Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Colour and sight: pale blond, the fine and regular effervesce ensures a fine and stable head.
Scent: Slightly malty, a nice touch of alcohol, spicy.
Flavour: Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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

A - poured a two finger white head into a snifter, big retention and plenty of lace, semi-clear, gold honey hued body.

S - pale malt, spicy yeast, light fruit, banana

T - pale malt and pears and apples up front, spicy yeast (pepper), some lemon and honey coming through, floral hops in the background, a hint of alcohol.

M - medium bodied, little carbonation, a light lingering bitterness in the finish, hint of sweetness and dry. The abv is well masked.

O - An excellent strong pale ale that I will definitely have again sometime soon (Beertown has it on tap). It is complex and a real joy to sip on.

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

Delirium Tremens is a hazy burnt orange beer with a stark white, fluffy head that piles high. Very light bready malt under yeast, pepper and spice. Pleasant and inviting. Sweet biscuit with a significant pepper, spice, and a hint of apple that leads to a dry finish. Spicy sweetness lingers until the next sip. Pepper and spice grows with the warmth initially with the 8.5% alcohol remaining unapparent the entire time. Taste goes a little flat when it warms too long. Oddly, it helps the taste to warm a little, but there's a window of peak flavor for this beer. I've always liked this beer a lot and can see why it's a popular at multiple tap bars. It's a quality beer that's extremely approachable.

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When I poured this beer i was shocked at its dreadful appearance. It looked like carbonated pond water. I thought perhaps they were going for something unique, however one taste told me otherwise. How could a beer that had won so much acclaim taste like moldy wet cardboard??? I have huge respect for the reviewers here on BeerAdvocate so I started reading the best and worst reviews. The best describe an amazing, clear, drinkable beer, and the worst describe exactly what I experienced. I am sure both reviews are correct, and no one is hyping or slandering. My concern is that a high gravity beer should have a good long shelf life, and this bottle was less than three, which points to a quality control problem. It may be unfair, but it is true a measure of a good beer is consistency. I will try Delerium again, but only if someone else pays for it.

If anyone is interested in reading my full review it is at (this is not a commercial site, just my tasting notes for fun)

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Really nice to look at. Light, clear pear color with a healthy head and tons of beading; great lacing. The nose is super estery. Ripe fruits: green apple, banana, also some clove. The taste mimics the nose with the addition of a soft, tangy finish that ends up clean. Extremely drinkable - dangerously so. Overall, a must-try.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,903 ratings