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

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RATINGS: 2967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Had this beer on draft at a local restaurant. It was served in stemmed Trappist glass. Flavor (which is the undeniable highlight of this beer) was fruity, spicy and distinctive. Aroma was good, appearance adequate (yet undistictive), and palate feel was velvety and smooth. Would have again on draft...not sure about in bottle after reading some of the other reviews here.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jimcook (14) - Cathedral City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bought a 4-pack of bottles in Cathedral City, CA. Three of the four had what I assume to be such thick accumulations of yeast that I can only describe them as looking like flakes of dead skin (sunburn, anyone?) floating throughout the golden-hued ale. The one bottle without the dead skin (the second one I opened) had a nice, light-fruit-malt-with-enough-carbonation flavor, but as for the other three bottles, I just couldn’t get past the dead skin.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
hazy golden colour with lively white head. very soay aroma. taste very yeasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Pours clear lighter gold with a thin white head, a few floaties but no chunks. Aroma is of light citrusy fruits, yeast. White grapes, apples, hint of banana. Flavor is fruity sweet up front with a mildly bitter finish. Significantly better than the Noel that I had (think it was infected).

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Really kinda trashy for the style. The fruit is nice, but that maltiness has a certain cheapness to it, like when you suspect that your girlfreind may have been a hooker. Very yeasty, with a bready aroma and a seriously dry finish. Not that bad, but for your money there are much better bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
11.2oz bottle.Pours a cloudy golden with a small creamy head. So many weird looking floaties that don’t settle--reminds me of the Orbitz soda from about ten years ago. That aside, very strong fruity and yeasty aroma--sour apples and grapes--and a little bit of spices (don’t ask me which kinds), can pick up a little alcohol as well. Kinda tart at first, alcohol very present in taste, fairly sweet malts along with mild hoppy bitterness. Sweet finish. Will get again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cdface (1) - USA - JAN 17, 2006 does not count
Had straight out of a 355ml bottle. Noticed a more complex taste than the last few blondes I had. Had to rate it a 3 for appearance because the only time I saw it was when my girlfriend knocked it over on the table. Overall I really liked it. Plus, I’m a sucker for a well-named beer. I’d order it again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Cloudy yellow body with gooey globs of protein suspended in diarrheal suspension like rancid jellyfish in a swimming pool. That aside, this had some complexity, with a big butterscotchy aroma with caramel, toffee, white grape, banana, and spices. Surprisingly licoricey body, spicy and earthy, tart, with soggy crackers, white grapes, banana, and toast. Big on the esters. Not bad, but not exactly my thing, either.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
how can this be classified as a belgian strong?....i should just murder the ratings for that, but i wont; i will, however, rate this beer as a wit...pours golden...very macro-like....foamy, large head.....aroma and flavor are very belgian wit-like....honey, sugar, citrus hops, and wheat....nothing special at all; average palate, and an overall dissapointing experience

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Pours a nice golden bubbly with a medium head. Aroma is lemon, honey with hints of peppery yeast. Lots of malt in the flavor with a citrus spice finish. Banana and orange are in the flavor mix as well. Medium and fizzy in the mouth with a somewhat dry finish leaving just a hint of the sweet maltiness behind. A well blended belgian ale.


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