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


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RATINGS: 2782   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2004
750 ml bottle, 2003 cork. Was hoping for an older bottle. Clear yellow with a big white head. Heavy carbonation. Banana like Krystal aroma. Flavor has a big alcohol component. Just way too young. Bananas again in the flavor. This needs to sit a couple of years to be good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3021) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2004
Nice golden hazy body topped with a thick bubbly head. Very pleasant citrus/orange nose with some hints of coriander and bubble gum that hides the alcohol perfectly. Nice hoppy and floral taste that carries some tiny notes of acidity. The smokey texture makes it special. It ends with a long bitter final. This is a very good and quite original product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
330ml bottle, aged a year or two. A golden ale that pours with an enthusiastic head that fades but doesnít disappear. Pale malts, lightly toasted grains, and citrus (limes, pineapple) characterize the aroma. Medium body with a moderately syrupy mouthfeel and a brisk carbonation. Sweet, but in a manner that is reminiscent of honey drizzled over pears. There is some acidity on the palate, as well, along with some white pepper spiciness, and hops. Pour carefully as this is bottled with a lot of sediment. Not among my favourites, but worth sampling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 I was slightly dissapointed by this brew. Not to interesting. On tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a snifter. Giant belgian head translucent almost lager like hue. Smells great. Apply belgian yest. Straw and hay are present, with a slightly citrusy undertone. Tastes like a thick lager (I know its an ale but it just tastes like a lager) with lots of booze in it. Not very appealing. Notes of apple, vodka, a hint of vanilla that fades into a very chemically aftertaste. Didnít enjoy this one. Grat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Pour was a light golden brown. Aroma was of fruit and spices. Very generous amount of head with a light lace. Alcohol was not as noticable as expected, but still had a nice bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that Iíve tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Spicy, moderately sweet, bubble gum, and mild bitterness combine for a fairly standard and balanced Belgian ale; The alcohol is pretty well hidden and doesnít seem like 8.5%; The mouthfeel is predictably medium bodied and sticky for this type of beer; Spicy and slightly sweet aromas; Pours a golden color and rather clear; Big, frothy white head settles down to a thin layer, despite the significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer; Modest lacing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
Bottle Conditioned (330ml). I like the plastic coating, which is presumably there to keep the light out, good idea, whatís odd is the random speckling of tiny holes. The label looks like it was designed by a 7 year old in MS Word using clipart, but its still brilliant. Pink elephant, green standing crocodile and red dragon, the label is something very special. Moving on to the beer, its pale gold and slightly hazy/cloudy, the yeast mixes very well with the beer, making a consistent cloudiness. Aroma is malty and of alcohol. Flavour is of fruity, honey and SMOKE, this is slightly smoked, a welcome addition to this pale beer! This is a really good strong Belgian, with plenty of character!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pretty refreshing for a beer of this ABV. Smooth and easy. Pours a gold color with a great billowing head on top. Aroma is of spice, sweet malt, and hops. Smells more like a hefeweizen than anything. Flavor is bananas, spice, and a dry, grassy finish. Cannot taste the alchohol in this at all, which is really quite amazing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Would probably drop my rating were it not for just being clobbered by some of the flavors. Not that it was a good thing, but guess there was at least some good to be picked out of the sweet chaos. No, I donít mean SWEET chaos, but a chaotic blend that tends to be TOO sweet for my taste.

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