Delirium Tremens | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2001

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Photo of Quaffer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. I think I picked this one up in Dallas around the first of the year. Not available here in Wichita. Just like the Nocturnum, it comes in one ugly-ass bottle.

Appearance: A hazy, golden-orange beer that had a very heavy, sustained bead. The head was fizzy and only rose up to about half a finger. A thin layer of foam persisted due to the bubbles feeding it from below.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer was sharp and crisp smelling, with a nice Belgian pale-style hoppiness to it. As it sat, the hops diminished and some malt and strong apricot aromas rose to the front. A light woodiness developed as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: A ton of carbonation gave this beer a very fuzzy feel to it. It was light bodied with a very dry finish.

Taste: A strong hop bite combined with a spicy alcohol component made up the bulk of the flavor. Underneath these was a lightly sweet fruitiness, combined with a lot of subtle spices. The finish was rather dry, with a pepper-like component lingering into the aftertaste.

I didn't really care for this beer after the first sip, but it grew on me as I drank it. By the time half the chalice was gone, I was really enjoying it.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As many reviewers of this brew have stated, I expected more after reading many recommendations to it's excellence. It is tasty, but I don't care for the phenolic aftertaste that lingers after a sip. Perhaps it's the alcohol that overshadows the typical Belgium complex flavors, but it leaves me puzzled. The mouthfeel is grainy and not smooth like I'd anticipated. Too bubbly and champaign like for my taste.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light and refreshing pale malt scent with a dry, fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a spicey pale malt flavor with a dry, yet fruity finish that warms a little on the way down. It tastes like there is some corriander in here that adds a slight peppery feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian pale ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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

I had this out of a 1 pt, 9.4 oz ceramic bottle.

Appearance is cloudy yellow with golden hue. Fluffy white head.

Aroma of spice and yeast.

Taste of Belgian yeast, cloves and sweet spice blend. Fizzy carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Tasty and very drinkable at 8.5% ABV. Overall, an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of carln26
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RedBones. This came out of the tap a bright clear gold. Good light white head with Champagne like bubbles. Nice lace almost as if on nitro. Light floral vanilla aroma. Great vanilla flavor in the front, with fruity esters in the middle. Great light mouth feel very drinkable.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light yellow with a thick two finger head that dissapated to a very thick foam on top of the beer. It also stuck to the sides of the galss and held on throughout the drink.

The smell was thin and hard to pick up, what I could pick up was very fruity with an even thinner malt aspect hidden in the rear of the nose. It should be noted that as the beer warmed the smell got stronger and easier to pick up on.

The drink started with a kick of carbonation followed by a hit of hop spice and fruit. The fruit was an apricot with just a hint of figs. The finish was one last kick of hops followed by a clean and clear watery taste.

All and all a highly recommended beer, in my opinion. I would love to try this one with a thick piece of steak.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle

Poured a nice yellow and a thick creamy head that took it's time leaving the party. Smelled sweet and of alcohol. Tasted fruity, sweet and overall a wonderful representation of a fine Belgian ale. Very smooth in the mouth and an easy drink.

Very much enjoyed this beer, fine example of a Belgian ale.

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Photo of soper2000
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this for a bbq at my sister's house. Had to pour it into a normal pint glass as that was the only glass available. The glass struggled to contain a massive fluffy white head. This head rested upon an appetizing golden color. Smell is very fruity and yeasty. With some spiciness rounding out the nose. Taste was a little unbalanced in my opinion. Some spicy yeastiness and a little hoppiness were overwhelming for me, not much of a malt base or fruity esters to balance out the flavor profile. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy this beer a lot, I would just like for it to become more well rounded. Mouthfeel is nice as is drinkability. Definately glad I tried it, but this is not my favorite Belgian Pale.

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

I picked up a 12oz single of this in Chattanooga, from Bacchus probably. I let this one sit a long while in the fridge, mistakenly associating availability with mediocrity. The packaging is a (faux?) ceramic bottle, with an attractive label and light blue foil wrapped around the cap.

This beer pours out a beautiful blonde shade with a suprising amount of clarity, yeasty flakes are apparent in the body but eventually settle into a pile of debris in the bottom of the goblet. Yeast made it out even though I let the bottle settle for a LONG time before pouring. A nice head rolls up and sticks around somewhat, being supported by chunky carbonation bubbles that effervesce for a long time while the beer is being consumed.

The smell is light, fruity and spicy. I pick up on a pear/apple light fruit combination first, the yeast comes across as doughiness in the nose and a peppery alcohol bite presents itself as well.

The smell correlates with the flavor 100%. Light fruit in the front, pears and apples, malts and yeasty doughiness in the middle. Spicy bite in the finish, peppery hop flavors and a zingy alcohol bite, which leaves a trailing warmth to my gullet. Aftertaste is large on light fruits.

A damn fine Belgian pale, crisp, fruity with some nice subtleties. I will visit this one again, it definitely satisfies a certain craving. Don’t mistake lack of hype with lack of substance.

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Photo of Gump
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deleririum Tremens

I love Belgian beers for their sweet alcohol taste, fruity aroma. This is a perfect example.

The artwork on the bottle is plain and silly. Purple elephants and green aligators?

Corked dark glass bottle with white speckles. Plenty of carbonation pushes the beer out of the bottle like champange. The smell is an intense, sharp fruit. A sniff of this reminds of paint, or paint thinning products (in a good way).
As this sits sits on the tongue it becomes more and more mellow. Very pleasing mouthfeel and high octane aroma.

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

A beer so good the elephant on the label is drunk. When I meet people who have never tried a Belgian style beer before, this is the first thing I point them towards. It has a pronounced sweetness and fruit character to it (pear and apple) and a solid body that doesn't really feel heavy at all because of the high carbonation. Great out of the bottle and fantastic out of the tap, in moments of indecision, with the car running outside the liquor store and only moments to choose, grabbing this has never led to regret.

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

The worst thing about this beer is trying to get the foil off of the mouth of the bottle so that you can pour without little blue flakes in your beer.

Appearance: Clear straw with constantly bubbling carbonation. Thick cushion of pure white foam forms the head. Retention is decent.

Smell: White wine like, with a lemony tartness with some clove. Sniff it a little longer and there's a sweet fruit aspect ... maybe white grapes.

Taste: Dry, with traces of candy-like sweetness and a nice clove flavor. There's a little bit of dry tartness in the finish but it's not out of balance. This beer is constantly introducing sweet or tart elements and then balancing them with the opposite.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, a little thin and a little too bubbly, but not much.

All in all, a good, easy to drink, easy to find beer. I like it a lot and it's a staple around the nogood household.

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Photo of koolkat
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice light blonde with a lot of effervescence. The bottle I thought was ceramic from the white coating all over it but it is actually a typical 750ml bottle. The cork smelled of apples after I opened it and I knew I was in for a doozie of a belgian.

The taste is suprisingly smooth especially considering its alcohol content. I can tell that it is strong, but not in a burning sence more like a pleasant warming. I was pleased to find little clove in this beer and ditto on the phenols. There is a subtle almost fruity flavor reminiscant of the apples from the cork, but it is rather subtle and I think it blends with the beer nicely.

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Photo of danadeny
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a large white fizzy head on top of a cloudy yellow body. The smell is musty, with light fruit and clove. The mustiness carries over into the flavor where is detectible along with some hops on the finish. The rest of the flavors are spicy clove at first, and some alcohol coupled with light bitter hops in the middle. The mouth feel is lively and fizzy.

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

Presentation: 1 pt. 9 fl oz. corked ceramic bottle with a blue foil crown that is rather hard to remove. The beer is poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold. Pours with a beautiful, foamy, sudsy, rocky, long-lasting head which coats my glass with a fine lace.

Smell: Fruity esthers of pineapple and orange combine with a fairly prominent, musty Belgian yeast aroma. Some phenolic alcohols are also noticed.

Taste: Creamy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is noticeably present, yet restrained. Warming alcohols hit the palate upfront, combined with some hop bitterness and nectar-like fruitiness, with elements of peach, pear and pineapple present. A hoppy bitterness lies in the finish as well, combied with some musty, Belgian yeast-like properties. Some spicy, clove-like flavors are noticed in the finish as well.

Overall: This is one powerful beer - not only in alcohol, but flavor. I normally like my Belgians to be a little more mellowed out, but this did me just fine. It's raw, unrestrained, and full of complexities that many beers (even some Belgians) are not. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tjd25
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head was shorter than I expected but still looked nice and lasted on the hazy golden color body. The smell is greatly yeasty and fruity: peaches, bananas and apples combine in an harmonious bouquet. Very sweet, almost candy-like.
The taste was dry and not as sweet as I expected. Thick and grassy, lacking some subtlety. Some citrus, but I wanted more fruits. Still, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. It's not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

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Photo of baiser
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat little green bottle, covered with some sorta of ceramic looking wrap and shiny blue foil.

Big foamy head, but quickly disappeared. Tonnes of carbonation. Lacing settled into rings around the glass. Was somewhat cloudy. Poured a golden straw colour.

Aroma was fruity and sweet. Hints of honey, and a tad phenolic.

First sip was nothing but sweetness and spices. The maltiness hides the abv and makes this a delight to drink so watch out. Reminds me of a white wine. After taste is dry. Not much hops detected.

Notes: Makes a great after dinner drink. Great beer, should've bought more of these.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap, pours a very light straw/amber color, a bit cloudy, white delicate head, leaving classic Belgian lacing. Sugary, yeasty, spicey nose. Notes of apricots, raisins, candi sugar, smoke. Complex and interesting stuff. Alcohol present, but fairly well in the background. Medium bodied. highly carbonated. I love this stuff, give it a try! my wife still refers to this stuff as "Rocket fuel" even after trying it many times.

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

Pours a dark orange/amber with a very thick head that lasts all the way down. Low carbonation in a very cloudy brew.

Nose is all wheat beer like - yeast, banana and spice. Very potent and very well balanced, smells like a super-sized wheat beer. Some slight sweet notes too.

Good spicy flavours with a warm sweet alcohol kick on a creamy and full palate with no real bitterness. There is some tight citrus flavours that balance out well.

Hides the alcohol well and is delicious on a cool winters night.

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

Just need to start by saying that my beerbud and I thought the Drafting Room was tapping us Delirium Nocturrnum, but after some questioning and emailing... that Blitheringidiot found out that they were given the incorrect keg!

The Tremens poured out a clear and light golden champagne like, tonsa bubbles shooting up the tulip glass. Little bit of creamy white head around the edge. Scents of champagne, the white grapes are very pronounced.

Strange thing here, I have always really liked Tremens, but the first thing I noticed in the warmed glass of ale was a taste similar to adult cough syrup... not the yummy flavored ones that you would sometimes take an extra swig of... more like nyquil or the ones you feel the need to do a chaser after. Dont know if it was just this batch, or this nights... but it left me very disappointed.

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Photo of raverjames
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet, poured from a bottle. At first you notice this beer has a nice color that one could compare with champagne. The head quickly dissapates after pouring. The smell is fruity with a light accent of hops. The smells really come out if served a little warmer. The taste was something very special as it hides the alcohol content well. Flavors are very complex and not too bitter. I have to say this is one of the best tasting brew I have ever had. This is just as good as Piraat. If you can afford to pay $80 for the case I would suggest this as a beer that is worth the investment. Finish a bottle and you are on your way to pure relaxation. Strong ales never let me down.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. "ceramic" bottle poured into an authentic DT snifter glass (complete with pink elephants). Pours a medium honey-golden semi-transparent color, with lots of carbonation and a nice, big off-white head. Aromas of flowers and honey at a foot away. Closer in, thw Belgian yeast aroma takes over. Notes of candy apples & pears. Flavor: tart apples with a bit of sour, with horseblanket at the back of the throat. Honey and flowers throughout. Alcohol present, but not overpowering. ABV makes it a little strong for high drinkability.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers- not one I want every day, but I look forward to have it on special occasions.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shows very pale and almost lager looking. The nose is horseblankets and hops and the lager look is destroyed. The intial taste is actually subtle and smooth. This much like Duvel though with less complexity. I fopund it to be very drinkable and well crafted. It's reputation seems to be big and rough but the truth is this is a very nice Belgian Ale with little roughness. Cool bottle too which means that this should be picked up if available.

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Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On our first visit to Henry's, I was somewhat put aback by the selection. Not only the selection, but the fact that the selection was items on tap. Surprisingly, this was available on tap, and I figured I'd try just to see if it really was on tap. Yes, it was, so a tulip glass arrived with the other 4 pints.

The glass itself was filled almost halfway, a sizable dab of surf-like foam crusted on its top. The foam had almost dirty looking brown edges, and the liquid seemed to be a dilute of the same colors. I suppose it was more of a hazy golden than crusty brown, but the connection was there.

The aroma attractively ripe, musty, and fruity. It was a turn off to others in the group, but it really is an impressively deep and varied range of aromas that suggest quite a history about the ale.

The taste was somewhat mild, partly due to being served a bit cold, but even as it warmed, it was still somewhat mellow. There were slight tart crisps, cidery sweetness, and even sour malt flavors that create a pleasing effect.

It served well as a way start forgetting a lame work week, and finished well as an appetizer and early desert. It shouldn't be paired with spicy tuna rolls.

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Photo of travolta
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: You could watch the beer sink through the head. This one explodes out of the bottle, and leaves you with a head you have to watch. frothy and white, the lacing is monimal, as well as head retention. The brew color was light golden hay.

Nose: Lemon, malt, light citrus, very faint hops, banana nut brread.

Taste: Smooth over the tounge, sweet at the tip. Faint hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste reflected the nose, but the taste had a bit of dry bread, or crakers to it.
Notes: Head and lacing was disapointing. Label sells the bottle, there were no stand-out characteristics.

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Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 5,961 ratings