Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
BA SCORE
4.13/5
5,802 Ratings
Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,602
Reviews:
1,711
Ratings:
5,802
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. I was intrigued by the fact that the beer can not be seen when it is in the bottle. You could be buying tapwater for all you know. Also, you get the added attraction of pink elephants, dancing gators and whatever the hell that other critter on the label is.

Poured a hazy, grapefruit juice color, with a big, fluffy white head. Smell was rather mild, with wisps of sugar and grapefruit juice.

The taste was much more dominant than I was expecting based on the aroma. Very pleasing combination of fruity tartiness and sugary sweetness.

Lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, which I rather expected.

This is very drinkable. The 8.5%abv could really wreak some havoc on the unwary beer drinker. A few of these, and the pink elephants they see might not all be on the label.

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Photo of palliko
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Belgian in the tradition of Chimay Blau. If you like that one, try this one. A LOT of clove in the mix. Unfortunately, not my favorite spice. PHENOLIC. That about says it. A spicy beer (citrus and banana present), little head, no lacing. I think I'd pass on a repeat.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an official DT snifter, complete with pink elephants, compliments of the clerk at Half Time, who threw it in with my last purchase. (Thanks, Half Time!!!) The cork had a date of 2003. It poured with a clear golden body, and a huge fluffy white head. The aroma was citrus, clove, banana. Tastes were lemon, clove, banana, leather, coriander, ginger. The mouthfeel was smooth and light, and finished with grapefruit and leather. Not as complex as other Belgians I've had, but a nice variety of flavors well-executed. A good choice, to send me over the top into the Mug Club, almost one year since I joined BA!

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Photo of Crosling
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This is good but not that good! It's a very poor looking Belgian. Pours clear like a mixture of banana juice and pear juice. Head falls into the liquid way too quickly and seems to look more like bubble bath suds that the typical beautiful belgian head. No lace to speak of and overall a pretty poor looking ale.

Nice nose but nothing great. Smells weak and subtle. Poor and timid. Clove, yeast and coriander stand out but seems to smell syrupy, like it's hiding something.

This tastes ok. Certainly is the high point of the beer. Spicy peppers with orange characteristics and a harsh alcohol bite on the finish. Alcohol comes a little too strong on the palate and seems to take over the other flavors. Tastes light and yeasty as well, almost displaying some wheat characteristics. Some banana and clove flavors with a tiny hint of peanut butter.

Flat on the tonque.

Outrageously overpriced and overrated. No big deal...

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a big botle for $6.99. I had wanted to try it for a while and finally got around to buying it. Poured a clear gold with a big foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma. Nice malt presence. A good body with a nice crisp flavor and bite. The alcohol is subdued under a layer of malts. Very good. I would recommend highly.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started out New Year's Eve with a nice bottle of this at Harry's Bar and Grill in Milwaukee. I have had this beer before but did not want to review it without a recent experience. I loved the deep golden color and sweet aroma that came out of this brew. The taste is very balanced in your mouth and the alcohol is hidden but still warms the body as it goes down. This is a little better than Delirium Nocturnum. Happy New Year!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal yellow look with an apple cider smell. Also there is some ABV warmth in the nose as well. Very dry and fruity taste as well as a dry tongue as well. The brew reminds me of dry apple cider. Very good taste I like the crisp clean nature of the brew. Medium mouth with nice coating malt and a good kick of ABV in the finish. Not much head or retention on the goblet. Solid very pale dry beer. Had it at The Abbaye in Philly.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear somewhat hazyyellow hue, big foamy white head that fades into a ring around the top. Aroma is some cough medicine, spicy herbal notes with citrus fruits in the background.
Medium yet spciy in the mouth, pale malt stands up to me followed by some big spice then fades into alcoholic backdrop with a hint of bitterings.
This beer is infinitely better on draught.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, capped not corked, with the most annoying foil wrapping in the industry. Pours into a goblet a clear honey gold with an enormous white pillowy head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing. Nose is of overripe bananas. Mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation and seems a bit thin. Initial taste of lemony citrus, evolving into sweet malts. Hops come forth about midway, and a dry hop bitterness rules until the goblet empties. Slight alcohol burn is present to remind you of the high abv. There's a mustiness here, as well, as with so many Belgians. Clean aftertaste. Not my favorite Delirium, and its taste doesn't live up to its promising appearance. Still, a nice Belgian Pale Ale I wouldn't mind keeping around.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spiced tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and pineapple, phenols, sour yeast, and, I've got to be crazy, but I think that's taffy, too, on the nose. Spritzy, refreshing; I imagine this is what rain smells like in Belgium. Unfortunately, once this passes cellar temp, the nose is sour and dull.

The taste is initially wheaty, but develops into cherries, strawberries, and resin and the alcohol and spice is with it every step of the way. As it warms, the Belgian pale character becomes obvious as the alcohol starts to take over and overshadow the fruit-laden subtleties of this brew. This beer is packed with huge flavors and mostly maintains impressive balance. Be careful -- it drinks like a hefe, but makes that weird alligator, dragon, pink elephant parade on the label look really, really funny.

Delirium tremens is the scientific name for extreme alcohol withdrawal that results in seizures and, potentially, death. I won't say the beer is that true to its name, but it is quite addictive.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love this bottle! Fake ceramic with blue foil covering the cap, and pink elephants as well as other crazy animals for decoration. Best before date lists a couple of months ago, so it's all good. Pink elephants, again, are a plus. Poured a murky amber with a big head that vanished, leaving a pretty standard lace.

Smell: Apricot - I don't think any other reviews have said this, but when I smell this I think nothing but apricots. Upon further inspection I'm picking up a little bit of pepper here, and maybe a hint of citron. Like all belgian strong ales, I -love- the smell of this.

Taste: Nothing that'd blow me away, but very tasty! Nice and crisp, sort of malty though not in a bad way (as I hate overly malty beer), and with a strong apricot flavour to it. Fairly well balanced, tasty.. good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really to say here. Sharply carbonated, but you need that withs omething sweet like this, but goes down smooth.

Drinkability: I'm not sure if I could make an evening out of these, but the one I'm having is going down quite nicely.

Notes: Liquor store two blocks from my house has a very, very, good selection of Belgian ales - and this is just one of many. I really like this one, but nothing jumps out an says 'I am better than the rest!'. Good to try out, but nothing to make an evening of or buy regularly.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange tinged yellow with a small white head (in goblet)
Very fruity aroma with pepper notes.
Tastes of banana, bubblegum, and more malty than I had expected, slightly spicy (pepper), and a sort of sugared-tart.
Rich and fruity after taste. Full feel to it.
It is very good, but I just couldn't see myself drinking this very often.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A white tiny-bubbled head sits atop a clouded pale ale the color of dried ginger. (Pause to gaze lovingly.)

That 8.5% is prevalent in both nose and mouthfeel, but rather than a dull thud or razor sharp attack, the alcohol (and indeed, the ale) presents itself in a vinous, even champagne-like feel and taste. The spice quality and flavor profile is subtle enough and the lively bubbles wash across the tongue with such a light, airy touch that one might struggle to get all of the taste sensations rather than just live in the mouthfeel.

Good for celebrations; I'm not sure how down-in-the-cups one could stay with a glass of this.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bottle--reminds me of the Simpson's where Barney calls upon his pink elephant by drinking beer to counteract the demons he sees after drinking the peyote infused juice drink Homer makes. Pours a nice hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. Smells of sweet marshmallows, esters, citrusy hops, and yeast. Taste is sweet and malty, kinda wheaty, candy, with a good hop presence. Bitter finish with a little metallic taste. Warming and alcoholic. Big and syrupy, but manageable.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good one from Huyghe. The golden body is joined with a beautiful head and decent lace effect. A creamy smooth body lifts the drinkability of this big beer, but it does not feel weak in fullness. The nose is heavily fruited and has an incredible malt sense when warmed. Flavorful and full of complexity, this is a very good tasting brew.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A fine translucent golden color, highly effervescent and a full frothy head. The aroma is fruity, with bubblegum and some hops in the background. It has a sweet smooth start and a fine crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent. DT's is a well-balanced clean combination of opposing attributes -- delicate without being free of character.

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Photo of dedalus
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out a crisp-looking golden hue, with a nice, fluffy white head that didn't stick around for too long, and left only a bit of lacing.

the nose is unbelievable. this beer smells like everything. an orgiastic riot of olfaction. gooseberries, plums, white grapes, sugared grapefruit, lemons, limes, and wheat malt.

an only slightly thick mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. i wanted this beer to be fuller in the mouth. quite smooth, though.

the flavors were oddly subdued. divide the scents by 2 and you'll have the flavors. a bit of stingy carbonation, mild hops, and a long, wheaty, duvel-like finish were very nice, though. the aromas set you up for a knockout punch that the flavors just don't deliver. maybe i got a bad bottle, who knows? i just expected more flavor from this beer.

the alcohol content is high, so i wouldn't drink gallons of this stuff, but it's good for sitting around with your nose in the snifter, just inhaling.

cheers,

s.d.

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Photo of homersimpson
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow with a white lace that staws there to the end of the glass. Sweet and medicinal nose. Effervescent leads off the taste followed by a lovely honey toffeelike sweetness that clears to a warm alcohol burn. Quite potent, in fact i'm not typing well now. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a yellowish color with a decent head. The nose detected some yeastiness in the aroma. The sweet malt started mellow on the tongue during initial swigs, but seemed to grow stronger through the drink. A nice balance of bitterness offset the growing sweetness. There was some lacing of the glass. The alcohol was very prevelent in this, so one is more than enough in one sitting.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I will start by saying that you should take care when opening a corked 750 of Delirium. I have popped some corks in my time, but this one out-popped them all. Not even vintage Dom Perignon or other such champagnes let alone beers could send a blast like this one. I have a nice dimple in the sheetrock courtesy of this brew.

I am sorry to say that the whole opening may have been the most exciting part of this beer. After worrying if my apartment was going to be raided for suspect gunfire, the thrill and suspense was virtually gone.

Sitting in front of me is a somewhat hazy dull orange-yellow colored brew topped in a mass of white head that has hung out for a bit. The aroma is initially sweet and filled with oranges. Another whiff brings me black cherries and a bit of alcohol as well as some grains.

After working my way through the powerful carbonation, I get a lot of maltiness. Alcohol is not hidden well, but does not hurt the beer too much. A little bit of bready, yeasty flavors come in, but that is about it. The complexity of the aroma was really lost in the flavor. The body is medium to full. It is pretty drinkable, but a bit boring to me. It is a pretty good brew, but it does not stand up to others in its class.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color and very cloudy with a modest head that laced well.

Smell – Nice malt and yeast aroma with big orange characteristics. There’s also some light spiciness in the nose as well. I can pick up the standard coriander and white pepper, among others.

Taste – This one is lighter than I expected. The malt and yeast are barely there. The spicy orange flavor dominates. The 8.5 ABV comes on a little too strong on the pallet, too.

Mouthfeel – This was kind of flat. Some of the other reviews go on about the carbonation, so maybe I got a bad bottle.

Drinkability – This one just didn’t do it for me. The absence of a strong malt base made this one go down more like a witbier than a BSPA.

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Photo of byrd
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew came bubbling out of the bottle as soon as the bottle cap was pried off. It pours with a large bubbly head that receds to about a half inch rocky head. Color is a hazy light bronze and has lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Doesn’t seem to be much aroma from this one, although some malt and alcohol are noticeable. Lots of carbonation immediately hits the tongue giving the feeling of a large mouthfeel. There’s a warming sensation all the way down. Creamy, sweet malt start that tastes of fruits and bubblegum with some light citrus tastes towards the end. Some yeast is noticeable both on the tongue as well as some particles floating around the glass. The finish is slightly spicy and bitter and lingers for a time. This is a fairly complex brew that seems to improve as it warms a bit.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Delirium tulip-style glass. It pours a clear light golden color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly fruity, with banana and white grape. There is also some clove spice present. The taste is fairly malty with cloves and fruity esters. The taste is fairly sweet. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is fairly nice for 8.5%. A nice sweet treat.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9% abv, comes in a sargasso green bottle that has been enamelled to look like grey ceramic. Blue foil on neck and cap, label adorned with pink elephants (hey hey!), traipsing alligators and Chinese dragons balancing on balls. Indeed, an invitation to a circus of inebriation, my kind of marketing surrealism.

Appearance is a deep peach, highly carbonated, big creamy head that lasts a long while and leaves a veritable coating of lace.

Aroma is spicy, especially peppery, hint of fruit, sweet malt, very yeasty presence.

Big peppery spice taste up front, then it sweetens up and becomes boozy on the finish. Peppery/citrus aftertaste.

A pretty bold ale overall, strong alcohol presence, and it goes down with a bit of a struggle. Watch out for those 9% pink elephants, they outnumber you and will very easily knock you on your ass if you're not careful, leaving you for the remaining reptiles to feast on.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the white 12 oz bottle, Delirium Temens is the fizziest out of the bottle beer I have seen in a while. A typical slow angled pour into a glass yielded about 75% white foam, 25% golden belgian beer. Aroma is highly yeasty, surrounded by fruit of the loom grapes, apples and bananas. The white foamy head dissipates slowly as I drink the tremens. Surprising spice in the flavor that I didn't notice in the aroma - clove maybe, leaves a lingering tang of alcohol on the tongue. Also taste the yeast prominently, balances well with the other esters and general sweet flavor. Body is medium at most. A decent beer but not something I'd search for; I'd be interested to try it on draft though, I think it could lend a lot more to the beer.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,802 ratings
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