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

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RATINGS: 2788   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
750 ml bottle A fine translucent golden color, highly effervescent and a full frothy head. The aroma is fruity, with bubblegum and some hops in the background. It has a sweet smooth start and a fine crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent. DT?s is a well-balanced clean combination of opposing attributes -- delicate without being free of character.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Comes in a nifty bottle with a stupid label that lists the alcohol content as 8.5% rather than the 9% listed here. Yellow golden in color with a frothy white head--looks kinda nice, I guess. The nose is where things go wrong--sort of dusty-floral-honey-pear with a slight edge of acidity that begins to induce nostril pickling. The body is a slight bit too light and the Velvet smooth carbonation just canít make up for it. The problems with the aroma disappear once the beer is in your mouth and the glass away from your nose--rather mild, floral, a slight touch of alcohol and a lot more bitterness than I expected. Itís main advantage that it has a certain undrinkability that can really get dangerous at this gravity.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
Big beer. Big baby. Pink blonde bomb shell. This is an Essex girl. First brewed 1989. I may be seeing elephants! Ha ha ha! Sweet and powerful. Not serious. And to be honest not that great. An alcopop.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Big bottle at the Abbaye. Very drinkable cloudy dry golden ale. Straight flavor that lacks some sublties of other big belgians. More of a lager than an ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 Wow, this thing delivers a wallop of flavor. Had this on tap last night in a Delirium glass and served on a Delirium coaster to boot. I didnít particularily find it that drinkable. I would only drink one occassionally. However, I can see why so many people rate it high. Beautiful color and smell. Nice thin head and nice lacing of the glass. Very well balanced. I wish I liked it better but I didnít. I found it to be too harsh and not very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeldust (1) - USA - AUG 29, 2004 does not count
I found this at the Mudlounge in downtown Springfield, MO. A very sweet and dry taste that left little of the bitter after taste I am used to. A very high alcohol content for a beer that is easy to drink might be its only downside.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Beautiful glowing apricot color with a small white head. Sweet lemon, grass and mild barnyard aroma. Sweet clove, lemon, bread and flavors. Very tingly feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Bottle At Yeomanís Road Pub in Tampa. The only black mark Iíll give this is that since I first had it I have found many beers that handle even higher alcohol in a more masterful manner. Still a classic and highly drinkable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blazingstar (4) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004 does not count
Light gold in color with a big creamy head. Bannana and pear mix together in a very complex aroma. Malt and fruit flavors, but hard to describe. Bitterness is balanced with a slight lingering in the back of the tongue. Slight alcohol warming effect. Very satisfying and easy to drink considering its alcohol content.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1943) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
poured a lightly golden color, a thick white head with great retention. Sweet aroma a mix of bnana and bubblegum. Taste was lightly hoppy with sweet fruity malty tones. A good ale with a nice alcoholic kick.


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