Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

5,711 Ratings
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip by freshness date.

Upon the pour, it yields a deep golden showcase with massive fluffy white crown that stands with exceptional retention. Let the time fly, the head slowly sinks to decent foamy layer covering atop along with plenty of spotty and patchy lace. Rather high carbonation pushes the wave of eternal bubble to run actively towards the crest.

Unique aroma from yeast by a combination of a fruity, estery, phenolic and spicy note also with a trait of dough and malt residing.

Besides of the malt in the background, there are a sweetness and fruitiness building up from its fruity ester that also generates some tartness and sourness cut through the edge of the palate sensation. Complexity and balance are derived by a load of phenolic spice. Alcohol is slightly warming and sweet but is well concealed while hops reveal at last with a slightly bitter end.

Creamy smooth mouth feel from its sturdy carbonation, the body is medium to bold with some lively crispness and a dry finish.

Great brew without any question, there are many details in many aspects to get as a gimmick, not even the beer quality itself but also with the unique label and bottle design. Love that.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, with a golden straw colour. Bubbles up nicely, with a quick dissipation and continuing effervescence.

Strong banana and clove phenols, with apple, pear and honey elements, and an almost mead-like honey sweetness. Notable and delicious smelling belgian trappist-style yeast note. Perfectly balanced tartness complimenting the sweetness.

Was expecting a more prominent flavour profile. Wheatiness, weak estery banana/clove, but not much else. Slight hint of a belgian yeast strain.

Certainly has a noticable booziness, almost overpowering the taste. Lingers with a mild warmth in the mouth after

It’s nice, but considering the style, it doesn't fulfill its potential. I would expect more taste complexity and depth, so it could stand up to the (modest) alcohol content/booziness.

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As a person who is not a fan of Belgian beers, I find myself enjoying Delirium Tremens despite it being a Belgian strong ale. Pale gold, hazy, and with a rapidly dissipating head, it smelled sweet and fruity; tart green apples, close to no banana and clove in the nose but it was detectable near the end as it warmed. Very strong tasting; best description would be too imagine what an "imperial" Belgian would taste like. Tart and dry, fruity and slightly spicy with a medium-thin mouthfeel and lots of carbonation, almost over carbonated actually. Only slightly less carbonated than an American pale lager, in my opinion. Coriander and spice notes more apparent as it warms. Very hot and warming, with an alcoholic buzz started minutes after the first several sips. the name is very appropritate. I'd drink this again!

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In a tulip - Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC

A - Golden yellow, clear, two finger head that quickly dissipated, minimal lacing, not too much carbonation.

S - Yeast, a little sweet and floral.

T - Yeast, a little sweet, slight hoppines, slight bitter after taste, not sure why but reminds me a little of budweiser, the 8.5% ABV is well disguised.

M - Smooth, lightly carbonated.

O - Very drinkable, but not what I would consider a typical belgium strong ale.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,711 ratings.
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