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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
More head than Bill Clinton. Massive, foamy and white. Golden body with serious carbonation. Nice appetizing aroma of esters and bready yeast. Good bitter, sweet, and sour balance in the flavor. Has some Orval-like paint thinner qualities. Not elite, but an enjoyable brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Brass colored, and clear enough to read through. Large bubbles rocket up to a noisy, rocky 3-finger head. In a few minutes, it leaves ropy lacing as it subsides to a foamy film. Spicy and sugary aroma is backed by peppery earth (oak barrel?), plummy and floral notes, and a pilsener-like caramel maltiness. Inital flavor matches the aroma, followed immediately by honeysuckle, tin can, and a sinus-clearing blast of spice/alcohol/sulphur. As the carbonation dwindles, mouthfeel changes from fluffy to weak. Finishes dry with a somewhat acrid bitterness. Every bottle I've had was different (and disappointing); the one time I got it on tap (quarter barrel keg at a beer fest),it was pure ambrosia. I've never seen it on tap anywhere else, so I have to rate what I can get.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Too sweet, too much alcohol in the nose and taste. Good name, bad beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
Peachy-yellow, flesh color with substantial carbonation. Not much head though. Smells of clove, soapiness, caster-sugar, coriander. Taste is sweet, clove, lemon hops, metal and unpleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (4936) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
330 ml painted lightproof bottle, ABV 9.0%. Large head, surprisingly pale golden colour, slightly cloudy when yeast is poured. Excellent aroma, red fruits, barnyard and yeast, some oak. Flavour is reasonably malty, quite yeasty. Alcoholic warmth, relatively light bodied despite its strength. Aftertaste is a bit too sweet IMO. Overall quality does not quite live up to the beer's gimmicky name and bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Not as impressive as other Belgians, however still good. Light hazy goldencolor with light head. Fruity aroma with flavors of apricots ending with an alcohollic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2004
Head disappears quickly, hazy orange. Yeast, spice, orange smell bit of alcohol. strong bitter taste with quite noticeable alcohol. I like it but I'd go for more balance in the flavours.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Starts with a great, strong fruity sweet aroma. I could smell this all day. The flavor is the same fruitiness but with heavy heavy alcohol. Too heavy, really. A good beer, only my second Belgian I think. Will definitely live up to its name if you drink it all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
One of my favorite beers. Full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. Fruity nose and taste, yeasty, subtle hop character. Nice finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 Appearence is hazy golden body, with a medium head. Aroma is some pineapple, yeast and malty sweetness. Flavor is sweet and hints of pineapple. Bitterness in the end and some acid. Very carbonated, too carbonated for my taste.


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