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

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RATINGS: 2729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 I was slightly dissapointed by this brew. Not to interesting. On tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a snifter. Giant belgian head translucent almost lager like hue. Smells great. Apply belgian yest. Straw and hay are present, with a slightly citrusy undertone. Tastes like a thick lager (I know its an ale but it just tastes like a lager) with lots of booze in it. Not very appealing. Notes of apple, vodka, a hint of vanilla that fades into a very chemically aftertaste. Didn’t enjoy this one. Grat

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Pour was a light golden brown. Aroma was of fruit and spices. Very generous amount of head with a light lace. Alcohol was not as noticable as expected, but still had a nice bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that I’ve tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Spicy, moderately sweet, bubble gum, and mild bitterness combine for a fairly standard and balanced Belgian ale; The alcohol is pretty well hidden and doesn’t seem like 8.5%; The mouthfeel is predictably medium bodied and sticky for this type of beer; Spicy and slightly sweet aromas; Pours a golden color and rather clear; Big, frothy white head settles down to a thin layer, despite the significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer; Modest lacing

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
Bottle Conditioned (330ml). I like the plastic coating, which is presumably there to keep the light out, good idea, what’s odd is the random speckling of tiny holes. The label looks like it was designed by a 7 year old in MS Word using clipart, but its still brilliant. Pink elephant, green standing crocodile and red dragon, the label is something very special. Moving on to the beer, its pale gold and slightly hazy/cloudy, the yeast mixes very well with the beer, making a consistent cloudiness. Aroma is malty and of alcohol. Flavour is of fruity, honey and SMOKE, this is slightly smoked, a welcome addition to this pale beer! This is a really good strong Belgian, with plenty of character!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pretty refreshing for a beer of this ABV. Smooth and easy. Pours a gold color with a great billowing head on top. Aroma is of spice, sweet malt, and hops. Smells more like a hefeweizen than anything. Flavor is bananas, spice, and a dry, grassy finish. Cannot taste the alchohol in this at all, which is really quite amazing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Would probably drop my rating were it not for just being clobbered by some of the flavors. Not that it was a good thing, but guess there was at least some good to be picked out of the sweet chaos. No, I don’t mean SWEET chaos, but a chaotic blend that tends to be TOO sweet for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle: Very malty aroma with slight hops. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a nice white head. Not much lacing though. Taste is citrusy and sweet with a very little bitterness. Very sweet and a little sour at the same time. Alcohol is not covered up very well. Aftertaste is very sweet and slightly bitter and medium lasting.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Draught: Gold/yellow, slightly hazy color with very small white head. Aromas of yeast, flowers, light malt, spice. Taste surprises after the light appearance - yeast, malt, sweet, flowers, light bread, cloves, pepper. Very smooth on the palate, finishes slightly spicey, yeasty. Definitely good, but not amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12477) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2004
Bottled
Apple juice color, hazy. Small steady white head. Aroma is malty leather. Starts thin-bodied, turning crisp, malty and citron. Alcoholic bitterness in finish.


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