Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

1,682 Reviews
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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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big huge head on an easy pour. Nice retention . . . aromas are floral and fruity. Smooth crisp feel. Very nice beer. Worthy of it's score and a fine Belgian beer

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Came in a 4-pack.

L - hazy yellow color with big head. Lots of tiny compact bubbles with a good layer of foam on top.

S - banana, honey, strong citrus sweetness like orange peel. Not too aromatic

T - banana and clove, but that's it. Not a whole lot of complexity. Kind of basic, but consistent. Pretty subtle

F - Light in body. Clean and crisp. Very carbonated which masks some of the taste. Little to no alcohol taste until the finish.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear gold body with a huge fluffy white head that fades mostly but never disappears. Nice lacing.
S - Peppery yeast, sweet light malt grain character. Banana and I think a little green apple.
T - Light sweetness, interrupted by the peppery yeast spiciness. Almost overwhelms but then settles back down. This is a balanced beer.
M - Light body, medium to high carb. Refreshing. Hides the ABV quite well.
O - This is an excellent Belgian pale ale. I am not overly familiar with the style, but they can't get much better then this.

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Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Three Monkeys in NYC before hitting Colbert. Served in a Delirium branded tulip, nice touch there.

Nothing particularly remarkable about this beer. Has the Belgian yeast aroma you would expect. Some marshmallow, some light banana, really no hop bitterness. Alcohol notes were present but in a fairly restrained way. I think you could be mistaken and gulp this beer not knowing it's over 8% ABV. The alcohol lends a certain amount of warming to the drink, which makes the fruit notes of banana and pear pop just a little bit more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There was a time on this site when serving style was a consideration, but no longer, to my disappointment. I just wonder how many previous reviews or hads were from a CAN. I was in Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA in late-December 2015 when I spied a CAN in their cooler! I a fan of the Commonwealth of Virginia thanks to their lenient laws on the purchase of alcohol for take-away and so I got one for my very own, to be reviewed & added to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Belgian Ale"; "Elected as Best Beer In the World!"

It had an interesting throwback rectangular tab that I was afraid was going to snap off until it suddenly gave with a loud Crack! It comes in a corked & caged bottle, suggesting bottle aging, so I assumed that the same might hold true for the CAN, requiring a gentle Glug. A swirl not only released loads of CO2 bubbles, but it also raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and so naturally, the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon stopped in for a taste. Nose was at once fruity and spicy, very reminiscent of a hefeweizen with banana and clove esters, but with the musty paperiness of yeast. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was even fruitier than the nose! I still got banana, but also green apples, pears, white grapes and a real shot of heat to accompany it. Warming, it also got a light spiciness of unknown origin. Finish was bone-dry, evidence of the yeast having just gone to town during fermentation. I love the D.T.'s, I mean, Delirium Tremens! I first drank it in Pittsburgh at The Sharp Edge Beer Emporium in Shadyside & I loved it then and nothing has changed, except that they are putting it in a CAN. I would drink this on a routine basis.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden beer with a one finger high, white head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, banana, coriander, vanilla and malt.
Taste: Fruity esters, banana, apple, orange, apricot, coriander, herbs, spices and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation yet smooth, almost like Champagne. A light bitterness at the end. Dry ending.

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

Picked this beer up on a recommendation of a shopper passing by that gave it high remarks. Poured with three fingers of head, foggy yellow in look. Malty aroma, orange/banana taste. I would make a buy on this beer again as I heavily favor beer of Belgian origin...but (as I am by no range, a beer expert) I want to try this next time with someone who enjoys beer more than I do.

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Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear yellow pour from a bottle with a rich creamy white head and great lacing. Very fragrant, with a very pleasant sweet candy smell. All sort of flavors, nicely fruity with some caramel and spice. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw pale color, lacy/soapy foam
Aroma: Fruity, banana and clove dominate with hints of spices and vanilla
Body: Moderately heavy, more notably is the very high carbonation which is usually expected from a Belgium.
Taste: Initial fruity esters of pear, and apple followed by the distinctive spicy Belgium yeast flavors, ending finally with the subtle hint of alcohol bitterness. Not much going on in the hop dept. Overall very well rounded.
Finish: Highly carbonated, well rounded beer that disguises its strength very well with a sweet and fruity taste and a distinctive Belgium yeast spiciness.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ The Piston Broke in Brantford ON.

Not sure what to make of this brew. It is apparently world renowned. It was introduced the pub with some fanfare. It's good, drinkable, pricey, and left me wanting something more from it. Seemed like a medium IPA mixed 50/50 with Stella Artois. I would get it again, but I'd still be wondering why the entire time.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a 2 finger width fluffy, foamy head. Both head retention and lacing are excellent. Belgian pale malty aroma with some apple and pear thrown in. Very malty taste with slight Belgian yeast flavor, pear and slight apple. There is a little spiciness at the end. It is more light bodied with higher than normal carbonation. Very tasty beer. Feel that it hides the alcohol content very well.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 330 ml | Batch # L24_15240 | Best before end of 08-2018 | Bar code 5 412186 000098
Served in original tulip glassware

Appearance: Straw pale color, foggy | Big foam head up to the top of the glass, lacy | Quick chains of bubbles
Smell: Barley malt, bit of alcohol
Taste: Barley, some bitter notes
Mouthfeel: Balanced, soft, bitter at the end but not so strong as expected
Overall: Could be the nice beer selection for the last one in a bar before leave

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden yellow in color with an off-white, two-finger width head that fizzes and pops away at a fair rate, then leaves a thin, sudsy film across the surface. Not much for lacing outside a few spots here and there.

Smell - Belgian yeast dominates and gives its characteristic fruity, slightly funky banana and clove-like spice aroma here.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity esters hitting on apple and pear quickly give way to the predominant yeast flavors of banana and clove spice. Hints of bread and honey sweetness sit beneath. Finishes with a light, vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively, bitey carbonation. Goes down easy with a drying finish.

Overall - Good, solid all-around Belgian Pale, but it may rely too much on the yeast to deliver its flavor, because there's not much else going on here. Given the choice, I'd take a Duvel every time.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled: February 2012

This beer pours an opaque shade of amber with golden highlights. There are visible chunks of yeast floating in it, but that is due to my turning the bottle over to check for the bottling date. It was topped with three inches of off white, champagne-like head that leaves very little lacing.

I get light fruity notes of pear and peach along with spiciness from the yeast.

As with the smell I get some pear. The pear melds in with the spicy yeast flavors and a hint of alcohol for a fruit dessert flavor.

Moderate mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

I am a big fan of this beer. I cannot believe it has taken almost seven years on this site before a review. It is a very good Belgian that has never let me down. It is typically my go to Belgian if I am unsure of what to get.

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Photo of Fredex8
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Without a doubt the best Belgian beer I have ever had and therefore as a result also the best beer I have ever had. If there is any downside to this beer it is that at 8.5% you can't drink it all night long and still stand up... and that is hardly a complaint.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I´ve heard this beer was too sweet to enjoy but finally bought one. Aroma is malty and sweet, almost no hops. Taste is very well balanced, not very sweet as I was told, very drinkable beer with all those spices and yeast character. I liked it.

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Photo of Fake_History
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will start by saying that this is the coolest beer bottle I've ever seen. Amber colour with a very thin head. The strong smell resembles a standard euro lager blended with gasoline. Flavour is yeasty and smooth to begin with before giving away to a bitter orange peel finish. Enjoyable enough but wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unsure of how to rate this unusual fecund Belgian.

A: Champagne-like with a thin layer of head retention and lots of lacing

S: Primarily rotting oranges, banana, yeast, and medicinal odors

T: Starts out strange, sweet and creamy, with those ripe oranges, apricots and banana; then the peppery hops provide a bitter middle, which then blends with the sweet fertile flavors in the finale.

F: Light and bubbly, much like Champagne

O: meditation beer. savor and have some cheese.

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Photo of Sacrilege
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer, like a pink elephant peeing into your mouth, the ceramic bottle holds an elegant blonde ale that will knock you out, if drank too hastily. The perfect beer with a barbeque.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- The bottle of this one is uniquely superb to most of what I've seen on the market....who doesn't like a ceramic textured look with a stunning blue foil and pink elephant? Now the beer pours a clear-ish golden color with slight yeast suspension.....the head is impressive....two to three fingers thick and excellent retention! Carbonation is well flowing and the lacing is also excellent....

S- Fruity banana esters, with added yeasts are the dominant aromas right off the bat. Mild peppered spice is balanced by honeyed malt sweetness and hefeweizen like citrus rind smells happening...somewhat Earthy and floral as well....very nice overall!

T- Balanced and smooth define the flavors happening here.....the finish is grassy and dry...almost hay-like and Earthy tones. Citrus notes....think orange rind.... and floral tastes are present as well....peppery spice, along with cloves and wheat malt flavors are noted as well....other fruits such as banana and light anjou pear makes itself present on the palate as well.

M/O- Light/medium body and the carbonation is zingy.....very champagne like in the bubbles...wee tight! This is quite a delightful Belgian Ale with many different things happening in both aroma and flavor, of which there is plenty on both very much reminds me of a German style Hefeweizen in character and is actually highly drinkable. Another nice beer in my journey through the gauntlet!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles galore settle into a frothy white head over a clear golden body. The smell is intensely spicy; cloves, nutmeg, and coriander clear your sinuses right up! Meanwhile, peach, apricot, orange, and honey add to the strong, complex aroma. The bright fruity taste encompasses all the elements found on the nose, but the balance is so good that no one particular flavor stands out above the rest. A yeasty, bready aftertaste feels a little out of place, but also provides an appreciable mellowing softness. The carbonation is high and the taste is dry, but the medium-light body is smooth and thirst quenching. A classic example of the style with a taste so delicious, it belies its ABV.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. 2014 on cork.

3.0 A: Clear straw color. Two and a half finger of foamy/soapy white head. Retention is below average for the ABV and scattered wisps of lacing are left.

4.5 S: The nose instantly makes up for a lackluster appearance. Powerful peppery spiciness leads the way. Bubblegum and banana follow. Earthy citrus component - like sweet orange and lemon peel without any of the actual fruit. Hay and wildflower. Clean malts. Very nice.

4.0 T: The taste offers a new set of flavors. Lemon itself manifests. The orange and lemon peels are back, but they leans more toward bitter in the taste. Peppery spice again. Bubblegum and banana are more subtle. The earthiness is heightened though - lots more wildflower and hay. There's also some dried wood and herbalness.

4.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Perhaps a touch more carbonation than I'd prefer. However, the carbonation is super spritzy, just like how I want in a Belgian brew.

4.25 D: Really good beer. It's a classic. Not much else needs to be said.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to preface this review by stating that I'm not an expert in regards to Belgian ales. Leaving that aside, this is an exceptional beer. Packaged in a beautiful 750ml bottle, I picked this up in RI. Poured into a tulip glass, straw colored with 1.5 finger head with little lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and banana, I did not pick up the citrus noted by other reviewers but agree that the high abv is masked by the exceptional flavor. Outstanding ale.

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Photo of Spacedog666
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a huge head (3-4 fingers). Straw in color. Bubbly like volatile champagne. Smell: bready, some alcohol. Mostly smells like PBR. Taste: high end PBR with some banana (like a very non-flavorful banana). Feel: bubbly. Very very bubbly. Overall: a friend recommended I drink this beer. Overall a decent beer. Definitely not worth the money, in my opinion.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden honey orange no head retention just a soapy film, not a lot of carbonation, slight lacing.

A: Belgian spice, banana, pear, very spice forward with a hint of fruit on the end, hint of bubblegum sweetness, alcohol is well hidden, smells pretty good and complex.

T: Belgian spice, banana, pear, finishes with a classic Belgian yeast flavor, slight alcohol heat on the end, aftertaste is spice and clove with a hint of hay, pretty complex, very good.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish and very little carbonation.

O: This is outstanding, nice balance of spice and fruit characteristics on the nose and taste, I would like the beer to have more hay characteristics as it comes off a little sweeter than other Belgian strong pale ales I've tried, probably pick it up again.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
4.08 out of 5 based on 5,688 ratings.
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