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

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RATINGS: 2727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
Dirty yellow with a very lively and large head that behaves much like Champaign. Speaking of champagne this beer has a hint of that smell in it. Tart dry flavor, alcohol is a big part of this beers flavor, no subtlety about it. The slightest hint of fruit with a little sweetness at the end. Not an exciting beer but enjoyable

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Cloudy golden colour with a slightly cloudy appearance and a very good-looking white head that lasts to the bottom and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is quite citrusy, with plenty of bread yeast smells, bubble gum, lemon citrus, black pepper and alcohol. Flavour is nicely balanced. Lemon citrus, there is some black pepper and spice, fainty yeast. A bit of apple and pear mixed with the light aromatic spice. I like this a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3398) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 I should not have had this after the Abbey des Rocs, but I did. This appears clear yellow with a thin white head. What killed me was the nose. There were hints of something I can only describe as stale urine sample. Apple fruity notes with spiced honey sweetness and yeast. Okay beer. Update from a tap sample. The aroma issue was better. Nice enough belgian strong.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
Hazy golden color, mucho carbonation. Bouncy white head. Very appetizing aroma of sweet nutmeg. I think there's ginger, too. Mostly dry flavor of wheat malt, alcohol, and lemon peel bitterness. I think the alcohol is a bit high but otherwise a very enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
Pours a very light gold color with a generous but short-lasting white head. A lot of carbonation. Fruity, wheaty aroma. Notes of wheat and citrus; sweet-tasting. Appears to be unfiltered. Very odd indeed.

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 (4949) - 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.


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