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

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RATINGS: 2712   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2004
Clear golden, light head, looks much like a lager. Spicy Fruit, pear, pineapple and peach. Clovey character similar to a blonde ale. Powerful spicyness, nice sweet fruit, light pear, red apple, strawberry, peach and plum(minus skin) rich spicy alcohol, with anise, herbaciousness, and a little yeasty astringency. Nicly complex with a few flavours avoiding description from me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
The beer pours with a gold color and a lacy white head. I smell some peppery spice and some raisin. Also a little bit of honey. The first few sips sting a little from the alcohol.. but as it warms up it gets very mellow. Taste some sweet malt and spice. with a very slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste. pretty good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mooseklaus (3) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2004 does not count
Nice golden color and very aromatic. Has a nice fruit forward taste with strong aftertaste or oranges and coriander. This is a very refreshing Ale...great on a summer day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Cloudy golden yellow with fine thick head. Toast bisquit, citrus, and peach aromas. Malty with some spice and medium to heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden with some heat on the lingering finish. Very Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bright golden with a huge frothy head. Nose has hints of spice, grassy hops and alcohol. Thick and creamy with a huge alcohol kick at the first sip. hints of pear and cherries, dry finish. Bitterness and harshness was more upfront than the sweet and spicy notes that were faint.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2004
Bottled. Golden colour. Rich malty flavour with notes of anise. A little peppery in the finish, maybe because of the high ABV, which is clearly evident.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Beautiful golden pour with a nice soapy head. The aroma had a surprising hop kick, with the normal belgian blonde yeastiness. Taste was sweet and spicy with hints of orange jelly on toast. The mouthfeel is oily and that slickness lasts on the tongue. No weakness in this beer. Mare tart and round than Duvel, but this is certainly a cousin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Golden color with a creamy head. Spicy, hoppy aroma. Tastes rather malty for the style. Somewhat sweet with a fruity aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2004
For #800, I felt that this one would be appropriate. The porcelain bottle with blue foil label is just stunning. This one surprised me. I can sum it up by saying that it reminded me a lot of Duvel. I’d love to do a side by side with these two, because it’s been a while since I had a Duvel, and this one made more of an impact on me than Duvel did. A solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2004
for my taste, an overrated beer. a bit too fruity, though the ale’s ability to mask it’s own strength does give a pleasant feeling. all in all, i’d prefer to stick with nocturnum.


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