Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

1,684 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,684 | Ratings: 5,691
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a three finger fluffy white head. The head dissapates into a sturdy thin ring. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is floral, Belgian yeast, clove and white pepper.

T - The flavor is Belgian yeast, apple, pear, apricot, and clove. The finish has a nice peppery bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - A classic Belgian. A fun easy drinking beer with the 8.5% ABV hardly noticeable.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter, best before January 2019.

A: White, 3 fingers fluffy head, pale golden colour.

S: Yeast stands in the focus. Raisins, banana. Belgian archetype.

T: Follows the nose. Yeast, peppery aftertaste. Awesome!

F: High carbonation, refreshing despite the ABV

O: Belgian masterpiece. I love the Huyghe beers, especially the new IPA, Argentum.

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Photo of agriffin1633
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: surprisingly light. Huge head, dissipates rather quickly. Bright, straw yellow color.

S: yeasty/ floral. Not a strong smell compared to the taste.

T: floral. Malt is not overwhelming

M: lots of tiny bubbles, carbonates and fills mouth.

O: great beer! Not what I was expecting from a Belgian strong. All the flavor, without the cloying sweetness.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice billowy head on a nicely carbonated body. Aroma is a nice mix of some yeastiness and some dough/breadiness. Taste is a sweet, yeasty and smooth finishing delight. Slight lingering bitter aftertaste that deters a little bit from the overall delighful experience. Feels about what a 8.5% Belgian beer should be at. A nicely made beer.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! It's a bit & due to to that it's been a hard sale in cans at my bar but once I get someone to try it they will definitely get another. This I'd a fantastic beer and I highly recommend!

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A neighbor of mine gifted me a tallboy can of this beer, as he knows I'm a lover of all sorts of good beer. I do have mixed opinions of Belgian beers. Some are amazing tasty, but then you get some that taste straight up like raisins, which is just blech in my opinion. This Pale Ale is exceptionally good. It reminds me of tasty yet boozier Hefeweizen. It has all of the good Hefeweizen flavors I like (banana, clove) but in a far boozier form. You do taste the alcohol somewhat but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear golden yellow with a huge white thick foam
S: sweet yeast, malt, bananas. Smells decent
T: like the nose, but the flavors are just ok. I remember when I first had this...not as impressed now than when I first got into craft beer.
F: thin, easy to drink.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Smell of cloves, wheat/grassy notes and citrus.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Very smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of cloves, earthy tones and wheat, with a kick of citrus.

Overall: Excellent beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a clear gold with an enormous, gelato-like snow white head and soapy lacing that didn't dissipate through the poor. It's very attractive. It's also highly carbonated with tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass like champagne. It has a fragrant aroma of biscuit, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, coriander, pepper, and clove. The taste largely follows the nose but the pepper is more intense. There is also a nice apple taste that I didn't smell and a slight sourness at the finish. This ale is crisp and surprisingly light for its 8.5% ABV. Overall, it is a delightful Belgian Pale Ale that merits its rating of Outstanding. I think it is only slightly below Duvel. It would be perfect to sip in an outdoor cafe on a sunny day. Truly great!

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Photo of ChrisDexta
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting strong Belgian beer. First tried 4 years ago when a Belgian friend of mine was visiting, have since been to the Huyghe brewery and had a tour from one of the brewers, the beer is a bit of an institute and cult! This is a lighter version to their famous "Delirium Nocturnum".

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Photo of 0_0
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like home...well I am from Staten Island and that place smells like a fucking dump so never mind. This beer smells better than my home, it has an amazing citrus taste and at 8.5% its a decent kick. Despite this it is one of the most flavorful beers I had ever tried and would definitely put it in my top five.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Delirium branded tulip. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, orange-straw coloured body with masses of intense, fine, streaming carbonation. A huge, three-finger in height, bubbly white head quickly reduces to a thin film, leaving modest amounts of soapy lace on the glass.

The fragrant nose is led upfront by plenty of spicy Belgian yeast. Dominant notes of clove and pepper float above crisp, sweet, pale malts, while soft, orchard-fruit-like esters follow. Some alcohol becomes noticeable towards the end. Taste roughly follows suit, but brings more pronounced apple and pear flavours to the front of the palate. Hints of lemon and banana, not noted in the aroma also make themselves known shortly after. Mid-palate, crisp, grainy, pale malts provide modest honeyed sweetness before spicy, grassy and earthy hop bitterness builds towards the finish. In the mouth a light body and masses of endless sparkling carbonation give a champagne-like-feel, that’s somehow creamy and crisp at the same time. Lingering clove and pepper phenols, lightly bitter hops and a touch of alcohol warmth combine to finish dry and refreshing with little to no astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Hop bitterness in the finish could perhaps be slightly more delicate, and although well hidden, perceptible alcohol is more pronounced than in other examples of the style. Ultimately though these are minor flaws, and the beer remains complex, well-crafted and incredibly easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet.
A - Pours clear golden with a big 2 inch fluffy white head.
S - Traditional Belgian yeast aroma.
T - Flavor is banana and clove, a bit subdued compared to others Belgian strong ales.
M - Medium mouth feel, carbonation a little higher than average. Comes off light and refreshing in spite of its 8.5 ABV.
O - One of the classic Belgian beers, love it, I should buy it more often.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of these on draft tonight at a going-way party for a co-worker...nice crisp Belgium Pale Ale with an enormous kick (8.5% alc.)...surprisingly smooth almost like a Palm but with slightly more flavor...

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whop bop a loom bop a wop bam loo TOOTY FRUITY WOOOO. California raisins bread grape skin tannins canned heat rolling down country one and a half lane black top smell fresh cut wheat. Quality.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from New Seasons. I haven't had this beer in at least 8 years!

A clear orange with a dense, off white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is very good! Spicy, mildly bubblegum like, a little honey, coriander, clove, jasmine, grains of paradise, mildly floral, this is very good. Quite layered, quite well structured. Mild malt character, though mostly a blend of honey and grain. The palette opens mildly sweet and bubblegum like with a noticeable spicy character. Yeasty, spicy, phenolic, with a blend of white pepper, coriander, allspice, grains of paradise before the malt which is present as cotton candy, and a little honey comes thru. Mildly sweet on the finish, this beer hass a nice blend of spice and yeast, a combination that is hard to get right. Very good!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that I've passed up for years, the pink elephant always catches my eye but I never pull the trigger. Finally decided to give it a try. Poured from a 16oz can. Clear, golden, good carbonation, solid 1/2'' head. Smell is light refreshing, possibly a hint of lemon, bubblegum esters typical from Belgian Yeasts. Taste follows, the phenol is subdued, 8.5% alcohol is well hidden, but does leave a lingering stickiness which detracts from the other refreshing qualities. Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent Golden Amber. Nice nose with lemon citrus hops. This is a great Belgian pale but a tad overpriced when compared to some of the competition. I still get it every once and a while though.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color with a foamy one finger head.

S- Traditional Belgian spices. Clove, Belgian yeast, with some fruitiness.

T- Spicy punch of the Belgian spices hit you right away. Perfect representation of the style with the Belgian yeasty flavors dominating the taste along with the spices. Fairly sweet and spicy.

F- Light body with lots of carbonation.

O- Excellent Belgian ale. Maybe not worth the $6 per 12 oz it goes for around here all the time, but it is a fine splurge one in a while.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this more times than I can remember. But after a lay-off of a few years, I forgot about all the pear and, probably, apples. Tremens finishes with interesting peppery hops. Dry, too. (And probably hard to do.)

Reviewed in the "1000 Beers", Delirium definitely deserves to be on the list.
Reviewed at length in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", he goes on at length because the character-brewers make good copy. I say that because MJ's 1999 "Guide" gives Tremens only 2 of 4 stars and calls it "goose-berry like" which, if I use my imagination, may be what pears and sour apples become.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very clear pale straw with a typically large Belgian head. The aroma is fairly mild, leading with a large does of coriander and clove, with a touch of new car smell. The flavor reminds me more of a tripel, with lots of bubblegum and clove, but the strong coriander and cumin flavors are also present. The mouthfeel is bright and very fizzy. Overall this is a remarkable beer that manages to be full flavored and very light.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous hay golden yellow with a pillowy two finger head of straight white foam and dissipates quickly. Active champagne-esque bubbles and has some definitely alcohol legs.

Fresh grains, clove, slightly spicy Belgian yeast, honey sweetness, toast, light mustiness, and very floral.

Noticeable apple and pear fruitiness, with a sweet honey character, clove, white pepper yeastiness, and bready.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft, bubbly, creamy smooth.

Overall, a truly fantastic Belgian. For 8.5% there is no noticeable alcohol and is all around a solid brew.

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Photo of ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a very handy 500 ml can, which I can only suspect helped retain freshness. Smooth, fruity and downright delicious. A restrained level of yeastiness compared to some Belgian style offerings (i.e. Unibroue). No alcohol burn.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden with a big fluffy head and spotty lacing. Notes of banana, clove, pear, apple, honey and light grain. Initial sharp carbonation on a light body goes creamy smooth and lightly dry. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but this was fantastic!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear and slightly orange gold. Big white head that left a wide band of lacing. Smell is apples, bears, bananas and honey. Quite sweet with apple and honey being the dominant flavors. Slightly peppery and yeasty as well. This is a damn fine beer.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,691 ratings.
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