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

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RATINGS: 2858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I Love this beer. Clean yet full. Perfect fruit during the first one. A second round is truly dangerous and you can lose some of the flavors in repetition. Cornicopia nose (banana apple bread marmalade) The BUZZ is a treat as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Complex flavor mix with a spicy fruit coming through strongest. Apple-banana-orange, pepper, clove. Very interesting mix that I am not doing justice. High effervescence and medium body carry the flavor well and really distinguish the style. ($6.99/750ml)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Slight haze on a yellow complexion and a small white head. Aromas of toasted bread, yeast, banana, black pepper, mango. Crisp and complex with a sour bitter finish. Quite dry and fruity. It has a bit of a zing on the tongue with some mineral flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent quick diminishing head. Smells of fruit....apricot, banana, a touch of apple. Initial taste was cinnamon apple sauce. Flavor is also dominated with a bit of spiciness..clove I think. Also a bit peppery. Alcohol cleans up this bouquet of flavors in the finish. A pretty refreshing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
This is a good beer--but there are better. Itís almost as ubiquitous as Chimay on the east coast and itís strong and toasty as always. But the flavors arenít very distinct--they all kind of blend together. This is one to be grateful for on a list of 10 Belgians--and one to avoid on a list of 100.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7965) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 Bottle. Sweet, astringent apricot aroma. Golden yellow with giant head. Initial sweet apricot flavor with strong astringent bitter finish. Alcohol level quite apparent but not overwhelming.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Tasted this from the bottle (an aged one, BBE July í05), and poured it into itís own tulip. A big dense inch and a half of white foam formed atop a hazy light amber body, and laced well down the glass. An intense toffee and candi sugar nose, with hints of vanilla and lemons, and balanced out with some spicy yeast and alcohol phenols. Generous warmth in the mouth, too, but quite sweet and very smooth. Flavours of ífairy flossí, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, malt and light spices round the mouth and follow long into the sweet warming swallow. Balanced, creamy, and holds its alcohol well. Probably need to taste a younger sample to compare, as I found this far more enjoyable than a glass of íDuvelí. A lovely brew!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Cloudy straw yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma of musty popcorn and some coriander or citrus I think. Wheaty twang in the flavor with some spice and citrus and a lightly bitter finish. Like a hoppy wheat beer. Creamy side of watery on the palate with a dry finish. Thanks to Pjones6738 for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Bottle in a Delirium Tremens glass. Clove, orange aroma with yeasty bready and alcohol components noticable as well. Slightly cloudy gold/orange color with thick, frothy, mostly lasting off-white head and some lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming up from bottom of glass. Lots of alcohol in flavor along with bitterness, clove, and orange with slight sweetness and acidity. "Belgian" character was subdued but definitely present. Medium carbonation, Short, dry finish with aftertaste of alcohol, bitterness and slight sweetness/sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
This is one sexy strawberry blonde if Iíve ever seen one. Lots of cascading carbonation helps to quickly dissperse the bubbly head. There are a number of deep fruits and spice in the quite appealing aroma that also hints at the high ABV. The light and thin body precedes a real fizzy mouthfeel. A little too fizzy for my taste. Some great banana and peach combinations happening in the body. Delirium ends with a loooong finish that isnít overly dry and perfectly warming.


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