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

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RATINGS: 3239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Points for the bottle, very unique. Pours a very golden color with plenty of sediments in the bottom of my tulip. The head is almost bleach white and very fluffy. Slightly citrussy at first with plenty of yeast accents. Finishes a little bitter with some more yeast. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Strong citrus and grapefruit aroma, with malty sweetness. Color is pale golden yellow, semi opaque, with bubbly white head. Initial flavor is sweet with a bitter dry finish. Slight cheesy accent, with lemony sourness. Well carbonated with a rich fizzy mouthfeel. Good. Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. On tap I noticed an intense gumball flavor. The beer was fairly flat but was overwhelmed by gumball.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
I have been putting this off partly because of the $7.69 price tag, and the feeling this brew was just too trendy to be real. Bottle is indeed quite unique with its yellow opaque color and pink elephants on the label. Poured from the 750 ml corked and caged bottle it was a beautiful gold bronze color. Slightly cloudy it produced a big soap suds looking head that left a clean set of lacing rings as it settled. Really powerful nose of yeasts and malts, with lots of spices with coriander most prominent, with citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp, and feels good going down with a slight creamyness. Finish slightly bitter. But overall while this is good, there are Belgium Strong Ales domestic versions right here in my own back yard such as North Coast PranQster Belgian that tasted just as good, and costs a fraction of what I paid for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Cloudy golden color with 1/2" white head. Banana and some citrus smell. Nice complex flavor with yeast, some biting citrus hops, some fruit. Creamy finish from some malt.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dusty golden color, nothing like the picture here, with a huge white head and thick lacing. Aroma is strong with fruitiness, hints of yeast, and some spices. Taste is full of corriander, yeast, dried fruits, citrus, and assorted spices that I just can’t pinpoint. Even though is has lots of carbonation, this beer is smooth. It just doesn’t have that defining character to justify a really high rating.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Another tasty Belgian ale. Nice golden/amber color. Nicley balanced with a nice head. Good all year round. Like the funky white bottle as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750 split two ways. The beginning of the bottle poured a clear golden, the middle to end slightly hazy. Aroma is very estery and fruity, some banana and apples/pears. Spices and bread can also be found in the nose. Taste- lemon zest, sweet malts, maybe some candi sugar, bready, apple/pear, and spices. dry finish. actually pretty much a dry beer all around with just touches of residual sweetness. Carbonation is prickly and very lively. very nice strong golden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
verdelak (2) - USA - JAN 15, 2007 does not count
Bottled. One of my all time favorites. If you like Belgians, this is a must try.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Clear deep gold color, exceptionally effervescent, with half an inch of white foam. Decent spidery lacing. Sweet fruit-bubblegum aroma, very nice. Somewhat bready flavor, full of dry spice (coriander, clove), yeast, and noticeably alcoholic. Tart but not bitter finish, more lik citrus rind than hops. Bitter orange alcohol (neither thick nor sweet) in the aftertaste. I love the sparkly carbonation in the mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On tap served in a DT snifter. Presents a slightly hazy, golden-orange hue beneath a paper thin bone-white head. Pleasant, but reserved aromas are noted of ripe apricots, apples, bananas, clover honey and fresh cut lemon. A pleasing tongue-tickling spritz is noted on the palate, but finishes slightly thin and watery. Clean, crisp, balanced flavors of citrus hard candies (orange, lemon and pineapple), bananas, yeast, spices, fresh-baked bread and caramel malts are enjoyed. Alcohol is deceivingly warming; hard to detect. Overall nothing to do back-flips over, but a solid, classy Belgian for sure.


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