Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of Phineasco
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look; Yellow, with big fluffy white head.
Smell: Candy, alcohol, banana, clove, and apricots.
Taste: Candy, alcohol, banana, clove, and apricots.
Feel: Full body and boozy.
Overall: A decent Belgian pale ale. Not my favorite style.

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Photo of mmellow12
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TH28
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml can. 12/20/16 can date. Appearance: Light golden and brilliantly clear with a thick frothy head and nice lacing. Aroma: Rich fruitiness dominated by banana and pear, with a hint of green Apple and bubblegum. Like fruity candy. No real noticeable hop or malt aromas under the dominant yeast esters. Taste: Moderate grainy maltiness with banana and pear esters, giving way to a touch of apple cider vinegar and sharp solvent alcohol. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with a touch of creaminess, a medium carbonation, and a distinct alcohol heat. Finish: Candied pear with a slight dry bitterness Overall: A beautiful looking beer with an amazing fruity ester Belgian yeast aroma. Aroma comes through in the flavor up to the point where a harsh solvent alcohol arrives and throws off the balance. It’s a shame because there’s a world class beer here with a rough edge holding it back from being great.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a small head and lacing that fades semi fast. Smells pretty nice, banana, orange, floral, and mild hops. The taste is very good, has a nice banana/orange mix with decent floral notes and some minor hops. This is a pretty smooth beer with no bite and nice any time of year. I would rate this a medium beer.

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Photo of urbanchemist
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried other Delirium's and not liked them but, I enjoy this one a great deal. Very nice gold color but a very frothy head so pour it really slow. Even when you pour it slow you're going to get a lot of head. I enjoy the ABV of 8.5% because baby, when it all comes down to it a bier has to be smooth, good tasting and have a high octane rating! That's all that matters.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a slight hazy orange to amber/brown color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking along the glass. The smell had a nice Belgian spice (light clove/slight coriander) through some orange/lemon that seemed it was sweetened a bit like it was sugared. The taste took all of those previously mentioned elements and combined them wonderfully. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a sessionability that wanted to rear it’s face but for the most part, just didn’t. She’s a sipper and honestly I’m okay with that. Overall, if anything this beer was done very nicely to style and is pretty good to me.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours a perfect two finger white head into my willi glass. Very creamy looking head. Body is golden in color, hues of yellow, and a little orange. A tiny bit hazy, with a boat load of carbonation. Head retention is ok so far, not amazing. Overall it looks quite nice so far.

The nose is very nice, has somewhat of a boozy astringency to it, it’s not offensive though. Certainly a sweet nose. Lots of esters, banana. A little flowery, not a hoppy flowery. Perhaps some light pilsner malt hiding underneath. It has a unique aroma to it, definitely a tiny bit different than other Belgians I’ve had, though, I don’t drink many Belgian Pale’s. I’m not crazy blown away by this, but it’s very nice.

Definitely a noticeable malt profile, most prominent I believe to be pilsner malt. A tad bready in the finish, which adds another level to the malt profile. That flowery sweetness is there, which is probably the most unique part of the beer. Esters are there, but they are not very forward at all, which is ok, but a little surprising. Astringency is there, but like in the nose, it’s acceptable. It really doesn’t have much of an offensive booze presence, just a little astringent twang. This is more of a sessionable Belgian, the esters aren’t too extreme, I assume that’s what they were going for with the style. I appreciate the balance, though I am used to something with slightly more flavor. Overall it’s definitely a very good tasting beer.

The carbonation is quite light, especially when considering the amount of bubbles I saw shooting up! The body is by no mean thin, but the lack of carbonation and overall umph does leave a little to be desired. The slight astringent kick helps make up for that a little bit. Medium sweetness lingers on the tongue. Overall it’s an ok mouthfeel, the low carbonation is a little unfortunate.

The drinkability is very high. Even though I can sense the presence of the booze, it’s not a problem. The beer is tasty, and it hides it’s ABV very well.

The appearance turned out AMAZING. Initially the head dissipated pretty fast. However, it settled at about a half finger of head for a long while, and had a substantial film for the entire time after that. The head itself was super creamy. The lacing was extremely thick from top to bottom. Great appearance.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I think I was expecting something with a little more flavor and esters, but it’s perfectly ok that it doesn’t have those things, it’s not a triple after all. Regardless, I’m not blown away, but it’s a super solid beer, tasty, with no off flavors or blemishes.

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Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer kinda like a raisin beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spezz
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Huyghe "Delirium Tremens"
330 ml. completely painted glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating

Look: Hazy golden body with a bit of sediment in suspension beneath a pillowy white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Candyish golden malt. Honeyish, floral, fruity, earthy, and lightly phenolic, mainly of clove.

Flavor: The flavor follows the aroma with bready malt, dried fruits (apricot, green raisin, some dark raisin), honey, light yeasty spice and clove, earth, and soft mineral. There's also some underlying green banana. It has a median bitterness that dries it in the finish along with the little bit of spiciness and a suggestion of alcohol, although a dollop of sweet clovey bubblegum remains on the tip of the tongue.

Feel: Light-medium in body and velvety smooth with a fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Overall: Sweetish but not sweet, complex yet not complicated, and fairly strong but not alcoholic - really well balanced, refined, and polished. Highly drinkable, and perhaps dangerously so.

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Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plnar
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours an unfiltered vibrant golden/orange color, four fingers of meringue-like head, great retention, chunky lacing.
Aroma - Hay, musty, tangy, maybe a bit of wheat.
Taste - Like the aroma only more pronounced. Malty up front, sweetness is fairly low, fresh bread backbone, a very subtle spice adds another dimension, musty towards the finish with a soft but delicious tart aftertaste.
Feel - Velvety, fine and crisp carbonation, no alcohol noticeable, dry for the most part.

Overall - Delicious from start to finish. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of JPadilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 87.3% out of 100 with 5,791 ratings
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