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

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RATINGS: 3182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 33cl bottle
Golden orange and copper colored body. Apple cider and malt sweetness all over the flavor profile. somewhat lowe than normal carbonation in this bottle, but the body holds up. nose is mostly an apple and pear overripe fruit character, but I do believe that the bottle I had was a big old. Overall it’s too sweet, and too much of a spoiled apple cider flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Hazy yellow color with a huge foamy head. Nice lacing. Starts mild with soft malts but ends on a slightly dry peppery note. Alcohol is noticable in the aftertaste. Has some of that typical Belgian beer funk which is definetely an acquired taste. Overall a decent brew but not as good as most of the trappist beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Delicious! Aroma of spices. Taste of fruits. Beautiful colour with decent head. Enjoy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2006
pours a golden color with large head. very yeasty and malty aroma. Good taste of malt and spice (not sure what they are). Alcohol nicely disguised. Pretty good just not my favorite of this category.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
This is a great beer from a quality family brewery in Huyghe, Belgium who have apparently been brewing their beer since 1654. And it shows. This one has a great color and lots of good yeast sediments floating around inside to let you know that itís a flavorful, aromatic treat. Itís fairly common at larger liquor stores in the states, which goes to show that not all the rare farmhouse ales are necessarily the best. A must try for any Belgian connoisseur.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gordondusty (9) - USA - JUN 7, 2006 does not count
Incredible, beautiful tasting craft beer. This was delight to find & savour the flavour. Amazing, chewy, Belgian beer that was sumptuos & worth purchasing again. The bottle seems like ceramic but is sprayed which intrigued me. This beer is outstanding & fully recommended

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mckstud2 (3) - USA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
Iím partial to this beer, as it was the one that opened my eyes to fine international beers. Aside from all that, this is a very tasty beer with a great blend of body and lightness. Pours a nice light gold, very full head. As others have commented, there is a definite apple aroma/taste here. I havenít experienced the "floaties" that MrEcted1 spoke about. This is a must-try for any beer taster.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Not a bad Belgian beer at all, but a bit lacking when compared to other world-class Belgian beers. Pours a burnt yellow, maybe closer to gold color. Starts out looking quite clear when compared to others in this class, but as you near the bottom of the bottle you will see rather large floaties swirling around. When poured a decent head comes out but it dicipates rather quickly and is quite weak with the lacing. Tastes strongly of apple juice, yeast and some sharp peppery flavor comes through as well. Other estery flavors come through as well, but apple dominates. Not as carbonated as most other Belgians in this category. Far from a drain-pour but quite average. I must note though... With Belgian beers I always carefully drink the beer until I get to the last couple ounces, I swirl this little bit left as a last drink. I must say, the last drink (my friends and I call it the spider) is VERY good in this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Clear golden yellow liquid topped with bleach white fluffy foam. Plenty of lacing down the glass. Spicy alcohol nose with a big yeasty followup. Some fruity undertones finish the smell nicely. Fruity apple taste to this one. Itís a bit sweeter than I expected. Yeasty taste kicks in and is overtaken by peppery alcohol. Smooth fluffy mouthfeel that finishes dry and warming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
An enjoyable Belgian strong ale, this one was almost like a tripel (but lower in hop content). A very strong candy sugar flavor came across with a semi-fruity (but subtle) and peppery flavor. The alcohol was hidden well. The head was large, but disappeared quickly, while leaving behind a good lacing.


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