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

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RATINGS: 2635   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Cloudy yellow in color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is citrus, spice, grains and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with a small touch of bitterness. A little too sweet for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Clean aroma of alcohol, lemon and orange with yeast very apparent. Good cloudy pale yellow colour with big head which unfortunately dissipated fairly quickly with no lacing. Large bubbles but carbonation good. Mild banana flavour but also tasting some orange. Mild spice also noticeable. Bitterness overpowers a bit in the finish. Light, fizzy body with a smooth finish. Not a world class example but not a commercial poseur as the bottle and name may suggest. Bottle (green but painted to be opaque). Original rating 7-2-5-4-12 = 3

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Medium hoppy lemon zest aroma.Medium gold cloudy appearance.Sweet bubblegum flavor mixed with spices.Lingering mild dirty spicy finish.Not as clean and dry as Duvel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2003
Slim white head. Pale hazy orange. Alcoholic nose, but at the same time fruity - estery. Some very pale coloured malts. Surprising, but the nose is quite delicate. Flavour of orange zeste. Alcohol, but more like cheap hard liquor. Cookies, pie crust, sweet, aroma of unripe peach. Soupy, oily mouthfeel. Alcohol obviously diminishes the mouthfeel, but I get an impression of quite high attenuation too. Alcholburn, warming. Aftertaste as if apricots on (rather cheap) brandy. To me, a mixture of very good craftmanship and commercialism - just as the ridiculous name & label. Gimmick on a well-crafted, but not really exciting ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2003
draft: Crystal clear golden body. Glossy, soft, white head/ Perfumey, ripe fruity and bready with a noticeable alcohol kick. some spices as well. some dry grains and earthy notes on the palate. full, creamy body with alcohol warmth. dries out with a resinous hop finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1383) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Maybe the bottle was shaken before I got it, but there was a LOT of head. Not much aroma, but a banana taste to it and you sure could taste the alcohol. It was pretty good for my first BSA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Very little head, almost yellow in color but more golden, very well rounded beer, good balance, good malty profile

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC at RFD. Light yellow colour, small white foamy head. Sweet aroma, bitter and fruity taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Wonderful aroma, almost like a sweet champagne,sweet carmelly taste, alittle thick, yet nicely bubbly, full round taste, a favorite top 10er

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Draft - Interesting beer. Hazy golden in color. Yeasty fruity aromas. There are a good amount of unfermented sugars both in the nose and on the palate. At 8.5%ABV must have been huge OG to produce a beer this sweet.


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