Delirium Red | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as La Bouffonne Rouge

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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 125
Reviews by ariceclemson:
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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Photo of MrPlayboy
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Ew, I'm not sure if they changed their recipe over time but I am shocked that this beer is rated as "Good" based on the 2014 release. It should have thrown me off when I read the bottle "natural flavors with stevia added" but at the time I drew a blank trying to think of what stevia meant. As soon as I took the first sip it hit me: fake sugar.

This beer tastes like diet cherry 7up. It starts off with an innocent and encouraging ruby colored brew with a whitish pink head.

Aroma is where things begin to head downhill. Medicinal cherries and some Belgian malts.

The taste is good for about a half second and then you get a fake cherry and fake sugar flavor that lingers. This seriously tastes like a diet soda with a shot of strong ale added. It's not drinkable. I poured more than half the $12.99 bomber down the drain. I thought about saving it for cooking but realized it would probably ruin any food that I added it to. Gross.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed red colored beer with a small pink head.

Smells strongly of cherries. Some malt and coriander but this is all cherry scent.

Starts out sweet and tart. Sour cherry and some bitterness this tastes lots like lindemans Kriek. Little bit of woody flavor but this one is mostly fruit.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty fruit beer. Your enjoyment of this will be almost solely determined by how much you like cherries. I make my own cherry wine so, I like it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this bottle at a mini market near the grand place in Brussels, enjoyed chilled in a small glass.

The color is deep crimson which borders on burgundy with thick haze and pink creamy head with fine bead. The smell is strong as in fruit-wise and has a similar aroma to a Luden's cough drop with light yeast scent and an almost vegetal tinge in the background. The feel is sweet, strong and lower than average carbonation with semi-swet and strong finish.

The flavor is very cherry with sweet up front on the tip of the tongue with mild Belgian character making it seem less sweet with a light phenolic but as it warms it seems sweeter almost like cherry syrup type flavor and verges on cloying and not as enjoyable. Overall this is okay, but I expected more based on the other Delirium beers sweeter than expected which is okay if you like sweet cherry but the only real thing I liked is the cherry has a natural flavor.

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Photo of ccjeff
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best on tap. Bottle is excellent but nothing beats a fresh pour. Has the right balance of fruit taste without being sickeningly fruity. Not a framboise at all. High ABV will sneak up on you as its an easy drinker.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mschwarber
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Aaron420
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of freshflesh
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 JakerLou
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of andrewdanks
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of innominat
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: reddish brown under a 1/2" lightly pink tinted cream cap with fair retention.

S: cherry, fruit, berry, spice, nuts, a trace of funk and wet wool told me to expect something else

T: starts mildly tart and lightly sweet as rich malt flavors layer with cherry, dark dried fruit, fig, dates and spices and hints of a sweet red grape burgundy-like character

F: medium body and medium low carbonation with a light acidic bite

O: complex, layered beer with a big malt body that nicely balances the tartness

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Photo of fionn13
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of stephenlee
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2014 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of pinkish head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet aroma with big hints of cherries and berries. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk, pepper, and clove. Huge scent of sweet and somewhat tart cherries along with some strawberry rhubarb and grape. Hints of sugar add to the sweetness. Soft hints of wheat, caramel malt, and cracker. Very fruit forward and bordering on being cloying but it smells good.

Taste: Like it smells, a very sweet and fruity taste with notes of cherries and berry. Belgian yeast with some laid back notes of funk, clove, and pepper. Big taste of cherries along with some notes of grape, strawberry, and other berries. Fruit taste is pretty sweet and tart as well as somewhat medicinal. Kind of artificial compared to some fruit beers but its not overly cloying and its still fairly enjoyable. Subtle malt background with notes of caramel, cracker, and wheat. Very sweet but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very sweet and fairly slick and syrupy. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty decent Belgian fruit beer. The sweetness is almost too much but its still drinkable. The flavors are somewhat artificial tasting but still enjoyable. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 ajchocholousek
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz into Teku

Pours a murky dark reddish brown color with nice ruby hints around the edges. Really doesn't let much light through. A small, soft, creamy tannish-pink head adorns the top, but dissipated quickly, leaving some chunky bubbles around the edges.

Aroma hits with real funky cherry and raspberry notes. I emphasize the funk - like sort of an old, about-to-rot raspberry funk. Not a good classic Belgian funk. Artificial-sweetener type sweetness is present as well as a bit of cough-syrup. Not the most appealing, to be honest.

Taste is strong with artificial sweetener, and a strong cough-syrup cherry like presence. Whew...not very pleasant to be honest. Tastes sort of chemically and overly sweet. I'm done here....oof, I rarely drain pour a beer, but this one is out. I don't know if this is a bad bottle or what, but this is not good. I should note, too, that I'm a huge fan of lambics and all their fruit variations. Just not this one.

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