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Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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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Delirium tremens' iconic 750 mL stone glass bottle with the champagne style cork, which practically explodes as soon as I remove the cage. Cork reads "2.011" vintage -- back label indicates "4|11" which I assume is a bottling date. Beer served in Chimay chalice. Super pale straw yellow color with a massive white foamy head. Slightly cloudy appearance, with bubbles forming on the bottom surface of the class and rising towards the top. Faint but sweet belgian pale ale aroma. Maybe even a little bit grassy.

First sip is crisp and surprisingly hoppy for a Belgian strong ale. Up front it is actually on the bitter side, with secondary characteristics of yeast and earthy notes, along with peppercorns. Only experiencing it all over the mouth do the golden sweet flavors come out: amber raisins, honey, and dandelion.

I picked this up on close out at the super market, and it seems likely Delirium Tremens really shouldn't be aged this long. I rarely drink Delirium Tremens, and this tasting has reminded me why: it really is the Sam Adams of Belgian beer. It's available so widely, it's not a treat to find it, and if you're going to drink a beer this style, there are much better choices. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer. But there are far better beers available nearly as widely for the genre (and perhaps at less expense).

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Drinking it, the flavor works its way from the nose to the back of the throat. Taste starts out on a malty note as it works down to the throat with a very slight hint of a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Character of the Belgian yeast comes through. Strong carbonation, a beer i think i would prefer to drink cold and at a good pace to avoid it getting warm. Fairly refreshing beer that does not stick on palate.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,817 ratings
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