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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle Conditioned.
Launched on December 26th 1989 @ 9% abv. Abv reduced from 9% to 8.5% in 2003.
The particular character and the unique taste of "Delirium Tremens" result from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Its very original packing, which resembles cologne ceramics, and the colourful label contribute to its success.
In 1997, Stuart A. Kallen nominated Delirium Tremens as "best beer in the world". A gold medal during the "world beer championships" in Chicago (1998) confirmed that worldwide recognition.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
750 mL Hazy blond body underneath a nearly pure white head. Head dissipated quickly, not too much lacing. Smell is very yeasty with some spice in it. First taste is a fairly simple Belgian blond flavor. Better hop presence than Iíd expected, but also way more alcohol flavor as well. The alcohol really thins out the palate, too -- this beer feels like a diet soda in the mouth. Overall underwhelming. Even when it warmed up and the flavor got a little more interesting, it was way too alcholic to enjoy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Light hazy golden colour with a fast disappearing white head. malty and sweet aroma with fruity and yeasty notes. Spicy and malty flavor, fruity notes with a nice sweetness. Finish is dry and sweet. Nice thick palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) With itís name, itís pink elephants on the label and itís imitated white "ceramics" bottle this beer always attracts some attention from the first-timer. Would be easy just to slash it for itís corny and kitschy appearance but thereís a more than decent beer in here. Deep, hazy golden with a big, lacing head. Very malty sweetness, lots of body and potency. Yeasty notes are very prominent. Only a faint, late bitterness. 121196

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
From a 33cl bottle Pours a hazy gold with an enormous, frothy, ivory head. Big chunky lace. Smells spicy and lightly fruity and sweet. Peppery and hints of coriander. Taste is lightly fruity (apples, plums) and spicy (pepper, coriander). Hints of lemon. Dry and crisp. Also sour toward the end and lightly bitter in the finish. A medium bodied ale and dry. Pretty good stuff although I am not overwhelmed. Iíll buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Pours hazy amber/gold body with a thick, foamy, off-white head. Aromas is sweet fruits and pepper. Flavors are bananas, apples, yeast, malts and pepper. A bit of a bitter hop presence in the finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy amber with average off-white head. Aroma of heavy malt, bread and light hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Heavy flavor of moderate sweet, banana and a light bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Out of bottle, smells of slight toast,yeast and pepper. Appeared a cloudy tinted gold, rich frothy head. Tasted a subdued malt with a hoppy bite to finish just slightly sour. Overall not too bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Tasted 29/05/2005. Bottled from the Leuven Belgian Cafe, Wellington. Hazy blonde with a thick, pillowy, pure, white head. Nose of candy, malt, flowers and pepper. Good medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation and a lovely smooth sweet malt flavour with a spicey hop bitterness through the middle and back. Surpsingly clean and just a little too easy to drink at lunchtime.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2005
Pours a massive fizzy head that shows good retention. Clear golden amber, looking all the world like a larger. Expressive nose, sweet malts, a touch fruity and feels just a fraction hard or burnt. Some heat and spice evident. Big mouthful, more fruit and malt but very hot with alcohol searing the palate. Overlaid with a skuny note. I donít think this bottle is quite right. Unremarkable finish. Needs to be tasted again to give the beer justice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Complex, fruity flavor. Golden color with frothy white head. Good lacing throughout. A bit of a strong yeasty aftertaste.


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