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

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RATINGS: 2787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Very delicious. Wonderful floral aroma. Nice frothy head that settles down with medium lacing. Extremely tasty yeast strain. Very little evidence of the 8.5% ABV. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Poured a light summer straw yellow with a light white head. Nose was rather soapy. Flavor was wonderful. Full of lemon zest and pepper. Very lght mouthfeel with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Low hoppiness does not indicate any less of a bold taste for this beer. Not as exceptional as the Delirium Nocturnum, but good, nevertheless. A strong buy for fans of Belgian Strongs, with more flavor than some of the Unibroue variety.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2003
Delirium Tremens is a very light coloured beer, having approximately the same colour as canned apple juice (or piss after a can of apple juice). It is slightly cloudy and has a thick restant white brilliant head. This beer is heavily carbonated. The gas effluent (bubbles) are rather large hinting at a rather light, dry beer. The aroma is very neutral and clean for a belgian. It has only the faintest inuendo of fruit and mustiness. The flavour is much more complex. Some belgian fruity esters leap out with your first mouthful, then a rather assertive hop bitterness for a belgian. A touch of alcohol is felt then it is dry. Spices are notoriously absent in this ale. On the palate it is somewhat thin and spritzy as the level of carbonationn and high alcohol in conjunction with low finishing gravity would dictate. Delirium Tremens is a beer that could easily fall in the catogory of a Belgian Tripel like Westmall or a Belgian Golden Ale like Duvel. Thank god I found this bottle because I was starting to feel the effects of withdrawals and was beginning to be surrounded by pink elephants and giant spiders (Delirium Tremens - the medical symptom).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Very malty, with slight astringency. Citrus in aroma and flavor. Also smell pears in the aroma. Strength is very evident.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2003
This golden ale has a thick, white head and a slightly hazy appearance. The nose is of sweet malt and light, citrusy hops. On the palate there is a great deal of effervescence and a lightly spicy character (coriander?) which dissipates into the lemony, malty finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4523) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an XL white head and cloudy golden body. Floral aroma with a slight citrus and clove scent. Very fizzy. Flavours of malt with some spice. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
i don't like it as much as Nocturnum but that doesn't mean it wasn't good. lighter in color than the other deliriums but no less potent. a bit dry and fizzy in comparison as well. seemed more like a beer than a mutant cider. plus there are more little creatures to dance off the bottle after you put down a few.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2003
This is some good stuff. A 25oz. bottle will put you away for the night. Definately a sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
document (36) - USA - JAN 24, 2003
Spicy belgian ale. Great on tap, less .... claustrophobic than from the bottle, a little lighter, less concentrated flavors, perhaps. Sippable or quaffable, from the tap. A winner.


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