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

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RATINGS: 2826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Very sweet. Smooth, good alcohol taste. Good name.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Bottle (11.2oz). Hazy golden color with a good head to start but it quickly laced. The aroma has elements of champagne or spiced apple cider. Tremens is smooth yet zesty with enough malt to balance the light and spicy elements. The alcohol is clearly present through the finish. This is one of my Uncle John's favorites, so I thank him for the bottle - cheers. Re-Rate from a tap at the Amnesia in San Francisco. Light golden color with a white head. A zest but not a lot of carbonation. Fairly understated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2002
Light amber with a big head. Fruity aroma. Sweet fruity, spicy taste with obvious alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2002
I really liked this beer. It is very "wheaty" for a Belgian Strong. Sweet and fruity. Minimal head. Dark blond color.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5252) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Sept, 2002. 9% abv. The Strong Blondes of Belgium are usually fun beers not be be taken too seriously. They originated as high alcohol beers because of the restrictions on serving spirits and so were not initially designed for beer drinkers. They are in a sense the opposite of the holy beers of the Trappists - these are devilish brews, ones not to sanctify, merely to enjoy. The high alcohol is the main point, the rest of the brew is designed to make that alcohol palatable. Delirium is fun: it is pleasant and it is intoxicating. There are flavours there, but the overpowering alcohol is the be all and end all of this ale. Get your nose close to the glass and you are already heading for a high. It has sweetness and it has some sharpish fruit. it has a dry, chalky finish. But above all else it has a Super Lager kick. I kinda liked it. [2.9]
March, 2004. Part of the Tripel Taste Test. Conclusion: I find the maltier notes more to my liking than the Leffe or Floreffe. Just slightly darker. The finish is perhaps a bit muddy with a simple bitterness. [3.3]
Nov, 2006. 8.5% abv Strong pale ale with very firm carbonation. Attractive golden colour. Warming strength, lots of light fruits - apricot, melon, peach, apple, touch of pear. Mild hop bitterness - but this is more about the pale malt - which tastes fully brewed dry. A dry, fresh fruit salad. Very clean and pleasant. [3.7]

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Reminded me of a strong white with a fruity sour taste to it. Friends of mine really hyped this beer up, but I found it to be somewhat disappointing. Maybe its just not my style. For the price, I was hoping for something better.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
A light slightly unclear beer with an OK head. It has the aroma of alcohol and fruit. It has a very filling taste and sweetness. Definatly a good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2002
It smells like swiss chese, I don’t think theres wheat in it, but has that taste and palate. Enough yeast for a loaf of bread. Alcohol is noticable but not unpleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 750ml bottle: This one pours with a decent white head on it. The color is a fairly clear, darker golden color. The nose is a bit spicy, with notes of breadiness and bananas. The taste is a bit tarter than I expected. A bit of spice to it, with a touch of a dry aftertaste. A hint of clove and a touch of sweetness also. A decent brew. Not quite up to Duvel.


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