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

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common

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RATINGS: 2637   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2002
I really enjoyed this. It was like a really smoothe doppel that hid its alcohol well. Malty aromas and taste, possible essences of fruits abound. In the aftertaste i can make out hints almost like that of smoked ingrediants or chocolate or caramel. I dig the bottle and packaging too. Definitely worth a try, quite pleased.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2002
Nice straightforwardly fruity and alcoholic tripel tipple. A softer, lighter texture than many other Belgians. fairly sweet with all the tropical fruit esters, and a clear pale barley grain note. Reasonably bitter and refreshing in the finish, with a bit of spice and a faint briney, oystery sort of thing in the background. Easy going down, but perhaps a bit too íeasy-drinkiní to really be a contender.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2002
Lots of estery notes with yeast and a wortyness in the nose. Lots more esters and yeast and a grainy wort sweetness. Hints of apple in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Golden orange with little head. Pineapple and spices in the nose. Some meaty tone (ham ?).Fruity. Spicy and fruity flavor. Some pineapple and ham. Not much finish in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - APR 4, 2002
A good Belgian ale. Very fruity and funky. Just like a Belgian beer should be. Almost smells like Juicy Fruit gum with an alcohol kick. A pleasant tart/malty finish. Light in color with some chunks. After reading Ringoís review Iíd agree that itís a bit íhot.í I mean...I usually donít notice a strong alcohol nose on beers. Even some of the stronger beers Iíve had. But this one does have a noticeable alcohol nose.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2002
Too íhotí for my tastes. An average Belgian ale, nothing more. Seems stronger than 8.5% though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2002
Yellow, slightly cloudy. Citrusy, Spicy yeasty nose. This was a funny beer, kind of a alcoholic, tart, sweet malty body. Okay, but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
This ale pours with a fizzy, foaming head and has a bright gold body until the yeast dumps into the glass. (This is a bottle conditioned ale.) Then, the whole beer turns a yellow-orange color. The nose is citric and spicy. with the aromas carried by active carbonation. The flavor is slightly spicy (with a kind of light cinnamon and clove taste), and also features a maderized (sherry like) prune flavor. I donít have very consistent tasting notes on this ale. I bought two bottles, and have had different tasting impressions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2002
Appearance: beautiful golden blonde, slightly cloudy, nice soapy-looking head; looks somewhere between a Blonde and a Tripel. Nose is a knockout, enormously yeasty and malty, date-sweet with other dried/candied fruit scents, perhaps pineapple and pears. Flavor just as good, with a bit of noticeable alcohol, pears, pepper, loads of malt. Finishes a bit too harshly, some unpleasant bitter-almond notes, but not enough to really detract from an excellent overall experience. Iíll have another.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 33cl bottle. Head is initially small to average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (mold, soap), with notes of bubble gum, alcohol, and coriander. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Eh.


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