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

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RATINGS: 3017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Slighty hazy golden body with a moderate sized head. Aroma is lighter fruits soaked in alcohol, some sugar as well. Flavor is much the same, until the aftertaste which is a rush of sugar. As it warmed it became sugar water.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2005
First Belgium beer. It was pretty good, but the jury is still out as to if I like this style. Had a bubbliness to it. Kind of like a Champagne

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2005
another favorite belgian strong ale...head really depends on the bottle, glass used, and the poor. yeasty, citrusy taste that has bits of spiciness mixed with sweet. gotta love that bottle

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
DT. Yeah, I get it. Mine poured a cloudy orange/copper from the bottle. Reminds me of spiced tea at Christmas. Not much of a head, but there is a remnant as well as lacing around the glass. This is about the only bad thing I can say about this one! The aroma is spicy and slightly sweet. Something on the order of cilantro and cloves along with citrus. Quite pungent and striking in a good way. The clove flavor dominates the palate initially and then a slight bitterness finishes to the sides and the rear of my tongue. I could definitely sense the alcohol in my throat going down and in my burps. The carbonation adds a spicy tingle to the finish. The more I drink, the more this reminds me of liquor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2023) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Hazy golden colour with large white head. Sweet fruity, alcoholic aroma. Sweet candy taste; too sweet, it masks any other flavours that might be in there. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet aftertaste. A bit of a disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Hazy pale yellow gold, moutainous white foamy head. Rich yeast esters and coridander and citron in the aroma. Rich malty character with a spicy yeast ester complement. Finish is slightly sweet and peppery. Mouthfeel is full yet smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2005
A pale golden with a light haze, a torrent of teensy champers bubbles and a big ol’ cream-coloured thick’n’creamy head. The aroma has a champaigne freshness, with Belgian yeast, alcohol notes, soft honey & stone fruit plus a faint tart hint. The fruitiness strangely reminded me of Emerson’s APA. At this point I couldn’t handle the sniffing any more! The taste was not as luscious as the aroma however: strong alcohol (sherry & whisky) plus a bitterness that creeps up like a prowling panther. The body has an allover bursting tingle of fine carbonation, with a light but creamy feel. It finishes really dry with doughy yeast flavours and a little sourness and bitterness. By the end of the glass it struck me as a little too sharp. All very Duvelesque, but not quite there. A sipper for cigars and manly contemplation of battle strategy... Quite dry with a spritzy champers feel and strong whisky flavour. Winter, quiet supping, strong cheeses or after dinner (in place of whisky).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
bottle at Growlers Pub in St. Louis. WOW, decent flavors of malt & hops but the massive over-carbonation of this brew was a major downer for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
Une bière dorée à l’appenrence troublée offrant une mousse crémeuse. Elle dégage une odeur de gomme balounne tout en offrant le même goût. TRès sucré à la première gorgée, elle devient très amer par la suite. C’est dommage que son goût de gomme ne dure pas.--A troubled golden one with a creamy foam. Has a bubblegum smell and its taste. Very sweet at first then sour. It is a pity its sweet taste won’t last because it tastes good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1468) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
21 Dec 2004 - Big sweet bubblegum aroma with some earthy notes. Cloudy golden colour with a slight red tinge, good head and swirly lacing. Sweet highly hopped flavour that is spiritous with nice balanced hops. A bit too tingly for me, thickish mouthfeel and some vegemite aftertaste (popular spread used on bread in Australia) . If you are not accustomed to the flavour of vegemite, I can see how this would put some beer raters off this beer.


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