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


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RATINGS: 3182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 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.

   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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1142) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1682) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Bottle. Mmmm...interesting. Had to have two to get the measure of this one. Looks amazing, luminous light gold with big frothy white head, screaming "drink me" from my Duvel tulip. Strange on the aroma, belgian funk plus strong ketones (e.g. acetone), not unpleasant though. Taste has a very dry finish, but the ABV while apparent is hidden well. Palate is just right for me, plenty of fine carbonation results in a light touch and accentuates the flavours. Competent BSPA and very yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Finally a belgian strong ale that I enjoy. Big belgian yeast flavor, bubble gum and citrusy. There is some noticeable alcohol presence but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Deep golden color and thin white head. Yeast and lightly fruity aroma. Taste of yeast and fruits and after taste of yeast and malt. Good carbonation. Very nice. Bière de couleur jaune paille opaque avec un mince collet blanc. Odeur de levure et légèrement fruité. Au goût, c’est la levure et elle est légèrement fruité et arrière goût de levure et de malt et assez élevé en co2. Très bonne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Not really a big fan of this style, but this one had some good points. First of all the bottle is interesting to look at and worth keeping. Taste similar to other belgium blonds ive had, but this had a more sweet fruity flavor. Nice carbonation. The best part is the belly warming effect, but be careful to much of this can kick you right in the keyster.,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
On Tap: Pours a bright golden yellow with a whispy white head. Sweet and fruity nose. Bright and sweet flavor that dissapates quickly leaving behind a hit of hops.

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