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

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RATINGS: 2929   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Purchased at Whole Foods from refrigerated beer section. Frothy head that rapidly diminishes. Cloudy, orange-colored creamy medium bodied ale with heavy particulates. Heavenly fruity ester aroma. Starts with delicate fruity sweet malt flavor (with peach and pineapple hints) and finishes with slight hop bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth. A very tasty smooth Belgian ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
330ml bottle. Golden beer with creamy lasting white head. For me, it smells and tastes like Duvel, but slightly sweeter and more alcoholic burn. Complex Belgian strong golden beer nose, with some whiskey notes. Fine in mouth with grapefruit and tangerine carrying on from aroma into the flavour. Finish is more citrus hoppy dryness with a bit of alcoholic burn. Not at all bad and worth a second bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bright slightly hazy golden beer with a frothy white head and tons of carbonation. Aromas of sweet banana and fresh slightly spicy yeast. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Flavors of banana up front give way to apple and pear with some allspice and a dry finish. Hops balance all of this fruity malty goodness. Sweetness returns after a few seconds, reminding you to drink more. Alcohol warth felt in my chest, but no real hint in the flavor. Prickly bubbles are refreshing. Did I mention this beer is sweet? I like that, but if you don’t like a sweet finish you’ll probably be irritated by this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
WOW - this is great!!! smooth, complex, and flavorful!! tastes a bit like a wit bier - nine percent is good. An excellent beer around - it ranks high on my list

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2005
Embarrassing bottle and label. Perhaps it is possible to love a nation’s beers without sharing its sense of humour. Everything else about this beer is wonderful. The slightly cloudy golden colour and firm head were a good start. Aroma was full of sweetness and fruit. The taste followed beautifully, with banana to the fore and dryness at the end. Normallly I deplore too much fizziness. For some reason the relatively aggressive carbonation here seemed just right.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2005
750ml Bottle. Hazy, yellow-orange hue with a generous frothy white head. Sweet bananas, citrus and spices dominate the nose. Faint caramel flavor from the light roasted malts. Pears and bananas in the mouth along with spices, clove and a dry peppery finish. A Slight bitter hop note doesn’t detract from this sweet, easy ale. I noticed that quite a few others noted hay or grass in the nose. By the time I got to sniffin’, the head was already diminished. Upon the second pour, I immediately stuck my nose into the glass, and whadda ya know, straw. More pronounced caramel malt flavor second time around. Greater alcohol notes, along with peppery bitterness. Ok, third glass, and I am sippin’. More of the same in the nose. sugary sweet hop notes stand out in the mouth this round. Packs quite a punch for a Belgium Golden. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Draft at Hopleaf. Hazy peach/golden with tight 1" Guinness-like off-white head. Hay, bananas, and spices accentuated the very pleasant sweet malty aroma. Very creamy, smooth, and full on the palate. Pears and plums joined the bananas and spices in the flavor. Very solid malt backbone.. and well-balanced. Dangerously easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Tasted out of a Delirium Tremens Pink Elephant glass. Leads in with slight sweetness and fuit flavors (pears, hints of plums and just a touch of banana). Peppery, bitter finish with well hidden alcohol. Smooth drinking stong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3337) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Bottle conditioned, exp. date: Aug. 06. Pours a hazy warm yellow with a dissappearing, white head. A nice, fruity smell spread as I poored the bottle. Sweet and quite bitter flavors. Aromas of, especially, banana, pepper and alcohol. Bitter finish. A nice, but a bit too bitter ale, in a very funny bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours cludy orange-gold with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is spicy with pear, hard candy and leather. Flavor is slightly sweet with sugar, banana, grapes, pepper & clove. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated. A good ale.


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