addition of the yeast provided.

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Photo of Bill69
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of haazer
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Large snow white head with lots of bubbles. Does dissapate quite quickly though. One interesting note though, does beer have pulp? This one seems to.

S- Not much going on with the aroma. Little bit of bread, and the smell of yeast.

T- The trademark yeast style, has that belgian feel to it. Very crisp and dry. Also has a bready taste.

M- Crisp, bitter, and refreshing.

D- Very refreshing beer. Alcohol is not very noticeable, but it is slightly warming. I can see how this would creep up on you after two or more though.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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