Delirium Red | Brouwerij Huyghe

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3.6/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as La Bouffonne Rouge

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,973
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
594
pDev:
16.94%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
210
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Photo of safphoto
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

체리맥주! 린데스만보다 단맛과 체리향은 줄이면서 도수를 높여서 맛을 잡은 듯 하다. 내 입맛에 잘 맞았음. 거품부터 맥주까지 색깔이 진하게 붉은빛을 띈다.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from 11.2-ounce (330 ml) bottle into a tumbler. Reddish-brown in color, with deep red highlights. Decent eggshell-colored head, with good retention and lacing. Big aromas and flavors of cherry, with underlying notes of caramel. The cherry flavors took on a medicinal quality as the beer warmed from fridge temperature. There was also an odd aftertaste from the artificial sweetener used (stevia). Sticky finish, with a lingering cough-drop note. Not bad, but it is MUCH better at fridge temperature.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. It comes off as less of a fruit beer to me and sort of the beer world equivalent of Kool Aid. Its not awful but it does carry a fake sugariness to it that usually limits me to one bottle/glass at a time. For whatever reason, I always tend to enjoy Delirium beers more around xmas time.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Deep ruby red in color - almost a red wine. Very foamy - nice thick pink foam that does dissipate quicker than I had hoped.

Smell - Not as impressed with the aroma. Slight vinegar and hints of cherry. Red wine wafts up.

Taste - I was expecting more of a Belgian / Yeasty flavored beer, but this is mostly like a Lambic. Wow, it changes every second upon drinking. There are a lot of different flavors here. At first you get a syrupy sweet flavor that at first doesn't taste like cherries, but then the cherry blast comes in with some Belgian yeast/spice/malt. It dries out and you get more of the spice and malt, but then it seemed to sweeten and then get quite tart. There are points where the cherry gets a bit chemically/artificial tasting, but it mellows out and stays fruity. There are brief moments of bread and almonds/almond extract. It does trail off getting dry again with malt - biscuit - and tart red fruit.

Feel - Thick and syrupy - maybe a bit thicker than necessary. Slight oily feel but pretty close to Medium bodied still.

Overall - Very flavorful beer. Close to a Lambic. I assume that they blend/pasteurize in order to keep some natural fruit sweetness and not have yeast chew it all up. Pretty complex and different. I didn't like some brief cough syrup and artificial flavor hints I got, but over it was very enjoyable. Overall a great balance between sweet, maltiness, sour, tartness, fruit, alcohol, and Belgian-ness. I would not be afraid to buy this one again. Delirium hasn't disappointed me so far. Good stuff from a 364 year old brewery.

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Photo of prototypic
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MickeyHops
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RConrad
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red with a pink head. This is a very refreshing fruity beer. This is the beer I go to with meals. The acidity and fruitiness are on point.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red, big tight bubbles head. Slow carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is almost pure cherries and raspberries with that typical belgian yeast far behind.

Taste follows the nose. A bit sour in the beginning, then sweet.

Mouthfeel is full. Fruit invasion, soft carbonation. Raspberries aftertaste.

I guess it's a well done fruit beer although I don't like the style at all.

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Photo of generallee
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dark brown with very deep garnet red highlights. Clarity is good and the pour made an off white head with a light peachy hue. Its one finger thick with good retention and makes some lacing on the glass.

It's an interesting beer with a lot going on. The aroma has notes of cherries, sweet malt, band-aid like phenolic yeast and sourdough bread.

Up front it has notes of sweet bing cherries and tart cherries with a dose of turbinado sugar. Under this I get a base of doughy and slightly nutty (almond) malt giving the beer a cheery almond ring or Danish like pastry flavor. As it warms I start getting a peach like flavor note in it as well. The finish brings some odd sour and bitterness from hops trying to cut into the overall sweetness.

The feel is full with soft carbonation and as it warms the sweetness becomes heavy and a little cloying. It's definitely not my favorite Delirium and I think it would be better without the addition of Stevia but it is interesting.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Confused on the hate, because if you had this blind next to New Glarus belgian red, you would realize it is only a slight step down, very slight in fact. The yeasty and sugary cherry beer taste is near perfect for the style, and the smell is full with wildflower and funk too. It is a little more syrupy than NGBR, and the look is more watery, but otherwise it goes pound for pound. (4.51)
EDIT Bottle: Had a bottle when back in states. WAY worse than NG belgian red, cough syrup beer. (3.79) score is average of both experiences

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monk2021
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sloth_a_lot
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic fruit beer.

L: Light red, almost pink. It will always form a foamy head, like all Delirium beers. Very inviting first impression.

S: Slight smell of cherries.

T: Tart cherries and other berry/fruit like tastes, followed by a slight bite from hops and spices. No heavy alcohol taste as long as you're sipping.

F: Low carbonation, easy to handle.

O: Good treat, but can be pricey on draft. However,one of my favorites when I'm in the mood for a sweet beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You gotta love it for what it is: a sweet beer, well made.
Undistinguished in Looks and Smells (given that its ingredients are so mild), Red's craft comes through in a Taste that is, at once, delicate and bold. The yeast is the most delicate, holding together some malts further sweetened by brewers sugar. In the hands of the less experienced, this would be a dessert... and probably not a good one. But, Red sits in my mouth balanced.

I Had Red with a watermelon/arugula salad with a dry feta. I did not need dessert. But I can imagine this going well with fruit pie and ice cream

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Photo of Corgs22
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Personally, my favorite beer

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Delirium Red from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 594 ratings