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

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RATINGS: 2640   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 very floral aroma. sweet and fruity flavor in this cloudy gold ale. Alcohol noticeable in the finish and does warm the mouth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2003
very aromatic, floral, and overall spicey smelling. Color is more of a clowded golden with considerable white foam the subsides nicely. Taste is marked by the final hint of alcohol. Otherwise clove is the most notable pleasentry from this beer. There is of course the rather standard feel from a belgian, but this strays from the path rather nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
Funny name and bottle. Light golden colour with nice head. Aroma and flavour is fruity and very sweet. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2003
Bottled.Golden blonde with a generous thick lacey head. This is the superstar of Belgian beers. It's all in the tasting people. Sweet, copmlex and perfectly proportioned.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
hazy yellow, white head. spicy, yeasty alcohol aroma. spritzy mouthfeel. bicuity malt and lots of yeastiness, slo burn alco finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 27, 2003
Strong. Alcohol very obvious. Slightly artificial and cloying. A beer for drunkards cf. Delirium Tremens. Crazy label.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 24/4: Very wit like in appearance, cloudy white-yellow with huge foamy white head. Very fruity wheatbeer like aroma, hints of vanilla and bubblegum in there. Lovely sweet wheaty taste with clove/pepper like spiceyness to it. Great mouthfeel, lovely and creamy. ABV masked very well. Re-rate: Same as before, extra point onto apperance this time though. Brilliant head retention.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2003
Hazy yellow w/ white head. Sweet, bubble gum nose. Very sweet palate. Flavour is again very sweet w/ bubble gum & rock candy. Some yeastiness is evident as well as some acidic fruit (orange?, pineapple?). Finish is warming & mildly alcoholic.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2003
Aromas of yeast and spices. Pours a dark gold colour with a small, rapidly diminishing head. Sour taste with an overpowering alcohol presence.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 **ReRate ** This is still one of my favorate beers of all time, but I had to relinquished it’s 4.5 rating after a year as my #1 beer due to Delirium’s lack of complexity. I will always enjoy this beer but after re-rating it I have realized that it is only a Fox in a sea of rabid animals!

I am a true beer lover and Delirium blows my taste buds away, it is Fantastic. This beer is unreal when found fresh on tap. I only know of one Pub in Tampa that I can get this amazing ale on tap; WOW, to this day I have yet to have a better tasting beer. Delirium pours a magnificent white frothy head. The aroma and flavor have suggestions of vanilla and citrus. I also find the oily characteristic, found in citrus fruit peals, contained in the palate. It finishes sweet yet dry. Delirium encompasses everything that I think a fine beer should contain.


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