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


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RATINGS: 2795   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Smells of cotton candy and bubblegum. Fizzy, fluffy white head. Murky golden butterscotch color with particles of yeast floating around. Spicy, warming sweet peary flavor with prominent yeast notes. Somewhat acidic finish. High carbonation yielding a soda-like mouthfeel. All around good belgian ale and a cool looking bottle to boot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Nice golden color,tall white head that took some time to diminish.Nice fruity aroma with a mild hint of hops and mild spice.The taste was much better,sweet hoppy taste with a nice presence of fruit(citrus) and spice that just makes you want to have more.this is one hell of a good brew and as i said it really makes me wish i had bought more then one but i guess due to cash flow one was enough for now,but i will definately be keeping my eye out for more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2003
Pours with a massive head, great lacing and a nice gold colour. Yeasty, phenolic, vanilla, stone fruit aroma. Quite lean and dry in the mouth, lots of carbonation (which works well) and a slight touch of alcohol. Nice, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 (Bottled) Very hazy golden with floating yeast clumps and a large, foamy and white head. Extremely fruity, sweetish aroma with vegetable hints and some alcohol. Fruity flavor of cooked vegetables, grainy malt and no hops to speak of. Medium-bodied, warming, slightly alcoholic, smooth’n’foamy-carbonated palate. A raw-malty, fruity and somewhat alcoholic brew. Maybe this was the last sample ever. (Bottled, sampled Dec 12, 2003, was 5-3-6-3-12=2.9) Lager-colored, a bit muddy, diminishing head. Almost nonexistent aroma with some alcohol. Very high on CO2 *burp*. Taste is also very light, lagerish, with a bit alcoholic aftertaste. Easy to drink, but that’s about it. Love the pink elephants on the glass, though :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2003
Poured a nice, pale, sparkling golden brew, with a good sized tight white head. The head lasted only for a few minutes, and left no lacing. A hint of hoppiness and citrus in the aroma. Lovelly hoppy flavour, with barely a hint at the 9% abv that was present, also a little sweetness present. Great in the mouth, good body and a little carbonation tingle on the tongue. Not the greatest beer in the world, but a very good, very civilised drop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
First off I love when I can pour a beer whose head rises a good inch from the rim of the glass. Yeast looks like cinnamon on top of a whipped cream topping on my beer. Nice belgian white look. I love the bottle and the pink elephants and the strutting crocodiles which I could probably write about all day because they look so proper and the dragons give such an eastern flair to this thing that it should be from India or the orient. After all of this rambling my beer still hasn't reached the point of drinkability. What a circus of a bottle really--wonderful and dumbo like. I feel like it's when he accidentally drank the bottle of booze and got so wound up crazy high that he saw pink elephants and what not. Crazy little movie and still a great bottle. Since 1654, really. That is definitely a long time and if I don't like the taste of this beer it is three hundred and forty nine wasted years in the making of this beer. In the ideal world pink elephants, dragons, and crocodiles would all get along together dancing together with golden doves flying over their heads. ANYWAY. This beer smells wonderful, like bubble gum banana, apple peel and citrus notes. This beer really is a awesome tasting beer. It is fruity and tart, and on the other hand hoppy and bitter. This is one of the best beers I have had the privilege to rate. There is such a strong flavor here and yet I am yet to taste the alcohol. I will have to rerate this at another date because I have been sneezing for the last few minutes and I cannot give an adequate rating with my nose in this condition. Even with my snoz in this state this is a tremendous beer. Generously carbonated. It burns the back of your throat. Warms your entire body. And the pink elephants dance with the crocodiles and dragons, like all the races of the world together forever. Sorry about the rambling. Have fun tonight. Amen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 On tap. Amazing. I don't know if this was just the galss or what, but there was a tower of bubbles coming from the center of the glass all the way up which did not die until the beer was gone. Golden color with nice big head. Fruit/citrus aroma. Maybe just a hint of malt. Simply excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Belgian deliciousness. A bit on the yeasty side, but that's ok. Way better than some of the other beers from Huyghe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Something about this beer didn't really seem right to me. It started off good with a decent color and think head and nice fragrance. It seemed to have a slight mint hint to me, which may or may not be true - its just what I tasted. Not a bad beer by any means, but a little less than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. This was a little boring. Tasted like any other Strong Ale. Did pick up the alcohol however.

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