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

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RATINGS: 3238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
11.2oz bottle, poured into a Duvel Chalice. The ceramic bottle got the best of me again, I poured the beer a bit too aggressively and wasn’t able to see the thick sediment that was about to wind up in my glass. Other than that, the ber poured golden with a thick white head. Yeast and spice aroma. Yeast comes through in the flavor, which is joined by warming alcohol and some fruit in the finish. A bit thin bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cajun (388) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle - Amber with white head. Malted grain, spicy, yeasty aromas. Medium bodied. Mostly powerful malt flavor, but a rich spice too, bitter finish. Warming alcohol feel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 The big "fancy" bottle with the cork...lol. Sipping it out of a glass coffee tulip ice cold. This is the first Belgian made beer I’ve tried, so I had high expectations. Tastes and smells a little like a white wine spritzer. It’s definitely....different. I wonder if all Belgian Strong Ales are similar to this. I’ll try it again in the future I’m sure...but this is something I won’t drink on the regular...the Double IPAs have that slot on lock.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle. Huge white frothy head- mostly lasting. Amazing lacing. Murky goden color with large particles floating around. Aromas of yeast, bubblegum, fruit and some malts. Flavor is initiallly mildly sweet and sour and finishes moderately sour. There is also a bad chemical kick in the waining moments of the swallow. Finish duration is average. Light bodied. Watery texture. Very fizzy carbonation. This was an okay belgian. That bad chemical kick was a bit distracting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Lot number 2/6. Beer is clear, medium-gold colored. Head is large, frothy, white, carbonation makes fat star trails to the surface. Head almost totally diminishes.<P> Aroma is thick, heady. Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel; Hoppy with moderate perfumey floral and pointed herb notes, light notes of lemon zest and pine; Yeasty with moderate notes of cellar; Moderate miscellaneous note of spicy alcohol, light notes of melty plastic/white glue/hairspray, tropical fruit, coriander. Good, but ruined for me by the chemically notes.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, trace bitter, light-to-moderately acidic with a long, lightly acidic, lightly sweet finish. Alcohol content is almost totally hidden. Not very exciting or full.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery-velvety and the carbonation is lively.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2007
Draught at Delirium Café, Göteborg, Sweden. Deep golden, slightly haze, medium fluffy white head. Aroma has some nice fruitiness, along with typical spicy yeast notes, and some citric hops. Ok mouthfeel, but flavour is way too sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
golden appearance with a nice head. the flavor is solid and tastes almost like a wheat beer. some nice complexities and a good beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2007
Tasted last at Horsebrass Pub. Pungent hoppy-floral aroma. Could even smell it over Horsebrass room smoke on a medium busy Sunday. Tart and slightly sour. Finished with light hoppy presence. Small fizzing head. Hmmm.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
stoneware looking bottle labled 11.2 fl oz ..this actualy was the large bottle (750 mil?) I almost didn’t buy it because it looked like it was trying to be an expensive bottle but I could tell it was a glass bottle disguised as ceramic....pours slightly cloudy/bubbly golden.. good malt and hop balance...some banana aromas and taste...slightly sweet disguising the alchohol...very good beer but doesn’t stand up to many of the other Belgian ales....inexpensive for the 750ml...at this price I will definately buy it again...overall very good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
i clearly remember being taken aback by the wonderful experience with this one. golden full bodied and perfectly carbonated. hints of banana, pear, raisin and cream bun made this the perfect addition to a sunny and crisp spring day. beautiful foamy head that doesn’t stick around too long. alcohol taste is moderate and combines well. this is the belgian that the belgians can brag aboout.


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