Delirium Tremens
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,019
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
6,069
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Brouwerij Huyghe
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
Notes: Colour and sight: pale blond, the fine and regular effervesce ensures a fine and stable head.
Scent: Slightly malty, a nice touch of alcohol, spicy.
Flavour: Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter.
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Reviews: 1,763 | Ratings: 6,069
Photo of BigGold
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite sure how I’ve missed this one before now. Had poured from 25.4-oz. corked and caged bomber, from 2016, gift from a friend, into tulip. This beer is a bit rougher around the edges than I would have expected, but still a wonderfully fruity Belgian ale.

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Photo of Scottync
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Belgian beer. If St. John the Baptist were a brewer, this would likely be one of his creations. A pale blonde - every school boy's dream. A nice head on the brew. Fragrance is malty, not unpleasant. Taste is awesome, a little fruitiness that will get your taste buds running. Seriously, I don't understand the low ratings from other BAs. IMHO, this is one is just righteous.

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Photo of etipton04
1.72/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

L: bottle looks awesome and that’s where it ends. Looks like champagne or apple cider.
S: almost no aroma aside from bitter apple and wet dog hair. AKA Bud Light
T: So boring and lack luster. Maybe it’s not my fav style but I drink Duvel a lot and this is terrible in comparison.
F: too much carbonation and yet all the taste is on the back of the palate and is bitter and fainted yet also somehow heavy and nauseating.
O: Couldn’t even finish an 11.2 oz bottle. Only gave it over a 1.0 because of the fact that the bottle looks awesome. Save your money and buy something smoother like Duvel or try my fav category... NEIPA. Overall score 1.75/5

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L - Pale amber. Very slight haze. 1/2cm white head that holds
S- [Nose not playing ball tonight, at all, so I hv to rate this 2.5 as neutral]
T- Full, with some rich not quite puddingy front. It's rich but as comparion not a spicy say Xmas beer
F- Like a serious Belgic 8.5% beer. The lable has cartoons on it, but in a serious way I think rather than a '12.5% kiddy alco-beer' way'.
O- Fancy multi-coloured lable, + pebble-dashed white bottle. Can't figure out if this is a serious offering or nor; nor how to treat it.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a pale copper orange color with a very large creamy smooth head and several bits of lacing around the glass.

S: Yeast and fresh bread, some clove, Belgian yeast and spice, a few notes of lemon and a slight honey sweetness.

T: Yeast and fresh bread, mixed with some coriander and spice from the Belgian yeast, a note of lemon. Some honey sweetness that gives way to a dry spicy finish. The taste continually evolves and is very nice.

F: Medium to full body a bit of spritzy carbonation.

O: Been meaning to try this one for a very long time, and I am glad I finally picked it up.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my 2000th review, so I thought I should crack open a classic. I can't believe I haven't done this one before now....

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2020. Purchased a while back from a webshop. The label calls it a strong beer with a triple fermentation. Love the pink elephants....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden hue with intense carbonation and fine suspended sediment. Yields a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of esters, banana, clove, spice, phenolics, earthiness, subtle malt and a lingering sweetness. Superb.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, clove, spice, bubblegum, phenolics, earthiness, delicate malt and faint leafiness. The booze is well hidden. Very dry, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and excellent body. Neither too thick nor too thin. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, banana, clove, earthiness, light malt and sweet overtones.

O: Fantastic - a superb creation that showcases the best of Belgian brewing skill. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are an amazing mix of fruity yeast notes, earthiness and subtle malt. Lovely body. Goes down a treat - add this beer to your must-try list.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointing considering all the hype. Nice golden color with some mild head and a little lingering lacing. Smells faintly of grain, tastes of grain, yeast, mild fruitiness and a little caramel and malt. A somewhat strange tangy tart aftertaste, along with a little sourness at the end. Mild mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Alcohol taste is well hidden. I will have to try others in this style to compare, but not my favorite type of beer.

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Photo of Rlhj
2.14/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

MUST have been a bad batch. Like someone strained a beer through a sweaty sock, into an emptied but not rinsed ashtray.

The taste was undrinkable, and then the shock of seeing the rave reviews here amazed me. I WILL try this again to see if it's that bad or a bad beer.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Gold with a bit of amber. Decently tall, foamy head with limited staying power.

Smell: Dried fruit, citrus, sweet malt.

Taste: Subtle raisins, citrus, and hops. Low key and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thin and extremely carbonated.

Overall: An excellent high-alcohol sipping beer.

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Photo of GaryG7
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. The smoothness belies the high alcoholic content. I don't like the bitterness of the IPA style so this beer has become my "go to" when drinking with IPA snobs. They don't know what they're missing!

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Photo of Nass
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking the pint size canned version of this Belgian craft beer classic. NO DATE on the can by the way. Wow this beer is amazing tasting. The 8.5% abv is completely hidden. In addition to, I like the blue color of the can with pink elephant, I think it is cute looking. This beer leaves a marvelous looking head & foam lacing as I take sips of it. I don't see too much floaties, consequently then this leads me to believe that my can is not too old. A great way to describe this beer is that it taste like your average tasting German Hefeweizen with a little bit of a sourness added to it & a tiny bit of earthy refreshing mint. The canned on version beats out the Duvel I highly recommend that you try some of this beer if you can get this in your area. Such a smooth & tasty Belgian. Cheers! A-

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: SRM 5, with minimal white head. Quite clear. No carbonation bubbles visible rising up the beer (well, technically like one or two sometimes)
S: smells of bubblegum (ish) and fruit, with hints of belgian yeast
T: same bubblegum-ish flavors along with red fruits, and some light Belgian yeast and spice. Not as tasty as I remember when I had this in the past.
F: slightly less than medium body. low quantity of slightly-below-average intensity carbonation.
O: a decent beer

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Small head, slight lacing around the glass. Pretty surprised by the head, honestly. Golden straw gold with a slight amberish color
S- Huge phenol notes with a following spicy aroma. This beer is extremely yeasty on the nose. Very real and honest on the nose.
T- Spice (coriander), yeasty bitterness, bready, slight apple and pear, slight bitterness. This is held together by a Very subdued flavor all together.
F- Medium bodied beer. Honestly a bit chewy.
O- Very good beer. Traditional to the Belgian standard, tasty, and heavy. Extremely rudimentary, it seems... In a good way.

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Photo of wowthisisactualgarbage
1.29/5  rDev -69%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Absolutely garbage brew, don't know how they've convinced plebs that this is actually decent.

Tastes like someone's old filthy underwear that's been baked under the Arizona sun for a week. Looks like Bud light and honestly I would prefer a macrobrew over this filth.

Save your money for something better. Much better brews out there.

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Photo of DocW
1.83/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow.
This was a present from my oldest son. He was trying to impress me by coming to Beer Advocate for a wonderfully high rating. How do I tell him it tasted like Bud Lite soaked in his high school gym socks? How can ANYone who's tasted really great Belgian ales give this more than a 2? The aftertaste is high rear on the roof of my mouth. My tongue rejected it Someone else on this forum suggested the taste of melted plastic in a cheap beer. I think my rating is better.
No, it wasn't old.
No, it wasn't mis-treated.
The yeast that gave their lives to produce this should be embarrassed.
Minimal malt.
Questionable hops.
It tastes like something I once had in high school when a wino bought us a 6-pack for $20.
Bottom line: I will *never* have this again (unless one of my other kids gives me a bottle - in which case I'll man up and say Thank You while secretly cursing under my breath).
P.S. I wonder if my urine will smell funny after drinking this?

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours amber with a very slight haze and a huge head. The aroma is suggestive of a rather sweet beer and it's dominated by yeast esters. The flavor however is surprisingly dry, with very little in the way of sweetness and in fact there is a slight tartness paired some spiciness that resembles coriander flavors. Full bodied and with mild carbonation.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a classic Belgian Ale when poured-- golden color, white head. Smell is definitely Belgian Yeast, bread, and malt. Taste is similar but with hops, apples, and coriander at the end of the mouthful. Feel is light for such a heavy beer, and is very fizzy. No alcohol detected, and was refreshing and had a good overall feel.

This was the first Belgian Ale I have ever tried, and got me into exploring other brands/styles, so it is about time I do a review on it. Overall a good golden ale to try. Also one of the prettiest bottles I've ever seen-- so good job to Huyghe and their marketing team-- I often get remarks about this beer when I have one open at a party, like 'what is that?' or 'That's an awesome looking bottle!', especially the painted stone-colored bottle.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always thought this beer was one of the great Belgian beers but it's not. It's foamy, champagne appearance resembles Duvel but nowhere close to the flavor. This one has flavors of fermented apples, malt, and bread. Thought it would be better, glad to have tried, but won't be getting it again.

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Photo of thegreatgazoo
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very nice marketing, except trunk down on elephants. Pretty palatable for such a strong beer. Smells good, champagne like. Almost gets it, but doesn't achieve task of tasting like a good beer with high etoh content. Better than most similar beers. Not much aftertaste, pretty smooth going down

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Photo of shanunu
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: it looks of the piss you take in the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Aka dehydrated piss.
Smell: smells like it's made with GMO grains
Taste: It tastes like apples/ hints of berry fermented in GMO grains and hops
Feel: silky, like a silk robe spun freshly from the Chinese silk worm.
Overall: judging by the shape of the bottle, its eye catching however, the trunk of the elephant is down which pertains to bad luck and after I purchased the bottle I tripped on my way out of the store. This beer isn't bad but I don't think I'd buy again, I prefer natural ice. 8/10

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden, slightly hazy, really nice white head with small bubbles, really silky looking. Nice head retention
S: Apple-like tart sweetness, toasted malts, bread/dough
T: Nice toasted malt flavor, very crisp, with doughy qualities as well, yeast flavor. Has a slight tartness to it, not like a farmhouse style ale, cleaner than that. Reminds me of berries or green apples. Finishes with an earthy bitterness.
F: Super smooth, frothy, full but not heavy, Crisp, nice medium-high carbonation on the finish
O: Really nice golden Belgian brew here, very smooth and great flavors.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved every beer I've had from Brouwerij Huyghe so far. This one is very good as well, as well as easy drinking. The bottle label features pink elephants and dancing octopus and crocodiles. It is appropriate that they acll themselves a family brewery.

Look: semi-clear golden hue with a thick white head

Aroma: dough, yeast, banana

Taste: The flavor is yeasty dough, medium mild fruity flavors, banana, peach a little bit of citrus, no hint of the alcohol.

Feel: light with some carbonation

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Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow-orange with a thick foamy cloud of white sitting atop. Fantastic head retention with good lacing left behind. Aroma is yeast spice, banana, clove, and mandarin orange. Flavor profile is more robust, with a sweet edge. Notes of banana, clove, orange, and dark fruits mingle with Belgian yeast spice to formulate a supple, but tasty flavor profile. Mouth feel has a little fizz to it, but is otherwise smooth, with a fine grainy texture. Overall, a lovely Belgian brew that showcases some fine Belgian yeast esters wrapped up in a flavorful, mild package.

Served in a Chimay chalice from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -76%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

everyone I know hypes this beer to be the best beer ever, tried it, didn't see the appeal, the taste is sort of like a watered down coke, and not much body.

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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A couple of fingers of white foamy head on top of a hazy, apricot in color brew, with lots of bubbles rising. Doesn't leave any lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet and yeasty, minor alcohol, light dried fruits: green apple, apricots, and pears. The flavor is rich with those same qualities, and bready/doughy notes. The feel is very full carbonation, very dry, a little sticky on the palate, and medium body. There is a lasting, building bitterness to the brew. Overall, a little different because of the bitter bite, but nice.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6069 ratings