Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Tons of fruity esters. Lots of pear and apple. Spicy black pepper and just a bit of clove. Moderate presence of floral, perfumy hops. Smooth bitter yeast.

Appearance: Bright gold. Hard not to develop a large head on this one. Head is bright white and full of tiny bubbles, a few larger bubbles spaced out throughout the head. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good clarity with some very large particles in suspension, even after a delicate pour. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Fruity, pears and oranges. Hop flavor is actually pine. Spicy black pepper yeast. Light malts, some pilsner malt is clearly present. Alcohol is barely there, but is spicy. Aftertaste is bitter apples and spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, medium to light body. Lots of carbonation. A little warming. Just a bit oily overall.

Overall: Delightful. Lots going on here. Sweet, spicy, bitter. Not sure if the January 2011 on the bottle was the born on or freshness date.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to giving this a shot, after having it on my "to try" list for so long. I had no idea what would be inside of the ceramic bottle that this was well-known for and after finishing it over a long session, I nearly thought that I would be seeing pink elephants in the room. That being said, this was a strong and tasty beer that deserved the high rating that it has on here, but I could see how people would need a bit of an adjustment to this.

Sure enough, this poured like a beer of this style should - golden, cloudy, and with quite a fluffy head. The lacing was nice too and this beer had the aroma of strong sugary and fruity esters. There was bubble gum here along with apple, pear, and of course alcohol. It's present, strong, almost overpowering. Like most beers, this got better as it warmed up but it was never completely comfortable to drink. Rather, this had to be savored slowly since it was so much to take in; even with a mouthfeel that was just a tad heavy.

The reviews for this are so high because it seems to be the standard for lots of beers that have come after this. There's so much carbonation and booze here that it detracts a bit but anyone who downs a full bottle of this should be proud, for expanding his or her beer horizons if nothing else. The flavors work decently together and no beer will taste quite the same again once this is downed - just ask the pink elephants.

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