Delirium Red | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium RedDelirium Red

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 533
Photo of Jamiesonwhiskey
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shit is mother fucking delicious! Like my mouth... but more delicious! It Warrants the taste of Cherry Pie as a cool drink of beer such a sweet surprise!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light pinkish khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich bright cherries, almond, woody oak, sugary syrup, vanilla, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted nutty malt, sweet spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet almond, tart bright cherries, woody oak, sugary syrup, vanilla, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted nutty malts, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian cherry ale.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a cherry red with a thin, off-white head. Plenty of carbonation. Slight, spotty lacing.
S- Cherry Jolly Rancher! Some red wine smell.
T- A wonderful, cherry taste with the backing of Belgian yeast. The cherry is awesome. Not too sweet or tart as I am not big on the sours. I always like more yeasty and bready taste in my Belgian.
F- Good warming effect.
O- This really blew me away. This is the first fruit beer that is comparable to New Glarus. If there was a little more Yeast in the taste...oh boy!

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a reddish brown mix with a think pink color head atop that leaves a few of broken rings of lace behind as it settles.A mix of sour cherry,toasted cereal grain,and almonds in the nose,like others of said some cultured yogurt is detected as well.As a non sour drinking an/or eating person for that matter I'am shy on purchasing anything remotely close to a sour but this was on the tamer side in that department for me.Slightly lactic and juicy with sweet finish.I wouldn't call this tart but it's gotta bite,much better than the average my opinion.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red rubdy pour with little or no head.
Sour cherry and hawthorn nose.
Black Cherry, sour cherry and sweet on palate with little carbonation.
Overall, too sweet for a beer, more like a sparkling dessert beer or cherry cider.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 08/29/16:

2014 bottling. First few pours are a very pretty clear cut garnet. Last pour is extremely opaque, garnet has gone dark reddish brown. Grayish pink light fluffy head of good retention. Mild cherry aroma, very tart. Almost blends too well with vegetal, chemical, vinegar, and alcohol notes. Strange flavor. Cherry-tart throughout. Supplemented by vinegar and vinous qualities. You might not notice it if you only take the occasional sip, but much more and you get that vinegar toward the back and a tart metallic finish. The first few sips had me skeptical, but it has already grown on me. I think maybe after saturating my palate with it, the cherry seems stronger and more well-rounded. I would definitely suggest food with it, anything you can get your hands on, but cheese or salami seem a good fit. I’ll wait until I’m finished reviewing before diving into my cupboard. Full bodied but not quite syrupy, smooth, fine subtle effervescence, plenty warm. Compare to Fruit Lambics but also certain among the Belgian Strong Ales and Sours. For the record, I went with rye bread and deviled ham.

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Photo of drmeto
2.26/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

-pours an opaque red-ish brown with a small to medium,foamy,pink head
-grainy,cherry ice cream
sugar,sweet,cooked potatoes
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Tastes like a bad cherry juice.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is purple with a pink head with not that much retention. It has a good lacing though. In the end, the appearance is very regular.
S: The aroma is weird because it has some hints of sugary characteristics but it ends in a strong alcoholic profile.
T & M: Taste-wise, Delirium Red is not very balanced but at first, the taste is very good when you let the beer stay in the tip of your tongue - where you can feel the sweetness. Specifically in this place, this actually tastes like cherry juice with some carbonation bringing it to a very nice standard. What happens next is what's not that great of an experience. The sweetness is lost in the terribly high amounts of alcohol and in the end of the sip that's not much bitter nor much sweet, just alcoholic. The carbonation is medium.
O: Not a style that's good for me but this beer could use some revamp on its recipe.

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Photo of BeerStud187
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

F---ing great. I thought I wasn't a fan of fruit beers, but this was really good. Look I'd prefer a BA stout or a good sour to anything, but for a "fruit" beer this smelled and tasted like real fruit and didn't taste like weird syrup or a rusty nail. This tasted like a fresh cherry with slight oak backing. Really well done, I thought. Delirium is super overrated, but this is super underrated. Gives me hope for their brewery. I haven't had a better cherry beer, open to suggestions. Thought they were all garbage, but this opened my mind. Still not my style, but I'm now interested. This was different and good. Two thumbs up and f--- all those robitissen wannabes.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer from the delirium collection. This beer is the tremens aged six months with red fruits and you can for sure taste it. Most beers this high in abv with fruit can have a medicinal taste, there was no signs of that in this. Again, its pricey but worth the try.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque, deep red body with a little bit of head that dissipates to a white film. The scent has lots of cherry and floral sweetness, with a very faint tartness. The taste hits the palate with a delicate, but almost syrupy sweetness, spreading to a deep bitterness in back. With the alcohol content, it also manages quite an oily characteristic with actually being very warming. Overall not quite my taste, but not bad.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet hue with pinkish head and loads of carbonation. Tart and fruity. I just tried this brew for the first time. Unsure how it's evaded me this long but I was pleasantly surprised by it, being a fan of the style. Grab a bottle, you'll be glad you did. Cheers!

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Photo of bakkus
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The easiest of the Delirium family. Poured from a bottle at Beer Hardcore, China. Medium pinkish head. Dark ruby red appearance. Taste of plum, cherry, some malt.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage into a schooner, the beer is a dark, opaque, reddish-brown coloring, with a thin, filmy, bubbly, off-white head. Solid carbonation flow throughout the body. Aromas of tart cherry, red wine characteristics, tart grape, and some old world fruit notes, too. Very sweet nose. Flavors are rich and cloying forward, heavy on the cherry and grape. These two fruit notes dominate the palate, with subtle hints of caramel and toffee linger in the backbone, as well as a hint of apple and date here and there. Otherwise, this almost tastes like fruit juice. The body is smooth and full, with a fruity, berry heavy aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and fairly unremarkable, with a solid cherry and grape linger. For this much fruit characteristic, I prefer the crispness of a Lambic.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delirium Red has a thin, pinkish-white head, a cloudy, murky, plum appearance, with lacing splotches, and lots of fierce bubble streams, up the side. The aroma is of sour cherry, plum, yellow raisin, and a malt background Taste is of those elements, and no bitterness detected. "Tart", "fruity", and "sweet" are the operative words, here. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Delirium Red finishes right between dry and sweet. No alcohol detected.


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Photo of captaincoffee
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely ruby red with a medium course head and some spotty lacing. Nose is pretty much cherry juice with just a touch of alcohol malts behind it. Taste is basically cherry cough syrup with some Belgian pale notes. Makes Lindemans Kriek tastes like fresh picked cherries. Mouthfeel is good and avoids cloying sweetness. Overall, no thanks...not again.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft. This beer is worthy of a much higher rating.
Loved the taste and mouthfeel. Very enjoyable mix of flavors, good tart fruit without over powering the beer

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazed at how low the rating is for this beer. I guess people are expecting this fruit beer to not taste like its intention.

Look: Pours a beautiful deep ruby color. A small film of foam emerges and stays with the beer the entire time it is in the glass. Nice fat lacing on the sides of the snifter as it is drained.

Smell: Delicious cherries, raspberries, gooseberries, nuttiness and sour grapes emerge initially. Lots of tasty berry notes coming out. Definitely get assertive sweetness through the nose.

Taste: Similarly to smell, this is a delicious malty berry beer. Sweet, but this wasn't intended to be a sour from what I can tell. After cellaring a bottle for the year, the nuances of the berry flavor emerged. Tangy and balanced. This is not for intended for hopheads or individuals expecting the conventional beer.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and a lack of viscosity makes this go down easily. Definitely has a malty lingering finish that stays with you.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer. I think cellaring this for over 5 years will turn it into a port. This can be enjoyed by people who don't really enjoy beer.

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Photo of erk0607
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty unique beer, a bit on the sweeter side of the spectrum which may put some purists off, but overall, I enjoyed it. Poured from 330 ml bottle served chilled, but not cold

Look: Clear, dark amber-red with slight lacing clinging to edge of glass

Smell: Most prominent smell is the fruity, slightly darker cherry smell that is muted just a bit by the maltiness and other attributes of the beer

Taste: Cherry with a very Belgian farmhouse/saison style funk to it, sweet, with a tartness and sourness that lingers on the tongue.

Feel: Very unique feel, light, bubbly, almost foamy when swished around in mouth. Complex.

Would not hesitate to get again, but only if I was looking for a sweeter, fruiter beer and hadn't tried other options available in the same category yet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is much better than its ratings. I know these super sweet juicy fruit beers don't have much pull with the beer geeks out there, but its real well made, authentic with the fruit, and drinkable for what it is. I think it deserves a little more respect on here frankly. pale but deep red in color, a little washed out looking through the head, but its a rich shade, blood red really, patchy pink head on top. smells like black cherry, sweet and real. there is a Belgian yeast element too, its not just fruit, more lively in the flavor. no doubt the fruit is sweet, jammy and concentrated, but its also true to the fruit, not artificial, candy-like, or medicinal. I see it more as an after dinner cordial type sipper than something to drink a bunch of bottles of, but I think it should be appreciated in that context. it has all the intense cherry flavor of a good kriek, but an accenting Belgian yeast strain that smooths it out and brings parts of it to life, rather than an acidic lacto fermentation. pleasant beer, a little is enough for me, but its nice at holiday time for sure.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep red with a very small white head that leaves quickly.
Smell I started not to drink it after the smell almost smelled like rotten cherries very fruity with a slight spoiled smell.
Taste was not appealing to me too sweet kind of tasted like a bad kool aide really tasted more like wine to me than a beer.
Mouthfeel was bad tart a little dry bad aftertaste over carbonated
Overall I did not like this beer and would not have it again.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep red with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Taste is complex and fruity, almost no hops. Overall nice fruit beer but not to my liking the wife enjoyed it .

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Bear Repbulic tasting flass.
A: Very red. Not head. Almost clearish.
S: Smells like cherry and lettuce. Root vegetable.
T/M: Syrupy and sodaish. This tastes more like cherry coke than anything else. The aftertaste is pleasant enough-- light and distantly sour.
O: I don't love this. It's too sticky-sweet. Oh, well.

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Photo of Pencible
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: This poured a murky garnet with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like over-ripe cherries and sweet raspberry candy, with some funk and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like cough syrup, with medicinal sweet tart cherry and raspberry, and a little funky Belgian yeast. It had a cloying sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was a watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was not a good beer, even going in with low expectations. The scent and taste were like bad medicine, and the body was weak. The finish was rough, so it was all around very challenging to finish. Not recommended.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, Melle, Belgium.
Hazy deep ruby with webs. 4
Booming cherry cough drop nose. 4
Sugar jam up front open to cranberry tartness, cherry brightness, and raspberry depth, plus a hint of almond and slight earthiness. 4.25
Medium, soapy, clingy, round. 4

Contents all the fruit mentioned but really only has the complexity that one berry would give. Clean enough, but also loses the base beer a bit. Would still kill as a dessert beer, though - not sure why I never heard of this. 4

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