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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.


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2004
bottled at poechenellekelder cafe in brussels: i thought i had this before but i guess not. although not a whole lot to remember. this one is a wee bit strong and you can feel it. spicy nose with some banana and malt. about the same in the mouth some sweet ness and alcohol kick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
One of the ales that made me believe Belgians were not for me. Very herbal and floral. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Not too impressive...pours golden and hazy with a thick white head...smells quite spicy...peppery and malty...tastes dry yet sweet with malty undertones...finishes dry and peppery and makes me thirsty...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
duvel tulip glass: a gorgeous, tight, and rocky head diminishes into a thick white ring around the glass. a great clear and golden body shines. what a refreshing belgian! peppery, bitter, and delicious. creaminess is the carpet that gives a ride to spicy hops and subtle malts; slightly sweet and slightly spicy bitterness. this is refreshing! great! one of the best strong belgians iíve had! [note: i haven't had a lot of strong belgians ;o)]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedEft (154) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Simply had to try something called Delirium, and what a cool bottle. Aroma was spicy and malty with a slightly sweet, very alcoholic bite. Very potent stuff. Iíd like to (and Iíve tried) to drink this fairly regularly, but itís just too expensive. Give it a try if you can.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a lightly clody, golden color with a small white head. Aroma of perfume and yeast. Flavor of malts, yeast, caramel, and citrus.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
Bottle: Poured a cloudy pale gold with a medium head. The aroma reminded me very much of an aromatic white wine; grapey, citrusy, some pine notes, typical spiceyness and malts - very nice. Flavour was dominated by wheatyness with some caramelised malts and faint citrus notes. Lively carbonation and bitterness, with a medium body. Would be excellent in food matches that typically call for medium to full bodied aromatic whites wines. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2004
I gotta say I really like this beer. It has the quintessential Belgian aroma; yeasty and sweet. With just the right amount of carbonation, a delicious full flavor, potent alcohol content, and a unique bottle to boot, this is a real winner.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Aroma seems to mellow at 5th or 6th whiff. At first harsh, then Caramel malts come through. Not a very attractive beer aesthetically. Huge particalia and dirty blonde hues make this look like dishwater or tobacco juice. Thin, white head. A rich, warming flavor greets the palate at first sip. The alcohol is noticeable, but not hit you over the head noticeable. My experience with Delirium Noel was more the latter, so I was expecting more of the same with this one. The flavors seem a bit confused; there is a lot going on here and it doesnít come together all that well. Not exactly a session brew, but a nice winter warmer which I am enjoying in, uh, July.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
cloudy blonde w/fruity-citrusy aroma, light head, sweet w/a slight bitterness. not to bad, it was OK. it could be better if it had a bit more bitterness to it?


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