Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

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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Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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Photo of Roman5150
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Total Beverage, Murfreesboro, TN. Poured into Duvel glass.

Appearance: Large white head, piss gold yellow color. Minor Lacing

Smell: you really smell that belgian yeast, strong hints of coriander and citrus, even grape and apple. This is one of the most complex beers i've ever tasted, thanks in part to the 3 different types of Belgian yeast used.

Taste: If i had to pick 3 words: Complex, Sweet, Amazing. Strong coriander and citrus, very sweet yet so perfectly balanced, there's a lot going on in this beer, but it is not overwhelming at all. In fact, this may be arguably the most drinkable, and thus dangerous, high ABV i've ever had. It's hard to be straight after 2 of these, as I tend to drink them very fast as you do not taste the alcohol whatsoever. The ending slightly resembles champagne, and there is hardly any bitterness whatsoever. It tastes similar to a Duvel, but with a lot more flavor complexities and, in my opinion, is superior. I would recommend this to any one to try as their first Belgian Strong Ale.

Mouthfeel: THis beer is very carbonated, it feels like champagne. It really tingles and leaves a lasting flavor in your mouth, truly a beer to be experienced.

Overall: This has been one of my favorite beers for years, first time having it on tap at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. It almost as good out of the bottle, even in rural Tennessee where they're not the freshest... Every sip reveals new complexities in the taste, it's a very accesible beer and combined with the flashy packaging, is very appealing to people who have never seen it before.

The only Belgian I can say, in my opinion, is superior would be La Chouffe. If you ever see the Pink Elephant on the white ceramic bottle, give it a shot. Pretty much every person i've introduced this to instantly says this is one of the best beers they've ever had. Try one, please. A good price usually falls around $5.99 per 12oz, $10.99-13.99 per 750ml, and $21.99 per 6-pack. Expensive, but worth it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, served in oversized tulip.

A - I don't know if I poured it took quickly, but there's alot of floating sediment. Good amount of head, which last a little while, leaving nice lacing. Straw colour body

S - Booze, some sugars, light malts.

T - The same. Nice balance of the malt/sugars. Aftertaste that rounds out into some a little more smooth nicely.

M - Very nice. Great for the style. Good amount of carbonation, meaning not too much. Doesn't get in the way of the taste of the beer itself.

O - Very nice. World class pale ale. Closely resembles a tripel more than a belgian pale I think.

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3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Well, it's a pretty good beer, but not amazing. Basically what I think is happening here is that it's so carbonated that it numbs your taste buds and you can't really tell what the flavor is. At least that's what happened with me. No matter how long I kept it in my mouth, the sting of the carbonation never really went away. The flavors which I was able to discern weren't too flattering. This beer actually tasted a bit like raw meat. Weird, right? Tasted a bit like blood or something. Not bad, but not worth the $10 I paid for it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (April 2013 notched in the label) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of mostly white head. The head drops quickly to a half-finger cap that sticks around for a long time. The brew is yellowish gold in color with a few sediment flakes floating around an otherwise clear liquid.

S-The smell is sweet and alcoholic with lighter fruits like apple flesh and pear complimenting some nice spice and banana yeast.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell with sweet alcohol being well integrated into the mixture and poking through mainly as fruit. There is a nice yeast profile (in that unmistakable Belgian style) and some pale malts to back things up. A little light on the hops.

M-The feel is medium weight with mild carbonation and a slickness that seems to accompany many stronger Belgian brews.

O-This is one of the beers that first got me into beer, and it remains delicious in my book. There are other, more complex examples of the style, but for a traditional, strong Belgian brew, Tremens is still a good pick.

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3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/5/13

Appearance: Quite unique - dark, rich gold - bright gold in the light - nice, rich, white head - keeps a large, foamy cap - leaves some streaks of lacing - what's unique here is the sediment - it's bizarre, oddly globular, like suspended balls of yeast - this is like a whole new level of floaties

Smell: Sweet, sugary, with tons of Belgian yeast and dough - candied oranges, bananas, pineapples - straight-up sugar - malts seem to be mostly doughy bread - sweet, Belgian yeast - bananas, bubblegum, and other fruity esters

Taste: Follows the aroma, with piles of sugar and fruits - an interesting strain of Belgian yeast, with an abundance of fruity esters, including bananas, bubblegum, and various kinds of pepper - sweet, sweet malts - bready, in an extremely doughy way - some earthiness to it as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Forget about the DTs, I'm more concerned about diabetes

I took a psychopharmacology class in the spring of 2009. Since then, I have found it rather hilarious that any beer would name itself Delirium Tremens. I find it odd that while the alcohol is not particularly high, the amount of sweetness here is off the mark.

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3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed gold with a small bright-white cap and collar. No lacing to speak of. Solid floating layer of sediment.

Smell: Ripe banana, clove spiciness, and mega fruity esters. Loaded with Belgian yeast. Powdery and sweet. Pear and pineapple juice. Mealy fruit. Some orange, but so much yeast character. So much pineapple.

Taste: Spicy pineapple clove juice. Layers of Belgian yeast. Hay and some earthy undertones. Some orange sweetness as well. So much pineapple and yeast. Ripe banana. Peppery and grassy. Belgian fruit. Starfruit and some underripe mango. Some backing malt sweetness. Pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with an effervescent carbonation. Slightly dry, but clean overall.

Overall: I won't be drinking enough of this to get the shakes, but it's solid.

Way more pineapple than I know what to do with. Loaded with Belgian yeast and the associated flavor profile. Better than expected.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
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