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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Jacobob10
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden colored with a big white head. Huge aroma. Spicy and fruity all at the same time. Truly a great smelling beer. The taste doesn't let you down either. Plenty of citrus taste with some pepper mixed in as well. The alcohol does not go unoticed. It does leave the inside of your mouth a little hot. Still, a beautifully crafted beer. I loved the bottle so much that I asked the waitress if I could bring it home with me. Actually, it was more me telling her that I was bringing it home with me and she complied, haha.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

In my book, Belgian beers come second to German beer only. And this is a bias on my part since I am from a German family. Regradles of this bias, Belgian beers are definetly worth a try by any beer aficianado. The packaging is definetly a plus in comparison to most American beers. The head is almost nonexistent and the Brussels lace is maintained for only a few short minutes. The taste is fruity than most, but compared to other beers I have sampled. Delirium meets my par standards for a Belgian brewed beer. Regardless of my biased sentiments, this beer is worth a try by any wannabe beer advocate. Something I would by for a second try.

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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 horndecker
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the bottle is a fave, white glass, with a wonderfully fanicful label. Pink elephants and dancing crocodiles, cool lettering. The brew pours out honey straw colored with a modest head. Decent froth leaves a bit of lace, but nothing extraordinary.

The nose is limes, earthy yeast, roasted meat (!?), and, oddly, something very clean smelling, pine and hay. Big fruit and a nice smooth bitterness dominate the taste. Buttery malt precedes a dryish herbal finish.

A very nice ale, with a crisp smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent but doesn't overpower. Delish.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to the color of apple juice with a short lived bubbly head. Carbonation continued to rise through the brew well after being poured. A little lace was noted around the glass. Scent was almost like champagne, with a slightly vinegar-like quality. Flavors of hops were strong, as were notes of sugar and barley.Dry, smooth aftertaste. Heavy alcohol quality was noted, as this brew will get you feelin' it. Worth a try, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an apricot colored citrus punch looking color. When pouring, I had to slow it down to avoid too much head. The head is thick with nice retention and ample lace. It is white in color and tops off a cloudy and very bubbly brew. The aroma is like bananas and pineapple, very pungeant. The taste is very fruity and mildly sweet. The aftertaste lingers on the palate with some hints of hops. With 8.5%abv, I expected more of an alcohol taste, but only detected a very small trace. I could only drink one of these per night.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect gold color with a 1 1/2" white-tan head. It fizzles and fizzles but last for a while.. eventually there is just a ring of suds and swirls in the glass.

Musky orange nose, faint spices. Smooth honey glides over the tongue, then a biting bitter citrus at the end. Alcohol also hits at the end lingering on the palate for a while. I can't say I like the balance here (or lack thereof). The flavors come at you a bit randomly and awkwardly. That said, this is a fairly nice, drinkable ale.. But I would prefer a better integration of the flavors.

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Photo of elricorico
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker shade of orange with a big bubbly white head. The head fades down to about one finger thick. Inside is a tonne of sediment! Looking through the glass you can see all kinds of floating bits. Unfortunately it's a bit of a turn off.

The smell is pretty good, what I'd expect for the style. Spice, candied sugar, a bit of booziness and just a hint of soap.

Taste is a clean sweetness up front with a faint hop and strong alcohol finish. The alcohol is not unpleasant, but it is not as well hidden as some of my favorite beers of the style.

Mouthfeel is good, slick and medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the big alcohol, both by volume and by flavour.

Decent beer, but I'd say it's only for fans of the style, I don't see it gaining converts.

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Photo of swid
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delirium Tremens pours a brilliant golden color. A thick, off-white head comprised of small bubbles forms, then slowly dissipates. Fairly opaque, with are large amount of yeast sediment. The aroma of this beer is very complex, with all sorts of notes: citrus, flowers, pine, a little mustiness and sourness, and a bit of malty sweetness. If only I could identify one single *thing* to describe it as...

This is a strong Belgian ale; the alcohol present is noticeable, but not overpowering. The initial taste is a both tart and sweet, and is well-balanced. After that, the hops kick in, imparting a floral bitterness; the taste becomes a bit more harsh after that. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but full; the finish is very crisp, mildly sweet, and slightly harsh.

Overall, Delirium Tremens is a good beer; it is the most "adventurous" Belgian I've had thus far. I have had my horizons expanded will be interesting to see how much I'll enjoy beers like this in the future.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer sampled at Little Brussels Brasserie.
Poured into it's great decorated glass. I love the elephants. Poured a clear orange gold, a tight white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a 5mm foam.
Aroma: Yeast, sweetness, slight cirtus(?), slight malt. Nothing really there. Very complex though.
Flavour: Slight malt, definate alcohol, dry, not particularly sweet, yet with a candy sweetness, and a bitterness. A touch of yeast, and lingering alcohol.
A great brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden with lots of sediment after movement.. nice creamy off-white head with excellent carbonation and lace. Spicy Belgian yeast and spicy hop aromas with light fruitiness, cloves, and coriander. Tastes much like it smells and hides alcohol content well. Medium bodied but seems a bit lighter due to carbonation levels.

Note: #1 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World" ... times have changed but not far off !!!

Per label: Since 1654

2.003 on cork
Tasted: 04/11/05

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.4 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with bright royal blue foil)

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful light hazy orange color with an enormous head that doesn't seem to ever die out. Smells wonderful, like bananas and summer-time fruits with a wheaty-hop undertone. Taste is equally pleasant, with a very smooth start and finish. Stimulates all your taste buds. Some citrus to it, but mostly bananas and hops, slightly like a witbier. Great well-rounded beer.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent Belgian Pale. Very unique, as are all the ales by this brewery. Pours a golden color into my tulip glass with a small head that leaves good lacing along the sides. A wee bit cloudy, not much.

The smell is very unique. There is something distinct. I would say it is like overripe pears. Cantaloupe and some other melon flavors are also very prominent. Taste is very unique, with melon-like flavors, cantaloupe dominating, some citrus, some spices - cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. A hint of that distinctive Belgian yeast. Very interesting. I like it.

Mouthfeel is peppery and oily, with a very small tinge of the alcohol noticeable, not enough to make it unpleasant. Goes down smooth and continues to make you wonder about the flavor, so I would say it is pretty drinkable, even with the medium-high ABV.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good bspa, i enjoy this more than the delirium nocturnum.
Pours out a good and clear dark gold/orange. White head that leaves in minutes. strong smell of heavy spices, sugary cinnamon.

taste is good and spiced and fruity. there is a taste of honey in it too. feeling of alcohol in the background. a dry finish. medium to heavy mouthfeel.

good one to try

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens. Been meaning to try this beer often, but every time, i get put off by the bottle. Damn wierd bottle.

However as tacky as the bottle is, the beer itself is great.

Poured a dark yellow - orange with a finger width of foam. The beer gave off a citrus smell that was inviting.

Tasted of fruit.. apricots? and honey which danced in your mouth. However, it isnt the cheapest of beers. Which is a drawback.

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Photo of Barraclou
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Their unique style 330ml bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow colour with orange reflets and a generous white head.

Smell: Wheat, green lemon and alcohol.

Taste: I am not really into the wheat beer, but I like to taste that in this one. Also, the strong alcohol presence doesn't bother the drinker.

Mouthfeel: PERFECT. You detect the strong alhocol presence (for a beer), but it doesn't bother you. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Exceptionnal. This is the best strong beer I ever reviewed. A little expensive, but it really worthes a try! P.S. Foamer said LCBO removed this beer from its inventory. In Quebec, SAQ continues to sell it (even if they left most of the beer market to private stores.) Thanks God! Note to myself: I would like a green limon with this beer. It can be a valuable addition...

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Cloudy yellow with a fluffy head. Taste is tart and citrusy, more so than one expects from a Belgian. This is pretty popular among the Belgian beer aficianados in my area. I'm a little surprised that I haven't had a bigger sample by now.

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Photo of foamer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, slightly orange, gold with a big fluffy white head with amazing retention. Very fruity and slightly medicinal aroma. I get lots of hint of apricot and sugar plum. A slight peppery hint as well. Strong notes of honey and fruits in the initial taste, then developing to a peppery hop flavour, and finally to a lingering warming alcohol finish. It's hard to tell that this is 9% abv. Even with the finish it doesn't drink to its strength. Nice mouthfeel, and pleasant carbonation. Very drinkable, almost dangerously so.

Let it be known that I bought this beer for the novelty, specifically because the Liquor Control Board of Ontario thought the joke was offensive and stopped selling it. Take that LCBO! It turns out to be a very tasty one, and one I will probably come back to. Cheers for being subversive!

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Photo of Fish113d
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, it pours a pale honey color with 1/4 inch of head with some edge lacing and cling. The ale is rather hazy also. Aroma is interesting; I get the sense of pineapples along with some citrus tones and a bit of yeast. Not overly complex but lovely! Flavors is bitey yet clean with a fruity citrus flavor with a bitter finish of maybe some hops and yeast. At the cold temp it is served, the carbonation kills some of the flavor I was hoping for, but it is still pretty decent. Overall, it is a yummy brew, but would be better at a warmer temp.

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

One of the most beautiful bottles on the shelf. Pours cloudy gold until the yeast calms at the bottom. Fruity and spicy. The head disappears much faster than Maudite's and (of course) Duvel's. Sweet, Bazooka Bubblegum. Sparkles in my mouth, doesn't sit still enough for me to fully grasp it.

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Photo of palma
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 dauss
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml caged corked.

Appearance: Golden clear yellow. Very effercescent with a bone white head.

Smell: very sweet malt aroma, clean, very slight banana esters, alcohol, and phenols

Taste: sweet maltiness, banana esters, very effervescent, alcohol bitterness, but mellowed and smooth. phenolic and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light body, clean sweet malt finish with a bitterness that gets stronger after the sip.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a hazy peach color with a nice, clean, frothy white head.

Smell: The smell of this beer is beautiful. Fruity, sweet, spicy, and incredibly inviting.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The fruitiness of the smell is nearly gone, and spicyness takes charge. The alcohol is is very strong. This beer finishes very tart. As with all good Belgian beers, this is very unique. The taste is unlike any other pale ale I've had. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very powerful beer that's kinda hard to handle. The alcohol spicyness is over the top. If that's your thing, this is our beer... but if not you may not enjoy it. The drinkability is average because of the high alcohol presence in the taste. Would aging help? I don't know. Anyways, above average for sure.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a light golden color. I got some of the yeast in my glass, so my beer is hazy. Head retention was not good, and hardly any beer lace at all.

Smell - The familiar "Belgian" spice spring right out at me. No hop nose that I can detect. I pick up an alcohol aroma, and maybe a fruity citrus smell as well.

Taste - Spicy and sweet, but not too sweet. The hops are downplayed, and the beer has some alcoholic warmth. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel - This beer has quite a bit of body, which seems to make sense. Smooth.

Drinkability - The alcohol is masked pretty well by this beer's realtively strong flavor, and it is quite drinkable.

Comments - This is a pretty good beer, and I bet it would be better fresh. I prefer Unibroue's Don de Dieu (which is also cheaper), but this stuff is definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a lovely golden color with a medium-sized white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam. There are plenty of tiny bubbles, as expected. Even though I poured the whole bottle into my glass, I didn't have any of the yeast sediment other reviewers noted. Not that I would care, anyway.

It smells sweet with just a hint of alcohol and fruit.

Ahh, I love Belgian Strong Pale Ales, and this ale is very good. It's strong and spicy with a great fizziness created by the abundant carbonation. This beer is very similar to Duvel, but isn't quite as sweet. Its high ABV is well hidden, so drink carefully.

This is a very good beer.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,657 ratings.
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