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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of koolkat
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice light blonde with a lot of effervescence. The bottle I thought was ceramic from the white coating all over it but it is actually a typical 750ml bottle. The cork smelled of apples after I opened it and I knew I was in for a doozie of a belgian.

The taste is suprisingly smooth especially considering its alcohol content. I can tell that it is strong, but not in a burning sence more like a pleasant warming. I was pleased to find little clove in this beer and ditto on the phenols. There is a subtle almost fruity flavor reminiscant of the apples from the cork, but it is rather subtle and I think it blends with the beer nicely.

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

This one pours a large white fizzy head on top of a cloudy yellow body. The smell is musty, with light fruit and clove. The mustiness carries over into the flavor where is detectible along with some hops on the finish. The rest of the flavors are spicy clove at first, and some alcohol coupled with light bitter hops in the middle. The mouth feel is lively and fizzy.

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Photo of TagoMago
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pt. 9 fl oz. corked ceramic bottle with a blue foil crown that is rather hard to remove. The beer is poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold. Pours with a beautiful, foamy, sudsy, rocky, long-lasting head which coats my glass with a fine lace.

Smell: Fruity esthers of pineapple and orange combine with a fairly prominent, musty Belgian yeast aroma. Some phenolic alcohols are also noticed.

Taste: Creamy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is noticeably present, yet restrained. Warming alcohols hit the palate upfront, combined with some hop bitterness and nectar-like fruitiness, with elements of peach, pear and pineapple present. A hoppy bitterness lies in the finish as well, combied with some musty, Belgian yeast-like properties. Some spicy, clove-like flavors are noticed in the finish as well.

Overall: This is one powerful beer - not only in alcohol, but flavor. I normally like my Belgians to be a little more mellowed out, but this did me just fine. It's raw, unrestrained, and full of complexities that many beers (even some Belgians) are not. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tjd25
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head was shorter than I expected but still looked nice and lasted on the hazy golden color body. The smell is greatly yeasty and fruity: peaches, bananas and apples combine in an harmonious bouquet. Very sweet, almost candy-like.
The taste was dry and not as sweet as I expected. Thick and grassy, lacking some subtlety. Some citrus, but I wanted more fruits. Still, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. It's not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

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Photo of baiser
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat little green bottle, covered with some sorta of ceramic looking wrap and shiny blue foil.

Big foamy head, but quickly disappeared. Tonnes of carbonation. Lacing settled into rings around the glass. Was somewhat cloudy. Poured a golden straw colour.

Aroma was fruity and sweet. Hints of honey, and a tad phenolic.

First sip was nothing but sweetness and spices. The maltiness hides the abv and makes this a delight to drink so watch out. Reminds me of a white wine. After taste is dry. Not much hops detected.

Notes: Makes a great after dinner drink. Great beer, should've bought more of these.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap, pours a very light straw/amber color, a bit cloudy, white delicate head, leaving classic Belgian lacing. Sugary, yeasty, spicey nose. Notes of apricots, raisins, candi sugar, smoke. Complex and interesting stuff. Alcohol present, but fairly well in the background. Medium bodied. highly carbonated. I love this stuff, give it a try! my wife still refers to this stuff as "Rocket fuel" even after trying it many times.

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Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange/amber with a very thick head that lasts all the way down. Low carbonation in a very cloudy brew.

Nose is all wheat beer like - yeast, banana and spice. Very potent and very well balanced, smells like a super-sized wheat beer. Some slight sweet notes too.

Good spicy flavours with a warm sweet alcohol kick on a creamy and full palate with no real bitterness. There is some tight citrus flavours that balance out well.

Hides the alcohol well and is delicious on a cool winters night.

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Photo of shapudding
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just need to start by saying that my beerbud and I thought the Drafting Room was tapping us Delirium Nocturrnum, but after some questioning and emailing... that Blitheringidiot found out that they were given the incorrect keg!

The Tremens poured out a clear and light golden champagne like, tonsa bubbles shooting up the tulip glass. Little bit of creamy white head around the edge. Scents of champagne, the white grapes are very pronounced.

Strange thing here, I have always really liked Tremens, but the first thing I noticed in the warmed glass of ale was a taste similar to adult cough syrup... not the yummy flavored ones that you would sometimes take an extra swig of... more like nyquil or the ones you feel the need to do a chaser after. Dont know if it was just this batch, or this nights... but it left me very disappointed.

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Photo of raverjames
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet, poured from a bottle. At first you notice this beer has a nice color that one could compare with champagne. The head quickly dissapates after pouring. The smell is fruity with a light accent of hops. The smells really come out if served a little warmer. The taste was something very special as it hides the alcohol content well. Flavors are very complex and not too bitter. I have to say this is one of the best tasting brew I have ever had. This is just as good as Piraat. If you can afford to pay $80 for the case I would suggest this as a beer that is worth the investment. Finish a bottle and you are on your way to pure relaxation. Strong ales never let me down.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. "ceramic" bottle poured into an authentic DT snifter glass (complete with pink elephants). Pours a medium honey-golden semi-transparent color, with lots of carbonation and a nice, big off-white head. Aromas of flowers and honey at a foot away. Closer in, thw Belgian yeast aroma takes over. Notes of candy apples & pears. Flavor: tart apples with a bit of sour, with horseblanket at the back of the throat. Honey and flowers throughout. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. ABV makes it a little strong for high drinkability.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers- not one I want every day, but I look forward to have it on special occasions.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows very pale and almost lager looking. The nose is horseblankets and hops and the lager look is destroyed. The intial taste is actually subtle and smooth. This much like Duvel though with less complexity. I fopund it to be very drinkable and well crafted. It's reputation seems to be big and rough but the truth is this is a very nice Belgian Ale with little roughness. Cool bottle too which means that this should be picked up if available.

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Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On our first visit to Henry's, I was somewhat put aback by the selection. Not only the selection, but the fact that the selection was items on tap. Surprisingly, this was available on tap, and I figured I'd try just to see if it really was on tap. Yes, it was, so a tulip glass arrived with the other 4 pints.

The glass itself was filled almost halfway, a sizable dab of surf-like foam crusted on its top. The foam had almost dirty looking brown edges, and the liquid seemed to be a dilute of the same colors. I suppose it was more of a hazy golden than crusty brown, but the connection was there.

The aroma attractively ripe, musty, and fruity. It was a turn off to others in the group, but it really is an impressively deep and varied range of aromas that suggest quite a history about the ale.

The taste was somewhat mild, partly due to being served a bit cold, but even as it warmed, it was still somewhat mellow. There were slight tart crisps, cidery sweetness, and even sour malt flavors that create a pleasing effect.

It served well as a way start forgetting a lame work week, and finished well as an appetizer and early desert. It shouldn't be paired with spicy tuna rolls.

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Photo of travolta
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: You could watch the beer sink through the head. This one explodes out of the bottle, and leaves you with a head you have to watch. frothy and white, the lacing is monimal, as well as head retention. The brew color was light golden hay.

Nose: Lemon, malt, light citrus, very faint hops, banana nut brread.

Taste: Smooth over the tounge, sweet at the tip. Faint hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste reflected the nose, but the taste had a bit of dry bread, or crakers to it.
Notes: Head and lacing was disapointing. Label sells the bottle, there were no stand-out characteristics.

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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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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. faux ceramic bottle (not sure why they do this but hey, it looks cool)
Pours a crystal clear golden color with just a hint of orange tint. A 2 finger head was no trouble attaining, and stuck around for quite some time. Lacing was also exceptional. Perhaps one of the best looking Belgian Strong Pales that I have ever seen.
Aroma seems faint but there is a certain floral scent accompanied by light fruit aromas (pear, plum, etc.)
Taste is exactly what I would expect from a strong pale. Very fruity, with just a touch of alcohol heat and sweet malt. One interesting note is the high hop spiciness of this brew. Of the few other strong pales I've had, this is by far the hoppiest; not that this is a bad thing by any means. Starts very smooth and finishes just a little bit dry. Very nice.
This is a fine brew and one that I would come back to if I had the chance.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden straw color with a bright white fluffy billowing two finger head that settles down to a rocky covering with rings and patches of lace. After a quick swirl, the head seems to boil up from below and replenish its self.
The aroma is spicy and a little medicinal, with a hint of chewed up Juicy Fruit chewing gum
The flavor is sweet and a little tart, acetaldehyde, with clovelike spices and an estery background and a little phenolic. All these different qualities blend together and work well for and overall impression of this ale.
The mouthful is a little thin, but the carbonation is damn near perfect.
Very drinkable and I wish I had more to enjoy. The alcohol is completely absent, and at 8,5% can sneak up…oh damn!

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifuly decorated 11.2 oz bottle poured a hazy yellow with a white head. I give this 4.5 for appearance due to the fact the head stayed fluffy through the whole time. Bubbly carbonation was very active. Very aromatic, you can almost tell what its going to taste like without taking a sip. The taste is nicely complex with a piney, citrusy flavor and dry peppery, and herbal finish with a warmth of alcohol. From the few of this style I have tasted, this one represents them well. Very drinkable, though at this ABV (and price) I would take it easy, as this one is satisfying with just one.

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Photo of counselor
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours typical belgian golden straw and tall, fluffy whit ehead. Smells of dusky dank barnyard, hay and overripe fruit. Taste is yeasty, breadlike with leather, wood and tobacco flavors. The finish is dry, mildly citrus hops. A decent brew, and one I will have again, butnot one I will seek out

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew at RFD in DC. The beer came in a tulip glass which was nice. Bright gold in color but only a minimal white head surface layer is present. Aroma is very fruity with raspberry and cherry coming through, some candied sugar and bready yeast scents. The first sip reveals small yet prickly carbonation and thicker than average body. The flavor is spicy, I am hit with nutmeg and cloves right away and also hits of tart fruit like granny smith apples. The finish is a little peppery and slightly drying as well. This was a real treat on tap and I am glad to finally see it coming into CT in bottles now too.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: beautiful deep golden hue, a nice layer of white foam that quickly flattens into a thin film

Aroma: lightly malty but a fair amount of the typical Belgian ale phenolics (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon), pear-like fruitiness, acetone

Flavor: dry malt base, a bit dusy and a slight vegetal (cooked cabbage?) off flavor, herbal hop flavor, finishes dry with a yeasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly carbonation, lots of warmth, somewhat astringent

Overall Impression: One of those "classic" eye-catching Belgian ales. Everyone recognizes the painted bottles and the pink elephants. This is one of the first few Belgian beers I ever tried (way, way back...). The unique presentation and mythical elephant is definitely more impressive than the beer. Other than that, it's not particularly outstanding.

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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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2.1/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Preface to this review: This is my first authentic Belgian ale. I've had other American made versions, which have created an interest for me.
After i opened the bottle, thin white foam started coming out. I KNOW that this isn't shook up, so what is going on? Beer is obviously hoghly carbonated, as it produced a very large head, thin and bubble, on a gentle pour. The beer is a very pale yellow color.
Taste: What in the hell is this shit?! it has the mouthfeel of champagne, and a similar taste. It's like drinking Cold Duck. The only flavors i'm getting are metal, wheat, and grain alcohol. If i hadn't paid $3.50, i would have probably poured this insipid crap down the drain.
I see that this beer is somewhat highly acclaimedby other BAs. Did I get a bad bottle, or what? I don't know. But i'm in no hurry to buy another to find out.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Lowlander in London. Pours a pleasing gold color with a medium thin eggshell white head. Light lacing throughout. The aroma is fruity and wheaty. Light-bodied and effervescent, with a nice blend of flavors such as coriander, citrus, banana and yeast. The alcohol is detectable here and there as well. The finish is sparkling like champagne. I haven't had the bottled version of this yet but I can't imagine it being better than this.

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Photo of DaveGood
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a somewhat hazy yellow color with a big frothy head. The head dissapates rather slowly and leaves a nice lacing along the glass. The aroma was very heavy on the yeast with some fruity undertones lingering underneath. This is a medium-bodied beer whose taste is well balanced between the pale malts and some spiciness and bitterness on the tail end. The alcohol is also present in the taste as well, although it is not overwhelming. The drinkability is above average as the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Overall, this is a good beer but I do not see myself including it in my regular rotation.

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Photo of truthbrew
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap (in proper glass) at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Golden color with slight orange tint, no haze. White fluffy head that lasted about half way through. Carbonation was high, but appeared visually even higher than it was. Constant vents of tiny bubbles from the bottom center of the glass. Taste is sweet with fruity citrus notes. Finishes a bit dryer but still some sweetness left in your mouth. A nice, crisp ale that even at 9% could be enjoyed anytime.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,654 ratings.
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