Delirium Tremens
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,030
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
1,764
Ratings:
6,072
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SCORE
93
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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
Notes: 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.
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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A couple of fingers of white foamy head on top of a hazy, apricot in color brew, with lots of bubbles rising. Doesn't leave any lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet and yeasty, minor alcohol, light dried fruits: green apple, apricots, and pears. The flavor is rich with those same qualities, and bready/doughy notes. The feel is very full carbonation, very dry, a little sticky on the palate, and medium body. There is a lasting, building bitterness to the brew. Overall, a little different because of the bitter bite, but nice.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with a large, quick-subsiding head.

Aroma is yeast, yeast, yeast, phenols, spiced caramel, musky clove. Bubblegum becomes more apparent on the palette - definitely in the sweeter beer camp; mild citrus and floral notes reign things in. Likewise with mouthfeel - syrupy, but dry.

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Photo of Zet
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw golden colour (quite clear, little haze) with a full head of foam that's gone quite fast though. Still a high score for look because of the awesome bottle. Smell and taste are what you can expect from a belgian blond: yeast, orange, bubblegum, grass and malt. Mildly sweet in the mouth, mildly bitter in the somewhat short aftertaste. Medium to full-bodies mouth feel, quite creamy and smooth. Alcohol is manifest, but it blends in quite well. The entity is what you might expect from a BSPA, but this is also its Achilles heel: it's good, but a bit boring in my opinion.

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Photo of vinicole
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Straw. Slight haze. Thick frothy head.
Yeasty aroma. Some spice and lemon. Hint of bruised pear.
The spice separates on tasting. Malt and hops apparent. Bitter finish.
Above average carbonation. Tingly on the tongue. Moderate feel.
The style is not my favourite.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, golden-straw color with a surprisingly quick disspaiting head that didn't retain.

Aroma is very spicy with lemon, bubblegum, and clove. Coriander and almost a lavender aroma is present. It's a bouquet of Belgian-spice aromas.

Taste matches the spice on the nose. Tons of sweet banana, clove, and bubblegum. Some lemon and light citrus notes. A clover honey-like sweetness.Mouthfeel is light on carbonation but thicker in viscosity.

Overall, this is a good good beer, but by itself it's not my favorite Belgian ale. Paired well with a diverse meat and cheese plate. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with good transparency. Nice whitish head and lingers for a minute. Nose is sweet plum, candy, grapes, and a bit of caramel. Also getting some banana and oak. Taste is sweet candy, almost no bitterness. plum, maple, banana, yeast, and caramel. Really nice, and mouthfeel is perfect.

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle coded L24 16046 poured into a Delirium snifter at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer is golden and bright but chunky. Snow globe chunky. Off white head lasts a minute and recedes to a thin ring around the glass and a few splotchy islands. Aroma is Belgian yeast and some burnt plastic notes. Taste is light malt and somewhat harsh alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and dry. Overall, can't tell. This one is too far gone to enjoy. Purchased warm in January and refrigerated since. Need to crack the date code before future purchases. Rated to average to revisit at a later time.

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Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazed gold with a finger of soapy bright white head.

Medicinal, Belgian yeast aroma. Carries over to the taste with a little pear and a very clean finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. It's okay, but is among the bottom of the style with its other Belgian peers.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Translucent golden blonde with a thick white head. Very active. It would be a shame to to mention how beautiful the bottle is.

Smell: Sweet Belgian candied sugar, pear, honey, clove, green banana, slight hay funk, bay leaf, apricots, lightly floral, fresh cereal grains, and light gold molasses.

Taste: Honey whole grain crust on the attack. This fades to a highly complex body of, dried apricot, ripe pear, lightly bitter floral hops, green banana, hay, bay leaf, golden raisins, and the slightest touch of funk.

Feel: Medium bodied. Strong carbonation that at first prickles the tongue but the gives the beer a slight creaminess. Light alcohol present. Smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: World class. It's so flavor. The complexity is just so enticing to the palate. Each sip offers brings out new flavors and nuance as the beer builds. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drawn from a tap and served in a tulip glass at Yard House in Yonkers, NY.
A: Hazy golden body with a foamy, one inch white head. Very good head retention and lacing.
S: Spicy clove aroma predominates. Floral, yeasty, and grainy aromas present but secondary.
T: Flavors follow the nose. Medium bitterness with greater persistence of spice and grain than other flavors.
M: Medium bodied with average carbonation.
O: Well balanced and drinkable. I had very high expectations for this brew, which were just shy of being met, but clearly well designed.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A true treat and a fantastic ale from a friend at work who now loves the Belgians---Thanks Kevin!
This legend pours a lightly chill hazed golden straw color with a very nice fluffy head of white foam
that subsides to a thick ring and layer with nice lacing. Nose of Belgian yeasty goodness with touches
of light spice and sweet pale candy malts awash in a lightly peppery ester laden nose with light fruit
notes. Flavors hit the mark and exceed the nose with light white pepper and subtle apple mingling with
crisp pears and light cracker notes. Light yeast notes hit with subtle banana that is touched with light
candy sugars and then dashed with a lightly brisk herbal hop note that flows nicely into the warming
background. Exceptional mouth feel; medium body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly dry
finish.

Overall there is little more to say about this other than it is a legend and rightfully so.

Excellence from Belgium.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Cheers

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Photo of Phineasco
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 TH28
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +1.9%
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 TheVillageIdiot
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -3.8%
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 -4.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 EmeraldMist
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 JackRWatkins
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours with a one-finger sudsy white head, and a mostly clear straw gold body
S: spicy, malt forward character in the nose, some subtle apple, wish this beer was more fragrant
T: malty (quite bready), estery, with touches of stone-fruit and apple and a very pleasant spicy character
M: somewhat silky, but also dry
O: very nice, easy to enjoy, and quite accessible, but complex as well, an all around good beer, like duvel, but lower on the hop bitterness, I haven't had this one in a while, but I can easily see leaning on it when you can't figure out what to get. A good egg

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Perfect yellow blond with 2 fingers of head, with clarity

S - Belgian candy sugar and yeast, spices, and bananas

T - Like the smell, belgian candy sugar and spices, bready, and delicious

F - Thin body and well carbonated, smooth. almost perfect mouthfeel

O - A legendary classic of Belgium. Great beer!

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Photo of Snowball
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden, straw colored beer served in a 4 oz glass on a Belgian flight. Has a light bodied, but creamy taste with the taste of bananas and yeast. A slight nuttiness. Comes with a great warmth from the higher ABV. Delicious.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orangey gold with large head.
The aroma is spicy and phenolic with some bready malt.
The flavor is spicy up front with some juiciness and a dry bitter finish. It's highly carbonated which takes away from the beer a little, but it's still a good example of the style.

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Photo of citizencane
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent pale yellow. Smell is faint banana, clove, and bread. Taste is same. Feel is smooth and not boozy at alll. Not bad, given ABV but not exceptional.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden-colored brew that forms a perfect head that laces very well. There is a little spice, but the beer is still smooth. Solid-bodied as well. For this particular style, this really does not lack much at all.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6072 ratings