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


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RATINGS: 3037   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2005
Woh! Not surprised that they have a non see through bottle! The sediment is amazing (heavy chunky particulate). So much so that Iím still not sure if it was just a bad bottle. Very unusual beer to say the least. The flavour was fine. Light, and very sweet malting (cookie, grain, bread) and floral hopping, with undertones of peach, pineapple and apple. Disuguised the 9% abv well (there was still a prescence, but not as if it were as strong as 9%). Very smooth and balanced. Very interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
a golden color w/ hints of reds and a large fluffy white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, apples & pears, alcohol, and spices. Palate is highly carbonated well coated. Flavor is highly spiced and pretty alcoholic some fruits but overdone in the spice and yeast. Overall OK but not that special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle (330ml) - the beer the LCBO didnít want me to have - thanks to blankboy for smuggling it into Ontario from Quťbec. Poured a very hazy bubbly orangey-amber with surprisingly an only average fizzy white head. Aroma a sweet melange of malt, sharp yeast and spices, alcohol, citrus fruits, apples, pears and banana. Taste was of very spicy and fruity malt (apples, oranges and apricots), off-dry wine, yeast and I suppose itís hops that make it bitter on warming. Mouthfeel is peppery and lively - overall a little alcohol-harsh, but not enough to prevent my enjoying it. I prefer coubles and quads, but this oneís a keeper. And donít treat the 9% lightly - itíll put you down if you donít respect it. Keep it to one or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Beautiful Belgian strong. Spicy malty character with a fluffy texture that is hard to beat. Like a pilsener on steroids.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2005
This is some strong beer. The elephant is quite an appropriate symbol. If you drink much of this strong ale (8,5%), you will feel the foot of the elephant on the side of your head. It has an excellent complex nose, a bitter clean mouth, and for some strange reason, the taste of ethanol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
pours out a yellow color (surpising because i thought it was going to be a brown color) - sweet and malty tasting. quite yeasty as well. taste was a bit harsh at first, but got a little better as the glass emptied. not a bad beer, not the best belgian ive had, but by far not the worst either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Lovely yeast aroma, with hints of floral and sweet fruits. Golden coloring, bit of haze to it. Has a big head that recedes quickly. Flavor is tremendous, with yeast, slow-rising malts near the end. Finish is dry, with a tinge of bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Golden marmalade in colour, only slightly opaque due to the tiniest bit of sediment. Quite fizzy, with a large head that recedes to a sizeable equilibrium, maintained by those persistent bubbles. Very sweet aroma, punctuated with some floral hops and some citrus, possibly mandarine. The sweetness carries through to the tasting, with a pleasant bitterness realised to counter. It carries itís alcohol very well, and it finishes better than it started due to the carbonation finally dissipating to a trickle. An enjoyable drink but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (710) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2005
Golden coloured with a small white head. Lightly hopped and malty taste with a fruity aftertaste. A bit af alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste (which is also a bit sweet with some bitterness). (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Lighter cloudy blondish / straw pale colour, crisp beginning & finish, floral on the nose & tongue, not as overtly strong as other Belgian Strong Ales. A tad askew in the after taste for me, yet still pleasing & pleasant thru out. Cheers.

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