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Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium TremensDelirium Tremens

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle, whats with the pink elephants? Also like the solid gray bottle.

Color is a cloudy yellow, lots of swirling action as it pours and that big fluffy white head just kept going. Eventually settled down and remained throughout the glass leaving tight, patchy lace.
Smells of fresh lemon and orange with a bit of floral hop notes, very strong on the nose, quite citrusy. Taste is a smooth lemony delight with a little sweet, bitter malt at the start and jumps right into the lemon and orange peels and mixed with a fresh, floral hop and spice. Very good feel, some dryness to it, but its very citrusy wet and smooth. Drinkable, yes sir indeed.

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Photo of Darkale
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, fast Belgian head -- inflates like an emergency life raft -- with good lacing. Head eventually settles to about 1/4 inch and stays there. The beer itself is slightly cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is a mix of hops, citrus, and flowers.

Taste makes you say "Wow." It starts with malt, followed by a snaps of hops and carbonation. Chewy and spicy.

How do the Belgians make beer that seems to taste different with every sip? Not sure I would have liked this a few months ago, and damned sure that I'm glad that I've kept plugging away at the Belgian beers.

A beer that will bring a smile to your face.

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Photo of Ave
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A good all around Belgian with the to be expected carbonation, high ABV & spice/yeast profile. Pours a slightly orange/yellow/green just barley cloudy color. The head is not impressive at first, but hangs on to every bit of its self & seems to rejuvenate with each tilt. Glorious Belgian aroma of nut-raisin-spice. Clove honey & fruit rounding each other out & shifting slightly more tangy from nose to mouth.

Very high ABV & it at times may over power its self with that, seems to flush out some of the fullness of the flavor. But, on the other hand its bubbly enough to keep the aroma pushed up so it works to re-balance the overall flavor nicely.

All in all a supper yummy quaff, but not something for steady work.

Good with trout or just a good loaf of bread & a jar of cheese wiz.


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Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Central Market N refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A big, crusty white head collapses unevenly (nice!). Big bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Runny lacing. The beer is cloudy gold/amber with boatloads of suspended sediment (admittedly, it wasn't a careful pour).

The nose is Belgian spiciness, strong citrus and very sweet. The front is sweet, spicy, schpritzy. The middle is sweet apples with some alcohol. The finish is dry and fresh, with spice and alcohol. It's just a little too "trendy alcoholic beverage" for my tastes. I found the sweetness more obvious than in the Nocturnum and the alcohol not as well hidden. The effect seems even worse as the beer warms. But I'm nitpicking. It's a good beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this on tap at RedBones.

This ale was a clear, golden color with thin, wispy white foam. The smell was malty, with some hops, and a hint of fruit and sweetness. The taste was on the sweet side (malt) with a bit of floral hops and some fruit (apples and musty grapes). The mouthfeel was very good: smooth and creamy. The carbonation was medium. There was a good finish. The drinkability was good. This ale went down easy.

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Photo of nomad
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold color that is transparent, with thin intermittent lace and some carbonation. Fruity nose hinting of pear/apple and a hint of sweet corn (a good thing). Hops seem masked.

Slightly sweet with delayed bitter finish, a short and unbothersome finish. Slightly buttery in taste and feel, quite tingly on the tongue, but in all a crisp and clean slide drink. Goldeny flavor that appears as a delicate mix of malt background, light hops, and estery foreground.

Unbelievably drinkable regardless of verrry high alcohol content which you’ll feel warm up your belly - no wonder its name, eh?, Better served on the colder side (starting at 50). Mine came from a newly-filled growler (at Half Time, THE most amazing beer in the Northeast).

Many say this is not an outstanding brew, and I believe that's because it's not a knock-out experience on all levels. Important to remember that this beer is supposed to be quiet and not with big flavors: it isn’t a sweet and spicy dubbel or a high and complex trippel. DT should be judged as such for subtlety or appropriateness, as these are the standards for a strong golden ale. These beers are meant to be drunk like we do pilseners in the states.

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Photo of Morris729
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saved for my 200th Review.
I love the presentation of the big white ceramic looking 750ml bottles, the blue foil tops, and the pink elephants and dancing alligators. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden color with a tremendous rocky and foamy white head that billows out of the glass and lasts almost forever and coats the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of fresh citrus, sweet malts, and pepper. Very nice! Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with a fine carbonation. Taste is lightly fruity with notes of citrus, sweet honey, and spicy hops. Finish is crisp and lightly sweet. This is one of my all-time favorites. Simply delicious.

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Photo of hyuga
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden brew. A little darker than pure golden, but still within range of it. I hope I didn't get too much yeast in the pour, it was hard to judge since the bottle is opaque. On to the aroma, spicy pepper, a bit tart, and a bit sweet. Very yeasty as well, which I find quite pleasant actually. The flavor comes in as a wave of pepper spiciness with a big backbone of yeast-coated hops. Malt shows up as part of this as well in a slight bready character. As it swirls in your mouth, the pepper character (and slight alcohol presence) really make your tongue tingle, but the aforementioned backbone is still huge. Turns sweeter in the back and in the finish. Other spiciness is present here and there. A very tasty tripel, highly recommended! Mine actually stated an 8.5% abv on the bottle, not 9.0%. You may not come down with DT after a few of these, but you will be seeing the pink elephants!

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

A delightful triple. This beer poured a nice golden colour with a huge, frothy, creamy white head(similar to Duvel)! This beer had some wonderful aromas of spices, cloves, honey, and pepper and it was quite refreshing. This tasted like a wonderful belgian triple should(like Duvel, again!)this was very refreshing, and light on the tongue, but it still did have a nice creamy mouth feel. This beer has a very high drinkability factor in my book(and it can be a little dangerous at it's decent 9%abv:-)
good stuff.

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Photo of maxpower
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy light golden-orange color, yeasty, malty, spicy and alcohol aromas. Sweet fruity malty flavors, the hops stand out in the finish, medium-full body thick and syrupy on the tongue, another one that smells better than it taste, overall average.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was somthing I came across at BJ's Brewery and with all the good reviews I read and heard I just had to go for the trip. This one has a light golden color and foamy head (smiliar to Duvel). I had to let it rest for a couple of seconds fo it to settle a bit. The taste is to my buds a really good refreshing beer, resembled some fruitful notes and and a hint of sweet spice that combined for me quite well. At one point I did let it settle too long and it got warm, one of my friends tried it out of curiousity and told me "Thats a good wine cooler" Hmm.. Well all the flavor combination did a good job for masking the ABV, as TheLongBeachBum would say "Good Stuff".

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, golden-hued, majestic head, large, loud, and proud. Stunning.

Aroma: soft fruit, soft spices, light, airy, slightly sweet, and slightly dry, at once. Some orange, lemon, even pear, with a minor, spicy hop attack, but overall, all is mellow.

Now, to taste: Clean, soft, sumptuous, with bitter hops slowly sliding in, nice gritty texture on the palate. It's not altogether harmless and denuded. Not entirely. A tidy fruit blend, a neat blast of hops, with an exquisite pale malt base standing firmly underneath. Add to that a bouyous effervescence that thrills the palate. Tingly, tangly, tongue-ly, it's a terrific ride in the mouth, all before the alcohol becomes evident.

Despite the 9% ABV rushing to the fore, it's incredibly consumable, and urges another swallow, after the last. An ale, though very pilsner-like, but every bit Belgian, candy sugar is involved, and copious hops, and plenty of flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me a year to get this after I first saw it chosen as the "greatest beer in the world" by one author. I have since had many Belgian and Belgian styled beers, and this is my favorite style. Of all of the beers i've tried, this one would probably be the most "dangerous", because it is very light, quite carbonated, and the flavor is fairly restrained (considering the high alcohol content). Spicy, fruity, and quite easy to drink. Not quite as flavorful or distinctive as my personal favorite, Duvel, but similar to a few other beers of the style (particularly Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde and Don De Dieu? - maybe this is the beer they modeled those after?)) I will certainly buy this again.

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

Great bottle. Color was great- hazy straw yellow with a thick creamy head. You could tell this beer has been fermented with a good dose of yeast and is conditioned well. A very fruity and flowery aroma at first which then mellows into more a wine like smell. A very flavorful brew- peppery and spicey, this beer stands up strong and is far more potent than it looks. I tasted and felt the alcohol immediately. A warming beer even though it is pale. A nice rich texture, but a little thin toward the end of the glass. Overall a good Belgium strong ale that is to be enjoyed with others

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Photo of purplehops
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tremens pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large frothy white head. The head leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus and pears with notes of alcohol. The taste starts with a sharp bite of malt and moves quickly to flavors of apples, pears and coriander with hints of grains of paradice. The finish is full of alcohol with notes of hop spiciness and candi sugar. The aftertaste is of alcohol and grain. Overall a very rich and complex taste profile. The mouthfeel is pleasant but does have a slight syrupiness to it. A nice ale with many complex flavors for the Belgian ale lover. A little more balance between the syrupy mouthfeel and the alcohol along with a less cloudy pour would make this a perfect ale.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dirty blonde in color with a pillowy head that stands one finger high but remains. Darker viscous cloud falls gently to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell of grain and sweetness reminds me of a trippel. Taste reveals sweet candi sugar and grains with a warming alcohol presence and citrus. Packs a stealthy alcohol punch. I'm not clever enough to come up with any pink elephant jokes.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 3rd, and final, chapter of my Delirium Chronicles. The term Delirium Tremens, or DT's, brings to mind a couple of things for me. One, I used to play (or try to) pool with a grade-school friend in his basement. His Dad had a small bar there, and he had painted a bunch of pink elephants on the walls! Also, it brings to mind the Three Stooges short "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb". The Stooges inherit some dough, and reside in a swanky hotel suite. There are 3 babes in a nearby suite, who own a small monkey, which sneaks into the Stooges suite. Curly takes a swig of champagne and, upon seeing the monkey, says "Moe! Moe! I got 'em! The DT's!! I'm seeing gorillas!!" Where-upon Moe responds "Don't look at me when you say that!" Ok, now to the bier!!

The DT's have a medium-golden color, with a nice, white creamy, albeit thin, head. Lacing is quite good, yet not exemplary. The nose emits mucho yeasty and peppery notes! I'll again go with the medium-medium combo for body and smoothness (with the ever-present Belgian foamy/creamy carbonation on the tongue). I get a lot of yeasty and pepper-like flavors through-out. A small hint of fruitiness lingers in the background, too. The finish is definitely dry. I had this a while ago on draft...didn't hit the spot at all back then. Pretty good now. Mostly a spicy, dry, somewhat fruity offering. Strong, too!! Skol!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy gold color and formed a bubbly white head. Some carbonation was present. It had an aroma of spice and citrus. A flavor of spice and grain with a touch of citrus. The finish was a touch tart and fizzy due no doubt to the carbonation level. This one reminds me a bit of Duvel and I found it to be quite enjoyable if not quite as good as Duvel.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark golden color, upcharging bubbles all around the glass. Glossy 1/2 inch head of crystal-like bubbles. Laces in bigger patterns. Sharp aroma, medicinal, slightly cheesy, slightly vinegary. Malty flavors are muted, some rum-raisin and with senses of cherry-like fruit. Jazzy mouthfeel. Distinct hop bittering, rinds of citrus in the close along with some butane-like alcoholic power. Ultimately, this beer is a little too carbonated and "Duvel-like" for me, lacking musty and deep malts. Certainly a respectable and fine brew -- and it does improve as it warms up a bit.

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

Bright yellowish hue, good lace effect that holds most of the way.

Sweet and phenolic aroma and flavour, peppery and fruity on a moderate body. Faint refined honey-like malt flavours mingle with the reserved yet concrete hop bitterness. Drying finish shows the alcoholic esters as well as some solvent higher alcohols that seem to leave as quick as they came in.

A deceiving treat, as it will catch up on you if you don’t watch out, deceiving alcohols come through the back.

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Photo of Kwak
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Tremens.
Good name.Nice bottle I had the 750ml with the cork.
Good spicy smell with a hint of fruit.
Nice thick head , a mouthfull.
Nice color pale yellow huecrisp and clear.
Fine aftertaste not to strong for a 9.0%.

Would tell a freind!

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

Had this one on tap at Chalkies. Very light gold in color... clear with a thin white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is musty and yeasty, with sour apples, coriander, ginger, and alcohol. Honey, apples, and ginger are noticeable in the flavor. It starts slightly sweet, and becomes dry in the finish. This is a quite complex beer and it's very strong. The alcohol isn't very noticeable in the flavor, so it can really sneak up on you.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the bottle - nice dancing animals.
pours out a hazy golden colour with proper fluffy head. My nose is well stuffed at present, so my senses were dulled. Smelled fine, tasted fine (I can't pick out exact flavours, but its a light, and a little fruity). It's definitely good, but not quite Fin du Monde good.

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

This Belian pours a very clear and very pale yellow with a massive white head. The fruity esters with hints of banana gets the mouth watering. The taste is consistant with the aromas repeating the fruitiness with a yeasty background and warming alcohol on the tail all wrapped up in a light bodied, crisp bubbly brew. Did I mention it is very warming ;-). Nice brew! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of putnam
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine, fluffy white head falls quickly to a sheet of translucence over hazy gold/orange liquid. The aromas offer serious citrus and apple candy notes as well as circus hay and old dollar bills. Flavors are straightforward and thrust bitter orange, sweet lemon, and green leafy notes. I taste alcohol here as well as a leesy, powdery, dustiness on the finish (a la Orval). Concrete. Drink it with lemon bars.

I let half of the bottle sit open in the fridge overnight and the next day it tasted better. Some of the overt sweetness and alcohol was subdued and many, complex, spicy, fruity pleasures emerged. Damn decent. Not a huge mental challange, but good. A PSA you can take home to your mother.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,817 ratings
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